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Report: Microsoft recruiting for next-gen Xbox console

Monday, 7 March 2011 22:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft jobs advertised on LinkedIn suggest the company is preparing for the next generation Xbox. Dismay, tears, and scenes of rioting are expected.

The Beyond 3D forumites turned up several positions on Microsoft’s website which suggest new hardware in the works.

The first job calls for a graphics hardware architect for the team “responsible for defining and delivering next-generation console architectures from conception through implementation”.

“The responsibilities include architecture analysis, key technology selection, architecture specification, communication and collaboration with extended Microsoft teams and partner companies,” the description continues.

A senior architect and performance engineer is also sought, for the Xbox Console Architecture group.

According to the ad, this group “is involved in product definition from early evaluation all the way through high volume manufacturing”.

“The main focus of this position is on performance evaluation and modelling. However, involvement in all aspects of product development regularly occurs. We are looking for someone who is flexible, and wants to be involved with various stages of the product life cycle. During different stages of the product life cycle responsibilities will vary.”

Finally, Microsoft is after a senior hardware design verifcation engineer, “responsible for the design verification and qualification of the Xbox console at the component, motherboard, and system levels”, to “lead test strategy discussions, develop test methodologies and plans and project-manage qualification cycles.”

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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47 Comments

  1. God

    Interesting.

    Was there ever any doubt?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Crab of Thunder

    :O

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    If they’re only recruiting now, it could be another four years or more before we see the final product on store shelves.

    That’s perfectly fine by me. I stopped caring about the hardware race years ago. When a solid selection of good games start appearing on, I’ll pick it up. Specs are meaningless.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. YodaJokerBacon

    Calling it now.

    2014 E3 announcment.

    2015 release date.

    Pass the mayonaise.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. MushroomStamp

    I’m all kinds of ready for a new console :) Bring on the newness

    #5 4 years ago
  6. lexph3re

    Hiring begins now, development in a month. Then the system will be finished in a year, then launched in fall/winter 2012. Mass recall in end of winter 2012 beginning 2013.

    Ms if you wanna do this right. Release an upgrade to 360. An external device that attaches to the S series to make it look like an original. that way you can prolong your system for 3-4 more years. Then release xbox 3.145.

    Please take your time on this system and you might get my money next gen.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Shonak

    @6: Afaik MS is already making lots of profit with 360.

    Next-Gen can wait until 2015. I’m with YodaJokerBacon on this one, and gladly take his mayonnaise since I need it anyway for my sandwich. nom nom nom nom…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @6 Hardware upgrades are a terrible idea and do not but split the userbase.

    Show me a single upgrade that’s ever actually work.

    Ten years is pretty damn impressive for a console generation, instead of ten. The more powerful they get, the less often an upgrade is needed. The consoles we have now are already powerful enough as it is, and the success of the Wii simply proved that the averageaverage consumer doesn’t give a toss about specs

    #8 4 years ago
  9. lexph3re

    Well I state put a upgrade out there for 360 not because past upgrades failed. But, because I honestly think microsofts dedicated base would pay for it. This isn’t 10years ago, and what didn’t work 10years ago can very well work now. And, I think with the way this gen of consumers are. They wouldn’t have a problem paying for an upgrade. They already do it every 6mnths to a year with apple. Why not 360? Make it a 60-75 buck upgrade and bam! Average joe buys it..

    I personally already knew microsoft or nintendo would be the first to drop a new console. In part that the 360 wasn’t built to last 10 years. Its barely running 6. I assumed that around year 7-8 of 360s life they’d be looking into a new console. However, it appears to be year 6.

    All I want from microsoft is to future proof their console that’s it.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. M2Kx

    @lex: Next time you travel in time, take me with you, I’d love to see the future ;)

    @news: Couldn’t care less about a new console. I love the actual gen and I’ll try the new, it’s simple.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Razor

    Reveal at E3 2012; release spring 2013.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    E3 2012 reveal

    So… SO….

    FINALLY, Microsoft is doing some steps, because this generation graphics CAN’T produce even 720p on consoles.

