Hardware - News

July2016

  • News These PS4 Bundles Are Getting Bigger and Bigger

    Putting on weight

    Console bundles become a less interesting point of discussion the older a platform gets, but while we've been ignoring PlayStation 4 packages for some time, Sony's been quietly making them bigger and bigger. Take this 1TB bundle available from UK retailer GAME starting tomorrow: it includes Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Bloodborne,...

  • News Drool Over This Crystal PS4 Controller Trailer

    Phwoooooar

    This particular author remembers being distinctly jealous of a kid back in primary school who had a crystal Game Boy Colour. It wasn't a "sexy" piece of hardware, per se, but there's just something strangely compelling about transparent tech. We're sure that some of you won't agree, of course, but before you start gobbing in the...

  • News Analyst Reckons Sony May Release a PS4 Slim as Well as PS4K

    How many PS4s do you need?

    Hmmmm, let's put this one in the 'we're not convinced but maybe' pile. According to comments from Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong, Sony could well release a PlayStation 4 Slim as well as the recently confirmed PlayStation 4K - or 'Neo', as it's more commonly referred to. If there's truth to this, then it would...

June2016

May2016

  • News GameStop's Anticipating New Console Reveals at E3 2016

    PS4, k?

    Who's ready for new consoles? You're… Not? Well, it seems like you're going to get them anyway, with GameStop hinting that E3 2016 next month will host the reveal of new hardware. Sony is, of course, rumoured to be prepping the announcement of the rumoured PlayStation 4K, while recent reports have pointed to about a dozen different Xbox...

  • News PS4 Is a Beast! Sales Surpass 40 Million Units

    Still Sony's fastest-selling system

    While the industry may be awash with rumours of iterative hardware upgrades, the PlayStation 4 is continuing to quietly chug along at an intense pace, with the platform holder confirming today that sales have now surpassed 40 million units worldwide. This means that the system is still the fastest-selling in...

  • News Sony Expects to Sell a Lot of PS4 Consoles This Fiscal Year

    Like, a lot

    Sony's released its sales forecasts for the fiscal year which started in April, and they paint a very interesting picture for the PlayStation 4. According to the company, it expects to sell 20 million new-gen systems through the period which ends 31st March, 2017. That's a sizeable increase on previous fiscal years, with the console...

  • News Is PS4K Scheduled to Launch Before October?

    For the upgraders

    The PlayStation 4K, or Neo as it's supposedly codenamed, is not a rumour anymore; Sony may have refrained from commenting on the upgraded hardware, but it's almost certainly happening. The big question is: when? Previous rumours pegged the supercharged platform for October, which is when PlayStation VR is also set to deploy.

  • News PS4 Was the Best Selling Console in the US Last Month

    Confirmation at last

    Sony refrained from releasing its usual self-fellating PR statement following last night's NPD report, leading many – ourselves included – to assume that the PlayStation 4 had failed to secure a seventh successive spell at the top of the US hardware charts. However, it's since confirmed to IGN that its new-gen system was...

April2016

  • News Sony Is Making 1080p a Requirement for Neo Mode Games on PS4K

    Frame rate can't be lower than the base game, either

    The internet's still reeling from the news that PS4K seems to be the real deal, but the details just won't stop dripping. On the latest Giant Bombcast - the podcast of Giant Bomb, the publication that initially revealed the contents of the PS4K technical documents - it's pointed out that Sony...

  • Feature Everything We Know About PS4K So Far

    Neo way

    Whether you like it or not, the PlayStation 4K – or Neo, as it's purportedly codenamed – is real. The system, which has been a hot source of speculation since the Game Developers Conference earlier in the year, was blown wide open earlier today, as

  • News Sony's Sending out PS4K Dev Kits Right Now

    And so it begins

    Bloody hell, it's all kicking off today isn't it? Following Giant Bomb's earlier leak and probable confirmation of the existence of the PS4K, our pals over at Digital Foundry have stepped into the fray, backing up the claims and stating that they've also got their hands on the leaked technical documents. In short, everything...

