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Xbox One: people are imagining negative ‘always-online’ outcomes, says Mattrick

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One’s online verification checks have been discussed by Microsoft’s Don Mattrick in a new interview, in which he suggests people are imagining worst-case scenarios that aren’t there.

During an interview with GameTrailers he said of the stir caused by online checks, “We appreciate the passion. It’s important that people share their ideas, but people are imagining outcomes that we believe are worse than what it’s going to be like in the real world.

“When we designed the box we paid attention to what it means to connect to the internet. The average internet connection is working the majority of the day. People are imagining that it isn’t, but I don’t feel that’s the world we live in.”

Elsewhere in the discussion Mattrick confirmed that Microsoft did expect some backlash for its decision to authenticate Xbox One consoles once every 24-hours via online check-in, but he argued that people will see the benefit once they start using the console. He then added, “It’s something that when people experience it, it’s easier than having someone like me describe it.”

We’re yet to see these benefits in practice, but during the same interview Mattrick said that if you don’t have an internet connection then you should just get an Xbox 360. Read what he said here.

What’s your view on the above?

Thanks GI.biz.

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50 Comments

  1. Pytox

    by gamers for gamers yea right …

    #1 2 years ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    or they didn’t put peoples minds at rest well enough?

    Fuck, their PR team couldn’t even explain this cluster fuck, and ultimatly, it is what it is…

    A destruction of consumer rights and the arrogance of a large company pissing all over long time fans.

    At least Sony have attempted to meet fans half way, offered a decent price and good quality(ish) hardware.

    On top of that we still have games like ‘Last of Us’, ‘Puppeteer’ anf ‘GT6′ coming for PS3…

    MS abandonded the 360 about 2 years ago with Kinect, and THIS is what they have been working on all that time?!

    Bullshit.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Bam007

    I pre-ordered one, just so I can smash it and upload it to YouTube.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. polygem

    he still doesn´t even get the point does he?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. backup

    PC beggars and xbots are F**ked by MS and they like it lol

    #5 2 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    @5

    Thing is, a lot of people are going BACK to Sony after the huge initial fuck up they made of PS3 launch (they essentially did what MS is doing here).

    The people you should really worry about are people who stuck with Sony even through that fiasco. They were effectivaly the Xbone fanboys of their time….

    Were you in that group? :)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Paranormal Pett

    If you can’t describe your product well enough to get people to buy it, then a)You are incredibly crap at your job. b) Have a shit product on your hands or C) Both of the above.

    Seriously, who is going to spend £429 on something to find out if the benefits out way all the negatives?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. backup

    @6
    Bluray was expensive in 2006 Wii and 360 didn’t had one

    PS3 price was justified while there is nothing in Wiiu and X1 that makes their price raise

    #8 2 years ago
  9. GoingPostal13

    Okay Mr. Mattrick – how does your DRM benefit me as a consumer? Answer that and I might start listening.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Samoan Spider

    @6 Bahahahahaha! Using logic against the troll. Nice one :). But you’re dead right.

    On topic. They have been honest to a fault, but forget to put it in plain language and be clear about it so it’s kicking their arse. Sony walked up on stage and said it plainly and simply. So basically, what #7 says :D

    @9 Because piracy funds terrorism and kills puppies and shit. Consumers *need* protecting from themselves. Lulz :P

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @8

    It wasn’t justified in the sense it brought nothing to games in the long run. It was the ‘TV Kinect features’ of it’s day…

    Sony just chucked it in because it new idiots would pay anything for PS3 at launch and it needed to get the media format into homes, sleeper style.

    Same as Xboners now…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Bomba Luigi

    You know why Don? Because that is very much Possible. Because the Past online-only Stuff has teached us that. Because you put it in a Weak Point that is not needed.

    The Funny Thing, even when my Internet is perfect Fine all the Time, and my Provider don’t make shit, then these are only two parts of the Chain that can Brake. Theres another One: Your Servers.
    You know Don what causes all the Troubles around Assassins Creed2, Diablo3 or Sim City on PC? The Servers….
    Did you notice Don that PSN was once down for a Month? Do you think you are invincible Don? Thats good for you, I don’t think that.

    Dear Don, there are good Reasons to be Negativ about that. Maybe you can pull it off Perfect, and even my Provider will always be Perfect like Chuck Norris, But I Simply do not believe in that.
    How do you wanna Change my Believes Don?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. monkeygourmet

    @12

    They couldn’t even get the demo’s on stage running smoothly! :/

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Llewelyn_MT

    We should all just pay up, bend over, and hope for the best. Yeah, right…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. The_Red

    I really wish Nintendo had a conference and they too could say FUCK YOU to MS. I mean, Wii U is THE console that was DRM-free and used game friendly all along, even before Sony began to think about DRM and stuff.

