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Xbox One DRM policy changes waited on gamers knowing “complete story”

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 23:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft’s eyebrow-raising reversal of its Xbox One DRM policies has been in the works for some time, corporate vice president of Xbox Marc Whitten has said, but Microsoft wanted to tell the “complete story” before it made such a dramatic public reversal.

Speaking to Polygon, Whitten agreed that public opinion – cited by Xbox executive Don Mattrick as the primary motivator for the changes – has been strongly against DRM policies ever since they were first hinted at during the Xbox One reveal.

“What we wanted to do was tell our complete story,” Whitten said of the delay in letting gamers know things had changed.

“We knew our complete story was partially told at the Xbox One unveil and partially told at E3. We wanted to put our story out there and show the great games we have coming. We did that and people gave us a ton of feedback.”

The “complete story” included a number of features which, thanks to today’s reversal, have been thrown out the window – sharing your games library with up to nine other household members; taking your full games library to a friend’s house just by logging in on their machine; and the ability to play without a disc. These conveniences weren’t enough to keep gamers on side, it seems, so Microsoft has returned to a more conservative model.

There are some positive changes though, notably that the console will be region-free, but also should you take your disc to a friend’s house and install it there, they have the option to purchase it after you leave, saving them the hassle of getting their own disc; it will be as if they bought it from Xbox Live.

It’s worth remembering that the DRM changes don’t make the Xbox One an offline console; games which require cloud processing will need an always-on Internet connection, like any MMO or online multiplayer game.

“You have to be connected [for cloud processing to work]. All of the things that require the internet will require the console to connect. We want and expect most people to take advantage of those things, but we also want to give people the choice that they can play offline,” Whitten said.

Finally, Whitten could not give any reassurance that Microsoft will not change its policies in the future.

“There are our policies and we are really excited about them. By adding them we have shown that we are definitly listening,” he said.

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51 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    Waited too long my friend, you dun goofed and lost E3…

    Only G1GA still loved you ;)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TrickyAudio

    Xbox 180 indeed. This is absolutely classic from Microsoft. What a fuck up.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. CyberMarco

    PR bullshit!!! You can still offer the the “game-sharing” features with digital copies of games. Give consumer an incentive to chose digital rather than forcing him to comply with your demands!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    @3

    You said you were going to bed!!!! You lie as much as MS!!! ;)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Tridenter

    Thanks to people that spend twenty-four hours a day complaining online about having to log online for five minutes, MS lost their one advantage.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    @5

    All those features could be worked out without restrictive DRM, guess what, they don’t want too.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. UuBuU

    still an overpriced gimmick box with awful exclusives so far

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Un-HolyMOTHERofGOD

    It’s a little too late. Pre-ordered PS4.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Mike W

    This is crazy, all that bullshit they said about DRM and the cloud being the future.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ps3fanboy

    so the cloud is gonna be the drm in mickey$oft games now, i guess its not powerful enough and need 10 tvboxes in the cloud to get the game running, LOL!…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. sg1974

    Dear LORD have some dignity in defeat.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Xbox_one_eighty

    But..but, I still have teh pauah of teh clautz!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. bennyx

    So basically when enough people buy it then they will change the terms and conditions back to what they were gonna be in the first place!!!
    For me I cannot trust a company who tried to screw the gamers in the first place,and its well obvious they changed their minds after E3 and not before……or why didn’t they announce it at E3 it would have been the perfect opportunity!!!!
    Sorry MS I loved the 360 but you lost my custom ages ago,I’ll stick to this gen for the mo!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. gomersoul

    bull shit. ms have massively back tracked. as a ps3 fan I don’t enjoy this news though. as brenna said you are all fickle and Will still buy that heap of shit. hope you enjoy paying £80 more to play halo

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Samuel

    @2 Some people can never be happy. “We don’t like these policies! Wait, what’s that, you’ve removed those policies? Fuck you for changing your mind!” They could build the next Xbox to be whatever your idea of a dream machine is, and people like you would still complain and whine and moan.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Eddie Rodrigues

    Thanks MS I don’t know which one to buy!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. polygem

    first cash, then morals

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Hcw87

    This site starts to bore me. 9 out of 10 comments are from clueless Sony fanboys who makes it their personal mission to talk shit every opportunity they get.

    Buy both consoles and be happy with a larger game library, i know i am.

    Fucking fanboys.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. polygem

    @18: oh, i have several consoles…i just wont support fascists

    #19 2 years ago
  20. KAP

    Just show you that Microsoft were being disingenuous about needing to be always online. No thanx, my money goes to PS4..