  • News PS4K Is Codenamed Neo, Has Upgraded Specs, Will Not Supplant Existing PS4 Systems

    Devs requested to support both consoles starting this October

    Sony probably won't be happy today, as the PlayStation 4K has leaked in full – assuming that Giant Bomb's sources are correct. We've already heard a lot about the Japanese giant's hypothetical hardware half-step, but it seems that documentation regarding the device is now in the hands...

  • News GameStop's Stoked About the PS4K At the Very Least

    Money, money, money

    While most of you remain unconvinced by the heavily rumoured PlayStation 4K, the big cheese at GameStop is rubbing his hands like a pantomime villain. Speaking at an investor day, COO Tony Bartel told an audience that, while the company's not basing its forecast particularly heavily on new formats, it's hyped about all of the...

  • News Is This the Beginning of the End for the PlayStation Vita?

    Sony starting to cease shipments, it seems

    It seems like, over four years since its original launch, the PlayStation Vita is nearing the end of its run. Reports are swirling that Sony has ceased shipping the system to the Netherlands, with major retailer Bol.com currently having only two units left in stock. And now a retail source has told NDTV...

  • News These PS4 Bundles Are Getting Better All of the Time

    Such games! Much low prices!

    We were reporting on PlayStation 4 console bundles constantly around launch, but they've gotten less interesting as the machine has matured. This one deserves a quick post, though, because NewEgg is currently selling a 500GB Star Wars Battlefront bundle with Dark Souls III and Fallout 4 on its

  • News So, the PS4K Has Been Under Our Nose All Along

    We just didn't pay attention

    This whole PlayStation 4K lark has been like a bullet train: we're already sick of writing about it and you've expressed your dissatisfaction regarding our regular posts about it. But it's kinda come out of nowhere, right? Well, we've been thinking about the hypothetical hardware half-step for a few days now – obvs...

March2016

February2016

  • News Sony Switches Off PlayStation TV Shipments in Japan

    Tuned out

    Sony's pushed the power button on PlayStation TV in Japan, with an update on its website stressing that it's no longer shipping the microconsole to local retailers. The failed format is still available from some stores, of course, but the platform holder will not be replenishing inventory once current stocks run out. In other words, it's...

  • News Uncharted 4's Limited Edition PS4 Bundle Is a True Treasure

    Gorgeous custom console launching in April

    Well, well – this is a bit tasty, isn't it? Sony has announced a limited edition PlayStation 4 bundle for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which is set to release alongside the game starting 26th April. And let us be the first to say that it's really rather hot. The console will cost you $399.99 in the...

January2016

  • News Finally, We Can Compare PS4 and Xbox One Sales

    Sony's way out in the lead

    Microsoft stopped reporting Xbox One hardware sales recently, suggesting that its Monthly Active Users metric is more important than its flagship format's install base. Fortunately, an EA investor report and a bit of math has enabled us to, for the first time in a long while, see how the Redmond firm's box is performing in...

  • News Shoryuken Handle This Street Fighter V PS4 Bundle?

    You rise me up

    If you've been waiting for an opportunity to snap up a PlayStation 4, then perhaps this Street Fighter V set will entice you to rise up. The bundle – launching in Europe next month – includes a 1TB Jet Black console, a Jet Black DualShock 4, and a physical copy of Street Fighter V. There's no custom hard drive panel like in...

  • News Yep, PS4 Is Wrecking the Competition in France, Too

    On top of the Old World

    Surprise, surprise: the PlayStation 4 is sweeping aside the Xbox One and Wii U in France according to newly released sales data from French publication LeFigaro. As we reported earlier, Sony's latest console is also dominating the market in Germany, so it's safe to say that the Japanese company appears to still ha

  • News Street Fighter V's Custom PS4 Designs Are Knock Outs

    Only in Japan, though

    As is the case with practically every major PlayStation 4 release in Japan, platform holder Sony has prepared some custom Street Fighter V hardware bundles, which are up for pre-order now from its official store. There are four variants available for ¥37,480 ($320), each boasting a different etching on the hard drive cover...

