Maximum PC - Gaming http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/22/feed en HP Omen Review http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_omen_review_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>A good sign</h3> <p>The word “omen” generally connotes bad juju for most people. For some longtime PC enthusiasts, however, it evokes fond memories of Voodoo PC’s old beautiful and powerful desktops. While HP isn’t bringing Voodoo PC back from the grave, it hopes to pay homage to the Omen namesake by rebirthing it as a modern gaming notebook.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u99720/hpomen.jpg" alt="HP Omen press shot" width="492" height="366" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Omen isn't the most powerful notebook, but it's one of the most polished.</strong></p> <p>Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the 15.6-inch HP Omen is one sleek-looking laptop, with its machined-aluminum chassis. The anodized black finish coupled with its thin 0.8 inch body gives the notebook some added sex appeal. It’s also really portable for its class, weighing four pounds, 11.9 ounces.</p> <p>While we were a little dismayed to hear that it uses a 1080p monitor, something we’ve seen dozens of times over, this isn’t some mediocre display. It uses an IPS panel that features a 72 percent color gamut, which provides beautiful, saturated colors. It also sports a touchscreen, which makes it the first gaming laptop we’ve reviewed that offers one.</p> <p>We were generally pleased with the keyboard, which offers seven customizable color zones that you can tweak using HP’s Omen Control Panel software. The keys themselves offer a satisfying amount of travel and feel quite tactile, as a result. You also get a column of six macro keys on the left side of the keyboard, which is rare to see in a notebook of this size. We weren’t enamored of the Omen’s trackpad, however. Measuring 5.5 inches across, it’s so wide that we often found our resting fingers interfering with our swiping gestures.</p> <p>On opposite ends of the trackpad are a pair of LED lights that pulsate with the sound of your audio. It’s a unique touch that gives the notebook added flair. The speakers themselves are quite good and offer decent volume firepower. Despite being licensed by Beats Audio, a company known for its bass-heavy emphasis, the audio here is balanced.</p> <p>Unlike the sexy chassis, the specs of the laptop aren’t super fancy. It uses a 2.5GHz i7-4710HQ processor for its CPU. For its graphics card, HP went with the GeForce GTX 860M, which is the de facto GPU for thin gaming notebooks. The base model comes with two gigs of GDDR5 VRAM, but ours included four. In regard to system RAM, configs starts out at 8GB, which is fine in most instances, but our maxed-out unit came with 16GB.</p> <p>CPU performance was pretty average, performing ever so slightly faster than our Alienware 14 zero-point’s 2.4GHz i7-4700MQ processor. In GPU perf, we saw respectable gains between 20 and 60 percent. In short, our graphics tests reminds us that the 860M is a midrange card. It will run the majority of modern games at high settings with smooth framerates, but don’t expect to max out games here.</p> <p>While the laptop’s performance didn’t blow us away, neither did its fans (pun intended). The Omen isn’t silent, but it’s very reasonable under load. We’d go so far as to say HP found the perfect balance between performance and acoustics. The laptop is able to keep its cool by using dual fans that pull in cool air from the bottom, which it expels through the back. A benefit of this design is that gamers won’t have to worry about warm wrists.</p> <p>When it came to battery life, the laptop was pretty average. The first time we ran our video-rundown test, the notebook lasted a mediocre 172 minutes. When we turned off all the fancy LED lights, we got an extra half hour. Our biggest concern with the Omen really pertained to storage. While we love the fact that it uses the faster M.2 PCIe standard, we’re a little put off that it doesn’t support traditional hard drives. This means you’re topped off at 512GBs. Luckily, the drive is really fast, and allowed the notebook to boot up in 11 seconds.</p> <p>The Omen may not be the most powerful notebook out there, but it’s extremely polished and well-designed. Everything from its looks, portability, and thermals are top notch. While our decked-out unit cost $2,100, if you’re looking for a more affordable configuration, we recommend going with the $1,800 model, which includes a 512GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and an 860M with 2GB of VRAM. It’s still a pretty good Omen.