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BenQ America launches XR3501 144Hz curved monitor

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 8:32 am

Brandishing a price tag of $999, BenQ America has announced a release of the 21:9 aspect ratio BenQ XR3501 curved monitor. Complete with a refresh rate of 144Hz and BenQ's RevolutionEyes technology, this screen claims to provide an "authentic sense of engagement" as seen in a recently issued press release.

 

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Also featuring Black eQualizer in order to lighten up dark gaming corners, the XR3501 further features ZeroFlicker, enhanced viewing angles and 20 options of color vibrancy.

 

With a 2560x1080 resolution, this monitor is available in North America right now at major retailers.

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Final Fantasy 15 will release in 2016, new demo incoming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 7:35 am

With almost a full decade in development, fans are quite eager to finally get their hands on Final Fantasy 15...but up until now Square Enix has been quiet on any kind of release info. According to game director Hajime Tabata, the wait is almost over, and the devs have some extra goodies to share during the wait.

 

 

"At the very least, I can tell you that it isn't going to be released this year," Tabata said in an interview with GameSpot. "We can certainly say to people: it's going to be before 2017. I think we'll be able to tell you when we're making the announcement around PAX Prime, at the end of this month."

 

Sadly this isn't the fully fledged release date confirmation that gamers had hoped for. Square Enix seemed to be teasing something big for Gamescom 2015 and everyone thought at long last a release date would be announced. Amid this disappointment Tabata affirms that Square Enix has indeed set a release date for Final Fantasy 15, and that a strategic plan is in place.\

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Final 'Hitman: Agent 47' trailer released

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 7:07 am

20th Century Fox will no doubt be hoping to erase the memory of the decidedly average 'Hitman' feature film adaptation from 2007, as they ramp up for the release of a new feature film reboot. But this time around, it might actually go a way to pleasing fans of the game series.

 

 

Starring Rupert Friend as Agent 47 and 'Star Trek' star Zachary Quinto as clone John Smith, 'Hitman: Agent 47' seems to be courting a hard R rating, with all the blood and violence you'd rightly expect.

 

'Hitman: Agent 47' begins rolling out to cinemas worldwide starting from August 21st.

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey graces the cover of Time Magazine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 6:29 am

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is on cover of Time Magazine, in a pose that has the Internet going crazy. Polygon has grabbed a bunch of tweets and comments from various people in the industry, which we've got below. But the image of Palmer... priceless.

 

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The cover itself.

 

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George Broussard of 3D Realms and his reaction, saying that the Time cover is the "worst PR that virtual reality could ever have", and I have to agree.

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Fallout 4 has no level cap, lets you explore after the story finishes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 5:47 am

In an interesting announcement, Bethesda has said that Fallout 4 will not have a level cap at all and that the game doesn't end when the story is over. Players can "keep playing and leveling" once the main story is wrapped up.

 

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Previous Fallout games have all featured level caps, so this is a big departure from previous entries in the franchise. The studio has said that it is also reworking the way enemy difficulty scales with the player's level, which is an obvious move with the lack of a level cap. During E3, Fallout 4's Game Director, Todd Howard, told Game Informer: "We call it rubberbanding; we'll have an area [where enemies scale from] level 5 to 10, and then this area will be level 30 and above".

Oculus wants you to watch movies with friends on your VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 4:10 am

Oculus is teasing a new 'multiplayer' mode for its VR application Oculus Cinema, an app that pits users into a virtual cinema so that they can watch movies and TV episodes on a massive, virtual screen.

 

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During a talk with Road to VR, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey said that the idea behind Oculus Cinema was to always have VR users experiencing the movie together, just like you do when you go to the cinema. Luckey continued, saying that the app will continue to receive more social features in the coming months, such as avatars and a remote multiplayer function, so that users won't need to be in the same room.

 

The new social VR cinema experience will be pushed onto the Gear VR, which you'll need a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to use, but it will eventually reach the retail Oculus Rift headset when it launches in early 2016.

Fox Network developing 'X-Men' TV series

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 2:57 am

Twentieth Century Fox are doing the best they can to exploit the two Marvel licenses they currently hold, with the 'Fantastic Four' reboot opening this week, and filming on the latest 'X-Men' feature continuing under director Bryan Singer ahead of a release next year. But now, Fox's television arm is attempting to court Marvel on development of an X-Men spin-off series.

 

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Fox Network Chairman and CEO Dana Walden confirmed that "we're in negotiations with Marvel. We're hopeful that we'll be able to announce something soon. We're not closed on a deal yet but it's something we're definitely pursuing." Walden opened up a little by stating that "we won't be including Marvel characters that are at ABC with Disney. This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox."

 

The next installment in the feature film series; 'X-Men: Apocalypse' opens worldwide in May 2016.

10v10 Dota 2 was just announced on the International live stream

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 2:46 am

While setting up for the Dota 2 all stars show match featuring Team N0tail versus team ChauN, event host and anchor 'Kaci Aitchison' revealed that the format for this game would be in the form of a crazy 10v10. This game is set to feature members from the audience teaming up with professional gamers ChauN and N0tail, sitting alongside various other top-tier gamers.

 

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But wait there's more, Aitchison announced that this 10v10 game mode will become available for us all to play as of next week.

 

This is surely not going to change how eSports tournaments are conducted, but 10v10 could quite possibly be a massive hit at LAN parties and random online games.

The world's first 4K mobile display with an insane 734 PPI unveiled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 2:06 am

EverDisplay has just shown off an incredible new mobile display, a 6-inch 4K display that has a massive pixel density of 734PPI. But what would you need this many pixels on a 6-inch display for?

 

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Well, the company claims that VR applications and 3D imaging would be perfect for this new display. The manufacturer has been working with other technology too, such as round displays for wearables and the automotive industry. But it's not all sunshine and rainbows for a 6-inch 4K mobile display with 734PPI, as there's battery life to worry about, and heat output.

 

Still, we can see that 4K displays with insane pixel density are right around the corner, just as we prepare for the onslaught of virtual reality headsets from the likes of Oculus and HTC.

NVIDIA revenues climb 4.5% this quarter, beating analysts expectations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 12:14 am

NVIDIA has just posted its Q2 2015 financial results, beating analysts' expectations by a considerable amount. Analysts pegged NVIDIA to have revenues decline by 8%, but NVIDIA had an increase of 4.5% in revenues instead.

 

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The increased revenues were thanks to strong GeForce sales, surely led by the super-impressive GeForce GTX 900 series of video cards. The company is expecting sales to drop in Q3, while NVIDIA's gaming revenue increased 59% thanks to big GeForce numbers. Wedbush Securities analyst Betsy Van Hees said: "The near term story continues to be PC gaming. That is the key driver for them and they continue to dominate in that area".

 

Another area where NVIDIA is working hard is in the automotive sector, where the company has said that there are 8 million cars on the road using their technology and that they're working with over 50 companies for its DRIVE chip, allowing self-driving cars.

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