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Xbox One: Kinect 2′s visual DRM functions found in patent file – report

Friday, 24 May 2013 11:11 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One will come bundled with Microsoft’s new Kinect sensor bar, and a new patent filed by the company suggests the device will impose certain DRM restrictions based on who it sees in the room, and more.

UPDATE:

Microsoft has contacted MCV with comment, which reads, “Microsoft regularly applies for and receives patents as part of its business practice; not all patents applied for or received will be incorporated into a Microsoft product”.

Which is not a denial, so do keep an open mind on everything in this post for now.

ORIGINAL STORY:

ExtremeTech, as we told you yesterday, reports that the patent is for tech that sees Kinect monitoring how many people are in a room at once. If the number exceeds the amount allowed on a game or film’s license, then you the owner of the content, must pay for an extended license.

Below you’ll find an image from the patent, and while it’s an old one, MCV reports that sources have confirmed to the site that this will be implemented in Xbox One.

The bottom line is that the filing reads, “The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.”

‘Remedial action’ could mean the purchase of a new, extended license, or worse. The problem is that we’re not yet sure.

If true, is this wrong? Should Microsoft be answering these questions now? Let us know below.

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53 Comments

  1. TrickyAudio

    Cheers Xbox, thanks for the memories.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Darth-Bader

    Wow. Those news just keep on coming, don’t they? MS and all its money-grabbing technology can piss off.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. orakaa

    Wow… it’s just absolutely UNBELIEVABLE.
    The worst rumors happen to become true… but the worst thing is how Microsoft tries to cover this up (see their reveal event where they absolutely didn’t speak about it until they were asked by game journalists… and even then they were not clear and misleading).

    This needs to be known by the broad public

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Samoan Spider

    This may just be something content creators can use but on an optional basis. I have my fingers crossed.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Hirmetrium

    Surely this is irrelevant. What matters is private or public use, and the xbox cannot determine that.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    OMG… micro$haft what have you done… the xbox one is done for sure now.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Templar_Dante

    Welcome to the future MSFT style.
    Next thing, Kinect is going to charge you a $ everytime you go to the bathroom in your own home.
    “Xbox, can I please go to the bathroom?”

    Name and Initials :

    Address :

    Card Number :

    Security number :

    “Xbox, now can I go to the bathroom?”

    Xbox status detected : Silver Membership

    Please renew to Gold

    #7 2 years ago
  8. SameeR_Fisher

    well if they don’t include it now, they will include it next time.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Logion

    I had no idea there was limits for the amount of people that are allowed to watch a movie or play a game.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. The_Red

    So Xbone’s camera is basically the Eye of Sauron?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    @10 Do they make foil-lined crisp packets large enough for this thing?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Wen3

    WOW if this is the future we are done for.The best thing to do is just to burn Microsoft headquaters and assassinate every microsoft member they might be a bad influence on the industry ….I’m just saying people don’t accuse me when bad thing happen …..IT IS JUST AN IDEA FOR A SONY GAME!!!!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. pixeladdict

    Relax everyone, simply purchase and wear one of my patented Bill Gates masks and bingo… Kinect will unlock all content for your viewing/playing pleasure free of charge!

    Just $5 +shipping :)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Fin

    This is how I thought it’d work – QR code on the disk or something.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. The_Red

    @11 Yeah. Of course they can always go for the HAL tech instead of LOTR magic:

    http://i.imgur.com/HyuGxBe.jpg
    (Rocket Science inside!)

    #15 2 years ago
  16. laughing-gravy

    Oh my god! This is turning into a catastro-fuck.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Beta

    Oh deary me. Pretty sure this isn’t how they wanted their launch to go. :’D

    #17 2 years ago
  18. CyberMarco

    http://www.dorkly.com/comic/52085/xbox-one-what-they-tell-us-vs-what-well-get

    #18 2 years ago
  19. TheBlackHole

    Turn the Kinect towards the wall, or put a fucking towel on it.

    Unless you plan on using your xbox to conduct an illegal showing of a movie to a cinema sized audience, you’ve probably not got anything to worry about.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. orakaa

    @19: are you working for Microsoft, or just trolling?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. TheBlackHole

    @20

    Posts irrelevant comment – accuses someone else of trolling.

