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Study – games revenue to hit $70 billion by 2017, PC largest contributor

Saturday, 9 June 2012 22:16 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A new study from market research firm DFC Intelligence predicts industry revenue across consoles, mobile, PC and the web will grow from $52 billion in 2011 to $70 billion in 2017.

The report, posted over on Gamasutra, noted casual and other new consumers are expanding the market, but it’s the core gamer – males between the ages of 12 to 30 years old – which will drive the growth in revenue.

“Digital distribution, already widely accepted among core gamers globally, is clearly broadening access to products and driving much of the industry growth,” said DFC Intelligence CEO David Cole, who expects digital to make up 66% ($46.2 billion) of revenues by 2017.

Cole feels more firms focusing on browser and social titles need to gain core support in order to grow revenue

“The bottom line, is core gamers spend money on products they like and right now the game offerings on sites like Facebook are simply not appealing to that demographics,” he said.

In order to compile its figures for the study DFC pulled numbers from Xfire, Live Gamer, and GamerDNA over the last five years for its study.

DFC found during its study titles played on PC will make up the largest percentage of the revenue with 39% ($27.3 billion), due to the metrics pulled from the aforementioned gaming networks. The firm found titles such as Diablo III, Minecraft, and League of Legends easily pulled in 1 million DAU despite little or zero retail presence.

As far as other formats were concerned regarding revenue growth, DFC expects consoles to contribute 36% ($25.2 billion) and mobiles titles to contribute 25% ($17.5 billion) to revenue.

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26 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    Yup. PC gaming is dying. Oh those pirates.

    Where’s loki and the likes when you need them?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Kalain

    But, haven’t we known this for quite a while? I’m sure I’ve read the same thing last year and the year before..

    #2 3 years ago
  3. mad1723

    The problem with most of the stats of PC sales is that they don’t have the Steam stats, which tend to count for quite a lot of sales. Honestly, if stats included digital distribution, figures would look a lot less bleak for most games.

    PC gaming has never been dead, will never be and the same can be said about consoles. There is a market for both, and they have their ups and downs, as with every business in the world.

    I’m happy to know that most of E3 demos were done on PC builds though, shows the way the industry sees the actual consoles. I think everyone realizes that the actual consoles have to be replaced for the good of the industry.

    When I say that the actual consoles are starting to show their age, it’s not just in graphics department. Gameplay wise, some games are limited by the limited power of the consoles. Just look at BF3. It’s impossible to do more than 24 players due to the tiny amount of memory the actual consoles have. It’s not just about graphical fidelity, but about gameplay scale. Skyrim had a similar problem with RAM on the PS3. It’s time for those consoles to wave goodbye and be replaced by the next great thing :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    It’s not just the Steam stats that are classified, but yeah.

    What you want to look at is the publisher earnings. A few years ago EA would list both revenue and number of titles per platform, and the PC was outperforming all the others, even though it had the fewest number of titles.

    I don’t think publishers have been very vocal about it, but obviously there’s a reason why someone like EA starts churning out PC games and investing in clients.

    I think the ghost of piracy is too convenient to really get rid of. If a multiplatform or console title fails, a studio gets punished. Or the used game market. If a PC title fails, then obviously it’s down to piracy. I think it’s just taking advantage of peoples general ignorance.

    Executives love a good excuse.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    I love my PC wouldn’t trade it for any console. I do need to get a new one tho, mine is about 5 years old now.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    @5

    Yup, you should. The graphics of newer hardware are a bit ridiculous. And GW2 looks oh so, so beautiful maxed out.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. roadkill

    “games revenue to hit $70 billion by 2017, PC largest contributor” Well that was expected. Blizzard proved with Diablo 3 that PC gamers are incredibly rich people who throw their money at you for pretty much anything you’d want to sell them.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    @7

    Call of Duty. Back at you, console owner.

    I remember watching a video of a soldier humping a lamp post repeatedly on Youtube. And where the player was told to open a door because the AI couldn’t figure it out.

    I thought to myself, at the time: “There are people who actually bought this?

