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Xbox 360 growth under 1% in the US last year, PS3 up 22%

Friday, 15 January 2010 13:34 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Microsoft struggled to find positive growth with 360 hardware sales in America last year, with numbers flat as a pancake compared to 2008.

Following the release of full-year NPD data last night, we can now see that 360 sales rose only 0.74 percent in 2009, up to 4,770,700 units sold from 4,735,560 in 2008.

By comparison, PS3 sales finally gathered pace in 2009, thanks to the introduction of PS3 Slim and a price cut, both announced at gamescom in August. In 2008, Sony sold 3,544,800 units of the machine in the US, rising a substantial 22.28% to 4,334,500 last year.

The 2009 race between Sony and Microsoft in the US ended neck-and-neck, with PS3 being beaten by 360 by only 436,200 consoles over the 12 months.

Sony’s machine made a final surge to actually beat 360 in the key December sales period, despite just losing in the annual total race to the Microsoft console.

Let’s look at some graphs. Why not? Here’s 360 versus PS3 in 2008:

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And here’s the same story in 2009:

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Analysts are already pointing to price cuts for both consoles in 2010, with Microsoft sure to make a major play with the Natal’s release towards the end of the year.

Sorry for the shabbiness of the graphs. We’ll get mart to make them next time.

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40 Comments

  1. Blerk

    Like I said before, Microsoft need to try a lot harder this year. They sort of coasted along last year and with Sony trying much harder and doing much better that’s just not going to cut it any more.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    I was actually quite surprised when I put that together. They’re very lucky they didn’t go negative.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Eregol

    No pie charts?
    Fail.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Hang on. I’ll make some.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Detale

    Mmm, pie.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    Actually, I don’t have time. I’ll do some next time. I sincerely apologise.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. JonFE

    Suits both of them well actually!

    Sony played it smart last year, releasing PS3slim and some decent exclusives, while Microsoft kind of left things on auto-pilot.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. deftangel

    That’s the point though, Microsoft did sit on their hands this year and coast along. It’s been evident since E3 they were content to ride out the rest of the year and get more aggressive in 2010. I think they’ll be pretty happy to have not sustained any critical damage over the last six months.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Doc Robotnik

    Erm… why is no-one stating the obvious here?

    Microsoft had a year’s head start on the PS3, meaning that like-for-like stats are next to useless. You need to look at the console’s ‘nth’ year on sale, and see how comparative the growth is.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Eregol

    @9 Very good point.
    Anyone got the year on year stats for each console?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Tonka

    This year will be farcical with MS and Sony launching motion controll minigame compilations and everyone else doing NSMB rip offs. Then to top it all off Nintendo will release that weird finger sensor with some Zen game.

    Year of the Tiger

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Eregol

    Well, we’ve got Alan Wake (apparently), Gran Turismo 5 (apparently) and God of War 3. So it’s not a total loss.
    Oh, and FFXIII.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. deftangel

    I’m sure it’ll be on GAF somewhere but it won’t be as instructive as you might think because the reality is,until this year the systems have been at different price points.

    Xbox’s US lead last year was about 7m, this year it’s about the same so comparative growth Xbox is well ahead. That doesn’t really speak very much for 2010 though.

    Personally speaking, I expect the two to sell similar amounts until September / November at which point it depends on Natal and how aggressive Microsoft are. If it works as advertised and they ship a Natal bundle at $199 then it’ll change things.

    Otherwise you got two similar looking boxes, with similar looking games at similar looking price points. It’s not rocket science to suggest they might sell about the same.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Blerk

    It’s kind of amusing to see Sony and Microsoft on the verge of launching casual-friendly motion-controllers just as the third-parties have decided that there’s no money in casual-friendly motion-controller software and are going back to concentrating on normal 360/PS3 stuff. :-D

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Alakratt

    @ Blerk

    I get your point, but who knows? Maybe releasing casual games (or maybe hardcore games) using motion controls on the “hardcore” consoles might be different and prove successful.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. OrphanageExplosion

    So even with its massive growth, the PS3 still sold fewer units overall, or at best as many as 360? I guess on the flipside that is a pretty decent achievement for a more expensive piece of kit.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Michael O’Connor

    All this proves is what we’ve always known. Consumers care about the games, not the console.

