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Xbox One online check-in takes kilobytes, not megabytes, Spencer says

Thursday, 13 June 2013 08:22 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One’s daily check-ins will take a matter of kilobytes, not megabytes according to Microsoft Studios’ corporate vice president Phil Spencer. The exec has re-iterated that phone tethering is a viable option for those with shaky internet, and he has stated again that if you don’t have online access, then Xbox 360 is the console for you.

Speaking with GameInformer, Spencer said of online check-ins, “It’s kilobytes, not megabytes. You can also set your console to always have the latest bits in a standby state.” Later, Spencer was concrete, “If you have no ability to connect to the Internet, the Xbox One is not the console for you.”

Spencer’s Xbox 360 line follows yesterday’s statement from Microsoft’s Don Mattrick, who said that if you aren’t online then the company has a product for you. It’s called the Xbox 360.

Since then the internet has reacted negatively towards Mattrick’s seemingly bullish attitude on the matter, something Spencer was happy to address in his interview, “I know Don. He’s been in his industry for decades.

“He started as a game developer with his own studio. For it somehow to get twisted that Don doesn’t care about gaming, as someone who knows the man, I know that is not him. He does care about the gamers.”

Are online check-ins really a big concern, or are we all just imagining negative outcomes, as Mattrick suggested yesterday? Let us know below.

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40 Comments

  1. Aullah

    At this point… who cares?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mistermogul

    Yes we are imagining “negative outcomes” because this is a negative situation.

    “He does care about the gamers.” He obviously doesn’t care about gamers enough…

    “It’s kilobytes, not megabytes” The file size is not the concern here. It’s the fact that the file has to be checked every day…

    I hate the way these execs try and pass the problem to seem like something else. Stop treating us like idiots MS.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. sithsylar

    Damage control in 3.2..1….. GOOOOOOO

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Kabby

    Balls to your daily check ins.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Djoenz

    Its not a big concern tbh, however every retailer should inform customers beforehand. Microsoft must explicitly put a informative text on the package.

    The One must be Online. Stay connected.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Beta

    “If you have no ability to connect to the Internet, the Xbox One is not the console for you”

    Still strikes me as a stupid thing to say. In a way this is basically saying “Go buy a PS4″ :P

    In any case, instead of trying to justify the online check why not just scrap it? Nobody likes it, and Sony is launching without it. Makes it look like MS doesn’t trust their customers.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. sithsylar

    @6 The hardest thing for any company is saying they were wrong and yeah i doubt that will happen…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Beta

    @7 It probably won’t no.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. CyberMarco

    Yeah Spencer, I’ll get a PS4 instead.

    #DealWithIt

    #9 2 years ago
  10. GoingPostal13

    I doesn’t matter if it’s only a single bit. The fact I have to seek Microsoft’s permission every 24 hours to play the games I (will not) purchase is the issue.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkees19

    “If you have no ability to connect to the Internet, the Xbox One is not the console for you.”

    Translation: We’re moving forward without you AND I hope you like watching trailers for games you’ll never be able to play.

    Enjoy last place Microsoft. You may be going the way of Sega on this one.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    And yet not a single answer so far explains *why* its necessary to do it in the first place.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. coloredlense

    To answer the articles question: Yes it is a big deal when you are being asked to fork over $500 for what would have been primarily used as a Game Machine, not an entertainment center streaming media SAT TV/Cablebox. I have those already, don’t need to pay $500 for what would essentially be a BluRay player if Xbox Live goes out as it has done in the very recent past, or servers fail, or my shaky internet is unable to send packets to whatever server they are using (whereever that may be).

    I’m not going to pay M$ $500 just to have a bluray player. I have a blurray player, it cost $99. I wanted an upgraded game system, not a 360. Microsoft made the decision (easy). They said we have a device for people who’s internet is shaky. It’s called the PS4.

