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Iwata confirms non-DVD or Blu-ray playback for Wii U

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:22 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that Wii U won’t have support for Blu-ray or DVD playback.

Games will use high density optical discs for the system, but Iwata has said Wii U won’t support the main two formats, mentioning that “enough people” already have DVD or Blu-ray players in some form, and that it didn’t “warrant the cost.”

“Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities,” he said in an investor Q&A which has been released in English.

“The reason for that is that we feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn’t warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console because of the patents related to those technologies.”

Wii U launches next year.

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45 Comments

  1. Blerk

    No surprises here, then.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Dear me.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Freek

    Do we really need another device that does that?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Deacon

    Yup. Not surprising. Would it really cost that much more to throw in a DVD drive though? really?

    Are we likely to see another Bluray drive in the next Sony machine?

    What are MS going to do next gen ?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Freek

    If you multiply that small cost by the millions of machines you will be making for years to come, then yeah, that tends to add up. Probably even more so for Blu-Ray.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. trav

    Would imagine it’s not so much the drive that costs, it is the license to use the drives.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Blerk

    I don’t think it’s that big of a problem in this day and age. I’ve never played a DVD in my 360, for instance. Mostly because it sounds like a jet engine when the drive’s working admittedly, but you see my point. :-D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Strandli

    I can see them using that point about the Wii.
    But now that the WiiU actually has a valid reason for playing media, they still use it?

    The whole “play games while other people use the TV” sales pitch could also be used for watching movies. I’m not surprised, and it doesn’t change my view about the console, just seems odd.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. djhsecondnature

    People say that it “doesn’t matter”, but imagine if the PS4 or the Xbox 720 didn’t have DVD or Blu-ray support, there would be outrage.

    I can understand not having Blu-ray support, but DVD, come on now, this is 2011.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Telepathic.Geometry

    It seems like Nintendo is very busy explaining what this new console CAN’T do. :^/

    #10 4 years ago
  11. NinjaMidget

    In mine eyes, they’ve just announced that it’s gotten more useless.

    The good thing about my PS3 being a DVD/Blu ray player as well is that I didn’t have to go out and get another bloody machine to take up space.

    Ah well, at least it’ll appease me with better graphics that either x-box or PS3…

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Christopher Jack

    Disappointing but in no way is it surprising-definitely not the end of the world.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    This console seems to be getting worse by the day.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gheritt White

    This is BAFFLING. Being a cheap DVD player is what helped the PS2 become so dominant right out the gate at launch, and for many people the “devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray” that “people already have” *are* their X360 or PS3. I mean, FFS – the PS3 was virtually 100% responsible for that format’s adoption over HD-DVD!

    I just don’t understand why Nintendo wouldn’t want the Wii U to be *the* convergent entertainment device that sits under your telly, when Apple, Sony and Microsoft are all positioning their products in that way.

    I’m sorry, but for me the lack of this feature means that the Wii U would only ever be a secondary console, not my main under-the-telly device.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Clupula

    So, once again, Sony and Microsoft do what Nintendon’t.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. The_Red

    Wow, just wow. I don’t want to be offensive but this is just retarded now. Seriously, no DVD playback in 2011!?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Razor

    They still make DVD’s?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DaveDogg

    @17 not only are DVDs still made they still out sell Blu-Ray by over 50%

    #18 4 years ago
  19. pukem0n

    the xbox 720 wont use bluray. they will propably use their own proprietary medium for games and support DVDs being watched.
    they would have to pay a lot of royalties for bluray support and microsoft is clever with money

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Zurtech

    Doesn’t surprise me and doesn’t bother me either.

    Personally I buy a games console to play games not play movies. I have a DVD player for that and another built into my TV and also my PC if I’m really that desperate to watch a movie.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Lounds

    it costs about £20 a DVD drive, maybe a £10, but 10-20 quid saved per machine is a huge amount of saving for nintendo which they can use that money else where, such as a network service, so I don’t see why everyone is complaining as, most people in EU,NA have DVD drives, if some one is still using VHS, please speak up?

    #21 4 years ago
  22. frostquake

    This may surprise Many of you but I get weekly sales figures on DVD and Blu-Ray Sales..and both are down, and have been consistently down.

