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Google reportedly planning monthly subscription service for YouTube

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 4:27 am

According to an e-mail sent out to Google partners today, the Mountain View-based search giant will soon be offering a monthly subscription service to YouTube, which would offer an ad-free experience.




The e-mail says: "Your fans want choices. Not only do they want to watch what they want, whenever they want, anywhere, and on any device they choose, they want YouTube features built specifically with their needs in mind. Over the past several months, we've taken bold new steps to bring these experiences to life. Since inviting hundreds of thousands of fans into our YouTube Music Key Beta, we've seen tremendous engagement. And we've seen an equally enthusiastic response for our new YouTube Kids app, designed to give families a simpler and safer video-viewing experience- it's already crossed 2 million installations in less than one month.


We're excited to build on this momentum by taking another big step in favor of choice: offering fans an ads-free version of YouTube for a monthly fee. By creating a new paid offering, we'll generate a new source of revenue that will supplement your fast growing advertising revenue".


We should expect YouTube to unveil its monthly subscription service before the end of the year, with a sure to be competitive price.

Frostbite Technical Director wants DX12 and Windows 10 for next-gen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 3:49 am

The Technical Director on Frostbite, EA and DICE's incredible engine that powers Battlefield and Dragon's Age: Inquisition to name a few games, has taken to Twitter to tease the next-gen Frostbite engine.




Johan Andersson has said that he wants to see the minimum specification for Frostbite-powered games in 2016 to be Windows 10, DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0. He said that this would "a bit aggressive" but we would see "major benefits". He said in a reply to EVGA's Product Manager, Jacob Freeman, "get rid of the Windows legacy and reap the benefits of a modern graphics API & memory management (WDDM 2.0)".


With Microsoft offering some users an upgrade to Windows 10 for free, next-gen gaming is going to be in for a big surprise on PC. But, the big question is: will EA see the install base significant enough to make DX12 and thus, Windows 10, the minimum spec for games? I would say definitely not, but we could see things shift as we move into 2016 with DX12, Windows 10, the big push into VR, and so much more.


Andersson himself notes a big push into DX12 and Windows 10 as a minimum requirement is very "aggressive", but you know what? That's what we need right now: an aggressive push into something new. If the next iteration of Frostbite is a revolutionary leap in graphics, physics, and animation, it could very well be just the thing EA needs to solidify itself into the PC gaming space.

Visceral Games boss leaves the studio after nearly 15 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 3:29 am

Visceral Games has only just launched Battlefield Hardline after quite the headline-grabbing development of the game, with the studio's Vice President and General Manager, Steve Papoutsis, leaving the company.




Papoutsis had been with EA for nearly 15 years, working on a bunch of huge games like the Battlefield series and Dead Space. He then took over on Battlefield Hardline, but an EA spokesperson has confirmed that he is no longer with the company. EA added: "we are thankful for Steve's many contributions to EA and wish him the best".


Scott Probst, who has been a Producer with EA, and is the son of EA's Chairman, Larry Probst, is now the new boss of Visceral Games. An EA spokesperson told Polygon: "The Visceral team continues to be focused on new game content for Battlefield Hardline including expansion packs, as well as new development projects".

Russian government blamed for hacking White House in cyberattack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 2:52 am

The Russian government is being blamed for hacking into a computer system used by the White House, and the hackers were able to view classified information. It's possible the cyber intrusion, with alleged ties to the US State Department breach, was in retaliation for sanctions against Russia.




However, White House officials didn't specifically single out Russia for launching the cyberattack - but there is an active investigation by the Secret Service, FBI and US intelligence agencies. "In this case, as we made clear at the time, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity," said Mark Stroh, National Security Council spokesman. "As has been our position, we are not going to comment on [this] article's attribution to specific actors."


Not surprisingly, the Kremlin has issued a statement saying Russia is a constant scapegoat for organized cyberattacks: "In regard to CNN's sources, I don't know who their sources are," said Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a statement published by RT. "We know that blaming everything on Russia has already turned into some sort of sport."

ZOTAC unveils its Broadwell-powered ZBOX mini-PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 2:13 am

ZOTAC has just unveiled its latest ZBOX mini-PCs which feature Intel's latest Broadwell processors, with two new models in the ZBOX MI522 nano and the ZBOX MI542 nano.




