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Roundtable: Does virtual reality have a commercially viable future?

Friday, 14 March 2014 11:57 GMT By Dave Cook

Oculus firmly believes that VR will be integral to the evolution of gaming, but it’s clear that consumers still need some convincing. Dave Cook speaks with several VR developers to see if the tech has a viable commercial future.

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“It’s all down to the immersion. Playing a game properly in VR is such a huge step beyond playing it on a 2D monitor or TV” – Patrick O’Luanaigh, nDreams

People have historically felt intimidated by things they don’t understand. We often fail to grasp the value of new technology or services unless they offer something that will directly benefit us, and while that’s perhaps a little self-centred, it isn’t entirely incorrect.

Disruptive, unproven concepts – if they are commercially available at all – are often expensive, and until we as consumers are convinced our money is well-spent, they will always be viewed with an air of scepticism. You need a reason to invest good money in innovations like VR, and while it’s clear Oculus and other companies feel the concept has a viable future in your home, we’re yet to see the full potential of such technology as a consumer product.

Just how will this radical, wearable technology impact the gaming and where can it sit amid the home environment? When pricing VR technology in stores, how much is too much? And can issues surrounding motion sickness ever be fully eradicated?

These are all unanswered questions that Oculus, Valve and – if these rumours are to be believed – Sony are trying to answer. It’s clear that the solutions will not simply present themselves any time soon, but the wheels are in motion as you read this. It’s easy to laugh and draw comparisons to the Virtual Reality fad of the early ’90s, but companies have learned from that saga, and are hell-bent on convincing the market that this, whether you want to believe it or not, is the future.

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Is VR just a fad?

UK-based game developer nDreams has dabbled in a variety of VR devices for some time now, and has produced several internal prototypes. “I’ve had the good fortune to have used a number of different VR headsets (and to have visited Oculus in Irvine, which was mind-blowing), and I am totally convinced that VR is an area which will grow hugely over the next few years,” says founder and creative director Patrick O’Luanaigh.

“It’s all down to the immersion – great VR puts you into another world. It takes that feeling of immersion to a totally new level and allows players to forget completely about the real world. Playing a game properly in VR is such a huge step beyond playing it on a 2D monitor or TV.

“VR is very demanding hardware-wise. Virtual reality will force a step up of the hardware performances, pushing the market forward” – Flavio Parenti, Untold Games

“For me, the difference between a fad and a revolution is whether the new thing really is an improvement on the old thing. And I believe VR will be a revolution. It’s not going to impact mobile gaming, because it’s not something you’ll do on the move for a few minutes at a time, but it will change how people game when they’re sat down in their lounge, office or bedroom.”

I first used an Oculus Rift device at a game jam in Dundee, Scotland. The game in question saw me moving a dog around an open world park, utilising an Xbox 360 control pad and headset display. I could make the canine run by bobbing my head up and down, tilt it slightly to urinate on passers-by and gaze around the colourful world by my own head movements alone. We take a pad’s right stick for granted as it’s almost always used for camera control. Once you pop on a VR headset that’s no longer the case. It’s both disorientating, overwhelming and exciting at first try.

“Once you experience cutting-edge VR, the kind of which Valve is prototyping at the moment, you know in your gut that it’s too much an awesome experience to be dismissed as a fad,” says Bossa Studios’ founder Henrique Olifiers.

“The kind of emotions and feelings a developer can evoke in the player with this tech is beyond anything else out there, it’s science fiction stuff. So we’re clear – this is not what you can currently experience with the first generation of Oculus Rift. It’s something else entirely.

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“That said, I don’t believe we will see it used everywhere any time soon,” he adds. “I don’t think VR is a type of tech like an iPhone that everyone will just ‘get it’ and embrace right away. It’s new tech that will be niche to early adopters for some considerable time. Then, at some point, a developer will come up with the killer game for VR and it will be Wolfenstein and Doom all over again, with mainstream trying it out and falling in love with it. That would be my guess.”

