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Greenberg on Move: “Only Natal makes you the controller”

Friday, 12 March 2010 17:54 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Microsoft production boss Aaron Greenberg’s thrown out a response to Sony’s Move reveal earlier this week, saying that Natal’s the only solution for controller-free motion gaming.

“Xbox 360 has a strong history of innovation: Halo, Xbox LIVE and instant-on 1080p HD,” said the senior Microsoft exec, talking to TheBitBag.

“With each of these, we had our sights set on the future – and it paid off for us, the industry and Xbox 360 owners. We are doing it again with Project Natal on Xbox 360. We believe controller-free experiences are the future of gaming and entertainment.

“Only Project Natal makes YOU the controller, putting you in the middle of the action and in complete control. Jump and your Avatar jumps. Speak and characters respond. Combined with Xbox LIVE, Project Natal will transform how you connect with your friends, family and entertainment – as only Xbox 360 can do.”

PlayStation Move was announced at GDC in San Francisco this week as the name for PS3′s wand controller.

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41 Comments

  1. Eregol

    I still do not think that a controller-less input system will work for core games.
    No force feedback or anything that will tell you what you’ve actually done.

    The Sixaxis proved that a lack of force feedbak will garner negative opinion from gamers.

    Natal is obviously a casual only solution.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. AHA-Lambda

    In a lot of ways I hope both of these fail miserably but moreso for natal which unfortunately will be the more successful of the two >:(

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Razor

    Halo…innovation?

    Give me a break.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @2 Depends only on a Software.

    I think Greenberg missing one particular point that Sony have Playstation Eye that uses the innovation title. But he is a PR guy so…

    Microsoft don’t have innovation in whatsoever except that they brought Xbox Live. But everybody know that internet service and HD would come anyway because of time. In my memory they don’t have something innovative except the software from 3rd party studios.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    @3
    Halo brought alot of new ideas to the table at the time thats become standard in most FPS’ now. …The Halo games actually on 360 on the other hand… :S

    #5 5 years ago
  6. theevilaires

    “We believe controller-free experiences are the future of gaming and entertainment”.

    wrong! no camera you can produce will ever let me control Nathan Drake better that a gaming pad. And if you did had said camera it would cost about $600 because tech that advance is hard to make. Not a fucking eyetoy rip off that will be less than $100 and mimics fucking dodge ball and safari paintings. (I was embarrassed for you guys last E3….and BAM! the bottom of your avatar’s shoe LMAO!)

    “Future of entertainment”

    Didn’t you guys say that about that HD-DVD add on? :D

    #6 5 years ago
  7. feybuhl

    How about people that want feedback just hold one of those gag shocker things?
    How about you hold your replica lightsaber when playing Natal enabled SW game?
    Point is you don’t have to hold on to anything,
    but you can if you want.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. get2sammyb

    Well he stated the obvious there didn’t he.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. get2sammyb

    @feybuhl – I’m going to hold a plate for driving games…

    I dunno — the controller-less angle frightens me even more than Move and Wii. I had an Eye Toy. I know Natal is more advanced but I’m not sure it matters. Reaching into fresh air is just not fun in the long term.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. theevilaires

    Oh yea man Forza 4 with Natal support would be awesome….get the hell out of here :D then why did I buy the wheel add on.

    Its going to be funny as hell when they start releasing games for Natal and Sony will copy anything they put out because the PS eye is well capable enough to do the same things.

    Some call the police from Minority Report because M$ is about to commit suicide this fall.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Seraphemz

    TEA – what do you really think?

    #11 5 years ago
  12. The Hindle

    Read this on Ign guys, Natal isnt sounding so good.

    http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/107/1076978p1.html

    #12 5 years ago
  13. feybuhl

    @get2sammyb – I’m new (VG247) but have read the ‘no feedback’ complaint several times but haven’t seen the obvious suggestion. Use the same plate playing a baseball game if you want. I’m thinking that Natal is all about that sort of freedom. I’ll stop with the obvious now.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. get2sammyb

    @12 – that was a fascinating read. Interesting to hear developers lamenting the technology. Maybe this is why we’ve still seen so little?

