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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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  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

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  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

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  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

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  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

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  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

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  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

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  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

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  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

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  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

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  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

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  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

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  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

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  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

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  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

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  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

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  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

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  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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