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This changes everything: Valve enters console race

Wednesday, 9 January 2013 09:38 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Gabe Newell has confirmed Bigfoot, a Valve-made, Linux-based, console-like Steam box. Pay attention, says Patrick Garratt: the TV games market is about to be shaken to its “core”.

The joke surrounding Steambox has always been that of Half-Life 3 launching as an system exclusive and just how funny it’d be in terms of hardware sales. Who’s laughing now?

Valve will enter the living room games market with hardware it’s codenaming Bigfoot. The news ends nearly a year of speculation on the firm’s intentions for the console space, and could be the single most significant move in “video gaming” in the past decade.

Bigfoot, the only official name for “Steambox” we have at the moment, won’t be alone. Littlefoot (whatever that is) will cover touch and mobile devices, providing a complete home gaming solution for PC, TV and portable, all glued together with Steam. Valve head Gabe Newell said yesterday that Bigfoot’s controller won’t include motion controls (Wii Sports has already done it, apparently), but biometric feedback could well be related to the pad. The words sounded more Nintendo that Valve.

Newell’s admission comes at a telling time. Microsoft could be on the cusp of announcing the next Xbox – some rumours are suggesting you may get a first look at it a lot sooner than you think – and there’s little doubt Sony will use E3 in June to start seriously talking about the future of PlayStation. Valve is coming. Assuming Gabe can keep the price down, there’s every chance you may never need to buy into Microsoft or Sony hardware again.

Entry point

Valve’s entry into the console space bears stark similarities to Microsoft’s arrival with Xbox in 2001. Japanese firms Sony and Nintendo were in absolute control of consoles at that point, and it was unthinkable that a fresh approach, especially from the US, could make an impact. The chink in the market’s armour was then largely based on cultural aesthetics (that console games were made by the Japanese and the PC approach had no place on the TV), but this time the perceived normality of content delivery, specifically that it’s based on the sale of discs, has gifted Valve, and the apparently infinitely ambitious Gabe Newell, an access point. Steam is about downloading. It’s amazingly popular. Its approach is about to be taken across every screen in the home. Bigfoot will challenge the perception that the video games industry must sell itself on Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo’s premium disc model for another generation. Given Steam’s dizzying success and the explosion in subs-based music and video streaming, we already know that, for many, discs have been dead for years.

Then there’s the Steam library, an Alexandrian effort in comparison to XBLM and PSN. Thousands of games for less than $10. More than 50 publisher catalogues. Seasonal sales which bring “PC” versions down to single-digit euro levels. The impact on traditional retail and current supply chains could, in theory, be seismic. Valve’s already said it’ll sell Bigfoot to consumers itself. It doesn’t need shops. And if you have a fast internet connection, neither do you. Newell’s announcement today means that unless you want to play certain exclusives, PlayStation or Xbox may be about to become unnecessary.

The main unanswered questions regarding Bigfoot are related to date, power and price. If Valve can keep Bigfoot’s cost down to a sensible level, it probably won’t be able to make units fast enough, but there’s a chance it’ll be expensive. Also, we don’t know the spec. We all know how much users, especially console users, obsess about grunt. Lastly, we could be looking at something that won’t arrive for years, in which case the next traditional generation will have time to properly settle before Valve takes its shot. Newell’s already said there are no plans for a 2013 reveal.

Regardless, where some of the core audience was gearing up to buy into 720 or PS4 yesterday, today it’ll be waiting for Bigfoot. This is real: Valve is to launch a living room video games machine.

The joke surrounding Steambox has always been that of Half-Life 3 launching as a system exclusive and just how funny it’d be in terms of hardware sales. And here we are. Who’s laughing now? Bet your ass it isn’t Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo.

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89 Comments

  1. FabioPal

    Guys… it’s not a “console”, it’s just a pc sold in a shiny box with the Steam logo on it. The simple fact that you “can install Windows” on it says it all.

    And then don’t forget that the vast majority of the titles on Steam are for Windows, so the VAST majority of titles won’t be available “out of the box”.

    Don’t over-react on nothing ;)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. BULArmy

    Steambox is without a doubt a double – edged sword. A lot of PC gamers are PC gamers, because of the freedom that the PC provides. I am in that group. I don’t want one company to tell me wht is good for my gaming life.

    The expected price is also abysmal. I use a motherboard and processor from 2006 and still play almost all the games I want. I will upgrade soon, but paying $1000 for something that plays only games, no. And I think a lot of gamers have that mentality.

    HL3 as a Steambox exclusive will create a massive shitstorm towards Valve which can damage them very badly.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. pleasant_cabbage

    Yeah, I’m not enirely sure where this fits in with a market.

    It won’t have the sony, microsoft and nintendo titles that many console fans like and would miss, and it might not be that attractive to the pc gamer either.

