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Battlefront 2 will have dedicated servers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

EA affirms that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will deliver everything fans have been asking for since the original game, but what about server browsers on PC?




Battlefront 2 looks to be larger than life--certainly larger than its predecessor--with a ton of promises, including a new class system, an overhauled progression system, tons of new maps across three eras, a multitude of heroes that've all been balanced properly, 20 vs 20 ground-based battles, offline co-op/split-screen, galactic interstellar combat, and a fully-fledged singleplayer campaign. Now we can confirm that Battlefront 2 will feature dedicated servers...but don't hold out much hope on a server browser on PC.


After being asked if Battlefront 2 would be P2P-based without dedicated servers and server browsers on PC, DICE's Dennis Brannvall confirmed dedicated servers are in. "We have dedicated servers [in Battlefront 2], like always," Brannvall said.

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Kuroutoshikou GTX 1080 11Gbps OC Gaming detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

I thought I had covered most of the custom GeForce GTX 1080 11Gbps graphics cards coming out, but there have been a few that have slipped through my otherwise strategic GPU detecting radar.




Enter the brand Kuroutoshikou, from Japan - with their upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 8GB 11Gbps OC Gaming graphics card. Kuroutoshikou clocks their custom GTX 1080 8GB 11Gbps card at 1657/1797MHz for base/boost, respectively. The 11GB of GDDR5X is at its stock 11Gbps on the same 256-bit memory bus, resulting in 352.3GB/sec of memory bandwidth.


Kuroutoshikou uses a dual-fan design, requiring a single 8-pin PCIe power connector and 180W TDP.

Battlefront 2 has multi-perspective, emotional campaign

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will have a fully fleshed-out singleplayer campaign that takes players to the Dark Side of the Force, showing what the fall of the Galactic Empire was like for Imperial soldiers.




EA affirms that Battlefront 2's campaign story will be everything fans have wanted. The story appears to be a dynamic interweaving tale that spans the 30 years from Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and centers around Iden Versio, an Imperial Commander who witnessed the fall of the Empire and helped rebuild the pieces to make The First Order. The story itself was made by EA's Motive studio, and Spec Ops: The Line's Walt Williams as well as ex-IGN editor Mitch Dyer have penned the plot. EA promises Battlefront 2's story will be "emotionally gripping" and feature "revenge, betrayal, and redemption."


While the campaign storyline features all-new characters, everything in the story will be official Star Wars canon. The campaign was written in close partnership with Lucasfilm and will feature iconic Star Wars heroes and villains while exploring the grey area between Episode VI and Episode VII. In fact, EA confirms the story will shift perspectives, and we'll not only encounter characters like Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren, but we'll be able to play as them in the game, too. Since Battlefront 2's campaign is centered around the Galactic Empire, I expect we only get to play as Kylo Ren and other villains, but there's a chance the story will swing over to the Rebellion as well.

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Project Scorpio's tuned power efficiency reduces heat

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Microsoft has tailor-made the entirety of its new 4K ready Project Scorpio console, from its highly customized hardware components like the Scorpio Engine silicon, to the software pipeline and toolsets that enable efficient game performance scaling--everything has been custom-fit in the best way possible. All the resources are synergized, and nothing is wasted--not even power. Now the company reveals how its achieved this efficiency, and it all stems from the foundation of all systems: the motherboard.




Project Scorpio's tight power efficiency is achieved thanks to the Hovis Method, a digital power delivery system infused onto the console's motherboard that fine-tunes each console's voltage. Every single chip is a little bit different, and Microsoft knows that no two Project Scorpio SoCs will be exactly the same; different chips and mass-produced parts can result in different power draws across the board, which can disrupt the system's delicate balance. The Hovis Method was employed to custom-tune each system's power settings so that there's no power wasted, and no extra heat (this gives us a very big clue that Project Scorpio will indeed be quite small).


"To maximize performance and minimize power consumption, Project Scorpio uses the Hovis Method, a cutting edge digital power delivery system that custom tunes each console's voltage," Microsoft says.

