Latest Technology Content
Akitio sets the bar a bit higher with the Thunder3 Dock Pro!
Akitio sets the bar a bit higher with the Thunder3 Dock Pro!
Most gamers enjoy the likes of shooting a couple zombies while making an escape, but what about 6,000 zombies? The Black Masses new tech trailer showcases 6,000 individual enemies on the one screen.
Brilliant Game Studios has released what is called a tech demo, this means its a not a release of a full game but what the game will most likely turn out to be graphics wise. From the above video we can see that The Black Masses will be using physical based rendering, global illumination, high resolution textures, volumetric lightening and feature HDR support as well.
The video also reveals what I would consider quite a hefty achievement for the indie development studio. We can see closer to the end of the video that both players attempt facing off against a massive mob of zombies, despite the zombies being quite generic it has been reported that there was over 6,000 present. If you are interested in checking out more information regarding The Black Masses, visit the official Facebook page for The Black Masses here.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been receiving a steady flow of updates since its launch, with developer Treyarch preparing the player base with an update that dropped today.
Treyarch addressed the issues with crashes at the end of matches for Masters Prestige players in multiplayer, as well as the Zombies mode. There are general stability improvements in all modes, which is always appreciated.
The developer has made tweaks and improvements to all modes including Blackout, Multiplayer, and Zombies. In the battle royale mode, Treyarch fixed an issue which had gamers scrolling left or right on the D-pad (on controllers obviously) to navigate through their Stash lists. They also fixed problems where the Collapse circle would disappear to some, which would be incredibly frustrating as you can imagine.
EVE developer CCP Games is working on their new game 'Project Nova', a new online multiplayer first-person shooter that will go into a Closed Alpha in November. You can sign up for the Project Nova closed alpha on their official website.
Project Nova is a PC-first game, with the developer explaining it as: "Players take on the role of a Warclone, elite clone soldiers carving their own path to redemption against Sansha's Nation, a totalitarian rogue state built upon brainwashed slave labor and controlled by loyal 'True Guardians', a cybernetically-enhanced elite".
The developer continues: "You have been called to action by AEGIS, the Concord division specializing in defense against external threats. Amid furious boots-on-the-ground battles, the clash of space warfare will roar overhead as players seek to dismantle their operations and prevent the enslavement of their fellow free-willed soldiers by Sansha's Nation".
Samsung should have an absolutely huge year in 2019, with the release of its next-gen Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 smartphones as well as the world's first smartphone in the purported Galaxy F that should launch by year's end, or very early in 2019.
#Samsung is working on a new technology trying to hide the front camera underneath the display. My sources told me that there are just a hand full of prototypes using this technology. I don't think we'll see this feature in retail phones until 2020, but who knows 🤷🏽♂️— SamsungMobile.News | Max (@Samsung_News_) October 18, 2018
But what can the South Korean giant do differently going into the future that makes people upgrade from their older Galaxy S8, or even people who recently purchased the Galaxy S9 or any of Apple's new iPhones sit up and go 'oh, wow'. Well, one of those things not having a stupid bloody notch - which seems to be quickly becoming a trend. Samsung is rumored to instead be using an under-display front-facing camera, which should be joined by an in-display fingerprint sensor.
According to Samsung Mobile News, the company is working on a front camera that would be underneath the display, with the tipster posting on Twitter: "Samsung is working on a new technology trying to hide the front camera underneath the display. My sources told me that there are just a hand full of prototypes using this technology. I don't think we'll see this feature in retail phones until 2020, but who knows".
If we rewind the clock back six years, EA was worth $4 billion and Activision was worth $10 billion. Today, however... EA is now worth a huge $33 billion, while Activision has swollen out to $60 billion, and it's all thanks to their push into games-as-a-service.
Buying a game once off doesn't make developers as much as a continued subscription service method, or games like Overwatch that keep you coming back for more with DLC, microtransactions (loot boxes) and themed/timed events and seasons. Look at Fortnite for example is making over $300 million a month and is home to close to 100 million players per month.
Something like Overwatch will cost $30 and you can have hundreds of hours in it without spending another cent, but you might splash out on some loot boxes because you want some of those awesome skins and other cosmetic items.
Bandai Namco's excellent Tekken 7 has now dragon uppercutted its way through 3 million sales, solidifying the series as a mainstay for the Japanese publisher.
