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PS Plus coming to Vita with software update 2.00

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:10 GMT By Nick Akerman

PlayStation Vita’s system software update 2.00 will add PS Plus functionality to Sony’s handheld. Current PS Plus subscribers will be able to enjoy extra benefits on Vita with no extra cost from November 21.

Players will be given access to four gamers per month, as well as the chance to take advantage of exclusive discounts and online storage. PS3 users who have already subscribed to PS Plus won’t have to worry about forking out for the service a second time; access is free if you pay for the console version.

The Instant Game Collection across both platforms will provide at least five new games a month. Updates will also download automatically and trophies sync across devices.

Here’s the first load of games Vita users will receive for free:

-Uncharted: Golden Abyss
-Gravity Rush
-Wipeout 2048
-Jet Set Radio
-Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (the PSP title)

If you’re yet to take the leap on PS Plus, this might be the perfect time. The service costs £11.99 for 90 days or £39.99 per year.

The full list of titles and bonuses for the US can be found here, and European users should head through here.

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40 Comments

  1. Dragon246

    YEAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
    GR and UC:GA as IGC vita games, what more can a vita owner ask?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. CycloneFox

    in the past, I always tried to get the card version of the game, to save space on my small 8GB card (included in my day-one bundle). But now I definately know, that 8GB is too small. I need a new card.
    the instant game collection for the ps3 was also my reason to get a new HDD and upgrade my ps3 to 500gb.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2012/11/13/playstation-plus-for-ps-vita-launch-details-confirmed/

    Gravity Rush and Uncharted? Blimey that’s good going. Have neither of those. Later we also get Chronovolt (new game) and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack.

    Also need to get a new card to store this stuff on, my initial 16Gb one is creaking already :D

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Deacon

    Gravity Rush is QUALITY. This is looking much better than expected.

    Four games per month?? And they’re bashing out two of the biggest retail games on Vita day 1? I can’t see how they can keep that up tbh. They’re offering free games at a faster rate than they’re being released!

    I’m guessing we could download the stuff to our PS3 and keep it there until we want to play it, for those who have limited space etc.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Nick Akerman

    Updated with the first load of freebies. :)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Deacon

    Some of those are US only…(Wipeout, JetSet, FFT) might be worth mentioning to avoid confusion.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Moonwalker1982

    Hold on..you get ALL those games for free?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. _LarZen_

    PS+ is just getting better and better.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    @7
    Yep

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    Links to both the NA and Euro lists are in there now.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Moonwalker1982

    Maybe i’m understanding it the wrong way..but in the EUropean list it says :

    As with the PS3 service, we will have titles that will be available to you for a longer period of time than usual so you have the chance to play them when and where you feel like, without worrying about them leaving the service anytime soon. For the PS Vita, these two titles will be Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Gravity Rush.

    ————-

    Available to you for a longer period of time? I’m not sure but does that mean i can play them for awhile and then they will be ‘locked’ again? I mean….12 pounds for Uncharted AND Gravity Rush? Please help me understand this.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    @11
    PS+ works by making games available for a limited period. As long as you grab a copy during that time you can keep playing it as long as you maintain your subscription. As soon as your sub expires you can’t play them anymore. So £12 will get you access to them for 3 months (plus any others which get made available in that time). You aren’t buying the games, this is a subscription service, so you need to keep your sub active.

    Grabbing the titles doesn’t have to mean fully downloading. Just adding it to your basket, checking out and then cancelling the download will make it available for future download as its in your download list.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Greek God

    PS+ just got even more insane
    srsly get +

    #13 2 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    Plus is a great value. Of all of the ideas that get copied and cloned around the industry, I hope Nintendo and esp MS catch on to this. Would be one hella boon to be able to offer older and outdated games for a monthly sub. Would work a little like Renting or OnLive, where you pay a lump sum for new releases, but once those games are a couple of years old, they come out as part of your subscription service. Would also help move DLC for older games and maybe keep them viable.

    That being said, I know Sony isn’t sticking to just older games. Sometimes they release not only newer, but brand new games for their Plus Service. I was up until very recently a PSN+ member. I just decided that I turned the system on so infrequently, that it really wasn’t worth me paying for Plus. Not to mention that if I was to continue I would need a bigger HDD. And again, I don’t use the PS3 much.

