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Remedy says 'bad hit on performance' if 1080p used in Quantum Break

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 9:29 am

Quantum Break is so bad that Remedy almost wishes that it could go back in time - just like the time stopping/manipulation abilities it provides you in the game. Well, damage control mode has been enabled.

 

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Remedy's PR boss Thomas Puha took to Twitter, fielding questions like: "I have to say, that's disappointing because it's extremely distracting. But, nothing can be done then". Puha replied: "The film grain as well, that's a stylistic choice as we want to make a cinematic looking game". Ugh, like we haven't heard this "cinematic" line before, guys.

 

Another person asked: "How much of these visuals artefacts, ghosting, soft textures, screen-tearing and pop-ins can be fixed in a patch?" and the answer, is disappointing. Puha said: "Ghosting is just a result of the temporal reconstruction. Just the way we render things".

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The first live VR surgery stream takes place on April 14

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 7:16 am

Most people think VR is just for gaming, but it's going to find its way into all fields - medicine, education, science - the list truly goes on. Well, one of the first exciting things to see VR move into is medicine.

 

 

Medical Realities will be hosting the first live VR stream of surgery on April 14, thanks to a 360-degree camera placed on the operating table. What do you need to tune in? You'll need their app, and Google Cardboard (or a viable alternatives, as Engadget reports).

 

The company sees both VR and AR technologies as useful educational tools for aspiring doctors, with this new VR stream just a stepping stone into the future.

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4.5G network to blast Singapore with 1Gbps speeds in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 5:17 am

While we have to wait a few more years for super-fast 5G wireless networks, certain regions of Singapore will be receiving some huge speeds in the coming year or so.

 

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Singapore wireless provider StarHub is teaming up with Chinese giant Huawei on a new project that will see small cell networks sprawled out through Singapore's central business district, blasting out what CNET is calling 4.5G. This new 4.5G internet will provide speeds of around 1Gbps... yeah, pretty damn good - eh?

 

The service will initially be offered in Singapore, and thanks to the small cell network technology, 1Gbps-class speeds will only be capable indoors, or in office buildings and shopping malls. None of today's smartphones will be capable of being used on the new network, with compatible devices to arrive closer to the network rolling out in Q2 2017 or so.

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Suicide Squad's new trailer feature more Batman, mentions Superman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 3:55 am

While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still climbing towards $800 million at the box office, Warner Bros. released the latest trailer for Suicide Squad, while riding the BvS wave.

 

 

The new trailer mentions Superman, has actual shots of Batman, a slightly deeper look at virtually every character - including Jared Leto's hopefully insanely awesome portrayal of the Joker.

 

What do you think of the new trailer?

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 rumored to have GDDR5X, 50% faster than GDDR5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 2:35 am

NVIDIA blew us all away with its reveal of the Tesla P100 during GTC 2016, but there was no word on the consumer side of things. I heard whispers during the show, but nothing concrete - what we do know, however, is that both NVIDIA and AMD will reveal their new video cards before Computex (which kicks off in the last few days of May). We chatted with Hardware Canucks during GTC 2016 about all things GPUs, something you can watch below.

 

 

It was only a few days ago that we reported that the next-gen NVIDIA GeForce video cards would feature GDDR5, but it looks like NVIDIA could tap the faster GDDR5X on its upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 (but I'm still adamant that they won't be called that).

 

There will be two GP104-based video cards, with the GTX 1080 featuring 8GB of GDDR5X on a 384-bit memory bus with 320GB of bandwidth. The GTX 1070 will use the same GP104 GPU, but drop down to GDDR5 with a 256-bit memory bus and 256GB/sec bandwidth. We should note that the current GM200-based GTX 980 Ti has 6GB of GDDR5 on a 384-bit memory bus with 334GB/sec - so the new GTX 1080 would have similar memory bandwidth, but with the new Pascal architecture, on the 16nm FinFET process.

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'Harry Potter' spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts' conjures up new trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 1:52 am

While the 'Harry Potter' film franchise proper wrapped up with 2011's 'The Deathly Hallows: Part 2', Warner Bros. have desperately been seeking to keep the multi-billion franchise going and investigating different possibilities from the rather extensive universe. Despite it's scant 42 pages of content, author J.K. Rowling and Warner settled on adapting the spin-off novel 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' into a fully fledged trilogy of films - which has now released a brand new trailer.

