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GeForce 372.90 drivers are optimized for Forza Horizon 3

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 5:33 pm

NVIDIA's new GeForce 372.90 drivers have but one primary purpose: to optimize Forza Horizon 3 performance.




The game launches tomorrow for Ultimate Edition buyers and Tuesday, September 27 for everyone else; you can pre-load the large 49GB download now via the Microsoft Store.


Various fixes are also included in the driver release. Most significantly: flickering in The Old Republic is no more, and crashes after playing Rise of the Tomb Raider for long periods should be a thing of the past.


Grab the new download through GeForce Experience now.

Pokemon games coming to Nintendo's next-gen NX console

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 4:27 pm

CEO of The Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, has confirmed that they will be developing Pokémon games for the anticipated new, next-generation Nintendo NX console.




During an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Ishihara confirmed the information regarding Pokémon Nintendo NX games to be true, putting all rumors to rest. The affiliation between the two companies has allowed Nintendo to obtain the licensing agreement to Pokémon characters, adding to the evidence that NX will see Pokémon games in the future.


However, it's unclear at this point in time as to whether or not the Pokémon games will be brand new adventures, or simple upgrades from the previous original seen on older generation platforms.

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Steam update fixes in-home streaming with AMD hardware

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 4:17 pm

A new beta update to the Steam client has at last fixed the bitrate issues plaguing in-home streaming users with AMD hardware. User reports indicate all is indeed well now -- welcome news given it's been nearly a year since the problem started.




To get started with in-home streaming, navigate to Big picture mode > Settings > In-home streaming > Advanced host options.


Also included in the update: improved local file validation performance, particularly for HDDs, and a fix for the black screen issue observed when streaming Duelyst or They Bleed Pixels.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 3:30 pm



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Microsoft release Minecraft Favourites Xbox One S bundle

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 2:30 pm

Microsoft has just released a new Minecraft Favourites Xbox One S bundle pack. The game themed offer is available now from Microsoft's official Xbox website and comes with a 500GB Xbox One S console, alongside a digital copy of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and a wireless controller.




The bundle will set customers back $300, and will also include numerous DLC packs, character skins, updated maps and more! Those who purchase the Xbox One S console bundle will also be given a fee download code for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial membership.


North America can purchase the Favourites bundle now, whilst Europe will see release on October 11, and Australia and New Zealand on November 1.

Chevy Bolt electric car: $29,995 post federal tax credit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 12:32 pm

The electric car market is heating up, but the mainstream market needs to adopt them, and won't do that until they begin appearing for less than $50,000 - and much less. Chevrolet's upcoming Chevy Bolt electric vehicle will be priced starting at $29,995 after a federal tax credit of $7,500.




General Motors announced the news that its first electric car will be capable of over 200 miles on a single charge, for under $30K. Future owners of the Chevy Bolt will have to pay at least $7,500 in federal income tax in order to be eligible for the full tax credit, as it's not a refundable purchase, reports The Verge.


Before the credit, the Chevy Bolt will cost $37,495 for the LT trim model, while the higher-end Premium trim starts at $40,905. The base trim features a bunch of standards like 10.2-inch touchscreen, a 60kWh battery that should have you driving around 238 miles, and a powertrain that pushes out 200 horsepower, and 266 pound-feet of torque.

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Forza Horizon 3 on PC has unlocked frame rate on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 12:06 pm

UPDATE: Forza Horizon 3 can run with an uncapped frame rate beyond 60FPS on PC if you switch V-Sync off.


Forza Horizon 3 launches in the next few hours on the Xbox One and PC simultaneously and the PC version of the game is locked at 60FPS. There's no reason for a frame rate cap in games these days, and especially not from big developers like this with the backing of Microsoft Studios - you know, a subsidiary of Microsoft that made Windows and owns Xbox.




Microsoft has been for years attempting at winning back PC gamers, and with one of their biggest launches of the year in Forza Horizon 3, a brand exclusive to Microsoft's platforms: Xbox and PC, with an even bigger stake in the market with Windows not just being for gamers. Although, Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 onto gamers in a big way with lots of promises from a much more improved API in DirectX 12, but they're gimping nearly every single game in some way.


Forza Horizon 3 seems to have launched with some great graphical settings to play around with, but there's a 'frame rate' option with a limit of 60FPS. Sorry, but there's no reason for this - any frame rate cap is placed there, and is not forced by the game engine (unless they want it to), or by the API (DirectX 12) neither of which is happening. We have 144/165/180Hz monitors now, and with powerful graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 1080, we're more than capable of 60FPS - especially at 1080p and 1440p.

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Pokemon GO player mugged during livestream in NYC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 10:30 am

Ever since Pokemon GO was released, people have been injuring themselves by not looking where they're going - with people even dying while playing, and now someone in New York City was mugged while he was playing, and live streamed the entire thing.



RickeyBot was walking through Central Park in New York where he was attacked from behind, and his live stream you could hear Rickey pleading with the attacker, before the camera moves and we see the criminal run off with his device, which was still streaming.


While the mugger had the phone, people in Rickey's live chat were saying whether they should call the police, how to record the stream, and if anyone knows if the thief had been caught. The stream eventually goes dark, without us knowing the outcome of the mugger. Rickey himself is okay, taking some damage to his jaw - forcing him to drink through a straw for a few days.

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Samsung goes for gold with its massive 15TB SAS drive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 8:20 am

Samsung SSD Summit 2016 - Samsung has been unveiling a bunch of new storage goodies at its SSD Summit 2016, with some new enterprise-class drives, the super-quick EVO 960, and now the PM1633a.




Samsung's impressive PM1633a might not sound so impressive by its name, but it's a new 2.5-inch SAS-based drive for enterprise environments, which utilizes the impressive V-NAND 3bit MLC from Samsung. Not only that, but it rocks the REX controller, and has some decent read/write speeds of up to 1.35GB/sec and 1.3GB/sec, respectively.


It's the capacity that Samsung's PM1633a is available in that blows me away, with 480GB/960GB/1.92TB/3.84TB/7.68TB and finally... a massive 15.36TB. Yeah, 15TB of SAS storage goodness all in a single 2.5-inch drive. Crazy stuff.

AMD reportedly delaying Navi GPU architecture into 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 7:25 am

We've just heard some juicy details on AMD's next-gen Vega 10 and Vega 20 graphics cards - with 16GB of HBM2 and 32GB of HBM2, respectively. But it's the news on Navi that has me even more excited, and simultaneously disappointed.


amd-reportedly-delaying-navi-gpu-architecture-2019_04's source says that Navi 10 and Navi 11 are "currently planned for 2019", meaning that AMD has delayed Navi by 12 months from its original 2018 release, and now into 2019. We haven't confirmed this yet, but I've sent some emails and will update this post when we hear back from someone at AMD.

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