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Hwah? Microsoft encourages Geohot to jailbreak Windows Phone 7

Friday, 21 January 2011 04:51 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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Wait, Geohot’s decided to open fire on another ultra corporation – even with his face still stinging from Sony’s giant lawsuit-slapping hand? Why, that’s absolutely preposterou–

Huh? Microsoft’s offering a free phone, you say? And thus concludes the part of the ride where the world makes sense.

After handing out free T-shirts to the first folks to jailbreak Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s now given Geohot a hearty thumbs up to do the same.

“If you want to build cool stuff on [Windows Phone 7], send me email and the team will give you a phone,” product management head Brandon Watson tweeted to George “Geohot” Hotz. “Let dev creativity flourish.”

This came shortly after Hotz declared his intention to buy a phone for himself and work his brand of cracking magic on the device.

All told, though, it’s pretty brilliant. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, after all. Jailbreaks are simply an inevitability, so you may as well get the brains behind them on your side. Also, extending a helping hand to Geohot of all people puts Sony’s iron-fisted approach in the doghouse – something we strongly doubt Microsoft’s losing any sleep over.

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40 Comments

  1. ybfelix

    “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”

    Then don’t jail it to begin with…

    Though I understand thing need to be restricted for the benefit of non-tech savvy users.

    I think such devices(or video games options!) could add a complex process – say, hide under several layers of menus and must read through the whole agreement – to enable “power user mode”. For example, server browser for console BFBC2 :-/

    #1 4 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    Aaaahhh…

    Microsoft <3 hackers.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. NoxNoctisUmbra

    ahh the Microsoft phone…
    just another example Microsoft is always trying way too much.

    I still love my Xobx, and Widonws 7 for my PC, but seriously Microsoft, open your widows and see the reality… slow down and just stick to one thing or two, not 20!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. XxT_I_K_IxX_PR

    okay I remember @tea saying something that M$ could be behind Geohot’s hack to the ps3… Now reading this O-O I’m starting to believe this! nah I must be crazy they wouldn’t do that… would they? O.o

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Crysis

    Wouldn’t mind a Windows 7 tablet, but would not even consider a Windows Phone 7 OS on anything…
    I’d like a tablet with a slide out keyboard & the windows 7 OS, cool if they dedicate the index finger as the left mouse button & make the middle finger become the right click button on the touch screen.
    Something sort of along the lines of this:

    The keyboard & touch combination could possibly even excel the mouse & keyboard for certain games like RTS.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. NoxNoctisUmbra

    ASUS products are great! I cant wait for their tablets to come out!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    Although i believe Ubuntu would make the perfect tablet OS, i’m just more at home with Windows…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    Windows 7 tablets have no purpose, while ASUS tablet is the most powerfull in the world. It does not make a lot of sense.

    Why someone need THAT? The best are with iOS or Android 3.0 honeycomb. Especially Motorolla XOOM.

    Windows 7 tablets is actually a bad idea.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. back_up

    M$ products are shitty
    They just want attention from gamers

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Crysis

    @8, I completely disagree, the main point of the tablet is to be a convenient & portable mini-computer, why not use a normal computer OS? Android & iOS are fine, but they’re best left for weaker & smaller devices.
    I’m not paying $400+ for an app centric device, I’d like to play actual games such as Crysis & Battlefield, I would like full media capabilities capable of playing any file i want, I would like full office software such as openoffice & until Android & iOS can offer me that, i’ll stick with their mobile phones.
    In other words, i would like a laptop with a touchscreen & tuck away keyboard. A DVD/BD drive would also be useful.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    lol Begging for attention.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Blerk

    This does seem like a rather bizarre thing to do.

    “Come in, Mr Burglar! Put your feet up, I’ll make you a cup of tea. I’ll leave the door unlocked, just let yourself out when you’re finished!”

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Michael O’Connor

    You people have absolutely no fucking idea what you’re talking about, do you?

    Geohot is not a pirate, and never has been. He has never promoted hacks that expressely allow for people to steal content – his iphone hacking is proof enough of this. If other people circumvented his work to allow the illegal obtainment of content, this is not his fault.

    Companies rely on these hackers to help them figure out holes in their own systems. Sony going after Hotz has to be one of the most ignorantly short sighted moves the company has made in a long time.

