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COD: Infinite Warfare physical sales down 51%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 12, 2016 3:27 am

Call of Duty has been a franchise that has weathered the storm, but now it's taking some damage - and needs to take some R&R, especially with sales of the latest COD: Infinite Warfare not being up to scratch.

 

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Cowen analyst Doug Creutz in a recent note to clients said that physical sales of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare are down around 17% from expectations, with another source confirming the results with CNBC that the year-over-year sales for November are down a rather large 51%.

 

But, just as TechSpot notes: these are physical sales, and there has been a tectonic shift towards digital downloads in the last few years. The digital downloads of COD: Infinite Warfare (and other games, for that matter) will offset a good amount of the lost physical sales, but it still goes to show that the Call of Duty franchise is in a little bit of trouble.

 

What do you think? Are games like Overwatch, CS:GO, League of Legends, and others just too strong for these older AAA franchises like Call of Duty? Sales are already down by a massive 50% on the physical side of the argument, and it's not like they're going to magically get better in the next 3-6 months. The COD audience dies off quicker and quicker each year...

The 'Fate of the Furious' revealed in first trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 12, 2016 2:38 am

With its predecessor 'Furious 7' blowing up the box office to become the sixth highest grossing film of all time, Universal aren't keen to let the franchise lay dormant for long. Enter 'The Fate of the Furious'.

 

 

Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson reprise their lead roles for the eighth iteration of the franchise, alongside Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. Franchise newcomer Charlize Theron is set to add some extra credibility as a mysterious woman who reintroduces Diesel's character Dom back into the seedy underworld.

 

'The Fate of the Furious' hits cinemas worldwide on April 14, 2017.

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AMD Radeon RX 460 unlock, free 12.5% performance gain

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 12, 2016 2:13 am

AMD has hit the mainstream pretty hard this year with the Polaris-based Radeon RX 400 series, but now the Radeon RX 460 represents even better value for money with a BIOS unlock that unleashes 12.5% performance boost.

 

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Over at the overclocking.guide, author der8auer has unlocked a Radeon RX 460 graphics card from its original 896 stream processors, to 1024 stream processors. The TMUs also get a boost, jumping from 56 to 64 TMUs - providing around 10-12% more performance, a great upgrade considering its free.

 

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ASUS Radeon RX 460 Strix and the SAPPHIRE RX 460 Nitro have both been tested with the BIOS upgrade, and they worked - offering increased performance.

 

 

Unlocking Your Radeon RX 460

 

Caution: This is all at your own risk.

 

There are some BIOS firmware downloads you'll need, depending on the card you have:

 

Sapphire RX 460 Nitro 4G Unlocked BIOS

ASUS RX 460 STRIX O4G Unlocked BIOS

 

  • First backup the original BIOS file in case you want to flash the card back at a certain point (run "backup BIOS.bat"). You can also save the BIOS with the latest version of TechPowerUp's GPU-Z.
  • Afterwards run "flash unlocked BIOS.bat" to flash the BIOS. It will take about 15 seconds and should look like in the picture below.
  • Afterwards restart your system and enjoy about 10% free performance.

ARK dev: PS4 Pro performance equal to $900 gaming PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 12, 2016 12:23 am

Studio Wildcard has been hard at work on ARK: Survival Evolved since it was released, with the game finally hitting the PS4 earlier this year after enjoying great success on the PC.

 

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Now the developer is talking about Sony's new 4K-ready (but mostly upscaled) PS4 Pro console, as well as possible PSVR support in the future. Before that, what type of experience are we getting on the PS4 with ARK? During a recent interview with WCCFTech, we now that the developer is aiming for: "30-45 FPS for the regular PS4 (which renders ARK's environment at either at 680p or 720p depending on whether you have "Detailed Graphics" selected)". As for the PS4 Pro: "60 FPS at 720p,or 30-60 FPS at 1080p, depending on "Detailed Graphics" setting".

 

The team was asked about their thoughts on the performance of the PS4 Pro, where Lead Programmer and co-founder of Studio Wildcard Jeremy Stieglitz replied: "Very impressed with its performance, at a very reasonable price. We estimate it would cost at least $900 to build a similarly powerful PC, and that's if you were custom-building it with extreme cost control. We estimate its raw GPU performance is similar to an NVIDIA 970, and along with CPU improvements and overall more memory, it's a really high benchmark for console performance. Hats off to Sony for "crossing the Rubicon" of console hardware updates (bonus that it tends to improve performance in just about every existing title in the PlayStation 4 library)!"

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Crytek staff claim they haven't been paid in 3 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 11, 2016 11:44 pm

Crytek have been through a few financial troubles over the years (that's what you get when you abandon PC gaming and want some of that console cash) and here we are again - Crytek developers are saying they haven't been paid in over 3 months. There were big issues in June 2014, which you can check out here.

