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Pokemon CEO hints Nintendo NX is console handheld hybrid

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

Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara lends even more credence that Nintendo's mysterious new NX system will be a handheld console hybrid.




Pokemon exec Ishihara already confirmed that Pokemon games will be coming to the NX, and it's highly likely that the studio has access to a Nintendo NX devkit. While Ishihara doesn't outright reveal key details about the NX, he does lend even more affirmation that the NX will be a cross between a handheld and a console.


"The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a hand-held device. We will make games for the NX," Ishihara said in an interview with Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki.

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Project Scorpio devs can choose native 4K or 1080p 60FPS

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

Microsoft will give developers the freedom to choose how to leverage Project Scorpio's 6TFLOPs of "monster" GPU power, including enhancements for HDTVs like 1080p 60FPS, as well as u native 4K at 30FPS, 4K upscaled 60FPS--or all three.



A bit ago Microsoft confirmed that Project Scorpio will be capable of rendering games in native 4K, and its first-party games would all support native 3840 x 2160 resolution. Now Redmond has stepped in to say that native 4K won't be a requirement for all developers and games--just their first-party studios and titles--and that devs will have tons of options and choices on how to best utilize Project Scorpio's higher-end hardware.


"When we thought about what spec we wanted for Scorpio, we were very clear we wanted developers to take their Xbox One engines and render them in native, true 4K. That was why we picked the number, that's why we have the memory bandwidth we have, that's why we have the teraflops we have, because it's what we heard from game developers was required to achieve native 4K," said Xbox exec Albert Penello in an interview with Eurogamer.


"Now, similarly to what Sony said, that doesn't mean I'm going to require developers to do this. They're going to be able to decide to take that six teraflops of power and do what they think is best for their game. But I know that 4.2 teraflops is not enough to do true 4K. So, I feel like our product aspired a little bit higher, and we will have fewer asterisks around the 4K experiences we deliver on our box."

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Analyst: PC gamers are 'arrogant twits, like racists'

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

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.

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Blizzard retires naming scheme

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago, the name of Blizzard's online multiplayer service, is no longer called "".




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 "" any more, and will instead refer to it as "Blizzard tech." At the time of writing, the 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 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.

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Star Wars Battlefront expansion, patch notes available

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

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.

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GeForce 372.90 drivers are optimized for Forza Horizon 3

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

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.

Pokemon games coming to Nintendo's next-gen NX console

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

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.

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Microsoft release Minecraft Favourites Xbox One S bundle

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

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.

Forza Horizon 3 on PC has unlocked frame rate on PC

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

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.

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Pokemon GO player mugged during livestream in NYC

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

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.

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