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Xbox 720 requires mandatory game installs, Kinect – rumour

Monday, 11 February 2013 21:59 GMT By Brenna Hillier

You’ll have to have a Kinect sensor plugged in to use the next Xbox console, codenamed Durango and commonly nicknamed the Xbox 720, according to the latest rumours.

A source said to be SuperDaE, who is believed to have had and tried to sell a Durango development kit last year, told Kotaku he’s now possession of multiple Durango development kits, and that his information also pertains to final retail models.

According to the source’s information, which is apparently gleaned from overview documents, a new, improved version of the Kinect sensor will be bundled with every new console, and is no longer an optional accessory – you’ll have to have it plugged in and calibrated for the console to function.

The new sensor is said to be able to track up to six users at once, and that automatic player identification will be part of gameplay somehow. It will be able to track thumbs, see whether your hand is open or closed, and read facial expressions, and has an improved viewing angle.

Another mandatory new feature is a hard drive; all retail models will come with 500GB of storage, to cater for game installations, required for all titles. Unlike the PlayStation 3′s mandatory installs, the source’s information suggests Durango will be able to install in segments, so you can start playing while the rest of the data is copied over. Apparently, the console cannot access game data directly from the disc at all; it must read off the hard drive.

This seems like a weird limitation, but the console will reportedly have enough RAM to be able to run more than one app at once. Games can be suspended or paused, and you can switch between them and to other apps, apparently without losing anything from either.

As for traditional controls, Microsoft isn’t changing much, the source said, but will use a new wireless technology, so you won’t be able to use your Xbox 360 game pads.

On the SmartGlass front, Durango’s companion app will apparently utilise motion sensing tech in combination with Kinect, so you can use it like a Wii U game Pad.

Specs

Kotaku believes it has got its hands on technical specifications for the final retail build of the new console. It reports the custom hardware features an eight core, 64-bit CPU running at 1.6ghz, an 800mhz DirectX 11.x GPU and “custom hardware blocks” for specific tasks, taking the pressure of the CPU.

The system will have built-in WiFi support and an ethernet port, with HDMI and S/PDIF (optical) connections and support for 7.1 channels.

So far, the specs match previous rumours, but Kotaku’s source doesn’t mention ESRAM, saying the system has 8GB of DDR3 and negligible flash memory for system tasks. The disc drive can handle media of up to 50GB, and the HDD read speed is 50 MB per second. The report also mentions stereoscopic 3D at 1080p.

Kotaku’s report agrees with late 2013 release date speculation, and mentions that other sources have confirmed an always-on Internet requirement. It had nothing to say about the console’s final name or look, as dev kits typically ship in PC cases. The site also has images apparently taken from the source’s overview papers.

Sony is expected to unveil its new console at a PlayStation Meeting on February 20. Nobody has any concrete idea when Microsoft might jump to it.

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43 Comments

  1. Pytox

    If true, never an xbox for me

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Pytox

    So they can spy on you

    #2 2 years ago
  3. MadFlavour

    I thought this was an article about a games console, it appears to be an excerpt from the little known prequel to 1984.

    Freedom is slavery.

    Privacy is voyeurism.

    Gaming is work.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. MadFlavour

    Wanking is something that is the opposite of wanking.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    “Durango will be able to install in segments, so you can start playing while the rest of the data is copied over.”

    Windows Vista/Halo 2 feature for the PC.

    when I played the game I thought it was the future when you play the game and everything installs automatically back then, but sadly it was only made for one shitty game. It is a very smart feature anyway.

    Always Kinect… I don’t want that for my future devices.

    I hope Sony won’t do this stuff with kinect-always on thing with their Playstation.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. daytripper

    Gets worse with every rumour, if true unless there is some really compelling reasons to own it there is no way I’m giving my money to this garbage

    #6 2 years ago
  7. stevenhiggster

    Not wanking?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. manamana

    Classy games is all that counts.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Clupula

    If true, the Next Box is automatically disqualified from whenever I get a next gen system.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. SlayerGT

    Always on Kinect? Wonder if you’ll be able to play games in the dark.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. drewbles82

    These rumours get worse everyday. I’m sure MS and any other games company would do a lot of market research and see that they would loose a lot of money.
    I could see the possible kinect 2 being part of the console just to get it into more homes but
    Always online will mean anyone without the net won’t be buying and thats still a lot of people.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Moonwalker1982

    I guess i’m the only one who doesn’t care that much. We all could have guessed that Kinect would become a big thing for the new Xbox. I’m fine with all that, as long as we see some great non-Kinect games too. Both exclusives and multiplatform titles.

