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PS4 Slim coming alongside PS4 Neo, reports claim

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 7:23 pm

Sony isn't about to let Microsoft have all the console-upgrading fun: the Japanese gaming giant may reveal a new PS4 Slim model alongside its upgraded 4K-ready PS4 Neo in September.

 

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According to Macquarie Securities analyst Damien Thong, Sony will unveil two new PlayStation 4 consoles at this year's Tokyo Game Show: a slimmer PS4 and the new upgraded PS4K that's built on AMD's new 14nm Polaris GPU technology for 4K upscaled gaming.

 

"Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong said Sony might also introduce a slimmer version of the PlayStation. Sony declined to comment on that possibility. The new variations of the console might be released at a game show in September, Mr. Thong said," reads a report from the Wall Street Journal.

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Starting this week, declining Windows 10 upgrade will actually work

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 6:49 pm

To say Microsoft has been aggressive with encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10 would be an understatement. Finally though, it says it will tweak the prompts to be more straightforward. By the sounds and looks of it, declining the offer will actually decline the offer now, instead of scheduling it without you knowing.

 

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"Since we introduced a new upgrade experience for Windows 10, we've received feedback that some of our valued customers found it confusing," says Windows chief Terry Myerson. "We've been working hard to incorporate their feedback and this week, we'll roll out a new upgrade experience with clear options to upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer."

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Hottest new PC games discounted in digital pre-order sale

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 5:37 pm

If E3 2016 taught us anything, it's that there's some awesome games coming this year and in 2017. We have titles like Dishonored 2, Watch Dogs 2, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided all coming to PC. Normally I'd advise against pre-ordering games before reviews come out, but if you've already decided, be sure to save some cash with the deals listed below.

 

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UK key distributor Funstock Digital is currently holding an attractive sale on some of the hottest yet-to-be-released PC games, knocking down the usual $64 price tag to $37 for most games. Sure you pre-order these games on Amazon and get 20% off with Prime, or even grab them on Best Buy with your Gamer's Club Unlocked, but those all require extra fees.

 

Check below for a list of games and their sale prices, and note that these are all PC digital downloads across various stores like Origin, uPlay and Steam.

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Battlefield 1 Closed Alpha invites rolling out

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 5:29 pm

The wait is over: if you signed up for Battlefield Insider, you may have your Battlefield 1 Closed Alpha invite in your inbox now, as we've received ours, as have some others. Likely the invites will be slowly rolled out, so if you don't see one yet, just keep checking over the coming days. Not everyone who signed up for Insider is necessarily guaranteed to receive one, however, so you may have to wait until beta to try the game for yourself.

 

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Unfortunately, the game isn't downloading for some, presumably due to the high demand, but the errors should stop once the Origin team get everything sorted.

 

Rumor has it console players will be able to get in on the action too, so if you don't play on PC, still keep an eye out.

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Fallout 4 mod support on PS4 delayed indefinitely

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 4:51 pm

PlayStation 4 gamers will have to wait an undetermined amount of time to get Fallout 4 mod support.

 

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Bethesda has officially delayed Fallout 4 mod capability on Sony's PS4 console. "We regret to say that the PS4 Mods Beta for Fallout 4 has been delayed. We will update everyone when we can," the studio wrote on Twitter.

 

PS4 owners were supposed to get mod support right about now, but the studio has faced tons of unexpected issues on the platform including performance and memory issues. This is particularly interesting given the PS4's sizable power boost over Microsoft's Xbox One, but the console utilizes an entirely different hardware configuration. Meanwhile, Xbox One players have access to an ever-expanding suite of Fallout 4 mods, and the console's tight integration with Windows 10 could have something to do with that.

 

Bethesda has provided no timeline on when PS4 owners can expect mods, but given the rather serious issues surrounding the hardware/content clashes, I wouldn't expect them any time soon. Let's hope the studio gets things in working order before Skyrim: Special Edition launches, or they'll be up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

 

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 3:30 pm

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Nintendo NX manufacturing preparations are underway

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 3:05 pm

Nintendo has begun preparations for the manufacture new NX console ahead of its March 2017 launch.

 

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In the latest Nintendo Investor Relations meeting, company director Hirokazu Shinshi revealed that the company is about to flip the switch on the NX's manufacturing. Nintendo outsources the creation of its products like the new NX console to automated fabless manufacturing facilities in China, and the company is currently trying to pinpoint an exact amount of NX consoles that should be manufactured for its launch.

 

"Manufacturing automation has long been practiced in Japan, and is now done in China. While making the same product for a long time, the amount manufactured changes based on things like the Christmas season," Shinshi said during the meeting. "It's easy to automate unchanging production amounts, but it's difficult when they do change. We're thoroughly communicating with our partners to make adjustments. As for the #NX, manufacturing is being prepped. We're considering how much to automate."

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Why wasn't the NX at E3? Nintendo is afraid of copycats

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 1:15 pm

In turns out that Nintendo's "new idea" for the NX is rather precious--so precious that the Japanese gaming giant skipped a console reveal at the premiere games industry event of the year. So why did Nintendo hold the NX back from E3 2016? To protect it from copycats stealing their idea.

 

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According to Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the company would normally reveal the NX at E3, but they held off because of potential imitators. "Normally we would've shown the NX at E3, but we didn't. We're worried about imitators if we release info too early," Miyamoto said during today's Nintendo Investor Relations meeting, as translated by Cheesemeister3K.

 

So let's go over this, shall we? Nintendo has initiated a complete press blackout about the NX for the past several years in order to protect this "new idea". Nintendo also missed out on showcasing their new console at E3 in order to safeguard this idea. We don't even know if major third-party developers have NX devkits yet--this is how far Nintendo has gone to protect the console. This tells me that Nintendo is working on something special, something entirely different than we've seen before. Now Tatsumi Kimishima's promises that the NX is a "new way of thinking about consoles" seem to make a lot more sense.

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HTC brings 30 companies together for VR, has $10 billion to spend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 12:00 pm

HTC has just doubled down on VR once again, if it didn't already with owning the room scale VR scene with its HTC Vive headset - announcing the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance at GSMA Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China earlier today.

 

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The newly-formed VRVCA will see 30 VR investment companies all join forces to help fund startup companies that are working on not just VR content, but augmented and mixed reality, too. Alvin Wang Graylin, the President of VR at HTC China sits as the president of VRVCA, with the Vive division of HTC dedicated, alongside Immersion Ventures, The VR Fund and Colopl VR Fund. At their disposal, is a huge $10 billion in "deployable capital" between the 30 investors.

 

VRVCA will have six meetings per year, with a meeting every two months at their offices in Beijing and San Francisco. Startups from around the world will be able to make their pitch to the investors, with VRVCA saying that "anyone working of VR content, base technologies, tools, platforms, hardware, peripherals, accessories or other vertical applications can apply, and it's already possible to submit a pitch deck", reports UploadVR.

Nintendo is officially researching VR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 11:21 am

Nintendo is actively researching its own virtual reality hardware solution that will be affordable, comfortable for extended periods of use, and family-friendly.

 

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We've heard that the Nintendo NX would support VR at launch, and Nintendo has now officially confirmed its R&D sectors are investigating virtual reality. At the latest Nintendo Investor Relations meeting in Japan, Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto spilled the beans by saying Nintendo "has the core technology" for VR and wants to make a VR solution that meets certain criteria.

 

"I heard VR was a hot topic at #E3, so I went to check it out. It was on display, but it wasn't what I expected. We're also researching VR, so we have the core technology. Long play sessions are an issue. We want to release something that can be played for long periods, carries value, and is affordable. We want parents to feel at ease."

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