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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,23 2014 - all 
The Tale of Three - 3rd-person Adventure Announced - briefly
(hx) 04:09 PM EDT - Sep,23 2014 - Post a comment
gameDNA studio announced The Tale of Three, a third-person action-adventure indie game like a fable where you decide how the story goes. The Tale of Three is set in a magical world where in turns you take the role of three heroes whose fates are suddenly tangled up with each other. Play through an epic story with a large dose of humor, take part in amazing adventures and discover the mysterious world. Get ready for high level of difficulty, planning next move, solving puzzles and making decisions on which everything will depend. Face hundreds of enemies, hide or attack, sneak around or go all out - the choice is yours.

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Open Beta - briefly
(hx) 02:36 PM EDT - Sep,23 2014 - Post a comment / read (2)
Starting today, users with a Steam account may join the Open Beta for free and play a vital part in the finalisation of the game, which features unpredictable wild zombies and new game modes. Those who join the beta will be able to help influence the game and get a jump on the competition before the game is officially released in early October.

Lords of the Fallen Gameplay Footage - movie
(hx) 01:35 PM EDT - Sep,23 2014 - Post a comment
Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 has released a 13-minutes long walkthrough footage showing off a brand-new area of the game.

Tropico 3 Free From the Humble Store - freegame
(hx) 06:39 AM EDT - Sep,23 2014 - Post a comment
The Humble Store End of Summer Sale is entering its final week. Tropico 3 is this week's free PC game, and you can get simply by visiting the Humble Store website. You'll need a Steam account in order to take advantage, and even if you already own the game, you can gift this copy to a friend. This promo ends today at 1PM Easter.
Alien: Isolation PC - Gameplay Video - preview
(hx) 01:17 AM EDT - Sep,23 2014 - Post a comment
Luetin09 has shared a new video, showing 5 minutes of gameplay footage from the PC version of Alien: Isolation. The game is currently planned for an October 7th release.

 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,22 2014 - all
Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass Announced - briefly
(hx) 06:21 PM EDT - Sep,22 2014 - Post a comment
Get a sneak peak at the exciting new content you'll get with the Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass. Save 30% on 8 hours of new content. From a new campaign called Dead Kings, to additional missions and over 30 pieces of new gear and weapons, the Season Pass will give you new objectives to complete and more areas to explore for an even bigger and better Assassin's Creed Unity experience. You'll also get Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, an all-new downloadable game in the Assassin's Creed saga, set in 16th century China. Assassin's Creed Unity will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 13.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Trailer - console
(hx) 06:15 PM EDT - Sep,22 2014 - Post a comment
Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighboring Empire. Using the powerful abilities and magic of all fourteen characters in fast-paced action RPG combat, players must face the brutality and injustices of war to uncover the secrets of its genesis. FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD comes to PS4 and Xbox One March 17, 2015 in North America and 20th March 2015 in Europe.

WWE 2K15 - 'Feel It' Trailer - movie
(hx) 06:14 PM EDT - Sep,22 2014 - Post a comment
WWE 2K15 will usher in a new era of WWE video games and deliver the gaming experience that fans have sought for generations! Rumor has it that its coming out on PC sometime in 2015. Think of the mods! I'll be waiting till then.

Playstation TV launches October - console
(hx) 06:10 PM EDT - Sep,22 2014 - Post a comment
On October 14, you can pick up a PS TV starting at $99.99 (MSRP) for the standalone system, or $139.99 (MSRP) for the bundle that includes a Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 3), 8GB memory card, and The LEGO Movie Videogame. For a limited time, you can find an exclusive PS TV bundle at Walmart, which comes with everything in the PS TV bundle plus Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, also for $139.99 (MSRP).
PS TV has a large and diverse lineup of games for players of all types, including:

