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Xbox One FIFA 14 pack-in shows pre-orders below expectations, Sony exec suggests

Thursday, 29 August 2013 01:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Comments from SCE Europe CEO Jim Ryan suggest Sony doesn’t need to answer Microsoft’s FIFA 14 Xbox One pre-order pack-in, and that the bonus game suggests the rival console’s pre-order campaign isn’t doing as well as the PlayStation 4′s.

Speaking with Metro, Ryan said Sony’s not considering striking a similar deal.

“Why should we do that? Our problem is gonna be matching supply to demand,” Ryan said, noting that Sony is “perfectly happy” with how PS4 pre-orders are progressing.

Microsoft’s action, on the other hand, suggests it’s not.

“It’s perfectly rational when a platform holder, or indeed a publisher, runs a pre-order campaign to engage in promotional behaviour to dial it up if you feel it’s not where you need it to be. That’s a rational thing for any businessman to do,” Ryan said.

“So why would we go out and add something? Giving away stuff on day one of a new platform launch, in my mind it’s kind of odd,” he added.

Sony has said it’s hoping to handle PS4 pre-orders responsibly to avoid any stock shortages, but Ryan said that if there is an issue, it will be “driven by demand being greater than we thought rather than inadequacy of supply”. Not that this will be a comfort if you can’t get your hands on one when the PS4 launches on November 15 in North America and November 29 elsewhere.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.

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39 Comments

  1. viralshag

    Sony gives something for free and their gods.

    Microsoft do it and it’s “odd”.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. tCruzin

    All Sony has been doing since E3 was throwing shots at MS, lame. This is no knock on the PS4 as a system but Sony really seems desperate this go around.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. wally10975

    @3 So one company builds up a reputation in one generation, rides that wave into the next-generation with an emphasis on owning the living room and not necessarily just gaming, and the other company made the same mistake the previous generation, and is looking to make up for it, and now they’re the bad guy? makes no sense. Microsoft has done a brilliant job turning around the image of the xbox one, but it’s because of Sony and their pro-gamer image this time around, not the fans.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. pcbros

    “So why would we go out and add something? Giving away stuff on day one of a new platform launch, in my mind it’s kind of odd”

    Odd?… This doesn’t make sense. Consoles have had pack-in games for decades. I think all consoles should have a pack-in game.

    What I do find odd is the pack-in being a 3rd-party game. Microsoft should include one of their games, like Forza 5

    #4 2 years ago
  5. loci

    @1 Not odd. Jim is just being polite. He means desperate and panicky.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Kloudrunner

    Utter twoddle speak says I.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. TMRNetShark

    Wait wait, since when does Microsoft ever give anything away for free? Aren’t they to be blamed for this scourge called “DLC”? Don’t believe me? Look up the original DLC content… (cough Halo 2 cough)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. pcbros

    I think if Sony had the chance to strike a deal where a game would be included with their system… they would do it. It can’t possibly hurt to have a game bundled :P

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kreion

    @7
    You can’t blame DLC as a whole on MS – it was just the way the market moved. If people didn’t want it then it would’t have proliferated, learn2 capitalism.

    But this shows yet more childish antics from Sony which makes me wonder all the more why people trust them. Their entire advertising campaign was nothing but riding gamers (somewhat justified – not completely) aggresion against MS. Perhaps they could actually show us some interesting features about the PS4…It would be nice -.-

    #9 2 years ago
  10. wildBoar

    Surprised he didn’t point out how many F2P games there are on day one.. And then there’s PS+ games like Driveclub. Does MS still have F2P behind a paywall or have they removed that? Would’ve been a way stronger statement on the topic, then again noting that it’s “odd” is quite cocky.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Arcnail

    Disclaimer: I’m getting both.

    Hey Sony.. you won E3, we got it. But MS has changed up their policies and now you should focus back on the games and not what you are doing now.

    CLEARLY they added Fifa to pre orders in the UK cause they were lagging.. but to keep taking shots thinking it’ll have the same effect as E3 is stupid, and it’s actually starting to make you sound a bit petty.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC-W8fDD2cI

    @38 seconds….

    Ugg..

    #11 2 years ago
  12. pcbros

    “Genesis does… you can’t do this on Nintendo… Genesis does, Genesis does, Genesis does… what NintenDON’T”.

    Sega really liked to stick it to Nintendo in the 90′s, while Nintendo played nice. Brings back memories.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Arcnail

    That’s deadly pcbros.. been a long long time since I’ve heard that!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Arcnail

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7nsBoqJ6s8

    #14 2 years ago
  15. pcbros

    @14 – LOL! I was pretty accurate in the phrasing…

    I miss that era :) Competition brings out the best in people. And no doubt Nintendo vs Sega was epic.

