Microsoft exec clarifies quote on “meaningless” PS4 & Xbox One specs

Monday, 1 July 2013 11:15 GMT By Dave Cook

Last week, Microsoft’s product planning manager Albert Penello called Xbox One and PS4 specs “meaningless” because people only care about a format’s games, much the annoyance of some gamers who like to know what each unit is capable of. He has now shed some light on what he meant.

First, you can check up on Penello’s original statement here.

Posting on this NeoGAF thread, Penello said, “I appreciate those who understand the point I was trying to get across. It’s always hard, after sitting doing interviews all day, and you’re trying to have an engaging conversation with someone, and words get pulled out our the tone what you’re trying to say didn’t come out how you meant it.

“You should also understand this interview was done after our launch event, and prior to E3. So please take that into consideration.

“I’m not diminishing Sony’s performance claims and I wasn’t trying to be arrogant or dismissive. What I was trying to say is – I’m not Sony’s engineering team. So I can’t comment on what they have published as specs. I know what our teams are doing, and I know how they thought about architecting the system.

“The guys who are building these machines (on both sides) are unbelievably talented and experts in their field. Nobody knows the specifics of how the machines are architected or if there may be bottlenecks in one system or accelerators in another that change the impact of the published specs.”

Penello then reiterated his stance that the quality of a format’s games should come before a system’s raw technical specs, “What I believe is that our games are going to be great and they are going to look next-gen, and I *think* E3 sort of showed that. And great games are what matters. And while you guys joke about the cloud stuff, I think the stuff the Respawn guys have said starts to clear up what we’ve been talking about with cloud performance (cue the “have you seen Titanfall” meme)

“Games on both systems looked awesome. I was there, and while I know RISE took a hit on the gameplay that was shown, I thought it was the most next-gen looking game I saw on either platform. Of course, I get I’m biased and I didn’t have time to see everything.

“As always, I love taking the hits. And I appreciate that while the words I used may were probably worth some scrutiny, I do appreciate that some of you got what I was trying to say.”

What do you think of Penello’s openness to his critics? Are tech specs meaningless in the long-term, or do you disagree?

Let us know below.

Thanks OXM.


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  1. Belazur


    Protip for MS: Please, just STFU for a few months.
    Would be good for you!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. LordDjinn

    *Sigh* Microsoft really needs to shut up.. The butt hurt xbox guys have already forgiven you and are ready to jump in bed with you again, so please, please shut up now..

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ekona

    So a guy comes out with what was a fair comment, he’s jumped upon by some trolls looking for a fight, he then clarifies those comments to make even more sense and he’s still wrong?

    Sometimes I despair, I really do.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mreko3230

    I really don’t see how people took this as an attack on Sony especially in the light of the fact that he had no idea what Sony’s specs were going to be when he made the statement. Gamers are CONSTANTLY saying graphics don’t matter, its all about the gameplay. He basically said the same thing, the only difference is is that he works for MS which automatically sends the fire arrows raining down.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. LordDjinn

    The specs matter, look at the wii u, its first party games are nothing to laugh at yet its not selling because of its specs.. your trolling the comment section..

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Francis O

    @LordDjinn – The Wii U is not selling because of a lack of games, not specs. It’s going to sell a lot better when Nintendo releases it’s first party content. If specs were so much more important, then the PS Vita would be selling more than the 3DS right?

    Specs are cool, but it’s all about the games. Personally, I think Fire Emblem Awakening smokes 99% of PS3,360, and Wii U games out there. And the graphics are not good at all.

