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Posted: September 27, 2016 12:11PM
EA's next Battlefield entry, Battlefield 1, is nearly upon us. Multiplayer is always a massive draw in the series, as evidenced by the recent beta drawing in millions, with 64 players battling it out on maps with a range of weapons and vehicles at their disposal. However, multiplayer isn't everything the Battlefield series has to offer, as there is a single player component to the games, too. You can see some of that single player action in the trailer below, as EA gives us a look at the campaign we can experience. Battlefield 1 is set in a bit of alternate version of World War I, but many of the elements should be familiar to anyone who has seen pictures from it. All the footage in the trailer is listed as in-game footage, so it looks impressive, but isn't exactly gameplay footage. Still, it's a nice look at what we can expect, so check it out below.
There's a lot to take in from the trailer, with the single player campaign offering a bit of everything from WWI. A range of settings, explosions, tanks, brutal hand-to-hand combat, trench warfare, and so many deaths happening around you. Battlefield 1's single player should be quite a ride, one we can soak in when the game arrives on October 21 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Posted: September 23, 2016 03:35PM
We draw closer to October and the impending release of Sid Meier's Civilization VI. The latest entry in the long-running series looks to change up the formula some to how the cities and game look, as well as introduce plenty of new features that might require some getting used to, some of which you can see in the video below. It's a pretty sweet look at the combat and how city growth works, so do give it a look! Luckily, Civilization games tend to last a while, giving us all plenty of time to experience and understand everything. And by a while, I mean you can easily lose track of the days while playing a game, especially if you're on marathon mode. Don't say I didn't warn you! One thing that we can experience now are the system requirements for Civilization VI, with many systems capable of running it without issue. It does require a 64-bit operating system, which is a definite plus and if you aren't running a 64-bit OS, now's the time to switch.
OS: Windows 7 64-bit / 8.1 64-bit / 10 64-bit
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz or AMD Phenom II 2.6 GHz or greater
MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 12 GB or more
DVD-ROM: Required for disc-based installation
VIDEO CARD: 1 GB DirectX 11 Video Card (AMD 5570 or NVIDIA 450)
OS: Windows 7 64-bit / 8.1 64-bit / 10 64-bit
PROCESSOR: Fourth generation Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz or AMD FX8350 4.0 GHz or greater
MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 12 GB or more
DVD-ROM: Required for disc-based installation
VIDEO CARD: 2 GB DirectX 11 Video Card (AMD 7970 or NVIDIA 770 or greater)
Like I said, nothing here that many systems don't already have. The Civilization games have always been capable of running on a range of hardware, with Civilization VI continuing that trend. The game does make use of Steam, so even if you get a disc copy, you're going to need to use the Steam client for launching the game. It just means you won't need to keep that disc around after you've installed it.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI arrives on October 21 exclusively for the PC.
Source: Steam Community News
Posted: September 23, 2016 01:27PM
Recently 2K released The BioShock Collection, bringing the franchise to the current consoles and updating the first two games to remastered versions. If you already owned BioShock or BioShock 2 on Steam, you received the respective remaster for free. Unfortunately it was not a perfect launch for these games, but the developers have responded and are going to be patching the games.
In addition to addressing stability issues that have been preventing some players from enjoying them, there will also be some features added. BioShock Remastered will be receiving some "general mouse fixes" such as better mouse smoothing, sensitivity, and acceleration options. This game will also get additional speaker mode options. BioShock Remastered and BioShock 2 Remastered, including the Minerva's Den DLC will get improved field of view sliders and support for 21:9 display ratios.
When I streamed BioShock Remastered I did not encounter any of the stability issues others have, but have to say I am very happy to see these options coming, especially those concerning the mouse.
Source: Steam Community
Posted: September 15, 2016 10:03AM
Ubisoft and Major League Hacking have today announced a season partnership for students to develop hack projects inspired by Watch_Dogs 2 and learn new cybersecurity skills. Major League Hacking is the official student hackathon league, and with how valuable a tool hacking will be in Watch_Dogs 2, this season partnership makes sense.
The idea behind this season is for the students who take part in it to better understand how the connected devices around us can be compromised, and how that can affect our day-to-day lives. It is also to encourage the students to find creative solutions and to start finding ways to secure their own applications.
