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December2013

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  • News Wow, These PS4 Queues in Berlin Are Absolutely Insane

    Lining up for the launch lineup

    You may have heard people refer to Europe as ‘Sony Land’ in the past, but what does that actually mean? Well, this video of a PlayStation 4 midnight launch event in Berlin should give you a good idea, as it takes one amateur cameraman almost four minutes to sprint from the back of the line to the front. It’s the...

  • News Sony: PS Vita's Not Our Biggest Seller, But It's a Loved Machine

    Organisation optimistic about portable's prospects

    Nearly two years since its original launch, the PlayStation Vita finds itself in a bit of a strange spot. The console has amassed a reasonable selection of must-play games, with Soul Sacrifice, Killzone: Mercenary, and the absolutely exceptional Tearaway among the highlights – but it’s still...

  • News Sony Will Be Shipping More PS4s Down Under Before Christmas

    'Tis the season

    With all of this talk of the European PlayStation 4 launch, it's easy to forget that the shiny new console debuted in Australia overnight as well. And it seems that, as has been the trend worldwide, Sony underestimated the huge demand for the machine. SCE Australia managing director Michael Ephraim was shocked at the numbers that he...

  • Out Today PS4 Provides the Best Place to Play in Europe

    The console cometh

    We’re not sure we can come up with any different ways to say that the PlayStation 4 has launched. Regular readers will know that we’ve already typed a dozen articles pertaining to the release of Sony’s next generation console in November alone, so hopefully you’ll forgive us a basic block of text as we’re creatively...

  • News Not Got a Pre-Order? Here's Where You Can Buy a PS4 in the UK

    Cutting it fine

    You really should have pre-ordered a PlayStation 4 a long time ago if you wanted to get one in time for launch, but there is still hope at some stores around the UK. To be in with a chance of nabbing a wild console, you’re probably going to need to consider queuing up soon as we’re expecting the system to sell out quick. Still,

  • News Sony: We Are Expecting Record Sales for the PS4 in Europe

    Player power

    While those of you in North America merrily fill your faces with Thanksgiving turkey, the majority of Europe is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the PlayStation 4. The next generation console may be old news by now in the Land of the Free, but the platform is poised to deploy in the Old World imminently. And writing on the PlayStation...

  • News You Can Substantially Speed Up Your PS4 by Swapping in a New Hard Drive

    Gotta go fast

    The PlayStation 4 comes with a suitably large 500GB hard drive. But between those staggeringly huge mandatory installs, the system's memory-guzzling operating system, and the inevitable slew of free PlayStation Plus games, it's likely that you'll find yourself running out of space sooner rat

  • News Are You in Europe? Don't Worry, PS4 Is Right Around the Corner

    Let's do this again

    It’s been a mad month so far with the North American launch of the PlayStation 4 – but it sure isn’t over yet. While we’ve had a week or so to calm down as the lucky folks in the Land of the Free get to grips with the next generation console, we’re psyching ourselves for round two, as the system readies itself for...

  • News Discover the Best Way to Play with PS4 and Vita Ultimate Bundle

    Forever friends

    It’s been rumoured for an eternity, but MCV reports that an ‘Ultimate Bundle’ collating the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita is set to hit UK store shelves this year. According to the site, the platform holder has decided to lump the two systems together ahead of Christmas, allowing flush consumers to key into the entire...

  • News Sony Swapping Faulty PS4s As Fast As Physically Possible

    Beep, beep

    Sony doesn’t want you twiddling your thumbs while you stare at the dreaded ‘Blue Light of Death’, and so it’s committed to swapping faulty PlayStation 4 systems faster than The Road Runner from classic cartoon fame. Perhaps in an effort to subdue any mounting social network backlash, the company has confirmed that anyone unlucky...

  • News PS4 Smashes Canadian Launch Sales Records

    Platform holder now looking to the future

    Sony has claimed that the PlayStation 4 enjoyed the biggest Canadian launch in gaming history – and given last week’s incredible sell-through tally, we don't think that it's exaggerating at all. Speaking with our friends over at

  • News Sony: PS4 Launch Is Just the Beginning for the Console

    The game is just the start

    Don’t go thinking that on the back of unprecedented first day sales Sony is going to slip into its old arrogant persona, as SCEA marketing executive Jon Koller has told GamesBeat that the PlayStation 4 is just the beginning for the next generation console. Speaking as part of the system’s launch event in New York City,...

