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Scratching the Surface: Microsoft tablet’s gaming potential

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 07:23 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Yesterday’s super-secret Microsoft announce looked at first to be a bit of a wash out, but Brenna Hillier thinks the Surface may have important connotations for gamers.

Surface: At a glance

Weighs in at 576g and is just 9.33 thick, even with a built-in 0.7mm kickstand.

Two core models, each with two memory options.

Surface RT has an nVidia ARM CPU and comes in
32GB and 64GB.

The Surface Pro sports a third-generation Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 and comes in 64GB and 128GB.

1920×1080 optically bonded multitouch Gorilla Glass display.

Equipped with HDMI and USB 2.0 ports.

Official Microsoft accessories include a magnetically attached cover with a full keyboard, trackpad and system keys.

Pricing said to be comparable to competing products. Launch window TBC.

We’d all heard the rumours and pored over the “leaks”, but nobody genuinely expected Microsoft to announce a new console yesterday. Instead, like every Microsoft announcement since the Internet crawled off bulletin boards and into mobile devices, we all knew ahead of time exactly what was on the cards: a new tablet, presumably positioned to compete with Apple’s increasingly ubiquitous iPad.

We are now at a time when Microsoft cannot afford not to front a tablet; Apple has proven beyond doubt that they can really work. Once considered an also-ran niche between laptops and smartphones, the province of those with too much money and not enough sense, tablets have won out over their clunkier netbook brothers by turning out to be exactly what the western elite was lacking in their lives: a device portable enough to make couch-sprawled viewing comfortable, but versatile enough that you can work from it in a pinch. Tablets have arrived, and Jobs’ heirs cannot be permitted to own an entire category of device. Hence, the Surface – an excellent name Microsoft wisely stole from a far less universal product line, the newly-dubbed PixelSense coffee table touchscreens.

It was inevitable that we’d see yet another entry in this increasingly crowded market, but what was really surprising is just how little Microsoft had to say about the gaming potential of the new product. It mentioned support for the Xbox app, and it’s madness to think the Surface won’t utilise SmartGlass and connect natively with the next Xbox console, but no games were shown – although Cut the Rope was installed on one of the demonstration units. Despite this presentation oversight, the Surface is already exciting commentators.

The mobile gaming scene Apple has helped foster is booming, and while Surface’s “Windows 8 Apps” focus will struggle to catch up with that even with significant effort on Microsoft’s behalf, the iPad has demonstrated that there is a demand for a gaming tablet. The number of calls for (and rumours of) an Apple control pad peripheral or decent third-party standard is proof enough that tablet gamers want to move beyond App Store offerings, too.

The Surface is ideally positioned to meet that demand. Despite Microsoft’s tendency to work in closed systems (not as notorious as Apple’s, but prevalent enough to be the butt of jokes), the Surface does something the iPad is often criticised for failing to do – it works with the gear you’ve already got. The screen runs 1920×1080, meaning there’s no need to convert or scale video media, and for those times when that isn’t enough, the Surface has an HDMI port. No more shelling out an eye-opening amount of money for a glaringly white but exquisitely styled plastic converter which really ought to have been in the box on purchase; whatever you’ve got on there can presumably also go on your TV using cables already found in your home

Stylish marketing? Has the world gone mad?

While we’re talking about ports, get a load of that USB 2.0 logo on the side there. It’s here that things start to get really interesting. Microsoft hasn’t promised anything, but the fact that the musclier of the two models – the Ivy Bridge-powered Pro – runs Windows 8 natively means that you may be able to plug in an Xbox 360 or generic PC control pad. Microsoft may even lose its head and throw in wireless Xbox 360 control pad support.

So now we’re starting to see a compelling picture – you have an admittedly middling spec but serviceable Windows box which you can carry anywhere, hook up to a TV, and plug peripherals into. Will it run Steam, or Origin, or GOG, or that catalogue of indie games you’ve built up over the last dozen bundle sales? Will it be capable of supporting any number of modest browser-based and free-to-play games?

