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Rumor: Next Xbox contains Blu-ray, anti-used system

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 17:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

An industry source has told Kotaku that Microsoft’s next Xbox will contain Blu-ray as its disc technology, and that it’ll introduce Kinect 2; and that it’s to contain some kind of anti-used game technology.

Such support would be a substantial data storage upgrade over 360′s current DVD model, which can only support up to 9Gb max. Blu-ray, on the other hand, can support up to 25Gb on a single-layer disc, and up to 50Gb on dual-layer. Previous rumors peg the system to also ship with DVR functionality.

The source from the Kotaku report implied that Microsoft plans to incorporate an anti-used game application into the next Xbox. However, information on how such a scheme would be administered is unknown at this time.

Another chatterer has told Kotaku the next-generation of Kinect sensors will ship with the console, and that motion sensor will contain its own on-board processor – tech which was originally planned for the first iteration of Kinect.

The firm is also supposedly making the controller smaller than the one used with Xbox 360.

Add all of these rumors to yesterday’s, which stated the next Xbox would contain six times the processing power of 360, and you have a broader picture of what “Xbox 720″ is rumored to include under the hood. Maybe.

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43 Comments

  1. Talkar

    What is an Xboxb? :D

    Anyway, i don’t mind an anti-used games system. Gamestop/GAME or any other retailer selling used games, hoards all the money when they sell a used game. And the people who actually made the game doesn’t see a cent of that money. I would rather support the devs than some company scamming them.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Yoshi

    I’m sorry but if Sony are stupid enough to give their one main advantage over to Xbox then they deserve to fail. Xbox with Blu-Ray can’t be true.

    Secondly I very much doubt it’ll have a anti-used game system, if it’s true no retailer will want to sell Xbox games.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    Seeing this picture make me wonder how come sony, microsoft and nintendo never look at this mods designed by the people and decide to make the console look like one of them, this picture is nice indeed IMO

    #3 3 years ago
  4. loki

    Hmmm
    Piracy on PC it is ok
    Used licence game on console not ok
    strange logic

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Maximum Payne

    I can’t wait for E3 so we can stop with this stupid rumors.
    Very hard to believe they will use Blu – ray or anti-used system.

    Kinect 2 inside does make lot of sense IMO.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Stephany Nunneley

    Okay, Internal Service errors have stopped. Tags are now back, as well as edits made the system did not apply – including the strange addition of something called an Xboxb.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    I was thinking the same thing Manu, cool mock up. Too good looking for a console tho.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    @2, Sony only actually make up a tiny fraction of the BR association, as long as MS pay up the fees I don’t think anybody in the Association (including Sony) will give a shit.

    After all either they license BR to MS and make money off every console and disc MS sell, or they force MS to develop their own format or license another tech from which they gain nothing.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Razor

    Wow, it really is silly season, then :)

    #9 3 years ago
  10. ManWithNoName

    The problem with those mods is: yes, they look cool. But they don’t take costs of manufacturing, cooling and how to fit the components inside.

    Second, I doubt MS will drop disc format entirely and going Blu-ray would save them money of not having to manufacture their own format.

    Last, anti-used system? I doubt you can even do it, and I doubt even more this to be legal.

    http://plasticvideogamecomic.blogspot.com/

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Old MacDonald

    This sounds .. I don’t know. I think they’re shooting themselves in the foot. Stuff like this wouldn’t just hinder used game sales, it would prevent you from bringing your copy of FIFA to your mates house for some fun or letting your nieces borrow a game or two for their new console.