The hackathons will be held at various schools from September 16 to November 5, with the MLH Prime Southwest Regional taking place November 12-13 in Austin, Texas. Watch_Dogs 2 is scheduled to release just days later on November 15.
Source: Press Release
Posted: September 12, 2016 09:27AM
Like with any PC release, more information about Mafia III is being revealed the closer we get to its October 7 launch. The latest pieces of information are the minimum and recommended system requirements.
- OS: Windows 7 64 bit
- Free Storage Space: 50 GB
- CPU: Intel i5-2500K or AMD FX 8120
- RAM: 6 GB
- GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7870 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
- Video Memory: 2 GB
- CPU: Intel i7-3770 or AMD FX 8350
- RAM: 8 GB
- GPU: AMD Radeon R9 290X or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or GTX 1060
- Video Memory: 4 GB
Have to admit I am curious to see how this game will run with one of the many available GPUS that are newer and more powerful than what is listed under recommended.
If you want to see these requirements in a different way, check out the image below from the game's website. Someone had the idea to put together a newspaper-styled ad for what you will need.
Source: Mafia III Website
Posted: September 7, 2016 01:01PM
It's been quite a while since we've had anything from BioWare on its upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda, but during the PlayStation Meeting today, we finally got something. A new piece of content was shown running in 4K on the PS4 Pro, and man alive did it look great. In it, our character is exploring some kind of underground vault (Dragon Age's Deep Roads resemblance in parts), discovering hidden pathways as they explore. Visually, it's stunning to see ME:A looking this good already in pre-alpha gameplay footage, and thanks to the PS4 Pro, we're getting plenty of new tech, like high dynamic range lighting, HDR10 support (Dolby Vision on PC), and vastly superior character models. We get a look at not only the human main character, but the Asari teenager joining us in Andromeda. She has a sort of Mission Vao 2.0 vibe to her, which is perfectly fine by me. While exploring this underground cavern, things don't entirely go as planned, as you can see below. Seriously, just watch it so I don't have to spoil it all for you.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is slated to arrive early next year on PC, PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, and Xbox One. We're still waiting on a solid date, as well as even more content, but fortunately N7 Day is fast approaching to "open the doors" for all of that, including a new trailer.
Source: Livestream and YouTube
Posted: September 7, 2016 12:49PM
Sony is currently holding its PlayStation Meeting, with CEO Andrew House unveiling a slimmer PlayStation 4 right at the start, as rumored. This new PS4 is slimmer and sleeker than the original model, while still keeping the design. Just in an even smaller package than the console already is. The new PS4 doesn't have a name like Slim or anything, it's just simply the PS4, replacing the current model and everything it can do. Everything inside the new PS4 is the same as the old, so it's still just as powerful, only smaller. It's going to arrive starting on September 15 in most markets for a mere $299, so if you haven't picked up a PS4 yet, you'll soon have the chance to get the new model.
One other item Sony showed off is the PlayStation 4 Pro, the rumored Neo system. PS4 Pro allows for 4K and HDR content, and will work alongside the current PS4. It features a GPU that is more than twice as powerful as the PS4, giving games a massive boost to their visual fidelity. It really should be something to see games running in native 4K on a game console, something we've had on PC for a while, of course, but now it'll be in the living room, too. All existing games will work on the PS4 Pro, with a way to transfer data between the two consoles in the works. It comes with a 1TB hard drive already installed, which should help out with storing your 4K content. Or streaming 4K video, thanks to the new Netflix app coming with the PS4 Pro.
As for the HDR part of the PS4 Pro, it gives games more of a pop to their colors, granting a new experience for games we may have already played, like Uncharted 4 or Infamous: Last Light. Not every game already out on PS4 can take advantage of the new tech, but many will be updated. Future games will be able to take advantage of both systems, so regardless of having a PS4 or a Pro, you'll be ready to play all the latest games. Oh, and starting next week, a firmware update for all PS4s will arrive to bring the HDR content to it. So the PS4 Pro gets it native, along with 4K, while every other PS4 can at least take advantage of HDR soon.
Luckily, we don't need to step up to a 4K or HDR TV, as the PS4 Pro knows what TV it is connected to and adapts the display accordingly. Graphics are still boosted above what a typical PS4 can display, running everything at 1080p and at possibly higher framerates, so we're still getting the extra fidelity regardless of TV used. Plus since the same discs and downloads you already have on your current PS4 will work on the PS4 Pro, you don't need to repurchase anything if you decide to step up to the new system.
