Over 3,000 jobs lost
Over 3,000 jobs lost
Legendary retailer Toys ‘R’ Us is to shut down completely in the UK, after administrators failed to find a buyer for the flagging business. A whopping 105 shops will close over the next six weeks, with over 3,000 jobs lost as a result. Any remaining stock will be discounted in the remaining stores that are open, so it may be...
We try to defend specialist stores like GameStop as much as possible here at Push Square because we believe it’s important for the industry to have a major high street presence, but sometimes you’ve got to call a spade a spade, and UK outlet GAME’s new Elite loyalty card absolutely sucks. Like, it beggars belief it’s so bad. So...
But only 9,000 copies are being made
Tasty looking PlayStation 4 title Hyper Light Drifter has received an equally tasty looking limited edition retail run courtesy of iam8bit. The package includes a reversible cover with gold foil, a retro-style instruction manual, a fold-out world map, and a copy of the game on Blu-ray for $29.99 – but there are...
Surprise hit's becoming hard to find
Part of the reason Koei Tecmo teamed up with Sony on Nioh in the West was to raise the title's profile, and the manufacturer's managed to do just that. For the past few months, the game's received a lot of PlayStation Blog coverage, and we've been seeing a fair few commercials on websites that we frequent as well...
Bonkers initiative puts staff in impossible position
A new program established by GameStop management may be forcing humble store clerks to lie to you about the availability of brand new games – and it's kinda crazy. Reddit has been bubbling over with reports of the retailer's 'Circle of Life' initiative for a few days now, but Kotaku's...
Are you ready?
Looks like Rockstar's readying itself for a big year, as retailers in the UK at least have started to receive Red Dead Redemption 2 promotional materials. The game – which is due out later this year, and will be advertised in conjunction with the PlayStation 4 – was announced several month
The worst thing to happen to shops
Games have been flopping pretty freakin' hard this holiday, lending many to question just what's gone wrong. And now, speaking with MCV magazine, UK game retailers have weighed in on the spate of disastrous launches that we've
Sony's not dropping the PlayStation 4 Pro until next week, but stock is already in the retail channel, and that's leading to leaks. We've heard of several people who have already managed to purchase the supercharged platform, and one has been posting videos of it running Uncharted 4: A Thief's End in 4K resolution on YouTube. The...
"Intended to give our customers access to exciting tech"
Update (25th October, 12:00PM BST): GAME has released a statement regarding its controversial paid PlayStation VR demo plan. The company told us: "Our pay-to-play PlayStation VR experience is a GAME-led initiative. The cost to use the in-store PS4 pod is entirely refundable for customers...
Upper-management at UK retailer GAME will be enjoying Christmas about as much as Louis Van Gaal, as the company's share prices have plummeted by a disastrous 34 per cent today. The decline comes after the chain announced that its UK revenue was down 11.4 per cent compared to the same 21 week period leading up to 19th December in 2014...
Fight for your rights
Call it self-indulgent if you want to, but we've gotten used to Hideo Kojima's name being on the box of Metal Gear Solid games. The fact that Konami has opted to remove it from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – amid nasty rumours regarding the aute
Fresh shops will still sell new goods, too
Focusing on pre-owned software, GAME has re-launched two of its stores under the new name GAMEtronics. The move will see the retailer lock horns with popular pre-owned outlet CEX. However, GAMEtronics will still sell new gaming hardware and software. The first two cities to secure the re-branded stores are...
Zavvi ripping up the rules
Mistakes are an unfortunate element of day-to-day life. It’s inevitable that we’ll get things wrong on a regular basis, so all that we can really do is try to learn from our slip-ups and attempt to move on. In the case of online retailer Zavvi, though, it’s hoping to recompense its errors by threatening customers...
Coming to a town near you, hopefully
October is almost coming to an end, and we here at Push Square towers only have one thing on our minds: the launch of Sony's next generation console. The wait is almost unbearable, but to help to pass the time, retailer GAME has announced that the PlayStation 4 will be travelling to select stores across the UK...
"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...
Prices could be going up
We’re very much still in the PlayStation 4’s honeymoon period. Typically, the bubble would have burst by now – but Sony is doing a fantastic job of ensuring that the public perception surrounding its next generation console remains predominantly positive. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t bad news around...
