GTA 5 Christmas Gifts Extended Due to PSN and Xbox Live Outage

[UPDATE] You now have another chance to claim your free GTA V Christmas gifts, today and tomorrow. Happy New Year!

The original story is below.

Rockstar Games is extending Grand Theft Auto V‘s Christmas update because of the recent PlayStation Network and Xbox Live service issues, the developer has announced.

“Due to issues with PSN & XBL connectivity, we’re extending the GTA Online Festive Surprise Christmas Day inventory gifts for the time being,” Rockstar said via its official Twitter account. The developer didn’t say until when its extending the holiday-themed update, so its safe to assume it’ll be available until further notice.

Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live were down starting on Christmas Eve, due to an apparent denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by the same group that claimed responsibility for grounding Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley’s flight back in August and other DDoS attacks.

Xbox Live services were restored earlier today, but PlayStation Network is still inaccessible to many players, sadly preventing many of those who got PlayStation 4s this Christmas from playing their new consoles.

Check GameSpot’s ongoing coverage of PlayStation Network’s status for the latest updates.

GTA Online’s holiday-themed additions includes snowball fights, ugly Christmas sweaters, cookie-face masks, and lots more.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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GTA 5 Christmas Gifts Extended Due to PSN and Xbox Live Outage

[UPDATE] You now have another chance to claim your free GTA V Christmas gifts, today and tomorrow. Happy New Year!

The original story is below.

Rockstar Games is extending Grand Theft Auto V‘s Christmas update because of the recent PlayStation Network and Xbox Live service issues, the developer has announced.

“Due to issues with PSN & XBL connectivity, we’re extending the GTA Online Festive Surprise Christmas Day inventory gifts for the time being,” Rockstar said via its official Twitter account. The developer didn’t say until when its extending the holiday-themed update, so its safe to assume it’ll be available until further notice.

Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live were down starting on Christmas Eve, due to an apparent denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by the same group that claimed responsibility for grounding Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley’s flight back in August and other DDoS attacks.

Xbox Live services were restored earlier today, but PlayStation Network is still inaccessible to many players, sadly preventing many of those who got PlayStation 4s this Christmas from playing their new consoles.

Check GameSpot’s ongoing coverage of PlayStation Network’s status for the latest updates.

GTA Online’s holiday-themed additions includes snowball fights, ugly Christmas sweaters, cookie-face masks, and lots more.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

For all of GameSpot’s news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

GTA 5 Christmas Gifts Extended Due to PSN and Xbox Live Outage

[UPDATE] You now have another chance to claim your free GTA V Christmas gifts, today and tomorrow. Happy New Year!

The original story is below.

Rockstar Games is extending Grand Theft Auto V‘s Christmas update because of the recent PlayStation Network and Xbox Live service issues, the developer has announced.

“Due to issues with PSN & XBL connectivity, we’re extending the GTA Online Festive Surprise Christmas Day inventory gifts for the time being,” Rockstar said via its official Twitter account. The developer didn’t say until when its extending the holiday-themed update, so its safe to assume it’ll be available until further notice.

Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live were down starting on Christmas Eve, due to an apparent denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by the same group that claimed responsibility for grounding Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley’s flight back in August and other DDoS attacks.

Xbox Live services were restored earlier today, but PlayStation Network is still inaccessible to many players, sadly preventing many of those who got PlayStation 4s this Christmas from playing their new consoles.

Check GameSpot’s ongoing coverage of PlayStation Network’s status for the latest updates.

GTA Online’s holiday-themed additions includes snowball fights, ugly Christmas sweaters, cookie-face masks, and lots more.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

For all of GameSpot’s news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Gaming Deals: Get Wolfenstein: The New Order for $20.39 and More

The best new deals of the day are from Steam’s Holiday Sale, which has Wolfenstein: The New Order for $20.39, and GameStop, which has Battlefield 4 on PC for $5.

Toys R Us also still has a “buy 1 get 1 30% off” deal on all Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals divided by platform:

PlayStation 4

Sony still has a $400 PlayStation 4 bundle that lets you choose one out of four games:Destiny, NBA2K15, Far Cry 4, or LittleBigPlanet 3.

Sony has introduced the fourth week of holiday sales on the PlayStation Store. Some highlights from the fourth week of offers:

Other PS4 games deals:

Xbox One

Walmart has an Xbox One with Halo: The Master Chief Collection for $350.

Other Xbox One games deals:

Microsoft published its list of weekly deals for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Now through December 31, you can save on a number of big-name games, including Alien: Isolation, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny, Forza Horizon 2, and Grand Theft Auto V. You can find the full list of Xbox One and Xbox 360 discounts here.

PC

Electronic Arts has launched its own promotion for PC games through Origin, offering deep discounts on a range of Battlefield, Need for Speed, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and The Sims games. Some highlights from the sale:

Steam has launched its annual Winter Sale that introduces new deals every 24 and 12 hours.

Make sure you check GameSpot’s pick of the day and the following highlights:

You can get SimCity 2000 for free from Origin.

Green Man Gaming has kicked off its own Green Grogre Holiday Sale with more 24-hour and 48-hour deals. Some games you can grab right now include Remember Me for $7.49 and The Orange Box for $5.

Green Man Gaming is also offering a 20 percent discount on digital games with the code WINTER-SALE20-GROGRE.

GOG.com is celebrating the new year with a sale on Square Enix games which includes discounts on Deus Ex, Hitman, and Tomb Raider games.

Other PC games deals:

PS Vita

Mobile

Hardware

Save $10 on Tritton headsets for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at Amazon.

