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Windows 8 blamed for biggest quarterly decline in PC shipments on record

Thursday, 11 April 2013 11:36 GMT By Dave Cook

PC shipments have suffered the worst quarterly decline since records began. That’s the finding of a new report published by global market firm IDC.

GI.biz reports that for the first quarter of 2013, 76.3 million PC units were shipped worldwide, marking a decline of 13.9% year-on-year.

This is the biggest quarterly drop since records began in 1994, suggesting that PC sales really are struggling as alternative formats and the rise of tablets are taking its toll. Worse still, the IDC initially only predicted a 7.7% drop for the quarter.

Vice president of Clients and Displays at IDC Bob O’Donnell said in a statement, “At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market.

“While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices.

“Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market.”

What’s your take on the above? Is Windows 8 solely to blame?

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37 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    lol, funny thing is that people who stopped buying PC in favor of tablets/smartphones are the ones who only made a basic use of a computer, like surfing the web, killing some time with games and watching movies. And for them a tablet is a perfect solution.

    I wonder how these analysts got their degree/diploma…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. PenTaFH

    Yep, I have to agree with CyberMarco.
    The people who mainly use their PC quite ‘lightly’ are better off using a tablet for various reasons, and more and more of those people realize that.

    On the other hand, I do know a few students and other people personally who are quite hesitant to buy a new laptop because of Windows 8.

    So I’d say Windows 8 definitely has a part in the decline, but it’s not solely their fault.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. viralshag

    I think it’s bordering on ridiculous to blame an OS for the slow down of PC sales. And what I would actually like to know is in this case, is “shipped” the equivalent to “sold”?

    Haven’t actual PC (hardware) sales been in a slow decline for a while? This is a big drop but I think the answer in rising tablet sales pretty much lays the answer out right there in front of you.

    #1 is right, why buy a new PC when you can get a tablet to do almost everything you did before?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KineticCalvaria

    Does this count in the number of people who build their own systems/buy parts etc? Because in that sense I imagine sales have gone up… or am I crazy?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. monkeygourmet

    Everyone already has a PC / laptop.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. dizzygear

    The only reason? No. Did it help? yes.

    I can imagine someone putting off a new PC because it comes with Windows 8 instead of 7.

    I know StartIsBack fixes just about everything that is wrong with Windows 8 but the average joe would not even know how to use it and instead just rage at the shitty start screen.

    MS should just admit removing the start menu was a terrible idea and bring it back in SP1.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. viralshag

    I’m a regular PC user and for all my years I don’t ever remember a time I was THAT GLAD to have the startbar. Now shortcuts on my desktop, I couldn’t live without those.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Samoan Spider

    @6 I had this with my Father-in-Law recently. He refused an upgrade to Win8 based purely on the clearly touch-oriented design. Once I showed him my PC running Win8 + Start8, he came around and went for it. The booting time improvement alone makes it worthwhile for me so I’m happy with it, but this just cements the fact that Win8 does not give the right impression to a lot of people. And I agree that they should face facts and add it back in SP1.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. SplatteredHouse

    @6 From what I read about “Blue” (supposedly, pay-for) Windows 8.1 update, to be revealed in June. The exact opposite is on the cards. They’re seeking to raise the Metro focus of the interface.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    Because of Windows 8?

    I seriously doubt it.

    So why didn’t everybody just switch to Mac OS, then?

    Probably, because, as people have pointed out, tablets do just about everything that most people need a PC for, these days.

    You can get a cheap Android tablet that can handle all of your email/surfing/social media needs for a fraction of the price of a PC, so it’s no wonder sales are down.

    Tbh, I wouldn’t expect the decline to change any time soon.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DSB

    Windows 8 may be better functionally than Vista, but so far it’s been a much bigger disaster.

    @10 The logic of the market is that a new Windows is supposed to make people excited both about the product and about the PC as a platform.

    Windows 8 is completely unneccessary compared to Windows 7. It’s like they released it because they had nothing better to do. It changes absolutely nothing.

    Personally I think PC hardware is gonna continue to decline as tablets become better and more affordable.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. silkvg247

    I think tablets and notebooks, and even laptops, have eliminated the need for a pc for most people. I don’t see how an OS can be held to blame.

    Eventually it’ll just be the hardcore gamers that own them.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Hybridpsycho

    Windows 8 is great, it was stupid to remove the start menu and they could’ve intergrated metro UI on desktops better.

