NVIDIA Hairworks 1.1 Brings More Power for Less Performance Cost

A lot of titles are taking advantage of fur or hair simulations. Whether its AMD’s TressFX or NVIDIA Hairworks, users still want to enjoy those simulated little things that bring life to a character inside the game.

However, NVIDIA might have taken the lead with their latest Hairworks version 1.1. The updated version seems to be able to simulate more hair strains at a lower performance cost than ever before. Don’t expect to see groups of characters with fully fledged ‘fluffy’ hair, but the test really is exciting.

In the video below, the NVIDIA Hairworks 1.1 demonstrates how it is able to simulate a High Quality human-like hair using around 500,000 hair strains. But want to know the best part about it? It seems to have been rendered on a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. The video has been captured by Tarkan Samir using NVIDIA’s Shadowplay technology.

If you’ve played Far Cry 4, The Witcher 3 or other titles that boast NVIDIA’s Hairworks technology, then you know how cool it makes the game look like. However, the latest update seems to add even more kicks for less performance drawbacks. All we need now is wait and see how this new update is used and what developers can do with it to enhance their titles.

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AMD Fury X Gets Benchmarked on Far Cry 4

Details about AMD’s latest Fury X graphics card have been focused on the hardware and specs. We did know the card came with AMD’s HBM technology and a lot of computing power. If you’ve missed the spec details, you can view them again here. So how well can it handle the latest games? Well, AMD seems to have ut it to the test.

The Fury X was recently benchmarked on Ubisoft’s latest Far Cry title, Far Cry 4, at the Beijing conference. The company showed that Fury X is able to handle 4K resolution while rendering Far Cry 4 in Ultra Settings at an average rate of 54FPS. The minimum was indeed 43FPS, but we are talking about 4K here and I’m sure nothing that is within an acceptable price range can handle that at the latter FPS.

Also, compared to other cards benchmarked on Far Cry 4, the Fury X seems to be at the top line. I mean it looks to have even taken on NVIDIA’s GTX Titan X as shown below. The only competition it has, according to the benchmarks, is the R9 295X2. However, you can’t really compare a dual-GPU card or an SLI configuration’s statistic with just a single card’s output.

What we need to know now is what price tag coming with this beast. We don’t want to speculate on a price right now, but since it’s AMD, we can’t be looking at something greater than what NVIDIA is asking for their own cards. Or will we?

Images courtesy of LinusTechTips

Far Cry 4 Copies Bought from Third Party Sellers Killed

Buying cheap game keys from third-party resellers might seem like a tempting opportunity, but one that doesn’t necessarily end the way one would have hoped.

Reports are starting to surface that Ubisoft is killing Far Cry 4 copies bought through third-party resellers, namely G2Play and G2A. Both are popular digital retailers based in Hong Kong that scan and/or photograph the keys from retail boxes. The games are a lot cheaper there and the internet allows them to sell those keys digitally worldwide where the games cost more.

“This is an outrageous and ridiculous way of doing business. And don’t you think as I do, that maybe those people who actually PAY for the game (even though Ubisoft will make a few bucks less in Poland because I bought the game from…I don’t know, a…hungarian original retailer), will, in time, in frustration, after that sort of strategy and behaviour, after the way you made people buy not-finished games, will stop buying them at all or keep using less scrupulous retailers to get what they want? And nobody wants that.”Voiced a user on the Ubisoft support forums

The above statement doesn’t stand on its own, as the forum thread has 19 pages with over 180 posts at the time of writing, mostly with support for the OP.

This isn’t the first-time publishers have cancelled third-party keys. Devolver Digital also cancelled any keys obtained through the G2Play website.

Ubisoft has reportedly been advising customers to contact the seller and claim that the license removal is not their fault, yet no official word has been given just yet. There are also rumours going around that the keys were stolen and that’s why they’re being blocked – a normal procedure when shipments of keys/games get highjacked.

What do you think about this latest Ubisoft incident? Stolen keys or just another case of publishers that see a potential smaller profit?

Thanks to GameZone for providing us with this information

Far Cry 4’s “Escape From Durgesh Prison” DLC Drops on January 13, 2015

Far Cry 4 is still fresh in most gamer’s hands, but the “Escape From Durgesh Prison” DLC is nearly here. Ubisoft has announced that the upcoming DLC will be released on January 13, and will have players racing across Kyrat to finished challenges, and recover lost weapons. Players will also have to upgrade their gear and skill set along the way.

Escape From Durgesh Prison will have both a single player and cooperative multiplayer modes, but if players die in the DLC, they’ll have to start their mission over from the beginning – an interesting, and welcomed twist if you ask me.

Source: Joystiq.

