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LOLWOT: Oculus Software and VR apps need to be installed to C:\ drive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 22, 2016 1:16 am

Oculus Software and VR apps must be installed to the C: of your PC... did you know that? No, you didn't - well, you probably didn't - and neither did I. It's utterly ridiculous, but it's coming directly from the Oculus support forum, after my friend Anshel Sag sent me the link on Reddit. I'm still in disbelief.




On the Oculus support website, a question asks: "Can I install the Oculus to another drive or directory?". The answer? Well, it says: "No. Currently, the Oculus Software and VR applications must be stored in C:Program Files (x86)Oculus. We plan to enable installing downloaded VR applications to another location in a future release".


With the Oculus Rift set to launch next week, I have to ask: what the f*** is going on, Oculus?

New Overwatch story footage shows us the magic of gorilla scientists

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2016 12:31 am

Blizzard has just released the first eight-minute animated short for Overwatch, giving players much-needed backstory for the game's scientist gorilla Winston. Since Overwatch is multiplayer-only, its' super important that Blizzard releases these clips to tell the stories of the game's many characters--and so far it's quite magical.



The clip, entitled Recall, not only gives us a look at Winston's backstory but also tells the main story of Overwatch. Winston is a super-badass scientist gorilla (who very much reminds me of Beast from X-Men) that runs an advanced labratory tied with the International Justice Commission, a government arm. Essentially, Overwatch is a group of super elite operatives who are sent in to solve problems--kind of like the Justice League. But instead of being hailed as heroes, Overwatch agents are now treated as dangerous weapons, with international sanctions against the order.


The video is touching, revealing, and rather entertaining all at the same time, and gives key inference to the multiplayer-only arena shooter. Blizzard plans to release a bunch of these animated shorts in the future to highlight the game's various characters, so keep an eye out.

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Console gamers are more hyped for VR than PC gamers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 21, 2016 11:35 pm

VR is set to change everything, from gaming to entertainment and everything in between. But a recent survey reveals that not everyone is particularly excited about slapping on a headset, and despite having better hardware options, PC gamers aren't as hyped as their console brethren.




According to a survey held by Gamesindustrybiz, 63% of European console gamers are interested in VR, whereas only 51% of PC players are hyped for the platform. The info also shows that a whopping 72% of Xbox One and PS4 gamers are hyped for virtual reality, which is corroborated by the reports that Sony's PlayStation VR became the #1 best seller on Amazon.


Looking at some of the survey results, we see that 35% of gamers are simply just not interested in VR in any shape or form. The final answers show that 58% of gamers have no plans to buy into VR. That's a pretty big chunk of the gaming crowd who sees VR as a passing gimmick--after all, VR is something you have to experience to believe in. Accessibility is the biggest roadblock for VR, so Sony/Oculus/HTC will have to do their part to convince gamers to adopt VR.

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AMD's next-gen Polaris and even the Vega set for 2017 spotted on Zauba

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 21, 2016 11:29 pm

The stars really aligned for AMD during the Game Developers Conference, with their Capsaicin event being a success. The company not only officially unveiled the Radeon Pro Duo (the dual-GPU based on the Fiji architecture) as well as a double down into VR and a tease of their GPU roadmap through to 2019.




On the roadmap itself, we can see Polaris promising a 2.5x performance-per-watt over the current 28nm-based GPUs, but Vega is sitting above it waiting for a early 2017 release - and that's what we're reporting about today; Vega. AMD should begin playing around with Vega sometime this year, since it is being positioned for an early 2017 release and promising the use of HBM2 - which clocks in at 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth (up from 512GB/sec on HBM1).


Vega has been spotted on the Zauba database, thanks to the predictible nomenclature used by AMD. For their Hawaii XT boards, it was the C67101. Tonga was C76501, while Fiji XT was C88001. Now we have the new C9XXXX series cards flowing through, but we don't think they are Polaris boards. The Baffin XT GPU that was on Zauba was the C98101, which is a Polaris card.

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This is how you'll interact with aliens in No Man's Sky

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2016 11:09 pm

Although we've already blown the lid off of a ton of No Man's Sky details, a lot of our questions have gone unanswered. Slowly but surely we're piecing together key elements of the game, and today we've spotted some new details on No Man's Sky's dialogue.




Thanks to a recent leak from GDC 2016, we get a nice glimpse of how the game's dialogue system will work. The pic shows a straightforward linear dialogue tree rather than a pesky wheel, with responses written in weird alien letters. Hello Games previously explained that aliens will have all kinds of crazy languages to decipher, and players will begin to understand the strange words the more they interact with certain races.


Aliens will be parts of different factions and groups, all with their languages, cultures, personality traits and technological advancements. So if you want to do business with a militant interstellar alien faction, you'll have to not only learn their language first but most likely earn their favor by doing quests and the like. Pretty neat, huh?

