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PS4 is “gaming console at heart”, PC architecture requested by devs

Monday, 11 March 2013 16:25 GMT By Dave Cook

PS4 is still a games console at its core, despite a slew of social and multimedia features. That’s the claim of Sony’s Worldwide Studios VP Michael Denny. He also explained why the system’s PC-based architecture is the result of Sony’s first-party developer requirements.

Speaking with OPM, the exec said of PS4′s PC-like architecture, “I think the main reason behind it is that’s what the development community wanted. That’s what the development community want in terms of ease of development and making the best games they possibly can.”

But the console’s PC innards won’t make it any less of a gaming console, Denny advised, “This is still a console made for gaming, with gaming at its heart. I think that we learn from all the platforms we launch & systems we’ve developed.

“Part of PlayStation 4 is learning from previous platforms and making things better. Then part of it is the new experience as well, adding extra features, and you put those together for a much better package and much better experience for the gamer”.

Tech-babble aside, games remain king for Denny and his team, “At the end of the day it’s about the output. It’s about having the best games and the best experiences. To do that you’ve got to have the best creators on board, the best development teams.

“That’s the whole philosophy behind it and we’ve architected a system that we believe will get us the best content. Making decisions like having the 8GB high speed system memory on board is just a massive win for developers in terms of the sort of games they can create, and the ease of game development”.

“I think that ultimately great content always wins the day”, he concluded.

The PS4′s prowess has certainly made a lot of developers happy. Just check out this shortlist of outspoken developers happy to slap Sony on the back:

Phew.

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46 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    Nobody want’s any weird shit like the ‘CELL’ again…

    The only thing annoying is that means B/C games will now be streamed, offered as a 1080p re-release which we’ll have to buy again or just simply not be available.

    That means leaving my PS3 plugged in (running out of gadget space), or having to stream games in shitty quality over the PS4.

    I would rather pay another £75 and have a B/C PS4 that played all the PS3 games.

    Same with 720 and 360. If MS are smart and the 720 is like a hugely beefed up 360, they will allow B/C out of the box.

    I have about 100 XBLA games (Trials etc…), If I can’t transfer them to 720 i’ll be pretty pissed…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SlayerGT

    “At the end of the day it’s about the output. It’s about having the best games and the best experiences. To do that you’ve got to have the best creators on board, the best development teams.”

    They get it. What I’m looking for when I purchase a video game console, they get it.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    It’s a Sonybox. Huck chuck chuck.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    Price it ok, and it will sell well.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Lahanas

    I love what Sony is doing with the PS4. In this stupid day and age, a back-to-basics approach with a “gaming console at heart” is what we need.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    @5
    Agree, I do worry it’s maybe not what enough people need though – if you get what I mean.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Cobra951

    @5: Amen! I’m very hopeful about this system. Let’s see if they can deliver on their hype.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. blackdreamhunk

    Sony PS4 hardware vs PC longevity from dev

    “Avalanche Studios have been responsible for previous games such as the Just Cause series and more recently, the Renegade Ops game which came out in 2011. Although nothing has been announced yet, it is highly likely that they are already working on games for the PS4 and their co-founder has boldly said that the Sony PS4 now has the hardware to ‘out power most PCs for years to come’.”

    “What we and probably most PC owners would like to hear though, is whether he was referring to the average consumer PC or a PC that has been specifically built for gaming purposes. While the PS4 may be equipped with exciting specs at the moment, there is always going to be a PC that has better hardware than the PS4 as long as consumers are willing to pay a stiff premium price for it.”

    http://www.product-reviews.net/2013/03/11/sony-ps4-hardware-vs-pc-longevity-from-dev/

    Ps4 like all consoles is a watered down pc! Pc and pc gaming is the Borg!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZEJ4OJTgg8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdWUL8DaRJI

    the ps4 is looking more and more like a PC. Basically the devs want a PC. They don’t want a console.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. deathm00n

