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Sony: Vita could be used as PS3 controller

Tuesday, 2 August 2011 11:43 GMT By Johnny Cullen

PlayStation Vita could be used to become a Wii U-like controller for PlayStation 3 content, Sony said recently at Develop.

R&D manager at SCEE Phil Rogers said at a session at the Brighton event last a couple of weeks that, out of many possibilities of what can be done with the handheld and PS3, you could “drive a display from a PS3 game, for example.”

He continued: “PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it. You could use the unique features – gyroscope, touch front and back – as a control device for a PS3 game.

“You can run software on both devices and use the network to sync the game states. And that’s pretty good, because you then have the processing power of PS3 doing that work, Vita [doing] fancy graphics – however you want to do it. You’re not sacrificing the PS3′s CPU to be able to have a rich experience on Vita.”

Rogers also confirmed that Hustle Kings would have cross-platform support for Vita and PS3, and that Remote Play support would be included from launch, adding that developers could retroactively add in support for Vita into its PS3 games.

Vita is due out in at least one region later this year. More details are expected on the launch period during Sony’s gamescom press conference two weeks today and at Shuhei Yoshida’s TGS keynote next month.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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28 Comments

  1. viralshag

    So the choice is: A new Nintendo console with a fancy controller and current-gen graphics (or so it would seem).

    Or

    A new handheld with good graphics that can also be used as a fancy controller with a console that does current-gen graphics (well).

    I mean, if there are PS3 owners considering getting a WiiU, I would probably tell them not to bother.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. CycloneFox

    Maybe multiplatformers will see that oportunity and bring the same features they bring for Wii U Titles on the Wii U Controller, optionally in the PS3 version on the PSVita, too.

    If you look at it that way. Sony and Nintendo are supporting each other.
    I think a PS3 and a PSVita is a better choice than a Wii U. Of course it’s more expensive, but you have the option of two devices. Or you could buy one and pick the other one up later.
    It is great for developers to bring optional features for a second touch screen on PS3 and Wii U.

    Edit: Another part is interesting: So is it possible for the PS3 and PSVita to share the calculations for the same game engine? I would be happy for graphic demos here.^^

    #2 4 years ago
  3. RandomTiger

    Thing is it needs to be as standard with the console or have a big marketing campaign like Kinect in order for publishers to want to make games for it using such a system.

    Anyone who buys a Wii-U is stating an interest in buying games where some kind of tablet functionality is a USP. Whereas folk having a ps3 and a Vita, you cant really be sure if thats something they want.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    I like ‘normal’ pads. Who else likes ‘normal’ pads? :-)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    I!

    and M+K.

    I think gamepads with a touchscreen is a useless gimmick. Same gimmick as Playstation dildo and Microsoft’s Kinect.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. viralshag

    Yeah, I have to say I like normal pads too.

    Nice boring functional working dual analog control pads — Yes please.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. RandomTiger

    I can see lots of cool uses of a tablet in combination with normal console play, you could take a lot of tactical stuff off pause and ingame menus and put it on a touch screen. Problem being I want to hold a normal pad for extended sessions and even the 360 pad LED’s annoy me if Im gaming in the dark.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Goffee

    I’ll happily buy a PS Vita to replace my PSP, but its unlikely I’ll replace my Xbox collection for a PS3. Perhaps the PS4 would be a more natural target.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Lewis247

    It only does everything…

    except zelda, mario…

    I would still buy a wii U for those games. Sure this is kinda like what the wii U does EXCEPT I can tell you right now, the wii U will do it much better and the controller comes free with the wii U rather than going out to buy a full priced ps vita which if you ask me isn’t too special.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Deacon

    This was one of my first thoughts when the WiiU came to light..

    Sony can clearly do the same, if not more, with the Vita / PS3 combo.

    I’m very keen to hear more about potential Vita / PS3 interoperability!!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. NeoSquall

    lol, Sony definitely sunk Nintendo’s ship with this blow :D

    #11 4 years ago
  12. mojo

    #2:
    “Edit: Another part is interesting: So is it possible for the PS3 and PSVita to share the calculations for the same game engine? I would be happy for graphic demos here.^^”

    wireless connections are way WAY too slow for those kinds of use.

    next thing:
    Sony: Vita can be used to stream content from PS3
    there u have ur wiiu. A side effect from a handheld.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. danhese

    @9
    I’ll officially like to call you an idiot for trolling here with “it does everything except mario and zelda” joke.

    1. Sony isn’t selling Vita as a controller, they didn’t do it with PSP which obviously had this same features and they sure wont be doing it now.
    2. It is a perk for people who happen to have both systems rather than a selling point for the system just like it was on PSP
    3. Wii U is a freaking home console and this is a handheld with a feature that has existed on PSP, not only that, wii U controller is dependent on the console whereas this is a portable console by it self and can still handle playing PS3 games via remote play over wifi even when you are not close to your PS3.
    4. WiiU controller is a “CONTROLLER” and obviously every gamer will have to make use of it if you want to play games on WiiU.

