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Here's a timeline of EA's new Star Wars games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 1:43 am

E3 2016 - On the heels of EA's major E3 press conference, the publisher outlines the future of its massive Star Wars games library in a neat timeline.



Now that EA wants to "release a new Star Wars game every year until 2020," all of EA's first-party studios are working on future Star Wars games: Motive, DICE, Visceral Games, Respawn, BioWare, Capital Games and Criterion are all working alongside LucasFilm to bring amazing Star Wars stories to the gaming world. Each future game is set in unique timelines and are all powered by DICE's Frostbite engine. With such a dream team medley of developers we know something special is cooking up, and EA didn't reveal exact details, but we did get a nice little tease of what each studio plans to offer.


We also got our first gameplay footage of Visceral's new action-based Star Wars adventure due out in 2018, which is set in a unique timeline and spins a"groundbreaking" narrative. Titanfall developer Respawn also promised that its third-person action-adventure game will "deliver the Star Wars awe like you've never seen before" Check below for a loose timeline of EA's future games.

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Leaked benchmarks see the Radeon RX 480 beating the GeForce GTX 980

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 1:41 am

AMD is preparing it's new 'The Uprising' marketing campaign for its Polaris launch, led by the Radeon RX 480 priced at $199, but how does it perform in benchmarks other than Ashes of the Singularity? Well, according to one leaked benchmark, the RX 480 beats the GTX 980 from NVIDIA in 3DMark Fire Strike.




We can see the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 with its 3038 score, versus the RX 480 and its higher 3194. It might not be much, but considering the RX 480 4GB (which is the card benchmarked here) is going to be priced at $199, and while NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 still sells on Amazon right now (at least at the time of writing) for $450+, AMD is onto a massive winner here. I don't want to throw my personal or professional weight behind it until I do my own independent testing, but I'm beginning to get excited about what AMD has on its hands - and that $199 price point, wow.


In the last 24 hours, we've seen the purported MSI Radeon RX 480 Lightning and SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 480 Nitro cards, both rocking 4GB of framebuffer. Personally, I love the look of the Lightning cooler over the cheese grater look SAPPHIRE has opted for - but these are leaks, we could expect some changes and different models before release.

Watch Bethesda's E3 press conference livestream here

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 1:27 am

E3 2016 - In less than an hour Bethesda's E3 presser kicks off, and we're expecting some pretty big reveals and teases from the studio this time around.


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As we highlighted in our giant E3 2016 compendium guide, we expect to see some interesting things at Bethesda's press conference. Wolfenstein 2, Prey 2 and The Evil Within 2 have been rumored, as well as the Skyrim Definitive Edition remaster on PS4 and Xbox One with full mod support.


And let's not forget Quake. How could we? That's right, id could take the stage and show off the next Quake game, or at the very least announce or tease it. Other notables include more Dishonored 2 gameplay footage and details, and possibly new Fallout 4 and DOOM DLC. Don't expect to see The Elder Scrolls VI revealed any time soon.


You can also tune into the Bethesda press conference on YouTube.

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AMD's new 'The Uprising' marketing campaign has been revealed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 1:22 am

AMD is on different footing since spinning off its GPU division into Radeon Technologies Group, with our own Jason Evangelho breaking a story through Forbes about RTG's new goals - kicking off its impressive 'The Uprising' marketing campaign.




Jason spoke with RTG boss Raja Koduri and Chris Hook (who is still looking for the Hydrofoil) about their new focus on the mid-range market, and what it means for gamers. Jason reported:


  • Prestige. "They wanted the prestige of a $700 video card, but they didn't want to have to pay for it," Hook begins.
  • VR that just works. "They wanted the ability to have a great VR experience today or two years from now without worrying about upgrading power supplies and digging into their PC. They wanted to buy a headset at some point and just have it work."
  • Respect their investment. "They wanted us to pay respect to the dollars they were giving us and do things in the architecture or transistors or APIs or ASync Compute, that provided a measure of 'futureproofness.' They wanted to be reassured that even if they're only spending $200 they'd feel secure in their investment for a couple years."
  • More overclocking control. "We brainstormed what kind of voltage control could be given to them to create a better experience.
  • Better drivers. "We feel we've made a great first step there, and we're only going to be putting a heavier foot on the gas this year and next year to make those drivers better and better."


The first note is something worth actually noting - as this is something I totally agree with Chris Hook on. People want the $700 video card, but they don't have the money to pay for it - well, that's where the Radeon RX 480 4GB model priced at $199 steps in. The second note is "VR that just works" - this is how VR needs to be, easy. Ridiculously easy. Not having to upgrade PSUs, motherboards and operating systems goes a long way into keeping consumers happy.


Respecting their investments for consumers, yes - yes, yes. More overclocking control is an interesting take for AMD, as they're handing much more control of their Radeon video cards to consumers and gamers, which is a very nice change of direction for AMD. Finishing off with better drivers, is something AMD has been championing for around a year now - and from what we're still under NDA about, it's only going to get better in the coming months.



