Final Ant-Man Trailer Released

With the phase 2 part of Avengers coming to a conclusion with Avengers: Age Of Ultron, we have been left wanting a little more Marvel movie action and of course Ant-Man is here! While he may be small, he packs quite a punch!

Ant-Man is the latest stand alone Marvel movie to be released, as the other beforehand have been building up to Age Of Ultron.

The trailer has plenty of action to boot and plenty of jokes and small hints of the Avengers. This trailer seems to make the Ant-Man movie seem a lot more entertaining and fun than the first one, the trailer shows off a lot of scenes of Ant-Man using his shrink ability having him dodge bullets and explosions and, of course, riding a toy train. Ant-man is coming to the UK and Ireland July 17th

Overall it’s nice to see more Marvel movies of lesser known characters as we’ve been exposed to mostly the Avengers and the individual Avengers own movies, a lot more characters are getting molded with their own show in the Marvel spotlight with characters like DareDevil being a success on Netflix and with the Fantastic Four movie to come out soon after Ant-Man

Are you looking forward to Ant-Man?

Great Deals on Benchmark Software in Steam Summer Sale

The Steam Summer Sale, or any steam sale for that matter, is mostly known for the games. That is pretty much a given, but it is not the only thing you can pick up for a bargain. There is also quite a bit of software on Steam, most of it for game developing and benchmarking.

Two of the most popular benchmark apps are on sale now and you can get a copy of 3DMark Advanced Edition for just $9.99 instead of the usual $24.99 or you can get a copy of PCMark 8 Advanced Edition for $9.99 instead of the usual $49.99. Those are 60% and 80% savings, so if you want these apps, then now is the time.

We use both apps for our reviews here at eTeknix, and we like them. 3DMark Advanced Edition is known for its Fire Strike benchmarks that can bring even the most advanced rig to its knees. It works with DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 as well as Mantle. It also has the Ice Storm Extreme test for tablets and much more.

Where 3DMark focuses its power on the graphical aspect, PCMark 8 Advanced Edition focuses on work performance. You can use it to run different benchmarks, measure battery life on your tablet or notebook, test the speed of your SSD or HDD with real world performance tests as well as in-depth hardware monitoring.

You can find both 3DMark Advanced Edition and PCMark 8 Advanced Edition in Steam for just $9.99 during this year’s Steam Summer Sale.

3DMark Advanced Edition

  • Includes all benchmarks and feature tests.
  • Run Fire Strike Ultra, the world’s first 4K Ultra HD benchmark.
  • Test multi-GPU systems with Fire Strike Extreme.
  • Compare DirectX 12, DirectX 11 and Mantle with the API Overhead feature test.
  • Test tablets with Ice Storm Extreme and Ice Storm Unlimited.
  • Explore your PC’s limits with custom settings.
  • Use benchmark looping for stability testing.
  • Get in-depth hardware monitoring graphs.
  • Automatically save your results offline.

PCMark 8 Advanced Edition

  • Includes all performance benchmarks.
  • Measure the battery life of your tablet or notebook.
  • Test your SSDs and HDDs with the Storage test.
  • Run individual workloads to fine-tune your system.
  • In-depth hardware monitoring graphs.
  • Automatically save your results offline.

Hide Your Wallets! Steam and GOG Game Sales Are Now Live

Every year we make the same promises; “This year I will do more exercise”, “This year I will eat more healthily”, “This year I will go jogging”. If you enjoy buying and playing your games on your PC though, it’s a little different. Every year you say “I will play all my games which I haven’t completed”, and then the sales start!

Already well into its sales GOG.com offers video games without DRM (digital rights management), letting you download and play your games without any programs running in the background. With games like The Witcher 3 selling for $68.79 (around £44.38) while also offering $14.80 (£9.55) off any future purchases thanks to their regional price difference promise, people are quickly buying up copies of everything from the original Neverwinter Nights Series (D&D on PC, if you enjoy fantasy games check them out) and Spelunky (Indiana Jones like adventures with random level creation) deals are coming fast.

Add to that the Steam sale, an infamous event among its users, with flash sales changing every 12 hours and 24 hour deals knocking off large costs from games like Metro Redux (The bundle containing Metro 2033 and Last Light is only £6.79) and the Naruto Ninja Storm Revolution (£13.59), the will to save your money will change to grabbing the best deals!.

The questions are now changing. No longer do we ask “should I buy this?”. Instead, we ask “can people stop crashing their website I want to buy something!”

Enjoy the games and share any good deals and sales in the comments below!

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Oculus Live Event Coverage

Oculus have something up their sleeves and the countdown for the special live event has almost reached zero. Nerds, geeks, and virtual reality fans are equally curious and anxious to see what they have planned and will present for us.

Luckily we don’t have to wait much longer as the event is about to go live. We will of course bring you all the hot news as they roll in.

On stage come Brendon Iribe, the CEO of Oculus. The whole thing starts out with a history lesson about 2D and why VR will change everything. Nothing new, but something we’ve all been dreaming off for a long time.

It’s the Oculus Rift headset! The final version for consumers, no development kit anymore.

GTA V Rockstar Editor Migrating Platforms

The massive GTA V has made huge waves when it hit the PC; firstly over poor installations, then hilarious mods and most recent being how Rockstar is dealing with multiplayer modders. Well, now it seems that the ‘PC exclusive’ feature of Rockstar Editor will be gracing next generation consoles by Summer.

In a Q&A session on the Rockstar Games website, the developers confirmed modified versions of the editing tool will be moving onto the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by as soon as June.