    #14 5 years ago
  15. get2sammyb

    @13 – ok, but when I hit a ball in richochet, it won’t FEEL like I hit a ball. It’s the same in Sony’s EyePet — the pet reacts like I’m stroking him, it LOOKS like I’m stroking him, but in reality I’m stroking fresh-air.

    Obviously, holding a controller won’t make you feel like you’ve hit a ball either, but at least the rumble and weight makes it a bit closer than fresh air, right?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    Hindle the thing that stands out to me is that the articale says that both Move and Natal are complete crap.

    Kind of what I was guessing anyways to be honest.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. get2sammyb

    @10 – I don’t want Sony to copy them. If they’re going to pursue motion control I want more of this augmented reality stuff from Sony. Despite its casual leaning, I thought Move Party looked like the best Playstation Move game by a long way — aside from Sports Champions (which looked good but generic).

    #17 5 years ago
  18. get2sammyb

    @16 – The article does say that, but there’s also some positivity on the development side for Move (namely that it actually does what Sony claim — a more accuate Wii remote) and that the augmented reality stuff works.

    Natal it seems is not going so well. I did kinda wonder why EA Sports Active 2.0 wasn’t announced for Natal.

    I’d also heard other bumblings from within the industry on various podcasts, etc, that Natal does not do what they claim.

    Apparently the hype might come back to bite them in the ass? They’ve plenty of time to fix it though I suppose. I’m sure it’s super high priority for them.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    @Sammy

    Do you have some kind of personial invested intrest in Move or something. Because your placing more spin on this thing then a 14 boy at a spin the bottle party.

    The articile, and I quote:

    ” I played with it at publisher’s event and as something of a Wii veteran with a firm understanding of how pointer and gestural controls work and how games should feel when they are properly finessed. I’m not impressed, I say. PS3 Move features almost no latency — just one frame — but that paper truth didn’t seem to translate to reality as I played with the controller at Sony’s event. Most of the stuff played like first-generation Wii efforts from third-parties. ”

    How is that a possitive thing?

    Natal may very well stink. But that doesn’t translate into Sony holding the holy grail of casual gaming with their Move/Eye Toy stuff. Either way you look at it, Sony and MS are attempting to do a “Wii Too” type deal.

    I think at best, the Move is going to mimic the WiiMote, w/motion plus(if Sony is lucky). But at the end of the day i don’t see either thing selling their respective systems or changing the way that I or most gamers out there want to play their games. And to be very blunt honest, your grandma isn’t going to buy a PS3 to play PS3 Sports.

    Grandma called, she is happy with her Wii.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. theevilaires

    Seraphemz said: TEA – what do you really think?

    I think you need to start posting more for real man. Where the hell you been all this time. Stop playing Ad hoc party on your PS3 and start posting more.

    I missed the old days when we would roll out 500 post per article :D

    Oh but on topic I think Natal will be ok. I’m just busting Greenturds balls. I’m still getting it (cause I’m a game dork) but I’m liking MOVE. The controllers look cool and if that glowing ball part vibrates I’m sure I can get my female friends to play with me more ;)

    #20 5 years ago
  21. OlderGamer

    “The controllers look cool and if that glowing ball part vibrates I’m sure I can get my female friends to play with me more ”

    Becareful man, they get their hands on that and they may play with you even less!

    #21 5 years ago
  22. get2sammyb

    @oldergamer – Because this part counteracts it:

    “The exceptions are the augmented reality games, which project gameplay graphics onto real-time views of players using Sony’s camera. These are all flimsy affairs — mini-games of the sort that sold Wii consoles three years ago, but as I watch people having fun while they shave the heads of goofy virtual monsters, I can’t help but think how much my kids are going to love this stuff. It’s fluffy, sure, but families will eat it up and there’s just enough freshness that critics like me can’t say that Sony copied Nintendo, at least not blatantly. Just as importantly, it’s responsive and it feels good.

