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Microsoft: We will ship games on Steam again

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 1:55 pm

E3 2016 - Microsoft promises that it will ship some of its games on Steam's mighty PC gaming storefront, but also retain its focus on its own first-party Windows Store.

 

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"We will ship games on Steam again," Phil Spencer said on Giant Bomb's E3 2016 livestream. "I look at Steam today, it's on an incredible growth trajectory. It's a massive force in gaming; a positive force. I look at Valve as an important [independent software vendor] for us on Windows. They are a critical part of gaming's success on Windows. I don't think Valve's hurt by not having our first-party games in their store right now. There's going to be areas where we cooperate and there's going to be areas where we compete. The end result is better for gamers."

 

But which games is Phil Spencer talking about? Almost every game shown off at Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference was proudly labeled as a "Windows 10 and Xbox One exclusive", and the company isn't about to give up on its Universal Windows Platform-powered Windows Store anytime soon. That being said, Microsoft knows it absolutely cannot take on Steam--if it wants to sell PC games, it has to work with the PC gaming giant. Locking high-profile AAA PC games into the Windows Store effectively cuts off a huge portion of your audience. We don't exactly know how the Microsoft-Steam co-operative will work exactly, and we could see Steam being used to power PC-to-Xbox One game streaming in some form, as well as Microsoft's new cross-buy, cross-play Play Anywhere initiative.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 stock won't improve until at least late July

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 11:44 am

Exclusive: It was only yesterday that we reported on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 cards selling above the $699 price of the Founders Edition, where we asked if there were supply issues on the GP104.

 

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Now we've had an industry source tell us that there won't be a huge flood of GeForce GTX 1080 cards, from all partners, until late July or even early August. This makes sense, but it also means that the price gouging that is happening now, will continue - and could even get worse. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW ACX 3.0 is selling for $1999 on Amazon right now, which is absolutely nuts.

 

But where to from here? If NVIDIA is going to have stock shortages on the GP104-powered GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, then that means that AMD could come in and really fling things around with the release of the Radeon RX 480. The reason being, is that the RX 480 is going to cost just $199 - but then there's a huge issue here. For AMD to be successful for that month of NVIDIA's low stock, they need to have plenty of RX 480s to go around, and not have shortages of their own. This is only going to result in a price war between NVIDIA and AMD, and it could lead to NVIDIA releasing the GeForce GTX 1060 earlier than anticipated, to fight off the RX 480.

Obduction has support for NVIDIA's Ansel, HDR, SMP, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 10:24 am

E3 2016 - If you haven't heard about Obduction yet, and loved playing Myst in the 90s, then you'll want to quickly Google what 'Obduction' is, because it's going to be a huge game when it's released later this year.

 

 

NVIDIA's own GeForce website has detailed Obduction with some VR gameplay, and an interview with Rand Miller from Cyan. Obduction is only a month away, with a release date of July 26, with the game transporting players into an "all-new, real-time, first-person adventure filled with puzzles, exploration, and discovery, harking back to the themes and spirit of Cyan's previous titles".

 

Obduction will have both PC and Oculus Rift releases, with NVIDIA working with Cyan on the technology side of the game. Obduction will include support for the Pascal architecture, including Ansel, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection, VR, HDR and more.

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Oculus addresses trying to make Serious Sam VR a Rift exclusive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 8:10 am

It was only a few days ago that we reported Croteam, the developer of Serious Sam VR, was approached by Oculus with an undisclosed sum of money to make the game an exclusive for the Rift. Well, the community went ape sh*t, and it has created enough of a storm that Oculus has now officially addressed it.

 

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Oculus said in their statement: "We regularly offer developers financial grants to help fund early development of new titles to accelerate development or expand the scope of the game. In some cases, we exchange funding in return for launching on the Oculus Store first, with the expectation that the game will go on to launch on other platforms. In the case of Croteam, at no time did we request that they stop development for other platforms, and we look forward to seeing Serious Sam be successful across the entire VR".

 

Croteam CTO, Alen Ladavac added: "I want to clarify some of the inaccuracies about our relationship with Oculus. Oculus did approach us with an offer to help fund the completion of Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope in exchange for launching first on the Oculus Store and keeping it time-limited exclusive. Their offer was to help us accelerate development of our game, with the expectation that it would eventually support all PC VR platforms. We looked at the offer and decided it wasn't right for our team. At no time did Oculus ask for, or did we discuss total exclusivity or buyout of support from Vive. We look forward to supporting Rift and Vive".

