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BioWare dev teases new game, could be new IP or Dragon Age: Tactics

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 2:40 pm

Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah teases a mysterious new game, but we have reason to believe it might not be the next Dragon Age.



Two days ago BioWare dev Mark Darrah tweeted a teaser video of himself flipping through a book used for internal studio projects. The book wasn't named, and featured a curious new symbol on it, and kicked off a firestorm of speculation. Could this be the next Dragon Age game? Maybe...but maybe not.


Outside of its traditional franchises like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, BioWare is also working on a brand new IP. We don't know much about the new IP, but job listings hint that it'll have "extensive online components" with server-based multiplayer gameplay, and that BioWare started writing its new IP back in November of last year.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to include remastered Modern Warfare

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 2:11 pm

The next installment of the yearly Call of Duty franchise, which is reportedly named Infinite Warfare, just might have a more expensive Legacy Edition which very well could include a fully remastered version of one of the best Call of Duty games that's been created; the original Modern Warfare.




A user on Reddit has posted what is supposedly the reservation card, which can be picked up in the isle for pre-orders at retailers, for Target. It shows what might be the box cover art and also displays, very prominently, a release date of November 4th 2016. The artwork itself is certainly within the same style as all previous Call of Duty installments and the card itself looks quite legitimate, but we've still not had any official announcement by Activision or through Infinity Ward themselves.


Despite that we're definitely within the normal time frame that we see an announcement of some kind for the series, and a listing has appeared on the PlayStation store, so we might be seeing some news very soon. The only word we've received is from Activision and that it'll be "innovative" if nothing else. What innovation the Call of Duty: Ghosts developer is bringing to the table, we just don't know.

Microsoft will unveil new Xbox hardware at E3 2016

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 1:32 pm

Microsoft will announce new Xbox One hardware at E3 2016, internal sources at Redmond have told a key Windows blogger.


microsoft-unveil-new-xbox-hardware-e3-2016_2 writer Brad Sams has brazenly decreed that Microsoft will undoubtedly unveil a new second-generation Xbox One console refresh at E3, along with a brand new standard controller. Sams also reports that Redmond has a pretty substantial trump card that could manifest as a new way to tighten the Windows 10 PC and Xbox ecosystem, while also heavily differentiating the cross-platform brand from its competitors.


"Based on sources inside the company, expect to see new hardware at the event and there will also be a new standard controller that ships with the Xbox One. The company also has something else up its sleeve that I still don't have all the details on but it's a much bigger deal than an updated standard controller. The new standard controller will look similar to the current design, which isn't too surprising, but will likely come in a new color. Considering that Microsoft currently ships a black controller, a white default design seems like a decent mid-cycle refresh for the console to help spur sales."

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New email privacy bill actually sailed unanimously through Congress

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 1:03 pm

Email privacy had always been a point of contention in nearly all circles. It wasn't until quite recently that most cloud providers started encrypting your messages while just sitting in your inbox, and requests for your email data have been made without search warrants under other executive order authority as well as under the auspices of the older law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.




The Email Privacy Act was just passed by the US House of Representatives that would require the use of a warrant when looking at emails, even those that are 180 days or older. This new bill is a much needed update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which required only a more simple subpoena to find older emails. This bill subsequently closes that loophole. This bill may be response to the recent lawsuit from Microsoft regarding the older ECPA, who argue that it violates the Constitution.


Just as with before, the government is not required, and won't, notify you if they're rummaging through your emails though some providers have taken it upon themselves to notify users if they're the subject of an investigation. This bill, however, still has to pass through the Senate, and then be rectified by the President, but with the momentum it already has, it very well could be a much needed update to privacy that doesn't get hung up for political reasons.

Minecraft is now available for the Gear VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 12:44 pm

After saying it would be bringing Minecraft to the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR back at its Oculus Connect 2 event in September 2015, the day has come - Minecraft is now available for the Gear VR.



Minecraft is available on the Oculus Store for $6.99, with one of the biggest games ever now available to play in VR. The Gear VR edition of Minecraft features everything you find in pocket edition, including both the Creative and Survival modes, skins and multiplayer support.


You'll need a Bluetooth controller to play, with Oculus stating that Minecraft for the Gear VR is 'comfortable for some'. We tried it during the Game Developers Conference earlier this year and walked away impressed, with no motion sickness at all.

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Second-generation Xbox One console reportedly in mass production

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 12:32 pm

A new second-generation Xbox One model has been in mass production since February 2016, according to recently unearthed documents.




