Xbox One: Microsoft aware of anti-DRM campaigns, is listening to concerns

Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:09 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One’s pre-owned charge and Kinect DRM policy have caused quite a stir in the gaming world, and Microsoft’s Major Nelson has responded to gamers, suggesting that the company is definitely listening.

It followed rumours that Sony is now considering similar pre-owned safeguards, such as charging gamers a fee to run used games. It sparked a mass Twitter campaign that saw gamers tweeting Sony execs in protest of the alleged strategy.

Over on the Major Nelson blog, one fan wrote, “The entire world is watching Twitter explode. The campaign for no DRM is in full swing. Sony noticed and they’re tweeting in response. I hope Microsoft does too.”

Major Nelson – aka Larry Hyrb- replied, “We’re fully aware of what is going on. I am also working on a few things to address it. I can’t say much more right now. But we ARE listening.”

The latest rumour suggests gamers will have to pay a £35 charge on top of a used game’s cost in order to activate it. Check out our report here.

What’s your take?

Thanks CVG.


  • Dungeons 2 is now available on PC, Mac, Linux – watch the launch trailer

    Dungeons 2, the dungeon-crawling strategy sequel to Realmforge Studios’ Dungeons, has been released on Steam by publisher Kalypso. It can be yours for $39.99 on Steam and is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and SteamOS. The first game was released in 2011 and heavily influenced by Dungeon Keeper. A boxed version will arrive in North […]

  • This Mortal Kombat X “hidden character intros” video is rather humorous

    YouTuber Maximilian Dood mad has created a Mortal Kombat X video featuring “hidden” character intros centering around Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Some of the dialogue is rather funny, and we particularly liked the affectionate line uttered by Sub-Zero at one point. Just something fun for your Saturday. Enjoy.

  • Art of the Catch creator sheds more light on why he pulled the Skyrim mod off Steam

    The creator of Skyrim mod Art of the Catch has taken to Reddit to explain why he pulled the paid mod off Steam Workshop. Yesterday, it was revealed Chesko had pulled the fishing mod off Steam Workshop, after mod creator Fore stated he didn’t endorse Chesko charging for the mod because it used his his […]

  • Tripwire adds clause to Killing Floor 2 EULA banning paid mods

    Tripwire Interactive has updated its EULA for Killing Floor 2 stating that any mods players create for the game must be distributed free-of-charge. The end user agreement update, via PCgamesN, went live a couple of days after Valve announced it would allow mod creators to start charging for their creations. Bethesda is the first company […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 recreated in LittleBigPlanet 3 is rather eerie

    LittleBigPlanet 3 players have created some really interesting content with the game’s level builder, but sometimes, the creations go beyond cute and bright and venture into the realm of creepy, as is the case with this Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 build. Created by TheLittleBigPlanetShow, the rather ominous level can be played with up to […]

  • Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward benchmark trailer shows off flying mounts, more

    Square Enix has released a rather nice benchmark video for Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward showing a battle, flying mounts and some of the new environments. Heavensward is the first expansion for Final Fantasy 14 and is slated for release on June 23 for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. The mac version is being handled by […]

  • Have a look at some Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay

    During yesterday’s Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct showcase, many details pertaining to the Monolith Soft title were announced, and quite a bit of gameplay was shown. The Wii U-exclusive contains real-time menu-based combat and four-player online questing along with diverse environments and the ability to use Skells, which are transforming mechs. These mechs are called […]

  • Here’s a look at The Elder Scrolls Online running on Xbox One

    The Elder Scrolls Online has a limited public beta test running this weekend on PS4 and Xbox One, and Eurogamer has been playing around in it. Have a look at the Khajiit sorcerer below in the Xbox One version. There isn’t an NDA in place for the beta, so expect to see more videos as […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 leaks reveal Zombie progression system, four-player co-op, more

