World Of Warcraft: Legion Release Date Revealed

Five months ago now Blizzard started taking pre-orders for the sixth World Of Warcraft expansion, Legion. The expansion pack now has a confirmed release date, with it set to release on August 30th.

The sixth expansion will follow on from the fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, with Blizzard stating that “all hellfire is about to break loose”. With the new continent, the Broken Isles, and a new class, the Demon Hunter class, players will be spoilt for choice as they wield new artifacts and encounter demon hunters, the disciples of Illidan Stormrage, a popular character in the Warcraft series.

If you can’t wait to join the action, anyone who pre-orders the expansion gets a single level 100 boost, so any new characters (or old ones) can join in on the Broken Isles action the second the game releases, while pre-orders will also get access to the Demon Hunter class before the expansion even releases!

With subscriptions for the online MMORPG falling at a staggering rate, could the new expansion be what the game needs to bring new life to the franchise or could the new movie bring in fans both old and new to the series in order to save the world?

Are you a fan of the game? Are you someone who used to play the game? Could this expansion interest you into giving the game a new go or are you more interested in the patch that Warcraft 3 will soon receive?

Oculus Pre-Order Deliveries Delayed by up to Two Months

Due to an “unexpected component shortage”, reported last week, some early pre-orders of the Oculus Rift have had their shipping dates delayed by up to two months, with one buyer – who pre-ordered 33 minutes after the VR device was made available on 6th January – being informed that he will have to wait until the end of May, at the earliest, for his order, reports RoadtoVR.

Another customer, commenting on reddit, revealed that, despite pre-ordering within 1 hour and 40 minutes of availability on 6th January, Oculus has delayed shipping their Rift, with an estimated delivery of between 13th-23rd June.

While pre-orderers have seen their order delayed by up to two months, all subsequent orders have been put back even further, with shipping of new orders pushed back until August.

Responding to numerous complaints on the Oculus subreddit, a customer support representative wrote:

“Kickstarter Backers, we’re changing your Order History to show “TBD” instead of the date as that date was applicable to the time in which we imported the orders. We’ve already fulfilled a large number of the orders and more are being fulfilled on a regular cadence.”

Also, in response to the furore, Oculus has begun refunding shipping costs on orders placed before 2nd April.

Oculus Waives Shipping Fees for All Past Orders

The Oculus Rift may have won the race to be the first VR headset to be available to consumers, but it hasn’t been so easy for Oculus due to the boom in interest for the VR headset. The Rift began shipping out to consumers on the 28th of March, but many preorder customers are still yet to receive any notification that their device will be shipped to them. Now Oculus VR has admitted that they have been struggling to meet demands for the Rift, with CEO Brendan Iribe taking to Twitter to state that the first batch of Rifts was “going out slower than we orig(inally) estimated.” This was backed up by an email sent out to waiting customers, citing an “unexpected shortage” as the reason that many were still waiting.

We’ve been working through an unexpected component shortage, and unfortunately, that issue has impacted the original shipping estimates for some early customers. We’re working hard to get up-to-date ship windows, and you should expect to see your order status updated on oculus.com by Tuesday, April 12th.

In order to make it up to customers who had pre-ordered one of the headsets, Oculus stated that they will be disregarding any delivery charges for all orders that have already been placed. It’s not all delays, though, with many customers having received their Rifts on time, one even being delivered by Palmer Luckey himself! Hopefully, Oculus will be able to sort out this issue before their main rival, the HTC Vive makes it to market when both sides will have a fight on their hands.

RollerCoaster Tycoon World Coming to Steam Early Access

For years strategy games have fallen into one of two categories, with some games requiring you to defeat your enemies and conquer planets or countries while the others saw you trying to run businesses and people’s lives, balancing the books against the choices you had. Of the latter category, one of the biggest series was the RollerCoaster series. Don’t worry if you’ve missed it, because RollerCoaster Tycoon World will be coming sooner than you think.

Chief Executive Officer at Atari, Fred Chesnais, is hopeful of the new games potential, saying that “after careful consideration, the decision to go through the Steam Early Access program was made”, the reason provided was that it would give fans access to the game to those “dedicated fans that have followed us throughout the development process”.

It doesn’t just stop there, if you were a fan of the games then the new features could see you picking this one up as soon as it releases. New features will include the ability to place your rides at any angles, doing away with the grid placed system that restricted so many parks in the past. If you ever felt like the games were missing content then RollerCoaster Tycoon World will be perfect for you as the new game will feature support for community content, meaning that people will be able to custom create and share rides, stalls and more.

Excited yet? If so then make sure to check back on Steam on March 30th to pick up the game!

