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Sony stays on target as E3 offers an open goal

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:24 GMT By Rob Fahey

E3 hasn’t officially started. The dust hasn’t settled on a heavy day of conferences. But Rob Fahey is ready to crown Sony king – and Microsoft has only itself to blame.

Today, we got to see something I’m not sure I’ve ever seen in this industry before – one opponent on the ropes, and the other lapping up the crowd’s adulation as they kept on landing the punches. For Microsoft, this was simply brutal stuff.

I’m usually deeply skeptical of people trying to proclaim “winners” and “losers” from an event like E3. It’s always more complex than that – each conference contains a balance of good and bad, after all, and judging games from brief trailers and demonstrations is just as foolish as judging platform strategy from a few carefully worded sentences from executives. The most impressive E3 conferences often break down in the months that follow as the devil emerges from the details.

I can make an exception to my skepticism, just this once. There’s a clear two-way fight right now between Sony and Microsoft – two next-gen consoles based on very similar architecture and launching within weeks of one another. Today, we got to see something I’m not sure I’ve ever seen in this industry before – one opponent on the ropes, and the other lapping up the crowd’s adulation as they kept on landing the punches. We can pick holes in Sony’s conference, certainly – there are holes to be picked – but for Microsoft, this was simply brutal stuff.

In the end, too, Sony’s triumph wasn’t actually about the games. For the past few weeks we’ve been praying that both platform holders would just focus on the games – and for the most part, both Microsoft and Sony lived up to that promise. Sony started slightly weakly, segueing from a strong commitment to continue supporting PS3 and Vita into a dull piece on movie and music content, but it quickly became apparent that the Sony Pictures exec had been wheeled out early on simply in order to get him out of the way quickly. Once Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida took the stage, it was all about games from there until the end of the conference.

Worldwide Studios is working on interesting stuff (30 PS4 titles, 20 in the first 12 months and 12 of those are brand new IP), while the roster of major third-parties supporting PS4 is as much a who’s who of development as you’d expect. Exclusives aren’t terribly thick on the ground within that roster, of course – the slightly glassy-eyed enthusiasm with which largely meaningless exclusive content (costumes, levels and so on) was announced is a testament to how cross-platform the next generation will be, just as this generation was. For exclusives, you need to look to Worldwide Studios (which, in fairness, houses some truly excellent development talent) and, perhaps even more interestingly, to Sony’s commitment to indie developers, which it spent much time and energy on re-stating.

Sony’s instructional video on how to share PlayStation 4 games. It knows exactly what it’s doing here.

In fact, Adam Boyes rapidly showcased eight games from eight different indie studios – some of them well-established creators, others entirely new teams and in at least one case, a team with no commercial releases to their name. All of them looked interesting; not all of them will be great, of course, but as a statement of intent this was remarkable. Boyes reiterated the magic words “self-publishing” and promised that PS4 would be the “most open and inclusive platform for developers”. The contrast with Microsoft’s message is stark; Phil Harrison seemed rather miffed at the suggestion that Microsoft doesn’t work with indies, yet where Sony talked up self-publishing and showed off eight interesting looking games, Microsoft’s response to indie-related criticism was to show off Minecraft – a game which had already made tens of millions of dollars before it came to Xbox. Minecraft is stupendous, don’t get me wrong, but a commitment to supporting creatively risky indie development it is not.

That being said, I’m not sure there was a lot to choose between Microsoft and Sony in terms of game software. I liked the Sony showing better, personally, but individual taste plays a big role in that. It’s telling that both companies ended with a game that essentially mixes Call of Duty with Halo – one from the makers of Call of Duty, one from the makers of Halo. Ultimately, you’ll be able to play most of the biggest hits of the next generation on either Xbox One or PS4, and whose exclusives you’ll prefer will be very much a personal choice.

So the moment when Sony “won” E3 wasn’t about games; or rather, it had everything to do with games, with your right to own and enjoy them as you see fit, with all the horrible corporate nonsense about licensing and reselling and sharing that we’ve been forced to sit through in the weeks since the Xbox One reveal. Many of us expected that Sony would announce something similar, albeit perhaps less restrictive than Microsoft’s plans. After all, Microsoft had presumably implemented this anti-sharing, anti-trade-in system at the demand of game publishers; wouldn’t Sony face the same demands?

The moment when Sony “won” E3 wasn’t about games; or rather, it had everything to do with games, with your right to own and enjoy them as you see fit, with all the horrible corporate nonsense about licensing and reselling and sharing that we’ve been forced to sit through in the weeks since the Xbox One reveal. You can forgive Jack Tretton, then, for milking the moment.

