PlayStation 4 launch day update 1.50 detailed alongside free PlayStation App

Friday, 25 October 2013 16:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony has announced that it will release system software update version 1.50 for PlayStation 4 simultaneously with the official North American launch of the system on November 15. PlayStation App, a new application for mobile devices, will also be released on November 13 in North America, and on November 22 in Europe free of charge.

PlayStation 4 update 1.50

By updating, users will be able experience a variety of new features in addition to the basic functions of PS4.

The following features are available on PS4 during the North American launch and is approximately 300 MB in size:

Remote Play: Users will be able to access PS4 titles displayed on their living room TVs and play them on a PS Vita system over Wi-Fi networks by using PS4 Link (Depending on network environment or titles, remote play performance may vary outside of the home). We anticipate that most PS4 titles will be playable on the PS Vita system through Remote Play. The latest PS Vita system software version, to be released soon, will be required to use PS4 Link.

Second Screen: Users can use the PS4 Link application for the PS Vita system, and PlayStation App for iPhone, iPad, and Android-based smartphones and tablets, to use these devices as second screens in supported titles. PlayStation App has the ability to enable users to interact with games with their mobiles devices. For example on The Playroom, a title pre-installed in all PS4 systems that requires PlayStation Camera, users can draw pictures on their mobile device screens and flick them towards the TV. The images then appear as a 3D object within the game.

Record, take screenshots, and upload gameplay effortlessly: The PS4 system provides dedicated, “always on” video encoding systems that enables seamless uploading of gameplay. Users can share their epic triumphs by simply hitting the Share button on DualShock 4, take screenshots or scan through the last 15 minutes of gameplay, tag it and return to the game – the video uploads as the user plays. At the PS4 system’s launch, users will be able to share their images and videos with friends on Facebook and screenshots with followers on Twitter, though users will need to sign up for individual accounts to use Facebook and Twitter.

Broadcast and spectate gameplay: The PS4 system also enhances social spectating by enabling users to broadcast their gameplay in real-time to game fans around the globe, using Ustream and Twitch live internet streaming services (users will need to sign up for individual accounts to use Ustream and Twitch). There are two ways for users to view live broadcasts. First, the Live from PlayStation application on PS4 aggregates streams from all PlayStation users. Second, users can spectate friends’ PS4 gameplay from PCs, and applications such as Ustream, Twitch, and browsers, which are installed on their mobile devices. These applications can be easily started up via PlayStation App, and users can also use these applications to post comments to gameplay broadcasts. Furthermore, users with PlayStation Camera can stream camera images and microphone sounds along with their live gameplay broadcast.

Play as you download: This feature enables users to play supported digital titles as they are being downloaded. The time it takes to begin playing will vary depending on game data size and network environments, and not all titles will support this feature When a game is purchased, users can start playing after PS4 downloads a portion of the data, while the rest of the game is downloaded in the background during actual gameplay. Games may be downloaded in stand-by mode.

Multi log-in: A maximum of four users can log-in to a single PS4 system simultaneously. These players can use their own save data to play games, and also earn trophies on their own Sony Entertainment Network accounts even when playing a multiplayer game together on a single PS4 system.

Party (Voice chat): By using the Mono Headset bundled with the PS4 system, users will be able to chat with up to eight friends enjoying different applications or games. Furthermore, users can use Party to chat between PS4 and PS Vita systems.

Face recognition and voice commands: Users with PlayStation Camera will be able to register their facial image onto their PS4 system, and login to their system using facial recognition instead of DualShock 4. Furthermore, users can use either the microphone of the Mono Head set connected to DualShock 4, or PlayStation Camera to navigate through the PS4 home screen (PlayStation Dynamic Menu) with voice commands to start up games and shutdown the system, among other features; please refer to PS4′s online manual for recognizable voice commands.

Background music player: Users can enjoy gameplay while listening to music in the background with Music Unlimited, a cloud-based digital music service. Users can also voice chat with friends while listening to music. Learn more about Music Unlimited here (LINK:

Online Multiplayer: PlayStation Plus members will be able to play PS4 titles online with other players via the network. PS Plus makes it easy for members to join available online multiplayer matches in a variety of ways, including the ability to easily join a game from a live stream broadcast or Party voice chats.

