NPD: Xbox 360 moves 297K units, PS3 sales up 13%

Thursday, 12 May 2011 23:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

NPD has reported that in April, industry sales were up 20 percent year-over-year to $961.2 million, with Easter holiday sales attributed to $60 million of the total figure. Xbox 360 was once again the best-selling console for the month, and Mortal Kombat was the clear software winner.

Hardware up 12 percent, Xbox 360 moves 297,000 units

Total hardware sales for the period were up 12 percent to $279.9 million, making it the third consecutive month the sector has seen growth.

PS3, PSP and Xbox 360 all saw an increase in sales year-over-year,  with Xbox 360 once again the best selling hardware for the month, followed by Nintendo DS.

NPD said PS3 consoles saw double-digit hardware growth in April with PS3 sales up nearly 13 percent to 204,300.

Xbox 360 was was again the number one console in April, making it tops for 10 out of the last 11 months. The continued momentum was attributed to demand for Kinect.

The console sold 297,000 units in April, which is a 60 percent increase year over year,and total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform, which includes hardware, software and accessories, reached $310 million for the month – the highest among current generation consoles.

Nintendo reported that Wii moved 172,000 units which is down 38 percent year-over-year, and 40 percent compared to March’s figured. It also said in a statement that 3DS moved 194,000 units.

NeoGAF has posted preliminary figures for life-to-date hardware sales as well as year-to-date figures, which we cannot totally confirm, but it should give you a base idea of how each offering is doing (thanks Mike):

YTD units sold

  • 360: 1,646,214
  • PS3: 1,238,948
  • Wii: 1,235,870
  • 3DS: 592,000

LTD units sold

  • 360: 27,041,373
  • PS3: 16,700,921
  • Wii: 35,385,494
  • 3DS: 592,000

Software up, Mortal Kombat king

Sales of videogame titles were up 26 percent to $503.2 million, with NPD the growth to the release of Mortal Kombat which moved close to 900,000 units. This was the first time since November 2010 that software sales have shown growth for a reporting period.

Portal 2 was the second best-selling game for the month, and LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, debuted in the third spot. Call of Duty: Black Ops maintained a spot in the top five, and once again, Ubisoft had two dance titles in the top 10.

“The content slate was stronger this year versus last April,” said Frazier. “Five games sold more than 250,000 units in April 2011 as opposed to just two last April. Games that would appear in the top ten ranking on a SKU basis for April include “NDS Pokemon Black Version,” and “PS3 SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs.

“If sales of the SOCOM Move accessory bundle were combined with software sales, this game would have ranked in the top ten titles as well.”

Sony software sales were up, with a 40 percent increase year-over year.

“We continue to see a lot of great momentum at the retail level, and appreciate the support we’ve received from our partners, retailers and customers since the criminal attack on the PlayStation Network,” said Patrick Seybold, SECA’s director of corporate communications in a statement.

“We hope to have services restored as soon as we can.”

Microsoft reported Dance Central sales have eclipsed 2.5 million units worldwide, and that the firm plans to triple the size of its Kinect portfolio by the end of the year. The firm also said sales for Kinect Sports have surpassed 3 million units worldwide.

During the month of April, half of the top ten console game titles were available for Xbox 360 including: Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, Crysis 2, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, and Michael Jackson: The Experience.

NPD Software Top 10 (figures posted by NeoGAF)

  1. Mortal Kombat – 900,000; over 1 million with special editions
  2. Portal 2 – 637,000
  3. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
  6. Crysis 2 – 236,000
  7. Just Dance 2
  8. Michael Jackson The Experience
  9. Pokemon White Version
  10. NBA 2K11 – 190,000

Other bits and bobs

Accessories were up 20 percent to $147.6 million, and during April, the Xbox 360 Live 1600 Points Game Card was the top seller.

“On a year-to-date basis, video games accessories realized the greatest year-over-year percentage increase of all categories,” said NPD’s Anita Frazier.

“Sony’s SOCOM 4: Full Deployment Bundle, which included the Sharpshooter as well as the Move, was the top new accessory release.”


