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Newell: Steambox racing against Apple, not consoles

Thursday, 31 January 2013 05:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has said Steambox and its brethren will race to beat Apple to the living room, while traditional consoles will be left eating dust.

Newell made the comments in a lecture given to the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs, as reported by Polygon.

“The biggest challenge, I don’t think is from the consoles. I think the biggest challenge is that Apple moves on the living room before the PC industry sort of gets its act together,” he said.

“The threat right now is that Apple has gained a huge amount of market share, and has a relatively obvious pathway towards entering the living room with their platform. I think that there’s a scenario where we see sort of a dumbed down living room platform emerging – I think Apple rolls the console guys really easily.”

To avoid this grimly-painted future of unintelligent AppleBoxes, Newell says Valve has to “make enough progress in the PC space to establish” itself, and “figure out better ways of addressing mobile before Apple takes over the living room”.

Newell expects a larger number of hardware companies to make their own own bids to establish living room boxes within a year.

“There are going to be a huge set of products that say, ‘If you want something that’s incredibly cheap, at a price point well below anything that consoles will be able to reach, you’re going to take advantage of the PC that’s running somewhere in your house,” he said.

“It’s like one of those things where afterwards it will seem like it was very simple, when beforehand, everyone sort of denied that it was possible.”

The Valve co-founder said his company is “happy” to be the one to lead this charge because competitors will be quick to follow, offering consumers plenty of options.

“But they’ll have those characteristics. They’ll say, ‘Well, I could buy a console, which assumes I’ll re-buy all my content, have a completely different video system, and, oh, I have a completely different group of friends, apparently,’” he said.

“‘Or I can just extend everything I love about the PC and the internet into the living room.’”

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40 Comments

  1. Dragon246

    lolwut?
    I don’t know what he is smoking, but valve isnt even near the value of big 3, apple is just on another level. Apple can buy valve lock, stock and barrel just based on its one month profits.
    It seems they have lost focus. I cant understand whether they want steambox or pc to be the future. I am glad that valve is not a one man show, as I dont think Gabe is that much of a visionary and leader.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    I think Apple has just about reached their peak. Sure as of right now they could just about take a crap, shove an Apple logo on it & it’d sell by the millions but I know Google’s Android is posing a real challenge for iOS & I don’t think it’ll be too long before the more mainstream Android devices become as relevant as the iPhone.

    The lounge room is the next logical space to tackle but I know Apple will not work with manufacturers like Sony, Samsung & Panasonic to push either OS X or iOS on there & I doubt that even they could get away with selling a premium priced television just for their OS, not with the rise affordable HTPCs that WILL offer much more value for performance.

    I believe Google MAY eventually have Android on most smart TVs in the near future & if they ever intend on taking on gaming consoles, they REALLY need to get gaming publishers like EA & ActiVision behind them.

    Google also needs to improve the GUI making it simple enough for my grandmother to use while functional enough for a tech savvy guy to enjoy mucking around with- something that in my opinion has made Android phones popular although I still think they really need to improve the simplicity side of the coin. Perhaps make give users a choice when they first boot their device for how simple they want their device.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. polygem

    biz competition is not about winning dragon. that’s just some fan superpower fantasies. it’s about a well placed product that sells well and makes profit. steambox could do that. must not kill, own apple, sony, ms to do that. just look at nintendo;) it’s a competition but it’s not about winning at all. it’s about going there, selling there, staying there, selling more.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Samoan Spider

    @2/3 agreed. They shouldn’t rush this though. IOS or android games have struggled to make use of bigger screens for tablets let alone hands off using controllers. With exceptions like dead trigger so they would need to think hard about content. Steam has the content baked in already so just take your time Gabe and the market will find a space for you.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. loki

    total fail incoming

    #5 2 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    And people are expecting Half-Life 3 from this guy? His mind seems to be somewhere else completely.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Telepathic.Geometry

    @2: I don’t think Apple have peaked yet. They are POTENTIALLY poised to take on the living room and the gaming space, as well as essentially replacing the mobile computing market with tablets…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Telepathic.Geometry

    Dunno why people are so down on Gabe. He’s obviously very intelligent, and has an awful lot of success. Isn’t it possible that he knows what he’s talking about…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Old MacDonald

    ” I think that there’s a scenario where we see sort of a dumbed down living room platform emerging – I think Apple rolls the console guys really easily.””