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_omen_review_2014#comments Gaming Hardware HP Omen laptop notebook Thin voodoo pc Gaming Reviews Notebooks Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:45:39 +0000 Jimmy Thang 29111 at http://www.maximumpc.com Hearthstone Arrives on Android Tablets http://www.maximumpc.com/hearthstone_arrives_android_tablets_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Welcome to the world of Hearthstone</h3> <p><img src="/files/u166440/hearthstone.jpg" alt="Hearthstone" title="Hearthstone" width="200" height="158" style="float: right;" />Hearthstone has been a major success for Blizzard that boasts, at last count, 20 million players. Released in March, the digital collectible card game continues to grow at a rapid pace and is available for PC, Mac OS X, and iPad devices. However, Android users have been left out until now. On Monday, <strong>Blizzard announced that Hearthstone is now available on Android tablets</strong>.</p> <p>Android tablet owners can now download the game, based on Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise, for free on Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. Initially, the Android version of Hearthstone was available only to players in Australia Canada, and New Zealand as part of phase one, but is now available globally. However, Blizzard advises those who picked up the Android version through a third-party channel should delete that version and download it from Amazon or Google Play.</p> <p>The <a title="Heartstone for Android tablets" href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/17141107/hearthstone-now-available-on-android%E2%84%A2-tablets-12-15-2014?abt=nav1&amp;utm_expid=68589644-24.yOgsCsWhSz-gOSDIbl82Wg.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fus.battle.net%2Fhearthstone%2Fen%2Fblog%2F%3Fabt%3Dnav1" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">announcement</span></a> comes shortly after the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, the latest card expansion for Hearthstone. As an incentive, those who decide to give the game a try on their Android tablet will earn a free pack of classic cards. All you have to do is play a complete game of Hearthstone in Play, Arena, or Practice mode and, win or lose, you’ll earn the free card pack.&nbsp;</p> <p>For those wondering if they Android device can handle the game, the minimum requirements for an eligible device is a 6-inch screen or larger, runs Android 4.0, and 1GB of RAM. Some of the Android tablets that can run Hearthstone include Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6, Asus Google Nexus 7, Nvidia Shield Tablet, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.&nbsp;</p> <p>For a list of all Android tablets capable of running Hearthstone, feel free to visit Blizzard’s <a title="Hearthstone support page" href="https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/hearthstone-system-requirements" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">support page</span></a>.</p> <p>As for when Hearthstone will be available on smartphones, Blizzard stated that more news will be provided in early 2015</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hearthstone_arrives_android_tablets_2014#comments android Android Tablet blizzard card game hearthstone Gaming News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:34:12 +0000 Sean D Knight 29104 at http://www.maximumpc.com Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition Receives Steamworks Update http://www.maximumpc.com/dark_souls_prepare_die_edition_receives_steamworks_update_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/dark_souls.jpg" alt="Dark Souls" title="Dark Souls" width="200" height="122" style="float: right;" />Praise the sun!</h3> <p>Mention Games for Windows Live to a PC gamer and chances are that they are going to cringe. Microsoft’s online gaming service has caused many issues for the games it has been attached to and, upon the news that Microsoft would do away with it, some publishers have been making the effort to remove GFWL from their games. Today, <strong>From Software announced a new update for Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition that replaces GFWL with Steamworks</strong> and joins other developers who have made the transition.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a title="Dark Souls update announcement" href="http://steamcommunity.com/games/211420/announcements/detail/206368522048405952" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">update</span></a> will allow players to transfer their save data and achievements from GFWL over to Steamworks between now and February 16, 2015. Afterwards, the developer warns players that the new version of the game, using Steamworks, will become the default version and all save data and achievements will be lost if they haven’t been transferred. Once the game has been updated, gamers will no longer need to login to a second platform in order to play Dark Souls.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unfortunately, there have been issues being experience by some players who have mods, such as DSfix, installed. However, in the case of DSfix, there is a <a title="DSfix mod update" href="http://blog.metaclassofnil.com/?p=652" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">new version</span></a> of the mod available that should hopefully address these issues. As for other mods, that are causing problems, players might have to completely remove them for now. &nbsp;</p> <p>The update has been a long time coming ever since it appeared that Microsoft would no longer support GFWL when a support update on Xbox.com stated, “Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014.” However, the message was removed and, in June of this year, the company stated that it will continue to support the service.