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Bethesda announces paid mods program

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2017 4:24 am

E3 2017 - Bethesda is moving forward with a new Creation Club program for Fallout 4 that allows users to spend credits on mods. Yes, paid mods are happening.

 

 

Bethesda hasn't revealed full info about its new Creation Club program, but it's essentially just like Minecraft's new monetized add-ons initiative. Gamers will buy credits and then spend them on a storefront, selecting a wide variety of mods hosted on Bethesda.net for Fallout 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition.

 

It's likely that Creation Club will host paid mods on all platforms--PS4, Xbox One and PC--and Bethesda will actually make mods this time, too. The best and most popular mod-makers will be able to monetize their creations with Creation Club.

 

Pricing hasn't been announced, but Creation Club will roll out on Summer 2017.

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Forza Motorsport 7 is coming to the PC on Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2017 3:34 am

E3 2017 - Microsoft has killed it at E3 2017 this year, unleashing its new 4K-capable Xbox One X console with a million and one tricks up its sleeve, but the announcement of Forza Motorsport 7 for the PC will have racing fans happy.

 

 

The only problem with Forza Motorsport 7 on the PC is that it will be exclusive not only to Windows 10, but the Microsoft Store, which is so meh. Both Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex were released on PC, but Forza Motorsport 7 is the first full-fledged Forza game for the PC, and it's about damn time.

 

Forza Motorsport 7 will provide dynamic weather effects, including puddles of water that will get bigger as rain continues to fall, and some beautiful lighting effects. There are over 700 cars in the game, but there's no news on crossplay between Xbox and PC just yet... which would be cool, Microsoft: do it.

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Intel's next-gen 10nm 'Cannon Lake' CPUs announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 12, 2017 2:33 am

Intel has just made its upcoming Cannon Lake CPU architecture official, with its 9th-gen Core processor on track and made on the 10nm process.

 

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Intel also took the time to announce that its second micro-architecture built on 10nm is taped out, with details on Ice Lake to follow. Intel is reacting in a scared fashion as I said months and months ago now, throwing out its 18C/36T processor at Computex 2017 without any details, a gimped X299 chipset compared to the ThreadRipper ready X399 chipset from AMD which has 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes compared to just 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes on X299.

 

The new Cannon Lake CPUs will be a die shrink of the Coffee Lake chips, so don't expect huge things from it, apart from lowered TDP and possibly higher clocks. Ice Lake will be the bigger one, something like the upgrade from Broadwell to Skylake, and is expected in 2H 2018.

Crackdown 3 launches with Xbox One X

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2017 12:32 am

E3 2017 - Microsoft today confirmed that Crackdown 3, one of the games-maker's most anticipated games in recent memory, will release in 2017.

 

 

It's official! Crackdown 3 will launch this year. In fact, the anticipated sequel will release alongside Microsoft's new high-end native 4K Xbox One X console on November 7, 2017. Crackdown 3 won't be a console exclusive, however, and will release on both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles via each system's respective storefront.

 

Crackdown 3 is also a Play Anywhere game, which means digital cross-buy for Windows 10 PCs or Xbox One consoles--including the new Xbox One X. Microsoft confirmed that Crackdown 3 will leverage Xbox One X's higher-end hardware to achieve native 4K gaming and HDR.

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Intel Xeon Platinum 8176 dual CPU: 56C/112T benchmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 11:39 pm

While the consumer CPU world is tangled up in AMD's upcoming ThreadRipper that comes with up to 16C/32T, Intel is wrapping up their next-gen Xeon Platinum line with the flagship Xeon Platinum 8176 processor that rocks 28C/56T of processing power.

 

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Better yet, Intel's upcoming Xeon Platinum 8176 can be used in dual CPU socket configurations, and with each CPU featuring 28C/56T, you'd be looking at 56C/112T of CPU performance. Intel's new Xeon Platinum 8176 comes with a stock 2.1GHz CPU clock, while a single core can ramp up to 3.8GHz, the all cores enabled Turbo clock hits 2.8GHz. It's a beast.

 

But what good are the specs of this 28C/56T processor without benchmarks? Intel's new Xeon Platinum 8176 scored 6525 points in Cinebench R15 (which supports more than 16 threads), blasting past the 44C/88T dual-CPU socket Intel Xeon E5-2696 v4 processor... amazing stuff.