    Yeah, that’s what I’ve been saying again and again. The only way the next console gen can be a success is if they really step up and offers a huge step forward in computing & graphics power. Because if they are all about the mass market and not the gamers, Apple will move into the exact same niche, and take them down. We all know they’re headed that way.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Da Man

    Racing against Apple with a poor Mac Mini and PC videogames you could play on any other computer.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Old MacDonald

    Lots of people who don’t understand what he’s saying here.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. roadkill

    @11 Lots of people from this community are not too smart. :)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Telepathic.Geometry

    Welcome to the internet, where “I’m not sure if he’ll be able to manage that” becomes “He’s a fucking idiot if he thinks he can pull that off”, despite the fact that [he] = highly intelligent, experienced influential successful businessman, and [I] = some guy on the internet who is none of those things…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Da Man

    Nope, internet is the place where insecure fans automatically assume anyone who think their idol is an idiot must be some guy on the internet who’s none of those things..

    #14 2 years ago
  15. BraveArse

    @13 Nail/Hammer/Onthehead =)

    #15 2 years ago
  16. silkvg247

    I don’t get the negativity at all here.

    Unlike other console launches, a steam box would:

    1, Support thousands of titles at launch, with a huge variety ranging from AAA new titles, to retro, to indie.
    1a, And all of these would already be owned if you have a steam account.

    2, Be higher spec than the next gen console (assumption)

    3, Be up gradable (semi assumption)

    4, Have the support of a decent portion of PC gamers who want a living room system without having to hook up their desktop to the TV, or people who need their PC to serve other functions so can’t just give up their office machine.

    5, Be a viable option for console gamers due to the fact that PC titles typically cost less but look better.

    .. That said, I’d personally prefer an option to stream my PC steam games via LAN to my TV through some cut down “streamsteam box”. Hah, see what I did there? But yeah that would be cool, so the box would just be a streamer with controller ports and USB ports and stuff.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. PC_PlayBoy

    One of the advantages of Steam is that its userbase will continue to grow. Next gen console userbase will start at zero and will need to work up a following, thus taking years to get anywhere near Steams 50+ million users.

    MS/Sony/Nintendo should be shitting themselves and if they’re not, then they should be as the next console cycle won’t be like this gen with regards to the number of consoles sold.

    When Steambox gets released it’ll have 50+ million users ready to play, the PS4/720 will start with zero users and with Android/iOS eating into the console and handheld market its a worrying time for the 3 console firms.

    Consoles are on their last legs. MS/Sony and Nintendo’s business models are ancient, relying on closed hardware, expensive software, the hardware being dictated by the platform holder and only one marketplace to buy games digitally I.e. PSN/Xbox Live/eShop. It’s the stuff of nightmares.

    The market has changed since the beginning of last gen, competition is far, far greater and no doubt MS/Sony/Nintendo will feel it over these coming years.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. ManuOtaku

    I think an important rate of console gamers will not be interensted in the steambox or apple devices because this gen there has been a lot of precedents that made an strong picture on the gamers mind, and i mean with the not having the control of the access for your games, PSN outage , the other OS issue, the FIFA issue on the 360, are situations that indicates gamers dont want to loose they control over the access with an always connected online with a subscription model or an account system.

    I think the key thing will be if they will be able to bring gamers offereing multiple choices to gamers, i mean like sony with the PS plus or free PSN, thats a great thing because the consumer can decide which one they like or want to use, maybe if they will offer something like XBLA or PSN, in which you dont have to be always connected in order to play your dowloaded games, then they might cater to a wide portion of console gamers.

    Of course i know that they are aiming at multiple targets here, but console gamers i think are a primary one too, or at least an important one.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. PC_PlayBoy

    @ManuOtaku

    I think an important rate of console gamers will not be interensted in the steambox or apple devices.

    You’re missing the point, it’s not about getting console users, its about pushing Steam into the mass market and expanding the PC userbase.

    Valve already has 50+ million users, they obviously want to expand on that.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. _LarZen_

    Funny how Gabe Newell can go from a God to a idiot in the eyes of the master race. People are so pathetic..

    Personally I think Newell is right, if Apple decided to make a console they have the user base to become a real threat to all the console manufactures and the upcoming Steambox.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ManuOtaku

    #19 pc_ Playboy console gamers ar part of the mass market too, it is now standing for 200+ million home console users, thats an important number.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. PC_PlayBoy

    Personally, i’m done with consoles. Have been since the start of this gen.

    I have 200 odd games on my Steam account and over 20+ games on GOG. I can carry these games to any system, i don’t need to buy another box to play them on and i don’t need to re-buy them. The games are cheaper, online gaming is free, all my mates use the platform too. And i’ve got access to mods as well as create them.

    And when those 4K TV’s become affordable, i won’t need to re-buy HD remakes. My games will already be 4K with a press of a button to change my resolution (or i could go into the config file and change it there).

