Is Microsoft committing to too much with Xbox One?

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:00 GMT By Naren Hooson

With Microsoft’s Xbox One now unveiled, many are thinking they have taken on more than they can handle and are heading in a direction that could estrange the gamers. Several leading games analysts are now commenting, with varied opinions.

Starting with DFC Intelligence’s David Cole, he delves into Microsoft’s option to move further into entertainment at risk to alienating gamers, courtesy of Games Industry. “The concern with Microsoft is that they are going after a need that isn’t really there. Yes, it is convenient to have your game system play video but there are all kinds of devices that do that. If a consumer is putting that kind of money down they want the system that plays the best games.”

“With no backward compatibility the Xbox One is starting from scratch. Microsoft had a huge success with the Kinect and that could be their downfall. The Xbox brand resonated primarily with a core gaming group but they shouldn’t assume that means they will automatically stay around. Sony learned that lesson the hard way in the transition from the PlayStation 2 to the PlayStation 3.”

“In the US Microsoft has a major advantage but they could easily screw that up very quickly. We only need to look at Nintendo’s disastrous recent product launches for a lesson. This will be a marketing game and right now Sony seems to be winning,” Cole warned. “Pricing is likely to be a key issue and that has not been addressed at all. Hardware price, Xbox Live as a mandatory subscription, bundles with entertainment providers and other cost issues will be the real key. We expect a lot of great exclusive content from both Sony and Microsoft but how they package and market it will be what matters at the end of the day. It is still too early to make any major calls.”

On the other hand Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter remains optimistic and likes what Microsoft are offering. “I’m actually pretty happy with what I saw. I don’t think this is going to be a poor seller; I think the odds of this thing selling poorly are pretty low unless it’s a thousand bucks.” His prediction is that Xbox One will retail for around $400 and that subsidizing of the hardware from cable providers is likely to happen.

In contrast to Cole, Pachter sees the move into the wider realm of entertainment, and perhaps away from core gaming, as a positive. “It’s very much an entertainment focused box. They only gave us a glimpse of games. 15 exclusives and 8 new IPs, that’s pretty cool… But they kind of did exactly upside-down what Sony did. Sony was all games all the time and this was all entertainment, saying games would be at E3. The gaming press was really excited by the games focus by Sony, but I think this has more mass appeal and I think E3 is a games focused show so I think maybe that strategy is smarter.”

Pachter’s view does appear to be one of “bigger is better”, expressing little concern for the lack of indie focus, something that Sony has put a lot of emphasis on with PS4. “It’s great for the development community but really not that many people buy them, so I don’t know… I think Sony wants to win on game content and maybe they will but we don’t really know what Microsoft has got yet,” he commented.

EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich on the other hand believes the console will be the best of both worlds, delivering the next step in entertainment while staying loyal to the core gamers. “The Xbox One is an evolutionary step in the entertainment consumption experience. Microsoft has been battling for control of the living room since the launch of the original Xbox in 2001 and has since proven they’ve seen eye-to-eye with how their audience consumes entertainment content. The Xbox One stands to provide the total living room experience for the entire family, while at the same time not alienating the core gaming consumer or the core gaming experience. It’s an impressive leap forward and one that will resonate well with the North American audience.”


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  1. JB

    “Kotaku: If I’m playing a single player game, do I have to be online at least once per hour or something like that? Or can I go weeks and weeks?

    Harrison: I believe it’s 24 hours.

    Kotaku: I’d have to connect online once every day.

    Harrison: Correct.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. jmg24bad

    I am facepalming soo hard.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. JB

    “The bits that are on that disc, you can give it to your friend and they can install it on an Xbox One,” he said. “They would then have to purchase the right to play that game through Xbox Live.”

    “They would be paying the same price we paid, or less?” we asked.

    “Let’s assume it’s a new game, so the answer is yes, it will be the same price,” Harrison said.

    But that doesn’t mean used games are dead. In fact, Harrison told us, you’ll be able to sell your Xbox One games online.

    “We will have a solution—we’re not talking about it today—for you to be able to trade your previously-played games online,” Harrison said.”