“Some say that Oculus Rift was planned at the beginning to be publicly sold for $300. It is in my opinion a fair price because it is affordable” – Christophe Longuepee, Streum On Studio

Like Olifiers, Italian actor and film-maker Flavio Parenti agrees that VR is no fad as well as being a demand on current hardware. His studio Untold Games is currently working on Loading Human, a first-person adventure game that sees players exploring convincing worlds using motion and head tracking.

He suggests that interest in VR from gamers is high, and if it’s well managed by the industry then the technology could indeed prove profitable. It might not be within the means of console, game or hardware developers just yet, however.

“VR is very demanding hardware-wise,” Parenti warns. “Rendering stereoscopic 3D requires approximately twice the raw power of today’s game. This means that virtual reality will force a step up of the hardware performances, pushing the market forward. Virtual Reality will start as a niche, but it will very soon become a new entertainment media standard for many thing other that video games.”

It’s clear that creators believe VR to be – if not instrumental – then additive to the game medium, but it’s entirely understandable why scepticism comes from the players themselves. Oculus Rift is not a commercial product yet, and for those lucky enough to have tried the device or some equivalent at consumer expos or trade shows, one small demo isn’t enough to give a fair view of the technology’s long-tail prospects.

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25 Comments

  1. Panthro

    Probably not unless they add it into the next Call Of Duty and Fifa titles so all the gamer dude console brah’s have a reason to get one.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Michael Ireland

    No.

    “Virtual reality will force a step up of the hardware performances,”

    Developers are at the whim of the technology, not the other way around. Manufacturers are not going to “step up their game” for a niche piece of technology.

    It’s a fun concept, and it will gather it’s own niche, but it’s not replacing traditional core gaming, neither in the future or ever.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Luciferous

    In the short term it’s unclear, but in the long haul then definitely.

    I’ve been fortunate to use one the HD Oculus headsets and I am completely sold, considering that they have improved the tech since I am doubly certain that I want in when the commercial launch happens.

    We’re definitely close to having the right hardware, it will boil down to software support and optimisation which could take years to get right enough to narrow down the negative effect of VR or for us to adapt.

    During my time with the hardware i was fine with games involving flight, Eve Valkyrie has to be experienced to be believed, but walking games are a bit rough even for someone like me who never feels motion sick even during the most turbulent of flights of boat trips.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. _LarZen_

    I have used it so I know it has a viable future. It’s the single most important thing that has happen to gaming for decades. Skepticism is always high with stuff like this but it is so clear why some of the biggest people in the gaming industry is working on VR about 5 seconds after you have put on the VR headset.

    Not all games will be good to play in VR so the “traditional” way to game is not going anywhere. But VR is THE thing to push gaming forward in a new and incredible exciting way.

    The future is bright!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Panthro

    @Michael Ireland

    If I rounded up every comment you have ever made regarding VR they would all say the exact same thing.

    For all I know what I’m replying to could actually be a repost…

    #5 1 year ago
  6. OlderGamer

    I don’t know, maybe. I agree with Mike a bit here. No one is going to make more powerful(and expensive) hardware just for the sake of VR Headsets. The tech involved from all sides needs to be at a mass market price point in order to be successful. And for the most part that always means older, dated tech. Cutting edge always remains niche. So at the very least it will take years.

    But could it happen?

    Yes, I think it could. But not for a very long time.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. jonnymelamet

    The thing that a lot of the people in the round table forget is the human element. If I walked into a room and my flatmate/mate/sibling was playing on a VR headset I would think that they are being anti social. Gaming is becoming more and more social with multi-player only games and streaming of game play with forums.

    Also, other people would muck about with people using VR. Draw on them or take something, like their phone.

    I don’t think it will work as a gaming device in the near future. I reckon there will be a surge in the use of VR headsets for other purposes.

    It could end up like computers though. Computers began as functional devices used for work and then developed into gaming systems once people understood them more. That is the only way I could see VR picking up as a gaming device.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Panthro

    @jonnymelamet

    I wouldn’t wanna’ be friends with people who would draw on me or steal my phone anyway.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. TheWulf

    Let’s march out the was a fad technologies!

