Amazon has officially launched a Alexa skill that will allow for users of Alexa to control Twitch using their voice. This new Alexa skill has numerous uses such as asking for specific channel activity and a list of popular game being viewed.
This is not a surprise for Amazon to integrate Twitch into their Alexa skills as Amazon own Twitch, buying the streaming giant back in 2014 for $1 billion. The Twitch Alexa skill is designed to complement gamers that use Twitch regularly, Twitch has done this by giving users the option to enable notifications of their favorite channels going live.
Microsoft have officially released their fourth latest major update for Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft's latest update is set to include an abundance of new and improved features including Fluent Design, OneDrive On demand, Stories, Windows Mixed Reality and more.
Microsoft will be rolling out the updates in stages as per previous major updates, users will be prompt via Windows Update. Or if you're impatient, you can head over the Microsoft Windows 10 website and manually download the update yourself.
Discord have recently announce that their free VoIP application will include Verified Servers. Verified Servers allows for game developers and publishers to help promote their product, distrubtion of official news, showcase their server in-game, custom branding for discord.gg link and other methods of expanding the game's community.
Discord Verified Servers will be indicated via a checkbox next to the game server name, similar to how Twitch indicate their verified accounts. The verification process is fairly straight forward- a server must be owned and moderated by the game developer or publisher that meets Discord's requirements, and follow Discord's community guidelines that includes enabling explicit content filter to remove illegal or malicious content.
The advantages of Discord's Verified Servers is obvious but it remains to be seen how many developers will take advantage of the program other than for social interaction.
AMD have today released released Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1 drivers. These beta drivers add optimizations for upcoming releases such Middle-Earth: Shadows of War and The Evil Within 2, including Radeon Chill support for both releases.
The drivers also include fixes for some common issues including where bezel compensation in mixed-mode cannot be applied using Eyefinity setups and rare flickering for DiRT 4 with certain multi-GPU configurations. AMD have updated the common issues to include two new concerns- freeze/crash when using Windows 7 and upgrading Radeon Software with multi-GPU Vega configurations and corrupted graphics on certain HDR displays in Forza Motorsport 7 when HDR is enabled in-game.
Remember when you'd log on to the internet with your 56k modem, wait patiently for AIM start-up and log in? There's probably some people who do (hopefully without the 56k modem). Unfortunately Verizon, owner of AOL, have announced that on December 15, the long-running instant messenger service will be shut down.
"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," writes Michael Albers, communications products VP at Oath.
For five months or more, the Spotify software on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been writing a gigantic amount of data to storage devices, potentially taking years off their lifespan. Tens, hundreds, or even thousands of gigabytes written within an hour have been reported, and occur when the software is idle and is not storing any songs locally.
The problem -- which was reproduced easily by Ars Technica -- is said to be tied to one or more database files with the Mercury.db string. It is of course particularly burdensome to solid state drives (SSDs), which have limited write capacity.
"We've seen some questions in our community around the amount of written data using the Spotify client on desktop," a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement. "These have been reviewed and any potential concerns have now been addressed in version 1.0.42, currently rolling out to all users."
It's a hard life if you're an AMD user and like to stream and record. Whereas NVIDIA users enjoy the sleek, performance-light, and feature-rich Shadowplay, there's really nothing as good for the other camp.
The gap narrows somewhat today though as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio (the new and improved version of OBS) gains support for AMD's Video Coding Engine (VCE). Essentially, this means fast, high-quality recording and streaming, in contrast to Windows Media Foundation offered, particularly at 1080p and 60 FPS.
VCE support has been in testing for awhile now and today marks the first stable release. To download it, hit the source link below, or if you're in no hurry, wait until the next OBS Studio release with which it will be bundled.
A new beta update to the Steam client has at last fixed the bitrate issues plaguing in-home streaming users with AMD hardware. User reports indicate all is indeed well now -- welcome news given it's been nearly a year since the problem started.
To get started with in-home streaming, navigate to Big picture mode > Settings > In-home streaming > Advanced host options.
Also included in the update: improved local file validation performance, particularly for HDDs, and a fix for the black screen issue observed when streaming Duelyst or They Bleed Pixels.
One of the issues with PC gaming these days is having multiple game libraries across multiple services. While many attempts have been made at creating all-in-one frontend solutions, you might say they've all fallen short. The newly launched GameRoom, however, looks to be the best of the bunch so far with a sleek interface similar to Origin prior to its recent overhaul.
Feature-wise, it includes automatic import, sorting, support for command line arguments, a power saving mode, a play time tracker, and more.
The downside: it requires Java, which has been swiftly going the way of the dodo. If that doesn't dissuade you, download GameRoom here.
Crytek's newly published roadmap for CryEngine reveals big features are not far off at all.
First is DirectX 12 multi-GPU support, a complete DirectX 12 renderer, the possibility of support for NVIDIA's PhysX, and more. All of these are labeled for version 5.2, due out any day now.
Version 5.3, meanwhile, will introduce the increasingly popular Vulkan API. Developed as a spin-off of AMD's Mantle, it serves as another low-overhead solution that's been shown to majorly increase performance in games. 5.3 is planned for mid-October.