    #20 2 years ago
  21. gomersoul

    are you Fucking mental, buy both consoles? screw that shit… I’m not paying an extra 500 for titanfall and halo. I can still be a gamer without money to burn and a family to feed

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Hcw87

    @19
    Do you use Windows?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. manamana

    Last one from CB:
    “*Sony* forced Microsoft’s hand, not the internet whining.”

    good night folks, wake me when some funny gifs surface…

    #23 2 years ago
  24. polygem

    a weakling is a weakling still

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Cort

    @18. Most of the people complaining about MS this week own a 360. But don’t let that stop you whining and making crap up because you’re hurt that MS has got some well-deserved flak from pissed-off gamers.

    They’ve accepted it. Why don’t you try?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. polygem

    @22: no

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Hcw87

    @26
    Either you’re a hypocrite or you actually have some backbone.

    Can’t say the same about the majority on here though.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. SplatteredHouse

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2lMhjM9BK7M#t=209s
    3:32 – 4:14
    “We’re not going to change anything, we’re very happy with what we’ve done with Xbox One” – Major Nelson @E3

    #28 2 years ago
  29. sg1974

    @27 We get it. We must not criticise MS. Now leave it.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. polygem

    so good night mofo´s and don´t forget: do not play with fire kids ;)

    @27:

    i just realised: i use a ms branded mouse :)

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Hcw87

    Criticise? lol really?

    At this point it’s just useless text spammed every day, in every article since May 21st. Constructive criticism is great and all, but constant flaming and trolling gets old real fast.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Cort

    @HCW87

    I praise MS when I want, and I criticise MS when I want. I praise Sony when I want, and I criticise Sony when I want. I praise Nintendo when I want, and I criticise Nintendo when I want. Guess which of those types of comments are the ONLY ones that people here jump down my throat for? Yup: every time I say something positive about Sony, or negative about MS, I am declared an SDF troll.

    So give it a rest. MS asked for this week. As someone recently said: “deal with it”.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. sg1974

    Jesus Christ is Steve Ballmer your dad or something?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. jron310

    All they needed to do in the first place. They had to realize the hard way they themselves don’t sway consumers futures, its a collaboration between consumer and merchant. Forcing things on people who liked or at least acknowledged your past products, and then saying ‘deal with it’ with new rules is not the way. You have to gradually get there.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. salarta

    “Finally, Whitten could not give any reassurance that Microsoft will not change its policies in the future.”

    So in the future, they may go right back to the DRM that nobody asked for and caused a huge uproar?

    An online contact of mine said he doesn’t trust Microsoft not to bring those DRM anti-consumer policies back in the future. On the one hand, it would be incredibly stupid for Microsoft to make this reversal only to go back to their original plan after the system launched. On the other hand… Microsoft has a lot of greedy idiots about, as I observed by the combination of planning on such DRM measures in the first place and their fairly insulting way of handling concerns and criticism during E3. So I’m honestly not sure what to expect out of Microsoft.

    But I don’t think for a second that Microsoft had been planning on reshaping their approach all along after the initial XBox One unveiling. I think all of this, every bit of it, was guided by everything that took place during E3, and the following huge disparity between XBox One preorder numbers and PS4 preorder numbers.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good thing that Microsoft is reversing course, it’s much, MUCH better both for Microsoft itself and for the video game industry as a whole. But I don’t believe for a second that Microsoft had some kind of altruistic ideals behind the DRM plans of the XBox One, or that doing this was in the cards all along. I always knew Microsoft would try to screw over the whole industry if they thought they had gained unchallenged dominance, and the policies they had in place before they finally did the right thing only proved my suspicions to be correct.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. bennyx

    Personally I think the damage is done……..maybe at launch they might give away 2 or 3 free games with the console as a sorry to everybody,something like what Sony did when all that hacking business came about!! Lol
    I hate fanboys too but as I’m a fan of games does that mean I hate myself? I know I’ll only be getting one console next gen unlike this gen with all 3 of them.so I think it all boils down to who’s got the better games and better exclusives.
    Remember people we are gamers and its all about the games and how much fun we can have,we use our brains to play our imaginations to take ourselves elsewhere THIS is our hobby (or one of them)
    POWER TO THE GAMER.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. bennyx

    @35 I totally agree with you I said something similar earlier………..but can we trust them not to change I back?????

    #37 2 years ago
  38. sg1974

    Gamers will forgive and forget. We mostly forgave and forgot RRoD, and the PSN hack. And we will do the same again.

