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Official PlayStation Magazine UK Publishes Final Issue, Last Official Games Magazine

Official PlayStation Magazine UK Publishes Final Issue, Last Official Games Magazine - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2021 / 2,001 Views

Future Publishing announced it has retired the Official PlayStation Magazine UK, which was the last remaining official games magazine still running. 

A note was sent out to subscribers on Friday and a tweet from Lara Jackson confirmed the retirement of the magazine. Future Publishing announced the magazine would be rebranding itself as Play, and would keep the same editorial team. 

"We're getting in touch to let you know that the Official PlayStation Magazine has taken a well-earned retirement, and we're making an exciting fresh start. Welcome to Play: the new magazine for PlayStation gamers," reads the note sent to subscribers. 

The Official Nintendo Magazine was closed in October 2014 and the Official Xbox Magazine closed in April 2020. Both were also published by Future. The first official games magazine was Nintendo Power, which ran from Jule 1988 to December 2012. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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26 Comments
Bristow9091 (on 30 April 2021)

Growing up I never got pocket money, but every so often my parents would let me pick out a magazine or something when we went into a shop, and I'd always get a copy of this when I saw it, I remember seeing screenshots of Gran Turismo 2 for the first time and showing it to my dad, it was a Ford GT40 and we both agreed it was the most realistic looking car we'd ever seen in a game lol... good memories to be fair, shame magazines are becoming non-existent now, although it's much more convenient to read information online and stuff anyway.

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JWeinCom (on 30 April 2021)

All we are is dust in the wind...

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AngryLittleAlchemist JWeinCom (on 30 April 2021)

All in all is all we are

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mjk45 AngryLittleAlchemist (on 01 May 2021)

Yes but guys being on VGChartz means we are all made of stardust except any evil bastards who
click dislike on my completely rational comments (and that includes my psychiatrist "I know you are here ") they are made of what's sitting in the bottom of my vacuum cleaner, also speaking of dust let me make it clear to our more ahem gullible members. it's bad enough that you see buying purely cosmetic items as a cheap and easy way of powering up your character but believing in PIXIE DUST is going past gullible onto idiocy.

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KratosLives (on 30 April 2021)

The joy of getting this magazine as a kid, when the internet just couldn't do justice. This is a feeling kids of this and next generation won't know.

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Chazore (on 30 April 2021)

God damn this is a big F.

I grew up with mags like these at the time, and it's really depressing to see them going out like this.

You know what, I'ma buy this, even though I don't own a PS5, but simply because I grew up with mags like these, and I want that nostalgia hit.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 01 May 2021)

Miss when i bought them with ps1 demos inside 😥

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Cerebralbore101 (on 30 April 2021)

Long form journalism is dying across the board. It gets replaced with cringey Twitter/Facebook style news containing little more than rumor, speculation, and outright lies.

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Jaicee (on 01 May 2021)

Nintendo Power was both my first gaming mag and my first official gaming mag. I was only seven when I saw what was to become my first issue in a local store, so I wasn't a proficient reader at the time. What drew me to the mag were the level map-outs and the cheat codes in the Classified Information section. I had to have it! There was no internet back then (that any normal person had access to anyway), so this was what there was. NP wound up inspiring the creation of a whole new generation of gaming magazines and helped me become a more proficient reader by giving me that specialized motivation I needed.

In the subsequent decade (the 1990s), I collected various issues of a wide range of gaming publications including also GamePro, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Game Players and Ultra Game Players, PC Gamer, Video Games, Game Informer, and a couple less regular ones like Game Fan. My actual SUBSCRIPTIONS though wound up being to official publications: Nintendo Power, Official PlayStation Magazine, and Official Dreamcast Magazine. I just found the official ones to be more comprehensive in that specialized way I was looking for. You know the old saying about how "a jack of all trades is a master of none?" Well that's sorta how most gaming mags felt to me; a little mediocre in the quality of their coverage because of the sheer breadth of what they were covering. Official publications had a brand-based focus. They could be ludicrously propagandish to that end (which is part of why I sometimes wanted the more brand-neutral takes of other mags; to balance my perspective), but they got into more detail about the games and platforms they covered often, I found.

Like probably most people, I had something of a falling out with gaming mags over the 2000s once sites like IGN came online and started offering me a superior volume of gaming-related info both constantly (rather than monthly, quarterly, or annually) and for FREE. The romance was over. Still, sometimes I miss the simpler days of getting a surprise preview VHS tape of Donkey Kong Country in the mail as a bonus for being a Nintendo Power subscriber, that sorta thing. The absence of the broad social movements around and against games that are commonplace today because major publishing companies had roughly absolute power over the gaming narrative. I miss those things sometimes the way I often miss playing games together, actually in the same room as other people more often, rather than "together" online God knows how many miles apart. We can all be suckers for nostalgia sometimes. I am too. To which end, I mourn the loss of the last official gaming publication. It was the first official gaming publication that got into gaming news and gamer culture in the first place. The next generation will have to find some other (probably better) source of entry.

sighs Another sign that I'm aging and the relics of my childhood are disappearing.