    I can’t vouch for the fail0verflow people, but Hotz is not guilty of anything. Having this guy on their pay role would be a benefit to any company.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Crysis

    @ O’Connor, he publicly posted how to jailbreak the PS3 & it was more than obvious that pirates will take advantage, i could bet thousands of people have previously cracked the system but they didn’t tell everyone else how to do it, they probably just quietly pirated games for themselves & a couple mates.
    He may not have directly done anything wrong himself, but he knowingly allowed for possibly millions to do so.
    It’s like being an arms dealer, you may not directly kill anybody, but chances are someone you sell to will kill.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. JonFE

    @Crysis:

    I highly doubt that if “thousands of people had previously cracked the system”, they would stay quiet about it.

    Even if the actual hackers themselves would not brag about it publicly, once they shared it with their mates, it would no longer be a secret and eventually it would come out.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Crysis

    @15, I’m probably exaggerating, but there are previous people who have cracked it but have stayed silent.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Callum

    Hehe, Microsoft are sick of Sony being in the headlines all the time.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow the headline is:

    “Microsoft moons English Queen! ” or
    “Microsoft seen leaving club drunk with a transsexual! ”
    “Microsoft drunken marriage to Thai-land-lady-boy in Vegas”

    I could go on…

    #17 4 years ago
  18. NoxNoctisUmbra

    I agree with Crysis @10
    I love the idea of a Tablet which is simple to use with your fingers, to have full compatibility with windows 7 which is very good for anything program. I hate that each Android, IOS and what not use different apps for Youtube, Google Maps, etc etc, I would just love to have the FULL experience of Desktop computer on my Tablet.

    PS. One of the ASUS tablets to come out will be around 1000 bucks!!! Bit pricey! But worth the price!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. TheWulf

    @12: trollface.jpg?

    The weird thing with Blerk is that I feel he’s old and wise enough to know better, but he just likes screwing with people, which is essentially what that comment is. :p And I’ll be damned if my behavioural pattern recognition systems are off. This is all a bit of an amusing meta-game to Blerk, but I don’t blame him for that.

    @13: You are, of course, entirely correct.

    Please note the complete lack of sarcasm in that sentence!

    GeoHot has always been and will always be about restoring rights to people. On the iPhone, some of the things you have to pay for are ridiculous, and given the chance – homebrew developers would make these things for you for free. This is not piracy, this is just people being awesome enough to give things away. That’s what homebrew is about.

    One thing that people fail to understand is that homebrew is not very far from open source, in fact, the two of them often go hand in hand. Homebrew allowed me to use my legally owned data files from LucasArts games (via Steam) to play on handheld devices. This would not have been possible without homebrew and hackers like GeoHot.

    Am I wrong for wanting to play a game I own on a mobile device that I also own, via means that aren’t official?

    So I agree with you, Mike. People are being willfully ignorant. It’s annoying too because I actually like VG247. I’ve quickly come to realise that it’s one of the better gaming communities I’ve seen. Some people will have their head up their rear, though. And folks like Mr. 12 there trolling us all are not helping. :P (Even if it is funny.)

    @16: If you’re going to make a claim that would put GeoHot in a legally questionable light, then the burden of proof rests with you. You must now unequivocally prove that a large umber of people had cracked devices before GeoHot, and you must do so whilst leaving no reasonable doubt.

    You can’t do that because you know as well as I do that you’re talking out of your rear. :P Anyone who had managed to crack a device like this would make it public. The only people smart enough to hack a device like this would be white hat hackers like GeoHot and fail0verflow, and they’d do their best to ensure that people get the most out of their device without opening the doors to piracy.

    Sony dropped a very large ball when they removed Other OS from the PS3. I hadn’t updated my firmware because of that since I actually use the Linux partition, I have stuff on it that Sony would’ve just wiped. I was waiting for something like this to happen, simply so that my full rights to use the device would be restored.

    And that’s what white hat hackers are about – restoring rights. But yes, let’s praise the saintly corporations and demonise the white hat hackers who give people back what they were actually entitled to at point of sale.

