Xbox One’s cloud tech will make it best place to play games, says Microsoft exec

Monday, 24 June 2013 11:01 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One’s cloud functionality will make it the premier place to play games in the next-generation, according to Microsoft’s director of marketing Craig Flannagan.

Speaking with MP1st, Flannagan said of online gaming on Xbox One, “The cloud is a really important part of it. Xbox One is going to be the best place to play games and a big reason for that is that games come alive because of the cloud.

“So, the game that you get on that first day is going to change. It’s going to be a different game. It’s going to evolve, have living worlds, worlds that change, worlds that persist. What we’re doing is we’re giving developers a palette so they can create games they wouldn’t be able to create anywhere else.”

“From an Xbox Live standpoint, [you'll have] the ability to play your games anywhere. Anywhere you go, you can sign in and all your games are there. With game DVR and Upload Studio, [you'll have] the ability to capture your multiplayer moments, good or bad, epic wins or epic fails, edit them up, and share them out. Those are the social features of the cloud and what’s going to make games different and only available on Xbox One.”

Flannagan’s comments echo Microsoft’s vocal backing of cloud technology for Xbox One, and just this morning we reported that Microsoft is to invest $700 million into a new cloud computing site in Des Moines, Iowa to boost Xbox Live and Xbox One’s cloud functionality.

Microsoft has also said that Xbox One will be over ten times as powerful as Xbox 360 thanks to cloud processing.

What do you think of Xbox One’s cloud strategy? Is it viable, or is it a gimmick? Let us know below.


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  1. Pytox

    ugh the cloud

    #1 2 years ago

    What do I think about an MS exec boasting about an MS product?

    This is what I think, Dave.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    Craig Flannagan! stop lying you butt munch! *flushtoilets*

    #3 2 years ago
  4. tatsujin

    1.24 TFLOP for sure will do.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TrickyAudio

    All these clouds are gunna bring alot of rain.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    Put up or shut up.

    Show us this in action or it’s Kinect all over again, all talk.

    I’m sick of hearing about “potentially”, fucking show us actually.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Zensi

    I’m guessing everyone here has no idea how the “cloud” works – Get a book and find out before you start running your mouth. Alternatively you can not bother and pick and far inferior console

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    Indeed, they keep saying this but nothing at E3 demoed it. The games that apparently did use “The Cloud” didnt look better than anything else that didnt. And of course in the end this is most likely just going to be a form of DRM, because you need to be online to use it, its obvious MS intend to stick some form of cloud function into everything including SP, “offline” games.

    We do, thats the thing, thats why we arent believing it. I’d suggest you actually look into it from people who know what they’re talking about rather than MS’ PR department.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Llewelyn_MT

    Central Europe is just next to Iowa. We sure wouldn’t get any lag.

    #9 2 years ago

    Excuse my ignorance but what exactly does the cloud do? Enhances the game?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Fin

    Gahh, this hyperbole is starting to get to me.

    Sure, you can make games like that on X1, but there’s no reason (other than cost I guess) that you can’t make those kinda games on any other platform with an internet connection.
    Also, just cos you have the tech doesn’t mean game teams will actually use it.


    “Cloud” is just a fancy name for “servers on the internet”. They’re able to do computations fast as there’s so many of them.
    MS are pushing the “cloud” as a game changing thing, when it’s actually been around for years, they’ve just made it a bit more accessible to the average game team.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. polygem

    prism: the power of the cloud.
    when i hear ms talking about “worlds that change, worlds that persist” it gives me a shiver.
    no way i will support those crooks anymore.
    this isn´t even much about games anymore.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gheritt White

    It’s funny, ‘cos you’d think the game that would benefit from this the most would be Bungie’s Destiny… and that’s so far only been on Sony’s stages.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. psxman

    @10 It’s really no surprise you’ve had to ask since the above PR guff doesn’t actually say anything other than “omg cloud you gaiz!”
    In a Giant Bomb interview with Respawn, they simplified it down and said that each game will have its own cloud which can be used for whatever that particular game needs it for.

    Examples that have been talked about include the cloud acting as a dedicated server or creating the AI version of your ‘Driveatar’ in Forza 5.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. xAKUM3TSUx


    Can you explain to me? I know nothing about it. Doesn’t the PS4 have cloud too? (are they not the same thing?)

