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Xbox One a generation ahead of PCs? Not true, says Epic’s Mark Rein

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 08:54 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One was praised by EA’s chief technical officer Rajat Teneja as being a generation ahead of high-spec PCs, something Epic Games’ vice president Mark Rein has called out as false.

We reported on Teneja’s comments here, in which he said of next-gen consoles, “These architectures are a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market. Our benchmarks on just the video and audio performance are 8-10 times superior to the current gen.”

His words prompted this response from Rein on Twitter:

So, what’s your take? Who’s right? Discuss below.

Thanks PCGamesN.

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43 Comments

  1. mistermogul

    Of course this is BS.

    Just the hype train speeding things up…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. woe

    Why leave out the PS4? because he was obviously not just talking about the Xbox One.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. silkvg247

    So they’re saying they outperform GF680 or 780′s? A card that costs more than the whole console..

    Sure.. it’s like, magic or something. Graphics Pixies!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. MonsieurPupi

    HA! I love Mark Rein. Hopefully others follow suit and call Microsoft out on all obvious Xbox BS.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    @3
    Maybe Dave didn’t one a super long header / title for the article? Seriously, why do you have to be like this when it comes to MS and any and all things reported about it?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    Microsoft is “self obsessed hyperbole” shocker.

    More at 11!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Kieran

    we all know the ps4 is better than the xbox one in terms of performance !! but does he mean just xbox one or ps4 as well because psu.com said ps4 is 50% better than xbox one

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    @4
    He didn’t actually say that, he was talking architecturally not performance in the PC comparison, but articles like the one Mark Rein linked didn’t really make that clear.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Madlink

    @6 I think he has a fair point as the original source story had this headline; ‘Epic Games VP: Next gen consoles being ahead of PC is bullshit’ which was then turned into an obviously negative Xbox One story, which then leads to comments like #5.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. The_Red

    @10
    I see. While I do believe that woe is being over protective about MS and to oddly their interests, I can see the point here. In that case, I apologize to woe about direct confrontation / semi-accusation.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. redwood

    Rein might have to eat his words if Ms decides to jump in.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Atmey

    While gaming console has an advantage of being “exact specs” which allows develops to utilize 100% of it’s power unlike it PC, it is highly doubtful it will surpass high end GPUs, my uneducated guess would be around the power of GTX 660 which is pretty decent for starting point of high end gaming, but nowhere “generation ahead”.

    We can’t know for sure unless we see the actual numbers.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Francis O

    My Intel i7 GeForce GT is a middle of the line Asus Gaming Labtop and it’s just as strong as the PS4 and Xbox One as far as graphics go.

    My processor destroys the processors on the Xbox One and PS4. EA is just riding MS dick cause of the exclusive partnership.

    And Mark Rein obviously has some business with Sony. He did say the PS4 was the “Perfect PC” which is bullshit as well.

    The perfect PC can run every game in 60 FPS or higher. The PS4 will have many games that run in 30 FPS.

    DmC Devil May Cry on the PC at 60 FPS makes it a much better game. Same goes for Tomb Raider on PC. Much better at 60 FPS over 30 FPS.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Templar_Dante

    Francis O ” My processor destroys the processors on the Xbox One and PS4.”

    For a second, I distanced my thoughts from gaming, computers and consoles..
    and that one line just sounded so lame..
    “destroys”… does it roughen it up and steal their lunch money? Or maybe take it out in the schoolyard and knock its teeth out?

    yeah buddy… PC gamers and their overcompensation in the eternal battle in the “my penis is bigger than yours” contest.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Samoan Spider

    @15 As a PC gamer, I can safely say it’s fucking boring reading posts like his. It gets worse with the in-fighting too because of the inherent snobbery involving nVidia and Intel products. Research done by many others suggests that the amount of elitist behaviour is inversely proportional to penis size :)

    #15 2 years ago
  16. ps3fanboy

    of course the xbone is not ahead of pc. xbone is less powerful than a ps4 and the xbone depend on cloud for its powers because its full of drm. but if they have asked the same question about the ps4, then they would get a different answer. because the ps4 is really ahead of pc with its ram and hw. on the ps4 you write code direct to the hw, so the possibilities is endless. just remember the ps3 have 256mb of ram(for games) and a 3.3ghz cpu. just look at the games gow4,uncharted3,kz3,last of us and more its mind blowing, no pc with same specification can do that. the ps4 is a real beast and will out power pc for years to come, there is no doubt about it.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    Performance is still not the same as Architecture how ever much you willy wave your PC fps.

