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PS4 at home: EU set-up and UI impressions ahead of Friday’s launch

Monday, 25 November 2013 12:18 GMT By Patrick Garratt

PlayStation 4 launches across Europe this Friday. Patrick Garratt takes you through the hardware, UI and general experience of wallowing in Sony’s next generation.

As a grown-up toy, and as a serious games machine, PS4 appears to be pretty spectacular. I could write about it all day. I get bored of everything extremely quickly, but PS4′s sucking up far too much of my spare time at the moment. Well done, Sony. Feels real good.

I’ve been playing around with PS4 since last week. Sony switched on its European servers over the weekend, so now I’m able to give you some decent impressions. The full weight of the EU public doesn’t hit till this Friday, but anyone using a retail PS4 in Europe at the moment has the full experience if they have a friends list. I’m based in France, and I’m now able to view the Store, stream gameplay, use social media and all the rest of it.

So. This is what PS4 is like. I’m talking here about the hardware itself and the practicalities of the UI. I’ll write about the games later this week.

Shiny Apple

Out of the box and through set-up, the machine has an undeniable “Apple” feel. Pieces of protective plastic peel satisfyingly into your hands, and build quality is solid and weighty throughout. It’s shiny and new and everything works. You can’t imagine it breaking any time soon. There’s remarkably little frustration in set-up, which is generally un-Sony-like, if I’m being frank. The console replaces your PS3 easily; you remove the power lead and the HDMI cable and push them into the back of the PS4. As with the rest of set-up, there’s no fuss.

Setting up your account and the settings in Firmware is, again, surprisingly slick. You turn it on, connect to your wireless, it automatically finds the time and date, you plug in the camera for some face-scanning (which works: I had no problem with it at all) and you’re done. You sign into your PSN account, do some agreeing to terms and you’re on the dash. It takes ten minutes. Without question, it’s the best box-to-play set-up Sony’s ever built.

The UI, then. You’ve all seen it by now, but whatever. PS4’s user interface is successful because it masks something hideously complex with a believable veneer of simplicity. The main section of the UI is a series of large blocks. There’s What’s New, which is populated by friends’ activity; The Playroom, a small suite of mini-games to play with the camera; any games you’ve been playing; Live from PlayStation, which comprises streams of people playing games, Twitch, Ustream and an “interactive” section (although every time I look at that it just tells me there’s no broadcast available, so I’m not entirely sure what that’s for); a web browser, which, unlike Vita’s ridiculously bad effort, is fast and renders perfectly; and “Library”. I’m thankful the main sections of the UI have been pared back from the PS3’s XMB; it’s blatantly obvious how to launch any game or app.

Above the main UI blocks is a sparsely populated upper tier of icons. You have the Store, a notifications image, a friends icon, your avatar and name, a trophies icon and the time. If you push up on the pad from the main UI blocks, a new version of the XMB evolves from the smaller upper icons and pushes the main blocks down. As well as the aforementioned icons, you get messages, party, settings and power. The drop-downs from the old XMB are gone, and everything fits on one screen, so there’s no scrolling left and right. The combination of the main UI and new XMB offers greater complexity through clearer design. If you want the parental controls, you go into settings and change them. If you want to speak to a friend, you go to the friends bit. It’s straightforward.

The first block in the UI is What’s New. You pull down on it to get a three-column feed of friends activity updates intermingled with app ads. The friends updates tell you who’s been playing what and links to any streaming broadcasts. You’ll see who’s achieved which Trophies, any screens or videos which have been shared from the Share button, and you can even “like” every update.

I haven’t been able to fiddle with the way PS4 handles multiple users, but when you boot it up it asks you if you’re a user registered on the machine or a guest. On the log-in screen, a camera window searches for your face and controller, so you don’t even have to press a button. If it sees you and the coloured pad on the back of the controller it signs you in and you move onto the dash. I’m assuming the camera will log several people into the right accounts automatically, but I’ve yet to see this work.

