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Windows 10 Announced But Will It Be A Free Upgrade To Windows 8

Written by Stuart Thomas on 02 October 2014 at 15:15

In the days preceding the eventual Windows 10 announcement reports were circulating the Microsoft was intending to offer Windows 9 as a free upgrade to Windows 8 users. Now that the wraps have been taken off of Windows 10 though, will Microsoft be offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to current Windows 8 users?

Microsoft hasn’t taken an official stance on the matter yet but we wouldn’t expect it to be long until it comes out and announces it will indeed be a free upgrade. Sales of Windows 8 have been extremely poor in comparison to previous Windows operating systems, and customers knowing that Windows 10 is just a year away will be inclined to hold off on upgrading until 2015. A full year without many people bothering to pick up a Windows OS from Microsoft is almost unthinkable for the software giant, so it stands to reason Microsoft will want customers to pick up Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 without fear of it going out of date or being phased out soon. [More]

Digital Artist Chris Jones Creates Unbelievably Lifelike Face From Scratch

Written by Jon Sutton on 02 October 2014 at 14:00

Here at GD we love getting a look at what the future of gaming and graphics has in store for us. What seemed impossible 10 years ago already appears aged, as game developers look to make huge strides towards photorealism with every passing year.

Despite how gorgeous game worlds have become in recent years though there’s alway one bugbear - the appearance of humans. Or should I say lifeless robots because, no matter hard they try, we’re essentially built from the ground up to detect a human not behaving as it should be. Well designer Chris Jones has been working on a computer-generated head using Lightwave, Sculptris and Krita that’s close as we’ve seen to overcoming the ever-present uncanny valley. [More]

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October PlayStation Plus And Xbox Games With Gold Games Revealed

Written by Neil Soutter on 02 October 2014 at 12:50

Sony and Microsoft have both revealed their free titles for this month on their PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold services as both console mnanufacturers look to entice gamers in with some free(ish) goodies.

On the PlayStation side this month’s titles include DriveClub PS+ edition, Spelunky, Batman: Arkham Asylum and more for a total of seven free titles, while Microsoft hits back with new indie release Chariot, DarkSiders 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for users to download in what promises to be stellar October of gaming. [More]

Cities: Skylines System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on 02 October 2014 at 11:35

It's been more than a year now since SimCity came out and crushed our mayoral hearts, stamping on our ambitions with its cities that looked more like hamlets and its always-online requirement that made its launch such an unmitigated disaster. Since then time has whiled away but we're still yet to see the return of the truly great city-building game.

Step forward Cities: Skylines, a sprawling city building landscape covered in miles of jutting skyscrapers, picturesque suburbs, spaghetti junctions and all manner of architectural marvels. It's a town-planner's dream come true and with Cities in Motion developer Colossal Order behind the scenes we know it's going to be a thoroughly in-depth city sim. Before you apply for planning permission though you'd best check out you've got the tools for the job, so read on to check out the official Cities: Skylines system requirements. [More]

Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood In Free Sims 4 Ghosts And Pool Updates

Written by Stuart Thomas on 02 October 2014 at 10:20

Outside the pigs are flying, hell hath frozen over and there’s a blue moon twinkling in the sky. Meanwhile EA has announced a schedule of totally free content updates coming to The Sims 4 throughout the year, including the return of the notorious swimming pools and the addition of Ghosts, Star Wars costumes, and more.

Sims fans felt much aggrieved earlier this year when EA and Maxis revealed swimming pools and toddlers wouldn’t be making the cut in time for The Sims 4’s launch, and players were understandably sceptical when Maxis said it would be working on it after launch. The $30 Sims Swimming expansion pack beckoned, but perhaps we shouldn’t have been so quick to judge. The pools will arriving in a November update so you can finally get to work creating aquatic death-traps for your unwitting Simions. [More]

Grab A Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Steam Code For Less Than 20 GBP

Written by Jon Sutton on 01 October 2014 at 17:30

Everyone loves a bargain. Getting hold of a cracking deal is one of life’s little pleasures, like putting on a coat you haven't worn in six months and finding a crisp £20 note dying to be spent at the nearest watering hole.

Brand new PC games aren’t cheap nowadays, with big boys like EA and Ubisoft charging upwards of £40-£50 for a day one release. We feared the same for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, but having had a poke around for a copy we found an absolute bargain from Brazilian store Nuuvem. This brand new release is available to pick up now for just 70 Brazilian Real, or around £17.59/$28.48. It seemed remarkably cheap for a huge new release but we've bitten the bullet and given it a go and it works a treat. [More]

AMD Catalyst 14.9 Drivers Bring Performance Improvements To R9 290X And R9 290

Written by Neil Soutter on 01 October 2014 at 16:30

AMD has posted its new Catalyst 14.9 WHQL certified graphics drivers, the first WHQL-certified drivers since the release of the AMD Catalyst 14.4 drivers way back in April this year. The focus this time around is on performance boosts for its top-tier cards, namely the AMD Radeon R9 290X and the AMD Radeon R9 290.

The new drivers provide a whole host of performance enhancements to a number of demanding titles including Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs, Thief, and Batman: Arkham Origins among others. Some of these tweaks are for Mantle-supported titles and performance improvements across the board in these titles ranges from 5% all the way up to 20%, while CrossFire configuration scaling is seeing performance gains of up to 92 per cent in some circumstances. [More]

Hearthstone Halloween Handout Has Exclusive All Hallows Eve Treats For Seventh Season

Written by Stuart Thomas on 01 October 2014 at 15:15

All Hallows’ Eve. That strangest of days where we decide it’s a great time to scare the bejeezus out of ourselves. Kids across the land put on some frankly horrific costumes before terrorising their neighbourhoods in the name of sugar-based confectionery while adults watch horror films that they’ll continue to wonder they’re even legal as they hurriedly cram popcorn into their mouth.

It’s a strange sort of day and there’s in fact still more than four weeks to go until it arrives, but that hasn’t stopped the ever-festive Blizzard dusting off its pumpkin collection for a Hearthstone Halloween makeover already. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is still only a matter of months old and its already in its seventh official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season, and to commemorate the occasion a special new Halloween-themed card backing is available to add to your collection. [More]

Leaked AMD Slides Reveal HBM 3D Memory 9X Faster Than GDDR5 For R9 300 Series

Written by Jon Sutton on 01 October 2014 at 14:00

Leaked presentation slides for a co-developed product from AMD and SK Hynix have been revealed, showcasing how the pair of tech giants are creating 3D stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) capable of running up to nine times faster than GDDR5 memory.

The pair have been collaborating on the HBM memory as a replacement for the GDDR5 standard, which has seen its performance increases slow down during recent years, meaning performance gains have grown exponentially more expensive. Wider memory interfaces and faster GDDR5 RAM modules have typically been the key but these are now reaching their limits, and AMD is looking at developing this technology to integrate with its Radeon R9 300 series of graphics cards. [More]

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