If so, Microsoft will have done something quite amazing. Over the last five years we’ve seen PC gaming explode and diversify as smaller and indie developers led a push to uncover new markets not constrained by the big-budget conservatism of console-driven triple-A development. It might not have the grunt to run the latest and greatest blockbusters with maxed settings, but the Surface could, with very little effort, provide a portable window (I know, I know) into the PC gaming world for all those not interested in shelling out for an uber PC.

That’s something the iPad doesn’t do.

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29 Comments

  1. Gheritt White

    OH MY GOD, THAT LOOKS *JUST* LIKE A SONY ADVERT!!!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    EG is saying the Windows 8 Pro one is thicker and heavier …
    Light(1): 903 g
    Thin(2): 13.5 mm
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-06-19-microsoft-announces-new-surface-tablet

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Talkar

    This looks really interesting, will definitely keep an eye out for it!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. RandomTiger

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27dL9aVR0is&feature=plcp

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Da Man

    Why would I get a tablet running desktop OS?.. That defies the whole purpose.

    Appalling.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. RandomTiger

    I wish it had a full size SD Card reader.
    The Toshiba Thrive has HDMI out and full size USB.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. rrw

    @5 well in case you dont know W8 pretty much Tablet AND Desktop OS in one

    #7 3 years ago
  8. ItsMe

    @5 Because Windows 8 is made for tablets more than for desktops, and the Pro version used in the more powerful tablets means it’s more like an ultrabook than a tablet.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Da Man

    #7 & 8, why? Because of the Metro? I don’t think so.

    Lion controls similarly to iOS, and Mountain Lion will be even more so, they don’t become less of desktop OS.

    That’s what I’m saying though, why get this instead of an ultrabook?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    @5
    It’s all a bit confused. There are effectively two tablets here each running a different OS. The thinner ARM-CPU based tablet runs Windows RT which is more of a tablet OS. The thicker Intel-CPU based tablet runs Windows 8 and that is designed as a hybrid OS – or at least a desktop OS with allowances for a touch screen.

    The former is more competition for the iPad. I would expect the latter to be more expensive and more useful for business or limited portable PC gaming.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. rrw

    @9 well for pro it have metro and normal desktop one like this

    http://www.alphaila.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/windows8_desktop2.jpg

    Pro is using intel chip and nvidia 4000

    #11 3 years ago
  12. manamana

    As a Mac only household, I must admit that it looks good and I kinda like the Metro UI and the keyboard cover. I think it will really shine with the next Xbox and I am glad, that a new Kid’s in town. Will defo keep it on my radar for 2013!

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Anders

    Enterprise will eat this up. Whether regular consumers will follow suit remains to be seen, but I’m pretty happy with my iPad (3rd generation).

    #13 3 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    iPads are amazing until you actually want to do any serious work.

    And intentionally so, I believe.

    Apple start you on the ipod, then you go for the iPhone, then the iPad, then the MacBook, then the iMac, then next thing you know, you’re trying to order a 6 core Mac Pro with 64GB of RAM!

    Their should be no logical reason why you can’t get a decent office app for the iPad, but you can’t. IMO, they just want you to buy a full Mac so that you can.

    This is where the new generation of Windows 8, super slim form factor ultrabooks and tablets that are powerful enough to be full on desktop replacements, come in.

    I don’t see that Apple currently have anything to compete with them. (other than a much more stable OS)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Da Man

    They have small displays, even MacBooks are poor for working. The gui doesn’t fit in properly.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    It depends on the resolution.

    I don’t know why so many people love 1366×768. To me, it’s an abysmal resolution. You spend so much time scrolling and zooming.

    I’ve been using a Dell XPS 15z recently, which has a 15.4″ 1080p screen. Other people are like ‘WHY IS EVERYTHING SO TINY!?’, but I’m comfortably fitting two programs on each half of the screen and copy/pasting between the two, which obviously speeds up workflow.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. manamana

    @G1GA actually it was Macintosh, MacClassic, PowerBook, Quadra, PowerBook G3, iMac G3, iMac G4, PowerMac G5, iMac Intel, MacMini, iPod, iPhone, MacBookPro, MacBook Air, iPod, MacPro, iPhone, iMac, MacPro, iPhone, iPad, iPhone, iPhone, iPad

    … *sigh* Yeah, maybe I forgot something but who cares anyways.

