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Noctis' car doubles as an airship in Final Fantasy 15

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 4:38 am

Every Final Fantasy game has to have an airship--it's a significant staple of the series that allows players to navigate the map. But Square Enix has something special in store for Final Fantasy 15 fans.




As it turns out, the airship in Final Fantasy 15 isn't really an airship--it's actually Noctis' car. That's right, Noctis' svelte black speedster transforms into a fully-functioning sky-flier right before our eyes. Although I'm a huge fan of those majestic floating skyships that Square Enix cooks up, I think this is absolutely awesome.


Game director Hajime Tabata said that once we saw the airship, we'd think "this is the kind of airship that should be in Final Fantasy 15". I have to agree with him on this one. Let's just hope Noctis' jet-car isn't just limited to low flying zones, and we can soar in the heavens above the clouds. Also, I hope that we can actually drive the car once it's airborne, as the in-game footage seemed to show driving as an on-rails experience.

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Final Fantasy 15's deluxe and ultimate collector's editions revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 3:36 am

UPDATE: Pricing info for the two collector's editions has been revealed. The Final Fantasy 15 Deluxe Edition will cost $89.99, whereas the Ultimate Collector's Edition will cost a whopping $269.99. Original story as follows.


Square Enix has officially revealed two collector's edition sets for Final Fantasy 15, showing off some awesome extras.




At the Final Fantasy Uncovered event, Square Enix showed off some snazzy special editions for Final Fantasy 15. First up we have the FF15 Deluxe Edition, which comes with:


  • A copy of the main game
  • A Blu-ray copy of FF15's CGI movie Kingsglaive
  • A beautiful steelbook stylized with artwork from Yoshitaka Amano
  • Three DLC items: the Royal Raiment outfit, a Masamune sword, and a Platinum Leviathan paintjob for Noctis' car


Last but not least is the huge FF15 Ultimate Collector's Edition, which is limited to only 30,000 copies worldwide. This edition includes:


  • A copy of the game ensconced in the same beautiful steelbook with Yoshitaka Amano artwork
  • An exclusive Noctis action figure from Kai Play Arts
  • An exclusive steelbook for a special soundtrack and the full FF15 Brotherhood anime series
  • A Blu-ray copy of Kingsglaive, and a hardcover 192-page artbook
  • The Royal Raiment outfit, Masamune sword, Platinum Leviathan paintjob
  • Travel pack
  • Camera kit
  • Angler set
  • Gourmand set

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Far Cry Primal's new update adds 4K textures, Survival Mode for the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 3:16 am

Ubisoft has just detailed its new update for Far Cry Primal, which is a free update that adds the awesome Survival Mode and 4K textures to the PC version of the game - which will be released on April 12. The company has confirmed the upcoming free update will also include 4K textures for the PC, which is exciting. We'll report back when the update has been pushed back to see what differences we've noticed.



Ubisoft explains the new Survival Mode as: "The biggest such option is the addition of permadeath. If you felt the stakes weren't high enough before, you can now turn on full permadeath, which means your game is over the first time you die (except in vision missions, which aren't "real"). If that seems too abrupt, there's also a second-chance option that gives you one backup life, which is then replenished at certain completion points".


"Permadeath is only the beginning. Survivor mode adds a stamina gauge, making protagonist Takkar slower and weaker when it runs out, and forcing him to sleep in order to replenish it", continues Ubisoft. Finishing off Survival Mode, the developer adds: "The minimap is now turned off by default, pushing you to pay more attention to your surroundings, and the fog of war has been strengthened, lessening the amount of the map you reveal as you explore. You'll encounter humans and animals less often as you explore, which means hunting takes a little more patience. Even fast travel is a little tougher, as it now consumes stamina and food".

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Final Fantasy 15 is getting its own CGI movie and anime series

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 2:53 am

Square Enix just announced that Final Fantasy 15 is getting its own full-length CGI movie and anime series.



During its official FInal Fantasy Uncovered event, Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy 15 is getting extra content outside of the game--including an anime series and a full CGI movie. The movie will be called Kingsglaive, and gives important backstory on King Regis and the events that led up to the game. Kingsglaive features major actors like Aaron Paul and Sean Bean and has been in production for the past three years.


The anime series is called Brotherhood, and consists of five 10-minute episodes. Brotherhood sheds important light on the friendship between Noctis, Gladio, Prompto and Ignis. The first episode of Brotherhood will be available soon on the official FF15 YouTube channel, and Kingsglaive will be out before Final Fantasy 15's official release.

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Microsoft's new Windows 10 app converter is a big game-changer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 2:09 am

Microsoft's new desktop app converter ensures that tons of legacy programs will now be folded into the Windows 10 UWP platform.




