Russia Wants World of Tanks Players to Remote-Control its Tanks

Following the reveal of a series of remote-controlled tanks developed by a Russian defence contractor, the country’s deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin claims that future mobile infantry drivers will not emerge from the military as is traditional, but instead from gamers versed in popular MMO World of Tanks.

“We need no tankers now, we need World of Tanks players,” read a tweet by Rogozin.

https://twitter.com/Rogozin/status/653469089000783873

Rogozin has previously predicted a world in which “bespectacled nerds” would crush the “handsome athletes who fight on a lower technological level” in a new brand of techno-warfare.

The remote-controlled T-90 tank, developed by the Uralvagonzavod company, is able to be remotely piloted from up to 5 kilometres away. Earlier this year, fellow Russian armoured vehicle manufacturer Tractor Plants built the Kurganets-25 tank which based its control interface on PlayStation controller.

Albert Bakov, Vice President Tractor Plants, said at the time, “I spent two years on convincing the designers to make the console similar to a Sony Playstation gamepad, to make it easier for a young soldier to familiarise himself with it.”

It seems Russia has found a unique angle by which to recruit the next generation of military vehicle drivers. If the UK armed forces are seeking tacticians, I’m great at Risk.

Thank you RT for providing us with this information.

World of Tanks Japanese Advert is Quite Ballsy

Video game advertisements can be cringeworthy, emotionally-charging and in the case of World of Tanks, downright bizarre. To be fair, it’s better than many gaming adverts in the UK and uniqueness is always a good quality. Up to this point, the video has amassed over 3 million views and continues to do rather well. Japan’s culture might seem strange to some westerners, but it’s a beautiful country. I’m not entirely convinced this type of marketing would do well with World of Tank’s western core demographic though.

The rating system and comments have been disabled and that’s probably for the best. I can only imagine the type of discussions on the video trailer. I wonder how many players in Japan will feel compelled to try the game after the advert and how provocative it is to Japanese gamers.

This unique trailer revolves around a Japanese lady painting. The final piece shownis certainly suggestive, but don’t worry, it’s just about safe for work, but you may get some strange looks if seen watching it… enjoy!

We would love to hear your thoughts on this advert and gaming adverts in general. What is the worst and best gaming trailer you’ve ever seen?

Want to see more crazy gaming adverts? Check out our Classic Gaming Commercials Were Awesome! feature.

PS4 World of Tanks Looks Better Than PC Version!

Ever since our generation of consoles has launched, gamers have made comparisons between them and PCs in terms of graphical fidelity. Most of the time, PC versions of games have come out on top, but this time it’s different. According to Wargaming, the PS4 version of the game will feature better graphics than the PC version. While the game will run at 1080p, FPS will, unfortunately, be limited to 30.

In the words of Marketing Product Manager Max Chuvalov, the PS4 version of World of Tanks will be “more sophisticated”. According to Chuvalov, the reason why the PC version is held back is due to the user space. On PC, about 60-70% of gamers are stuck on low to mid-tier PCs, limiting what is possible. On the other hand, it does show that with better optimization, World of Tanks could probably be made to run better on PCs, since this generation of consoles are effectively PC hardware. In its current state, the game is quite unoptimized for the PC.

That argument is one of the strongest as to why consoles can perform better than comparatively specced PCs. With a known hardware configuration, Wargaming can push the game to the limits while for PC, certain core parts of the game cannot be improved without leaving behind a large portion of the player base. Keep in mind however that the PS4 version will be running at 30FPS on the PS4. While 30FPS might be fine for consoles, it can turn into a mess on the PC. The Xbox One version is expected to look almost the same as the PS4 version.

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Gigabyte is Exclusive World of Tanks Motherboard Partner

The first pictures of Gigabyte’s World of Tanks themed Z170 motherboard already showed up prior to the official release and now we learn that Gigabyte is the exclusive partner for World of Tanks motherboards. World of Tanks is a massive multiplayer online game where, you guessed it, you battle it out with tanks. The game has over 110 million registered users and holds the Guinness World Record of 1,114,222 simultaneous players on one single server.

The Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 3 is the first motherboard with the WoT theme and it also comes with some in-game goodies for the ones purchasing it. World of Tanks players in the EU and CIS area that purchase one of these motherboards will find a leaflet inside the box with a bonus code, an invite code, and unspecified exclusive perks.

Gigabyte also has some bonuses for those who purchased the better Z170 motherboards in the same area (EU, CIS), namely the GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 5 motherboard or a Z170X-Gaming 7 motherboard. These aren’t for World of Tanks, but for World of Warships instead. Users who purchase these boards will get an invite code to give them access to a Diana Russian Premium Cruiser, a Tier II Port slot, 7 days of Premium membership, and 500 signal flags (currency).

