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Vita sales “an acceptable number,” says PlayStation US head

Friday, 10 August 2012 19:53 GMT By Jeff Dunn

President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Tretton has said that he finds current sales figures for the PlayStation Vita “acceptable.”

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Tretton said, “In this industry, you can’t get too high or too low, because it moves very quickly. I think there’s an acceptable number – and [the number] we’ve sold: That’s acceptable. If it was triple that, I’d be happier. If it was one-third, I’d be disappointed.”

While that’s not the most enthusiastic response to the handheld’s performance thus far, Tretton does remain optimistic for the future of the handheld. He notes that the PlayStation 3 had a similarly less-than-stellar launch, only to grow into the “incredibly popular and profitable device” it is today.

“Anything with great rewards is going to come with great challenges. We felt if the tech was there, and the game support was there, then the audience would be there. … I feel much better about it now than I did four months ago.”

Tretton’s statements come a week removed from SCE UK boss Fergal Gera’s saying that the Vita hasn’t “hit the spot with the killer software just yet.”

Earlier today, we learned that Sony is “having a more difficult time than [they] had anticipated in terms of getting support from third-party publishers” with regard to the handheld, according to Sony Worldwide Studios head honcho Shuhei Yoshida.

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39 Comments

  1. Razor

    “I feel much better about it now than I did four months ago.”

    Huh? The situation now is worse than four months ago, lol. Unless of course he knows of an incredible slate of games that are coming. And if he does, why won’t he or Sony say so?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. FrankieDF

    @1
    September-November is going to be nuts for the Vita.

    LittleBig Planet, Ragnarok Odyssey, Persona 4, Assassin’s Creed, Jet Set, Call of Duty, Playstation All Stars, Little Big Planet Karting, and Zero Escape are all coming out during this time.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    @2,
    Little Big Planet Karting is only on ps3.
    I seriously hope they “hit the stride” with vita soon.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. SuperGuyverUSA

    @3
    I believe they will. Frankie covered some of the games I’ll be getting, but I’m still waiting for the bigger titles. I think we’ll see some promising games by the end of this year. :)

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    It’s a great piece of kit – truly the most capable handheld gaming device ever created – it would be a real shame if it just died on its arse.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    Needs more:

    Dark Souls
    Valkyrie Chronicles
    Motorstorm
    God of War
    Monster Hunter
    Portal
    Castlevania DS collection
    Yakuza Vita
    New JRPG
    Borderlands Vita
    PS2 support

    Then we’d have a contender! :)

    #6 3 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    Well i think it needs more gravity rush, patapon, loco roco, unique vita games, but i think iam in a minority here, i mean wanting more handheld games on an handheld rather than consoles games, at least an even situation 50%/50%, i guess consoles games on an handheld is not just a punch line, is now on gamers pshyce.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    @7

    Those as well, but a lot of those have a muuuuuch shorter dev cycle to the ones I mentioned. A nice mix would be good.

    Kinda like Resi Evil and Kingdom Hearts coupled with Rythtm Thief and Cave Story on 3DS.

    You have more in depth games, but still unique to Vita, then the more fun games you can play on the bus….

    At the moment there’s a severe lack of either.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    #8 “You have more in depth games, but still unique to Vita, then the more fun games you can play on the bus…”

    Well that will be another point on itself, the thing that i dont know how well a console game like call of duty, for its multiplayer aspect will traslate to a handheld, i dont imagine a fierce COD fan being distracted with the normal things inherently to a handheld, i dont think such an strong console game will work on a handheld, i mean both are very different and what works with one it doenst with the other and viceversa, and the strong suits for one, are the weakest suits in the other, but well who iam i to argue this?, maybe iam biased, becuase i a firm beliver that both are very different in nature and the way they bring the experience of gaming.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Dragon246

    @9,
    COD may well be the vita seller. On the go COD experience, if authentic to console versions,would be the thing that will make FPS players move to vita.
    Or maybe I am being just too optimistic.
    Either way , vita is here for the long run and the only handheld for people who want console like production qualities on a handheld. I just hope it picks up pace fast.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @9

    No, your right, I just feel my list was a good example of games that could work on Vita.

    Dark souls in particular could work well I feel.

