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Ghost Recon Wildlands closed beta starts on Feb 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2017 12:34 am

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands will soon be thrown into a closed beta test, starting on February 3 and running through to February 6 - with pre-loading starting on February 1.



If you want to jump into the Ghost Recon Wildlands closed beta, check out the official website - and enjoy two new trailers that Ubisoft have just released. The first trailer shows how players can customize their tactical approach to missions, while the second trailer is a tease of the huge open world offered in Ghost Recon Wildlands.


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Windows 10 Game Mode may benefit UWP games the most

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 7:12 pm

Microsoft has affirmed that Windows Store UWP games may leverage the most out of Windows 10's new Game Mode feature, which re-allocates system resources to boost in-game frame rates. However, this rate won't be anything dramatic, and games will see as little as a 2% FPS boost.



Xbox program manager Kevin Gammill recently opened up to Ars Technica about the new Game Mode feature that will help optimized Windows 10 PCs for gaming. Gammill says that while Game Mode supports both Win32 and UWP games, the latter may see "slightly better" FPS boosts.


Game Mode can improve in-game frame rates for CPU and GPU-bound games from anywhere from 2% to 5%, so this may not be a dramatic boost depending on the game. Also it's interesting to note that the possible performance boost disparity is due to Win32 games being able to launch extra processes, whereas UWP games are more lightweight and this respect and can't install background services and whatnot.

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Xiaomi is skipping MWC cause they have nothing to show

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 6:41 pm

Samsung isn't the only company that won't launch a new smartphone at this year's MWC in Barcelona. Xiaomi has also announced that they too are skipping this event.




The company confirmed the news to TechCrunch stating that they don't have a new device to show. Previous rumors had suggested that the company would launch the Mi 6 at MWC 2017, but that might have been postponed cause of Hugo Barra's departure from Xiaomi.


Xiaomi announced their Mi 5 at last year's MWC, so it was expected that they would announce a new device this year as well.

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Sony expected to unveil Snapdragon 835 powered phone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 3:34 pm

Sony is preparing for the February 27th event at MWC in Barcelona, and although it was previously noted that the company would unveil two new phones, the latest reports say that we could see up to five new devices.




A new leak suggests that one of the five devices will be a Snapdragon 835 powered smartphone with a 4K display. The flagship is expected to have a 5.5-inch display, and it could pack up to 6GB of RAM.


Other rumors suggested that Sony will also unveil a MediaTek Helio P20 powered phone that should sell for around $350.

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Gone in 60 seconds: Nokia 6 sells out in 2nd flash sale

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 2:28 pm

Earlier this month, HMD unveiled their first Nokia-branded Android smartphone, and the device proved to be an instant hit. In its first flash sale for the Nokia 6, the device sold out in just one minute.




The Nokia 6 second flash sale was even a bigger success since the device sold out in less than a minute. It has also been announced that over 1.4 million registrations were recorded for sale.


The hype around HMD's first Nokia-branded Android smartphone doesn't seem to die down, but I would like to see some numbers. Xiaomi announced that they sold 250,000 units of the Redmi Note 4 in 10 minutes, which is an amazing number. Hopefully, Nokia will give us some numbers soon.

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New Zelda is based on three words 'climb, live, protect'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 1:17 pm

Beloved Nintendo exec and Zelda grandfather Eiji Aonuma has been working on Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the past four years. The game is a massive open-world expanse that represents tens of thousands of hours of work from countless developers, featuring a sprawling landmass filled with dynamic monsters and activities. But that doesn't mean it can't all be summed up in three simple words.



When asked to simplify the staggering behemoth that is the first real open-world Zelda game in a single sentence, Aonuma didn't hesitate. In fact, the internal dev team has been following three words as their core tenants when designing and building the game--in a sense, these three words are the very ethos of the land of Hyrule.


"Climb, live, protect. These are the three words used in advertising on the official Japanese website. It means exploring by climbing everywhere, living in harmony with the world around us and protecting something or someone to accomplish a mission. This is really the essence of this game," Zelda grandfather Eiji Aonuma said in a recent interview with French gaming site Gamekult.

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Resident Evil 7 ships 2.5 million copies globally

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 12:21 pm

Capcom Japan today announced that its latest smash-hit Biohazard horror Resident Evil 7 has shipped 2.5 million copies worldwide, and the company is optimistic about the game's total earnings.



If you haven't played Resident Evil 7 yet, I think you should rectify that immediately. It's a horror fan's dream game. Within the first hour of the game I had more fun than I've had in years--more true, visceral and grisly horror fun than most games can even accomplish. This chapter is a true return to Resident Evil's horror roots, and combines all kinds of themes and sensibilities that players will recognize. In the truest sense, this is the purest form of that hallowed terror that pulled us in some 20 years ago and hasn't let go since.


While Capcom hasn't officially release sales figures for Resident Evil 7, the publisher did ship 2.5 million copies, and the game has been buzzing left and right across the web. Gamers also downloaded the demo 7.15 million times, which is huge. It appears the gaming community feels the same way I do, and pledge that it's the killer app VR has needed since its inception. Capcom has to be happy about the buzz, and I'm confident the game will meet--or even exceed--the company's original projection of 4 million RE7 sales by the end of its fiscal year on March 31 2017.

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NVIDIA's current Shield updated, supports HDR, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 10:23 am

NVIDIA will be making owners of the current-gen Shield happy with a new firmware update that provides Shield owners with some of the new features of the upcoming refreshed Shield unit.




The new update allows Shield to push out 4K HDR streams from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as the nifty new GeForce Now game streaming. In order to use GeForce Now, you'll need to buy the new game controller that'll set you back $60.


NVIDIA has saved current Shield owners $200 with this new firmware, meaning if you want to save the $60 on the new controller because you won't use GeForce Now - then don't. GeForce Now will cost you $25 for 10 hours of gaming, powered by GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards in the cloud.

Kojima Productions new studio looks absolutely amazing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 8:18 am

Hideo Kojima is working on something quite magical with Death Stranding, with a few teases of the game so far - and now, the team is moving into the new offices, and they look swanky AF.




Kojima left Konami back in December 2015, and has said that he and his team were working in a "temporary workspace". But now, they've built something truly beautiful - I want to visit it, and breath in everything - now.






We can see a 360-degree camera setup in a large room, a massive table with a large screen TV for discussions and I'm sure, the daily footage on Death Stranding.

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ASUS launch 1080p monitor with super-fast 240Hz refresh

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 7:22 am

ASUS has made its new ROG Swift PG258Q gaming monitor available, offering a 1920x1080 resolution and massive 240Hz refresh rate - for those, like me, who want to live on the bleeding edge.




The ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q is a 24.5-inch 1080p display that the company designed for eSports and super-fast games, especially those intense first-person shooters like CS:GO, Overwatch, and more.


ASUS has included NVIDIA's Ultra Low Motion Blur technology, which erases most of the motion blur - I have to use mine more to make judgment on that, which is coming very soon. ASUS includes a slick design, and its new Light Signature - something that provides light projection effects while you're gaming.

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