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PC’s a “very powerful platform and it’s very flexible,” says Pitchford

Wednesday, 7 October 2009 21:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford was on a roll during a discussion with Maximum PC on piracy, Steam, and the like while touching on the “current health” of PC gaming.

“It’s a very powerful platform and it’s very flexible. The longer the generation goes with the consoles, the more the extreme side of the PC will have an advantage, from a technology perspective.

“The other thing is that the PC is a very flexible platform, we can build PCs of a lot of different types. Another angle to that is that it’s a very accessible platform, it invites a lot of different development activities. However, the biggest games in the world are very costly to produce.

“How healthy is the PC platform? I believe the PC has a hard time being a dominant gaming platform, because of the advantages it has. Because it’s such a powerful, flexible platform, it’s also less accessible, to ordinary folks.

“It can be expensive, but you can amortize your investment in a PC in a lot of different ways. You’re not just buying a PC as a gaming platform. You can rationalize that cost in a bunch of different ways. Ultimately though, that versatility of the platform means the PC won’t be the dominant platform, but it also means it will never go away.

“Games will change, but we’re always going to amuse ourselves with whatever tools we have.”

We paraphrased it a bit to cut the length, but the whole thing is through here.

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50 Comments

  1. Psychotext

    I’m going to make a prediction…

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Syrok

    I can read your mind and agree with your prediction. :)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    It’ll come true.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    Just close the comments now.

    Please?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. theevilaires

    PC gaming RULES come on BDH! I’m with you all the way!
    (because I think you’re really Shatner undercover)

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    BDH is the guy who constantly rips on PC gaming for no reason other than ignorance right?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Len

    I agree tea, surely it is…?

    He can’t be far away…

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Johnny Cullen

    I think everyone knows your prediction, PT.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. endgame

    and yet in the end bdh is right.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    Wait… what? Satin really is coming?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    Satin… lol. That is still funny, :-D

    #11 5 years ago
  12. No_PUDding

    That’s only funny to me now I know he didn’t actually mean Satin. xD

    ANYWAY… This guy genuinely doesn’t know what he’s talking about does he?

    How can you call PC a powerful platform? How can you quantify the power of PC’s? I bet my piece of shit Windows 95 one up in the loft isn’t powerful or flexilbe.

    Jesus this guy should be gagged till he sorts out his ridiculous hair, makes good games and also has a good development business.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. blackdreamhunk

    pc’s are the dominant platform sorry the world does not play on consoles.

    a $300 or $200 is still better and more powerful than a new console.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    Ahh, there’s the boy. Prediction fulfilled.

    On a different note. How do you feel about the rumours that Nvidia is pulling out of the mid to high range PC GPU market BDH?

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Johnny Cullen

    I’ll make a prediction of my own on that: he’s probably in a corner, a dark corner, sobbing away to himself.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. blackdreamhunk

    lol you wish lol

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    Hmm… two lols. I think that counts as manic depression.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. blackdreamhunk

    here think of pc gamers and pc gaming like the borg.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZEJ4OJTgg8

    the hive mind or the queen would be the internet

    pc gamers are the borg.

    we know what is happening all over the world. We will adpted to antyhing. We are ever evloving ever growing.

    think of consoles as the ice queen.

    ice queen vs the borg queen, the borg queen is going to win.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAHW7GMbgLg

    people who try to fight pc gaming and pc gamers will only end up like this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CN0fui9Nmg&feature=related

    yea the person who ever created the borg idea must have been a real pc gamer. Only a pc gamer would know such things.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. No_PUDding

    I can’t think of a single PC exclusive… Unless it’s some shitty MMO.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. blackdreamhunk

    oh really I can think of tons pc only games do you want a link or links.

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2009/

    sorry real pc gamers are not driven by media or media hype. In fact pc gamers don’t trust big companies or media. We do things differently we share ideas and talk about games. What do marketers call it agin? pc gamers use word of mouth I think id what marketers call it.

    for pc gamers we get news at the speed of light and news travels so fast no human can keep up.

    your resistance is hopeless. Only god himself can kill pc gaming.

    pc gamers are a different breed of people.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. hitnrun

    The problem is that “resilient” doesn’t necessarily mean “relevant.”

    There will always be decent PC games – something that can’t be said for any other platform – because of its two unique characteristics: “open” and “extremely widespread.” The question is, do the major studios support it? For the past few years, the answer has been increasingly “no.” Account-locked titles, console ports, and casual time-wasters targeted at non-pirates have made almost all of the money on PC.

