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GIVEAWAY: BIOSTAR Z270GT6 Z270 Motherboard

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 10:06 pm

Global entry! We have teamed up with BIOSTAR to give away one of their Z270GT6 Z270 motherboards to one lucky winner.

 

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"Beyond Better, Racing to the Future!

 

BIOSTAR is proud to introduce the flagship of the new RACING series: RACING Z270GT6 motherboard. Flaunting the new Super 5 Design Concept, the BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT6 features support the latest Intel 7th generation Core processors featuring the Intel Z270 chipset. The board supports up to four DDR4 memory modules of speeds up to DDR4-3200(OC) with capacities of up to 64GB."

 

 

How to Win

 

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The first image of HTC's upcoming flagship leaks

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:31 pm

HTC unveiled their latest smartphones earlier this year, the U Play and U Ultra, but they are yet to unveil a worthy successor to the HTC 10. Although it has been rumored that the device will be named the HTC 11, trustworthy leaker Evan Blass confirmed that HTC chose a rather simple name for their upcoming device - HTC U.

 

The famous leaker unveiled the specs of the device last month, and now, he has posted the first image of the upcoming flagship.

 

 

The image reveals what looks to be glass on both front and the back of the phone. It is also apparent that the phone will have significant bezels, unlike LG's and Samsung's recently unveiled flagships. The fingerprint sensor will remain on the front of the phone, and in case there were some doubts - there is no dual camera.

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Project Scorpio has Vega GPU architecture in its design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 11:48 am

I've just read the technical deep dive article that the amazing writers at Eurogamer tackled on Project Scorpio, and noticed some very interesting news: AMD's next-gen Vega GPU architecture is making an appearance in Project Scorpio.

 

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Project Scorpio rocks a mostly Polaris-based GPU, with technical features from the Polaris GPU architecture making up most of the soul of the new Xbox, but there are features like delta color compression that boosts bandwidth for 4K rendering and 4K textures. Microsoft took some of the improvements that AMD made in the Polaris architecture in Project Scorpio.

 

According to Andrew Goossen, Technical Fellow, Graphics told Eurogamer that performance optimizations from the next-gen Vega GPU architecture made it into the Scorpio Engine's design.

AMD Radeon RX 580 hits 1.5GHz on watercooling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 11:08 am

AMD is launching their Radeon RX 580 graphics card soon, alongside the RX 570/560/550, with the entire RX 500 series being a rebranded and tweaked RX 400 series. The flagship Radeon RX 580 has already been overclocked, hitting 1.5GHz on the GPU under water.

 

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The overclocked RX 580 in question is from XFX, with it rocking a single 8-pin PCIe connector and stock GPU clocks of 1360MHz. This means the results from this card should line up with the RX 480 clocked at the same GPU speeds, but the thing that concerns me the most is that the XFX Radeon RX 580 needed to be cooled with water cooling to hit 1.5GHz?

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'Star Wars: Rebels' unveils final season trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 1:22 am

'Star Wars' fans looking to get their next fix following the reveal of 'The Last Jedi' teaser trailer can look no further than the newly released trailer for the fourth season of the animated hit 'Rebels', which Director Dave Filoni has revealed will be the show's last.

 

 

Over the last three seasons, the show has gone to critical and fan acclaim, bringing back beloved heroes and villains such as Darth Vader, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul, and has ascended it's animated origins and taken on some dark themes. The final season is promising to end the series with a bang, and hints at some wider ramifications for the film series. During a panel at 'Star Wars' Celebration, Filoni says that "Star Wars Rebels will be the complete journey that it was meant to be from the very beginning. We all felt that the time was right and that the characters were at a point where their story, and their destinies, should finally be revealed. We deeply appreciate all our fans who have journeyed with the Ghost crew, and I promise season four will be like no other."

 

'Star Wars: Rebels' returns to screens in September.

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EA Access members can try Battlefront 2 a week early

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2017 11:18 pm

I fully expect EA to offer early access trials for all of its big-name games, and Battlefront 2 is the latest: EA and Origin Access subscribers will get to try DICE's new Battlefront shooter eight days before its release.

 

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Battlefront 2 is scheduled to launch November 17, 2017 on all platforms, but EA Access subscribers on Xbox One and Origin Access members on PC actually get to try it as early as November 8, 2017. Naturally PS4 owners are locked out of the deal since Sony has barred EA Access from its console. EA hasn't confirmed how beefy the First Access Trial will be, but we expect it to be similar to Mass Effect: Andromeda's by offering a set amount of playtime. No info on a public or closed beta test has been revealed, but expect that info at EA Play in June.

