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PS3 number one overall for Netflix viewing, says Hastings

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 16:14 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Netflix has announced PS3 as its largest TV-connected platform in terms of viewing.and at times it even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix viewing. “[It's our] No. 1 platform overall,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. “PS3 is a natural fit for Netflix in terms of developing and first deploying our most advanced features. We can transparently update our application with new features on a daily basis, and through the free PlayStation Network, people around the world can sign up for Netflix directly from their PS3.” The console is also currently the only platform to experience a new voice user interface called “Max” that’s currently being tested.Netflix is also available on Vita.

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50 Comments

  1. Gadzooks!

    I presume the usual asshats will troll Sony for not focussing on games, in exactly the same way they would troll MS if they were mentioned here?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Cobra951

    @1:

    It seems to me that you immediately saw that weakness yourself, and you’re projecting it on to “asshats” (which presumably must include me). Sure, the obvious response to the article is “I can get a much cheaper Netflix set-top box than a PS3″. I suspect even disillusioned PS3 owners may have thought of that one.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. NiceFellow

    @1 I wouldn’t be so sure. I would expect more “so much for 360 owning media in the home” type action.

    Being serious about that point it is a little surprising as I thought Netflix was US centric so it’s not great for MS claims on being the home for entertainment that a device with a smaller install base actually has more use than theirs.

    The split geographic markets have seriously made this one wacky console gen that’s for sure.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Gadzooks!

    #2

    Not entirely sure what you mean there, sorry.

    My point was that even though MS publish as many games as Sony, and sell a shitload more than them, idiots keep saying MS’ focus is not on gaming but on apps like Netflix, which is very obviously bullshit.

    I want those mewing hypocrites to berate Sony now. They won’t, of course, because they are hypocrites.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gadzooks!

    #3

    Who knows… Maybe those 360 owners are too busy playing games to watch Netflix? ;)

    I just don’t get the whole ‘If it has Netflix it aint a games machine’ bullshit that people spout.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Yeah, Gadzooks, More at eleven. That’s why they had exclusivity deal with Netflix before. *rolls eyes*

    “MS publish as many games as Sony”

    Lol. Okay man, keep up kissing your Xbox.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Gadzooks!

    #6

    List them. Include XBL/PSN.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    Where is my violin, you know, you really small one. I need to play Gad the saddest song i know.

    But seriously, he’s barking up the wrong tree, unlike the MS story, here Sony arent claiming that more people use their system to watch movies and whatnot then play games, Netflix is just saying more people use it on PS3 then they do other systems, but dont expect him to understand that fact, he’s a bit of a simpleton.
    And NiceFellow is right, this just show as massive failing on MS’ behalf, they want to own the home media space but they’re clearly failing.

    @7
    lol It was your claim to start with, you list them.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. zinc

    @Gadzooks, Surely your better than this? Behaving in exactly the same way as those you accuse of ass-hatery, makes you a ass-hat too surely?

    And no I’m not calling you Shirley :-P

    On topic, I’ve used both Lovefilm & Netflix on my PS3 & found Netflix to be a better service. It may not have the same quantity of films, but has by far more tv series. Much better value imo & better quality viewing.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Mike W

    I thought it would be xbox that takes this reward hands down. That’s how I got into purchasing Netflix in the first place was thru my gold account (when I had it).

    Oh well….who cares, this is nothing to defend or fight about it.

    @3

    Yeah I agree, I see your point. It’s the price of the gold I’ll tell you. ;)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Mike W

    @Gadzooks

    You’re contradicting yourself pretty hard bro. Just let it go. This is nothing to get your feathers in a bunch.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    “Netflix is also available on Vita”

    Netflix is also available on everything. From tvs to phones, to tablets, to DVDplayers, to PC/laptop, to 3DS and other consoles. I bet my next fridge comes with Netflix installed.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. _LarZen_

    Have been using the PS3 and starting movies etc with the iPad and it is a cool and easy way to browse the selection.

    But I got a WiiU a few days ago and that is just as good if not better. I can turn on the tv and hifi receiver with the WiiU pad and pick movies just like with the iPad for on the PS3.

    But now I dont have to turn on my tv or hifi receiver with other Remotes, I dont have to turn on the PS3 and start Netflix with the PS3 Controller.

    I just pick up 1 Device and im ready to go…kinda cool :)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Mike W

    @12

    Lmao…

    You will never have to leave your kitchen. ;)

    #14 2 years ago
  15. zinc

    @13, This may sound crass… But all I can think, is how great it would be to be able to take the WiiU pad to the loo…

    Gaming on the go, even when you have to go :-D

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @12, Woohoo. Netflix in my fridge. Amazing. I hope it comes with decent LED screen and at least with 720p image.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. NiceFellow

    @10 Ah Gold! Of course forgot about that – Silver has no access to Netflix. The true install base for Netflix in US might be fairly even or even slightly more on PS3.

