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The Division's gorgeous 'Snowdrop Engine' detailed in new video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 11:46 am

If there's a game that will make me buy a next-gen console, it will be The Division. The Division's graphics engine, the "Snowdrop Engine" has been detailed in a new video during the VGX show last night.

 

 

It looks absolutely incredible, with some truly jaw dropping detail in virtually all areas. There's the truly next-gen procedural damage, which chips away properly at cars, lights, buildings, and everything else. Dynamic weather and lighting effects, a day/night system which looks gorgeous and so much more. The trailer is above, and it needs your attention, now.

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition headed to next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 10:37 am

During VGX, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was confirmed for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We heard rumors of this, but it has now been confirmed. The new version of the game will be "re-built specifically" for Microsoft and Sony's next-gen consoles.

 

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The Definitive Edition of the game will feature all of the DLC from Tomb Raider, a digital art book, six outfits for Lara, and a digital comic. What I don't get, is why it needs to be "re-built specifically" for the next-gen consoles, if it was released on PC - which is a platform that completely outstrips every console on the market.

 

Unless, the developer is going to crank the graphics up even more - but I don't see that happening. Hopefully I'm surprised, though. What do you think? What do you expect from the Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider on the Xbox One and PS4? Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition hits the next-gen consoles on 1/28 in the US, and 30/1 in Europe.

Telltale Games teases it is working on a Game of Thrones video game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 8:38 am

We did hear a rumor about this a few weeks ago, and it looks like it was true: Telltale Games is working on a video game based on HBO's hit show, Game of Thrones.

 

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We've already seen Telltale Games' runaway success video game adaption of The Walking Dead, but now we'll see an episodic series of Game of Thrones to be released in 2014. Telltale is working with HBO on the game, which should be similar to the TV show, instead of George R. R. Martin's original A Song of Ice and Fire books.

 

Telltale Games' CEO, Dan Connors, said: "We'll be taking advantage of all the fiction to make something great. We're just really getting into it right now and thinking about characters - who has the most at stake, who has the biggest impact on the world."

Check out the new trailer to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 7:30 am

I'll admit it: I haven't played any of The Witcher games, but damn do they look gorgeous. During VGX, CD Projekt Red showed off its latest and greatest trailer to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which you can check out below.

 

 

Impressive, right? This is all in-game driven, and it looks incredible. You've just watched the premiere trailer for the game, with this set to be one of the biggest releases of 2014.

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Samsung teases 'Just for you' video, is this the Galaxy S5?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 5:31 am

Samsung Taiwan has just released a 22-second video, titled 'Just for you'. In the video, the South Korean giant teases a few things: 'Just fit' with a smartphone (the Galaxy S5 I'm guessing) and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

 

 

We also see 'Just simple' with a thin, nice-looking smartphone, 'Just elegant' which teases the beauty of the new device, 'Just fast' with LTE capabilities, and finishes with 'Just for you' and that it is 'coming soon'. There's nothing to go on here, apart from that 22-second tease. I think we're seeing the first marketing tease for the upcoming Galaxy S5, but this could be something else entirely, too.

 

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One thing to note, is that the Galaxy Gear is showing a date of December 9 - should we expect a bigger tease, or better yet, an announcement in just a days time?

Deus Ex: Universe teased for next-gen consoles, not for the Wii U

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 4:34 am

According to the LinkedIn profile of Eidos Montreal's Level Designer, Game Programmer and Lead Rendering Programmer, we should expect the next adventure in the world of Deus Ex, titled Deus Ex: Universe, to skip the Nintendo Wii U, but head the next-gen consoles, and of course, the PC.

 

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Deus Ex: Universe will not be released on the last generation consoles (I can finally type that). There's no ETA at the moment, and no more details, but the biggest point here is that Nintendo's Wii U console is being completely skipped over here. Will this make Wii U owners upset? Probably.

3D-printed pizza? Prepare your stomachs!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 3:38 am

Well, as soon as these things are on store shelves and e-tailers' websites, it looks like I'll gain 100 pounds. Start-up company, Natural Machines, is now working on 3D-printed pizza, using its prototype Foodini food printer.

 

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Natural Machines' Foodini begins the process by pushing dough down through a tight spiral, with the next step using a spiral of tasty red sauce. Cheese and oregano are applied manually, by hand, with the result of the pizza being delicious, and something that Natural Machines says is "so much easier than doing it by hand!"

 

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I don't think it'll be long before we see these types of devices in restaurants around the world, and it would sure as heck help developing countries if these things were deployed on the cheap.

Play.com owner says Wii U will outsell the Xbox One, PS4 over XMAS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 3:08 am

We just reported that Deus Ex: Universe would not be getting released on the Nintendo Wii U, but that won't matter if the owner of Play.com is right with his prediction: that the Wii U will outsell the Xbox One and PS4 this Christmas.

 

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Play.com owner, Rakuten, has said that the Wii U, backed up with the iPad, will sell more units than the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony, even after both of the next-gen consoles have sold over 1 million units each. Rakuten told MCV that it saw a 75% increase in Wii U sales in October, and expects that upwards trend to continue as we move closer to Christmas.

 

The retailer is citing a Twitter analysis, which reveals that the Wii U and iPad are "the most talked about presents for children this Christmas". Play.com added: "The marketplace's social media analysis surprisingly showed that the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles are trailing in second and third place respectively behind the Wii U and iPad. This is despite the fact that both new consoles sold out on Rakuten's Play.com during Black Friday, which have since been restocked. It appears that those on the hunt for the latest consoles are gamers rather than consumers buying for their loved ones."

Xbox One 'backwards compatibility' troll bricks consoles instead

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 2:38 am

There are a bunch of people who have fallen for a pretty serious prank that is spreading itself throughout forums and social networking sites, that is bricking their Xbox One consoles. The picture below is what people are doing - but this is a prank, do not follow these steps!

 

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Gamers, in the hope of adding backwards compatibility to their next-gen Xbox One consoles, are trying to enable dev kit mode, which is bricking some Xbox One consoles. Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb took to Twitter, where he said "to be clear there is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible & performing steps to attempt this could make your console inoperable."

Google to launch Android-powered set-top box next year, as 'Nexus TV'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 7, 2013 5:36 am

Google is pushing Android into new markets every few months, but it doesn't want to give up the living room just yet. A new rumor has crawled out of The Information's Amir Efrati, who has an anonymous Google employee leaking details out to him.

 

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We should expect a "Nexus TV" device that would run Android, and be capable of streaming video from services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, as well as play some games, of course. The Google-made Android set-top box isn't something new, it's something we've heard a bout for quite some time now. But, CES 2014 is right around the corner, so could 2014 be the time Google takes over the living room? Maybe.

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