Tom Clancy’s The Division Was More Popular Than Black Ops for a Moment

Tom Clancy’s The Division has attracted a lot of attention, with it making a staggering $330 million during release week alone. With such high levels of sales is it really any surprise that the game became the most popular title on Xbox one?

The Division has risen to the most popular title on Xbox One, knocking off Activision’s call of Duty: Black Ops III, a favourite for many games and a series that seems to claim the most popular title every year when the next in the series releases. With no exact numbers, it’s hard to tell how much (or how little) the Division had overtaken Black Ops III but by the time, we managed to grab wind of this, Black Ops III had already regained its title, hinting that the competition is closer than people might expect. Thanks to VG247 for grabbing a shot of the Divisions title, shown below.

The Division doesn’t look to be slowing either, starting with its large opening week momentum, people are keen to see how the game progresses with patches being released regularly to deal with players troubles and issues in the game such as the inability for players in safe zones to even get a quest. You can see the current chart (as of 27th March 2016) below, showing that Call of Duty III is back at the top, but maybe for only a little while.

The Division is grabbing some help with mods, such as the SweetFX Mod responsible for turning the game into a 4K experience within the game. Are you a player of the Division? Is it worth the hype? Have you stopped playing it? Tell us about your experience with the game in the comments.

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.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is Best Played on PS4 According to Sony’s Adam Boyes

Call of Duty Black Ops III is available on a number of platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PC.  As a result, the game’s performance and render resolutions varies greatly. In all honesty, I’m amazed the last generation consoles can even run the game, and this is shown in its awful visual quality. As with any multi-platform release, each version is dissected and compared via analytical videos. According to Sony’s Adam Boyes, the best place to play Call of Duty is on PlayStation 4. He said:

“This is a historic partnership that makes PlayStation the best place to play Call of Duty,”

“The massive reception to the game’s multiplayer beta only a few months ago demonstrated the huge appetite our fans have for this franchise and the anticipation for Black Ops III.”

“This is the game our fans want,”

“And we’re proud to welcome Call of Duty to its new home on PlayStation 4.”

These comments are clearly directed at Microsoft customers as the Call of Duty series did incredibly well on the Xbox 360. However, to say it’s the “best place” is frankly absurd. The PlayStation 4 version utilizes a 1920×1080 resolution at 60 frames-per-second. In contrast to this, the PC supports resolutions in excess of 4K, and an uncapped framerate. The technical differences between the Xbox One and PlayStation editions are negligible and Boyes’ remarks come across as a fairly timid marketing exercise.

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.

COD Black Ops III Single Player Not Coming to PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360

Activision has announced in a community post, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III will not include the single player campaign. This decision was made due to the last-generation consoles technical limitations. However, Activision didn’t delve into great deal what caused the setbacks and simply said:

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a truly next-generation experience designed from day one to harness the full potential of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Black Ops 3 pushes the boundaries of the franchise to new levels across all modes of play on next generation hardware.”

“As we announced back in June, we know that there are still fans waiting to make the switch to the newest console hardware and developers Beenox and Mercenary Technology have been working tirelessly to bring as much of the Black Ops 3 gameplay as possible to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.”

“The Black Ops 3 PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will feature Multiplayer and Zombies gameplay only, not Campaign. The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player coop Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware.”

One theory is, the Xbox 360 uses DVD-9 disks  which doesn’t contain adequate storage for large voice files and video cutscenes. Obviously, Activision could have used multiple disks and forced users to install the game. Clearly, Call of Duty players obsess on the multiplayer aspect and rarely play the single player campaign. Furthermore, the game will include the highly-popular zombies mode. Therefore, it does seem like the only mode being omitted is with large audio/video files. Honestly, I’m sure Activision could have found a solution but probably believes the time investment wasn’t worth it.

The news is a shame for those on last-generation consoles who enjoy the single player aspect. However, this is a very niche sector of the market.

Image courtesy of GeekSnack.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Details Leaked

Another year, another predictable entry in the modern history of computer games, a new Call of Duty is on the way! Now, that obviously comes as absolutely no shock to anyone who’s even played an FPS in the last decade or so, but what is interesting is that the game is expected to have a Beta; a first in the game’s history.

The new Call of Duty is expected to be out in November, not counting any delays of course. Although, no offence to most developers, but I’d expect this game to launch broken rather than miss that important Christmas release window, but that’s just my two cents on the matter.

Those who pre-order the game can expect access to the Beta on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC; no details have been mentioned in regards to Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, but it’s safe to expect a version will be released on these formats. Interestingly, the leaked information states that “actual platform availability and launch date(s) to be determined.” So that does hint that even the already mentioned formats are subject to change, perhaps a possible timed exclusive at launch?

According to the leaked information, which is believed to be handed out to GameStop staff, details a co-op campaign, multiplayer, a new movement system and no doubt most entertaining of all, the latest Zombies mode.

Excited, or have you become weary and tired of the franchise?