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Fallout fan tries to pre-order Fallout 4 using pounds of bottle caps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 18, 2015 8:40 am

A Fallout super fan has mailed more than 11 pounds of bottle caps, in-game Fallout currency, to Bethesda Softworks in exchange for a Fallout 4 game pre-order.

 

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The game should be released before the end of the year, and it will be interesting if the Bethesda PR department has a good sense of humor.

 

"Fallout 3 was my favorite game for several years, so I made the rational choice to start saving up bottle caps," said Reddit user GatorMacheteJr. "Turns out 4.5 years of undergrad and 3 years in a Master's program leads to a lot of drinking."

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Polk Audio shows off Striker Pro Hitman Contract Edition headset

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 18, 2015 7:35 am

E3 2015 - Audio company Polk Audio has unveiled the debut of the Striker Pro Hitman Contract Edition, with the new product designed for the PC, Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, laptops and smartphones.

 

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The Striker Pro includes a mobile connect cable, dual-jack console controller connect cable, and a dual-jack, detachable, extra-long pro PC connect cable. Interested gamers will find the headset includes an omni-directional microphone for console and PC gaming, along with an in-line microphone for mobile use.

 

The Polk Audio Striker Pro Hitman Contract Edition Gaming Headset will be available starting in September for $129.

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Don't hold your breath for Sony PlayStation 4 backward compatibility

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 18, 2015 6:45 am

Microsoft recently announced that backward compatibility will allow Xbox One owners to play Xbox 360 game titles, and it was a unique offering. For Sony PlayStation 4 gamers, don't expect the same feature anytime soon so you can play your old PlayStation 3 games.

 

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"The backward compatibility news was interesting," said Shuhei Yoshida, head of worldwide studios at Sony Computers Entertainment, in a statement to Polygon. "The technology involved must be very challenging. I'm interested in seeing the list of titles."

 

Instead, paying PS4 gamers can use PlayStation Now to play older game titles - but native backward compatibility shouldn't be expected. However, Sony will continue developing and supporting new features for the PS4, as more gamers look to upgrade their consoles.

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DayZ creator Dean Hall working on VR title for Valve SteamVR platform

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 18, 2015 5:40 am

It looks like DayZ creator Dean Hall is working on a new virtual reality video game that'll be supported by SteamVR, Eurogamer has learned. RocketWerkz is investing more time in VR, but not for the Ion space simulation game which the studio recently announced.

 

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When speaking with Eurogamer, Hall mentioned one game that we now know is a VR title, though additional details remain unknown. It's unknown when gamers can expect to hear more about this mysterious project that Hall is currently working on for SteamVR.

 

"[Valve's] Chet Faliszek was like a huge mentor to me. He contacted me very early on in DayZ's development and he's been all through everything - he's been a huge mentor. And I actually got a chance to see him speak, and I spoke myself, at Slush Play [a gaming and VR conference] in Iceland. And, to be honest, that was the final convincing for me. So I really liked what he had to say."

Busted! FCC hits AT&T with $100M fine for 'misleading' customers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 18, 2015 2:44 am

US wireless carrier AT&T has been hit by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a $100 million fine for misleading subscribers about so-called "unlimited" data plans. This is the largest proposed fine the FCC has issued, and AT&T will not surprisingly try to fight to have it reduced.

 

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Consumers used more than 3GB of 3G data or 5GB of 4G data during a 30-day billing cycle would have their speeds throttled. That may seem bad enough, but AT&T wouldn't inform subscribers about the data throttling, the FCC said.

 

"Unlimited means unlimited," said Travis LeBlanc, FCC enforcement bureau chief, when discussing the penalty. "As today's action demonstrates, the commission is committed to holding accountable those broadband providers who fail to be fully transparent about data limits."

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ASUS to launch its ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM, 128GB storage in Taiwan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 18, 2015 2:42 am

ASUS will be launching its new ZenFone 2 smartphone in Taiwan later this week, with the 64GB version costing around $310, while the 128GB model will bump that price up to around $375.

 

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The ZenFone 2 was released in March, selling over 100,000 units in Taiwan alone. The Taiwanese giant is now looking to continue this, pushing out a 128GB variant of the ZenFone 2, with it already being listed as "coming soon" on India's Flipkart.

 

Inside of the ZenFone 2, we have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 4-core 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 CPU, 4GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with 5-megapixel camera up front, and a 3000mAh battery.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition supports DX12 and 4K on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 18, 2015 1:08 am

E3 2015 - The Coalition Studio announced Gears of War: Ultimate Edition during the PC Gaming Show at E3 2015, something that will be hitting the PC with 4K resolution and DirectX 12 support when Windows 10 launches next month.

 

 

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be rocking mouse and keyboard support, as well as the typical controller support that console gamers are used to. On the Xbox One, we can expect Gears of War: Ultimate Edition to rock along at 1080p 60FPS, which is a very nice touch for the Xbox One. The beta is available for Xbox One users, too.

 

The remastered version of Gears of War features refreshed visuals and reworked cutscenes thanks to animation studio Plastic Wax. According to Polygon's sources, the Gears of War remake is being worked on by Splash Damage, which worked on Brink and Dirty Bomb.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided E3 trailer gives us a glimpse at gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 17, 2015 11:52 pm

E3 2015 - It's finally here - some gameplay footage from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Ubisoft's first-person RPG looks bloody impressive, and we've only seen a tiny little snippet of what to expect.

 

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is built on the new Dawn engine, with support for DirectX 12 and AMD's new TressFX 3.0 technology. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming out in 2016 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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EA CEO: 'Mobile is already important,' with millions of downloads

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 17, 2015 10:50 pm

E3 2015 - Much of the attention during E3 has been on PC and console games, but there is a growing presence of mobile game titles. Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson recently spoke about how critical mobile gaming is for the company, which has almost 250 different mobile titles available to gamers.

 

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"Mobile is already important. We had more than 700 million downloads of our games last year. We have 160, 170 million monthly active users playing our games every month," Wilson said in a statement to GamesBeat. "There's going to be another 300 or 600 million devices or something launched this year alone. We went from 200 million players to two billion players in large part because of mobile devices. It's already super important to us. I'm proud of what we're doing.

 

Hardcore games such as Madden NFL being streamlined to Madden NFL Mobile indicate how EA wants to cater to Apple iOS and Google Android smartphone and tablet owners. Looking ahead, Wilson said that GMs are reporting the importance of mobile gaming directly to him - and he's listening to the feedback.

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V-MODA lets you customize your products while embracing 3D printing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 17, 2015 9:53 pm

Audio maker V-MODA is embracing innovation by spearheading a project for the world's first 3D printed personalized wearable technology. The company has introduced custom 3D printed shields using materials such as stainless steel, raw, plated and other precious materials - creating the "first time in history" that mass customization "merges jewel-grade 3D printing with consumer electronics."

 

 

Using the V-MODA website, consumers can customize their products by choosing a base color, 3D shield material of choice, and then the design and monogram of their product. As for precious metals, the following choices are available: sterling silver, solid 14k gold, 14k rose gold, 14k white gold, or platinum.

 

"3D printing has captured the imaginations of people, but this is the first application that can be worn every day on an award-winning product," said Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. "This technology ends the ubiquity of carbon copy, plastic consumer electronics and ushers in an era of bespoke designs and metals that transform products into handcrafted designer relics."

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