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Windows 8 debate: ‘Microsoft has Apple envy’ – developers weigh in

Thursday, 8 November 2012 10:55 GMT By Dave Cook

Windows 8 has received a bit of a bashing lately from several developers, including Valve’s Gabe Newell. Several developers have come together via Eurogamer to discuss the problems at hand with Microsoft’s new operating system.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Introversion Software’s Chris Delay stated, “They’ve got Apple envy, big style. In the past they were the successful ones, but then they sat down and watched while Apple took over. It’s left Microsoft looking old and behind the times. They look at Apple and the iOS Store and see the royalties they’re taking on this closed platform.”

The closed nature of Windows 8′s marketplace has been a common talking point among gamers and the development community, and wasn’t helped by Microsoft’s recent about-face on its refusal to stock mature-rated content on its store front.

Delay’s comments follow Serious Sam developer Alen Ladavac’s recent tirade against Windows 8 on the Steam forums, in which he claimed, “Gabe Newell did not overreact. What you don’t see here is that, under the hood, the new tiled UI is a means for Microsoft to lock Windows applications into a walled garden, much like the one on iOS,

“If it was just about ‘being downloaded from Windows store’, it would not be a problem. It would be nice to have a common hub to download things from. But to get an app onto that store, it has to be certified by Microsoft. So far, we know that they’ve banned mature games, like Skyrim, Call of Duty, and Serious Sam [a policy that is being revoked]. They have forbidden modding. They could very well forbid Open Source if they want.”

What’s your take on the nature of Windows 8? Is the walled approach damaging to consumers and gamers alike? Let us know below.

Hit up Eurogamer for the full roundtable on Windows 8.

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18 Comments

  1. The Auracle

    It’s one thing to complain about the walled garden style that Apple have popularised but for me, the complaints aren’t legitimate. They sound more like whinging without suggesting a viable alternative to the closed platform style… as if Mac OS, iOS, Windows, and Windows Phone have EVER been an open-platform. They haven’t and these devs are making themselves look silly here.

    Fact is each of the developers that have moaned about the ‘walled garden’ approach of iOS caved and now use the platform to generate revenue. From the big players all the way down to the indie lot, they all had reservations about iOS. Before you knew it everyone’s all aboard the bandwagon.

    Sure, Microsoft want to compete with The App Store with Windows Store and who can blame them? If they didn’t change, these devs would then be critising MS for not adapting to the way the market delivers content now. MS had to do this, plain and simple. They know it, the devs know it, the consumers know it.

    All in all, far too much ire is thrown MS’ way over what has always been a closed platform. “Apple envy?” Possibly. Means to an end? Absolutely.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mojo

    its just too gay

    #2 2 years ago
  3. mistermogul

    @2 – lol!

    Microsoft have been behind the times for years. They rarely innovate and always follow the leaders when the competition get it right:

    MacIntosh OS > Windows
    Wii > Kinect
    iOS > WP7 (eventually after the embarrassment that was WP6!)
    iPad > Surface
    blah > blah > blah

    They need to get rid of Ballmer and hire a CEO that takes risks and will lead the company to the success it is capable of…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. roadkill

    Well I’ve tried Linux yesterday and I have to say that I’m impressed. I’m switching operating systems as soon as developers start making games for Linux. Apple got a store and look how many games they have available. Microsoft will be in the same situation at some point. I’m not going to support them.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Freek

    The Windows 8 app store does not equal the whole of Windows 8.
    It is just that: an app store, nothing more.
    It has policies, same as Steam does, they do not aply to your entire computer.
    You can download from anywhere and instal anything you want, same as you have always done on a PC.
    The whole debate is rather silly.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. setohayato

    @4 I guess once steam for linux is available you will have good number of games to play.Well actually I think the steam beta has a fair number available.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Stardog

    @1 “Sure, Microsoft want to compete with The App Store with Windows Store and who can blame them? If they didn’t change, these devs would then be critising MS for not adapting to the way the market delivers content now. MS had to do this, plain and simple. They know it, the devs know it, the consumers know it.”

    You’re talking absolute nonsense. Developers WANT Microsoft to deliver content this way. The Google Play store is completely open. Queue weak excuses about the quality of the content.

    Microsoft knew that a closed app store would give them totalitarian control is, the dev’s don’t want that, and the consumers don’t know jack shit about anything and will take what they’re fed – the same thing you’re eating.

    Ultimately, MS is just copying Apple and has no ideas of its own. Windows 8 will be a failure bigger than Vista.