    If I didn’t spend most of my game time elsewhere, PSN+ would be an absolute must. Kudos to Sony for actualy coming up with something this gen that seperates them from the pack. It is a great service and is nice to see Sony take the lead in something again.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    How the fuck are Sony making money out of this? It just seems like a unsustainable business model :-/

    #15 2 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    In order to feel that way Orbit, don’t you have to assume that Sony would be able to sell the games if they didn’t include them in the subscription? If the games aren’t selling to begin with, or if the sales of (even discounted) DLC for said games makes up a decent enough difference…I could see it.

    Before I was a Plus member, I only bought PSN games once in awhile. After becoming a Plus member I found myself buying DLC for games I wouldn’t even have purchased if they weren’t included. Not to mention my Plus sub fee.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. OrbitMonkey

    Yeah I suppose… But when they give away games like Crysis 2, Bulletstorm & Human Revolution… I wonder how much that must cost? They don’t own those ip’s…

    We have scrap men in the UK, always collecting people’s metal waste & what not. Is that what Sony are doing? Collecting up old games, giving them out on psn+ & hoping members buy dlc & sequels?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DrDamn

    @15
    A lot of the bigger games are Sony ones, so lower cost to them to use like this. Other games are ones that don’t have many real sales left in them. So again they can be used. The more people Sony get subbing the better it is for them. Steady and predictable money coming in, negociated one off costs to pit the games up. As OG mentioned releases get tied in with DLC promos too, so pubs make more money that way too.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ManuOtaku

    Well iam happy with free PSN, most of the games offered on the PSN+ i do already have them, and iam not a fan of buying the games and when the subscription expires you dont have the games available anymore, like i said iam quite happy with free PSN, and i dont have any reasons to go for PSN+, but i do understand that many people will love it and find great value on it, i just hope Sony will not stop supporting free PSN on their next console.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. freedoms_stain

    DLC sales are almost certainly the motivation for the non-Sony titles that go up on the service.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    @19
    It’ll be interesting what happens next time. They have to be more than a little envious of the money MS rake in from Live. So I think a subscription model of some sort is on the cards. Not a straight charge for playing online, but a multi-tier service package is likely I think. With the free side the bare bones and the minimum entry offering very good value in other areas (like PS+ – games, cloud storage, possibly media stuff too).

    #21 2 years ago
  22. ManuOtaku

    I agree Doc, and it will be interesting for sure, i just hope they dont ditch free bare bones PSN just for their not so good economical state right now, that will force them to make big changes in their overall strategy, like closing free PSN and going with multiple types of paid services, with a minimum asked price for the bare bones free PSN.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Deacon

    I think they’ll keep the free component as is. Thinking of territories, Sony aren’t going to all of a sudden push a pay-to-play-online service onto their Japanese userbase. Not when the Xbox sells so poorly over there. It angers me how those of us in America and even Europe are getting completely used to Microsoft charging to play online. My guess is that it’s still a pretty alien concept in Japan, and so I’m hoping Sony stick to their guns. We can but hope!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Gadzooks!

    I think people will happily pay for an online service that matches the quality, stability and features of XBL.

    Oh wait… tens of millions of gamers already do! On XBL!

    I might have kept my PS3 if PSN wasn’t such a shonky bag of arse.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Deacon

    Not everyone gets home and sits playing online MP evening after evening. Not everyone wants to chat to people playing some other game while they’re playing something else (I still can’t fathom why anyone would want to do this. Ever).

    PSN is a tad clonky, but as a store it serves it’s purpose just fine. And once you’re in and playing online, the services are virtually identical. If you’re getting lag then that’s down to your ISP, not some ‘inferior service’.

    PSN has hed less profile hacks and Fifa trophies appearing / money being raped than XBL (a PAID service).

    I’m not getting into this with you Gadz. We all know your take on Sony/PSN.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. mojo

    me paying for some extra services, maybe. I currently subbed to plus.
    me paying only to play a game online?yeah, not gonna happen. Because fuck you, thats why.

    Worked out fine the last 15 years without paying someone, will work in the future too, or im literaly out of the game.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Gadzooks!

    #25

    “I’m not getting into this with you Gadz.”

    Oh, but that’s exactly what you did.

    It’s fine though, you’ll change your tune when Sony charges for online services next gen, and harmony will be restored.

    Of course that is if Sony lasts that long. There’s a very good article up on Kotaku right now explaining how Sony is already dead, shuffling to it’s inevitable conclusion through the last few decaying nerve pulses.

