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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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    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

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

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

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

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

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

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

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

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

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

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

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

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

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

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

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

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

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

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

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