    Non-developer comments on this issue are typically ignorant and will lead us down a slippery slope.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. The Auracle

    @7 – “The devs don’t want that,” yet they go against their principles and submit their content to The App Store and even the likes of Facebook for review. Microsoft does the same thing, everyone’s up in arms. Double standard, much? Each of these entities – no matter how totalitarian/draconian/eeeeeeeeevil they are/percieved to be – have the fundamental right to administrate what goes up on their platform and what doesn’t. It’s theirs. If you don’t like closed-platforms, don’t support them… but don’t go having a whinge when your favourite software isn’t compatible or even available on your preferred open platform.

    By the way, freek’s (#5 entry) spot on. I’ve been using Steam on Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview. I have the full version of Windows 8 and am still able to download software the traditional way.

    Finally, this is technology. There are no ideas original, just ideas made better after they’ve been passed from pillar to post.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The Auracle

    @3 – You make some interesting points but it’s not Mac OS that has the market share that Windows enjoys. The Wii > Kinect example was a bit better but also slightly non-sequitur. Nintendo passed on the technology that ultimately became Kinect and Microsoft got their own success out of it. Furthermore, Kinect does what the Wiimote, Wii Motion Plus and Wii Sensors cannot do. One could argue that Microsoft furthered the idea Nintendo successfully introduced to the marketplace. A better example of direct replication of the same idea would be Sony’s PlayStation Move.

    Additionally, it’s not that the competition got it right that influences companies like Microsoft to follow suit but more the fact that the business generates a substantial amount of profit and that there is a market to try and replicate said success.

    I would suggest reviewing your statement about innovation where Microsoft and Apple are concerned. I think you’ll find Apple have rarely invented anything.

    Thanks for the discussion. ^_^

    #9 2 years ago
  10. TheWulf

    I’m going to be blunt. Most people actually aren’t bright enough to understand what worries developers, hackers, and modders.

    I’m sorry to have to point this out, but this is true, and most of you would happily throw away every right you had for your next shot of entertainment. And honestly? This worries me. There are things in Windows 8 which should scare you guys, and you should actually be bothered enough to want to educate yourself on the potential issues.

    Okay, let’s start at the beginning. Microsoft has a history of monopolies and trying to lock people out. This new approach looks like the most insidious effort yet. With things like UEFI and software signing, they could essentially turn the PC space into a closed platform. They have that power. This isn’t just doomsaying, all the pieces are there.

    Now, if you’ll shush for a bit and read, I’ll educate you.

    The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface

    On the surface, this looks to be a system to make computers boot into Windows faster. What you don’t know is that it’s also a way to lock all PC hardware into running windows. If you want a computer to run something else, then an OS developer needs to buy an OS license from Microsoft. If they don’t have one, then your computer won’t boot their OS.

    The obvious problem with this is that Microsoft aren’t obligated to sell such licenses. At any point they could legally refuse an OS developer a license. So if they felt that Ubuntu or Linux Mint was offering them too much competition, then all they would have to do is refuse them a license for nebulous, made up reasons.

    Another issue is that they could price licenses so ridiculously high that hobbyist OS developers wouldn’t be able to afford to buy one. The same issue would occur for non-profit OS devs. So this could be another way that they could completely crush all non-Microsoft operating systems. Consider this: You don’t use Linux, but most of the Internet does.

    Almost every web server you visit is running Linux. I have no doubt that VG24/7 is on a set of Linux server farms. This is because Linux is very good at this. But what if server farms started to only run Windows? What if to get updated hardware, you had to get a Windows server OS?

    Software Signing

    Microsoft has put in place some weird software signing systems in Windows 8. These are similar to their driver signing systems in Windows 7. Right now, these seem innocuous and are simply used for certification into Metro. But what if they decided that their Metro interface (which I hear they don’t like me calling Metro, so I’ll continue to call it Metro) was the way to use Windows?

    All it would take is a sizeable service pack to actually make it so that Windows 8 will only run signed applications. In other words, you’d need a license from Microsoft to run a certain application on your computer. In this way Microsoft could take complete control of your software library, and any piece of software that they felt was in competition with them, they could refuse the installation of on nebulous grounds.

    They could refuse Steam, Firefox, Chrome, and so on. Your torrent software? They could refuse to allow that. Your non-DRM ridden media players? They could refuse to allow those. They could essentially pick and choose what your OS looks like, they could shape your OS usage by dictating to you what you are and are not allowed to use.

    Will they do these things?

    Yes. It’s distinctly possible. They’d have to be careful as to how they introduced each of these, and they’d have to try to make the pill as easy to swallow as possible. But do you honestly think that microsoft wouldn’t love this control? That they have these systems ready to roll out actually bothers me.

    Your OS isn’t Microsoft? Too bad.