&nbsp;</p> <p>For those who need to save their information, From Software has <a title="Dark Souls update instructions" href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/211420/discussions/0/626329187083042093/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">posted instructions</span></a> on how to transfer the game’s data to Steamworks for both digital and physical copies of the game.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/dark_souls_prepare_die_edition_receives_steamworks_update_2014#comments dark souls Dark Souls prepare to die edition from software games for windows live GFWL Steamworks Gaming News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:02:47 +0000 Sean D Knight 29096 at http://www.maximumpc.com Valve Launches Steam Holiday Auction Event http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_launches_steam_holiday_auction_event_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/steam_holiday_auction.jpg" alt="Steam Holiday Auction" title="Steam Holiday Auction" width="200" height="174" style="float: right;" />Going once…going twice…sold!</h3> <p>As Steam users wait for the inevitable Winter Sale that will drain their wallets dry, which is allegedly starting December 18, Valve has come up with a way to empty out their Steam inventories too. <strong>Valve has launched a new event called the Steam Holiday Auction</strong> where users can recycle unused items in their inventory for gems which are then used to bid on games up for auction.</p> <p>The <a title="Steam Holiday Auction" href="http://steamcommunity.com/auction" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Steam Holiday Auction</span></a> will let users recycle items such as trading cards, backgrounds, and emoticons, from their inventory, and receive Steam Gems to use for bidding on the games they hope to get. Auctions will be held in rounds with the first round kicking off today and ending on Monday, December 15 at 7:45AM Pacific.&nbsp;</p> <p>In order to win, the Steam User needs to have the highest bid at the end of every round which is 45 minutes. At the end of the allotted time, each top bidder will receive their title and the remaining bids will carry on to the next round. Users will able to track their current bids, top bids, and winning bids in the My Bids section of the Holiday Auction page.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event will end on December 18 at 10AM Pacific. After that, those who didn’t win on the final round of auctions will have their gems returned. According to Valve, the gems will not be removed from everyone’s inventory and can then be used to create booster packs.</p> <p>There will be 100 copies of almost 2,000 titles up for auction that includes both games and software on Steam that was donated by developers and publishers. Among the vast assortment of titles up for auction are newer games such as Alien: Isolation and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. However, the most expensive item, that we see so far, is not even a game or software title. It is a 2014 Holiday Profile that will customize a user's profile with the current bid set at 250,100 gems.</p> <p>Will you be participating in this bidding war? If you are, what games or software will you be bidding on? Sound off in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_launches_steam_holiday_auction_event_2014#comments bidding wars games Holiday Auction Steam Steam Holiday Auction Valve Gaming News Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:39:11 +0000 Sean D Knight 29079 at http://www.maximumpc.com 26 Pictures from Intel's Extreme Masters eSports Event http://www.maximumpc.com/pictures_intels_extreme_masters_esports_event_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/dsc02268.jpg" alt="lol " title="lol " width="150" height="267" style="float: right;" />Intel's first IEM gaming event in North America</h3> <p>This weekend Intel hosted its first <a title="intel extreme masters" href="http://en.intelextrememasters.com/season9/sanjose/" target="_blank">Intel Extreme Masters</a> gaming event in North America. The PC gaming/eSport event took place at the SAP Center in San Jose, California and featured a $50,000 League of Legends tournament and a $25,000 StarCraft II tournament.</p> <p>In addition to the aforementioned matches, which were all streamed online, there were several hardware vendors like Corsair, Roccat, Gigabyte, and more on the show floor showing gamers their latest PC hardware.&nbsp;</p> <p>We took over 20 pictures from the show floor that highlighted some of the booths, costumes, and games from IEM in the gallery below. If Intel held another event next year, would you like to go? Let us know in the comments section!