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Cyberpunk 2077 dev says 'it must be f**king great' when we see it next

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 6:33 pm

The hype machine for Cyberpunk 2077 is set to go into full swing this year, with developer CD Projekt Red (the studio behind The Witcher franchise) still be "a long ways away" from releasing the game, but the developer is now teasing that it's working on a "far bigger" scale with Cyberpunk 2077 being an "even more ambitious" project.

 

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But now, CD Projekt Red has teased that we can expect some "f**king great" stuff from Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red's CEO and co-founder, Marcin Iwinski talked with GameSpot recently, where he said: "Right now, we have the success of the Witcher 3; people played it and people loved it. So it's even more responsibility. The fact that Witcher 3 performed so well allows us to be even more ambitious with Cyberpunk 2077. Right now, it's on our shoulders to deliver here. The next time you hear about Cyberpunk 2077 we will show something and it must be f**king great". Inwinski also added: "People really expect something great and that's what we have to stand up to and deliver".

 

Inwinski was asked if CD Projekt Red was excited to move over to making Cyberpunk 2077 after finishing with The Witcher 3, with Inwinski replying that "they definitely are". He added: "After a decade working with dragons, swords, and medieval themes, the team is feeling energized to work on a project involving guns, ammo, mutants, and implants".

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Xbox One price dropped to $299 for 'a limited time'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 5:59 pm

GDC 2016 - Sony had a killer Game Developers Conference, announcing the $399 price on the PlayStation VR for the PS4, but what did Microsoft have? Well, nothing in the form of new hardware announcements - but the company did just drop the price on the Xbox One to $299 for a "limited time".

 

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The normal price on the Xbox One is $349, with the $50 discount applied for now - but there's no news on if, or when the price will bounce back up to its original price. The discounted Xbox One pricing will include all of the current console bundles at participating retailers across the US.

 

Not only that, but the Xbox Spring Sale promotional event will also see discounts on a bunch of digital games on PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles. This will kick off on March 22, two days after the Xbox One price was cut, where gamers can grab their game of choice and "save up to 40 to 60 percent off, with some at more than 60 percent off".

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 3:00 pm

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Oculus nails the seated VR gaming experience with Lucky's Tale at GDC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 7:26 am

GDC 2016 - Ever since Lucky's Tale was introduced, I've been trying to get my hands-on playing it. Well, I got my chance at the Game Developer's Conference, and I was not disappointed. It's no wonder Lucky's Tale is included in the box with the Oculus Rift, as it's an awesome VR gaming experience.

 

 

Lucky's Tale, if you haven't played it or read/seen it yet, is a VR platformer like nothing you've ever seen before. It reminds me so much of Mario 64, with a blend of Banjo-Kazooie, with developer Playful Games rebuilding levels from both games in Lucky's Tale, so that they would better understand level design in VR.

 

The biggest change with Lucky's Tale is the way you interact with the camera, as normally it doesn't move (unless you are moving in the world itself) in games like Mario 64. By moving your head in the real-world, with the Rift on of course, the camera moves in the game - which is completely unique, because that's not how we've been playing games for the last 20+ years.

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Everest is even better in VR, thanks to NVIDIA's injection of PhysX

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 6:15 am

GDC 2016 - NVIDIA was displaying various VR demos at the Game Developers Conference this year, where we got to step onto the dangerously real Everest VR demo.

 

 

In the demo, NVIDIA is using their latest version of GameWorks with PhysX on top - and while it might sound like much, the additional immersion and presence that is provided is well worth it. The use of PhysX in Everest VR sees snowflakes and snow floating around at the top of the mountain, so that when you look up, you can see snow floating around - which for me, created an entire new layer of presence.

 

As my viewpoint was going up the mountain, I looked to the absolute peak of Everest where I could see the great use of PhysX in Everest VR. I'm not someone who would normally be sitting here bragging up PhysX, but if you ever had doubts of NVIDIA's PhysX, then Everest VR with PhysX will change your mind. It created something that Oculus, HTC and Valve have been saying since introducing VR headsets - a huge layer of presence.

