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Jedi Fallen Order has high FPS mode on PS4 Pro, Xbox One X

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 28 mins ago

Jedi: Fallen Order is optimized to push the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X to their limits.

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Respawn's new singleplayer-only Star Wars game will have to separate modes on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X: a mode that prioritizes resolution with upscaled 4K visuals at 30FPS, and a performance mode that hits 1080p 60FPS. This is basically par for the course for current-gen games, and it's also likely Jedi: Fallen Order will hit close or even full native 3840x2160p on the Xbox One X. The PlayStation 4 Pro on the other hand will be upscaled 4K (likely from 1400p or thereabouts) due to its comparatively weaker hardware. Hopefully the game won't make the PS4 Pro sound like a jet about to take off.

Base PS4 and Xbox One consoles will be locked at 1080p 30FPS, however, which is a bummer considering the game is heavily action-oriented with intense boss fight sequences. Jedi: Fallen Order's cinematic scope and the limitations of each console are the likely culprits. PC will of course have uncapped frame rates and a ton of other optimizations, all wrapped with rather lenient spec requirements.

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Leaked PS5 devkit photo stylized in 3D renders

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 41 mins ago

A bit ago a leaked photo showed off the PlayStation 5 devkit's design, confirming the original V-shaped patent sketch was authentic. Now some digital renders capture the that design in 3D form.

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The renders come from LetsGoDigital and are stylized digital recreations of the actual physical PS5 development kit, complete with the manta ray color scheme, front-facing buttons and USB ports, and distinct ventilation.

The design is still pretty striking, but we shouldn't expect the final PlayStation 5 to look like this. Final consumer-facing products are almost always different than their respective devkits, except of course for the Xbox One X.

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Leaked PS5 devkit on the left, 3D render on the right.

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Rumor: Diablo II remastered on the way, reveal set for Blizzcon 2019

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 7 mins ago

Just as we advised, Blizzard is apparently going big at Blizzcon 2019, and Diablo will be a huge part of the show.

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Blizzard plans to reveal two big Diablo games at Blizzcon 2019: A remastered version of the beloved Diablo II, possibly including the Lord of Destruction expansion with its runewords and extra Assassin and Druid classes, and the next mainline game in the series, Diablo IV.

The news comes from Overwatch streamer Metro, who attributes the info to inside sources at Blizzard. Metro's leaks were validated when they accurately predicted Ashe's reveal in Overwatch before Blizzcon 2018 aired, so the source appears to be genuine.

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Xbox Game Pass continues boosting full game sales

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 19 mins ago

Gamers frequently buy outside the Xbox Game Pass lineup, making it hugely instrumental for Microsoft.

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Microsoft's $10 a month all-you-can-play Xbox Game Pass service is one of the most powerful forces in the industry. Not only does it make money from recurring subs every month, but it's actually leading to full game sales on Xbox LIVE. This phenomena was first highlighted by Phil Spencer, who confirmed Game Pass is sparking actual game purchases back in 2018.

Much to Microsoft's delight, Game Pass continues delivering. It's a kind of gateway to specific games that players wouldn't have tried otherwise, and when it turns out the games are good, players actually buy them outright to own them. Speaking at the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit, Xbox indie lead Agostino Simonetta said this trend of Game Pass inadvertently leading to game sales is continuing.

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Xiaomi unveils 34-inch UltraWide gaming monitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Posted: 20 hours, 33 mins ago

Xiaomi has just stepped into the gaming monitor market with its new Mi Surface Display, a new 34-inch UltraWide gaming monitor with native 3440x1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.

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The Chinese giant has unveiled not just one but two new Mi Surface Displays with the 34-inch model joined by a 24-inch 1080p model. The larger 21:9 UltraWide monitor has a 1500R curvature, with its 144Hz refresh rate smoothed out even more with AMD FreeSync and 4ms (GtG) response time.

Xiaomi is using super-thin bezels on its 34-inch UltraWide gaming display, with around 2mm bezels used and a stand that is has height adjustment and tilt abilities. We should hopefully find both DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity, but Xiaomi is a little skinny on the details in that department, at least for now.

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Unreal Engine 4 demo shows insane real-time storm effects

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 21 hours, 14 mins ago

This Unreal Engine 4 storm demo shows incredible storm effects that are possible on older GTX 900 series GPUs...imagine what next-gen consoles will deliver?

Blue12 studios game developer Koola just released an amazing UE4 demo that looks like something right out of next-gen. The footage was captured in real-time and shows intense hurricane-force winds, with quite realistic effects like shaking trees, destructive debris, lightning and ambient lighting effects, and tons of collisions and particle physics going on.

Interestingly enough, this demo was captured on an older NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 GPU, not an insanely powerful rig. It's actually not even optimized, so the demo could look even better with more horsepower and higher-end tweaks.

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John Wick, Neo in Mortal Kombat 11? Ed Boon wants it to happen

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 1 min ago

The murderous Baba Yaga or The One could show up in Mortal Kombat 11--at least that's what Ed Boon wants to see.

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Mortal Kombat 11's character roster has all kinds of crossovers: There's The Joker from Batman, the T-800, and even Spawn. Netherealm is far from finished expanding MK11's DLC characters...so what's next? Ed Boon teases Neo from the Matrix, John Wick, or even an epic crossover with the Street Fighter series.

At this year's Brasil Games Show, Ed Boon discussed who he'd like to see make the cut onto the Mortal Kombat 11 lineup.

"There's so many...I can't name them all. Maybe somebody from Street Fighter, maybe Neo from the Matrix or John Wick could be a cool one," Boon said.

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Spin a web for our 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 23 hours, 15 mins ago

Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment, we have ten Blu-ray copies of the new release Marvel blockbuster 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' to give away!

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Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Our friendly neighbourhood super hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. Spider-Man and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) join forces to fight the havoc unleashed across the continent but all is not as it seems.

To go into the running to win a prize, post this article to your social media profiles, send your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com and correctly answer the following question before the competition closes on 25 October.

In what year did Spider-Man make his comic book debut?

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The Outer Worlds PS4 Pro enhancements confirmed with 4K upscaling

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

Contrary to reports, The Outer Worlds will get enhancements on the PlayStation 4 Pro too.

Private Division confirms The Outer Worlds will tap the PS4 Pro's extra horsepower with graphical optimizations. Obsidian's new spacefaring RPG will support upscaled 4K resolution on the PS4 Pro, and hits native 4K with 3840 x 2160 textures on Xbox One and PC. The Outer Worlds will instead hit a native 1400p on PS4 Pro. It was previously reported the game would only be optimized on Xbox One X.

"The Outer Worlds is enhanced for both Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. It includes 4K textures and resolution on Xbox One X and PC, and upsamples to 4K from 1440p on PS4 Pro. It looks great across all platforms," the publishing label said on Twitter.

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AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X destroys Intel's i9-10980XE in 3DMark Firestrike

By: Shannon Robb | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

The news on the upcoming launches of AMD's new 3950X and Threadripper parts are heating up. This time with official results for Intel's new Cascade Lake-X parts having an official showing as well. The findings come from the 3DMark database, which has new results for both the flagship AMD mainstream CPU and the upcoming flagship Intel HEDT part as well.

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Different users ran the two tests, but they appear to be stock results from what the results entries show. Now do keep in mind this is less of a controlled environment than the reviews you read here. Each of these was from separate users with no in-depth information such as MCE status or anything else that may be configured. However, once we look at the scores and some of the specifics of each entry, we can extrapolate some useful information.

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