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PS4 out in 2013, uses Gaikai tech, $400+ – JP reports

Thursday, 7 February 2013 00:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation 4 will launch before the end of 2013, cost at least $400, and feature Gaikai technology as well as expanded social feature, Japanese newspapers have claimed.

The date and price details come from daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun. According to Gematsu‘s translation, the console is expected to cost more than ¥40,000 – $427.

At launch, the base 20GB model PlayStation 3 was priced at just under ¥50,000, or $534, and retailed at $500 in the US. This suggests the PS4 might be cheaper than its precursor if a similar pattern of conversion is used, but the report does say the ¥40,000 figure is the minimum expected price and the yen and dollar are in a very different relationship at present.

The report also mentioned Sony is scurrying to meet expected demand in the US and Japan, with no mention of Europe; the PlayStation 3′s PAL territory release was delayed for several months by hardware shortages. PAL territory pricing on Sony hardware is generally more expensive, even allowing for conversion.

Meanwhile, in a Nikkei report also translated by Gematsu, the console is said to draw on Gaikai’s cloud infrastructure somehow.

For a number of reasons, it’s unlikely that Sony will offer a full games streaming service, but Gaikai could be used to power demos and trials as well as other media content; prior to its acquisition by Sony, it was one of the few companies in the world with a global server farm of the kind which will be needed if gaming ever goes completely digital.

Nikkei further claims that the PS4 will feature expanded network functions, including a social feature allowing users to exchange opinion while playing. It sounds a little like MiiVerse, and matches rumours of a “share” button, but may refer to cross-title chat – a much requested feature.

The paper agreed with Asahi Shimbun that the new console will arrive by the end of the year, and with many past rumours that it will not utilise the PlayStation 3′s Cell architecture.

A PlayStation Meeting has been called for two weeks from now, and the PS4, codenamed Orbis, is expected to show its face at long last.

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41 Comments

  1. stevenhiggster

    EU PlayStation gamers getting the shaft again, no big surprise there or with the price.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dark

    i’m fine with $400 or even $500 , but the launch titles will be the selling point for me.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GuerrillaDawg

    “At launch, the PlayStation 3 was priced at just under ¥50,000, or $534, and retailed at $500 in the US. ”

    Wasn’t it $599?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. nando

    “PlayStation 4 will launch before the end of 2014, a report in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun has claimed.” is obviously bullshit.I am pretty sure that Ms will launch the next console in this Christmas (Road Opens in 2013 definetely PGR 5 for the next xbox launch)and Sony will wait one year to launch ps4? It doesnt make sense at all.If it is true,no doupt Sony will collapse with ps4 sales and never catch their rival.If it is true thats a damm Russian Roulet Sony will play with Playstation TM.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TD_Monstrous69

    @1 yea, kind like on how eu plus members get the best games in the instant collection, yep, just a total fucking shaft.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Brenna Hillier

    Sorry, typo: end of 2013, not 2014. What year is it again?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. mkotechno

    I must be retard cause I paid 599€ (750$) when was launched. Funny how companies still applies 1$=1€ in europe.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Valkryst12

    It sold for $750+ in Australia at launch.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kaufer

    #3 Its $500 for the 20GB SKU.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Brenna Hillier

    AU and EU prices are almost always higher, yeah, but remember the PS3 launched with a couple of models, and the cheapest one didn’t come to PAL territories.

    Edit: I’ve made some edits pertinent to this discussion.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. CPC_RedDawn

    If they release it at OVER £400 in the UK, it will seriously have a hard time selling.

    If they can get it to £350 or £399 (which is what I think it will be) then it could have a really good chance.

    Or release it over £400 but they will need to pump a lot into the console to shift it. There is no good in giving people a just a console and a controller.

