Microsoft will win next-gen war, Sony’s online infrastructure is “god awful” – Bushnell

Thursday, 4 April 2013 20:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell is of the opinion that Microsoft will win the next-gen console war.

Speaking on GameTrailers’ Rollin’ With Nolan, Bushnell said he feels Sony’s system will be hindered by “lame” and software tools which will be hard to comprehend. An opinion which is in direct contrast to the opinion of many game developers on the matter, such as Epic, Gearbox, and id Software.

“I personally believe Microsoft is in a superior position, and the reason is Sony, whenever they change consoles, the software tools that they have are lame,” Bushnell said. “A lot of times in the past they were in Japanese; not well documented and getting the software development community up to speed…they may have been able to do it in Japan, but the American software community just says ‘Oh boy, what a pain.’

“And a lot of people don’t realize how strong the software community is at making the hardware platform sing and dance.”

Bushnell said its software which drives hardware sales, obviously, and Microsoft will excel over Sony in that department along with the online component. Bushnell feels Sony “really needs to get their action together” because its online infrastructure is “god awful.”

“Microsoft, because of their strong software tools, will end up with much better products sooner [and] easier, in my estimation,” Bushnell said. “And with that, I think will be an advantage. And also don’t forget, Microsoft actually has so much money to defend this. Plus, they have a good infrastructure with the [Xbox Live Arcade], with their online world.”

Strong words, there.

Microsoft will supposedly reveal its new console sometime before E3 – possibly in May – and Sony plans to have its PS4 on shelves in time for the holidays.

Thanks, Gamespot.


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  1. monkeygourmet


    He’s been playing too much ‘Custer’s Revenge…’

    #1 2 years ago
  2. dizzygear


    #2 2 years ago
  3. Seraphemz


    ” I dont hear anyone wanting a 3DS…” really?? I personally like the Vita but the 3DS as far as I know is extremely popular…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. SeWICX

    lol woot

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DGOJG

    What childish and unfounded comments. Slight hint of racism in there too; a Japanese console initially in Japanese? No shit Sherlock.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheSteamChamber

    As a fan of both Xbox consoles I think the system is dying a slow death… the next gen console is likely to be Kinect plus (Wii 2 essentially).

    They only care about the casual market now and Sony have been watching and listening.

    I and at least 3 friend have recently moved from xbox to PC and I can see many others doing the same.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    “An opinion which is in direct contrast to the opinion of many game developers on the matter, such as Epic, Gearbox, and id Software.”
    This pretty much ends on this point. The guy deosnt actually have anything to do with actual game development any more, he really doesnt know what he’s talking about, literally.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    WTF!!!!…*throw atari2600 outta the window*

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The_Red

    Why are people even listening to him? He has done some great things in the past but his has been saying nothing but crazy stuff for near a decade now.

    How on earth did he get a GT show, I will never know. Just when they finally get a decent show like Final Bosman, this happens…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    Hell no, don’t throw it out a window…it could kill someone…those things are heavy! lol.

    It would make a six foot hole in the ground.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. salarta

    While his remarks blatantly smack of extreme bias, I can see that there’s likely some small grain of truth to them given the current Playstation Store. The overhaul Sony gave it is so much worse than the less flashy yet more functional interface they had a year ago. Trying to search for something you know the title of is an annoying exercise in scrolling a letter wheel when the online keyboard was better even without a USB keyboard plugged in, and there were a lot more categories and options to help narrow down what kind of content you were looking for.

    I’m hoping the PS4′s interface is much, MUCH better than their latest PSN redesign, but I’m doubtful that will be the face.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Bashtee

    Didn’t have a Xbox360, is the online-infrastructure so much better?