  • News Get Hot and Bothered with These Thermal Images of the PS4

    Pretty cool

    Perhaps the most glaring oversight in the PlayStation 4's design is its inability to withstand shots from a sniper rifle. However, if this shocking omission is forcing you to reconsider your pre-order, we have some good news for you. We're happy to report that, barring any heavy military intervention, your shiny new system isn't likely...

  • News No Fix for the PS4's 'Blue Light of Death' in Sight

    "Have you tried turning it on and off again?"

    While the PlayStation 4's launch seems to have run fairly smoothly, there are still some isolated issues plaguing the system. The first reported problems were related to faults with the machine's HDMI ports, but these seem to have been cleared up relatively quickly. What continues to rear its ugly head,...

  • News Sony Unfazed by Isolated Instances of Faulty PS4 Consoles

    Failure rate within expectations

    While there was widespread hysteria yesterday when a batch of early PlayStation 4 consoles bricked, last night’s North American launch hasn’t exactly brought a glut of bad news. That’s because it seems that, aside from a few isolated cases, the next generation console is pretty well built – and the platform...

  • Out Today PlayStation 4 Paints North America Blue

    Tears of joy

    We’re running out of ways to say that the PlayStation 4 has launched, so let’s skip over the awkward introductions and get straight to the point: the next generation has finally arrived. It’s been a rollercoaster year filled to the brim with policy reversals, rumours, and more Talking Points than we care to count, but that’s all...

  • News You'll Want to Rip These Tearaway Bundles Off Store Shelves

    They'll tear a hole in your wallet

    Sony has today announced these fantastic European PlayStation Vita bundles that are set to include Media Molecule's upcoming papercraft title Tearaway. The first package features a Wi-Fi Vita model and the whimsical platformer. Bundle number two also contains the same handheld model, as well as a voucher to...

  • News Don't Worry, Sony Believes Defective PS4s Are Isolated Incidents

    Keep calm and remain hyped

    In the aftermath of Microsoft’s red ring of death blunder, there’s more than a little anxiety surrounding the build quality of the impending PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, it’s an inevitability that electronics will fail, and following reports of broken consoles overnight, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei...

  • News This inFAMOUS: Second Son PS4 Bundle Will Bring You Good Karma

    ConDO-IT!

    One of the more highly anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusives is undoubtedly Sucker Punch's open world action – and angst simulation – game inFAMOUS: Second Son. The upcoming sequel sees good-for-nothing graffiti artist Delsin Rowe battling against the totalitarian DUP, as well as some other nasty conduits. And from what we've seen so...

  • News Your 500GB PS4 Is Essentially a 400GB PS4

    Bummer

    It seems that you're going to have to keep a close eye on your storage space on the PlayStation 4 – just look at our recent reports on the large mandatory installs for next-gen games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts and Knack. With such huge installs, the black box's 500GB of internal storage is beginning to look smaller and smaller, and a...

  • News What Can You Use PS4 Voice Commands For?

    PlayStation, play Killzone: Shadow Fall

    Unlike the Xbox One, voice commands will be pretty limited on the PlayStation 4 – but that’s hardly surprising considering that the functionality was only announced a couple of months ago. Speaking as part of a press session in New York City earlier this week, the platform holder confirmed that you...

  • News Want to Know How Skilful You Are? PS4 Trophies Will Be Classified by Rarity

    Brrring

    Sony’s popular Trophy system has always been good at distinguishing different types of players. While other achievement systems plump up for a big fat score, PlayStation’s solution is able to separate the completionists from the samplers. However, the format’s set to get even more specific with the upcoming PlayStation 4, as it will...

  • News Tretton: We're Very Confident We're in Great Shape with PS4

    That's the spirit

    Sony has been bullish about a platform launch before – but with the PlayStation 3, that buoyancy felt phoned in. With its impending next generation console, however, there’s a swagger from its executives that seems believable – and Jack Tretton has furthered that in an interview on the eve of the PlayStation 4’s launch,...

  • News How Does the PS4 Deal with Those Massive Mandatory Installs?

    Largely painless

    There was an industry-wide panic attack when Call of Duty: Ghosts’ leaked PlayStation 4 box art revealed that you’ll need 49GB of hard-drive space in order to play the first-person shooter. Installs have been a blight on the PlayStation 3 for the entirety of its seven year lifespan, with some games seemingly taking longer to...

