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PAX Australia 2016 has a dedicated VR freeplay area

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

PAX Australia 2016 kicks off in Melbourne next month, and it will be the first time that hte gaming convention will have an entire dedicated VR freeplay area, so that gamers can play the latest games on VR on the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR headsets.




Australian retailer Harvey Norman and their Harvey Norman Games Hub are sponsoring the VR Freeplay Area, with VR headsets from the major HMD makers, and some green-screen VR setups and even Virtuix Omni treadmills. Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade and PAX: "VR dominates the headlines, yet most people have never had the chance to try it out. Trying that technology for the first time is a magical experience, and we're glad to offer that moment to the tens of thousands of attendees coming to PAX Aus".


PAX Australia is a great event, running for 3 days between November 4-6, with tickets still available. We'll be there (and with a team, this time!) so if you want to catch up and say hi - let me know in the comments below! I'll be doing FB Live video from the event, so feel free to come by and say hello IRL.

Valve teases 10K resolution 360-degree video on Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Valve is hedging its bets for 360-degree content, wanting to deliver even higher quality 360-degree video to consumers on VR headsets, just like their own HTC Vive headset.




During the recent Steam Dev Days event, Valve talked about its collaboration with video streaming services Pixvana and Akamai, where they'll be delivering adaptive 360-degree video streaming that will provide between 8K and 10K video quality using the same bandwidth as 1080p.


How will Valve cram up to 10K resolution content through the same bandwidth required for 1080p, but Pixvana's technology uses "adaptive bitrates for video delivery, depending on the user's direction of gaze. In other words, it drops the quality of the video stream for the angles you're not currently looking at" reports Road to VR, which is very similar if not identical to how NVIDIA does it with their new Multi-Res Shading technology, which just debuted for the first time in Shadow Warrior 2.

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Mafia 3's new patch arrives on the PC, weighs 1.2GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Mafia 3 has been a mess ever since it launched, but developer Hangar 13 has to be commended on their adaptiveness to patching the game. The developer has pushed out yet another update for Mafia 3, with this new patch weighing 1.2GB.




The new Mafia 3 hotfix is for the blurry rendering (how did it launch like this?), and other general stability. The developer notes: "We just rolled out a hotfix on PC that addresses blurry rendering for some players, and other stability improvements.We're still working on more fixes for Mafia III and will share more details in the coming week. Thanks for the feedback!".


The latest patch released by Hangar 13 for the PC version of Mafia 3 unlocked the frame rate, which was locked before (again, why was it launched like this?). Hangar 13 explained: "This patch includes 30, 60, and unlimited frames-per-second options on PC. To select your framerate, just head to the display menu in-game. Just make sure to tailor the framerate settings to the power of your machine. This patch also includes improvements to keyboard remapping, so head to the controls menu to check out the options. Note: this patch resets keyboard mapping to default, so any changes you made to the controls previously will need to be customized after installing the patch".

4K remastered 'Star Wars' fan project gets underway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

While 'Star Wars' fans wait for for an official 1080p Blu-ray edition of the original trilogy, minus all the extra CG stuff that George Lucas added for the 1997 special edition versions, it looks like a new team of film preservationists are taking it upon themselves to do the same - in 4K.



Unlike the film preservation effort that the now disbanded Team Negative One undertook for the 35mm Silver Screen edition of the original film last year, this new effort dubbed '4K77' will scan multiple copies of existing 35mm prints and present the film in 4K. Many of the former Team Negative One are believed to be contributing to the project.


No current word on when we might see the labor of their love, but next year's 40th anniversary of the original 'Star Wars' film seems to be an entirely fitting time.

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Red Dead: Retribution found on Rockstar's website

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

UPDATE: Seems this is a huge false alarm, folks, apologies for that. It's incredibly easy to fake something like this, and I was able to replicate the same results as the YouTuber. So don't expect Red Dead 3 to be called "Red Dead: Retribution." A quick update: Rockstar posts another Red Dead 3 teaser that hints towards the Legends of the Old West prequel rumors.




Rockstar Games almost broke the internet by teasing a new Red Dead game, and now we have concrete evidence that it'll be called Red Dead: Retribution.




After months of waiting and teasing, we finally have some actual evidence of Red Dead 3. As you all know, Rockstar Games recently teased the game across social media and its website, and YouTuber PsychKyle found something quite interesting in the source code on Rockstar's mainsite: a direct mention of "Red Dead: Retribution." The source code is now missing from the site.


