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Seagate announces 512GB external SSD for Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 8:07 am

Seagate has announced its new 512GB SSD for the Xbox One and Xbox One S, with super-fast load times for console owners at a price of just $200.

 

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The new 512GB SSD plugs into one of the USB 3.0 ports on the Xbox One or Xbox One S consoles, and requires nothing but the single USB 3.0 cable to give your Xbox One a massive increase in game load times. Seagate says: "Slow-loading screens are for newbs. Built for elite gamers, the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD uses flash storage to help you decimate game load times and get into the action quicker. Designed exclusively for Xbox®, it lets you store the hottest titles in one thin and ultra-portable drive".

 

Seagate continues:

 

  • Load games faster and transition quicker between levels
  • Store 15+ games1 and more downloadable content
  • Plug-and-play setup gets you up and playing in seconds
  • Compact size and no power cable makes it perfect for your living room or bringing to a friend's house

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Battle to win your own 'Outlander: Season 2' Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 6:51 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Outlander: The Complete Second Season' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.

 

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Season two of Outlander begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden. With the help of his cousin Jared (Robert Cavanah), a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful. Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship. However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising, and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Ex-2K dev says '2K can be so incompetent'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 6:35 am

Civilization VI and NBA 2K17 have been big sellers for 2K Games this year, but when you look at the larger flops like Mafia III and Evolve, what's going on with the company? According to an ex-developer from 2K, the company "can be so incompetent".

 

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Hacker Noon reported that the ex-2K developer said: "Basically what had happened was that Ken had been pushed past his limits with the stress of running BioShock Infinite - the team was so huge and unwieldy that he wanted to go back to basics and build a game with a skeleton crew like in the old days. He basically tried to quit, but 2K said "no, don't go, you can do whatever you want - just stay with us", with the post not finished yet.

 

"2K should have managed that situation better. If you have a big team who work well together in Boston, why not put a new studio head at the top and keep the team together? It could still be called Irrational - it would still have the majority of the original staff. Then Ken could go and do his thing, and everyone else could continue to do theirs - you know - making successful games for 2K...", and we're just getting started.

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Obduction now has VR and HDR support, as well as Ansel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 5:31 am

Cyan Games has an update for Obduction which is packed with technology features and updates, expanding the already immersive world they created.

 

 

Obduction's latest patch includes VR support, letting Oculus Rift users (sorry, HTC Vive owners) play the game in VR. Not only that, but the patch includes support for both HDR, and NVIDIA's screenshot-taking Ansel feature.

 

Ansel lets you set up, compose, and take ridiculously high-resolution in-game screenshots - and then adjust them and add post-processing effects, and even 360-degree shots that can be viewed through a smartphone, PC or VR headset.

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Xbox boss talks Scorpio, and the 'next [Xbox] console'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 4:54 am

We're getting some more insight into the future of Xbox from the head of Xbox himself, Phil Spencer, where he said during an interview with Game Informer that the PC version of Battlefield 1 was the best-looking version of the game.

 

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During the interview, Spencer was asked about his comments during E3 2016 where he used the phrase "gaming beyond generations", with Game Informer asking: "Does this mean that in the future, console gamers will need to buy hardware more regularly if they want to play the best possible version of a game?"

 

Spencer replied: "It's hard to tell. Clearly in the case of Xbox One, Xbox One S and Scorpio, the answer would be, I don't know if it's more regularly, but you're going to want Scorpio to run the game at the highest resolution or framerate - whatever the developers decide to do with that game".

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare day one update detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 4:18 am

Activision is preparing for the big launch of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and over the last few weeks they have together with developer Infinity Ward taken loads of information from the multiplayer beta of Infinite Warfare leading up to the official launch.

 

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The day one patch for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare includes:

 

WEAPONS

 

We received a ton of great data from the Beta, allowing us to take a hard look at all of the guns and we will make changes as needed. Here are some of the immediate tweaks we will be implementing.

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Xbox boss: PC is 'best looking version of Battlefield'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 3:14 am

Battlefield 1 is one of the best-looking games ever made, and it looks and runs absolutely beautifully on the PC - so it seems fitting when Xbox boss Phil Spencer praises the PC version of BF1.

 

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During an interview with Game Informer, Spencer was asked "One of the reasons that people choose consoles over PC is because they don't like that feeling of missing out on the best possible version on their platform. Is there a danger that you're introducing that into the console space with Xbox Scorpio?"

 

His reply: "The best-looking version of Battlefield is going to be PC. Somebody's going to be able to throw enough hardware at Battlefield to get it to outperform what any of the consoles on the market are going to do. I guess you could say, as a console person, that you feel like you don't get to play the best version of Battlefield so somehow you're disappointed".

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Titanfall 2 sells less than 52K copies in the UK

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 2:52 am

Titanfall 2 has flown too close to the sun, and by sun we mean the releases of Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Skyrim Special Edition (which only runs at 30FPS on the Xbox One and PS4, by the way). The first-week sales numbers are in, and it's not looking good at all for EA and Respawn Entertainment.

 

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GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that Titanfall 2's physical sales in the UK are "well below the ones achieved by its predecessor", which it should be reiterated - was released on the Xbox One and PC only. GamesIndustry.biz reports: "In fact, the game's launch sales are barely a quarter of the ones achieved by its original - despite the fact that this sequel has the added benefit of launching on PS4. Titanfall 2 debuts at No.4 in the GfK Top 10, while the original reached No.1".

 

Now we have to question the future of not only the Titanfall franchise, but of developer Respawn Entertainment - their sequel to Titanfall looks like it won't be something that's remembered, but will EA continue throwing money at them?

Skyrim Special Edition runs at only 30FPS on consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 2:03 am

It has been five years since Bethesda released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but now the developer has their remastered version of the game on current-gen consoles, and while it looks better than it did when it was released, it's only capable of 1080p 30FPS.

 

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Skyrim Special Edition runs at 1920x1080 on the PS4 and Xbox One at a targeted frame rate of 30FPS, with Digital Foundry noting in its technical analysis of the game that the Xbox One hits 1080p with "some degree of overhead left over", meaning it could run at anywhere up to 60FPS, but they added it's "almost certainly not enough to sustain 60fps frame-rates, necessitating the 30fps cap".

 

The newly polished version of the game looks "pretty solid" according to Digital Foundry, with Bethesda using some of the temporal anti-aliasing that was used in Fallout 4, also released by the developer. The report says: "It can be viewed as an enhanced PC port for the current-gen platforms and in comparison to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, there's a night and day improvement in terms of performance and stability, not to mention resolution, art quality and overall levels of detail".

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EA bans an entire country from Origin over US trade laws

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 1:20 am

EA is experiencing quite a week, with the successful launch of Battlefield 1, a limped launch of Titanfall 2, and then in the middle of it all the company has banned an entire country from its digital distribution service, Origin.

 

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A post on the /r/gaming section of Reddit by 'trivial_sublime' paints a pretty bad picture for EA, with the poster saying: "I live in Myanmar, and I own about 20 games on Origin, and have spent hundreds of dollars on the platform. I've bought the full editions of all of the Battlefield games up to this point, with their season passes. I was trying to log into Origin a few days ago, and got a bizarre "Access Denied" message. I googled it, and found that "Origin is no longer available in Myanmar".

 

A post on EA's own website from '1guntra' said that they were getting "Access Denied" error messages when connecting from Yangon, Myanmar. An EA representative responded, saying: "We are working to restore access to Origin for our players in Myanmar. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we'll share updates on timing as soon as possible".

 

The post continues, in a big way.

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