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91% of COD: Black Ops 3 sales in the UK were on Xbox One and PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 4:31 am

While the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 may have been FUBAR, it was super popular on the Xbox One and PS4 in the UK with 91% of all physical sales of the latest Call of Duty sold on current-gen consoles.




According to UK chart company GfK Chart-Track, only 1% of UK gamers purchased Black Ops 3 on PC, 8% on the last-gen Xbox 360 and PS3 and the rest of them scooped it up for the Xbox One and PS4. The PS4 took a huge 48% chunk, leaving the other 43% to the Xbox One.

Fallout 4 doesn't include support for UltraWide monitor resolutions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 2:29 am

Can you believe it? Fallout 4 is here! We've already got an expansive, kick ass review from Derek on the PS4 version of the game, but I grabbed the PC version and installed it just now. Excited to pump some hours into it while I review my Acer Predator X34.




The Acer Predator X34 feature a curved 34-inch panel at 3440x1440, with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology and a refresh rate of 75Hz, which can be overclocked to 100Hz. I wanted a new game to spend time playing on the monitor, so I fired up Fallout 4. But what's that? I can only see up to 2560x1440, which is just super disappointing for a game being released on the tail end of 2015.


Hopefully Bethesda fixes this up soon, so if they haven't seen it now - Bethesda, are you listening? Provide some love for us UltraWide users, will you?

Sony Pictures announce first 4K UltraHD Blu-ray titles coming for 2016

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 1:21 am

Eight weeks on from the first announcement of 4k UltraHD Blu-ray titles coming from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures; one of the biggest advocates for the format has revealed their first wave of release which will hit the market in early 2016 - and it's an eclectic bunch, to be sure!




According to the company's press release, the first batch will be headlined by the admittedly disappointing 2014 action blockbuster 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2', along with 'Salt', 'Hancock', 'Chappie', 'Pineapple Express' and 'The Smurfs 2'. All titles will future HDR enhancement, along with support for next generation audio codecs - likely to be DTS:X.


Sony Pictures have been aggressively mining their back catalogue and striking new 4K digital intermediates in preparation for the UltraHD future, issuing some out in remastered 1080p Blu-ray releases. The press release also promises future 4K releases including 'Fury', 'Captain Phillips', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 'Men In Black', 'Ghostbusters', 'The Fifth Element', 'Bad Boys', 'The Da Vinci Code', 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', 'Leon: The Professional', 'Lawrence Of Arabia', 'The Bridge on the River Kwai', 'The Guns of Navarone', 'Taxi Driver' and 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington', along with "many others". It will certainly be interesting to see how the market responds to another physical format, surely to be the last of its kind.

Video streaming on unlimited T-Mobile plans no longer uses data

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 12:43 am

T-Mobile today announced huge news for its wireless users: streaming content on 4G will no longer eat away at data plans. Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV and more video streaming apps will now cease their voracious gobbling of cellular data and will be totally free for T-Mobile subscribers.




"Start watching your shows, stop watching your data," T-Mobile CEO John Legere said at carrier's Uncarrier X event. The move is part of T-Mobile's "Binge On" initiative, and could be a substantial game-changer against its competition. Some 24 services are included in the program, with powerhouse titans like Netflix and HBO GO filling out the roster.


The free streaming comes with a caveat, however. Legere reveals that the streams are "optimized at a lower quality so they won't use unnecessary data". The footage will be streamed in lower-quality 480p rather than full 1080p, which will see a pretty hefty reduction in visual fidelity. The free streaming option is set to go into effect starting this Sunday.

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Fallout 4 wasteland survival guide part 1: basic tips

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 12:17 am

After months and months of waiting, Fallout 4 is finally here. As with any massively open world created by Bethesda, Fallout 4's Commonwealth can be daunting in its scope. Fallout 4 is truly titanic in nearly every way and sometimes that can be pretty intimidating, especially when it's all brand new. Fear not, brave traveler! TweakTown has you covered. You can use our handy tips and hints guide to help point you towards the path of wasteland mastery.




One of the most important tips I can give you is to be totally mindful of how Perks and SPECIAL stats work. Fallout 4 makes some key changes to character progression, and some SPECIAL stats are more weighted than they used to be. All of them are important, but some of them have a more dramatic effect on earlier levels. In this section, I'll tell you what kinds of things you want to shoot toward depending on your style of play.


