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Sony had “no other choice” but to include Blu-ray in PS3

Wednesday, 10 June 2009 15:01 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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PlayStation mega-chief Kaz Hirai told the Guardian at E3 last week that Blu-ray was the only choice for PS3′s drive.

“Purely from a gaming standpoint there was no other choice for us,” he said. “Why? The capacity of the disc. Last year’s Metal Gear Solid 4 was pushing 50GB as it was. If it was on DVD it would have been a 6 disc set.”

Going multi-disc to such an extent wasn’t an option, said the exec.

“The packaging and cost would have been prohibitive and it would have been hugely inconvenient to consumers,” he added.

“So from a gaming standpoint there was really no choice if you wanted a high definition gaming experience.”

Full interview through there.

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45 Comments

  1. Blerk

    I agree that you had no choice Kaz, but at least give the real reason why you had to include it instead of retreading the whole ‘omg, games are impossible on DVD!’ rubbish.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Robster1979

    MGS4 hadn’t even been dreamt about when the PS3 was being conceived so wheres the relevance?

    Cock!

    #2 6 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    If they wanted to sell any kind of tech the best places is pc gamers. that is if they wanted to make real money!!!

    http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2009/04/20/how-pc-gaming-helps-shape-the-future-of-computing/

    maybe sony should have did their resech well into gaming before making dum moves that will cost them billions of dallars.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Doomsayer

    Everytime Sony repeats that BS i loose more and more respect for them. Even as a huge PS3 and PSP Fan…. So sad they think we are completely retarded…

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Doomsayer

    And btw MGS4 would have been way better without that 50 hours of movie between the game scenes ;)

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Robo_1

    Yes, the same old lollerskates from Kaz.

    If the generation does have legs until 2015 though, the storage capacity of Blu Ray could certainly yield benefits.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    1 DVD multiplatform GTA4 speaks volumes about the blu-ray vs DVD storage capacity comparison. The games fantastic on both systems. No 50GB needed here. HOWEVER, I can’t help but wonder how much potentially better GTA4 could have been if it was PS3 exclusive and had the ability to utilize 50GB of storage space..

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    “I can’t help but wonder how much potentially better GTA4 could have been if it was PS3 exclusive and had the ability to utilize 50GB of storage space”

    I doubt it would have been any better at all. The problem with GTA IV was not its graphics, textures or how big it was…

    #8 6 years ago
  9. jeremycafe

    I really don’t understand the comments here. How is that not a good enough reason for being the MAIN reason? Developers are more than happy to have more disk space to work with, and as games get bigger it only makes sense to go with a format that has more capacity and quality. If they didn’t go with Blu-ray, I would have never bought my ps3. But then again I don’t own any games for it either…its a good movie player :)

    “1 DVD multiplatform GTA4 speaks volumes about the blu-ray vs DVD storage capacity comparison. The games fantastic on both systems. No 50GB needed here.”

    Well compare visuals of the two games, and depth. GTA you remain in the same place the entire game, so level wise you save a lot of space.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. blackdreamhunk

    i wonder how good GTA 4 could pc if it was ony for pc!!!!!

    check out gta4 mods for pc, talk about drift :P flying planes mods and nude ones hahahaha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oMDBKZhIOA&feature=fvsr

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok7NmVRJNZU&feature=fvsr

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Because the real reason they included it was because they had to kick the shit out of HD-DVD before it even got started in order to sew up the market and reap the licensing benefits for the foreseeable future. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s good business – the PS3 was basically a trojan horse to get a huge Blu-Ray install base as quickly as possible.

    The ‘more space for games’ thing is a side-benefit and because it’s there, people will use it. But to say MGS4 would’ve been ‘impossible’ without that space is just nonsense – if the space wasn’t there, they’d have done things differently. The game would still have existed and wouldn’t have been on 6 discs.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    “If they didn’t go with Blu-ray, I would have never bought my ps3. But then again I don’t own any games for it either…its a good movie player”

    IT’S YOU!!!