Retail presence may be the unsung element of video game marketing, but it’s massively important. Any system that occupies the dusty corner of your local electronics store is unlikely to make the best first impression – just talk to the PlayStation Vita about that. Fortunately, platform holder Sony has bigger plans for the...
Sony's Guy Longworth takes another stab at Microsoft
Everything seems to be pointing to a digital future for games, but Guy Longworth — Sony's senior vice president in charge of PlayStation brand marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment of America — has voiced the opinion that the consumers aren't totally ready to ditch physical games just yet...
GameStop ceases accepting deposits for Microsoft's machine
Microsoft may have moseyed back into the console battlefield with last night’s announcements, but it could still struggle to satisfy demand at launch. Polygon reports that mega retailer GameStop has already fulfilled its allocation of pre-orders for the Xbox One, and has ceased accepting...
Tried and tested
Sony won’t charge you more to get your greasy mitts on first-party software for the PlayStation 4. In a brief exchange with Shacknews, a representative for the platform holder explained that all four of its impending launch window games will retail for $59.99, the same as on the PlayStation 3. Those titles include DriveClub,...
Only people wearing green may enter
Much like GameStop in North America, GAME is the biggest specialist video game retailer in the UK, stocking a diverse range of software for all of the major consoles. However, you won’t be able to purchase PlayStation content at the giant’s latest branch in Shoreditch, London – because it will only stock...
There's still time to get rid of your copy of The Simpsons: Hit and Run
GameStop will thump another nail into the now-defunct PlayStation 2's coffin on 1st June, as it ceases to accept trade-ins for the legendary console. Reddit user eGORapTure snapped the photograph embedded below, and Joystiq validated its authenticity with several North American...
UK retailer ASDA has hopped aboard the PlayStation 4 bandwagon, announcing that it is the first British supermarket to accept pre-orders for Sony’s impending system. Specialist franchise GAME is also taking deposits on the machine, but the likes of Tesco and Sainsbury’s are still twiddling their thumbs worrying about horse meat...
Pre-orders for the next generation platform performing extremely well
UK retailer GAME believes that the impending PlayStation 4 will successfully resurrect the nation’s troubled video game market. Chatting with VideoGamer.com, category director Charlotte Knight explained that pre-orders for the platform are “performing very well” at the...
UK retailer GAME is already accepting pre-orders for Sony’s PlayStation 4 – despite the manufacturer not even showing the hardware yet. If you waddle your way over to the specialist retailer’s online storefront, you’ll be able to part with the £20 required to purchase a deposit for the currently price-less machine. Sony announced...
First-person shooter fans hoping to get their fix of sci-fi action with the Killzone Trilogy will have to breach the purple gates of GAME in the UK, as the specialist retailer has secured exclusivity on the compelling compilation. The package will collate popular PS3 titles Killzone 2 and Killzone 3, alongside an HD version of...
It seems it’s impossible for Sony to release a new LittleBigPlanet title without some kind of drama. Regular readers will recall the original game being delayed due to controversial lyrics in one of its songs, while the sequel missed out on its initial holiday release date by quite some margin. LittleBigPlanet Vita looked like it...
End of an era
Those of you in North America have our permission to close your ears while we regale tales about the torrid state of UK retail. Chatting at a conference this morning, GAME Retail has revealed that its GameStation brand is to be phased out. The company – which recently went through a major reshuffle – previously operated GAME and...
Ooh, the choices...
Looking forward to Arkane Studios' upcoming action-adventure title, Dishonored? If so, you might want to think carefully about where you place your pre-order, as publisher Bethesda has assigned a selection of exclusive bonuses to major retailers in the UK. Amazon will be dishing out a cold serving of the Acrobatic Killer...
Bricks and mortar
If you still don’t trust Sony with your credit card details after last year’s hacking kerfuffle, GameStop has announced the addition of PlayStation Network content to its European and Australian stores. Currently you'll be able to purchase a range of downloadable content from more than 1,600 GameStop outlets across Australia,...
GameStop’s currently selling the 160GB version of the PS3 for a wallet-friendly $199. That’s $50 less than the recommended retail price. As Joystiq notes, hardware doesn’t often go on sale, so it’s possible the reduction could be related to future announcements. Either way, there’s never been a better time to pick up a new PS3...
