Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,518 Reviews & Articles | 55,345 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 80

Overwatch map editor, highlight savings are coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 23, 2017 1:33 am

Blizzard has excited Overwatch fans with news that the developer is "extremely open-minded about releasing a map editor" for Overwatch, something Overwatch's Game Director - Jeff Kaplan, teased on the official forums.




Kaplan said: "We are extremely open-minded about releasing a map editor for Overwatch someday. But because Overwatch was made with a brand new engine, this is not a small task or one which can happen any time soon. We have this on our long-term road map and believe heavily in user-made content. But there are many challenges ahead of us and it will be a very long road before our editor can be made available to the public".



Overwatch continues to evolve, with Blizzard adding in a 24th hero - and a 6th tank role has just gone live with Orisa. Orisa is an "onmic peacekeeper", who was built to protect the people of Numbani. Her abilities include:


  • Fusion Driver - A rapid-fire automatic gun that touts good range and accuracy even at a distance
  • Protective Barrier - Throw a device that creates a stationary shield, perfect for intercepting projectiles and protecting teammates
  • Supercharger - Orisa's ultimate ability beams a buff to allies within range, increasing the damage they can inflict on the opposing team

GTX 1080 Ti hits 3GHz on LN2, all on reference PCB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 23, 2017 12:22 am

Well... I don't even know what to say. The previous world record on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti saw the GPU hitting speeds of over 2.5GHz - but now, legendary overclocker Kingpin - who seems to not sleep, or at least overclocks GPUs in his sleep - has hit a mind blowing 3GHz on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition.




Kingpin used LN2 to keep the GPU cool enough for it to clock past 3GHz, hitting 3024MHz on the dot - the pixel fillrate throughput reaches 229.3 GPixel/s and texture fillrate throughput of 583.7 GTexel/s.




The new 3024MHz GPU clock on the overclocked GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition also marks a new record for the Pascal architecture, which had previously been pushed to 3012MHz on the GTX 1060.

Mass Effect: Andromeda has a $100 microtransaction

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 11:14 pm

Electronic Arts is no stranger to MTX, also known as microtransactions--the publisher packs them into almost every online-based game to earn long-term revenue streams and fortify engagement. And like it's predecessor, Mass Effect: Andromeda's microtransactions get pretty pricey.




We've known for a while now that Mass Effect: Andromeda's multiplayer component would have in-game purchases, but now we know just how much money you can spend to quickly unlock items in the mode. Surprising no one, gamers can spend up to $100 to unlock the game's premium currency, aka "Andromeda Points." To make matters extra slimy, ME: Andromeda's multiplayer packs are randomized loot-bag style so you never ever know what you're actually going to get, further incentivizing players to buy more currency if they don't get what they want the first time.


The game's microtransactions are listed in the following price tiers (note that AP = Andromeda Points):


  • $4.99 for 500 AP
  • $9.99 for 1050 AP
  • $19.99 for 2150 AP
  • $29.99 for 3250 AP
  • $49.99 for 5750 AP
  • $99.99 for 12000 AP

Continue reading 'Mass Effect: Andromeda has a $100 microtransaction' (full post)

Sony still planning more 'Ghostbusters' films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 10:52 pm

Seemingly unperturbed by the failure of last year's all-female 'Ghostbusters' reboot, Sony Pictures is moving ahead with plans to continue exploiting the franchise, which includes an animated and live-action feature film.




Speaking to io9, Director Ivan Reitman who helmed both the original 1984 feature and 1989 sequel has confirmed that the series will live on, saying "we jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing [a] live-action film. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that." Further along in production, the promised animated film doesn't have a current release date. "It depends on on how fast we can get it all together. It's hard to make an animated film."


So it seems that whether we want them or not, there's more 'Ghostbusters' adventures on the way.

Fallout 4 might be the killer game VR desparately needs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 9:16 pm

Virtual Reality is undoubtedly the next forefront for interactive experiences, but when it comes to gaming, the platform still lacks a critical success point: a killer app. The Xbox had Halo, the PS4 has Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4--but what does VR have? Right now gamers don't have a specific game that will push VR headset sales. Bethesda aims to change that with Fallout 4 VR.




Bethesda wants to bring the entire wasteland into virtual reality by porting Fallout 4's full game into VR. Most of the time VR ports have bits and pieces of their full game counterparts, but Capcom made strides by releasing Resident Evil 7's full port onto PlayStation VR, and Bethesda might do the same.


