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  • News Best Buy Locks Up Popular Gamers Club Initiative

    No more deep discounts on new games

    All good things must come to an end, and for fans of Best Buy’s popular Gamers Club Unlocked, this particular news will be tough to swallow. Many enjoyed the annual subscription for the 20 per cent discounts it offered on brand new games, but it was clearly putting the company out of pocket, because it’s been...


  • News Iconic Store Toys 'R' Us to Shut Up Shop in UK

    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...


  • News UK Retailer GAME's New Elite Scheme Sucks

    Oh dear

    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...



  • News Nioh Stock Is Already a Little Light on the Ground

    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...

  • News GameStop May Be Lying to You About New Games

    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...



  • News Games Retailers Blame Black Friday for Poor Sales

    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

  • News PS4 Pro Is Already Being Sold in Some Stores

    Early doors

    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...


  • News UK Retailer GAME Defends Paid PlayStation VR Demos

    "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...





  • News Accidentally Received a Free PS Vita? Don't Smile Yet

    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...


  • News UK Retailer GAME Announces PS4 Hands-On Tour Starting Next Week

    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...

  • 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 You May Need to Open Your Wallet Wider for EA's PS4 Games

    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...

  • News This Is What the PlayStation 4 Will Look Like in Shops

    Feeling blue

    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...


  • News Sony: Physical Games Will Be Around Longer Than People Think

    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...

  • News Pre-order Allocations for PS4 Far Outstrip Xbox One

    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...

  • News Sony's First-Party PlayStation 4 Games Won't Break the Bank

    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,...

  • News You Won't Be Able to Pre-order a PS4 from This Particular Branch of GAME

    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...




  • News Retailer: PlayStation 4 Will Revive the UK's Flagging Market

    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, category director Charlotte Knight explained that pre-orders for the platform are “performing very well” at the...


  • News You Can Pre-Order a PlayStation 4 Right Now If You Want To

    Why wait?

    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...


  • News GAME Holds the Killzone Trilogy at Gunpoint in the UK

    Retailer exclusive

    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...


  • News LittleBigPlanet Vita Is Already Available in North America

    Smooth sailing

    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...

  • News UK Retailer GameStation to be Rebranded GAME

    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...


  • News Bethesda Reveals Dishonored Pre-Order Bonuses

    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...


  • News PSN Content Now Available in European GameStop Stores

    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,...


  • News GameStop Knocks $50 Off PS3's Price

    Now $199

    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...


  • Rumour Vita UK Sales Higher Than First Reported

    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...


  • News PS Vita Masters Are Sony's Answer to Apple Genius

    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...

  • News Playable PS Vita Demo Units Drop into GameStop

    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...


  • News GAME Announces First PlayStation Vita Bundles

    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..

  • News In Case You Wondered, GAME Hasn't Been Hacked

    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..


  • News New SCEE Boss Looking To Improve PS3's Fortunes In The UK

    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. It’s a real milestone. UK is one of the territories..

  • News Get Physical After Hours with New Move Triple Pack

    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...

  • News Move Mind Benders Holds Three Puzzlers in One

    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...

  • News GameStop's Testing Out A Console Game Streaming Service

    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..

  • Rumour PS3 to Drop to £199.99 in UK

    That's cheap

    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...

  • News Sony Starts Selling Digital Content In GAME & GameStation

    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...






  • News Still More Demand than Supply for Move Controllers at GameStop

    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...



  • News GameStop Lists the NGP for $299, Starts Taking Pre-Orders

    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...

  • News Toys 'R' Us Gets Exclusive PlayStation Move Heroes Bundle

    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...

  • News Analysts: Sony NGP Between $300 and $350

    Start saving

    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...

  • News A Few UK Bundles for LittleBigPlanet 2, With Love from Sackboy

    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...

  • News HMV Nabs UK Exclusive on Killzone 3: Helghast Edition

    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...


  • News Sony Launches Move Software Deal Across UK

    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...

  • News Sony Salutes Move's "Blockbuster Success", Hints at More Patches

    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...


  • News Move Sales Reach 4.1 Million Units Sold Around the World

    Count 'em

    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...

  • News Sony: "We Underestimated Demand for Move Controllers"

    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...

  • News PlayStation Move Continues to Drive Accessory Sales Upward

    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...

  • News Sony Right to Target Core Gamers with Move, says Analyst

    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...

  • News Move Starter Pack and Controllers Sold Out at Amazon UK

    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


  • News Sony has Shipped 1 Million Moves to America

    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...

  • News Move Sold "Below Expectations" in US, Claims Analyst

    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...

  • News Analyst says Move Off to a Good Start at Retail

    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...


  • News Ready Up for MAG's Move Patch with New Lower 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...

  • News High Velocity Bowling Ships on Blu-ray Today, Move Patch Launched Too

    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...

  • News Toys 'R' Us Brings Home Exclusive EyePet Move Bundle

    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...

  • News High Velocity Bowling Aiming for a 3D Move-Enabled Strike at Retail

    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...

  • News New Zealand Stores Suffering from Low Move Stocks

    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,...

  • News PlayStation Move Tipped to Trump Kinect Down Under

    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...