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Liar, liar, pants on fire! That pretty much sums up what a judge accused Epic of doing in its highly publicized and costly dispute with Apple over the royalty rate it collects for apps sold in its App Store, as well as in-game purchases. The judge told Epic that even though some people might consider the team a bunch of "heroes" for taking on Apple, its claims against the company are "not honest." "You did something, you lied about it by omission, by not being forthcoming. That's the security issue. That's the security issue!," Judge Gonzales Rogers told Epic during a court broadcast that was livestreamed on Zoom, according to CNN. "There are a lot of people in the public who consider you guys... Read more...
We were told the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S would usher in a new era of gaming, run much faster than the previous generation, virtually eliminate load times, enable more expansive worlds, and bring about world peace! Okay, maybe not that last one. But the rest have all been hyped time and again. Will they deliver? We will find out in due time, but ahead of the upcoming launch, some early testing gives us a sneak peek at what is to come. From my own perspective, the most exciting thing about the Xbox Series X/S is the Velocity architecture. Sure, I am as excited as any geek about the console's guts consisting of custom AMD silicon based on its Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU architectures, with... Read more...
NVIDIA is pushing out a new 'Game Ready' driver for its GeForce GPUs (WHQL 456.55), and with it comes Reflex support for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone, along with optimizations for Star Wars: Squadrons. The GPU maker also claims its latest driver "improves stability in certain games on RTX 30 series GPUs" as well. Consider yourself lucky if you managed to pick up a GeForce RTX 3080 or GeForce RTX 3090 (and have not been running into any issues with cheap capacitors). Those cards are in super high demand, and as a result, NVIDIA and its retail partners quickly sold out of initial inventories, leading to silly prices on eBay. More supply will come, of course, as well as... Read more...
Amazon is entering the game streaming fold with its new service, Luna. At launch, it will be available on Fire TV, PC, Mac, and Apple mobile devices with Android coming soon. In the meantime, you can request early access and help develop this cloud gaming platform from Amazon. According to Amazon, Luna is a new cloud gaming service that leverages AWS's power to stream games to devices. With Luna+, the premium subscription, gamers get access to a library of games a la Gamepass from Xbox. This subscription will start at $5.99 a month and enable 4K/60FPS gameplay on two devices at the same time starting soon. Akin to Gamepass and EA, Luna subscribers can also pay to access the Ubisoft library through... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to be the master of your own theme park for free? Now you can, as the new RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition is available for free to keep on the Epic Games store. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is the modern update to the classic from years past. Parks can be designed with more than “300 coasters and rides, 500 scenery pieces, 60 shops and services, and 20 animals to rear and raise.” Players can also ride on the coasters with the “signature” coaster cam. Furthermore, if you get the Complete Edition, you get the content from the Soaked! And Wild! expansion packs. Also, in the shadow of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 launching, it is amusing to say that... Read more...
You have probably noticed that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S look completely different from one another, despite several similarities in the hardware powering each console. Make no mistake, aesthetic decisions was a big part of the design process. So how did Microsoft arrive at two unique looks? Chalk it up to "intelligent geometry," among other things. The Xbox design team shared with Xbox Wire what went into the design language of each console. After sharing some prototype designs with customers in late 2017, one thing became clear to the team, which is that "gamers were most excited about something that felt new and different, but also easily fit into their homes wherever they played."... Read more...
Wireless peripherals are becoming the new way to play while making desk setups cleaner and more straightforward. Using their proprietary “HyperSpeed Wireless” technology, Razer adds three new wireless devices for gamers: the BlackShark v2 Pro, DeathAdder V2 Pro, and the BlackWidow V3 Pro. When new Razer products are released, one big ask is for a wireless version, and now Razer is doing just that. The new wireless headset, mouse, and keyboard “Answer[s] the community’s call for a completely cable-free setup.” Across all devices, the HyperSpeed Wireless technology “uses optimized data protocols and an Adaptive Frequency Technology,” which improves transmission... Read more...
