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Sony sets up 'ambitious' new studio for VR content on Project Morpheus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 5 days, 2 hours ago

Oculus is all systems go for the unveiling of the first consumer Rift headset on June 11 at the "Step into the Rift" event, but Sony has just announced a new game development company for all things VR development.

 

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North West Studio is a UK-based company that will be developing content for Sony's Project Morpheus headset, with jobs listed with the studio referencing an "exciting and rare opportunity to join an ambitious new studio to create original games exclusively for Project Morpheus, PlayStation's VR platform".

 

Sony's new studio is located in northwestern England, where the Japanese gaming company wants to build a "small but highly experienced team who want to build great games to showcase this exciting new immersive technology". We should hopefully see what North West Studio will be working on at E3 2015 next month.

Apple updates Watch with v1.0.1 update which improves performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 5 days, 3 hours ago

Apple Watch owners might be receiving an update to their wrists shortly, with the company pushing out the 1.0.1 update which is said to improve performance "across the board" according to Engadget.

 

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The update to Watch will also help with third-party apps on your iPhone, which took a considerable amount of time to launch until this new patch. Engadget reports that the "difference isn't dramatic" in their experience, but "it is there". Siri voice recognition is improved with the new Watch update, as well as fitness data calculation such as calories and distance.

 

The interface now supports seven additional languages, including Brazilian Portugese and Turkish.

God of War III: Remastered trailer arrives in glorious 1080p 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 3 hours ago

God of War fans are going to wait to stand up, with God of War III: Remastered set to arrive on July 15 in the US, and two days later in the UK and Ireland.

 

 

In order to get the hype train rolling faster, Sony has unleashed a new trailer for God of War III: Remastered in 1080p 60FPS. It shows off the Kratos vs Hades Boss Battle on the PlayStation 4. Some new features such as Photo Mode will let God of War gamers to freeze the action in the middle of the action, where a camera can be used with creative options like lighting changes, and then sharing that image with friends.

 

The developer continues: "It's been ten years since Kratos took the throne as the God of War. With the God of War III Remaster on the horizon, we are eagerly looking forward to reliving the legend and we hope you are too. For those PS4 players new to Kratos' epic tale of betrayal and revenge, welcome. You're in for one hell of a ride".

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CryEngine 3-powered 'Umbra' is the first to use Megascans technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 5 hours ago

SolarFall games has just unveiled a new video for Umbra, its new CryEngine 3-powered RPG that makes great use of Quixel's more-than-impressive Megascans technology.

 

 

The studio explains: "This video shows some of the environments of Umbra, and how it impacts the gameplay. You can modify it, or use it as a weapon. On the technical side, our game is fully Physically based, and we are the first indie studio to use the Megascans library". Umbra has both single and multiplayer sides, where you have no limits on your character development, with gamers having the choice of creating their own weapons, armor and spells.

 

SolarFall Games continued: "​Umbra melds much-loved hack-and-slash gameplay with state-of-the-art graphics, and underpins it all with a truly modern AI. Inspired by the classic Diablo 2 game, Umbra aims to deliver an intense and rich action RPG game. Personalization of your character build is free, deep and highly customizable, and many secret are hidden in the world".

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HDMI powers over 4 billion devices, with 700m to be shipped in 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 5 days, 5 hours ago

Just how popular is the HDMI standard? According to Jim Rossner from ShapeTechnology who reached out to us, there are over 4 billion HDMI-enabled devices around the world.

 

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This year alone, 700 million HDMI-compliant devices are estimated to be shipped. The HDMI organization has plenty more in store for the standard, where we expect it to really take off with VR headsets right around the corner. HDMI has gone through considerable changes since its inception, with HDMI 2.0 capable of 4K 60FPS.

Magicka 2 developer: Vulkan API might be 'even better than DX12'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: 5 days, 5 hours ago

During an interview with WorldsFactory, Pisces Interactive, the developer behind Magicka 2 talked about DirectX 12. The studio said that DX12 will have large improvements over DX11, but teased that the Vulkan API could be even better.

