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Two new Nintendo Switch models to release around summer 2019

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 24 mins ago

Perhaps we won't be waiting that long for a new version of the Nintendo Switch, as a report from the Wall Street Journal has suggested that the market will see two new models as early as this summer.

 

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that as early as this summer we could see two new versions on the Nintendo Switch. According to WSJ, "people familiar with the matter," and also know the "parts suppliers and software developers for Nintendo who have early access to a prototype of the machine." One of the consoles are said to be for the more hardcore gamers and the second option is for more casual ones, neither of the consoles will be as powerful as the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro.

 

Here is what a source told the Wall Street Journal; "You would be wrong to think the enhanced version is similar to what Sony did with PS4 Pro and the other is just a cheap alternative that looks very similar to some past hand-held machines, say, Sony's PlayStation Vita." Also contained within the report was the claim that the people who have seen the new designs say they are "different from the original and you'd be surprised."

Mortal Kombat 11: Noob Saibot/Shang Tsung added to roster

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 56 mins ago

The Mortal Kombat 11 livestream that showcases the creation of Mortal Kombat 11 has revealed two returning characters, Shang Tsung and Noob Saibot.

 

 

The Mortal Kombat 11 livestream with developers NetherRealm Studios has finished and the 50 minute talk really showcased to fans how the developers go about making the game and what process they take. The developers touch on certain aspects such as the motion capping for the moves, artistic design of the characters as well as cohesive story progression. Throughout the livestream it is revealed that Noob Saibot would be making a return in Mortal Kombat 11 and that within this game there will be heavy concentration on the relationship between him and his younger brother Sub-Zero.

 

The livestream also revealed that Shang Tsung will be the games first DLC fighter, and will also be the players' guide when they adventure to the Kyrpt mode. Just last week I reported on the Mortal Kombat 11 beta that will be running from march 28th to March 31st, for more information on that visit this story here. Mortal Kombat 11 will launch on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC on April 23rd.

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Sony removes digital game purchases from retailers April 1st

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 56 mins ago

Sony has just dropped the hammer on physical game retailers, as a decision has been made that PlayStation game codes will not be available for purchase at retailers after April 1st.

 

 

As all of the major gaming companies are trying to keep their userbases on their respective online stores as much as possible, Sony has made a move to cut physical retailers out completely. According to memo that has been sent out to GameStop, after April 1st GameStop and retailers around the world will not be allowed to sell PSN download codes, instead users will have to purchase the game from the PlayStation Network.

 

Apart of the memo stated that for buyers who pre-ordered a game in digital form from a retailer will now have to be swapped to a physical disc purchase. Since Days Gone and Mortal Kombat 11 are launching so soon, these two titles are an exception to the soon to be in place rule. This move from Sony really gives them control over the market price of games on PlayStation and is a massive blow to game retailers as a whole.

Apple's TV service charges $9.99ea for HBO, Showtime, Starz

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 4 hours, 56 mins ago

A new report has come out from the Wall Street Journal that shines a light on the coming new streaming service from Apple. The potential Apple TV replacement is set to feature HBO, Showtime and Starz shows.

 

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According to The Wall Street journal, Apple is about to unveil a brand new TV streaming service with a new app. It is unclear whether or not this new app will replace Apple TV, or will be standalone. The contents of the app would be similar to that of Amazon Prime Video Channels, except it would have channels such as HBO, Showtime and Starz. It is said that each of these channels would cost a $9.99 fee.

 

The report also says that Apple is aiming to have all of their content featured in a uniform app. They ultimately believe that having a single app that allows for each individual user tick and untick what content they would like to see (News, new TV shows, popular apps etc) will ensure the most convenient user experience. Apple is set to unveil the new video streaming service and Apple News subscription this Monday.

Unlock Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice PC framerate with this mod

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 56 mins ago

So you have just picked up Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on the PC and you understandably dislike the 60FPS framelock, here is how to solve that problem.

 

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Thanks to PC modder 'Jackfuste' a new mod has already been created to remove the 60FPS framerate limiter that is currently installed in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It should be noted that if users do choose to implement this mod that it could possibly cause abnormalities in-game, such as glitches, bugs and other potential issues.

 

Another thing to take into account before downloading and installing this mod is that different PC components and configurations could influence how successful this mod is and how much frames are generated in-game. Now that the disclaimers are over, here is the link to the download. Users can unpack Sekiro.exe using Steamless, then run the patcher and update the Sekiro.exe with the new patch.

Detroit: Become Human PC specs reveal Vulkan API, no DirectX

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 56 mins ago

Just a couple of days ago it was announced that a selection of Quantic Dream titles will be coming to PC, now Detroit: Become Human has had its official PC requirements detailed.