    The game installing while playing it sounds like a cool feature, and i dig what they claim about the graphical leap, but i also that with a pinch of salt. If they bring some cool exclusives at E3, and we all know they need to, i’m alright. If not…then i will start to consider maybe giving up on MS.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Fin

    I don’t see an issue with any of this. Matches up with what I’ve heard so far.

    @12

    +1 from me bro.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. TheBlackHole

    I’ve never been a Playstation owner. My desktop console history (not that any of you give a ****) is:

    Commodore, Megadrive, N64, Dreamcast, Xbox, 360.

    I fucking love my xbox’s, but I’m having none of this shit. I just hope to god Sony fix their god-awful controller so I can justify buying a PS4.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Moonwalker1982

    @13

    I highly doubt MS will go full on Kinect with this one, at the end of the day they need the hardcore gamers too, cause after all..they are the ones that made the 360 such a success. I don’t see MS alienating their fanbase. I do see them focusing on Kinect next-gen, but i also expect great non-Kinect. If that’s the case, we are still friends MS ;)

    #15 2 years ago
  16. CPC_RedDawn

    Quote: ” and the HDD read speed is 50 MB per second”

    Seriously!??

    SERIOUSLY!???

    My 3-4 year old Samsung 1TB HDD can STILL read upwards of over 100MB/s and thats still on SATA2!! This 50MB/s is just unacceptable for a piece of hardware in 2012!

    I would much prefer a smaller (250GB) SSD than a large HDD. Just allow us to add in our own 2.5″ or even 3.5″ HDD’s by adding an expansion bay!??? Its THATS SIMPLE!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. stevenhiggster

    @14 There are many 3rd party controllers available. Also there is a wee box, can’t remember its name that lets you use a 360 controller on the PS3. Sure you’ll lose the sixaxis capability, but I really can’t remember the last game that made any use of it. Just an FYI.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. daytripper

    Anyone who does the monthly surveys on Xbox Live Rewards will tell you the actual questions are about Kinect, Fitness , how long you use Netflix and if you use other systems for Netflix. I think these questions which have gotten very similar over the past few months are very telling, I can’t remember the last time one of these surveys was about games or gaming orientated features you would like to see on Live, nothing of that ilk at all. If these rumours are accurate I think there is a chance will they will lose customers/gold subscribers. The Xbox forums are full of negativity about this system and it’s only rumours at the moment! Lol.

    I still look forward to seeing what it’s about officially, never know, it could have 1/2 great new exclusives.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Fin

    @15

    Kinect 2.0 will almost certainly be integrated with the console, but I don’t see an issue with this – like they’re not going to make every game Kinect-compatible.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Moonwalker1982

    @18

    Ok so let’s for a second say MS starts to lose customers/gold subscribers, because they simply put way too much focus on Kinect and the entertainment thing in general and very little about games. Who’s going to buy the new system? People already now have things that pretty much do it all, all those entertainment services. This new system will never succeed if it’s just for that crowd and the Kinect crowd. No way it’s going to survive without the money of the gamers that made the 360 successful.

    Let’s not forget the reports about new IP’s being made for the new Xbox.Sure a few could be Kinect games, but i bet there will be at least one or two of them that are non-Kinect and interesting for the real gamer out there. MS ain’t crazy, they see how well Sony is doing with bringing new and interesting IP’s and they would be crazy to let Sony win that easily. Not gonna happen. It has been known for a long time now that MS and Sony are aiming for an all-in entertainment machine, i don’t need that stuff, but it is what it is. I’m not really surprised about all this…i mean how much can you say/leak about games in development? Surely they’ll leave that for E3 and probably an unveiling at a pre-E3 show.

    I just want to know one thing now…will it be backwards compatible? Or will i still be turning my Xbox 360 on to play GTA V around then?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Bill_E_Talent

    @20 Don’t you realize that with an always-on internet connection and a Kinect fully integrated into the console that you have no idea whether or not the fucking thing is watching/tracking your movements in your living space when your NOT gaming???

