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PS4: Gara explains new PS Plus subs, cross-game chat & more

Monday, 17 June 2013 13:12 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 users will be required to pay for a PS Plus subscription if they wish to use multiplayer gaming on Sony’s new console, and Sony Computer Entertainment UK chief Fergal Gara has shed light on what the next-gen service will offer gamers.

Speaking with OPM, Gara recalled Sony’s aims when considering paid-for multiplayer subscriptions, and said it was something the company would, “agonise over for a very long time,” before coming to a decision.

Gara added that the paid tier has helped Sony price PS4 consoles at a reasonable cost, as the subscriptions will help the company recoup its spend in bringing the console to market. He also said that the money will help Sony establish and maintain a world-class online network that is both resilient and full of social tools.

The new PS Plus subscriptions will not apply to PS4 alone, as Gara said, “it applies across three consoles, includes content across all three consoles,” suggesting your monthly payment will grant access to multiplayer and extras on both PS3 and PS Vita as well.

Gara reiterates that subcribers will get a free version of DriveClub at PS4′s launch, along with other, unannounced bonuses similar to those enjoyed by current PS Plus subscribers.

Finally, Gara confirmed that cross-game chat is now a thing in PS4.

What do you make of the above? Let us know below

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50 Comments

  1. Bam007

    Considering cross-game chat has been possible since the launch of the Xbox 360, it is about damn time Sony have implemented something similar for their own console.

    PS Plus, in terms of value, makes up for itself. ~$50 and you get access to over $400 worth of content. Sure enough, you must remain a PS Plus member for the content to be accessible, but then for an extra ~$50, you get a further $400 to the already $400 worth of content you have access to.

    Microsoft finally realised that free games are a good thing for premium members, but it’s not good when you are offering games more than 3 years old.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Bloobat

    Interested to see what the limit is for amount of people in Cross game chat… I would guess more than ample but would be good to get a figure.

    Also want some clarification on if our PS3 Headsets will work on PS4, the controller has a 3.5mm audio jack so I guess wired headsets are fine but would love for my official PS3 bluetooth mic to work with the PS4!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. karma

    I’m going PC if I cant play online without a charge.

    I don’t care about premium online services, I just want basic access to the content on my game disk. Not all of us are frequent MP gamers.

    I have no problem if Sony wants to offer premium with extra online perks, but don’t block me out of the most basic functionality my games offer. I already pay my ISP for internet connection, I’ve already paid the game makers for the software, and if I buy a PS4, I would have already paid Sony for the machine to play it on. Its not fair to erect a tollbooth on a road that I have already paid to have access to.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. CyberMarco

    I still can’t understand why everyone was going nuts regarding cross-game chat. Personally I find it a bit annoying, as when I’m playing a game on Steam, I don’t want anyone to bother.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. CycloneFox

    “it applies across three consoles, includes content across all three consoles,”

    @Dave: That doesn’t say anything about PS3 and Vitas MP. Those will stay sub-free, as they are today.

    Also: It’s not only three consoles, it applies to four consoles. There are PSP games and discounts in your plus-sub, too and you use your SEN account on the PSP (Where you might have purchased PSP games discounted or freely from the Plus sub).

    #5 2 years ago
  6. machy

    since a lot of psn users are plus i think no one is complaining .. and also this will mean better online … it’s more then welcomed

    #6 2 years ago
  7. mickey2002

    @1 BAM

    “Party” chat can NOT be done on the PS3 because of a issue with the amount/how the RAM is placed. Xbox has 512mb overall shared ram. The PS3 has 256 MB system and 256 MB video. So can’t be done no ram open to it.

    You do get to keep the games, Microsoft are giving you thou even if your sub goes but like you say who hasn’t got all of them already, 6 more games to come after AC2 and Halo3 in July. Bet I have every one

    #7 2 years ago
  8. backup

    @3
    Pee ceee is dead

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    @2
    Interesting that the XO has dropped pack-in headsets and PS4 has picked them up. I thought pack-in headsets for the 360 was a really important thing for online gaming on the platform. Will 360 headsets work on the XO?

    @Dave
    “suggesting your monthly payment will grant access to multiplayer and extras on both PS3 and PS Vita as well.”

    For clarity. I think they already clarified PS3 and Vita MP will remain free, and a single PS+ sub does already get you PS3 and PSV goodies.

    Have Sony ever released PS+ take-up figures? Just going off my friends list I did a quick spot check on friends who have logged in in the last month. Over 50% had the + symbol next to their name indicating subs.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. grizzlycake

    @3

    I feel the same way. I’m intrigued by the PS4 and I’ll probably get when it’s had its price drop and a shitload of games out. But I won’t be buying PS+. The free games and shit don’t matter at all to me, I barely get around playing the games I’ve already bought.

