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'Quite a few' of THQ Nordic's new games are from THQ IPs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 3:05 pm

A good portion of THQ Nordic's unannounced games will be based on renowned THQ IPs--anyone want Darksiders 3 or a new Titan Quest?




Ever since Nordic Games bought up key properties from THQ and became THQ Nordic, games across the globe were elated to know some of their favorite THQ series--like Titan Quest, Darksiders and Destroy All Humans--would live on despite the publisher's untimely demise. Now company CEO Lars Wingefors teases that "quite a few" of THQ Nordic's upcoming games are based on classic THQ IPs.


"Since we acquired the THQ brand, we have come to realize just how big that name actually is," Wingefors said in a recent interview with MCV. "Our business is so centered around IP we purchased from THQ that I just feel we are a mixture of THQ and Nordic Games. I can't comment on each IP, but I can say that quite a few of the unannounced games are from the THQ portfolio. I am really excited about having those announced in [the future]. There will be more news soon."

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PS4 Slim: 1.84 TFLOPs, HDD swapping, no 4K or HDR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 2:10 pm

On September 7, Sony is expected to unveil a new thinner and cheaper PS4 Slim model alongside the 4K-ready upgraded PS4 Neo. Now we have our first look at the new so-called "PS4 Slim" model.




Since Sony's new PlayStation 4 Slim model and its accompanying DualShock 4 model have been confirmed as real, we can now start treating the leaked info from console owners as facts. Twitter user Shortman84 has a leaked PlayStation 4 Slim console and the new DualShock 4 controller (model CUH-ZCT2), and has revealed key information about the system and what to expect from the new PS4 hardware revision.


The owner reveals that the PS4 Slim features everything we'd expect in a new revision: it's thinner, runs cooler and quieter, and has a few features shaved off to lower the price despite retaining the basic functionality of current PS4 models. The new DualShock 4 controller has some nice surprises too, including more efficient battery life and a new mode that boosts response times. Check below for a full list of the info we've gleaned so far.

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No Man's Sky concurrent players tanks by 90% on Steam

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 1:19 pm

Steam gamers are ejecting escape pods from No Man's Sky crashing ship, likely due the game's notorious over-hyped and underwhelming content.




When it launched just weeks ago, No Man's Sky peaked at an incredible 212,620 simultaneous users, making it the biggest Steam release of 2016 in concurrent players. Since then the game has been bleeding players left and right.


According to SteamSpy and SteamDB, just two weeks later after its launch, No Man's Sky's concurrent Steam playerbase has dropped by 90% to just 19,336 players. Just four days ago we reported on a 78% drop in No Man's Sky Steam gamers, and it will be interesting to see how many more players jump ship in the coming weeks.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's patch fixes some issues on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 10:27 am

The launch of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided hasn't been too good on the PC, with a slew of issues including the usual crashes, poor optimization, and bad mouse acceleration that can't be disabled in the menu. Nixxes is usually on point when it comes to porting games to the PC, but it seems Mankind Divided isn't one of those.




Thankfully, developer Eidos Montreal is on the ball, pushing out a patch for the game bringing it to v1.0 built 534.7, which fixes the following:


  • Fixed crashes caused by third-party programs interfering with the game.
  • Fixed crash that occurred after viewing the intro videos.
  • Fixed issue that could cause a crash at the end of the Prague intro scene.
  • Fixed mouse invert setting not being displayed correctly in the options menu.


Performance wise, Eidos Montreal adds that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is pretty demanding on your hardware, and that you begin the game on High detail preset with MSAA disabled. Remember there's a DX12 patch on the way that will improve the PC side of things, but we'll have to wait and test that soon. I'm currently benchmarking a bunch of my graphics cards right now, so we'll have some performance numbers to share with you soon.

No Man's Sky mod lets you travel underwater, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 8:35 am

No Man's Sky sales might be tanking in both the US and in the UK, but there are mods out that improve some of the weaker aspects of the game. LowFlight can be downloaded here.



LowFlight is a free mod for No Man's Sky that provides a few new and improved features, such as the ability to travel underwater, and it provides a greater range of movement within your starship. LowFlight developer Hytek says there are three parts of the mod: "It lets starships get low to the ground and go underwater, as well as allowing pilots to look in any direction while in the cockpit. These are all much unlike the base No Man's Sky, where the starship is forced to land when it drops below a certain altitude; flying underwater is completely out of bounds too," reports Polygon.