 

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The studio said: "DX12 is a big improvement over DX11, it enables games to move to the next generation of graphics. But we're also eagerly awaiting the official release of OpenGL Vulkan, which might even be better than DX12. Currently we are only experimenting with the API's but we will of course support them eventually".

 

When it comes to the Xbox One version of Magicka 2, Pisces Interactive added: "Paradox has been focusing on PC only for many many years. And this is Paradox first game on the new generation of consoles so we start slow and begin with PlayStation 4. We will see if and when a Xbox one version would be possible. Currently we also have an exclusive deal with Sony".

 

The Vulkan API is exciting, but DirectX 12 is where all of the buzz lies. DX12 will be adopted by far more developers, but we could see some truly interesting things from Vulkan, too.

GIGABYTE's new MW70-3S0 handles two CPUs, 3 GPUs and SAS 12Gbps HDDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 5 days, 6 hours ago

GIGABYTE has just unveiled its latest workstation motherboard, the MW70-3S0, which can handle two CPUs that fit into Intel's 2011-3 socket. The new workstation motherboard has the usual high-end technologies, such as SAS 12Gbps storage support, as well as support for 3-way GPUs.

 

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The new GIGABYTE MW70-3S0 can handle three NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon GPUs with full x16 PCIe speeds, but it also supports a fourth card where the full x16 speeds aren't required. GIGABYTE has attached a high-end LSI SAS 3008 controller, which supports up to eight SAS drives running at 12Gbps through two mini-SAS HD connectors.

 

Not only that, but the controller is capable of aggregating any SATA and SAS drives into the full 12Gbps data stream courtest of LSI's DataBolt technology. This means that users can simply tie in their SATA 3Gbps or SATA 6Gbps drives into the 12Gbps bandwidth, and enjoy increased speeds depending on the configuration used.

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Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro features AMD Radeon R9 M370X GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 5 days, 6 hours ago

Apple has unveiled its new 15-inch MacBook Pro with refreshed internals and Force Touch technology, as well as a new 5K-capable iMac. The addition of Force Touch technology on the new 15-inch MacBook Pro allows it to join the league of the 13-inch MacBook Pro that Apple unveiled not too long ago with its impressive new trackpad.

 

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The refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro includes an interesting mobile GPU that people have nearly skimmed over, with Apple using an AMD Radeon R9 M370X - from AMD's upcoming Radeon 300 series of GPUs. Apple's refreshed MBP features a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor at 2.5GHz, 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 512GB PCIe-based SSD, Intel Iris Pro graphics along with the Radeon R9 M370X, and the Force Touch trackpad. All of this will set you back $2499.

 

The new iMac features a 5K Retina panel, and starting at $1999 you'll get a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor at 3.3GHz. The refreshed iMac features a beautiful 5120x2880 resolution, which packs 67% more pixels than 4K at 3840x2160. Inside, there'll be 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, joined by four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports that provide up to an insane 20Gbps, each.

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Jay-Z defends Tidal, while ripping Apple, Google, Spotify in freestyle

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

During a concert featuring rare songs, Jay-Z also took the time to rip into Tidal competitors, with jabs thrown at Apple, Spotify and Google. Tidal, which features a $20 per month subscription that is double the cost of most of its rivals, has drawn extreme criticism - and music fans aren't ready to spend the extra money.

 

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Even though Jay-Z says Tidal is "just fine" right now, he took the time to speak his mind about a few competitors:

 

"You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich...

Phil Knight is worth millions, you still bought them kicks

Spotify is nine million, they ain't s**t"

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Donkey Kong and Pac Man attack in new 'Pixels' trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

Sony Pictures have today released a second action packed trailer for their biggest summer blockbuster 'Pixels', which ups the anticipation for the feature film.

 

 

Based on Patrick Jean's viral video from 2010, 'Pixels' pits classic video game characters such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Frogger and Donkey Kong against humanity when they misinterpret Earths interplanetary communications as a declaration of war.

 

Directed by 'Harry Potter' and 'Home Alone' veteran Chris Columbus, 'Pixels' is released in US theatres on July 24 and weeks later on September 10 in Australia.

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