    It’ll be a singleplayer only experience for me.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. spartan1192

    @ 3
    You do realize toll booths provide revenue to maintain those highways you use on a daily basis. Same thing goes for paying for online service through PS. Pay 50$ and the extra revenue generated will allow them to finally create something that will rival what MS has with Live.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. karma

    #11 My ISP maintains my connection, they are the tollbooth. Thats what I pay them for. I go online and my games provide the software I need to connect. My PC runs the games. I don’t need or want extras with a second tollbooth thrown in my way that has nothing to do with providing me an actual connection to the internet.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DrDamn

    @3
    “Its not fair to erect a tollbooth on a road that I have already paid to have access to.”

    I understand the sentiment, but I also think we as gamers need to recognise the infrastructure behind what we play and the costs of it. It’s not a tollboth on the road but the destination at the end you are being asked to pay for.

    On a related point Sony have been experimental in separating out SP and MP elements of games. UC3, Starhawk and KZ3 for example can all be bought as SP, MP or combined packages. The recent PS4 UI demo/advert thing also hinted at this as the guy who “don’t got” Killzone Shadow Fall goes to download it and there were SP and MP versions there.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @12
    It’s a lonely multiplayer world without any servers …

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Hybridpsycho

    @3

    PC Master Race gamer here, but you’re wrong.

    You payed for the console to play on it, you never payed anything when you bought it for the online service that they will keep updated and open for over 10 years.

    Just cause you buy a car doesn’t mean you won’t have to pay tax to be able to drive on the roads.

    Complaining about the 50$ a year for PS+ subscription is moronic. I guess they could’ve skipped it and instead charged 100-150$ more for the console. I prefer paying that sum over a few months.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. karma

    #14 /15: Your ISP provides the infrastructure, and your purchased games provides the software. Your platform maker only provides the machine to run the software. Its no different than a PC.

    They’re asking us to pay extra for additional services that many of us don’t want or care about.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. backup

    @15
    PC Master beggar is suits better

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DrDamn

    @16
    They provide a server network which supports interaction with your friends, chat, cloud saves, game streaming etc.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. gamereck36

    I just signed up for PS+ and love every bit of downloading games for free that I can enjoy. Besides Sony has given me enough free online play that I am happy. Now give me some cross game chat.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. karma

    @16: “They provide a server network which supports interaction with your friends, chat, cloud saves, game streaming etc.”

    These are services that are non essential. And in fact some games include in the software anyway.

    Again, if frequent MP gamers want these extras then by all means, let Sony offer premium for you guys. But I don’t play online very often and I don’t need those things. I just want basic access to all of the content on my game disk, the same as I get on PC.

    I don’t see why I should have to pay the bill for other peoples gaming habits.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Belmont

    The guy has a point, we heard it a billion times that XBL was better than PSN without noticing that XBL is backed up by money that comes for online play. I think paying for MP as part of PS Plus is quite fair. One PS Plus sub will net free games (on up to 3 platforms !) on monthly basis and discounts and more.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Keivz

    @20 Agree 100%. It’s free on the PC and has been since time immemorial. If you believe you are getting something extra by suddenly being charged for it, you’re placing too much trust in profit driven corporations.

    Oh, and the following is a moronic statement: Complaining about the 50$ a year for PS+ subscription is moronic.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DrDamn

    @20
    Haven’t SP only gamers been subsidising your basic MP gaming habits for years already? Were you as pissed off for them?

    At least this puts the cost on the people who want to play MP and gives them some extra tangible benefits in the other features of PS+.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Kieran

    some ppl are saying that the ps plus version of drive club has less track & cars as the retail version is this true ?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    @24
    I think it is yet to be clarified. There is an implication the free version is cut down in some way, but that’s not been detailed yet.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Kieran

    @25 cheers lad :) i hope it isint the case looks good

    #26 2 years ago
  27. MasterMiller

    @ Karma
    for the 50$ you pay for a whole year they give you a 60$ game(drive club PS+ edition) right at the start then every month a free game(about 10$)
    and many discounts and paying for the servers means better servers(like Microsoft).so to sum it up you get about 180$ worth of content for 50$.
    I personally think that’s a sweet deal comparing to Microsoft.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Kieran

    @27
    and microsoft doesnt allow you to purchase a second hand game without paying an xtra fee microsoft is using the X1 for one purpose there using it to squeeze as much money as they can out of people who buy it

