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Sony's PlayStation VR is surprisingly easy to repair

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 3:33 pm

The gadget surgeons over at iFixit have wasted no time in delving in the guts of Sony's new PlayStation VR headset, slicing open every little nook and cranny to show off its high-tech innards.

 

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Starting at $399, Sony's PSVR has successfully ushered accessible virtual reality hardware in the mainstream market. Now that the headset is out in the wild, it's time to crack it open and see how its internals fare, and how easy it is to repair. According to iFixit's official PSVR teardown, headset repairs are actually pretty straightforward: the PSVR received a lofty 8 out of 10 in the ease of repairability scale. For comparison's sake, the Oculus Rift CV1 scored a 7 out of 10 on the scale, whereas the HTC Vive scored an equal 8 out of 10.

 

The teardown is filled to the brim with interesting tidbits on the PSVR, including a close-up look at its highly-touted 120Hz True HD AMOLED display that fairly matches those found in Samsung's high-end flagship phones.

 

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Design games with the Game Creator's Ultimate Bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 3:30 pm

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Game development isn't reserved just for big-name studios. With the Game Creator's Ultimate Bundle, you can start building your own games straight from your computer. On sale for only $56.99, this bundle will get your future in game development off the ground.

 

Featuring its own instant game development engine, the Game Creator's Ultimate Bundle lets you build your very own games from scratch. Even if you're a complete noob to the scene, this bundle comes with a tutorial to help get your bearings with these tools. You'll also have access to over 2,000 royalty free sprites and a myriad of game-ready assets to flesh out your games.

 

Normally $114.99, the Game Creator's Ultimate Bundle is on sale to TweakTown readers for only $56.99.

Sony is already selling PlayStation VR at a profit

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 2:38 pm

Sony's new PlayStation VR headset is already making a profit for the Japanese console-maker, and could end up being a huge success for virtual reality accessibility and the PlayStation brand.

 

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"We're making money on the VR console," President of Sony Interactive Entertainment America Shawn Layden told Polygon. Seeing as stock for the new PSVR headset has been flying off the shelves, with many retailers selling out both the limited $399 headset-only SKU and the $499 all-in-one bundle, it's not surprising that Sony is already raking in cash from their virtual reality gambit.

 

Sony president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Jim Ryan echoed this sentiment, saying that consumers are "significantly interested" in the PSVR headset, with launch sales projected to hit "many hundreds of thousands."

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Nintendo NX reveal coming next week, says Macquarie

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 1:40 pm

Nintendo will finally unveil its new NX platform, possibly called Nintendo Duo, sometime next week according to financial investment firm Macquarie Group.

 

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Nintendo is fast running out of time to reveal its purported handheld-console hybrid NX system, but key industry players predict a full-on NX debut is coming quite soon. The popular consensus is that Nintendo will show off the NX sometime in late October, possibly on October 21, as the Japanese console-maker has a long tradition of big Nintendo Direct reveals during the Fall month. According to Nintendo's Investor Relations calendar, the company's second quarter briefing will be held on October 26, so it makes sense for the NX to be revealed ahead of the event as to give investors the opportunity to ask questions and Nintendo to talk more about the NX.

 

Financial firm Macquarie Group is a key industry figure predicting an NX reveal next week, but the company believes the NX reveal will come with drawbacks. The firm speculates that the NX's price point, which is rumored to sit somewhere between $349 and $399, will result in a "major disappointment for volume sales."

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Xbox Game DVR is slowing down DOTA 2 frame rates

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 11:41 am

Windows 10's Xbox Game DVR is crippling performance in games like DOTA 2, and Valve has responded.

 

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Valve has acknowledged that the Xbox Game DVR is causing a number of issues in DOTA 2, including dramatic frame rate drops, crashes, freezing and other hiccups. Now Valve has added an in-game prompt that warns gamers about the Xbox DVR's performance hitches, and even goes so far as to show players how to disable the recorder.

 

The warning prompt reads: "Your operating system has Xbox Game DVR enabled which has been reported to cause performance problems in games, such as reduced or capped FPS, crashing, or freezing. Would you l ike to learn how Xbox Game DVR can be disabled on your system?"

 

Your mileage while undoubtedly vary, but some gamers went from 50 FPS to 120 FPS in DOTA 2 after disabling the Game DVR, so it's definitely worth a shot. I wouldn't be surprised if disabling the feature boosted performance in other games as well.

 

Switching off the Xbox Game DVR is really easy: all you do is sign in to your Microsoft Account, open the Xbox app, then navigate to Settings (the gear icon on the left hand side of the screen) -> Game DVR and simply toggle it off.

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'John Wick' to become a trilogy of films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 5:36 am

The teaser for the 'John Wick' sequel got fans all excited earlier this week, and it looks like there's even more revenge planned after that!

