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So having just put a higher end GTX 1060 through it's paces with the Goliath that is Titanfall 2, this time around we're going to put a much more tame setup through the metallic bowels of this triple A title and see what the average Joe can look to expect. To do this we're using last generation's entry level card, the GeForce GTX 950, as a good place to start and this time our plucky PNY edition of the GTX 950 will be accompanied by an AMD FX-4100 and 8GB of DDR3 RAM clocked at 1333MHz.
We've seen how Skyrim - Special Edition runs at 1080p with lower-end hardware, but what about those looking to get some use out of their shiny new 4K monitors? We've taken MSI's GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G and put to the ultimate test, benchmarking Skyrim - Special Edition at 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions.
So with the new and improved Skyrim Special Edition having just been made available today, we thought it was only fair for us to give it a benchmark to see how these new and improved graphics would affect performance. We thought best to start with the every man rig, using last generation's entry level card, the GeForce GTX 950, as a good place to start. This time around our feisty little PNY flavoured GTX 950 will be accompanied by an AMD FX-4100 and 8GB of DDR3 RAM clocked at 1333MHz.
I'm still not quite over EA's suicidal decision to push out Titanfall 2 just a week after Battlefield 1. Suffice to say it feels as if it's arriving with a smaller splash, yet initial reviews indicate this may actually be the better game for both single-player and competitive fans. Ultimately it's the slick, fast-paced online arena antics that are the real draw though, and a rock solid 60 frames per second is vital for competitive play. We've benchmarked Titanfall 2 on the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6GB to see just how well Respawn's shooter runs.
While console players are having to stump up $60 for a copy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition, on PC Bethesda is giving out the upgrade for free. There is a bit of a catch though. You must own the original Skyrim and all of its DLC in order to quality for the free upgrade. If you have the Legendary Edition then you're sorted. If not, then you'll need to pay $40 for the new version. But is it really worth it? The main selling point of the Special Edition are the improved graphics. We're talking particle effects, god rays, enhanced textures, more detail foliage, DX11 support. The works. We've got some comparison screens of Skyrim and the Special Edition so you can see for yourself precisely what you're getting, and whether the upgrade is worth your hard earned monies.
Five years after it took the world by storm, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is back with the Special Edition. Sporting enhanced visuals, DirectX 11 support, remastered artwork and visuals, it’s the ultimate way to play the base game. It’s also a totally free upgrade for those who already own the Skyrim - Legendary Edition. I was hoping I could just boot up the Special Edition and continue where I left off, but alas it didn’t detect my game saves. Fortunately there is a quick and simple fix.
We're still almost six months out from its launch, but already we've got our hands on Ghost Recon Wildlands closed Technical Test system requirements. The stress testing is going on behind closed doors, although this is the perfect opportunity to judge just what hardware you're going to need to run Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands at recommended or minimum graphics settings. 
Sadly with the state of the games industry these days it actually passes for news when a game doesn’t have a season pass. That’s Respawn’s Titanfall 2 I’m talking about, with an official announcement confirming all post-release maps and modes will be available totally free of charge.
It feels a little surreal to be writing it but Final Fantasy XV has actually gone gold. More than a decade in the making, FFXV is firmly on track for its late November launch. To celebrate it’s arrival Square Enix has revealed the brand new ‘Omen’ trailer, alongside the surprise news that Final Fantasy XV will be getting an online multiplayer mode.
Phil Elliott, Square Enix’s chief of its indie Collective initiative, has suggested the games industry needs a seal of approval for indie developers in order to help the best games rise to the top. Elliott believes that there are just too many games out there today and that a better job needs to be done with curation.
Nintendo has announced a major press event will be taking place on January 12th, 2017, in Tokyo. That's when we’ll be finding out all the gritty details on its upcoming Nintendo Switch console, including launch details, pricing and of course the games in development for the device.