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  1. The_Red

    I’m really curious about the effects of PSN outage on PS3 sales. I mean, imagine if PSN had gone down around time a Call of Duty was coming out…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. SOMI

    Looks like Nintendo are dead in the water, thanks god, dead and buried is best for them. I can’t understand them turning up at E3, they will suck as always. xbox and PS3 rule.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. The_Red

    While I’d love to see Nintendo die and be gone forever, this news story has nothing to do with. Only Sony and MS have released info so far (And even then Sony was afraid of showing real numbers, instead of “growth rate”).
    DS (Not 3DS) will continue to sell very well and Wii won’t be that far behind. With Wii 2 though, this years E3 is gonaa be really interesting. Imagine Modern Warfare 3 and other violent shooters announced for a Nintendo system.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    I want to know how much units left till Playstation 3 outsells Exbawks Three sixty (!) Worldwide. (Or just when)

    I honestly think that this year we are going to see that.

    Judging by wikipedia (and i love Wiki):

    Units sold 50 million (as of March 29, 2011 ) – Playstation 3

    Units sold Worldwide: 53.6 million (as of March 31, 2011 ) – XBOX 360

    #4 4 years ago
  5. SOMI

    @3 Wii 2 will be crap as anything, and I really advice 3rd party no to do anything with Wii 2 and focus on real systems. putting MW3 on Wii 2 will be a waste of time.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. The_Red

    Do you really think PS3 is gonna overtake 360 now, after the PSN disaster? I’m a PS3 owner and not being able to play Mortal Kombat online is simply making me hate the system even it the hackers are responsible for the whole thing.

    I don’t know. Publishers will port anything to anything if there’s money to be made. I just hope they don’t bring another crappy casual gimmick into the market like they did with Wii.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. daytripper

    @1 that will be may’s npd

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Lahanas

    “leading Microsoft announced it plans to triple the size of its Kinect portfolio by the end of the year”

    One more confirmation that MS doesnt give a rat’s ass about us real gamers anymore. What a disgrace for the company that up until some years ago was the core gamers’ favorite. What a disgrace for a company that is in the good position its in right now because of the core gamers.

    I love the 360, its my favorite console this gen. But last year and especially this year it keeps giving me less and less reasons to enjoy it, while PS3 keeps getting one exclusive after the other. Gears and Forza only? Really MS?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. SOMI

    May NPD will be funny, Wii will be below 100K.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Razor


    WAHEY!! :D

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    Okay I have some figures etc. I will start thickening the post up now.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. The_Red

    Thanks. Also, are the software numbers out?

    1. Mortal Kombat (PS3/360) – Warner Bros. Interactive
    2. Portal 2 (PS3/360/PC) – EA
    3. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii/DS/360/3DS/PS3/PC) – LucasAsrts
    4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360/PS3/DS/Wii/PC) – Activision Blizzard
    5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 (360/PS3/Wii) – EA
    6. Crysis 2 (360/PS3/PC) – EA
    7. Just Dance (Wii) – Ubisoft
    8. Michael Jackson The Experience (360/Wii/PS3/DS/PSP) – Ubisoft
    9. Pokemon White (DS) – Nintendo
    10. NBA 2K11 (360/PS3/Wii/PSP/PS2/PC) – Take 2 Interactive

    #12 4 years ago
  13. The_Red

    And Michael Pachter had predicted that Portal 2 will outsell MK 5to1 on consoles…

    Portal 2′s total sales will be bigger though, mostly due to Steam. Overall, these numbers speak really badly about 8 other games on the list since both Portal and MK have been out for only a third of the month. I was also expecting a higher place for Pokemon (Though separate sales for 2 versions are reported). And SOCOM4 didn’t even make it to the top 10. Talk about bad luck for Sony.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Stephany Nunneley

    Its done. A bit late apparently. You all already know. :(

    #14 4 years ago
  15. daytripper

    @8 get a ps3 like me and you have the best of both, i know what you are saying and agree. when the 360 started off it had stuff like dead rising, forza, mass effect, halo 3, perfect dark, gears 1 etc now that portfolio has gotten thinner.

    with the money that they have they could of done a better job of securing studios to make games for xbox and pc, bioware was a studio i thought ms could of gone for, building an even stronger portfolio with epic was another but it hasnt happened.

    core games are the bread and butter of xbox, fps, third person, racing whatever, they need to do a better job of balancing the kinect and controller portfolio exclusive to their platform.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Hunam

    Thing is they had the studios, but for some reason systematically sold them off or shut them down. I thought it was them wanting to be a 3rd party publisher instead, you know getting big devs to makes games for them like epic etc, but it seems like they just wanted to let everyone get on with it. Like they did with windows, they just put it out and fix and problems and let developers just get on with it rather than trying to build a unique platform themselves.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. The_Red

    Thanks. That “Mortal Kombat king” title more than makes up for the delay (MK fanboy here :) ).