Assassins Creed Movie Gets Tiered Pre-orders

People like movies, people like games. The natural combination of these is a movie based on a game or a movie based on a game. With games series like Thief getting the movie treatment, it should come as no surprise that we would be getting an Assassins Creed movie. What may come as a surprise though is that it will be getting tiered pre-orders for the cinema tickets.

The offer is currently only available in the U.S. as part of a deal between Ubisoft and website Kernel. With games getting tiers, each one containing more and more limited edition features than the last, the next logical step was to grant moviegoers the same reason to up their ticket prices.

All tiers include tickets to go see the film when it releases, a digital copy of the script and behind the scenes extras, most also include things relating to Aguilar, the main character of the film and the latest assassin. The tiers add more as you pay more:

  • $15: Collectors Watch and Temporary Tattoos Of Aguilar and Maria
  • $25: a T-Shirt
  • $60: Toy replica of Aguilar’s hidden blade.
  • $120: A official Assassins creed hoodie.
  • $600: A scale statue of Aguilar, hand finished and painted made from polystone.
  • $1,200: An 18″ 15th-century crossbow replica in 1:1 scale, just one of 20 available.

Would you pay $1,200 to go see a film? How about $60? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.

Meta 2 Development Kit Revealed

The Meta is known for being the forefront of augmented reality. Much like virtual reality, Augmented reality is based on the user seeing virtual objects but instead of it being on an isolated screen, augmented reality lets you bring virtual objects to life. That dream of an Iron Man experience is one step closer thanks to the Meta 2 Development Kit.

The new development kit contains all you need to start programming your augmented reality programs. Included with the Meta 2 headset you will get the source development kit (SDK) and the Meta operating environment while the Meta headset itself contains some impressive specs.

The resolution the “screens” displayed at is 2560×1440, being captured through a 720p camera that will give you a whole new level of detail in your interactions and visual manifestations of your dreams.

Four speakers and a 6-axis measurement unit mean that your whole experience will respond with the sensors to track your hands, giving you everything you need to see, hear and interact with your minority report like Minority Report like wall of screens.

At $949 the Meta 2 Kit is not for those who are looking for a quick thrill, but for those who are interested in the experience and developing for augmented reality, the product ships in the third quarter of this year.

Vive Now Available for Pre-Order

The Vive virtual reality headset – a collaboration between HTC and Valve – is now available for pre-order, with the first shipments to begin on 5th April, 2016. The HTC Vive, which recently won “Best in Show” at CES 2016,  includes two wireless VR controllers, room scale movement, 360° tracking, and an HMD with a built-in camera, to provide “what many critics are calling the most convincing VR experience launching this year,” according to the official press release.

“We are delighted to help usher in the next generation of virtual reality,” Cher Wang of HTC said. “Launching Vive with Valve has helped us ignite the creativity of thousands of content developers around the world.”

Pre-orders will include the games Tilt Brush from Google, Fantastic Contraption from Northway and Radial Games, and Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives from Owlchemy Labs.

“Our collaboration with HTC and the VR development community has allowed us to create the most compelling and complete VR solution,” Valve’s Gabe Newell added. “In the coming weeks, many of these developers will launch an incredible first generation of VR titles to consumers around the world.”

To test whether your system is equipped to run the HTC Vive, Steam has released the SteamVR application.

The HTC Vive is priced at £746.60/$829, including shipping.

Oculus Confirms Rift Compatible PC Bundles

 

The range of potential possibilities concerning the forthcoming Oculus Rift headset promises to be both exciting and also worth the wait, in theory, the problem lies with headset compatibility for the extensive array of PCs that are currently on the market. It seems Oculus have already thought of this and have recently released details of specially crafted PC bundles that have been tested to ensure the headset will work with the machine.

Oculus have announced the first set of machines from well-known computer manufacturers ASUS, Alienware and Dell; these PCs have been tested and also certified by Oculus. The headset manufacturer has also confirmed that the first bundles will be available to pre-order for consumers starting from the 16th February 2016 at 8 am pacific time.

Other confirmed details include the stockists that will be able to accept pre-orders for the bundle, these are, Best Buy, Amazon and the Microsoft Store. There is no word as yet if the UK will receive these bundles as the company has stated that it will “ship in limited quantities to select countries and regions”  One would have thought these bundles would eventually be available within the UK when you consider the size and also profitability of the market.

Below is a selection of Oculus-ready’ PCs that the company has announced, it has also been stated that consumers who were excited enough to purchase an Oculus Rift without yet owning a compatible PC, the company said pre-order customers will be able to purchase a discounted PC at a later date.

 

The price of these bundles will start at $1,499, for that you will receive an “Oculus-certified PC and everything that comes with Rift – the headset, sensor, remote, an Xbox One controller, EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack, and Lucky’s Tale”.

