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Kaz Hirai hints the PS4 will release after Xbox 720

Monday, 21 January 2013 16:36 GMT By Nick Akerman

Kaz Hirai has hinted the next PlayStation console will not go on sale before Microsoft launches its Xbox 360 follow up.

When asked about console release cycles, Hirai indicated Sony is waiting for Microsoft to strike first. Speaking to The Times, he said, “why go first when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?”

We’ve received a lot of next-gen rumours across the last couple of weeks, including the suggestion that PS4 consoles will harness a significant power advantage over the 360′s successor.

Is Sony playing it cool with this in mind? Time will tell.

Thanks, IGN.

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90 Comments

  1. Deacon

    A very good point Mr Hirai. However, that doesn’t really work when it comes to million-dollar hardware that takes months if not years to fabricate and roll out en masse.

    Nobody really cares who’s first! – we just want our grubby paws on them already!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    I doubt both consoles will release this year. I don’t think 22nm process will be widespread enough to produce enough chips for 2 mainstream consoles, something other hardware experts have told too, like DF.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. polygem

    @dragon. i agree. i just don’t see it happening this year. maybe nextbox. ps3 has so much yet in the pipeline. i think with all the exclusives the ps 3 will have enough steam for another year…for 360, i don’t know. if someone will release this year then it’s ms.
    @deacon: i agree, i don’t think it matters that much who will be first.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    Something better.

    Yeah, that alredy happened with PS3:

    1) Crappy Ram
    2) Crappy processor
    3) Crappy OS

    Horrible ports… I’m not sure that releasing a next gen console after microsoft is a good idea unless you have a good strategy which in Sony’s part they don’t.

    P.s. but they had giant enemy crab that is based on Japanse history with real-time weapon change for 599$

    #4 2 years ago
  5. killersense

    i honestly think sony is going to come in early 2014 like February in the US. at ces he said something about focusing on their strong markets like japan and europe when it comes to smartphones. i think they will probably launch first in europe this time around and then US and then japan. i see last in japan because they got tons of ps3 games coming this year and they can do a price drop and dominate the home console market for this year. they released a 12 gb model in europe first and no word yet on the us market. they could have relased a 179.99 12 gb model in the US during the holidays but i think they will do that for this year. this could stop people from importing systems from US at cheaper rates. these are all just wild a** guesses anyways.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    + After 1 year they can’t change system’s specs on the system that is basically this late in its development cycle.

    So, he is just not ready to deliver the system.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. woe

    That didnt work out so well last time around did it Kaz?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. killersense

    @erthazus

    idk man the general consensus seems to be that sony with the ps4 is more gaming focused and is actually more powerful than the 720 at the moment with the rumored specs. of the 8gb ram that MS is coming out with they are apparently dedicating 3gb for the OS and 5 gb for gaming and that is ddr3 (slower ram). sony is coming out with 4gb gddr5(faster and more efficient) with 512mb dedicated for OS and the rest for gaming. with their first party studio output they can do a lot of excellent games with the rumored specs. we shall see what happens but I think kaz has been making a lot of good moves and cleaning house and getting sony back on track . people just need to give him some time.

    with regards to comments about last time. last time they screwed up in multiple ways. price, a year late, blu ray , cell etc… this time off the shelf parts, better price, organized first party output by which i mean two games from their top studios alternate years. naughty dog one game a year, sony santa monica, sucker punch, mediamolecule, sony japan, evolution all these studios have been expanded to work on 2 games at a time.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. fearmonkey

    If MS releases a moderately powered spec console that places alot of focus on tablet controllers, Kinect 2, and augmented reality glasses per their “leaked” specs, and Sony releases a very powerful system with standard controls and less gadgetry, I think Sony would do very well.

    If Sony releases a moderately more powerful machine that attempts to do what MS is doing, then Sony will fail.

    Many people just want the most powerful and best looking system with the best games and less reliance on gadgets and gimmicks, and If Sony’s console has the cool factor, it can win.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    Proving what? That the rumours about 1.84tf and so on are completely unfounded and premature. Hold onto your hats.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    @8and9
    +100k
    Just give a gaming console at an attractive rate with no gimmicks and they are ready to go.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    ^ Like PS Move, PS eye toy, right?

    Lol. fanboys

    #12 2 years ago
  13. polygem

    @11: you mean like the wiiu? cuz’ the tablet is not a gimmick at all. it’s one of the truest, purest gaming machines i own. wiiu and 3ds.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Gheritt White

    Wow, talking about Sony singing a different tune. Suddenly realised they can’t magic up a worldwide ship in Sepetember now? Ah, realism prevails.

    @8 & 9: Sony owes a lot of their traction to being a cheap DVD player with the PS2 and a cheap Blu-Ray player with the PS3, so don’t think for an instant that they’re going to be purely focused on hardcore videogames players when it was features that appealed to the mass-market that helped them gain traction with such a large audience.

