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Battlefield 1 thoughts so far: DICE amps the battlefield

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 3:33 pm

I've been playing the Battlefield 1 open beta for the last few days, with some truly great 'only in Battlefield' moments that had me screaming with either glee or pure anger.




DICE has really amped up the feeling of presence in Battlefield 1, something that is crucial to VR gaming, but I felt it in BF1. There are so many things that are happening around you, that the improved graphics lend an even more lending hand to making you feel like you're right there in the middle of the desert, or in a room, or laying down in a ditch shooting and dodging fire from all sides.


Battlefield 1 is definitely some of the most fun that I've had in a Battlefield game so far, but also some instant classic gaming moments that most refer to the "Battlefield Moments", of which there are plenty in Battlefield 1. Do you know how many times I've been killed or hurt by a horse in BF1 so far? More times than I'd like to admit.

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PS4 Neo and Project Scorpio games are just 4K remasters

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 3:30 pm

Games played on Sony's new PS4 Neo and Microsoft's "monster" Project Scorpio consoles will just be ordinary games remastered in higher 4K resolution.




Although both Sony and Microsoft have been explicitly clear that their new 4K-ready consoles won't have exclusive games, instead upscaling regular Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games to 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution, some people have had trouble conceptualizing what this actually means. Thanks to Gamingbolt's recent interview with Ride 2 developer Matteo Pezzotti, we have an easy way to loosely explain how the new consoles will play games.


Basically think of Project Scorpio and PlayStation 4 Neo as "remaster machines." The consoles are just remastering normal PS4 and Xbox One titles to achieve higher resolution and improved frame rates--the same way our current-gen systems remastered tons of Xbox 360 and PS3 games. So just think of the new consoles as the next evolution of console remasters: same exact game, just with better performance, ie improved frame rates, resolution, visuals, graphical settings, etc. thanks to new internal hardware.

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Nintendo's new retro console 'NES Mini' debuts 11th Nov

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 3:30 pm

A new exciting console is coming to store shelves this Fall! The highly anticipated Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition, or as it's been nicknamed, the 'NES Mini' will be available for purchase, November 11, 2016.




The newly developed miniature NES console will include 30 classic pre-loaded games, along with a single NES controller. Some of the games include Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, plus more!


Nintendo has now revealed that the emulator running the NES Mini is a brand new creation, developed differently from the emulator used for console games on the standard Wii and Wii U. This now means the NES Mini will provide different modes of display, from regular, to upscaled and even a "pixel perfect" mode, giving the old school vibe amongst gamers on their TVs.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 3:30 pm



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Paid DLC in early access games is actually happening

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 2:32 pm

Studio Wildcard has just set a new sleazy precedent for the gaming world: paid DLC expansions for early access games.



Ark: Survival Evolved isn't officially released yet and it's already getting a paid DLC pack. No, really; amid all the fruits that modern gaming has delivered, gamers have to toil through exploitative paygates galore, with microtransactions, season passes, freemium schemes, ridiculously shallow DLC packs eroding the very spirit of the industry.


Now Studio Wildcard has taken that a step further by releasing a $20 paid DLC for their unfinished early access online survival sim Ark: Survival Evolved, which is priced at $34.99 on the Xbox Store. So that's $54.99 total for an early access game. Let that sink in for a minute. Oh, the DLC pack is marked as

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Netflix releases trailers for new TV shows and movies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 1:27 pm

aNetflix has just released a bunch of new trailers for their upcoming shows, with trailers for Easy, Chef's Table: France, and even a time travel movie called ARQ - as well as teasing a new clip for Narcos: Season 2. As for details on the new shows, here's what we're looking at:




  • Easy: an original comedy anthology series written, directed and produced by filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas)
  • Chef's Table: France: A new installment of the critically acclaimed food documentary series, four new episodes dedicated to the world's most renowned French chefs.
  • ARQ: A small budget sci-fi original movie written and is being directed by Tony Elliott (Orphan Black).




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Overwatch's second season of Competitive Play has begun

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 11:32 am

Most gamers are pumping in some serious hours into the Battlefield 1 open beta, and I'm sure Blizzard are seeing a dip in Overwatch players - so the second season of Competitive Play begins early, for PC and Xbox One gamers at least.




Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that Competitive Mode's second season has started early, where he said: "Yes. Season 2 is now live on PC", after it was meant to start on September 6. There's a new skill rating system, the removal of Sudden Death, and the return of tier-based rankings, reports Polygon.


The PS4 version of Overwatch will have the new season of Competitive Play start on September 6.

IMAX receives first shipment of VR headsets from Acer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 9:52 am

If you've seen a movie in the 70mm format at IMAX, with movies like Interstellar looking absolutely incredible, then you'll be excited to hear that IMAX is preparing some of its theaters for virtual reality.




IMAX will be using Acer's new StarVR headset in their LA-based IMAX VR Center, with the first shipment of Acer's new StarVR headsets to be rolled out in a larger phase as more stock is released to the company. Acer will his mass production of StarVR headsets in 2017, with IMAX receiving the first batch in the coming weeks.


StarVR features a resolution of 5120x1440, or 2560x1440 per eye and mixed with the huge 210-degree field of view, we are talking about a Oculus Rift and HTC Vive killer here. The Rift and Vive run a native resolution of 2160x1200 (1080x1200 per eye), and a massive increase over the 110-degree FOV, with StarVR rocking a 210-degree field of view.


IMAX won't be stopping with its push into the VR world in LA, with the company having over 6 international locations in planning, and plans to expand into China in the future, too.

Apple's new 2TB iCloud tier, ready for the 256GB iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 8:30 am

Apple has all but confirmed its new iPhone for next week, with the September 7 press event locked in, and Apple ready to announce the new iPhone, and surely a slew of other products and announcements.




One of them is here early, with Apple has announced a change to its iCloud pricing, with a new 2TB option. With rumors that Apple will unveil a larger 256GB model iPhone 7, the supersized iCloud tier will surely be welcomed next week, and for Apple-heavy users.


The new iCloud pricing is as follows, with all prices in USD:


  • 50GB - $0.99
  • 200GB - $2.99
  • 1TB - $9.99
  • 2TB - $19.99

Biggest, cheapest 4G network anywhere launches in India

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 7:33 am

India's richest man Mukesh Ambani is about to launch Reliance Jio's mobile services, meaning 4G LTE internet for Earth's second most populous nation as well as free voice calls forever, and a ridiculously cheap data plan.




It's claimed the network is the largest anywhere in the world, and has the cheapest data rates anywhere in the world (1GB of data for 75 cents). Long-term, the plan is to upgrade to 5G and 6G network technology (support is already baked in), and to expand to 90 percent of India's citizens (at launch, 18,000 cities and 200,000 remote areas will be covered).


If you're thinking the deal is too good to be true, you're likely right. The expectation is upon crushing competition and acquiring a massive subscriber base, Reliance will worsen the deal some would describe as unsustainable so as to achieve profitability (a somewhat common business plan). The crushing part has already begun: competitor Airtel (which relies on voice calls for most of its revenue) saw its stock drop 9% today following Reliance's announcement.