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When we found out that Watch Dogs would only be running at 792p on the Xbox One and 900p on the PlayStation 4, we weren't surprised - but these "next-gen consoles" are running the latest games that have had tens of millions of dollars pumped into them, at resolutions us PC gamers have been using for years.
Well, Alienware stepped up to the plate to smack talk the 'next-gen' consoles as it puts it, where it said on its Facebook page regarding the low resolution of Watch Dogs on the PS4 and Xbox One: "if these 'next-gen' consoles can't even get to 1080P from 3+ years ago... how do they expect to hold up for another seven years?". Alienware is right, something I've been saying for a number of years now. What do you think about this?
We started hearing the rumors of Far Cry 4 late last year, and then again earlier in the year, but now it is official: Far Cry 4 is coming, on November 18 in the US for the PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
Ubisoft has said that we'll continue to see the open-world first-person shooter setting, but it will be based in Kyrat, a fictional region of the Himalayas. This region is controlled by an appointed king, who is the blond-haired person you see in the image above. We should see the usual beautiful graphics and wildlife throughout the game, with five Ubisoft studios working on the game with Ubisoft's Montreal studio being the lead.
Far Cry 4's Executive Producer, Dan Hay, explains: "Following the success of Far Cry 3, we wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise players and exceed fans' expectations. Given the unique setting, we feel Far Cry 4 will stand out as a top first-person shooter and we're eager to reveal more about the game in the coming months".
EA Sports has provided gamers a teaser of the newest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) game, featuring martial arts legend Bruce Lee. "EA Sports UFC" is scheduled to be released on June 17 for the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles.
Lee is one of the most iconic martial arts actors of all time, and has many fans in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, including fighters and fans alike. Meanwhile, this will be the first EA UFC video game following a licensing deal from THQ.
If you have read my past news stories on the Humble Bundle, you know that I am huge fan of the service and today I am happy to report that Humble is taking things to the next level. Every day for the next 13 days, Humble will offer a new Humble Daily Bundle with some of the hottest games from the last few years. The bundles will only be available for 24 hours, so keep checking back every day for a new bundle.
For anyone looking to bolster their game collection, or even create their first collection, this would be an excellent way to land 50-100 games for less than $150, assuming you pay $10 per bundle. The first bundle available is a reappearance of the DeepSilver bundle and includes games such as Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row 2, Risen 2, Scared 2 and more.
We are starting to hear about the first game from Rockstar Games that will hit the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony, something that the Grand Theft Auto developer will release before April 2015, according to Take-Two Interactive's CEO, Strauss Zelnick.
Zelnick said: "Rockstar Games is hard at work on their upcoming lineup, and we're excited about what they have in store for the new generation of systems this fiscal year". Rockstar Games' 2015 fiscal year runs between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. We should expect the studio to unveil this game as Grand Theft Auto V for the PS4 and Xbox One, but we could be pleasantly surprised with something new, too.
We could see it turn into Red Dead Redemption 2, GTA V for next-gen consoles, or something completely different. We will find out soon enough.
The last time we heard about Watch Dogs on the PS4, is when we thought it would be running at 1080p at 60FPS... well, that was wrong. Ubisoft has just announced that Watch Dogs will be running at 900p on the PS4, and just 792p on the Xbox One - both versions at 30FPS.
Watch Dogs' Creative Director, Jonathon Morin, has said: "Resolution is a number, just like framerate is a number. All those numbers are valid aspects of making games. But you make choices about the experience you want to deliver. In our case, dynamism is everything. Exploration and expression are everything".
I don't quite agree there, with the statement that "resolution is a number," sure it's a number - but if this were running at 1080p at 60FPS, Ubisoft would be bragging about it. 900p at 30FPS isn't too next-gen in my books, what do you think?
Square Enix has an interesting MMO game in Japan that is only available there called Dragon Quest X. The company has struggled in the past with profitability and that struggle has limited its ability to bring some games into the US. One of those games that isn't available to be enjoyed by American gamers is Dragon Quest X.
Thanks to improved profits, Square Enix is now looking at possibly bringing Dragon Quest X to the US for the first time. Square Enix has a number of popular games to its credit, but three of its most popular franchises are Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Kingdom Hearts.
If having Portal on NVIDIA's portable gaming powerhouse SHIELD wasn't good enough, well how about Half-Life 2? The Android-powered console is now home to Valve's infamous first-person shooter.
Better yet, the versions of Half-Life 2 and Portal on the NVIDIA SHIELD are "the full PC versions natively on Android". Considering it's a portable gaming handheld, that's quite the win for NVIDIA. You can grab both Portal and Half-Life 2 for the NVIDIA SHIELD for $9.99 each from the Google Play store.
Most gamers don't even have 4K yet, but we know how the industry works - give them one set of technology, while pushing another, but work on an even better technology behind closed doors.
Well, 8K is beginning to show up, with a new Crysis 3 hack that allows the first-person shooter to be run at 8000x3333 pixels, or 8K. The screenshots don't really do it justice, while they do look pretty, I think the effect of 8K would be better seen in person, on the display itself. Even if you ran 8K, you would need some serious, serious GPU horsepower to get there. You can see more of the screenshots of Crysis 3 running at 8K right here.
But, 8K? Is that all you've got? Keep an eye here at TweakTown for even higher resolutions in the coming months.
PlanetSide 2 has been confirmed to be running at 1080p on the PS4, something that was said by the game's Creative Director, Matt Higby. Higby announced this during a stream of the game, also noting that they are still working on optimization of PlanetSide 2 for the PlayStation 4.
PlanetSide 2 was meant to drop on the PS4 at the beginning of the year, but they've obviously been spending this time getting it optimized. Higby also confirmed that there will be a playable version provided at E3, which is next month.