    Also, none of the first-parties actually care about “gamers” – they can leave catering to our needs to third-party publishers while they chase after the Apple TV, TiVo and Sky Box audiences. As divisions of their respective parent companies, they have to demonstrate growth, not quality. This is not speculation, this is what’s actually happening.

    Fucking platform fanboys…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. killersense

    @erth maybe its a good thing move and eyetoy failed:P they prolly wont include it in the next system. nintendo had the same issue and that is to figure out a way to get the people that got a wii to come back and also get the hardcore to come back and i don’t think they really set themselves up well with the wii u but we shall see as they can never be counted out. microsoft with the relative success of kinect and the focus on taking on apple might do something to please everybody and may fail or succeed depending on what they come up with. it is going to be an exciting year to see which direction everybody goes.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. stretch215

    People need to remember that we know absolutely NOTHING concrete about next gen. It’s all speculation.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. viralshag

    #12 made me lol.

    I think this isn’t so much a mistake as I think they don’t have a choice. I think starting late didn’t help Sony last time, especially at the price point they launched at.

    And this time around price is going to be a huge factor, I think they both know (or should know) that. I’m not sure many people other than the hardcore Sony fans will hold out for the PS4 if MS release a well-priced, well spec’d machine.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dragon246

    @12
    Exactly. But an anti pc elitist add on will be welcome. Pc overlord.
    @13
    I was referring to motion controls. As I said , 2 screen still has a lot to prove, but its still way better than motion. Although I would take a better cpu,gpu anyday over such a controller which will lead to unreasonable jacking up of prices.
    Picture this, no 3rd party controllers. I want ALL games to support DS3/4, with anything else just add on extra.

    @17
    I agree. They have to be on heels of 720, but I wonder why we hear mostly about ps4 specs than 720s, I know sony is the leakiest cos in existence, but keeping hardware secrets isn’t easy. Something tells me Kaz is bluffing.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Gheritt White

    @16: CORRECTION: *You* know absolutely nothing about next gen.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. monkeygourmet

    Bad move IMO.

    The will be a huge unveiling of Nintendo stuff at e3, maybe a price drop when PS4 hits.

    3DS will continue to build user base, Nintendo may even have a new handheld or tablet ready in 2014? Who knows.

    MS almost certainly will be holding exclusives back this gen for 720. It’s infrastructure is nice and solid, Smart Glass is already a ‘thing’ and the media side of Xbox was worked out at E3 2 years ago while Sony was busy with expensive exclusives late into the generation. Again, a bad move.

    Again, Kinect will have been polished to something half usable this time and it will be packaged in.

    MS are likely to show some MMO stuff which will be a big thing for consoles players next gen.

    This should put the PS4 launch right in front of Halo 5, a Wii U price drop and potentially Zelda U and Mario 3D U and Smash Brothers and maybe even a new Nintendo handheld depending how late the reveal is.

    Also Ms will almost certainly announce some kind of COD exclusive deal.

    Classic Sony lol :)

    At least we have 4K to look forward to, I can’t wait to watch Amazing Spider-Man 2 on my $10000 TV on my PS4!!! Yay! :)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. killersense

    @gheritt white
    what are they going to do beyond blu ray? the next step is digital and 4k and those don’t need any kind of hardware to be integrated into the ps4 which can add additional costs. they will probably try to push some 4k content but i don’t see that as an issue as blu ray was when it first came out and was ridiculously expensive to produce and lost money for sony.

    “Also, none of the first-parties actually care about “gamers” – they can leave catering to our needs to third-party publishers while they chase after the Apple TV, TiVo and Sky Box audiences”

    wth do you mean by this lol? do you expect their top tier studios to suddenly stop making games like uncharted, killzone, infamous and most of their studios are supposedly working on new ips as well. theyhave a couple of studios dedicated to make casual games like sony london with their sing part, eyetoy etc.. and maybe media molecule will do something too but i don’t know where you are going with that comment.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. RandomTiger

    Oh get on with it…

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Da Man

    Socially adequate anti-nerdy commenters posting 24/6 as usual…

    Sorry, I’m ignoring them.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. killersense

    @monkey gourmet from early last year
    “wii u will be sold out everywhere this holiday, no one will be able to find one and everybody will be talking about wii u”

    don’t count anybody out until the fat lady has sung

    #24 2 years ago
  25. hives

    So they will wait till next Xbox announcement and they will start making next PS then? Yeah, sure :X

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Mike W

    @24

    Yea that didn’t work out so well as Nintendo may have hoped for. Anyway the Wii U is an ok system at the moment, nothing special to talk about yet.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. monkeygourmet

    @24

    I blame the price.

    I think Nintendo have pulled a 3DS with the Wii U.

    Sell to early adopters, like me, then wait for new consoles to be announced and drop the price.

    Maybe offer some free games from the VC store which they haven’t set up yet.

    It’s exactly what happened when the Vita came out and it seemed to work quite well then?

    Who knows, lucky it’s not my only console eh?