    Other than my questions- I love the idea of instant match-ups in online multiplayer. I just hope that promise doesn’t fall flat when the console is released.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. SplatteredHouse

    I agree that not seeing “THE CLOUD” in action really doesn’t do much for my belief in it. Tied in with the Digital Foundry explanation about its capability (limitation), as well as Sony also pointing out that their developers will have access to cloud capability on their platform…It evaporates a lot of the impact. Every time Microsoft speaks seems to prompt an answer with some reference to cloud. That, alongside Mattrick listing Skype as one of the reasons to own an Xbox One.

    @7 Sony developers can make use of cloud computation tech, too. (Are you really as well informed as you suppose?) But, if you’re that eager to rep Nintendo, don’t let me stop you!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. deeboy17

    Wow. Even when there is evidence there is still doubt amongst the ignorant. Some developers have already came out and spoke highly about cloud computing. Some of which have made exclusives based on Xbox one cloud technology. I don’t think they would lie on why they chose the Xbox for these exclusive titles. They even went out as far to name some of the features they use the cloud for but of course since when do people pay attention.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    I’d recommend you read this, it does a good job of explaining what all this Cloud stuff is, and actually looks at what would really be possible on XB1 (not a lot):

    It also goes into what Sony’s Genkai is and how its different.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. CyberMarco


    So even the Xbox 360 is capable of using teh Cloud, so much for a next-gen experience! -.-

    #19 2 years ago
  20. _LarZen_

    MS need to show us a example in a game, so far I am having a hard time to swallow this.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. SplatteredHouse

    @17. Which evidence are you referring to? The closest thing to evidence I have seen is the Digital Foundry explanation piece, which suggests that Microsoft’s blowing hot air. Although, there are areas where the cloud capability may be used effectively, which could lead to a difference in the sort of game that would be possible…Still, again, it’s reliant and bound by the bandwidth and latency of one’s connection.

    If readers here are not having the best time, and Microsoft’s doing a piss-poor job of explaining and spelling out what the cloud means to consumers – what kind of chance does Joe Public have?
    No, sir. If it’s all the same to you, you can keep your magic beans!

    #21 2 years ago
  22. actuallyisnotafox

    bad thing is, what happens when something goes wrong with this cloud or microsoft say hey here’s cloud 2.0, well then all those features are…

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Ireland Michael

    Still waiting to see a single game that uses “the cloud” in the excessively hyperboled way Microsoft claims it can be.

    So far, nothing we’ve seen hasn’t already been completely standard to online PC gaming (and some console games) for the past decade or so. Its just an excuse to force developers to pay to use Microsoft’s servers, than allowing them to use their own.

    The whole “cloud” buzzword thing is getting excessively tedious at this point.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. deeboy17

    @21 Dude there are lots of articles out there that are not digital foundry. How bout this google or Bing Xbox cloud computing and do a little research. Better yet watch interviews from E3 on titanfall, dead rising, forza 5, and sunset overdrive all cloud powered games. Just do some research I could point you to links all day long but in the end I’m leading you. It’s better you find your way to enlightenment on the subject.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. SplatteredHouse

    Incidentally, its effect is also contained by the demonstrated interest in variety from players, and wealth of creativity from creators to actually break into new gameplay focuses and content direction.
    Are we likely to see advanced gameplay – does the cloud mean that AI gets more intricate, natural as one example. Or are we still going to have enemies that run behind boxes to shoot the player, while the more open character stood next to them is gunned down?

    “The whole “cloud” buzzword thing is getting excessively tedious at this point.”
    Yes. Very true. I’m getting sick of seeing it, at this point.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. CyberMarco


    Again, Titafall is coming to the Xbox 360 (and PC), so the X360 can really take advantage of the Cloud, if so I don’t see what so next-gen in it…

    #26 2 years ago
  27. deeboy17

    @19. If you have a 360 then you would notice that they have cloud saves 512 Mb. Their online services a cloud based for streaming not computation. That’s why respawn is not handling development for titanfall on 360. It won’t operate the same. Look it up.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Ireland Michael

    @26 The term “cloud gaming” has essentially become nothing more than “we do some calculation server side” at this point, which is neither new, original, or revolutionary.