    @ #11. This feature isnt sinking any Nintendo boat. It didnt sink Nintendo boat when it was released on PSP and wont do it now because;
    1. Every game that has this feature wont be a selling point of the game and Vita is not a controller but a portable console that happens to have this feature.
    2. Nintendo has been doing this longer than Sony and even when PS1 and PS2 sold millions and people thought Nintendo was going to quit like Sega did, they stayed and created the DS and Wii 2 very successful consoles.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Aimless

    The fact a PS3 with a Vita hooked up to it can do everything a Wii U can is pretty much irrelevant. The percentage of users with both machines will be so minuscule that it would make zero sense to build a game around the setup, so outside of enhanced Remote Play functions you’re unlikely to see much come of this bar optional functions that match multi-platform Wii U implementations.

    I’m definitely interested in seeing how both machines will interact on a system level, but as far as games go it’s largely a non-starter.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. KAP

    Regardless of all that damn noise above, this is a great feature and should be looked at too deeply guys.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. CycloneFox

    @12: Wireless is, yes. That’s the reason, why the PSP can only be used as the Remote Play is now. But Vita and PS3 have Bluetooth and can use Remote Play per Bluetooth like the Wii U. In other words, The PS3 and PSVita combo can do everything, the Wii U Does in terms of hardware… and more. Because of Multitouch, hardware in PSVita and many more. But the developers will only use it optionally, because not any PS3-user will have a PSVita and only the features, they implement for the Wii U titles anyway.

    But the good part in this is, that is has a positive effect for Sony and Nintendo as they give developers the opportunity on both platforms that would be optionally anyway.

    @15: Yes.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Lounds

    Does this mean I could put a PS3 game in my console and then see the game on my PSV? and play it, so infamous 2 anywhere I want in my house?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Lightmanone

    @ 9, Lewis247: WiiU controller for free? Hahaha. I am a nintendo fan but free? Never. The WiiU will be really expensive, BECAUSE of the controller. The consumer will pay for it.. dearly.
    I think the WiiU will sell just as much as the 3DS now: Not much. They will have to throw the price lower in order to sell.

    —-

    Look.. this is all nice and stuff. But what I am more interested in is the GAMES. There is this really long list of games for the PS Vita. Impressive at first glance. But for me personally there are only 2 games I am interested in: Wipeout 2048 and Ridge Racer. That’s it. Yes. I don’t like shooters.

    So in that way, I would go for a WiiU, cause the games that Nintendo brings out are way more in my genre.

    Oh. and before there are flamers: I own a PS3, X360 and Wii. As well as a PSP and 3DS. So.. don’t. :P
    I just don’t really see the advantage of owning a PSV at this time. Maybe in a year when there maybe a 3rd game I like.

    (for every purchase there is 1 rule: 3 games or more I have to buy for that console/handheld, or I won’t buy it.)

    #18 4 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    RT +1

    “Thing is it needs to be as standard with the console or have a big marketing campaign like Kinect in order for publishers to want to make games for it using such a system”

    Nice to know I am not the only one understanding this. I know the Sony faithful would love to see Sony take on WiiU biggest feature, but lets be honest, not going to happen. Unless the Vita is sold one to one with the system, devs won’t program for it on a large enough scale to matter.

    There might be one or two features, but nothing substantial. Of course if you want to keep believing otherwise, fans, and keep the buzz up Sony won’t mind.

    And even if both sony and MS found a way to do what WiiU does, and they will copy it at some point(look at Move and kinect), only nintendo has Mario, Zelda, Kirby, Pokemon, Smash bros, Mario Kart etc etc etc.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. NeoSquall

    @13 You’re overthinking, sir.

    The “boat” I was humorously talking about is just about the price of both the SKUs.
    Vita will be 259/299 euros, Wii U may even cost as much as 2 or 3 times more.

    The point is, if you have all the consoles, or just a PS3, it’s ridicolously more convenient purchase a PSVita than a Wii U.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Dalekbuster523

    The PSPVista looks rubbish.It just looks like a ordinary PSP but with two touchscreens.
    WOW!Two touchscreens!That’s amazing!I so care!(Being sarcastic).Anyway,Nintendo did a handheld console with a touchscreen before Playstation so who’s going to want a PSP Vista?The 3DS is miles better than what this looks like.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Gama_888

    Butt, If developers are implementing certain features for the WiiU then theres no reason to not add these features into the ps3 version as an option.

    I, personally, would much rather have the Vita/Ps3 Combo over a WiiU as i allready have a Ps3 so if i do want the features of the WiiU its cheaper for me to get a Vita. Plus the fact that i can do a lot more with Ps3 and Vita than i could with a WiiU.

    In terms of exclusive titles that would implement Vita as the controller, Yehh thats probably not going to happen. Unless Vita goes massive.

    I would love to see Vita propperly used as a controller for Ps3, Itll give me another reason to carry around my Vita as im a bit weary about the prospect of carrying around 2 devices (my phone and Vita) Which Imo is why they should have included some sort of propper phone function.