    Also, everyone HAS been talking about Wii U, they’ve mostly been saying how shit it is lol :)

    The best thing Sony could do with being late is managing to pack in a PS Vita into the console as another control pad.

    That would maybe solve a few of their issues.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. monkeygourmet

    If Sony can court Square for FF7 remake, that may be a good start aswell.

    Knowing Sony’s luck though, that’s prob what MS has done to try and win Japan lol.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. daytripper

    i think building kinect in could put some gamers off buying the new xbox.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. G1GAHURTZ

    Does he reeeeeeeally think that MS don’t know EXACTLY what Sony are doing with the PS4 by now!?

    #30 2 years ago
  31. ps3fanboy

    this means one thing… sony can change hw on the ps4 on the fly. so when crapbox being released. sony can just put in more ram or bigger cpu as they see fit to beat mickey$oft :D

    #31 2 years ago
  32. monkeygourmet

    @30

    Sony don’t even know yet! ;)

    #32 2 years ago
  33. monkeygourmet

    @31

    Their using a Celleron CPU, it’s crazy good

    #33 2 years ago
  34. killersense

    @monkeygourmet
    but is is really a good idea to be doing massive price drops within a year of release? sure you can say it worked for 3ds but the more you keep playing that card the more people will stop buying the console at launch and lose trust in them. wii u is a cool console with a cool idea but i just don’t think it is going to strike gold like the wii this time around. i personally think it will go the way of the gamecube where it would satisfy the crowd that likes their games and sell decent unless third parties make an u turn and start supporting the thing and put all their games on it but i don’t see that happening once next gen systems comes out.

    @gigahurtz it is possible only the big publishers like ubisoft, ea activision etc.. may have dev kits which are ball park but not EXACTLY what is in the PS4 . only their internal studios will know what it might end up being.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Sadismek

    This is getting ridiculous. The amount of haters is unbelievable! Can’t some of you just hold your breath for a second and think that there are better things in life than just write useless, filled with hatred comments on a gaming website? Play a game. Feed your pets. Just do something.

    If you don’t like something, say it once or twice, not a hundred times. It’s just a goddamn company, for fuck’s sake! It’s like they’re torturing some of you in the basement while burning your cattail house down.

    These “fanboy wars” are going nowhere, I swear.

    I predict another 100+ comments. *sigh*

    #35 2 years ago
  36. monkeygourmet

    @34

    Of course, I feel the same way at the moment although it is my favourite console.

    I own both Wii U and eventually have PS4 for exclusives. 720 will be my main console, same as this gen.

    Thing is Sony HAVE to get the PS4 bang on. There is literally no room for fuck ups, Nintendo and MS are a bit more lucky in that respect.

    If Nintendo was losing a shitload on Wii U consoles at launch maybe it would be different.

    Will the die-hard Sony fans be able to keep Sony afloat if they don’t nail the PS4 from the off?

    Gonna be fun finding out! :)

    #36 2 years ago
  37. monkeygourmet

    @35

    It’s just fun speculation dude.

    I’m playing Tales of Vesperia on 360 right now, my girlfriend is playing a pre-release copy of Ni No Kuni on PS3, no haters here! :)

    #37 2 years ago
  38. G1GAHURTZ

    If the PS4 is due this year, or even next, that would mean that launch games will had to have been in development since last year at the very latest.

    The usual suspects, EA, Ubisoft, Activision, et al, will almost certainly have had dev kits for a good while now. All it takes is for some MS rep to have a quiet, off the record, lunch with anyone who’s working with one, to know what’s inside it, and what tech Sony is pushing.

    Exactly the same the other way around, too.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Erthazus

    @30, “Does he reeeeeeeally think that MS don’t know EXACTLY what Sony are doing with the PS4 by now!?”

    and why do you think they know about it?

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Sadismek

    @37 This wasn’t aimed solely at you mate. But seriously, you just can’t get on this website these days without getting your daily ration of Sony hatred. Or another “crappy hardwarez, crappy RAM, my powerhouse $20000 PC whit 4K resoluti0n owning diz shit day1, sony fail crap” comment.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. DSB

    @35 Why does that surprise you though? This has literally repeated itself a billion times both here and across the internet.

    Personally I remember having vicious arguments about SEGA versus NINTENDO, but those were righteous and true and totally worth doing, because I was 7 at the time, and we were in elementary school.

    Really though, fuck the SNES.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. killersense

    “Thing is Sony HAVE to get the PS4 bang on. There is literally no room for fuck ups, Nintendo and MS are a bit more lucky in that respect.”

    idk about this. with the huge screw up sony still managed to bring ps3 back up and it might end up being the best selling console worldwide this gen before it is discontinued. they don’t HAVE to be bang on is what am saying. with a reasonable price and decent os combined with their first party output they can still do very well and maybe better this time around.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Sadismek

    @41 Haha :D. I know it shouldn’t surprise me, but really man… It’s like being protected by a screen gives you the right to be a dick. We don’t even know the specs (or anything, really) of this thing and people start to predict it’s horrible and painful death. After they label each other as fanbois, of course.

