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

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AMD now has over 100 FreeSync monitors in its arsenal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 31 mins ago

AMD now has an arsenal of over 100 monitors that feature its FreeSync technology, with the introduction of the Lenovo 27-inch Y27f monitor, a curved 1080p display with a 144Hz refresh rate, as well as FreeSync.

 

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With a range of over 100 monitors compatible with FreeSync, AMD is definitely ahead of the competition, outflanking NVIDIA and its smaller number of G-Sync monitors. Samsung has even teased their upcoming 34-inch curved UltraWide monitor rocking a 3440x1440 @ 100Hz panel, with FreeSync supported. It will be the new UltraWide gaming display that Radeon owners will want on their wishlists.

Final Fantasy 15 isn't completely open-world

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 59 mins ago

Final Fantasy 15 isn't just pure open-world; it offers a healthy mix of open and linear-based environments to ensure gamers experience both something new and something familiar.

 

 

In a recent interview with Famitsu Final Fantasy 15 game director Hajime Tabata revealed that the game's main campaign consists of 15 chapters, and that half of them will be set in the open environments whereas the other half is linear-based."The entire game structure for Final Fantasy XV consists of both open-world and linear parts. The first half keeps going as an open-world, but the story in the second half's is led by a linear path. That way, you won't get bored of an open-world as the rest of the game tightens, so we made it in a way that you'll also get to advance through it as you have in conventional Final Fantasy games," Tabata confirmed.

 

A mix of linear and open-world gameplay is a great idea, especially since too much freedom can be a bad thing in games (like in Dragon Age: Inquisition, for example). Tabata knows that traditional Final Fantasy players will jump into FF15, so he felt the need to cater to both new and old gamers. The real question is what the dividing line is: are we stuck with linear gameplay once we reach a certain point in the story? And if so, are we stuck in this linear path, or can we fast-travel to the open map at any time? Square Enix has to do this just right to ensure a smooth transition.

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Nintendo admits it has to communicate better with the NX

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 52 mins ago

Nintendo promises that it's learned from its past mistakes, mainly the improper communication surrounding the Wii U. The Japanese console giant says it absolutely has to change its ways and make sure consumers know exactly what its new NX console actually is (even if Nintendo still hasn't revealed it just yet).

 

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One of the main reasons the Wii U failed was the simple fact that most consumers thought it was an add on for the Wii, not an entirely new console. Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime says the company won't make that mistake with its new NX system, which is believed to be a unique handheld/console hybrid that combines the three facets of mainstream gaming into one device: mobile, handheld, and console gaming.

 

"One of the things that we have to do better when we launch the NX-we have to do a better job communicating the positioning for the product. We have to do a better job helping people to understand its uniqueness and what that means for the game playing experience," Fils-Aime said in a recent interview with A-List Daily. "You have to make sure people understand the concept, you have to make sure you've got a great library of games, and when you do that, you tend to do well. We have to do a better job from a software planning standpoint to have that continuous beat of great new games that are motivating more and more people to pick up the hardware and more and more people to pick up the software. Those are the critical lessons."

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Open-source Piton CPU can scale into million-core system

By: Derek Strickland | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 11 hours, 3 mins ago

Researchers at Princeton University have created an open-source 25-core processor that can be scaled in an array to create "a single system containing millions of cores."

 

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Princeton's new computer chip is called Piton, and it's a many-core open-source research processor aimed at revolutionizing data-center and enterprise-grade cloud-based solutions that power the internet--from email to Facebook and Twitter--with a cheap yet extremely efficient new scalable CPU architecture. The Princeton Piton Processor is a 25-core customized CPU designed by Professor David Wentzlaff and his team, featuring 25 modified OpenSPARC T1 cores that operate at a 1GHz per-core clock frequency. Piton is also outfitted with 460 million transistors, and was taped-out in IBM's 32m SOI process. Piton's main advantage is that it's scalable, meaning an array of some thousand Piton chips could be combined in an array to "enable thousands of cores on a single chip."

 

"The Princeton researchers designed their chip specifically for massive computing systems. Piton could substantially increase processing speed while slashing energy usage. The chip architecture is scalable - designs can be built that go from a dozen to several thousand cores, which are the independent processors that carry out the instructions in a computer program. Also, the architecture enables thousands of chips to be connected into a single system containing millions of cores," reads a Princeton report.

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Steam allows No Man's Sky refunds regardless of playtime

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 3 mins ago

UPDATE 2: Apparently not everyone will receive a refund from Steam, and your mileage may vary and there's not an automatic 100% success rate. But a good portion of gamers are reporting successful refunds if they cite certain reasons, ie technical problems and misleading advertisements.

 

UPDATE: Some PS4 users are reportedly getting refunds for digital No Man's Sky purchases on PSN, despite Sony's staunch zero refund policy.

 

Due to false advertising, Steam is reportedly now accepting No Man's Sky refunds regardless of playtime--albeit in a case-by-case basis.

 

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Rather than being associated with majestic space exploration, No Man's Sky is now soaked in infamy, and will go down in gaming history as one of the biggest falsely advertised games, rubbing shoulders with failed overhyped catastrophes like Aliens: Colonial Marines. Almost everything shown in the E3 bullshot trailers didn't make it in the final game, with a massive number of features outright missing and developers outright lying about multiplayer and tons of other content.

 

As a result of this hugely misleading campaign of misinformation, Valve is starting to issue refunds to some No Man's Sky owners on Steam regardless of how long they've played it. There are many reports of successful refunds from players who have played over the 2 hour limit, but there others who have been denied multiple times with the same criteria. We're not sure how exactly Steam is picking refunds in this regard, but those who have stated misleading advertisements and technical problems with the game have been refunded. Some, however, simply said they were bored with the game and weren't satisfied and reportedly got their money back.

