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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 cores released, looks at the GTX 570 and wonders why it still exists

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 30, 2011 1:24 am

NVIDIA have always been kings of the mid-range GPUs and the release of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 cores is no different. Released at a time when the world needs a new superhero, I mean, GPU, is perfect.

 

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Battlefield 3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Saints Row The Third. Batman: Arkham City. Just to name a few. Mid-range graphics cards are always the most popular, as they offer the most price/performance. I won't go into the 448-cored GTX 560, as our gloriously awesome VGA Editor, Shane Baxtor, has gone into it in better detail which you can check out here.

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Download of the Day: CCleaner 3.13.1600

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 29, 2011 12:39 pm

Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 3.13.1600.

 

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

 

Cleans the following:

 

• Internet Explorer

• Firefox

• Google Chrome

• Opera

• Safari

• Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.

• Registry cleaner

• Third-party applications

• 100% Spyware FREE

 

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Apple were fighting Target for fourth most-visited site on Black Friday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 29, 2011 11:27 am

Black Friday has come and gone, so how did Apple fare? They were the fifth most-trafficked retailer on Black Friday, but were the only individual product brand to reach the top ranks among the major big-box retailers.

 

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Apple were fifth only to some pretty large companies, consisting of Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Amazon. This is according to a comScore report that analyzed online shopping trends the day after Thanksgiving. Andrew Lipsman, an analyst at comScore said:

 

Apple has not historically been in the top five - in fact, this is the first time I can remember.

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2K Australia is known once again as 2K Australia, confirmed to be working on BioShock Infinite

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2011 10:30 am

Just days ago, 2K Marin had a Canberra, Australia-based arm to help with development. This studio is now working with former sister studio Irrational Games on BioShock Infinite. Irrational Studios boss Ken Levine said when asked for a comment:

 

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We had a number of open positions on BioShock Infinite. When we found out our former sister studio 2K Australia was becoming available, we thought they would perfectly fill those roles. If every decision was this easy...

 

Then we have a history lesson, in 2007, Irrational Games was bought by Take-Two, just before the release of BioShock. Just before this, the studio was split apart and renamed 2K Boston and 2K Australia. Since this time, 2K Boston has become Irrational Games, but 2K Australia was skipped. 2K Australia helped 2K Marin on BioShock 2, after which 2K Australia became 2K Marin, but based in Australia. After this, they helped with the XCOM reboot.

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Titanic recreated in CryENGINE 3, there are no words for how amazing this looks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2011 9:27 am

Whatever you're doing right now, stop it. Give yourself exactly five minutes and fifty five seconds of freedom to watch the below video. ORM Entertainment have been working [hard] on a simulator called Titanic: Lost in the Darkness and by beard of Zeus does it look truly beautiful.

 

 

The simulator began as a mod for Crysis, but has been updated, refined and reiterated upon until eventually being moved to CryENGINE 3, where it has hit the big time by looking absolutely mouth-wateringly beautiful. Completely jaw dropping at every turn, it makes me want a game made in the Titanic world, with the 1920s era weapons.

 

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Watch the video above, preferably in 1080p and have your sock off, because if you have them on, they'll get blown off anyway.

Skyrim 1.2 Patch for PS3 is available right now, will be available in 2 days for PC/Xbox 360

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2011 8:47 am

Skyrim has received a 1.2 patch for the PS3 version of the game, which fixes a whole heap of annoying issues and strange bugs. PC or Xbox 360 Skyrim gamer? You'll have to wait 48 hours for your patch.

 

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The 1.2 notes are below:

 

Improved occasional performance issues resulting from long term play (PlayStation 3)

Fixed issue where textures would not properly upgrade when installed to drive (Xbox 360)

Fixed crash on startup when audio is set to sample rate other than 44100Hz (PC)

Fixed issue where projectiles did not properly fade away

Fixed occasional issue where a guest would arrive to the player's wedding dead

Dragon corpses now clean up properly

Fixed rare issue where dragons would not attack

Fixed rare NPC sleeping animation bug

Fixed rare issue with dead corpses being cleared up prematurely

Skeleton Key will now work properly if player has no lockpicks in their inventory

Fixed rare issue with renaming enchanted weapons and armor

Fixed rare issue with dragons not properly giving souls after death

ESC button can now be used to exit menus (PC)

Fixed occasional mouse sensitivity issues (PC)

General functionality fixes related to remapping buttons and controls (PC)

3DMark Benchmark is coming to Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Nov 29, 2011 8:20 am

I can see it now. Samsung's Galaxy Nexus handset is propped open, LN2 is used and they've overclocked it to insane levels. New 3DMark for Android record achieved! Futuremark only two weeks ago announced 3DMark for Windows 8 and today comes the announcement in my inbox of 3DMark for Android.

 

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Futuremark have said that the results from these two benchmarks will actually be comparable, so I would definitely like to know how that will happen. 3DMark for Android is currently in development with an ETA of sometime in 2012. 3DMark for Android (which is a working title by the way) will:

 

Measures gaming performance using rendering, CPU and physics tests.

- Stunning real-time graphics push the OpenGL ES API to the limit.

- Complementary online service to compare results between devices.

- Results will be comparable with 3DMark for Windows 8.

- Currently in development, expected to be released in 2012.

Rovio rejected $2.25 billion acquisition offer by Zynga

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 29, 2011 7:27 am

Rovio, the team behind the phenomenally successful Angry Birds, allegedly rejected a $2.25 billion acquisition offer from Zynga over the summer. The news comes from a New York Times piece of how Zynga's tough corporate culture may gush talent as soon as unhappy employees with stock make some money on the IPO.

 

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Zynga also reportedly lost out on acquiring PopCap Games also, which it tried to wave a sweet billion dollars under the noses of the company. In the end, Electronic Arts took PopCap under their wing for just $750 million with performance bonuses.

 

For Zynga to offer PopCap games more money, and still lose out, it says a lot about their employee perception problem. I do like what Joystiq had to say with "At least Zynga execs can dry their tears with thousand dollar bills." Sums it up nicely.

RumorTT: Kinect 2 will be able to lip read?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2011 6:27 am

Microsoft's next-generation Kinect 2 is set to receive a hefty upgrade in specs, which will allow it to be so accurate, it could lip read. Yes, lip read. Kinect 2 will also offer improved motion sensing and voice recognition.

 

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Eurogamer was told by a development source that Kinect 2 will be so powerful it will be enable games to lip read, detect when players are angry, and determine in which direction they are facing. Kinect 2 should also have the ability to track the pitch and volume of player voices and facial characteristics to measure different emotional states.

 

Current Kinect technology is held back by USB technology as it has to pass data through the ageing technology. Kinect launched in November 2010 with the depth sensor set to 30 frames per second and a 320x240 resolution limit. The USB interface is capable of roughly 35MB/sec but is artificially held back to use only 15/16MB/sec because multiple USB devices can be used at once on the Xbox 360.

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PS Vita memory card prices are set to PS people off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2011 5:30 am

See what I did with the news title there? For those of you who want to get your hands on Sony's NGP, PS Vita, you might want to save some of the Christmas money because they're set to be expensive.

 

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Sony opted for a proprietary PS Vita memory card, as it's not an industry-standard SD card, or even Sony's own Memory Stick. Now pricing has arrived and it's quite... disappointing. GameStop has posted some retail pricing of four of the Vita memory cards, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and finally, 32GB, with prices of $29.99, $44.99, $69.99 and $119.99, respectively.

 

Really, Sony? You haven't been through enough over the last few years with your Memory Stick crap, and especially in the last few months with the various Sony PSN network hacks? I expected more.

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