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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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    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 […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]