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Razer opening its first US retail store

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Peripheral maker Razer last year opened retail stores in the Phillipines and Thailand, and now it's about to open its first in the US.




The shop is just across the way from its global headquarters in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Boasting nearly 1,300 square feet and two stories, it features 20 demo stations for its peripherals, audio, and broadcast products, as well as a 16x9 foot video wall that streams gaming content that even onlookers from outside can see.


Razer will host weekly gaming events at the outlet and says customers are welcome to stay all day if they feel like it. By the sounds of it, they're going for an arcade vibe, which sounds great by us.

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Overwatch's new CGI video spins the tale of the twin dragons

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

Overwatch's new CGI short delivers backstory on two of the game's warring characters--Genji and Hanzo.



Although Overwatch doesn't have a campaign mode per se, Blizzard is delivering important storylines through CGI trailers, and the first two have already made waves in the gaming community. The third CGI trailer, Dragons, delves into the brutal rivalry between the cyber-ninja Genji and the arrow-slinging Hanzo, tying neatly into a unique myth about twin dragons.


The video is quite touching and reveals quite a bit about Genji and Hanzo, and explains Hanzo's ultimate Dragonstrike ability. Overwatch is slated to drop on May 24 across PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and seeing as 9.7 million gamers played the beta, the shooter will become a huge AAA blockbuster.

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Nintendo NX's power comparable to Xbox One, won't use x86

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

Nintendo's new NX console won't be built around the x86 architecture and won't "blow away current consoles", according to an industry insider.




Inside sources have told industry soothesayer Emily Rogers that Nintendo's next-gen NX console won't be based on an x86 architecture like the PS4 and Xbox One. This folds neatly with our projections that the NX will be powered by a next-gen Pascal-based NVIDIA Tegra chip, especially since Tegra is ARM-based and not x86. Rogers also says that the NX won't be powered an AMD Polaris GPU derivative, calling the claims "wacky"


"After speaking to seven different people this week, I can say with confidence that this is false. NX is not using x86 architecture like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One," Rogers said in a recent blog post. "The NX has special, custom-made chips and the overall design of the hardware is very modern. The chips are industry leading because they are very modern chips, but having modern chips doesn't necessarily mean Nintendo is aiming to create the most powerful hardware on the market. Furthermore, any NX rumors on "Polaris chips" and "Polaris architecture" are all wacky. There's a good reason why those rumors are wacky."

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Watch Final Fantasy X's intro in 60FPS

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

Modder Naxshe is hard at work on making all of Final Fantasy X HD Remaster's cutscenes 60FPS with hex editing and "various other tricks", and you can enjoy the first fruits of his labour below. There is some skipping in the video, but Naxshe says this is due to his recording software, not the mod.



By comparison, here is the same scene in 30FPS.


It's going to be awhile before all of the scenes are 60FPS ready as Naxshe has to work on each individual scene, and of course there are a lot. But hey, that will be a good excuse to replay it for the millionth time.

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Resident Evil developer says 100 million Xbox One & PS4s sold by 2020

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

With Sony beating Microsoft at the current-gen console race, Resident Evil developer Capcom has predicted that there will be over 100 million consoles sold by 2020.




Capcom CEO Kenzo Tsjimoto said during the company's recent earnings Q&A session: "Our perception of the home video game market is that it will continue to be active at the global level, as we believe the install base of major home video game consoles will break the 100 million unit mark in 2020".


Right now the "major home video game consoles" would be the Xbox One and PS4, with the Nintendo NX console - which is said to be powered by an NVIDIA Tegra processor, said to be revealed this year and released in 2017. Sony is months away from a new PlayStation device, and we all know Microsoft is cooking something up behind the scenes. There are alternate reports that claim there'll be over 109 million PS4s and Xbox One consoles sold by 2019, with the PS4 and new PlayStation beating out whatever Microsoft is throwing at them.

Metro: Last Light developer teases major announcement for E3 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2016 1:58 pm

Depe Silver is mostly known for its big franchises like Saints Row and the Metro series, with the developer teasing it has a major announcement in store for E3 2016.




The next game should be a AAA sandbox-style experience, with Deep Silver's CTO Oles Shishkovstov saying during an interview before the release of Metro Redux: "less linear but still hugely story-driven". He added: "I will not go into details, but it requires some work from programmers as well. Also, we are improving graphics in very different aspects, like recently we did a physically-based global ambient occlusion (instead of local, like SSAO). But yes, we are fully PBR now for the next project. No more tuning knobs - at least for now".


How good would an open-world Metro game be?

System Shock Remastered will reach Kickstarter on May 29

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2016 11:04 am

System Shock was one of the first games that I knew I'd remember for a long time, and fast forwarding over 20 years - we're now preparing for Night Dive Studios' System Shock Remastered to reach Kickstarter.



System Shock Remastered will be on Kickstarter on May 29, but we haven't heard whether there will be a playable demo available during the campaign or not. System Shock Remastered will make great use of the Unity Engine, with the studio wanting to create a new game that remains close to the classic, teasing: "keeping all the things you loved, while updating the user interface and graphics to use a modern day engine".

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BIOSTAR's new J3160MD motherboard features built-in Intel Braswell SoC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 16, 2016 7:49 am

BIOSTAR has just announced its new, plainly named J3160MD motherboard, which features a built-in Intel Celeron J3160 quad-core processor. The Celeron J3160 is a Braswell-based refresh SoC processor, with 1.6GHz default clocks on its cores, with Turbo up to 2.24GHz.




The new BIOSTAR J3160MD motherboard includes the 14nm Braswell Refresh SoC, improved HD graphics and native support for DDR3L-1600 RAM. There's DVI, and USB 3.0 connectivity on the back, ensuring you won't have any issues hooking your devices and monitor up to this motherboard. Of course, you can opt for a discrete GPU, and then you can have DisplayPort or HDMI connectivity if you need it.

Could a new 'Super Mario' movie be on the way from Nintendo?

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 16, 2016 7:19 am

Nintendo has some of the most iconic and appealing characters in pop culture, so it's understandable that they'd want to exploit those on the big screen. However, since the spectacular failure of 'Super Mario Bros.' in 1993, the Kyoto games maker has been understandably reticent to license them out. But this looks like it might soon change.




According to the Associated Press, the game studio are in talks with studios to explore potential partnerships in the very near future. Although it's not currently certain which characters could potentially be used, it's not a stretch to imagine that these could include heavy hitters such as the 'Super Mario' and 'Zelda' franchises.


Company spokesman Makoto Wakae said an announcement will be made in the future, but could "be a theater release or a DVD [release]."