 

Oculus Rift Pre-Order Availability Confirmed

Yesterday we speculated that all signs are pointing towards an imminent release date for the Oculus Rift VR headset and we based on several individual sources and information. Shortly after we published this news, we got the official confirmation. Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, posted the good news on Twitter where his fans could read the positive message: The virtual reality headset is on-target for a Q1 2016 launch and pre-orders are expected to come soon after the new year.

January is a tough month for a lot of people money wise, as that’s usually where all the large bills have to be paid such as insurances, and it also comes on top of Christmas where people tend to spend more than they should. Should you fall within this category and fear that you can’t be among the first row of pre-order candidates, then don’t worry. Palmer continued with a message assuring prospective buyers that they don’t need to stress over the holiday as Oculus VR will give a fair warning before launching pre-orders.

To sweeten the deal, Oculus Rift pre-orders will get a free copy of EVE Valkyrie along with the headset itself. Whether the Oculus Touch controllers will be available for pre-orders too or if they’ll launch at a later time is something we don’t know yet. I’m sure we will learn a lot more once CES 2016 in Las Vegas starts.

You Can Now Pre-Order der8auer’s Delid-Die-Mate at Overclockers UK

Anyone who ever thought of delidding their CPUs got excited when we first heard of der8auer’s delid-die-mate about a week ago and back then we heard that it would launch at Caseking. With a launch at Caseking it was just a matter of time before we got the official confirmation that it also would come to the Brits via Overclockers UK, after all, it’s one company. That has now happened and Overclockers UK have officially listed the Delid-Die-Mate available for pre-orders.

De-lidding is the process of removing the Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) of the CPU in order to replace the original thermal interface material with something better. The default TIM is far from the best and especially hard-core overclockers will be able to push their processors further with less thermal restrictions. Up until now that process has been tricky and dangerous as it requires manually cutting the glue away holding the parts together, a process that only needed a single slip to destroy the CPU.

The Delid-Die-Mate solves this problem and offers a much safer delid process. The tool is two precision milled blocks that clamp together around the CPU with even force distribution that locks the CPU in place safely. By turning the screw on the back of the device, the lid of the CPU is pushed steadily away from the PCB with no risk of damage to your
expensive performance CPU.

The Delid-Die-Mate is compatible with Skylake, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Devils Canyon, and Broadwell processors, and it can as previously mentioned be pre-ordered now for £62.99 at Overclockers UK. der8auer also created a Haswell OC frame, a CPU-mounting frame developed for the stronger overclocking delidded Intel Haswell, Devil’s canyon and Broadwell CPUs on socket 115x motherboards, but that will set you back another £27.95.

GreenManGaming Hit With Battlefront Launch Day Supply Issues

GreenManGaming’s reputation has been under fire of late as recent reports suggested the company acquired game codes from unauthorized sources. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the keys are stolen, it’s just they don’t have direct support from Activision and Ubisoft. The huge amount of CD key sites and staggeringly low pre-order discounts are an enticing proposition. Furthermore, in most cases, consumers receive their keys on launch and download games in a swift manner via Steam, Origin or UPlay.

However, it appears a large number of customers haven’t received Star Wars: Battlefront after pre-ordering from GreenManGaming some time ago. Below is just a brief snippet of the user complaints on the site’s official Facebook page:

It’s difficult to deduce how many customers actually received their Battlefront code, but initial reports don’t look promising. GreenManGaming has decided to offer a 30% off voucher for those affected but I doubt this will be enough to keep people happy. Consumers often pre-order to become involved in launch day discussions and sense the excitement. Unfortunately, many people saved up their hard-earned cash to get the game on day one.

This entire situation applies further pressure on GreenManGaming and raises questions about their suppliers. The company’s customer service is usually quite good, so I’m surprised to see reports of customers being told their order couldn’t be fulfiled due to a stock shortage. Surely, GreenManGaming knew about the stock shortages and should have informed customers about the problem in advance. Perhaps, they hoped to receive a last minute shipment. Whatever the case, this isn’t going to help GreenManGaming’s reputation and if negative publicly continues, people will no longer be prepared to pay the extra compared to grey key resellers.

World of Warcraft: Legion Now Available for Pre-Order

 


This week at BlizzCon 2015, Blizzard revealed that the sixth expansion to the massively popular MMO World of Warcraft is now available for pre-order. The latest expansion, Legion, comes with cool pre-order bonuses too, allowing players to boost one character of their choosing to level 100. You’ll also get early access to the brand-new hero class coming with Legion, the Demon Hunter, prior to the expansion’s release.

