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Developing in DirectX 12 compared to DirectX 11 is certainly a different animal completely, And Vulkan isn't actually officially out quite yet, but AMD is going to help out those budding developers make that transition by giving a talk at GDC about the lessons they learned internally.
Matthaeus Chajdas, who is very well informed on the topic of these new API's, and has had a hand in creating Mantle, will be giving the talk. According to the GDC schedule, the lecture he'll give will go over a lot of the low-level ideas that can make DX12 and Vulkan much better and much more efficient.
Matthaeus will go over the first round of games that're in development and talk about what works and what doesn't work so well. He's got a lot of knowledge on the subject, and if you're a developer of any kind looking to better your understanding of the two new low-level API's, then this is the lecture to attend. Having had the chance to chat with him about even simple concepts was fascinating. Just remember that these lectures are designed for those with development experience.
CES 2016 - In a strong showing in Las Vegas this year, ASUS has gathered five 2016 CES awards for itself and its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand, taking trophies home for the Chromebit CS10, ROG G752, ROG GT51, ROG Swift PG348Q and the RT-AC5300 tri-band wireless router.
These awards were presented from categories including computer hardware and components, gaming and virtual reality, computer peripherals and smart home. With 27 product categories in total through this award series, taking out almost 20% of these is no small feat.
With two ROG laptops taking home prizes, ASUS has shown strength in the upper-class of portable gaming solutions, providing the G752 with an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics and a cool 64GB of DDR4 RAM. Not to be outclassed, the GT51 offers an Intel Core i7-6700K processor, support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X graphics in SLI and 4K monitor compatibility.
E3 2015 - Attendance at E3 this year saw over 50,000 attendees, which is a first since 2006. Attendance numbers slumped in 2007 and 2008, right down to less than 6,000 - but don't worry, things started swinging up in 2009 right up to over 40,000.
The Entertainment Software Association, the people behind E3, has already announced that E3 2016 will take place between June 14 and 16 in 2016, as well as saying that this year's E3 was a record-breaker. Twitch was the official livestreaming partner of E3 this year, with over 500,000 peak concurrent viewers.
274 exhibitors were at E3 this year, up from just 187 in 2015, too.
One of the more exciting parts of E3 2015 will be the PC Gaming Show at E3 2015, with AMD teaming up with PC Gamer, with big names like Twitch, Bohemia Interactive, Tripwire and Digital Storm to be participating.
But, there have been a few new developers joining the event, with ArenaNet, CCP Games, Creative Assembly, Fullbright, Frictional Games, Frontier Developments, Nexon, Pixel Titans, SCS Software and Splash Damage joining in the fun. The PC Gaming Show will take place during E3 2015, where Sean 'Day' Plott will be hosting the event at the Belasco Theater in LA on June 16, 2015.
We are expecting to see AMD unveil the Radeon R9 390X at the event, as well as a big concentration on PC gaming and everything that surrounds it.
First released as a teaser trailer on YouTube in late 2014 - The Gadget Expo 2015 sets out to plug the gap as seen in the Australian tech calendar. Aussies often have EA Games press events, EB Games running their massive gaming exhibition and PAX Australia with two years of gaming pop culture success - but what about the lovers of straight up technology?
There were a few main points covered in this trailer. Some of the most interesting inclusions include: the announcement that it will contain an emphasis on it being more of an 'event show' rather than a 'trade show', the event will contain a 'Gamers Bubble' - functioning as a sort of mini-PAX or mini-EB Expo, alongside a Home Tech Zone and an Innovation Zone.
As a whole this show is setting out to be somewhat of an Australian CES 2015, in which companies will come and showcase their latest and greatest technology - alongside various big-name tech heads sharing their thoughts and knowledge to thousands of seated fans. The Gadget Expo does promise "world renowned" tech experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and more at the event - here's hoping that all of these big claims can be pulled off.
Google has just announced the dates for Google I/O 2015, its annual developer conference. The conference will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, on May 28-29, 2015.
We don't know what Google will unveil at the event, but last year we had the first public look at Android 5.0, or at the time Android "L". The bigger question is, who will get tickets? Google I/O's own registration page says that developers can register for the event between March 17-19, but after that attendees will be selected "at random".
Just yesterday we published an article outlining PAX Australia's 2015 ticket sales going live, seeing their event announced for the 30th of October 2015.
We covered that even though PAX Australia has a stellar reputation in the local market, with a total PAX culture being born only two years into its existence. Many fans are purchasing tickets even though no companies, titles, personalities or attractions have been announced to the public - with them claiming confidence in the fact that PAX will likely put on a great show no matter what.
We were able to get into contact with Guy "Yug" Blomberg, PAX Australia's Content & community manager, regarding a personal statement about the purpose for these early ticket sales. Guy provides some understandable and seemingly correct thoughts on the matter, with his full statement reading...
PAX Australia ticket public release had been previously rumored to be commencing in early December, this would make it almost a full 11 months before the expo's commencement date (30th of October 2015), meaning no exhibitors, personalities or attractions will have been announced or officially confirmed.
PAX Australia have committed to this plunge releasing their ticket sales to the public this week, seeing people enter a 'digital queue' for ticket sales. The pricing has been set at $55 AUD for single-day attending early adopters.
It's an interesting strategy. As we mentioned, there will be little-to-no exhibitors confirmed as of yet for this exhibition, with large name titles unannounced and personalities being unable to book in their attendance so far into the future. However, the PAX culture in Australia is firmly set with many fans purchasing tickets in the confidence that PAX will provide a good show no matter what.
If you wanted to attend BlizzCon but couldn't make it, Blizzard has your back with its announcement of the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket allows people to access live streams of BlizzCon 2014's opening and closing ceremonies, panels, interviews, costume and talent contests and much more.
The virtual ticket will also give users access to in-game items for a bunch of Blizzard's games, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. BlizzCon Virtual Ticket holders will also have access to online store merchandise from October 17 to November 11.
The ticket itself will cost you $39.99, which is the same price as the DirecTV BlizzCon 2014 pay-per-view option. BlizzCon 2014 kicks off at hte Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from November 7-8.
Bethesda has announced it will host a The Evil Within-based blood drive at QuakeCon 2014 next week for the American Red Cross. Donors will receive The Evil Within swag.
Included in your bag after donating your life force will be an official The Evil Within-branded chill pack, which is a cold pack that can be put in the freezer to cool down lunch boxes and coolers. Better yet, this special QuakeCon pack will look like a blood pack, featuring red freezable liquid inside, according to Bethesda's Vice President of PR and Marketing, Pete Hines.
Hines said: "QuakeCon has a great group of attendees who we think will want to help the community by donating blood. The American Red Cross is a terrific organization, and we're thrilled to welcome them to QuakeCon". American Red Cross' External Communications Manager, Jan Hale, added: "The Red Cross is grateful for Bethesda Softworks' invitation to host a blood drive during such a critical time. The summer months are a particularly difficult period for blood collections and being a part of this event gives us more opportunities to help save lives".