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Halo 4′s O’Connor: “I expect this generation will last a lot more years”

Thursday, 4 October 2012 07:56 GMT By Dave Cook

Halo 4 developer 343 Industries has suggested that the Xbox 360 isn’t at the end of its lifespan in terms of technical capabilities. The franchise development director has explained why the console’s malleable tech allows it to evolve.

Speaking with GI.biz, O’conner said of people asking him about the Xbox 360 reaching its limit, “The funny thing is I’ve been asked that question a lot, I think it’s natural as we start looking forward to the next generation of hardware.”

“But I would actually strongly contest the fact that the Xbox 360 is at the end of its life cycle,” O’Connor continued, “this has already been one of the longest generations and there’s a really good reason for it, which is that current consoles are incredibly flexible and still really powerful.”

“The reason that Halo 4 looks good is that that machine has an awful lot of untapped power still and it’s going to continue to. I think that looking forward into the future I can see years from now, even after next-gen platforms are out, that you’ll have lower priced versions of the existing consoles happily living side by side and serving really valuable functions.”

“Not just becoming the little brothers like cast offs, but still being your Netflix player, still being you DVD player, your Blu-ray player in the case of the PS3, and still doing really vital things around your house. And that means if people are still using it they’re still going to want gaming experiences on it.”

“I would say that I expect this generation will last a lot more years. Now you’ve got your hardcore fans who are going to look at that statement and say ‘but I want new hardware.’ We know new hardware is going to come, it always does, but I think the utility of the older consoles is going to last longer than ever before.”

What do you think? Are consoles more than just their raw technical power? Let us know below, and be sure to check out our own interview with Halo 4′s Frank O’ Connor here.

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28 Comments

  1. roadkill

    Wow! Look at Cortana’s tits! Isn’t that a bit too much!? :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Fin

    @1

    Grow up

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    @2, tbh the guys got a point. Cortana is stacked!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Da Man

    It’s liberal conscious Cortana, designed for hardcore artists who choose to have pleasures and then disappear сompletely into oblivion.

    Quite simply, it’s evolution.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Keivz

    Back on topic. I think on some level he has a point. While playing Uncharted 3 all I caught myself thinking ‘next gen? we don’t need no stinkin’ next gen! The next gen is already here!’ I have a feeling the “next gen” graphics will lag behind that game for a year or two!

    Granted new hardware may bring other new or improved game mechanics to the table and I think the next gen will be here next year like it or not. I honestly wouldn’t mind another couple years of our current gen (it’d save me a hardware upgrade, too!).

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Hcw87

    @5
    You’re using UC3 as a benchmark for current gen graphics? lol, just lol.

    That game is horribly overrated, both gameplay wise and graphics.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Gadzooks!

    LOL, Uncharted is a prime example of the limitations of hardware and the painfully obvious compromises required to produce the game.

    It’s *extremely* limited in scope, with tiny restrictive play areas, and little to no environment interaction. It’s the very definition of superficial narrow corridor gaming. Michael Bay levels of depth.

    Not that it isn’t fun, but it isn’t showing hardware muscle. It’s showing compromises.

    Compare that to Witcher 2 for example. Not quite the same level of visual polish (although very close), but it’s free-roaming and interactive. Not just a parade of nice matte skyboxes, but actual 3d environments populated with NPCs.

    That’s a much better example of what current gen hardware is capable of.

    Memory segregation means the PS3 is unlikely to hit that level.

    There is another thing: PS3 devs have played all their cards. They have been coding directly to the hardware, squeezing everything possible from the awkward, restrictive PS3 architecture.

    360 devs ALL use the DirectX layer because it’s mandated by MS. Let them loose on the hardware level and who knows what they could achieve.

    There is still plenty to come from the 360. Halo 4 is showing unmatched visuals (again, with scope and depth) whereas the PS3 peaked a long time ago.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    ^ lol “with tiny restrictive play areas, and little to no environment interaction.”

    Yep, clearly someone whose never played any of the games.

