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Dual core iPhone 4S hitting October 14 in US and UK

Tuesday, 4 October 2011 18:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Apple has announced iPhone 4S at a press conference in the US today, with Epic’s Mike Capps confirming Infinity Blade II for release on December 1. The phone itself hits October 14.

iPhone 4S

Stage picture courtesy of Engadget.

The new phone will run on Apple’s A5 dual core processor, delivering double the CPU speed of the current iPhone 4 and “up to seven times faster graphics.”

You can watch a promo video of it here, which includes Infinity Blade II footage.

Mike Capps came out onto the stage immediately after the announcement to confirm Infinity Blade II will only run on the phone “because it’s awesome.” Shots of Infinity Blade II are below.

Battery life was addressed in the presentation: Apple said the device would deliver 40 hours of music playback and 10 hours of video. Nothing was mentioned of gaming endurance, however.

Reception quality for the new phone is to be “even better” than the standard iPhone 4. It will come with an 8 megapixel camera capable of f2.4 and an intelligent assistant called Siri was announced for it as well, which runs off voice recognition. What to know what the weather is like? Just ask Siri and it will give you a forecast using natural language.

Want to know how many Greek restaurants are in Palo Alto? Ask Siri and it will responds with “I’ve found five Greek restaurants, and I’ve sorted them by rating.” The virtual assistant will tell you when you have meetings, can respond to messages, and even tell you whether your are attractive or not (okay we made that last bit up). But it seems like everyone at the event is amazed by this feature, so it may be something you will want to play with on more than one occasion as it can also do dictation (like many a Mad Men secretary). Therefore, if you use an app where you’d type on a keyboard, you can now dictate it by voice instead.

Siri will work out of the box, but will “get better” as it learns your voice, English (US, UK, and Australia) plus French and German will be available to in the beta to start, with more languages and services coming soon.

All in all, iPhone 4S works on 3G and Wi-Fi, has an A5 processor, AirPlay Mirroring, a new antenna system, better optics, HD video, and the lovely Siri.

It comes in the following black or white models: 16GB: $199, 32GB for $299, 64GB for $399 for a two-year contract. Pre-orders start Friday, and it will arrive in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Germany, and Japan October 14. In the US Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint will be the carriers, and on October 28, 22 more countries will get the phone, with 70 more countries getting it by the end of the year on over 100 carriers.

Full specs can be found over on Gamersyde.

iPhone, iPad, iPod

Earlier in the presentation, CEO Tim Cook noted that year-over-year iPhone sales are up 125 percent compared to 74 percent last year with iPhone 4 making up half of the overall iPhone market, with the smartphone taking up five percent of the overall mobile market.

“We have passed the quarter of a billion sales mark” for iOS devices he said, which broken down means that 250 million iPhones, iPods, and iPads have been sold.

Cook switched to talking about iPad, calling it the “undisputed” number one tablet in the world, and that three quarters of all tablets sold are iPads. Full-tabbed browsing is coming to the tablet with the release of iOS 5.

Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iOS Software at Apple, then took the stage to say that iOS is now the number one mobile operating system, and stands at 43 percent compared to Android’s 33 percent as of the July.

Over 500,000 apps are in the App Store, with 140,000 available specifically for iPad.

“That gives anyone who owns an iPad a better experience,” he said. “All of this together makes the App Store the number one store for mobile apps.”

So far, customers have download 18 billion apps, which is over a billion a month with Apple paying out $3 billion to developers as a result of the sales.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, announced the new iPod nano which will come in seven colors and will run you $149 for 16GB and $129 for 8GB. It’s available today.

iOS 5

Forstall mentioned the top 10 features of iOS 5, after noting that Hallmark is heading to the OS. One of these is swipe down notifications, like on Android, foregoing the use of annoying pop ups.

Other new features are Reminders, iMessage, Newsstand, and updated camera app, and a new Game Center which now boasts 67 million user accounts. The service will now allow sharing, uploading of pictures, achievements points and recommendations.

Safari updates were mentioned, a PC Free feature which allows you to activate your device without plugging it in allowing for wireless iOS updates.

Forstall stopped chatting and Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple, took his place on the stage to talk about iCloud – which is free, apparently, as was continuously emphasized.

iOS 5 will be available October 12, with iCloud launching the same day along with a Find My Friends feature.

Lion and Shanghai

Cook said six million copies of OS X Lion have been downloaded so far, which is 80 percent more than Snow Leopard. It was also revealed that the Mac platform has grown by 23 percent since 2010, compared with 4 percent for PC, providing Mac with an install base of 60 million users worldwide.

“There are still 77 percent of people who are buying something else,” said Cook in the keynote. “What does that mean? We have an incredibly high ceiling here. We have a long way to go.”