    For Week Ending June 4th 2011

    DVD Sales: Down 32.8% at $96.17 Million
    Blu-Ray Sales: Down 39.1% at $21.99 Million

    Total Packaged Media Down 34.07% at 118.16 Million

    DVD’s and Blu-Ray has been consistently trending DOWN!

    Source Home Media Retailing Weekly:
    http://www.homemediamagazine.com/

    Digital Entertainment though is consistently up!

    For me the lack of a HDD is a Deal Breaker…in this age it should be standard!

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Lounds

    I will pay £5 max for a dvd
    and £8 max for Bluray
    call me tight but I hate physical media.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Freek

    It only matters to the machines that launch first and position themselfs as multimedia devices.
    Nintendo doesn’t do that. Everybody who wants it already has it by now.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. M. K.

    @22: Like many of you, you seem to forget: USA != world ;) Here in EU we don’t have even close as much posibilities as you to get digital stuff. DVD is king <3

    #25 4 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    Nothing shocking here. I almost never use a game system for watching movies. The reason is simple, your game system only has so many spins in its lifetime. Why use those spins watching movies?

    I buy a game system to play games. I install games where I can to save the optical drive. I know people that have lost optical drives in both PS3 and xb360. Things were out, everything wears out. I am going to wear my game systems out playing games.

    DVD players, even BR players are cheaper. Much cheaper then game systems.

    Plus, like Frosty said, phsyical media ain’t what it used to be. I Netflix almost everything. And that means intant view/streaming it, sometimes thro my TV directly, sometimes with PC or laptop to TV, and sometimes through a Wii/PS3/xb360.

    So long as WiiU does Netflix, I will be happy mediawise.

    But by all means if you want another big anti Nintendo/WiiU story keep building that molehill into a mountain. Keep in mind Wii didn’t play dvds or BR, and it has done pretty damn well in sales.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. BillyBatts

    You know what, he’s right. Do you really need another DVD player? Does seem a little odd though, as presumably the games are on DVDs so it should be able to read them, right?

    No surprises about Blu-ray.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Deacon

    25Gb cartridges and all will be forgiven!

    #28 4 years ago
  29. frostquake

    @28 It is 25GB Optical…so you get your wish!

    http://techland.time.com/2011/06/09/wii-u-specs-disclosed-including-25gb-optical-discs/

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Christopher Jack

    I think Blu Ray will be the last commercially available disk format, unless we get super-duper-HD displays & flash storage remains uneconomical for mass production of movies & what not.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. freedoms_stain

    The drive itself will be capable of reading DVDs, the Wii is capable of reading DVDs, Nintendo just don’t want to add to the cost of the machine by paying the license they will have to pay per machine sold to actually use the function. In their eyes they’re upping the base price of the console to replicate functionality the vast majority of people already have via another dedicated machine.

    I wonder what the possibilities are of letting people pay for DVD support after-market. little bit of DLC that adds the necessary software.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. OlderGamer

    @FS

    Thats what MS did with xboxone, thats what the cost of the dvd remote attachment they sold covered.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. polygem

    i play dvd´s on my mac mini. never used a ps3 or 360 for that…i need a gaming machine for gaming. that´s it. all this multimedia stuff never interested me in any way in a console. so obviously i´m glad not having to pay for stuff i rareley or never use. still not interested in wiiu anyway though.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Bloodyghost

    Wow. This is pathetic. Now I know why Nintendos Stocks fell when they announced this. The only reason why I would buy this right now would be just for me and those elegant first partys.

    Plus SUPER FUCKING SMASH BROS!

    #34 4 years ago
  35. bluffbluff03

    Even no BluRay? Oh Nintendo..if this is the right way…. :(

    #35 4 years ago
  36. gomersoul

    this seems like a bad move to me, the reason is simple. sony have already dabbled with this game in another place while people watch tv with remote play on the psp to ps3… now while games were limited and a select few worked well with it where it really shone was movie playback. i didn’t need a dvd or blu-ray player in my bedroom to watch one because i could remote play it with the ps3. it was it’s most useful feature. nintendo are kidding themselves if they think people will just want this thing for gaming. smartphones are a massive success because they have so many capabilities. they’re living in the good old days of gaming, wake up and smell your risky console nintendo!

