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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]