    More Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 details surfaced overnight thanks to a leaked pamphlet with information pertaining to Zombies XP progression, four-player co-op and more. Posted on NeoGAF, the pamphlet the shooter will contain a new movement system, a Specialist character system for multiplayer, tailored maps, “cinematic arena-style play,” and complete character customization. The […]

  • Gears of War Remaster in the works for Xbox One, according to testers – report

    Overnight, a rumor surfaced claiming a remastered version of the original Gears of War was coming to Xbox One. According to playtesters, it isn’t a rumor at all. Polygon first broke the story, citing a source who showed the site sreencaps of the Locust invasion with updated visuals. Screenshots of the multiplayer showing improved lighting […]

  • GameStop promo outs Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for November, pre-order for access to beta

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released in November, according to what appears to be a leaked GameStop store promo posted on Kotaku. The exact date is November 6, which isn’t a surprise to anyone. On the promo, it notes that those who pre-order will be granted beta access for PC, PlayStation 4 […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Double XP and Elite Bonus weekend has kicked off

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can earn Double XP along with Elite Bonus on all platforms. There is even Double XP and Double Weapon XP on offer for Black Ops 2. The dry run is over. Prep for the Sunday reveal of #BlackOps3 begins now. 2XP/2XweapXP is live. — Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) April […]

  • Atlus makes “minor edits” to Dungeon Travelers 2 in order to avoid AO rating

    Atlus has announced it has made “minor edits” to four in-game images contained in Dungeon Travelers 2 to avoid an AO rating by the ESRB. According to a press release from the company, localization sometimes require changes to content in order for it to be “understood en masse,” which is why it worked closely with […]

  • Battlefield Hardline is 40% off through Origin this weekend

    The standard edition of Battlefield Hardline on PC is 40% off this weekend through EA’s Origin service. The Digital Deluxe Edition is also 40% off and includes various Battlepacks unavailable in the standard version. You can also pick up the Battlefield Hardline Ultimate edition for 23% off, which comes with all four planned expansions through […]

  • Submerged is an exploration-adventure game coming to multiple platforms

    Submerged is the latest title in development from Uppercut Games, and the exploration-adventure game is coming to PlayStation 4 and other platforms this year. The game takes place in a flooded city which Miku and her wounded brother Taku have reached by boat. Miku needs to find a safe place for her brother to rest […]

  • These screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt show superb attention to detail

    Some gorgeous new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, and a couple are wallpaper worthy. Especially the one with the horse, but as you’re well aware, I’m horse crazed. The images below in the gallery have been scaled to fit properly, but if you head over to NeoGAF you can bask in […]

  • Namco kicks off Humble Store partnership with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

    Namco Bandai has started offering its PC titles on Humble Store, and this includes the recently released Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Other titles include Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Project Cars. “In Japan, the Bandai Namco Group companies are known for supporting different charity programs and we are very happy to be […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]


  1. redwood

    talk is cheap..the fact that they havn’t cleared it up yet means that they are making changes to policies :P (hopefully)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Kieran

    i believe they are listening but i also believe there not gonna do a thing about it !!! X1 is gonna have that second hand game fee when it releases

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Lengendaryboss

    Sure they are listening but what are they doing to address this?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. redwood

    @3 probably dance around it till the console release… anyway E3 should clear this stuff up.. if they come out silent on it at e3 than, rest assured, they have invested way too much into what ever infra-structure they have in place to do u-turn. same goes for sony too.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    So both MS and Sony are listening. The question is, WHEN and HOW they they respond when it comes to action.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. orakaa

    @4: We also thought that the Xbox One reveal would clarify all rumors and concerns people had about used games, mandatory online connexion, etc. Those rumors had been going on for MONTHS. They couldn’t have ignored them and yet they didn’t even prepare a simple Q&A so that Phil Harrison, Don Mattrick and other execs could answer the same thing on that.

