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Vita: Sony exec hints at plans to turn console around

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:40 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony’s recent prediction that it would sell less than 5 million Vitas during FY2014 is a worst case scenario, one executive has explained – with good chances for the portable to turn around.

“Looking back at the performance of different consoles over the course of history, sometimes you’ve had slow starts which have been suddenly sprung into life by a number of activities. What you don’t say ahead of time is, ‘Oh this will and that will happen, and suddenly we’ll have a massive spike in sales.’ It’s not the sort of thing that companies do.”

Speaking to Gamasutra, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe senior business development manager Shahid Kamal Ahmad – best known for his approachability and friendliness to indie developers – said Sony’s forecast for investors does not take account of upcoming initiatives which may see the platform’s performance improve.

“Sometimes things can happen and they can dramatically change the evolution in terms of sales of a platform,” he said.

“But what you can never do is say ‘We’re definitely counting for this kind of increase.’ So you can put plans into motion and say ‘We’re trying this approach, that approach,’ and if something comes off, it’s going to be fantastic.”

Ahmad said one example of a surprising success is Thomas Was Alone, which was ported from PC to PS3 and Vita recently, and immediately become the best-selling game on the PSN.

“I had no idea there was going to be the amount of press attention that there was around Thomas Was Alone,” he said.

“If I’d put something like that in the original plan that I put together for engaging with the development community, I would have been laughed out of the office.

“It’s really funny, because I’ve spoken to a few people about it today internally, and they’ve all accepted it as ‘Yeah, of course that was going to happen!’ So in hindsight it’s easy to say that this event and that event is what caused a change in course dramatically, but to say that in advance is usually not appropriate or sensible.”

Ahmad said that he’s only a tiny part of Sony and can’t speak for its corporate performance, but suggested we not give up on the Vita yet.

“Looking back at the performance of different consoles over the course of history, sometimes you’ve had slow starts which have been suddenly sprung into life by a number of activities,” he said.

“What you don’t say ahead of time is, ‘Oh this will and that will happen, and suddenly we’ll have a massive spike in sales.’ It’s not the sort of thing that companies do.”

Regarding the Vita’s games drought, the executive said that “there isn’t a console in history where making sure that you have content for it wasn’t an issue”. Interestingly, he said he doesn’t expect the PS4 to have as much trouble.

“I think we’re going to have a really good launch, and I think we’re going to have a good amount of content appearing for quite some time on that,” he said.

“We’ve got more developer engagement on PS4 than we’ve had for any previous console, so that’s a really healthy sign.”

The rest of the article contains some interesting discussion of Sony’s new friendliness to indies; Ahmad is one of the most forthright executives in the industry at the moment, so his comments are well worth a read.

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38 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    Redesign with in built memory card and price drop inbound?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    Or PS4 / PS Vita – £399 package?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    @2
    If they ever go for that package, it will be 599!!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    It will be ….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOHqG1nc_tw

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Francis O

    Dropping the price to $199 worldwide, including a 8-16 GB memory card with every unit, and releasing more Japanese style RPGs would increase the sales a lot.

    The Vita really just needs games. It probably won’t sell much in the US and Europe, but it could explode in Japan if they get all the content the PSP is getting to Vita.

    One thing that really screwed the Vita is the fact Nintendo has exclusives like Monster Hunter 4, Dragon Quest 7, Shin Megami Tensei 4, Pokemon X and Y, and Puzzle & Dragons Z. Those are bound to sell millions in Japan, Where handhelds rain supreme.

    However, the Vita can still do very well, it’s just a matter of catering to your biggest audience. Which is Japan.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Lord Gremlin

    TBH I just want really pretty, really complex titles on my handheld. That’s why I can’t stop playing Soul Sacrifice.
    Don’t pretend everyone’s tastes are similar. I genuinely believe that Thomas was Alone is a piece of trash, but I won’t force that opinion on anyone. You have every right to enjoy what you prefer.
    What I can see with PS4 is that every other game coming out on it has a complimentary game on Vita and it’s all tied into PS4 exclusive content. Like new Batman game has PS4 exclusive chapter and mode, unlocked by playing Vita exclusive Batman game. Etc, etc.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    @3,4

    Stop complaining and get a second job to pay for it! :D

    @5

    You are going to unleash the fury of everyone telling you that the Vita has tons of games and loads of PSN stuff too!

