Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,565 Reviews & Articles | 55,862 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 67

AMD Radeon RX Vega could be unveiled on May 31

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 12, 2017 8:02 am

Computex 2017 - AMD is already locking in May 31 for its Computex 2017 press conference, with VideoCardz reporting that AMD are sending out emails for their event.

 

amd-radeon-rx-vega-unveiled-31_01

 

The email reads: "Computex 2017 is fast approaching so we wanted to share a save-the-date for the AMD press conference, scheduled for May 31st from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m". It continues: "Hosted by AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su and other key AMD executives, you will have the opportunity to hear more about the latest products and leading-edge technologies coming from AMD in 2017. The past year has seen AMD bringing innovation and competition back to the high-performance desktop market with the release of Ryzen™ processors and we look forward to providing new details on 2017 products and the ecosystems, both OEM and channel, that will support them".

 

It looks like we're only weeks from something big being unveiled, and I'm sure we'll hear how well Ryzen has been doing for AMD in the last few months - but it's the "latest products and leading-edge technologies coming from AMD in 2017" that I want to hear more about.

Gamer nearly jailed over playing Pokemon GO in church

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2017 7:07 am

Update: After writing this news and it going live, I was informed that Sokolovsky received a suspended 3.5-year jail sentence, and was temporarily confined to a pre-trial detention center. Sokolovsky's lawyer said that he most likely won't appeal the verdict.

 

I'm sure there have been gamers that have played Pokemon GO in some of the weirdest places imaginable, but now there's been a Russian blogger who was arrested for playing Pokemon GO in a Russian church.

 

 

The blogger was slapped with charges that ranged from "violating religious feelings" to illegal possession of a pen that had a camera inside, with Ruslan Sokolovsky receiving a sentence of 3.5 years behind bars. Sokolovsky posted a video of himself playing Pokemon GO in the church, with Russian authorities saying that he showed "disrespect for society".

 

Russian news agency TASS reports: "In accordance with the expert evaluation, the court found blogger Sokolovsky guilty of inciting hatred, violating religious feelings and illegal possession of special technical means - a pen with a video camera".

Continue reading 'Gamer nearly jailed over playing Pokemon GO in church' (full post)

NVIDIA Shadowplay now supports OpenGL and Vulkan APIs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 12, 2017 5:37 am

NVIDIA's latest version of GeForce Experience now has built-in support for gameplay recording through ShadowPlay for Vulkan and OpenGL-based games.

 

 

Until now, ShadowPlay only worked with DirectX-based games, but now GFE is opening its doors to new APIs. The updated version of GFE also features improved user controls for broadcast, gallery, and upload.

 

NVIDIA's official news post states: "In other words, you can now stream and record your Minecraft and Doom gameplay with the press of one hotkey, and use the built-in overlay to easily share to Facebook, Google, Twitch, and more. It's powered by our acclaimed ShadowPlay technology, so you can capture up to 4K 60 FPS and never miss a beat while you game".

Continue reading 'NVIDIA Shadowplay now supports OpenGL and Vulkan APIs' (full post)

'Hellboy' movie series hits the reboot switch

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 12, 2017 4:47 am

Fresh from the announcement by Director Guillermo Del Toro a few weeks ago that 'Hellboy' 3 "will not happen", we now know why. The studio has decided to go full reboot.

 

hellboy-movie-series-hits-reboot-switch_01

 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Millennium studios is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to reboot the property with Dark Horse Entertainment CEO Mike Richardson also producing. 'Stranger Things' star David Harbour is said to be in negotiations to take the title role. None of the actors from the previous two films, nor Del Toro are said to be involved.

Overwatch's new eSports franchise fee hits $20 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2017 4:20 am

UPDATE: Blizzard has officially confirmed the $20 million Overwatch League registration fee report is false, and cautions gamers about trusting unnamed sources. Blizzard delivered the following clarifying statement to Glixel.

 

"We appreciate that there's a lot of enthusiasm about the Overwatch League, which has translated into months of speculation - including reports circulating unverified and wildly ranging rumors from anonymous sources about purported deal terms, team pricing, and other details. We understand the interest in the rumors, and we feel it's important to clarify some things for our community.

 

"First, we want to be clear that our ultimate goal is to create an exciting Overwatch esports ecosystem, the pinnacle of which will be the Overwatch League, that's accessible to a wide audience, sustainable, and rewarding for everyone involved. We're doing our best to take great care with building this ecosystem, and as with much of what we do, we don't release information until we're at a place where it makes sense to do so.

 

"Second, we'd like to dispel any rumors that we're ignoring endemics. Anyone who knows Blizzard understands how deeply we care about the communities around our games. The league is built upon the best elements of endemic esports programs and traditional sports, and we're in active discussions with many teams and owners from both worlds because it will take a village to stand up a league with such an unprecedented structure. Those conversations have been going well and there's a lot of excitement around our ambitious plans.

 

"Finally, it's important to think twice about statements from unnamed sources, who may try to leverage the media to deliberately spread misinformation as bargaining tactics or for other competitive reasons. We look forward to officially sharing real details about the league and the ecosystem as a whole as we continue the development process. In the meantime we are staying focused on our goal of creating an awesome Overwatch esports experience for players, partners, and fans, and we want to thank everyone for their continued support."

Continue reading 'Overwatch's new eSports franchise fee hits $20 million' (full post)

Forza Horizon 3 patched on PC, improved DX12 and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2017 3:11 am

Forza Horizon 3 has been updated on the PC, with developer Turn 10 increasing the number of concurrent threads used by the render architecture, which squeezes DX12 even further to use more of your PC that is normally tucked away and hidden.

