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Potentially brilliant: Vita’s wasted 3G dreams

Friday, 3 May 2013 09:12 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The lack of decently implemented 3G functions in a console all about connectivity is just another reason why Brenna’s Vita is getting pretty dusty.

I’ve used all these apps, and more, and really liked them – but I use them at home, connected to my WiFi, because they all require an Internet connection to function.

I really like the Vita, as I’ve mentioned many times. There aren’t enough games, which is a shame, because it’s a lovely little device. I love playing it sprawled out in bed – remote play is a fantastic way to utilise for my poor old, couch-less PlayStation 3 – and its lovely screen makes it a very pleasant portable media player. But with all that in mind, I’m thinking of swapping it out for a 3DS.

There are a couple of games on the 3DS which I’m interested in, but what really attracts me to the 3DS is StreetPass. I know that’s silly; it’s just a social app – but I like the idea of shoving the portable in my bag and coming home to find a bunch of little presents waiting for me. Wherever else it may have dropped the ball, Nintendo’s been very clever with connectivity on the 3DS.

Sony, not so much, and the heartbreaking issue is that it came so close. I have half a dozen apps on my Vita which encourage social interaction in various clever ways, and I greatly enjoy using them. For example, there’s Near, a piece of system software that lets you check out what other people around you are playing and pick up exclusive little treasures; Treasure Park, a puzzle game which uses near to swap new boards with other users; and t@g, which lets you decorate the world around you without copping a vandalism fine.

I’ve used all these apps, and more, and really liked them – but I use them at home, connected to my WiFi, because they all require an Internet connection to function. You can’t just register your location with the GPS and then come home and see what you got; you have to stop, take the Vita out, and check in manually.

This is a right pain because, of course, it’s not like free WiFi spots are that common. And the Vita’s incredibly promising 3G connectivity is – well, it’s not great.

I’ve found the Vita’s 3G simply too slow, too patchy, and too expensive to be worthwhile. Assuming I can get a signal, I have to sit watching wait icons spin, and if I dare to download anything or – gasp – attempt multiplayer, I run out of credit almost immediately. This could just be a problem with local telcos, but it must be said that my Android, by virtue of design as a dedicated 3G device, does a much better job of finding and holding a network, and doesn’t seem to chew through my data plan anywhere near as quickly.

In the end, 3G almost seems like too much trouble. Very few actual games make use of it in interesting ways, and even switching it on is a pain, sending you trawling through menus – unless you want it to sit there constantly active, draining the battery and your credit at an almost identical and quite spanking pace. The whole affair seems so unnecessary, cumbersome and painful that it’s no wonder Sony seem set to axe it all together.

And that’s a damn shame. At announce, the Vita sounded so promising, but all that potential hasn’t been capitalised on. The promise of home console quality games has gone largely undelivered. The touch screens turned out to be a bit of a gimmick which gets in the way of gaming rather than enhancing it. And even the system’s most interesting and endearing functions, like 3G connectivity, are just a little bit too shitty to bother with.

There are some fantastic gems in the Vita’s catalogue and it’s a lovely piece of hardware. Here’s hoping we see something bright in the portable’s future in between all the PS4 hoopla at E3 in June.

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25 Comments

  1. Goffee

    With all these indie developers flocking to Sony here’s hoping one of them comes up with a moment-of-genius 3G-enabled gaming idea, but with the 3G installed base so small, who would buy it?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    “You can’t just register your location with the GPS and then come home and see what you got; you have to stop, take the Vita out, and check in manually.”
    Really? My location wasn’t detected by Vita, so I manually inserted the coordinates using Google Map and Near worked perfectly since then.

    On the whole I agree with this article. Although I never saw 3G as a worthwhile addition from the start and therefore bought the wi-fi version.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Francis O

    I think the Vita just needs games, not all this 3G Bullshit. The PSP didn’t need 3G, the 3DS doesn’t have 3G. 3G is a non factor for portable gaming.

    It’s a games system, not a cellphone. Sony, make God of War, Grand Turismo, and Gravity Rush 2 then watch the sales go up in America.

    For Japan, get more 3rd parties on board to make exclusive RPGs. Soul Sacrifice is good, but it’s not enough. If and when they do these things, the Vita will get on track.

    3G needs to be the last of Sony’s worries at the moment. It’s all about games.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Templar_Dante

    Well, Brenna, the 4G LTE Vita will be announced at E3 (patented Jan2013) and you can bet it wont be wasted. Especially with Gaikai integration.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. gamezpad

    You can tether the PSVita via bluetooth ( I use my Iphone personal hotspot as a wifi and link) so no need for 3g :) #gamezpad

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    @3
    3G is an enabler for the games though, and done right it’s good. The problem is the games can use it in cunning and interesting ways all they like but the implementation on the OS side is clunky. Asynchronous multiplayer for a portable device is good, daily tournaments in Everybody’s Golf for example help extend the longevity of the game well past completing the core SP challenge mode.