    #21 2 years ago
  22. daytripper

    @21 So Aaron Greenberg could catch a view of a kid going ballistic after he has been sniped on Cod by XxxSnipezLoveB0at67xxxx ?

    @20 Understand what you’re saying dude, I want both systems to be good really it’s just these rumours are pretty meh to me so far

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    @21 Unplug or not purchase the system, if you are worried about such a thing.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Moonwalker1982

    @21

    If those rumours are true, cause lets not forget that they ARE very much rumours, i’m sure they will find a way that such a thing won’t happen. Besides, when i’m not gaming…my console is not on :). I’m not too worried about this.

    I think we can expect the new Xbox to be shown pretty soon after February 20th and that E3 will be kept to show software and those entertainment bullshit things. I really do expect at least one interesting new exclusive from MS, cause you can only have so much Halo, Gears of War, Forza and Fable. If there’s no new exclusives..i will be surprised, but not in a good way.

    But again, rumours. I remember the ridiculous rumours about Project Café two years ago. Turned out nothing was true about it.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. daytripper

    @24 what rumours? Can’t remember much, I know it was said the stream to a controller but what rumours were incorrect ?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Moonwalker1982

    I remember rumours on Neogaf and they got it from another source that all kinds of games would be revealed and amongst them GTA V, i shit you not. And much more nonsense like that.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Bill_E_Talent

    @24 “Besides, when i’m not gaming…my console is not on . I’m not too worried about this.”

    Well, I am basing this off of previous rumours indicating the console would always be in “standby” when not in use. But, it’s all hearsay until they make an official announcement, so I guess it’s best to avoid making assumptions at this point.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Zohar

    My question is why are these new systems running on such a low clockrate (yes I know clockrate isn’t everything). Looking at an Ivy Bridge 3570k for example, the thing runs at 3.4Ghz to 3.8Ghz with Turbo Boost and it’s WELL within safe thermal limits and pulls about 77 watts from the plug.

    I just don’t get it.

    Kinect mandatory… ugh no. Can I just put a piece of tape over the lens?

    @16 I’m with you man. That’s like ancient technology nowadays. You wouldn’t go buy a new smart phone or tablet and accept having technology from 5 years ago comprise of a major piece of it’s hardware. I don’t see why that would be acceptable on a gaming console either. Although, most people will just hear “500 GB” and be like “whoa that’s waaay more than my iPhone’s 32!” Sad

    #28 2 years ago
  29. G1GAHURTZ

    Where is O’Connor with his tinfoil hat clichés when you need him…?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Bill_E_Talent

    Pretty sure he *logged off* days ago, first time I’ve ever seen someone rage quit a comment section.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. G1GAHURTZ

    “first time I’ve ever seen someone rage quit a comment section.”

    LOL!

    #31 2 years ago
  32. ArcticMonkey

    My guess is, if there is indeed any truth to this always on Kinect rumor, that the dev kits need Kinect always plugged in to operate. The retail versions will have them built in, and when your console is on so is your Kinect automatically.

    Just a guess

    #32 2 years ago
  33. ps4some

    @29 We killed him remember? I’m sure he’s still reading and has a sock puppet account though.

    @30 He quit before when he was Michael o Connor and came back as Ireland Michael. No conviction that boy.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. orakaa

    Oh… Kinect mandatory connection? No, never.
    I know those are rumors, but they could very well be true.

    The problem is Microsoft could very well put it into application without most people even realizing it. Same for second hand sales prevention: the majority of people buying consoles don’t pay attention to those details and just come to a GAME/HMV/you-name-it to buy “the next gen console” and won’t pay attention to the details. It’s only afterwards that the problems will become apparent, but it will be too late (same thing happened with RROD, as Microsoft KNEW their console had issues but still went to market distribution with it… and managed to get away with it).

    I don’t want Kinect to be mandatory “on” before I can launch any game. And 500 Go hard drive? With 50 Go blu-rays it would mean what, up to 10-20 games installed max? (let’s not forget that on those 500 Go, a LOT will be taken by the OS and other stuff).
    If Microsoft do this, they definitely won’t be getting my money. And if Sony does the same, then same thing.