If you're wondering when you can get the PS4 Pro, well, it'll be launching on November 10 for $399. So we're getting the new, slimmer PS4 next week, while the PS4 Pro a couple months later. Not too shabby, Sony.
Source: Livestream and PlayStation Blog
Posted: September 7, 2016 09:03AM
For years now there has been a trend in the computer industry to add more cores to CPUs as a way to improve performance. Managing all of these cores can be complicated, which eats into performance. Researchers at North Carolina State University and Intel however, have developed an on-chip device to accelerate core-to-core communication significantly.
For a multicore processor to run a program on multiple cores at the same time, there has to be some coordination between the cores by sending commands between them. As it is the cores themselves doing this, it adds overhead and eats into performance. The researchers' solution is to use a core-to-core communication acceleration framework (CAF) that adds a device to the network within a CPU to take over this communication from the cores. The result is increased communication performance be a factor of two to 12. This device is called a queue management device (QMD) and because it is also able to perform basic computations, it can collect data from multiple cores to speed up some basic function by 15%.
Naturally the researchers are considering what other on-chip devices could be developed for accelerating multi-core operations.
Source: North Carolina State University
Posted: September 5, 2016 01:01PM
Back in 1996, Duke Nukem 3D released and on October 11 it will be coming back as the Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour. This version will bring the classic FPS game to current hardware as it will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It will be more than just the original title though, as it is getting new content from some of the people that worked on the original. It will have a new episode containing eight levels designed by Allen Blum III and Richard "Levelord" Gray, original designers from Duke Nukem 3D accompanied by new music composed by Lee Jackson, who wrote Duke Nukem's "Grabbag" theme, and new one-liners from Jon St. John. There will also be a new behind-the-scenes commentary from the development team that will be accessible in-game. Finally the game will feature a toggle to go between the original engine from 1996 and a newer engine, thanks to Gearbox's True3D Rendering mode.
Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour will have an MSRP of $19.99.
Source: Gearbox Software
Posted: September 5, 2016 12:44PM
Recently 2K and Hangar 13 divulged their plans for Mafia III after its release next month. There will be three story expansions that will come out and be part of the $29.99 season pass and the Deluxe Edition of the game, which includes the pass. These expansions are Faster, Baby!, Sign of the Times, and Stones Unturned. Faster, Baby! sees Lincoln, the game's protagonist work with an old flame of his, Roxy Laveau, to take on a corrupt Sherriff that has been terrorizing Civil Rights activists around the outskirts of New Bordeaux. Sign of the Times involves a string of ritualistic killings, and Lincoln's investigation will take him into the old bayou and into the counterculture of the inner city. Stones Unturned has Lincoln working with John Donovan, a CIA agent who is trying to settle a blood feud that started in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam.
Everyone, not just the season pass holders, will also be receiving "free recurring content" including new outfits, weapons, vehicle customization options, and races. Thirty days after launch all players will receive the Judge, Jury, and Executioner golden weapons pack, which includes the Praecisione .30 rifle (the judge), Exterminatore shotgun (the jury), and Silentium pistol (the executioner). There will be more free content than this releasing, so this is just meant to be a taste of what is to come.
Mafia III releases for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on October 7.
Source: Mafia III Website
Posted: August 31, 2016 12:30PM
Earlier this month Nordic Games reincorporated itself as THQ Nordic to demonstrate its commitment to the many IPs the company purchased when THQ went bankrupt. At the time it also stated it was working on 23 game projects, with only 13 having been announced by then, and a majority concerning the former THQ properties. Unless I missed something, one of those unannounced projects has just been released, and it is one I expect many people are going to be happy about.
Ten years since it was first released, Titan Quest and its Immortal Throne expansion have been re-released as Titan Quest Anniversary Edition. If you already own Titan Quest, Titan Quest: Immortal Throne, or Titan Quest Gold on Steam, you should already have a copy of this for free, which according to THQ Nordic means over one million people just got this gift. The Anniversary Edition represents more than just a repackaging of the original games, as it has been completely reworked to improve several key gameplay aspects, including stability, balancing, and multiplayer. The complete changelog has been posted online, so everyone can read through the 1000+ changes (which have also been conveniently marked as bug fixes or added features).