  • Rayman Origins
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • God of War Collection
  • Killzone: Mercenary
  • FINAL FANTASY X / X-2 HD Remaster
  • Dragonís Crown
  • Spelunky
  • FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: WAR OF THE LIONS
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Patapon
  • Twisted Metal
  • Borderlands 2
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
PS TV plays select content from PlayStation systems past and present, including:
PlayStation Vita - PS TV plays select titles from PS Vita, which can either be downloaded to the device or inserted directly into the system using a PS Vita card.
PlayStation Classics - Download classic games from PS One and PlayStation Portable, like Wipeout and Metal Gear Solid.
PlayStation 3 - Our game streaming service PS Now is coming to PS TV, which will let you play many PS3 games on the device over the Internet*.
PlayStation 4 - If you're a PS4 owner, use Remote Play to stream a remote play enabled PS4 game from your console to a PS TV over a wired internet connection. If the living room is tied up, just use Remote Play to send your PS4 game up to the bedroom and keep playing on PS TV.
Sunset Overdrive - Live-action trailer - movie
(hx) 02:33 PM EDT - Sep,22 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Microsoft is clearly expecting big things from "Sunset Overdrive," an Xbox One exclusive game set for release next month, and it's released a live-action trailer to highlight just how insane the game is. The third-person action game will feature parkour-style movement on zip-lines and grind rails as well as unique weapons, such as a teddy bear rocket launcher. Sunset Overdrive is slated to be released Oct. 28 for Xbox One in North America; a European release will follow on Oct. 31.

Resident Evil 2 Remake project - briefly
(hx) 02:30 PM EDT - Sep,22 2014 - Post a comment
Rod Lima has shared a new video, showing off a Resident Evil 2 recreation that he's been working in Unreal Engine 3. It looks cool, so here is hoping that Lima will release a demo for it sooner than later.

Killer Instinct Season 2 Maya Trailer - console
(hx) 07:18 AM EDT - Sep,22 2014 - Post a comment
Returning Killer Instinct fighter Maya is coming to the Xbox One title soon, and a new trailer shows her knife throwing skills in action.

NVIDIA: 10 Million Gamers Bought GTX680 class - tech
(hx) 07:14 AM EDT - Sep,22 2014 - Post a comment / read (6)
During his GAME24 keynote, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed that more than ten million gamers have bought into the GTX680 class of GPU: "There are ten million gamers around the world who bought into the GTX680 class of GPUs" In other words, this basically means that ten million gamers have bought a GTX680 reference model, GTX680 OCed models, GTX660, GTX670 or a GTX690. Still, that's a pretty big number!!

 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,21 2014 - all
Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 02:53 PM EDT - Sep,21 2014 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
1.Wasteland 2
2.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Legendary Edition
3.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
4.Left 4 Dead 2
5.Life is Feudal
6.DayZ
7.NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution on Steam
8.Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
9.Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
10. Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,20 2014 - all
Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 04:55 PM EDT - Sep,20 2014 - Post a comment
Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals:
Toxikk - FRAG LIKE IT'S 1999 - movie
(hx) 03:34 PM EDT - Sep,20 2014 - Post a comment / read (4)
FRAG LIKE IT'S 1999: TOXIKK plays as if today's military shooters never existed. The game combines the simple and intuitive mechanics of old-school FPS giants with a fresh setting, slick graphics and our vision to carefully evolve the genre with some new ideas elaborated with Arena-FPS enthusiasts.

Designed as a spiritual successor to the fast paced arena shooters of the late 90s and early 2ks, there is no leveling, no skill-trees, no perks, no cover systems, no classes, no configurable weapons and no iron sight aiming.

Instead you get fast and precise movement (with deeply configurable mouse controls), double jumps, dodge jumps, booster pick-ups, nine iconic WEAPONS to be carried around simultaneously, secondary fire modes for every weapon, vehicular game modes, jump pads, health-packs, lots of vertical gameplay, optional mutators (incl. instagib) and everything else that made these kind of games so addictive. And if you want to practice your skills offline, TOXIKK also features a configurable BOT MODE.