Blu-ray Disc and DVD player: Users can enjoy not only gaming on their PS4 system, but also Blu-ray and DVD video contents. When using for the first time, users must connect to the internet to activate this feature.

PlayStation App

The app will be made available on various mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android based smartphones and tablets, from the App Store and Google Play.

Once installed, these devices can be used as second screens in supported PS4 titles, and allows the user to access PSN features such as Friend Lists and Trophies.

Users will be able to exchange messages with members of their Friends List, and browse through news and information on the official PlayStation website.

The following features are available on PlayStation App:

Directly access various PSN features and information: Users can access their own profile screen; access/compare their own and friends’ Trophy accomplishments; Exchange messages between PS4 systems, PS3, Vita and mobile devices installed with PlayStation App.

Access and filter friend profiles: Notify users about their friends’ shared activities on “What’s New”; Notify PS4 users when they receive any new notifications or game invitations. Users can also display their lists of game items.

Browse the official PlayStation website:: Users can access the PlayStationofficial website to browse through news, blogs and game information. The language and content of the website will depend on the country the user’s Sony Entertainment Network account is registered.

PS4 Second Screen Feature: Users can install PlayStation App on to their mobile devices to use as a second screen in supported games. For example on THE PLAYROOM, a title pre-installed in all PS4 systems that requires PlayStation®Camera, users can draw pictures on their mobile device screens and flick them towards the TV. The images then appear as a 3D object within the game.

Spectate other PS4 users’ gameplay: When users’ friends upload or begin live streaming their gameplay on PS4 systems, the friends’ activities are displayed on “What’s New” of the PlayStation App screen. When users tap on this notification, they can boot pre-installed applications, such as browsers, to spectate the uploaded gameplay. Users can also post comments on gameplay screenshots, footage and live streams.

Purchase game content on PlayStation Store: Users can purchase game content while away from home and download it directly onto their PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems.

Use a mobile device as a simple remote to control the PS4 system: Once installed, users can use their PlayStation App to control their PS4 system as long as both devices have access to the same Wi-Fi access point. For example, users can switch their PS4 system to standby mode, startup their PS4 system from standby mode, and use their mobile phone as a keyboard for their PS4 system.

PS4 launches on November 15 in North America and November 29 in Europe.


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

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

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

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

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

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

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

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

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

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

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

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

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

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

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

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

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


  1. VibraniumSpork

    Obligatory (Bacon Edition):

    (P.S. The “Background music player” addition is fapworthy enough.)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Eregol

    Over on a forum I frequent on the 23rd I wrote:

    ‘All PS4s do not have a UI. They have a downloader which will DL the UI upon connection to the internet’

    I thought I was joking.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ddtd

    Wait, I’m confused. So none of the features listed in the article are available without the day one patch; i.e. watching bluray or DVD movies, multi-logins, or the music player? Or did they not specify what’s in the patch, and this is just a list of general ps4 features?

    I can understand all the online specific functions (gotta go online anyways to use that stuff) but playing bluray movies? That’s weird.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. VibraniumSpork

    @3 “Blu-ray Disc and DVD player…users must connect to the internet to activate this feature.” – Agreed. That’s…weird.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Javinator

    It says that you “must be connected to the internet”??
    What about the people who have no internet connection?
    The military??
    Sony is basically screwing all those people.

    They can stick with their DualCock4 n GayStation4.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    Isn’t there still a cost associated with that (to manufacturers)? So by tracking users who activate they can reduce the cost they have to pay.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Neroist

    The reason you must activate online the Blu-ray player is becuase of the region lock on Blu-rays. While the PS4 is not region locked once you activate your blu-ray it must have a region number to work with the DRM that is on them.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Eregol

    @6 You like to talk about phalli, is there something you’d like to share with the group?
    At least out of the box a PS4 will be able to play disc based games for more than 24 hours before HAVING to connect to the internet.
    Basic functionality for games playing will be there.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight


    Have you have been living under a rock? Xbox doesn’t have that DRM anymore.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. VibraniumSpork

    @7 + 8 – Good intel, thanks guys, hadn’t considered those facts at all!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. wicktus

    Meh, seems optional to me that update, I’ll pass :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Junior

    The system does the basic stuff right out of the box. You can play video games. The other stuff, with excepion of watching movies, requires internet. So, if you are in the military and has no internet, you are screwed regardless if you have a patch or not.