    But, I’m def with you on unique experiences though, that’s where the original DS killed it.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Hunam

    @11

    I just finished Dark Souls today, and if it was in Vita I imagine the console would have met a wall of some kind along my 68 hour journey!

    #12 3 years ago
  13. monkeygourmet

    @12

    Well, I have prototyped a ‘bungee’ cord attachment add-on for this exact problem! :)

    My suggestion it come out was purely a marketing ploy! ;)

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    The trouble is Sony are trying to fill a niche that Ninty dominated for awhile, selling games people don’t want on a handheld… Well not enough to make a difference.

    As for CoD being a Vita seller… I’m not so sure the fps crowd are willing to dish out for a Vita and a £40 game, just to shoot terrorists on the bus.

    Besides if they have a iPhone/iPod, they can be playing CoD zombies with their mates for a tenner.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    I would think a solid FPS experince for a handheld would either have a strong SP campaign or fill its OMP segments with offline bots. CoD can do that. I think it would sell. Its twins sticks would be great. But I do agree it might draw in a different crowd then the normal CoD crowd.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. monkeygourmet

    @15

    The free to play one with DLC purchases would be better suited:, shit for most gamers, but huge cash revenue while kids link their parents credit cards to their Vitas to by new camo and kill streaks! ;)

    #16 3 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    Well, I know that F2P games are all the rage right now, but I think the downside for a lot of people is going to be the need for accounts and credit cards being linked to them. I really have to wonder how many parents are going to be willing to allow kids have that level of gaming. Esp after such high profile cases where kids have run up big charges in such games. And lastly I wonder what level of commitment even older core gamers will be willing to put into a handheld experience, in terms of wanting to spend extra money as they go.

    I think F2P works great on PC, and I think it could work on Console. I really am not sure about f2P for handhelds. I know some companies are experimenting with that concept now on tablets and the such. But Vita isn’t an iOS, I think owners have different expectations between the two of them.

    I do know Sega is bringing PSO2 to Vita, and I love PSO. But personaly i will be playing PSO2 on PC.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. G1GAHURTZ

    I’d probably buy CoD if I had a Vita, but I probably wouldn’t buy a Vita for CoD.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    ^^This. I bet a lot of folks would feel like G1GA on the CoD and Vita.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. TD_Monstrous69

    One problem I believe the Vita has is something that could also yield a tremendous benefit, and that’s cross-play. It yields a benfit in that if u buy a console version of a game (say COD, Madden, or FIFA), then get the Vita version of it, it can keep the consumer constantly connected and playing through the cross-play link, and their stats link up. But where this yields a problem is cost and resources with 3rd party publishers. I mean, seeing Sony demonstrate this stuff back at E3 with their own properties was great, but they need 3rd party publishers to have some of their big franchises using this. Also, they need a clear pricing structure for their new games.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    @20:

    Yeah, I was thinking that…

    If I could earn XP on the go that showed up on a main account, I think I’d be much, much more interested.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Pytox

    I want to see more of BioShock vita

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DrDamn

    I’d like to see what they are doing with COD. A regular COD by itself wouldn’t work particularly well, but if they learn from some of the stuff Unit 13 did well they could make a very good portable game. I’d like to see much more of a focus on short snappy contained levels and challenges with score attack type leader boards. More Spec Ops and less big campaign. As mentioned above it would also benefit greatly from linking to the regular COD.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Gadzooks!

    #7 has it right.

    The public are completely disinterested in Vita because its a mobile device that refuses to act like a mobile device.

    CoD is not going to be a sales driver for Vita. No console game will. It makes no difference what tie-in features there are with console CoD.

    CoD sells because of the format, not the name. CoD is a console game, end of story. A handheld CoD with console CoD tie-ins will be viewed as a companion app, and there’s no way in hell that will sell at console game prices. People will expect a nominal fee, say £2.99, for what will be universally viewed as an add-on more than a standalone game.

    Until Sony accepts that they created a handheld device and not a home console in your hand they will continue to plummet down that debt hole.

    Problem is Sony went to great lengths to market Vita as a powerful mini console, the exact opposite of what the gaming public want, and it’s probably too late to backpedal enough for it to survive.