Moving on to music, Cook said over 300 million iPods have been sold, and comparing to Sony Walkman casette players, which took 30 years to sell 220,000 units. 16 billion songs downloaded have been downloaded on iTunes.

It was also revealed that Apple’s new Shanghai store had 100,000 visitors its opening weekend, where as when the first L.A. store opened, it took a month to accrue that many visitors. Cook said there are now 357 Apple stores in 11 countries, and many more are coming to “raise the bar at retail.”

Namco game announced for iOS 5

Apple’s press event hadn’t even started when Namco’s Rise of Glory was announced as one of the first iOS 5 games to hit alongside the new iPhone. Joystiq got hands on time with the game today, and it’s a “WWI-based dogfighter,” according to the site. Originally set for a September release, it will now hit when the new iPhone does. A video is posted below.

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35 Comments

  1. Razor

    Zzzzzzzzzz

    #1 3 years ago
  2. A4-F8

    nothing new at all

    well mwahh my galaxy s2

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Lahanas

    Die Apple. Just die.

    And Epic stop making games for non-gaming crap devices. Real gaming is on consoles and PC.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    I find it disappointing that so many people are willing to pay a huge premium for an overrated device like a Mac or any iDevice, when it’s competition offer just as much, or even more power for a much lower price, not to mention the added functionality.

    I think that it’s mainly down to ignorance, people buying into the hype without even checking out the competition. Not saying that Apple’s products are bad, they’re actually quite slick, but I just personally don’t see how they’re worth it when they bring in the largest profit margins & forces a brass ring around your balls.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    SWEET! I’m due to upgrade my phone from the 13th!! =D

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Cort

    Don’t you love the way the world’s media hyped up an iterative release of a 15-month old phone?

    And won’t you laugh as the world’s media and the armies of iSheep insist that this is another giant leap for mankind.

    In fairness, at least the iPhone has (mostly) caught up with the Galaxy S2.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. JackTheLittle

    apple is a shit!
    i can surely tell now when i read this article.and its no wonder if people buy hyped apple products in america,thats what they’re doing whit samsung too!

    its really pathetic though how their lives is bound to such medias…

    p.s:that’s same with vg247?! why putting news about such crap on a gaming site!its no wonder though..

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/#video-4s

    Promo video. I added the link into the article as well. There’s Infinity Blade II footage in it.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Suikoden Fan

    might as well wait for the iphone 5

    #9 3 years ago
  10. IL DUCE

    Only reason it will even be worth a damn is cuz of Infinity Blade II…which the first one was awesome on my iPod Touch…damn iPhone is just an ipod that makes phone calls anyway

    i just got a new blackberry though, so this aint for me…

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DaMan

    People were willing to buy an overhyped, overpriced Pos3 when it launched when they could get a 360 with a proper online network being there for ages, a decent library of titles and better looking multiplats for years. Now that’s true lunacy.

    At least Macs are that much better than PCs.

    Besides, Apple were the first with releasing the root, they were late with many of it’s extensions like multitasking but their implementations were flawless, hence it was worth the wait.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Stephany Nunneley

    Infinity Blade II shots and teaser trailer are in there now.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    @11
    lol The toys are well and truly out of the pram now, arent they.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    “At least Macs are that much better than PCs.”

    “a decent library of titles and better looking multiplats for years. Now that’s true lunacy.”

    Said a Halo and Apple fanboy. Oh yeah man. Keep up the good work. I hope after few years you will finally learn how to send email from your PC.

    “like multitasking but their implementations were flawless, hence it was worth the wait.”

    you are so sad. :D I hope they are going to implement flash support soon for you. I mean, it’s going to be worth the wait.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Dannybuoy

    Weeeheee. Fanboyzzzz! Emphasis on Zzzzzz.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DaMan

    #13 I know, it’s teh power of cell. You can do so much with it. That and a few years down the line you also got yourself a sub-par Live clone. Now, take iPhone: they were late to the party with multitasking yet it’s the most intuitive and easy to use implementation, perhaps bar Palm Pre.

    Difference here is that people ‘re buying Apple’s electronics to use them.

    If you’re going to get yourself a quality, quiet PC it’s going to be pricy either. Rest of the money you pay for the OS.

    Erthazus, the fact that you spent years on this website waiting to get yourself a fuzzy feeling by commenting on controversial topics, yet failed to master the basics of grammEr is telling. Your logic is second to noone: anyone who argued your fabricated bullshit is a fanboy and a sub HD casual. Believe.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    Good job Apple. The feature set of your phone is only about a year behind my Galaxy S now, instead of two years.

    Am I still stuck with your slow browser? Your dull music player? And your feature-lacking gallery through which I *still* can’t share my pictures directly to other apps or social network?

