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Harada: Sony, Nintendo and MS should make one console

Wednesday, 8 August 2012 12:48 GMT By Dave Cook

Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has said he believes the merging of formats into one unified platform would fuel innovation in the industry going forward.

Speaking with news.com.au, Harada explained his vision of a unified future, “For a long time, the game industry has been able to control the way people play games. There was a platform that people used solely for their gaming needs, and the industry had control of the trends and such that occurred.”

Harada then explained that due to the growth of social platforms, “people are able to not be tied down by consoles. I think it would be interesting if Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo got together just to make one console. It makes me very happy to think about all the possibilities that could occur because of that.”

One platform for all. Do you think that could work? Let us know below.

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34 Comments

  1. Maximum Payne

    I don’t think that would change design of games.Same could be said about taken history :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    Sorry to sound like Erth but you just pick up a PC. Would truly love to see Linux gaming pick up some speed.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. flashfv

    One console would decrease innovation in my opinion. It won’t ever happen anyway because they are a business after all and this would make there profits less.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    As much positive things this unification would bring, i dont think is a likely scenario mainly because theres to much differences between the companies, especially in their overall strategies and way to see things, i think it will be hard to merge all that different styles under a same idea or product.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Da Man

    Tekken producer talking about innovation..

    No.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Dragon246

    A world where gamers get no choice to select platforms and are just stuck to one box without any competition?
    NOT IN A MILLION YEARS would I want that. Competition breeds excellence.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Gheritt White

    Who cares, consoles won’t even exist by 2025.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. RandomTiger

    This is nonsense.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Deacon

    As #6 said, competition does indeed breed excellence.

    Though even with one unified platform we’d still see devs competing for our money, so I don’t think we’d lose any quality if this were to happen at some point.

    I actually think it would help devs make MORE money, and thus we’d see less closures.

    I’d love this to happen (I realise it won’t) primarily to stop the fanboy bullshit but more importantly so that I wouldn’t have to worry about being on the same platform as my mates for online MP.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. KrazyKraut

    http://www.gadgetvenue.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/console-mock-up.jpg

    lololololol

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Craig E

    Yes, Harada. Because the best way to fuel innovation is to eliminate competition. You’re a clown shoe.

    Innovation has lead to stagnation because video games are now a mass market, dominated by large corporations, and just as in any other industry with those concerns the bean counters dont want to take risks.

    If the big players were somehow duty-bound to contribute part of their profits into a universal fund for smaller indie developers you’d see innovation. Otherwise, so long as you’re happy to pick up your substantial paycheque from you woefully non-innovative Tekken series I’d say you were one of the least well placed people to even comment on the matter.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Competition does not breed excelence. Not in the video game world.

    In todays day and age most of the big name pubs are multiplat anyways. Having multi system just means having the chance to play each ones exclusives. Something that wouldn’t be necesary if there was only one system.

    Imagine, Mario, Halo, and Uncharted without the need to invest hundreds into three different systems. One system to buy controlers, wheels, headsets, etc, instead of three. All of your friends on one system. Larger in game comunity all of the FIFA/BF/CoD/F1/etc players located on one system instead of being split across three. Lower dev/pub cost could mean lower game prices. And so on.

    Btw, just playing devils advocite.

    Realisticly.

    I don’t think we will ever see a unified console market. What I do think we will see is the removel of spesific piece of hardware. It doesn’t matter what TV/DVDplayer/Tablet/Phone/PC/Console/etc you have, you can still play the same selection of movies and TV shows from Netflix. Games will be just like that someday in the not so distance future. I think we will be looking at publishers turning into content venders that will offer us a service to stream and play their libary of games. We will prolly need a unique subscription to play each EA, Acti, MS, Sony or Nintendo games.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. viralshag

    I would rather see unified servers for multi-plat games before seeing a unified console.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    Well, if I am being honest, I wouldn’t mind one console. But only if it was an open platform. Last thing I would want would be for MS to have complete control over the entire console market. They would charge you for everything.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Clupula

    One console would mean the end of console gaming. Competition is what keeps the industry going. The fact that everything is already available on every system is part of why the industry is in such a slump and also why I feel the Wii U is going to be a huge failure. Why buy a new system when you can already get all the games for it on a system you already own?

    Back in the day of the PS1, N64, and Saturn, there were distinct exclusives for each system and they helped keep the gen strong. Same for the PS2, Gamecube, and X-Box days. Competition keeps things alive.