  • News Here's What the Inside of the PS4's Packaging Looks Like

    Hype levels rising

    The PlayStation 4 is only a few short days away, and if you thought that your hype levels were at their absolute peak, wait until you watch this recently released official unboxing video. Donning a pair of slightly bizarre leather gloves, Sony Worldwide Studios president – and all-around awesome guy – Shuhei Yoshida gives a...

  • News Received Your PS4 Early? Don't Worry, Sony Won't Ban You

    That's reassuring

    Microsoft may have attracted even more ire this weekend by banning a pre-release Xbox One, but Sony has confirmed that it won’t be following suit. In the Redmond-based manufacturer’s defence, it has said that it will reverse the block nearer to launch, but the Japanese giant has promised that you won’t have any similar issues...

  • News Wow, the PS4's Packaging Is Slimmer Than You Might Think

    Has a handle, too

    For a system packing as much power as the PlayStation 4, it’s impressive just how small its chassis actually is. The console’s svelte appearance is mimicked by its packaging, however, as these warehouse images indicate. With the system just over seven days away from release, retailers across North America are starting to...

  • News What Does the PS4 Look Like Outside of Its Beautiful Black Case?

    Not safe for work

    Phew, we can’t help but feel a little hot under the collar as we write this. Wired has posted an exclusive teardown of the PlayStation 4, which includes full commentary from Yasuhiro Ootori, the director of the mechanical engineering team responsible for constructing the next generation console. In the video found through...

  • News PS4 Makes a Song and Dance in Korea on 17th December

    Geez, geez

    Spare a thought for Japan, which is pretty much the only region not set to get the PlayStation 4 this year. Not content with deploying across the majority of the Western world, Sony has announced that the next generation console will arrive in South Korea on 17th December. Way back in September, the firm confirmed that Hong Kong,...

  • News PlayStation 3 Smashes 80 Million Worldwide Sales

    Like hotcakes

    Sony has announced in a press release today that, as of November 2nd, the PlayStation 3 has reached a total of over 80 million combined worldwide sales. That's right, our beloved black box has finally caught up to its competitor; the Xbox 360 reached this momentous milestone last month. Not content to rest on its 80 million laurels,...

  • News Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag PS4 Bundle Makes Prize Plunder

    Worth a real or two

    You may need a treasure map to track down a PlayStation 4 this Christmas, but should you locate an Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag bundle, we reckon that you’ll be sailing home a happy mariner. Sony has confirmed that it’s teamed up with Ubisoft to concoct a brand new hardware package, which includes a 500GB next...

  • News Greatness Approaches with Sony's Latest PS4 Hardware Trailer

    Days away

    If you’ve been following this site since Sony’s big PlayStation 4 unveiling back in February, then there’s a good chance that you already know everything that there is to know about the next generation console. That fact shouldn’t make this brand new hardware trailer any less exciting, though, as it takes you on a tour of the...

  • News Sony: PS4 Demand Surged Following Xbox One's Delay

    Company can't keep up

    Sony is struggling to keep up with demand for its impending next generation console. Despite increasing its internal estimates after an outrageously strong E3 showing earlier in the year, the company conceded that it may not be able provide everyone with a system this Christmas – and

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  • Rumour Call of Duty: Ghosts Will Command 49GB of Your PS4's Hard Drive

    Oh my Dog

    We all know that the Call of Duty franchise likes to break all sorts of mindboggling first day sales records, but this time around it seems to have its sights set on something a little bit different: it's gunning for the 'Largest Hard Drive Install for a PlayStation 4 Launch Title' gong. Yesterday, we brought you the news that Guerrilla...

  • News Racing Legend Ayrton Senna Pulls into Gran Turismo 6's Pit Lane

    Sony pledging significant donation to superstar's charity

    Brazilian racing icon Ayrton Senna may have been inexplicably absent from F1 2013, but he will appear in Gran Turismo 6 as part of a post-release update charting the life of the motorsport superstar. The snippet was appropriately announced during the Brazil Game Show earlier today, where...

  • News Sounds Like the PS4 Won't Make Too Much Noise

    Quiet as you like

    There's nothing worse than a noisy console when you're trying to absorb yourself in a movie or a game. While the PlayStation 3 has always been pretty quiet, many worried that its successor's slim line shell may result in some loud fans. Fortunately, initial tests are looking positive for Sony's next generation super machine...