    Brace yourself! :)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Lord Gremlin

    @Francis O I gotta admit, having to import half the games from Asia sucks. Hatsune Miku on Vita? Imported. Senran Kagura? Imported.
    I’m looking forward to Toukiden, I fear this one will have to be imported too. Duh.
    I just hope God Eater 2 gets released in Europe. First game is out here after all.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. lexph3re

    @7 No one cares anymore Monkey. In fact, it’s a waste of time explaining obvious things to people who don’t truely give a damn.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. SlayerGT

    Urban Trials Freestyle..or “Trails on the go”. Its great.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @9

    You could always dick shank him? :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Lord Gremlin

    @7 Matter of fact – Vita does have tons of games. Question – how many of them are actually amazing gems in their corresponding genre? Trust me Ridge Racer won’t win any racing game awards (although it plays nice when you’re drunk, trust me on that). Neither will Spy Hunter, Asphalt Injection and others.
    Now, Vita in fact have a lot of really good games. Only they’re mostly exclusive to Japan. So when Sony says Vita sales are relatively low in Europe I ask – how many customers are willing to import Japanese games and pay top dollar for them, like I often do? Most people want games to be on sale at their local stores, or their PSN. If those have like 10 really good games well… You get it…

    #12 2 years ago
  13. monkeygourmet

    @12

    I ONLY play Ridge Racer when I’m drunk! That’s why I downloaded all the add on tracks too! O_o

    Vita does have a lot of games though, your right. Just not the quality of 3DS.

    It’s like they were in a rush to offer the ‘home console experience’ on the move yet nothing was quite up to scratch.

    Uncharted, AC, Resistance being prime examples. I’m having most fun with the PS1 games if I’m honest.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. sg1974

    @1. Redesign? Really? It’s a great piece of hardware. Solid, ergonomic, smart. As others have said, could just do with a price drop to hit that sweet spot. Nintendo rescued the 3DS that way.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. monkeygourmet

    @14

    Not much of one, just enough to relaunch it a bit. Or…

    PSP Go 2…

    :/

    Also, 3DSXL helped. Kicks the shit outta the original.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. fengato

    Vita just doesn’t fit my life. Had one for a few months, and then sold it when I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to take it out of the house. It’s a lovely device, though it’s simply too big and bulky. As much as people enjoy hating the PSPGO, I’ve now gone and stocked up on a second one for safe keeping. It fits in my pocket, and has a good whack of inbuilt storage (so no need for carrying anything else around.) It’s a truly portable Playstation; sadly something the Vita will never be.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Moonwalker1982

    Hey Sony. I remember damn well what you said after E3 last year about it being a mistake not talking much about Vita. And that there would be plenty of Vita games to come….where are they? I really pretty much bought this thing for nothing.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. dizzygear

    A new SKU that includes a memory card or internal memory with a pricedrop and some more advertising would salvage things.

    When i bought my 3DS XL it was a complete package that was ready to go. Not to mention it uses standard SD cards that are dirt cheap these days.
    With the Vita on the other hand it stings you need to add another 50 bucks for a 16GB memory card (anything less is useless IMO given the size of Vita games) on top of the already pricey unit itself.

    And yeah, it would also help ALLOT if all those awesome titles we see in Japan would be released over here.

    In the meantime I’ll just play some more Devil Survivor Overclocked on my 3DS until my next paycheck so i can import some stuff for my Vita.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. rockman29

    Let’s be honest here.

    They just need Gran Turismo on it.

    Price drops always help too.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. G1GAHURTZ

    I held a Vita for the first time, a few days ago.

    It actually felt surprisingly nice to hold. Much nicer than a DS.

    Loading was very slow, though…

    I might consider getting one, but there’s nothing on it that I want to play.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Belmont

    I think that Sony’s problems with Vita are not only content and games. The hardware needs to be better, It needs to have 8 to 6 GB of storage built in and Sony must reduce the price for memory cards by a great margin.
    I also think that the entire indie thing is something of a luxury, it won’t skyrocket the sales. say what you want, but retail is very important,even more so when you have no built in memory on console and memory cards are expensive as hell. The entire notion of indie and digital distribution over PS Plus dies with those memory things. They are the biggest problem in my opinion.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DrDamn

    Think this is linked …

    https://twitter.com/shahidkamal/status/332633683267813377

    From subsequent leaks there were clarifications that the “hooked for hours” was hours per day and indications it was third party, also not an indie title.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. MidlifeAxe

    The Vita doesn’t use standard SD cards, does it? Makes you think that of the PS3 with it using a CELL processor. It wasn’t the best idea.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. zinc

    Their going to release a white version.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. JGMR

    The “not enough games” argument doesn’t hold any water anymore. There’s enough quality games out now that’ll justify the purchase of the console.

