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Steam handles 60,000 refund requests PER DAY

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 4:39 am

We all know that Steam is the digital distribution elephant in the room, but just how many game requests does Valve need to deal with each day? That would be over 60,000 - quite the number of refunds per day.




Last month Steam was dealing with just over 50,000 refund requests per day, but we're now looking at 60K per month. The latest stats show peaks of over 100,000 refunds a day, with just 9-12% of them not being addressed immediately. The average response time for a refund is 48.75 minutes to 1.45 hours... not bad at all, Valve.

Shenmue 3 delayed until second half of 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 3:32 am

I'm sure that most of us expected it, but Shenmue 3 has been delayed, with developer Ys Net revealing the news - as they weren't at E3 2017 in person.




In an update to the official Kickstarter page for Shenmue 3, Project Director Yu Suzuki explained: "I know you are all eagerly anticipating the release of Shenmue III, however, we unfortunately must delay its release. We are moving ahead with a plan to release the game in the second half of 2018. Details will be revealed in the backer report later this month".


With more time, Shenmue 3 will hopefully utilize new APIs and technologies between now and 2H 2018, but it's still disappointing to see it delayed. Sigh.

Gears of War 4's latest patch is freakin' 29GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 2:30 am

The Coalition is going patch crazy with Gears of War 4, releasing yet another gigantic patch that will test the strength of your internet connection and download cap - with the latest patch weighing in at a hefty 29GB.



Gears of War 4's latest update is called Rise of the Horde, which includes new skills for each class, new difficulty modes, two new maps, and enables Crossplay in Ranked Play between Windows and Xbox gamers. The developer has teased that there will be a new trial of Gears of War 4 made available between June 9-15, something that will let you play through the entire first Act of the campaign, as well as a tease of the Horde and Versus modes.


The developer has baked in some delicious multi-GPU improvements in the new Gears of War 4 patch, removed an exploit that let players kill friendly team mates in Horde, updates to all zombie characters to use standard character dialogue, and a slew of other fixes and improvements... something I'd expect for a huge 29GB patch.

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Manli reveals its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gallardo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 12:48 am

Manli has officially announced its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gallardo with RGB lights, and for those who are sitting back thinking "what the hell does Gallardo mean?" it represents "elegant" and "bravery" in Italian.





The company has used some slick golden and soldier elements for the packaging, something that'll catch your eye on retailer shelves and online. But we're all here for the cooling and performance, right? Manli has provided two overclocking setups: stock clocks at 4% higher than normal @ 1544/1657MHz, while the super overclocking version hits 7% higher than the GTX 1080 Ti FE @ 1594/1708MHz.


There's no pricing or ETA on Manli's upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gallardo, but we'll keep you updated as it breaks.

DiRT 4 goes live on Steam, plus 22% off discount

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 12:25 am

Codemasters DiRT 4 was suppose to go live on June 9th for PC - a few days behind Tuesday's PS4 and Xbox One console launch. So much for the slight delay as the game has gone live as of writing, which is a few hours ahead of schedule. At the exact same time, you can still pick up the game at GMG where you'll not only get the pre-order bonus but also a 22% off discount. Both of this offer may be gone later this week when we pass the official release date on Friday June 9.




PC is the lowest price you're going to find on DiRT 4, but surprisingly, Amazon has the console versions on sale as well. The Steam copy is 22% off with a drop to $46.79 while the Xbox One and PS4 copies are around $49 - or ~19% off which is about what you normally get if you're a Prime member (special 20% discount for select pre-order games).



The PC discount at GMG is actually a "VIP price" that will require you to jump through a fairly minor hoop. Just login or create an account at the retailer to get the best 22% off price. You'll need to make an account at any other retailer you purchase from online, so you might as well go through the trouble and get the best price online for Codemasters' latest.


The discounts on Amazon are a curious thing, and actually started off lower this week with the PS4 version running at only about $40. Since then prices on the PS4 and Xbox One copies have risen to their current ~$49 levels and will likely continue to rise through the weekend due to Amazon's price robot. It's safe to say they'll be around for only a a limited time. If you're a DiRT series fan and you're planning to play on Day One, we suspect these are the best deals available for all platforms in the near future.

OnePlus reveals the first official OnePlus 5 photo

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 11:32 pm

As the launch date approaches, OnePlus has decided to reveal and confirm yet another feature of its upcoming flagship.


As rumored, the phone will come with a dual rear camera setup. The company already announced that they are working with DxO to enhance the photography experience on their upcoming flagship.




The photo, revealed by the company, shows that the dual camera is positioned horizontally on the upper left corner of the phone with the LED flash next to them.

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EA will reveal at least two new games at E3 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 10:16 pm

E3 2017 - Electronic Arts today confirmed it will show off eight games at E3, along with "more surprises" during its special EA Play event.




EA is set to reveal at least two major new games at its EA Play showcase, on Saturday, June 10 at 12PM PST / 3PM EST, the publisher has said. The company published a roadmap of games that it will show off during the event that consists of six games, but promises to show "an exclusive look at eight games," meaning we should see at least two titles unveiled at the event.


Electronic Arts developers are currently working on a number of unannounced games, including major releases such as BioWare's new IP (codenamed Dylan), and a multiple series of titles based on Star Wars. Both Visceral Games and Respawn Entertainment are developing action-based Star Wars games, and BioWare's new IP is a massive online-based action game that may rival Activision's Destiny series.

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The Note8 won't feature under-glass fingerprint sensor?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 9:18 pm

When Samsung revealed the Galaxy S8 and S8+, one of the biggest downsides of the phone was the position of the fingerprint sensor, placed right next to the camera on the back of the phone.


We know that Samsung has planned to embed the fingerprint sensor under the glass on the front of the device, but due to certain problems, they had to give up on the idea.




It was expected that the company would resolve the problem and embed the biometric fingerprint reader under the phone's display on the upcoming Galaxy Note8.

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OnePlus reveals the OnePlus 5 launch date

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 8:21 pm

The OnePlus 5 is one of the most anticipated devices this year, and the company has confirmed its launch for the summer.




We've heard some rumors about the possible launch date, but they didn't prove to be correct. The company has now announced the official date - June 20th.


Following the main announcement in China, the company will organize a number of smaller events around the globe, where they will show its latest device.

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Project Scorpio now has 9GB GDDR5 RAM for games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 8, 2017 7:40 pm

Microsoft's high-end 4K-ready Project Scorpio console is ready to be unveiled in less than a week, and the Xbox division is busily optimizing the hardware and fully unlocking its potential. Microsoft has now confirmed that developers now have access to 9GB of Project Scorpio's total 12GB GDDR5 RAM, adding an extra GB to use for games.




Xbox & Windows gaming platform Vice President Mike Ybarra today confirmed that Project Scorpio will lend 75% of its total 12GB of GDDR5 RAM to developers, up 1GB from the previous 8GB DDR5 RAM allocation. Microsoft was able to make this jump days before the console's release, and developers now have a closer parity between Project Scorpio's powerful devkit, which features 24GB of GDDR5 RAM, and the retail unit.



Microsoft's Project Scorpio console will indeed hit native 4K resolution in-game, with full 4K textures with games that feature them. It'll be up to developers to add in 4K textures, and developers have full discretion on how to utilize the hardware. Project Scorpio features a highly customized 16nm FinFET SoC with an onboard AMD Polaris GPU with 40 Compute Units at 1172MHz and 6TFLOPs of compute performance, and an 8-core Jaguar Evolved CPU at 2.73GHz.

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