You can forgive Jack Tretton, then, for milking the moment. Sony may have faced the same demands, but it has faced them down. The PS4 places no restrictions on ownership beyond those we already understand – you can buy games, sell games, trade games and share games just as you do on your existing console. It doesn’t require an online connection to play games. It doesn’t need to check in with the mothership every 24 hours. Tretton couldn’t stop grinning as he spoke, announcing that the PS4 would do none of the things gamers have criticised about the Xbox One in the past few weeks. He kept drumming home the points, tearing apart Xbox One’s strategy bullet point by bullet point. The rousing cheers from the crowd as Tretton essentially announced “we’re going to do the same thing we did with PS3” were partially adulation for Sony, but they were mostly condemnation for Microsoft, whose entire strategy now looks isolated, anti-consumer and downright nasty. Tretton slaughtered them; last time I saw a massacre on this scale, The Rains of Castamere was playing.

From that moment on, this conference must have been agonising to watch in Redmond. Discussing PlayStation Plus, Tretton effectively announced that subscribers are going to get some of the launch software for PS4 free – an impressive giveaway which almost but not quite masked the fact that PS Plus is now going to be required for online multiplayer, although I suspect gamers will forgive Sony for slipping in that one piece of bad news. Next came a more subtle blow at Microsoft, as Halo creators Bungie popped up for a lengthy demo of Destiny, a hugely ambitious open-world shooter that looks a lot like Microsoft’s most cherished Xbox IP. It’s not an exclusive on PS4 (although there’s an “exclusive partnership”, whatever that’s meant to mean), but its very presence there will rankle, no doubt.

Finally, Andrew House took the stage again for one final bombshell. PS4 is out this November in the US and Europe (not in Japan?), and it’s going to cost $399 / £349 – a full $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, despite higher system specifications and less restrictions on ownership. It was a killer blow; a delighted House looked like he wanted to drop the microphone and walk off stage there and then.

Sony didn’t do anything truly special. It’s Microsoft who provided an open goal – Sony just kicked the ball in a vaguely straight line and scored one of the most dramatic goals in E3’s lengthy history.

A $399 console with some decent games which doesn’t demand constant connection to the Internet and allows you to share and trade-in your games is, well, exactly what we expected and wanted from this generation. It’s not a radical departure – it’s just a solid, reasonable console business model, spiced up with some clever things like indie self-publishing and cloud gaming support. That’s, in some ways, the extraordinary thing here – Sony didn’t do anything truly special. It’s Microsoft who provided an open goal – Sony just kicked the ball in a vaguely straight line and scored one of the most dramatic goals in E3’s lengthy history. All the adulation, the cheering, the “thank god for Sony!” comments on websites and social networks – this is all a response to a company simply doing what it’s always done, in the face of a competitor making the huge, stupid mistake of treating its consumers like idiots and thieves.

It’s a long way to November and, while it will undoubtedly be embarrassing, Microsoft still has time to backtrack, while Sony still has time to mess things up. “Winning” E3 doesn’t mean a lot in the final analysis; it’s how you back up your E3 showing in the months and years that follow that actually matters. Yet, all that being said, I’ve never seen an E3 victory like this one. Winning actually wasn’t about the games, in the end. It was about something even more fundamental – showing some respect to the people who buy your products.

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29 Comments

  1. John117

    “It’s telling that both companies ended with a game that essentially mixes Call of Duty with Halo – one from the makers of Call of Duty, one from the makers of Halo.”
    Except if I buy Xbox One I can play both though. Or if you are one of the smug PC guys since almost every game announced for the PS4 will be for PC as well :S

    #1 2 years ago
  2. El_MUERkO

    I didn’t stay up for the Sony conference but they seem to have nailed it. Pity they couldn’t manage an October release just to put the boot in, maybe in Japan.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    “Except if I buy Xbox One I can play both though. ”

    Except the Ps4 will be getting exclusive content. THe Ps4 you just have to wait a year and TitanFall will be on that system.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. fihar

    To sum up, Sony didn’t won E3.
    Microsoft simply lost it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. backup

    Sony won by mile
    xbots and PC pirates left crying

    #5 2 years ago
  6. machy

    couldn’t agree more .. great article

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Cobra951

    That was a terrific read. Thank you. I don’t remember a previous time in this industry when heroes and villains were this clearly defined. And my history with gaming goes all the way back to its humble beginnings.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. machy

    @1 in terms of games
    Sony:
    killzone: sf
    infamous
    drive club
    the order
    knack
    and 15 more to come all from the 1st party studious
    unlike MS most of those titles were from 3rd party which ms had to buy them to fell the hole in the 1st party .. in terms of exclusively Sony always out runs MS it’s a given fact , take a look at ps3 and 360

    the e3 actuly made it easy form me to wait a lit bit before heading to ps4 … too many hits exclusively are coming to ps3 great titles which I can’t simply mess, starting with the last of us all the way to rain

    #8 2 years ago
  9. mistermogul

    I declare Nintendo the winner! ;)

    Actually well done to Sony, you will get my money, yay!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Great article – sums it up perfectly.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. BraveArse

    “this is all a response to a company simply doing what it’s always done, in the face of a competitor making the huge, stupid mistake of treating its consumers like idiots and thieves.”

