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Halo 5 on Xbox One X: renders in 4K, might have HDR tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2017 2:27 am

Halo 5 developer 343 Industries announced a few months ago now that there was an Xbox One X update coming for the first-person shooter, which will provide 4K support and more on Xbox One X.




At the time, 343 Industries didn't tell us what other Xbox One X enhancements there would be, but now we have some more information thanks to a post on Neogaf by Halo Franchise Development Director, Frank O'Connor.


O'Connor posted to the Neogaf forums saying:


You'll definitely see significant benefits from running on HDR sets, and of course the game itself renders in 4K and takes advantage of higher resolution textures (will be a serious download) and assets, but HDR specifically was tricky for a couple of reasons specific to H5 - the first being of course that it's two years old and it's not just a switch - you have to "touch" all the content. The game was developed during the period HDR systems were still being ironed out. Even now there's a bunch of 10 bit/Dolby Vision etc issues for consumers.

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Netflix wants to binge more shows on your next flight

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 27, 2017 1:26 am

After countless Australia-US trips in the last few years, there's nothing better than the thought of improved Wi-Fi on flights. This is something that Netflix is helping airlines with, to improve on-board Wi-Fi.




Netflix is offering their encoding technology that they developed for mobile devices, with airlines across the world in the hopes of building new partnerships. What benefit would there be to the airlines, exactly? Netflix says that streaming high quality video during a flight would reduce airlines' bandwidth-related costs by up to 75%... impressive.


Whichever airlines partner with Netflix would benefit by providing customers with a greatly improved in-flight media experience, especially if they can provide much faster in-flight Wi-Fi for constant connectivity to mobile devices.

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Sony has no plans for a Vita successor

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 10:17 pm

Sony isn't making another PlayStation Vita handheld, says company bigwig Andrew House, and will continue its bullish focus on the PlayStation 4-centered ecosystem.




Even the Nintendo Switch's global superstar success isn't enough to convince Sony to re-enter the handheld business. The console-maker feels that traditional handhelds simply aren't a big enough market opportunity for the current games industry landscape, although handheld gaming certainly was during the Vita and 3DS' heyday (the Nintendo 3DS currently has over 67 million units sold). The Nintendo Switch, which is projected to sell more than 10 million units in its first year, is a unique strategy because it's a hybrid and not just a handheld--at least that's what Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Andrew House thinks. Maybe that's why Sony filed these patents for a transforming Vita handheld.


"The Nintendo device is a hybrid device and that's a different approach and strategy," Mr. House said in an interview with Bloomberg. Outside of Asia, where the Vita is still sold and games are still made, the Vita just isn't big enough to support. "We have not seen that as being a huge market opportunity," he said.


Mr. House said that smartphones essentially phased the Vita out in non-Asian regions. "The Vita experience was that outside of Japan and Asia, there was not a huge demand. The lifestyle shift toward the dominance of smartphones as the single key device that is always with you, was the determining factor."


Sony's current video games business strategy is anchored by the PlayStation 4 family of consoles, which now includes three units: the original 2013 model, the "slim" model refresh, and the higher-end PlayStation 4 Pro released in 2016. The PS4 console family, which has shipped more than 63.3 million units worldwide, is the nexus of Sony's lucrative billion-dollar subscription- and software-laden Games and Network Services segment. This segment includes an ecosystem of game, music, and movie streaming that are all tethered to the console, as well as the popular PlayStation Plus service.

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Switch's new Nintendo arcade games are too pricey

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 7:18 pm

Nintendo is pulling another classic Nintendo move by greenlighting the release of overpriced, non-Virtual Console games on the Nintendo Switch.




I've wanted classic NES, SNES, N64 and GBA games on my Nintendo Switch for quite some time, but the company seems to adamantly refuse to bring its Virtual Console service, which sells beloved classic retro games a la carte, to its newest transforming handheld-and-console Switch platform. I've argued that Nintendo is missing out on potential millions every month Virtual Console isn't available, and that the NES and SNES Classic Edition systems are the main culprit. But now the console-maker is just adding insult to injury by greenlighting the release of expensive games that no one really asked for on the device.


Any Switch owner will have noticed the eShop's classic fare consists not of golden-age NES sidescrollers or shoot-em-ups, but of "Arcade Archives" NeoGeo games sold for $7.99 a piece. Most of these games are two-player titles. That's not a mistake. Although Nintendo says the Switch is a "home console first and foremost," they really want gamers to play with others. Fast-forwarding to today and we have a new range of games in Hamster's Arcade Archives offering, which is another series of classic games that's once again devoid of the games Switch owners like myself really want to play--Super Mario Bros 3, Chrono Trigger, the Castlevanias and Final Fantasies. In their stead we have two-player versus games that simulate old 1980s arcade cabinet experiences. That's a neat sentiment, don't get me wrong, but it's not a I'll-pay-$8-to-relive-coin-op-arcade-moments kind of sentiment (at least to me).

