DOOM Will Not Be Locked to 60 FPS on PC – Glorious!

When it comes to the PC vs Console argument there is one topic that always seems to emerge no matter how the discussion starts, frames per second. With consoles having optimised programming and locked hardware many are locked to lower frame rates while PC users are often after a smoother experience at a higher frame rate. People who took part in the DOOM open beta were worried when they found the PC version had in fact been locked to 60 FPS, something the developers has now stated to reassure the crowds that DOOM will not be locked to 60 FPS on the PC.

The confirmation comes from the official DOOM twitter page, reassuring players that the game was only locked to 60 FPS for beta purposes, but at launch the game will enjoy unrestricted frames.

Releasing on May 13th the new game engine used to power the game, id Tech 6, also supports multi-GPU’s, meaning those graphics cards can let you enjoy unleashing hell in full graphical glory. With games like Dark Souls 3 getting warnings from their fans when Capcom, publisher for the game, stated that it would run at 30 FPS on PC (something which the Dark Souls twitter account quickly confirmed as misinformation), frames per second means a lot to some gamers, with the smoother experience often making or breaking their enjoyment with the game.

While you are waiting for the release of DOOM why not try converting your original DOOM game into 007 Goldeneye?

Doom Beta System Requirements Revealed

Are you looking forward to playing the new Doom? I know I am! The game has been a long time coming and with the idea of revisiting the iconic series again, I can’t help but get drawn in by memories of my gaming youth, playing a pixilated Doom a Dell laptop. Of course, the days of DOS and floppy disks is long behind us and the latest enter in the doom series needs a lot more grunt to run than the original.

If you’re hyping up to play the beta, which you can be certain won’t be well optimized, then you’re going to need for some fairly decent hardware. but it shouldn’t be out of reach for most mid range and above PC gamers.

Minimum Spec (720p)

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Intel Core i5-2400 or better / AMD FX-8320 or better
  • 8 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (2GB) or better / AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB) or better
  • Up to 22GB HDD space
  • Steam account
  • Broadband internet connection

*Please note that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti, and mobile GPUs are not supported for the DOOM Beta. Please check back later for minimum or recommended system specs for the final game

Recommended Spec (1080p)

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Intel Core i7-3770 or better / AMD FX-8350 or better
  • 8GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4GB) or better / AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB) or better
  • Up to 22GB HDD space
  • Steam account
  • Broadband internet connection

No doubt the final game will support a wider range of hardware, at least in terms of improved performance, but for now, is your system ready to play Doom?

Remember, if you want to play the Beta, you needed to grab a beta code via the Wolfenstein: The New Order, two years ago! Don’t worry though, I’m sure there will be an open beta soon enough.

New Screenshots From Kingdom Come: Deliverance Beta Revealed

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is easily one of the most interesting games on the horizon right now, with its promise of an epic story, as well as rich game mechanics that should give the RGB gaming scene the realism it desires the most. To get you in the mood for the game, the team at Warhorse Studios will be launching a beta phase tomorrow, allowing people to get hands-on with the game and see what it is really made of.

In celebration of the upcoming beta of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, six new screenshots have been released and wow, do they look fantastic! Without a doubt, the games graphics engine can really impress, and we can’t wait to see what kind of hardware it takes to get to the level shown off in the images. The world looks very nicely detailed, with a great lighting engine, lots of realistic characters and so much more. With The Witcher 3 having given us a fantastic RPG world to explore, the pressure is certainly on for this game to do well.

“A humble, young blacksmith loses everything to war. As he tries to fulfill the dying wish of his father, Fate drags him into the thick of a conspiracy to save a kidnapped king and stop a bloody conflict. You will wander the world, fighting as a knight, lurking in the shadows as a rogue, or using the bard’s charm to persuade people to your cause. You will dive deep into a sweeping, epic, nonlinear story from Daniel Vávra, an award-winning designer from the Mafia series. Our unique, first-person combat system lets you wield sword or bow in both one-on-one skirmishes and large-scale battles. All of this – and more – brought to life beautifully with next-genvisuals delivered via CryEngine 3.” – Warhorse Studios

The new beta will be the first introduction to the game’s story, as well as the bulk of the game mechanics, and a bigger map than was made available in the games alpha stage. Even better, the new beta will give us the first important key battle/siege, new weapons and maybe even more!

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 Released

AMD have been pushing hard to improve their software experience, as well as improving the frequency of graphic driver updates, helping them better compete with the relentless release of Nvidia’s Game Ready drivers. So far, their new system has been a big improvement and today is no exception, as AMD push the release of the latest Radeon Software Crimson Edition.

Version 16.2.1 is marked as a “non-WHQL” release, so basically a beta release. However, the driver comes with the CrossFireX profile for the latest AAA release, Far Cry Primal. On top of that big profile release, you can also expect some game specific bug fixes for Fallout 4 as well as Rise of the Tomb Raider.

