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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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    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 […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]