    One system would turn innovation into mud.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Dragon246

    If anyone wants a unified console, they might as well turn into a pc gamer.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Gadzooks!

    #2

    I’ll never be a PC gamer. Like hundreds of millions of console-only gamers I dont have the time or inclination to maintain a gaming rig (well, second rig. The misses loves her MMO’s).

    Anyone can stuff a disc in a console, press a single button and be playing. Average Joe Gamer couldnt work a PC game if his life depended on it.

    Now before you get menstrual on me, I’m not belittling PCs in any way. But, they work for some people and not others so a blanket ‘get a PC’ statement doesnt work here.

    #9

    True, dat.

    Developers should be competing, not platform holders.

    Software, and more recently services, has always been the money spinner. Hardware is just a facilitator, and a horrifically costly one at that, both to consumer and supplier.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    I have to disagree with the competition thing. The PC has some of the most inovative gameplay on the market. Consoles aren’t all they are made out to be, not even what they used to be.

    “Back in the day of the PS1, N64, and Saturn, there were distinct exclusives for each system and they helped keep the gen strong”

    I would agree with that statment. But we no longer live back in the day.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. freedoms_stain

    Software innovation and hardware competition, in this thread they’re the same. Apparently.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Cobra951

    Things would be easier for developers with a single console. Things would be terrible for consumers. That console would be overly expensive and never upgraded. Here in the US, the 8-bit Nintendo NES owned the market for too many years. Had Sega not come along with the 16-bit Genesis, the SNES may have never come to pass. Without competition, there is no drive for hardware innovation. And without that, we’d still be playing 2D games at low res while listening to chip tunes.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Khan979

    “One console to rule them all!”….

    Actually I think the competition beteen the different companies is a good thing, but I agree with others that cross plat play would be nice.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Da Man

    Please no cross platform play with PC. Wouldn’t want to run into the worst of manic depressive people from the internet.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Dannybuoy

    “I have a dream. I have a dream that little white consoles will share games with big black consoles”

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    @17, Set Steam to launch at start & you’ve solved your problem, you’ve even skipped the whole ‘insert disc’ part. In this day & age a toddler could operate Windows’ basic functions, there’s also hundreds of options for controllers if you insist on them, including Xbox 360 & PS3 ones. Also, it’s not expensive to buy a gaming PC, it’s only when you demand 60+ frames per second on ultra settings that only the extreme enthusiasts want that it becomes expensive.

    I bought a $400 laptop several months back & it’s capable of running Skyrim & BF3 on high @30~fps. I mean, you could build what the PS4 & Xbox 720 are rumoured to have for around $400-450 right now but if you get Microsoft’s alternative, you’re going to pay like $50 every year & that’s $500 after 10 years. In fact, I’d like you to count the price you’ve spent on your Xbox 360(s) & then factor in XBL Gold & the premium attached to every single game- are you really sure you’re saving anything at all? You’ve probably paid more for a lower graphical experience.

    The only reason I continue to own a 360 is for the console exclusives like Red Dead Redemption & the fact that I only paid $50 for it (used) in the first place & I’d get next to nothing if I sold it today.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    @24
    The premium attached to every game that you can trade in when you are done, or take round a friends place? That one? :)

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Christopher Jack

    @25, No, the licensing fee. I don’t buy games with the intent on selling them. Although I’d like to see PC games start offering splitscreen. LANing is fine but requires two capable PCs & normally 2 copies of the game too.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. fearmonkey

    @17 – “Like hundreds of millions of console-only gamers I dont have the time or inclination to maintain a gaming rig….”

    I bought the parts and built my PC in Feb 2007, and the only parts I have upgraded were a video card (because the original died) and and a power supply as the first one died (which was a carryover from a previous PC). My computer is over 5 years old, yet with my video card I can play 90 percent of today’s games at the highest resolution and most at the highest settings and have a playable framerate. The days where you had to upgrade your entire PC for gaming have been over for a long time.

    I’ll probably build a new PC next year and that will probably last me another 5 years, or the same amount of years as a console generation.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Clupula

    @17 – My computer could probably not run Half-Life 1. I had Steam on there, when I got the PS3 version of Portal 2, but I eventually deleted it because it made my computer run too slow. I have no urge to buy a gaming rig. I just want a computer I can watch Youtube on and type in Word. I’ll srick with consoles when I want to play a game.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Clupula

    “Back in the day of the PS1, N64, and Saturn, there were distinct exclusives for each system and they helped keep the gen strong

    I would agree with that statment. But we no longer live back in the day.”