    Turns out they were not even ready. Or maybe they didn’t care as their primary focus was on TV and Sports.
    They even pushed their initial reveal from April to May. One month and it didn’t change a thing. So, in even less time they would find appropriate answers or change their strategy? We’ll see E3 but I wouldn’t be surprised if they keep their shady approach and try to keep forcing their greed on us

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Logion

    How are a multi-billion dollar company “listening?” I would have felt more reassured if he had said that they had a team on it. Or have brought it up with their PR department.

    In that sense everyone in the world are listening to the DRM complaints. One way or another.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. laughing-gravy

    Fan power is a wonderful thing. Why don’t they just admit it was a rubbish idea all along and ditch it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Lewis247

    @8 In such a perfect world I just want this to happen.

    A Kinect that doesn’t need to be watching all the time. A console that doesn’t need to be online every 24 hr. No pre-owned fee.

    This is exactly what Microsoft needs to do. If not then no sale.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. merrc

    These twitter uproars mean nothing when people are still pre-ordering the hell out of the console. They simply want to seem as though they care about their consumers, because Sony responded. IMHO nothing is going to change, best they’ll lower the fee to MAYBE half the game’s cost.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. viralshag

    “Sony noticed and they’re tweeting in response.”

    What? About how passionate their fans are? Hardly a rock solid statement for anything…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Francis O

    Sorry, but MS has already sold their soul to the devil (EA) There is no way in hell EA will get rid of their online pass system, if MS wasn’t going to go with DRM and no used games.

    That’s what happens when you partner with asshatz like EA. You start doing dumb ass anti consumer crap to please them.

    This issue won’t get cleared up, and Merrc….pre-orders mean nothing when half of the people are trying to resell the console for more on ebay. The PS Vita has pre-order sell outs, the Wii U had pre-order sell outs, the PS4 will have pre-order sell outs. Hell the Gamecube had pre-order sell outs as well.

    Pre-orders mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. The Xbone is screwed. It won’t sell in the UK, AUS, or Japan. Only in America

    #12 2 years ago
  13. The_Red

    I think that you are partially being hyperbolic.
    I also think there could be some harsh truth in your your words, specially the online pass part.

    When EA abandoned Wii U, most people said it was because of its weak sales. Others said it was because of the rumored / failed Origin collaboration. The same EA had Battlefield 4 and many others but refused to show up during Sony even in any form (Where they can usually be seen). Then they announce the end of online pass system. THEN they make their first next-gen appearance during X1 reveal and show a lot of stuff.

    It may sound hyperbolic but what if EA shunned Wii U because of whole used games and DRM stuff? We all know how publishers are putting console makers under pressure. So, what if they said do something about used games or we will abandon you? The timing of all these (End of game based Online Passes, Wii U shun and presence during MS event) feels… odd.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    Well there is this…

    Shuhei Yoshida ‏@yosp 29 May
    “Death Ray Manta” coming to PlayStation Vita! #DRMPSVita


    #14 2 years ago
  15. viralshag

    @14, haha nice, so Sony IS going ahead with DRM!!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    The hashtag was intentional and there is definitely an air of mischief about the tweet, which to me would indicate they aren’t doing anything along these lines. Will be interesting to see how this plays out though.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. viralshag

    @16, Just clever in my opinion to spin a hot topic in their favour for the game.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. KineticCalvaria

    They’re listening to us through our Kinects, quick unplug it!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ps3fanboy

    trust me they have no intention to listen. they are just making changes to the mumbo jumbo policies, to get it to look more acceptable for customers. but in reality it will just be the same policies as before. the xbone have been done along time ago, so they cant change anything this late. it will be to costly to change hardware now. but what they can do is bs you, talk is cheap after all. don’t be fooled….

    #19 2 years ago
  20. viralshag

    Isn’t the PS4 Eye supposed to be able to unlock the machine when you walk into the room? Surely that would suggest it’s “always on”. I’d be curious to see what Sony’s policy is for the Eye.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Tavarish

    @11 Hush heretic!

    Don’t you dare second guess our new Gods, Sony and PS 4! Get on this bandwagon and start bashing MS’s and XBone’s brains in like rest of the Internet! Don’t even dare voice possibility that MS can actually react to this well and make improvements while our new God may stay silent!

