Game Debates Gaming Predictions For 2015

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jan 10, 2015 4:00 PM
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I've been busy doing my best Nostradamus impression and concocting up a series of gaming predictions for 2015. From the the ridiculous to the all-too-likely, this collates some of the surprises we could see in the gaming world over the next twelve months.

2014 brought quite a few surprises to the table, and not all of them were good, but here's hoping that 2015 knocks us out of the park with incredible gaming and hardware happenings. We're seeing the first rumblings this past week at CES, where the VR revolution looks to be taking hold, and Valve is already beginning to make some noise regarding its plans for the year, fingers crossed...

Uplay joining Origin

In an effort to combat Steam, Ubisoft’s Uplay and EA’s Origin Store join forces to create a far more powerful superstore. Despite both publishers being giants in their own right, their titles separately don’t quite have a big enough draw to revolutionise where PC gamers play, but together they would represent a significant chunk of the AAA games hitting the market.

No Assassin’s Creed title this year

Following the debacle that was the Assassin’s Creed Unity launch, Ubisoft holds fire on Assassin’s Creed Victory, despite initial release dates suggesting it will hit for the holiday period. A similar delay to that seen for Watch Dogs will occur, as Ubisoft works to iron out the bugs and get its reputation back on track. To ensure Ubisoft still has some solid financials for the year, both The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege will be pushed out ahead of Christmas. Ubi will round the year out with a Far Cry 4 expansion and a download-only Prince of Persia title. Also expect Beyond Good & Evil 2 to at last be revealed during its E3 2015 presentation.

Intel to create dedicated graphics cards

The graphics card industry has been a two-horse race for a while now, and it’s only a matter of time until someone else attempts stepping into the arena. Nvidia might be flying high but in terms of year on year performance gains the market is stagnating, and a new contender would really shake things up. A number of the third-party manufacturers might fancy it, but ultimately it’s probably only Intel that has the weight to pull it off. It’s already dominating the CPU industry and pulling out some respectable integrated graphics offerings, and it’s only a matter of time before the tech giant gets itchy feet and guns for that dedicated GPU cash.

Nintendo to announce a new Handheld/Console hybrid at E3 2015 (backwards compatible)

Despite it’s wealth of incredible exclusives, Nintendo’s Wii U is a relative failure. The PlayStation 4 has been out half as long but has already sold twice as much, and whatever Nintendo attempts it never seems enough. Whatever the case though, the console business is still profitable for Nintendo, and the admirable attach rate for its first-party titles ensures this will be the case for the foreseeable future. After a good couple of years the 3DS meanwhile is stagnating, and its upcoming release schedule is almost as sparse as that of the Wii U. It’s much-loved in Japan and sold close to 50 million units, but four years after launch we expect a successor to be unveiled soon. The next logical step is for Nintendo to combine its portable and home console sectors, creating a machine capable of hooking up to the TV and playing on the go. This would ensure twice as many first-party titles hitting the system, and Nintendo can prevent a software drought using in-house games alone.

Steam OS still doesn’t see a full release

I'm putting my neck on the line here, but despite the rumours I don't think we'll see a finalise release of SteamOS this year. Creating a full blown operating system is surely no easy task, and early beta versions suggest Valve has a long way to go when it comes to create a viable dedicated gaming OS. The potential is there to rid gamers of the shackles of Windows, but many simply don’t want to leave Windows. Valve needs to demonstrate genuine performance benefits from using a lightweight OS, and it’s not until the gamer wins when using Steam OS that it becomes viable. Updates have been few and far between, and judging from the slow progress on the Steam Controller we’d be extremely surprised if Steam OS was available before 2016.

2015 will be the year of VR

At long last this year will be the year that VR arrives, and it’ll make a big splash, both in the gaming world and outside it. Whether it will be able to maintain this momentum and actually be a genuine success is anybody’s guess, but over the next 12 months we’re going to be seeing a lot of it. Once the consumer version of the Oculus Rift arrives we can expect a drastic increase in the number of titles supporting VR. Crucially though the hardware needs an easily accessible experience to get a critical mass of consumers to adopt it. For all its success, a space sim like Elite: Dangerous is too niche and hardcore-oriented to carry it, and what could really prove a game-changer would be if a Rift-support Star Wars game with an arcade bent could arrive in time for the movie’s launch this December.

That's some of our predictions for 2015, from the outlandish to the increasingly likely. We'll be taking a look back at these at the end of the year to see just how wrong we no doubt were. What are some of your craziest predictions for 2015, is there anything in particular you think that could really surprise us over the next 12 months? Let us know!

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18:09 Jan-11-2015

a.. DOWNLOAD ONLY Prince of Persia title? What does that actually mean?

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14:34 Jan-11-2015

If Intel made a Graphics Card that means Nvidia might be out of the race

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10:29 Jan-11-2015

Origin+Uplay wont happen, even EA isn't that stupid. Ubisoft became a joke, AC:Victory will be scheduled for Christmas 2015, they will do this until they plunge the franchise. Intel received a lot of hate for including a certain sponsor, some already boycott them, 2015 is the year of tech advancement.

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10:30 Jan-11-2015

AMD will push new series to counter Nvidia. Nintendo must publish a new console, preferably something that isn't a joke like Sony's and MS' consoles. SteamOS doesn't have to see release this year, all who call it dead, Steam machines worthless, it's not meant to be a competition for Valve, its just an ease.

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10:32 Jan-11-2015

And finally, VR. It's highly subjective. I don't really see it useful, but that's what gaming is all about, having options. Some might love it and its okay, more joy to them! It certainly is time for VR to become a widespread thing. Atleast it will push for more tech advancements in such direction.

