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Microsoft's new FCC filings hint at new Xbox Slim model

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 6:03 pm

Microsoft's new filings with the Federal Communications Commission confirm that a new Xbox console is in the works, possibly an Xbox One slim variant.



A recent batch of FCC filings made by Microsoft indicates that Redmond will announce a new Xbox One variant at E3 2016. Microsoft has placed two FCC filings for the new Xbox One's wireless connectivity tech--one for a dual-band wireless accessory radio and another for an 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2T2R dual-band wireless LAN radio. Microsoft has locked schematics, diagrams, and pictures of the new wireless chip under an NDA which expires on June 25, indicating that Microsoft could announce the new Xbox Slim at E3 2016.


As per the findings from a NeoGAF sleuth, we're able to confirm that the new wireless system is for the Xbox One. The filing for the wireless LAN radio lists "User Manual 1525", which is actually the code tied to the Xbox One's users manual from Microsoft's original Xbox One filing from 2013.

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Meizu PRO 6 is finally announced with 10-cores and 4GB of RAM

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 5:22 pm

Meizu isn't about to let the rest of the world start announcing and releasing phones without having their own flagship refreshed as well. The Meizu PRO 6 is now official, and will be available starting this spring with some very high-end specs.



The new flagship phone from the Chinese company packs a smaller 5.2-inch super AMOLED screen, but with much more technology packed underneath. But not at the behest of battery-life. They've paired the MediaTek Helo X25 deca-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz with the Mali-T880, the flagship ARM-specified graphics chip. The two could potentially be a very potent combination, especially in terms of power savings with the way that the MediaTek can switch on tri-core clusters depending on the task at hand. It'll be able to draw from a 2560-mAh battery.


It had been rumored for some time that we'd see a massive 6GB of RAM, but instead, they've opted for a more reasonable, and realistic, 4GB and have paired that with either 32 or 64GB of internal storage. It's also can be expanded via the microSD slot as well, in case you want to keep your whole life on your phone. For the camera, they've gone with the tried and true Sony IMX 230 sensor at 13MP, which means that it's theoretically capable of 4K video recording and quite a few auto-focus points for taking photos faster. The front camera is a 5MP model of unknown type.


Also included on the phone are a fingerprint sensor and something that's known as Meizu Press 3D, which sounds like it's their version of Apple's 3D touch. It's coming to the west, though that release date is still illusory at the moment. We can expect around $500 or so once it finally hits the streets in the US, though.

Castle smashing alpha testing begins for Crowfall's Castle Siege mode

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 4:18 pm

Castle defense just got a bit more serious, and realistic, with the latest alpha-test of Crowfall. ArtCraft has just announced that they're starting some external testing of their Castle Siege mode in their newest game, where you get the chance to topple castles.



Crowfall is an up and coming MMORPG that takes a bit of a different approach than some others. It's heavily focused on PvP and they even have a castle siege mode where you can literally destroy another persons castle, with real-time, server-side physics, to give one spectacular show of death, destruction and rubble. This is real castle defense, not that 2D isometric stuff that's popular, and addictive, with mobile games.


Right now the pre-alpha test 2.0 is a very closed test with only a few participats that get to square off as one of two factions that'll be in the final game, the Chaos or the Order. Right now they have five of Crowfall's eventual 13 archetypes will be available to players in this round of testing: Champion, Confessor, Knight, Legionnaire and the recently-added Ranger.

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Microsoft's BSOD gets more sophisticated, now has QR codes

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 3:04 pm

Microsoft is making some changes to the usual BSOD page, which itself has been updated with Windows 8 and now Windows 10. The information contained on it, and what can be gleaned through logs anyway, can already tell you what happened with a quick search on Google (or, dare we say, Bing?). But now they want to make it a little easier to ascertain what's wrong with your PC, with QR codes.



This new system isn't quite active yet, but when it does go live, presumably with the next big release planned this summer, it'll connect the QR code seen above with a page that that'll explain, hopefully in easy to read terms, what happened and why. This could make it much easier to pin down problems with your build because things do happen and go wrong unexpectedly. Right now the landing page is generic, however.


Microsoft is on to something here. The information that you usually get is not always easy to sift through or investigate for everyone. Information can always be found, it's definitely out there, but the ease of use demonstrated here could make for a much easier and more convenient troubleshooting time. Not to mention it'd be far easier for customer support.

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Win a Lenovo Gaming Laptop and a Turtle Beach Headset

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 3:00 pm



Gamers, don't miss this one. We're kicking up game night a notch by giving you the chance to win a Lenovo Ideapad Y700 laptop and a Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 headset at TweakTown Deals.


Entering to win is easy-just head over to TweakTown Deals and enter your email address by May 10th. It only takes seconds, which will give you plenty of time to share the giveaway with friends. When they enter the giveaway using your referral link, you'll get an extra entry for yourself. If you're the chosen one, we'll send you the 15-inch Lenovo Ideapad Y700 laptop and the Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 headset right to your door. The touchscreen gaming laptop offers amazing graphics, surround sound, and thermal cooling so you only pause when you want to. Use it with the Turtle Beach headset, which gives you 15 hours of play on a single charge, along with Bluetooth technology that allows you to answer phone calls without stopping your game.


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Overwatch is getting another PC beta, new dates have been revealed

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 2:04 pm

A new Overwatch beta, a more inclusive one, will be kicking off this Friday, April 15th at 9AM PDT and running through Saturday, April 16th at 9PM PDT. A short test, to be sure, but one necessary to make sure the new pose works as stated and to further test the networking backend ready just in time for the full release. That's always the hardest part it seems.



