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Amazon Fire TV is a $99 game and movie streaming device

Wednesday, 2 April 2014 16:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Amazon has announced its game and movie streaming device, after rumors of its development for what seems like months.

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Gaming and specs

Fire TV plugs into your HDTV, has 2GB of RAM, a dedicated GPU similar to those found in smartphones, and a quad-core processor. It also has dual-band, dual-antenna WiFi, high definition 1080p video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.

It has three times more power than the competition such as Apple TV, Roku and is as tall as a dime, according to Amazon.

Fire TV includes full games support. According to Larsen, game consoles are priced too high.

Mike Frazzini from Amazon Games took the stage to discuss the developers on board with Fire TV, including Mojang, Ubisoft and Take-Two. By next month, thousands of games will be available to play.

Minecraft Pocket Edition, Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 was shown, as was Monsters University and The Walking Dead, and 2K’s NBA 2K14.

Earlier, it was reported in the live blog that a Fire TV specific version of Minecraft was coming to the system. Mojang told VG247 that Minecraft Pocket edition “is the version that’s playable on the Fire TV.”

Amazon’s also making games, one of which is called Sev Zero, a third-person shooter developed through the firm’s internal game developments studio. More than a dozen games are in the works at Amazon.

The average price of games will run between $1.85 and $2. You can play games with the remote or using the Amazon Game Controller, which will run $39.99, includes Amazon Coins to get you started.

The Fire TVis remote controlled and has a microphone embedded for voice search “that actually works.” Users can search for media by actor, title or genre.

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Other apps and features

The main screen TV features: Home, Movies, TV, Watchlist, Video Library, Games, Apps, Photos, and Settings, according to Engadget.

Fire TV is Android and HTML based, allows porting of apps, and the main streaming services are Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video with more on the way. The latter will also receive 10 original shows.

Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, HBO Go, SHO Anytime, Pandora, RedBull TV and others will be released on the device as well. It includes instant access to over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, allowing users to “watch what they want, when they want.”

Amazon Prime members will be granted unlimited access to thousands of popular movies and TV shows, including exclusives. An exclusive new feature called ASAP predicts what movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly.

Photos taken with your smartphone can also be loaded to Amazon Cloud and loaded onto Fire TV.

A second screen option called X-ray was shown, and it seems to work similar to Microsoft’s SmartGlass as users can start watching something on Fire TV and pick up where they left off on a tablet.

Fire TV was announced by Kindle VP Peter Larsen during Engadget’s live blog of the event.

Amazon Fire TV will run you $99 and is available from today.

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45 Comments

  1. Mike W

    hmmmm….interesting

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Michael Ireland

    Consumers will be all over this as long as it’s priced well. Knowing Amazon, it probably will be.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. papizdano

    and the games ?

    #3 12 months ago
  4. Mike W

    @papizdano

    I don’t think the games are going to be worth it.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. Michael Ireland

    @Mike W That hasn’t stopped people on Android and iOS lapping them up like crazy, with profits that out dedicated hardware to shame.

    In ten years there won’t be any dedicated devices beyond PCs for power user and designers. It will be all about how much you can do with a single piece of technology.

    While there’s certainly still some demand for core games, it’s an ever shrinking niche in an ever more expensive market.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. PEYJ

    “It has three times more power than the competition”..

    What?

    #6 12 months ago
  7. Mike W

    @PEYJ

    Apple TV and Roku

    #7 12 months ago
  8. hadamrw

    I don’t fully understand these types of products. Are they meant for the people who don’t have access to Netflix/Amazon/Other Apps through a gaming console?

    #8 12 months ago
  9. PEYJ

    @ Mike W

    Ahh… thanks.

    #9 12 months ago
  10. Mike W

    @hadamrw

    Probably for people looking for an “all one device” at a cheap price.

    #10 12 months ago
  11. Mike W

    @Michael Ireland

    Good point.

    #11 12 months ago
  12. kingy

    Interesting and looks good lets see how this plays out

    #12 12 months ago
  13. Stephany Nunneley

    BTW that was Minecraft Pocket Edition shown, not a Fire TV specific version as was reported in the live blog.

