Sony warns of PlayStation 4 beta scams

PlayStation maker says all sites asking for personal information to gain entry to beta for next-gen platform are fraudulent.

All PlayStation 4 beta websites are fake, Sony made clear to gamers today.

"Just a reminder: Any sites asking you to enter details to sign up for PS4 beta testing are scams," the company tweeted today.

The PS4 will launch this holiday season, though Sony has yet to reveal price or region availability details for the next-generation platform.

Microsoft has not yet announced its heavily rumored next-generation platform, but like Sony, the company previously warned gamers of fake Xbox 720 sites.

The Xbox 720 is rumored to be announced during a one-off event in April, with both the Xbox 720 and PS4 believed to be available in stores this holiday.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

87 comments
zombiebrian
zombiebrian

lets be fair this isnt an announcement wait for it to happen before saying this is whats happening safe to say though if this is the rout they go down and ps4 dont imma own a ps4

gamergath
gamergath

Fraudsters are just so Evil. "Uupuzi, wamekosa kitu ya kufanya, mafala"... Darn em' they even got me speaking Swahili!

I will just wait until Sony says so & Gamespot. Mob love.

TTDog
TTDog

Scams... like having a "console reveal" event and then not showing anyone the actual console?

pozium
pozium

anybody who falls for a PS4 beta site is silly, and i feel no pity

Saketume
Saketume

Where's natural selection when you need it.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

Sad thing is the idiots who get scammed will still blame it on Sony. 

wyan_
wyan_

Really? I got my beta PS4 in the mail yesterday. The logo looks like it was written with a sharpie, (nice touch) and I haven't been able to boot it up yet, but I just sent them some more money to get the latest firmware. Soon...

simon1812
simon1812

sadly, this is a lesson most ppl learn the hard way :C

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Now why did Sony have to go and announce this?

This is kind of internet evolution. We need people to fall for these kinds of scams so they'll learn not to do it again. Some people deserve to get their hand burned when they put their hand in the oven marked "Free candy inside!"

telaros
telaros

I have no proper words to express my feelings at the suggestion that people would actually buy into thinking they could physically test a console early in development, from Sony no less.


Parents. Please watch out for your children. Don't let them skip School so much. Make learning a fun experience for them, get them Leap Frog, spend hours with them at the Starfall website. Hug them once in a while. Tell them you love them. Please. Please, do not let your child become a mindless drone that would grow up into giving out his detail information and credit cards/bank information to sites like these!

I'm sort of scared to imagine what 20 years from know would look like. I always raged how every generation of WoW catered to a dumber generation of players that grew dumber with each expansion... But this legitly frightens me for our future.

waraga
waraga

i THINK SONY WILL WIN THIS GEN

ArataWata
ArataWata

....

I hope it isn't really possible for anyone to be that dumb.

Kos1c
Kos1c

I'm just shocked that the scammers didn't say "If you pay for shipping, we'll send you out a PS4 beta set up in the mail."

They would've made a killing. At least they would've made a lot from the fools on my facebook friends list. /facepalm

SlawekAB
SlawekAB

man I just received my PS4 for beta testing only thing that sucks they didn't send any games with it

ChiefReaver
ChiefReaver

Funny how not even a month ago, fanboys were laughing at Microsoft and Xbox players for this same exact issue. Where are they now?

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

OMG.....please tell me people ain't THAT gullible......o_0


.....nevermind, scratch that. <_<

saoe
saoe

wait and pre-order.

Immolation01
Immolation01

Even worse, testing the PS4 games on PC's... I think that around 80-90% of console gamers have average PC, It would be imposible to run one of this next gen games. I have a core i7 asus with 2gb dedivated on video and 8 gb ram and I can barely run this gen's games on high settings...

Immolation01
Immolation01

Loll imagine Sony sending away thousands of probably 500+ dollar worth PS4's to random people so they can test it -_-"    Yep, that sounds pretty much like them :D   However, it is good to know that we will have the PS4 by this holyday season. 

VarHyid
VarHyid

Hold on a second - we're talking about the PlayStation 4 here, right? A hardware, not a software? How would anyone possibly imagine a PS4 beta? Sign up and they'll ship you a PS4 right now?

I know scammers know no boundaries, but that's just the most ridiculous scam I've ever heard (at least after the "You have a rich uncle in south Zimbabwe who just wanted to give you all his money, please send us you CC info" kind of stuff) ;)

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

Well duh they're scams. Sony only revealed the controller. We don't even know what the PS4 looks like yet.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Huh look at that, Sony are issuing the warning Eddie completely (and utterly reprehensibly) failed to make in his article telling about this scam in the first place!

Monsta1217
Monsta1217

if someone actually fell for one of these scams then Common Sense isnt that common then 

Robertn__07
Robertn__07

You shouldn't believe everything you read on the internet, that's how World War 1 got started...

;)

Saketume
Saketume

@simon1812 really?

