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Forza 7 gameplay @ 4K 60FPS on Xbox One X looks GREAT

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 2:24 am

EA released their 4K 60FPS footage of Need for Speed: Payback running on a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti powered gaming PC from Gamescom 2017 yesterday, and now we're getting some 4K 60FPS footage of Forza 7 from Gamescom, and it looks great... for a console.

 

 

It was all captured from an Xbox One X console, and for an APU-powered small console, the 4K 60FPS goodness is still great. It doesn't look as good as a high-end PC would, with the obvious textures popping up and Medium-like graphics... but then we can blame YouTube compression, and more.

 

Developer Turn 10 have been pumping some serious work into Forza 7, so you can expect support for UltraWide 21:9 resolutions, a built-in benchmark (THANK YOU, Turn 10) and more when it launches on October 3:

 

  • dynamic image-based lighting
  • dynamic HDR skies
  • dynamic cube maps
  • improved particle effects
  • increased grass density
  • improved ambient occlusion

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GeForce 385.41 drivers released, LOTS of improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 12:59 am

NVIDIA is strengthening its position with gamers, offering up their new GeForce 385.41 drivers which are Game Ready and optimized for what will surely be one of the biggest releases of the year: Destiny 2.

 

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There are also some major improvements to ARK: Survival Evolved, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, F1 2017, Quake Champions, and more. Here's what to expect from NVIDIA's new GeForce 385.41 drivers, which you can download right here - or through GeForce Experience.

 

Feature Changes

Removed nvtray process.

  • Effective with GeForce Experience 3.9 and later.
  • Eliminated NVIDIA Tray icon from Windows task manager.

 

Application SLI Profiles

Added or updated the following SLI profiles:

  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Destiny 2
  • Faith of Danschant
  • Lawbreakers
  • Secret World Legends
  • Starpoint Gemini Warlords

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Final Fantasy XV PC specs are erroneous

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2017 11:31 pm

Square Enix has provided us with an official statement that specialization requirements for Final Fantasy XV's incoming Windows Edition on PC were published in error.

 

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Earlier we reported that Square Enix is tailoring Final Fantasy XV's PC version for enthusiast hardware. The specifications, which the publisher informs us were erroneously posted on the initial press release, incorrectly stated that the game recommends high-end hardware like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 16GB of RAM, an Intel Core i7 or Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, and a whopping 170GB of HDD space.

 

"The recommended specs text that accompanied the Windows Edition trailer were posted in error and have since been removed," a Square Enix representative told us. "The specs listed were not final as the game is still in development. We will officially publish both minimum and recommended specs for the game once we finish development, so that they are fully accurate."

 

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Video game crossovers are great for visibility

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2017 10:14 pm

Square Enix and Ubisoft have teamed up for a surprise crossover promotion, a move which improves visibility and engages players on the respective IPs.

 

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The new promo sees a special Assassin's Festival event being injected into Final Fantasy XV, adding key Assassin's Creed franchise content into the game in a free timed event. Gamers know that FFXV is no stranger to in-game advertisements--ahem Cup Noodles--and some may see this move as Square Enix "selling out." But these cross-overs are mutually beneficial for sure: Ubisoft arguably needs no help advertising Assassin's Creed: Origins, as it's the triumphant return of the beloved franchise, but this promo reminds FFXV players about the game while engaging them with new content to boot. In a sense, Square Enix has hit two birds with one stone: achieved an interesting new partnership with one of the most powerful forces of the games industry while providing new content that will pull players back into game, and possibly even spark game sales.

 

But what about Final Fantasy XV? Surely there will be magical in-game content and weapons crossing over to ancient Egypt too, right? Ubisoft has yet to confirm that AC: Origins will have FFXV-related content, despite the reveal art showing the game's protagonist, Bayek, wielding weapons inspired from the series. I've already predicted that Assassin's Creed: Origins will be monetized via loot-based microtransactions, and it's possible this cross-over could extend into that monetization path. I expect some items will be free, and more premium cross-over items will be monetized in loot boxes in some form.

