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Rumour: PS4 to feature Kinect-like motion support, 2012 launch mentioned

Monday, 4 July 2011 10:41 GMT By Johnny Cullen

PlayStation 4 will have motion controls on par with Kinect, according to a heavy DigiTimes rumour.

The report claims that production on the machine will begin at the end of the year for a 2012 launch from Foxconn and Pegatron Technology.

It also cites a shipment number of 20 million units for the launch.

It follows several reports in the last couple of weeks of a E3 2012 unveil for the next Xbox, with Nintendo also prepping Wii U for a release next year.

Kotaku had previously reported a 2014 launch at the latest for both the new Sony and MS machines, or 2013 at the earliest if shoved.

Recently, however, SCEA boss Jack Tretton seemed to dismiss any talk of a next-gen PlayStation arriving soon.

“What we’ve seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. … I wouldn’t look for any discussion of a next generation PlayStation for quite some time,” he said.

Here’s the salt. There’s plenty of it.

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56 Comments

  1. ExxonValdez

    THIS CANNOT BE?! lol nah new consoles are cool I guess..

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Zarckan

    LOAD OF BOLLOCKS!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. StolenGlory

    Well, that’s my quota of bullshit taken care of for the day.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. minxamo

    …and there goes the gaming industry.
    It’s been fun.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Pft. It will also be delivered BY JESUS! ON A UFO!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. drewbles82

    its pretty simple that they are all working on their new consoles

    2012 E3 ull see the new consoles, a lil bout them, what they can do, maybe a tech demo.

    2013 E3, u’ll get the loads of the first batch of games coming out for it, loads more details on the consoles, maybe even on the show floor for people to try out.

    Then Holiday season 2013 they will be released.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. strikkebil

    announced 2012, out 2013. ps3 has been a disaster. its my favourite system cos of the games but they need to move on.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    Bollocks of giant proportions.

    but i wish it was true. This gen consoles can’t even do proper 720p image… so much for the HD era.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    MS did an E3 announce and release in the same year with the 360. Wonder if they might try that again? Unless you are going for an earlier release the following year it’s quite a long time from E3 2012 until Holiday 2013.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Telepathic.Geometry

    I would barely believe a 2012 reveal, let alone a release. My guess is 2012 Wii U, 2013 XBOX Next, 2014 PS4.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. tenthousandgothsonacid

    I think it’s pretty much a given xbox3 will be out next year.

    Reasons :

    MS have all but given up on software for the 360

    They’ll want to be first out of the blocks again like they were this gen.

    Making the new wii look pointless so early would be fun for them…

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Fin

    @8

    Bro, I’m just saying, if you’re complaining that this generation of consoles isn’t able to do a proper 720p image, maybe you should find a new hobby?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. drewbles82

    @9, people knew about the 360 before. It would be really bad marketing to show at E3 for the 1st time and release that same year.
    They will show it 2012, get feed back from people, games developers etc and make any changes for the 2013.
    They dont have time to do anything if releasing same year as announced and shown.
    They also dont give customers a change to think about it, start saving for the new console. They want big sales so they will give people chance to learn about the console and save.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Lounds

    @12 so you don’t remember SONY back in 2005 saying there console will be able to play all games in 1080p then? The reason us “proper” gamers pick on it is that consumers are lied to. If you say you’re going to deliver an experience, then you should go through with it, end of day SONY took a gamble on Cell CPU and it back fired.

    CELL should of been for PS4 + shit loads of RAM.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. StolenGlory

    @14

    Completely agree with everything you said there.

    Specifically that old Sony line from E3 2005 – “HD starts when we say it does” still rings in my ears today and some six years on, we’re still waiting Sony.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Clupula

    @15 – Yeah, you’re right. I hate that the PS3 only does 480p. Oh wait…

    #16 4 years ago
  17. StolenGlory

    @16

    The inference was that the machine could do 1080p consistently given that at the time, the 360 wasn’t even thinking about 1080p at that point (it was later implemented in an update).

    Nice, if predictable sarcasm though :)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Noodlemanny

    NO I just got a PS3 I don’t want to have another console cycle realised instantly. Better not have backwards compatibility because then I would of wasted 250 quid on a PS3 slim like a few months ago.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. MadFingerz

    Kinect-like motion = the improved eye toy. It’s obvious they’ll go on that direction and also improve on the PS Move, even if just to continue selling them as peripherals. They still need to measure the success of Move and if it translated into enough sales to justify it being the basis of the new system.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Clupula

    I’m made of sarcasm, son.

    Anyway, this article is, as they say across the pond, shite. I wouldn’t be surprised by a 2012 reveal and then a 2013 release or, as I think will be more likely, 2013 reveal/2014 release, but to just release it next year when they haven’t actually made any mention of it whatsoever, I don’t see it happening.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. typeface

    Since the source of the rumour is digitimes, the accuracy of this would be approx 7% based on previous rumour accuracy (they’ve gotten more wrong than right). Plus there’s issues about this being mistranslated as well.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. viralshag

    I kind of hope motion control and 3D get side-lined before the next console cycles. I think MS and Sony have wasted enough money in designing motion control hardware that just isn’t for the crowd that spend money on their consoles.

