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Fallout 4 might be the killer game VR desparately needs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

Virtual Reality is undoubtedly the next forefront for interactive experiences, but when it comes to gaming, the platform still lacks a critical success point: a killer app. The Xbox had Halo, the PS4 has Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4--but what does VR have? Right now gamers don't have a specific game that will push VR headset sales. Bethesda aims to change that with Fallout 4 VR.

 

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Bethesda wants to bring the entire wasteland into virtual reality by porting Fallout 4's full game into VR. Most of the time VR ports have bits and pieces of their full game counterparts, but Capcom made strides by releasing Resident Evil 7's full port onto PlayStation VR, and Bethesda might do the same.

 

"I talked to Todd the other day and I was like, 'Hey how's Fallout 4 [VR] coming?' and he said, 'Pete, Fallout 4 VR is the most incredible thing you've ever seen in your life. You can't even imagine what it's like playing in VR and how realistic it looks with everywhere you turn your head. It's gonna blow your mind. It's the craziest thing you've ever seen," Bethesda's Pete Hines told HipHop Gamer in a recent interview at PAX 2017.

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Nintendo Switch affected by Middle East flight ban

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

Flying into the U.S. or U.K. from the Middle East? You may not be able to bring the Nintendo Switch on board with you.

 

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The United States and United Kingdom have recently passed regulations banning electronic devices bigger than a smartphone on specific flights from numerous Middle East countries. The regulation restricts any electronic device, including laptops, smartphones or tablets, exceeding 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm (6.2in x 3.6in x 0.5in).

 

Sadly, Nintendo's new Switch handheld is bigger than the specific dimensions, clocking in at 9.4in x 4.01in x 0.5in with the JoyCons attached, and 6.8in x 3.8in x 0.5in with the JoyCons detached.

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Switch JoyCon issue caused by 'manufacturing variation'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 9 hours ago

Nintendo has finally spoken out and explained how and why the Nintendo Switch's left JoyCons are de-syncing.

 

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Earlier today we reported that Nintendo's official fix for faulty left JoyCons is extremely thrifty: a small piece of conductive foam. Now the Japanese console-maker has delivered an official statement on the JoyCons, confirming the issues were caused by a "manufacturing variation" that has been corrected. Nintendo also confirmed that no mass recall or replacement initiative will be happening.

 

"There is no design issue with the Joy-Con controllers, and no widespread proactive repair or replacement effort is underway. A manufacturing variation has resulted in wireless interference with a small number of the left Joy-Con. Moving forward this will not be an issue, as the manufacturing variation has been addressed and corrected at the factory level," Nintendo told IGN in an official statement. "We have determined a simple fix can be made to any affected Joy-Con to improve connectivity."

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Assassin's Creed: Empire latest leak is fake

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

Rumors and forgeries are rampant in the games industry, and there's been lots of heresay surrounding Ubisoft's return to the Assassin's Creed franchise. While the studio has kept mum on official details, an employee squashed a fake "leak" that recently made the rounds.

 

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Reports indicate Ubisoft will release Assassin's Creed: Empire this year, and the game will take place in ancient Egypt. This prompted all kinds of "leaks" to pop up, and last month a particular image (see above) took the Assassin's Creed community by storm.

 

But according to Assassin's Creed Head of Content Aymar Azaizia, the image is a fake. When asked about the image in a recent Reddit AmA, Azaizia delivered a simple answer: "Not AC :)".

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HMD Global wants Nokia in the top 3 phone manufacturers

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

Since HMD Global started manufacturing Nokia-branded phones, it has become clear that the company has big plans for the once mega-popular brand.

 

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At MWC in Barcelona, the company launched three Android smartphones and announced the return of the iconic Nokia 3310.

 

Speaking in a recent interview, Tomislav Himbele, Head of Marketing for Eastern Europe at HMD Global, confirmed that the company has big plans. Answering the question where does HMD see themselves in the next three years, Himbele ambitiously responded: "In top three. Pushing out Apple or Samsung or Huawei...or all 3 of them."

