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PS4 like “the world’s best PC”, says Epic boss

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 00:52 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Epic Games vice president Mark Rein seems fairly enamoured with the PlayStation 4, going as far as describing it as a “really perfect gaming PC”.

Rein made this master race-enraging comment in a GDC interview with CVG.

“I think it’s a very smart move on Sony’s behalf to build this sort of enhanced PC architecture and then put so much in it,” he said. “Let’s not forget it has 16 times the memory we had in PlayStation 3 – that’s not insignificant. Knowing that every machine has that, we can do crazy, ridiculous stuff with that.

“The other exciting thing is that when you think about Windows, even Windows for most people is tied to about 2GB of addressable memory space. This really opens up beyond what most PCs can do, because most PCs are running a 32-bit version of Windows. It’s like giving you the world’s best PC.”

Rein said many of the features Sony has announced for the console, like background downloads, are “super convenient”.

“The kind of stuff that they announced that they’re doing, the level of convenience and things like that – they’re making a really perfect gaming PC,” he said.

“I’ve always said that the things in the next-generation that aren’t just brute force hardware are all about the service and simplicity of the experience – the things that make it as fun and easy to get a PS4 game as it is to get a game on your iPad.”

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53 Comments

  1. Dark

    http://assets.diylol.com/hfs/513/f43/ecd/resized/winter-is-coming-meme-generator-the-shitstorm-is-coming-4a3c1b.jpg

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TD_Monstrous69

    I agree with him. Enraged PC gamer comments in 3…2…1…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DuckNation

    And so it begins

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    Let me “shut up, sit down and relax” (Tommy GTA Vice City) grab some popcorn and watch the storm come in :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TMRNetShark

    Oh I get it. It was an April Fool’s joke. XD

    #5 2 years ago
  6. CPC_RedDawn

    I am a PC gamer and I completely agree with him. The ease of the x86/64bit CPU, the mid range GPU and 8GB unified memory in every box with a less demanding OS is great. However, it still does not mean its more powerful than a decent PC. Like others have said it is a higher spec than most PC’s but these said PC’s are not nessacarily gaming machines. But the optimizations that will go into a console game will always out weight what can go into a PC game. PC is and always will have the brute force and stupid amounts of power with crazy texture sizes, frame rates, etc. Consoles will have the ease of use, optimized games, bettee exclusives, larger install base, etc.

    Also, I think there is a typo in the article. As 32bit windows can address a maximum of 4GB memory (this is system and GPU memory combined). 64bit is insanely more like 128GB+ but im not sure.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    It’s not hard to see where he’s coming from, but I’d argue there’s better reasons to use a PC than horsepower and spending loads of money on that. Consoles aren’t exactly low drag when it comes to interface and multi-tasking, but it’s horses for courses.

    For a games developer looking to keep costs down and production values up, it’s a no-brainer though.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. machy

    PS4/next box is the new stander for games, that should make pc gamers happy and yet they keep comparing them .. xD

    #8 2 years ago
  9. PC_PlayBoy

    More PR gobshite from Epic. Wonder how many £££ Sony put into their pocket to spin such bullshit.

    Same can be said of that prick from Avalanche Studios in his rant about PS$ outperform most PC’s for many years to come.

    Yeah, right…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    @9 Are you willing to take a bet on whether consoles will outperform the PC for the next two years? I’m sure we’d all love to have your money.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. machy

    @9 why r made? r u threaten by the ps4 or something?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. aprotosis

    I love how this conversation is even framed. Sony (and Nintendo admittingly) have traditionally used esoteric customized hardware in their consoles which made it a bitch-and-a-half to program for. Coupled with Sony’s poor ability to get a decent SDK out and it has been a nightmare for developers to get started on PS hardware for the first couple of years until better tools are developed and shared among the industry.

    Now they are finally using more off-the-shelf style hardware which will make developing on the console significantly easier (I still lament the lack of DirectX, but, you know…) and people act like it is this great new innovation.

    So pretty much, this is only news because Sony has traditionally sucked eggs for so long.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. aprotosis

    @9 Nah, no greasing needed. Middleware companies like Epic need to get people (players and developers) excited about the next generation. They have their own vested interest at play here. They will say the same thing about MS’s new console when they are allowed to talk about it too.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. PC_PlayBoy

    @11 & DSB (Dude Sucks Balls)

    Console owners are naive and embarrass themselves by believing such nonsense. It’s PR bullshit to sell consoles. Nothing more.

    A $400 box can’t compete with gaming PC’s and never will, that’s a fact.

    PC’s will always be better. Deal with it.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    Yeap. He described what PS4 is. It’s a PC.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. ps3fanboy

    SUCK IT UP PC MASTER RACE…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    Dude Sucks Balls? Ahahahaha. Loooool.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. livewired500

    going 64 bit is a great decision, but about time. I’ve been on 64-bit architecture for 12 years (since xp and P4). And yes, finally having 8GB of RAM without API overhead is good. However, I just ordered my VC and 32GB of RAM for my new rig today. That will be half of the RAM that will end up in my system. Not too worried about losing a couple GB to Windows.