    I bet your elementary school arguments were more mature like the ones going on here.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. monkeygourmet

    @43

    I was going make a thread and try and buildup all the rumour stuff I could find about next gen, kind of group it into one place.

    Then I got high… :) …joke…

    For some reason I find Sony infuriating as a company.

    I think they are arrogant and show a typically Japanese attitude to business. The west has moved on, just because Japanese companies and games used to rule doesn’t mean this is still the case.

    Western game devs are getting much better and Jap devs are stuck in the past although we do see occasional flashes of brilliance. I see those mainly from Nintendos gameplay however, yet to be beaten.

    I just find Sony arrogant and stuck in there ways like an old feudal warlord failing to except new tactics.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. G1GAHURTZ

    @34:

    You can’t develop launch titles on a dev kit that isn’t 100% finalised.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Gheritt White

    @ 21: I’m just saying it’s not their focus as business units. Sure, it’s the focus for the Exec Producer liaising with that particular dev studio, but for everyone else at Sony it’s about ecosystem integration.

    Surely you don’t believe Sony’s western dev studios have a say in console hardware strategy, or am I really that out of touch with the community?

    Here is the truth – the truth is the future lies in platforms, but not as we know it. The platforms of the future are PSN (…although I personally have my doubts, albeit born out of prejudice), Xbox LIVE (or whatever it morphs into), Steam and the Apple App Store. Google desperately need a unified store front for Android for a familiar, unified experience across multiple different devices, something all the other stores offer.

    These platforms, by 2020, will be hardware independent (…apart from Apple’s) and being a fanboy for them will make as much sense as being a fanboy for Netflix or LoveFilm.

    The only company who are truly fucked are Nintendo, but I sense there is greater momentum behind Microsoft’s efforts this time round than Sony’s. They’re certainly being a lot more realistic about their timelines.

    Oh, the AR glasses aren’t for year one, but everyone knows that now anyway.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. monkeygourmet

    @42

    I hope so, they need to stop flogging their ‘dead horse’ of a business model IMO.

    Also stop shilling their shitty media formats with their consoles that do nothing for gaming.

    Then I may change my perspective.

    Also, did you say Sony and OS in the same sentence?! :)

    Ug!

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Gheritt White

    @45: Not true – how do you expect games to be ready by September/October, otherwise? Most of this gen’s launch line-up was built on in-dev hardware.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. DSB

    @46 Spot on, except for the hardware independent thing.

    If the last 100 years of business management has proven anything, it’s that being anti-democratic and willfully ignoring progress helps profits.

    My case and point would be internet in America. A bunch of corporations swoop in to buy up all the infrastructure so they can demand utterly outrageous and completely unrealistic prices for its use, without even offering a decent or modern product.

    People are still being offered 56k lines, and the prices are as high as a highpowered cable connection in the EU.

    It’s bad for an entire society, but it essentially gives them a license to print money.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Gheritt White

    @39: Both first-parties will have known what’s in each others consoles for quite some time now. Dev kits have been floating around for bloody ages, although they need to do is visit a studio, grease a few palms and go “off the record”. That’s even before you get into corporate espionage, which is a real thing.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Gheritt White

    @49: Windows is hardware independent and that’s pretty much why MS beat Apple in the war over the PC.

    The company to watch is Valve, although their pockets aren’t quite as deep as everyone seems to think they are.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Sadismek

    @44 Yeah, I have to admit they are arrogant, but who wouldn’t after the success the PS2 turned out to be? Anyway, this next-gen I’ll just go with a nice combo consisting of my PC, running my beloved Steam, and PS4/Xbox720/Nintendo. I want to be as open-minded as one can be.

    I’m also considering a Steambox, as my PC’s really running out of steam (see with I did there? Huh? Huh? :D)

    #52 2 years ago
  53. monkeygourmet

    @52

    :D

    Their view of consoles are the equivalent of Japanese devs view of RPGs to me.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. G1GAHURTZ

    @48:

    Actually, now that I think about it, I remember what Sony was like with devs pre-PS2…

    I think you’re right.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. DSB

    @51 Again I agree, I guess that’s a pretty fair example.

    But a lot of people are questioning whether Microsoft actually has any relevance today.

    You can look at a company like Apple that are doing the opposite and making over ten times as much doing it, or you can look at Google that are able to outdo Microsoft by rolling out a new product every week without breaking a sweat – the successes of which fully offset their failures.

    … And then you have Microsoft, which just looks ancient in terms of the way their pipeline operates. The whole company exists on one product, which hasn’t really gone anywhere with the latest iteration.

    It’s not really synonymous with success anymore.

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Gheritt White

    My bet for the next five years:

    1. Xbox 720 w/ Xbox LIVE
    2. Piston w/ Steam
    3. Apple TV w/ App Store

    If Apple can ship a motion/gesture controlled device that allows people to play Cut The Rope/Fruit Ninja/Angry Birds built into a Smart TV that also houses Apple TV functionality, then Nintendo is fucked and no amount of Mario or Zelda rehashes would save them.