TechNews - Samsung Note 4 Available Oct. 17 - tech
(hx) 03:33 PM EDT - Sep,20 2014 - Post a comment
  • Debunking Lunar Landing Conspiracies with Maxwell and VXGI - Explore the truth behind the iconic Buzz Aldrin moon landing photo. See how modern graphics innovations can shed new light on a 35-year-old conspiracy theory. Learn more about Maxwell, the new GPU architecture powering the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970.
  • The History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer - The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. Before PCs, the mainframe and minicomputer business model was formed around a single company providing an entire ecosystem; from building the hardware, installation, maintenance, writing the software, and training operators.
  • Samsung unveils curved 27-inch monitor - This new 27-inch curved monitor costs just 469,000 KRW (roughly $450 USD). Samsung UK's Phil Gaut claimed that the S27D590C offers "a truly immersive and unforgettable experience." He also said that the display "takes movie watching and gaming to new heights, from the monitor's unique curved screen and comprehensive entertainment features, to the incredible picture quality and the impressive sleek design."
  • MS has announced a Windows 9 event for Sep 30th in San Francisco -  Microsoft has announced a press event for September 30th in San Francisco to talk about the next version of Windows. While the invite does not specifically call out Windows 9, it is fully believed that the company will be announcing its new operating system at this event. Currently referred to internally by the codename Windows Threshold, many, including ourselves, believe that Microsoft will call the project Windows 9. A focus of the event will be about the enterprise too, which is not a surprise, considering the lack of enthusiasm from large corporations to deploy Windows 8. Look for Microsoft to talk directly to these partners about Windows 9 and how the specifically listened to enterprise feedback to build this version of Windows.
  • Windows 9 Recap: Start menu, notification and virtual desktop videos - This particular build came from a partner, likely in Germany, but the rest of us likely won't have to wait long to get our hands on the bits if the September 30th release date is true.
  • Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom - What's the best way to demonstrate security problems on your printer? Hack it to run Doom.
  • Germany wants Google to reveal its search engine formula -  Germany has stated that they feel Google should be more open about its search engine formula since they have a dominant position in the market, but you can bet Google will push back.
  • Samsung Note 4 Available Oct. 17, Preorders Start Sept. 19 -  Samsung today announced it will begin accepting preorders for the Galaxy Note 4 on September 19. The device won't ship, however, until October 17. Samsung said the Note 4 will be available in black and white, and it will be carried by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular. Samsung said the phone will also be available at Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy stores, as well as from Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart. Individual carriers and retailers will provide their own pricing and availability details in the near future. AT&T was first to announce those details. AT&T said the Note 4 will cost $34.42 per month with AT&T Next 18; $41.30 per month with AT&T Next 12; $299.99 with a two-year agreement; or $826 at full retail. AT&T is offering a $100 bill credit to new/existing customers who activate a new line of service with the Note 4. Verizon is offering the Note 4 for $299 with a new contract and said Verizon Edge installment pricing will also be available. T-Mobile isn't accepting preorders until September 24, and it is asking for $0 down followed by $31.24 a month for 24 months
  • Apple iOS 8 is now available - here is how to download it -  Apple has released iOS8 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (5th gen). iOS8 offers a number of refinements to Apple's mobile operating system. Some of the new features include a new word prediction engine and support for third-party keyboards; family sharing for iTunes content; Continuity for seamless messaging across devices; revised gallery and camera apps that make sharing and editing easier; improvements to Spotlight search; the ability to send audio clips within text messages; and Health for tracking fitness and health apps. iOS8 is compatible with the iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, and 5c, as well as most iPads. It comes preinstalled on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which go on sale September 19. The system update can be installed over Wi-Fi or via iTunes.
  • Swype, SwiftKey, Others Available to iOS for First Time - Apple released iOS8 and with the updated operating system comes a new feature many will surely relish: support for third-party keyboards. Though Apple took care to revise its own keyboard application, iOS devices can now install and use keyboard apps made by other companies. Some of the first to leave the gate are Swype and SwiftKey, two keyboards that are well known to Android device owners. Swype is available for $0.99 and the SwiftKey Keyboard is available for free. Swype includes several themes, supports a handful of languages, and supports personal dictionaries. iPhone owners can easily switch between the stock keyboard and Swype for easier typing. Swype works on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. SwiftKey offers a similar feature set, including word predictions, enhanced autocorrect, and cloud-based learning for a more personal experience across devices. SwiftKey's one limitation is that the Flow (tracing) keyboard only works with the iPhone and iPod, but not the iPad. Flesky and Minuum are two other such apps.
  • Apple iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Drop Test - This drop test ends with both the iPhones having shattered screens. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus survive when they are dropped on their backs. The iPhone 6 escapes with some minor scratches when it's dropped on its side, but the iPhone 6 Plus fails during the same test and ends up having a cracked screen. And both the devices fail when they fall on their faces.
  • iPhone 6 Plus Teardown - Back in 2010, Steve Jobs famously said, "no one is going to buy a big phone." Well, with most people waiting a month for their pre-ordered iPhone 6 Plus to arrive, we'd say that people are buying big phones, or that supply is severely limited. We couldn't wait a month, so we sent our teardown crew to Melbourne, Australia to be the first in line to get the 6 Plus. Let's take a look at how this giant is put together and tear it down.
  • The iPhone: An Ingredient List - Reactions found the chemical elements lurking inside a smartphone with help from the Compound Interest blog.
  • First iPhone 6 Sold In Australia Dropped On Live TV - This poor guy drops his iPhone 6 sold in Perth during an interview.
