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Sony last to next gen, pub expects new hardware in “2-3 years”

Thursday, 8 July 2010 18:38 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Sony dev head Shuhei Yoshida’s said he expects both Nintendo and Microsoft to release new hardware before PlayStation makes the leap the next generation, while Ubisoft today agreed with the increasingly popular view that you’re going to see a new kid on the block before 2013.

“In my opinion, Microsoft will make the first move,” Yoshida told Develop at E3.

“Or, because Nintendo’s approach was not to upgrade much on its basic hardware – Wii doesn’t even support HD resolution – so they might be the first to move.

“Probably we should watch these companies, in my opinion. Because PS3 was later than Xbox, and is more powerful, so it has a longer lifespan.”

Arm the nukes – you are not prepared

Ubisoft added fuel to the next gen’s fire today, saying it expects new hardware to be on the market by 2013.

Talking about the state of trade at the end of this year, Ubi UK marketing boss Murray Pannel told Eurogamer at a British event yesterday that he believes those shiny new boxes are closer than many think.

“The new hardware, if it’s not new platforms coming, the things like Move, Kinect, 3DS, these will all reinvigorate the market, and I do see in the next 12 month if not growth then stabilisation before what I assume to be a new transition into new consoles probably in the next two to three years,” he said.

Pannel added a caveat, though, saying there was still “life” in the current gen.

“I genuinely think games can get better,” he said. “Experiences can get more rich and varied, and the new platforms, Kinect and Move, can help enhance that, certainly.”

Back-room chatter

Todays comments solidify back-room talk at E3 this year, which showed a popular opinion of Microsoft moving before Sony with its next box, probably looking at a 2012 reveal and a 2013 launch.

There’s even been talk of Microsoft next gen tech specs being out in the wild. But that’s not for now, sweetheart.

Sony has consistently said it’s looking at a 10-year cycle for PS3, which launched in 2006.

Microsoft released Xbox 360 in 2005. The recently departed boss of the console, Robbie Back, called Kinect a “mid-life kicker” before exiting stage left earlier this year.

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28 Comments

  1. Happy Hardon Harry

    I’m already on next gen hardware, it’s called a PC!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. f1r3storm

    Hope it takes at least five years.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    It depends how Kinect works out, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we saw a new MS box in 2013.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. cookiejar

    I think Move and Kinect are a test bed. If they boost sales of current hardware then great. If they don’t, I reckon we’ll hear mumblings of new systems even sooner.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Robo_1

    Yeah, I imagine we’ll hear some serious chatter about next gen in 2012, with lots of handheld news in the middle to keep us interested.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Bulk Slash

    “Because PS3 was later than Xbox, and is more powerful, so it has a longer lifespan”

    More like they’ve only just started seeing a small profit on the hardware so there’s no way they will release a new system until they’ve had time to make some money from the current one.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Dannybuoy

    I’m up for whatever whenever. They can all do what they like. I know I’m enjoying the present gen but I’m a gadget fiend so I’ll buy a new system when it’s released

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Nico23

    ok then ill stick to the ps3 till then.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. revsoul

    Man, I’m just getting in a zone with my consoles. I am not tired of them yet.

    I don’t want to even think about a new system. Too many games to play right now and even more on the horizon.

    2-3 years is too soon for a new Playstation, but maybe ok for a new Xbox

    #9 5 years ago
  10. El_MUERkO

    Microsoft are going to be looking for wins after disappointing recent and future product launches so I’m going to bet on an E3 announcement in 2011.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    I felt the same way last gen. Like the then systems were pushed out of the way in favor of Microtransactions and super online stores(from movies to games to addons etc).

    I was happy with my xboxone. The PS2 looked a bit dated, but wasn’t horrible. In some ways the last gen systems offered us more. I had a lot fo xbox games were we played split screen 4 player(and then took it online w/split screen to boot). A game was a game. It wasn’t 70% of the product with 30% locked out for future “dlc”. The JP still made good games, now they are all in love with handhelds!! PSP/DS remakes anyone?

    I don’t know, call me crazy, but it seems to me that the only ones that benifited from moving to last gen into this gen was the hardware guys behind it.