    @8 “Basically the devs want a PC. They don’t want a console.” This makes no sense, if a dev wants to create something for PC they can. Nothing is stopping them. So yeah, some of them wants to make games for consoles.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. PC_PlayBoy

    It’s just PR gobshite and arse kissing. It was the same with the PS3, everything was “great”, but in reality the console was a nightmare. Don’t believe the spin…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. blackdreamhunk

    Q#9 ps4 is basically out dated crimped PC. This generation ha not even started and th PC and PC gaming is already out striding consoles. PS4 is nothing more than cheap knock off of the real deal the PC.

    big companies and cooperations like Sony and Microsoft is basically holding back the gaming Industry, pc gaming, pc gamers and humanity with primitive technology and primitive levels of thinking and advertising.

    Pc gaming and PC are the Borg resistance is futile your culture will adept to service us! I did say that on many forums gaming sites and my words always come to pass.

    Are consoles killing gaming? – Truthloader Investigates

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENByQu2bxKY

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ps4some

    @8 Are you lolconnors alter ego? You sound as stupid as him and you’ve mysteriously reappeared since he ‘left’

    #12 2 years ago
  13. blackdreamhunk

    @#12 PC 3 has come and gone and guess what PC gaming is still here. PC gaming has hobbled giant companies like Sony hence the ps4

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    As the biggest console fan of the previous generation this is a good decision and it is good for both Playstation gamers and for the PC gamers in general.

    My only gripe is that PS4 is nothing special to be honest. Ps1, PS2, and PS3 had some interesting technology. Even if CELL sucked ass it was an interesting experiment.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. HauntaVirus

    The spec that really stands out against pc is the GDDR5. I’m excited to see what they can do with that.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. blackdreamhunk

    Samsung Executive Blames Microsoft, Windows 8 for Flat PC Memory Market

    http://www.dailytech.com/Samsung+Executive+Blames+Microsoft+Windows+8+for+Flat+PC+Memory+Market/article30088.htm

    #16 2 years ago
  17. deathm00n

    Should we ignore blackdreamhunk like those doomsday prophets we see on the street?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight

    @17

    Yes that is exactly it.

    @12
    BDH has been here quite a while spilling his PC elitist dribble.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ps4fanboy

    PS4 should atleast have PS2 bc out of the box thru emulation.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. nollie4545

    LOL!!! Console fan bois: ‘I’m excited about DDR5 RAM…’ ROFL LMFAO.

    As if the speed of RAM will make any difference at all, if the rumours are true, both Xbox and PS4 will use AMD tech and on die GPU technology which means they will automatically be destroyed by current gen graphics cards, much less anything in the next 12-24 months.

    Devs want PC internals and basic hardware purely because of the uniformity of coding new software, not to mention the fact that all gaming coding is done on PC hardware anyway, it is a simple step to take software from being made on a PC to being played on a PC. Consoles involve transforming the software to run on a non-native set of operating instructions and this creates more cost and takes more effort, not to mention the time it takes.

    So yes, this move towards consoles running more PC tech is a good move, but anyone who thinks their PS4 is going to out gun a modest gaming rig is sorely mistaken.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. blackdreamhunk

    #18 pc gaming the Borg has taken over youtube Pc gaming the borg makes the retailers tremble. Next will be the next generation consoles. More and more people be assimilated.

    Has PC Gaming Taken Over YouTube?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fwe_gNU6tw

    we are the borg you will be assimilated resistance is futile

    #21 2 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    I used to laugh at BDH too. Still, he makes me smile. But not for the same reasons. Alot of what he has said…has been playing out. Alot of industry talent has left the consoles for mobile, social, PC, etc. Alot of devs and even a high profile pub or two have gone under. Alot of companies lose money on consoles, including platform holders. And Sony is on thin ice while Nintendo seem lost and MS wants to provide you with a pluthera of non gaming services.

