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Mass Effect: Andromeda won't be capped at 30FPS on PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2016 10:11 pm

Like DICE did with Battlefield 1, BioWare is looking to tap the power of PC to deliver a streamlined and fluid experience in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

 

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If you're a PC gamer who's looking forward to BioWare's newest interstellar Mass Effect spin-off game, you'll be delighted to know that the gameplay won't be locked at 30FPS. Of course console owners aren't so lucky: PS4 and Xbox One owners will be locked at 30FPS, and even PS4 Pro owners may not even get a 1080p 60FPS mode (but you will play at 4K 30FPS, however).

 

When Game Informer asked Mass Effect Andromeda's creative director Mac Walters if 30 FPS was the target for the game, Walters responded "on some platforms," pretty much confirming PS4 and Xbox One will be locked whereas PC would enjoy higher FPS. "Faster PC means more frame rates," Walters concluded.

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Hyperloop system could become reality by 2020

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 9, 2016 9:20 pm

Within the next few years, it will take us only 12 minutes to cross a distance of 150 kilometers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, if the futuristic transport system goes as planned in the United Arab Emirates.

 

 

The project was launched this week with the signing of an agreement between the Roads and Transport Authority agency of Dubai and Californian company Hyperloop One.

 

"This historic agreement will help us begin to analyze the possibilities of the world's first Hyperloop system," said Rob Lloyd, the Hyperloop One CEO.

 

Lloyd also pointed out that the first studies will help analyze the "value that would Hyperloop One brought to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates."

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Xbox stick would've supported Xbox-to-TV game streaming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2016 8:40 pm

Remember that Xbox streaming stick and set-top box that Microsoft was supposed to reveal at E3 2016 but didn't? New details have emerged about the duo, and they're actually pretty impressive.

 

 

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According to Windows Central, the streaming stick was codenamed "Project Hobart," and was actually nixed at the last minute before E3. Internal sources at Microsoft say that Hobart basically would've been like Microsoft's very own $99 Chromecast-like dongle that offers basic video streaming (Netflix, Hulu, etc) with it's own secret weapon: Windows 10 UWP integration.

 

Armed with UWP functionality, Hobart would've tapped into the Windows 10 ecosystem and allowed gamers to wirelessly stream Xbox One gameplay over to Hobart, effectively transforming an HDTV into a remote-play station. Hobart apparently had lower computational power to support UWP apps and could even play lightweight games.

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Metro 2035 game isn't coming in 2017 after all

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2016 6:37 pm

Contrary to our report, there won't be a new post-apocalyptic Metro game released in 2017.

 

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Although the official Metro 2035 website previously listed a new Metro sequel for 2017, Deep Silver, the publisher for the series, has formally squashed the reports. In an official Facebook post, Deep Silver confirmed that there will indeed be more Metro games, just not any next year:

 

You may have noticed some sites have reported that a new Metro game would be released in 2017. Deep Silver has released the following statement: As the exclusive rights holder to videogames set in the Metro 2033 universe, Deep Silver has ambitious plans for the hugely successful Metro series.

 

But just to manage our fans' expectations - releasing the next Metro game in 2017 is not one of them.

 

When we have more news to share, we will. Thank you for your patience.

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GoPro Karma drone randomly loses power, recalled

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Drones | Posted: Nov 9, 2016 4:43 pm

GoPro's $799 Karma drone has been recalled after a "very small number" of units were found to randomly lose power during operation. No injuries or property damage have been reported, but presumably GoPro wants to get ahead of the issue (or is required to).

 

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All 2,500 units are estimated to have been sold since October 23. If you're one of the buyers, you can return them to GoPro or at whichever retailer you purchased from for a full refund. If you want an exchange for a fixed model, you'll need to wait until the matter is resolved.

 

"We are working in close coordination with both the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Aviation Administration," said GoPro CEO Nick Woodman. "We are very sorry to have inconvenienced our customers and we are taking every step to make the return and refund process as easy as possible."

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Mass Effect: Andromeda will tell a complete story

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2016 2:14 pm

Mass Effect: Andromeda isn't the beginning of a new trilogy: once players complete the game, that'll be it. BioWare says they have no plans to kick off another series of sequels based on Andromeda.

