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Battlegrounds updates will soon slow down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 18, 2017 3:45 am

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold over 7 million copies and has 617,000 concurrent gamers playing it at once, but now developer Bluehole has said that the updates for PUBG will be slowing down as we get closer to the release.




The developer writes: "Until the official release of the game, we will not have our scheduled weekly or monthly patches rolling out as often as before. We've found internally that being rushed to finish certain features, and having shorter QA test time between pushing updates caused more issues than it solved in regards to maintaining a high standard of quality. We want to put our best content out, and ensure that everything we do is making the game more enjoyable with every update".


This is great to see, as PUBG updates have been one of the best in recent gaming history. The developer takes in what the public has problems with, and they remove/tweak/add it to PUBG with steady patches. Bluehole continued: "Although we may not release a weekly patch, we will utilize the test servers for significantly longer periods of time and deploy patches and hotfixes when necessary".

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NVIDIA invests in Chinese self-driving truck startup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 18, 2017 2:40 am

NVIDIA has been spending money on AI, deep learning, and self-driving car technologies and investments into startups for a while now, but they've just splashed down $20 million into a funding round for TuSimple.




TuSimple is a Chinese autonomous trucking startup, with Sina leading a new funding round that will include NVIDIA Drive PX 2 autonomous computers, Jetson TX2, and other NVIDIA products. TuSimple has already completed a SAE Level 4 (true self-driving) test ride between San Diego, California and Yuma, Arizona.


TuSimple completed the self-driving truck test in June, with a 200-mile journey that used cameras to navigate along the highways. The company has R&D facilities in both Beijing and San Diego, along with over 100 staff.


The company uses HD mapping of the routes the self-driving trucks take, as well as three millimeter-wave radar units, and the feeds from 8 cameras on-board. TuSimple says that it can hit "centimeter-level" accuracy for truck positioning, and get this - even when it's in a tunnel, with its in-house AI making sure the truck has safe navigation.

Alphacool unveil AMD Radeon RX Vega cooling solutions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 18, 2017 1:28 am

AMD's new Radeon RX Vega graphics cards run a little on the hot side, which is going to open up a huge market for companies to make, and provide new cooling solutions... just like Alphacool.




Alphacool has announced their new Eiswolf 120 GPX-Pro ATI RX Vega all-in-one cooler, and their new Nexxxos GPX ATI RX Vega waterblocks - yeah, that's not a typo, I did mean to say ATI.


Starting with the Eiswolf GPX-Pro ATI RX Vega, we have an all-in-one liquid cooler that features a copper waterblock and pump assembly, teamed with the copper-based Nexxxos radiator. The normal version rocks a 120mm radiator, but there's the option for a bigger 240mm radiator. The kit includes Alphacool's Eisbaer expandable CPU AIO liquid cooler kit, which features spill-minimizing quick release fittings.

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Intel: 8700K is 11% faster than 7700K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 18, 2017 12:32 am

Intel continues to react to Ryzen, with the first super early tease of Ice Lake which isn't due until 2019... and now a tease of their upcoming 8th gen Core i7-8700K processor.




Intel's upcoming Core i7-8700K is based on the new Coffee Lake architecture, with a leaked slide showing that the new 8700K is just 11% faster than the 7700K in single threaded applications. The new Core i7-8700K will be a 6C/12T part that should compete directly against AMD's new Ryzen 5 1600X, which is also a 6C/12T part.

ARK Survival Evolved dedicated servers go live on PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 11:41 pm

PS4 gamers can now rent and host their own private slide of open-world prehistoric dino-hunting chaos.




Private rentable servers are now available in ARK: Survival Evolved's PlayStation 4 version, Studio Wildcard today announced. "These servers offer ARK survivors the opportunity to host private, player-run worlds for themselves and their console friends with up to 100 players per server, setting their own in-depth parameters and custom rules for games on their server," the developers said in an official statement.


The first server provider, Nitrado, has a variety of server tiers and plans with four main hubs in Miami, Los Angeles, London and Instanbul. ARK server prices on Nitrado range from $13 a month for 10 player slots to $87.70 a month for 100 players.

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Shenmue III secures publishing deal with Deep Silver

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 10:18 pm

Contrary to popular belief, Sony won't be publishing Shenmue III, and Ys Net has partnered with Deep Silver to release the game across the globe in 2018.




Following a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, Shenmue III developer Ys Net has secured Deep Silver as publisher for their upcoming RPG Shenmue III for a digital and physical release on PS4 and PC worldwide. A subsidiary of German company Koch Media, Deep Silver is known for publishing acclaimed video games and franchises as Dead Island, Saint's Row, and the Metro series. "We are proud to have gained a wonderfully reliable partner to make sure Shenmue III reaches all its fans all over the planet," said Shenmue III developer Ys Net.


"Shenmue is one of a few game franchises that have historical value whilst continuing to ignite passion across gamers. We are delighted to have signed this publishing partnership and look forward to utilizing our global publishing network to maximize the potential of this highly anticipated game," said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media/Deep Silver.


