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Xbox One X won't play every Xbox game in native 4K

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

E3 2017 - Every game played on an Xbox One X will indeed play better, but native 4K resolution and other enhancements aren't guaranteed. Here's how Xbox One X works.




Microsoft has said from the start that developers will have the freedom to do whatever they want with Xbox One X's beefy hardware. But that kind of freedom means that there's no guarantee that all existing games will play at native 4K on the new Xbox One X. Developers have to upgrade their games with native 4K textures and add in other enhancements that tap the console's highly customized AMD SoC. Essentially Microsoft is handling the Xbox One X's game enhancements very similar to how Sony handled its Forward Compatibility upgrades on the PS4 Pro: developer participation isn't mandatory, but certain devs have partnered up to bring optimized upgrades to their games.


To bring native 4K textures and upgrades to Xbox One games, Microsoft has created the Xbox One X Enhancement Program. From now on Xbox One games supporting native 4K upgrades will be stamped with a little "4K Enhanced" on their boxes, similar to Sony's PS4 games. Developers must choose to opt-in on upgrading their games with native 4K textures, HDR, and other enhancements to tap Xbox One X's hardware and push it to the limit. These upgrades will be sent out via digital patches and updates, like PS4 Pro games. If a game isn't upgraded, it'll still natively tap the console's power, but it won't be supercharged in the same way that Forza Motorsport 7 is by hitting native 4K 60FPS on the system; the games will be upscaled to 4K UHDTVs, leverage super-sampling in 1080p HDTVs, frame rates in games with dynamic resolution will be tighter, and the games will utilize Xbox One X's 9GB of GDDR5 RAM game allocation to as a cache buffer to improve loading times and more.


And here's something quite interesting: just because an Xbox One game gets upgraded to run better on Xbox One X doesn't mean it'll automatically run in native 4K. Remember, Microsoft gives devs the choice to use the X's power as they see fit, and this doesn't always translate to bringing huge 4K textures over. "All the [titles we showed at E3] are going to get upgraded with true 4K upgrades. You're going to see that from us, but also from our third party partners," Microsoft exec Aaron Greenberg said during an interview with Geoff Keighley. "So you're going to have an incredible lineup of games. New games, plus a lot of games you already own are going to be upgraded with Xbox One X enhancements, and the large majority of those you can expect to be in 4K."

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Note8 schematics reveals fingerprint sensor on the back

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

When Samsung revealed the Galaxy S8 and S8+, one of the biggest downsides of the phone was the position of the fingerprint sensor, placed right next to the camera on the back of the phone.


We know that Samsung has planned to embed the fingerprint sensor under the glass on the front of the device, but due to certain problems, they had to give up on the idea.




It was expected that the company would resolve the problem and embed the biometric fingerprint reader under the phone's display on the upcoming Galaxy Note8, but recent reports suggest that the company is still having issues.


Now, alleged schematics of the Galaxy Note8 have leaked, and they show that the fingerprint sensor will be implemented on the back of the phone, and not to front.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus coming October 27

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

E3 2017 - Machine Games' explosively awesome Wolfenstein game is getting a sequel, and it's better than ever.



After Destiny 2, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is hands-down my most anticipated shooter for 2017. As I predicted way back when, Machine Games' new FPS takes place in Nazi-occupied America during the 1960's, showing us a unique alternate world set in the chaotic universe the devs have built.


The New Colossus is a direct sequel to 2013's The New Order, and features new weapons, characters, a new story, and tons of other goodies folded around thrilling grisly FPS action.

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Honor 9 is official: Dual camera and headphone jack!

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Huawei has finally announced the Honor 9 and the rumors were somewhat true.


The Honor 9 is powered by Huawei's Kirin 960 processor, the same as the company's current flagship the P10, and comes with 6GB of RAM, which is more than the P10 and Mate 9 have. The device comes in versions with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.




The phone also features a 5.15-inch 1080p display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top.


The Honor 9, as rumored, rocks dual rear camera (12MP + 20MP) with 2x optical zoom. The front camera is 8MP.

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Bethesda's Creation Club is more like DLC than paid mods

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

E3 2017 - Bethesda got into hot water with its new Creation Club program, which allows gamers to buy credits with real money to spend on extra content in Skyrim and Fallout 4. But the publisher has revealed new details about the initiative, clearing up some important facts.




