Senior publishing source confirms new, cheaper Xbox One release for 2014

Friday, 31 January 2014 11:38 GMT By Matt Martin

Microsoft will release a cheaper Xbox One this year, a well-respected source has told VG247, apparently confirming this week’s leaks out of Redmond.

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Microsoft has told trusted publishing partners that it will release a new model Xbox One before the end of the year, a senior source has confirmed to VG247.

Although the source was unable to confirm that the system will be disc-less and feature a bluetooth adaptor, the new console will be priced cheaper than the current $499 model.

Upon release, Microsoft would likely drop the price of the current Xbox One model, placing it in the same price point as Sony’s PlayStation 4.

New hardware isn’t the only leak from Microsoft this week, with reports suggesting Halo 2 Anniversary Edition will be released on November 11, complete with a beta for Halo 5.

Although Microsoft isn’t commenting on the rumours, it isn’t taking these leaks lightly – the firm is reportedly looking to get legal on someone’s ass, adding fuel to the fire.


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  1. Johnny Cullen

    Boom. Now the question is who can hold out waiting once Titanfall comes out? Because I can still easily see a lot of systems sold at Titanfall’s launch, regardless of a cheaper SKU down the line.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. M. K.

    Cheaper console? I don’t think so. I’d welcome a Titanfall bundle any day :(

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Dragon

    Good decision. However, it remains to be seen exactly what is cut out to decrease the price. People would like Kinect, but I am not sure.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. tezzer1985

    They will only cut the price, if it has no disc drive, or Kinect.

    At least they are acting quicker then Sony did, when the PS3 was over priced.

    I have both new systems, and all I really wanna know is, where are the GAMES!!!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Francis O

    I knew they were going to do this. $499.99 is not sustainable in the US market.

    You’ll get the early fans to buy it, but after that sales will be sluggish.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Fin

    If they release a same-spec, but smaller/cheaper version within a year of launch, surely the original was rushed to market?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. OmegaSlayer

    Desperation One.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Erthazus

    Titanfall is not really a huge system seller as everyone thinks. I can buy it on the PC and my jaw is not drpped after few recent details about the game’s multiplayer.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. KineticCalvaria

    But… but… Pachter said its ‘dumb, dumb, dumb!’

    @1, yeah I’ll pass and get the PC version, as Erth says I don’t think Titanfall is going to be that much of a system seller.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Sylrissa

    They’ll probably take out the Blu-ray player to cheapen it

    #10 1 year ago
  11. zoopdeloop

    One can already tell Sony will follow much sooner than expected

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Moonwalker1982


    Sigh…it really is becoming tiresome, Everyday i see people bitching about Xbox One here.

    ”First lower the price so it can compare to PS4..then we’ll talk”. So then they DO come with news about a cheaper Xbox One and what do you say….”Desperation One”.


    I am not gonna wait until October (according to that rumor) to get one. Soon as i have the rupees i am going to get one.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Sylrissa

    As I’ve said since before the X1 launch, if they drop the kinect I’ll get one as KI and Project sparks look quite good, but not until then.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Gheritt White

    Price isn’t the reason I’m less tempted by the XB1 than the PS4 – it’s the inferior hardware and uninteresting exclusive titles that make me want to avoid staying with MS this gen.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Silent Killer01

    I smell a DRM scheme.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Moonwalker1982

    So this one is going to be a cheaper model, but also the current model will be cheaper and priced at the same price as PS4? So how much cheaper will the new one be then?

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Xbone

    @Silent Killer01 If it will be truly discless, that just further proves that they will indeed turn back the DRM switch sooner or later.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. mr_capello

    so 399 for old model and 350 for the new one ?
    probably with the option to buy an expensive external disc drive for more than 50$
    they could sell the one without disc drive with a loss and be confident that they make it back by their, compared to retail, unrealistic priced digital games.

    but if the rumor is true and this model drops around november retailers will probably will start giving discounts on the ps4 and the old model anyway so I think the advantage is minimal

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Joe Musashi

    Competition is good. Keep these companies hungry for your dollar.


