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'One Dance' - First song to a billion streams on Spotify

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 1:33 pm

Your music preference is your thing; there is no reason to debate the music taste. So, whether you like it or not - Drake made history with his song 'One Dance'.

 

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Billboard announced that Drake became the first artist to reach one billion plays on Spotify for a single track with his song 'One Dance'. The Canadian singer also dominated Apple Music's year-end charts.

 

The 'One Dance' track was released in April, and it became the most streamed song ever on Spotify.

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G.Skill reveals new RGB TridentZ DDR4 4266MHz RAM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 1:01 pm

G.Skill today announced that its high-end TridentZ DDR4 RAM modules will soon be infused with brilliant RGB chromatic hues, culminating in the "world's most revolutionary RGB lighting DDR4 memory kit."

 

 

G.Skill's new TridentZ RGB Series features a full-length RGB lightbar fastened to the module's heatspreader that fluxes and wanes in vibrant hues, adding stylish illumination and glows to any high-end rig. The TridentZ RGB modules have color profiles and lighting effects that can be customized and tailor-made to compliment specific builds via software.

 

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These colorful modules rock high-end frequencies of up to DDR4-4266MHz, and feature the same efficient and high-performance specs of the TridentZ lineup that's optimized for extreme overclocking: quality ICs, a customized 10-layer PCB, XMP 2.0 profiles for easy overclocking and BIOS setup. Specific modules and kits aren't known at this time, but we expect the RGB Series to match the current TridentZ DDR4 offerings.

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Surface Studio upgraded HDD, SSD - massive improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 10:10 am

Microsoft launched its all-in-one Surface Studio a little while ago, but left users a little sour after soldiering the RAM onto the board, but they did leave the HDD and SSD available to upgrades - something that Father Robert Ballecer did, with some great results.

 

 

In the video, the 64GB M.2 SSD was upgraded to a new Samsung EVO 850 series 250GB drive - providing a huge 400% increase in performance - while the smaller mechanical HDD was upgraded to a much bigger model. It's too bad that Microsoft don't allow for the RAM upgrades, because 8GB of RAM in a machine like that just isn't enough these days - especially considering the cost of the Surface Studio.

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NVIDIA's PC Gaming Revival Kit with SSD, GPU, PSU, game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 8:09 am

NVIDIA is wanting to get more people into the PC gaming space, with a tease of something it is calling the PC Gaming Revival Kit - and it includes a graphics card, SSD, PSU, and even a game.

 

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Inside, you'll get an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB graphics card, a 240GB SSD from Corsair, and a 450W semi-modular PSU - as well as a free copy of Gears of War 4. The only thing is, if you purchased all of these products and Gears of War 4 separately, it would be cheaper - NVIDIA is just making it much more convenient to buy the gear in one place, at one time, in a single box.

 

The upgrade box will cost 399 EUR, which converts to around $415.

 

NVIDIA's PC Gaming Revival Kit includes:

 

  • MSI GTX 1060 3GT OC - 229 EUR
  • Corsair Force Series LE 240 SSD - 77 EUR
  • Corsair CX450M - 51 EUR
  • Gears of War 4 (in Germany)- 45 EUR

 

VideoCardz only found the PC Gaming Revival Kit in Spanish-speaking countries, with no details just yet on whether it'll float on over to other countries. I'm sure it will, and I think we'll see something teased at CES 2017 in the first week of January.

WB Montreal cans Suicide Squad game, moves to Batman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 6:17 am

Suicide Squad was a mess of a movie, and I doubt it would've been any better in game form - so to read the news from Kotaku that Warner Bros. Montreal have canceled their long-rumored Suicide Squad game, shouldn't come as a surprise.

 

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Kotaku reports: "Executives at Warner Bros. decided to axe the Suicide Squad game earlier this month following a long period of turbulence at WB Montreal, according to three people familiar with the studio. The game, which would star DC Comics' eponymous band of anti-heroes, had been in development for at least two years. Hints of its existence had been floating around for just as long. I've heard it was a co-op game-and that it failed to impress Warner Bros. management during greenlight meetings-but not much else".

 

WB Montreal are now reportedly focused on their new Batman game that will be centered around Damian Wayne, and for those who don't know who that is, he is the son of Batman and Talia al Ghul - and as Wikipedia points out to me, that makes him the grandson of Batman villian Ra's al Ghul.

Battlefield 1 'They Shall Not Pass' DLC teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 4:52 am

DICE is now teasing Battlefield 1's first DLC package 'They Shall Not Pass' with a single teaser image - that you can see below.

 

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EA DICE will release the paid DLC for Battlefield 1 in March 2017, providing at least two new armies in the game - something that will include the French and Russian empire. If you've got Premium pass, then you'll receive two weeks early access to each pack. EA DICE explain:

 

Battlefield 1 Premium Pass members will be granted two-week early access to each pack, starting with Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass in March 2017 that will bring the French army into the battle in multiplayer.