    This isn’t an attack at our military volunteers but on the government. if you have time to play games, then the government is wasting tax money. Then again, when isn’t the government wasting money?

    The applications on the ps4 look awesome. It is a huge upgrade on what the ps3 has to offer.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. XanderZane

    Didn’t Sony say internet connection wasn’t needed for the PS4? Why are they flip-flopping and doing a 180 on this. Everyone complained when the XBox One had to do a Day One patch, now Sony has to do one too and everyone is fine with this. Hilarious.

    Looks like Sony is trying to play catch up at the last minute to have the same features Microsoft already has in their system on Day One.

    That’s crazy. So without this patch, PS4 owners can’t play Blu-Ray or DVD’s? What if gamers don’t have a broadband or internet connect? Sony said they didn’t need it at the E3. Remember? LOL!! Looks like Sony is already starting to lie.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight


    seriously? You don’t need internet to play games the reason why it needs the internet for the DVD and Blu-ray player are pointed out on 7 and 8.

    You can bet the same will be true for the Xbox One.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Fin


    Day one update for X1 to disable DRM.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Junior

    Xanderzane, sir, I think that you forgot that after the 180s microsoft pulled, they said the system “requires” a day one patch.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. bradk825

    @14, yeah, the Blu Ray and DVD watching is what I would consider a basic feature. There’s definately going to be some “What the fuck??” over this. Especially for those who don’t follow gaming news and just plug the thing in and can’t watch a movie on it.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. polygem

    …all i want is one single launch game that makes me excited – only one and i’d keep my preorder, shut up and play…

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight


    Oh yeah that is true. I had completely forgot they have to patch out all those DRM. SO where are the Xbox fans bitching about that? Those without internet will be boned without that patch.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight


    Grab a flash drive, go to a library, download patch. Plug it into the PS4. Jobs done. Xbox One will be a brick with out the day one patch as well.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. EVO V

    Ooh cannot wait to fire up the PS4 , really looking forward to remote play on my Vita also :)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Phoenixblight


    Ps4 won’t be a brick without the patch where the Xbox One will be.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Junior

    Sony did not screw anybody, there are other ways of patching the system. unlike the PlayStation 2, people are not going to the store to buy the PlayStation 4 just to play blu rays and DVD’s .

    #23 2 years ago
  24. CyberMarco

    What!? A patch is required for DVD/Blu-Ray playback?

    Pre-order canceled! :P

    #24 2 years ago
  25. bradk825

    The big fuss is because Sony’s post E3 marketing was all about Microsoft, pointing fingers at them for requiring cutomers to go online, and they are now, just weeks from launch, doing a very similar thing.

    I know it’s not the same thing, I know you can play games, that’s not the point. The point is they’ve been acting like King Shit over not doing things that MS did, and the pointed fingers over making customers connect to the internet, now it turns out that extremely basic features are not include in the box and you have to connect to the internet.

    It’s a pretty classless way to do business, as a gamer I am part of their target market and they continue to offend me like they have since E3.

    They made their marketing message all about the competition, I hate that when any company does it.
    They lied to Jimmy on the air about being the “only system that let’s you trade games.”
    They continued proding long after the policy reversal.
    They didn’t dump Foxconn when they found out about the borderline slavery and even defended them.
    Now they are telling you that despite what they said before, you have to connect to the internet to enable features THIS basic.

    It just pisses me off that they operate this way. I would eventually like to have both consoles so I don’t miss any exclusives but they are making it hard for me to feel like supporting their business.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Junior

    I am wondering how are you a lot of people were able to get on the internet to complain about a patch. you seem to care too much about other people lacking Internet. there are worse social injustices, you know.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Eregol

    @20 Yeah, so, no, not been under a rock.
    The update for DVD and BR playback is a bit of a dick move on Sony’s part though. Most Blu Ray players require some sort of firmware update early doors these days, but if you’re going to put a BD in there you really should have it configured to the region you’re launching in.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. zinc

    It just wouldn’t be a Playstation without a day one patch… Followed by a week one patch.. And a bi-monthly patch…

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Phoenixblight


    Not really. DVD and Bluray sales have been diving with Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime. If you are buying a system especially in todays age without internet connection you are stripping features from device. Xbox One in its original state and still today would be a brick without internet. THis is not the same thing. You can just grab a flash drive go to the nearest library or friend and download the patch and the problem is fixed. You couldn’t do that with the Xbox One in its original form.

