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EA: Next-gen consoles ‘unlikely’ to be backwards compatible

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 09:43 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox 720 and PS4 probably won’t support backwards compatibility, according to a EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen.

Speaking at a Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, panel session, Jorgensen said of next-gen, “I think people are going to be pretty excited. An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible.

“And if you [play] multiplayer on a game, you’ll most likely not be able to play with someone on a different generation.”

Jorgensen hinted at a potential launch window for next-gen consoles while talking about FIFA, “If you’re a FIFA player and, and the soccer season’s starting in August, and all your friends are playing FIFA, you’re going to want to be on the same box that they’re on.

“So if they all go out and buy a gen-four box if it comes out at Christmas, then you’ll most likely do it. If they all hold on and continue to play on third-generation, you’ll probably not see that box purchase until after the soccer season’s over.”

On the nature of Xbox 720 and PS4, he added, “I do think once again without describing the new consoles, you’ve got to assume they’re going to be highly integrated into the living room and the house, and there will be a lot of capability for interaction.”

He also underlined the “connectivity potential” of next-gen consoles.

What do you make of the above?

Thanks to Gamasutra for the transcript, and CVG for the tip.

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37 Comments

  1. noamlol2

    so much bad things about the next gen

    then why should i buy it?
    the xbox 360 supports some titles of the original xbox but it’s reign locked to NTSC only as far as i know
    on halo 2 worked for me and i had no idea if it was pal or ntsc

    any way, the early 600-700$ PS3 had the emulation part inside it
    and it did ran any ps2 game

    but i guess sony went cheapass and removed the emulation part to reduce cost, a shame really

    every console should at least have the last gen emulations

    cause the ps3 runs any ps1 games, which is absurd cause that was two gens before instead of the last gen

    and you can’t download from the ps store the game cause it’s not always there
    there are so many good ps1 and ps2 titles that are not in the PS store

    those cheapasses just wants you the buy another game “collection” just like they did with god of war and killzone
    although it’s much better in HD, but still kinda greedy

    #1 2 years ago
  2. RandomTiger

    Not surprising, good point about multiplayer though.
    Hopefully at least XBLA and PSN titles will be emulated or something.
    This next gen is going to need lots of killer exclusive games to get past all the rumored annoyances.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Deacon

    I personally don’t get all the hoo-haa over BC. If you’re so desperate to still play last gen games, then keep hold of your console. It’s that simple.

    If you still want to play last gen games, don’t buy into the new gen.

    And if you guy into the new gen, I don’t really see much need to play old games when you have access to a new wave of them.

    I get the feeling I’m in the minority in feeling this way though.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Max Payne

    Backwards compatibility is just unnecessary expense.
    If you buy PS4 maybe not first or second year , but by third year you are already going to have lot of game to choose from and you won’t even look ps3 library.
    And periodically when you want to play jus hook it up and its done deal.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gadzooks!

    Backward compatibility is a very big deal to me.

    It takes a while for a decent library to accumulate on new machines and I have a Friday night crew to think about. We have our favourite multiplayer games and may not get similar games for months or years after the new machines release.

    We continued playing Soul Calibur 2, Flat Out, Halo 1 and 2 and loads of others in the first year of the 360. I also played Psychonauts, SSX3, Kotor and Monkey Ball on my 360 to name a few.

    We still play the Xbox original Burnout 3 every other week, and occasionally the original Flatout.

    I don’t want loads of boxes cluttering up my living room. I plan to have a WiiU to compliment my Xbox and 2 boxes is as much as I can fit under my TV, so new console in = old console out.

    Plus I have a huge library of downloaded games on my 360. I do not want to lose those. A large percentage of people will be in the same boat.

    BC might not have been such a massive deal on the last gen transition, but make no mistake BC is a very big deal going into the next.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    i dont care about ps1 or ps2 games they look shit on hd tv’s. the jump from crappy crt tv’s to hd tv’s was a huge leap forward, so i can understand there is no bc for the ps2 games(ps1 is so old now that is no problem). but what i dont understand is that you can buy these ps2 games and play them on the ps3. sony should sold the emulation as digital download or had it come with the latest superslim ps3 on a disc. but then also have a warning with it that says it dont support all ps2 games, i think that would have been fair.

    anyway…

    if there is no bc on ps3 games, that will be a blow to the stomach. because this gen is just to close to the nextgen. it would have been okay to remove bc for ps3 in a ps5 but not a ps4… this gen was 720p next gen will be 1080p, the leap ain’t big enough.

    with no ps3 bc on the ps4 most people will just not jump on the ps4 right away. most people will wait 3 years before they get a ps4. when you try to compete with your lastgen product with your nextgen product. most people will go for the cheaper one, the games are still great and games will still come out for the ps3. if sony have bc for ps3 in ps4, there is no usage for the ps3 anymore, and people will move over faster to the ps4. this is a fact… and have been seen happen before.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @3
    It’s more about the hassle really. Once the new generation gets some steam up then there are very few games I’ll go back to. However some never seem to get adequate replacements. My group of friends still play Burnout 3 on 360 via B/C as 360 Burnouts weren’t as good or lost split screen play. We are also still playing Wii Sports and Boom Blox via B/C on the WiiU.

