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Intel VP Calls Effective End To Moores Law With Focus On Efficiency Over Performance

Written by Joffy S on 07 February 2016 at 16:00

In what feels like a fairly historic moment, Intel has effectively called an end to the long-running Moore’s Law. The Law itself dictates that transistor density on chips will double every 18 months to two years, effectively doubling the performance capabilities. Not so anymore according to Intel executive VP William Holt, who admitted as much during the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.

We saw with the repeated delays to its Broadwell micro-architecture that Intel really struggled to shrink its chips down to the 14nm process. Further die shrinks are only going to prove more problematic, so it becomes increasingly difficult to keep pace with Moore’s Law. Instead, Holt says the chip giant will be attempting to improve energy consumption rather than the usual faster execution times. [More]

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 Free-To-Play Version Comes To PC

Written by Stuart Thomas on 07 February 2016 at 14:00

For PC gamers, the yearly choice between FIFA and PES has been ludicrously easy as of late. While the former made the switch to a new game engine and all the mod cons seen in the console version, Pro Evolution Soccer languishes on PC with ports of the ancient looking PS3 version. But what about if PES was free?

Well, that’s exactly what’s happened now, with Konami launching Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 fee-to-play edition on PC. Pitched as an entry-level version of Konami’s beloved footie game, it comes with the Exhibition mode, Training tools, and what is probably the most popular feature in the full game - myClub mode. [More]

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Trackmania Turbo Set To Tear It Up In March

Written by Stuart Thomas on 07 February 2016 at 10:00

Fans of horrific techno and insanely competitive time trial events rejoice! For Trackmania Turbo once more has date on which it will burst forth in all its glory. Having been delayed last year for some last-minute playtesting, Nadeo’s racer will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One worldwide on March 22nd.

Just to give the announcement a little more fanfare, Ubisoft has also gifted us a new trailer filled with cars, twisted tracks, and, just to mix it up, a touch of breakbeat. Which is at least a damn sight better than the homegrown techno which found a home on the custom online servers of the previous Trackmania titles. [More]

Valve Takes Us By Surprise With Huge Lunar New Year Steam Sale

Written by Neil Soutter on 07 February 2016 at 10:00

If you haven’t been able to get on your PC in the last day or so, you might have missed Valve unleashing a surprise Steam Sale. Our bank balances had only just begun to breathe a collective sigh of relief following the recent Steam Winter Sale, but we’ve been plunged head-first into another mammoth round of discounting.

Running from Friday evening through until February 12th, the Lunar New Year Sale is basically tied into Chinese New Year, which is tomorrow. It’s the year of the monkey by the way, and to celebrate there are currently 9,262 titles on sale right now. Which is a heck of lot - more than the Winter Sale if my memory serves me correct. [More]

Resident Evil Zero HD Review : Prequel To The Sequel

Written by Joffy S on 06 February 2016 at 14:00

Up on the shelf next to my telly sits a very battered Gamecube copy of Resident Evil Zero. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve dusted it off and given it a go, but it is a game I am intimately familiar with. Downloading the new HD remaster then was sure to be a bit like popping on a classic episode of X-Files or watching Die Hard for the umpteenth - comfort food for the mind. Nothing is ever that simple though, and I was swiftly reminded of the harsh passage of time.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Campaign PC Low vs High Graphics Benchmark Video

Written by Jacques Waugh on 06 February 2016 at 14:00

If you haven't heard of Call of Duty by this point I honestly don't know whether to feel sorry for or jealous of you. The juggernaut franchise saw its latest iteration arrive last November. Call of Duty: Black Ops III yet again broke sales records by generating $550 million dollars in worldwide sales within three days of release. We tested the game using an MSI Radeon R9 380 2gb, Intel i7-5820K processer and 16GB of RAM.

Graphically COD: Black Ops 3 definitely improves over some of its predecessors in terms of colour palette and textures in particular. Having said that, the IW engine is beginning to show signs of its age, especially where particle effects and scripted sequences are concerned. The frame rate was also incredibly varied – on the lowest setting the highest and lowest achievable frame rate had almost a 100 fps difference, which is an insane swing. [More]

Just How Big Is The Divisions World Map Compared To Fallout 4 And Grand Theft Auto V

Written by Joffy S on 06 February 2016 at 12:00

Despite thousands upon thousands of gamers gaining access to The Division’s Closed Beta, we still didn’t get a firm idea of just how big the digital recreation of Manhattan is. Players only had access to a relatively tiny chunk, but YouTuber MacroStyle made busy with some serious cartographing and got to comparing The Division’s world with the current open-world golden boys - Fallout 4 and Grand Theft Auto V.

Now you’d think that comparing that comparing the sizes of game worlds would be a fairly simple process. Just put them side by side and hey presto! But, things are rarely as simple as that. There’s the small matter of scale, you see, making comparisons an arduous process involving lots of tape measures and complex calculations. [More]

The Next Overwatch Beta Is Set To Kick Off This Coming Tuesday

Written by Stuart Thomas on 06 February 2016 at 10:00

After a bit of a lengthy wait, Blizzard has announced that the Overwatch beta will be returning this month. The next closed test is scheduled to kick off this coming Tuesday, February 9th, and will be packing plenty of new goodies for those who have already exhausted the delights of the last beta test.

This includes a brand new game mode, which Blizzard still isn’t talking about, as well as a bunch of new maps and the eagerly anticipated introduction of a long-term progression system. That latter one’s probably going to attract the most interest. Ideally progression is linked to cosmetics rather than having a stronger character, as this would typically tip matches in favour of Overwatch veterans. Which nobody wants. Except for Overwatch veterans.  [More]

XCOM 2 PC Minimum Vs Maximum Graphics Benchmark Video

Written by Jacques Waugh on 05 February 2016 at 18:32

XCOM 2 has launched today and with it come some pretty high expectations after the success of the previous game. Early responses to the game so far have been positive, with many reviewers giving the game extremely high scores and praise for the updated and new mechanics in the game.

After the break is our video showcasing XCOM 2 on its maximum graphics setting and its minimum one. XCOM 2 ran impressively well for a brand new game, however the title offers 8x MSAA anti-aliasing which severely affects the frame rate – simply changing the anti-aliasing to 8x MSAA from FXAA produced a loss of over 30 frames per second and the game becomes unplayable on the MSI Radeon R9 380 2gb. [More]

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