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Quantum Break is DX12 only, requires 8GB of RAM minimum

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 53 mins ago

While Xbox One fanboys have their knickers in a knot over Remedy Entertainment unveiling Quantum Break for the PC, instead of it being a timed exclusive fro the Xbox One, we're finding out more details on the PC version of Remedy's new cross-platform game.

 

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Quantum Break is a DX12-only game, requiring Windows 10. Not only that, but Remedy has requirements of 8GB of RAM, with the developer suggesting you have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti or an AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, as well as 16GB of RAM for their "Ultra" requirements. As for their recommended PC requirements, you'll need a GTX 970 or R9 390.

 

The minimum CPU required is an Intel Core i5-4460 or AMD FX-6300 while the recommended specs are the Core i7-4790 or the "AMD equivalent". You'll need 55GB of HDD space for Quantum Break on your PC, too.

 

Quantum Break will be released on April 5 for both the PC and Xbox One.

Rise of the Tomb Raider's new patch improves multi-GPU performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 48 mins ago

The latest patch for Rise of the Tomb Raider will be hitting Steam shortly, with v1.0.616.4 for the PC version of ROTTR including some multi-GPU fixes, and more.

 

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Here's the full changelog:

 

  • Fixed Map sometimes not showing or showing the wrong region.
  • Fixed ALT-TAB in combination with Exclusive Fullscreen occasionally hanging the game or entire system. (Steam Only)
  • Fixed graphics glitches on NPC clothing on NVIDIA 6×0 and 7×0 hardware.
  • Fixed rare crashes with a "DX11 Internal Heap" error.
  • Added separate mouse sensitivity control for X and Y axis, allowing users to equalize sensitivity.
  • Added option to reduce in-game camera shake, for users that prefer this.
  • Added audio-cue for finding secrets in the relic viewer.
  • Fixed game changing system screen saver settings for some users. (Steam Only)
  • Added additional error handling and messaging in case the GPU driver is crashing or unresponsive.
  • Various performance improvements for GPU-bound situations. CPU bound scenarios are not impacted.
  • A variety of other smaller optimizations, bug-fixes, and tweaks.

PSN Flash Sale has Valentine's day inspired deals

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 13 mins ago

Another holiday another round of deals to commemorate the day. The PlayStation Network is rife with savings up to 75% off on games for the PS3, PS4, PS Vita and even the aging PSP. All these deals are going on until the 15th at 11AM PT.

 

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The funny thing is that none of the games listed are necessarily titles that have anything to do with the loving holiday. It's an excuse to sell us things at lower prices, which isn't a bad thing if you've been wanting something and have been waiting for a sale like this one to get it. And the selection this weekend is massive with 216 titles to choose from.

 

Looking to enjoy the Battlefield series if you hadn't had the chance already? Battlefield is at the forefront on all platforms with 60% off. Magicka 2 is also there for $5.99 and you can find the classic Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition for the PS3 on sale for $8.99. Overall a good selection that warrants a look through to add something new to the collection, or to lovingly add to your partners collection, because that's what great significant others do, right?

Conan Exiles alpha screenshots show a brutal and desolate world

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 15 mins ago

Conan Exiles looks to be a desolate and demanding, one that requires a bit of mental fortitude in order to summon the strength and very essence of Conan himself. It's an open-world survival game that's as brutal as the story is beautiful.

 

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This isn't the first time that a Conan game has been attempted. The mythos and universe was the subject of Funcom's own Age of Conan, an MMORPG set in the same Hyborian Age as most other fictional works of Conan, that has more traditional RPG elements that we're used to. Conan Exiles takes that universe and adds a dynamic single-player storyline where you get to choose your narrative, and survival elements in a way that surely won't be typical of that sub-genre.

 

The key elements of the game are to survive, build and to dominate. Take the mindset of Conan himself, who saves you from your own destruction in the beginning cinematic, to tame the harsh mistress that is the barbaric wasteland. It's going to be a violent game, as the developer diary suggests, it'll require you to out-think your opponents with violence, being the most savage of the land. Precisely what Conan is about.

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Unsurprisingly, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in January

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 21 hours, 12 mins ago

The NPD, the organization that tracks retail sales throughout the United States, is reporting that the PlayStation 4 is off to vigorous start for 2016. January saw it outselling the Xbox One by a decent enough margin.

 

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The market research firm showed that while the sales were lower than the 5.7 million units they pushed out during the holiday months (November and December), Sony was still able to take the lead going into the new year with actual year-over-year growth.