I thought most people realized this was an obvious scam. I sure hope you're wrong.

kohle36
kohle36

@ArataWata You're just jealous 'cause you missed out on a great deal! I got my beta package from this really nice Nigerian prince, all I had to do was give him my first and last name, address, dob, social security number, banking information, and where I was conceived! Yeah that last part meant an awkward convo with my pops, but he's gonna send me the beta testing stuff, a million dollars he was trying to get out of the country anyway, and a private jet! Burn on all you suckers who didn't cash in!!!

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

@ChiefReaver But this PS4 beta news is older. I remember Sony announcing this on their twitter, then news of Microsoft beta testing came after. You can correct me on which is older.

blackace
blackace

@ChiefReaver LOL!! True. Guess they thought the same thing couldn't have to their precious PS4. I don't think there has ever been a beta for testing game consoles. Only uneducated gamers would fall for something this stupid anyways. I do remember SEGA gave us a Saturn and a few games before it launched. Turns out it was blinding launched the next day and no one even knew. We saw it in some electronic store in L.A. the next day. 

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@Immolation01 I'm guessing that your 2gb dedicated video is on-board video and not an actual graphics card?  That's why you cannot play current gen games on max settings.

I also have a core i7 with 2gb of video (but it's an actual graphic card) and can run every single game at max settings and get at least 40 fps, usually closer to 100fps.


the_requiem
the_requiem

@Monsta1217 You must be new to world in general and internet in particular if you think common sense is actually common.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@Robertn__07 Well, if you're old enough to know how WW1 got started then you should also know that the original saying was "You shouldn't believe ANYTHING you read on the internet, that's how the Dark Ages got started."

hadlee73
hadlee73

@kohle36  I think you may have been conned. I'm friends with the King of Nigeria (we are in email contact all the time as he is arranging a number of lucrative investments for me) and he hasn't mentioned anything like that.

telaros
telaros

@lilrobda1 @ChiefReaver Stupidity is not exclusive yet to any platform. Though, still waiting on which, if any platform, Common Sense will land on.

Gabo_Brown
Gabo_Brown

@Landsharkk @Immolation01 Landsharkk is right, I have the same settings in my pc  (it's a 4 yo PC) and I run every single game in High / Ultra settings with 40 to 60 fps.

Monsta1217
Monsta1217

@the_requiem @Monsta1217 no mr.funnyman im actually reading articles with a co-worker who pointed out common sense isnt so common in this day and age so no im very well educated in how the internet works thank you

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

@the_requiem @Robertn__07 Actually, if either of you are old enough to know about WW1 or the dark ages, you would know that Judas accused Jesus of trolling on the internet with news stories about PS4 beta sites.  Sheeesh, everyone knows that, it's in the Bible.

Immolation01
Immolation01

@Kos1c To put it simple, there is NO way an average computer would run a high graphics PS4 game on Ultra settings. Thats what Im trying to say. Not even worth arguing because this is even common sense. That is why I say that people should know this is a scam. 

Immolation01
Immolation01

@Kos1c  Maybe some PS4 games could run on really low settings on a PC. But I am talking about ultra settings on an average PC.  Thats the whole point in here, buy a 600-800$ PC and try playing battlefield 3 on ultra settings, yep, It would not work. So what are the chances of playing a PS4 game on ultra settings on an average PC?  

Kos1c
Kos1c

@Immolation01 @Gabo_Brown @Landsharkk I'm not completely agreeing to you there. Xbox360 and Ps3 games at the moment, are down scaled in graphic performance compard to a PC level of graphic detail (since you can change the graphic output).

Saying all Ps4 games will require a really high end PC is just absurb. Ps4 games will finally catch up to the PC world of gaming. It won't be the other way around. PC gaming is on a higher demand of power compared to a console. Now a console gets a well needed upgrade it deserves, it is still in the ball park of a slightly above average gaming rig. This will of course allow people to play the latest games on high settings, if you want to push a game to ultra, buy the machine for it. Because of course, a PS3 or 4 won't be pushing games to ultra graphic settings.

Immolation01
Immolation01

@Gabo_Brown @Landsharkk @Immolation01

 Didnt know that a Nvidia Geforce 610M was that bad of a graphics card. However, when I say this gen's games I mean games like shogun 2. With huge enviroments and hundreds of characters on screen. 

Other games run smoothly on my asus, PS3 and 360 games that are available for PC run ok, but both of you seem to be missing my point here. I have a computer that is a little above average and it would never be able to run a PS4 game, neither your's. So is not logical to even try to play PS4 games on PC unless you have a great computer. That is why I say that nobody should be scammed by this. 

the_requiem
the_requiem

@DarkSaber2k @WhiteStormy @the_requiem @Robertn__07 Oh, I didn't know they started telling the truth in school textbooks. Back in our day they used to teach that WW1 started coz some Yugoslavian guy killed his Austrian lover because he cancelled his PS4 beta subscription.