How to… fix PS4 disc issues and more!

July 21st, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

ps4 300x196 How to... fix PS4 disc issues and more!Have you done a system update on your PS4, and found that you’re struggling to load games? Or have the discs started to get stuck in your console? Well, there’s a bunch of things you can try out before you send it in for a fix. There’s nothing (literally nothing, obviously) that having nothing to play video games on, so these fixes will be quicker than sending it away.

Is Your Disc Clean?

This is stating the obvious to some, but make sure the disc you’re using is free from fingerprints or scratches. If it is scratched to buggery, there’s nothing you can do about that, but if your disc is mucky, then give it a clean. It is up to you whether you go for the ‘Just Wipe It On Your T-Shirt’ move, or whether you get down the shops and buy a microfibre cloth and some rubbing alcohol.

Switch It Off and On Again

‘Have you tried switching it off and on again?’ This is a cliche, but it sometimes works. Switch your console off for 30 seconds and unplug all the leads out of it. Leave it a bit (go and stick the kettle on or whatever) and then turn it on again. If that doesn’t work, make sure you’re not booting it up in Rest Mode. Shut your PS4 down fully with no disc in, and then turn it on, pop the game in, and see how that suits you.

Have You Rebuilt The Database?

Okay, this sounds frightening, but it really isn’t. To rebuild the database, turn-off the PS4 and unplug the power cable. Wait 10 seconds, and then plug the cord back in. Then, hold down the power button (keep holding it down) until you hear a second beep – this starts your console in Safe Mode. Option 5 will allow you to rebuild the database. Basically, all you’re doing is building a new database for all your content. You must NOT switch your PS4 off in the middle of this and it could take a while to do, so be patient.

The screen looks like this

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Is Your Game Data Corrupted?

Sometimes, the data you’ve saved is corrupted. This is an easy fix. Basically, go through your menus and delete the game, including your saved data, then pop the disc back in and reinstall it. Naturally, you’ll lose your saved game, but that isn’t the end of the world.

Is Your PS4 Disc Stuck?

Okay. This hear is a little bit trickier, as you’ll need to take your PS4 to pieces. It isn’t a hard job to do, but it might give you the fear. Get in touch with Sony PS4 Customer Service Helpline at 0203 538 2665 if you’d rather not open up your console. Read all these instructions first before diving in, to see if this looks doable to you. You’ll need a slender Phillips-head screwdriver and a torch.

If you fancy a crack at it, then here’s what you do. Fully turn off your PS4, unplug all the cables and then, on a clean, flat surface (a table is better than doing it on the carpet) place your console in front of you so the front of the system is on the left and the PS logo is on the top of the PS4, on the right – like so.

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Put the palms of your hands on the glossy panel at the top and, with your fingers resting on the bit of the console furthest away from you, apply a small amount of pressure near the seam, and slide the glossy panel away from you. Be gentle. Don’t go mad, or you’ll break it and we’re not being held responsible for that.

You’ll hear a click and the panel will move about 1/4″. You can now lift the panel off, from the left side. Now, you’ll have to find the manual eject screw.

You should be able to see two sets of vents along the outer left edge. You’ll see one slot that is set apart from the rest. Use the torch off your phone (or an actual torch) and look down it. You’ll see the manual eject screw here.

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Grab a slender Phillips-head screwdriver (a jeweller’s screwdriver is your best bet) and pop it into the slot, turning the screw anti-clockwise until you can see the disc peek out of the disc slot. The screw turns very easily and after 4 or 5 rotations, your disc should be peering out enough for you to pull it out by hand.

Now, you have to put it back together. So, replace the glossy panel by sliding it back into place until you hear the click. Then, connect all your relevant cables and turn it back on, and you should be away!

Valve won’t help you with Steam trade scams

June 29th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

steam logo 300x300 Valve wont help you with Steam trade scamsHey gamers! Here’s some lousy news - Valve aren’t going to help you if you’re victim of a Steam trade scam!