“”The Rockstar Editor is an advanced tool requiring additional processing power so it would not be compatible with GTA V on the older systems,” Rockstar wrote, “but we are currently working on a version tailored for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles—and we hope to release that sometime this summer, or as soon as it is ready. We are also planning to bring The Lab radio station to all four consoles in a forthcoming title update. Please stay tuned for more information.”

If you are unsure what Rockstar Editor is, it allows users to take videos clips of gameplay and stitch them together; some of the results can be amazing, some not so much. Here are a few video clips to show you what can be made with a little thought.

Before watching the videos, please be aware that due to the nature of the game, there may be a presence of strong language.

https://youtu.be/trBpX46dGgc

Will you be looking forward to the introduction of the Editor to consoles? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.

Microsoft Is Planning to Release $149 Laptops Running Windows 10

Microsoft is said to be working on delivering record low-priced laptops running Windows 10 which are due to launch this summer. The company is aiming for a $149 price tag for the cheap laptops, which are intended to target the educational markets.

The laptops are expected to feature a 11.6-inch display and be powered by Intel’s Atom Bay Trail-T CR SoC. Other specifics are not yet known, but rumours are that it will come with around 4GB of RAM, low-end SSD storage, Wi-Fi support, USB 2.0 (or possibly even 3.0) and other necessary features required for a laptop to function.

Elitegroup Computer Systems is said to take the centre stage in making one of the laptops and selling it through the educational channel which Intel and ECS built for their Classmate PC products. The final price for the laptop is stated to be $179.

Another Chinese-based PC maker is said to be planning on making consumer versions of ultra-low priced personal computers designed by Microsoft and selling it at around $149. The company is said that it will sell their product “via brand vendors”, but it is still unclear if the products will be China-based or would sell in different parts of the world as well.

Microsoft might also make this move as a response to Google and its attempt to dominate a significant share of the low-end PC market with its Chrome OS devices. However, the move might also backfire on Microsoft due to the fact that offering low-end PCs could degrade profit margins for its partners in the long run.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information

8 Million Concurrent Users on STEAM During Summer Sale

Recently STEAM has reached a new milestone, hitting over 8 million concurrent users during their Summer Sales. With the exact peak being 8.020,813, this was reached during their Summer Sale, Encore Day over the last weekend.

Last December was when STEAM broke the 7 million milestone with November 2012 marking their 6 million figure.

As a whole, STEAM has previously reported a rise to 75 million active users in January 2014 which was an increase from 65 million in October 2013. To put this growth into perspective, the 65 million user mark was reached by a 30% increase in only 12 months!

STEAM has firmly planted itself globally as an industry heavyweight, often being branded by it’s fans with with memes based around it’s sales, Gabe Newell, Half-Life 3 predictions and empty wallets. For those feeling the personal pain of an after-STEAM-Sale hangover, we’ll leave you with this video to ease your pain with a slight chuckle. Unfortunately for those who own and operate ‘conventional’ PC game stores, STEAMs growth can only be seen as a thorn in your side.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr2GdRBDOmU[/youtube]

Image courtesy of Polygon

Titanfall Currently Free on Origin for 48 Hours

Steam Summer Sale has started and the craze has begun, drawing gamers and ‘wallets’ alike towards Steam’s Store for opportunities to buy everyone’s favourite game(s) or at least get a great deal for game(s). However, Electronic Arts has something up its sleeve to draw gamers away from Steam’s hypnotizing sale event.

The company has apparently added the Game Time, a feature which allows users to play game titles for a limited period time. Along with its latest addition, EA has made Titanfall free for everyone for a 48 hour timeframe. It is said that once the timer starts, it will start counting down even though you are not playing. Comparing the new promotion offer from EA with Steam, it looks and sounds somewhat similar to Steam’s Free Weekend offer.

“We’re launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don’t see it available yet in your territory, you will soon,” Electronic Arts stated on Origin’s blog. “Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they’re available to download.”

Electronic Arts has also stated that this is just the beginning of Game Time, having more game titles in mind to add with Game Time. Also, achievements and progress for users who choose to play the 48h version can be carried over should users choose to buy the game at the end of the ‘preview’.

In addition to the new feature, the timing is also interesting, having Electronic Arts release the Game Time at the same time as the Steam Summer Sale. This move is without question an ‘offensive’ towards Steam’s deals and an attempt to ‘steal’ potential Steam clients and draw them towards EA’s Origin platform.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information

The Steam Summer Sale is LIVE!

Grab your wallets, throw money at your monitor, the Steam summer sale madness has begun! It’s running from today (19th) until the 30th June.

Get ready for amazing bargains, insane flash sales and incredible daily deals! We can all guarantee that we’ll be broke by the time the sale has ended!

What a great way to kick off the sale! These are the first daily deals of the sale and I can already feel the money just walking out of my wallet.

GO! Go now, spend spend spend! You can get to the store here! (beware of every PC gamer ever trying to access the store at the moment! Some problems may occur!)

Let us pray to our lord and thank him for these deals!

Our Gaben, who art at Valve,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy ideas come, 
thy games be done, 
on PS3 as it is on PC’s.
Give us this day our daily deal,
and forgive us our infractions,
as we forgive those who troll against us. 
And lead us not into flaming, 
but deliver us from Moderators. 
For thine is the Valve, 
and the keyboard,
and the mouse, 
for ever and ever,

Gabe N.

Have mercy on our wallets and savings Gaben!

Good luck guys!

What games are you hoping to snap up in the sale? Let us know!

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