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Samsung Readies First Consumer 2 Terabyte Solid State Drives

Written by Stuart Thomas on 07 July 2015 at 11:35

SSD juggling is the bane of many of our lives. These super-fast storage drives are all well and good, but when space is at a premium and game install sizes are ballooning, cramming what you need onto a solid-state drive can be a bit of a chore. That’s all slowly changing however, and Samsung is kicking things up a notch with its first 2TB consumer SSDs.

The new high-capacity SSDs are the 2TB Samsung 850 Evo and the Samsung 850 Pro. The 2000GB drives effectively doubles Samsung’s previous 1TB limit on consumer SSDs, delivering a fair chunk of storage for gamers. Samsung has dubbed the pair the first multi-terabyte consumer SSDs, but whether they’re consumer-friendly is down to interpretation, with the Evo and Pro retailing or $799.99 and $999.99 respectively. [More]

Take A Tour of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain In New 30-Minute Gameplay Video

Written by Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque on 07 July 2015 at 10:41

Konami has released an alternative E3 2015 gameplay video for its upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The video is a complete walkthrough from the menu screen to the selection of various weaponry, before delving into the immense amount of freedom and choices in how players approach the game. 

The Phantom Pain gameplay trailer highlights that there are an infinite number of possibilities to complete a mission. Before heading out you will plan your approach and inspect the enemy movements. You'll then choose the weapons for your duo, which is the mighty Snake and his partner - in this instance Quiet, a female sniper who provides long-range support. [More]

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The Witcher 3 Patch 1.07 Fixes Movement, Inventory Management, Performance And More

Written by Neil Soutter on 06 July 2015 at 17:06

Everyone loves a good patch, and second to Batman: Arkham Knight becoming playable, another update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was just about the best we could hope for. CD Projekt RED’s mind blowing role-playing game was a little bit janky at launch, which is to be expected on a game of this scale.

Since May, however, things have steadily been getting ironed out, and there’s a host more fixes in patch 1.07. CDPR’s Marcin Momot says this this is one of the largest updates yet, with a number of key changes. Chief among these are changes to that dodgy movement, with a new alternative control method, as well as a stash box, inventory sorting, and a even a books tab to organise your portable library. [More]

Ubisoft CEO Claims We Will No Longer See Graphical Downgrades Like Watch Dogs

Written by Joffy S on 06 July 2015 at 15:15

When Watch Dogs launched last year, the downgraded visuals caused a bit of a stir. I say bit of a stir, when in truth it practically overshadowed the game itself, let down as gamers were by Ubisoft’s PR mishaps. This obviously hasn’t gone unnoticed by Ubisoft itself, and CEO Yves Guillemot has said the backlash caused the French publisher to rethink how it showed off its games pre-release.

Guillemot claims in a recent interview that for E3 2015, the goal was to have all games shown by Ubisoft looking as they will when running on the target hardware. "When we show something, we ask the team, make sure it's playable, make sure gamers can immediately see exactly what it is, “ he explained. [More]

Attention Hair Aficionados - Nvidia Demos Incredible Hairworks 1.1 Tech In Trailer

Written by Stuart Thomas on 06 July 2015 at 14:00

The sight of Geralt’s hair flopping about semi-realistically was enough to give all but the hardiest graphics cards pause for thought, but Nvidia continues to plough ahead with the potential of its HairWorks technology in its latest 1.1 version showcase.

This version of HairWorks allows a GeForce GTX 980 to render roughly 500,000 individual strands of hair, all bouncing about independently. The visual effect looks absolutely insane, with the head of hair flowing exactly as you’d expect it to in real life. The thought of this level of tech being implemented in games is probably enough for a Titan X to weep, but it gives a fascinating indicator of where Nvidia is heading. [More]

Mojang And Microsoft Announce Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition

Written by Joffy S on 06 July 2015 at 12:45

It might not be Minecraft 2, but Felix’s prediction that a Windows 10-specific Minecraft would be coming still rings true. Microsoft announced during the annual MineCon event a Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is in the works, with a beta version going live on July 29th.

The new version of Minecraft will be exclusive to Windows 10, and it’ll be a free upgrade for current Minecraft owners or a $10 upgrade for new players. The catch, and of course there’s always a catch, is that Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will be an entirely new fork of the game, based on the smaller-in-scope Pocket version. This means Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will be locked down to the closed garden of the Windows 10 store, with support for just seven-player online. [More]

Sega Registers Web Domain For Warhammer 40K: Dawn Of War 3

Written by Neil Soutter on 06 July 2015 at 11:30

Ah, we love a good domain registration for spilling the beans early. Reddit users have spied Japanese publisher Sega has registered a new domain, for www.dawnofwar3.com. Can you guess what it’s for yet?

Relic Entertainment, the creator of the Company of Heroes, Dawn of War and Homeworld series, is a subsidiary of Sega, so it makes sense for Sega to be pursuing domains like this. The Dawn of War 3 domain was registered back in March. The last game Relic worked on was Company of Heroes 2, which launched in June of 2015, so it’s certainly deep into the development of its next title. [More]

Telltale Games Dig Up Debut Minecraft: Story Mode Trailer

Written by Stuart Thomas on 06 July 2015 at 10:15

Everyone’s favourite mining convention took place this weekend. No, not the proper mining conventions selling you deadly pickaxes and canaries, but the Minecraft fan get together. Ok, so there was probably plenty of foam pickaxes. It’s the first MineCon to have the shadow of Microsoft’s corporate dollars looming over it, and it was the moment Telltale finally unearthed actual footage of its episodic adventure series - Minecraft: Story Mode.

Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode is basically the antithesis of all things Minecraft, delivering a narrative-driven spin-off to the open-ended multiplayer sandbox. A group of adventurers, comprising a Warrior, Griefer, Architect and Redstone Engineer, are busy celebrating a recently slain Ender Dragon when a Creeper invasion signals an impending catastrophe. Together they must locate The Order of the Stone and save the world. [More]

Up For Debate - PC Building Component Checklist And Upgrade Priorities

Written by Joffy S on 05 July 2015 at 18:00

Building or buying your own PC is pretty much the zenith of PC gaming. We all love that guilty moment we put our money where our mouth is and splash out on a build. The how and why we get there is different for everybody though, and that's why have hundreds of thousands of different PC build configurations represented here on GD.

Everyone has different priorities, and most of us have limited cash. When we build our PCs we're willing to spend more on certain components than others, depending upon which is the most important to us. Here we'll not only be running down a complete checklist of all the PC components you'll be needing in a built, but we'll also have a run-down of the order of importance, from myself and Felix. [More]

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