Amazon France Pulls Pre Order List Due to Take Two Interactive Legal
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Going through the online video game community and websites recently, you might have come across some  reports suggesting that the famous video game publisher, Activision, is planning to get its hands on Take-Two Interactive and 2K Games, the former is a multinational publisher that owns Grand Theft Auto series developer Rockstar, and the latter is a subsidiary that holds the rights to publish Bioshock, Borderlands, and other big video game series. The available information right now is scarce, but an analyst believes that it would be a “no-brainer” for Activision to put its hands on Take-Two Interactive.

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Buying GTA and 2K Game’s Parent Company Take Two Would Be an Easy Task for Activision

There is an unconfirmed report making rounds on the internet that the famous American video game publisher, Activision, that is responsible for rolling out the praised Call of Duty series, is planning to buy Take-Two Interactive, a multinational game publisher that owns Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar, and 2K Games, which is the publisher of some major Triple A video game series such as Bioshock and Borderlands.

Alienware-Area-51
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I am a solid supporter of the DIY ideology in PC builds and consider pre-built systems like these slightly less then a rip-off. However, I just couldn’t stop myself from publishing this particular Alienware reveal. The Area 51 introduces very impressive aesthetics and an absolutely insane amount of GPU – CPU horsepower for a fully 4K Ready gaming experience. Ofcourse, you can make a similar build for considerably less the price, but if you have got money to burn and want the best your gold can buy than this is for you. Alienware Area 51 Featured Image

Alienware Area 51 Boasts Eight Haswell-E Cores with Triple GPUs for a full 4K Experience

Usually I wouldn’t suggest anything past an over clocked Intel i5 to PC builders who strictly want to game, but I actually don’t dispute Alienware’s decision to go with Haswell-E processors even though they are not really meant for gaming. Normally a simple over clocked i5 is enough, and by normally I mean single GPU rigs. Once Multi GPU configurations enter the scene, things start to go pretty south. To those of you who don’t already know this, a GPU is entirely dependent on the CPU for ‘orders’ which is why a single i5 suffices for a single GPU configuration. However, triple the GPU literally means triple the ‘orders’ for the CPU to dish out, which is why unless you have a very powerful CPU, your multi GPU configuration can get bottlenecked. In this case, the Area 51, which is of course completely configurable to the customer’s needs can support a maximum of 3 GPUs, in which case you would most certainly need as much CPU power as you can get. This is one of the primary reasons low level APIs like DX12 and Mantle are so important to reduce costs.

Metro Redux
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Earlier this week, 4A Games and Deep Silver launched Metro Redux, a next-gen package that adds the remastered versions of two previously released most critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic-themed first-person shooter survival horror video games to the library of the latest triple A video games, for PC and the latest consoles. Both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light looks amazing with improved visuals on all next-gen platforms, however, the Metro: Last Light Redux 1080p video comparison shared below shows that while the game looks slightly better on the Sony’s console compared to Microsoft’s, PC takes the lead with incredible Depth of Field and Anti-Aliasing.

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Metro: Last Light Redux 1080p Video Comparison Shows PlayStation 4 Version is Slightly Better Than the Xbox One version

Portraying an ugly image of a terrible post-apocalyptic future, Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are two last-gen games that captivated a lot of audience when they were originally released in back in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Focusing on compelling storytelling and world-building through bold activity arrangements and stylishly sketched scenes showing life in disused Russian tube station, Metro games prove that 4G Games is not only a talented video game developer, but that they also rank among the most technically skilled game designers in Europe.

GTA V
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Update
As per this support thread on Rockstar Support Forums, the news about GTA V PC cancellation does not seem to hold true. Rockstar support is confirming launch of GTA V for PC in Fall season, this year.

