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Microsoft’s Phil Spencer feels “resolutiongate” will blow over once Xbox One is released

Wednesday, 6 November 2013 21:21 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer is of the opinion people shouldn’t be so focused on the 1080/720p and 30/60 fps debates going on at the moment in regards to next-gen, in fact, he has defended Xbox One, saying the focus shouldn’t be on the numbers in the first place.

Speaking with Shacknews during the Xbox One showcase, Spencer said it’s the experience that matters, and once Xbox One is released, “resolutiongate” will blow over.

“Go look at the games. Go play the games and tell us what you think about what they look. Right now, gamers don’t have the games to go play. They can’t walk into their local store and play the games. So, it doesn’t really surprise me that they’re going to focus on the specs that they can. I don’t criticize anyone for doing that. In the end, we play the games, not the resolution,” said Spencer.

“Our proposition with Xbox One starts with the games: we’ve got a great launch lineup of over 20 games. We’ve got some great franchises, great third-party relationships. And we’ve built a system that natively understands you and your entertainment. I think in the long run, our hope and bet is that power will play out and show people that everything they’ve learned about gaming on 360 can now augment everything they can do on their television.”

“You look at high-end PC games right now. If you were just looking at screen resolution and framerate, you’d be a PC gamer. Because you can spend $800 on a video card and put it in. I’ve built those rigs. I can play those games. And I understand that. But that doesn’t mean the best games are there. It doesn’t mean it’s the best all-in-one experience.”

Meanwhile, over on Eurogamer, the developers themselves comment on the resolution/frame rate debate, discussing why respective titles such as Ryse: Ron of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Forza 4, Kinect Sports Rivals and others run the way they do.

According to Crytek’s design director on Ryse, P J Esteves, “It’s a lot less to do with the actual specs and more to do with what you do with those specs.”

Xbox One is out November 22.

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33 Comments

  1. Djoenz

    Blablabla it should be called next gen for a reason. .

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Beta

    You just know that if PS4 were less powerful, they’d be trumpeting their specs so hard.

    And Crytek saying it’s not about specs? Really?..

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Joe Musashi

    “Go look at the games..”

    Er..isn’t ‘looking’ at things what resolutiongate revolves around?

    JM

    #3 1 year ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    All it means is potentially sub 720p games in the future. If the bar wasn’t initially set high, the more taxing games become the resolution will potentially drop even more…

    That prospect isn’t that attractive for someone thinking about handing over the best part of 500 knicker for a ‘next gen’ experience.

    1080p & 60fps on launch would have happily slipped into 720p / 30fps 3 or so years down the line when games look a lot better and need to drop the resolution to display more effects / textures or whatever.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. schnide

    @2, 3 & 4

    Spot on. This damage control on Microsoft’s part is cringeworthy. I’d actually have more respect for them if they came out and admitted they’re having issues. At present, they haven’t even had the decency to explain why there are issues with the resolution on XB1. Where’s your answer to that, Phil?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Beta

    The average consumer likely won’t even know about this.

    And any shortcomings will be blurred by the expensive flashy marketing.

    I’m hoping for strong sales of both consoles. Keep eachother on their toes. And I don’t think Sony can afford PS4 to fail.

    But I will admit I’m undecided on X ONE. MS’s tone has been very defensive.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. schnide

    “They can’t walk into their local store and play the games.”

    And they also can’t read the reviews Phil, because you’ve put an embargo on them. Once again, where’s the explanation for why that is if you’re so proud of them?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    Another Eurogamer piece, this time from DF: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-resolutiongate-the-fallout
    Offers indication that Microsoft may be as much as three months behind in their development, in terms of stability; and also predicts (or, at least offers suggestion) that they might want to get ready to dig in until the storm passes, as that gap may not be overcome overnight.

    @2 Right on the nose. How absurd, that CRYTEK of all companies, is trying to downplay the importance of technology in games, too!

    #8 1 year ago
  9. MrWaffles

    “Play our games then see for yourself” is exactly what Nintendo keeps saying.

    But playing 10 minutes at Walmart doesn’t erase hundreds of damaging Headlines for weeks prior launch.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Erthazus

    It is just the beggining.

    when Sony, Microsoft and publishers will start making games with better graphics, that’s where things will get more interesting with “Resolution” and “Performance”.

    Oh yeah.

    500$ of a fad with “Next Generation” Name on it for PR purposes and children.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    This is looking like HD Capable/HD ready, part 2. Except, this time, the HD Ready sets are cheaper, and in this case those sets also don’t come with a requirement of an additional peripheral to install in order to function.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Hcw87

    @11
    Are you still under the impression you need Kinect in order for XB1 to function?

    http://img.pandawhale.com/post-28031-what-YEAH-is-it-gif-Robin-Will-KLRC.gif

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Beta

    It might not be all about the specs. I’ve used the polished turd analogy before..

