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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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    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]