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Rocket League goes comic book, new DC Super Heroes DLC pack

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 mins ago

A collaboration between Rocket League developer Psyonix, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have produced a brand new DLC pack, make way for the Batmobile!



This collaboration has created a great selection of DC comic themed skins that are soon to debut to Rocket League. An example of a skin is the Tumbler from Christoper Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and also the Batmobile from the classic Tim Burton Batman from 1989.


For those that aren't all caught up on the new Batman skins don't be dis-hearted as of yet, there is more DC themed items to go around. Some examples include decals, wheels and player banners. For more information regarding what else is released in this DLC pack visit the official Rocket League website.

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Sledgehammer founders leave for new roles within Activision

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 11 mins ago

Sledgehammer Games founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield have resigned from their positions as founders of the studio, now they have decided to move onto pursue new roles within Activision.




In a statement from Activision, it was explained that both Condrey and Schofield leaving the Call of Duty studio resulted in a new role for Aaron Halon, a founding member of Sledgehammer Games. Halon is now the team leader and with his 20 years of industry experience Activision believe that the future of Sledgehammer Games is in good hands.


Here is the statement from Activision: "Following the incredible success of Call of Duty: WWII, Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey have decided to transition from their duties at Sledgehammer Games to new executive duties inside Activision. We thank Glen and Michael for their tremendous body of work on Call of Duty and look forward to continuing to collaborate with them in their new roles.

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Burnout Paradise Remastered announced for PC, consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 11 mins ago

EA has confirmed they're working on Burnout Paradise Remastered, which will be released on both consoles and the PC and will include nearly all of the DLC from Burnout Paradise.



Burnout Paradise Remastered will be running at up to 4K on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, with EA warning in the trailer for the remastered arcade driving game that "native 4K resolution not available on all platforms", because consoles, I guess. EA has said that the game will run "natively" at 1080p on the PS4 and Xbox One, all at 60FPS. EA has said that Burnout Paradise Remastered won't include the Time Savers Pack, an add-on that unlocked every vehicle in the game.


As for the game itself, it will hit consoles first in digital and retail form on March 16 while PC gamers will have to wait a little while longer, as it'll launch on EA's digital service, Origin. EA hasn't confirmed whether or not Burnout Paradise Remastered will be released on the Nintendo Switch, but EA Access subscribers will get access to it early on March 9, something that is good for 10 hours of play time.

Tesla hackers mine cryptocurrency, access private data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cryptocurrency & Mining | Posted: 4 hours, 5 mins ago

It seems that cryptocurrency jacking is the new thing, with Tesla Motors now hit not just once but twice - the first of which with cryptojacking, and then an exposure to data theft.




The electric car maker was hit by hackers recently, something security researchers at cloud security firm RedLock revealed. RedLock said that the unprotected Kubernetes console that Tesla owns saw hackers getting into their systems, and mining cryptocurrency.


Kubernetes is something Google designed, and is used to deploy and manage containerized apps in the enterprise market. Tesla was vulnerable to the hit, as the console was unsecured in their AWS (Amazon Web Services) environment. Varun Badhwar, CEO and co-founder of RedLock said: "We weren't the first to get to it. Clearly, someone else had launched instances that were already mining cryptocurrency in this particular Tesla environment".


Thanks to Tesla not being totally secure, hackers broke into their systems and mined cryptocurrency, but making sure that their CPU usage wasn't at 100% in order to alert system administrators. RedLock explained: "the hackers had most likely configured the mining software to keep the [CPU] usage low to evade detection".

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Fortnite and Diablo 3 rumored for the Nintendo Switch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 8 mins ago

One of the biggest games on the market right now is Epic Games' free-to-play hit Fortnite, and one of the most beloved franchises might not have struck all of the chords in gamers' hearts, but Diablo 3 is still massive.




Now we have rumors floating around that Fortnite and Diablo 3 will be released on the Nintendo Switch, which would be huge. The insider said: "Diablo 3 is in development for the Nintendo Switch and should be out early 2019. They are wanting to implement Local play with multiple switches".


The insider in question is Marcus Sellars, who also tweeted that Fortnite is headed to the Nintendo Switch sometime in August or September. Sellars added: "Wouldn't say fact as it's not confirmed by the developer but yeah it's happening".


Epic Games Worldwide Creative Director Donald Mustard said last month that he wanted to see Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, so maybe we are going to see it very soon. It only makes sense to have one of Epic Games' most successful games on one of Nintendo's most successful consoles of all time.

Samsung unveils massive 30TB SSD, largest capacity SSD ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 6 hours, 37 mins ago

Samsung has just announced its next generation SSD, something it's calling the PM1643, and it has propelled the South Korean giant to new storage records with up to 30TB on tap.