 

This cross-over is likely just the beginning, and I'm keen on seeing how Square Enix continues breathing new life into Final Fantasy XV.

 

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Pixel 2 to arrive on October 5th with Snapdragon 836

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 24, 2017 9:33 pm

Along with the Galaxy Note8 and the iPhone 8, Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are certainly among the most anticipated smartphones that are yet to be unveiled this year.

 

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It was rumored that the Pixel 2 would be the first device to feature Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 836 platform. Evan Blass has now confirmed this information.

 

Blass also stated that Google's second-generation Pixel phones would be unveiled on October 5th.

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HTC may sell off Vive VR business

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 24, 2017 8:14 pm

HTC may sell off its VR business in order to stabilize losses from its smartphone division, sources say.

 

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HTC's beleaguered smartphone division has caused the company to weigh specific options that may lead to an outright sale or spin-off of its Vive virtual reality business, anonymous sources have told Bloomberg. The Tawainese smartphone-maker reported its eight straight consecutive loss in May, with losses of $66 million in first quarter of the current fiscal year.

 

Anshel Sag, analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, told us that spinning off the VR division may have been planned all along, and if so, it won't be hard for HTC to accomplish. "HTC's smartphone business continues to struggle. The company has lots of valuable IP in that business and decent products but has failed to compete with the Chinese manufacturers and Samsung. Their VR division is already a whole owned subsidiary so spinning off Vive shouldn't be hard at all and I believe was part of a long term plan."

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Huawei unveils the first official Mate 10 photo

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 24, 2017 6:26 pm

Huawei has unveiled the first official image of the upcoming Mate 10. The phone will be launched on October 16th, the company has confirmed.

 

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The photo shows the back of the phone compared with the recent Huawei phones and teases dual camera setup, once again made in cooperation with Leica.

 

The Huawei Mate 10 is expected to arrive with an edge-to-edge screen, although recent rumors suggest that only Mate 10 Pro will have this type of screen while the Mate 10 should stick with the conventional one.

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Ubisoft delays new DLC for Rainbow Six: Siege

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2017 11:38 am

Ubisoft today announced its sixth Rainbow Six: Siege expansion, Operation Blood Orchid will be delayed until September 5. Siege's latest update was scheduled for an August 29 release.

 

 

However, Ubisoft will instead release Operation Blood Orchid onto the Technical Test Server on August 29 with the official release one week later. To soften the pain, Ubisoft announced that Rainbow Six: Siege will be free to play this weekend for all platforms (PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) and on sale at a discounted price.

 

 

With the Ubisoft's previous announcement to focus on performance, stability and improving the base game in May, this led to Ubisoft's previous update, Operation Health. Despite the feedback regarding lack of new operators, gadgets and maps, Operation Health was deemed a success.

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Blizzard makes changes to Overwatch S6 competitive mode

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2017 9:37 am

Overwatch's season 5 of competitive play concludes on August 28, meaning competitive season 6 will be upon us very soon, August 31 at 5PM PDT to be exact.

 

 

A new season means new and improved changes, with Blizzard releasing a Developer Update in which Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan elaborates on the major changes that will impact Season 6. Blizzard have noticed that as a season progresses, player engagement and competition declines.

 

Blizzard has decided to decrease the season length from three months, to two months, with Kaplan saying that the team will continue to monitor feedback regarding season length and this could lead to further tweaks in future seasons. With a shorter season length, this means end of season competitive points will be less.

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KFC's own VR training game teaches you to cook chicken

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 24, 2017 6:44 am

KFC has come out swinging with marketing ideas lately, with their own smartphone that they partnered with Chinese smartphone giant Huawei on, and now they have their very own VR training game.

 

 

In the KFC VR training app, it provides potential employees with a chicken cooking simulation - in a way that has never, ever been done before. You're stuck in a room, and need to escape - but how do you do that? Oh, you will learn how to cook chicken, and that's your only way out. Yeah, weird, isn't it?

 

The Colonel says in the KFC VR training game: "This game will teach you how to make my Original Recipe chicken ... the hard way. Until you learn how to make my chicken right, you will not be allowed to leave!"

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