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Over the last year or so, we have heard companies like NVIDIA and Valve both brag about how local game streaming is the future of home PC gaming, but very few of us has had the chance to experience it first hand. That is about to change though as Valve has just announced that it has opened up its Steam in-home game streaming beta to the public.
In-home game streaming works by linking up two PCs on the same home network, and using the Steam Client to stream the game from one PC to another. While this may sound novel to some, it is actually quite cool. This would allow a steam user to play a game on their big screen TV without having to lug their gaming PC into the family room. Valve says that users wishing to try out the feature need to pay close attention to the recommended hardware for things to work properly.
From today onwards, those who now purchase selected NVIDIA GTX desktop video cards can now get a copy of Watch Dogs. The video cards that qualify for this game are NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN, 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760, 690, 680, 670, 660 Ti and 660 desktop GPUs.
The promotion has started from today onwards, and will be available for a limited time through retailers like Amazon and NewEgg. Once you receive the code, you can redeem it via Ubisoft's Uplay digital store. However, you can only start playing the game on May 27th.
Its not really surprising to see Watch Dogs being bundled with newer video cards. Watch Dogs is optimized keeping NVIDIA in mind as it includes certain enhancements such as TXAA and HBAO+, similar to what was found in games such as Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
Valve is planning to release an arcade game in Japan with one of its hit game Left 4 Dead. Taito's network NESiCA.net made an official announcement that its project that was previously known as 'Project Z' is 'Left 4 Dead: Survivors'.
The arcade maker previously released a promotional video with the name 'Project Z'.
Not much details were given, but the game will be released in 2014. As of now, it seems that Valve has licensed the game only to release the arcade version only for Japan.
Sony has announced something very cool for gamers that still play the several MMO games that Sony Online Entertainment offers. A new subscription called the all access subscription has launched that will get you access to every online MMO game SOE has for $14.99 monthly.
In fact, if you already have a subscription for EverQuest II or any other video game, you will be upgraded to the all access subscription automatically. If you buy a subscription in 3, 6, or 12-month increments you can get an even lower price.
Back in February PopCap announced that the third person shooter Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare was available on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 Game console. That game now has an official launch date for the PC. PopCap says that Garden Warfare will roll onto the PC platform as a digital download from Origin on June 24.
It will also be available on that day from retailers around the country. Players will get to play as a plant of a zombie and the game has a number of multiplayer modes. 12v12 competitive multiplayer combat is supported with Gardens & Graveyards and Team Vanquish modes.
It's no secret that many of us here at TweakTown are Battlefield 4 fanatics, and its not out of the ordinary to find at least one TweakTown staffer playing Battlefield 4 at anytime during the day. Being such big Battlefield 4 fans, we naturally keep an eye open for cool fan-made videos of Battlefield 4 game-play, and what we found this morning takes the cake for both awesomeness and uniqueness.
Battlefield 4: Through My Eyes, is a new series by YouTubers, The Two Scotsmen, that takes players into the heat of battle like never before. This morning The Two Scotsmen released the first trailer for the series, and epic does not begin to describe how cool this new series is going to be. The trailer depicts a more movie-like series that is made entirely from within Battlefield 4, but it feels like a high-end Hollywood production. With Battlefield Friends not producing any new episodes, this new series is going to quickly become the hottest Battlefield 4 series on the internet!
A listing in a Chilean retail website pointed out that Bioware is re-issuing Mass Effect trilogy for the next gaming consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox one.
The pricing or the release date for the trilogy isn't listed, but it shows the game's case. This is confirmed by a Bioware via Twitter recently as well. As a response for the next-generation upgrade, the representative said,"We have discussed that internally. If we can put solid plans together we'll share."
The Mass Effect trilogy for PS3 and Xbox 360 contained all the DLCs and made the first Mass Effect for PS3 console for the first time. It shouldn't be surprising to see the same for the next generation consoles.
Cloud Imperium Games' Star Citizen continues to pull in serious amounts of money, which has now just surpassed $43 million in funding. This new milestone has just unlocked Omni Role Combat Armor for each backer.
This means that every person that backed the project up until this point will receive the set of marine combat armor, which will show up in their accounts. The ORC armor is better quality than the stock Army Ground Forces standard-issue infantry body armor, but isn't as protective as the Marines' proprietary Nail-armor, or the SpecOp variants.
According to the latest report by DFC, its now known that the PC games market generates more revenue in comparison with console games counterpart worldwide.
DFC Intelligence's David Cole revealed this finding to PCR during an interview. He also added that PC gaming's dominance will still continue. He said,"On a global basis PC games have surpassed console games but the new console systems means consoles should show an increase."
He continued,"Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience."
Microsoft has outlined some of its online programming efforts for the Xbox One, and will include a wide variety of content: reality shows, documentaries, videogame-based shows, and scripted dramas for Xbox viewers. Even with its $5-per-month Xbox Live subscription, industry analysts believe it will be difficult to try and compete with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other more-established competitors in an increasingly crowded market.
"What we're interested in is giving subscribers a reason to stay on our platform," noted Nancy Tellem, Xbox Entertainment Studios President. "We're really focused on the fans of the Xbox, the millennials... many of whom are not subscribing to cable, and use a console as their entertainment device."
Both Microsoft and Sony hope to see their consoles turn into something more than just a game console - they want users powering up the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 for Web browsing, using Netflix, and watching other online content.