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Former Halo, Destiny devs form new VR game studio Endeavor One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 3:00 pm

Veteran Halo and Destiny alums have split from Bungie's studios to chase new virtual-reality dreams, forming their very own new studio called Endeavor One.




"We are artists, writers, designers, engineers, cinematic wizards, gamers, friends and professionals," reads the studio's credo on its official website. "We are makers who passionately believe in the future of VR and AR."


Shortly after their formation, the ex-Bungie team is ready to release their first VR-ready endeavor called Jump, which centers around players leaping around futuristic cityscapes--a concept that seems quite revolutionary and could be quite exciting for the immersive virtual platform. The object of the game is to reach the tallest skyscraper with as few jumps as possible while each city--New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, Tokyo, etc.--hustles and bustles in modernized flair.




The game looks to be an early prototype of sorts that flexes the studio's muscles as they get acclimated to the new tech. Interestingly enough news on Endeavor One and their game have been under wraps--Jump's official page on the studio's website requires a password to enter, and the game's Steam link redirects to Steam's original homepage.

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ASUS adds another micro-ATX motherboard into the mix, X99M-WS

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 1:28 pm

This socket LGA2011v3 motherboard is based on Intel's X99 Express chipset and is apparently aimed at workstation builds, as claimed by ASUS. Being micro-ATX in size and brandishing three PCI-E x16 slots, this motherboard further supports up to an impressive 64GB of quad-channel DDR4 RAM.




Powered through 24-pin ATX, two 8-pin EPS and 6-pin PCIe connections, this motherboard uses an 8-phase VRM for the CPU and 2+2 phase VRM for memory. Further features include one PCIe x1 slot, eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, one M.2 32 Gb/s slot, two gigabit Ethernet ports driven by Intel I210 controllers and a single 802.11 ac Wi-Fi connection.


Other connectivity and storage options include Bluetooth 4.0, two Type-A USB 3.1 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, USB 2.0 and 1.1 options. As for sound, on offer is 8-channel ASUS CrystalSound 2 audio.

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Nintendo NX's first known game might be Dragon Quest XI

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 1:04 pm

Square Enix's Japan division today announced that it has expressed interest in releasing the new Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time on Nintendo's new NX hardware.




The Japanese publisher revealed the new game during a special Dragon Quest themed presentation, revealing that Dragon Quest XI will be releasing on PlayStation 4, the 2DS and 3DS handhelds, and possibly Nintendo's new NX system.


"In addition we are considering the launch of Dragon Quest XI on Nintendo's in-development console, the NX," the publisher said in a new expressed interest press release.

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Specification speculations for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 950 mount

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 12:27 pm

Said to compete with AMD's Radeon R7 370 and provide customers with a relevant upgrade from their NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti's, specifications for the GTX 950 have come to light recently, or at least rumors have.




Based on GM206 silicon (as seen in the GTX 960), we are told to expect 768 CUDA cores, a TMU count of 48 a ROP count of 32, a memory bus of 128-bit, wrapped up in 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Paired with this is a rumored clock speed of 1150 to 1250 MHz, a 1350 - 1450 MHz boost and 6.60 - 6.75 GHz memory.


Powered by a singular 8-pin connection direct from your power supply, this card may draw only 90W. Further said to support 2-way SLI for those looking at a little extra grunt, display options may include dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2.

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Bethesda promises Fallout 4 will have more customization than Skyrim

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 11:30 am

Bethesda wants to give gamers an enjoyable - and customizable experience - while playing Fallout 4, and won't rely on just pre-determined frameworks to get the job done.




If you remember purchasing a house in Skyrim, there was a minimum amount of customization available to gamers. That apparently won't be the case in Fallout 4:


"It's not just, 'Hey, here's Breezehome [one of the houses in Skyrim],' where we just picked a house, and you can buy it, and you can go to somebody and say, 'Here's this much gold, and put this thing into my house.'" said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing at Bethesda, in a statement to GameSpot. "[In Fallout 4] it's, 'Now I'm building it, I'm actually building the house, I'm building the wall, I'm placing the door, I made the table, I made the mattress.' It's that sense of making your own way in the world and defining, 'Who am I and where do I live and what's my story in this world?"