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Stephany Nunneley

    @17 :D It just takes me a long time to get all the math sorted and organizing everything. Also, I think I’m getting MK once I finish LC & TGoL.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. SOMI

    Nintendo are quiet, maybe Miyamoto died or something lol I hope so anyway.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. daytripper

    wonder what makes a person post a wish for death for a games developer? the internet really does bring out the shit

    #20 4 years ago
  21. SOMI

    He might as well be now nintendo are on a steep downward spiral, and after E3 they will die for good with their constant lame announcements.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. The_Red

    @ Thanks again and glad to hear you’re getting MK. Hopefully you’ll like it :)
    I am insanely in love with its story mode. It has the perfect combination of B-movie camp with some bleak and tragic themes in an epic mode.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Custard Ganet

    Why the fuck would anyone who is a gamer want to see a game making company “die” and go out of business? you guys really aint gamers, just hate filled fucktards.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    “Thing is they had the studios, but for some reason systematically sold them off or shut them down.”t

    They were losing billions of dollars. It was only after *ahem* streamlining the gaming division that they started to make money. Sony, to their credit, lost billions and barely made any cuts at all (though they did make some).

    #24 4 years ago

    I think the 360 will sell even more next month.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. dreamcastnews

    SOMI, why don’t you back off the Nintendo hate campaign? Have they stole your last tenner? No. Have they raped your mother no? Did they force you to buy their consoles..? No. So just stfu seriously. You don’t like Nintendo and like some 10 year old you want them all dead. Fine I get it you obviously have a bee in your bonnet about how ‘competition’ works in business. Nintendo might not have won any of the hardcore Market this time around and maybe made a few mistakes with the Wii, but it did sell 70 million units of a console almost exactly like the PS2. Don’t forget Microsoft & Sony keep a close eye on Nintendo these days to see what ideas are worth putting into their system. Would we have Kinect and Move without Wii?

    How about owning all three systems before flaming one, and even then do it constructively instead of the pre-school I wish them dead bullshit.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Ge0force

    IS NPD United States only? On VgChartz, PS3 sells worldwide better than x360. Even American game sales are lead bij ps3-version of Mortal Kombat there.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Johnny Cullen

    NPD is US only. And VGChartz figures are bollocks.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Blerk

    Seems the 360′s really gotten its second wind in the US. I’m going to give up predicting what’s going to be successful and what isn’t. :-|

    #29 4 years ago
  30. The_Red

    The 360 version of Mortal Kombat was lead. Check out the separate SKU sales.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Ge0force


    America’s top-10:

    1 X360 Portal 2 85,431
    2 PS3 Mortal Kombat 70,912
    3 X360 Mortal Kombat 68,464


    1 PS3 Mortal Kombat 123,583
    4 X360 Mortal Kombat 107,807

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Blerk

    You really can’t trust VGChartz figures. They’re total fabrication.

    Edit: That’s not to say that the PS3 version COULDN’T have sold more (I genuinely have no idea), just that I’d like to see it confirmed from a source that doesn’t ‘make shit up’. :-)

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Ge0force

    #32 You’re right of course, but there’s no way to verify which source doesn’t make shit up.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Blerk

    I guess the figures would have to come from the NPD (which they don’t any more, and even then they’d only come from the US) or from the publisher themselves.

    It’s such a shame how little data we have now. I used to like looking through all that stuff. :-(

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Gadzooks!

    VGCharts are very hit and miss for fresh data like month one sales, but tend to be reasonably accurate on longer term tracking.

    Its usefull for trending and historical analysis but not much else.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Blerk

    They used to adjust their figures retrospectively when the real NPD data appeared. Surely they can’t do that any more now?