    This makes sense then really.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Cobra951

    @4:

    Wait, what? How do you reconcile that comment with what you said in #1? Now I’m confused. But regardless of whom you’re defending, it pains me to see any game console relegated to the mundane role of a TV set-top box. Using them as such is fine, but to push that functionality anywhere near as much as games would be tragic. No one needs a PS3 or an Xbox for that. Roku has it covered with a smaller footprint and a much lower price. Hell, even TVs have it built-in anymore, and I think OG is right about future kitchen appliances too.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. _LarZen_

    @15 Hehe, wel you can probably take it to the loo as long as it’s not to far away.

    Playing Black Ops 2 while taking a dump could be something Worth trying… :P

    #19 2 years ago
  20. zinc

    @19… There are too many jokes there about Blops 2 & toilets!!

    Though it would be ironic, if you blocked your loo, whilst playing Mario :-)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. deathm00n

    @20 You would shit bricks

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Gadzooks!

    #18

    I said the same thing in posts 1 and 4: That it’s stupid to think that apps like Netflix and browsers in any way detract from gaming on consoles. They don’t. Gaming, as in game sales and time spent gaming is higher than ever before.

    People like to say MS arent focussed on gaming but Sony and Nintendo are, but ALL the consoles have TV, movie and browser apps on them.

    And for the record: I like Netflix, whatever device it’s viewed on.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Ireland Michael

    The PS3 version of Netflix has always been my least favourite for me. For whatever reason, I always get the poorest video quality through that one,

    I recently migrated over to Windows 8 on my PC. I installed the Metro Netflix app, and it’s quickly become my go-to version for the service. It’s the fastest loading and most easily searchable version I’ve used, and it sure as hell beats having to go through a browser.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. zinc

    ^ Well obviously you are a MS troll!! The Sony version is best because of the awesome cell power!!

    :-D

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @24 Lawl.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Dragon246

    1 likes put a positive spin on anything xbox, just doesn’t work here. Everybody expected xbox to win, if it doesn’t, then it looks bad on them since more people use entertainment apps on xbox than playing games, as said by ms themselves.
    Also about published games, 1 is again talking shit. MS FORCEES indies to find pubs, essentially eating into their profits by forcing a middleman. As a result, it ends up publishing a lot of xbl games. Sony allows self publication to indies, an obviously better offer to them.
    Maybe check the no. of xbl vs. psn exclusives this year?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Gadzooks!

    #26

    This is waaaay above your level of comprehension kid.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. PEYJ

    Is it available on the UK Vita? Cause it’s not on the Nordic Vita. Same question goes for the YouTube app – available in the UK???

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Clupula

    As soon as I saw the headline, my first thought was, “Someone’s going to use this to say that people only buy the PS3 to watch movies.”

    Honestly, I wasn’t even aware there was a competition over who watches Netflix the most since, as was said above, it is available on everything. I personally don’t even think it’s the best movie service on the PS3, nevermind in general.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. polygem

    haha all the sony fans united here…classic…comedy…again.
    ireland michael is an xbot troll now. have i missed something here? fantastic stuff.
    gadzooks, why do you even bother? your first post was spot on. i tried to be polite with this bunch but -just forget it – it´s useless. “asshats” nails it, no need to go further than that.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DSB

    I wonder if they’re counting the DVD/Bluray players that also stream Netflix. They seem to use the same OS as the PS3.

    We have one of those, it’s slow as hell, but it’s nice to have an inexpensive machine for Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. PEYJ

    @DSB

    Do you own a PS3? I’m asking to hear if you would know anything about my (28) question, in case you have a PS3 that is.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Ireland Michael

    @30 It’s the flavour of the month.

    If you criticize Sony, you’re an Xbot. If you support Nintendo, you’re part of the NDF. If you don’t support PC gaming, you’re a casual scrub.

    Anyone whose point starts off with lolsonyfans or xbot remarks or anything like that is living in their own deluded bubble of personal isolation, and can’t see beyond their own nose. No format is better or worse than the other.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. polygem

    “No format is better or worse than the other”

    I sign this. Today. Officially.

    I do have personal preferences, that´s for sure – and i will keep pointing those out here, because that´s what a videogame related news page with a comment section is there for…but that quote up there is the basic truth of all this.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Christopher Jack

    “No format is better or worse than the other.” No one is that mutual. Of course better is often subjective but it’s more often than not black & white that one machines handles *insert object or service* better than another.

    In the end, all that really matters is whether or not it effects you, if it does not, then jog on & at least show some mutual respect to those who it does effect by being quite or at the absolute least not disrespectful, like claiming owners & users of a certain machine or service are idiots. -(not aimed directly at you, just making a point).

    @30, You seem to use a lot of plurals but I’ve only seen 1 Sony fan, the very one you keep arguing with. Both Gadzooks & yourself only came in here with the intention on attacking a certain demographic of gamers. Whether or not they had started it is irrelevant, you’re all as bad as each other.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Ireland Michael

    @35 Yes, subjectively speaking one is going to be more preferable to a particular personal.

