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PS4 production sabotaged by FOXCONN workers, intern claims – rumour

Monday, 18 November 2013 09:53 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 units manufactured at the FOXCONN assembly plant in China were said to be sabotaged by workers. An intern has stepped forward and claimed that the act was in retaliation to the poor treatment of staff while making Sony’s console and other devices, a fact that FOXCONN has recently admitted.

It follows FOXCONN’s statement on the confirmed mistreatment of student workers on the assembly line.

Now, Neowin reports that the intern’s statement was posted on the IGN boards on Friday by user qbroid, in an attempt to further expose the matter. The employee’s original thread was published on August 28 but was subsequently locked.

It was entitled, “Since foxconn are not treating us well, we will not treat ps4 console well. The ps4 console we assemble can be turned on at best.” Here’s a grab of the original post:

The hardware was allegedly tampered with to provoke problems with PS4 units in response to the worker’s treatment. It’s unclear if the supposed sabotage actually bore fruit in the end, as by Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida’s count, the failure rate on PS4 consoles shipped sits at 0.4%.

What do you make of the above? We’ll keep our ears to the ground in case more details emerge surrounding the alleged FOXCONN issues.

Thanks Jet Black.

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44 Comments

  1. dsr

    I hope Europe wont get that faulty batch.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. KAP

    Totally FUCKED UP. Sabotage PS4s because there not getting treated right by FOXCONN.
    Yet the sad truth is consumers don’t wanna hear excuses, they want results.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. kingy

    Wow shit just got deep ,if this is proven it’s not just bad for us and sony but also Foxconn every company in the world just about has things coming out of their doors

    #3 1 year ago
  4. CycloneFox

    Instead of damaging FOXCONN, which treads workers bad, they are just damaging Sony and gamers. I suppose gamers don’t interest the workers of FOXCONN though. If it is true, I hope Sony will accuse FOXCONN for this mess.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. TheBlackHole

    “only .4% of PS4 consoles have failed since launch.”

    Please stop using this as some kind of factual representation of the console’s failure rate. This quote was made BEFORE the console went on sale. It means nothing.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 Who’s using it as actual fact? I merely said that was what Yoshida claimed.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Fin

    This is a ridiculous ridiculous story to post, I don’t care what other website posted it previously.

    A screengrab of a forum post written in Chinese by someone who claims to work for Foxconn.

    Coming up:
    User on GameFAQs boards claiming “Wii U HD Incoming” because “his dad works for Nintendo”.

    I’m all for rumour and speculation, but there has to be a minimum bar.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. G1GAHURTZ

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

    FREE THE FOXCONN SLAVES!!

    #8 1 year ago
  9. dsr

    @8

    If you free them, who is going to make an Xbone?

    #9 1 year ago
  10. KineticCalvaria

    @9, no one. So even more reason to free them :).

    On a serious note though, this really needs sorting out, these kind of situations shouldn’t be happening in the 21st century.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    If the state of things there are really that abysmal, and this turns out to actually be true, I fully support this. Things there need to change badly. A piece of hardware is not as important as the basic humane treatment of other people.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    @9: Brazilians!

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57412330-37/could-foxconns-factory-in-brazil-be-a-model-for-apple-production/

    #12 1 year ago
  13. GregoryRasputin

    I sincerely hope you are not paid to post this unprofessionally written rubbish Dave.

    Not that its my business, but you would assume someone who gets paid, would do a little research, which you obviously have not done.

    1.)Corrupted Cartridge were not the ones who took the screengrab.
    2.) The user qbroid on IGN who created the thread on IGN, took the screengrab and posted it on IGN, they should be the ones who are sourced.
    3.) NeoWin even say the allegations were posted on IGN, he didn’t say that the Chinese student was the one who started it on IGN.
    4.) Corrupted Cartridge were the only ones who have given correct story and the only ones to source correctly.
    5.) Shocking journalism…

    #13 1 year ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Hey, don’t think you can come on here and badmouth Mr Cook in his own back yard!

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Dave Cook

    @13 you have no idea how busy I am. Mistakes happen. I’m fixing this now.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. GregoryRasputin

    @14 it is not my intention to badmouth Dave Cook as a person, i am badmouthing the fact, that he didn’t research the story properly before rushing it out.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Dave Cook

    @13 Corrected. Thanks for flagging. Maybe be a little less harsh next time?

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    @11, Even if true, I don’t think damaging a partner companies products will help their cause.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. TheBlackHole

    @6

    No criticism intended Dave, certainly not like the douche at 13, but your quote says the claim was ‘only .4% of PS4 consoles have failed since launch.’