Bethesda's new Creation Club program is less like paid mods, and is more like extra high-quality DLC snippets made internally from the studio themselves. The publisher says that the content sold on Creation Club aren't mods--they're high-quality pieces of content that must pass Q&A testing, including full Alpha and Beta phases. "Creation Club is a collection of all-new content for both Fallout 4 and Skyrim. It features new items, abilities, and gameplay created by Bethesda Games Studios and outside development partners including the best community creators. Creation Club content is fully curated and compatible with the main game and official add-ons," Bethesda says.


Yes, gamers will spend real money to buy credits on the framework, and then use those credits to buy in-game content. Bethesda iterates that everything sold on the Creation Club storefront is developed by its own dev teams and outside dev partners including "the best community creators." The content will be regulated for quality and likely be protected against piracy, and will allow the top-tier mod-makers to make cash for their creations.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

One of the hottest games right now is PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which has sold over 3 million copies on the PC, with the new survival shooter game headed to consoles - an exclusive Microsoft scored for its Xbox One platform.




Battlegrounds' creator Brendan Greene announced the news during Microsoft's own E3 conference, as an Xbox One exclusive. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will be released "later this year" on Xbox, with Greene confirming Battlegrounds will have Xbox One X specific enhancements, but we don't know what they are just yet. With the game squeezing even the best PCs to their edges, it'll be interesting to see what it looks like, the render resolution and detail on the Xbox family of consoles - especially the new 4K-capable Xbox One X console.

NVIDIA GeForce 382.53 WHQL drivers released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

NVIDIA has released their new GeForce 382.56 WHQL drivers, which include support for two new game releases: Dirt 4 and Nex Machina, which both drop later this month. Download the new GeForce 382.56 drivers right here.




There are also some fixes for various games and technical issues, with V-Sync issues alongside NVIDIA's Fast Sync being fixed, so now you shouldn't get any nasty tearing from a FPS limit. NVIDIA also notes that GeForce GTX 1060 owners will have no issues running Dirt 4 at 1080p, while GTX 1070 easily runs 1440p, and the GTX 1080 Ti is reserved to hitting 60FPS at 4K. NVIDIA adds that the GTX 1080 can also run Dirt 4 at 4K 60FPS, if you drop MSAA.


Next up is Nex Machina, which requires the same GTX 1060 for 1080p, GTX 1070 for 1440p, and GTX 1080 Ti for 4K. Added to the new GeForce 352.56 WHQL drivers are updated SLI profiles for Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, Little Nightmares, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Transformers Online.

Minecraft to get 'Super Duper' 4K graphics on Xbox One X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

If you thought Minecraft looked alright in its stock state or modified state, prepare yourselves for the "Super Duper Graphics Pack" that Microsoft just announced for Minecraft.



The upcoming "Super Duper Graphics Pack" will add more realistic textures, light effects, and graphics into Minecraft - with the new Xbox One X rocking 4K support for the game. The company also announced the new Better Together Update for Minecraft, something that adds a new community marketplace for gamers to sell creations, new in-game servers to play on, and new cross platform play between a huge variety of devices.


Minecraft gamers will soon be able to game between Xbox One, Windows 10, Nintendo Switch, and even mobile devices. The new 4K graphics pack will drop later in the fall, while the Better Together Update will be released soon.

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Bethesda announces paid mods program

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

E3 2017 - Bethesda is moving forward with a new Creation Club program for Fallout 4 that allows users to spend credits on mods. Yes, paid mods are happening.



Bethesda hasn't revealed full info about its new Creation Club program, but it's essentially just like Minecraft's new monetized add-ons initiative. Gamers will buy credits and then spend them on a storefront, selecting a wide variety of mods hosted on for Fallout 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition.


It's likely that Creation Club will host paid mods on all platforms--PS4, Xbox One and PC--and Bethesda will actually make mods this time, too. The best and most popular mod-makers will be able to monetize their creations with Creation Club.


Pricing hasn't been announced, but Creation Club will roll out on Summer 2017.

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Forza Motorsport 7 is coming to the PC on Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

E3 2017 - Microsoft has killed it at E3 2017 this year, unleashing its new 4K-capable Xbox One X console with a million and one tricks up its sleeve, but the announcement of Forza Motorsport 7 for the PC will have racing fans happy.



The only problem with Forza Motorsport 7 on the PC is that it will be exclusive not only to Windows 10, but the Microsoft Store, which is so meh. Both Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex were released on PC, but Forza Motorsport 7 is the first full-fledged Forza game for the PC, and it's about damn time.


Forza Motorsport 7 will provide dynamic weather effects, including puddles of water that will get bigger as rain continues to fall, and some beautiful lighting effects. There are over 700 cars in the game, but there's no news on crossplay between Xbox and PC just yet... which would be cool, Microsoft: do it.

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