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Xbox One will be region-locked, Microsoft confirms

Monday, 27 May 2013 02:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In news that ought to surprise absolutely nobody, Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will be region-locked, meaning you can’t buy games internationally and expect them to work on a console purchased in your home territory.

Speaking with Digital Trends, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that Xbox One will continue the tradition of region locking laid down by the Xbox and Xbox 360.

“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale,” the representative said.

“We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.”

Microsoft isn’t alone in this policy; all Nintendo consoles to date have also been region-locked. The PSOne and PS2 were region-locked, but the PS3 and Vita are not, although individual developers and publishers may choose to enforce a region lock if they wish; very few have taken advantage.

Sony has so far demurred on the question of whether the PlayStation 4 will follow suit, with SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida saying only that he has an answer, but is not ready to give it yet – which could mean anything.

Thanks, GameInformer.

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46 Comments

  1. RoyBrown

    That’s a huge negative for me.

    In Australia you can buy imported games for half the price of Australian retail.

    If PS4 is region free just for games, that’s the console I’m buying as it will save me a ton of money in the long run.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Night Hunter

    Doesn’t Australia have the same region code as NZ?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. actuallyisnotafox

    another reason xbox one is becoming my lest favorite next gen console :/

    #3 2 years ago
  4. salarta

    I can actually understand why companies would region lock consoles. If a company releases a product in a certain market, it entails certain costs; someone importing the same item from overseas would basically defeat the purpose.

    However, I think not having a region lock is ultimately much better. There are a lot of games and movies that will get released in one region but not another. Region locking for these items would prevent interested consumers from actually being able to experience the game or film unless they got a system from that region and adapters to make it all work.

    When Nintendo of America at first refused to bring the Project Rainfall games stateside, but Europe was getting them, the region lock was an obstacle to me being able to play the games I actually wanted to play. It made a system that increasingly came off as a worthless purchase, even more worthless. I was ready to break the region lock even if it risked bricking my Wii since I saw no point in keeping a functioning Wii anymore at the time if the process failed.

    Now, I currently wouldn’t hold it against Sony if the PS4 had region locking, though I’d certainly be disappointed. But I WOULD hold it against Microsoft with the XBox One, since the XBox One already has enough bullshit both proven and rumored without this adding to it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. redwood

    I don’t know… ps3 was not region locked, so i don’t want any more region locking :\ and now am thinking sony will follow ms’s footsteps in this too

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Puggy

    Hm, I always liked to buy games when I want to buy them, and not years later when they final get released in europe, if they get at all.

    And I guess you can not even… circumvent or jailbreak that thing due to the online requirement. Bugger.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. mkotechno

    Another nail in the XBO coffin.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. CaptPierce

    Just keep on digging Microsoft.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. MFBB

    Oh thats the biggest no go for me so far from Microsoft.

    Since I dont buy any games here in Germany due to the high price.
    I always import from the UK, 15-29€ instead of 50-70€.

    Hope Sony stays on its current no region lock, or at least whole Europe is the same region and i can snitch some UK games :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. salarta

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony reveals the PSN for the PS4 requiring a subscription in the same model as Microsoft. The people that willingly paid into XBox Live basically told the world that charging people a fee to be able to do basic online features is acceptable on consoles.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Mjorh

    MS is screwing everything up !

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    @10 – I would. I’d be hugely surprised, considering that even more millions of people chose the system with free online play.

    Do I think they’ll charge for a lot of the cloud service? Of course, they will. But just basic online multiplayer, I believe will remain free.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Kieran

    PS4 looks better everyday that passes until E3

    #13 2 years ago
  14. polygem

    @10: i actually hope for a subscription model but i want one where i will get some content from, like renting games and stuff like that, kind of an improved ps+.
    i do not have a problem with a fee for great services. i play a lot of games, if a sub will make sense to me and improve my gaming time and/or save me some money in the long run, if i think it´s worth paying for it i am more than ready for it. i actually wasn´t bothered with xbl for years, sure, the basic online could have / should have been free but i played online a lot, used a lot of the gold features and really preferred it over psn. the moment they´ve putted ads on that service it instantly did not make any sense to me anymore.
    i really hope sony will introduce an optional sub model and i hope it will be a great deal for people who love to play games.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Clupula

    @14 – Well, then you and I are different. If Sony charge a fee to online, I won’t ever go online again. And neither will A LOT of Playstation owners.

    There’s no reason to pay a fee. Period. Point blank.