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Quantum Break's day-one patch won't boost graphics, still 720p on Xbox

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2016 10:32 pm

Microsoft has been proudly beating its chest about Quantum Break over the past months, that is, until it was revealed that Quantum Break only runs at 720p on Xbox One. Faced with this controversy, both Redmond and Remedy have kept mum on the subject, but the devs did let slip that the game's day one patch won't "remedy" the game's lower res.




According to Remedy PR rep Thomas Puha, Quantum Break's day one patch isn't going to instantly ramp the game's resolution to 1080p on Xbox One. Instead, the patch will be your standard fare of bug fixes and tweaks, despite the reports of a massive multi-GB graphics overhaul update. "No, we have never said anything like (a big graphical update). There is a title update, mostly bugfixes etc. Reviewers got it last week already."


Remedy and Microsoft have caught a lot of flak from upset Xbox gamers, especially since Microsoft continues to maintain a kind of skewed favoritism to the new platform. But then again PC gamers have the awful UWP platform and janky Microsoft Store to contend with.

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Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Comcast working on better email encryption

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 21, 2016 10:03 pm

Encryption is a very pertinent issue in the modern age. We're at an impasse where certain individuals and groups would rather encryption be the stuff of history, perhaps even segregating encryption strengths like was common during the 80's and 90's. Email encryption isn't exactly the easiest thing to setup and requires a bit of preparation to do right. It can be cumbersome even to those that know what they're doing. A group of tech companies and independent researchers have gotten together to help make encryption of your emails easier, and much more seamless.




The new protocol that has been proposed is called SMTP STS, or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Strict Transport Security, and is designed to ensure a secure, encrypted connection with email servers. It's not a method of encrypting your emails themselves, which would be best served by any free, or paid, PGP solution, but it adds a measure of security to email that helps to make sure that you're messages are at leat going through real, authentic mail servers to get to their destination.


What it does is talk those email servers that it's traveling through to determine whether or not the connection is secure and that it's who they say they are. If the server can be authenticated (through the use of certificates and a TLS encryption-based connection), then your message will pass along, knowing that at least that server is legit. If no encryption can be used, then there's the option that the message won't be sent.

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Google partners with Vizio to bring Chromecast to TVs, sources say

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 21, 2016 9:10 pm

Vizio has partnered with Google to bring Chromecast to its TVs, multiple sources have claimed to Variety. As of now, it's unclear whether this simply means Chromecast will be included with the TVs or if it will be directly built into them, but we do know you will still initiate streaming from another device, as is currently the case with Chromecast. We also know that no smart TV apps are apart of the plan, and that this could happen as early as springtime.




Sources have also indicated Google has shown similar interest with at least one other TV manufacturer, so this could well be the first step in a broad, long-term plan.


Google declined to comment on the matter, while Vizio was not immediately available for comment.

Valve wants to make old lower-end video cards compatible with Vive VR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 21, 2016 8:55 pm

The biggest roadblock that VR faces is acecssibility. Since PC-powered VR requires newer, higher-end video cards like NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970 in order to function, users have to shell out quite a bit to update to the requisite hardware. But what if you could make an HTC Vive work with older, less expensive video cards?




At GDC 2016, Valve's Alex Vlachos revealed that the company is working on a way to reduce the cost for VR by adding support for older video cards. By making older cards like NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680 series compatible with VR, Valve would open the doors to accessibility by giving consumers an enormous range of PC hardware options to power the HTC Vive.


"I can run Aperture [Portal-themed VR demo] on a 680 without dropping frames at a lower quality, and, for me, that's enough of a proof of concept. As long as the GPU can hit 45 HZ we want for people to be able to run VR," Vlachos said at the event. "We've said the recommended spec is a 970, same as Oculus, but we do want lesser GPUs to work. We're trying to reduce the cost [of VR]. Most art we're seeing in VR isn't as dense as that. So we should be pretty good to go... everything should be able to support that low-end hardware. But we need the right safety nets in place."

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The iPhone SE shrinks to 4-inches for $399, coming next week

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2016 7:49 pm

There was an unexpected outcry when the iPhone started growing in diagonal size. The smaller, and original(ish) 4" screen was sorely missed. Apple has heard those cries of anguish and have revived that particular size as the iPhone SE. But it definitely isn't the iPhone 5C of this generation.




Inside the new phone are flagship level parts, with the full A9 and M9 chips found in the 6S. The only difference is the smaller Retina screen. The camera around back is also the same 12MP one featured in the 6S, 6S Plus and the recently announced 9.7-inch iPad Pro. That means this small phone is capable of 4K video and can produce slow-motion video at up to 240FPS.


NFC is also supported so you can use Apple Pay or any other NFC related app that can make use of it. For other connectivity, you'll have faster LTE support but only single-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. Missing from the spec sheet is 3D touch, however. You'll be able to pre-order the iPhone SE on March 24th and they'll show up in stock on March 31st. The iPone SE will be priced at $399 for 16GB and $499 for 64GB of storage.

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