For those of you who want a copy, and were not given one already, it is on sale at Steam and GOG for $4.99 (75% off) until September 7.
Source: Steam Community
Posted: August 31, 2016 12:07PM
For those of you who mod your copy of Fallout 4, on Friday, September 9, an official NVIDIA mod is releasing: Vault 1080. This new mod will take you to a new vault where its occupants have come to embrace darkness and sickness, thinking this will be the key to their survival. Discover the truth as you explore the vault's depths and complete its questline.
As you can expect from an official NVIDIA mod, it takes advantage of the company's graphics technology. Volumetric lighting is used through the mod in, "ways not seen in the standard game." Godrays, from where the sun peaks through, weapon debris, new meshes and new materials all decorate this mod that should add an hour of gameplay to the game.
The mod will be available to download at Bethesda.net on Friday, so remember to check the link then.
Posted: August 26, 2016 11:52AM
There are a little over two months to go before Sid Meier's Civilization VI arrives and we lose track of time. In addition to us getting Civilization VI this year, it's also the 25th anniversary of the franchise, which 2K is marking with a special edition of the game. The Civilization VI 25th Anniversary Edition celebrates Firaxis Games long running series with some exclusive goodies. You not only get the game, but all the bonus digital content included in the Digital Deluxe Edition, such as the soundtrack and four post-launch DLC packs. In addition to those, the 25th Anniversary Edition packs in a 100-page art book looking at Civilization over the years and a commemorative coin set with a display case, so you can proudly show off your love of Civilization. It also has the Aztec Civilization Pack, which is exclusive to all pre-orders for the first 90 days after launch, and then it'll be made available to everyone else. If you're a big fan of Civilization and want the ultimate experience with the sixth version of the game, it's hard to go wrong here (and just happen to want a ton of physical goodies to go with your game).
Sid Meier's Civilization VI arrives on October 21, exclusively for the PC, for $60. The 25th Anniversary Edition is priced at $90, with limited quantities available.
Source: Civilization Website
Posted: August 22, 2016 02:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Rumors about an updated version of the PlayStation 4 with support for 4K resolution and increased power for VR support began to swirl in March, continuing into April. Sony later confirmed that it was working on an updated PlayStation 4, code-named Neo, but didn't offer much more than that. Last month, Amazon Spain may have inadvertently leaked a release date of October 13 at a price of €399.99. It now appears that Sony is planning to release a slim PS4 in addition to the Neo, perhaps targeting users that don't want to pay the premium for the updated hardware. Sources have told the Wall Street Journal that both models will be officially announced at a press event in New York on September 7, which would line up nicely with the previously leaked information from Amazon.
Posted: August 22, 2016 10:07AM
On October 7, games are going to be able to visit a reimagined version of New Orleans in 1968 by playing Mafia III. Naturally it is going to be filled with various period-appropriate assets, such as cars and fashions, but also music of the time. Today 2K and Hangar 13 have revealed the over 100 1960s music tracks licensed for use in the game. You can follow the source link for the complete list, but here are some of the highlights:
- The Rolling Stones: "Paint It, Black," "Sympathy for the Devil" and more;
- Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Bad Moon Rising," "Fortunate Son" and more;
- Sam and Dave: "Soul Man" and "Hold on, I'm Comin'";
- Steppenwolf: "Born To Be Wild" and "Desperation";
- Aretha Franklin: "Respect" and "Chain of Fools";
- Jefferson Airplane: "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit";
- Sam Cooke: "Wonderful World," "Bring it on Home to Me" and more;
- The Temptations: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "I Wish It Would Rain";
- Cream: "White Room";
- Johnny Cash: "Ring Of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues (Live)";
- The Beach Boys: "Help Me, Rhonda" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice".
You can also listen to a sample of the licensed soundtrack on Pandora if you wish, on The Mafia III Hit List.
