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PS4 APU “by far the most powerful” AMD has produced

Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

AMD global business manager John Taylor has said the accelerated processing unit in the PlayStation 4 is the best the company has ever produced.

“We have not built an APU quite like that for anyone else in the market,” Taylor told the Inquirer.

“It is by far the most powerful APU we have built to date.”

Taylor said the APU leverages new tech which will appear in AMD’s new generation A-series later this year, which will be sold directly to consumers.

“None that will quite be to that level of sheer number of cores, sheer number of teraflops,” he added.

The PlayStation 4 has an x86 APU, and that AMD will be selling similar tech directly to PC users shows just how PC-like the console’s architecture is – but it’s worth remembering that the custom tech has been specially designed through a collaboration between the two companies, so you can’t just rebuild a PS4 in your basement.

Sony hasn’t released full tech specs, but the console has 8GB of RAM and can churn out over 1.8 teraflops of processing power.

Thanks, Dragon 246.

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49 Comments

  1. redwood

    so does that mean the ps4 can do tressfx?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    PS3 > PC, confirmed!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. redwood

    @2 “wars start with words” :D

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Virginityrocks

    Correction: PS4 = PC.

    In the end, the consoles didn’t destroy PC gaming, they became PC gaming.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. redwood

    PC gaming and console gaming are very different beasts… ur argument is rather naive. yes the architecture has become similar but the UX is far different

    #5 2 years ago
  6. m2stech

    If it’s a 86 (32bit) system then how is it going to support 8gb ram ?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. redwood

    nope it’s an x86-64 thingy.. i was confused too but than looked it up and AFAIK it’s a 64bit machine

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dragon246

    @6
    Its x86-64. Or 64 bit.

    @7
    Damn you :) Beat me to it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. theevilaires

    Wait couldn’t Cell do 1.8 teraflops by itself? Also all this spec talk I’m sure Microsoft has to see they have to go bigger and better right? Is AMD admitting that the 720 isn’t as powerful as the PS4? Why is everyone going with AMD also and not NVIDIA? I know Microsofts reason.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OmegaSlayer

    PS4 will be better than a PC built with the same specs.
    Better bus, better optimization, better memory management with less OS tasks going at the same time.

    So, PS4 games will be FAR better than a PC with the same specs because everything will be better optimized to work with those unified specs.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. redwood

    @8 :D http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrbhdqavMy1qejif9o1_250.gif

    #11 2 years ago
  12. redwood

    on a side note.. a lot of people really don’t get how games are made, i mean just look at the beauty that is UC3 and than look at Dark souls, both are running on the same hardware, and DS2 looks like shit where as Uc3 looks better than a ton of PC games, so it’s more about the teams that are making the game, and there ability to squeeze the living shiz-nit out of the system, than the amount of cuda-cores on your gtx.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    Oops! Yeah, I meant PS4…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. melonbuster1

    Like they are going to say we put in a middle of the road apu in there.. look Microsoft has more money if they wanted it they would have it. Simple. Sony needs it .its the best today .. nextweek something better is out .. welcome to the dumbass world of pc gaming

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Edo

    @13 I think you meant PS4 > xbox 720 confirmed.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Samoan Spider

    @9 Yeah, you’re quite right. I read that somewhere. But the rest of the architecture combined with that 256+256 memory set up really did shaft the chances of using that horsepower. That’s why distributed computing tasks were so good, whereas gaming related tasks weren’t. However now the rest of the system is capable of so much more, combined with an easy (ish) architecture to code for and you’ve got some serious possibilities (Depends how well the devs get to grips with multi-threading for 8 cores).
    By contrast, bear in mind that MS were able to more or less match the PS3 graphically with far less horsepower so I think that anyone discounting MS at this point is a blind fool even with this comment about the APU. Anyway, I have a 7850 which the GPU here is based on so I’m pretty pleased about how this could turn out for me if the PC versions get some of the console optimisations.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Red Demon

    Yea Number 1, I am really curious guys I’m not a computer expert, but will the PS4 support Tressfx technology? It looks really nice for the next game gen, almost like cgi hair. Not trying to get anyone mad.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Samoan Spider

    @17 No reason why not. From what I can tell, its up to the devs to use it as a plug in for their engine because it works with the DX11 APIs.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Gadzooks!

    We don’t have one single piece of confirmed spec for the 720 yet, apart from that it will be using very similar architecture, so there’s really no point in making power comparisons. Save it for April ;)

    The 720 could compensate with a number of options:

    - A faster discrete GPU

    - The 32mb eDram could make up the shortfall

    - The mysterious ‘Data Move Engine’ could be a form of bit blitter, which could be a huge boost to geometry, AI and texture population, etc..

    It’s all conjecture at this point though.

    This gen we had one machine with a stronger CPU and weaker GPU vs. stronger GPU and weaker CPU. The net result was, on balance, almost complete parity. It could well end up the same for the next gen. We just don’t know yet.