    I would like to see the high end package contain:

    PS4 unit,
    500GB HDD (maybe 250GB SSD but that’s a stretch)
    a stand,
    TWO controllers,
    HDMI cable (2 meters at least)
    12 months free subscription to PSN,
    and 6 months free subscription to Gaiki PS3 game streaming,
    And maybe a PS4 game or at least a demo disk (BRING BACK THE DEMO DISKS!!!)
    Maybe even through in 3 months free subscription to Netflix, Hulu, or LoveFilm as well!

    Sell this for £450-£499 and you might get away with it.

    AND above all else get some first party games out and RRP them at £40 (no higher)

    and then get a SHIT STORM of third party support for the system in the form of triple A devs, and as many Indie devs as possible (give them a license fee break to entice more to program and release on your system).

    #11 2 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    ^ You’re living in a crazy dream.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Hellhound30x

    DAY ONE!!! SO THERE DAY ONE!!!!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. osric90

    Bad idea. Around $300 is acceptable, but $400? That’s nuts, why? Because it’s only featuring few changes in the system (still Blu-ray, still a lot of things). End of 2013 for a release year is even worse. A ton of AAA games will end up being “last breathe” games and I don’t think studios will like that. PS4 for 2015, period. Big change, big jump and PLEASE: complete backwards compatibility (that’s PS1, PS2 and PS3). Or you better cost less than $200, PS4, Orbis or whatever.

    When there are games about to achieve a new narrative format, better entertainment structures… generations always change and it’s all about graphics again.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dark

    Another PlayStation 4 report!

    http://gematsu.com/2013/02/nikkei-ps4-to-utilize-gaikai-have-expanded-social-features

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Brenna Hillier

    Added already.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. lexph3re

    Jesus 11 why don’t you ask for stock options as well while your at it. And, a 401k package too.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. daytripper

    Can’t wait for the 20th

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Telepathic.Geometry

    Main thing I wanna know is, will it be backwards compatible?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Brenna Hillier

    @19 since they’re not using Cell, I suspect not. It might be backwards compatible with PS2 though, haaaaa.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Telepathic.Geometry

    Well, fuck. /is disappoint

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Zohar

    My guess… $399 for the basic pack, $449 for the premium pack.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ninjanutta

    ive read somewhere that a dongle for backwards compat is going to be sold for ps4,not sure if its true but wouldnt suprise me

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Telepathic.Geometry

    I could live with that…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. tmac2011

    400 i can deal with hoping for backwards compatiblity with ps3, hopefully this launch will go really good

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Tormenter

    Why the hell would they make it backwards compatible when they have a built in consumer force, thick as two short planks, who are willing to pony up to repurchases their games catalogue for a new console?

    As soon as you all fell in to line with the PS3.. and xbox users are in the same boat, they suddenly realised that they could just sell you ‘backwards compatibility’ @ $50 per game.

    What kind of business sense (except stupid gamer logic) would it be to suddenly reintroduce it?

    Built in BC in a console died a generation ago because none of you could take your lips from the their dick, it’s not even a thing now.

    You aren’t even dreaming.. you’re just being stupid.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. VATman

    They should use Gaikai tech for offering retrocompatibility, I think next gen could be a match point for the future of Sony and Microsoft, so they have to be imaginative and not as mean with the customer as they have been during this generation.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Sini

    Since that trash Wii U goes for $350 I don’t see anything wrong with a $399 price tag. Would rather it be $499 with some beastly hardware specs.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Hybridpsycho

    @osric90

    Stop nagging about backward compatibility, it limits the new machine extremely. It’s completely unnecessary. if you want to play your old games, keep your old console.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. fihar

    No backwards compatibility would be stupid.
    I’m so not going to let the 50+ titles on my PSN download list be wasted.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. orakaa

    @30: I think ALL PSN games will be compatible. No question about that. The backward compatibility that we won’t have is for main PS3 games, based around CELL architecture

    #31 2 years ago
  32. MadFlavour

    Under £300 and I’ll consider an early buy.

    >£300 and a day one purchase won’t be happening, unless I somehow strike it rich between now and then.