World of Warcraft: Legion is filled with features and content that will transform Azeroth’s heroes into Legion-slaying avatars of vengeance, including:

  • New Hero Class: Demon Hunter— Unleash the demon within as an all-new melee hero class gifted with preternatural mobility—and the ability to metamorphose into hellish new forms.
  • New Feature: Artifact Weapons— Smite the Legion with class-specific weapons of lore. Unlock awesome abilities and traits, and customize your weapon to suit your needs.
  • New Continent: The Broken Isles— Discover the fate of a lost night elf civilization, confront twisted fragments of the Emerald Nightmare, and hunt agents of the Legion in all-new zones.
  • Boost to Level 100— Come fully prepared to battle the Legion with a level-100 character boost, and fight alongside your friends in this epic new chapter of World of Warcraft—available immediately upon preorder†.
  • New Feature: Order Hall— Unite fellow NPC members of your class’s order to carry out missions at your command.
  • New PvP Honor System— Fight for fame, glory, and a range of new PvP-specific powers as you face the opposing faction in Arenas and Battlegrounds.

To celebrate, Blizzard also released the opening cinematic trailer, which you can view below. This follows on from the Announcement trailer which was released last August, which you can also view below.

“Setting the stage for the demonic Burning Legion’s devastating return. As the Horde and the Alliance battle against hopeless odds, heroes of both factions must seek salvation among the Broken Isles—ancient center of a doomed night elf civilization. There, they’ll take up mighty Artifact weapons and make a forbidden pact with the dread Demon Hunters of the Illidari—a final, desperate bid to save their world from falling under the Great Burning Shadow.”

“World of Warcraft: Legion is one of the most intense chapters in the Warcraft saga yet, filled with features and content that will push new and veteran heroes to their limits,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Whether players want to boost a new character or get a head start on mastering a Demon Hunter, they’ll be primed and ready to battle the Burning Legion when the expansion launches next summer.”

Legion will be available in Standard Edition (physical and digital with an RRP of £34.99. There’s also the Digital Deluxe Edition at £49.99 which contains bonuses for World of Warcraft and other Blizzard games.

You can pre-order Legion at the official site.

Mac Steam Hardware Pre-Orders Get Free Library of Games!

Have you got a Mac? Did you pre-order the new steam link or controller? Then you will be well aware of the incompatibility issues. It appears that there is no need to worry as apparently Valve is sending out apology emails with a huge bonus attached.

Steam Link, which connects a television to a PC or Mac at the moment cannot stream from Macs and at present the Steam Controller doesn’t support gamepad emulation on Mac systems. In an email that has been posted on Imgur Valve stated  “Valve is doing everything we can to resolve the issues,” but didn’t say when it expected support to come online.

Although inconvenient, there is a brighter side of that email, Valve went on to not only apologize but to also reward those users The Valve Complete Pack, which retails for £75.99. That pack includes all Valve-made games, including ones that don’t yet exist.

But wait there is more, in the email posted on Imgur it also stated users may also request refunds for their Steam Controller and/or Steam Link while still keeping the Valve Complete pack. The return period has been extended from 30 to 60 days from the date the user receives the hardware.

If  the email is legitimate, All Hail Lord GabenThis is where I usually ask a question to round things off, but let us first take a moment of silence in praise of Lord Gaben… No but really, has anyone else who purchased one of these products received this email yet? Let us know in the comments below.

Star Citizen Goes Live For Alpha Backers

Star Citizen was originally designed as a crowd-funded game. This means that after some initial work all the funds for the project are raised by people ‘pledging’ money in order to help Chris Roberts finish his dream video game which will see players flying around a universe with their friends in the same or in separate ships, boarding stations and engaging in dogfights that would make science fiction fans chuckle in joy. The game has now passed a whopping one million backers, making the project the most popular crowdfunded project of all time and as a result players are being rewarded.

Previously access was granted by pre-ordering ships and with them early access passes. Now if you’ve backed Star Citizen you have been granted full access to everything that has been released, from the Star Marine (the first person shooter element of the game) and even future releases such as the Alpha 2.0 build that they are currently working on that will not only contain playable missions and quadrillions of cubic kilometres for players to fly around in but also a taste of their persistent universe.

If you already owned an Alpha Access package you will gain 10,000 United Earth Credits to help fund your expeditions into space, and soon you could find yourselves flying amongst the stars of a £60-million crowd-funded game.

Thank you Ars Technica for the information.

Image courtesy of Roberts Space Industries.

