New Xbox Patent Sounds Cool For People Buying Games On Disc

Photo: Luke Plunkett Microsoft have applied for a patent that, while not a perfect solution for every gripe you may have with modern consoles and digital ownershipmay nevertheless be a great step forward for anyone who has a catalog of games they own on disc but have bought (or are thinking of buying) a digital-only … Read more

Portal Demake Remakes Valve’s Puzzle Game for Nintendo 64

Although Portal arrived 11 years after the N64 debuted (and five years after the GameCube, the N64’s replacement, was released) a talented developer is slowly pulling off the seemingly impossible task of recreating the classic puzzle game working on Nintendo’s first 3D console—and it doesn’t look half bad. Creating demokes of popular graphically-intense modern video … Read more

Kingdom Heart Cloud Versions Get ‘Busy Servers’ Warning

Once, long ago, buying and playing a video game was pretty easy. You bought the disc or cart, stuck it in the console, and hit play. Not so much anymore. Case in point: The not-so-great cloud-streaming-only versions of Kingdom Hearts released on Switch earlier this year recently got an update, and now feature a warning … Read more

The Queen’s 24 Karat Gold Nintendo Wii Is Finally Up For Sale

In 2009, THQ pulled a publicity stunt by covering a Nintendo Wii in 24 karat gold and trying to get it delivered to Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty never actually got her hands on the console, but now, after a year of hijinx auction, you might be able to. I actually wrote about this last … Read more

GBA Kit Turns Handheld into TV Console With No Soldering

Got an original Game Boy Advance, the one with the unlit screen that was almost impossible to see, still kicking around in a drawer somewhere? This DIY kit lets you turn it into a standalone TV-connected console with HDMI and Bluetooth for wireless controllers, but without the need for any know-how when it comes to … Read more

Reggie Fils-Aime Did Not Like The Game Boy Micro, Which Sucks

Photo: Luke Plunkett You will have seen a lot of Reggie Fils-Aime news lately. The man has a book out, telling stories about the notoriously secretive video game industry, so that’s to be expected. Much of it is insightful, some of it emotionalsome of it even a little puzzling. One section, though, simply has me … Read more

Wonderlands Crossplay Still Broken, So Just Buy A New Console

Image: Gearbox / Xbox / Kotaku Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands was released on March 25. At launch, the game suffered from numerous server issues and problems with lag. Eventually, a lot of that was fixed. However, 38 days later, crossplay across certain platforms is still a mess. And so, tired of waiting for the crossplay woes … Read more

The Xbox Series X/S Now Has Another Rare, Truly Next-Gen Game

Screenshot: FoamPunch The delineation between console generations is muddier than ever. Microsoft’s two next-gen machines, the Xbox Series X and the slightly lower-powered Xbox Series S, have been out for about a year and a half. In that time, you can count the number of true next-gen Xbox games on one hand. The rare qualifier: … Read more

Veteran Xbox Dev For Game Pass Leaves Microsoft After 19 Years

Microsoft’s head of Xbox research and design, Chris Novak, will leave the company after nearly two decades, he announced yesterday. The veteran console architect was a leading creative force in a division that oversaw the creation of everything from achievements to Game Passa service that upended the way many people buy and play games. “I … Read more

Microsoft’s Making New Xbox Ad Tech For Games

Image: Xbox / Epic / Kotaku Raise your hand if you’re excited to see more ads inside your favorite video games? I don’t see any hands. Well, bad news: A new report claims that Microsoft is building an advertising program to give “select brands” the ability to buy ads that will then appear in free-to-play … Read more