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Neat Witcher 3 zero-zero wormhole bug made assets vanish

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

While developing the massive world of The Witcher 3, the devs at CD Projekt RED came across many bugs...but one of them, the zero-zero bug, was like the Bermuda Triangle of assets.




Bugs are common in games development, especially when the project encompasses huge open worlds like The Witcher 3. While making the game, CD Projekt RED's environment team had to deal with a unique glitch called the "zero-zero bug", which would see items, assets, renders and pretty much anything vanish in certain spots in the world. When the team hit CTRL+Z to move an item around in this spot, the physics bug would send the item falling through the map-- it was as if parts of the map were haunted, or there were windows to the Twilight Zone thrown open in the team's dev tools. Wormwholes that were swallowing up assets and putting them...somewhere.


"We were doing optimization passes, and part of that is figuring out physics, right? How many physical objects can we have actually move around in a space. And I remember we were being told that there's an area where there's a really weird house where items drop and disappear. We had to actually do research to figure out where the items went," said Miles Tost, level designer for The Witcher 3, in the most recent NoClip Witcher documentary.


"We have this asset selection, right, you see a list, and you select it and see that transform data, the coordinates in the world, read zero-zero-zero...and we're like huh? We start looking there...and it was amazing. It was like opening the box of Pandora. Trees, houses, you had swords, there were NPC meshes--we had this reference guy who was 190 feet tall, he was having himself a party with all sorts of market was crazy!"

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Core i7-8700K offered in custom form, at up to 5.2GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Intel has finally launched its new Coffee Lake-based Core i7-8700K and Core i5-8600K processors, with pro-overclocker Der8auer and teaming up to offer the new CPUs in pre-binned, and special designed IHS variants.




CaseKing is offering three different versions of the 6C/12T variant, with the Core i7-8700K being offered in the following options:


  • Advanced Edition: pre-binned without modified IHS or TIM (stock @ 4.8GHz, OC @ 5.1GHz)
  • Pro Edition: pre-binned + nickel-plated/polished IHS (stock @ 4.8GHz, OC @ 5.1GHz)
  • Ultra Edition: pre-binned + silver IHS + Liquid Metal TIM (up to 5.2GHz)


Any enthusiast who is looking to overclock will want to seriously consider this awesome offer, especially given the CPUs are pre-binned to hit 5.2GHz... looks like it's time to grab one myself.

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You can download 4K assets for Xbox One X... right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Microsoft has pushed out a new Xbox One Alpha update that includes a bunch of 4K game content, making the upgrade to the Xbox One X next month a lot easier on gamers around the world.




You'll need to be part of the Xbox insiders Alpha group, with the new preview built giving you 4K assets for the Xbox One X, which can then be transferred to your Xbox One X when you get it. You can either download the 4K assets to the internal storage on your Xbox One console, or to an external storage device that you can later plug into your Xbox One X console.


Microsoft will be releasing the Xbox One X on November 7.

Master Chief rides a Scorpio inside of every Xbox One X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Microsoft is mere weeks from the release of their new Xbox One X console, and inside of each and everyone there is a drawing of Master Chief riding a freakin' scorpion, right there on its circuit board.



Spanish tech YouTube channel Unocero, has the details in the video above. You won't be able to see Master Chief riding the scorpio inside of the Xbox One X without ripping apart, something we don't recommend, but it's an awesome nod to the codename Project Scorpio that Microsoft had on the Xbox One X until it was officially named a few months ago.

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Amazon tests new delivery service, eyes off FedEx & UPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Amazon wants to cut down on its reliance of third-party companies delivering its goods once they leave their respective distribution centers, with Bloomberg reporting the everything giant is testing its own delivery service.




This move would allow Amazon to reduce overcrowding its factory warehouses, as well as providing two-day Prime shipping on more of its products. Amazon is already delivering goods in India, but will be making its big splash in delivering goods in the US very soon with trials already kicking off near the West Coast. Bloomberg reports that Amazon's delivery services will be made available to other states soon.


Amazon's delivery service is reportedly called Seller Flex, which is... well... really odd. Amazon Delivery or Amazon To You (or something like that). The Verge received a statement from FedEx, one of two companies that would be directly impacted by Amazon's new Seller Flex program.

