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Sony’s media content policy: “if you buy it, you own it”

Friday, 14 June 2013 18:10 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

President and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Andrew House, believes there is an “increasing nervousness” about what ownership of media content implies, but Sony is of philosophy that “if you buy it, you own it.”

Speaking with Yahoo Games during E3, House said he doesn’t think that the hoopla surrounding the concept of ownership of late is “a storm in a teacup,” instead he said Sony takes such things very seriously.

“You could argue that it’s a storm in a teacup – a very vocal minority of passionate gamers,” said House. “This huge outpouring of feeling around the concept of ownership of content. But I have to say I don’t see it that way.

“I think we saw a lightning rod for feeling that has been bubbling up – that doesn’t just apply to games, but to entertainment overall. I think there’s an increasing nervousness about what ownership of content means, in the absence of physical goods. When that nervousness was starting to migrate into control over physical goods that consumers have purchased, that was a bridge too far.

“I want to be very clear about where we have been on this issue: I think there’s a danger that we could be seen to have reacted and capitalized on a situation. When we first announced PS4 in February, people were saying, ‘Oh, Sony’s being coy’ – almost with some implicit suspicion.

“It struck us as very odd. We had no intention of changing our position – it hasn’t changed from what it’s been for the last fifteen years. We believe that if you buy it, you own it, you’re able to do with it what you want.”

House said the firm wanted to focus on the core gamer because they are “extremely influential, passionate consumers” even beyond gaming and into other forms of entertainment. However, the Sony and House especially are very “vocal” when it comes the independent game developer – a group which the industry “absolutely needs” to counterbalance the “Hollywood blockbuster” trend in gaming.

“I am very vocal on the topic of indie games,” he said. “The industry has an increasing reliance on high-end, high-production-values games – the equivalent of Hollywood blockbuster game franchises. A creative entertainment industry absolutely needs a counterbalance to that, the equivalent of arthouse cinema – the creative, the different, the new. Our goal is to have PlayStation be the best place to foster that.”

House also hoped the online component of gaming can lead to more than just competitive multiplayer matches or co-op with friends, but “connecting players through other forms of activity: that are more altruistic.

“I appreciate that this is a bit fluffy and ‘nice’ but I think it’s a good goal to have,” he said. “Networks and gameplay could be a bit more than headshots and trash talk – although, of course, that’s all very well for those that enjoy it… my son included.”

PS4 is slated for release this holiday season.

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39 Comments

  1. penniman

    You can say that again when I attempt to mod my game..

    #1 2 years ago
  2. CyberMarco

    Gotta love Sony’s trolling… :D

    http://i.imgur.com/uiAGREj.gif

    #2 2 years ago
  3. hitnrun

    However laudable and righteous, this is obviously, observably wrong. Just look at the success of Steam and Free to Play.

    However, there’s a caveat, as Microsoft is about to discover: if I buy it, and I don’t own it, it had better be cheap.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    “Now we’re going to be like ‘Look, they own it, they bought the disc and it’s theirs. They have a legitimate right for not doing anything illegal.’” Gibeau continued,”
    http://www.joystiq.com/2013/06/13/ea-online-pass-staying-dead/

    Just posting that here, because of its similarity to what Sony are saying.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. polygem

    @3:

    “if I buy it, and I don’t own it, it had better be cheap.”

    exactly. that´s the basic point ms missed in their logic.

    wow. it´s so easy now for sony to look irresistably good. they just have to say the simplest things like: “if you buy it – you own it” and they look like the white knights of gaming…

    well i cannot blame them for celebrating the moment.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Kanok

    You’re god damn right!!!!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Cobra951

    If you don’t own it, then you didn’t buy it. Rental, licensing and other such words come to mind. Sony is only reaffirming a basic truth, one which others have trampled on.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. aprotosis

    Unless of course you bought it off the PSN. Then you don’t own it, they do. You can’t trade or sell that content.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Joe Musashi

    I’ll be ready to believe that sentiment when I read it in the software they sell rather than as a soundbite from an interview. But this is a very interesting development. It will be interesting if this is a view of just Sony’s content, or of all the content they licence – including their third parties.

    JM

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Sylrissa

    “if you buy it, you own it”

    The fact that he even has to say this is ridiculous , Sony is winning the PR simply by doing nothing special and just coming out and saying “hey guys, we’re not treating our customers like idiots and pirates”

    Every game I own on steam I got for $10 or less, so I only got into digital for the cheap sales, day 1 full price games I still only buy disc based.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Francis O

    I thought we don’t own the games we buy Joe?

    Seems like Sony and Nintendo think differently.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. monkeygourmet

    @9

    And this is what I was talking about. It isn’t as black and white as you were making out. Even the big companies can’t get their shit together on this subject.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Joe Musashi

    Depends precisely what it is they reckon it is that you are buying. And knowing what you’re actually buying has always been the root of the issue. Not that your responses ever acknowledge that significant detail. I’ll bet you’ve still not chosen to read any of the licences that you have to hand.