    I am excited about the new consoles and their choice of architecture because I expect that games for PC will only get better as a result. But to say that the PS4 is the best gaming PC, is a bit delusional, or for marketing purposes.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. CL4P-TP

    wow i didnt know a ps4 is spec’d out better than my PC running an i7-3770K@4.5Ghz with 16GB of RAM and a GTX 670FTW+GTX460 dedicated to PhysX and an SSD with windows 64bit. who’d thunk it

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Brenna Hillier

    In before this devolves into a name-calling parade. Don’t do it.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    @14 Please kill yourself.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    @19:

    L337 rig there, man!

    Can you play Minecraft on max settings?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. blackdreamhunk

    32-bit argument is crap clearly vice president Mark Rein is trash talking with out any proof or statistics to back up his claims. For example on stream you can clearly see that there is a lot of pc gamers who are runing their pc at 64 bit OS what’s the new fad with RAM? well guess what pc gamers have been using 8G of ram. Some computers rund 16G of ram.PC gamers are aware of memory limitations there already since well quite a few years ago. A 64bit OS is not a new thing and consumers have had a 64-bit option since 2005, 8 years ago with Windows xp professional 64.most high end GPUs have dedicated video memory of 1-3GB of GDDR5 in addition to the 8GB of system RAM.32bit OS you are most likely using an old laptop or a netbook. If somehow you are on a 32bit OS and you have 4GB of RAM or more, well you better switch because you aren’t using all of your RAM there.

    http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Chief Thunder

    #16 he just said it’s the ‘PERFECT GAMING PC’ harharhar think about that for a second…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. CL4P-TP

    @22 naw man i have to lower the settings or else my FPS drops below 1000FPS

    #25 2 years ago
  26. GwynbleiddiuM

    I’m not entirely sure why people are fighting over absolutely nothing? I think some of the folks totally misunderstood Mark Rein’s comment, he is clearly talking on development level. He says that they now have more power compared to PS3 and the architecture is closer to PC which makes development much easier compared to PS3.

    Why fight over this?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Dragon246

    ^Because fighting on internet over tiny things is COOL?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. dan1968

    Next-generation consoles will be good for pc gaming, just thought I’d throw that in here….now continue to fight…GO

    #28 2 years ago
  29. G1GAHURTZ

    @25:

    Dude, you’re so pro!

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Digital Bamboo

    May be worth noting that he did say “most PCs”, and since most PCs aren’t used for high-end gaming, (unless MS made the most recent version of Solitaire REALLY extreme) this is entirely true.

    Agree with 26 about the development comment. He is clearly just excited, speaking with a bit of hyperbole, and not referring to those PCs that are built by enthusiasts to crank games on triple monitors.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. redwood

    haahahah… awesome :D “race-enraging” that’s a good one Brenna

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Atmey

    While we are at it, what is the best PC specs? I can think of SLI-3 GTX 690 i7 xtreme, 16GB @ 2000+, PCI SSD.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Christopher Jack

    What makes the PS4 so good is that there’s one single machine to develop for, it’s why iOS devices are so much faster & more fluid than stronger Android devices.

    I’d still choose Android because I don’t like iOS limitations & if my choice was between a mid range PC & a PS4 I’d probably choose the PC(if I didn’t have a decent one).

    I mean there’s so much more that a PC can do that Sony’s unlikely to ever let the PS4 do & that’s where the downfall of consoles begin. I do think gaming should be a primary focus but that doesn’t mean they should rule out functionality altogether.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. GwynbleiddiuM

    @33 True. Has anyone forgot the outrage that the dropping support for Linux caused among fans? Well I don’t expect a full featured OS like windows or Linux, but I have expectations for a considerably powerful device.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Kalain

    So, what he’s saying, in reality, is that a PS4 is a lot better than a non-gaming pc? He’s just said it in such a way that, or reported in such a way, to antagonise PC gamers in general. But, if you read the full text he says:

    I’ve always said that the things in the next-generation that aren’t just brute force hardware are all about the service and simplicity of the experience – the things that make it as fun and easy to get a PS4 game as it is to get a game on your iPad.

    Which then puts it all into perspective of what he is trying to say.

    Also, saying ‘master race-enraging comments’ isn’t really good journalism since you asked, in a post, to not name call and yet this will cause it to happen.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. xxJPRACERxx

    Instead of “the world’s best PC” I think “the world’s most convenient PC” should be better and that’s why I’m getting a PS4.

    @6 It’s true you can address 4 GB with 32 bits but in the 32-bit version of Windows, Windows itself reserved 2 GB for it’s own use. There’s a special boot command you can use to enable 3 GB of working RAM but the application must also be coded to support it. Search for “3 GB barrier” and “Physical Address Extension” if you need more info. BTW, the 3 GB barrier is not a limit of Windows only but a limit of 32-bit OS and motherboard design.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Vice

    Yay, so a next gen console is going to be as powerful as best PC hardware for the time of release. How unexpected! See you in a year or two when PC’s take lead again.
    Even though overall “closer to PC architecture” thing might be a good sign. They might finally start releasing ports of console games faster and better (hello, Dark Souls…) and more of them. And maybe even emulator will be made faster this time….