    And what about the L2 and R2 buttons?

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    @dalekbuster523,

    “WOW!Two touchscreens!That’s amazing!I so care!(Being sarcastic”

    + two thumbsticks, OLED screen, Quad core processor, 3G enabled system, better hardware.

    continue sucking Nintendo’s balls.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Gama_888

    @23 LOL AT U COMMENTING ON SOMEBODY ELSES TROLLING ;)

    #24 4 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    “Butt, If developers are implementing certain features for the WiiU then theres no reason to not add these features into the ps3 version as an option.”

    The problem is that WiiU will not be the lead platform and such its features won’t be in most multiplatform games. therefore those features won’t already be in games to port to begin with. Meaning that no one will be impletementing certian features that are in WiiU games and bringing them to Sony.

    Thats one major flaw.

    Also don’t expect too many WiiU games to use the features of the controler too heavily. Expect it to be mostly a screen display where extra menues can be used.

    The only ones using the controler features to full effect will be Nintendo first/second party games.

    Most of the Nintendo 3rd party line up will likly be just ports and spiritual sequals to games already out now on PS360. I don’t great lengths will be gone to in order to maximize the controler to console to TV features.

    Now, if Nintendo somehow cleans up next ge4n. And MS/Sony blunder there new systems or if the new systems aren’t leaps beyond what we already graphicly have, then maybe Nintendo could become the lead platform and all I just said would be a wash. But I doubt it will happen.

    In the end you don’t want to be the most powerful system (xbox one/PS3) you just want to be the lead system (xbox360/PS2). But I highly doubt Nintendo can get to be the lead platform, they just aren’t working to the same end goals as the other guys(graphics/power/online).

    #25 4 years ago
  26. TVs Everywhere

    This is honestly looking to me like a much better deal than the Wii U. I already have a PS3, so if they were to support this feature a lot I could just use that for the whole handheld/home console interactivity gimmick while still having a full-fledged handheld at the end of the day.

    With that in mind there’s really nothing that compels me to buy a Wii U, since I’m essentially re-buying hardware I already own to play with a tablet controller that looks honestly hideous, and for me the days when the words “ZOMG MARIO” and “ZOMG ZELDA” by themselves were enough to make me buy the next Nintendo console are long, long gone.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. typeface

    Wasnt this totally obvious from at the very least E3? They’re just refining remote play really.

    The way I see it it all depends on Sony’s implementation. Third party devs will port games onto multiple systems because it has a good revenue stream for them. Look at the wii games being ported to the PS3 and all the multiplatform games this generation.

    Now for this to really be successful it depends on the intersection of Vita and PS3 users initially. We know there’s about 50Million plus PS3s already out there. A decent proportion of that would be buying the vita considering the hype (Now the key here is that Vita needs to sell to a decent sized market). Now if there’s users who own a Vita and a PS3 it’s only natural that they’d have games that make use of this feature. We’ll see Sony using the later years of the PS3 as a testbed to see if it’s really worth investing while Nintendo works on releasing WiiU. Based on the fact that several major First Party Sony studios do not have visible outputs for 2012 they must be preparing something for the PS4 launch, so 2012 to early 2013 could be an ideal testing phase for this. If it’s successful they could easily launch the PS4 with a Vita bundled (remember the Vita uses components that are quite cheap and used by cellphone manufacturers ARM chip prices would go down by then as well).

    Of course since there would already be Vita owners they’d release the next console with Vita and Vitaless bundles price appropriately. It depends on how much the WiiU actually does catch on with consumers of course and their own efforts (It’s too early to say anything, and SCE needs to be smart about it as well, plus this is speculative).

    The Vita as is is a good device, has plenty of nice features and seems to be having a lot of games that interest people and seems both consumer and dev friendly. For such a device to have an additional feature which could be supported by third party devs making stuff for the WiiU seems like a no-brainer.

    It’s like hey you own an iPhone and you probably have a mac you know your two devices could be quite in sync with each other. it depends mostly on how much the market accepts the Vita. I’m sure the Vita will see pricecuts more often but we’ll also see double purchase of games. I just hope it follows what seems to be the current model with titles like Dragon’s Crown (the vita and the PS3 version are both $29.99 each and that adds up to a $60 game). The other advantage is that if the device natively runs the game you can continue with the game even when you’re away from the TV/home console which won’t be the case with the WiiU. Honestly I think it could work, just depends on how smart SCE really is.

    Generally though I prefer regular controllers for consoles and Keyb+Mouse but I think they have options here, it’s up to them to make best of it.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Dalekbuster523

    @23 1.What the hell are Quad core processors and 3G enabled systems?Most people won’t even know what they are.Fail from Sony.
    2.Who’s really going to think “Wow,there’s two thumbsticks too!I’m so excited for one of these!”.Noone unless your a idiot.

    Sony’s PSP Vita is a complete fail.Nobody will care about it,nobody will buy one.

    #28 4 years ago

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    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]