    @27 That doesn’t change the fact that PC games have been doing this stuff for over a decade. Heck, so did Phantasy Star Online and FFXI.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Kanok

    This is sucked off Don Mattrick plan, but i still believe cloud is going to be great.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. xAKUM3TSUx


    Thanks a lot! Now I understand a little more about how amazing it “sounds”. I guess MS could some justice in showing how it works in action.

    Although this could possibly make a huge difference between both PS4 and XB One, it’s possible Gaikai could become like this in the future. For now I’ll say maybe MS finally has something Sony doesn’t.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Joe Musashi

    (Cloudcheck) if err =! 1
    Set LODValue(m) 50;
    Set TexRes_game ‘%med%’;
    Set LODValue(m) 250;
    Set TexRes_game ‘%ultra%’;

    Power of the cloud. Plus some smoke and mirrors.


    #31 2 years ago
  32. manamana

    I wonder what will happen to titanfall on the 360. Or what will happen, if you lose connection. Probably less enemies on the maps and no spaceships popping in. I guess we will find out in spring …

    #32 2 years ago
  33. SplatteredHouse


    #33 2 years ago
  34. Ireland Michael

    @30 PS3 games have been capable of this sort of stuff for years, mainly due to the fact that Sony allows developers to user their own servers.

    Examples: LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Dust, any MMO on the system.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. SplatteredHouse

    To add to Ireland’s comment: “This game code model has already been pioneered with this generation’s multi-core processors. Developers quickly learned to break their games into jobs on PS3′s Cell processor and use a scheduling program to prioritise and distribute jobs across available resources.” – DF article Geki linked earlier.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. manamana

    @34 which makes it blatantly obvious that Microsoft payed a sack of diamonds for having a timed exclusive with Titanfall. Which in return, makes them appear even more douchey.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. xAKUM3TSUx


    …So this basically means both clouds servs. are about the same…even in the matchmaking department. The only difference is that Ps4 gives the developer more freedom in the aspect.


    Ya know that actually makes a lot of sense. Forgive me for being behind my times. I feel like such an idiot now lol.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. xAKUM3TSUx


    Exactly. It’s definitely possible on PS4…MS I’m looking at you.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. deeboy17

    @40 Ok this is an example of what I don’t get. MS says it’s built its console from the ground up based on cloud computing. Which is highly believable since they have a little cloud computing service called Azure maybe you heard of them maybe not. Sony purchases Gaikai a cloud streaming based company that is not known for cloud computation. When Microsoft says it uses cloud computing and developers are backing that claim and even making exclusives because of it. Some of which have said their game would not be possible anywhere else. One of Sony’s engineers comes out and just says it possible on the ps4 but we have issues with lag. No developers. No other employees. No executives. Just this one little engineer claims this with no games that even supposedly uses cloud and everyone takes it as a fact.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. deathm00n

    “The ability to play your games anywhere. Anywhere you go, you can sign in and all your games are there.” – Vita remote play

    “With game DVR and Upload Studio, [you'll have] the ability to capture your multiplayer moments, good or bad, epic wins or epic fails, edit them up, and share them out.” – PS4 Share function

    “Those are the social features of the cloud and what’s going to make games different and only available on Xbox One.” Yeah, it’s so different from Playstation!

    Microsoft really knows how to glorify something the competitors also have.

    #40 2 years ago

    LOL! What’s all this desperate downplaying, eh?

    I think Azure will put ‘XBL 2.0′ well ahead of PSN in a number of ways.

    Not the least, stuff like this:

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Erthazus

    I will buy this console if it will have evade button.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. CyberMarco


    Yeah, because that system wont be abused by little CoD butt-hurts, if there isn’t any proper moderation that is…

    #43 2 years ago
  44. TrickyAudio

    @43 Great idea…That is until some snotty little bad loser neg reps me for no reason.

