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Direct X 11.1 is Windows 8 exclusive, no plans to retrofit

Monday, 12 November 2012 10:56 GMT By Dave Cook

Windows 8 is to receive Direct X 11.1 exclusively, with no plans to make it available for older versions of Microsoft’s OS. In response to the company’s position, a Microsoft employee has discussed the move on its official forum.

Neowin reports that Microsoft employee Daniel Moth took to the Microsoft Answers forum to discuss the move, where he said, “DirectX 11.1 is part of Windows 8, just like DirectX 11 was part of Windows 7. DirectX 11 was made available for Vista …. but at this point there is no plan for DirectX 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7.”

When Neowin asked for more details it was met by a Microsoft rep’s response, “We have nothing further to share.”

PCGamesN has added that while the move seems to lock out owners of older Windows operating systems, Direct X 11.1 doesn’t add that many features to get green-eyed about – unless you’re a fan of stereoscopic 3D.

The update will allow stereoscopic 3D to be viewed with compatible glasses, among other features. here’s a full update list:

  • Shader tracing and compiler enhancements
  • Direct3D device sharing
  • Check support of new Direct3D 11.1 features and formats
  • Use HLSL minimum precision
  • Specify user clip planes in HLSL on feature level 9 and higher
  • Create larger constant buffers than a shader can access
  • Use logical operations in a render target
  • Force the sample count to create a rasterizer state
  • Process video resources with shaders
  • Extended support for shared Texture2D resources
  • Change subresources with new copy options
  • Discard resources and resource views
  • Support a larger number of UAVs
  • Bind a subrange of a constant buffer to a shader
  • Retrieve the subrange of a constant buffer that is bound to a shader
  • Clear all or part of a resource view
  • Map SRVs of dynamic buffers with NO_OVERWRITE
  • Use UAVs at every pipeline stage
  • Extended support for WARP devices
  • Use Direct3D in Session 0 processes

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38 Comments

  1. Faceless

    Well, they have to push their unanimously hated Win8 somehow. Not that I’ve seen any strides in graphics since DirectX 9, tessellation and performance improvements (allowing for more detail within a scene) being the only exceptions.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Mike W

    Sigh…..MS is making some bad decisions with this software that’s going to catch up to them.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    It’s a travesty that’s what it is. People should sue Microsoft for holding back features from paying customer.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Too many DX versions spoils the broth. I hope devs stick to 11 to be honest.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Talkar

    I don’t get why devs don’t just use OpenGL, like id does. It is such a nice graphics API. You really can do a lot of things with OpenGL, and it runs on all the pc platforms :D

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Faceless

    @3

    When were we ever promised that Windows 7 will have DirectX 11.1 support? What you’re suggesting very nearly amounts to suing Microsoft for not releasing X360 games on the original Xbox because it screws over customers who bought Xbox.

    Sure, the difference is that Microsoft could actually retrofit Win7 to have 11.1, but it’s their undeniably legal decision not to. Arguably their only decision, seeing as how much hate Win8 is generating.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Maximum Payne

    They also said Win 7 will not have SP2.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Mineral4r7s

    Well I don’t care to be honest. Next console generation wont use dx11.1 (atleast that is what I assume) so why should I bother as a gamer?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. FabioPal

    @5 Because, simply, you cannot compare OGL to DirectX, the latter is simply far better ;)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. FabioPal

    btw, at a first sight this is the only thing that is useful:

    “Create larger constant buffers than a shader can access”

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    Their Apple envy will surely bite them in the ass someday.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    @4: other than incentivised curiosities, I suspect very much that they will. If anything has been learned this generation, it is that developers value number of potential customers over power of device.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Old MacDonald

    Unsurprising. Their problem is that the general Windows customer is happy with Windows 7. If they kept supporting it, nobody would buy the stinky new version. They want people to buy the stinky new version. So they will do what they can to make things harder and harder for people using Windows 7.