    That is if MS want to compete on specs at all. Maybe they want to compete on price instead? For power users like us that would be disappointing, but for targeting the gaming masses that could be a good strategy.

    The only thing we know for sure is that very similar architectures for PS4, 720 and PC mean that developers are going to be happy because they will have to spend less time bespoking, which means they can spend more time on the things that count like honing controls, AI, physics, level design, etc.

    That’s a win for every single one of us.

    Of course that’s all moot if MS decide to focus on Kinect. In which case it’s game over and they may as well quit now.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. PC_PlayBoy

    PS4 is already old tech. Why would anyone want to build a new PC round such tech when they can get better components?

    Anyway, Intel is where it’s at. AMD suck

    We’ll be playing emulated PS4 games on our PC in the next 5 years. Easy.

    Consoles continue to be pish…

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Gadzooks!

    Can we get rid of this trolling piece of crap, PLEASE???

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Samoan Spider

    @20 wrong on the old tech. This is new tech, hence AMD talking about it. The point is that you can build an equivalent PC (I have almost exactly the same, just a 4 core CPU instead of an 8 Core APU) but you wont get the optimisations that come with console development so the point is moot. I accept this and I’m very happy with how my games look and run. Now to counter your childish Intel comment, Intel haven’t got an APU of this nature and quality available. Can you imagine and Atom powered PS4? Me neither, so back in your box mate, your being a tosser and giving PC players a bad name AGAIN!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ps4fanboy

    Woohoo!!!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Joe Musashi

    @19. Great post. Salient points clearly made. Agree 100% :)

    JM

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Christopher Jack

    I think a lot of people need some education about the x86 architecture: x86 is the architecture, 64 bit is an extension. x64 or x86-64 is just a quick colloquial way of differentiating between that & the former 32bit extension. In fact, x86 originally started as 16 bit.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Mike W

    Well this interesting, I’m not that tech savvy at all, so maybe one of you guys can help me.

    I was just listening to a podcast from ‘gamertagradio’ and there was a guy on there that stated the x86 cpu wouldn’t be able to read the whole 8 gigs of ram. Is that true?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    @26
    The cpus in both PS4 and Durango are x64 (or X86-64) and therefore the size of memory isn’t a problem form either machine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86-64

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Dragon246

    @26,
    You know Game Journos are morons (not of vg247), don’t you ? :D
    And a union of Hip-Hop and gaming sucks.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Erthazus

    PS4 APU “by far the most powerful” that is based on Jaguar the successor to Brazos 2.0. END OF STORY.
    MY grandmother PC with Dual core i3 will have more power then this shit because cores mean nothing when there are “Logical processors”.
    AMD chipsets are so cheap and that’s the reason why they always losing in the market compared to Intel not to mention that AMD stuff is just cheaper in general.

    + it’s AMD. their processors are the weakest on the market compared to any Intel’s architecture.

    So nope, cheap processor with x86 format for a console. The extension of this generation.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. roadkill

    LOL what? PS4 tech is 2 years old. How can it be better than the current PC generation!?

    #30 2 years ago
  31. redwood

    @29 u seem to know more about AMD tech than AMD.. good for you man

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Dragon246

    Some info, if anyone is in UK and wants to try plus, head over to Eurogamer. They are conducting a giveaway.
    http://www.eurogamer.net/giveaways.php?id=87209

    Here is one from me-
    66PN-GCNQ-2P8B
    Enjoy!

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Mike W

    @28

    I see where you are coming from. I enjoyed the hip-hop during my teenage years in the 90s. I can’t really get into the trash that they play nowadays.

    In any case, I never heard of gametagrarido until I’ve seen in on N4G and the only reason I clicked on the link is because they had M. Patcher as a guest (believe it or not, I enjoy his input on the gaming industry)

    But I should’ve known better with a site with the name gamertag in it. All they did was bash the PS4 and stated it was a “ok” performance. But I know if I can call these guys journalists. All of us on here can get together and create a site and report on what we like and don’t like about these manufacturers, does that make us journalists?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Dragon246

    @33
    I was joking!
    I also mildly like Patcher. He definitely isn’t as bad as he is is made out to be imo.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Eddie Rodrigues

    @2 Keep talking, no one will agree anyway, whenever you mean PS3 or PS4

    @29 No, the PS4 is certainly better. I mean an i7 with 600 Series is a bagazillion times better indeed, though let us not turn this magical moment for console players into (beg your pardon) shitstorm.

    @33 Agreed.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. OlderGamer

    Spot on Gad!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Gekidami

    So many butthurt PC tards. Hilarious!