    Regardless of how much is pumped into Vita, most people have their conception of an expensive handheld with expensive games that do exactly what thier console already does much better, and so news on it is now instantly skipped over.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. OrbitMonkey

    This is what happens when you listen to the vocal minority of hardcore gamers, who for years banged on about “a proper handheld console”. It’s an expensive pipe-dream & their all too busy playing Pokemon to give a shit.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Gadzooks!

    #25

    Succinctly put.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Dragon246

    @24 and 25,
    Fortunately you two are not running the business here, sony is. Every sony console has sold more than 70 million units ltd. Prophesying about the future without knowing a shit about it is just flaming.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. polygem

    remote play, some aaa sony exclusives, many, quality, not rushed, unique vita games that support the system unique features well, remote play again and remote play, then a price drop and cheaper memory cards, remote play and then they will finally sell some units.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. killersense

    @27 lol true
    honestly I think Jack might be right here. did anyone honestly think it was going to sell gangbusters out the gate. their first goal is to make money on the system or lose very little and i think they have accomplished that. when they can bring the price down sometime next year below the 200 mark they will start to advertise it a lot more and by that time some interesting software will be out too. what a lot of people to my amazement don’t understand is that sony is in this for the long run. none of their systems sell great off the gate . it takes time, good games and good word of mouth. they got the good word of mouth with regards to the system itself as the majority that own it agree that it is a good piece of kit with amazing potential. their mantra is to advertise when the price is right which is probably below the 200 mark. they saw the ps2 take off when it got to 199 and below.

    gamers are banging on the door and yelling we need more unique vita only games and sony is yelling back saying we need some f***ing time. in the mean time enjoy all these little quirky games and some well done ports and wait for some original games. do people magically expect tons of unique vita only games to come out in the first year of a system release…..

    #29 3 years ago
  30. OrbitMonkey

    ^ So Sony are waiting until they have to lower it’s price before marketing the shit out of it for late adopters?

    That doesn’t sound like good business sense.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. OlderGamer

    “This is what happens when you listen to the vocal minority of hardcore gamers,”

    This happens a lot unfortuantly. Even happens on this site. The people motivated to go to a web forum and be heard are not even remotly close to being representitive of the general public.

    I could list dozens of games that suffer due to pubs/devs thinking they are listening to their fan base because some uber fan has their ear.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Gadzooks!

    #27

    We couldnt possibly do a worse job than Sony. They shat all over the Playstation name, pissed a fortune up against the wall, turned off a large portion of their fanbase leading to the loss of the majority of thier market share and keep releasing stillborn consoles, unable to learn from thier many and serious mistakes.

    Magnificent work, absolutely stunning.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Christopher Jack

    The Vita, if anything, was a step back into the right direction for Sony, unfortunately the support just isn’t there from either consumers or fellow publishers- hopefully a price drop will solve that.

    I dislike people that dictate what exactly a mobile game is, by their definition we should have never gone beyond Tetris. A portable game does need to be accessible, but so long as you can pause at any point, no game should prove to be a problem.

    The only problem I have with the Vita- beside it’s currently lacklustre support, is proprietary memory cards & their price. If the Vita came out with at least 16GB built in @$250AUD, I would have one right now- even with its lacking lack of games. But it came out at $100 more than the US & the best bundle only offered a pitiful 4GB memory card…

    My problem with the 3DS is how much of a rip off it is, the specs are within the earlier iPod touch range & you can pick one of them up for like $50 while the PSV is 2 architectural generations ahead of the current iPod touch.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Da Man

    It’s almost pitiful. Finally after almost two decades, Sony in a completely untypical manner (contrary to what intoxicated rambling folks babble on about) released something which doesn’t break after a day of playing Smackdown game or watching a FF cg, doesn’t contain any exotic tech and has a well done interface (which they were so determined to ignore since the days of Dreamcast).. Only to fail due to a lack of customer interest.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. killersense

    @30 IMO marketing works best when the price is right. i am sorry whats the point of marketing the shit out of something if the price is out of reach to the mass market especially in a smaller gaming only handheld market compared to smart phones. nintendo started doing well because they panicked and dropped the price to a level where people are able to say “what the hell it ain’t a big investment and there are some games i like coming out” and it worked as they had monster hunter and their own mario games at the same time to boost the sales. i don’t think sony is in a state to take massive losses just to move a few units or the franchises to do a drop like that and sell massive amounts. it will be a slow burn and in time just like the ps3 it will have some amazing games and people will start getting into it with good word of mouth going around. when combined with the right price and the right games i think it will do well for itself. now you may say it works for apple but i don’t think it is the same market that the vita is aimed for and besides apple has made it “cool” to own one of their devices. a lot of people would love to be in their position right now. it will take time to get that perception.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Well that’s lovely, but Sony don’t have the luxury of time. Next year the new gen will be on everyone’s mind, the 3DS fatty will be everywhere and then you’ve got tablets/iPods and smartphones rapidly eating up the pick-up and play market.

