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Chrome extension integrates YouTube gameplay videos into Steam site

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 10:02 pm

A handy new extension is now available for Chrome users known to browse Steam from time to time. It's called Fair Steam and it saves you the trouble of looking up gameplay videos from YouTubers by integrating their videos directly into the Steam website. The videos available on a given game page are determined by an algorithm that prizes gameplay-heavy, personality-light videos, so you just get the meat. As of now, there are 13491 videos in the database, with more added daily.



A few notes: more features are planned for Fair Steam, though they are not known yet. For now, the focus is on gameplay videos; if you're in the minority and don't use Chrome, Firefox and Opera versions are coming soon; for those that use Enhanced Steam extension, Fair Steam is compatible with it.


To download it, head this way.

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PlayStation VR priced at $399, launches in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 9:43 pm

GDC 2016 - Sony has announced the pricing of the PlayStation VR after all this time, with PlayStation VR launching in October for $399.




Comparatively, the Oculus Rift costs $599 while the HTC Vive costs $799. Now, with the PS4 priced at only $349 - this means playing VR with Sony hardware will only cost $750. Not too bad at all, Sony. Now, what about the hardware inside of the PlayStation VR?


We're looking at a 5.7-inch OLED display with 960x1080 per eye at 90-120Hz. It has around 100-degree field of view, less than 18ms of latency, and works with the DualShock 4 and PS Move controllers. PlayStation VR has 360-degree head tracking thanks to its nine LEDs, too.

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Razer's newest OSVR headset helps get rid of that screen-door effect

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 9:02 pm

Razer just unveiled their newest iteration of their Hacker Development Kit as part of the Open Source Virtual Reality program. And there are quite a few subtle but great improvements to help kick one of the most complained about problems in VR.




For HDK 1.4 they've put a diffusion film over the existing optics that's supposed to help reduce the screen-door effect considerably. That's the one aspect that a majority of people have complained about. It hurts immersion and just generally looks bad altogether.


Razer has also cooked in native support for CryEngine by partnering with Crytek. That means that the SDK is a part of the latest version of CryEngine, so any VR game made in the game engine can potentially easily support the OSVR HMD. All the tools they'll need to communicate with it are all there. This is a step in the right direction and a similar one to what AMD is doing by partnering with Crytek as well. AMD is also an OSVR supporter as well.

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ASUS holds event in Sydney showing off how cool water cooling can be

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 8:21 pm

Water cooling can be a pretty fun process, but also somewhat scary if you don't quite know what you're doing. And that's why ASUS partnered with INWIN, Bitspower, Kingston (HyperX), NVIDIA, Intel and Cooler Master during the ASUS Australia 2016 PC water cooling event in Sydney, Australia at the University of Sydney this past weekend to give Australian retailers and Sydney-based PC enthusiasts all the info they need to be water cooling professionals. We prepared a video from the event, embedded below.



The whole event had a great turnout, with a lot of different examples of water cooled PC's, from the more extreme, modded variety all the way to the other end of the spectrum with modest examples of what can be done with proper water cooling parts.


It was all about showing off the different ways in which it can be used and how efficient it can be, and how complicated it is not. Really, the scariest part is wondering if the tubes you connected were done so with a proper seal. But other than that, water cooling, as this event showed, is a splendid idea for everyone. And now a variety of retailers all have the knowledge and power to help just about anyone plan their build, no matter how complex it might be.

Battlecursed takes roguelike ARPGs to a whole different level

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 8:01 pm

Battlecursed is an upcoming roguelike action RPG where you're in control of a four person party with real-time, first-person perspective battles.



It's like the usual RPG's you've probably played (think Elder Scrolls) but on crack. That is, every dungeon you enter is procedural generated, with not only a different layout, but different loot, traps and enemies lurking around. It'll take some swift thinking and calculated strategies to manage the whole party and successfully navigate the dangerous dungeons below.


Initial hero classes that you'll be able to play as include the Huntress, Cleric, Grave Knight and Necromancer. The shrewd Huntress stealthily takes down opponents using her agility to dodge attacks and dexterity to strike with fatal precision. The Necromancer taps into undead sorcery, binding all manner of evil creatures to carry out the party's bidding. The Grave Knight plows through enemies with his superior strength and surprises many with his deadly frost spells. The Cleric, empowered with divine magic, will serve as the primary healer and protector of the party.