    >£400 and I will probably pick one up pre-owned six or seven years down the line, just like I did with the PS3.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Erthazus

    £400 is cheap for a system that will have games, but Sony machine won’t have them at launch.

    System specs so far are not impressive, I guess that Sony fanbots will buy it at launch. Stupid fanboys.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. PC_PlayBoy

    Next gen consoles aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Gadzooks!

    #34

    Leave this site you worthless troll.

    You are not wanted here.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. kaffikjelen

    I’d be willing to pay more.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. DrDamn

    Last time $599 equated to £425. Different exchange rates this time, but not unreasonable to think that actually they are aiming for a price point around £300 in the UK based on that.

    For the core usable model I think that’s the price point both Sony and MS will be aiming for, maybe upto £350 with premium models.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. dizzygear

    @5 Cry me a damn river.
    How is Persona 4 Arena? Or Counter Strike GO? Or Xenogears? Because we have yet to see them. You get your games on time, better priced and uncensored. PAL PSN is a fucking joke.

    Sony should just dissolve SCEE and leave to the PAL zone to Microsoft, Valve and Nintendo.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. xxJPRACERxx

    People pay $500+ each year for new iPad and don’t want to pay $400+ for something that will last at least 5 years…

    #39 2 years ago
  40. OlderGamer

    Not always the same people JPRACER.

    From what I have seen it comes down to two things:

    Price.

    Controler.

    I am not impressed at all with the new XBXNXT “leaks”.

    But that is the thing…none of this “Info” is anything we can hang our hats on. Going to say it again, best to just wait. But I bet by tomorrow, there will be yet another “report” on one or another of the up and coming system specs, benchmarks, services, games, or price.

    Tbh, I am losing interest.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. RocknRolla

    @4 whats the matter with you? Article says end of 2013 not 2014 dumbass..

    @11 be happy if you get a HDMI cable, other than that you should do some reading before writing something stupid like that again.. Do you know how much you’r asking for haha? I wish we got all that, but I strongly urge you to come back to reality.

    500$ is ok price for me I live in Europe so I hope this does not go down like it did with the PS3 :) the wating is unbearable.

    #41 2 years ago

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    Rockstar has released patch 1.01 for the PC version of GTA 5 and along with a fix to the character’s facial features changing when transferring to PC, the launcher will no longer drain your CPU and crash. Here are the full patch notes: Fixed an issue where the GTAV Launcher would use an abnormally high […]

  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

    Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be released on PlayStation 4 in May, Capcom has announced. All characters, levels and previous DLC will be included in the PS4 version, including a fix to input lag found in the PS3 version’s controls. The fighting game will be released digitally on the PS Store May 26 for $24.99 […]

  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

    Weapon degradation wan’t an intentional feature in Dark Souls 2, and now that it has carried over into Scholar of the First Sin, the glitch will be patched out in an upcoming update. The glitch also affected the framerate of Dark Souls 2 on PC, and on all platforms with Scholar of the First Sin. […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

    Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order through EA’s Origin service as well as Amazon and GameStop. Star Wars: Battlefront pre-orders, as previously reported, will include early access to the free Battle of Jakku DLC. The planet is included in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and finds the New Republic coming […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

    The first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was released today after much anticipation. Watch the lovely game reveal below, all captured on PlayStation 4. The trailer was revealed during an EA panel today at the Star Wars Celebration, and featured Lucasfilm concept artist Doug Chiang, the game’s senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, and other members of […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

    Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears the information was posted ahead of time, (via Kotaku) as the report is written in past tense. According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” […]

  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

    Microsoft has confirmed the departure of Phil Harrison, its corporate VP of Xbox in Europe. According to a statement, Harrison left to pursue interests outside of the company, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told GI.biz. “Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

    Battlefield Hardline players will be able to take part in the Rent-a-Server program, similar to the one in Battlefield 4, when the first patch for the shooter is released. Rental servers will come to both last and current-gen consoles, and CPU issues will be addressed in the patch as well, which PC players will be […]

