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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

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

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

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

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

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

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

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

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

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

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

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.