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Apple's new iPad Pro freezes up after charging, requires hard reset

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 8 hours ago

Apple has just launched its new premium 12.9-inch iPad Pro out into the wild, and the Apple forums are already bustling with user complaints and performance issues.




According to a sizable forum post, many users have noticed that the $799 iPad Pro freezes up and becomes totally unusable while it's charging. Although users can hard reset the device to restore functionality, just about everyone is pretty upset about a huge oversight affecting such an expensive tablet. After all, Apple seriously touted the iPad Pro by saying the tablet is capable of "PC-grade performance", among other surprising claims.


Apple has yet to issue an official statement on the problem, and there doesn't appear to be an actual fix just yet. Users who contacted Apple Support were advised to send the device in for repairs or exchange it for a new device, however one iPad Pro owner says the same thing happened to their new device. Whether or not the glitch is a hardware or firmware fault remains undetermined.

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'It wouldn't be right to continue creating Dark Souls,' says Miyazaki

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 9 hours ago

Hidetaka Miyazaki is responsible for creating one of the most dedicated cults in video game history. The Souls universe has given way to a tremendous following that transgresses the normal bounds of fandom; in a way, it's a kind of religion. But like all great things, the Souls franchise has to come to an end, and Miyazaki affirms that Dark Souls III will indeed be the blood-soaked elegy of the harrowed universe.




"I'm considering Dark Souls 3 to be the big closure on the series," Souls creator and macabre master Hidetaka Miyazaki said in a recent interview with Gamespot. "I don't think it'd be the right choice to continue indefinitely creating Souls and Bloodborne games. Dark Souls 3 will mark the last game where the development project began before I became president. "


The devs at From Software made their mark with a number of games, facilitating their medieval style with the King's Field games, but became most famous for the Souls series. Thanks to Dark Souls--and Demons Souls--From Software has become revered, but the team is eager to try something new and fresh. That's not to say that their next project won't have mythical and phantasmal aspects to it.

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The SAPPHIRE Nitro AMD R9 380X is a mid-range gateway for 1440p gaming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

Today SAPPHIRE welcomed AMD's new mid-ranged R9 380X GPU to its PC gaming Nitro family. SAPPHIRE has outfitted the R9 380X with its noteworthy Dual-X cooling array, which consists of easily-removable 10cm fans optimized with Intelligence Fan Control (IFC-II), a 10mm heat pipe with a diecast heat sink for improved heat dissipation, and Black Diamond chokes that boost power efficiency and heat mitigation.





The SAPPHIRE Nitro R9 380X features 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM with a 256-bit bus clocked at 1500mHz, with 32 compute units and 2048 stream processors running at 1040mHz. The card can hit high 1080p 80FPS performance in today's demanding games like GTA V, and even delivers 50+ FPS in Star Wars: Battlefront running at 2560x1440p resolution on high settings. The card consumes only 225W of power and needs a minimum power supply of 500W, and hooks up via 2x 6x6 AUX pins.


SAPPHIRE's Nitro R9 380X is priced at just $229, making it a great mid-range GPU that serves as a gateway to 1440p gaming while hitting great performance at 1080p. AMD contends that the R9 380X is a great step up for users looking to upgrade from an NVIDIA GTX 950 or GTX 960, and the new card fleshes out Team Red's R9 300 lineup with another 1440p option.

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Fallout 4 patches will reach the PC first, Xbox One and PS4 to follow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

Bethesda has announced through a new blog post that the PC version of Fallout 4 will be patched first, with the Xbox One and PS4 patches to follow after. It feels like we're living in a Bizarro world right now.




The developer says that Fallout 4 is its "most robust and solid release ever", but knows that the game is far from polished. In a blog post, Bethesda said: "It's true that the freedom our games offer you can lead to unintentional consequences that are sometimes bad, when the game combines too many unexpected elements at once. Given the scale and complexity of the systems at work, especially when allowing you to build your own settlements, we're happy that Fallout 4 is our most robust and solid release ever, and we'd like to thank our amazing QA staff who worked as hard as anyone to break the game so we could fix it during development".


Bethesda added: "Our process for updating the game will include releasing a beta patch on Steam, followed by full release on PC, then release on the consoles. This process has worked well for us in the past and allows us to get more fixes out faster". Bethesda also added that we should "[e]xpect to see more updates, that are smaller and more frequent, than a few big ones. This allows us to make sure each fix is working right, as any change can have unintentional side effects in a game this huge".

LG pulls LTE-capable smartwatch off the market for a 'hardware issue'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

In a surprising move, LG has stopped the sales of its just-launched Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch, with the South Korean electronics giant citing "a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device".