"I talked to Todd the other day and I was like, 'Hey how's Fallout 4 [VR] coming?' and he said, 'Pete, Fallout 4 VR is the most incredible thing you've ever seen in your life. You can't even imagine what it's like playing in VR and how realistic it looks with everywhere you turn your head. It's gonna blow your mind. It's the craziest thing you've ever seen," Bethesda's Pete Hines told HipHop Gamer in a recent interview at PAX 2017.

Continue reading 'Fallout 4 might be the killer game VR desparately needs' (full post)

Nintendo Switch affected by Middle East flight ban

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 8:18 pm

Flying into the U.S. or U.K. from the Middle East? You may not be able to bring the Nintendo Switch on board with you.




The United States and United Kingdom have recently passed regulations banning electronic devices bigger than a smartphone on specific flights from numerous Middle East countries. The regulation restricts any electronic device, including laptops, smartphones or tablets, exceeding 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm (6.2in x 3.6in x 0.5in).


Sadly, Nintendo's new Switch handheld is bigger than the specific dimensions, clocking in at 9.4in x 4.01in x 0.5in with the JoyCons attached, and 6.8in x 3.8in x 0.5in with the JoyCons detached.

Continue reading 'Nintendo Switch affected by Middle East flight ban' (full post)

Switch JoyCon issue caused by 'manufacturing variation'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 6:41 pm

Nintendo has finally spoken out and explained how and why the Nintendo Switch's left JoyCons are de-syncing.




Earlier today we reported that Nintendo's official fix for faulty left JoyCons is extremely thrifty: a small piece of conductive foam. Now the Japanese console-maker has delivered an official statement on the JoyCons, confirming the issues were caused by a "manufacturing variation" that has been corrected. Nintendo also confirmed that no mass recall or replacement initiative will be happening.


"There is no design issue with the Joy-Con controllers, and no widespread proactive repair or replacement effort is underway. A manufacturing variation has resulted in wireless interference with a small number of the left Joy-Con. Moving forward this will not be an issue, as the manufacturing variation has been addressed and corrected at the factory level," Nintendo told IGN in an official statement. "We have determined a simple fix can be made to any affected Joy-Con to improve connectivity."

Continue reading 'Switch JoyCon issue caused by 'manufacturing variation'' (full post)

Assassin's Creed: Empire latest leak is fake

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 5:50 pm

Rumors and forgeries are rampant in the games industry, and there's been lots of heresay surrounding Ubisoft's return to the Assassin's Creed franchise. While the studio has kept mum on official details, an employee squashed a fake "leak" that recently made the rounds.




Reports indicate Ubisoft will release Assassin's Creed: Empire this year, and the game will take place in ancient Egypt. This prompted all kinds of "leaks" to pop up, and last month a particular image (see above) took the Assassin's Creed community by storm.


But according to Assassin's Creed Head of Content Aymar Azaizia, the image is a fake. When asked about the image in a recent Reddit AmA, Azaizia delivered a simple answer: "Not AC :)".

Continue reading 'Assassin's Creed: Empire latest leak is fake' (full post)

HMD Global wants Nokia in the top 3 phone manufacturers

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 5:36 pm

Since HMD Global started manufacturing Nokia-branded phones, it has become clear that the company has big plans for the once mega-popular brand.




At MWC in Barcelona, the company launched three Android smartphones and announced the return of the iconic Nokia 3310.


Speaking in a recent interview, Tomislav Himbele, Head of Marketing for Eastern Europe at HMD Global, confirmed that the company has big plans. Answering the question where does HMD see themselves in the next three years, Himbele ambitiously responded: "In top three. Pushing out Apple or Samsung or Huawei...or all 3 of them."

Continue reading 'HMD Global wants Nokia in the top 3 phone manufacturers' (full post)

Leaked video shows a working Galaxy S8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 3:20 pm

After seeing numerous photo leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, a new day brings a new leak but this time in the form of a short unofficial video.




The video shows a working Galaxy S8, and it is clear that the device doesn't have a front button. The fingerprint reader is now relocated to the back of the phone, next to the camera.


Both devices will have curved edges, minimal bezels, and an additional button on the side for virtual assistant Bixby that the company officially announced and confirmed that it would be featured on the upcoming devices.

Continue reading 'Leaked video shows a working Galaxy S8' (full post)