  • News 500GB Not Enough? Here's How You Upgrade Your PS4's Hard Drive

    Making room

    If you’re planning to embrace the vaunted all-digital future, you may want to upgrade your PlayStation 4’s hard drive as soon as possible. While the system will ship with a meaty 500GB of pre-installed memory, rumours suggest that Blu-ray releases such as Killzone: Shadow Fall will occupy as much as 50GB, meaning that you may swiftly...

  • News Brazil, Get Ready to Hand Over $1,850 for a PlayStation 4 Next Month

    Ouch, that's got to hurt

    It's going to cost gamers in Brazil an arm and a leg to purchase the PlayStation 4 when it launches in the region. Well, not literally an arm and a leg, but the system will cost a whopping 3,999 Brazilian reais, which approximately converts to a staggering $1,850 / €1,368 / £1,150. This reminds us of the hefty price tag...

  • News Ripstone: PS4 Is As Quiet As a Mouse, As Powerful As a Lion

    As purrfect as a cat

    Everyone loves a simile, but Ripstone Games co-founder Phil Gaskell arguably enjoys them more than most. The Liverpool-based publisher – which has worked on titles such as Pure Chess and Knytt Underground – has just received its very first PlayStation 4 console, and the head honcho has a thing or two to say about the system...

  • News What If You've Pre-Ordered a Watch Dogs PS4 Bundle?

    Breathe slowly

    Watch Dogs’ unexpected delay may be a thorn in Sony’s promotional plans for the PlayStation 4, but it’s also a big concern for consumers who have pre-ordered the title as part of a meaty next generation bundle. Fortunately, both Amazon and GameStop have confirmed that customers in North America will

  • News Amazon UK Reduces PS4 Mega Bundle to Match Xbox One's Price

    Take the plunge

    Sony originally indicated that it intended to sell its recently announced PlayStation 4 Mega Bundle for the same price as the Xbox One, but that didn’t quite pad out in the end. Most retailers are currently carrying the UK package for around £449.99, which is a little more expensive than the Xbox One’s default £429.99 option...

  • News Sony Wanted PS4 to Look Like the Most Sophisticated Product It's Ever Created

    Great expectations

    We’ve spent a lot of time pondering the innards of the PlayStation 4, but not quite as long considering the external appearance of the console. Despite prompting a bit of a furore when it kept the shape of the box secret earlier in the year, Sony’s said very little about the actual look of the hardware since its

  • News Can't Wait for PS4? Ogle This Packaging to Pass the Time

    Add to basket

    Unbelievably, it’s almost here. The wait for the PlayStation 4 has felt like an eternity at times, but we’re now mere weeks away from the system being unleashed. With the ending line in sight, Sony is starting to shower the web with images of items that you can expect to find on store shelves come launch – and we figured that...

  • News Will Your PS3 Headset Work with PS4? That's Not Easy to Answer

    Pens and paper ready

    Do you remember mathematics exams? The questions would almost always include inane scenarios involving marbles and boiled sweets. They were designed to burn your brain as much as possible, and it looks like Sony’s aiming to give you a shot of high school nostalgia with its wireless headset compatibility policies for the...

  • News Expect Some Lengthy Lines Behind These PS4 Demo Pods

    "I want a go"

    The positioning of goods in retail stores has always fascinated us. There’s a psychology behind the way that are products are presented, and it looks like Sony’s aiming to obtain a very strong reaction with the PlayStation 4. Posting on its Facebook page earlier today, the German arm of SCEE revealed an image of a demo pod for its...

  • News Sony Reckons That $399 Is the 'Magic Price' for PS4

    It's hard to disagree, isn't it?

    PlayStation 4 pre-orders are staggeringly high. Back at GamesCom in August, manufacturer Sony announced that it had already accrued one million deposits for its next generation console – and Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter now believes that the number has surpassed 1.5 million. But what’s been the...

  • News Did You Pre-Order Your PS4 from Amazon UK? Check Your Emails

    Time to level up

    Specialist retailer GAME may have been quickest to contact customers about Sony’s recently announced PlayStation 4 bundles, but Amazon.co.uk is gradually catching up. The online megastore has started reaching out to those with pre-orders via email, offering several opportunities t

  • News This Is What Happens When You Unlock a Trophy on PS4

    Brrring

    Sometimes it’s the simple things that represent the most exciting aspects of a new console launch: the startup screen, the user interface, the Trophy unlock prompt, and so on. Fortunately, with the PlayStation 4’s release date fast approaching, you can experience the latt

  • News Pachter: PS4 Pre-Orders Have Reached 1.5 Million

    Flawless victory

    Remember when Sony boasted that it had garnered one million PlayStation 4 pre-orders at GamesCom earlier in the year? Industry analyst Michael Pachter believes that the current number is much stronger than that, and actually closer to 1.5 million. But while that’s undoubtedly positive news for the platform holder, the Wedbush...