    If, as implied, this has ‘always’ been their stance then it means nothing has changed. Which means you’re still buying a software licence, not software.

    Eager assumptions will take this soundbite and interpret it to suit them. The devil will be in the details.

    @12 And I referred you and others to the current status on things as written by an interactive entertainment lawyer in April of this year. But few people cared for recent factual information that conflicted with their personal view.

    JM

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Christopher Jack

    @11, We on the disk, we don’t own the content however many of us view both it as a single purchase- the disk is the game, & MS is attempting to tread on that in many of our minds.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. warchild434

    yeah… about that.. we own it huh?? we can do with it whatever we like (except you must pay us to play most of the immersive online games on PS4)

    see what i did there.. Sony did that at E3 this year.. in the midst of good news and your excitement i completely snuck in the mention of having to pay for online gaming.. and then quickly announce the next bit of good news the cheaper $399 price point..

    i know that so far the PS4 is the best choice for gamers.. but not without faults.. to me and alot of people we see paying for online access for your games just as big a deal as the XBOX ONE’s used games and DRM crap..

    Paying for online gaming is a restriction.. i guess Sony over looked that ONE!!!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. monkeygourmet

    @13

    Your right, the devil is in the details. And as I said before, if those details mean jack shit to people en masse and aren’t enforced in anyway, is it even important in the long run?

    Sony will clearly win the public view on this based on simple gestures.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Joe Musashi

    That “rights don’t exist if nobody enforces them” nonsense doesn’t give you licence to do as you please. That thinking is pure self-centred greed.

    JM

    #17 2 years ago
  18. monkeygourmet

    @17

    I think you’ll find the companies would be seen as greedy if these kind of laws were enforced… Hence why none of them have ever taken anyone to court for loaning or renting games.

    Piracy, is obviously a different issue.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Joe Musashi

    I already agreed with you about being seen as greedy if enforced. That makes zero difference to the position of the rights-holder. As I’ve always maintained, this kerfuffle is not about rights being changed or taken away. It is about rights being enforced. Welcome to closed-platform gaming.

    JM

    #19 2 years ago
  20. monkeygourmet

    @19

    Fair enough.

    I’m just most interested to see what happens after all the mud flinging has stopped.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Malmer

    Then I assume they will allow me to resell my digitally downloaded copy of Killzone however I please…ah, didn’t think so. Which is fine with me. If the price is lower or same as retail I prefer the convenience. But don’t come pretending it is something it isn’t.

    (Now that I think of it. Can’t wait to play Killzone: Shadow Fall!!!)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. JB

    It shouldn`t come as a surprise and it shouldn`t be something that needed clarification at all.

    If you buy it, you own it and you decide what to do with it, whether it´s a license or a physical example, if it`s the music industry, the movie industry, the games industry or whatever industry. Digital is no fucking exception to this basic concept of trade.

    If you rent or loan something you don`t pay premium price – period.

    Not difficult to grasp.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. stockops3

    People are saying `sony just won because of this PR.` Sony never intended to block used games, its because of the fucking Microsoft they needed to put it through their thick skulls and people are saying its nothing special!? Yeah it ish t but m$ royal fucked up there PR so Sony are making sure gamers KNOW that they don’t encourage this kind of bullshit.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Citrus raptor

    I think it’s a conspiracy… Without commenting on whether their plolicies are ‘good’ or ‘bad’, MS has handled the situaion so unbelievably clumsy, it makes me think that it was done on purpose. They can’t actually have though that people would understand their rules, systems, and policies, the way they’ve gone about revealing them, can they? It’s as if they’re deliberately vague in the hopes that they won’t be questioned.

    It almost makes me think that MS and Sony are in on it together, to strenghen Sony’s possition in this gen, cause of how bad their economy has become (PS3 not having gathered enough revenue despite good sales, having to shut down divisions and stores, etc). Everything so that Sony remains in the console business and hinders companies such as Apple, Samsung, or even Valve, to get a foot in. Which would make the industry much more risky and unpredictable. O_O

    It’s not only the Kinect-will-take-over-the-world clowns that have made the tinfoil market boom lately…

    /joke …

    #24 2 years ago
  25. ps3fanboy

    that’s right sony we own what we buy… now suck it up mickey$oft and get outta the way for a company that care about gamers and games…

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Lengendaryboss

    Hmmm looks like i missed the “owned it” party.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. OwningXylophone

    “We believe that if you buy it, you own it, you’re able to do with it what you want.”

    *pulls out GT5 disc*
    *Reads text PRINTED ON THE DISC!*
    “RENTAL & RESALE ARE PROHIBITED UNLESS EXPRESSLY AUTHORISED BY SCEE”

    Definition of EXPRESSLY AUTHORISED (from BusinessDictionary.com):
    “Actual, distinctly stated (not implied) specific, authority given by a delegator or principal to his or her delegatee or agent, through oral or written, or partly-oral and partly-written, words.”

