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Last day for Windows 10 free upgrade is today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 11 hours, 49 mins ago

Today is your absolute last chance to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. Starting tomorrow, you'll have to shell out $119 for a copy.

 

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The occasion marks not just the end of an offer, but also the end of Microsoft nagging you to upgrade, and the imminent launch of the Windows 10 Anniversary update (set for Tuesday, August 2).

 

Windows 10 has received a lot of criticism over Microsoft aggressive tactics surrounding the upgrade process as well as the Windows Store. Conversely, it's garnered a lot of praise for being more desktop friendly than Windows 8, as well as its performance benefits (particularly in games), among other perks.

Radeon 16.7.3 drivers improve Rise of the Tomb Raider performance

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 13 hours, 32 mins ago

AMD's new 16.7.3 drivers offer a performance boost in Rise of The Tomb Raider, as well as a fairly long list of bug fixes for various games and systems.

 

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A 10% performance increase when using the RX 480 is claimed versus the 16.7.2 drivers, although as always, it's possible other cards will benefit as well.

 

As for the bug fixes, those cover Overwatch, Hitman, Total War: Warhammer, Dragon Age: Inquisition, DiRT Rally, DOTA 2, Doom, and Need for Speed, plus various system items like Wattman (which might not retain settings and flickering when using Freesync or two cloned displays.

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Pay what you want for 180+ hours of game dev training

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 13 hours, 57 mins ago

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If you can play them, you can make them. Embark on your own game-making journey with the Graphics & FX Mastery Bundle. Simply name your price, and you'll get training in Unity, VFX, and other game development technologies.

 

The course bundle includes:

 

  • Introduction to Game Development Using C++ and DirectX
  • SilhouetteFX: Intermediate Training
  • SilhouetteFX: Expert Training
  • Unity 5: Develop 2D & 3D Games
  • Creating Games in Unity Tutorials
  • Introduction to Windows 10 App Development
  • Vegas Pro 13 Training
  • SilhouetteFX: Beginner Training

 

Here's how the bundle works: pay any price to get the bottom two of the eight courses listed. Beat the average price, and unlock all eight.

 

WIth access to all eight courses, you'll delve into every facet of game design. You'll learn how to code with C++, and you'll discover how to develop 2D and 3D game assets with Unity, a popular game engine for today's developers. Additionally, you'll delve into video editing with Vegas Pro and learn how to make composites, color correct, and more.

 

Just name your price, and you can start your foray into game design with the Graphics & FX Mastery Bundle.

New Prey game isn't a sequel or a reboot, it's a re-imagining

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 13 mins ago

Arkane Studios' new Prey game isn't a sequel, a reboot or a remake. So what is it exactly? The devs have some answers.

 

 

Ever since the new Prey game was announced at Bethesda's E3 2016 showcase, fans of the original Prey game had a lot of questions. Everyone thought that Arkane's Prey was the long-cancelled Prey 2 sequel, whereas others thought it was a reboot. As it turns out, the new Prey is more like a loose adaptation set in the IP's universe.

 

"Prey is not a sequel, it's not a remake, it has no tie with the original. You have to look at it as a re-imagining of the IP," says Raphael Colantonio, president of Arkane Studios and creative director of Prey. "Prey isn't just about shooting aliens. It's more of a hybrid game where narratives mix with action and a little bit of an RPG layer. So you have some weapons, but you have lots of other things too, including powers you can learn from the aliens themselves."

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PlayStation VR requires almost as much space as HTC Vive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 16 hours, 16 mins ago

Sony has just revealed how much space you'll need to make before playing its PlayStation VR headset, and the results are pretty surprising.

 

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Although Sony wants you to remain seated while playing most PlayStation VR games, some games track movements. According to a new PSVR product pamphlet, the Sony's VR headset requires almost as much free space as the HTC Vive--even though the console-powered PSVR doesn't have full 360-degree room-scale tracking.

 

The PSVR's required play area dimensions call for 1.9m (6.2ft) of width and 3.0m (9.8ft) length, with the height being determined how high up you set the required PlayStation Camera. The HTC Vive's minimum room-scale play area calls for at least 2 m x 1.5 m (6 ft 6 in x 5 ft) of free space, with some games requiring even more room.

