News PlayStation Well Ahead of Nintendo, Xbox In Terms of Brand Momentum, Says Sony
"The Strongest Gaming Brand"
Sony's latest business report is packed with impressive looking statistics and graphs, but one particular page that catches the eye claims that PlayStation as a brand is enjoying much more momentum than its closest competitors. The graphic itself is based on Sony's own 'Global Brand Tracker of Brand Momentum', but it's...
News Not Even Sony's Been Able to Avoid the Enormous Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Hype
Have fun up there
There’s no real point beating around the figurative Hyrulian bush we suppose: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the biggest game on the planet, and it’ll probably remain that way until a little superhero sequel called Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 swings by later in the year. Sony, and the rest of the industry knows that,...
News Xbox, Nintendo Reportedly Join Sony in Skipping E3
No shows all-round
Platform holders Microsoft and Nintendo will not bother with a presence on the E3 2023 show floor according to a new report from IGN. Joining Sony — who hasn't attended the convention since 2018 — it raises more questions about what the expo will look like as Reedpop takes over manag
News Microsoft Invites Sony to Sign Its Own 10-Year Call of Duty Deal
As Nintendo and Steam sign up
Microsoft is inviting Sony to sign an agreement that would see the Call of Duty series appear on PlayStation platforms for another 10 years. Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed this morning Nintendo has already agreed to the deal, which takes effect should Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision go through. It now wishes...
News PS5 Is the Only Console Getting Price Rise, Microsoft and Nintendo Have 'No Plans'
Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch price increases denied
Microsoft and Nintendo have both stated they won't be increasing the price of their respective consoles in the wake of Sony's decision to raise the cost of a PS5 in many major territories. It means Sony is the only platformer holder deciding to do so — the price increases were effective...
Poll Was Sony's State of Play the Best Gaming Showcase of June?
The winner of Not-E3
Penning this poll almost feels like throwing a lit match into a room full of flammable gas, but we're going to do it anyway. We want to know: do you think Sony's latest State of Play actually ended up being the best gaming showcase of Not-E3? That is, the best gaming showcase of June 2022? We ask because we think this is a...
News Nintendo Switch Has Now Outsold PS4 in USA
Records exist to be broken
Whisper it, but when all’s said and done, we reckon there’s a distinct chance the Nintendo Switch will have outsold even the PS2 – it’s certainly on track to do so. For now, the hybrid hardware’s latest achievement is outselling the PS4 in the United States, as confirmed in the latest NPD report, which is...
News Nintendo Switch Has Now Outsold PS1, Targeting PS4 Next
Records exist to be broken
Sony’s iconic PS1 has had its lifetime sales surpassed by the Nintendo Switch, as the House of Mario’s hybrid hardware looks on track to overtake the PlayStation 4 as well. In its latest financial report, the Japanese company revealed that, as of 31st December, 2021, an eye-watering 103.54 million Switch systems had...
News Sony 'Closely Monitoring' Nintendo Switch OLED as Industry May Look to Increase Prices
Costs going up
Nintendo Switch is a runaway freight train, seeing impressive success several years into its cycle. As you may be aware, the company recently announced a revised hardware model, the Nintendo Switch OLED, but despite including a better screen – similar to that employed by the PS Vita almost a decade ago – it’s leveraging the same...
News Sony Commits to Safer Gaming Environments Alongside Xbox and Nintendo
Respect and safety at its core
Sony has today committed to a partnership alongside Microsoft and Nintendo to provide users with safer gaming environments as more and more games share the same communities online via cross-play compatibility. Detailed in an Xbox Wire news post, the three companies believe that "all players deserve to have fantastic...
News Nintendo Putting Pressure on Sony to Remove Dreams Creations on PS4
Nintendo despises it when its fans do cool, non-profit things with its intellectual property, so it’s no surprise it’s putting pressure on Sony to remove the awesome Super Mario-inspired creations being shared in PlayStation 4 exclusive Dreams. One creator, Piece_of_Craft, was contacted by the legal department of Sony Interactive...
News One-of-a-Kind Nintendo PlayStation Prototype Fetches $300,000
Most expensive gaming memorabilia ever
The ultra-rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype which went to auction several weeks back has sold for $300,000, making it the most expensive piece of gaming memorabilia ever sold. Despite the record, the figure seems low for what is effectively a one-of-a-kind console, which up until recently many assumed...
