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Rumour: PlayStation 4 codenamed Orbis, out holiday ’13

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:48 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Kotaku‘s rumouring this afternoon the next PlayStation is codenamed Orbis, will combat used games in some form and is being planned for a holiday 2013 launch.

The report claims the Orbis codename is Latin for circle or ring. Combine that with the Latin meaning of Vita, it could mean circle of life. Rumored sketches of certain features rumored to be in the next PlayStation, titled “Illustrations & Sketches for new PlayStation Orbis features” were posted earlier by design firm Coque Design, but have since been removed, according to Kotaku.

Anyways, the Kotaku story carries the URL orbis.scedevnet.com. While it doesn’t point towards any next-gen PlayStation portions of the site, it does link to the site regardless, meaning there’s at least a tiny bit of weight to it at least.

It also suggests that Sony is set to not feature PS3 backwards compatibility for the system right out from the box, compared to when PS2 BC was dropped from PS3 around 2009 when Slim launched.

Its hardware specs will consist of an AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU, with the ability to show games at a resolution of 4096×2160. This backs up a previous Forbes report. It’ll also be able to display 3D games at 1080p. The PS3 is only able to do it at 720p.

Revised dev kits were sent out earlier this month around GDC, with finalised units due by the end of this year.

Orbis will also have an anti-used games measure in the same way the next Xbox is supposed to, with Kotaku suggesting games will be made available in two ways: Blu-ray or download. The Blu-ray title will then be locked to the PSN tied to the game you played it on. A title will also be able to be downloaded onto the HDD from the BR and be available as a download if you wish to grab it in the future.

Those who pick up Orbis titles second-hand will likely be restricted in some form to a trial or limited content, with the user having to pay a fee for an unlock for the game.

It was rumoured last year that unnamed first-party studios had already gotten its hands on development kits for the system, with an announcement for the system due at E3 this June. Sony debunked the latter rumour at CES in January.

It’s also rumoured the next PlayStation wouldn’t carry the Cell processor that powers PS3.

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42 Comments

  1. Christopher Jack

    I could believe the date. The lowest possible GPU in the series from the rumour is quite capable & the rumour claims that it’ll be able to display up to a 4096×2160 resolution, that’s 4 times the size of 1920×1080. I personally find this to be the first believable rumour of the PS4. Although the news of ditching PS3 support, while believable, is saddening, there was such a little chance of them reusing the cell just for hardware emulation of PS3 games & software emulation will prove to be quite the challenge.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. a7md1990

    To all rumour makers: Eat my shit!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. StolenGlory

    ItOnlyDoesn’tPlayPS3Games.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    My bullshit sense is tingling. Actually, it’s violently jerking me from side to side.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. StolenGlory

    @4

    Yeah, pretty much my feelings.

    Pick your salt shaker and dispense over the appropriate shoulder and continue with your day :)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    “at a resolution of 4096×2160″

    Finally.

    1080p is already outdated. I play on my PC only using 2560 x 1440 resolution and i’m not coming back to 1080p anymore.

    720p is the thing of the past and 1080p is already old since 2009 and it’s horrible compared to higher resolutions.

    Bring the next gen guys. It’s time to move on and get the party started!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Razor

    *shrugs* I can believe this… or at least believe that Sony would like to do this.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    Southern Islands GPU family is interesting. It’s PCI Express 3.0 stuff so it’s good. Probably it will be a 8000 series stuff, so Samaritan demo will be 30 frames per second without any problem.

    It’s much better than what Sony did with PS3 anyway. Gosh…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DarkElfa

    @2, seconded.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    Rumour or not, at least theres mention of it having physical media support.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    http://orbis.scedev.net/ – this thing exist. :D It’s real, at least it’s Code Name.

    I need Uncharted 4 with 4K video resolution and with Fuckton of Anti-aliasing and other stuff at launch.
    and i’l buy it for sure.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Dark

    If MS and Sony use this anti used games system at the same time , then that mean it was pressure from publishers.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    Lies.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Gheritt White

    @ 12: Sony and Microsoft *are* publishers!

