Sony announced Monday that the PlayStation 4 has sold over one million units in the UK, 42 weeks after first going on sale.
The console is now the second fastest selling console in the UK, surpassed only by the Nintendo Wii, which reached the one million mark after just 38 weeks.
By comparison to other consoles the PS4 beat the PS3 to one millions sales by four weeks and the PS2 by eight weeks. Perhaps most pleasing for Sony is the fact it beat the Xbox 360 by 18 weeks, whilst the Xbox One has yet to reach its first million.
A Lincolnshire-based developer is set to release his debut game after a break-in forced his shop to close.
Paul F (born Paul Fisher; he now goes by the single initial) previously ran a seaside gift shop, but after a break-in at his business in late 2011 he found himself unable to afford the costs required to continue trading.
We as a species allegedly know more about the universe than we do about our own oceans — with that in mind, it’s clear there is a need for more underwater exploration (in gaming too right?). So with that in mind, step up Deep Loot an ocean-based loot-‘em-up for iOS.
Developed by Leamington Spa-based indie developer Monster and Monster, Deep Loot’s premise is as simple as its name suggests — in that you go exploring for loot, deep underwater.
Sophia George, the first-ever resident Game Designer for the Victoria & Albert Museum has opened Scotland’s biggest videogame festival, Dare Protoplay in Dundee.
Organised by Abertay University, the event showcases the best of Scottish videogame design and creativity, including fifteen games from the Dare to be Digital student competition and over 30 independent games.
Independent developers will compete for a £25,000 innovation prize from Creative Scotland.
iPad title Strawberry Thief, Sophia George’s first game developed in her role at the V&A and based on the art of William Morris, will also be given its first public preview.
Koch Media announced Wednesday that it has bought the rights to first-person shooter series Homefront from troubled developer Crytek.
Koch Media will now take ownership of the Homefront intellectual property from Crytek, and has announced it will repurpose the Crytek UK Nottingham studio into Deep Silver Dambuster Studios.
Koch Media confirmed that the repurposed studio will continue development on the series’ upcoming open-world sequel Homefront: The Revolution.
EA confirmed Wednesday that its upcoming subscription-based gaming service ‘EA Access‘ will cost £3.99 a month to UK subscribers.
Currently in beta for a limited number of Xbox One players, the new scheme will allow subscribers to download a range of titles and play them unlimited, as long as their recurring subscription is active.
Titles available during the beta include FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 with more titles to be announced.
Members of EA Access will also receive 10% off most EA titles available to download on Xbox One.
Update 31/07/14 – Deep Loot is out now for free (offers in-game purchases) for iPhone and iPad.
From time to time we like to shine our Indie Game Spotlight. Today we shine that spotlight on Monster and Monster to take a look at the Leamington Spa based developer’s upcoming mobile title Deep Loot.
Deep Loot, the fifth release from Monster and Monster, is a charming platform puzzle game described by its developer as an “underwater loot-’em up”.
Presented in a charming 16-bit style, Deep Loot sees players control a deep sea diver who traverses platform under the ocean in order to recover treasure, artefacts and avoid the creatures of the sea. The loot can then be used to purchase weaponry and upgrade equipment.
The game also features a wonderful 16-bit style synth soundtrack that matches its visual style superbly.
Now TV, Sky’s media app, is now available to download for the PlayStation 4 in the UK. It was announced via a tweet by PlayStation Europe’s English community manager Chris Owen.
Now TV allows users to pay for on-demand movies, TV shows and sports. A Sky Movies monthly pass cost £8.99, an Entertainment monthly pass costs £4.99, while a Sky Sports day pass cost £9.99.
The app has been available on the PlayStation 3 since last year. Now TV is still set for release for Xbox One ‘this summer’.
With over thirty years of combined industry experience the four members of UK indie developer Pixel Trip Studios are now working towards releasing their first game – point and click adventure The Breakout.
As the name implies, the adventure game tasks you (as Lt. Guy Kassel) with breaking out of a prison camp, with the hope of acquiring your freedom and returning home to your fiancé.
The game is currently in active development with no release date set. The Breakout will be available on Steam.
Gamebrit caught up with studio developer Adam Jeffcoat to talk about their debut effort.
Reports have surfaced that Microsoft are set to cut around 6,000 jobs later this week.
Bloomberg reports that Microsoft are making the cuts as it looks to streamline following the purchase of Nokia’s phone unit.
The financial site highlights that the potential job losses could surpass Microsofts cuts of 2009, where some 5,800 employees were let go.
Worryingly for UK employees it is believed that some of the cuts could occur at the European headquarters of Xbox’s global marketing team, based in Reading.
Although a spokesperson for Microsoft declined to comment, an anonymous source told MCV that the Reading office “will be significantly impacted”.
The source added that employees affected will be notified via an internal announcement on 17th July and will be asked to reapply for jobs as part of Xbox’s restructure of sales, marketing and development.
Select UK Xbox 360 users are being offered a £40 credit if they upgrade to an Xbox One.
The digital promotion was first spotted via US NeoGAF users, with the ad offering Microsoft’s ‘very best customers’ $75 USD in downloadable credit. Microsoft later clarified that the offer is also available to users in Canada and the UK.
Computer gaming veteran Ed Fries, who held a key role in the team behind the original Xbox, will give a talk at Abertay University on Tuesday 8th July.
Fries lays claim to over 30 years of industry experience, during which he helped to shape the launch of the Xbox, being pivotal in bringing developers Bungie and Rare to Microsoft. He also served as Vice President for Games Publising for Microsoft before leaving the company in 2004.
Fries is currently CEO at FigurePrints, along with being involved with several companies in an advisory role, including the International Game Developers Association.