Platform holder's stretching itself thin
It’s been a curious conclusion to the year, we must admit. Back at E3 2017 we pondered whether PlayStation Experience was becoming more important to Sony than the Electronic Entertainment Expo after it opted for a safe but unspectacular presentation in Los Angeles. And then,
Need for speed
Sony's Paris Games Week 2017 press conference is done and dusted. This year, the Japanese giant opted for a relatively short show dominated by trailers for games both old and new. In many ways, it was a continuation of the company's E3 event earlier in the year, with many of the same titles popping up for air. Prior to the...
Forgettable show has been feisty
Well, this one won’t live long in the memory, will it? E3 2017 has been fine, but it’s been far from vintage, and we’re struggling to think of any one announcement or theme that we’ll remember in the days to come – yet alone years. In fact, if there’s any one defining feature that’s really stood out,...
Virtual reality is alive and kicking
Looking back over our hopes and fears for E3 2017, it’s clear that there was a recurring theme among virtually every Push Square staffer: what if Sony just kinda forgets about PlayStation VR? There’s obviously a precedent there: many feel that PlayStation Vita didn’t get the full-scale push that it...
And how it can easily fix things next year
After several barnstorming E3 and PlayStation Experience press conferences, last night’s E3 2017 showcase felt like a bit of a let-down. To be clear, it absolutely wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination: God of War and Spider-Man seem super exciting; there’s loads to loo
A super solid showing
And just like that, another slew of E3 press conferences have come and gone. Sony's own show ended just a couple of hours ago, but what did we think of it? As is tradition, we've got editors Sammy Barker and Robert Ramsey together in order to share their thoughts, both positive and negative, on the PlayStation maker's most...
Microsoft's surmounted the power gap but forgotten the software
Xbox fans waited a year for last night’s press conference. That’s not a slight, but it needs to be put into context: there’s been no PlayStation Experience equivalent over the past 12 months from the folks in Redmond; the company certainly didn’t hold any media briefings at the...
Ah, the EA press conference: 90 minutes of dazzling eye-candy that looks about as memorable as the packet of Cheetos you ate with your cheese and pickle sandwiches earlier this afternoon. When the publisher wasn’t pulling YouTubers out of their comfort zone, it was airing screen sugar: millions of dollars pouring out of the livestream...
Two steps forward, one step back
The PlayStation 3 showed two sides to Sony. At launch, the device was nothing short of a disaster: overpriced, over-engineered, and out-of-touch with consumers’ wants and needs, it was the manifestation of a decade’s worth of hubris – the product of a company who thought that it could do no wrong. But three...
Sting in the tail
Xbox's premium console Project Scorpio has been a source of conversation ever since a 90 second trailer outed the device at E3 2016 almost 12 months ago. With manufacturer Microsoft saying very little about the system since, it's become a bit of a fan's fancy – there's been so much speculation on enthusiast forums like NeoGAF...
The PlayStation Vita was already on its last legs, but Nintendo just delivered a swift upper-cut to its bloodied jaw. The legendary manufacturer's new Switch hybrid – great name, but it's going to take some getting used to – feels like the final form of a concept that both it and Sony have been exploring for years; the latter has let...
Sony announced two new consoles at its PlayStation Meeting press conference today: the new PS4 Pro system and the already-leaked PS4 Slim. But with reactions mixed across the web, what do we think of the Japanese giant's bold new strategy? In this article, editors Sammy Barker and Robert Ramsey react to today's presser. Sammy Barker,...
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the team at Naughty Dog will have very rosy cheeks today – and not just because it's still got gin blossoms from the Uncharted 4: A Thief's End wrap party. Sony debuted several new titles at E3 2016 last night – including God of War, Days Gone, and a handful more – but...
All killer, no filler
Once upon a time, we used to moan about Sony's inability to pace E3 pressers. We think that the platform holder got the message, because its classy theatre-based conference this evening barely stopped to breathe. The platform holder showed several extraordinary looking releases in a short but sweet show that dazzled from...
So there we have it, Xbox's rumoured Project Scorpio is real – or it exists as a concept at least. Ever since the rumours regarding an upgraded Xbox One leaked, we've been discussing among ourselves how Microsoft would present it, and we wanted to wait and see before putting pen to paper. Our assumption, however, was that Microsoft would...
EA and Bethesda fall flat
The doors of the Los Angeles Convention Center are yet to open, but the press conferences always mark the start of E3 anyway. It's a shame, then, that Sunday's round of presentations fell flat – with both EA Games and Bethesda struggling to string together any meaningful reveals. Both pressers re
Now we can look forward to the show
The big question on Push Square's lips this week was whether Sony would reveal PlayStation 4K at E3 2016. We came to the conclusion that the manufacturer would have to chat about the souped-up system – after all, it would be embarrassing to watch the organisation deflect every question about the appliance...