    I don’t think that would be popular, and I’m not saying that because I’m upset about it or anything. I just think it’d be very bad for business.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. drewbles82

    anti used games, hmmm how on earth would that work. You will loose a lot of market there cuz some people like myself wait for games to either be cheaper or get 2nd hand.
    Then you got the not to sure about that game crowd who avoid buying a game but then borrow a friends (wont be able to now) or get cheap 2nd hand one and end up buying into a possible game.
    I know loads who didnt want to buy saints row, got it cheap, loved it and bought into the 2nd and 3rd games. If they cudnt have done that, they may have never bought any.
    As for Blu-ray its either that or some other form of disc/media as this gen is not ready for digital downloads only.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. someguy2

    Am I the only one who thinks all these rumours are utter bullshit and the only reason for their insurgence is because people are curious about the possibilities of a new Xbox, due to the fact we’re approaching the end of the 360 life-cycle and these sites are just feeding off that curiosity to get hits.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. drewbles82

    Also wouldnt that totally get rid of renting games.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Aimless

    I suspect the next generation of consoles — Nintendo excluded — will more or less adopt the PC model of serial codes.

    Online passes are growing in popularity with publishers and are a clear move towards the above. With every next-gen console game almost certainly being available digitally it makes clear business sense to have every game you play tied to your account.

    That said I imagine there would be some concession to those people who don’t have their consoles connected to the ‘net for authorisation, such as a 3-day grace period after which the disc no longer boots if you haven’t registered it. Perhaps you could even do it over the phone, receiving a bespoke authorisation key after inputting your console’s hardware ID and your one-time serial code.

    Whatever the case I only see things getting more restrictive. Hopefully there is at least some counter-balance in terms of consumer benefit, but frankly a captive audience is inevitably going to get a bit of a raw deal in much the same way you’ll pay over the odds for a crappy sandwich on an airplane.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. NiceFellow

    The next Xbox will surely contain BR or some equivalent. If MS go fully digital they’d lock themselves out of the very markets they are currently struggling to enter vs Sony and basically hand Sony and Nintendo the emerging markets which don’t have the infrastructure for a fully digital device. However DVD will surely be too limiting for a more powerful console with games with higher res textures, etc.

    I’m guessing a version of BR simply because MS in the end aren’t interested in HW and I see no benefit to them to plough money into a physical format vs using something readily available

    As for Sony letting them use BR – that’s not up to Sony and I can’t believe people still think Sony = BR. They are simply a part of a consortium. You might as well expect Sony to stop putting Windows on its PCs.

    The used game bit intrigues though. I wonder if that wouldn’t do MS more harm than good?

    #16 3 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    Aren’t OPC(Online Pass Codes) good enough in terms of discouraging second hand sales?

    And here is the thing that scares me the most(should this be more then just unsubstatiated rumor), “Anti Second hand” sounds a lot like “Always Conected Online” DRM crap to me. Also sounds like all games could require installs, where as the disc imprints a validation number on the install, that gets checked against the disc, and also checked against the profile to see if that validation code “belongs” to the user of the profile.

    Nice.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Patrick Garratt

    @9 – This is just the start. It’s going to be a loooooooong road.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. fearmonkey

    Yeah, I bet Gamefly is really happy about “Microsoft plans to incorporate an anti-used game application into the next Xbox”. I remember hearing the PS3 had something like that being in development before it was released but dropped.
    I realize these are all rumors but if MS truly releases a console with a 3 year old GPU processor, changes the controller which is already rated by many to be the best controller ever (im one of them), includes Anti-used game tech, requires game installed due to blu-ray (better have a faster drive), only increases the ram to 2GB, then bring on the PS4!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and pray Sony doesn’t screw it up).

    Thanks to the success of the Wii with a cheap console, and MS’s focus on Kinect, I was was afriad they were going to make a “Good Enough” console, and thats exactly what it looks like.
    They knew they couldnt go less than a 6000 series for Directx11 support(it’s good enough), and I bet it will be 2GB memory(it’s good enough) with built in kinect (because MS is a bunch of hipster marketing business types that wet themselves over kinect).
    The rumored 20 percent better than Wiiu performance doesnt matter.
    IF the rumored wii-u specs are true, its a direct 10 (wii-u) card vs Directx 11 card (6000 series), and thats where it will shine over the Wii-u, they will tesselate everything… there will be a difference graphicly.
    MS’s new next-gen motto, It;s good enough and has KINECT2.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. OlderGamer

    And then there is the price. And how many SKUs will be avalible?

