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We hear about hacks and attacks on web services all of the time, and often, there's a big reason behind it. The attackers either want to fetch information for their financial gain, or just to simply cause havoc. In this latest case involving Epic Games' forums, it appears to be the latter. In a new blog post, Epic says that it believes its Unreal Engine and Unreal Tournament forums have been compromised, with the attackers gaining access to email addresses and other information. Fortunately, no passwords were included, whether salted or not. This points to a smart design: while the bulk of the... Read more...
One thing is for sure: if you're in the market for a new gaming notebook - especially one featuring NVIDIA's brand-new GeForce cards - you're not going to suffer from a lack of choice. We've written about a handful of different vendor notebooks so far, and not to be forgotten, Acer has finally tossed its hat into the ring. Acer hasn't produced brand-new models to support NVIDIA's latest GPUs, but instead updated its popular Predator 15 and Predator 17 notebooks. However, there is something a bit odd: Acer hasn't yet said exactly which GPUs will be featured in these models. That said, the outgoing... Read more...
CybertronPC is hoping to hit a sweet spot for gamers with its new 14-inch laptop, the CLX Osiris 14. The system is light and slim for a gaming laptop, but it packs an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and Intel Skylake quad-core CPU under its hood, so this machine is clearly not messing around.  The Osiris 14 is a member of CybertronPC’s CLX family, which is so decidedly different than CybertronPC’s other product offerings, that the line has its own website. If you visit CybertronPC.com, you’ll need to choose the CLX site to find the Osiris 14. It’s not unusual for PC makers to create or buy distinct... Read more...
Even if the action-adventure survival game No Man's Sky isn't your kind of game, it's hard to argue that the title has lead to one of the most interesting development cycles we've seen in recent years. It's a game that half a year ago went under most people's radar, but today? It can't stay out of the news, and for a myriad of reasons. This past May, the game's developer, Hello Games, had to deliver the unfortunate news that the game would be delayed until this month, which is news that didn't go down well with many of the game's legion of fans. One journalist even received death threats... Read more...
Valve has been no stranger to sharing some of its home-brewed technologies, and now that's being extended to VR, a market that the company is very serious about. The company has just decided to release its 3D tracking technology to anyone who wants it, and the best part is: it's royalty-free. In its press release, Valve's Alan Yates gives some feel-good vibes: "Making this tracking technology available to more partners is an extremely important step in the evolution of virtual reality and 3D tracking. We are very confident that doing so will result in new and innovative experiences for all VR customers."... Read more...
Nintendo needs another hardware success like the original Wii console and it's hoping its forthcoming NX console will fit the bill. Until it releases in March of next year, all we can do is speculate based on what little information Nintendo is willing to share at this point and the many rumors and supposedly leaked tidbits that find their way to the web. One of the rumors is that the NX's graphics performance will fall somewhere in between Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. That's according to what "sources close to Nintendo" have told MCV about the NX. Apparently Nintendo is going... Read more...
The technology teardown specialists at iFixIt wasted no times getting their eager mitts on Microsoft's brand spanking new Xbox One S console, a slimmed down version of the original with a few notable upgrades, including a GPU that's clocked around 7 percent higher. So what's it like playing a real life game of Operation on the Xbox One S? It's similar to tearing into a Day One Edition Xbox One released three years ago, though not entirely the same. Things have been rejiggered in downsizing the Xbox One's physical dimensions. However, before getting inside, you'll need to remove/destroy the tampering... Read more...
The leaks surrounding Nintendo's upcoming NX console continue to flow. Last week, a website claimed to have received exclusive information about Nintendo's console, and depending on your perspective, it will either sound great or lackluster, if you weren't big on the Wii or Wii U. First and foremost, the biggest thing that would set the NX apart, if rumors are true, is that it'd be primarily a portable console - not portable like the PS Vita, but portable enough to pick up and walk around a house with. A TV wouldn't be removed from the equation entirely though; you'd be able to dock this portable... Read more...
If you weren't hit with enough nostalgia earlier this month when an Unreal Engine master recreated the opening sequence of Unreal in UE4, here's your second chance. If you played first-person shooters in the mid-90s, there's little doubt that you loaded up id Software's Quake. It's a game that developed an instant following; and despite it beginning out with software-driven graphics, an OpenGL port was later released to the delight of anyone with a 3D accelerator. Quake wasn't just technologically impressive, though; it had a lot of other things going for it. The level design was largely fantastic,... Read more...
As we detailed late last week, AMD has two brand-new Radeon graphics cards due to hit the market soon: the Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 460. The former is going to come out on the 4th of August (aka: this Thursday), while the RX 460 will arrive four days later, on August 8th. While anything lower-end than AMD's Radeon RX 480 might not seem that interesting, this card promises to pack in a surprise or two. In fact, it's been rumored that it could be even more overclockable than the RX 480, which could help users effectively catch up to the stock speeds of AMD's mainstream card. It'd be nice, at least!... Read more...
With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update set to launch on August 2, it seems Microsoft's Xbox had interest in beating their desktop counterparts to the punch by releasing the Xbox One Anniversary Update right now. It's probably a smart move on Microsoft's part to roll out the releases like this, as these platform versions are meant to complement each other. If you have an Xbox One, it means there will be no waiting to take advantage of the interoperability between the two platforms, once you upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10. So what's included? Well, if you enjoy talking to artificial... Read more...
DirectX 12 is gaining momentum with both game developers and hardware manufacturers, and as a result, gamers as well. The Windows 10 enabled, low-level API is being adopted in more and more titles, with both legacy and cutting-edge game engines now taking advantage of it. Using an ASUS STRIX Radeon R9 Fury graphics card, along with a few other more mid-range GPUs, we cooked up a performance analysis shootout of sorts. Here, we'll pit DX12 against DX11, using a variety of today's popular game titles that leverage the new API, so we can see what performance looks like and if there are significant,... Read more...
Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog rejoice. During the Sonic 25th Anniversary Celebration at Comic-Con, SEGA revealed two new Sonic games: Sonic Mania and an untitled original game for release on consoles and the PC platform sometime in 2017. Sonic Mania is a 2-D, pixel-style art game. Its classic gameplay reimagines Zones and Acts from titles such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3, and Knuckles. It will also include completely new Zones, Acts, and bosses. Sonic Mania will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in the spring of 2017. The game was the... Read more...
Nintendo is going to launch a brand new game console codenamed NX in March of next year, that much we know. Beyond that, it's a big guessing game as to what exactly Nintendo is cooking up and whether it will be worth the wait, though Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot seems encouraged by what he's seen of the new hardware. "What we have seen is really great," Guillemot said during a quarterly earnings call on Tuesday. "We think having a new machine coming is going to help the industry to grow, and to take lots more casual players back to the industry." There's a lot of speculation about the NX, especially... Read more...
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