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Xbox One – Kinect will overcome its “perception problem,” says Microsoft’s Penello

Tuesday, 3 September 2013 20:51 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft’s planning and marketing director Albert Penello believes the public’s perception of Kinect will change once they get their hands on an Xbox One.

Speaking with OXM, Penello said one of the ways in which perceptions will change is that Kinect for Xbox One was built not as an accessory like the first iteration, but was engineered alongside the new console.

“One of the biggest challenges with Kinect is that the people who are the most vocal against it, often haven’t used it,” Penello said. “You know, we’ve sold 26 million of them against a 76 million unit install base, or something along those lines – but the problem is it’s an accessory right? And whenever you have an accessory, you know, as a guy who’s worked on platforms now for three generations, there’s always a pro and a con to an accessory.

“The con is, when developers can’t rely on it, when they don’t know it’s there, they’re never going to take full advantage of it. So, you get these inconsistent gaming experiences, you get inconsistent implementation, game developers had to choose to take CPU power away from the console to support the skeletons. And what we said was, for those of us that use it – like I don’t play Pixar Rush, it’s not my kind of game, but I use Kinect all the time for Xbox pause, Xbox play.

“And when you see the features that the new Kinect can do – we just said, you know what, like let’s take that decision of having to make that trade off away and the console will support it, it’s native, it was engineered for it.”

Penello went on to say that he believes the new experiences created for Kinect “will sell” especially now that “everybody can rely on it, now that we’re not burdening developers [with the task of making] trade-offs with games that use it, that means more people are going to experience it.”

Kinect is not required for Xbox One to run, but will be shipped with every console staring in November.

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35 Comments

  1. Mr Sparkle

    Will it? I perceive it as something I do not want to use.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Joe Anderson

    I’m not interested in Kinect at all, although I’ll get Xbox one, Kinect will be switched off.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Beta

    Can’t say I’m interested in Kinect or PS Eye. Nor do I expect to be in the future.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. xxJPRACERxx

    I’m not a fan of the 1st Kinect and pure Kinect-only games, but I see great potential with this one. I’m sure by the end of the generation Kinect would become THE differential factor between X1 and PS4.

    I’m glad it’s included in every box.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. bradk825

    I think in general he’s right, but there will always be critics. That’s fine. I am someone who enjoys Kinect games and will be happy to see the improved version, and the fact that devs know everyone’s got it is a big plus for me. I am glad they stuck to their guns on the bundled Kinect. If they fragment the market it just means more barely useful features and no real investment.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Sylrissa

    I was thrilled when they removed the region locking and always online, now if they just offer me an X1 without the kinect I’ll buy it, because I have zero interest in having it sit as a brick in my home.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Biscuitpants

    i prefer the move then kinect tbh

    #7 2 years ago
  8. aseddon130

    I’d probably agree, using kinect for navigational purposes seems more appealing to me than playing it for games. I would still have my Kinect connected to my Xbox 360 if it wasn’t slowing my console down.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. cluggy89

    gonna get the X1 but have no intention to play kinect games as we know it today (eg kinect sports/adventures and the such). would love to see waaaaay more kinect enabled games like voice commands, face mapping, mo-cap (would love to be able to record exactly how my guy in cod for example dies, or user created taunts for in game) and i know im getting ahead of myself here but it would be awesome XD

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Playmaker

    bring on the new kinect. Cant wait!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    They have to overcome this:

    http://gifs8.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/img4492.gif

    #11 2 years ago
  12. cluggy89

    @11 lmao wow… just wow

    #12 2 years ago
  13. monkeygourmet

    @12

    Now it can see you doing that in the dark in 1080p! :)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. cluggy89

    @13 lol its so anoying when you see things like that coz when your playing these games it really doesnt feel like you’re looking like a complete tool lol

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Madgame

    I think Microsoft is the one that needs to overcome perception issues.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. nickmadden

    Most kinect games aren’t too much fun when you’re playing by yourself, but when you play with a whole group it’s a blast. Then again most “hardcore gamers” probably don’t have many friends.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Lengendaryboss

    Nope, forcing it onto people who don’t want it isn’t a good strategy. If people want Kinect they will buy it 24 million people clearly did.

