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  • Site News Join the Push Square Community on PS4

    Forever friends

    Now there's an easier way for you to hook up with other Push Square members to play your games – courtesy of the PlayStation 4's brand new Communities feature. Alright, a lack of foresight on Sony's part means that it's actually not all that easy to join in on the fun, but we've spent the day figuring out a handful of ways that...

  • News This Journey Collector's Edition Trailer Features Your Favourite PlayStation Website

    Straight to the top

    Journey's physical collector's edition is out now on the PlayStation 4, and the title's got a lovely launch trailer to celebrate. Boasting an emotional score and plenty of gameplay, it's a thoughtful representation of thatgamecompany's masterpiece, which is packaged alongside the wonderful Flower and flOw. Of course, if the...

  • News October's PlayStation Plus Lineup Is Going to P*** People Off

    Oh dear

    Oh no! Oh no! Batten down the hatches, adopt the foetal position, and keep out of every PlayStation owner's way – because next month's PlayStation Plus update really is a bad one. There's been plenty of criticism pointed at Sony's service over the past 18 months or so, but we've always felt that there have been redeeming qualities to the...

  • Feature 7 Improvements That Make Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Feel Fresh on PS4

    X marks the spot

    Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a remaster worth treasuring, as our first impressions explained in more detail last week. But while the presentation and overall package is worthy of acclaim, developer Bluepoint Games has gone the extra mile with this lovingly compiled collection. Indeed, there are a handful of new...

  • Round Up Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Reviews Climb to the Top

    Fortune and glory

    If you didn't have a chance to play Naughty Dog's action adventure trilogy on PlayStation 3, then we reckon that you're in for a real treat with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on PlayStation 4 - and the freshly released reviews for these particular remastered adventures back us up on that line of reasoning. With high...

  • Soapbox From Pretender to Major Player - Remembering PlayStation's Rise from the Frontlines

    Former CVG editor Paul Davies shares his memories of Sony's 32-bit legend

    As we all know, the PlayStation is 20 years old this week – at least in Europe. Rather than make this a study in retrospect of what truly happened from that glorious month of September 1995 onwards, I've been asked to plunder my own brain for thoughts on the impact made by...

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 3.00 Weighs in at 250.3MB

    Available to download now

    The day doth cometh, as PlayStation 4 firmware update v3.00 has arrived. The system software overhaul weighs in at just 250.3MB in size, so shouldn't take you longer than ten or so minutes to download on an average connection. Remember that if you leave your system in Rest Mode it will do all of the heavy lifting for you...

  • Soapbox PSone Has Just as Much to Offer Today as It Did 20 Years Ago

    Stephen Tailby thinks Sony's first system has stood the test of time

    The name PlayStation is now synonymous with video games, with a legacy extending back to the mid-90s. At that time, Sony introduced us to a polygonal playground where, finally, 3D games could be fully realised. Ever since, PlayStation has remained at the cutting edge of console...

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    Review WipEout

    FEISARis, not Surfaris

    Republished on Tuesday, 29th September 2015: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary in Europe today. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 12th October 2013: When the magazine reviews of WipEout landed a month after its September 1995 release,...

  • Feature The 10 Best Worst PSone Covers

    The bad, the ugly, and the beautifully bad

    Box art today is not usually all that interesting. You go to the shop to pick up your copy of Call of Battlefield: War with Guns and the cover art is usually a grizzled white guy walking away from the camera, surrounded with brown and more brown – well, unless you're Battlefield, which uses nothing but...

  • News You Owe It to Yourself to Spin This Free WipEout Record Today

    Groove jet

    As any of you that have had a cursory glance at the Push Square homepage will know: today is PlayStation's big 20th anniversary in Europe. Of course, this means that it's also WipEout's birthday, as the first entry in Psygnosis' high-octane series deployed alongside the PSone all the way back on 29th September, 1995. And what better way...

  • News October PlayStation Plus Games to Be Revealed Very Soon

    What could possibly await us?

