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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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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    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 […]