    Relying on slow-burn will more than likely see Sony getting snuffed.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. killersense

    the only thing that sony could have done better is with their launch software. maybe they could have spread it out a little more instead of front loading it and then trickling out software. the sad part is there were not a lot of retail home console releases either as publishers are somewhat reluctant to release stuff during the summer and that made the early vita owners even more desperate and yelling for more games.

    People need to understand the first year of any new system is always going to have more ports and less unique games as developers need TIME to make stuff for it. if by this time next year they system is still struggling then there is reason to panic but sony is not exactly known to abandon systems. for god sake they are still trying to make games for move that should tell you something.

    people just need to chill out because the system is great and it has a lot of potential . my two favorites are mutant blobs attack and sounds shapes. uncharted was fun and got a lot better as the game went on but the console ones are still better imo. waiting on a price drop digitally before i pick up unit 13 as i hear good things and the demo was cool but not cool enough to drop 40$.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. killersense

    @36 i can probably agree with that point because it is a shrinking market and they might end up having a little too much on their plate when the ps4 comes out but we shall see. i personally believe a good system with good games will sell no matter what when the price is right. their whole buy on one system and get it free on the other might actually help them too

    #38 3 years ago
  39. polygem

    the vita has potential, sure, but unused potential is kind of sad isn´t it? compared to the 3ds vitas games are (for my taste) totally boring (mutant blobs was awesome i agree, sold mine before sound shapes so i cannot judge)
    sony – since ps3 – made a lot of wrong decissions, the psp go, the ps3 launch pricing, the vita and memory card pricing, the lack of games for it, copying smash bros now is a mistake too imho, copying wiimote with move was just embarassing…they should really really focus on what they´ve done right and what made the playstation brand so strong. take good care of their awesome ip´s, let them evolve, make them even better and then…they release resistance…burning skies…sob.

    #39 3 years ago

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    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

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  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

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  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

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  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

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  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

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  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

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  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

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  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]

  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

    Watch: two videos showing you how to get level 34 raid gear and a shopping list of what you need. One of the big changes that House of Wolves is bringing to Destiny is the chance to upgrade your weapons and gear to level 34. In these videos Arekkz Gaming shows you how to use […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – everything you need to know in one video

    The Destiny: House of Wolves embargo has lifted, and with so much information floating around pertaining to Trials of Osiris, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Arekkz Gaming tells you everything you need to know in one video. In the video above you will be informed of how the 3v3 Team Deathmatch event works, how you […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch a Trials of Osiris match from start to finish

    With the release of Destiny: House of Wolves looming, players will soon be able to participate in the new 3v3 Team Deathmatch event in The Crucible, Trials of Osiris. Below is a video featuring an uncut, complete match from start to finish. In the video, Arekkz Gaming gives you a breakdown of the mode and […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – here’s what your PC needs in order to run it

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is out next week, and Bethesda has today released the PC specs for the standalone title. MachineGames has made some tweaks to the system requirements and have included both minimum and recommended specifications. Minimum OS: 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8 Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 @ 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8320 @ 3.5 […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – watch the livestream reveal right here

    Bungie will be showing off Destiny’s new 3v3 Team Deatmatch Trials of Osiris today, and you can watch the Twitch stream right here if you like. It kicks off at 11am PDT/2pm EDT and will feature community manager Deej and design leads Lars Bakken and Derek Carroll. More will be revealed on House of Wolves […]

  • May Xbox Games with Gold: Mafia 2, CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, F1 2013

    Microsoft has announced the free games Gold members will be able to pick up through Xbox Live. On Xbox One, Gold users can download CastleStorm: Definitive Edition for the month,and Pool Nation FX is being offered for an additional month. Starting May 1, Xbox 360 Gold members can download Mafia 2 through May 15, and […]