    * Television, the picture quality is awful, no one will want it.

    * Surround sound, no one is interested enough in sound to want anything more than nicam stereo.

    * Computers, you wouldn’t want one of these in your home.

    * The Internet, the connection speeds over distances is too big to do anything meaningful with.

    * Molecular gastronomy, people want food made by renowned chefs, not lab technicians.

    * Mobile phones, they’re just for hipsters who like to show off by talking in cars.

    * Smart phones, no one wants to play games on their phone, they want to phone people with their phone.

    Now let’s look at the will be fads section!

    * VR, the helmets are giant and heavy, they make people sick, no one will want one.

    * Self-driving cars, no one is going to trust a machine to drive their cars for them — devices like TomTom are as far as they’ll go.

    * Wearable computers, people have their smart phones, they’re never going to want to wear something on their head or body for that when they can just reach into their pockets.

    Notice something? Almost every time someone says something is a hobby or a fad, based upon an old, unviable prototype, they assume that that’s as far as that will ever go. It’s a lack of imagination. The people saying that VR is a niche fad, today, are the same people who said that smart phones were a fad yesterday.

    And we all know how that turned out.

    Those selfsame people are now using smart phones.

    The technologies need time to be worked on and ripen, once that happens, what was once seen as a fad becomes a mega-trend. No, I doubt what VR is right now will be viable, but advances in the field will make it viable. And there are smart people already talking about how to make that happen, as the article shows.

    Even motion tracking will be viable one day, Microsoft pushing neanderthalic variants of the tech isn’t helping anyone, though. It’s just alienating people. That’s why I’m hoping that VR will remain ‘just a fad’ in the minds of many until all the kinks and issues have been worked out, until then, the hobbyists will have fun. And we’ll have liked it ‘before it was cool.’ :P

    #9 1 year ago
  10. TheWulf

    @8

    Same. I can’t understand why someone would want to live with a sociopath or even a prankster, since it’s going to cause a lot of friction and drama. The problem isn’t technology, the problem is the human, this is why I don’t play multiplayer games with strangers. Ever.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. TheWulf

    @6

    The estimations of the hardware required are commonly over-estimated. VR doesn’t take up as much extra processing as you think. The computer I have right now would be capable of it, and it’s hardly high-end.

    I think it’s nearer than you realise, it just needs more smart minds looking at it to figure out the last of the issues. The nausea and weight issues being the most important — once they’ve got those licked, it’s going to be huge.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Good post Wulf.

    Just keep in mind I wasn’t making any claims of needed hardware power…just reflecting what someone else had said. However, I fully stand behind my mass market level claim. Price point is always an issue.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Michael Ireland

    @TheWulf Nobody ever actually made those kinda complaints about half the things you just mentioned, and the few that did were in the minority.

    Core gaming is a niche as it is. The future of technology lies in portability and cross platform parity. Not in a mask you put on your face. It’s limited to specific genres on limited hardware and is an accessory on top of it.

    It’s actual penetratable userbase is very limited, and the average person is not going to want to spend that much money to sit around with a mask on their face to use what is essentially a gimmick. CoDKiller47 isn’t going to give a fuck about this anymore than he did about Rock Band or Singstar or the Kinect.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. gomersoul

    To say vr headsets are going to be the future of gaming is ridiculous. Microsoft thinks Kinect is but we all know they can throw as much money as possible at a piece of hardware and people will still not buy into the bullshit. There have been plenty of technology changes that failed in the commercial market. Minidisc players, hddvd, portable tv’s, old 3d, Sega Saturn, dreamcast, and much more. Naysayers are not always wrong. This is in direct competition with the way we currently play videogames and it doesn’t stand a chance. But I am sure the ten guys that buy it will love it, just like I love minidiscs

    #14 1 year ago
  15. DarkElfa

    @Michael Ireland Miiiichaaaeeel, what are things like there in the fuuuutuuure?

