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Mass Effect Andromeda releases early 2017, to be shown at E3 2016

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2016 2:54 am

Mass Effect: Andromeda is now confirmed to release "early 2017" by BioWare general manager Aaron Flynn, and will be shown off at E3 2016.

 

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BioWare has just dropped a lengthy update post on Mass Effect: Andromeda, divulging new details and promising an E3 2016. Check below for the update, or click here to see leaked Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay footage.

 

"With Mass Effect: Andromeda, our team at BioWare is exploring how far they can take this beloved franchise. Yes, we're building the best of what we all love about Mass Effect - amazing stories, characters and fun third-person shooter combat - and bringing them along with us on the expedition to Andromeda. But we're also excited to be introducing new features and ways you can enjoy a Mass Effect game."

 

More Freedom: One of our biggest ambitions is to give players an unprecedented level of freedom for a Mass Effect experience -where you'll go, how you'll get there, and how you'll play.

 

New Uncharted World's: We're leaving the Milky Way behind and headed to Andromeda, where we'll meet new allies, confront new enemies, and explore fascinating new world's.

 

The Next Great Mass Effect Experience: Mass Effect: Andromeda will be the first Mass Effect game for today's consoles and the first built on the Frostbite engine. We're pushing the technology to deliver visuals, story, and gameplay that have never been done in franchise history.

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GDDR5X goes into mass production, powering GeForce GTX 1080

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 11, 2016 1:54 am

Micron reached out to me over email today, ushering me into the knowledge that their exciting new GDDR5X memory has entered mass production. GDDR5X is the new memory powering the next-gen GeForce GTX 1080 video card that NVIDIA unveiled last week.

 

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GDDR5X represents a huge leap in bandwidth, without having to shift over to the new HBM2 standard. GDDR5X provides 10Gbps of bandwidth, and when coupled with the 256-bit memory bus on the GTX 1080, results in 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth. Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA said at the GeForce GTX 1080 launch event: "This memory is so fast. It is so fast ... G5X, the fastest GDDR memory in the world".

 

We will see many partner cards based on the GTX 1080 at Computex, which kicks off in two weeks time.

Rumor: AMD won't have partners showing Polaris cards at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 11, 2016 12:25 am

With NVIDIA dropping the gauntlet and announcing its new GeForce GTX 1080, we're hearing rumors that AMD won't have partners showing off next-gen Polaris-based video cards at Computex - which kicks off in two weeks time. Remember that we're actually giving away an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 'Founder's Edition' video card, and so much more in our global giveaway!

 

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Nordic Hardware reached out to us with their report, saying that AMD's partners "won't have any new cards to display at Computex and the only Polaris cards promoted to them from AMD are R9 390/390X performance class but for a mid-range price. Great value but no sign of any GTX 1080 contender". I thought I'd reach out to an AMD partner, and received a quick "don't think so" from a board partner, and then I asked for clarification to which they said "as of now, no information".

 

I've reached out to AMD for clarification and will edit when I hear back, but for now - rumor has it, as well as backed up by a rather large AMD partner, that there will be no Polaris-based video cards from AMD partners at Computex. I also thought I'd talk with NVIDIA, who said that there will be a crap load of custom GTX 1080s at Computex, which is exciting - especially with things kicking off two weeks from now.

It's game over for Disney interactive as studio ceases publishing

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 10, 2016 11:35 pm

Despite recent successes with the 'Disney Infinity' brand, it's been a tough few years for Disney Interactive to carve out a niche in the console business, and now the studio is calling it a day.

 

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In a surprise announcement, Disney Infinity Senior VP and General Manager John Blackburn confirmed that the studio will cancel 'Disney Infinity' after the release of two expansion packs which are currently in production. Further, the company announced their intention to cease self publishing in their earnings call, necessitating a $147 million writedown.

 

It's understood that the studio will focus on licensing out the studios in future.

Amazon opens up its video service, takes on YouTube

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: May 10, 2016 5:08 pm

Amazon is opening up its Prime Video service to everyone today, allowing content creators to make money a la YouTube with a sub-service it calls Amazon Video Direct.

 

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Said content will be available to Prime's tens of millions of users at no extra charge, to Amazon users as supported by ads, and through the Streaming Partners Program as an add-on; rentals and one-time purchases are also a distribution option for creators.

 

Earnings rates are competitive with YouTube (the same in some cases) and can be maximized with included performance metric tools.

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Server browser confirmed for Battlefield 1

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 10, 2016 4:32 pm

Tremendous as Battlefield 1 looked in its debut trailer, there was a worry in the back of PC gamer's minds that all the goodness could be ruined by a lack of a server browser. Normally this is assumed for Battlefield games on PC, but DICE's recent Star Wars: Battlefront did not feature one, and well, PC gamers have been blindsided by moves like this enough times to be wary until given a specific reason not to.

 

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Worry no more, as the official Battlefield Twitter account has confirmed a server browser will indeed be included with the game (presumably for consoles as well). Whether or not this means Battlelog support, we can't yet say, however.

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The Must-Have Microsoft Certification for IT Specialists

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: May 10, 2016 3:00 pm

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You'll get five courses helping you master core skills and prep for the MCSE certification exam. Learn how to configure servers, VPN and routing, print and document services, and storage and backups. Plus, pick up must-know skills in server management, like fault tolerance, certificate services, and identity federation. All five parts of the certification exam will be covered.

 

Grab the Microsoft Certified Solutions Engineer: Server Infrastructure Bundle for $59.99 at TweakTown Deals.

UWP games now support FreeSync, G-Sync, unlocked framerate

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 10, 2016 2:50 pm

While Microsoft has done a great job overall of bringing its recent Xbox One titles to PC under the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), they've seriously hampered those with powerful machines and displays by locking framerate and not supporting FreeSync and G-Sync. The feedback was loud and clear, though, and so they've responded with a Windows 10 update today that changes all of that.

 

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The update will slowly roll out to everyone, but if you aren't seeing it in Windows Update and want it immediately, you can download it here.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD coming to Steam this week

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 10, 2016 1:36 pm

The rumors were true: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is coming to Steam. Even better: you won't have long to wait, as it launches in just two days (May 12).

 

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Apart from improved audio and visuals, the remaster includes International Edition content: new Sphere Grids, bosses, behind the scenes development features, and more for X, and new dresspheres, Garment Grids, a bonus ending, and a Pokemon-like Creature Creator/Monster Arena mode for X-2. Both feature optional Japanese voice acting, auto saving, and five game boosters that offer high speed and no encounter modes.

 

In other words, if your last experience with either or both games was the original PS2 release, there are plenty of good reasons to pick this version up and play through it again. And if it's your first time, there's all the more content for you to experience. Win win!

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EA will only make Nintendo NX games 'if it makes sense'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 10, 2016 12:36 pm

Nintendo's new NX console hinges on the support of third-party industry giants, but EA says they'll only jump in "if it makes sense".

 

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EA Studios vice president Patrick Soderlund says that the devs are in "constant communication" with Nintendo, but the publisher isn't ready to rush in with third-party support until the NX has been formally unveiled. "We're in constant communication with them and when they come to market something - and if it makes sense for us - we'll be there," Soderlund said in an interview with the BBC. "I personally and the company are huge fans of Nintendo, they're the reason why I started making games."

 

After Nintendo's failure with the Wii U, EA seems to be hesitant to repeat history with the NX. EA is one of the many third-party studios that stopped porting their games onto the Wii U, citing underwhelming specifications and complications as a major issue.

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