    PS3 and 360 are DONE since 2009. It’s over.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    and Sony again is left in the dust.

    Will make SHITTY Ps4 with shitty CELL processor successorl on the 64-bit Power Architecture that is based on Freescale Semiconductor.

    Poor Sony… Poor, poor Sony :D what we are going to do… Well i have an answer:

    1) Lose the money again
    2) finally getting out of the industry until good idea will come out like with NGP.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Lahanas

    I dont care about the money, the value of the current gen etc. I want the next-gen to come soon, I need new consoles.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. daytripper

    so many things to consider such as media format, bigger investment in first party software, what improvements will xbox live bring, will the graphics especially be a big leap over the 360, will every console ship with a good spaced hard drive.

    i am hoping 1080p/60fps would at least be a starting point to work on.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    @9 “All I want from microsoft is to future proof their console that’s it.”

    It took them four years just to present-proof the one they have. Don’t expect miracles. =P

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    “i am hoping 1080p/60fps would at least be a starting point to work on.”

    I’m not sure that it is going to happen with any game. But they sure need to have THIS resolution with 60 fps at least for 2-3 years at the start.

    and knowing Sony it’s all going to be again:

    Sony’s E3: NO FUCKING software, cheap prerendered trailers of upcoming games that look like shit in the end and of course they will talk hundred times about 2560×2048 resolution and how they have the most powerfull system that in the end will have multiplatform titles that looks worse then on less powerfull machine. :D

    #17 4 years ago
  18. I Am A Troll

    So true, Erth. F*** Sony!

    *High five*

    #18 4 years ago
  19. daytripper

    i miss the buzz of upcoming consoles, what games could appear on them, the graphic capabilities. 2013-2014 just seems a bit too long to wait despite still liking my 360 and ps3.

    erth, what would be your ideal realistic console template for the next generation? such as graphical memory, controller free or both motion and controller in the box at launch, 3d and so forth?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Shonak

    @Erthazus: Why are you flaming about Sony in a MS news?

    I actually don’t care about a leap in graphics so much, I want better AI, story and less failures in multiplayer. Graphics are already good enough for me honestly, any step further than Uncharted or Gears is actually just a step further away for the necessarcy big changes such as the above mentioned or for profit, since higher technique means higher cost, at least in the starting first two or three starting years.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. lexph3re

    Sorry my hot tub broke down. No more time travelin for me

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Erthazus

    @19,

    Great question.

    Processor: Processor that is based on PowerPC e5500/64 bit architecture without stupid Cell architecture.
    To be more simple: Traditional multicore processor like in Xbox 360 or PC’s but more powerfull. So making games and porting can be just fine for the console. I don’t want to suffer for the bad ports.

    Graphics: I can’t comment on this much, but it sure must have Direct3D 11 and Shader Model 5.0 minimum.
    Like in Geforce 100 series.

    Ram: 2-4 at least for the multimedia capability and for sake… BETTER AI. Maybe this time consoles will be capable of decent strategy games that have multiple AI’s.

    And no more stuff like in PS3 with XDR. I understand that 246 ram you need for Cell, but that is too exotic.

    Media: CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD, CD, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM.
    Blu ray as a standard for games and need to be faster then 2x. Maybe 10x-20x

    Motion controllers: Free gesture technology would be nice, but i see this only from Microsoft. I don’t know what expect from Sony. Maybe free glasses 3D technology? Just guessing.
    Standard controller must be.
    But it would be really cool if next gen could use mouse and keyboard for EDITORS such as LittlebigPlanet.

    @Shinak, “Why are you flaming about Sony in a MS news? ”

    Because i want.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. drewbles82

    This has been the longest Gen of a console, therefore people have invested a lot more into it such as games, dlc, controllers(rock band instruments)etc.
    They need to think hard about what the nextgen should do.