Surface Book All Sold Out From Microsofts Site

Microsoft recently pushed quite hard on the smaller devices market, with the release of windows 10 supporting most of their devices they have two devices that are looking for release soon. First up was the next in the surface series, the Surface 4, running all the latest bits of technology and looks to be released by the end of the month. Then the new kid on the block is the Surface book. Essentially the bigger brother of the Surface the book was announced and we covered the details here. The problem with it being an amazing product is that people want it, quite badly it would seem.

As of this moment, it would seem that you can’t pre-order the new device from Microsoft’s store, instead users are greeted by a message asking them for their email address so Microsoft can contact you when it’s next available.

This is both good and bad. It is great news for Microsoft who are the probably celebrating the fact that their new devices have been so clearly and whole heartedly desired by the public. On the other hand, it means that they are going to need to step up production and give the public what they want.

While you can still get it from all the other places like Amazon, there is no reason to not look at the product before it’s released on the 29th October.

Thank you PC World for the information.

Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit & New Songs Revealed for Rock Band 4

Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. has just announced new tracks that will be hitting the Music Store on Rock Band 4 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The new tracks from Alabama Shakes, Breaking Benjamin, Death From Above 1979 and The Pretty Reckless add to an already extensive library that is available for the game already.

Alabama Shakes makes its Rock Band debut with “Don’t Wanna Fight” from the band’s 2015 record, Sound & Color. Breaking Benjamin returns to Rock Band with its 2015 single, ”Failure,” which reached number one on Billboard’s US Mainstream Rock charts earlier this year. Death From Above 1979 made waves on the Billboard charts last year when it released “Trainwreck 1979” as a single off of its most recent release, the critically acclaimed The Physical World. “Follow Me Down” is the first track off of The Pretty Reckless’ second LP, 2014’s Going to Hell.

New songs, but also new hardware, just a week after the games launch we’ve now got access to the pre-order for the Rock Band 4 Pro Cymbals Expansion Kit, which are expected to ship in time for Christmas this year, with prices around $49.99.

The cross-platform compatible Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit consists of realistic Crash, Ride and Hi-Hat cymbals. Once connected to the Rock Band 4 Wireless Drum Kit, the cymbals enable players to unlock Pro Mode in the game, enhancing the game’s realism and showcasing their unique flair. With a quick and easy set-up, the Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit connects in minutes and features an innovative velocity-sensitive and sound-absorbing design for endless play sessions of distraction free drumming.

All tracks will be available for download on October 13 for $1.99 per track, while the Pro Cymbals are available for pre-order at $49.99.

Microsoft Announce Surface Book Laptop

Microsoft recently pushed hard on their smaller devices, with some rather large devices joining in for good measure. With the rework of the Windows mobiles, the Surface 4 coming after a strong stretch of tablets from Microsoft and even the Surface Hub for all your work based whiteboard needs. It would seem Microsoft are looking at pushing the market yet again with their latest announcement, the Microsoft Surface Book.

Designed with the portability of the Surface series in mind, the screen can be removed to be used as a tablet, or even just propped up at an angle by the keyboard. The Surface book will feature a 13.5-inch screen and features the “dynamic fulcrum”, a twist on the classic hinge used to connect screen to keyboard.

Designed to be a bigger version of the surfaces, the keyboard is heralded as silent while the screen will work exactly like all the previous surfaces. Featuring processors like the Skylake i5 and i7 and a Nvidia GeForce with GDDR5 memory housed in the base giving you that extra graphical kick.

With prices stated to be around $1,4999 (approximately £985), the device looks to bring high prices to match the high-quality components and materials that make it up. With pre-orders to begin on the 7th October, could you see yourself using a new surface book?

https://youtu.be/XVfOe5mFbAE

Thank you The Verge for the information and images.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Pre-Order Campaign Scrapped

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s anti-consumer pre-order scheme forced users to choose from a selection of bonuses instead of receiving the full complement of extras. Unbelievably, consumers had to purchase the game three times to access the entire range of pre-order content which included major benefits such as an additional level and early access four days before the official launch. This was absolutely atrocious and in the modern era of social media, spoilers would be littered across the internet. In the past, pre-order incentives have been restricted as various retailers offered different bonuses. However, these usually revolve around cosmetic additions which didn’t impact on the game’s theme. Although, I’m still appalled by the heavy pre-order marketing from major publishers.

Thankfully, Square Exix and Eidos-Montreal have issued a statement and decided to reverse the pre-order policy:

“At both Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal, we’ve been listening to everything you’ve had to say about the Augment Your Pre-Order program. When it was first conceived, we wanted the program to give you more choice about what you received in terms of pre-order incentives – because we’ve seen in the past that when we choose those packages ourselves, and split them across regions, it has caused frustration. We quickly noticed that this approach created even more frustration than before, resulting in a resounding amount of negative feedback.”