News One-Of-a-Kind Nintendo PlayStation Prototype Could Be Yours
If you can afford it
Remember that ultra-rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype that was a thing of legend until someone discovered it a few years ago? Well, you can own it, as it’s been put up for auction. The bidding concludes on 27th February, but unsurprisingly it’s already up to $48,000 – expect that figure to rise much higher over th
News PSone Crushed the N64 Because of Depressing Games and Lonely Players
According to late Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi
Many factors have been attributed to Sony’s success with the PSone, from the format’s financially friendly CD-ROMs through to the manufacturer’s guerrilla marketing tactics. However, according to Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Nintendo president of the time, the platform outpaced the Nintendo 64...
News Is Astral Chain Coming to PS4? It's Too Early to Say
Making the Switch
Astral Chain launched as a Nintendo Switch exclusive to enormous critical acclaim last year, but The Wonderful 101’s transition to the PlayStation 4 has had fans pondering – could the action title follow the same trajectory? In an interview with VGC, developer PlatinumGames’ head honcho Atsushi Inaba outlined the situation...
News Nintendo PlayStation Prototype to Be Auctioned in February, Has Already Had Million-Dollar Offers
A couple of months back, it was revealed that the owner of the only privately-held Nintendo PlayStation prototype, Terry Diebold, was looking to sell it off. In a new report from Kotaku, it turns out he'll be bringing the extremely rare machine to auction in February 2020. It seems this is somewhat out of necessity, as Diebold and his...
News PS4's Five Years of UK Dominance Looks Like It's Coming to an End as Switch Takes the Lead
Since its launch in late 2013, the PlayStation 4 has dominated the UK market. Sony's system has been the best selling console in the UK for the last five years running, but it's starting to look like the ageing king's reign is finally coming to an end. As GamesIndustry reports, the Nintendo Switch is currently the UK's top seller, and...
News PlayStation and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Will Cross Paths in Upcoming Tournament
It seems even PlayStation can't resist the allure of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Japanese gaming mag Famitsu has arranged a corporate tournament for a bunch of the country's top businesses, and among the competitors will be a team from Sony's gaming platform. As you can see in the above video, PlayStation joins seven other companies...
News Start Saving! Nintendo PlayStation Prototype to Go on Sale
Going once, going twice
Do you think if we have a whip around we can afford this? Cedric Biscay – the founder of Magic Monaco and a key player in the production of Shenmue III – has revealed on social media that Terry Diebold intends to sell the only known Nintendo PlayStation prototype in existence. He happened upon the mythological machine...
News Want Astral Chain on PS4? Ask Nintendo, Says Hideki Kamiya
It's not happening, in other words
Platinum Games is a developer that seemingly always has multiple projects on the go. Its most recent release is Astral Chain, which just launched exclusively for Nintendo Switch last week. As is typical for the studio, the game has been received very well; our sister site Nintendo Life gave it a big old 9/10,...
News God of War Art Director Has Been Drawing Realistic Smash Bros Characters
At least this take on Sonic looks good
These drawings are rather impressive aren't they? Raf Grassetti, best known for his work as art director of 2018's God of War, has been taking a stab at drawing Nintendo characters over on his Instagram account. It's a very realistic take on members of the Mushroom Kingdom and wider Ninty franchises, and we...
News PlayStation Boss Shawn Layden Thanks Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aimé as Industry Icon Announces Retirement
The game... Is fun
Reggie Fils-Aimé, one of the most well known figures in modern gaming, has announced his retirement. Reggie has been at Nintendo since 2003, working his way up to the position of President of Nintendo of America. He may be leaving, but we'll always remember the memes. Jokes aside, Reggie has long been an inspiration to just...
News Sony: Nintendo's Doing Wonderful Things with the Switch
Platform holder doesn't subscribe to the console war
Shawn Layden may be underfire in the media for his comments on console cross-play this week, but he’s got nothing but good things to say about PlayStation’s competition. Asked about both Microsoft and Nintendo during his DICE keynote, the Worldwide Studios chairman was refreshingly...
News PSN Alone Generated More Revenue Than the Entirety of Nintendo in 2018
Online network also bigger than Microsoft's entire gaming division
How big is the PlayStation Network these days? The answer: very big. Sony’s online storefront generated an eye-watering ¥1,373 billion yen (~$12.5 billion) of revenue in 2018, which is more than the entirety of Nintendo during the same period. To put this in perspective: the...