FreeSync users have cause to celebrate too, we hope, as AMD is also including a bug fix for choppy display on systems that use both FreeSync and CrossFire at the same time, which I’m sure you can imagine is a frustrating issue for a system that’s meant to provide a smoother visual experience.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 Highlights

    • Crossfire Profile available for
      • Far Cry Primal

Resolved Issues

    • A black screen/TDR error may be encountered when booting a  system with Intel + AMD graphics and an HDMI monitor connected
    • Choppy gameplay may be experienced when both AMD Freesync and AMD Crossfire are both enabled
    • Display corruption may be observed after keeping system idle for some time
    • Fallout 4 – Flickering may be experienced at various game locations with the v1.3 game update and with AMD Crossfire enabled
    • Fallout 4 – Foliage/water may ripple/stutter when game is launched in High/Ultra settings mode
    • Fallout 4 – Screen tearing in systems with both AMD Freesync and AMD Crossfire enabled if game is left idle for a short period of time
    • Fallout 4 – Thumbnails may flicker or disappear while scrolling the Perk levels page
    • Far Cry 4 – Stuttering may be observed when launching the game with AMD Freesync and AMD Crossfire enabled
    • FRTC options are displayed on some unsupported laptop configurations with Intel CPU’s and AMD GPU’s
    • Radeon Settings may sometimes fails to launch with a “Context Creation Error” message
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Corruption can be observed at some locations during gameplay
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Flickering may be experienced at various game locations when the game is left idle in AMD Crossfire  mode under Windows 7
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Game may intermittently crash or hang when launched with very high settings and AA is set to SMAA at 4K resolution
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Lara Croft’s hair may flicker in some locations if the Esc key is pressed
    • Rise of Tomb Raider – A TDR error may be observed with some AMD Radeon 300 Series products after launching the “Geothermal Valley” mission
    • The AMD Overdrive  memory clock slider does not show original clock values if memory speeds are overclocked
    • World of Warcraft runs extremely slowly in quad crossfire at high resolutions

Known Issues

    • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved “In Game Overlay”
    • Star Wars: Battlefront – Corrupted ground textures may be observed in the Survival of Hoth mission
    • Cannot enable AMD Crossfire with some dual GPU AMD Radeon HD 59xx and HD 79xx series products
    • Fallout 4 – In game stutter may be experienced if the game is launched with AMD Crossfire enabled
    • XCOM 2 – Flickering textures may be experienced at various game locations
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider – The game may randomly crash on launch if Tessellation is enabled
    • Core clocks may not maintain sustained clock speeds resulting in choppy performance and or screen corruption

If you want to download the latest AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 drivers, you can hit up the official AMD site right here.

F.lux Coming To Android

There are certain pieces of software you just feel like you need. From using an email client like Outlook, or Office tools like Microsoft Office, there are some things you just have to install when you get a new PC. When it comes to the Office the same can be said, we’ve even written an article regarding the go-to software for remote team collaboration. One of the items on that list was F.lux, a piece of software that I have on a memory stick ready to install on any PC I own at a moments notice, it would seem that PC aren’t the only one to benefit though as it looks like the popular tool is coming to Android soon.

F.lux is simple in its premise. As you use a computer late into the night, the light in your house tends to get dimmer and you are left staring at a screen with no backing light up to the moment when you collapse in bed. F.lux runs in the background of your computer, adjusting your screen colours so that when you come to look away from your screen before sleep you are in “sleep mode”, where your brain is better suited to let you rest and sleep.

F.lux does this by altering information from your GPU, slowly removing blue from your screen, ultimately creating a more red “sunset” kinda appearance on your screen. I have been using f.lux for years now and can safely say that you don’t really notice the difference, except when you want to go to bed.

The problem is that we use so many devices these days, the creators behind f.lux have realised this and currently, if you head over to the forums, you can sign up to the beta program for the app on your phone. Say goodbye to the late nights because you’ve watched that “one more episode” on your phone before wanting to go to bed. Sadly though you will need a rooted device to take part in the beta, so maybe the app isn’t ready for everyone just yet.

Jeff Kaplan Would Do the Overwatch Beta Differently Next Time

People love their betas these days, with the ability to quickly roll out a game through the internet companies have been able to test their games across the board with people developing everything from large-scale MMO projects to your favourite racing game with a test run before its release. The problem is that with that new approach to beta’s, opinions have changed about what this means, something Overwatch’s game director Jeff Kaplan has now experienced first hand.

In the interview, Kaplan reminded us that the last time he had a game go into a public beta was the Wrath of the Lich King, the popular expansion for World of Warcraft, all the way back in 2008. Kaplan states that “I think what’s happened over the past decade is that the word beta has really changed what it means. Betas are now free public demos of nearly complete products”, something which is hard to disagree with. When you get released a beta, you expect that the game has some nice features and plays smoothly, with the next step being a full commercial release.

These comments come after people claim that the Overwatch beta was little more than a “marketing beta” with only streamers and the press granted access in order to sell the game. Kaplan’s response to these comments is that with hindsight, he would have just made to the current release an Alpha and then put it all under an NDA.

While these comments probably come from fans who weren’t given access, the feedback has been rather vocal regarding the Overwatch access, which could be in part due to the timeline fans are having to wait before they can play the game. With the closed beta starting in October 2015, and the announcement trailer first showing us the world of Overwatch back in November 2014, the game has had a long wait.

Fives Minutes of PC Footage from The Division Leaked

The hype for Tom Clancy’s The Division has been building with some impressive pace over the last few weeks, and today, it’s about to kick up another notch. The latest leak surrounding this game comes in the form of a video, released by DailyMotion user ‘Voodoo’. The new video demonstrates five minutes of footage, taken from the PC version of the game in its current beta form.

We’ve seen quite a lot of leaked screenshots circulating the web recently, and they looked pretty decent overall, but what we’ve seen in this new video certainly looks better than we expected. Sure, it’s still not as shiny looking as the 4K screenshots revealed by Ubisoft, but I’d trust the honesty of Ubisoft’s press images about as far as I could throw a car.

The footage of the game is said to be running on high settings, and overall it seems the game is running nice and smooth, although it’s currently unclear what hardware the beta tester was using to play the game. Given how Ubisoft have a history of poor game optimisation, we’ll assume the uploader has a pretty decent gaming rig.

The game looks pretty decent so far, but check out the video below and let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.

Want to know more about The Division? Check out the official trailer from Ubisoft below.

“When you joined the Division, what were you expecting? I’m sure they told you about the sacrifices you’d have to make. But none of us could have ever predicted this.”

