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Crytek unveil new CryEngine, includes Wii U support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 7:30 am

Crytek has announced a next-gen CryEngine, which is an evolution of their top-tier graphics engine. Crytek has taken this launch with a different attitude, offering commercial game licensees with up-to-date access to the latest features that CryEngine has to offer.

 

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The new CryEngine has support for current and next generation platforms, including the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and the most surprising of all: Nintendo's Wii U. This is a surprising move, considering EA won't be releasing any Frostbite-powered games on Nintendo's 'next-gen' console. Hopefully Wii U-based developers will jump onto using the new CryEngine, and fast.

Windows 8.1 build 9477 leaked online, is a near-final version

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 6:28 am

Microsoft's "oh crap, we'd better update our new OS because everyone hates it" otherwise known as Windows 8, is to soon get updated to Windows 8.1, but now there's a new leaked version online in the form of build 9477.

 

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Windows 8.1 build 9477 was seeded to OEMs three weeks ago, and has since leaked online. Microsoft will unleash Windows 8.1 to the world on October 18, and will be a free downloadable update to those running Windows 8. Windows 8 build 9477 is in Chinese, and "available online". This should be one of the last leaks we'll see, but there have been sightings of build 9484, too.

 

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We're close, and hopefully consumers enjoy Windows 8.1 more because if not, it looks like Windows 9 could take a big step backwards, or a totally different jump forwards.

Microsoft: Xbox One and Kinect 'are not separate systems'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 5:35 am

Microsoft is committing to pushing Kinect down the throats, or living rooms, of every single Xbox One owner, where corporate VP Phil Harrison telling CVG during an interview that Microsoft's upcoming next-gen console will never be sold without Kinect.

 

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Harrison went as far as stating that the Xbox One "is Kinect", adding that "they are not separate systems." Harrison said he currently owns the NSA spy box gaming console, saying that it's a "very magical experience" to power up the console through a voice command and load his profile. He added: "They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem."

 

He continued: "It makes you think about your relationship with technology in a slightly different way. It's personal. It makes you think, I wish more devices would do this."

LG ups ante on mobile displays, unveils new 5.5-inch 538 PPI panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 4:35 am

Well, LG, where did this come from, eh? The South Korean giant has just announced that it's developed a new 5.5-inch display that crams in an insane 538 pixels per inch.

 

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This sets a new record for pixel density in smartphones, with the closest panel in something like the HTC One having 'just' (we can say that now) 468 PPI, and the iPhone 5 having a now dismal 326 PPI. LG has also said that the new 5.5-inch high-pixel panel is "only 1.21 millimeters thin with a 1.2 millimeter bezel measured in LCD modules."

 

This achievement makes it thinner than any other display... in the world. 538 PPI on a 5.5-inch panel gives us a resolution of 2560x1440, on a mobile phone, which is the same resolution of the monitor I'm writing this news on. Crazy stuff. Life must be Good at LG right now.

US-based League of Legends servers hacked, password reset implemented

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 4:05 am

Something that just hit my inbox minutes ago is from Riot Games, announcing that they've had their US-based servers hacked. The attack didn't hit all of its servers, but just a 'portion' of its US servers.

 

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The hackers were able to access usernames, e-mail addresses, salted password hashes, and some first and last names. Riot Games is also investigating that approximately 120,000 transaction records from 2011 that contained hashed and salted credit card numbers has been accessed. The League of Legends developer is contacting these players to alert them.

 

In order to hopefully escape more issues, Riot Games will require players in the US to change their passwords within the next 24 hours. Once this time hits, you'll be automatically prompted to change your password anyway.

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Sony announces new PS3 to PS4 game upgrade program

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 3:06 am

Today, Sony announced a new trade-in program that will allow users to upgrade recent PlayStation 3 games to their PlayStation 4 versions at a significantly discounted price--around $10. This is similar to what GameStop and Amazon announced earlier this week for Xbox 360 games.

