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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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    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]