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CD Projekt RED 'thinking about' Witcher 4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 9:27 pm

Although Geralt of Rivia's story has been concluded, CD Projekt RED is open to more Witcher games--they exclusively own the rights to the franchise after all.




CD Projekt RED is currently working on three projects: its monetized free-to-play multi-platform card game Gwent, its insanely ambitious high-tech masterpiece Cyberpunk 2077, and a mysterious new unannounced triple-AAA RPG. What if the latter is another Witcher game?


At CDPR's 2016 yearly earnings conference, Adam Kicinski answered a question about The Witcher 4. Is it possible? Is the series dead? "The Witcher was designed as a trilogy, and the trilogy cannot have a fourth part, can it? We like this world a lot. We've invested 15 years of our lives and a lot of money into it. So...we'll think about this," Kicinski said during the conference.


"We're rational people. Sometimes we have some strange ideas but we are rational people. We have full rights to the Witcher games and they belong to us. We put a lot of money into promotion and the brand is very strong.'ll answer your own question."

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Enjoy the incredible photos of SpaceX's historic launch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 8:31 pm

SpaceX made history by successfully launching and landing already used Falcon 9 rocket. This is the first time in history that an already used rocket has been launched again.




The Falcon 9 in question was first used in April last year when it launched the Dragon towards the International Space Station. It was the second rocket that SpaceX successfully landed, and the first one that they landed on an ocean platform.


SpaceX has been landing rockets for little over two years now. Up until then, rockets were only disposable, destroyed after the launch. The company has now shown that the rockets can be re-used, which will lower the cost of space missions and space flights.


The company has now published fascinating images of the historic launch and landing. Enjoy the view!

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New Zelda update boosts frame rates

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 7:33 pm

Zelda: Breath of the Wild's latest update patch tightens up frame rates and reduces FPS drops on Wii U and Nintendo Switch.




While Nintendo's latest Legend of Zelda game is absolutely one of the best games I've ever played, it does have a few hiccups here and there including frame rate drops. I personally am not perturbed or bothered by the small FPS hitches, but I play the game on Nintendo's newest Switch console. Wii U owners have reported rather noticeable FPS drops in certain areas like Kakariko Village.


The game's latest update patch reportedly smooths out frame rate stutters across the board and improves FPS consistency on all platforms. This is welcome news to gamers who are playing on Nintendo's beleaguered--and now retired--Wii U system.

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Samsung DeX is open for pre-orders at a price of $149

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 6:25 pm

With the reveal of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has introduced a new hardware and software solution named DeX.




DeX is the company's desktop transformation tool for turning a Galaxy S8 or S8+ into a desktop computer.


DeX allows you to hook up a keyboard, mouse, monitor and other USB peripherals to the $149 hub and then dock your phone to it. You can also pay an extra $10 to get rapid charging capability. Also, it has a fan to keep your phone cool while you're using it for heavy productivity tasks.

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Cyberpunk 2077 to leverage insane next-gen tech

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 6:14 pm

With Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt RED will smash barriers with their amazing talents and next-generation technologies, and the company teases some of the game's features and content.



We've known for a while that Cyberpunk 2077 will have an incredibly immersive "living breathing world," but CDPR isn't going to stop there: everything about the game will push the bar and redefine the standards in which games are judged--the same way The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt did for fantasy RPGS. CDPR currently has several hundred people working intensively on the game


CD Projekt RED was recently awarded a grant for 22.2 PLN or (5.6 million USD) of R&D funding under the GameINN program. The devs will use these funds to build new in-game engines and development tech that will not only power Cyberpunk 2077, but all of CDPR's future games (maybe even Witcher 4!).


"These proposals concern important technological aspects of cutting-edge RPGs, including the construction of a massive-scale open, "living" world, improvements in the efficiency of designing and implementing complex facial

and body animations, achieving cinematic quality of in-game cutscenes and providing unique multiplayer gameplay options," CD Projekt RED writes in its latest yearly earnings briefing. "The outcome of this work will be used in future AAA games developed by the Studio, including Cyberpunk 2077."

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Destiny 2 collector's edition costs the same as a PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 5:09 pm

Destiny 2 doesn't even have gameplay footage yet, but that hasn't stopped Activision from opening up pre-orders for five versions of the game--one of which costs as much as an actual console. Yes, really.




Destiny 2's collector's edition is definitely one of the most disappointing "premium" bundles I've seen in a long time. Not just because it costs the same as a PlayStation 4 Slim system (although that certainly has a lot to do with it), but because it's just so...frivolous. Most $200+ collector's editions come with something unique like a statue or a bust, or even a little remote controlled Nomad RC car. Not this one: all you'll get is a bag and a bunch of...junk.


Buying Destiny 2's collector's edition will set you back $250, and GameStop is apparently already sold out. For $250 you can get an entire PS4 console bundled with Uncharted 4, or even upgrde your video card to an AMD Radeon RX 480 with 8GB of VRAM.

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Nintendo Switch sells faster than PS4 in Japan

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 11:52 am

Nintendo's new handheld-console Switch hybrid is selling like hotcakes in its native land.




Japanese gamers absolutely love mobile and handheld gaming, so it's no surprise Nintendo's new Switch system is enjoying explosive sales momentum in the Land of the Rising Sun. Since the Nintendo Switch combines a trifecta of today's most popular platforms into one device--handheld, console and even mobile gaming with its 10-point capacitive touchscreen--the device has amazing potential to tap the industry's most lucrative sectors.


As a result the Switch is selling extremely well in Japan. The Switch has hit over half a million sales in Japan during its four-week launch period. In fact, Nintendo's new system is selling faster than Sony's juggernaut PS4 console at launch. According to data gleaned from Media Create, the Switch has sold 519,504 units in four weeks. As DualShockers notes, Sony's PlayStation 4 only sold 439.810 units in its four-week launch period in the region--the Switch outsold the PS4 by almost 80,000 units in Japan.

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DayZ creator teases his new game 'Stationeers'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 6:15 am

Dean Hall, the developer of the massively popular DayZ (which has spawned a bunch of smaller mods and games) cancelled an in-development game about space, and has now announced a new game about space: Stationeers.




Stationeers is all about building and managing your own space station, and better yet - it can be played on your own, or collaboratively with friends. Hall spoke with Eurogamer, detailing Stationeers as: "It's a hardcore, niche game in an area I've been interested in for a decade". Sounds good to me.

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DDR5 is coming soon, offers twice the speed of DDR4 RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 4:26 am

DDR5 is coming very soon, with memory standards firm JEDEC saying it will finalize the specs for DDR5 technology in 2018. DDR5 will succeed the current-gen DDR4 RAM, with twice the speed, more power efficiency, and double the density of DDR4.




DDR5 arriving with double the density will be great for the market, as it will offer larger DDR5 kits (say 32GB-128GB) compared to what we have now. DDR5 will most likely drop into servers and high-end workstation/gaming PCs at first, and then it'll filter down to other devices, and even appear in low-power form for laptops and mobile devices.

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 2:28 am

Palmer Luckey has been in the headlines for years, as the co-founder of the first real VR headset: the Oculus Rift. Luckey has been embroiled in scandals for a while now, and will be officially leaving Facebook, which acquired Oculus a few years ago in a deal worth $2 billion.




UploadVR reports: "Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer's legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry. We're thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR and wish him the best".


Luckey hasn't had much luck in the public eye recently, as the two most recent appearances by the Oculus co-founder have been to apologize for his contribution of spreading controversial memes, and then to testify in the legal case between ZeniMax and Oculus. Facebook wouldn't state whether Luckey left voluntarily, so maybe he was removed from the company after all this time.