    I would have to question the person’s decision that are getting a PS4 and Xbox One without even dial up or a nearby internet hub just to download a patch via the PS4 or flash drive.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. XanderZane

    @#15 The difference is Microsoft informed everyone BEFORE the preorders even started. Sony lied and said you would NEVER need an internet connection unless you wanted to play games online. Did we forget about that?

    @#17 Yes, we already knew that a long time ago. Microsoft told everyone they would need an internet connect, which is why they were getting bashed. Sony on the other hand said, you would never need an internet connect. One company lied and one didn’t. What if I wanted to do remote play?

    It’s funny how people are damage controlling this, but when M$ said a patch was needed, the shit hit the fan. lol!! There were a lot of gamers who RAN to the PS4 because internet wasn’t needed and Sony said it wasn’t. Now, out of the blue, they tell you it IS needed. Sony 180′s is everything is peachy. What a joke. I definitely seems like the PS4 is being rushed if all of these features aren’t already activated on the box.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. XanderZane

    @#29 You do know that people work right? They have access to the internet as well. lol!! There were a LOT of people bitching about XB1 having to access internet when all of them who were bitching about it have a broadband ISP. lol!! It works both ways son.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Junior

    I am just happy i don’t have to wait months after a Japanese launch to have it come to America and have to pay $600.

    Let’s face it, compared to ps2, the ps3 sucked (i still love the ps brand). Now we don’t have a system that is underpowered out of the box and overpriced.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DGOJG

    I’m pretty sure this is just to stop people and retailers from breaking the street date. Sounds like an unlock rather than a download of those features; especially at such a low amount of data.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Phoenixblight


    People didn’t run to the PS4 because internet wasn’t needed they ran to the PS4 because there was no 24 and hourly checks when Internet is not stable enough. More than one occasion my internet has gone out for more than a day so that would essentially have bricked the Xbox One. This is not the same thing here.

    Sony had also said there will be a day one patch. SO there is no “hiding” ANd its quite funny the people that have been for the Xbox One are the ones pointing out this “180″.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Junior

    People weren’t complaining about requiring internet on x1. They were complaining that it required everyday or the system would not work at all. On top of that, games were expected to be the same price as now and be untradeable.

    I actually like how sony got completely screwed by microsoft last gen. We are seeing amazing discounts on games with ps+. Let us hope microsoft screws sony a little more.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Eregol

    1) Sony aren’t the first to delay a game close to launch
    2) Removal of Linux was in response to people hacking consoles and piracy. Smart move to remove it
    3) Headset issue was reported with plenty of time to go and is being patched. A headset comes with the PS4, good temporary solution.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Legendaryboss

    Right, not contributing to this at all unless…

    #37 2 years ago
  38. CyberMarco

    One serious question though, can you use Remote Play without an Internet connection? Is there an option for local network/ad-hoc mode like the PSP-PS3 have?

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Phoenixblight


    Just says over wifi. Beyond Reach (Beyond: Two souls) android app worked via wifi of your own network. WOuldn’t make sense that it needs to go over the network to need internet and would only exaggerate lag even more so.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Joe Musashi

    If ever a VG247 article needed a #dealwithit tag, it’s this one.


    #40 2 years ago
  41. Legendaryboss

    Does not resort to trickery or lies? What are you smoking?

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Neroist

    To the posters that are mad patching your PS4 Blu-ray region to play. Would they rather your PS4 come region locked with no patch?

    #42 2 years ago
  43. CyberMarco

    @Phoenixblight Oh thanks, I was a little confused! So it’s just “wifi” between the PS4 and PS Vita, nice! :)

    #43 2 years ago

    Just to let everyone know ps3 game disc’s come pre-loaded with patches on them, so im betting that the 1st ps4 game you put in updates the system.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Erthazus

    What’s the noise?

    If you have no internet. Grab a retail PS4 game and it will include the latest patch. End of story.


    #45 2 years ago
  46. Legendaryboss

    That sort of behaviour isn’t exclusive to Sony as you make it seem, MS delayed Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One now there is no showcase by them at launch.

    They told you its going to be delayed through proper channels, they didn’t wait until launch: Waited until the end? Screwed them? If delaying a game for a better product is screwing the consumer nope silly logic, cancel the preorder and wait until Driveclub launches.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Junior

    King, if you don’t like the system it is fine but stop acting like a 12 year old.