 

"Try Star Wars Battlefront II starting November 9 when you join EA Access on Xbox One or Origin Access on PC. Your progress carries over to the full game if you decide to buy," EA confirmed. So we should have to download the full game for the trial just like with Mass Effect: Andromeda to ensure our data carries over. We don't know how big Battlefront 2 is just yet, but the PSN listing says "minimum 50GB of save data," so that could be the base install size.

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Battlefront 2 screenshots released

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2017 10:16 pm

EA today announced Battlefront 2, revealing tons of details including an "emotionally gripping" campaign that connects the original trilogy to the expanded universe, full-on galactic space combat, and tons of new heroes and maps across all three of the franchise's eras.

 

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We've collected an array of new Battlefront 2 screenshots from across the net, and can confirm that Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones' Kamino planet will be one of the in-game maps, and Jango Fett should be one of the un-announced new heroes.

 

Here's what we know about Battlefront 2 so far:

 

  • Full singleplayer campaign that bridges Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, play as Imperial special forces commander Iden Versio
  • New heroes from across all three eras: Darth Maul, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren and Rey confirmed
  • Maps from all three eras: prequel, original trilogy, expanded universe - Theed, Takodana, Hoth, Endor, Kamino, Mos Eisley, Yavin-4 and Starkiller Base confirmed
  • 20 vs 20 multiplayer mode
  • Galactic space battles
  • Offline 2-player split-screen co-op
  • Customizable characters and heroes
  • No season pass, but may have microtransactions
  • EA Access and Origin Access subscribers get 8-day early access trial starting Nov 9
  • Releases Nov 17, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC

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Battlefront 2 will have 40-player multiplayer mode

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2017 9:17 pm

EA's new Battlefront 2 sequel will retain the original game's 20 vs 20 multiplayer mode, this time with galactic in-space dogfighting.

 

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While DICE and EA have yet to reveal specific details about Battlefront 2's 40-player mode, including which maps and vehicles will be featured, we should see the mode transcend across all three Star Wars eras--prequel Clone Wars timeline, original trilogy, and the expanded universe--with battles from each specific era.

 

"Join up to 40 players in massive multiplayer fights in authentic locations across all eras. Revel in deep class-based online gameplay, pilot a wide variety of land and air vehicles, and control iconic characters with distinct abilities that can turn the tide of battle."

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Battlefront 2 may have microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2017 8:11 pm

UPDATE: The official Microsoft Store listing for Battlefront 2 says the game has "in-app purchases," strongly hinting the game will have microtransactions as I predicted.

 

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DICE today confirmed that Battlefront 2 won't have a season pass, and EA has "something different in mind" to keep gamers playing longer without fragmenting the community. Does that mean microtransactions are coming?

 

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Publishers like EA and Ubisoft have very typical business models when it comes to online-based multiplayer games: strategic releases of paid DLC content to engage the community, and microtransactions to ensure recurrent player spending keeps things profitable. If a game doesn't go with paid DLC or season passes, it usually goes with microtransactions instead. EA has no stranger to "MTX" (microtransactions), and makes a huge portion of its money through in-game purchases in games like FIFA and Madden.

 

Battlefront 2 creative director Bernd Diemer has confirmed that Battlefront 2 won't have a season pass. "We don't have a season pass," Diemer said during the Star Wars Celebration livestream. "We decided on that, and it's one of those difficult decisions because it has so many implications all around. When we looked at the way Battlefront had evolved over its lifetime, with the DLC and everything, we decided, 'You know what? For this type of game, season passes are not the best thing. We need to [take it apart] and come up with something better. We don't want to segment our community."

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Battlefront 2 revealed, coming November 17

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2017 7:17 pm

Electronic Arts today revealed Battlefront 2's official reveal trailer as part of the Star Wars: Celebration, showing off story elements and multiplayer teasers.

 

 

As we reported in our original coverage, Battlefront 2 will feature a multitude of eras and heroes across "all three eras" of the Star Wars timeline: prequel, classic universe, and expanded universe. The game's main campaign, however, will be told through the eyes of an Imperial special forces commander named Iden Versio, and takes place in the expanded universe. The story itself takes place 30 years between the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and players will "avenge the Emperor" and rebuild the Galactic Empire, possibly forming the first seeds of Episode VII's The First Order.

 

"Featuring new characters created by Motive in close partnership with the story group at Lucasfilm, the Star Wars Battlefront II single player campaign will deliver a new exciting story to the Star Wars universe. Taking place in the 30 years between the destruction of Death Star II and through the rise of the First Order, the single player story introduces Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad, an elite special forces unit of the Galactic Empire, who are equally lethal on the ground and in space. In addition to Iden, players will also encounter and play as other iconic Star Wars heroes and villains like Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren during the campaign."

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