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Pixel Perfection - The Best Value For Money 1080p Nvidia Graphics Card Upgrade

Written by Joffy S on 30 August 2015 at 16:00

From all the data from all the thousands of members here on GD, it’s become abundantly clear that the most popular gaming resolution right now is still 1920 x 1080. A lot of talk is made of 4K gaming, and in a recent 4K focused Pixel Perfection article we even looked at how it’s now possible on a single GPU, but run-of-the-mill 1080p remains the standard for most of us.

Ultimately though, all 1080p gamers need to upgrade their graphics card eventually, even if they’re intending on staying with the same monitor. Following the recent release of its GeForce GTX 950, Nvidia has basically got its GTX 900 series all out the door. But, which one to choose? You’ll have to forgive us for the focus on Nvidia with this one, but we’re still amassing the data from the AMD cards, so you can look out for that in a future Pixel Perfection article. [More]

Aorus X3 Plus v3 Laptop With GeForce GTX 970M Review And Benchmark Videos

Written by Joffy S on 30 August 2015 at 14:00

When people think of gaming laptops they typically think of hefty beasts with 17” screens that need biceps the size of Arnie’s midriff to lug around. The Aorus X3 Plus v3 takes a different tack, opting for the Razer Blade route of a smaller, lighter gaming laptop.

Specs and Features

Clocking in at just 13.9”, this is considerably smaller than even your typical laptop. For gaming on the go it’s hard to argue the size of it’s a winner. Underneath the hood however, the X3 Plus v3 is packing some serious power. What you’re getting is Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 970M mobile graphics card with 6GB GDDR5 memory. This is backed up by an Intel core i7-4710HQ CPU clocked at 2.5GHz, with a boost clock of 3.5GHz. To top it all off, the gaming laptop comes a with a hefty 16GB DDR3 memory, on a pair of 1600MHz 8GB sticks. [More]

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Up For Debate - Is It Worth Getting A Dedicated Sound Card In A Gaming PC

Written by Joffy S on 30 August 2015 at 12:00

Back in the day every PC advert you could lay on your eyes had the likes of SOUND BLASTER! SONIC BOOM AUDIO!! plastered across it, letting you know it could crank out a chiptune soundtrack that could blow your ears off. It was a big selling point then, like graphics cards and massive SSDs are now.

Over the years though, the public clamouring for dedicated graphics cards has slowed. Motherboard manufacturers increasingly began to put integrated chips on the boards, and over the years the quality of these chips became good enough that for most end users, there was no need to pick up a more expensive, discrete sound card. Sound cards are still out there though, and people are still buying them, so the big question is whether it’s worth getting a sound card at all these days. [More]

Double Fine Announce Body-Swapping 70s Sci-Fi Puzzler Headlander

Written by Stuart Thomas on 30 August 2015 at 10:00

Double Fine has announced its next game will be Headlander, a side-scrolling action adventure game. The Broken Age and Massive Chalice developer has partnered up with Adult Swim Games for this one. In Headlander you play as the disembodied head of the last human on Earth, who has woken up in the 70s and is wondering where humanity went.

Being just a head poses a number of problems, not least being unable to speak due to a lack of lungs. Luckily the head’s equipped with jet-pack thrusters so it can be flown into the robotic bodies littered about the levels, taking them over and gaining their abilities. Which is where the name comes from. Because it's a head. That lands in things. If you’ve ever played the underrated gem that is Space Station Silicon Valley it sounds like a similar sort of deal. [More]

Up For Debate - Game Devs Dropping Single-Player In Favour Of Multiplayer

Written by Joffy S on 29 August 2015 at 16:00

Recently it came to light that DICE has chosen not to include a single-player campaign in Star Wars Battlefront for the simple reason that no one would even play it anyway. Now, clearly DICE and EA have done this market research on this front. Between the two of them they've probably built a pretty clear picture of how popular single-player has been in previous DICE titles.

What they neglect to mention, however, is that every Battlefield campaign, bar none, has been universally bad. That’s no slight at DICE; the team knows what it’s doing with multiplayer, but the single-player introduced after Battlefield 2 basically screams tacked on. If DICE went to lengths to include a solid campaign with Star Wars Battlefront in the region of Call of Duty quality you can bet your bottom dollar that gamers would lap it up. Where once we drowned in single-player Star Wars shooters, we’re now stranded on Tatooine without a drop of Bantha-blood fizz to drink. [More]

F2P Arena Shooter LawBreakers Debut Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Written by Neil Soutter on 29 August 2015 at 14:00

We’ve finally got our hands on some of the first gameplay footage of Cliff Bleszinki’s LawBreakers. As you’d expect from one of the lead designers of Unreal Tournament, LawBreakers is a sci-themed arena shooter, albeit team-based and with player classes.

CliffyB’s Boss Key Productions has been teasing the shooter all week, which is set in 2105 following an apocalyptic event which destroyed the moon. During the ensuing chaos criminal gangs rise up, and it’s to the strong arm of the law to put them back in their place during 5v5 online action. On first impressions it’s the return of fast-paced, gib-spewing, rocket-jumping arena shooting. [More]

Valve And HTCs Vive Will Only Be Available In Extremely Limited Quantities In 2015

Written by Stuart Thomas on 29 August 2015 at 12:00

We were all anticipating 2015 being the year virtual reality finally becomes a commercial product, what with HTC announce its Vive VR headset would be coming later this year in partnership with Valve. As it turns out, the HTC Vive will be available later this year but in extremely limited quantities, with full-blown availability in early 2016.

What this means is that you probably can’t get your hands on an HTC Vive in 2015. There’ll be a few out there in the wild along with the developer versions, but in terms of just popping onto Amazon to pick one up, you’re out of luck. HTC promises there will be "larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016”, which is shaping up to be a very busy period indeed for VR. [More]

Avalance Studios Has An Appetite For Destruction In Latest Just Cause 3 Video

Written by Joffy S on 29 August 2015 at 10:00

Avalanche’s love of earth-shattering detonations and pyrotechnic eruptions is well documented. The studio’s previous Just Cause games have made blowing things up a work of art, but in Just Cause 3 the level of destruction is being taken to the next level.

Where Just Cause 3 differs from its peers is in the use of dynamic destruction. Rather than canned explosions, Avalanche claim there’s a cause and effect system in place. For instance a bridge will crumble differently depending on where explosives are planted. The middle could be blown out and cause the edges to sink in, or an entire half could be blown away and leaving the other half hanging precariously. [More]

XCOM 2 Delayed Until 2016

Written by Stuart Thomas on 28 August 2015 at 17:30

In news that will bring an army of armchair strategists weeping to their knees, Firaxis and 2K have announced that XCOM 2 has been delayed. The eagerly anticipated tactical, turn-based strategy game has been pushed back from its November launch and will now be arriving on February 5th, 2016.

The reasons the XCOM 2 development team have given for the delay are to fulfil the original ambitions, which are to ensure it improves on XCOM: Enemy Unknown in every way. The extra will be going towards adding more gameplay depth, replayability, and a deeper investment in the custom soldiers. [More]

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