Tom Clancy’s The Division is heading for a multiplatform release on 8th March 2016, and those pre-ordering the game can also get into the beta for some early access action although personally, I don’t advise pre-ordering any game, ever, but that’s just me.

ASUSTOR Releases Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta

ASUSTOR released a new version, although it’s only a beta version for now, of their Photo Gallery NAS feature. The new version brings a lot of new features as well optimizations and speedups on existing function. The new Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta is available now and it is compatible with all ASUSTOR NAS devices running ADM version 2.5.2BDF1 and onwards.

The new Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta offers multi-level folder structures, increased thumbnail processing speeds, and more sorting functions than before. New features also include auto rotation to correct orientation of uploaded images, a concealable side navigation bar that shows album folder structures, and an intuitive search function. Customizable browsing quality based on the device and network environment was also added in order to give you the best experience. Those are all great things that I’m sure will be welcome among the ASUSTOR NAS users.

This latest version of Photo Gallery is using a new database technology that makes most of these functions possible, such as the multiple levels of folders as well as the greatly increasing thumbnail processing speeds that will give you a much smoother browsing experience.

We take more and more digital photos every day and the larger the collection grows, the harder it gets to sort and manage them. We want this to get as easy as possible and the new Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta version offers some new improvements here. You can now switch between Album and Browse modes when viewing photos. Users can also customize the browsing interface according to their preferences where customizable items include language, hide and show the number of comments, show the total number of photos on a page, image aspect ratio, and the ability to prioritize image quality or speed according to the usage environment or device. Another new feature is the ability to auto-rotate photos based on the information stored in the image file. This can save many hours of work manually rotating all your panorama shots, for example.

“In our modern technological age, the total output of digital photos is growing significantly every day. The ability to manage all these photos has become a key issue for many individuals,” said Vincent Tseng, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “Photo Gallery allows users to save time and effort while helping them to centrally manage all of their photos. Users will be able to effortlessly browse and share all of their favorite photos with friends and family around the globe.”

The new Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta is available directly from the Beta Apps section in your ASUSTOR App Central and it is also available as a direct download for devices that don’t have an active internet connection. There’s also a new Android app, AiFoto 2.0 beta, available to work with the new Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta. A new iOS version will also be available soon.

Key features for the Photo Gallery 2.0 beta version

  • “Album” and “Browse” viewing modes: “Album” mode, organizes all the photos from the various subfolders of an album into a single level for convenient browsing while “Browse” mode allows users to browse through photos in detail according to the album and subfolder infrastructure.
  • Multi-level folder structure support: In “Browse” mode users can create multiple levels of subfolders. And for second level folders can assign permissions, providing flexibility for permissions management.
  • Concealable side navigation bar: Provides album thumbnails and total photo count for each album.
  • User preferences: Individual users can decide whether to show the total number of comments and whether or not to have the side bar automatically open to the location of the current album being viewed. Users can also change the interface language and configure image quality according to browsing device, optimizing the browsing experience.
  • Intuitive sorting: Ability to sort images in ascending or descending order according to file name or time taken.
  • Adjustable browsing: Supports photo wall, 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 image ratios for display along with an ability to scale down images to a minimum of 0.60 times. The number of photos shown per page can also be configured (50, 100, 250, 500, 1000).
  • Automatic image rotation to correct orientation, saving time and energy.
  • Comprehensive search function: Can use keywords to search within specified albums and folders. Can also specify search criteria such as file name, album name, file description, comments, commenter, time taken, time uploaded and tags.
  • One-click sharing to social media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Plurk, email)
  • Intuitive drag and drop management: In “Browse” mode, supports directly dragging and dropping photos to move them.
  • Can configure album cover and tags (for a single photo or batch of photos).
  • Slideshow viewing mode
  • Provides comment function for users to interact with each other.
  • Supports a wide range of image formats: RAW, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF
  • Supports video playback

ASUSTOR Releases ADM 2.5.2 Beta

ASUSTOR is starting the new year with a new beta version of their upcoming ADM 2.5.2 firmware and it comes with new features as well as some bug and security fixes. There are three new main features in ADM 2.5.2 beta that could make your network life a little easier. There is a new DHCP server feature, an improved print server feature that now supports USB IP printing, and the Share link explorer that helps to make sharing more intuitive and flexible.

The first new addition is the DHCP server that can take over the job normally performed by your router. It might be convenient for a lot of people that they only have to use one control panel and user interface to configure their network rather than two. Let the router handle the basic connection while your NAS, that is running anyway, is doing the rest. ASUSTOR’s DHCP server can assign multiple IP subnets from one LAN interface, and also supports DHCP reservations for specified network devices

The Print server function got an upgrade and now also supports USB IP Printer mode to virtually connect the printer with your PC and generally increase the range of printers that the NAS is compatible too without worries. USB IP printer mode is used together with Windows ASUSTOR Control Center, which again limits it to the Windows ecosystem. Then again, most consumer use Windows.

The new Share link explorer makes it easier for the people you share files with. When your friend or colleague receives a share link, he or she can see the shared files and folders in a list and with just one click they can select only the needed files to download. This makes file sharing more intuitive and flexible.

There are also some additional upgrades behind the lines such as the PHP backend being updated from version 5.3 to 5.6 and Apache2’s HTTPd got upgraded from 2.2.29 to 2.2.31 to address the CVVE-2015-3183 security vulnerability. The App Central got a new installation wizard. The built-in database switched from MySQL to MariaDB 10 which should free up some general resources.

You can download the new beta firmware directly on ASUSTOR’s beta program website.

Thecus Working Hard on ThecusOS 7.0 and Demo Available

Next to the hardware itself and the build quality, the operating system is the vital factor in a NAS and it is what gives it the features and functionality that it has. Thecus has been hard at work on a new version and the public beta demo is now available for everyone to test on Thecus’ own website.

