Xbox One sales have doubled since dropping the Kinect like a hot rock

Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Unbuckling the Kinect from the Xbox One and dropping the price by $100 has accelerated the console’s sales. Surprise!


Xbox One sales since the launch of the Kinect-free bundle in early June have “more than doubled” May’s sales, Microsoft said on Xbox Wire, drawing on internal sales data.

This statistic only applies to the US; we’re yet to hear updates on other territories, although it’s not hard to imagine price matching the PS4 has helped the Xbox One out across the board.

Moving into the future, Microsoft said “new blockbuster hits will launch for Xbox One at an incredible pace throughout the fall”, starting with Madden NFL 15 in August.

“Gamers love the holidays and we are lining up incredible deals and special promotions to celebrate. The fun is just getting started and we can’t wait to share more exciting news soon,” the company added.

Microsoft also said that Xbox 360 sales have seen “solid growth”.


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  1. GuuR

    Still, why would anyone in his/her right mind want to buy such an ugly piece of cheap ass plastic low-end pc? The mind boggles.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Doppleganger

    You talking about a PS4 right?

    #2 8 months ago
  3. marporte

    400 is a good price for an X1 since the majority didn’t want to pay for Kinect. Kinect didn’t get a chance to prove itself as a real piece of gaming media in this generation as well it seems.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Capt.N00P

    @1 who plays games :P
    “right mind”
    Halo is mind blowing

    #4 8 months ago
  5. angrygallo

    What’s the point of comments like what the first poster said. Honestly what’s the point of saying something like that. People buy an X1or PS4 because they want it. Doesn’t matter if games look better on a pc, all that matters is that the games are fun.

    Going back to the article I agree with #3, kinect wasn’t given a proper chance in this generation. I do enjoy mine and don’t see myself disconnecting it, the voice commands are excellent. Either way I’m glad sales are picking up, it’s always good when all consoles are performing well, the competition brings the best out of developers trying to one up each other.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. KAP

    @3 If Microsoft didn’t believe in Kinect, why should you?!
    Clearly it didn’t have any true lasting appeal or push the gaming further. It was a fad, a gimmick.

    #6 8 months ago
  7. polygem

    will probably buy one in 2016 or 17

    was a huge 360 guy but the direction they have taken with the one was a slap in the face.

    i believe that they will have sorted that out in 2016…at least i hope so.

    i want a gaming machine. nothing else.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Dimaco

    @7 seriously, One’s whole story has been a (bad) joke: all of the u turns, bad PR and so on… I barely have enough gaming time for one console, and that’s gotta be the PS4.
    Better running multiplat titles and more interesting (to me) exclusives… No question tbh

    #8 8 months ago
  9. TheWulf


    They often don’t look better on the PC. I wish people would stop perpetuating that myth because it’s annoying. In fact, most of the time, due to the hardware level being dictated by consoles, they only look about the same or a tiny bit better.

    Examples like Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, where the developers created the PC port independently, and you can look at screenshots side by side and say that it’s objectively better are rare. In that game, they increased things like the draw distance, the texture resolution, and the polycount of the models. You can actually see the difference.

    But in 99 per cent of console ports, you can’t see an appreciable difference between the PC version and the console version. Sure, you have higher resolutions, a little anti-aliasing, and perhaps some extra shader spam, but it’s not going to make a drastic change. There was a recent comparison of Titanfall on the Xbox One and PC lately, to see which runs better, and the truth was was that they were virtually indistinguishable.

    So long as development happens on consoles first, the PC version is never going to look better, that’s a myth. And frankly, who cares what looks better other than graphics whores in the first place? I’m personally an aesthetics whore, so I think this game looks better than Destiny could ever hope to on its best day.

    So why do I even bother to play games on the PC?

    Game Jams

    People develop on the PC because it’s a development platform, they do it over periods of time, or short weekends, and you get to play the fruits of these very experimental labours. Often, these games turn into indie titles.

    It’s funny, because people are getting in on this al the time, Double Fine has been taking advantage of this for a few years, now, and it seems like Insomniac is jumping on board. It’s great.

    Indies & Experiments

    Due to the PC being an open platform, anyone with a website can sell their game. This is facilitated even further now thanks to the Humble Store and GoG, which both have their own website widgets. So you can sell your game from your site, with those two only taking a very minimal cut.