  • The iPhone 6 Versus Skinny Jeans - Fashion or technology? You can only choose one :P
  • If The iPhone 6 Were Actually Better - What would it look like if Apple gave us the features we truly deserved?
  • How To Get The New U2 Album Out Of iTunes - Apple capped its iPhone 6 & Apple Watch launch event last week by announcing it would give away copies of a brand-new U2 album to all iTunes users -- but some people aren't happy about it. In apparently shocking news to the folks from Cupertino, not every single person in the world is a fan of the Irish rock band. Many were upset when the album suddenly appeared in their iTunes library, and, depending on a user's settings, sometimes downloaded itself onto mobile devices. There is a way to hide albums from view in iTunes, but if you just can't live with Songs of Innocence being tied to your account, Apple has pushed out a tool to eradicate it from your account forever. Go to this webpage, click remove album, enter your account info and poof -- it's gone, although you may still need to delete any downloaded copies. We hope next time Apple will ask before shoving a new LP into our libraries -- unless it's Detox. CONAN Highlight: If you don't like the new album from the Irish rockers, Apple can show you how to delete it. But maybe that's just not extreme enough for you...
  • Preorders for Moto X Begin Sept. 16, Moto 360 Back in Stock - Motorola has announced consumers can order some of its new products beginning September 16. The Moto X for AT&T and the Moto X Pure Edition will both be available for ordering on Tuesday. The AT&T Moto X costs $99 with a new contract, and the Moto X Pure Edition - which runs stock Android 4.4 KitKat and features an unlocked bootloader - costs $499. Other carriers plan to announce availability soon. In addition to these handsets, the Moto Hint wireless earbud and the Moto Turbo Charger will also be available. The Hint costs $149 and the Turbo Charger costs $35. Last, Motorola said the Moto 360 smart watch will be back in stock on Tuesday, though quantities are limited.
  • AT&T, Sprint to Sell LG G3 Vigor - Sprint has announced the LG G3 Vigor, an affordable smartphone that places the volume and screen lock keys on the back, like LG's flagship devices. The phone has a 5-inch 720p HD display and quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor under the hood to keep costs low. Stand out features include LG's suite of specialized apps, such as Knock Code and Knock On, LG Gate for enterprise security, as well as QSlide Apps, QuickMemo, and LG's Smart Keyboard. The phone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is compatible with Sprint Spark. Sprint services on board include HD Voice and Wi-Fi Calling. The full retail price of the LG G3 Vigor is $299. Sprint also offering the G3 Vigor for $12.50 a month with Sprint Easy Pay. AT&T will also offer the LG G3 Vigor to subscribers. However, AT&T didn't specify how much the device will cost, nor when it will go on sale.
  • Is This The Next Big Idea In Interactive Gaming? - This new system - called THAW - allows for seamless interaction between a smartphone and a larger screen. With a little tweaking, this could be a huge boon, not just for games, but for seamless interaction between devices.
  • The Town That Dreaded Sundown Trailer - 65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called 'moonlight murders' begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.
  • Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead Trailer - If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you'd have to assume that things couldn't get much worse. In Martin's case, that was only the beginning.
  • Dracula Untold - TV Spot 2 - Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure that co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, and Diarmaid Murtagh. Dracula Untold - In Theaters And IMAX October 10.
  • John Wick (2014) - Official Trailer - An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Official Trailer #1 - Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.
  • The New 'Hunger Games' Trailer Is Out - The latest teaser for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" is out today and, I've got to admit, it gets us pumped up.
  • Where Are They Now: Cartoon Edition  - A short story looking at the life of cartoon characters facing reality long after their heyday prime.
  • Someone Has Won $1 Million On 'Wheel Of Fortune' - In case you don't watch "Wheel" and "Jeopardy" every night like we do, here's middle school teacher Sarah Manchester winning big last night.
  • This Bike Accident Is Straight Out Of A James Bond Movie - This biker from Brazil miraculously avoids a collision with a truck by sliding underneath the moving vehicle James Bond style.
  • Watch This Guy Race A Train To The Next Stop - This speed demon was on Circle Line of the London Underground. He got off at one stop and ran all the way to the next, managing to catch the exact same train just in time.
  • Watching Cars Shouldn't Be This Stressful - Black Sheep Films took a convoluted intersection, sprinkled on the pixie dust of After Effects and is now sending your blood pressure through the roof.
  • This Cup Holder Solves All Of Our Problems - Cup holders in cars suck, and sharp turns leave you with a bunch of coffee to clean up. That's because those cup holders weren't gyroscopic.
  • Liquid Metal Flows Into Different Forms, T-1000-Style - Researchers at NC State have developed a new method to control the interfacial energy of a liquid metal via electrochemical deposition (or removal) of an oxide layer on its surface using ~1 volt.
  • How To Drift, BMW M235i - Chris Harris On Cars - Chris Harris explains how to drift with the new BMW M235i, but I'm pretty sure these techniques will work on most cars!
  • These YouTubers Thought It Was A Great Idea To Eat A Whole Cactus - A whole subset of YouTube, as many of us know, is dedicated to viral challenges: from people snorting condoms, swallowing cinnamon powder, scarfing down bananas and soda or the classic gallon of milk chug. But what would possess any person - let alone over a dozen - to chomp through a whole cactus, needles and all? WTF WTF ...!!!
  • Homeless Guy Survives In NYC By Picking Up Women Every Night - Meet Joe, a homeless young man who has mastered the art of getting women to take him home with them.
  • Men Get Bikini Waxes For The First Time - These men had no idea what they were getting themselves into.
  • Kendall Jenner Looking pretty Good - Kendall Jenner looking good for Russell James
  • Yasmine Colt for 138 Water - Yasmine Colt models for 138 Water at Eagle Beach in Aruba on Tuesday showing off her enviable figure in a black bikini.
  • Hottest Babes on the Internet #47 - Which one is hottest? ;-)
  • The best pics on the Internet #95 - All pictures are carefully handpicked!
Kingdom Under Fire II - Tokyo Game Show Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:32 PM EDT - Sep,20 2014 - Post a comment
Blueside showed this combination cinematic and game player trailer for Kingdom Under Fire 2 at the 2014 Tokyo Games Show.