Previously ThecusOS has been more traditional than others when it comes to the user interface design, but the new ThecusOS 7.0 mixes that up quite a bit with a modern and fresh user interface that resembles a desktop more than a web page. The new OS has been designed on a 64-bit architecture in order to get the most out of the hardware as well as offer the best possible features. The new ThecusOS 7.0 is also fully compliant with HTML5 which should ensure browser compatibility for a long time. It is also nice to see companies embracing the new standards and making a switch from old to new.

The new operating system doesn’t just provide improvements in design and user experience, it also speeds everything up with some extra performance. Thanks to Thecus, I’ve already had the pleasure to test the beta locally on the Thecus N5810pro NAS and despite not being done, it’s already pretty awesome.

One of the new features in ThecusOS 7.0 is the integration of the File Center feature that provides you with a centralized portal to manage your data. Sharing your files with friends has also been made a lot easier through URL and QR code usage that also can be password protected for limited sharing. The addition of SSD cache is also a welcome feature that provides an overall increased performance and efficiency to the system.

ThecusOS 7.0 also got a boost in the multimedia capabilities and will be able to stream to DLNA, Apple TV, Chromecast and similar devices next to the HDMI, VGA, and USB device options depending on NAS model. The new Photo Station will give users a convenient and centralized hub to upload, store, browse and share their images and photos.

New Hitman Teaser Trailer Released and Beta Phase Announced

The upcoming Hitman (2016)  game is highly anticipated and slightly delayed and it is one of the very few games these days that I’m actually considering to pre-order to be able to play it on day one. Square Enix released a new teaser trailer and announced when the beta testing of the game will launch at the same time.

With the upcoming holiday and all the shopping going on, they surely don’t want to miss a chance to sell a few more games and as such the timing is perfect. Why? Because pre-orders will get guaranteed access to the upcoming beta testing of the game. With the way that they worded it, we can assume that there will be other methods to gain access to the beta, but those haven’t been revealed yet.

The new trailer teases the beta mission which puts Agent 47 20 years back into the past. This mission is the first time that Agent 47 meets his long-time handler Diana Burnwood, at least that we as gamers get to see. The mission takes place in a top-secret ICA recruitment and training facility and that is about the information we get now.

The Hitman beta will launch on February 12th for PlayStation 4 and one week later on the PC, on February the 19th.

Rainbow Six Siege Open Beta Postponed

Rainbow Six is a long series containing both books and games. Rainbow Six is a fantasy group formed from numerous armed forces and groups from around the world all with the intention of forming a united front against terrorist and organised crime around the world. Primarily strategy based shooters meaning that just running in and firing would end badly for your teams, strategies that have pulled Rainbow Six into a unique category of gaming. The problem is though that the game has been plagued by doubts in regards to several areas, such as announcing microtransactions or the large price or even the lack of single player. The latest problem though is a recent announcement on their forum, stating that their open beta will be postponed.

In the post, Ubisoft stated that due to “matching making times and connection on all platforms” they will be postponing the open beta until a later time. Just in case you were wondering why this might be an issue, the primary issue is that not only will the game remain on closed Beta for now but PC Gamer have received confirmation from Ubisoft that the release date will not be pushed back.

The release date is currently set for December 1st, meaning that the game has less than a week to go from closed Beta to full release. With them already having issues for a multiplayer only game, are you worried about what could become of the game?

Fallout 4 Beta Patch Now Available

Fallout 4 launched with more than a few bugs, although what game doesn’t these days! Bethesda has been working hard since the games release, tweaking and improving various aspects of the game and players will be pleased to hear that the first release is ready, well, almost. The first patch for Fallout 4 has been released in beta form, so keep in mind that there could even be bugs in the fixes.

Looking at the release notes, it all seems fairly straight forward, general memory and stability improvements, a few pesky bugs and minor tweaks. Overall, there’s very few fixes, but I’m sure some of you will be happy to see them regardless.

Here’s how to access the beta update:

  • Log into Steam
  • Right Click on Fallout 4 in your Library
  • Select Settings
  • Select Betas
  • A drop down menu will appear. Select Beta Update
  • Select OK.
  • Wait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should update.
  • When done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [beta] in your Library

Check out the full changelog below:

New Features

  • Number pad keys can now be used for remapping
  • Remapping Activate now works on Quick Container

Fixes

  • General memory and stability improvements
  • Fixed issue where equipped weapons become locked after completing Reunions
  • Fixed issue with When Freedom Calls where the quest would not complete
  • During Confidence Man, fixed issue where player’s health would continuously regenerate
  • Fixed crash related to jumping into water and reloading saved games
  • Fixed issue where Launcher would not save God Rays Quality setting properly

Are you having issues with Fallout 4? Let us know in the comments section below.

AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta Driver for Fallout 4 and Black Ops III Released

The new AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta driver has been released, bringing with it quality and performance optimisation for Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Presumably the new driver fixes the DX11/Crossfire flickering problem reported with the last version, since it is no longer listed as a known issue.

The AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta driver release notes are as follows:

Highlights of AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta Windows Driver

Performance Optimizations

Includes quality and performance optimizations for the following titles:

Star Wars: Battlefront

Fallout 4

Assassin’s Creed® Syndicate

Call of Duty® : Black Ops III

Known Issues:

[80314] Assassin’s Creed® Syndicate – Game cannot be launched in full screen mode on some laptop systems  with an Intel processor and an AMD graphics device

[80119] Star Wars :  Battlefront – Game cannot be launched in full screen mode on some laptop systems with an Intel processor and an AMD graphics device.

