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PS4: Remain calm – Sony has more to reveal in due course

Friday, 22 February 2013 19:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

PS4 is the news du jour, and while Sony’s deliberately holding back on revealing some of its main features, PlayStation UK managing director Fergal Gara assured VG247′s Stephany Nunneley more will be revealed when the moment is right.

So how did it feel to finally announce PlayStation 4?

Great. It’s been years of preparation, but particularly in the last few weeks with the planning, and it stayed a good secret up until the invite stage, and there were only two weeks of frantic speculation. But it was great to get it out there, and to illustrate things many of us have known about, and do it clearly – the feature sets what it’s all going to do, what it does for the gamer, what experience you get, what’s cool about this game that makes it different.

I was curious over the online aspect. It’s been made clear that users don’t have to be online to play games, however, during the event it was made abundantly clear that in order to take advantage of the social aspects and the Gaikai factor, users will want to be online. How will this affect someone who wants a PS4, but doesn’t have the best download speeds, or has issues with latency?

“It has been a goal, and remains a goal, to make sure PS4 is a great experience whether you are connected or not.”

Our brands and our machines sell across the whole world and infrastructure differs greatly in every country across the world, so one of the things we emphasized form the start is that it must be a compelling, stand-alone experience and a lot more has been added in in terms of the online services and technology and we expect that will be less effective if you’ve got a less than powerful broadband.

As we flesh it out more over the coming months, I think we’ll start to see how experiences might differ, but it has been a goal and remains a goal to make sure PS4 is a great experience whether you are connected or not. And if you’re connected half well, there will be some compromise, but you’ll get most of the experience. That’s my expectation.

When PS3 came out, Sony told consumers that it “does everything.” Here was a console which not only played games, but DVDs, Blu-ray, music discs. Now, you are launching a machine which does all this, plus connects the user to all their friends across social networks. What was so compelling about social and sharing for Sony to require such a heavy emphasis on it with PS4?

Being able to push a button and share is just one of the compelling social aspects of PS4, but for me, first of all, it’s just recognizing the lifestyle people live today and that puts PS3 in a little bubble of its own. It’s got its own special community and infrastructure and what we did during the event was show commonly used tools which we’ve embraced; how we can connect people with that; and how it will just weave into the daily fabric of their life. That is one of the big things that have changed since the PS3. During the PS4 event, Facebook was the main one we focused on, but my understanding is that we’ll be able to adapt to what the right networks are at the right time and satisfy the needs of the user.

People will start to understand this more over the coming months, but I think it’s all about relevancy and I also think – well, we’re the marketing and commercial team in the UK and one of the things we think about a lot are how do we get more miles on our games; how do we get people talking about them. I saw loads of features last night that enable ease of access to games, peer to peer promotion of games. If you are sharing clips of your race or battle or whatever it is you’re playing – you are effectively showcasing games to your friends.

But it also provides an even greater value to the consumer by enabling others to join you in a race, or to help you out. This way, the user is making another aware of the game, and providing them with great value because at that stage you don’t have to buy anything as it will be something for them to pay down the line. It’s creating flexibility for the gamer and fantastic word of mouth and awareness which I think is a win-win.

“We have redefined the top tier gaming experience for gamers. We have unleashed the creativity of the development industry by creating a machine that is easy to develop for and that five years’ worth of developer feedback.”

“It does everything” was also how you sold PS3 to general consumers. How will you sell the new system to the core gamer who already owns a PS3?What is going to make them buy a PS4?

The it only does everything strap-line has become hygiene factors. We touched on video services etcetera during the event, but what we deliberately focused in on was the reason we started in this business. We’ve kind of gone back to the start, how we got started down this road. How do we make that the centerpiece and make that centerpiece as compelling as possible and as powerful as it possibly can be? So we want to talk less about the everything – even though, rest assured there will be plenty more and we will flesh that out as go down the road.

We have redefined the top tier gaming experience for gamers. We have unleashed the creativity of the development industry by creating a machine that is easy to develop for and that incorporates their feedback – five years’ worth of feedback. I am incredibly reassured these guys will bring real talent back into this industry. I have seen bits of everything going along, but what really knocked my socks of the other night was the graphical quality of every game, really. I was expecting really good things, but I came away thinking: “wow was that awesome.”

Every single game, third-party, first-party, really looked like it had stepped big time. It was neat to see.

