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ABZU will be taking a dive into the Nintendo Switch, Nov 29

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 40 mins ago

ABZU developer Giant Squid Studios and publisher 505 Games are excited to announce that they will be throwing ABZU into the deep end of the Nintendo Switch on November 29th.

 

 

505 Games has released a new trailer onto their YouTube Channel to celebrate the announcement of ABZU coming to the Nintendo Switch. For players that don't know, ABZU was originally launched back in 2016 and is a underwater adventure that brings to life a gorgeous visual representation of the deep dark world of the ocean.

 

Players will be taking a dive into the depths of the ocean and bare witness to the amazing sea life that creates a 'mediative'-like experience that developer Giant Squid Studios has accurately implemented into their game. ABZU will be arriving to the Nintendo Switch on November 29th. It is currently available for pre-order and will be 10% off to those that do so.

'Fortuna' update brings Warframe new concurrent gamer high

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 40 mins ago

Digital Extremes announced at TennoCon 2018 that they would be bringing 'Fortuna', the 2nd massive open-world update to Warframe. Now that update has been released it has caused Warframe to reach a new peak in concurrent gamers.

 

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For a little bit of background context on the timeline of Warframe's player count, the game was released back in 2013 and then got an open world update titled 'Plains of Eidolon', this update pushed the concurrent player count to what was at the time a record of 122,000 players. On June 14th, Digital Extremes launched 'The Sacrifice' story update which rose the concurrent player count to around the 129,000 margin, both of these figures are based off Steam.

 

Now the 2nd open world update has been released Warframe has broken into a new high. According to GitHyp, Warframe has reached a concurrent player margin of 132,000 players. If you are interested in more of breakdown into what the 'Fortuna' update contains, check out this post here. For more information about Warframe, visit the official blog here.

Game of the Year 2018 nominees: 6 games worth playing

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 40 mins ago

The 2018 Game of the Year nominees are in and this time round we have a selection of very well received titles from across a range of different fan bases.

 

 

Some will remember the controversy last year about the nominations for Game of the Year. PUBG was just exploding and giving birth to what is now the Battle Royale genre craze, this earned it a spot in the 2017 Game of the Year nominations. Many people didn't like the idea of, what was at the time, a not completed game being in apart of the Game of the Year rewards. This year though, I don't think many people will be complaining with the games that have been selected to compete against each other.

 

The Game of the Year nominees for 2018 are the following: Marvel's Spider-Man for the PS4, Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, Capcom's Monster Hunter: World, Sony Santa Monica Studios' God of War, Matt Makes Games' Celeste and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyseey. If I was to give my opinion on who will be taking this years Game of the Year, I would say it would have to be a toss up between Marvel's Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2. Both titles sold amazingly well are renowned as some fantastic games in their own regards. Who will take first place though? I'd be putting my money on Red Dead Redemption 2.

Insomniac release Spider-Man DLC 2 trailer 'Turf Wars'

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 40 mins ago

Players will be required to step into "Turf Wars" in the new DLC coming to Marvel and Insomniac Games' Spider-Man for PS4. Check out the new trailer for yourself below.

 

 

The coming DLC expansion is titled "Turf Wars" and will put players right in the middle of the Maggie crime family and gang leader HammerHead. Spider-Man will be required to stop the feud between both competing groups and once again bring peace to New York City before it becomes the "greatest casualty."

 

Insomniac Games has planned to release the DLC to players on November 20th. In other news about Spider-Man, if you haven't already picked up a PS4 console and have been considering doing so, PlayStation has provided consumers with a web-slinging deal to grab onto to. Over the course of PlayStation's Black Friday Week, a 1TB PS4 system that includes a physical copy of Marvel's Spider-Man and a DualShock 4 wireless controller will be going for just $199, check that out here. For more information on Spider-Man for PS4, visit the official website for our favorite webhead here.

Nintendo Black Friday Sales: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe & More

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 40 mins ago

Nintendo has joined in on the pre-Black Friday hype by announcing that they will be bringing consumers 2 limited-edition hardware bundles.

 

 

Nintendo has launched a new trailer onto their YouTube Channel to announce that they will be allowing for consumers to save a bit of coins this Black Friday on selected Nintendo products. The trailer features Luigi ticking off items on his 'to-do' list, the last chore to be completed is 'wrap Black Friday gifts.' Luigi realizes he needs some help with the wrapping, so he sends off his gifts in bag down a warp pipe and a note attached asking for help.

 

The bag arrives to Nintendo America Ambassador, Ganda Kris and she proceeds to show the audience each of the gifts that will be available over the course of the sales. On Black Friday, Nintendo will be bringing consumers a Nintendo Switch system containing a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for just $299.99. There is also a Nintendo 2DS Super Mario Maker Edition that will be going for $79.99. These prices will only be available on Black Friday and from participating retailers; Target, Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop and Amazon. For more information visit the official Nintendo Holiday Deals here.

