PS4 Has Shipped 113.6 Million Units; PlayStation’s Full-Year Forecast Increased by Sony

1 hour 53 minutes ago

Today Sony announced its financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2020, which relates to the period between July 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020.

First of all, we get an update on the PS4 units shipped during the latest quarter. 1.5 million units were purchased by retailers worldwide, which means that the grand total as of September 30 is at 113.6 million units (Sony had previously announced 112.1 million as of June 30).

Below you can check out an overview of the performance of the Game & Network Services business (which includes PlayStation and PlayStation Network). 

Sales for the business as a whole showcase a significant increase year-on-year (11%) due to the growth in software and PlayStation Plus sales partly offset by lower PS4 hardware sales.

Operating income shows rather massive growth year-on-year (104.9 billion yen as opposed to 65 billion yen) due to first-party software sales and PlayStation Plus sales partly offset by increased costs.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Dying Light Offers Limited-Time Left 4 Dead 2 Event and Free DLC

5 hours 2 minutes ago

Techland Games’ 2015 first-person action survival game Dying Light continues to be supported with downloadable content and new events with Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 being the focus this time.

The Left 4 Dead 2 crossover event offers a slight twist on Dying Light’s Viral Rush mode. Players will still face endless hoards of zombies, but can now set them on fire with incendiary ammo for the shotgun.

The event begins today and ends on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. ET. The event will only be available for the PC version, and can be turned off in the options menu.

Players can also grab free downloadable content that turns them into Bill, one of the main survivors from the original Left 4 Dead, and whack zombies with the two-handed melee weapon Gnome Chompski, a garden gnome that first appeared in Half-Life 2: Episode Two and then Left 4 Dead 2.

The free downloadable content is available now on PC, and will be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 “a few weeks later.”

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Tom Meyer

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Ubisoft Renames Uplay+ to Ubisoft+; Coming to Stadia and Amazon Luna

5 hours 40 minutes ago

Ubisoft’s monthly subscription service Uplay+ has been renamed to Ubisoft+, the company announced today.

Similar to Xbox Game Pass and the recently restructured EA Play, the service launched last year and offered access to over 100 of the publisher’s games on PC only for $14.99 per month.

According to the announcement, the name change is the only change to the subscription service itself.

The company also announced that Ubisoft+ will be coming to Amazon’s cloud gaming service Luna on Nov. 10. Amazon Luna launched last month with its own game channel, Luna+, and said it would be partnering with Ubisoft to have their own channel.

The Ubisoft+ channel will launch into beta and existing subscribers can request an invitation and access the channel through the cloud platform for no additional cost during the beta.

The subscription service will also launch on Google Stadia “by the end of the year” and will not require a premium Stadia Pro subscription, only a free Stadia account.

The company said upcoming games Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Immortals Fenyx Rising will be available on the cloud services and players can even pick up where they left off across devices through cross-platform progression.

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Tom Meyer

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The Art Of Fall Guys

7 hours 38 minutes ago

Our big “Art Of” features on Fine Art aren’t always about lavish productions like Assassin’s Creed. Sometimes they cover smaller games, like Hades, and sometimes they cover games you may not even expect to see behind the scenes of, like...Fall Guys.

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Luke Plunkett

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The Winners and Losers of Cyberpunk 2077's New Delay

8 hours 30 minutes ago
Cyberpunk 2077's last-minute delay affects everyone, from developers to gamers to media outlets alike. We sort through the fallout of this major news. Plus: a surprise Gears 5 update, Phil Spencer teases a possible 1 vs. 100-like replacement on Xbox Series, and more! Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or grab an MP3 download of this week's episode. For more awesome content, check out the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered, featuring an interview with Brian Raffel, the cofounder of Raven Software – the studio behind Star Wars Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast, Soldier of Fortune, Heretic, Hexen, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, X-Men Origins Wolverine, and this year's Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, among many others: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/10/27/working-on-call-of-duty-star-wars-star-trek-and-more-stories-from-raven-softwares-cofounder-ign-unfiltered-54"] It's already been an incredibly fun year of Xbox coverage, and the best is yet to come. Join us! Oh, and feel free to leave us a video Loot Box question below using Yappa and you might be featured on an upcoming episode! [poilib element="accentDivider"] Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible.
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Ryan McCaffrey

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Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales: Another Villain Confirmed

8 hours 41 minutes ago
Insomniac Games has revealed that Prowler will appear in Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Marvel has offered up a first look at how the villain will appear in the game. Prowler is a spider-verse villain commonly associated with Miles Morales, and while prior today we had no indication he'd be joining the rest of the game's villainous lineup, Prowler has now been confirmed to appear in Miles Morales when it launches next month. Marvel's official Twitter account tweeted about the character and included a picture of what they're going to look like in the game, and then Insomniac Games quote-tweeted it to confirm.
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Wesley LeBlanc

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Terrifying PT-inspired psychological horror Visage finally leaves early access this week

9 hours 6 minutes ago

SadSquare Studio's genuinely terrifying PT-inspired first-person psychological horror Visage is finally leaving Steam early access - and getting its remaining two chapters - this Friday, 30th October, and it's coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on the same day.