    As for Sony, I reckon they’re hideously over-exposed across all their divisions and can’t see them becoming best-in-class in any one of them.

    Their stock has been downgraded to junk bond status (source: http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/22/investing/fitch-sony-panasonic-downgrade/index.html); their broadcast content plans don’t exactly inspire confidence, are LTTP and seem rather cumbersome in comparison with Apple and Microsoft’s more nimble solutions (source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/sony/9779822/Sony-planning-multi-channel-TV-service.html); and Sony’s consumer electronics business – especially their televisions – are struggling to compete with more agile rivals (source: http://phys.org/news/2012-12-once-vaunted-tech-firms-struggle-onslaught.html).

    I can tell you that it would be a huge relief for videogames creators if they only had to develop for two blockbuster-experience type platforms (Windows/Steam and Xbox/XBLA) rather than having to worry about Sony as well, so at the first sniff of failure expect the platform to be abandoned faster than you can say “Jaguar” or “Dreamcast”.

    EDIT: Plus the XMB is a shit OS. Metro’s not very much better, true, but c’mon… the XMB is just terrible, terrible design.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. Gheritt White

    @55: Microsoft have so much money it’s silly. It’s almost impossible to think of a scenario where they could over-expose themselves.

    #57 2 years ago
  58. daytripper

    Stop criticising someone’s favourite game company otherwise they will type swear words at you and patronise you and maybe do a “lol” at you

    #58 2 years ago
  59. DSB

    @56,57 Don’t you mean the Steam Box?

    What would make you pick Piston? It’s expensive, and it’s not powerful enough to look half as good as the next gen consoles, or current era PCs.

    Thing is, Microsoft don’t have to over-expose themselves. I don’t predict a quick death, I’m expecting a long slow one.

    A company that isn’t growing is a company that’s dying, and Microsoft isn’t growing.

    Obviously there’s always the chance of a Steve Jobs intervention, but what I see is a big fat elephant that doesn’t know where to go, and isn’t smart enough to figure it out on it’s own.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. monkeygourmet

    @56

    Apple TV with integrated gaming software and Kinect style interface built in?

    1080p or will it compete with 4K?

    For an Apple set like that and 46″ plus (sweet spot for most living rooms) you’ve got to be talking 2 or 3 grand?

    Also, will games and Apps have to have different resolution and reprogramming for gesture based gaming?

    It could work but I fail to see how that compares with a 200 quid home console.

    Also, can you plug consoles into the Apple TV? People would end up with both surely?

    If they locked out other consoles no one would want one in there front room. It’s tricky to see how it would work really.

    Maybe an Apple set top box?

    #60 2 years ago
  61. OlderGamer

    I don’t see Nintendo going anywhere.

    Not for a gen or two. Wanna keep in mind JPN and handhelds. I could see a day when instead of a home console, their Gameboy plugs into a TV via HDMI Mini. But I have a very hard time seing them w/o a Gameboy at least for JPN.

    I highly doubt they will be a “winner” or global sales leader in “next gen”. I don’t think that is their goal. Only to sell games. And I think they do impressivly well in that area. If/when the day comes that they can not sell games because their hardware install base doesn’t allow it to, then I see them going game only. But I think we at least 10 years from that.

    And when we get to that point, it may well be what everyone does. Takes their streaming games service across multiple devices. Might even get to a point where all you buy is the controler. Because the controler has on borad storage, and allows you to stream your games from the Net, and the controler can transmit your game to the TV via a wireless usb dongle(kind of the way WiiUs Gamepad displays an image). I am thinking sooner or later, the box won’t even matter.

    But in the near future, who is most likly to bow out of gaming … take your pick. But my pick is Sony.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. Gheritt White

    @ 60: I really have zero insight into the Apple TV, just rumours. A set-top box (over and above the current Apple TV) seems unlikely – everything I’ve heard points to a full-blown iTV. So that’s all pure speculation on my part and yes, you’ve spotted some obvious flaws. It’s easy to tell when I’m speculating and when I’m talking about stuff I actually know about!

    I’m just confident that Apple will own the space that the Wii held over in this gen. The WiiU’s will not repeat the Wii’s success, latest thing I heard is that Nintendo are considering making it a stop-gap console, which would incur a helluva lot of costs all-round. All seems a bit futile and I think they’ll be 100% digital – maybe with a dedicated handheld – within the next four years.

    @59: Yes, I do. Sorry, was getting jumbled up between codenames. And yes, MS aren’t growing – but if they successfully own the “universal box-under-the-telly that does everything” space and monopolises how that market – not to mention its channel – operates… well, there’s a lot of growth right there.

