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Switch handheld battery lasts over 3 hours playing Zelda

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2017 4:15 am

YouTubers and press have gotten their hands-on early Nintendo Switch consoles, and now the million dollar question has been answered: the Switch can play Zelda: Breath of the Wild on-the-gomore than three hours on a full charge.




Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch's battery can last anywhere from 2.5 to six hours on a full charge while in handheld or tabletop mode depending on the game and mode. The Switch's internal 4310mAh battery takes 3 hours to fully recharge, and Nintendo estimated that the Switch would last about 3 hours while playing demanding games like Breath of the Wild.


It turns out that Nintendo's estimates were spot-on. YouTuber Arekkz conducted a quick Switch handheld battery life test and concluded that we can play Breath of the Wild for approximately 3 hours, 2 minutes and 52 seconds with a full charge. This is almost three minutes longer than Nintendo's battery life estimates.

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Shadow of Mordor sequel leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 6:01 pm

Update: Target has now deleted the listings, but we spotted a possible August 22 release date for Middle-earth Shadow of War before they were taken down.


Retailer Target has just leaked Shadow of Modor's sequel, Shadow of War.




WB Interactive's successful Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor is getting a direct sequel called Shadow of War on Xbox One and PS4, and the game will come in two variants: the default and Gold Editions.


"Experience an epic open-world brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal Orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth. In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, nothing will be forgotten.," reads the leaked retailer listing.

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PlayStation VR sells 915,000 units since launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 5:21 pm

Sony's gamble into the realm of virtual reality has paid off in dividends: the PlayStation VR headset is a bona-fide success, with sales exceeding 900,000 units sold in the past fourth months.




Although Sony's PlayStation VR platform lacks the raw power of a desktop PC and has somewhat lukewarm, simplified games, it does have one massive advantage: accessibility. The PlayStation VR is powered by Sony's best-selling PS4 juggernaut, which has an install base of over 50 million units.


Just how much of a hot ticket item is the PS4-powered headset? Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House has revealed that consumers bought 915,000 PlayStation VRs since the headset launched on October 13 of last year. Based on this tremendous momentum, sales will likely exceed Sony's original target of 1 million PSVR sales in six months.

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SpeedTree 8 to be shown at GDC 2017 on Amazon Lumberyard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 7:06 am

After two years in development, SpeedTree 8 is nearly ready, featuring graphical and intuitive time saving features - and will make its grand debut during GDC 2017 next week.




The debut of SpeedTree 8 will happen with Amazon's CryEngine-based Lumberyard graphics engine, making its way to Lumberyard in Q2 2017 - but there will be support for other graphics engines in the near future. IDV, the team behind SpeedTree 8, has released some new screenshots to tease us before the big reveal next week.




Michael Sechrest, co-founder of Interactive Data Visualization (IDV) explains: "Amazon Lumberyard is an outstanding showcase for the new surface-scanned materials and modeling features that SpeedTree 8 brings to the table. Our new physically based rendering material workflow, wind algorithms and overall modeling enhancements all shine in the engine. Lumberyard will be the first to experience the most powerful version of SpeedTree yet".


What does SpeedTree 8 do? Let's see:


  • Seamless integration with Amazon Lumberyard
  • Full PBR material workflow and rendering
  • All new 3D surface-scanned 8K PBR texture library
  • New techniques for low-poly branch structure modeling and mesh editing
  • Automatic vertex color painting for Lumberyard wind with in-modeler preview
  • One-draw-call models with tiling textures, wind, and LOD
  • New art director tools and more intuitive workflow

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Project CARS 2 latest screenshots look amazing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 11:20 pm

Project CARS was one of the best looking games of all time, but the sequel is shaping up beautifully so far, with the unofficial FB fan page for the game sharing 11 new screenshots of the game.




There will be over 170 cars, and 60+ tracks featured in Project CARS 2 as well as the fan requested Online Championships game mode, and additional racing disciplines - something that will include ice, dirt, snow, and mud racing.




