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Microsoft’s “not keen,” on formerly exclusive-PSN titles hitting XBL

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

European Xbox boss Chris Lewis has said it is extremely important for Microsoft to nab exclusive Xbox 360 games and DLC, and because of its importance to the firm, this is one of the reasons why formerly PSN-exclusive titles rarely if ever land on Xbox Live.

Speaking with Eurogamer during gamescom, Lewis said DLC windows of exclusivity such as the Black Ops content, are not only critical for differentiation, but because the firm feels the “cross-platform experience is better on Xbox.”

“We enjoy great success with Call of Duty,” he explained. “Live is the oxygen that runs through our business. The experience users have through Xbox Live is a fundamental differentiator for us versus other platforms. Our ongoing commitment to experiencing better and playing better on Xbox is partly a function of what we do with Xbox Live. So, exclusive IP is critical, of course. You’ll see more of that over time. You’ll also see us, though, committed to working with people like EA and Activision on their cross-platform consoles to make sure they play better, and they integrate better across PC, phone and the console in a way other people’s just simply can’t.

“We’re a little biased, so obviously we’re going to look to protect our own space as best we can and get exclusivity. Whilst I can’t be specific about the terms and conditions, you can be very confident we seek to maximise our own advantage to ensure the playing field is even, and certainly plays to our advantage wherever possible.

“As you can also imagine, our partners have to be mindful of the relationship they have with all platform holders, and they need to be equitable. But there are contractual situations where we get agreement with different people to do different things, and through what we have available on Xbox Live, we are able to offer things other people can’t offer, that allows that exclusivity and unique elements to it that might not otherwise be available elsewhere.”

Lewis said this is one of the reasons why a downloadable usually doesn’t receive a launch on Xbox Live Arcade it happened to be released via PlayStation Network first.

“We’re not keen to do it, I wouldn’t say never,” he said. “We wouldn’t be specific about that. But I’d be surprised if we saw that as something we’d encourage. But, honestly, and this is going to sound a bit contrived, we just want what our consumers want from us.

“We want to be where they want us to be. We want the quality bar of what they experience from us to continue to go up. I think it has to happen. Everybody’s got to do that. If we want to continue to command healthy average selling prices, which we all do, that which we offer our consumers has got to keep getting better. Despite the fact it can be irksome to have such strong competition all the time, it actually does keep us on our toes. It’s great for everyone, and it makes for a very healthy race to higher and higher levels of quality of game experiences.”

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25 Comments

  1. hitnrun

    Hey, Microsoft, remember how you took advantage of Sony’s ridiculous pride in your winning of the Internet space?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Lord Gremlin

    So, in the end it boils down to Xbox 360 NOT getting content. All for some timed exclusives? Only retarded fanboys care about them. Way to shit on your customers, Microsoft.
    Unless they believe most 360 players are retarded fanboys, and that would be offensive to say the least.

    Real results? You can play Limbo and Castle Crashers on PS3, but you will never get Trine on 360. Nice job, MS.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. TerraZet

    Seriously? Grow the fuck up, Microsoft.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    This just sounds like the same *you only get this experience with us* mantra Apple keep peddling. Of course people buy into it & by the time they realise their are other equally pleasurable experiences to be had on other formats, their too invested to want to break free…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. joshua nash

    so this is what it mean to get fuck in ass by MS, i feel really dirty for giving them my money if they ain’t going to give me the games i want to see

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DaMan

    #4 I know right, why waste money on a Porshe when you can take the bus. You only have one life, why spend the hard earned money on making it easier.

    I think caring about others being or nor being able to play something on another box of wires is what disturbing folks do… I don’t get the whole game A vs game B thing. If I enjoy CoD should I also enjoy Fifa, I suppose for some people it’s all about some invisible war of exclusives, where the system chooses the titles they play. I mean, fair enough if you got an xbox for Gears but why on Earth should i automatically want to play Gears just because I have an xbox?

    If you read more than the article’s headline, then he’s saying they spend money on making the X360 versions of the best selling titles more appealing. Which is right on. The sole reason PS2 got the headstart was because people didn’t want to wait for games like GTA3 to arrive on the xbox.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. hitnrun

    @6: I can’t speak for OrbitMonkey, but as a 360 owner I care about what I can play on my box of wires. And if your suggestion is to buy a PS3, well, yeah, that’s kind of the point.

