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Steam continues to show growth despite steady “year-over-year unit declines in PC sales,” says Newell

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 17:51 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Steam as a platform continues to grow despite a steady “year-over-year unit declines in PC sales,” according to Valve boss Gabe Newell.

Speaking during Linuxcon yesterday, Newell believes the PC market will eventually see “significant restructurings, or market exits,” by top-five companies in the PC space, which is “pretty grim.”

However, the silver lining according to the Valve man, is that PC as a games format is quite “immune” to such declines.

“So despite the huge declines in PC sales, on the gaming side there’s growth,” he told the audience. “Steam is going up 76% year-on-year while PCs are going through double-digit declines. Several years ago we got very concerned about directions that the PC was going. We thought there was some bad thinking.

“There were these new platforms that started to emerge, and they had this nice characteristic that [they] could control access to those platforms. If you didn’t like competing with Google, you just didn’t let them ship on your device, or you could determine how often they update. You could have control on things like pricing, and that was a very seductive opportunity which led to some poor decisions by the key players in the PC space.

“I think they should have doubled-down on the openness of the platform, rather than going the other way.”

Newell went on to state that he believes PC is where innovation in the games space is occurring, and not on “consoles [or] closed systems.”

He feels Linux is part of gaming’s “future,” noting that at present Steam has around 200 games available for the platform.

You can watch his presentation through the link above via our previous post.

Thanks, CVG.

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  1. noamlol2

    all the next gen idea are current garbage

    no mods, PAYED SUBSCRIBTION, HDCP on both devices
    and the worst of all… locked digital market

    buying digital games for steam is very cheap since it’s a free market
    you can buy codes from any site (there is always sales and stuff like that every month) and now with steam sharing, buying digital isn’t obsolete
    since you can always share the games you don’t play with others

    like physical games, the reason they will never allow to sell licenses is because of the sales, when you buy a 30$ for 5$ what can you want them to give you? 2.5$?

    also mods, a huge boon for PC gamers
    games like CIV 5 has mods right off the menu and it’s fantastic

    there is no need to download some dime and nickle DLC to enjoy more content

    in one word, screw the PS4, if the steambox actually DOES comeout
    buy it instead (since if it will be a linux/valve operated OS
    they will optimize games for that system)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TMRNetShark

    PC units? Maybe more people are buying tablets for work or feel their older systems work for every day use while they build their own gaming PCs.

    Or maybe, if you’ve bought a decent computer with a mid range card in the past 2 years, you can still run a majority of new games. My PC is 2 years old and I will still be able to run Battlefield 3 on mostly high settings.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    The decline in PC sales is workstations, not gaming computers.

    It’ll still hurt the companies making the gaming components though, so it’s certainly not good. But it won’t impact the gaming scene just yet.

    And Windows 8 is a bust, so that doesn’t really move hardware either.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. sebastien rivas

    @3
    I know right, I have seen a windows 8 screen last year or so (2~3 months before win 8 was on the market). I was like what are these ugly and massive GUI like I slap an icon on your forehead do exactly?
    Pazzaaammmm, you got GUI’ed, my forehead… it hurts… ;)

    Anyway, ever since, believe it or not, I did NOT even make a single research about Win 8 and still don’t know what it does and don’t(s) :)

    Perhaps MS will come to their senses with win 9. In the meantime, I am very happy with win 7.

    So last question, 1 says PC is in declined and you say only Workstation are in declined, who is right, who is bluffing? How do you know only workstation are in decline? and what doe his research value is based on “PC is in decline” is quite massive. Does that include HTPCs, servers, and also component sells? or is it just and ONLY attributed to major brands such as DELL, SONY, HP, IBM??? that is question!!!

    In any case, it is good to hear Valve/Steam have something up their sleeve… +1 guys +1 :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    @4 I may have abused the word workstation there, but what I meant was “the 21st century typewriter is in decline”.

    http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/07/five-consecutive-quarters-of-sliding-pc-sales-mark-a-new-industry-record/

    But then it’s really also worth remembering that the PC shifts more units in a quarter than most consoles ship in a generation.

    The GUI slap thing was hilarious though. That’s exactly what it feels like to use Windows 8! :P

    #5 2 years ago
  6. MFBB

    Gabe is also changing his mind depending on what kind of PR Steam needs.

    Few years ago when he appeared on consoles with Steam he was all pro consoles and said something like …I am sorry about what I said before, well at least we are here now (think it was during E3 on Sony stage).

    Now when Steam is developing his own hardware which is a direct rival to consoles he changes his mind again and consoles are evil closed systems again :)

    Typical PR crap talk we see every month in the gaming industry.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    @6 I think it’s pretty consistent. Valve obviously chose to work with Sony because they saw an opening there.

    http://www.develop-online.net/news/38486/Valve-We-need-to-reward-Sony-for-opening-PS3

    With the PS4 Sony is locking it down even further by having people pay for online, and that’s obviously the kind of nonsense you don’t like to see if you’d like to sell games on that platform.

