“Blu-ray is going to be passed by as a format,” says Xbox UK boss

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 15:13 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Blu-ray is going down like all the others before it, according to Xbox UK boss Stephen McGill.

McGill told X360A that the format will be “passed by,” like other formats before it.

“I think people may have spoken about that originally, but that’s long gone,” he said.

“I think people now recognise what a smart decision it was to keep the pricing low, and actually Blu-ray is going to be passed by as a format.

“People have moved through from DVDs to digital downloads and digital streaming, so we offer full HD 1080p Blu-ray quality streaming instantly, no download, no delay.

“Who needs Blu-ray?”

There’s a full interview at the link above.


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  1. reask

    This should be fun. :)
    /Grabs Popcorn.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    “Who needs Blu-ray?”

    People that like to hold something in their hand obviously.

    and next generation this format will be used for games like hell thats for sure.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Er…. all those people who are already buying Blu-Rays?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Dralen

    Blu-ray is already a success. If he actually believed this, why did Microsoft back HD-DVD?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Freek

    Just because it’s 1080p doesn’t make it blu ray quality. Streaming is still limited by bandwith wich means the bitt rate of the video and audio is lower then a disc based format. Wich results in a loss of quality.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Ge0force

    Ask John Carmack why he needed to split the world of Rage in two different areas.

    This seems to be a week full of retarted quotes from Microsoft :)

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Axelander

    “Look at us! We have HD-DVDs and Final Fantasy XIII on 3 discs, while those losers with their nasty, unsuccessful Blu-Rays have it on 1 disc”. Is this guy the new Greenberg?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Happy Hardon Harry

    Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo haven’t got the ball’s to go “only digital” with their next gen systems.

    Who’s this MS PR bullshiter trying to kid?.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Michael O’Connor

    Jesus, Microsoft really has set a new standard for “talking complete shit” as of late. It’s just one ridiculous statement after another with these guys lately.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. LordCancer

    I should have bought a ps3.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Freek

    Lets not get into number of discs, it’s as dumb as saying streaming is as good as a disc.

    Games routinly came on multipell discs in the past, it diden’t matter then and it doesn’t matter now.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. spiderLAW

    Bluray FTW – until they release a format that can utilize the full original quality of 6k film

    #12 5 years ago
  13. spiderLAW

    @11 i would agree with that sort of except you are saying that we shouldn’t expect games to advance as the world of technology advances. While it was accepted back in the day, there was no way around it and so it was okay to have multiple discs. Now there are many options instead of using multiple discs and for a company to disregard those options is just unacceptable.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. orakaa

    says the guy from a firm that launched HD-DVD…

    Truth is, people are not ready to go full digital movies and/or games.
    The storage is not that reliable in itself, you don’t “feel like you HAVE the product you’ve bought”, etc.

    Having a disc still is more reliable and people tend to follow this trend. Sure, Steam works well, just as PSN games or XBL arcade games… but it’s a whole another story for movies and heavy games (look at the complaints raised by people when they heard you could install up to 10 Go of game data with GT5 ?).
    Installing a 200 Mo game via PSN or XBL is NOT the same as having a 4 Go 1080p divX or a 10 Go game (at that rate, even with a 320 Go hard drive, you are VERY limited… and if your disk gets broken… all that much data to re-pay for or “only” to re-download ?)

    #14 5 years ago
  15. theevilaires

    I’m not even gonna start a flame storm here. I don’t have it in me today but this guy must know something we don’t.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    Yep, they appear to have gone all a bit Sony in the PR department. BR will obviously pass on eventually but the “we offer full HD 1080p Blu-ray quality streaming instantly” comment is pure bullshit. Can we have the MS which talked sense back please.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. LordCancer

    @11 I’d agree except before there wasn’t much of an alternative and now there is. avoiding the cost of an unproven format and considering blu-ray wasn’t even ready for the 360 launch it was okay for them to skip it. shit talking blu-ray as if a realistic alternative exists for a next gen system is ludicrous. of course bloated hdds may be microsofts idea of screwing us for the foreseeable future. all those on bargain broadband can spend a week downloading halo 7 on there $300 hard drive!

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Freek

    Something as minor as changing a disc once or twice during a game is still totally acceptable, it doesn’t impact gameplay in a meaningfull way.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. SplatteredHouse

    HD-DVD, and still, you think you have ANY business commenting on success of media formats?
    This is the UK boss for Microsoft, now? I want that other guy, that actually spoke some modicum of sense, back.

    wait, lol are you sure he’s the UK boss?
    “so we offer full HD 1080p Blu-ray quality streaming instantly, no download, no delay.”
    I’ve yet to notice anything like that, from my Xbox 360. Plus, I’m not even under any download limit/throttling! But, hey, perhaps that does happen, in Microsoft Towers, let’s give the man the benefit of the doubt, here. :D

    Microsoft, and funny-talk, they’re two synominous terms, increasingly.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. spiderLAW

    Open your mind a little Freek. We are not saying there is anything wrong with the matter of changing discs. Its the reason WHY we have to that is the problem. Read #13 and #17 again and pay close attention to what we are saying.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. LordCancer

    you really want to swap disc on the next xbox freek?

