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NPD November: PS4 takes top hardware, software honours

Thursday, 12 December 2013 23:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console of November 2013 at US retail, although the Xbox One had the honour of fastest-selling.

NPD November 2013

Hardware, accessories and total spend up year-on-year, but software significantly down.

Best month for hardware sales on record.

PS4 best-selling hardware and software of November.

Xbox One fastest-selling console of November with 909,132 units sold.

Wii U sales increased by over 340% thanks to Super Mario 3D World.

3DS sold 770,000 units for the month, bringing its lifetime to nearly 10.5 million units.

November NPD sales are regularly inflated by Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. This year is particularly rich thanks to the launch of two new consoles.

October’s figures.

November 2012′s figures.

Next-gen console wars

As expected, the NPD’s November report showed the PS4 on top as the best-selling console of the month; it launched in North America on November 15, giving it a full week’s advantage over the Xbox One, which went on sale on November 22.

Sony also took out best-selling platform on the software side.

“PlayStation 4 sales in North America and worldwide have been incredibly strong since launch, culminating in PS4 being recognized as the largest console launch in history. In North America alone, more than one million PS4 units were sold in only 24 hours and we’re pleased NPD has reported that PS4 was the top selling next gen platform for both hardware and software in November,” SCE America CEO Jack Tretton said in a press release.

“We are humbled by the passion and excitement demonstrated by gamers for PS4. Demand continues to overwhelm supply, but we’re working hard to get PS4 units into the hands of customers throughout the holiday season.”

At last count, the PS4 had sold 2.1 million units in total. Sony released the video below to thank gamers for the successful launch.

Microsoft responded with word of its own “record-breaking sales” of the Xbox One, which has sold through more than 2 million units worldwide to date.

909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the US during November – the console’s first nine days on sale – which Microsoft claims makes it the fastest selling console on the market in the US. With an average of more than 101,000 consoles per day, the Xbox One ‘significantly outpaced the nearest competitor’; the PS4, as mentioned above, had an extra week on sale to reach its own sales totals.

The Xbox One sold almost three times as many units as the Xbox 360 during its own launch month, Microsoft added, and Xbox One owners picked up on average 2.1 games each.

The company said total Xbox One and Xbox 360 platform spend – hardware, software and accessories – reached $1.21 billion, the most for any console. The two platforms combined held five of the top ten spots on the console software charts

The Xbox 360 remained the king of the previous generation with 674,000 sales.

Nintendo hardware system sales for November increased by 100% over the month prior, with 770,000 units the 3DS family sold, driving the lifetime total past 10 million to nearly 10.5 million units.

Wii U sales increased by more than 340% over sales in October, thanks to sales of Super Mario 3D World.

NPD analyst Liam Callahan said that November 2013 was the best month on record for hardware sales in the US.

Retail software sales in decline despite next-gen, holiday sales

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. Although hardware spiked massively, and the total industry spend increased, software sales did not see a significant uptick in November despite two hardware launches and the free-for-all of the Thanksgiving holiday sales days.

Total spend increase 7% year-on-year to $2.74 billion. Hardware increase 57% year-on-year to $1.327 billion. Accessories jumped 17% year-on-year to $327.4 million. Software, meanwhile, was down 24% year-on-year to $1.1 billion – even including PC and portable sales.

The 3DS was the only platform to note significant software sales increases, with a 15% year-on-year increase thanks to The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – which sold over 280,000 combined digital and physical units (405,000 units when including the Zelda-themed 3DS XL) – and other recent successes.

According to Nintendo, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y each sold more than 225,000 combined digital and physical units in during November, bringing the combined life-to-date total to more than 2.35 million units.

Nintendo said that a handful of its first-party 3DS titles saw “triple-digit sales percentage increases in November over sales in October,” including: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D in its seventh month on market -140% increase; and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon in its ninth month with a 105% increase.

Legacy titles such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star, in its 13th month saw a 280% increase; Mario Kart 7 in its 23rd month saw a 130% increase; and Nintendo noted a 253% increase in sales of Super Mario 3D Land, now in its 24th month of availability.

“According to November 2013 NPD Data, NBA 2K14 was the best-selling sports video game on next generation consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and was the number four best-selling next-gen game overall,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.

Software

Here’s the full top ten software chart for US retail in the month of November.

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, X360, XBO)
  2. Battlefield 4 (PC, PS#, PS4, X360, XBO)
  3. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, X360, XBO)
  4. Madden NFL 25 (PS3, PS4, X360, XBO)
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3, X360)
  6. NBA 2K14 (PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO)
  7. Skylanders Swap Force (3DS, PS3, PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360, XBO)
  8. Just Dance 2014 (PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, X360, XBO)
  9. Disney Infinity (3DS, PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  10. FIFA 14 (PS3, PS4, Vita, X360, XBO)

As ever, remember that the NPD Group’s reports cover traditional retail only, and do not account for digital sales, many online retailers, used game sales, mobile, DLC or microtransactions, all of which represent an increasingly significant proportion of the industry’s total revenue.