    @6: I’ve been a PC fanatic for 15 years and I sold my gaming rig last year. I really liked it, but it just isn’t the same anymore. Might be the factor of getting older :/

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Fethennour

    Old scumbag…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Lengendaryboss

    I can understand the online component of Sony’s network is not up to MS network, but there is a reason for that. PSN is free and XBL is not of course their service is going to be top notch, that is what you expect for a paid service. But did he really say MS will excel Sony in software, Hah i have what hes smoking this isn’t 2005/06 get your head out of your ass old man, this is 2013 and Sony is the king of having a variety of exclusives.

    The PS4 reveal showed off two new IPs Knack and Driveclub, a focus on the hardcore/casual audience, innovations to the controller and the PS4 being for developers by developers.

    Name any noteworthy and successful exclusives besides Halo, GOW, Forza and Fable. Sure they trump Sony’s Software in sales but Sony have more software. If he is talking about software tools then fine i can’t judge that.

    But MS winning next gen, If and this is a big if MS do win Next gen with Always on, kinect installed Next Xbox and keeping with their current direction, then to be honest i have lost faith in gaming. Granted their new Black Tusk Studio is working on a new IP to rival the success of Halo and with MS big pockets it could very well achieve that.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. SlayerGT

    @7 Exactly. Unless these quotes where pulled from 06…in which case he’s spot on, spot on :P

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Djoenz


    btw arent some of those so called xbox exclusives on the PC as well?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Lengendaryboss

    @16 They are but not every single game in the franchises listed have found their way to PC. Besides its still console exclusive.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. viralshag

    To be honest, and I actually said this earlier somewhere, the online component of the 360 is what tipped me in its favour over the PS3 this gen.

    @14, Tbh I no longer buy the “it’s free so we should excuse its shitiness” excuse. Going from Live to PSN, pretty much ever, was a bad experience. The PS3 dashboard in general, for me, was awful in comparison.

    One area I would be expecting huge improvements in from Sony is definitely their online component.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. No_PUDding

    @7 Spot on.

    He clearly hasn’t seen the most apparent point Sony were talking about when announcing the PS4.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. melonbuster1

    Sony fanboys are fighting the truth. Sony sucks. Ps4 is an attempt at gaining what Microsoft took. Microsoft won’t lose. Same power better tools better online. More money. Sony is too. Last system from them.they can’t take another loss.but they will.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. No_PUDding


    But seriously, what do you really think?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Lengendaryboss

    @18 Well you wouldn’t want to pay for a service thats crap, if its free you can’t complain. Just saying if PSN wasn’t free and like this i would honestly switch platforms. I like the XMB barring its faults (slowness + simplistic design) but the PS4 interface images look like a slick experience.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Clupula

    If PSN wasn’t free, I wouldn’t go online anymore. Paying to play online is absolutely stupid.

    Anyway, are we sure this wasn’t him talking about the PS3 launch? Because there, all of his points stick, but now? Unless he’s been in cyrogenic sleep for the last 7 years, he couldn’t be more wrong.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Djoenz

    @23 +100

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Clupula

    I will say, though, that while I generally like the XMB’s design, I really do dislike the new version of the Store. But then again, I don’t know a single person who likes the new design. It’s certainly prettier than the old store, but it’s so slower to find anything.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. No_PUDding

    @25 yep its not good in that regard

    #26 2 years ago
  27. monkeygourmet


    The Vita has impressed me most with the ability to multitask and ease of flipping between settings, games and the store.

    Obviously it’s a handheld and touchscreen, but if Sony can replicate these kind of things with PS4 then it should be a pretty smooth experience.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Lengendaryboss

    @25 I don’t mind the new store design, its no problem to find anything, i get used to new things quickly. I like the simplistic design of the XMB but some people don’t like it compared to Xbox livearea. Sometimes pretty is not always an attractive quality.
    @27 Completely agree, thats is one of the many things what makes the PS Vita a true successor to PSP.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. DrDamn

    Hasn’t the dev system been done by SN Systems? Like the vita one. Which has been praises too. They aren’t Japanese last time I checked. Sony bought them a little while back specifically for this. Might have a point on online but he’s way off on the several stuff.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. polygem

    i am not a fan of the ps store either. compared to the marketplace it´s almost broken imo.
    i hate the ads on live.
    i kinda like the xmb too. was pretty upset that the vita does not have it and i think those bubble icons on the vita are plain ugly.

    what i love about the ps3 though-and i really hope they do not change that- is the icons that pop up if you scroll over a game, the picture or trailer and background music that starts. imo this is damn cool and looks great on your tv. i wish it would be on vita also.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. monkeygourmet


    Yeah the bubbles on the Vita do look pretty cheap.