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Freek

    no, i’m saying it doesn’t matter. There’s plenty of good reasons to move on from DVDs but the amount of discs a game comes on isn’t one of them.
    Developers will always look to go to the maximum amount or beyond. Even with blu ray it’s going to happen.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. DaMan

    OMG how dare they.

    btw MS never really gave a shit about hd-dvd, they just backed it up because they didn’t want to help their rivals. while blu ray failure would be fatal for Sony.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    “Who needs Blu-ray?”

    Those who want the best quality available today, that’s who.

    You telling me this big Microsoft exec doesn’t have a 50+ inch 1080p flatscreen in his home and he’s NOT watching movies on blu-ray??? lol

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Kerplunk

    These companies with their selective memories:

    Sony – “Rumble is old news. Nobody uses that any more”

    MS – “Blu-ray is going to surpassed.” (HD-DVD never happened, right?”

    Nintendo – “It’s not about tech, it’s about fun” – yeah, and you’re the only company than named a console after it’s CPU power (N64)

    Scarily, this makes Apple sound credible by comparison (middleware arguments notwithstanding).

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Gadzooks!

    Bluray really isnt needed this gen at all, but increased texture quality will mean next gen machines will definitely need something with blurays storage capacity.

    I very much hope this PR mouthpiece is not suggesting that the next xbox will be digital download only.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. NomadsoulZA

    “Who needs Blu-Ray?” has to be one of the most retarded comments I’ve heard in a while. I’m no Sony fan boy…but they should just accept that HDDVD bombed because of its lack of capacity and poor adoption.

    Blu-ray discs are going to be holding upwards of 200GB in the future and the number of marketing possibilities is staggering. For example, they’re already plotting to release (on the same blu-ray) a full feature film, all the extras as well as the movie-tie-in video game (yes, they’ve all been bad…but still).

    Until high speed broadband becomes something every house has (like a toaster or tv) and until we have hard drives that can handle hundreds (or thousands) of high definition (60GB+) videos etc, I think that blu rays will be around…for maybe, well…just a “little” bit longer :)

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Eregol

    With games approaching a size of 40gb+ a download and store system is never going to take off.
    There’s never enough storage space, and the bandwidth just can’t take the strain of downloads of that size.

    Plus, there are those of us who can’t afford to keep buying new titles without selling second hand or trading in, so a physical product is always going to be better than a digital product.

    Unless they can come up with some sort of digital exchange system, which I doubt is possible.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Kysshin

    So there is gonna be 1080p movies being streamed with no delay ?

    Wonder how they gonna pull that one off.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. spiderLAW

    Sega x32 ?
    Turbo Graphics 16?

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Michael O’Connor

    @30 The Nintendo one was a bit of a stretch, but the others are definitely accurate.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Dannybuoy

    My eyes can only see resolutions for 640×480. Anything more is wasted.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. OlderGamer

    A couple of things.

    First BluRay is not going to dethrone the current and long time standard DVD until:

    The price of BD is the exactly same price as a walmart standard DVD.

    Every DVD system ALSO plays BD.


    Now why did MS back HD DVD?

    Not to take down BD.


    Think about it, MS is not pushing HD DVDs, never were. there were buying time to roll out their own DD movie/TV store AND Netflix. Both offer HD and both work with the xb360.

    Infact Netflix on 360 caused Sony to rush along and follow them.

    I own BD/PS3 yada yada. Don’t often use it for BD movies. Why would I? I rent movies, but even renting BD costs me more. Buying a 30usd BD movie is just insane. Same movie will run half or one third of that in SD. And then agaon there is the whole Netflix factor. HD on PS3/xb360.

    BD is a non factor imo. I think it is a niche. But I see it being leap frogged down the road.

    My two cents.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. M2Kx

    @15: that’s something new, keep it that way ;)


    #34 5 years ago
  35. Kerplunk

    @31 – It’s as much a stretch as those covered in @30 response. (Good call @30! – I forgot about those – possibly because they’re not in the console game any more.)

    If anything, it makes N64′s naming seem like a copy of the logic for 32X naming. Not a product you really want to copy too heavily really. That said, it’s still only Nintendo that swagger around pretending that technology and performance isn’t a factor in console hardware.

