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Witcher 3 modding toolset is all modders get, no updates incoming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2015 2:21 pm

CD Projekt RED won't be releasing any more mod support for The Witcher 3, and it looks like modders are stuck with the current toolset.




A few days ago CD Projekt RED enjoyed unanimous praise from PC gamers upon the release of The Witcher 3's modding least until the modding community realized how "light" the toolset is compared to The Witcher 2's beefier REDkit.


"First of all, the modding tools we are releasing are not an editor," CDPR told Gamespot in a Q&A session. Instead of creating and editing world spaces gamers can extract and manipulate the files of the game, including adding custom textures and skins to characters as well as changing up animations and sounds. Plus modders can manipulate Witcher 3's scripts, opening a lot of potential for mods that tweak gameplay aspects like difficulty modes and altered quests. So far the Witcher 3 Nexus is filled with HUD alterations, graphics optimizations and small in-game convenience tweaks.

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New VR game suite merges laser tag with immersive FPS chaos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 17, 2015 1:06 pm

As a kid I always dreamed about a more futuristic, immersive laser tag experience that would let me enter the game and gun down virtual baddies. Now with the advent of VR tech, the future is here, and a company called Zero Latency aims to transport players into a chaotic first-person shooter sim to make our childhood wishes come true.



Zero Latency's VR gaming suite is comprised of an open 400square meter room specifically designed to let up six-players roam freely. Like any shooter sim experience every player has their own gear: an Oculus Rift DK2 headset stems to an Alienware Alpha PC stuffed in a backpack, and last but not least we have the wireless plastic gun whose VR version is a high-powered rifle that mows down zombies. Body movement is tracked by sensors outfitted on the Rift and the gun that curiously resemble Sony's PlayStation Move tech, relaying signals to mirror in-game transitions.


"Zero Latency VR is the experience the future of immersive gaming," the YouTube video description reads. Imagine a game that doesn't feel like a game. Where your body is the controller. And your mind believes it's real. The digital and real-world meshed seamlessly together, to transport you inside the virtual like never before. When you move, the game moves with you. Pure immersive mayhem with the freedom to get up and go."

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AT&T has 'extreme willingness to help' the NSA, according to the NSA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Aug 17, 2015 5:32 am

We already know that most Americans are spied on in every facet of their lives, but it's now come out that AT&T has been working very, very closely with the NSA, sharing Americans' data with them on a scale that should scare most people.




The New York Times is behind the report, where the documents they've seen have said that the NSA has praised AT&T's "extreme willingness to help". The NSA has official instructions to its officials, where when they visit AT&T facilities, they're said to be very polite, with the US spy agency reminding agents that "This is a partnership, not a contractual relationship".


In 2010 alone, AT&T provided the NSA with 1.1 billion domestic cell phone records per day in a bid to stimulate its relationship with the US spy agency before the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In one document from 2013, it has been said that AT&T's "...corporate relationships provide unique accesses to other telecoms and I.S.P.s". This means that other companies that have been using AT&T's networks for transfers, are not safe from the eyes of the NSA, because AT&T has been handing over the information in bulk.

Sony Xperia Z5+ could be the first smartphone with a 4K display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Aug 17, 2015 3:33 am

Sony's purported codenamed S70+ is shaping up to be a monster, with the Xperia Z5+ said to feature a 4K display. This would have Sony being the first smartphone on the market with a 4K display.




The Xperia Z5+ looks pretty much identical to the Xperia Z3+ in the design department, as its design is already pretty slick. We should see it offered in gold and chrome options, with a fingerprint scanner included. Inside, the Xperia Z5+ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, with its 4K resolution splashed onto a 5.5-inch display.

Australian Senate could force Google, Apple to declare tax payments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 17, 2015 1:28 am

In the next 24 hours, we're going to find out if Apple and Google will be forced to declare how much tax they pay in Australia annually, with the Australian Senate committee pushing in new recommendations.




These recommendations are lengthy, with 18 of them in total, including that all companies should annually disclose how much money they've made in Australia. Not only that, but how much tax they paid, tax deductions, and other government write-offs. One of the bigger points of these 18 recommendations, is naming and shaming companies that dodge tax.


Labor senator Sam Dastyari said that one of the key issues was transparency, adding that every dollar avoided "is a dollar that's not going to a hospital, a school or an institution of welfare that's needed in this country. Right now, the laws as they currently stand mean that Australia's worst tax offenders are able to hide behind privacy provisions. It's time we named them, and we shamed them and it's time that we actually gave the Australian public an opportunity to know who these companies are, to know the practices they're engaging in, to not allow them to hide behind what currently exists as privacy provisions".

