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We have known for several months now that Microsoft is planning to release an upgrade Xbox console codenamed Project Scorpio. It is not exactly a secret—Microsoft confirmed its existence more than eight months ago at last year's E3 convention, though it stopped way short of offering up more than just a few details. Well, more information will presumably be available tomorrow, as Digital Foundry has promised an exclusive "Xbox Scorpio" reveal on Eurogamer. The reveal will take place early in the morning for those of you living in the Pacific time zone—6 AM to be precise. That means 9 AM Eastern,... Read more...
Retail stores can't restock shelves with Nintendo Switch consoles fast enough to satiate demand, and that may not change throughout all of 2017. Be that as it may, there are some issues plaguing the system. The newest complaint is that the Switch has a tendency to bend and warp when docked. In most cases, users who are experiencing the issue say it's a small bend, though that's not always the case. A user on Reddit posted a photo of his warped Switch console and there is a noticeable bend. it's reminiscent of the problem some users faced with Apple's original iPhone 6 Plus phones. Have a look:... Read more...
In the words of another group that was super popular in the 2000’s, Mad Catz is “going down, down in an earlier round”. After a rough year, the producer of unique gaming accessories and peripherals has filed for bankruptcy. According to Mad Catz representatives, “The Board of Directors made the decision to have the Company make a voluntary assignment in bankruptcy after considering various strategic alternatives, the interest of various stakeholders of the Company as well as a number of other factors.” Mad Catz filed for a “voluntary petition for relief under chapter 7 of U.S. Bankruptcy code”... Read more...
Gamers have grown frustrated with Ubisoft over currency issues and matchmaking problems in For Honor, the hack-and-slash fighting game that released to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles and Windows PCs last month. In an attempt to get the company's attention, a Reddit forum user has organized a mass boycott where For Honor players will refrain from playing the title for 24 hours. "The goal is to receive a response from Ubisoft, something that tells us to maintain our faith in the game. Below is a list of reasonable requests and suggestions made by the community that I have noticed. I hope together... Read more...
There will be no more speculation on the matter, folks—Destiny 2 is indeed headed to the PC, developer Bungie has officially confirmed. It will also arrive on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, though that was never really in question. After the first Destiny game launched to both consoles as well as previous generation Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems, there was an uproar from the PC community for a port. A port never came, but even better, PC gamers will be able to play Destiny 2 on their preferred platform. "This is a new beginning for every player. We know you have questions about the worlds... Read more...
When NVIDIA pulled the curtain up last month to reveal its latest top-end GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, it mentioned that the GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 would see special versions released that would bump the memory clock speeds -- 11Gbps for GTX 1080, and 9Gbps for GTX 1060. ASUS has now formally announced its take on both of these "OC" edition cards. ASUS' GTX 1060 OC edition sports 6GB like most of the original cards, but has it clocked at 9Gbps (original was 8Gbps). This doesn't fall into one of ASUS' higher-tier series, but as you can see, it hold nothing back on the cooling front. The card... Read more...
If you were a big fan of MSI's original Trident 3 gaming PC, then you might want to take a look at what the PC enthusiast company is delivering this time around with its follow-up offering: the "Frosty" Limited Edition Trident 3 Arctic. MSI released its first Trident 3 gaming PC earlier this year, and for its efforts won an IF Design Award. It's not hard to see why: the PC is downright beautiful, and despite its smaller size, it offers plenty of airflow to make sure your expensive components don't overheat. The limited edition Trident 3 Arctic sports an upgrade to both the CPU and GPU. Under the... Read more...
If you are a gamer looking to maximize his or her budget, then you are probably aware that finding the "perfect" monitor is nearly impossible. There is always a caveat, and a certain feature that entices you to spend an extra $100 or more. Well, ASUS is hoping to keep those feelings to a minimum with its full-featured VG245Q, a 24-inch monitor coming in at under $250 USD. The most notable feature of the VG245Q is its inclusion of FreeSync support, allowing more people with Radeon GPUs to improve the smoothness of their gameplay (and believe us, it makes a difference). As a 24-inch monitor, it's... Read more...
It may too good to be true, but you can now earn digital currency while playing certain game titles. That's thanks to Razer, and its new program to reward avid gamers with 'zSILVER'. Supported titles include Overwatch, Dota 2, and League of Legends. zSILVER ties into Razer's payment system zVault, which lets gamers deposit funds into a virtual account to spend it across multiple titles. That particular currency is called zGOLD, so you can probably begin to sense the theme here. To put it simply: zGOLD requires real money for digital goods, while zSILVER requires digital currency for real goods.... Read more...
Futuremark has released a new segment of its popular 3DMark graphics testing suite called "API Overhead". The goal is simple: establish which CPU+GPU+API combination offers the best possible performance. Whether it's DirectX 12 or Vulkan, one thing the test can prove is that most other APIs, such as DirectX 11, are slugs in comparison. Futuremark's API Overhead test features a simple scene of blocks that get built to create the illusion of buildings. More of these buildings will be built in the time allotted depending on overall performance. The test is capped at 30 FPS for this reason: framerate... Read more...
If you were just thinking that Facebook wasn't already addictive enough, don't fret: there's more feature goodness en route. Last year, the world's largest social network released Facebook Live, a simple feature that let people stream to their friends' lists on-the-fly, regardless of where they are located (provided there is Internet access, of course). How often you see this feature used will largely depend on your particular friends list, but overall, the feature has proven overwhelmingly popular. Now, that functionality is coming to the desktop (and notebooks), with a few additional tricks up... Read more...
When we first wrote about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night about two years ago, the game had become an instant Kickstarter success. But even at that time, we did not foresee the game's true potential. After funding completed, the project received a staggering $5.5 million, a huge leap over the requested $500,000. There are a couple of good reasons for why Bloodstained performed so well with crowdsourcing. For starters, it is in effect a spiritual successor to the Castlevania series, and perhaps even more notable is the fact that Koji Igarashi is the man behind it. Igarashi, also known... Read more...
Somewhere in a parallel universe, Nintendo's hybrid Switch console is running a custom version of Cyanogen OS, the now discontinued open-source operating system that has been forked into LineageOS. In this parallel universe, the OS lives on as founder Steve Kondik and and former CEO Kirk McMaster laugh about how CyanogenOS almost failed before Nintendo saved the day. Unfortunately for everyone who was involved with CyanogenOS, in the universe we live in, McMaster told Nintendo to "stick it" when the company inquired about using the OS to power its then-upcoming Switch. "In the early days of Cyanogen... Read more...
Following years of anticipation, BioWare's latest epic, Mass Effect: Andromeda, has just launched. As with all Mass Effect games, Andromeda is ambitious, complex, and rewarding, so expect to sink dozens of hours into it at the very least. Andromeda marks a brand-new chapter for the Mass Effect series, with this game's story mostly disjointed from the previous entries in the series. That was to be expected, as the ending of Mass Effect 3 painted storytellers into a corner. If you haven't played the previous games, and are thus worried about diving into this one first, don't worry. This is a fresh... Read more...
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