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Overwatch beta goes live on all platforms

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2016 7:35 pm

At long last, Blizzard's open beta for shooter Overwatch is available.




If you're on PC, boot or install, click the Overwatch icon on the left side of the home screen, and go to town. PS4 users: login and search "Overwatch" from the top menu; Xbox One users need to login, select "Games", "Search All Games", search "Overwatch", and go from there.


Note Xbox players will need Gold to play; PS4 users do not require Plus to play.

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New Xbox will be '5 times more powerful' than PS4 Neo, rocks 10 TFLOPs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2016 6:26 pm

Microsoft's new Xbox, codenamed Xbox NeXt, won't be a mid-cycle upgrade--it'll be a fully fledged next-gen console with higher-end PC-grade hardware. That's according to an Italian games industry insider, who made some pretty bold claims on his blogsite.




An unverified source told Italian games insider x-ray that Microsoft isn't going to counter Sony's PlayStation Neo with an Xbox One upgrade, but instead make the jump to the next generation. The insider claims the new Xbox NeXt will be extremely powerful and eclipse Sony's 4K-upscaled PS4 Neo, with performance up to 5-6 times that of the Neo with an insane 10 TFLOPs compute performance. Keep in mind the following quotes are translated, so there may be some margin of error.


"I got to to read some slides from Microsoft and AMD about the new Xbox, it is in effect a new model, not a re-visitation of one. They should announce this year at a separate event at E3 2016, but still a few days before fair. the announcement will be made this year but the release of the Xbox next is expected no earlier than next spring, to read the roadmap. It will be open to change hardware, I did not understand if via upgrade or if talking about modifications which may operate on-the-fly, before the release, it will be already extremely powerful starting, I think 5-6 times PS4 Neo, we are something in the order of over 10 TFLOPS, or so. "

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NVIDIA confirms the GeForce GTX 1080 cooler, kinda

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 5, 2016 5:56 pm

We just reported on leaked benchmarks and details of the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080, but now we have some better confirmation of the cooler on the Pascal-based video card.




NVIDIA has recently updated its GeForce website, providing a new background that teased the new GeForce GTX 1080/1070 cooler design. The new 'Polygonal' cooler succeeds the NVTTM design, which we've been posting about for a while now.


The folks at VideoCardz picked it up and have the picture above. It's a sweet looking design, which reminds me of a racecar for some reason - and that is really getting my engine going.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 leaked benchmarks tease 8GB RAM at 10GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 5, 2016 5:50 pm

NVIDIA is expected to unveil its next-gen GeForce GTX 1080 video card in the next 48 hours, with the latest rumor being quite exciting indeed - the GTX 1080 will reportedly rock 8GB of GDDR5X, at an insane 10GHz.




As it stands, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti has 6GB of GDDR5 (no X) at 7GHz. The last rumors stated the new card would hit 8GHz, but 10GHz provides around 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth - if the GTX 1080 keeps its 256-bit memory bus. If it's knocked up to 384-bit, well - then we should be very excited.


Not only that, but there are now leaked benchmarks teasing 3DMark 11 performance. The new GeForce GTX 1080 performed well in the 3DMark 11 Performance test at 720p, scoring 27,683 points - comparing this to overclocked GTX 980 Ti cards which score between 23,000 and 25,000 - that's not too bad at all. It's not the insane jump people were expecting, but this is the GTX 1080 and not the bigger GTX 1080 Ti that will find its way to reality in the future.

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Live TV coming to YouTube coming next year, sources say

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: May 5, 2016 5:28 pm

Hulu will be livestreaming TV next year and it looks as though YouTube will be doing the same, according to people familiar with the matter.




It's said YouTube has overhauled its technical architecture to accommodate the new service which could debut as early as 2017, and that the company has discussed plans with most major media companies, including Comcast, NBC, and many more. No rights have as of yet been secured, but it's possible the Hulu deal could help grease the wheels.

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Battlefield 5's first in-engine footage revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2016 5:00 pm

EA is hyping up tomorrow's Battlefield 5 reveal with a stunning teaser clip.



Battlefield 5's first engine footage is just a 9-second teaser, showing off some impressive visuals, but EA reminds us the footage doesn't represent actual gameplay. The clip, which shows a soldier possibly falling or being eclipsed by some massive object, is undoubtedly part of Battlefield 5's world premiere trailer that's set to unleash tomorrow, May 6 at 4PM EST. DICE developers have promised that the "internet will melt" when the trailer hits, so expect something amazing.


Previous rumors indicated Battlefield 5 could be called "Eastern Front" and take place during World War II, but those rumors have apparently been confirmed as fakes.

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DayZ 0.60 beta features DX11 renderer, massively improved framerates

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2016 3:33 pm

It's been slow going, but looks like it'll have been worth the wait: Bohemia Interactive has released its 0.60 beta update for DayZ, and the reception is great.



The key change with this patch is it includes the first iteration of the new renderer, for which user reports indicate massively improved framerates thanks in part to the power of DirectX 11. One player says he was seeing 25-40 frames per second (FPS) in cities; now he's seeing 60 or higher. Visuals are said to be improved as well.


To gain access to the beta build, follow these steps. Once you're good there, be sure to uncheck 'passworded' in the server browser to find appropriate servers.

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Hulu will stream live TV in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Online Video | Posted: May 5, 2016 2:26 pm

Cord cutters rejoice: live TV streaming is coming to Hulu in 2017.




Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced that Hulu will expand to live TV broadcasts at the company's event in New York, confirming past reports. Hopkins didn't reveal any pricing information or channels, but the Wall Street Journal claims it could cost around $40 per month and possibly include--but not limited to--Bravo, E!, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen, Syfy, USA, ABC, ESPN, Disney, Fox, Fox News, FX and Fox Sports.


"This means our viewers will be able to enjoy live sports, news and events all in real-time without a traditional cable or satellite subscription," Hopkins said at the event. "We're going to fuse the best of linear television and on-demand in a deeply personalized experience optimized for the contemporary, always-connected television fan."

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Radeon 16.5.1 driver includes big Forza performance increases

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 5, 2016 1:20 pm

Monday's NVIDIA drivers prepared you for the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex beta which launches later today, and now AMD's drivers are doing the same.




Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.1 features up to 27% better performance in the highly anticipated racing title than what you'd see with 16.4.2 when using the R9 Fury X. If you don't own a Fury X, other cards should see similar increases.

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