    #62 2 years ago
  63. Gheritt White

    @ 61: To a certain degree I agreed with you. Only a fool counts Nintendo out… but they’ve never looked so precarious as now. I can completely see them creating a dedicated handheld that plugs into a TV, though – that would make a lot of sense.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. gomersoul

    I very much doubt Sony are going to bow out of gaming for a long time, the playstation has made them a household name that millions of people trust and buy their other products because of it… me included… I don’t like Microsofts products but it would be a sad day if any of the big 3 left at all

    #64 2 years ago
  65. online-guy

    Hi I’m a long time reader and first time writer to this site, so hi everybody.

    I regards to this article I think everyone is missing the most obvious thing, I think this has nothing to do with Sony being worried that ms will see its tech in the ps4 and improve on it, and everything to do with price and releases date. If Sony come out first and say for example “hey the ps4 will come out in may 2014 for £400 and then ms say “we’ll the Xbox 720 is coming out in November 2013 for £300″ then Sony will be screwed and will not be able to backtrack. Where as if Sony wait for ms to announce the launch info and price Sony then can change, by dropping the price and maybe move the date forward, but if Microsoft announce a 2014 release and a £400 price tag then Sony can still keep to there original plan. What do you think?

    #65 2 years ago
  66. monkeygourmet

    @62

    I have a feeling the Wii U will last about 3 – 4 years then a Super Wii U may come out…

    Keep the Wii U going as a budget console, who knows…

    Maybe like you say they’ll just go the handheld route?

    Either way, there games are generally less ‘transferable’, the gameplay elements are usually tied in in someway to the hardware, kind of makes them unique experiences.

    I could play Uncharted on 360, I could play Zombie U on PS3 for example.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. DSB

    @63 I don’t really see it. I just checked their reports to make sure I wasn’t way off, but in terms of the business they do, gaming isn’t an awesome gig for Microsoft.

    The year before last, they made 1.3 billion on gaming, but they spent 7.5 billion to make it.

    (Last year it was much much worse, but I’m guessing that has everything to do with the next console)

    In comparison, they spent 19 billion to make 12,2 on Windows.

    I really think Microsoft gets way too much credit for their gaming division. It doesn’t recieve the same care and attention it once got (for obvious reasons, looking at those numbers) and I’d be very surprised if they somehow see the next Xbox as a blockbuster device.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. killersense

    “I can tell you that it would be a huge relief for videogames creators if they only had to develop for two blockbuster-experience type platforms (Windows/Steam and Xbox/XBLA) rather than having to worry about Sony as well, so at the first sniff of failure expect the platform to be abandoned faster than you can say “Jaguar” or “Dreamcast”.”

    with all due respect this is some pretty dumb stuff. if you think third parties in this day and age want to support only 1 or 2 platforms you are out of your mind. i don’t even know why you would want that. competition is good and it isn’t going to cost a lot to port stuff this time around with both consoles to be similar this time around. even with a massive screw up initially with the ps3 everybody continued to develop for ps3. the ps4 is being made with a lot of western input(naughty dog, sony santa monica) this time around so i expect the experience to be a lot better this time around. they aren’t going anywhere.

    Ever since kaz has become CEO he has made a lot of moves where he is pushing to reduce or eliminate the divisions which are losing money.

    So far Kaz has done a fair bit to get them in the right direction. Here’s a list of various transactions they’ve done over the past year:

    -Sony bought out of the mobile joint venture with Ericsson for $1.47 billion dollars
    -Sony sold off its shares in the LCD joint venture with Samsung for $939 million dollars
    -Sony sold off its shares in the LCD joint venture with Sharp for $125 million dollars
    -Sony buys EMI publishing for $2.2 billion dollars
    -Sony announces a joint venture with Panasonic to develop next gen OLED TV displays
    -Sony has pledged to invest about a billion dollars into CMOS development over the next year.
    -Sony spun off its small to medium LCD business to join with Hitachi and Toshiba to form Japan Display Inc.
    -Sony sold off some of its chemical business to the Japanese government for $730 million dollars.
    -Sony bought Gaikai for $380 million dollars
    -Sony invested $397 million into Olympus
    -Sony is selling its US HQ for $1.1 billion now

    the above is from someone’s post on neogaf. the forecast is to post a decent profit for this quarter so they are on the right track. i am not saying they will come back but they are definitely showing signs

    #68 2 years ago
  69. monkeygourmet

    This year is where MS puts its master plan into action though.

    The Xbox was always going to be a media centre.

    With the 720 and Kinect 2, Windows 8, Smartglass, Windows Phone and strong connections with the big western dev companies, i think it’s ready to tie up all the loose ends now.

    Basically, I think they will dominate next gen, especially once they get exclusive COD stuff going across all their media platforms.

    #69 2 years ago
  70. monkeygourmet

    @67

    Nice list by the way, good to see that info all in one place.

    #70 2 years ago
  71. DSB

    @67 Those are pretty much moves he was forced to make. Not doing so would completely cripple the company.

    If you look at the division that includes the PS3, they’ve gone from a 32 million dollar profit for fiscal 2010 (May 2011) to a 2.8 billion dollar loss for 2011 (May 2012).

    And that’s for a division with revenue of more than 43 and 38 billion for those years respectively.