    And just to note, many military and service families will likely take the PS4 route because places they are stationed, even “first world places” can’t guarantee 24/7 connection to the internet.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Samoan Spider

    @12 This is the confusing thing for me to. Why have it? If the issue is who is asserting ownership rights over the installation of media on their device, then surely the person with the disc trumps all and needn’t bother going online. Disc checking has been about for a decade and a half so what’s wrong with that solution?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. orren

    @Microsoft:

    You want to use MY hardware.
    You want to use MY internet connection.
    You get something out of it.
    I get nothing out of it.

    That’s called a lease. OK, let’s talk terms. I charge $5 everytime you use my stuff to do your thing. Fair?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. viralshag

    @6, I still don’t really see why that’s such a big deal. If I had no access to the internet there’s a lot of things I wouldn’t buy such as my smartphone, iPad and I probably wouldn’t have invested in my PC as much but I did because of Steam.

    At this point I think trying to fight the always on-line world is pointless as we’re part of the way there and that’s because so many people choose to be constantly connected.

    While I agree it’s stupid to brick a console for not connecting every day, at the same time I don’t see what’s wrong with MS going down the always connected route and if that doesn’t fall in with what you want as a gamer, like you have all said – buy a PS4.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. coloredlense

    @12 @14 – It’s possible they are concerned with people cracking and modding their box. I don’t know this for certain obviously, but it’s the only reason I can see them doing it.

    Ironically, this issue is that got Adam Orth in trouble just a while back, and this dolt is displaying the same cavalier attitude towards this draconian measure. That is, dismissing ~119 million customers in the US and even more potential customers abroad that do not have or cannot have internet access always on or not at all. This on the heals of the release of information by that Snowden guy, with MS and other tech giants implicated. Combined with the always on (because it does update itself while it’s not in use), and the requisite Kinnect. Yeah, they’re doing Sony’s PR/Marketing for them.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. coloredlense

    @16 The problem is, not everywhere in the world is Online (just check Treyarch’s map).

    And lots of people still go to those dark places as a course of business for much longer then 24 hours.

    Hell even some first world countries have issues remaining connected to overloaded systems. Sure it doesn’t matter if you live in NY, LA, Seattle. Very little there might affect your access. But other places, even middle America, may not share that same fortune. It’s a stupid business move, nothing they’re possibly legitimately doing (if its only kilobytes) couldn’t be done when you choose to connect to XBoxLive, rather than forcing you to remain connected.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. dizzygear

    At this point MS should just quit embarrassing themselves and stop talking. They should quietly rethink this whole online authentication bullshit before launching the xbone.

    On the other hand this is MS. They rather punch themselves in the balls over and over than admit they made a mistake.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. viralshag

    @18, Yeah I get that but what I’m saying is that at launch, maybe this just isn’t the console for everyone. And I don’t see what’s wrong with that.

    The only reason right now to get an X1 at launch is either the exclusive/launch titles or to carry on with your Live profile. If neither of those appeal to you, then the choice is obviously PS4.

    Yes it seems stupid to limit your customer base but I think in the long run it’s not going to be that detrimental to MS. I have a feeling next-gen will go just like this gen except Sony will lead on sales thanks to the better price but eventually it will even out.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. TheBlackHole

    @12

    I suspect it has something to do with the fact that once you load your disc onto the xbox you don’t need it anymore, meaning that unless the xbox writes back onto the disc to say that it has been ‘used’, someone else could theoretically install it in exactly the same way.

    Online checks would need to be done to ensure that didn’t happen.

    That’s all guess work on my part though.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. coloredlense

    @20 Well, you may be right (about it not being determinetal to MS). In which case it’s a huge step in the wrong direction for consumer thinking (IMO). However, we have seen this before (Windows 8, ME), and they have ended up spending lots of money for little profit.

    In this case, they have guaranteed themselves to lose customers to the PS4 experience. Simply because those customers absolutely will not take the chance of buying this to be sent somewhere that it becomes only an expensive bluray system. I say that from experience. And for MS to say, “Well you’ll just have to stay with the Xbox 360.” is really unrealistic expectation on Microsoft’s part, and just plain stupid when Sony is there to offer a completely new gaming experience at a lower price, and doesn’t reqire that I connect to play single player games.