    But I like it. I hate how people fixate on one thing and goes really stubborn cause some people on internet posted that Windows 8 is stupid.

    Just buy it, it’s awesome.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    After a long time of trying, I recently ditched my iPad for a Windows 8 hybrid tablet (comes with a keyboard dock), because I managed to find one with built in 3G.

    There are a lot of differences between Windows 8 and iOS, of course, but I’m much happier with what I have now.

    Even so, I can see that this wouldn’t be for the tech noobs, and mass market.

    Windows is fine for me, but no matter what the haters may say, it’s still a wide open OS that needs a skilled user. Basically, it doesn’t have the Apple ‘It just works’ factor.

    Something that not only Apple, but also Google with Android can offer in a much better way than MS currently can.

    The only way for MS to beat iPad is to make a whole new OS, because Windows is too powerful for what most people need.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @13 Ironically “Just buy it, it’s awesome” seems to be the tagline for Microsofts advertising. They’ve done a terrible job of telling anyone why they would ever need Windows 8.

    They think they can get away with a few ads showing happy hipsters living their lives and simply slapping a Microsoft logo on the end.

    Those days are long since gone. People have no idea how it would ever be worth their money.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Samoan Spider

    @15 But don’t forget about them cramming into a couple of TV series. Arrow definitely has lingering Windows 8 scenes. They’ve missed the boat on advertising that’s for sure. But to counter balance it, they aren’t asking £150 for it any more, its £50 which is far more reasonable, and it was £25 for months.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    @16 Yeah, but that just makes it doubly embarrassing when Vista still has more users than Windows 8.

    But then you have to ask the question whether Microsoft were really serious about it in the first place. Windows Blue will be out before long.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. MidlifeAxe

    @16 I’ve definitely seen it in Arrow. Next they’ll be putting it in The Walking Dead on phones and PCs with the tagline “It even works in a zombie apocalypse!”

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Samoan Spider

    @17 Yeah I agree, that makes it look bad. I don’t have any problems with Win8 though, that’s the thing. Performance in games is as good or better than Win7 as drivers have matured. Boot up and shutdown times are genuinely blistering and I still have a full desktop environment. But that still doesn’t make it sell to those whose only experience of it is some people jumping around on a tv poking colourful boxes on tablet screens.

    @18 I’ll be worried when it turns up in Revolution :P

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    I imagine this is an article we will never see bdh link to.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    @19 I don’t doubt that it is actually better, but to me it sounds so marginal that I’m just not in a hurry to upgrade.

    Maybe if I finally got around to getting an SSD and wanted to see how fast I could boot :P

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Samoan Spider

    @21 Yeah, I guess its subjective, but I had Win7 on my SSD before shifting to Win8 and I felt the difference. With hybrid boot mode enabled it is fully usable within 6-7 seconds from pushing the power button. Doesn’t even bring up the logo. As for performance in games there’s zero reason to upgrade.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. sh4dow

    How about the fact that there are so few things being released these days that would require better machines?

    #23 2 years ago
  24. roadkill

    Lol! Doooh!

    @viral! It’s official! You’re a douche-bag!

    Also, check out 13. Windows 8 is great. It does stupid thing but it’s great!! Lol! Stupid fan boy is stupid.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. MidlifeAxe

    I’ve heard some games have compatibility problems with Windows 8? Can’t say for sure as I’m not speaking from experience – just something people have said.

    @19 That would be concerning ;)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. TheWulf

    It seems like Mr. Newell has gone from being madman to clairvoyant savant. I always saw him as the latter, though. His business sense is sharp, and he knows which way the wind is blowing. A friend of mine works for a robotics company, too, and even they’re sick of Windows. They’ve been actually tweaking and submitting driver updates to nVidia rather than having to use Windows. That’s how far it’s gotten.

    Their consensus, that of my engineer friend, and of myself is that Microsoft is very silly. The smartest thing they could do now is license an open source version of DirectX for the Linux platform, but I doubt they’re going to do that.

    This is just the beginning of the decline of Windows, really. The PC platform never really needed it to begin with. Steam and Valve have done more for the PC than Microsoft has in recent years.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. TheWulf

    @13

    To mix up operating systems and hardware proves that you know as much about computers as I know about neurosurgery. The decline of a monopolistic OS doesn’t mean the end of a platform.

