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News: PS4 Pro Requires Very Little Investment from Developers

PS4 Pro Requires Very Little Investment from Developers

One or two people working on Sony titles

CD Projekt Red's decision not to update The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the PlayStation 4 Pro has prompted some people to ponder just how many resources developers need to commit to the new machine. According to Digital Foundry, the answer is very few, as it's reporting that just one person from Sony Bend is...

News: Job Losses at London Studio as PlayStation VR Worlds Dev Is Completed

Job Losses at London Studio as PlayStation VR Worlds Dev Is Completed

Team restructuring around new projects

Sony San Diego's not the only team in the platform holder's stable to sadly lose staff this week, as London Studio has also been struck by a round of layoffs. The first-party team has led the charge on PlayStation VR over the past few years, and it's behind one of the peripheral's showpiece launch titles:...

News: MLB The Show Survives as Sony San Diego Restructures

MLB The Show Survives as Sony San Diego Restructures

Drawn to Death not dead either

Sony San Diego has seen a large number of layoffs – thought to be in the region of 40 to 50 employees – but the MLB The Show team has been unaffected. Despite being one of the Japanese giant's lower-profile exclusives, the baseball series sells strongly every year in the United States – and is widely considered...

News: Sony: We Don't Discriminate Between AAA or Indie

Sony: We Don't Discriminate Between AAA or Indie

"It's all about great games"

Sony often gets criticised for paying too much attention to so-called "smaller" games, but speaking at Gamescom 2016, likeable PlayStation exec Jim Ryan has said that the platform holder primarily cares about great titles – regardless of whether they're made by massive studios or minuscule ones. Asked if the company...

News: Sony Profits as PS4 Sales Continue to Surge

Sony Profits as PS4 Sales Continue to Surge

PlayStation offsets earthquake disaster

Sony is still in the black, though it can thank PlayStation for offsetting the costs inflicted by Japan's recent earthquake disaster. Profits plunged 42 per cent year-over-year in the three month period ending 30th June, with the company racking up ¥56.2 billion ($542 million) in operating income. The...

News: Sony Reveals Over 20 Million Users Are Subscribed to PlayStation Plus

Sony Reveals Over 20 Million Users Are Subscribed to PlayStation Plus

Not bad, that

The PlayStation 4 continues to perform beyond even Sony's expectations, we know that much, but how's PlayStation Plus doing these days? The premium service, which is required to play most PS4 games online, has had its fair share of critics over the years, but the Japanese company has always been keen on racking up more profit in the...

News: Criterion's Teased Racing Game Has Been Cancelled

Criterion's Teased Racing Game Has Been Cancelled

Project burnt out after two years of silence

Back at E3 2014, Burnout creators Criterion Games showed some early footage of its multi-vehicle racer, showing players switching mid-race between ATVs, wingsuits, planes, helicopters, jet-skis, and other vehicles, exciting many people. However, it seems that, after two years of uncertainty on the...

News: Sony CEO Kaz Hirai Is Absolutely Raking in the Cash

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai Is Absolutely Raking in the Cash

Exec's salary more than doubles

According to Variety, ex-PlayStation president and current Sony CEO Kaz Hirai received a salary of $4.9 million for the fiscal year which ended 31st March – more than double his compensation from the previous year. It's the most the company has paid to a CEO since the firm was forced to reveal the wages of its top...

E3 2016: Attendance Drops as E3 2017 Is Dated

Attendance Drops as E3 2017 Is Dated

Ready to go again?

Whether you enjoyed E3 2016 or not, we're going to do the whole damn thing all over again next year. The ESA has confirmed that E3 2017 – we suppose we better get the tag ready – will run between 13th June and 17th June in 2017, which is more or less identical to this year's show. That's despite attendance for this year's...

Soapbox: Let's Be Honest, E3 2016 Was Disappointing

Let's Be Honest, E3 2016 Was Disappointing

Sammy's not feeling all that stoked

In the cold, hard light of day – with more than four hours sleep under my belt – I've come to a bold, brave conclusion: E3 2016 was a bit disappointing, wasn't it? Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the spectacle of Sony's conference and the banter that accompanied the bad ones – but it's hardly been a vintage...

E3 2016: Sony's Added a New Studio to Its First-Party Family

Sony's Added a New Studio to Its First-Party Family

Well, sort of

Sony has no shortage of first-party studios, but it looks like a new team has been officially recruited to the Worldwide Studios family. SIE San Mateo has always had a light role in game development – it houses various internal technology groups and Entwined developer PixelOpus – but it seems like it's going to have more...

News: Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards Will Return on 1st December

Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards Will Return on 1st December

On every gaming screen and VR

Oh, great. As we mentally prepare ourselves for a week of exorbitantly late night streams, industry icon Geoff Keighley has revealed that we can look forward to one more on 1st December, when The Game Awards will return. We thought that last year's show was just about as good as one could reasonably expect an awards...