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PC hardware sales drop worldwide as tablets continue to rise, report finds

Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:18 GMT By Dave Cook

PC hardware sales have declined worldwide as consumers make the jump to tablets, a new research report has suggested.

A study by research firm Gartner finds that Q3 PC hardware sales have declined 8.6% year-on-year, with some 80.3 million PC rigs shipped globally. It’s the lowest the figure has been since 2008. The figure takes into account units sold to schools, offices and for other business-related uses.

The paper also shows that iOS and Android tablet devices are rapidly gaining ground as the new hardware of choice for those studying and for general use.

In a statement, Gartner’s Mikako Kitagawa said, “Consumers’ shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption continued to decrease the installed base of PCs both in mature as well as in emerging markets. A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets.”

Despite the continuing drop, Lenovo, HP and Dell all saw their sales increase in the quarter, with Lenovo still the number one seller worldwide.

Kitagawa continued, “The positive U.S. results could mean that seasonal strength and channel fill for new product launches in 3Q13 finally overcame the structural decline. Even though 3Q13 shipments were compared with artificially weak 2Q13 because of inventory control for the Windows 8 launch at the time, the 3Q13 results imply the U.S. market may have passed the worst declining stage, which started in 2010.

“The shrinking installed base of PCs has also passed the steepest decline phase because the structural change has progressed fairly quickly. Tablets will continue to impact the PC market, but the U.S. PC market will see a more moderate decrease rather than a steep decline in the next two years.”

European, Middle Eastern and African markets saw a combined decrease in PC sales of 13.7%. it is believed that new processors and the impending launch of Windows 8.1 have contributed to this reluctance to buy new hardware.

Gartner’s Isabelle Durand concluded, “During the third quarter many vendors went through product transitions to Intel’s new Haswell and Bay Trail processors, while preparing for the October launch of Windows 8.. These product transitions and the clearing of old inventory that is taking place through the third and fourth quarters of 2013, have played a part in the slowdown of the PC market in EMEA. Many PC vendors also introduced Android tablets as a main part of their portfolios and this initiative drove PC sales downward.”

What do you make of the figures above?

Via GI.biz.

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35 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    Microsoft need to do it right with Windows 9 otherwise it’s going to be the same POS.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 I’ve never had an OS crash so much as I have with Win8. Works well on my touch-screen though.

    Running an HP Envy laptop and it’s a lovely machine otherwise.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Erthazus

    @2, I think it is too early to judge Win8 at this point.

    Wait for Service packs.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Dave Cook

    I can judge it as it stands now, but yeah OSs are growing services. I’m optimistic it’ll improve, but it has caused me a great deal of problems so far. I lost an entire interview yesterday for example. Not good.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    I said this very same thing a month ago, and was told the PC wasn’t under any sort of threat.

    The PC is an outdated design concept, useful only for specific people and niche purposes. This fact will only become even more pronounced over time, as tablets get increasingly more powerful at significant cheaper prices.

    People say its consoles that are under threat of becoming obsolete. No, that would be the PC.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 I think saying PCs will become obsolete is also a stretch.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Erthazus

    @5,
    PC is not under any threat. Tablets and mobile devices are something new but they will never do the job like the PC or MAC in terms of multimedia and stuff.

    Everyone has a PC and not everyone has a tablet. It’s a natural thing.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. povu

    Many gamers are using custom built machines that they upgrade over the years, because it’s much easier to do that these days. None of that is counted in these hardware sale statistics.

    The main issue for gaming I suppose is that there is less opportunity to attract non-gamers to PC gaming because many no longer have a straight up PC to run PC games on. Still, PC gaming on laptops is possible too, and I doubt tablets will fully replace laptops.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Kalain

    Interesting..
    At the bottom of every table there is this piece of text:

    Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.

    I don’t see any sales for tablets in this report. So without those numbers to compare, this data is just useless.

    As for PC’s being under threat, no, consoles are more under threat than PC’s. At this moment in time, you need a PC to be able to develop the applications/games/OS on which is more than you can say for consoles.