    I didn’t buy either Call of Duty or Diablo III. Some of us are smarter than others. Italicised implications entirely necessary and warranted.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Maximum Payne

    Maybe lot of people bought Diablo 3 because there isn’t similar game on market for years ?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. NeoSquall

    I wonder why the study hasn’t included Raptr statistics.
    I’ve used both Xfire and GamerDNA in the years, but now it’s a solid 1,5 years I’m only using Raptr as my stats/achievements tracking system for both PC and console games.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Pytox

    #9 Torchlight, Titan quest are few …

    #11 3 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    @Max, I was gonna say the same thing about Titan Quest:Imortal Throne. It is still the king of the genere imo.

    And while Torchlight is a budget game compared to Diablo III, Torchlight was made by three guys that made Diablo and Diablo II. I have played the Torchlight II beta(long before the public open stuff) and have to say it eclipes Diablo III. All my two cents tho, your milage may vary.

    Iron Lore guys(TQ:IT) are also doing Grim Dawn. And that looks fantastic.

    As far as Blizzard goes they get the lion share of game media attention. And their games sell big numbers. But there is a lot more going on with PC gaming then just them.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    People buy Diablo III for the same reason that people buy Call of Duty. Which is the same reason that people buy “fashionable” brand name clothes or food. They want to be on the “inside.”

    Blizzard is a pop-culture sensation. Now, this makes my skin crawl and it’s why I won’t touch anything by them, but for those who want to be on the “inside” of that, that’s where they go in the gaming world. There are some big names that some gaming cliques just won’t talk to you if you haven’t played. They’re the “in thing,” so everyone knows.

    Pick any big name like that. Halo, Grand Theft Auto, and so on.

    Marketing means a lot more than making a good game. If you make a DECENT game and you have amazing marketing, it’ll sell more than other examples, just because people want to be as hip and cool as their friends in their clique. “Hey! I bought Diablo III/WoW/Call of Duty/Halo/Gears of War! We can be friends now, right???!”

    So even if better examples of these things exist, they still sell.

    I remember when Coca-Cola was thinking about marketing a thin can of coke that held about 50% of what a regular coke can does, and costs eight times as much. “People will buy it because they want to be cool, they want to be cooler than other people. And we tell them how to be cool like that.”

    Diablo III is admittedly an entirely average, mediocre game. But Blizzard’s marketing empire has people convinced it’s the “in thing,” so better games like Torchlight II won’t sell as much. Many people are easily manipulated like that and have a hard time thinking for themselves. It’s a really sad situation.

    But we all know it’s true. See coke example.

    As for myself? Fuck the trends. I’ll buy and hype games if I like them. Even if it’s unpopular to like them. People believe what marketing companies tell them to think, most of the time. So… this is why I have a hard time taking most consumers seriously.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Maximum Payne

    Titan Quest released in 2006
    And Torchlight was budget game in 2009.
    Now is 2012 people. We had what ? 2-3 dissent games after Diablo 2 ?

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Da Man

    Some people are yet to discover the meaning of a word ‘marketing’, they’re too busy convincing themselves that all toys are made equally good and if anything their fav one is way better..

    Them internet warriors, biggest victims of advertising, ironically..

    But then you really wonder sometimes why Wii sold so well, huh. Oh well, I’ll be playing my superior, hardcore, obscure Joy Ride Turbo instead of the pesky, trendy, disgusting Mario Kart.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    Diablo has a pretty fond place in a lot of gamers memories. For some people playing games may be all about politics, and either fighting evil conspiracies, or supporting valiant freedom fighters, who certainly aren’t out to make money on anything, and undoubtedly will spend any kind of profit on improving life for the world’s children.

    But I think most people are fine not buying into that, and I think a lot of people just wanted to see the next installment in the series.

    There are plenty of ARPGs out there, and there’s no rule saying that you should only like one, or never like another. There are lots of narrowminded people who may think that way, but then there are also people who consider corporations like Microsoft or Sony an actual reflection of their personal values.

