PS3 Digital Games Could Be a Gentle Way of Easing Us Into Streaming on PS4

Much like their disc-based counterparts, PlayStation 3 downloadable games won’t be supported on PlayStation 4. What that means is your entire PlayStation Network library is going to have to stay put, and won’t be carried over to the next generation as many people were hoping it would

Can PlayStation 4 Restore Our Lost Love for Sony?

I used to love Sony.

1UP’s PlayStation 4 Roundtable: Opinions, Analysis, and Community Reactions

Jose Otero: At the PlayStation event, Sony showed some of the best and worst kept secrets in the gaming industry. We all got our first peek at the PlayStation 4’s controller and the rumored social features, like the ability to allow other users to spectate the games you’re currently playing.

Here’s One Rumored Detail About the Next Xbox That Piques My Interest

Much of the recent talk about Durango, the code name for the next-generation Xbox, has been about its rumored always-online requirement. Aside from the fact that you’d need an Internet connection in order to use the system, this would also supposedly block the use of secondhand games, potentially eliminating used game sales, game rentals, and maybe even something as simple as borrowing a game from a friend. It’s difficult to imagine for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the disadvantage it would put Microsoft in if Sony doesn’t do the same with the PlayStation 4.

Rayman Legends Going Multiplatform Lets Down Wii U Owners And Nintendo

Rayman Legends was, for myself and many others, a major reason to pick up a Wii U early on. Although it was known more than a month in advance of the system’s launch that Legends would be coming in the first quarter of 2013, rather than in November as originally planned, it had been a game touted as a Wii U exclusive for some time. It seemed inevitable that it would eventually come to other platforms, but it would still be a game that could only be had on Wii U for a period of time, and it would only be on Wii U that you could take advantage of the GamePad-specific features.

The Odyssey of Skulls of the Shogun

Feature Share it: Tweet The Odyssey of Skulls of the Shogun Developer 17-bit gives us a look behind the scenes at their darling turn-based strategy game. By: Jose Otero January 31, 2012 It’s a sunny and brisk winter morning in Seattle on January 14, 2013 as Jake Kazdal arrives at his independent game studio, 17-bit. I find a few of his employees huddled around a small TV as they start their workday with an impromptu session of Steel Battalion for the original Xbox.

An (Admittedly Futile) Cry for Less Annualization And More Breathing Room

It is something we see far more often than many of us would like: A game hits it big and the publisher responsible for it proceeds to annualize it or, at the very least, provide each subsequent release with little breathing room before yet another follow-up is released. The short-term rewards for doing so promote a temptation to exploit series in a way that can be harmful to the quality of the games in question and the series as a whole.

Making Sense of Warren Spector’s Junction Point Being Shut Down

Following rumors that began to circulate yesterday, the news was made official today: Junction Point Studios is the latest game development studio to be shut down. While far from outright shocking, considering the moves its parent company had made in recent years, this does call attention to how quickly things can go south for a developer, even one with a name like Warren Spector at the helm. Spector, who is best known for his earlier work on games like System Shock and Deus Ex , founded the studio in 2005

Looking Ahead to Respawn’s Debut Game (Hopefully) Taking a Step Beyond Call of Duty

This spring will mark three years since Respawn Entertainment was established by Jason West and Vince Zampella, the founders of Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward.

Interview: Lara Begins

After spending some time with a huge demo of the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot , I had an equally massive conversation with the game’s producer, Crystal Dynamics’ Karl Stewart. Beside discussing the studio’s inspirations for Lara Croft’s latest adventure, we also explored some of the more advanced game mechanics — things that the first few hours of the game only hint at