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Oculus Rift headsets will now work on lower-end PCs

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 2:40 pm

It's known throughout the gaming world that Virtual Reality is hot and popular with users everywhere, but high tech products are required to make it work. Oculus have been working on a new project called 'Asynchronous Spacewarp.'




The Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW) technology has been designed to help lower the threshold for the Rift's compatibility. The ASW will perform on platforms at 45 frames per second, instead of previous requirements of running games at 90 frames per second.


With this technology available, its means that no longer will a powerful GPU be required to keep the framerate up. Overall customers will save money by not having to purchase the most expensive products to run VR.

Nintendo Switch to get full HD Pokemon Sun and Moon port

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 12:17 pm

Nintendo's new Switch console-and-handheld will reportedly get its own version of Pokemon Sun and Moon, unnamed sources at Nintendo have told Eurogamer.




Eurogamer reports that the Switch Pokemon game is codenamed "Pokemon Stars," and is in actively development for a release in 2017. The Switch's port is expected to have enhanced features that aren't found on the 3DS, including enhanced 1080p HD visuals while docked for console play and 720p gaming when the Switch is taken on the go.


If this is true, it somewhat contradicts assurances from Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima that the Switch wouldn't cannibalize the 3DS. Considering the Nintendo Switch has a 6.2-inch 720p display with 10-point capacitive touch, along with a beefy new Pascal-grade Tegra processor from NVIDIA, I'd expect its Sun & Moon port to have specific features and in-game performance not available on the 3DS. This disparity between content may actually create a rift between consumers, so Nintendo has to handle this quite carefully.

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System Shock remake has been delayed until 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 11:25 am

Night Dive Studios needs more time with its remake of System Shock, announcing that it has delayed System Shock until Q2 2018.




System Shock will still be hitting the PC, Mac, Linux and current-gen consoles (and I'm sure Xbox Scorpio as well, which will be out in the second half of 2017). The developer said it has officially started Vertical Slice, and that it will be showing something off soon.


I'm disappointed with the delay, but if it means we get a more complete, and polished experience - then so be it. For those who pledged on Kickstarter, not so much.

EA: Frostbite will power games across multiple devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 9:20 am

EA is talking about the future of gaming, bringing up 8K gaming, VR gaming, and how Frostbite is going to power it all. During an interview with The Verge, EA boss Andrew Wilson said that the company is preparing for a future where games will be played across many different devices.




Wilson said: "What we're trying to do is prepare the company for a world where truly there are more devices capable of playing games, and players are refreshing them more often and likely refreshing them asynchronously. You might refresh your mobile device at a different time than I do. You might buy the 8K, I might stick with a 4K. You might go down the Oculus VR route, I might go down the PSVR route. What I've got to do as a creator is try and keep you together with your friends inside experiences that you love, and the only way we can do that is at a core engine level".


He continued, saying that the single engine that is Frostbite "will scale up graphics on a bigger device and scale them down on a smaller device, so that we can build once and publish to many devices". Wilson added: "It's a world where we're no longer having to make a decision like, "Do we build for the Xbox or the PlayStation or both?" There's literally 30 or 40 or 50 different devices, and we have to be able to build for all devices that are meaningful for players".

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Amazon 2016 Black Friday sales include some HUGE deals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 7:29 am

Amazon has kicked off its massive Black Friday sales, claiming that it will have the lowest price on TVs from Samsung, LG, and Sony during their Black Friday promotions.




The big sales will kick off during Turkey 5, which starts on Thanksgiving, and runs through to Cyber Monday. Amazon has announced it started its Black Friday sales earlier this year, and will also extend them far beyond the Thanksgiving weekend - running the Amazon Black Friday 2016 promotions until December 22. Amazon is offering "new deals as often as every five minutes", and some of those deals are awesome.


If you have an Amazon Prime membership (which costs $99 for 12 months), then you'll get early access to Lightning Deals. As for the deals Amazon is running, check out some of these products:


  • 32-inch 720p LED TV for $69.99
  • Blue Yeti USB Microphone for $89.99 (originally $129.99)
  • 55-inch LG 4K Smart TV for $398
  • Amazon Echo for $139.99 (originally $179.99)
  • Fire tablet for $33.33 (originally $49.99)
  • 60% Off Inateck 4-port USB 3.0 Hub, Super Speed Data Transfer (Lightning Deal)
  • $150 off a Delonghi Super Automatic Coffee Machine
  • Fire HD 8 for $59.99 (originally $89.99)
  • Kindle for $49.99 (originally $79.99)
  • Kindle Paperwhite for $99.99 (originally $119.99)
  • Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid for $99.99 (originally $129.99)
  • Kindle Voyage for $169.99 (originally $199.99)
  • Amazon Fire TV for $74.99 (originally $99.99)
  • Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote for $29.99 (originally $39.99)
  • Samsung SmartThings Hub for $49.99 (originally $99.99)
  • Nest Thermostat 3rd Generation for $199 (originally $249)

Apple rumored to bring iPhone manufacturing to the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 6:09 am

Apple could bring back the manufacturing of its iPhone to the US, a big deal for the country - and according to unnamed sources of Nikkei, Apple asked both of its manufacturing partners in Pegatron and Foxconn on ways of bringing iPhone production back to the USA.