    Update – Microsoft’s Larry Hryb has issued the following clarification:

    Another piece of clarification around playing games at a friend’s house – should you choose to play your game at your friend’s house, there is no fee to play that game while you are signed in to your profile.
    What this means is that if you take a game to a friend’s house and try to play the game on their system using their account, you’ll need to pay. If you take it to their house and try to play it on their system using your account, you won’t need to pay.

    In other words: playing while you’re there is free. If you want to lend it to them for a few days/weeks? They’ll have to pay.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    All that is pretty much in here JB.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. JB

    Sorry i`ll delete it Steph ^_^

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Stephany Nunneley

    No don’t!! :) Today was overwhelming with news here and new there. Just pointing it out! :) Didn’t want you to think we were slacking or anything :D

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    ““The Xbox One is an evolutionary step in the entertainment consumption experience. ”


    Xbox One is a VHS player that will run games in 1080p so far.
    Such an evolutionary step for … ?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    #8 2 years ago
  9. JB

    Ok, Ill leave it up then ^_^

    It`s the X-box (D)one for me. No way I´m gonna buy this “entertainment hub bs”.

    This is a bigger screw up than Windows 8 ever was, which in itself is quite the achievement >_<

    #9 2 years ago

    Why in the world would people go to a website to complain about having to use the internet??


    #10 2 years ago

    I don’t think that there’s any doubt that the Xbox One is a much more powerful proposition than the PS4, based on what we’ve seen so far.

    It certainly appears at this point that when it’s connected, and combining cloud processing power with it’s own internals, it has the potential to provide gaming experiences that can dwarf anything that a standalone console can do.

    But they didn’t focus on this, whatsoever, at the launch.

    Instead, they went overboard with pointless TV functionality that only works in the US, and needs a cable box to function, anyway.

    They missed a trick here.

    I can see how their plan would be to save the games for E3, and only talk about the console in general terms at this event, but now it looks like they’ll have more than 2 weeks of people thinking that Microsoft simply don’t care about games anymore.

    Both console launches were a damp squib, for me.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. hitnrun

    @11: “I don’t think that there’s any doubt that the Xbox One is a much more powerful proposition than the PS4, based on what we’ve seen so far.”

    Let’s pretend that isn’t BS. How did all that “when the full powers of the Cell Architecture are harnessed” guff work out for Sony? Devs just made games for the 360 and ported them over.

    “It certainly appears at this point that when it’s connected, and combining cloud processing power with it’s own internals, it has the potential to provide gaming experiences that can dwarf anything that a standalone console can do.”

    I think you can file that between “Blast Processing” and “The Secret Plan For the Expansion Bay On [Insert Console Here]” on the shelf above “the processing power of SimCity’s cloud servers do the work for your computer.” It never makes sense economically for a company to maintain a computer for you, if you think about it.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight


    Cloud Processing is not something that should be praised especially after the fiasco with Simcity not to mention what the developer plans to offload to the cloud services which would mean joe blow will need higher bandwidth. If they plan on doing games like Call of Duty and the like to the cloud, it will cripple the users experience if they don’t have at least 15Mbps. Something the entire world has yet to move towards especially with most ISPs feeling the need to cap users instead of improving their infrastructure.

    #13 2 years ago


    The cell stuff didn’t work for Sony, because it was such a nightmare to program for for so long.

    People knew how to work on the 360 architecture, and that’s why it had much more games and better versions of multi platform stuff for so long.

    The 720 is basically a PC. If a dev doesn’t know how to get “full power” out of a PC, then they need to go and work in another industry.

    And I don’t think that the SimCity example comes anywhere near close to what MS is proposing here.

    EA had always been known for having disastrous product launches when it comes to online, and quite frankly, if anyone expected SimCity’s launch to be any different, they must have been wearing rose tinted glasses.