    When tablets start hitting the power of the consoles, which isn’t that far off to be honest, then which direction are people going to go. Buy a £400 box that sits under your TV or a £400 tablet/phone which you can take with you and carry on playing/doing what you need to do. I know which I would prefer..

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    @6 The PC will always have its place for certain purposes, such as high end PC gaming and processor intensive stuff, like multimedia editing and coding.

    But as a household mainstay that everyone has? Those days are over.

    @9 This is not the first study to reach this conclusion. PC sales are currently at the lowest they’ve been in years, by a *very* steep margin.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. nimrod123

    no mention of the other side of this?

    the number of PC units selling is dropping, BUT the unit price is sky rocketing.

    the average PC build to day is in the region of 2000USD according to sales numbers (weighting of parts sold)

    tablets have culled the low end of the PC market, but they certainly haven’t killed the concept of a PC

    #11 1 year ago
  12. FabioPal

    @10 yeah, this might not be the first study to reach this conclusion, but as long as they count “rigs” and not “hardware” these studies are not going to make any sense.

    They’re trying to consider the PC as a product, which it isn’t.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. TheWulf

    Windows 8 — it stands to reason and was to be expected. Microsoft themselves wanted to move people to tablets, so that they could sell more Surface devices, thus the OS was rendered to be familiar to tablet users as opposed to existing OS users.

    This lead to people not buying new computers, because they’d come with the disease known as Windows 8. We saw the same lull with Vista until the service packs came along, but things didn’t truly pick up again until 7. This is just the way of things. When the pre-builts are carrying rot as an OS, the consumer will look elsewhere. They’ll look to smaller stores who’re still offering Windows 7 (likely not covered by this report), they’ll try their hand at building a computer, or they’ll stick with their own machine seeing no reason to upgrade.

    And honestly, considering that DirectX 11 and OpenGL are still leagues ahead of other systems in regards to what they can do (including proper realtime tessellation). There’s no killer app in regards to new DirectX features in Windows 8, so what’s the point of upgrading your OS anyway?

    What happens then is that reports like these look at brand name computers carrying the rot that is Windows 8, and they don’t take into account people buying elsewhere.

    The PC is dying!

    The sky was falling back around the time of Vista, because we saw these exact same lulls. Every time a stinker of a PC OS is released, we’ll see them. In fact, even Microsoft realise it’s a stinker because they’re having Ballmer step down, someone else needs to take that madman’s place.

    So hopefully Windows 9 or Valve’s SteamOS will shake things up. If they do things right then people will start buying brand name computers again.

    It’s the way of things.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. pcbros

    Isn’t the tablet just another form of the PC? Desktops, laptops and tablets are all personal computers.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. TheWulf

    They’re trying to consider the PC as a product, which it isn’t.

    Bingo. I’ve talked about this before. It’s a collection of modular products which work together. This is why I never got into the brandslave mindset of one brand to rule them all, one brand to find them, one brand to bring them all, and in the fine print bind them. :P

    Now if only other PC users would realise this. That’d be nice.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. TheWulf

    @14

    Yeah, pretty much. The problem is is that tablets are limited by their OS at the moment. All except for one of Microsoft’s, that is. And there we see the reason behind Windows 8. Their high-end surface tablet was meant to be their take on a cross between a computer and a console.

    So, yeah, pretty much. But the games still all aren’t that great, sadly. A lot of that has to do with the lack of good input mechanisms.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. TheWulf

    @10

    But as a household mainstay that everyone has? Those days are over.

    Don’t go into a sociopathic rage over this, but I’m going to disagree with you, okay? Okay? Don’t freak out.

    Okay. I think that they still are, and laptops definitely are. The reason for this is the comfort of using the Internet is heightened by having a keyboard and mouse at your disposal. Pretty much every household is going to have some kind of computer, and if that computer is capable of anything modern, it’ll at least be capable of indies.

    That’s the thing, there’s a computer in every house because of the collaboration of inputs and outputs. Monitors, speakers, keyboard, and mouse. Until something else matches that, the comfort of having a PC is still going to be desirable.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @17 *goes into a sociopathic rage*

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Templar_Dante

    Wow. The fight against consoles are the least of the pc master race problems! Quick, go tell Ellen, Oprah and others with wife-influence worldwide that pc’s are still awesome!
    Just kidding, guys.
    As a university student… I DETEST Ipads, android tablets and the like. I fail to see the practicality of them. I hope there is a re-surgence of the pc in the future!
    ……wont be holding my breath!