    Can you believe that we're only a day away from October? Despairing at how fast life passes us by aside, we've usually had confirmation of next month's PlayStation Plus games by now, but there's been no word of what's on the menu yet. Of course, Sony's never been one to stick to particular dates, so it's no surprise...

  • News Sony Really Needs to Stop Teasing Crash Bandicoot's Return

    You can't have your cake and eat it

    Look at that cake. Just look at the bloody thing. Celebrating PlayStation's 20th anniversary in Europe, Sony's had the delightful desert whipped up in celebration - but did it really have to sit Crash Bandicoot on top of the edible consoles? PlayStation's original orange mascot is now owned by Activision, but...

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 3.00 Rolls Out Tomorrow

    PlayStation Plus cloud storage increased and more

    Firmware update days have become significant events in the PlayStation Nation, with big refreshes attracting significant attention to the system. Brace yourself for 30th September, then, as after an extensive beta testing period, Sony has announced that system software v3.00 – codenamed 'Kenshin'...

  • News A Very Happy 20th Birthday to PlayStation

    Birthday bashings

    Pull out your party poppers, put on a paper hat, and pick out your best retro game tee – the PSone turns 20 today. Yes, we know that your attention just turned to a certain The Smiths song, but we're confident that this neverending anniversary is finally coming to a close. All the way back on 29th September, 1995, the original...

  • News Here's Why Uncharted: Golden Abyss Isn't in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

    Not quite a full collection

    Uncharted: Golden Abyss wasn't included in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection because it fell too far outside of the trilogy's story arc, Naughty Dog has revealed. "It was definitely under consideration, because we were trying to see how we could collect all of the Uncharted games," community strategist Arne Meyer...

  • News PlayStation Dominates EDGE's Greatest Ever Games

    Cream of the crop

    World regarded rag EDGE has compiled a list of the 100 greatest ever video games – and PlayStation has secured four of the top five slots. Dark Souls topped the list, with Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us, Bloodborne, and Half-Life 2 rounding out the top five. Sony must be rubbings its hands over that lineup – especially...

  • Opinion Sony's Not Solely to Blame for PS Vita's Demise

    Direct your anger elsewhere

    Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida suggested this weekend that Sony won't make another handheld. Asked about the PlayStation Vita at EGX 2015, he said that the "climate" for dedicated portable platforms is not healthy right now because of the dominance of mobile gaming. This made a lot of people angry, with many...

  • News Nathan Drake Originally Looked Like a Douche

    What a mug

    Imagine playing one of the Uncharted games. Imagine an opening cutscene in which series protagonist Nathan Drake wanders into shot, and he looks like the sort of guy you'd love to punch square in the jaw. Okay, so maybe you don't like the cocky explorer in the first place - that's fine - but you can't possibly think that this particular...

  • Feature How Comfortable Is PlayStation VR to Wear?

    Highfalutin head gear

    PlayStation VR is pretty impressive. Sony's virtual reality headset – previously known as Project Morpheus – can stimulate some profound emotions, as proven by our Kitchen write-up. Capcom's survival horror demo lacks any real interaction, but the sense of place that it provides is unparalleled; we stepped away from the...

  • News Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Will Grapple with 44GB of Your PS4

    Treasure chest

    We did ponder internally whether Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection would ship on multiple Blu-rays, but developer Bluepoint has worked its magic and managed to squeeze all three escapades into 44GB of space. This is particularly impressive when you consider that Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception consumed over 30GB on the...

  • First Impressions Ratchet & Clank PS4 Is a Pixar Movie Brought to Life

    Lookin' nuts

    Remember when Sony famously said that the PlayStation 2 would be capable of powering Toy Story-esque visuals in realtime? We've been waiting a long time for it to deliver on that statement. But with Ratchet & Clank on the PlayStation 4, developer Insomniac Games may have finally succeeded, as this is one of the most visually...

  • News Never Say Never to New WipEout Release on PS4

    Not quite wiped out

    WipEout is a part of PlayStation's DNA, and speaking at EGX 2015 this week, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida suggested that the series has not been retired - despite the closure of legendary developer Studio Liverpool a few years ago. Speaking during a panel, the super passionate suit said that it tries to find a...

