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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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    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]