But Sony still needs to get the messaging right
Sony must think that the Gods are smiling on the PlayStation division right now. Nintendo's NX was rumoured to release this holiday, which would have undoubtedly stolen some of the limelight away from PlayStation VR and the leaked hardware revision, PS4K. However, the Hous
For the career ladder climbers
To steal (and slightly alter) an old Simpsons line: won't someone think of the marketing team! Seriously, though, convincing consumers to purchase a PlayStation VR headset this Christmas was already going to be a tough test for Sony's embattled advertising agency – but now PlayStation 4K looks odds on to arrive...
Sony now needs to get people to try the promising tech
PlayStation boss Andrew House didn't beat around the bush at Sony's planned PlayStation VR press conference in San Francisco earlier today. In a presentation that lasted 30 minutes, the Welshman very quickly discussed the platform holder's commitment to innovation, before confirming that its...
Microsoft's always been good at making headlines – and it usually opts to do so when this author's out of the office. It announced today that it will be enabling cross-network play on the Xbox One, a bold new direction from the Redmond manufacturer that… Well, puts yet another of its policies in line with the PlayStation 4...
Well, not many of 'em
Microsoft melted the web with its Quantum Break announcements yesterday. Unfortunately for Remedy, the forthcoming time-shifting affair got nudged to the side, as platform politics ruled the day. For those of you that missed it, the Redmond firm confirmed that the release would be coming to the PC day-and-date with the Xbox...
Going through changes
Sony Computer Entertainment, the iconic company that gave birth to the billion dollar PlayStation brand, is dead – or, at least, it will be when the new financial year begins on 1st April. The Japanese giant has announced its intention today to merge the PlayStation maker with Sony Network Entertainment, a companion...
Republished on Friday, 1st January 2016: We're bringing this article back from the archives as we look back at some of Push Square's features from 2015. The original text follows. Originally published on Tuesday, 16th June 2015: Push Square Towers is in a state of shock. Uneasiness quickly dissolved into ecstasy, as Sony dropped bomb...
So, Final Fantasy VII Remake isn't going to be one game. The news rocked the very foundation of the Push Square office earlier today, but even though we're still reeling from the shock, we've managed to get editors Sammy Barker and Robert Ramsey together to have a good old rant about the whole thing. You can read their bewildered,...
Did the Japanese giant deliver?
Sony's only just getting started with its PlayStation Experience event, but the keynote is the clear highlight for those not in attendance at the show. This year's presser brought with it a solid two hours of trailers, announcements, and executives in branded t-shirts. But did it deliver? We asked editors Sammy...
Sony's show stumbles, but the future's bright
Paris Games Week 2015 brought the goods earlier today – but could it measure up to Sony's extraordinary E3 2015 press conference? The answer, unsurprisingly, is no – but the Japanese giant still delivered some big announcements and ably illustrated just how much variety there is on the PlayStation...
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...
Bungie's second year content is all about constant progression
We've known about the new content and changes that are coming to Destiny when The Taken King launches next month for a little while now, but Bungie's livestream that aired yesterday really nailed its overall message home. It's a clear statement of intent from a developer that's...
Was the Redmond firm able to capitalise on Sony's no-show?
Sony's got the biggest presence on the Gamescom 2015 showfloor, but unlike in previous years it's not holding a press conference. We already knew this, of course, as the company announced that it would be skipping the show all the way back in May. This is because, according to the...
Microsoft focuses on the faithful
There were a couple of key themes during Microsoft's big E3 2015 media briefing today: a refocused emphasis on games under the leadership of Phil Spencer; an obsession with this holiday season's exclusives; and, perhaps most importantly, a desire to offer something fresh but familiar for the Xbox faithful. The...
DOOM, Dishonored 2, and Fallout 4. Only a handful of games were relevant to PlayStation at Bethesda's E3 2015 press conference, and this minimal focus was perhaps key to the publisher's incredibly successful showing. By concentrating almost purely on its biggest releases, the company crafted a presser that was devoid of filler, and...
Focus on Paris Games Week makes sense
Seal the bunker: Sony's skipping Gamescom 2015. Well, not really – the organisation will still almost certainly occupy a spot on the Cologne show floor, but it'll be holding its annual European media briefing on 27th October at Paris Games Week instead. The misconception here – from what we've read around...
A surefire plan
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has been delayed until Spring 2016, but it's not that much of a surprise. Every twelve months we enter a New Year expecting the world, but projects get cancelled, titles get delayed, and, well, we end up looking back with disappointment. That's life, though, and when Amy Hennig inf
Hot and cold
After a year of token statements without much substance, we suppose that it made sense for Sony to return to the scene of its virtual reality reveal with new information about Project Morpheus. Speaking as part of a private press conference at the Game Developers Conference this week, the Japanese giant announced that its ambitious...