 

 

Rather than tell a sprawling epic story with its new Mass Effect game, BioWare instead wants to launch a spin-off tale that explores the rich sci-fi universe. BioWare's creative director Mac Walters confirmed to GameInformer that Mass Effect: Andromeda will break the series' penchant for direct sequels in order to spin a unique and individual storyline.

 

"At the end of this, we want it to feel like a story has completed. Yes, for the universe, there's much more you could explore, and we want to tease that, but it feels like its own story. It's like, 'great. I had my Ryder sibling becoming-a-hero story. What's next? Is it going to be Ryder? Is it going to be something else? Who knows?," Walters told GameInformer.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda: everything we know so far

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2016 12:22 pm

Although BioWare still hasn't dropped an official release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda, and only delivered a small cinematic trailer on Ny Day, the developer opened up the floodgates to GameInformer with some exclusive coverage detailing a ton of new info.

 

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ME: Andromeda makes some major changes this time around, scrapping the Renegade and Paragon system for "shades of grey," and the game also does away with classes as well as mixing combat up. Andromeda features a more fast-pace, action-oriented combat scheme; it's still a cover-based third-person shooter, but things down slow down while using powers, and powers are now hotkeyed and have their own individual cooldowns. The jetpack can be used in battle to add verticality to the battles, and you can also quick-dash with the jetpack to move around the battlefield.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda actually takes place after the second Mass Effect game, and follows the Andromeda Initiative, a massive program that sends massive ark ships to the Andromeda galaxy to search out a new home. The game has a very distinct "new frontier" type of feel, and you play as a Pathfinder, which is a mix of scientist, explorer and soldier. Players are frozen in cryosleep for the 600 year long journey, and take the persona of one of the Ryder twins.

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PlayStation Network hacking spree hits UK gamers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2016 6:16 am

Ever since last month's massive DDoS hack attack there's been a huge influx of stolen PlayStation Network accounts, and it's only getting worse.

 

 

Within the past month or so, tons of PlayStation gamers have had their accounts stolen and hacked along with fraudulent charges being made on their PSN accounts. According to The Know, the rampant hacking is apparently worse in the UK: taking a quick look at the PlayStation UK support Twitter seems to show an awful lot of gamers reporting their accounts have been compromised.

 

Sony has yet to issue an official declaration, and if they did, they'd likely just tell everyone to use the new Two-Step Verification feature to add extra security to their PSN accounts instead of actually taking more security measures to shore up their network.

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'Stranger Things' producer 'thinking ahead' to season 3

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 9, 2016 5:13 am

While fans eagerly await the upcoming second season of the Netflix smash hit 'Stranger Things', the show's producer has confirmed what everyone's hoping - that the show will have a long life.

 

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Speaking to Collider, Producer Shawn Levy who also served as a director for multiple episodes and has just been confirmed to helm Sony's 'Uncharted' feature film says the plan for season two has been mapped out well in advance. "We are not gonna be caught off guard and we don't wanna be making stuff up like the day before we have to write it and make it, so we are definitely optimistic and we have started thinking ahead".

 

The second season of the cult show will begin filming in December, for a release mid next year.

Xbox Scorpio rumored to run some PC games at native 4K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 9, 2016 3:30 am

Microsoft could have something exciting in its hands for 2017 if the Xbox Scorpio can run UWP games from the PC on their new console at native 4K, meaning that games like Gears of War 4 (and let's not mention Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and the new one is bombing too) will run at 4K on the new Xbox.

 

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Windows Central has reported from a source that any games made natively for UWP on Windows 10 will run at native 4K on the Xbox Scorpio, adding: "The Coalition has previously confirmed that Gears of War 4 is ready to run at a 4K resolution on Project Scorpio. This is because Project Scorpio can run 4K Windows 10 Store Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games natively. If you've played Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 or Rise of the Tomb Raider at a 4K resolution on a high-end PC, you already have an idea of how gorgeous games will look on Project Scorpio".

 

They continued: "Our source told us that any game programmed natively for UWP on Windows 10 will run on Project Scorpio with a trivial amount of changes. This has always been Microsoft's vision for UWP".

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