Unnoticeable

The process of playing a video game is kind of important to a video game console, and PlayStation 4 does a great job of getting you from disc or download to play with the minimum of fuss. Putting Killzone in for the first time, for instance, gave me an “installing” bar, and I was then up and playing in less than five minutes. I didn’t time it, but it was make-a-cup-of-tea-ish. A few minutes, tops. It was the same with Call of Duty: Ghosts. There was an install wait, but it was hardly noticeable. Like, I didn’t notice it. I saw the install bar, did something, came back and I was playing.

When you download something from the store – Resogun will probably be the first thing you grab, especially if you’re a Plus sub – the progress bar is added under a game icon in the main UI bricks. You can’t get lost. No more flicking into active downloads, or whatever. It’s just there.

You can pull down on any of the game icons in the main UI for additional information. This is a genius feature. You can drop through the home-screen to an overview page which shows DLC, friends’ activities with that game, general information and even links to Facebook pages which open in the in-built browser. This section appears to be populated by publishers, as Assassin’s Creed 4 has some blank space in it at the moment, although this may be down to the fact the machine isn’t out in Europe yet.

My biggest gripe with the UI in general (or at all, thinking about it) is that you can’t customize the positions of icons. You also can’t delete stock apps (I don’t want a Music Unlimited logo in there, thanks). Whatever app you used last is pushed to the front of the queue, but I can’t see that ending well after a few years of use and 60 games on the drive. There’s the Library, yes, but it seems a bit odd.

There’s more

A few other things need mentioning. I have to say something about the controller. DualShock 4 is a work of art. It was obvious Sony had done something special when I saw it at E3 in the summer, but you don’t appreciate just what a triumph it truly is until you use it for prolonged periods. It’s so comfortable and well-made that it’s hard to imagine playing with anything else once you get used to it. The touch-pad’s much more sensitive than I remember it being in LA and Sony’s nailed the triggers. Really nice.

Also, the streaming tech works with no hitch. I didn’t think it would, but there it is. You go into the Live from PlayStation section, it populates with a bunch of streams, you click one and it starts playing. It does work. It’s full of Americans at the moment, but I’ve never had a problem watching and the quality’s easily good enough. Most people seem to be doing it through Twitch. To broadcast gameplay yourself, you just hit the Share button, sign into Twitch (or Ustream, if you’re that way inclined) and off you go. You can include video from the camera and audio from the mic (which comes in the box and plugs into DS4) and show comments on-screen. All of this is viewable through the PS4 dash or on the web. You can tweet a notification that you’ve started streaming, and a box appears in the What’s New section of the dash so your friends can see. Hopefully it won’t all fall over when Europe comes online later this week, but considering there are hundreds of thousands of Americans using it already there’s every reason to assume it won’t. It’s a different world.

As regards sharing, you can share grabs or videos to Twitter and Facebook by press the share button on the pad. This works faultlessly, as you’re no doubt aware if, like myself, you’ve been watching your timeline flood with American pictures of Resogun over the past few weeks.

More stuff. Your Vita will automatically detect your PS4. A “PS4 Link” icon will appear on the Vita dash, offering you Remote Play and Second Screen options. And you can talk to PS4 (you don’t need the camera; the controller can recognise your voice). The keyword is “PlayStation” and then others follow, such as “take screenshot,” “power” or whatever else. This can be a little patchy, to be honest. Xbox One has the same feature, and there are a bunch of people saying the same thing: it doesn’t work all the time. That’s voice recognition for you, I guess. It’ll get better with time, presumably.

But now is now. In summary, the process of installing and downloading software, seeing what your friends are doing, sharing screens and videos and actually playing games appears to have been refined on PS4 with common sense and considerable style over the last generation. I have no idea what Xbox One’s like to set-up and use at home as I don’t have one, so I can’t compare. But PlayStation 4 does virtually everything it’s supposed to do. I haven’t felt let down by it.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens in Europe when everyone gets involved, but right now the only thing I can envisage PlayStation 4 being is a technical success. As a grown-up toy, and as a serious games machine, PS4 appears to be pretty spectacular. I could write about it all day. I get bored of everything extremely quickly, but PS4′s sucking up far too much of my spare time at the moment. Well done, Sony. Feels real good.

