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Sony financials: game profits down 86.4% in Q3

Thursday, 7 February 2013 08:52 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony’s Q3 financials are in and make for grim reading. The company’s game arm has seen a sharp decrease with a 15.1% drop in sales, accounting for an 86.4% income drop.

Sony Financials

Game department sales decreased year-on-year from ¥316.1 billion to ¥268.5 billion – a drop of 15.1%

The decrease equates to a year-on-year dip in profit from ¥33.8 billion to ¥4.6 billion – a drop of 86.4%

The game department saw a 29.2 billion yen year-on-year decrease in operating cost to ¥4.6 billion / $53 million.

Sony has cited its purchase of Gaikai as a driving factor in what it hopes will be solid financials going into the next fiscal year.

The company cut its game department’s year-end projects to an undisclosed figure, thanks to low sales of PS3 and PSP.

The company’s financial report is broken down into sections of the business, incorporating mobile, televisions and other products, but gaming is our focus here, and the results are’t good.

For the quarter ended December 31st, sales decreased year-on-year from ¥316.1 billion to ¥268.5 billion – a drop of 15.1%.

The decrease equates to a year-on-year dip in profit from ¥33.8 billion to ¥4.6 billion – a drop of 86.4%.

Sony’s report adds that the problem stems from “lower sales of hardware and software
of the PlayStation 3 and PSP”, but that the dip was, “partially offset by the sales of the
PlayStation Vita since it launched in Japan December 2011.”

However, Sony’s game department saw an operating cost decrease due to the, “decrease in sales of PS3 software and PSP hardware.” The department saw a 29.2 billion yen year-on-year decrease in operating cost to ¥4.6 billion / $53 million.

The game department’s sales forecast is low for end-of-year. The report continued, “Primarily due to the lowering of the annual unit sales forecast for portable hardware, sales and operating income are expected to be lower than the November forecast. Sales and operating income are expected to decrease significantly year-on-year.”

However Sony’s consolidated sales forecast across the brand remains unchanged, “due to the favorable impact of depreciation of the yen as well as higher than expected financial services revenue in the third quarter compared to the November forecast.”

Part of this static forecast comes from Sony preparing to sell off some of its assets, the report confirms, “Although the severe operating environment is expected to continue in the fourth quarter, the operating income forecast for the fiscal year remains unchanged because operating income in the Financial Services segment in the third quarter was higher than expected and Sony has been planning to engage in activities such as asset sales.”

It is unclear what assets Sony will sell off, but we should expect to hear more come the company’s Q4 report.

Turnaround?

Sony is expected to announce PS4 on February 20th at its PlayStation Meeting event, in a big to reverse its fortunes as of late.

Many say new hardware is the shot in the arm Sony – and many companies in the console sector – sorely need to get back into the black.

Sony has painted a positive picture for the future of its game department at the end of the report, “In the game business, Sony is working to expand sales and operating income through the introduction of an attractive software lineup and through offering game software on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.”

The report also makes mention of Sony’s acquisition of cloud streaming service Gaikai, “In addition, Sony acquired U.S.-based Gaikai Inc. in August 2012, with the aim of strengthening the game business.” It is rumoured that PS4 will use the technology out of the box.

The financial report comes as Sony let go of PS All-Stars: Battle Royale developer SuperBot Entertainment, following poor sales of the fighter. It can be assumed that Sony spent big on the game and lost out.

What do you make of the above?

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42 Comments

  1. Dannybuoy

    I for one will be buying a PS4 at launch. My money is waiting.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. CyberMarco

    I’m no expert in economics but I always had a doubt about how things work around the industry.

    Let’s say SONY invests $1 million every year in the industry and to break even from it’s investments and cover it’s costs SONY should at least gain $1 million in revenue. Let’s suppose that in 2011 SONY made $5 million in profit, that’s 500%(?) of profit, things go well. In 2012 Sony invests $1 million again but this time SONY makes $3 million in profit.

    Does this count as a loss if compared with 2011′s earnings? I mean, in 2011 they got 5 times their investment, but in 2012 they got 3 times, still makes their business “healthy” and able to continue, or not?