Visage has been a long time coming, having initially secured Kickstarter funding back in 2016. It made its way to Steam early access in 2018 where, in-between somewhat frustrating bouts of prolonged radio silence from SadSquare, it's grown from a single chapter to two.

Yet despite only accounting for around half the final game, those two early access chapters have been more than enough to establish Visage's substantial horror credentials, amply demonstrating the work of a developer with a real flair for brilliantly conceived chills.

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Point-and-click platform comedy Lair of the Clockwork God comes to PS4 next week

9 hours 31 minutes ago

Size Five Games' point-and-click platform comedy Lair of the Clockwork God is, after a successful launch on PC, Xbox One, and Switch earlier this year, finally making its way to PlayStation 4 next Friday, 6th November.

Lair of the Clockwork God is the third entry in Size Five Games' acclaimed Ben and Dan Adventures series (although knowledge of previous games isn't required), this time sending the hapless duo on a comedic escapade that pits them against all the apocalypses.

Unlike previous series titles, which followed a rather more traditional point-and-click template, Lair of the Clockwork God opts for some genre-hopping pizzazz. Although Ben and Dan explore the world together, Ben adopts a staunchly point-and-click mentality, pilfering items and chatting to NPCs, while Dan's approach is more side-scrolling platform adventure, requiring Ben to pilfer items to unlock abilities can open new areas for exploration.

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PS5: As Many Pre-Orders Made in 12 Hours as PS4 Pre-Orders in 12 Weeks in US

9 hours 33 minutes ago
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan says PlayStation 5 demand appears to be "very considerable" based on the number of pre-orders in the United States. Ryan spoke to Reuters about the consumer demand for the PS5 on October 27 and said: "The demand as expressed by the level of pre-order has been very, very considerable." Ryan said that Sony pre-sold as many PS5s in the first 12 hours of preorders in the United States as were sold in the first 12 weeks of preorders for the PlayStation 4. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=ps5-console-first-look-size-comparison&captions=true"] While Ryan wouldn't talk any specific numbers as it relates to PS5 preorders, one can infer that the number must be quite high. Exact PS4 preorder numbers aren't known but we know it surpassed 1 million pre-orders worldwide by July 2013, which is four months before the console's launch, and over 1 million PS4s were sold within the console's first 24 hours after launch. If the PS5's pre-order numbers in the first 12 hours match the first 12 weeks of PS4 pre-orders, we wouldn't be surprised if the PS5 pre-order number is nearing or past 1 million in the US. Ryan said that it may end up that not everybody who wants to purchase a PS5 on launch day will be able to actually find one to purchase. There will be, however, more PS5s at launch than there were PS4s at launch, according to Sony.
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Wesley LeBlanc

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Riot rewind today's “technical nightmare” of a Valorant update

9 hours 51 minutes ago

Well, that didn’t stick. Earlier today, Valorant began rolling out version 1.11, adding animal-yeeting Aussie hero Skye and a frosty new Icebox map. But following a host of bizarre hiccups, it now looks like Riot have decided to slam the pause button, calling the update a “technical nightmare” and delaying the update’s proper arrival ’til later this week.

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Natalie Clayton

Microsoft Expects “Very Strong Demand” After Xbox Series X/S Launch & 40% Hardware Revenue Growth YoY

9 hours 57 minutes ago

Today Microsoft hosted its quarterly financial conference call for investors and analysts, chief executive officer Satya Nadella and chief financial officer Amy Hood talked about the Xbox business.

Hood spelled Microsoft’s prediction for the current quarter (between October and December) which includes the launch of the Xbox Series X and S, and the Holiday season.

Hood mentioned that the company expects “very strong demand” following the release of the new consoles and 40% growth year-on-year in hardware revenue. This will help driving growth in overall gaming revenue between 26% and 29%.

That being said, she pretty much implicitly confirmed that the new consoles will be sold at a loss.

“In gaming, we expect revenue growth in the high 20% range. We expect very strong demand following the launch of our next-generation Xbox Series X and S consoles driving supply-constrained hardware revenue growth of approximately 40%.

We also expect a negative gross margin impact from console sales this quarter, as we invest against the growing lifetime value of the platform.

Xbox content and services revenue should grow in the low 20% range with strong engagement and continued momentum in Game Pass subscribers.

As a reminder, our outlook does not include Zenimax, which we still expect to close in the second half of the fiscal year. “

Nadella talked about the success of Game Pass and the Zenimax Media/Bethesda acquisition.

He also expressed delight for the early reviews and excitement for the upcoming Xbox Series X and S.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Grounded swims with the fishes in the Koi Pond update

10 hours 52 minutes ago

Honey I Shrunk The Kids ’em up Grounded has taken a step into the deep end. The next update for Obsidian’s teeny tiny survival sandbox opens up the Koi Pond, letting you dive into murky puddles while evading dangerous goldfish and submerged spiders. The pool will open for everyone next month – but if you’re feeling antsy, you can dive in right now via the public test server.