This clashes with the reports and rumors that Red Dead 3 would be called "Legends of the Old West" and feature classic gunslingers from the time, but we still have strong reason to believe the game will be a prequel rather than a direct sequel to Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Rockstar Games teases Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement

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

Rockstar Games had a surprising hit in its hands with Red Dead Redemption, but gamers have been dying for a sequel for a while now, and out of the blue - the developer has teased an announcement through the use of its iconic logo on the official Rockstar Games Twitter page.




The developer also teased the red logo on its Facebook and official website, throwing out the yellow and black, or the white one it usually uses. The visual side of Red Dead Redemption was... well... red, used in a bunch of the promotional artwork for the game. Now that Rockstar is going on the marketing offensive with a red-themed tease, we can only expect an announcement or reveal of Red Dead Redemption 2 very soon.

The new iPhone is just a 'clear piece of glass', with AI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Apple changed the entire technology industry with the release of the original iPhone, and then plotted along with some good upgrades through to the iPhone 4, which did it again. Since then, Apple has been behind - and falling more and more behind to the likes of Google's new Pixel smartphone, and Samsung's various, and sometimes explosive, smartphones.




According to Robert Scoble, an entrepreneur and the co-founder of UploadVR (amongst a truly scroll-worthy list of achievements, partnerships, past employers, startups and more) said on his Facebook page: "Just had a source that I trust tell me it is a clear piece of glass. With the compute in a strip at the bottom". He added that translating this talk of it being an all-glass wonderous next level device into saying that the iPhone 8 does mixed reality, VR, AR and AI.


Scoble's source also talked about Siri, asking him "why did sell to Samsung? I know the founders didn't want to do that". He said that Apple showed the founders their new Siri for "mixed reality", and what Scoble said next put shivers up my spine... adding "and the game was over". sold to Samsung, and Samsung continued on into the Galaxy S7 and Note 7, and eventually whatever phones they released in 2017.

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Battlefield 1 running at 4K 60FPS maxed out on Titan X

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

EA DICE has done an amazing job on Battlefield 1, which has some super-engaging multiplayer that we've come to expect, but the single-player is done in a very different way, and it's awesome. How am I playing it so early?


Well, for Origin Access members that pay $6.99 per month (which you can still do right now...) you get early access to certain games, and Battlefield 1 is one of them. You only get 10 hours of play time, but that's enough for some multiplayer battles and a quick squizz at the single-player goodness.



I've captured some gameplay footage from Battlefield 1, cranking along at 4K 60FPS on a single NVIDIA Titan X graphics card.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake has 'vastly different' combat

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Square Enix has already confirmed Final Fantasy VII: Remake's combat system won't be ATB-based like the original game, instead favoring a new action-oriented system similar to Final Fantasy 15. Now game director Tetsuya Nomura delivers more details about the remake's combat, promising the team will deliver specifics quite soon.



"The battles in [the FF7 Remake] have greatly changed from the original, since they're something with more action in them," Nomura said in an interview with Japanese publication Dengenki PlayStation. "The battle system in Final Fantasy VII Remake is also vastly different, so I think we need to communicate very clearly just how exactly battles will work. We're currently in the middle of elevating various aspects up to finished quality."


While fans are excited about the Final Fantasy VII: Remake, the prospect of huge in-game changes has garnered mixed impressions. Final Fantasy VII is regarded by millions of gamers as a masterpiece, and has a huge cult following, but Square Enix won't be issuing a straight remaster: the game will have some pretty huge changes and overhauls alongside its new HD graphics. "We've heard a lot of fans also say that they want to play the game with the original ATB style, but for the remake we're proceeding toward an action-heavy style. Of course, we've added systems that future fans will be able to enjoy, so people who are bad at action-style battles, please don't worry."

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Ubisoft release the soundtrack for Just Dance 2017

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

To the gamers who love to bust a move this one comes fresh off the press! The latest announcement for Ubisoft's 'Just Dance 2017' is the unveiling of the brand new song line-up featuring numerous genres and eras of music like never before.




The base game soundtrack will contain 40 songs including smash hits by artists: Queen, Maroon 5, Sia, Justin Bieber, Beyonce and much more. This makes the track list one of the most diverse line-ups for the game with over 200 songs in total with the addition of 'Just Dance Unlimited.'


Gamers who have already subscribed to the Ubisoft service will be happy to know that the company will be continuing its exclusive content and tracks throughout the year via the Unlimited offer. Though this will only be available for current generation consoles, so Xbox 360 and PS3 players will unfortunately, miss out on the extra content. Customers who have registered or are considering will receive a free 3-month subscription to Unlimited for only $5 a month. A pretty cheap way to work out those dance moves.

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