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By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 6:45 pm

Global entry! We have teamed up with ADATA to give away one XPG SX950 480GB SSD and one XPG SD700X 256GB external SSD.




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GIGABYTE reveal the Z370 AORUS motherboard range

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 4:44 pm

GIGABYTE have unveiled their range of new Z370 AORUS motherboards that are based on Intel's Z370 chipset. The Z370 AORUS range fully supports Intel's 8th Generation Intel Core processors and includes support for high-speed RAM up to 4400Mhz. Other features on offer include ESS Sabre DAC, Smart Fan 5 and RGB Fusion, creating the ultimate gaming motherboard range.




"Following Intel's release of the Z370 chipset platform, GIGABYTE has designed a new, groundbreaking motherboard," said Vincent Liu, Senior Associate Vice President of GIGABYTE's Motherboard Business Unit. "GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS motherboards are designed for gamers who value powerful, yet highly durable motherboards. With our new digital power design, not only will Z370 AORUS motherboards unleash the power of the 8th generation Intel Core processors' they will easily fulfill gamers' demands."

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SteelSeries release the Rival 110 gaming mouse

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 3:47 pm

SteelSeries have released their latest gaming mouse, the Rival 110. Available now, the Rival 110 features the exclusive 1-to1 tracking thanks to the new TrueMove1 optical sensor, 7,200 CPI sensor resolution, and 240 IPS tracking.




Featuring the ability to adjust the resolution in increments of 100 CPI, this pseudo-ambidextrous mouse includes a total of six buttons. Weighing a total of just 87.5g, the Rival 110 also features subtle RGB LEDs. You're able to control these LEDs by use of SteelSeries Engine Software, this allows for the SteelSeries logo and scroll-wheel inserts LEDs to be customized to your taste.

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Ataribox sounds like risky business

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 1:34 pm

Atari has revealed that its new nostalgia-meets-present Ataribox will indeed be a fully-fledged $250 console that runs on Linux and is powered by an AMD chip.




The Ataribox is a very, very risky move. The new console sees Atari trying to marry nostalgic arcade classics with modern video games in a set-top box that does lots of other things including web browsing, social media, apps, and streaming. Today's console gaming market is absolutely dominated by the likes of Sony, Microsoft, and more recently, Nintendo (the latter of which has made an incredibly rags-to-riches leap with its new Switch hardware), and now Atari wants to carve out its own niche in the market with a re-vamped Atari machine. But the industry has changed dramatically since the 70's and 80's where Atari was all the rage--now the billion dollar games industry makes most of its revenue from software, especially on marketplaces wholly owned by the companies that sell the consoles themselves.


The strange thing is that it will play games across multiple PC gaming storefront platforms as long as they support Linux. This apparently means users can play their GoG and Steam games on the box (if the hardware can support them). As such the Ataribox is essentially making it a $250 Steam Machine that comes pre-loaded with classic Atari games. It'll also come with select indie titles baked in, meaning Atari will be teaming up with independent studios. So how will Atari make its money? Via hardware, or its own storefront that sells classic and revamped Atari games? There's lots of questions here.


Hardware-wise the Ataribox will be powered by AMD Radeon graphics--likely an APU similar to those in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but scaled down--and of course runs on the Linux OS just like Valve's ill-fated Steam Machines. The box is currently in prototype stages so no exact specifications have apparently been locked down, but if I had to guess, I'd say it has 6GB to 8GB of unified RAM and probably a 500GB hard drive.

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ENERMAX release the EQUILENCE, a high-end silent case

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 1:17 pm

ENERMAX have launched their new premium ATX mid-tower silent chassis, the EQUILENCE. Thanks to the use of high density insulation foam, the EQUILENCE is able to provide unparalleled silent performance. Featuring 4mm full-view tempered glass panel, this chassis is able to house 9 fans and multi-radiator support for liquid cooling enthusiasts.




The EQUILENCE excels in regards to liquid cooling, with the capability to mount a radiator in 4 different locations (front, rear, top and side). This allows for great flexibility when building custom loops. The open layout inside the case allows for up to 9 fans to be mounted, this increases ventilation to aid cooling without the unwanted noise thanks for the EQUILENCE's high density insulation foam.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 receives first major patch

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 12:40 pm

I recently reported on the success that Divinity: Original Sin 2 is achieving, with 85K concurrent players post launch and even reaching 93K concurrent players yesterday on Steam alone (D:OS2 is also released on GoG). Developer Larian Studios, have recently released their first significant patch (patch for D:OS2 that features a number of bug fixes as well as adding the promised German, French and Russian translations to the game.




Existing save files are compatible, which is expected but not always a sure thing. This patch also features a series of improvements for the game's different endings. Below is a list of improvements and changes.

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