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Atmey

    @37 This claim is a huge exaggeration, the PS4 won’t be better than the best PC, I mean how can you compare something worth 5000 to something worth 500?

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Jerykk

    @7

    I hope you aren’t suggesting that console development is somehow cheaper than PC development. It most definitely isn’t. There’s a reason why the PC has more indie games than any other platform. No $10,000 dev kits, for one. Also, the lack of mandatory (and expensive) certification and publisher requirements is also handy.

    If you want to make the most of your budget and get the largest profit margins, you make a PC game. If you want to get tons of marketing and hype, you make a (big-budget) console game.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. adge_uk

    Yes, several PC’s run at 64bit. Yes, several have 32GB of RAM. Yes, several have incredibly powerful CPU’s and GPU’s. But… and this is key… not all do… So, at the core, you design to a lower spec.

    It doesn’t matter if you are running Battlefield 3 on a minimum spec PC or a maximum PC the core game is the same, characters on screen, AI, level size, weapon selection, destructible environments, narrative etc. What the extra bells and whistles add are nicer effects, bigger textures, better frame-rates… But these don’t change the core game.

    By moving the base spec up and knowing everyone has 8GB of fixed speed ram, knowing that everyone will be running at 64bit, everyone will have the same graphics card and cpu etc – you can shift that core gameplay up so the levels can be bigger, the AI smarter, more characters can be on screen, better physics etc.

    That’s the shift. Yes, top end PC’s will be able to pump out more shiny graphics than the PS4 (but again with a fixed architecture it won’t be a slouch). But by moving the entry point up the type of games on offer will shift.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. roadkill

    Lol!

    #41 2 years ago
  42. xxJPRACERxx

    @40 Completely agree.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. ggc75

    Geez bored already of the pro Pc or Pro Ps brigades! Who cares? Yes Sony has gone for off shelf components. Yes Pc will be more powerful and you can do more than just play games.

    However, we all need to chill out and accept that the amount of money you have to outlay for a cutting edge pc is out of most peoples reach. With consoles the initial outlay is mid to high depending on when you get into their lifespan.

    It is the games that count on each system. We have both console and Pc in my family. Each for different reasons, each do a great job at various things.

    I am not a fanboy of any console maker, not am I a keen pc gamer. I just love games and tech.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. zinc

    @40+1, Well said. The fact that devs will now be able to focus their development & not have to worry so much about porting to greatly dissimilar platforms, is good news for gamers.

    But, hey ignore that & lets focus on how some guy calling the PS4 “a good gaming pc” is somehow hugely insulting.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Hirmetrium

    The problem will be is that devs will be limited by the nextbox, since not supporting it will cripple their sales.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. viralshag

    Gutted for PC gamers. Consoles will be more like PCs next-gen than ever before and you’re still going to get shitty second-thought ports.

    Ouch.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. ps3fanboy

    the pc master race will only have games like solitaire in the future… hahaha!. no game company want to make games for their high tech powered nuke reactor peecees, hahaha!

    #47 2 years ago
  48. sh4dow

    There was this great diagram somebody posted the other day:
    http://www.hartware.de/media/news/57000/57456_2b.jpg

    The world’s best PC, my ass!
    If anything, relatively speaking, the PS4 may be worse than any console released before!

    #48 2 years ago
  49. blackdreamhunk

    @48

    it was me I posted it.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. MadFingerz

    @40 +1. Besides, the PS4 will be better than any pc I can buy/build at the same price in my country, so yeah…not to mention that even a pc with the same specs isn’t as optimized for gaming as the PS4 will be.

    @48 “If anything, relatively speaking, the PS4 may be worse than any console released before!”

    ooooh son, nooo…That statement is completely absurd and you should feel ashamed for it.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. blackdreamhunk

    here is nice link on future of pc gaming

    Future of PC Gaming After Playstation 4 & Xbox 720 Are Released & What PC Gaming Needs to Improve On

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj0OfVsKuFU

    #51 2 years ago
  52. blackdreamhunk

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    Despite softness in the PC market, Nvidia posted record revenue in fiscal 2013 with a 7% annual increase. Its focus on and success in mobile computing cushioned the negative impact of lower PC shipments.
    Since it derives >80% of its revenue from the PC market, Nvidia remains highly sensitive to any adverse development in the PC industry.
    Nvidia is the market leader in GPUs and we believe its revenue from the PC market will continue rising due to a revival in the PC market, expanding gaming hardware market and popularity of discrete GPUs.
    Discrete graphics remain the preferred choice for gaming applications, and Nvidia is the market leader in both the discrete desktop and discrete notebook GPU markets.
    The PC gaming hardware market is estimated to increase from $23.6 billion in 2012 to $30 billion by 2015. The robust PC gaming market led to an increase in Nvidia’s GPU shipments in 2012 and its GPU market share increased by >10%.
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    #52 2 years ago
  53. nollie4545

    What a crock of shit.

    #53 2 years ago

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  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]