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Xbox One and chum

XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

XBOX One owners across Europe are grumpy with Microsoft, which seems to have shoved the new console out the door with settings that make British and European tellies “judder”. The problem is generating a bit of chat in forums like this one at Xbox.com or the independent forum at n4g.com, where some say they see frames freeze or …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2013

Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

Microsoft’s high profile Xbox One launch did not attract as many British punters as Sony’s PlayStation 3 notched up some six-and-a-half years ago, UK retail sources have revealed. The next-gen machine went on sale in the UK on Friday 22 November. Sales made by Britain’s biggest High Street and online retailers hit in the region …
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2013
Tomb Raider

Hooters, shooters and looters: Eidos’s Tomb Raider

Antique Code Show It has been argued that Tomb Raider’s star, Lara Croft, was the first feminist female of video games: a bastion of 1990s "girl power" and the "ladette" culture that was (supposedly) happening at the time, and thus a great role-model for young empowered women everywhere. Then again, take one glance at Lara posing on the cover for …
Giles Hill, 25 Nov 2013
Carmack Oculus

Doom god John Carmack teleports from id Software to VR upstart Oculus Rift

Doom coder and notoriously clever graphics programmer John Carmack has left id Software to focus on a virtual reality gaming startup Oculus Rift. The departure was announced on Friday and will see Carmack focus full time on his role as chief technology officer at Oculus Rift. Carmack joined the company in August, but at the …
Jack Clark, 22 Nov 2013
Xbox One and chum

XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET

Web puritans Blue Coat are predicting that the end of internet days because of the release of Xbox One and rival PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. That's the stark message from a preposterous article - titled Will Xbox One and PS4 finally break the internet? - that reached our inbox on Friday morning. This had nothing to do with …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2013
Xbox One and chum

Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

As inevitably happens when a new piece of tech gear goes on sale, some machines suffer malfunctions – and Microsoft's Xbox One games console is no different. Its support forums are littered with users reporting that their systems are failing to boot up past the initialization screen. Dubbed the "green screen of death", this …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Nov 2013

Forget ANGELINA JOLIE, Xbox One struts red carpet in London's Leicester Square

London's Leicester Square has been rebranded as "Xbox One Square" ahead of the release of Microsoft's next generation games console. From 7pm tonight, the beating heart of London's glitzy West End will host an event with little of the red carpet glamour it is normally associated with. On the streets where red carpets welcome …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2013
Xbox 360 250GB

Microsoft: Play hookey on Xbox One day - chug a dose of ZOMBIE FLU

The Microsoft Xbox One team has drawn up a draft sick note for layabouts hoping to take Friday off work to play with their new games consoles. If you simply can't think of a good reason why you can't make it into the office, or log in remotely from home, tomorrow, Redmond bods have a template doctor's letter for you. Sadly, Xbox …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2013
Xbox One and controller

XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

Roundup2 Microsoft’s Xbox One: it's a console so BIG, one games website found it needed five writers to tackle it. And the reviews are big too: waffletastic screeds of such length you wonder how few folk will read ‘em through and not simply scroll to the end for the reader comments. And that's before the thing goes on sale this Friday. …
Team Register, 20 Nov 2013

It's the games, STUPID: Sony makes 'about $18' on each PlayStation 4

According to a teardown report from analyst IHS, Sony is making just $18 on each Playstation 4. This may not sound like much, but it marks a massive improvement from the days in which the Japanese firm made huge losses on the sale of games consoles. According to the report, each Playstation 4 costs Sony about $381 to manufacture …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Nov 2013
Playstation Move

PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

Sony has, er, narrowed down the mysterious Blue Light of Death issues plaguing some of its new PlayStation 4 consoles to possible issues with the hardware, software or firmware. The entertainment giant has issued a troubleshooting guide for gamers who have found their $399 (£349) consoles suffering from a nasty case of the …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2013

Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

Sony shifted one million Playstation 4s in the first day they went on sale in North America. Although some users reported hardware issues, Sony's spring off the blocks bodes well for the release of their latest console in Europe and Latin America, which will take place on November 29. The Japanese firm is hoping the Playstation …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Nov 2013
Call of Duty: Ghosts

HAUNTED HOWITZERS, it’s Call of Duty Ghosts

Game Theory It’s a final stand for the current generation of console hardware as we go on patrol with the latest release in the increasingly tired Call of Duty series, Ghosts, but have a much more entertaining time with A Link Between Worlds in the latest Zelda game, and get to grips with the Big Bad Wolf in Fables: The Wolf Among Us. Call …
Mike Plant, 18 Nov 2013

PlayStation 4 a doddle to fix: Handy if it OVERHEATS, for instance

Teardown Electronics repair biz iFixit gave Sony the thumbs-up after finding the PlayStation 4 console to be fairly easy to repair. The screwdriver-wielding bods said a first look at the new Sony games machine turned up a system with components which can easily be accessed by owners to service or repair. Peeling away stickers on the …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2013
Sony PS4 developer bootloader