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GIVEAWAY: BIOSTAR Z270GT6 Z270 Motherboard

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

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The first image of HTC's upcoming flagship leaks

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:31 pm

HTC unveiled their latest smartphones earlier this year, the U Play and U Ultra, but they are yet to unveil a worthy successor to the HTC 10. Although it has been rumored that the device will be named the HTC 11, trustworthy leaker Evan Blass confirmed that HTC chose a rather simple name for their upcoming device - HTC U.


The famous leaker unveiled the specs of the device last month, and now, he has posted the first image of the upcoming flagship.



The image reveals what looks to be glass on both front and the back of the phone. It is also apparent that the phone will have significant bezels, unlike LG's and Samsung's recently unveiled flagships. The fingerprint sensor will remain on the front of the phone, and in case there were some doubts - there is no dual camera.

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Project Scorpio has Vega GPU architecture in its design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 11:48 am

I've just read the technical deep dive article that the amazing writers at Eurogamer tackled on Project Scorpio, and noticed some very interesting news: AMD's next-gen Vega GPU architecture is making an appearance in Project Scorpio.




Project Scorpio rocks a mostly Polaris-based GPU, with technical features from the Polaris GPU architecture making up most of the soul of the new Xbox, but there are features like delta color compression that boosts bandwidth for 4K rendering and 4K textures. Microsoft took some of the improvements that AMD made in the Polaris architecture in Project Scorpio.


According to Andrew Goossen, Technical Fellow, Graphics told Eurogamer that performance optimizations from the next-gen Vega GPU architecture made it into the Scorpio Engine's design.

AMD Radeon RX 580 hits 1.5GHz on watercooling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 11:08 am

AMD is launching their Radeon RX 580 graphics card soon, alongside the RX 570/560/550, with the entire RX 500 series being a rebranded and tweaked RX 400 series. The flagship Radeon RX 580 has already been overclocked, hitting 1.5GHz on the GPU under water.




The overclocked RX 580 in question is from XFX, with it rocking a single 8-pin PCIe connector and stock GPU clocks of 1360MHz. This means the results from this card should line up with the RX 480 clocked at the same GPU speeds, but the thing that concerns me the most is that the XFX Radeon RX 580 needed to be cooled with water cooling to hit 1.5GHz?

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'Star Wars: Rebels' unveils final season trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 1:22 am

'Star Wars' fans looking to get their next fix following the reveal of 'The Last Jedi' teaser trailer can look no further than the newly released trailer for the fourth season of the animated hit 'Rebels', which Director Dave Filoni has revealed will be the show's last.



Over the last three seasons, the show has gone to critical and fan acclaim, bringing back beloved heroes and villains such as Darth Vader, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul, and has ascended it's animated origins and taken on some dark themes. The final season is promising to end the series with a bang, and hints at some wider ramifications for the film series. During a panel at 'Star Wars' Celebration, Filoni says that "Star Wars Rebels will be the complete journey that it was meant to be from the very beginning. We all felt that the time was right and that the characters were at a point where their story, and their destinies, should finally be revealed. We deeply appreciate all our fans who have journeyed with the Ghost crew, and I promise season four will be like no other."


'Star Wars: Rebels' returns to screens in September.

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EA Access members can try Battlefront 2 a week early

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2017 11:18 pm

I fully expect EA to offer early access trials for all of its big-name games, and Battlefront 2 is the latest: EA and Origin Access subscribers will get to try DICE's new Battlefront shooter eight days before its release.




Battlefront 2 is scheduled to launch November 17, 2017 on all platforms, but EA Access subscribers on Xbox One and Origin Access members on PC actually get to try it as early as November 8, 2017. Naturally PS4 owners are locked out of the deal since Sony has barred EA Access from its console. EA hasn't confirmed how beefy the First Access Trial will be, but we expect it to be similar to Mass Effect: Andromeda's by offering a set amount of playtime. No info on a public or closed beta test has been revealed, but expect that info at EA Play in June.


"Try Star Wars Battlefront II starting November 9 when you join EA Access on Xbox One or Origin Access on PC. Your progress carries over to the full game if you decide to buy," EA confirmed. So we should have to download the full game for the trial just like with Mass Effect: Andromeda to ensure our data carries over. We don't know how big Battlefront 2 is just yet, but the PSN listing says "minimum 50GB of save data," so that could be the base install size.

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