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Battlefield 1 'They Shall Not Pass' DLC teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 4:52 am

DICE is now teasing Battlefield 1's first DLC package 'They Shall Not Pass' with a single teaser image - that you can see below.

 

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EA DICE will release the paid DLC for Battlefield 1 in March 2017, providing at least two new armies in the game - something that will include the French and Russian empire. If you've got Premium pass, then you'll receive two weeks early access to each pack. EA DICE explain:

 

Battlefield 1 Premium Pass members will be granted two-week early access to each pack, starting with Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass in March 2017 that will bring the French army into the battle in multiplayer.

 

Expand the theatre of all-out war with more frontlines in Battlefield 1 Premium Pass containing:

 

4 upcoming digital expansion packs, including:

 

  • Two-week early access to each expansion pack
  • Play as new armies including France in Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass, and the Russian Empire in an upcoming expansion pack
  • 16 new multiplayer maps
  • New Operations and game modes for more ways to play
  • New Elite classes
  • 20 new weapons

 

New vehicles

 

  • 14 Battlefield 1 Battlepacks containing stand-out weapon skins, delivered monthly from November 2016
  • 14 unique dog tags distributed over the course of the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass period

 

Check http://www.battlefield.com/games/battlefield-1/premium often for details and release dates for each expansion pack.

Resident Evil 7 supports 144Hz monitors, FOV adjustments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 3:32 am

Capcom has unleashed the Resident Evil 7 demo teaser "Beginning Hour" onto Steam, weighing in at just over 3GB - and I've played it. It's awesome, and you need to check it out. As for the PC requirements, here's what you'll need:

 

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MINIMUM:

 

  • OS: WINDOWS® 7,8,8.1,10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX™-6300 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 or AMD Radeon™ R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible (must support DirectX® 9.0c or higher)
  • Additional Notes: Hardware specification target 1080P/30FPS. *Internet connection required for game activation. The game is still undergoing development, so all PC requirements are subject to change.

 

RECOMMENDED:

 

  • OS: WINDOWS® 7,8,8.1,10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 3770 3.4GHz or AMD equivalent or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: TBA (4GB VRAM)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible (must support DirectX® 9.0c or higher)
  • Additional Notes: Hardware specification target 1080P/60FPS. *Internet connection required for game activation. The game is still undergoing development, so all PC requirements are subject to change.

 

I ran Resident Evil 7 on my Core i7-6700K (stock clocks), GIGABYTE Z170X-Designare, NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal), 16GB of DDR4-4000 RAM from G.Skill, and the Acer XB270HU monitor - 2560x1440 at 144Hz. It was silky smooth with everything cranked to maximum settings, with AA set to TAA only.

Resident Evil 7 'borderline photorealistic' on PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 1:20 am

Resident Evil 7 has enjoyed a mostly positive buzz throughout 2016, but now we have our hands-on the PC version of the game - at least in its demo form, with some more details on the game now released.

 

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Capcom is tweaking the game as you play, so that your experience is changed depending on how well you're playing Resident Evil 7. This was teased by Resident Evil executive producer Jun Takeuchi in an interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine UK, where he said: "Let's say you're playing a section and you die because you weren't able to react in time. Well, if you die a few times in that particular scene the game will adapt a little bit and bring the difficulty down a touch to give you the opportunity to proceed".

 

He continued: "But we want to make a game where people don't see dying as a negative thing because it's a horror game. It just isn't like a shooter where dying is a case of losing a life or losing your progress. In a game like this, the fact that something comes out and kills you outright is all part of the horror experience. We're trying to smooth the process of getting back into the game after dying, rather than limit any of the possibility of dying, because making the game too easy would also detract from the horror experience. Survival horror has to have a certain volume of player deaths to occur in order for the horror to be effective; you're scared of the idea that your character died, not of the mechanic of dying".

 

Better yet, are the graphics in Resident Evil 7 - with the company teasing it as one of the "most graphically impressive" games on the new PS4 Pro. The Official PlayStation Magazine UK has said that Resident Evil 7 has "borderline photo realistic throughout" and teases an "unprecedented reversal of fortunes" for the Resident Evil franchise. Excitement levels, increased.

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Dishonored 2's NewGame+ mode is absolutely crazy

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 19, 2016 11:53 pm

Arkane has rolled out Dishonored 2's free NewGame+ mode, and rather than just letting you replay the game as either Corvo or Emily, you get to play as both: well, kind of at least.

 

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If you're already beaten Dishonored 2, you'll want to give the game another whirl: trust us. Your NewGame+ playthrough will let you combine both Corvo and Emily's powers together to create some amazing customizable combos.

 

"Dishonored 2 offers the freedom of choice to play and improvise as you like. With this new mode, combine Empress Emily Kaldwin's abilities with Royal Protector Corvo Attano's signature powers to create any custom combo of multiple powers that you can imagine. Unlocked once you complete the game as either Emily or Corvo, New Game Plus lets you begin anew as either character with access to each hero's full suite of abilities plus all the Bonecharm Traits and Runes collected from your previous playthrough that you can re-assign to choose the powers you want," reads the official Bethesda announcement post.