    P.S. I’m fucking sick of “Sony is God, they understand us! MS is Satan and XBone is Anti-Christ!” -chanting that has been going on for couple weeks almost now, non stop, by every forum and news outlet >.<

    Edit: @20 Same goes for you! Don't you dare say anything bad about Sony and PS 4!

    #21 2 years ago
  22. viralshag

    @21, It’s just irritating when people overlook the fact they know less about the PS4 but still claim it and Sony are all in for the benefit for gamers. Based purely because they put on a better reveal show.

    Seems a bit shallow to me.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Tavarish

    @22 I will laugh my ass off if in E3 Sony reveals they have similar plans for theirs Eye, that is bundled to PS 4, than MS has for Kinect. It’s not like Sony isn’t interested in user behavior data because it’s holy grail of marketing and development.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. viralshag

    @23, Exactly, if they didn’t have similar plans to push motion control, voice activation and things like that why (potentially) bump up the price by including the camera?

    The tech in the eye looks just as good and in some cases better. It just seems silly to bash one without knowing the full intentions of the other. The only difference is that MS has laid a fair bit of its non-essentially-to-gamer news on the table already.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. orakaa

    @23 and 24: oh come on…
    The reason why Microsoft gets such a sh*tstorm is because people react on what they SAID. Then they backtracked on some aspects, were not clear, etc.
    We will see what will come out of E3 but so far they had the SH*TIEST Public Relation campaign ever seen in history of videogames, at least to their core audience.
    THIS is why they have such a backlash amongst “the vocal minority”.

    Maybe Sony will go with the same restrictions, and believe me that IF they do, they will get the same amount of sh*t. Before Microsoft and Sony’s reveals, it was a status quo amongst gamers’ reactions.

    DRM for used games (even solo games), mandatory online, Kinect to be mandatory connected otherwise the console won’t launch, etc.
    It’s not a problem of focus on TV, sports or whatever, it’s a problem on their gaming strategy and how they want to milk consumers.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Tavarish

    @25 It just reeks of double standard currently, especially on forums where these flamewars are currently had. A lots of people are bashing MS’s skull in for reasons you mentioned, and I don’t say those aren’t legitimate reasons, but same time these same people are blindly defending Sony with lines like “They (Sony) would never do anything like this to us!”

    That is just ludicrous because we, gamers and consumers, have absolutely no idea what Sony is going to do e.g. with Eye that is bundled into PS 4 package. We have no idea will they ask for it to be connected at all times for audio and visual commands, data collection etc. like XBone seems to do with Kinect.

    I can and do understand reasons why MS is getting backslash, but they got it already. Public, forums and even major news outlets, just has been rubbing it in for almost two weeks now. It has rendered a lot of forums and sites useless for me because I’m getting sick and tired of all that MS bashing while saying how Sony will never ever do anything like MS wants to do.

    Point being give it a rest. We know MS fucked up, we know a lot of people don’t like it, but for Gods sake move fucking on already and wait for actual updates from MS on these issues. While at it don’t praise Sony as motherfucking God because we actually don’t know anything what theirs policies will be. We just know PS 4 is a thing and it has games.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. John117

    @26 Try saying that to PS3fanboy, I’ve been having fun looking for his comments on every xbox related article. Seems he has run out of bad things to say about MS so he is just repeating himself now.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. viralshag

    @25, And so Sony gets a free pass just because they haven’t said anything? Seems a bit stupid to me. What one does the other will not be that far behind or on a completely different track.

    And like you said, it’s the minority that are kicking and screaming about everything. Anyone with a bit of sense will wait until everything has been revealed about both consoles.

    It’s the same old stuff, just a different generation. Fresh fanboy suits are dusted off for another console war mosh pit while the REAL gamers buy both or the one that is actually best for gaming.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. orakaa

    @26: I understand what you say, but putting any criticism towards those measures as “Sony fanboyism” is just as restrictive.