Listening to the weeps and appeals of its loyal fans, Rockstar finally took the covers off the next-gen GTA V at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, and announced that the record-breaking, ambitious open world action-adventure video game will land on the latest consoles and PC later this year, however, the conditions seem to be getting pale. Reports are coming in now, following the 2015 delay rumor, claiming that Rockstar could soon cancel the GTA V PC version due to “corporate problems.”

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Rockstar Never Wanted to Release GTA V PC Version; Could be Cancelled Soon, Says Rockstar Marketing Director

After releasing the game on last-gen PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles back in 2013, Rockstar finally announced that its all-time praised and most critically acclaimed open world action-adventure video game known as GTA V and its online multiplayer version called GTA Online will be making its way to PC as well as the latest PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in the third or fourth quarter this year, however, due to the lack of official assertion and game news, rumors arose recently suggesting that the game might be delayed until early 2015.

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Last Thursday Roy Taylor AMD’s VP of Global Channel Sales made an appearance in MaximumPC’s no BS podcast primarily to sit down with Origin PC’s CEO Kevin Wasielewski & discuss the situation that had occurred back in October of last year which revolved around Origin PC ceasing to offer AMD GPUs to customers.

Both parties cleared the air and made amends. But a LOT of very exciting information was revealed in the process. So without any further delay lets get into the juicy bits !

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Next Gen HEDT FX CPUs & 20nm GPUs in the Works

So lets get the relatively less exciting stuff out of the way first. Roy Taylor AMD’s VP of Global Channel sales discussed AMD’s R9 285 graphics card coming in September 2nd powered by the all new Tonga GPU which promises incredible performance at significantly higher power efficiency compared to AMD’s current R9 280 graphics card. We covered this already in great detail here.

Watch Dogs IV
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Rockstar’s popular six-year-old open world action-adventure video game title known as GTA 4 is one of those games that have been proved to be the PC modding community’s favorite. Since its launch on Microsoft Windows back in 2008, the game has been colored with different unique mods that add great features and improve the overall gameplay experience. Today, we have another great mod that turns Rockstar’s open-world title into hacking adventure by fusing Ubisoft’s all time famous cross-gen action-adventure title into it.

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Watch Dogs IV Mod Introduces Elements of Ubisoft’s Hack-Centric Game into Rockstar’s Open-World GTA 4

PC modding community has been doing a great deal of work over the last several years by turning some pretty games prettier. Rockstar’s GTA 4 and Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs are the two games that have received a number of impressive and splendid mods that boost their visuals to a whole new level as well as add new unique features and improved gameplay mechanics. Today, we have an exceptional mod that blends these two games together by putting the elements of Watch Dogs into GTA 4.

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Equipped with the Tegra K1 SOC and Full AEP and Unreal Engine 4 Desktop Renderer Support, Nvidia Shield is the tablet to buy for gaming. However, reports have surfaced which show that some batches might be suffering from factory defects such as cracked shells. Multiple users have reported this problem and even sent pictures of the same to EXPReview.comNVIDIA-Shield-Tablet-1-750x400

Nvidia Shield Seems to Suffer from Random Factory-Cracked Shells

It goes without saying, that this is a one in a thousand type of case you are dealing with and is probably bound by locality. However, it is still an unpleasant thing to have in a mobile company’s products. Some mainstream smart phones have also suffered from the same problem and the reason behind this is thought to be associated with an unbalanced amount of pressure applied when joining the seams of the device.

Thankfully, Nvidia offers a full refund/replacement to anyone that has this problem so even if you are unlucky enough to land an Nvidia Tablet with a cracked shell, you are probably covered. Any software bug in the device is covered because NVIDIA aims to deliver OTA updates directly from their servers so that your device carries the latest firmware and patches. This defect is relatively very minor and limited mostly to the aesthetics of the device. The crack appears in a place (near the seam) where it cannot really grow any larger (since it already cuts through the entire plastic shell) and is too small to let dust in. An actual problem from this could be if the crack is deep enough to cause the two edges to become offset but looking from the pictures it doesn’t appear to be the case.