It Happened to Me: EA Origin Hacked, In-Game Content Purchased

Last night I was informed via email that I had purchased 3 different games from Origin, as well as an in-game item. This is not a common practice for me to purchase multiple games at one time, unless there is a Steam Sale going on. I opened the emails and my jaw hit the floor. Apparently I purchased 3 games while I was at work, without my computer in front of me.

I am the proud new owner of Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and FIFA 15, as well as in-game points for FIFA 15. Personally I would never pay full price for any of these games, yet alone drop the insane amount of money on all of these games at one time.

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity $59.99
  • Far Cry 4 $59.99
  • FIFA 15 $49.49
  • FIFA Points 100 $0.99

Grand total: $170.46

I immediately called my credit card company and canceled my credit card and ordered a new one to be shipped out, $15.00 rush shipping. Once I was home I was able to contact EA fairly quickly, under 10 minutes of wait time. Current wait times are well over 30 minutes and that is because I was not the only one. EA hasn’t really come out and said that this is a huge issue, at least not yet. I was able to find some fellow gamers that are on the prowl and ready to help on the EA forums, below is what one gamer posted to help out.

Follow the Steps to contacting an EA Game Adviser to fix this:

1 Click here to go to the EA contact page. Note: Top left pick your Country :]

2 Select your game and platform, Then click next.

3 Select a topic and write about your problem.

4 Click next and select your preferred contact method.

5 Ask for a callback if you can as it is fast when I used it.

You can contact EA here and here. Start by reading this to get your account back. Then read this to make sure it never happens again. Also, make sure to enable Login verification.

Now of course I was one step ahead, I changed my password once I got home, and was able to figure everything out on my own. I even enabled the Login Verification, so I am all set. I also was reimbursed all of the charges for my credit card, now what about my headache? I don’t know about you, but I am quite frustrated, I had to jump through a bunch of hoops to get my money back, and had to spend money to make sure that I am 100% secure in the future. I feel that EA should do something to rectify the situation, so I contacted them to as a few more questions.

Shane: Do you have a rough estimate on how many people this has affected?

Narendra: I apologize, but we don’t have information regarding any malicious hacker.

Shane: So are you denying that there has been a malicious hacker that has purchased unwanted games on users Origin accounts?

Narendra: I apologize, I am denying your claims… But there is no information provided to us regarding any malicious hacker.

I informed Narendra that there is a post on their forum with said issue. Their response was still to deny the issue.

Narendra: I apologize for the inconvenience, but we don’t have the data related to it

Cold shoulder, well that is kind of sad, I figured I would give them a chance to redeem themselves. Oh well. I hope anyone who has been plagued by this issue is able to get their issues remedied. Stay safe!

Samsung Bundles Far Cry 4 with Evo 840 for Limited Time

Samsung has partnered with Ubisoft to give away some freebies for a while. Starting on Black Friday and while supply lasts, people who buy a Samsung 840 EVO solid state drive will be provided with a free download code for new Far Cry 4 game.

The Samsung 840 EVO is already a bargain on GB per cent and now the value has been increased further for a short period of time. The downside to this deal is that it is for America only as well as limited to a specified list of retailers.

Customers at Best Buy, Amazon, NewEgg, Microcenter, Fry’s, Tiger Direct, B&H and Adorama are the lucky ones to be able to get a free game on top of the purchase of their 250GB, 500GB, 750GB or 1TB Samsung 840 EVO SSD.

Thanks to CDRlabs for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Samsung

 

Far Cry 4 Broken On Your PS3? Simple Fix: Delete Everything

The PlayStation 3 version of Far Cry 4 is having some serious issues, with a simple fix: delete everything.

Some users are reporting an error that states “delete FC3 game data” which has players deleting the entire game, something that even wipes the save games. From there, you need to download the “correct version” from the PlayStation Store, which is a 9.4GB download.

On the PC, Ubisoft has a cleaner fix, which has an issue that throws the game to a black screen whenever it detects an external USB device. A new patch is on its way, which Ubisoft says it’ll fix the issue, adding “Some have been able to temporarily fix this problem by disabling USB devices and certain drivers, but we realize this is in no way ideal.”

Source: Joystiq.

Pirated Versions of Far Cry 4 Don’t Include FOV Adjustment Option

Now that Far Cry 4 is out, pirated copies of the PC version are floating around – with a very sneaky surprise.

Ubisoft has clamped the FOV adjustment out of the pirated version of the game, with people complaining online about the lack of FOV adjustment easily identified as pirates. The Creative Director on the game, Alex Hutchinson, said on Twitter that the pirated version of Far Cry 4 doesn’t include FOV adjustments. Bazinga.