    Architecture is design, how stuff links up and talks to each other. For example memory shared between GPU and CPU. Architecturally the PS4 (and probably XBox One) are better designed than a current PC PCIe set-up. Not faster than the best PC, but a better architectural design to get the most from the components.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Mike W

    This argument over PC vs consoles is so pointless. A machine that can be customize on a monthly basis vs ones that cannot, is a pretty pointless argument don’t you think?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. mxmassef

    Ps4 is not even near to be a generation ahead of PC but you wuoldnt get as good pc as ps4 is for 700€ ( at least in my country). If you want to know how powerful ps4 is go and watch gamedebates benchmarks. Ps4 beats easily a pc which is made in 2012 Q4 and it cost 700€.
    But the biggest thing is the optimizing. Ps3 runs games like COD on full hd and 60 fps but pc with similiar specs to it cant even run cod ( like my pc). It is going to be very interesting to see how amazing games are going to look on ps4 :).

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Reddpayn

    When ps4 comes the games on it x1 and on pc will look the same for maybe 2 years and then the developers start to make use of pc and after that the games will start to look better than on consoles. Sure if you want to buy a 3x higher price pc than ps4 and play the same games with little better fps, nothing wont stop you. I would propably do the if i was a millionaire

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    @Francis O
    What GPU is it out of interest?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Kristian

    #18, the whole 10x thing only makes sense for performance not architecture. The EA guy was saying it has 10x the performance due to the (allegedly) better architecture.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DrDamn

    The performance comparison is in relation to current gen consoles, not PCs. It makes absolutely no sense as a comparison to PC as what is a current gen PC you could use as the baseline? It only makes sense in relation to current gen consoles and if you look at the full quote rather than the abridged versions floating about that is what it is…

    “Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have adopted electronics and an integrated systems-on-a -chip (soc) architecture that unleashes magnitudes more compute and graphics power than the current generation of consoles. These architectures are a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market and their unique design of the hardware, the underlying operating system and the live service layer create one of the most compelling platforms to reimagine game mechanics. Our benchmarks on just the video and audio performance are 8-10 times superior to the current gen.”

    http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130522214715-10904058-the-technology-behind-xbox-one

    #23 2 years ago
  24. xAKUM3TSUx

    @#17
    At this point I don’t want to defend MS but the article in reference clearly states nxt gen consoles: PS4 and Xbox One. -_- I’ve read articles and comments on here long enough to notice when I see a fanboy. Especially one that makes it standout obvious he’s a fanboy…Call me dum…..(b)

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-unreal-engine-4-ps4-vs-pc

    Look at Unreal engine 4 demo for PS4 and PC for example.
    Consoles are already outdated before they even came out.

    PS4 and Xbox One are just a FULL HD Upgrade and that’s it.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Mjorh

    Obviously neither xboxone nor PS4 can’t be as good as High-End PCs .
    Btw its a bad joke! we never ever gonna see something like this: PC<Consoles !

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Cort

    Nobody is saying the XBox One is more important that any PC can possibly be. That is demonstrably absurd. What they are saying is that devs have an idea of the average gaming PC setup, and that the One (and the PS4) are better than that typical PC. You may disagree even with that, but at least accept that is what they are saying.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. fearmonkey

    I like Mark, he says what he thinks, for good or bad.
    I would trust Mark with this one :)

    The PS4 is comparable to a ATI 7850 and the 360 is comparable to a ATI 7770. The PS4′s GPU is simply better than the Xbox ONE’s, and thats because MS made a bet and lost. They really thought that they would be the only 8GB console, and that PS4 would have only 4GB, so they would have an advantage there. They skimped on the GPU for the memory and ESDRAM and Sony surprised everyone by being able to do 8GB of GDDR5, MS never saw that coming.

