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Major Nelson teases with E3 2013 countdown

Thursday, 3 January 2013 05:10 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft’s Larry Hryb – better known as Major Nelson – has set Xbot hearts a-flutter by posting a countdown timer to E3 2013 with the enigmatic comment “And it’s on.” Although there’s a good five months to go before the June event, anticipation is already high. Microsoft is strongly tipped to debut its next console, apparently codenamed Durango, ahead of a possible holiday season release.

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21 Comments

  1. gomersoul

    could be 720, though I’m sure I read somewhere Sony is holding a press conference on 25th Feb to announce ps4 for a 2014 release, will be interesting to see if either manage to release this year…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. The_Red

    “And it’s on.” The next-gen race? Because it’s about fucking time.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. HZSA

    it will be a Happy New Year for gamers :D

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KAP

    Here we go, the start of over priced consoles overpriced mediocre next gen launch games, and over hyped promises for the future of said console.

    Yay great. Because this gen was just SO bad for us as far as games are concerned right?!

    *leaves to play Far Cry 3*

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    At least it’s next gen. Curent gen looks like a Wii games to the PS3 and 360 If compared to the PC right now.
    Console games are just fucking annoying already with it’s 20 frames per second and 720p. Graphics and gaming capabilities since 2005 are evolved as fuck.

    It’s not hillarious anymore. Do it MS, announce that thing and start next gen.

    @4, “he start of over priced consoles overpriced mediocre next gen launch games, and over hyped promises for the future of said console.”
    “*leaves to play Far Cry 3*”

    Okay. What’s the difference? Same crappy game.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    Gonna lol if this is just a kinnect 2 release :-P

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @6, MS is not ThaT retarded. They are retarded, but not as much as you think. :D

    #7 2 years ago
  8. The Auracle

    I think this “next-generation” will underwhelm a lot of people. That’s not the manufacturer’s fault but rather the console gaming community as a whole that are desperate for technology that isn’t quite ready for commercial implimentation.

    I think it’s quite disappointing that MS and particularly Sony are caving to the market pressure. The PlayStation 3 in particular never really fulfilled its true potential and the PS Vita – while brilliant in its own right – was an extravagant distraction from what they really needed to do and that’s get everything out of the PS3 that it is capable of producing.

    Nintendo certainly got everything they wanted and more out of the Wii and the DS family. Microsoft could do a bit more with the Xbox 360 and the Kinect in it’s current form, in my opinion.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    “The PlayStation 3 in particular never really fulfilled its true potential”

    are you nuts? Simple games on that system can’t even do 30 frames per second. Developers can’t make DLC work (SKYRIM) on the PS3 and you are talking about “PS3 haZ potential”?

    True potential? LOL. It’s old as Fuck. It’s done. It’s an old hat. No one cares anymore. Even great developers that are trying to make good games on it most of the time makes a linear experience or cut interesting content on it.

    “Microsoft could do a bit more with the Xbox 360″

    Like what? Microsoft did everything with Xbox 360. They even prolonged it’s life with new type of thing “kinect” that no one cared after few months.

    In reality the lifecycle of these consoles are 3 or 5 years at best. It’s 7 or 8 already. Enough is enough. Bring something new, fresh and good. With decent frame rate with good gameplay ideas and gaming capabilities.

    iPad is already near the Xbox 360 power and Apple change tech every year which is a good thing for the industry.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    Maybe they’re going to show Frame City Killer 2!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgN31FycvIE

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    Actually, I wont give a shit to next gen consoles for 1-2 years. I have a pretty massive backlog of great games.
    Average (most) customers don’t give a shit to superior pc graphics wrt consoles. Although what they do care about is that they have too much cash and want to buy a new box soon, whether they want it or not.
    *Rant over*

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Moonwalker1982

    I agree with Erthazus here now, but not on everything. Microsoft has done everything they can with the 360 and Kinect is just bullshit. Sadly it IS bullshit that has sold alot and proved to be quite popular. As for Sony, yeah, they are pretty much done too, although The Last of Us DOES seem to be yet another game that surpasses the best looking PS3 games so far. Either way, E3 is gonna be exciting. With Major Nelson saying this, it has to be something big and i just hope MS still knows how to make one awesome show and that it’s not full of Kinect 2 shit.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    MS will be releasing two new systems next gen. The first one is a stripped down media box. And the second one will be a full blown console. At E3 MS will be talking about the Media Box version.