    There’s no red tape on the PC, there’s no one to tell you that you cannot sell your game. You can sell absolutely anything on the PC. This can be both good and bad, but in my experience it’s been mostly good because those tend to be passion projects, made with love, they’re weird and experimental. Which is better to me than the safe and somewhat soulless AAA market efforts. This is why Sony always tries to steal indies, but in most cases Sony doesn’t seem to understand which indies people actually want to play. They tend to pick the indies that are most like AAA.

    There’s a reason why things like Gone Home don’t launch on consoles. They’re too experimental and unsafe. Gone Home received a lot of hate for being what it was, but I loved it, so did my friends, and as I recall Brenna did, too. It was a more high brow affair than most games. So of course the average Joe is going to flip a shit at it.

    But it’s there, that’s the important part.

    There’s no red tape, there’s no monitoring, there’s no gatekeepers, there’s no one to say that you can’t sell your game. Hell, the only gatekeepers that exist on Steam are the users because people vote for Greenlit games. But even then, you don’t have to use Steam, a lot of my favourite projects haven’t. I didn’t buy Starbound from Steam.

    I bought it from the Chucklefish site.

    And speaking of Starbound…

    Mods & Modders

    When you take a game like Starbound at its base merits, it’s good. It’s definitely good. Same with Torchlight. But when you add mods, it actually becomes so, so much better. I play a modded race in Starbound (the Avali) because I prefer them to the more safe and commonplace races that ship with the game. I’m allowed to do that because mods.

    Extremely modifiable games are a thing that exist on the PC, and the users get to reap the benefits, since there are mods that do everything for Starbound. From genetic engineering of plants, to new content, to bee-keeping, to hoverbikes, to giant freaking mechas. There was even a Pokémon mod, which the developers liked so much they built into the base game. Same goes for Skyrails, which was also co-opted into the base game.

    Mods can extend with really professionally made content. The Avali race mod I play has all the same content that the Avians do, who’re the most feature complete race in Starbound right now. So there are Avali ships, outposts, towns, cities, items, decorations, tiered armours, weapons, and so on. Modders also tend to make passion projects, because they like injecting their own creations into existing games.

    I mean, the person who created the Avali clearly loves his creations a lot. If you hear him talk about them, they matter to him, and that’s why he likes building them into the games he plays.

    You can connect with modders on that level, too. You can ask them for advice, help, to build something for you, or you can become a modder and make your own thing. You can use that to further customise your gaming experience.

    And on the topic of customisation…

    Complete Platform Control

    I can choose which store I buy from, I can choose how to run my computer, I can choose the programs on it, I can get into the guts of my computer and make it run just how I want. I can customise it, I can tweak it, and I can make it something that feels like mine, rather than an impersonal toy. This isn’t for everyone, granted, but I like giving my PC personality.

    And if you want to go deeper, there’s Linux, from where you can write your own code and compile it as you want, you can even write your own kernel — the guts of the operating system — and compile it yourself. And hey, support for Linux is growing more by the day, all the time. Indies are almost always compiling for Linux, Starbound is out for it, that Deer God game I linked above will land on Linux. Indie support for Linux is amazing.

    And the new Grim Fandango will land on Linux, too. Bless you, Tim Schafer.

    So, yeah. The PC is …

    Constantly Evolving

    No, I’m not talking about the hardware, not at all. I’m talking about how fast everything moves, better versions of software, newer game ideas, and so on. You can always be on the fringe with the PC, on the cutting edge, you can see more clearly what’s just over the horizon. You can gaze over it and look out, and understand what the future holds for gaming.

    Consoles tend to move at a snails pace by comparison because software doesn’t land on them too often. Why? Red tape. There’s always red tape in the way of software updates and patches. Red tape that stopped Bethesda from patching Skyrim, which meant that all Skyrim patches landed anywhere between days to weeks on the PC before they did on the consoles.

    What your computer is looking like one year might be very different the next as your tastes change and you change it to suit, and you opt to follow different approaches. And with programs like Early Access, we’re finally going back to games having more regular patches and working towards being feature complete. Rather than having half finished games dumped on us without so much as a by your leave, which has become worryingly common on all platforms over the past five or so years.

    Not to mention VR, which has been around on the PC for ages in hobbyist form even long before Oculus Rift. And with Oculus Rift there are all ready patches for loads of games to be used with it, and lots of experimental titles to have fun with it. It’s a brand new perspective on technology that the PC gave birth to, because it couldn’t have happened anywhere else.

    Now Sony wants some of that VR and Early Access action. Go figure.

