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Sony: “A lot more headroom left” in PS3, says it’s not “slipping behind the times”

Thursday, 9 June 2011 16:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Kaz Hirai has said some people though a 10-year life cycle for a console like PS3 “sounded great,” but were still a bit skeptical over the possibility of it actually happening.

Speaking with the Guardian, Hirai said PS3 is growing with the times and will continue to do so.

“One of the things that we always talked about is the 10-year life cycle,” he said. “When we launched the PS3 back in 2006, one of the questions I kept getting asked was why we were putting so much technology into a piece of equipment that was basically a games console. At the time, I said we were looking at a 10-year life cycle. We wanted to make sure we could adapt as new technology was brought on board. A lot of people at the time said that while it all sounded great, they didn’t believe it.

“The plain fact is, the PS3 has grown with the times. The most recent example was the firmware upgrade for all of the PS3s to be 3D compatible, which is something no other console could do. And to this day, there’s still a lot more headroom left in the PS3. That, again, is a function of the initial investments we made, both in terms of technology as well as financial investments for the components.

“You probably hear a lot things about the PS3, but one thing you won’t hear is that it’s slipping behind the times.”

Hirai goes on to say that since Sony is “not in the hardware business,” whether or not PS3 is profitable or not is a “moot point,” because Sony is in the entertainment business.

“We look at the totality between hardware, software and peripherals and whether it’s profitable as a platform,” he explained. “Having said that – because everyone is so interested – yes, we are profitable on the PS3 hardware and we’ll continue to be profitable on the PS3 hardware… Whether we’re profitable or not in the hardware alone, that doesn’t really address the bigger picture.”

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  1. pukem0n

    “The most recent example was the firmware upgrade for all of the PS3s to be 3D compatible, which is something no other console could do. ”

    since the 360 is 3D capable out of the box or why? ^^

    i still think 10 years is too long and boring, but i guess it saves a lot of money for them.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Ten year life-spans are entirely possible. The trouble is, the software supply tends to run out long before that. They’re still selling PS2s, for instance, but bugger all has come out for it in two years aside from the odd movie tie-in and FIFA.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Milk it baby.

    This year showed that PS3 is outdated as hell. Not enough innovation and PS3 games that use a potential of the CPU which PC can do it like for 8 years already.

    Since proper Dual core was annonced, Cell Microprocessor was a toy.
    Now we live in the era of 500 series of Geforce with Intel i7 or AMD 6-8 core of microprocessors.

    Next year Intel and AMD will introduce something more powerfull.

    3D? So what? Your 3D Sony makes every game look WORSE. Nvidia 3D vision was before and still much better then in PS3 by a mile.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Bluebird

    For all I care they don’t have to bring out a new machine any time soon. Plus, if there isn’t any new hardware devs could maybe try to come up with better stories, better gameplay and more unique looks.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. wishdokta

    #4
    Agreed. Gaming istn’t about hardware.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    To me it feels a bit like the Video Games “crash” after the Atari 2600.

    The biggest reason is the games themself. We get the distinct impression that there is nothing new. Everything feels “been there and done that”. No freshness.

    Inovation is out there. Like it or not Kinect and Move both offer inovation. So does the Wii, and even more can be had in WiiU.

    But no one seems to want that.

    Look at the what the Core gamers are asking for. More of the same but better. Once you have something nearly perfected, how do you inovate that?

    What would make CoD better? Bigger stages? More players? Vehicles? Wait that version of warsime fps is called Battlefield.

    Well, what would make BF better? Samller, more action packed stages? More personal combat with fewer players? No dominating, unstopable vehicle rampaging? yep, that wartsim is called CoD.

    How about we take it into a scifi setting, with aliens, and future … oh wait…Halo, Resitance, Warhawk/Starhawk, Crysis, and so on.

    Almost everything you can think of has been done, to death.

    The software is stale. Franchises rule the roost, too bad if you played the other 9 versions already. The new one will be almost exactly the same, but with a tweak here or there.

    As for hardware. That could be the answer. But it won’t be. And judging by the reaction to the WiiU at E3, most people would reject true inovation anyways. See it won’t do us any good at all to see new, more expensive PS4/XBNXT system come out if the only thing they will do is play the exact games we already have now.

    Better graphics won’t make for better games at this point, take that one to the bank from OG. The graphical leap going forward will be minimaly noticable for the average gamer.

    Things like native 1080P instead of upscaled 1080P. 60fps instead of 30fps. Sure that sounds great on paper, but how many gamers will be able to tell the difference unless they see it running side by side? And even then, that big of a deal?

    I think we will see slightly better textures, frame rates, and resolutions in the next gen from MS/Sony.

    But that isn’t revolutionary. Not inovating.

    Right now things are just stagnet. And why wouldn’t they be? We keep telling game pubs that we like things this way everytime we buy another game in this or that franchise. And yearly franchise updates have got to be the exact definition of anti-inovating.

