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Rise of the Tomb Raider PC performance analysis, good on NVIDIA & AMD

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Rise of the Tomb Raider just came on the PC after a very brief exclusive period on Xbox One. When it was first released it was was a very good looking game on the Xbox One, using the 7 processor cores and all compute units available to it to great effect. Even PureHair, or the evolution of TressFX 2.0 created by Crystal Dynamics, was turned on for the Xbox One. And it ran fairly smooth at it's 1080P resolution. The problem was, however, that it had its performance hiccups and there was plenty of potential for higher framerates and a much better looking environment. Though the settings are somewhat desolate, they're teaming with life and the opportunity to recreate them with good detail.

 

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The Xbox One did well, but how does it play on the PC? Well let's find out just how it does. Take a look at our infographic after the break.

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Free iTunes Radio ends today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Today marks the end of free streaming through Apple's iTunes Radio service, which, as reported previously, is being rolled into its subscription-based service Apple Music. As of now, should you attempt to listen to the Radio service by any means, you'll be prompted to join Apple Music. The sole exception is the Beats 1 station, which is still available to iTunes users everywhere.

 

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iTunes Radio launched in 2013 alongside iTunes 11.1 and iOS 7. Much like Spotify, it was ad-supported and encouraged discovery of new music through featured stations and various algorithms. Unlike Spotify, there was no ad-free subscription.

Get Fractured Space for free on Steam and keep it forever

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The delightful space-based MOBA Fractured Space is completely free to play this weekend. And if you hurry and download it over the weekend, then you'll be able to keep it for free, forever.

 

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The game has been in Early Access on Steam since November of 2014 and has seen steady attention and development from Edge Case Games and they're finally getting very close to their projected release date sometime later in 2016. To celebrate, they're letting everyone try their beloved MOBA for free. And you get to keep it forever.

 

Fractured Space is the first MOBA that takes on a decidedly science fiction direction, taking some cues from EVE Online, except this is a pure combat game similar in style to World of Tanks or, more appropriately, World of Warships. Like those, you take your gigantic capital ship and team up to destroy the other team in interstellar maps brought to life with Unreal Engine 4. Though the combat might be somewhat analogous to EVE Online's brutal warfare, there's no game quite like this. And for free, why wouldn't you at least take a look see?

Developers are happy with PlayStation VR, thanks to the PS4 user base

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Sony is still working on its PlayStation VR headset, which will debut sometime in the first half of this year for the PlayStation 4 - but it will meet stiff competition from the Oculus Rift, and the HTC Vive. Well, what do some developers think of the PlayStation VR headset?

 

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According to Carlos Coronado, the developer behind MIND: Path to Thalamus: "Yes, it's in the plans. Sony VR is an amazing closed VR system, and I think that is amazing! The hardware and the user base is already there so aside from the GearVR I think it is going to be one of the wider audience VR headsets when it is released. MIND: Path to Thalamus will run at 90 or 120Hz on PSVR, depending on testing".

 

Then we have Interdimensional Games, the developer working on Consortium: The Tower, where they said: "We think it's pretty cool, and it's certainly good that the PS4 has such a large install base to start with. We are very interested in making a custom VR mode for The Tower, but the priority is to make an awesome "normal" game first and foremost".

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Rainbow Six Siege pro league announced with ESL, $100K prize pool

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is a natural choice for a competitive sport, with it's fast-paced, team-based gameplay. The ESL has teamed up with Ubisoft to start the very first professional gaming competition with a large $100,000 prize pool.

 

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Season One is going to kick off with European matches at the Intel Extreme Masters being held at Katowice, Poland on March 4th 2016. Eight total matches will determine the top competitors. North American matches will begin a few weeks after the Intel Extreme Masters. The ESL has partnered with Microsoft and will be using the Xbox One as their preferred platform to compete on.