    Xbox Live and PSN are great. The people that use it are the issue :D

    #44 2 years ago
  45. wildBoar

    Yeaaah, I don’t understand why Microsoft keeps touting about the power of the cloud. They’re making it seem like they’re throwing tons of cash at this mind you, but Azure is not exclusive to XBLA, they’re just stuffing that in there with the support for all their failing Tablets, Zunes, Surface and whatever. Propably for windows computers too, so it’s gonna be buys on those servers.
    They’ve also declined to comment that their so-called 300k servers being “built” are actual physical servers and not just digital ones.
    Microsoft hasn’t been able to launch a good device in years, that’s propably why they’re cramming all this media stuff into the One. It’s the one strong brand they have so they’re going to use it to launch all their other unsuccessfull apps.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. karma

    They made some pretty outrageous promises about the 360 too, and Kinect. I remember how we would be able to scan real world objects into out games with kinect, like a skateboard etc. Lol. MS live in the cloud, cloud of dreams that is.

    Its bullshit.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Maabren

    I can’t see or imagine how MS will pull this off, but at least we will know later on. Lets hope it’s not a fail or horse-shit talk.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. SplatteredHouse

    @48 They said you can sell in-game added content that you created to other players – except it was Valve who actually realised it, almost a decade later on Steam, with Steam Workshop! And the man who stood up on stage and revealed that concept for Microsoft at the time of the 360 reveal, took up his skateboard and is long gone from Xbox.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. deeboy17

    @48. You can but only in Kinect labs. No developers apparently implemented this feature in their games or like a lot of people who just forgot about it. Anyway you can just very very limited ways like only one app I’ve seen.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. MCTJim

    It will be viable and it will work…how it does need not to be explained, just make it for the 700 million, pennies for this company.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Holesome

    @9. MS has world-wide datacenters for Azure and XBOX.

    Microsoft owns the best enterprise datacenter facility in Europe. The Redmond company’s Dublin datacenter has been celebrated with the Best European Enterprise Datacenter Facility award…The Datacentre Leaders Award for Innovation and the European Code of Conduct for Data Centre Sustainability Best Practice were also granted for the facility.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Kuwabara

    Its a shame they couldnt show at E3 through actual examples. They just talk garbage.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. Ireland Michael

    @55 They can’t show what doesn’t exist, sadly.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Francis O

    Naw….I’ll pass. The Xbox One will be the best place to play shooters. But that’s about it. And at $499.99….. My 3DS will give me better experiences.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Lengendaryboss

    More misconceptions, great!

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Sang2

    “worlds that change, worlds that persist”

    We don’t need the cloud for this, just look at what Frostbite 3 engine can do alone.

    Stupid Microsoft PR with their “We can do this others can not”

    Yeah right…

    #56 2 years ago
  57. anithedoc aint doing extra shit…they are simply taking the extra 100 dollars perxbox they are gonna make against the ps4 and putting it on cloud..the ps4 instead is putting all that shit into ps4 itself locally for a 100 dollars less….that makes sense to me else u r exposing system to lag via cloud…microsoft when recently asked if they are gonna remove the extra 100 dollars price and get back to a price of 400 dollars replied”extra 100 dollars on each xbo one means that if we sell 10 million xboxes we are gonna earn a profit of 1 billion dollars over “other console” these “billion dollar decision are the types of decision not taken immediat4ely..”microsoft is not doing anything…insteat off this 1 billion dollars they are gonna spend 700 million dollars in cloud and rest 300 million dollars in its maintanence…..but in the end all that matters is the consumers and they already lost them…so not even 1 xbox deserves to be sold…

    #57 2 years ago

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  • Don’t trust marketing – trust this unscripted Magicka 2 gameplay capture

    The latest Magicka 2 trailer pokes gentle fun at gameplay trailers that present as unscripted capture of players who definitely aren’t paid voice actors. The trailer below advertises Magicka 2′s features ahead of its May 26 PC and PS4 launch (although the Challenge Mode is available right now with pre-orders). Behold: If you’re not familiar […]

  • Pedestrians turn dangerous in this GTA 5 mod

    GTA 5 mods just keep giving. GTA 5 doesn’t have the suite of cheats progenitor GTA: San Andreas did, but you can recreate at least one of them using a new mod by Trumple. The mod, which can be toggled in-game with F5 once installed, gives pedestrians weapons and makes them hyper aggressive. The streets […]