  • News PS4 Is Walking All Over the Competition in Germany

    Sony controls almost 70 per cent of the market

    There's a perception perhaps more among American gamers that the PlayStation 4 is only really seeing such wild success right now because Microsoft dropped the ball with its Xbox One at launch. While there's some truth to that, we've always tried to explain that the main reason Sony's so far ahead is...

  • News PS5 Could Launch as Early as 2019, Reckons Analyst

    Looking to the future

    While the PlayStation 4 is already well on its way to the coveted 100 million units milestone, in a secret bunker somewhere, we suspect that system architect Mark Cerny will be thinking about the PlayStation 5. The system's years away at this point, but given that the death knell hasn't sounded on home consoles just yet, we...

  • News Crikey! PS4's Install Base Reaches 35.9 Million Units

    Ain't no stopping this train

    Holy best seller, Batman – the PlayStation 4 has now sold 35.9 million units worldwide. The number, as reported in a Sony press release, represents the amount of consoles sold through to consumers as of 3rd January – and so it doesn't include those devices sitting in a Wal-Mart warehouse or in transit. The figure's...

  • News Watch a Hacked PS4 Playing Pokémon: PlayStation Version

    Gotta hack 'em all

    Sigh. The Push Square office has been a hotbed of communication over the past 24 hours as we consider whether to cover this PlayStation 4 hack or not. Ultimately, it sounds like console cracking crew Fail0verflow are not planning anything nefarious, so we'll give it a teensy bit of attention – if only because the footage of...

December2015

November2015

October2015

  • News Insane PS4 Sales Power Sony to Profitability

    Almost 30 million PS4s shipped

    Kaz Hirai's a popular character among gamers – but he's clearly an incredible businessman as well. After years of financial losses, the ex-PlayStation executive finally appears to have steadied Sony's ship, with the company reporting a profit for the fourth quarter in a row. Given that we'd gotten used to the...

  • News PS4's Price Cut Down to Size in the UK

    Down to £299.99 from today

    We've got to admit, the rollout of the PlayStation 4's first price drop has been so disjointed that it's been hard to muster a whole lot of enthusiasm about it. First it was Japan that decided to play limbo, with the rest of Asia following a few days later. North America joined

  • Rumour Did a US Retailer Just Leak a PS4 Price Drop?

    Yes, probably

    So, that PlayStation 4 price drop's definitely coming – even if some conspicuous text on Target's website is not necessarily confirmation just yet. The retailer's currently advertising the console for $349.99, with the words "$50 price drop on the PS4" plastered in bold across the page. There's also a picture of the Uncharted: The...

September2015

  • News Don't Hold Your Breath for a New PlayStation Handheld

    Climate is not healthy right now

    Sony's more or less ruled out the possibility of a new portable PlayStation platform, as Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told an audience at EGX 2015 this week that the market "climate is not healthy" for dedicated handheld gaming devices right now. Quizzed by a fan on whether the PlayStation Vita could...

  • News Here's Your Custom Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 PS4

    Back in black

    Sony has not one but two blockbuster PlayStation 4 bundles lined up this November, with the already announced Star Wars Battlefront box set to be accompanied on store shelves by a custom Call of Duty: Black Ops III console. The announcement was inevitable ever since

  • News Actually, the PS4's Price Isn't Dropping in the UK

    Not yet, anyway

    Remember last week when Sony seemed to suggest that the PlayStation 4's price was dropping in the UK? Well, it's not. The manufacturer told Eurogamer.net that its Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection packages – which will cost £299.99 for a 500GB model, and £329.99 for a 1TB edition – are taking advantage of a pro