    Which is why the console market is as stagnant as it is these days. We’ve watered down the difference between systems too much. If anything there should be MORE exclusives, not less.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. ManuOtaku

    #29 “Which is why the console market is as stagnant as it is these days. We’ve watered down the difference between systems too much. If anything there should be MORE exclusives, not less”

    Clupula that can be one of the many reasons,sure, but i think they are more of them, like development costs going up, price of games, annualization of franchises, etc, etc, therefore i think is a sum of its parts here, not only less exclusives, although i dont know to at which point we have less exclusives than before, i think they are in the same ammount as in previous generations,it will be great to do a comparition, the key thing is rather new ips, which i think is diminishing with each passing generation, but thats something for another post.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. OlderGamer

    Never happen Clupula. The diversity is gone. Not just between systems, but between software. And when I say diversity is gone, I am talking about Tirp A titles. And even when it comes to console experiences, each platform holder likes to duplicate the experiences found on other systems.

    Look at LBP Kart and Sony All Stars as two recent examples. One platform has GT, the other has Forza. And the very fact that more 3rd parties are turning to multiplat releases is further proff that the diversity is fading.

    Console development is crazy expensive. That reduces diversity, it also often forces 3rd parties to port their games to as many platforms as possible.

    Here is an “out there notion”, the console market is stagnet because of handhelds. What I mean is that JP backs handhelds and handheld focus keeps many of japans top talent away from consoles. The result is that the console market has becomes extremly western focused. Even to a point of some JP studios have been looking to “westernize” their own products. At the end of the day, that means less different and unique kids of games to found on your consoles(the XB360 is particulrly w/o a lot of JPN support). I have long felt that a western dominated console market could lead to an overflow of OMP Shooters and a lack of unique games.

    I don’t know if that single reason is behind the current state of console gaming. I highly doubt any one reason is a culpert.

    But I can say with confidence, that in this age of multiplat focus, big budget games, online MP, the idea that more systems breed competetion is wrong. Of course I think the entire console biz model is outdated by at least 5 years(and in a tech field, that is an eternity).

    And really it is very ironic and funny, that people say they need more choices, when the horse they favor is a closed system phillie that seeks to control everything you have from price to game selection. If you want a gaming eviroment that breeds competetion. That favors openess. That promotes fresh new inovations. That doesn’t stagnet. The option is starring you right in the face.

    Buy a PC.

    I just bought me a brand new desktop. I spent 500-600usd on it. I expect it will last me about 5years. Very reasonable. I then spent 60usd on Steams Summer Sale, and have so many games it will take me until Steams next blow out sale to play them all. For less then 600usd I have a new system, and 10 to 15 new games. Can the same be said when we all buy new next gen consoles? So stop with the PC is too much money junk, and if your smart enough to post here, your smart enough to turn a PC on, the only thing left to download Steam. Pretty sure most of can figure that out too.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Unlimax

    Sony with Nintendo maybe , but M$ no !?

    #32 3 years ago
  33. hitnrun

    Then you would have a hole in the market, either because the One Console doesn’t do everything and meet expectations or, if it does, it would be prohibitively expensive.

    Then that hole would be filled by, say, Apple or Valve, and you would be right back to having multiple consoles.

    Basic economics are not the strong suit of many industry commentators. The current situation exists not because the powers-that-be are greedy, but because WE demand choice through the medium of our wallets. This will not be overcome by the semi-annual futurist blog fodder about the One Console.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Gadzooks!

    #24

    Not sure why you bring cost of ownership into the conversation as its not relevant. Simplicity and convenience is why so many console-only gamers stay console-only. PC gaming could be 100% free and I still wouldnt want it. Not because its ‘bad’, but because it doesnt suit me.

    Having to be tech support for most of my family has proven to me time and time again that Average Joe Gamer does not have the knowledge to keep them PC gaming, unless it’s FreeCell.

    If I said to them ‘set steam to auto launch’ they would look at me as if I just explained quantum entanglement theory: “Steam? Are you saying you want me to put the kettle on?”

    #34 3 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]