    I don’t think they are in any rush to move away from their biz models right now. MS is making a killing, Nintendo can’t keep hardware on the shelf, and Sony is just now showing a profit. Only real way I see us moving into a next gen is if someone MS/Sony/Nintendo all of a sudden stop moving the current hardware line up.

    If PS3 starts killing xb360(and it isn’t), then I see MS looking to make the leap. If the floor falls out of the Wii(and it hasn’t), I can see Nintendo redoing the Wii w/upgraded hardware in fluu HD, HDD storage, and more focus Online. I can’t swee Sony being interested in going forwrd unless either of the above happen AND said system starts flying off of the shelf taken with it too many devs from the PS3.

    I think the games industry has us right where they want us and they don’t want to change that if they don’t have to.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    Meh I trust SONY. They know what they are doing. HDMI,built in wifi and blu-ray from the start proved that…..just look at the xbox360 in 2005 and look at the new xbox today.

    SONY are pioneers. Don’t any of you forget that.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Galactic_Barret

    Half-truths is still the truth, right?

    Wii also had Wi-Fi, but Sony did ‘pioneer’ with BD and console HDMI (1.3?).

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gadzooks!

    I dont think current gen systems are feeling old just yet. I still see a constant increase in game quality and there is plenty on the horizon to be excited about.

    Having said that I do like my tech so would jump at a new xbox. I can see backward compatibility breathing new life into many current gen titles.

    I only bought a PS3 late last year and dont really use it all that much so wouldnt want a replacement for quite a few years.

    Not sure I would buy the Wii successor though to be honest. I enjoyed my Wii for the year or so I owned it (and didnt care one bit that it wasnt HD) but purely as a local multiplayer machine. The single player content did nothing for me unfortunately, and no downloadable demos combined with exceptionally hit-and-miss game quality kinda killed any entheusiasm I had for trying new games on it.

    I think #11 nailed it though, MS and Ninty are making stupid amounts of cash right now so wont want to move on, and Sony can’t afford to move on so were probably a few years off new machines.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Galactic_Barret

    Is MS really making ‘stupid’ amounts of cash? Nintendo, of course, but I haven’t really heard of the gaming division being super profitable.

    Then again, I wasn’t really looking, but I would still like to know the info.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Gadzooks!

    @15

    http://www.vg247.com/2010/07/07/xbox-live-beats-1-billion-in-fiscal-2010-about-50-pay-for-gold/

    Yeah, that’s some pretty crazy money right there. :)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. theevilaires

    Gadzooks! said: I only bought a PS3 late last year and dont really use it all

    HA! spoken like a true XBOT. Who buys a new PS3 and don’t use it. Blu-ray, UC2, free online play, and multimedia functions out the ass….yea thanks for showing your true colors today.

    You’re finally out of your denial. Congrats!…Thats your new name. Congratz!

    #17 5 years ago
  18. LOLshock94

    ps3 myt be a lil bit powerfuler then xbox but its retarded how most ps3 games are cheap ports on xbox

    #18 5 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    Tea my man chill. I don’t use my PS3 much either. I read that alot. People say “sure I have a PS3, but I use xb360″.

    And what you call pioneers, I call foolish. Sony spent, and lost a lot of cash with the PS3. Sure they are making cash on it now, but they have a lot of lost revenue to make back. I think MS had the right idea this gen. Make it cheaper, programable, focus it online, offer movies, TV, Arcade games(everyone having a demo), full retail games(to download), friends lists, xross game chat, free headset in every box. The list goes on and on. I think MS did a lot of stuff right.

    I am not going to get drawn into a fanboy spat w/you. I honestly respect you. When your not being a Sony Tool, you have a lot to offer. Your intelegent, you give a damn about people here, your funny, and so on. But dude, for christ sake give it a rest ok?

    You don’t own Sony stock. Your not heavily invested beyond games and hardware. Your not on their payroll. You didn’t make the damn hardware or design it. It just gets old. You can’t go around shouting xbot all of the time. It undermines every intelegent thing you have ever posted.

    So you like Sony, so some one else doesn’t. Not that big of a deal.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. OlderGamer

    @18

    It was the same way last gen. Only going in the other direction, twice.