    Huh, guess we can’t “do with it what you want”. As ChristopherJack said, we have ever only owned the disc and had a license to use the software contained upon it. This it just more PR spin.

    *EDIT: Damn spellcheck!

    #27 2 years ago
  28. laughing-gravy

    I work hard for my money and when I buy something I expect to own it. There is nothing unreasonable about that. Sony will have my custom next gen.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. laughing-gravy

    Also beware astroturfers.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. monkeygourmet

    @27

    Has anyone EVER been convicted for that though?

    What MS are doing is finally making this ‘law’ more enforceable. Not by coming to your house and arresting you, but by ‘digitally’ strangling your options.

    -edit:

    But I agree, Sony are best of a bad bunch with this.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. OwningXylophone

    @LG

    I assume that is aimed at me? Try harder! I have been commenting on and off here for years, as stated in the “Which next-gen console are you buying” post, I have both on pre-order right now as I haven’t decided which side of the fence to fall yet. I just see Sony (obviously) trying to get some free PR on this with half-truths and I’m calling them out on it.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. NeutralBlade

    Sony is basically saying that the policies from current gen and before, are still in place. Yet, some still attempt to find reasons to criticize Sony, instead of directing that same criticism towards the company that’s actually enforcing restrictive DRM on its console.

    Current policies are sufficient, and the majority of PS4 titles will be available on disk; so you can buy it and it’s yours, as they say. People hoping there is a catch to Sony’s claims, are only setting themselves up for disappointment.

    There isn’t a system similar to Azure on the PS4, and that’s all to it; end of story. I’m sorry that MS have let you all down, but it’s up to you to vote with your wallet. If Xbox risk takers and loyalists make the Xbone a success, MS will in return press forward with their Azure agenda. Corporations like Microsoft understand the loss of profits, a lot more than any complaining consumers can do.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Tridenter

    Clearly, he didn’t finish his sentence… what he meant to say was, “We believe that if you buy it, you own it, you’re able to do with it what you want… unless it’s a PlayStation 3, in which case if you do what you want with it, we’ll just sue you and try to demand that you are forbidden access to our products for the rest of your life.”

    #33 2 years ago
  34. NocturnalB

    I love this man for saying that, but I think I’ll wait and see how his sentiments translate into policy. Every since XB1 happened I like to view everything said by every talking head (hey that rhymed!) the same way i viewed the rumor mill for so long, too good to be true or bullshit until proven.

    Don’t get me wrong though! At this point as far as consoles go I am sold on PS4, it’s going to feel strange(ish. I do borrow my brother’s PS3 from time to time) considering I was on the 360 this whole generation. The final straw I am currently waiting for is to get my hands on that DS4 controller, a hug draw to Xbox for me has always been the bulky controllers as I have massive hands.

    But that’s definitely how I and I’m sure a lot of other people all over the world feel, if I buy it, I own it.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. yeoung

    @27

    Be that as it may, a purchased physical object holds no authoritative power over any individual. As such, the product in question, GT5, has no means to deter resale or rent. No legally binding contract is formed simply by access of on-disc content unless agreed upon prior to the transaction, therefore compliance isn’t lawfully mandated.

    In short, it’s just some words on a disc. No more.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Khanivor

    If what he claimed was really the case then perhaps he should insist his company remove certain items form the EULA for Sony games. Such as

    SONY does not warrant that the software, network services or products will continue to be available, or will operate without interruption or modification.
    Termination. Without prejudice to any other rights, SONY may terminate this LICENSE if you fail to comply with the terms and conditions of this LICENSE or applicable laws, rules or regulations. In such event, you must stop using the SOFTWARE and destroy and/or erase all SOFTWARE and all copies and all component parts thereof within two (2) weeks from such termination and if so requested provide SONY with proof of such destruction and/or erasure.

    So if I own something I must destroy it if I use it in a manner not approved of by Sony? Doesn’t gel man, doesn’t gel.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. laughing-gravy

    I didn’t point the finger at anyone. So why do you feel the need to be defensive?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Maabren

    At least better than MS. But many trolls don’t get that.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Templar_Dante

    I used this example on gaf.
    A painting. An artist may paint and sell it.
    An art collector buys it.
    The rights of the art collector to own it are limited to the fact that the idea it portrays is not his. He is still the owner of the painting. Thats how games have always been. Thats how it needs to stay.

    #39 2 years ago

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    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]

  • Fable Legends launching on PC alongside Xbox One with cross-platform play

    Fable Legends was announced for PC today during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, along with the news it would contain cross-platform play with Xbox One. The game will allow you to play with up to four of your friends online across both platforms. A video from the team at Lionhead, which goes into more detail, was […]