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We are finally seeing PC games move into the 64-bit world after what has felt like forever, with Ubisoft's Watch Dogs requiring a 64-bit OS to function. The news comes from the studio unveiling the requirements of its upcoming super open-world game.
Watch Dogs will require a 64-bit OS, a DirectX 9.0c-capable GPU, and 20GB of spare HDD space. Recommended hardware includes a DX11-capable GPU with at least 1GB of VRAM, 4GB of system RAM, and a quad-core CPU. As for GPUs, it's suggested that you use an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770. If you want to run the 'recommended' level, you're going to require much more power.
Ubisoft recommends 2GB of VRAM, an 8-core processor and at least 8GB of system RAM. Watch Dogs is said to scale very well on multi-core processors, so if you're in the market for a new CPU, you might want to grab that 6- or 8-core processor. With the recommended level, the GPU requirements go up, but not too bad, up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 7850.
EA released a new Call of Duty Ghosts trailer today that showcases an entirely new gameplay mode called Ghost Squads. Squads is an all new set of modes that will be featured in the game, and will let players team up to battle with AI team mates or other CoD players. This is similar to how Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 work, except a single player can play with an entire squad of AI soldiers.
Humble Bundle has just launched another weekly sale, and as always, it offers donors a tremendous value while being able to support both the developer and charity. This week, nine titles from developer Nordic Games are being featured for a minimum donation of $6.
If $6 is too much, the Weekly Sale is offering Steam keys for Red Faction: Armageddon, Supreme Commander, Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance and The Guild 2 to those who pay just $1. A payment of $6 or more will land you the additional titles of ArcaniA, Darksiders II, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation and SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny. With the ability to adjust how much the charity, developer, and Humble Bundle receive, this is an amazing deal! I picked up my bundle as soon as it released and you should too!
I was a massive fan of the original Deus Ex, and I did enjoy Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and now I'm excited for the news of Deus Ex: Universe. It feels like it has come out of nowhere, really.
Edios Montreal's boss, David Anfossi, explains how the Deus Ex universe (heh) is going forward: "The concept behind Deus Ex: Universe is to create an ongoing, expanding and connected game world built across a generation of core games. It's a commitment on our part to deliver meaningful content that expands the franchise on a regular basis and to deliver a deep conspiracy that will span several connected Deus Ex games, creating a more immersive and richer experience than ever before. Deus Ex: Universe will include PC and console games, but also additional Deus Ex games and experiences available in other media such as tablets, smartphones, books, graphic novels, etc. I'm pleased to confirm that we are already into production of the starting point for Deus Ex: Universe with a new game for PC and next-generation consoles."
The image you see above is actually a piece of art from Universe, which depicts the results of "trans-humanism segregation" which will be a very big part of the game.
GTA Online has launched, but there are countless people complaining about it. There has been so much uproar it has forced Rockstar Games to apologize for the issues, saying it is working hard on resolving the problems.
Most people are receiving the issue "Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable" as well as some freezing during the first race in the game. The GTA developer has said it is working to fix "Failed to Host a GTA Online Session" error messages, and the occasional "Failed to star job" errors. Rockstar said in a statement: "We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this."
Recently, Valve's internal "User Picker" tool leaked to the public which apparently confirms the development of Half-Life 3. The User Picker tool was designed by Valve to track projects and assign personnel to projects easily, but was never designed for outside eyes to see. The tool basically list all employees who are working on a specific project and provides organizes listing of their name, user name, and internal email address.
Fans of the Half-Life series were able to use the program to discover the full list of Valve employees who have been assigned to Half-Life 3. 46 developers are currently working on the game, with 10 of them directly tied to the games core development. An internal tool like this does not simply leak from a very secretive company like Valve, and it leaves us wondering if the leak is real, or if Valve purposely let the program slip to ease some of the growing tension between fans and the company.
NVIDIA has partnered up with some of the biggest names in the custom PC business to launch a new 4K gaming initiative. Falcon Northwest, Digital Storm, Maingear, and Origin have all been brought on board to help better prepare gamers for the upcoming wave of 4K games that will be released in the near future.
NVIDIA says that each company will develop a line of PCs that will "be able to play the hottest games" this fall and into 2014 without any issues, at any resolution up to 4K Ultra-HD. The PCs will be known as NVIDIA "Battleboxes" and each will feature an Intel Haswell processor as well as dual or triple GeForce GTX 780's or GeForce Titans in SLI mode.
Pricing for the "Battleboxes" will begin at around $2300 for a basic level build, and from there the sky's the limit. With GTX Titans still retailing for $1000+, we can only imagine how expensive these systems could get. Being able to game on multiple monitors in 4K resolutions, and having a warranty back everything up makes it very worth it though.
Destiny was one of the most talked about games at E3 earlier this year, and the game has not lost any of its momentum as we begin moving into the holiday season. It will be one of the hottest games on the market when it launches in early 2014, and now its developer, Bungie, has given gamers a way to gain early access.
Today, Bungie began releasing a limited number of pre-orders to select retailers around the country. Those who pre-order the game will receive access to the games beta shortly before launch. All pre-orders will get early access regardless as to which system the game was purchased for, and redemption codes will be either printed at the time of purchase or emailed directly to the customer. Destiny will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Last week, most of the tech and gaming world expected two things to happen. First, we thought that the Steam Box would be unveiled, and it was for the most part. The other big announcement we expected from Valve was an unveiling of Half-Life 3, but unfortunately all we got was a Steam-based operating system and a funky but cool looking controller.
Today, a recent trademark filing was made public that all but confirms the existence of Half-Life 3. On September 29, Valve filled to trademark the name Half-Life 3 in Europe. While the filing of a trademark is nothing new, this could signify that Valve is gearing up for a mass marketing campaign for the third installment in the Half-Life series. Alternatively, this could be another prank by Gabe Newell to troll the Half-Life conspiracy theorists. I will leave it up to our readers to take it as they wish.
Our Tweakipedia test bed is getting a workout tonight, benching (and playing of course) Battlefield 4. As you can see from the screenshot below, our Core i7 4770K is being used at 61%, and ranges up to around 70-75% at times, depending on what is going on.
As for our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 SLI setup, it is pretty much maxing it out with around 90% average utilization per GPU at 2560x1440 on our ASUS PB278Q monitor. We're going to do some more testing on Battlefield 4, where we'll test out some results at 7860x1440, which should really stress this system out.
We should have a look at the Battlefield 4 performance in an article in the next day or so, so stay tuned, folks! Oh BTW, it's pretty awesome so far! It does feel more "consoley" in the game itself, but the menus and field of view, etc are all improved. You can crank it right up to 120 degrees, which is quite the surprise from DICE.