    The bigger point still stands: They’re all full of it.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Anders

    Stupid thing to say. All technology existing today will eventually be either replaced by something better or improved.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. osric90

    This is so ironic and funny! Ok, ok…let’s nod at the kid.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. AHA-Lambda

    no for once i agree with MS

    blu ray will not be completely passed by and will be a moderate success but it will not replace dvd, the way the market has gone is that digital downloads and streaming will take dvds place when it does bite the dust

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Crysis

    As long as the internet remains unaccessible & incosistent to many people around the globe, physical media should definately NOT be ignored, & it’s clear from how fast we’re growing that DVDs won’t cut it next gen for gaming consoles (think of watching a dvd quality movies spread from several Video CDs, it’s possible, but irritatingm, i remember doing it with my PSOne though :D), well Nintendo will continue to use weak optical disks, blu ray is the best choice for now.
    I occasionally struggle with streaming weak quality youtube footage & MS is expecting me to stream full 1080p videos… GET REAL!

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Crysis

    “we offer full HD 1080p Blu-ray quality streaming instantly, no download, no delay”

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Michael O’Connor

    @40 Since a few updates ago.

    Now, having an internet connection capable of handling that…

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Crysis

    Well not in Australia, & even when we do get our connection upgraded sometime within the next few years, i can bet we will still have shockingly weak servers & providers.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Psychotech

    When a Microsoft rep opens his mouth lately i’ve got this urge to throw my precious 360 out of the window.One more quote like this and i will,i won’t be sorry and i won’t purchase another as many other 360 users do.all this after i’m done with Reach off course.I must hurry because i feel it another one is coming

    #43 5 years ago
  44. hitnrun

    “and actually Blu-ray is going to be passed by as a format…Who needs Blu-ray?”

    This would be more interesting and credible if it were not an absolute, inarguable, sun-going-West fact that the next Microsoft console will use Blu-Ray as its retail medium.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. The_Red

    Digital IS the future but physical disc will never go away. This idiot? While I don’t know if he has a future or not, I seriously hope that he does go away.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. drewbles82

    Didnt they recently make a dvd that can hold like 4xs more data than the latest blu-ray and it would be a few yrs b4 we see any of them.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Kuwabara

    who needs blu ray? who the fk needs party chat. It takes away the immersion of playing single player games when all of a sudden voice chat is introduced.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. lexph3re

    Blu-ray die? Hmm I agree it will die.. under these circumstances.
    1. Every house hold has the highest grade of dsl internet to download games that measure 25gb+.
    2.companies like gamestop just go out of business because cd’s lose they’re value.
    3.every home console can have a tera byte of memory so we can have enough space to store every digital copy of the games we can never get rid of because we’d have to download them again.
    4. All 37.9 million ps3 owners just never buy another game as long as they have their consoles.(or the pc and blu-ray players in home are just thrown away for no reason)
    5. A nuke is drop on half the population of earth and no one worries about games anymore but survival from nuclear deadzones.
    Yeah I think if all of thee above happen bd will be a thing of the past. Seeing how cds and dvds are no longer in use…. wait nvmd.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Galactic_Barret

    The only thing dumber that the statement is the superfluous attempts at damage control.

    Of course there won’t be a BD > DVD situation as it was with DVD > VHS. 2 seconds of thought will say ‘Well, DVD wasn’t backwards compatible with VHS like BD is. Oh yeah, and wasn’t DVD easier to back because it was less expensive, in material costs?’.

    Its silly, this fear of evolving tech. Its similar with 3D TVs: You can say its useless, that you won’t buy it, whatever, but its not just for tech-heads anymore; Its becoming as much a standard as the market will allow. Being niche, considered the next best successor, compared to a (near?) decade old format is nothing to scoff at.

    BD won the format war, its time to move on. Really, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.

    Edit: Realize I forgot about digital. As long as cable companies and Apple continue to provide DD services, and both surviving disc formats can be ripped, digital will always win out. However, quality-wise, BD is the format to beat.

    #49 5 years ago
  50. DrDamn

    It’s more the quality which is being questioned. The streaming service does 1080p yes – Blu-ray quality no. Max data rate on the 360 streaming service is currently 5Mbps, this compares to 48Mbps Max for a Blu-ray. Quite a big and noticeable difference.

    The interesting thing is that the streaming service can scale up as higher bandwidths become available and more affordable – for both the consumer and provider. The 5Mbps cap is something MS is currently imposing, but it could be changed. It also dynamically adapts to your connection speed – rather than being set for all people.