    Connecting is a problem when you spend a year (or longer) in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Iraq. Or good portions of Africa. People that do this, usually have few entertainment options available in these locations. If they are smart, and a good many of them are, they’re not going to choose limit themselves by buying into Xbox One. It makes no sense, and it makes no business sense not to consider this group of people. It’s a Redmond Bubble, and I really hope it bursts.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. viralshag

    @22, With regards to the “no internet buy 360″ that’s understandable. You can’t really expect them to say “no internet buy PS4″ although that is what will happen if someone wants a next-gen console.

    Also with the connection in difficult countries, it’s true that pretty much bricks the console but that doesn’t seem to be the aim of the One. It very much looks like the console that’s meant to be primarily kept in the living room, always connected.

    I just think next gen they’re aiming their machines at different crowds. To me at least the PS4 seems like the standard gamers console, if I travelled or was more bothered abut offline play it’s an easy choice. The X1 is what it is, supposedly the always-connected media hub for the living room. For me that’s perfect as I don’t travel much and the console will never leave my house and I will never aim to be offline.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. dizzygear

    @23 “The X1 is what it is, supposedly the always-connected media hub for the living room”

    The problem with that is that it tries to compete with the likes of Apple TV to name an example. Which is A: much smaller. B: much cheaper.

    The only difference is that the xbone happens to play games as well. The question is do people who want a multi media hub care enough about games to justify the price and do people who want a game machine care enough about multi media to put up with the xbone’s quirks and price?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. The_Red

    Wow, now they’re defending the always-online / criminal authentication process by resorting to kilobytes vs megabytes? What’s next? You’re gonna talk about benefits of cloud packet sizes?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. viralshag

    @24, I think that’s the real question to be honest. Not so much if they have an actual problem with these practices but if they’re worth it for the price.

    To me the media stuff is standard, I wouldn’t really expect anything less from either console. I have no doubt the initial sales for the X1 will rely on brand loyalty over being the “better choice” or value for money.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Telepathic.Geometry

    If you want an Xbox One but have no internet connection…

    PS4 is the console for you (not the 360).

    PS4 will be $100 cheaper,
    PS4 will not require internet,
    PS4 will be more powerful (by all accounts),
    PS4 will play most of the same games (and the ones it won’t won’t be playable on 360 anyway),
    PS4 will also play some exclusive games that neither the Xbone nor the 360 will play,
    PS4 will allow resale, game rental and loaning of games to friends just like the 360,
    PS4 will have a swappable hard-disk drive,
    PS4 will have region free games .

    So why the fuck would you downgrade to a 360 when you could just move laterally to PS4?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. viralshag

    @27, Because it’s £150 cheaper? :P

    #28 2 years ago
  29. manamana

    I think that many gamers simply don’t care about always on. It’s more about the DRM that gets in the way. Most CoD gamers will probably buy the XB1 due to Titanfall. And they are connected 24h anyway.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. ogima

    I’m a huge Xbox player and I use it mostly offline. I am really reconsidering switching to the PS4 now – the machine needs to check-in with MS once a day? Seriously, what is up with that? So if our internet goes down for a few days we can’t use our XBOX One for gaming? This is just plain ridiculous!!!

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Dunno

    @16
    Yeah I’m always connected. Totally don’t care about any of that: DRM, 24 hour check and so on. However I won’t allow the company I’ve paid $ 500 to to fuck up my plans if something happens to my connection, their services or something else. I wanna game today (when I want to) and go out with friends tomorrow.

    MS made so simple for me. PS4

    #31 2 years ago
  32. ps3fanboy

    “if you don’t have online access, then Xbox360 is the console for you”

    i think they should change the xbox360 with the ps4 instead… take that micro$haft, LOL!

    #32 2 years ago
  33. stretch215

    This makes my decision a little easier. This literally means it would take less than a minute on 3g, nevermind lte. I charge my phone through my 360 half the time anyway.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. DuckOfDestiny

    I should fucking hope so.