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200-inch 8K TV with seamless 1mm bezel shown off at CEBIT 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 4:10 am

Prepare to have your TV, no matter how big it is, feel inadequate by Tabler Systems. The company unveiled its huge 200-inch 8K TV at CEBIT 2016, with it coming in at 5m (16.4 feet) wide and 2.4m (7.8 feet) high.

 

 

The 200-inch 8K TV has a seamless 0mm bezel which makes it perfect for a video wall, as well as a truly gigantic touchscreen surface. How did Tabler Systems seemingly come out of nowhere with a 200-inch 8K TV? Well, the company is using light-emitting plastics, with the panel capable of being designed to be in any shape, with no bezel at all, flexible and the panel is just 1mm thick.

 

If you can't remember what resolution 8K rolls in with, we're talking about 7680x4320. It's a huge increase on 4K which has a resolution of 3840x2160 and makes 1080p look like nothing at 1920x1080. Back to the TV, which can be connected to a gaming PC for huge 200-inch 8K goodness, filling your entire vision and pulling you right into the game.

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Pope Francis will join Instagram this weekend

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 3:08 am

Continuing his tradition of being the most progressive Pope in recent memory (and maybe ever?), Pope Francis will join Instagram this weekend (Saturday, March 19, specifically). His handle: Franciscus, the Prefect for Communications, Msgr Dario Viganò. Beat that.

 

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Pope Francis joined Twitter in 2012, although has elected to avoid Facebook. The Archbishop in charge of social media for the Vatican, Claudio Maria Celli, stated this is because there is too much opportunity on Facebook for publicly viewable abuse.

Valve's 'The Lab' is one of the best VR experiences on the HTC Vive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 2:23 am

GDC 2016 - After getting rather excited over Valve announcing The Lab recently, we had to stop by and try it out while we were at the Game Developers Conference.

 

 

The Lab is a gigantic playground with VR experiences and games that really show off what Valve has been doing behind closed doors with the HTC Vive. There are multiple parts to the demo, with a beautifully rendered scene of the real-world mountain, Vesper Peak - and that's just the start of it.

 

There's also Longbow, which lets you use the Lighthouse controllers as a bow-and-arrow, fighting off enemies in a tower defense style game. Next up was Slingshot, which lets you fling around spherical robots into huge towers, destroying them for points.

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Windows 7, 8 will support Skylake for an extra year

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 1:35 am

Intel Skylake users who aren't in any hurry to upgrade anything are in luck: Microsoft has extended Windows 7 and 8 support for the prized microarchitecture for an extra year, now extending to July 17, 2018. Extended support (critical updates) will continue until 2020 and 2023, respectively.

 

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The company says the change is a bid to "provide greater flexibility for customers who have longer deployment timeframes to Windows 10" (businesses especially fit into this category) and to help customers "purchase modern hardware with confidence, while continuing to manage their migrations to Windows 10."

3DMark 11 performance numbers teased for purported NVIDIA Pascal GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 12:19 am

With only weeks left until NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference, where we'll be formally introduced to the Pascal architecture and everything that makes it tick. We've already been teased by the purported GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti and Titan X successor, but now we have some early performance numbers on the purported Pascal GPUs.

 

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The performance numbers are coming from WCCFTech, who have spotted an unidentified NVIDIA video card with 7680MB (7.6GB) of RAM - 512MB less than 8GB, which should find itself onto the GP100-based GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (that's what we're going to call it for now, but I don't think NVIDIA will call the Pascal range by the GTX 1080 moniker).

 

Now, the performance numbers on 3DMark 11 were hitting 9038 - but an Intel Core i3-2100 processor was used - it lost out to various other video cards, but there were more details in the 3DMark results worth looking at. Firstly, the unidentified NVIDIA video card had 8GB of GDDR5 clocked at 8GHz - now this is noteworthy, as there are no video cards on the market with 8GB of RAM with performance close to the GTX 980 Ti.

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