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/pictures_intels_extreme_masters_esports_event_2014#comments cloud 9 esl esports gaming event intel masters extreme League of Legends lol north america StarCraft II Gaming News Features Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:39:40 +0000 Jimmy Thang 29056 at http://www.maximumpc.com Interview with Elite Dangerous CEO David Braben http://www.maximumpc.com/interview_frontier_developments_ceo_david_braben_about_elite_dangerous_video_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/elite_dangerous_braben.jpg" alt="David Braben" title="David Braben" width="200" height="141" style="float: right;" />Game will support 4K and 16K</h3> <p>Elite: Dangerous is almost upon us and we are excited, even though the game was not one of our <a title="The 20 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2014" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/20_most_anticipated_pc_games_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">most anticipated PC games of 2014</span></a>. Created by Frontier Developments, the sci-fi combat simulator is the fourth installment in the Elite game franchise that also features trading and space exploration in a 1:1 scale of our own universe. <strong>Maximum PC had the opportunity to interview Frontier Developments CEO David Braben</strong>, courtesy of Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X5BdtK-ZdHI" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Braben, who founded <a title="Frontier Developments homepage" href="http://www.frontier.co.uk/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Frontier Developments</span></a> back in 1994, talked about how the game’s setting is a recreation of our universe and, when asked about how the universe in the game is modeled after our own, he replied, “Every single star in the night sky, that you can see, is in the game. Even the really faint ones. So we can see 6,000-7,000 in the night sky and they are all in the game. So are the full 160,000 that we got from star catalogues and other sources.”</p> <p>The interview goes on to cover other topics such as what gamers can do in the game, virtual reality support, whether or not a person can become stranded while exploring, why the developer decided to have the game support 16K, and Develop Frontiers’ decision to do regarding playing single player offline.</p> <p>“We found it increasingly difficult to do, and I think this has upset some people, is the wholly offline play,” Braben replied when asked about the single player campaign. “The game was still going to be downloaded, but the ability to play wholly offline is something we found increasingly difficult to offer.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Be sure to watch the <a title="MPC Interview with David Braben" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5BdtK-ZdHI&amp;list=UUdLWXfNqKICJBpE8jVMm6_w" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">entire interview</span></a> for his full explanation about the company's apporach to the single player campaign and let us know what you think of the interview in the comment section below.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/interview_frontier_developments_ceo_david_braben_about_elite_dangerous_video_2014#comments 16K David Braben elite Elite Dangerous Frontier Developments interview Gaming News Features Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:10:26 +0000 Sean D Knight and Jimmy Thang 29045 at http://www.maximumpc.com Graphics Porn (Holiday 2014): Wreckfest, Unity, Call of Duty, and More http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_holiday_2014_wreckfest_unity_call_duty_and_more <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/zyucagj.jpg" alt="AC Unity" title="AC Unity" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />Showcasing the sexiest, most photogenic game screenshots this side of the Internet</span></h3> <p>It's the holiday season, which means that gamers everywhere will soon sit down and soon have a chance to catch up on their massive backlogs. To commemorate the occasion, we've compiled a gallery of spectacular screenshots to get your gaming taste buds going. We’ve reached out to members of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/gamerporn" target="_blank">r/GamerPorn</a>&nbsp;to fill out the submissions for the this month's&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/graphics_porn" target="_blank">Graphics Porn</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Whether you've been following our <a title="screenshots" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/how_take_great_video_game_screenshots_2014" target="_blank">handy-dandy guide on how to capture beautiful-looking game screens</a>&nbsp;</span>or&nbsp;<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">simply print-screening some beautiful wallpaper-worthy game moments, we want to be able to share your captured works of art with the world. If you think you can do better than the pictures submitted below, please email your screenshots to&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-color: transparent; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" href="mailto:mpcgraphicsporn@gmail.com" target="_blank">mpcgraphicsporn@gmail.com</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">&nbsp;so we can show them off. Make sure to include the name of the game, a title for the screenshot, and a description of what's happening on-screen.