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  • News PlayStation Fans Are Gaming's Biggest W*nkers

    #4TheForeplay

    Sony’s mantra with the PlayStation 4 is “the best place to play”, and true to its word, new Pornhub data shows that fans have been extra busy jiggling their joysticks in 2017. PlayStation systems accounted for a whopping 56 per cent of the popular site’s games console traffic last year, meaning you should probably think twice...

  • News Sony's Robot Dog Draws Crowds at CES 2018

    Give a dog a bone

    Sony brought Aibo, its luxury robot dog, along to CES 2018 so it could show off the pup's abilities to a Western audience. Aibo was previously available as a somewhat limited product in Japan, where it reportedly sold quite well, despite being priced at around the yen equivalent of $1,800. According to various websites who...

  • News Sony Announced a $30,000 4K Projector at CES 2018

    Cheap and cheerful

    If you scoff at high-end OLED televisions, then perhaps you may be tempted by Sony’s new $30,000 short-throw projector. The uber-expensive device outputs in 4K (of course) at a peak brightness of 2,500 lumens, and can display images of up to 120-inches. It was announced at CES 2018 overnight, alongside a slew of other products...

  • Feature We Wish You a Merry Christmas

    Compliments of the season to you

    Oh, hello! What are you doing reading Push Square when you should be squabbling with family members and quaffing mince pies? You wanted to see the next entry in our Game of the Year countdown? Fair enough. Well, while you’re here, why don’t you pop off your party hat and indulge us for a minute or two? Merry...

  • News Gravity Rush Fans Fight to Keep Sequel's Servers Online

    #DontForgetGravityRush

    On the anniversary of Gravity Rush 2’s release, Sony has announced that it will take the sequel’s servers down. It’s a move that the Japanese giant’s been making more and more often of late, with the likes of Kill Strain and The Tomorrow Children all killed within an outrageously short span of time. In the case of...

  • News Dark Souls in the Style of Cuphead Is a Sight for Sore Eyes

    Prepare to dine

    We all know that video game difficulty has become synonymous with Dark Souls, so it was no surprise to see tough-as-nails Xbox and PC platformer Cuphead labelled the “Dark Souls” of sidescrollers. But what if From Software’s famous action RPG franchise really was rendered in the style of a 1930s, rubber hose cartoon? This...

  • News Missing Bloodborne Monster Finally Hunted Down

    Only took three years

    Bloodborne’s most mysterious monster, believed by many to have been cut from the game entirely, has been discovered almost three years after the critically acclaimed PlayStation 4 exclusive’s release. The Flaming Undead Giant was first sighted at PlayStation Experience all the way back in 2014, but many assumed he had been...

  • News Microsoft Says Single Player Games Are Becoming Complicated

    It's complicated, man

    Sony’s portfolio is flooded with primarily single player experiences, but as part of a wider discussion regarding the future of solitary releases, Xbox Publishing boss Shannon Loftis believes the economics are becoming increasingly complicated. Speaking with GameSpot, she noted how gamers’ insatiable demand for better...

  • News NeoGAF Veterans Flock to New Forum Named ResetEra

    A fresh start

    A group of intrepid ex-NeoGAF posters have banded together to create a new forum named ResetEra, and already it’s recruited over 7,000 members – despite registration being invite only for the time being. The site – which has been founded by some of the forum’s most popular users – is promising a new beginning for enthusiasts,...

  • News Most Video Game Projects Fail on Kickstarter

    Table-top games now rule the roost

    If you’re planning to fund a video game on Kickstarter – and judging by the spam in our inbox, plenty of developers are still trying – then you may want to consider converting the project into some kind of table-top title. A new report reveals that only one in four games tends to reach their target on the...

  • News Officially Licensed PlayStation Glasses Promise to Make You a Better Player

    Should have gone to Specsavers

    Sony has teamed up with Numskull to create some official gaming glasses, a product which the manufacturer claims will give gamers a competitive edge. In actual fact, these are just spectacles with standard filters applied to the lenses, meaning that they’re more likely to prevent headaches than transform you into a...

  • News PlayStation Raids the Royal Albert Hall for Orchestral Performance

    Music to our ears

    Well, this is unexpectedly awesome: PlayStation has lined up a concert at London’s famous Royal Albert Hall, where the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will play hits from various exclusive franchises, including Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Uncharted, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, LittleBigPlanet, and

  • News Gaming Forum NeoGAF Returns as Site Owner Responds to Allegations

    "It'll be a process"

    For several days the hardcore gaming forum NeoGAF has been inaccessible, but the site is now operational once more. This follows allegations of sexual misconduct against its owner Tyler 'Evilore' Malka, which resulted in a mass walkout of moderators and a significant number of banned accounts before the site was taken offline...