    “We’ll be playing emulated PS4 games on our PC in the next 5 years. Easy.”
    lol PC cant even emulate the “ancient” PS3 & 360 yet.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Lounds

    @37 that’s mainly to do with legal implementations. After 10 years it’s fair game. Hense all the NES, SNES emulators for phones etc.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Christopher Jack

    @38, Then explain the Wii emulator.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Red Demon

    Even though the PS4 specs don’t match the PC’s, I don’t need to pay a shitload of money just enjoy great games. Don’t get me wrong, I like the PC because I only play certain games on it such as Starcraft and other RTS games. I can buy a PS4 for a lower price and have fun with my friends.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. docwily

    If consoles had great keyboard and mouse support, I’d buy one tomorrow. Only thing is that I find controllers annoying for FPS games.

    There are games that I enjoy a lot more, using a controller… I might add

    I’d say the reason that Sony and others are using PC-like architecture is to make it easier for developers to run their game engines accross multiple platforms.

    PS4 will be king for a while, but as we all know and if Moore’s law holds true, then we’ll have PCs twice as powerful 18 months or so after it’s release.

    just my 2c

    #41 2 years ago
  42. ashishkashyap25

    http://www.bubblews.com/news/724534-microsoftgame-over

    #42 2 years ago
  43. TheDuckPortal

    The only reason its the most powerful APU that AMD have produced is because APUs are put into laptops not desktops… (if im not mistaken).
    theirs a big difference between a dedicated GPU and an APU which is GPU and a CPU combined into one.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Kreten

    It’s most powerfull APU because they didn’t do the one for xbox one as it was done custom in house based on amd apu (these people always get you, unless u think carefully what they are saying)

    #44 2 years ago
  45. wildBoar

    @20 Both PS4 and X1 utilize AMD, all next gen games, their PC equivalents included, will most likely be optimised for AMD tech, it’s this gen’s standard tech. When pretty much every game engine will be optimised for AMD, I doubt Intel or even Nvidia is a very strong choice.
    You’ll propably get way more diminishing returns from that kind of hardware at least, one thing’s sure and that’s that AMD has struck gold with these deals. Practically gotten a monopoly over gaming hardware for the next 10 years or so.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Christopher Jack

    Well the A10-6800K is about as powerful as a low end 3rd gen i5

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Christopher Jack

    @45, You have really overestimated AMD. I love to root for the underdog & I love AMD’s generally great performance/price ratio but I don’t think having their processors & GPUs in both next gen consoles is going to make a difference to how games are developed for PC, nor much of an impact on Intel+Nvidia’s sales.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. SAimNE

    @47 you are really underestimating AMD. the apu was already a pretty solid option for low-mid gaming while paying 15-30% less than a similar spec intel+nvidia combo. Add in the options of GDDR5(most likely on board) and possibly even DDR4 in the near future, and you have further improvements. Then you can slap on the fact that HSA is turning out to have been an extremely sound investment of their time, and then finally add in mantle to up the gpu utilization, better driver support to increase the dual graphics options, and truaudio to make even less strain on the cpu when gaming

    apus completely dominate the low-mid gaming market for anyone who has a brain, and it looks like they may break into the mid-high range gaming market in the gen after kaveri(or maybe even with kaveri)

    if you dont believe me you should actually spend a little bit of time going over the architecture and proposed gameplans amd has been releasing in the recent months. I am interested in haswell(especially the power efficiency) but nowhere near as interested in it as an apu that can easily wipe the floor with it in gaming for 2/3rds the price.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Tormenter

    Would all the pc users shitting hyperbole please stop, you lower the IQ rating of the entire net.

    I’ve been a pc gamer all of my days, since 286′s, but I wouldn’t be blinkered enough to claim ‘teh consoles are shit. pc is leeeeeeet!’

    Pc’s do MANY, MANY things, but the games part comes about though sheer grunt brute force, usually because of piss poor optimisation. Consoles do ONE thing, they play games, they are built for it and optimised for it.. and they do it well (apart from resolution, and aparently the xbone 180, yes I disparage it but only because of the major screw up MS made, still can’t generally do 1080p even this gen.. that’s a bad point). Consoles will be faster in general for the games they run for about 2 years before our new gpus manage to outrun the new memory architectures through sheer horsepower.. that’s not a boast, it’s just physics/moore’s law/obvious from past performance…. So at the end of the day it matters not a jot, except for the fact that the pc will benefit from easy porting..NICE.

    My point, before my brain sidetracked me, was… AMD have officially pissed me off, and I’ll never buy their brand again despite them being the majority of my gpu spending decisions over the years… and WHY?, do I hear you ask? Because despite the PC market keeping amd going, that they are afloat ‘JUST’ is simply due to their own mistakes in the market, they kept all of their major innovations and put most of their research into a different market, effectively selling substandard second class goods to the pc market, whilst dealing with the consoles to give them better tech…. and YES, THAT PISSES ME OFF.

    AMD can go fuck themselves for any further business for me, as far as I am concerned, they are no longer relevent, and can stay wth their new friends, who they obviously prefer to court over their existing loyal market.

    So, in summary, console v PC.. no biggie.. we should all, instead, save our angst to give the hardware companies a kick in the balls.

    #49 2 years ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

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

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

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

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

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

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

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

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

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]