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Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer is $15, drops in June

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2017 3:20 pm

Blizzard's new Rise of the Necromancer expansion for Diablo III will release this month on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.



Blizzard today announced that it's latest (and possibly last) paid expansion for Diablo III, Rise of the Necromancer, will launch on June 27 for all major platforms. The Necro DLC costs $15 and includes the new playable Necromancer class and other content including:


  • The twisted and misshapen Half-formed Golem in-game pet
  • Cosmetic Wings of the Crypt Guardian
  • Two additional character slots
  • Two stash tabs (PC only)
  • Necromancer portrait, banner, sigil, and accent, and Blood Master pennant


"While players often ask us to bring back their favorite characters from our classic games, few classes have been requested as often, or as passionately, as the necromancer," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.


"Reimagining the necromancer was a labor of love-we worked hard to capture the essence of what made the class so iconic, while taking advantage of everything Diablo III has to offer."

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GTA V PC playerbase still healthy amid mod controversy

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2017 2:20 pm

Take-Two Interactive has earned the ire of Grand Theft Auto gamers across the globe, but PC players are still playing GTA V. In fact, more PC owners are playing GTA V on Steam this month than the last three months. For instance, the Steam GTA V playerbase has jumped 107% from May to June.




Five days ago Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive shut down prominent GTA PC mod OpenIV, and the community has responded with revolt. The mod itself was used by countless PC gamers to mod their GTA IV and GTA V games for offline play for years and years now, but in an official statement Rockstar says OpenIV has been linked to "malicious mods that allow the harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody." However the developer of OpenIV insists that it's impossible for anyone to connect to GTA Online while using the mod, and naturally the community sees this move as a war on mods so that gamers are pushed towards playing GTA Online and spending money.


The GTA PC gaming community, which is responsible for a massive array of video content that builds engagement and brand awareness all across the world, has collectively revolted against Take-Two and Rockstar Games in specific ways. Grand Theft Auto V's Steam reviews have taken a massive hit and its recent ratings are now Overwhelmingly Negative, and its Overall rating went from "Positive" to "Mixed". The same has happened to Grand Theft Auto IV's steam page. A petition for the reinstatement of OpenIV has reached almost 60,000 signatures so far. Despite this frustration, the bulk of PC gamers appear to be playing the game and GTA V's Steam userbase is pretty healthy.



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Project CARS 2 continues to blow my eyeballs away

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2017 9:28 am

Even though we're still a few months away from the release of Project CARS 2, developer Slightly Mad Studios continues to release screenshots of its next-gen racing game, and it looks incredible.





Project CARS 2 launches in September, but until then we get to scope out these new screenshots. Are you ready for it to hopefully melt your PC into the ground? It looks like it will push everything we've got to the limits, so let's hope AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega and whatever NVIDIA throws at it in return can play this at 4K 60FPS+ or 3440x1440 @ 100FPS or more.



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EA's Origin updated with a bunch of new features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2017 8:33 am

EA has been working on its Origin digital download service, announcing a new update that delivers download speed management, and more.



Origin now features a built-in FPS counter which is supported in Origin games, and it's just that - a FPS counter, and that's all. EA has also included cross-game party invites, which means you can invite friends that are playing other games, something Steam has supported for years.



Origin's new update should roll out over the next few days, so keep your eyes open to your Origin client.

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IDC: VR headsets will ship 100 million units by 2021

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 20, 2017 6:33 am

According to research firm IDC, shipments of VR and AR headsets are set to climb in a big way over the next 5 years. IDC expects VR and AR shipments to reach 100 million by 2021, with under 10 million headsets shipping in 2016, this is a big uptick in HMD shipments.




Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers said: "The next six to 18 months will further stimulate the VR market as PC vendors, along with Microsoft, introduce tethered headsets and high-end standalone VR headsets also enter the market".


VR headsets are expected to outsell AR headsets, with the likes of HTC, Oculus and Sony enjoying strong sales of VR headsets. IDC explains that AR is "harder to achieve", as in AR headsets are more complicated to not just make - but build, and sell. Google Glass wasn't cheap, and neither is Microsoft HoloLens... maybe we'll see Apple hit the premium this year or next with their own AR headset, something the likes of industry awesome guy Robert Scoble predicts.