    #13 12 months ago
  14. fearmonkey

    Apple could have owned this if they would have made Apple TV with Iphone or Ipad parts. Now they have let a competitor arrive first with a product they could made easily first.

    Not sure if the market will be huge for these, and even if they do sell like hotcakes, if games are going to be a big factor on them. The fact the controller is not included and an extra $40 might mean that many people that get one of these wont pick up the controller.

    I have heard rumors of AppleTV doing the same, but it hasnt happened yet. I wonder if this device would bite into AppleTV sales.

    #14 12 months ago
  15. mistermogul

    I’m sure Sony/Nintendo/MS are keeping a close eye on this!

    #15 12 months ago
  16. Panthro

    Might get one of these to play some 1080p games. lol.

    #16 12 months ago
  17. game_on

    At least now we can be sure that the current gen of consoles actually ís the last one.
    This kind of device is the near future, I’m sure.

    #17 12 months ago
  18. mistermogul

    @game_on – I don’t think this device is really that different to current gen systems…

    Plays games – check
    Apps – check
    Streaming – check

    The future is already here!

    #18 12 months ago
  19. game_on

    @mistermogul
    It’s the streaming part I meant, but after looking into it, it seams that all it streams is movies, not games. So I was a little rash I guess.

    #19 12 months ago
  20. Panthro

    @mistermogul

    Front rooms will be filled with devices/ a device like these in the future.

    Everyday people (not gamers) want a device like this but they just don’t know it yet.
    Paying 400$ for a console just for your kids to play some 40$ a pop games and watch some netflix is a bit of a rip off.
    This is sort of like the Wii, only families and parents who don’t want there kids being sucked into ‘console games’… See what I’m saying? I worded it terribly but I know.
    My grandmother would love one of these, a little game station for the kids and a box to stream all the content she likes to watch.

    #20 12 months ago
  21. Dark

    Ouya 2 confirmed,incoming flop.

    #21 12 months ago
  22. mistermogul

    @Panthro – yeah good point.

    I suppose the main difference with this to current gen, like you say, is price. This has a mass market price.

    Having said that PS3/360 are quite cheap these days. I wonder if this will force MS/Sony into cutting the price of those…

    #22 12 months ago
  23. mistermogul

    @Dark – lol, that’s a bit harsh!

    Thing is Ouya didn’t have Amazon behind it!

    #23 12 months ago
  24. Mike W

    @mistermogul

    Literally…..it’s already out.

    #24 12 months ago
  25. Panthro

    @mistermogul

    I know I would prefer my kids to be spending hours at time playing Super Mario on an emulator/ Plants Vs Zombies 3/ [Insert kids mobile game here] for like 1$-3$ a pop and most of the time even free rather than spending 40$ per game on game on a console which doesn’t really cater to kids.
    There are kids games on console but the mobile market is ripe with kids games, and my little sister (8) spends more time on my Fire HD and iPad than she does on her PS4/PS3 (her game library is around 15-20 kids games) she just prefers mobile games way more.

    #25 12 months ago
  26. Dragon

    Judging how it performs, Sony would launch PS Vita TV, I would assume the announcement will come at E3. Its also about 99$.
    When that comes, the comparison will be intriguing, since Vita TV will probably have better games support (as of now), and Fire TV will be a better all-rounder (Amazon duh).

    Really Sony, bring that Vita TV fast.

    #26 12 months ago
  27. Panthro

    @Dragon

    The Kindle Fire TV will have way more support if it is running on Android, which I very much assume it is.

    #27 12 months ago
  28. Dragon

    @Panthro,
    Mobile android game vs. Console quality games + best indie ones
    Choice is yours.
    Btw, Vita already has over 700 games, most of which are way above the quality of mobile ones (PSX, PSP, Vita games)

    #28 12 months ago
  29. Mike W

    @Dragon

    I think if Sony advertise the PSV TV with the PS4, it will move a couple of units.