    Seriously, why should i buy a PS4/720/Wii U? For a few overrated exclusives? Another Halo, another Uncharted?,, another God of War, another Forza, another Gears, another Zelda, another Mario? For closed hardware, expensive software, the hardware being dictated by the platform holder and only one marketplace to buy games digitally I.e. PSN/Xbox Live/eShop. For a system that only offers a baseline experience, whereas on the PC the games are the best they can be.

    Don’t kid yourself people, consoles don’t hold the clout they once did and i’ll be skipping the next iterations of these systems, just like i did this gen.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    A lot of Sony bots does not understand what he said. It’s a shame. But whatever really, Sony fanboys are ignorant cocks anyway.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    @23, ALL fanboys are, you included.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. ManuOtaku

    #22 thats your personal preference and i respect that, i think theres a lot of people that think that way, and rightly so, but then again theres also the other side of the coin, people that dont like that, especially if you consider that you might loose your access of the games due external factors you cannot control or have any word in that, that doesnt bode to well for some people, and maybe consoles doesnt hold the clout, but console gamers are an important target, business wise they are interested in us, we represent money like everyone else.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Erthazus

    @24, Jack, your Sony Defence Force butt hurts again? I’m not a fanboy of anything. Good luck talking about something that has nothing to do with Gabe Newell thoughts.

    Fight the system Jackie.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Fin

    @26

    Apart from Call of Duty bro, you fuckin’ love that.
    Also, you’re a graphics fanboy.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Erthazus

    @27, I’m not a CoD Bro. For CoD Bro I need at least to buy BO2 and play the shit out of it and okay, I like beautiful stuff, so I’m a fanboy of beautiful visuals with great frame rate and that is bad? How?

    Hey. Fin, what are you doing here? Linear-Corridor shooter awaits you with crappy frame rate and horrible visuals.

    also, you are out of topic, Bro. This is about Gabe Newell and his thoughts, not CoD fanboy wars or graphical tech demos.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Christopher Jack

    I haven’t even mentioned Sony.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Fin

    @28

    I think playing any Call of Duty game for 500 hours makes you a fanboy!
    I know right, linear-corridor shooter with crappy framerate and shitty shit sub-HD visuals that make my eyes bleed so badly I can only play for 15s before I turn blind.

    Fuck off.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Erthazus

    @30, You are staying out of the topic Brah.

    “I think playing any Call of Duty game for 500 hours makes you a fanboy!”

    correct. You are one of them!

    “linear-corridor shooter with crappy framerate and shitty shit sub-HD visuals that make my eyes bleed so badly I can only play for 15s before I turn blind.”

    Yeap. I’m not that retard to return to something horrible as that. I have much better games in my catalog. So good luck pal and Fuck you too.

    @29, So what? You are still a Sony fanboy. Fight the system, don’t forget net time to defend Sony products and Shitzone. We all know you love it.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. The Auracle

    *sighs* You’d think our Gabe would be somewhat tactful with his comments… but no. The same guy that panned Microsoft’s Windows 8 because he felt they were taking cues from Apple… takes cues from Apple and announces that he will beat them at their own game before the game even gets started.

    Gabe, can you autograph my copy of The Orange Box please? Make it out to ‘double standard.’

    #32 2 years ago
  33. freedoms_stain

    @32, you don’t see a significant difference between software strategy and hardware strategy?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. The Auracle

    @33 Apple has software and hardware to shift. MS has software and hardware to shift. Valve has software and now hardware to shift.

    I’m sorry, what was your point? :D

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Fin

    @31

    Nah man, I’ve not played any Call of Duty for that amount of time. I’ve not even played all of them combined for that amount of time!
    How many hours did you spend on Black Ops, and do you think that makes you a Call of Duty fanboy?

    #35 2 years ago
  36. DSB

    @6 I don’t know about that, they hired Doug Church (Thief, System Shock) back in 2011.

    I wonder what he’s doing.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. freedoms_stain

    @34, Newell criticised Microsoft for pushing towards a closed ecosystem in the PC space a la Apple. He believes closed ecosystems are bad on PC.

    Never did he say livingroom gaming devices or PC’s were bad.

    So where’s the double standard? He didn’t criticise them purely for doing something that Apple is (or might be) doing, it was a specific thing, not a blanket.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. stretch215

    I personally have zero interest in a steam or apple “box”. At least not yet. I have no desire to game on pc.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Telepathic.Geometry

    I imagine that that is one of the goals of the steam-box, to remove the artifical distinction between a gaming rig and a console.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Christopher Jack

    @31, How so? I sold both my PSV & PS3. Other than Halo 4 & some emulators I have on my Galaxy Note, I game exclusively on my PC. I may consider going back if Sony can wow me with the PS4 but I remain doubtful. Intrigued, but doubtful.

    #40 2 years ago

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    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]