    Imagine if you had a console manufacturer that was brave enough to let third parties compete on their platform. It would be a huge boon to the industry, and ultimately the customers.

    Instead you get to pay for a bog standard (perhaps even slightly outdated) online service for no particular reason, except “they can get away with that”, and the digital storefront will be almost entirely immune to competition.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. nollie4545

    I just wish Ubisoft and EA would ditch their respective services and hand them to steam.

    As for PC gaming, it makes total sense. I will never understand why people invest money in consoles now.

    A budget gaming PC will deliver better performance and the games are cheaper to start with, soon pays for itself.

    The days of me paying more money for less, and lower quality content, are long gone.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    @6,
    Not surprising. The entire “linux is future” bullcrap is essentially because they are afraid MS will sometime in the future knock them out of windows.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. livewired500

    PC’s are a lot easier to build now so more and more PC gamers are just building what they want (and saving money as well).

    More tablet sales to the average home user. Who needs a cheap internet box now when there are phones and cheap tablets that do the same.

    PC Gamers probably only make up about 10% or less of PC users. I’m totally guessing there. Would be an interesting statistic to find out.

    Would be interesting to see if parts sales through Newegg and Amazon are up.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. pcbros

    @9 – The Xbox One is based on Windows 8 (most people hate Windows 8). The Playstation 4 is based on FreeBSD (I don’t know anyone who uses this).

    So you are telling me Microsoft’s and Sony’s options are MUCH better than Linux? Get real… Windows is in the position it’s in thanks to it’s previous massive install base. But if Windows, Mac OS and Linux all released at the same time, I predict things would be a lot different today. Who wants to pay $100 – $200 for an OS that doesn’t offer anything that a free OS can’t do?

    Linux is gaining a lot of popularity. It’s a fully capable OS that’s 100% free. If you have kept up with technology, you’d know how Linux is growing (in part thanks to Ubuntu). You can have Linux running on your console (Steambox), desktop, tablet and even phone… and they are all connected.

    I use Windows because I HAVE to, not because I want to.

    Btw, you can run Windows software on Linux using Wine (open-source program). So I’m sure Valve will come up with a way to get your entire Steam library on the box.

    All I know is that if Valve can pull this off and I can play all my Steam games (from classic 1990′s graphic adventure games, to today’s hit titles ), that’s going to be huge. I will never go back to consoles.

    EDIT: If they can manage to allow people to install emulators (a la Ouya), that would be even better! :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. smoke.tetsu

    FreeBSD is also an integral part of Mac OS X and helped it get its Unix certification.

    I’ve used Wine quite a bit and I find it’s hit or miss. You can’t count on games automatically working on it without a lot of work. It’s certainly not a solution for someone who expects plug and play gaming unless they do a hell of a lot of work to it and make a curated garden version. But even that’s not a guarantee that everything will work as properly as with a natively ported or developed game.

    Speaking of natively ported games I’ve noticed Valve’s games only support two channel audio on Linux (or Mac) despite what type of audio hardware one has setup. You could have 5.1 or more channels enabled in your sound card and working in some games (such as open source ports or third party ports or even wine games) but Valve’s games refuse to use it and so far the devs from Valve are saying they have no plans on fixing that. https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Source-1-Games/issues/93

    Sadly, at this point Windows still has more devs serious about taking full advantage of all the hardware features that our hardware has… or making sure those features are used correctly. Alternative operating systems need to catch up to the present before they can be the future.

    Also, Linux doesn’t have porting studios like Mac has that are willing to port the years greatest titles to it. There’s no Aspyr Media or Feral Interactive for Linux yet and they have no plans to branch out to Linux. They barely have the resources to even support one platform much less two.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. smoke.tetsu

    Also, I think it’s pretty obvious that Steam sales are going up while hardware sales are going down because people buying hardware within the past 2 years haven’t felt the need to upgrade especially because of the protracted current gen console cycle holding things back to some degree.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. TheWulf

    I don’t think that PC sales are going down at all, though. I just think that shitty, mass market PCs are selling less. Why? Windows 8.

    See, I think more and more people are going to enthusiast PC builders, the sort you see advertised in PC games magazines. They’re doing this because they can get a semi-custom built and they can have Windows 7 put on it, as no one in their right mind seems to actually prefer 8 over 7.

    So because the mass market sales are dropping, it’s assumed that PC sales are dropping. What’s happening is that smaller businesses are picking up the sales because they’re smart enough to sell computers with Windows 7 optionally on them. Go figure.

    It’s not really that surprising when you think about it.

    If you had the choice of a very expensive mass market computer running Windows 8, or a somewhat less expensive enthusiast site-built computer running Windows 7, which would you pick?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. pcbros

    @12 – I didn’t mean Valve would be using Wine, I just meant that they can probably find a way to allow people to play games made for Windows.