The event also gave Sony a strategic edge over Microsoft, being the first out of the gate as it were. It’s rumored that it will be announcing its next Xbox console soon – but now the entire buzz is about PS4, and Sony. Will this help you build comparable awareness when Xbox 720 or whatever they plan to call it is announced?

Well, yes it’s great, but we also chose to reveal PS4 when we did because that’s what fits in with the timeline. That’s the right time in terms of enough games being ready to show, being able to pull it all together and say:: “look, here’s the vision, here’s some of the experiences you’re going to see.” If it was much earlier, it wouldn’t have been in a polished state and if you go later, well you just don’t gain the traction or awareness you would otherwise.

If PS4 was shown earlier, it wouldn’t have been in a polished state. If you go later, you don’t gain the traction or awareness you would otherwise.”

Is there going to be an increase in development costs with PS4? EA has said it doesn’t expect development costs to rise too much with next-gen systems – in this case PS4 -but Activision, on the other hand feels differently. During its last call to investors, CEO Bobby Kotick said costs would definitely go up because development costs always go up with new consoles. So, with PS4, are we looking at your standard $60 games or will we be seeing $70 games or more – to help developers recoup costs?

PS4 is developed for developers by developers, and while you would need someone on the hardware end to answer that question for you, developers will have this feature set to use in order to create amazing games for the consumer, yet, the system will also be easy for them to get their hands around to develop with. And those are our two major priorities.

So, I couldn’t tell you how those two balance each other out in terms of your question. But in the end it will be a high-end experience that will be easy for developers to create. Now, what that means in terms of the costs of a big, meaty project, you’d have to have one of our studio leaders to give you more detail around that. [Jack Tretton cleared this up earlier today - ed.]

Have you decided how or if you plan to monetize Gaikai with the system? I know Sony has mentioned in the past that in the future it may charge for PSN instead of keeping online free.

It’s still too early for us to talk about that, along with how much the machines will cost. Of course, there is an economic model, or idea we have in place, or at least something to work with but we still aren’t close to the final stage in that and not able to provide any details. But we will, all in good time.

I was particularly interested in the Game-Pad on the DualShock 4 and what can be accomplished with it, along with the new camera peripheral. I am assuming we can expect to see those bundled together in a package.

Again, the packaged part is something we can’t go into detail on yet, but I can expand on DualShock.

The pad will bring all sorts of possibilities to life with flicks, and pinching and zooming in and out- stuff everyone has gotten used to with numerous devices. There is a fair bit of functionality there, and how it works with the camera, is it will associate the player with a specific controller and takes a leap on from where we have been. For example, say we’ve been playing something and I accidentally pick up your controller I can really mess up our stats so, the new controller recognizes the user.

“I think there’s this perception that we’re deliberately holding back tons, but there are some final decisions that haven’t been made or are not appropriate to be made just yet.”

When will you start really pushing the system, will it be after E3, closer to launch? What I am asking, is when will general consumers become aware of the system. Not the core consumers who reads gaming magazines and sites.

We have kept the information pretty tight even internally so, some of my team only found out about certain aspects today. Soon, we will start discussing details and planning and a build before release, but it will be a while yet before we really start to advertise it. We want to decide what’s the best launch, what’s the best plan – there are so many strands to that.

Have you decided what exactly of the console you will show at E3 – or if you will show it at all?

What exactly gets revealed and when I don’t know, other than that there is plenty more to tell and we’ll be telling the full story between now and launch as there are still a few things not pinned down. I think there’s this perception that we’re deliberately holding back tons, but there are some final decisions that haven’t been made or are not appropriate to be made just yet. There are still variables there to be grappled with, pinned down as it were. All of that is still being worked through.

I was delighted we were able to show as much as we did the other night. And rightly people are asking were the other bits are and all I can say is that we will continue to add flesh to the bones. The other night was just the start.

PS4 is slated for release during holiday 2013. You can catch up on everything that happened during the reveal here.

Stephany’s trip to NYC was 100% paid for by VG247. All her food costs and travel were also paid for by VG247, including the hotel she stayed in with the toilet that would flush on its own every so often during the night. Stephany attributed it to a faulty flush valve flapper, not due to the room being haunted.

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28 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    ” CEO Bobby Kotick said costs would definitely go up because development costs always go up with new consoles.”

    Said a guy who makes horrible decisions where his games has an outdated engines, physics, graphics, gameplay, sound.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    Great. It’s been years of preparation, but particularly in the last few weeks with the planning…

    We have kept the information pretty tight even internally so, some of my team only found out about certain aspects today.