[79824] Call of Duty® : Black Ops III – Flickering may be observed when running the game in DirectX® 11  mode and with AMD Crossfire enabled

[59475] Elite: Dangerous – poor performance may be experienced in SuperCruise mode

[78912] A black screen may be experienced on booting Windows® 10 on some systems with switchable graphics  –  with AMD Radeon HD5000 series graphics cards,  when connected to an HDMI monitor

[99999] Far Cry 4: The game may hang on launch on some AMD Radeon 200 and 300 series products under Windows® 7 and Windows® 8.1

The driver can be downloaded here.

The First Rule of Rumblr is You Don’t Talk About Rumblr

Whoops, I think I just broke the first rule of Rumblr, and no doubt the second and third rule too if we’re following Fightclub etiquette. A new app has cropped up and much in the same way that apps like Tindr can hook you up with people you want to have fun with, Rumblr will help you find someone to punch in the face… no, I’m not joking; Tyler Durden is moving into the world of mobile apps it seems.

“We can’t just ignore the fact that boys, men, they all fight. We’ve always fought for the life of humanity. So why can’t we just provide them a way to do it more efficiently,” said Matt Henderson, one of two self-described recreational fighters behind the Rumblr app.

Users of the app have their own profiles, can mark people they want to fight and if two people agree you can set a location, roll on down and beat the heck out of each other. Naturally, I expect this app is going to garner quite a lot of negative attention, but while I think the idea is a bit stupid, can we really judge the efforts of two consenting adults in this context? I’m seriously asking!

“We’ve always been recreational fighters since middle school,” said Henderson. “Think of some athletic fighting. I mean, you’re not trying to kill the other person, maybe you’re trying to have a little testosterone orchestra.”

“When you agree with someone, to meet and go out and get into a fight, something that can cause serious bodily harm and it’s someone you don’t know — that’s a little more than a gamble. That’s almost like playing Russian roulette,” said Officer James Holmes, Phoenix Police Department.

Public fighting can get you arrested, and there are legal ways to get yourself a black eye through legitimate fighting sports.

“We’re kind of all hands off after people meet,” said Jack Kim, the second half of the Rumblr duo. “Beyond that we don’t condone any specific type of violence and we do specifically state when you sign up, we’re not legally supporting any of what you’re doing here.”

More than 78,000 people have signed up for beta testing of the app, which will be available within the next couple of weeks, with a public release in approximately two months.

So, would you give it a go, or is this one to set a few Darwin awards aside for?

Overwatch Reveals Three New Characters

Overwatch has been a keenly anticipated game that was recently released in closed beta for PC. With a wide variety of characters available at the moment and more being announced all the time, it’s not hard to see how the multiplayer arena game could soon see you staring at your screen for hours.

First up in the new characters is titled Mei and seems in part inspired by Mr Freeze. With a fluffy coat and large framed glasses, Mei’s unique attribute is that she is (surprise surprise) an ice type attacker, with her primary allowing you to slow and eventually freeze enemies before piercing them with her secondary attack. With the ability to summon ice walls to protect her allies and grant them access to hard to reach places, while her ultimate, Blizzard, will not only freeze but decimate an area of enemies; given her three seconds of invincibility, she can become a quite deadly defender.

Next up is D.vva, a meka pilot with fusion cannons that can be continuously fired at the cost of a slower movement speed. If that wasn’t bad enough her boosters grant her limited flight that can be used to fly around and bring destruction to anyone she sees fit. Built as a tank with a protecting wall against incoming projectiles her ultimate is a last resort, granting her access to the self-destruct matrix on her mech, after leaving it and repositioning just in time to call down her next suit.

Finally we have Genji, the cyber ninja. Left for dead by his brother Hanzo, overwatch brought the ninja into the fold after patching up with cybernetics. With the ability to throw shurikens in a steady line or a sprayed out collection, coupled with his ability to double jump and scale walls, you could soon see a white ninja sweeping down on your team with devastating effects. The high mobility continues with his dash which also inflicts bleeding damage, making his approach all that more terrifying while his reflect ability will protect his approach. While his ultimate will enchant his sword, bringing out both mystic power and cyber technology to a deadly cumulation.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Ready – AMD Catalyst 15.11 Beta Driver Released

Love it or hate it, Call of Duty has just seen its latest release with Black Ops III. If you’re playing or plan to play the new game sometime soon, then you’ll want to ensure you have the latest drivers to get the most out of the games performance.
AMD has just released the new Catalyst 15.11 Beta driver, which includes all the usual quality and performance optimizations for the game. The only issue that is yet to be resolved is that users using DX11 mode, while also running in Crossfire may experience some flickering, although I expect a patch for this won’t be too far away.

Highlights of AMD Catalyst 15.11 Beta Windows Driver

Performance Optimizations

    • Call of Duty : Black Ops III  – includes quality and performance optimizations

Resolved Issues:

    • [79796] The Oculus runtime may crash on launch
    • [79577] The Intel graphics is flagged in an error state in the Device Manager in systems with switchable graphics
    • [78654] An error may be experienced when installing the latest graphics driver package on some AMD Radeon R9 380 series products
    • [77255] The secondary graphics adapter is missing in the Device Manager and the AMD Catalyst Control Center after installation of the driver
    • [77176] A TDR error is experienced when launching Star Wars: Battlefront or Hitman Pro while a You Tube video plays in the background
    • [59792] An extended black screen may be experienced during bootup under Windows® 10 between the Windows® Logo and the Windows® login prompt
    • [77970] Ashes of the Singularity may crash on some AMD 300 series GPUs
    • [58233] Ashes of the Singularity may fail to launch on some GPUs with 2GB Video Memory.