    Bravo sir.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. orakaa

    @21: Oh you’re very welcome :D

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Beta

    If incorporated this would explain why Kinect needs to be connected in order for the console to work.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. orakaa

    @21: by the way, I was referring to you as “trolling” as you don’t seem to have actually read or watched the content of the patent: it clearly says that Kinect would be CHECKING the audience/number of viewers before authorizing the launch of the content.

    So turning Kinect into a wall or putting a towel on it would definitely be as useful as… not buying/having an Xbox One.

    I’m sincerely sorry that you seem to be quite touched by all these news against Microsoft as you might have been a dedicated 360 user. It’s okay. Many of us either are or were. Or were not. Personally I had a 360 until it died. I currently have a PS3, but if Sony does the same thing as Microsoft, I will harshly criticize them the same way I do here.
    All those measures only bring restrictions. It’s bad for us gamers. And the benefit we gain from it? Not worth it so far. Visual improvements are minimum and nowhere near the gap of last generation.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. TheBlackHole

    @24

    Eh? what on earth are you going on about.

    “So turning Kinect into a wall or putting a towel on it would definitely be as useful as… not buying/having an Xbox One.”

    Because Kinect is the only thing worth getting the Xbox for??

    Riiiiiight.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Samoan Spider

    @25 I do see his point. In the process, Kinect comes before playing the content. So if you point it at the wall, it won’t see the content owner and won’t play!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Beta

    Yes. If they used this tech, then obviously you wouldn’t be allowed to obstruct Kinect’s view. So turning it towards a wall or throwing a towel on it would not work.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Templar_Dante

    @Samaon Spider

    Exactly. If they’ve thought so long and hard about it, They know how to detect if you are trying to dupe them.

    At this stage, its like they’ve incorporated Milo tech into this and its watching your move and reporting you to MSFT HQ.

    JOHNNY 5 IS ALIVE!

    #28 2 years ago
  29. TheBlackHole

    @26 & 27

    So no playing games in the dark then :)

    I’m pretty certain this goes against about a billion privacy laws.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. orakaa

    @25: okay so now you are just trolling.
    I was replying to your comment (@19) when YOU said “Turn the Kinect towards the wall, or put a fucking towel on it”.

    If you had read the article and the patent description and also read the other declarations from Microsoft saying that Kinect WILL have to be connected and functioning in order for the console to launch, then you would understand that it HAS to check/monitor the room and the user (and that putting a towel on it would prevent the console from working).

    I am doing nothing illegal in my house, but that doesn’t mean I want to have a monitoring device reporting god knows what to god knows who. Even if I don’t do anything illegal, it doesn’t mean I would be okay to have a cop sitting in my living room.
    Can you understand that?

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Beta

    @29 I don’t know much about Kinect 2 but isn’t it equipped with infrared? Darkness wouldn’t be a problem then would it? :) Correct me if I’m wrong of course.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. SplatteredHouse

    @29 didn’t you know it also sees in the dark conditions using “active IR”? http://gizmodo.com/kinect-2-full-video-walkthrough-the-xbox-sees-you-like-509155673 (starts at 1:44)

    #32 2 years ago
  33. laughing-gravy

    If it can see in the dark do you think it will be able to watch Xbox one owners giving themselves a four knuckle shuffle at bed time?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. ps3fanboy

    Watch out guys its the Eye of Sauron…

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Samoan Spider

    @34 Didn’t you get the memo, Sony are shipping one with the PS4 so you may not get the upgrade to PS4fanboy that you’ve been hoping for :)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Phoenixblight

    @35

    Its not required to be plugged in to play the system unlike Kinect is.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Samoan Spider

    @36 Yeah, what worries me is that Sony haven’t quite been as forthright about what and what not to expect. MS have (for good or ill) been getting the shit news out of the way. I am renowned for missing the obvious interview link that prove me wrong, but on a lot of things, Sony haven’t gone on record. But this hasn’t been confirmed either so who knows.
    I think (whilst I dislike most of the news) that it’s clever. A shit news sandwich so to speak. Hey here’s a new console (presentation), it’s got loads of shit you don’t want or need (post presentation), but look at the games (E3)!