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88 Comments

  1. Dark

    What a shitty and boring top 10

    and no Super Mario 3D World?
    oh well , https://i.minus.com/jGaQucTPke8KB.jpg

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    @1
    Next Gen has taken over, Mario isn’t surprising and that list is something seen too many times.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. XanderZane

    Numbers aren’t that surprising. PS4 launched first and has a full week more in sales, so it was obvious they would have more sales. Both consoles sold very well in the short time period. This is great news as developers will be even more eager to make more games now. I feel back for the Wii U though. Their sales weren’t very good. PS4 and XB1 will surpass the Wii U sales by the end of January at this rate.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Dark

    @2 sad but true.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Legendaryboss

    Sports, Family Fun, Open World Gaming, Pirates, Wolf Ghosts and Dogfield 4. Basically what the US are interested in for their chrismas gaming season.

    Well it is lacking in variety for my taste. But is clearly something for everyone.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. polygem

    sad that there’s no mario and no zelda. 2 of the best games i have played this year (especially link between worlds is so damn good. edit: it’s actually even among my most favourite games of all time and probably my favourite zelda game. the pacing is perfect. there’s always something to do and explore, you always feel like making progress. the flow is just right, the music and artdesign are absolutely amazing. i’d buy a 3ds only for this game hands down).

    gaming became more and more mainstream in the last 10/15 years. vg charts now become like the book charts, movie charts, music charts…the true gems are very rarely to be found in the top positions.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    That is a shitty, shitty list if you like games.

    @6

    Agreed 100%

    Its getting to the point that It’s not something I would want to be associated with…

    I never used to be ashamed about saying I was a ‘gamer’ till now! O_o

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Legendaryboss

    @6/7
    Stop being so gloomy and cheer up, can’t be that difficult with the massive hard on you guys got going on with gaming with Mario and Zelda :D

    And the love letters :)

    If anything you should be cheerful.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. polygem

    @7: i must admit that i am also one of those who bought bf4 and cod.

    but only because, i didn’t buy a shooter since halo 4 and because they forced me to, of course. they said the nextgen will be superfun and that i must buy into it instantly and then, as they had me by the balls, they only released sequels of top ten videogamecharts games.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Christopher Jack

    Of course the Xbox One was the faster seller after day 1. Sony can’t sell what they physically don’t have in stock. Either way I’m a little surprised how well both have been selling but remain disappointed in so many aspects that I haven’t considered getting either in the future.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @9

    Off course, it’s still nice to have a shooter / racing game / whatever (I have BF4, NFS etc…). The difference is, you understand there are other options out there.

    It seems like a dangerous amount of people thinking gaming as a whole, is defined by Angry Birds, COD and FIFA… That’s kind of screwy.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    Here you go. Some news for you Ninty guys, too…

    http://www.joystiq.com/2013/12/12/november-npd-ps4-is-top-selling-console-xbox-one-is-fastest/#continued

    “Update: Not to be outdone, Nintendo had their own numbers to boast. Thanks to the release of Super Mario 3D World on Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on 3DS, sales of Nintendo hardware systems in November leapt “by 100 percent over the month prior,” Nintendo has announced. After selling “nearly 770,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family” in November, the handheld has surpassed a lifetime total of units sold to almost 10.5 million.

    Wii U hardware sales increased “by more than 340 percent over sales in October,” the company noted, but offered no sales data for the hardware. Super Mario 3D World “sold more than 215,000 combined digital and physical units in its first eight days on the market,” Nintendo added.”

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Clupula

    Someone else did the math and figured out that the Wii U sold 220k in November, going by October’s sales and the 340% figure.

    In the meantime, that delusional 9 million sales number Iwata projected for the system…was that supposed to be lifetime sales at 9,000,000 by the end of the fiscal year or was it supposed to be just 9 million NEW sales between March 2013 and March 2014?

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Clupula

    As for Mario 3D selling only 215,000…that’s way lower than I thought it would have done. I really thought it would have been the best selling game on the Wii U, but instead, it’s like NISA JRPG numbers, especially if Nintendo are combining digital sales to get that number.

    I really can’t believe it did that poorly. I didn’t think it was going to sell systems, but I thought it’d be a huge game among people who already did own a Wii U.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Telepathic.Geometry

    What does it say about me as a gamer that I haven’t the slightest interest in any of those top 10 games? If I got Ass Creed IV or Just Dance for free I’d probably play them. Well, maybe. But the rest? No chance…

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Dragon

    @Clupula,
    “was that supposed to be lifetime sales at 9,000,000 by the end of the fiscal year or was it supposed to be just 9 million NEW sales between March 2013 and March 2014?”
    Doesn’t matter, its delusional either way.