    Fair enough, I have a Kinect (no Move), but it’s gathering dust. Which is pretty much what I hear about people that have a Wii. Let’s think about it, if the average age of a gamer is 30 (or whatever it is) and motion control is at its best with groups and parties, how many 20-40 year olds are constantly having get together just to play videogames?

    And I’m not saying people don’t have or do things with friends, I’m being specific to meeting up and playing games as opposed to enjoying a BBQ or just getting a bit tanked up before a night out. It’s a one off thing in my opinion. I don’t expect to pay more for the next consoles just because it has it built in or has improved integration of motion control.

    @ 10, “XBOX Next” – I think you mean “NeXbox”…

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DrDamn

    @13
    The first official reveal of the 360 was on MTV in May 2005 – not that long before E3 which was later that month. Feedback from devs would already be well underway. MS got devs involved at the early planning stages of the 360 in 2003.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Blerk

    I remember watching the Xbox reveal-o-show on MTV. It was fucking dire!

    #24 4 years ago
  25. The_Red

    They won’t release the next gen so soon. The only threat is Wii U and all they need to do is cut the price to somewhere below $200. Same goes for the 360 though they have the Kinect advantage as well.
    Next gen tease will be at E3 2012 but they’ll need another year to build up momentum and hype. Just like Kinect had 2 E3 showings before being released.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Dannybuoy

    I don’t comment on rumor and speculation

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Razor

    Hilarious.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. daytripper

    if Sony are to announce a PS4 i hope they dont give codename names and alien technology type statements, first we had emotion engine then cell. just show games and what the machine is capable of.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DSB

    I’m pretty sure all empassioned PS3 owners just collectively shat themselves.

    I can’t imagine Sony actually doing it, though.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Kaufer

    The new dualshock controller will have a multi-touch screen in the front AND a touch panel in the back. Its totally not a gimmick!

    #30 4 years ago
  31. YoungZer0

    @8: Wow really? No proper 720p image? That has to be the hundredth time you mention this. Thank you for reminding us.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. DrDamn

    @31
    And no 3D grass, completely incapable of that game defining feature, 3D grass.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Deacon

    @14 & 15 – FF13 runs at 1080p and is one of the better looking games on the system.
    You can’t really blame Sony for devs not taking the time to optimize their software. But you CAN blame then for making it pretty damn tough to get to 1080p.

    I keep hearing people mention ‘saving up’ for these new consoles too…
    Does your ‘average’ gamer really need more than a month or two to save for a new console? (considering the average age to be somewhere in the 30′s). If it takes more than a few months then you’re in the wrong job or shouldn’t have had those seven children.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. StolenGlory

    @33

    Final Fantasy XIII does not natively run at 1080p.

    It runs at 720p and is upscaled to 1080p if you have a telly capable of doing so.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Erthazus

    @Deacon, cool story bro. FFXIII runs in 720p and it can be upscaled to 1080p.
    Native resolution and upscale are two different things. FFXIII on PS3 in true 1080p would run 10-15 fps at max.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. DrDamn

    @35
    So what’s not proper about FFXIII?

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Deacon

    shit I had no idea ; ( my bad.

    Bit cheeky slapping 1080p on the back of the box wot?
    That leads me to ask are there ANY games that run in a native 1080p????

    [[ IGNORE THAT ]] just found a list. Interesting….

    #37 4 years ago
  38. StolenGlory

    @37

    It’s generally only some PSN stuff mate that runs in 1080p I believe such as WipEout and stuff like that.

    Also some Sega games run in 1080p native too, such as Virtua Tennis 3 but ultimately the selection is very small.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Deacon

    ^ http://community.us.playstation.com/thread/2247017?start=0&tstart=0

    Out of curiosity, does anyone know of a more recent list?

    #39 4 years ago
  40. StolenGlory

    @39

    The most up to date list I could find was this:

    Playstation 3

    Full Auto 2 (demo) = 1920×1080 (4x AA)
    Gran Turismo 5: Prologue = 1080p mode is 1280×1080 (2xAA) in-game while the garage/pit/showrooms are 1920×1080 with no AA. 720p mode is 1280×720 (4xAA)
    MLB09: The Show = 1280×720 (2xAA) or 1920×1080 (no AA)
    NBA07 (demo) = 1920×1080 (no AA)
    NBA08 (demo) = 1920×1080 (no AA)
    NBA Street Home court (screenshot) = 1920×1080 (no AA)
    Ridge Racer 7 (demo) = 1920×1080 (no AA)
    World Series Of Poker 2008 = 1920×1080 (2xAA)

