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Microsoft – Windows 8 licenses surpass 100 million, PC “very much alive and increasingly mobile”

Tuesday, 7 May 2013 13:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has announced over 100 million licenses have been sold for Windows 8.

According to Tami Reller, the firm’s chief marketing and financial officer, the figure represents licenses which shipped on anew tablet or PC, as well as upgrades to Windows 8.

“This is up from the 60 million license number we provided in January,” she said. “We’ve also seen the number of certified devices for Windows 8 and Window RT grow to 2,400 devices, and we’re seeing more and more touch devices in the mix.”

Reller said despite the popularity of tablets and mobile devices, even those running W8, the PC is also still “very much alive and increasingly mobile.”

“The PC is also part of a much broader device market of tablets and PCs. Windows 8 was built to fully participate in this broader and increasingly mobile device market,” she explained. “The PC part of the market is rapidly evolving to include new convertible devices and amazing new touch laptops, and all-in-ones. These new PCs are hitting the market now and into the Back-to-School season, and they are more affordable than ever.”

She also said Windows Blue, a codename for an update coming later this year, will contain “new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance,” along with more options for “work and play.”

The firm’s App Store for Windows 8 is also doing rather well, apparently, as Reller said the number of available applications has increased sixfold since launch, already “passed what iOS had in store, in its first year of app development.”

The store also surpassed 250 million downloads in the first six months, and almost 90% of the catalog has been downloaded every month.

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43 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    Windows 8 is DOOMED!!!

    …oh wait.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. The Auracle

    Frankly, those are impressive numbers for anyone to be posting. I’m seeing more and more evidence fly in the face of those that think Windows 8 flopped… yet still, haters gon’ hate.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. actuallyisnotafox

    well to be fair they are forcing this :/ i mean go on most pc selling websites and 70% have been ‘upgraded’ to Windows 8

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Samoan Spider

    Yup, impressive figures indeed considering everyone was calling it the death knell of Microsoft. From what I was reading of Blue earlier, it seems they may actually be listening to criticism as well. Who knew!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Hirmetrium

    Don’t get me wrong, but my PC isn’t suddenly going to get more mobile nor is it going to sprout a touchscreen. Windows 8 holds nothing for me that windows 7 doesn’t currently provide, and will if anything make it more difficult.

    I still don’t understand what Microsoft is offering me, and older steadfast desktop customer. So far the answer is a resounding “LALALALALALALA WE’RE NOT LISTENING JUST LOOK AT OUR SALES FIGURES!”.

    Anyone care to expand on “Blue”?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Tech-N9ne

    @3

    Forcing?

    If they are forcing windows 8, then they were forcing Windows 7, Vista and every other version of windows ever released.

    I like how you guys come up with these silly theories.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Samoan Spider

    @5 Blue is supposed to be a faster release cycle in the style of OSX and cheaper updates as opposed to the current system of large scale and costly upgrades done slowly. Also, there are strong hints that they are bringing back the Start menu as it should be. Although Start8 has been doing the job for me just fine.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. G1GAHURTZ

    @5:

    Blue is basically Windows 8.1.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. laughing-gravy

    100 million licenses sold means to OEM’s. Not the paying public. As for the PC doing well why are sales figures down 13.9 per cent in a single quarter? This is just marketing bull to try and cover-up the disaster that is Win8. Not convinced at all.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ 100 million disasters…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. laughing-gravy

    @10 Which people haven’t actually bought. They’re sitting in the OEM’s warehouses.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. salarta

    These numbers don’t actually mean anything when you take into account how sales of already built computers actually work.

    They come pre-loaded with operating systems. Usually, you have no choice BUT to get a computer with the most recent operating system installed. If there IS a choice, you have to pay extra for it. Like, $80-100 extra. So, here are a consumer’s alternatives: pay extra for a different OS IF the option is available, or buy all the parts and build their own computer. I would include “install a different OS,” but if you’re buying a pre-built computer, you’re going to be paying for the OS license that comes with the PC anyway.

    If Windows 8 had actual competition in the marketplace, the 100 million mark would be impressive. They don’t. The closest they have to competition is Mac, which costs a lot more money and isn’t as familiar to many people. And while some people might be able to list a few sites where you can choose a different OS without extra cost, being able to list a few sites doesn’t make every site operate that way.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    @11:

    Speculative effort, there.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. lexph3re

    I like Windows 8 and as of now for a OS that is compatiable across 3 different platforms 100 million is kinda low, FOR an OS. I would like it to be successful for when I build my PC in the next couple years.

    If not I’ll just use a plasma interface for a unix kernal that will be touch enabled. Hope things pan out though MS, 720 might help with the software distribution and compatiability in a few months so just stick in there

    #14 2 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    If Windows 8 had actual competition in the marketplace

    You mean like iOS and Android? Because lets face it, they are almost certainly the biggest threats to MS.