“Our community assigns an item a value that is at least partially determined by that item’s scarcity. If more copies of the item are added to the economy through inventory rollbacks, the value of every other instance of that item would be reduced,” say Steam’s policy.

“We sympathize with people who fall victim to scams, but we provide enough information on our website and within our trading system to help users make good trading decisions.”

Valve concludes that “all trade scams can be avoided”.

So basically, they’re saying ‘it really is your own stupid fault if you get scammed, soz like’. Seems a bit odd to put the onus on the user, but there you go.

If you’re going to trade, then you might want to do some reading up on scams first, so you don’t get burned, because they’re not going to help you out one bit

PlayStation network down

June 29th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

ps4 300x182 PlayStation network downBeen having trouble accessing the PlayStation Network? Don’t worry, you’re not alone and you can stop swearing at your console like yours is the only one letting the side down.

PSN has been experiencing issues that resulted in the service going offline for some time, and as of today, after some routine maintenance, everything should be back to normal, and you’ll be back to getting thrashed by 11 year olds at a variety of games.

It started off with gamers noticing that download speeds were reducing and the waiting time to complete online content transfers was far, far too long too. Gamers were also struggling to sign-in to play online, which is fine if you always play solo, but no cop if you bought a PS4 especially to take on people from around the world.

Sony said: ”You may be experiencing issues related to launching certain games or game functionality. This is due to factors external to PSN. We are tracking the progress of the resolution of the issue.”

So, today, the service was down for an hour and a half: ”Routine maintenance and improvements for PlayStation Network will be performed for approximately 1.5 hours on Monday, June 29, 9:30 p.m. PDT (June 30, 4:30 a.m. GMT) to June 29, 11:00 p.m. PDT (June 30, 6:00 a.m. GMT). Anyone who already has a PlayStation Network account can still sign in to their PlayStation Network profile, play games, and use most applications while this maintenance is carried out,” announced the PlayStation Network’s status page.”

“However, PSN account holders will not be able to access certain PSN features, such as PlayStation Video and Account Management. Users will also not be able to make purchases from the PlayStation Store or complete a transaction during this time window.”

“Sony apologizes for the inconvenience and also advises that users activate their PS4 console as the primary console prior to the start of the routine maintenance on June 29.”

xbox one square E3: Xbox One now plays Xbox 360 games (and more)This week, gaming nerds are all getting stuck into the E3 conference, to find out what is happening in the world of video games. The big news at the moment, is that Phil Spencer – he’s the head of Xbox, not Kirsty Allsopp’s mate – has announced that you’ll be able to play Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One.

So what’s the craic? Well, Xbox 360 games will start showing up automatically in your library once backwards compatibility goes live. If you own a load of 360 games and they’re gathering dust, don’t throw them out – you’ll be able to pop them in your Xbox One console, and you’ll get a free download of the game.

And, in a neat touch, thanks to the advanced technology, you’ll be able to take screenshots and do broadcasting and all that, just like it was a new release.

There’ll be around 100 titles to play from the off, and as soon as the games developers give the nod to have their games appear on the system, more will be added.

There’s news of a load of new games for the Xbox One too.

There’ll be a game called ReCore which sees a female hero and her robot dog fighting their way through a desert full of baddies. There’s also a pirate game called Sea of Thieves, which is an open world affair. The game that seems to be getting most excitement is something called Rare Replay, which is a 30 game compilation which includes Banjo-Kazooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day and more.

Rise of the Tomb Raider was also previewed, for all the Lara Croft fans out there. There were also looks at Halo 5: Guardians and Gears 4. Sadly, there’s nothing about sorting out gamers’ vitamin D deficiencies.

PlayStation’s refund policy causes fury

May 28th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

Playstation Buttons 300x187 PlayStations refund policy causes furyWe’ve spoken about PlayStation’s digital refund policy in the past, which isn’t up to much at all. Tonight (Thursday May 28th, 8pm), BBC’s Watchdog are going to be looking into it after receiving a number of complaints about the service.