    #29 12 months ago
  30. TheKeyPit

    I can only smile about how the controller looks similar to the xbox one controller :D

    #30 12 months ago
  31. Dragon

    @Mike W,
    $400+$100 = bigger sale?
    I don’t think so.
    I think they have to market it the same way as Amazon is doing. Although it would be interesting if Amazon allows its services on Vita TV or not. Vita TV would be much less appealing product without Amazon offerings for many people.

    #31 12 months ago
  32. salarta

    I can see many people buying this, mainly for the Amazon Prime use. It’s cheaper than any other consoles, and it means a much easier way of hooking up to TV.

    The more fascinating thing to me is that it comes off like a superior product in the exact same area Microsoft was hoping to sell people on with the XBox One. Voice control? Got it. Various video services? Got it. Games? Got it. They even have SmartGlass functionality, and all of this comes at a much cheaper price point. The graphical power angle for video games is something only a subset of dedicated gamers care about.

    I wouldn’t say this has a chance at replacing Nintendo by any means, because this is clearly treating games as secondary and video as its main feature. Aside from XBox One, if looking at game consoles, it has more in common with the CD-I than anything else. Still, it’s an important new player, mainly in terms of risks to Microsoft’s sales and place in the market than anyone else. Nintendo and Sony have nothing to worry about here.

    #32 12 months ago
  33. BrokenSpline

    @salarta

    “I can see many people buying this, mainly for the Amazon Prime use. ”

    It doesn’t offer much at all. I have amazon prime on all my devices roku, ps3, PS4 and PC. What does it offer that differentiates that from those for Prime users?

    “Amazon Prime members will be granted unlimited access to thousands of popular movies and TV shows, including exclusives. An exclusive new feature called ASAP predicts what movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly.”

    Oh it already gets ready to stream the stuff I already watch. I already have access to all those videos on all those devices.

    http://media.tumblr.com/88e99fd0c788948e672152c16da49d50/tumblr_inline_mmlixpzH551qz4rgp.gif

    #33 12 months ago
  34. Michael Ireland

    @BrokenSpline You might, but there is a huge audience of people out there who will lap thid up just to have this on their TVs.

    #34 12 months ago
  35. BrokenSpline

    @Michael Ireland

    “You might, but there is a huge audience of people out there who will lap thid up just to have this on their TVs.”

    Have what? I am talking about salarta point of prime users going after it for its features which are nothing but caching shows you watch already so when you load the device its ready to go. THat really doesn’t benefit anyone unless you have such shitty ass internet but if that is the case you wouldn’t be going after a streaming device.

    All of their videos you have access to on pretty much all devices except for android but there are workarounds.

    As far this particular device goes the only real differentiator is being able to play games. If it came between amazon or roku 3. I would probably go for amazon just because of having access to some games even if it never gets fleshed out but if that isn’t your point of a streaming device there really is no difference between a roku 2, LT or media sticks like Chromecast, miracast or rokus new media streaming stick which are half the price and offer the same streaming apps if not more.

    #35 12 months ago
  36. Gheritt White

    At that price, this is sure to do well.

    However developing games for it isn’t quite as simple as pushing your Android game to the device – Amazon is operating a closed system/walled garden type affair, so even Google Play games need to be ported, which incurs a dev cost.

    Still, for everyone who’s content with games like Deus Ex: The Fall being the most they can expect from their videogame experiences in terms of 3D graphical fiedlity, this is pretty much a no-brainer, IMHO.

    #36 12 months ago
  37. dtyk

    Late to the game…?

    I feel that this is redundant considering you already have Apple TV, Roku 2, Chrome Cast, and even Vita TV, all of which have similar features but unique strengths to stand out.

    #37 12 months ago
  38. salarta

    @BrokenSpline But you’re not everyone else. There are a lot of people that do NOT have video game consoles, or at least ones that they would want to use for Amazon Prime. Even if they did, this is a system that’s dedicated to Amazon’s offerings first, meaning it’ll be faster and easier to access Amazon Prime than it would be for other systems.

    #38 12 months ago
  39. Hyperx64

    Another cheap plastic box full of crap… what a joke!

    #39 12 months ago
  40. Hyperx64

    I refute the claim that “people” only wan’t cheap plastic shit. If price is an issue get a Raspberry Pi and load the software that you want to use.

