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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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  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    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 […]