    I would criticize those measures as hard if they were made by Sony. And although I’ve been a console gamer since the 80s (started with MSX and NES), if Sony goes the same way as Microsoft, I won’t buy any of their console. Maybe I’ll get a WiiU, but that would be it.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. orakaa

    @28: Read my previous post. What do you want? Criticize Sony for things they haven’t announced?? Are you serious ? o___O

    Current critics are based on Microsoft revealed strategy. Maybe they’ll backtrack on that, but so far people are rightfully complaining on restrictive measures ANNOUNCED. So they deserved this shit, either for going against their consumers’ interests, or for just doing the most stupid PR campaign in years.

    If Sony announces the same measures, I’ll criticize them just the same.
    I’m a gamer. I’ve owned consoles from Nintendo, Sega (sigh… missing them), Microsoft and Sony. My money goes to the ones with whom I’ll be able to enjoy the free time I spend playing games.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Tavarish

    @29 I don’t think it has nothing to do with being fanboy of Sony or MS. It seems that everyone, fanboy or not, is jumping into this circlejerk bandwagon where theme is to keep bashing MS and praising Sony blindly. Such strong kneejerk reaction to what MS told about theirs goals with Xbox 1.

    Personally I just wish it all would stop until MS gives out proper updates on said issues and we actually know Sony’s policies. Why? I want to be able to browse my favorite forums and news outlets without constantly running into MS bashing and Sony PS 4 praising that is weird mix of facts and believes.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. viralshag

    @30, But like #26 says, at this point people are just going on and on about it like constantly bashing MS will actually change anything. And if I had a dollar for every time I have read “oh well PS4 for me then” I would be rich.

    I get the criticism for some points but as some of it is still up in the air I think it’s too early to make any definite decisions. And I’m not aiming this directly as you per se but again like #26 pointed out, it’s happening a lot on almost every Xbox One article and it’s a little boring now surely? That’s why most people come across as fanboys.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. karma

    Listening but not acting as per usual. Ive been with them since 2002 with the original xbox and I cant count the number of times i’ve heard such statements and promises from MS over the years. Its ridiculous, and they NEVER come through with any of them.
    They can take a flying leap off a high mountain for all I care, because nobody I know is going anywhere near a console that is classified as a surveillance device in some countries due to always watching and listening kinect requirement. A console that also prevents many potential gamers from even playing their games due to the restrictive online DRM requirement. Also the used game countermeasures which will obviously pass the additional cost onto game owners making their games worthless, which in turn will kill the second hand market and force more gamers into piracy just to keep up with their gaming habit. And last but not least, i’m sick of paying an unjustified fee just to play my games online or use third party apps, all the time while having advertisements funneled through my IP to my screen. I pay my Internet Provider to access the internet not fecking microsoft for christ’s sakes!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Cobra951

    @26: It’s not what people know, but what they hope. MS left a huge hole in the future by making the XB1 unacceptable. Nintendo isn’t even competing. The only hope left is Sony. Sure, they can fuck up the PS4 in the same self-serving way as MS, but we don’t know that yet. We surely hope not. All we can do is cling to the better reports and rumors about the PS4′s friendlier stance, and hope they become reality. Then we can turn our backs on the anti-consumer policies without giving up console gaming entirely.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. ps3fanboy

    Sony would never do anything like this DRM crap, ever!

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Samoan Spider

    @35 Have you ever heard of Kübler-Ross? You’re at stage one.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. orakaa

    I hope both Sony and Microsoft will go on the no-DRM, no-mandatory online connection road.

    So far, I’ve seen no benefits, neither on Sony nor Microsoft to go next-gen. No major graphic improvement for the moment (guess in a year or two we’ll have real visual improvements), and TONS of (potential?) restrictions. I don’t even know what we’re fighting over for.
    We’re talking about 350-500 euros, and for what? Nothing particularly appealing for the moment (only game I could be interested in is InFamous Second Son, because I loved the first two games, not because it’s on a next gen console).