    First the Dreamcast was infintly more powerful then the PSone, yet was saddeled with quick and cheap ports from the Sony system.

    Then along comes the Xbox, better online, more power yada yada, and it get riddled with poorly done PS2 ports.

    Games are always made for the lowest common denominator. Companies don’t care about maintaining quality or maximizing this system or that. They just want to get their game across as many platforms as they can to maximize their potental sales.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. cookiejar

    @19 I agree with you somewhat there about Sony dropping the ball on the software built into PS3. Extremely basic features that weren’t there at launch, and some even still aren’t today. Having said that though, Microsoft are a software company, and having those in Xbox 360 was second nature to them.

    Flip it the other way around, and look at Microsoft’s hardware efforts compared to Sony’s. Pretty bloody horrific, really. On that side of things, Sony are a hardware company, have been for 60+ years, so you would expect a solid piece of kit, which PS3 is.

    Personally, I like both. My PS3 gets more play these days, but the 360 gets a boot for Halo or Fable now and then. Microsoft let me down hardware wise ( went through 3 in 18 months) so it’s left a sour taste in my mouth.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. ExclusivesMostly

    PS3 is future proof so ofcourse we’ll see MS or Nitendo put out a new console before Sony. The inclusion of BD technology, Awesome first party titles, included wifi, multimedia functionality, incredible Raw power for a console etc. will ensure that the PS3 will even rival the next systems the competion puts out. At that time the PS3 will be uber cheap compared to them as well and that’s really when I think the PS3 will peak in terms of Graphics. Just look at PS2 for proof.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. OlderGamer

    Oh I agree with ya Cookie. Really I do. PS3 is a damn nice system. And what happend to the xbox360 in terms of RRoD was amazingly horrible. No excuse for such a thing. I think you could have bought ten xb360 during the first 18months and had a near 8/10 failure.

    I would like to point out that I remember helping a friend open his first Microplay when the Playstation launched. Within a week of that launch we had a line of systems turned upside down. They would only run upside down. They worked almost perfectly, it was the only way they would read those CDs. Strange as it was. When we tried to get Sony to own up the problem they denied it. They charged us 250usd to fix em(when you added in shipping – we were in Alaska at the time). Eventualy Sony changed the system design, denied the whole thing, and life went on. But if you bought a system at launch in NA, it most likly broke. How fast depended on how much and how often you used it.

    Remember blowing on NES carts? Me too.

    I guess my point is that hardware goes wrong. Esp early on in its lifecycle. Most of those troubles get ironed out after the first couple of production runs. It is why to some degree, we take a greater risk buying new hardware then we would if we waited and watched how things paned out.

    I am amazed that we don’t have more hardware troubles across the board. These things are made at the absolute cheapest possible price. Most of them in China no less, and we all know the quality craftmenship they are noted for.

    Neither company is perfect, neither system is either. So yea, we are prolly saying the same type of things.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Gadzooks!

    @17

    - User is ignoring you -

    Get used to that, when the ignore button arrives it’s your future.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Blerk

    But TEA, you bought a 360 last year and don’t use it! :-D

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Crysis

    i’ve got a dozen games on my ps3, but i normally end up playing an old(ish) pc rts game (dawn of war series) is there something wrong with me? :P

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Gheritt White

    I reckon MS will probably have to seriously consider continuing with consoles *at all* given how badly Kinect is expected to FLOP.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Joe_Gamer

    everyone makes a big deal on the money Sony lost on the hardware, the hardware is NOT the money maker. They are happy to sell you the hardware at a loss so they can make money on the software. Console makers get around 25% of every game sold, that adds up to around a metric shit-ton of cash. The problem Sony had with the PS3 in the early days was not enough software, they could really care less about taking a loss on the hardware. MS dumped millions on exclusives, was easier to develop for(being basically a cut rate PC) was out first and was cheaper so they stole the software show and ran away with all the money. Nintendo beat the shit out of everyone by being cheapest, most kid/girl/grandma friendly and selling buttloads of first party software which they get 100% of the profits from.

    #28 5 years ago

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    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]