    “The sole reason PS2 got the headstart was because people didn’t want to wait for games like GTA3 to arrive on the xbox.”

    I think the sole reason the PS2 got the headstart was because it came out a year earlier under an established brand.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. doa766

    maybe they shouldn’t feature Amy then

    #8 4 years ago
  9. strikkebil

    if sony embraces the same policy too, timed exclusives would seize to exist. cos the whole reason that theyre timed is cos thats cheaper. ps3 and xbox install bases are too big for sony or ms to buy full exclusivity for all these small games. in the long run i think this can lead to fewer exclusives.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DaMan

    #7 I should’ve clarified better, my point is why would you mind if someone who owns a Ps3 will be able to play your xbla games. I was questioning whether people care about the amount of exclusives on their box.. because i for one don’t like to play every single genre in existence.

    That’s why it was successful obviously, among other factors. Not the reason for skyrocketing sales though, or those sales staying above the competition. But regardless, software decides hardware sales in the case of consoles. Best selling software that is.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    Now see, when you own both formats, none of this matters in the slightest…

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OrbitMonkey

    Er I don’t care what you play on? I was making a statement on the fact that execs like this douche really try to draw lines and barriers around performance & experience that really don’t exist.

    It’s not so much about buying a Porsche when you could catch a bus, more like buying into the corporate bullshit that their Porsche is better than the next guys ferrari…

    Their scrambling for some unique selling point & coming up empty. Timed exclusive? Exclusive indie titles? Wow. The holy grail of LIVE? The best thing MS did was charge peopl3 for It. If LIVE was free it wouldn’t be so rated.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DaMan

    ‘ Wow. The holy grail of LIVE? The best thing MS did was charge peopl3 for It ‘

    If I recall correctly there’re a couple of dozen xbla games that never made it to psn, no? I do believe they’re arseholes for making you pay for it, but see I do like the fact that I can start a party chat by pressing a single button. I tend to use my Mac’s web browser though, since I’m at home anyway.

    You mean I didn’t have to wait a year to play Star Ocean 4, I payed for a fake? Apparently I wasn’t playing GTA SA for a year by the time the trilogy only came out on the xbox, it was all a dream. See, I think it’s a cool thing that I don’t have to wonder if the dlc will get released or not. Or don’t have to wait for unknown periods of time, wondering if the game I want to play will see a release on my box. Simly put, if I want a game and that game is guaranteed to be the earliest and most complete version, I’m going to get that one.

    I think you should try some of the idevices sometime, OM. The way people like you describe them makes me wonder if they used one at all. I’m probably imagining things, like the fact that I can pair my phone with a bluetooth keyboard out of the box, and how you can watch videos on it regardless of the viewing angle. Or perhaps it was all a dream how i din’t have to search for a third party tcpdump or unzip utility. I was probably tripping at all those times i’ve installed apps with a single drag and drop. Point being? Coca wine =/= beer, Mac =/= PC, independent mind =/= ignorance.

    You know what I wanted to break free from for a long time? The shitty sluggish user interfaces of Java phones, which Android greatly reminds me of.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    Your getting rather defensive. I’m not attacking your preciouse little toys, metely stating that all this marketing hyperbole about the huge differences in consoles/phones whatever is bullshit really.

    The differences are mainly looks & what lifestyle marketing you buy Into.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DaMan

    Er, I’m just saying you should give credit where credit is due. Since the differences i’ve experienced are practical, I fail to see how they ‘re connected to lifestyle marketing. While you just bring up unrelated examples of your perceived PR.

    I also found your analogy completely poor myself. I’m not sure you read the EG article though.

    ”Titles for Xbox 360 must ship at least simultaneously with other video game platform, and must have at least feature and content parity on-disc with the other video game platform versions in all regions where the title is available.”

    “If these conditions are not met, Microsoft reserves the right to not allow the content to be released on Xbox 360.”

