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Microsoft announced DirectX 12 at Game Developers Conference 2014, a newer version of its famous and widely utilized DirectX gaming API. Along with the support for PCs, Laptops and Windows Phone devices, Microsoft also boasted individual Xbox One DirectX 12 support, claiming that the new API will provide much-needed strength to the latest next-gen console.

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DirectX 12 Comes with Titles Resources Feature – Gives More Control to Developers and Allows Further Optimization

In this situation where Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console has to bear swelled amount of blame everyday, the company’s new advanced API support for the console appears kind of a reinforcement. The new enhancements and improved hardware utilization that Microsoft promises DirectX 12 will offer seems quite an addition to the new API.

Software aside, DirectX 12 may seem like an aide for the Xbox One by tweaking hardware utilization mechanism but it is apparently quite clear that it will not directly put a great influence on the hardware and increase its overall aptitudes. Though the better software optimization will provide increased efficiency and will make the development process easy. Middleware SDKs like Graphine Software’s Granite SDK will correctly profit from upcoming DirectX 12.

Granite SDK is actually a graphical landscape generator. It is a set of software development tools that has been developed by middleware software company known as Graphine Software. Granite assists video game developers in creating HD in-game textures while preserving concentrated compression. Such SDKs will outwardly produce good results if utilized in PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game development.

Speaking to Gamingbolt, CEO of Graphine Software Aljosha Demeulemeester explained what new improvements could Microsoft’s API offer. After explaining how company’s Granite SDK performs with DirectX 11.2+, Demeulemeester shed light on how developers can benefit from improved capabilities of DirectX 12. He said:

“DX12 continues to build on DX11.1+ and as such, also includes the Tiled Resources feature. DX12 is however closer to the metal and gives more control to the developer.

This allows us to further optimize our tiling back end (for DX12) that takes care of loading texture tiles into video memory. Also, we get more access to how data is stored in video memory, which is very important for us. Specifically for our tiling back end, we expect a performance increase compared to DX11.1+ but we don’t have any hard numbers on this yet.”

It is still in debate that whether DirectX 12 will truly prove to be a win for Xbox One or if it will not be more of a little assistance. The upcoming gaming API will release next year but it has already unhinged the table. What do you think about DirectX 12? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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The Evil Within is a brand new survival horror video game that is currently being developed by a Japanese video game development studio known as Tango Gameworks. The Evil Within will be released on August 26 in the US, 28 in Australia and 29 in the UK for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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The Evil Within Gameplay Trailer Introduces a New Villain who Walks Around With a Box on His Head

As the next-gen consoles are progressively strengthening their foots in the gaming industry and the advanced futuristic virtual reality technology is gradually kicking in, it seems like modern survival horror video games are becoming more prominent, probably because horror games are the best ones that describe virtual reality experience in the most flattened way.

The list of the upcoming fictitious future foretelling survival horror video game contains a title known as The Evil Within. If not for Fallout 4, Bethesda Softworks’ upcoming video game seems no less. The player takes control of the protagonist called Sebastian in The Evil Within. Fighting his way through a world of death, Sebastian comes across several mysterious and frightening monsters during his quest to find out the reality behind a mysterious force and save his life.

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Borderlands 2 is a great game that was released about two years ago but it still has not lost its charm. This action role-playing first person shooter video game is the second installment in the Borderlands series which is developed by Gearbox Software. To make use of the life left in the game, the developer has announced a new prequel title to the game.

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Built on Unreal Engine 3, Borderlands 2 met massive success when it was first launched in September 2012 for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The developer fervently supported the game after its launch by developing and releasing several upgrade packs and downloadable content.

A few months ago, the developer of the game announced that they are working with Iron Galaxy Studios to develop a PlayStation Vita version of Borderlands 2. After a couple of years past the original release of Borderlands 2, fans were now expecting Borderlands 3 as a next-gen title but 2K games and Gearbox Software announced  Borderlands 2: The Pre-Sequel as their next contribution to the series.

