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Xbox One to enter set-top box deal with Sky – report

Thursday, 6 June 2013 10:33 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft is said to be entering a deal with broadcaster Sky to offer Xbox One consoles along with TV package subscriptions. Sources have claimed that Xbox One could serve as a set-top box for Sky television, or as a companion device.

MCV reports that sources close to the matter have stated that if accurate, the deal between Microsoft and Sky could see Xbox One consoles offered to subscribers at a lower price threshold.

The site adds that the deal may already have been signed and that Microsoft may announce it during its pre-E3 showcase this coming Monday. When it asked Microsoft for insight into the rumour, the company declined to comment.

This rumour certainly stacks up with what we’ve been hearing regarding Microsoft’s desire to capture a slice of the IPTV market. During the Xbox One reveal event there was a lot of talk surrounding the rig’s TV functions, and a Halo series was announced by Steven Spielberg.

Yesterday we heard from a company making Xbox Live programming that Microsoft is hungry for TV functionality and content.

What do you make of the above? Could Xbox One happily co-exists as a Sky and gaming box in one? Let us know below.

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46 Comments

  1. ps3fanboy

    more tvtvtvtvtv… and no games… you just gotta loooooooove micro$haft.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Joe Anderson

    Sky’s box is excellent, can’t imagine having to switch tv by shouting at it or waving my hands about like an idiot.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    Not bad. But I surely hope they realize that all these non-gaming features wouldn’t matter squat in most countries.
    Great for some people i guess.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    I so called this long ago.

    /Googles for I told you so links …

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Bam007

    @1 you must’ve missed the reveal where games were shown. You also must’ve missed the countless times where they have said E3 is for the games.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. aseddon130

    Well thats sh**, considering Sky will want you to sign up to their internet too which is the worst internet ever.

    Virgin Media all the way!

    Plus, i want my console to play games not to watch TV on!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. TheBlackHole

    @3

    For the Xbox’s strongest markets (UK and US) these TV deals are going to be huge.

    Discounted SKY packages and cheaper console?

    Seriously, I expect the X1 to do some serious business. MS might be taking a risk by leaving ‘games’ until E3, but some of this entertainment stuff is going to be very, very popular.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Kalain

    I think MS definitely know which direction they are heading in and, to be honest, this will be a mind changer to some people. Why have your Sky Box and PS4/PS3/360 under your TV when you can have just an X1 there?

    This, in the UK, is a brilliant move by MS. I definitely know a few people who are running out of space under the TV, including myself, who would jump at this opportunity to consolidate into one box for their entertainment needs.

    As I’ve said previously, this is the direction consoles are going. Changing from a games only device to a home entertainment device. You could see it with the PS3/360 with the Lovefilm/Netflix services, just that MS have took that leap forward to push the consoles into this era whilst, to me at the moment, Sony are happy to stay as a game console.

    No doubt both will see what the other is doing and make additions accordingly, but if MS does have a deal with Sky for subs through the X1, then Sony will have a hell of a lot of distance to make up.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. aseddon130

    Sony may tie themselves up with Virgin, you never know.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Myth

    @8 Couldn’t agree more.

    It’s perfect positioning by Microsoft, you will end up having two identical consoles where one can replace your set top box and the other can’t. One is open for TV possibilities through the HDMI port, the other one doesn’t have the port.

    It’ll be an easy choice to make for most people, and if the deal with Sky is good enough (I’m thinking real low price and a 12 month contract) you’ll get a good install base.

    Seems like you purists in here think there has to be a trade off between games and TV, but that’s not the case. You have all this power in the machine, the only bad move is to NOT use it for all it is worth. And with the power inside the new consoles, they have a vast array of possibilities for things besides games.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. TrickyAudio

    @8 I don’t think Sony are happy to stay just as a game console. It was them who bought out PlayTV on the PS3, doing something very similar to this. I just think they’ve started off with the gamers (which is the best thing to do) to gather momentum and support, then they’ll add these sort of features to the PS4 as well. And it looks like its worked out very well for them so far given the feedback from gamers and developers.

    I’m not sure I fancy my console being on all the time though. I’d have to potentially keep my Xbone on whilst also having my Sky box on and connected via HDMI in? So in theory its not an all in one box? Unless they do it through IPTV, which is basically Sky Player now anyway?

    It sounds alot like when Sky first launched, and you could connect a TIVO to it to record stuff.

    I’m all for having content (specific shows, movies) streamed onto my Xbox, but I don’t see the need for it to be my main TV service.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    http://www.vg247.com/forum/topic.php?id=10386#post-49867

    /smug :)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. foofly

    …but I don’t watch TV.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. TheBlackHole

    @12 lol. Fair play. Good call.

    Seriously though, despite all the detractors of the X1 strategy, this is a brilliant move by MS (if true).

    If they bring their A-game(s) to E3, then PlayStation really will have an uphill struggle on their hands from day one.