    Seems to me, and I say with a smile and a shaking head….about BDH: His words are solid!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    @22

    As solid as quicksand. In reality the industry is changing and its not towards the PC in fact its going to be for mobile that is the truth. Look at all hardware transitions they go from overly huge to more streamlined and mobile. The industry is just adapting to changes and mobile is where its at especially for indies. Low amount of money needed to get in with a high return.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. nollie4545

    PC gaming is not elitist, it really isn’t. I got into it and I knew nothing about PCs yet I managed to build my own rig and install an OS. Then you install your own browser, get steam and the next thing you know its easier than slicing bread and toasting it.

    Its a little expensive to start with but a modest gaming rig can shove games out above console quality for nothing like the 1-2K often spent on headline rigs. You don’t need to spend big money, you really do not.

    With more and more forums, and standardised components there has never been a better time to hit the platform.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    Nothing to argue there PB. Still doesn’t change anything. When you are a console, you don’t want the games or the talent that makes them going anywhere else. It doesn’t matter if they go PC or wristwatches. You are trying to be the one stop shop for games.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    nollie +1

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Phoenixblight

    @25

    And PS4 seems to be going that route with using an architecture that is similiar to the PC and they talking about allowing devs to self publish. You know what that sounds like? The mobile market and PC market. People will go for consoles because its to plug in and play no need to worry about drivers or troubleshooting hardware. PC you get stuff like Rage or Tomb Raider with it having horrible drivers are being built with one GPU manufacturer in mind. You don’t get that with a console.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Fin

    @24

    PC gaming isn’t elitist.
    The people who enthuse about it are.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. blackdreamhunk

    Leaving Console gaming for PC Gaming.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtBsfnvezgo

    #29 2 years ago
  30. xxJPRACERxx

    I really like that Sony is talking about games and not stupid TV tuner…

    It’s nice to see a console maker listening to game devs.

    Also a nice thing about using normal PC parts, if they continue that way with the PS5, and there’s no reason why not, is backward compatibility. PS5 will be backward compatible with PS4.

    But my only reason to keep gaming on PC is keyboard and mouse (well, trackball in my case).

    #30 2 years ago
  31. ManuOtaku

    I do like sony did take the humble approach with their new system, especially in the tech side of things doing a lot easier the time of developers that will mean more great things for us the consumers, now i think the difference between multiplatform games will not exist, in terms of performance, once again exclusives will be a key issue this coming gen.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Virginityrocks

    @30

    The only reason to keep gaming on a PC is that it already does everything, including gaming.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. SuperJollyGreenGiant

    Never forget that Michael Denny is probably the most boring man in video games. He is a corporate boot licking drone who knows how to count beans but not how to make games.

    ‘To do that you’ve got to have the best creators on board, the best development teams.’

    Sony internal development in the UK has been a case of steady decline in recent years, mismanaged and not able to recognise or retain talented and experienced creators. Sony Liverpool case in point.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. ps4some

    @18 indeed but he had quite a few months off and has recently returned

    #34 2 years ago
  35. nollie4545

    The reason to game on a PC is plain and simple. You want next gen console graphics today. You want quality settings of 1080P and above. You want higher frame rates, you want a bigger and better MP experience. And you want to buy games cheaper, or because you want to buy and play games which simply are not available on console.

    The more expensive the next gen consoles are, the weaker the argument for buying into them, you might as well spend a bit more and get a modest desktop PC, wait two years and upgrade the graphics card.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. DarkElfa

    PS4 will be the first console I’ve bought in 12 years and I don’t care if it’s made of purple dragon livers and candy corn as long as it plays games well.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Keivz

    @35
    You seem to have forgotten about console exclusives. That, and I’m willing to bet PC ports won’t be able to match console games for at least the first 1-2 years of the next gen consoles’ releases, just like when this generation started. It’ll takes quite a bit of extra-horsepower to overcome the lack of optimization (dedicated programming to uniform hardware) that the consoles enjoy.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Djoenz

    Seems to me all PC elitists care about is hardware and graphics… I only care about the games. Exclusives. I stick with consoles because of the games. 720p Uncharted and Tomb Raider is more than enough for me graphics wise. Beautiful.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Djoenz

    Enjoy your crisis 3 on pc it still remains a mediocre game wahahaha!

