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Activision hates PC gamers that use the Windows Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 8, 2016 11:18 am

You'd think coming into this news that it was Microsoft that screwed PC gamers with the Windows Store version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but in fact it was Activision - actively choosing to make the Windows Store version of the game suck, a lot.

 

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We reported a couple of days ago that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare won't allow crossplay between the Windows Store and Steam versions, but according to an anonymous source of Windows Central and then together with a Microsoft spokesperson saying: "We support cross-play between devices and platforms for partners who want to enable it". Activision on the other hand, didn't want the Windows Store and Steam versions of COD: Infinite Warfare to work together.

 

Microsoft is actually being a good guy here, giving gamers refunds for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare because they're finding out they've got no one to play with - because most people are buying it on Steam. Activision - you're idiots, and there is no excuse for this. Deplorable.

Capcom expects 4 million Resident Evil 7 sales at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 8, 2016 6:17 am

Resident Evil 7 has had a bump marketing ride this year, making people sick on the PlayStation VR - but it's an interesting twist from the previous Resident Evil games, and Capcom has big plans for RE7.

 

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During their recent earnings report, the company said it expects to sell around 4 million copies of Resident Evil 7 when it launches on January 24, 2017 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. GameSpot reports that Capcom considers Resident Evil 7 as a "foundation title", expecting it to have great lifetime sales thanks to the increased use of digital distribution, that is "producing revenue not limited to the next two fiscal years but into the long term as well".

 

Resident Evil 6 was released in 2012, and it sold 4.8 million copies at the end of 2012 after being released in October. Capcom expecting 4 million copies at launch is a lower number, and while that would normally be bad - at least they're not like other developers like Crystal Dynamics (the developers behind Rise of the Tomb Raider), where they require nearly 5 million copies to break even.

Battlefield 1 was 'biggest launch' in DICE's history

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 8, 2016 5:08 am

DICE has hit a massive milestone with Battlefield 1, experiencing the "biggest launch" in their 22-year history making games. We don't know how many copies of Battlefield 1 have been sold so far, but it must be a lot.

 

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The company also released an infographic of Battlefield 1, where gamers have played over 59 million hours of BF1, with 9 million hours spent in operations. 32 million Battlepacks have been earned, 842,426 carrier pigeons have been deployed, and 123,084 horses have been killed in combat.

4K Blu-ray sales 'beyond expectations', say creators

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 8, 2016 4:39 am

Over six months since the launch of the format, the creators of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format has declared it a success, with initial launch sales "beyond our expectations".

 

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Speaking with Avforums, Blu-ray Disc Association head honcho Victor Matsuda confirmed that the group, which boasts membership of the biggest consumer electronics companies and movie studios was "very happy" with the format's launch earlier this year and promised a greater range of movies and hardware in the coming months. "We're going to get more announcements on hardware soon and that's only going to accelerate the penetration of the format and thus encourage the studios to launch more titles, which will get a really positive spiral going in the States, which will then be extended into other countries and markets next year.".

 

Matsuda also confirmed that the attachment ratio of discs to players was running at 8:1, which suggests that early adopters are jumping head first into the format rather than just buying one or two to try it out.

AMD launches Polaris-based Radeon Pro workstation cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 8, 2016 3:35 am

AMD announced their new Radeon Pro range of workstation graphics cards during SIGGRAPH 2016 earlier this year, but now the Polaris-based cards have launched.

 

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The new Radeon Pro WX 7100, WX 5100, and WX 4100 workstation graphics cards are now shipping. The higher-end WX 7100 and WX 5100 are powered by the Polaris 10 GPU on the 14nm LPP process, both with 8GB of RAM on a 256-bit memory bus. The WX 7100 has 2304 stream processors at 1.24GHz, while the WX 5100 has 1792 stream processors at 1.09GHz.