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04:14 Jan-11-2015

i think that Intel is going for a dedicated graphics card definitely tops the news chart. i would like to see how is their card going against nvidia and amd.

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00:58 Jan-11-2015

The joining forces of Origins and Uplay will never, ever be able to fight back Lord Gaben's Steam :P

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10:28 Jan-11-2015

Never underestimate your challenger-

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00:31 Jan-11-2015

Typed this on a Sony PsP :)

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21:46 Jan-10-2015

If Intel starts making dedicated graphics then I think that will bring more people to the PC master race! You know with marketing, since Intel is a huge and rich company and maybe they will use it in PCs, but I guess it won't happen. It's a big thing to do and also in 2015... No chance I say.

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20:55 Jan-10-2015

Awesome article man. Best bit or me was the proposal of intel GPU's. Tat would stir up the market and get things moving. I can't wait for 2015. Bring it on techys!!!

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02:54 Jan-11-2015

yea i hope there will be a third gpu company

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08:59 Jan-11-2015

Cheers buddy! It's just a bit of fun but it would be great to see one or two of these things happen, just to shake up the status quo!

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11:56 Jan-11-2015

yeh, definitely. :)

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19:48 Jan-10-2015

I would just love to see next-gen nintendo console,that would be awesome!

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19:23 Jan-10-2015

Nintendo to announce a new Handheld/Console hybrid at E3 2015 (backwards compatible)


this would be pretty awesome

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18:32 Jan-10-2015

I think this author will go 1 for 6. The only likely prediction would be the delay of steam os until 2016. The Oculus Rift prediction will be close to true, but it won't be big enough to declare 2015 "The year of VR".

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18:25 Jan-10-2015

Wow, would love to see what Intel can come up with.

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18:08 Jan-10-2015

Uplay+Origin and Intel GPUs are extremely unlikely. VR is too new and gimmicky right now. A SteamOS delay could well be the death of Steam Machines, with manufacturers just releasing their models with Windows 8 or 10 and be done with it.

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18:01 Jan-11-2015

I picked up the Alienware Alpha and I love it with Windows 8.1. Who needs SteamOS. The UI needs to come up with an Origin "big picture mode" of some kind...

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17:53 Jan-10-2015

Nice predictions,great article :))

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17:04 Jan-10-2015

Full Intel PCs coming :D Waiting for Nvidia desktop CPUs.

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18:58 Jan-10-2015

I've never had a problem with the performance of the many nVidia cards I've owned. If they released a CPU I would have to try it out. With how much tech they pump into their GPUs with a significantly lower temp than AMD, I think they would really shake up the CPU market.

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18:44 Jan-13-2015

I have never owned nvidia GPU-but I heard gt210 is epic.
Is it just me thinking this but: Does shrinking the manuf. process **** up OCing->C2D/C2Q->2600K/3770K->4770K/4790K every newer CPU is worse at OC.I liked the time when all cpus were unlocked(the s.775 CPUs)

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16:58 Jan-10-2015

I feel like intel GPU's would actually be pretty cool, especially if they could work in tandem with the current integrated graphics for a little extra boost.

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16:43 Jan-10-2015

Intel graphics cards? awesome!

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16:48 Jan-10-2015

Despite what I said below, yes that would not actually be a bad thing...

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16:54 Jan-10-2015

On one side its good to imagine another competitor, on other hand I fear it would end like crowded market with ssd, almost non profitable, which means less technological advancement

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17:01 Jan-10-2015

But i think the price will be even higher than Nvidia , Intel's just too damn expensive :P

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18:06 Jan-10-2015

Intel's iGPUs might be decent, but they're far from the stuff AMD (and to a lesser extent, Nvidia with the Shield Tablets) makes and definitely not dedicated-worthy. On top of that, it's risky: a bad batch could cost them billions.

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16:43 Jan-10-2015

I doubt Intel would get into dedicated GPUs... They are too busy right now worrying about how to get more of their CPUs into tablets and phablets... Even if they decided to jump onto the dedicated GPU bandwagon, I doubt 2015 is the year they choose to do so...

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16:36 Jan-10-2015

From where do you have this "Intel to create dedicate graphics cards" and in "2015"? lol
That market is so tiny that 2 small(at least globally they are small) companies like AMD and Nvidia cant live from it, why would industry giant like intel have some interest in dedicated graphic cards?

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18:39 Jan-10-2015

I think whats more likely is for intel to develop robust dedicated onboard GPU solutions for tablet, notebook, and desktop systems. The onboard graphics would rival the likes of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 860M.


I think that would make much more sense.

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18:59 Jan-10-2015

I dont think so, cards like 860M are in gaming notebooks and it is again niche market

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19:18 Jan-10-2015

You have to be thinking ahead. The PC gaming market is growing and the avg consumer won't bother themselves to build a computer on there own. Intel seeks to capitalize on that. We are already seeing it start to happen with Intels plans to for HD 6100 Iris graphics on the Skylake platform that's set to release soon.

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19:24 Jan-10-2015

And thats it, causal gaming, hi res videos and stuff, thats where money is

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20:14 Jan-10-2015

Iris Graphics are nice and all but they're in no way a serious gaming option for the moment, even with an i7 behind it 720p Low will just get you 40 fps in most modern games. Wait for Intel to reach APU levels and then we'll talk.

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20:17 Jan-10-2015

Every innovation is a step forward and welcomed.At least Intel are trying to keep up with AMD as hard as they can :)

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08:10 Jan-11-2015

Intel is well ahead of amd in the cpu market :/

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08:19 Jan-11-2015

Blood922, I think you got that reversed buddy...

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16:20 Jan-10-2015

Agree with all predictions except the 1st two.


1) That WILL NEVER Happen..........
2)Cause......................Ubisoft

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