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Driveclub development to continue despite closure of Evolution Studios

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 23, 2016 2:04 pm

The fate of Driveclub is no longer a mystery, as it's been revealed by Jamie Brayshaw, the community manager for the game, that it'll live on under the auspicious care of a team (hopefully bolstered by members of Evolution Studios) at PlayStation itself.

 

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In an open letter to fans on Twitter, the Sr. Community Manager thanked the community and told us all that while Evolution Studios is no longer, the best is yet to come, of Driveclub and likely of the people from the now defunct studio. It's still not clear whether we'll see more, regular, DLC in the future or if the new team will be maintaining the servers and looking to fix bugs and glitches that come along. Whether or not there's still plans for a sequel, we don't know. That certainly shouldn't be ruled out regardless of the circumstances of the studio. The game was a success and the consolidation of the personnel could lead to rethinking that new game. Or more DLC and expansions.

 

This is good news for those that still quite enjoy the racing simulator, which happens to feature some of the best rain effects in any racing game on console.

 

Evolution Studios was closed yesterday following an internal review by Sony. Though the game itself has been very successful with over 2 million shipped units of the game, it was decided that changes needed to be made, though people will hopefully be cross-filled to other positions within Sony.

eBay scalpers already selling PlayStation VR pre-orders for $1,000

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 23, 2016 1:33 pm

Yesterday Sony launched the second pre-order wave for its complete $499 PlayStation VR package, which sold out on Amazon in just four minutes. Now the inevitable ridiculously high-priced eBay listings have started to pop up, commanding $1,000 prices.

 

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Just like the sold out PS4 pre-orders, eBay scalpers are in full force to sell you overpriced guarantees for Sony's new PSVR headset--provided you're willing to pay double the MSRP. The listings range from $799 to $999 for the PSVR Launch Edition, which includes the PS Camera, PSVR headset, and two Move controllers.

 

A quick search on eBay reveals dozens of PlayStation VR listings, so it looks like almost everyone is willing to part with their pre-orders in order to make some cash. If you want to get a PlayStation VR but didn't secure a pre-order, don't panic. Taking a gander at our PlayStation VR pre-order timeline, you'll realize that Sony is holding two more windows before the headset's launch in October. There's no need to shell out $1,000 for this headset, especially when you can be a fully-fledged PC for that much.

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Spring Cleaning update for Dota 2 is massive, makes sweeping changes

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 23, 2016 1:02 pm

Valve is doing some Spring Cleaning in Dota 2, getting rid of the fat and all those dust bunnies that have built up over the years. That is, they've detailed an absolutely massive update that's been designed to make some significant changes throughout just about every aspect of the game.

 

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Chief among those are fixes that address some quality-of-life issues that have been annoyances, yet never quite taen care of in any previous update. There are now neutral spawn indicators, where you can view Neutral Creep spawn boxes when selecting Observer and Sentry Wards to place on the map. Camera control hotkeys are also making it into the update to help make switching between views a bit easier. The settings menu has been streamlined and the armory has been vastly expanded and updated as well. They've made nearly 200 different fixes in this particular update, all of which are shown below.

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Hitman promo asks if you'd rather kill Gary Busey or Gary Cole

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 23, 2016 12:21 pm

IO Interactive is asking a very important question to setup for the very first Hitman interactive contract. Who would you rather kill? Gary Busey, or Gary Cole? The video they've prepared features the two Gary's as they explain just how terrible they actually are with, hopefully, fictitious arguments.

 

 

This "Choose Your Hit" campaign is a way to kick-off their dynamic elusive targets contract mode, which puts high-profile individuals in the game for a limited amount of time. Those individuals will be decidedly harder to take care of due to not having nearly as much time to prepare, or redo a mission should something go awry.

 

You can head over to the Choose Your Hit website and see more media and reasons why you should choose each Gary, and there's going to be more videos coming in the future from the two, explaining why they're the best one for you to choose. The winner will be decided with the use of the hashtags #KillBusey or #KillCole.

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Nintendo won't stop making the Wii U in 2016

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 23, 2016 12:06 pm

With the Nintendo NX on the way, Japanese news outlet The Nikkei delivered not-so-surprising reports that Nintendo would cease production of the Wii U console in 2016. The Japanese games maker stepped in to squash these reports, putting Wii U fans at ease.