 

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Games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs, and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag are on the list, and Sony's President Andrew House said that Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Warner Bros. are all on board right now for the program and we can expect other games to be added to the list in the near future. No mention was made on how long the promotion would run for or even how the program will work. As always, when we know more, we will be sure to pass along the information.

Mad Catz unleashes new force feedback racing wheel for Xbox One

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 2:04 am

Today, Mad Catz announced the launch of its new Force Feedback Racing Wheel designed to work exclusively on Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One gaming console. Mad Catz says that the wheel has been specifically designed to offer the most authentic driving experience one can possibly have on an Xbox One.

 

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The steering wheel has been CNC machined out of aluminum and then wrapped in genuine suede leather to provide a solid yet comfortable experience. Furthermore, the wheel is packed full of technology, including dual next-generation force feedback motors and high precision buttons, to ensure the highest performance possible. If that wasn't enough, the entire steering wheel is removable in the event the user wishes to upgrade in the future.

 

Mad Catz says that Force Feedback Racing Wheel is ideal for games such as Forza Motorsports 5 or any of the next-generation racing games coming to the Xbox One this fall. The kit also includes a fully adjustable pedal set that allows users to adjust the spring resistance, height, and even spacing on the gas and brake pedals. No information was provided on pricing or availability, but we do know that the Force Feedback Racing Wheel from Mad Catz will launch this holiday season.

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ROCCAT debuts Kave XTD, a new 5.1 surround digital gaming headset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 1:03 am

During the Gamescom event being held in Germany this week, ROCCAT Studios announced the addition of a new high-quality gaming headset to its lineup of gaming peripherals. The new ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 digital gaming headset is the successor to ROCCAT's Kave 5.1.

 

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The company says that the new Kave XTD is based on community and customer feedback and that the new headset builds on foundations laid by the original headset by improving existing features and integrating completely new innovations of its own. The headset features a fully-equipped desktop remote that integrates a built-in premium 5.1 sound card. Additionally, ROCCAT Smart Link technology is built-in. This technology lets the user pair their smartphone to the remote via Bluetooth. This new feature allows users to make and receive calls through the headset while gaming.

 

The remote also features built-in 5.1 speaker ports, which allow users to hook up their existing sound systems and easily toggle between the headset and speaker output without having to change settings in the PC software controls. ROCCAT says that the Kave XTD 5.1 provides a true, rich 5.1 surround sound. The headset features three driver units per ear cup, which are aligned at a 12 degree angle. This allows the headset to deliver an immersive and crisp sound while weighing 25 percent less than its predecessor.

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Mad Catz launches S.T.R.I.K.E 3 gaming keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 12:07 am

Today, Mad Catz announced the launch of the newest addition to its gaming peripheral lineup. The new edition is a gaming keyboard which goes by the name S.T.R.I.K.E 3. Mad Catz says that the keyboard is an ideal entry into the world of competitive gaming and that it is set up to appease all gamers no matter what their favorite genre of gaming is.

 

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"The S.T.R.I.K.E.3 demonstrates our commitment to providing gamers with a product range that meets their budgets and exceeds their expectations," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "Our range of S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards has captured the imagination of passionate gamers and we are pleased to expand the range with the S.T.R.I.K.E.3."

 

The keyboard features customizable backlighting, programmable macro keys, and precise key response to help give you an advantage over the competition. The S.T.R.I.K.E 3 features a full RGB backlight that is capable of displaying over 16 million customizable colors. Additionally, full media controls and a removable wrist rest are featured to provide the perfect level of comfort for today's professional gamer.

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Supermicro displays new motherboards

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 21, 2013 11:58 pm

Supermicro stopped by during the Flash Memory Summit 2013 with their latest range of motherboards.

 

 

Supermicro flaunted their latest enterprise motherboard with 10 PCIe 3.0 slots, and a standard EATX board. They also displayed their new consumer motherboard for enthusiasts.

 

Supermicro is moving into the client space and bringing intense validation and stress testing to ATX motherboards.

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