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Leaked video shows a working Galaxy S8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

After seeing numerous photo leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, a new day brings a new leak but this time in the form of a short unofficial video.

 

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The video shows a working Galaxy S8, and it is clear that the device doesn't have a front button. The fingerprint reader is now relocated to the back of the phone, next to the camera.

 

Both devices will have curved edges, minimal bezels, and an additional button on the side for virtual assistant Bixby that the company officially announced and confirmed that it would be featured on the upcoming devices.

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 leaks: Dual camera and smaller bezels

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

Less than four months after the launch of the Xiaomi's most ambitious phone so far, the Mi MIX, the company's CEO Lei Jun confirmed that they are working on its successor.

 

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The company is reportedly aiming for 93 percent screen-to-body ratio this time, and it has been confirmed that Xiaomi is once again developing the phone with the help of French designer Philippe Starck, who worked on the design of the original Mi MIX.

 

A new leak on Chinese Weibo shows what is supposed to be the Mi MIX 2. Although it looks very similar to the original device, some differences are obvious.

 

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Nintendo's simple fix for JoyCon issues

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 16 hours ago

Nintendo Switch's left JoyCon desyncing issue is indeed a hardware fault, and instead of applying a makeshift Bluetooth antenna, Nintendo fixed the issue with something rather simple: a little square piece of foam.

 

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CNET recently sent their defective left JoyCon to Nintendo to be fixed, but before sending it out, they took a picture of its internals. Once the repaired JoyCon came back the publication took a picture of its fresh innards to see what Nintendo actually did to fix the issue. You can see a before and after comparison below.

 

So what did Nintendo do to actually fix the device? The left JoyCon's desynching issues can be traced to the lacks of a Bluetooth antenna, so you'd think Nintendo would just pop an antenna in there to fix the fault. Not so! Nintendo simply put in a little piece of conductive foam to shield the device from radio frequency interference.

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Vulkan: multi-GPU on Windows 7, 8.1, 10, and Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

A few days ago we reported that multi-GPU support in Vulkan was exclusive to Windows 10, but Khonos Group has reiterated that this isn't true - and that multi-GPU support under Vulkan will work with Windows 7, Windows 10, and Linux.

 

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Khronos Group explains: "Some of the Khronos GDC slideware mentioned that for Vulkan multi-GPU functionality, Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) must be in Linked Display Adapter (LDA) mode. That was not a very clear statement that has caused some confusion. And so it is worth clarifying that:"

 

  1. The use of WDDM is referring to the use of Vulkan multi-GPU functionality on Windows. On other OS, WDDM is not necessary to implement the Vulkan multi-GPU extension.
  2. The use of LDA mode can make implementing Vulkan multi-GPU functionality easier, and will probably be used by most implementations on Windows, but it is not strictly necessary.
  3. If an implementation on Windows does decide to use LDA mode, it is NOT tied to Windows 10. LDA mode has been available on many versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and 8.X.

 

They continued: "Khronos always strives to make its' specifications as cross platform as possible. Of course, what products ship on which OS is up to the implementers of each specification, but Khronos is already aware of vendor plans to ship multi-GPU functionality on platforms other than Windows 10, including Linux".

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GeForce 378.92 drivers, ready for Mass Effect: Andromeda

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 19 hours ago

NVIDIA has just dropped their new GeForce 378.92 drivers, which are Game Ready for Mass Effect: Andromeda - but the new drivers also include SLI profiles for the game, and updated SLI profiles for two other games.

 

 

The new drivers also add Dolby Vision HDR support, with Mass Effect: Andromeda being one of the only games on the PC right now with Dolby Vision HDR support. Remember, you'll need a display that is Dolby Vision HDR compatible, and not just the usual HDR10 standard.

 

The official notes from NVIDIA on their GeForce 378.92 drivers:

 

New Features

  • Added support for Dolby Vision for games.
  • Application SLI Profiles

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