They’ll be looking at the case of a PS4 owner who was refused a refund after a fraudulent purchase was made on his PSN account.

Of course, this isn’t a new complaint, but one that persists.

One of Sony’s loopholes is that they refuse reimbursement unless you can prove that the game you bought was defective in some way.

PlayStation looked into it and told the BBC: “Our investigation concluded that the serial number of the console on which these transactions were made does not match the serial number of the console you provided to us on your original call. Regrettably, as stated in the PlayStation Network Terms of Service, we are unable to offer a refund for purchases made on PlayStation Store unless the content is found to be defective.”

PlayStation have a dedicated page, which looks at refunds which you can see here. They look at purchases that your child might have done without your knowledge, automatically renewing subscriptions and people being charged of PlayStation products without actually owning a console.

The line seems to be that, regardless of your complaint, they’ll ‘investigate further’, but don’t clearly state that refunds are available. Will Sony provide a solution with pressure from a big-gun like the BBC? We’ll have to wait and see.

android logo 300x225 Android ransomware pretending to be FBI warningThere’s a spate of cases where Android users are finding that ransomware has been posing as a warning from the FBI, to frighten you off from looking at dirty stuff online. These come via spam emails, and there’s been 15,000 cases thus far, which are very convincing.

If you end up activating one of them, the ransomware demands $500 from you to restore access, which is a kick in the gusset. Of course, UK Android users should be wary of anything that comes from the FBI, because why would they be bothering with Steve from Cleethorpes or whatever.

It gets worse – if you try to independently unlock your devices, the amount goes up to $1,500.

This particular malware pretends to be an update from Adobe Flash Player and when you press ‘OK’ to continue, you see an FBI warning which you can’t navigate away from. It tells you that you’ve been breaking the law by visiting pornographic websites and, in a clever (but nasty) move, the scammers include screenshots of what they claim to be your browsing history. Then, it claims to have screenshots of your face and says that they know your location.

Basically, the malware doesn’t actually encrypt the contents of your phone, but instead, makes your device’s home screen button and back buttons completely inoperable. Turning your phone on and off won’t help either. It really is a nasty piece of work, but you can attempt a reboot in safe mode.

How to start your Android device in Safe Mode

- Ensure that your device’s screen is on and then press and hold the power button.
- In the dialogue box that opens, touch and hold ‘power off’.
- Touch ‘OK’ when you see ‘Reboot to safe mode’ box.
- Your device will start up in safe mode.

Also, to be safe, it is worth having your antivirus software on the go. If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your Android device, here are the best apps to download.

Beware Minecraft scam apps!

May 26th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

According to research, there’s around 2.8 million of you out there who have downloaded Minecraft applications on their Android smartphones and tablets, which are malicious.

There’s been a host of dodgy apps doing the rounds in the last year, and 33 of them have been spotted in the Google Play store. These apps tend to offer cheats and tips to players, but of course, they’re doing something else that is no good for you at all. Once you download these apps, you end up getting a warning which says your device has been infected with a “dangerous virus”.

These are some of the malicious apps.

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If the apps fool you, you’re then asked to sign-up with a premium-rate SMS subscription which tells you that it’ll rid your gadgets of nasties.

It won’t, of course. What it will do is charge you for texts, coming in at £3.40 per week, which is around £177 per year if you don’t sort it out. The bogus virus warning page looks like this.

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One of the things that gives away these apps are the myriad of negative reviews and comments they’ve received. If you’re ever downloading any app, it is always worth looking at the score they’ve been given and checking out the reviews on Google Play, right before you hit the download button.

A number of the apps have been removed from Google Play, but that’s not to say they got them all. Obviously, snide developers are probably making more and tying them in the with hugely popular Minecraft game.

Like we said, to stop this happening, always look at the ratings and reviews on any app and get some security software for your Android phone. You can see some of the best anti-virus Android software here.

There’s a myriad of emulators on the internet, that allows you to play old video games consoles. If you have an Android mobile, you’ll know that you can get Mega Drive and NES emulators on your phone, so you can relive the glory years by playing Alex Kidd or Super Hang-On or whatever.