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SanAndreasX Jaicee (on 01 May 2021)

NP was a weird beast. On the one hand, it was a marketing tool for Nintendo, one that we paid for, and didn't really make a lot of pretensions on that score. On the other hand, it had more actual gaming content than other gaming magazines and much better previews for games on Nintendo systems, both first- and third-party. They had to squeeze a lot of reviews in for multiple systems, arcades, and PC, plus they had a lot of pop culture stuff in them. So only the biggest games actually got a lot of tips and maps.

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Giggity_goo (on 01 May 2021)

last time i picked one up they come with demo discs back in original psx days

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Signalstar (on 30 April 2021)

Wasn't there already a magazine called Play? I seemto remember it got mocked a lot forthe quality of its reviews.

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mjk45 Signalstar (on 02 May 2021)

Yes Play was part of Future Publications suite of gaming mags, it biggest market was the UK and Australia. it's coming back because even though they talk about ending OPM and a new start they are basically just changing the OPM name to Play with the same staff as a result of the OPM branding no longer available.

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hiccupthehuman (on 30 April 2021)

I still have a few copies of The Official Xbox Magazine. Just a few fun pieces of memorabilia. It's fun to look back in them and see what games editors were hyped up about. My mother would buy me a copy when we went grocery shopping and we passed by the magazine aisle. I find it sad that gaming magazines are going away, but it is what it is. Doesn't Game Informer also still do print magazines? So there are still some out there.

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The Fury (on 30 April 2021)

Lack of demo (discs) hurts. Plus hard to buy magazines when we've been told for the last year we aren't allowed to go outside and buy them.

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AFattyGamer (on 30 April 2021)

R.I.P ... Your services won't be forgotten.

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gtotheunit91 (on 30 April 2021)

Probably become a podcast like Nintendo Power is now

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Tridrakious (on 02 May 2021)

I remember when the final issue of the US OPM came out, I had been collecting each issue and had a wonderful time reading every one of them. I hate that magazines have died off. The internet and digital distribution have become so powerful.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 02 May 2021)

nothing last forever,
welcome to the digital age...

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DonFerrari (on 01 May 2021)

Well they are starting a new magazine still for playstation so I don't really see the point.

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mjk45 DonFerrari (on 02 May 2021)

It was the official playstation mag so the branding belongs to Sony, just like the official Nintendo and Xbox mags belong to Nintendo and MS so that means they are published under licence , in this case Future Publishing (google them) are bringing back the Play name to replace the OPM masthead since they no longer hold the licence to OPM .

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DonFerrari mjk45 (on 03 May 2021)

That much I imagined, but it isn't the end of all and they can even keep most of what they were doing, perhaps only with less privileged information, but also with freedom to go after rumor.

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Machina (on 01 May 2021)

OPM UK was a huge part of my childhood, back in the PS1, PS2, and early PS3 days. Tagging along with my parents for the weekly grocery shop I'd always be so excited for the magazine isle to see if a new issue of OPM UK was out. It was a steep price, but the demo disc that came with it was almost always amazing and would keep entertained for hours and hours, making it well worth the high price. Those demo discs, ahhhh, such good memories.

The magazine itself was great too, but it was like the extra that came with the demo disc, rather than the other way around. Loved the reviews and scoping out upcoming games though - getting to see those first images of a hyped game was a big deal.

Of course with the advent of the internet it meant such magazines were always on a short timer. By the time the PS3 came around I only bought a few of them before the internet replaced them entirely as a source of info, images, and demos.

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mjk45 Machina (on 02 May 2021)

I can remember for a number of volumes the binders when lined up on a bookshelf gradually made up a picture.

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Machina mjk45 (on 02 May 2021)

Really? That's pretty cool. Can you remember what it was a picture of?

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mjk45 Machina (on 03 May 2021)

Unfortunately no and when I last moved 6 years ago I gave my collection of various videogame mags away. Why move hundreds of mags only to have them collect dust in the garage when I could get my fix online was my thinking at the time so I only held onto old guide and strategy mags like expert gamer, psx strategies, powerstation etc . I don't know if your familiar with it but Gamefan is the only review type mags I still have ,still not as painful as selling my more than 2,000 comic book collection of Marvel / DC plus assorted graphic
novels when I was a poor Uni student.

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