    That’s how they’ve operated forever. We can only hope that Windows 9 will be better, and that they won’t manage to screw everything up for Windows 7-people before it arrives.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Talkar

    @9
    No it isn’t. If you could provide any evidence to support your claim, i will happily read through it. But look at Doom 3. That game looks better than most games do today.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. AmiralPatate

    My card’s supposed to support DirectX 11, I don’t even see the diffrence with DX9. So I won’t miss DX11.1.
    I wouldn’t worry about Win8 too much anyway. WinXP was supposed to be abandonned, but it was so much more popular than Vista they didn’t really have a choice but to keep support it. Seeing how Win8 is bashed left and right, my guess is Win7 has still a future.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    The only thing that this is going to accomplish is that developers simply won’t bother using it.

    This is always how it goes with Microsoft…

    - create an updated version of OS
    - everyone unanimously hates it
    - fix problems with OS in next version
    - everyone loves it and moves to it

    Windows 8, while a perfectly reliable OS, is just a horrible experience for the average end user. One combined operating system for two completely different sectors of the market makes absolutely no sense, and whatever idiot was at the wheel when they made that decision needs to get his or her wires check, if they actually thought it was a good idea.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. FabioPal

    @14 Does OpenGL support: audio, input, importing models, Pix etc. out of the box? no.

    OGL is a perfectly viable option if you are willing to support all these things with custom/other libraries, but it’s not as simple.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. dizzygear

    I was suckered into the 30 bucks upgrade promotion and its the worst 30 bucks ive spend in a long time.
    No start menu is one thing (an easy to fix with Ex7forW8) but why the hell did they have to completely remove Aero and replace it with the ugliest theme ive seen in my life? What ever happened to giving people choice?

    No wonder they have to resort to this sort of bullshit again to sell win8. Its not even worth the 30 bucks.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    @16 When have they ever done anything as draconian as this though?

    Granted, Vista seemed to be designed to put everyone off the PC for good, but they obviously know that a lot of people are going to stick with Win 7, so instead of making Win 8 a system that people want to use, they make it a system that people will (eventually) be forced to use.

    Certainly won’t go very far to convince anyone that Microsoft isn’t going to pull some even stupider shit in the future.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    @19 They’ve been making newer versions of DirectX obsolete on their older OS’s for years. This isn’t exactly a new thing.

    They did the exact same thing with DirectX 10. It was Vista exclusive. Look how that turned out…

    People won’t be forced to use it, because no developer in their right mind is ever going to bother to support this new version of Direct X. Microsoft will come out with Windows 9 in a year or two, hopefully splitting the Metro UI and Windows UI into seperate OSes (like Apple does), and people will flock to it like bees to honey,

    Then they’ll release Windows 10 and that’ll be another fucking disaster.

    It’s been like this with Windows since forever. Every second Windows release is a disaster.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Talkar

    @17
    Yes it is in other libraries. That is true. But since when has it been hard to use external libraries?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DSB

    @20 I can somewhat understand DX10 though, because even though Vista was horribly flawed, it was also a significant step forward. The release of those systems were a good six years apart.

    Windows 8, not so much.

    To me that’s the equivalent of EA shutting down multiplayer for a game as soon as the hype period is over, and most of the copies have been sold.

    There’s just no sensible reason to do it, outside of manipuation.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. _LarZen_

    Windows 8 is the best Windows experience I have had since I started using W3.11

    #23 2 years ago
  24. FabioPal

    @21 It’s not hard, it’s “more complicated” than having everything in one place, following the same syntax, using the same types and so on.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Arkorvo

    Most PC gamers won’t be touching Windows 8 anyways. Windows 7 does everything I need, minus all the bloated crap that gonna be stuffed in Windows 8, like the new store.
    When Microsoft maybe start supporting PC gaming then maybe it’ll make a difference.

    Since most games today on PC are ports, there never gonna take advantage of DX11/11.1 features until its what the new consoles use.
    There’s maybe a handful of games that use DX11 to actually accomplish something rather than just a sticker on the game.

    OpenGL may well make a comeback on PC, especially when you’ve get dev’s like Valve now pushing Linux.