 

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Speaking to Collider, Director Chad Stahelski confirmed that talks were underway for a third film which would see 'John Wick' expanded into a trilogy. "The studio has asked us to put our heads together and see if we can come up with something. Winston's [McShane] is a big part of the next one, so is Lance Reddick. We've got some ideas." It seems the crew had no shaortage of ideas for the upcoming sequel either "When it came to coming up with a story idea, we had like ten bad ideas, and they we were like, 'f--k it,' what would have just happened the next day? Once we stopped worrying about ourselves, it was fun".

 

The upcoming 'John Wick: Chapter 2' sees Keanu Reeves reprise his role as the titular hard ass ex-retired hitman, alongside allies Ian McShane and John Leguizamo, with Ruby Rose taking up the mantle as the female villain. The film will hit cinemas in February 2017.

ASUS and GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti's spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 5:14 am

After rumors that NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards were imminent, we can now see this as virtually confirmed - as there are now AIB partners with cards in the wild.

 

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GIGABYTE has teased its got 'something for everyone' and that it's 'coming soon...' without teasing too much - we know it's the GTX 1050 Ti. GIGABYTE's purported GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Xtreme should feature a factory overclock and by the looks of things, the same cooling solution found on their GTX 950 graphics card.

 

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ASUS and GIGABYTE branded GTX 1050 Ti cards have been spotted, with the ASUS Expedition GeForce GTX 1050 Ti rocking a dual-fan cooler, with it looking like a more basic ROG style cooler. The new card features 4GB of GDDR5, but ASUS will also reportedly be launching a GTX 1050 Ti Strix card as well, with an overclocked GPU and higher-end cooler. It seems as though the new Expedition series could be the new mainstream products from ASUS, while Strix continues soldiering on as their premium label.

Ever wanted to be a pigeon? Now you can in Battlefield 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 4:16 am

Battlefield 1 is one of the most gorgeous games ever made, but it's also super fun - and most important of all, fresh. It's not 'yet another Battlefield shooter', as there seems to be enough new from my couple of hours with it so far that it feels different.

 

 

So different in fact, that you get the chance to play as a pigeon - and we're not joking at all. During the single player mission which recounts the 1918 Battle of Cambrai, you're looking through the perspective of chauffeur turned tank operator, Edwards. Edwards drives the tank towards Cambrai, destroying field gun positions before getting stuck in the mud. Once the enemy surrounds you, the crew release a messenger pigeon to signal for help - which is something that happened during the early wars.

 

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Phear the Pigeon.

 

You get to control the pigeon for a little while, soaring over the battlefield which as Kotaku explains 'gives a very stark sense of the war's scale', with trenches and scorched earth for as far as you can see. Battlefield 1 has been depicting the war in a way we've never seen before, and with touches like this - you have to commend them.

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GIGABYTE's new GeForce GTX 1080 rocks custom waterblock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 2:47 am

GIGABYTE has been nailing its GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, with my review on their GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming leaving me very impressed, but now they've gone and gotten me interested in their beasty new GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Waterforce WB graphics card. Their new card rocks a fully custom waterblock, which should allow for some serious overclocks.

 

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The new watercooled GTX 1080 from GIGABYTE rocks base and boost GPU clocks of 1759MHz and 1898MHz, respectively - but there is an OC mode as well which bumps the GPU clocks up to 1784MHz and 1936MHz for base and boost, respectively. GIGABYTE has a custom GTX 1080 capable of 2000MHz+ on the GPU, packing a 12+2 phase power design, with GIGABYTE using the same capacitors and chokes that NVIDIA used on its new Titan X.

 

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It's a great looking card as well, with GIGABYTE outfitting it with LEDs that will look great once water is pumping at the top of it, and 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

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Wash your Wang with Shadow Warrior 2 launching on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 2:43 am

Shadow Warrior was a more quotable game than Duke Nukem 3D for me, with Wang being a super-crass 'hero' that was just an awesomely fun game to play - both in singleplayer, and multiplayer where things used to get heated back when I played the game on a LAN with friends.

 

 

Well, developer Flying Wild Hog has gone the whole hog with Shadow Warrior 2, which is now out on the PC. Shadow Warrior 2 features open-ended levels that can be explored in detail, as well as the ability to double jump and climb walls. There are story-related missions as well as randomly generated missions, with different enemy placement and weather conditions. This means that replayability should be pretty high, which is something we don't see much of in single-player games these days.

 

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Better yet, is that Flying Wild Hog has used a procedural damage system in Shadow Warrior 2 that lets you cut, or blow off enemy parts or limbs - depending on the weapon and playstyle used. In a throwback to the 90s, the developer has included cooperative play which allows you and up to 3 friends play the single-player campaign together.

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