    A lie is a false statement. Not meeting a deadline is not a lie.

    You must be quiet a show to watch at the airport. Do you scream at the companies for lying to you about the gate or take off schedule?

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Junior

    King, if a launch game on a company that has a 3-system history is a reason for you to buy a system then you aren’t really a gamer.

    If we were too look a sony launch history, then no one would buy their systems. Most of us are quite pleased with what we got from their systems

    #48 2 years ago
  49. lexph3re

    Are you guys still trying to convince this dude King from his objectives?lol just let the dude rant in his world, anyone with the capabilities to research can figure out the facts of the

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Javinator

    Look real good at that picture above. See that toward the right?
    Yup, your eyes do not deceive you: Its a controller with 2 black penises.


    #50 2 years ago
  51. Javinator

    #58: I REFUSE to buy a console that has a controller with 2 black penises!
    Stop this madness!

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Javinator

    Same day Xbox releases their awesome commercial Sony releases this info LOL.
    things are just getting worse n worse for sony…

    #52 2 years ago
  53. lexph3re

    lol gotta say “Some actually choose a console based on current games and not due to their history.
    ” This made me almost laugh out loud. Isn’t the reason people are boasting about XBone based on old games that are rebooted and or sequels? Dead rising 3? Panzer Dragoon? Forza? Killer Instinct?

    The history of those games are what make most Xboxers

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Eregol

    Two people making penis references now?
    Is there something you guys want to tell us?
    Should we book you a room?

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Javinator

    Look, PS4 fans don’t want an “XBone”.
    They want 2 “Boners”.
    The DualCock4.

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Gekidami

    Most likely just one person, two accounts.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. lexph3re

    @69 Very likely, Not sure what makes him/them think making dick jokes is degrading. To be twelve again right?

    #57 2 years ago
  58. Eregol

    Seems that way.
    At the end of the day, Sony have delivered on their promise of a machine that will play games indefinitely out of the box without connection to the Internet.


    #58 2 years ago
  59. Darkfield

    @66 “GayStationeers”

    Homophobic much? Is that supposed to be insulting? There was a day that you could belittle people base on their color, religion or sexuality. It’s long passed, so Mr. KingofCaveDwellers get back to your cave.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. Gekidami

    Because dicks belong to men, and if you like dicks and are a man your’re gay, and thats a bad thing, also see “Gaystation” up there. Yeah, its just old fashioned homophobia.

    If only homophobic comments were against some sort of site rule…

    #60 2 years ago
  61. Darkfield

    @73 I’m pretty sure they are.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. fearmonkey

    @67 – yeah, it’s probably the same guy different accounts. If not, they need counseling and realize that they don’t need to hide what they are.
    They are reminding me of Garrison from South park before he came out.

    Anyway, I guess it’s the way of the world these days, internet devices manufactured and then needing a latest patch, hardly unexpected. I didn’t expect the internet required for blu-ray/DVD at first but the reason why noted in the comments makes sense.

    It is amazing all Sony has accomplished though, the patch notes and what it gives you is a pretty cool list. it makes me definitely want a vita for my PS4.

    I loved XBL for the party chat, and it’s great Sony caught up to MS there. All around It seems the PS4 is not really lacking anything MS has regarding XBL that I have gotten used to. With the new controller, I feel more confident that I’ll like it where I didnt care for the previous Sony controllers.

    If Sony had let us use our own Bluetooth headsets, I would have been a happy man. I was surprised thet they won’t have that functionality, hopefully in the future. I think it’s stupid MS refused to place bluettooth in the Xbone. Even the cheapest phones have it and I just bought a USB Bluetooth adapter for $10

    #62 2 years ago
  63. lexph3re

    What if when they say Gaystation they just mean “Happy Station”. Like wouldn’t it be awesome if there were no overbearing undertones to their meaning that it would be interpreted in a positive manner.

    Oh well to bad it’s is indeed homophobic rhetorics

    #63 2 years ago
  64. Dragon

    ^Biased much?
    Dont see you making jokes on MS. And you have a problem with people stating PS4 will outsell X1, offering snarky responses and then running away without stating anything, probably since you know you will be wrong if you do.
    Follows a trend…

    #64 2 years ago
  65. Eregol

    @77 To be honest, the only one I’ve seen mention Xbone is you

    #65 2 years ago
  66. Eregol

    Just because Bone is a euphemism for penis doesn’t mean that everyone is using it for that purpose.
    You have been deliberately using more direct references.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. Eregol

    And who said the word gay exactly?