Video Games Of April 2014
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March was the kind of month that every gamer waits eagerly for. Together with some other exciting video games, two highly anticipated exclusive next-gen titles came out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in foregoing month. Comparatively, April’s list of  multiplatform and exclusive video games seems quite deserted but there are still some exciting cool games to look out for this month.

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List of All Multiplatform and Exclusive Video Games That You can Buy in April 2014

Now that all the hype meant for Titanfall and Infamous: Second Son has settled, some gamers are busy enjoying  games  released in March while some are looking forward to buy new titles that are hitting the stores this month. Even though the list of games being released in April does not seem as appealing and rich as the list that gamers had before them in previous month, April brings along with it a number of decent games releases for all platforms.

Below is the list of all multiplatform and exclusive video games releasing in April 2014, thanks to El33tonline for arranging the games releases with respect to the weeks of April.

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After the release of two major consoles this past year, 2014 is turning out to be quite busy and anticipating will all the titles releasing. Twenty Fourteen is expected to see a plethora of titles hitting the shelves. While you may want to get some, you of course won’t be planning to get all of the PS4 titles.

Here is a comprehensive list of PS4 games that are going to hit shelves in this 2014 year along with their planned time duration of release. This list will help you to be fully informed about when some title is going to be available and not rush you into some purchases that you might just do because your favorite is not out yet.

PS4 games list:

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The NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming console has received new updates during the GTC 2014 keynote. NVIDIA’s Shield which is based on the Tegra 4 chip was announced back at CES 2013 and featured the Android Jelly Bean operating system, it has since its announcement received several price cuts and new software implementation which are still being improved by NVIDIA.NVIDIA Shield

NVIDIA Shield With Android KitKat OS Now Available For $199 US

NVIDIA has announced during their GTC 2014 keynote that NVIDIA Shield would now retail for $199 US through April. This is a significant price cut for the handheld device which was released at $349 but adjusted to $299 and later $249 when buying select GeForce graphics cards during the holiday bundle sale. In addition to the price cut, NVIDIA Shield would also receive the latest Android KitKat (Android 4.4.2) OS which will improve performance and stability for the Tegra based gaming platform.

NVIDIA Shield has also received several software updates during its lifetime which include technologies such as GameStream which allow games to be streamed on a Shield device directly from a PC running GeForce graphics or the Shield to virtually act as a gaming console that can stream games on a HDTV. NVIDIA is improving this support by adding Remote streaming, Remote login and Wake on LAN features to this small device to enhance accessibility for users. NVIDIA’s Gamestream also allows Shield to deliver 1080P quality with smooth 60 FPS as opposed to 720P and 30 FPS while it was under BETA. With a portfolio of more that of over 100 PC games which can be streamed on Shield, the device has become a meaningful handheld device for couch comfy gaming.

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An interesting turn of events over at the DirectX12 GDC Reveal. They demoed Forza 5 at 1080p and 60fps Rock Solid and almost everyone thought it was running on the Xbox One. This post will clear up a major misconception: Forza 5 was actually running on a beast of a Rig powered by a GTX Titan Black GPU.

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Forza 5 DX12 TechDemo was running on a Titan Black Powered PC

As you may know, Microsoft demoed Forza 5 running at a rock solid 60 frames per second at 1080p. The addition of DX12 to Xbox One seemed like a brilliant conclusion to the entire Resolutiongate sage because Microsoft had previously made claims that such a thing (every game running on 1080p/60fps) could only be possible if the cloud was used so this was a very pleasant surprise. However it turns out that Forza 5 Demo was actually running on a Super Powered GTX Titan Black powered rig. And the aim was to show the unbelievable porting power of the DX12 API. This raises very very interesting questions about Forza 5. But before we do that, a picture of Forza 5 Tech Demo at the DX12 reveal, courtesy of PCPer.com;

Now here is Nvidia’s official blog post about DirectX 12 and note the para of Forza 5 in particular, I have taken the liberty to quote it for you along with a screenshot:

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Well well well, this is going to be a very interesting article. The delightfully controversial SemiAccurate.com has just revealed that DirectX12 is nothing more than DirectX11 with Mantle API shamelessly integrated. This raises a couple of important points to discuss, including but not limited to, its impact on the flailing Xbox One (Its performance boost on the PC platform is obvious).

