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Sony has a huge week ahead with game & VR releases

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 11:32 am

This week for Sony is going to be a big one, with the company announcing a large list of games that will be released in the US starting October 11. A total of 54 titles will see various Sony platforms, with the latest PlayStation VR added on to that list as well.

 

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Ryan Clements, Senior Specialist, SIEA Social Media had this to say on the blog: "Compete around the globe in the sport of the future. Pilot an advanced starfighter through the depths of space. Race through gorgeous locales in high-performance cars. Or melt into a pulsating world of light and sound. With PS VR, the possibilities are virtually endless."

 

Amongst the great titles released for VR, the much awaited 'Batman Arkham VR' will be one of them. With the game already showcased to public audiences in video trailers, it supports Clements idea that Sony's new virtual reality will blow customer's minds away with their quality of simulation in bringing a game to life.

Overwatch is now home to over 20 million players

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 10:43 am

In an announcement made by Blizzard Entertainment recently, their sales smashing title Overwatch reached one heck of a milestone for registered players. More than 20 million gamers are now playing Overwatch, 5 million more than recorded in August.

 

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The recorded number of players come after Blizzard's release of the new Halloween-themed event for Overwatch. No doubt the content and skins included in this spooky exclusive made for a nice addition to the tally of registered users.

 

Direct from a press release, Blizzard Entertainment had the following to say: "We also want to share the news that Overwatch has crossed a new milestone-20 million players-making this special holiday treat all the sweeter."

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'Cuphead' gets delayed into 2017 on Xbox One and PC

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 9:10 am

1930s animation Cuphead has been delayed until mid-2017, with Xbox One and PC gamers needing to wait even longer for the game, After being revealed at Microsoft's E3 2015 showcase.

 

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Developer MDHR had originally scheduled the game to launch during 2016, though recent delays have proven otherwise. The studio decided that more time was needed in order to make it a better product. On the official Studio MDHR website, the developers released the following statement to audiences explaining the need for a later release date: "Hey everyone, we wanted to finish our game 80 years after 1936 but it will now be 81".

 

They added: "Throughout this year we discussed reducing the scope to make a 2016 release, but we made the difficult decision to delay the launch in order to ship with our vision intact. We are happy to announce that Cuphead will be coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam in Mid-2017".

Final Fantasy XV available in HDR for Xbox One S

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 7:28 am

Final Fantasy XV now supports HDR on the new Xbox One S console, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirming the news on Twitter.

 

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Square Enix's popular game had HDR support confirmed for both of Sony's consoles, the PS4 and PS4 Pro, but now the Xbox One S joins in on the HDR fun. Remember that you'll need an HDR-capable TV in order to run Final Fantasy XV in HDR on either your PS4, PS4 Pro or Xbox One S.

 

HDR enhances the image quality of games and movies by making the colors pop, blacks become darker, whites are brighter, and contrasting colors are vibrant - popping out and touching your eyeballs... kinda.

88-hour marathon of The Walking Dead announced by AMC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 6:00 am

I'm a fan of The Walking Dead, don't get me wrong - but an 88-episode marathon? AMC needs to team with Red Bull and maybe the guys behind Limitless for this, with the 88-hour marathon kicking off on October 16 at 7AM with the entire first season being shown, as well as the first half of season two.

 

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It'll be finished off with a two-hour retrospective of the series on Sunday night, with the marathon continuing each night at 6PM for the rest of the week. Season 6's finale will air just before the S7 premiere on Sunday, October 23 at 9/8c. Throughout its six seasons, there have been 83 episodes of The Walking Dead, with some episodes running over the usual one-hour runtime.

 

AMC is kicking off its annual FearFest with the 88-hour marathon of The Walking Dead, where the network will air horror films like Carrie, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, The Exorcist, Alien, and Chucky as well as their respective sequels, prequels, spinoffs and/or reboots, reports Slashfilm.

Star Citizen looks beyond amazing in latest screenshots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 4:38 am

Star Citizen is shaping up to be one of the biggest games ever made, and it's going to be a shining beacon of change for the PC gaming landscape. I have a larger article on Squadron 42 and how developer Cloud Imperium Games have delayed it 'indefinitely', as the scope of the game has grown bigger than CIG thought - and they want to do it right.