    #67 2 years ago
  68. XanderZane

    @#39 – Sony never said there would be a patch for the PS4 after it launches. You’re thinking of Microsoft. M$ said there would be a patch for the XB1 during setup before you could use it. Everyone had a fit about it. Like the apocolypse was about to occur. lol!! Sony said internet would only be needed to play multiplayer online or use certain apps, PS Store, Netflix, etc..

    @#49 – The Blu-Ray/DVD movies are suppose to be region locked. Only the Blu-Ray games aren’t regionally locked. Same with the XB1. So yes, I would rather my PS4 play Blu-Ray/DVD movies without having to patch it. The military gamers will have to wait for a Sony published game that contains the patch upgrade or find a free WiFi connection some where so they can patch their PS4.

    #68 2 years ago
  69. freedoms_stain

    I hope Pat reads this thread.

    Some of you cunts are gone if he does.

    #69 2 years ago
  70. Pytox

    we have spotted a new kind of ps3fanboy in the wild now praising microsoft … oh boy

    #70 2 years ago
  71. freedoms_stain

    @88, calling cunts “cunts” is acceptable.

    #71 2 years ago
  72. DSB

    I really think you need the word cunt to survive on the internet.

    I guess you could use douchebag, fucknozzle or fuckwit, but cunt is like the perfect umbrella for the nozzles and wits and bags and twits of the web.

    #72 2 years ago
  73. monkeygourmet

    I’ve skimmed over this, but can someone explain if I’m wrong.

    It looks like its mandatory to do an update for all the features that were promised? Why aren’t these features available pre-installed on the system?

    Wii U did this but I thought it was because Nintendo fucked up? And MS is because of DRM etc… But features like Bluray and remote play? Surely they are ready to go?

    #73 2 years ago
  74. lexph3re

    You do realize XBone is not a dick joke right? It’s even an registered official domain for Xbox one. The only person bent out of shape about it’s name would be you.

    And, Bone can mean a structural placement of an organic being. Boner can be used as a derogative way of describing an erection. Soooo unless someone call it Xboner… I don’t see how you can get a dick joke just from Xbone.

    #74 2 years ago
  75. lexph3re

    @91 a few people already stated that it may have something to do with the blurays region registration. Other then that it’s all pre-requisites at the end of the day. It is probably more efficient to focus on distribution for the release and let a server roll out the firmware enabling then to individually load each HDD with the firmware and by-bass potentially bricked units.

    Of course I don’t have the answer for that, I am only thinking about the same thing that select HDD’s do with their Plug and Play features and Firmware updates for UI on web pages to be downloaded.

    #75 2 years ago
  76. lexph3re

    Sure Xb= Xbox one=one put them together you get Xbone. happy?

    #76 2 years ago
  77. zinc

    Didn’t Dave Cook ban a poster who suffered from a ridiculous aversion to the term Xbone?

    I guess their back -_-

    #77 2 years ago
  78. monkeygourmet


    Thanks, that makes sense. Shows you how hectic console. ‘Launch’ is though. I expect even more fuck ups along the way! :)

    #78 2 years ago
  79. Christopher Jack

    @98. Grow up.

    #79 2 years ago
  80. lexph3re

    I expect them too. That’s why When I get my ps4 I will have the warranty and get an extended later. This is the first time I have bought a console at launch aside from the Vita. But, overall I buy them all just when the price is right.

    My goal this gen is to buy early and have them all within the first 3 years. I am getting a Wii U after I get the PS4. Game first bitch later is my re-found philosophy

    #80 2 years ago
  81. Ireland Michael

    102 comments about a software update.


    #81 2 years ago
  82. Javinator

    To all the homos on board here: the PS4 was made for your hermit-styled life. The DualCock4 comes in different sizes: DualCock4″, DualCock6″, DualCock8″, and the one thats sold out and that “Yoshi” and “Kaz” play with, the DualCock12″ (which comes with veiny 12″ grips).

    #82 2 years ago
  83. Joe Musashi

    It’s the queerest thing, but I simply can’t shake the feeling that a couple of folk are over-compensating for something.


