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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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36 Comments

  1. Belazur

    DAMAGE CONTROL!

    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg9vQne6K9c

    #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.

    JM

    #13 2 years ago
  14. wishdokta

    Going to be a looong road till their releases.

    Sigh..

    #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

    @15
    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

    @19
    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

    @22

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

    Right…

    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

    @22
    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

    @27
    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

    @32
    “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

    @34
    http://www.joystiq.com/2013/06/11/dead-rising-3-kinect-and-smartglass-integration-detailed/

    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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  • 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 […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]