    If Linux can make a footprint in the gaming market, developers will port their games to Linux. But right now they are overshadowed by Microsoft and Apple.

    But I think Valve can change that. Steam changed PC gaming in general. Steam made it easy to install, chat and play with friends. I’m confident they can make an impact and bring Linux to the forefront of PC gaming as well.

    If Linux is really DOA, Valve wouldn’t be investing time and money in the Steambox (unless they end up using Windows OS).

    #15 2 years ago
  16. smoke.tetsu

    There are no magic ways to allow people to play games made for windows in Linux without some kind of wine type solution or installing Windows in a virtual machine or dual booting to Windows. Pick one.. any one.

    Perhaps Valve can change that getting more studios to port natively… who knows.. but first I’d like to see them fully take advantage of what’s available to them on the hardware. I certainly don’t see stuff like basic stereo as the future of gaming. I’ve been waiting for years for them to fix the sound in the Mac versions and I’ve noticed they are using the same basic features in Linux. Their Windows versions beat both in terms of features sadly.

    Lastly, even if Valve manages to make a dent in getting studios to port their games natively. For one reason or another there’ll always be a huge catalog of games that will never be ported or playable on there if they use Linux. Even other systems like Apple that have a relatively higher market share and a head start and more studios that port games that haven’t gone out of business (Linux had some but they went out of business). Face this reality.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. pcbros

    @16 – As for the large back catalog, I think they could use some kind of emulation, streaming or Wine technology to solve that problem.

    However, I believe the most important thing for Steambox’s success will be getting developers to release their new games on it. Developers don’t care if a platform is based on Android, iOS, FreeBSD, Windows, Mac OS or Linux, they will release games for it if it will equal a profit for them.

    No one says, “Ugh! The PS4 is FreeBSD based… we’ll pass on it because FreeBSD is not so popular”. They know people will buy the PS4, so making games for it will = $$$. Same thing with the Steambox.

    How the Steambox can position itself to be successful is easy… release a PC in a box that will out-perform the PS4 and XB1 at a competitive price. Everyone knows that PCs dominate consoles in power and graphics. But people are scared of PC gaming.

    Steambox can bring some sort of “standard” to PC gaming. I’m really excited to see what happens.

    EDIT: One additional bonus is that with the Steambox, you could play your games on any PC (including tablets) as well. You are not locked in to using only the Steambox. Where as the PS4 and XB1 lock you to the console.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. smoke.tetsu

    Mentioning Wine or emulation is now resorting to a circular argument. So I point to what I said earlier.

    Streaming is going to be used for the consoles for backwards compatibility but personally I’d rather not use streaming as that’s the end-game of DRM where the person has not one iota of control to be able to run or make mods for their games or enable features that don’t come by default with a game (such as replacing libraries for better sound and graphics). Not to mention other issues such as not everyone having the bandwidth or stable internet connections necessary to make full use of streaming. Not to mention erasing the idea of ever being able to play those games offline for whatever reason a person might want to play an game offline… especially a single player game.

    Many if not most developers don’t release their games for systems seen as well.. less mainstream unless another developer who specializes in porting games steps in and offers to do the work for them. Including licensing said game (paying for the rights basically) and those markets remain untapped unless someone steps in (such as Aspyr and Feral, and so far Linux hasn’t proven to support these kind of studios).

    Steamplay so far hasn’t guaranteed that every game that is on Steam gets ported to every system supported (Windows, Linux and Mac). Especially considering that some studios simply have other priorities. You can’t force a studio to make a game for every supported platform even if you are Valve.

    More and more games are coming to Windows PC but only a fraction of them are being ported.. first or third party to Linux or even Mac. Maybe the Steambox will help Linux gain traction. But we’ll have to see.. it is possible for a new system to not gain traction in the market even if its technically and ideologically better. So far Linux has to rely upon Wine even more than Mac does due to lack of third party porting studios.. and again Wine is not a silver bullet that everything automatically works with. I’ve been using it for years and I wouldn’t count on games working perfectly or at all for technical reasons.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. pcbros

    @18 – I just want to see PC gaming become more accessible. And right now, Valve is the only one trying to do just that. The games are there. We just need some sort of hardware standard.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. smoke.tetsu

    We also need good development and software standards too or for example Valve’s ports will always be second rate with less features than the original game has. I’ve noticed much of the work done on Linux and Mac ports are done by individual third party contractors and they don’t take certain features (such as audio) very seriously instead making bare bones features for ports of games… and Valve isn’t the only studio guilty of this. I don’t know about you but I don’t want less features simply for being an an alternative system when I know fully well that those features are entirely possible as I have experienced them from other studios.

    Actually the hardest part is getting developers to agree to and use the standards or the best ones already set in place and use them correctly. It’s sort of like the saying.. you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. pcbros

    @20 – I agree. But I can almost garuntee that if Valve releases the Steambox and it’s Linux based, you will not see handicapped Linux versions of the their future games.

    #21 2 years ago
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    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]