    “Wii U hardware sales increased “by more than 340 percent over sales in October,”

    No wonder ninty avoided giving hard numbers. 215k is downright abysmal with holiday boost+mario.

    _____________________
    “What does it say about me as a gamer that I haven’t the slightest interest in any of those top 10 games?”
    Nothing. People have different choices. Obviously, same goes for people who have interest in those top 10 games.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. shogunknight

    You guys do know that your favorite games dont really have to be Top 10 right? As long as they are doing well, its fine. I love Tearaway for example :(

    #17 1 year ago
  18. The_Red

    Mario 3D’s 215k is “Physical AND digital” combined which is beyond troubling.

    I don’t think ANY big company has ever done that. To me this is exactly like when Nintendo used to cover 3dS’ (bad) early sales by focusing on “DS Family” rather than separate systems.

    Still, glad to see both new systems are doing great even without any great software. Hopefully by the time Titanfall and InFamous come out, both will have decent install bases.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    Its a real shame about mario. Brilliant game but the console is a fail. Still at least they are not losing money hand over fist like Sony.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Joe Musashi

    Truly a shame about Mario figures. And a notable event for anyone that claims to care.

    The constant deflection of accountability from Nintendo onto anyone or anything is sheer denial, however. Those eager to give credit to Nintendo for other’s achievements tend to be the same to lay blame to others for Nintendo’s mistakes. It’s always the other guy.

    So people aren’t aware of ‘other options’ and, consequently, didn’t buy Mario? Where was the all-out Mario marketing blitz then. Perhaps there should have been one. Especially when you choose to release your game at the busiest time of the year in one of the most significant years the industry has seen for 8 years. People aren’t going to choose ‘other options’ if they’re not aware of them.

    I also think that if we take this community as a microcosm of the gaming community as a whole, that’s also representative of Nintendo’s current situation.

    For example: For argument’s sake, let’s conservatively say there’s 50 regular members of the community that comment. Of those 50 there’s around 10 that represent True Nintendo Believers. Or 20%.

    So, even using intimately close, real-world evidence, evidence of free will, of actions free of cost, the Nintendo demographic is sitting around 20% of the community.

    You can extrapolate that if you like, though I don’t think it’s necessary. And I don’t think it changes the significance of what it means.

    You can’t force those figures to change. And you the same people saying the same things, however passionately and selectively, doesn’t have any meaningful impact.

    But the evidence is there (or rather, here) plain as day. Protesting against reality and concocting excuses as to why reality is wrong doesn’t appear to have any effect.

    JM

    #20 1 year ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    The first console (not computer) I ever owned was a Gameboy. Then a NES, then a SNES, then an N64.

    I loved almost everything about Nintendo, growing up, and since then, there were times that I wanted them to be my favourite game company again.

    That’s what I wanted, but they were more interested in going for children, and ‘soccer moms’.

    I think that there are many people on this website, and in the wider public in general, who like Nintendo. They just haven’t been offered anything that isn’t done better elsewhere, these days.

    I remember when I was at uni, and I first got Ocarina of Time. It really was the best game I’d ever played. After I put the cart in for the first time, I played it about 6-8 hours a day, until I finished it in less than a week.

    There was another guy who had an N64 in the same building as me, and he had an N64, too. I was raving about the game, and telling him it was the best game the world has ever seen, etc, so he got it too.

    I went to his dorm a couple of times, and he was playing it, with another student, sitting and watching. But no matter how hard I tried to hype him up about it (and he did like it) it just didn’t fit the student lifestyle.

    The guy next to him was pretty bored looking. Watching him walk around and around in circles, in a dungeon, wondering where to go.

    I think they just went back to playing PS1 or GoldenEye, without even finishing it.

    I think that this is the problem that Nintendo have.

    Their games may be amazing, but gaming isn’t what it used to be, and gamers aren’t what they used to be, either.

    The Wii U was aimed at gamers, and they just don’t have the ’5 minute blast of raw action’ titles that people look for these days.

    OoT was amazing. It just didn’t fit the student lifestyle.

    Just like Mario, etc, may be amazing. They just don’t fit what gamers are looking for, these days.

    Where is a Mario FPS? That might sell a few more consoles…

    #21 1 year ago
  22. mistermogul

    Can someone explain how “909,132 Xbox One units sold in the first nine days on sale makes it the fastest selling console…” when Sony sold 1 million in 24 hours?

    Something doesn’t add up for me with all these figures. Also if Sony have “beaten” MS in November sales, I find it strange they have not boasted exact figures…?