    Bring the games, and they shall come. Sony really pushed out some big hitting titles last year, and Microsoft… well… didn’t. Mind you, Microsoft did admit in 2008 that 2009 would be a difficult year to capture, but they seem to be stepping up their game this year with some big console exclusives.

    Should make for an interesting year. Having them both neck and neck isn’t a bad thing.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Blerk

    The PS3′s growth appears massive because it underperformed so much the year before. It wasn’t until they’d got the machine and the price right (or ‘better’, at least) that things really kicked off.

    That’s not to say that Microsoft should be pleased with themselves.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. NiceFellow

    Good year for PS3 is US vs previous years but it’s clear the console is still struggling to overcome the incumbent base the 360 has there now.

    360 I thought had an average year that would have looked worse had they not secured (which I’m presuming cost them some money) such good MW2 bundles plus some terrific deals with certain retailers.

    Wii sales show the more casual audience remains huge, so even with developers struggling with it I expect Sony and MS to remain committed to their strategies with regard to that demographic. Sony to recapture it as they had it with PS2 and MS to try and gain some for the first time.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Eregol

    When’s FFXIII vs out?
    If it’s this year expect a massive PS3 spike in Japan.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Blerk

    There’s no date for Versus yet. And I’m not sure we’ll see another massive spike – surely all the FF fans would’ve bought a PS3 for vanilla XIII?

    #21 5 years ago
  22. No_PUDding

    I expect Microsoft will do a lot better this year.

    There’s not chnace there will be Halo AND Gears (that would just be stifling their own market). But I am sure there will be more than just Halo.

    And Sony, we just have no clue. Something from Insomniac.

    First part of the year for both companies is sorted.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Eregol

    @Blerk
    You only have to look at the sales spike on the PSP caused by the new Kingdon hearts game to realise Japan could quite easily get another spike when another big rpg is released. Especially if it’s a PS3 exclusive.

    Spikes occured for FFXIII and even Winning Eleven. FFXIII Versus could easily do it again.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. The Hindle

    Ps3 will see a sales leap in the Usa when Gow 3 comes out, the franchise is quite big over there.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Blerk

    A spike, yeah – but not a massive one, Eregol. I wouldn’t have thought, anyway. Who knows? :-D

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Eregol

    Well, how much was the PSP selling in Japan before this week?
    Then all of a sudden *BOOM* 145,000 units fly out.

    Even if the Go did sell shit.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Blerk

    105,801 the week before. :-)

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Patrick Garratt

    Talking of spikes, see that big PS3 bump in the middle of 2008? That’s Metal Gear, that is.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. The Hindle

    Id imagine Sony will be getting Hideo kojima to make them a new game then

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Michael O’Connor

    “Id imagine Sony will be getting Hideo kojima to make them a new game then”

    Like… say… Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker?

    #30 5 years ago
  31. The Hindle

    I meant Ps3 lol

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Michael O’Connor

    Looking at this charts, I never realised just how much the holidays do in fact have an impact on how many consoles are bought. The sales for the holidays easily eclipse the *entire* sales of each console over every month in the rest of the year *combined*.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. mington

    @28 Thats it exactly, people haven’t been buyiing ps3 as theres been no games worth buying one for

    i’ve only recently got one, and only because gow3 is coming up, and i’ve already managed to play through all the games worth playing on the system

    uncharted
    uncharted 2
    metal gear solid 4
    valkyria chronicles (half way through)
    kill zone 2 (played half hated it)
    (are there any others i don’t know about)

    expect a spike with god3 innit

    expect this all to change when more exclusive games worth there salt start appearing on the system

    gow3
    heavyrain
    ffXIII vs

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Goliath

    Well I’ll go ahead and state the obvious; the PS3 had no where to go but up. The numbers are all relative. With almost no major exclusive releases in 2009, Microsoft managed to equal last year’s output. If you look at the raw numbers, even with its vaunted lineup and price cut, Sony didn’t have a better year than Microsoft, they had a better year than they did the year before and that isn’t really an accomplishment since the console performed way below expectations the previous year.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. OlderGamer

    #9

    I think the market is too regionalized and segmented to look at it that way.