You might play as a bounty hunter in Visceral's new Star Wars game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 1:13 am

E3 2016 - Dead Space devs at Visceral Games have been working on a new Star Wars adventure for some time now, and we finally get a look at the fruits of their labor.




Based on the newly revealed footage, Visceral's new Star Wars game may be told through the eyes of an Imperial agent. The clip shows us a brief look at what appears to be an Empire-occupied Tattooine, with Galactic Empire flags emblazoned upon the sandwalls and a huge Star Destroyer looming in the distance. A few Tie fighters fly overhead, fully signifying this is enemy-controlled territory.


But what if you're a Rebel spy posing as an Imperial agent, or maybe an outlaw? The new concept art (see below) gives a very outlaw bounty-hunter type of feel, so I'm thinking you're a hired gun that gets thrown into an interstellar battle between the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire. We didn't get any hint of Jedi or Sith powers, so this could definitely be one of those unique Star Wars avenues for sure.

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MSI's purported Radeon RX 480 Lightning teased, has triple-fan cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 1:08 am

Update: MSI has reached out to us, saying that this is "fake without any doubt". The full statement from MSI: "This stuff is way too retro for any new product...I can guarantee you this is fake without any doubt, There is no need to be too serious about it :)".


Just 24 hours after the leaks on the purported SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 480 Nitro 8GB appear, we have the world's first look at the MSI Radeon RX 480 Lightning, powered by AMD's next-gen Polaris architecture, and rocking a triple-fan cooler.




The leaks are coming from Chiphell, with two photos of the card and some 3DMark benchmarks. The first shot of the card shows off that beautiful Lightning cooler, with a triple-fan system keeping the Polaris 10 GPU nice and cool, with a gorgeous black/white design. I'm definitely loving the look of MSI's offering versus the RX 480 Nitro from SAPPHIRE.




We also get a peek into the power system for MSI's Radeon RX 480 Lightning, which rocks 6+8-pin PCIe power connectors.

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Halo Wars 2 delayed until February 21, 2017 on Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2016 12:43 am

E3 2016 - The open beta for Halo Wars 2 might start on Monday, but the full game has reportedly been delayed until February 21, 2017 - a few months away from its scheduled Q4 2016 release window.




The news is coming from NeoGAF user Gwyn, who first leaked the Dead Rising 4 screenshots, and got a glimpse at the Halo Wars 2 trailer before Microsoft removed the assets from the website. As for Halo Wars 2, there will be a Season Pass on offer, with multiple editions of the game to be made available. We can expect the Deluxe version of Halo Wars 2 to cost around $80, and it should include the Season Pass.


If you missed out on the screenshots of Halo Wars 2, check them out here.

New Battlefield 1 64-player multiplayer livestream is all-out war

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2016 9:54 pm

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Battlefield 1's new gameplay trailer shows epic WW1 chaos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2016 9:37 pm

E3 2016 - DICE showed off a brand new explosive gameplay trailer for Battlefield 1 at E3, delivering even more authentic Great War carnage with aerial combat, insane firefights, and dynamic weather that ensures no battle is ever the same.



The latest Battlefield 1 footage showcases the game's incredibly dynamic warscapes, with ultra-destructible environments and brutal explosions there's this distinct feeling of danger at every turn. What's more is the trailer shows everything without HUDs, giving an increasingly loose feel that mirrors the technics of the times--no auto-aim or aim-assist will be included in this game. Just your wits, luck, and skill as you take on some of the most epic battles in World War I history. Oh, you'll even be able to reign down explosive chaos in the skies atop a zeppelin.


"In Battlefield 1, we engage in some of the biggest battles you've ever seen, with multiplayer matches with up to 64 players. Through the power of Frostbite, intuitive destruction, dynamic weather, and a variety of weapons makes this the most immersive Battlefield game ever. In Battlefield 1, destruction is more intuitive than ever, this creates unlimited gameplay possibilities to impact the world around you," said DICE's Patrick Bach.

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EA shows new Mass Effect Andromeda footage, no release date revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2016 8:51 pm

E3 2016 - BioWare took the stage to showcase one of the most anticipated games in EA's upcoming lineup, but instead of getting a massive gameplay trailer, we only got a small snippet of footage.



Honestly, I expected more from EA's Mass Effect: Andromeda footage. EA has talked more about its eSports focus than it has one of its most hyped future games, and we didn't even get an official release date for the sci-fi RPG. BioWare's Aaron Flynn did talk the game up, of course, promising that Mass Effect: Andromeda will leverage DICE's Frostbite engine to deliver unprecedented freedom and visuals. He also said something that gave me shivers: in this game, you're the alien.


"In Mass Effect; Andromeda, you are part of an ambitious expedition in the Milky Way Galaxy to help humanity find a new home. You travel millions of light years across the wake up. So what now? Everything is new. You encounter new species, new technologies. You have to be among the most courageous to make this journey; because in this galaxy, you're the alien. How far will we go? That question is also at the heart of Mass Effect: Andromeda," BioWare's Aaron Flynn said on stage.

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