Source: Mafia III Website
Posted: August 18, 2016 01:14PM
The time is nearly here to once again step into the augmented shoes of Adam Jensen and sort out the madness of the world. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is nearly upon us, with Jensen having to navigate the fear and resentment after the Aug incident of 2029. You see, Augs were oppressed after the incident occurred, leading to a growing amount of crime and terror acts. It is up to Jensen to go after the Illuminati, the force responsible for helping break apart the world. He isn't without his toys in the fight, however, as Jensen has new state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations at his disposal, which you can see a bit of in the launch trailer below. It is full of action, too, with Jensen being a one man wrecking crew as he unleashes all his new gear (hello cloaking mechanism).
You also get to see just what the state of the world is like that Jensen finds himself in, and it isn't pretty. I guess there's a reason Jensen is doing what he's doing in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and luckily we only have until August 23 to see it all unfold. You can pick up the game for PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One, with some Day One goodies available on all platforms (Covert Agent Pack, extra in-game mission, soundtrack sampler, digital art book), and a Collector's Edition for consoles that has a 9" Adam Jensen figure, 48-page art book, and steelbook case.
Posted: August 17, 2016 08:41AM
At Gamescom, Ubisoft showed off a number of things for 2017 title For Honor. The game places the player in a world where three factions, the Knights, Vikings, and Samurai fight to dominate the battlefield. Revealed today is that there are four types of heroes across these factions, making for a total of 12 heroes to choose from. These types are the Vanguards, Assassins, Heavies, and Hybrids. The Vanguards are well-balanced heroes, Assassins are swift and lethal, and Heavies are very resistant but slow. Hybrids combine elements from the other three, making them more advanced heroes that can use different tactics.
Also announced today is the game's multiplayer modes, which can be enjoyed with or against players or bots, and for consoles can be played in split-screen. The modes are Dominion, a 4v4 objective-based mode, Brawl and Duel, are 2v2 and 1v1 respective fights to the death while Skirmish is a 4v4 team death match. Elimination is also 4v4 and victory is won by being the last survivor.
For those of you who want For Honor and are interested in the collector's edition, the Collector's Case has been revealed and it contains a number of digital and physical goodies. The one item standing out the most is probably the third scale full metal faction helmet replicas, but it also comes with an exclusive lithography, the game's soundtrack, the Collector's Box, and naturally the game along with the Digital Deluxe Pack and Season Pass. All pre-orders also receive the Legacy Battle Pack.
For Honor is set to release February 14, 2017.
Source: Press Releases
Posted: August 16, 2016 11:14AM
Today NVIDIA released its latest Game Ready WHQL drivers, version 372.54 and it features optimizations for the recently released No Man's Sky, and the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Obduction, F1 2016, and the Paragon Open Beta. It also has support for GeForce GTX 10-Series Laptops and Ansel in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which requires the game be updated to version 1.24 (an 11 MB patch from version 1.22 according to GOG Galaxy).
That is quite a few new things to support so I wonder what you are most looking forward to of these new features and optimizations? Personally, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has had my interest since it was announced, but I am also looking forward to jumping into Paragon and experimenting with Ansel in The Witcher 3.
Posted: August 15, 2016 11:07AM
It is time to head back to the Commonwealth one final time, as America's Favorite Vacation Destination awaits you! Yes, it's time to bring the whole gang to Nuka-World in Fallout 4's final DLC. Nuka-World features exciting zones such as Safari Adventure, the World of Refreshment, Dry Rock Gulch, Kiddie Kingdom, Galactic Zone, and Nuka-Town, USA. There's something for everyone here, but be sure to get there early as the raiders can get a little rowdy when they don't get to experience all the rides. You can always experience the different games and treats at Nuka-World if the ride lines are a little too long, with the chance to win some great prizes! Plus it's just a great way to have some fun while you're at the park. See for yourself below!
It really is fun for the whole family at Nuka-World. There are new quests to go on, raider factions to encounter, weapons and armor to equip, new enemies to defeat (Quantum ghouls anyone?), and much more. There's even a chance to get a new set of Power Armor with a sweet Nuka Cola paint job, and maybe some more paint jobs, too. You can also just take in all the rides and experience Nuka-World in its glory, and maybe, just maybe, you can become a leader of a raider gang and customize settlements to reflect your newfound status.
Fallout 4 - Nuka-World arrives on August 30 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It's priced at $19.99 if you buy it separately, or it's included in the Season Pass for $49.99. If you already own the Season Pass, you'll be able to play right away once it launches.