“We’ve spent a lot of time reading through all of your comments, working to understand how we can try to make things right for you. After much thought and reflection, we decided to close down the program and make all of the incentive content available to anyone who pre-orders Deus Ex: Mankind Divided or purchases a Day 1 edition of the game. Additionally, the release date will no longer be changed in accordance with pre-order numbers, and everyone will gain access to the game on February 23rd, 2016.”

“Your feedback and input is of the utmost importance to us– as it’s your loyalty and passion for our franchises that gives us the opportunity to continue providing you with great gaming experiences.”

Customers who have already pre-ordered will automatically be upgraded to access all the remaining content. Sadly, it seems the pre-order bonuses will be locked behind the pre-order system but that’s fairly expected given the modern gaming industry. The official statement clarifies:

“To our faithful fans who’ve already pre-ordered: we will be taking care of everything necessary to ensure that all of the changes to the program will be automatically applied to your purchase. Meanwhile, we’d like to thank everybody for their feedback – we know this wouldn’t have happened with a game that nobody cared about, and we’re just focusing now on delivering a game that lives up to your hopes and expectations.”

Do pre-order incentives encourage you to buy or a game or make you wait for a substantial price reduction?

Is This The Most Obnoxious Game Trailer Ever Made?

The marketing strategy of major publishers has been quite distasteful due to pre-order bonuses, microtransactions and retailer exclusives. In recent years, these anti-consumer measures became more acceptable and helped to transgress the medium into a way of exploiting people’s passion for a particular franchise. Deus Ex is a highly-revered tense stealth series with an extremely loyal following. The original game and Human Revolution featured superb covert takedowns and an engrossing narrative. Unfortunately, the successor to Human Revolution has embarked on an appalling pre-order incentive scheme which is embarrassing and quite insulting to fans of the series.

During the official trailer, a computerized voice implores you to pre-order to access a Tier I bonus. Instead of receiving all of the Tier 1 bonuses, you are forced to choose between the Classic, Enforcer or Intruder Pack. There are also benefits in Tier II, III and IV which include in-game bonus missions, a digital comic, artbook, OST sampler and more. Unbelievably, each tier is only unlocked after a certain percentage of pre-orders is met. As a result, you could pre-order and simply end up with a Tier 1 bonus. Additionally, to access every item, you have to purchase the game 3 times. Even more egregious, Tier V grants access to the game 4 days before its official release. In the social media age, this will just make users post early streams and spoilers online. Also, punishing people for not engaging in pre-order nonsense is absolutely abhorrent.

The video’s reception so far is rightfully negative and currently features 770 dislikes. Honestly, I’m astounded by this trailer and how aggressive its marketing policy is. If you are sick of being treated in this manner, do not pre-order under any circumstances. Companies are overstepping the mark and as a consumer, the only way to make them understand is through a lack of sales.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJkzcQDqbpE

Free Rocket League and Portal 2 for Steam Hardware Pre-Orders

Rocket League has got an extremely popular launch on Steam and already sold more than 1 million copies on the platform since release last month. A milestone like that has to be celebrated and the first way that is done is by creating a SteamOS and MacOS version of the game, bringing it to even more platforms and potential gamers.

The second way they are celebrating this is even better, at least for those of us that pre-ordered Steam Hardware or still plan on doing so before the launch. Valve announced late last night that all those will get a free copy of Rocket League. That offer is valid for the Steam Controllers, Steam Link, and Steam Machines.

The initial email from Valve on this didn’t really specify how people would get the free games, whether they would show up as coupons or you’d had to claim it somehow. I am personally one of those who pre-ordered a Steam Controller from the first pre-order batch and as such I was extra curious. So I reached out to Valve to hear how I could redeem my new free game. The reply was almost instant and the news is good. You don’t have to do anything at all, it will automatically show up in your steam library and all you have to do is install it.

This morning when I logged into Steam the news got even better as Valve put one more on top and also gave out Portal 2 on top of Rocket League. Both games are available in my library and they are probably in yours too if you pre-ordered some hardware.

Usually, it’s a sad thing when you already have a game on Steam and get another copy through a pack or freebie, because you’ll lose it. But not this time. If you already have one or both of the games, then you’ll get a coupon to give the extra to a friend instead. The terms did not specify if you’d get multiple codes if you order more than one part of Steam Hardware, but I’d assume you will.

“User reviews, sales of Rocket League on Steam, and its surging rise among eSports enthusiasts make it clear that the game is an absolute sensation,” said DJ Powers at Valve. “In addition to being tremendously fun, our testing shows it plays brilliantly with the Steam Controller. So it was a natural decision for us to work with Psyonix and offer it to gamers free of charge when they pre-order a Steam Hardware device.”