    What I don’t like about Sony vs Microsoft is that 75% of the games are out for both consoles. So you are really talking about just a handful of exclusives to consider when choosing a system.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Beersup

    @2 Agree.
    Makes you wonder why Sony and their fanboys are so obsessed with MS and the X1. If their console is so great and in such a great position, why even bring attention to your competitor? Why do they act like they still need to prove anything? Heros don’t brag.

    My opinion(which is all it is) is that the PS4 is not innovative, has nothing special to claim its own, still will have p2p hosting, and lacks on its exclusives. Yeah a lil more powerful but not enough to make it on another level than the X1.

    Truthfully, I don’t care who sells more consoles. The X1 ain’t going anywhere. I hope all the little kids parents buy them a PS4 since its cheaper. I see way more trolls and dicks for PS4. They can have it. They can have each other.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    If I was an Xbox fanboy I’d be excited to see Sony transition from charming rogues to arrogant pricks. That’s the same attitude that lost them the last generation.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. MCTJim

    I remember the Genesis had a pack in game at launch called Altered Beast. Nintendo had excitabike and I think coleco had Donkey Kong….Atari has that 100+ tank game with the Tetris shapes on the field as bunkers…I dont remember intellivision’s pack in..edit and Sega Saturn had virtua fighter

    I have said it before and i will say it again…I expect people in high ranking positions in a company to be mindful..be it Sony or MS. I dont like when they resort to sucker punching. MS deserved what they got at E3..not because it was not innovative but more so because their PR sucked..and sucked bad…and failed to explain properly….personally, I liked what they originally had in store minus the 24 hr check…..but when they announced they would be packing in FiFa for all EU customers…that was a nice addition to the system and people still complained..I mean really? Top notch free game and the whiners all came out of the woodwork..I just dont get it.

    What matters most in the end once the systems launch is going to be games games games..that is what I want to do is play games and if there are extras in for free..then I am good with that too.

    When Pax is finally upon us and MS announces..say..Madden 25 as a pack in..are certain people going to complain? Yup and the sucker punches will be flowing once again.

    Its called wheeling and dealing..its business and the idea is to get an advantage over your closest competitor.

    Again MS have not been angels either as they have done it too..I just dont like the sucker punches. It all just seems so damn childish to do it. M

    #18 2 years ago
  19. sebastien rivas

    @ 15
    +1

    @16
    Well believe it or not but it goes both ways. I read unfounded comments with no backbone (back up to apply a point) about sony in MS threads and same goes about MS in Sony threads.
    Where it gets complicated is that it is often a light point with no real substance that just envenimate perception then a plethora of the same sort ensue.

    If you are wondering, I really don’t care for a box and don’t understand how one can be a groupil of a piece of plastic for either and any name out there. Pepsi or Cola, I drink both… What is important is what each deliver, and that is that.

    Was not Nintendo SNES and Sega 8 bits shipping with a title for free back in the 80′s and actually all console manufacturers started to drop this ideal early in the 90′s? Am I wrong??

    #19 2 years ago
  20. pcbros

    EVERYONE loves a free game. Only ODD people prefer not to get a free game. Checkmate!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Francis O

    Its freaking $500, of course people aren’t going to run out and pre-order it. Nor are people going to run out and purchase a $500 system with a lot of games that can be played on the much cheaper Xbox 360 and PS3.

    I don’t know why people think the Xbox One is going to be this huge hit across the globe priced that high.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. sebastien rivas

    @21

    I feel the same way but only for myself.
    To be honest since they dropped DRM 24/check then I would like one but 500.00, I just can’t do it.
    400$ is already a big sum for me…

    #22 2 years ago
  23. pcbros

    I personally plan to buy a Wii U (Wind Waker bundle) and let the XB1/PS4 war settle a bit. I don’t think I can be a Day One buyer… too risky.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. MCTJim

    @21 when it comes to Holidays..100 bucks wont make a damn bit of difference really..People are going to buy what they want to buy and price really wont matter….for example the new iteration of the iPhone each year..people run out to spend 500 bucks on that without blinking an eye.

    i get the $500 price point and it didnt matter to me, i like what I saw at E3 in the games….I got a PS4 for 400 bucks..it didnt matter because I wanted it. That is how this season will dole out..

    #24 2 years ago
  25. fihar

    He was just answering a question, it’s not like he goes around claiming that the X1′s preorder number aren’t good enough.

    Try to read the original interview before claiming that the guy’s an arrogant prick.
    Blame the interviewer if you want for cleary fishing for a snarky response, if you had read the original interview he responded with a monosyllabic response initially before taking the bait.

    It’s a good interview though, read it.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. ddtd

    “Giving away stuff on day one of a new platform launch, in my mind it’s kind of odd.”

    If I were in charge of marketing for MS, I’d take that line and run rampant all over it.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Djoenz

    It is odd business wise. Too bad for ps4 preorders no free game for yall. .

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Joe Musashi

    Serious own-goal statement. Has the stench of Sony of 2006 all over it.

