“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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    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]