    In the end I welcome new hardware. I am VERY much looking forward to WiiU, because it looks to me like it will have inovation AND still have core games that I will be interested in playing. But, and this is a big one: new hardware doesn’t by itself = better/more inovated/fresh gaming.

    Again, ask yourself, what is it that you really want?

    We already have games out there that are indeed inovative. But if all your asking for is more of the same, who fault is that?

    This was aimed at no one individualy, btw. I have NCAA Football 12 and Battlefield3 and Starhawk all on preorder myself. Just one of those we vote with our wallet type things, and by looking around we seem to vote for the very things we are tired of playing.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus


    Well, what would make BF better? Samller, more action packed stages? More personal combat with fewer players? No dominating, unstopable vehicle rampaging? yep, that wartsim is called CoD.”

    more then just 64 players (which was possible in Battlefield 2 era) and building destruction. You can try do destruction not only on buildings but environment aswell.

    Current Console version is just going to have 24 players and smaller maps and etc. on Battlefield 3

    so yeah, we need NEW hardware.

    Much better campaigns, then linear stuff that Battleifield or COD offers. Why this is the generation of linear FPS games? Because consoles does not have enough power to make it more open world, alive and interactive.

    You get an experience where you go on the one road and shoot shit.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. jldoom

    “@OlderGamer But, and this is a big one: new hardware doesn’t by itself = better/more inovated/fresh gaming.”

    Not that this is the only valid point of your whole argument, but this is the one I agree with the most. Regardless, the hardest thing to do is to come out with a product that makes a larger part of their consumers happy rather than the minority. Simple fact of the matter is that you can’t please everybody no matter what game you put out.

    It’s funny because like you said although I’m not the one that rejects new type of hardware, I’m still “stuck in the stoneage” then by the looks of it because I’ve yet to properly enjoy playing with a Wii because of the motion controls, or move/kinect for that matter. I prefer the same old gamepad whether it’s PS3/Xbox I don’t care! I like to feel in control when I play. And give me the same formula, as long as it’s dressed differently, because you know what? I play the videogames to be entertained, and if that’s what I find entertaining, I won’t want the developers to try and change it to something I won’t enjoy as much. I feel like there is a reason why CoD keeps selling year after year, although it’s basically the same game with new killstreaks/some weapon mods/etc…People just know what they’re buying and they’re comfortable with that.

    Eventually, there will come a point when we’ll all get tired of that same shit, and REALLY demand something new. Until that time though *grabs PS3 controller, boots up Fallout: New Vegas*

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    “Not that this is the only valid point of your whole argument, but this is the one I agree with the most. ”

    Except that you don’t know what new hardware can offer in terms of innovation, gameplay and of course visuals.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. jldoom

    @9 True, which is exactly the reason why I usually wait a couple of months to a year, before even purchasing a new system just to see what they have to offer.

    Only one I don’t regret doing this for was my PSP and thats because of the CFW I was able to put on it, because I definitely got my money’s worth out of that one for the year that it spent collecting dust in my drawer.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. lexph3re

    I agree with og on this one. Its all about the gameplay at this point, new consoles wouldn’t improve anything for US as gamers it would just crash our pockets. I see to much potential in this gen of consoles to move to a new. That’s the thinking of a pc gamer that I have to constantly update sometimes its better to just sit back and perfect what you have. Move,kinect, vita and the wii u controller are going to all innovate gaming for the console base this gen and won’t cost the current install base much money at all.

    I would rather buy vita and the wii u before I buy a new console with slightly better graphics. seeing how I’ve already invested over 2k in my ps3 on games and peripherals alone.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DSB

    @6 You can’t compare it to an almost fatal recession that nearly killed the market, when publishers have never been selling as many games as they do today.

    The market is healthy, but the selection isn’t. I think there’s a general lack of imagination, mostly in the larger genres, which is being excused by socalled advances in game design.

    I mean if you take BC2 which is the military FPS with the most features right now, so many of those features are only skin deep. You have armored personel carriers that can carry 7 fully equipped troops and tonnes of rocket launchers in real life, but in BC2 it’s really just a vehicle with a gun.

    Compare that to a game like Planetside, which of course didn’t have APCs either, but certainly did rely heavily on players picking up what were essentially paratroopers and dropping them in enemy territory. To me that’s a hundred times more rewarding than anything we see today.

    I can’t explain why nobody wants to do those things, but it just seems to me like everybody’s rushing for the lowest common denominator, instead of putting a bit of faith into peoples imagination and willingness to do things that are a bit more complex, but ultimately a lot more rewarding.

    I still wouldn’t say it’s all grim. Even if the biggest FPSes don’t do very much, you still have people like Valve and Gearbox doing different things, and Splash Damage, even if they failed with Brink.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    I’m not too fussed about visuals.

    I would, however, like lag free online gaming, instant cloud based patches/updates, no load times and more immersive/precise/intuitive ways of controlling games.

    Consoles have a veeeeeeeeery long way to go technically.