    The claim was made before launch, so cannot apply to those affected since. The quote was claiming that it accounted for 0.4% of SHIPPED units.

    Assuming they shipped 1.5m units (conservative, given they’ve sold 1m in 24 hours) that would mean 6,000 pre-release units have been considered faulty.

    How many do you think were actually in people’s hands before sale? Including staff, devs, promotional etc, I reckon 6,000 represents a pretty large proportion.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. KineticCalvaria

    Less arse kissing would be nice too.

    @18, that number must be higher than 0.4% now, seems to be quite a lot of issues.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    @18:

    Well pointed out.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Joe Musashi

    This story/rumour seems a little far-fetched.

    If true, what is to be gained from revealing the sabotage? Especially so soon after a product made by the plant has gone on sale (not even on global sale).

    Surely if the saboteurs wanted to damage Foxconn’s reputation then they would do this over a range of products so it was more apparent that the issue was with Foxconn.

    If the saboteurs wanted to damage Sony’s / PS4′s reputation then why bring Foxconn into it? Why not make some allegation about quality control (or better yet, PS4′s actual hardware design)??

    As to % failure rates, what is an accurate measure? Anonymous people on forums? Amazon comments? Neither are what I’d regard as accurate – both are easy to fabricate in one direction or another.

    Either way, it sucks for the early adopters. It’s a sorry thing to see so many others taking such glee in another’s misfortune.

    JM

    #22 1 year ago
  23. mongbatstar

    @18

    You’re asserting opinion without any evidence to back it up. You can’t make up statistics because “it must be higher now”.

    The quoted figure is the only official statistic to run off, It’s not unreasonable still to use it in this article. In fact, The Guardian are still running with that figure too in their article on the the 1m US sales. That was published this morning.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Dragon

    That is like the most uninformed rumour. Its just a post on a sites message board that was locked.

    Rumour…

    #24 1 year ago
  25. GregoryRasputin

    #18 i don’t mind being labelled a douche, i respect Dave, but it doesn’t mean ill kiss his ass and tell him he has an awesome post, when its full of errors.

    Also you are wrong about the 0.4%, Sony changed it to .4%

    There have been several problems reported, which leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of systems. The number of affected systems represents less than .4% of shipped units to date, which is within our expectations for a new product introduction

    And you are right Dave, I could have been less harsh, i apologise for that, though that is the way I am :p

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Dave Cook

    @23 People are free to disbelieve rumours if they please, but I’m tired of the way some replies to our rumour stories act like we’ve made them up or something. (Not saying you’re doing this of course).

    We’re just the messenger here. People can view rumours as garbage or plausible if they wish. It’s their choice.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. G1GAHURTZ

    @22:

    How is it possible to say that 0.4% of your consoles are broken, when they’re still packed in a sealed box, sitting in a stock cupboard?

    Did you know that they were broken when you put them in there?

    Or are you just making a ‘conservative guess’?

    How is it possible to get the 0.4% figure with evidence?

    (“you” means Sony, btw, not actually you, mongbatstar.)

    #27 1 year ago
  28. mongbatstar

    I don’t know how they came up with it. FWIW, I agree with the sentiment that it’s probably a bullshit figure, and that the real number would seem to be much higher based on the anecdotal evidence.

    That’s not my point though.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. TheBlackHole

    @22

    “You’re asserting opinion without any evidence to back it up. You can’t make up statistics because “it must be higher now”.”

    Please explain which statistic I’ve made up?

    The only stat I used was the official 0.4% of shipped units being faulty. That comes from Sony directly. All I did was calculate what that would be in actual units if you did the maths, based on an almost certain underestimation of the number of shipped units.

    So, I asserted a fact, based on a fact, coming straight from Sony. I’d also suggest that given this article was changed to reflect my correction, that I wasn’t making anything up.

    Feel free to try and explain yourself though.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Dragon

    @Dave,
    No offence man, but that dude who posted it on IGN forums was a member since like 4 days and really, there are infinite rumours like that on various internet forums everyday. Even IGN didn’t post it.

    Your discretion obviously, just saying we have a difference of opinions here ;)

    #30 1 year ago
  31. vOL

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i4ZZtnUAGlw/TymvDAbtRwI/AAAAAAAAArg/zTD_ZeOSulc/s1600/supernatural-mouths-open.gif

    @25 Because that’s how manufacturing works buddy. It is foolish for Sony or any other manufacturers to think that their product was 100% fault-proof. They just can’t inspect every units produced one by one. They do sampling for each production batch for an estimation quality for the entire product line. There is lot of possible factors which contribute to faulty product and FYI, “Human Factors” are the worst of them.

