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Microsoft will use Xbox early access to test first-party games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 1:35 pm

Xbox Game Preview is Microsoft's own spin-off of Steam's early access, a program that lets preview members beta test unreleased Xbox One games for a fee. Although the Xbox early access initiative was originally for indie games, Microsoft has since revealed it will use the program's community-driven approach to help develop and test its own first-party exclusives.




"First party will be using Game Preview for our games," Microsoft's head of publishing Shannon Loftis told GameInformer. "It's not 100 percent. It's very much developer choice, but it is definitely an option."


"We are curating that program very much with an eye for making sure that the games are high-quality games. A lot of the issues we've seen with the folks that tried this sort of service earlier are things that we've been able to learn from," Loftis says, nodding toward Steam's cluttered Early Access platform. "There is a little bit of extrapolation that the gamer has to make in order to guess that the end product is good. So far, nothing has backfired as far as gamer reception, but we are being very cautious."

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Ninjas in Pyjamas promotes female gaming with $1000 online CS:GO comp

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 12:26 pm

Joining ESWC in the promotion of female-only gaming events, Ninjas in Pyjamas TV has announced a $1,000 online tournament featuring six teams.




Kicking off in a double elimination format, each initial match will be played as a best of three map series, with the finals ramping it up to best of five. With the winner set to take home $650 and second place taking the remaining $350, all six teams have been invited directly by the tournament organizers.


Seeing a wide variety of nations participating, Team Acer (French) and Games4U (multiple nations) are automatically seeded into the second round as they are the top two ranked teams in this competition.

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Looking for an excuse to play CS:GO? How about Freedom?!

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 11:33 am

RGN and the YouTube network has announced a $5,000 CS:GO tournament, including a total of 16 teams fighting over the top spot and for the ultimate freedom. Named 'the Freedom Cup', this event will invite 12 teams directly into the event, with the last four fighting for a spot through an online qualifier.




Featuring an entry fee of $7.50 per player, the first nine invited teams include American names such as Team Liquid, Method, Tempo storm and the Brazilian sides of Luminosity and Games Academy.


Looking for a little freedom? Look no further than here.

Your family can now sleep, Cherry announces MX SILENT switches

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 10:29 am

Set to debut in Corsair's new Strafe and Strafe RGB keyboards, Cherry has announced release of its new MX SILENT key type with patented noise reduction.




Claiming to reduce noise through an integrated 2-component tappet, each key stroke will provide a quieter experience than seen before. Further features include RGB 16.7 million color support and a utilization of Gold-Crossprint technology in order to ensure lossless input over 50 million keystrokes.


This initial release will see two different MX Silent keys released, one in the form of MX Red and the other in MX Black. These keys will make a public debut at Gamescom 2015 in Cologne at the Corsair booth.

ADATA launches 960GB Premier SP550 6Gb/s SSDs

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 9:27 am

If you're looking to utilize your SSD for more than just a fresh Windows 10 installation and one or two games, ADATA has announced its new Premier SP550 SSD to the market. Backed up by a SM2256 controller and a RAID engine for enhanced data protection, this information was broadcasted in a recently issued press release.




Utilizing TLC flash with an upgraded SMI controller, there are further options made available such as SATA DevSlp (device sleep) to ensure low power consumption which is marketed as especially helpful for laptop applications.


Kevin Che, Vice President of ADATA, says that this new release "provides customers a clear choice for the best storage experience," making this claim because of the integrated low-density parity check error correction (LDPC ECC) inclusion. This feature ensures lower data errors and extended SSD life, preventing NAND flash wear by distributing drive loads.

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BenQ America launches XR3501 144Hz curved monitor

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 8:32 am

Brandishing a price tag of $999, BenQ America has announced a release of the 21:9 aspect ratio BenQ XR3501 curved monitor. Complete with a refresh rate of 144Hz and BenQ's RevolutionEyes technology, this screen claims to provide an "authentic sense of engagement" as seen in a recently issued press release.




Also featuring Black eQualizer in order to lighten up dark gaming corners, the XR3501 further features ZeroFlicker, enhanced viewing angles and 20 options of color vibrancy.


With a 2560x1080 resolution, this monitor is available in North America right now at major retailers.

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Final Fantasy 15 will release in 2016, new demo incoming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 7:35 am

With almost a full decade in development, fans are quite eager to finally get their hands on Final Fantasy 15...but up until now Square Enix has been quiet on any kind of release info. According to game director Hajime Tabata, the wait is almost over, and the devs have some extra goodies to share during the wait.



"At the very least, I can tell you that it isn't going to be released this year," Tabata said in an interview with GameSpot. "We can certainly say to people: it's going to be before 2017. I think we'll be able to tell you when we're making the announcement around PAX Prime, at the end of this month."


Sadly this isn't the fully fledged release date confirmation that gamers had hoped for. Square Enix seemed to be teasing something big for Gamescom 2015 and everyone thought at long last a release date would be announced. Amid this disappointment Tabata affirms that Square Enix has indeed set a release date for Final Fantasy 15, and that a strategic plan is in place.\

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Final 'Hitman: Agent 47' trailer released

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 7:07 am

20th Century Fox will no doubt be hoping to erase the memory of the decidedly average 'Hitman' feature film adaptation from 2007, as they ramp up for the release of a new feature film reboot. But this time around, it might actually go a way to pleasing fans of the game series.



Starring Rupert Friend as Agent 47 and 'Star Trek' star Zachary Quinto as clone John Smith, 'Hitman: Agent 47' seems to be courting a hard R rating, with all the blood and violence you'd rightly expect.


'Hitman: Agent 47' begins rolling out to cinemas worldwide starting from August 21st.

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey graces the cover of Time Magazine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 6:29 am

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is on cover of Time Magazine, in a pose that has the Internet going crazy. Polygon has grabbed a bunch of tweets and comments from various people in the industry, which we've got below. But the image of Palmer... priceless.




The cover itself.




George Broussard of 3D Realms and his reaction, saying that the Time cover is the "worst PR that virtual reality could ever have", and I have to agree.

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Fallout 4 has no level cap, lets you explore after the story finishes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 5:47 am

In an interesting announcement, Bethesda has said that Fallout 4 will not have a level cap at all and that the game doesn't end when the story is over. Players can "keep playing and leveling" once the main story is wrapped up.




Previous Fallout games have all featured level caps, so this is a big departure from previous entries in the franchise. The studio has said that it is also reworking the way enemy difficulty scales with the player's level, which is an obvious move with the lack of a level cap. During E3, Fallout 4's Game Director, Todd Howard, told Game Informer: "We call it rubberbanding; we'll have an area [where enemies scale from] level 5 to 10, and then this area will be level 30 and above".

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