    And if you think I’m alone in that view, look at DC Universe Online for PS3. A flop when it had a subscription fee. When it went free to play, the amount of people playing it went up 400%. The average PS3 owner will not pay to go online. I will not. And neither will many others.

    The only thing I would possibly pay a little extra a month for would be backwards compatibility. Otherwise, nope. Will not do it. And Sony would be killing a huge portion of their business by doing it. Only fools pay to go online.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. dex3108

    I don’t see point of region locking today. If i am willing to wait 5-15 days to get my game from around the world that is annoying enough. Also it is better for publishers if they sell more games, and if they lock games to specific region their number of sold games can be lower. I really hope that Sony is watching all this and it will make right decisions.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Sylrissa

    @15 I agree, and for me if Sony keeps online free, and keeps the ps4 not region-locked, I’ll be picking one up day one this time.

    I didn’t get my ps3 until several years later, and I got when it came with buying a new TV

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Bomba Luigi

    Thats just normal, and really just sad for a small part of Customers like me. But all in all its just a minor thing.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. orakaa

    Region locking is a HUGE concern for me. I only modded my PS1 and PS2 in order to play imported games, mostly from US and Japan.
    At least a third of my games on PS3 come from Japan, and the ratio is even bigger on my Nintendo DS.

    I only import games that are not (and will never be) released in Europe. Taiko no tatsujin? Ouendan (the original with Japanese songs)? Gundam, Macross or other aninme-related games? You will never see them here. Why preventing more copies to be sold?
    I was ready to buy a 3DS but the region locking is what put me off (and to this day I haven’t bought one).

    No region lock on PS3 was a REALLY good thing, at least to me, and I hope Sony will keep the same functionality for PS4.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. pleasant_cabbage

    fffttt. More faux outrage over another feature 99% of the user base don’t give a rats ass about…

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Myth

    The VG247-angle seems inaccurate here, the region-locking on Xbox 360 is currently up to the publisher, isn’t it?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DrDamn

    @21
    Maybe it is a small percentage, but the people commenting here are those who *do* use it. Very few are saying it’s a big issue for the system, most are saying it’s a big issue for them. Nothing false about it. It’s also very important in some countries.

    I think the digital direction is hopefully making Western this less of an issue. A way for publishers to get games out in other regions without big risks is good and has been used on PSN (PS3 and Vita).

    One thing Sony need to do is get better global releases sorted. Titles releasing in the US first then weeks or months down the line in Europe because of SCEE submission issues needs to be sorted.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ps3fanboy

    region lock = another nail in the coffin…. the xbone is done!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Lengendaryboss

    Has there ever been a worse PR disaster following a console reveal like this? Anyway this doesn’t bother me too much i always buy games locally although the Xbone in general well the only good thing i can think is this putting me in a good mood: Someone has even done a Hitler impressions video of it all, couldn’t stop laughing :D

    #24 2 years ago
  25. polygem

    @15: i wasn´t talking about a fee for online. not at all. i was talking about a sub/fee that gives me something back, like game rentals and stuff like that: content. i agree that the basic online should be kept free.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. monkeygourmet

    Sony may HAVE to launch a paid for online service.

    They can’t afford to miss out on some of the features MS are going to be raking it in for, even if they suck…

    The second hand game thing & paid for online may just have to happen to prop up the huge online requirement we will see next gen.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Christopher Jack

    Is there anything positive about this console?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Lengendaryboss

    @28
    Does getting your laughing worth count? :D
    Well if you look into i suppose it will provide supreme entertainment options rather gaming, hold that can be seen as a negative.
    Nothing i suppose.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Christopher Jack

    @29, The reveal was a laugh, since then the joke has been dry & it’s only becoming sadder.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. pleasant_cabbage

    @23
    no doubt, it’s more comments like #24 I was aiming at :)

    #30 2 years ago
  31. polygem

    @28: yes, the controller and i kind of like that xboxgreen that the packaging will hopefully have…not sure if that´s enough though.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. ps3fanboy

    @27 monkeygourmet, have you been living under a rock for years???.. Sony HAVE a paid for online service, its called PLAYSTATION PLUS!… and it is doing perfectly fine.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. The_Red

    Region lock is a HUGE issue for people like me who live in unsupported Asian countries. Seriously, we could want a certain game but there are ONLY imports here and most of them come from Europe. Now if someone has console with a region region, they can either:

    - Forget about that game.
    - Pirate the game.

