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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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    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 […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • 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: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — 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 Amazon.co.uk 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, […]