NVIDIA's new GeForce Game Ready 416.94 drivers released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 hours ago

NVIDIA has released a new set of GeForce drivers with the GeForce Game Ready 416.94 WHQL release, which include optimizations for the latest games that have dropped with Battlefield V, Fallout 76, and Hitman 2. You can download the new GeForce Game Ready 416.94 WHQL drivers here.

 

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The new driver should be of importance to GeForce RTX series owners with Microsoft resuming the rollout of its troubled Windows 10 1809 update that was broken from day one. This new update adds in DirectX ray tracing (DXR) abilities, which in turn enables RTX features for Battlefield V for GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and RTX 2070 graphics card owners.

 

NVIDIA notes on the official driver download site: "Game Ready Drivers provide the best possible gaming experience for all major new releases, including Virtual Reality games. Prior to a new title launching, our driver team is working up until the last minute to ensure every performance tweak and bug fix is included for the best gameplay on day-1".

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NVIDIA announces Quadro RTX 4000: Turing goes single-slot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 hours, 24 mins ago

NVIDIA made quite the splash with its Turing GPU architecture a couple of months ago now, unveiling a family of Quadro RTX graphics cards with Turing GPUs as well as a new range of GeForce RTX graphics cards, with both families continuing to grow.

 

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The company has just announced during the annual Autodesk University Conference its new Quadro RTX 4000 graphicws card that will join the ranks of the Quadro RTX 5000, RTX 6000, and flagship RTX 8000. The new Quadro RTX 4000 has quite a few highlights: there's 40% more memory bandwidth than the previous-gen Quadro P4000 card, with 36 RT cores for some real-time ray tracing content.

 

Inside, the Quadro RTX 4000 features Turing TU106 which has 2304 CUDA cores, 288 Tensor Cores, 36 RT cores, and 7.1 TFLOPs of FP32 performance. NVIDIA using 8GB of GDDR6 on the Quadro RTX 4000, pricing it at $900. The TDP is just 160W, 25W lower than the GeForce RTX 2070 which also packs the TU106 and 8GB GDDR6. This is because the GPU clocks on the Quadro RTX 4000 are lower than the GeForce RTX 2070, saving precious power consumption (and thus, less heat).

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US rapper Soulja Boy announces his own... CONSOLE?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 hours, 19 mins ago

Move over Microsoft and Sony, the Xbox and PlayStation consoles will have a new competitor with American rapper Soulja Boy announcing his own video game console while he was streaming himself playing Fortnite. Check it out below:

 

 

Soulja Boy himself said during the Fortnite stream while holding up a console on camera: "I'm giving away my new console, that's right I'm coming out with own video game console". He announces that he will be releasing his own game, on his own console... without any other details unfortunately.

 

There's absolutely no details on this new console, and even Google searching turns up next to nothing official. But now I want to know what's inside of it, who is working on games for it, and whether he was just tripping balls the entire time playing Fortnite and is trolling the world.

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Overwatch update adds Ashe, balances everything else

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 5 mins ago

Blizzard has just updated Overwatch and baked in its latest hero 'Ashe' into the mix, a new long-range Damage Hero that sports a semi-auto rifle and B.O.B. which is Ashe's awesome Omnic sidekick. Ashe is connected to McCree, something you can see in the animated short below.

 

 

Ashe has been playable inside of the PTR for the past week, but the new update that Blizzard has pushed out for Overwatch rebalances a bunch of the heroes. The developer has balanced my main; Mercy, with developer comments including "Mercy's ultimate was charging a bit too slowly after her base healing was reduced in a previous update. These changes should restore some of her ultimate's strength and let it build up more quickly".

 

Mercy's ultimate 'Valkyrie' has been tweaked:

 

  • Ultimate cost reduced 15%
  • Healing per second increased from 50 to 60

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AMD EPYC Rome: 64C/128T processor teased at 2.35GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 7 hours, 54 mins ago

AMD unveiled its new EPYC 'Rome' CPU last week during its Next Horizon event in San Francisco, but was silent on its CPU clock speeds at the time. But now more details have surfaced through a new presentation on the next-gen 'Hawk' supercomputer that is being co-developed between HLRS and HPE.

 

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The new Hawk supercomputer will be one of the first to market powered by the next-gen AMD EPYC 'Rome' CPUs on 7nm, offering a huge 64C/128T at a purported base clock of 2.35GHz. If this is true, it's a decent bump from the 2.2GHz base CPU clock of the first-gen EPYC 'Naples' CPU which offered 'just' 32C/64T in comparison. The EPYC 7601 has a base CPU clock of 2.2GHz across all CPU cores, 2.7GHz boost on all CPU cores and up to 3.2GHz on single-core loads.

 

We could expect CPU base clocks of higher than 2.35GHz on other designs, with AMD having wiggle room moving down to the 7nm node for the second-gen EPYC 'Rome' CPUs compared to the 14nm node on the first-gen EPYC 'Naples' CPUs. The new EPYC 'Rome' CPU is also using the new Zen 2 architecture, which has its own room for improvements in IPC performance, and more over the previous-gen Zen+ architecture.

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