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Gears of War 4 has unlocked frame rate on PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

With Gears of War 4, Microsoft's first-party studio The Coalition has made an effort to fix the Windows Store's awkward PC gaming support, enabling features like unlocked frame rates, tighter GPU implementation, ultra-wide support, 4K textures, and more.

 

 

"Our focus on PC is to deliver a highly optimized, customizable experience first and foremost," The Coalition's technical director Mike Rayner told Eurogamer. "Support for v-sync tearing has recently come to UWP and we will be able to offer proper unlocked frame-rate support that gamers expect on day one. With Unreal Engine 4 and our own custom modifications, we can take much better advantage of multiple CPU cores, alleviating the game from being CPU-bound and allowing more room for the GPU to shine with enhanced visual quality or higher framerates. Single-player will not be locked to 30fps on PC."

 

Rayner also says that Gears of War 4 on PC will have 4K resolution textures and sports 28 different tweakable settings that affect in-game graphics and performance, each with its own explicit explanation of how it affects the GPU/CPU and VRAM to optimized gameplay. So the game should play nicely with video cards across the entire spectrum like enthusiast-grade video cards like NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080, AMD's mid-grade Radeon RX 480, or older Maxwell-based GTX 970s.

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Kojima Productions' opening title sequence is weird, but awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 11 hours ago

Kojima Productions has released its first footage, with its new mascot in action - on the moon, with a whale behind it. This clip will most likely be the transition to the title menu.

 

 

The clip highlights how gamers will begin their Kojima Productions made video game, but there's no gameplay footage here, folks. As for the person in the space suit, it's Ludens - Kojima Productions' mascot. During San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Ludens would be featured with two action figures thanks to 1000 Toys.

 

We don't know which game engine was used to render the trailer, with Kojima Productions currently considering two engines for its first game, Death Stranding. Death Stranding will be Kojima Productions' first game, after Hideo Kojima and Konami went their separate ways after the release of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain last year.

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When 'Supergirl' flies to Blu-ray, you can win Season One on us!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'Supergirl: Season One' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.

 

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A new hero will rise! Meet Kara Danvers, aka Kara Zor-Ei, who escaped the doomed planet Krpton at age 12 and was raised by her foster family, the Danverses, on Earth. There, she learned to conceal her superpowers and keep her identity a secret. Years later, Kara lives in National City working for fierce taskmaster Cat Grant alongside her friends, IT technician Winslow "Winn" Schott and photographer James Olsen. But Kara's days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, head of a super-secret agency where Kara's older sister, Alex, works, enlists her to help them protect the world from sinister threats. Though Kara struggles to balance her extraodinary skills with her human emotions, her heart soars when she takes to the skies as the DC Comics character Supergirl in all 20 super-charged, super-adventurous episodes!

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Lost 'Star Trek: Original Series' 35mm footage located, Blu-ray coming

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 13 hours ago

Once thought lost to the sands of time, CBS have revealed a decade long project to locate and digitise most of the original 35mm reels used to film 'Star Trek: The Original Series', which started life in 1966. And what's more, a new Blu-ray is on the way which will feature the best of the with never-before-seen footage.

 

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Coming later this year to celebrate the series 50th anniversary, 'Star Trek: The Roddenberry Vault' will feature three documentaries packed behind the scenes footage from the making of the series as well as alternate takes, deleted scenes, omitted dialogue, outtakes and original visual effects elements. In addition, the Blu-ray set will include 12 episodes from the 'Original Series', chosen for their relevance to the Vault's lost/unseen material, including fan favourites such as 'Space Seed', 'The City on the Edge of Forever' and 'The Trouble with Tribbles'.

 

The project was revealed at a panel during San Diego Comic-Con featuring Trek luminaries Michael and Denise Okuda, the latter who described the vault as "a time capsule into when this show was made".

Xbox One 500GB price cut to $249 ahead of Xbox One S launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 days, 13 hours ago

Microsoft has dropped the price of its Xbox One 500GB console, with a new limited price of $249. It looks like Microsoft wants to get rid of as many Xbox One consoles ahead of the Xbox One S launch.

 

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The new $249 deal includes your choice of four games: Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay. This is not the first, or even second time that Microsoft has dropped the price of the Xbox One, but now the third price drop on its current-gen Xbox One console.

 

Microsoft is set to launch the Xbox One S on August 2 in the US, Europe and Australia with 2TB of storage for $399. There will also be a 500GB and 1TB model, with prices of $299 and $349, respectively. There's no ETA on the 500GB and 1TB Xbox One S consoles just yet.