    #36 4 years ago
  37. metamorphic

    @26: You really must be one old geezer. Limited spins? You’re probably still either gaming on a Dreamcast, or don’t bother to take care of your console. In the end, it’s all about value and usability. If I can use one device to play my games, my movies and anything else I need it for, why would I need to waste shelf-space on two or three other devices? It belies common sense, unless you’re some paranoid schizophreniac worried whenever you put a disc inside a console.

    Also, Netflix is a fucking joke. There are tons of movies you won’t get on it, and many, especially the newer ones, aren’t even available in HD. And even their so-called HD “streams” positively pale in comparison to the sheer quality on show with Blu-Ray. Obviously you don’t seem to be a person who values quality at all so I don’t suppose there’s any point in telling a person like you the difference between gold and copper.

    Thankfully however, there are tons of people who do value quality, so you’ll see Blu-Ray leap higher and higher in the months and years to come – we’re already seeing this with more Blu-Ray releases and sales than ever before. The naysayers might well as shiver, because it’s here and it’s staying, bruv.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. djhsecondnature

    It’s amazing how many people say that because ‘you’ Netflix everything that it doesn’t matter. It matters hugely. In the UK we have no service of that scale available, and even if we did, we do not have the infrastructure to support it currently. Physical media is certainly here for another console generation at the very, very least.

    Not implementing DVD or Blu-ray functionality will mean it will always be a secondary device to those that own a PS3/360 and never a core gaming platform. As for that fact that it’s a ‘gaming’ console, we’re long past the point of just gaming functionality, so much so we’re past a decade of it. If Nintendo think that people just want a gaming platform and not a multimedia hub then they are sorely mistaken. Yes, people have DVD players already, but it’s the all-in-one box that makes things like the 360 and PS3 even more appealing – something that the Wii U has already lost.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. ultramega

    Iwata is such a liar. The reason they aren’t using BluRay or DVD is because they would have to pay royalties. They don’t want that. It’s the same reason they’ve used proprietary technologies for the GameCube and Wii as well.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Telepathic.Geometry

    Download a code to unlock the DVD/Blu-ray functionality – bingo, problem solved. Why does a company with so much imagination have management with so little?

    #40 4 years ago
  41. DaMan

    What OlderGamer said.

    also, blu-ray is just a temporary format in between dvds and internet downloadable ones, which will be completely superseded in a few years. it’s imminent. If you have the money to buy a TV like that, you surely have a decent internet connection as well.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. gomersoul

    blu ray is definitely not a temporary platform. the world can only go all digital when blu ray becomes the sole format or dvd stops selling so well. HD streaming isn’t as good as a blu ray and until it is and everyone in the world has fibre optic internet then it definitely won’t happen.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. DaMan

    For developed countries it definetely is, the dvd is the dominant one for the time being, and that’s not changing for most.

    In a few years pretty much everyone will have the necessary interwebs.. compared to 2006 I don’t know a single guy who doesn’t have high speed internet atm.. and I’m not even from a country like Uk, let alone NA.

    only thing stopping that from happening might be issues with availabilty of content. but they’re temporary either.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. OlderGamer

    Ok a coupl eof things.

    Shelf space is not a major problem for anyone that I can think of. Its not a barrier for someone to consider before purchasing a games system. Its just a stretch and a reach for someone looking for a reason to not like something.

    I also understand that some people don’t have the best internet. But you don’t think it will stay that way forever do you? Certian nations/territories are going to be at the forefront of such tech, but as seen in the past the tech makes it way out to almost everywhere eventualy.

    Netflix is amazing. Pure and simple. Of course it doesn’t stream new releases day and date upon dvd/br release. But Netflix doesn’t just stream of course, they send you dvds/brs in the mail. My Netflix station takes a 2-3 day turn around from the moment I drop the outgoing movie into the mail/post to when I am able to put a new one in the DVD player. Netflix should be everywhere, maybe someday it will be – who knows. But trust me in NA dvds/br aint king. Walmart has 5usd movies now, racks and racks of them. They are trying to compete against Netflix.