  • News PS4 Appears to Be Getting a Price Drop in the UK

    Count the pennies and all that

    Sony announced this week that it will be dropping the price of the PlayStation 4 in Japan and much of Asia next month, and it looks like the strategy will extend to the UK as well. While the platform holder's being a little more subtle about things on these shores, Eurogamer.n

  • TGS 2015 Phwoar, Those PS4 Faceplates Look Fancy in the Flesh

    Taste the rainbow

    We're sadly not stomping the TGS 2015 show floor, but IGN are, and they've seen something that's caught their eye. No, we're not referring to GREE's lustrous array of booth companions, but those tasty PlayStation 4 faceplates that were announced for the Japanese market earlier in the week. We're not going to embed all of the...

  • News This Limited Edition PS4 Is Solid Gold

    Well, not quite

    We all know that Sony loves a good PlayStation 4 bundle – so much so, in fact, that it's giving away 6,000 systems with Taco Bell's tasty Quesaritos. These aren't any old consoles, however, as they're Limited Edition gold coloured ones, which will only be available from the famous American fast food chain. We already know what...

  • TGS 2015 PS4 Price Drop Announced for Japan

    How low can you go?

    Sony's having no problem shifting PlayStation 4s around the world, but Japan has been reluctant to adopt the new-gen system. It's perhaps no surprise to see the console reduced in the region, then, with today's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference confirming that the device's asking price will drop from ¥39,980 to ¥34,980...

  • News Unboxing Destiny's Lovely Looking Limited Edition PS4

    Legendary loot

    We've said it once and we'll say it again - the limited edition Destiny themed PlayStation 4 is a real looker. The primarily white console launches alongside the shooter's upcoming expansion, The Taken King, on the 15th September - but we've been given an early look at the machine thanks to Alex from YouTube channel Arekkz Gaming...

  • News When's the Inevitable PS4 Slim Coming Out, Sony?

    Also, what's going on with Gran Turismo?

    Let's not beat around the bush: there will be a PlayStation 4 Slim at some point. Of course, it's not something that anyone at Sony wants to talk about just yet, and PlayStation India boss Atindriya Bose is no different. Quizzed by Gaming Bolt about the possibility of a much smaller model, the suit said...

  • News PS4 Surpasses Yet Another Sales Milestone

    This time in the Middle East

    Sony's new-gen system is on fire pretty much all around the world, and the story is no different in the Middle East. The platform holder confirmed today that it has surpassed one million sales in the region, which consists of several different countries, including Turkey and Qatar. Speaking of the success, SCE gaffer...

  • News Sony Digs Up Buried Treasure with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 Bundle

    Platform holder also excavates advert

    Sony's been releasing PlayStation 4 bundles like they're going out of fashion in Europe, but the firm's been a little hesitant to repeat the strategy in North America. You didn't think that it was going to miss out on an opportunity to package Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection with the console, though, did...

  • News The Lovely Aqua Blue PS Vita Is Surfing to North America This Year

    True blue

    Want some more colour in your portable gaming life? If so, we've got some good news for you, as North America will be nabbing the rather nice looking Aqua Blue Vita model later this year. The caveat is that it's a GameStop exclusive, where it'll retail for $199.99. It's also up for pre-order right now. The vibrant device will be...

August2015

  • News There's a Big, Fat Typo on the Metal Gear Solid 5 PS4

    Collectors rejoice

    Congratulations to anyone who bought a limited edition Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 – you're about to make a lot of money, as someone has gone and goofed up the spelling on the system. We were never very attentive in Chemistry class either, but the word is 'molybdenum' not 'molybdeum', Konami. Is this even...

  • News Rock Band 4 Legacy Controllers Won't Require Extra Hardware on PS4

    Unlike elsewhere

    Here's a nice little bonus: you'll be able to save a bit of cash by buying Rock Band 4 on the PlayStation 4. While developer Harmonix is working with Mad Catz to produce a brand new batch of instruments for the forthcoming musical foray, it's also been busy beavering away on compatibility with most PlayStation 3 peripherals, too...

