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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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  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]