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Early copy of No Man's Sky allegedly sold for $1,250

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 35 mins ago

SPOILER WARNING: If you want to keep No Man's Sky a total surprise you may want to look away from this post. A gamer who apparently purchased an early copy of No Man's Sky has allegedly sold the game to an impatient space explorer for the insane sum of $1,250.

 

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Interestingly enough, the tale is spun on a sports forum called Operation Sports, where user CampBlackMamba24 claims he's acquired pre-release copy of No Man's Sky and decided to share some info. The gamer claims he bought the copy of No Man's Sky for $150 off of Craigslist, likely a pre-release review copy, and proceeded to sell it on eBay for $1,250. This is actually the same user that made the $2,000 No Man's Sky eBay listing, but he accepted the $1,250 counter offer instead.

 

If you do manage to somehow get an early copy, No Man's Sky's servers are already live (presumably for press copies). Here's a quick list of the gamer's general impressions and a bunch of screenshots from the forum posts for your perusal.

 

  • Don't expect mind-blowing graphics out the box
  • Don't expect to take off flying when the game starts. Must put in work
  • Game was extremely smooth. No frame rate issues at all
  • Expect to possibly not fire up another game for a while. I could tell in my short time that this game is gonna destroy some relationships and happy homes.

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NVIDIA ordered to pay each GeForce GTX 970 $30 over VRAM controversy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 23 hours, 58 mins ago

It was over 18 months ago now that NVIDIA found itself in quite the predicament, with its GeForce GTX 970 advertised with 4GB of VRAM, but only had access to 3.5GB of it at high speeds, while the remaining 512MB was performance-limited.

 

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NVIDIA agreed to settle 15 class-action lawsuits for undisclosed terms, but now the company has confirmed it will be paying each person who has a GeForce GTX 970, giving them $30 and covering $1.3 million in legal fees.

 

Right now this is only a preliminary settlement, so a court will still need to approve the terms before consumers can start claiming their $30. NVIDIA has said it will not be capping the total amount it will pay to consumers, which is actually surprising. Good guy NVIDIA, after all of the crap that happened 18 months ago.

 

We don't know if GeForce GTX 970 owners outside the US will be able to claim the $30, as the lawsuits were filed, and settled in California.

Facebook now has over 1.7 billion monthly active users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Facebook has somehow continued its growth into 2016, with the company reporting its second quarter earnings, where we now know just how many people use Facebook daily, and monthly.

 

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Facebook is now home to over 1.7 billion monthly active users (MAUs), which is a nice increase of 15% year-over-year, while we have 1.57 billion monthly active users on mobile. Facebook has also hit another milestone, where the social network is now home to over 1 billion mobile daily active users (DAUs).

 

The company defines MAUs as "Mobile-only MAUs are defined as users who accessed Facebook solely through mobile apps or mobile versions of our website, or used our Messenger app, in the last 30 days of the given quarter. The number of mobile-only MAUs do not include Instagram users unless they would otherwise qualify as such users based on their other activities on Facebook".

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Pokemon NO! Parents start naming babies after Pokemon GO characters

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

Pokemon GO is next to unstoppable at this point, but we've reached an interesting new peak: some parents are naming their babies after Pokemon GO characters.

 

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BabyCenter says that the names of some of the Pokemon GO characters have spiked in popularity, with names like Evee, Onyx and Roselia jumping 1,394 spots, 2,191 spots and 5,896 spots compared to a year ago, respectively. BabyCenter says that in a recent survey, close to 50% of the moms in the community are active Pokemon GO players.

 

Pokemon GO isn't new in the way that it has influenced parents by naming their kids after characters they know and love, with shows and movies like Breaking Bad, Frozen, Game of Thrones and countless other shows and movies inspiring parents.

Disney developing 'Rocketeer' sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

Despite originally flopping on release, Disney's adaptation of the indie comic 'The Rockeeter' is set to get a sequel over 25 years after the first.

 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel/ reboot is in very early development, with a script currently being written by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer. The film is said to retain the 1930's timeline, which is said to occur six years after the original film and feature "a young African-American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer"

 

The 1991 release, which starred Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly and Timothy Dalton generated $46 million off a $35 million budget which was considered a huge disappointment at the time, but has gone on to enjoy a cult following in the intervening years. Disney will no doubt be hoping the next fares somewhat better.

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