PlayStation: The Official Magazine shutting down

Future US confirms Sony-focused magazine will cease publication after upcoming Holiday 2012 issue.

The list of gaming publications to cease production is growing. Publisher Future US confirmed to Game Informer that PlayStation: The Official Magazine's Holiday 2012 issue will be its last. No further information regarding why the magazine is coming to an end is available.

PlayStation: The Official Magazine editor-in-chief Roger Burchill remarked on Twitter, "And…I think it's time I say 'So long and thanks for all the fish,' and take a little break from Twitter. Check you on the flip side."

According to marketing material documents, the magazine boasted a circulation of approximately 139,000 and an audience of 956,320.

PlayStation: The Official Magazine is the second gaming-focused publication that Future US has canceled recently, following the closure of Nintendo Power in August. Additionally, the cancellation of PlayStation: The Official Magazine comes one year after GamePro shut down after 23 years of continual publication.

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linkndark21
linkndark21

f*** no wonder i could'nt find it in any store


praack
praack

ahh this hurts. first Qore , then the Blog goes bad now this?

 

and the kicker is - they replaced the balance of my subscription with PC GAMER!

 

I'll take it- i play both. but it shows there are no other PS3 alternatives. 

 

I guess the XBOX mag is still out there for now- so at least those guys have some joy still.

wildhoney66
wildhoney66

what the hell? i had no idea this was stopping production. man does this piss me off. i love nintendo power and Playstation magazine as well. i'm sorry but regardless if it goes digital it's just NOT the same as reading the magazine and holding it in your hands. there's nothing like that feeling ya know? call me old fashioned but that's how  it should be. 

megakick
megakick

Digital? cancelled... Must be hard work to write good articles about how poorly Playstation is doing in the west.

 

there might not be a Playstation 5.

Amorphis2k
Amorphis2k

There goes another one to digital...

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Sad to see PS magazine go by the way side.  Really enjoyed reading it.   Maybe it will go digital, but not likely.

joeboosauce
joeboosauce

What about those of us who actually paid for the magazine? Future US is still around. Are they going to shaft us? How do I get refunded on the rest of my subscription???

arsefacey
arsefacey

that's kind of depressing. i'll take magazines over online articles any day. sad to see the medium dying down, but what can you do? theres nothing like actually flipping through the pages in hand. gonna miss it...

dalzelldesigns
dalzelldesigns

Dang. I like having magazines. Great for reading in the bathroom. I still have dozens of back issues of GP, NP, PSM and EGM sitting around. It's fun to go back and read them. plus if you have kids they are great for art projects.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Looks like Game Informer will be the only magazine left. Being 35 years old, I hate seeing gaming magazines dying off since I was raised on that medium and use to look forward the mail being delivered everyday in anticipation of EGM, Nintendo Power, etc being in the box. But with the internet giving us instant access to breaking news these days, there is just no way for print to keep up. I'll give GI props though, some of their cover stories have been pretty good this year.

expeditopaz2008
expeditopaz2008

I still think it's better to read a long game report or review print than online. Sad news about Playstation magazine. However, the Brazilian edition is still running (but they have a more walktrough direction than its old "mother")

ArcticNinjaXXI
ArcticNinjaXXI

PlayStation: The Official Magazine shutting down? Good riddance! Music to my ears! It sucked!

Metal_Jaws
Metal_Jaws

I am terribly sad to see the age of gaming magazines coming to an end. I grew up on games and game magazines. I still remeber getting the first issues of Nintendo Power and EGM, trying to beat the 8 bit games of long ago. Now only a revitalized bi-monthly EGM rmains of all magazines that exist in the US for most of us. I love having the magaiznes. The touch of the glossy pages, that no video screen can replace. Seeing shots of new games, and looking over teh shot trying to discern every last detial you can. It has been a faboulous and enjoyable ride, and it is a pure shame it has to come to an end.

-KyoKi-
-KyoKi-

Sucks to see this shut down

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

NO! Ah the internet will eventually kill most print magazines.

monson21502
monson21502

damn that sucks. i have the yellow smiley face still on the lid of my ps1.  but the lid is on my wall :( i blame monster rancher for making me open and close my ps1 so much trying to make new monsters :P

moeman636
moeman636

Wow...this is news. I have a collection of every issue from when the magazine first debuted in the nineties. I could see this on the wall. Not because this is the internet age but because it was bought out by Sony. It lost its independence to review all games fairly and its soul after they canned the old writers and introduced a more cost effective, streamlined, cold iteration that they are cancelling today. Oh well, I was letting my subscription run out this year anyway.

Agelu
Agelu

Nintendo Power was the last of the *big* gaming magazines to go down.