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Dark

    @14 yeah i know that but still , i’m sure EA and the other publishers have something to do with this!

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Rain

    It’s interesting. absolutely Resolutionary !
    but still 4096×2160 is a hell lot. That’s 8.8 million pixels if I’m not wrong and regarding the backwards compatibility it is no problem to me. I think it is time Pat sends a bunch of undercover guys inside Sony to deliver pics of the dev kit,am I right?

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    “but still 4096×2160 is a hell lot. ”

    It’s the next gen. It’s 4K video. It’s the next FULL HD thing. You can actually see that resolution in youtube videos.

    This time Sony will use blu-ray to it’s full potential.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Rain

    “This time Sony will use blu-ray to it’s full potential”
    Will the space on the blu-ray be enough?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @18, of course. There are Blu rays even with 100GB space in development right now.

    4K: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0m1XmvBey8

    Sexy.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. OlderGamer

    How many tvs will support that level of rez? And how many average everyday gamers will have tvs that do? Sorry but it kind of sounds like 3D all over again. Its neat, but not exactly mass market/crit mass.

    No way most people buy an uber tv just for ps4.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Rain

    #19
    So we can have such a resolution and extremely detailed and lifelike animations,texture,lighting effects and etc?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Rain

    #20
    To some degree I agree but it is just a matter of time before a sufficient number of people have those TVs.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    @20, it’s going to be again the times like when people had SD TV’s and later they bought HD TV’s.

    That’s it.

    @21, “So we can have such a resolution and extremely detailed and lifelike animations,texture,lighting effects and etc?”

    Oh yeah, you can expect all that goodness at minimum. :D

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Maximum Payne

    Just because it will suport 4k resolution doesn’t mean it will have for standard.Ps3 support 1080p but lot games are sub 720p for example.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. ejams

    It might be able to support that resolution but won’t it most likely just use 1080p as standard like the PS3 with 720p for most games? They might have it there, but it won’t really get used until 4K TV’s become affordable like when HD TV’s did. They just have it there because they know that if they want to continue with their 10 year life span for systems, it’s gonna have to support until 2023 or so, and they’re preparing for the future. ANYWAYS, this really whets my whistle, I can’t wait for a new playstation!! :D As for the used games thing, I really only buy games new anyways since used games are only $5 cheaper. I do borrow games, but not enough to warrant any worry. I can see how it’s an issue for others though.

    EDIT: #24 you posted at the exact same time as me :p But yea it’s a good point

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Rain

    #23
    Nice!

    #26 3 years ago
  27. misieque

    Anti-used games measure my ass. Where there is a will, there is a way my “Phony Polystation” friends.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Da Man

    Nerd virgin alert.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Gekidami

    ^ Your username is clearly written at the side, you dont need to alert us when you post somewhere.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Da Man

    Okay I apologize, I didn’t know Erthazus wasn’t really the only one around here.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. osric90

    Fake. If true, going back to PC gaming. Nothing to do here.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Ireland Michael

    People are believing this? This is clearly bullshit. Anti-used game restrictions like that wouldn’t even be legal.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. ManuOtaku

    To tell you the truth iam worried by this news, especially in how much this will cost, on the console per-se and the games, if they need bigger physical formats to cope with this capacity the prices of the games will go up for sure too, alongside the console itself.

    I just want if they go with the route of being on par with the PC as it is right now, anything more than that, it will cost a lot IMHO, i hope is not true, for neither of them (sony/microsoft)

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Aimless

    @32 You should probably inform Valve: the implementation Kotaku outlines is essentially a slightly less restrictive version of Steamworks.

    I can’t see them going above 1080p for games, the bump in fidelity would be pretty negligible for considerably more strain on the hardware. 4K Blu-ray support makes sense as a back of the box feature, though.

    The codename is the only part of this I’m really buying, though.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Sini

    lol @ people who think next gen will have AAA games running at 4096×2160. Maybe some little psn game, pong revival.