    Anyway if anyone cares to list that 10 officially supported Kinect games or 10 exclusive Kinect games (not by MS) that would be great. Because ATM wheres the support? wheres the proof developers will invest in Kinect support? Action speaks louder than words.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. bradk825

    @17 That’s why he’s saying he thinks Kinect “will” overcome perception problems and not “has.” November hasn’t come yet, and you can’t see the investment until it happens. The proof will come later, and the generation will last beyond 2013. Time will tell.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Lengendaryboss

    @18
    First impressions and all.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Professor Zoom

    #17 Motion control was forced onto people who bought a Wii 1…

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    @20
    Um your point being?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. sebastien rivas

    Let’s clarify this.

    What point can kinect bring tothe table and make gamers wow:
    1) RPG
    2) Action games
    3) FPS
    4) strategy games
    5) Family games

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Major Mayhem 70

    Um that the Wii outsold the other two consoles.

    What we have here is a case of that book written by Dr. Seuss . Green Eggs and Ham
    To my knowledge none of us have tried the new Kinect and yet many want to say that they will never use it, they will turn it off, they don’t want it. Well if that’s your stance then don’t buy it. Get the PS4 for Christ sake. It’s a great system as well. As for me, I be damned if I pay $500 for a game system and not try and utilize every function it has to offer. Who knows what developers might come up with in the future. I remember when the dual shock controller came out on the first Playstation and it was thought to be a gimmick. Now we can’t live without it. Those that are buying the X1 aught to give the Kinect a fair chance. Those that aren’t that’s your choice. Microsoft sees and have been telling us the the X1 and the Kinect are one in the same which is why it’s sold as one. We could speculate that they will one day make it optional but I see them lowering the price before that option becomes available. They believe what they’ve created will become a success. Time will tell if their gamble pays off.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Lengendaryboss

    @23
    Comparing a console built around motion controls and a console that has one in it which is completely optional and unnecessary are two different beasts.

    I’m talking about Kinect, bringing up past “gimmicks” is irrelevant to my post and in general, never called Kinect a gimmick. I don’t recall the dualshock controller being an optional control method to something else.

    As for giving Kinect a chance if i can’t determine for myself whether or not to try it out and purchase it myself having it forced in the box will make me vocal. Get a PS4? reminds me of “get an Xbox 360″ if i don’t have the internet: it doesn’t solve the problem.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. FeaturePreacher

    Let me point out an analagous device to the kinect. The Wii U was released with a single touch resistive touch screen. Nintendo demoed a lot of scenarios where the touch screen could be used. When it was released, essentially 3rd parties just put a map on it or allowed the entire game to be played from it. Regardless of how it’s used what it basically did was add a huge cost that prevented the rest of the system from having better hardware such as a faster more robust cpu, gpu, or larger storage or ram. Nintendo forced it instead of just a controller without a touch screen and now they’re struggling to maintain relevance with 3rd parties.

    So here we have Kinect, which is also being forced. Much like the Wii U touch screen it’s adding an unnecessary cost that forced Microsoft to use DDR3 ram instead of GDDR5. Not only that, but it’s raising the cost compared to its competition. So I guess will see how long Microsoft can tolerate a user base slipping away from them due to $100 cost to talk to your tv, which is something that many 2012 and older tvs can already do. They have proven so far that they really have no vision with the way they’ve capitulated so far that I would predict that in about 3 months after launch, Kinect will be made optional.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Major Mayhem 70

    Price lowered

    #26 2 years ago
  27. wildBoar

    @25 have ma babbys!!! Seriously though thank fucking god there’s still a few god posters on this site.