Starting this Thursday Blizzard is going to scour through to start flagging accounts and giving them the permissions necessary to actually play. Around Thursday, when the start, you might end up receiving an email notification saying that you've been selected.


If you do happen to get in, you'll have access to the entire roster of 21 heroes available to you with three maps; Hanamura, Route 66 and Nepal. Due to the limited focus of the test, there's no Weekly Brawl or Competitive Play at all. Instead, this is all about getting as many people onto their hardware and stressing it to the absolute maximum. To that end, Blizzard has stated that for this test, you might see some unexpected downtime or even performance issues. But to not worry, that's the scope of this particular test. In other words, we'll hear plenty of complaining about it across the Interwebs, even though it's meant to happen.

No Mans Sky is so massive, 99% of planets won't be visited by anyone

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 12:40 pm

No Man's Sky is going to have a gargantuan galaxy to explore, one so big that they've had to build in-game probes to send out and explore it for them to ensure that the game is working as it should. It's so big, though, that Sean Murray, the founder of Hello Games, says that 99.9% of the planets won't even be discovered, let alone visited.



During a video interview with IGN, Murray was showing the progress of his game, he explained that there's likely to be no game guide sufficient enough to encompass absolutely everything. "When you land on a planet, like I said, no one has been there before. There is no YouTube video that you can look up, there is no FAQ, so you have to discover it for yourself. A big part of it is you can scan creatures, and when you scan them, you can name them" Sean Murray said. "It's actually a slightly sad but amazing thing that 99.9 percent of the planets in No Man's Sky I think will probably never be visited."


The galaxy is so massive due to the procedural generation technology that underlies it. They're able to generate an almost unlimited number of world's in the galaxy and even can spawn a whole ecosystem on each and every one of those world's. Infinite Kepler world's to explore, and almost literally no time to do it. There's infinite variety, though perhaps not infinite variety in stuff to do, which is always a concern in a space-sim that's so all-encompassing.

First Marvel 'Doctor Strange' trailer hits the web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 6:56 am

While Disney and Marvel Studios gear up for the release of 'Captain America: Civil War' later this month, the studios have already begun pimping the next Marvel franchise in the making - 'Doctor Strange', which has released its first footage today.



Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, aka Doctor Strange - a brilliant neurosurgeon who's crippled in a car accident, but goes on to become a powerful mystic. Also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen and Rachel McAdams, 'Doctor Strange' is directed by Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer Scott Derrickson.


'Doctor Strange' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas from November 4 worldwide.

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Armored Warfare bringing tanks of the future in the next update

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 10:49 pm

Armored Warfare is still well into development and not nearly complete, but they're already adding new content like absolute mad. Update 0.15 has a lot of new things in store with new futuristic weapons of war, an overhaul of the Garage UI based on user feedback. There's also a lot more going on, too.



They keep on adding tiers to the garage, with Tier 10 being the latest. This tier is comprised completely of futuristic, theoretical and experimental vehicles that represent the future of what warfare might or will look like. They're planning on making models of the T-14 Armata, the PL-01, Leopard 2A7-140, SPHINX, XM1A3 and the Challenger 2B. Since these are going to be the most deadly vehicles in the game, they needed to be placed at the top, otherwise, it just wouldn't be fair. From the sounds of it, there is a chance that more super deadly vehicles will arrive alongside in the future, too.


They've also added in two new PvE missions that should be challenging. Operation Prometheus puts you racing towards a grounded cargo ship to secure the weapons that were being transported on it. Operation Meltdown has you defending a dam and an advanced nuclear reactor in a small snow-filled map. You'll be able to use the newly included Merkava 2B MBT, a premium Tier 7 tank, that they talked about some time ago.

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Former GTA 5 executive suing Take-Two for $150 million in royalties

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 9:30 pm

Lindsey Lohan isn't the only one suing in response to Grand Theft Auto 5. The former president of Rockstar North and lead producer for the Grand Theft Auto series, Leslie Benzies, is taking legal action against parent-company, Take-Two Interactive, for the sum of $150 million in alleged unpaid royalties from GTA5.




Benzies alleges that he was actually forced out of the company after being compelled into a sabbatical that he went on starting in September of 2014. While on the compelled vacation, he apparently was privy to some information that pointed to just what he suspected, his colleagues attempting to force him out of the company. His lawyer, Christopher Bakes, gave a statement to Polygon, saying that "while on sabbatical, Mr. Benzies discovered numerous deceptions on the part of Take-Two, Rockstar, Rockstar North Ltd, Sam Houser and Dan Houser, who sought to force him out of the company and terminate his portion of royalty payments based upon arbitrary actions by the company's royalty Allocation Committee, a committee that may or may not have actually ever met."


That said, those royalties that he alleges haven't been paid, amount to a staggering $150 million. Those profits were part of a long-term agreement that Rockstar North entered into with Take-Two Interactive for an incentive program for upper-level executives back in 2008. All well and good, except now Take-Two and Rockstar are filing a counter-suit that cites that Benzies breached his contract, left without good reason and thus is not entitled to those royalties at all.


The premise seems to center around how Benzies left the company and the reasons for being terminated or for quitting, if it's ruled that that action was taken. After the sabbatical, Benzies wanted to return to work, but found that he was unable to enter the building and was even asked to leave after being escorted inside. There seems to be some confusion as to how he left the company, when, and then whether he gets those royalties that he rightfully could be owed. The case is ongoing at the moment. The full counter-suit document is embedded after the break.

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