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360 Arcade SKU gets price increase to £159.99

Monday, 17 August 2009 13:12 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Several retailers – including ShopTo – have confirmed to Eurogamer that the Xbox 360 Arcade SKU is getting a price increase, up from £129.99 to £159.99.

It was also confirmed that accessories for the 360 will go up by one to two pounds.

And to add even more mystery to it, only the Arcade and Elite bundles were mentioned, which leads to even more speculation that the normal 60GB will be out the door soon.

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58 Comments

  1. Johnny Cullen

    I’m shocked its a price-hike, not a price-cut! 8O

    #1 6 years ago
  2. rrod360lol

    Correct me if I’m wrong , but that leaves customers with a choice of No HDD for 160 quid or 360 with HDD for 230 quid ?

    If Sony managed to get the ps3lol slim out for <250 quid tomorrow it suddenly gets interesting.

    Not that they will, of course, they’ll fuck it all up somehow :)

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Lutz

    What the fuck? Shome mishtake shirley?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    You’d have to assume this will have been done with full knowledge of what Sony plan to price the PS3 at following the price cut.

    The UK have had comparatively very good 360 prices for some time now. This adjustment is just back to normal UK gouge levels.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    “Correct me if I’m wrong , but that leaves customers with a choice of No HDD for 160 quid or 360 with HDD for 230 quid ?”

    The elite is getting a price drop when it replaces the pro… but we don’t know what it’ll be in the UK.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. rrod360lol

    @psychotext “The elite is getting a price drop when it replaces the pro” Aha ! Didn’t know that.

    @DrDamn “You’d have to assume this will have been done with full knowledge of what Sony plan to price the PS3 at following the price cut.” That’s a terrifying thought. ps3 slim at least 259 quid still then :-/

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Roybott

    @psychotext is that confirmed or just highly expected?

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Blerk

    :shock:

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Blerk

    This can’t be right.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    I’d say this scuppers any hope people had for a 199.99 PS3 slim – although if they did manage it, that would be proper megaton stuff.

    It does feel a little bit like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, I mean it’s not exactly a Sony spoiler is it, and removing the bundled games is just flat out bizarre.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Dannybuoy

    maybe cos £130 sounds too cheap so consumers think its a shoddy system that breaks easily, you make it more expensive but still affordable and consumers think that it must be a really decent system that isn’t going to break really easily. Things can be too cheap and it has the opposite effect on sales. People like to aspire, and buy aspirational things. £130 sounds really bargain basement to me. I could easily afford to buy a 360 Arcade, but no HHD and all the other gimped out omissions from the beefier siblings no thank you very much!

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    “@psychotext is that confirmed or just highly expected?”

    Confirmed by retailers in the US. Wont be long in the UK.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Blerk

    If it is going up then I surmise they’re bundling it with something that it didn’t have before. Which is still a bit of a shitter ‘cos people were bundling two games for free with the arcade last Christmas.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. rrod360lol

    Maybe they’re adding a HDD to the arcade ?

    #14 6 years ago
  15. UnreaIsReal

    Yes, I think they’re adding a HDD to the “Arcade”, at least 20GB.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    “Maybe they’re adding a HDD to the arcade ?”

    Not if the new boxes are to be believed.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Cort

    Good time to bury bad news.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Aimless

    “maybe cos £130 sounds too cheap so consumers think its a shoddy system that breaks easily”

    To be fair…

    I’m sure there must be more to this. It’s too much of a Sony-style “let’s shoot ourselves in the foot” move otherwise.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Robo_1

    Never underestimate the clumsiness which over confidence brings, it brought Nintendo and Sony down from their top spot.

    MS know they’re in a good position this gen, and the UK in particular has a lot of support for the brand, clearly this a move they think they can get away with.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Cort

    Maybe MS are trying to nudge their customers towards a cheaper Elite? Quite possible that they’ll decide the new price of the latter at around teatime tomorrow….. ;o)

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Dralen

    Just when I thought Microsoft couldn’t get any greedier.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Gamoc

    Why would they be nudging people towards the elite when they know that, when the people get home, they’ll need to go back and buy about 15 additions to use it properly?

    #22 6 years ago
  23. rrod360lol

    I now fully expect :

    Arcade 160
    Elite 200/210
    PS3 slim 260

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Blerk

    But the arcade’s a shit deal at £160 compared to the Elite.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    Know what’s really crazy about this? I bought an arcade model for the missus last year… brand new, for £99. :D

    #25 6 years ago
  26. rrod360lol

    @Blerk yeah, but 160 quid will still be 100 quid less than a ps3 when the mouth breathers are staring at the signs in argos…

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Lutz

    If this is true, the only reason behind the insane Arcade price that I can think of is a phase out of the machine, making it look crap comparred to an Elite. And any potential 360/Natal all in one solutions.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Blerk

    But £130 is even less…er.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. rrod360lol

    I guess this just proves that ms were losing on the arcade to have a lower base price…

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Michael O'Connor

    Bit of an exaggeration, Gareth.

    And this move isn’t surprising. The English is a horrendously weak currency right now (that’s what you get for your “independence” bullshit, Britain), so they’re just making up for the deficit.

    Nintendo did the very same thing no more than six months ago, so this is hardly unprecedented.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Tonka

    Maybe they didn’t like the idea of being outsold by a more expensive yet less powerful conslol? Maybe they though “Fuck it, it’s not having the impact we hoped for. Let’s stop burning money”

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Gamoc

    You need a hardrive to play your 360 online, don’t you?

    And yes, it was an exaggeration, that was the idea.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Michael O'Connor

    “Maybe they didn’t like the idea of being outsold by a more expensive yet less powerful conslol? Maybe they though “Fuck it, it’s not having the impact we hoped for. Let’s stop burning money”

    If this were true, they would have increased the price in more than one country. It’s simply to make up for the lack of the strength of the currency in the country. As I pointed out, Nintendo did the same thing a few months ago.

