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Hollenshead: Microsoft in “best position” to launch next-gen hardware

Monday, 24 August 2009 11:51 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead has told VG247 that Microsoft is in the “best position” to be the first platform holder out the gate with next-gen hardware.

“Somebody’s going to do it, and – to me – probably the player who’s in the best position to do so is Microsoft, because I do think they’ve recouped a lot of the costs of their console,” said the exec, speaking at QuakeCon earlier this month.

“Maybe they’ll push the [Xbox 360] to year six – maybe seven – but I’ve got to believe that they’re already planning the transition now, and they have their eye on the ball as to what it is, because I think they see that there are some weaknesses that they can exploit with what’s going on at Sony.”

Don’t crap your pants just yet, sports fans. We’ve got a long way to go with the current machines, Todd added.

“I think that how the industry handles this next console transition is crucial. Because the PS3 install base is still a problem for Sony and for PS3 developers; the 360 and PS3 are still at price points that are well above what you’d consider to be mainstream or mass market. We still have very large titles that sell a lot of units across the different platforms. So, as we see that unfold, I think that is going to be the key thing to watch,” he said.

To say we had a massive interview with Todd Hollenshead is an understatement. How big is it? Check for yourself. Loads of shit on Rage, DOOM 4 and that canceled id project, Darkness.

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45 Comments

  1. Psychotext

    “because I do think they’ve recouped a lot of the costs of their console”

    …and Nintendo have paid for the Wii 20 times over. What difference does that make? :P

    #1 6 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    How much the poor build quality of early 360s will affect the launch of a new console will be crucial too. I think for this round it was a calculated risk and paid off for them to get to market well before the PS3 – not so sure about next time. Maybe a lot of people will wait and see how any new machine holds up.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Dannybuoy

    Look out for the 720′s blue hexagon of death!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Tonka

    I agree with him,
    Nintendo have no need to launch a new console
    Sony can’t afford it
    Which leaves MS. Not that they need it badly. But they could weaken Sonys posiion even further.

    What will happen though is that they make a Natal SKU which is smaller and cuter and comes preloaded with Paintchucker, Spazzball and a Twitter reader.

    At the same time they’ll up the HDD space on the oldschool 360 and bundle it with “The HALO SAGA!” and drop the arcade SKU altogether.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Herlock

    Who gone buy it anyway…crise and angry people about the ROD, everybody can wait, no need new console now.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. SticKboy

    I foresee console case revisions in 2010/11… but *no* internal hardware revisions reaching the market until 2014.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Robo_1

    “Sony can’t afford it”

    They pretty much just have with the slim. Cell is designed to be modular in nature, so bumping up the clock speed and doubling the amount of SPU’s in conjunction with a more meatier GPU (if they bother with a GPU at all next time out) is something they could assemble at a fraction of the time and cost of developing a new architecture, and it would still pack quite a punch.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Tonka

    Sony doing a Wii in other words?
    But could they afford dropping to a 0 install base again?
    (notmuchofadifferencethoughlol)

    #8 6 years ago
  9. blackdreamhunk

    I really don’t think any consoles will come soon. Any company that does will only lose their money. I will be laughing at them too when they lose billions. Must investors are not going to jump into another billion dallor loss. I don’t even think anyone is in the able to do it at this point.

    Also microsoft have their hands in other projects right. Consumers are more woryed about keeping their jobs. I am sure must consumers have already budget out their gaming systems already.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. theevilaires

    LMAO :P

    #10 6 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    Maybe Microsoft will give away a free console with every version of Windows 8.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. JesteR

    Ah id…. a once great studio that only produced shit after Quake 3 and they still think they are imported. Just shut up and make better games id.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. blackdreamhunk

    here is a good link here

    http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/consoles/ps4-and-xbox-720-why-we-re-in-for-a-long-wait-628340

    the real hardcore gamers who do have the money to spend on games are found on pc. With all the drm and the way game dev’s treat their fanbase is going to die. Only big name companies who have huge following will surive if this recssion keeps on going.

    the companies that don’t will go bankuprt.

    basicly the game devs them self are killing the high end hardcore gaming as microsoft and sony keep their conquest of trying to destory the pc platform. More gamers are getting turn off and more gamers are boycotting companies. Then there is also the fact their favrite genres and tittles are replaced by console action games or fps will just leave losing more consumers.

