Beta driver boosts performance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Assassin's Creed Unity
AMD Radeon graphics card owners had to sit back and watch as Nvidia released not one, but two WHQL certified driver releases in less than a week, one of which included performance tweaks for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and the other adding Assassin's Creed Unity optimizations to the mix. If you've pitched a tent in AMD's camp, you can stop pounding sand now -- AMD's Catalyst 14.11.1 beta driver is now available with performance enhancements for both titles.
This is one of those cases where it's not okay to shoot the messenger (is it ever?), but in case you were wondering, a patch for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is coming soon. Developer Sledgehammer Games says so, as does Captain Obvious, who points out that post-release patches for major titles are as common as post-releases patches for major titles (he's a smart one, that Captain Obvious).
There's a vast open world coming your way later this month, and it's filled with monkeys and tigers and bears, oh my! We're of course talking about Kyrat, a fictional region in the Himalayas that serves as the setting for Ubisoft's forthcoming Far Cry 4. There will be lots of animals, enemies, weapons, and vehicles, but before you think about getting acquianted with any of them, here's a look at Far Cry 4's system requirements.
Software security makers are suddenly hot acquisition targets
One of the names that always comes up when discussing free antivirus software is AVG Technologies. The company also offers a line of paid products for those who want more robust protection and features, and after 13 years in the business, has built up a market capitalization of around $930 million. AVG's also made itself attractive to suitors -- it's being reported that potential buyers have approached AVG amid a wave of deals for security software makers.
If anyone in the gaming community deserves a virtual fist bump today, it's Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and joint CEO of CD Projekt Red. In an open letter to gamers, Iwiński revealed that there will be 16 pieces of DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and that each one will be free. It doesn't matter what platform you buy the game for, nor do you have to pre-order the game or pick up a special edition to qualify for the free DLC.
The barrage of game bundles continues today with AMD announcing that qualifying purchases of Radeon R9 295X2, R9 290X, or R9 290 graphics cards will be score a free copy of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. Purchases must be made from a participating retailer or e-tailer between today and either February 28, 2015, or when AMD's supply of download codes is exhausted, whichever comes first. But wait, it gets better.
New driver boosts performance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
A new "GeForce Game Ready" driver is available for GeForce GPU owners. Baked into the 344.60 WHQL release are tweaks intended to improve performance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, along with updates to the PhysX system software, HD audio driver, CUDA, and GeForce experience. Beyond that, there are a bunch of new and/or updated application profiles, 3D Vision profiles, and 3D compatibility mode support.
A new perspective to the Grand Theft Auto universe
We've seen a lot go down throughout Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series -- car jacking, cold blooded murders, hot coffee, and even torture. Fun stuff (virtually speaking), but for the first time, Rockstar Games is delivering the GTA experience in a first person perspective. The new mode is being rolled out as an exclusive to Grand Theft Auto V for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Graphics card vendors often turn to free game bundles as way to lure players to their wares, and we're all for it -- if vendors want to throw free software at us for upgrading, then so be it! We bring this up because Nvidia has sweet-talked Ubisoft into letting gamers who purchase a qualifying GeForce GTX graphics card receive a free game as part of its "Pick Your Path" promotion.
Just when you thought Android might have peaked in terms of market share, BAM, it rises again. According to the latest data from Strategy Analytics, Android climbed to an 83.6 percent share of the global smartphone market in the third quarter of 2014, up from 81.4 percent during the same quarter a year ago. The continued rise leads one to wonder exactly where the ceiling is for Google's mobile OS.