    My guess is 2SKUs. $499usd and $599usd.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. danhese

    @freedoms_stain @NiceFellow Actually Sony started 2 projects with Pioneer and Phillips, one of which became the Bluray we use today. The first prototype of bluray was showed by Sony at CEATEC in 2000 and the Blu-ray Disc Founders now known as the BR Association started in 2002 after Sony managed to gain support from a few companies, now it has grown bigger but Sony is right at the top. Little known fact, Sony and Phillips also developed some of the technology and standard used in DVD that is why Sony is listed among the 10 founding members of the DVD consortium founded in 1995.

    As for Sony letting them use BR, BR was never created to be proprietary format, it was created to combat the limited space DVD provides and increasing size and demand for High Quality Media. Its like DVD also created to combat increasing demand for quality video and capacity with major help from Sony. The consortium you speak of is a list of companies who have pledged support for the format and doesn’t mean they all created the format. Sony does in fact = Bluray and also in a major way Sony also = DVD because they contributed right from the start in creating the format.

    Anyone can use Bluray just like anyone can use DVD as long as you pay a small fee but make no mistake, Sony is at the heart of both formats.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Patrick Garratt

    God. Can you imagine what it’s going to be like when they actually announce it? Internet disaster.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. NeoSquall

    Cut the new games prices at 50%/60% of what it is now, that would be a fairly good start in avoiding the second hand market.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. fearmonkey

    @22 – Exactly…Sony has a chance to really come out swinging and pull another PS2 over Dreamcast situation. MS might end up learning a painful lesson.
    I was excited about the Xbox next, now I am just bracing myself for disappointment.
    Again, these are all rumors, but they sound valid. I did hear once that the system might be a dual GPU system, that would lessen the blow if true.. I’m not sure how well that would work on a SOC though, heat wise, so I have no idea if true.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. GwynbleiddiuM

    Frankly I didn’t enjoy current generation of consoles. I had some fun with MGS4 and Uncharted(s), and nothing on XBOX 360 were that impressive for me either. So I probably give the next gen a miss. Unless there’s a MGS that I need to play I’m not interested in anything else.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Ireland Michael

    Blu-ray I can believe. Kinect 2? Probable.

    Anti used games system? Please, that’s just internet trolling.

    I will never understand why people get so up in arms and passionately argumentive over new hardware. It’s simply a tool to play the games. As long as the games on the machine are solid and the price is decent, that’s all that matters.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Da Man

    #24 Dreamcast’s graphical capabilities had borderline nothing to do with it’s demise. Besides, it might end up as PS2-GCN/Xbox.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. daytripper

    have to admit i am underwhelmed at those specs but reading michael’s great point

    “I will never understand why people get so up in arms and passionately argumentive over new hardware. It’s simply a tool to play the games. As long as the games on the machine are solid and the price is decent, that’s all that matters.”

    i am more inclined to see what strategy the developers take with next gen games, hopefully it wont FPS centric again

    #28 3 years ago
  29. daytripper

    i thought microsoft might of went with flash cards or something similar instead of blu ray and used the media side of it via xbox live for movies and services like they are now.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. fearmonkey

    @27 – Your partly right, the Sony Hype train was what killed it, but that was partly due to Sony’s hype over the graphic prowess of the the PS2 over the Dreamcast (it’s Toy Story graphics).
    My point is the same thing could happen here, where Sony builds a much higher end system compared to the rumored specs of the next xbox, and then when the Xbox is getting ready to launch, Sony shows up with a ton of marketing trumpeting their more powerful console and wait for PS4.
    I honestly doubt that will happen though, I bet Sony goes cheap too.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. DSB

    I have a more powerful console, it’s called a PC. People don’t want to pay for that either :P

    #31 3 years ago
  32. DuckOfDestiny

    The smaller controller part is bullshit. One thing which people usually sways peoples (None fanboys) opinions on the consoles is the fact they like the 360s larger controller.