 

Expand the theatre of all-out war with more frontlines in Battlefield 1 Premium Pass containing:

 

4 upcoming digital expansion packs, including:

 

  • Two-week early access to each expansion pack
  • Play as new armies including France in Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass, and the Russian Empire in an upcoming expansion pack
  • 16 new multiplayer maps
  • New Operations and game modes for more ways to play
  • New Elite classes
  • 20 new weapons

 

New vehicles

 

  • 14 Battlefield 1 Battlepacks containing stand-out weapon skins, delivered monthly from November 2016
  • 14 unique dog tags distributed over the course of the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass period

 

Check http://www.battlefield.com/games/battlefield-1/premium often for details and release dates for each expansion pack.

Resident Evil 7 supports 144Hz monitors, FOV adjustments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 3:32 am

Capcom has unleashed the Resident Evil 7 demo teaser "Beginning Hour" onto Steam, weighing in at just over 3GB - and I've played it. It's awesome, and you need to check it out. As for the PC requirements, here's what you'll need:

 

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MINIMUM:

 

  • OS: WINDOWS® 7,8,8.1,10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX™-6300 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 or AMD Radeon™ R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible (must support DirectX® 9.0c or higher)
  • Additional Notes: Hardware specification target 1080P/30FPS. *Internet connection required for game activation. The game is still undergoing development, so all PC requirements are subject to change.

 

RECOMMENDED:

 

  • OS: WINDOWS® 7,8,8.1,10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 3770 3.4GHz or AMD equivalent or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: TBA (4GB VRAM)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible (must support DirectX® 9.0c or higher)
  • Additional Notes: Hardware specification target 1080P/60FPS. *Internet connection required for game activation. The game is still undergoing development, so all PC requirements are subject to change.

 

I ran Resident Evil 7 on my Core i7-6700K (stock clocks), GIGABYTE Z170X-Designare, NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal), 16GB of DDR4-4000 RAM from G.Skill, and the Acer XB270HU monitor - 2560x1440 at 144Hz. It was silky smooth with everything cranked to maximum settings, with AA set to TAA only.

Resident Evil 7 'borderline photorealistic' on PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 1:20 am

Resident Evil 7 has enjoyed a mostly positive buzz throughout 2016, but now we have our hands-on the PC version of the game - at least in its demo form, with some more details on the game now released.

 

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Capcom is tweaking the game as you play, so that your experience is changed depending on how well you're playing Resident Evil 7. This was teased by Resident Evil executive producer Jun Takeuchi in an interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine UK, where he said: "Let's say you're playing a section and you die because you weren't able to react in time. Well, if you die a few times in that particular scene the game will adapt a little bit and bring the difficulty down a touch to give you the opportunity to proceed".

 

He continued: "But we want to make a game where people don't see dying as a negative thing because it's a horror game. It just isn't like a shooter where dying is a case of losing a life or losing your progress. In a game like this, the fact that something comes out and kills you outright is all part of the horror experience. We're trying to smooth the process of getting back into the game after dying, rather than limit any of the possibility of dying, because making the game too easy would also detract from the horror experience. Survival horror has to have a certain volume of player deaths to occur in order for the horror to be effective; you're scared of the idea that your character died, not of the mechanic of dying".

 

Better yet, are the graphics in Resident Evil 7 - with the company teasing it as one of the "most graphically impressive" games on the new PS4 Pro. The Official PlayStation Magazine UK has said that Resident Evil 7 has "borderline photo realistic throughout" and teases an "unprecedented reversal of fortunes" for the Resident Evil franchise. Excitement levels, increased.

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Dishonored 2's NewGame+ mode is absolutely crazy

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 19, 2016 11:53 pm

Arkane has rolled out Dishonored 2's free NewGame+ mode, and rather than just letting you replay the game as either Corvo or Emily, you get to play as both: well, kind of at least.

 

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If you're already beaten Dishonored 2, you'll want to give the game another whirl: trust us. Your NewGame+ playthrough will let you combine both Corvo and Emily's powers together to create some amazing customizable combos.

 

"Dishonored 2 offers the freedom of choice to play and improvise as you like. With this new mode, combine Empress Emily Kaldwin's abilities with Royal Protector Corvo Attano's signature powers to create any custom combo of multiple powers that you can imagine. Unlocked once you complete the game as either Emily or Corvo, New Game Plus lets you begin anew as either character with access to each hero's full suite of abilities plus all the Bonecharm Traits and Runes collected from your previous playthrough that you can re-assign to choose the powers you want," reads the official Bethesda announcement post.

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The 'Blade Runner' world returns in first sequel trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 19, 2016 11:34 pm

When 'Blade Runner' originally hit cinema screens in 1982, the ambitious sci-fi adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's novel sank under a wave of negative reviews and poor box office However, the intervening years have rehabilitated popular opinion such that its revered as the modern masterpiece that it is, culminating in the 2007 'Final Cut' which allowed Ridley Scott to fix some niggling issues. Now some 35 years later, the film is finally getting a sequel and after watching this first footage - we're pretty damn excited.

 

 

'Blade Runner 2049' sees Harrison Ford return as replicant hunter Rick Deckard, alongside Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright. While Ridley Scott won't behind the lens this time around, with 'Sicario', and 'Arrival' director Denis Villeneuve stepping in, he will serve as a producer. Those worried by the potential to screw-up one of the best films of the 20th century shouldn't be overly alarmed - the script written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green has been described by Ford as "the best thing he's ever read".

 

'Blade Runner 2049' will hit 2D, 3D and IMAX screens worldwide on October 6 2017.

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