A preliminary look at BFV performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 9, 2018 - 02:24 PM |
Tagged: gaming, graphics, battlefield V

Battlefield V has just dropped and we are starting to see performance results, however they will be a while in coming as EA's wonderful policy of only allowing five hardware changes before locking you out of your purchased game for 24 hours is somewhat of a hurdle.  Guru of 3D is slowly filling in benchmarks as they are able, but with the hard limit on hardware changes it will take them a while.  AMD's RX series is easily capable of 60+ fps at 1080p on Ultra settings, however for 1440p you will want at least a GTX 1070 but if you are looking for 4K you will either need to drop your quality or plug in a 1080 Ti at the very least.  They also take a look at memory usage on the last page, if you are concerned that may be a bottleneck for you.

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"In this article, we'll check out graphics cards with Battlefield V. We'll be brutally honest - the game looks great, and has been shaping up to be something pretty good in gameplay as well. We've spent a day now on the Prerelease to check out what the game offers. Battlefield V really doesn't need an introduction, it's really much like the 2016 Battlefield 1 in gameplay."

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Source: Guru of 3D

Your recommended weapons loadout for BFV

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2018 - 01:51 PM |
Tagged: gaming, battlefield V, just cause 4

The required and recommended system specs for BFV have been announced, and unless you are hoping to enable ray tracing they are not too daunting.  A Ryzen 3 1300X or i7 4790, with 12GB of RAM and a GTX 1060 or RX 580 seem reasonable and the 50GB install seems almost small compared to some current generation games.  For RTX you will of course need to invest in a RTX 2070 at the least, as well as a better CPU. 

HEXUS also posted the specs to play Just Cause 4, while lacking ray tracing the requirements to run at 4K are still fairly impressive, drop by to see if you are ready to play or if you should be looking for an upgrade.

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"Back in early September we revealed the PC system requirements from the Battlefield V beta. Now EA/DICE has officially revealed the PC system requirements for Battlefield V - including a set of reqs for DXR (DirectX Raytracing) gaming (or 'RTX On' in Nvidia lingo). A quick look back and forth reveals the minimum specs have been raised a little, as have the recommended specs."

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Source: HEXUS
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Steelseries

Slay your rivals

Steelseries is one of the leading accessory makers in the world. Today, we have a pair of their highest-end gaming mice in for review with the Rival 650 Wireless and Rival 710. The Rival 650 Wireless is the more exciting refresh of the two models, severing the cord while still offering wired-like performance. The Rival 710 has its own unique set of features to excite gamers, including the new TrueMove 3+ sensor, an OLED screen, and haptic feedback. Retailing for $119 and $99 respectively, let’s see what these two mice have to offer. 
 
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Specifications
⦁ Design: Right handed
⦁ Core Construction: Fiber Reinforced Plastic
⦁ Sensor System: Steelseries TrueMove3
⦁ Tracking Accuracy: 1:1
⦁ Sensitivity: 12,000 CPI
⦁ Maximum Speed: 350+ IPS
⦁ Maximum Acceleration: 50G
⦁ Polling Rate: 1000Hz (1ms)
⦁ Buttons: 7 programmable
⦁ Switch: Steelseries, 60-million click rated
⦁ Finish: Black soft touch
⦁ Cable Length: 2m/6.5ft
 
Rival 650
⦁ MSRP: $119.99
⦁ Lift-off Distance: 0.5 - 2.0mm 
⦁ Connectivity: 2.4GHz Wireless/Wired USB
⦁ Battery Life: 24+ hours
⦁ Fast Charge: 15 min = 10+ hours
⦁ Lighting: 8-zone RGB
⦁ Dimensions (mm): 124.8 (H) x 68.5 (W) x 42 (D)
⦁ Adjustable Weight: 121g - 153g
 
Rival 710
⦁ MSRP: $99.99
⦁ Modular Design: Swappable cover plate, sensor, and cable
⦁ Lighting: 2-zone RGB
⦁ Dimensions (mm): 124.8 (H) x 68.5 (W) x 42 (D)
⦁ Short Cable: non-braided, 1m/3.3ft
⦁ Weight: 136g
 
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The West Virginian Wasteland is getting a bit crowded

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2018 - 04:53 PM |
Tagged: gaming, fallout 76

Those with poor impulse control who still pre-order games will now be getting access to Fallout 76's beta, assuming the entire 47GB pre-loaded download did not self destruct on them.  Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN gave it a twirl, though with only a few people able to access the game it doesn't really represent what the final launch will look like.  Even so, expect to find yourself in a small crowd of people all performing the same initial tasks to solve the initial tasks, some with rather interesting handles.  On the plus side, the game itself looks quite pretty from the screenshots.

