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Is the Shadow of The Tomb Raider leaks guerrilla marketing?

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

The past two days leading up to the announcement of Square Enix's and Crystal Dynamics Shadow of The Tomb Raider have had quite the series of consecutive leaks, could this be guerrilla marketing?




The past two days the gaming news spotlight has been focused on the leaks of Shadow of The Tomb Raider, as the titles announcement date comes closer and closer. Interestingly enough though the leaks have consisted of very sloppy mistakes, perhaps one would consider it to be slightly too sloppy.


The first leak consisted of the count down websites source code revealing the games pre-orders package reveal date for April 27th and the release which is on September 14th. This is MAJOR embarrassment for both the developer and the publisher, as how easy is it to 'inspect element' on a website for a game that literally just has a countdown on it. Not everyone is going to do it, but usually the person that does do it is looking for something, which would mean they would most likely post it.

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Shadow of The Tomb Raider setting leaked, jungle environment

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 5 hours ago

The Shadow of The Tomb Raider has unfortunately been the subject for a incredible amount of leaks, yesterday the game had its released date revealed and today it has had its setting revealed through a Facebook video.




Yesterday the released date for the game was revealed through the source code of the countdown website, and now a video has surfaced showing the setting Lara will be facing. The video was leaked by Facebook user Mik Hdn and can be found here.


From the video we can see Lara running through a jungle like setting that contains pyramids that could either Mayan or Aztec origin. Assuming that is the case of the pyramids this would mean that the title would be featured in either Central America or Mexico.

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Ninja and Drake duo on Fortnite, hits 600K concurrent views

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

Ninja and Drake have decided to duo on Fortnite while streaming on Twitch, the stream has brought in a massive 600K concurrent viewers breaking Ninja's record.




The stream currently at the time of writing this has a massive 602,836 current viewers while both Ninja and Drake are trying to plan for more rappers such as Lil Yachty and Travis Scott to join in on the action.


Check out the below Tweets that have caused this massive increase of stream viewers for Ninja, could the stream reach a 1 million concurrent viewers if Post Malone, Travis Scott and more rappers join?

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Battlefield 1 test servers killed on consoles, now PC only

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

DICE has allowed Battlefield 1 gamers to access their Community Test Environment (CTE) where players can test out in-progress updates before they're pushed into the final game.




The developer has recently announced that the CTEs for the PS4 and Xbox One will no longer be used, with DICE pushing all-in on CTEs for PC gamers. DICE announced the news on Reddit, where they said they won't be updating the CTE servers to the latest version after the improvements they'll release this month.


DICE also said that all of the updates used in the PC CTE are for "developmental feedback purposes" and might not even be released into Battlefield 1. PS4 and Xbox One gamers with the CTE for Battlefield 1 installed can delete the CTE download now, saving some previous HDD space on their consoles.

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Broadcom leaves Qualcomm takeover lust after Trump block

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 days, 9 hours ago

Broadcom has been going after Qualcomm for months now, which led into US national security concerns and even President Trump standing in and blocking the takeover last week.




The presidential order said there was "clear evidence" of a US national security concern, with Broadcom able to "take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States". Broadcom said in a statement regarding the order that the Singapore-based company "strongly disagrees that its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm raises any national security concerns".


Qualcomm rejected the hostile takeover bid from Broadcom multiple times, while the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) operating under the Treasury Department, investigated the national security threat and determined there were multiple red flags, and now the deal is dead.

Philips 49-inch 32:9 display: 5120 x 1440 res, coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

Philips has announced that its massive 49-inch 32:9 display with a native resolution of 5120 x 1440 will be released later this year in the US, launching in Q4 2018.




The upcoming Philips Brilliance 49-inch 492P8 Curved Super-Wide LCD will be priced at $899, and beats out Samsung's CHG90 that rocks a native resolution of 3840 x 1080. Inside, Philips will be using the same VA panel with an 1800R curvature, 600 nits max brightness, 5000:1 contrast ratio, and 178-degree viewing angle.


Connectivity wise, Philips will be including DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C, VGA (D-Sub), USB 3.0 Type-A, and Ethernet.

AMD wants Athlon 64 glory days, powered by Ryzen sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

AMD celebrated the "One Year Ryzen Anniversary" call yesterday, which saw the company reiterating its success since the release of Ryzen a year ago, and what is coming in 2018 and beyond.




Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of Computing and Graphics at AMD said that the company has near-term goals of reaching the market share levels of the glory days of AMD, the days of Athlon 64, in the early-2000s. Anderson said: "I don't see any reason we can't get back to historical share levels that AMD has enjoyed in the past".


AMD is wanting to see that success again by offering users more CPU cores for less money with Ryzen, all the while adding technology and improvements to their CPU architecture, like the introduction of the Vega GPU architecture on the recent release of Raven Ridge APUs.

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Far Cry 5: 'higher res/better graphics' option on consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

Far Cry 5 isn't far away and while we don't have the fully skinny on the upgraded consoles, but now we're hearing about the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X updates, which Ubisoft could really deliver on.




A new screenshot is teasing the PS4 Pro version of Far Cry 5 coming with rendering mode upgrades, where we should see options for 'higher resolution' and 'better graphics'. They're self-explanatory, but this is only seen in the PS4 Pro version for now and should be something that the Xbox One X will include as enhancements over the Xbox One/PS4.


Far Cry 5 will be released on PCs and console on March 27.

Microsoft to let third-party devs sell avatar props on store

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago

Microsoft will eventually allow third-party developers and parties to sell their own avatar creations on a virtual storefront, sources say.




Microsoft is gearing up to test out its new and improved avatar presence sometime next month, sources close to the matter have told The Verge. The company announced the refresh--which includes a huge new selection of inclusive customizations for gamers and a slew of new digital content to buy--back at E3 2017 and I predicted it'd be a big boon for engagement on Xbox LIVE.


Now it appears that third-party devs and creators will be able to directly sell their own unique avatar clothing, props, and other accessories on the storefront. This move hearkens back to the Xbox 360 days where players could earn awards such as full avatar skins for completing in-game objectives. However, this content was free and gamers didn't have to shell out any extra cash.

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Activision is probably making a battle royale game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

Gaming's mightiest leader is probably working on a battle royale mode for its strong IP slate, or perhaps a brand new game centered around the phenomena genre.




In a recent report, investment firm Oppenheimer affirmed that Activision is watching the current battle royale craze with rapt attention, which shouldn't surprise anyone: big publishers often follow (and more often set) the industry's most lucrative trends. The attractive point about battle royale is that it perfectly meshes with the company's strong engagement-driven business model, which sees effective monetization across a millions-strong worldwide playerbase.


Oppenheimer conducted investor meetings at Activision's headquarters to discuss the company's future so that the firm could assess its hold or buy stock decision. After the meeting Oppenheimer decided on a firm buy thanks to Activision's continued focus on engagement, and assertion that it's looking at the battle royale genre.

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