    Oh, that’s right, you’re in the present and can’t see the future either. I refute your logic and substitute ACTUAL logic.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. lookingglass

    Typical Michael Ireland, slandering VR while barely comprehending the true weight of the subject.

    VR is going to be revolutionary not solely because of gaming, but primarily because it’s going to impact so many different industries.

    But to talk about gaming specifically…

    Non-gamers can walk by a PS4 kiosk, watch or play for a bit, and feel absolutely nothing; no emotion, no adrenaline, nothing.

    The Oculus however, makes feeling nothing impossible. With VR and headphones, the human brain believes that what it’s experiencing is in some way real. Heights give you that feeling, speed injects adrenaline and beautiful games stir emotion.

    These are fundamental reactions to the immersion that VR offers. When test units hit stores, the experience will be so unique, so intense and so cheap that the masses will have a hard time passing it up.

    I’ve shown my dev kit to over 40 people and it’s actually the non-gamers who are most excited and affected. I’ve seen the look in their eyes when they take it off and I’ve seen it firsthand.

    VR is going to change everything.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Michael Ireland

    @lookingglass VR will change nothing.

    Only time will tell though.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Elvis71

    @Michael Ireland

    i somehow have the impression that you are only in denial because you didn´t had the experience of real VR ? If they achieve to get the presence right and hit a reasonable price point, all you have to do is to let someone experience a exciting VR demo and they are sold.

    I personally belief it has massive potential, at least as a new way to have gaming experiences. It will not work for all genres in the beginning, but there will be plenty to mess around, thats for sure.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Michael Ireland

    @Elvis71 My opinion on VR has absolutely to do with my personal experience of the technology. It’s an entirely objective opinion based entirely on what I believe consumers as a whole will be attracted to.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Dragon

    “It’s an entirely objective opinion based entirely on what I believe consumers as a whole will be attracted to.”
    wut? First time I heard opinions were anything other than subjective viewpoints on a topic based on personal preferences.

    VR will take time to reach its full potential, decades even. But it will revolutionize the world. Hell,games is just scratching the surface of what true VR can do. Prefect simulations of everything, that what VR is capable of in the future.
    To say mass market will
    never adopt it is, well so short-sighted its a bit sad.

    And of course, first time I agreed completely with Wulf. +1

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Dragon

    Oh my previous comment!
    *gasp*

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Michael Ireland

    @Dragon Are you saying it’s impossible for an opinion to be objective?

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Dragon

    @Michael Ireland,
    Just for you.
    “In general, an opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about matters commonly considered to be subjective, i.e. based on that which is less than absolutely certain, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. What distinguishes fact from opinion is that facts are verifiable, i.e. can be objectively proven to have occurred.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion

    Tell me that again when you have some objective data to back up your subjective opinion which frankly, sounds outdated.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Dragon

    @Michael Ireland,
    I am waiting you know. To know on what objective basis you feel VR wont be a successful.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. GleninAK

    I just don’t think games are the big draw for VR, at least not for me and millions of other people. I can have a fun game experience and that will add something to my life. What I really want and need is a Virtual Entertainment room. Something you might see in a millionaires home, but much more configurable and easily manipulatable. I am thinking of a virtual room with a “200 TV, a 200″ monitor, a Messaging wall, a video chat wall, a live view of the beach in the Bahamas. In other words, something a millionaire would want, that it would take a million dollars to build, and I want it for <$1000. I want a 360 degree view, I want to resize screens so I can play my favorite game, watch a movie, keep an eye on stocks, watch messages and my favorite 1980's Rush concert at the same time. I want to control sound inputs, levels, add more screens, configure interruptions from important environment changes. You know, things a millionaire would do. I want to trade stocks, watch 3 different news channels, see my kids play, start a meeting at work, and visit the grand canyon. I want to be more-than-a-millionaire, not a really great gamer. My two cents.