 

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Early last week, Quantic Dream announced that they would be bringing some of the original PS4 exclusives to PC through the Epic Games Store. The announcement comes from Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere, in a brand new deal with Epic Games which brings not only Detroit: Become Human but also other Quantic Dream titles Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.

 

Quantic Dream has updated the Detroit: Become Human listing on the Epic Games Store, it now showcases what requirements will be needed to run the former PS4 exclusive title. I have provided a screenshot of both the minimum and recommended requirements, or a link to official listing for the game can be found here. Detroit: Become Human will use the Vulkan API instead of Microsoft's DirectX 12. At the moment there is no known release date for the PC version of Detroit: Become Human.

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PUBG addiction in India sees 6-hour daily limit imposed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 31 mins ago

If you thought your gaming addiction is bad, but when the game developer itself is having to impose time limits to try and stem gaming addiction? Yeah, that's when you know things are serious.

 

 

PUBG Mobile is super popular in India, so much so that gamers have been dying from playing the game too much, with other cases seeing a PUBG gamer stealing money from his family for DLC purchases. Some Indian cities went as far as banning the game over parents' concerns over their children having an addiction to the game. PUBG Mobile addiction and hysteria got so bad authorities arrested some teenagers because they were "playing the game in public".

 

The official Twitter account for PUBG Mobile in India tweeted that they were aware of the "Healthy Gaming System" was sending some gamers a warning that they had played the game too much (over 6 hours) and that they were banned from the game for a certain amount of time. Some gamers have said that they received warnings after 1.5 hours of playing PUBG Mobile, too.

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DICE unveils Battlefield V roadmap, lots of goodies in 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 5 mins ago

EA is ramping up the hype for Battlefield V as the new battle royale mode Firestorm launches today, with a new 2019 roadmap that covers the next two chapters for the game in Tides of War, while teasing a third chapter.

 

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We know that Chapter 3, Trial By Fire launches with the update on March 25 and will pack the new battle royale mode Firestorm, new Combined Arms missions, a new Mediterranean map based on the German airborne invasion of Crete, and a Hardcore mode. But that's just for now, and there are another 3 months between the Trial By Fire and Defying the Odds update in June.

 

DICE's new Defying the Odds update for Battlefield V will throw up a new multiple mode, and a new map that the developer teases has an "urban design [that] has been sought after by the community and should feel both familiar and fresh at the same time". There will also be a new map called Marita, which will be based on the 1940 invasion of Greece.

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Unreal Engine's new real-time destruction tech looks INSANE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 36 mins ago

If there's something I've longed for in games with an aching heart it has to be leaps and bounds made in the areas of environmental destruction, something that was better realized with Red Faction, infused into hardware with PhysX (that NVIDIA ultimately acquired) and then done oh-so-well in Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

 

 

Since then, destruction has mostly taken a backseat with only a few good cases of it... until now. Epic Games teased during its GDC 2019 keynote its new Chaos technology which is a new system for Unreal Engine that will provide real-time "high-performance" destruction into the graphics cengine. Chaos will be made available for Unreal Engine v4.23 and above.

 

Epic explains that Unreal Engine developers Chaos can "achieve cinematic-quality visuals in real-time in scenes with massive-scale levels of destruction". In the video above, Epic shows off Chaos using its in-house Robo Recall, a VR shooter. The destruction realism is off the charts, and something I truly want in new games. Man, it looks great.

Samsung's new HBM2E enables up to 64GB VRAM at 1.64TB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 9 hours, 26 mins ago

Samsung had some interesting things to show at NVIDIA's GTC 2019 this year, with the latest version of High Bandwidth Memory in something called Flashpoint, which offers a 33% increase in memory performance over HBM2.

 

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We're looking at 3.2Gbps of bandwidth per pin, with double the density to 16Gb per die in stacks of 8. This means we're looking at a single package that can pack 16GB of HBM2E with up to 410GB/sec of memory bandwidth, but in a 4 stacks of HBM2E we're looking at an insane 64GB at 1.64TB/sec of memory bandwidth. The current 4x 4-Hi stacks of HBM2 on the AMD Radeon VII has 16GB with 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth, so this is quite the increase in bandwidth.

 

Jinman Han, Senior Vice President of Memory Product Planning and Application Engineering Team at Samsung Electronics explains: "Flashbolt's industry-leading performance will enable enhanced solutions for next-generation datacenters, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and graphics applications. We will continue to expand our premium DRAM offering, and improve our 'high-performance, high capacity, and low power' memory segment to meet market demand".

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