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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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    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]