  • 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...

  • First Impressions Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Is PS4 Gold

    Greatness from not-so small beginnings

    You didn't think that Sony was going to treat its flagship franchise poorly, did you? A lot's been said and written about the PlayStation 4's exclusive lineup this Christmas, but Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is no slouch. The remastered compilation of Naughty Dog's iconic adventuring trilogy looks...

  • News Naughty Dog's Brainstormed Lots of The Last of Us 2 Ideas

    Still coy about sequel's status, though

    The Last of Us is potentially one of the biggest sleeper hits of the past decade. The title – which many speculated prior to launch would have limited appeal – sold a scary amount of copies across the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and is widely regarded as one of the previous generation's best games...

  • News The Last of Us' PS4 Theme Will Grow on You

    Fungal fun

    Naughty Dog's celebrating Outbreak Day this week, which means that it's announced several juicy The Last of Us details. Those of you paying particular attention to the website will know that the title – alongside various pieces of add-on content – is on offer until 7th October on the PlayStation Store, so make sure that you inhale its...

  • News Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls to Get PS4 Release Dates Soon

    The origami killer awaits

    You'll be screaming about JASON'S safety all over again soon, as it seems that Quantic Dream is getting ready to announce the PlayStation 4 release dates for Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. The interactive dramas – which both originally deployed on the PlayStation 3 – were confirmed for Sony's new-gen hardware at E3...

  • 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 Even Xbox's Boss Is Planning for a PS4 Price Drop in North America

    But how low will Sony go?

    We always thought that the PlayStation 4 would get a price drop this year, and it seems to be happening. Sony revealed at TGS 2015 this week that it will be reducing the device's cost right across Asia, with the UK also seemingly getting in on the action. However, nothing has been announced for North America just yet –...

  • News October's PlayStation Plus Freebies Will Be Revealed Next Week

    Instant Game Collection update on the way

    If you were expecting your selection of PlayStation Plus goodies to be announced sometime this week, then you may want to hold your horses. SCEE employee Fred Dutton has said that it's aiming to reveal the roster next week, with a rollout of the free software likely on Tuesday, 6th October. It's more Super...

  • Feature What Does TGS 2015 Tell Us About PS4 in Japan?

    Things are looking up

    The PlayStation 4's been far from a flop in Japan since its launch last year, but it's failed to kick on in quite the way that we expected it to. The console's sold in fits and starts, with big releases like Dragon Quest Heroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain prompting numbers to increase – only for them to shrink...

  • TGS 2015 Japanese Awards Prompt Smiles for PS4

    Seven of the ten winners launching on PS4

    Sony's presence at TGS 2015 this week was pretty darn impressive, as it dominated the headlines with a slew of announcements. And the Japanese market appears to have responded, with a gaggle of PlayStation 4 titles leaving the show with awards. Winners included: Star Wars Battlefront, Star Ocean 5:...

  • News PS4 Censorship to Blame for Sucky Chinese Sales, Says Sony

    Bans proving problematic

    Sony's struggles with the PlayStation 4 in parts of Asia are well documented, but TGS 2015 proved this week that the system's Japanese sales are sure to soar eventually. It'll now be turning its attention to China, then – a brave new world that seemed incredibly lucrative when a lengthy ban on dedicated gaming boxes was...

  • News Sony Unlikes Facebook on PS3, Vita, and PlayStation TV

    Zapping Zuckerberg

    Sony's dumping Facebook functionality from the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation TV. The features will be fully terminated in January 2016, though various applications have already been removed from the PlayStation Store. "We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your understanding," a...

  • TGS 2015 PS4's Horizon: Zero Dawn Dazzles in Stage Demo

    Ahoy Aloy

    Horizon: Zero Dawn's one of those rare Western games that we reckon has a shot at doing extremely well in Japan, and Sony seems to have recognised that. The platform holder prepared a massive stage demo for the title at TGS 2015 this week, which consisted of a fresh playthrough of the E3 2015 sequence. If you thought that the five minute...