First 100GB, triple layer 4K Blu-ray hits retail next month

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 7:03 am

Due to current manufacturing limitations, all 4K UltraHD Blu-ray movies released thus far have been mastered to dual layered 66GB discs which has put limitations on video bitrates and the length of movies available - but that's about to come to an end.

 

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Warner Bros. is set to be the first mainstream manufacturer of larger capacity UltraHD Blu-ray discs, introducing the format for next month's release of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. The disc is set to feature the 3 hour 'ultimate cut', which the studio deemed too long to squeeze onto a 66GB disc. The triple layered format ensures optimum picture quality through more generous bitrates, and allows longer length movies to come to the format without sacrifice to quality. With the triple layered discs being part of the UltraHD Blu-ray specification since inception, no compatibility problems are expected.

 

'Batman v Superman' hits 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 19 in the U.S. and July 20 in Australia.

Gears of War 4 confirmed to have unlocked frame rate on Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 6:20 am

E3 2016 - Gears of War 4 will be shipping on both the Xbox One and Windows 10, with more details on the game being made available during E3 2016. One of these includes what resolution it'll run at on the Xbox One, and an unlocked frame rate on Windows 10.

 

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Inquisitr talked with The Coalition's Technical Director, Michael Rayner, who said: "On the Xbox we're running at 30hz, 1080p for the campaign, 60hz, 1080p for multiplayer. On Windows 10, PC gamers will run as fast as your hardware will support. So you can lock it to your Vsync or your monitor refresh rate, or you can run it fully unlocked, you know, 120 frames or whatever your system can support. Because of the way the engine works, at the core it supports a variable time stamp. The way that the network updates happen between co-op [or] two players, we can have the PC game running at the higher frame rate against the Xbox One at a fixed frame rate. And everything works".

 

So there you have it, 1080p 30FPS on the Xbox One for the campaign, and 1080p 60FPS for the multiplayer side of things.

Check out this 45 minutes of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gameplay from E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 4:49 am

E3 2016 - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is in my top five most-wanted games of 2016, and now we have a huge 45-minute gameplay video from E3 2016, courtesy of the awesome YouTuber 'AngryJoe'.

 

 

It features the usual AngryJoe commentary that we all know and love, with a release date of August 23 for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Apple Watch 2 expected to be unveiled alongside iPhone 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 3:19 am

Even though the Apple Watch wasn't the runaway success Apple prepared the world for, the company isn't going to take the wearable game on, laying down. There's a new Apple Watch coming, and it will reportedly be coming quicker than previously thought.

 

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According to the latest rumors, the second-generation Apple Watch will be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7, which is expected to be unveiled in September during the iPhone 7 announcement. Apple now has watchOS 3 and iOS 10 ready to go, so it would be perfect timing to unveil a next-gen iPhone and Watch next to each other.

 

Apple's new Apple Watch 2 should feature improved battery life, faster internals, the new watchOS 3 software, and more.

Battlefield 1's customization options detailed, with lots to tweak

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 1:33 am

E3 2016 - Battlefield 1 is shaping up much better than I thought, with a new screenshot appearing on Twitter thanks to DANNYonPC.

 

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The screenshot displays the customization menu of Battlefield 1, which has a bunch of details and information that players will have at their finger tips before beginning a mission. The customization options seem extensive, with plenty of information on tap.

 

When it comes to Battlefield 1's multiplayer reveal, gamers asked where the French army was... as they were one of the most important aspects of the Great War. Well, Julien Wera from DICE confirmed that the French army will be part of the main campaign, but they will be included in greater detail in some upcoming DLC.

Dreamworks looks to reboot 'Shrek' franchise

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 12:55 am

It's been fifteen years since the original 'Shrek' hit theaters, becoming a smash hit for Dreamworks and going on to gross over $3.5 billion worldwide. While the last film 'Shrek Forever After' was released six years ago, it seems that's long enough to justify a complete reboot.

 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, following the purchase of the Dreamworks Animation Studio by NBCUniversal, the new owners are actively seeking ways to resurrect the Mike Myers franchise. Confirming that 'Despicable Me' producer Chris Meledandri has been handed creative control over the studio, NBCUniversal chief executive Steve Burke told stockholders that Melendandri "is creatively going to try to help us figure out how to resurrect Shrek". NBCUniversal are hoping that DreamWorks can ramp up its output to as many as four films annually - over four times as many as Pixar animation under the Disney banner.

 

There's no word yet on how far the 'Shrek' reboot might be, but I'm sure it's being worked on as we speak.

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