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Zeydlitz

    I think I know what it is: Xbox One ousold PS4 at last week (obviously, first week for Xbox are better than second for PS4). But this hadycap is going to end soon.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. polygem

    @: Joe: But 20% of a market this healthy, is still pretty alright. If you can sell games and hardware and do not loose cash on hardware that’s all good business. that’s my point all the time. you do not need to be in top position to be a healthy company. let me link this article again, because imho it just nails it:

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-11-11-the-massive-nintendo-paradigm-shift

    this is why we’re having the same nintendo discussion over and over again. people seem to believe it’s all about winning, about selling more than the competition. sure, i get the idea behind that, that’s kind of how the (stock)market works but you can play in the middle field and be a superhealthy competitor too.
    to me as a consumer it’s important that a company whose games i enjoy is financially stable. this way they can spit out more games that i enjoy. i don’t worry about nintendo in this regard and there’s no reason for it. 2013 was a great year from a consumers perspective. as a consumer i want to play great games. some of the very best i have played this year have been on nintendo platforms. the 3ds had an amazing year for example.

    @G1GA: i hear you but i think mario 3d world and the new zelda are both extremely modern interpretations of these franchises. especially the new zelda game can now be enjoyed by the guy you described there AND a series vet. it’s pretty amazing what they did there and because of stuff like this i am rather opimistic. imho nintendo are on a very good way and i think iwata has done a great job now. this is why i totally disagree with the ‘fire iwata faction’. to me many wii titles felt too old school, too much ninty of old. there have been great games for that system but many of them felt, while innovative, a bit outdated. in my experience this is drastically changing now. to me that is a very good sign.

    i am very optimistic about nintendos future and there are good reasons for that. to the peeps calling this delusional – again, scratch the surface, get a perspective, take that blinders off…maybe you are the ones being a bit delusional and one dimensional in this scenario.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Legendaryboss

    OMG, how long will this take again?

    #25 1 year ago
  26. polygem

    @g1ga:

    “Where is a Mario FPS? That might sell a few more consoles…”

    i don’t think it would fit mario too well but they could definitely do something modern online shooterwise with the metroid series. i doubt it though. they need more time to figure out how to do that without hurting the franchise :) nintendo are the turtles of this industry, old, slow, a bit weird looking but wise. they can also cross severall oceans if they want to deliver some quality eggs to a beach near you. let’s just hope that all the sharks wont kill it.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. mistermogul

    @24 – Good points there poly. 200k units for Wii U isn’t bad and much better than I was expecting tbh. Like you say it’s more important to remain profitable than it is to be number 1…

    I also agree Iwata shouldn’t be sacked though at the same time think he is missing out on some massive opportunities.

    For example digital sold over $1 billion in November for the first time, yet Nintendo lag so far behind in that respect. Also why on earth do they not have their entire back catalogue on Wii U/3DS eshop already?

    “Where is a Mario FPS?”

    I can see it now – there would be a great arsenal of weapons including a water pistol, laser gun, sucker arrows and Nerf darts! lol

    #27 1 year ago
  28. polygem

    @25: really depends on how much you gif and take, poke and sting.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. polygem

    @27: i absolutely agree about the digital business. i don’t understand what takes them so long. it’s indeed a massive opportunity.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. G1GAHURTZ

    @26:

    They could do a Mario shooter in the Nintendo style… Like Mario Kart is a racer in the Nintendo style.

    Shooting fireballs, red and green shells, B-bombs and even Bullet Bill could see a game that’s more like a Smash Brothers, fun type of affair, than a serious shooter.

    I think people would take notice of that much more than ‘Newer New Super Mario 3D World Land Wii U 2′.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Legendaryboss

    @28
    That would hold so much more water

    IF A. Gifs were actually present here.
    And B. If you didn’t just openly say (24) if people didn’t agree with your sentiment they are “maybe delusional” and “one dimensional.”

    #31 1 year ago
  32. polygem

    @30: yea, sounds fun :)

    by the way: i think nintendo still shouldn’t jump into the fight for the most powerfull hardware. for their next machine they should focus on exactly that: their one machine. this way they do not have to split teams that need to deliver content for two devices. they could achieve a steady flow of quality content, making that thing a true nintendobox that doesn’t need to rely on third party anymore. if you price it right lots of people would buy it as a companion device for their pc’s and/ or homeconsoles. i can see that happening more than a superpowerfull nintendo homeconsole. that hybrid handheld/homeconsole thingy makes more and more sense to me.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. polygem

    @31: no, i have zero problems with people disagreeing with me if i think their argumentation is making sense.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. Legendaryboss

    If you say so.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. Stephany Nunneley

    Ok added Nintendo figures in there now that we have the email – even though you all have apparently already seen them (looks at previous comments :p)

    #35 1 year ago
  36. Joe Musashi

    “It’s not about winning”

    Fair enough. Seems like a silly thing to say in a discussion that centers around competitive markets and charts based on unit sales. Cute sentiment, entirely wrong place to express it – entirely out of touch with reality.

    Also that Gamesindustry.biz article that True Believers are so fond of linking to is written around the idea that the industry doesn’t understand Nintendo and the industry needs to accomodate to Nintendo’s way of doing things.

