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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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    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]