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Ubisoft are aware of the SLI issues with Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 21 hours ago

While Warner Bros. has pretty much given up on multi-GPU setups for Batman: Arkham Knight, even after the game being so bad at launch the developer had to pull it from sale Ubisoft is up the same creek without a paddle.




Ubisoft has acknowledged the issues with multi-GPU setups on Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, with Ubisoft's Community Manager "Mr_Shade" posting on the Ubisoft forums with "The team are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it - it's possible that NVIDIA will release driver updates to correct this, but in the mean time - please try using just one GPU for the game so you can play if that solution works for you".

J.J. Abrams confirms he's finished Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 6 days, 22 hours ago

Early in the morning on Saturday, November 21, J.J. Abrams confirmed he'd finished his final mix of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While it's not even in the cinemas yet, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already made $50 million in pre-sale tickets.



Abrams confirmed the news as he appeared at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for the Celebrity Nerd-Off with Stephen Colbert. Following this news, were two TV spots for The Force Awakens. The new TV spots give fans the first decent look at Maz Kanata, as well as the Return of the Jedi favorite, Nien Nunb.

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iPhone 6C should feature 4-inch screen, 1GB RAM and due in mid 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

While the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus might be selling well, there are people that just don't like the huge 5.5-inch screen on the iPhone 6S Plus.




Even the 4.7-inch display on the iPhone 6S is too much for some, but with rumors of a new iPhone 6C on the way with a 4-inch display, it could have people who don't want the bigger displays upgrading to the new smartphone. The latest rumors have the iPhone 6C prepped for a mid-2016 launch, according to IHS Technologies and TrendForce.


According to the rumors, Apple will launch an "upgraded 4-inch iPhone C series", which as we explained above, should be perfect for those who don't want the larger 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones.

Google's Skynet dog begins training, with Spot training with Marines

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week ago

Google's incredibly scary robo-dog was enjoying its walk outdoors in September, where the Skynet-infused robot dog was training with the Marines.




Boston Dynamics, which Google acquired in December 2013, had the Marines testing Spot's abilities of traversing rougher terrains like hills, woodlands, and cities while they controlled it from 500 meters (0.31 miles) away on a laptop with a game controller. They said it was so easy to control that a four-year-old could do it, which should scare us all.


During the test, the Marines were able to teach the robot dog to peek around corners to spot enemies - a nice trick for a robot dog. Spot also weighs a hefty 160 pounds (72.5kg).

Party with 'Ted' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week ago

To celebrate this week's release of the hilarious comedy sequel 'Ted 2' on Blu-ray, DVD and digital, we have ten Blu-ray prize packs to give away, thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.


The world's most foul-mouthed teddy bear is back and cheekier than ever. All Ted wants is a child of his own, but when he's lawfully declared as 'not a person' by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, thereby annulling his marriage to sexy Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) and keeping them from adopting a child, he and John (Mark Wahlberg) must go to court to fight for Ted's civil rights. The thunder buddies for life, invest their trust in pro bono lawyer Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), to fight for the right to legalise Ted in this raunchy comedy sequel. Lovable and foul-mouthed, the thunder buddies embark on an adventure to discover what it means to be a person and how to prove it in a court of law.




To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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BioWare is 'getting down to actual writing' on its secret new game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

BioWare teased that they were working on secret IP at E3 last year, but now the company looks to be getting into the writing side of things.



Jay Watamaniuk is a writer with BioWare, where he took to his personal Twitter account to teased that he's "getting down to actual writing. Excited. #secretIP". He followed up the next day with "big decision made on character stuff today. Committed. #secret IP".


During the tease for the secret IP last year at E3, BioWare said that they were building worlds and journies for the next-generation.

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Microsoft explains why Red Dead Redemption is missing on Xbox One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

The Xbox One's backward compatibility feature was heralded with much fanfare when it was announced, but when it actually started rolling out, the games library was quite underwhelming. Instead of the heavy-hitting Xbox 360 titans like Red Dead Redemption, we were delivered a slew of Kinect and Xbox LIVE Arcade games. Now Microsoft has stepped forward to explain why key games are missing from the lineup.