The new ZOTAC MI522 nano features a Broadwell-based Core i3 processor, making it an easy upgrade path for those who are looking for desktop class performance in a small footprint. The MI542 nano bumps the Broadwell goodness up to the Core i5, with both of the new ZBOX mini-PCs being dual-core parts.




Both of the new ZBOX mini-PCs have HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 out with DisplayPort enabling 4K at 60Hz output. We have dual gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi for network connectivity. Both of the new ZBOX mini-PCs also come with two DIMMs providing dual-channel memory support. Both of the new Broadwell-powered ZBOX mini-PCs include 4GB of memory and 500GB of storage out of the box.

'Gremlins' reboot moving forward at Warner Bros

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 1:40 am

There's some classic Hollywood films that are just so beloved and so iconic, that they should under no circumstances be remade. Titles like 'Back to the Future', 'Alien', Robocop', 'Lawrence of Arabia'... and 'Gremlins'. Still, that isn't stopping Warner Bros from attempting to reboot the 1984 Joe Dante puppet rampage - because money.




According to Deadline Hollywood, the studio has tasked screenwriter Carl Ellsworth with taking a stab at the script, which the studio had previously tasked to writer Seth Grahame-Smith, which apparently didn't pass muster.


The original 'Gremlins' was a subversive smash hit for the studio, grossing $153 million worldwide on an meager $11 million budget and led to the even crazier, fourth wall smashing 'Gremlins 2: The Next Batch' six years later.

Grand Theft Auto V on PC comes in a 7-disc box set, takes up 65GB HDD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 1:27 am

We only just reported on the graphical customization options that the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V will have, but what about the retail version of the game? The retail version of GTA V will reportedly be enjoyed by PC gamers in a 7-disc DVD box set.




Someone has posted an image on Reddit with the 7-disc DVD set, with the full installation of Grand Theft Auto V taking up a huge 65GB of HDD space. GTA V launches on the PC on April 14, so we don't have much longer to wait thankfully.

'Rockstar Games' movie to dramatise 'GTA' legal battle

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 12:55 am

The highly publicised 2003 legal wrangling between activist lawyer Jack Thompson and Rockstar Games over 'Grand Theft Auto III' which saw Thompson seek damages of nearly $250 million in damages from Take-Two Interactive, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Wal-Mart is about to be dramatised in an upcoming feature movie for BBC films.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, British director Owen Harris is targeting 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe to portray Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser in the feature which is due to start filming later this month.


The long running legal battle ultimately saw the eccentric lawyer disbarred in 2008, but not before receiving massive attention for the case and his other targets including rap music and even criticised the PlayStation Dual Shock controller for giving players a "pleasurable buzz". Gamers never did work out what he was actually doing with it.

IMAX and Disney sign multi-year release contract

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 12:32 am

Dedicated cinemagoers who live near an IMAX cinema know the massive screen and superb sound system is the ultimate way to see blockbuster film releases, and now the Walt Disney company company has signed an agreement with the company which extends a partnership which began in 2000 with the release of the first IMAX processed theatrical film - 'Fantasia 2000', for another three years.




According to ComingSoon, Disney and IMAX have agreed to a contract extension out to 2017 from Disney's stable of studios including Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. Titles due out over this time include eagerly awaited films such as 'Star Wars: Rogue One' and 'Star Wars: Episode VIII', 'Ant-Man', 'Captain America: Civil War', 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2', 'Toy Story 4' and the currently filming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'.

GTA V on the PC has plenty of customization options for graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 11:43 pm

Grand Theft Auto V launches on the PC in just a few days time, but PC Gamer has received an early look at the title on the machine we've all been waiting for it on: the PC.




The graphic customization seems nice and detailed, where you can see the amount of VRAM required as you adjust your settings. Under that, the resolution scales up to 4K (and hopefully beyond, as we'll be testing in a few days) with the aspect ratio, refresh rate and output monitor all adjustable.




As you can see from the image above, you can adjust the population density, population variety and distance scaling. Under that we have our usual graphics settings: texture/shader/shadow and reflection quality, reflection MSAA can be tweaked, water/particles/grass quality can all be tweaked, and then we have soft shadows and post FX. There are also plenty of AA options, with FXX, MSAA and NVIDIA's TXAA that can be toggled and played with.




One of the surprising options is that you have raw mouse input, which will have PC gamers thanking the Rockstar Gods.

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