Known Issues:

    • [79824] Call of Duty : Black Ops III – Flickering may be observed when running the game in DirectX® 11  mode and with AMD Crossfire enabled
    • [79484] Batman: Arkham Knight – An application crash may be experienced at some game locations
    • [78912] A black screen may be experienced on booting Windows® 10 on some systems with switchable graphics  –  with AMD Radeon HD5000 series graphics cards,  when connected to an HDMI monitor
    • [59475] Elite: Dangerous – poor performance may be experienced in SuperCruise mode

You can download the new AMD Catalyst Beta driver here.

Overwatch May Have Accidentally Been Revealed For Consoles

Blizzard has a large catalogue of games, ranging from the hugely successful World of Warcraft (soon to include an expansion pack named Legion) and the latest to the multiplayer online battle arena games (MOBA) Heroes of the Storm. The latest game to be revealed by Blizzard is titled Overwatch and will feature first-person shooter action in objective based arenas. What this means is that you may be running around shooting but your team will always have an objective. While initially slated for release on PC and with a beta coming later this month, it may not be that long until we see it on consoles thanks to some eagle-eyed website browsers.

Spotted by some users and then posted on Twitter, the users noticed that the description meta tag for the website detailed not only it being a team shooter but that it was also for “PC and consoles”.

It may not be that long before we see the game announced for consoles, but that is not to say that PC players will suffer because of this. Blizzard has a history of bringing games to consoles which were first released on PC, such as the hugely successful RPG Diablo 3.

Would you prefer to play Overwatch on your PC or your console? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Blizzards ‘Overwatch’ Beta Details Revealed

Blizzard has a long line of video games in its resume, from the Warcraft series to Diablo and StarCraft, they are remembered for a wide range of characters and settings. Most recently they pushed into the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) scene with their Heroes of the Storm. Featuring characters from all their games and a focus on objectives throughout several very different maps it has been well accepted by the public and Blizzard hope to repeat that success with their latest game idea, Overwatch.

Online FPS shooter, Overwatch, will see two teams of heroes and villains fight for control at command points and use the same objective based gameplay that made heroes of the storm popular, encouraging teamwork and consistent combat throughout. The latest on Overwatch though is good news for some and less for others.

October 27th is the official date for the start of the Beta but if you are eager to get into the game there are a few things you should be aware of.
First up the location, at the start the Beta test will only be available in America, with the rest of the world joining in at a later date (a similar release model was followed by some of their previous games). Secondly the beta testing will be broken into two groups, their core and beta weekend groups.

The core group will be responsible for the majority of the testing and will have access to the game for testing every day. This will be their core testing group, with large groups of users being invited to participate in their beta weekends for testing out just how well the game will handle with thousands of players.

Thank you Blizzard for the information.

AMD Releases Catalyst 15.10 Beta Drivers

AMD has released the latest Beta driver which addresses a number of instability issues and improves the performance in Ashes of the Singularity. This is an interesting update and I’m fascinated to see the performance gains via DirectX12 compared to the previous driver. Apart from that, the main tweaks revolve around strange bugs reported by the community. Here is the list of changes in full:

Performance Optimizations

    • Ashes of the Singularity –  DirectX® 12 Quality and Performance optimizations

Resolved Issues:

    • [77786] Video playback of MPEG2 video fails with a playback error/error code message
    • [77754] A TDR error or crash is experienced when running the Unreal Engine 4 DirectX® benchmark
    • [77073] Star Wars: Battlefront is able to use high performance graphics when launched on mobile devices with switchable graphics
    • [76930] Intermittent playback issues with Cyberlink PowerDVD when connecting to a 3D display with an HDMI cable
    • [59403] Ashes of the Singularity – A ‘Driver has stopped responding’ error may be experienced in DirectX® 12 mode
    • [58435] Driver installation may halt on some configurations
    • [76924] A TDR error may be experienced while toggling between minimized and maximized mode while viewing 4K YouTube content

Known Issues:

    • [77970] Ashes of the Singularity may crash on some AMD 300 series GPUs
    • [59528] Core clock fluctuations may be experienced when FreeSync and FRTC are both enabled on some AMD CrossFiresystems
    • [58233] Ashes of the Singularity may fail to launch on some GPUs with 2GB Video Memory. AMD continues to work with Stardock to resolve the issue. In the meantime, deleting the game config file helps resolve the issue
    • [77255] The secondary display adapter is missing in the Device Manager and the AMD Catalyst Control Center after installing the driver on a Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 system
    • [59475] Elite: Dangerous – poor performance may be experienced in SuperCruise mode
    • [59792] A black screen may be encountered on bootup on Windows® 10 systems. The system will ultimately continue to the Windows login screen

As always, the driver comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions which are listed below for your convenience:

Star Wars: Battlefront PC Requirements Revealed

Star Wars Battlefront’s release is tantalizing close and EA has scheduled a Beta phase to mark this momentous occasion. As you might expect from DICE, the PC release is visually stunning due to the Frostbite 3 engine. Throughout DICE’s history, they have attempted to bring a certain visual flair to each PC release and thoroughly test the best configurations on the market. To prepare users for the upcoming Beta, EA has announced the minimum and recommend specification:

Minimum PC System Requirements:

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent
Memory: 8GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Graphics card (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Recommended PC System Requirements:

OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i5 6600 or equivalent
Memory: 16GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

The minimum specification isn’t overly taxing and should be suitable for any system from the past few years. However, 16GB RAM seems absurdly high on the recommend section considering most games don’t even come close to utilizing 8GB. Apart from this anomaly, every other aspect appears to indicate a scalable PC version.

At the time of writing, some early access copies have already been issued to press outlets and streamers with a large audience. Patience is key though, as a large roll-out should happen extremely soon and there’s no need to spend ages retweeting or sharing social media posts for a code.

Are you looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront?

