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Icon announces Ender's Game film adaptation on Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 9:05 am

Australian distributor Icon Home Entertainment have announced the forthcoming Blu-ray release of 2013's feature film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel Ender's Game, which hit cinemas worldwide late last year.

 

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Releasing on April 4, Ender's Game comes with a generous collection of extra features, including two audio commentaries featuring Director Gavin Hood and Producers Gigi Pritzker and Roberto Orci, a 50 minute making of documentary entitled "Ender's World", a collection of Deleted and Extended scenes along with multiple Easter eggs.

 

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Whilst the film was a box office disappointment that barely recovered production costs, the film fared much better with critics and currently enjoying an aggregate 61% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and praised by fans of the novel.

 

Closer to the film's release, in conjunction with our friends at Icon Home Entertainment TweakTown will give readers the opportunity to take the release home in an exclusive promotion, so stay tuned for that.

Sony's next update for the PS4 will improve video capture, sharing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 6:34 am

Sony will soon be pushing out a new update for the PlayStation 4 which will allow PS4 owners to save screenshots and videos to a USB drive, as well as supporting HDMI video capture by offering the option to disable HDCP.

 

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Future updates to Sony's next-gen console will improve Twitch streaming, too. The company has promised an HDCP off option since the PS4 launched in November last year, as the PS4 only outputs to HDMI, the presence of HDCP means that PS4 users could only capture video using the share button on the PS4 controller, uploading it to social media, or streaming it through Twitch.

 

The PS4 update will also add a new video editor, which will allow gamers to personalize their clips. From there, you can save clips and screenshots to a USB device, as well as the Share button on the PS4 controller. There will be other features rolled out with the new update according to Sony, one of which will be the ability to archive Twitch broadcasts at a resolution of 720p.


Snowdrop engine detailed in an amazing new video of The Division

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 5:34 am

GDC 2014 - Massive Entertainment, the developer behind The Division, has shown off a new trailer for the game's engine, Snowdrop, which you can check out below.

 

 

It looks absolutely beautiful, one of the first games that truly looks next-gen. The team talks about how versatile Snowdrop is, and how great it is to develop with. The video shows off some bits where you can see it is quite like connecting Lego together, in terms of ease. The last time we saw The Division we thought it looked great, but this video is a big step up on that.

 

Remember, the team has said that The Division won't just be a port on the PC, but it will "stand out" on PC. Hopefully Massive keep to its word, and we don't see the game being scaled down in terms of graphics and features when it gets closer to release.

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Titanfall 2 rumored to not be exclusive to Microsoft platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 4:31 am

According to a GameSpot article and Polygon's sources, EA has just landed the deal for the sequel to Titanfall 2 from Respawn Entertainment. Polygon's sources have said that Titanfall 2 will this time around, not be exclusive to Microsoft platforms.

 

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Titanfall, which was only released a couple of weeks ago, was exclusive to Microsoft platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. An EA representative told Polygon that it wouldn't talk about the rumor, saying: "We do not comment on rumor or speculation. Right now all our focus is on supporting all the fans worldwide enjoying Titanfall."

 

Rewinding back to October, Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella tweeted that his company would eventually make games for the PS4, implying that Titanfall's exclusivity to Microsoft platforms was limited to just the first Titanfall. Hopefully we see this materialize into Respawn making Titanfall 2 for the PS4.

Epic Games offers Unreal Engine 4 with a new subscription model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 3:34 am

Until now, developing with Unreal Engine was an expensive affair, easily costing hundreds of thousands of dollars for some developers. Well, Epic Games has announced that Unreal Engine 4 is taking a very different approach.

 

 

The maker of Unreal has introduced a new model that costs just $19 per month, and a 5% cut of any gross revenue made from a commercial product. What this means for most, is that anyone can get into working with Unreal Engine 4 because of the low costs, but if you make money with your game, you'll owe Epic Games a 5% cut of it.

 

Tim Sweeney, Epic Games' founder, when showing off a demo called Tappy Chicken, said: "It's not a shooter engine anymore, it's for whatever you want to build."