Microsoft is planning its own mid-cycle second-generation Xbox One refresh to counter Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation Neo, leaked documents suggest. The Japanese documents were spotted on NeoGAF, and have since been translated to read:


New Project

AP5 XBOX One 2nd Gen Project


Project Start Time 2014 March

Client : Microsoft

Product : Xbox One 2nd Gen

Machine : Kingston

Estimated Shipment : Maximum 400K / week

Plastic Product Unit weight : 600 ~ 800g

Current Status : AP(V) work with client co-develop and certify Sabic & Chill raw material

EVT D : Now

Hard Tool Development : Oct -- delay

MP ( Mass Production ) : Feb


Reports of Microsoft's new Xbox One refresh have piled up recently: new Xbox One components were revealed in pre-released FCC filings, and The Verge was told by internal sources that Microsoft is testing various new Xbox prototypes with high-end hardware. AMD let slip that new PS4 and Xbox One consoles were on the horizon, with the PS4 Neo possibly leveraging AMD's next-gen Polaris 10 Ellesmere GPU technology.

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Massive Galactic Civilizations III update makes Starbases better

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 12:03 pm

Galactic Civilization III has just been updated to version 1.7, and this one is quite sizable in nature. The focus of which is to help make managing your no doubt plethora of Starbases much easier than it was then ever before.




Starbases, for all the obvious benefits, had some limitations. Namely, that you had to manage each one explicitly. But now you can very easily upgrade your floating space stations from your shipyards, too, which will deliver those upgrades as quickly as possible from the closest shipyard as well. Stardock has also added a more detailed look into the various systems of those bases, making it far more convenient to run your empire.


Among the other changes in v1.7 are a few improvements to the diplomacy system that was itself recently overhauled. Trade prices are now actually dependent on your diplomacy with the various species around you. They've closed a few loopholes, such as the stacking of treaties, that were exploited often. Now it's a bit more random and a bit more fun as well. There's plenty more than just that with the full change log that can be read right here.

Microsoft unveils new Iron Man-themed Xbox One console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 10:41 am

Microsoft reveals a special edition Xbox One designed by Stark Industries.



I've long thought that most custom special edition consoles are pretty lackluster, but Microsoft has just unveiled an interesting Xbox One designed by none other than Tony Stark. Microsoft and Marvel teamed up to promote Captain America: Civil War, with the partnership culminating in this special Stark Industries-themed Xbox One. The console looks pretty interesting, especially with its mock arc reactor, but I'm worried about ventilation as the system's top is pretty much covered up.


This Xbox One is part of a giveaway, so don't expect to see them in stores. You can enter the win the console by retweeting this Tweet from Xbox France, or liking the Xbox France Facebook page. We'll also likely see a Captain America-themed console as well.

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Samsung teases an all-in-one 'Holodeck' experience for the future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 10:21 am

Samsung was one of the first companies to see the future with VR, collaborating with Oculus from nearly the beginning, while building their own Gear VR headset in collaboration with the Rift maker.




At its own Samsung Developers Conference (SDC) the company has teased the future of its plans with its research into VR, and that it thinks a future Gear VR would be an all-in-one headset, without the need of a smartphone, that could reportedly offer a 'Holodeck' experience. Yes, a Holodeck experience - bring it on.


Injong Rhee, Samsung's Executive Vice President, Head of R&D, Software and Services - which is a mouthful of a job title, said it was his personal duty to reveal Samsung's future plans. Rhee teased that Samsung is researching untethered HMD technology, which is an 'all-in-one' device that has a built-in smartphone by the looks of things. Motion tracking and touch sensors are also a big part of Samsung's R&D, which comes as no surprise considering how much better the VR experience is with better, VR-ready controllers.

AMD positions itself in the mainstream market, wants to own VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 28, 2016 8:33 am

AMD is positioning itself for a huge battle with NVIDIA this year, in more ways than one. First we have their next-gen Polaris architecture, the new GPU division being spun into Radeon Technologies Group, and an all-in approach when it comes to VR.



The first step for now is the release of Polaris-based video cards, with the expected Radeon 400 series to be unveiled next month and even more so at Computex in the first week of June. We should expect new cards that will beat the Radeon R9 380 and R9 390X, and thanks to the 14nm FinFET process, lower power consumption but much faster cards performance per watt wise.


During an interview with Ars Technica, AMD's main man Roy Taylor said: "I don't think NVIDIA is going to do anything to increase the TAM, because according to everything we've seen around Pascal, it's a high-end part. I don't know what the price is gonna be, but let's say it's as low as £500/$600 and as high as £800/$1000. That price range is not going to expand the TAM for VR. We're going on the record right now to say Polaris will expand the TAM. Full stop".

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