Posted: August 12, 2016 10:45AM
When THQ went bankrupt and its assets sold off, I watched the news to see where certain IPs went. After all, THQ did make some fun games and you want to know who will be managing the future of that IP. Some of them went to the company Nordic Games, which I had never heard of before. Now that company is changing its name to THQ Nordic, a reflection of its THQ acquisitions and the intent to be more than just the owner but actively working on these IPs.
Along with the reincorporation news, THQ Nordic has announced that it has 23 game projects in development currently, and 13 of those are yet to be publicly announced. A "majority of these projects are based on former THQ owned IPs and franchises," so it looks like we may be seeing some almost-forgotten franchises return. I know I would enjoy seeing the next game in the Darksiders franchise and a resurrection for Red Faction, but that can be a sequel or reboot (I'm not picky here, I just want my hammer and explosive charges back).
Source: Nordic Games/THQ Nordic
Posted: August 5, 2016 12:24AM
Back during E3, when Bethesda took the stage for its press conferences, one of the surprises was the reveal of Prey. This isn't the Prey we got all those years ago or even a sequel, but rather a brand new take on it from the folks at Arkane Studios. Arkane is known for Dishonored, and while Dishonored 2 is on the way soon, it is Prey that we get a good look at today with the first official gameplay trailer, courtesy of QuakeCon 2016. We had a lovely CGI trailer during E3, but this is our first look at what we can expect from this complete reimagining of the game.
Prey features a unique psychological twist, as you're the first human enhanced with alien powers to give you an advantage. It'll come in handy, too, as the space station you're on, Talos I, is under assault and it's up to you to come up with ways to survive. How you accomplish that is up to you, with a wide range of powers and abilities at your disposal. You see some of them showcased in the trailer, as well as these aliens that are attacking Talos I. Some are rather creepy (OK, all), but hey, we'll have to deal with them somehow. All I know is that Prey is going to be one wild ride that should make us question everything by the time we reach its end.
Prey is due to arrive next year on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Posted: August 4, 2016 09:20AM
Today some old games have launched on GOG, which is on its own not too surprising, but these are three classic Disney platformers: Disney Aladdin, Disney The Lion King, and Disney The Jungle Book. These games date back to the 16-bit era, but have been carefully updated for modern hardware and operating systems, without compromising the original experience some of us had so many years ago. (Personally I can remember playing both Disney Aladdin and Disney The Lion King.)
The three games will have a price of $9.99, but are all on sale for $8.99 until August 8. The bundle of all three though is just $19.99 until this launch-sale ends. All three games also come with commemorative 16-bit poster art as part of their "Free Goodies."
By the way, Disney The Lion King led to the creation of DirectX by Microsoft. At the time it launched, the game used the WinG API, but not all computers supported it, including some the game came with, causing the game to crash when loading. To keep game developers from turning away from the Windows platform, DirectX was created to give them the hardware/software compatibility they needed. There's a little computer history for you.
Posted: July 26, 2016 03:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga
In a recent interview, Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has reiterated his earlier belief that Microsoft is planning to use Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) to hamper the performance of Steam on PCs. Sweeney believes that this will be accomplished over a period of several years by slowly convincing developers and customers to move to the UWP. This will be combined with patching Windows 10 to "make Steam progressively worse and more broken," increasing the appeal of the Windows Store. I can't imagine that Valve will just sit idly by and let its platform become irrelevant, but as Microsoft controls the Windows OS it is certainly concerning.
Source: WCCF Tech
Posted: July 25, 2016 02:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Many games that have been developed for consoles and PC have found the PC version a bit lackluster despite the potential for more powerful hardware. As part of the Play Anywhere initiative, Microsoft is hoping to turn that around, starting with the "flagship" Gears of War 4. The game will offer 28 different graphical settings with an explanation of how that setting will impact performance. Unlike some ports, the game will have an unlocked frame rate with texture support for resolutions up to 4K. Rounding out the PC features will be fully customizable mouse and keyboard controls. The game will be available in October for both Xbox One and PC.