Perhaps not 45k
Recently we reported that Vita's UK launch sales were 75% lower than PSP's, but according to industry analyst Nick Park the real figure is much higher. Pocket Gamer reported the console had sold around half of 3DS's UK launch sales, which it claimed were 89,000, putting Vita around the 45,000 mark. However, Park tweeted (via...
And they're coming to Japan
Sony's putting so-called PS Vita Masters in Japanese retailers to answer consumer questions about the new console. From 25th February to 1st April, the staff will explain the system's built-in features, its 3G functionality and generally push you towards picking up one of the shiny handhelds. They also get to wear special...
Love at first sight
If you haven’t yet sampled a PlayStation Vita with your own eyes: boy, are you in for an incredible weekend. US retailer GameStop’s just announced that it now has demo systems setup at over 3,300 of its stores. You can find your nearest participating retailer through here. Each demo unit will come equipped with a number of...
The PlayStation Vita is an expensive system, there's no denying that
Having already got an extensive hands-on with the device, we think it's worth the price of entry — but we can understand some readers being hesitant to splash out the cash, especially with the system's proprietary memory upping the cost quite significantly. Thankfully, British retailer GAME appears to have come up with a..
In this post-PlayStation Network outage world, we're not really surprised when any company announces its database has been compromised
It turns out we're not alone — as evidenced by the furore that erupted on the Internet this afternoon when someone claimed UK retailer GAME's website had been hacked. Thankfully there's no reason to change all of your passwords just yet, as GAME has said the..
The UK is somewhat of an anomaly
While the PlayStation 3 tends to fare strongly around Europe, the UK remains something of a poisoned chalice for the PS3. While successful, the XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii tend to perform better in the region. This is something new SCEE boss Jim Ryan wants to address. Getting to £199 is fantastic in the UK. Its a real milestone. UK is one of the territories..
Turn the lights low
No, it's not a new We Dare trilogy: Sony's putting three Move-controlled sports titles onto one Blu-ray disc and calling it After Hours Athletes. The trio comprises PSN titles Hustle Kings, High Velocity Bowling and Top Darts, complete with all their downloadable content too. Rather like puzzle pack Move Mind Benders there's no...
Best of all, it's got Lemmings
Some of Move's best content is available on the PlayStation Store, but what about those PS3 owners who aren't able to get online: should they miss out on the motion-controlled treats? Of course not. That's why Sony's preparing a pair of Blu-ray compilations, putting together the best Move has to offer. Move Mind...
US retailer GameStop is testing a new cloud gaming service expected to release next year, according to GamesIndustry
biz</a>. GameStop purchased Spawn Labs earlier in the year with the aim of facilitating a cloud gaming service and offering a wide selection of high-definition video games on demand on any internet-enabled device". Spawn recently began its first beta and is currently..
It's Gamescom in Cologne at the moment and we've just heard an interesting rumour: Sony is about to announce a price drop for its PlayStation 3 console alongside a release date for PlayStation Vita. UK trade retailer MCV posted and quickly rescinded a story claiming the PS3 is set to drop to £199.99 in the UK. Thankfully we grabbed a...
As of today you'll be able to purchase digital download versions of first-party PlayStation content from British stores GAME and GameStation
The brick-and-mortar video games retail institution recently started selling digital PC content in store, and will now stock downloadable versions of PlayStation content such as the God Of War Collection and...
Taxiing for approach
Confused why you couldn't find a copy of Air Conflicts: Secret Wars in Europe last week? Probably because it's not released yet, despite proclamations to the contrary. The game was delayed from its original 1st July release date to this Friday, 8th July, when it'll land on the PlayStation Move runway. We're already putting the...
It's not really a rumour is it
Everyone's expecting the PlayStation 3 to get a price-drop this year, and there's no better positioned event than August's GamesCom. Sony's known for bringing the heat to the European event, while its competitors flounder. Sounds like a no-brainer to us. MCV's got the report, citing a new price-point of between £179.99 and £199.99 will be announced for the PS3 at..
Sony probably should have cleared up PlayStation Vita's launch windows during E3
We thought the platform holder said "end of the year", but Jack Tretton later clarified with an "end of fiscal year" statement. Now we're looking to retailers and rumours to get any kind of idea of the new handheld's firm launch window. ShopTo previously whacked a November release date on the..
