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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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    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]