    #25 1 year ago

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  • Super Mario 64 HD project receives takedown notice from Nintendo

    Nintendo has issued a takedown notice for Unity-developed Super Mario 64 HD, the fan project which created an updated version of the first level of the game and allowed users to play it in their browser. It was also downloadable, with no attempts from creator Roystan Ross to monetize the project. Still, the news shouldn’t […]

  • Dying Light players should use “extreme caution” handling Antizin injections tomorrow

    Dying Light players will be able to participate in “something unusual” which Techland says will “radically change the game experience” for one day only tomorrow, April 1. According to the developer, players will need to use “extreme caution” when handling Antizin injections as the latest batch has been sullied with a foreign contaminant. The chemical […]

  • Nintendo of America’s hosting a Nintendo Direct on April 1

    Nintendo of America will be hosting a Nintendo Direct tomorrow, April 1 of all days. The company will be discussing upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. The session will take place at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT/12am CET. Catch a #NintendoDirectNA about #WiiU & #3DS games on 4/1 at 3 p.m. PT. Don’t let the date fool […]

  • How eSports changed Call of Duty

    Betting on eSports for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has reinvigorated the biggest game on consoles and turned it into a spectator sport. “We were looking at the eSports scene blowing up. Every year it was getting bigger. Players were maturing and being more discriminating. We had to understand the impact that eSports is having […]

  • Destiny: how does the road ahead look?

    The future of Destiny looks very bright with House of Wolves and Comet releasing this year. But what about next year, and the one after that? Alex has a new video for you that tries to paint a picture of the future of Destiny. He goes over the timeline as we know it based on […]

  • GTA 5 patch 1.09 improves Heists matchmaking

    GTA 5 received a patch towards the end of last week. The patch, version 1.09, brought with it a few improvements to Heists and plenty of other fixes. Rockstar has released patch 1.09 (1.23 PS3 and Xbox 360) for all versions of GTA 5 to help make the Heisting experience better for all. The ‘auto-invite’ […]

  • Diablo 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more make up this week’s Deals with Gold

    Deals with Gold is back for the week of March 30 with discounts on Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Lego Movie Videogame, and others. Xbox Live Gold members get a few good deals this week to spend money on. A large assortment of The Lego games is on […]

  • GTA 5: parallax occlusion mapping is gone, but framerate is better

    Patch 1.09 for GTA 5 has indeed removed the parallax occlusion mapping effect, but has in turn improved the game’s overall framerate – at least on PlayStation 4. Earlier last week a YouTube video came to light and showed what appeared to be the removal of effects from GTA 5 after applying patch 1.09. The […]

  • The Witcher 3 dev: DirectX 12 may not have impact on Xbox One games resolution

    DirectX 12 may not be the miracle that some are believing it to be, at least not when it comes to improving the resolution of Xbox One ports. Damien Monnier, a senior game designer at The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED has revealed through a Twitter conversation with fans that DirectX 12 may not […]

  • Get infinite items in Bloodborne with this duplication glitch

    Bloodborne has a nasty glitch that will let you duplicate all in-game consumables. The glitch was discovered by Kotaku and makes item duplication pretty simple. Note that doing this will trivialise a major part of the game’s challenge and that it will probably get patched soon. For this glitch to work, you’ll need to create […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 31: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    The weekly reset to Destiny’s merchants, strikes, and reputation caps is here. The strike for this week is The Nexus on the Ishtar Sink on Venus. Void burn will be your ally/enemy for the Nightfall. The Juggler modifier is also available on both Heroic and Nightfall. Inferno Crucible mode also returns with Clash, and it […]

  • Motivational Growth is the first non-documentary film to be released on Steam

    Motivational Growth will soon be Steam’s first foray into selling movies that are not based around video games Steam will release its first, non-documentary film later today in the form of Motivational Growth. The film is a sci-fi comedy distributed by Hotline Miami publisher Devolver Digital, who has itself produced other game-centred documentaries before, and […]

  • Metal Gear Solid movie in the works at Sony Pictures

    A Metal Gear Solid film is in the making at Sony Pictures. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has closed a deal to make a film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will be written by Jay Basu, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts attached to direct. Michael De Luca is said to be heading production. There […]