    Everything is going to cloud soon.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    OMG IT’S BD…

    No, can’t be bothered.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. blackdreamhunk

    @Psychotext

    that is cause you know I maybe right on the money. lol :)

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Johnny Cullen

    Lemmie think…

    *thinks*

    Naaaaa.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    the real hardcore gamers who do have the money to spend on games are found on pc.

    O RLY?

    I don’t think so, because if they were hardcore gamers, they’d have ALL platforms, not just restrict themselves to one.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. blackdreamhunk

    yep, hardcore gamers with money. Did you not know the hardcore market is dying or shrinking.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    It’s funny… I recently upgraded my PC (again) and I’m still playing 95% of my games on the PS3 / 360.

    Probably my own fault for not being so into RTS any more.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. blackdreamhunk

    rts is still a very poular genre and powerful one at that. I am talking about other genres for exmaple like flight sims.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    Yes, flight sims are massively popular.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    bdh, I think you’ll find that almost everyone here has a PC that can play games of some description.

    Yet many of us choose to keep most of our gaming on console.

    Some of us have all 3 console’s, plus games, which adds up to way more than the cost of a high end PC.

    Why do you think that is?

    #22 6 years ago
  23. blackdreamhunk

    it will not be long before such geners are dead. You use to be able to go a store and find tons of flight sticks now you only see 1 or 2. More and more gamers are getting turn off by the gaming industry. flight sims was popular now it’s starting to die.

    @G1GAHURTZ must gamers don’t play on the console they play on the pc’s alot of gamers are now turning to Casual games these days. free to play they finding they don’t need to pay for big bugget games.

    The more the recssion carries on the more this holds true. The more game devs mess with the fanbase the more this holds true.The more price of games goes up the more that holds ture. For honest paying consomers that is the way to go these days.

    No drm in those free games :)

    #23 6 years ago
  24. G1GAHURTZ

    must gamers don’t play on the console they play on the pc’s

    I’m not talking about “most gamers” I’m talking about most people here. On this website.

    Why do we spend loads of money on console, rather than PC, seeing as we’d probably class ourselves as hardcore gamers?

    #24 6 years ago
  25. blackdreamhunk

    oh on here, well just know that if this site is made up of all hardcore console game consumers. You are only a small minority.hardcore gaming both on the pc and on consoles are on a decline.This have been happening ever since the new gen consoles came out.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    Please answer the question.

    It hasn’t changed.

    “Why do we spend loads of money on console, rather than PC, seeing as we’d probably class ourselves as hardcore gamers?”

    I just want to know why PC gaming is so cool, and what we’re all missing, since we’ve already established that it’s nothing to do with cost.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. blackdreamhunk

    sorry it’s fact that console gamers don’t spend as much as a hard core pc gamer. That is why so meny console gamers like the $300 to $100 dallor price point.

    real hardcore gamers will spend over a $1000 on hardware alone. Console gamers will not pay that much the sony Ps3 is just another example of this.

    the more game devs piss off pc gamers or there is less genres and games. The less the game industry will have from that pool of money.Chances are your not going to force a real high spending hardcore pc gamer into buying consoles because it’s not the same experience.

    Also the hardware companies will suffer as well because their is less speading.

    In the long run hardware companies will suffer. Why is that because cloud gaming is coming and less moeny.

    When cloud computers come there sill be less freedom for people too as well.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Johnny Cullen

    What G1GA said.

    Most PC games do eventually release for the consoles, either as a sim-ship or 6 months down the line. The only game I want that is a PC only title right now is Starcraft II, maybe Diablo III.

    And even then, D3 could still be going to consoles, which probably proves G1GA’s point on why PC gaming is cool (or not probably)

    #28 6 years ago
  29. G1GAHURTZ

    Please answer the question, bdh.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. blackdreamhunk

    that is no is no real question, and there is no point in me talking more.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. G1GAHURTZ

    What’s wrong with the question?

