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Overwatch Eichenwalde Map Preview

Overwatch Eichenwalde Map Preview

We get an early look at Overwatch's next map (Eichenwalde) and offer up a little strategy in the process.

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Creative teams with Twitch on level up race in WoW

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 56 mins ago

World of Warcraft is making a comeback right now, with Creative and Twitch teaming up what could end up as the largest global initiative to gather all World of Warcraft gamers in a single platform for the race towards level 110.

 

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The current level cap in World of Warcraft is 100, but now the race will be towards 110 with the help of Twitch and Creative. What better way to do this than by having a huge prize pool? Up for grabs is an NZXT case, Hue+ lighting system and Grid+ fan controller - while Creative throws in a Sound Blaster H5 Gaming Headset, AlphaPad Gaming Mousepad, and G5 Soundcard - all in the grand prize, too.

 

There will be 5 consolation winners, each receiving a Sound Blaster X AlphaPad Gaming Mousepad and an NZXT LED Lighting Kit. You'll have to register on Sound Blaster's official website, for the race to level 110 competition.

Nintendo NX prototype was a tablet and docking station

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 3 hours, 53 mins ago

Nintendo has gamers excited with the possibilities of their next-gen NX console, but we know nothing concrete so far - but now there are reports that an Nintendo NX prototype featured a 6.2-inch 720p multi-touchscreen.

 

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The report is coming from Emily Rogers, who some refer to as a 'Nintendo insider', with Rogers tweeting that the "NX prototype had a 6.2 inch 720p multi-touch touchscreen. Unknown if final product's screen size will be larger / smaller than prototype". The more interesting tweet from Rogers teased that the NX prototype featured a docking station for USB ports, with the prototype at the time reportedly having two USB ports. Rogers' previous information hasn't been correct, but she has landed some reports that turned out to be true.

 

Derek and I have talked about this behind the scenes for a while now, and I've been telling him that NX would feature a docking station of some sort. I think if Nintendo wants to succeed, it needs to truly stand out from Microsoft and Sony as the Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Neo will be powerhouses compared to the usually conservative Nintendo.

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CD Projekt RED now worth over $1 billion

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 4 mins ago

CD Projekt RED's total worth now exceeds one billion dollars thanks to consistently strong cummulative sales growth in Witcher 3 properties and record-breaking GOG.com and GOG Galaxy revenues.

 

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Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED has just posted its first half earnings for 2016, and the results are good. CDPR's year-over-year earnings fell a bit as H1 2015 saw huge earnings thanks to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's launch, but the Polish AAA devs have raked in 319 million Zloty ($82.7 million USD) in sales revenues. Out of that value the company earned 135 million Zloty ($34.9 million) in profits, representing 42% profitability. That's only down 4% from CDPR's 1H2015's net profitability of 46%.

 

As a result of this consistent market performance, CD Projekt RED now has a rated capitalization of 3,919,038,000 Zloty, or $1 billion USD.

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Choose a side in our 'Captain America' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 5 hours, 25 mins ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'Captain America: Civil War' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have five Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Disney Home Entertainment.

 

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United we stand. Divided we fall. After an incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, dividing our heroes in 2 camps. Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War' finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps-one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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UK retailer offers HTC Vive headset on monthly payments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 5 hours, 52 mins ago

If there's one thing that will boost your sales on an expensive product, it's monthly payments that make it more affordable for those who don't want to spend a large sum of money at once. UK retailer Game is offering the HTC Vive on monthly payments, requiring a 10% deposit and two years of some pretty affordable payments.

 

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Once the 10% deposit of £75.90 ($100 USD or $131 AUD) is paid, there are 24 monthly payments of £32.79 ($43 USD or $57 AUD) - with a 14.9% fixed interest rate per annum. Not a bad deal, but it gets better when you consider Game is letting you trade in old games and consoles to pay off the HTC Vive faster. Monthly payments would make HTC Vive sales increase considerably, especially for those who have the money to spend on a fast enough PC to play it - now you can just pay a small amount per month and enjoy the best VR experience available, for now at least.

