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Nintendo NX might use both cartridges and discs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 8:15 pm

A new trademark for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild adds even more credence that the Nintendo NX's games are on cartridges instead of discs.




Some time ago we reported that the Nintendo NX might use game cartridges instead of discs, almost akin to a 3DS handheld. This info was gleaned from a patent, but patents don't always reflect final products. Thanks to the clever sleuthing of NeoGAF user Aetheerios, Nintendo might have inadvertently confirmed the patent information.


A new trademark for Zelda Breath of the Wild, which is releasing simultaneously on the NX and the Wii U, clearly lists "video game cartridges" as a game distribution medium. Now this is actually pretty interesting, given how Nintendo's classified its games thus far. For reference, Nintendo only marks its 3DS games as cartridges games, whereas Wii U-only games are only listed as disc-based. Since Zelda Breath of the Wild is launching on both the NX and Wii U, it lists both cartridges and discs: disc for Wii U, leaving cartridges for the NX.

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This emotional AMD commercial invites you to join the Radeon Rebellion

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 7:20 pm

AMD just debuted the first commercial for its "Radeon Rebellion" campaign, and just like Chris Hook and Raja Koduri promised during my interview with them, it takes quite a different tone than the standard video card ads we're used to.



Watch that again. Did you see any actual video cards? Any gameplay or screenshots? Any statistics or bullet points or specs? Nope. AMD is doubling down on the concept of change, of introducing premium VR for the other 99%, and bringing mainstream PC gamers affordable eyecandy. That's the promise of the RX 480, and indeed for AMD's entire Polaris lineup.

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Oculus walks back restrictive DRM, pledges to not use hardware checks

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 7:01 pm

In a sign that Oculus might be listening to their critics and responding positively to the VR community's frustrations, the creators of the Rift have removed an element of their restrictive DRM from Oculus Home that prevented HTC Vive users from playing games that were intended as exclusives to the Rift. In addition, the company has pledged that they "won't use hardware checks as part of DRM on PC in the future."




This has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. Let me briefly catch you up. A programmer known as CrossVR developed software called ReVive which aimed to make games purchased on Oculus Home playable on the HTC Vive. Oculus responded by updating their Oculus Home software (essentially a portal for Rift content that anyone can download, with or without owning the headset) to include a hardware check that blocked non-Rift headsets from running the games from Oculus Home.

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No Man's Sky is 'even bigger than you can imagine,' says dev

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 6:37 pm

No Man's Sky creator and developer Sean Murray gives an update on the progress of the game, promising that the cogs of the intergalactic universe-making machine that is Hello Games is running smoothly.




Ever since No Man's Sky got delayed to August 9, gamers have been avidly looking forward to scraps and snippets from the massive star-hopping sim. After all, it's not everyday that a small team of less than 10 developers attempts to peel back the rim of the universe for millions of gamers. No Man's Sky wasn't at E3 2016, but Sean Murray has delivered a new update on what's happening with the game, and affirms that this universe is pretty special. In fact, it's bigger than you ever imagined.


"I've said it before, but No Man's Sky is the hardest thing I've ever worked on. It's even bigger than you can imagine. This is a type of game that hasn't been attempted before, by a smaller team than anyone would expect, under an intense amount of expectation," Murray said.

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80 games at E3 2016 were powered by Epic's Unreal Engine

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 6:25 pm

Epic sends word that their venerable Unreal Engine was the graphics engine powering 80 games at this year's E3. I only saw about 25 games at E3 2016. Hell, I probably won't have time to play 80 games over the next 2 years, so this stands out as an impressive number.




There are the AAA behemoths you'd expect, such as Gears of War 4 and Tekken 7, but there are also VR games like Batman: Arkham VR, Everest VR, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, and VR Sports Challenge. There's indie games like the excellent Absolver from new studio SloClap (comprised of Ubisoft Montreal vets), or the stunning, beautiful Obduction from the team behind Myst.

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Blizzard: Overwatch will have Ultrawide monitor support in July

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 5:41 pm

With 10 million players, Blizzard's Overwatch is unquestionably a resounding success. There's just one thing that's been keeping certain PC gaming enthusiasts from enjoying the shooter to its fullest capacity: lack of ultrawide monitor support. Thankfully, Blizzard has confirmed they're already working on it and the update is targeted for July.




A very heated forum thread over at the forums has been persuading Blizzard to add 21:9 resolutions, and Blizzard veteran Jeff Kaplan responded just a few hours ago with the good news: "We're working on this now. ETA late July -- give or take," Kaplan replied.

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Nintendo NX might 'shock' us in a bad way, insider warns

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 4:35 pm

There's been tons of rumors about Nintendo's new NX console flying around the last few months, and the Japanese games titan has opted for a course of devout secrecy when it comes to the NX. Thanks to industry insiders we've been able to piece together speculations about the console--but one renowned insider says gamers might be in for quite a shock when the NX hits, and it might not be a good one.




Noteworthy games industry insider lherre has it on good authority the NX might not live up to the hype. "I'm sure a lot of people will be shocked by the new Nintendo NX, and I think not in a good way. But we will see," Iherre wrote in a recent NeoGAF post. But what exactly does this mean? How will the NX fall short? TweakTown was exclusively told by our reputable sources that the Nintendo NX is powered by NVIDIA's 16nm Pascal-based Tegra chip, so it shouldn't lack for power. Reports also say devs can easily port Xbox One and PS4 games to the NX, so it should be flexible.


Iherre goes on to iterate his point, saying that sources told him "almost nobody" was working with the NX console outside of Japan. Essentially Western devs might not have access to the NX yet, meaning third-party launch games might be slim. "No specifics but different sources told me a different scenario about it. I think the main concern about it or my impression is that 'almost nobody' is working with it outside japan. I imagine there will be a good support there. Well, that's not shocking. And I heard a lot of crazy rumors, you won't believe some of them."

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For Honor getting a season pass that offers 'full year of expansions'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 3:29 pm

Like pretty much any game released today, Ubisoft's new brutal dark fantasy game For Honor is getting a season pass that promises an entire year's worth of additional content and even some "exclusive" features.



According to a recent Xbox Store listing, For Honor's season pass will include "a year's worth of expansions, exclusive content, and more." No pricing info was shown on the listing, but Ubisoft has a For Honor Gold Edition that comes with the base game and season pass for $99 so I'm guessing it's priced at $40.


Now I'm a bit dubious about the "exclusive content" part as it hints a portion of the game's extra tidbits will be walled off behind a paygate, unable to be purchased a la carte. But the $40 price tag tells me that the pass will offer a substantial amount of content (hopefully at least!) so it could be worth it. You can't actually buy the pass just yet, and we have no clue what's exactly included, so be sure to wait before you pick up the Gold Edition.

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AMD is giving away 14 x Radeon RX 480s on Reddit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 2:25 pm

What better way to celebrate AMD's launch of the Radeon RX 480 than give 14 of them away? That's what AMD are doing over at Reddit, with the giveaway kicking off on 6/29 at 11AM Eastern Time. The company will host a Radeon Technologies Group AMA and the giveaway on the /r/PCMasterRace subreddit.




AMD's Technical Marketing boss Robert Hallock will be handling questions, but the post on Reddit says "Zen and Vega are off the table for this one, but pretty much everything else related to AMD's GPU division is fair game". AMD says there are limits of one RX 480 per winner, with the giveaway locked to just a few countries: the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The AMA is obviously open to all, with the giveaway being the RX 480 8GB variant, versus the 4GB model.