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DirectX 12 Will Increase Graphics Card Performance By 20 Percent

Written by Joffy S on 05 March 2015 at 17:30

Microsoft has been demonstrating its upcoming DirectX 12 API during the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, giving us our most in-depth look yet at the performance impact we can expect from.

In addition to the previously outlined CPU benefits resulting from reduced draw calls and Mantle-like optimisation, DirectX 12 will also increase the performance of DirectX 12-compatible graphics hardware by 20%. [More]

Get A Look At Unreal Tournaments Outpost 39 Map In New Gameplay Trailer

Written by Neil Soutter on 05 March 2015 at 16:30

Unreal Tournament’s delicious blend of ultra-fast movement and rapid-fire twitch-based combat has practically fallen off in the map in the last decade. In a post-Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare age it was almost forgotten, but Epic’s bringing it back kicking and screaming with the new Unreal Tournament, dodge jumps, instagibs, M-M-M-MONSTER KILLS and all.

To give you a little taster of what to expect from the free-to-play arena shooter, Epic has released a gameplay trailer for Unreal Tournament, showcasing the stunning high-res textures now on offer in its stock Outpost 23 map. The pre-alpha’s available to play for free now, so if it takes your fancy it’s just an 8GB download away. [More]

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Cross-Buy Games Coming To Windows 10 And Xbox One

Written by Joffy S on 05 March 2015 at 15:15

One of the larger revelations to come out of the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) last night was Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer taking to the stage to announce full cross-buy between Microsoft platforms. This means games developed for both Xbox One and PC will be available to play on both platforms for a single price.

It won’t be obligatory for devs to include this functionality, but we’ve no doubt it’ll be a popular choice. The first game to support this feature is Pinball FX 2, but it sounds as if Microsoft is planning a whole lot more, hinting at a number of Xbox One exclusives making the jump over to PC. [More]

Valve Shows Off VR Controller Prototype At GDC

Written by Stuart Thomas on 05 March 2015 at 14:00

HTC mentioned when it unveiled its Vive VR headset in collaboration with Valve that Gabe Newell’s outfit was working on some revolutionary virtual reality controllers to provide seamless interaction. Valve’s VR controllers are still early in the prototype phase but were given a demonstration at GDC in San Francisco this week.

They’re not much to look at just yet, but the Valve prototype controllers consist of a pair of a Wiimote-like controllers, one for each hand, with a number of sensors design to track all sorts of movement, and even squeeze-detection for your grip. Valve claim this is one of the most precise methods of controlling VR yet. [More]

All Future Xbox One Accessories Will Be Compatible With Windows 10 PCs

Written by Neil Soutter on 05 March 2015 at 12:45

Microsoft is steaming ahead with its Xbox and Windows 10 integration, announcing full wireless Xbox One controller support will be coming to PC later this year. During a presentation at GDC in San Francisco, Microsoft revealed an adaptor for the Xbox One gamepad that will allow it communicate wirelessly with a PC. Currently if you have a wireless Xbox One controller you’re forced to connect via a pesky micro-USB.

Official drivers were released last year for the wired version of the fantastic Xbox One controller, but for those of us who want a bit less clutter in our lives this is welcome news. Interestingly, Microsoft also also said that all accessories created for Xbox One going forward will now be compatible with Windows 10 PCs. [More]

GeForce GTX Titan X Detailed By Nvidia - Most Advanced GPU Ever

Written by Joffy S on 05 March 2015 at 11:30

With a 12GB framebuffer and a staggering 8 billion transistors, Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX Titan X is the most powerful graphics card on the planet. Thousands of Titans are no doubt cropping up on eBay as you read this, with Nvidia’s Maxwell-powered newcomer the GTX Titan X set to blow it away.

We’ve been waiting on news of Nvidia’s ‘Big Maxwell’ for a while now, and the GTX Titan X is the result. Based on the GM200 GPU, the Titan X has a huge die measuring roughly 600mm2, outstripping the Kepler GK110 seen in previous Titans and hopefully delivering much more efficient performance per watt. [More]

Final Version Of Steam Controller Displayed At GDC 2015

Written by Stuart Thomas on 05 March 2015 at 10:15

It’s been a long road to get here, but Valve has at last revealed the final iteration of its Steam Controller, due to launch in November this year. It’s the culmination of several redesigns for Valve, with a number of drastic changes coming in since its original unveiling.

The Steam Controller looks fairly similar to when we last saw it, retaining the two touchpads featured prominently on either side. The left circular touchpad has now been updated with a cross-shaped indentation, similar to a traditional four-way directional-pad. The right one meanwhile acts as a trackpad, similar to that on laptops, complete with acceleration to mimic mouse movement. [More]

Nvidia Titan X Running Unreal Engine 4 - Kite Flying Demo

Written by Felix Nova on 04 March 2015 at 19:50

This years Game Developer Conference is where the tech is being announced. Nvidia are showing their latest Titan X off.

Here is the demo trailer showing a real time demo run on a Nvidia Titan X, using the Unreal Engine 4. [More]

ACHTUNG! Standalone Prequel Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Announced

Written by Joffy S on 04 March 2015 at 18:30

Bethesda has announced MachineGames has been busy at work on an expansion for Wolfenstein: The New Order. The deliciously priced £15 / $20 Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is an eight chapter prequel to The New Order, and has B.J. Blazkowicz embarking on a two-part mission deep within the heart of Bavaria.

In Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves B.J. must break into Castle Wolfenstein itself in order to steal vital coordinates from under General Deathshead’s nose, while in The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs he finds himself in Wulfburg - A Nazi archaeologist has exhumed some mysterious artifacts, unleashing an ancient power. [More]

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