Samsung's new PM1643 boasts a huge 30.72TB of SSD storage, with the company pushing the new SSD for next-generation storage systems for the government, health and education markets, and others. The new 30TB SSD has enough space to hold thousands of movies and countless files.


The new 30TB SSD is twice the capacity of Samsung's current 15.36TB SSD that it unveiled in 2016 which boasted speeds of 2100MB/sec for reads and 1700MB/sec writes. Samsung combined layers of flash memory into "super-sense" 1TB packages in order to double the SSD storage beast to 30TB.


Samsung started manufacturing the new 30TB SSD last month, with plans to unveil a larger family of drives with lower capacities later this year, with no pricing revealed just yet.

Intel intends to 'compete in graphics products' in future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 18 mins ago

Update: Intel has reached out to me with the following statement: "Last week at ISSCC, Intel Labs presented a research paper exploring new circuit techniques optimized for power management. The team used an existing Intel integrated GPU architecture (Gen 9 GPU) as a proof of concept for these circuit techniques. This is a test vehicle only, not a future product. While we intend to compete in graphics products in the future, this research paper is unrelated. Our goal with this research is to explore possible, future circuit techniques that may improve the power and performance of Intel products".


An interesting statement that shows the purported discrete GPU everyone is talking about isn't something new, as it's a prototype that Intel is working on - an existing product and "not a future product". Intel clarifies that it intends to "compete in graphics products in the future", though, which is so great to see.


All of that kerfuffle last year when AMD lost Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri wasn't for nothing, as he has jumped into Intel and now we're seeing the first tease of their new discrete GPU.




Intel showed off some diagrams of its discrete GPU solution at ISSCC (IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference) in San Francisco, California. Intel's secret discrete GPU solution is the first discrete GPU the company has worked on since the days of the i740 (so many memories of that card and how when tuned, it could've changed everything at the time).




Intel's discrete GPU is build on the 14nm process, packing 1.5 billion transistors - comparing it to the 12.5 billion on AMD's Radeon RX Vega 64 and the 12 billion on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

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Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes rakes in $295m in first year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 58 mins ago

Nintendo's partnership with DeNA is becoming quite fruitful as smartphone games like Fire Emblem Heroes rakes in serious cash.




While it's not up there with Pokemon GO and Clash of Clans, Fire Emblem Heroes has made nearly $300 million in its first year earnings. According to data compiled by analyst firm SensorTower, the Fire Emblem mobile game has pulled in about $295 million in its first twelve-month period, dwarfing Super Mario Run and the more recent release of Animal Crossing.


Japan is the most interested in the game--not surprisingly since the Gacha business model is in full effect in the game--with the lion's share, or 59%, of earnings coming from the country. The U.S. made up about 29% of earnings, and other countries just sitting at about 12%.


"To illustrate the challenge Nintendo faces, during its first two months of availability after launching worldwide on November 21, 2017, Nintendo's mobile Animal Crossing had grossed approximately $20 million across the App Store and Google Play, less than one quarter of the $86 million players spent in Fire Emblem Heroes during its first two months," SensorTower wrote on the announcement post.


"Last month, Fire Emblem Heroes ranked No. 34 for worldwide mobile game revenue on both platforms, while Animal Crossing ranked No. 190, further putting the two titles' degrees of success in contrast."


It's highly likely that Nintendo will continue using this popular monetization model in its future smartphone games in a bid to capture the market and pull in maximum revenue.

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Sniper Ghost Warrior dev hit with huge layoffs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 5 mins ago

Polish dev CI Games has shed lots of employees from its workforce.




Despite a profitable year, Sniper Ghost Warrior developer CI Games will dramatically downsize its current employee count to about just 30 people. The company announced that its internal studio will continue focusing on its next unannounced tactical shooter with the help of a large number of subcontractors. Interestingly enough this move was made despite Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 selling 1 million copies.


CI Games CEO Marek Tyminski had this to say about the business move: "The decision to downsize the studio was the toughest decision I have taken over the past years-it is never easy to let go of friends and colleagues with whom we've worked for years-however I truly believe that it was the best way to move forward. Quality is not only extremely important to our upcoming tactical shooter, but it is important to every game we will bring to the market.

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Minecraft: Bedrock Edition for Switch has had a 2hr reveal

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 20 hours, 41 mins ago

Microsoft has taken to Twitch to show off the upcoming Minecraft Bedrock Edition, the developer streamed for almost a whole 2 hours.




The Minecraft Bedrock Edition for the Switch was said to be "mostly done" and the team is currently just making some overall quality of life improvements before they release the final copy.


Currently, the Bedrock Edition will be supporting local play for gamers that have taken their Switch to a remote location that cannot connect to Wi-Fi. To make sure this is all working perfectly on release the development team has said they will be "taking a lot of extra care with trying to make sure that this launch is really smooth, that the world conversion system works really well for people, and that migrating over from Editions is an easy transition for you to make"

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