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This new add-on board for the Raspberry Pi gives you an HDMI Input

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 2:47 am

The Raspberry Pi is one of those micro-computer development boards that I often wonder how we ever lived without, and in recent months, the add-on board market for the Raspberry Pi has exploded with several high-quality boards that do everything from add Add Arduino Support, to increasing Audio capabilities.

 

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Today I stumbled across a new add-on board for the Raspberry Pi that adds in HDMI input functionality that has the ability to let users stream HD video footage straight from their camcorder to the Pi and on to the Internet with very little effort. This new add-on board allows users to connect any HDMI video source and sent it straight to the Raspberry Pi. This could come in handy for those who use the Raspberry Pi as a media center and would allow Blu-ray playback or allow streaming directly to the internet.

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Meet the MicroView, a chip-sized Arduino with built-in OLED display

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 2:08 am

Anyone who follows my articles here at TweakTown knows that I am a sucker for new Arduino-compatible development kits, and I especially like the micro-sized boards that are easily hidden inside projects. As such, a new Kickstarter campaign has caught my eyer and I just had to share it with everyone.

 

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The MicroView is a "Chip-Sized" arduino-compatible that features a built-in OLED display, and is sized perfectly for bread boarding, or use in many different projects. Unlike many of the Arduino-compatibles that pop up on KickStarter every month, MicroView includes a purpose designed course that walks users through building 11 different circuits, making the MicroView an ideal development kit to use in a classroom environment.

 

 

A pledge of just $45 gets you a single Micro-View with OLED Display, while $55 lands you the MicroView plus USB Programmer. $95 lands you the MicroView, USB Programmer, Learning Kit, and a Cross-Platform Interactive Course. For educators, a pledge of $1350 will land you 15 of the Learning Kits and Teaching Materials. At just $55 for the MicroView and Programmer, I think I just might add one of these to my ever expanding collection of development boards.

 

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Sony begins updating Xperia line to Android 4.4.2 KitKat

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 1:28 am

Today Sony began rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to its line of Xperia smartphones, and the first inline to get the update are the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, and the Xperia Z1 Compact. Like with other OEM's Sony said that the actual OTA Update release date will depend on carrier testing and approval, but none the less, these three Xperia smartphones will be getting the update to KitKat soon.

 

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Sony said that it has custom tailored KitKat to its devices, and its users should enjoy the improvements made to messaging, TrackID, Sony Select, and other apps that the phones ship with. The update also brings forth a PlayStation 4-like UI, and a new Status Bar that is said to be more intuitive. Sony does plan to eventually roll out the 4.4.2 update to its Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia Tablet Z later this spring, but for now only the three models listed above will be getting the update.

NeoCore Games opens up pre-orders and closed beta for Van Helsing II

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 12:25 am

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing was one of those games that gained massive popularity not only for its epic gameplay, but for its pricing point as well. When the game first released, NeoCore Games priced it at just $15 which was unheard of for a game of its caliber, and the company has done it again with the games sequel.

 

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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is based on the same RPG game play type as the first, but features more character classes, multiplayer modes, and an overall more complex story line. With more than 250 unique weapon models, and over 1000 item types to collect, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is a no brainer purchase at just $15 on Steam. I played through the closed beta some today and the game is quite fun and I lost track of time and spent about an hour in-game.

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Oculus unveils its Rift Devkit 2, opens pre-orders for $350

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 11:43 pm

Today Oculus unveiled the second generation of its Rift development kit, and it appears to be a major improvement over its predecessor. The Oculus Rift Devkit 2 is an upgraded, and refreshed version of the company's original virtual reality headset, and boast many new features and improvements over the original Oculus Rift.

 

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The new Oculus Rift DevKit 2 features better latency, better frame rates, and a higher resolution (960x1080 per eye) that is said to greatly reduce the infamous screen-door effect experienced on the original Oculus Rift. Positional head tracking has been greatly improved and is now accurate down to less than a millimeter, and the new screen is a low persistence OLED display that virtually eliminates motion blur and judder.

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