    Maybe in a few month we’ll get Halo 4 on PC that requires DX12.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. roadkill

    Pitchforks!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. povu

    By the time DirectX 11.1/12 becomes relevant we’ll have windows 9, which should according to Microsoft tradition be alright.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. FabioPal

    @25 Well, I’m really tempted to say that “I’m sure about” the fact that the next Xbox will feature DX11/12/whatever

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Phoenixblight

    @28

    the next Xbox will be using Windows 8 or some variation of it so yes that is more than likely that’s probably why DX is not jumping a whole number.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Arkorvo

    @28 Yeah more than likely its based around a DX version similar to the currently available DX versions on PC now. But PC hardware moves that fast and MS like to announce a new version every time a new Windows is released (how appropriate?) that by the time the new consoles are released PC will already be in a newer DX version. Coming back to the same problem there is now on PC.

    Like is said earlier if MS aren’t supporting PC properly, I can see openGL making a comeback and they’ll lose the DX support and maybe Windows for PC gamers if PC gaming takes of on something like Linux.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. FabioPal

    @30 Very unlikely: trust me, programming games for Linux is a pain in the *** because it’s not as standardized as other OSs.

    That’s what makes a videogame market: standardization and penetration of the OS in the market, and Windows wins at these (well, maybe standardization’s throne is in Apple’s hands, but I don’t know the OS that much to have a strong opinion) very easily.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Talkar

    @24
    How does the syntax change?
    It is still C++, preferably C++11.
    OpenGL does support some of the things you mentioned, such as input.
    But even if there is only graphics in OpenGL, it doesn’t matter. You just import another library, which takes what? 1 line of code? I wouldn’t even say it complicates things.
    OpenGL supports way more devices than DirectX, such as: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone, Blackberry and many more.
    It is still a bit faster than DirectX 11, not much so that point doesn’t really matter, but it is however much faster than DirecX 10 and 9. Even if you use the version of OpenGL that was the newest at the time of release of the previously mentioned 2 DirectX.
    Now, OpenGL 4 also support a lot more than DirectX 10 (which came out about a year before OpenGL 4) http://rastergrid.com/blog/2011/10/opengl-vs-directx-the-war-is-far-from-over/#tblcmt1 .As you can see in the link, OpenGL 4 still supports several features that even DirectX 11 doesn’t.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Lounds

    Seeing as MS funds alot of developers to use their new tech, a few will give it ago… my guess is codemasters with GRID/DIRT. Valve probaly will use OGL or DX11 seeing as they hate MS atm.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. voxelman

    @32 yea if you take a list of hardware features that OGL 4 supports and then use that to compare that is going to make it look good. In reality a lot of the hardware features that are supported by OGL4 and not DX11 are vendor or even card specific functions that no commercial game is going to support.

    In reality even OpenGL’s most ardent supporters admit that Dirct3D is in the lead. http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/2011/03/11/carmack-directx-better-opengl/1 . And then there is the fact that DX11 is faster than OpenGL 4 http://media.bestofmicro.com/C/V/347791/original/03%20Heaven.png, http://jeffhoogland.blogspot.co.nz/2010/01/opengl-vs-directx-benchmark-comparison.html,http://media.bestofmicro.com/2/B/325379/original/uniginenvidia21110.png mainly because OpenGL drivers suck ass, tho that should hopefully be improving on the Nvidia side with the recent Valve Steam push and the new drivers they helped develop. But things like the rough RAGE launch on PC show just how flaky OpenGL drivers can be and that game didn’t even support some of the most exotic and new hardware features.

    But the real issue is that developers would rather use the well documented and tested API with a tonne of existing libraries etc. Which is the old, slow, outdated, DX9.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. TheOutcastWolf

    It’s Halo 2 all over again…

    #35 2 years ago
  36. sh4dow

    What a shocker. They’ve only been doing that for about a decade or so. But it didn’t work with Vista and it won’t work with this pile of crap.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Lounds

    Who cares anyways, PC gamers are already playing next gen.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Joe_Gamer

    Here comes Microsoft, Beating on us PC gamers with a stick, they haven’t bothered with the carrot in years, sadly, no one expected them to start now.

    No, Valve is not going to start their own OS, yes support for linux/mac gaming will rise(a little bit) but the harsh truth is that Windoze will remain a mandatory installation for serious PC gamers, so M$ has no real reason to support us at all.

    #38 2 years ago

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    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]