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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,19 2014 - all 
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980/970 graphics cards tested - tech
(hx) 05:23 PM EDT - Sep,19 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.
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.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Is Still Sexy on PS4 - console
(hx) 02:24 PM EDT - Sep,19 2014 - Post a comment
The (arguably) sexiest fighting game on the market is going to get sexier after landing on current gen consoles with Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, and a PS4 build of the gamer is being showcased at Sony's Tokyo Game Show booth.

Train Simulator 2015 Now Available - briefly
(hx) 02:17 PM EDT - Sep,19 2014 - Post a comment
Dovetail Games, publisher and developer of the leading train simulation game Train Simulator, has announced that the latest installment in the series, Train Simulator 2015, is available on Steam.

Wasteland 2 Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 12:25 PM EDT - Sep,19 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
The 25 year wait is over. Wasteland 2 is now available for purchase from most digital download retailers including Steam and GOG.

NVIDIA GeForce 344.11 WHQL Driver Released - tech
(hx) 04:56 AM EDT - Sep,19 2014 - Post a comment
NVIDIA has released a new set of drivers for its graphics cards. This is the first drivers that officially support Maxwell, and are described as the ideal drivers for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014, and Alien: Isolation.
The new GeForce Game Ready driver, release 344.11 WHQL, allows GeForce owners to continue to have the ultimate gaming experience. This driver is aligned with today’s launch of the world’s most advanced GPUs—the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. With support for NVIDIA G-SYNC Surround displays, gaming has never been more realistic and immersive. In addition, this Game Ready WHQL driver ensures you’ll have the best possible gaming experience for the latest new blockbuster titles including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014, and Alien: Isolation.

Game Ready
Best gaming experience for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014, and Alien: Isolation

New GeForce GPUs
Supports the new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs, based upon the second-generation Maxwell architecture

Gaming Technology
Supports G-SYNC technology and NVIDIA G-SYNC Surround configurations
Battlefield Hardline: Hotwire MP Gameplay Video - movie
(hx) 03:06 AM EDT - Sep,19 2014 - Post a comment / read (2)
otwire multiplayer mode for Battlefield: Hardline has been detailed and trailered. Multiplayer lead designer, Thad Sasser, has also listed 10 tips and tricks for players trying out the mode.

- Drive stolen cars fast
- Standing doesn't help
- Cool jumps = sweet rewards
- Get help from a crew
- Sabotage is a good thing
- Control your Battle Pickups
- Shoot a driver if you don’t have a car
- Create roadblocks to control the roads
- Tracking Dart is a friend of your friend
- Form a convoy

Battlefield Hardline will be available early 2015 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Heavy Bullets now available on Steam - briefly
(hx) 01:05 AM EDT - Sep,19 2014 - Post a comment
Today, Terri Vellmann and Devolver Digital released in all its neon glory, the procedurally generated FPS, Heavy Bullets on Steam. Having benefited from its days in Early Access, Heavy Bullets launches with improved visuals, new mechanics, and a killer soundtrack™ from the legendary musician Doseone.

Players will be armed with a revolver and six bullets as they try to reset the security mainframe. Hopefully this will all work out and restore order, allowing the player to reap the rewards of a job well done. To succeed in a game like Heavy Bullets, players will need to carefully execute their plan as rushing into unknown areas helps no one. Players should also conserve ammo and make smart use of other items collected in order to have a chance at succeeding.

Heavy Bullets is available now on Steam with a 15% launch week discount

 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,18 2014 - all

Hellraid - Gameplay Video with Commentary - preview
(hx) 05:54 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
This is gameplay of a press demo shown at Gamescom 2014, and it includes footage from one of the first game builds on Chrome Engine 6. Note that this is still Alpha, so bugs are to be expected.

Hellraid is slated to launch next year, but will be available to PC gamers this fall on Steam Early Access
Blitzkrieg 3 Announced - Again - briefly
(hx) 05:40 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Re-announced, that should be. Blitzkrieg 3 was originally announced last year, with a trailer and everything. Not much else happened between then and now, though, so it's been announced again. The classic real-time tactics series will return next year with a sequel that claims to blend both single and multiplayer.
September 18 - St. Petersburg - A decade ago, Nival cemented itself as a leader in strategy gaming with the launch of its now-classic Blitzkrieg series, which has won more than forty awards, including numerous Game of the Year and Editor's Choice accolades. Today, Nival unveils Blitzkrieg 3, the next title in the acclaimed series, coming to PC and Mac in early 2015. Blitzkrieg 3 paints a realistic picture of World War II – away from the realm of politics or ideology, focused on the battles that ultimately shaped the world we live in today.

Players will become commanders of the era as they experience an interactive story of the second World War, blending single-player and innovative multiplayer gameplay. Classic single-player campaigns will be available for each party involved in the conflict - the USSR, the Axis and the Allies. Multiplayer is asynchronous, allowing players to make their way through the enemy defenses without needing to be online for hours on end.