 

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CIG showed off some gameplay footage from the latest build of Squadron 42 and Star Citizen, powered by Crytek's beautiful CRYENGINE, and now we have some screenshots to share with you. Check them out:

 

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Battlefield 1 'Play First' trial available, weighs 40GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 3:31 am

If you're an Origin Access subscriber, you can get your grubby hands-on Battlefield 1 with its Play First trial, right now.

 

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Battlefield 1 can be played for 10 hours as a trial before its Early Access on October 18, and its full release on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 21. The new Play First trial of BF1 weighs 40GB on the PC, with the installation requiring 47GB of HDD space. I'm downloading it right now, so expect some gameplay footage, impressions, and more from TweakTown very soon.

 

EA recently released 5 new gameplay trailers from the single-player side of Battlefield 1, and the game will include some powerful video creation tools.

 

Battlefield 1 release schedule:

 

October 13 - EA Access w/Early Enlister Deluxe Edition (partial game/10 hours play)

October 18 - Early Enlister Deluxe Edition (full game)

October 21 - Battlefield 1 official release

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Original 'E.T.' poster art sells for nearly $400,000

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 3:10 am

Audiences continue to hold a special place in their hearts for Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' and one super fan has shelled out a huge amount own a slice of its history.

 

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A piece of original artwork created by artist John Alvin which served as the iconic theatrical poster went up for auction yesterday and according to the Associated Press it was snapped up by an anonymous bidder for just under $400,000. Its previous owner was 'The Simpsons' writer and producer Bob Bendetson.

HTC teams with HP on $1499 for VR gaming PC bundle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 2:49 am

It was only last week during the Oculus Connect 3 conference that we were teased with a $499 gaming PC that would handle VR, thanks to changes Oculus are making to the PC requirements of the Rift.

 

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HTC has teamed with HP on a new VR gaming PC bundle, something that will include a PC good enough to power Vive games, and the HTC Vive itself. The HP Envy desktop rocks an Intel Core i5-6400, 8GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card - and when you take into consideration the $799 cost of the HTC Vive, the HP Envy gaming PC is costing just $900 on its own.

 

For the $900, you're also getting a copy of Windows 10 Home, as well as a DVD drive, keyboard, and mouse. There are two bonus VR games thrown in, with The Lab from Valve, and theBlu:Encounter. The VR bundle doesn't include a monitor, so you'll need a monitor or TV to get it setup and going.

iPhone 7 32GB has 8x slower storage than 128GB model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 1:19 am

Samsung is dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 issues, leading the South Korean electronics giant to halt production of its 5.5-inch phablet, and now Apple is going through some of its own issues.

 

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Apple's latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are reportedly experiencing storage-related issues, with the smaller 32GB models radically slower than their 128GB counterparts. The new iPhone 7 Plus 32GB is capable of writing at ~4MB/sec, while the larger 128GB model is capable of flying at ~30MB/sec, for comparisons sake - the iPhone 6S Plus 64GB pushes ~20MB/sec.

 

When it comes to read speeds, the iPhone 7 Plus 32GB model pushes ~7MB/sec, while the 128GB model is capable of ~9MB/sec and the older 6S Plus 64GB model is pushing around ~6MB/sec. Basemark's Pass Mark benchmark was used, transferring a 3.3GB file which took 52 seconds on the iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, the iPhone 7 128GB does it in a super-quick 17 seconds, and the older iPhone 6S Plus 64GB in 60 seconds.

 

PassMark Storage write speeds:

 

  • iPhone 6S Plus (64GB) - 200.6 Mbyte/s
  • iPhone 7 Plus (32GB) - 308 Mbyte/s
  • iPhone 7 (128GB) - 39.6 Mbyte/s

 

PassMark Storage read speeds:

 

  • iPhone 6S Plus (64GB) - 628 Mbyte/s
  • iPhone 7 Plus (32GB) - 691 Mbyte/s
  • iPhone 7 (128GB) - 926 Mbyte/s

 

Seconds taken to transfer 3.3GB:

 

  • iPhone 6S Plus (64GB) - 60 seconds
  • iPhone 7 Plus (32GB) - 52 minutes
  • iPhone 7 (128GB) - 17 seconds

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