    Not to mention the games coming out soon…

    Final Fantasy X HD, Dragon’s Crown, Muramasa Rebirth, Ragnarok Odyssey, Ys: Memories of Celceta, TxK…

    and http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?p=57475800#post57475800

    there’s a lot more to come…

    #25 2 years ago
  26. dizzygear

    @26 Port, Has a PS3 version as well, Port, The demo was shit, Does not have a release date outside Japan yet, what?

    Where are God Eater 2, Phantasy Online 2, Tales of Hearts R, etc?

    The steep entry cost of a Vita is all but justified until Sony starts to be more persuasive with publishers to get their games out in the west.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Moonwalker1982

    @26

    Enough games is subjective then i guess, cause i wonder…which ones?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. stretch215

    Wow, $50 for a 16gb memory card. Lol! You guys are crazy.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. monkeygourmet

    The main thing that concerns me with Vita (apart from price, memory cards), is that the device has been miss timed to market.

    The graphics just don’t wow me now as iPhone / Galaxy / Tegra devices have made seeing HD style graphics on a mobile device more common.

    If Nintendo made a 3DS2 in the near future that had the graphical abilities and screen of PS Vita (now parts are cheaper) but it also played all 3DS games… Well, I think Sony would be stuffed in the handheld space.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. JGMR

    @28

    Dead Or Alive 5 Plus, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, Gravity Rush, Little Big Planet, DJ Max Technika Tune, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Persona 4 Golden, Disgaea 3, Wipeout 2048, Soul Sacrifce, Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Rayman Origins, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Mortal Kombat, Need For Speed Most Wanted…

    #30 2 years ago
  31. dizzygear

    @30 A big reason i got a 3DS was because its backwards compatible with DS games since i never owned a DS the 3DS allowed my to catch up on some great DS titles i missed.
    Sony really dropped the ball on this since a some of the best games the PSP had to offer are still missing/incompatible on PSN like FFVII Crisis Core and Phantasy Star Portable 2.

    @31 Once again a large part of those games are ports.

    The Vita needs more original games that take good advantage of its unique hardware like Gravity Rush. Not ports with half assed touch and motion control tacked on.

    Hell why IS Gravity Rush 2 not announced yet? The first game was well received and the story left so many unanswered questions.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Deacon

    @32 – I think it’s still seen as somewhat of a niche title. Considering it’s sold only a third of a million, I don’t think it’s top of Sony’s list. A complete travesty in my opinion!

    #32 2 years ago
  33. monkeygourmet

    @32 & 33

    Also, you have to re-purchase them!!!

    I’ve had to re-buy all my PSP games for Vita plus a memory card… It’s a fucking joke really.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Deacon

    @34 – you didn’t HAVE TO now did you…

    #34 2 years ago
  35. monkeygourmet

    @35
    :D

    You obviously don’t know how impulsive I get when logging into the PSN or XBLA store after having a few glasses of wine! ;)

    The Jap Import section on PS1 games for Vita are particularly good. Lots of nice shooters in there…

    #35 2 years ago
  36. JGMR

    @32 Yet, some of these ports are being considered superior to the original, take DOA 5 Plus for example. Persona 4 wasn’t really -that- on the radar when it was released during the end of the PS2′s life-cycle. Thanks to the port, it has become a more well-known and a very appreciated game.

    The games also look absolutely stunning on the Vita’s OLED display.

    And yes, I am all for the announced sequel to Gravity Rush.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. DrDamn

    @36
    If you’d bought them all digitally on the PSP you wouldn’t need to re-buy on the Vita either :). You just download ‘em again.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. monkeygourmet

    @38

    Unfortunatly I only have physical copies, like a Grandpa! ;)

    #38 2 years ago

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    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]