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Metro Exodus will look 'amazing' on Xbox One X

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 11:20 pm

4A Games, the developers behind the acclaimed Metro series of games, promises that its upcoming open-world Metro Exodus title will be a work of art on Microsoft's new high-end $499 Xbox One X console.




While PC gaming utterly dominates consoles in terms of quality and performance, it's still quite impressive to see Microsoft reinvent the console segment with its new 4K-ready Xbox One X system; in fact, the console has actually carved out a new console tier I'd like to call the "enthusiast console" or "high-end console" platform. Metro games are known for practically melting the most demanding GPUs on the market with demanding in-game performance, but 4A Games hints the Xbox One X will hold its own and provide "amazing" visuals in the new Metro Exodus game.


"The power of the Xbox One X will allow to ensure the game looks amazing," 4A Games Executive Producer Jonathan Bloch told OXM in a recent interview. Mr. Bloch confirms that Metro Exodus' stunning E3 2017 announcement trailer was indeed in-engine footage captured on an Xbox One X system. "The trailer was recorded in-engine from a gameplay sequence players will find later on in the game. We removed things like HUD/Quick Time Events prompts, and we choreographed the playthrough and music to fit the needs of the trailer, but the game looks like what you see."

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Apple to launch the iPhone 8 on September 12th?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 9:25 pm

Apple should unveil the new iPhone 8 on September 12th, claims a new report from the Wall Street Journal.




The company is aiming to launch the phone at Steve Jobs Theater at its new headquarters campus but considering that the new HQ isn't finished yet, Apple could use the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where it's held events in the past two years.


If the report is true, we could see the new iPhones available on September 22nd. Apple will announce the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7S Plus, and the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 is certainly the most interesting among the three devices since it should bring some design changes. One of the biggest questions is what will happen with the fingerprint scanner.

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Microsoft's appeals for cross-play may fall on deaf ears

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 8:19 pm

Microsoft is throwing open the doors for cross-play initiatives and says it's willing to work with Sony, Nintendo and even Valve to unite multiplayer gaming...but the company's appeals may largely fall on deaf ears.




Since the Xbox brand is no longer console-based but now a service that bridges both Windows 10-powered PCs and Xbox One consoles, Microsoft is in a strategic position to gain the most from cross-play multiplayer. This paradigm shift has many layers of tactical advantage, and is the main reason why the company is so strongly embracing cross-play--I have no doubt key executives, who are gamers, want to see platforms united for the good of consumers, but the good of the company comes first. I've highlighted many reasons why Sony is avoiding cross-play, and none of them have to do with being a villain or stifling player fun. Sony is simply putting the PlayStation 4 as the nexus of its entertainment ecosystem, and exclusivity has paid off big time so far.


In a recent interview with VG247, Xbox division VP Mike Ybarra affirmed this cross-play push is about unifying gamers so they can enjoy experiences with their friends, even if they own different systems. "It's more about gamer choice, more about making an IP on our platform last longer. I don't care about where they play, I just want people to have fun playing games because that's just better for the industry," Mr. Ybarra said.


"The demands of consumers and developers have changed. People are like, 'we want all of our gamers in one multiplayer pool together, playing,'" the VP continued, citing a very real discussion point across all gamers. Players typically own more than one gaming system and stick to a particular platform that has a core group of friends, but users often say they'd like to play with their PS4 friends on Xbox and vice versa.


"We totally agree with that. If any developer wants to have that conversation... Valve is right down the street from us, Nintendo is too - they're like a block from us. We're having these discussions as developers come up, and we're completely open to that."

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Bethesda isn't making Game of Thrones RPG

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 5:24 pm

Retailer Target has officially confirmed the "Bethesda: Game of Thrones" listing was an error, and that the game isn't real.




A bit ago we reported on a suspect listing on Target's website that had "Bethesda", the developer of landmark RPGs like Skyrim and Fallout 4, alongside Game of Thrones, the mega-popular fantasy series that just concluded its seventh season. Of course everyone thought this meant Bethesda Game Studios was adapting Game of Thrones into an epic sprawling open-world RPG...but alas gamers, and countless games media outlets, were wrong.


"This is not a real product - we're sorry for any confusion," an official Target spokesperson told Forbes in a statement. The erroneous listing has been scrubbed from the retailer's website.

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Bethesda Creation Club pricing analysis

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 3:30 pm

Bethesda's Creation Club on-demand paid DLC service just went live in Fallout 4 on PC, giving players an idea of how much real-world money they'll have to shell out to purchase extra in-game content.