    For the first time in my life, as a gamer, I am considering (if those rumors are true) to stop buying consoles.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Docker Al

    “Xbox Live now boasts 46 million members” according to a more recent article on this website. That’s out of 76 million sold,so how are Microsoft going to sell their machine to the other 30 million customers if they opt for an “always on” internet connection?

    #35 2 years ago
  36. orakaa

    @35: a CONSIDERABLE amount of the consoles sold are replacement units (I know no one who still has his original fat Xbox360, and just as in my case, many were refused a “free” replacement because it RRODed just after the 2 year warranty).

    But indeed, there are also a lot of people who didn’t subscribe to Xbox Live.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. xino

    mandatory install!?
    retarded!

    I think they are missing the concept of a console!
    ONe of the reasons why I like consoles over PC is the fact that I DON’T have to put in a disc and start installing!

    The way games are designed in 7th gen sucks so much.
    I buy a brand new game, put the disc in and have to install some stupid update patch depending on the size. Now ready to play I find out i have to install the game to the hdd which is another 10mins.

    seriously man!
    8th gen will not be great.
    we really need a power horse console!

    #37 2 years ago
  38. TheBlackHole

    @37 I don’t know.

    After my initial rage I realised that I have an 80mb connection and Kinect is inoperable when I switch it off, so can’t say I’m too bothered about either issue.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. manamana

    @37 I Install every game I play on the 360. Usually they run a lot faster and you don’t have the annoying sound from the DVDplayer. Although I would like to be able to play while the game is installing, maybe they can manage that.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. DrDamn

    Kinect – meh. Mandatory installs actually makes sense. Particularly if they do it in the background successfully. Optical media for games is outdated – realistically it only works as a delivery mechanism now. Hold on … putting 2 and 2 together. Disc games require activation? No selling on … does that mean I can buy a disc in a shop, install it and then not have to have the disc in the drive any more? That would actually be quite good for me.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Deacon

    A lot of comments in here about how if they go full Kinect the machine will flop…

    We’re not specifically the ones Microsoft are courting with their new console. They want it to appeal to the widest audience possible, surely? That means kids. That means the ‘casuals’. Us gaming enthusiasts are but a small piece of the overall pie.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Dragon246

    @DrDamn,
    I imagine Gamestop will be GAME’d soon then :D
    Also +1

    @Deacon,
    Apart from pure hardware specs (a bit interested) , I am not interested in other rumors. I think it will depend on pricing.
    “Us gaming enthusiasts are but a small piece of the overall pie.”
    YOU MEAN I AM A MINORITY? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    #42 2 years ago
  43. ruckus

    ..,,;’”"‘;,. /notevenatastyrib

    #43 2 years ago

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    Titanfall 2 is still quite a long way out. Titanfall 2 wasn’t listed in EA’s upcoming release slate in its financials release this morning. Answering a query in a conference call following the release, EA said we can safely assume the Respawn sequel won’t release in fiscal 2016. “You assumption should be 17,” an executive […]

  • Mirror’s Edge 2 due early 2016, new Need for Speed in Q4 2015

    EA has indicated general release windows for a number of anticipated new titles. Mirror’s Edge 2 has an early 2016 release date. EA confirmed the release plan in today’s financials release, also noting that a new Need for Speed and a new Plants vs Zombies are coming in the same window. Mirror’s Edge 2 is […]

  • EA financials highlight millions of hours played in Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Electronic Arts reported its Q4 and year end FY15 financial results today, highlighting the amount of hours played in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics: For fiscal year 2015 EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the world, driven by the success of Battlefield Hardline, […]

  • Black Mesa can now be acquired through Steam Early Access

    Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life 1 from Crowbar Collective, has entered Steam Early Access. At present, 85% of the campaign is complete with around 10 hours worth of gameplay. Early Access users will be helping test the multiplayer deatmatch and team deathmatch modes via six maps as well as the single-player portion. As will […]

  • Three Easter Eggs spotted in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – video

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has been released in North America, as you know, and it contains some fun Easter Eggs which you can take a look at in the video below. Don’t watch or read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton spotted three Easter Eggs so far, and there […]

  • Destiny: Prison of Elders – here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s livestream

    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]