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Halo 5 Forge needs 16GB of RAM for 4K at 60FPS on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 59 mins ago

Microsoft is finally bringing Halo 5 to the PC with the release of Halo 5 Forge and as we get closer to the release on September 8, we're receiving more details on the game. Now we have the system requirements, and boy do you require quite the beast to run Halo 5 Forge on the PC at 4K 60FPS.

 

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You'll need at least 12GB of RAM, and a graphics card with at least 4GB of VRAM for gaming at 1080p 60FPS, but that gets bumped up to a huge 16GB of RAM and 6GB of VRAM for gaming at 4K and 60FPS. You'll need a GeForce GTX 970 for 1080p 60FPS and a GTX 980 Ti for 4K 60FPS. Microsoft is including some nice touches to the PC side with Halo 5 Forge, with higher resolutions than the Xbox versions of Halo, and you can build maps with Forge, too.

 

  • Keyboard & Mouse Support - For the first time ever, Forgers will have the option of using a keyboard & mouse allowing for more precision control than ever before.
  • Increased Resolution - Support for multiple resolutions including 4k.
  • Test and Play with Friends - Enlist the help of Friends to help build, test, and play your
  • Forge creations on Windows 10.
  • Build on Windows 10 and Publish to Xbox One - Experiences built on Windows 10 can be published to and played on Xbox One, opening the doors for countless new experiences to be enjoyed by players all over the world.

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Samsung's new 3440x1440 display has FreeSync and 100Hz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 19 hours, 27 mins ago

Samsung has just teased its upcoming 34-inch monitor, with the CF791 featuring a 3440x1440 native resolution and a refresh rate of up to 100Hz. Samsung's upcoming CF791 display will also have support for AMD's FreeSync technology.

 

 

Samsung says that the VA panel in its new display offers better contrast, and reduced light leakage when compared to IPS panels, especially when it comes to curved displays. The upcoming CF791 is "the most curved in the world" according to Samsung, with a curve of 1500R. Samsung is using quantum-dot technology, with Samsung explaining that the shift to quantum-dot allows them to reproduce 125% of the sRGB gamut.,

 

Radeon owners will want to enjoy AMD's FreeSync technology on the Samsung CF791, since it will offer 3440x1440 at 100Hz with FreeSync on top, offering a super-smooth UltraWide gaming experience. Another nice touch is that Samsung has made the monitor "bezel-less" on three sides, with the CF791 looking mighty sharp with its looks.

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PlayStation 4 with a bonus $100 gift card as Slim nears

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 day, 10 hours ago

With the leaked PS4 Slim details slamming news headlines, it's only inevitable retailers will begin offering deals on the old PS4 to clear their stock. The first deal making waves so far is Dell.

 

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Dude, you're gettin' a PS4. Dell Home might be thought of more of a PC retailer, but Dell does carry a fair amount of console video games and accessories. Right now at Dell, they are selling a PlayStation 4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 bundle with a bonus $100 eGift Card tacked onto it. Since the price is the same $350 as every other retailer online, you're effectively getting the PS4 for only $250. That makes it the best deal of the Summer for a PlayStation 4.

 

Dell isn't exactly showcasing this deal on their site. In order to even see the Gift Card bonus you'll need to add the system to the shopping cart, but once at checkout the $100 Gift Card will be automatically added to your cart.

 

The Gift Card is not a physical item, and in fact arrives via email. After purchase expect about 10 - 20 days for the eGift Card to arrive. It'll be good for anything sold at Dell, be it more PS4 video games or PC parts. Note that the promotional card has a lifespan of 90 days, so you'll be able to use it near the upcoming holiday season cycle too.

 

This effective price of $250 for a PS4 bundle marks one of the best PS4 deals to date. Currently the cheapest price online for a PlayStation 4 from a reputable retailer is at Groupon, who is selling refurbished units new units for $299.99. While you are saving $50 up front at Groupon, the $100 extra to spend (and a copy of Black Ops 3) feels like by far a much better deal.

How to make a living taking down hackers

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 day, 10 hours ago

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Ethical and hacking are two words you wouldn't expect to see in the same sentence, but together they describe the lucrative tech field responsible for protecting networks from attack. With the Become an Ethical Hacker Bonus Bundle, you can turn a hacker's toolkit against them as you use the same skills to safeguard networks from hacking threats. TweakTown readers can get the Become an Ethical Hacker Bonus Bundle on sale for only $49.

 

Now packed with an extra 5.5 hours of instruction, this best-selling bundle will teach you the skills ethical hackers use to stop cybersecurity threats in their tracks. You'll learn how to probe a network for weaknesses with penetration testing, and you'll discover how to replicate common hacking threats like keyloggers from scratch.

 

The Become an Ethical Hacker Bonus Bundle is on sale for over 90% off. Normally $681, this bundle is available to TweakTown readers for only $49.

Battlefield 1 beta will run for eight days

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

An e-mail from developer DICE's PR outfit sent out to press confirms the Battlefield 1 open beta will run from August 31 through September 8, for a total of eight days. If you've signed up to Battlefield Insider, you can get in one day early, as recently confirmed (again) by @Battlefield.

 

 

As previously reported, the beta will feature both Conquest and Rush modes on the Sinai desert map. Rush won't be the usual fare, with 24 players supported and the inclusion of "telegraph posts" that can be destroyed by attackers or used by defenders to call in artillery strikes.

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