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UPDATE: Webdush Securities analyst Michael Pachter claims that his quotes were severely misrepresented in the Daily Star interview, and has given the following statement to Tech Raptor to clarify:
"I am a PC gamer, I like PC gamers, and I merely referred to them as insular. I in no way intended to call them out as 'deplorables', and I think that the reporter overstepped the bounds of propriety in making it appear that I said such a thing with venom. In any case, I've given THOUSANDS of interviews without offending an entire group of people, and somehow this guy ended up with a "gotcha" moment. It's time to move on."
Original story is as follows.
In an effort to describe why PC gamers won't buy the new PlayStation 4 Pro console, Webdush Securities analyst Michael Pachter compares enthusiast PC gamers to racists and arrogant twits.
Michael Pachter is known for his controversial and brusque nature in the gaming sphere, but this time I think he's gone way too far. When asked if he thinks PC gamers would even think about buying Sony's new 4K-ready PS4 Pro console, Pachter said: "I think PC Gamers are like racists; they only like there own kind and they have no interest in venturing out and mixing with other races," Pachter told the Daily Star
"PC gamers are arrogant twits who are convinced what they do is better than what anybody else can possibly do," the analyst continued. Pachter apparently doesn't understand the PC Master Race satire and sees PC gamers as snobby elitists that flaunt their expensive video cards around in the faces of console gamers.
Battle.net, the name of Blizzard's online multiplayer service, is no longer called "Battle.net".
Blizzard has made the strange decision to re-name one of PC gaming's most iconic online services in a confusing bid to make things more easily understandable. The Activision-owned publisher won't be calling their online service "Battle.net" any more, and will instead refer to it as "Blizzard tech." At the time of writing, the Battle.net address is still up and the service is still called the same.
Why the company would choose to forgo decades of an instantly recognizable and iconic name still isn't clear to me, and I'm actually concerned about this move--ever since Blizzard moved from the awesome Battle.net servers that powered Diablo 2, Starcraft and Warcraft to the horrible lobby-less "Bnet 2.0" system, I understood how Activision's meddling would affect the future of Blizzard. Now more than ever it seems I was right on the money.
Patch notes for Star Wars Battlefront: Death Star are now available, with the expansion now live for season pass holders and will be avaliable to everyone on October 4.
This DLC expansion feature is fully packed with five additional Death Star-themed maps, a new Battle Station game mode, and character updates such as Chewbacca and Bossk.
Alongside of maps and characters, the Death Star expansion provides the exclusive upgrade of hero vehicles and armory. The TL-50 Heavy Repeater and the K-16 Bryar Pistol blasters, are amongst some of featured weapons. Whilst two new Star Cards, Luke Skywalker's famous Red Five and the TIE Advanced X1 are also new addtions to the pack.
NVIDIA's new GeForce 372.90 drivers have but one primary purpose: to optimize Forza Horizon 3 performance.
The game launches tomorrow for Ultimate Edition buyers and Tuesday, September 27 for everyone else; you can pre-load the large 49GB download now via the Microsoft Store.
Various fixes are also included in the driver release. Most significantly: flickering in The Old Republic is no more, and crashes after playing Rise of the Tomb Raider for long periods should be a thing of the past.
Grab the new download through GeForce Experience now.
CEO of The Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, has confirmed that they will be developing Pokémon games for the anticipated new, next-generation Nintendo NX console.
During an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Ishihara confirmed the information regarding Pokémon Nintendo NX games to be true, putting all rumors to rest. The affiliation between the two companies has allowed Nintendo to obtain the licensing agreement to Pokémon characters, adding to the evidence that NX will see Pokémon games in the future.
However, it's unclear at this point in time as to whether or not the Pokémon games will be brand new adventures, or simple upgrades from the previous original seen on older generation platforms.
Microsoft has just released a new Minecraft Favourites Xbox One S bundle pack. The game themed offer is available now from Microsoft's official Xbox website and comes with a 500GB Xbox One S console, alongside a digital copy of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and a wireless controller.