    You’re one of the guys that I’ve been hypothesising about!

    You’ve bought a PS3, so you add to the install base figures, but you don’t buy games… Why??

    You didn’t buy LBP, you didn’t buy KZ2, you didn’t buy MGS4, or GTA IV… Why wouldn’t you buy games just to get a liitle bit more value out of your purchase?

    I am geniunely interested, because the sales figures seem to point to you being part of a very large portion of PS3 owners…

    #12 6 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    i wonder how good GTA 4 could pc if it was ony for pc!!!!!

    The original GTA was PC only… how good was that!??

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Redh3lix

    Those wondering what GTA IV would have been like if it were a PS3 exclusive only need await the release of R* exclusive PS3 title “Agent”. Maybe then we’ll see what such a capacity difference can bring to a game. I expect quite a lot.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Blerk

    We’ve not exactly seen a huge difference in game quality or size on the PS3 exclusives so far.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    @G1GAHURTZ
    “I am geniunely interested, because the sales figures seem to point to you being part of a very large portion of PS3 owners…”

    Really? Which sales figures are those? The ones which show the PS3 has a comparable attach rate to the 360 at the same stage in it’s life? Or are you talking about mythical ones?

    #16 6 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    @ Blerk:

    That’s true.

    It’s not as if inFamous is particularly huge.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. G1GAHURTZ

    DId I mention attach rates???

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Redh3lix

    @ Blerk

    Being a predominantly PC gamer, I’ve found Killzone 2 simply astounding in what it does graphically with 32 player online. I’m not entirely sure a game of similar graphical prowess could be replicated on any other platform other than PC (a high powered PC rig at that).

    #19 6 years ago
  20. DrDamn

    How else would sales figures indicate “a very large portion of PS3 owners” don’t buy any games? The large number of multiplatform titles which perform proportionally based on installed user base? What are these mystical figures which back up your theory?

    #20 6 years ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    Have you got a link to that list of games’ sales figures Psychotext?

    I’m sure you know the one that I’m talking about.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. DrDamn

    What does the list show? (while we wait).

    #22 6 years ago
  23. sennasnit

    shut up dreamhunk

    #23 6 years ago
  24. blackdreamhunk

    lol yea drving cars with drift is sooo cool. then flying planes is real hot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oMDBKZhIOA&feature=fvsr

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok7NmVRJNZU&feature=fvsr

    the sex mods is really hot too. oh we even have a mod to make the graphics even better

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wtkG1VRNNw

    #24 6 years ago
  25. G1GAHURTZ

    Here’s what it shows:

    PS3 – Killzone 2 – 619k – 37 – 7.24m – 8.5%

    360 – Gears of War – 1000k – 17 – 2.89m – 34.6%

    Figures are: Copies sold, number of days, install base, attach rate

    These are only NPD, but they are figures, just the same.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    Or compare Sony’s ‘biggest release of the year’, LBP with COD3…

    Little Big Planet – 356k – 34 – 5.65m – 6.3%

    Call of Duty 3 – 333k – 19 – 2.89m – 11.5%

    So why don’t PS3 players buy the consoles’ biggest and easily best games?

    It’s all I wanted to know…

    #26 6 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    You can’t look at individual titles and make a conclusion like that. You have to look at over all attach rates or consider a broad range of title. Shooters sell very well on the 360. If you really like shooters you’ll probably have a 360.

    Look at it this way. The installed user base of PS3′s is ~22.5m, 360′s ~30.5m. Therefore if a title is released on both and the same proportion of owners buy the game then you would expect PS3 sales figures to be ~74% of 360 sales figures.

    There are plenty of title which exceed that 74% though. Particularly if you look away from the shooters and look at more traditional PS fair. RE5, GTAIV, TR:Underworld, Assassin’s Creed, NfS Undercover, UFC2009 – all out perform that 74% worldwide. Shooters like CoD 4 & CoD:WaW are below the 74%.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. DrDamn

    With LBP you are comparing it to a game in a different genre. What’s the best selling traditional platformer on the 360? Sonic the Hedgehog? Banjo? They both barely broke 500k worldwide to an installed base of 30m. LBP selling over 2m to 22m customers is much more successful no?