    Put simply, the PS4 is not comparable to a High end PC in physics and CPU processing, and Filtering and Antialising performance, but as long as the game is primarily GPU heavy it can be optimized to be as good as a high mid range or lower high end PC. The 7850 GPU is a pretty good GPU actually and currently priced around $179 to $200, the 7770 is currently priced around $120 to $150. The 7770 scores about 3500 in 3Dmark 11, the 7850 scores about 5500, compare both to a GTX580 or Ati 7870 which is about 6600, and the highest end cards go 8000 to 10000,
    So saying the Xbox one with it’s 7770 class GPU is faster than a high end PC is quite a stretch.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Cipheos

    I run an XFX R7970 DD Black, I’d like to see microsoft top that… I’ll stick to my 360 for a while anyway…

    #29 2 years ago
  30. nollie4545

    FOR THE FINAL TIME!!

    If the architecture in Xbox and PS4 was THAT GOOD, it would be in PCs ALREADY.

    WHY did MS and Sony go for an AMD on die solution???

    IT WAS CHEAP.

    End of story.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DrDamn

    @34
    PCs are made of components. Hence some of architectural choices aren’t currently possible/considered. Unified memory for example.

    Oh and your superior PC keyboard appears to have developed a shift key problem. ;)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. TheWulf

    The most “Well duh!” comment of the year goes to… !

    I mean, of course they’re going to do that. Look at it this way (and I mean no disrespect to console owners, here): Consoles are beginning to cost as much as a mid-range computer that could outperform them. So someone could get a small desktop for the price of a PS4 and put it in front of their HDTV and use a HDMI cable to connect it, then they could use Steam’s Big Picture mode to browse their games.

    This would also allow consumers access to their files, access to sharing, access to non-always online systems, access to second hand, access to modding, and so on, and so on. It would provide many boons that a console currently can’t, not to mention that the computer remains the best media system of them all.

    So this time, due to the price, they’ve had to actually put together a massive anti-PC spin campaign. This involves having talking heads paid to say ‘Oh, this generation is better than computers!!!!11′ and other such nonsense. Anyone who looks at the specs realises that the PS4 is around a mid-range computer, whereas the XBox One is VERY low-spec by comparison.

    In other words, you’re getting a shit computer for a higher price. It’s essentially like buying an Apple product where you’re paying extra for the name and not for the hardware.

    They know that a mid- to high-range computer is going to do everything better than their consoles. This includes gaming and media, because the PC continues to be the king of hardware and software alike. Plus, the PC is already more in tune with web services, whereas console manufacturers have no idea how to be ‘in line’ with that. On a computer, you can choose your browser, on a console you can’t.

    These limitations are completely fine if the price is much lower than a computer. But this latest generation is charging so much more for their hardware that you may as well get a computer anyway.

    That’s why they have to spin. Because they realise that if console consumers knew the truth, they’d just buy a computer and be done with it.

    —Edit

    Just to drive the point home? I recently bought a friend a computer that could easily outpace the XBox One. The price of that computer? £260. The price Zavvi has an XBox One listed for? £400.

    You do the math. No, seriously… please do. You’re being conned.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. nollie4545

    There is no need for unified memory in PCs.

    There is no need for system on a chip or on die GPUs- both of these designs are compromises due to the need to reduce size, energy use/efficiency and heat. Which is why they are used in phones and tablets and netbooks.

    Currently there is no real performance hit in gaming due much besides pure GPU power.

    RAM speed is of secondary importance. CPU speed is pretty much the same unless you have so much GPU power about the CPU can’t keep up. Bus width or speed is not an issue.

    Lots of us now have PCI-E 3.0 equipped motherboards. Some have CPUs which can work with this. Some have RAM which is clocked at 2000mhz. How many frames per second have we gained? Basically bugger all. Maybe 10% on a good day. Even things like the GTX 680 can’t saturate a PCIE 2.0 bus really.