Just after a year of release on PS4, Xbox One and PC, Tekken 7 has surpassed 3 million sales worldwide, franchise game director Katsuhiro Harada announced. If you've played it then you shouldn't be surprised about the sales figures: the fighter continues the series' long-running pedigree for satisfying competitive action (even if it's still light on content).
Tekken 7's success pushes the franchises sales even higher. In its 24-year span, Tekken has now sold over 47 million copies across the globe. Bandai Namco has yet to announce its second quarter earnings for FY2019, but its first quarter finances show Dragon Ball remains the highest-earning series. The main difference is that Bandai Namco fully owns the Tekken series so it gets to recoup development and marketing costs via full game sales.
Atari is further branching into the handheld market with a portable Atari 2600, complete with classic games and 1970's wood paneling.
The Atari Retro Handheld aims to bring old-school gaming on-the-go similar to Nintendo's popular Switch NES service (only without online connectivity). The device is basically a $45 (35 GBP) small, fits-in-your-pocket emulator that runs Atari 2600 games. It features an iffy-looking "joystick"/circular D-pad that's more convex than a 3DS stick, a 2.4-inch screen, and comes pre-loaded with 50 retro games like Centipede, Asteroids, Pong, Breakout, Missile Command, and even all three Swordquest games.
It can also hook up to your TV via an A/V cable for home play, but don't expect dual-screen action. The handheld is a cheaper and more affordable old-school arcade machine that could be competitive in a sea of higher-cost retro mini-consoles like Nintendo's NES and SNES Classic Editions and Sony's upcoming $100 PlayStation Classic. But cheap is the key word here. The Atari 2600 portable runs on AAA batteries, not rechargeable lithium ion, and brings to mind the power-sucking prowess of Nintendo's Game Boy.
Battlefield V has officially gone gold, with DICE taking to Twitter to announce that it has "officially gone GOLD!" and that there's "not long left on the road to launch but today was our original launch date".
Today we were going to launch #BattlefieldV, but as you know we pushed the release a month to get extra time for polish and act on all the feedback you've given us. You've been super patient with us and as a token of our appreciation, our team built a small gift. Check it out! pic.twitter.com/q1kyUtXh6c— Oskar Gabrielson (@ogabrielson) October 19, 2018
In celebration of Battlefield V going gold the developer has announced that there is a free gift for all Battlefield V players, offering up an Oscar Mike emblem and helmet when the game launches next month. Oskar Gabrielson, the GM of DICE Stockholm, took to his Twitter to say: "Today we were going to launch #BattlefieldV, but as you know we pushed the release a month to get extra time for polish and act on all the feedback you've given us. You've been super patient with us and as a token of our appreciation, our team built a small gift. Check it out!"
NVIDIA has released its full stack of GeForce RTX series graphics cards in the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and the latest RTX 2070... all while AMD has nothing. Well, there's rumors of the Radeon RX 590 which is a 12nm refresh of the RX 580, but nothing new, new.
AMD's new Radeon RX 590 might be waiting in the wings but it's not official, and without trying to steal its thunder, NVIDIA has with the quiet release of a new GeForce GTX 1060. The new GeForce GTX 1060 has the same 6GB of VRAM but it has been upgraded to GDDR5X versus the GDDR5 used on all current GTX 1060 graphics cards.
The first GeForce GTX 1060 included 6GB of GDDR5 at 8Gbps, while a newer model was made available with the 6GB of GDDR5 cranked up to 9Gbps. This new GeForce GTX 1060 has seen NVIDIA upgrade the 6GB of framebuffer to 10Gbps with the faster GDDR5X memory. The same 120W TDP applies, as does the single 8-pin PCIe power connector.
As for the memory bandwidth increase we're looking at:
Days Gone has been delayed again, this time out of the big February 2019 release timeline.
Today Sony Bend Studio announced its open-world zombie survival game Days Gone has been delayed for the third time, and will release on April 26, 2019, months after its original February launch. The PS4-exclusive should be one of Sony's big first-party games of 2019, a year which could include such anticipated titles like Death Stranding and Naughty Dog's visceral The Last of Us Part II.
"We want to share a change in release date for this highly anticipated title from Bend Studio. We recently decided to move the release of Days Gone from the crowded February timeframe to April 26, 2019. While the studio is eager to see Days Gone in the hands of fans, Bend Studio will take the opportunity to further polish Days Gone," the studio wrote in the announcement.