    Sorry if I’m confusing some terms etc, not my cup of tea! :p

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Beta

    Buying a PS4 immediately. Primarily for the amazing Naughty Dog games I know will be released in the future :’)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. woe

    Sony sold a building recently so expect that to be included in the next quarter, but still overall things are not looking good.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. gomersoul

    these figures are not as bad as it looks. the title is misleading. bring on ps4.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    @Dave
    “The company has seen a decrease of income across most of its departments”

    http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/12q3_sony.pdf

    Sales and operating revenue Q3 2011 ¥1,822.9
    Sales and operating revenue Q4 2012 ¥1,948.0

    The overall results in comparison to previous form are actually seen as pretty positive. Stock up. Losses down.

    Games division is making less yes, but overall picture is seen as quite good.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. CyberMarco

    ^ So in other words, Sony is making less compared to previous years, but still able to maintain a healthy business, right?

    Also what does “year-on-year” mean, is it a comparison of consecutive years in the business?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. viralshag

    @7, Exactly. Year on year is the comparison to the previous year.

    Just because a YoY isn’t positive, doesn’t mean that a company is doing “badly” as such, it just means they haven’t had a good year in comparison to last.

    Obviously, if it’s continual YoY decline you would take action to correct that.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Beta

    So I’m completely useless with financials but even though it’s lower than previous years they still made a profit yes?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @6 We’re a game site though so the overall picture isn’t the main focus, but I’ve softened that line. Thanks mate.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Fin

    Yer this actually doesn’t look too bad – and the games department is making money, not losing it!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dave Cook

    @11 What? The game department’s profits are down 84%

    That’s not good. At all.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DrDamn

    @10
    Oh that’s fine, Games focus is what you should have and that is down. Previous wording implied overall was down though. Thanks for updating.

    @CyberMarco
    Year on year is for comparison purposes. For example here we are talking about the third quarter of the financial year – i.e. Oct/Nov/Dec. Year on Year compares Q3 2012 to Q3 2011. So you are comparing like with like.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Myth

    @7 yep, you could substitute “compared to last year” for year-on-year.

    This is bad for SONY, as the launch of a new console is hugely expensive and will result in reduced earnings for a while. I’d be curious to see a serious study of how much of a buffer they have for the launch, and on what timetable the expect the PS4-console to be profitable.

    They should be making tons on the PS3 at the end of its cycle…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. stevenhiggster

    @Dave profits are down, but its still a profit innit. Look on the brightside matey. Oh that’s right you’re a game journo, you’re not allowed to look on the brightside. :P

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Beta

    It’s not very good, but they still made money at least. And I’m not surprised it’s lower. PSA was a bit of flop and it was their only big exclusive in the Christmas period as far as I’m aware.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dave Cook

    @16 Agreed, but that’s a huge, worrying drop. They also said they will be selling off assets to make up for the loss. That is even worse.

    Am I the only one who is worried for them here? :P

    Because this really is worrying news. If PS4 is handled wrong it could put a bullet in Sony’s head.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Myth

    @11 You’re taking it out of context. That the revenue from the games department is dropping at that point in the lifecycle of the PS3 is not a good sign at all.

    With any console launch you start out deeply in the red, and slowly work your way back to making money.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Fin

    @12 @18

    I consider anything that isn’t a loss a success!

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Beta

    Well yeah it all hinges on how they handle the PS4. If it goes really well with a nice price point (not like the absurd PS3 launch price) and a good launch line up and some effective marketing we could have a success on our hands :P

    If it goes the way of the PS3 launch (poor marketing, far too expensive, difficult to develop for) then I think Sony may have thoughts about leaving the gaming business.

    Edit* And hopefully TLOU and GOW: Ascension do well and boost the profits a bit.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    @17
    “If PS4 is handled wrong it could put a bullet in Sony’s head.”

    Yep I agree with this. I think it should have tempered how they approach the coming generation though. The big loss on hardware isn’t a sustainable model in their current situation and MS and Sony are being more conservative and clever in their designs this time around. They will both be aiming to head into profits from the new hardware sooner than last time.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Dave Cook

    @19 I’m optimistic most of the time like you, I think it’s a good quality, but with this I can’t help but be worried. Imagine a console industry without Sony. It almost sounds alien to say, but it could happen.

    It’s troubling.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    I’ll be buying a PS4. Any self-respecting gamer should. And a NexBox. And a Wii U. So there.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. PC_PlayBoy

    Sony suck!

    #24 2 years ago
  25. G1GAHURTZ

    Don’t buy a PS4!! They’re so rubbish.

    Get a 720 instead!! They’re much better.