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In October of last year news broke of Origin PC making the announcement to discontinue offering AMD graphics cards in their systems and opting to offer Nvidia GPUs exclusively instead. This announcement came as a shock to many especially because it was made shortly after AMD announced their now very successful R9 290 series of GPUs.

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AMD & Origin PC Finally Sit Down Together & Make Amends

The internet was rife with speculation at that time and some news sites ‘namely a website called SemiAccurate’ even went as far as to say that Origin PC had received large sums of marketing money from AMD’s competitor, NVIDIA, to convince Origin PC of dropping AMD graphics cards.

Origin PC was very quick to dispel these allegations afterwards when GameFront pushed Origin PC for a comment :

Devin Connors: Has Origin PC received any incentive, cash or otherwise, from Nvidia that led to the discontinuation of AMD GPU sales by Origin PC?
Kevin Wasielewski: No. In fact, I called my NVIDIA rep and told them I am dropping AMD.  Not the other way around.
DC: Did SemiAccurate reach out to you for comment before they published their article today?
KW: They did not reach out to me.  No calls, emails, or tweets.

Metro Redux
Games

4A Games’ Metro Redux has finally been launched, and North American players are already enjoying the compilation package that contains two last-gen critically acclaimed single player post-apcalyptic-themed, and survival horror first-person shooter video games. Developed for latest consoles and PC only, Metro Redux features vast graphical improvements, and it looks like the developer picked up quite much while working on Microsoft’s Xbox One, as they claim that the 10% GPU performance boost that the console previously received isn’t actually 10%, and while DirectX 12 is said to be significant for the console, AMD’s Mantle API is considered “temporary”.

Metro Redux

Xbox One GPU Boost isn’t Solid 10%, Says 4A Games – DirectX 12 Will Help Xbox One Improve; Mantle API is Temporary

Released recently by Deep Silver and 4A Games, Metro Redux is actually a new generation upgrade of two last generation video game titles. Packing all the previously released downloadable content and featuring advanced next-gen rich graphical environments, the new title is a collection of Metro: Last Night, which is a single player post-apocalyptic-themed first-person shooter game, and Metro 2033, which is a survival horror first-person shooter game.

Untitled-1
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Now that the latest consoles have been launched and are being fully supported by their respective manufacturers and third-party video game development studios, what gamers are eagerly waiting for next are new video game titles as well as slim versions of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Of course, we still have years to go, or at least one year, before the two big platform holders come up with the Slim versions of the latest consoles, but until that happens, we can just feed ourselves with magnificent fan-made concept arts, such as the one below that shows how the Xbox One slim console might look like.

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Fan-Made Xbox One Slim 500GB Go Concept Art Shows How Compact and Sleek the Inevitable Variant May Look Like

The seventh generation standard PlayStation 3 console was replaced by its slim variant almost after 3 years of its launch, similarly Microsoft made some changes to its Xbox 360 console by launching its slim version in 2010, roughly 4 years after the launch of the original console. In November 2013, both Sony and Microsoft successfully launched their eighth generation respective PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Keeping in mind the arrival of slim variants of the seventh generation consoles, there is still a long period to cross before we could get our hands on the slim variants of the latest consoles. However, fan-made concept arts are not illicit.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity, the seventh major installment in Ubisoft’s most critically acclaimed historical action-adventure open-world video game series known as Assassin’s Creed, is the only blockbuster multiplatform next-gen exclusive game that will be landing later this year to make your Christmas special. Launching on October 24, the game is currently being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, and looking at these leaked screenshots from Xbox One beta build of the game, it seems like developer still has to fix some common glitches and bugs, and put everything in place.

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Leaked Assassin’s Creed Unity Screenshots and GIFs From Xbox One Beta Version of the Game Show Hilarious Glitches

With an urge to developed a revolutionary video game title with true next-gen visuals exclusively for PC, and the latest PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and catering to the gaming need of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 players, Ubisoft decided to come up with two Assassin’s Creed titles this year. Competing with the next-gen-only titles is the Assassin’s Creed Unity, and allowing players with the last-gen consoles to continue their historical adventure the the Assassin’s Creed Rogue.