If you’d like to check out all the details on the three Wargaming partner motherboards from GIGABYTE, then you can do that at the official product pages for the Z170X-Gaming 3Z170X-Gaming 5, and Z170X-Gaming 7.

Gigabyte’s Upcoming Gaming 3 Motherboard With WoT Theme Pictured

A new Intel CPU is just around the corner and we get more and more pictures of the upcoming motherboards to go along with it. This time it is Gigabyte’s Gaming 3 motherboard with a World of Tanks theme that poses for the camera.

The new Gigabyte Gaming 3 motherboard is aimed at the sweet spot between performance, features, and price. It supports 2-way SLI and CrossFireX graphic setups and offers a 7-phase CPU VRM. The four DDR4 memory slots support up to 64GB dual-channel memory and the two PCI-Express x16 slots will run at 8x when both are populated. You get one more PCIe x16 slot that is wired as a x4 and also three x1 PCIe slots.

There are plenty of storage options with two 32Gbit/s M.2 slots that can take 42, 60, and 80 M.2 modules, three SATA-Express 16 Gbps, and six SATA 6 Gbps ports. Externally you can connect two USB 3.1 devices, four USB 3.0 and four more via headers as well as numerous USB 2.0 ports.

The audio is provided by an 115 dBA SNR CODEC with ground-layer isolation and EMI shielding, OPAMP tuned for gaming and music, and audio grade capacitors. The network connectivity is covered by a Killer E2200 chip while it also provides D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI outputs for iGPU usage.

More details are sure to emerge soon and we’ll make sure to keep you updated.

Thank You TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

New World of Tanks Mode Offers 8-Bit Graphics

Next month, real-time armoured combat PC game World of Tanks is introducing a new game mode offering player the ability to play the game with 8-bit graphics. The mode, called Winter Showdown, also has three new vehicles, a new map, and five vs. five platoon battles.

Winter Showdown is available in US, Canada, Europe, and Asia on 26th January, while lucky South Korean players will have it on 15th Janurary.

Source: Polygon

Thermaltake Urban S71 World of Tanks Edition Revealed

Thermaltake are back once again with their popular Urban S71 chassis. We reviewed the original S71 chassis a year ago now and absolutely loved it, but now it is being relaunched with a new set of colours for fans of World of Tanks.

World of Tanks is a smash hit with the online gaming community and for fans die hard fans of Wargamings WoT, this custom-designed S71 will no doubt be very desirable. The front panel has been redesigned with an illuminated World of Tanks theme and logos that certainly adds some extra flair to the chassis.

Features of Urban S71 World of Tanks Edition

  • Exquisite Design: USB dust plug and red strip light on the front panel are World of Tanks Edition only! Enjoy every second of your visual delight!
  • Handy I/O Ports: The front-top panel has implemented two of latest data transfer SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports along with two USB 2.0 ports, a HD microphone and headset jacks, to grand direct access when needed.
  • Easy Hot Swap: Top-mounted 2.5″ or 3.5″HDD Docking Station enables blazing fast file transfer and effortless hot-swap drive replacement design for easy setup or removal of HDD.
  • Innovative Tool-less Design: The latest tool-less innovation with 5.25″ & 3.5″ tool-free drive bay design minimized the hassles of installing ODD and HDD devices.
  • Extreme Ventilation: Standard equipped with one rear 120mm turbo fan and two 200mm speed control fans at the front and top to help maximize system ventilation.
  • Stress-free Cable Management: Wide cable routing gap provides easy cable management, hiding cables behind motherboard tray to ensure smoothness for building the chassis; wiring tangled problem no longer exists.
  • Utmost Expandability: A complete high-end solution with 240mm radiator liquid cooling system with extra graphic cards supported to protect users’ hardware and increase CPU’s overclocking potential.

The chassis still remains the same great chassis it was when first launched, with extensive cooling supports, tool-free storage bays, loads of room for large coolers and PSUs, of course if you really want to dig into the full feature set, then why not check out our full review of the chassis here.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Thermaltake.

 

NVIDIA States That PC Is Far Superior To Next-Gen Consoles

According to Nvidia, the PC platform is the perfect gaming machine ever made. According to Matt Wright, consumer sales manager at Nvidia, “The PC platform is far superior to any console when it comes to gaming.” and this isn’t the first time that Nvidia has compared PCs to consoles.

What NVIDIA is trying to achieve is draw users who haven’t yet decided what to buy as a gaming platform. Wright spoke about the company’s plan during an interview at MCV:

“We are proposing small form-factor PCs to be a viable alternative to the next-gen consoles. Enthusiast players want the ultimate games system and that is the PC. We want to make PC gaming as simple as possible and we think that it’s already becoming much more relevant and appealing to casual gamers.”