    #31 6 years ago
  32. blackdreamhunk

    sorry your average kid is not going to have huge amounts of cash. Your average kid is not hardcore and chanes are will be a Casual gamer.

    by the way the less money hardware companies have the more money the next consoles are going to cost. Also means the more money the games are going to cost too.

    the more chances this is and will be the last generation of consoles.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. G1GAHURTZ

    So ‘casual’ consoles like the Wii are a much better option for the average kid than a $1000 PC then?

    #33 6 years ago
  34. blackdreamhunk

    well if I want my kid to be smart I would get a pc. Pc’s make great learning tools. If i want my kid to have a toy I would get him or her a wii.As a kid you hae access to alot more games too as well with the pc.

    Must average mon’s and dads will look at the cost first than games. chances are must kids would not care at all.

    So the wii would be the choice product.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. G1GAHURTZ

    So the wii would be the choice product.

    Sooooo…..

    Why wouldn’t anyone want to get their kids a Wii 2 in the future then?

    #35 6 years ago
  36. blackdreamhunk

    wii 2 is going to cost alot more than the first wii. How much did it cost to make a wii in the first place, is it not billions or millions. Do you want to risk that in a ression.

    the wii will always be cheaper too. Your going to have to ask your self aare people going to buy your wii in a ression too. what about things like onlive? free games that is booming. As more and more find about free games on the pc. the more than market is booming.

    Right now nintendo is must likely trying to get as much money as they can. Nintendo is must ikely company to make another console too, I will give that.

    chances are if your a hardcore gamer your not going to be happy with what nintendo may offer. the pc gaming will out strip nintendos new hardware too for hardcore gamers.

    #36 6 years ago
  37. G1GAHURTZ

    No matter how much a Wii 2 is going to cost, $149, $240, $299, or whatever, it’s still going to be less than a $1000 PC.

    Therefore, now that we’ve established that parents would rather buy their kids a Wii than a PC to play casual games on, I think it’s fair to assume that there’s still a whole lot of life in the console industry yet.

    Also consider that as long as the Wii is around, it’s always going to generate competition by showing how many millions that it can make week after week without even breaking a sweat.

    I’m sure that there are at least 2 more console generations left before things like cloud gaming become viable and takes over completely, so the big 3 don’t have anything to worry about…

    #37 6 years ago
  38. blackdreamhunk

    the hardcore gamer would over look the wii for a pc.If your a graphics whore or gameplay whore. lol That is unless you love consoles. This also means your going have to sell your games alot cheaper too, as well.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. SticKboy

    @BDH: You may well have a point about Nintendo being the only other first party to invest in another complete hardware revamp, but you can bet your as it’ll retail for no more than the Wii costs now. £170 – £180 is a real sweet soft that Nintendo won’t want to pass up on.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. fearmonkey

    I disagree with you BDH. I know many very hardcore gamers that play console only. I have more than a few friends that live their lives on COD4-5 and Halo3. I would say that they are more hardcore than anyone I know.

    Also, I consider myself a hardcore gamer, and I mostly play console games these days. I have a very nice video card and system, but prefer sitting on the couch with the larger screen.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. ww3pl

    Oh, fearmonkey, don’t you know?
    Hardcore gamers play while sitting on hand-made wooden bench, eating still alive fishes and dressed up in some leaves.
    Oh, come on, blackdreamhunk.
    I’m a hardcore gamer for many years now, and i own low-end PC and X360 (i’m buying a PS3 this week).
    I think PC gaming is not that bad, BUT. If you truly consider yourself as a hardcore gamer, you have to get more platforms to play on than just a PC.
    I’ve been playing on the PC since i was, i don’t know – 8? And i truly, love them.
    But today, the hardcore market was totally transferred into consoles.
    You can scream on me if i’ve made any mistakes, typos etc.

    #41 6 years ago
  42. blackdreamhunk

    no offense but consoles are a joke for gaming. how genres on a console 4 at the must. Like said before pc gamers spend alot more on games than consoles.

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Psychotext

    You can stop now. You’ve won the battle to be the most blinkered, ignorant fanboy on the site.

    #43 6 years ago
  44. theevilaires

    thought that was me….or you :P

    #44 6 years ago
  45. Scyrenn

    pff real gamers only play in arcades… :p

    anyway that youtube link is hilarious, thanks! ^^

    #45 6 years ago

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]