  • TGS 2015 Good Grief! Sony Has More PS4 Exclusives to Show

    It never ends

    Remember that scene from The Simpsons where one Krusty Burger mascot is mauling another, and a little kid screams, "Stop! Stop! He's already dead!" That's how we're starting to feel about the PlayStation 4 in regards to its console competition, because after an admittedly slow start the system is like a raging inferno right about...

  • Feature Eyes On with PlayStation VR at Canada's Largest Gaming Expo 

    Andrew Karklins visits a virtual London

    In early September, I was fortunate enough to experience Sony's first endeavour into the virtual reality space with Project Morpheus, now officially known as PlayStation VR. While attending Fan Expo Canada, a celebration of all things pop culture in downtown Toronto, the Japanese giant showcased many titles...

  • 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

  • News Animate Your Bank Account's Paid Out Column with NA PSN Flash Sale

    Cut down to size

    Oh Sony, you sly dogs. Wrecked after a hard week of TGS 2015 coverage, we weren't expecting a North American Flash Sale when we went to bed early last night. Still, this sale is set to run through until Monday, 21st September, so you have ample opportunity to make up your mind. As always you'll find the full list of discounts over...

  • TGS 2015 Sony Suggests PlayStation VR Won't Be Cheap

    Gulp

    PlayStation VR now has an official name, which means that its launch is getting nearer. Due out during the first half of 2016, the platform holder has hinted several times over the past few months that the peripheral is all but finished, and that it's just waiting for the software to catch up. But one thing that we don't know is how much the...

  • TGS 2015 PS4 Is the Most Prolific Platform at Tokyo Game Show

    Smartphones are on top, though

    It's been a particularly good week for the PlayStation 4 at TGS 2015, and that's been beared out by some official show statistics shared by Japanese rag Nikkei. According to the paper there are 103 titles for Sony's new-gen machine on display at this year's show, which is well over double the tally of last year. This...

  • TGS 2015 Gravity Rush Is Getting an Anime Adaptation

    Kat attack

    One of those little stories that slipped through the cracks during Sony's big TGS 2015 press conference earlier this week: Gravity Rush is getting an anime adaptation. The special animation was announced by Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, though there are no other details right now. To be honest, it sounds like it's only...

  • TGS 2015 New Hot Shots Golf Will Boast Buggies and Fishing

    Goin' clubbin'

    New Hot Shots Golf's trailer at TGS 2015 seemed to disappoint franchise fans, but we're actually pretty excited by what Sony's saying about the game. A page on the PlayStation Japan website has revealed a little more about the PlayStation 4 revival, and while we're working with shaky translations here, it certainly sounds like the...

  • TGS 2015 Just How Good Does Gravity Rush Look on PS4?

    Not bad at all

    PlayStation Vita favourite Gravity Rush is defying physics and falling headfirst onto the PlayStation 4 – in remastered form, of course. And in order to celebrate that fact, Sony is showing off the port at TGS 2015 this week, with attendees encouraged to get hands-on time with Kat and Dusty's topsy-turvy adventure. While we've seen...

  • 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...

  • News Plunder PS4 Exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End's Beta This December

    Get access with Nathan Drake Collection

    Your advent calendar may be on display by 4th December, but Christmas will be the last thing on your mind. Naughty Dog has revealed that the Uncharted 4: A Thief's End multiplayer beta will be kicking off on the aforementioned date – and you'll be able to enjoy it through until 13th December if you purchase...

  • News The Last of Us 2 Is Naughty Dog's Worst Kept Secret

    Studio accidentally outs the sequel again

    The Last of Us sold millions of copies across the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, so a sequel was probably always inevitable. However, you'd expect developer Naughty Dog to be a bit more discreet about the follow-up, seeing as it hasn't been officially announced yet. Alas, already we've seen employee...

  • TGS 2015 Feast Your Eyes on Beastly Bloodborne: The Old Hunters PS4 Footage

    Gruesome and glorious

    Want to know the best news from Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference? Bloodborne is back. The platform holder announced that expansion The Old Hunters will deploy on 24th November around the world – and here's your very first look at gameplay from the PlayStation 4 add-on straight from the Japanese giant's TGS 2015...