It seems that NVIDIA has recognized that complexity is a real issue that separates PC and console gaming. Some people prefer a cozy and simple environment for gaming, leading to the Console preference where you just insert the DVD in the console and just play. Whereas the PC is for more enthusiastic users where gaming and hardware preference intersect, giving users a wider approach in customizing the gear and performance to better suit the individual’s gaming needs.

Wright went on to speak about Steam’s influence on the market as well:

“Steam now has more users than Xbox Live. There is a whole new generation who grew up playing on PC with titles like Minecraft or World of Tanks. There’s a huge community who love playing their games on PC.”

Wright is making a comparison here between the generation who grew up with Nintendo and PlayStation and the generation who were drawn to the PC’s gaming approach, with games such as World of Warcraft and World of Tanks. Having all that said, there are still ups and downs when comparing PC to Console.

First of all, the main issue with PC is exclusivity. There are some games you just can’t get on PC. Grand Theft Auto 5 and Dead Rising 3 are some examples, two big titles that can only be played on a console. But when it comes to performance, the consoles are capped at 720p with 30 FPS, whereas PCs are not. Who wouldn’t enjoy a 4K experience with 16x anti-aliasing?

The main point, for PCs at least, is that security measures for games are practically non-existent and all PC games are inevitably being pirated, thus the console exclusivity appearing. NVIDIA has a point here, why restrict gaming on some platforms, especially PC, where consoles can also be modded and users can still play pirated versions on their consoles as well? Gaming enthusiasts should be able to play their favorite games on the best platform ever made, and that is the PC.

In the end, the everyone decides what’s the best option for him or her, whether it’s the console or PC. But having more and more restrictions on PCs will really affect the platform and user choice in terms of gaming, despite what NVIDIA is trying to prove here.

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information

Wargaming To Host “Come And Play Day” In London

Wargaming are organising a special invite to come and play day their games  line-up at the Under the Bridge Club, Chelsea Football Stadium, London. The event will take place on Thursday 31st October, between 11am and 3pm.

The event will feature an opportunity for an up-close look at some of Wargaming most exciting titles: World of Warplanes, massively multiplayer online game dedicated to the golden age of aviation. The latest game content for World of Tanks, which now boasts 70 million players worldwide. The console version of World of Tanks, a free-to-play first and exclusively on Xbox 360.

World of Warplanes is a flight combat MMO action game, throwing players into a never-ending tussle for air dominance, it allows you to build a full-scale career as a virtual pilot across several key eras of warfare, from taking to the skies in biplanes of the 1930s to destroying the competition in jet fighters from the Korean War. State-of-the-art graphics will take players into the fray like never before through massive 30 player dogfights where air supremacy or defeat depends on every move.

Attending for the Wargaming will be Ivan Kulbich Head of Game Design Employer: Persha Studia Development.

World of Tanks is the first and only team-based, massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armoured warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes more than 300 armored vehicles from United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain and China, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is a team-based massively multiplayer online game dedicated to armoured warfare in the mid-20th century. The game marks the very first console title ever developed by Wargaming, following the massive success of its free-to-play PC MMO action game World of Tanks, which has more than 70 million registered players around the world.

For details on how to attend, please check the official site.

Thank you Wargaming for providing us with this information.

World of Warplanes Open Beta Has Begun, Join The Fight Today

Wargaming have announced that the company’s highly anticipated free-to-play flight combat MMO World of Warplanes has officially gone into open beta testing, inviting all virtual pilots to climb into the cockpits of some of the most iconic warbirds from the 1930s to the early 1950s. Open beta goes live today in Russia and North America, and July 4th in Europe. In total, the closed beta saw more than 2.7 million applications from 194 different countries.

Featuring planes from the United States, the Soviet Union, Germany and Japan, players will be able to jump into white-knuckle 15 vs. 15 PvP matches, where supremacy of the skies is determined not only by skill, but also coordinated teamwork and cooperation.

World of Warplanes enters open beta with features including a real-time tactical feedback system to help players learn the best possible combat tactics, as well as crews and crew skills, consumables and various types of ammunition. The game will also feature a brand new tutorial to give fledgling pilots a chance to learn the ropes before they hit the deadly skies.

At the late stages of the open beta, World of Warplanes will also see the official launch of the Unified Premium Account system, allowing players of either World of Tanks or World of Warplanes to purchase a premium account and have its benefits extend to both titles.

As a bonus, players who took part in the closed beta testing phase will also receive special prizes.

“We thank every single World of Warplanes player out there, whether they’re just getting into the game during open beta or have been with us since the very start,” said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. “The game has grown and evolved tremendously since we first announced it and I’m confident virtual pilots are going to be extremely excited when they get behind the cockpits of the game’s truly amazing warbirds.”