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The 'Blade Runner' world returns in first sequel trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 19, 2016 11:34 pm

When 'Blade Runner' originally hit cinema screens in 1982, the ambitious sci-fi adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's novel sank under a wave of negative reviews and poor box office However, the intervening years have rehabilitated popular opinion such that its revered as the modern masterpiece that it is, culminating in the 2007 'Final Cut' which allowed Ridley Scott to fix some niggling issues. Now some 35 years later, the film is finally getting a sequel and after watching this first footage - we're pretty damn excited.

 

 

'Blade Runner 2049' sees Harrison Ford return as replicant hunter Rick Deckard, alongside Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright. While Ridley Scott won't behind the lens this time around, with 'Sicario', and 'Arrival' director Denis Villeneuve stepping in, he will serve as a producer. Those worried by the potential to screw-up one of the best films of the 20th century shouldn't be overly alarmed - the script written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green has been described by Ford as "the best thing he's ever read".

 

'Blade Runner 2049' will hit 2D, 3D and IMAX screens worldwide on October 6 2017.

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AMD's next-gen Ryzen benched against 7700K and 6900K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 19, 2016 11:27 pm

AMD teased their next-generation CPU architecture not too long ago at their annual AMD Tech Summit 2016 event in Sonoma, California - benchmarking the new 8-core/16-thread version of the Summit Ridge platform, better known as Ryzen.

 

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Now we have some new benchmarks that have been leaked, with Cinebench R15 results that pit Ryzen against Intel's new Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K processor.

 

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AMD's new Ryzen CPU clocked at 3.4GHz (it will be faster than this when it launches) against the Core i7-7700K, with Ryzen coming out on top - but a fair margin, too. This is to be expected however, as the 7700K is a 4-core/8-thread CPU against the 8-core/16-thread Ryzen CPU.

 

Cinebench R15 results:

 

  • AMD Ryzen - 1188
  • Core i7-7700K - 966
  • Core i7-7700K @ 5GHz - 1083
  • Core i7-6900K - 1500
  • Core i7-6950X - 1800

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New Mass Effect may not get Xbox Scorpio enhancements

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 19, 2016 11:04 pm

BioWare is apparently focusing on their efforts on optimizing Mass Effect: Andromeda for PC and Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro instead of thinking about enhancements on Microsoft's upcoming "monster" native 4K Project Scorpio console.

 

 

Although Microsoft's next-generation Project Scorpio Xbox console will release in holiday 2017 and deliver 6TFLOPs of performance to usher in a "new era of 4K gaming," devs like BioWare haven't even begun the planning process for game upgrades and enhancements on the console. That could signify something specific: Project Scorpio devkits aren't ready because AMD has yet to ship its Zen CPU and Vega GPU Raven Ridge APU combo that should power Project Scorpio, or it might mean that Microsoft isn't handing out scaled emulation devkits to anyone outside of its first-party studios.

 

BioWare's Mike Gamble said that the studio doesn't yet have plans to adapt Mass Effect: Andromeda for Project Scorpio, but that could definitely change. "For Scorpio, we have absolutely no plans right now. You never know what'll happen after that," Gamble said in a recent interview with Stevivor.

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'John Wick' returns with a vengeance in sequel trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 19, 2016 10:16 pm

Just days before Christmas, the upcoming sequel to the 2014 shoot-em-up 'John Wick' has released a new trailer confirming once again that he's not a man to be messed with.

 

 

'John Wick: Chapter 2' features Keanu Reeves reprising his role as the ex-retired hitman, as well as returning allies Ian McShane and John Leguizamo. Ruby Rose joins the cast as a female assassin, while Reeves' 'Matrix' co-star Laurence Fishburne will have a small cameo appearance (presumably not as Morpheus).

 

John Wick 2' is set to explode into U.S. cinemas on February 10, going up against the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' sequel.

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Nintendo Switch certified for Vulkan and OpenGL 4.5

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 19, 2016 10:06 pm

Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid now officially supports Vulkan and OpenGL 4.5 APIs in its new customized OS.

 

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The Khronos Group has certified the Nintendo Switch as conformant to the Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL 4.5 and OpenGL ES 3.2 graphics APIs for modern high-efficiency graphics. The Switch's OS is formally called the "Nintendo OS," and meets the Vulkan CTS 1.0.1.0 requirements.

 

As NVIDIA officially confirmed the Switch will use a highly customized Tegra processor, possibly a second-gen 20nm Maxwell iteration or a brand new 16nm FinFET Pascal variant, the inclusion of modern API support isn't exactly a surprise. The Nintendo Switch wasn't found conformant to any other Khronos Group APIs, including OpenCL.

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Samsung won't unveil Galaxy S8 until April?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 19, 2016 9:17 pm

After the Galaxy Note7 fiasco, Samsung has boosted the advertisement of their only flagship this year - Galaxy S7. Many analysts initially thought that Samsung might rush with their next phone, but the new reports suggest that the Korean giant decided to go for a different approach.

 

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According to a report from Naver, Samsung's executives decided at a recent meeting in New York to postpone the introduction of Galaxy S8 from MWC in Barcelona at the end of February to April 2017.

 

It is possible that the company wants to distance themselves from the Note7 fiasco and take more time to build the trust with their customers.

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