XCOM 2 System Requirements Revealed

XCOM: Enemy Unknown revisited the classic XCOM formula while adding a modern twist. This resulted in an incredibly challenging turn-based tactics game which managed to cater to passionate XCOM aficionados. On launch, there were some pretty noticeable bugs that marred the tense tactical encounters. Thankfully, most of these annoyances were fixed fairly swiftly. Eventually, the game made its way onto the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 but this always seemed a little awkward given the lack of mouse controls. In lieu of the reboot’s success, developer Fireaxis is releasing a sequel in February 2016. Currently, the game is scheduled to be a PC exclusive but that could easily change. Recently, an official Steam listing was added for XCOM 2 which outlines the game’s premise and system requirements:

MINIMUM:

    • OS: Windows® 7, 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom 9950 Quad Core 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 45 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Initial installation requires one-time Internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft Visual C++2012 and 2013 Runtime Libraries and Microsoft DirectX.

RECOMMENDED:

    • OS: Windows® 7, 64-bit
    • Processor: 3GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB ATI Radeon HD 7970, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or better
    • Storage: 45 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

As expected, XCOM 2’s graphical style and turn-based combat doesn’t require a top-end computer and should work on the majority of hardware quite nicely. This is great news and makes the game more accessible to a wider audience. Notice that it does take up a large amount of hard disk space but this is a fairly moderate by today’s standards.

Are you looking forward to XCOM 2?

Rainbow Six Siege Open Beta Postponed

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

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

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

Hori Produce PC/ PS4 Hybrid Controller Successor

For one reason or another, console gamers have remained stagnant to the ever progressing world around them when it comes to gaming. As a console convert myself, I was jealous of the PC input methods of keyboard and mouse due to the huge accuracy given through high DPI devices.

Well, one company has decided to make my dream come true with the Tactical Assault Commander 4. It isn’t a full keyboard layout, but more the features of what you generally use while gaming. The conventional ‘WASD’ keys are programmed to mimic the left analogue stick while the mouse will mimic the right. The rest of the DualShock controller buttons are mapped out in a more PC gamer friendly orientation. Hori has also added a few additional features to include the ability to walk/ run at the touch of a button and a ‘snipe’ mode to decrease the mouse sensitivity.

As the name suggests, this peripheral is the successor to the Tactical Assault Commander 3. The basic idea was there and it worked well, many reviewers found that mapping an analogue stick to the mouse didn’t work as well as planned. Hopefully, Hori has taken that on board and produced something even better this time around, and I should hope so with pre-order prices starting at around £85.

Will you be interested in purchasing one of these? Maybe as a present to you console gamer family member? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to Engadget for providing us with this information.

Crucial Announces Ballistix DDR4 16GB Performance Memory

Crucial is well known for their memory and storage drives, but this time it’s the memory that we’ll talk a little about. Crucial just announced the release of Ballistix DDR4 16GB performance memory with various heat-sink configurations.

The new modules are perfect for gamers and enthusiasts who deal with content creation, virtual machines, RAM drives, and memory-intensive applications. The new modules are using Micron’s new 8Gb DDR4 component technology to offer up these high-density DDR4 memory modules.

With the recent release of these high-capacity memory modules with 16GB per module, home users can now create systems with 128GB total memory capabilities that otherwise was reserved for server grade systems. The modules are compatible with the latest Intel X99 platforms and support XMP 2.0 profiles for easy setup.

“This density of memory module will start to become broadly available in the desktop space with our new 8Gb-based Ballistix DDR4 16GB modules,” said Jeremy Mortenson, worldwide DRAM product marketing manager, Crucial. “We anticipate that our new modules and component densities will enable smaller form factors and the next generation of computers to have capacities that were traditionally limited to the server or high-end desktop space.”

Ballistix DDR4 16GB memory is expected to ship in late July as Ballistix Sport, Ballistix Tactical, and Ballistix Elite. The 16GB modules will be available single or in kits up to 128GB and come backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Crucial Introduces New Ballistix Sport and Tactical DDR4 Gaming Memory

Crucial has introduced two new DDR4 modules to the Ballistix series, the Ballistix Sport LT and the Ballistix Tactical Gaming Memory

Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 memory is designed for the mainstream users for fast speeds and increased bandwidth. The new modules feature a covert digital camo design and integrated heat spreader and Intel XMP 2.0 profiles to achieve DDR4 speeds of 2400 MT/s.

The Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR4 Gaming Memory supports four-channel architecture for maximized data rates. It delivers 2666 MT/s speeds and offers increased bandwidths of 21.3 GB/s. The modules feature a distinctive heat spreader on a black PCB  and also have certified Intel XMP 2.0 profiles for easy setup and configuration.

“With our new Ballistix DDR4 offerings, we continue our commitment to giving gamers, enthusiasts, and overclockers the latest memory products needed to keep their systems on the cutting edge,” said Jeremy Mortensen, product marketing manager, Crucial. “Our Ballistix Sport LT and Tactical DDR4 memory offers a great combination of performance, style, and reliability that gamers have come to expect from Crucial.”

Ballistix Sport LT and Ballistix Tactical DDR4 modules will be available in Q1 2015 at Crucial.com and through select global partners in 4GB and 8GB densities and in kits with up to 32GB. All Ballistix memory is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Thanks to Crucial for providing us with this information

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