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Check out 21 minutes of new No Man's Sky gameplay footage

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 7:34 pm

No Man's Sky creator and developer Sean Murray sits down with IGN to play 21 minutes of his landmark space sim, giving a yet another fresh perspective on the game.



The latest gameplay footage for No Man's Sky aims to answer a simple question: what do you actually do in the game? Sure we know all of the things you can do, but a list of features isn't the same as a natural, organic playthrough. Now Hello Games wants to shed light on an everyday session of No Man's Sky. "The thing I wanted to show people is the kinds of things you do in No Man's Sky. You explore, you fight, you try to survive, and you trade as well in the game," Murray said.


Apart from answering that fundamental question, this session is chocked-full of new info that we didn't know before. We've already compiled a giant list of everything we know about No Man's Sky so far, but Murray reveals even more. Take relics, for example; these megaliths are left by mysterious ancient alien races (think Forerunners), and when you discover them they'll unlock different things, such as new alien words. The relics can also improve your standing with certain alien races.

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SteelSeries has a new minimalist keyboard designed for eSports

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 7:03 pm

SteelSeries is not to be outdone by their competitors with their new eSports focused minimalist keyboard; the Apex M500. They want to bring the cost of entry into the mechanical world down so that anyone can enjoy the stability and typing superiority that comes from real mechanical switches.




Don't be fooled by the lower price, however, because this exudes all the quality you'd expect from a SteelSeries keyboard. The comfortable, durable injection-molded keys in an attractive yet understated casing. The branding is also very low-key, simply the logo on the top right. Being a bit more minimalist and low-cost, it only comes in Cherry MX Red flavors with blue LED backlighting. You can still customize the lighting to light up on specific zones with the SteelSeries Engine. Nonetheless, a good quality keyboard with great switches at what might be seen as a bargain price for what it is. These things are expensive, costs more to make those switches, so anything approaching below $99 is fantastical. It's good to see SteelSeries taking up that segment, driving things down where possible without compromising quality.


"The APEX M500 is my new keyboard of choice. It's a tank and lives up to the quality of the 6Gv2, the mechanical keyboard that I've been using for a year now," says Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling, Carry for Evil Geniuses Dota 2. "This keyboard is everything I think a majority of players look for when it comes to quality and feel, it's going to be a product that will be used at the pro level for a long, long time."

Almost 15 years after launching, Windows XP is third most popular OS

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 6:04 pm

Windows XP launched nearly 15 years ago and support for it ended two years ago. Despite that, it's still going impressively strong: new data from Netmarketshare shows it holds a 10.9% slice of the pie, good for third behind Windows 7 (51.89%) and Windows 10 (14.15%), and ahead of both Windows 8.1 (9.56%) and OS X 10.11 (4.05%).




XP's resilience is due in part to how revolutionary it was and a lack of strong internal competition for years prior and following. Today, no doubt much of the reason for its large share is businesses who can't be bothered to upgrade -- such an undertaking is typically considered not worth it until it's completely unavoidable.

It's Dark Souls 3 day! Here's when the game launches on Steam

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 5:43 pm

Today is a special day in the PC gaming community: we're on the cusp of delving into Hidetaka Miyazaki's final Souls game.



Although Dark Souls 3 has been out for weeks in Japan, millions of North American PC gamers are eagerly waiting for their chance to die, die, and die again in the hallowed medieval realms. Today they'll finally get their wish. Dark Souls 3 is slated to launch simultaneously on Steam as early as 3:00 pm PST, so you'll definitely want to start pre-loading to prepare for the release.


While it's true Dark Souls 3 has had some frame rate troubles on other platforms, From Software has confirmed that it will run up to 60FPS on PC. Here's when you can start playing Dark Souls 3 on Steam:


  • Monday April 11th at 3:00 PM PDT (UTC -7)
  • Monday April 11th at 6:00 PM EDT (UTC -4)
  • Monday April 11th at 11:00 PM BST (UTC +1)
  • Tuesday April 12th at 12:00 AM CEST (UTC +2)

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Mozilla's next browser is built on Chrome technology, for now

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 5:19 pm

After struggling in recent years against the dominant Google, Mozilla has decided to give in somewhat and dedicate a six-person team to develop a radically different browser. The shocking part: Tofino, as it's called, is using an outside project Electron, which in turn is built on the Chromium foundation (which powers Chrome). With this move, Mozilla joins a long list of companies that have adopted Chromium, most recognizably Samsung and Opera.




