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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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    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]