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You apparently haven’t trekked properly, or at all, through the online gaming community if you haven’t, even once, crashed into a PC vs consoles debate. This topic has always been the subject of discussion among millions of gamers present around the globe, and the cognition of how the latest PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles will go up against the forthcoming highly anticipated pre-built gaming PCs by Valve Corporation known as Steam Machines, only makes the PC vs consoles controversy grow bigger. Below is a basic comparison between the latest consoles and an entry level CyberPowerPC Steam Machine showing the latter is considerably superior in specifications and performance.

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PC vs Consoles: CyberPowerPC Steam Machine is Better Than the Latest Consoles in Terms of Specs and Performance for Only a $100 More

The launch of latest PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles turned the entire gaming industry towards the eighth generation of console gaming, and the PC gaming took another step down from the front media. But despite the fact that developers almost always prefer to market console versions of the game, PC vs consoles is still one of the most popular topics that are discussed on almost every single video game website and forum, and with the announcement of Valve’s spicy Steam Machines that are being developed by a number of different vendors, it seems like this PC vs consoles controversy will only grow stronger.

Cinema Blend took the notice of how the Steam Machines are going to be a threat to the latest living-room gaming consoles and published a report showing how an entry level Steam Machine by CyberPowerPC manages to leave the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One behind in terms of specifications and performance, while fetching only $100 more bucks. Thank to them for getting all the facts straight, I went through the comparison and found it worth sharing here, so you can check out the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One vs CyberPowerPC Steam Machine comparison right below.

Diablo
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Blizzard Entertainment decided to port its energetic and resourceful action role-playing video game to the latest PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console, and doing so, the developer recently launched the Diablo 3: Unlimited Evil Edition for all the major video game consoles except Nintendo Wii U. Packing the complete original console version of Diablo 3 that was released back in 2013, and Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion pack, the new release offers complete gameplay experience to players with boosted full HD 1080p resolution, and below you can see that all of the next-gen platforms can handle this game very pleasantly.

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Diablo 3 PC vs PS4 vs Xbox One Side-by-Side Video Comparison: Latest Console Versions of the Game Perform Equally Impressive

Back in 2012, Blizzard Entertainment launched Diablo 3, the third installment in its most critically acclaimed action role-playing hack and slash video game series known as Diablo, on PC. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game arrived in September 2013 before the launch of the latest consoles, and now finally, the developer has released the game on the latest PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as last-gen consoles in form of Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, which also includes the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion pack.

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AMD 30 Years of Graphics and Gaming Live Blog and Live Stream

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Silent Hills
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There is nothing wrong in saying that Hideo Kojima, a well-known Japanese video game creator, took the lead and turned this year’s entire Gamescom gaming convention’s audience towards Sony’s booths by revealing its upcoming survival horror video game, Silent Hills, in a uniquely distinctive manner for the latest PlayStation 4 console. Announced as P.T., it was later revealed that the interactive demo that was rolled out for the PlayStation 4 users was nothing but a “Playable Teaser” for Kojima’s upcoming game known as Silent Hills, and now the developer has revealed another one of the many mysteries hidden in the game’s teaser.

Silent Hills

Hideo Kojima Explains What Does 7780s in the Silent Hills P.T. Really Means

P.T. is probably the best video game teaser revealed this year by the creator of Metal Gear series. P.T. was revealed simply as a new horror game at Sony’s Gamescom 2014 pre-show conference, but after going through the PlayStation 4 demo of the game, it was acknowledged that P.T. stands for Playable Teaser and it is actually an interactive prelude to Silent Hills, an upcoming horror game that is being developed by Hideo Kojima and flimmaker Guillermo Del Toro.



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