Sony's new PlayStation 4 and open source FreeBSD: The TRUTH

Sony has confirmed that its newgasmic game console the PlayStation 4 - on sale today in the US - uses a modified version of the open-source FreeBSD operating system. In a license page on Sony's Japanese site the company lists the software used by the PEW-PEW-PEW machine, and Unix-derivative FreeBSD features prominently. The PS4' …
Jack Clark, 16 Nov 2013
Sony DualShock 4 for PS4

Sony's new PlayStation 4: Early faults ENRAGE some buyers

Some of the thousands of early adopters who shelled out for Sony's PlayStation 4 console, launched today in the US, have already reported mysterious system failures. The entertainment giant's support forums are littered with threads, some more than a dozen pages long, devoted to problems users are experiencing with their new …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2013
The Stride and Predjudice game

Oh Mr Darcy! You're PRESSING MY BUTTONS

Teaching kids to appreciate classic literature? There is now, perhaps inevitably, an app for that called “Stride & Prejudice”. The app is based on the Jane Austen classic “Pride and Prejudice”, and takes advantage of the fact the novel is now well and truly in the public domain to render it as a side-scrolling computer game with …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013
Ten PS3 Games

PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

APU13 The goals of Sony's PlayStation 4, on sale Friday, were rewritten from the ground up – after the company "spread itself too thin" when developing the PlayStation 3. So said Dominic Mallinson, Sony's veep of R&D for Playstation, speaking at the AMD developers conference, APU13, in San José, California, on Wednesday. Mallinson …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013
Oculus Rift VR system prototype

Oculus: 'Terrifying' virtual reality gaming 'will change the world', WE SWEAR IT

APU13 Virtual reality – the technology behind strapping on a headset and finding yourself in another world – has been "the next big thing" for decades. Now a Southern California startup, Oculus VR, says that the wait is over. Well, almost. Oculus Rift VR system prototype You can't buy the Oculus Rift yet, but when you can it will ' …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013
Oculus Rift

Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers

NSFW-ish The fate of human civilisation could now hang in the balance after some filthy-minded gaming enthusiasts in Tokyo showed off a rather ingenious device which allows the male users to have virtual sex. Virtual reality fans flocked to the Oculus Game Jam in Shibuya over the weekend to try out some of the latest gaming inventions …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Nov 2013

Host Minecraft on Shard Gaming? Grab your data RIGHT NOW before it goes completely titsup

Game-server hosting biz Shard Gaming has abruptly shut down, irritating punters who depended on the service and highlighting the risks of off-premises systems. The company specialized in dedicated kit for gamers eager to run multiplayer servers for Minecraft, Day of Defeat, Garry's Mod, and others. It was formerly known as " …
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013
Xbox One and chum

XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

Microsoft has accidentally shipped a small number of Xbox Ones several weeks ahead of the official release date - and banned at least one gamer's new console from connecting to Xbox Live. Redmond's minions admitted their mistake after pictures and video of the new games console were published online. A Twitter user called @ …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Nov 2013
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

SHIVER ME TIMBERS, it’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

Review A little bit of colour goes a long way in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. It's a game that takes the series’ parkour-heavy gameplay away from the bleak, ice-covered setting of the American plain, and drops it into the steamy, sunny Caribbean. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Arcade fire The golden age of pirating, circa 1715, …
Mike Plant, 12 Nov 2013
Call of Duty: Ghosts

OH what a LOVELY, well-rendered WAR: Yes, it’s 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

Roundup2 The latest Call of Duty game, Ghosts, is out today, and already websites’ game reviewers are tripping over themselves to reach for the clicks they hope the new Infinity Ward title will win them. The fact is, fans will have bought it already, in colossal numbers, leaving the reviews to be read when the gaming’s done and the …
Hans Grenade, 5 Nov 2013
Battlefield 4

Forget 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' - how does its rival from EA stack up?

Review To borrow from football parlance, Battlefield 4 is your proverbial game of two halves. There’s the dry single-player campaign that, for all its bluster, offers few new ideas. Then there’s the juicy multiplayer version that will pull you in and devour your life. Battlefield 4 Squad manoeuvres My usual approach to writing games …
Mike Plant, 5 Nov 2013
Steam engine

No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

Pics Video game maker Valve has let loose the first photographs of its prototype Steam Machine hardware, in addition to sharing a few more details about its plans for the upstart, PC-based console. The photos come care of a report in the Seattle Times on Monday, which gave us our first glimpse at what an actual piece of Valve-made …

Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

Automotive pioneer Henry Ford famously joked that any customer could order a car painted any color "as long as it is black." The same will be true of Sony's forthcoming PlayStation 4 video game console – "Jet Black" being the only color option at launch – but it seems the new device will come with plenty of other limitations, …
Alone in the Dark

Ding-dong, Cthulu calling: Infogrames’ 1992 Alone in the Dark

Antique Code Show There was a time when you were considered a bit of a sissy if a computer game scared you. Yet along with the numerous innovations Alone in the Dark brought to the gaming world, it was one of the first titles to genuinely put the shits up anyone brave enough to play it. Creaky floorboards, distant howls, Hitchcock camera angles, …
Giles Hill, 31 Oct 2013
Batman: Arkham Origins