    MS have 300k servers prepped for the Xbox One, exclusively, so I think it’s fair to say that they’ve already invested a huge amount in this.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dark

    man , usher gotta dance his ass off at E3 after that reveal…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight


    Not really this is the same company that has made WIndows 8 and released the 360 knowing full well that they had a high rate to RROD and plus no developer will want to offload their work for someone else to manage, that is just moronic. I see them either going full cloud or not at all no hybrid because you are relying on someone else to pull their shit together and that someone else who can give a rats ass about you as a single developer.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. RaisinBran

    MS took steps in directions the masses either aren’t ready for or simply don’t want. No used games. Always online. A camera that is on even when it’s off. Investing in television when more and more consumers are watching “television” on their computer, not to mention poor reception and results from Windows 8. These decisions are baffling and gives off the impression that MS is out of touch.

    Today might be a very important day in gaming history. This could be the beginning of a resurgence for Sony, getting back the same dominance they had with the PS1 and PS2. Or this could be the day MS continues their overall dominance, offering consumers numerous benefits at the cost of restrictions that initially aren’t desired.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ballisticon

    My .02 The games they showed looked terrible but this wasn’t really about the games so I’ll reserve judgement on that. the TV/switching thing was nice but now we hear you need another device and no one will probably support it initially so that was mostly vapor-soft. Nice vapor-soft but still nothing real for at least this Christmas. As to how the device looked it was too big. I don’t have a lot of component room and that unit looked like it was supposed to mimic an old school huge VCR. Meh. I’ll wait to see the games but it would only be good for exclusives since I can get games on PC that will look much, much better, even if ported.

    As for Sony, the console will be more powerful and the games will look better so I will probably get one of those first. But, the Vita fiasco has really soured me on Sony. I feel like they stole my money on that POS.

    #18 2 years ago


    1. Whether you like/want to use touch screen or not, Windows 8 is the best version of Windows yet.

    2. I don’t think it’s fair to say that they KNEW that the 360 would RROD so much. I think it’s more accurate to say that they rushed the original design, but that they fully expected it to work.

    3. MS has basically been running CoD’s online (one of the most played games in the world) on 360, and Activision clearly doesn’t appear to have any problem with that. It’s a relationship that’s worked out for the two of them so far, unlike the situation on PS3, where the game’s online has had problem after problem for version after version.

    I’m interested to see if Respawn’s new IP is going to take advantage of this stuff, too. I’m also wondering if that’s part of the reason that the game is an Xbox One exclusive. Is it possible that the persistent world that they have isn’t doable on PS4…?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight


    “Whether you like/want to use touch screen or not, Windows 8 is the best version of Windows yet.”

    Uh huh My wife had it and I can say without a doubt that is bull shit infact I had bought a windows 7 disc from a neighborhood computer tech and installed that on my wifes computer. That OS is a piece of crap.

    At your second point I was working for Xbox at the time where they had manufactured the device they knew it was bad. The engineers had told them so.

    3rd point, Multiplayer is not the same thing has having; a server farm to receive input from the player, do its computations, render the info and send it back to the player. That is totally ignoring the lag it causes which anyone can tell you that has used Onlive for multiplayer games can be pretty shitty and there is no way for MS to make it as responsive as it would be if it were being directly done on your machine.

    “I’m interested to see if Respawn’s new IP is going to take advantage of this stuff, too. I’m also wondering if that’s part of the reason that the game is an Xbox One exclusive. ”

    Rumor != Fact

    Not going to even comment on this until official announcement has been made.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. JB

    Regarding Windows 8:

    “Windows Vista has universally been acknowledged as a failure, but it still actually had significantly better adoption numbers than Windows 8, said ZDNet.”


    “Microsoft is for the first time confirming that it is making changes to the software to address some of the problems people have when using it. Marking one of the most prominent admissions of failure for a new mass-market consumer product since Coca-Cola’s New Coke fiasco nearly 30 years ago, says Financial Times, Microsoft is preparing to reverse course over key elements of its Windows 8 operating system”

    #21 2 years ago

    That OS is a piece of crap.

    Please elaborate. What exactly is so bad about it?

    I have two copies on two computers, and I don’t have a problem with either of them (other than Firefox causing the occasional crash).

    At your second point I was working for Xbox at the time where they had manufactured the device they knew it was bad. The engineers had told them so.

    This means absolutely nothing. It’s just hearsay. “they”, “them”, “engineers”…

    I’m sure that if I spoke to MS, “they” would say that you were wrong.