  • News Enthusiast Forum NeoGAF Offline Amid Allegations Against Owner

    Believe

    Hardcore video game community NeoGAF imploded over the weekend after allegations against the site’s owner went viral. A Facebook post appearing to accuse Tyler ‘Evilore’ Malka of sexual misconduct emerged on Saturday, prompting a moderator exodus as threads on the subject were shutdown. A statement was apparently being prepared but...

  • News Sony's Unique Collectible Cards Will Return at PSX 2017

    Gotta catch 'em all

    For those of you who don’t know, Sony weirdly started a collectible card series at PlayStation Experience a few years back. It’s been adding to its collection of foil-embossed ephemera at various events like E3 and Road to Greatness, and once again the popular paper-based goods will return at PSX 2017 later in the year...

  • News Sony Announced a $46,000 PS4 Bundle, And It Sold Out

    Seriously

    Sony has announced and sold out of the most expensive PlayStation 4 bundle in history. Available exclusively in Taiwan, the $46,000 package comes with a PS4 Pro, a PlayStation VR headset, a subscription to PlayStation Plus, a Thrustmaster T-GT racing wheel, an APIGA AP1 racing seat, a 4K Bravia television with HDR, a copy of Gran Turismo...

  • News Blind Street Fighter V Star Is an Inspiration to Us All

    Sven Van de Wege uses sound effects to win at major tournaments

    Wow! Just, wow! We struggle at Street Fighter V with 20/20 vision, but Sven Van de Wege is able to play without seeing anything at all. A brilliant interview by Red Bull reveals how he uses sound effects to visualise the moves of his opponents – and he’s gotten so good that he...

  • News There's, Er, a New PlayStation Credit Card Coming Out

    Flexible friend

    Sony’s bringing out a new PlayStation Credit Card which promises to reward you for your loyalty. Conceived in conjunction with Capital One, the plastic will see you multiplying your Sony Rewards points by up to five times when you use it to purchase PlayStation Store content and other Sony products. You’ll also get triple points...

  • News Single Player Games Are Really Struggling Right Now

    Dark times for offline play

    Are you the kind of person that prefers your games to be single player focused? Do you dislike this whole service-based initiative that many publishers appear to have adopted? Hard luck. In the wake of layoffs at Agents of Mayhem developer Volition, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella has been chatting with Games Beat about the...

  • Weirdness Fake Kaz Hirai Announces His Retirement from Twitter

    But not stepping down until after E3 2018

    One of the few remaining attractions on Twitter, the outstanding CEO Kaz Hirai, has announced his retirement. The best parody account this side of Boring Milner has been a frequent source of hilarity for years now – even catching the eye of the popular ex-PlayStation executive

  • News The Web's in Love with the Way Street Fighter V's New Fighter Walks

    Walk this way

    We said that Street Fighter V’s latest challenger looked great in her reveal trailer – but we had no idea how great. Available now, Menat is a fortune teller with some pretty unique orb attacks. But more interesting than that is the way the purple haired prescient walks. Check this out: In fact, the forecasting fighter’s...

  • News Licensed PlayStation Hoodies Celebrate Two Iconic Consoles

    Live in your world

    If flaunting your PlayStation fandom is something you like to do, then Merchoid have a couple of new licensed hoodies designed for you. Inspired by the PSone and PlayStation 2, the £44.99 pullovers celebrate Sony’s classic consoles by reflecting their colour schemes and designs. The PSone top, for example, has a large circular...

  • News Sony Snaps Up Anime Distributor Funimation for $143 Million

    One for the weeaboos

    Sony has purchased a 95 per cent stake in anime distributor Funimation for $143 million, essentially acquiring the company. The remaining five per cent will be retained by current CEO Gen Fukunaga, who will continue to serve in his current role despite the takeover. In addition to selling DVDs and merchandise, Funimation...

  • News Gaming Greats Pay Respects to George A. Romero

    Filmmaker passes away aged 77

    George A. Romero, the legendary director behind the Living Dead series of movies, has passed away. The veteran – who appeared as a character in Call of Duty: Black Ops – is considered by many to be the father of the zombie genre, and his enormous influence can be felt all over the video game industry. It’s...

  • News Sony Awarded PlayStation Employees the Coolest Crash Bandicoot Gift

    Any jobs going?