That said, nothing quite matches up to the thrill of playing these things on your television set. Of course, there’s official recreations of these things, be it through bundled games on disc, or indeed, through retro-joypads that you plug-in, and go.

However, here’s a thing that knocks them all into a cocked-hat.

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The Cyber Gadget Retro Freak is a great little thing that houses 11 different games consoles in one unit!

So, if you get one, you can play games from the Mega Drive, Famicom, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Colour, Game Boy Advance, PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine SuperGrafx and more. If you like, you can use the original controllers through an adapter and you can even install games onto the console itself, so you don’t have to muck about with cartridges.

If you can read Japanese, find out more here.

Sony to flog PS4 for bargain price again!

May 14th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

ps4 300x196 Sony to flog PS4 for bargain price again!If you’ve been eyeing up bagging yourself a PS4, then listen to this – Sony are planning a new deal which is another bargain for gamers.

Through Twitter, Sony said that this new deal will enable you to get the next-gen console complete with a copy of the new Witcher 3 game for a paltry £279. The deal is only available through Tesco, and you’ll need to get yourself a code to get the bundle for this price.

Apparently, this will only be available until 18th May, so don’t hang about. Click here to see if they’ve any stock left.

The battle for hearts and minds in the console wars continues apace, which means, if you’ve missed out on this particular deal, there could well be another one just around the corner.

Microsoft and Sony are really going toe-to-toe on this. Keep an eye on our Deals of the Day for more console and gaming bargains.

You’ve got ’til tomorrow to get a cheap PS4

April 27th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

ps4 300x196 Youve got til tomorrow to get a cheap PS4A matter of weeks after Microsoft announced that they’d be slashing the price of the Xbox One, Sony have followed suit.

Sony have dropped the price of a PlayStation 4 in the UK, to £289.99. While that’s good, this is for a limited time only, with the deal finishing tomorrow (April 28th). So if you want to get on that, you’d better hurry yourself up.

There’s a number of high street and online shops that are on board, such as Tesco, GAME, Amazon, Argos, and Very. Some of them have shaved 99p off the price to make it a nice round figure.

The traditional console bundles are not part of this promotional offer as there are no offers on the high street that match the promotion offer.

It looks like Sony are offering standard packages, rather than those nice bundles where you get some games thrown in and the like. We can only hope that in the not-too-distant future, Sony start offering something a little more exciting.

If you miss out because this is the wrong side of payday or whatever, don’t worry as we get all the best prices for a PS4 in our Deals of the Day.

Xbox One – now £299.99

April 13th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

xbox one square Xbox One   now £299.99There’s been something of a price war between PS4 and Xbox One, as seen regularly in our daily deals. If you’ve been eyeing up a new Xbox One, then prices are about to drop right across the board.

The price of Xbox One at UK retail is £299.99, say Microsoft. The console last had a price drop in September where it fell to £330. While it was initially supposed to be a temporary promotion, prices stuck around the £330, until now.

This means we’re all in for some good prices and decent bundles from retailers as the Xbox tries to keep up the pace set by Sony’s PlayStation.

Regarding the £299 offer, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “This is a UK-only retail promotion and offers great value for fans looking to buy an Xbox One ahead of the launch of 2015’s highly-anticipated games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Batman: Arkham Knight, along with Xbox exclusives such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and Halo 5: Guardians.”

There’ll be TV adverts rolled out, backing this up. Will it be enough to tempt PS4 fans away from the PlayStation or will Sony follow suit and drop the price of their console?

Google Maps goes Pac-Man

April 1st, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

pacman Google Maps goes Pac ManEver wanted to be chased by ghosts down your own street while you hoover up pellets in an endless loop of stress? Of course, some of you already have a life that’s is exactly that, thanks to your delusions.

For the rest of you, there’s hope. For April Fool’s Day (one of the more trying days of the year), Google have decided to turn Google Maps into a playable Pac-Man game.

