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The Division patched on PS4 Pro: native 1080p, 4K menus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 1:32 am

The Division has received a patch for the PS4 Pro version of the game, which will now natively render at 1080p, while the UI will be displayed in 4K.




Ubisoft Massive notes that the improved 1080p resolution will also include better looking shadows and reflections, but it still won't hold a candle to the high-end PC side of things where you can enjoy native 4K resolution, HBAO+, PCSS, HFTS, and every graphical setting maxed out if you have the PC horsepower to handle it.


Also remember, that DX12 support was recently added to The Division for PC gamers.

Crytek closing 5 studios to 'refocus' on its strengths

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 11:45 pm

Crytek has been going through its fair share of problems, with our last story on the company seeing rumors that the gaming studio wasn't paying its staff - and now comes the news that it is shutting down 5 of its studios in South Korea, China, Bulgaria, Hungary and Turkey.




The reason? Crytek wants to "refocus on its core strengths of developing innovative games and game-development technology". This leaves just two Crytek studios open, with one based on Germany and the other in the Ukraine, with these studios shutting their doors:


  • Crytek Black Sea in Sofia, Bulgaria, founded in 2001 as Black Sea Studios, acquired and renamed in 2008
  • Crytek Budapest in Budapest, Hungary, founded in 2007
  • Crytek Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey, founded in 2012
  • Crytek Seoul in Seoul, South Korea, founded in 2010
  • Crytek Shanghai in Shanghai, China, founded in 2012


Crytek co-founder and Managing Director Avni Yerli said in a press release: "Undergoing such transitions is far from easy, and we'd like to sincerely thank each and every staff member - past and present - for their hard work and commitment to Crytek. These changes are part of the essential steps we are taking to ensure Crytek is a healthy and sustainable business moving forward that can continue to attract and nurture our industry's top talent. The reasons for this have been communicated internally along the way. Our focus now lies entirely on the core strengths that have always defined us - world-class developers, state-of-the-art technology and innovative game development, and we believe that going through this challenging process will make us a more agile, viable, and attractive studio, primed for future success".

HTC to unveil something 'For U' on January 12th

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 7:24 pm

HTC just sent out invitations for an event on January 12th. Weird timing considering it's not even a week after CES, but I guess that's just how HTC rolls.




There is absolutely no information of what to expect, and to my email, HTC diplomatically responded with "More information will be revealed in the coming weeks before the announcement."


The invitation has a sign "For U" with HTC's logo where the letter "C" is also highlighted. The first thing that came to my mind is that HTC might unveil something related to Under Armour, a company with whom they already cooperated on some wearables.

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PC Winter Sale continues with $10 Rocket League

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 7:18 pm

The PC Gaming Winter Sales are upon us ... and Steam's seasonal offers have yet to begin. Today two new big sales emerged: 1) the refresh of the GMG 2016 Winter Sale and 2) the beginning of the Bundle Stars PC gaming Winter Sale. What both have in common are discounts up to 90% off with a stacking 10% off coupon code to boot for additional savings. Both sales cover a wide range of titles, and among the deals is the best Indie game of all-time (probably) Rocket League.




The best sale to find Rocket League in is GMG with a drop from $20 to $10.79 after coupon. That's a rare drop under $12, and very likely to be cheaper than Steam after the 40% discount + stacking 10% off coupon code. Funny enough, though, it's Bundle Stars hosting the best deal on the 4-Pack Rocket League bundle with a drop from $80 to $32.00 - a historic low price point.


Rocket League Deals:



GMG Winter Sale Hot Deals - use promo code: WINTER10



Bundle Stars Winter Sale Hot Deals - use promo code: WINTERSALE10



Both PC gaming Winter Sales will continue these deals past Christmas, so there is some good longevity to the offers. Among the new lows at GMG are Warhammer Vermintide, Civilization VI, Mafia III, and more. Bundle Stars is seeing likewise the cheapest Mad Max, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, Project Highrise, Stronghold 3 Gold, and more.

Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter is now out on Steam

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 6:22 pm

Serious Sam has been around for quite some time, but the VR version made this game even more globally recognizable and popular. Created and developed by Croteam, Serious Sam is one of the best VR games I've tried to date. On Steam, Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope has a 9/10 rating with many positive gamer's comments.




Now, Croteam has released Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter on Steam as an Early Access Game, meaning the game isn't complete and could change in the future.


"Croteam's VR division is delighted to present Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter - our first full locomotion campaign game for the VR market, with all the bells and whistles found in regular (a.k.a. non-VR) Serious Sam games", said Croteam.

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New leak suggests Nokia phones will rock Snapdragon 835

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 4:28 pm

HMD Global recently launched their first Nokia phone - Nokia 150. However, we are still waiting for the new Nokia-branded Android smartphone, which should be unveiled in February at MWC.




As we previously reported, the smartphone should come in two versions which will differ in display size and the amount of memory.


The new leak shows photos of the upcoming phones and gives us more details about Nokia phones.

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Facebook rolls out Group Video Chat in Messenger

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 3:31 pm

Just last week, Facebook introduced a new camera feature in their Messenger that lets you add special effects and art on your photos and videos. Now, they have launched another feature - Group Video Chat in Messenger.




Group Video Chat is rolling out to Android and iOS devices and the desktop version of Messenger, worldwide.


You can see up to six people at a time, but up to 50 people can join in and choose just to listen in and join via voice, or be on camera. Once more than six people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.

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Note8 might be Samsung's first phone to have LG battery

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 2:25 pm

Samsung won't remember this year as a successful one after the Note7 fiasco, but they are already planning their comeback for next year. Recent reports suggest they postponed the Galaxy S8 launch from February to April, and it remains to be seen what will happen with the Note series.




The Note7 was a great phone, there's no doubt about it, but the exploding batteries harmed the brand, and we will see if they will manage to rebuilt the trust with the users. It appears that Samsung will continue their Note line and they are considering LG Chem company to manufacture the batteries for their Note8 and probably other phones launching after that.


This means that the Galaxy Note8 could become the first Samsung phone to pack in an LG-made battery.

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'One Dance' - First song to a billion streams on Spotify

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 1:33 pm

Your music preference is your thing; there is no reason to debate the music taste. So, whether you like it or not - Drake made history with his song 'One Dance'.




Billboard announced that Drake became the first artist to reach one billion plays on Spotify for a single track with his song 'One Dance'. The Canadian singer also dominated Apple Music's year-end charts.


The 'One Dance' track was released in April, and it became the most streamed song ever on Spotify.

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G.Skill reveals new RGB TridentZ DDR4 4266MHz RAM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 1:01 pm

G.Skill today announced that its high-end TridentZ DDR4 RAM modules will soon be infused with brilliant RGB chromatic hues, culminating in the "world's most revolutionary RGB lighting DDR4 memory kit."



G.Skill's new TridentZ RGB Series features a full-length RGB lightbar fastened to the module's heatspreader that fluxes and wanes in vibrant hues, adding stylish illumination and glows to any high-end rig. The TridentZ RGB modules have color profiles and lighting effects that can be customized and tailor-made to compliment specific builds via software.




These colorful modules rock high-end frequencies of up to DDR4-4266MHz, and feature the same efficient and high-performance specs of the TridentZ lineup that's optimized for extreme overclocking: quality ICs, a customized 10-layer PCB, XMP 2.0 profiles for easy overclocking and BIOS setup. Specific modules and kits aren't known at this time, but we expect the RGB Series to match the current TridentZ DDR4 offerings.

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