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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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    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]

  • Sonic console games will continue, says Iizuka

    Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games. Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet. “Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese]. The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become […]

  • Stealth Inc. 2 coming to PSN, apparently

    Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones will soon be available on PlayStation platforms, if a trophy list is to be believed. Stealth Inc. 2 initially launched as a Wii U exclusive, disappointing fans of Curve Studios’ tough action game. We’ve heard nothing to contradict this, but Exophase, a generally reliable source, has dug up […]

  • Runescape developer has an “undisclosed MMO” in the works

    Runescape developer Jagex is working on something new. According to Jagex’s careers page, the developer has a new, unannounced game in the works. Its advertisement for a lead programmer makes explicit mention of an “undisclosed MMO”. The ad mentions the new title is in “the preliminary stages of redefining the cross platform MMORPG genre” and […]

  • Destiny PvP rewards system to be addressed

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it will change the way Crucible rewards work. Destiny players are always complaining about the perfidy of RNGesus, but there’s one area where it particularly hurts: the Crucible. PvP players often receive nothing at all for excellent performances, and sometimes Guardians receive the best drops merely for logging in as […]

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the works for 3DS

    Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a sequel. Azure Striker Gunvolt developer Inti Creates has confirmed that the sidescroller has been popular enough to warrant a second instalment. The sequel will also be released on 3DS, the team said on Facebook. Very little information is available at present, unfortunately. “As time goes on we will have […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 not delayed, says developer

    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]