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Blizzard gets into the Christmas spirit with Overwatch

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Ever since Overwatch Mexican female hacker/ hero Sombra have been released, fans have been digging furiously into the game files to find every single one of her voice lines and interactions with other heroes. Much to their surprise - they've found the Christmas theme melody alongside some of them.

 

 

You may ask: "Why would such a tiny little jingle be relevant?" Well, with the existence of this tune, we can safely assume that there will be a Christmas event much like what Blizzard did during Halloween. We can potentially see new skins for characters such as a Santa Claus skin for Tobjorn or Mother Santa for Ana! More maps? New co-op mode? Who knows?

 

As for Sombra, the majority of her lines are jabs and mockeries to the other heroes' past. One of the new voiceline even indicate Sombra translocator might originate from Tracer's tech. That means Sombra may have stolen it from Winston, the gorilla scientist.

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Ubisoft up their generosity with '30 days of giveaway'

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Ubisoft have up their generosity game once again. 2016 is the 30th anniversary of the studio. They have been giving away one game each month until now. Today, they have announced a new way to benefit the gamers: 30 days of giveaway.

 

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"30 days of giveaway" will give gamers one freebie each day. It starts on November 24, at 9 am CET and ends on December 23, at 23:59 pm CET. All you have to do is sign up a Ubisoft account, click on the corresponding day and you can enjoy some free games, wallpaper and more!

 

However, this giveaway does have some quirks like some games might be limited offers and are based on "the first arrive, first served" principle. Some offers might not be available in some countries. As for the unlimited items, you can grab them until the end of the giveaway.

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Watch Dogs 2 upcoming patch add mission replayability

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Ubisoft community manager confirms some crucial fixes in upcoming patch for Watch Dogs 2. Mission replayability will be added back at some point.

 

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When redditor Linzo48 lamented about not being able to replay missions in Watch Dogs 2, the community manager UbiBlargmonster reassured the player that "mission replayability will be patch at a later time."

 

Another redditor who goes by the name of botcomking raised the question about the PS4 screen edge issues with the HUD. Once again, UbiBlargmonster confirms that "it will be fixed in a upcoming patch."

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Resident Evil 7 first in the series to support 4K, HDR

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

Resident Evil 7 will be the first game in the franchise to support 4K and HDR on the PC, while Sony's slightly quicker PS4 Pro console will run it at native 4K resolution.

 

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Capcom has pumped in highly detailed textures, even on the PS4 Pro, which has furniture and walls looking extremely good according to a few gaming outlets that have laid eyes on Resident Evil 7. Capcom has confirmed my personal fear: Resident Evil 7 will be sold on the Windows Store, which is one of the worst things ever created.

 

There will be cross-save functionality between the Xbox and PC versions of Resident Evil 7, which is a good touch - while the PS4 version of the game will support PlayStation VR.

 

MINIMUM

  • OS: WINDOWS 7,8,8.1,10 64-BIT
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Additional Notes: 1080P CPU/GPU at 30FPS Players will have to either lower texture or set streaming textures to OFF in order to optimize performance. *Internet connection required for game activation. The game is still undergoing development, so all PC requirements are subject to change.

 

RECOMMENDED

  • OS: WINDOWS 7,8,8.1,10 64-BIT
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 3770 3.4GHz or AMD or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 280X or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Additional Notes: "1080P CPU/GPU at 60FPS *Internet connection required for game activation. The game is still undergoing development, so all PC requirements are subject to change."

AMD's new Zen-based $499 CPU beats Intel's $999 CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

We've reported about AMD's next-gen Zen CPU that will outperform Intel's high-end Core i7-5960X, but it looks like the 8-core Summit Ridge SR7 flagship processor will be priced at $499.

 

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AMD will launch 3 different Summit Ridge product tiers, with the high-end/enthusiast SR7 SKUs while the mid-range SR7 and entry-level SR3 SKUs will help out other markets. AMD will launch the higher-end Zen SKUs in January 2017 at CES, while the SR5 and SR3 SKUs will launch two months later in March 2017.

 

The next-gen SR7 will reportedly have core/turbo clocks of 3.2GHz and 3.5GHz, respectively - while we have 8 CPU cores, with 16 threads in total. There's 16MB of L3 cache joined by 4MB of L2 cache, while we have a 95W TDP. The second member in the SR7 family has the same CPU core count and TDP, but drops the clocks down to 3.0GHz and 3.2GHz for core and turbo clocks, respectively.

 

Now, considering the $499 price - AMD has a winner on that alone, especially if Zen can outperform the $999+ CPUs from Intel. There's a tease that the entry-level SR3 SKU will offer a 4-core, 8-threaded Zen CPU that will hit $149, offering Core i7-6700 level performance at the price of a Core i3 processor. Not too damn bad at all.

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Terry Crews would love to voice an Overwatch hero

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

It was only last Wednesday when Terry Crews called out to all gamers to cancel all their weekend plans to play Overwatch.

