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Sony details its new PS4 Slim bundles, starts at $300

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 9:22 am

Sony has started detailing the various console bundles for its PS4 Slim console, with the PS4 Slim bundles including the newer, fresher console as well as the controller and usual accessories.

 

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There will be various bundles available starting on September 15, where you can pick up the new PS4 Slim and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for $300. A limited time Canada exclusive PS4 Slim bundle will see NHL 17 bundled, for the same $300 cost, while Europeans will have various options to choose from.

 

  • Launching October 5: 1TB PS4 Slim bundle with digital copies of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, plus 30 days early access to the Modern Warfare Remastered single-player campaign.
  • Launching November 4: 1TB PS4 Slim with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition (disc version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare plus downloadable Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered).
  • Launching November 4: 1TB PS4 Slim with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on disc.

 

Sony will also have a Watch Dogs 2 bundle on November 15, which will include the 1TB PS4 Slim, the original Watch Dogs, and Watch Dogs 2.

Super Mario Run announced as timed exclusive for iOS

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 7:26 am

An official Super Mario app has landed for smartphones, but there's a catch. The game was revealed during Apple's iPhone unveiling, where Nintendo introduced 'Super Mario Run', exclusive to iOS.

 

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Much like the traditional, retro side-scroller Mario fans grew up playing, the Super Mario Run is considered to be a 'runner' style of game. Mario will automatically run to the right and players will jump over gaps and enemies by tapping on the screen.

 

In regards to Android device users not knowing if or when Super Mario Run would be released on Android, a statement to Kotaku from Nintendo was provided: "We intend to release the game on Android devices at some point in the future." Giving hope that it will eventually reach the Google Play store, though we are unsure as to how long this will take.

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DX12 is broken on NVIDIA cards in latest Deus Ex game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 5:58 am

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided had its DX12 patch launch today in beta form, with AMD releasing their new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1 hotfix drivers ready for DX12 dominance on Radeon graphics cards.

 

 

Well, I just spent around 4 hours doing multiple FB Live streams where I thought I'd do live benchmarking between NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 and the AMD Radeon RX 480, to see what the performance would be like at 1080p in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, with the new DX12 abilities enabled.

 

The result? NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 would crash before the game would load, so I decided to try another GTX 1060 and had the same thing happened. I was using the 372.70 drivers, and even removed them and installed the older 372.54 drivers with the same issue. Every time I tried the RX 480 it was flawless, so I was able to test out DX12 with some pretty great results.

 

I ran Deus Ex: Mankind Divided at 1920x1080 with the Ultra preset in both DX11 and DX12 modes, with the following results:

 

  • AMD Radeon RX 480 (DX11) - 44.5FPS average / 33.8FPS minimum
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 (DX12) - 44.4FPS average / 17.3FPS minimum
  • AMD Radeon R9 Fury X (DX12) - 57.5FPS average / 37.6FPS minimum
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - DNF

 

NVIDIA will surely have a new driver out in the next 24 hours that should fix these crashing issues, and we'll re-run the tests then. I also decided to test out the HBM1-powered Radeon R9 Fury X during the FB Live stream, and have included those results. It's an impressive feat for the new Polaris architecture though, as the RX 480 is only 29% slower than the much more expensive R9 Fury X.

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Sony will have 'PS4 Pro Enhanced' sticker on boxes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 4:25 am

Sony is going to make it very easy to know which games are enhanced for the new PlayStation 4 Pro, with the company using a "PS4 Pro Enhanced" sticker or icon on the PS4 packaging.

 

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Sony says: "You can check PlayStation Store for games that take advantage of PS4 Pro specific features, or look for the PS4 Pro Enhanced icon on software packaging. PS4 Pro Enhanced features vary by game. Select titles may have enhanced visuals, frame rate, HDR 10 support, or increases in resolution".

 

Some of the new games that are enhanced for the new PS4 Pro include Battlefield 1, Horizon Zero Dawn, Elder Scrolls Online, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Watch Dogs 2, Mass Effect Andromeda, and more.

Elder Scrolls Online will run at full 4K on PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 2:27 am

There will be a few games launching for the PlayStation 4 Pro that will be running in their native 4K resolution, while some other games like Horizon Zero Dawn that will get close to, but not quite 4K.

 

 

Elder Scrolls Online will be running on the PS4 Pro at its native 4K resolution, with Bethesda teasing there will be "increased graphical fidelity" on the PS4 Pro for ESO.

 

Bethesda added: "When the PlayStation 4 Pro launches on 10th November 2016, The Elder Scrolls Online will be immediately playable in native 4K resolution, whether purchased new, or with existing game discs. Since the game was originally designed for a wide range of PC specifications, ZeniMax Online Studios was able to scale up the presentation alongside the scaled up power of the PlayStation 4 Pro. For players, this means that if you play The Elder Scrolls Online on the PlayStation 4 Pro with a 1080p HD television, you will experience increased graphical fidelity; if a player uses a 4K monitor, the game will automatically run in 4K".

