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Project Scorpio may have wireless VR headsets

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 1:20 pm

Although Microsoft's new "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio Xbox console supports VR gaming, Microsoft plans on waiting until the VR market matures with better games and headset tech.




Xbox division head Phil Spencer has a clear idea on what he wants for Project Scorpio's VR games, and the current selection of virtual reality titles aren't just cutting it. Microsoft has no plans to follow Sony's footsteps with the PlayStation VR, which cashed in early on VR to make a more accessible console-powered VR headset that delivers "simple, small passive experiences". Spencer describes existing VR games as more like "demos and experiments," and he's not wrong: the tech is still quite early, and so is the software--that required killer app doesn't yet exist. With a 6TFLOPs GPU that's likely built on AMD's new Vega graphics architecture to enable 90FPS in VR, Microsoft has essentially future-proofed Project Scorpio for the types of "killer" VR games that don't really exist yet.


"I think VR will find its spot in gaming; I would make that bet. We designed Scorpio as a VR-capable console. Whether that happens this year, next year or the year after... like I said, I still think the creative community has to get its arms around what are these new tools, and this new feeling - this new immersion," Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in a recent interview with Stevivor. "What experiences do you put in people's hands to have a long term engagement? Most of these things I'm playing now feel like demos and experiments, which I actually think it's absolutely the right thing to have happened. That's not a criticism at all, but should be happening. But I think it will take time."

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Nintendo Switch will link with smartphones

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 12:20 pm

Although Nintendo's new Switch handheld-and-console hardware clashes with traditional smartphone gaming, the Japanese console-maker aims to have synergy between the two platforms.




Nintendo's new smartphone gaming push may actually see some sort of parity across its new Switch system, possibly bringing some aspects of its mobile games lineup including Pokemon GO, Super Mario Run, and more to the handheld via cross-platform interactivity. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has confirmed the Switch can be tethered to mobile devices via My Nintendo, the company's new Nintendo Account user framework.


"In my presentation, I explained the three major objectives of our smart device business, including maximizing the number of people who have access to Nintendo's IP so that as many people as possible will be interested in our integrated hardware-software video game business. Once again, I cannot explain any details about Nintendo Switch today, but we have already announced that it will link with smart devices via My Nintendo, and you will be able to get a more concrete understanding as more information on Nintendo Switch is revealed in the future," Mr. Kimishima said in a Q&A session in the latest IR briefing.

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Google Chrome is up to 15% faster, thanks to Microsoft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 9:32 am

Google Chrome has received some performance improvements applied, with help from Microsoft and its PGO technology that makes Chrome's startup time around 17% faster. Chrome now loads web pages 6% faster and is 15% faster with new tab loading times.




Microsoft's PGO technology is 'Profile Guided Optimization', which measures just how users use the application, and then with this data in-hand it will re-compile an application that focuses on optimizing the most-used functions. Another feature of PGO is that it speeds apps up by keeping the most-used functions inside of the CPU's fast instruction cache.


Google took to the Chromium Blog, explaining in a new article called 'Making Chrome on Windows faster with PGO'. The team added: "To gather this data, the nightly build process now produces a special version of Chrome that tracks how often functions are used. PGO then optimizes those high-use functions for speed, in some cases increasing the binary size of those functions. To balance out that increase, PGO also optimizes less-used functions with smaller, though slightly slower code. These trade-offs result in higher overall performance, and a smaller overall code footprint".

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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.




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.




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".




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.




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.




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




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.




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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