“We’re extremely excited about SteamOS and Mac,” said Dave Hagewood, Founder and President of Psyonix. “Our PC players have already proven how much passion they have for our game, and this is a great opportunity for us to bring Rocket League to an even wider audience inside the Steam family”

For the next 48 hours, to celebrate the popularity of Rocket League, the game will be on Sale in Steam with a 10% discount. That is for all those who haven’t pre-ordered any Steam hardware.

Bartesian Is the New Kitchen Aid for Alcoholics

Technology is here to make our life easier, at least that’s the intent and that becoming alcoholics also want to benefit from new inventions. Okay, that might be a bit harsh to say, but it’s honestly not a good start for you when you buy a machine to mix cocktails at home. That said, it was only a matter of time until this became mainstream and I’m also sure that there is a big market for the Bartesian.

Bartesian recent successfully funded its Kickstarter campaign and raised a total of over $115,00 earlier this month and that alone shows the potential in the market. People have become lazy and want everything at a press of a button, and that includes the favourite cocktail.

With a simple tree-button step-by-step interface, the Bartesian can only make six drinks right now, but that can easily be expanded later on. It uses a capsule principle in the same way as you might know it from coffee makers that now come with everything from pads over pods to capsules. Plop in a capsule, select your fluid, and press a button. The drink is ready.

When you insert a capsule into the Bartesian, it will read a barcode off it in order to add the corresponding liquor and water. The capsules in themselves only contain concentrated mixes for flavour and colour. Then the machine will prompt you for the appropriate glass and your drink is ready.

Bartesian requires four basic liquors: gin, vodka, rum and tequila. Fedorak says they’re experimenting with new recipes, but will launch with the three classics Cosmopolitan, Margarita, and Sex on the Beach and the three originals Uptown Rocks, Bartesian Breeze, and Zest Martini.

This will most likely never be the tool for the aspiring drunk, but it might be a great tool for the weekend warrior that wants to serve fancier drinks than beer at their next party. The Bartesian will set you back $299.00 and a 12-pack of capsules will cost $20.00.

Thank You Engadget for providing us with this information

Arnold Schwarzenegger To Appear In WWE 2K 2016

Famous wrestling video game franchise for the WWE has always been a popular series of titles, from the early WWF Smackdown for the PS1 to today’s crop of high-resolution wrestlers for the current selection of next generation consoles. One thing which does frustrate me with the notion of these games is the accompanied DLC which holds back a chunk of wrestlers which have to be purchased separately.

Anyway, for the recently announced 2016 game by developers Visual Concepts and Yuke’s, they might have slightly veered of track, with the confirmation that the player will be able to choose Arnold Schwarzenegger as a wrestler within the title. Yep Arnie has been connected with WWE having most recently appeared via promo within the Triple H entrance at Wrestlemania 31. But I don’t remember him appearing as the two playable characters which will be a T-800, one from the original 1984 film and another from 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

Both characters will be available exclusively to those who pre-order WWE 2K16 from retailers such as Amazon or any other major retailer accepting pre-orders. All we now need is Robocop and players can have a wrestling style Cyborg Royal Rumble with the winner enslaving or saving humanity.

WWE 2K16 will be back on PS3. PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in North America on October 27, followed by its international release on October 30.

This game will be minus Hulk Hogan after the ‘you know what’ word controversy.

Thank You IGN for providing us with this information

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Windows 10 Pre-Order Available at Major E-tailer

With Windows 10 nearly upon us, we’ve managed to get some inside knowledge that Microsoft have given the go ahead for retailers to accept pre-orders. While we’re unsure if this is limited to the UK at the moment, we can only assume that this would be a worldwide marketing push.

Scan Computers informed us that Microsoft had given them the go ahead and can only assume that other retailers will be following suit shortly after.

If you are in the UK, you’ll find all you need to know on the following link where you can choose between the home and pro editions and of course whether you want 32-bit or 64-bit.

Pre-Order here!

Scan Computers have also got a Windows 10 landing page live which can be found here.

Will you be buying Windows 10? Will you be pre-ordering it, or will you wait to see what the verdict is after others take the plunge?

 

MOOV NOW Wearable Could Prove to Be More Than Just Another Fitness Gadget

The market is currently flooded with wearables, all with different features, sizes and things to try to improve your workout. MOOV is one of them and unlike most wearables, it does more than track your position and steps.

The first MOOV is said to have a feature that tracked your body movement, something that you don’t see in most gadgets nowadays. But although it can be strapped to your ankle, wrist and arm, it is the size of a watch and could prove to be uncomfortable at times.