    As usual, it will come down largely to money. If MS drops Kinect as mandatory device in the box, and drops to price down to match Sony, they could close down the PS4 in the US and be not too far behind in the EU. Japan, well they shouldn’t even bother. If they did that, we’d have a two-horse race that won’t be decided for at least half a decade.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. ps3fanboy

    but the damage’s done… xbone is done… & RRoD NEVER FORGOTTEN!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi2XCsPKlY8

    #39 2 years ago
  40. DSB

    Finishing it off with a bunch of vague execubabble really isn’t the strongest way to come out of it.

    Would it kill them to have a clear, positive message?

    #40 2 years ago
  41. SlayerGT

    I don’t buy this at all. There’s no fucking way. I want the hours of my life back listening to podcasts and reading articles, trying to understand something that never was!? What the fuck ever :D so the leaked doc was purposely leaked. Not enough outcry. Guy goes to twitter, gets fired. Not enough outcry. Then the reveal. Still not enough. Now E3. MS has me blown away. Next Gen is theirs to lose and they are blowing it. Even if I wanted an XBOne, I wouldn’t buy one for $50 out the gate. I’d wait two or three years till THEY figure out what the fuck they’re doing.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. oddeye

    Look, they took the restrictions away but remember your games with a cloud component will still need to be connected and I’m sure games from Microsoft are going to require an internet connection to play. Titanfall for example will require an internet connection since it does use the cloud. For them to take away two features to remove the restrictions is them playing a hand. They could still do both those features, but they took them away to make people feel bad and say oh wait we want the DRM now. Bait and switch.

    Let’s be fair though, Sony has the same ability to do the same as well and change policies whenever they want. It’s in all those EULAs people don’t read.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. pandulce1

    @35 Well said.

    They were never truthful about why the wanted to impose the use of DRM. After realizing that it was not going to be a pleasant ride, they backtrack and come up with new lies. I honestly believe that Microsoft can not be trusted.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Phoenixblight

    “Titanfall for example will require an internet connection since it does use the cloud.”

    Titanfall is not an example of anything as the game is pure online so it was going to need a connection anyways just like you need a connection to play a MMO.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. The_Red

    “Future of PR Bullshit Revealed” Xbox One.

    Seriously, if they REALLY were trying to change things for sometime, there is no way in hell that they’d let E3 come and go without doing so.
    NO. They saw Sony make a super strong PR spin to make them look bad, saw the pre-order numbers and did a 180.

    Remember the “Panic mode Nintendo”? This is “Panic Mode MS”.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. zwoods

    Hey you know what’s funny is that Sony did a update today on the PS3 and it bricked a lot of peoples PS3 so with that said Sony either did this on purpose OR they just can’t get there shit together just like when the PS3 got hacked. I can’t recall anytime that MS has bricked my Xbox from a update or been hacked so fuck Sony and Fuck All you Sony fanboy fucks

    #46 2 years ago
  47. bennyx

    @46
    As a fanboy of games I’ve had 1 wii 1 PS3 and 3 360′s I’ve spent some good money on my machines and lots of games and hours on the phone to MS to get my 360′s fixed
    You really should research before you say something! MS got hacked a few years back it was in all the news papers,not to the scale of Sony hack but it was still hacked,you might have not been affected but a few people were and then we have RroD i mean what the hell was that about,not only me but most of my gaming community had the same problem,so before you run your mouth like that do a bit of research ………oh and try to be polite about it.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. BartozXIX

    I gave up on console gaming years ago. I now live in the PC world. All you gamers who think the console graphics are top notch, you all got a screw loose.

    Get a PC. END ALL OF THIS BULLSHIT.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. zwoods

    Hey bennyx how is this for polite eat shit I have had a Xbox 360 since they came out my brother has to and my lil cuzin oh and a few ppl got hacked that’s so much worse then the whole psn been down for a month or so and what about the yellow light of death I also had a 2 ps3 but it got the YLOD sony can suck a big fat nigger dick

    #49 2 years ago
  50. bennyx

    So zwoods you’ve had problems with your ps3′s and I have had problems with my 360′s……..does that mean that Nintendo actually makes the most reliable consoles???? Come to think about it I’ve never had a problem with a Nintendo console hhmmmm!!!!!!!!!!
    Look the fact of the matter is let the dust settle let the companies play their cards and who has the best games and exclusives gets our money wether its X1 or ps4 ,remember its all about the games.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. redwood

    @1 that makes giga happy.. today we should call him TeraHurtz..

    #51 2 years ago

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  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

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  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]