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There are a few companies out there that make racing wheels for game consoles and PCs. Some of them are very expensive and others are affordable. Thrustmaster has announced a new racing wheel for the Xbox One that falls into the affordable category.
The new racing wheel is called the Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel and it is an officially licensed product from Ferrari. The racing wheel has a red rubberized grip and dual paddle shifters for changing gears.
The racing wheel is a nine-button device that includes a view and menu button. The engine start button is actually a d-pad. The racing wheel comes with a pedal set with adjustable travel and linear feedback. The wheel itself has a diameter of 11-inches.
Titanfall will soon be updated, where we will see the first-person shooter include the ability to be played at 4K. Not only that, but Titanfall will finally support multi-GPU setups with NVIDIA GeForce GPUs.
NVIDIA's Manager of Developer Content and Technology, Ashu Rege, said: "Respawn will also release updates to support high-definition 4K display, and our SLI multi-GPU technology, for a fantastic high-end PC experience." Respawn and NVIDIA are also working together to see NVIDIA's GameWorks technologies built into the mech shooter.
This will see Titanfall include PhysX for clothing and destruction simulation, and VisualFX for hair, fire and liquid simulation. Not only that, but we'll also see Temporal anti-aliasing (TXAA), which will reduce screen flickering, and Horizon Based Ambient Occlusion+ (HBAO+) which will provide Titanfall with "more lifelike shadows."
Gamers that have spent some time with Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO will be glad to hear that a new free to play expansion is coming soon. This expansion brings a new social feature for the game that allows players to design their own strongholds.
The stronghold is really just an apartment or dwelling for the player to invite their friends to for hangouts and chats. You can choose your own custom decorations and place them where you want in the stronghold.
As you fix up your stronghold, you will earn Prestige Score points and the chance to compete against other players in the Stronghold Directory. The update also brings with it Guild Flagships that can't participate in battles, but can be meeting places. Strongholds can be acquired in the game by earning credits or with Cartel Coins in the Cartel market.
GDC 2014 - Epic Games announced that it is now offering its Unreal Engine 4 on a subscription-based model, which will open the graphics engine up to many more developers, but now Crytek has entered the same market - announcing the "Engine-as-a-Service" (EaaS) program.
This will allow developers to use CryEngine and its associated development tools for a flat monthly fee. This all kicks off in May, starting with the first tier of $9.90 per month, which gives developers access to the engine, without a royalty fee attached to sold games. There's not much more known on this at the moment, but Crytek will unveil more details on the service in the coming we eks.
GDC 2014 - It looks like AMD's Mantle API is gaining some traction, with the chipmaker announcing a new deal with Crytek, the developer behind CryEngine, and the popular Crysis games, Forbes reports.
The news is coming directly from Matt Skynner, who is the Corporate VP and GM of AMD's Graphics Business Unit, who said the company has had productive couple of months. We've seen the chipmaker team up with Roberts Space Industries - the developer behind the upcoming Star Citizen, which is built on CryEngine, as well as the very popular Battlefield 4, which runs on Frostbite 3 from EA and DICE.
With over 35 studios working with CryEngine and over 50 games powered by the engine, this is quite the coup for AMD. This new announcement of a partnership between AMD and Crytek is an interesting one, as it seems AMD's API is picking up some steam. We still have to see how DirectX 12 fares, and then we have SteamOS and Steam Machines coming out later in the year.
GDC 2014 - Massive Entertainment, the developer behind The Division, has shown off a new trailer for the game's engine, Snowdrop, which you can check out below.
It looks absolutely beautiful, one of the first games that truly looks next-gen. The team talks about how versatile Snowdrop is, and how great it is to develop with. The video shows off some bits where you can see it is quite like connecting Lego together, in terms of ease. The last time we saw The Division we thought it looked great, but this video is a big step up on that.
Remember, the team has said that The Division won't just be a port on the PC, but it will "stand out" on PC. Hopefully Massive keep to its word, and we don't see the game being scaled down in terms of graphics and features when it gets closer to release.
According to a GameSpot article and Polygon's sources, EA has just landed the deal for the sequel to Titanfall 2 from Respawn Entertainment. Polygon's sources have said that Titanfall 2 will this time around, not be exclusive to Microsoft platforms.
Titanfall, which was only released a couple of weeks ago, was exclusive to Microsoft platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. An EA representative told Polygon that it wouldn't talk about the rumor, saying: "We do not comment on rumor or speculation. Right now all our focus is on supporting all the fans worldwide enjoying Titanfall."
Rewinding back to October, Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella tweeted that his company would eventually make games for the PS4, implying that Titanfall's exclusivity to Microsoft platforms was limited to just the first Titanfall. Hopefully we see this materialize into Respawn making Titanfall 2 for the PS4.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing was one of those games that gained massive popularity not only for its epic gameplay, but for its pricing point as well. When the game first released, NeoCore Games priced it at just $15 which was unheard of for a game of its caliber, and the company has done it again with the games sequel.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is based on the same RPG game play type as the first, but features more character classes, multiplayer modes, and an overall more complex story line. With more than 250 unique weapon models, and over 1000 item types to collect, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is a no brainer purchase at just $15 on Steam. I played through the closed beta some today and the game is quite fun and I lost track of time and spent about an hour in-game.
DICE has just released the official trailer for Battlefield 4's upcoming Naval Strike Expansion, and WOW was it worth the wait. Naval Strike brings in four new maps, a new game mode, and a new vehicle plus a treasure trove of new weapons, assignments, and achievements to Battlefield 4. Perhaps the biggest addition is the new Carrier Assault game mode which is reminiscent of the old Titan Mode found in Battlefield 2142.
The trailer above illustrates the new maps well, and we can even see that some ancient cannons are able to be fired from some of the map's fortresses. Only in battlefield are you able to take down a modern fighter jet with a historic cannon! Naval Strike is expected to drop next week for Battlefield 4 Premium subscribers, and two weeks later, arrive to the rest of Battlefield 4 players.
Valve's highly anticipated documentary, Free to Play, launched this morning to great fanfare. The documentary follows three aspiring professional gamers as they prepare to play for the first $1 million prize ever awarded in a video game tournament. The game of choice is Dota 2, one of the most popular online games in the world with over 7 million active monthly players. We went into detail about Free to Play earlier this year, and you can find that article here.
Valve says that more than 600,000 viewers pre-loaded the documentary last night in anticipation of the launch, and that public viewing parties were organized all over the world, including the Crest Theater in Los Angeles, California. You can find Free to Play on Steam, Twitch, YouTube, and iTunes for free beginning today. I haven't had the chance to watch the documentary yet, but it will be queued up before I head to bed tonight.