    Employees at PlayStation in the United States got a cool gift on company dime today: a copy of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy presented in a retro jewel case. The artwork has been altered to make it look like an original PSone release, while there’s a mock CD-ROM inside boasting a PlayStation Network code for the full game. While...

  • Weirdness A PS4 Game Is Being Sold on the Premise That It's Super Easy to Platinum

    And it's 98 cents

    There’s a hot new game on the North American PlayStation Store: it’s called 5-Star 1000 Top Rated. The 98 cent digital download is essentially a slide puzzle title that’s billed as the “world’s fastest Platinum Trophy game”. Watch its launch trailer in the video embedded above and you can see that it’s clearly not shy...

  • Feature PlayStation's Iconic E3 Press Conference Moments

    Simply the best

    E3 2017 is approaching faster than The Flash, which gives us the perfect opportunity to pop on our nostalgia glasses and take a trip through memory lane. PlayStation has been at every Electronic Entertainment Expo since its inception, and it’s built up a catalogue of iconic moments in those two and a bit decades. But there are...

  • Feature Remembering Sony's Silliest E3 Stages

    All the world's a stage

    For better or worse, E3 is all about the spectacle. As a prime opportunity for massive corporations to woo consumers and investors, it’s no surprise that the standard strategy is to throw in as many bright lights and loud noises as possible. Few companies commit to this ethos more than Sony, but one crucial element of the...

  • E3 2017 13 Sentinels, Yakuza 6 Feature on This Year's Badges

    Lovely lanyards

    E3 is so weird that the badges… Actually get sponsored by upcoming games. Whatever, this has given us an excuse to finally break out the E3 2017 article prefix, as it’s been revealed that Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim will adorn this year’s lanyard fodder. Atlus usually occupies the spot solo, but this...

  • News PlayStation Chief Shawn Layden Doesn't Enjoy Gaming Exec Fame

    Meme streak

    They get turned into superheroes in GIFs and some even idolise them, but it’s important to remember that gaming executives are exactly that: gaming executives. They’re hired to make difficult (and, honestly, often boring) business decisions – not act like rock stars. And in a wide-ranging interview with Polygon, current PlayStation...

  • News Grab Some PlayStation Goodies from the New UK Gear Store

    Merch mania

    Once upon time, Sony cut the ribbon on the PlayStation Gear store in the UK – and then swiftly shut up shop. Now it’s back! Live in Britain – as well as France and Germany – the outlet is home to a cavalcade of branded goods, allowing you to bear the logo of your corporate overlords on your hoodie as well as your heart...

  • 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 This Is What Crash Bandicoot PS4's Case Should Look Like

    Phwoar

    Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is all about N. Ostalgia. Meh, that gag didn’t really work, did it? Anyway, the point is that Naughty Dog’s iconic ‘coot is coming to the PlayStation 4 because so many fans – now with crow’s feet and greying hair – grew up with the character in the 90s. But while we like the title’s boxart,...

  • Video The 7 Best Beards on PS4

    Hot fuzz

    The PlayStation 4 plays host to some pretty impressive facial hair, and we figured it would be fun to round-up the very best beards that can be found on the console. From the feral forests of Kratos’ fuzz to the sultry salt and pepper of Joel’s facial fungus, there’s a style for all on display here – assuming you can actually sprout...

  • Weirdness Finally You Can 3D Print Your Own PlayStation Trophies

    Trophy unlocked

    What's this nonsense about Trophies being meaningless, virtual awards? If you happen to be one of the two people on the planet with a 3D printer, you can now download the files to manufacture your own set of PlayStation trinkets through here. This includes the bog standard Bronze, Silver, and Gold style, as well as the coveted...

  • News PewDiePie Launches Twitch Show as YouTube Burns

    Adpocalypse

    In case you haven't been keeping up, YouTube is in a rough spot. The uber-popular video delivery platform has come underfire of late due to the discovery of adverts being served on some racist videos, which has had the knock-on effect of brands pulling support from the platform. Many high-profile content creators have revealed a sudden,...

  • News Swing Your Sword at NieR: Automata's MoCap Artist

    Not like that

    NieR: Automata isn't exactly an oil painting, but one of its best assets is its animation. And as has been going nuclear on Reddit over the weekend, here's star Kaori Kawabuchi doing her 2B thang: Hypnotising, right?