    This, a million times this. I’m actually thinking of ditching Microsoft altogether including for business use. My adobe creative cloud stuff will just transfer to Mac I think, and I’m just about ready to upgrade my kit.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. polygem

    microsoft really positioned themselves there. i do not feel sorry for them. i still cannot believe they did what they did.
    let´s wait for sales though…there could be a huge market for a tv, sportsgames, shallowshooter box.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. mistermogul

    I am getting the feeling that MS will really have to re-consider their stance with 24 hour connection and used games. If they don’t then they really are arrogant.

    They’re getting so much negative press it’s crazy (though understandable and warranted).

    It really is time share holders kicked Ballmer out too. MS have been useless since he took charge and now their most successful division has lost the plot.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. BraveArse

    Totally agree re: Ballmer. He’s the archetypal corporate psychopath. Arrogant, aggressive and eventually it always becomes apparent that they’re really bad at their job, depending on having good people around them. His problem, I think, is that he drove a lot of the talent out.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Beta

    @13 I agree. Though can they really go back on their choices? The publishers would not be happy for one.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. orakaa

    Excellent article. Thank you Rob, you took the words out of our mouths :D

    #16 2 years ago
  17. manamana

    Great read, Rob! Congrats, you perfectly summed up my feelings.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ge0force

    Excellent writing Rob, I really enjoyed reading it and I share your opinion completely!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. laughing-gravy

    That video, LOL!

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Telepathic.Geometry

    @15: They can. They’d have to eat humble pie, but I honestly can’t see how they can afford not to now.

    Most gaming journos I’ve been listening to or reading have all heavily implied or outright said that the success of this MS move with regard to DRM and requiring online checks will depend heavily on what Sony does. I guess everyone assumed that they would have a similar thing going on but perhaps a little stricter here, a little more lenient there…

    Now that Sony is cheaper, freer, and technologically a little ahead, MS are in a really tough spot. It’s hard to know what hardcore Xbox Live gamers – used to high quality online gaming, and with an established gaming community – will do, but I don’t see how MS could NOT backtrack, if even only a little.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. laughing-gravy

    @13 & 14 Yep MSoft’s one over-riding and massive problem just happens to be that clown Ballmer. Surely it’s time to get rid of him isn’t it?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. GwynbleiddiuM

    Excellent read Rob, thanks.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. redwood

    just don’t fuck this up sony.. just .. don’t .. fuck.. this…up!!!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. yeoung

    Great read

    #24 2 years ago
  25. The_Red

    Excellent read. Especially loved the football example about empty goal.

    Just one thing though: Am I the only one who feels the “Share instructions” vid from Sony feels cheap and low (albeit in a entertaining and fun way).

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    Great read and fantastic video lol!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Gigabomber

    Is this a comedic piece? Sony has said they will not impose fees, but they have not owned up to what the publishers will do. Sony is doing a great job of propagandizing and playing up microsoft’s mistakes, but they will introduce the same restrictive system, just you wait and keep drinking the koolaid, fanboys. I thought you Brits were more careful with grammar, this article proves me wrong, once again.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. NiceFellow

    @1 it is almost a given Titanfall is merely a timed exclusive. Respawn have already made comments it may come to other platforms later. We already know from PS3/360 gen that basically means it will definately come to other platforms.

    Also, if PS4 does sell better wordlwide (which is looking like a given unless MS eat a ton of humble pie and drop their price) you can be sure Titanfall will be heading to PS4 as soon as it contractually can.

    The only sure exclusives for either platform are those developed 1st party or where IP is owned even if developed by a 2nd/3rd party studio. Everything else is timed exclusive only – we know that from this gen.

    It’s a pity really – I enjoyed having both a 360 and PS3 this gen – but right now MS really do seem to have scored an own goal with people wanting a gaming console as the primary focus and unless they backtrack rapidly I think they’re going to pay for it.

    That damn 3rd console curse I guess.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. pacitobg

    Nice read Rob
    “Tretton slaughtered them; last time I saw a massacre on this scale, The Rains of Castamere was playing.”

    #29 2 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]