Gaming

Overwatch's Olympics-Themed Summer Games Return Next Week

The next Overwatch seasonal event is coming up soon. Blizzard today announced that the Summer Games event will return for a 2017 edition, starting next week. Summer Games 2017 will run August 8-29, and players will be able to get new skins (of course), while a new Lucioball map is on the way. Additionally, the skins from Summer Games 2016 are returning for this year’s event, and they will cost less. Below you can see a rundown of the prices for Overwatch’s Loot Box items, covering this year’s event and ...

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Madden 18 Player Ratings Revealed

Ahead of Madden NFL 18‘s release later this month, EA Sports has now announced the player ratings for all the major positions. Posted on the game’s website, the ratings give an indication as to which players are theoretically the best, at least at the start of the season. Cover star Tom Brady is the highest-rated quarterback, with a 99 rating, while Julio Jones is the top-rated wide receiver (98), and Le’Veon Bell tops the running back charts (97). You can see a breakdown of the top-rated players at the major ...

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PS Plus Free Games For August Out Now On PS4/PS3/Vita

If you’ve been looking for something to play, today brings good news: the PlayStation Plus free games for August are live now on the PlayStation Store, and it’s an especially good month to be a Plus subscriber. Headlining the selection is the chaotic action game Just Cause 3, available for download on PS4. Its massive sandbox and array of high-powered weaponry will likely entertain for at least a few hours. PS4 owners also get access to the well-received Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, the spinoff of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. ...

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Nvidia Wants to Use AI to Enhance Games, Improve Ray Tracing

At SIGGRAPH this week, both AMD and Nvidia are announcing various hardware and software technologies. SIGGRAPH is an annual show that focuses on computer graphics and advances in rendering techniques. At the show this year, Nvidia showcased the ways AI could be used to improve gaming or to create extremely realistic images, without the enormous computational horsepower that would be required to brute force certain visual standards. This last bit is of more than incidental concern. The problem is simple: If you compare a top-shelf character animation from 2017 versus the ...

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AMD Announces New Threadripper Core, Reveals Launch Date

AMD has been trickling information about Threadripper piece-by-piece over the last few months, ensuring that the topic stays fresh and keeps people interested. This weekend, the company finally released some significant details about Threadripper and its plans for the platform long-term. We’ve created a slideshow with some of the most important data on performance and overall product positioning against Intel. Click to enlarge each slide in a new window. Overall, AMD is gunning pretty hard for Intel with Threadripper, setting up one of the most interesting comparisons between the two ...

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More Free Xbox One And Xbox 360 Games Available Now

It’s already August 1 in some parts of the world, which means Xbox Live Gold members can now download more free Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles. This month’s free Games With Gold titles include Slime Rancher, Trials Fusion, Bayonetta, and Red Faction: Armageddon, and two of them are free starting today. Xbox One owners with a Gold membership can pick up Slime Rancher for the low, low price of free, while Xbox 360 users can grab Bayonetta for $ 0.00. Additionally, one of July 2017’s free Xbox One titles, ...

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Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 Delayed

Star Citizen‘s much-anticipated Alpha 3.0 update isn’t coming out on time. Developer Cloud Imperium Games announced recently that it discovered some “stability issues” in the latest build, and thus the team needs more time to get it ready “for prime time.” “This week, we entered the optimisation, polish, and bug fixing phase for the 3.0 feature set. As there have been so many features and content implemented, we’ve encountered some stability issues that we want to address before going to a wider test audience,” the developer said in a post ...

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AMD’s Vega Takes on Nvidia: Pricing, Features Revealed

After months of waiting and speculation, AMD has finally taken the lid off its RX Vega series, its clock speeds, capabilities, and pricing. All of these characteristics have been hotly debated of late, with readers asking for (and making predictions about) how it would compare with Nvidia’s year-old Pascal GPUs like the 1070 and 1080. We now have some preliminary answers to some of those questions, but by no means the entire picture. So here’s how this is going to work: If you want a “regular” GPU, you’ll be able ...

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Ark: Survival Evolved Full Launch Delayed, New Release Date Revealed

Ark: Survival Evolved‘s full release has been delayed, developer Wildcard has announced. The final game will now launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 29. The open-world title was previously scheduled to launch on August 8 after being available in early access for more than two years. Wildcard said the three-week delay is because the process of going gold and going through certification “took a little longer than expected.” “We’re deeply apologetic for those who were negatively affected by the delay,” the company stated. “It sucks, it wasn’t ...

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Xbox One X Will Help Grow The Industry, Ubisoft CEO Says

One of the biggest storylines in gaming this year is Microsoft’s Xbox One X. The super-powerful $ 500 console launches in November, and Ubisoft believes it could have a big impact on the industry overall. Speaking to GameSpot, CEO Yves Guillemot started off by saying Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which Microsoft is a marketing partner for, takes “good advantage” of the console. He went on to say that he’s encouraged by the move by Microsoft to focus on power for the Xbox One X instead of a peripheral like Kinect. The ...

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