The latest MOOV NOW is not only significantly smaller, but also has a battery pack that lasts six months. Also, compared to other fitness apps, it packs an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, helping in giving you a 3D tracking experience rather than a location and speed-based reading. This means that it can know if you are pushing yourself over your limit or not putting enough effort into it.

However, the wearable can prove to be more than just a fitness gadget. Its 3D tracking capability acts sort of like Microsoft’s Kinect and therefore can have a lot of potential in virtual environment movement tracking. In addition to the latter, the movement tracking capacity that it bears can also be associated with what Leap Motion technology wants to achieve. So, we can be looking at a wearable with multipurpose use and a huge battery life here.

The MOOV NOW is said to be up for grabs at a pre-order deal of $60, but if you want to get it at that price, you’ll have to hurry. The retail price is said to go up to $100 once it gets released this fall.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

Pre-Orders and First Pricing for Skylake CPUs Now Available

Those who are waiting for the next generation Intel processors don’t have to wait that much longer as it looks like they will officially be launched sometime between August 6th and 9th. Although that date isn’t official, it seems to be a very reasonable one as the first shops have started to list the CPUs and allow you to pre-order them.

There aren’t any CPU specification on the site, instead there is the name, a price, and an order button. The i5-6600K (BX80662I56600K) is currently listed for €279.05 while the i7-6700K (BX80662I76700K) will set you back $401.59.

Those aren’t cheap prices, but we all know what to expect when shopping for Intel CPUs; you pay a premium to get a great CPU.

These Skylake chips are Intel’s first 14nm chips based ones and they will move the VRM off the CPU package and back on to the motherboard, likely reducing the heat given off the CPU package and improve the overclock-ability. DDR4 will also be standard but DDR3L may also be supported, but that will dependents on the new LGA 1151 motherboards and Z170 chipset for unlocked chips. Other notable additions are the new AVX512 instructions, Thunderbolt 3, 20 PCIE 3.0 lanes and L4 eDRAM cache. The CPUs run at 3.5/3.9Ghz and 4.0/4.2Ghz for the i5 and i7 respectively.

Bethesda Accepts 2,240 Fallout 4 Bottlecap Pre-Order Payment

It worked! The industrious chap who sent Bethesda 2,240 bottlecaps, collected over the course of seven years, to pre-order forthcoming RPG sequel Fallout 4 has had his payment accepted. For the person at the back who doesn’t get the reference, bottlecaps are Fallout’s in-game currency following the fall of society due to a nuclear holocaust, but it seems that Bethesda honours the tender just as much as it does our pre-war money.

Seth, or GatorMacheteJr on Imgur, took a punt, probably expecting for viral fame over a copy of the game, but the stunt has paid off, confirmed by both Seth’s Imgur account and a Twitter post from Matt Grandstaff, Global Community Lead for Bethesda.

Grandstaff also sent an e-mail to GatorMacheteJr, confirming that his pre-order had been accepted. GatorMacheteJr wrote on his Imgur post, “[Grandstaff] told me since I was the first person to do this, I would be receiving a copy of the game this November, and that he would be running my caps over to deposit them at the People’s Bank of Point Lookout.”

The next question is, will GatorMacheteJr be getting a regular copy of the game, or the much sought-after Pip-Boy Edition, featuring a replica of Fallout’s signature arm-mounted electronic aid. Though, since the latter is selling out like crazy and priced £99 ($129), it would be quite the coup.

Bethesda Responds to Bottle Cap Pre-Order Stunt

For those familiar with the Fallout series, you will recognise the currency that’s used within the game, bottle caps! and one very dedicated fan took it upon himself to hoard as many bottle caps starting from the release date of Fallout 3 to the announcement of Fallout 4. The Fallout fan named Seth had quite the collection of bottle caps from a 7.5 years of college and grad school experience, an estimated count of around 2,240 bottle caps.

After Bethesda’s announcement for the highly anticipated Fallout 4, Seth had the greatest idea to put his bottle cap collection to good use to pre-order the game ready for its November release for Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox one and of course PC.

The interesting news we’ve all been waiting for was Bethesda’s response to see if they would actually accept this for a pre-order and as awesome as Bethesda studios are they actually did accept it, on Wednesday Seth received and email from Bethesda global community lead Matt Grandstaff. While Seth was successful in getting Bethesda to actually accept and agree to a promised copy of the game for the exchange of his hard-earned bottle caps.

Granstaff was clear that this was only because he was the first person to attempt this stunt and that anyone else that wants to get their ghoul hands on a copy of fallout 4 they will  have to preorder like everyone else. I think it’s great that Bethesda accepted it, it really shows that they love their fans. Did any of you plan on sending Bethesda your hard-earned caps?.

Thank you to CNet for providing us with this information