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"That sea of autumnal trees and distant storm clouds are lovely. Having winced at the wonky footage of the Xbox One beta last week I’m genuinely surprised at how pretty West Virginia is. Well, the bits of it that aren’t CocktimusPrime."

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Come back to the NCR; Fallout New California just dropped

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2018 - 01:50 PM |
Tagged: project brazil, mod, gaming, fallout: new vegas, Fallout: New California

It's been a long time coming but the total conversion of Fallout: New Vegas is finally here, at least in beta form anyhow.  Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN has a teaser video and links to the files you will need to mod New Vegas into New California and revisit the post-apocalyptic coast.  There are a number of other mods the team recommends to enhance your gameplay, as well as the LAA patch which is required.  You can expect to see interesting behaviour at this point in the release, New Vegas is eight years old and may balk at the amount of cores and RAM in your machine, so make sure to keep notes on any crashes and let the team know.

If you are fighting with multiple monitors, here is a good first step.

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"Formerly known as Project Brazil, New California has been in the works since the early days of New Vegas, which coincidentally just turned eight years old. New California tells the story of a new protagonist – the Star Player – a Vault-Ball player who (depending on choices made during the prologue) will follow broadly combat or science-themed stories."

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A new player arrives to sow Discord in the game streaming market

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2018 - 01:58 PM |
Tagged: gaming, game streaming. discord nitro, discord

Discord, the popular online communications software have finally moved their game shopping and streaming service into beta.   For a $10/month fee you gain access to quite a few games, ranging from the absurd, through old classics to relatively new releases.  If there is a game you are looking for not covered under the subscription fee you may be able to find it for sale in their online store.  If you are interested you can check it out for a month, or subscribe for a whole year to save a bit of cash.  Cheers to [H]ard|OCP for spotting that this morning.

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"Discord Nitro now includes a growing library of critically acclaimed games that we think you and your friends should play. Subscribing to Nitro now costs $9.99 a month. As of today, there's over 60 curated games for you to download and play at a total value of over $1000."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Time for some fun! Fragging Frog's 17th VLAN is this Saturday!

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2018 - 09:44 PM |
Tagged: VLAN party, kick ass, gaming, fragging frogs

It's time once again to strap on your rocket launchers and get ready for a full day of gaming with the amazing Fragging Frogs!  Starting at 10AM ET on Oct. 13th the servers will be live, TeamSpeak will be abuzz with chatter and, well we will be shooting each other with a variety of weapons across a plethora of different games!

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Head over to the Gaming Forum to let Lenny and the gang know you will be attending and to make sure your favourite games are on the list of activities.  If you have never joined us, or lost your saved logins since the last VLAN, check out this thread on how to connect to the TeamSpeak server so you can truly get in on the fun.

You should also take a quick peek at this thread to make sure all your patches and mods are up to snuff ... it can take a while to restore UT2K4 to working order and you don't want to waste precious gaming time on the day!  The thread also contains links to previous VLANs so you can see some of the past highlights of this Froggy tradition. 

We hope to see you there for a fun day of gaming, it won't stop until the last connection stops and some of our members are from across the pond so expect fun until very late ... early depending on how you look at it!

 

Source: PCPer Forums

I want to put on my my my my my cyber-shoes

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2018 - 02:38 PM |
Tagged: gaming, VR, cybershoes, Kickstarter

There is a very successful Kickstarter project by Cybershoes which are offering the first pair of ... well, cybershoes for walking around in VR games.  The shoes strap over any normal pair of shoes and have a roller on the bottom which allows you to mimic walking while seated and provides accurate movement input to the game you are playing.  The idea seems interesting although the videos on Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN and the campaign page are pure gold to watch as it takes the absurdity of watching someone playing in VR to a whole new level.  Considering the limited application of the common 'point and teleport' solution in games like Skyrim this could make VR more intriguing for enthusiasts. 