    …hence the Windows 8 UI overhaul.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. laughing-gravy

    @13 Not speculative, what part of PC sales are down 13.9 per cent in a single quarter do you not understand? That’s in a single quarter not a whole year. The MSoft maths just don’t add up.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Where is the contradiction?

    How does a percentage of lower PC sales mean that MS can’t have sold 100m copies?

    Do you even know what 13.9% actually means, in terms of a real number?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Phasmatis75

    Licenses are not the same as activations. Companies need to continously buy more licences as they produce more products. That doesn’t mean those products are selling, only the activation numbers will show how well Windows 8 is selling.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. laughing-gravy

    @17 13.9 per cent in terms of global PC sales means one hell of a lot. And bearing in mind that the figure is for a single quarter that figure is even more shocking. Even the VP of IDC confirmed all of that. And your trying to tell me that actual sales of Win8 licences have increased by almost 50% since January. No matter how hard you try you won’t convince me that this isn’t bulls***. It has a very distinct bovine aroma to it.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Djoenz

    Also touchscreen laptops/pc’s are dandy and all but they are sure as hell not affordable for me!

    Way too expensive. I liked the idea of having one…I bought a regular EasyNote instead.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    Still a lot slower than Vista. I don’t see how that’s a win.

    They keep their heads above water, but they’re still taking steps back, not forward.

    But of course it’s better to just do a press release without any context.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Samoan Spider

    @19 I think you’re missing the point. I take what you’re saying about a drop in PC sales and therefore production, but given that Win8 is available and marketed as an upgrade (ie. cheap if done through the activation tool) I find it hard to apply the logic that only new PC’s are affecting the sales for the reason that despite a decrease in production, MS see an increase in license sales.
    However, with VLK agreements and other types of license sales, it’s hard to see the true figure. A lot of it could be masked by academic institutions and companies with a true number of activations not publicised.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. deadstoned

    Counting Windows OEMs I bet.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. laughing-gravy

    @22 It’s because MSoft won’t release the activation figures so that tells me a lot. They hold an iron fisted monopoly over the whole supply chain so they could just tell us any old cr** and we have to take it as read. Until MSoft releases all of the figures I’ll take anything they say with a large pinch of salt.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. sg1974

    How many of them are like me, and wish to high heaven that they could turn back the clock and get Windows 7 back because 8 is a fucking abomination?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    @19:

    Indeed, as Samoan Spider points out, we don’t actually know what percentage of this number comes from where.

    Including upgrades.

    Lower PC sales could actually have zero impact, whatsoever, on Windows 8 licenses.

    We recently surpassed the 100 million licenses sold mark for Windows 8. This number includes Windows licenses that ship on a new tablet or PC, as well as upgrades to Windows 8.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. laughing-gravy

    That huge drop in PC sales means the market is depressed. Hence no one will be buying upgrades to an operating system that they don’t even like. Surely the fact that MSoft won’t release the activation figures should tell you something. Even Vista gave a boost to PC sales but this is the first time an OS has actually slowed the market. As for their tablet aspirations they have around a 1.8% market share which is pretty terrible. I’m sorry but the arithmetic just doesn’t make sense.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Samoan Spider

    @27 I upgraded for £25. No problems with compatibility for me. I haven’t seen it as a bad investment for either my PC or laptop, so there’s 2 copies for my household. Now, there are between (depending on information source) 1 and 2 billion PCs active in the world. So if they’ve sold an upgrade to 5-10% of that, I think its fairly realistic.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Erthazus

    In my opinion Windows 8 is ok. Not a revolution or evolution. It just exists and that’s all.
    For many people there is no reason to upgrade at all.

    Microsoft should release Direct X12 and some new tools and then it’s going to be cool.

    Market is depressed because really the last revolution was with Windows XP. Windows XP is still good even today and a lot of people still use it to this day. Windows Vista was a failed evolution and Windows 7 was a gigantic patch to Vista and no one need something more then W7.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. laughing-gravy

    @28 I’m sorry but you are very much in the minority. Just because you did it, it doesn’t mean 100 million other people did. Remember the market has slowed. More and more people are turning to IOS and Android devices. OEM’s are abandoning Windows to produce tablets powered by Google’s OS in record numbers. And MSoft still won’t release all the figures. The markets and other evidence just doesn’t support the claims they are making. So excuse me if I don’t believe them.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. G1GAHURTZ

    I also have 2 copies.

    One for my laptop (desktop replacement), which I upgraded to, and I also have one of these: http://www.cnet.com/laptops/samsung-ativ-smart-pc/4505-3121_7-35511640.html

    I’m pretty happy with Windows 8 on both, so far, and I’m hoping 8.1 will make things even better.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Djoenz

    @31
    An i5 laptop for 1k nice purchase NOT!
    You basically just paid a lot extra just for touchscreen…wow..