    Of course it dosen’t have to be an either/or thing for console owners (and more affluent console owners without a pc might find it attractive) but I doubt many already high-end PC gamers would add it to their collection if it’s pretty expensive. Cost is going to be a bigee.

    Outlook: hard to say…

    *gets splinters from sitting on fence*

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    @1 – Consoles are PCs in boxes. That’s all they are.

    @2 – The price is a big point, yeah. But I think a standard PC spec that everyone, including Valve, can work towards could have a huge impact. A know a lot of people who are put off PC gaming because all they basically want to do is buy a box, plug it in and off they go. This’ll fix it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. naffgeek

    @2 Agree entirely.

    I think they have misjudged the market personally. I have a pc for work/play/admin and this box would do nothing for me to be honest.

    I am not a hardcore pc gamer as I have an xbox/ps3 too but am finding myself playing more and more games on my pc, however I would never consider paying $1000 or any where near for a restricted pc with no blu-ray (my internet is no-where near capable of streaming) and taking a mouse/keyboard put the the equation for fps’s.

    And using HL3 as a big carrot will piss off a whole legion of loyal fans.

    Much more interested in Project Shield. If that isn’t stupid money then I’ll be having one.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @2 It wouldn’t damage them. HL3 as a Steam Box exclusive makes perfect, logical sense. It would, as Pat says, change everything.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    If its just like MS launch, then valve needs to shut the pipes soon. It took MS years to launch and billions of cash in losses, something valve cant afford.
    I think valve would do a smaller release at first to gauge interest. Then if that blows out, it will go for the full market.
    And people were saying console biz is dying and that someone will leave the market. Weird.
    Pricing and specs will be the real maker/breaker. Although physical sales still far surpasses digital, specially in consoles.
    If this reduces psn and xbl prices, then awesome.

    “Valve’s already said it’ll sell Bigfoot to consumers itself. It doesn’t need shops. ”
    Its a good strategy early on. But to gain bigger market, they need to sell it in stores. Question is, why would gamestop sell this? Thats why ms and sony and ninty keep retailers happy.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Belmont

    Aren’t you missing something Pat? If Valve can reach a deal with publisher x to sell a game 70% off, then why Sony and Micro or Ninty can’t ? Another thing is that you say we won’t need a PS Orbis unless we want to play exclusives. Lets thing in reverse. I want a console so I get a PS4 or a X720 and I get all those games that are available on PC(Steambox) and many great exclusives. Why should I buy Steambox ?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Atmey

    @4 Consoles are PCs in boxes. That’s all they are.”
    No they are not, consoles are computers with exact specs and exact OS so games run on all hardware exactly the same, the fact that the steambox using a windows does make it a PC rather than a console, windows is owned by micrsoft which also ownes xbox, I doubt they will agree to make an OS version specific for the steam box. If they wanted to be a console they should’ve build their own OS, or could use a their version of a linux build along with the expected linux steam.

    Steambox is just a branded PC (Alienware, Razor).

    #9 2 years ago
  10. MrXBob

    I’m having a hard time taking this article seriously. Is this a new parody writer?

    I mean honestly. Seriously. Without a doubt. This changes *nothing*. It is no more than a PC. Which we already have. Which we can already plug into our TVs and play with controllers.

    Yes, Steam fans are getting all giddy because they don’t quite understand what it actually is yet. They believe, somehow, that Valve are going to create a super-powerful PC for the price of a standard home console. Not going to happen. Seriously. Simply. Will. Not. Happen. Just can’t be done.

    Not to mention, the games will simply be PC games. Meaning the gaming landscape will not change at all. What this boils down to is basically another way to play PC games.

    It’s like saying Alienware “changed everything”. It didn’t. Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo… they have nothing to worry about, like this article heavily suggests they should.

    And don’t even get me started on how many times you’ll have to re-buy the next model to try and keep up with PC hardware. Meaning the market will be just as fragmented and unpredictable as PC gaming is in general. Developers already know that they won’t be able to guarantee their games will run on whichever “Steam box” you have. And so PC gaming will continue to get less support than consoles do.

    I mean… wow. I got a few laughs here today!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. pleasant_cabbage

    @6 (I guess!)
    Really think Valve would limit the sale of HL3 to this new box?
    Are you thinking timed exclusive or ‘only for steambox’?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Old MacDonald

    1: You could install Linux on the PS3.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    Like Pat said, consoles are PCs in boxes.

    The important mechanism here is the defined limits of a standard chipset. Rather than limit, the ability now to optimise properly means this machine should be able to produce graphics exponentially better than better-specced (on paper) gaming PCs. Optimisation is everything, it’s what PC games have never done well, could never do well due to nebulous hardware distribution among end users.

    This will change all that. PC gamers rejoice.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. FabioPal

    @4 No Pat, just no, consoles are dedicated, closed, frozen for years hardware.