I reached out to Anshel Sag, Staff Technologist and Technical Writer at Moor Insights & Strategy, who said: "I believe that 100 million units is an ambitious target to reach within the next 4 years, however it isn't impossible. It would still require more engagement from bigger players like Google, Apple and Facebook. Microsoft may also have a big say in that 100 million headsets, but their lack of mention of VR during E3 is concerning".

US failing supercomputer ranks, falls to 1996 levels

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Jun 20, 2017 5:30 am

You'd think that the US would lead the supercomputer race, but it's China that is dominating right now. According to the latest TOP500 ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers, the US has fallen so far behind it's at 1996 levels.




The list is updated twice a year, and determines the rankings of the supercomputer by overall computing power. China has the top two spots with its Sunway TaihuaLight pushing an incredible 93 petaflops, while the Tianhe-2 is capable of 33.9 petaflops. The US only has its Department of Energy's Titan supercomputer, with just 17.6 petaflops of computing power in comparison.


The newly upgraded Swiss National Supercomputing Centre has some power on the new list, pushing out 19.6 petaflops - beating the Titan in the US, up from its previous power of 9.8 petaflops. The US is no longer in the top three supercomputer rankings, falling into fourth place for the ifrst time in over 20 years.


But don't worry, the US Department of Energy is building an all-new IBM machine dubbed Summit, which will be pushing a mind blowing 200 petaflops. Summit will be online next year, offering double the performance of the #1 fastest supercomputer in the world.

Insomniac's Spider-Man on PS4 Pro can't hit 1080p 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2017 4:42 am

Insomniac Games is working on what looks to be the best Spider-Man game ever made, and since Sony owns the rights to the Spider-Man franchise, it is a PS4 exclusive. But what about the faster PS4 Pro? Well.



During a recent discussion on open world games being locked to 30FPS, Insomniac said that even the PS4 Pro isn't capable of 1080p 60FPS with Spider-Man. This is mostly due to the slower CPU inside of the consoles, and this includes the new Xbox One X, too. Insomniac said that 1080p 60FPS is "not really an option" on the PS4 Pro, adding that they will "optimize for best experience on PS4 and PS4 Pro". I thought best experience meant smoothest and highest frame rate, you know: 60FPS - and 1080p at least.

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Detroit: Become Human is a 2018 game says Quantic Dream

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2017 4:24 am

Quantic Dream make some of the most interesting games, with Detroit: Become Human teased so far - without a release date, and now we have been told it will be a 2018 game.




Quantic Dream boss David Cage, the director behind Heavy Rain and the upcoming Detroit: Become Human said their new game would be a 2018 release. If you haven't heard about the game, Detroit: Become Human is explained as: "Travel to the near-future metropolis of Detroit - a city rejuvenated by an exciting technological development: androids. Witness your brave new world turn to chaos as you take on the role of Kara, a female android trying to find her own place in a turbulent social landscape".


Sounds interesting, right? The developer adds: "Shape an ambitious branching narrative, making choices that will not only determine your own fate, but that of the entire city. Discover what it means to be human from the perspective of an outsider - see the world of man though the eyes of a machine".


Detroit: Become Human is a PS4 exclusive, but I'm hoping for some really high-end tweaks to the PS4 Pro version of the game. Heck, I'd love to see an unleashed version of Detroit: Become Human on the rumored PS5.

AIB custom Radeon RX Vega to ship in early August

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 20, 2017 2:16 am

AMD is poised to unleash its next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in the consumer market in early August, but now we're hearing some more news on what the AIB partners will be doing.




The new rumors point to AIB partners shipping custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in early August, with AMD set to launch at least two RX Vega graphics cards at first. We should expect a high-end Vega 10 XT part which should compete against the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and possibly the TITAN Xp, while the cut down Vega 10 Pro will compete against the GTX 1080 and new GTX 1080 with 11Gbps GDDR5X.


There's not much else to report on about the Radeon RX Vega just yet, but I do have some stories that I'll be writing over the next few days that will be world exclusive pieces. Radeon RX Vega is coming soon, and the ramp up towards it over the next 6 weeks is going to be an amazing journey.

ZTE launches the Nubia M2 Play

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 19, 2017 7:37 pm

ZTE has announced another smartphone - the Nubia M2 Play.




The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 with an eight-core Cortex-A53 processor and an Adreno 505 GPU. The device comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card up to 128GB.


The Nubia M2 Play features a 5.5-inch 720p LCD and runs Nubia UI 5.0 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat.

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