    Hopefully PS4 ends up more like Wii U and less like X1.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s something that when people experience it, it’s easier than having someone like me describe it.

    This is part of the philosophy that killed the Wii U…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Bomba Luigi

    @13: Well, at Sony Conferenc was a Game Crashing too. Thats not a point I fault MS or Sony in any way, these are unfinished Games, on Dev-Kits and not the Finished Console Product. Just normal, they still work on Titels till launch, not done yet.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. monkeygourmet

    @17

    I was mildly trolling, I have tooth ache :)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Bomba Luigi

    @18: Ah, lost my Sense of Trolling in many Way these Days. Not even sure If I’m trolling or not :P

    #19 2 years ago
  20. iSh3rlock

    To Mattrick,

    I’ll put a firecracker in your nutsack and blow your balls all over your pants.

    Eric Cartman

    #20 2 years ago
  21. aseddon130

    trolls are seriously boring, why do they get so irate over the smallest things?

    The end of this conversation should be if you have a console nowadays and it’s not online, then you’re missing out on 50% of the reasonings on owning one in the first place, the whole always online thing always rang false for me, and it was never a cause for concern.

    This being the opinion of a fella who has a stable 60mb internet connection though ….

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Kaufer

    Let be honest here. The main reason Mattrick wants and always online console is so MS can continually sell dashboard ads to a captive audience.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Fin

    #dealwithit

    #23 2 years ago
  24. viralshag

    I think that’s accurate. From the get-go it has seemed like a big deal over nothing really.

    Yeah, I think the X1 would benefit more if they didn’t have the online check in thing but I don’t think it’s that big a problem. Let’s face it, most gamers wouldn’t be able to game the way they do if it wasn’t for the internet.

    MMOs, Steam, OMP, patches, DLC and media benefits all require the internet either to access it or actually get it. I imagine the majority of people wouldn’t even notice or care about the check in.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. KAP

    smh.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. orakaa

    A little translation here:

    “We appreciate the passion” = “we don’t care and f*ck you”

    “It’s something that when people experience it, it’s easier than having someone like me describe it” = “Despite months of preparation, we can’t find a genuine reason to justify such a restrictive feature other than greed on our part and…. oh just sh*t up and give us your money !”

    What a bunch of f*cking morons!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. ValveLover

    “Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity, it’s called Xbox 360.”

    What a dumb comment. I still can’t believe he actually said that.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Docker Al

    “It’s something that when people experience it, it’s easier than having someone like me describe it.” Guess what Don? I won’t ‘experience it’ because I won’t fucking buy it. Prick.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. laimis911

    By Microsoft ,for Microsoft . Gamers don’t matter . Thanks to Sony we have an option it’s called _PS4_
    No wonder why Bill Gates is the richest man on the planet . M$ taking more than giving .

    #29 2 years ago
  30. majicship

    I was always a Sony PS gamer but the cock up that was the introduction of the PS3 turned me to the X360 – a great console. Now I am firmly going back to Sony with the PS4 and I am feeling pretty good about it. Microsoft have, in my opinion, totally lost the plot outside of the US. If I was a US resident I might think this was a cool device and maybe, just maybe, stay with it. But I’m not, and now I am happy with what I have seen and heard about the PS4. I like the price, the package, and the type of games that Sony has on offer.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. yeoung

    I’m trying to understand how games could benefit from an always on connection or a structural once-in-24-hours connection.

    So far I got squat.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. salarta

    This is the same guy that tries to wave off any concerns about not being able to play games without checking in every 24 hours by telling people to go buy the old console, then goes on to bullshit that a system full of shitty DRM and anti-consumer utilities is somehow something “by gamers and for gamers.” Despite being the exact opposite of anything gamers want.

    I can’t take anything he says on this matter seriously. Microsoft, bring out someone that isn’t such an insulting bullshitter and I’ll listen.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. xxJPRACERxx

    So far the only benefit is you don’t need to put the disc in the drive to play.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Malmer

    @33 And that you can share your games with your family. Wherever they are in the world. You and one more family member will be able, if I’m not mistaken, to play the same game at the same time with one license. So no need to buy multiple copies to play MP together within the family. Now how is “family” defined?