 

 

Following wizarding writer Newt Scamander, mentioned in passing as the author on one of Harry Potter's textbooks approximately 70 years before the events of the 'Harry Potter' series, the trilogy is set to feature Eddie Redmayne in the lead, Directed by 'Potter' veteran David Yates.

 

The first part; 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' hits cinemas in 2D, 3D and IMAX on November 18.

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Square Enix has a massive lineup at PAX East this year, VR Hitman GO?

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 12:03 am

PAX East is turning out to have a lot of things going for it and a lot of new games slated for 2016 release dates that you'll get to dabble with. Square Enix is bringing their A game, and all of their AAA games along for the ride. Though the lines might end up being slightly long, you'll get a chance to play with nearly everything they have coming out.

 

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In their lineup, they'll even have a version of HITMAN GO that uses GearVR and the Oculus Rift. That means you'll get to control your cloned avatar and interact with the 3D isometric world right in front of your eyes. I'm a little curious how they'll have you interacting with Agent 47, but the prospect of a VR Hitman game are rather exciting nonetheless.

 

If you happen to be attending, you're invited to booth #4044 to go hands-on with nearly their entire current catalog, with Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Hitman, I Am Setsuna, HITMAN GO: VR Edition, Hitman Sniper - Death Valley Challenge Mode, Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ (pronounced "key"), Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Final Fantasy XV, Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO, MXGP 2 and Just Cause 3: Sky Fortress on hand for you. That's a whole lot of game to try if you have time.

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More new Windows 10 features exposed in official roadmap

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 11:01 pm

We already saw at BUILD 2016 that Microsoft has big plans for the future of Windows 10. Preview builds are already gaining the ability to play with Bash and Visual Studio 2016 is looking mighty fine. A new public roadmap points towards some new previously unannounced features that look very interesting.

 

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The majority of these new features are business focused and also look to bolster cross-platform connectivity, but it also speaks to a more fluid user experience of the type that Apple has been pioneering. Except here it's a bit more productivity focused and not geared strictly towards consumption of media. It isn't a sign of more mobile devices taking over Windows, but instead of the recognition that we're inherently more mobile in how we interact with technology and this allows us to switch in a way that makes sense. Or potentially it eventually will. Have to start somewhere.

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Sony wants you to remain seated while playing PlayStation VR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 10:35 pm

Virtual reality is all about immersion, and VR is at its best when its actively engaging players. Thanks to the HTC Vive's Lighthouse sensors, Vive owners can step into the games and get in on the action. Sony's PS4-powered PlayStation VR, however, is still largely a couch-based experience--and Sony says it'll stay that way for a while.

 

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As noted by Popular Science, Sony's PlayStation VR is actually capable of tracking users' steps in VR games like Headmaster. The only problem is that it's extremely limited, and the hardware will only register a few steps here and there--nothing like the Vive's room-scale VR tracking. Although Sony agrees that the PSVR can indeed track your body movements, the Japanese console-maker admits the PSVR is mainly a seated experience.

 

"We have some tech demos that allowed users to play while standing up, however all the PS VR titles we plan to release in the future will recommend that users remain seated. We will announce further details of guidelines or regulations when ready," Sony told the publication in an official statement.

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Total War: Warhammer will be playable nearly in full at PAX East

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 10:06 pm

Total War: Warhammer is coming even closer to release, and for the what feels like the first time ever (but isn't really), it'll be playable at PAX East for all those fans that are itching to try their hand at the game. The complex Total War controls combined with massive on screen battles could elicit quite the response from fans and non-fans alike.

 

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The game will be playable at booth #8109, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10AM - 6PM. The booth will also be outfitted with key team members from Creative Assembly aiding you in trying to wander around through the interfaces and combat. As part of the show, they will also be giving presentations showing exclusive new campaign and battle content, along with daily live contests offering fans the chance to play live on stage and win some fantastic prizes.

 

This version of Warhammer is said to provide the definitive tabletop experience in a digital form. It's precisely the kind of thing that should appeal to the traditional player, except that you don't have to clean up after playing. Well, in the traditional sense at least. The Total War motif should help to make it interesting even if you don't like the underlying lore, letting you engage in massive battles that defy reality, in a good way. Regardless, if you're at PAX East, you should let us know how it plays and if you like it.

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