Ships will continue to take damage if you crash into the terrain, so don't think that the LowFlight mod will save you, but there are gamers who are saying that LowFlight is a major game-changer for No Man's Sky, which is saying a lot considering how broken and unfulfilling the game is to most people. To see our take on the procedural space sim, check out our official No Man's Sky review.

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Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia X5 amongst first for Android 7.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 6:32 am

Now that Android 7.0 is flowing out and onto smartphones and tablets, Sony has announced a rather decent list of its devices that will soon receive Android 7.0 Nougat.




Here's the list:


  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia X
  • Xperia XA
  • Xperia XA Ultra
  • Xperia X Performance


The oldest device on Sony's list is the Xperia Z3+ which was released in June 2015, but the Xperia Z3 isn't included. Sony will be staging its update plans, so expect some regions to be quicker than others.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 features 10-core CPU, costs $135

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 5:38 am

On the heels of the release of Samsung's awesome new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi have just unveiled their new Galaxy Note competitor, the Redmi Note 4.




Xiaomi's new Redmi Note 4 smartphone is the first to run MIUI 8 out of the box, and has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, with a metal unibody design and 2.5D glass on the front. Inside, we have a 10-core processor from MediaTek with the Helio X20 SoC. Redmi Note 4 includes dual SIM slots with a microSD card slot, a 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear-facing camera, and a huge 4100mAh battery.


Comparing it against the Galaxy Note 7 which has similar specs, and a smaller 3500mAh battery - the Redmi Note 4 is a formidable competitor. Where Xiaomi kills it though, is with the price - costing just $135 for the 16GB model, and $180 for 64GB of storage.

HBM3 released by 2020, offers more bandwidth, less power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 4:49 am

I reported on HBM3 a few days ago, but all of the details weren't clear - until the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino this week, where Samsung and SK Hynix shared some more details on the next leap in HBM technology.




HBM3 will offer improvements over HBM1 and HBM2 in nearly all areas, with HBM3 offering more RAM stacks. HBM3 will feature 8 or more stacks connected via through-silicon vias (TSVs), which is up from the 2/4/8 stacks on HBM2. The upgraded HBM3 tech will see individual memory dies of up to 16Gb, up from the 8Gb on HBM2, meaning 64GB of VRAM on next-gen graphics cards will become a reality.


Lower core voltage and twice the peak bandwidth will be offered on HBM3, which is another great thing to see, but HBM3 won't be arriving until sometime in 2019-2020.

Acer rumored to unveil a gaming-oriented smartwatch soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 3:27 am

Acer has been expanding its Predator gaming line of products, and now the latest rumor is that the Taiwanese electronics giant will unveil a new gaming-oriented smartwatch at IFA 2016 next month.




The rumor is coming from Chinese site Economic Daily News, with Acer's purported gaming smartwatch being a high-end wearable. What could Acer's gaming smartwatch do for gamers? Well, it could be similar to Razer's Nabu wearable, but we could expect something completely different - which is what I want to see.

Mad Max for PC drops to $10 in leftover summer sale

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 3:02 am

On Monday Bundle Stars ended their 2016 Summer Sale, which may have been the final PC gaming Summer Sale for 2016. That said, not all the deals ended. In fact, a few even got bigger and better discounts. Case in point is the September 2015 released Mad Max.




The year-old AAA title just fell to $9.99 at Bundle Stars. That beats out the $11.99 price Bundle Stars was selling for earlier in their Summer Sale, which even at that price was an all-time low in itself. Elsewhere online Mad Max is a $39.99 title, and up until last week was a $49.99 purchase on Steam (recently the list price dropped to $40).


Of course, a few other PC game deals are also worth a look at Bundle Stars. Batman Arkham Knight Bundle and Mortal Kombat X Premium Edition both tie their all time lows. LEGO Jurassic World Complete recently had its price chopped from its previous best of $12.99 to now only $8.49. All deals listed below are Steam keys.



You'll probably want to get a move on snapping up these titles because they won't last long. Being leftovers from their Summer Sale, a few deals such as LEGO: Jurassic World expire in the early hours of August 25. Mad Max was extended through August 25 but will revert back to full price at the end of the day tomorrow.