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Natalie Clayton

Pokemon Sword & Shield: The Crown Tundra Review – Ending on a Positive Note

10 hours 58 minutes ago

The release of Pokemon Sword and Shield’s second DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra, marks the first time in a long time I felt mildly challenged by a Pokemon game. It returns a little bit of difficulty to a series that really needs it.

For the last few generations, if you know how Pokemon is played, you can essentially sleepwalk your way through nearly everything the main Pokemon games have offered. The Crown Tundra isn’t a shift towards something exciting in terms of difficulty, but it does force you to use your brain, which is a nice change.

Unlike Isle of Armor’s tropical paradise, The Crown Tundra drops you in an icy tundra where one small town of Freezington exists. It’s filled with older people, who are the last of a generation trying to make living in harsh conditions work.

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Ed McGlone

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Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter Account Reckoning With Its Old Tweets After Delay

11 hours 36 minutes ago
Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed again and will now be released on December 10. Although the latest delay marks the third time CD Projekt Red's ambitious cyberpunk RPG is pushed back, this latest delay caught many off-guard, particularly because the November 19 date seemed — until today — fairly ironclad. The official Cyberpunk 2077's Twitter account has been firm on the November release date for some time and based on tweets as recent as yesterday, the upcoming RPG seemed all set to hit the November 17 release date. Screenshot 2020-10-27 131844 Unfortunately, the existence of that tweet has become fodder for those disappointed by the latest delay news. And the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account now has to contend with the responses. Screenshot 2020-10-27 131913 "Would anyone notice if we delete this real quick?" the Cyberpunk Twitter account asked in response to another one of their tweets, this time from October 6 that says "No more delays are happening." Screenshot 2020-10-27 132026 Now, the social media team is putting out fires by responding to people on social media - sometimes with jokes, sometimes in earnest - about why they couldn't alert people earlier about the delay.
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Matt T.M. Kim

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Co-op rat-basher Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is free to play this week

11 hours 45 minutes ago

Look, it’s been a tough year. You’re stressed, you’re tired, you’ve got a whole lotta pent-up anger – so why not take it out on a few hundred fantasy ratmen? Riotous rodent-smasher Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is currently free to player over on Steam ’til November 1st, with the return of a limited-time anniversary mission sending our hopeless heroes on a pub crawl from hell.

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Natalie Clayton

Xbox Content & Services Revenue Grows 30% Year-On-Year Thanks to Game Pass & Games

11 hours ago

Today, Microsoft announced its financial results for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2021, related to the period between July 1 and September 30.

Firstly, we get an update on the performance of the More Personal Computing business, which includes Microsoft’s gaming division and the Xbox brand.

You can find all the relevant data in the slides below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Mount & Blade II Gets New Video Showcasing Updates to Ranged Combat, Education, & More

11 hours 58 minutes ago

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord has been in early access for a few months and TaleWorlds Entertainment has continued to update it actively.

Today the developer has released a new video showcasing updates to various areas of the game.

The most relevant is likely a change to how ranged combat works, with the implementation of different aiming and hold times depending on the nature of the weapon used.

We also get to see the new education system, changes to mangonels, and more.

You can watch it below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Meet Carrlyn Bathe, The First Female Broadcaster In EA’s NHL

12 hours 8 minutes ago

If you’ve been playing NHL 21’s Be A Pro mode, you might have heard a new voice commenting on your rookie season. Newcomer Carrlyn Bathe joins core broadcasters Ray Ferraro and James Cybulski in giving updates on your progress and discussing important milestones. She’s no stranger to hockey: LA Kings fans should recognize her as she’s been covering the team for Fox Sports West, but Bathe also has hockey in her blood: Her father, Frank, played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings, and she also grew up playing the sport. Bathe’s role in NHL 21 marks her as the first female broadcasting voice in the franchise’s history. We recently sat down with Bathe to discuss her role, and found out she’s also taken a shine to gaming and streaming. 

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Kimberley Wallace

Destiny 2's next season brings back Uldren Sov as an ally, and I feel hope for its future

12 hours 13 minutes ago

A Destiny 2 cinematic still showing Crow, the Guardian raised from Uldren Sov, and his Ghost.

The man who killed our pal Cayde-6 will return to Destiny 2 with Season Of The Hunt, Bungie revealed today. Well, the Guardian reanimated from the corpse of the man who killed Cayde will. It’s complicated. Spacemagic. With the Beyond Light expansion now two weeks away, Bungie today released a new video documentary gabbing about its development and laying out more of their plans for MMOFPS’s next year of content. Look, I’m setting myself up for ridicule after years of Destiny casually setting plot big threads aside to chase distractions but: it sounds like it’s all leading somewhere.

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Alice O'Connor

Tell Us: What Was the First Time a Video Game Scared You?

12 hours 20 minutes ago
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Logan Plant

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Dataminer Says Words Like 'Honkers' And 'Robitussin' Might Get You Banned In Kingdom Hearts Rhythm Game

12 hours 24 minutes ago

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory is an upcoming rhythm game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch that expands the already convoluted Kingdom Hearts storyline. The game got a demo earlier this month, in which well-known speedrunner and dataminer Kaitlyn “Orcastraw” Molinas discovered what she says is a list of…

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Ian Walker

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