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Windows 8 “catastrophe for everyone in PC space”: Newell

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 20:38 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Gabe Newell has said the reason the Valve plans to provide a full Steam client for Linux users is because the lack of games available is holding Linux back.

Speaking during Casual Connect, attended by AllThingsD, Newell said many don’t realize how “critical games are,” when it comes tome for a consumer to choose an operating system.

“The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior,” he said. “We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy.”

Newell also doesn’t seem to keen on Windows 8, which he said will cause many of the top-tier equipment manufacturers to exit the market.

“I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space,” he said. “I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”

He also went on to discuss innovation, stating that in order for it to happen, platforms need to be more open instead of closed.

“In order for innovation to happen, a bunch of things that aren’t happening on closed platforms need to occur,” said Newell. “Valve wouldn’t exist today without the PC, or Epic, or Zynga, or Google. They all wouldn’t have existed without the openness of the platform.

“There’s a strong tempation to close the platform, because they look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors’ access to the platform, and they say ‘That’s really exciting.’

“We are looking at the platform and saying, ‘We’ve been a free rider, and we’ve been able to benefit from everything that went into PCs and the Internet, and we have to continue to figure out how there will be open platforms.’”

Through the link, Newell also discusses the future of digital distribution as well as alternative gaming controls.

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37 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    So Microsoft is looking at the more closed Windows this time?

    Are they nuts? Or i’m just talking bullshit?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Lord Gremlin

    Windows 8 IS a catastrophe. It’s a closed OS for tablets, like iOS. Imagine that on PC. Yeah.
    Not sure what happens next. Probably Windows 9 and scrapping support for Win 8, unless someone swoops the market from Microsoft. Not impossible.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    I used Linux for about a year, switched back to Windows full time when I started gaming heavily again.

    If Linux became a viable gaming platform I’d seriously consider going back.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    @2

    Well Apple is WIndows biggest threat so why wouldn’t they make a closed OS much like Apple.

    I don’t expect anyone to go with linus or other open source OS especially with the fact that 90% of devs use Windows with their software suites. People that use Linux have found a way to play games on their OS hell if they can use that OS there is no stopping them in what they can do.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    I’m just not seeing it. I’ve been using the preview and it’s Windows 7, but faster and with some fancy graphical addons (which you can get past if you prefer the old desktop).

    Have you actually used it LG? 7 is no more open than 8 is… Linux is that way ->

    I’m imagining it’s a catastrophe for Gabe mostly because it’s going to come with a built in app store. That’s direct, and heavy duty competition which will obviously take some dollars away from Steam (especially when Steam moves into movies and music).

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Edo

    Gaben knows stuff.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Mr Tom

    I’m using Win 8 at the moment as well. Just been playing some of the games I bought in the Steam sale last week!

    Not sure why Windows 8 is supposedly such a big catastrophe. It really is just 7 with a start page rather than a start menu…

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    Windows 8 is just a reengineered version of WIndows 7 its not doing anything really new other than faster index which means faster booting.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. roadkill

    Gabe might know his stuff but he is being a hypocrite right now. Windows might be a closed platform but so is Steam..

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Talkar

    ^This

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Old MacDonald

    Steam isn’t a platform. Steam can not exist unless there is a platform to run it on.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Gadzooks!

    Got to give props to Gabe for what he’s produced, but he does like a moan.

    He is scared of the integrated marketplace. I dont think he needs to be though, plus competition is good, ya?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. absolutezero

    Plus if GfWL and the Windows Phone Marketplace is anything to go by its going to be laughably inept.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Da Man

    GZ hits the nail on the head.

    Fatty is a huge hypocrite, said PS3 was a waste of everybody’s time only to take his words back three years later, when he realized there’s money to be made there.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. absolutezero

    oh hay guys fancy seeing the two of you here.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Da Man

    Same here.

    xoxo

    #16 3 years ago
  17. brotherhoodofthewolf

    Makes zero sense IMHO for MS to position themselves closer to Apple, by having a closed system. This mentality could let Linux get more of a foothold.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    The problem with Windows 8 has absolutely nothing to do with its prowess, and absolutely everything to do with the interface.

    It’s trying to be everything for everyone and it canabilises both in the process. It’s a disaster especially for novice and beginner computer users, who don’t care about tech, and just want to use it for basic things. It’s a homogonized mess.

    Why the fuck they didn’t just design a tablet specific OS is beyond me.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    @17

    Its the same system and all reviewers from developers to consumers have said WIndows 8 is far better than previous versions.

    WIndows has always had a closed platform. Nothing has changed from 7 to 8 since it is the same architecture with added tablet support.

    @18

    You can turn it back to classical mode. Apple is doing the exact same thing. They are making the OS very similiar from the PCs to the smart phones and Ipad.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Gadzooks!

    #13

    I wouldnt say the WP marketplace is inept, in fact its a nice interface, but it is a bit more expensive and sparse than droid/ios, and MS just dont seem that interested. I think maybe they think it will be self-sustaining but that didnt work out to well for GFWL as you mentioned.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    Considering that Newell made his initial fortune over 13 years at Microsoft, I think that’s worth listening to.

    I hope we aren’t heading for another Vista. I wouldn’t trust Microsoft further than I can throw ‘em.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Gadzooks!

    #17

    That could end up being a good thing. Windows needs a viable competitor, imo.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. absolutezero

    I agree completely that its nice to navigate but theres just some basic things that are missing, like having to rely on user reviews to know if whatever you are about to purchase is going to run on the model of phone you own.

    I own a useless copy of Dodonpachi because it will not work on my HD7.