    #19 1 year ago
  20. Major Mayhem 70

    Your absolutely right #5. Let the hardcore buy it first, when sales get stagnant, drop the price. PS3 did it with their $600 price tag and X1 looks to be preparing to do it with their $500 price. Competition is grand so let them compete. We can only benefit from it.
    I think the disc drive is going to be ousted. Kinect stays. When MS said that they will be watching Steam boxes closely, they meant it. Pull the drive and compete with them too. Kinect stays for the other features that the X1 offers. My opinion of course.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. OneLifeCycle

    Thanks for being loyal to Microsoft. Now here’s a cheaper version that you may have preferred not even a year later.

    Yeah, I think MS is scrambling to pick up more market-share but they’re pissing off current customers in the process… Maybe the stats are in their favor. Most pissed off customers will simply deal with it and stay with them. This entire XBone release has been a circus.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Cobra951

    If they go disc-less and discontinue the current model to save money, my decision on which console to buy will be much easier. The PS4 wins by a landslide. Gamers already decided as a group that both disc games and the lack of always-online DRM are essential in consoles. If Microsoft abandons either one of those requirements, they fall out of the running. I really don’t think this is going to happen, though.

    Kinect, on the other hand, can go the way of the dodo, for all I care. Here’s a way to make it cheaper without ruining it.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. OneLifeCycle

    @Cobra951 Exactly. They’re doing all the wrong things except what many of the gamers have already voiced. We don’t want Kinect! And still in their stubbornness they may redesign the entire thing without something else but still wit the Kinect!

    They’re so damned stupid. To the point that it’s costing them market-share which in turn is costing them money. Yeah, that’s a great way to run a business! Dumb asses.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. OneLifeCycle

    Oh yeah, and here’s the catch 22 of it all. They said before the release of the current XBone that they would never release a Kinect-less XBone. So if they do, they’re shitting on their loyal customers and making a joke of their public relations team. In reality though, they already did that when they said XBone requires Kinect to function and then said it could be dis-Kinected.

    It’s like Microsoft is a new company with zero experience. They keep dropping the ball like a 6 year old flag football player.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. mistermogul

    If this rumour is true (which wouldn’t surprise me) and I’d already bought an Xbone, I’d be seriously quite pissed knowing a newer, updated model is just around the corner.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. mr_capello

    they would have to change the whole interface to make a non kinect xbox one work
    right now using it with a controller is just awfull
    and I’m 100 % sure if they could have changed that as easily as the whole drm snafu they would have
    but building a UI that feels fresh and new isn not that easy I guess

    #26 1 year ago
  27. mistermogul

    @OneLifeCycle — In all honesty MS have been dropping the ball in all areas of their business for over a decade now. They’ve been playing catch-up and mostly doing things worse in the process.

    Look at how late they were with zune, WP7, Surface etc etc. By the time those products launched the competition already had the market sewn up. Now it seems they have been trying really hard for a year to bugger up their Xbox brand.

    The sooner Ballmer is out the better.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. mistermogul

    @mr_capello – I think there’s a major UI update planned for the spring though I’m not sure if I made that up or heard it somewhere?!

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Legendaryboss

    @mistermogul That is rumored for March.

    As for the story at hand this does seem sudden, that would be less than a year. But that would make things even on the price level: this should be interesting. Meaning someone will have to step up their game.

    PS: I managed to log on to my original account, two accounts now perfect.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. absolutezero

    Ok so we have a disc-less version of the console presumably its going to come with a larger internal hard drive to deal with the all digital nature of it. So is the rumoured update going to fix being able to actually see the capacity and whats taking up how much space? Let me delete things as I see fit?

    Is it going to fix Skype, Party and game integration? Is it going to streamline the sheer amount of menus and fannying about just to see who the fuck is online on your friends list? Let me connect an external storage solution to lessen the impact of such large file sizes?