This move have made quite a buzz among the gaming community as he have not only build his own computer recently, but he is also collaborating with PC water cooling expert, JayzTwocents, to build a themed computer which you can help him decide in this strawpoll. His choices are Old Spice and President Camacho from Idiocracy .

 

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Yet, the real kicker is that he answered personally to the plea of redditor SleepyRicky , in the Overwatch subreddit, to let him voiced the rumored hero Doomfist. He states: "I would LOVE TO PLAY DOOMFIST", if the character becomes a official hero.

 

His answer has since generated #CREWSforDOOMFIST2017 and fans have been hyping it up for the past two days.

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Xiaomi's smartphone sales drop, but they aren't worried

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Xiaomi blew everyone's mind last month when they announced their Mi MIX phone, which whether you like it or not, brought some innovation and courage (not the "let's remove the headphone jack" courage) to the market.

 

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However, the company, according to the recent report from the research firm IDC, is struggling with smartphone sales. Last year, they missed their global smartphone target by 12%, and this year's Q3 sales in China, which is their primary market, have dropped by 45%.

 

We asked Anshel Sag, Associate Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, what caused the drop in Xiaomi's smartphone sales.

 

Xiaomi has been facing stiff competition in China from makers like Huawei, LeEco, Oppo and Vivo. They have recently expanded into markets like India, but they need to be present in the European and North American markets if they want to protect themselves from the cutthroat nature of the Chinese smartphone market. They need to diversify, and fast. That's why you're seeing Xiaomi express interest in the American market, it's just taken them too long. Phones like the Mi MIX would absolutely raise the company's profile globally if they could launch it in the US.

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HTC Vive VR system gets $100 discount plus gift card

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

It's not a cheap system, but this Black Friday, the HTC Vive virtual realty system is getting an unexpected price drop at the Microsoft Store along with a giant $100 bonus. The $100 price drop was anticipated given HTC declare the deal last week - but the $100 bonus Gift Code that comes along with the discount? That was definitely not in the plans.

 

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The $100 gift code is good for any future purchases at the Microsoft Store - including of course PC games and software. You'll receive the gift code in your email inbox about 10-20 days after your shiny new VR system has been shipped.

 

 

At the Microsoft Store, they are also carrying the Oculus Rift VR headset during this holiday season - and it too has a Black Friday "deal" of sort. At participating retailers, when you buy a Rift, you'll receive a $100 Oculus store credit as an added bonus. When you compare the Rift deal to the Vive, its clear which system is getting the more aggressive sales promotion. To be fair, of course, the HTC Vive also comes with a higher list price (given the scope of its system).

 

Microsoft has slated the promotion through the Black Friday weekend - but we personally think they'll sell out of stock well before Monday in lieu of the additional $100 gift code bonus. If the deal expires, you can also find a similar $100 discount on the Vive at GameStop, Amazon, and of course the official Vive store.

Pre-order Microsoft Surface Studio, get a free dial

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Microsoft made a big splash with its Surface Studio announcement late October, and the buzz has continued all the way to Black Friday. If you were hoping for a killer Black Friday deal on a not-yet-released product... think again. While Microsoft Surface Studio pre-order deals do exist, they aren't exactly going to blow you away.

 

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Currently Microsoft is offering all pre-order purchases of the Surface Studio with a free Surface Dial - a $99 dollar value accessory that made many waves during Microsoft's popular Surface Studio commercial (10 million views on a freaking commercial). This deal started up on October 26 and will end next week Thursday on December 1, 2016. If you're interested in the Surface Studio, this looks to be as good as it'll get in the near future.

 

 

Currently there are three configurations at various pricing, with the "cheapest" Surface Studio starting at $3,000 and the price scaling all the way up to $4,200 for the "high-end" model. The high-end model sports a Core i7, 32GB of RAM, and of course, the GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB GDDR5 memory. The cheaper versions both come with a GeForce GTX 965 instead.

 

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While we doubt supplies will "run out" as the terms stated on the Surface Dial pre-order bonus (you can buy it separately for $99.99) - if Microsoft Store somehow goes out of stock in the coming days, the one other official retail partner is Best Buy, and it looks like they're also offering a free Surface Dial as part of the package.

 

As a side note, Best Buy is also including a "free" copy of Titanium Internet Security six-month subscription -- I think we can safely say you're better off skipping this software.

Base building coming soon to No Man's Sky

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The dust has settled somewhat on the No Man's Sky debacle, so it's a good a time as any for developer Hello Games to reveal its next stage of post-launch support. Dubbed the Foundation Update, this soon to come patch will add in base building basics and the framework for future patches.

 

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Nine weeks in development, Hello says "it won't be our biggest update, but it is the start of something", later describing it as "the first small step in a longer journey."

 

While the announcement is subtly worded, it's clear what it means when reading between the lines: now that the polish is taken care of, it's time to add in the features and depth that players have been wanting so badly since release.

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