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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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  3. Joe Musashi

    “Go look at the games..”

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

    JM

    #3 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  29. dexfx69

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

    #29 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]