    It’s definitely getting interesting.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ps3fanboy

    we can just hope that another rrod plague would not hit. then you loose your tv and gaming… people will be waiting 3 months for a replacement and some will be on their thirteen xbone replacement. it is gonna be rough… but there is already talk about hw problems with the gpu and ui. at this late stage you think ms had their thing done, since it will go on sale in 5 months time. so this don’t look good, something is bound to break, just saying..

    #15 2 years ago
  16. KAP

    Electric bill a month: £40 (E.key)
    Internet bill a month: £35 (Virgin)
    Sky TV Subscription a month:: £22.50
    Xbox LIVE a year: £40

    Watching my skyTV via my Xbox One: PRICELESS.

    I can’t wait… It’s going to be so awesome…………….

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Djoenz

    This is ridiculous. UK and USA blablaba what will this provide for other EU countries aye?

    USA and UK is not the centre of the world. pfff. .

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Eregol

    Right, so, would they do this with all TV providers? I don’t believe they can, unless they just do it as a run through system. I.e. what the HDMI In port is there for.
    I don’t believe they can include the sky tuner inside the box, it has to be done via an external run through.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Jet Black

    What happens when the wife wants to watch Sky & I want to play Xbox?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Dragon246

    @7,
    And yet PS3 sold more..
    US and UK are NOT the entire world.
    I am waiting for the mainland europe plan though. As things stand right now, they will have an awesome biz in US and UK and lose everywhere else, not something ideal.
    Just what #17 said.

    @DrDamn,
    Be happy man, you are in the esteemed company of Mr. Michael Pachter :D

    #20 2 years ago
  21. superjay779

    I think this is a good idea. I can’t wait to watch E3. I’m sure there will be plenty of games. I can’t wait to see when they unveil their first kinect game and people start freaking out. Lol

    #21 2 years ago
  22. mojo

    how can it serve as a set top box for sky if it has no tuner?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. BraveArse

    @DrDamn… on the shoulders of giants eh? :P

    #23 2 years ago
  24. LostInTheVoid

    So to watch sky on your tv you need a box and be subscribed to their TV and internet package and bam Sky tv so why would I want to pay for xbone live to run Sky… which I can already do with the box I have without having to pay for an Xbone… Seems really stupid and exspensive to me.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. mojo

    drdamn, it cant replace your sky box because it has no tuner.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. MadFlavour

    Yo we heard you like greedy money grabbing scum entertainment companies.

    So we put an xbox in your sky box, so now you can pay when you pay.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    @25
    It has no tuner yet. Doesn’t mean it can’t be added in the future, or XO tech put into the standard Sky box. Tight integration with Sky is crucial to making the TV thing work. Just being able to change channels is frankly a bit rubbish – a lot more control of the Sky+ box or replacement of it is a lot more attractive.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. LostInTheVoid

    @27 Are you saying that sky would just chuck away their box and go Xbone only if so I’d call that a bad move.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. TheLastDodo

    If having the X1 as your Sky + box is MS plan sometime down the line then the X1 had better pack a 2TB HDD, minimum. I’ve got a 1TB Sky + box and I’m well over 500GB in HD TV shows and movies.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. VibraniumSpork

    Yeah, this was bound to happen, and it sure is a great way to shift consoles *and* Sky – they’ll be thousands of Casual Gaming Dads who use this as a way to justify the new console purchase to the Mrs or to swing a new cheap games system for the kids…especially if the subsidy’s decent.

    What are we thinking? Two year minimum Sky contract, XBone for £100?

    #30 2 years ago
  31. TrickyAudio

    It could either be, a separate dongle like the PlayTV tuner, totally IPTV based or a pure connection between a Sky box and the Xbox via HDMI.

    None of which sound that brilliant.

    But a subsidized Xbox if your a Sky customer, with more content through the Xbox via the internet sounds more interesting. Like a multi-room box come gaming machine. I wouldn’t want it to replace my Sky box totally. Many issues with that.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. DrDamn

    @28
    Bad move by who? I’d say Sky would be losing control of a lot of stuff but it’s all good for MS. Gets them into many, many more homes and people would *see* no additional cost. It would cost them obviously, but no more than a Sky+ box would normally.

    Initially I see this as tight control between XO and a regular Sky+ box. In the future I can see XO/Sky+ boxes in one single unit.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Dragon246

    @32,
    “I’d say Sky would be losing control of a lot of stuff ”
    Yup. Why would any company to that?
    Besides, TV tuner would have been a great feature, would they really miss such a great thing on a reveal that so much focused on TV if they were going to implement that?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. TheBlackHole

    @20

    “And yet PS3 sold more..
    Because that has EVERYHTING to do with how good the X1 or PS4 will be, right?

    US and UK are NOT the entire world.”
    Yes, because that’s exactly what I said, wasn’t it. I didn’t at all say IN THEIR STRONGEST MARKETS, did I?

