What's New on GameSpot

For the first time since August 2008, we've redesigned our home page and site navigation. Find out all the details about our new look here.

Hi everybody, and welcome to the new look of GameSpot. It has been nearly three years since our last site redesign, and although this particular rollout only includes platform home pages and navigation, it is indicative of the direction we intend to take the rest of the site: cleaner, simpler, and easier to find the content you want.

Here are just some of the new things that we'd like to highlight:

Dropdown Menus

Our site navigation has been completely revamped. Out are the cluttered subnavigation menus; in are dropdown menus that let us better organize and present similar items. Ever land on our home page and want to go straight to the Xbox 360 reviews list page? Now you can without having to go through the Xbox 360 home page first.

User Information Panel

If you're a registered user, your private mail inbox and game updates are now contained in a dropdown menu that we call the User Information Panel. Whenever you have an update or an unread message, it is communicated to you via a big, orange notification icon. Also displayed here are up to 20 of the games you are following so you can get easy access to their gamespaces. Please note that we are still experimenting with this section, and we already plan to increase the number of followed games displayed, as well as change how notifications work, so they display only for new private messages.

Most Popular Games

The list of our 10 most popular games was (fittingly) one of the most popular sections on our old home page, so we've moved the unit from the bottom of the page (where it used to live) to the top, where it's easier to find. Now you can find out what today's hottest games are, discover which upcoming games you should be keeping an eye on, and see the highest-reviewed games for each game platform.

The Calendar

GameSpot Sync, On the Spot, The HotSpot, Behind the Games, Super Button Mashing, Game Night…we've now got more original video and audio content than ever, and we needed a new way to let you know what's coming. The new calendar unit displays our upcoming show schedule, as well as all of the trade show events from which we'll be bringing you the best gaming coverage. We've got plenty of ideas for other things to add here too, but if you've got your own suggestions, read on to find out how you can let us know.

Latest Headlines

Our new Latest Headlines section lets you get up-to-the-minute information on the world of gaming news. Sit back and watch as the most recent news stories scroll by, or you can take control yourself and cycle through the stories at your own pace.

Latest & Greatest

The centerpiece of the new home page, the Latest & Greatest section lets you find content on GameSpot however you like it. Rely on our editorial expertise to show you only the most recent and important site updates with the Our Picks tab, or you can use The Latest tab to see only…the latest! And if you want to see only a specific type of story, from reviews to game screenshots, use the dropdown menu to filter out everything else. Latest & Greatest will remember your preferences too, so if you come back, it'll be exactly the way you left it.

How to Send Us Feedback

There's plenty more to come--not just on the home page, but on the rest of the site as well--and we're always interested in hearing what you think about our new design. If you've got any suggestions, notice any bugs, or just want to let us know what you think, please do so by clicking the orange "feedback" tab on the left-hand side of the site and platform home pages or by visiting our feedback forum directly here.

- The GameSpot Crew

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374 comments
pakhair
pakhair

I really loved the new look everything is fantastic EXCEPT the new headline navigation, I'd still love a box on the page with all of the updates rather then clicking on arrows to see what's new, I'm sure I'm not the only one who ain't liking this change

NeoXPG
NeoXPG

Looks great. Anything to make the page load faster and work quicker is a most welcome change. I like the cleaner design.

Tidus3619
Tidus3619

preferred the Most Popular games to include the pictures, other than that, great job =]

xxLordDavidxx
xxLordDavidxx

I find it odd how PCGamer and Gamespot completely redesigned their site layout on exactly the same day.

Code-Llama
Code-Llama

@admiral_picard Perhaps you should've tried the design for more than 1 minute? Messages and updates are at the same exact spot, only you have to hover your username (top right corner). Now you get a much better latest news UI, albeit more clicky, with just a few clicks: - Latest & Greatest section -> The Latest -> Filter with News Quick and better UI. Honestly, I'm loving this new design. Simple and very handy.

tomb875
tomb875

I went on the site and was like what the heck? What happened? And then I realized, I like it... :)

kuda001
kuda001

So much easier to navigate with drop down menus.

xRaTiOnX
xRaTiOnX

That's what I call a really fiting layout, I love it! Great job!

VeiNpl
VeiNpl

Great work love it

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

very similar to IGN now except a little bit more condensed. I think this was a good move for the site.

Russian_Wheels
Russian_Wheels

I liked the old one a lot more. Maybe this one will grow on me though...

popcornuk
popcornuk

Loving the new design. Can't wait till you move the rest of the site over to the new format. About time GS got an overhaul. Much, much easier to find what I want. Keep up the good work guys!

b114
b114

yooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooo

admiral_picard
admiral_picard

Great, with this new design: My updates are gone (No longer at the top right corner like they've been forever), new stories at the top right have been replaced by top rated games (Like I care? I'd look for them if I wanted to see), and my messages have also been moved to some magical new location. I fail to understand why EVERY website that updates the look always thinks they're "improving" everything when they make things that were easy to find more complicated than they were. My university did the same thing - gone was the easy to locate button for our student email, now buried in a few sub-menus. Google has also recently "improved" the Google toolbar by autohiding (with NO option to disable) all my buttons I "don't use" - which apparently are the buttons I use all the time and it just hides on me for me to have to manually put BACK on my toolbar. Yeah, improvement...PSHH! Very rarely do any of you websites make improvements, you just complicate how to find things further. Why is something an improvement when the new version requires more clicks to do the same things, from a UI designers POV?

superdum2
superdum2

far more superior to the past

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

Well i just saw the home page, and the first impression really impressed me..

blancobo
blancobo

change is always good, in this case it may take some time to get used to the drop downs, the previous version was ok... for now it is cool, I will let you know in a couple of days when the change has simmered a bit more.

dark_sk8_crow
dark_sk8_crow

I hate that the news headlines aren't displayed right in front of me on the homepage. If you could put that back it'd be a sweet design.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

tbh I wasn't annoyed at the sudden change, which is unusual for me. Good job.

braedo_the_stud
braedo_the_stud

Most of it's better, but the news section within a console is completely gone. Very hard to find what you're looking for, and this is the worst time for that(What with the PSN being down).

NAWAF005
NAWAF005

I'm glad that you didn't pull a Gizmodo.

JokerFett
JokerFett

Cool, but yesterday (the first day of the new site) it was completely unusable to me. I kept on saying that it could not display the webpage.

deppth
deppth

wow! the site is now iPad, iPhone, iTouch compatible!

funkdonkey
funkdonkey

Love the changes! Looks slick...

Phazon_Killer
Phazon_Killer

it definitely looks a lot cleaner than the old design. Can't wait to see the full new site!

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

Nice. Everything seems to be working faster as well. I like it

laminblur
laminblur

i think it become fast a lil bit

hamorhage
hamorhage

yeah, looking slick! Now 110% my favourite website :D

Bigmeanie1
Bigmeanie1

great... i guess, i don't really care as long as you guys still do great revews :p

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

the survey shows the majority doesnt like the new design more than the well organized and better responding old one , so do i , i prefer funcionality over fancy looks

Dam505
Dam505

like the new look looks better

neptunegears
neptunegears

I like the new streamlined look - and thanks for the light/dark switch.