 

forza-horizon-patched-pc-improved-dx12-more_11

 

Turn 10 has also updated Forza Horizon 3's threading affinity model, so it will use more of your CPU threads. This means that PC gamers will get better performance out of the game in CPU limited situations on High/Ultra graphics settings. The new update will be pushed out through the Windows Store, with Turn 10 also adding in support for a slew of steering wheels on the PC.

 

PC Update Improvements

 

Alongside the release of the Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels expansion we are pleased to announce numerous critical improvements included in the Windows 10 PC version of the game. These improvements are included in today's automatic update, and do not require the Hot Wheels expansion to take advantage of.

Continue reading 'Forza Horizon 3 patched on PC, improved DX12 and more' (full post)

Google buys company behind Rick and Morty VR game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 12, 2017 1:40 am

Google is splashing around some cash acquiring VR developer Owlchemy, the team behind one of the best VR games out there - Job Simulator. Owlchemy also worked on the Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality game, which is available for both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

 

 

Owlchemy said in a statement that they will "continue building high quality VR content for platforms like the HTC Vive, Oculus Touch, and PlayStation VR". Google said in its own blog post that the two companies will be "be working to create engaging, immersive games and developing new interaction models across many different platforms to continue bringing the best VR experiences to life".

Continue reading 'Google buys company behind Rick and Morty VR game' (full post)

EA strongly hints Battlefront II has microtransactions

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

We originally predicted that Star Wars: Battlefront II would have microtransactions, and here's how EA reinforced our forecast with some very specific descriptions.

 

ea-strongly-hints-battlefront-ii-microtransactions_2

 

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson recently affirmed that Battlefront II would launch with three times as much content as the original Battlefront game. Given what I already suspect to be true, I immediately wondered how much of this content would be gated off behind in-game purchases. Wilson said that Battlefront II would have an extensive live service plan that will add more content to the game over time, which is typical for all of EA's big online-based games. To understand how this live service equates to microtransactions, we have to take a look at how EA defines live services, and what they mean.

 

"Star Wars Battlefront II will have more than three times the content of the previous game at launch, with a brand new story, a new singleplayer campaign, new modes, characters, vehicles and planets from all eras in the Star Wars universe, as well as a live service plan that will continue to add even more fun for the global community. " Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson said in the company's recent earnings call. As I reported earlier, EA makes huge revenue from live services: last year EA pulled in $1.68 billion from live services. In fact, most of EA's digital net sales were made up of earnings via live services.

Continue reading 'EA strongly hints Battlefront II has microtransactions' (full post)

Star Wars: Battlefront II is 3x bigger than Battlefront

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2017 10:31 pm

Star Wars: Battlefront II will release on November 17 with triple the amount of content that it's predecessor offered at launch.

 

star-wars-battlefront-ii-3x-bigger_1

 

EA has put considerable effort into hyping up Star Wars: Battlefront II, affirming gamers that all the features they wanted will be available. With the help of three studios--DICE, EA Motive and Criterion--EA has packed Battlefront II with a fully-fledged offline singleplayer campaign that connects Return of the Jedi with The Force Awakens, split-screen co-op, maps from all three eras, 20v20 multiplayer, galactic space battles, and a new class-based system. Now EA goes a step further by saying Battlefront II will feature three times as much content than the original Star Wars: Battlefront remake did at launch.

 

"We're also incredibly excited to bring Star Wars Battlefront II to the massive Star Wars community later this year. This game is made possible by the collaboration of three incredibly talented studios - DICE, Motive and Criterion - bringing together their individual strengths and building on the feedback from our passionate fans. Star Wars Battlefront II will have more than three times the content of the previous game at launch, with a brand new story, a new singleplayer campaign, new modes, characters, vehicles and planets from all eras in the Star Wars universe, and more," Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson said in the company's recent earnings call.

Continue reading 'Star Wars: Battlefront II is 3x bigger than Battlefront' (full post)

Games industry to earn $108.9 billion in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2017 9:28 pm

The international games industry will hit an astronomical $108.9 billion in 2017, and continue to grow to $128.5 billion by 2020, market analyst firm Newzoo predicts.

 

games-industry-earn-108-9-billion-2017_40

 

Newzoo's latest Global Games Market Report delivers some fascinating and mind-blowing predictions for the games industry, especially for mobile gaming. According to the report, 2.2 billion gamers are expected to a staggering $108.9 billion in games market revenues in 2017 alone, which represents a year-over-year increase of 7.8% (or $7.8 billion). The report also forecasts that digital will account for 87% of total revenues, or $94.4 billion, but remember that digital includes all facets of digital gaming--not just game sales: subscriptions and subscription-based services, microtransactions/DLC/add-ons, live services, freemium mobile games, full game downloads across all platforms (PSN, Xbox LIVE, Steam, GoG, etc), and other content.

 

The analyst firm says that mobile is by far the most lucrative segment in global gaming, and is projected to make up more than half of the games market by 2020. In 2017, mobile gaming (smartphone and tablets) is expected to hit $46.1 billion, or 42% of all revenues. This represents a 19.3% year-over-year increase. As mobile is digital-only, it's one of the major prime movers for the digital sector, and crosses over between full game downloads and in-game purchases.

Continue reading 'Games industry to earn $108.9 billion in 2017' (full post)

loading