    No third option here.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. SplatteredHouse

    I play games. I like to play them. So, when a game releases in a country not my own. I value the opportunity to be able to make my own mind up about the worth of that game, by being able to get and play it if I like. I accept that I’d be acting on my own volition, that local support would not be able (nor would I ask them) to assist me with any issue I may encounter playing that game.

    But, I have long had my fill of “when’s that game coming out here?” “No plans, or just … Who’s publishing: no idea.” In which case, I lose, because I don’t get to play the game I chose – and the publisher/devs lose, because I’m not able to pay them for the game they made. How’s that any good.

    Another thing: Wait until the game is available in your region? You mean: Long after the initial announce, which generated the largest notice. Sometimes, a time after the “second wind” once it’s available in English, and then it’s greeted with a whimper comparatively, when it arrives as a footnote on a release schedule vying amongst so much else, making its first release – and then, you can get questions about why it isn’t chart-topping, maybe the sales just don’t happen, and that then harms the likelihood of the publisher making more effort to make a broader variety of software available – and I’m better off not supporting a machine, by not buying one, that is not interested in helping me to play games I like.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Sturmhardt

    So PS4 it is! (if they don’t try to bend us over like MS, let’s see…)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. sh4dow

    Well I’m sure we all know what the answer is… hack the damn thing!
    If companies don’t implement reasonable policies, consumers have to take matters into their own hands.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. TheKeyPit

    “Xbox One will continue the tradition of region locking laid down by the Xbox and Xbox 360.”

    So, where is the problem? Will it change from what we actually have with the 360 right now?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. reask

    @39
    I was thinking the same myself I mean isnt the whole of Europe pal? so it wouldn’t matter where you bought it.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. loki

    With consoles games price in Russia, all i can say: fuck you MS and your Xbox one

    #39 2 years ago
  40. et_phone_home

    Another “arrow in the knee” for MS.

    I hope that MS suffocate on their greed. I’m going to buy a PS4 for sure.

    With the quality problems on some titles on the PS3, i was thinking about to move to the future XBOX, but after all i read about this new piece of crap and the promissing PS4, the choice left is only one…

    #40 2 years ago
  41. ps3fanboy

    @43 i’m sure you love your job dick wad.. sitting home on your ass in front of your computer all day and spamming internet forums. it must be reeeeeally satisfying… TAKE YOUR $82 HOUR JOB AND GEY IMAC AND STUFF THEM UP YOUR ASS, NOW FUCK OFF!!!!!1

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Da Man

    No region lock profit = 100 demented nerds importing weirdo JP videogames.

    Region lock profit = healthy software sales everywhere.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. salarta

    @42: No region lock profit = EVERY person that wants to play video games or watch films or TV shows from more than one region.

    Contrary to what you may think, this is actually useful for more than “demented nerds importing weirdo JP video games.” There are high quality films released in other countries that do not get released in the United States, and to be able to watch them would require either a player for the region or a willingness to change a hard drive to suit that region.

    Of course, you already made up your mind that the only people that could ever possibly have any form of utility for a lack of region lock have to be creepy perverted otaku types. Because of course academia does not exist.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Richenbaum

    academias are my favorite nut! (no I’m not serious…)

    #44 2 years ago
  45. salarta

    Yeah Caroline, stop pretending to be a giant robot eagerly killing test subjects with nerve gas and start earning some damn money for a Land Rover Defender. Imagine what tests you can do with that thing.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. misterapathy

    I’ll paint you a real world scenario where this actually does get in the way… Europe.

    I moved from Australia to Germany, suddenly I cant purchase a lot of content from the Australian marketplace… so I do the right thing and migrate regions. Only to discover that German versions frequently do not have ANY other languages with them. You might argue that if I move to a country I should know the language, fair enough, but even if my German WAS that good… I would much prefer the English language versions anyway since the German voice actors are horrible.

    If I moved to the UK, same process, and in an I.T contracting job this is much more likely than you’d think. People country hop here regularly.

    Next you have countries like Belgium, where they speak French/German/Dutch… and their games are basically all the German versions.

    The only way region coding will ever work nicely for its intended purpose is to ensure that all regions have at least ACCESS to alternate languages and audio tracks.

    And sure, I can currently just import games from the UK, but I actually prefer to just download things from the store on occasion, and with the upcoming licensing model it certainly seems that’s the direction Microsoft would prefer we take anyway.

    #46 2 years ago

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    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]