    #19 1 year ago
  20. _LarZen_

    Why would people buy a traditional PC when a tablet can do everything they need?

    I do not think any OS can change this, even if Win9 becomes a wonderful OS I cant believe it will make people suddenly go buy a laptop or a stationary PC.

    They don’t need it…

    The only reason I have a stationary PC is because of games. And when most people play on a console it’s no wonder the manufacturers sell less. And most people that play on a PC build it them self.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. deathm00n

    @20 I hope you are talking about PCs for personal uses. Good luck giving corporatives tablets to make their work, or a programmer.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. runbmp

    I’m not sure why they’re comparing both. I have many friends and family members who simply buy a new laptop or tablet when something breaks.

    On the other hand, if the keyboard breaks on their pc. IE keyboard, they just replace the physical part.

    On mobiles, not so much, as their life cycle is much quicker…they normally get more wear and tear.

    I think Gartner et all, are all getting stiffy’s because they know that revenue wise, its much more lucrative if users are outright replacing their PC.

    I have a surface pro and alienware laptop, and they surely don’t come even close of my desktop experience.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. pcbros

    Tablets are not replacing desktops, they are becoming desktops. They are just laptops in smaller packages and laptops are just desktops in smaller packages.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. _LarZen_

    @21 Yes of course :)

    #24 1 year ago
  25. GrimRita

    I cant remember the last time I actually purchased a PC. But I have custom built almost everything with an update for my graphics card due in December.

    If anyone says that the PC gaming market is dead because of this, they need their heads tested.

    PC sales in the UK will be lower, because we dont have a Labour government giving out free money for stupid IT software and hardware.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. DSB

    Once again TheWulf goes into fullscale denial.

    We haven’t seen a slump like this since 1994. You want to blame that on Vista too?

    Ireland Michael is way too pessimistic, on the other hand. Typing and surfing on a tablet still isn’t as efficient as a desktop, so I don’t see how tablets would compete 1:1 in the workspace, but the fact that people are apparently willing to suffer it to avoid being benched at a desk still makes it a very real threat.

    The PC isn’t going to die off unless tablets are able to compete on functionality, but even if the tablets are “just” assuming a few tasks like checking e-mail, communicating and surfing, that will obviously still leave a gaping hole in the PC market, and with less money to go around, it’s gonna be felt for sure.

    The good news for gamers is that the sale of gaming hardware is up something like 10-13% at the moment, which is the best it’s been for something like a decade – And given that it’s happening even while people are abandoning PCs as typewriters and e-mail consoles, I think it shows that PC gaming is still pretty attractive to gamers.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. fearmonkey

    Erth is right in that we won’t roll out a new OS till at least the first service pack. That is a typical IT stance. Only 10% of my company runs Windows 8 right now, most have it modded to have the startbar included, and only a few have touch screen devices.

    That being said….I dislike it…and I still run Windows 7 at home.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. DSB

    Yeah but Windows 8 with the start bar just feels exactly like Windows 7. I literally don’t see a difference there.

    So paying 100 dollars for something you already have is kinda braindead. Microsoft screwed the pooch, hard.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. pcbros

    Windows 8 is Microsoft’s attempt to make an OS that can scale across different hardware. It’s not a bad idea but it’s not perfect.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. archaven

    The new Microsoft OS is Xbone as previous generations of XBox sold like a hundred millions?

    They have clearly abandon windows.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Pytox

    I dont need Win8 i rather stay with win7 thank you

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Ireland Michael

    A PC gamer is not the average PC user. The hobby is under no threat, and I never said it was.

    @23 Disagree. The similarities are basic at most. They’re machines that run programs. That’s where the similarities end.

    The whole convenience of a tablet is… the convenience. They removed every inconvenience the PC possesses. I don’t want to wait for my machine to boot up, or sit stuck to a desk chair, or deal with driver issues and crashes and memory issues and serious viruses. I want to chill out on my couch, click a button, and watch Netflix..