Source: Polygon

AMD Outs Catalyst 14.11.2 Beta Drivers Now Available

The latest AMD Catalyst Beta drivers are here at last! The new update brings the graphics drivers up to version 14.11.2 Beta and brings important updates for some of this months biggest game launches.

If you’re playing FarCry 4 or Dragon Age: Inquisition this month, then you’ll definitely want to get onto these Beta drivers. The Catalyst 14.11.2 drivers claim to offer up to 50 percent performance increase for single-GPU performance with anti-aliasing enabled for FarCry 4, which is a huge difference.

Dragon Age: Inquisition doesn’t get anything as dramatic, but you can still expect to see a 5% increase in performance; every little helps.

The new drivers also add CrossFire options for Dragon Age: Inquisition, unfortunately the CrossFire support for FarCry 4 is disabled while AMD and Ubisoft try to fix some bugs; what a shocker!

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Ubisoft Pushing Uplay & Pulling Games From Steam

Ubisoft need to stop what they’re doing, get up from their desks, take a walk outside and just stay there for a few weeks. It seems not a day goes by where I don’t get an email with “You’ll never guess what Ubisoft has done” in the title. Today we have heard news that Assassin’s Creed Unity will not be available on Steam in the UK, but it now looks like it runs a lot deeper than that.

“We’ve been in discussions with Valve about Assassin’s Creed Unity but for the time being the game is not available via Steam in the UK,” a Ubisoft representative told PCGamesN.

However, it now also looks like Far Cry 4 and The Crew will be joining Unity as the listings for all three games have been pulled from the Steam service entirely.

This means that if you want to purchase these games digitally, you’re going to have to download the UPlay service to play them.  The general consensus on Twitter is that no one likes Ubisoft (but that’s hardly breaking news). It also means these games won’t be cropping up in any of the popular Steam Sales we all love so much.

https://twitter.com/shadowzack/status/530569514057216000

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Far Cry 4 System Requirements Revealed – Have You Got a GTX 680?

Far Cry 4 is almost here and while we await the games final release date, there is just enough time to make sure your gaming rig is capable of running it, as the game’s specifications have just been revealed by Nvidia.

You’ll be wanting to run the game on a minimum of an Intel i5-750 / AMD Phenom II X4 955, with 4GB of RAM and around 30GB of hard drive space. The game only supports DirectX 11, so your graphics card will likely have to be compliant with that specification as a bare minimum, although that’s pretty much every card of the last five years.

Kicking things up to the recommended specifications will require some pretty sizable hardware. An Intel Core i5 or AMD FX-8350, 8GB of RAM and most importantly, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon R9 290X or better, with at least 2GB of VRAM.

Far Cry 4 PC Requirements:

Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD5850 (1GB VRAM)
  • Direct X: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers

Recommended System Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon R9 290X or better (2GB VRAM)
  • Direct X: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers

So, can you run it? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you DSO for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of DSO.

Free Ubisoft Game with the Purchase of Selected Nvidia GPUs

As part of the “Pick your Path” promotion, Nvidia is giving away keys for The Crew, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 with the purchase of selected graphics cards. Nvidia have had a close relationship with Ubisoft for a while and most their games are built on the GameWorks technology.

Each game offered in this promotion is based on the GameWorks technology and are great examples to show off what the new GPUs features can do. The qualifying cards are the GeForce GTX 980, 970, 780 Ti or 780 as well as notebooks with GeForce GTX 980M or 970M

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity, the latest installment in Ubisoft’s most successful franchise, will feature HBAO+, TXAA, PCSS and tessellation technologies.
  • Far Cry 4 is another legendary game series getting a visual and technology upgrade. Besides HBAO+, TXAA, PCSS and enhanced 4K support, Far Cry 4 integrates NVIDIA “Godrays” technology so gamers can all but feel the sun beating down in the Himalayas, and NVIDIA HairWorks, for rendering the hyper-realistic adversaries players encounter.
  • The Crew is the ultimate street racing game and looks superb thanks to the use of HBAO+ and TXAA technologies – all rendered in breathtaking 4K.

The offer is only valid through selected and authorized dealers. So better check with your retailer before you order and expect to get a code, only to end up disappointed. Codes can be redeemed and further information and rules can be found on the Pick your Path mini site.

You can also find out more and be a part of this promotion through our friends at Overclockers UK here.

Thanks to Nvidia for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Nvidia

Ubisoft Developers Real Live Watch Goat Sacrifice for Far Cry 4 Research

It looks like the Far Cry 4 title aims to be fitted with as much real-life experience as possible. Two Ubisoft developers are said to have journeyed to Nepal in order to get inspiration for Kyrat, the fictional Himalayan setting for the game.

