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Rise Of The Bank Raider - Tomb Raider To Feature 300 Micro-transactions At Launch

Written by Stuart Thomas on 10 October 2015 at 14:00

Remember when micro-transactions were actually micro? I know I’m clutching at straws here looking for good micro-transactions, but it didn’t long for a 79p hat to turn into £40 for a pack of Mother Base Coins. Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics remember though, which is why they’ve crammed Rise of the Tomb Raider full of the little buggers. A total of 300 microtransactions will pollute the Xbox Store, and that’s just the start.

Each of these micro-transactions relates to an Expedition Card in Rise of the Tomb Raider. The 300 cards all come with unique effects that can be used to modify the game. These range from silly stuff like Big Head Mode, to more useful things like Bullet Resistance, which, er, makes Lara more resistant to bullets. Now you can save up in-game coins and buy all of these cards, but if you want to take the easy route out you can buy packs of cards from the Xbox Live Store. [More]

Sony Officially Launches Its PlayStation Now Streaming Subscription Service

Written by Stuart Thomas on 10 October 2015 at 12:00

Sony has officially launched its PlayStation Now streaming service, at least here in the UK. The subscription-based service provides players with more than 100 PlayStation 3 games playable via PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and select TV models and mobile phones.

The Netflix-like service is available for £12.99 a month for unlimited access, or you can rent individual games for £2.99 a pop. There’s a big old list of quality games supported like The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite, Shadow of the Colossus HD and God of War III, but there are also a few that aren’t included in the subscription model and are exclusive to individual rentals. [More]

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Studio Wildcard Struggling With Adding DirectX 12 Support To Ark: Survival Evolved

Written by Neil Soutter on 10 October 2015 at 10:00

I wasn't aware this was happening but the immensely popular ARK: Survival Evolved is going to be getting DirectX 12 support soon. The flavour of the month survival sim has just cruised past the two million mark on copies sold, and getting in there early with DirectX 12 compatibility certainly isn’t going to do it any harm.

Studio Wildcard has been working on DX12 support for ARK: Survival Evolved for sometime now, announcing back in August that the team was getting ready for the update’s release in just a week’s time. That was two months ago and it seems as if Studio Wildcard has hit a snag or two along the way, primarily with driver support from Nvidia and AMD. [More]

Star Wars Battlefront PC Free Game Giveaway

Written by Felix Nova on 09 October 2015 at 18:00

Gamers everywhere are now fully involved with the latest sci-fi MMO shooter. Star Wars Battlefront open Beta is playable right now. When looking to create a multiplayer shooter you have to feel like the SW canon is in good hands with DICE at the development wheel. So why then is the beta getting mixed player feedback? A lot of people love the cult Star Wars franchise, so perhaps it is those people that are shouting the loudest about their beta gaming experience.

If you are like me and not sure you will enjoy the full Star Wars Battlefront game when it releases in mid Novemeber, then perhaps we can help you to avoid coughing up the massive £49.99 pre-order price for the PC version, in our Battlefront free game giveaway this weekend. Read further to find out how easy it is to join in our SW BF game giveaway competition. [More]

First Ever Game-Debate Podcast Live Streaming This Weekend - Tune In Here

Written by Felix Nova on 09 October 2015 at 17:29

Here at Game Debate I’ve been working on all sorts of changes which you’ve hopefully seen show up, but we’ve got loads more in the works, beginning with our brand new video podcast. That’s right, we’re going to be live streaming on Saturday night, having a chat about all the biggest gaming and hardware news. Over the next few weeks we’re inviting special guests and all sorts of people to come and share their wisdom and I’d love all of you to come and join the party.

This week's been a bit of a cracker when it comes to gaming news, so we've got plenty to chat about. We got the Star Wars Battlefront and Fallout 4 systems requirements, the Star Wars beta, and news on the awesome looking Far Cry Primal, not to mention micro transactions and insurance in gaming and the spread of this thing called, E-Sports. [More]

Star Wars Battlefront RAM Test And GTX 750 Ti, GTX 950 And Radeon HD 7950 Benchmarks

Written by Joffy S on 09 October 2015 at 16:50

Like most of you no doubt, we've been busy slicing down fools as Darth Vader and stomping over Rebel scum. Yep, Imperials rule and you all know it. Having seen the system requirements ahead of the beta it looked as if some of the hardware we had wouldn't even be capable of running Star Wars Battlefront, but we decided to put it to the test and see just how a variety of systems would cope under the pressure. 

With the help of Loukas we’ve managed to test a trio of rigs in the Star Wars Battlefront beta test. Firstly we’ve got the trusty GeForce GTX 750 Ti, supported by an AMD FX-4100 CPU and a measly 4GB RAM. We’ll show you DICE and your crazy specs! Then we’ve got Loukas’ rig, which is a Radeon HD 7950 Windforce Boost Edition with an Intel Core i5-3570 processor and 8GB memory. Lastly we have the MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G, backed up by an Intel i7-5820K and 16GB RAM.  [More]

Star Wars Battlefront PC Benchmark Analysis Video Guide

Written by Felix Nova on 09 October 2015 at 15:45

After DICE put out the system requirements to end all system requirements for Star Wars Battlefront, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. I mean, 16GB RAM! GTX 970 recommended! We’ve never seen anything quite like that, but luckily we’ve all had the beta test to get busy with. It’s also served a side benefit as a cheeky demo, so we all know whether to put down our hard-earned pre-order cash.

I’ve been busy putting our MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G through its paces to get a feel for just how demanding Star Wars Battlefront is. While I’ve been doing that I’ve also been putting together one of our new-fangled graphics options performance guides, so you lovely lot can see just what certain graphics options do, how Star Wars Battlefront looks on all the presets, and just what sort of performance hits you can expect. [More]

Nvidia Reportedly Phasing Out 2GB GTX 960 In Favour Of 4GB Models

Written by Neil Soutter on 09 October 2015 at 14:00

In a telling sign of where we’re headed with hardware demands, reports are circulating that Nvidia is planning to phase out the 2GB variants of its GeForce GTX 960 graphics cards. The models with 2GB of GDDR5 memory will dropped in favour of the 4GB flavours, which will become the sole versions.

Last weekend we asked just how much VRAM do you need for gaming in 2015, and the overwhelming response from GD’ers was that 4GB was the absolute minimum you should accept when buying a new graphics card. It looks as if Nvidia is taking a similar tack, aided no doubt by the recent surge in AAA system requirements demanding upwards of 3GB GDDR5 memory. [More]

Find Out Exactly When You Can Begin Playing Fallout 4 On November 10th

Written by Joffy S on 09 October 2015 at 12:45

Look, I know it’s still four weeks to go but if you’re anything like me then you can’t wait to hop into Fallout 4 at the earliest opportunity possible. Anything less than the release minute just won’t do. Well, alongside the Fallout 4 system requirements which were disclosed yesterday, Bethesda has also detail the exact times each and every one of you can begin playing worldwide.

First things first, the release date. Fallout 4 is out on November 10th worldwide. Except, that is, Asia, where it arrives on November 11th, and Japan, which is apparently a separate territory and has to wait until December 17th. Ouch. Get on the proxies Japanese GD’ers! Digitally Fallout 4 will be available at 12:01 AM on November 10th everywhere else. So New Zealanders will be the first to get Fallout 4, and Americans will be the last, if my knowledge of the globe is correct. [More]

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