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Darth Vader Limited Edition PS4 announced by Sony and Disney

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 17, 2015 12:52 am

To capitalise on the upcoming release of 'The Force Awakens', 'Star Wars Battlefront' and 'Disney Infinity 3.0', Sony PlayStation and Disney have teamed up to release two limited edition Darth Vader themed PS4 console bundles, with a specially designed lid and controller, along with some other 'Star Wars' goodies.



To be released in November worldwide, the console will be available in two bundles; both with the 500GB console version and a download voucher for four classic remastered 'Star Wars' titles including the Super Nintendo 'Super Star Wars', the PS2 'Racer Revenge', 'Jedi Starfighter' and 'Star Wars Bounty Hunter', and your choice of physical copies of 'Disney Infinity 3.0' or 'Star Wars: Battlefront".

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Samsung's next-gen 'Mongoose' processor will 'obliterate' competition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 16, 2015 11:26 pm

Samsung has been catching up and beating the likes of Qualcomm in the mobile processor race for the last year or so, but its upcoming SoC codenamed Mongoose, is shaping up to be quite the winner.




Benchmark results of the new Mongoose have leaked, making the 8-core Exynos 7420 from Samsung look like nothing in comparison. Mongoose has each of its four cores clocked at 2.4GHz, down from the eight cores on the Exynos 7420 clocked at 2.1GHz. Mongoose was run in Geekbench, where it scored 2136 in the single-core test, and 7497 in the multi-core test.


If we compare this against the Exynos 7420 with its 1486 in the single-core test and the 4970 from its multi-core test, Mongoose has some serious power to throw around. Even in its 'power-saving mode', Mongoose still beats the Exynos 7420, with 1698 and 5363 in the single- and multi-core benchmarks, respectively. We should expect Mongoose to be unveiled in the coming months, while it should be found in Samsung's handsets sometime in 2016.

Introducing the Talon, a game controller that slides on your finger

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 16, 2015 11:41 am

With VR on the horizon, hardware makers have busily crafted motion-based controllers to power the new tech. Innovations like the Control VR glove or HTC Vive's laser-tracked wireless controllers have caught our attention, but one company aims to turn the gaming world on its head with a new controller that slides right on your finger.




Introducing the Talon, a new "smart ring" motion-controlled peripheral that uses a 9-axis motion control sensor to convert hand gestures into input signals to interact with games. There are also two "action buttons" placed on the band for manual button pressing, and the creators boast that the Talon will be compatible with a huge array of games including shooters, racing games and even sports titles.


"Currently, in order to play motion-controlled games, consumers must purchase all the expensive hardware: TVs, Wii, X-box or Kinect are just a few of them," says Titanium Falcon CEO and Founder Guo Juan. "We believe our touch-less and motion controlled smart ring will change the way users play games forever. Talon will enable gamers to play games instantly at any place and time, free hand, while on the go. Users can play mobile games or control applications even when they are doing other things such as running, cooking, taking the bus and so on."

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Call of Duty ends its Xbox exclusivity next month, into Sony's arms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 16, 2015 10:35 am

After five years of timed exclusivity on the Xbox, Sony will gain timed exclusivity from the Call of Duty franchise, starting off with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.




Sony will secure a 30-day platform timed exclusive for Black Ops 3 and its future DLC, with the multiplayer beta of Black Ops 3 launching on the PS4 first. At E3, Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House said that the PlayStation was "the new home of Call of Duty". Under the deal, all future Call of Duty DLC will hit the PlayStation first, which is a big scoop for Sony.


During E3, Activision Publishing boss Eric Hirshberg told Gamespot: "The partnership with Sony was the right decision at this time. They've been a great partner on Destiny, and they have a ton of momentum with the PS4 and really got behind this thing. They wanted to see that deal on their platform. We're going to make it work".

Xbox One and PS4 are selling much quicker than previous-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 16, 2015 8:29 am

It looks like the current generation consoles are selling quite well, with the Xbox One and PS4 sales being "close to" 50% ahead of where the PS3 and Xbox 360 sales were at the same time in their lifespan.




The news is coming from NPD Group's recent study into the current generation consoles, 21 months after they launched. A Microsoft spokesperson told IGN: "Xbox One and Xbox Live continued to see strong sales and engagement in July, with Xbox One sales in the U.S. up 44 percent over July 2014 and active global Xbox Live users (Xbox One and Xbox 360) up 22 percent".


Not only that, but game hardware sales also grew by 2% from June to July. NPD Group also said that the best-selling game in July was a surprise: LEGO: Jurassic World.

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