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You can play that cancelled Saints Row Undercover for free right now

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

Volition is doing the absolute unthinkable with the cancelled Saints Row Undercover game that was supposed to release on the PSP. After showing it off recently to the public for the first time, they're actually releasing it so everyone can play it. For free.

 

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Just yesterday Volition released an ISO of the cancelled game to Unseen 64 so that it'll be forever preserved and available to play legally by anyone who wishes to give it a try. This was after they hosted a live-stream that went through the game, showing off how far development had actually come.

 

If you want to play it, just grab one of the better PSP emulators, download it (it's legal and encouraged by the IP owner) and give it a whirl. Just keep in mind that development never finished, and there're plenty of bugs, but it does run fairly smooth. And it's fairly fun to boot.

EA is 'on a journey to regain the trust of the PC gamer'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

EA is reportedly doubling down on PC gamers, with the company saying it's on a mission to regain the trust of PC gamers across the world.

 

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The new PC-focused commitment from EA stems from the PC-focused initiative thanks to the clear refund policy on Origin, and the EA Access-like service, Origin Access. This is just a tease of what EA has planned, with Origin's Senior Marketing Director Peter O'Reilly saying: "We are on a journey to regain the trust of the PC gamer".

 

He continued: "Over the last couple of years we have focused on ensuring a great play experience from launch and bringing players a better experience on Origin with programs like the Great Game Guarantee, On the House, and now Origin Access. We're excited about the progress we've made, but are always pushing ourselves to innovate on behalf of players".

Week 2 with the fingerprint reader infused mouse - Where're the apps?

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

This is the second full week using the Thermal Take Black V2 gaming mouse infused with Synaptic's IronVault optical fingerprint reader, and it's been a mostly great experience, when it comes to the fingerprint reader that is.

 

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To be fair, the particular mouse that it's embedded in isn't quite my cup of tea, but that isn't what's being evaluated here, aside from the positioning of the sensor itself. So let's get that little hiccup out of the way from the beginning. The mouse just isn't quite comfortable for my hand and everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their HID's, but let's move on to the important bits.

 

The sensor itself has proven to be an accurate and surprisingly useful device. Enrolling your fingerprints is as easy as with any other capacitive sensor you might be used to (read: iPhone or any mobile phone for that matter). Just follow the instructions on the application that interfaces, and you're in business, able to use that stored fingerprint to be the basis for logging in to websites. It's almost magical, and much more so than when it was first introduced to the greater consumer by Apple.

Continue reading 'Week 2 with the fingerprint reader infused mouse - Where're the apps?' (full post)

Next-gen Battlefield, Mass Effect, Titanfall before April 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

We know they're coming, but now EA is beginning to tease the next-gen Battlefield, Titanfall and Mass Effect games in a small way.

 

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During EA's Q3 2015 financial results, the company said that Mass Effect: Andromeda, the next Battlefield, and new Titanfall games would be released before EA's next financial year - which kicks off on March 31, 2017. EA said: "Looking ahead to FY2017 ... An all new Battlefield game from DICE will arrive in time for the holidays. We are excited to have a new Titanfall experience coming from our friends at Respawn, and of course Mass Effect: Andromeda from the team at BioWare will launch later in the fiscal year".

Arma 3 and DayZ developer says its working on a VR game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

We have some exciting news from Bohemia Interactive, the developers behind huge hits like the Arma series and DayZ - they are working on a VR game.

 

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The news comes out of nowhere, with the developer looking for someone to fill a position in the company. Bohemia were asking for a "Gameplay Programmer to join our development team in the studio's Prague office on an unannounced, original IP, Virtual Reality (VR) title". But now, Ota Vrťátko, a marketing representative for the company confirmed a VR game is in development at Bohemia Interactive.

 

But what VR game should we expect from BI? I'm hoping that we see something experimental from the developer, following in the lines of the first wave of VR titles - similar to the thoughts of UploadVR writer Joe Durbin. Bring it on, I say.

HP teams with HTC Vive for their new 'VR Certified' Envy Phoenix PCs

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

While CES 2016 was filled with companies like Alienware teasing "Oculus-ready" gaming PCs, bundled with the Oculus Rift, HP wasn't standing alone in the dark without VR-ready gaming PCs.

