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3 great Xbox 360 titles become Xbox One compatible

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Microsoft has added three new games to their Backwards Compatibility Program list as of October 13, with the latest additions to join the transformation from Xbox 360 are: Silent Hill: Downpour, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, and Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords.




Each title was announced via Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb Twitter account, where he stated that the games were now eligible for Xbox One. As similar to other backwards altered games, if users already own any of these titles on Xbox 360, they will automatically be available in their Xbox One library. If not the games will cost the following:


  • Puzzle Quest: $10
  • Eat Lead: $15
  • Silent Hill: Downpour: $20

    This game drop comes as the second one for this week recently following the release of Jurassic Park: The Game, Battlestations: Midway, Dragon's Lair, and Tour de France 201, launched for compatibility only days ago.

    Dark Souls 3 DLC trailer showcases new content and modes

    By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

    Dark Souls III developer Bandai Namco has recently published a new game trailer for the title's first expansion pack, 'Ashes of Ariandel.' The DLC debuts on October 25 and is the first of two expansions planned for Dark Souls III for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.



    The game trailer provided showcases so much more than just visual perfection. From the new PvP mode, to incredible map surroundings, those watching the preview can get a first-hand look at the game's exclusive content. New weapons, armor sets, and magic elements are amongst some of the featured items seen in newest expansion.


    The Ashes of Ariandel DLC will cost players $15 and will include a $25 season pass. The DLC will be released at the same time around the world so no gamer gets to miss out, as the second expansion is expected in early 2017.

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    Samsung outs its new Chromebook Pro premium laptop

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

    Google hasn't unveiled their new Chromebook Pro laptops yet, an expected high-end Chromebook unveiling that is meant to arrive later this month. Before that, Samsung has accidentally teased the Chromebook Pro on their own website, but it was quickly edited and removed - after Chrome Unboxed managed to get some system specs.




    Codename Kevin is Google's purported Chromebook Pro, which features a 12.3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2400x1600 (234 PPI, 400 nets, 3:2 ratio) that is a Lenovo Yoga-like device with the screen capable of being rotated 360 degrees, turning it into a 12.3-inch tablet. Inside, there'll be an ARM-based 8-core processor at 2GHz, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of local flash storage on top.




    Samsung's upcoming Chromebook Pro will reportedly rock an all-aluminum chassis with curved edges, weighing just 2.38 pounds and 13.9mm at its thickest point. Battery life wise we're being told to expect around 10 hours, while it should hit shelves on October 24 at only $499 - tablet pricing, with the power of a laptop.

    PlayStation VR sales in 'hundreds of thousands' of units

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

    Sony has finally launched its PlayStation VR headset, but how successful has it been so far? Quite successful according to Sony Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe President and Chief Executive, Jim Ryan, who recently spoke with CNBC about the launch of PSVR.




    Ryan said that PSVR launch sales have been in the "many hundreds of thousands", but didn't provide any specific numbers. He did say that interest in PlayStation VR was "significant" based on pre-order data, with the PSVR headset sold out in countless places, with Amazon UK saying they won't have orders caught up until sometime in December.


    He also said that protection for PSVR is going well, saying: "We have made decisions to further increase capacity at the back end of 2016 and into 2017, so there are going to be a lot of PlayStation VRs around the world, whether that's enough to satisfy the demands of the market, we'll see".


    Check out all of our PlayStation VR content right here.

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    Pixvana unveils 10K resolution VR video player, platform

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

    We've just reported that during Valve's recent Steam Dev Days event, cloud-based VR video company Pixvana announced their new solution for publishing and streaming 360-degree video at up to 10K resolution.



    Pixvana's new 10K resolution goodness will be streaming up to 10K video from the cloud, directly to your VR headset, under something called Pixvana SPIN. Pixvana is aiming to make 360-degree videos much better quality, developing multiple new technologies since they emerged from nowhere last December.




    Part of their 10K arsenal is a new Field Of View Adaptive Streaming (FOVAS) technology that will increase video quality while reducing the bandwidth required for super high-res 360-degree content. Pixvana claims that they can deliver up to 100 megapixels worth of image quality within your field of view while reducing the required data by up to 70%. Pixvana's co-founder and CEO Forest Key explains: "FOVAS is like swapping your old standard definition set for a 4K TV".

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    Shadow Warrior 2 is one of the best PC games of 2016

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

    Flying Wild Hog has one of the best games on the PC in 2016, with Shadow Warrior 2 an excellent evolution of its reboot of Shadow Warrior from a few years ago. The developer has crafted one of the most customizable, and best-looking games of the year - not only that, but it includes 21:9 aspect ratio support for UltraWide monitors, SLI/CrossFire support for multi-GPU owners, and more.



    Shadow Warrior 2 is also the world's first game to utilize NVIDIA's exciting new Multi-Res Shading technology, which is explained in the video above.




    Here's an image showing how Multi-Res Shading works, where the direct center of the screen is rendered at 100% of the screen resolution, while the surrounding border is running at 60% of the resolution.



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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, 5 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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