Mark Thompson, the game’s narrative director, and Phil Fournier, the associate producer, made the journey with Vice Media’s Krishna Andavolu to Kathmadu. Once there, they apparently heard a rumor that there was an animal sacrifice about to happen and went to find the ‘event’. The sacrifice is said to have been made by a man who was performing it on behalf of his family to Kali, the Hindu goddess of change and destruction.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTDlX52WxgU[/youtube]

The video is said to be the first of a three-part series aimed at gathering source material and inspiration for Far Cry 4. Alex Hutchinson, the creative director, said that another Vice documentary entitled “The Vice Guide to Liberia” acted as another inspiration, this one for the game’s deranged villain, Pagan Min. In it, “General Butt Naked”‘s (Liberia’s Joshua Milton Blahyi) name was constantly present in the African nation torn apart by civil war in the ’90s. The name given to Blahyi came from making his army fight nude.

“It was this idea that there were these extreme characters who, in their universe, they seem sane,” Hutchinson said, “but if you take them out of context, and put them in our world, they seem very insane.”

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information
Video courtesy of YouTube

Ubisoft Locks The Division’s Framerate at 30FPS, Graphical Fidelity to be More Important

Ubisoft apparently wants to stand out from the crowd by adding complexity and graphical definition to its titles. The company seems to focus more on delivering an immersive gameplay in world ‘full of life’.

For example, Watch Dogs has been delayed after the launch of Grand Theft Auto V in order to add more complex detail to be able to compete with Rockstar’s title. Far Cry 4 has also been announced to deliver the same ‘Ultra High’ graphical complexity on next-gen consoles as on PCs. The latest announcement points to the same graphical fidelity being applied to Ubisoft’s upcoming title, namely The Division.

However, nothing comes without some drawbacks. In order to deliver the aforementioned graphics, performance cuts need to be made. And this apparently will be noticeable in terms of framerate capabilities. This is the case of The Division, where it has been announced that the title will have its FPS counter locked at 30.

Massive Entertainment’s Managing Director, David Polfeldt, made a comment regarding the reason of locking The Division’s framerate at 30 and not upping it to a smooth 60 as gamers would like to see in every title they play.

I think we’re shooting for 30fps because it’s a trade-off, right? Graphical fidelity and immersion are more important to us than the frame rate. If we go for [60fps], we’ll have to make a trade-off on fidelity and other things. But because we want to have very, very complex destruction and extremely detailed environments; a complete weather system, full day/night cycle…at some point you have to make up your mind: where do you invest? And for us, it’s going to be 30fps”.

Although the framerate will be quite low, the graphical complexity and ‘complex destruction’, in addition to all the sweet features such as the weather system and day/nigh cycle could compensate. However, this requires a lot of optimisation in order to maintain the designated framerate when ‘all hell breaks loose’ during massive combat scenarios.

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Far Cry 4 Officially Announced

Rumours of Far Cry 4 have already been surfacing over the last year, while is no surprise given the success of the series so far. The team at Ubisoft have now revealed that the fourth installment in the series will be hitting PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on November 18th.

The game will continue the open-world themes of previous titles, but this time the backdrop will be the fiction region of the Himalayas known as Kyrat. The region is said to be controlled by an appointed king, who is played out by the weird blonde guy in a pink suit that you can see in the picture above.

“Following the success of Far Cry 3, we wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise players and exceed fans’ expectations. Given the unique setting, we feel Far Cry 4 will stand out as a top first-person shooter and we’re eager to reveal more about the game in the coming months”. said Dan Hay, Far Cry 4’s Executive Producer.

Expect gorgeous graphics and plenty of action from the new game, and to be honest we wouldn’t have expected anything else.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TweakTown.

Ubisoft Confirm Far Cry 4, But Remain Tight-Lipped

According to Gamespot UK Ubisoft’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Tony Key, has confirmed that the success of Far Cry 3 has ensured there will be a successor – Far Cry 4. Tony key stated:

“We’re totally psyched from [Far Cry 3]. It’s a great brand, and now it’s got the recognition it deserves, so we’re clearly going to make another one: more on that soon.”

Both Far Cry 3 and the DLC/Spin-off Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon were a sales success and Ubisoft has no reason to not continue the franchise. They stated it will follow an open world theme because gamers no longer want linear gaming experiences.

“I think open world can represent the future of, you know, gaming, and that’s where we’re investing huge portions of our resources–because we believe that that is what consumers want…They don’t want linear; they want open [world],” he continued. While Key did add that “there’s always going to be a place for linear experiences”

So while we have no time frame to go by, we know its “soon”. This would suggest Ubisoft are already working on Far Cry 4.

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