News Nintendo Switch Is Great for Variety in Gaming, Says PlayStation Exec
Isn't that nice?
In a recent interview with Japanese publication Nikkei -- translated by Siliconera -- PlayStation Asia president Hiroyuki Oda talked about the Nintendo Switch, making fanboys bubble up across the globe. When asked about the Big N's hybrid console, Oda said, "it has had an overall positive influence on the entire games...
News Nintendo Switch Port Specialists Wish They Could Convert Horizon: Zero Dawn
Let 'em dream
Port house Panic Button is making a name for itself on the Nintendo Switch by converting “console” games like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Warframe to the handheld device. And in an interview with Comicbook.com, the studio admitted that there’s one particular title it’d love to have a crack at: Guerrilla Games’...
E3 2018 There'll Be No Cross-Console Play in Fortnite on PS4
An E3 2018 story so predictable we could have penned it ten days ago and published it when it was confirmed: Fortnite will not feature cross-console play on the PlayStation 4 as Sony doesn’t allow it. While the Nintendo Switch newcomers will be able to play with Xbox One, PC, and mobile players, any PS4 peasants will
Soapbox Why God of War Will Scratch Your Zelda Itch
A link to the past
Of all the games I expected God of War to remind me of, The Legend of Zelda was probably right at the very bottom of my list. I mean, how could the hallmarks of Nintendo’s flagship adventure franchise possibly be present in Kratos’ latest? This is a game about a paternal relationship, like The Last of Us. It has a cinematic...
News Sony: We Can't Ignore the Nintendo Switch
Manufacturer remaining on its toes
It’s going to take a little more time before we’re able to determine just how big the Nintendo Switch is going to be, but one thing’s for sure: it’s no Wii U. The hybrid will likely end up lapping the Big N’s last effort several times over, and that’s got the PlayStation division on its toes. Speaking...
Soapbox After the Vita's Failure, Why Do People Now Want Console Games on the Go?
Sammy considers how tones have changed
The first console launch I ever covered for Push Square was the PlayStation Vita, so I remember those heady February winter days well. It was 2012 and message boards were aflame with complaints about the infamous Online Pass (remember that?), while the PlayStation 3 was struggling to step outside of the Xbox...
News Sony to Publish Games on Nintendo Switch Under New Label
Testing the waters
Sony has always had the capacity to throw a curveball, but under the stewardship of current CEO Kaz Hirai it’s become a lot less unpredictable. Nevertheless, the announcement that Sony Music is to form a new publishing label named Unties definitely comes as a bit of surprise – especially seeing as it will be porting content to...
News Nintendo Switch Not Affecting PS4's Sales, Says Sony
Both devices doing well
The Nintendo Switch has got off to a much stronger start than its predecessor the Wii U, but its early success isn’t cannibalising the PlayStation 4’s sales, according to SIE group president Andrew House. There’s been a good tussle between the two systems recently in the monthly NPD report, but it seems that regardless...
News Industry Is Better When Nintendo Is Strong, Says Sony
Platform holder doesn't think it'll be easy for Xbox One X
Sony’s weighed in once again on the early success of the Nintendo Switch, stressing that it believes the increased presence in the space is a “good thing”. PlayStation Europe president Jim Ryan spoke earnestly about the positive reception the hybrid hardware has received, noting that...
Soapbox Publishers Can't Bloody Win When It Comes to E3
Ramsey's sick of the hypocrites
I write about video games for a living, so I'm used to seeing people overreact on the internet. I've grown accustomed to seeing people spew hilarious hyperbole on a regular basis - hell, I've done it myself - but there's something about E3 that rubs me the wrong way. Namely, the annual Los Angeles event brings out...
News Sony: We See PS4 and Nintendo Switch Sitting Side-by-Side
Manufacturer thinks console's a “great success for Nintendo”
Sony’s been running a lot of interviews ahead of E3 2017 this week, and PlayStation America boss Shawn Layden’s been chatting a little bit about the Nintendo Switch, which has gotten off to a strong start since its release in early March. Speaking with TIME, the suit said that the...