Head over to worldofwarplanes.com or worldofwarplanes.eu to join in on the action.

Thank you Wargaming for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Wargaming.

New Xbox 360 Design Revealed, Available At Retailer Immediately

I would like to thank Microsoft for giving us an awesome press release this morning, for E3. With the new Xbox One being released to the public in November with a price tag of $499.99 , it seems like Microsoft is trying to get some last minute sales on their previous generation of Xbox the 360. With an all new modernized design, and look based on the Xbox One. This newly designed Xbox 360 is smaller, sleeker and quieter than even the 360 slim model. Available for purchase today, with three models to choose from.

  • The first model will only contain the Xbox 360 4GB Console, retailing for $199.99
  • The second model will contain the Xbox 360 4GB Console With Kinect for $299.99
  • The third model will contain the Xbox 360 250GB Console for $299.99

All three models will have built-in Wi-Fi, a black wireless controller, and standard definition composite A/V/ cable.

Beginning July 1st, Xbox Live Gold members will receive 2 new games each month free of charge. Users can pick up a 12-Month Gold Membership Card for $59.99 or get the membership for a discounted rate of $44.99 when you bundle with your new console.

The first two games will be Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3. Microsoft has also stated that there are still “Hundreds” of games still on the way for the Xbox 360.

Xbox 360 is nearly an 8 year old console, it seems as if Microsoft is not ready to let it die and let it successor take its place, bringing a new life to the Xbox 360, or just trying to get a few extra bucks out of customers before the Xbox One is released.

There are still some pluses to having an Xbox 360 as we still have 5 months before Xbox One is available to the public. Xbox 360 has several games that are still going to be coming out on the 360 model, such as World of Tanks, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Dark Souls II, Final Fantasy 13, Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell Blacklist and Grand Theft Auto V, just to mention a few.

Image from Microsoft.com

Wargaming Donates £75k For RAF Museum Education Centre

Wargaming, the online developers for the worldwide MMO game, World of Tanks, has announced it will be donating £75k to the RAF Museum in Cosford, Staffordshire.

The donation will be used to fund the building of a new education centre at the museum, as well as funding exhibitions at both the Cosford location and in London.

The RAF is currently restoring a Dornier 17 German bomber plane and those visiting the museum will be able to see the plane in action on their smartphones using augmented reality, as well as taking part in other interactive exhibits.

When asked why a gaming company should feel the need to sponsor a museum, Wargaming boss, Victor Kislyi said:

“Wargaming is passionate about military history, so we jumped at the opportunity to help be part of a truly historic endeavor.”

The benefits to the RAF Museum itself are obvious. It’s Director General, Peter Dye, beamed that the funding will allow it to tell an historical story in an innovative way whilst:

“Augmented reality, mobile applications and the use of user-generated content are new developments for the Museum and we are excited about exploring their possibilities.”

The funding announcement coincides with the beta-testing of Wargaming’s newest MMO game, World of Warplanes.

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World of Tanks Blitz to Storm Tablets and Smartphones

Wargaming announced World of Tanks Blitz, a free-to-play mobile MMO action game built specifically for tablet and smartphones. Inspired by the PC version of World of Tanks, World of Tanks Blitz delivers all of the action, team-work and strategic gameplay the series is known for, all in a portable and instantly accessible experience.

World of Tanks Blitz will feature several nations, including the USA, Germany, and the USSR, and an impressive roster of vehicles that include medium tanks, heavy tanks and tank destroyers, each with their own unique qualities. Taking advantage of the platforms’ touch-screen technology, players will need little more than their thumbs and skills to head into battle. But, just as in World of Tanks, success will take more than just an itchy trigger finger, with true tank commander success being dependent on mastery of the game’s incredibly deep tactical elements and team-based gameplay.

Playable on a wide array of Android and iOS devices, World of Tanks Blitz delivers console-quality visuals and realistic physics that ensure every enemy confrontation and shell hits with true-to-life impact. Whether commuting to work or resting at home, players can experience short, intense 7 versus 7 PVP battles almost instantly.

“With World of Tanks Blitz we’re doing our best to give players a gaming experience that would rival anything they could find on a console,” said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. “We’ve always been committed to bringing World of Tanks to new platforms and we’re excited to give players a chance to experience the game in a whole new way.”

World of Tanks Blitz joins the recently announced World of Tanks Generals, a browser based TCG set in the World of Tanks universe, as the latest example of the company’s expanded multiplatform growth strategy into the mobile space. Both games will also fit into the soon to be launched Wargaming.net Service, which sees all Wargaming titles unified under a single unified login system.