    Their strength is in their “closeness”. As soon as you allow modifications to the hardware/software (read: you can install Windows on it) of a “console” it has lost its “console” status and it’s just, again, a PC.

    @12 yes, but you were not able to play any PS3 games on the Linux version of the PS3, weren’t you?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Patrick Garratt

    @8 – That’s true, yep. What I’m saying is that there’s a massive gap in the market Valve can plug with this. And I do believe it could completely change the way the market sells games, as it’ll put a huge amount of pressure on retailers.

    Sony, MS and Nintendo can’t do the same because they have very strong links with retailers in terms of pricing. They can only drop prices in line with shops. If they didn’t, shops would go bust. This is why games on XBLM, etc, are usually very expensive compared to those in, say, GAME. If Microsoft kept selling stock into GAME then slashing the price for digital distribution, GAME simply wouldn’t take the stock as gamers would start buying their games through XBLM. MS’s model is based on discs – and it needs GAME to sell discs – so it can’t do it.

    Steam doesn’t have these worries with a lot of its games, hence the amazing sales. The premium, disc-based stuff is still expensive on Steam, but a huge part of the Steam library is digital-only. And you can’t get it on Xbox and PlayStation.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Patrick Garratt

    @14 – Surely the point of this is that Valve’s standardising a PC chip-set?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Belmont

    #12
    No more . and it was never supported by Sony.

    In the end I agree with many comments here. It is another way of PC gaming.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. friendlydave

    Isn’t this just basically a pre-made PC that Valve are selling? like the thousands you can already buy from other companies. Or am I completely missing something here?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Belmont

    #15
    Now I get your point but with majority of purchases by gamers made of those premium disc-based stuff. How important is that? I mean for the console crowd it is more about COD than about indie titles and those PC and digital only things. Even if the console crowd demands too hard for those indie titles The big three can probably find a way to get them on their platform at roughly the same price.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. FabioPal

    @16 Why should they? Their strength is in openness, they’ve got a lot of indie games because you can make an indie game on any hardware not buying a kit/license and not going through the pain in the ass that is passing the hardware/compatibility tests that MS/Sony/Nintendo require because of the closed nature of their environment and to ensure a slick experience to the users.

    And then if I want a “closed” piece of hardware, why should I buy an expensive small box? Because it will be expensive, I’m ready to bet whatever you want on the price tag. They don’t have the strength and sheer money power that the other console manufacturers have. They should produce a HUGE amount of hardware, VERY closed, for YEARS to contain the costs. Just to see the majority of their catalogue jumping out of the box because it has Linux on it.

    I’m just skeptic, but maybe you’re right ;)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. pleasant_cabbage

    @18 and a new controller… I too seem to be missing something.
    *rummages*

    #21 2 years ago
  22. viralshag

    Why would this “change everything”? Like the other Valve backed hardware, why would any PC gamer buy this? And what’s been stopping console gamers from jumping on the PC wagon so far? A lot of PC gamers are also console gamers, so again, why would I essentially buy two machines to play the same library and what will I do with my already decent rig?

    I like variation, which is why I have a PC AND a console from Sony/MS. Unless all the games released on Bigfoot come with pad support, why would a console gamer get this over a regular PC?

    I’m not so sure this will be as revolutionary as some think. I really don’t see the big deal unless it’s hands down better on power and price.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dragon246

    @22
    +1

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    Can’t wait for this thing.

    I like how people say that this is a PC, but so far there are NO information about that console and YOU COULD INSTALL LINUX (and you still can with a dongle) on your PS3 which makes some idiots statements about “Duuuh you can install Windows on it so it’s not a console” invalid!

    Also, just for fun fact, XBOX 360 OS is based on Windows 2000 so please, just shut up.

    your consoles are essentially PC’s. In fact, they are shitty PC’s with horrible hardware inside it with horrible OS’s that is based on some other OS.

    Yeah, let Valve destroy Sony and MS. Do it Valve with Half-Life 3 exclusivity and you won the race pretty much.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Belmont

    @24
    Sony may have some struggles but I don’t think it can be killed just like that. and in case of Valve conquering Micro and Ninty, you can keep looking forward to it…

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Patrick Garratt

    @22 – It’s a standard chipset and it puts your Steam account on the TV. Unless you have a TV PC right now, you’re playing Far Cry 3 on Steam at your desk, and unless you buy it on 360 or PS3 you can’t continue on your TV in the evening, say. Bigfoot means you play Far Cry 3 at your desk, go and have some dinner, plop yourself down in front of the TV and carry on with a controller from your Steam Cloud save.

    I’m pretty sure every major PC release – to which it’s applicable – will come with pad support from now on as a result of this.