Yu Suzuki, the director of Shenmue III and CEO of Ys Net added, "I am very pleased to secure this global partnership with Deep Silver, which is comprised of incredible men and women who have a deep passion for bringing Japanese titles to the rest of the world. Throughout this process, Deep Silver has expressed a deep passion for Japanese games, the Shenmue franchise and its fans-this gives me further confidence in Shenmue III and that we have found the best partner possible."


Shenmue III is currently slated for release in 2H 2018 on PS4 and PC.

Elite Dangerous exceeds 2.75 million copies sold

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 8:23 pm

UK developer Frontier Developments today revealed sales milestones for its key franchises, including the popular space sim Elite: Dangerous.




Elite: Dangerous has sold more than 2.75 million copies cumulatively worldwide on all platforms, including Xbox One, PS4, PC and the virtual reality ports, since its initial release in 2014, Frontier Developments today announced. The game, which currently sits at a Metacritic score of 80 out of 100, has been well-received by gamers and critics alike for its vibrant interstellar exploration, survival, and trading aspects. Elite: Dangerous is also playable in VR on both PC and PS4, the latter of which is powered by Sony's PlayStation VR headset.


The UK-based developer also confirmed that its Planet Coaster simulation game has reached 1 million copies sold since it's release in 2016. "We are delighted with the continuing popularity of both Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster. We will continue to release updates that even further enhance our players' experiences," said David Walsh, Chief Operations Officer of Frontier Developments.

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Bethesda hiring spree probably isn't for Elder Scrolls 6

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 5:46 pm

As a die-hard Elder Scrolls fan, I hate writing articles like this. Like everyone else I want Elder Scrolls VI to release in the near future...but it's not going to happen. Here's why Bethesda's new hiring spree probably doesn't mean development of The Elder Scrolls VI is under way.




I've seen a few reports that Bethesda's new hiring spree could be connected to TESVI's development. It's true that Zenimax Media is currently hiring 20 people for its in-house Rockville, MD-based Bethesda Game Studios that's responsible for franchises like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Remember that Bethesda Game Studios (BGS) isn't to be confused with Bethesda Softworks; the form is a dev team, the ladder is a publisher, however BGS is under the Bethesda Softworks umbrella. ZeniMax is the parent company, and ZeniMax Online runs Elder Scrolls Online with the help of key TES devs.


Now that we've got that out of the way, let's take a closer look at the job openings and the reasons they're probably not for The Elder Scrolls VI. The listings show some interesting openings for key positions at Bethesda Game Studios, including Quest Designer, Character/Concept Artist, Level Designer, Graphics Programmer, and Senior Core Tech Engineer. Nine out of the twenty listings are for the Programming division, hinting the studio is aiming at shoring up its core infrastructure. Some of these jobs call for experience with the company's own powerful modding toolsets, the Fallout GECK and The Elder Scrolls Creation Kit, further hinting that the devs are to work on either a new Fallout or Elder Scrolls game. However Bethesda's leadership has repeatedly said that a new Elder Scrolls is at the end of their current dev pipeline, behind two "big and crazy projects" that are "totally different" than anything the studio has worked on before.

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Galaxy Note 4 batteries recalled due to fire risk

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 3:28 pm

Just a week before the Galaxy Note8 launch, Samsung's faulty batteries are once again making headlines. And once again, it's the Note line in question.




US Consumer Product Safety Commission has declared that around 10,200 Note 4 batteries are being recalled due to fire risk. As you are probably aware of, Samsung had issues with Note7's faulty batteries and had to recall the smartphones. Twice.


According to the release, FedEx and Samsung have determined that some of the recalled batteries are counterfeit and show anomalies that can lead the batteries to overheat.

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Xbox One X pre-orders to go live this Sunday

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 2:36 pm

Microsoft's new high-end 4K-ready Xbox One X will go up for pre-order this Sunday, reports indicate.




The new Xbox One X console, which features a highly optimized and tweaked Polaris-grade GPU with 6TFLOPs of power and 40 CUs alongside a dramatically overhauled 8-core Jaguar CPU to enable native 4K console graphics, will be available for pre-order for $499 this Sunday following Microsoft's Gamescom press event, according to The Verge's senior editor Tom Warren. The console was revealed during Microsoft's E3 2017 Xbox press conference, and has since been unavailable for pre-order because it hadn't yet cleared FCC approval.


If this window is correct Microsoft will have little over two months to prepare shipments of the new machine, which is able to maintain native 4K 60FPS in first-party games such as Forza Motorsport 7 with GPU power to spare. Microsoft has confirmed that not every game will run at native 4K 60FPS, or even native 4K for that matter, and refuses to mandate strict performance guidelines for the system in a bid to give developers free reign on the system's power. The Xbox One X will indeed play all existing Xbox One games better than its predecessors (Xbox One and Xbox One S), but 1080p 60FPS performance isn't guaranteed either.

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