    And spot on observation, does anyone know in particular how Kinect will “enhance” games? Voice commands aren’t practical, and Kinect only games doesn’t really entice gamers either. It was clearly included for the faux smart-tv functionality, super bowl and all that and not for “true” games. It’s pretty clear no one knows how to employ it outside of gimmicks like voice commands in traditional titles, and Kinect-only games are casual as hell. The audience in mind when they designed the thing is casual at best, they showed that pretty clearly in the unveil, and now they’re desperately trying to sell it to the hardcore crowd.
    I don’t think there is a “problem” with how gamers percieve Kinect, it’s pretty clear who it was meant for.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Major Mayhem 70

    Why? Ask PS3 why it came out with a console more expensive than its competition. Price was lowered system soared. Bluray was the reason for the higher cost but most people at the time didn’t have the type of television that would showcase the blurays dominance over DVD. So the average consumer didn’t see why they should purchase a more expensive system that they couldn’t fully appreciate. Cost of HDTVs dropped and so did PS3. MS is making a similar call with the Kinect. MS saw some success with the original Kinect. Considering it was an accessory that was sold years after the 360s launch, 26 million sold is a good number by anyone’s standard. Problem is, that leaves 50 million without a Kinect. If I made games the math tells me not to create for the Kinect. MS creates a new system and finds it vital to include their “new and improved” Kinect. Smart move to do this to improve the chances of developers creating for it. Problem is it adds to the cost. Sales too sluggish, price drop is in order. Won’t be the first time a gaming console had to sell at a loss, won’t be the last.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. MadFlavour

    Yes so will new soft drink, HeachIvyAid.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. cluggy89

    alot of people thought smartglass was a bad idea now everything has second screen

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Major Mayhem 70

    They’re not selling the X1 without the Kinect. If you don’t want it don’t buy it. You want to play X1 games? Guess you’ll be getting one with a Kinect. MS doesn’t see the Kinect as an accessory but considers it Xbox One. That’s not forcing anyone to do anything but to decide whether you want an X1 or a PS4 or a Wii U or sticking with a current console and twiddle your thumbs wondering if they ever make Kinect optional. The only option they are offering now concerning the Kinect is to shut it off and not use it. You spend $500 and not use it that’s your business. People are buying the X1 so MS will have a base of users to begin with. As I said, when the sales get slow then comes the price drop. PS3 survived by using this tactic and so will Xbox.
    I didn’t say you thought the dual shock was a gimmick. What I was trying to say was that the initial dual shock was once thought of to be a gimmick. It came out in 1997 and you could use it with the original Playstation. Some warmed up to it some didn’t. PS2 came out and it was the standard controller for the PS2, 3 and soon to be 4. MS wants the Kinect to be its standard for its future consoles. As I’ve always said, only time will tell. I’m willing to give them an opportunity to prove it, by paying the launch price.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. ddtd

    @9 Exactly. There’s so much more devs could use connect for–especially this new one–other than “being the controller.”

    I want to see Kinect become an integration into the normal control scheme, like being able to lean with my body to lean out from cover in a shooter. Stuff like that.

    As for the mo-cap stuff, its already in Prject Spark. I read a preview where the recorded voice and animated a troll npc in Spark. That’s the kind of stuff that will help people take Kinect more seriously.

    I think we will see some cool stuff this generation. Most of the neat stuff people did with connect were home brew and/or indie projects. Now that MS opened up Kinect 2 tools to any indie dev that wants them, I bet they’ll be some really creative stuff coming out in the next year or two.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. cluggy89

    @31 hells yeahs, well and truly agreed
    @32 holy crap i’ve fell behind in Project Spark news lol. had no idea

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Phoenixblight

    “As for the mo-cap stuff, its already in Prject Spark. I read a preview where the recorded voice and animated a troll npc in Spark. That’s the kind of stuff that will help people take Kinect more seriously.”

    Its actually pretty bad. Nothing to showcase the kinect at all. The arms were flipping and not doing exactly what the demonstrator was doing. I have seen better mo cap from a 100$ machine at GDC.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. MFBB

    Kinect sucks and is useless.

    Just like the PS Camera.

    No interest in being video/audio recorded, waving my hands around, shouting commands at the screen…

    I would only get one of those if I had Kids.

    For them it sure it is fun to play.

    Occulust Rift and Sonys soon to come virtual reality glasses are way more interesting for gaming.

    They gonne reach 720p soon with Occulust Rift and sometime later 1080p.

    Or may be Sony already reached that with there glasses, they want to announce it later this year.

    #35 2 years ago

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    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

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  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]