    No. That’s not how industry works or has ever worked. Adapt or die.

    JM

    #36 1 year ago
  37. Dragon

    @JM,
    +1.

    I wonder how much that one article is going to be flagged around. Not really surprising since hardly anyone wrote outdated articles like that again.

    Adapt or die

    #37 1 year ago
  38. RussellGorall

    I am going to make an opinion on the Internet, then sign my initials at the end. Anyone not having the same mindset as me regarding possible opinions is wrong.

    RG

    #38 1 year ago
  39. monkeygourmet

    Once again it’s turned into Nintendo Vs. Sony & MS… What a surprise.

    What is more sad is the fact that this list shows the main consoles don’t matter as much anymore. There are no console exclusives, third party has ‘won’. COD / FIFA wins, and that’s never a good thing.

    Also the ‘adapt or die’ thing. You could argue Nintendo does that a fair bit. The Wii being an example of them finding new markets for better or worse.

    I have a feeling what is actually meant by the term in a hardware sense is:

    ‘Do what Apple have done…’ (Or thereabouts)

    In software it means:

    ‘Do anything you can to not piss off Acti / EA / Ubisoft…’

    #39 1 year ago
  40. monkeygourmet

    Basically, EA / Ubi / Acti are just showing console manufacturers who is really in charge.

    “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you… Look what’s happened to Nintendo… We are in charge…”

    Edit!

    In my opinion! :) although, you can tell they are all power crazed…

    What happens as soon as you give one of these companies the potential for a personalised digital platform (PC)?

    UPlay
    Origin
    Battlenet

    Consoles are just a means of delivery, and those days are numbered.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. Legendaryboss

    Weekend resurgence!

    #41 1 year ago
  42. Legendaryboss

    http://nintendoeverything.com/november-2013-npd-call-of-duty-ghosts-wii-u-accounts-for-less-than-1-of-games-total-sales/

    #42 1 year ago
  43. monkeygourmet

    @42

    How is that even suprising?

    Unless people are buying copies of the game on Wii U for a console they don’t own, it’s pretty obvious the sales of the title were going to be atrocious.

    Wii U doesn’t have the install base to create better sales. As i’ve mentioned before, the problem even goes beyond that… You try actually tracking down a Wii U game in the flesh. Last I heard Wii U physical software was going to be added to the ‘big 5′…

    #43 1 year ago
  44. Ireland Michael

    The shift from first party to third party has been the case for a while now, and that’s mainly because the PS3 and Xbox 360 are the first consoles since the SNES and Mega Drive where the playing feel has been evenly balanced.

    Games are so expensive to develop now that the large companies can’t afford to be platform exclusive when both consoles have a (roughly) equal share of the market. That’s half your consumer base right there.

    The Wii U is pretty much irrelevant in the equation, no matter how many good games come out on it. That ship isn’t sinking – it’s already resting at the bottom of the ocean.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. Legendaryboss

    @43
    It is and at the same time it isn’t.

    On one hand you got the tiring repetition of “Nintendo hardware is only purchased for Nintendo games” and third party software sales compared to Nintys reinforces that notion.

    On the other hand PS4 & Xbox One individually haven’t passed Wii U’s global sales (yet) but have more third party games coming for it, sales for software are better on both ends and the um install base doesn’t usually factor into game sales.

    #45 1 year ago
  46. monkeygourmet

    @45

    All Im saying is it’s irrelevant to the Wii U now (for better or worse).

    It was handled poorly from the start from devs and Nintendo themselves and it isn’t going to get any better from here on out. Third party support is dead on Wii U, but thats not a huge suprise considering it’s poor for almost all Nintendo consoles.

    Where was Bioshock, Tomb Raider etc… People are more willing to change (remember the lure of gamerscore) if the games coming out are new… Not 1 year old Batman games / Mass Effect 3 (were’s 1 & 2) etc…

    My point being (this isn’t market analysis btw, more analysing who needs who and whos in charge), these charts show who is making alot of money…

    No Mario? No Zelda? Yeah, whatever, to be expected… BUT…

    Also, no Killzone, no Last of Us, no Beyond two Souls, no Forza, no exclusives ATALL…

    On ANY system…

    That is more telling to me. Acti / EA / Ubi now dictate how things work and who gets what bit of exclusive content. And thats worrying as a uge company like EA’s ‘vision’ of gaming means as much to me as Simon Cowells idea of music…

    Edit:

    Also, just for fun…

    The Number 1 & 2 slots are taken by two titles that have been panned… One for being a weak entry in an already stale series, the other for being released early and being bug ridden.