PS4 Slim supports 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 4 mins ago

Sony's new PlayStation 4 "Slim" model is confirmed to support the new 5G 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

 

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Sony's new cheaper, lighweight PS4 "Slim" model will support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies across 802.11ac/n/g thanks to its new Wi-Fi networking card. Users will be able to switch between 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at any time, provided they have the requisite networking technology.

 

Verified PS4 "Slim" owner Shortman82 took a picture of the new PS4's manual, which states: "The frequencies used by the wireless networking feature of this product are the 2.4GHz / 5GHz ranges. The 2.4GHz range of radio waves is shared by various devices. This product has been designed to minimize the effect of other devices using the same range. Only use 5GHz band wireless equipment indoors."

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Rovio developing 'Angry Birds Movie' sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 hours, 31 mins ago

Far from the cynical cash grab I was fearing, this year's 'Angry Birds Movie' turned out to be a pretty damn good animated adventure which had appeal for all age groups. And while it grossed far less than other recent animated smash hits such as 'Minions', 'Frozen' and 'Zootopia', it's respectable $350 million worldwide take from a $75 million production budget has ensured that the Birds will fly again.

 

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According to HitFix, Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta said "we have started planning the sequel to The Angry Birds Movie" which basically just confirms something we already knew - that Rovio love money. But based on the amount of time it took to get the first film up and running, it could be a number of years before another film hits cinemas and who knows what apps will be the range - or if anyone's still playing 'Angry Birds' at all.

KFC denies leak of 11 secret herbs and spices recipe

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 7 hours, 8 mins ago

KFC's blend of 11 herbs and spices have tantalised junk food junkies across the world for decades and served as the company's most valuable intellectual property, so it's no wonder that many have tried to crack the recipe. Many have gotten close, but not quite there. So when The Chicago Tribune posted a recipe given to them by Joe Ledington, the nephew of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders which was located in a 70 year old scrapbook and which convincingly passed the taste test, the internet exploded. KFC at home? What a time to live. But KFC have tried to shoot the whole thing down.

 

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According to a KFC statement posted by The Telegraph, KFC have denied the recipe is the real deal saying "many people have made these claims over the years and no one has been accurate - this one isn't either". The company holds that the original 1940 recipe handwritten by Sanders is locked up in a safe encased in two feet of concrete and monitored by extensive video and motion detection surveillance systems.

 

Of course, there's no reason that the newly discovered recipe simply be a duplicate? You can't keep your secrets forever, not in this day and age.

Raw Data update has a huge list of new features, enemies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 7 hours, 44 mins ago

Survios has been busy working away on what is arguably the first 'AAA' game in VR, with Raw Data really stirring up a huge following for HTC Vive owners, myself included.

 

 

Raw Data launched last month and debuted at #1 on the Steam Top Seller list on the day it launched, and that's in Early Access, after a popular run behind the scenes in testing. Survios has a huge update for Raw Data that is now rolling out, adding a slew of new enemies, features, and a brand new mission.

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HTC 'still having internal discussions' on next-gen Vive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 9 hours, 48 mins ago

HTC has had a great run of success with the Vive, with it being a superior VR experience thanks to its room scale VR and two controllers bundled for $799. HTC is now teasing its next-gen Vive headset, which doesn't yet have an official name - but Vive 2.0 sounds awesome.

 

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Earlier this year the company split its VR division into its own subsidiary: Vive Corporation, with Raymond Pao in the position of Vice President for Future Technologies, as well as HTC itself. Pao traverses the globe finding new inspiration for next-gen technology, including the next Vive headset, with his latest trip seeing him spend some time in San Francisco with the team from Upload VR, and talking up a tiny storm on the Vive 2.0 headset.

 

Pao said: "We are still having internal discussions as to what the next generation will be. And we don't feel that we are limited by time or any one particular new feature", and when pressed about the possibility of wireless VR with the new Vive, he said: "Internally we have a couple ideas but its not solid yet and its not at the stage where we are confident that we have a plan".

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