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980/970 graphics cards tested - tech
(hx) 03:32 PM EDT - Sep,20 2014 - Post a comment
Starting at a way more reasonable $549, the GTX 980 also only has 5.2 billion transistors-far fewer than the 7.1 billion you'd find in a current-gen GTX 780 Ti or GTX Titan-and its 2048 CUDA cores and 256-bit memory interface wouldn't seem to stack up well against the 2880 cores and 384-bit bus you'd find in the company's former 780 Ti flagship. Indeed, it doesn't have quite the same texture fill rate and there's a good bit less memory bandwidth. But the new Maxwell-based GPU inside this card is clocked at a practically unheard-of 1126 MHz (compare to 875MHz), the card has 4GB of GDDR5 memory (up from 3GB), and most impressively the entire kit runs at just 165 watts TDP. Only!
HotHardware: The 4GB of video memory on both cards is clocked at a blisteringly-fast 7GHz (effective GDDR5 data rate) and the memory links to the GPU via a wide 256-bit interface. At those clocks, the GeForce GTX 980 offers up a peak textured fillrate of 144.1 GTexels/s and 224 GB/s of memory bandwidth; the GTX 970 offers a peak textured fillrate of 109.2 GTexels/s and the same amount of memory bandwidth. Those numbers might seem low in light of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti's 384-bit memory interface, 210 GTexels/s and 336 GB/s of memory bandwidth, but stick with us here-we'll have more to share on the next couple of pages. Like the high-end cards in the GeForce GTX 700 series, the new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 reference cards are outfitted with heavy-duty coolers and frames made of aluminum to add rigidity. The GTX 980 also has an aluminum back-plate, which aids in cooling. And what's interesting about it is that there's a removable panel that allows for better air-flow between cards, should a system be packing multiple cards, close together. NVIDIA claims they've done some testing in this regard, and removing that portion of the back-plate is all that's necessary to improve air-flow into an adjacent card's fan. The GeForce logo along the top edge of the cards also light up and there are embossed badges at the front of the fan shroud with the cards' model number. For the most part, the GeForce GTX 980 and 970 reference cards, look very much like the 700 series.