    Pitchford makes an interesting point, though. Will the PC start to make a comeback with more “regular” game experiences in the next few years? The Big 3′s reluctance to start the next gen cycle is going to result in consoles falling way behind the cutting edge. Disciplined companies will still focus on consoles, but companies who are chasing the glory are going to be mighty tempted to go PC.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. blackdreamhunk

    good exmaple is empaire total war vs kill zone 2

    pc gamers are different breed of people. We live on the net, it’s our home.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Johnny Cullen

    Did… did he just compare an RTS to an FPS?

    Thats just so wrong. Like, a black hole has appeared and is gonna swallow up the earth (saves the CERN super collider a job anyways).

    #23 5 years ago
  24. blackdreamhunk

    man must i explain everything I am talking about marketing vs word of mouth.

    I am talking about how pc gamers and pc gaming are different.

    pc gamers have acess to so much information it’s no longer about media, it’s about creadiblity and the name.

    it’s about how publishers and game devs serve us.

    empire total war was able to knock killzone 2 out of the number 1 spot on charts.

    it’s also why blizzard is so popular.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    “empire total war was able to knock killzone 2 out of the number 1 spot on charts”

    Ahh yes, Empire. Beaten in its launch week by Killzone 2 / Prof Layton in Ireland, Wii Fit in Denmark, Killzone 2 / Wii Fit / Halo Wars in the Netherlands and Australia, Killzone 2 / GTA IV in Finland.

    Very impressive launch given the billions of PC gamers. Would comment on other countries… but it either didn’t make the top 10 or they don’t bother to report PC game sales. It did have a better opening week in the UK, but was 8th in the charts after a week, falling to 15th a week later… and so on.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. blackdreamhunk

    fifa online makes more money than fifa on consoles. That is just an exmpale by the way.

    fifa sport games is EA new baby,it’s no longer maden. Pc gamers helped EA with fifa when it wasn’t a big name brand.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. freedoms_stain

    Fifa has been a big name brand in Europe since the mid 1990′s.

    BDH, just shut your hole, you’re increasingly clueless.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. blackdreamhunk

    when pc gaming clearly has the must games made for every year.

    http://kotaku.com/5037023/more-developers-working-on-pc-xbox-360-titles

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10291692-1.html

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2009/

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7960498.stm

    http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/why-the-future-looks-bright-for-pc-gaming-589422

    if you want to disclaim my words you better bring some hard facts!

    http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/58497

    #28 5 years ago
  29. freedoms_stain

    Considering anyone with a PC and some programming knowledge and a little artistic skill can build a PC game for very little up front capital it’s pretty unsurprising that is has the “most” games.

    However the “big” developers are increasingly looking to consoles as their lead platforms because, like it or not dude, games sell better on consoles.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. blackdreamhunk

    please stop lieing to me sorry console gaming is in a decline and does not match pc gaming. You can lie to the avverage person but pc gamers and people like me are not your average person.

    Until you have hard numbers your only going to make your self look small.

    agin sorry the world does not play on consoles they play on the pc.

    you can blow hot air all you want, until you have facts you have no creadiblity

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Psychotext

    You mean the hard facts like those showing EA’s revenue from PC gaming as about a third of their revenue from console gaming? You don’t like hard facts, just your own links which you don’t seem to read.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. blackdreamhunk

    yea EA revaune even when they were macking pc gaming with drm was still very strong.

    sorry nice try, do you really want me to add more links.

    in fact when Ea found out how mcuh pc gaming online made they rush to be online too.

    If EA had a game like wow they would have never ever sank so fast when the ression started.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Psychotext

    Umm… why don’t you just go and look at their financial reports. Or is that a little too complicated for you? Are youtube and endless rehashes of the same PC gaming alliance news story just about your limit?

    #33 5 years ago
  34. blackdreamhunk

    the links speak for them self, sorry asia nation don’t play on consoles, india does not play on consoles.

    pc gaming is so big online companies are having a hard time tracking slaes.

    your breathing hot air, bring some facts and then we will talk

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Psychotext

    http://investor.ea.com/results.cfm

    kthnxbye, talk later!

    #35 5 years ago
  36. blackdreamhunk

    hahaha what a joke you will never ever see a console game devs buy football team like blizzard did.