    #83 2 years ago
  84. Legendaryboss

    Oh my! Over 100 comments fueled by “cock” related comments and complaints of needing a internet connection (which never was the problem).

    #84 2 years ago
  85. zinc

    @107 I’m no Freud, but creating an alt-account to talk about cock with? Thats a red flag…

    #85 2 years ago
  86. polygem

    i am desperately looking for a ps4 game to pick up @ launch. seriously is there anything people?
    not intersted in cod, fifa, asscreed, killzone, knack (at least not for november. i prefer playing mario 3d world this fall in that genre, would buy knack later)…it’s unbelieveable that they have so many games but at the same time only such boring stuff. i forgot something don’t i? seriously any launch game tips are welcome.

    #86 2 years ago
  87. lexph3re

    @poly I’m getting a realm reborn, killzone, injustice, war frame, dcuo, and knack later. I’m not pressed at launch because I still have games to beat on my ps3, vita, 360 and 3ds until infamous releases. And all cross gen third party games I’m getting on ps4. That’s my plan

    #87 2 years ago
  88. polygem

    @lex: i will play mario 3d world, bravely default and link between worlds this november, december for sure, so i really have lots of new stuff to play already plus my backlog.
    i preordered the ps4 in may, i would definitely be getting one at launch but i am having a hard time to find a game that i really want to play. would be kind of strange to have a shiny new console but no games for it. i mean, i know that great games will come, i just wish there would be something like destiny or evil within for launch. yeah, warframe looks interesting…

    #88 2 years ago
  89. lexph3re

    I hear you I still have a killer back log in working on but great thing is my ps3 will probably move to my bedroom the ps4 in the main room with my 360 and I will be playing my back Log vita games at work on my lunch breaks when I don’t work out

    #89 2 years ago
  90. monkeygourmet


    How about Outlast? Something spooky to play to combat the sweet sweet Mario?! :)

    #90 2 years ago
  91. polygem

    well, i became kind of lazy in the last year or two, not that i don’t work out anymore but i definitely think twice more often…and then, playing games mostly wins :)

    #91 2 years ago
  92. polygem

    @mg: sure, totally, of course…would love it but it’s not a launch game or is it?

    #92 2 years ago
  93. monkeygourmet


    Aw, balls! I don’t think it is, sorry dude! Was sure that was a launch game … :/

    #93 2 years ago
  94. polygem

    see…this is what pisses me off about this next gen thing. it will sure become great and all but for now, i’m not feeling it. i want to though, badly :)

    edit: resogun and contrast look good, might have to live with those two for the first few months :) but a game like outlast really would have sealed the deal for me.

    #94 2 years ago
  95. monkeygourmet


    2 free a Indie games… Not the finest selection at launch! :)

    It’s a pity Wii U didn’t have one more title like a Mario, then you would have been sorted! Zombi U is worth another shot now your more accustomed to Dark Souls! ;)

    #95 2 years ago
  96. polygem

    yes, i was thinking about playing zombi u again actually. i could borrow it from a friend but it’s supercheap now anyway.
    well but no matter how i look at this, it seems like it doesn’t make much sense to buy x1 or ps4 at launch. a pity, i was really looking forward to it…
    maybe spring, maybe summer. i really want to check out destiny

    edit: just checked ebay…xboxes for 699€ to 899€, ps4′s for 599/699/899(!)€…maybe i should rip off some rich kids at least.

    #96 2 years ago
  97. TheBlackHole

    This thread is a joke. Someone get out the ban hammer and do some cleansing.

    As for this issue, it does not surprise me one bit that Sony are throwing this info out last minute, having spent months bitching about Microsoft forcing a day one patch, etcetera.


    #97 2 years ago
  98. Max Pain

    What is all the hate towards ?

    PS4 will be a great gameing box so will the Xbox one…

    this stuff is expensive we should all be lucky it even exist today.

    quit your whining and be happy we are getting a new Gen at all..

    side note both consoles are getting a Patch on release date, i expected it would. the consoles are being made a month/s before and Sony and Microsoft are working their butts of getting every thing ready..

    If you cant cope with that fact you should probably wait until PS4 and Xbox one Ship with the new firmware.. 2.0 or something.