    Do people care? Well, look at the chart… Of course they don’t. And THATS whats worrying my friend. More worrying than whatever Nintendo is or isn’t managing to achieve with their home console! :)

    #46 1 year ago
  47. Legendaryboss

    @46
    So the short version of what your saying is your afraid of the third party apocalypse that is apparently dominating, leaving no exclusives from other companies in sight. Thus slowly decreasing their power.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsx2vdn7gpY

    #47 1 year ago
  48. monkeygourmet

    @Ireland Michael

    And who wanted ‘parity’ the most?

    It would have been the biggest thing on EA / Acti / Ubi’s list, along with ease of digital delivery…

    #48 1 year ago
  49. polygem

    @36:

    *Adapt or die*

    that’s -again- an extremely one dimensional way to look at this and overall a deeply flawed logic.

    but if we stay with this weird darwinesque terminology (totally out of place “in a discussion that centers around competitive markets and charts based on unit sales” btw but whatever, sounds flashy i guess and makes you look smart for some dragons, fools and snakes), one could argue that this means it’s not about winning at all but about surviving which then means nintendo pretty much fulfilled these demands the last 30+ years, which then perfectly proves my point.

    #49 1 year ago
  50. monkeygourmet

    @47

    Ha! Im only observing the material / figures I have been presented with at the top of the page! :)

    Vita is another good example. Great machine, but third party devs can’t extract money from it hence the stranglehold.

    These aren’t ‘good’ things in my opinion.

    It’s not a case of ‘adapt or die’… ‘Obey or die’ would be more fitting I think! ;)

    Also, Im not saying ‘Don’t buy these titles’. Im just saying they are the gaming equivelant of ‘fast food’. Enjoy them but at least be aware of the effect they may be having in the grand scheme of things.

    McDonalds ‘healthy choice’ PR stunt was eerily similar to MS’s turn around recently. And, in both cases were hollow gestures.

    #50 1 year ago
  51. Ireland Michael

    The state of the Vita honestly depresses me, because I can’t put the bloody thing down right now.

    #51 1 year ago
  52. monkeygourmet

    @51

    And that’s why it’s nice to enjoy it and support it now! :)

    Rather than right it off then ‘discover’ it again in about 5 years and think:

    “Why didn’t I do this before?! It’s awesome!” ;)

    #52 1 year ago
  53. Ireland Michael

    Tearaway is probably my game of the year.

    #53 1 year ago
  54. polygem

    @51: see, that’s me and the wiiu and 3ds atm :)

    i like the vita as well though but as an overall experience including games, ui, miiverse etc. the wiiu is such a fantastic experience. it’s depressing that gamers do not pick it up.

    #54 1 year ago
  55. polygem

    btw…are there any news about the slim vita release for europe? i’m really interested in that thing because it seems to have a better battery life, feels better in the hands and works with any mini usb charger. most reviews said that the lcd display isn’t as hot as the oled but still very good.

    edit: @53: i still have to play that one but i’m not a huge fan of the lbp games. you should also check out link between worlds. it really is among the best games i have ever played. loving everything about it and i’m not the biggest zelda fan in the world.

    #55 1 year ago
  56. Ireland Michael

    The Wii U is great. The hardware is great. And the games are great.

    But its hard to ignore the reality of the situation. That ship is sunk.

    @55 I think you’re shooting yourself in the foot going for the slim. The battery life thing is barely an issue thanks to the charger, and the difference is screen quality is really, really noticeable up close. Its night and day, and the current Vita screen is sooooooo gorgeous. You can get the chargers for like a fiver.

    Seriously, just get it.

    Link Between Worlds is definitely on my list in the new year. Christmas is expensive. =P

    #56 1 year ago
  57. Legendaryboss

    @51/54
    http://gifatron.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/get_a_room.gif

    http://ijusthaveafewnotes.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/not_even_sorry.gif?w=696

    I had to.

    #57 1 year ago
  58. polygem

    @57: no, you hadn’t.

    #58 1 year ago
  59. Legendaryboss

    @59
    I did. Shouldn’t that be “no you didn’t?”

    #59 1 year ago
  60. Ireland Michael

    @57 Sorry for enjoying games.

    #60 1 year ago
  61. polygem

    i already have a vita but i’d really like that i wouldn’t have to use a different charger for the slim but could just use the one for my phone. i watched some reviews of the slim and they all said the lcd looks pretty good too. i’m actually not so keen on these things on my handhelds, to me better battery life, comfort and weight are much more important but overall i’m just looking for reasons to buy one because a friend has my vita atm and loves it because he has young kids and therefore not so much dedicated gaming time. this way he could buy it from me and i could buy a new one :)

    #61 1 year ago
  62. polygem

    @lb: man, with you, i’d wish i could have a talk in person…because i just don’t get how you tick.

    #62 1 year ago
  63. Legendaryboss

    @60
    I should note it was a joke.

    @62
    Well i think its no more different than me typing to you…. Wait? Trust me i’m not as charming in real life as on here but thats part of my charm ;) Well a percentage of my true nature is in my posts.