TechSpot: Nvidia says Maxwell brings 2x the performance per watt over the previous generation. For example, the GTX 980 has 33% more cores that also operate at a higher frequency than the GTX 680, yet the newer card's TDP rating is 30 watts lower. Nvidia says that the GTX 980's GM204 GPU is so efficient due to rebalancing the design to fully utilize the CUDA cores more often. Additionally, they have increased the cache size to 2MB, which is four times larger than the 512KB cache found inside the GK104 used by GPUs such as the GTX 680 and GTX 770. The larger cache means fewer requests to the GPU DRAM are needed, improving performance and reducing the GPUs power consumption. Speaking of DRAM, the GM204 features a new compression engine which is designed to further reduce the bandwidth demands.

TechReport: By either measure, the GeForce GTX 980 is the fastest single-GPU graphics card we tested. With the possible exception of the pricey Titan Black, it's also the fastest single-GPU graphics card on the planet. Although $549 is a lot to pay, the GTX 980 manages to deliver appreciably better value than the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which it replaces. The new GeForce flagship outperforms AMD's Radeon R9 290X, as well. If you want the best, the GTX 980 is the card to get.That's an assessment based on price and performance, but we know from the preceding pages that the GTX 980's other attributes are positive, too. The GM204 GPU's power efficiency is unmatched among high-end GPUs. With Nvidia's stock cooler, that translates into lower noise levels under load than any older GeForce or current Radeon in this class. I'm also quite happy with the suite of extras Nvidia has built into the Maxwell GPU, such as DSR for improved image quality and a big ROP count for high performance at 4K resolutions. This graphics architecture takes us a full generation beyond Kepler-and thus beyond what's in current game consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbone.

TechPowerUp: In terms of pure performance, we find the GeForce GTX 980 exceeding the GeForce GTX 780 Ti by 7%, which doesn't look huge, but consider that the GM204 has nearly 2 billion fewer transistors and about a 50% lower TDP, and something tells us that the GM204 won't be the biggest chip NVIDIA will design on this architecture. Compared to AMD's Radeon R9 290X, we see a large performance gap of up to 20% at 1920x1080, although it shrinks to 10% at higher resolutions. This makes the GTX 980 an excellent choice for beyond-HD gaming, but you should still have two cards running in SLI for 4K. When looking at performance, you also have to consider power consumption. Nowadays, power consumption is the limiting factor for GPU performance because heat and noise follow power consumption, and you can only cool so much heat in a graphics card while keeping it as quiet as possible. We got a first glimpse of Maxwell's superior energy efficiency with the GTX 750 Ti it debuted with, and NVIDIA has successfully managed to bring those improvements to their high-end product. The GTX 980 only uses 156 W on average in our power consumption tests, which is incredibly low for a card of this performance class. AMD's recently released "Tonga" GPU, based on their latest technology, sips 50 W more for only roughly half the performance. Unlike AMD, NVIDIA has also improved non-gaming power consumption of their board, which will be important to productivity users who run their PC all day long. NVIDIA was also able to reduce noise levels of their card considerably because of these power consumption improvements, making gaming on it a quiet experience. With 34 dBA, the card is very quiet for its performance class, but I still see some headroom to reduce noise, which board partners will certainly capitalize on.

PCPerspective: The performance of the GeForce GTX 980 is impressive, but doesn't quite mix-up the high end market as some people might have thought it would a year or so ago. My experiences gaming with the GTX 980 proved it was the best single GPU graphics card you can get today; better than the GTX 780 Ti, better than the Titan Black, and better than the Radeon R9 290X. Benchmarks and real-world game play proved that to be true: the GTX 980 was as much as 15% faster than the R9 290X and was only beaten by the AMD flagship card in one of our six games. The GTX 780 Ti falls into the same path as the R9 290X - faster in only a single competition (Skyrim) against the newest member of the GeForce family. The GTX 970 might be a better overall package if you include pricing, but it's performance is also worth noting again. For just $329 it is able to outperform AMD's Radeon R9 290 and the GeForce GTX 780. And again, that advantage is up to 15%, and comes in a dead heat in a couple of cases. What makes these wins for the GTX 980 and GTX 970 so impressive is not the scale or ratio by which they outperform the R9 290X or GTX 780 Ti, but that it is being done on fairly modestly pressed silicon. Keep in mind that the GTX 780 Ti has 2880 CUDA cores, while the GTX 980 has 2048. The GTX 780 Ti has a 384-bit memory bus, the GTX 980 a 256-bit bus. The GTX 780 Ti has a 250 watt TDP, the GTX 980 only 165 watts. The GTX 780 Ti launched for $699 last November, the GTX 980 launches at $549.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,19 2014 - all

Xbox Japan GM: Customers Satisfied with the Console - console
(hx) 02:26 PM EDT - Sep,19 2014 - Post a comment
A chat with Xbox Japan's General Manager Takashi Sensui at Tokyo Game Show. Sensui-san expressed excitement for the line-up of upcoming games, and promised many more Japanese titles in the pipeline. He also mentioned that those that purchased the console locally are satisfied with it, and with its launch line-up, while he feels that Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will click with Japanese Xbox fans.

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