As it turns out, the "biggest hack in Call of Duty history," as a now-deleted Twitter account claimed yesterday, did not actually happen, according to a statement issued by Activision. News of the supposed hack spread through social media when a few prominent content creators latched onto the rumor and encouraged their followers to change up their passwords. The rumor was started by @oremyyyt, an account that no longer exists on Twitter. While still active, however, the called attention to the supposed breach, saying they had "never seen in my life a hack this badly on such a large scale. This is 10x worse than the notorious PS3 hack." It was later reported by others that over 500,000 accounts... Read more...
With the announcement of a ban for TikTok and WeChat, companies with foreign interests or investors have been under quite a lot of scrutiny. Now, the U.S. government is requesting domestic games companies with investments from Tencent disclose information about data security. According to a source to Bloomberg, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., chaired by the Treasury Department, sent letters to companies such as Epic Games, Riot Games, and other game development companies. These letters requested these companies divulge information regarding “security protocols in handling Americans’ personal data.” Recently, the Trump administration has gone all-in on companies... Read more...
Almost from the get-go, Sony has been talking about backwards compatibility with its upcoming PlayStation 5 console, having previously confirmed that it be capable of playing most PlayStation 4 games. Or as Sony put it back in March, it will support the "overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles" out there. But what about games for the PlayStation 3 and earlier models? Don't get your hopes up. For some people, backwards compatibility is a big deal, whether because they have accumulated a large library of older titles or simply want to revisit games they remember playing in the past. Going back in time before the PS4, however, starts getting into retro territory, and it is just not in the... Read more...
Oh what a time to be a video gamer, and the platform hardly matters. Fancy PC gaming? Great, the GeForce RTX 30 series is off to a hot start (minus the preorder snags), and Big Navi looms right around the corner. Prefer to game on console? Sony has opened up pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 (also with snags), and Microsoft will be doing the same for its upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles very soon. How soon? Next week, as a matter of fact. Pre-order availability kicks off September 22, which is next Tuesday, and barring any hiccups, you will be able to choose between either one. Note that there are key differences between the two. For one, the Xbox Series X is priced at $499 and... Read more...
Canine companions are capable of brightening even the darkest of days, and let's be honest, this has been a trying year for many people. If you have an affinity for our four-legged rays of sunshine, you are going to dig the latest Humble Bundle offering. It features a mix of games from different genres, with one thing in common—dogs. It is called the "You Can Pet the Dog" bundle, and it is exactly what it sounds like. The list of titles is a collaborative effort between Humble Bundle and @CanYouPetTheDog on Twitter, a delightful social media account that catalogs both pettable and non-pettable dogs in games. In this case, each of the games selected has a dog you can pet. The minimum amount... Read more...
It was a good and relatively long run for the Nintendo 3DS, at least in the realm of game consoles, and it has seemingly come to an end. There is a message on Nintendo's website in Japan saying "production of the main body of the Nintendo 3DS series has been discontinued." And on Nintendo's US site, the 3DS page no longer exists. So aside from lingering stock and second-hand sellers, the 3DS has reached its end of life. Not that we are all that surprised—the Switch turned out to be a bit of game changer by going the hybrid route initially. The ability to dock the console and play on a TV and also game on the game in a portable form factor has proven immensely popular. This was followed... Read more...
The Ampere-based NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 review embargo lifted yesterday and immediately got hardcore gamers and GPU enthusiasts buzzing. Cards may not be in the hands of consumers just yet, but witnessing the power and performance of the GeForce RTX 3080 alongside NVIDIA’s and AMD’s now previous-gen flagships, it is plain to see that Ampere is giant leap forward. The $699 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 skunked even the ultra-high-end Titan RTX and it blew past the similarly-priced GeForce RTX 2080 Super. What about AMD you ask? Well, for all intents and purposes, the GeForce RTX 3080 was more than twice as fast as AMD’s current flagship Radeon RX 5700 XT in GPU bound situations, essentially... Read more...
I am just going to say it—Apple is winning the war of words in its skirmish with Epic Games over Fortnite, and is likely to emerge victorious in court when all is said and done as well. It already has, to some extent. However, Epic is seeking a preliminary injunction that would legally compel Apple to let Fortnite back into the App Store, to which Apple has responded with some very strong language. Usually it is not very entertaining to read through a legal document (no offense, lawyers). This is not one of those times. Apple did not hold back in accusing Epic of creating this messy situation it now finds itself in, and basically says the developer is "holding its own [Fortnite] customers... Read more...