You don't have to have your character completely planned out from step one. Don't get yourself in a tizzy looking at all the perks and trying to maximize and plot out every aspect of your progression. This should be a more fluid, natural experience. That being said you need to have a general idea of what you want to do in the game. I've come to find that Agility is really important, so don't neglect it. Action Points determine the max sprinting rate, melee attacks, VATS and sneaking efficiency, which are pretty universal.

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Disney Pixar release first 'Finding Nemo' sequel trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 11:54 pm

With 2003's 'Finding Nemo' the second highest grossing Disney Pixar film, with a billion dollar worldwide gross just behind the massive success of 'Toy Story 3', I guess it was only a matter of time before the studio granted it a sequel. And now they have.



Premiering yesterday on Ellen DeGeneres prime-time talk show, the two minute teaser features the first footage from the film which is set 6 months after the events of the first film and features Dory attempting to track down her own family. The film will return many of the original voice artists, including 'Simpsons' regular Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Willem Dafoe.


As the next release from the studio, 'Finding Dory' hits cinemas worldwide in June 2016.

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Sony finally kills off Betamax and MicroMV tape formats

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 11:14 pm

After its introduction to the market 40 years ago and ultimate ousting by the inferior, but better supported and cheaper VHS format, the Sony corporation has finally announced it's removing the life support and sending it on its way to join dozens of other deceased video formats such as HD-DVD, VCD, D-VHS and Laserdisc in that little patch of heaven.




Despite ceasing production of Betamax recorders in 2002, Sony continued to produce tapes to satisfy the incredibly niche market for a further 13 years. Today, the company has announced that will come to an end along with support for the MicroMV digital video format, which was seen for a time as a miniature successor to the MiniDV video camera format.


We tip our hats to the fallen.

Unreal Engine 4 gets VR SLI support via NVIDIA GameWorks VR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 10:47 pm

At this year's VRX 2015 virtual reality conference, Epic Games announced it's teaming up with NVIDIA to fully support Team Green's new GameWorks VR suite. This means that Unreal Engine 4 developers will get a huge set of new tools to work with, including tapping the performance boon that is VR SLI. One of the biggest parts of this news, is that Multi-Res Shading can boost rendering speeds by up to 50%, which is GeForce specific, something AMD can't do right now.



NVIDIA's GameWorks VR toolset is a new suite made up of libraries, API's and drivers aimed at optimizing VR performance. GameWorks VR is specifically designed to streamline the interactions between NVIDIA GPU's and VR hardware like the Oculus Rift in an effort to increase frame rates and push down latency.


GameWorks VR offers a number of beneficial upgrades to both game and hardware developers like Direct Mode, which improves headset compatibility, and Multi-Res Shading, which uses Maxwell's multi-projection architecture to improve render. Team Green's VR suite also supports VR SLI, which leverages the power of multiple NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU's to "dramatically accelerate stereo rendering" by assigning a GPU to each eye. VR SLI also supports builds with more than two GeForce GTX GPU's as the raw graphical power is scaled to the headset using the GPU affinity API.

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AMD 'investing heavily' in 'winning the graphics battle'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 9:02 pm

AMD EMEA component sales manager Neil Spicer spoke with CRN yesterday about the status of its financial affairs and future investments. In line with recent statements about its forthcoming Zen processors (reiterated here), Spicer says the future is looking bright for the graphics division as well, and the company in general.




"From a personal stance, I am confident [we can be profitable]," he says, later noting profitability is imperative next year (AMD has posted losses four quarters in a row now). "I believe we are working with exactly the right customers, and over the last few years we have become much simpler to execute and do business with."

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Best Buy sale offers 40-inch 1080p HDTV and Xbox One for $500

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 8:00 pm

Black Friday is almost here, and that means a ton of insane tech deals will start rolling in. Best Buy has just unveiled its Black Friday ad revealing some pretty substantial savings on game consoles, TV's and tablets. But one deal combines the best of both worlds with a games console and HDTV bundle.




This particular Best Buy doorbuster bundle consists of a 40-inch 1080p Samsung HDTV with a Xbox One console for just $500. With a price like this we can't expect the Xbox One to come with a good game, but at least you'll get the Lego: The Movie video game. Even still the bundle is pretty impressive, even if the Xbox One system isn't. There's only one bit of bad news: it's a store-only doorbuster, so you'll probably have to wait in line for 10 or so hours to get it.


Best Buy also has you covered if you're looking to expand your new Xbox One's games library with some substantial video games savings. You can pick up hit Xbox One titles like Grand Theft Auto V, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and Forza 6 for just $34.99. Other savings include games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Elder Scrolls Online for just $24.99.

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