  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

    Chip’s Challenge, the 1989 top-down tile-based puzzler created by Chuck Sommerville, is heading to Steam along with the unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2. After the release of the first game, Sommerville spent two years developing the sequel, only to find the trademark had been sold. The trademark’s new owners wanted him to fund the publishing, […]

  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

    Patch 1.04 for Pillars of Eternity dropped yesterday, and according to Obsidian Entertainment, players can expect the next round of fixes to arrive in May. According to a post on the Kickstarter page, patch 1.04 contained quite a bit of fixes, and going forward, the team plans to continue squishing bugs, adding additional polish and […]

  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

    Goat Simulator continues its plan to dominate all platforms under the sun by releasing on Xbox consoles. Goat Simulator has been released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The store page for the Xbox One version is now live, but the 360 one is lagging behind. Don’t know what this game is or what it’s […]

  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

    We have our first look at gameplay footage from Housemarque’s Alienation. Housemarque has finally given us a look at their upcoming shooter project, Alienation. The twin-stick shooter will feature co-op and the new video shows it in action. It’s a short one but still manages to demo several environments. The game was shown off at […]

  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

    GTA 5 modders started making presets for ReShade SweetFX as soon as they realised the tool supports it. To the modding community’s delightful surprise, shader-altering tool ReShade SweetFX was discovered to support GTA 5. What this means is that anyone can download the tool, mess around with the post-processing options, and inject them into GTA […]

  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

    Project Cars has finally gone gold. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has announced that the racer has reached gold master milestone. “We know the wait for the game to be released was worth it, as we’re confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they are all […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

    The Western release of Dragon Quest Heroes has been given the most absurd subtitle. Square Enix announced a while back that Dragon Quest Heroes will come to North America and Europe this year. Unlike in Japan, it will launch only on PlayStation 4. Earlier today, the Japanese publisher revealed what the game’s logo will look […]

  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

    The PlayStation gear store has added a new section dedicated to Bloodborne merchandise. The first set of items is as good as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of Bloodborne and want to make sure everyone around you knows it, you’ll be happy to know that Sony has added a few pieces of Bloodborne-branded gear […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

    Xur is selling one of Destiny’s top hand cannons today: The Last Word. Is it worth grinding the coins for? The answer is a resounding YES. The Last Word is one of Destiny’s best Exotics, and one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. Our Destiny expert Alex notes that it’s one of the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

    Bethesda is going first at E3 this year with a showcase of games on Sunday night. What clues can we see in the press invite? Skyrim publisher Bethesda has sent out confirmation of its E3 showcase, taking place Sunday June 14. The invite includes a number of Bethesda game characters including Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazcowicz, a […]

  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs! This is precisely what virtual reality is for. VR demos are all over the place and CryEngine developer Crytek has produced one of its own, showing off how the engine is flexible enough t- Look, let me level with you: I don’t care. I only care about dinosaurs. Hush now and watch the dinosaurs. […]

  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

    PC gamers can grab a sweet saving or two in Uplay’s Spring Sale. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Alien: Isolation are all on sale as part of Uplay’s Spring Sale, among many other titles. The sale offers discounts of up to 85% off digital […]

  • Fix for GTA 5 PC Windows install bug releasing today

    Rockstar is set to release a patch today that will fix a bug preventing players from installing the game. The bug is tied to Windows usernames that use certain characters not supported by Rockstar. There’s already a workaround available on the Rockstar Support site, but those waiting for an official update will be able to […]

  • Prey 2 dev’s new mobile horror Lost Within out now on iOS and Fire

    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

    Blood Bowl 2: The Chaos Theory is only the latest in a much loved series of games based on a game based on two other games. Blood Bowl is a popular Games Workshop tabletop game which blends the fantasy universe of Warhammer with a fantasy sport drawing inspiration from American football and related games. It’s […]

  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]