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Disaster strikes in Pixar's 'Cars 3' teaser trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Disney/Pixar's 2006 CG animated feature 'Cars' overcome production problems to become a solid hit, grossing $460 million worldwide and while the 2011 sequel did even better than that, it wasn't well regarded by fans for its change in story. Today's teaser trailer for 'Cars 3' looks to change tack again, with a dramatic shift that promises "everything will change".



According to Variety, the film will feature the return of the iconic red speeder Lightning McQueen, where he struggles to compete against a new generation of race cars. Voice artists Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt and Cheech Marin are all set to return.


'Cars 3' is set to hit cinemas in 2D and 3D in June 2017.

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Square Enix to remove all leaked Final Fantasy 15 videos

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

Much to the disdain of Square Enix, who has labored on the game for quite some time, retailers have sold early copies of Final Fantasy 15 ahead of the game's November 29 simultaneous worldwide launch. As a result, the devs promise to do everything they can to block and remove all early and leaked gameplay footage to prevent spoilers.




One of the major milestones for Final Fantasy 15 was ensuring that the game released for every region in the world at the same time, which is an incredible feat for any publisher. Now that the team has not only mastered the final game but also locked down the simultaneous worldwide release, Square Enix is happily looking forward to the game's launch.


Sadly, many retailers in certain regions like the United Arab Emirates are selling early copies of Final Fantasy 15. Game Director Hajime Tabata is asking anyone who has an early copy not to upload footage, and pledges that he will do everything in his power to block the early footage that pops up online: "We will also do everything in our capacity to prevent unauthorized footage from appearing online. We would also like to ask anybody that has obtained an early copy of the game to be respectful to those that are looking forward to the official release and to not spoil the surprises for everyone," Tabata said in a prepared statement.


Read Also: Final Fantasy XV has gone gold, will have online co-op

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Square Enix explains the basics of Final Fantasy 15

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

After a decade of waiting, fans will be able to enjoy Final Fantasy 15 in just eight short days. To prepare gamers for their epic journey into the magical world of Eos, Square Enix has dropped a new primer trailer that highlights the main points about their massive new RPG adventure.



Here at TweakTown we've extensively covered Final Fantasy 15 in the attempt to shed more light on the huge game, and if you've kept up with our coverage, you probably already have a great idea of what the game is about. Even still, it's great to see Square Enix roll out this kind of "101 Trailer" to break the game down into easily digestible chunks.


Read Also: All the Final Fantasy 15 gameplay footage you could ever want


The video highlights basic features and content found in the game, setting up the storyline, the quests and adventures, gameplay mechanics like dialogue and action-based combat and magic, and even showcases the recreational content like fishing and the like. Keep in mind the game will be absolutely massive, clocking in at some 200 hours to completely master.

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Final Fantasy 15's day-one update adds new content

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

Unlike most games of the "next-gen" console gaming era, Final Fantasy 15's day-one update will be entirely optional, but if you choose to grab it you'll enjoy a bunch of nifty extra features.




One of the big things that FF15 game director Hajime Tabata was concerned about was making the game run properly without a day-one update. To do so, Square Enix had to delay the game and give the team enough time to fully "master" the main game, which they have done. Now the studio has taken more time to offer even more optimizations in the form of an optional day-one "Crown Update," which includes free content including scenes that tether Kingslaive and FF15 together, the ability to upload screenshots Prompto takes in-game to Twitter and Facebook, and a number of enhancements and bug fixes.


Square Enix affirms that the day one update "is the result of some additional time for development since mastering the full game, and provides a variety of updates, minor bug fixes and new features to greatly enhance the overall story and gameplay experience."

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GTA V players enjoy finding creative ways to kill NPCs

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

Killing NPCs has always been a macabre past-time in every open-world game, especially the Grand Theft Auto games. Slaughtering random characters in video games is nothing new; almost every game does it in some form, but its the open-world games that allow for a kind of morbid creativity to foster. The most ambitious of these, Grand Theft Auto V, has pushed this past-time into high gear, with players adopting a newfound interest in showing their creativity with bloody NPC kill videos.



In this day and age it's very easy to broadcast and post your in-game feeds, so it's no surprise that GTA V gamers are posting up tons of their favorite "kill cam" or "most brutal kill" videos. These videos are popular, pushing the past-time into a new evolution, and tons of gamers are competing with one another to find new inventive ways to kill NPCs. A portion of these videos are extremely popular, ranking in the tens of millions of views, showing just how alive and well this fascination with torturing in-game characters actually is.


Most of the time, players find killing NPCs to be humorous. Sometimes it's about pushing the limits of the in-game world to see what you can do, and who you can do it to. I think we've all done things like this, and I think this kind of thing happens when there's a big lull in any kind of singleplayer DLC for open-world games like GTA V: but even with all the DLC in the world, people would still occupy themselves with this past-time, playing a kind of virtual god in their own sphere of influence.

