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BioWare releases PC hardware requirements for Dragon Age: Inquisition

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2014 5:03 am

Dragon Age Inquisition is all set for release in the United States on November 18th, but Bioware just released the official PC specification requirements for the upcoming game. Previously, it was reported that BioWare and EA were giving away Dragon Age: Origins which should help them to get newer players on board their fanbase.

 

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While Dragon Age is available for the consoles, the older and the newer generations from Sony and Microsoft, PC is where it should be interesting, assuming the game is made to please to PC master race. Along with the PC specification requirements, three screenshots of the game from its PC variant have been released.

 

But according to what is posted EA Origin's company's blog, the PC version is 'the real deal' since BioWare's roots are in PC gaming. EA and BioWare promises 'fine-tuned' for mouse and keyboard gameplay, along with many visual options for tweak and a support for 4K resolution and AMD Mantle support. The blog post goes on, saying that Dragon Age: Inquisition is a true testament to BioWare's love for PC gaming.

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10 minutes of Star Citizen's persistent universe gameplay shown off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2014 4:50 am

What's it going to be like to land on a planet within the Star Citizen universe? Well, it just so happens that there is 11 minutes of in-game footage from CitizenCon 2014, which shows off the persistent universe, as well as landing planetside, both of which are incredibly cool.

 

 

We've seen a fair bit of Star Citizen so far, but blasting through a planet's atmosphere and landing on the planet, flying through the city and seeing everything rendered in real-time is something that you simply need to believe. It'll give you some more faith in where that $56,000,000 and growing is going, won't it?

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Dragon Age: Inquisition runs at 900p on the Xbox One, 1080p on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2014 4:28 am

BioWare is on the home stretch right now for Dragon Age: Inquisition, with many details on the technical side of the game announced. We have had the developer confirm Dragon Age: Inquisition will be rendering at 900p on the Xbox One, while the PlayStation 4 version of the game will be rendered at 1080p.

 

 

BioWare said in a tweet: "we maximized the current potential of each platform". The developer also released the recommended, and minimum PC specifications, where the game will require, at a minimum, a quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon HD 7840 or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT. To aid in PC gamers' best interests, the company has reiterated its commitment for PC with the combat HUD made on PC, for PC specifically.

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iBUYPOWER introduces the SBX Entertainment System

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 12, 2014 4:12 am

iBUYPOWER introduces its newest 'ultra-simplified' entertainment center: SBX Entertainment System. The team designed this new unit to make it reflect the aesthetics and physical characteristics of a game console, but with the raw power that only high-end desktop systems can provide.

 

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The unit is designed keeping living room computing in mind, and iBUYPOWER assures that its new system can provide 60FPS gameplay at high definition resolutions. As you'd imagine, just like any game console or any properly configured and optimized desktop rigs, this is made to provide the best out-of-the-box PC gaming and entertainment experience.

 

"What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way, " said Darren Su, Co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER. "All preconceptions of what entertainment in the living room should and can be, are out the door."

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Apple remains the No. 1 most valuable brand in the world

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 11:04 pm

Apple has been awarded the most valuable brand in the world for a second consecutive year, worth an estimated $119 billion, according to the Interbrands 2014 Best Global Brands list. There are four technology companies in the top 10 this year, though tech remains extremely fickle, forcing companies to try to adapt to changing customer demands.

 

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"A lot of our thinking about this year's report is really around the 'Age of You,'" said Alfred DuPuy, Interbrand Executive Director.

 

Trailing behind Apple is Google ($107.4 billion), a 15 percent increase year-over-year, and Coca-Cola round out the top three - with IBM, Microsoft, General Electric, Samsung, Toyota, McDonald's, and Mercedes-Benz round out the top 10 overall most valued brands in the world. As an honorable mention, Facebook's value increased 86 percent, and the company jumped up to No. 29 on the list - and will likely continue to rise.

No Halo: The Master Chief Collection for U.S. gamers anytime soon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 10:05 pm

Microsoft showed off its Halo: The Master Chief Collection white Xbox One game console bundle, which will be available in Brazil and other countries. Despite initial interest in the limited-time bundle, Microsoft currently has "no plans" to release it for U.S. consumers.

 

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The bundle includes a white Xbox One console, one white controller, and a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection - which features versions of Halo 1 through Halo 4, including the Halo 5: Guardians beta.

 

If the Master Chief bundle proves popular among international gamers, then it would be foolish for Microsoft to skip the U.S. market. However, interested gamers will be able to purchase a white Xbox One later this month, in a $399 Sunset Overdrive bundle.

Smartphones, tablets in police custody being remotely wiped

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 8:29 pm

New anti-theft technologies for smartphones and tablets allow owners to lock and remotely wipe their device, but these solutions are giving suspects the ability to secure seized devices. Several police agencies in the UK recently reported that devices previously seized as evidence were wiped, all of them while in police custody.

 

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"There were six incidents, but we don't know how people wiped them," said a spokesperson from the Dorset police department in the UK. "We have cases where phones get seized, and they are not necessarily taken from an arrested person - but we don't know the details of these cases as there is not a reason to keep records of this."

 

If this becomes a widespread problem, police need to change their practices, which should begin with putting all seized electronics in a radio-frequency shielded bag.

Hackers to post thousands of stolen Snapchat photos to 4chan

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 6:43 pm

Hackers aren't only interested in embarrassing celebrities, as thousands of pictures and videos were stolen from Snapchat users and will be posted online. The online service was quick to confirm its servers weren't breached, however, users of third-party Snapchat apps were targeted - and will be posted online in a searchable database.

 

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Unfortunately for the users, they believed the images were quickly purged after being sent - instead, "The Snappening" will be posted on 4chan and other websites soon enough.

 

"We can confirm that Snapchat's servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks," a Snapchat spokesperson recently said. "Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users' security. We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed."

Xbox boss promises a more personal Xbox One going into the future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 9:25 am

As it stands, the PlayStation 4 seems to be winning the 'next-gen' and now current-gen console war, with the Xbox One lagging behind. Microsoft obviously wants to change this, something that was pointed out in an interview with The Inner Circle Podcast, with the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer.

 

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Spencer said during the interview: "I'll announce it here: I was told themes and background [pictures] are something that we are working on. And screenshots, I know people beat me up on screenshots". Spencer is aware that Xbox One gamers want to be able to personalize their dashboards, and do things that PC gamers can do easily, such as taking in-game screenshots without having to have the game have a built-in screenshot-taking feature.

 

He wasn't willing to tell the world when these new themes, backgrounds and screenshot-taking abilities would be appearing, but he did say "people should know that they're in development".

Telltale teases 'IRONWOODS' for its upcoming Game of Thrones game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 8:27 am

The developer behind the successful, and very popular The Walking Dead game, Telltale Games, has teased its latest film-to-game adaption, Game of Thrones.

 

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Telltale took to its Twitter account, teasing the phrase: "a wood of stubborn sentinel trees armored in grey-green needles, of might oaks of Ironwoods as old as the real itself". It's a quote directly from A Game of Thrones, but I'm sure Game of Thrones fans can pick at that quote, and the image above, with more information than what a fan of the TV show, like myself, could.

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