    Increasing market share in important territories is a good thing. It doesn’t mean they will be globally dominant, but then that clearly wasn’t the point I was making.

    Too many fanboys online around E3. Makes dialogue such a fucking chore.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. SlayerGT

    @32 “Gets them into many, many more homes and people would *see* no additional cost”

    And MS would be able to “see” into many more homes :) they’re going to be data mining I just know it. Its way too creepy. I cant wait till it comes out and people start packet sniffing it.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Dragon246

    @34,
    I wonder if you really think MS listens to fanboys and only concentrates on their markets. The FIFA deal, the timing of the reveal, all was geared towards mainland eu. But that is not enough. Just like Sony is trying to wrestle back US from MS.
    Is that hard to understand?

    “Because that has EVERYHTING to do with how good the X1 or PS4 will be, right?”
    Huh? When did I said that? Stop assuming.

    My quote
    “I am waiting for the mainland europe plan though. As things stand right now, they will have an awesome biz in US and UK and lose everywhere else, not something ideal.”
    Get it? Too many fanboys roaming around at E3.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. zinc

    Who seriously believes you wouldn’t need the Sky Box? Of course you would.

    IF their is a deal, I’d guarantee you need a full fat sky package of tv/Internet, so say £50-60 a month, which MAY also cover the cost of your subsidised xbone.

    Then you need to connect the kinnect/xbone/sky box all up & enjoy your minimum 24 month contract.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. AsianGameing

    all this tv only work at USA , fk you xbox one (i am get PS4)

    #38 2 years ago
  39. jevonski

    this news doesn’t entice me at all, I’ll hold off on judging the xbox till E3 myself.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. WENDiGO

    I don’t think you guys are getting the point. The more they move into the entertainment business the farther they move away from gaming. We all know that Microsoft doesn’t know how to have balance. They’re using the xbox name to sell you a set-top box, sure it has their usual games but you will see as the years go by where their real focus was.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. JGMR

    Hahahaha. XBOX One – The Future Of Television

    -achievement unlocked-

    #41 2 years ago
  42. majicship

    I hate Sky. Another good reason to be looking more closely at the PS4 when it comes out.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. stretch215

    This is brilliant! I’m starting to lean toward buying x1 (first, I plan on buying both) more and more. Lol @people talking about these companies “losing” in certain regions. Why do you care how much these consoles sell? As long as there are great games & features I don’t give a fuck about who “wins” or “loses”.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. TheBlackHole

    @36

    I didn’t say you said outright, but you implied it by saying ““And yet PS3 sold more..” as if that made any difference at all to how X1 will perform.

    If that wasn’t the case, then I have no idea why you said it in the first place.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Malmer

    @1 Feel sorry for you having to come in on every single xbox related thread and spread your juvenile hate. Why? You’re obviously not getting one anyways.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Lengendaryboss

    @Malmer
    Its very simple, hes dedicated to spreading his opinion no matter how controversial.

    #46 2 years ago

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  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

    FrozenByte Games has revealed Trine 3, due for release in 2015 And what better way to reveal a new side-scrolling adventure than with a very pretty trailer full of gameplay? The latest in a series that has already sold 7 million copies is earmarked for PC and “other” formats. Trine 2 released on PS3, PS3, […]

  • Dying Light takes UK number one

    A month since it was released on digital platforms, Dying Light’s physical release has topped the UK charts. Techland and Warner’s zombie survival game has proven to be one of the big hits of the year so far. It was released on digital formats a month ago but has only just been released on good-old […]

  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly

    Why blind ‘em with science when you could kill ‘em with dance moves? revelations raid When I say Resident Evil: Revelations 2‘s Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly, I’m not being figurative. If you finish the first chapter of Revelations 2 you can unlock Gina for use in Raid Mode. All characters can use gestures […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition mod enables male Blackwall romance, terrific joke

    “Male Inquisitors can now scale the wall,” says a clever Redditor. A new Dragon Age: Inquisition mod removes Blackwall’s romantic restrictions, allowing male Inquisitors to chat up the fuzzy-faced warrior. Blackwall doesn’t have any race preferences, so you’re good to go there. Dragon Age: Inquisition romance mods are pretty common by now, and to be […]

  • Destiny: it is possible to solo the Weekly Heroic

    Destiny players willing to faff about with their system clock can solo the Weekly Nightfall if they prefer. The Weekly Heroic is one of Destiny‘s toughest challenges. Responding to player feedback Bungie implemented matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic, but there are players who genuinely prefer to go it alone. There’s now no legitimate way to […]

  • Clayfighter remaster on the way, says Interplay

    A Clayfighter remake is inbound, apparently. Interplay has announced a Clayfighter remaster, combining the content of all past games into one package. Features include: Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny – and more with over 20 characters total Over 20 familiar environments from the series to duke […]

  • The quickest way to climb in Dying Light

    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]