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Warcraft 3 gets an update to smash some old bugs and much more

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 7:05 pm

Blizzard is on a role lately, taking care to make sure that even their older games get the love that they deserve as well. Warcraft 3 follows in Diablo 2's footsteps with a new update coming up this week.



It's been nearly 14 years since the game was released, and it still remains a popular game, and genre. World of Warcraft doesn't quite replace the majesty that was the RTS. Patch 1.27 is coming on March 15th and will include a few new features. One of the biggest, and most welcome, changes is the addition of actual matchmaking, and another confirmed feature is that of improved in-game communication. They're playing a bit coy with the actual details outside of that, however.


Robert Bridenbecker, the lead person for Blizzard Classic Games, made a YouTube video that announced the new update. What we can gather is that aside from what's explicitly said, balance tweaks and massive bug fixes to make it more compatible with modern operating systems. In the Back2Warcraft video, Bridenbecker had a lot of great things to say.

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Basemark announces VRScore, a new VR benchmark built with Crytek

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 7:00 pm

With VR taking center stage at the Game Developers Conference, Basemark stands on top of the VR podium with its latest release: VRScore.



VRScore is a benchmark for VR, something that Basemark built with Crytek over the last 9 months. VRScore is a professional benchmark for virtual reality headsets, with VRScore built on a real-world game engine and content, and it even includes an entertainment mode.


We will have our hands-on VRScore as soon as humanly possible, and will put it through its paces and give you a rundown - so stay tuned!

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Razer announces its new Blade gaming notebook, starts at $1999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 6:20 pm

GDC 2016 - Razer has just announced its new Blade gaming notebook, with an injection of specifications and a better price point. The new Blade sports the new sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, alongside the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 6GB of VRAM.




Storage wise the new Blade has a PCIe-based SSD which will ensure you can be pushing the speed limit when it comes to transferring data on the Blade. The new Blade has 16GB of DDR4 RAM in quad-channel, and a beautiful 14-inch IGZO-based 3200x1800 QHD+ display. The screen and its internals are found in a CNC-milled aircraft grade aluminum chassis which looks quite stunning.


The new Razer Blade has individually backlit RGB keys, making it the second laptop in the world after the Razer Blade Stealth Ultrabook. Razer is also keeping the price on the Blade nice and tight, with the previous Blade with the QHD+ display starting at $2399 while the new Blade starting at $1999.

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AMD's GPU roadmap teases Vega for 2017 and Navi for 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 5:05 pm

GDC 2016 - AMD is beginning to show its hand when it comes to its GPU roadmap, with the company unveiling its GPU architecture roadmap at its Capsaicin event at GDC 2016.




We now know that AMD will be pushing out its next-gen Polaris architecture later this year, but now we know that Vega and Navi will be coming out in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The only details we know on Vega is that it will feature HBM2, while Navi notes "scalability" and "nexgen memory" - I hope AMD meant "next-gen memory", there.


In an interview with Ryan Shrout from PC Perspective, RTG boss Raja Koduri hinted that Polaris might be using HBM1 instead of HBM2, and this new GPU roadmap makes that seem like an actual possibility. Considering AMD make a specific mention that Vega uses HBM2, it makes sense that Polaris could be more of a mid-range part, versus an enthusiast part. But I personally sat down with AMD's Roy Taylor, and asked him just that - will we see an enthusiast Polaris part, to which he said we should wait until later in the year.

I AM SETSUNA goes back to Square Enix's JRPG roots

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 5:02 pm

Square Enix started life as the architect of the JRPG, a genre that has grown immensely since they released the first Final Fantasy in 1987. And they're going back to those roots with I AM SETSUNA, the premier game from one of their new studio, Tokyo RPG Factory.




What that means is that they're going to take the impactful, deep storytelling aspect of the typical JRPG, mixing in complex and near endless character development with a modern graphics engine the new immersive tools at the disposal of developers. This is going back to the roots of what RPG's began as, and remaking that into something more. They're saying that the battle system is inspired by Chrono Trigger, which has one of the most refined of such systems.


No information on the release date just yet, but if they want tor bring back the authentic JRPG gameplay and dig deep into their archives for I AM SETSUNA, then who are we to complain? It has some beautiful art design and they promise to give us a sorrowful and impactful story. Stay tuned for more information on this one. A masterpiece in the making. Potentially.

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