    I expect it to be Kinect centered, play digital download, casual focused games, and make a play to be the central media hub for your house.

    I don’t think the “Real” nxtxbx comes out until at least spring/summer 14, but prolly not until Nov. 2014.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Moonwalker1982

    @13

    I doubt that man. All the signs point to a full blown new console reveal and also for this year. Look at 2011′s E3, they had Halo 4 at the end of their show but last year they had a freaking third party game as their last game of their show. There’s nothing big in terms of exclusives planned for this year..it has to happen.

    I really hope you are wrong, until then it’s nothing but speculation and guessing anyway.

    Also Major Nelson is all about the games, isn’t he? He clearly is trying to get gamers excited for something big during E3 and a media box is nothing for real gamers to get excited about. Also…why not just make one console that has it all, everything for everyone?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    @14
    Because everything for everyone is very expensive.

    I think a media type machine which is a chunky tablet is a definite possibility as a second machine from MS. I.e. one you can hold and use, use with a separate controller or connect to your TV. There was an article on this idea a little while back so there were some signs for this.

    http://www.vg247.com/2012/01/09/next-xbox-to-have-tablet-component-says-gamespot/

    http://www.vg247.com/2012/11/06/xbox-surface-7-inch-gaming-tablet-reaches-initial-hardware-planning-stage-rumor/

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Cobra951

    There are plenty of current console games that do 30 fps, and even some that do 60, at 720p (and I have no problem with 720p, at all). So I don’t want to hear that “games can’t do . . .” this or that. Yes they can. If some devs trade off performance for prettier still shots, or worse: don’t have the tech chops to pull off good performance, don’t blame the systems.

    Next gen *will* be a disappointment, not because it won’t improve on the current one (sure it will) but because it won’t improve on it too significantly. We are already well into diminishing returns. We can already do 3D worlds in high resolution and fluid motion. Doing them bigger, and smoother, and sharper will seem like the progress from a DVD movie to a Blu-ray. Some will marvel, most won’t care.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Moonwalker1982

    @17

    I bet that it’s going to be a significant improvement for certain games. Especially the open world games and RPGs. As awesome as games like GTA IV, RDR, Skyrim, Fallout 3 and so on are, it can look so much better in terms of lighting, details etc…and that’s no doubt going to happen happen. I would be good with that. I alreadt am not expecting differences similar to Xbox 1 to 360, not gonna happen. But if games can look like high-end PC games on consoles, i’m totally fine with that.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Mr Sparkle

    Yay christmas is coming in 5 months!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. MSIGT780

    I would be willing to bet that both the new xbox and the new playstation have some form of graphics card and processor upgrade but i wouldn’t expect it to be anything to major compaired to todays PC’s my MSI GT780 laptop plays games with better graphics also cost $1,700, but i’ve been wrong before and would be delighted to be wrong in this case but if not, i have my PC for graphic intesive games also do kinda like the ability on skyrim to download user mods for the game that don’t really effect the game play like hi res textures for the coins and the hideout with all the places to store loot and what not

    #19 2 years ago
  20. OlderGamer

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-11-21-microsoft-reportedly-prepping-xbox-tv

    “Described as part of a two-SKU next-gen strategy, the low-cost alternative to the next proper Xbox will run on Windows 8, and focus on an “always-on” experience that lets users go from sleep mode to watching their favorite shows almost instantly. The Xbox TV is expected to be out by next holiday season.”

    I think this will be what MS wants to talk about at E3.

    Like I said The XMediaBox 2013 nov. And the next full blown console prolly upto a year after that. I could be wrong, maybe the XMedia ones comes out June/July, while the big one launches 2013 Nov. But I doubt it. MS will be pumping this hardcore at E3, so temper your excitment. At the very most be cautisly optimistic.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. OlderGamer

    As for what next gen console graphics might look like go back a couple of years in terms of PC tech, I am guessing Sony and MS will have graphics in that ball park. Should look slick. But I fully agree with the idea that we are past the point of deminishing returns.

    Until VR gets to a point where latency is fixed and price is mainstream(and they are working on that now), there isn’t really anywhere for games to go. That is why I enjoy the WiiU so much, the graphics are nice, but the system actualy improves gameplay and features with its GamePad(no one else does that).

    But I think the next big thing will be headset VR gaming. And that is prolly also a few years out, maybe next(next) gen.

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-01-02-valves-michael-abrash-latency-is-getting-in-the-way-of-vr

    #21 2 years ago

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    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]