"Since its establishment 17 years ago, Nival has been focused on the strategy genre - often mixing it with other elements to create new game experiences," says Sergey Orlovskiy, CEO of Nival. "We feel that today's rather rapid pace of life has caused the RTS genre to fall by the wayside. Blitzkrieg 3 is designed to re-invent RTS for modern gamers, using all of our experience to deliver something new and exciting."
Alien: Isolation Season Pass Announced - briefly
(hx) 05:39 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
SEGA and Creative Assembly has announced a season pass for Alien: Isolation, which will include five Survivor Mode add-on packs.
SEGA of America, Inc., SEGA Europe, Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products today officially announced Alien: Isolation's Survivor Mode, and a supporting series of five challenging and terrifying Survivor Mode add-on packs available to purchase from October 28, 2014, either individually or collectively through the Alien: Isolation Season Pass, now available from GameStop* in North America.

First revealed at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Survivor Mode is an exciting new game mode for Alien: Isolation which challenges players to participate in a one-to-one confrontation with the universe’s deadliest killer, deep within the bowels of Sevastopol Station. With limited resources on each map and a hunter on the loose, players will need to take advantage of every item they find to help them complete a unique set of objectives which will ultimately lead to their escape.
Doorways: The Underworld - Release Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:32 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
Crawling through the shadows of Steam today, Doorways: The Underworld is the newest first-person horror game from Argentinian developer, Saibot Studios. Featuring the voice talents of Sam A. Mowry (Alexander in Amnesia) and Oculus Rift support, Doorways: The Underworld is available now for PC, Mac, and Linux.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - movie
(hx) 05:29 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
Join Sir Hammerlock and TORGUE on an EXPLOSIVE tour of Pandora's moon, Elpis, in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. MOON MONSTERS, deadly new foes, LASER WEAPONS, cryogenic elementals, LOW GRAVITY, erm, butt slams, AND MORE AWAIT YOU ON ELPIS! SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

The Crew - Social Driving Featurette - preview
(hx) 05:25 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
Get ready to explore, drive, and get social, in the seamless, massive, and connected world of The Crew. Team up with your friends, build your own crew and be prepared to confront other drivers!

Resident Evil Revelations 2 - First Gameplay Video - movie
(hx) 05:23 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
In Resident Evil: Revelations 2, players will take control of Claire. The game will be available across North America and Europe in Early 2015.

FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn - Patch 2.4 - patch
(hx) 05:22 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
Square Enix today confirmed the name of the forthcoming PATCH 2.4 for the popular FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn online game. Dreams of Ice is currently in development, and more information about its content will be released soon. Dreams of Ice (Patch 2.4) for FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn will be available for PC, PS3 and PS4, though a release date has not been confirmed as of yet.
Styx: Master of Shadows - Die Harder Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:10 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
Focus Home Interactive has released a new trailer for Cyanide's Styx: Master of Shadows that shows the main character getting killed again, and again, and again, and again :P Styx: Master of Shadows is described as a challenging, skill-based infiltration game that rewards player skill, timing, and lateral path finding. The game is scheduled for an October 7th release date.

Far Cry 4 - PAX Prime Arena Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:08 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
This year at PAX Prime 2014, Far Cry 4 featured an unforgettable live competition along with an all-new game mode, The Arena. Watch to see the madness that ensued.

Final Fantasy XV - TGS 2014 Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:57 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
Square Enix has released the TGS 2014 trailer for Final Fantasy XV, showing some new gameplay footage from this highly anticipated JRPG.

Destiny Expands with a Six-Player Raid - briefly
(hx) 04:55 PM EDT - Sep,18 2014 - Post a comment
Activision and Bungie have announced that Destiny's first six-player Raid, The Vault of Glass, makes its debut today.
Today marks the debut of Destiny's first six-player Raid, The Vault of Glass, which is the most intense and uniquely challenging end-game activity in Destiny, requiring strategic communication and close cooperation to win. The raid opens up a new way to play Destiny, and a new location in the game. Hidden on Venus, Guardians level 26 and above can fight for a chance to enter The Vault of Glass in search of gear and glory.

"Raids introduce the sixth activity to Destiny, in which players will have to battle their way through intense encounters the likes of which they have yet to experience in the game," said Harold Ryan, Bungie president. "It's humbling to see millions of guardians enjoying Destiny already. We can't wait for people to experience this exciting, new way to play the game and are committed to continuing to deliver new experiences to the Destiny community."

The introduction of new content in Destiny will continue later this week when Destiny's competitive multiplayer includes the chance to play the Combined Arms playlist for the first time this weekend, which pits Guardians against one another in two game modes on vehicle maps.

Destiny will also debut its first timed event, called Queen's Wrath, from September 23 to October 6, offering all Destiny players additional Bounties to complete, challenging mission modes to unlock, and more Rare and Legendary rewards to earn.
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