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AMD reaffirms HDR abilities, HDMI 2.0 is the limitation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 19, 2016 4:18 am

Just as I was laying down to hopefully fall asleep after a massive 18-hour work day, I read a story over at TechPowerUp sourced from German tech site Heise.de, that AMD Radeon graphics cards were limited in their HDR abilities... well, click bait can be bad sometimes, and we now know the truth.

 

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The original story can be read here, which claimed that Radeon graphics cards were reducing the color depth to 8 bits per cell (16.7 million colors) or 32-bit, if the display was connected to HDMI 2.0, and not DisplayPort 1.2 - something that spiked my interest.

 

10 bits per cell (1.07 billion colors) is a much more desired height to reach for HDR TVs, but the original article made it out to seem like this was a limitation of AMD, and not that of HDMI 2.0 and its inherent limitations. Heise.de said that AMD GPUs reduce output sampling from the "desired Full YCrBr 4: 4: 4 color scanning to 4: 2: 2 or 4: 2: 0 (color-sub-sampling / chroma sub-sampling), when the display is connected over HDMI 2.0. The publication also suspects that the limitation is prevalent on all AMD 'Polaris' GPUs, including the ones that drive game consoles such as the PS4 Pro," reports TPU.

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Fallout 4 mods now available on PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 11:18 pm

After a long, winding road of hardships, Fallout 4 mods are now available on Sony's PlayStation 4.

 

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Bethesda today announced that Fallout 4's highly anticipated PS4 mods are now live. This is actually both good and bad news, considering Fallout 4 mods on PS4 are severely hampered compared to Xbox One: the mods cannot use new textures, meaning PS4 gamers can't enjoy new customized weapons, armors, or even user-created areas, and the mods can only take up a maximum of 1GB space.

 

Bethesda.net currently has almost 200 Fallout 4 PS4 mods up for gamers to sample, most of which are basic tweaks to game mechanics, items, quests and more.

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Remedy's isn't making a new Max Payne, just hiring devs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 9:28 pm

When Remedy Games posted up a cryptic teaser showing Sam Lake, the entire gaming world thought that the studio was working on a new Max Payne, especially since the clip had some distinctly familiar elevator music at the end. We did too. As it turns out, we were so far from the mark it's not even funny (no really, it's not).

 

 

Instead of teasing a new game, Remedy's short clip was just a snippet from a whimsical recruitment video. The clip literally said "new teaser trailer coming soon" and Max Payne fans everywhere went nuts. But there's no new Max Payne game, or any hint of any other project from Remedy. The "new teaser trailer" is just a humorous bloopers clip that Remedy used to rile up the internet like an April Fool's Joke.

 

So if you were hoping for any kind of major announcement from the team, forestall your hopes. Personally I'm not too enthusiastic about a new Remedy game after the wasted potential of Quantum Break.

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Overwatch free weekend starts now

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 8:26 pm

If you've been curious about Blizzard's FPS Overwatch but not enough to drop $40, now's a good a time as any to find out what it's all about. Starting today, you can play the game for free on all platforms, and just after a sweet new patch hit, complete with arcade modes, some great balancing changes, and new stealth hero Sombra.

 

 

The free part ends Monday 4PM PST. For details on downloading as well a handy FAQ, hit the source.

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Domino's delivers first pizza by drone

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Drones | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 7:27 pm

Back in August, Domino's Pizza began testing drove delivery in New Zealand. In partnership with delivery company Flirtey, today it made its first official delivery in the region: a peri-peri chicken pizza and a cranberry pizza to a couple in Whangaparaoa, 25km north of Auckland. The food was received at 11:19am with an impressive delivery time of under two minutes.

 

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The drone utilizes GPS to find its way and was controlled by a team of experts, including a certified drone pilot.

 

Flirty is said to be planning on bringing drone delivery to the US. Assuming continued success, it seems inevitable.

Civilization VI update adds DirectX 12, new maps, more

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 6:20 pm

A major update is now available for Civilization VI, adding DirectX 12 support (meaning potentially improved performance), new maps, a new scenario, and a metric tonne of polish to every aspect of the game.

 

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The new maps are "Four-Leaf Clover" and "Six-Armed Snowflake." Playable offline and on, they encourage conflict by forcing you to move to the center. The new scenario meanwhile, is named Cavalary and Cannonades, so it's not hard to imagine what's in store.

 

As for the polish, that touches on gameplay, balance, AI, bugs, graphics, multiplayer, interface, and audio, among other things -- like I said, every aspect of the game. The list is too long to post here, so hit the source if you want all the details.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 has 'incredible emotional depth'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 5:31 pm

Red Dead Redemption 2 will continue the distinct gritty and dramatic over-arching storyline found in John Marston's epic saga, even pulling at the heartstrings to invoke actual emotional investment from players.

 

 

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick affirms that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be chock full of "incredible emotional depth," iterating that the sequel will be a massive undertaking compared to the already huge original. "You can expect there to be great story elements and gameplay elements," Strauss said at the recent MKM Partners event.

 

Zelnick went on to highlight that RDR 2 will be absolutely massive--probably big enough to support both singleplayer and a GTA Online-style online component at the same time. "We took a different point of view [with Red Dead Redemption] which is that very occasionally westerns capture the imagination of the public. When we launched Red Dead, it did. And those times were right for that. And I think the times are right for a big, sprawling, optimistic view of America again. And that's not meant to be cute."

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Nintendo Europe Tweet special 3DS Badge Academy app deal

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 3:39 pm

Nintendo Europe announced that they will be offering gamers discounts and deals on the Badge Arcade app. The news came in correlation of celebrating the app's one year anniversary as it was delivered via Twitter earlier today.

 

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The Badge Arcade is a free download for Nintendo 3DS and gives players the ability to win badges through a simple crane game. The winnings from this game allows the user to revamp their the system's Home theme.

 

Currently in Europe the deal offered to customers is:

 

  • 2 free plays per day
  • Half price on purchased plays
  • Buy 10 plays get a free extension on themes

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Oculus Rift headsets will now work on lower-end PCs

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 2:40 pm

It's known throughout the gaming world that Virtual Reality is hot and popular with users everywhere, but high tech products are required to make it work. Oculus have been working on a new project called 'Asynchronous Spacewarp.'

 

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The Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW) technology has been designed to help lower the threshold for the Rift's compatibility. The ASW will perform on platforms at 45 frames per second, instead of previous requirements of running games at 90 frames per second.

 

With this technology available, its means that no longer will a powerful GPU be required to keep the framerate up. Overall customers will save money by not having to purchase the most expensive products to run VR.

Nintendo Switch to get full HD Pokemon Sun and Moon port

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 12:17 pm

Nintendo's new Switch console-and-handheld will reportedly get its own version of Pokemon Sun and Moon, unnamed sources at Nintendo have told Eurogamer.

 

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Eurogamer reports that the Switch Pokemon game is codenamed "Pokemon Stars," and is in actively development for a release in 2017. The Switch's port is expected to have enhanced features that aren't found on the 3DS, including enhanced 1080p HD visuals while docked for console play and 720p gaming when the Switch is taken on the go.

 

If this is true, it somewhat contradicts assurances from Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima that the Switch wouldn't cannibalize the 3DS. Considering the Nintendo Switch has a 6.2-inch 720p display with 10-point capacitive touch, along with a beefy new Pascal-grade Tegra processor from NVIDIA, I'd expect its Sun & Moon port to have specific features and in-game performance not available on the 3DS. This disparity between content may actually create a rift between consumers, so Nintendo has to handle this quite carefully.

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