    Let’s at least agree that it is still a very serious situation, that won’t be resolved just by making a few cuts and scraping some equity together.

    #71 2 years ago
  72. Kira97

    despite the fact my PC may be 10x stronger than Ps4 and 720, i cant wait for the release of ps4.

    #72 2 years ago
  73. Gheritt White

    @ 67: Competition is good for the consumer… not so much for the content creator. It’d be like movie companies having to support both blu-ray and HD-DVD formats (only a lot more costly due to differences in production methods). It’s a nightmare putting out so many SKUs for a single product, especially when you factor in special editions and collector’s editions.

    A one console future is the preferred option for all third=-parties – considering how much next gen games cost to make, any dev savings would be warmly received.

    #73 2 years ago
  74. killersense

    @dsb
    ofcourse there is no denying they are not in a great position. with regards to that 2.8 billion is believe it is over exaggerated a bit in the sense that Sony just tied of all the losses in that one quarter just to have a fresh start. all i am saying is they are not in as bad a position as many around here tend to think. if you hear the nonsense some people post here regarding not being able to afford more ram or them not having money to release a ps4 etc… you would think they are filing for bankruptcy tomorrow.
    @gheritt
    competition is good for content creators too… you don’t want to be at the mercy of ms or sony or apple where they start to make more demands and higher royalties etc to have content on their system. there are a lot of problems you heard this gen with regards to strict policies especially by microsoft this gen when it comes to patches and updates and release schedules etc…

    if it is gonna cost a lot to make next gen consoles why would you want to limit yourself to one console? i don’t want to be in a situation where the only console around is from MS and i have to pay 100$ for xbox live(i knotw it is 50 or 60) but what is top stop them from going higher if they are the only dog around. this will limit the market and then less sales for third parties trying to sell their high cost next gen games.

    #74 2 years ago
  75. gomersoul

    a one console future will never happen… if you make money doing it then someone will always come along trying to steal a piece of the pie

    #75 2 years ago
  76. Gheritt White

    @ 73: First-party policies are actually less restrictive next gen, especially around Title Updates. Still think they’ll find another way to milk third-parties, though – the licensing fee is their bread and butter.

    Nobody is saying Sony is filing for bankruptcy tomorrow, but I did hear somebody say that they wouldn’t be surprised if they weren’t around in their current form in two years time. Dunno how accurate that is though… I, for one, would be very shocked indeed.

    In any case, competition (for blockbuster experiences) wouldn’t be between console types, but between a single type of console and the living-room PC, most likely popularised by the Steambox.

    Regarding subscription fees, I’m afraid core gamer desires come at the bottom of the pile. Much like movie ticket prices, price hikes are justified by “superior content”.

    #76 2 years ago
  77. DSB

    @73 Console wars are gonnna be console wars, but according to Sonys statement, only 117 million went to restructuring charges.

    The rest was explained by natural disasters, sales being down 20% in general, the PS3 price drop with declining software sales, as well as apparently pulling out of the S-LCD deal with a loss of 700+ million dollars.

    It looks to me like Sony really needs to reinvent itself, and that’s an extremely tall order for a company of that magnitude. There will be blood.

    #77 2 years ago
  78. Gheritt White

    @74: Do you have *any* idea how expensive it is to bring a console of Durango or Orbis’ calibre to market? Especially when it comes to manufacturing millions of units right out of the gate? Why do you think Panasonic have never tried getting back into the market after the 3DO? Why do you think the OUYA is just a glorified smart-phone (in terms of power)?

    I think Valve have the nous to do it… but even they aren’t all 100% aligned internally behind Steambox. Like I said, they’re rich, but not THAT rich.

    #78 2 years ago
  79. Erthazus

    “Why do you think Panasonic have never tried getting back into the market after the 3DO? ”

    Because 3DO was a failure obviously. If sony failed with PS1 it would never go back to the console space too.

    @monkeygourmet, Hold your horses sir. I will defend Sony this time around.

    XBOX dominance is still in question. The only reason why XBOX started off pretty well this generation is because Sony gived them a lot of opportunity: “Giant enemy Crabs at E3, 599$, No games with late in the console race, worst marketing campaign out of all three, shitty games, stupid promises in which 50% of them are still not delivered to date (FFXIII Versus, L.A.Noir exclusivity and so on).”

    So far Xbox 360 has been on the market since 2006 and it’s 73 million while PS3 is 71 or 72 (it was released after one year!) and catching up and will probably outsell XBOX 360 once GoW:Ascension and The Last Of Us will come out. These are big games that will force people to buy console at some point.

    XBOX brand is not that strong. In US it is a dominant force, but Sony is not that behind. PS2 is still the most sold console in US, in EU Sony has an advantage over Microsoft, not to mention Japan where Microsoft is a complete failure.

    Sony this time around will sell it’s console for 399$ for sure, not to mention that they are going to back it with games. They have first party to do it. Everyone is already making games for the new system.
    Media center or not, It’s a console and the console which will have better games/better exclusives/better Gaming content will win in the end.