</span></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_holiday_2014_wreckfest_unity_call_duty_and_more#comments assassin's creed unity call of duty Graphics Porn Skyrim Wreckfest Gaming News Features Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:31:04 +0000 Ben Kim 28939 at http://www.maximumpc.com Developer of The Crew has Confidence in the Game’s Stability http://www.maximumpc.com/developer_crew_has_confidence_game%E2%80%99s_stability_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/the_crew.jpg" alt="The Crew" title="The Crew" width="200" height="111" style="float: right;" />Ubisoft’s recent record and actions might give a different impression&nbsp;</h3> <p>It has been a rough year for Ubisoft when it comes to the &nbsp;games that have been released. Earlier this year the PC version of Watch Dogs suffered from a <a title="Watch Dog Patch" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ubisoft_working_patch_tame_watch_dog_issues_pc_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">number of issues</span></a> while the recent launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity resulted in <a title="Ubisoft gives free DLC" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ubisoft_offers_free_dlc_assassin%E2%80%99s_creed_unity_launch_woes_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">free DLC</span></a> and Far Cry 4 receiving a patch for a variety of issues. However, <strong>The Crew’s lead game designer Serkan Hasan has “confidence in the stability of the game and its performance,”</strong> according to an interview he had with <a title="Hasan Interview" href="http://www.themetropolist.com/play/latest-play/ubisoft-confident-crew-wont-repeat-unitys-mistakes/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">The Metropolist</span></a>.</p> <p>"For The Crew, we’ve reaped the benefits of a long term beta program, designed specifically to push our infrastructure as far as possible in real world situations, with thousands of players from all over the world playing the game at the same time," said Hasan.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Ubisoft, The Crew has had four closed betas though Hasan admits that, "The launch of any online game these days has potential issues, but I hope that players will be encouraged by our open approach. If you had any doubts that we could pull this off, I hope that the betas proved our credentials and the game’s stability."</p> <p>The Crew is an online racing video game that takes place in an open world environment and is being developed by Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections. But given the launch woes of Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4, both of which launched this month, it wouldn’t be surprising if consumers are reluctant to purchase The Crew day one.&nbsp;</p> <p>But while Hasan might be confident in the product his team has developed, Ubisoft’s recent action regarding review copies could be misinterpreted as a sign that it is not so confident. Earlier this week Ubisoft announced that there would be no early review copies of the game.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The Crew was built from the beginning to be a living playground full of driving fans, so it’s only possible to assess our game in its entirety with other real players in the world," Ubisoft posted on its <a title="Ubisoft official blog" href="http://blog.ubi.com/the-crew-road-tested/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">official blog</span></a>. "And by other, we mean thousands and thousands and thousands of players – something that can’t be simulated with a handful of devs playing alongside the press."</p> <p>“For this very reason,” the post continues. “The Crew will be available to media to begin their reviews when the game launches on December 2.”</p> <p>Are you planning to purchase The Crew or will you wait this time to see what happens on launch day?</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/developer_crew_has_confidence_game%E2%80%99s_stability_2014#comments Ivory Tower the crew ubisoft Ubisoft Reflections Gaming News Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:40:25 +0000 Sean D Knight 29008 at http://www.maximumpc.com Ubisoft Offers Free DLC for Assassin’s Creed Unity Launch Woes http://www.maximumpc.com/ubisoft_offers_free_dlc_assassin%E2%80%99s_creed_unity_launch_woes_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/assassins_creed_unity_002.jpg" alt="ACU" title="ACU" width="200" height="113" style="float: right;" />Season Pass holders get a free game</h3> <p>Since it was released on November 11, Assassin’s Creed Unity has been plagued by a plethora or issues. The game has suffered from so many bug, glitches, and technical issues that the third patch will have around 300 bug fixes. To make amends for the launch,<strong> Ubisoft has apologized and announced that Assassin’s Creed Unity’s upcoming DLC will be free</strong>.