Amazon has Corsair mice, keyboards, and other PC gaming accessories for as much as 30 percent off.

GameSpot’s gaming deals posts always highlight the best deals we can find regardless of retailer. We also occasionally use retailer affiliate links, which means that purchasing goods through those links helps support all the great content (including the deals posts) you find for free here on the site. Got questions? Email news@gamespot.com or ask us in the comments!

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Humiliates Players With Chicken Hat

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will include a special chicken hat item that will make the game easier, the game’s designer Hideo Kojima has announced.

Kojima revealed the new item during a special Christmas stream. Metal Gear fans watched the three hours-long video, probably hoping for some more exciting news or maybe even a release date, but it wasn’t until the 2:45:00 mark that Kojima made his big reveal, which in the end was nothing more than the chicken hat.

According to Kotaku, the game will offer players the item if they keep dying and retrying the same section. If they choose to wear it, enemies will be slower to spot and react to players. The only price is the humiliation of looking like a chicken.

The Phantom Pain launches in 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. A PC version of the open-world game is also in the works, but Konami has not announced a release date for it.

For more on the game, check out our previous coverage.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

For all of GameSpot’s news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Humiliates Players With Chicken Hat

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will include a special chicken hat item that will make the game easier, the game’s designer Hideo Kojima has announced.

Kojima revealed the new item during a special Christmas stream. Metal Gear fans watched the three hours-long video, probably hoping for some more exciting news or maybe even a release date, but it wasn’t until the 2:45:00 mark that Kojima made his big reveal, which in the end was nothing more than the chicken hat.

According to Kotaku, the game will offer players the item if they keep dying and retrying the same section. If they choose to wear it, enemies will be slower to spot and react to players. The only price is the humiliation of looking like a chicken.

The Phantom Pain launches in 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. A PC version of the open-world game is also in the works, but Konami has not announced a release date for it.

For more on the game, check out our previous coverage.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

For all of GameSpot’s news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Humiliates Players With Chicken Hat

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will include a special chicken hat item that will make the game easier, the game’s designer Hideo Kojima has announced.

Kojima revealed the new item during a special Christmas stream. Metal Gear fans watched the three hours-long video, probably hoping for some more exciting news or maybe even a release date, but it wasn’t until the 2:45:00 mark that Kojima made his big reveal, which in the end was nothing more than the chicken hat.

According to Kotaku, the game will offer players the item if they keep dying and retrying the same section. If they choose to wear it, enemies will be slower to spot and react to players. The only price is the humiliation of looking like a chicken.

The Phantom Pain launches in 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. A PC version of the open-world game is also in the works, but Konami has not announced a release date for it.

For more on the game, check out our previous coverage.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

For all of GameSpot’s news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Destiny’s Rare Item Dealer Xur Stay Extended Because of Xbox Live, PSN Issues

Destiny‘s rare item merchant, Xur, Agent of the Nine, will stick around a little longer because of the recent connectivity issues with Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, Bungie has announced.

“We understand that Xur has been hard to reach for a lot of you this weekend, so we’re going to extend his stay,” Bungie’s community manager David “Deej” Dague said on the game’s official forums. “Our current plan is to allow him to remain in the Tower with his current inventory until Monday night at 10pm PST, just before the weekly reset.”

Dague added that Bungie will keep an eye on the overall situation and extend Xur’s stay for as long as needed and is feasible. Next week, Xur will return to his normal schedule with refreshed inventory.

Rockstar Games similarly extended Grand Theft Auto V’s Christmas update for the same reason.

Thankfully, Xbox Live services were restored on Friday, and it seems that the PlayStation Network finally started working again last night.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

For all of GameSpot’s news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Destiny’s Rare Item Dealer Xur Stay Extended Because of Xbox Live, PSN Issues

Destiny‘s rare item merchant, Xur, Agent of the Nine, will stick around a little longer because of the recent connectivity issues with Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, Bungie has announced.

“We understand that Xur has been hard to reach for a lot of you this weekend, so we’re going to extend his stay,” Bungie’s community manager David “Deej” Dague said on the game’s official forums. “Our current plan is to allow him to remain in the Tower with his current inventory until Monday night at 10pm PST, just before the weekly reset.”

Dague added that Bungie will keep an eye on the overall situation and extend Xur’s stay for as long as needed and is feasible. Next week, Xur will return to his normal schedule with refreshed inventory.

Rockstar Games similarly extended Grand Theft Auto V’s Christmas update for the same reason.

Thankfully, Xbox Live services were restored on Friday, and it seems that the PlayStation Network finally started working again last night.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

For all of GameSpot’s news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Destiny’s Rare Item Dealer Xur Stay Extended Because of Xbox Live, PSN Issues

Destiny‘s rare item merchant, Xur, Agent of the Nine, will stick around a little longer because of the recent connectivity issues with Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, Bungie has announced.

“We understand that Xur has been hard to reach for a lot of you this weekend, so we’re going to extend his stay,” Bungie’s community manager David “Deej” Dague said on the game’s official forums. “Our current plan is to allow him to remain in the Tower with his current inventory until Monday night at 10pm PST, just before the weekly reset.”

Dague added that Bungie will keep an eye on the overall situation and extend Xur’s stay for as long as needed and is feasible. Next week, Xur will return to his normal schedule with refreshed inventory.

Rockstar Games similarly extended Grand Theft Auto V’s Christmas update for the same reason.

Thankfully, Xbox Live services were restored on Friday, and it seems that the PlayStation Network finally started working again last night.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

For all of GameSpot’s news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com