    I doubt it. I imagine that the original version of this console was meant to come out in March. Links up with the update and what we have heard before about the release of the console in the first place. I can’t wait for a few years from now so we start seeing reports of this consoles gestation, it must have been chaos.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. rasmithuk

    Usually I wouldn’t bother commenting but some of the stuff being said makes no sense.

    First dropping the blu-ray drive makes no sense. Doing it would only save them $10-15 and it’s just not worth all the hassle it would cause to change a device after launch. Any drop in price will come from a decrease in production costs, or by them selling at a loss. I wouldn’t be surprised costs drop $50 by November, so they could match Sony’s (rumored) $50 loss per PS4 and bring the cost down to $400. At that point Sony could either stay at $400 and break-even on the hardware or drop it by $50 to stay the cheaper console.

    Secondly the DRM conspiracy theories make no sense. Both the consoles already have a DRM system to protect games brought digitally. Anyone can play on the ‘Home’ console and you can play it anywhere you can sign-in (requiring a network connection).

    The only reason the original Xbox One design had daily check-ins was because every physical game came with a digital copy, which had to be revoked if you sold the physical one. Without check-ins you could buy a game, install and then trade-in on the same day, not something the publishers would have been happy with.
    Since this is no longer the case there’ld be no need to change the system that’s already in place.

    And the arguments that dropping the price after a year is going to annoy people is just silly. Everything drops in price. If anyone buys a Steam box this year, it’ll drop more than $100 in the first 6 months of owning it, let alone a year.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. OneLifeCycle

    @rasmithuk I don’t have a problem with price drops after a year. That’s completely acceptable but we still have over 10 months to go until we reach the year mark. =)

    #32 1 year ago
  33. antraxsuicide

    @OneLifeCycle Eh, Kinect isn’t a problem. The original one sold 25M units, and the new one is rating very high among people who own the X1. Kinect is a good way to distinguish the systems (since the PS4 and X1 are basically the same console).

    As for dropping the price of the original console once the new model comes out, that’s to keep people who like physical discs (and GameStop) happy. Then the X1 (in either model) would be priced evenly with the PS4. And notice how this release date coincides with the X1′s (rumored) October launch into another 10+ regions? Not a coincidence. Those are mostly regions where price is the main factor in purchasing tech. In the US, people will pay anything (e.g. look at iAnything or the PS3). In the rumored October territories, people buy what’s cheap.

    @People who think TF won’t sell systems: you’re insane. Titanfall is the game that won more awards and got more hype than any other game at E3 last year. It’s the game that absolutely eclipsed Destiny in buzz. No one’s talking about Destiny; everyone’s talking about Titanfall.

    Personally, I think it’s a great idea. It’s a very quick price drop, and it’d be timed for another big launch.

    (This is off-topic, but did anyone also notice that the 1st rumored launch in April almost coincides with Titanfall’s release? Definitely not a coincidence :D )

    #33 1 year ago
  34. OneLifeCycle

    Personally, I think these additional XBone variations were already in the pipeline for a later date but Microsoft is scrambling to increase exposure to the XBone and thus pushing the release of these arguably more attractive versions up a considerable amount.

    It’s like an overwhelming amount of suppression fire when all they need is one, accurate shot to Kinect.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. OneLifeCycle

    @antraxsuicide Kinect by itself isn’t a problem at all. It’s the bundling of it without the option to opt out that is the problem. But yes, you’re right. Kinect may be a great device and many of those that have it may be happy. I believe it still is a problem to include it as they have done. I mean, it makes the console $100 more than their direct competitor.

    Look, I’m sure it’s cool, but I’m not interested in it and there are many like me. There are also those who were more loyal to MS than I was a bought the XBone anyway and have not once connected the Kinect. This time, I went with Sony. For me, they were clearly the better choice.

    #35 1 year ago
  36. rasmithuk

    @OneLifeCycle True, but I don’t think they’ll be a price drop until the end of the year.
    If Sony had outsold them more that 2:1 they might drop it, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment.
    Here in the UK you can get both consoles easily now and Sony claimed this week that they’ve outsold the XO by 1.5:1 . If that’s repeated world-wide, for a console that’s $100 more expensive that’s not bad at all.
    Both will save their price cuts for the next big scuffle, December 2014.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. antraxsuicide

    @OneLifeCycle They don’t need to do that because it fractures your user base. It’s the same problem that hit the original Kinect/PSMove/PSEye, but not the Wii motion controls. If everyone’s got the device, then you can make things for them.