 

Simply put, no other magazine that could be put out of print now would be important news. All the oldies are dead. Sadly.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

Well it sucks to hear about anyone losing their job but on the other hand pretty much all magazines will either go extinct or go digital, all because of what I am using to type this message now.....

malintenby
malintenby

Good.. I had a star letter published in '06 when my mates dog ate his brand new PSP and I'm still waiting for the 5 PS2 games to turn up...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Good.  This magazine was just advertising for game publishers, not any kind of useful game journalism.

gowofwarKratos
gowofwarKratos

The advance of the Internet indeed is one of the reason. Now it's so easy to get information about what you want from websites, plus you can get demos from PSN if you have  PSP, PS VITA or PS3. Although i would say that i kind of miss that time when you have to wait 1 month to get a new magazine.         

okassar
okassar

Man, I'm going to miss the experience of going to Borders (gone), sitting down with a nice coffee, and reading official gaming magazines (gone/will go soon). I remember how exciting that was in the first 2 years of each gaming generation. This is a shame. At least OXM is sticking around and holding out for the release of the next Xbox.

TimboII
TimboII

Sad news...they had just gone digital too on the App Store newsstand. There's only 4 issues up...too bad they didn't have longer to see if it's worthwhile.

INewIRave
INewIRave

Although the whole idea of demos becoming available online was a major contributor to the decline of the magazine what put me off them in the end was the new writers which seemed to come from nowhere during the end of the ps2/start of the ps3 era. They were absolutely ******* clueless with specific prefences to certain genres, dismissive of others.

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

I subscribed to them until they quit providing demo discs during the PS2 years.

TTDog
TTDog

I stopped buying "Official" magazines due to their insistence I pay over the odds to finance the demo disk on the front... if they offered a reduced price version without the disk then I'd happily keep buying them... but they won't.

7h3_h4x3r
7h3_h4x3r

The internet killed it..in the near future there wont be any news papers or magazines anymore, everything will be electronic or on the internet.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

OPM used to be perfect, fantastically written articles and the only PS magazine to give out a demo disc, and back in the day that was really the only way to try out new games! You had to buy the magazine to try before you bought.

 

But now I can hit the PSN and download any demo fairly quickly and for free to boot. In a way I guess thats ruined me, I used to pay for the demo's with the magazine and realistically I intended to get my moneys worth from the disc so I played everything on them (thats how I found classics like Gitaroo man, Discworld 2 and other great games I never would have considered before).  As I see it now I dont have to play the demo if I really don't to, maybe I'm missing out on other gems but I really don't feel compelled to play them!

 

Sad to see a great thing simply be caught up in the times!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

To be fair I used to buy PlayStation mags quite often.  The evolution of the internet though and sites such as this mean as soon as the magazines are released the news is already outdated :(

 

Sad times really, but technology moves on I guess.

 

Ah well.. it'll save the trees :P

AlexFili
AlexFili

Sadly my favourite Nintendo magazine in the UK shut down too. I guess multi-format really is the future in all things.

franzito
franzito

Since the advent of the Internet, magazines became obsolete to me.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Getting even closer to elimination of things you can go out and buy in a store. 

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Awesome. The only magazine I read. I hope the difference on the sub is returned.

nccpeter
nccpeter

Well, that is the second time it closed down...maybe third time will be the charm.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

yeah its stupid, they should just use there website, release some kind of app or online magazine for people who still want to get it.

i bet it didnt sell many copys of the magazine

Jebril
Jebril

GUISE DONT WORRY WE GOT DAT KINDLE FIRE.

 

TECHNLOLOLOLGY BABY!

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

I miss Next Gemeration and Game Players (Hail Gazuga) so very, very much.

megakick
megakick

 @joeboosauce

Its' Sony aren't you use to getting shafted?

Nobody cares about Playstation.

dalzelldesigns
dalzelldesigns

Nintendo power was the reason I fell in love with the Dragon Warrior/Quest series.

megakick
megakick

 @SavoyPrimeThere is a lot of video game magazines around

just no exclusive Playstation magazines because that would be a waste of paper.

monson21502
monson21502

 @Agelu

 my favs were gamepro, N power,EMG, and ps mag. the one that gave u free stickers not the one that gave u a demo

monson21502
monson21502

 @Phil-teh-Pirateback in the good ole days i used to buy my games beat them then take em back and get my money back. then once they put a stop to that i hit up video stores. now we get to download demos right in our home to try the demo so we dont waste money on a rental lol

 

Kane04
Kane04

 @franzito agree, the last magazine I bought was in 2008 and even then it had been years since they brought me news.

and because you can download every demo now it really was just a matter of time.

GamespotSux_IKR
GamespotSux_IKR

yea, i remember times when these game magazines were everything!!

joeboosauce
joeboosauce

 @TheCyborgNinja 

If you hear anything on that, let me know. I have a feeling people get screwed on things like this when a company shutters. Thing is their parent Future US is still around so they should refund if at least to do the right thing.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @Jebril

 With the all caps I am assuming you are being sarcastic, at least I hope you are. I am not a fan of the digital age at all. I will be seriously upset when they stop making physical copies of newspapers. That day may be far off, but it's coming. Oh yeah, and the whole no more buying your games in a physical store.