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GIGABYTE Z370N WIFI could be your new super-small gaming PC motherboard
GIGABYTE Z370N WIFI could be your new super-small gaming PC motherboard
One of the most classic real-time-strategy games ever made has been completely revamped and is on its way back to the world of PC gamers. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition has been confirmed to be arriving on February 20th.
According to a post on Major Nelsons website, Microsofts Creative Director, Adam Isgreen confirmed that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is due for a release on February 20th. The price of the remastered game is quite appropriate coming in at just $19.99.
The Definitive Edition will feature a modernized 4K graphical upgrade, a re-recording of the original soundtrack, campaign narration for every mission and even support for the classic LAN play.
Hasselblad might be a brand you don't hear much, but they're the company that made the cameras that the Apollo astronauts used to capture images on the moon all those years ago, and now they're back with a monstrous new camera.
The new Hasselblad H6D-400c MS has a strange name, and is the company's new medium-format digital camera that produces 100-megapixel photos with single exposure courtesy of its 53.4 x 40mm CMOS sensor. But when the camera is used in its multi-shot (or "pixel shift") capture feature, the images can be snapped at up to 400 megapixels, which is insane.
Inside, the G6D-400c MS can capture 4K video using Hasselblad's proprietary RAW video format, but also packs support for Wi-Fi, HDMI, and USB 3.0 Type-C connectivity. It also rocks dual media card slots, and an ISO range between 64 and 12,800.
All of this will cost a swift $59,000 or day rentals of around $500 when it ships in March.
Crytek is getting into the gaming spirit in a better way this year, by opening up their upcoming multiplayer-focused Hunt: Showdown with a closed Alpha starting soon.
Hunt: Showdown has gone through enough of its own problems during development, with concept changes, name changes, and multiple issues at Crytek itself in the meantime. But that hasn't stopped the team from pushing out more details on Hunt: Showdown, and now the closed alpha.
If you don't know about Hunt: Showdown, it's Crytek's new free-to-play, 4-player co-op first-person shooter dunked in a Van Helsing-like / Civil War-era with steampunk-inspired weapons.
From there, two-player teams will compete against themselves to hunt down an AI-controlled monster in a huge open-world map. You can team up with other players, or decide to hunt on your own, as well as showing off CRYENGINE's beautiful graphics. I'm not hyped, but I'm not hyped - I'm right in the middle for this, and will wait to check it out.
AMD is in the middle of a class action lawsuit from investors over its not-so-good comments about Meltdown and Spectre, but there was worse news last week when AMD machines were being bricked by Windows 10 security updates meant to help, not harm.
The latest updates come in the form of Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) and Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607). These cumulative updates push the Creators Update systems to build 15063.877 (support KB4057144) and Anniversary Update PCs to build 14393.2034 (support KB4057142).
The big star here is KB4073290 that will fix the bricked AMD devices on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, so grab that if you've been sitting there twiddling your thumbs with your fresh new Ryzen/Threadripper-powered gaming beast.
After nearly 8 years of leadership, Activision CEO Eric Hirschberg is leaving the publisher.
Since 2010 current acting Activision CEO Eric Hirschberg has presided over some massive hits for the publisher including the most recent Call of Duty WWII--and some failures, too, like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. However that tenure is coming to an end as Hirschberg prepares to depart the company by the end of the current fiscal year in March 2018.
"Serving as Activision's CEO has been an honor and a thrill," Hirshberg told GameSpot. "This is an amazing company, one which routinely delivers epic experiences for our fans on a scale that no one else can. I have nothing but admiration for the incredible team I have had the privilege to lead. And I have nothing but appreciation for Bobby Kotick for giving me this transformational opportunity, and also for having the vision and conviction to champion a creative person for a leadership role on this scale."
Artificial intelligence may one day find its way into the billion dollar revenue stream of in-game microtransactions.
In a recently leaked paper, a data firm recently outlined how AI could be used to propel players to in-game purchases even further than lootboxes and other engagement-monetizing schemes. The paper outlines a few key instances where an in-game AI would offer a prompt to let players know that if they spend money, they could do X better, whether X is aiming, finding better loot, you name it. Essentially rather than having publishers control the engagement cycle in how players are typically led towards these purchases, an AI would do it instead.
This abstract could neatly fold into EA's new experimental SEED division, which includes AI among its many next-generation technology focuses. Other publishers like Blizzard, Activision, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft (and of course EA) could benefit tremendously from this new method...but only if it's handled just right.
Apparently Fable isn't dead after all, and Microsoft is keen on filling the very noticeable void of first-party games in its Xbox One lineup.
Playground Games' new unannounced project is a fresh entry in the Fable series, sources have told Eurogamer. The game should be follow the typical formula of open-world RPG, but also may have service-based elements of some form simply because Microsoft thrives on online engagement via Xbox LIVE.
However it appears the new Fable game could be primarily singleplayer-driven, especially after how Fable Legends fell apart. Sources say Microsoft was interested in resurrecting Fable because of Sony's big win with Horizon: Zero Dawn, which sold over 3 million copies on PS4. Of course the Xbox One's install base is lower than Sony's PS4, but the publisher could make up for it in other ways, such as in-game purchases and other monetization options.
Or it could be totally single-player offline-only gaming in a throwback to the old-school days of the franchise.
Nintendo has just announced they're bringing out cardboard cut-outs to the world of gaming with Nintendo Labo, following Nintendo Direct Mini event which was just a couple of weeks ago.
Nintendo never disappoint with their motivation to be the leading company of innovative ideas in the gaming industry. Keeping up the pace of fresh ideas, Nintendo has now announced Nintendo Labo, a customizable accessory kit made out of cardboard for Nintendo Switch users.
Nintendo Labo will open the door to another widespread of games that will be available on the Switch, users will be able to make, play and discover the 5 different Nintendo Labo projects that are available. Users are encouraged to step out of their creativity boxes and take Labo to a whole different level by creating their own projects with the Labo cardboard.
Next month Metal Gear Survive will be released, it has been discovered that the game will feature microtransactions and also the requirement of a constant internet connection.
Konami has joined a large amount of modern day releases by implementing micro-transactions into their game. Metal Gear Survive will have an in-game store that will allow players to purchase virtual currency that can also be obtained through standard gameplay.
Konami has not revealed what these micro-transactions will officially be as of yet, but from the image below we can see that most of the ones available are boost packs which can be assumed are for experience gains. As the game is not complete yet, these micro-transactions could be a subject of change, as the community gives their feedback.
Days before the launch of Dragon Ball FighterZ, a new character has been revealed in the latest issue of the V-Jump magazine, Android 21 with a majin buu makeover.
Reported by Gematsu, Bandai Namco has revealed that the next fighter to join the lobby of playable characters within Dragon Ball FighterZ is going to be Android 21.
Android 21 was revealed to us back in September, but all that was known is that she played a pivitol role in the games storyline. What is most interesting about Android 21 is her appearance, even though she is an Android character it appears that a transformation can occur which turns her into a Majinn Buu like creature.