    The xb360 in JP never sold and never will.

    In Euro the PS3 will likly outsell the 360 by a narrow margin.

    In the US the PS3 will be last, and the xb360 will hang onto its lead hardwarewise and will maintain a healthy lead softwarewise too.

    It doesn’t disccount any region or lessen the fact that the numbers may very well be dead even when it is all said and done.

    Another thing that I believe often gets over looked in these type of chats is the fact that this hardware generation isn’t going to last forever. MS and Nintendo will most likliy be sporting new hardware and showing it off in one or two years, and selling in two to three years from now. I do not see trends reversing anytime soon. Even if PS3 continues to pick up, do you expect the xbox360 sales to suddenly stop? Is Nintendo going to stop making Wiis anytime soon? Nope and nope.

    People that like to say the xbox had a one year head start, what does that mean? Not much really. The gap is 6million units. Thats a healthy gap. I expect it to close. But it doesn’t mean anything. And it won’t happen overnite. It just means that each system sold about evenly. How is even sales a win for Sony? Its just silly.

    Would you like to talk software?

    Look I am glad both systems are doing well. I own em both. But neither one will win this gen. They are fighting over second, thrid if ya count the DS sales. All I am saying is don’t make too much of stuff like this. Don’t get carried away. In the end it really doesn’t change anything. Being first, second, or last doesn’t change the way the games are played. It doesn’t magicly make them more or less fun. It is what it is. An attention grabing headline.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. DeSpiritusBellum

    Goliath said it. Sooner or later you’re gonna hit the ceiling. The fact that the Xbox maintains its sales in spite of having been out for more than three years speaks of a pretty sound platform to me.

    I never had much faith in the more lavish consoles personally, it didn’t pay off for Sony, and the ugliest, most unassuming console has been dominating the market from day one, so the fact that the updated Xbox Elite isn’t raising the bar, at least not yet, isn’t surprising to me in the least.

    It’s gonna be interesting to see if people are gonna like the new Xbox Wii (Sorry, “Natal”) and how far Microsoft are going to go in upgrading the box by then.

    Sony are trying to get back in the game in a big way, and that’s gonna be very interesting, but having broken pretty much every paradigm of common business sense for the better part of a decade, I’d say it’s about time they stopped the madness and started moving some consoles.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. reask

    I reckon OG pretty much nailed it.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. sg1974

    “Thats it exactly, people haven’t been buyiing ps3 as theres been no games worth buying one for”

    How do people still get away with this childish rubbish? I dont own a Ps3 (never owned any console – PC FTW) but even I see that statement as utter nonsense.

    Oldergamer,

    The PS3 will end up miles ahead of 360 in europe, not a narrow margin. It is already about level after launching what 18 months later? You reckon a launch lead is irlevant but thats just ridiculous: the 360 had between a year and year and a half of sales unchallenged, that headstart is not relevent? And anyway PS3 is now selling much, much better every month in PAL and will probably finish as far ahead in EU as it will be behind 360 in US. Only in UK is the 360 holding on in EU.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Michael O’Connor

    In the end, does it really matter though?

    Lets just enjoy the awesome games.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. zoopdeloop

    Microsoft need to concentrate on games and not being too cocky all the time…
    Sony was like that and they went downhill, now they’re settling down.
    If Microsoft continues on this path of aggresion without actually concentrating on games they will follow the same “fate”

    #40 5 years ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

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

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

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

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

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

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

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

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

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

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

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

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

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

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

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

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

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

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

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

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

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

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

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

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

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

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

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

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

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

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

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

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

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

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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