    #37 2 years ago
  38. aprotosis

    I think the thing that has been most annoying about the whole fan reaction is that not just forum dwellers, but even gaming “news” sites are just reacting to any rumor in an attempt to be first to press on anything. This of course pushes readers into a larger frevor. The lack of reaction to PS4 rumors or their lack of information just shows the nature of this hyperbolic circle.

    A good example is the last line thrown onto this article. “The latest rumour suggests gamers will have to pay a £35 charge on top of a used game’s cost in order to activate it.” How in the bloody hell is this related to the actual article aside from just being a negative rumor? Especially since the rumor comes straight from the “pulled out of someone’s ass” bucket. If you start looking backwards at post-reveal MS articles, they are all organized like this.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. fearmonkey

    IF EA and Activision acted as go betweens with Sony and MS on implementing DRM (and I bet they have), this might take some real discussion. MS got hammered for it first, But I know Sony had a plan in there as well, prompted by the Publishers. If Sony backs out and informs EA, then EA will need time to work it out with MS. I bet this is a real slippery slope right now, and its a mess because so many players are involved.

    IF EA and Activision werent involved (and I highly doubt that) then MS would not want to say anything more until they have a better idea what Sony is thinking, and vice versa. Sony can sit back and let MS deal with the anger and upset, and not say anything. Sony wont want to say yeah we arent doing DRM because MS can then say it right back. The longer Sony says nothing, and MS follows, the more animosity MS gets and thats a good thing for Sony. If I were them, I would be coy as well, Sony actually gets nothing from saying we wont have DRM right now, goodwill only lasts so long, and they are better off waiting.

    MS on the other hand, would be better off stating something now if it was NO DRM, but im sure that is what is being debated in closed door meetings with publishers last week and this week as well.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. locsphere

    Here is the deal with the We’re listening thing… We heard this from EA/BioWare and it turned out to be a bunch of nonsesne. They only took the feedback they wanted to hear and ignored their harshest critics. They surrounded themselves with self inflating and self pat on the backs people who reinforced the trophy generation attitude that you are somehow exempt from harsh criticism especially when you screwed up

    If they are listening then enact the

    NO DRM
    NO FORCED Kinect use (Choice)
    Mandatory privacy standard like REDDIT. Anything you collect is not shared and destroyed.

    Policy also needs to state Microsoft has no right being in your home through the kinect sensor. After this Prism thing it needs to be in their own Terms of service. I want to be able to unplug that dam thing.

    #40 2 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

    Bungie will host a Destiny: House of Wolves livestream at 2pm EDT today, and you can watch it right here. Watch live video from Bungie on The stream will introduce the new social space, The Reef, as well as gear upgrade paths. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

    This week’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week is now available for FIFA Ultimate Team players. Each team member, as with previous weeks, is selected base on the previous weekend’s matches. Here’s the list of players now available: Starting GK: Claudio Bravo – FC Barcelona (Spain) CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Italy) CB: Ömer Toprak […]

  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

    Microsoft has announced new features coming to Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 through the preview program this month. Some of the new features have been requested by the community for both Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass. Here’s what to expect, straight from the horse’s mouth: Xbox on Windows 10 Game […]

  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

    Total War: Warhammer has been announced after previous teases from The Creative Assembly touched upon it. The game will contain “gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power.” It is also the first in a trilogy which includes two additional standalone titles and extra content packs. It will feature thousands of warriors […]

  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

    A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, showing off the Precious Cargo quest contained in the game’s prologue. The quest tasks Geralt with helping a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps. The scene looks familiar, but we’ve seen so many videos for the game it’s hard to tell […]

  • Limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off tomorrow on consoles

    The limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow, and Sony has provided details on the tester for those who’ve been invited to participate. The beta test contains the full version of the game and will run from April 23-27, and will start and […]