Of course, the rules of the game are simple – charge around while the famous music plays and eat power pills and get chased by Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde. And when you die, you get that infamous noise that has frustrated so many over the years.

All you have to do is go to Google Maps, hit the Pac-Man icon and you’re away.

CLICK HERE TO PLAY

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Spotify comes to PlayStation

March 30th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

spotify logo Spotify comes to PlayStationSpotify and have teamed-up with Sony to create a new PlayStation Music app, which means you’ll be able to listen to your own playlists while playing video games.

The app is available today (which means, hurray, yet another update to do on your PS3 or PS4) and you’ll be able to listen to albums over the top of in-game audio. That means you can play a super bleak horror game while listening to ‘Yakety Sax’ by Boots Randolph. And who wouldn’t want to do that?

Of course, if you like tutting about things like Spotify, you can always ignore all this and play Solitaire with some playing cards while listening to an LP.

For those of you interested, the app is available even if you don’t have a premium Spotify account.

Gustav Soderstrom, chief product officer at Spotify, said: “Music has always been a big part of gaming. I remember playing computer games like Quake and Counter-Strike with my favourite tunes on in the background, taking the experience to a whole new level. With today’s launch, we’re bringing back that magic of gaming with music – all in a beautifully-designed and smooth experience that looks great on the big screen.”

You’ll get all the usual features through the app, as well as a new the option to control the music in-game via a pop-up volume menu. Spotify Connect technology will be part of the app too, which means other people in the room with access to your account can control the tunes with their phones or whatever.

Want to learn Spanish on your Xbox?

March 27th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Bitterwallet Spain 300x237 Want to learn Spanish on your Xbox?Ever wanted to learn a new language, but hate the idea of doing a class that will make you take irritating exams? Want to be able to converse abroad without having to sit on your sofa with the headphones on, repeating inane phrases?

Well, you might be in luck if you’re tired of simply shouting in staccato English and have an Xbox One.

The successful language learning tool, Rosetta Stone, has been launched as an app on the Xbox One, which is a good idea.

The app will visualise real-world situations for you, so you can learn phrases that matter to you. Presumably, phrases like “Can I have a beer please?”, “where is the nearest cash machine?” and “I’m sorry, but I’ve soiled myself – please stop laughing.”

For the time being, there’s only English and Spanish that are available, but obviously more languages will be added.

The developers say: “You explore several locations in the Discovery Zone and chat with the characters you find there. In the Training Zone, you’ll solidify the concepts you encountered with study recommendations, cultural tips, phrase books, and of course, more games! Keep track of your achievements, and keep practising until you get a perfect score.”

twitch 300x300 Twitch hacked: credit card details stolen along with other informationTwitch, bought by Amazon last year which allows people to make money from streaming themselves playing video games, has been hacked.

Everyone is looking at Lizard Squad, who hacked Xbox as well as Lenovo. They’ve got previous with Twitch as well, when they carried out a DDoS attack, which was only resolved when (get this) four Twitter users gave in to the Squad’s demands to post selfies with “Lizard Squad” daubed on their foreheads.

However, this latest hack doesn’t look like the handiwork of Lizard Squad because, mainly, they crow about their actions very readily and they’re not really about stealing personal information, which is what’s happened here.

It appears that login details, passwords and some credit card information has been stolen in this particular hack. Twitch themselves have confirmed the hack, saying that all users will be forced to reset their passwords. They said: “For your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. As a result, you will be prompted to create a new password the next time you attempt to log into your Twitch account.”

There’s no word on just how many people have been affected by this, but seeing as Twitch has over 45 million monthly viewers and in advance of 1 million people streaming videos, it is likely that this’ll be a large number of people who have had their security breached.

Twitch say that they’ve warned users and told them that the information that may have been swiped includes usernames, email addresses, the IP addresses from where people last logged in, credit card types, truncated card numbers and expiration dates, first and last names, phone numbers, home addresses, and dates of birth.

If you’re a Twitch user, it’d be worth changing the password for any sites you use that has a similar password to the one you use with this lot.