If you're one of the remaining ten people that doesn't yet own a copy of Call Of Duty: Black Ops -- you're in luck
According to GameStop, a new bundle will be made available next week including the game and some DLC. No word on exactly what DLC will be included, but we're assuming it will be the first two packs currently available on the PlayStation Store. Activision's yet to officially confirm the..
UK retailer ShopTo
net</a> has put a November 4th placeholder date on PlayStation Vita. Please be true. Several titles are listed alongside the system, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, Ruin and ModNation Racers. All have a place-holder price-point of £40. Sony's responded to MCV saying that it has "not made any announcements about software pricing, so thats just..
Won't need to rustle up many notes
PlayStation Move Ape Escape — called simply Ape Escape in Europe — will be available from PlayStation Network in North America, but in Europe the game is is heading to retail next month, with several retailers putting a pleasantly low price on the Move-exclusive net 'em up. Amazon lists the game at £24.99 with...
The PlayStation Network has been offline for about three weeks, and there's no sign of a restoration in sight
That's causing a lot of PS3 owners to lose patience and trade-in their systems, according to a report published by EDGE. The report cites a number of UK retail clerks, and paints a disturbing picture of the current PS3 climate: trade-ins have essentially doubled over the past few weeks, as..
But all is not as it seems
When a new game gets patched for Move there's generally a press release at least, so imagine our surprise when reader Fasturn sent in a photos from his local Walmart showing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and God of War III bearing the familiar blue PlayStation Move logo as part of the Greatest Hits banner. Upon closer...
Low supply holding back growth
When PlayStation Move launched way back in September, many shoppers reported an abundance of bundle packages compared to the controllers sold on their own. Six months on, GameStop President Tony Bartel has said in an earnings call that the company is still seeing substantial demand for the motion controller. We have...
Every so often Sony brings new titles into its PlayStation Greatest Hits range, and now Heavy Rain has joined MAG as the second Move-enabled title in the budget selection. Available across the United States and Canada from today for around $29.99, the game bears the "Director's Cut" subtitle denoting it contains the game's...
On the money?
First the EEDAR predicted a price for the NGP under $400, and SCEE revealed that there would be two differently priced NGP models released, and now GameStop has decided to list the device at a price point of $299.99. This may simply be a place-holder price for the device while the company takes pre-orders, and of course we don’t know...
Demo expected before launch
Toys 'R' Us brought home an exclusive EyePet bundle a few months ago, and the critter obviously behaved itself as the company is back to bring a new exclusive bundle for upcoming title PlayStation Move Heroes. When the game launches in North America on March 22nd you'll be able to pick it up in a bundle containing a...
Electronic Entertainment Design and Research’s Jesse Divnich has cited a $300 -$350 price tag for Sony’s Next Generation Portable, the NGP. The market is ripe for portable high-end gaming. The NGP will be a serious threat to all forms of portable entertainment. After seeing the specs today, if the NGP can’t succeed, it is clear...
Grab a console or Starter Pack
LittleBigPlanet 2 is on course for a big debut when it reaches PS3 owners later this month, but if you're in the UK and haven't yet got a PlayStation Move Starter Pack – or, more importantly, a PlayStation 3 – there are a few packages on the way to cater for your needs. Game is offering a 320GB PS3 with the game...
Preorders start today
UK gamers keen on picking up the special Helghast Edition of Killzone 3 will have to heed His Master's Voice, as retailer HMV has announced it has the exclusive on the limited edition title. Available to preorder online or in-store today, the Helghast Edition will set you back £112.33 and contains a stack of exclusive content...
Buy one, get one half price
Several online retailers in North America have offered cut price Move software, but now Sony's UK wing has launched a marketwide buy one, get one half price mechanic on its Move software. Major retailers including Game and Gamestation are both participating in the offer, so now might be a good chance to stock up on some...
All sewn up
The NPD figures for November are out, and Sony is pretty pleased with Move's performance, calling it a "blockbuster success" and suggesting we haven't seen the last of already-released titles receiving updates for the motion controller. Patrick Seybold, SCEA's senior director of corporate communications, had this to say: In...