  • News PlayStation 4's Packaging Is Way More Colourful in Japan

    Taste the rainbow

    Japan always gets better box art than Europe and North America, and the PlayStation 4’s colourful packaging is no exception to the rule. While the international wrapper has an air of royal class to it, the Eastern edition is just plain fun. It includes an oversized image of Knack on the front, and a rainbow pattern equivalent...

  • News Pre-Ordered a PS4? Here Are Your Bundle Options in the UK

    Because everyone loves a big box

    If you’ve already pre-ordered a PlayStation 4 in the UK, chances are you’ll have been contacted by your retailer of choice regarding one of several Sony sanctioned bundles. Unfortunately, the platform holder has been curiously vague about these packages in the public space, leaving it down to IGN to actually...

  • News Another Analyst Has Awarded PS4 the Christmas Console Crown

    Box to beat

    If the PlayStation 4 doesn’t outsell its peers this Christmas, then we’re going to have a serious upset on our hands. Following in the footsteps of comments made by divisive forecaster Michael Pachter, the International Data Corporation has reiterated that the PlayStation 4 may well be the system to beat this holiday. Writing as...

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  • News So, That PlayStation 4 RAM Saga Is Still Rolling

    Paracetamol recommended

    Does anyone have a headache yet? We feel like we’ve been ten rounds with Mike Tyson, and then forced to sit an advanced mathematics class at Oxford University. We succinctly summarised yesterday’s next generation RAM saga in a post late last night, but the details have changed ever so slightly today. Strap yourselves in...

  • Reaction Why You Should Stop Bleating About the PS4's RAM

    Everyone's gone baa-rmy

    While the topic has quietened down a little over the past couple of years, cross-game chat was just one of the many failings of the PlayStation 3. For years it was touted as a reason to purchase the Xbox 360 over Sony’s flagship machine, and even used as a justification for the premium price attached to Microsoft’s...

  • News PS4 Offers 5.5GB GDDR5 RAM to Developers, But Don't Lose Your Mind

    New information about Sony's system isn't the end of the world

    The winning streak had to come to a climax at some point, and many are pulling out their pitchforks in anticipation of that this evening. There were some mumblings on NeoGAF overnight regarding an imminent “console memory drama”, and that manifested itself earlier today in the form...

  • News Quick, the PS4 Is Back in Stock at Amazon.com

    What are you waiting for?

    PlayStation 4 pre-order slots have become rarer than a smile from Kristen Stewart in recent weeks. As such, it’s with hurried excitement that we must inform you that there are launch day bundles back in stock at Amazon.com. Right now, you can snatch a system alongside Battlefield 4, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack,

  • News Mark Cerny Wasn't Joking When He Said the PS4 Won't Overheat

    Cold as ice

    “Sony knows how to design the PlayStation 4 so that it won’t overheat,” noted a confident Mark Cerny earlier in the year. Turns out that the lead architect – who’s also working on launch title Knack – was not telling porkies either, as the next generation system will actually run at a cooler temperature than the existing...

  • News So, the PS4 Is Ready for Retail in North America

    System motors through FCC approval process

    When will the PlayStation 4 launch? Well, that sooner-than-expected October release is beginning to look like it’s more on than, er, that anthropomorphic primate with a tie. The final version of Sony’s next generation dream machine has

  • News Analyst: There'll Be More Xbox Ones Available at Launch Than PS4

    Oh, really?

    While it’s widely rumoured that Microsoft may be having some manufacturing issues with the Xbox One, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian stated in a recent investor’s note that he believes that the Redmond-based manufacturer’s system will be readily available this Christmas. In fact, the financial forecaster stressed that the...

  • News The PS4 Definitely Records Your Last 15 Minutes of Gameplay

    Sharing saga

    It’s probably a testament to Sony’s successes with the PlayStation 4 that the length of the system’s record function sparked a bit of a heated debate today. Speaking at the Develop conference earlier this month, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s head of research and development Mark Brown said that the console could store...

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