Last night, I played a couple of hours of the just-released Assassin's Creed: Unity, and was absolutely disgusted at the performance of the game, even on my powerful PC.
I'm running a Core i7-4930K, 16GB of Corsair 2400MHz DDR3 RAM, SSDs galore from SanDisk, and two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980s in SLI - yes, GTX 980s, two of them. All of this is sprinkled over the awesome ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q monitor, which has a native resolution of 2560x1440 and 144Hz refresh rate. I went into the game at 1440p, at its highest possible settings (with anti-aliasing disabled) and was getting an abysmal frame rate.
Quitting out of it, it crashed - and then I couldn't get back into it. Disabling SLI and rebooting, it still didn't work - so I downloaded and installed the new GeForce 344.65 Game Ready drivers, which helped. Back into the game, I reduced the resolution all the way down to 1280x720 and medium detail, which provided around 40-45FPS... which is way, way under what I should be getting. I quit out, jumped into Alien: Isolation which is running at 2560x1440 with everything cranked (again, sans AA) and I was getting 100FPS+. Battlefield 4? Same thing.
Senior Producer on the game, Vincent Pontbriand even said that the studio was "Technically we're CPU-bound. The GPUs are really powerful, obviously the graphics look pretty good, but it's the CPU [that] has to process the AI, the number of NPCs we have on screen, all these systems running in parallel". Now, see that CPU bound commment there - look at the screenshot from the game above (taken on my PC) and tell me how those copy/pasted NPCs would take up precious CPU resources.
NVIDIA already has two great GPUs in its GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 cards, but the mid-range market needs some lovin', too. This is where the GeForce GTX 960 comes into play, and according to the latest rumors, it won't be as cut down as previous generations have been.
The GeForce GTX 960 will reportedly maintain its GM204 core, as well as the 256-bit memory bus and 4GB of GDDR5 memory that both of its bigger brothers have. The GTX 960 will reportedly be clocked at 933MHz on the Core, and most likely 1408 Stream Processors, with 88 Texture Units behind it.
When it comes to pricing, we should expect some cut throat pricing from NVIDIA, with a price of under $249 in the US. When will it be unveiled? We should see it coming into the world in Q1 2015, so we don't have much longer to wait.
Netflix has just enabled 1080p content for Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus, with the company updating its iOS application so that the higher-resolution iPhone can now enjoy Full HD content.
The latest app is now capable of 1080p playback, just like its older Android 4.3 counterparts. The new Netflix for iOS app has a few other improvements for iOS 8, as well as improved Chromecast streaming.
Waiting for that Nexus 6 smartphone? You'll have your chance later today with multiple wireless carriers opening up pre-orders for Google's latest handset.
AT&T will be offering up the Midnight Blue version of the Nexus 6 for $682.99 outright, or on a two-year contract on its Next plan for $249.99. Sprint will be offering the same Midnight Blue version of the phone, but will start it up on November 14. T-Mobile has already announced the Nexus 6 for $0 down on a two-year contract.
As for U.S. Cellular and Verizon, they will both offer the Nexus 6 at some point in the future, but haven't laid out their plans just yet. The Nexus 6 did reach the Google Play store last month, but pre-orders were snapped up within minutes.
During the NVIDIA's Editors Day 2014 in Monterey Bay, California just a couple of months ago (man, I miss that place) the company showed off its new second-generation Maxwell architecture, and gave birth to the GeForce GTX 900 series. But one of the cooler things shown off during the event, was VXGI, or Voxel Global Illumination.
NVIDIA used VXGI to recreate the infamous photo from the Lunar landing in 1969, attempting to debunk conspiracy theories on whether it happened - and whether the photos were fakes or not. Well, the company has now released that Apollo 11 demo, for anyone with a GeForce GTX 970 or GTX 980 to play around with it.
The Apollo 11 demo is powered with Unreal Engine 4, and takes some serious GPU horsepower to run it.
We knew it was coming, but Avalanche Studios has confirmed it: Just Cause 3 is coming. JC3 will be released next year, for current-generation consoles and PC.