    EA use to be number 1 company in the gaming industry now they are number 2 .

    them console games couldn’t keep a big company like EA could it.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Psychotext

    You’re fun.

    /pats head

    #37 5 years ago
  38. blackdreamhunk

    yea and epic games got replaced by cryteck life goes on lol.

    Even Will wright never ever respected consoles lol

    you will never ever see a console game dev do stuff like this

    http://360.kombo.com/article.php?artid=17429

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    “pc’s are the dominant platform sorry the world does not play on consoles.”

    Ignoring sales figures again i see.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Phoenixblight

    I think BDH Masterbate every time he sees the acronym, PC.

    Its like talking to a broken record that he is stuck on the phrase “PC r teh bast”

    BTW BDH if you are knowledgeable why in the hell can you not type a whole sentence without any spelling errors.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Suikoden Fan

    Stephany did you have to publish this article? you know cthulhu would be summoned.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Gadzooks!

    Keep charging at those windmills Don!

    #42 5 years ago
  43. G1GAHURTZ

    Some classic comments here… LOL!

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Filofax

    Bloody hell I so want a BDH EyePet, then the fun would never end.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Neolucifer

    It’s obviously a waste of time , as he’s so in love with PC that he (BDH) will be in constant denial …

    But you want some hardfacts ? Swell …
    Blizzard is one of the biggest publishers ever on pc , with things like Starcraft going at more than 11 millions units , of course WoW at around 12 millions , warcraft 3 3.56 millions , and diablo 2 addons included roughly 7-8 millions .

    Anyway in short Blizzard got two of the biggest sales ever on pc with World of warcraft and Starcraft . It’s only topped by EA’s Sims … and followed far behind by Myst and Half Life .

    Guess how high they rank against best selling consoles games of any origins ? Barely reach the top 20 (namely only the sims does) .

    Regardless of quality , it gets beat by anything nintendo ( like pokemon , mario , wii sports , fiit etc) , and sell basically around the same level as ps2 ‘s GTA , or titles such as grand turismo and with stuff like Halo 3 on it’s trail.

    BTW most asian nation arent so hot on PC . Many plays mmos obviously , and Korea anything Blizzard , but the japanese , korean , chinese market are otherwise clustered with niche games . Like visual novels , erotic games , doujin games in japan .

    The few big budget and serious pc games like Magna Carta mostly get limited successes and did most of their money on consoles . Too many beloved genres arent properly represented on PC or just important enough there to yet (i insist on YET) make PC a driving force in asian industry , outside of MMOs or game developement (mostly for console ironically ) .

    Finally i’d also comment about your bit on Fifa : WTH ??.
    It’s driving force was always the console , at least in sales . The PC was even the poor parent for a long time , with sluggish controls and lack of polish (like in fifa 97), and stuff like exclusivity of the new engine at the time , for 12 months on 360 .

    Anyway spin away spinmasta , i realize i’m already wasting too much time with this post .

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I’ll skip all the comments and go right to my opinion.

    PC gaming may or may not be the “dominant” gaming platform, but with a decent tower (I’ve got Core 2 Duo (6600, 2.4GHz each), 4GB PC2-5300 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX), the multiplatform games do look superior on the PC. Mirrors Edge, NFS: Shift, Batman:AA, COD4,(the list goes on) are all examples of this.

    The other thing I like about the PC is new maps via patches are usually always free to consumer, and I prefer the lobby joining system on most PC games over their platform “instant matchmaking” counterpart.

    Having said that, I would tend to think the platforms are more popular, still look fantastic, and certianly more affordable.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Quiiick

    What are “doujin games”?

    #47 5 years ago
  48. endgame

    post: some random console user
    post: bdh
    post: some other random console user
    post: bdh
    post: and another random console user
    post: bdh
    etc etc

    wow, that’s just ONE pc gamer vs so many console users and he’s got more heart than all of you put together. that’s why the pc community will never die and that’s why i love it and will always stay on this side. plus he’s got good arguments while all of u others r making me laugh. lol!

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Psychotext

    Hey endgame, most of the people arguing with him are PC gamers too. We’re just not dumb enough to be PC only gamers, nor PC fanboys (how exactly does that happen anyway?).

    As for “good arguments”… well, the less said about that the better.

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Hunam

    I’ve been a dyed in the wool PC fanboy for over 10 years and I still think BDH talks shit.

    #50 5 years ago

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    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]