 

"Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege was built from the ground up with competition in mind," said Xavier Marquis, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege creative director, Ubisoft Montreal. "We're excited to partner with ESL, one of the biggest names in esports, to deliver a league for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege fans to compete and enjoy the game they love."

Need for Speed is getting more social next week

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 4:03 pm

The next update to Ghost Game's Need for Speed reboot, which is called the Showcase update, is arriving next week and it's adding far more substantial under the hood changes than just more vehicle customization options.

 

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When it hits next week we'll see the addition of a photo mode that lets you take screenshots as if you're using a real DSLR. You can change the focus, depth of field, brightness, contrast, saturation and just about any other setting you could think of. After snapping the shot of course you'll be able to share it easily too.

 

Also coming is a new Wrap sharing feature, where you'll be able to share all the unique paint schemes that you've created. Ghost Games says that this is one of the most requested features, because there're a lot of talented artists out there making some interesting creations. So why not let everyone else enjoy in your vision?

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Netflix exempts US military bases from its geoblocking efforts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 3:20 pm

Now that Netflix is getting serious about geoblocking - cracking down on Australians using VPNs to access US content - the streaming giant has said that US military bases will be exempt from geoblocking.

 

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Netflix spokeswoman Anne Marie Squeo explains: "Netflix always exempts U.S. military bases around the world. They will still be able to access the U.S. catalog". But, as overseas servicemembers, using VPNs has become a way of life to access US content from Netflix. Petty Officer 2nd Class Shaundell Wright, quartermaster with Yokosuka Navy Base's Port Operations Dispatch said that being stationed overseas can be a culturally disorientating experience, reports TechSpot.

 

Wright said: "For me Netflix is a way of being home. It boosts your morale by letting you watch the things you would be able to see at home. We are already in a foreign country and everything is so different. So, to be able to watch Netflix feels good".

Update to Tribes: Ascend changes the gameplay, makes it more fun

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 2:30 pm

Tribes: Ascend, a game that was long thought to be dead and abandoned, has just been updated with quite a few balancing tweaks along with a gameplay tweak that brings it into parity with other MMO FPS's.

 

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The largest and most significant change is having Q be the default button that switches between previously selected weapons. That should be a given, seeing how common that is in FPS games. Other quality of life fixes include weapon adjustments, an increase in the lifetime of your bullets (which increases the range of your projectiles) and a lot of small bug fixes in addition to those aforementioned balance tweaks.

 

If you thought that Tribes: Ascend was going to die a dishonorable death, you would be wrong. Though there was a long hiatus from development with very little attention at all, it seems that Hi-Rez Studios is making sure the classic open-world FPS doesn't just disappear.

The Division beta is now live on both the PC and PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 2:18 pm

After what has felt like years upon years of teasing, The Division beta has gone live for both the PC and PS4 after kicking off on the Xbox One earlier this week.

 

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If you've pre-ordered The Division or scored a beta code somewhere, you should be able to play the game now. For those who have already preloaded the game, you should be able to access it - for those who haven't preloaded yet, you'll need to download around 28GB before you get access to The Division beta.

 

Let us know your thoughts on it, I'll be playing it over the weekend and seeing if I'll be getting into it over the coming months.

You can play that cancelled Saints Row Undercover for free right now

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 1:31 pm

Volition is doing the absolute unthinkable with the cancelled Saints Row Undercover game that was supposed to release on the PSP. After showing it off recently to the public for the first time, they're actually releasing it so everyone can play it. For free.

 

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Just yesterday Volition released an ISO of the cancelled game to Unseen 64 so that it'll be forever preserved and available to play legally by anyone who wishes to give it a try. This was after they hosted a live-stream that went through the game, showing off how far development had actually come.

 

If you want to play it, just grab one of the better PSP emulators, download it (it's legal and encouraged by the IP owner) and give it a whirl. Just keep in mind that development never finished, and there're plenty of bugs, but it does run fairly smooth. And it's fairly fun to boot.

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