    Personally ive spent a lot of money on this console with tons of games, loads of DLC, all the rock band stuff, spent hours and hours unlocking achievements. From day one i want to be able to use all this stuff on the nextgen.
    People will not be happy if their achievements dont carry over. Ebay will be flooded with games if this isnt backward comp.
    Whateva they do with the nextgen, making it backwards comp is a must.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. daytripper

    @22 i think allowing a template for mouse and keyboard is essential, especially with games such as lbp2 and infamous 2 offering gamers mission designs and so forth. if there is a game that really goes to town with this and becomes hugely successful more devs will follow, i’d love a gta mission design multiplayer. you know how microsoft loves over expensive add ons, the wi fi adapter for example was waaayyy over priced and with many gamers also wanting mmo’s on consoles it wouldnt surprise me if they put a xbox keyboard and mouse at retail for about 1o-15 euros/dollars/pounds with the xbox logo, guide button and so forth. they know people who dont know better will buy it.

    as for the specs, if most of all that was included in one of the next gen machines its a day one for me.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. lexph3re

    Yeah ill never buy a console day one.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. YoungZer0

    Funny thing is: No one’s going to waste another dollar on a new console so soon.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Nelius

    What a PC gamer would want from a next gen console:

    Direct input and native software/game support for keyboard and mouse. All controllers should be wireless with a plug-in cable for recharging.

    Quad Core CPU at minimum. For individual processing of physics, AI, game sim and custom purposes.

    6GB ram minimum. For massive streaming gameworlds with no loading transitions.

    Native 1080p, DX11 GTX580 level graphics with 2GB video ram. For highly detailed game content.

    Non-proprietary hard-drive support with plug and play functionality. SSD support. For storage of games, movies, music and maybe an OS.

    Intel Thunderbolt ports as a replacement for USB and HDMI. This can also serve as an easier-to-use network cable for linking multiple consoles.

    Silent and cool hardware by utilizing vapour chamber heatsinks in addition to fans.

    Blu-ray or flash card for packaged content delivery.

    An integrated online store for downloading full AAA games, movies, TV shows, music and any custom applications.

    An adaptable server architecture so game developers are unrestricted when designing multiplayer. P2P could then be marginalized to very specfic low player count games such as RTS, fighting and sports. On the other end, high population FPS, racing and simulation MP games could benefit from dedicated servers. MMO servers could be run by the publishers’ themselves.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Nelius

    Almost forgot, a segmented D-pad is a must!

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Maximum Payne

    So now Xbox 720 is going to support 720p resolution.
    trololo

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Blerk

    For everyone saying that the current generation is ‘done’, someone really ought to inform the consumers. Because they don’t half seem to be buying a lot of consoles and software still.

    The fact that they’re working on new stuff isn’t that big of a shock, it’d have been far more surprising if they weren’t. Let me keep my 360 profile and XBLA games and stick with a normal pad and you’ll be off to a good start, MS. Although there’s bugger all chance I’ll buy one at launch. :-)

    #30 4 years ago
  31. UuBuU

    About time. Not that I care too much, I’ll always have a vastly superior PC no matter what consoles come out.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. The_Red

    If it envolves “performance evaluation” then an actual prototype won’t be ready for at least 1-2 years and even then, it will take more than that to finalize the full product and…

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Callum

    Eurgh, I can smell the motion controllers and 3D gimmicks all ready.

    At least microsofts console will be easy enough to develop for, and hopefully they will learn lessons from XBLA and have an indie devkit for it aswell.

    As for Sony…

    #33 4 years ago
  34. 2plus2equals5

    I’m no longer a kid, this is probably my last gen, but i really want the ngp… :(

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Blerk

    Wait, you’re supposed to stop playing games when you’re not a kid any more? Why did nobody mention this before?!

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Freek

    You diden’t get the memo? You’re also banned from Pixar movies and Harry Potter books.
    Just an FYI.

    And no more candy, ever.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Freek

    Unless it’s Candy, that’s allowed but kinda expensive….;)

    #37 4 years ago
  38. spiderLAW

    im all for it. Im not saying im ready to buy a new console yet. But i would like one in 2014. If sony and microsoft can get a new console out by 2013, that gives me a full year to evaluate the worth of each console. Next gen i am only picking 1 console. I already figure it would be Sony’s since i have so much content for PS3 as it is. If they dont carry over and have BC, then its a fair playing field for either.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. OlderGamer

    Dear MS,

    Please make one that won’t break so much this time.