    Pokemon is really fun, but the graphics suck. Minecraft as well. In the end, it’s all about the gameplay and games. Graphics can only do so much anymore.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Eregol

    Ryse was the most next Gen looking game there?
    What planet is this guy on?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. LordDjinn

    I stated the specs matter, and the games are nothing to laugh at. But i do see what your talking about.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Clupula

    @7 – Yeah, I’m flabbergasted by the Ryse comment, myself.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. deraj

    @3 – The thing is, his original statement was pure hypocrisy. “The problem is that Sony decided to go out and publish a bunch of numbers, which are in some ways meaningless,” What? As opposed to the numbers MS reps came out with? 5 Billion Transistors? 300,000 Servers? Infinite Cloud Power? 10x, 40 x, 3x Xbox 360 power? They couldn’t seem to agree on which number applied when comparing with their previous console.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Mike W

    Yeah MS just needs to shut up to the media until the release of the Xbox one. It’s a lose-lose situation when one of their execs open their mouths.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. LordDjinn

    @10 finally someone who gets it, Microsoft really needs to just shut up, and let their horrible controversial console release..

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Joe Musashi

    Seems like a good follow-up comment and useful clarification (especially on the timing of the original statement). Comes across as more personal than corporate sentiment too.

    Still not the smartest of comments to have made in the first place though.


    #13 2 years ago
  14. wishdokta

    Going to be a looong road till their releases.


    #14 2 years ago
  15. bradk825

    What matters most to me is how well the developers are using the hardware. There are other experts writing articles out there saying the numbers on the hardware is meaningless too, and they don’t work for microsoft.

    What matters is those titles not going on both generations get full next-gen treatment. Don’t make a 360 game and launch it on Xbox One instead in other words. They appear to be doing that. Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Titanfall, they all look fantastic.

    I am also thinking developers are going to be more willing to go all-the-way on Xbox One because the Kinect is in every box. If they want to add motion and voice to their controller based games, they can do so without fear that half the people who would normally be interested in the game don’t have the peripheral required, severely limiting their sales. So that motorcycle racer could add a feature that you have to lean into the turn by physically leaning in your chair, but why build that feature if only 50% can use it?

    Basically what I see when I look at the two of them, I see MS attempting new things and taking risks, and going fully next-gen, and I see a PS3 with some added horsepower and better graphics, then a 4 stamped over the 3. You can tell they are doing nothing new or interesting when their marketing strategy is almost 90% talking about their competitor instead of their own product, even going on TV and telling flat out lies (“This is the only console you can still play used games on”).

    #15 2 years ago
  16. The_Red

    That was rather nice reply. Didn’t attack Sony and was mostly honest. Really hope MS has learned from their earlier arrogance and this, along with their other moves is a sign of change (Now remove that stupid mandatory Kinect).

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    MS have really messed up their message, that’s not Sony’s fault, and it’s not Sony’s fault they have been able to capitalise on it. Regarding the “flat out lie” – that was Jimmy Fallon, not Sony.

    Agree with The_Red and JM here, this is a decent and well made response.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Lengendaryboss

    A lot of back-treading and damage control by MS.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. bradk825

    There’s capitalizing and then there’s resorting to the same tactics as a sleazy politician where all the campaigning is about the other guy.

    Sony is using the poor message from MS because they don’t really have their own. They aren’t doing anything new, just adding horse power.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DrDamn

    Sony’s message has been about games. Right from the start. As MS have messed up the message and implementation they’ve poked a little fun, but the main attacks have come from gamers and websites not Sony. Sony have actually kept their focus pretty well and been realistic about promises. They have learned a lot from the PS3 launch.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Eregol

    Microsoft’s message has been confused and haphazard from the start. There’s been nothing consistent. Every time they’ve spoken about something, the message has changed. The suits have fluffed every line.

