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Researchers are doing some wonderful things with machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies—gaining a better understanding of weather patterns, creating safer and more efficient transportation, predicting heart attacks, and even helping save a princess. Not just any princess, mind you, but Princess Peach. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Interactive Computing have harnessed these awesome technologies to give AI a better understanding of how video games work, and they used Super Mario Bros. to do it.Granting, teaching an AI to watch a video game and learn... Read more...
One of the things Microsoft focused on when developing the original Creators Update for Windows 10 was playing games. Features such as Beam (now called Mixer) and even a dedicated Game Mode intended to make gaming performance better were introduced with the update. Unfortunately, so were some bugs that had the opposite effect—users have been complaining of stuttering and random drops in frames per second in games such as Overwatch and Rocket League. Now several months later Microsoft says it is working on fixes. Yes, fixes, as in plural. There is not just one issue causing these problems, but several... Read more...
Do not hold your breath waiting for Nintendo to fully embrace virtual reality gaming. Along with augmented reality and mixed reality experiences, VR has captured the attention of hardware makers and developers who believe that we are on the verge of a revolution in gaming. Not everyone is buying into it, though, and certainly not Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "The problem with VR is that there aren't a lot of experiences that are truly fun," Fils-Aime said at Variety's Entertainment and Tech Summit Presented by Twitch.Image Source: Flickr (Jeff Dlouhy) It is not surprising to... Read more...
Participants of the Xbox Insider program were recently treated to a Minecraft beta that added mouse and keyboard support to the mix. If you have been wondering when Microsoft will roll out official support for keyboards and mice to the Xbox One community at large, Microsoft still does not have a specific date to share, though Xbox Platform CVP Mike Ybarra did promise that it is coming soon. "Keyboard and mouse support is definitely coming. We have to be very smart in how we do that. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say 'you can't do this because of fairness,'... Read more...
Developer CD Projekt Red gave thanks to fans of The Witcher series by posting a short video reminiscing about the past 10 years, narrated by Geralt. Oh, you were not aware? Difficult as it may be to fathom, next month marks the 10th anniversary of the original The Witcher game, which would go on to spawn two sequels and an Enhanced Edition of the first title, followed by a Director's Cut (same as Enhanced version, but without the censorship that was applied to the release in North America). The video is particularly emotional if you are the type who measures life's milestones and relentless pace... Read more...
Microsoft is gearing up for the launch of the new Xbox One X game console that will bring higher resolution gaming to console gaming fans. Pre-orders for that console kicked off late last month and it will actually land in stores for purchase on November 7. Ahead of shipping for that new game console, Microsoft is offering up some specials on Xbox One S game console bundles just in case you don't want to fork over $500 for an Xbox One X. There are no shortage of bundles for you to choose from on the One S side of things, but sadly, not all the cool bundles are discounted. For instance if you... Read more...
If you've been considering picking up one of Razer's beautiful Blade Pro notebooks, you're going to be happy that you've waited until just this moment, as the company has released a new Blade Pro notebook, and lowered its starting price at the same time. With the new Blade Pro, users can now dive in at the $2,299.99 price point with a laptop that includes NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060, a 120Hz IPS 1080p panel, and Intel's Core i7-7700HQ. The laptop also includes a 256GB SSD, as well as a 2TB hard drive. Also included is 16GB of DDR4-2400MHz memory. Razer is letting users upgrade certain components... Read more...
When it comes to gaming desktops many gamers feel like you can never have enough power inside your rig, especially if you plan to game at high resolutions with all the eye candy turned on. Acer has announced a new gaming desktop at IFA in Berlin, and the machine is high-end to say the least. Acer says that the Predator Orion 9000 is an "extreme platform for gaming and content creation." How extreme you ask? Well, the Predator Orion 9000 can be fitted with up to an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor with 18-cores and up to 36-threads. Graphics can be up to 4-way AMD Radeon RX Vega video cards... Read more...
Virtual reality could very well end up being the future of gaming. Or it could not—it is just too early to tell at the moment. No company wants to be left behind, however, and it appears as though Nintendo may have baked support for some kind of VR technology into its dual-purpose Switch game console. A peek at the source code reveals a reference to a mysterious "VrMode," leading to speculation as to what Nintendo is cooking up. Have a look: Just found this while looking at IPC interfaces on the Switch. Iiiiinteresting! #reswitched pic.twitter.com/J3QoKrJWKN — Cody Brocious (@daeken) August 27,... Read more...
Everyone seems to be playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG as the cool kids spell it. And by "everyone," we do not mean that literally, of course, but that does not take anything away from the game's popularity. The battle royale shooter has now leapfrogged ahead of Dota 2 on Steam's concurrent player chart, hitting a peak of 877,844 gamers all logged in at the same time. That feat pushed Dota 2 down to second place with a peak of 842,919 concurrent players, the only other game that comes close to the number of players PUGB is enjoying. #1 on @steam_games! Thank you all, once again, for... Read more...
Nintendo is still not producing enough hybrid Switch consoles to meet demand. We would say this is where you are supposed to feign surprise, but who are kidding, this is hardly shocking. What will be surprising is if Nintendo is able to get a handle on the situation in time for the holiday shopping season. History tells us not to hold our collective breath, though Nintendo says it is kicking up production. "We're doing everything we can to make sure everyone who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch system can do so," Nintendo said in a statement. "We will ramp up production for the holiday period, which... Read more...
One of the things that have set PC and console gamers apart from each other since the console first landed on the scene, is the platform input and control method. PC gamers typically play with a mouse and a keyboard, while the console gamer plays with a gamepad. Sure gamepads will work with Windows PCs, but it's hard to find a PC gamer willing to give up the accuracy and speed of their mouse and keyboard for a gamepad, for most genres of games. Many console gamers want to be able to use a mouse and keyboard with their Xbox One consoles and that has been impossible, but things appear to be changing.... Read more...
PC gamers who also happen to be fans of the Final Fantasy franchise have a lot to be excited about. The latest installment in the franchise is coming to Windows 10 PCs complete with the ability to support 4K resolutions. Despite the fact that other games in the franchise have seen PC ports, the game is still more of a console franchise. With the latest installment the developers behind Final Fantasy XV want to give PC gamers the features that will make the game a must-buy. PCGamer spoke with game director Hajime Tabata about the PC version of the game, "I think the very first step towards that,... Read more...
Microsoft is looking ahead to its Xbox One X console that will deliver true 4K game play and is ready to move on from its original Xbox One system. In fact, it already has, for the most part. A peek at the Microsoft Store shows that Microsoft is no longer selling the original Xbox One in the United States, save for a refurbished unit with a 500GB hard drive. Otherwise, there are no other listings. In the United Kingdom, the landing page for the Xbox One shows it as being "out of stock." That is probably a permanent thing, considering that Microsoft discontinued production of the Xbox One a few... Read more...
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