    #28 2 years ago
  29. mojo

    You dont buy plus for the MP.
    You buy it for the free games and the discounts.

    single best service ever.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. ps3fanboy

    peecee master beggar = hot topic clown *flush toilets*

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Kieran

    @29 still bit weird why there charging for mp if their handing free games for it to i wonder if they make much of a profit from it

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Old MacDonald

    It is annoying, though, for those of us who don’t play multiplayer very often. PS Plus might not be expensive, but the end result is still that I either have to pay for something I don’t need 90% of the time, or not have the chance to play multiplayer at all. Which does diminish the value of the console somewhat.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. NightCrawler1970

    So playing GTA multiplayer i have to get PS+?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Lengendaryboss

    @33
    Playing any Multiplayer game on PS4 requires PS+ barring F2P games (Publisher Decision) , So yes.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. DuckOfDestiny

    I noticed on the demonstration for how the new UI works, you can choose to download the singleplayer or multiplayer content separately.

    It would be great if for those of us that do not want to pay for a PS+ subscription if we could just buy the sinplayer section for cheaper and if we ever do subscribe and want to play multiplayer, then we could just go ahead and buy that part later.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. DrDamn

    @35
    Yep (see my comment @13). Sony have done this post release with quite a few titles. I reckon we’ll see it day of release on PS4 (digital only though I think).

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Phoenixblight

    @33

    No as GTA is on the Ps3 and MP on the PS3 is free.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. fearmonkey

    Does the PS3 allow bluetooth headsets for games? Does anyone know if you can use a (Non Sony or PS4 branded) bluetooth headset with the PS4?

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Phoenixblight

    #38

    “Does the PS3 allow bluetooth headsets for games?”

    Yes

    “Does anyone know if you can use a (Non Sony or PS4 branded) bluetooth headset ”

    You can with the PS3 so I don’t see why not for the Ps4.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. fearmonkey

    @Phoenix – Thank you :) I was wondering about that. Nice feature.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Sang2

    @Karma, don’t worry their are free to play games on PS4 that won’t require you to pay for PS Plus and you can use online free on PSN like always, you just can’t play multiplayer but can enjoy netflix(hulu,etc…), Single player games, free to play games, online browser and anything envolving an internet connection.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Lengendaryboss

    @37
    Oh you didn’t clarify which platform, so i assumed PS4.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Phoenixblight

    @42

    GTAV is not announced for next gen so I wasn’t going to comment on rumors.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Lengendaryboss

    @Phoenix
    Well what he said at @33 is confusing as hell.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Phoenixblight

    @44

    His fault for not specifying. :P

    #45 2 years ago
  46. OwningXylophone

    @ DrDamn

    On the headset thing, I thought that too. I assume MS has dropped them as you will be able to use Kinect as a mic, as on the 360. A bit sucky though as I often plug the headset in and don’t wear it just to silence the whiny kids, now I’ll actually have to mute them!

    #46 2 years ago
  47. karma

    #41Sang2 “@Karma, don’t worry their are free to play games on PS4 that won’t require you to pay for PS Plus and you can use online free on PSN like always, you just can’t play multiplayer but can enjoy netflix(hulu,etc…), Single player games, free to play games, online browser and anything envolving an internet connection.”

    I’m not worrying, since I don’t actually have to put up with it. I’m just not interested unless I get basic access to content that I own on my game disks, like I can on PC. Also I hate F2P games too, but I wont get into that. I’m going PC next gen, and that is all I have to say on the matter.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. DrDamn

    @OwningXylophone
    Yeah not keen on using Kinect as voice comms. I like to be able to easily mute my own voice when I’m playing too. Besides think of all hilarious the people shouting ‘Xbox Go Home!’ down their mics trying to disrupt yours.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. positiveemotions

    Best article yet :)

    #49 2 years ago
  50. NeutralBlade

    As a person who’s never paid online subs, (free online gaming on the PC, or on console at a friend’s house), I think it’s a good thing to support Sony in this particular case. Such support will only bring more value to Sony’s network.

    Xbox converts surely won’t have an issue with it, and while some Sony fans may not like it, it was kind of obvious this was going to occur. And besides, the PSN sub will likely go on sale in the future was well, so it’ll be worth it.

    When I do get a PS4, (within the next 2 years), I’ll support the PSN if it suits my tastes at that particular moment. Overall, I don’t have an issue with it personally. I’m sure I’ll purchase a sub, rather than not.

    #50 2 years ago

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  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

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  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

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  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

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  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

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  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

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  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

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  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

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  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

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  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

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  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

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  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

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  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

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  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

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  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

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  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

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  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.