</p> <p>“I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team,” said Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat in a <a title="Ubisoft blog post" href="http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/en-US/community/liveupdates/live_updates_details.aspx?c=tcm:152-186654-16&amp;ct=tcm:148-76770-32" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">blog post</span></a>. “These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential.”</p> <p>The Dead Kings DLC will be free for everyone that purchased the game when it is released. When it becomes available, it will be listed as an add-on for both Uplay and Steam where PC gamers will be able to download it. Meanwhile, those who purchased the Season Pass or Assassin’s Creed Unity Gold Edition, will be given the choice of one free game from a selection of the developer’s titles – The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, <a title="Black Flag review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/assassin%E2%80%99s_creed_iv_black_flag_review2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag</span></a>, Rayman Legends, or Just Dance 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>No date has been provided for when the Dead Kings DLC will be released and available for download except that it is “coming soon.” Furthermore, Ubisoft has discontinued selling the Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed Unity.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ubisoft_offers_free_dlc_assassin%E2%80%99s_creed_unity_launch_woes_2014#comments ACU Assassins Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC free DLC ubisoft Ubisoft Montreal Gaming News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:35:59 +0000 Sean D Knight 29004 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Announces Android 5.0 Lollipop Coming to Shield Tablet, Valve Bundle, and GRID Streaming http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_announces_android_50_lollipop_coming_shield_tablet_valve_bundle_grid_streaming_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/nv_shield_tablet_green_box_bundle.jpg" alt="Shield Tablet Green Box bundle" title="Shield Tablet Green Box bundle" width="200" height="131" style="float: right;" />Half-Life 2: Episode One optimized for Shield</h3> <p>Owners of Nvidia’s Shield Tablet will be in for a surprise soon. <strong>Nvidia is releasing a major software update and new capabilities for the Shield Tablet</strong> which will involve upgrading its OS to Android 5.0 Lollipop, refreshing the handheld’s apps, and introducing the company’s new GRID on-demand gaming service.</p> <p>The Shield Tablet, which features Nvidia’s 192-core Tegra K1 chip, will receive an update that will allow the tablet to make use of Android 5.0 Lollipop later this month. Aside from a new interface with improved app performance, the update will also update the device’s painting software Dabbler app that will offer support for layers and additional stylus functionality. Nvidia also plans to update the Shield Hub as well, which gives users the ability to stream their PC games over the internet to the Shield Tablet.&nbsp;</p> <p>Half-Life 2: Episode One will be making its way to the tablet and will be free for those who purchase the 32GB, LTE-enabled version of the Shield Tablet as part of the “Green Box” bundle which includes Half-Life 2 and Portal for $399. Joining the roster of Shield-optimized games, available through Google Play, are four new games; Pure Pool, Strike Suit Zero, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, and Turbo Dismount.</p> <p>Nvidia also revealed that its GRID game streaming service is also coming to Shield Tablets. The service comes with 20 triple-A games that includes Batman: Arkham City, Psychonauts, and Borderlands 2 with the company promising that new games will be forthcoming every week. The GRID service will be free on the Shield Tablet and Shield portable until June 30, 2015. According to Nvidia, GRID will be available in North America this month and become available for western Europe in December and Asia next year.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are curious about the Shield Tablet, and would like to know what we thought of it, then be sure to check out our <a title="MPC Shield Table Review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_tablet_review_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">review</span></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_announces_android_50_lollipop_coming_shield_tablet_valve_bundle_grid_streaming_2014#comments Green Box bundle nvidia Nvidia shield tablet shield shield tablet shield tablet software update Valve Bundle Gaming News Thu, 13 Nov 2014 04:51:54 +0000 Sean D Knight 28900 at http://www.maximumpc.com