    I expect them to overhaul the OS on the PS4 launch so they are pretty similar across both systems.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Lengendaryboss

    @30 Me too i love that.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. RoadShow











    #33 2 years ago
  34. monkeygourmet


    You can’t argue with that!

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Fin

    |”A lot of times in the past they were in Japanese”

    Fuck, he’s got a point here.

    Though then again, in the past, Microsoft were just a software company. Surely that means that now they’re not able to make hardware??


    #35 2 years ago
  36. Clupula

    @33 – Hey, you’re going to wake up the children! Stop yelling!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. CPC_RedDawn

    This guy needs to get the stick removed from his arse. Seriously, Sony’s infrastructure is just as good if not better in some areas than Microsoft’s. I mean, I have since sold my 360 a while ago now and having ventured to a mates house where he still has one I have seen the new(ish) GUI/dashboard on the 360 and it makes my head and eyes seriously hurt. What is it with Microsoft and boxes? It makes the Playstation 3 action bar a dream to play with. If Microsoft can’t even get the UI right after about 5 attempts then god help them. Sure their online components that 360 can do that PS3 can’t but most of them I could care less about and a lot of other could too. And we know these will be implemented into the PS4, plus what has been shown of the GUI on the PS4 it looks much cleaner and coherent compared to the current 360 and PS3. Though I think Valve and their “Big Picture” mode have gotten it pretty much nailed down perfectly. I mean I recently built a second gaming rig for the living room to use with Big Picture and the experience has been awesome. Built a system then consists of:

    Bitfenix Prodigy ITX case,
    Intel Core i5 3570K @ 4.8GHz (Corsair H100i 2 Bitfenix Pro Spectre fans)
    Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Motherboard
    16GB Samsung 1600MHz DDR3 RAM @ 2400MHz
    2TB Western Digital Caviar Black Sata3 drive (games, movies, and music)
    240GB OCZ SSD for OS (Windows 7 x64)
    Nvidia 4GB GTX680 superclocked EVGA GPU

    Using this system on my 60″ Plasma in the living room, with Big Picture is a dream. Sure it cost me just shy of £1600 but the end experience is just simply out standing.

    EDIT: Sorry I went off topic a little there LOL

    #37 2 years ago
  38. xXNapsterManXx

    As an Xbox player for many years and not an Owner of a PS3 because of broken almost everything, I think he might be wrong PSN launched as a pile of poo and has taken awhile to get anywhere but i think Sony won’t want to make the same mistake twice.

    Sony have also been using the fact that they have Un-fucked the architecture since the shambles of Cell, but for me I’m impressed with the efforts they have made with PS4 besides that Share button i think that is just stupid.

    But at this point with firm details about the NextBox still unknown i am still swaying towards xbox unless Microsoft come out and say “We are going Casual” and the hardware is like a Wii U and they push kinect i am still going to buy xbox first, But this time i think i might get the sony console unlike last gen.

    ALSO Someone needs to make a third party PS4 controller shaped like a Xbox Controller of I will loose my shit I hate the PS3 controller, Cascade thumbsticks FTW!