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Xbox One X costs $499, coming November 7

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 11:08 pm

E3 2017 - Microsoft's newly announced 4K-ready Xbox One X console carries with it a $500 price tag, and releases in November.

 

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Microsoft today announced that its new premium Xbox One X system costs $499 and comes in a single 1TB configuration. The new 4K box will be able to play games in native 4K on 4K displays with HDR, but only supports HDMI 2.0. Gamers can enjoy low-latency experiences on Xbox One X with FreeSync 2 display support, and developers are adding in key optimization enhancements to run games in native 4K 60FPS, such as Turn10's new Forza 7 game.

 

Xbox One X features a highly customized and tweaked 16nm SoC with a heavily customized 8-core Jaguar CPU at 2.73GHz, alongside a Polaris-grade GPU with 40 Compute Units, 1.71GHz of clock speed, and 6TFLOPs of compute power. 12GB of GDDR5 unified memory gives the console a hefty bump of system memory with 326GB/sec bandwidth. All of these components sit in a small, sleek chassis that closely resembles the Xbox One S in form factor, but the Xbox One X is actually the smallest console Microsoft has ever made.

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Metro Exodus announced, coming in 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 10:02 pm

E3 2017 - 4A Games completely blew us away by announced Metro Exodus, but it won't be a direct sequel to Metro 2033 or Metro Last Light.

 

 

Metro Exodus' reveal was totally surprising and is easily one of my favorite announcements made during Microsoft's E3 showcase. The game is a indirect sequel to Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, and will instead focus on a story that takes place over multiple seasons, all sourced from Glukhovsky's original Metro novels.

 

Metro Exodus takes on a more open-world scope with incredible fidelity and detail--all shown on Microsoft's new high-end Xbox One X system.

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Assassin's Creed: Origins coming October 27, 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 9:40 pm

E3 2017 - Ubisoft today annoucned its Egypt-themed Assassin's Creed with a release date shortly before the Xbox One X.

 

 

Assassin's Creed: Origins looks absolutely incredible; as a history buff, I've long imagined exploring ancient Egypt, and the game basically makes my dreams come true. AC: Origins will have deep RPG mechanics and features high-end 4K resolution and HDR to boot, showing an amazing recreation of ancient Egypt.

 

Assassin's Creed: Origins launches October 27, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC with 4K support on Xbox One X.

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Xbox One X announced, coming November 7

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 9:08 pm

E3 2017 - Microsoft confirmed its new Project Scorpio is called Xbox One X, and will launch in November.

 

 

Microsoft's new high-end 4K ready Project Scorpio console is officially known as Xbox One X, and is coming on November 7. The company confirms that Xbox One X is the most powerful console ever made, but it's also the smaller Xbox ever made. The Xbox One X looks like a small, scaled down Xbox One S, and as we previously predicted, it's quite svelte and sleek.

 

As we previously announced, Xbox One X uses a Polaris-grade GPU at 1.17GHz and a highly customized 8-core Jaguar-based 2.73GHz CPU alongside 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. Xbox One X will support FreeSync 2, full native 4K support, and is completely compatible with all existing Xbox One games and accessories. Xbox One X will also play all Xbox 360 backward compatibility titles.

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BioWare's new Anthem is 'massively hugely ambitious'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 7:45 pm

E3 2017 - EA is extremely excited about BioWare's new IP, Anthem, and frankly so are we. This is a new opportunity for BioWare to reclaim their throne with the "Bob Dylan of video games." Here's what EA's Patrick Soderlund had to say about the new project.

 

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Yesterday EA finally revealed BioWare's new IP, previously codenamed "Dylan" because EA and BioWare wanted to make the "Bob Dylan of video games." It's called Anthem, it's set in a massive futuristic open world with sci-fi Spartan-like mechsuits, it's online-based, has four classes and is "fast and unexpected." This is EA's dream game, the "gigantic action game" they've always wanted to make, and represents a turning point for BioWare. In a very real sense, this is BioWare's Destiny.

 

According to EA executive Patrick Soderlund, Anthem will deliver something gamers haven't seen before. "[Anthem] pushes the boundaries of open-world fidelity to a whole new level, unlike anything you've ever seen before. It's a new IP from BioWare, they've been working on it for quite a while. We're gonna have a very short section of that at our press conference, and then it will appear with a gameplay demo at a partner's press conference the day after," Soderlund said in a recent interview with Engadget.

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