At $188 for the shoes they are not the least expensive peripheral you can grab but they are certainly unique.  They also offer suggestions on rugs and seats which will work best in conjunction with the shoes if your interest is piqued. 

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"Imagine stepping into cyberspace in meatshoes. The horror. All the cybermen will point at those useless nonvirtual feet flapping all jigglephysicsed at the end of your legs and laugh. The cyberbouncer won’t even let you jack in: no shirt, no cybershoes; no net service."

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Sony Launches Miniaturized PlayStation Classic Retro Console With 20 Pre-Loaded Games

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2018 - 08:51 PM |
Tagged: sony, retro console, Playstation, gaming, console

Sony is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its original PlayStation game console with the launch of the PlayStation Classic – a miniature and modernized version that is 45% smaller, offers HDMI output, and comes pre-loaded with 20 classic PlayStation games. The new console maintains the classic boxy gray look at the original including the CD cover, large power and eject buttons, and memory card slots, but the bespoke controller ports have been swapped out for USB connections and around back the RCA jacks (or AV out on newer revisions) have been replaced with a HDMI output. The retro console uses USB for power though an AC adapter is not included (any 5V1A charger will do). The miniaturized PlayStation Classic does still have the door covering the Parallel port but Sony did not mention if the port itself is still there or not (I would guess not and that it’s just there for nostalgia but I suppose it’s possible it’s under there). Sony’s PlayStation Classic will cost $99.99 and will be available on December 3rd 2018. The box will include the console, two classic PlayStation controllers (remakes of the original game pads that lack the DualShock’s dual analog sticks), a HDMI cable, and a USB cable.

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The PlayStation Classic features 20 pre-loaded games along with a virtual memory card. Users can use the CD eject button to switch between games and use the virtual memory card to save games. Sony has not yet released the full list of launch games, but it did tease the following five games:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Tekken 3
  • Wild Arms
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Jumping Flash!

I would love to see games from the Metal Gear, Syphon Filter, Spyro, Gran Turismo, Red Faction, and Twisted Metal series make the list of included games though the lack of analog sticks might make some of those games harder to play. I am curious if Sony will allow future games to be added or if they will end up doing additional versions of the PlayStation Classic. Youtuber RGT 85 further speculates that Sony may include Gran Turismo 2 and the original Resident Evil (I am skeptical on GT2 if only because if it was planned I think they would have led with that in the announcement, but maybe they are still working on it).

Interestingly, while the PlayStation Classic is 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, the PSone (which is the console I had) is a smidge over 51% smaller. If you can’t wait until December or just want to get the full experience on the original hardware, the PSone may be a good option as you can find them on the cheap used and they do not take up much space while the white plastic allegedly does not yellow as much as the older gray consoles. You can also play more than the 20 built-in games on the PlayStation Classic. Alternatively, many of the older games can be downloaded and played on the PSP or PS3 and the disc PS1 games can be played on the PlayStation 2 and 3 consoles (with some exceptions). On the other hand, getting HDMI out on the older consoles, while possible, can be a pain to get the best image quality so the PlayStation Classic may be worth it just for the convenience factor especially if you only need a short trip down memory lane and don’t want to jump down the retro gaming collection rabbit hole (hehe).

Do you still have your original PlayStation and games? What do you think about the PlayStation Classic? What PS1 games did you play the most on the original console?

Strap balloons to a tank and go flying, Just Cause you can

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2018 - 03:24 PM |
Tagged: gaming, just cause 4

We are still a while out before the release of Just Cause 4, currently it is set to launch on Dec. 4th and we haven't heard anything about possible delays.  There is enough of the game finished to show off what's new and you can enjoy a video with over 15 minutes of game play at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.  The physics for the parachute and wing suit look vastly improved but that is nothing compared to some of the other stunts Rico was shown pulling off.  For instance you can shoot the propane tank under a food cart and send it sailing, along with yourself if you are quick enough with the grappling hook, but it is the flying tank that really looks to be the most amusing of what was shown.

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"A new 19-minute gameplay video of Just Cause 4 shows the devs larking about flying, gliding, shooting, detonating, turning a tank into an airship using balloons, and somehow repurposing a radar tower as a car-launching catapult."

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