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The folks at id Software have been fairly quiet as of late about Quake Champions, its forthcoming arena-style shooter that was unveiled during Bethesda's press conference at last year's E3. However, they're making noise now—there is a new trailer available that teases fast action game play, but even more exciting is that gamers can now sign up for the much anticipated closed beta. Bethesda says the closed beta will begin sometime in the coming weeks. For anyone who plans on attending PAX East this weekend at the Boston Convention Center, Quake Champions will be playable at the Bethesda booth, giving... Read more...
Nintendo has a message for Switch owners who notice dead or stuck pixels on their brand new hybrid consoles: ignore them. Same goes for dark or light patches on the screen. In a support page on the company's U.K. website, Nintendo states that these types of anomalies are typical of LCD panels, and that it would be wrong to consider any of them as defects. It's reminiscent of when Apple told iPhone 4 users they were holding their handsets wrong in response to reception issues. At least with Apple, there was a suggested fix. Two of them, actually—hold the phone differently or purchase a case. Nintendo... Read more...
Since the time Microsoft first teased us about "Game Mode" in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Edition, we've been left wondering how the feature works, and whether or not it'd be worth using. At this week's Game Developers Conference, held in San Francisco, the first of those questions has been answered. The ultimate goal of Game Mode is to prioritize the CPU and GPU for gaming. That means Windows will allocate as many resources as possible from each processor to the game, shoving aside main Windows processes that don't need to run at full-tilt while someone is playing. Those who spend time tweaking... Read more...
Independent testing of Ryzen (including our own in-depth benchmarking and analysis) confirms what AMD has promising all along, that its fancy new CPU architecture is the real deal and it is able to compete with Intel at the high end. The only caveat is that Ryzen's gaming performance is not where many thought it would be, especially considering the architecture's excellent IPC efficiency and performance in other areas, such as Cinebench and POV-Ray. What gives? The short answer is, this is a temporary thing until developers get rolling with optimizations. During an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session... Read more...
Finders, keepers? Not in the case of the Nintendo Switch. It turns out the the Nintendo Switch GAF user Hiphoptherobot received two weeks early from an “unnamed store” was actually stolen “by employees of a U.S. distributor.” Nintendo released the statement, “Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, we reported on Beam hitting Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15019, and now, those who have access to the Xbox One Insider Preview should be able to boot their console up and take almost immediate advantage of the same feature (an update will be necessary first, of course). Beam is of course Microsoft's solution for taking on the Goliath that is Twitch.tv. With it, players can watch their favorite Xbox or Windows-derived streams on the same platforms, in addition to Android and iOS (apps existed for those platforms before Microsoft acquired Beam last year). When... Read more...
NVIDIA announced an updated SHIELD TV bundle back at the Consumer Electronics Show, which offers a host of new features thanks to some fresh hardware and an Android Nougat based OS upgrade. The updated SHIELD TV, however, isn’t totally new. Internally, the device was still packing NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 SoC like the original, which, even after a couple of years on the market, is still an exceptionally strong performer. The new SHIELD TV also has the same memory and base storage configurations, and the SHIELD Remote is similar too. However, NVIDIA significantly shrunk down the chassis by eliminating... Read more...
What's that sound? Oh, it's just the collective sound of Fallout fans who'd rather not game on mobile platforms letting out a collective "Finally!". That's right: Bethesda's super-hot mobile game based on the Fallout universe, called Fallout Shelter, is coming to Xbox One, as well as Windows 10 PCs. Sorry, PlayStation fans. This is one of those times where you can hear about an announcement and not have to wait forever and a day for it to come to fruition. Microsoft says that Fallout Shelter will hit both of its platforms on February 8, and like the mobile game, it's going to be free to download,... Read more...
If you're a fan of any Activision or Blizzard game series, then there's a new reason to be excited. Announced today, parent company Activision Blizzard is launching a new division focused squarely on consumer products. Love Overwatch? Expect to see an even greater selection with your geek gear soon. To launch this division, former Mattel and Disney executive Tim Kilpin was brought in, who helped both companies achieve great success in similar areas. He says, "I’m excited to lead this newly-formed division and join Activision Blizzard’s already incredibly talented consumer products team in delivering... Read more...
Details surrounding Nintendo's forthcoming Switch console have come out in spurts, some of it by way of leaked info and rumors, and some of it confirmed through various press events. As we get closer to the console's launch, Nintendo finally got around to posting an extensive spec sheet that is nearly complete. It reveals some details that were not previously known, though one big question still remains—what are the specs of the custom Tegra processor used in the Switch?We're still waiting for the answer to that one. In the meantime, Nintendo revealed that its upcoming console measures 102mm x... Read more...
Nintendo is not being coy about why you might want a hybrid game console that you can take with you for gaming on the go. Or when you have to go, as in, to the bathroom. Just as tablets and smartphones replaced the practice of reading shampoo bottles and paper magazines in the holy sanctuary of bowel movements, the Nintendo Switch could be the next must-have gadget when it's time do your personal business. Mario and the gang will be more than happy to join you in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. As the retail launch for the Nintendo Switch draws near, Nintendo has begun ramping up its advertising efforts to... Read more...
With BioWare's Mass Effect: Andromeda set to launch in less than two months (March 21st, to be exact), we had a hunch that there would be an influx of trailers before then. As it happens, we were right! A couple of days ago, BioWare released a video that highlights the Pathfinder Team, which introduced the game's two playable characters, siblings Scott and Sarah Ryder: Today, the developer follows-up with its second cinematic trailer. It has no special name, but we're introduced to the game's antagonist, although it's a very quick introduction. There's absolutely no new gameplay shown off in this... Read more...
Something obvious to anyone that’s done any shopping for graphics cards recently is that NVIDIA’s add-in board partners have gone all-in on Pascal. Virtually all of NVIDIA’s tier 1 partners have dozens of Pascal-based products in their line-up, from ultra-powerful, triple-slot, overclocked GeForce GTX 1080s to half-height, low-power GTX 1050s. Tucked away neatly in the middle, however, is a graphics card with enough muscle to power a mainstream gaming system, but in a form factor that’s small and power-friendly enough for a compact mini-ITX build – this is the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming.If you... Read more...
Some big changes are coming to the Xbox One. Microsoft will introduce them all to the Xbox One community at large when its Creators Update arrives in the spring, though in the meantime gamers who are members of Microsoft's Xbox Insider Preview program can take an early look at some of the feature upgrades by downloading the latest Insider update. If you're a member and don't see it yet, hang tight—Microsoft starting rolling out the update to a small subset of gamers on Monday and will make it available to all other Insiders in the coming weeks. "For gamers, the Creators Update is about performance,... Read more...
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