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DirectX 12 is a Mantle Integrated DirectX 11 – Questionable Performance Boost for Xbox One, If Any

Now Mantle has been raising many an eye with its blindingly obvious advantages, advantages that only a Low Level API can provide. The DriectX API has been mostly stagnant for the past couple of years but now, forced by Mantle, they have swung into action, ushering in a new “DirectX 12″. Now DirectX 12 has not been revealed to the mainstream yet but sources have already revealed what it is all about.

DirectX 12 arrived very suddenly, and it can be safely concluded that it was rushed because of the PR Damage Mantle caused. It was clear that unless the next installment of Microsoft’s API gave the users a Mantle-like performance boost (i.e. a low level advantage) it would not fare well. And it seems that this is exactly what Microsoft has done. All the features provided by Mantle will be available in DirectX 12 (to a suspiciously identical extent). Now the advantage of DirectX 12 on PC will be beautiful. We have already seen Mantle benchmarks for Battlefield 4 and for Thief and they do not disappoint (especially Thief). However just what exactly,  would this entail for the Xbox One?

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Microsoft’s first-person, multiplayer shooter game Titanfall is the rage of the season. Expected to be launched solely for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PCs, the launch is highly anticipated. Titanfall is expected to launch on March 11th for Xbox One and PC users. However, Xbox 360 gamers will get it after March 25.
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With so much attention and sales expectation around, retailers are obviously jumping on the wagon to offer Titanfall. Here are the best places and deals that could have you Titanfall when it is launched!

Titanfall deals:

The obvious choice:

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Microsoft has started rolling out Xbox One March update today. This update is coming out before the expected release of Titanfall next week on March 11. Titanfall is an online multiplayer, first-person shooter game highly anticipated among gamers. This latest Xbox One March update brings some new features and bug fixes. These are related to console’s party and multi-player features in order to prepare for the Titanfall release.xbox one march update

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The latest Xbox One March update includes better matchmaking, party chat and improved friends features among others. The major focus of this update is support for Titanfall as mentioned earlier. Exclusively being released for Xbox, Titanfall has been successful to attract quite a great hype around it. Considering this hype, anticipation and popularity for Titanfall, Microsoft definitely cannot risk anything going wrong. So it promises to give Xbox One users the best multiplayer service on the planet, as Larry Hryb – popularly known as Xbox Live’s Major Nelson – puts it.

The update includes changes to friends features as user’s friends list is moved to the center of the Friend app’s home page. The latest Xbox One March update also brings improved party chat support and profile features. You can quickly find and connect with people you recently have played games with, or against . Within the feed, you will now be able to see when your friends broadcast their gameplay via Twitch TV.

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N64 was one helluva console. There’s no other way to put it. Marshal H, last name classified ( no seriously), has not only managed to make a working HDMI converter for the N64 but has also made handheld portable versions of not just the N64 but the SuperNintendo, SNES and Atari 2600 too.

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23 Year Old Genius Invents a Way to Play N64 over HDMI – To go On Sale Q1 2014

In the days of the CRT televisions, consoles like the N64 and later the PS2 looked simply gorgeous. Whether the CRT was small or big, it didnt seem to affect the video quality much. Que the age of LCDs and the visual quality of old consoles became just horrible. Now Marshal noticed that too and correctly realized that what we needed was an HDMI output because regardless of what ‘pixel soup’ the N64 gives, the HDMI will make it equivalent of running on a CRT at the very least. Here is a picture of the HDMI converter:

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is coming out next month. The action-adventure stealth video game is currently being developed by Kojima Productions. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be the first stand alone part to Metal Gear Solid V, the game will act as prologue for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that is expected to release in 2015. The head of the Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes development team, Hideo Kojima has just released some new details about the game along with a bunch of detailed comparison screenshots.