    In short: People are fucked up. Play what thou willt.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Christopher Jack

    People buy games because they like them, I don’t like Diablo, CoD or the Wii but that means absolutely nothing. But I truly dislike being attached to a service for an offline game. I’ve grown accustomed to Steam as its reliability has sky rocketed over the years & I’ve yet to have a single problem with it itself in 2012. BUT, I could imagine how those who’d rather not use Steam will get annoyed when forced to for a certain game they want. MOST will reluctantly give in, others will boycott & some will pirate. How ever, unrefined services like Origin piss me off, shit like that should remain optional until its out of the beta stage. I find Ubisoft’s client annoying too but thankfully it hasn’t caused any problems. L.A. Noire’s poorly implemented social club has prevented me from playing it altogether. So the only service I willingly accept for any game is Steam, but again, I don’t think requiring it is the perfect solution to piracy, I’ve seen games like DoWII bypass it, but I do think it’s one of the most solid solutions compared to always on DRM, etc.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. lkm

    #14 your fucking stupid i swear. this is the most fucked up comment in the world.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Kalain

    @14

    So by your comments, I bought D3 because I wanted to be fashionable? Or, maybe, I actually bought it because I enjoyed playing the beta and wanted to buy it. Did that occur to you?

    A lot of people buy games because they want to play them or play them, online, with their friends. That has nothing to do with being ‘inside’ or fashionable. You are painting people who like a particular game with the same brush without actually meeting those people and understanding why they like the game? Yes, marketing will help, but when you get to my age it all comes down to what you like to play.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    Whole lotta trollin’ going on.

    @20 I’m pretty sure it did not occur to him.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    @14, DUDE. Diablo III is not Call Of Duty.

    Diablo III was developed for 12 fucking years. They changed the game 3 times. They changed the engine 3 times. Game was ready 2 years ago and after that they polished it for two more years.

    What are you talking about? I waited for this game for 12 years. I wanted to play it because Diblo I-II were masterpieces.

    Dude, i agree with you about marketing campaign and etc. but stuff about Diablo III what you said is pure horse shit.

    Diablo III in my opinion is not the most perfect thing, but it’s a solid game and i enjoy it a lot.
    I will give you a small example, i finished INFERNO and played 200 hours with my Wizard and now i’m trying to finish Inferno with Monk and i’m currently 35 level Demon hunter. I enjoy it. For me this game is not just fun, for me this game is about “Mechanics” and “Team Play”. Killing elites in inferno with shields and mortars with sexy minions is so awesome.

    Today i showed Patrick Garratt and another guy Secret Pony level with rainbows and teddy bears and holy shit what was their reaction. I was stupid that i forgot about Prnt Screen because their reaction was funny as hell.
    WE.LOVE.DIABLO III.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DSB

    I got the cow level yesterday.

    Priceless stuff :P

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    Pfff… Cow level – old news

    Yesterday I and my friend discovered a cave full of Blizzard employees and the main objective was to kill Game Director (Boss) (and if you kill him you get Legendary achievement) :D

    There is also a well with Blizzard testers. We found it too, but you don’t get anything. :(

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Da Man

    Diablo isn’t Call of Duty.

    I like Diablo and think CoD is bad because I feel like it.

    Therefore, Diablo is one thing, CoD is another.

    If I say butthurted is a legit engrish word then it is so. If can’t tell marketing from advertising then it must be so as well.

    Simple really.

    Why? Because I have nothing better to do than to argue in the comment sections at 3 a.m. and play Diablo afterwards.

    Good f grief, haloperidol probably isn’t enough here.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. viralshag

    @14, so people buy D3 to be fashionable and you buy Torchlight 2 to be the renegade cool hip kid, right? Sticking it to the man and all that? Right you are…

    :/

    @23, He’s just a troll and a fanboy about certain games (look at anything GW2 / D3) but he tries to hide it in overly-long bullshit filled blog posts that hold absolutely no value other than to inflate his own ego when he reads it back to himself.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. sh4dow

    @23

    And for the reasons you mentioned in the first couple of paragraphs of your comment, Diablo III is all the more of a disappointment.

    @TheWulf

    Well, here’s at least somebody who mostly agrees with you.

    #26 3 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.