    Really, you speak as if the two are one, and that’s ridiculous. Has your only exposure been Apple computers or something? The vast demand of computers in day to day work will ensure that they remain around for a long time. And computers need entertainment. The PC isn’t going anywhere. It’ll always be around.

    Just another voice saying that the PC is going to die, when the PC market is currently as healthy as ever (with games that outsell their console cousins, and modding that doesn’t exist on consoles).

    Also, consider how the Steam Workshop has created a resurgence of modding of the likes we haven’t seen in over five years. The PC is going from strength to strength and Valve are largely responsible for that. The end result I see happening here is that Valve will create their own Linux distro — a Valve OS. I said that this would happen four or five years back, and it’s looking more and more like I was right.

    Oh, and do I even need to mention the indie devs with success stories of making anywhere between 2x and 50x what they made on consoles?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Phoenixblight

    WIndows 8 is not the sole cause of PC hardware sales failing its a whole slew of things; smart phones, tablets, laptops now can get the job done for what most people use the PC for. I know once my wife’s comp takes a crap we will be sticking with a tablet for her especially since she only needs internet and word or openoffice.

    She has no reason to have a desktop now.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Da Man

    Nothing to do with Windows 8, borderline noone bar socially deprived patients who spend their days refreshing comment sections need a PC or a mouse these days.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. GrimRita

    I have Windows 8 – I didnt buy a PC, I BUILT my own. Lots of people do, maybe these pointless stats should include components to give a true view on the market at large.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DSB

    @30 It’s a bit early for doom and gloom, but the decline is consistent, and of course it’s hitting all the major component manufacturers as well.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-13/nvidia-forecasts-sales-that-fall-short-of-analysts-predictions.html

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025521/intel-sales-profits-slide-for-2012-but-data-center-business-growing.html

    http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/12/amd-puts-brakes-on-chip-manufacturing-as-sales-plummmet/

    #31 2 years ago
  32. NightCrawler1970

    What is wrong with Windows 7???? why people have be forced to buy a windows 8 OS when most people use a mouse and not using a touch-screen????

    I think Windows 7 is allot better OS than a crappy 8….. give people a break and let them choose, not what the company THINK the people will need a windows 8….

    In that way you destroy ya company… unless you dont give a shit….

    #32 2 years ago
  33. OlderGamer

    “why people have be forced to buy a windows 8 OS”

    Short answer is because that is how they make Mo Monies. It was never about what the consumer wants or needs. They have to keep coming up with newer versions, that is just what they do.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. nollie4545

    Windows 8 strikes me as offering not a lot to the gamer yet. In time it will, of course it is an improvement, but I’m not interested in touch screen technology, I deliberately won’t buy a a PC which uses it for a long time.

    W7 offers most of what I need and until it is un-supported completely I will continue to use it.

    That said, I would do anything to avoid IOS. Apple hardware, fine, but their software is far too inflexible.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. NightCrawler1970

    @34, see Windows 7 is better, at least someone agree with me…

    So am i, why using ya dirty fingers specialy when ya ate a whole bag of cheetos???

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Joe_Gamer

    Windows 8 fucking sucks, my parents HDD crapped out and this weekend it was up to me to replace it, including installing that godawful mess, I hate it, the interface is awkward, everything takes twice as long to get to because it’s buried three “gestures’ and a dick waggle underneath all that tablet dickery. Tablet dickery that wouldn’t even be good on a fucking tablet…The fucking key was a god damn upgrade key and with a new HDD there was nothing to fucking upgrade from, gone are the days where you just put in your old disc, now you have to call M$ and curse their mothers lack of birth control until they get sick of listening to you and “authorize” the fucking software that you fucking paid for. That little prick had the balls to tell me to install the old Win7 over the Win8 I JUST FUCKING INSTALLED and then do the upgrade… I could have had Linux installed five times over by the time I had that shit working and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do with the next one. Since I’m the only gamer in the family I’m the only one that actually NEEDS to put up with win-doze.

    The hatred burns within me, I’m telling everyone I can to wait for the next OS and pray for improvement, the OEM market is gonna feel some pain.

    /rant

    #36 2 years ago
  37. roadkill

    @NightCrawler1970 your spelling! Wow!

    #37 2 years ago

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  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

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

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

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

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

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

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

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

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

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

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

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

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

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

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

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

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]