Disclosure: Pat’s PS4, the PS4 camera and all the launch review software was supplied in a press pack by Sony.

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20 Comments

  1. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Nice write up Pat :)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Djoenz

    I keep seeing an ad of the LG Ultra HDTV on vg247..oh if only I had the monayz.

    Nice article btw.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. KAP

    Good read Pat.

    The PS3 came out beore the boom of social networking and twitter and all that crap so its logical now that the PS4 is better then its little brother in the social aspect.

    To think though, this is the console at launch with praise such as this, imagine a year from now when it starts to refine and take feedback on?
    Its gonna be stella.

    The xbone UI seems to cluttered and overbearing in my opinion but the PS4 UI just seems to be simple. Which I love.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Djoenz

    Well doh if I get a free ps4 and free camera I would also be delighted, but personally I wont invest my money on a launch console. Too many issues for other people, launch titles are not worth it imo etc.

    The PS3 is female btw! Its my baby boo.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Lv01

    massively massively excited.
    this week is gonna drag!!

    great article pat, just the sort of read to make a monday that much better!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. absolutezero

    That image is Goddamn torture. Peel the protective sticker off.

    ARRGHGHGHHHH I want to push my hand into my screen and peel it off. Why would you do this to me?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    Peeling that sticker off was amazing! Glad you’re enjoying it :-D

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Hvitdverg

    Pattrick, you’ve been reviewing/playing games for decades, how come you only have so little trophies :P
    Why not carry over your PS3 stats

    #8 1 year ago
  9. TheBlackHole

    Sounds good!

    I can’t agree on the controller though. It’s much better than the DS3 – no doubt about that, but the symmetrical stick placement is still its Achilles heel IMO.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    @8 I was using an account based in the UK as my primary account for PS3. I moved to France four years ago, but didn’t switch over, for some reason. It’s best to use a local account for video services, etc. Just thought it’d be a good time to do it!

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Djoenz

    @8
    Oh snap Pat’s been busted! Or he just created a new acc which I dont understand why ppl would do tht. You chose a sucky psn ID then deal with it.

    EDIT:

    NVM.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    Heh. Add me as a friend if you want, innit. It’s patlikefr.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Hell-Raiser-85

    “And you can talk to PS4, provided you have the camera”

    Not true you can use the mono Headset :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmz5QxOpf7k

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Cort

    @13 And a large bunch of XBox users think “Huh? PS4 has voice commands? But…but…that’s unique to XBox and Kinect!”

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Cort

    PS Still haven’t seen anything that makes me want to buy a PS4 now. I’m targeting spring, when hopefully there will be a few games worth getting and the problems will be ironed out.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Darkfield

    @absolutezero haha lol man I was the same when I saw that. I genuinely hate those things and I tear them off with a passion.

    @Pat nice article Mr. PatGarr, so it seems the DS4 is everything I hoped it to be. Very looking forward to get one of those shiny DualShock4s so I can play Dark Souls 2 with it on my PC.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    @13 – Oooh, no way. Ta. I’ll change it.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. polygem

    nice write up and i can´t wait. so glad that i preordered in may at amazon germany who are on a(probably well deserved) S T R I K E!!!!

    :(

    seriously, fuck that…

    #18 1 year ago
  19. cgweeks

    Just a heads up–for solo players, Assassin’s Creed is probably the best game available at launch. Knack was good as well, better than many reviews, but it’s a quick play-through. AC4 is lush, smooth, fun, and for completionists it’s very long-lasting game play.

    Also, relevant to the review above: Seems Twitch is cracking down on non-gaming streams, after some in America decided to stream unsavory feeds via use of the Playstation camera & PS4…

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Ilovesony

    didnt know you could talk to the PS4 without the camera… Thats Awesome… PS4 rules.. hands down… and if you are hating on PS4 thats okay… We expect you all too because “Thats how Xbox people are” -Stan Marsh

    #20 1 year ago

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  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]