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$299 Xbox One S bundled with free copy of Halo 5, launches Aug 23

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 47 mins ago

Microsoft is offering a particularly attractive Halo-themed Xbox One S bundle for $299, and Redmond also reveals when the 500GB and 1TB Xbox One S models will launch.

 

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Although I've questioned Microsoft's coercive tactics regarding the Xbox One S' staggered launch, I have to give the company props for its new Halo bundle. The Halo Collection Xbox One S bundle comes with download keys for Halo 5 and Halo Master Chief Collection, and is priced at $299 for the 500GB model and $349 for the 1TB variant. The 500GB and 1TB Xbox One S models will launch August 23. Sadly it looks like the 1TB bundle has "very limited quantities" and can only be purchased at Microsoft's brick-and-mortar stores or the Microsoft Store website.

 

Microsoft also has a 1TB Xbox One S bundled with Madden NFL 17 for $349 for sports fans out there. The Madden bundle only comes in 1TB options so you won't enjoy the lower admission cost, but you do get some extra goodies like seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs, a free month of EA Access, and a voucher for 20% off your next NFL order.

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Burnout creators begin work on new driving game with VR support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 24 mins ago

Burnout was one of the best racing franchises before it was hollowed out in the end, but now ex-Criterion co-founder Alex Ward has confirmed that "work has begun" on a new racing game.

 

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Ward along with Criterion co-founder Fiona Sperry left the company back in 2014 and created Three Fields Entertainment. Three Fields Entertainment has since made Dangerous Golf, but the new racing game looks like it could be a spiritual successor to Burnout 3.

 

During an interview with Develop Online, Ward said that the new racing game will have support for both the PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift. Ward said to Develop Online: "Our second project will be a racing game. A spiritual successor to one of the Burnout series for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. We aim to support PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift".

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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance games now on PC, overpriced, poorly ported

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 16 mins ago

Developer Raven Software's excellent Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and its less well-received but still respectable sequel are finally available on PC (via Steam) as of this week. Unfortunately, the games have not been done justice: each is priced at $40 (about double what publisher Activision normally charges for games even younger than these), don't include DLC, and they suffer from serious port issues.

 

 

User reviews (currently at 'Mostly Negative' based on 51 reviews) consistently cite control issues (no key rebinding, unresponsive controls, and bad controller support, to name a few), and poor audio. As well, it's been pointed out that 1080p resolutions are not supported, at least for 1440p monitors: resolutions above and below 1080p are, but not 1080p itself. Whether 1080p is supported on 1080p monitors or not is unclear, but either way, this is a concerning matter.

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Nintendo NX might be transforming hybrid handheld, not a console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 39 mins ago

According to insider sources, Nintendo's new NX console is a dedicated mobile handheld that features an interesting transforming hybrid design.

 

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Eurogamer has recently corroborated a lot of my past speculation on the NX, with an added twist: the NX may apparently be a mobile tablet-like gaming handheld like we thought, but it could have detachable controllers and no dedicated "console" nexus. The outlet reports that the NX is transformable: the side "controllers" detach from the tablet screen into halves that can combine into a full controller. The screen can then be placed in a stationary position allowing gamers a mini console-like experience.

 

Per the reports, it looks like the NX won't have a dedicated "hub" base like the Wii U. This suggests that the NX hardware is entirely mobile-based, and that all of the internal components are housed within the portable tablet-like handheld. If you want to play the NX on your HDTV, you'll have to slot the tablet-like handheld into a docking station, not unlike a 2-in-1's keyboard/charging station. So when its docked the NX is theoretically a "console," but it's also not.

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Free Xbox LIVE games for August leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

The free August Games With Gold titles have been revealed ahead of schedule, and they're not actually pretty good this time around.

 

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Thankfully it looks like the days of Pool Nation HD repeats are gone forever: August's GwG lineup includes some rather decent titles on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. On the "all-in-one console" we have Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, one of the best Musou games on the market, and WWE 2K16, a semi-competent wrestler that seems to be a big improvement over the broken WWE 2K15.

 

On Xbox 360 the offerings are lighter fare for GwG August. Sadly we won't be seeing any AAA titles this time around, with the free games limited to XBLA games like Spelunky and Beyond Good & Evil HD. Don't get me wrong, both of these games are pretty good on their own right, but it's not necessarily what Xbox 360 users are used to. Then again a good portion of the Xbox 360's library has already been given away for free.