    I myself prefer the Dualshock as I have small hands, but this argument is something I’ve heard lots of people say on forums and comments sections. In fact I’m pretty sure Cliffy B said something along these lines as well.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Da Man

    #30 Sega was a decadent company gradually approaching it’s death at that point in time, all thanks to numerous asinine decisions made in 90s, from the MD add-ons to the ill-fated Saturn and the disastrous Sonic X-treme fiasco. The lack of EA support, and finally the imminent launch of PS2. All that contributed. They just couldn’t (or were afraid) to keep up. Going software-only was a much safer business model.

    What managed to hurt Sega won’t be able to do the same to a giant ass corp like MS. PS3 had tonnes of marketing and smacktalk,. It wasn’t until it got some decent software that the sales stabilized.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Gizkata

    They said the PS3 would have anti-use/rental system and a whole load of other shit. Look how that turned out.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. e13

    MS will push direct downloads via their LIVE service.

    You can’t trade or sell those games. Storage space is super cheap and endless.

    The whole industry is moving that way.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. PowerT

    I doubt they will absolutely stop used game sales. But what they could do is manufacture each disc with a unique key embedded in it. When it’s played the key gets attached to the player profile.

    With this you could render games useless to those that don’t use that profile. But I would be more interested in the tracking data of each disc. And this might be more useful to them. With it they can follow the use pattern of each disc and tell just how much used game sales hurt the industry. I’m sure many discs pass through Gamestop multiple times.

    Interesting data!

    #36 3 years ago
  37. speedxl01

    And the next Xbox will have free online?? Seriously, Xbox users should demand to MS free online, and have the gold subscriptions for other benefits.

    Remember how much does MS profit with this?

    +10 millions pay for gold sub, at $50 dlls = $500,000,000 dlls (infrastructure costs??, then how does SONY and every other platform to offer free online ??)

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Freek

    So how do you differentiate a used copy from something you just borrowed from a friend?

    #38 3 years ago
  39. FabioPal

    Unless an “always-on” connection is required there’s no way they can protect against used game (what is an “used” game btw? a borrowed one? a resold one? how can they know?)

    About the image, guys, that “thing” is not usable, nor it fits underneath the television, nor is the dvd/BR bay accessible. They design the consoles with just one thing in mind: usability.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. freedoms_stain

    @38, it probably won’t, if they start doing this it’ll probably be similar to what they’ve done on PC. The game will come with a single use product key which will require online authentication, after that the game its locked to that account forever more.

    @39, always on internet shouldn’t be required, just for 1st time activation

    #40 3 years ago
  41. Fin

    I think it’d be a bit unfair to have single-use key to play the game, be better to have a single-use key for all online functionality (like if you buy the game used or borrow it, you can’t be on Xbox Live when playing, no achievements etc).

    Wouldn’t mind that.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. freedoms_stain

    @41, why should a pub care whether you’re on xbox live it not? They give not a shit about the services MS provide you in-game or otherwise, they just want your money for the game.

    #42 3 years ago
  43. Joe_Gamer

    “So how do you differentiate a used copy from something you just borrowed from a friend?”

    Heh, they don’t, to them they are exactly the same.

    #43 2 years ago

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    Disgaea 5 developer Nippon Ichi has dropped a ton of new information regarding its next RPG. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is coming to PS4 in Japan this month ahead of its western launch in northern autumn. Gematsu has gathered all the latest intel on the RPG from a recent Nippon Ichi press release. Head […]

  • Skyworld VR strategy game looks kind of like playing with toys

    Skyworld is a new turn based strategy designed for use with VR headsets. Skyworld comes to us from Vertigo Games, and will be compatible with Valve’s Vive headset. IGN reports Vertigo has worked in close collaboration with the SteamVR project, so Skyworld will support both seated VR and full-room features. Think about that while you […]

  • Link and Ganon battle in new Legend of Zelda fan film

    The Legend of Zelda fans are clearly a very clever bunch. The production values on this Legend of Zelda fan film are through the roof. This is only the teaser, with the full movie from PlayerPiano to follow, and we’re pretty excited. By the way, Netflix is said to be working up a Live action […]

  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

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  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]