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Star Citizen's planet exploration eclipses No Man's Sky

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 17 hours ago

Gamescom 2016 - Star Citizen shows us what real planetary exploration is like, making No Man's Sky look like child's play.



After playing No Man's Sky for the past week or so, I find myself wanting a real sci-fi experience. Star Citizen's new planetary exploration demo shown at Gamescom 2016 completely smashes the indie in nearly every way, showing us what real co-op interstellar planet-side should be like. Star Citizen's new 3.0 update adds in worlds that have actual civilizations and cities and living, breathing NPCs, all of which can be explored with a friend: there's dirty steampunk-style worlds that resemble Blade Runner, and the planets are absolutely huge and varied. You can get out of your ship to explore lost derelicts in space, or land on moons and zoom across their surface on speeder-bike like landswoopers, and even take on random missions and trade with NPCs. Honestly, the gameplay really reminds me of a glorious mix of Mass Effect, Deus Ex, Dead Space and even some Fallout sentiments.


"We're more focused on building a universe and world, we have lore and history so it's a different approach to Elite and No Man's Sky. We won't have billions of planets or systems," said Star Citizen's Chris Roberts. Planets are also fully rendered--there's no skybox--and the sun is in fixed positions

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No Man's Sky is built on two key emotions, says devs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 19 hours ago

No Man's Sky creator and lead developer Sean Murray reveals exactly why Hello Games made their procedurally generated space sim, and the two emotions that he wants to pass across to gamers.



Hello Games didn't want to make a perfect game with No Man's Sky. They didn't want everyone to like it, and they wanted it to be different and unlike anything we've really played before. Speaking at the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany, Sean Murray says he made the game specifically to make gamers feel two things: as if they've stepped into a sci-fi book cover to make the awe-inspiring excitement of planet discovery feel real, if only for a small while, and using the game's massive scope to trigger an understanding of how big our universe actually is.


The devs knew they were too small to make something that was amazing 100% of the time, so they chose to exemplify specific parts of the game and tie emotions with these parts that speak to both a player's heart and imagination. In my official No Man's Sky review, I talked about how the devs achieved this explicitly well, and how this kind of imaginative wonder actually worked against the game itself. Even still, the devs wanted to present a clear message to gamers regardless of the costs and risks.

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Windows 10 update has millions of webcams not working

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 4 days, 20 hours ago

Microsoft's recent Windows 10 Anniversary Update has been causing problems with USB webcams, where the update prevents them from using MJPEG and H.264 encoding processes, in favor of the NV12 and YUY2 formats that are causing issues for many more people than Microsoft had anticipated. Millions of webcams have been affected.




Windows insider Paul Thurrott said that the Anniversary Update allows new situations where multiple applications can access the webcam, and the banned processed would duplicate the encoding stream, slowing it down. Only allowing a certain few compressions formats would stop multiple simultaneous processes, but now Microsoft has just made millions of webcams across the world not work in a click of their fingers.


Many users have taken to a developer forum where "Mike M" from the Windows Camera team at Microsoft explained why they removed the formatting, with the developer saying there's a fix for the MJPEG issue that will arrive in the September update, but the H.264 fix is a while away yet. You've got 10 days to roll back the Anniversary Update, which will have this problem solved, but if you pass that then you're going to have to wait until the fixes are delivered through Windows 10 updates.


Engadget received a response from Microsoft over the issue, where the Microsoft spokesperson said: "Windows 10 continues to have the highest customer satisfaction of any version of Windows. We have seen a small number of reports of unexpected behaviors following the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Engineering and customer support are investigating these on a case by case basis and offering trouble-shooting tips as necessary. If a customer has any issues, we offer customer support at".

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided preload live, Steam key 25% off

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has entered the official preload phase earlier today, according to an update on their Steam community page. As of 9AM Pacific this morning, gamers can get started on the 19.9GB download. The game will unpack to 45GB when all is said and done, so slower connections should get started through the weekend.




Gamers still on the sidelines are also in luck because Green Man Gaming is offering a 25% off pre-order incentive to lure in undecided gamers. The game has thus far been well-received, with most critic reviews being generally positive. As of writing, here are the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Steam key deals at GMG:



To see the full discount you must login at GMG. The discounted prices will reflect before you take the games to checkout. Interestingly, this only applies to the Deluxe Edition, where you'll see a 10% off if you don't log in, and 25% off if you log in (go figure). For the Standard Edition of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you'll see 25% off no matter if you log in or not.


Picking up the game at GMG before Tuesday's release will also net you the pre-order bonuses offered by Square Enix (given GMG is an authorized retailer after all). In total, these are the current bonuses for the "Day 1" Edition of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided:


  • Extra in-game mission (with additional content)
  • Three weapon/item packs
  • Digital OST sampler (select tracks instead of the full soundtrack)
  • Digital comic book, novella and artbook


More details for each of the gears, packs, and bonuses can also be found here at the official site.