Whether you are able to get your hands on a next-generation game console at or close to launch, and in particular the PlayStation 5, is yet to be determined. As it applies to the PS5, there was a report of a manufacturing issue having forced Sony to downgrade its initial order count by 4 million units, but according to Sony, everything is hunky-dory. Sony offered a statement on the matter, saying outright that the report was "false" and that its original order count for PS5 consoles still stands. "While we do not release details related to manufacturing, the information provided by Bloomberg is false. We have not changed the production number for PlayStation 5 since the start of mass production,"... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang officially unveiled the GeForce RTX 30 series based on the company’s Ampere architecture a couple of weeks back, to much fanfare. According to Jensen, who owns more spatulas than any human realistically should, the GeForce RTX 30 series represents the greatest generational leap in the company’s history. During the presentation, Jensen claimed the GeForce RTX 3080 would offer double the performance of its predecessor, with better efficiency, and it would feature leading-edge technology throughout its design, from its chip packaging, to its PCB, a new cooling solution, and its GDDR6X memory. After the unveiling and subsequent follow-up briefings, we were obviously... Read more...
In early August, Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two Interactive CEO, attempted to justify why a price hike for games was needed. Now that next-gen console announcements are floating about, Zelnick is elaborating on his stance in a new interview. As technology improves, the game development industry has had to adapt over time to provide a good experience for gamers. As such, the cost of development has likely increased. Similar to his previous statements, “The bottom line is that we haven't seen a front-line price increase for nearly 15 years,” Zelnick said to Protocol. “Production costs have gone up 200 to 300%. But more to the point since no one really cares what your production costs... Read more...
Is the upcoming PlayStation 5 already in trouble? That is probably an overreaction to think so, but challenges remain for Sony, such as competing with Microsoft and its Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on price, and apparently supply as well. If the latest chatter is true, initial PS5 shipments will be millions of units less than originally planned. The stakes are high, as true console refreshes only come around so often. Microsoft and Sony both have next-gen systems on the horizon, each powered by custom hardware built around AMD's Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU architectures, along with fast NVMe SSD storage and hardware support for real-time ray tracing. Anticipation is off the charts. According... Read more...
Microsoft seems to have their head in the clouds, or rather, their games are in the cloud now. Today, Kareem Choudhry, corporate VP of cloud gaming at Microsoft, announced that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users across 22 countries will be able to play more than 150 games via the cloud starting tomorrow. Earlier in August, we reported on Project xCloud being rolled into Xbox Game Pass, and it is finally here. Gamers around the world will be able to transfer gameplay across their Xbox consoles and to other devices, such as mobile phones and tablets. Not only will this allow for gameplay anywhere, it will also open Xbox gaming to those who do not have an Xbox. As long as you have a decent internet connection... Read more...
Acer is bringing gaming monitor goodness to the market with their upcoming Acer XV282K KV monitor. This 28” 4K IPS display is packed with features and specifications such as AMD FreeSync, an HDR600 rating, 1ms response times, and 144Hz refresh rates. Looking at the TaoBao page that it cropped up on, this gaming monitor looks like what you would expect from Acer. The base is a basic round design and red trim around the pole. Moving up to the monitor, it is an all-black design with angular lines with some vents on the rear. Also on the rear, you will find I/O which includes HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 as well as a USB 3.0 hub.  As far as monitor movement goes, you will be able to rotate... Read more...
There are so many things to like about Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S game consoles, just based on the specifications, list of features, and everything else that has been revealed so far (including pricing). One of them is the Quick Resume feature, a potential game changer, if it works quickly and seamlessly, as shown in a new video highlighting the functionality. What is Quick Resume? As Microsoft had previously demonstrated, it is a feature that allows players to resume multiple games from a suspended state. Picture this—you're playing a single-player game when suddenly your buddies start pestering you to play Modern Warfare. Quick Resume allows you to essentially... Read more...
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