    But they bloody help. In time when developers start to get more ambitious, they’ll find themselves more and more hampered by the limitations.

    The weaker your machine, the quicker devs will feel hampered.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Nephilimator

    Once people see that with our revolutionary hardware their games will run at half the resolution, 1/3 less detail, less AA, and only cost them $100.00 more then the competition, they will come running to Xbox One? Gotcha……

    #14 1 year ago
  15. fearmonkey

    I had a discussion with a friend of mine yesterday, who is another huge Xbox fan as I was. We both bought 3dFX cards, we both bought Dreamcasts at launch, and we both bough Xbox and Xbox 360′s at launch as well.

    We both talked about how when the 3dFX came out and there was that Quake patch, we were wowed. We talked about when the Dreamcast was released and we played Soul Calibur for the first time, we were wowed. We talked about when the Xbox was released and we played Dead or alive 3, we were wowed. Lastly we talked about when the 360 launched and we played Kameo we were wowed. I can add another to that when I got my PS and played Ridge Racer, I was wowed.

    All these generations of launch games up to this point really impressed us at the time. There was no talk then of memory limitations, GPU limitations, etc etc. Now with the Xbone, at the beginning of a new console launch, we keep hearing about limitations. It’s sad.

    It’s not about Moar graphics, it’s about the fact that one console struggles to play the same game at a much lower resolution compared to the other, so what happens when as time progresses, the games get more and more complex. IS Xbox One going to have to go sub-720 to keep up on games that PS4 will do 720 or 900p?

    On the 360, my pic as the best looking launch title was Kameo, and it ran at 720p unscaled to 1080p. 8 years later most of the new Xbox One games are 720p, the same resolution. Kameo was surpassed in graphics and many of those games had to resort to sub 720p graphics to achieve playable framerates. IS the Xbox One in the same boat again this gen?

    Also, it’s just weird to hear Xbox fans argue it’s not about the graphics. The main reason I was an Xbox gamer over a PS2 gamer was the graphic difference, same with the 360. All the people that criticized the Wii-u for not being much better in performance than a 360 and stick up for MS are kind of funny. Where the Wii-u owners were the ones saying it’s not about Moar graphics, now its also the Xbox owners. it’s like they have suddenly become enlightened.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Hcw87

    @15
    Do you think XB1 720p titles will look the same as 720p 360 titles? I cincerely hope not.

    It’s a generation jump no matter how you look at it, even if PS4 is a little ahead.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. fearmonkey

    @16 – No they won’t look the same, but they will have the same jaggy mess that i truly feel we should be mostly past by now.

    I still disagree that the PS4 is “a little ahead”. As I said before, that is like saying the Radeon 7870 is a “little ahead” of a Radeon 7790, a difference between a $150 and a $300 video card at one time.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. TheBlackHole

    @4

    That doesn’t make any sense. First gen Xbox 360 games weren’t rendered at a higher resolution than end of gen ones. They didn’t look better either.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Super Girevik

    In my perspective, the Resolution War is taking place within a small minority of gamers. Will an average gamer see Battlefield 4 and notice one is running at 720p vs 900p? Would you choose a console solely because it slightly outperforms the competition, even though the competition might have games you prefer?

    Think about it, when you compare the Xbox, GameCube and PS2, did we even know what resolution our games were running at? Did we know what resolution all of our Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 games actually ran at? Did that impact our choice in console?

    For me, which ever platform has the better online solution will get my vote.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Djoenz

    @19

    The ps2 and Xbox generation brought better graphics and the DVD Medium.
    Xbox360 and PS3 finally new era of HD and BluRay medium and HD DVD.

    Next gen now almost same? ? Ofcourse emphasis and perspective has changed and also expectations.

    What defines next gen? Well certainly not the lack of native 1080p. HD ready was kinda the current gen scam. Digital future?

    I hope not digital future cause it doesnt improve anything for me personally. It has too many cons for me. But thats just me.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. ddtd

    In my opinion, the resolution gap is kind of a call back to the current generation (soon to be past gen in a week!) and the differences between PS3 and Xbox 360 multigenerational titles. The issue is with the dev kits.

    Sony definitely got a leap on MS for this upcoming generation. Their policies, machines and (most importantly) development software and kits were ready to go long before MS’s.

    In fact, I’m sure that Sony got dev kits in the hands of DICE, Infinity Ward and Ubisoft several months before MS could. This means they’ve had more time to study the hardware and dev tools and be able to better optimize for the PS4.