    #36 4 years ago
  37. The_Red

    @31 & @32
    You do realize that American sales for MK are around 900k (Updated to 1 Million on source) but VGChartz is reporting 70k and 80k for a week? Their numbers are joke. Seriously off. Simply bollocks as Cullen said.

    Credits to NeoGAF poster:
    Top 10 Individual SKUs include:
    -Mortal Kombat (360)
    -Portal 2 (360)
    -Crysis 2 (360)
    -Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters (360)
    -Michael Jackson: The Experience (360)
    -Pokemon White (NDS)
    -Pokemon Black (NDS)
    -Just Dance 2 (Wii)
    -SOCOM 4 (PS3)

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Gadzooks!

    Aye Blerk. As I understand it they retrospectively update from a range of official sources but unless NPD data filers out through other channels they going to be even less reliable than before.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Psychotext

    “Their numbers are joke. Seriously off. Simply bollocks as Cullen said.”

    Yet sadly people keep posting them. I should start my own site, use the name and see if people are still dumb enough to take my random numbers as fact. :D

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Blerk


    #40 4 years ago
  41. Psychotext


    #41 4 years ago
  42. Stephany Nunneley

    Added Wii and 3DS figures in there from Nintendo, which shows Wii down 38% yoy and 40% compared to March.

    There’s also some preliminary figures for LTD and YTD in there for hardware thanks to GAF, and some numbers pertaining to software as well.

    @37 I am unsure if all those being on 360 are correct. Microsoft said in a statement that games in the top 10 were available for the console as well, but it never said all were for 360. I think that is where the confusion in that GAF post came from, which cites a Gama post on the matter. The Gama post has the exact same statement from MS given to us which reads: “half of the top ten console game titles were for Xbox 360 including: “Mortal Kombat,” “Portal 2,” “Crysis 2,” “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters,” and “Michael Jackson: The Experience.”

    Which is a very loaded statement which could be taken either way – however, since I get the official statement each month, just so you all know, it ALWAYS reads like that. :)

    #42 4 years ago
  43. ManuOtaku

    Well for me 172.000 units for the wii are still pretty good numbers, of course is a decline but they are still selling it, and if you add christmas time selling numbers i think they are doing pretty good to maintain the lead and maybe they end up getting the 100 million millestone.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Stephany Nunneley

    @43 I expect the price cut to show a significant increase in the next period. It always helps no matter what the format is – Ms. Obvious here. :D

    #44 4 years ago
  45. ManuOtaku

    #44 oh yes Stephany indeed that will help them for the rest of the year, i just hope the bring pandoras tower, xenoblade and the last story games to the U.S that together with zelda skysword and the new kirby should help them to increase the numbers in christmas time.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. The_Red

    Good point on the MS statement. The PS3 versions of MK and Portal 2 could be the 3rd and 4th best selling game on separate SKU list.

    Next month will probably be the month that MS could really take the lead since the public learned of the real PSN-gate in early May.

    #46 4 years ago

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    Stardock has revealed Ashes of the Singularity, a new take on sci-fi RTS. Ashes of the Singularity is described as “not an RTS battle, an RTS war” which sounds pretty exciting. Built on Oxide Games’ Nitrous Engine, Ashes of the Singularity boasts of thousands of units on screen at a time, each with multiple targeted […]

  • Disgaea 5: meet Zeroken and Christo

    Disgaea 5 developer Nippon Ichi has dropped a ton of new information regarding its next RPG. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is coming to PS4 in Japan this month ahead of its western launch in northern autumn. Gematsu has gathered all the latest intel on the RPG from a recent Nippon Ichi press release. Head […]

  • Skyworld VR strategy game looks kind of like playing with toys

    Skyworld is a new turn based strategy designed for use with VR headsets. Skyworld comes to us from Vertigo Games, and will be compatible with Valve’s Vive headset. IGN reports Vertigo has worked in close collaboration with the SteamVR project, so Skyworld will support both seated VR and full-room features. Think about that while you […]

  • Link and Ganon battle in new Legend of Zelda fan film

    The Legend of Zelda fans are clearly a very clever bunch. The production values on this Legend of Zelda fan film are through the roof. This is only the teaser, with the full movie from PlayerPiano to follow, and we’re pretty excited. By the way, Netflix is said to be working up a Live action […]

  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]