    The hurdle for gaming PCs is purely down to GPU power. All the CPU is doing is handing over data for the GPU to work on. In most games CPU use across all cores is barely 50%. For your average intel i5 or something thats barely ticking over, the things are designed for flat out computational loadings 24/7 anyway. Gaming is nothing like as demanding.

    The business end of a gaming PC and last port of call for the data before it hits your monitor is the graphics card, which needs fast RAM and plenty of it. Card makers know this.

    There is no advantage for PCs to have this kind of all in one package when it comes to their architecture. Back in the day we had Motherboards with a dedicated sound and graphics chip stuck on. We had on board CPUs where the CPU was soldered on. That stuff died out because it was crap, was actually more complex and did not permit someone to upgrade their rig at all.

    Thank god we don’t have that kind of crap in our systems.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Richenbaum

    funny thing is with the higher console game prices, in the end you end up paying around the same as if you’d bought a pc anyway.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. DrDamn

    @36
    Your whole argument there depends on an unknown. Price.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. TheWulf

    @38

    Especially now that the prices of computers are p much cheaper than the consoles anyway, yes. You’re paying a higher price for a console than a computer, and you’re paying royalties on the games where you wouldn’t on the computer.

    Then you’re missing out on things like Steam sales where you can pick up games (including mainstream games) for next to nothing.

    And modding.

    Guh.

    It’s just all one big con. I feel bad for people.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. TheWulf

    @39

    Zavvi lists the XBox One for £400. So, no. I was aware of the price, I just didn’t mention it.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. TheWulf

    At the end of the day though… it’s like convincing Apple fans that they’re being conned (because they pay 3-4 times the price for the same hardware that I do). You can’t do it, they’re too overzealous and too committed. So there’s really no point. So I’m going to call this quits.

    The evidence is there and they can look at it if they want to, and I do feel bad for console consumers. I don’t hate console consumers, I never have. I’ve argued vehemently against the ‘master race’ bullshit, I’ve been banned from sites for it.

    I just think that this time it’s a massive con.

    Later.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. nollie4545

    This is why I ended up buying a gaming PC.

    I went to my friends house several years ago. He had a PC but no consoles.

    Lets me have a go on Modern Warfare. Mouse and keyboard feels a bit weird but ok.

    Suddenly: What are all these maps i’ve never seen? Why are they so big?

    Show me some other games: why have you got more guns/loadouts/uniforms/maps?

    And then the crunch: why do these games look so much better?

    And whats this game Arma, we don’t have that on console?

    Then I realised I am paying MORE for a game but getting LESS gaming experience. The graphics are poorer, the game is more limited, there is fewer FPS.

    Logically consoles are just not worth it any more. Any serious video gamer needs a PC.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. DrDamn

    @41
    The price hasn’t been announced. The price Zavvi have is a place holder.

    Did that £260 include a controller or an OS?

    #40 2 years ago
  41. DrDamn

    @42 & @43
    It’s almost like people actually prefer something different to you isn’t it? Craziness. Like there might be games and experiences you can’t get on PC which you can get elsewhere.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Hcw87

    @45
    That’s why i play on every platform, there’s exclusives on every one.

    I also have amassed quite a gamerscore since the 360 came out, which is why i play every multiplat game on there. Only use my PC for MMO’s really.

    Most people also like consoles because of the accessibility. You can just start it up and play, not put up with drivers/installs/updates etc. Not saying i’m against this, but the vast majority prefer consoles because of this.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Vice

    Of COURSE it’s a bullshit, anyone is naive enough to believe it? Give it a year, less than a year even, and PC will already have more powerful hardware! Hell, my PC is 2 years old (closing to 2 and a half even) and I could play first next gen games like Crysis-3 and Metro Last Light without much problems!
    Fail marketing move aimed at retarded console fags so poor things kept munching on what’s thrown to them.

    #43 2 years ago

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    Rockstar is set to release a patch today that will fix a bug preventing players from installing the game. The bug is tied to Windows usernames that use certain characters not supported by Rockstar. There’s already a workaround available on the Rockstar Support site, but those waiting for an official update will be able to […]

  • Prey 2 dev’s new mobile horror Lost Within out now on iOS and Fire

    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

    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 […]