    #34 2 years ago
  35. DrDamn

    @34
    No – only one person can play the shared game at any one time.

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/06/microsoft-defends-the-xbox-ones-licensing-used-game-policies/

    “The only limitation, it seems, is that only one person can be playing the shared copy of a single game at any given time.”

    #35 2 years ago
  36. polygem

    @34: you must offer their soul to ms. then they become part of the family.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Malmer

    @35 Well that is a matter of interpretation. Does the “shared” copy include my own copy? This is what Microsoft says on their own site:

    “Give your family access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere: Xbox One will enable new forms of access for families. Up to ten members of your family can log in and play from your shared games library on any Xbox One. Just like today, a family member can play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house. Only now, they will see not just Forza, but all of your shared games. You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.”

    Which seems to me like you can always play your game, and one person can play a shared copy.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Bomba Luigi

    When you need Lawyer to undertand how you own a Game and can lend a Game, or Sale Game, its way to complicatet, which is not good. The Short Video of Sony One Guy handing over a Disc to the other and done? Thats what I want.

    But I’m a Disc Person. Maybe not that Important for Digital Buy mosty/only persons. You can have some diffrent view Points here.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. DrDamn

    @Malmer
    Ah ok, my mistake. So two people. Key is going to be family definition.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. DuckOfDestiny

    The reason people only see the negatives is because there are no positives to this for the consumer.

    I could understand a once online activation for new content like on Steam, but really after that why do need to connect at least once each day other than for DRM purposes? There is none.

    A phone may require a signal to perform it’s main function (That relies on that signal to communicate with other phone), however if I’m ever without a signal for more than a day, I’m not locked out from using it, I just won’t be able to call or send messages to other phones.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. DSB

    Maybe it’s because we’ve only had negative always online outcomes.

    Every time some arrogant, ignorant company tries to pull this shit, they’re telling people not to worry, and telling them that they have everything completely under control.

    Ubisoft did it, Activision did it, EA did it, and now Microsoft are doing it.

    Maybe it’s time to face the facts. It’s the least succesful and most hated model in digital entertainment, and you have everything left to prove.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. salarta

    @40: A better example might be that losing your internet connection on a computer doesn’t lock you out of writing word documents or keep you from looking at websites you saved to your computer as HTML files. Another example might be that losing your satellite signal for TV doesn’t make you unable to turn on the TV, or lock you out of your DVD player.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Ireland Michael

    Watch my money imagine its way into Sony’s bank account, Microsoft.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. OlderGamer

    Mike +1

    I just preordered my PS4 today.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. MadFingerz

    “people are imagining outcomes that we believe are worse than what it’s going to be like in the real world”

    Wake up from the fucking Matrix MS…

    #45 2 years ago
  46. CyberMarco

    http://i.imgur.com/rIPkMQ0.jpg

    GG Microsoft!

    #46 2 years ago
  47. brent292

    Oh no my power went now I can’t play games for a day what ever shall I do, I can’t go outside the light will burn me

    #47 2 years ago
  48. theirwatching

    I agree with Mattrick here. Think about it your internet is out more than 1 or 4 hours your on the phone with your internet provider asking them what the problem is. I guess I’ve had my internet go out but for only like 30min I think the most was half a day. I guess I’m just confused maybe all the people who are crying over it can explain it to me but maybe not because they probably don’t have internet connection right now.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. ps3fanboy

    Mr. Mattrick can take is bs else where, the xbone is done!

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Crim

    While I agree, Sony has the upper-hand *at the current time*, I also disagree that it’s better, and eventually Xbox One will take over.

    Sure, forcing the Kinect to be included drove up the price $100 more, which is going to cost them a lot of players. Especially when Kinect isn’t that amazing.

    I however, like the features “forced online” features.
    Why? No more J-Tags. No more RGH. No more flashed consoles.
    Microsoft is forcing modded consoles to go online so they can be console banned.
    PS4 always has been more prone to user-mods, and it will be EVEN MORE a target now.

    Can’t borrow games? I don’t borrow games anyway. You do? Sucks.
    Can’t get used games? I don’t buy used games. You do? Sucks.

    Once people see how much hell hackers will reign over PS4, I’m confident they’ll switch to Xbox One.

    Microsoft should seriously consider making Live free.

    Hell, I’m still going to be spending most of my time on PC games though.

    #50 2 years ago

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  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

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

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

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

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

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

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

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

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

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

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

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

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

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

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

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

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

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

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

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

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

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

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

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

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

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

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

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

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

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

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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