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Dead Space 3 PC to be a no-frills port

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 03:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dead Space 3′s PC version won’t be bursting with the additional features so beloved of the Master Race.

Visceral Games told games.on.net to expect a straight port, with just a few custom graphics options.

The port will not support DirectX 11, and will not be accompanied by optional high-resolution textures.

There won’t be any graphical enhancements over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, either, but as both are quite gorgeous to look at that’s not so hard to take.

Dead Space 3 launches on all three platforms in early February. If you pick it up on the same system you played Mass Effect 3 on, you can unlock N7 armour for Isaac and Carver.

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33 Comments

  1. nani17

    Well I know it wot hurt there pocket but I see no reason why I should buy this game day one. Maybe when it’s cheap I might pick it up on pc or on a console.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. maximuslupus

    This, ladies and gentlemen. This is why we can’t have nice things. We’re getting held back by 7+ year old consoles and micro-transactions. This is why I want this year’s E3, Gamescom, TGS, PAX, whatever, to reveal a new generation of consoles, with specs that can at least compete with a high-end computer.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. roadkill

    “as both are quite gorgeous to look at” Yeah right! Lol! Well then, if I ever decide to play this crap I’ll definitely play a cracked version.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. onetwo27

    Oh my …. you lost one pre order. The game looked horrible on the xbox

    #4 2 years ago
  5. xxJPRACERxx

    Well, at least we’ll still be able to play it in 1080p @ 60 fps with good AA and AF.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Vice

    Alright. I getcha. And I will answer by pirating it. Have a nice day.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    As long as it runs good and the controls are well implemented, i don’t see any reason to excuse pirating it. Entitled brats.

    It still has Microtransaction though.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Samoan Spider

    There are a few things coming out this year that I have waited a while to throw my wallet at. But this purchase will happen later when its gone down.

    @7 You’re dead on the money with ‘entitled brats’. Pirating is inexcusable and THAT is why we can’t have nice things. This attitude needs to change.

    Don’t like it, dont play it.
    Don’t want to pay full retail, then play it in 6 months time at 1/2 price.
    Pirate it and this shite will continue and get worse because they wont invest time to not earn money.

    Edit: Just to say the game does ‘look’ good, but that’s subjective and maybe people won’t agree, but it doesn’t look horrible. And besides, why are we still on the whole ‘i wantz moar texturez and stuffs 4 da game else dey is shit!’ when gameplay is suffering as a result in many cases.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. loki

    Dead Space’s PC port sale failed
    Dead Space 2′s PC port sale total failed
    Dead space 3э PC port failure is inevitable.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    Why is anybody surprised? Visceral have been lazy cunts at PC versions since the start of the Dead Space series.

    What was their answer to DLC in DS2 on PC? Dump it all into the game whether you want it or not with no way to turn it off, thereby breaking the balance of the game by giving you access to souped up weapons and armour right at the start.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Maximum Payne

    @10 This.
    They didn’t even want DS2 for PC at begging

    #11 2 years ago
  12. TheBlackHole

    There’s no point investing heavily on PC ports, because the ROI just isn’t there.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. hyperbaric

    I didn’t buy the other two Dead Space games because of mouse acceleration. Seems these clowns don’t learn.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Samoan Spider

    @12 This! +1

    Maybe they wont get away with being so bloody lazy on the next gen as they will be using PC hardware and the investment will not be a gamble for them.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. absolutezero

    Remember that EA is one of only two publishers to charge significantly more for PC versions, the other being Activision.

    So asking more for less. Thanks EA!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Fin

    @14

    The hesitancy in porting games to PC isn’t just to do with the difficulty in porting, there’s more than that – in this thread alone, people said they were going to pirate Dead Space 3.
    Not exactly a friendly atmosphere for a developer to come into.

    @8

    +1

    #16 2 years ago
  17. absolutezero

    Look at the difference between the ports of Borderlands 1 and 2. Now look at the sales for the PC.

    It does make a difference. It also leads to far more praise and a customer base thats more inclined to purchase the next release. I thought that would be fairly obvious.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Samoan Spider

    @16 I realise that there are far more problems involved in porting but I can’t think why they still lock the graphical sliders these days when the engines are pre baked with a lot of extra bells and whistles already in them. This is belligerently choosing not to allow them to those with extra horsepower.

    @17 and we need a lot more companies like Gearbox to keep this goodwill alive.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. roadkill

    Fin are you retarded? They are creating this atmosphere. EA is asking us to pirate it.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. havok585

    #8, who the hell u think u are telling others what to buy or what not to buy, what to pirate or what not to pirate? huh?

    Geezes freak, the retard level in these posts, amaze me…

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Fin

    @19
    @20

    You pirate, you’re part of the problem.
    You’re the reason developers don’t put effort into PC ports – “why should we put effort in, people will just pirate it anyway”.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. absolutezero

    Put more effort into a port = Sell more.