  • TGS 2015 Gravity Rush's PS4 Box Art Is Just Brilliant

    Such a rush

    Gravity Rush – also known as Gravity Daze in Japan – is one of the most underappreciated properties on PlayStation, but Sony's giving protagonist Kat another bite of the apple with a PlayStation 4 version of the Vita original. The title – which is due out later this year in Japan and next February in the West – is being developed...

  • TGS 2015 The Last Guardian Will Appear at the PlayStation Booth, But Not in the Way You Think

    Bird brain

    The Last Guardian will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show this week, but not with a DualShock 4 controller. Team ICO's long awaited adventure title will be present in the PlayStation booth, but instead of preparing a PlayStation 4 demo for attendees to try, Gen Design – the company created by director Fumito Ueda – has instead built...

  • Reaction PlayStation's TGS 2015 Presser Picks Up from Sony's Stellar E3

    TGSuccess

    With each PlayStation press conference, these reaction articles are getting harder to write. There was a time when we could strongly criticise Sony's stage shows; bad pacing, notable absentees, and a general lack of PlayStation Vita have all been common criticisms over the years. But with the manufacturer cleaning up its act and the...

  • News Just What Is Bloodborne's Nightmarish PS4 Add-On All About?

    Hunt or be hunted

    It's time to die all over again, as Bloodborne is back. In case you missed the announcement yesterday, Sony has confirmed that an all-new expansion named The Old Hunters will release exclusively on the PlayStation 4 from 24th November. It'll cost you just £11.99/$19.99, though there will be a Blu-ray compilation bundling the...

  • TGS 2015 PS4's Price Drop Extends to Asia As Well

    Could the West be next?

    Do we still think that Sony's not going to drop the price of the PlayStation 4 globally before the holidays are over? Hot on the heels of Japan's recently revealed RRP reduction, the platform holder has announced that it will be cutting the cost of its new-gen system across Asia, with the likes of China, Hong Kong, and...

  • TGS 2015 These Are the Games That Sony Will Be Exhibiting in Tokyo

    Join the queue

    With the platform holder's press conference now a delicious but distant memory, Sony's turning its attention to the Tokyo Game Show proper – and in particular the titles that will be on display. Obvious inclusions like Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Ratchet & Clank are all listed, but there have been a few...

  • News The Best Games Are on PS4, Sony Commercial Claims

    Hard to argue, honestly

    Considering how popular the PlayStation 4 has become, it was always going to get some stick. The system's been breaking sales records left and right, and we reckon that's clouded the judgement of some when it comes to the sheer variety of software available on the device. But events like today's pre-TGS press conference go...

  • TGS 2015 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Shines in Japanese Trailer

    Drake's fortune

    There's nothing new in this Uncharted 4: A Thief's End trailer, but Naughty Dog's forthcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive looks so darn good that it's worth a watch anyway. Sony released the clip earlier today to coincide with its Tokyo Game Show press conference, where it confirmed that the title will deploy day and date with its...

  • Round Up What Did Sony Announce for PS4, PS3, Vita During Its Pre-TGS Presser?

    All of the news

    Two press conferences down, two home runs. Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show media briefing was never going to better its fantastical E3 2015 offering, but with decent pacing and a lot of content, it was another strong showing from the Japanese giant. Sure, the presser lacked a knock-out finish – the ten or so minutes spent talking...

  • 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...

  • TGS 2015 The PS4 Is Getting Coloured Faceplates in Japan

    Brighten things up

    We've always thought that Sony would be smart to release a load of custom faceplates for the PlayStation 4 and let people pick and choose how they want their console to look - and the company's finally giving this idea a try. Kind of. The initiative will only be available in Japan for the moment, and the covers themselves will...

  • TGS 2015 New Hot Shots Golf Tees Off in 2016

    Fore the players

    The sheer variety of software on the PlayStation 4 right now is unprecedented, but the device's definitely lacking in the arcade sports department. You can always count on Clap Hanz to deliver a mouth watering Hot Shots experience, however, and it's looking like New Hot Shots Golf will be no exception. Due out in 2016, this...

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