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

    Techland’s Dying Light made its debut in Japan lats week, coming in a respectable second place behind Nintendo’s Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code. The zombie shooter sold 25,530 units on PlayStation 4, while the top earner for the week moved a little over 55,000 units on 3DS. Another western release when landed on the chart, […]

  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

    Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has been given a release date by XSEED Games, which announced the localization back in February. The title will launch for 3DS in North America on June 2 digitally and through retail. It will be an eShop only title in Europe and Australia when it releases on June 4. A […]

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

    A new Overlord game is in the works, going by the previous teasing and this video – which teases the possibility of four-payer co-op. Or just four characters to choose from. We don’t know just yet – all we know is the team is asking you to “join the fellowship.” A new entry in the […]

  • GTA movie will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the BBC confirms

    The GTA movie Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, theBBC has confirmed. The BBC also confirmed Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson, a role Paxton already confirmed last week when speaking with Deadline. Here’s the synopsis per the BBC: “Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama […]

  • Take a look at Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode

    Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode has received a trailer today. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold will come with two modes, Classic and Story. Classic Mode was trailered today and in it, you’ll get to make your party by choosing from 13 classes. You’ll be able to customise them too using the character creation tool. Revamped […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows to come with new challenge mode

    Shovel Knight’s upcoming expansion Plague of Shadows will bring with it a new challenge mode. Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has revealed the challenge mode, one of the new additions coming to the game with the free Plague of Shadows expansion. “Are you more into digging than distillation? Already have your Feats book long […]

  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

    Those with GeForce cards will be happy to know that Nvidia has released a comprehensive graphical tweaks guide for GTA 5. Nvidia usually produces graphical guides for the big AAA games, and GTA 5 is no different. Their guides offer in-depth coverage of each in-game setting, how much they affect framerate, if they can be […]

  • Cthulhu voodoo: why Bloodborne is the best Lovecraftian game

    Sherif Said tackles Bloodborne’s links to Lovecraftian horror, explaining why you should face the madness and immerse yourself in its lore. Spoilers inside. No other game could commit to its themes so religiously without feeling the need to compromise its vision and veer towards accessibility. Bloodborne stands tall above any game that dares attach itself […]

  • WWE 2K15 is coming to PC this year

    WWE 2K15 will make its way to PC this spring. WWE announced that WWE 2K15 will make its debut on PC in the spring. The game will be based on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, both of which came out in November. MyCareer and 2K Showaces modes are included, as well as all […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new mod adds snow to GTA Online

    If you’re looking to get some snow in your GTA Online, someone figured out a way. Modder ECB2 created a mod that works with GTA Online on PC. The mod is called “Snow in GTA Online” and it does what it says on the tin. YouTube channel imperfectplayers captured a video showing it in action. […]

  • Deals with Gold: Call of Duty edition

    Xbox Live Deals with Gold for the week of April 20 are now live with mostly Call of Duty games. Various Call of Duty games are on sale on Xbox One and Xbox 360 through Xbox Live this week. Indie games Never Alone and We Are Doomed managed to sneak in as well. With the […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: PSN sign in problems fixed in new patch

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Mortal Kombat X and it brings an end to the aggravating sing in issue encountered by some users on PS4. Mortal Kombat X 1.03 patch has been released. The patch fixes bug CE-34878-0, which affected the PlayStation 4 version. The bug caused users to have to log in and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new patch fixes Windows Media Player issue, getting stuck in the clouds

    GTA 5 has received a new patch on PC to fix issues caused by the lack of Windows Media Player and getting stuck between online matches. Patch 335.1 is now available to all owners of GTA 5 on PC. The strange issue that affected those who didn’t have Windows Media Player installed, has been fixed. […]

  • Halo 3: ODST and Relic remake come to The Master Chief Collection in May

    Halo 3: ODST and Halo 2′s Relic map remake are coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection next month. 343 Industries has announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection owners will get Halo 3: ODST campaign and the Relic remake in the next content update, due in May. And as promised, the April update has […]