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Ghost Recon Wildlands will be enhanced on the PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 1:00 am

Ubisoft has confirmed that a bunch of its games will be enhanced for Sony's new and improved PlayStation 4 Pro console, with Watch Dogs 2 and For Honor being enhanced.

 

 

The company also confirmed that both Ghost Recon Wildlands and Steep to also be enhanced for the PS4 Pro. Ghost Recon Wildlands already looks good, but now it'll look good for console players who decide to spend the money on the PS4 Pro console. Ghost Recon Wildlands is the biggest action adventure game that Ubisoft has ever made, so the additional horsepower of the PS4 Pro will be put to good use.

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Boost your career potential with Javascript training

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 8, 2016 11:30 pm

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Across 16 lectures, this crash course will walk you through the basics of programming and how JavaScript fits in. You'll learn how to run JavaScript in a browser and use it to carry out mathematical operations. From there, you'll dive into the technical side of web development and learn how to incorporate audio and video content using the Media API.

 

Normally $99, the Javascript: Crash Course is on sale for 75% off, making the final price only $24 for TweakTown readers.

Here's why Sony nixed PS4 Pro's 4K Blu-ray player

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 8, 2016 10:34 pm

Sony's PS4 Pro is all about 4K...except when it comes to 4K Blu-rays. That's right, the PS4 Pro doesn't play 4K UHD Blu-rays. Why would Sony make such an obvious omission especially when its competitor's $299 console supports it? So it could push gamers to sign up for its digital 4K movie streaming service called ULTRA.

 

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In its own words, here's why Sony cut out the 4K UHD Blu-ray player from the PS4 Pro: "Our feeling is that while physical media continues to be a big part of the games business, we see a trend on video towards streaming. Certainly with our user base, it's the second biggest use case for people's time on the system so we place more emphasis on that area," Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House told The Guardian.

 

In actuality, there's a few reasons Sony shaved of 4K UHD Blu-ray support from its new PlayStation 4 Pro. The most obvious reason you'd think is because of the cost of the Blu-ray player itself, but the reality is that the PS4 Pro already has the requisite hardware for 4K UHD video playback, which is the most expensive part. No, Sony cut the feature for many reasons, the first of which so it could push people towards its new premium 4K service called ULTRA, which, outside of YouTube and Netflix, will be the only way to watch 4K movies. But there's one massive problem with this approach: the everyday person doesn't have the internet connection speeds required to stream 80GB+ movies.

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PS4 Pro FAQ: Sony explains the new $399 4K PS4 console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 8, 2016 9:34 pm

There's been lots of confusion surrounding Sony's new 4K-ready PS4 Pro console, and in an attempt to clear things up, the Japanese console-maker has issued a massive console FAQ which you can find in its entirety below.

 

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The new $399 PlayStation 4 Pro is definitely a huge improvement over the original PS4, offering an AMD Polaris-based GPU with double the power at 4.20 TFLOPs, an overclocked CPU, higher RAM bandwidth, and all kinds of embedded scaling tech. While the PS4 Pro won't have exclusive games and play all old PS4 games, the selling point is that the console will render games in up to 4K 30FPS on 4K TVs and up to native 1080p 60FPS on HDTVs, while delivering considerable performance upgrades.

 

On PS4 Pro, games will look and play better than they ever did on original PS4 consoles, and you won't need a 4K TV to benefit from the console. "With PS4 Pro, we aim to provide developers with the tools and technologies that can further their creative vision," said PS4 architect Mark Cerny. But developers will have the choice in how to implement these tools, meaning that native 1080p 60FPS isn't a hard-locked requirement. Devs can choose, say, 4K 30FPS instead of making the game play better on 1080p HDTVs, or do a combination of the two like Crystal Dynamics is with Rise of the Tomb Raider. For more details, check the PS4 Pro FAQ below:

 

Read Also: Devs have final say in PS4 Pro Forward Compatibility game upgrades

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DirectX 12 arrives for Deus Ex in beta form

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 8, 2016 8:28 pm

As promised yesterday, DirectX 12 support has arrived for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Sadly, it's in beta form only, so results are likely to not be as good as you'd hope off the bat.

 

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To try DX12, right click on the game in Steam, navigate to Properties > Beta, then select dx12_preview and close the window. Be sure to grab the new AMD drivers and the latest NVIDIA drivers for best results.

 

Reports so far indicate moderate improvement or no improvement in FPS and frametimes for AMD users and worse performance for NVIDIA users. In the latter case, one hopes for an upcoming driver to better the situation.

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