"It's really up to publishers to approve [backward compatible] games," said Microsoft engineer Richard Irving in a recent interview with Eurogamer. "Publishers are super engaged and responsive to that stuff, the response was overwhelming from fans. It's just that some of the content takes longer than others to organise, so we weren't able to get all of the top 50 or 100 games, but we have a good number of them."


Irving also said that Microsoft has to "re-engage" publishers and effectively show incentive to convince games-makers to fork up the licensing to a new console. "It didn't seem fair to ask our partners to go off and find licenses for all this Xbox 360 content so what we opted to do instead was to give fans the opportunity to prioritise which games they want. So then we can re-engage with publishers and ask about specific games and say, 'please let us know if this is something you can do'. As you can imagine, publishers have cut very specific deals on some of that content. For example Madden--you can imagine how many licenses go into a game with the players, the NFL, sponsors, and so on. And there's over 1000 games at this point on Xbox 360."

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Xbox Two and PS5 expected in 2018, powered by AMD with 4K support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week ago

We knew they were coming, but according to the latest rumors the next-gen consoles should be released in 2018 - much earlier than the roadmaps Microsoft and Sony had before the current gen consoles were released.




Before the Xbox One and PS4 were released, 4K gaming wasn't really solidified - but now it is. It's getting cheaper and cheaper to get on the 4K bandwagon, and over the next year or two, the current-gen consoles are going to look very aged next to mobile, VR and PC gaming. The Xbox One and PS4 are barely capable of 900p let alone 1080p (and then let alone 60FPS), with AMD set to beef up the APU powering the Xbox Two and PlayStation 5 consoles.


The biggest thing that we need to think about is VR. Sony is already onboard with PlayStation VR, but the PS4 is underpowered to really push 1080p (or higher) at 90FPS (or higher). This is where the PS5 and Xbox Two will be better equipped, but another thing to consider is backwards compatibility. Thanks to the new consoles being powered by AMD technology again, and an x86 architecture, the Xbox Two and PS5 should be backwards compatible with the Xbox One and PS4, so you won't lose your game library like you did from the Xbox 360 and PS3.

NVIDIA collaborating with Stanford University on a VR headset for 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week ago

It should come as no surprise to hear NVIDIA is working on a VR headset, but according to the latest rumors, the GPU giant is working with Stanford University on the next generation of VR headsets, according to Fudzilla.




NVIDIA hopes that its collaboration with Stanford University will provide a unique take on its VR HMD, with the Senior Director of Research at NVIDIA, David Luebke, saying that most VR headsets are uncomfortable to use if they're within arm's reach because of depth cues like stereo and accommodation. Luebke said: "This is because of the vergence-accommodation conflict, which is how much the lens of your eye has to change to bring sharp focus to your retina".


The issues with the 3D side of things is still a problem for some users, especially when people get headaches or see double images with a VR headset strapped to their head. This is why NVIDIA decided to work with Stanford University, as it sees a way out of this. Gordon Wetzstein, the Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University said they created a new display technology that's called light field stereoscope, which fixes the vergence-accommodation issues. Wetzstein explained: "It provides a much richer and more natural visual experience than conventional head mounted displays and has the potential to reduce nausea, eyestrain, and also increase visual comfort".


Luebke said that the first prototypes that NVIDIA and Stanford are working on now, will be consumer products within 3-5 years.

'Lost In Space' series reboot picked up by Netflix

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week ago

A reboot of the classic 1960's sci-fi serial 'Lost in Space' has been greenlit by Netflix after a bidding war by rival networks, according to Deadline Hollywood. Developed by writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the project is the latest reboot of the franchise since the ill-advised 1998 film which featured a charmless Matt LeBlanc as Major Don West, a perfectly cast Gary Oldman as Dr. Zachary Smith and one of the worst CG creatures to ever grace a big budget movie.




The original series, which began broadcasting in 1965 featured the adventures of a family aboard the Jupiter 2 attempting to colonise deep space, before their ship is sabotaged by the evil Dr. Smith in the far-off year 1997 and is well remembered for the Robot's eponymous saying "Danger, Danger Will Robinson!"

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