    As to what’s stopping console gamers running to PC, I think a main reason is the hobby aspect, as I said up there. A lot of people just want to plug in and play, and not have to worry about spec. That’s why they stick to consoles. Bigfoot will fix that for Steam.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Erthazus

    Valve just need to announce Half-Life 3 for that thing, new L4D. DOTA 2 too (which console runs DOTA games that has millions of users?)
    They can pretty much own next generation.

    With open hardware Valve can easily announce that Guild Wars 2 is coming to that box.

    Valve is going to be crazy.

    P.S. Big Picture is already a much more intuitive console interface then on PSN or XBL.

    Basically what needs right now:

    1) Exclusive games
    2) Decent Launch lineup (No problem. STEAM has a lot of games)
    3) Decent Next Gen Hardware
    4) Half-Life 3 ! ! !

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Patrick Garratt

    Like, assuming the price is sensible, I’ll probably buy it day one. All my Steam games on my TV? Yes please.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. freedoms_stain

    It’s interesting that considering we’re talking about a device that won’t even be announced in 2013 that so much of the speculation is negative.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Erthazus

    @28, If all my games from Steam will be on the TV that will be gorgeous.

    And impossible at the same time because it sounds too good to be true.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Gadzooks!

    I can’t see the steambox ‘changing everything’. To be honest I can’t see it changing ANYTHING.

    People will still have their established favourite franchises, online communities, back catalog and platform preferences. Digital distribution is already moving forward, and PC gaming is already available. What exactly will the Steambox bring to the party that isn’t already there?

    A fixed-spec PC with ‘Valve’ stamped on it isn’t going to revolutionise anything. It’s good to have another competitor in the field, but that’s all it will be.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Gekidami

    “Sony, MS and Nintendo can’t do the same because they have very strong links with retailers in terms of pricing. They can only drop prices in line with shops. If they didn’t, shops would go bust.”
    Oh, so in a nutshell, what you’re saying is that buying Valve puts people out of their jobs. Okay then.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. viralshag

    @26, Or you could just buy a HDMI cable… I only ever play Farcry 3 on my TV.

    I certainly don’t need to buy a new machine to play PC games on my TV. That was the whole point of big picture mode.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. friendlydave

    @27(which console runs DOTA games that has millions of users?)

    There’s a reason for that, you need a mouse and keyboard for MOBA games for the precision. which I would rather sit at a desk then on my sofa with a tray to rest them on. Unless this bio-controller can somehow provide that.

    Edit* “I certainly don’t need to buy a new machine to play PC games on my TV. That was the whole point of big picture mode.”

    This.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Erthazus

    @34, Exactly, but who said that you can’t connect your mouse and keyboard via USB in that thing?
    That is a possibility because Valve wants to make a very open platform. (Valve said that you can install Windows on that thing. Woohoo)

    You can play dust 514 on the PS3 (in the future) with mouse and keyboard. for example

    #35 2 years ago
  36. stevenhiggster

    I would have to disagree with you Pat, this won’t really change anything. All it is is a locked down PC which kind of takes the whole point of PC gaming away. Why would I buy this when I already have a good PC which is upgradeable when I deem it necessary.
    For my console fix I’ll stick with Sony as they have the exclusives I’m intersted in, for my PC gaming and Steam usage, I’ll stick with my PC, which btw is already connected to my TV and has a controller! Fancy that, I already have a Steambox!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. friendlydave

    @35 Did you read the rest of my post? I didn’t say you can’t I said why would I sit on my sofa, put some flat surface over my legs to use the mouse and keyboard when I can just sit at my desk. I understand with games that use controllers, sofa can be more comfortable, but for using mouse and keyboard I see no point.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Gekidami

    Is the “It’s amazingly popular.” bit a joke? A free to register service open since 2003 on a platform billions of people own (for various reasons) has less registered users than the PS3 out since 2006 that costs money has brand new unit sales (second hand not taken into account). Quite frankly, thats a fail, a massive, oh so massive fail.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. viralshag

    @38, True. And just because a lot of people use it doesn’t always mean they like/love it. You would be stupid to not shop digitally through Steam.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Gekidami

    ^ Indeed, i have a Steam account, and i never use it. Not only is the figure low for what it is, but its about as reliable as PSN account numbers.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Erthazus

    “why would I sit on my sofa, put some flat surface over my legs to use the mouse and keyboard”

    Why would you do that at all? I know a lot of people who play consoles using PC Monitors. Yeah, really. There are a lot of people like that. Shock! Right?

    #41 2 years ago
  42. friendlydave

    @41 wait what? I don’t think you understand what I’m saying.

    “Why would you do that at all? I know a lot of people who play consoles using PC Monitors. Yeah, really. There are a lot of people like that. Shock! Right?”

    What is this? Has nothing to do with what I said.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Clupula

    This will change nothing. If anything, I’m getting a very big 3DO vibe from it.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. FabioPal

    @24 Read through my previous posts before shouting “idiot” at people.