    If the rumors were true, and MS didn’t get final dev kits out until August (some devs saying that they still haven’t received one) then it totally makes sense that the X1 games are running less optimally. These devs and publishers have deadlines to meet. They can’t wait for MS to get their shit together and delay launches when their games are supposedly ready to go. This is the real reason why I think Titanfall isn’t a launch title. MS is pushing it hard as a system seller and they (as well as Respawn, since it’s their first game as a studio) want to make sure the devs fully understand the machine and the dev tools do they can release a game that’s up to next fen standards.

    Time will tell, but is put money on it that next years games will be native 1080p and 30-60 fps on both systems. If not, then MS truly dropped the ball.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Super Girevik

    @20

    What about overall visuals? Lighting, shadows, shading, textures and other aspects contribute a lot to what is considered next-gen. Resolution isn’t everything. It’s the overall image our eyes perceive that excites us.

    Compare Battlefield 4 on the Xbox 360 vs the Xbox One version. The difference is salient so say the least. And mind you, we are comparing a game that was released at the end of a generation, to a game that is being released at the beginning of a new generation.

    Like I said before, for me, the bigger factor will be the online experience. I’m really hoping for a smoother online experience. In the Xbox/PS2 era we were introduced to online multi-player. The 360/PS3 era brought a much more sophisticated experience and I’m hoping this next-generation will improve on it. Think about it, if we will not tolerate last-gen graphics, why should we tolerate last-gen online play?

    Next-generation gaming isn’t just graphics, they no doubt play a significant role since it’s what our eyes first see, but it’s not everything.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Djoenz

    @22
    Im sorry but I didnt compare a game did I?
    Well I just played some bf4 on ps3 and tbh it looks ugly. Next gen version must be better. Other reason could be my buddy’s plasma tv 2000herz has wrong settings.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. ysleiro

    LMFAO at the people in this thread saying Crytek’s comments are absurd.

    You know what’s absurd? A mere commentator pretending to be a subject matter expert in the field of video game creation and development.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Super Girevik

    @23

    Sorry, I think you misunderstood what I was trying to say. I edited my post to make it clearer. I didn’t mean you actually compared a game. I just meant if we were to compare the two versions, we would see a big difference, implying that next-generation visuals are indeed a vast improvement over the current-generation’s offerings.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. yeoung

    We set out on a fanfare of infinite cloud power, multimedia macguffins and swipeyswipey kinect multitasking and look where we ended up;

    Just-look-at-whether-or-not-the-games-are-funsville

    Xbox One marketing department seems to have paddled full circle.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Djoenz

    @25
    Aah ok now I know where you getting at. I agree completely. Graphics are definitely not everything.

    Dragon Age good example.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. TheWulf

    Resolutiongate? Really? That’s a thing that someone coined? Oh dear. I actually feel bad for Steph for having to type that.

    Well, I’ve always said that fidelity isn’t what video games should be about, but since this next generation is all about fidelity, I can’t help but feel that this is disingenuous. If they’d really felt this way, then they could have focused the next generation around better games rather than better graphics. They could have put their money into better core processing, memory, and so on. They could have advertised that the next generation is all about believable artificial intelligence, emergent gameplay, smartgames, and so on.

    I still can’t believe that the AI of something like, say, Ultima VII is still better than that of most games today.

    But no, the XBox One is all about more shaders, more post processing, more effects, and so on. They haven’t really announced a game yet which shows something truly next-gen in anything other than fidelity. It’s weird, honestly, that they’re working so hard to push fidelity yet they’re making excuses for the output hardware their machine is linked to.

    If they care about fidelity that much, they should just improve the TV situation.

    Honestly, I could care less. I just think Spencer is a very silly person.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. dexfx69

    Microsoft will say anything to defend their sorry asses right now. They look so pathetic and desperate!

    #29 1 year ago
  30. pukem0n

    i dont get why the fuck it cant run 1080p games

    its more powerfull than the 360 by miles, u cant argue about that.
    and the 360 runs games on 720p, so why cant the Xbox One do it?

    i really dont understand it. :(

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Gekidami

    ^ From whats being said, its not really a power issue (though there is that too), its that the ESRAM is horrible to code to.

    “ATVI was doing the CoD: Ghosts port to nextgen. It took three weeks for PS4 and came out at 90 FPS unoptimized, and four months on Xbone and came out at 15 FPS.”

    Or so the rumour goes.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. The_Red

    So it doesn’t really matter that a $500 has half the frame-rate (30 instead of 60) and much lower resolution than a $400 rival at launch!?

    Hmmmm, I wonder what people think when trying to buy a new system: $400 at 1080p or $500 at 720p. Of course, it will blow over because soon Xbox One will magically gain the ability to have 1080p games.

    It’s not like early last gen everyone was pretending that 1080p could be achieved with a few examples but soon both machines fell to 720p to 590p.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. ddtd

    Not magically gain. More like once the devs get a grasp on optimizing for the hardware and using that esram then they’ll be able to push the native resolution and up the frame rate.

    #33 1 year ago

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    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]