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Lenovo aims to lead the Windows 10 charge, intergrating from July 29

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 10:55 am

With many users still unsure if an upgrade to Windows 10 is viable for their day-to-day uses, Lenovo has announced it will be helping spearhead the release of this new operating system from Microsoft.




As announced in a recently issued press release, Lenovo will be shipping products pre-installed with Windows 10 as early as July 29, seeing new models of the YOGA 3 Pro and YOGA 500 come from 'factory' with the new operating system installed. They are also promoting current Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade digitally, from the same date.


In order to help your Windows 10 experience, Lenovo has enhanced its self-made apps in preparation, offering performance and device management tools alike. This news further comes alongside Lenovo working to integrate Microsoft's Cortana into REACHit, meaning Lenovo product owners can search all of their devices for files in one go.

Survey: 92% think US government must react to foreign cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 7:06 am

It turns out 92 percent of Americans think the US government should take some form of action in retaliation for cyberattacks and data breaches, according to a survey from the Vormetric cybersecurity company. The US government is under attack by cybercriminals, and they are proving to be successful in their efforts to steal data and compromise networks.




The survey found 45 percent of Americans believe the Obama Administration should initiate talks with the suspected country's leaders to stop future breaches. Thirty-six percent say trade sanctions should be created, and 31 percent believe diplomatic sanctions on a nation's representatives located in the United States should take place.


A surprising number of people think there should be more stringent measures, including 25 percent of respondents saying all ties should be cut off with the responsible country - and 10 percent even think a retaliatory cyberattack might help.

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Don't want forced Windows 10 updates? There's a tool to block them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 7:01 am

With the release of Windows 10 right around the corner, people are finding that the automatic installation of Windows 10 updates are annoying, and there are problems associated with some of the updates.




Microsoft has been listening to these complaints, releasing a new troubleshooting package, KB3073930, something that allows you to hide or block Windows driver updates. NVIDIA's driver updates were causing GeForce owners headaches with crashes with the latest updates included with Windows 10 build 10240.


This tool was developed for Windows 10 Insiders, but it will now work with normal users when Windows 10 launches on July 29. You can download the package from Microsoft Support.

Mushkin adds SSDs to ATLAS family, aimed at notebooks, SFFs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 6:45 am

Mushkin Enhanced MFG has announced the ATLAS VITAL M.2 2280 Series, designed for ultrabooks, notebooks, and small form-factor PCs. The new SSDs are designed for mobile gamers, general end-users and for employees in the office.




The ATLAS VITAL utilizes the Seagate SandForce SF-2000 series SSD processor featuring SATA 3.0, and offers 550MB/s read and 535MB/s write speeds. Storage capacities include the following: 120GB, 240GB, 250GB, 480GB, and 500GB. Mushkin didn't release pricing information.


"With our latest ATLAS VITAL M.2 series, budget-conscious users can now experience Mushkin-enhanced SSDs in their Ultrabooks, notebooks and small form-factor PCs such as the recently-released M.2-compatible Intel NUC," said Brian Flood, Director of Product Development at Mushkin.

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ARK: Survival Evolved receives new 'Survival of the Fittest' game mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 5:36 am

ARK: Survival Evolved has been one of the most successful Early Access games ever released, with Studio Wildcard, the developer behind the game, releasing a new game mode for the Unreal Engine 4-powered game.




The new 'Survival of the Fittest' mode adds an entire new way of playing the game, with a new last man standing, fighting to the (perma)death, which will create an entire new dynamic for ARK: Survival Evolved. The new game mode will be balanced for tournament games, with contestants starting their game in a neutral staging area (think Hunger Games), where they can talk before the game begins, strategize, or just trash talk the competition.


After the countdown, they will descend from the sky into the ARK in a circular formation through beams of light. Studio Wildcard adds: "There is a cache of valuable items in the center - do survivors dash for the goods and fight it out, do they run into the forest and hide, or do they freeze up from the sheer terror of death? A continually shrinking "ring of death" forces contestants ever closer together over time. The game is on!"

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