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Civ VI will support DX12, Async Compute, explicit multi-adapter

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

AMD and developer Firaxis are partnering again, this time to bring sweet graphics technology by way of DirectX 12 to Civilization VI. Not only will the game benefit from the low-level API and the added efficiency it brings, it will also enjoy asynchronous compute and explicit multi-adapter support.




Async compute is a DirectX 12 technique that allows parallel execution of compute and graphics tasks, drastically improving workload efficiency and thus, performance (as seen recently with Doom). The added boost should mean those late-turns shouldn't slow you down a bit. For now anyway, it's only really supported by Graphics Core Next (GCN) and Polaris GPUs; while NVIDIA says it is capable of supporting it, it's not fully enabled by its drivers yet, and user reports as is indicate overall inferior results.


Civ VI players can also look forward to explicit multi-adapter functionality, meaning if you run multiple GPUs, you benefit from official Microsoft support, which may result in more stable and powerful implementations. Explicit multi-adapter support also means you can use AMD and NVIDIA cards together.

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200,000 Canadians cancel TV while TV companies increase prices

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Television provider companies are under threat in Canada, where approximately 200,000 customers cut the cord in 2015, according to a new Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) report.




The companies' response to the shift as well has an increased cost of business has been to increase prices to offset the losses, which for now at least, appears to have worked, with revenues declining just 0.1 percent to $8.9 billion after the adjustments. The average TV bill increased from $65.25 in 2014 to $66.08 in 2015.


The CRTC states the cost of business increased by 1.3 percent to $7.2 billion over the one year period. Meanwhile, the industry employed 6.3 less people during that time, down to 27,244 people.

Working with Sony will allow Kojima to make his 'best work yet'

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

Hideo Kojima says that his partnership with Sony will ultimately allow him to make Death Stranding his "best work yet."



Now that Hideo Kojima is working with Sony, the beloved Metal Gear Solid creator is enjoying a staggering amount of freedom he never experienced under Konami's restrictive reign. Thanks to Sony's hospitality, and Mark Cerny's openness with the secrets of the PlayStation 4 console, Kojima can now let his imagination roam free without being bogged down. The fruits of this union will culminate in Kojima's new unique and original PS4 game Death Stranding; in fact, Kojima said that he's "very confident this will be my best work," and Death Stranding could surpass his magnum opus MGS series.


"So far, when I've been making games, I've had to give up on something or at least compromise on something in order to get things done," Hideo Kojima said in a keynote speech at the Brighton Develop conference in the UK. "But this time, working with you [Mark Cerny and Sony] and you bringing the state of the art technologies, we will get around that. I'm very confident that we're working towards something completely new and that no-one has seen so far. This will be my best work so far, I'm very confident about that."

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Enter for your chance to turn your pad into a smart home

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago



We've put a great deal of effort into making our cars automated but what about our homes? Enter into the the Amazon Echo Smart Home Giveaway and you can have the chance to turn your place into a cutting-edge smart home for free.


This giveaway is free to enter. Just sign up for it, and you'll have a shot at winning a myriad of smart home tools like the Amazon Echo, Skybell Wi-Fi Video Doorbell, Nest Thermostat, and more. You can control your entire home's light levels with the Philips Hue White Starter Kit and turn anything on or off with the WeMo Switch. Win, and you can bring your home into the next age with the latest in smart home electronics.


Here's your chance to take your home into a new age.

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Microsoft won't have a Gamescom press conference

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

Gamescom 2016 kicks off next week, but Microsoft has confirmed it won't be holding an official press conference at the European event.




At its massive E3 2016 press briefing Microsoft revealed the full extent of its hand: a new 40% slimmer $299 Xbox One S console that plays 4K games and video, its enthusiast "monster" native 4K gaming Project Scorpio console, a slew of new first-party games, the new Xbox-and-PC Play Anywhere initiative, and a galaxy of new features, content, and accessories. Redmond won't be keeping up this momentum with Germany's Gamescom event--instead of a huge briefing, or even a smaller showcase with new announcements, it'll be hosting a bunch of booths that let gamers digest all the E3 reveals.


Microsoft's absence on the stage floor gives Sony a much-needed opportunity to reveal its anticipated new PlayStation Neo console, which supports upscaled 4K gaming and 4K video playback. Sony could steal the show with a PS4 Neo reveal, but then again, Nintendo could also shock the world by revealing its mysterious new NX console at Gamescom. Sony and Nintendo won't go at the same time, so if Sony reveals the PS4K at Gamescom, Nintendo will pick September's Tokyo Game Show for the NX.

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Warner Bros. paid YouTubers for positive Shadow of Mordor videos

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

The Federal Trade Commission has officially confirmed that Warner Bros. Interactive paid up to "tens of thousands of dollars" to bribe key YouTube personalities like PewDiePie for favorable coverage of Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor.