    @24 I did try to stress the fact that PCs will continue to serve a professional purpose and hobbyist interests (gaming, multimedia), because that’s their main strength. But for the average consumer (the majority of people), who just wants to read their emails or check their Facebook or surf YouTube, the PC no longer serves any real practical purpose. The figures back this up.

    Speaking completely anecdotally, almost every kid I know over the age of 10 owns some sort of media device, be it an iPhone, iPad, iTouch, or Android Tablet. Its the Amstrad / Spectrum / C64 / Amiga / PC of this generation. Except for the Minecraft players, none of them care about PCs in the slightest.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. pcbros

    So is the debate that desktops will be extinct soon?

    We keep using the term PC but I’m assuming people are referring to the desktop tower. If so, then my point of view is that they will not be extinct anytime soon but will be less popular. Laptops already made them less popular. Tablets are making laptops less popular, which in turn is making desktops even less popular.

    Also, laptops (generally) and tablets do not allow for upgrading and replacements of all parts, which is a big no-no for some people.

    What I can assure you is that the days of tablets being grampa’s iPod Touch are slipping away. Tablets will function more like laptops/desktops (some already do). To date, Windows 8 and Ubuntu (Linux) are offering full desktop experiences on a tablet.

    Either way, PC gaming lives on, whether through desktops, laptops or tablets.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. fearmonkey

    Tablets are great for quick surfing but certainly not a replacement for a real laptop/desktop, unless you have a surface Pro.

    The problem is that for most people, a Dual Core CPU from 2006 handles their needs, they don’t need new PC’s every few years as it used to be. I was constantly upgrading until I got a system based on a Intel E6600 Core Duo, then I didn’t upgrade for 5 or 6 years. I replaced a few parts but didnt buy an entirely new system.

    Computers hit a spot where it was just good enough except for power users, business users, and gamers. For everyone else a old computer will do and a cheaper tablet to surf on.

    In the old days ID or Epic would release a new engine that would require a new video card or CPU, faster memory, etc. This would cause gamers to be building a new system ever 2 to 3 years. As I mentioned above, I built a system with a E6600 that had a Asus 8800GTX and that died, bought a 280GTX and later bought a 480GTX for the same machine.

    Last year I bought a new system and will be using that for awhile, probably upgrade the video card next year or so depending on the jump in power from the current Ati7870.

    Unless something comes along that requires a ton of new power, a new Crysis, ID Engine, etc etc, gamers will be just fine with the quad cores for quite awhile.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. DSB

    @33 I’m pretty sure laptops are included in the PC figures.

    http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/04/if-you-make-pcs-and-youre-not-lenovo-you-might-be-in-trouble/

    The real concern here isn’t the survival of the PC, because it still serves a purpose. I think the drop means the market is in the process of finding a new normal where PCs just aren’t as relevant as they used to be. The stuff Michael mentions is going to be owned by tablets. Facebooking/YouTubing/news/e-mail, which is not the be-all and end-all, but is pretty huge in its own right. People used to buy PCs to do that stuff.

    The concern is really that it’ll send some companies over the edge. AMD and Nvidia have razor thin margins on what they sell because the research and manufacture of something like GPUs or CPUs is so incredibly expensive.

    So with less money to go around, you really need a product that everybody wants. Failing to sell huge amounts of units is gonna be very rough on those companies.

    Intel are sitting pretty, because they’re bigger than God. They’re like the most boring company in the world, and that is extremely clever. They’re the Toyota of hardware. Whatever you need, they have the car for you.

    #35 1 year ago

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  • 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 […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

    FrozenByte Games has revealed Trine 3, due for release in 2015 And what better way to reveal a new side-scrolling adventure than with a very pretty trailer full of gameplay? The latest in a series that has already sold 7 million copies is earmarked for PC and “other” formats. Trine 2 released on PS3, PS3, […]

  • Dying Light takes UK number one

    A month since it was released on digital platforms, Dying Light’s physical release has topped the UK charts. Techland and Warner’s zombie survival game has proven to be one of the big hits of the year so far. It was released on digital formats a month ago but has only just been released on good-old […]

  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]