    Yeah, ok!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Beta

    I’m perfectly calm, I’m already buying it ;)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. _LarZen_

    Are Sony going to take the spotlight this year at E3 also? Or will Microsoft after years of fiddling in the dark finally deliver something the core gamers want?

    Exciting times indeed!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    I’m afraid that Sony will not push 1st party at this E3 or third party exclusives.
    Don’t know what can sell me this console, but hardware and other stuff so far are nice.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Moonwalker1982

    @4

    That’s exactly what i’m wondering too man. PS4 looks exciting indeed. Everything the PS3 wasn’t, especially for developers. I want both parties to succeed really and i just hope MS can indeed bring something good to the table in terms of games and who knows what else.

    @5

    Why woudln’t they?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    Well Duh…but I have to say I’m glad they are calling it the PS4 and not some dumb name like Nintendo and Microsoft have put themselves into.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. theevilaires

    Hey! hey! hey! Read staff! Is Toshiba still a partner with SONY on the PS4 like the other 3 PlayStations? I would imagine after the battle between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD they have gone separate ways. But can you please confirm this?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Razor

    I’m more interested in this self-flushing toilet. That would have made me jump in the middle of the night.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Clupula

    All I know is I don’t want a single already-announced title to be moved to PS4. If it was announced as a PS3 title, I want it to continue to come out for PS3. For PS4, however, I want new ips and sequels to established ips. I want God of War and Uncharted 4. I want Quantic Dream’s new game. I want Final Fantasy XV and Metal Gear V.

    I don’t want to see, however, Versus XIII, Last Guardian, Ground Zeroes, or Last of Us moved when they shouldn’t be. Continue to support the PS3 until I’m ready to move on and I’ll support the PS4 just as much.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Beta

    Nobody wants a faulty flapper.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. robmlufc

    Stephany just needed some more lube on her flap.

    I’m buying a PS4

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Stephany Nunneley

    @9 I lived with a plumber for 10 years. You would be amazed, and saddened, to know how knowledgeable I am on toilets and other water-related fixtures. :D

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    http://kotaku.com/5986025/the-lack-of-women-presenters-at-the-ps4-event-is-bigger-than-sony – funny thing.

    Kellee Santiago went apeshit.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DarkElfa

    Stephany, why didn’t you ask them why they screwed us on the Console reveal?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Stephany Nunneley

    @15 Well I asked why they didn’t show it fully – by asking when we will get to see it, but I didn’t put it in those terms. ;)

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Clupula

    @15 – Nobody got screwed on that. I don’t even care what the thing looks like. As long as it’s not a big silly purple cube, whatever it’s shape is, is fine with me.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. MadFingerz

    “As long as it’s not a big silly purple cube”

    haha, that was one ugly console. And the gamepad of that thing? Oh my. Thinking about Sega makes me sad, the Saturn was my first home console and I loved it..

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Beta

    @17 I lol’d :’)

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    @18 – The Gamecube controller always looked like someone had left a myriad of other controllers on a radiator with a bunch of crayons.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Joe Anderson

    Great interview Steph :)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Francis O

    I think Sony hit a homerun. They showed Nintendo how to properly drum up hype for system. Great job Sony.

    http://playeressence.com/after-watching-the-ps4-event-im-disappointed-with-nintendo/

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Digital Bamboo

    There wouldn’t have been any problems with the plumbing had it been a Nintendo event.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. xxJPRACERxx

    I wonder what Ken Kutaragi is thinking about the PS4…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. ps4fanboy

    @24 me too

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Erthazus

    @24, He is thiking that it is Supercharged PC.

    What else he can think of.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. xxJPRACERxx

    @26 You can play at 1000000 fps in 8D?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. drewbles82

    @10 I’d think any games announced for the ps3 will stay that way, this has been the longest console gen, therefore games will still be made. Think about it, are you gonna wanna make games for a console that has just come out or make games for a console that sits in over 70million homes. Me personally, would have a small team working on a next gen game and the rest on current gen til theres a big shift in people on next gen.
    MS have already stated they will still cont with the 360 for at least 2-3yrs when their next gen is out.

    #28 2 years ago

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    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

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

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

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

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

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

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

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

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

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

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

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

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

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

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

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

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

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

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

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

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

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

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

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

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

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

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

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

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

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

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

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

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

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