    Oh and of course not everything that Netflix streams in in HD. A large chunk of it is 480P. Because thats what the shows were aired in. Not everything is done in BR either. If I go to the store to buy a few seasons of a TV show I will be watching it in 480P at home. Netflix does the samething. 480P is more then fine with me for watching TV. Btw, my cable TV doesn’t have everything in HD either.

    Ok lastly for the guy that thinks I am old because I worry about spins. I have a xb360 right now that I can only use for digital content. Because the optic drive won’t read discs. My sons friends just switched from PS3 to xb360 because his optic reader on the PS3 died. Its not an epedemic, but it happens. Everything wears out, now I could drop kick my SNES and it would keep working. But if you stare at a PS360 you can run into a problem. There are just so many working components, and things today aren’t exactly made with the highest standard of quality in mind, instead reducing absolute cost is more important.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. ultramega

    @44
    That’s great and all for you, but not every country has the infrastructure the USA does for internet. And even with Netflix, I believe the USA is the only country where they’ll actually mail out physical copies for rental.

    #45 4 years ago

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  • H1Z1 survival guide: tips and tutorials for surviving your first days

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 30, 31

    Xur’s weekly shopping event has commenced with the usual assortment of Exotics. Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrive at the Tower in Destiny for yet another week of mystifying lines murmuring and Exotic gear trading. Strange Coins and Motes of Light are the only currencies he accepts. Along with the usual suspects, Xur will […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta will be 11GB, pre-load date revealed

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  • Competition: Win graphic novel Ricky Rouse Has A Gun

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  • Dying Light reviews round-up, all the scores

    A few reviews of Dying Light have started going live and we’ve gathered them all. As you’re probably aware, review copies for Dying Light were sent to outlets only 24 hours before the release date. As a result, it’s taking most of them a while to play and asses the game. There are a few […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – epic kills and loot rage

    Destiny Guardians continue to prove they are the funniest, most talented and wildly handsome players around. This week’s top Destiny videos are a short but sweet bunch. We’ve mostly got Crucible material this time, kicking off with two particularly awesome kills. This first one comes from Steven Genore. I don’t want to call it a […]

  • Ouya scores $10 million cash injection – rumour

    Ouya has been granted a new lease on life thanks to a hefty investment. Ouya games and software may be added to Alibaba’s set top box following a $10 million investment, according to rumours out of the financial world. The Wall Street Journal cited “people familiar with the matter” for the news. No further details […]

  • Chinese console trial to expand nation-wide

    China will open its borders to video game consoles. Last year, the Chinese government allowed a trial of video game console sales in Shanghai, ending a 14 year ban. Bloomberg reports the trial went well enough that China has elected to allow the business nation-wide. Platform holders still have to wait on local governments, who […]

  • 3DS life to date sales top 50 million, Wii U at 9.2 million

    Nintendo has released update hardware life to date sales figures. According to figures released in Nintendo’s latest financial briefing, the 3DS has sold over 50 million units, and spawned 215 million software sales. The poor old Wii U is still languishing at under 10 million hardware sales, with 52 million software sales to its name. […]

  • Destiny heavy ammo bug to be fixed, probably won’t break everything else

    Praise the Sunbro, Bungie is finally going to fix the heavy ammo bug in Destiny. If Destiny has one bug that has gone too long unresolved, it’s the heavy ammo issue. For quite a while now Guardians wearing armour that increased heavy ammo capacity have found their supply emptied whenever they respawn, return to orbit […]

  • MLB 15 The Show continues year-to-year saves, has real time sun and shadows

    MLB 15 The Show is going to be oodles better than last year’s effort, judging by a list of planned improvements. SCE San Diego has released a list of features and improvements coming to MLB 15 The Show. For those keen on the franchise the news that year-to-year saves are making a return is an […]

  • Nintendo outlines 3DS and Wii U release dates for the upcoming year

    Nintendo has published a list of release dates for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. There aren’t a great many surprises on offer, unfortunately, but if you’rew wondering what’s next for your faithful 3DS and Wii U, you can now consider yourself fully informed. It’s worth noting that these dates are subject to change, and […]

  • Majora’s Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC is just too, too cute

    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

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  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

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  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

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  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

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  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

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  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

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  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

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  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

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  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

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  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

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  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]