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will release on August 23, 2016. The game will be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC (Steam). For other platform deals, you can also check here.

Crack the code to higher-paying tech jobs

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 5 days, 15 hours ago



From machine learning to web design, Python is a coding language with a myriad of applications, and its straightforward syntax makes it easy for beginners to pick up. So, if you're looking to break into the tech sector, learning Python is a great way to start.


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This bundle includes the following courses:


  • The Complete Computer Vision Course with Python: Change the way computers think as you design currency counters, face swapping apps, and more
  • Learn Python 3 from Scratch: Master the latest version of Python and dabble in back-end programming
  • Python Web Programming: Jump into web programming and make your own website with Python
  • Taming Big Data with Apache Spark and Python: Get the low-down on Big Data management with several technologies
  • Python Tutorial: Python Network Programming - Build 7 Apps: Get hands-on experience building apps from scratch with Python


Across 30+ hours of content, this bundle will expose you to a variety of Python's uses, and it will give you hands-on experience using one of the most versatile coding languages out there.


The Python Power Coder Bundle normally runs for $303, but TweakTown readers can get it on sale for only $45, saving more than 80% off!

Android 7.0 Nougat to roll out on Nexus 6P, 5X on Monday

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

Google's latest Android 7.0 (Android N) "Nougat" operating system will roll out to certain devices on Monday, August 22.




Huawei's Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X handsets will likely be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat in just three days time, if reports are correct. Canadian operator Telus posted an interesting timeline that clearly lists both Nexus phones for a "Android N Update" on August 22. Australian carrier Optus further corroborates the claims with its own listing that plots the Nexus 6P for a "new version Android 7.0 Nougat" at the "end of August."


But wait, there's more: August 22 is the exact date when Korean LG G5 owners get to preview Android 7.0. So this pretty much tells us that Android Nougat is coming soon, and if all goes according to plan, we'll likely see Google make an official announcement on Monday.

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Gears of War 4 has tons of PC graphics settings

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 19 hours ago

Gamescom 2016 - Just as the developers promised, the Windows 10 PC version of Gears of War 4 has a staggering amount of video options



Microsoft is keen on pulling in more gamers over to Windows 10 PC gaming, and to do that Redmond will have to cater to enthusiast gamers' expectations. This means unlocked frame rates, 4K support, FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility, CrossFire and SLI support, and tons of tweakable video settings. So far Gears of War 4 has ticked all these boxes, and PC gamers will be able to tweak and adjust nearly every aspect of the game to their personal specifications.


Gears of War 4 rocks a pretty huge array of graphics options that are separated into two main tiers: Video Basic and Video Advanced settings. The Video Basic settings show display modes, resolution sliders, FOV sliders, a V-Sync toggle, a ton of different texture detail settings for characters, vehicles, effects, lighting, and the world-based environments. There's also adjustments for shadow quality, post-processing, ambient occlusion intensity, anti-aliasing, light shaft quality, light scattering quality, lens flares, bloom, motion blur.

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DirectX 12, Vulkan support on the way for CryEngine

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: 5 days, 20 hours ago

Crytek's newly published roadmap for CryEngine reveals big features are not far off at all.




First is DirectX 12 multi-GPU support, a complete DirectX 12 renderer, the possibility of support for NVIDIA's PhysX, and more. All of these are labeled for version 5.2, due out any day now.


Version 5.3, meanwhile, will introduce the increasingly popular Vulkan API. Developed as a spin-off of AMD's Mantle, it serves as another low-overhead solution that's been shown to majorly increase performance in games. 5.3 is planned for mid-October.

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Suicide Squad passes $500 million mark in just 13 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 5 days, 21 hours ago

Suicide Squad has been hit with a slew of negative reviews, and personally, I just didn't like the movie - that hasn't had any effect on box office numbers, with Suicide Squad passing over $500 million worldwide.




As of August 18, the movie has pulled in $509 million - just 13 days after its debut. Deadpool took around the same amount of time to hit the $500 million mark, but I don't think Suicide Squad will have the same legs as Deadpool. Suicide Squad is the highest-grossing August film in US history, taking the previous record-holder down - Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.


Suicide Squad is doing well overseas, pulling in $271 million overseas while in the US it has made $238 million. Check out our review on Suicide Squad right here.

Check out the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided launch trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

Can you believe Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is so close? With a release date of August 23, Eidos Montreal have released the launch trailer to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which you can check out below.



PC gamers can preload Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on Steam later today, but the developer has announced that the game will not support DirectX 12 support at launch. DX12 support will hit Mankind Divided in around two weeks, sometime in the week of SeSeptember - it could take longer, and I think it will. Don't hold your breath for DX12 support just yet.

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