    Please.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Crysis

    Let’s also remember that hackers caused the removal of Linux in the first place, I’m not against homebrew, i love any open OS & it’s why i hate Apple, but remember, we may own the product, but we do not own the software, i have 2 perfectly good computers & an android mobile so i dont need to hack any of my shit.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    “Let’s also remember that hackers caused the removal of Linux in the first place”

    Sony released the slim minus OtherOS before anyone had found any attack vectors using it. It was only when Geohot starting messing with it after that point that progress was made.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. theevilaires

    ^ WRONG! as usual

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Psychotext

    In the end of 2009, Hotz announced his efforts to hack the Sony PlayStation 3, a console widely regarded as being the only fully locked and secure system of the seventh generation era. Hotz opened a blog to document his progress, and five weeks later, on January 22, 2010, he announced that he had successfully hacked the machine by enabling himself read and write access to the machine’s system memory and having hypervisor level access to the machine’s processor. Hotz also detailed the many things his work could allow, such as homebrew and PlayStation 2 emulation (a feature removed by Sony in newer revisions of the console to tackle production costs).

    On January 26, 2010, Hotz released the exploit to the public. It requires the OtherOS function of the machine, and consists of a Linux kernel module and gaining control of the machine’s hypervisor via bus glitching. Hotz wrote that “Sony may have difficulty patching the exploit”. On March 28, 2010, Sony has responded by announcing to release a PlayStation 3 firmware update that removes the OtherOS feature, a feature that was already absent on the newer Slim revisions of the machine. This generated an uproar by the PlayStation 3 community. Hotz had then announced plans of a custom firmware, similar to the custom firmware for the PlayStation Portable, to enable Linux and OtherOS support, while still retaining the features of newer firmwares.

    Slim released (without OtherOS) September 2009.
    Geohot starts working on it November 2009.
    Sony patches OtherOS out of original PS3s as of April 1st 2010.

    What exactly is wrong about that?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. EscoBlades

    @17: How was that constructive in anyway?
    http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/thumb/f/f2/Trollface_More_HD.png/400px-Trollface_More_HD.png

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Blerk

    Cool, I didn’t realise I’d offended you again, Mr Wulf!

    If you trawl back you’ll note that I haven’t actually been one of the people ‘demonising’ Geohot or calling for his public execution. Indeed, I’ve been quite surprised at some of the reactions to his hack given that the same thing has happened to other platforms without anyone raising an eyebrow.

    The thing that’s raising an eyebrow here is that Microsoft have obviously gone out of their way to make Windows Phone 7 secure. Why would they purposely encourage someone to break that security? If they wanted to find the holes, wouldn’t it be better for them to actually hire him rather than giving him a free phone and essentially challenging him to do it?

    I’m not saying that what he’s doing is illegal, but what Microsoft is doing is certainly a little unusual – akin to wiring your house with a burglar alarm and then inviting the burglar in. Do you see?

    The cynic in me is saying that they’ve only done it to keep it in the news, because they know the story’s bad press for Sony.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Psychotext

    @25: They’ve already been working with one group which has made an unlocker for WP7. This is only really news because it’s geohot.

    http://www.chevronwp7.com/

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/18/visualized-the-glamorous-lifestyles-of-wp7-jailbreakers/

    They knew it was going to happen, they’re just trying (possibly naively) to control it.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Crysis

    @24, Doesn’t work with links, give us the picture!

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Robo_1

    DRM it is:

    http://www.techeye.net/security/sony-plugs-ps3-root-key-hole-with-blu-ray-serial-keys

    Each game will have a Blu Ray serial number.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Blerk

    Ouch.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Detale

    Yes, because that’s worked so well on the PC.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. theevilaires

    People have been trying to hack the PS3 long before Geohot and probably were successful. Just because they never came out openly doesn’t mean it never happen. Let me break it down to you.

    There are known knowns: things we know we know.

    then there are known unknowns: Things we know we don’t know.

    But there are also unknown unknowns: the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

    Sony knows who hacked their system and I can recall several updates we’ve all gotten that looked to appear to change nothing but actually did something. I’m guessing it was for the hackers without the egos who just wanted pirated games. If you looked on a lot of bit torrent sites back in 2007 and 2008 there were PS3 games you could pirate meaning someone had to find a way to hack the PS3 to play pirated games.

    Geohot being world renowned for hacking the iPHONE and later versions back in Feb 2008 through 2009 started to set his sights at the “publicly” unhackable monster PS3. SONY decided to not include linux later on in the PS3 slim which released in fall 2009 but of course had planned specs and all way before its 2009 released. SONY knew that having linux the system would be hacked eventually and they got tired developing patches for the holes I guess and said fuck it rip the whole door off and make it a concrete wall.

    Well that concrete wall wasn’t strong enough as you can see. They probably waited to see if a hackers could by pass a final patch before inevitability saying fuck it and getting rid of the feature all together last April.