At its Build 2016 conference, Microsoft unveiled a new tool that will change everything. The "Project Centennial" app converter allows developers to easily convert legacy Win32 programs into Windows 10 compatible apps. This means that .exe and even .msi files used on older OS like Windows 7 can be seamlessly transformed into the AppX format used by Windows 10, and then be put on the Windows Store.


This is Microsoft's answer to essentially bringing over existing apps to the Windows Store, ensuring the storefront continues to grow. It's also a means of building up the Universal Windows Platform and solidifying Redmond's plan for a unified ecosystem. Microsoft didn't reveal an official release date for the Centennial App Converter, but it'll be available soon to members of the Windows Developer Preview Program.

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Watch the Final Fantasy Uncovered event live here

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 1:29 am

After nearly a decade of waiting, Final Fantasy 15 is finally ready for its big event. Check out the official Final Fantasy Uncovered event with the stream below.



The Final Fantasy Uncovered event is already underway in Los Angeles, but there's just a bit of filler going on right now and the main event isn't yet live. Expect Square Enix to unveil lots of new tidbits on Noctis and co.'s new adventure, including fresh footage, official release date announcements, and a bunch of nifty surprises.


Although the Final Fantasy 15 release date has already been leaked ahead of schedule, you should still check the show out. Square Enix still deserves your views, and there's always a chance the GameSpot footage could be wrong!

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Oculus Rift CV1 teardown from iFixit reveals 7/10 repairability

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 1:06 am

Now that the Oculus Rift CV1 is available, the guys and girls at iFixit have completed their awesome teardown of the first consumer VR headset release from Oculus. Check it out, below.



iFixit revealed that the Oculus Rift CV1 headset has 2 x 90mm OLED displays with 456PPI - and that the screen needs to be 8 inches away from your eyes for the pixels to be indistinguishable. The outfit reported that Oculus have used a single set of non-removable fresnel lenses in the Rift.


Oculus manufactured hybrid fresnel lenses, with an extra sloping layer at the back of the lens, which iFixit says "creating a shape that mimics a traditional curb lens to vary along the vertical axis of the lens". Impressive stuff, Oculus. iFixit gave the Oculus Rift CV1 a repairability score of 7/10, which isn't too bad at all. iFixit praised the cable management improvements from the DK1 and DK2 units, added that the earpiece speakers are "super easily removed" and that the face pad is held in with plastic clips, and pulls out easily.

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Apple deal makes iPad Pro on-field device of choice for MLB

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 30, 2016 11:23 pm

Major League Baseball (MLB) and Apple have signed a collaborative agreement that will see the iPad Pro become the device of choice for on-field usage. More, the league's new MLB Dugout app -- which was developed alongside Apple and offers stat reports of all kinds, data visualization, and scouting videos, as based on club feedback -- will take full advantage of it.




The Pro and Dugout app will be used league-wide, and will be customized for each team. Security shouldn't be a concern, as reports and video will be loaded onto a private network infrastructure to be installed this offseason in each ballpark. As you'd expect, the devices won't be able to access Internet in the dugout or bullpen.


MLB and Apple will continue to work on the app together; as of now, Apple Pencil and video annotation functionality are in the pipeline.

Seagate Innov8 is first USB-powered external hard drive

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 30, 2016 10:30 pm

Seagate will soon be the first to launch an external hard drive that requires nothing but a USB connection for power. The "Innov8" features 8TB capacity (equivalent to over 2 million songs, 4 million photos, and 800 HD movies) with 200GB OneDrive cloud storage on top; it supports both USB-C and USB 3.1, and includes Seagate Dashboard software which features one-click and scheduled backups. Finally, the Innov8 is comaptible with Lyve for easy photo consolidation.




The drive is beefy in appearance, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your tastes. Either way, it's awfully sleek. It launches in April through, Amazon, and elsewhere and goes for $349 MSRP.

Windows 10 games will soon support FreeSync, G-Sync and mods

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 30, 2016 10:15 pm

Microsoft promises that it'll fix the Windows 10 gaming platform to enable basic features like AMD's FreeSync, NVIDIA's G-Sync, UI overlays and mods.




At this year's Build 2016, Microsoft made some pretty serious promises and reveals. Not only did it unveil the Xbox One's new Dev Mode, which allows devs to program games and apps on Xbox, the company made a firm commitment to fixing the awful Windows Store. In its current state, games on the Windows Store lack support for basic features like adaptive sync, multi-GPUs, and even mods, but Microsoft affirms that fixes are coming.


Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed that Windows 10 games will support FreeSync and G-Sync, as well as adding an option to disable V-sync starting in May. No roadmap on mod support or UI overlays was given, but we might see these features rolled out alongside one another at the same time. Microsoft has also revealed a new tool that easily converts older Win32 programs into the UWP platform, which puts it one step further in its plan to take over gaming.

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