Soapbox Sony Should Pinch the Nintendo Direct Format
Sammy reckons there's mileage in Nintendo's marketing
I did something I rarely do this week: I watched a Nintendo Direct. To be honest, I have a weird relationship with the Big N's pre-recorded events: I've watched the E3 ones before and I've always felt that, for everything they gain in pacing and structure, they lack the kind of energy that you...
News PlayStation's Still Patting Nintendo on the Back
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
Poll Will Your PS4 Gather Dust Now the Nintendo Switch Is Out?
Will you be switching things up?
You may not have noticed, but the Nintendo Switch is dominating gaming headlines right now, to the point where non-Ninty news is especially hard to come by. Seeing as it's Friday, though, we thought that we'd crack out another community poll - this time to try and get a handle on what the PlayStation faithful think...
News PlayStation Congratulates Nintendo on Zelda Success
Claims it's an "amazing time for gaming"
In the latest edition of advertising disguised as a pat on the back, PlayStation UK has publicly congratulated Nintendo on the success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game, which has frankly set a Metacritic benchmark which will never be beaten in this editor's opinion, received a raft 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 ,...
News PS4 and Nintendo Switch Need to Find a Balance in Japan
That's according to Nippon Ichi boss Sohei Shinkawa
Nippon Ichi Software is perhaps best known for its PlayStation games, but it announced a couple of Nintendo Switch launch titles last week. Speaking with Famitsu magazine, the company's gaffer Sohei Shinkawa explained the motivation behind the move, explaining that he feels the PlayStation 4 and...
News Sony Gaffer Shuhei Yoshida Spotted Testing the Nintendo Switch
Switching it up
Sony chief Shuhei Yoshida has gone on record regarding his Nintendo fandom in the past, stressing that he sees the Japanese giant as an integral part of the gaming industry multiple times. He's also revealed that he's the owner of multiple Wii Us before – despite the fact that
News Nintendo Supposedly Shunned Square Following Final Fantasy VII's Move to PlayStation
Final Fantasy VII was a landmark release not just for Japanese role-playing games, but for the PlayStation brand itself. Square's revered classic was PlayStation's first taste of Final Fantasy, with the series having made a name for itself on Nintendo hardware. As many of you will know, Square actually shifted its focus to the original...
News Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Expects Nintendo Switch to 'Cover a New Market'
Not necessarily competition for PS4
In an interview with Digital Spy, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida has given his thoughts on the upcoming Nintendo Switch. The Wii U's successor is supposedly launching in March next year, but Yoshida doesn't seem to be too worried about it being potential competition for the seemingly unstoppable PlayStation 4.
News We Got Up Close and Personal with the Nintendo PlayStation
On display at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo this weekend was a real treasure: the Nintendo PlayStation. The disc-based edition of the Super Nintendo system was produced by Sony in collaboration with the House of Mario, but never saw the light of day after the two Japanese giants had a difference of opinion. A prototype unit did,...
Reaction Nintendo Switch Knocks the Final Nail in PS Vita's Coffin
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...
News Now You Can Play Super Nintendo Games with a PS4 Controller
Playing with power
We've always thought that the Super Nintendo's controller was one of the industry's better ones, but if you don't fancy using the iconic pad, then why not switch to the DualShock 4 instead? Not content with creating a NES wireless receiver, peripheral makers Analogue and 8BitDo have now joined forces on a SNES one, too. Obviously...
News Pokémon Go Makes Nintendo More Valuable Than Sony
And we don't just mean the PlayStation business
Pokémon Go fever is so obnoxiously enormous that even we've been relegated to writing about it, as Nintendo's stock has climbed so high over the past couple of weeks that the company's currently more valuable than Sony. And, to be clear, we're not just talking about the PlayStation division – we're...
E3 2016 Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Can't Wait for Zelda Either
One of the best games at E3 2016, as you all keep telling us, was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It was the only Nintendo game on the show floor, but if you're going to bank on one game to keep your entire company relevant – well, you'd probably pick Zelda, right? And even Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida...
News PSN's Raking in More Cash Than the Entirety of Nintendo
Remember the days when Sony perpetually felt like one flop away from financial catastrophe? This author does – after all, Push Square was founded during some dark times for the Japanese manufacturer. The company's doing much, much better under the leadership of Kaz Hirai, however, and PlayStation especially is in a positive place. One...