    Much like the Android MP the WP on is filled with bizarre Chinese app knock offs. Only they cost more. Not that im fussed about paying a couple of pounds more for a port of something from iOS. Its just a bit of a confused mess which I found is pretty much the same across all phone platforms.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    @19 You shouldn’t have to. An OS should make the process simpler, not more cumbersome and difficult.

    The ommission of the Start Button especially is ten degrees of stupidity on Microsoft parts. You are forced into using a cluttered interfaced, optimized for touch screens, on a format not designed for it.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Phoenixblight

    @21

    My wife has vista on her computer and having installed the preview I can say its no where near as bad as Vista infact its a vast improvement. My wife’s computer that is 5 years old runs so much faster and loads almost 60% faster.

    Wit Windows offering windows 8 for owners of previous versions for 40$ I will be definitely getting it for her and possibly for myself.

    @24

    You can easily change it to desktop where its very much like WIndows 7 minus the start button which for me it is easy to navigate. Most reviewers are giving it a great review and saying its an improvement upon WIndows 7. I have seen little to no difference but for my wife computer its a vast improvement and she doesn’t seem bothered by the interface. She is a lot less tech savy than myself.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Gadzooks!

    #23

    I wasn’t aware of the compatibility issue. I have the Lumia 900 so probably wouldnt have encountered it anyway.

    I’ve also only downloaded a few games so far. Need more strategy games!

    #26 3 years ago
  27. MidlifeAxe

    @14 I can’t take you seriously when you refer to Gabe as ‘fatty’. It’s just juvenile.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Telepathic.Geometry

    “…when it comes tIIIme for a consumer…”

    “Newell also doesn’t seem toOOO keen on…”

    Sorry for being a miserable pedant.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. OwningXylophone

    @ Absolute

    Really? Dodonpachi runs perfectly fine on my HD7.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. absolutezero

    mmmmhhmmm

    For me I just get a black screen then it “crashes to desktop”. I googled around a bit to see if theres a work around or if it was universal or whatever and I found out that alot of people had the same problem, no one really knows why though. Depressing.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. OwningXylophone

    It occasionally dumps me back to the ‘desktop’ when I first try and load it, but it usually works fine if I just try again… I feel for you, as it is one of the best games I have played on WP7.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Ge0force

    Forcing Xbox Live into Windows 8 will certainly be a catastrophe for pc-gaming. It will only bring redicolous rules for devs, loads of payed DLC and further monetizing instead of creativity and free community content.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. CPC_RedDawn

    Gabe is onbviously going to bad mouth W8, I have used it and its a pile a crap, however it is still in Beta and is not final just yet but its not far off.

    People also have to realise that the new UI of W8 can be turned off and you can downscale it to look like W7, Vista, XP or even 2000 and W98.

    Gabe is VERY scared about the integrated marketplace that Microsoft want to implement into the OS. Thus taking away a potentially massive marketshare from Valve, GOG, Origin, etc, etc. If the average joe boots up his or her PC and the games or apps they want are right there in a little icon for sale then why would they go to the trouble of downloading STEAM or Origin and searching for it themselves.

    Even with STEAMS ridiculous sale periods it is still going to be hard to compete with Microsoft, as they have buckets of cash and can throw money at devs for exclusive deals.

    STEAM has grown a lot since its release and I have been there right from the start, its gone from 100,000 users to around 5+ million at peak times.

    Microsoft want to close out other sources, which is going to backfire BIG TIME!! Pushing other companies like Valve to the side and making the platform closed is the biggest mistake since releasing Vista. The other people (STEAM, GOG, Origin) will all just jump ship and move on to other OS’s. I would not be at all surprised if Google takes Android and does the exact same thing as Microsoft is doing with W8.

    I actually would not mind an Android based OS for my PC… at least it would be more open than W8.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. DSB

    @34 It’s 15 million users on Steam :P

    I don’t think he’s scared of Microsofts marketplace. Microsoft couldn’t sell popsicles in the Sahara right now. Why would they suddenly be smart enough to compete?

    I think he’s more concerned about what it signifies. Microsoft starting to close the platform down, instead of going the other way, which is obviously what all third parties on the PC would want them to do.

    Considering that Newell was a part of Microsoft for 13 years, I’m sure he has some insight in what that means.

    Other than that I totally agree.

    It’s been one of my wettest dreams ever since Android to see Google enter the PC OS space. I think that would completely revolutionize the platform, but at the same time it would probably be the biggest gamble in the company’s history.

    Certainly, Microsoft starting to pull back and close it down could be seen as a move to make Google back off. Microsoft are shitting themselves looking at that company. Google adapts where Microsoft always tries to dictate. It’s a huge disadvantage, and it’s only going to get larger.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Badger

    Just noticed this story is currently the top most read news item on the BBC website. I wonder if Gabe is regretting being quite so blunt in his quotes now that it’s got a fair bit of coverage. I only hope Microsoft doesn’t now make it harder for Steam to exist effectively on Windows 8. Steam wouldn’t be the Steam we know if it were not for Windows.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. FabioPal

    I’m wondering about the use of the word “closed OS” in his sentence.

    Did Microsoft forbid Steam to be ran on Windows 8? No.
    Did Microsoft change anything in terms of source code availability in Windows 8? No.

    So I seriously cannot understand this sentence. It’s just another competitor in the “app store” market, is Steam SO scared about a competitor?

    I don’t think they should.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Da Man

    Incidentally, I ‘m pretty sure most people (customers) don’t even know the meaning of that word, while constantly using it.

    #37 3 years ago

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    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

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  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

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  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

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