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Grand Theft Auto V's new mod pushes close to photo-realistic graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 20 hours ago

The latest mod for Grand Theft Auto V is here from modder 'Razed', with his latest NaturalVision mod that has some really impressive photo-realistic graphics for the game.

 

 

Razed says that the mod was made from utilizing ReShade and ENB, while mixing in the VisualV mod that makes Grand Theft Auto V better than it's ever looked before. You'll need VisualV to use NaturalVision, which you can download right here, while NaturalVision is available here.

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Sega making Mega Drive Mini console with 80 games, plays cartridges

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

In a bid to counter Nintendo's NES Mini, Sega is planning to release its own official Mega Drive/Genesis Mini console that one ups its rival.

 

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Sega knows the NES Mini is quite restricted, so its decided to release its own fully-functioning miniaturized Megadrive/Gensis system that not only rocks 80 built-in games from Sega's best-of library (30 more than the NES Mini) but also plays original NTSC and PAL game cartridges. That's a pretty huge advantage--as we know the NES Mini doesn't play NES cartridges and isn't a fully-functioning console. Plus it's listed at $49.99 which is a full $10 cheaper than the NES Mini. But it does have its shortcomings and we'll come to those later.

 

A listing for the Megadrive Mini was spotted on a UK retailer Smyths for £49.99 and a release in October. Remember that the Megadrive is the UK/Europe version of the Genesis. The weird thing is the Genesis Mini is already being sold in the UK and in the US so perhaps the console listed at Smyths is a re-release?

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No Man's Sky on PC might release three days later than PS4 version

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days ago

According to the official No Man's Sky website, the eagerly anticipated procedurally-generated space sim will release three days late on PC. Is it a simple mix up, or has No Man's Sky been pushed back a little bit farther for PC players?

 

 

No Man's Sky's about page clearly tells us that the PC version will launch "worldwide on August 12," which is a full three days after the PS4 flavor which launches on August 9. Interestingly enough Steam's marketplace still lists the PC version for August 9, and anyone who's pre-ordered the No Man's Sky Collector's Edition received confirmation of a August 9 PC launch.

 

"No Man's Sky Explorer's Edition Update on the Explorer's Edition Coming Soon! (PC codes will be sent at least 24 hours before launch of Aug 9)," reads an email blast sent to collector's edition orders. Honestly it looks like Hello Games might've mixed up the release date on the about page, especially when we have two clear instances telling us the PC version indeed releases on August 9.

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See Star Citizen's current biggest flyable ship in 4K

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

The current largest flyable ship in Star Citizen is the Starfarer, a standard fuel transporter vessel, and is the feature of the video below by level lead Matthew Trevelyan Johns. Presented in glorious 4K, it represents yet another way to appreciate the superb technical achievement Star Citizen is, as well as the game's ship design.

 

 

If the Starfarer looks big to you, it's nothing compared to the Bengal Carrier, a monster of a ship that appears to be roughly 100 times bigger in this chart. Of course, due it's massive size, it'll likely be awhile before the Bengal is playable.

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Gears of War 4 has unlocked frame rate on PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

With Gears of War 4, Microsoft's first-party studio The Coalition has made an effort to fix the Windows Store's awkward PC gaming support, enabling features like unlocked frame rates, tighter GPU implementation, ultra-wide support, 4K textures, and more.

 

 

"Our focus on PC is to deliver a highly optimized, customizable experience first and foremost," The Coalition's technical director Mike Rayner told Eurogamer. "Support for v-sync tearing has recently come to UWP and we will be able to offer proper unlocked frame-rate support that gamers expect on day one. With Unreal Engine 4 and our own custom modifications, we can take much better advantage of multiple CPU cores, alleviating the game from being CPU-bound and allowing more room for the GPU to shine with enhanced visual quality or higher framerates. Single-player will not be locked to 30fps on PC."

 

Rayner also says that Gears of War 4 on PC will have 4K resolution textures and sports 28 different tweakable settings that affect in-game graphics and performance, each with its own explicit explanation of how it affects the GPU/CPU and VRAM to optimized gameplay. So the game should play nicely with video cards across the entire spectrum like enthusiast-grade video cards like NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080, AMD's mid-grade Radeon RX 480, or older Maxwell-based GTX 970s.

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