Source: VG 24/7
Posted: July 19, 2016 02:55PM
Fallout 4's second to last DLC, Vault-Tec Workshop, is nearly here, with Bethesda revealing plenty of information on what we can expect in it. Vault-Tec Workshop, as the name suggests, lets you build your very own Vault with a wealth of new items and settlers to experiment on. As you're exploring the Commonwealth, you'll come across a distress beacon alerting you to some raider trouble at Vault 88. Once you take care of the raiders, you meet the Vault's Overseer, a ghoul who was supposed to be in charge of Vault 88 before the bombs dropped. Unfortunately, the Vault was never finished and the Overseer turned into a ghoul, and she's now asking for your help to finish what Vault-Tec began so long ago. And like any good Overseer, she's still committed to Vault-Tec's original idea of experimenting on the residents.
After agreeing to help the Overseer, you start interviewing potential residents to see if they're the best fit for the Vault and what kind of tests are planned. You're then able to run the various experiments to their conclusion, which changes based on your choices. Maybe you'll be a benevolent ruler or a horrible tyrant who only wants to subject the, uh, subjects to awful tests. The parameters you set up for each experiment determines the final version of each object, so plan accordingly. Whatever you end up with for the experiment is permantently added to your list of craftable items.
This is the first Workshop DLC that actually includes a series of quests, since it's all contained inside Vault 88. Bethesda seemed to have some fun with the DLC being in just one area, so we get to reap the benefits of far more than just new items for settlement building. Oh, and if you happen to kill the Overseer or kick her out, you can still run the different experiments, just they won't be as involved as the quest ones.
Bethesda recommends you tackle the DLC when you're at least level 20, since some of the enemies you encounter in it are a minimum of level 35. That doesn't just mean the raiders to kill, but maybe some radscorpions, feral ghouls, or other horribly mutated monsters lurking in the depths as you build. Sure, you can start the DLC as soon as you complete the prologue, but you'll more than likely die a horrible death.
As you're building the Vault of your dreams, you get access to a ton of new Vault-Tec items to utilize. Hallways, atriums, stairways, bridges, sliding doors; pretty much if you've seen it in a Vault before, it's in the Vault-Tec Workshop. There's also new, clean furniture to place, Vault-Boy and Vault-Girl statues, other Vault decorations, the experiment items, and more, including Barber and Surgeon chairs (finally!). Drop down one of those chairs, assign a settler, and you can get all the free haircuts and facial surgery you desire. Plus you can make use of any other workshop item you already have unlocked, and once you complete the Vault-Tec quests, you can use the Vault items in every other settlement. Just, you know, above ground or way above ground. If resources are a concern, fear not, as an unfinished Vault means plenty of resources are already there waiting for the build. Knock down some walls for more resources, but just be wary of those aforementioned radscorpions and the like possibly waiting behind them.
Get ready to start building the Vault of your dreams when the Fallout 4 - Vault-Tec Workshop DLC arrives next Tuesday on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It's part of the Season Pass or just $4.99.
Posted: July 18, 2016 03:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga
The first whispers of an updated PlayStation 4 began in March with talk of 4K support. The rumors were expanded in mid April with the information that it would be known as the PlayStation Neo with updates to the CPU, GPU, and RAM. The latest information is courtesy of Amazon Spain which points to an October 13 release date at a price of €399.99, which translates to about $450. This is more than the initial reports of a $400 price, though it can be noted that the initial release of the PS4 had a price of $400 and €400. The product page was quickly altered, but not quick enough. The Tokyo Game Show in September is seen as a good candidate for the official unveiling of the Neo as Sony has confirmed it but has not revealed all of the details just yet.
Source: Breaking News
NVIDIA VR Funhouse Now Available, Game Ready 368.81 Drivers Bring Ansel Support to Mirror's Edge CatalystCategory: Gaming
Posted: July 14, 2016 12:31PM
Back when the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 video cards were shown off, some other items were unveiled first. Things like the NVIDIA VR Funhouse game and Ansel, an in-game screenshot program to capture games in ways never before seen. Today we have some good news for both of them, as NVIDIA VR Funhouse is now available on Steam for free. It does require some impressive hardware, such as a GTX 980 Ti, 1060, or 1070 for low graphics, a GTX 1080 for medium, and a GTX 1080 with a dedicated PhysX card for high settings (or 980 Tis in SLI with a dedicated PhysX card). It's playable on the HTC Vive headset, giving you some fun carnival-style games to play and try out all the new NVIDIA graphics technology. Things like Hairworks, FleX, Destruction, and Flow are all included, as is VRWorks PhysX-based haptics for the ultimate in feedback. If you want to give the NVIDIA VR Funhouse a try and have one of the supported video cards, just head over to Steam and download it.