So far Sony has been tight-lipped about sales figures for its PlayStation Move peripheral, only saying it had shipped 1 million Moves to America and not commenting on actual worldwide sales figures. Now the company has opened its mouth wide to shout "4.1 million units sold worldwide" in the form of this new press release...
Might struggle for stock over Christmas
When putting together your PlayStation move set-up you probably didn't encounter many issues getting a Starter Pack, console bundle or Navigation sub-controller, but you may have struggled to lay your hands on a standalone Move controller. Peter Dille, Sony's marketing senior vice president in the US, has said...
Two consecutive months of growth for sector
Whilst sales of hardware and software are down across the board compared to the same period last year, one area of the industry that is growing is accessories, thanks in no small part to Sony's new motion controller. Move grew the sector in September and it's done so again in October, according to figures...
The brilliantly named Billy Pidgeon
If Kinect is for casual, Move is for more accomplished gamers, with M2 Research's senior analyst Billy Pidgeon backing Sony's strategy in selling the motion controller to regular gamers. Speaking to IndustryGamers Pidgeon emphasised Move's appeal to enthusiastic gamers thanks to solid titles such as MAG, Heavy...
Purchase limit imposed
It's not just Kinect selling out at Amazon – Move is also in short supply on the major retailer's site, resulting in price increases and stock limitations. At the time of writing, the Starter Pack is only available through Amazon sellers rather than the website itself, at
Note: "shipped", not "sold"
A few weeks ago, Sony revealed it has sold over 1.5 million Move controllers across Europe, a considerable achievement that led the company to claim it had to increase production to keep up. The North American arm of Sony Computer Entertainment has been much more cagey when it comes to revealing sales figures, but now CEO...
But it's Pachter, so get the salt ready
Although the NPD reports claim PlayStation Move drove accessory sales upwards last month, and Sony claiming Move is outselling its expectations in Europe, it's not all roses and sunshine in Move World according to US analyst Wedbush Morgan's main games mouthpiece Michael Pachter. Even though we believe Move...
Demand surprisingly high
Although there are no hard figures for how many units PlayStation Move has sold in its first weeks on sale, US analyst Lazard Capital Markets believes the accessory is off to a great start. In a survey of consumers the analyst found demand to be higher than expected, particularly considering the "relatively high price...
Title joins Greatest Hits range Stateside
Move is coming to MAG in October, and to entice further shooter fans who haven't yet picked up Sony's 256-player battle royale the game is set to receive a price drop as part of Sony's Greatest Hits line-up. From Tuesday, September 28th, the game will set you back a measly $29.99, with the Move-enabling...
Get your minds in the gutter
We covered the announcement of High Velocity Bowling's transition to the world of Blu-ray releases, and now the game's on its way to retailers across North America with Move and 3D support built-in. All the downloadable content currently available for the game is packed onto the disc to give you extra value for your...
In case Sports Champions just isn't cute enough
Over in the States, the Move Starter Pack comes with a game, Sports Champions. What if you were after something a bit... well, a bit furrier, really? That's where Toys 'R' Us is coming to the rescue, with an exclusive EyePet: Move Edition bundle on the way. Heading to retail this Friday, the box...
Listing pops up for ten-pin title
You may already have High Velocity Bowling, the PlayStation Network title that offered Sixaxis motion control at a time when that was still considered to be a good thing. Now retailer Gamestop has listed the title for a full retail release, complete with 3D and Move support. But what if you already have the game and...
May not be able to meet demand
And so the struggle to find Move commences. Retailers across New Zealand are reporting that their stocks of Move won't be enough to satisfy their customers when the controller is launched on September 16th. Sounds like Sony has a monster hit on its hands then, right? Well, no: Simon Barton, of retail chain Mighty Ape,...
Aussie experts are putting all of their eggs in Sony's basket
While many industry experts elsewhere are willing to admit that the jury is still out on which of the new motion control formats - Sony's Move and Microsoft's Kinect - will emerge victorious during the upcoming holiday season, Australian video games retailer Gametraders has declared that...
Everyone's not-so favourite online video games retailer, ShopTo, want you to know that they think the PSPGo is a dead format before it launches; "As a format it is almost dead before it has arrived," the ShopTo boss told Eurogamer
Of course the price ($250, £229.99) is a talking point, but it seems most retailers are more concerned with the lack of being able to sell games for the system - what..
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