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Nvidia Preparing GeForce GTX 980 Ti For Summer Release

Written by Joffy S on 27 March 2015 at 11:30

Nvidia is prepping a GeForce GTX 980 Ti for launch this summer, according to the latest reports. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti will be Nvidia’s fastest dedicated gaming graphics card, utilising the same GM200 “Big Maxwell” GPU used in its recently released GeForce GTX Titan X.

It was predicted Nvidia would be taking the GM200 GPU from the Titan X with a number of CUDA cores disabled, but it now appears as if the GeForce GTX 980 Ti will be the full monty, and then some. The reports indicate the GTX 980 Ti will have the full complement of 3072 CUDA cores as that of its bigger brother, alongside a 10% boost to the stock clock speed and a halving of the 12GB GDDR5 VRAM down to 6GB. [More]

F1 2015 Screams Into View In June 2015

Written by Stuart Thomas on 27 March 2015 at 10:15

Codemasters has announced the latest iteration of its yearly Formula 1 franchise, F1 2015. Poised to arrive in June, F1 2015 is the first Formula 1 game to be built on the new version of the next-generation Ego Games Technology Engine (EGO), delivering the most advanced visuals and physics-based handling ever seen in the series.

In addition to the eye-massaging visuals, the latest EGO engine for F1 2015 features a number of number of enhancements to the workings of the cars. Engine and transmission, fuel tanks, aerodynamics, force feedback, suspension and tyre physics have all received a makeover, with Codemasters claiming this is the most “realistic representation” yet of how these cars handle when out on the tarmac. [More]

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Rumour: Samsung Poised To Buy AMD And Acquire Its Graphics And CPU Technology

Written by Joffy S on 26 March 2015 at 17:00

Rumours are circulating South Korean electronics firm Samsung is preparing an audacious takeover of AMD. The news come from a report in a South Korean business and economics journal as Samsung looks to fend off competition from Qualcomm and Intel in the mobile markets.

A buyout of team red would give Samsung total control over AMD, one of the leading CPU and graphics card manufacturers in the world. Samsung’s certainly no slouch itself in the hardware department, manufacturing 8GB GDDR5 memory chips for Nvidia, creating the rather swish Galaxy 6 Edge, and becoming the first in the world to produce 14nm SoCs. [More]

Paradox To Take On The Might Of The Sims Next With 2016 Title

Written by Neil Soutter on 26 March 2015 at 15:30

Fresh from dominating the city-building genre with Cities: Skylines, Swedish publisher Paradox Interactive is now hinting at plans to step on EA’s hefty toes once more. Paradox’s vice-president of acquisition Shams Jorjani said as much over on the Paradox forums, claiming we should be keeping an eye out for a ‘Life Sim’ in 2016.

EA’s The Sims series is the sixth best-selling game franchise of all time, shifting more than 175 million units since its first outing in 2000. Paradox clearly wants a slice of this gigantic pie, and if it can shake things up for the genre in a similar manner Cities: Skylines developer Colossal Order managed with city-builders, it could be onto a winner. [More]

PlayStation 4 2.5 Firmware Update Adds Suspend/Resume And Controller Mapping

Written by Stuart Thomas on 26 March 2015 at 14:15

In the eighteen or so months since the launches of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, the former has been on the receiving end of a significant changes and firmware updates, while the latter has been trundling along like only a cocky racer in first place knows how.

Things are changing at long last though, with Sony releasing its PlayStation 4 version 2.50 firmware update today. After what felt like dozens of updates offering the much derided “System software stability during use of some features has been improved”, 2.5 adds instant suspend/resume, trophy syncing improvements, controller remapping and much more. [More]

Pillars of Eternity Review : On The Shoulders Of Giants

Written by Stuart Thomas on 26 March 2015 at 13:00

So there’s roleplaying, and there’s roleplaying. For every million phone games with cartoon barbarians and experience points that tout themselves as RPGs, there are countless now-married couples who met in-character in World of Warcraft, LARPers who spend months researching medieval Scandinavian buckle-smithing to perfect their outfits, and tabletop geeks who put the workaday drudgery of the modern world out of mind each week to gather and just believe in magic and heroes for a few hours.

Pillars of Eternity couldn’t be a more apt name. A herculean effort of construction to build something miraculous, on the shoulders of the classics of yesterday. Magic and heroes. Without the power of the RPG and fans who believe in Obsidian and in their own power to make things happen, there would be no Pillars of Eternity – and no Obsidian, for that matter. But swooping in like the Eagles of Manwë rescuing the beleaguered hobbits on Mount Doom, four million dollars’ worth of Kickstarter backers drove this project forward and made Obsidian a success story rather than a fondly-remembered casualty. [More]

Battlefield Hardline Features Hardware-Based DRM - Locks User Out After 5 Changes

Written by Joffy S on 26 March 2015 at 11:35

Now this one’s a little sneaky. Users attempting to benchmark Battlefield Hardline have uncovered hardware-monitoring DRM which treats hardware changes as a separate computer, much as a Windows installation does. The knock-on effect is that if you change too many components in your PC, Battlefield Hardline will lock you out of the game.

The problem seems to occur when five hardware changes are made on a single license or Origin account. This isn’t something that’s going to affect many gamers but it’s still an intrusion from EA, capable of blocking you from playing a game you have legitimately purchased - to the tune of £99.89 for the Ultimate Edition. [More]

Double Fine Launching Broken Age Act 2 In April

Written by Neil Soutter on 26 March 2015 at 10:20

Those of us who just couldn’t wait until the game was out in its entirety have been left dangling on a cliffhanger for fourteen whole months, but Double Fine has confirmed the second half of its
point and click adventure Broken Age will finally be made available on PC come April 28th.

The final release will be accompanied by a two-part bundle arrive on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita the same day. If you’ve already forked out for Broken Age through Steam, Act 2 will be available free of charge, with Double Fine planning on selling both halves together in a package for $24.99 post-launch. [More]

Pro Overclocker Kingpin Sets Two Benchmark World Records With GTX Titan X

Written by Joffy S on 25 March 2015 at 16:30

Ever since Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan X arrived last week, record-breaking overclocker Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido has been hard at work pushing the high-end graphics card to its limits. The results speak for themselves - K|NGP|N has managed to more than double the stock frequency of the Geforce GTX Titan X.

Utilising the latest GM200 graphics processing unit, the GTX Titan X is no slouch, but K|NGP|N’s efforts make Nvidia’s flagship card exponentially faster than it’s ever been before. Using a reference model for the overclock, K|NGP|N increased the core speed from its stock of 1GHz (1,000MHz), all the way up to a mammoth 2,020MHz. [More]

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