 

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"That's [Nikkei's report], not an official announcement. We plan to continue production through the rest of the year," Nintendo said in a statement to ITMedia. The company's response was quite vague and only confirmed that the Nintendo NX isn't going to instantly kill off the Wii U when it launches in 2016.

 

Given that the NX will be compatible and interact with the Wii U and existing Nintendo hardware, it makes sense that the current console would still be in production. That being said, the NX will be a "very different experience" than the WIi U. Nintendo continues to push out new Wii U games regardless of extremely underwhelming sales, but big upcoming hits like Zelda Wii U have been delayed to coincide with the NX's 2016 launch.

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The first reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have arrived

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 23, 2016 9:46 am

The hype surrounding the launch of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been nothing but out of this world, with early reviews really slamming Warner Bros.' new superhero movie.

 

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Some of the reviews, such as Uproxx's review, state: "I am gobsmacked by just how dull this movie turned out to be". Screencrush's Matt Singer said: "In Snyder's formulation, protecting the world from evil isn't a gift or a calling; it's a burden. And that feeling is reflected in the movie itself, a burdensome 150-minute slog about two men fighting over who is in the right when both are very clearly in the wrong".

 

Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter says that the writers gave up when it came to pushing Wonder Woman into the movie, explaining: "With just her sword and shield, she doesn't seem meant to mix it up with these big guys right off the bat".

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Intel's clock is broken, company will lengthen use of its 14nm tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 23, 2016 7:25 am

It's an end of an era: Intel has confirmed through their latest K-10 filing that its infamous 'tick-tock' process development cycle is dead.

 

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Instead of having two processor families on each die shrink, Intel will be using three or more over the coming years. The K-10 filing states that Intel will "expect to lengthen the amount of time we will utilize our 14 [nanometer] and our next-generation 10 [nanometer] process technologies".

 

Intel will continue to release new products each year, but there will be a tighter control over architecture optimization, as the development of process technology slows. So... what does this mean? It confirms that Intel's next-gen 'Kaby Lake' platform will be made on 14nm. It also confirms that the release window for 10nm from Intel will be 2017 at the earliest, and 7nm - well, that's 2019-2020 or beyond now.

NVIDIA unveils the new Quadro M6000, 24GB of GDDR5 for $5000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 23, 2016 5:23 am

NVIDIA has just doubled down on its latest Quadro M6000 professional video card, with the new Quadro M6000 featuring a huge 24GB of GDDR5. The previous model had 12GB of VRAM.

 

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As for what makes the Quadro M6000 tick, it is technically similar to the GTX Titan X, with a full GM200 core and 6 Graphics Processing Clusters. Each of the Graphics Processing Clusters features four SMM (Streaming Multiprocessing Units) with 12 cores in each SMM block. There's 3072 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs, 96 ROPs and 3MB of L2 cache, with six 64-bit memory controllers - with a 384-bit memory bus, and the GPU clocked at 988MHz.

 

The only difference between the older Quadro M6000 and the new model is that the new model features 24GB of GDDR5, up from the 12GB on the previous M6000. The card has a 225W TDP, with a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, DVI, HDMI and 3 x DisplayPort outputs.

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NVIDIA shows off the updated version of Bullet Train at GDC 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 23, 2016 3:20 am

GDC 2016 - One of the stand out VR experiences from CES 2016 was Bullet Train from Epic Games, something we tested when we stopped by and had a chat with NVIDIA in Las Vegas in January.

 

 

At the Game Developers Conference, we wanted to try Bullet Train again - just because it's such an awesome VR experience. We noticed that this version was an updated build, with some slight changes - including the ability of being able to hold certain guns like the AK-47 with two hands, thanks to the Touch controllers on the Oculus Rift.

 

Check out the video above, where I explain it all. If you have the chance of playing Bullet Train, do not miss that opportunity - take it. It's the closest you'll get to being Neo from The Matrix.

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Chromecast app being renamed Google Cast

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 22, 2016 10:04 pm

Google is mixing things up a bit with Chromecast, renaming the app Google Cast, in what it says is an effort to "better reflect that Google Cast technology is now supported across a wide range of devices such as Chromecast, TVs, displays and speakers." It revealed the news just after confirming its partnership with Vizio, which will see Google Cast built into the company's upcoming P-series displays, as well as to its soundbars and speakers.

 

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Along with a new name comes an update, which will roll out this week. With it you can expect video content discovery, expanded app discovery, customizable backdrops, and more.

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