 

"Thanks to our fans and partners for making PlayStation 4 the top-selling platform and software sales leader in January, according to NPD. PS4 also saw impressive year-over-year growth in both hardware and software sales. We appreciate the support and will continue to deliver on our promise to bring the best entertainment experiences to gamers," Sony said in a statement regarding their sales.

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Grand Theft Auto Online Valentine's day special, Adversary Mode

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 18 mins ago

Grand Theft Auto Online is celebrating the Hallmark holiday this weekend by adding in a new Adversary Mode called Death do us Part.

 

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The new mode pits four couples on the "ultimate date" they say. But the catch is that each couple only has one life to live between the both of them. That means that if one person dies, the other person in the pair commits the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love, in true Romeo and Juliet style.

 

To show how much you love the other person, there're five new locations that are the epitome of romanticism in Grand Theft Auto. This mode might just last beyond Valentine's day as well, though they do plan on having a few bonuses and other cool things happening over this weekend to make it worth your while.

Final Fantasy 14 patch 3.2 begins the Gears of Change

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 13 mins ago

Final Fantasy 14 isn't nearly at the end of the road, as some might have thought with the introduction of Heavesward. Despite that particular story coming to its inevitable end, the game is getting more new content than you can shake a stick at.

 

 

The story was never over, not completely. This magical world has a lot of life left to breath into it. The Holy See is on the brink of war, once again, as peace finally washes over the land. Inevitable someone isn't quite happy with the the motives behind that peace and they wish to stand up against that change.

 

The main story is accompanied by even more side quests that delve deeper into Hildibrand Helidor Maximilian Manderville, a sort of Sherlock Holmes it would seem. Yours is to investigate the case of a missing man, and much more. There are also new beast side quests should you be interested. Aside from that, they're adding in a new raid dungeon that looks incredibly challenging. Certainly not for the lower levels here. And of course the obligatory solo, or group, PvE dungeons. New areas that should test your mettle.

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Battlefield Hardline: Betrayal brings a sword to a gun fight, and more

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

Battlefield: Hardline might not be the most popular of the bunch, but that isn't stopping EA from vehemently supporting it with as much new content as possible to entice the dwindling crowd. Visceral Games is introducing a their Betrayal DLC, the last scheduled DLC which is coming out just next month.

 

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The new update has four new maps that should add some much needed variety. The most significant is the almost perfectly modeled rendition of Alcatraz, giving you a desperate close-quarters fight where you'll likely not escape. To help you fight there'll be seven new weapons and two new vehicles. Though I doubt you'll be driving around in Alcatraz with any of them.

 

And just in case a knife or baton wasn't quite enough of a melee weapon for you, you'll now be able to wield a mighty sword to slay your enemies. Or be cut down to pieces as you scream your war cry trying to rush someone. I can imagine the sword fights breaking out now though. No more calling for "knives only", but instead having an all out duel.

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For Honor not meant for the mass market, more of a 'core' game

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

The CFO of Ubisoft, Alain Martinez, doesn't think that For Honor, their upcoming sword-fighting game, is going to be a huge profit maker for them. Instead it's been described as a "core" game, something that's important but will attract far less gamers than something like Assassin's Creed, the next Far Cry or even The Division.

 

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During the earnings earnings call this week, the comment was made in response to a question that an analyst asked regarding what they estimated the games success would be. Martinez said simply that "For Honor is more of a core game, less mass market." Thus they don't expect to ship many units when it releases.

 

The reasoning could be due to the type of game that it is, a hack and slash with more technical underpinnings. It won't necessarily appeal to a larger audience despite the new IP and potential for new avenues of gameplay that can be introduced to other games in the future. In other words, the difficulty might be somewhat off-putting.

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Bungie confirms Destiny 2 for 2017, 'large expansion' coming in 2016

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Bungie has finally shed some light on secret-filled future, revealing a tentative roadmap for the game's sequel and expansion, giving Guardians a much-needed boost of hope for the ailing franchise.

 

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In a recent blog post, Bungie exec DeeJ confirmed in his clipped, no-frills tone that a Destiny sequel is planned to release in 2017. For 2016, Bungie will unleash a large expansion (possibly The Taken King-sized) later this year.

 

"The team is focused on delivering a large expansion later this year, and a full Destiny sequel in 2017," DeeJ wrote. Bungie's update echoes Activision's latest earnings call, which broke the news beforehand: "Activision Publishing, along with its partners at Bungie, expects to bring a large new expansion to Destiny in 2016 and to release a full game sequel in 2017," investors report.

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