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News: UK Magazine Play Calls Paper Based Issues a Day

UK Magazine Play Calls Paper Based Issues a Day

Play another day

As someone whose entire career was founded off the back of spending hundreds of hours reading Official PlayStation Magazine, EDGE, and GamesTM, it's always sad to hear that a UK institution is pulling out of newsagents. Play, admittedly, wasn't this author's regular read – but your humble host still has multiple issues littered...

News: Finally! Now You Can Play Your NES with a PS4 Pad

Finally! Now You Can Play Your NES with a PS4 Pad

Playing with power

For many, the NES is a legendary console – even if ours spent more time on the blink than actually running games. If you happen to have one where the cartridge connectors aren't all mangled, however, then you may be interested in this exciting accessory: the Retro Receiver NES allows you to play your 8-bit games wirelessly...

News: Now We've Truly Reached the End of an Era

Now We've Truly Reached the End of an Era

Sony Interactive Entertainment presents

We knew that the day was coming, but it's still sad all of the same. Sony announced earlier in the year that it would be formally renaming the division that runs PlayStation to Sony Interactive Entertainment starting 1st April, and we've been waiting for that most famous of boot screens to be replaced...

News: Sony Mods PS4 Controller for Fan with Cerebral Palsy

Sony Mods PS4 Controller for Fan with Cerebral Palsy

For the players

One thoughtful Sony employee has specially modified a DualShock 4 controller for a PlayStation fan with cerebral palsy. Peter Byrne contacted the platform holder after experiencing issues with the touchpad on the PlayStation 4 peripheral. Alex Nawabi, who works for PlayStation's research and development team, spent ten hours coming...

News: Prepare to Diarrhea! Can You Beat the Dark Souls III PS4 Hot Wings Challenge?

Prepare to Diarrhea! Can You Beat the Dark Souls III PS4 Hot Wings Challenge?

Or are you chicken?

It's often said that fans of the Dark Souls series are masochists, but going 18 rounds with Ornstein is one thing – and eating 20 of Meat Liquor's hot wings is another. Sony and Bandai Namco have teamed up with the Brit gourmet food establishment to giveaway exclusive Dark Souls III 'I Survived' shirts to all those who can...

Soapbox: Why Do We Treat Gaming Like a Chore?

Why Do We Treat Gaming Like a Chore?

Work, work, work

I've got to finish it otherwise I'll never clear my backlog. Recognise that? In this instance, 'it' doesn't refer to an important project or a piece of school work – but a game instead. Some of you won't have uttered a sentence like that, but I'd wager that there'll be more of you that have than haven't. The fact is that many of...

News: PS4 Architect Mark Cerny Proves His Genius By Platinuming The Witness

PS4 Architect Mark Cerny Proves His Genius By Platinuming The Witness

Are you on the same intellectual plane?

Anyone who earns the Platinum in Jonathan Blow's brilliant The Witness deserves an honorary PhD. Mark Cerny, the architect behind the PlayStation 4, is the latest to 100 per cent the release, following in the footsteps of our very own Simon Fitzgerald. Better order the gowns, guys – it's graduation time...

Weirdness: Ubisoft Chiselled a PS4 Out of Stone Because Far Cry Primal

Ubisoft Chiselled a PS4 Out of Stone Because Far Cry Primal

Stoners

Reckon your PlayStation 4's a paperweight in its plastic guise? Well, publisher Ubisoft's crafted an even more useless version of Sony's console – out of stone. It's a publicity stunt for Far Cry Primal which we're totally playing into, but it is pretty cool. The company commissioned accredited master carver Nick Roberson to create the...

Feature: A Brief History of Virtual Reality

A Brief History of Virtual Reality

Alex Boz tours the '90s VR graveyard

With the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR well and truly on the way to our living rooms, virtual reality (VR) is the biggest news in gaming right now. But let's rewind the clock some two and a half decades, back when Sony was working on the Nintendo Play Station and the inventor of the Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey,...

News: Dress to Impress with Licensed Street Fighter V Clobber

Dress to Impress with Licensed Street Fighter V Clobber

Geek chic Masters

Street Fighter is one of the few franchises that's more than a game – it's a cultural touchstone. It's no surprise, then, to see merchandise manufacturers go crazy with licensed goods for the latest entry in the fighting franchise. Numskull, known for its seasonal Street Fighter knitwear, has gone particularly nuts ahead of the...

News: Football Teams Are Signing Pro FIFA Players Now

Football Teams Are Signing Pro FIFA Players Now

But the transfer window's closed?

Are you any good at FIFA? You may be getting a call from Pep Guardiola, Louis Van Gaal, or Jurgen Klopp any minute, because it looks like football teams are starting to sign up top gamers. BBC Newsbeat reports that Wolverhampton-based PlayStation pro David Bytheway – that ain't a real name, surely? – has been...

Weirdness: Never Was a Story of More Fascination Than This of Xbox and PlayStation

Never Was a Story of More Fascination Than This of Xbox and PlayStation

Fortune's fool

The console wars may be awash with warriors angrily biting their thumbs, but the word star-cross'd springs to mind when observing the latest social media fad. This tragic tale of two adoring PlayStation and Xbox representatives actually did the Twitter rounds a couple of years ago, but it's made a comeback overnight – even prompting...

News: Sony's Dropped a Clanger with This Let's Play Lark

Sony's Dropped a Clanger with This Let's Play Lark

Company tries to trademark YouTube term

Sony, why?! The early success of the PlayStation 4 can be assigned to the feel-good factor that the Japanese giant built around the format: the gamer-centric marketing, the agreeable policies, the Jack Tretton smackdown – so why the heck is the company jeapordising that by trying to trademark the popular...