  • News Puck Off! NHL 16 Scores PS4 Bundle in Canada

    As cold as ice

    Ice hockey's a sport that's not particularly, er, popular here in the UK, but we know that our commonwealth cohorts are big fans of the ice-based action. Sony's probably pretty smart announcing a PlayStation 4 bundle for the forthcoming NHL 16, then, which will skate its way into Canadian stores from 15th September for $449.99. The...

  • News Actually, the Darth Vader PS4 Will Be 1TB in Europe

    "I am altering the deal"

    There's no doubt about it: the Dark Lord has had SCEE in a Force Choke this morning. In a move that will surprise absolutely nobody, the European arm of PlayStation managed to cock up the announcement of the PlayStation 4's limited edition Star Wars bundles last night, forgetting to mention that they'll feature 1TB consoles,...

  • News The Force Is with This Limited Edition Star Wars PS4

    Darth knight

    We all knew that it was coming, but here it is: the PlayStation 4's limited edition Star Wars bundle. Due out in both Europe and North America this November – with pre-orders set to open very soon – the only twist with this tempting package is that there are actually two of them. That's right, Sony's doubling down on force fever...

  • News Here Come the Star Wars PS4 Hardware Bundles

    May the force be with you

    Sony may not have a tentpole exclusive to hang its figurative hat on this holiday, but it has Star Wars instead. Even if it hasn't been announced yet, we all know that there's going to be a Star Wars: Battlefront bundle this Christmas, but while it bides its time before revealing that, it has prepared a special package...

July2015

  • News Your Destiny Is to Pre-Order This Limited Edition PS4

    Bungie jump in

    Destiny may not be as hot this year as it was this time 12 months ago, but Bungie's first-person shooter is still big news. We're sure that every single one of you knows someone who plays the loot-based shooter on a daily basis, and as such, we suspect that Sony's new limited edition system for upcoming expansion Destiny: The Taken...

  • News Sony Boasts About Brilliant British PS4 Sales

    System's been on top for six months straight now

    While we know that the PlayStation 4's crushing its console competition globally, the UK – along with the US – is typically touted as a region where things are a little closer. On the back of today's financial report, however, the platform holder has boasted that it's been on top for six months...

  • News It Looks Like the Lighter, Less Power Hungry PS4 Has Arrived in Europe

    CUH-1200 could pave the path for a price drop

    While the first revision of the PlayStation 4 isn't quite the slim model that many of you may have had in mind, it does appear to be rolling out in Europe at last. The slightly lighter, less power hungry appliance has been spotted in GAME stores around the UK by a handful of forum posters, suggesting...

  • News Metal Gear Solid V's PS4 Bundle Can Be Pre-Ordered Now in the UK

    But it's exclusive to GAME

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's snazzy red and gunmetal grey PlayStation 4 bundle will cost you a bionic arm and a leg when it launches on 1st September in the UK, as it will be exclusive to seasoned extortionists GAME. Actually, we're being the slightest bit melodramatic – it's a bit of a snip at £364.99. The...

  • News This R2-D2 PS4 Laptop Is Bleeping Badass

    C3PO would be impressed

    Sony is astutely positioning the PlayStation 4 as the platform for Star Wars this year, but while we're sure that it's going to have a handful of custom hardware bundles to celebrate the release of Battlefront, we doubt that any of them will be this darn awesome. Ed Zarick has been making custom console laptops for a while,...

  • News In Japan, Sony Will Engrave Your PS Vita for a Fee

    Especially for you

    Engraved jewellery is not uncommon in the Western world; engraved video game consoles are. Still, the latter very much appears to be a thing in Japan, as Sony has launched a PlayStation Vita engraving service in its homeland, which will cost you ¥500 ($4) per character. This means that getting 'Push Square' emblazoned on your...