LG launched the smartwatch with LTE capabilities last week with AT&T, with Verizon planning to launch it today, but now both carriers will not be selling the device. The Verge heard from LG, which said there is no date planned for its return to market. There were no details released on the specific hardware issue, which is unfortunate.


With no other smartwatch manufacturers having LTE-capable smartwatches on the market, LG is in an interesting position with the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. Samsung isn't far away from releasing an LTE-capable smartwatch, with their Gear S2 with LTE coming to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon very soon.

Overwatch beta requires GTX 650 or HD 7950 to hit 60FPS on medium

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

Blizzard kicked off a closed beta of Overwatch a few weeks ago, but there'll be an open beta for select players between November 20 at 9AM PST and November 23 at 9AM PST.




The Overwatch beta is an invitation-only event, with Blizzard saying it would invite "a lot more players in North America and Europe". The developer has also published the minimum and recommended requirements for the Overwatch beta, with some strong GPU requirements at 60FPS on medium details.


Minimum (targeting 30fps):


  • Operating system: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 865
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 4850, or Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Memory: 768 MB VRAM, 4 GB System RAM
  • Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space


Recommended (targeting 60fps on Medium settings):


  • Operating system: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3, 2.8 GHz
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or ATI Radeon HD 7950
  • Memory: 2 GB VRAM, 6 GB System RAM
  • Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space

Bethesda has sold over 2 million copies of Fallout 4 on Steam so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 15 hours ago

Bethesda may have shipped 12 million copies of Fallout 4 worth a huge $750 million, but what about Steam sales? According to Steamspy's stats, over 2 million copies of Fallout 4 have been sold on Steam so far.




If the sales are this strong this early on, we should only expect them to continue to rise. It has only been just over a week since Fallout 4's release, so where do you think it'll be in another 2-3 weeks? We could be looking at 3-4 million sold on Steam by then.

Sony successfully emulates PS2 games on PlayStation 4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

Update: Sony has delivered the following statement to Wired, but hasn't officially confirmed disc-based PS2 support on the PS4: "We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation. We have nothing further to comment at this point in time."


With Microsoft opening up its next-gen console to new heights with the oft-requested backward compatibility feature, Sony has been left out in the cold with its paltry and unpopular PS Now rental service. Now it looks like Sony could be reversing this with a major effort to make PlayStation 2 era games backward compatible on the PS4--a move that could hit Microsoft pretty hard.



The PS4 release of EA's new Star Wars: Battlefront brought something even more exciting that galactic conquest. Certain bundles of DICE's new shooter comes packed with a download code for PS1 and PS2 classics like Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Super Star Wars, which are all playable on the PS4. If Sony can do it with these games, what's stopping it from unleashing fully disc-based PS2 support?


A recent analysis from Eurogamer's Digital Foundry goes into the guts of Sony's PlayStation 2 emulation on the PS4, showing how digital PS2 games actually look on the PS4 without being streamed on PS Now. The games are heavily upscaled to match the PS4's HD fidelity, yet PS2 emulation delivers fluid performance with up to 60 FPS.

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NVIDIA GeForce 359.00 drivers ready for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

NVIDIA has just released the latest GeForce 359.00 WHQL drivers, which are a new set of Game Ready drivers that are ready for both Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, and the Overwatch beta from Blizzard. NVIDIA has a few notes for the GeForce 359.00 WHQL drivers, which you can check out below. As for the drivers, you can grab them here.




Game Ready

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and Overwatch: Beta.


GameWorks VR 1.0 Support

Driver support for GameWorks VR 1.0, including Multi-Res shading and Windows 10



Application SLI Profiles

Added or updated the following SLI profiles:

  • Guild Wars 2 - 64-bit EXE added
  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil - DX11 SLI profile added
  • Total War: Attila - SLI disabled
  • War Thunder - 64-bit EXE added


3D Vision Profiles

No 3D Vision profiles were added with this release.


Software Modules

  • NView - version 146.78
  • HD Audio Driver - version
  • NVIDIA PhysX System Software - version 9.15.0428
  • GeForce Experience - version
  • CUDA - version 7.5

Chris Roberts unveils Star Citizen footage, with Mark Hamill rendered

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens right around the corner, Roberts Space Industies has a bit of marketing power to show off with Mark Hamill starring in Star Citizen.



Hamill plays Lt Cdr Steve 'Old Man' Colton, with RSI unveiling the first in-game footage of Hamill in Star Citizen, with the video above (available in glorious 4K) having Hamill step into a ship and say "fire her up". This should be enough to excite any Star Wars, Star Citizen, Wing Commander, Chris Roberts or Mark Hamill fan... and there's a lot of them.



Better yet, RSI has released a behind the scenes look at Mark Hamill's work in Star Citizen, too.

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