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June 24, 2015

E3 2015: Crytek, Oculus Takes VR To Another Level with Dinosaur Island Demo

The biggest thing at E3 2015 was easily VR (Virtual Reality), where seemingly almost everyone on the show floor demo’ed some sort of new hardware or new software. VR hardware manufacturers in particular have shown some very interesting designs in hopes of dethroning Oculus Rift as the industry standard however, among the barrage of options being presented, nothing was quite as impressive as the latest Oculus Rift headset paired with Crytek’s Back to Dinosaur Island 2 demo.

Starting right off the bat I had doubts about the VR experience Crytek and Oculus was promoting at their booth. In my past encounters with VR, especially those with the first few Oculus [...]

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June 24, 2015

E3 2015: SteelSeries Brings Stratus XL to Windows and Android

SteelSeries has always been at the forefront of gaming peripherals with their extensive lineup of headsets, mice and keyboards. Several years ago, SteelSeries unveiled the Stratus wireless gaming controller for iOS and since then have also unveiled the XL version for iOS as well.

For E3 2015, SteelSeries is continuing to expand the lineup by now offering the Stratus XL Gaming Controller to PC and Android. The Stratus XL promises to provide a premium solution in a wireless controller market over-saturated with cheaply made hardware and glitch ridden software. Despite the competition, Steelseries is confident that the customization options and build quality of the [...]

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June 22, 2015

E3 2015: Disney Infinity 3.0 Inside Out Character Playset

Ever since Disney re-imagined and popularized collectible figures that “interact” with their games, a number of major companies such as Activision, Nintendo, and even Lego have jumped on the bandwagon introducing their own interactive collectibles. While these companies’ have few games and characters based on relatively new brands and stories, Disney has a seemingly never ending repertoire of characters from the days of hand drawn Uncle Walt originals to a bunch of newly created characters including those from their new film, Inside Out.

At Disney’s booth at E3, Disney showcased a number of these new collectibles for their latest update to the Disney [...]

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June 22, 2015

Review: Razer Firefly RGB Backlit Hard Gaming Mousepad

The Most Beautiful Mousepad Ever Made

One day, a Razer engineer took his hand off his mouse and reached for his Chroma’ed out coffee mug. As he slowly sipped his delicious brew that may or may not contain alcohol, the dazzling lights of his mug converged with the blank blueprint on his desk in perfect harmony. The engineer’s eyes glowed (with excitement), and he hastily drew the design for a Chroma’ed out mousepad – the Razer Firefly.

Of course that’s probably not how it actually happened, but I’m sure the engineers at Razer were like so we have so many glowing peripherals nowadays, why not complete the lineup with a glowing mouse [...]

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June 17, 2015

E3 2015: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Presale, Guild Halls Revealed

At the PC Gaming Show event at E3, ArenaNet showed off the guild hall feature in the much anticipated upcoming Heart of Thorns expansion pack. These guild halls are essentially large jungle maps initially under the control of Mordremoth’s evil forces and a guild will have to reclaim it for themselves. Looking at the gameplay trailer the map gameplay is shares similarities with dungeons, the rooms and enemies located in a systematic distribution, but the distinguishing factor is the reward of owning a customizable space after completing the guild hall territory takeover. Note that the guild hall is a vast space and having a decent size guild to go through it will be [...]

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June 17, 2015

E3 2015: AMD Unveils Dual-GPU Radeon R9 Fury X Graphics Card

Worried that one AMD Radeon R9 Fury X won’t be enough? That’s OK because AMD has just the solution in store for you.

At the PC Gaming Show, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su showed off the upcoming dual GPU version of the Radeon R9 Fury X (X2?) graphics card which is being used to power a number of demos at the event. Carrying two of AMD’s latest flagship Fiji XT GPUs on a single PCB, this monster is capable of crunching over 17 TFLOPS!

Despite this level of power, the yet unnamed card is actually not much longer than a single Radeon R9 Fury X. This is thanks to the use of HBM’s stacked memory design which has a significantly smaller footprint than [...]

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June 17, 2015

E3 2015: AMD Drops Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 Fury, R9 300 Series Graphics Cards

After confirmation at Computex that AMD would be launching their latest graphics cards on June 16, AMD has finally unveiled their new Radeon R9 Fury X, Radeon R9 Fury, and several Radeon R9 300 series graphics cards.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X

Starting from the top, AMD has exclusively reserved its new Fiji GPUs for the Radeon R9 Fury line of graphics cards.

The flagship Fiji GPU is the Fiji XT, which is used to power AMD’s new Radeon R9 Fury X. Still based on the 28nm process, the new Fiji XT GPU carries a staggering 64 Compute Units for a total of 4096 stream processors. AMD claims that this is capable of up to an impressive 8.6 TFLOPS of compute [...]

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June 16, 2015

E3 2015: Razer Unveils 16,000 DPI Mamba Gaming Mouse, Displays Intense Mouse Testing Setup

E3 has always been a big show for gaming peripherals maker Razer and for 2015 Razer’s big product announcement is a new Mamba with some innovative technologies that Razer believes will make it the best gaming mouse in the world.

Although similar in shape to the outgoing Razer Mamba, the new Mamba has some drastic changes that will distinguish itself from its predecessor.

The most noticeable change right off the bat is the Chroma style RGB LEDs that wrap the sides of the mouse and the center scroll wheel. Razer has also carried over the materials used on new Razer mice including textured, matte black plastic and grippy rubber sides.

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June 16, 2015

E3 2015: Microsoft Pulls 180, Xbox Gets its Groove Back

With the radically different Windows 10 arriving on machines later next month, change has been in the air for Seattle based Microsoft, who recently held a press conference at E3 2015.

At their press conference, Microsoft practically reinvented the struggling Xbox One, giving it a number of updates, both hardware and software, that were desperately needed when the system launched two years ago.

The biggest update to the Xbox One is backwards compatibility. It was revealed that an update will be coming just in time for Windows 10 which will allow gamers to play select Xbox 360 titles. About 100 or so games will be available by launch and customers will be able to [...]

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June 15, 2015

E3 2015: Bethesda Drops Sneak Peeks of Fallout 4, Doom Gameplay

Bethesda held their first E3 press conference a day before E3 started and while it’s too early to say for sure, they may have just stolen the show.

Fallout 4

After last week’s teaser trailer for Fallout 4, the popular software company provided an early peek at some of the new features of their long running series. Improvements include the inclusion of a non-silent protagonist, the ability to build and maintain forts and bases, as well as various graphical improvements and a new engine. A companion iPhone/Android application was also announced, providing the player with access to their in game Pip-Boy.

For the collector, a special edition of [...]

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