    @Da Man MacBookPro’s are formidable to work with, thanks.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    It’s ok actually.

    It depends on the Windows 8. If it will be good, then this tablet will be successful i think.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    @17:

    LOL!

    That’s some serious Apple loyalty right there.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. manamana

    @19 Heh, there was some Commodore, Atari and PCs on the road too but I really dig that Apple stuff. ;-)

    #20 3 years ago
  21. FeaturePreacher

    “The number of calls for (and rumours of) an Apple control pad peripheral or decent third-party standard is proof enough that tablet gamers want to move beyond App Store offerings, too.”
    Correction Miss Hiller, it’s proof of the inadequacy of touch only controls.

    Moreover, if you knew anything about high end PC gaming, you would know how far any tablet would be from matching the power of a discrete, actively cooled modern video card. Therefore you would realize how uninterested any PC gamer would be in companies trying to downgrade their titles to try and work with these inadequate, soft core devices.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. freedoms_stain

    As uninterested in the tablet market as I am atm I’d probably be more inclined to buy a device that ran a full desktop OS with a competent touch interface and the option for hardware controls. Also a standard HDMI output would be very welcome.

    Aside from this the Asus Transformer series is probably the most interesting thing on the tablet market, but is obviously let down by the fact that Android is not an amazing tablet OS yet.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DSB

    @14 Sounds like a honeymoon hangover to me :P

    #23 3 years ago
  24. G1GAHURTZ

    Nah, I had the same opinion almost as soon as I bought one.

    I’m still on it in almost all of my free time.

    In fact, I’m on it right now! lol!

    #24 3 years ago
  25. frostquake

    Yes the Specs are all Nice, but as we all know from the Xbox 360 Dashboard Hawg..it will become Bloated and Clogged with tons of crap that won’t work intuitively and become increasingly frustrating, and the Xbox 360 Dashboard has become, even Developers are HATING the 360 Dashboard!! And you think Apple charges for every little thing, wait until you see what Windows will overcharge for every little thing, ROFL!

    Oh and Don’t Forget the Yearly Membership for $60 to get nothing!! While Sony, while FAR from perfect, actually gives you free and discounted items for belonging to Plus, so your membership vs what you get actually makes sense, unlike Xbox 360.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ You sure you’re in the right comment section?

    What does the xbox 360 dashboard have to do with Windows 8?

    There are no ‘desktop ads’ or anything of the sort in Windows.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. freedoms_stain

    Windows 8 should be fully customisable in regards to UI.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. OlderGamer

    W/o the rude over tones I agree with the preacher. A PC gamer isn’t going to be interested in tablets as a replacement to PC games. For most of us, we prolly look at tablets like console gamers see handhelds. They are neat little disctractions.

    But no way G1GA is gonna want to fire up COD on a Vita instead of his Xbox Next. No way I am going to want to play Civ V on a tablet when I could play on my 42inch HD display with my desktop. Now if I had to travel and have very little room, that tablet could come in handy. And if I traveled alot, it would have more value. But mostly, meh.

    Tablets are sort of trendy purchases. They are not real game contenders right now. I could see that changing someday. But not for awhile.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. G1GAHURTZ

    But how about this, OG…

    How about, instead of having Civ V tied to a big, hot, noisy box under a desk, you just plug your tablet into your 42″ TV?

    Add a wireless m/kb and there’s no difference.

    I hardly know anything about Civ V (correct me if I’m wrong), but from what I know about Civ in general, I’m pretty sure you could run it on max settings on the majority of the new ultrabooks/Win8 tablets that are due out this year.

    But in this scenario, you can take your tablet with you, and work/email/game almost anywhere you want, and quickly connect it to any TV/monitor you want over HDMI or even Thunderbolt.

    I’m sure that for the ultra hardcore over-clockers, and the guys with the water cooled, high end SLI configurations, tablets are a “toy”, just like consoles. but I think most, if not all of these new Ivy Bridge tablets/ultrabooks will run 95% of all software (not just games) exactly the same as any high end desktop can.

    #29 3 years ago

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    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]