NVIDIA also has a new game that Ansel supports, as the recent Mirror's Edge Catalyst can now take advantage of the technology. All you need to do is download the new Game Ready Driver, 368.81, for it and you're ready to go. Now you can see Faith and the City of Glass like never before. Ansel lets you use a free camera to take pictures from any spot in the environment and display it all on your PC, smartphone, or VR headset. You can add post-process effects, capture images with the highest HDR settings possible, increase the resolution far above what you're playing at, and even take 360° panoramas. It's a good way to show off your artistic side and look at your games in a new light.
The Game Ready 368.81 Drivers support other VR games besides just NVIDIA VR Funhouse, as Everest VR, Obduction, Raw Data, and The Assembly are all optimized. You can download the new driver through GeForce.com or the GeForce Experience app.
Source: Press Release
Posted: July 14, 2016 08:47AM
Okay, I am going to call this the Nostalgia Entertainment System and I mean that with all due respect. Nintendo has announced that it will be releasing on November 11 the NES Classic Edition, a smaller version of the classic console with 30 games installed, and it will cost $59.99. It uses HDMI to connect to modern HDTVs and also comes with an AC adapter and NES Classic Controller, which you can purchase more of for $9.99. A Classic Controller Pro will also be available and sold separately. The Classic Controller can be connected to a Wii Remote controller, so you can use it to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii or Wii U.
Now for the all-important list of games:
- Balloon Fight™
- BUBBLE BOBBLE
- Castlevania II: Simon's Quest™
- Donkey Kong™
- Donkey Kong Jr. ™
- DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
- Dr. Mario™
- FINAL FANTASY®
- GHOSTS'N GOBLINS®
- Ice Climber™
- Kid Icarus™
- Kirby's Adventure™
- Mario Bros. ™
- MEGA MAN® 2
- NINJA GAIDEN
- Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
- SUPER C™
- Super Mario Bros.™
- Super Mario Bros. ™ 2
- Super Mario Bros. ™ 3
- TECMO BOWL
- The Legend of Zelda™
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™
These are not exactly the original games, as each game will have multiple suspend points, allowing you to stop playing in the middle of levels if necessary. Bit of an upgrade from the password systems some of these games used.
Source: Business Wire
Posted: July 13, 2016 12:02PM
Some of you may remember back when Civilization: Beyond Earth released that it supported Mantle, the low-level graphics API AMD developed, which helped push DirectX 12 to also be low-level and has since formed a base for the open Vulkan API. Now we know that AMD's partnership with 2K and Firaxis Games, the publisher and developer of the Civilization series, respectively, is continuing as Civilization VI will support DirectX 12 and some of its advanced features.
When the game launches on October 21, it will be able to use asynchronous compute and explicit multi-adapter to improve performance. Explicit multi-adapter allows the API to directly support multi-GPU configurations, instead of requiring the driver to handle it. This can potentially allow mismatched GPUs to work together, such as a discrete graphics card and the GPU built into many modern CPUs, as well as GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA. Asynchronous compute is the feature that allows the different components inside of modern GPUs to act in parallel, instead of having to wait for operations to complete in sequence, despite the operations using separate resources. Currently AMD GPUs with their Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACEs) have shown themselves to be very capable of using asynchronous compute, so it is not surprising to see AMD supporting this feature in this upcoming, highly anticipated title.
Posted: July 11, 2016 12:32PM
Some more details about F1 2016 have been revealed recently, including that it will support up to 22 players in online races. This is an important achievement for the game, as it will allow the whole grid to be filled with human players, in all 21 of the game's circuits. Also the game is receiving new features, the Formation Lap and manual starts. This is the first time the Formation Lap has been in the game, so players will be able to experience pre-race tension and warm up the tires before the start. With manual starts, the player will be in control as the lights got out, balancing the revs and having to watch out for a jump start or the anti-stall engaging. You can also have manual control going into the pit lane, but be careful you are not going to fast, or incur the new five second pit stop penalty.
We have also gotten a new trailer that shows off these features and the game's graphics. F1 2016 releases on August 19 for Windows PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Source: Press Release and Codemasters