    If you don’t want to accept that the strength of consoles is in their closeness than there’s no space to discussion.

    And, again, saying the a “console is essentially a PC” is, again, just wrong.

    Is any of the console based on an x86/x64 architecture? I tell you: no.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Gadzooks!

    #44

    Both Sony and MS new consoles are x86/x64 using close-to-standard AMD CPUs.

    PC and console architecture is converging, which from a development point of view makes perfect sense.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Erthazus

    “If you don’t want to accept that the strength of consoles is in their closeness than there’s no space to discussion.”

    Who said that Steambox big Picture mode will not be closed? Who said that?
    You are probably a forecaster and you know what will be inside Steambox too?

    yes, you are an idiot.

    “Is any of the console based on an x86/x64 architecture? I tell you: no.”

    What has hardware architecture have to do with “personal computer”?
    What you described is a hardware and again you are wrong here. Future XBOX and PS4 will use AMD CPU’s that are based on X86/X64 architecture.

    Fail!

    “And, again, saying the a “console is essentially a PC” is, again, just wrong.”

    Explain or just go away.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Madlink

    I think all of the answers to the questions we have are too far off to say anything definitive, especially ‘This changes everything’.

    I think the idea of a spec for PC developers to work toward for future titles is great, but my only concern would be what that might mean for the back catalogue available on Steam. No developer / publisher is going to back to optimise for this machine. Providing that the spec of this ‘Steam-Box’ is high enough it might not be an issue, but if it’s not, then there’d be plenty of titles that would perform poorly, the kind of titles you currently need a £700 + rig to play decently.

    Yeah, I think you can definitely put me in the ‘How is this different to my PC, an Xbox Controller and a HDMI cable?’ camp right now. And until we get more details, that’s where I’m staying.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. mkotechno

    Half Life 3 will be not a “SteamBox” exclusive, I’m pretty sure will be a “SteamOS” exclusive, so you could play in every PC with a Steam partition, obviously this OS should be free to download.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. deathm00n

    @44 Just stop it right there, you are entering into the mad world of Erthazus, where he is the overlord of crazy arguments about how the PC will rule the world and all the consoles shall burn in the fires of hell!

    And I agree with the majority of this comments, this changes nothing. And I’m saying this being the owner of a gaming pc for many years, now I’m just tired of having to worry about specs and everything and I’m pretty happy with my PS3, I leave it just to play some indie games I brought from steam. I’m not willing to pay this amount of money to have indie games on my TV

    #49 2 years ago
  50. YoungZer0

    So that’s it then? Just a PC in the Box? Since i already have a PC, i don’t think i’m interested and i really, really couldn’t care less about Half-Life 3. I don’t think i ever completed Half-Life 2.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Kalain

    It may not be a game changer in a physical, hardware sense, but more in way of how they look at content delivery to their user base. The 3 Manufacturers are still heavily reliant on physical stores to push their software sales, and with several of these companies closing down stores across the country they will need to have another way to deliver their games to the players.

    This will require a new train of thought for the major console companies as Valve have such a head start on them. Yes, Steam may not be perfect but it’s a hell of a lot better than what the console manufacturers have now.

    Just the statement of a Steambox coming will have sent ripples through the industry, just not part of the industry that we all see…

    #51 2 years ago
  52. FabioPal

    @49 yeah, you’re right. Sorry guys for feeding the troll, it won’t happen any more, I swear! :)

    #52 2 years ago
  53. YoungZer0

    @52: Troll he? I guess that’s what happens if you call Half-Life 1 and 2 incredibly BORING!

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Eddie Rodrigues

    @49 Erthazus hates gaming, our dear FabioPal at least takes the hand of console gaming, which pretty much gave birth to the gaming industry, just my opinion though.

    Nevertheless I’d buy a Steambox IF I didn’t had plans of getting a PC aimed for gaming, which sounds cheaper and more profitable since I can customize it the way my gaming needs want. But anyone be free to state a reason to get it even this way, I’d like to bring my console friends to the joy Steam is, but I can’t find a better argument than ‘DISCOUNTS!’ and somehow that isn’t enough for most gamers

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Gadzooks!

    #51

    At least half the games I buy on 360 are digital download. At least half of those are in sales.

    Some of the platforms highest selling, most critically acclaimed games are download-only (Trials and Minecraft having several million units sold each for example)

    So apart from pricing, something that can be adjusted pretty easily with a few publisher deals, digital distribution is here and working just fine.

    So for consoles there are no ‘ripples through the industry’, no major re-think of the platforms and services, just a continuation toward a download-only future that has been growing for the last 7 years.

    #55 2 years ago
  56. OlderGamer

    Why do people assume HL3 won’t be playable on PC as well as Bigfoot? It might work on both using the same exact code. Or with very little work from valve.