    How that doesn’t enhance their customers’ experience is beyond me.. That’s like saying your 3 year warranty is marketing bs.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Telepathic.Geometry

    Seems like a fucking ridiculous thing to say: “We don’t want sloppy seconds!”

    The fans playing games on XBL shouldn’t give a shit where a good game came from, if it saves them requiring a PS3 to play it then isn’t that great?

    I am so thankful that a lot of the best titles from XBLA landed on PSN. I do NOT feel sullied by that.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Kuwabara

    If he feels that way, why did they try steal gta from playstation and make it their baby?? And with metal gear lol.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Henry

    I totally cannot get his logic…..

    He thinks exclusives are important.
    But he refuses to break his opponent’s exclusives lineup.

    And although he thinks exclusives are important, M$ usually just ask for timed-exclusive.

    #2 says it right. The result is: you get to play Limbo, Castle Crashers on PS3, but not Trine 1 on 360.

    If this ridiculous strategy is really what this Chris and M$ believes in, may be that’s why 360 is losing the console war.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. JimBrown

    Called Final Showdown, it’ll release as a standalone game that will feature a massive overhaul from when the fighter released at retail on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2007.
    It’ll have two new characters from the 19 that’ll be in the game, including one new character called Jean Kujo and VF3 fan-favorite Taka-Arashi, as well as revised mechanics and balance, simplified controls and more.
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    #19 4 years ago
  20. Christopher Jack

    @13, Bluetooth keyboard for a phone? Seems awfully redundant, I mean, the only time you’d want to use it is if you’re at home or an office but you’d normally have access to a real computer there.

    Doesn’t matter how many exclusive features Apple buys, I’ll always prefer Android, a system that doesn’t assume that you’re a dumbarse & gives you some freedom.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. eloix

    It’s pretty ironic hearing MS talking about “exclusive”. Indeed, such comment from MS would please fanboys, but gamers know that Sony got tons exclusives in different genres for them.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. OrbitMonkey

    @DaMan, *I also found your analogy completely poor myself* well yes, it was just a simple reworking of your rather lame Porsche or bus anology.

    Microsoft refusing to sell games that sold 1st on another system enhances customer experience? Well maybe from the viewpoint, that from taking this stance, they hope devs are to scared to sell to anyone else 1st… Not so good if your a 360 owner who fancied Trine

    And the 3 year warranty is bs only offered because of the whole red ring of death fiasco.

    Credit where its due though, you do defend your toys :D

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DaMan

    OM, my Porshe analogy is perfect, since they’re luxury products which ultimately aren’t exactly necessary, just make your life easier. You on the other hand were comparing conference presentations of the devices to this guy defending corporate release policies.

    Game gets released. You want to play it. If it gets released on another device first, surely you’re going to question whether you should’ve gotten that other device instead.

    Now what they’re saying is they don’t want to spend money on niche titles. Like Trine. No sane publisher of a high selling title would go against the policies and lose the customers. Besides, MS aren’t that stubborn as to miss on best selling games e.g. RdR or LA Noire, as this guy says it depends.

    I was talking about the warranty being a practical positive thing anyway.

    Mac and phone aren’t toys, buddy. they’re productive tools.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. OrbitMonkey

    Conference presentations? No, i’m saying the differences between a ps3/360, or a iPhone/Desire are minimal at best, hence the need for marketing aimed towards selling a experience or lifestyle.

    And as for not wanting to spend money on niche titles unless their on 360 first is beneficial to customers, well thats just corporate spin.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. DaMan

    HTC Desire is a decent hardware running a crappy me too clone of iOS with jittering interfaces, it also doesn’t have the same display or not nearly as much in terms of memory. You get what you pay for.. If you just want a smartphone to call people then the differences are almost non existent.

    If I were MS I ‘d put the bluetooth into the thing back then, then again you could hook up it to a monitor with the Vga cable, hence the flexibilty is questionable.

    I don’t see this guy marketing their console here, I see him stating corporate policies.

    They hardly spin anything, they want to maximize their profits. No publisher is going to spend money on promoting something potentially low on sales when they can release CoD every year.

    #25 4 years ago

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    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

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  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

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  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

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  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

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  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]