    (Just warming up for how the next 5-8 years may well turn out…)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Mike W

    I’m so confuse, the news say Sony as a whole posted a profit and there’s also an article Reuters saying the company is back in the black….

    Am I missing something here?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Dave Cook

    @26 Black means in profit.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. woe

    Sony cuts Vita sales target again due to ‘slow market penetration’

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/389717/sony-cuts-vita-sales-target-again-due-to-slow-market-penetration/

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Mike W

    @27

    Meaning that’s good right?

    Excuse my ignorance.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DrDamn

    @26
    It was a bit confusing. I think they made a profit but for some reason were paying higher tax rates this period. Something like that.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. manamana

    I don’t want Sony leaving the ballroom – PS4, Vita and more Software is on my checklist for this year.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Psychotext

    Numbers without the headline spin for the Game division…

    Income (Sales)
    Q3 2011: 316.1 billion yen
    Q3 2012: 268.5 billion yen (-15%)

    Net Income (Profit essentially)
    Q3 2011: 33.8 billion yen
    Q3 2012: 4.6 billion yen (-86%)

    Hardware Sales (Units)
    Q3 2011: 9.8m
    Q3 2012: 9.5m (-3%)

    Handheld Sales (Units)
    Q3 2011: 2.4m
    Q3 2012: 2.7m (+13%)

    Home Console Sales (Units)
    Q3 2011: 7.4m
    Q3 2012: 6.8m (-8%)

    Obviously all of the Q3 2012 numbers include Vita sales, which weren’t present in the Q3 2011 numbers.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Dave Cook

    @30 I think it has something to do with the Yen conversion rate at present.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. manamana

    Wait, what’s that?! “… offering game software on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets” Sony pushing their IPs to iOS or what?

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Mike W

    So the company post a profit and show signs of recovery, but they’re still doomed?

    The game media is really a fucking joke when it comes to talking about these companie’s finances.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. OlderGamer

    “This is bad for SONY, as the launch of a new console is hugely expensive and will result in reduced earnings for a while. I’d be curious to see a serious study of how much of a buffer they have for the launch, and on what timetable the expect the PS4-console to be profitable.

    They should be making tons on the PS3 at the end of its cycle…”

    —Myth

    There is alot of truth in that. This generational console cycle as a whole has not been kind to a lot of companies the last few years. So that prolly dampens what should be Golden Years for a lot of brands. In a day and age where Apple and other companies put out new Tablets yearly, such a long and extended console life cycles was just a bad idea.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. DrDamn

    @OG
    That last point about long cycles is an interesting one. Wasn’t there something about modular design for the NextBox a couple of years ago?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Clupula

    Well, if you don’t release anything people want to play, you’re not going to sell as much. Have Sony had a single Triple A title this whole year? It’s been mostly collections and the disaster that was Playstation All Stars, to my knowledge. Now, if the same can be said next year, when they release Last of Us, GOW: Ascension, and Beyond: Two Souls, all of which are getting heavy levels of hype (I’m actually surprised to see how many 360 owners I know want to buy a PS3 for Last of Us), then we can safely say they are in trouble.

    But we all know the Vita is on life support until they lower the price and they haven’t released anything big for PS3 all 2012.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. OlderGamer

    Hard to say Doc, but I think I recall reading something like that. But with all of the information and noninformation floating around it is tuff to get a firm grasp on anything. Everytime we turn around someone, somewhere claims they have the real this or that pined down.

    Thats why I say best to wait and see what the companies themself say. And that I am losing interest in the hype/build up to launch. There is nothing to go on except thin air.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Mike W

    @38

    Very true, but the company still as a whole made a profit. Last year for for Sony sucked ass, there were no game big hitters at all. It was the lackluster PS:AB and that stupid ass Wonderbook crap.

    This year is a different story, but we will have to wait and see. Staying on topic, the company is showing good signs of recovery.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. theevilaires

    Numbers mean shit at this point. Just release the PS4 with better social gaming at an affordable price, get PS3 to its 10 year life cycle and cut it off production, and keep making killer games. Thats all that matters and PlayStation will continue to live.

    Oh and make the Vita slimmer and improve the OS, put at least 8mp camera in the back too.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. daytripper

    if they have a good show on 20th it could be the start of better things to come, bring it on

    http://i.imgur.com/DIsn8dC.png (credit neogaf)

    #42 2 years ago

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    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]