    Move’s hardware is more than competent and there’s certainly a lot of potential, but most of it remained untapped at the event. This opinion is seconded by the developer, which is working closely with the device. They tell me that they believe it will ultimately outperform the Wii remote in responsiveness and say that their own tests are already proving that true. I ask if there is the kind of lag I experienced at Sony’s demo and they say no, that it’s very fast and reliable when programmed correctly. They add that it still has some calibration issues like the Wii remote, but that it’s still an improvement.”

    I agree, that Move didn’t do a great deal to inspire me, but I definitely think its positive that developers are working on it and getting it to work like Sony have suggested it will. That’s good news to me. Does it make the current crop of software we’ve seen good? Not really – but potential always excites me.

    And apparently the potential is not working out for Natal. I consider Sony and Microsoft’s different devices extremely different, so I honestly don’t want to compare them — but surely it’s interesting to consider developers are saying on one hand “Move is basically a Wii that works better and we know that cos we’re working on it” over “Natal is shit and practically busted.”

    That’s what I was drawing out of the article.

    Both Sony and Microsft have a LONG way to go before they even touch Nintendo’s software though.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. absolutezero

    I don’t want to be the controller though ;_;

    #23 5 years ago
  24. theevilaires

    “Becareful man, they get their hands on that and they may play with you even less!”

    Nothing beats the real thing O.G. especially not when compared to my magic stick :P im not packing a wii ladies :D

    #24 5 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    I think we have two things here.

    One is a product not doing what is ‘possed/hyped to do. Right now it is underwhelming. That is about as close to a video game fact as we can get(most video game facts are opinions, and this one could also be slanted that way). But I feel comfortable saying that at this point Move doesn’t fully deliver(based on this article and others like it).

    Second we have the ugly monster called PR. The guy was given a screening and schown the Move. To say that the product has anything less then lots of potiential would be just plan rude. Plus, I think, a certian faction of the readers(its from the PS3 heavy UK, after all) are optimisticly looking forward to it – gotta know your audience.

    To me what the article boils down to is simple:

    Move is ho-hum now, but might get better.

    About spot on.

    You also like to point out that Natal will fail. Well, maybe. But we haven’t seen its press release yet. Keeping in mind I could careless about either one, lets just wait till they are both on the market this fall and see if either is worth our cash.

    lol @ Tea

    Hey feel free to add me on xbLIVE. Same handle, sort of. Its AnOlderGamer
    I’d give ya our PS3 one, but its my son that has it in his room(its his/ours). He does play MAG if your into that lemme know.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. theevilaires

    Yea I’ll add you tonight. Been busy cause its tax season and all. I need to mop the floor with Reask in MW2 badly…..just to make my life feel some what meaningful. :D

    #26 5 years ago
  27. The Hindle

    Just for the record guys didnt mean to single out Natal, Move sounds underwhelming as well if that editor is anything to go by.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. OlderGamer

    gah, not another MW2 player!

    hehe, you guys are killing me, I need squad mates for BFBC2. No way I want to take on the Squad Deathmatch with a pug.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. SplatteredHouse

    I think Sony’s Move is bound to be plenty more accurate than waving your arms about. The last Microsoft showed was a lady doing star jumps at giant circles, lol. Or painting that a four year-old would think sloppy! Where is the intuitive accuracy of any kind in all that? Greenberg’s back to run his mouth, again. That’s the type of thing you do, when you have nothing to show.
    At least I’ll be able to stay in control of my gaming experience, by not being suckered in with talk.

    That part of what 12 posted about Peter Molyneux, and asking a crowded room for suggestions until they say one thing he knew the avatar on-screen could replicate, AND then the tech copied some logo from the guy’s shirt, badly instead, is just too much. I’m not against advancing, and new ways for games, but Microsoft are doing a lot of talking, and it comes across like some pipe-dream. Woouldn’t be without precedent.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Gekidami

    “I’m going to hold a plate for driving games”

    Ok, so how are you going to accelerate, brake and reverse, or even change gear if you like that type of thing in your race games?
    Its easy to imagine how one aspect of a genre could work whilst forgetting that no game has a single action to fully control it which is sort of a shame because thats sort of what Natal needs by the looks of it.