    #98 2 years ago
  99. Juice_Man101

    @121 I don’t remember sony saying anything about the day one patch.

    #99 2 years ago
  100. Maabren

    Nice update, not needed for gaming thou.

    #100 2 years ago
  101. Tech-N9ne

    I just read somewhere else that the PS4 will not have sleep/instant resume for games functionality at launch. What did they demo back in February then?

    Odd VG247 left that out on the post schilling for Sony as usual

    #101 2 years ago
  102. pcbros

    This is why I don’t want to buy any console day one. They usually need to be patched, have bugs and can have hardware issues (RROD).

    I waited a year to think about buying a Wii U and I’m glad I did. Lower price and better games out. Same will be the case for XB1/PS4 if I wait till 2014.

    Unless there is a game that you must have day one, I don’t see the reason to take the plunge.

    #102 2 years ago
  103. XanderZane

    @#53 – No it won’t. Sony never said this features patch will be on disks. It definitely won’t be at launch, but probably will be a month or so after launch. They don’t even have a online downloadable version to put on you USB Flash drive yet. The might get it up before launch (and they should).

    #71 Eregol – So you won’t need Internet access to play Planetside2 or FF XIV? Some of these games will immediately try to access the internet to try and download updates that never made it on the disks before you play them. People who think you will never need an internet access for the PS4 are delusional. You will and most won’t notice any problems because; Ta-Da!! the will already have internet access. Military gamers and other who live out in the woods and backroads will be in for a rude awaking.

    #103 2 years ago
  104. sebastien rivas

    haaa so the remote play is for real and I was not completely wrong months ago!

    Ps4 second screen feature sounds cool and fresh too, especially for kids.


    I know right, this ideal of throwing updates, patches and alike is something manufacturers DO NOT understand the process of doing so every so often encourages hardware FLOP if:
    1- It is not well written and overlap rewrite does not do a good job which slows down if not worse just break the hardware off forever
    2- Alienate users that are not aware of an existing patch or newer patch conflict with older games of that same platform.

    I just do not understand how manufacturer think it is normal to just shove unfinished system OS and worse BIOS down users’ throat.
    It was not and still is not appealing to me in any way!

    We are making bread but hey after you buy my bread, don’t forget to add yeast that we omitted, hummm perhaps that’s why the bread’s not rising at all?!?!?!?!

    #104 2 years ago
  105. Javinator

    You need to be online to receive a patch to play blu ray movies offline??? What??!!
    What about those people who don’t have internet??? The military soldier??!
    Sony sucks. Its archaic. That’s why Samsung is taking over and the Wall Street Journal classifies Sony as “junk” (google it).

    #105 2 years ago
  106. Javinator

    Just look at the controller. Scroll to the picture above and notice how the controllers handles look like two penises. The DualCock4″

    #106 2 years ago
  107. yeoung

    It’s funny that the consumer’s sentiments from the start of the marketing campaigns, i.e “as long as it just plays games” and “as long as I can resell and buy second hand games” have changed to entirely feature-oriented crusades of great justice.

    In terms of industry impact and general infrastructure, consoles have come a long way from;
    1. plop in a cartridge
    2. press the power button

    At least debating games can be considered a pop-cult art debate, arguing feature sets of consoles, especially to this degree of kindergarten mudslinging, signifies a clear regression to consumerist vindication of enabling devices. It’s like a playpen of particularly dimwitted children discussing the merits of the frames surrounding the paintings.

    (meant to put it here, accidently put it in the PS4 FAQ thread)

    (guess it works for both comments sections though)

    #107 2 years ago
  108. truth

    Xbone_whores at it again. Letting all their fear show. Just cancel your pre-order save your hundred dollars and get the better console. You don’t have to be jealous. Kinect command: anal on.

    #108 2 years ago
  109. truth

    Aww cute trying to copy my command comment sorry homo got to do better then that. Why don’t you take that micropenis out your mouth so kinect can hear your anal commands better.

    #109 2 years ago
  110. sebastien rivas

    Wooww such hate on any side and for what exactly? a company you probably do not have have shares in, a company you do not work for, a company to whom you will provide money in plenty anyway and finally for games that are most likely to look just alike.

    Are you two actually brothers or something?


    Yes indeed but look at the length of the patch, I must admit, PS4 worked hard and worked hard for gamers. Too bad it does not come in at purchase.

    #110 2 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]