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Verizon reportedly buying Yahoo for $5 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 days, 15 hours ago

It looks like Yahoo is going to be acquired by Verizon in the very near future, with Recode reporting that while the terms of the acquisition haven't been finalized, Yahoo's board have decided on Verizon as its new owner.

 

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Verizon would be acquiring Yahoo for $5 billion, and while it might not sound like much in the world of other acquisitions worth many times more than that, Yahoo does own companies like Tumblr and Flickr. Verizon acquiring Yahoo sees them also receive those companies, which begins to make more sense.

 

But the most interesting part of Verizon's reported acquisition of Yahoo is that Verizon isn't interested in keeping Yahoo's current boss, Marissa Mayer. AOL boss Tim Armstrong is expected to take over the Yahoo ship once the acquisition is done. Adding fuel to the fire is that Armstrong proposed an AOL-Yahoo merger to Meyer years ago, with Meyer denying the deal.

Apple's new iPhone 7 to be unveiled in early September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 16 hours ago

The announcement and release of Apple's next-gen iPhone 7 smartphone is closer than you think, with Apple set to reveal the new iPhone in the "week of September 12", according to notorious leaker Evan Blass.

 

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Blass took to Twitter to say: "iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12" and quickly followed that up by tweeting: "Just to clarify, this refers to the retail release, not the launch event. To be even more specific, it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th".

 

Rewinding the clock back to the last two iPhone releases, Apple revealed the iPhone 6 on September 9, and the iPhone 6S on September 25. What should we expect for the new iPhone? Considering Apple saves its bigger upgrades for the 'S' variants a year later, we shouldn't be too excited - but Apple needs something exciting to get people upgrading, and converting over from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge from Samsung right now.

Watch all of the best Comic-Con trailers right here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

This year's San Diego Comic-Con has been huge, with some massive movie trailer reveals - including Justice League and Wonder Woman. Plenty of TV shows are also teasing trailers at SDCC, so we've collected a bunch of the best trailers for your viewing pleasure.

 

 

Justice League

 

Starting off with the follow up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the larger movie, Justice League.

 

 

Zack Snyder is back - and while I loved Man of Steel, I didn't like Batman v Superman so much, so I have very mixed feelings with Snyder taking on Justice League after the mess of BvS - but, in saying that, the trailer looks good.

 

 

Wonder Woman

 

Gal Gadot killed in it Batman v Superman as Wonder Woman, and now she leads the first-ever woman-led superhero movie.

 

 

Wonder Woman has Patty Jenkins directing, and it looks beyond impressive. I've been excited for Wonder Woman since they announced her solo movie, but this trailer has completely cemented my feelings. I had goosebumps throughout, and when her theme music started, my entire upper half of my body was tingling. It looks great!

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NVIDIA's next-gen Volta architecture could arrive in May 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

NVIDIA might have just launched its next-gen Titan X graphics card, but thinking into 2017 - what will NVIDIA do since it has so many high-end, enthusiast graphics cards out on its Pascal architecture? Volta, baby.

 

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According to the latest rumors, NVIDIA will launch its Volta architecture in May 2017 at its own GPU Technology Conference that is being held May 8-11. NVIDIA's current roadmap has Volta ready for 2018, but the new rumors suggest NVIDIA is preparing Volta for a big unveil in the second half of 2017 - over six months ahead of schedule.

 

Volta was meant to arrive on the 10nm process, but according to Fudzilla, it will use the 16nm FinFET process - the same node that the new GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1060 are all on. Volta will use stacked DRAM, so we should expect it to be quite the monster when it comes to performance. Fudzilla adds that the performance per watt is "expected to increase tremendously", which is exciting to hear.

SAPPHIRE's new Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 leaked photos surface

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 19 hours ago

With the release of the Radeon RX 480, we have seen a newly-focused AMD that isn't trying to compete in a market that it can't compete in yet against NVIDIA. The mainstream market is where the money and consumers are, and this market is thriving.

 

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Well, now we have leaks on SAPPHIRE's upcoming Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 graphics cards, led by the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 470 Platinum Edition. Sapphire's take on it looks like AMD's reference card, and that's not a bad thing - but the price will be what gamers will jump at - with a rumored price of just $179 USD.

 

SAPPHIRE's Radeon RX 470 Platinum Edition PCB features a 4+1-phase design, whereas the Radeon RX 480 had a 6+1-phase design. One single 6-pin power connector is required, keeping PSU requirements nice and low.

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