    The concern i have here is that if you essentialy stop PC game tech from progressing because of Bigfoot that could be bad. In other words three years after it comes out no one will want to push the envolope beacuse the Bigfoot won’t be able to run it. Or will it be upgradable?

    In a sense we already have that problem, consoles have been holding PC back for years now. BigFoot may add to that.

    But I know consoles needed a rethink. Maybe Valve can breath new life into things.

    I am thinking at this point that there might be so many devices next gen that no one enitity will gather one large piece of the marketshare.

    I can tell you one thing, I was not all that excited about next gen. I have my WiiU and my PC. I was happy with that. I will take a wait and see approach to what MS/Sony do. But in the end, if I decide to buy a console…I will also be looking pretty hard at Bigfoot/littlefoot.

    Also amazing to see all of the console fanboys sniffing the wind, it just doesn’t smell right to you guys does it?

    #56 2 years ago
  57. Kalain

    @55

    And what about your ‘Triple A’ games? How are those digital downloads going for you? Consoles are still based on Physical disk sales. The transition to digital only will need a much better rethink than what they’ve got now.

    Are you in the upper echelons of the industry to know what effect an announcement like this will have? Like me, you aren’t, so we don’t know what is happening in the management of MS/Sony/Publishers etc etc, as I stated at the end of the sentence.

    Anything that effects the console-ecosphere will have management types talking about how to counter it or improve what they have. Publishers rushed to get mobile games out when Apple allowed games to be available via iTunes app store. This cause companies to quickly get mobile divisions up and running to tap that new group of players.

    When the largest player in the DD market announces that it’s going to be bringing out a Console like device, then you can guarantee that it will get a lot of people in a lot of companies, talking about it and the ramifications of what it could do to them as a business.

    #57 2 years ago
  58. DSB

    I was pretty shocked to get back on the 360 and see just how crappy the digital offerings were. They’re stuck in a time pocket.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. Gadzooks!

    I sniff the wind and find it stinks of ‘the sky is falling’ bullshit OG.

    Fact: The sky is not falling.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. OlderGamer

    “And what about your ‘Triple A’ games? How are those digital downloads going for you?”

    You might be amazed to learn how many gamers pay XBLA, PSN, or other such byte sized offering over the big box games these days. I buy only a very small handfull of trip a games in a year anymore. They are too much the same, overexposed, and lack frshness. Not to mention they are over priced and DLC fueled, in many cases.

    #60 2 years ago
  61. OlderGamer

    lol sorry Gad, the sky is not falling. Never said it was. But there is a new way of doing biz coming down the road. That could make winners out of some, lossers out of others. For example smaller studios that can compete on Steams indies scenes could be big winners, retail chains could be big lossers. And fanboys that like to debate about which nearly indetical system is better then the other, are taking notice.

    No matter what happens, it is change. And I think change is long long overdue.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. M. K.

    Finally, the first step for valve to be doomed. NICE! :D

    #62 2 years ago
  63. Gadzooks!

    #57

    As I said, the only thing required for consoles to decouple from retail is a pricing adjustment.

    Tell me what else you consider needing a ‘major rethink’ apart from pricing.

    The infrastructure is there. Things like 5 million Minecraft XBLA sales and the popularity of PSN+ says the public accepts console DD in a big way already.

    All Triple-A makes it to console DD stores already, it just needs to get there faster than it currently does.

    But this has been slowly happening for ages. It’s not radical, not a rethink, not a crisis, just a continuation of a trend.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. FabioPal

    That’s the point OG. I really don’t think that it’s a change at all.

    UNLESS they’re actually making a console, which means that you can have exclusives, that the games are not compatible with the PC version etc. But, again, I don’t think they have the raw power/money to enter the console market.

    Oh, for the records, I’m an eager pc gamer and I love Steam for what it offers.

    #64 2 years ago
  65. Telepathic.Geometry

    I think that the people who don’t get how this could change everything are full on PC gamers, who don’t know how many of the filthy console gaming masses want to get into PC gaming, but are turned off by the extremely high psychological barrier to entry.

    Whether it’s real or not, a lot of consumers think of PC gaming and think of an expensive rig that needs to be replaced/upgraded every year or two, high maintenance as regards patches and drivers, the low but significant chance that your game just won’t run correctly (or at all), and cables all over the shop…

    You give me an affordable, presentable PC which I can use to play on my monitor AND my telly, and you stick a “Valve approved” sticker on the side of it so that I know that every Steam title will run on it, and I and SOOOO fucking on board it’s scary…

    Now, can they manage that? I dunno, but if they can, and realistically it seems likely that they can at least get very close to that ideal, Sony, MS and Ninty are in even more trouble than they and the industry at large is already in.