 

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Sources from Let's Play Video Games have said that Crytek employees haven't been paid in the last 3 months, with the studio informing their staff the issues would be resolved with a bank loan in Germany, where Crytek HQ is. This was meant to be done over a month ago, and it hasn't happened yet.

 

The payment delays are affecting all staff, ranging from entry-level through to management. Another alleged Crytek employee has taken to Reddit, saying they work at the German-based studio and haven't been paid in 6 months. The user said: "I'm not sure where else to turn at this point. This has happened in the past a few times, but never for this long. Management never gives anyone a heads up, and it isn't clear to me if they are getting paid or even informed from the owners".

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Bryan Cranston reprises 'Breaking Bad' role for SNL skit

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 11, 2016 11:25 pm

'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston has reprised his role as drug baron Walter White in a hilarious new skit for Saturday Night Live, which sees him nominated to the Trump cabinet for a position he knows very well indeed.

 

 

Cranston plays opposite Kate McKinnon's version of Kellyanne Conway, the Republican campaign strategist who propelled Trump to the White House in last month's shock election. Saturday Night Live has lampooned Trump throughout the election campaign, and despite his win - it looks like they won't let up. And any chance to witness Walter White back in action is something I want to see!

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It's 'War' in new 'Planet of the Apes' teaser trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 11, 2016 11:05 pm

Before Charlton Heston and that terrible Tim Burton reboot, 2011's 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' took the franchise right back to where it all begun, as the human race began it's downfall. Its 2014 follow-up 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' chronicled the war with humanity's survivors. Now, the third entry is set to continue bridging the gap.

 

 

Andy Serkis dons a motion capture suit once again to play Caesar , the ape leader who spearheaded the rebellion against the humans, while Woody Harrelson plays a new character called the Colonel, a ruthless army veteran who commands the last vestiges of the human armies.

 

'War for the Planet of the Apes' is set to hit screens worldwide from July 2017.

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Final Fantasy XV: How to master attacks and combos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 11, 2016 4:27 am

Tired of mashing buttons in Final Fantasy XV? Pull off some awesome attack, but not sure exactly how you did it? Luckily we have your back: in this helpful how-to guide, we break down the anatomy of Final Fantasy XV's combat and teach you everything you need to know to pull off epic combos in every single battle.

 

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With Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix broke the mold and introduced a dynamic action-based combat system. The game's combat now feels more like Devil May Cry than a traditional turn-based Final Fantasy game, complete with combos, timed strikes, effects, and directional blows. In many ways the game takes on the scope of a fighter like Tekken, with reaction time and consistent understaning of combos and weapons being incredibly important throughout.

 

The basics behind Final Fantasy XV's combat rely on six weapon types: swords, two-handed greatswords, two-handed polearms like lances and javelins, slick and quick daggers, range-based firearms, and the defensive-yet-offensive shields. Each of these weapon tiers have their own distinct advantages, attack types, combos, speeds, damage output and overall balances, with Square Enix honing each of these weapons to a razor-sharp edge. Below we break down the anatomy of each of these weapons and the combos and attacks that accompany each.

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Huawei Mate 9 goes on sale in the US on January 6th

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 10, 2016 11:27 pm

Huawei's latest flagship, the Huawei Mate 9, should go on sale in the US on January 6th, according to Evan Blass.

 

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The phone was unveiled in Berlin at the beginning of November, with no specific date of the launch in the States given, although it was speculated that it could happen by the end of the year. However, the date given by Evan Blass makes sense since Huawei will be present at CES, and they could use that event for their official launch in the US.

 

As for the phone, the Mate 9 features Huawei's newest chip the Kirin 960, comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, and is expandable to 256GB with a microSD card. The phone has a 5.9-inch full HD display, 4,000 mAh battery, fingerprint sensor and rear dual camera system - 20MP (monochrome) + 12MP (color) with an aperture of f/2.2. The front camera is 8MP with an aperture f/1.9.

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Faraday Future keeps teasing their upcoming electric car

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 10, 2016 8:40 pm

Another day, another teaser from Faraday Future. This one reveals the most so far when it comes to the design, and as we previously reported, they aren't going for a conventional design.

 

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The image also shows that the LiDAR sensor is placed in the middle of the hood. From what we saw so far, they are aiming for a futuristic look of the car.

 

The previous image revealed that Faraday Future decided to ditch the side view mirrors and instead install cameras. This is something that Tesla did with their Model X when they first unveiled it, and BMW with i8. However, those cars didn't go into production with cameras instead of mirrors because transportation laws and regulations didn't allow for it. Since then, Japan has approved this feature on their roads and many other countries are reportedly looking to do the same.

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