If there's one game that should be on all PC gamers' calendars, it needs to be Star Citizen. The crowdfunded game from the gaming god himself, Chris Roberts, has reached an incredible $28 million in funding.
Thanks to hitting the $28 million goal, a new ship has been unveiled, the Mustang personal spacecraft. With the introduction of the Mustang, there'll now be two starter ships for Star Citizen's to get into the game with, joining the Aurora spacecraft. Now that the $28 million stretch goal has been met, the developer is doing something different with the next goal.
Cloud Imperium Games' latest blog post on the Roberts Space Industries website says that they are always asked where the extra funding from stretch goals goes... well, every dollar goes toward hiring new talent to build Star Citizen, as well as giving the team better development tools, and expanding the talent outside of the studio itself. The new stretch goal is now $31 million, where gamers can decide which ship will be introduced when it hits the new goal.
There are some huge games out right now, with Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Need for Speed: Rivals, just to name a few. Well, NVIDIA has your back, with some new GeForce drivers in the form of the 331.82 WHQL set.
The new drivers also have support for ShadowPlay and GameStream for SHIELD owners, which is a nice touch. Optimizations are included for the biggest, latest games, including BF4, COD: Ghosts, and Batman: Arkham Origins. You can get the new NVIDIA drivers right here.
We reported about it not long ago, but it looks like the new version 1.03 patch for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is on its way, and it will bring 1080p support to the PlayStation 4.
Associate Producer, Sylvain Trottier took to a blog, saying: "The most important part of this title update is not necessarily 1080p native resolution. It's the fact that even when we were done with the project, even when we were finished with the certification and everything else, even when most of the engineers had started to work on other projects - like we always do at Ubisoft -some of my engineers continued to work on Black Flag and they even developed a brand-new anti-aliasing technique."
This new AA technique will be featured on the Xbox One version of the game, which will launch on Friday.
Tested has some interesting results for the world, where it has tested the PS4s internal HDD against a Samsung-built SSD, and a hybrid 1TB drive. Check out the video below.
As you can see, the SSD isn't that much faster than the hybrid drive - which is much cheaper, and much bigger - but the stock drive is slow as hell. Something I noticed is that loading games on the PS4 seems to take forever, but I'm comparing this to my all-SSD PC. Maybe it's the PS4 OS that needs some work.
So, as you can see, it looks like a hybrid HDD is the way to go.
Assassin's Creed has turned from a small IP, into something that really drove sales for current generation consoles, but now an Assassin's Creed IV designer has come out and talked up Watch Dogs.
AC IV designer, Jean-Sebastien Decant has said that Watch Dogs could be what defines the next-generation consoles, with the open-world game helping to define the new consoles, like Assassin's Creed did for the Xbox 360 and PS3. During an interview with Games Reactor, Decant said: "Watch Dogs is kind of showing us the path for the future. I think we're going toward a gaming place where the open world will be shared with other players. More and more. Socially speaking, but also maybe multiplayer stuff. And we will have to consider the open world much more like a platform that we could sustain for years."
LSI has announced the release of their new 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID controllers and their revolutionary new DataBolt expanders at their annual AIS summit. AIS (Accelerating Innovation Summit) is LSI's yearly meeting that plays host to the brightest minds in storage technology.
The needs of the datacenter are constantly expanding, and the move to the 12Gb/s SAS specification is required to keep up with the ongoing flood of data. The ability to use faster interconnects, along with lower latency, helps to allow the acceleration of big data and cloud computing.
In a recent TPC-H test, LSI found they were able to sustain a 60% increase in performance and userload during the test. The speed hike also enabled a big reduction in job completion time and better resource utilization. This is just one of many applications the new 12Gb/s SAS controllers will excel in.
At LSI's annual AIS (Accelerating Innovation Summit) LSI announced the release of the Axxia 4500 family of communications processors for enterprise and datacenter applications. The switch from 40nm Power PC processors to a four-core 28nm ARM Corex A15 brought power efficiency and expanded functionality to bear. The series gains a 20% power advantage from the move to the ARM Cortex A15 architecture, along with a bump from 1.3 to 1.6ghz.
The CoreLink CCN-504 coherent architecture, along with the QoS aware interconnect, allows the addition of the LSI Virtual Pipeline technology for quick reconfiguration of the processors for optimal configuration on a packet-by-packet basis.
One last chance to pre-order your Xbox One! Amazon will be releasing a last batch of Xbox Ones tomorrow morning on the 20th at 8am Eastern time/5am Pacific time. Amazon mentions supplies will be limited. Amazon's one click pay option will come in handy here, so make sure you have it set up because it might just be a race of who hit the buy button the quickest.
Games shouldn't be a problem, many retailers have most titles and accessories for the Xbox One available for purchase right now and they shouldn't be short in demand. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a Xbox One from Amazon's last batch your console should be at your doorstep on launch day, Friday the 22nd.
Another day, another Dropbox update, with today's update including a trio of new features. We have a new notifications feed, which will give you quicker access to recent activity, and more. The full change log states:
- New notifications feed for quick access to recent activity
- Send photos and videos to contacts (adds contacts permission)
- New payment options for Pro (adds camera permission)
All you have to do is let your Dropbox app automatically update, or grab it from the App Store or Play Store, depending on your device.
Most people were disappointed to hear that EA stopped the development on a reboot of the Frostbite-powered Command and Conquer, but is all lost? It looks like the company could bring it back, which would be great.
CNCNZ saw a post on EA's official customer service help site, that hinted toward the company reviving the C&C brand with a new development studio. EA has apologized to any of Victory Studios' alpha testers, also promising to refund any money gamers spent on the project. But, it's the last bit of that post that brings the most hope:
For those of you who bought The C&C Ultimate Collection, your early access to the beta will be honored once production of this title resumes under a new studio. We would like to thank you for your time and interest in Command & Conquer, and we look forward to sharing the news with you when production resumes on this title in the future.