  • News Behold Destiny: The Taken King's Limited Edition PS4

    Classy

    Sony's really pushing Destiny's big September expansion, The Taken King. So much so, that the release is actually getting its own limited edition PlayStation 4, along with a more standard bundle. First off, the themed, 500GB white console sports an elegant design, and comes with Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition, which boasts the...

  • News At Launch in the UK, the 1TB PS4 Will Come Bundled With a PlayStation TV Console

    Not bad

    The new PlayStation 4, which comes with a 1TB hard drive, launches this month in the UK. Not to be confused with the CUH-1200 model, which boasts quieter, more energy-efficient hardware and is currently only available in Japan, the 1TB console releases on the 15th July. Now for the slightly tastier part. According to Sony, some UK...

  • News The New Japanese PS4 Model Drains Less Power and Isn't as Loud

    One step towards slim

    Sony's rolled out the PlayStation 4's first hardware revision in Japan, and it sounds like a decent improvement. The new model, dubbed CUH-1200, is apparently much more power-efficient, and it's also quieter when its fan gets going. According to Japanese blog Pocket News, who have taken one of the new consoles apart and...

  • News Remove Your Eye Patch and Ogle Metal Gear Solid V's Special PS4

    Bionic beauty

    Wondered how that limited edition Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 looks in the flesh? Konami has released a video showing off the Diamond Dogs branded gun metal and rust coloured box, and it definitely looks classier close-up. We're particularly fond of the limited edition DualShock 4, which should be sold separately...

  • News Oh Look, It's a Nintendo PlayStation Console

    You what

    Fridays are usually pretty quiet when it comes to games journalism, probably because everyone just wants to start the weekend early and, actually, you know, play some video games for once. Apparently, though, a poster over on ASSEMbler didn't get the memo, as they've revealed the existence of an actual Nintendo PlayStation console that...

June2015

  • News Sony: Reclaiming Japanese Gamers Is a Focus for Us

    The PS4 is showing some "upward swing," says Yoshida

    Numbers don't lie: the demand for video games and video game consoles in Japan has dropped significantly over the past few years. But while much of the market is turning its attention to the mobile industry, Sony is trying to breathe life into the PlayStation 4 with new games. That's what...

  • News PlayStation Vita Passes 4 Million Units in Japan

    Small consolation

    There's been very little cause for PlayStation Vita owners to celebrate of late, but Sony's diminutive device has just hit a major milestone in Japan, crossing the 4,000,000 unit threshold. This number takes into account both handheld and PlayStation TV sales, but seeing as they're both built upon the same hardware, we reckon...

  • News The New PlayStation 4's Already Out in Japan

    Fast movers

    Sony's a fast worker, isn't it? The revised PlayStation 4 – which is a teensy bit lighter and a little less power hungry – was only announced a couple of days ago, but it's already on sale in Japan right now. The ever eagle-eyed DualShockers spotted various product lis

  • News The Lighter PS4 Also Has a Few Other Changes

    Buttons, bulbs, and more

    A revised PlayStation 4 is set to launch later this month in Japan, which seems designed to bring production costs down. In addition to being a little lighter and a teensy bit less power hungry, the device also comes with a few other minor alterations – including mechanical buttons, which means that you'll no longer...

  • News Lighter, Eco-Friendly PS4 Hardware Launches This Month

    1TB model arrives in Europe on 15th July

    E3 2015 is over, but the announcements aren't slowing. Sony confirmed earlier today that it will be releasing a new iteration of the PlayStation 4 in Japan later this month, which will eventually be rolled out globally at an undisclosed time. The revision is an upgrade of the original model, weighing 10 per...

  • E3 2015 Almost Half PS4 Owners Never Had a PS3

    Changing minds

    At this point, we can probably all accept that the PlayStation 3 had problems. It was ultimately a great console, don't get us wrong – but Sony really misfired with the architecture and price, prompting it to lose ground against a very aggressive Xbox 360. With the PlayStation 4, however, the Japanese giant's got back to its...

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