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Dave Cook

    @39 Crysis 3*

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Samoan Spider

    And somewhere in all of this, we gamers forgot that we like to play games. Games are available on a variety of platforms depending on what you need and require. No one is right or wrong. I’ve recently jumped off the medium/1080p wagon and realised that max settings 900p/720p gives me the experience I want. This coming from a PC gamer. But here’s the kicker. Do you know what a lot of my friends are playing at the moment? I mean sinking proper time into? Candy Crush. Yeah I know, but that’s a fact.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Christopher Jack

    Anyone who thinks console gaming is about having the same detailed graphics as their $3k rig is retarded. I’d honestly probably build a new desktop before a PS4 or neXtBox.

    Frankly any modern ‘core’ PC gamer wouldn’t want less than a Core i5 processor ($150+), a $100 minimum GPU (GTX650/Radeon 7770), 8GB RAM ($40+), then you need your mobo($40+), HDD ($50+ for 500GB), optical drive ($20+[I still consider it essential]), PSU ($20+), case ($30+), KB&M ($10+) & altogether you’ll be looking at $450+ (exc. Windows license) for a very basic PC that will be outperformed by the PS4.

    You could perhaps find cheaper prices than what I listed but the majority of consumers wouldn’t.

    I personally wouldn’t build the above listed rig as I don’t see the point in spending that much for something that can’t max games @1080p on a single screen so I’d probably be looking at upgrading the CPU to an i7(another $100+) simply because it’ll be longer before I’d have to replace & I am quite interested in grabbing the Radeon 7970 (another $300+). Maybe another 8GB of RAM too. Of course I’d need enough spare dough before even considering getting this.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. OrbitMonkey

    @41, I’d argue that arguing about the platform is a large part of being a gamer tbh. Either for or against a particular platform, or trying to keep the peace, it’s part and parcel of the whole shebang :-)

    Obviously some take it to far, but you always get nutters, regardless of the hobby… I’m betting theirs some right headbangers at Crufts for example!

    Besides, if gamers were not willing to rant/discuss these things online, sites like VG247 wouldn’t exist & poor old Dave would be dishing out chips in some dingy glaswegian greasy-spoon… Probably :-)

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Samoan Spider

    @43 No denying that. The industry I work in breeds fanatical nutters more than most areas I can assure you. Which I guess is why it bothers me that people aren’t objective enough to see things on their merits instead choosing blind fanaticism .
    Also, whilst I’d happily buy chips from Dave, you’re right insofar as the lunatics are doing him a kindness by saving him from a life of salt and vinegar servitude ;)

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Djoenz

    @40 perhaps I spelled it that way on purpose? Nahh real typo. You got me haha. I played Crysis on PC years ago on medium settings. At the time buddy of mine couldnt play it on ultra settings no one could tbh. Crysis has been talked about for ages but for what reason? Because of the awesome gameplay and story? Or graphics?..-__-

    #45 2 years ago
  46. TD_Monstrous69

    I like on how a lot of people here are basically declaring the PS4 and next-gen consoles dead, and that gaming PC’s are the greatest bestest thing ever in my life forever for gaming doode, and that nothing on next consoles will ever be as great as PC”s, all before the next generation consoles have ever even been demoed or really had any substancial content shown for them. Though one thing I will say about the PS4 is I really like the approach that Sony is taking with it, and it should only be a benefit for everyone in the equation for the PS4′s success. Also, Naughty Dog working in the current Cell-based architecture have made phenomenal technical marvels of games, with Uncharted 3 basically rivaling or topping almost anything that’s been done tech-wise on the PC. Now them working in the X86-based architecture, I can only imagine what’s possible.

    #46 2 years ago

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    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

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  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

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  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

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  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

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  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

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  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]