The bundle will set customers back $300, and will also include numerous DLC packs, character skins, updated maps and more! Those who purchase the Xbox One S console bundle will also be given a fee download code for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial membership.
North America can purchase the Favourites bundle now, whilst Europe will see release on October 11, and Australia and New Zealand on November 1.
UPDATE: Forza Horizon 3 can run with an uncapped frame rate beyond 60FPS on PC if you switch V-Sync off.
Forza Horizon 3 launches in the next few hours on the Xbox One and PC simultaneously and the PC version of the game is locked at 60FPS. There's no reason for a frame rate cap in games these days, and especially not from big developers like this with the backing of Microsoft Studios - you know, a subsidiary of Microsoft that made Windows and owns Xbox.
Microsoft has been for years attempting at winning back PC gamers, and with one of their biggest launches of the year in Forza Horizon 3, a brand exclusive to Microsoft's platforms: Xbox and PC, with an even bigger stake in the market with Windows not just being for gamers. Although, Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 onto gamers in a big way with lots of promises from a much more improved API in DirectX 12, but they're gimping nearly every single game in some way.
Forza Horizon 3 seems to have launched with some great graphical settings to play around with, but there's a 'frame rate' option with a limit of 60FPS. Sorry, but there's no reason for this - any frame rate cap is placed there, and is not forced by the game engine (unless they want it to), or by the API (DirectX 12) neither of which is happening. We have 144/165/180Hz monitors now, and with powerful graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 1080, we're more than capable of 60FPS - especially at 1080p and 1440p.
Ever since Pokemon GO was released, people have been injuring themselves by not looking where they're going - with people even dying while playing, and now someone in New York City was mugged while he was playing, and live streamed the entire thing.
RickeyBot was walking through Central Park in New York where he was attacked from behind, and his live stream you could hear Rickey pleading with the attacker, before the camera moves and we see the criminal run off with his device, which was still streaming.
While the mugger had the phone, people in Rickey's live chat were saying whether they should call the police, how to record the stream, and if anyone knows if the thief had been caught. The stream eventually goes dark, without us knowing the outcome of the mugger. Rickey himself is okay, taking some damage to his jaw - forcing him to drink through a straw for a few days.
2K Games is thankfully listening to PC gamers that the PC port of the recent BioShock remasters is a pile of crap, with the studio taking to the Steam forums detailing their plans for an upcoming patch.
The company is working on an FOV slider, improved mouse controls, support for 21:9 displays, and "general stability improvement to reduce instances of game crashes". The complete list is a little more detailed:
- General Mouse Fixes, including better Mouse Smoothing, Sensitivity and Acceleration Options in BioShock;
- Additional Speaker Mode Options in Audio Settings in BioShock;
- Improved FoV Slider Options in BioShock, BioShock 2 and Minerva's Den;
- Support for 21:9 display ratios in BioShock, BioShock 2 and Minerva's Den;
- General stability improvement to reduce instances of game crashes.
NVIDIA is giving away a free copy of Gears of War 4 with its higher-end GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs.
For a limited time, if you buy an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070, or a notebook rocking either GPU, you'll get a free PC copy of Gears of War 4. Microsoft has confirmed that Gears of War 4 supports a huge plethora of enthusiast-level features like 4K resolution, 21:9 aspect ratios, performance bumps with DirectX 12, unlocked frame rates, a massive helping of tweakable settings, FreeSync and G-Sync support, and more. In order to leverage the game's full potential and play Gears of War 4 in 4K, Microsoft recommends a GeForce GTX 1080. Sadly the GeForce GTX 1060 isn't included in the promotion.
Oddly enough, we have reports that a single GeForce GTX 1080 isn't enough to run Gears of War 4 in 4K at "Insane" graphics, but the GTX 1080 handled 1440p 60FPS just fine in the same Insane preset.