    Yes? Okay, I’ll come back in five years then.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. LOLshock94

    ive been waiting all year for iphone 5 and they just re release iphone 4 cheap cunts!

    #18 3 years ago
  19. OrbitMonkey

    Lol, VG247 <3's iPhone. Seriously only 5% of that article was about gaming, 95% product placement.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Stephany Nunneley

    @19 You are so right! And the funny thing is I don’t own a Mac or an iPhone. Glad you called me out for the fangirl I am :p

    #20 3 years ago
  21. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Lol, you still do the bidding of your iphone loving overlords!! Your a fangirl through collaboration ;)

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Stephany Nunneley

    Right LOL!!! :) I will remember that next time I cover an event of any kind ;)

    #22 3 years ago
  23. NinjaMidget

    Bloody hell guys, bit too much hate I be hearing!

    The thing is, the iPhone for many is a gaming platform and with 500,000 apps (a substantial amount of those potentially being games), it’s no wonder we get a big news bulletin about a dual core iphone.

    Probably because this is potentially good news for gamers everwhere with more possibilities for a better games on a device that does everything else. No shocks that we are all hardcore gamers here but the mobile phone gaming market is huge now and should be treated with respect, as you never know what could happen with the consoles and pc gaming!

    Well done VG247 for the good work!

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Crab of Thunder

    Meh, sort of want.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. sg1974

    This is hilarious. My FB feed over the last few days was filled with people wetting their knickers about the 5th coming. And now they are desperately trying to find a way to put a positive spin on the 4S.

    Ill stick with my Galaxy S II, thanks. Best phone in the world today.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. sg1974

    Woohoo. Nearly caught up with Samsung’s flagship.

    http://media.gizmodo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/iphone-stacks-up-640×360.jpg

    #26 3 years ago
  27. fearmonkey

    I’m probably going to end up getting one of these Iphone 4GS models unless they release something else around spring. The new phone looks pretty sweet except not being a 4G phone, which I expect they will sooner than later.
    I have always been a PC guy, but i love my iphone and IPad2. Simply great devices, and the app support blows away android, especially if you use it for music creation like i do. I hardly play games on mine, touchscreen gaming is ok, not great.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. manamana

    They should’ve named Siri GLaDOS. With its voice output. I would buy it then.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Christopher Jack

    Seems like Google+Samsung are going to blow this out of the water with the Nexus Prime
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oM9RO-GAKjE
    I hope that Ice cream Sandwich is more than just an ordinary update.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. damo110011

    fuck you apple pitifull upgrade get money out off all the apple suckers who think there stuff is best release iphone 5 in feb make them buy again but they wont moan because the apple followers have ‘MUGS’ written on their heads.
    android is going to win

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Sadismek

    I don’t know what to choose: iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S I9000? I would like a true answer, not only “Galaxy”‘s better or “iPhone”‘s better. Cheers :)

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Fin

    @31

    I’d prefer a Galaxy S II myself – Android’s more open and you can do more fun things with it (getting apps that have system-level access), the screen on the S II is massive and the phone itself is a flyer. The iPhone has a much better (retina) screen, a bigger variety of apps, and iOS 5 means it finally has useful notifications, but I don’t think the extra cost really justifies it.

    If it’s a choice between a Galaxy S (no II) and a 4S, go for the 4S – the Galaxy is getting kinda old at this stage.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Christopher Jack

    @31, Depends on what you want more.

    The iPhone has better developer support, high pixel resolution, a simplified UI & software tends to be optimized for it.

    The Galaxy SII has an open OS that will allow you to anything you can think of, you can play all kinds of media without the iTunes hurdle, you can customize your UI as much as you want with absolutely no limitations, & you’re not restricted to the Android market place for your apps, it also has a larger & more beautiful screen (there’s just no comparison between S-AMOLED & LCD) & it’s also cheaper.

    You do know that the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is the original which competes with the iPhone 4 right?

    Also, Engadget has a chart comparing hardware http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/04/iphone-4s-vs-the-smartphone-elite-galaxy-s-ii-bionic-and-tita/

    #33 3 years ago
  34. DaMan

    Tbh, you can do a comparison between those screens, and quite easily at that..

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/NOVA-Display-vs-Super-AMOLED-Plus-vs-Retina-Display-vs-IPS-LCD_id18644

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Sadismek

    @32, 33, 34 Thanks a lot, guys! When we’re talking about phones, I’m quite a noob :D. Well, iPhone 4 has a very nice design, and that Retina screen looks amazing, but Samsung has Android, which is better than iOS because most of the apps are free. Also, Galaxy S II is cheaper than iPhone 4/4S. Correct me if I’m wrong, lol. So I guess I’ll get a Samsung Galaxy S II afterall.

    #35 3 years ago

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  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]