    For instance, I play multiplatform multiplayer titles almost exclusively on my 360 simply because that’s what most of my friends play those games on as well, and I prefer to play with people I know rather than strangers.

    I think most of the service apps on the PS3 are a bit shite in their execution, but that opinion doesn’t change the fact that my favourite games of the past two generations of hardware are almost all PlayStation exclusive titles.

    That doesn’t make it “worse” or “better” than any of the other formats though. I was talking purely objectively in my post. Preferences should never be confused with objective opinion, and it’s perfectly easy for someone to seperate the two if they bother to try.

    And *objectively* speaking, none of them are better or worse than the other. Every format has tonnes of great games, and it all comes down to genre preferences or the type of experience you’re looking for. I will never for the life of my understand why someone would insult someone else purely because of the name of the console under the screen.

    I hate to quote such an utterly pretentious movie as Fight Club, but… you’re not your fucking Xbox. The hardware someone owns doesn’t bloody define them. Criticising anyone based on the hardware they use is shallow, pedantic and juvenile.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Christopher Jack

    @36, Even objectively one thing’s normally better than another, my point is that it doesn’t matter. Defending or attacking a weakness or strength of a product or service is fucking pathetic unless you’re doing a review. The Xbox 360 is generally better at 3rd party games, it’s true. There are of course several exceptions so you’d be lying if you used a definitive statement which is why I tend to avoid them but absolute strengths & weaknesses do exist. In the end, it’s pointless to fight over & especially pathetic to attack the users of those products or services- I mean for fuck’s sake, we’re not politicians.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. DrDamn

    @PEYJ
    YouTube is available on Vita in the UK, don’t think Netflix is though.

    I use Netflix a fair bit. Have a PS3, 360 and now a WiiU. Have been mainly using on the PS3 because my launch unit is a lot quieter than my falcon 360, if I had a slim 360 it would be different. Having said that I’ll switch to WiiU for Netflix from now on. The use of the second screen is a nice bonus.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. PEYJ

    @ DrDamn

    Thanks, mate. I live in Denmark and that’s apparently one of the countries that YouTube doesn’t support (what the hell that ever means), so we don’t have the app. As for Netflix it seems as if only the US have that one (big surprise…).

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Da Man

    Ah, the predictable evening comment section mindfakery feat deprived ones.

    Classic.

    So anyway, not surprising. I’m wiling to bet it’s far from number one gaming machine though…

    #40 2 years ago
  41. zinc

    @30, Ahem, I was joking when I called Ireland a Xbot… You Ninty loving fanboy!

    P.S. I’m joking :-P

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Christopher Jack

    @40, What’s your point?

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Ireland Michael

    @42 He doesn’t have one. He’s just trying to stir shit. Ignore him.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Christopher Jack

    @43, I am aware, I’m just curious as to why he’s trying to stir shit, mundane life?

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Ireland Michael

    @44 Probably.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Da Man

    My point is actually far from stirring shit (that’s what Lolconner has been successfully doing here for at least five posts).

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Da Man

    Oooh sorry, I’m ignoring him.

    I might quote that shitty videogame for mentally inferior people now since in all fairness I really don’t know anything better myself. Or I might not. It depends.

    So anyway,

    #47 2 years ago
  48. polygem

    @zinc:

    “@30, Ahem, I was joking when I called Ireland a Xbot… You Ninty loving fanboy!

    P.S. I’m joking ”

    HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA….GOOD ONE!

    #48 2 years ago
  49. TD_Monstrous69

    Well this is a mild suprise. Then again, I have seen a lot of my PSN friends using Netflix more lately, so….. OK, I get that I can’t really equate the two, but none the less, still pretty suprising, considering how much of a head-start Microsoft has had with multimedia content, especially with Netflix. I mean doesn’t anyone remember the day where if you wanted Netflix on your PS3, you needed a Netflix Blu-Ray disc in order to use it due to an exclusive licensing agreement with MS?

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Christopher Jack

    Why do you need a gold subscription to access another subscription service on the Xbox 360? I mean even the most basic free services requires it. That’s certainly one area that Sony’s better in, you don’t need PS+ for any other service on the PS3- afaik. Too bad that neither option is going to provide me any access to half of these large services like Netflix & Hulu+.

    Frankly, I think we’re in desperate need for a global media ratings board, most content shouldn’t need to be localized for certain countries when the only difference is a stupid stamp of approval. I understand that it’ll be a long process to implement but if Europe can combine their rating boards, so can the rest of the modern world.

    Other than that, I don’t see why a piece of content on the internet should be restricted by region & even worst, when they offer different prices for different regions, it’s fucking ridiculous for this modern world.

    #50 2 years ago

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  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • 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 […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]