    1080p at 60 frames with ultra textures already borders on lala land.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Christopher Jack

    @35, No one expects to run Crysis 3 at that resolution @60fps, but I could imagine smaller games supporting it.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Erthazus

    @35, and no one expects PS4 or something to run games in 4K because if they are going to use Northen Islands no fucking way games can be used for 4K for the next gen games.

    What that means that PC’s will start using that resolution in the future. That’s the whole point.

    and i want to run my games using 4K resolution in the future. I already play my games on 2560 x 1440 resolution and they are much better than in 1080p.

    Have you seen Witcher II in 2560 x 1440? That’s just incredible. Incredible i say. For me 1080p is not enough. Once you play on the better resolution you can’t play below it. I rarely use my Ps3 now because 720p is outdated right now and for me it’s just meh.

    I would imagine if Uncharted games had support with higher res than 1080p.

    PS4 or Orbis, whatever, is probably going to support 1080p at best with 30 frames per second on most games. If it’s going to support below that… i’m going to be surprised.
    1080p is enough for Call of Duty and Halo fratboys anyway.

    But Northern Islands and good Current Gen CPU should do the trick. It’s a much better solution than what Sony did with Cell and Nvidia last gen GPU spending a ton of money for nothing.

    PS3 is a horrible system in everything. It’s the worst pile of shit this generation. From all technology manufacturers that make electronic devices, this thing survived because Playstation was slapped on to it.

    Imagine if Panasonic or someone new from tech company could introduce the disaster as Sony’s 2006 machine. It would die a horrible death after 3 months.

    This time, Sony can’t afford the same situation with PS3. They are dead last. They are in third place spending much more money on consoles than Microsoft and Nintendo.
    Microsoft and Nintendo this gen increased their market share for 100%-300% while Sony lost a ton of consumers.

    PS2: ~154.4 million sold worldwide
    PS3: 62 million worldwide and that’s current gen when they still can sell console making new games.

    PS3 is a failure for Sony and they know it. They know that they are last in position. Hell, they know that they are last in position in every possible market they are in. That’s not how you do a business.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Da Man

    Nerd virgin confirmed.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. OlderGamer

    I run a lot of my PC games at 720p. I do it on purpose. The reason is simple, I can see the words. The flip side to higher res is often the fonts/details and what not gets smaller. I play my PC in my living room, on a 42inch hdtv. And I have it set to 720p.

    I don’t care what res I have. or what tech powers the system/games. I care about enjoying the games themself. All of the benchmarks of this or that don’t actualy change the game one bit. Talk about graphics whoring. I mean really guys. Do you honestly believe that 4k res is going to be a selling point?

    (for more then just website gaming elitests)?

    And it isn’t going to be like going from sd to hd. The amount of content that will support something like 4k is going to be so negligable. I doubt most people will care anyways. All stuff like that will do is drive up costs.

    Likly right now the buzz is used for just that buzz. 3 years from now when billy joe bob gamer dude goes to his local walmart or gamestop he won’t be buying his system because of 4k benchmarks. Or most any other nerd rage inducing techie points that could be brought up. He/she is going to bring home an Orbis(or whatever) because of the games they can enjoy.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. Gekidami

    Seems there might be some truth to this;
    http://kotaku.com/5897139/sketches-of-playstation-orbis-features-surface-then-disappear?tag=playstation-4

    #40 3 years ago
  41. El_MUERkO

    4k on a single Southern Islands GPU, I dont think so, you need a 7990 to get good FPS on BF3 at max settings 2560×1600, there’s a hell of a lot more pixels in a 4k image.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Gigabomber

    All of this is irrelevant to me as the specs will be the specs. All I want is a usable controller. At this point, if they pat themselves on the back and drag another version of the dualshock out I won’t buy the system for that reason alone, let alone the miserable failures they’ve had with the PS3 that I’ve been able to ignore since I broke down and bought the 360.

    #42 3 years ago

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    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]