    But really, with most gamers’ limited attention spans, I shouldn’t really expect those kind of obvious facts to be remembered, should I?

    “You need a hardrive to play your 360 online, don’t you?”

    No, you don’t.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. rrod360lol

    “It’s simply to make up for the lack of the strength of the currency in the country”

    http://www.x-rates.com/d/GBP/USD/hist2008.html
    http://www.x-rates.com/d/GBP/USD/hist2009.html

    The rates are the same now for ms as they were this time last year, it just had a massive dip to their benefit in the intervening period. During which time manufacturing costs have gone down. They’re doing it because they think they can get away with it…

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Blerk

    MCV are suspicious.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. Lutz

    Gamoc; no. You only need a HDD to play, IIRC, about 4 games. Other than that a memory card is sufficient.

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Michael O'Connor

    “They’re doing it because they think they can get away with it…”

    In case you haven’t noticed, the economy wasn’t quite as shit this time last year. So using a blanket comparison of currency value doesn’t quite cut it.

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Robster1979

    What Blerk said –
    “However, a closer inspection of the documentation sent to retailers seems to suggest that the Xbox 360 Arcade listing is a placeholder for an as-of-yet unspecified SKU,” adds MCV “Whether that’s an enhanced Arcade SKU or a reduced RRP Elite is yet to be seen.”

    #38 6 years ago
  39. rrod360lol

    lolOConner wrote :

    “So using a blanket comparison of currency value doesn’t quite cut it.”

    Hey ! Microsoft started it :)

    #39 6 years ago
  40. Michael O'Connor

    Try a less fanboyish approach, my good sir. Your username alone kills all credibility you have to discuss this topic in an unbiased fashion.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. Gamoc

    @lutz yes, Michael was kind enough to point it out over and over again. I was actually asking, you know ¬¬

    #41 6 years ago
  42. DrDamn

    @Michael O’Connor
    Did Nintendo actually go through with it though? Amazon say the RRP is still £179.99 – same as it has always been, and in shops you can get it for less than that with extras bundled in as well.

    “that’s what you get for your “independence” bullshit, Britain”

    The general public view on Europe in Britain is very much influence by the stance and bias view of the mainstream press – and the anti-European views of certain media magnates. Rather than anyone actually knowing much about the issues.

    WTF is “The English” btw? ;)

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Hunam

    There go my plans for picking up a second 360 for a £100.

    Fail.

    #43 6 years ago
  44. Michael O'Connor

    “Did Nintendo actually go through with it though?”

    Yes, Nintendo did go through with it. Whether that’s reflected in store prices is up to the retailers themselves.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. reask

    that’s mucking fad.

    #45 6 years ago
  46. DrDamn

    @Michael O’Connor
    If the RRP is still the same and the actual prices charged by retailers have gone down then how is that going through with it? At the very least that sounds very much different to raising your RRP by £30 and removing features.

    #46 6 years ago
  47. No_PUDding

    Everyone pointing fat fanboy fingers in this thread, should realise the irony.

    Anyway, I am sure they would not do this unless necessary, and the £ is really not that strong anymore.

    #47 6 years ago
  48. Psychotext

    Probably would have been smarter to do it whilst the exchange rate was at its highest fuckedness (what, it’s a word damnit!).

    #48 6 years ago
  49. No_PUDding

    I think that sums up everything dude, I know what the word means perfectly.

    #49 6 years ago
  50. rrod360lol

    @loloconner My username only winds up people with no sense of humour and works admirably in that regard :)

    #50 6 years ago
  51. rrod360lol

    “Anyway, I am sure they would not do this unless necessary, and the £ is really not that strong anymore.”

    It’s the same as the dollar as it was before the credit crunch though, but they’re both worse off against the euro. It should be euroland getting this kicking, not blighty iyswim. I guess it proves MS europe is based in mainland europe or they’re lying to us about the currency thing.

    #51 6 years ago
  52. G1GAHURTZ

    What’s all this noise!?

    Ooh!

    Price rise, eh?

    Probably because the Pro is becoming the Arcade, the Elite is becoming the Pro, and the Arcade is getting canned.

    #52 6 years ago
  53. Retroid

    I’m inclined to think Giga has it right on this; that the *lowest 360 SKU* is going to be £160, and people are presuming this means an Arcade price hike.

    Y’see; that’d make sense, both in standard price reduction and with what’s going on in the world economies.

    Otherwise it’s fucking insane.

    #53 6 years ago
  54. ecu

    They did it so they can cut it again when Sony announces their PS3 price cut. :P

    #54 6 years ago
  55. Cort

    “The English is a horrendously weak currency right now (that’s what you get for your “independence” bullshit, Britain), so they’re just making up for the deficit.”

    O’Connor just take a fucking day off for once. Sterling – which any moron knows is a British currency – is about eighteen per cent higher against both the US Dollar and the Euro on 2009 lows (March and January respectively). Where were the spring price increases?

    Take your “independence bullshit” bullshit elsewhere.

    #55 6 years ago
  56. Blerk

    Hmm… I was expecting Microsoft to have issued a ‘correction’ to this by now. Maybe there’s something in it after all? The silly sods.

    #56 6 years ago
  57. jnms

    If you think this is expensive, just wait for hyper-inflation. It’s coming. Bread £10 per loaf.

    #57 6 years ago
  58. aion kinah

    I think people from UK will totally disagree on this. Pricing like this seems likes it’s for people who are very wealthy, lazy and impatient. I’d rather spent my money on purchasing Aion this september rather than this.

    #58 6 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]