    #63 1 year ago
  64. polygem

    ^”Well a percentage of my true nature is in my posts.”

    i’m 100% myself in my posts – maybe that’s why…

    #64 1 year ago
  65. Ireland Michael

    @63 It starts to wear slightly thin after the 50,000,000th or so GIF. You could just *say* it.

    #65 1 year ago
  66. Legendaryboss

    @65
    I could say it. I could sing it. I could gif it. I could rap it. There are many options all with the same result.

    #66 1 year ago
  67. monkeygourmet

    What’s even more fantastic about this chart, is it gives the marketing teams involved a big ‘pat on the back’ for selling the same shit to you for another year running!

    That’s, what… About 4 years on the trot that the charts have probably looked almost identical? Bravo! It’s what people want after all, let’s make more of the same!

    And, this, to me is where the ‘vote with your wallet’ argument falls flat. If a huge number of people don’t even understand what they are voting ‘for’ (or more interestingly ‘against’), the charts will rarely change bar the odd Rockstar release here or there.

    #67 1 year ago
  68. polygem

    @66: well i’d actually prefer if you’d rap it tbh!

    #68 1 year ago
  69. Ireland Michael

    @67 Game charts have been like that for well over a decade.

    @68 I vote for this idea as well.

    #69 1 year ago
  70. monkeygourmet

    @69

    But the machine is so well oiled now.

    It’s the equivalent to the first X Factor winner (one album then gone) compared to now (where they get the book deal, clothing range, exercise Bluray, reality show/film etc…)

    That’s the big change that’s only possible when a marketing team understand how to manipulate through blanket media coverage.

    AAA game
    DLC
    Micro transactions
    Film
    Viral video / advertising
    Clothing line
    Tie in book / TV series
    Merchandise
    Graphic Novel
    Facebook game
    iPhone app spin off

    All for one title! And they wonder why game development costs go up?! :)

    That’s the problem.

    #70 1 year ago
  71. Joe Musashi

    Adapt or die is industry mantra. Do one or face the other.

    This desperate pretence that there is some cartel of third parties pulling the strings is, yet again, deflection to make another entity accountable for Nintendo’s own missteps rather than Nintendo themselves. Far better to form another conspiracy theory than to see what is in black and white.

    The simpler truth is that hardware manufacturers need third party support more than vice versa, and always have. How many platforms in this industry have profitted and sustained marketshare and growth without third party support?

    ‘Adapt or die’ doesn’t need to be multi-dimensional. It is a universal truth.

    Arguing against standards/reality/truth/history whenever it doesn’t favour Nintendo is just exhibiting screwed up view where everything revolves around Nintendo and anything that doesn’t align is wrong. Voting with your wallet is fine when it puts Nintendo in a good position. Voting with your wallet is suddenly some sort of broken concept when it doesn’t.

    JM

    #71 1 year ago
  72. monkeygourmet

    @71

    I’ve already highlighted it’s partly Nintendo’s attitude.

    Nice selective cherry picking once again though, you’ll have a bumper crop, make a nice pie.

    Also, I don’t follow. One minute it’s a conspiracy theory, then it’s the simple truth..? Not sure what your getting at there, apart from trying to pigeonhole people.

    #72 1 year ago
  73. Joe Musashi

    Two different things. One is another conspiracy theory, the other is a simple/universal truth.

    That you appear to be unable to make a distinction between one or another doesn’t really put you in a good position when attempting to pick apart other’s statements or accuse others of pigeonholing.

    JM

    #73 1 year ago
  74. Clupula

    Having conversations with me on here is very close to what having conversations with me in real life is like. Just with less frequent motion and bursts into song.

    #74 1 year ago
  75. monkeygourmet

    @73

    You said (conspiracy theory) : “This desperate pretence that there is some cartel of third parties pulling the strings…”

    Then (simple truth): “hardware manufacturers need third party support more than vice versa…”

    They are basically the same premise. One is more ‘needy’ thus giving power to the other party, in this case the third party devs.

    Hence why we see ‘special relationships’ (EA / MS etc…). EA, Acti et all are selling the ‘guns’ to both waring factions. There is no ‘conspiracy theory’ (although I know you like using that tactic in an attempt to discredit).

    #75 1 year ago
  76. RussellGorall

    You guys realize that you aren’t being paid for your analysis of things? You are just on the Internet.

    #76 1 year ago
  77. polygem

    …yeah, it’s for the fun you know

    #77 1 year ago
  78. polygem

    @joe: you are talking in superlatives again but it still doesn’t make much sense. you are blowing things out of proportion, spin and deform posts of others, shaping them to your liking, trying so very hard (desperate) to be the smartest guy in the class. you’re very talented with that but it’s a nasty little habit and i really think you know what i am talking about if you look at your real life social interactions.
    adapt or die. you say nintendo do not adapt. are they dead? no. do you really believe that they will be dead anytime soon because of the wiiu?
    you are trying to teach me about a reality check?
    you’re genuinely saying that your adapt or die argument regarding nintendo is the ‘universal truth’? it really shows why discussing anything with you never makes sense. your truth is the only truth anyway. always.