 

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The company has announced "Virtual Reality Certified" systems, partnering up with HTC instead of Oculus. HP will have two PCs on offer, one that rocks an AMD Radeon GPU, while the other dons an NVIDIA GeForce GPU, with both models being the HP Envy Phoenix 860 desktop. The Envy Phoenix is HP's top-of-the-range desktop, released in mid-2015 but has been upgraded to Intel's new Skylake processors.

 

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HP's high-end 860 model VR-ready gaming PC has customizable LED lighting that runs down the middle of the front of the system, and it looks gorgeous. The 860 also sports liquid cooling for the CPU, and Bang & Olufsen-tuned audio. One of the interesting takes from the "Virtual Reality Certified" PCs, is that HP has opted for the AMD Radeon R9 390X, and not the R9 Fury or R9 Fury X. This could be because the R9 390X has 8GB of RAM, but it's an interesting thing to see from HP. On the NVIDIA side of things, HP has used the GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

Continue reading 'HP teams with HTC Vive for their new 'VR Certified' Envy Phoenix PCs' (full post)

Google paid $6006.13 to the guy who purchased 'Google.com' last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Back in October last year, Sanmay Ved noticed that "Google.com" was available on Google Domains, so he snapped it up for $12. Yeah, $12 for Google.com - a steal, right?

 

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Ved owned the most iconic domain name of all time, for all of 60 seconds. After they noticed that the Google.com domain had been purchased, Google cancelled the purchase - and then provided Ved with an undisclosed reward. Well, we have found out through a blog post that Google paid him $6006.13, which is "Google" spelled with numbers - nice one, Google.

 

Ved donated the reward to The Art of Living India, and once Google found out about this, they doubled the reward amount. Good work there, Google!

Super Smash Bros rumored to be a Nintendo NX launch title

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Now that we're in the first month of 2016, we're hearing more about the launch of Nintendo's next-gen console, currently known as Nintendo NX.

 

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According to Serkan Toto, a games industry consultant, NX launch titles are being worked on by Bandai Namco. One of these includes Super Smash Bros, but Toto tweeted: "Bandai Namco is currently developing several NX titles. Smash Bros is planned to be a launch title. I am not sure about the date - yet". Someone asked about his source, with Toto replying: "Can't say (sorry), but the source situation is very solid. Otherwise I wouldn't have tweeted".

 

Toto was asked if Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo NX console would be a totally new title, but he couldn't confirm this news. As for the other titles Bandai Namco is developing for the NX console, we could expect Dragonball Z, One Piece, Pac-Man and Project Treasure - among others.

Samsung working on 3440x1440 monitors with 144Hz refresh rate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

I'm a huge UltraWide enthusiast, so when I read news that Samsung will be releasing not one, but two 3440x1440 displays this year - my interest is piqued. More so, when I hear that both of the displays will be powered by the beautifully smooth 144Hz refresh rate. Awww yeah.

 

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3440x1440 @ 144Hz isn't easy, as DisplayPort 1.2 can't handle the bandwidth - which is where DisplayPort 1.3 steps in, as DP 1.3 an handle 3440x1440 at all the way up to 195Hz, and even 4K @ 120Hz and 1080p @ 240Hz. Both of Samsung's new 3440x1440 @ 144Hz monitors will be VA panels, but other than that we don't know what else to expect. We should see NVIDIA's G-Sync and AMD's FreeSync technology gracing these screens, which could be the reason why there's two of them in development.

 

As soon we hear more, you'll be the first to know.

Microsoft's Edge web browser reportedly saving private browsing data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

We all know about the security and privacy issues surrounding Windows 10, but the latest look into the Edge browser might scare people off - and if anything, bar them from using Microsoft's nifty new Windows 10 web browser.

 

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Thanks to security researcher Ashish Singh, we're finding out that private browsing data using Edge's InPrivate mode might not be deleting the web browsing history - that's meant to be completely private - after all. According to Singh, who looked at the "Container_n" table that stores web history, anyone can see the tabs that were opened while browsing the web using the InPrivate mode in the Edge browser. Eek.

 

Singh explains: "Therefore any skilled investigator can easily spot the difference and get concrete evidence against a person's wrongdoings. Plenty of artifacts are maintained by the browser, which makes examination quite easy. However, there are stages where evidence is not so easy to find. The not-so-private browsing featured by Edge makes its very purpose seem to fail". The Verge was able to find evidence in the WebCache of a site visited while using Edge and using InPrivate mode, using Singh's method. Microsoft told The Verge: "We recently became aware of a report that claims InPrivate tabs are not working as designed and we are committed to resolving this as quickly as possible".

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