    #37 2 years ago
  38. OlderGamer

    Guess the WiiU is looking a bit better these days. As far as consoles go.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Phoenixblight

    @37

    The GameInformer said nothing of the sort of the Eye needing to be hooked up or even being used in any of the games releasing, let alone mentioned at all. There is nothing to suggest that it is integral to use the system unlike the Kinect which has to be connected to the system in order to play and is always on.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Samoan Spider

    @39 I understood that it made no mention of it. When a console is launched, cost is a HUGE consideration, so if it isn’t integral, and no games are planned, why include it at all? Why not launch it later with a game that utilises it? I think there’s more to see here and I’m willing to wait and find out. Aren’t you at least curious why it isn’t being talked up?

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Phoenixblight

    @40

    There is no need. Sony spoke about the Eye being used for interface stuff similar to kinect. And the only thing suggesting the Eye comes with the system is a rumor that came before the reveal so where was it confirmed the camera would come with it? I haven’t seen as such. For all we know that will be the high dollar bundle.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. OlderGamer

    I think, PB, the larger point would be at this juncture it might be best to wait for all of the info to roll in via E3 then to judge much of anything right now.

    I agree with some folks, Sony has been rather vague with some of their info regaurding PS4.

    Needless to say E3 will be huge for everyone. If for nothing else but to put an end to the misinformation floating about.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. orakaa

    @40: “Why not launch it later with a game that utilises it?”
    Because if ALL consoles are bundled with a peripheral, then all games can be developed with it in mind.

    Historically whenever a console have released a peripheral AFTER its launch, it has never been broadly adopted by game creators, and for a reason: only a FRACTION of the console users would have that peripheral.
    Powerglove, MegaCD, RAM extension for N64, WiiFit, Wii Motion Plus, Move, Kinect, etc.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Phoenixblight

    @42

    There is nothing to suggest that the Eye is coming with the Ps4, it was only mentioned briefly at the reveal then never heard of again. If it was needed in order to play, someone somewhere would have said as such after the reveal but they haven’t.

    You are right though E3 will be a time for Sony and MS to release more information about their system but so far MS have been doing a fantastic job selling the Ps4 for me.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. BazzaLFC

    If I remember correctly, Sony have said the PS4 comes with the Eye, as it works with the light bar on the controller. (tracking it like the PS Move)

    #45 2 years ago
  46. OlderGamer

    “but so far MS have been doing a fantastic job selling the Ps4 for me.”

    100% agree. Also makes me enjoy the WiiU just a bit more.

    I also agree with BazzLFC, I recall reading that too, because the DS4 controler needs/uses it.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Phoenixblight

    @45 and 46

    Have a link to support that? THey did say its used for finding which controller is whose but nothing that it comes with the system.

    “The light-bar doesn’t require the camera to function. It’s just a different way of identifying the player.”

    http://www.edge-online.com/features/shuhei-yoshida-on-the-making-of-playstation-4/

    #47 2 years ago
  48. OlderGamer

    Nope I don’t, and I don’t have time to search for one. I was just checking in for spam/news. Gotta run soon.

    Could easily have been a “leak” article that ran on one of the sites. With so much misinfo out there….like we said, best to wait right now. E3 is coming.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Samoan Spider

    @47 http://www.vg247.com/2013/02/21/whats-the-deal-with-the-ps4s-eye-camera-ill-tell-you/

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Phoenixblight

    @49

    Read the article nothing says that the EYe comes with the system.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Samoan Spider

    @50 Apart from the first line I suppose there’s not much else because Sony are being vague.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. BazzaLFC

    @50 did you not read the first line of the article?

    The new edition of the home PlayStation console WILL come with a new edition of the PlayStation Eye camera that has so far not been widely used by consumers, due at least in part to lack of effort spent integrating its functions into games beyond the Move controller.

    taken from the article linked by Samoan Spider

    #52 2 years ago
  53. Phoenixblight

    @51 and 52

    Show me where it was stated by SOny that it will come with the system. Please because a single line in a article doesn’t confirm this, that even the source doesn’t even suggest as such nor do any other article I have read.

    #53 2 years ago

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  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

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

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

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

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

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  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

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

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

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

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

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

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

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

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

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

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

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  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]