    But heres what puzzles me. If the last firmware update opened the system because they took Linux out. Then how is it possible a PS3 slim can be hacked if it never had Linux in the first place. So really the firmware SONY released fucked themselves of course.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Gadzooks!

    This is a much better attitude than Sony’s dickmove lawsuit.

    They deserve the full wrath of the hacking community for continually removing features from the console.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Gekidami

    “Continually removing features”? “continually”?

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Gadzooks!

    @33

    Yes, continually. From BC through USB ports and card readers to OtherOS. The PS3 is a shadow of what it was at launch.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Crysis

    well removing ps2 bc was a kick in the nuts, surely emulating it could not have been too hard, but they opted not to, probably so they can continue to shift ps2 consoles.
    @34, & the price is also a shadow to compared to what it was at launch, coincidence? external USB hubs & card reads only cost a couple of bucks anyways.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Callum

    @ EscoBlades, wts a sense of humour! Haha.

    @ TEA
    “There are known knowns: things we know we know.

    then there are known unknowns: Things we know we don’t know.

    But there are also unknown unknowns: the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”
    Talking in riddles again I see? hehe

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Detale

    I’m going to ask a slightly stupid question, so bear with me. How does this affect the average gamer like me. Forget piracy, because I’m not going to stop buying games, but does it really affect online play much? I don’t really spend that much time playing multiplayer these days but do enjoy it when I get the chance. Does this really affect that aspect of it all? I know we’ve seen footage of hacked MW2 games, and there’s stuff about Demon’s Souls being screwed now too. Do you think this is going to happen to all games in the future?

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Gadzooks!

    @35

    Yes the price has been reduced but the PS3 was horrifically overpriced to start with.

    Consoles always come down in price as manufacturing ramps up and hardware revisions produce cheaper components. They usually gain features with new revisions rather than lose them though.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. theevilaires

    Yes Detale OMG I was playing COD4 the other night and some asshole hacked the game and I was running around super fast. It broke COD4 my only game I can put in and don’t care about wasting my life not getting trophies while I play. Other modes like Sabotage seemed ok but I love my free for all man.

    So yes its going to affect online like the PSP online. Luckily COD4 is an old game and most of the ass holes have moved to Black ops so they won’t venture backwards to perfection. I love my 3 kill only streaks. So all you noobs and hackers stay on Black Ops. I hope this doesn’t affect Killone 3

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Crysis

    @38, well after the launch 20gb model, all models have since included wifi, & it was a nice move with the second lot of slims to contain larger hdd @ the same price, but i would personally buy whatever is cheapest & buy a separate hdd, bought my mates 40gb ps3 when he moved towards a slim & chucked a 320gb hdd in all for $200.

    #40 4 years ago

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    This year’s Call of Duty campaign is designed specifically for four players to experience together. Let’s get boots on the ground, soldier. Don’t call it an Exo skeleton. Call it the Direct Neural Interface. Okay, it’s a little less catchy, but the DNI biotechnology in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feel familiar to […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – watch the first official trailer here

    Here’s the first full trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, due for release on November 6. Anyone who pre-orders the game will get access to the open beta. The game will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can read hands-on impressions of the multiplayer here, check out early info on […]

  • Dota 2 International Compendium out next week, three annual championships added

    Valve has announced its adding three, yearly Dota 2 championships to its eSports roster along with the new that a new International Compendium will launch next week alongside a balance update for MOBA. The firm said it was adding three extra championships to the schedule as it recognized there was “room for improvement” on a […]

  • Dungeons 2 is now available on PC, Mac, Linux – watch the launch trailer

    Dungeons 2, the dungeon-crawling strategy sequel to Realmforge Studios’ Dungeons, has been released on Steam by publisher Kalypso. It can be yours for $39.99 on Steam and is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and SteamOS. The first game was released in 2011 and heavily influenced by Dungeon Keeper. A boxed version will arrive in North […]

  • This Mortal Kombat X “hidden character intros” video is rather humorous

    YouTuber Maximilian Dood mad has created a Mortal Kombat X video featuring “hidden” character intros centering around Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Some of the dialogue is rather funny, and we particularly liked the affectionate line uttered by Sub-Zero at one point. Just something fun for your Saturday. Enjoy.

  • 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. pic.twitter.com/rn6SVtVJbY — 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: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — 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 […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]