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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 3 years ago
  2. Mike W

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

    #2 3 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 3 years ago
  4. Hunam

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

    #4 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  7. Maximum Payne

    They also said Win 7 will not have SP2.

    #7 3 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 3 years ago
  9. FabioPal

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

    #9 3 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 3 years ago
  11. Dragon246

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

    #11 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  23. _LarZen_

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

    #23 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  26. roadkill

    Pitchforks!

    #26 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  35. TheOutcastWolf

    It’s Halo 2 all over again…

    #35 3 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 3 years ago
  37. Lounds

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

    #37 3 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 3 years ago

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  • EA financials highlight millions of hours played in Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Electronic Arts reported its Q4 and year end FY15 financial results today, highlighting the amount of hours played in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics: For fiscal year 2015 EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the world, driven by the success of Battlefield Hardline, […]

  • Black Mesa can now be acquired through Steam Early Access

    Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life 1 from Crowbar Collective, has entered Steam Early Access. At present, 85% of the campaign is complete with around 10 hours worth of gameplay. Early Access users will be helping test the multiplayer deatmatch and team deathmatch modes via six maps as well as the single-player portion. As will […]

  • Three Easter Eggs spotted in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – video

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has been released in North America, as you know, and it contains some fun Easter Eggs which you can take a look at in the video below. Don’t watch or read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton spotted three Easter Eggs so far, and there […]

  • Destiny: Prison of Elders – here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s livestream

    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]