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Loot Crate now has a new gaming-focused subscription service

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Loot Crate has always been known for their gamer and general geek friendly monthly supply drops, with unique and sometimes rare items contained within. But now they're extending their monthly service to include a gaming focused subscription service that they're calling Loot Gaming.




They announced the new service at their PAX South panel today in a way to further serve their gaming community. They've always had a special relationship even with developers, having obtained special Fallout 4 themed loot for their November crate even before Fallout 4 was out.


That early relationship has prompted them to launch their gaming focused subscription service, so you can only get video-game themed Loot Crates each month, foregoing the more general nerdery. They're going to work closely with developers to try to get exclusive items for their crates, themed merchandise not sold anywhere else. Loot Gaming will be $25 per month and will start this spring.

Former AMD engineer Jim Keller is now Tesla division VP

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Last we heard, CPU architect Jim Keller had left AMD for Samsung. Turns out that's only half true, as Keller is now confirmed to be the new Vice President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering at Tesla Motors, where he'll help build self-driving cars.




"Jim will bring together the best internal and external hardware technologies to develop the safest, most advanced autopilot systems in the world," said Tesla, relaying the news.


The company should do well to have him on staff. Keller -- who has been working at AMD on and off since the late 90s and most recently designed the Zen architecture -- is widely regarded as one of the most talented engineers in the technology industry, and Tesla has been hurting for engineers following recent departures.

New Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Video shows you the storyline

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The story trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD has been released on Nintendo's YouTube channel. And give a glimpse into one of the better installments of the series, and shows off the great new graphics of the remaster.



The game is heavily stylized and the story can definitely seem like it's a bit on the wild-side, but it's entertaining and whimsical in the way that can capture good childhood memories. If you've never had a chance to play the game before, it's a fascinating tale, to say the least. And the puzzles are some of the finest of any Legend of Zelda games.


If you're interested and happen to have a Wii U lying around, then The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is coming to a console near you on March 4th 2016. There's even a very nice Wolf Link amiibo to give you exclusive in-game items.

Surface family makes Microsoft $1.35 billion this quarter

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The Surface family is doing fantastically well for Microsoft, who reported $1.35 billion in revenue from it between late September and late December. The launch of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book boosted sales 29%, double the previous quarter's $672 million.




Total non-GAAP revenue for the same fiscal quarter was $25.7 billion, which Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner is happy about, saying, "It was a strong holiday season for Microsoft highlighted by Surface and Xbox. Our commercial business executed well as our sales teams and partners helped customers realize the value of Microsoft's cloud technologies across Azure, Office 365 and CRM Online."

Rise of the Tomb Raider PC performance analysis, good on NVIDIA & AMD

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Rise of the Tomb Raider just came on the PC after a very brief exclusive period on Xbox One. When it was first released it was was a very good looking game on the Xbox One, using the 7 processor cores and all compute units available to it to great effect. Even PureHair, or the evolution of TressFX 2.0 created by Crystal Dynamics, was turned on for the Xbox One. And it ran fairly smooth at it's 1080P resolution. The problem was, however, that it had its performance hiccups and there was plenty of potential for higher framerates and a much better looking environment. Though the settings are somewhat desolate, they're teaming with life and the opportunity to recreate them with good detail.




The Xbox One did well, but how does it play on the PC? Well let's find out just how it does. Take a look at our infographic after the break.

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Free iTunes Radio ends today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Today marks the end of free streaming through Apple's iTunes Radio service, which, as reported previously, is being rolled into its subscription-based service Apple Music. As of now, should you attempt to listen to the Radio service by any means, you'll be prompted to join Apple Music. The sole exception is the Beats 1 station, which is still available to iTunes users everywhere.




iTunes Radio launched in 2013 alongside iTunes 11.1 and iOS 7. Much like Spotify, it was ad-supported and encouraged discovery of new music through featured stations and various algorithms. Unlike Spotify, there was no ad-free subscription.

Get Fractured Space for free on Steam and keep it forever

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The delightful space-based MOBA Fractured Space is completely free to play this weekend. And if you hurry and download it over the weekend, then you'll be able to keep it for free, forever.




The game has been in Early Access on Steam since November of 2014 and has seen steady attention and development from Edge Case Games and they're finally getting very close to their projected release date sometime later in 2016. To celebrate, they're letting everyone try their beloved MOBA for free. And you get to keep it forever.


Fractured Space is the first MOBA that takes on a decidedly science fiction direction, taking some cues from EVE Online, except this is a pure combat game similar in style to World of Tanks or, more appropriately, World of Warships. Like those, you take your gigantic capital ship and team up to destroy the other team in interstellar maps brought to life with Unreal Engine 4. Though the combat might be somewhat analogous to EVE Online's brutal warfare, there's no game quite like this. And for free, why wouldn't you at least take a look see?

Developers are happy with PlayStation VR, thanks to the PS4 user base

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Sony is still working on its PlayStation VR headset, which will debut sometime in the first half of this year for the PlayStation 4 - but it will meet stiff competition from the Oculus Rift, and the HTC Vive. Well, what do some developers think of the PlayStation VR headset?




According to Carlos Coronado, the developer behind MIND: Path to Thalamus: "Yes, it's in the plans. Sony VR is an amazing closed VR system, and I think that is amazing! The hardware and the user base is already there so aside from the GearVR I think it is going to be one of the wider audience VR headsets when it is released. MIND: Path to Thalamus will run at 90 or 120Hz on PSVR, depending on testing".


Then we have Interdimensional Games, the developer working on Consortium: The Tower, where they said: "We think it's pretty cool, and it's certainly good that the PS4 has such a large install base to start with. We are very interested in making a custom VR mode for The Tower, but the priority is to make an awesome "normal" game first and foremost".

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Rainbow Six Siege pro league announced with ESL, $100K prize pool

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is a natural choice for a competitive sport, with it's fast-paced, team-based gameplay. The ESL has teamed up with Ubisoft to start the very first professional gaming competition with a large $100,000 prize pool.




Season One is going to kick off with European matches at the Intel Extreme Masters being held at Katowice, Poland on March 4th 2016. Eight total matches will determine the top competitors. North American matches will begin a few weeks after the Intel Extreme Masters. The ESL has partnered with Microsoft and will be using the Xbox One as their preferred platform to compete on.


"Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege was built from the ground up with competition in mind," said Xavier Marquis, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege creative director, Ubisoft Montreal. "We're excited to partner with ESL, one of the biggest names in esports, to deliver a league for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege fans to compete and enjoy the game they love."

Need for Speed is getting more social next week

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The next update to Ghost Game's Need for Speed reboot, which is called the Showcase update, is arriving next week and it's adding far more substantial under the hood changes than just more vehicle customization options.




When it hits next week we'll see the addition of a photo mode that lets you take screenshots as if you're using a real DSLR. You can change the focus, depth of field, brightness, contrast, saturation and just about any other setting you could think of. After snapping the shot of course you'll be able to share it easily too.


Also coming is a new Wrap sharing feature, where you'll be able to share all the unique paint schemes that you've created. Ghost Games says that this is one of the most requested features, because there're a lot of talented artists out there making some interesting creations. So why not let everyone else enjoy in your vision?

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