    It could be that people are looking for these chinks in the armour, but MS keep supplying the ammunition then standing in the way of the shot.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DAVID812

    This is just my opinion. The X1 is geared for the future. If it did not have a disk drive. Gamers probley would of thought before complaining. You could of let 10 players use all of your library, including dlc. Once again just my opinion,but Sony is giving the same ps3 just jacked up on steroids.
    I keep hearing that clouds a joke and X1 will not have good games. DR3 Titanfall, and getting dlc first from E.A.,and c.o.d. That’s not even mentioning HALO. Which is planning to revolutionize mp. Look how different
    forza, and titanfall are using the cloud.
    . The Kinect included cost $500 The Ps4 has the eye that you buy separate, and the move which is sold separately. That total comes out to oner $500.
    . The Kinect is not a gimmick In the long run. Looking back, and forth between your tv and controller is a gimmick. To each their own , but quit trying to make it seem that X1 buyers are wasting our money. Maybe we can just see long term.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. CyberMarco


    “The Kinect is not a gimmick In the long run. Looking back, and forth between your tv and controller is a gimmick.”


    In other news, we wont have to reach for our keys to open the door of our homes, just a glimpse at the handle and the job is done. – teh futare -

    P.S. Am I doing it right? :P

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Eregol

    @22 I wouldn’t say it’s geared for the future:
    A locked 500GB hard drive. Only possible to make it larger through an external HDD. Hardly the stuff the digital revolution is going to be made of with the hyper detailed games we got coming in the next gen.
    DDR3 RAM, not exactly future proofed seeing as the new wave of PC cards are running on GDDR5.

    There’s nothing on the XB1 that couldn’t theoretically be done on PS4 at all. Sony future proofed their hardware. MS gimped theirs.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    I think the most forward looking part of the X1 has been lost unfortunately. They miscommunicated and in some ways poorly designed the digital/disc situation. Instead of fixing it and doing better they’ve defaulted to the norm. They should have looked for better ways, or encouraged the digital format more by keeping the game sharing with those purchases. It was a good idea poorly thought through.

    Cloud stuff is nice, but I don’t want to hear about number of servers, X the power etc. I want to see what it does to games. Otherwise just say you’ve got lots of cheap local dedicated servers on tap. That’s good, that’s demonstrable now, that’s something which justifies part of the XB Live cost. When you have something demonstrable which is made possible by this then show that.

    After the MS Press Conference I said I thought it was a strong showing. Did exactly what was needed after the initial launch. Showed lots of games. I can see why people would want to go X1 because of the games. That’s all the reasoning you need. You don’t need to try and trash other systems or talk about what you think are “gimmicks”.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. DAVID812

    In terms of gaming yes the Kinect is the beginning of the future of gaming. Have you seen the patents they have to improve it. By the end of the console. Scanning your room, and making it part of the game. Look it up on the 15 year plan that was leaked on the net. A 56 page document, and it has all come true do far.
    . As far a memory. Unless you are never on the web. You can always delete stuff you don’t use, and if you get an itch to play it later you can always just re download it. That was going to be one of the many benefits of drm. A person would not of had to go through the trouble of doing all that. It would always be there. There was no need for anything more.
    . Yes in my opinion the X1 is more geared toward the future. Having images put in my room. Letting 10 people to trade all content. Not just handing over the game. Never worrying about an update. REALLY does anyone here let more than 10 people borrow games?

    BTW Sony had these policy on used games. 1st party games could be sold. Third party games would be left up to the studio I.e. Activision.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DAVID812

    I was trying to explain that the Kinect was not a gimmick. It was the future. I was not trashing the ps4. i read so much how the Kinect is pointless. It has value, we just might not see it for a couple a years.
    I used a bad analogy. The screen in the controller was the first thing that came to mind. Let me very clear. If PS4 uses it correctly,and catches the eyes of developers it could have some use. I don’t see it having more use than the Kinect 2 though. That is why I wrote that.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. fearmonkey

    @26 – “In terms of gaming yes the Kinect is the beginning of the future of gaming.” Really? I think Kinect has its features that could be useful, but honestly I dont want it. Its more a gimmick to me.

    Also if you think the trading games digitally on that 10 person plan was going to be great, you dont really know MS. They would not have allowed us to be so free, and according to the leaked information that came after, it appears I was right.