Expect Project CARS 2 in the second half of this year... but until then, enjoy these new screenshots.

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Genesis Alpha One is the 80s sci-fi game I always wanted

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 1:12 pm

I love it when video games leave a distinct impression and make you think. Team 17's new unique sci-fi game Genesis Alpha One looks like the 80s sci-fi game I've always wanted, and I'm genuinely intrigued.



Indie dev Radiation Blue's new game Genesis Alpha One has ignited my imagination. Aesthetically, it looks like it'd be at home in the Alien franchise, and I see shades of 80's style sci-fi from the greats like John Berkey, Kubrick and Ralph McQuarrie. There's a synthetic sterility to it all that really invokes this true feeling of cold, heartless androids or genetically-modified nonhuman clones. Its space without the celestial wonder: the dark, deadly and foreboding space, the space where no one can hear your scream. The space that's our future and our damnation all-in-one.


In this short trailer and the accompanying screenshots I get a very real sense that we'll essentially be playing a sci-fi novel. To extend that feeling Genesis Alpha One shifts gears quite a bit--like the genetically modified clones onboard the ship, the game is a cross-bred hybrid: one parts FPS, one parts base-building, one part survival and one part roguelike all wrapped into one. If this wasn't enough, the game will have randomly-generated galaxies and systems to explore, all teeming with hostile aliens.



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Mass Effect: Andromeda on PC is Origin exclusive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 9:00 am

Mass Effect: Andromeda's PC port will deliver the ultimate experience in many ways: uncapped frame rates, proper 4K gaming, 21:9 ultrawide support on day one, better visuals and PC-wide optimizations through DICE's powerful Frostbite 3 engine. But there's one caveat: it's exclusive to EA's Origin client.




If you want to play BioWare's latest and greatest new Mass Effect game on PC then you have two options: buy the game physically in DVD form or pick it up on EA's Origin client. BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda won't be sold on Steam. This is likely to secure the game with Origin client DRM.


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Nintendo sues company for real life Mario Kart racing

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 7:13 am

Nintendo is suing a Japanese go-kart company for hosting real-life Mario Kart racing events throughout the streets of Tokyo.




Marika is a company in Japan that hosts go-kart racing tournaments where attendees dress up as Mario Kart characters and zoom around the city of Tokyo. These races are quite popular, however Marika (an abbreviation for Mario Kart) didn't get Nintendo's permission, nor are they paying Nintendo for the rights to use their characters.


Once Nintendo got wind of this they instantly filed a lawsuit seeking "compensation for unfair competition and copyright infringement acts."

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Horizon Zero Dawn launch trailer, first patches detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 4:18 am

PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn is nearly here, and it is riding quite the hype wave being called the best game on the new PS4 Pro so far - developer Guerrilla Games has released the launch trailer, and details on the upcoming v1.01 and v1.02 patches.



Guerrilla took to the official PlayStation Blog, where they wrote: "It is my pleasure to be able to share the launch trailer for Guerrilla's new title, Horizon Zero Dawn. This is easily our most ambitious project that we have taken on. When we began our journey over five years ago, we wanted to have the creative freedom to imagine something fresh. As soon as we saw the enthusiasm from the team for the concept, and our lead Aloy, we knew we were on the right path".


The developer continued: "The result of our voyage is Horizon Zero Dawn - a game set in a lush post-apocalyptic world, in which Machines are the dominant species and mankind is propelled back to the stone ages. It is a game of exploration, not just of the perilous new world but also of Aloy's identity. On behalf of the entire team at Guerrilla, I hope you'll enjoy accompanying Aloy on her journey as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you".

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Mass Effect Andromeda PC requirements released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 2:40 am

Mass Effect Andromeda is close to its release - with BioWare sharing the PC system requirements for the game, with relatively tame requirements - like a GTX 660/Radeon HD 7850.



The full requirements:




  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2GB
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11




  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX-8350
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

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