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ASUS' new gaming laptop rocks liquid-cooled GTX 1080 SLI

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

ASUS today introduced the insane ROG GX800 gaming laptop that rocks dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080s with liquid-cooling, a 4K UHD display, and other enthusiast-grade specs.




The ASUS ROG GX800 is the "world's most powerful Windows 10 Professional gaming laptop" and the "world's first gaming laptop to provide real 4K UHD gameplay" thanks to its high-end specifications. The ROG GX800 taps its liquid-cooled Hydro Overclocking System add-on dock for extreme overclocking across the board: the laptop's onboard Intel i7 6820HK can hit 4.2GHz and its dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080s to hit 1961MHz and VRAM overclocked to 5200MHz with the liquid-cooling add-on, and RAM can be OC'ed to 2800MHz.




The ROG GX800 rocks a 60Hz 18.4-inch 16:9 LED 4K IPS G-Sync display with 100% Adobe RGB, with its internal components clocking in with an Intel Core i7 6820HK Processor, up to 64GB of 2800Mhz DDR4 RAM, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI with 16GB of GDDR5X VRAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD with support for up to three M.2 PCIe-based SSDs in RAID 0. The performance notebook also features a full ROG Aura RGB mechanical keyboard.

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PS4 Pro held back by Jaguar CPU, here's the proof

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

When Sony announced its new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro would launch with mismatched hardware--a powerful new AMD Radeon Polaris GPU alongside the woefully outdated Jaguar CPU--we predicted the inevitable bottlenecking would occur. Lo and behold, we've just received some new evidence on the PS4 Pro's CPU.




Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has identified a clear instance where the PlayStation 4 Pro's CPU is preventing adequate performance, mainly in frame rates. Batman: Arkham City and Arkham Asylum actually have native PS4 Pro without any Forward Compatibility patches or updates, but their enhancements have been added stealthily and are solely focused at boosting raw performance; the upgrades are unoptimized and not very streamlined, with some scenes being entirely based on the PS4 Pro's overclocked 2.1GHz Jaguar CPU instead of the Polaris GPU, which more than doubles the original PS4's graphics processing power.


Digital Foundry finds that the scenes that only tap the PS4 Pro's 2.1GHz Jaguar CPU only provide a minimal bump in FPS, with one scene hitting just a 6FPS bump, which actually directly corresponds to the 31% boost in the CPU's overclock. The publication hints that if the PS4 Pro had a more optimized and powerful CPU, these specific scenes would have better frame rates.

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Elon Musk to launch 4425 satellites for global internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Elon Musk is getting closer to being the real life Tony Stark, with his private rocket launch service SpaceX requesting permission from the government to launch a "massive satellite network that would provide high-speed, global internet coverage", reports Reuters.




SpaceX would eventually launch 4425 satellites, with Musk predicting it would cost at least $10 billion, and that was nearly two years ago when he first announced the project in January 2015. The latest details on the project include technical detailed of the proposed network, but there isn't a mention of the costs involved.


The financial backers of SpaceX include Alphabet's Google Inc and Fidelity Investments, who have pumped over $1 billion into Elon Musk's space company. SpaceX will launch around 800 satellites at first, which will cover the United Spaces, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. SpaceX said in technical documents that it filed to the government: "The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users worldwide".


SpaceX will launch their satellites into orbits ranging from 714 miles to 823 miles, or 1150-1325 km above the Earth, with each satellite at the size of an average car. The satellites will be solar-powered, and weigh 850 pounds (386 kg).

4K content make its way to Google Play Movies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Google Play Music is finally getting with the times, adding 4K content onto its store front, but you'll only be able to access the high-res movies with the 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra, and a 4K TV.




We should also expect 4K-capable devices that run Android TV like NVIDIA's kick ass Shield, and the new Xiaomi Mi Box to work with Google Play Movies and the 4K content, too. When you go to buy or rent a movie, there is now a "Rent UHD" or "Buy UHD" option next to the SD/HD options.


The 4K content isn't in all regions right now, but we should expect that to happen in the coming weeks and months.

Battlefield 1 visual downgrade on PC after latest patch?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Here we go... DICE is being ripped apart by PC gamers right now, as the latest patch for Battlefield 1 has downgrade the graphics - with screenshots below as proof, reports DSO Gaming.




The comparison between Battlefield 1 before, and after the patch were captured by Arrogant_Amigo, which shows that the latest version looks worse than BF1 did before it was patched. The post-patch version of Battlefield 1 doesn't have tessellation on muddy terrain, and less terrain quality/decoration, reduced HBAO+, shadow resolution or shadow draw distance.


Arrogant_Amigo claims:


  • clearly lacks tessellation on muddy terrain path - see bottom left highlighted area
  • lacks previous (pre-patch) anisotropic filtering/textures - see far right highlight on rock formation textures
  • terrain quality/decoration lowered, notice missing foliage and plants - see top left highlight above the muddy path
  • HBAO/shadow resolution or shadow-draw distance lowered, notice cluster of plants - see middle highlight above weapon

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