Sony Online Entertainment is no more. As part of a shock announcement yesterday, the MMO developer confirmed that it had been acquired by a New York investment group named Columbus Nova, and would be rebranding itself as the Adrian Chiles-inspired Daybreak Game Company. This obviously came a
Are you experienced
Sony’s always been a fan of announcing a new title or two in December, but PlayStation Experience appears to have taken this particular penchant to a whole new level. The platform holder initially hinted that its Las Vegas get together would include a few fresh reveals, and we instantly attempted to temper expectations,...
Games rise fine
It’s so easy to be cynical in this industry: one misstep and we pile on a given publisher or platform holder with a perverse form of glee. Geoff Keighley, the Canadian journalist who both bank rolled and organised last night’s The Game Awards, will have already been aware of this going into his big show – after all, the well...
Dead too soon
Sony managed to squeeze a double-decker bus onto its booth at EGX London last week, but we didn’t spot a single PlayStation Vita. The flailing format has been largely ignored at the platform holder’s various press conferences this year, but has always enjoyed a strong showfloor presence, with titles such as Freedom Wars and
Sony's servers survive
And breathe again. By penning this article we’re all too aware that we’re foreshadowing the kind of outage that would rival 2011’s widely publicised hack attack, but at the time of writing we can say with confidence that the PlayStation Network is fine. For websites such as this – the kind that break traffic records...
Sony’s press conference yesterday proved that there’s a wealth of unique content in production for the PlayStation 4 – but it also showed that the platform holder has learned a lesson or two. It feels like
On closer reflection
Sony usually marches into Gamescom unobstructed. The platform holder has been holding press conferences in Cologne for as long as we’ve been running this website, even revealing the PlayStation 3 Slim – the redesign which would eventually reverse its flagging format’s fortunes – at the event some five years ago. In...
Reading between the lines
Kudos to Microsoft, it actually dropped a press conference megaton. While we’d argue that Jack Tretton’s corporate beatdown at E3 2013 was a memorable media briefing moment, it wasn’t exactly a huge surprise – in fact, those are becoming rarer as the major industry players all merge into a similar entity. The fact...
Up and down
For large chunks of last night’s PlayStation press conference, we really thought that Sony had learned. We’ve berated the platform holder for its poorly paced presentations in the past, but there were no signs of the manufacturer’s talkative old times as it launched straight into a Destiny driven light show before immediately...
Microsoft successfully completed its transformation of the Xbox One into the PlayStation 4 today, announcing that the system will soon be sold without a Kinect camera included. This likely represents the last reversal in a throng of backtracks, and the decision has presumably been made in response to
Red pill, blue pill
Sony was in a jubilant mood at the Game Developers Conference once again last night. The platform holder is starting to really enjoy the industry focused convention, having spent the previous show flaunting its newfound indie focus. This year’s event was always going to be all about virtual reality, though, and Worldwide Stu
Sony has a vision. The embattled manufacturer has gone through a torrid time of late, and has found itself muscled out of the markets that it helped to pioneer as a result – but it’s clear that under the leadership of former PlayStation president Kaz Hirai, it’s found (to use an old cliché) a man with a plan. There was a...
Off the hook
Ubisoft called in some unexpected news earlier today when it delayed Watch Dogs into the vague window of spring 2014. The Chicago-based sandbox excursion had been set to tap into systems next month, but now it will be locked down until next year. The shock decision will have a negative impact on each of the major home consoles’...
A November to remember
It’s taken what feels like an eternity, but Microsoft has finally attached a release date to its next generation console. The under fire Xbox One will deploy on 22nd November in 13 nations around the world, slap bang in the middle of the PlayStation 4’s global rollout. Speaking during its
Looking back on the PS4, PS3, and Vita's presence in Cologne
We’ve had press releases coming out of our ears since Sony’s explosive GamesCom press conference on Tuesday, but having finally had a chance to reflect upon it – and clean up the dirty coffee cups that have been sitting on our desks since the beginning of the week – we’re now...
Shots not fired
Covering a press conference really changes your perspective of the content revealed within it. It can be all too easy to gloss over reveals when you’re sitting slumped in front of a laptop computer, but when you have to contend with a barrage of press releases in the early hours of the morning, it tweaks your outlook a little...
In an announcement that’s been compared to the introduction of Lionel Messi in the dying minutes of a cup final, Microsoft has revealed that all Xbox One pre-orders will ship with a copy of FIFA 14 in Europe. It’s a game changer for some, as it effectively reduces the p
Windows of opportunity
There will have been one of two reactions to Microsoft’s sizeable Xbox One delay within Sony’s colossal European headquarters today: cheers or mopped brows. At almost every turn, the North American company has been playing into the PlayStation maker’s hands, and this latest setback is just another example of that...
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...
