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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...

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  • 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...

  • News The Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 Is Particularly Pretty

    Slick in silver

    Some of the official custom PlayStation 4 consoles have been pretty bad if you ask this author, but the Batman: Arkham Knight one bucks that trend. Sony's deployed an unboxing for the brand new bundle, and while it's a little overproduced, it should sell you on the system if you've been sitting indecisively on the fence. We've...

  • News Sony's Readying a 1TB PlayStation 4 Model

    Room to breathe

    Well, here's one of your E3 announcements outed early. The always eagle-eyed editors over at DualShockers have uncovered certification documents for two updated PlayStation 4 models – and one of the

May2015

  • News Sony: PlayStation Vita Is a Legacy Platform

    Gulp

    It's perhaps an indictment of the current state of the PlayStation Vita in the Western world that we haven't really found the need to write an update on the device for some time. While there was hope of the format's fortunes turning around 18 or so months ago, the platform's fate has remained unchanged for a while now. And while it continues...

  • News The Gods Will Look Favourably Upon This God of War III PS4 Bundle

    Olympus awaits

    Sony's love affair with PlayStation 4 bundles knows no bounds, as a God of War III Remastered set has popped up on Amazon France. According to the listing – which is legit, as far as we can tell – the 500GB system and game will sell for €429.99 (~$486). That price conversion looks pretty steep – but, er, that's Europe for...

  • News PS4 Sales Pass 2 Million Units in the UK

    Celebrate good times

    Sales of the PlayStation 4 have now surpassed a staggering two million units in the UK, according to a report published by MCV. The console hit the one million units milestone in the region shortly before the holiday rush last year, which means that it's effectively doubled its tally in record time. In fact, the system's selling...

April2015

  • News Your PS Vita Is More Powerful Than Ever Before

    Sony unlocks extra memory

    PlayStation Vita firmware update v3.50 seemed like a bit of a non-event for Sony's handheld format, removing more features than it added. However, as part of a presentation at the Unite Tokyo 2015 event – as spotted and translated by NeoGAF member Parakeetman – the platform holder revealed that the new patch enables...

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  • News This UK PS4 Bundle Comes with Four Blockbuster Games

    How low can you go?

    It's not even Boxing Day yet, but UK retailer GAME is already breaking out the big guns. Despite being historically expensive, the specialist store has been pretty competitive in the hardware space of late – and this £349.99 uber-bundle is one of the best that we've seen so far. It looks like Santa will be arriving early for...

  • News PlayStation 4 Proves Its Worth to the Tojo Clan

    The Dragon of Dojima

    It was only a matter of time before the PlayStation 4 obtained admission into the Tojo Clan. Ahead of the release of prequel Yakuza Zero next year, Sony has prepared four tattooed consoles, which should prove the company's allegiance to the current family chairman. Available in both white and black, the designs include the...

  • News PS4's Price Drops to $329 at Walmart Ahead of the Holidays

    Ready! Fight

    Whether this is a case of Walmart trying to drive foot traffic to its stores, or Sony realising that it needs to respond if it wants to maintain its dwindling North American lead, the PlayStation 4 has dropped to $329.00 at the aforementioned outlet. It looks like all of the stock has been allocated at this point, but we figured that...

  • News Wow, Now There's a Red and Black PlayStation 4 Bundle

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD format unveiled

    It took ages for the PlayStation 3 to score some different hardware designs, but there have already been several in the first year of the PlayStation 4’s life. Hot on the heels of the 20th Anniversary bundle, Sony has now announced a red and black format for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The limited edition...

  • News Sony's Fighting Back with Some Big US PS4 Bundles

    Cut price consoles

    Sony got its ass kicked in the last NPD report – but it doesn’t seem especially keen on taking another beating. The platform holder has teamed up with a slew of American retailers in order to prepare some last minute PlayStation 4 bundles, and they’re pretty decent if you’re in the market for a machine. Amazon’s offer...

  • News PS4 Surpasses One Million Unit Milestone in France

    Pour les joueurs

    There’s no doubt that the French appreciate the finer things; snails, frogs’ legs, and now the PlayStation 4 are all an important part of the nation’s daily life. Writing on Twitter earlier today, PlayStation France confirmed that the next-gen console has now exceeded one million units in the region, making it the third...

  • News How to Buy a 20th Anniversary PS4 Console in the UK

    Without paying exorbitant eBay prices, obviously

    All of those cheap and cheerful 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 consoles sold out at the PlayStation ’94 pop-up shop in minutes last week, and were subsequently posted on eBay for astronomical fees. Fortunately, there’s still time for you to get in on the scalping, as Sony has more of the limited...

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