    Survive or not, either way hoping for a free online service next gen is futile.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Deacon

    The article is pretty narrow in focus. But hey, according to Kotaku it seems we’re drawing ever closer to your dream day of Sony exiting the industry altogether! Fingers crossed eh mate.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Gadzooks!

    #28

    “Narrow in focus”

    Please elaborate.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. absolutezero

    >kotaku

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Deacon

    It mainly focusses on insight from a handful of executives and a bunch of shop owners, and completely ignores how well Sony have done with the Playstation brand.

    Sure, it’s an interesting read, but then Sony’s fragmentation hasn’t really been kept secret all these years, and it’s obvious that while some arms will do well others will not. You can’t win all the battles all the time.

    They’re clearly not the company they once were, but it’s great to have someone in the gaming industry who offers good value gaming instead of charging for every last morsel – even if it is at the expense of their own bottom line.

    Having already handed your wallet over to MS and accepted that ‘this is the future’, I wouldn’t expect you to understand or value this.

    Why did you even bother with this thread Gadz? you have an alert pop up every time someone mentions Xbox?

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Gadzooks!

    #31

    How very precious. You should get together with Dragon123 and maybe you could braid eachothers vaginas while having a little cry about how everyone doesn’t agree with your opinion.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Deacon

    I would’ve thought 24 hours was enough time to muster something a little better than a vagina joke.
    Quick man! there are other Sony articles to be trolling!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Gadzooks!

    Yeah well I was hoping for better than ‘you handed MS your wallet’ insults when there was an interesting, if somewhat narrow-focus, article ripe for discussion.

    Life is full of dissapointments, eh?

    #34 2 years ago
  35. OrbitMonkey

    Lol, wants discussion… Throws vagina insults when differing view offered ;-)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. DrDamn

    @34
    I thought the Kotaku article was fairly poor. Too much emphasis on anecdotal evidence and things which don’t really relate. The smaller electronics stores for example. For an article of that size not enough factual information to back up the conjecture.

    This one has a similar tone but a lot more concrete info that matters …

    http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/business-it/is-sony-buying-time–or-problems-20121005-273fy.html

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Gadzooks!

    #36

    The Kotaku article was light on data, but it was interesting to read how the once ‘national hero’ corporation has fallen from grace in the eyes of both Japanese retailers and consumers.

    It was an article as much about attitudes as finances.

    The one you linked is much more about facts and figures, but Sony’s problems have come about through more than just the value and throughput of stock. Public perception has changed, and that’s as hard to fix as a broken bank balance.

    In entertainment they lost a little ground over the last 7 or so years, but in electronics they have little credibility left, with competitors beating them not just on price but on features.

    #35

    Aaaaand the pointless heckler arrives with absolutely nothing of worth to say, right on schedule.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Deacon

    Conjecture. You state “Public perception has changed” from the brief opinions of a handful of shop owners and customers. The article then runs with these few opinions and takes liberties in summarizing ‘what it all means’. Kotaku eh?

    Still, thanks for putting it out there Gadz. And thanks DrD for linking the other article. I like Hirai, but I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. DrDamn

    @37
    Similar to what Deacon said. I’m not saying the conclusions are right or wrong, but the methods of achieving them.

    The conclusion they put forward is not backed up.

    “corporation has fallen from grace in the eyes of both Japanese retailers and consumers.”

    Possibly, but they don’t show that, they just quote some people who think that. It shouldn’t be difficult to back this up with some other information. The retailer opinion is from the small retailers Sony (rightly or wrongly) seems to have taken a decision to leave behind. That in itself will have an impact on their opinions. They acknowledge that Sony have shifted retail into the big chains, but don’t try and solicit opinion there – why not? Again it may well back up the article, but we don’t know because they didn’t do it (or didn’t include it).

    As indicated above a lot of Japanese electronics companies are in trouble. Sharp recently had to re-jig it’s debt, Panasonic are not doing well. How does this fit in with the article?

    #39 2 years ago
  40. OrbitMonkey

    Pfft, heckler accusations from the resident Sony slagger are a bit rich :-/

    So some small shopkeepers are pissed that Sony does more business online? The market doesn’t rise & fall on their opinion though does it?

    Only gaming internet nutters wanting to read a whole lot into nothing.

    #40 2 years ago

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  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]