    The reasons for lack of B/C this time around are a due to technical switches. It’s very difficult for the components in the rumoured Orbis/Durango to emulate 360 and PS3 – despite being more powerful. Orbis may well do something with Gaikai though I think.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. KAP

    @1

    For some reason I don’t reckon your own opinion will phase you in the slightest into buying in the next gen consoles.. Lol

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Fin

    Back-compat only started with PS2, it’s only existed two generations, I’ve no issue in seeing it go.

    If it’s such a big deal, keep your old console around.
    First world problems.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. aseddon130

    The next Xbox better support the old stuff, no way am i leaving behind the hundreds of thousands of pounsd of games i have invested in my XBL profile, i’m hoping to carry them over so i can sell my Xbox 360 on to fund the next Xbox.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Judicas

    In the past BC hasn’t been too big of a deal, but with this gen lasting so damn long BC for the upcoming gen is an absolute MUST!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Deacon

    @7 – sure, I get the ‘hassle-factor’. I’ve got a rabbit permanently living in my front room (don’t ask), so everything has to be tucked away and neat and tidy otherwise he’ll have it. The little fucker already destroyed one of my white Dualshocks and several ethernet cables.

    I get that space is not abundant for some people, but with a little tidying & jimmying I think we could all get by. Unless you live in a wardrobe of course.
    I’m living in a small 1-bedroom flat with my Mrs and still manage room for a few consoles in the cabinet under the TV.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. dizzygear

    @9 Wrong. The Megadrive and Gamegear had a converter to play Master System games. Gameboy’s and DS’s have been compatible with eachother and the Super Nintendo had a converter for Gameboy titles as well.

    There no reason why the new consoles cant have a add-on or a separate SKU to provide backwards compatibility.

    At least know what the hell your talking about before trying to be smug with your “first world problems”.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    Both consoles seem to be going through quite a hefty redesign. Incorporating B/C into those would either cost or impact that redesign detrimentally I think. WiiU has kept B/C but at what cost? The CPU is essentially an updated and up-clocked Gamecube CPU – is that what would work for the Orbis/Durango? Certainly not PS3 – it needed to ditch the Cell.

    Best case scenario they will offer premium version of the consoles with B/C provided by including key chips from the current gen. That way those the want to can keep it, those who don’t can move on without the extra cost.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. f1r3storm

    He just mentions being unable to play with players that are playing on a console from another generation though, nothing else. Which makes sense. Wasn’t really different with the sports games at the start of this gen.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. stevenhiggster

    I never played any PS1 games on my PS2, I didn’t play PS2 games on my PS3 (Yes I had a 60gb, god bless its now lifeless carcass) and guess what, I won’t play PS3 games on my PS4.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    @16: So are you basically happy to leave your digital collection on your PS3 then? I have hundreds of PSN / XBLA titles that I’m yet to get around to playing (I may never if I’m honest) and I likely wont be buying a PS4 / 720 until I’ve finished with them (assuming I can’t play them on the next gen consoles).

    Might not be important to you… makes a difference to some of us. Doubt it will have any impact on Sony or Microsoft though. I can certainly see your argument, I probably felt the same last gen but my digital catalogue is important to me. I’d be just as disappointed if the same thing happened with a new iPad or phone. I flat out expect my digital purchases to move devices with me in this day and age.

    As for why I don’t care about my retail games, I imagine it’s because at least I’m able to sell those at some point.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Deacon

    @14 – yeah, that would then cater to everyone. Best case scenario for sure.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Fin

    @13

    No reason, apart from having to replicate the entire architecture (there’s no Cell emulator for x86, and even if there was, it would be dog slow – PowerPC emu would be easier, but still difficult to get proper performance).

    If you honestly think that the inconvenience of, omg, having to keep an old console around isn’t a first world problem, you’ve got bigger issues.

    @17

    |hundreds of PSN / XBLA

    Really?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Gadzooks!

    #14

    Or a BC dongle which would save the SKU confusion of two versions of the same machine.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    @19: Yup (well, something like 180 I think). XBLA, XBLIG and PSN games made this gen for me. Wouldn’t have been nearly as appealing without them.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. dizzygear

    @19 Expansion cards with CPU’s on them to run applications for another platform have been around for a long time. My Powermac 6100 from 1994 had an expansion card with a x86 CPU on it to run DOS compatible applications for example.

    Again, you should know what your talking about before trying to be smug or you just look like an idiot.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Gadzooks!