  • Destiny: Inferno mode returns this week with Inferno Clash

    Inferno mode returns to Destiny this week. This time it’s Inferno Clash. The Inferno playlist will be back to The Crucible rotation in Destiny this week. Unlike last month’s Control, Clash will be the mode variant this time. The main changes Inferno brings to the game is the removal of the radar (mini-map), scoring is […]

  • Bladestorm: how 28 rogue ninja conquered Brittany

    The Hundred Years War wasn’t ended by the superior forces of the French cavalry: it was ninja. Bladestorm: Nightmare Battlefield sim. Take control of dozens of unit types. You play a mercenary, fighting for both France and England, usually at your own discretion. Unit variations liven things up; Lady Lancers replace Knights. Vikings replace Swords. […]

  • First Bloodborne speedrun is in, game finished in under 45 minutes

    Bloodborne has been out for less than a week in most parts of the world and the first speedrun record has already been achieved. YouTuber Oginam_tv managed to finish Bloodborne in under 50 minutes. Of course not without utilising more than his fair share of exploits, including level-skipping glitches, as well as the item duplication […]

  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

    We’ve got some new gameplay footage from Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies episode 2 – Infection. Arekkz went to L.A. this past weekend and played the new map that Infection brings to Exo Zombies mode in Advanced Warfare. The map is noticeably larger than that of the first episode, with more branching paths you can unlock. […]

  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

    The Hotline Miami crowdfunding effort to produce a special collector’s edition is going strong with 50% of the target achieved. Gamer Network’s collector’s edition initiative has announced that funding for the Hotline Mimi Gamer’s Edition has reached 50% of its goal, with just over nine days to go. The collector’s edition is a one-of-a-kind bundle […]

  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

    Indie platformer Woah Dave will be made free to PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 in April, but it’s not part of the month’s main Plus offering. Woah Dave is a “secret” April PlayStation Plus game, according to Sony. The game is a 2D platformer that received positive feedback when it was released on PS […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

    Warner Bros. has announced a new series of Mortal Kombat X tournaments with a prize pool starting at $100,000. Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program is a series of tournaments that kick off in April and allow players from the around the world participation. The tournaments are the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament, Mortal Kombat X […]

  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

    The Lykan Hypersport, the supercar featured in one of Furious 7′s action set-pieces, will be a free download for Project CARS owners. To thank the fans for their patience throughout Project CARS development and several delays, developer Slightly Mad will be giving all owners one in-game car for free each month. The first car will […]

  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

    Gameplay from the upcoming, Russia only, Halo Online has leaked online and it looks like a mix of Halo 3 and Halo Reach. Microsoft announced last week that a free-to-play Halo game is in development at Saber Interactive. The game will be available in Russia only, at least on launch. YouTuber Noble, with the help […]

  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

    US retailer Best Buy is offering a free PlayStation Camera with the purchase of The Last of Us PS4 bundle. If you’re in the US, Best Buy is having a very good deal on PlayStation 4 systems at the moment. If you buy The Last of Us PS4 bundle, you’ll automatically get the PS Camera […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC has been given a release window for PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. Jaws of Hakkon, the first story add-on to Dragon Age: Inquisition was released last week on PC and Xbox One. The release was a complete surprise, as there was no prior announcement. What was also surprising […]

  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

    Rainbow Six Siege has a new trailer available explaining the operator system. Operators are what makes any Counter Terrorist Unit and you will get to choose each of them individually before assembling a team. Any operator you choose will not be available for others though, so planning ahead will be crucial. The new trailer shows […]

  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

    Spotify has arrived on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Spotify app is now available in 42 countries on PSN. The app was part of last week’s firmware update and can be found under PlayStation Music. Anyone can download it, as it doesn’t require PlayStation Plus. You can use your PSN account to subscribe to […]

  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

    The weapon balance in Battlefield Hardline is causing a controversy among the players. Are some weapons too powerful, or are other not powerful enough? Westie has been playing Battlefield Hardline since it the day it came out and he has some opinions about the state of weapon balance as it stands right now. Westie also […]

  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.