Xbox One and PS4 users will be over the moon, but Xbox 360 and PS3 users? Not so much. Just Cause 3 will throw gamers into the fictional Mediterranean islands, which are ruled by a dictator. We did hear about microtransactions for Just Cause 3, but the developer has ruled them out, as well as a free-to-play model.
The leaked screenshots? Don't worry about those, according to the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Avalanche, Christofer Sundberg. He said: "Those leaked screenshots were taken from an ancient version of Just Cause 3. Like most games, this one went through an exploratory phase where we looked at different control schemes, different technologies, different business models. Those leaked screenshots show aspects of that process, and in no way reflect the game we are making today".
Telltale Games is teasing more of its Game of Thrones series, confirming that it is coming to the Xbox One and PS4. We knew it was coming to the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac and iOS - but now the current-gen consoles get some A Song of Ice and Fire love.
Where does the Game of Thrones game take off? It starts at close to the end of season three of the HBO smash hit TV series, and will end right on the bar of the start of season five. The game world is created from the Game of Thrones series, instead of the books written by George RR Martin. The story will focus on House Forrester, where throughout the season, gamers will play five members of House Forrester, either direct family, or servants of the House.
Telltale teases: "Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. This is because the actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you're truly playing the Game of Thrones ... where you win, or you die".
Police have confirmed that multiple suspicious packages have turned up on the doorstep of the New Zealand Herald office in Auckland, as well as the New Zealand Parliament.
The first package arrived at the NZ Herald with a note that it contained the deadly Ebola virus, while another bottle turned up at Parliament House in Wellington. Both bottles included a letter attached, warning that the bottles had Ebola inside. Police said in a statement: "Wellington Police have secured a package delivered to the Parliament mailroom today with the assistance of the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team". The authorities continued: "An initial examination of the package has shown it may be similar to a package received in Auckland this morning which referenced Ebola. It contained a document and a small plastic bottle with a small amount of liquid in it".
New Zealand Police talked with Mashable, saying: "A small amount of liquid in a plastic bottle sent to the Herald has been secured by Auckland City Police after it arrived in a suspicious package this morning, Herald management implemented the appropriate processes around suspicious packages and called police to attend the mail room at about 9.30am". The bottle, and its contents, are now secured and have been sent to The Institute of Environmental Science and Research, where they'll be swabbed for DNA and fingerprints.
We saw the beginnings of GIGABYTE's new watercooling system a few months ago, but here we are: the company has just announced its new GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce Tri-SLI cooler.
The new system attaches onto three GeForce GTX 980 cards, cooling all three of them down with a very powerful, 3-way SLI closed-loop liquid cooling system. What we're seeing here is a combination of three of GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming cards (that's a lot of Gs), which are non-reference GPUs with improved PCBs and cooling designs, with the WaterForce cooling system on it.
Each GTX 980 is overclocked to 1228MHz on the Core, and 1329MHz Boost, while the memory is at 7010MHz. There's a massive external casing that comes with it, which will be placed on top of your chassis, providing configuration controls. Each card is cooled by its own 120mm fadiator, with three of them found in the massive contraption that sits on your case. There are a total of six pipes that lead from the front of the chassis, to the cards, where they're cooled. GIGABYTE also provides individual fan speed adjustment, and coolant pressure controls, which can be tweaked from the front panel. The company also provides a 5.25-inch front panel display, where you can see all of your readings for coolant temperatures and fan speeds.
Television and monitor maker Sceptre announced the redesigned and Roku Ready 50-inch E505BV-FMQR LED HDTV, with a 1920x1080 FullHD resolution. The screen has an 8.5 ms response time, 16:9 aspect ratio, HDMI support, and more than 50,000 hours of LED backlight life. The TV also has 3 HDMI ports, 1 USB, 1 VGA, 1 AV composite, and 1 YPbPR component support.
The new 50-inch Roku Ready LED HDTV is now available at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, K-Mart, NewEgg, QVC, Sam's Club, Sears, Target, Tiger Direct, and Walmart.
"Our new HDTV features a completely redesigned look with even sleeker lines for the modern home," said Cathy Chou, Sceptre VP of operations, in a press statement. "Similar to other Sceptre HDTVs, we've combined superb technology and outstanding affordability into an attractive unit."