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Psychotext

    “The installed user base of PS3’s is ~22.5m, 360’s ~30.5m. Therefore if a title is released on both and the same proportion of owners buy the game then you would expect PS3 sales figures to be ~74% of 360 sales figures.”

    That’s not actually how it works though… and if it was, then games such as San Andreas on the PS2 would have sold upwards of 30 million copies.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. DrDamn

    @PT
    When the installed user base is in the same ball park then it’s not a bad assertion.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Captain Fruitloop

    Yay! It’s Kaz, with more of his random crazy talk stuff! Sony were never this entertaining when Big Phil was there.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. DrDamn

    Besides the core point is that G1GA is jumping from individual title sales to a conclusion that “a very large portion of PS3 owners” don’t buy any games. When if you look at the more sensible stat of attach rates there is no basis for this. The 360 has an exceptional attach rate, and when put into the context of comparing the same number sold or same point in it’s lifetime then the PS3 attach rates are comparable.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Psychotext

    “When the installed user base is in the same ball park then it’s not a bad assertion.”

    Yeah, that’s fair enough. Anyway, if you want to see the most recent attach rate information, you can look here: http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=23308

    (just for the US)

    #33 6 years ago
  34. G1GAHURTZ

    I’m not really bothered about agreeing an algorithm to figure out whose overall attach rate is better and what not.

    At the end of the day, you have to take into consideration, things like prior releases, and a whole lot more.

    So for example, if Madden 2008 sells more on PS3 than on 360, then is it because PS3 owners are now buying more games than 360 owners, or is it because 360 owners already have Madden 2006 and 2007 and 2008 isn’t much different?

    The fact is that I look at LBP, and I see a supposed biggest release of the year, critically acclaimed game that is probably still winning awards even to this very day having comparible sales to a game that had a reasonable support and mixed reviews when it was released.

    I see one of the most hyped and talked about games in the history of gaming, a supposed system seller which, brought me very, very close to picking up a PS3 on an impulse, selling nowhere near a comparible game on the 360, and I’m genuinely stumped as to why…

    That’s whay I asked the question.

    Why are people buying the PS3 only for Blu Ray, and not getting some of the best games that have ever been developed, as was described above.

    Also, I tend to ignore overall attach rates, because you can put anything in there and say that someone has bought a game, including free XBLA and PSN games.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. DrDamn

    Shooters sell much better than platform games on PS3 and 360 – it’s a fact. No big conclusion about people just buying a PS3 for bluray.

    You said yourself you have to take into account a whole lot more when looking at individual titles. That’s why you can’t look at individual titles like this and draw those sort of conclusions. That’s why you have to look at over all figures like tie ratios and attach rates – but then they don’t seem to hold up your argument :).

    #35 6 years ago
  36. SniperWolf

    thank god for BLu-ray

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Syrok

    Evidence:

    My parents are considering buying a PS3 for watching photos and having a proper DVD/BD player. They are not interested in gaming at all.

    Conclusion:

    People buy a PS3 (or consoles in general) for other the media playback capabilities it has.

    #37 6 years ago
  38. DrDamn

    @Syrok
    That I don’t doubt. In fact a 360 Arcade pack is a very attractive proposition as a media streamer. It’s the “very large proportion” when applied to the PS3 I see no evidence of.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. G1GAHURTZ

    There you go.

    Another PS3 sale to add to the figures of owners who won’t be buying KZ2, Last Guardian, FF14, etc.

    OK, I take the “very large portion” back, if it upsets you that much.