    JM

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Djoenz

    Microsoft delayed launch in 8 countries thus they give Fifa14 for free for all pre orders and thats cool but that doesnt mean Sony has to do the same. Thats all he is trying to say. Assumptions yeah maybe.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. TF_PtMaster

    I see lot of people talking without knowing. Read the damn interview. Talking out of context is so lame. He said nothing wrong.

    I understand is easy bashing around. This discussion is so stupid.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. pukem0n

    @30

    welcome to the world of console wars where kiddies in front of a computer troll around and propably jerk off at the same time ^^

    #31 2 years ago
  32. viralshag

    @30, How is it being taken out of context? What’s “odd” about offering a free game?

    Anyone who actually sells anything will always try to offer a better deal than the other person to make a sale. There’s really nothing odd or strange about it.

    They’re in direct competition with each other, regardless of pre-orders and who has more, if one company is willing to up the ante with a free game as well as the console, it’s probably easier to sell.

    “What do I get if I buy the PS4?”
    “Well for £350, you get the console.”

    “What do I get if I buy the XB1?”
    “Well for £430, you get the console, the Kinect and a copy of FIFA14.”

    The higher price really isn’t going to matter much anyway because I guarantee almost all retailers will create PS4 bundles to match the XB1 which includes FIFA and the PS4 camera/DS pad. And that’s what people will go for to get the “best deal”.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. CycloneFox

    @3: Microsoft did no brilliant job with this 180 at all. They tried out, how much they can force on the gamers and after getting such a broadside back from the gamers, they just paddeled back and at the same time dragged down their own marketing campaign, by claiming “this would have been the future for gaming…”. If they really believed in that vision, they should never have turned back, but should instead make a console that differs from the PS4.
    Anyway, yes of course they are the bad guys. And gamers should not, on top of that, support this kind of strategy where a company tries out how much of a burden they can be on their clients and paddle back to always be on the safe side.

    @topic: Sony, on the other side did alot of sidekicks, which is funny to watch and they always stay (in contrast to Sega back in the ’90s) accurate in what they are saying. Sometimes the reference to Microsoft is pretty damn clear, which they deserve (because, [see the upper paragraph]). The upper statements seem quite snobbish of course. But I think as Sony has a strong standing right now.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Francis O

    @24

    Most iPhones can be obtained for cheap with two year agreements.

    And no, price makes a big difference, it doesn’t matter if its the holidays or not. Right now, The PS4 and Wii U are considerably cheaper than the Xbox One.

    That’s going to hurt sales no matter which way you cut it.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. TF_PtMaster

    @32 I dont know if you work at retail. I do.

    And i share is opinion is odd, because you don’t buy a console with a “free” game especially a third party launch game. You can get a discount in the bundle. For example. PS4 + Shadow Fall for £390. Not the full price discount. This is how retail works. No one gives you anything for free.

    The thing you don’t want to know, is, PS4 is giving free games at launch not A free game. In all stores people are suppose to know all that.

    Yet i agree with you, people do choose the better deal, and where i work no ONE cares/asks about Xbox One. I think people aren’t aware of its launch. And i almost forgot… because is not the better deal. No one cares about Kinect. PS4 plus a game of choice, and a PS Plus Subscription is still the better deal, at least for the large majority of the people willing to buy. ( in my store case 100% of the clients, because we have no preorder for Xbox One vs a lot PS4) It matters to say my country is not in the very few in MS launching list. Still clients don’t show any interest in the Xbox One.

    This in retail environment, of course in forums and sites like VG247 are full of people talking and bashing without knowing. And i understand is easier be funny and trolling around.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. tezzer1985

    Read the interview before you comment, he was pressed question after question about MS, and their 180

    I think he answered the question honestly, and not to be rude

    #36 2 years ago
  37. TF_PtMaster

    @36 People here just read the headlines and the comments section

    #37 2 years ago
  38. viralshag

    @35, When I say match the bundles I don’t mean for a PS4 for £350 plus a free game, that’s just silly.

    What I mean is most retailers are going to offer a price equivalent bundle which will probably run in close to the same price as the XB1.

    PS4/pad/game = £430-440.

    If your store isn’t doing that I would be surprised. Every store is going to play on the XB1 price to upsell more games and accessories for the PS4, they would be stupid not too.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. bobnice

    Im no fanboy of any console, im getting both because im a fanboy of gaming. But these sarcastic comments by sony are getting old and tacky. I dont see MS saying shit about sony, but sony keeps trying to take cheap shot after cheap shot. No one likes a bully and no one likes a bragger. STFU, the fact that xbox one buyers in the UK get a free $60 game bundled with the system means they wont have to shell out $60 for their most loved game is a great thing for gamers…its not “odd.” Every xbox ive bought, and my friends bought have come with bundled games. Even my launch 360 came with perfect dark zero. A free game thats worth $60 is not odd.

    #39 2 years ago

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    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    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 […]