Hwah? Microsoft encourages Geohot to jailbreak Windows Phone 7

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


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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  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


    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


    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.


    #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?

    #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.

    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:

    Each game will have a Blu Ray serial number.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Blerk


    #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!


    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!


    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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    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]