    #38 2 years ago
  39. RocknRolla

    wtf? someone actually believes this guy? haha.. Online? I have almost never had any problems with online gaming on the PS3! most of my friends changed from Xbox to PS3 just seeing me play it ffs true story :D

    #39 2 years ago
  40. joerucas

    ok after reading thru the coments left here i think il say my peice xbox will crush ps and for all the people on here saying oh u have to pay for xbox well i would rather pay for something good then get shit on for free and with the higher price tag on a ps that isnt even worth half the price yeah i think il stick with xbox and pay my mebership wich is 50 a year btw i still be saving money for 2 years before i reach the ps price tag and to #33 roadshow pc games charge ya to play to not all but they do all sell dlc and thats where the $$$ comes from so the ps3 has good graphics woopty dooo so does xbox and lets not forget that sony is either to lazy/ignorent to make their own OS and run windows wich last time i checked is microsoft but to be fair mirosoft uses their lenses for reading disc’s either way ps3 and realy soon ps4 are garbage that isnt suitable for enjoyment because as soon as xbox live came into existence ps online took a hard hit because their online experience just cant compare their connections suck their setup is over complicated and its an overrated shity paper weight oh yeah just so u know roadshow here is link with more than a few xbox exclusiv games
    do ur research befor spouting dumb shit on a forum

    #40 2 years ago
  41. RocknRolla

    Bitch please.. This old fart don’t have any more energy for games, he is thinking of the money M$ will give him for saying that..

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Mr Sparkle

    Should have waited for MS’ reveal maybe…?

    #42 2 years ago
  43. brent292

    I guess you guys know more then the founder of Atari,lol

    #43 2 years ago
  44. pukem0n


    you really cant. thats what everyone in a mental institution is going to say to you after encountering such an individual

    #44 2 years ago
  45. gargus

    So the man who founded a company that destroyed itself and ruined the game industry as a whole for years, then the company came back to always be in last place in terms of hardware and never created a game that even inspired to mediocrity and finally went completely bankrupt is giving advice to current game companies? Everything he has been attached to since the 80′s has been a complete failure. Endorsed the commodore cdtv? A judge on the tv show made in the usa? A advisor for The last good idea he had was making chuck e cheese, but he couldn’t even manage a restaurant chain as he sold it a year later because he kept losing money.

    Yes Ill admit PSN was a rocky start but it has constantly been improving itself, with the way sony has to been so customer centric lately I have no reason to not believe they are stepping up more with the PSN as a whole.

    Besides, he has no first hand experience with what sony has in store for PSN once the PS4 launches. He has no real insight into what they are doing. He sounds like an old man bitter at an industry that forgot him and is no longer relevant to trying to lash out against the current industry favorite.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. TSTmp

    OH! He is too old for this crap.

    Software can be develop/upgrade, but Hardware is not. PS4 came with better hardware means better future.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. mojo

    go home nolan, your drunk

    #47 2 years ago
  48. HUcast

    @43 Well, this was in April and Microsoft kinda screwed themselves. I have mad respect for Busnell but, in this case, he was dead wrong.

    At best, the Xbox One will hover between the #2 or 3 position at release and stay there for about a year or so. Sales will pick up when Microsoft releases an updated and/or streamlined Xbox One (whichever cliché word they wish to tack on)

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Gigabomber

    Said it before and I’ll say it again: Sony being a Japanese company doesn’t do it any good service in English speaking countries. Guess I was right. Racism? Japan’s first language is not english and most devs understand english. Fact.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. sebastien rivas

    Never used a Ps3 or Xbox 360 because they were too expensive to beging with.
    Although We have a Wii and I must say while the interface is rudimentary and simple visually. It is also comfortable, easy to navigate etc…

    Now to bring a point to Mr Bushnell.
    There is an article out there that states Sony knows how behind visually and I assume also ergonomically their attempt of online store or cloud were. They repeatedly stated they learned their lessonS .

    So we will see,
    Ps4+ is not free indeed but it sounds like it is fair price as far as I can tell.
    Is Xbox 1 delivering same internet connection cloud price point as Ps4+?

    #50 2 years ago
  51. withinme

    lol he says completely opposite of what everyone says….

    #51 2 years ago
  52. withinme

    @melonbuster1 false….

    #52 2 years ago
  53. AsianGameing


    #53 2 years ago

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    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 […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]