    #50 5 years ago
  51. LOLshock94

    blu rays shite theres no difference and blu ray is already old its time for 3D bitches

    #51 5 years ago

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  • Art of the Catch creator sheds more light on why he pulled the Skyrim mod off Steam

    The creator of Skyrim mod Art of the Catch has taken to Reddit to explain why he pulled the paid mod off Steam Workshop. Yesterday, it was revealed Chesko had pulled the fishing mod off Steam Workshop, after mod creator Fore stated he didn’t endorse Chesko charging for the mod because it used his his […]

  • Tripwire adds clause to Killing Floor 2 EULA banning paid mods

    Tripwire Interactive has updated its EULA for Killing Floor 2 stating that any mods players create for the game must be distributed free-of-charge. The end user agreement update, via PCgamesN, went live a couple of days after Valve announced it would allow mod creators to start charging for their creations. Bethesda is the first company […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 recreated in LittleBigPlanet 3 is rather eerie

    LittleBigPlanet 3 players have created some really interesting content with the game’s level builder, but sometimes, the creations go beyond cute and bright and venture into the realm of creepy, as is the case with this Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 build. Created by TheLittleBigPlanetShow, the rather ominous level can be played with up to […]

  • Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward benchmark trailer shows off flying mounts, more

    Square Enix has released a rather nice benchmark video for Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward showing a battle, flying mounts and some of the new environments. Heavensward is the first expansion for Final Fantasy 14 and is slated for release on June 23 for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. The mac version is being handled by […]

  • Have a look at some Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay

    During yesterday’s Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct showcase, many details pertaining to the Monolith Soft title were announced, and quite a bit of gameplay was shown. The Wii U-exclusive contains real-time menu-based combat and four-player online questing along with diverse environments and the ability to use Skells, which are transforming mechs. These mechs are called […]

  • Here’s a look at The Elder Scrolls Online running on Xbox One

    The Elder Scrolls Online has a limited public beta test running this weekend on PS4 and Xbox One, and Eurogamer has been playing around in it. Have a look at the Khajiit sorcerer below in the Xbox One version. There isn’t an NDA in place for the beta, so expect to see more videos as […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 leaks reveal Zombie progression system, four-player co-op, more

    More Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 details surfaced overnight thanks to a leaked pamphlet with information pertaining to Zombies XP progression, four-player co-op and more. Posted on NeoGAF, the pamphlet the shooter will contain a new movement system, a Specialist character system for multiplayer, tailored maps, “cinematic arena-style play,” and complete character customization. The […]

  • Gears of War Remaster in the works for Xbox One, according to testers – report

    Overnight, a rumor surfaced claiming a remastered version of the original Gears of War was coming to Xbox One. According to playtesters, it isn’t a rumor at all. Polygon first broke the story, citing a source who showed the site sreencaps of the Locust invasion with updated visuals. Screenshots of the multiplayer showing improved lighting […]

  • GameStop promo outs Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for November, pre-order for access to beta

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released in November, according to what appears to be a leaked GameStop store promo posted on Kotaku. The exact date is November 6, which isn’t a surprise to anyone. On the promo, it notes that those who pre-order will be granted beta access for PC, PlayStation 4 […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Double XP and Elite Bonus weekend has kicked off

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can earn Double XP along with Elite Bonus on all platforms. There is even Double XP and Double Weapon XP on offer for Black Ops 2. The dry run is over. Prep for the Sunday reveal of #BlackOps3 begins now. 2XP/2XweapXP is live. — Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) April […]

  • Atlus makes “minor edits” to Dungeon Travelers 2 in order to avoid AO rating

    Atlus has announced it has made “minor edits” to four in-game images contained in Dungeon Travelers 2 to avoid an AO rating by the ESRB. According to a press release from the company, localization sometimes require changes to content in order for it to be “understood en masse,” which is why it worked closely with […]

  • Battlefield Hardline is 40% off through Origin this weekend

    The standard edition of Battlefield Hardline on PC is 40% off this weekend through EA’s Origin service. The Digital Deluxe Edition is also 40% off and includes various Battlepacks unavailable in the standard version. You can also pick up the Battlefield Hardline Ultimate edition for 23% off, which comes with all four planned expansions through […]

  • Submerged is an exploration-adventure game coming to multiple platforms

    Submerged is the latest title in development from Uppercut Games, and the exploration-adventure game is coming to PlayStation 4 and other platforms this year. The game takes place in a flooded city which Miku and her wounded brother Taku have reached by boat. Miku needs to find a safe place for her brother to rest […]

  • These screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt show superb attention to detail

    Some gorgeous new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, and a couple are wallpaper worthy. Especially the one with the horse, but as you’re well aware, I’m horse crazed. The images below in the gallery have been scaled to fit properly, but if you head over to NeoGAF you can bask in […]

  • Namco kicks off Humble Store partnership with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

    Namco Bandai has started offering its PC titles on Humble Store, and this includes the recently released Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Other titles include Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Project Cars. “In Japan, the Bandai Namco Group companies are known for supporting different charity programs and we are very happy to be […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]