Manufacturer is still clutching at straws
Vision is a word that Microsoft likes to use a lot. "Our vision is that every person can be a creator," said corporate vice president Marc Whitten earlier today, following the platform holder’s second massive Xbox One-Eighty in as many months. After a unanimous panning from pretty much the entirety of...
Follow the leader
Sony has been heavily criticised for being reactionary throughout the course of this generation. The platform holder that so confidently set the tone of the gaming landscape with the PSone and the PlayStation 2 was caught off guard by the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii, an oversight that prompted it to play catch-up in almost every...
Onwards and upwards
E3 2013 has come and gone, and while the stage has been once again dominated by the usual corporate chest puffing, there were also a number of new gaming trends on display. Accelerated by the introduction of new hardware, this year's show played host to a slew of fresh technological advancements, all of which look poised to...
Every little helps
While much of the next generation narrative has been pointed purposefully at digital rights management and used games, arguably the biggest discussion thus far has been left untouched like the awful pizza at a Chinese buffet. SCEA executive Jack Tretton may have revelled in revealing the PlayStation 4’s pro-consumer plans...
Chewing over the PS4, PS3, and Vita's offerings
And in the blink of an eye, that’s E3 done and dusted. Much like any big annual event, the build-up to this year’s show far outweighed the actual proceedings, with the event long over before we could even utter the words ‘Digital Rights Management’. Still, the common reaction seems to suggest...
This year’s E3 was very special for PlayStation. Despite dominating the industry with the PSone and the PlayStation 2, the company has assumed the role of an underdog at times during this generation. While the PlayStation 3 has played host to some phenomenal games – and posted some impressive sales figures in the process –...
Playing its cards right
Let’s be honest, today’s PlayStation press conference wasn’t the best that Sony’s ever put together. The pacing was lethargic after Microsoft’s high-octane offering of trailers and live gameplay demonstrations, and it all took a while to hit top gear.
Apples and oranges
Thirty minutes. That’s the length of time it took Microsoft to actually bring out a game developer to discuss games during its Xbox One games console reveal. Prior to that point, the manufacturer had gabbled on about television, music, and more. It wasn’t necessarily out of character – the Redmond-based company has been...
All important mindshare
We’ve been pondering exactly how Sony would attempt to steal some of the attention away from the next Xbox’s announcement for a while now, and it answered that question emphatically earlier today. This afternoon’s teaser trailer was not pa
The sarcastic ‘Year of the PlayStation 3’ meme has existed as long as the console itself. Lacking software and struggling commercially next to the more affordable Xbox 360 and innovative Nintendo Wii, forum posters and bloggers adopted the scornful slogan in order to mock the manufacturer’s initial missteps with its current...
It's not all bad
Sony’s financial report more or less put a nail in the coffin of the PlayStation Vita earlier today. The company revealed that it only expects to sell 5 million handheld consoles over the next twelve months, a reduction of 2 million units compared to the fiscal year that’s just concluded. While the platform holder will pin...
Love it or loathe it, Call of Duty is an important cog in any console’s catalogue. The series may have peaked in popularity with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, but last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 still managed to rake in a cool $1 billion in just 15 days on the market – an impressive sum for a series that’
Ratchet & Clank hasn’t quite been the same since 2009’s outstanding A Crack in Time. While we applaud series creator Insomniac Games for experimenting with different approaches, both All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault struggled to live up to the admittedly lofty expectations set by the series’ sensational predecessors...
Next generation platform pushed back into the spotlight
Sony’s decision to announce the PlayStation 4 early is looking smarter all of the time. While its competitors prompt ire from parts of the media and the development community for locking their next generation endeavours behind closed doors, the PlayStation manufacturer is currently...
Down the dirt track
You’ve got to give Polish developer Tate Interactive credit. The studio’s recently released Urban Trial Freestyle may not boast the polished chassis of its physics-focused motorcycle compatriot Trials Evolution, but it’s parked itself slap-bang in the centre of a commercial black hole that’s been growing in significance...
Mulling things over
Just moments before Wednesday’s big PlayStation 4 press conference, we rounded up as many Push Square staff members as we could get our hands on, in order to discuss our hopes, dreams, and fears for Sony’s next generation platform. Now, with the console blown wide open, we’ve repeated the more-challenging-than-it-sounds...
The importance of being earnest
Sony has changed. The ungainly arrogance of the Ken Kutaragi era was quashed within minutes of the humbled hardware manufacturer’s practical pageantry overnight, as recently appointed SCE president Andrew House and system architect Mark Cerny relayed the advantages of a developer-driven future. The irresponsible...
One step forward
In a move that’s been on the cards for over a year now, Sony has announced that it will slash the price of the PlayStation Vita from 28th February in Japan. The unexpected revelation was made during a surprise press conference overnight, in which the platform holder also showcased a batch of upcoming software for the struggling...
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