    Piracy should never be taken into account because theres not a single way to know if the pirate would have ever bought the game had it not been available for free. Jesus this is elementary stuff here, if you provide a better service more people will be willing to pay for it.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Samoan Spider

    I’m not telling you what to buy or when but I am just saying that you need to expect more of the same if you don’t change. A thought exercise for you: who was in the wrong during the cold war?
    Also an argument is invalid when being a retard is you’re only retort.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Es

    @23
    Piracy aside, you do realise that the same logic applies to the devs as well, don’t you? They keep providing a lousy service, hence, potential customers keep being put off. Whether afterwords they pirate it due to being ‘entitled brats’ or decide to responsibly not pay for it and not play it, is their personal choice. An argument on why piracy is bad could be made if the port in question was excellent and, therefore, customers had nothing to be put off by on the technical side of things, but that’s not the case here. It all comes down to quality of service as #22 pointed out.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Samoan Spider

    No denying that at all. But if pirating is the way of telling these people you don’t like what they are doing then how are things going to change. Devs and pubs are both guilty of alienating the audience though and they need to up their game like some do already. Im no angel but this knee jerk reaction doesn’t help. I like the dead space series and I will play it anyway but if someone does a bean count and decides not to bother with PC next time. We lose out. We know Big Content makes up piracy costs anyway so why give them an excuse to tarnish us further with out spoken viewpoints condoning piracy as a valid response to poor quality.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Es

    Agreed, both sides need to start using some common sense. Fortunately, as you said, there are some companies that do and could lead by example. And I’d like to think those acting like spoiled brats are just a vocal minority that shouldn’t be listened to anyway.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. YoungZer0

    @21: You can use the same argument for console games. That’d a dumb argument and as absolutezero points out, there is no way to know.

    Anyway, i think pirating started to become more frequent when things like GFWL and DRM were introduced.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. deathm00n

    I pirated since I started playing games in the PS1 era (SNES and Atari 2600 I had all original because you know, I think you can’t pirate that). I grew up pirating, and it was fine. But after my first original game in PS3, I said to myself, never again I will pirate, even with shit like that, I will simpy not play it, it’s easy, there’s plenty more games I can spend my money in. So yes, now I despise pirating and I don’t think there’s excuses to do it.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. freedoms_stain

    The logic that a game developer should put minimal effort into PC versions because potential piracy makes it less worthy of effort is astoundingly poor, as is “buy shit ports, that’ll encourage them to do better in the future.”.

    Trust me, if business men think they can take your money while spending less, they will, and gladly.

    EA want £39.99 for Dead Space 3, an admitted low effort port that sells as “limited edition” with a handful of low effort in-game items supposedly as the carrot to justify that price and title.

    Borderlands 2 retailed at launch for £29.99 with an entire character class as a preorder incentive, Gearbox also made a decent (although imperfect) effort at the PC version. Which product sounds more attractive ignoring personal gaming preferences?

    Gabe N famously said that you win pirates with the quality of your service. EA seem to believe the best business model is to squeeze your existing customers instead of trying to win new ones.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DSB

    I like how people default to eating the publishers preferred narrative without bothering to confirm any of it. As their earnings reports clearly show, a PC version tends to earn as much as one on either console, provided it isn’t packaged with obstructive DRM.

    Could it be that some just don’t care about quality, and would rather save a bit of money whereever they can? NO! Surely that’s absurd.

    Anyway…

    The original Dead Space was an abysmal port as well. The main difficulty in the game was the lag caused by the poor optimization.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Vice

    I’m just going to put this example here:
    Batman Arkham City — they bothered to actually include DX11 support, tesselation and high res textures. I’ve bought that and I’m happy with my purchase. That’s how you make PC games. We do NOT yiffin’ buy 1000 eu worth PC’s to have same ugly shit as console gamers. That’s not how things work. I’m by far not a rich man, if given a reason, I’d much rather spend money for something else than a shitty half-arsed port, and it’s very easy to find that reason with many games.

    Also, Crysis-3 is going to use everything possible technology-wise on PC after they went after consoles and disappointed PC gamers with second game. If that doesn’t proves that PC market IS important and console not as much as everyone seems to think, then I don’t know what does.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. roadkill

    @21 F**k off douche-bag! I don’t like playing cracked games. I like to support developers. I have pirated only 2 games in the last 4 years, 1 because it was overpriced and 1 because I simply didn’t and still don’t have enough money to buy it. But I will grab this s**t and distribute it any way I can (I’m not even going to play it really) just because EA is trying to sell me an inferior product.

    edit: @27 Exactly!

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Meta_Dragon

    Wow, how stupid is that? I was going to buy this title too.

    #33 2 years ago

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  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]