    #40 12 months ago
  41. BrokenSpline

    @salarta

    “But you’re not everyone else. There are a lot of people that do NOT have video game consoles, or at least ones that they would want to use for Amazon Prime. Even if they did, this is a system that’s dedicated to Amazon’s offerings first, meaning it’ll be faster and easier to access Amazon Prime than it would be for other systems.”

    What the bloody hell are you talking about? Did I ever mention anything about this vs consoles? Also it is stupidly easy to access amazon instant on roku and any device that it is on natively. You click and there you are. Roku has a god damn button for it. Roku has a search function that works fantastic on all channels you have on it. Amazon is late to the game. The market is saturated with streaming devices the only thing this offers is allowing you to play mobile games on the TV screen and as one of the previous commenters says devs still have to port their mobile games over to this device because Amazon doesn’t exactly use the same android as smartphone uses but a forked version which is android like OS but not really.

    If someone is now in the market for a streaming device and going for the 100$ device they have a contender and the better choice is amazon. But if you are like most people you already have a streaming device which this offers very little towards them. The only people I honestly see going for this are those that have a kindle fire.

    #41 12 months ago
  42. salarta

    @BrokenSpline Out of the four devices you mentioned, two of them were consoles. One of them is PC which is the most basic and obvious way of viewing Amazon Prime films, making the consoles predominant in your argument.

    This gets back to the whole Roku thing. That’s a device you use. It’s not a device everyone uses. It may have a lot of marketing out there to push it, but at the end of the day, it’s not ubiquitous. You attempt addressing this to an extent by saying there are other streaming devices out there, but the existence of such devices does not mean those devices have any meaningful presence in that way, and some of them, like your PC example, aren’t even ones that utilize a TV in any kind of easy way. iPhones are nearly ubiquitous. Computers are nearly ubiquitous. Streaming devices that use the TV in a cheap and easy fashion are not. And even if they were, Amazon Prime memberships would easily translate to heightened interest in Fire TV itself.

    We’ll see though. It’s for sale right now, we’re sure to find out how its initial sales went very soon.

    #42 12 months ago
  43. Gheritt White

    @Hyperx64 Apples != oranges, douchebag.

    #43 12 months ago
  44. BrokenSpline

    @salarta

    ” like your PC example, aren’t even ones that utilize a TV in any kind of easy way. ”

    I named a few those weren’t the only devices. There are chromecast, miracast, allcast if you have a samsung TV and most TVs now have it in it natively and inexpensive ones at that.

    “And even if they were, Amazon Prime memberships would easily translate to heightened interest in Fire TV itself.”

    Not really as I stated there are TVs, streaming sticks, current and last gen consoles, roku devices, you can even hook up a tablet to your TV, most TVs now have amazon on it natively.

    There is nothing that this devices offers anything different than any of those devices besides gaming that it is it.

    http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/networking-and-wi-fi/media-streaming-devices?page=2&page=1

    Just look at that link and that is from half a year ago there have been numerous devices coming out practically monthly. They are dirt cheap to produce.

    “That’s a device you use. It’s not a device everyone uses. It may have a lot of marketing out there to push it, but at the end of the day, it’s not ubiquitous.”

    You have proof of this claim. You go to any review for what is the best media streaming device to get and I bet Roku would be at the top.

    “Amazon Prime memberships would easily translate to heightened interest in Fire TV itself.”

    Again not really they aren’t offering anything unique to those that are already prime members other than pre-caching the shows you watch on to it which as I said is not needed unless you have shitty internet.

    “We’ll see though. It’s for sale right now, we’re sure to find out how its initial sales went very soon.”

    Not really as Amazon doesn’t release that info out to the public. But hey, thanks for playing.

    #44 12 months ago
  45. BrokenSpline

    @BrokenSpline

    Damn didn’t notice I posted the same quote. Eh, you get the gist.

    #45 12 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

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

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

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

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

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

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

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

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

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

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

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  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

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  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

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  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

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  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

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  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

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  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

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  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

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  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

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  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

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  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

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