    0.4% failure rates is minuscule in high volume manufacturing scale.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Dave Cook

    @28 “just saying we have a difference of opinions here”

    And that’s completely fine :)

    #32 1 year ago
  33. freedoms_stain

    So, you’re told you have to work at foxconn for free so you can get your degree. The hours and conditions are poor but you want to continue your degree so you put up with it.

    But in addition to putting yourself through those hellish conditions for weeks or months you decide you’ll sabotage some PS4 units in protest at your poor treatment and post about it online, knowing that if you’re caught you’re probably not going to get your degree after all.

    Sounds legit.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. SplatteredHouse

    http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/student-as-the-op-of-the-foxconn-internmade-bad-ps4-three-month-ago-i-have-something-to-say.453524775/

    I don’t believe these actions are fabricated. It’s a lot of effort to deliberately set and spin this many plates. What effect they have for customers is too early to tell, but Sony ought to be able to lump it in with expected failure rates.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. G1GAHURTZ

    @29:

    Sure, I can totally understand taking samples from batches. That makes sense, and it’s reasonable to make calculations and percentages based on those samples.

    What doesn’t make sense, is taking statements like:

    There have been several problems reported, which leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of systems. The number of affected systems represents less than .4% of shipped units to date

    And turning them into ‘The PS4 has a 0.4% failure rate’.

    First of all, the initial quote is meaningless, because the only “problems reported” could have come from the relatively tiny amount of pre-release consoles that the press and competition winners had access to.

    So “affected systems” at the time when the quote was made was only a tiny portion of the >1m units that they actually shipped.

    The key term here, which is crucial to the statement, is “problems reported”.

    He’s not talking about a scientific estimation based on a sample test. He’s talking about real consumers reporting issues with units.

    So my question was, how can he get a figure based on “problems reported”, and “affected systems”, when all they had to go by was a handful of pre-release units, at a time where there were almost certainly another 1m units sitting on shelves in the US and Canada alone?

    Of course the other units aren’t going to have any “problems reported”, because no-one’s opened the box.

    #35 1 year ago
  36. DeVitowned

    First of all, let me begin by saying I am one of the many, yes many, who received one of these sabotaged consoles. This made me very angry, and even moreso disappointed.

    Secondly, if this rumor is true, GOOD FOR THE WORKERS WHO ARE REVOLTING AGAINST THE POOR CONDITIONS! I do not mind at all being given a mild inconvenience if it can help these exploited workers bring attention and potentially positive change toward their situation. I work for Wal-Mart and I can sympathize with these workers when it comes to being exploited, but, no matter how bad I have it, it’s nothing compared to what these people have to endure at FOXCONN. Still, even with this incident, I doubt any good will come of it, because even with what the world knows about the poor living conditions, the low pay and massive suicide rates, no one has done anything to change things there.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. antraxsuicide

    I can pretty much guarantee that it’s higher than .4%. Someone was told by Sony support that they’ve received 4000 returns from Amazon alone. That equals .4% of the 1 million sold mark, and that’s only from one retailer.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. bobnice

    @ #5

    That quote was also make by the same Sony guy who when asked on twitter said the Red Line of death was “Not True”

    #38 1 year ago
  39. bradk825

    If I remember right he used the .4% when the Taco Bell ones went out, and then again after launch. It seems funky that it would be the exact same number when it’s a sampling of 4000 units or the whole launch…

    I also wonder about whether the software issues are included in that. Supposedly, if you ask (but don’t really ask because they wont tell you)EA there were problems with the patch… Was that in the .4%? It’s not really clear.

    Truthfully I hope the .4% is true. I would like to think that both sets of manufacturers learned from last gen.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. bradk825

    @13 Slow down bro, we like Dave here.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. xino

    good news for me
    bad news for sony
    good on Foxconn!

    now they will know how to treat their employees with respect.
    These people will start to know they have the POWER, just because they work for foxconn, makes it feel like foxconn is in control.

    but truth is people are in control.

    hopefully foxconn will stop using underage people and working their employees every 16 hours every day!

    #41 1 year ago
  42. jonahfalcon

    100% bullshit. Launch consoles are often defective. Look at the C-64, the iPod, the PS1, the Xbox 360. What do all of them have in common? They were all rushed for one reason or another.

    #42 1 year ago
  43. TrickyAudio

    Looks like we could be getting Japanese made ones in Europe. Worth the wait after all? http://gearnuke.com/is-europe-getting-made-japan-playstation-4/

    #43 1 year ago
  44. DrDamn

    @41
    It’s an interesting point. May not have some of the US problems, may have a whole host of new ones :). *If* it is a better quality build then maybe related to tougher warranty laws in Europe. Interesting.

    #44 1 year ago

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    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]