    It’s not just about the games themselves.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. ManuOtaku

    Guys i compare this with the mortal kombat series, you know the first games were good, then we have better graphics 3D fights etc, adding other franchises like DC, etc but when the developer find the time to see what did work and build from that on, and evolving with added features that really enhance the game and fit very well with the old style gameplay without any interference on the overall balance, i think the graphics did came in last place of importantce, i love the new mortal kombat and is not for the evolution in graphics or physics etc, it is becuase the dig in the soul of the game and bring the mechanics that were great and they put they heart and soul into it, something that todays is missing because they are aiming at shining graphics and new way of physics, that sometimes tends to make the game easier, therefore something that most of the time they shouldnt took at aim at it IMHO

    #14 4 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    “You can’t compare it to an almost fatal recession that nearly killed the market, when publishers have never been selling as many games as they do today.”

    I wanted to write more about that but figured I already was gonna write “book” with the post as it was.

    What I meant was the carefree attitude that was had during the 80s in regaurds to making what they damn well pleased. They rehashed games. Rushed games. There were still gems, but so much of what was put was just started to look and feel the same. It was very uninspired.

    Thank god for the Nintendo and the NES.

    But today when I go to the store and look at the shelfs I feel like I did back then. Nothing stands out, very little anyways.

    The games industry is much bigger today so I don’t think a shear number comparison is fair.

    I focused on content ans quality of content rather then how many of this or that sell. The number of TV channels today are greater then ever, however said quality content is a different story.

    “Except that you don’t know what new hardware can offer in terms of innovation, gameplay and of course visuals.”

    Erth, that can be true. But you should also admit that it doesn’t always mean that. What changed from Xboxone to XB360? Better graphics, enhanced store front/marketplace mostly. There wasn’t much in the way of real inovation, unless you consider more DLC to be inovative hehe.

    I see VERY little room for / or maybe reason for inovation with the next PS4/XBNXT. Other then with Kinect or Move/Eye Toy. Gameplay really won’t change.

    And:

    “And give me the same formula, as long as it’s dressed differently, because you know what? I play the videogames to be entertained, and if that’s what I find entertaining, I won’t want the developers to try and change it to something I won’t enjoy as much. I feel like there is a reason why CoD keeps selling year after year, although it’s basically the same game with new killstreaks/some weapon mods/etc”

    jldoom is very correct. There is a little bit of that in each of us.

    So it becomes a question of what do we really want and are we sure we want it? Its hard to complain about stuff being the same ole, and then turn around and complain about something that truely is inovative like Wii Motes. Move. Kinect. And now WiiU.

    And honestly we need to reject a notion that there is some drastic difference between a core(simply adapted from the self indulgent self named “Hardcore” gamer), and a casual one. I enjoy games that are labeled in both catigories. In truth most of us gamers a bit of both.

    I have just found it very sobering to read many folks reaction to the WiiU. Because to me it looks great. The controler is very creative, and I think offers a lot of unique looking things it can be used for. The system will have Online. It has support from Major Pubs. So why not be able to play some BF, some Madden, some Metriod, and some Wii Sports Style game w/ the grandkids? I am excited.

    And admitidly optimistic.

    After Pat, and so many others have started calling this E3 a bad one. Pat said it may well be seen as the weakest one years. And the complaints are almost always the same. No new suprises. Same ole crap. Milking franchises(I guess the new Ass Cred game fits this one), and all of that. I would agree whole hartedly.

    Then people reject the WiiU, don’t want Move, and hate Kinect.

    Leads me all the way back to well, what do people really want?

    The real answer is more of the same please. They will play the same games until they get so tired of playing them they turn away. They just won’t have any magic in them any more for those people. And that DSB is why people stoped buying games way back in the late 70s and early 80s. Uninspired games that left people wanting to do something else with their time.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    I really do write too much, geez.

    I remember a few years back when I first got here most posts where a sentence. A long post was two sentences.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DSB

    I actually read all of that for once, and I widely agree. I just don’t think you’ll see anywhere near the same consequences.

    And I’m also not as much of a pessimist. Most of the genres I loved the most from the glory days of PC gaming are largely cleansed from gaming. You don’t see any clever realtime strategy, you don’t see any clever turnbased games, and you don’t see anything resembling tactical shooters anymore.

    Even the good old tactical RPG has been raped beyond recognition.

    I still don’t feel less enthusiastic about playing games though, and I don’t think it’s all one big stupid cesspool where nothing works. Several things work, several things are moved forward. I mourn the genres that are long gone, but I’m still entertained all the same by what’s left.

    Arguably though, Portal 2 was the best game I’ve played in years, and that is a little depressing.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    I agree with ya there DSB. I don’t think the industry is headed for a crash. Maybe a stall or a flat spot until something comes along and really shakes things up.

    I wonder could something like Cloud from Onlive, Steam, or even Microsoft be such a thing? Prolly not for a few more years anyways.

    #18 4 years ago

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    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • 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 […]