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Sony recommends 60-inch 4K HDR TVs for PS4 Pro

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 4:16 pm

Sony's new 4K-ready PS4 Pro may be a pretty impressive deal at only $399, but that's only half of the equation: to get the most out of the console, Sony wants you to annihilate your bank account with an expensive 60-inch+ 4K HDR UHDTV.




I've been quite vocal on the new PlayStation 4 Pro over the past week or so. I think it represents a tremendous value for what it does, leveraging a Polaris GPU at 4.20 TeraFLOPs to hit up to 1080p 60FPS native gaming and 4K 30FPS with HDR and tons of other graphics/environment settings to boot, all for just $399. But you won't hit the console's full potential unless you grab a 4K TV that's equipped with High Dynamic Range (HDR), and as you'd expect, these TVs are pretty expensive. In fact, Sony wants you to get a 4K HDR TV that's at least 60-inches, so a $399 purchase just turned into a $1,500+ purchase.


"Unofficially, the staff of PlayStation.Blog has observed good results in average living rooms with 4K TVs sized 60'' and up. If you're in the market for a new 4K TV for PS4 Pro, we strongly recommend selecting a model with HDR10 compatibility, which will enable increased image vividness and contrast in HDR10-enabled games and movies," Sony wrote on its official PS4 Pro FAQ.

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Start building professional websites with 3 dev courses

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 3:30 pm



Whether you're building a brand or promoting a business, having a polished, scalable website is key for survival in the digital space. With the Microsoft Front-End Developer Training Bundle, you can get a beginner's look at the basics of web development, and it's on sale for just $39.


Using CSS, you'll learn how to design websites that are attractive and streamlined. You'll discover how to program in rollover buttons and popup menus, and you'll boost your SEO by coding in metadata and keywords. On top of that you'll learn how to make your website accessible for mobile users and boost your scalability through ASP.NET framework.


For a limited time, the Microsoft Front-End Developer Training Bundle is on sale for just $39, more than 90% off its $1,512 retail price.

Sonic Mania collector's edition is radically nostalgic

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 3:22 pm

The collector's edition for Sonic Mania has been revealed, and it's an amazing throwback to Sega's golden days of 16-bit glory.




Nowadays, video game collector's editions are quite dull: we get stickers, patches, artbooks, "lithographs", socks--you name it, and companies have likely thrown it in the box. But Sega's new Sonic Mania collector's edition is something new: it's a retro explosion of radical awesomeness that makes you feel like a kid again.


Following a leak just hours prior, Sega has announced the new Sonic Mania Collector's Edition on PS4, Xbox One and PC, which comes with a 12-inch Sonic replica standing on a Mega Drive that makes the infamous console siren song Sega fans know and love, a download code for the game, and a cartridge affixed with a golden ring that resembles those golden games of yore. And the best part? It only costs $69.99. The worst part? It's only available for North American fans, and won't be coming to Europe.

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Pokémon GO Buddy System, not only cute but useful

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 2:24 pm

Pokémon GO fans can now suit up and take their buddy along for the ride with the latest Pokémon system update, allowing users to assign a Pokemon as their buddy as they walk alongside your avatar.




The new feature is available now for Apple and Android users with Niantic's latest update that lets the likes of Pikachu, stand on the ground beside the trainer avatar in the details screen. The cuteness overload factor comes into play after accumulating 10km, the little yellow mon hops onto your shoulder, replicating the bond and friendship that character Ash experienced in the original TV series.


Other Pokémon such as Jigglypuff, Charmander and Evee are amongst the available mon for the update. The advantage of having an active Buddy Pokémon while walking earns candy for that particular species, which can then be used to increase status.

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Dark Souls-like samurai slasher NiOh launches Feb 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 1:32 pm

Team Ninja's hard-as-nails action survival game NiOh will launch in February of next year on PS4...but the studio has no plans to bring the game to PC.




At Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show 2016 extravaganza, Team Ninja finally revealed a concrete release date for their celebrated sadistic samurai slasher NiOh. Sadly the game won't be launching in 2016, and Koei Tecmo has announced that NiOh will instead launch on February 9, 2017 exclusively to the PS4.


