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Three New PvP Modes To Be Added To Grand Theft Auto Online Ahead Of PC Launch

Written by Neil Soutter on 04 March 2015 at 16:30

The wait might be well and truly on for Grand Theft Auto V on PC, but at least we know there’s going an absolute bucket load of stuff for us steal, murder, and rampage through once it arrives. Rockstar’s now announced even further plans for improvements and additions for both GTA V and Grand Theft Auto Online ahead of its April 14th launch.

If you haven’t had a chance to go hands-on with GTA Online just yet, it’s dangerously addictive multiplayer mayhem, and it’s only going to get better in the weeks leading up to the PC launch. Rockstar is adding three brand-new adversary mods for competitive PvP to GTA 5, including ‘Come Out To Play’, ‘Siege Mentality’, and ‘Hasta La Vista’. [More]

4GB Variants Of Nvidias GeForce GTX 960 Arriving In March

Written by Joffy S on 04 March 2015 at 15:15

Those of you disappointed with the meagre 2GB VRAM offered by the GeForce GTX 960 might be interested to know a number of Nvidia’s partners are beginning to roll out 4GB variants of the mid-tier graphics card.

Many weren't pleased Nvidia opted for just 2GB GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit interface, but this doubling of memory should hopefully provide a performance boost for modern memory intensive games and higher resolutions. [More]

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Become The Road Warrior When Mad Max Launches On September 4th

Written by Stuart Thomas on 04 March 2015 at 14:00

The fuel-injected suicide machine that is Mad Max has been officially dated for a September 4th release worldwide, Avalanche Studios has confirmed. The release date comes just hours after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s launch date was leaked, and it looks like Konami’s open-world stealth title will be attempting to rain on Mad Max’s parade, arriving just three days earlier.

Avalanche Studios, who are working on Just Cause 3 as well, also confirmed both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Mad Max have been wrecked in the thunderdome. In a similar move to Techland with Dying Light, the apocalyptic open-world car combat game will now be arriving on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One only. [More]

Stream Your PC Games To Any TV With Steam Link Device From Valve

Written by Neil Soutter on 04 March 2015 at 12:45

Valve’s certainly been busier than usual at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Not content with unleashing Source 2 and partnering with HTC for its Vive VR headset, Valve has also announced Steam Link, a micro-computer that can hook straight into a TV through its HDMI input, streaming content from your gaming PC straight to the goggle box.

Sensibly priced at just $40, the Steam Link can stream any content from a PC or Steam Machine straight to a TV through a wi-fi network. The tiny device is capable of outputting at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second, with Valve claiming it’s engineered to offer extremely low latency. [More]

Nvidia Unveils 200 USD Android Shield TV Console

Written by Stuart Thomas on 04 March 2015 at 11:30

Nvidia is once more dipping its toes in the murky waters of its Shield devices, announcing a third pillar for the Linux-based gaming machines. The new Nvidia Shield is an Android-powered TV console, joining the already launched Shield Tablet and Shield Handheld.

Nvidia’s $200 Shield Console will come packing a Tegra X1 processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and the usual bevy of ports and connectivity options, including ethernet, wi-fi, USB 3.0, and HDMI output. The benefits of the Nvidia Shield Console are twofold, Nvidia claims, with support for console quality Android-powered games alongside access to its GRID streaming service. [More]

Valve Announces Source 2 - Will Be Free To Content Developers

Written by Joffy S on 04 March 2015 at 10:15

Valve has officially announced Source 2, its next-generation game engine. Source 2 is the successor to the original Source engine used to power Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike Source, and will be available free to all content developers.

"This combined with recent announcements by Epic and Unity will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform," said Valve software developer Jay Stelly. Epic recently confirmed Unreal Engine 4 is now free to use, while Unity has just launched its new Unity 5 engine.  [More]

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Dated For September 1st Release Worldwide

Written by Neil Soutter on 03 March 2015 at 17:03

The official release date for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has leaked 24 hours ahead of the scheduled announcement. The fifth mainline outing for Kojima’s tactical espionage series will be HALO jumping onto PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on September 1st worldwide.

The hugely anticipated MGS 5: The Phantom Pain was the subject of a mysterious 48-hour countdown on the official site. The release date and a brand new seven minute interview has now leaked a day ahead of schedule, as Kojima gives a behind the scenes look at Big Boss’ open-world prequel. [More]

Brad Wardell Claims DirectX 12 Will Usher In A New Era Of Gaming

Written by Joffy S on 03 March 2015 at 16:30

Stardock CEO Brad Wardell has been unusually vocal about the potential of DirectX 12 over recent months, waxing lyrical about the benefits of Microsoft’s new API. His previous claims include a potential 500% boost to CPU optimisation, while he was first out of the gate with the news DX12 could potentially treat all GPU memory as unified.

Now though, just a day before DirectX 12 officially becomes a reality at GDC ‘15, Wardell has revealed he’ll be revealing a new game on behalf of Stardock during the conference, with graphics so good his publishing partners wouldn’t believe the footage was legitimate.  [More]

Unreal Tournament 2015 Pre-Alpha GeForce GTX 650 Benchmarks

Written by Joffy S on 03 March 2015 at 15:30

It's not every day a new Unreal Tournament comes along. Once the cream of the crop when it came to multiplayer shooters, it's been eight long years since it last instagibbed our hearts. Now Unreal Tournament is back, and it's better looking that ever. Epic Games has gone back to the drawing board with this one, delivering a free-to-play shooter that promises to be truly free. 

Unreal Tournament 2015 is the hyper-kinetic arena shooter you always remembered, given a fresh gloss of paint and packed with built-in support for limitless mods and additional content packs. It's sure to be a huge deal for eSports fans when it finally launches later this year, but between now and then you can get your hands on its pre-alpha for free, thanks to Epic making Unreal Engine 4 available free for all. We grabbed a copy straight away to see how the creaking old GeForce GTX 650 would be able to handle Epic's latest, running the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 through Unreal Tournament Pre-Alpha benchmarks.  [More]

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