    #65 2 years ago
  66. stretch215

    Still not interested. At all. I also can’t believe people are still waiting for hl3. I’m more pumped for gta V.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. OlderGamer

    Fabio I think Bigfoot will have a mega ton of exclusives. But they may not be trip a games. Look at all of the exclsuives PC has. Indiewise.

    Plus, lets say Bigfoot can run Guild Wars or Rift or EQIII. What if Blizzard get on board and for 350usd you can play StarCraftII, Diablo III, and Wow.

    Right now we know very little. Best to sit tight and wait and see what happens. But I think just about anyone with a level head could look at this and think it could be huge.

    People talk about Vavle entering the console market. but I see it as more of the merging of traditional consoles with modern day PCs. I am not a PC techie. But I game on Steam. Almost everything is plug and play, very rarely do I have a problem. And with the community forums there I can fix the problem with user given step by step instructions. Modern day PCs are what they used to be in the mid 90s.

    Consoles and PCs have been on a collision path scince day one.

    That is all Bigfoot is really going to end up being a more console like PC or if you like a PClike console. Look at the services the xb360 already offers. They are trying to do a lot more then just games. I bet they continue down that road with xbnxt. Consoles in effect are morphing into locked down PCs.

    It amazes me that so many people get up in arms over this at all. I guess people just don’t like change.

    For long time PC gamers I don’t think this represents a major impact. But for long time console gamers…it could be huge.

    I can’t wait for it. I am so tired of traditional consoles. That is why I play PC to begin with.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. Eddie Rodrigues

    @65 they would still be playing on a console though… AND you won’t be able to mod games

    #68 2 years ago
  69. OlderGamer

    @Eddie how do you know it support mods? It might.

    #69 2 years ago
  70. Gadzooks!

    #OG

    “I am so tired of traditional consoles”

    But not the WiiU, right? Cos that isnt a traditional console and you haven’t been raving about it since you got it, right?

    I have popcorn and a LOLshield ready. Take all the time you need….

    ;)

    #70 2 years ago
  71. friendlydave

    @OG “Plus, lets say Bigfoot can run Guild Wars or Rift or EQIII. What if Blizzard get on board and for 350usd you can play StarCraftII, Diablo III, and Wow.”

    My only problem here is I would still want to use a keyboard and mouse for these games, and sitting on my sofa with them is not comfortable.

    There are some MMO’s I could sit on a sofa with a controller but not many.

    Same with FPS games.

    #71 2 years ago
  72. stretch215

    This thing won’t even be announced this year, and probably won’t go on sale until late ’14 early ’15 at the earliest. I don’t think that Sony/ ms have too much to worry about as their consoles will already be out. Valve is not a household name like the big 3 are, and I don’t see many console/pc gamers jumping ship to a “consolized” pc. Of course there are people that will, I just think they are in the minority. This “console” has as much potential to do well as it does to completely flop.

    #72 2 years ago
  73. stretch215

    @70 he’s under the influence of “nintendo magic”, and maybe a good dose of senility ;)

    #73 2 years ago
  74. bitsnark

    “I have popcorn and a LOLshield ready.”

    Oh man! :D

    #74 2 years ago
  75. OlderGamer

    The WiiU GamePad adds to the game experience. So at least that is something. Still tho, I game on PC more then anything else. I have never denied that.

    Also why assume that Bigfoot won’t also use kb/mouse?

    #75 2 years ago
  76. viralshag

    I also don’t get some of the PC gamers here who have been known to knock consoles for thier “shitty sub par graphics” but seem ready and willing to accept this, when this hardware will face the exact same problems.

    Will the hardware in Bigfoot not age just like any other console and be out dated by the progression of PC graphics cards?

    #76 2 years ago
  77. Dragon246

    @70
    I can pre-order the LOLshield? :D
    Consoles really are fine the way they are right now. Only digital prices need to be addressed, and they will be in due course.
    And what #63 said.

    @OG
    “Fabio I think Bigfoot will have a mega ton of exclusives”
    Yeah right. And they will support a steambox instead of millions that have PC?
    PC gaming is not steam, its much bigger than that.
    I like how console fanboys doesn’t include wiiu lovers. Keep going mate!

    #77 2 years ago
  78. DSB

    @76 Why is the argument always horsepower though? I always thought that was the most braindead thing you could use to divert a discusson from the actual experience of using a device.

    The experience is what matters to me. I’m not looking for gauges to max themselves out, I’m looking for something that does a lot of cool stuff, in a way that’s convenient, and that I enjoy using.

    Maybe I’m the atypical PC gamer, but fuck horsepower. That’s really always been little more than icing on the cake. I’m encouraged by the fact that Newell isn’t actually talking about that, and instead focusing on systems and real performance, like improving the controllers, instead of just putting more raindrops on Batman.