HOLY how-did-we-get-here?: Batman Arkham Origins

Review It might be that I’m just a Batman fan, it might be that I’ve yet to be jaded by the Arkham series – certainly not to the extent that I am with the Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed franchises – but I just can’t help but like Origins. Set on one particularly hectic Christmas Eve during the early days of Bruce Wayne’s caped …
Mike Plant, 30 Oct 2013
id Software Doom

How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Guns? Check. Ammo? Check. Bloody squibs. Er no. Chainsaw? Oh, yes indeedy. Right, let’s have a jog around the office, maybe waste a few dudes. And do please keep the camera steady, will you? We want to make sure this gets on video. This is not, as you might imagine, a case of going postal at work or happy-slapping taken to its …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Oct 2013
Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster

Review Say hello to Jodie Holmes, a woman whose eventful life from infancy to adulthood forms the entirety of Beyond: Two Souls. Beyond: Two Souls Beyond: Two Souls tracks Jodie Holmes‘ life from paranormally active nipper... Assist Jodie as she sneaks out of her house during her rebellious teenage goth stage. Help her chop …
Mike Plant, 18 Oct 2013

Ubisoft's Watch Dogs muzzled by delays

Spooks working at one of Europe's largest defence contractors have warned that the delayed Ubisoft game Watch Dogs could create a whole new generation of hackers. Cyber-security experts at Thales, a French multinational defence firm, are nervous that kids will be "turned on" to hacking by the new game. However, they may have …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2013
AnkiDrive

Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

Anki, the racing toy maker clipped together by a band of robotics boffins, will begin selling its iDevice-controlled slot car set Anki Drive in just over five days’ time. It has apparently taken them six years to create this 21st Century version of that old favourite, Scalextric. AnkiDrive In pole position for release on 23 …
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2013
Xbox One and chum

Microsoft plugs Xbox One consoles into its cloud - what could go wrong?

Microsoft is wiring Windows Azure directly into its forthcoming Xbox One games console – giving game developers server-side processing and gamers the chance of cloud brownouts ruining their playtime. Microsoft has said from the start that Xbox will be tied into Azure, but on Tuesday John Bruno, a program manager for Xbox Live, …
Jack Clark, 17 Oct 2013
Clash of Clans

SoftBank and GungHo swallow half of Finnish mobile gaming firm

Japan's SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment have teamed up to take a controlling stake in Finnish mobile gaming firm Supercell for $1.5bn. The gaming company has just two titles at the moment – Clash of Clans and Hay Day – but like its fellow Finnish firm Rovio, its games have enjoyed huge popularity. Both are at the top of …
FIFA 14

Reboot the formula: F1 and FIFA tweaked for another year

Game Theory FIFA and F1 in the same review packed column – why, it must be nearly Christmas! Elsewhere we go dungeon crawling with Dragon’s Crown and get soaked through to the skin in Rain. FIFA 14 Another year, another FIFA. The arrival of FIFA 14 was so predictable that I’m not quite sure why EA doesn’t simply announce FIFA 15, 16 and 17 …
Mike Plant, 14 Oct 2013
GTA IV

GTA players get ersatz $0.5m each to make up for delayed hooker-beating fulfilment

The makers of Grand Theft Auto have apologized for teething problems in getting the online multiplayer version of the game up and running and are handing out half a million dollars of in-game currency to all players to make up for it. "In order to keep the current worldwide in-game economy balanced, we will be providing this GTA …
Iain Thomson, 11 Oct 2013
Elite: Dangerous

21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

Elite fans eagerly awaiting the completion of the classic space trading game’s 21st Century refit, Elite: Dangerous will be pleased to learn that it’ll support the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset when it is completed next year. “We’ve been playing with the Oculus Rift dev kits and are excited about the potential – just …
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2013
Steam coming from a boiling kettle

Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

Valve has revealed details about the hardware that powers its prototype Steam Machine gaming consoles, though it cautions that future commercial devices could have specs that vary considerably from the initial models. The games publisher announced its plans to enter the console business last week, including that it would kick …
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

Obit Tom Clancy, the author of techno-thrillers that sold more than 100 million copies and a games franchise that lured in nearly as many software buyers, has died at the age of 66 in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. Clancy shot to fame in 1985 with the publication of his first novel, The Hunt for Red October, which was written …
Iain Thomson, 3 Oct 2013
Bungie's Destiny

Bungie ’bois offered ‘early’ access to post-Halo FPS Destiny

Activision is dangling a rather juicy carrot in front to gamers eager to get their mitts on Bungie Studios’ massively multiplayer online shooter Destiny: direct access to the beta test programme. Ths stick: you need to cough up full whack for the game by ordering it ahead of time. Bungie's Destiny Bungie’s Destiny: Pfhor what …
Tony Smith, 2 Oct 2013
GTA_screenshot

GTA V Online hits speed bumps: Short wait before you can rough up that hooker

Gamers keen to get online and play Grand Theft Auto V against humans rather than machine intelligence have had to wait after server problems left them stymied. Grand Theft Auto Online: We are aware that some users are experiencing issues and we are working with @RockstarGames to resolve — PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 1, …
Iain Thomson, 1 Oct 2013