The game itself incorporates elements from Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls while mingling feudal Japan into the mix for some Japanese mythology and mysticism, providing an interesting--if not extremely difficult--mix of gameplay mechanics. After trying out NiOh's early alpha and demo test, I can say without a doubt the game has staggering potential to become one of strongest PS4 exclusives available today: the swordplay is extremely satisfying, and you have a huge array of RPG upgrades and weapons to choose from--all of which have different stances and functions in battle.

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Battlefield 1 custom Xbox One S console costs $449

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 12:08 pm

For the upcoming release of Battlefield 1, Microsoft has created a new bundle pack for customers purchasing the latest Xbox One S console. The new look is for the Xbox One S (1TB) bundled with Battlefield 1 Special Edition , which is available for pre-order from various game stores, and Microsoft itself.




Gamers wanting to purchase this exclusive model, won't have to wait too long as it will be available 13th October. The Battlefield 1 themed Xbox One S console will be setting gamers back around $449 from the Microsoft store, depending on the region.


One of the biggest changes made is the appearance. The obvious colour difference is in keeping with the army/battle theme from the game. The dark, military green console comes with a matching controller and stand. The bundle pack also includes Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, which comes pre-installed on the console. The Deluxe Edition also provides the Hellfighter Pack, Red Baron Pack, Lawrence of Arabia Pack, and a new visual appearance of the Behemoths

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Netflix slams data caps in a letter to the FCC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 10:26 am

We all hate data caps, and it seems Netflix isn't a fan of breathing internet under water, through a straw, either.




The streaming giant wrote a very strongly worded letter to the FCC, saying: "Data caps on fixed ­line networks do not appear to serve a legitimate purpose: they are an ineffective network management tool. Data caps on fixed line networks do not serve a traffic management function... the Commission should recognize that data caps and UBP on fixed line networks are an unnecessary constraint on advanced telecommunications capability".


There are some ISPs with 1TB data caps, which are okay for now, but what about constant 4K video streaming through Netflix and YouTube? Netflix notes this in their letter as well, adding: "A data cap or allotment of 300 GB of data per month or higher is required just to meet the Internet television needs of an average American. An above average television watcher, a multi-occupant household, or a consumer wishing to watch in 4K requires a much higher cap".

Samsung shares drop $26 billion after Note 7 problems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 8:47 am

Samsung is really hurting right now with Galaxy Note 7 smartphones exploding all over the place, with a 6-year-old boy in New York City being burnt after the Note 7 he was watching a video on blew up in his hands.




Well, Samsung is also hurting with its shares, bleeding an out of this world $26 billion over the weekend - roughly 6.9% since Friday, reports BGR. Samsung is also set to lose another $1 billion or so with the global recall on the Note 7, and even the FAA and other agencies are telling Note 7 owners to turn their smartphones off before they get on the plane, or even put it with their checked-in luggage.


What now? Samsung will continue to slide until people forget about these issues, but $26 billion over the weekend is a mind-boggling amount of money - no matter how big the company is.

TOXIKK free edition released, teases the full game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 7:53 am

If you're like me, you're a fan of old school first-person arena shooters like Quake 3, Unreal, and more - well, if you hadn't heard of Reakktor Studios' TOXIKK, you're in for a treat.



The studio has released a free edition of TOXIKK, which includes a bunch of the full core game experience, minus all of the maps, vehicles, campaign mode, and more. The core experience is still there, allowing you to play on the official TOXIKK servers with bots, or real-life foes, as well as all of the weapons and mutators.


You can grab TOXIKK's free edition right here.

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MSI's new VR One is a backpack PC for VR gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 6:48 am

MSI has been teasing its VR backpack for a while now, showing off the awesome concept at Computex in June. The company has now revealed the final product, known as the VR One.




MSI's interesting VR One is a backpack gaming PC that weighs just under 8 pounds (3.6 kg) with batteries installed, and is powered by an overclocked CPU and NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 10 series graphics card. MSI adds that the VR One features an HDMI port, mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C and 4 x USB 3.0 ports.


There are 2 x 90mm fans and 9 heat pipes that will keep the backpack cool, with just 41dB of noise. VR One also includes dual hot-swappable batteries that will provide just over an hour of intense VR gaming. MSI hasn't provided too much more information on VR One, so we don't know what price we're looking at for the gaming backpack PC, but it's reportedly already in mass production, with units available next month.

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