    Your app isn’t Metro? Too bad.

    Right now, things look rosy on Windows 8. But that could change very quickly if Microsoft decided that their best way forward was to, with successive service packs, phase out the traditional Windows desktop and remove your ability to run old-style applications. “It’s for the best,” they’d say, “signing is for your security. It’s easy for a developer to get a license.”

    But then they can keep a developer in license-acquisition limbo. Valve could apply for one for Steam and could still be waiting six months later.

    I’m sorry, I really don’t like this.

    What people don’t understand is that the problem isn’t what Windows 8 is right now. The problem is what Windows 8 could become if Microsoft decided it was in their best interests. This is why I’m sticking with Windows 7 for now.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. NiceFellow

    @10 nicely put. Couldn’t agree more.

    Buoyed by their current brand strength and the success of Xbox as a closed platform I believe MS are indeed gearing up to make a big push to make the Windows platform closed and turn the market from a choice of closed ecosystem (Apple) vs open ecosystem (PC) to a choice between two closed systems.

    TBH If things do go this way I’ll probably switch to Apple. I don’t like the idea of closed systems but if there’s no choice then I’ll go with the one that’s most mature, organized and furthest ahead that was at least open about being a closed ecosystem.

    Of course, if they do go this route the time might finally be right for Google to work with PC hardware makers to offer a new open ecosystem – with the relative dominance of Android on mobile devices this would make a very interesting counter.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. apollyonbob

    @10 You can claim that you know more than everyone else with regards to Windows 8 development, but your actual statements indicate you don’t really know as much as you claim.

    Seriously software signing is not “weird”, it’s not Microsoft-only, it isn’t Windows 8 only … quite the opposite. It’s very standard software security. The idea that Chrome/Firefox isn’t signed already is kind of laughable to anyone who knows anything about development.

    As for UEFI … who makes that? Let see … board is run by 11 ‘promoter’ companies, “AMD, American Megatrends, Apple, Dell, HP, IBM, Insyde Software, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Phoenix Technologies” Oh man, I bet Apple and IBM are really into the idea of Microsoft owning everything everywhere forever.

    Of course, the real problem was Microsoft having requirements from OEMs that could potentially stifle other OSes from being installed, by requiring secure boot. They changed those requirements so that’s not the case anymore, but still, eeeeevil right?

    But by all means, please, explain it all to us Clarissa.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. apollyonbob

    @10 Also, pro-tip, Windows XP 64-bit required drivers to be signed.

    There were ways around it, but the point is that the idea of software signatures is not new to Windows 8. Moreover, now it just gives you a warning, it doesn’t require it.

    In otherwords, they got less strict with their signature requirements.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Kalain

    @10

    Wow.. Not to be funny, but you really are just spreading rubbish.

    UEFI is from a consortium of hardware and software vendors, which doesn’t include MS. One of MS’s requirements for hardware certification for Win 8, is that secureboot must be enabled for x86/64 hardware, but with a provision to turn it off, which you can do in the bios. Secureboot cannot be turned off on ARM processors. Other companies have said this could cause problems if a normal user wants to install another OS, but it hasn’t stopped Apple, HP and IBM.

    Software signing in Win 8 is only on a driver level, and not an application level. If you want to build applications for Metro/Modern UI and sell it on the MS APP store, then you need to go through certification, which is to be expected. This is a route they will not go down, so please don’t scare monger. Going down that route would be commercial suicide, which is why Apple/IBM/HP hasn’t gone down that route.

    For someone who considers themselves above the intellect of us normal people and has considerable knowledge in all things, you provide very little insight into actually researching what you’re saying instead of all this hogwash..

    #14 2 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    @12:

    Clarissa Explains it All, eh? Now there’s a blast from the past! Lol!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. OrbitMonkey

    Well let’s say Microsoft went the evil empire route & sized all the internets bases… How long would it be before they got charged with creating a monopoly and ordered to stop?

    A day? Maybe 2?

    Hell it’s probably illegal in the EU.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. GrimRita

    Ive got Windows 8 and pretty much enjoying it. Didn’t think I would but for a £30 upgrade to Pro, I couldn’t turn that bargain down

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Hybridpsycho

    @3

    >implying microsoft doesn’t innovate
    >says apple is good :3

    Oh you, tell me something new that apple has contributed to the mark in the past 10 years.

    SPOILER: You can’t say iPod, iPhone, iPad or any of the releases they’ve had btw. Cause they’re not innovations. Other companies were doing all that before, just that apple starts trend cause of their faggot fanboys.

    Oh, and apple is “shiny”.

    #18 2 years ago

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    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]