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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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  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • 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

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • 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 […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]