  • Mega Man Legends prequel The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is now available [Update]

    That was fast. Mega Man prequel The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, a PSone classic, has been released on PlayStation Network. For $6 you can grab it for PlayStation 3, PSP or Vita. Thanks, Destructiod. Original Mega Man Legends still isn’t available on console networks, but it looks like its prequel is on the way. The […]

  • Tales of Zestiria PS4 rumours to be cleared up soon

    Tales of Zestiria will exit rumour limbo quite soon. Tales of Zestiria is rumoured for PS4 release, but Bandai Namco has so far refused to comment on the matter. In a Facebook post inaccessible in many territories but screengrabbed by Gematsu, the publisher’s Asian branch said it would be able to comment on rumours related […]

  • Sega is skipping E3 for the first time ever

    Sega won’t even have a booth at E3 2015. The end times approach, hey. Sega games will be on show at partner’s booths, but the publisher itself is missing from the attendees list. Ars Technica reports Sega hasn’t missed an E3 since the show launched in 1995, but will break tradition this year. Sega doesn’t […]

  • GTA 5 car gun mod is ridiculous, awesome

    Today, the Internet is in love with a particularly ridiculous GTA 5 mod. GTA 5 has a lot of cool weapons and mods have added even more. Topping yesterday’s excellent gravity gun is the vehicle cannon, which fires cars instead of bullets. Cars. Instead of bullets. Here’s a video of the mod in action courtesy […]

  • Mortal Kombat X PC patch pulled after erasing save files

    Mortal Kombat X was updated on PC overnight, but it wasn’t exactly what fans were hoping for. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under criticism for a number of reasons, but NetherRealm said recently that a major patch would make it just as good as the console version. It’s not clear whether […]

  • PS4 and Xbox One to hit 50 million sales within a year – EA

    EA is absolutely positive on the future of the current generation of consoles, as well as the the digital sphere. During a conference call following a financial release earlier today, EA executives made several interesting comments and predictions on the state of the industry. The publisher expects an install base of close to 50 million […]

  • EA making “incubation efforts” in virtual reality space

    EA isn’t ready to make a massive commitment to virtual reality, but when the time comes it intends to be a market leader. During a post-earnings release conference call today, one caller asked if EA had any plans for VR. CEO Andrew Wilson said EA intends to “lead from the front” when VR comes into […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront expected to shift 9-10 million units in FY 2016

    Star Wars: Battlefront will sell strongly, but not make a lot of money for EA this financial year, the publisher has warned. Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a license to print money, EA emphasised in a post-earnings release conference call this morning. Judging by the series’s historical sales, and by sales of Battlefield 4, EA […]

  • Don’t expect Titanfall 2 for at least nine months

    Titanfall 2 is still quite a long way out. Titanfall 2 wasn’t listed in EA’s upcoming release slate in its financials release this morning. Answering a query in a conference call following the release, EA said we can safely assume the Respawn sequel won’t release in fiscal 2016. “You assumption should be 17,” an executive […]

  • Mirror’s Edge 2 due early 2016, new Need for Speed in Q4 2015

    EA has indicated general release windows for a number of anticipated new titles. Mirror’s Edge 2 has an early 2016 release date. EA confirmed the release plan in today’s financials release, also noting that a new Need for Speed and a new Plants vs Zombies are coming in the same window. Mirror’s Edge 2 is […]

  • EA financials highlight millions of hours played in Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Electronic Arts reported its Q4 and year end FY15 financial results today, highlighting the amount of hours played in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics: For fiscal year 2015 EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the world, driven by the success of Battlefield Hardline, […]

  • Black Mesa can now be acquired through Steam Early Access

    Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life 1 from Crowbar Collective, has entered Steam Early Access. At present, 85% of the campaign is complete with around 10 hours worth of gameplay. Early Access users will be helping test the multiplayer deatmatch and team deathmatch modes via six maps as well as the single-player portion. As will […]

  • Three Easter Eggs spotted in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – video

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has been released in North America, as you know, and it contains some fun Easter Eggs which you can take a look at in the video below. Don’t watch or read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton spotted three Easter Eggs so far, and there […]

  • Destiny: Prison of Elders – here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s livestream

    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]