    #22

    Indeed, I had a 486 card for my Amiga and was able to run some DOS games.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    @20, Unfortunately that’s too logical, Sony especially will want to continue selling the PS3 for as long as they can as they did with the PS2. Backwards compatibility may well be a good sales point for a new console but it detracts a lot from the original.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    You buy Next Generation System for Next Generation Games. End of Story.

    If someone will sell old games it would be via GAIKAI or some kind of MS’s cloud service.

    2013 is a year when all the hardware cost a lot of money, it’s not some cheap shitty 32 MB graphics card from late 98-00s’.
    If Sony will implement for example Cell in their next gen, their system would cost 1000$.
    Two processors, one is weak/exotic tech and another one is from AMD.

    Are you nuts? There will be no backwards c. stuff.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Gadzooks!

    #25

    “You buy Next Generation System for Next Generation Games. End of Story.”

    No, YOU might do that. I have a library of games I would like to keep playing.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Erthazus

    @26, Then keep them and keep your old Xbox and play them as much as you want.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. PC_PlayBoy

    Consoles Suck.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Fin

    @22

    Ur, yeah, exactly like I just said. You’d have to replicate the entire architecture. I can’t see them doing that.
    Software emulation is the alternative, and again, like I said, there’s no Cell emulation for x86, and PowerPC emu would be slow, so I highly doubt there will be any back-compat.

    But fuck it, just keep the old console around for fuck sake.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Telepathic.Geometry

    The way I see it is, the biggest competition next gen is gonna be from Apple and Steam, both of which have a pretty high level of backwards compatibility. I think that most gamers want that now…

    Let’s look at your options (in my case for my PS3):

    a) No BC:

    You have to keep an extra box under the telly. There’s an extra plug socket gone, and another HDMI port gone on your telly. An extra controller too possibly, and the cables for it. Your PS3 Trophies are on that system too, do they carry over? Would the two trophy systems be compatible?

    In my case, this would mean my keeping the PS3 and not upgrading to PS4 until 2014/15, and then only after a lot of rational thought had gone into it, which means I might be logically considering the Next Box or the Steam Box or the iBox…

    b) BC:

    I can upgrade my box, sell the old one, reap the benefits of the new system/services, the extra HD space, the fancy new spangly games. Far less likely to over-think it and consider other systems…

    #30 2 years ago
  31. theevilaires

    “any way, the early 600-700$ PS3 had the emulation part inside it and it did ran any ps2 game”

    There was never a $700 PS3. Only a $500 20GB and $600 60GB version at launch.

    “No, YOU might do that. I have a library of games I would like to keep playing”

    “@26, Then keep them and keep your old Xbox and play them as much as you want”.

    ^
    Thank you for pulling that idiot out of his denial :D

    #31 2 years ago
  32. OlderGamer

    “Plus I have a huge library of downloaded games on my 360. I do not want to lose those. A large percentage of people will be in the same boat.”

    This is key for me. I can see myself sticking with xb360 for a long time. I have WiiU ofc, and PC. I haven’t seen anything, yet, that grabs me from either MS or Sony next gen offerings. It has to be more then graphics. It has to be. Same game franchises, new coat of paint is not going to get me to buy a new system.

    And before some points out Nintendo is recycling the same franchises, at least WiiU has the Gamepad and that dramiticly changes the way those games play and the experiences they offer. And besides I am not the loyalist some folks think.

    Just saying there needs to be something different, better then just upgraded graphics.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Phoenixblight

    For those that are talking about XBLA and PSN games do you really think that MS or SOny will not allow you to transfer those over? THey aren’t going to get rid of their stores and library for the sake of a new gen. They have invested too much into it to say “fuck it, everything is new”.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. daytripper

    @32 Thought you didn’t bother with 360 anymore?

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Joe_Gamer

    You know what next gen platform does have backwards compatibility? PC of course! Zing….lol, couldn’t help myself

    #35 2 years ago
  36. monkees19

    What pisses me off it that next gen already DOES have backward compatibility. The Wii U plays all Wii games. Ta-da!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. DrDamn

    @33
    I’m sure they’d love to but there are serious technical limitations stopping that. The XBLA and PSN titles are design and written for the 360/PS3. So you’d need to emulate to run them just like you would with a full boxed retail title.

    With the PS3 the big issue is the Cell processor and it’s quirkiness. Sony also let devs hit the metal a bit and directly access hardware. So emulating the PS3 even on more powerful hardware is going to be a massive headache unless you include extra hardware. Or they use Gaikai in a cunning way.

    With the 360 MS would have tightly controlled access to the hardware through standard libraries which would be great for backwards compatibility. However picking a processor which has half the clockspeed of the 360 – even if it’s actually more powerful overall – is going to be a stumbling block for emulation.

    #37 2 years ago

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    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]