    All most people want is the most powerful box, a controller, and great games. Watching TV on your Xbone, sports stuff, voice control tv , etc is nice, but most people arent just dying for those features. I think Sony has the more future proof box, not MS.

    Also, the PS4′s touchpad is more impressive to me than the Kinect for average gam euse. I would rather use that than raise my hands and arms during gameplay.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. fearmonkey

    I didnt read though all the comments, but did anyone notice that the MS exec misspelled their own game, its Ryse not RISE.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DrDamn

    The screen in the controller is on the WiiU, not the PS4. PS4 has a touch pad, which may have some interesting uses.

    I’m interested to see what the advances in Kinect make possible. They put a lot of support behind Kinect 1 but I can only name a couple of good uses. Kinect Sports was alright but limited by the gesture nature of it – always felt like it did too much for you – fun for accessible party play though. Wreckateer I think is hugely under-rated. Best example and implementation of Kinect on the 360. Again I want to see examples of what the advances bring in gameplay not slides. I think it’s a pity the reaction from the initial press reveal probably made them remove Kinect as a game device almost completely from the main E3 press conference. It’s a major part of the price difference so I want to see reasons for it demonstrated.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DAVID812

    Yeah I did.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. DAVID812

    In dead rising 3 the zombies will respond to what they hear,coming thru the mike. On your second point you must of got some bad info. ms has stated all of your library was going to be available to 10″family members” The only restriction was not more than one could play the item at a time.
    To use your arms you would have to spend money on a game that uses that feature. I don’t blame you either. If its not fun for you, then don’t waste your money on it. BUT ny the time this console is at the end of its cycle. We will see the very beginning of the way games make your place part of the game.
    Plain and simple the X1 should of kept drm, and not even bothered putting a disk drive in the console. It could of saved the consumers some money.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DrDamn

    “Plain and simple the X1 should of kept drm, and not even bothered putting a disk drive in the console.”

    I actually agree with that (with some caveating around pricing etc). Would have been bold and a lot clearer message wise.

    The thing I don’t understand about the game sharing – why not keep it for digital purchases? They have the infrastructure and the OS support – drop it for disc games but keep it for digital. That’s the sort of carrot that could help more people switch to the model, feel they are getting good value, and feel like it’s a choice they are making.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. salarta

    @32: “In dead rising 3 the zombies will respond to what they hear,coming thru the mike.”

    … So if you say a specific phrase, they’ll react differently?

    I haven’t bothered keeping up with DR3 since it’s both XBox One exclusive and has nothing to do with the way DR2 was, but zombies reacting to specific phrases is the only way I can imagine that mechanic being meaningful. If it’s just “you make a sound and they hear you,” it’s no different from a normal game’s forms of enemies detecting the player. And if they DO respond to specific phrases, that starts to lead into a question of if they count as zombies, though it would make the mechanic make more sense.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. DrDamn


    Attract them with noise for strategic purposes or accidentally when shouting for a cup of tea :). Sounds quite funny – and a good way to mess with someone else playing too.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Eregol

    @32 On your second point you must of got some bad info. ms has stated all of your library was going to be available to 10″family members” The only restriction was not more than one could play the item at a time.

    Sure. Where was this 100% confirmed? Cast in stone? Not subject to change. Nowhere.
    It was a rumour that hits stein that MS seemingly added as an olive branch over the DRM issue. Then another supposed MS engineer Pastebin comes up saying that your library would be available to 10 friends, but only as times trials where you would be direct to a buy link to purchase the full game.
    Why is one considered more fact than the other considering the ‘source’?

    MS would never allow 10 people to play one copy of a game. The devs wouldn’t allow it, in some instances they’d lose more money than they would n the pre-owned market.

    You are aware that Sony have allowed Gamesharing on the PS3 for years right?

    #36 2 years ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

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

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

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

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

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

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

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

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

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

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

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

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

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

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

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

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

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

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

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

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

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

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

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

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

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

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

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

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

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

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

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

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

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

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

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

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]