    360 is dead in the water, has been for a long time. Halo 4 is probably one of the better looking games to come out for it in the last 3 years, but thats mainly because its totally devoid of actual games in the first place. And even then, visually its closer to R3 rather than UC3 or KZ3. Nah, the 360 just doesnt have the humph, it might do, too bad MS’ first parties are too busy making games where you flail your arms in the air rather then decent stuff, trying to show what the system can do.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gadzooks!

    #8

    Hehe, you’re funny.

    And very wrong.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    This could get nasty…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    @10, Hope so, my popcorn is ready! :-D

    #11 2 years ago
  12. absolutezero

    Does Halo 4 have any sort of shoe-horned Kinect usage?

    They added in shouting at the screen stuff with Halo Anniversary. I just thought it a bit odd that they are not forcing everyone down the Kinect path with the one game that a hell of alot of people are going to buy and be forced to play on the 360.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. polygem

    @8: i really think UC3 is a beautiful game but to me halo 4 looks 100 times better and by the way to me halo 4 would be enough reason to buy a brandnew 360 off the shelve today if i had to just to play this game. 360 aint dead. it really is the biggest exclusive game (i mean after mario;)). that said: i really do not like those realistic looks in games that much and i truly cannot understand why most people seem to prefer and demand this artistic style. i rememeber the outrage when windwaker came along and when borderlands changed it´s design from dark and gritty to more colorful and cel shaded. to me those games benefited from that A LOT. i definiteley prefer the clean artdesign of a halo game. it is clean, slick and ultrapolished. the animations are the smoothest you can get.
    everytime i play BF3 i think to myself – i wish it wouldn´t try so hard to be so damn realistic…because in the end it fails to deliver, it has clumsy animations, has flat textures here and there and other obvious issues. artwork like in halo games or say zelda skyward sword with a more clean and slick but perfect design and great artwork can suck me into a gaming world so much more.
    graphics are important, but way too overrated. i know this is old but it is true. gameplay, art- and sounddesign make a great game….just look at the ds castlevania games. they beat UC3!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. polygem

    @Cortana discussion: yea quite huge boobs. but i don´t care about her boobies much. look at those blackworklike electro whatsoever glowing stuff on her body. looks better than ever. i am having 2 solid black arms too and lots of other blackwork on me….i must say, cortana has some sweet looking art on her. rather inspiring. where did she get those virtual tats from. will that be revealed in the story. does the chief have a secret microsoft tattoo (on his butt)? that´s the questions i want to get answered, not why her titisize did increase.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Moonwalker1982

    @8

    Check the E3 video of Halo 4 and compare that to R3(resistance 3, right?) R3 isn’t even a really pretty game at all. I think it looks better than Uncharted 3 and Killzone 3 actually.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Gadzooks!

    #15

    But its important to remember what is happening in the game, visuals aside.

    You simply dont get the unscripted AI and wide open environments in KZ or Resistance that you do in Halo.

    #14

    MC has a tattoo of a robot smoking a cigar on his butt cheek, which when magnified shows a code. Reading the code opens a time portal.

    I saw that on a documentary I think.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. polygem

    @16: :D

    #17 2 years ago
  18. polygem

    kinda looks like the real thing….ouch…

    http://halofanforlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/jtSK1.jpg

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Keivz

    I’m curious if the Uncharted 3 haters have actually played the game. I was skeptical and more or less in your camp before I actually played it (instead of watching youtube clips). It is an amazing game to look at and is frankly unmatched visually when taken as a whole. The textures all look great, the faces are top of the line, the hair (facial and otherwise) is very detailed, even drake’s arabian scarf had me in awe. Plus there’s virtually no object clipping to speak of which is nearly unheard of in today’s games. The environments are eyepopping and can be quite large too (the shipyard level anyone?). I never once felt the game was being ‘compromised’ or ‘restricted’ because of the hardware. To be honest, the only game I think comes close to UC3′s visual fidelity is RE5 in some of its cutscenes.