    #78 1 year ago
  79. polygem

    but fuck it.
    shaking hands.
    this is only about games :)
    we’re all one big family of nerds.
    signing off.

    #79 1 year ago
  80. Joe Musashi

    Nope. No need for superlatives. Nobody’s blowing things out of proportion (though 4.5million units in 3 months is something that needs to remain in cold perspective, let’s not forget that). Just simple statements. No need to use melodramatic dismissals like “hater” or even “butthurt”. No need to spin, lie, deflect and dismiss or do anything I can to distract from the point being made in some childish effort to redirect a discussion away from topics that don’t suit some narrow agenda. No need to concoct conspiracy theories to excuse my favourite brand’s perfect storm of blunders and mis-steps. No need to exhibit hypocrisy and relentless double-standards time after time after time.

    In fact, maintaining a consistent perspective and a lucid grip on reality is the one thing I aim to maintain. It’s always bemusing to see how such a practice irks and ruffles the feathers of others and the theatrical efforts they’ll go to suggest make-believe and wish-fulfillment are the conerstones of a credible argument.

    They’re not, of course. They never have been and they never will be. Ever. And that’s not an opinion.

    JM

    #80 1 year ago
  81. monkeygourmet

    ^

    Conceited much?

    What ‘Irks and ruffles feathers’ is the fact that 99% of the time, your contributions take the guise of nit picking and over analysing people’s comments rather than spending time contributing something personnal or helpful to the topic.

    #81 1 year ago
  82. Joe Musashi

    Conceited? No.

    Conceited is when someone boasts how they started commenting to ‘correct the levels of pro-[brandname] sentiment’ they witnessed in the community.

    Conceited is when you threaten to ban someone even though you haven’t the means or influence to do so.

    Conceited is when, after disgustingly attacking and abusing another member of the community, you repeatedly show pride in such behaviour whenever it is brought up.

    Conceited is approving all of the above and having such little perspective that you attempt to foist that same label onto others.

    Conceited is doing all of the above and acting like you’re a better person for doing so.

    Conceited is thinking nobody hasn’t noticed all this already.

    JM

    #82 1 year ago
  83. monkeygourmet

    @82

    You seem overly keen to not actually direct anything at anyone in particular, instead relying on people having to pick through your accusations and decipher them.

    I take it this is because it has got you into trouble previously, although I obviously can’t be sure of that. I’ve seen many posts where you have picked apart nearly everyone on here with gleeful relish; G1GA, Michael, Pat et all…

    You just choose your target then move on and you have the gall to call others out on agenda…

    #83 1 year ago
  84. Joe Musashi

    My statements are perfectly clear. They are examples of conceit.

    The problem about constantly reading between the lines is that you do so at the expense of reading the lines themselves. Favouring personal bias over what is written in black and white. Again.

    JM

    #84 1 year ago
  85. monkeygourmet

    @82

    I didn’t see any of that when I was writing my previous comment, but again, if you want to play Batman on a forum, you are going to have to start naming people or what’s the point?

    It’s not like you are observing in silence, you are trying to be a vigilante, yet refusing to actually get to the meat of it. All the while being as selective as ever I might add.

    Priding yourself on observing others actions (although your own actions are purposefully directed)…

    Either complain to Pat or tackle things by naming people. I don’t think you can risk that though, you know exactly how venomous you can be when you lose it.

    #85 1 year ago
  86. Joe Musashi

    “..if you want to play Batman..”

    Again, you are injecting your misinterpretation of something and then arguing as though somebody else actually said it.

    Also, you are in no position to dictate to others on matters of conduct. Despite your pretence, you are not a moderator, you are not an authority and you do not even set a standard of conduct that could even be used as an example for others to follow. Far from it.

    See #82 if you require further detail.

    JM

    #86 1 year ago
  87. monkeygourmet

    @86

    Okay, okay, I’m sorry if I misinterpreted your actions.

    Please explain, what are you doing again?

    #87 1 year ago
  88. Ireland Michael

    @83 Just to pipe up, but that hasn’t happened between him and I in years. I don’t know if it’s because he got tired of it, or if he just grew up and let go. I don’t really give it much thought. I try to respect him regardless of that crap. I’m just grateful he doesn’t still do it.

    He’ll stop if you learn not to punch back. He knows he can get a rise out of you. I don’t believe in turning a cheek to abuse, but on the internet it’s usually the best approach. If you just ignored his somewhat crazy rants it would stop pretty fast. Just ignore each other.

    You’re cool polygem, but you gotta let shit go.

    #88 1 year ago

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  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]