    And that’s why I own a PC. That’s why my choice is the PC. It’s not because ‘games look better,’ they really don’t. Fidelity hasn’t been a concern of the PC since, what, ’07? It’s more just the variety of experiences you can have on a PC that make it worthwhile as a platform.

    It’s a very different experience.

    If you want an impersonal entertainment provider which you play notably safe AAA games sharing verisimilitude upon, then you’ll want a console. And that’s a fine choice for anyone who wants that. You have your Calls of Duty, your Assassin’s Creeds, your cheevos, and that’s that. But for anyone who wants to go beyond that somewhat more shallow experience, the PC exists and awaits. The PC brings depth to the gaming experience.

    That’s why I like it.

    It’s DEFINITELY not for everyone, though. Like I said, all some people want to do is come home, flop on their couch, start up the latest Call of Duty and blast through it whilst shouting at the screen or whatever it is they do. It’s a very different experience. Consoles are about turning your brain off and instant gratification. There is the game, play game.

    It’s kind of like the difference between a Michael Bay movie or a Guillermo del Toro movie. Some people want to munch popcorn and watch explosions, others want to go deeper.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. TheWulf

    I will add that I’m currently cycling between these pictures as desktops because they’re amazing.

    I’m glad that Android got desktops right, too. I like desktops because they’re so customisable. To me, a desktop is a place where you have a picture with a bunch of informational displays that sometimes becomes an impromptu workspace. I have the start menu and typing for the rest.

    I don’t see the point of putting Steam on my desktop when I can just do the following:

    [windows key] [s] [t] [e] [enter]

    Same goes for the latest Ubuntu, too.

    #10 8 months ago
  11. melonbuster1

    They needed more games that showed the reason to have a kinect , but the Xbox1 should be 349.99 because it’s not more powerful than the ps4. They must sell at 30-50 dollars cheaper in order to gain on the ps4 and overtake them

    #11 8 months ago
  12. Vice

    @GuuR Because of Halo. That’s pretty much the only reason why I, being a PC master race, has bought xbox360. PS won’t ever lure me with it’s shitty exclusives, but Halo worth every last coin to pay for.

    #12 8 months ago
  13. KAP



    #13 8 months ago
  14. zoopdeloop


    #14 8 months ago
  15. Dimaco

    @Vice I see, you has bought 360 but call PS and it’s exclusives shitty, its bit rude and senseless me thinks

    #15 8 months ago
  16. The_Red

    Didn’t Xbox One sell really badly last month, making the double comparison kinda pointless?

    Hopefully they are doing great because for the first time in ages, the Xbox management feels different than the disaster making regime of Mattrick. I’m not buying XB1 anytime soon (Only have budget for a new console every 4-5 years and this round goes to PS4) but seeing Xbox team doing good things could push Sony to do the same and vice versa.

    #16 8 months ago
  17. Legendaryboss

    @The_Red Waiting on Microsoft’s next strategy to determine if Xbox One still isn’t selling to expectations. I don’t know what that is but we should know it when it happens.

    #17 8 months ago
  18. marporte

    @KAP Kinect is a gimmick like Wii motion controls and Playstation Move, however Nintendo went Sony worked harder to evolve the gimmick. Wii did motion plus and Sony is trying to implement VR with everything learned from PSeye and Move. Kinect only had voice control tv features and these features we will probably see in smart TVs down the line. PS2 had a game called Lifeline a game that worked with only voice commands PS2 and the first Socom had voice commands with a mike in 2003 . That is seven years before Kinect. Between the PS2 eyetoy which also came out in 2003 Sony innovated motion control and voice control years becfore MS. Even the launch Kinect launch titles had the same eye control scheme of holding your hand over a menu choice long enough to select it. MS just yelled really loud saying “look at this it will change the future of gaming” even though the concept existed in consoles seven years prior in the previous generation. MS never allowed Kinect to evolve into something more than a remote control for the TV which is not worth 500 dollars given most of its ideas come from old tech that Sony had a decade earlier. I feel MS is letting Kinect fall by the wayside A good portion of power was reserved for Kinect and MS will not get 100% of that power back with patches and updates Kinect could have and worked better but this stems from the same thing I always say about MS, they lack first party developers to make their own games to get familiar with the hardware and help other developers better implement Kinect.

    #18 8 months ago
  19. ManuOtaku

    I bought mine with kinect, the titanfall bundle, which cost me here, the same as my PS4, around four thousand three hundred dollars ( each one), i believe is for the currency conversion issue.