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Core i7-8700K overclocked to a huge 7.4GHz on LN2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Intel's new Core i7-8700K has barely been out for 24 hours and it has already been thrown under LN2 cooling and cranked all the way up to 7.405GHz... a huge overclock from its maximum Turbo clocks of 4.7GHz.




HWBOT user Kovan Yang broke der8auer's record on the 8700K of 7.3GHz, with Yang's use of the 73x multiplier and 101.44MHz bus speed hitting the magic 7.405GHz mark. Yang hasn't said how much voltage was used, which would be something very important to know. We do know that Yang used the 6C/12T processor @ 7.405GHz on MSI's Z370 Godlike Gaming motherboard, though.


Most people should reach 5GHz with AIO or good air cooling on the Core i7-8700K, and with anything more serious, the sky is the limit for Coffee Lane... especially when it comes to LN2.

Analyst: Microsoft VR to outsell Vive, Oculus at launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

With a standardized platform, SteamVR support, and increased accessibility, Microsoft's wide net of OEM-powered Mixed Reality headsets will have significant advantages over its competitors at launch--which should see the headsets outselling the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift by two-to-one, analyst firm SuperData predicts.




Microsoft's new Windows 10 Mixed Reality platform is the first earnest push to cohesively meld big OEMs and low-cost headsets together into a standardized OS-level framework. OEMs like HP, Dell, ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and now Samsung are all making their own Windows 10 powered headsets that range from $299 upwards of $500, and all provide slightly different features while retaining a core experience. Big advantages include built-in tracking, Windows 10 support with a slew of software and development tools, SteamVR gaming support, and two wand controllers that come with every headset.


The real goal is to push Mixed Reality--which includes both Virtual and Augmented Realities--to new heights by abolishing key barriers that stand in the way of VR's mainstream adoption. Essentially Microsoft's MR platform aims to merge the ease-of-use and accessibility of mobile-powered VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR, which sits at the top of the VR market, with the high-powered dedicated gaming headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, all while wrapping everything up into a neat Windows 10 package. Using the OS and various tools, OEMs can make lower cost headsets that can run on integrated laptop graphics instead of expensive discrete video cards while splashing in productivity and entertainment capabilities to boot.

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The Evil Within 2 PC requirements announced

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The Evil Within 2, the sequel to 2014's cult macabre hit, comes out in a week and here's what hardware you'll need to run the game at minimum settings.




Bethesda today announced the PC spec requirements for the second chapter of its Evil Within series, and the results aren't too bad. While the publisher doesn't specify what resolution or frame rates the targeted spec configurations will support in-game, we should suppose that minimum requirements enable play on the lowest preset settings (possibly 720p resolution at 30FPS, etc), whereas recommended may enable 1080p 60FPS at the high preset.


As a die-hard fan of weird and bizarre games, I'm looking forward to jumping into this twisted nightmare world once again and battling untold horrors that await in Sebastian's tortured psyche. I'm glad that Bethesda is still taking chances on singleplayer experiences like this--counting Dishonored 2, Prey, and the upcoming Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the publisher is doing some interesting things for the world of singleplayer games, especially now when the industry is typically dominated by microtransaction-laden online service games.

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Call of Duty: WWII Season Pass to include Carentan map

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Activision have today announced a bonus multiplayer map for their upcoming Call of Duty: WWII, and it will bring a smile to all those veterans of Call of Duty. There is one catch however, you must have purchased the Call of Duty: WWII Season Pass...




Acitivision today announced that a new-old map will be made available to gamers who have purchased the CoD:WWII Season Pass, called Carentan. You may remember this multiplayer map from the original Call of Duty, Call of Duty: United Offensive, and Call of Duty 2.

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G.SKILL unleash their extreme Z370 Trident Z memory kits

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

G.SKILL have announced their new Trident Z and Trident Z RGB memory kits for 8th Gen Intel Core processors built on the Coffee Lake microarchitecture and Z370 chipset motherboards. These kits utilize Samsung's B-die integrated circuit components that focuses on performance. G.SKILL have introduced three impressive kits, including the two-channel DDR4-4600MHz Trident Z kit, the quad-channel DDR4-4200MHz Trident Z kit and the quad-channel DDR4-4000MHz Trident Z RGB kit for all those RGB lovers out there.




G.SKILL are out to prove they're the kings of DDR4 memory with their ultra-fast Trident Z DDR4-4600MHz kit that features timings of CL19-25-25-45 at 1.5V, this is insane performance.

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