    And I’m not talking about games. I’m talking about UI features or apps. MS will eat the $100 before they cut Kinect.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. rasmithuk

    @OneLifeCycle Dropping Kinect would only take $50 off the price.
    Xbox One sells at cost, the PS4 at a loss (rumored to be $50).
    Why Microsoft chose not to sell it at a loss, as is the norm, I’ve no idea, but they did.

    Since it seems Sony were going to bundle the camera and then decided not to at the last minute, they were probably thinking they’d be the same or the PS4 slightly cheaper if Sony sold it at a loss. Of course this isn’t what happened, but I’d expect PS4+camera to be the one the push this December to try and catch the ‘family buying a console’ market.

    #38 1 year ago
  39. OneLifeCycle

    @antraxsuicide They fractured their user-base when they forced it one everyone. For example: I’ve owned every Xbox since day one. I now own a PS4.

    But yes, I understand what you’re saying…

    #39 1 year ago
  40. OneLifeCycle

    @rasmithuk The actual cost of the Kinect isn’t really the issue. It’s the perceived cost. One console has a motion sensor, the other does not. The one with the motion sensor is $100 more. It’s pretty obvious why people would think the Kinect is costing them $100 more.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. Kane

    All microsoft should do is write off the developmental costs of the kinect. Lower the price as a whole. Win win for both sides.

    #41 1 year ago
  42. game_on

    A disc-less device would be fine for me, one less component that can break down. And who needs those old-fashioned retail boxes anyway, digital download ftw.

    #42 1 year ago
  43. Djoenz

    Someone on made a smart remark.

    1. Retail library is much larger than Digital store so you wont get all the games digitally except if XboxLive gets a major udate.
    2. Microsoft stated they would improve on pricing on their digital front, but how much?
    3. HDD must be 1tb at least.
    4. Download speeds better be fast on their front.
    5. They better update day one games.

    If they adress these issues it could work. Microsoft could do massive damage.
    Insightful aye?

    #43 1 year ago
  44. boiled lobster

    I think they are targeting two different audiences. The white unit is obviously aimed at core gamers who want a console, not a hub in the living room. The onyx unit should appeal to just about everyone else, from audiophiles to movie buffs to casual gamers, people who want a ‘hub’ to consolidate / coordinate living room electronics.

    The one is not better than the other, but each is tailored to suit a different audience.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. geobyss

    I’m not getting a console unless it’s diskless.

    #45 1 year ago
  46. game_on

    True, if they launch a disc-less device, they better make sure (almost) every game is available as a digital download.

    #46 1 year ago
  47. abdooltk

    I want this game so badly new demo

    #47 1 year ago
  48. antraxsuicide

    @Djoenz That would help push it in Western markets.

    Honestly though, it’ll be mostly for Asian markets. Asians don’t usually have the space for hundreds of game boxes, and they don’t have slow Internet either. They’re the market that wants Vita TV, streaming boxes, and disc-less consoles the most.

    Someone on GI Biz said a few months back that if MS is smart, they’ll release what amounts to a set-top box for places like Japan. Charge $299 with an Internet subscription, and really push the F2P software. It’d sell like crack.

    #48 1 year ago
  49. sb319

    The cheaper Xbone SKU definitely WILL have an optical drive.
    Why? Because optical drives are cheap, and physical media remains crucially important to AAA console game sales. The most obvious thing to cut out will be the Kinect sensor, which would also allow them to hand back some CPU and GPU time to developers struggling to close the gap between PS4 and Xbone version.

    #49 1 year ago
  50. smilertoo

    Microsoft have made a lot of stupid mistakes in the last couple of years but I can’t believe even they would remove the bluray drive and keep the kinect.

    #50 1 year ago

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  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]