    Multiplayer is not the same thing has having; a server farm to receive input from the player, do its computations, render the info and send it back to the player.

    Who said that that’s how it even works? It’s interesting that you’re not willing to comment on Respawn’s IP being an exclusive, but you’re so eager to rubbish this technology without knowing anything about it whatsoever.

    Speaks volumes… Maybe it has something to do with the fact that you don’t work for them anymore.

    Sour grapes for an old employer, perhaps?

    So far, all we know is: “There are a growing number of transistors in the cloud that you can move the loads onto,” says Boyd Multerer. “So over time, your box gets more powerful. We move loads into the cloud to free up resources on the box.

    We don’t know any details yet, nor have we seen it in action, so the wiser choice would be to just wait and see, rather than rushing to call it a failure, without knowing a single detail.

    #22 2 years ago


    100 million licences, fella.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight


    Go look up Microsoft Azure they have had this cloud system for a while now. WHat they are saying is nothing new or innovative, its a server farm thats all it is it will do exactly what EA did with SimCity. BTW I never called it a failure. I just said it was a bad idea to use it as a hybrid system.

    “Speaks volumes… Maybe it has something to do with the fact that you don’t work for them anymore.

    Sour grapes for an old employer, perhaps?”

    Nope, not at all because Microsoft was not my employer another third party was. I was moved to build, breakdown and ship the CRS1 series for CIsco which meant a far better pay and benefits at least until the market crashed and there was no work, thats when I decided to go to school and now work for a relatively small dev team doing stuff I absolutely love for about the same pay only less hours.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. mkotechno

    Seems Xbox is also following the Microsoft product pattern.
    Crappy Windows -> great Windows -> crappy Windows -> …
    Crappy Xbox -> great Xbox -> crappy Xbox

    #25 2 years ago


    Sure, we know it’s a simple cloud platform. But we don’t know how they are planning on implementing it with the Xbox One. They talk about freeing up loads, but what loads? If it’s just AI, or environment rendering, then latency is pretty much taken out of the equation. The cloud can render the scenery, and keep millions of NPCs moving about in real time, while the console does the rest.

    I think it’s possible, and this would give you a much more believable persistent world, where you don’t keep running into clowns, who took an arrow to the knee, in exactly the same place every time.

    But like I said, there’s not much point speculating, because they haven’t given any details.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Phoenixblight


    All that rendering off site will cause Lag. You think pop in is bad this gen? Sure you can improve it but then it comes down to the user needing high bandwidth which a dev is not going to build with an idea that the person has 200(or some other arbitrarily high number) Mbps connection. Its not realistic especially with isp now with them trying to cap bandwidth instead of improving infrastructure. Thankfully the city I live in will have Google fiber soon enough to throw the middle finger to Time Warner and AT&T.

    #27 2 years ago

    There are numerous ways to remove any lag if you only render about 40% of the environment in the cloud (objects of interest and main buildings, etc), by using different methods, ranging from crude corridors, to LOD (level of detail) objects that change to high detail models, based on player proximity.

    It’s not impossible to do it without lag, by any means.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Phoenixblight

    Maybe but what you are suggesting MS is not the only one that can do it. Galkai service can do the exact same thing if not more so. Before they were bought by Sony they had a lot of investors from companies like Dell, EA. No reason why Sony can’t do the same thing. What Galkai had was way beyond the curve of cloud services.

    #29 2 years ago

    ^ Well, that’s true I suppose.

    I had forgotten about Gaikai.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. karma

    The required daily connection and the codes for second hand sales and extra charges is why i’m jumping to PS4 next gen. I’m already sick of paying for a gold membership anyway, and then they force Kinect up on us with likely even more dashboards ads and less games. Its just not something i’m prepared to deal with.

    Sony here I come.. unless you pull the same used games shit, then perhaps a new PC will be the order of the day. Either way, Xbox are definitely out of the running for this gamer.

    #31 2 years ago

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    Blood Bowl 2: The Chaos Theory is only the latest in a much loved series of games based on a game based on two other games. Blood Bowl is a popular Games Workshop tabletop game which blends the fantasy universe of Warhammer with a fantasy sport drawing inspiration from American football and related games. It’s […]

  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]