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Final Fantasy XV on Xbox One X: rendered in native 3K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 6, 2017 1:26 am

Final Fantasy XV will be one of the best looking games of this generation, with the new title hitting the PC in a big way, and Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One X console.




We now know that the Xbox One X version of Final Fantasy XV won't be rendering in native 4K, but will be rendering in 3K (1800p) and will be upscaled to 4K with checkerboard rendering. The news is coming directly from the Game Director for the game, Hajime Tabata.


3K rendering is the same resolution that the PS4 Pro version of hte game will render on its "High" performance mode, something that was made available in February for the PS4 Pro, as well as "Lite" performance mode. If you enable the High performance mode the resolution of the render increases, but has been dropping performance.


PS4 Pro owners aren't happy about it, but Square Enix and Sony were quick to react by releasing a "Stable mode" for Final Fantasy XV, offering a more stable framerate.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds smashes 10 million sales

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 11:20 pm

Much to the envy of triple-A publishers everywhere, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues its hurtling sales momentum, smashing through milestone after milestone.




Today PlayerUnknown himself Brendan Greene announced that his enormously popular battle royale shooter has surpassed 10 million copies sold, effectively making it one of--if not the--biggest single platform release of the year. We've previously reported that PUBG surpassed Valve's own DOTA 2 and CS:GO titans on Steam in concurrent players, and now the game has more hours played than CS:GO--that's right, an early access game released in 2017 has been played for more hours than a Counter-Strike game released in 2012. In fact, PUBG just recently dethroned mega-titan League of Legends off Twitch's top-watched spot.


As PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues accelerating past its peers on all available metrics, the game is catching the attention of publishers everywhere. Take-Two Interactive recently released a GTA Online mode that closely resembles PUBG's battle royale style, and Ubisoft says it may infuse key elements of PUBG into its games, the most likely of which would be Ghost Recon Wildlands.

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Analyst: Xbox One X to sell 1 million units this holiday

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 8:14 pm

At $499, Microsoft's new 4K-ready Xbox One X lacks mass-market appeal, says industry analyst Michael Pachter.




While Microsoft has touted the Xbox One X is the fastest-selling pre-order in Xbox history and assets launch systems may be sold out due to excessive demand, key industry figures are more skeptical on the system's widespread appeal. It's true that Xbox division head Phil Spencer said the new 4K model isn't for everyone, and that he full expects the $250 Xbox One S to outsell the new enthusiast system, and now Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has delivered some sales predictions to reflect this point.


According to the renowned analyst, the Xbox One X will sell up to 1 million units across the holiday season after the system is launched in November. "My estimate is 1 million global units at holiday. Don't "want" it to fail, think that is the right number. 1 million is not a huge success," Mr. Pachter wrote on Twitter.


What's more interesting is that Mr. Pachter predicts that 80% of users who buy an Xbox One X, or 800,000 consumers, will be existing Xbox One owners who are upgrading from either an Xbox One or Xbox One S.


"I would bet of the first million Xbox One X's sold, I'd bet 800,000 of those buyers own an Xbox One right now. I can't see why the Xbox One X would be anyone's very first Xbox when you can get an Xbox One S for half the price," Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said in a recent episode of Pachter Factor.

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Ubisoft's new Quebec studio will help online empire grow

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 5:22 pm

French games-maker Ubisoft today announced that it will open its fourth studio in Quebec in 2018 in a bid to double-down on investment in the region and ramp up its online services.



The new Ubisoft studio will be centered in the city of Saguenay, and will be wholly dedicated to bolstering the publisher's live services which will power all of its major games in some form.


Ubisoft makes strong recurring revenues from online-based monetization in games such as Rainbow Six: Siege, The Division, and For Honor. The studio is implicated to have a strong effect on online services: in the same year that Ubisoft Sanguenay launches, the publisher forecasts 25% of its total fiscal year 2019 earnings will be from Player Recurring Investment, or $584.1 million. In contrast, last year Ubisoft pulled in $273.7 million in PRI, or 17% of its total sales earnings of $1.7 billion.

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Oculus Rift closing in on HTC Vive's market share

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 3:35 pm

The August Steam survey shows some interesting statistics, with the Facebook owned Oculus Rift increasing its market share by 8.1% compared to July's data. This brings the Rift's market share to 43.8% compared to HTC Vive's 52.3%, considering recent rumours of HTC potentially selling off the Vive and the upcoming release of Microsoft's Direct Reality products, should Vive owners be worried?




Probably not, due to a recent price drop of the Oculus Rift and its touch controllers you would expect to see some inflation in the market. With the price drop offer about to end, we should expect the market to stabilize and see a true percentage over the coming months.

H1Z1 plan to return as king of the Battle Royale's

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 3:04 pm

Ever get sick of people camping out or hiding in bushes in PUBG? Well H1Z1's developer- Daybreak have announced some interesting changes for H1Z1 that may interest you.