    That being said, it’s not like we’re in position to answer any of the big questions right now. My interest is piqued though.

    #78 2 years ago
  79. themadjock

    I foresee this magical open valve steambox console being hacked to pieces. Do Valve think by offering an open platform that hackers will not try to get free games and steal source code just because they can?

    #79 2 years ago
  80. polygem

    ”You give me an affordable, presentable PC which I can use to play on my monitor AND my telly, and you stick a “Valve approved” sticker on the side of it so that I know that every Steam title will run on it, and I and SOOOO fucking on board it’s scary…”

    ^^THIS^^. huge market.

    i really can see ms and valve getting along somehow, sharing pc knowlege/history, being both us companies, dealing out things, games for windows, sharing market. will it really run linux? sony will be shot in the head as a console hardware manufacturer at some point, continuing to produce great games, nintendo might survive. they have a different busines modell. a good one. could be enough.

    i wasn’t that excited about the nextgen but this really does change everything, it’s a bomb…i am excited now, that’s for sure, thx valve and good luck. good chance you’ll get my cash.

    #80 2 years ago
  81. theevilaires

    No God of War….No Uncharted series….No Gran Turismo games….WTF is it changing? Its just going to confuse more consumers out there with already established brands like PlayStation and Nintendo. I think they’ll have better luck if they call the machine Sega Dreamcast 2. Half-Life ranks nowhere near my top 10 fav games of all time so I can care less about HL3 unlike some of you. Even if Valve launched this box at $199 I still wouldn’t pick it up before I invested into the other 3 major players.

    I’m sure Valve will do a hell of a lot better than the phantom did but main stream take over I highly doubt.

    #81 2 years ago
  82. Eddie Rodrigues

    @69 Only if we use an external HD on it, unless the Linux system they add to it allows us to download and manage them.

    @81 They must bring us new IPs though.

    #82 2 years ago
  83. Kabby

    Xbox 720 is probably taped out at this point in time. PS4 is probably more or less done, too. You’re looking at an AMD 7000 series GPU/APU in both. Best case.

    Valve just needs to wait for definite specs to show up and gazump them in the hardware stakes. Think less about it being the Xi3 ‘mini PC’ but more of an open ‘Xbox 800′.

    It’s far more exciting this way. Nobody wants a cheap ass PC sat in the living room.

    #83 2 years ago
  84. DSB

    @82 Newell was pretty clear in saying that you could. They haven’t talked about any restrictions, other than the fact that they prefer to have none.

    “[it’ll] be a Linux box, [and] if you want to install Windows you can. We’re not going to make it hard.”

    Obviously it’s going to come with some form of app to make Steam ready and easy for anyone who buys the box, but it sounds to me like you can do whatever you want with it beyond that.

    It’s not a closed console. I reckon choosing Linux has more to do with keeping costs down, and of course deferring that potential expense to you.

    #84 2 years ago
  85. Eddie Rodrigues

    @84 I’ll check this out but if that is so you clearly changed my view on this console, so thank you. As for now I still won’t be planning on getting one for price matters, unless Valve manages to make it cheaper here in Brazil (that is $999 dollars converted into reais and not $999 dollars converted into reais then added 200% in taxes)

    #85 2 years ago
  86. DSB

    Here’s the full interview, well worth a look:

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/8/3852144/gabe-newell-interview-steam-box-future-of-gaming

    #86 2 years ago
  87. Phoenixblight

    I honestly don’t think this Steambox will be a traditional console. I just think it will be for those that just don’t want to have a PC they have to manage and worry about upgrading. Just don’t see Valve pulling a MS and shunning an entire market they have built just to get a swing at console market especially since consoles are being predicted to be on its last gen. What we understand as consoles now will eventually become a service that the big 3 will provide to consumers.

    #87 2 years ago
  88. Eddie Rodrigues

    @86 This article was more complete than I’d thought, clearly changed a lot my view, although the price still quite… horrifying

    #88 2 years ago
  89. Kalain

    @Gad

    You’re right on on how quickly can they get a game to Digital from retail, but also how will a new player effect them. Look at Sony. They didn’t discuss the effect MS had with the first Xbox, they were expecting the PS3 to sell just as well as the PS2 in their short sighted arrogance and look what happened when the 360 was released a full year ahead of them?

    In an industry which is so competitive, any hint of a new console from any major players, will get people asking what will it be capable of, what features might it have that they don’t. With a Steambox, they’ll more than likely go look at steam and examine it at lot more thoroughly and keep an eye on it’s development a lot more. Knowing what your competition is doing helps you keep a step ahead or on a level field at least.

    If companies are not talking about it, then they haven’t learned from Sony’s mistake.

    @86
    Good article, gives a much bigger insight into what Gabe wants from the Steambox.

    #89 2 years ago

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    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]