According to reports published by the FTC, Warner Bros. Interactive has now settled its charges pertaining to its deceptive marketing campaign with Shadow of Mordor. The publisher caused quite a row when YouTuber Total Biscuit revealed the shady early access deal, but the deception went much farther: Warner Bros. paid anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars to well-known YouTubers (including PewDiePie) for positive game videos. The FTC notes that the publisher "failed to require the paid influencers to adequately disclose [the sponsorship]," meaning everyday gamers thought the videos were genuine instead of paid ads. However PewDiePie made it explicitly clear on his original video that the content was sponsored by Warner Bros.


"Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc. has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers during a marketing campaign for the video game Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, by failing to adequately disclose that it paid online 'influencers,' including the wildly popular 'PewDiePie,' thousands of dollars to post positive gameplay videos on YouTube and social media. Over the course of the campaign, the sponsored videos were viewed more than 5.5 million times," reads the FTC press release.

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No Man's Sky art reimagined as sci-fi book covers

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

There's magic in old-school sci-fi book covers. Even if you didn't grow up in the '70s and '80s you can still appreciate the wonder and splendor that artists like John Berkey and Ralph McQuarrie unfolded before our eyes: the covers spoke of fanciful treks across exotic universes, of strange and exciting tales of derring-do, aliens, advanced tech, and infinite possibilities. In this respect, No Man's Sky--Hello Games' ambitious indie about exploring an infinitesimal universe--is a lot like like a sci-fi book cover, and it's only fitting that the game gets its own series of mock covers.




NeoGAF user ichtyander created these awesome book covers using released No Man's Sky artwork, and I have to say they're quite effective at capturing the same mystique as those olden covers of yore. Ichtyander's covers have actually caught the attention of the devs, who wholeheartedly approve of the art.


This artwork actually links to an interesting thing that the devs said about the game: Sean Murray told IGN that he wants gamers to "feel as if they've stepped into an old sci-fi book cover" every time they play No Man's Sky. So these mock-ups actually resonate quite strongly with the developer's own goals for the in-game experience.

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Project Scorpio's custom GPU could sit between Polaris and Vega

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

In order to hit "true" 4K gaming with 6TFLOPs of performance with its new "monster" Project Scorpio console, Microsoft apparently won't use existing silicon that's currently on the market. Instead the new 4K Xbox will be built around its own custom graphics solution that will likely sit between AMD's mid-grade Polaris and enthusiast Vega families.




In a recent interview with The Guardian, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has pretty much confirmed that Project Scorpio won't use outdated hardware to enable native 4K gaming. "We had the ability to look at doing an interim console this year if we wanted to. We thought about that. But we didn't think we could deliver, with the silicon that's out there, a true 4K gaming six teraflop machine this year. So we decided to wait until we hit the real spec that people were asking for."


We've already speculated that the Scorpio's new custom AMD SoC would be made up of 14nm Polaris GPU alongside a Zen CPU, and Spencer seems to have confirmed our findings. But what if both Scorpio's GPU and CPU tech are 2017 hardware? This means that the Scorpio's graphics hardware might not be based on Polaris or AMD's new Vega GPU, but a new scaled custom GPU that sits in the middle between the two.

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Google reportedly working on two next-gen smartwatches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Google is reportedly working on two new smartwatches that will be branded as Google, which is a big difference to the Mountain View-based search giant relying on third-party manufacturers to make Android Wear-based smartwatches.




Android Police is reporting that the above image is a "recreated image" of the primary source material, as they want to keep their source anonymous. The site also adds that the smartwatches are still under development, and may differ to what we see above. As they stand, I think they look slick.


The larger smartwatch is based on the 43.5mm "Angelfish", which will reportedly feature a heart rate monitor, GPS, and LTE connectivity so it doesn't rely on your smartphone. It has three buttons, compared to third-party Android Wear smartwatches that usually have one. We should see Google Assistant integration with contextual alerts, thanks to the additional buttons.

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Pokemon GO's success has Hollywood trying to make a Pokemon movie

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

We all know Pokemon GO has absolutely exploded into the world, in a way that I've never seen before - it is the first game that I've seen that has people of all ages going out into the world, and playing a game.




Deadline is reporting that Pokemon GO's runaway success has "all Hollywood has renewed the chase for a deal to turn Pokémon into a feature film". Rumbles of a live-action Pokemon movie have been around for a while, but now things have been amplified after Pokemon GO became oxygen to gamers, with Deadline saying Legendary pictures "is moving toward a deal".


The report adds that there is a "scenario" where Max Landis, who directed Chronicle, could write the Pokemon movie, while Legendary made the film. The report adds that "everything went silent" a few months ago, but now that Pokemon GO has exploded in popularity, "it's come back around".


Do you want to see a Pokemon movie become a reality? Let's just hope it doesn't end up like the Super Mario Bros. movie.