    Media Center is not the reason why people buy consoles. Today you can buy shitty Apple TV or current gen TV with Facebook pre-installed.

    This CES 2013 showed that 90% of TV’s will be integrated with shitty media centers inside them. Look at LG TV’s. They have more content then XBOX 360/PS3 combined in terms of media center stuff.

    Sony still have a good chance to win this gen. In fact, they have even more chances to do it because Kaz Hirai said that gaming is their Top priority right now with digital entertainment and Mobile. Playstation as a brand is stronger then XBOX and you can’t deny it (unless you are XBOX fanboy).

    #79 2 years ago
  80. fearmonkey

    @78 – I heartily agree with everything you said there. MS’s foundation is not so strong that Sony couldn’t wipe the floor with them next gen. I am betting that MS Execs are sweating a bit when it comes to next gen. Windows 8 is not the be all end all and they could really screw up the next xbox if they do it wrong.

    Sony’s position with PS2 was way stronger than the 360 and look what happened with the PS3, so anything can happen. Sony isnt going to repeat those same mistakes they made with the PS3, and that gave the 360 the legs it needed to stay ahead in the US. MS did alot right with the 360 early on, but then they seem to forget its about the games and focused more on services. Some on here think thats the future but I really just want a console for the games.

    #80 2 years ago
  81. monkeygourmet

    @78 & 79

    I agree and disagree.

    I wouldn’t have said people would be using Xbox for Netflix etc… 2 years ago.

    I just think the games console is kind of dead now.

    Sony obviously are trying to change too, streaming and TV services etc…

    It’s a battle for your living room, not which game you are playing IMO.

    MS will offer the most complete solution starting next gen. We shall see eh?! :)

    #81 2 years ago
  82. gomersoul

    MS will charge you subscription for services you already get on your tv/ps4… Sony are already looking in a far better position to get a few consumers back from xbox. even if they bring ps4 out after, so long as it is announced and is within 6 months, the smart people who decide they just want one console next gen will wait

    #82 2 years ago
  83. daytripper

    @81 Hopefully VG247 or someone else will ask MS why these apps require gold membership when additional subscription is not required for the same apps on other platforms

    I have a underwhelming attitude towards Xbox Next and Ps4, I am anticipating disappointment so therefore I won’t be annoyed come the time of reveals if they are indeed…shit. Be great to be pleasantly surprised.

    #83 2 years ago
  84. Erthazus

    Games console is not dead. Because people BUY them a lot for games.
    Despite PC being the ultimate gaming platform, games like Battlefield or Call Of Duty sells x3 more on consoles then on ANY other platform because they are Gaming systems.

    + Netflix and other unnecessary bullshit that no one needs is just an extra. Just an EXTRA feature. Bonus at best or selling point.
    Who the fuck wants to use twitter on their Xbox with a stupid controller? Okay, use stupid smartglass to connect your tablet to Xbox. Why you need that? That is confusing as F-Bomb.

    That extra stuff is the same failure as 3D. Parents buy console for their kids so they could have fun playing shitty games or regular Halo fanboy buys it for Halo and not for Netflix or … any other stupid POS. People pay for XBL just to play with their online friends via XBL. Most of them don’t even use extra stuff.

    Consoles are only for games. They will die and transform in to Exclusive Online apps where you can buy only games in the end from that publisher.

    Multitask devices are everywhere. They are everywhere. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/01/ces-2013-samsung-t9000/

    Now in your refrigerator.

    #84 2 years ago
  85. ActionGameKing

    2013 should definately be the comeback year for the games industry.

    #85 2 years ago
  86. Gigabomber

    Sony will lose the war. They’ve already lost plenty of people like me that had a ps3 for several years, went to xbox after having issues, and never looked back (except for uncharted). There are so many ps exclusives that have gone multi-console that sony is going to have to work some serious magic to compete.

    #86 2 years ago
  87. Da Man

    Me can’t spell but me right and me the ultimate hardcore gamer, me say anyone who disagrees is marketing victim.

    Me PC is the ultimate art. Me opinion subjective.

    Me no speaky speech.

    #87 2 years ago
  88. Gheritt White

    @ Erthazus: When have you been right about anything? Seriously? I can’t recall any of your predictions coming true. You have “friends” that work in the industry but you don’t actually know shit, do you? Have you even graduated yet? No?

    Fuck off and come back when you get a job in dev.

    #88 2 years ago
  89. monkeygourmet

    @88

    I don’t think he even has a PC sometimes… O_o

    #89 2 years ago
  90. RocknRolla

    This is ridiculous! technology is still very much alike anyway ffs ok if one of these guys have an extra option so what, I am gettin a PS4 Anyhow because I always get a Playstation I am a fan period, graphics wise there is going to be same difference as there is between 360 and PS3 today meaning none.. at the end of the day you get what you like most regardless of what others say right?

    #90 2 years ago

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    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]