    If it did take megabytes, I’d be worried about what they’re sending.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. DSB

    @29 I don’t see how they could not care. I don’t know anyone that’s online 24/7, 365 days a year. The same can be said for Xbox Live. Everything goes down sometime. It’s like the universal law of the internet.

    There’s definitely room for discussion as to how worried you should be, but what makes this an exceptionally boneheaded move in my opinion is that they’re trading very little gain for a lot of pain. And it’s purely by choice.

    Look at Steam. You have an online check passing once every 2 minutes or so. But the major difference is that I don’t lose my games when it fails, I just lose the online functionality.

    It’s logical, and it means that I obviously want to stay online to get that functionality. And so Valve gets what is virtually an always online platform, and I get the assurance that my service won’t be denied by circumstance.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. NeutralBlade

    I know it’s unfortunate for fans of Xbox game series, but there is really no bright side to any of this; you don’t own or control the large investment you’ll put into MS’ new console. The file transfer sizes will vary, and a lot of data can be transmitted within those kilobytes.

    They want to make you believe that due to the small data transfers, they’re really not doing much; so hey, it’s not that bad, right? I call bs on that.

    What future Xbone adopters should be more concerned about, is that MS continues to defend and support their DRM, rather than consider removing it; they invested in it, and they want to profit from it, so too bad fans. From everything I’ve read so far, they have no plans to do what’s best for the consumer at all.

    If some publishers decide not to block their games, (such as EA), they could easily add a cloud requirement; meaning the game will become always on, 24/7 like SimCity. Always-on functionality is already possible with the Xbone; it’s all built into the Azure system.

    All that talk about increasing the power of the Xbone with the cloud, will require a constant internet connection, and that is the major downside to it all. It would be ok if implemented only on the multiplayer side of things, but publishers will use it for DRM purposes; meaning that game can’t be played offline for any reason, not even the single player side.

    Early adopters really should get a PS4, and wait to see how this whole thing plays out with the Xbone. Giving MS money will just send the wrong message, telling them it’s ok to do what they’re doing. Oh well, I feel sorry for whoever buys into this, but hey, it’s their choice.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. vernboogie

    I have been a xbox live subscriber since xbox live existed.. I own both a xbox 360 and ps3 and I planned on buying both a xbox one and ps4 but I see I will have to cut my live account off and cut ties with ms. During hurricane sandy I lost internet and cable for a little over a week but I never lost power, my cell phone service was crappy too, so the only entertainment I had was my old dvd’s and video games, so basically if this happens again I will not be able to play my $500 xbox one I will have to un hook the console and re hook the 360? How the he’ll does that make sense. I can’t wait to see how ms tries to save itself once the fourth quarter numbers come in and everyone has ran to Sony.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. stretch215

    @36 Don’t waste your time trying to tell people what they “should” do with their money. People are going to buy what they want, regardless of how many passionate walls of text are written. Like me. I am most definitely buying an xbx1, maybe even at launch. Reading all these protests actually makes me want to buy it more.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. NeutralBlade

    @38 MS did enough damage to themselves already. I’m just one of many who voiced their opinion; and I’m entitled to it, thanks.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Chief

    Great insight to everyone who posted. The fact of the matter here is from what that man just said was blatantly an ef you to everyone whoever believed in Microsoft and what we were led to believe that Microsoft had a nudge on Sony. This truly and utterly shatters anything good I have ever thought about the gaming system and Microsoft in general. The only upside is the cloud storage. Cloud storage tech is a clever way to make the games you play extremely amazing, but to be supervised on how you choose to use your video games. That’s like saying hey man here’s a slice of pizza but you can only nibble on it and be left with an entire piece of pizza staring you in the face not knowing if and when you’ll be able to nibble on it again if ever. Sadly to say I have to refer back to the old playstation controller. Won’t be entertaining the thought of purchasing an xbone. That ship has sailed.

    #40 2 years ago

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

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

    Blood Bowl 2: The Chaos Theory is only the latest in a much loved series of games based on a game based on two other games. Blood Bowl is a popular Games Workshop tabletop game which blends the fantasy universe of Warhammer with a fantasy sport drawing inspiration from American football and related games. It’s […]

  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]