With a clear goal of distancing themselves from the juggernaut that PlayerUnknown's Battleground has become, Daybreak plan to up the tempo and reduce game length by decreasing the time it takes for players to find loot, more vehicle spawns, and plenty of airdropped crates containing fancy items. Daybreak showcase their clear direction they intend to take with H1Z1 below.


"Our vision is for H1Z1 to be the dominant fast-paced, action packed game in the genre. This is what sets H1Z1 apart from its competition. PUBG is very clearly a slow paced, tactical experience. And they have certainly delivered on that vision. But ours has always been and will continue to be based on fast paced & action packed moment to moment gameplay. In the coming months, all of the updates and features we bring to the game will be driving towards fully delivering on this vision."

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Rainbow Six: Siege Operation Blood Orchid out tomorrow

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 2:35 pm

Finally the wait is nearly over, after Ubisoft previously announced the delay of Operation Blood Orchid Update, the much anticipated update is out tomorrow. Operation Blood Orchid major changes includes the addition of a new map, Theme Park. Along with three new playable characters, Ying and Lesion from Special Duties Unit and Polish Special Forces GROM operator, Ela Bosak. Ubisoft today released another trailer for Operation Blood Orchid below.



Ubisoft recently released patch notes for Operation Blood Orchid that include the previously reported changes to the third season of play, final improvements for Operation Health update, optimization of data, new severs, rework of textures, polished dynamic and static lighting, richer sky domes, new skins and much more.

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DJI introduce two class-leading aerial drones

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Drones | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 2:10 pm

DJI, innovators regarding aerial and handheld cinematic, have released two new drones to complement their extensive drone range, the Mavic Pro Platinum and the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian. Two iconic drones that are enhanced for new ways to explore the world.




The Mavic Pro Platinum includes the same 4K video recording 12 Megapixel camera and up to 7km control range as the standard Mavic Pro. However, we're treated to an elegant platinum finish, extended flight duration of 30 mins and operates at 60% noise reduction. These features make the Mavic Pro Platinum DJI's best portable drone yet.


DJI's Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian retains all features the Phantom 4 Advanced offers, which include a 1-inch 20 megapixel camera capable of 4K 60FPS video recording and a top speed of 70 km/h. Included in the Pro Obsidian is the sleek, matte grey finish that allows for aerial imaging in true renegade style.

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Logitech announce the MX Sound premium speaker system

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 1:23 pm

Logitech have announced their new PC and Bluetooth speaker system, the MX Sound speaker system. This two-channel speaker system incorporates multiple inputs on-the-fly thanks to Logitech's Easy-Switch feature. The MX sound features Bluetooth 4.1, two 3.5mm inputs and one headphone jack that allows connection flexibility of multiple devices, wired or wireless.




You may have noticed I mentioned this speaker system is two-channel only, and doesn't feature a sub-woofer. This allows versatility with your setup, especially if you're using a laptop, you can easily maneuver the 3.8 lbs (1.72 kg) speakers. Logitech have addressed the lack of a sub-woofer, ensuring bass shouldn't be an issue with rear-facing port tubes to improve bass response, and 12-Watts of RMS power (24 peak) to provide excellent sound quality.




The premium fabric finish really enhances the MX Sound speaker system's appearance, giving it a premium look that matches the MX series. Supported by motion-activated back-lit controls, the MX Sound speaker system is a great addition to your desktop, or laptop set up. Priced at $99.99, availability is set for a October 2017 release.

Samsung QLED 4K TVs are the official home of Xbox One X

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 12:39 pm

Samsung's new high-end flagship QLED 4K HDR UHDTV displays are now the official partner for Microsoft's new premium $499 Xbox One X console, offering enthusiast console gamers the optimum visual experience.




Xbox division head Phil Spencer has said that its new Xbox One X console, which is capable of rendering in native 4K resolution with HDR support, isn't for everyone: the box is aimed at the high-end segment of gamers who "want the very best console experience available," and the company's recent partnership with Samsung underlines this focus. Samsung's new QLED lineup of 4K televisions leverage Quantum Dot technology for dazzling and vibrant visuals as well as 3-step image processing for low ~20ms input lag, and the sets even allow gamers to quickly switch to Game Mode with a simple voice command.


Don't forget that the Xbox One X also supports FreeSync and FreeSync 2 over the new incoming HDMI 2.1 standard, which will effectively offer variable refresh rates that potentially mimic the frame rate technology used in PC desktops. Armed with FreeSync and FreeSync 2, Xbox One X games may not only look amazing with new HDR optimizations, but also afford a much smoother gameplay experience that leverages the machine's tweaked GPU and CPU for improved frame rates and reduced screen tearing.

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