    You know what, i’m going to call it now; MS will reveal some form of light controller(s) to work along side Natal at E3.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Mike

    You tell ‘em, Aaron! :)

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Galactic_Barret

    Come on, now, OlderGamer. Devs are saying Move works well, and that its fun. Its software is ‘ho-hum’ at this point. At least, that is what the article is trying to convey. Sales (Why are we talking about this, now?) are auxillary to that. I’m starting to notice a pattern here, its a little frightening.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Eregol

    I like how the steering wheel has been brought up.

    That sensation is something you’ll never replicate with a controllerless interface, and considering how difficult I find driving games with a steering wheel the force feedback would be the only reason for me using anything else bar a controller.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. reask

    @Tea
    Youre a PS3 fanboy full stop mate and never forget it. :)
    You want to mop the floor with me on mw2 I say bring it on any time you like.
    I prefer to walk the walk than talk the talk Tea if you get what im saying.

    As for uc2 its a brilliant game imo but as far as breaking new ground forget about it been there done that.
    Love your PS3 but dont think everybody else takes it up the arse so easily as your self.

    Pity you are not willing to play the 360 games as it gives you no credibility to condemn.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Gheritt White

    Move has already got me very excited by its current potential (especially for RTS games), whereas even a blind, mongoloid gibbon could tell you that Natal looks like a heap o’ shit as anything other than a GUI navigation solution.

    I still reckon this will all come down to marketing and pricing and let’s face it, Sony aren’t much cop at doing either either sensibly (more’s the pity).

    If Natal really is the future of gaming on Microsoft’s platform, that’s the quickest way to make the core jump ship.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Mike

    Motion Control is for games what 3D is for films; a load of bollocks that adds nothing.

    Emperor’s new clothes an’ all that.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. DaMan

    @36 exactly.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Mike

    innit

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Freek

    Except ofcourse that it isn’t. The Wii combines an accesable control system with well developed software to get people gaming who would never in a million years have touched the medium. Sony and MS want to get in on the action.

    Just like 3D in film can add a whole new layer of depth and believability to a scene.

    Just becuase there’s been a ton shovelware mini game collections and poor movies lazily throwing stuff “at the audiance” does not mean these are not amazing techniques when aplied correctly.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. DaMan

    it will add nothing to most of the genres.

    and if 360 and PS3 libraries became anything similar to Wii I stop playing console games.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. theevilaires

    reask said:

    “@Tea
    Youre a PS3 fanboy full stop mate and never forget it.”

    You have no scientific proof to back that claim :D

    “You want to mop the floor with me on mw2 I say bring it on any time you like.
    I prefer to walk the walk than talk the talk Tea if you get what im saying.”

    I’ve been really busy lately buddy but I promise you sometime this week or the next we’ll play.

    “As for uc2 its a brilliant game imo but as far as breaking new ground forget about it been there done that.”

    You mean to tell me there’s been a game on a console before or after 10/2009 that have raised the bar as much as UC2 has. Graphics wise, story wise, voice acting, and awesome gameplay all rolled into one. The only game that seems to maybe top it is GOW3. No xbox 360 game can produce the quality of PS3 exclusives….its the truth. look at splinter cell…that game looks like a 2008 xbox 360 game at its best. As for gameplay and controls…..its a splinter cell game…enough said.

    “Love your PS3 but dont think everybody else takes it up the arse so easily as your self.”

    You should try to take it up the ass. Its the best way to enjoy your PS3…remember IT ONLY DOES EVERYTHING Reask ;)

    “Pity you are not willing to play the 360 games as it gives you no credibility to condemn.”

    Actually I have been playing my 360 the most. I’ve been trying to get all the achievements in Saints Row, Rockstar Table Tennis, and Gears 1 so I can shut Psychotext up finally. I’ve been playing offline btw. I’m still looking forward to co op with you in Gears 2. I love my 360 so much I haven’t even played my PS3 in about 2 weeks.

    #41 5 years ago

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  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]