    And I do love the kinect, the games are more accurate, and it turns my bravia lcd into an smart tv, which makes it totally worth it, if i have to pick it up again, i would pick it with the kinect bundle.

    But Happy to see that people that do not wanr the kinect, have this option and they are getting it, great console with great exclusives. Enjoy.

    #19 8 months ago
  20. xxJPRACERxx

    “They often don’t look better on the PC. I wish people would stop perpetuating that myth because it’s annoying.”

    No. games on PC look much better. 1080p+ @ 60fps+, much better AA and AF, hi-res textures. That make a HUGE difference. Maybe not for YOU, but for a lot of people it does.

    #20 8 months ago
  21. Gheritt White

    @14: This

    @TheWulf: Please fuck off and start your own blog, NOBODY wants you here.

    #21 8 months ago
  22. Os Money

    Two things, voice commands are awesome (most of the time) and could be done without needing the kinect (just build it into the console itself), because thats all anyone actually uses it for.

    Secondly, MS knowing the Kinect was going to mandatory at launch (and since then) didn’t have diddly squat games wise that said “Look at how awesome Kinect is now”.

    Sad thing is that can probably be said for the entire catalog of Kinect games

    #22 8 months ago
  23. majormayhem70

    We’re in the summer months, where console sale slide anyways. Whatever bump in X1 sales MS is experiencing during this time will be dwarfed come 4th quarter. And each and everyone of you know why.

    #23 8 months ago
  24. fearmonkey

    I’m am certainly not surprised by this, but lets see if it does this in the long run. When the master chief edition hits, I expect a significant uptick in sales.

    #24 7 months ago
  25. fearmonkey

    @xxJPRACERxx – Agreed, especially if you have a 1440p monitor or better. All games look amazing in 1440p, and if it high res textures it looks amazing.

    #25 7 months ago
  26. marporte

    I would rather have a Gears of War Collection than a Master Chief collection.

    #26 7 months ago
  27. TheGreatWhiteHerd

    yet it still wasnt enough sadly….

    #27 7 months ago

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  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena has been announced as a twin stick shooter MOBA blend from Whitebox Interactive. Set for a 2016 release on PC, the game’s beta will be on show at PAX East next month. An Early Access release is slated for Q2 2015 and you can already purchase early access for a […]

  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]

  • Steam and GOG cross-platform multiplayer added to AvP Classic 2000

    Steam and GOG have announced Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 owners will be able play multiplayer with each other across both platforms. With the recent online multiplayer update for for AVP Classic 2000, Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley has made good on his promise from June to offer cross-platform play between the Steam and GOG platforms. […]

  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood arrives on PS4, Vita next week

    Roll7 has announced it will release OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood next week. The developer announced the dates on Twitter this morning alongside the launch trailer. You will be able to download the game for PlayStation 4 and Vita March 3 in North America and March 4 in Europe.

  • Week 7: Play GTA Online with VG247 tonight at 8pm UK time!

    Heists got a date! Come play GTA Online with us to celebrate. We’re playing GTA Online on PS4 tonight with whoever else fancies it. That means you. This week’s playlist is Happy for Heists, because we kind of are. The six jobs involved will last about 45 minutes. Anyone can turn up. Here’s how. We’ll […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight – first look into the story

    Batman: Arkham Knight has a new trailer available that gives us a peek into Scarecrow’s plan to unite all villains against Batman. The trailer below has a different tone to the ones showing Arkham Knight. Instead, we get a look at Scarecrow’s team of super-villains including new footage of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. There […]

  • Vita knocks New 3DS LL out of top slot on Media Create charts

    Thanks to four new titles, one of which was God Eater 2: Rage Burst, PlayStation Vita has knocked New 3DS LL out of the top slot on the Media Create charts in Japan. The handheld, which came in thrid place last week, moved 35,203 units for the February 16-22 period, compared to 10,901 units the […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes coming west in 2015, PS4 only

    Dragon Quest Heroes will be making its way to west this year. Square Enix has announced that it’s bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the west this year. The press release mentioned only PAL territories (Europe & Australia). Though it’s unlikely it will miss the US. The game will release on PlayStation 4, both digitally and […]

  • Destiny: how to make sure Crota stays down for longer

    If you’re familiar with the final encounter of the Crota’s End raid, then you know every second Crota is immobilised counts. Arekkz Gaming has a handy tip for anyone who’s played Crota’s End or anyone attempting it. The trick is simple to execute and will ensure Crota stays on his knees for longer, making for […]