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Screenshot Comparison Released – PS4 Version Will Run at 1080P Native, Xbox One Version 720p

The director of Kojima Productions and Vice President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Hideo Kojima, previously announced via his Twitter account that the Studio was working on Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes screenshot comparison. The comparison was meant to showcase the texture and graphical disparities between the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of the game. After some wait, the developer has finally released Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes screenshot comparison that clearly distinguishes the game running on one platform from another.

Along with Metal Gear Solid V: screenshot comparison, the developer also revealed the resolution and fps of the game for all four platforms. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will run at 60fps but the PlayStation 4 version will run at native 1080p resolution while Xbox One version will run at native 720p resolution. The game will run at 720p and 30fps on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have now taken over the gaming industry. Both the consoles are performing great and have been adapted by millions of gamers and developers. Microsoft and Sony are rapidly manufacturing millions of their latest consoles to overcome the stock deficiency. This mass production of consoles leaves some units with minor imperfections and flaws. Some reports are coming in about a PlayStation 4 glitch which causes games to disappear automatically from console’s games library.

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PlayStation 4 Glitch Causes Installed Games To Disappear From Console’s Games Library

The first batch of a newly released hardware always has certain minor faults and defects especially newly launched gaming consoles ship with considerable defects and flaws. Significant amount of early PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users suffered a lot of hardware and software imperfections and blemishes. The manufacturers of the both consoles officially addressed the issue and reassured that they are looking into the matter and it will be solved soon.

Now the reports of faulty PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles have been reduced but still some users frequently complain about new glitches and bugs. This time, an interesting PlayStation 4 glitch has been reported by a Reddit user. According to him, his games are automatically being deleted from PlayStation 4 games library. Explaining the disappearance of games from PlayStation 4 library, the Reddit user said:

Sniper Elite
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New next-gen games are being released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as both the latest consoles continue to take on the gaming market. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles are handling the next-gen games very efficiently, however, PlayStation 4 versions of a lot of multiplatform games look more better and detailed compared to Xbox One versions, this is because of higher frame rates and resolutions of games on PlayStation 4.

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Sniper Elite 3 Will Be Closer To 60fps On PlayStation 4, Xbox One Version “May” Be A Bit Slower – New Screenshots Revealed

Sniper Elite 3 is an upcoming tactical shooter video game that is being developed by Rebellion. Next-gen version of Sniper Elite 3 will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The developer has just revealed some new screenshots and details about the game. According to the Rebellion’s head of design, Tim Jones, Sniper Elite 3 has been “built from the ground up to plug all the holes in gameplay that didn’t manage to go as far as we wanted to with Sniper Elite V2.”

Jones also mentioned that Sniper Elite 3 will feature more stealth options and non-linear gameplay. New and advanced weapons will be available for use in the game and the new weapon customization options will give the players more tactical advantages than ever before.

Dragon Age
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Beside The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Dragon Age: Inquisition is another most awaited action role-playing video game that will be coming to previous (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) as well as current-gen consoles. Developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts, Dragon Age: Inquisition will be the third major instalment in the Dragon Age series.

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Gamers Can Participate In BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition PlayTests – New Screenshot Revealed

Dragon Age: Inquisition was first openly revealed at E3 2013 and since then BioWare has been giving players a frequent dose of screenshots taken from the game. The developer announced that the game will feature the elements of both the earlier games in the series; Dragon Age II and Dragon Age: Origins. However, the game will feature improved textures and next-gen graphics with larger and dynamic environments.

Recently, BioWare’s Aaryn Flynn tweeted a new Dragon Age: Inquisition screenshot, thanking the fans for their support and devotion to the franchise. The screenshot is taken from the pre-alpha PC version of the game, it showcases a waterfall and lush environment of the game.



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