 

AMD's lower-end Radeon Pro WX 4100 uses the Polaris 11 GPU with 1024 stream processors at 1.17GHz, with 4GB of RAM on a 128-bit memory bus. The power consumption on these new Polaris-based workstation cards is also low, with the WX 7100 using up to 130W, the WX 5100 hits 75W and the WX 4100 with 50W.

 

Pricing:

 

  • Radeon Pro WX 7100 - $799
  • Radeon Pro WX 5100 - $499
  • Radeon Pro WX 4100 - $399

A new Crysis game could look absolutely amazing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 8, 2016 2:19 am

I still remember booting into Crysis for the first time, and being absolutely blown away by the graphics - immediately ordering two GeForce 8800 GTX graphics cards so I could run it at higher resolutions, detail, and frame rate - but then it all stopped.

 

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Now there's modder Damian Stempniewski has been playing around with the latest version of CRYENGINE, together with Megascans, and has teased an image from the map he's working on. He used the palm trees from the original Crysis, so that we can imagine what a new Crysis game could look like.

 

Damian said that the CRYENGINE-powered map was running in real-time, but it wasn't playable, and that would be thanks to tessellation being enabled on everything. Still, it looks amazing - and now it makes me want a next-gen Crysis game even more.

eBay experiencing downtime, hours after Twitter outage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Nov 8, 2016 1:19 am

BREAKING: If you're like me right now, you're trying to access eBay and finding that it's down. The site and its mobile app aren't working right now, with an eBay rep replying on Twitter to concerned users.

 

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The official eBay Twitter account has said: "Some members are having issues accessing the site, but we're working to resolve ASAP. Thanks for your patience! ".

 

It was less than 24 hours ago that Twitter also experienced an outage.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will ship with an AI digital assistant

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 8, 2016 12:32 am

Samsung has come under fire over its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones exploding, and now their answer is the upcoming Galaxy S8 which will rock an AI digital assistant - just like Google Assistant in the new Pixel smartphones.

 

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The company acquired Viv Labs Inc, a company that was run by the co-creator of Siri - you know, Apple's voice assistant. Samsung is going to build Viv, the company's AI assistant, directly into their new Galaxy smartphones, polishing the voice assistant features into home appliances and wearables in the near future.

 

Samsung didn't say what the AI service in its Galaxy S8 would be capable of, but they did say it would allow consumers to use the third-party service seamlessly. Samsung Executive Vice President Rhee Injong teased: "Developers can attach and upload services to our agent".

 

He added: "Even if Samsung doesn't do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users with ease".

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Android Auto app now works with all vehicles

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 7, 2016 9:22 pm

Two years after launch, Google is making Android Auto available to all vehicles. Once you grab the 2.0 app update (which is rolling out in the coming days), a "driver friendly interface" will be available to you, so you can take advantage of Auto whether you have an older, incompatible car or not.

 

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The interface focuses on directions, music, and communications while doing away with pretty much everything else, and presents it in such a way that all information is easily visible at a glance. Additionally, calls can be made and messages sent with voice commands (with more functionality to come in the next few weeks). Making it even easier, the app can be set to automatically start when paired with Bluetooth, making Bluetooth-supported car mounts a great fit.

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InfoGamer to showcase VR: John Wick and Serious Sam

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 7, 2016 9:12 pm

In the past five years, Reboot InfoGamer has grown into one of the largest gaming shows in Europe. Last year, more than 50,000 visitors attended the event, and this year the organizers of the event expect even more gamers.

 

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This year, Reboot InfoGamer will feature more than 600 gaming units, newest gaming hardware and hundreds of VR devices. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the latest gaming titles, daily giveaways, and cosplay contests.

 

Next to the games that have already been released, fans will have the opportunity to try the titles such as For Honor, Gran Turismo Sport, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, RAID: World War II, Solstice Chronicles: MIA, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Steep, and many others that should have their debut sometime next year.

 

Starbreeze will also be present with their John Wick Chronicles, so I'm expecting a huge line of fans who will want to hop in the virtual reality and step in the shoes of John Wick.

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