Nikkei's sources said: "Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S. Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns". Another source said that Foxconn boss Terry Gou "had been less enthusiastic due to an inevitable rise in production costs", adding: "Making iPhones in the U.S. means the cost will more than double".


Where did this all come from? Well, considering President-elect Trump has placed Apple front and center during his rallies about hoarding cash overseas and throwing all of its manufacturing out of the United States, he pledged he would make the tech giants manufacture their products in the US - which will significantly boost employment numbers. In January, Trump said: "We're going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries".

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AMD RSCE 16.11.4 drivers released, fix issues, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 4:40 am

AMD has released their new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.4 drivers, a new set of drivers that add support for Civilization VI, and fix some problems with graphical corruption on the R9 Fury graphics cards in Titanfall 2. Grab them here.




Here's a full list of what the RSCE 16.11.4 includes and fixes:


Support For:


  • Sid Meier's Civilization® VI


Fixed Issues


  • 264 content playback may experience playback issues on internet browsers with hardware acceleration when also running gaming applications or content.
  • Radeon R9 Fury Series products may experience minor graphical corruption in Titanfall™2 when inside a titan.


Known Issues


  • A few game titles may fail to launch, experience performance issues or crash if the third party application "Raptr" has its game overlay enabled. A workaround is to disable the overlay if this is experienced.
  • DOOM™ may experience a crash when launched using the Vulkan™ API on some Graphics Core Next products.
  • DOTA™2 may experience a crash when launched using the Vulkan™ API on some Graphics Core Next products.
  • Flickering may be experience while playing Overwatch™ in the main menu or viewing character models using AMD CrossFire mode.
  • FIFA 17™ may experience an application hang or black screen on launch for some select Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress mobile configurations.
  • 264 content may experience blocky corruption when streaming using P2P content players on some Radeon RX 400 series graphics products.

Remedy teases next-gen Max Payne game, or are we fooled?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 3:05 am

Remedy: I'm going to be very clear here... don't play with my feelings, okay? News has broken that Remedy teased a video on Twitter about a game announcement, and it looks like it could be a new Max Payne game.



Firstly, Rockstar own the IP rights to Max Payne, but Remedy have said that they're working on "a brand new Remedy game with a new partner", and that partner isn't Microsoft - who worked with Remedy on the mess that was Quantum Break. It won't be a sequel to Max Payne, but a totally new game - which I'm hoping is a reboot of Max Payne (with VR support, please).


Considering Sam Lake was the face of Max Payne, and that it sounds like the elevator music from Max Payne is playing towards the end, I'm leaning towards a Max Payne reboot. Except, I'm trying not to get too excited.

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Expedition 50 members launch on a two-day trip to ISS

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 2:35 am

Expedition 50 launched today on a two-day trip to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.




The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Peggy Whitson of NASA, Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), is scheduled to dock with the Space Station's Rassvet module on Saturday, November 19th.


The crew will be welcomed by astronaut Shane Kimbrough and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, who arrived at the Station a month ago.

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Dishonored 2 patch is showing 'encouraging results'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 1:41 am

It looks like the upcoming patch to Dishonored 2 will fix the performance-related issues, where a GeForce GTX 1070 is required to barely hit 40-60FPS at 1080p on VERY LOW details. Yeah, I know. The developer has said that the crappy performance is totally on them, which is refreshing to see so early on.




Dishonored 2 Game Director Harvey Smith has said that he is distressed with the performance of the PC version of the game, but PC Gamer is reporting that they've got their hands-on a beta version of the upcoming patch for Dishonored 2, and that the technical issues will be sorted out very soon.


PC Gamer writes: "However, when Dishonored 2 is running smoothly, it is excellent. In the eyes of everyone on our team that's played it, it's one of the best games of the year. Knowing that a patch is imminent, and having now tested a beta version of that patch ourselves with encouraging results, we're uncomfortable with scoring Dishonored 2 as it currently exists in the knowledge that these technical issues are likely to be resolved shortly".

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