    I’m playing the witcher 2 right now (on PC no less) and though it does look quite good; it doesn’t touch UC3 in terms of animation, or even character models. Granted it’s more freeroaming but it’s hardly ‘interactive’. But that’s beside the point because I’m speaking strictly visuals here.

    It’s hard to judge halo 4 without actually playing it but it’s a much different game than the rest (first person, no cloth physics, mostly sterile environments, etc). And I’m not saying the 360 isn’t capable of such tech (and I do own one, fwiw), but UC3 is the current graphical champion imo.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. polygem

    i for one played all the uc games, (even golden abyss) and i totally agree that they all look awesome. they are technically great. good games. maybe they even really are the best from a technical point of view on the consoles. but if you say graphics and mean artdesign and tech combined, then uc isn´t in my book for the best looking games. not at all. there was a huge amount of hype involved too. i sureley think reach is graphically a very underrated game. esp. if you take the multiplayer. it looks like straight out of the campaign. the multiplayer! and it is smooth as hell. have you played uc3 online. it´s a mess to say the least…you have to look at the whole package imo. you cannot seperate graphics from everything else in gamedesign and in the gamedesign department uc 3 was pretty good, but far from greatness.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ge0force

    @13: “i really think UC3 is a beautiful game but to me halo 4 looks 100 times better”

    I stopped reading right there. The environments in Uncharted have so much more details than Halo 4, and The Last of Us does even better.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Dragon246

    @Poly,
    UC multiplayer is better now, with constant updates rolling out. But opinion can vary :)
    @Gek
    Stop feeding the troll.He still cant get Triss out of his mind, and yet calls other “children”. Also convienently forgets about infamous series, one of the best open world games this gen.
    @21,
    A digital foundry article will prove you true :)
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-vs-uncharted-3
    Its the best looking game on console with the most amazing storyline. fact.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Da Man

    Newsflash, a scripted corridor shooter looks better than Halo.

    Gz, please don’t mind those guys much. What kind of a person would have their account name linking to a so called ‘gaming website’ with an Xbox category completely missing?.. Yeah.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Hcw87

    Uncharted 3 was just too similar to UC2 with hardly any innovations. And what’s so fun when even playing on EASY you need more than FOUR headshots to drop certain enemies (the big heavies)? Even after dropping their helmets. Completely breaks immersion.

    Also @22, infamous was great, Infamous 2 was a real bad sequel. Sequels seems to be crap on the PS3, no offense.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Gadzooks!

    #23

    I dont expect many of the commentors here to even understand the concept of technical accomplishment/hardware muscle versus artistry, let alone make any intelligible remarks.

    The usual knuckledraggers are incapable of anything more inciteful than ‘Durrrr. I like du pretty hair and shirt and stuff’ as they trudge through foot-wide pathways, cutscenes and QTE’s.

    Still, ignorance is bliss for some.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. DrDamn

    I’m finally playing through UC3 now. Played UC1 – some great bits but not as good as opinions suggest, fair amount of screen tear too. UC2 – one of my favourite games this generation. UC3 – I’d disagree with @24 because UC3 has a lot more of the spectacular but feel like a passenger stuff from UC2 and not enough of the really good stuff. So it’s not similar enough for my liking.

    The UC series is best when levels open up and big fire-fights ensue. Where you can approach the fight how you want, take the high ground, head for a particular weapon pick-up, go melee etc. Here it is very far away from a scripted corridor shooter.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Da Man

    Very true, #25. I mean, those jrpgs on PSX probably ‘looked better’ than Quake3..

    Compared to something like Halo, yes it is. A pretty one, but a corridor game it is. Hardly anything close to Reach Spire level, let alone editable Forge World.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. polygem

    @21: ohh…too bad you are such a lazy reader. you shouldn´t have stopped reading there. i explained why after you stopped reading. i said something about details too.

    #28 2 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

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

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

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

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

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

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

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

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

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

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

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

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

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

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

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

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

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

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

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

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

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

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

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

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

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

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

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

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

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