    I got a 3G version but actually usage wise for that sort of gameplay I was only just hitting 12Mb in a month. I couldn’t find a tariff I thought was good value.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    @Francis O, I totally disagree with your first paragraph. While 3G itself is dated, mobile internet could have great potential when it comes to portable online gaming.

    The issue at the moment, in my opinion, are the network providers, they offer you fuck all data at ridiculously large prices- at least in Australia. Coverage also needs improvement & what mobile data can’t reach there SHOULD be wifi available.

    The internet has literally unlimited potential & being able to access it on the go opens so many opportunities, I just think it’s naive to think it won’t have a place in portable gaming. I remember when people still believed the internet was pointless, multiplayer gaming was pointless, mobile internet was useless, broadband was useless, watching online content was an impossibility- we’ve grown well beyond all those misconceptions.

    The issue with the internet right now is that here in Aus we’re trying to build fibre everywhere & the opposing government party are looking to win the next election & if they do so they’ll finish the job with the current copper because ‘we don’t need fibre RIGHT NOW’ it’s not right now that you build future proof infrastructure for although even now the copper is proving an issue, right now I’m having trouble maintaining a consistent connection because of it…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Lengendaryboss

    Whats very strange and creepy is i agree with the Guardian Angel: Francis which doesn’t happen very often. I didn’t buy the PS Vita for 3G hell i didn’t splash out extra £50 for the 3G version, (but i am not sure if the PS Vita needs it) i bought the PS Vita first and foremost for the games, then the entertainment/social options: Youtube, Facebook and the Internet. What we need is more games, Sony have GOW, GT and theres already a potential Soul Sacrifice sequel (the prequel i am still waiting for) and a rumored Gravity Rush sequel (I plan to buy GR1 this month).

    Great article Brenna, the PS Vita touch screen gimmicks as we all know we will suffer for the foreseeable future, the 3G factor is wasted potential and too be honest i see Sony phasing it out in newer models and Console quality gaming could very well be achieved with Killzone Mercenary and hers hoping Sony don’t neglect the PS Vita at E3 like last year which might be difficult because of PS3, PS4 and PS Vita games, so their focus has to be split between all three or one of those three suffer.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. spatuluk

    I bought a non-3G Vita, and use my phone as a hotspot (as I did with my PSP and netbook).

    Good signal, good coverage, good data plan, good speeds.. I suppose it’s a shame that I couldn’t give a monkey’s about the social apps that Sony keep pooing out. (also, I wonder if 4G phones can be used as hotspots…)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. FeaturePreacher

    3g is completely unnecessary if you do the smart thing and tether from your phone.

    There are plenty of titles available for the vita. Uncharted, Mortal kombat, Escape Plan, Ninja Gaiden Sigma1 & 2 +, DOA5, and the list goes on and on. With plenty more to come later in the year, I can’t see any reason to stop playing the vita.

    The only thing that should be fixed is to integrate 16 gb of storage into the device.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. lexph3re

    Bre your problem with the 3G comes in 2 forms. Teleco which you can’t really do anything about. and, data maintenance which You can do something about. If your running out of data its because your running back ground task and updates. Which can be turned off in the settings area.

    But the near function works just like street pass. If you configure it right all you have to do is open it and it picks up everyone in a 3 mile radius of where you are. I remember having my 3G on when i was traveling around and I found 100s of people and saw shat they were playing and what not.

    i even was added by some to play the games on my list. I have some pretty okay friende now that i even play games with like Rag and Soul Sacrifice. But the whole no games bit really doesn’t work anymore its like a pointless nit pick

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Belmont

    So,Brenna is excited to change its Vita for a far more out dated console with even less technology and connectivity in it? Interesting. I also think hooking your PS3 to one of those PlayStation displays and using a headphone can solve the couch problem well enough. Why Brenna always discusses things you have many solutions for?
    I have tried 3G on the Vita myself and it is a long way from perfect.I blame Sony for anything related to antennas and cellular stuff.To some degree I find it to be a problem from providers,there aren’t that many Vitas out there so the data plans are not good.The idea of using you smartphone as hotspot is feasible too, but I think its not all that perfect.I need my phone and its battery for other things.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Christopher Jack

    @10, Why’d you tether from your phone? That’s just asking to destroy your battery. Though it would be useful if both devices could share the same data. When I bought my mobile phone on a plan, I asked for additional data & they gave me a USB internet stick that shared the same quota.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. polygem

    fuck the always online, social app, urban lifestyle. just yesterday i almost killed someone who multitasked himself through this world, having a coffee a cigarette and a dog on a leash while typing some shit into his smartphone. you better watch where you are going instead from time to time! i bought a non 3g vita because it is a statement that had to be made :) now give me the freaking medievil vita game will yaaa?!!! because i am as out of date as sir dan. so what.