I've been quite vocal for my support of Bethesda's Creation Club infrastructure; on paper it's a great plan to add a recurring revenue stream to Bethesda Game Studios' massively iconic franchises to ensure long-term earnings. After all, in today's industry landscape, full game sales aren't enough and studios are focusing on integrating microtransactions, DLC, and other such lucrative strategies into their games. Creation Club is essentially Bethesda's take on microtransactions, but solidified into a platform nestled into its framework and leveraging the modding scene that its games are known for.


That being said, Creation Club is likely off to a rocky start. The service, which lives alongside free mods as an optional storefront that peddles one-time purchases of extra content for credits that are bought with real-money, only has a small offering of content available for Fallout 4. The service will offer content to both Fallout 4 and Skyrim across PS4, Xbox One and PC. The pricing scheme is also a reason for concern. Creation Club credits can be purchased in increments from 750 credits for $7.99 to 5500 credits for $40, and if consumers buy the more expensive pricing tiers, the more credits-per-dollar ratio is delivered. Bethesda has given 100 credits out to everyone to "celebrate" the launch, meaning the studio is giving you about a dollar to spend on approximately four different paint jobs.

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Dell introduces Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 1:00 pm

Earlier this year we reviewed the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, and we were very impressed with the durability and features of the 2-in-1 hybrid tablet/Windows PC. Dell has upped the ante with another installment of their uniquely durable tablet computer and made major improvements upon the Latitude 12 (7202) Rugged Tablet.




The new Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme features Intel's 6th and 7th generation Core processors, weight reduction (almost 25-30%) to under 3lbs, increased battery size (26Wh to 34Wh)/life (19 hours), and will maintain backward compatibility with Dell's existing ecosystem. That means the batteries from the previous Rugged tablet will also work with the new tablet as would car mounting systems.


The 11.6" daylight viewable display also gets an upgrade to FHD and is still just as strong as its predecessors. The new tablet features a USB 3.0 Type-C connector that can be used for connecting to devices, docking, and even charging. Storage options have been changed, and now you can get a Rugged Extreme tablet with up to 1TB of NVMe class 40 solid state storage. You can also get the tablet equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A modem for data on the go, and a dedicated GPS card.

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EKWB release new RGB monoblock for GIGABYTE X299 boards

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 9:39 am

Are you a water cooling enthusiast that owns a X299 GIGABYTE motherboard? EK Water Blocks have some good news for you, having recently announced their latest monoblock and 3rd LGA-2066 socket based monoblock exclusively for compatible GIGABYTE motherboards. The EK-FB GA X299 GAMING RGB Monoblock ticks every box, performance, style and price.




Supported GIGABYTE motherboards include:


  • GIGABYTE X299 Aorus Gaming 3 (rev.1.0)
  • GIGABYTE X299 Aorus Gaming 7 (rev.1.0)
  • GIGABYTE X299 Aorus Gaming 9 (rev.1.0)
  • GIGABYTE X299 Aorus Ultra Gaming (rev.1.0)
  • GIGABYTE X299 UD4 (rev.1.0)

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Rainbow Six: Siege to reduce map pool for Season 3

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 8:32 am

With news that the much anticipated Rainbow Six: Siege expansion, Operation Blood Orchid was delayed until September 6, Ubisoft also recently released some information regarding map pool changes to Ranked and Casual playlist changes in their recent Dev Blog- Data Cleanup: Map Changes.


Ubisoft have decided to reduce the total maps available in Ranked mode. Ranked mode map pool will mimic that of the competitive Pro League map pool, this will allow players to hone their skills in the most competitive environment available.


Below is the maps available for Ranked mode.



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NVIDIA Shield 2 teased... in a Canadian PAWN SHOP?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 5:54 am

If there was a place to find an NVIDIA Shield 2 prototype, I didn't think it would be in a freakin' Canadian pawn shop, but here we are... with some interesting news.




Reddit user 'FwrigginRwootbeer' said they found an NVIDIA Shield 2 prototype that Android Police have confirmed is a unit that was given to game developers to work around with, but never reached the public. What the Redditor found was that the NVIDIA Shield 2 prototype rocked an ARM Cortex-A57 processor @ 1.91GHz, 3GB of RAM< and a 5.9-inch 1440x810 display.


We might not ever see NVIDIA release the Shield 2, but here's hoping.

The trailer to Super Troopers 2 has just dropped

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 4:40 am

You need to watch the trailer to Super Troopers 2 right MEOW... it has just dropped, with the Vermont Highway Patrol squad back in action.



Super Troopers 2 will be released on April 20, 2018 - freakin' perfect for some of that #420 action. Broken Lizard crowdfunded $2 million in order to fund a sequel to the 2001 cult classic, and here it is, being teased with its first trailer.

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