  • News You Haven't Lived Until You've Seen Kaz Hirai Jam Out with a Saxophone

    Bleeding gums Kaz

    Sony is closing its iconic Tokyo building in the upmarket Ginza district and temporarily replacing it with a public park ahead of the 2020 Olympics, and boss Kaz Hirai was on-hand at the closing ceremony last week to dazzle attendees with a saxophone solo. Wait… What?! Watch this: Hirai's musical cameo didn't end there, as he...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn's Aloy Looks Incredible in Hama Beads

    Beaded brilliance

    Remember that gorgeous side-scrolling Horizon: Zero Dawn demake that we posted about a few days ago? Well, now hama bead extraordinaire Dan Silver has transformed it into a glorious work of pixel art hobbycraft. Incredible, right? This isn't the first piece of pixel art that Dan's brought to life using beads, and you can check out...

  • News JonTron's Yooka-Laylee Cameo to Be Patched Out by Playtonic

    In the aftermath of controversial comments

    Playtonic has announced that it will patch out popular YouTube personality Jon 'JonTron' Jafari's cameo from platformer Yooka-Laylee as part of an update. The game – which recently went gold ahead of its 11th April launch date – has presumably already been submitted to platform holders for printing and...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn Still Looks Amazing in Pixel Art

    Focus on this

    Horizon: Zero Dawn is hands-down one of the best looking video games ever released, but what if it opted for an almost Game Boy Advance-esque aesthetic? That's what this mock-up by Japanese artist Toyaken21 aims to illustrate – and it's got us drooling over some kind of side-scroller starring Aloy as a result. What do you reckon?...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn Accused of Cultural Appropriation

    Guerrilla's latest criticised

    Horizon: Zero Dawn is one of the most progressive games that we've played in some time. We're not going to fawn over it for that reason alone – it also happens to be a brilliant adventure built around some incredibly compelling fiction – but its representation of genders, sexuality, and race is second to none as far...

  • News PlayStation's Still Patting Nintendo on the Back

    Corporate congrats

    Sony congratulated Nintendo on the success of Zelda's reviews yesterday, and it's returned to acknowledge the release of the Switch today. Writing on its official Twitter account to over 13 million followers, it shared the following message: "Today's a big day for Nintendo! Congratulations on launch, we can't wa

  • News This Custom Horizon: Zero Dawn Controller Is Worthy of Worship

    Glory to All-Mother

    The ever industrious DualShock 4 maker Vulpe Andrei is back with another brilliant custom controller, this time inspired by PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn. As with all of the imaginative modder's designs, this one is bursting with detail. It's got beads and feathers attached to the front and sides reflecting the...

  • Weirdness Here's How Horizon's Ruins Could Look in the UK

    Life's looking bleak after Brexit

    We won't spoil which city, but Horizon: Zero Dawn is obviously set in the United States. Sony's marketing machine is in overdrive right now, though, so it's commissioned a series of PhotoShops showing how the game's apocalypse could affect some of the UK's most famous cities. The images span this author's neck of...

  • News Which PS4 Exclusive Is Zelda Producer Eiji Aonuma a Big Fan Of?

    Breath of the wild

    Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda series, had a particularly busy 2016 as he wrapped up production of Nintendo Switch and Wii U title Breath of the Wild – but he did make time for one particular PlayStation 4 game, as revealed to Game Informer magazine. "I was too busy in 2016, so I couldn't play a lot of games ,...

  • Feature Would You Snog, Marry, or Avoid These PlayStation Stars?

    The best place to play

    Snog Marry Avoid may be the name of a trashy Jenny Frost-hosted makeover show, but it's also the basis of our obligatory Valentine's Day premium #Content for you all. We've collated some of the most famous names in PlayStation, and we want to play a simple game: which of these icons would you snog, marry, or avoid? So that...

  • News Stolen PS4 Story At Least Has a Happy Ending

    Children's cancer ward gets consoles back

    Whenever you think humanity has reached its lowest ebb, always remember that there are more good people out there than there are bad. You may recall last week we reported on the theft of a PlayStation 4 from the children's cancer ward at Wellington Hospital. The console was used by nine-year-old Angus Little...

  • News Pewdiepie Gets Pulled by Disney After Controversial Stunt

    Offensive gag backfires badly

    We almost didn't run this, but Pewdiepie is perhaps the biggest name in gaming culture, and so it probably deserves a quick post. In case you haven't seen the news, the Swedish YouTuber has been dropped by Disney-owned network Maker Studios after a failed gag which included anti-Semitic undertones. As the biggest...

  • News This Tale of PS4 Theft Is Particularly Harrowing

    Console lifted from children's cancer ward

    Thieves suck, but even the likes of Nathan Drake have an ethical code. A group of robbers in New Zealand don't appear to have the same moral compass, however, as they nabbed a PlayStation 4 from the children's cancer ward in Wellington Hospital. That's just... Really, really not cool. The thing that makes...