    :)

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dragon246

    @lex,
    Agreed. I laugh every time I hear Vita has no games, then look at my Vita backlog and cry.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    Brenna if you’re looking to give your Vita away, why don’t give it to someone who actually wants it?
    I.e.: me :D

    #16 2 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    “But with all that in mind, I’m thinking of swapping it out for a 3DS.

    There are a couple of games on the 3DS ”

    I believe that price is king in most consumer electronics. But when it comes to consoles, home or handheld, games are a very close second.

    As for 3G?

    I agree with Francis, pointless at its current state. As for bad telcos..sure but they are a given varrible in the 3G conversation. The same way sunshine would effect the value of installing solor power panels. If you can’t get enough daily sun, your not getting the value.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. theevilaires

    “I’m thinking of swapping it out for a 3DS”.

    Ummm you can’t have both? And Vita has a ton of games you can play just not at retail and not any new stuff but digital wise you should be in great shape with PS+. You’re really only limited by the size of your storage card.

    Getting rid of the Vita before the PS4 comes out is just plain dumb. We don’t know the connectivity benefits the two can have for each other and like a few guys above said the indie scene should open up and hopefully support the Vita as well as the PS4 with Xross Play stuff.

    As far as 3G goes I do agree with you there. the Viat should have had at least 4G and all the background verification on the Vita is ANNOYING AS SHIT! Seriously it always has to check if your system is hacked and I know thats what its doing and I hate it. SONY you need to fix that shit ASAP because it is a pain. Vitas online connectivity whether its 3G or Wifi is not a smooth transaction.

    And I agree with Lex the whole Vita has no games isn’t justifiable only by those who hate SONY of course and don’t own a Vita so they have no idea what they’re talking about. Like I said upgrade to a 32GB (yes I know it hurts all that money for only 32GB) and you’ll be fine digitally.

    Heres a little trick I do so I have games ready to copy back to my Vita fast if I delete something for space. I download multiple copies of a Vita game on my PS3 and let them just sit in bubble form (uninstalled form). When I finish a game or want to play another one its already there for easy fast copying to Vita. Saves you time and stress.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    I agree that if handheld gaming is your thing, perhaps for lack of a couch! Then yeah owning both systems makes a lot of sense. Most of us have multiple consoles. Not much difference.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. PEYJ

    The present and the future for Vita regarding games concerns Playstation Mobile, High-end Indies and PS4 remote play. Personally I don’t care for the latter but I think it’s going to be a big selling point. And I agree with theevilaires: there are lots of games – especially when talking downloads.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Francis O

    Any who thinks 3G is needed to enable gaming to go to better places needs to sit down and go through the PSP and 3DS libraries.

    3G is a non factor for portable gaming. People care about games more.

    @Legendaryboss

    We mainly disagree when it comes to Nintendo, because this site is full of trolls who love Sony for the most part. All you have to do is look at the comments section of negative Nintendo news to Positive Nintendo news. If it’s negative, there will be 50+ of people bitching. If it’s positive news, there be like 8 comments.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DrDamn

    @21
    So just because a back catalog didn’t need it then it’s pointless? I wouldn’t say it’s *needed* but it’s damn useful and it can enhance some stuff.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. lexph3re

    Also, Vita uses the same 3G data plans as iPhone/Pad/pod. So if you are having issues the device itself is at the same exact standards as they are for the protocols. Meaning any Telco issues are indeed At&t not the device.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. fuchikoma

    I got a Wi-fi Vita and I was really disappointed that Near is pretty much entirely useless. I don’t know what #2 is talking about – I’ve bookmarked a “home” location in Maps, but there’s absolutely no way to relay that to Near – on the rare occasion my Vita can get a location for me, it thinks I’m over 2800km away in the USA. (My Vita has probably travelled about 30km in its lifetime, but it thinks it’s gone 13,749km…)

    I’m in Canada though, so when I bought it, 3G versions weren’t even for sale, and the idea of a 3G connected game system is a complete non-starter anyway. That’s for the guys driving $70,000 luxury cars up here – it’s bad enough dishing $60/mo for under 1GB on a smartphone plan, and I apparently have it pretty cheap compared to most. A data plan for a secondary gadget is like caviar for your dog.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. theevilaires

    ^ I feel sorry for you that you’re Canadian….could be worst though. Just be grateful you don’t have a British accent. Depending on where you live in Moose land you should have just came down and crossed the border and got a USA 3G Vita. I know my friends up their hate the data plans because you guys get ripped off so bad…but at least health insurance is free so hey right :P

    #25 2 years ago

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

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

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

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

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

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

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

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

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

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

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

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

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

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

  • 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 ComingSoon.net, 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 […]