    PSN GAMES

    1942: Joint Strike = 1280×720 (4xAA) or 1920×1080 (2xAA)
    Blast Factor = 1920×1080 (no AA)
    Calling All Cars (screenshot) = 1920×1080 (4x AA)
    Commando 3 = 1280×720 (4xAA) or 1920×1080 (2xAA)
    Echochrome = 1920×1080 (2xAA)
    Elefunk = 1920×1080 (4xAA)
    Fat Princess = 1920×1080 (no AA)
    Go Puzzle = 1920×1080
    GTHD = 1440×1080 (no AA) – Vehicle selection is rendered at 1920×1080
    High Velocity Bowling = 1920×1080 (no AA)
    Locoroco Cocoreccho = 1920×1080 (2x AA)
    Pixel Junk Monsters/Racers/Eden = 1920×1080
    Rocketmen = 1920×1080 (2xAA)
    Stardust HD = 1280×1080 (no AA) pre-update, 1920×1080 (no AA) or 1280×720 (4xAA) post-update
    Sudoku = 1920×1080
    Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection (screenshot) = 1920×1080 (no AA), not always?
    Wipeout HD = dynamic-framerate-dependent 1080p framebuffer (1280×1080 to 1920×1080)
    Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 = 1920×1080 (2xAA)

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Gekidami

    Preorder now!:
    http://cdon.se/spel/playstation_4-14751557

    …If you’re Swedish.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Deacon

    Wow. Just, wow.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Gheritt White

    Any PS4 before 2014 will be a complete rush job.

    I think you’d have to be incredibly naive not to think MS will launch the X720 in 2013, though.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Gama_888

    No way is Ps4 out in 2012.
    Although i do think Sony are going to try get it out near to the next Xbox, they dont want to be losing out by a year again.

    And im naturally assuming it will run full 1080p in 3D with multiple applications running, e.g. skype, built in music player, web browser etc etc.

    As for the kinect like motion support, If its built in and used primarily for controlling the interface and things like that, im ok with this.

    And FULL Vita integration in every way possible.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. IL DUCE

    Well they both said the system’s lifespan would be 10 years…but that doesn’t mean the next gen console cannot also be available at the same time, just like the PS2 continued selling while the PS3 was available…

    But what now Sony fanboys? Those who have hated and talked so much smack about how whack Kinect is and now if this rumor ends up being true…looks like Sony is even less original than MS, and taking their “gay/stupid/useless” motion tech(as all the Sony fanboys called it) and putting it in their next system…must be a slap in the face to Sony faithful who spent so much time going out of their way to hate on MS/Kinect over the past year plus…(even though all their inventive Sony made was a WiiHD)

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Christopher Jack

    @45, Who gives a shit about what the Fanboys from either side think? I couldn’t care less if the PS4 came with a camera capable of tracking 3D motions, I’ll likely never use it to play a game because I still believe that you really can’t for my kind of games.
    Sure shove it into the casual & gimmicky stuff, just don’t use it as an excuse to ruin what was once a perfectly good game because I still maintain that it’s not for gamers but it won’t stop them from rushing to the shops to get another hunk of trash sitting near the tv to collect dust.
    Only problem I have with Kinect was how much MS cut back before releasing the hardware, now we’re left with a VGA camera that can barely utilize the damn tech.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Clupula

    @45 – Wow, you sure spend a lot of time worrying about what other people think.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. NightCrawler1970

    So Jack was right, PS4, anytime soon :D, he already spoiled LOL..
    I think the PS4 will and can handle the next generation HD
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_High_Definition_Television

    Is allot better that that poor 720 huh? oh i forgot, for those that just bought the 3D TV, well you can throw that in the garbage, yall have to spend money on a new TV :P

    #48 4 years ago
  49. OrbitMonkey

    The real question is, will it be able to run battlefield 4 at 60 fps?

    #49 4 years ago
  50. DuckOfDestiny

    Even Nintendo know Motion Controls is a dead horse.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. DSB

    @50 I’m pretty sure that mountain of gold they’re all rolling in tells them otherwise.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. NoxNoctisUmbra

    I can’t wait. Either way PS4 and Xbox should have all games on 1080p and 60FPS.

    But 3D suppose to be big, so maybe create 120FPS non 3D games? and 60fps in 3D mode? That be awesome.

    Either way I can’t wait, these days PS3 and Xbox are pretty on par with popularity, the reason is because PS3 is bit more powerful but it does not put xobx to shame with graphics.

    If either xbox or PS4 is 2 times the power over one another, that will be a final nail in the coffin for the other console.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. daytripper

    is it so wrong to want button non motion controllers for the next generation of consoles? i’m probably narrow minded but for me motion controls would only be truly satisfying when technology around 2068 allows your brain to see and feel actually being in a game…:-(

    #53 4 years ago
  54. Clupula

    If I somehow manage to live to 2068, I’ll still want to use a controller, instead of motion control. You can put attach the Dual Shock 7 to my cane.

    #54 4 years ago
  55. KL

    @45 you seem to dismiss something called Ps Eye which evolved to eytetoy,move and later on will be upgraded as well.
    You’re much worse than those you’re calling for

    #55 4 years ago
  56. ultramega

    They said the same thing about Vita (also denying its existence), even though there were accurate reports about it for over a year before its announcement.

    I really hope to see some successors to the 360 and PS3 within the next year or two.

    #56 4 years ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

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

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

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

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

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

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

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

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

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

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.