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Watching Witcher 3: Blood and Wine at 60FPS is absolutely amazing

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2016 7:09 pm

CD Projekt RED previews their final Witcher 3 masterpiece, Blood and Wine, in full 1080p 60FPS...and it's quite magical.



Blood and Wine will be the last bit of content for Witcher 3, and Geralt's very last adventure. As such, CD Projekt RED has gone way beyond the call of duty making the expansion. The devs completely scrapped Witcher 3 and built Blood and Wine from scratch, upgrading the graphical fidelity and adding in all-new textures and meshes. We really thought CDPR couldn't top The Witcher 3, but they have, and in a big way.


The expansion will feature 30+ hours of content with some 90 quests to participate in, and Toussaint is complete with new regions, characters, castles, flora and fauna, and terrifying new monsters. In a sense, Blood and Wine is a playground for CDPR to flex its skills and prepare for Cyberpunk 2077, and it shows.


Witcher 3: Blood and Wine costs $20 and releases on May 31, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Ubisoft adapting its 'big' engines for PSVR support, confirms VR games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 12, 2016 6:13 pm

Ubisoft is preparing to release games on Sony's PlayStation VR, and has already adapted its first-party games engines for the new platform. The publisher also confirmed it'll release new PSVR games later this year, and a "surprising" new VR game in Q3 of its Fiscal Year 2017.




"We continue to be very interested in VR. We are going to launch a few games this year, we don't expect them to do big revenue, but we have good experiences there. So we'll surprise a few people. In Q3 we'll announce a new title that's promising. Yes, VR is coming, we are active and Sony is doing a good job in presenting PlayStation VR, and we see a good momentum," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said during the company's FY16 conference call.


Guillemot affirms that Ubisoft is ready for VR and has already made a push to adapt its engines. "But we are very disciplined on VR but we won't spend too many resources on it until there's enough demand and market for VR. But we've learned a lot at the moment. We've adapted our engines so they can be ready when the market picks up."

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition now lets you uncap framerate

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2016 5:43 pm

As reported earlier this week, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games now give you the option to disable V-Sync, thus your framerate is no longer locked to your monitor's refresh rate (60 for most of you). However, the games themselves need updates to take advantage. As promised, The Coalition has responded promptly for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, which now lets you disable V-Sync for maximum framerates.




The developer has thrown in a few other sweet options too: a frame rate limiter (use it with V-Sync off if you see tearing but don't want to be capped to your refresh rate), anisotropic filtering, and an FPS counter. Finally, there are a couple of bug fixes, one of which fixes potential hitching, and another which makes sure post processing stays enabled.

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Ubisoft will release unannounced AAA IP in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2016 5:41 pm

Ubisoft will release an unannounced AAA IP in 2017, according to the company's Fiscal Year 2017 forecast.




Leading games industry titan Ubisoft will expand its franchise lineup with a brand new AAA IP in 2017, complimenting its Fiscal Year 2017 lineup that includes Watch Dogs 2, South Park: Fractured but Whole, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and For Honor. Ubisoft's FY 2017 ends on April 2017, so all of these games--including the new AAA IP--will be out before then.


Details on the unannounced IP are light, but expect it to be a completely new franchise that's not tethered to any existing series--it won't be an Assassin's Creed game. Ubisoft has yet to publish the transcripts for its FY 2017 earnings call, but we'll be sure to comb the recording to find out any snippets. We could see an unveiling at E3 2016, too.

Google banning payday loan ads

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 12, 2016 3:36 pm

Google is banning payday loan ads which require borrowers to pay back money within 60 days, as well as ads for loans with an annual percentage rate (APR) of 36% or more. As of July 13, they won't be seen on sites served by AdSense, or at least they'll be seen less (Google says it will monitor the effectiveness). Advertisements for mortgage loans, car loans, student loans, commercial loans, and credit lines won't be affected.




The company states such services and advertisements are predatory and can result in borrowers ending up in a worse financial situation than before they took out the loan, a sentiment echoed by others.


"This new policy addresses many of the longstanding concerns shared by the entire civil rights community about predatory payday lending," says Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. "These companies have long used slick advertising and aggressive marketing to trap consumers into outrageously high interest loans - often those least able to afford it."

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: May 12, 2016 3:00 pm



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Radeon 16.5.2 driver is optimized for Doom

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 12, 2016 1:28 pm

AMD's Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.2 drivers are out, and are primarily aimed at those planning on playing Doom when it launches tomorrow.




Apart from optimizations for the id shooter, the drivers include a Crossfire profile for Gearbox's Battleborn, Crossfire fixes for Hitman and League of Legends, and various fixes for Radeon Settings issues, among other things.


For the full list of changes and/or the download, hit the source. If you just want the download, feel free to just grab it through Radeon Settings where it's now live.

EA's 'gigantic action' game will be released sometime in 2020-2021

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2016 12:32 pm

EA has said that it wants to expand into the 'gigantic action' space, because you know - it's not there with its franchises like Battlefield and Titanfall.




EA Studios chief Patrick Soderlund spoke with IGN, saying: "If you look at the biggest segment in our industry, which is action, we don't have a lot. EA is not known to make gigantic action games like Assassin's Creed or Batman or GTA or those types of games that are really big. The strategic direction that we put in motion is to expand our portfolio more into that segment, to see what can we bring to gamers that maybe hasn't been done before".


If anything, EA is going to make an open-world game, with Soderlund teasing: "I'm not suggesting we're going to go after GTA and sell 50 million units. We would love to! But what I'm saying is those types of absolutely AAA, big productions is what we want to do. And I think for us to do that, we need the right people".

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GALAX unveils its GeForce GTX 1080, with a blower-style cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 12, 2016 10:35 am

NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce GTX 1080 is all over the internet right now, with the GALAX branded one being a custom unit with a blower-style unit, which should be formally unveiled at Computex 2016 in two weeks time.





The custom GeForce GTX 1080 video card in the picture above is actually a GTX 1070, but GALAX is definitely teasing its GTX 1080 here - save for the photo of the GTX 1070. GALAX's GeForce GTX 1080 features a blower-style fan design, black shroud and matte black PCB which looks slick as hell. This isn't too bad, as it shouldn't retail for $699 like the GTX 1080 Founder's Edition does, where we expect the price to fall somewhere in the $599-$649 range.

ZOTAC teases its GeForce GTX 1080 PGF, with a modified PCB, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 12, 2016 9:06 am

NVIDIA revealed its next-gen GeForce GTX 1080 video card last week, but if there's an AIB partner I'm excited to see release a custom version, it's ZOTAC. The latest leak on ZOTAC is of their GeForce GTX 1080 PGF, with PGF standing for Prime Gamer Force, and will be ZOTAC's most powerful series.




The first renders of ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 1080 PGF are here, with a huge illuminated backplate, which can be controlled through the new app. A custom PCB looks to be featured, with it being much wider than the reference design, and you can even see the OC+ module at the end of the card like the company's awesome Extreme video cards. But what can all of this additional cooling do? Well, that's where the next image comes into play.




ZOTAC is refreshing its FireStorm overclocking utility, where you can control both cards in SLI, apply 'Z-Elves' presets, and change the animations of the GTX 1080 LEDs. But, look at the overclock on the 8GB of GDDR5X - it's hitting 5650MHz (11.3GHz) with bandwidth of 361GB/sec over its 256-bit memory bus.


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