    However, what I do or don’t assert doesn’t change the fact that about 90% of PS3 owners don’t seem to have an interest in its biggest games.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. DrDamn

    I think the PS brand has always been about a broad range of titles, a lot of them third party. Why would the PS3 any different? It’s a strength that the brand is not defined by certain titles in my opinion. When Sony entered the market the two big players were very much about Mario and Sonic. Sony have never really had a Mario or Sonic and that is a good thing. They have had big titles, big exclusives, but they haven’t individually defined the system.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. hitnrun

    Well part of that is the overinvestment by – in my observation – PS3 fans in the importance and general awesomeness of individual titles. More than half of 360 owners don’t have Halo 3 or Gears, for example, but such facts are rarely ever noticed or analyzed. Meanwhile, even last year I read posts by PS3 fans flabbergasted that most PS3 owners hadn’t bought a copy of MGS4.

    IMO it’s a result of the console wars taking a toll on the minds of its soldiers. To the (I won’t say “fanboy”) internet-posting PS3 fan, KZ2 and LBP are central arguments for the PS3 over the 360, while the person who picked the PS3 because of Blu-Ray or because it was black is barely aware.

    #41 6 years ago
  42. jeremycafe

    “IT’S YOU!!!”

    Well, I just have not been a fan of any of the games that have come out, or I would rather have it for 360 due to xbox live. I have rented a few games, tried a few demos…but…I can’t stand the controls/controller. It just doesn’t feel natural anymore. I was interested in LBP, but people who bought it told me it got boring quick and was more for artistic people who enjoy the editor.

    I am sure MGS4 was a great game, but I never got into the series. But like I said, the games that are worth buying on the PS3 are also on 360 and I would rather have the 360 version :)

    If it makes you feel better I will be getting FFXIV for the ps3 :)

    #42 6 years ago
  43. MushroomStamp

    this it’s Crap!.. The #1 reason is they were in a format war with Toshiba and HD… Without the PS3, noone was buying Blu-ray.

    #43 6 years ago
  44. jeremycafe

    “this it’s Crap!.. The #1 reason is they were in a format war with Toshiba and HD… Without the PS3, noone was buying Blu-ray.”

    Thats bogus. They were part of the blu-ray team, of course they would use their own format. I would have bought a blu-ray player if it wasnt for the ps3 being available. It was a more appealing format. Being a gamer, obviously having a player that can potentially play games (even though they are crap to date) is by far a superior choice to a traditional player.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. Cort

    “Without the PS3, noone was buying Blu-ray.”

    And with the 360 add-on and cheaper HD-DVD players not enough were buying HD-DVD. And $50m cheques written to Hollywood studios didn’t change that.

    And anyway, one minute the PS3 saved Blu-ray (“no-one would be buying Blu-ray movies if the PS3 didn’t have BD built in”); the next minute, Blu-ray discs saved the PS3 (“people only buy a PS3 for Blu-ray movies”). Will you decide which one it is and finally let this one rest?

    Sony and its many partners didn’t spend billions of dollars inventing BD simply for the fucking fun of it, or for the sake of having something to ‘fight’ for. They invented it for specific purposes; one of these was it’s greatly increased capacity over DVD. And what is that Kaz mentions………oh yes, the utility of BD’s huge capacity. PS3 didn’t rescue Blu-ray, PS3 was the kind of thing Blu-ray was invented *for*.

    “MGS4 hadn’t even been dreamt about when the PS3 was being conceived so wheres the relevance?”

    Try giving it some thought. Perhaps when they were designing the PS3 they decided to look ahead more than a couple of years to a time when games could and would get that big? And where did he say they were thinking specifically about MGS4 when they chose BD anyway? What he intimated is that they thought about where games would or could be when they chose the format; and they were right. What idiot would choose DVD-9 over a format like BD sitting on their shelf, designed for this very sort of thing? What moron would choose a format which was big enough for now but had no room for more in the future when they had an option more than five times the size?

    Perhaps MS should have had future Forza games in mind when they chose to stick with DVD-9 for the 360. And have fun with your three of four FFVIII discs.

    #45 6 years ago

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    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]