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Ubisoft has dropped a major performance update for Watch Dogs 2, tackling a number of issues and optimising performance to ensure higher frame rates for PC players.
Superman really went and ballsed everything up in the original Injustice. He had it all. Laser eyes. Frost breath. Free flight. No seemed to care he turned up to work with his underwear over his trousers. Stricken with grief he screwed it up for everyone, and it turns out this has provided the Brainiac with an opening in Injustice 2, as seen in the all-new story trailer.
The $2 billion lawsuit which has been rumbling on between ZeniMax Media and Oculus has kicked up a gear as of late. The two finally got into court last week after two years of preparation, and now ZeniMax Media, owner of Bethesda, has accused Oculus VR of destroying evidence and stealing trade secrets while creating the Oculus Rift headset.
Unless you've had your head buried in the sand, you've probably noticed ARK: Survival Evolved has become a ridiculous success. It's rapidly become one of the biggest survival games in existence, always sitting in the top 10 most played games on Steam. ARK is now big enough to get its own spin-off, ARK Park. ARK Park lets users strap on a headset and explore these prehistoric worlds filled with dinosaurs in the nearest thing you're going to get to Jurassic Park. ARK runs like turd though, so it comes as little surprise ARK Park is one of the most demanding games in existence.
A wise jazz musician once said space is the place, and I think he was probably referring to the wonders of helium-filled space. Hardware manufacturer Western Digital was evidently listening because it’s just launched two absolutely massive helium-filled hard drives, packing enough storage to sate all but the biggest Steam junkies. The Western Digital Ultrastar HE12 mechanical hard drives come in 14TB and 12TB flavours. That’s enough storage for 400 installations of The Witcher 3, if that floats your boat, or 933 copies of CSGO.
Gabe Newell is seemingly an absolute glutton for punishment because he’s signed up to do another Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today, putting himself in the firing line as the denizens of the internet ask the all important questions. Where’s Half-Life 3? What’s happened to Episode 3? What does 2 + 1 equal? You know, all the important stuff.
The Witcher 3 is gorgeous game, no doubt about it, but it’s about to get a whole lot prettier with the release of the Super Turbo Lighting Mod 3.0. While a lot of mods are content to mess around with SweetFX mods to create varying shades of vomit, this is a total overhaul of The Witcher 3’s already glorious lighting to breathtaking effect.
The combination of dinosaurs, slave armies, loincloths, and, erm, loins, seems to be pretty difficult to resist for a lot of folks, with the upcoming Conan Exiles rapidly rising up the most wanted lists. Funcom’s MMO looks to be the jack-of-all-trades, with survival elements, exploration of ancient civilizations, and dragging enemy players back to your base in order to cut out their heart and sacrifice them to the gods on an altar. Fun times. It’s launching on Steam Early Access on January 31st with what promises to be heaps and heaps of content. That’s not all however - developer Funcom has confirmed it will be arriving with full mod support on day one.
Windows 10’s ‘Game Mode’ is imminent, and Microsoft has at long last come out and spoken about the feature, confirming it will also support standard Win32 programs alongside UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps. Previously we believed this feature was limited exclusively to UWP apps, but Xbox’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb said he's “excited to share that the new Windows 10 Game Mode will include /both/ Win32 and UWP game [support].” The end result is that practically every PC game will be compatible with Game Mode.
And so Resident Evil 7 went straight from a day one purchase to ‘I’ll wait for the complete edition’ as it became the latest in a long line of games to get a season pass. Capcom has announced the Resident Evil VII Season Pass content via Steam, detailing at least seven DLC drops throughout the year, including extra volumes of banned footage and an additional episode to play through.
According to the latest reports we’re just a matter of months away from Vega 10 launching, yet looking a little further afield we have a gigantic leap forward in graphics card performance coming in 2019 with Navi 10.