Mark Mayo, senior vice president of the Firefox project says internal resistance to the shift has been vehement, to the point he's surprised the project got off the ground at all. No doubt it helps that the long-term plan is to adapt the company's proprietary Gecko technology and so replace Electron and Chromium, according to Mozilla engineer Kyle Huey.


Chrome accounts for 47 percent of browser usage; Safari sits at 13 percent, and Firefox at 9 percent, according to StatCounter.

New Titanfall 2 teaser released, reveal coming in June

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 4:30 pm

EA has just released the first teaser trailer for Titanfall 2, giving would-be pilots a small glimpse at the action-packed sequel.



Since we know that Titanfall 2 will be released by 2017, it's no surprise that EA has started teasing the sequel. The footage is actually pretty interesting, showing a titan wielding a blade that closely resembles Cloud's Buster Sword.


Respawn and EA plan to officially showcase a Titanfall 2 worldwide reveal ahead of E3 2016 on June 12, and we'll be sure to keep you updated with the latest coverage. Unlike its predecessor, Titanfall 2 will have a "grounded, gritty, human and real" singleplayer campaign, and Respawn recently boosted its dev team by 30% to prepare for the game.

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HTC 10 smartphone promotional video leaked

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 4:02 pm

HTC's '10' smartphone is the subject of a freshly leaked promotional video for the Asian market, as seen below. In it, we see the phone laser-cut from a solid block (complete with epic music), plus the slick interface and three different colour options (bronze, silver, black), among other things. Have a look for yourself:



As for the design, anyone familiar with Samsung phones will notice a striking similarity.


We'll have more for you on the 10 tomorrow when the official reveal begins.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda will have huge bosses and sexy romance scenes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 3:33 pm

With Mass Effect: Andromeda's huge E3 2016 showcase just around the corner, BioWare devs continue to release little hints and teases across social media. The newest batch of teases highlight a new character progression system, titanic boss battles, and sexy romance interactions.




BioWare is busily tweaking Mass Effect: Andromeda in preparations for its 2017 launch, and as we all know, it's hard for devs to stay completely tight-lipped about their creations. Ian Frazier, the lead designer on Mass Effect: Andromeda, recently took to Twitter to tease some brand new info on the game.


Accord to Frazier, we can expect "very, very large new foes" to fight in ME: Andromeda, probably in the context of a boss battle. What if gamers have to fight huge titanic monstrosities out in space? What if we actually get a huge fleet battle sequence? That'd be quite epic. You'll also be pleased to know that romance scenes are still in (of course they are!), and senior cinematic animator Tal Peleg says the cutscenes will be rather hot and heavy.

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The newest update for Rust will randomize your gender

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 3:08 pm

The female models inside Rust have finally arrived and now the game will assign you a gender based on your SteamID instead of letting you choose what your gender is.




On the blog, Garry Newman, of Garry's Mod fame, addressed his audience and explained some of the new features they've been working on and putting in the game. One of those is the new female gender models that have actually been a point of contention among fans who noticed their absence. But now the game will randomize your gender when you enter the world of Rust based off of your SteamID. This has not quite set well for some gamers, who do not like not having the choice for their in-game gender. Garry is not without logic in his implementation, however.


"We understand this is a sore subject for a lot of people. We understand that you may now be a gender that you don't identify with in real-life. We understand this causes you distress and makes you not want to play the game anymore," Garry said in the devblog. He continued to explain the position, "Technically nothing has changed, since half the population was already living with those feelings. The only difference is that whether you feel like this is now decided by your SteamID instead of your real life gender."

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