    Hope you happy with your wasted money :P

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Samoan Spider

    @30 What you’re talking about is a slowing hardware market, but they are talking about a growing sale of a particular software product. I fail to see how the two are as intricately linked as you suggest. You know how we come on here and batter microtransactions, DLCs and even entire games yet they sell shitloads? Well it’s kind of the same with this. I know we should always take these figures with a pinch of salt, but look at it another way, if they misrepresent the figures and down the line the bump up in share prices becomes a bump down because the lie comes out, shareholders can actually sue them so before the kneejerk ‘M$ must be lying!’ we should consider accountability and how it can affect companies. What I’m saying is by lying they don’t gain and by getting caught they lose.

    @32 A waste of money would’ve been buying a 128gb iPad instead. At least he got a decent product for his money.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. G1GAHURTZ

    @32:

    LOL!

    Actually, I paid for a fully functioning, touch screen, tablet PC that has a built in 3G sim slot.

    I recently bought 12 months of unlimited 3G data, so I’m connected pretty much 24 hours a day on it.

    No need to look for wifi, or stick in a USB modem.

    I was finally able to ditch my iPad, for something with similarly convenient attributes, but much more capable.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. laughing-gravy

    @33 Are you honestly trying to say that MSoft have never lied. They are masters at it. Now the dilemma I have here is your asking me to take your word over market professionals who have trained for years at university to be economists etc. Anyone can see that the figures just don’t back MSoft up. After all I wouldn’t ask my doctor to fix my plumbing would I? I can’t say any fairer than that.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. fearmonkey

    I own Windows 8 but dislike it, and use my dual booted Windows 7 instead. Its completely ridiculous I have to mod version 8 just to have the feel of Windows ive enjoyed since 95. I understand the future requires different designs and touchscreens, leap or kinect like devices, or touchpads are the future. They should have given their users the option they refused, dictating what we have to use, and that just ticked me off. MS should have given us a choice and no one would have complained, and gradually people would have been more accepting for windows 9.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Djoenz

    @34

    Dont get me wrong I want one too, but not for that insane price :(

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Samoan Spider

    @35 No way, I’m not suggesting that they have never lied, but with things like this where a company rep is outwardly announcing product sales, things like this have such massive repercussions when it comes to shareholders its hard to see what it would be worth to them. I’m an armchair analyst so my opinion isn’t important to anyone but me, but where I don’t get what you’re saying is when you refer to analysts. I may be missing the articles but I can see nothing of the sort suggesting what you’re suggesting. Because calling a company a liar (essentially what you’re doing) is called libel when proved false and I can’t see any professionals trained or otherwise putting their name to that.
    I take your point that you would ask your doctor to do your plumbing though, but that goes both ways.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. laughing-gravy

    @38 Because they are sales of licences to OEM’s not activation figures from real customers. It’s not exactly a lie but it’s not exactly honest either, that way they can cover their backs when the real figures come out. As for me libeling MSoft they can sue me. And the sales of hardware and software are intrinsically linked because the markets are blaming Win8 for the slowdown. It doesn’t matter what way you spin it the evidence doesn’t support these figures.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Samoan Spider

    @39 But that’s the point. Companies have worked like that for years. Sony tells us how many millions of PS3′s they sold, but very much unlike Apple who can tell us exactly how many devices they sold. MS isn’t a retail front so that’s wholesale figures. You’re right though, it’s not a lie and maybe it’s an uncomfortable way of giving out details, but it’s been business for a long time. I still don’t see evidence though, that’s my problem with what you’re saying. I have an MS rep telling us what’s been sold, and see opinion pieces telling us they don’t believe it, but not one single person is giving us facts. Now that goes both ways too. There’s no evidence to refute these figures either.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. laughing-gravy

    @40 I know all big business does it, why do you think I’m so cynical. It’s just that MSoft does it more than anyone else, research the FUD wars between them and IBM. The evidence comes from the IDC, market watchers at CNN and just about every other major news outlet in north America. Of course MSoft can buy themselves good press (again every other big business does it) but until they release all of the figures including activation, then I wont believe a word they say. I still haven’t forgiven them for the millenium bug scam!

    #41 2 years ago
  42. DSB

    Have you seen the ads though? It’s just beyond bad.

    Granted, now the adoption seems to be picking up, but that campaign is one of the worst I’ve ever seen.

    They show some fucked up hipster band dancing around with a few quick shots of apps that might as well be Android or iOS.

    It doesn’t even attempt to stay on target. “We are Microsoft, we fully expect you to spend money on this shit without thinking for a second”.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. sh4dow

    Might also wanna mention this:
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/100713593 ( Microsoft Prepares U-Turn on Windows 8 )

    #43 2 years ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

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

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

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

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

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

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

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

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

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

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

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]