AMD Releases Catalyst 15.9.1 Beta Driver With Memory Leak Fix

AMD has released the latest Catalyst 15.9.1 Beta driver which offers enhanced optimization for the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront Beta and Fable Legends preview. The 15.9.1 update also implements a wide array of other tweaks including an essential fix to address the memory leak issue. In the last driver version, re-sizing any browser would cause the memory utilization to spike to 100%. Here is a complete rundown of the changes in the latest Beta:

Performance Optimizations

    • Star Wars: Battlefront Beta – Performance and quality optimizations
    • Fable Legends : Includes the latest DirectX® 12 optimizations for the Fable Legends: Benchmark

Resolved Issues:

    • [77609] A video memory leak can occur when browser and other windows are resized
    • [59474] Diablo 3 crashes in the Act 2 Desolate Sands area of the game
    • [59081] The AMD Catalyst Control Center ‘update’ option fails to download the latest driver
    • [58800] Dragon Age: Inquisition may crash if launched in Mantle mode
    • [58781] The DirectX® Diagnostic tool does not report DirectX® 12 available on supported products
    • [58677] World of Warships may crash on some AMD Radeon HD5000 and HD6000 series products
    • [58646] Assassin’s Creed® Unity may experience minor frame stutter when AMD CrossFire mode is enabled
    • [58485] Anti Aliasing settings not being retained after changes are applied
    • [58450] Some BENQ 144hz Freesync monitors may lose the signal while uninstalling the driver
    • [58495] DiRT Rally crashes during gameplay and benchmarking when launched in DirectX® 11 mode on some BENQ 144HZ Freesync monitors

Known Issues:

    • [57189] GTA V crashes on some AMD Radeon R9 390X GPU’s
    • [76899] Star Wars: Battlefront Bata –  Flickering may be experience if AMD Crossfire is enabled
    • [56099] Corruption may occur in DiRT Rally with CMAA enabled with Portrait SLS and AMD CrossFire mode enabled
    • [59792] A black screen may be encountered on bootup on Windows 10 systems. The system will ultimately continue to the Windows login screen.
    • [76930] Intermittent playback issues with Cyberlink PoweDVD when connecting to a 3D display with an HDMI cable
    • [76924] A TDR error may be experienced while toggling between minimized and maximized mode while viewing 4K Youtube content
    • [59475] Elite: Dangerous – poor performance may be experienced in SuperCruise mode
    • [59298] Final Fantasy XIV – Heavensward may crash when run in DirectX 11® mode and borderless window mode
    • [58870] Some applications may fail to launch on some Mobility platforms when launched in High Performance mode
    • [425417] Windows 10 driver installation may halt on some systems with an AMD 990FX chipset and AMD CrossFire enabled
    • [58506] Mad Max – Color corruption is observed when Alt+Ctrl+Del is pressed followed by the Escape key

To download the latest Beta driver please navigate to this link.

Star Wars Battlefront Beta Date Confirmed

The sounds, the lasers firing and hitting everything but their target, the zoom of the speeder bike and pod racers as they flew past you. Everyone remembers them, once you have seen them (if you liked them or not) you were drawn to the shows as lights swirled around from the iconic weapons of the Jedi and Sith clashed. With the classic game series Star Wars Battlefront due an update courtesy of EA, the latest revelation is that the beta for the new release will be open to everyone, online and offline gameplay.

Included in the beta will be three distinct modes set on three planets, two of which are fairly iconic. First up you have 40 players fighting as Rebels vs the Empire on Hoth fighting to either destroy or protect respectively, then a quick flash across to Tatooine for a survival experience on your own or with friends to fight off everything from AT-ST’s to Tie Fighters. Finally set on the Sullust (a volcanic planet in the outer rim) will have two teams of 8 fighting over control of drop pods.

Excited yet? Then you will be overjoyed to hear that on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Origin will all get access to the beta on October 8th, with the companion app giving you access to a strategic card game called Base command, with the ability to unlock weapons and credits for Battlefront.

Are you excited? Will you be supporting the Rebels or the Empire?

Thank you Star Wars EA for the information and the image.

Star Wars: Battlefront Beta Available Offline and to Everyone

EA has confirmed that next month’s beta release of its forthcoming Star Wars: Battlefront, developed by DICE, will be available to everyone who wants to play it, in both online and offline modes. Matthew Everett, the Community Manager for Star Wars: Battlefront, made the announcement on the game’s EA blog.

“[T]he beta will consist of both our offline and online modes including co-op and split-screen co-op, and it will take place on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and via Origin for PC, so we have you covered regardless of your next generation platform of choice,” Everett wrote.

The beta build of the game will include the 40-player Walker Assault on Hoth that we brought you leaked footage of recently, plus a second mission, Drop Zone on Sullust, and a Survival Mission mode set on Tatooine, which can be played solo, co-op, or online co-op.

Everett promises, “Keep your eyes peeled for myself and many other developers during the live beta as we have some cool stuff planned.” He later revealed, in a Community Questions feature, that AI bots will be available in multiplayer (10 on each side) and that players will get a primary blaster with a hand of Star Cards for customisation.

Thank you Star Wars: Battlefront Blog for providing us with this information.

AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta Driver Released

AMD has released the Catalyst 15.8 driver which includes a number of hotfixes and enhanced performance in Batman: Arkham Knight and Ashes of the Singularity. Here is the full list of optimizations:

Highlights of AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta Windows Driver

    • This driver provides support for the Oculus 0.7 SDK on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. More information on the Oculus 0.7 SDK can be found at the following link on the Oculus Developer site:

Performance Optimizations

    • Batman: Arkham Knight – Performance and quality/stability updates
    • Ashes of the Singularity – Performance optimizations for DirectX® 12

Resolved Issues:

    • [424009] Adobe® Lightroom may crash if GPU rendering is enabled
    • [423336] Mouse cursor coordinates may be swapped on some 3×1 Eyefinity configurations
    • [421110] The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt – Corruption may be observed when AA is enabled in AMD CrossFire mode
    • [424127] The Firefox browser may crash while opening multiple tabs (2 or more)
    • [425168] Anti Aliasing settings are not retained after Applying in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
    • [425156] System hangs when launching Call of Duty® – Modern Warfare 3 or Diablo III
    • [424776] Metal Gear Solid® : Ground Zero may crash when launched
    • [425421] Call Of Duty®: Black Ops III – texture corruption observed when launched in DirectX® 11 mode
    • [425452] Sword Coast Legends – FRTC settings are not activated in the game
    • [411945] Project CARS may experience corruption when AA is set to D2SM
    • [425382] A green screen may be observed on some “Llano”/”Ontario” APU’s when playing video under Windows 10
    • [424330] Watch Dogs may experience flickering / corruption after changing game resolution
    • [425440] AMD HDMI® Audio is disabled after driver installation
    • [423013] F1 2015 may experience flickering during gameplay or in game benchmarking
    • [422551] Call of Duty® – Advanced Warfare may freeze randomly when run in Quad CrossFire mode
    • [424168] Text corruption observed when using Windows 10 Mapp application
    • [424222] System may hang when installing the driver on a Windows 10 system with 2 or more GPUs
    • [424710] “Device being used by another application” error is displayed when attempting audio playback on Windows 7 systems

Known Issues:

    • [423924] Unable to create an Eyefinity SLS if one of the displays is a MST display device
    • [423759] Unable to apply Fill mode in Eyefinity if 2560×1600 and 2560×1440 resolutions are used together
    • [425484] DiRT Rally crashes during gameplay and benchmarking when launched in DirectX 11® mode on some BENQ 144HZ Freesync monitors
    • [425496] Mad Max – Color corruption is observed when Alt+Ctrl+Del is pressed followed by the Escape key
    • [422806] Battlefield Hardline crashes on pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del while running in AMD Mantle mode
    • [422674] Corruption may occur in DiRT Rally with CMAA enabled with Portrait SLS and AMD CrossFire mode enabled
    • [425417] Windows 10 driver installation may halt on some systems with an AMD 990FX chipset and AMD CrossFire enabled
      • As a temporary workaround, please uninstall the existing driver before installing the AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta driver
    • [425432] Some BENQ 144hz Freesync monitors may lose the signal while uninstalling the driver
    • [425659] Assassin’s Creed® Unity may experience minor frame stutter when AMD CrossFire mode is enabled

Please note, the driver is still in a Beta stage meaning there could be instability issues, or undocumented bugs. Nevertheless, it’s promising to see updates for Batman: Arkham Knight which is not only a terrible PC port, but also prone to crashing on AMD graphics cards. On another note, it will be interesting to see the effect optimizations will have in the Ashes of the Singularity DirectX 12 patch. Will the trend of significant gains on AMD cards continue?

Do you download Beta drivers or patiently wait for the final release?

Fable Legends Windows 10 Beta Starting This Month

Lionhead Studios made a bold choice when it comes to their new Fable Legends in more than one way, but it could very well be a strategy that will pay off big time for the company as well as the franchise in itself. The new game, unlike the previous installments in the Fable series, is a multiplayer oriented team-based game where you can play alone or with your friends with or against the AI. Fable Legends is also one of the first games to be built on Microsoft’s DX12 engine that should give the players some spectacular graphics and performance – hopefully.

Fable Legends will launch on both Xbox One and Windows 10 and the limitation here is of course due to DX12, this is the only place that you’ll find that API. Xbox One gamers have already been able to join the beta games and now PC players will be able to do the same. The Windows 10 beta is scheduled to launch this month and you can still sign up for an invite.

Fable Legends won’t just run on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, it can be played cross-platform on both systems with the same account and everything the way it was. Start on your PC and move on over to the Xbox in the living room later on – or the other way around, you can do it as you want. That could be a great win for the game besides being a completely free to play game. You can purchase cosmetics, but not overpowered winning attributes. The developers stress that you can unlock anything with gameplay alone and that is good news.

The full game is scheduled to be released later this year and until then we can enjoy the new trailer released during Gamescom 2015. It looks like an amazing game, especially with the focus on team play and cross-platform play, but also with the DX12 graphics and overall concept. I think Lionhead Studios has a winner here.

Thank You WCCFtech for providing us with this information

Street Fighter 5 Beta Extended as Server Trouble Continues

The Street Fighter 5 beta that currently runs as a PlayStation 4 exclusive has shown us very clearly how important beta tests of games are, both the closed and open versions. One can plan and have a lot of great ideas, but it isn’t until you put it out to a real world test that you know how well you did your job. Other recent examples also include all the trouble WB has with the latest Batman game.

Capcom announced yesterday on their Twitter account that the beta would be down all day as they continue to face server issues. The beta launched on July 23rd, but users experienced trouble right from the start and they lasted throughout the weekend where Capcom repeatedly reset and took servers offline and set them back up again in an attempt to get everything running.

The beta was officially scheduled to end tomorrow, Tuesday the 28th, but that won’t happen. A new message posted on Twitter reads: “For those wondering, we will be extending the beta period to make up for the issues we’ve been experiencing.” There hasn’t been any word yet how much it will be extended, but we can assume it will continue at least to the point where they narrow down where the bug is located and then add the original 5-day time on top of that.

While this first beta is PlayStation 4 only, future beta versions are planned for the PC too. Those will commence at an unspecified time later this year.

Thank You Gamespot for providing us with this information