    Thank you.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Ireland Michael

    @27 What a real gamer would want from a next gen console:

    Fun and enjoyable games.

    That’s the only thing that matters. Horse power is meaningless.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Blerk

    You would hope that they’d learned their lesson. But Sony never seem to learn theirs, so maybe MS won’t be any different. :-D

    #41 4 years ago
  42. OlderGamer

    And spiderLaw, that is exactly how I feel about it too.

    I am behind in the PS3 content. Most of my stuff is on the xb360. So BC is really going to factor into it.

    I will buy only one between MS/Sony. I will prolly buy whatever Nintendo puts out due to it being Nintendo(I am a sucker for Mario/Zelda/Metriod).

    Its a little early to wrap up this gen tho. But so far I feel ripped off and let down with MS and its xb360. They break too often. They have nickle and dimed me to death. I am tried of it. As for Sony I also feel let down with unfulfilled promises of what could have been. Sony just showed up late, two beers shy of a six pack, and hung out at the chip dip all party long.

    PS3 could have been amazing but they fumbled it from the get go.

    Over all I really miss last gen and never felt good about gaming this gen.

    Hope next gen brings the fun and keeps its hands away from my wallet. I don’t mind paying, but this gen left me feeling mugged.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Cozzy

    To be honest I’m not really ready for the nex-gen consoles, I’m happy with my 360 and PS3 for now! Probably won’t be like that when it’s announced though.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. spiderLAW

    @42
    Yeah. I feel you. I was the same with the PS3 when i got it. I told all my friends to ignore it because it wasnt worth buying. But as time went on, i shifted over to the PS3 for many reasons (main ones being Metal Gear Solid 4 and the fact that my xbox360 was breaking constantly) and now i know i made the right choice. Im just glad i only had 20 games for the xbox before i switched over. If i had more, i would have had a heart attack when my Pro finally hit the shit.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. OrbitMonkey

    When I want a next gen gaming device, I’ll buy a iPad xD

    #45 4 years ago
  46. fearmonkey

    @Erthazus – I wouldn’t be too quick to dismiss Sony. I bet they surprise us all in the next generation, for better or worse. Sony definitely made mistakes this gen, you can bet they have noted them, and are going to do things to rectify their past problems. I hope they come out swinging, competition is great for all of us.

    My big fear is that MS and Sony will pull a Nintendo like upgrade (releasing a lesser upgrade like a Gamecube to Wii hardware wise, while keeping costs down) rather than the past massive hardware update.

    The big question I Wonder is what will the next xbox use for Storage? Blu-ray seems unlikely, some proprietary format? Flash storage? will it require installation? By that time 32GB flash cards will be very inexpensive, so a game could be compressed and then uncompressed for the HD.
    The other big question is memory. High end video cards today have 1.5GB of internal memory, three times the total memory of a 360. The Xbox went from 64mb to 512mb, a 8 times jump. If the next xbox does the same, the internal memory would be 4GB, I would prefer 6 to 8GB, but if they go the cheap route could be as low as 2 to 3GB.
    Animation requires alot of memory, and that is where the next gen will shine. Realistic movements, lip syncing, and movements, to go along with all the extra polygons.

    I’m sure the GPU will be a custom ATI based design like the 360, and will have true 1080p rendering, rather than up scaling to that res.

    I hope that the next xbox isn’t totally focused on 3D televisions, as I believe Sony is going for. I’m sure it will have kinect abilities right in the box.

    A personal dream would be a built in kinect with an AI avatar on the dashboard that recognizes movements, sort of like a high end Dreamcast Seaman.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. ManuOtaku

    I just hope sony and microsoft will not produce consoles that play super HD graphics, just for the sake of it, i cannot afford any new tv any time soon, i hope they can advance the graphics without this.

    #47 4 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]