A Look Inside the Battlefield 4 CTE
DICE Los Angeles have been hard at work for months now on the Battlefield 4 Community Test Environment (CTE), a perpetual beta of sorts for the popular shooter. With the progress they've made, a major patch is soon due for the public version of the game, so we took some hands-on time with the CTE to see how the game is shaping up.
A Look Inside the Battlefield 4 CTE @ Rage3D.com
Catalyst 14.7 RC3 driver released with Watch Dogs perf improvements, 4K improvements
AMD has released its Catalyst 14.7 RC 3 driver today.
With it comes performance improvements for Watch Dogs (for both single and multi-GPU users), and "Display interface enhancements to improve 4k monitor performance and reduce flickering" for 290, 270, and 7800 series users. Finally, you get Crossfire support for Wildstar and performance enhancements for Lichdom under single and multi-GPU setups.
Grab the drivers at the source.
Witcher 3 "Downwarren" gameplay video features excellent facial rendering, better UI
CD Projekt have released a new gameplay video for their upcoming RPG The Witcher 3, in which it's looking as great as ever, in terms of gameplay, visuals, and what appears to be a much better user interface over The Witcher 2. See for yourself below.
Compression hurts the fidelity a lot except for the up-close scenes with heavy facial rendering, so if you like, download the HD version here (1.2 GB), which is much improved.
Ultra Street Fighter IV PC Technical Review
Capcom updates its fighting game frontrunner with the release of Ultra Street Fighter IV. Among the changes: no more Games for Windows Live. Find out how it fares in terms of PC features and performance in our PC technical review.
Ultra Street Fighter IV PC Technical Review @ Rage3D.com
Payday 2 PC patch includes major network improvements
The 33rd patch for Payday 2 is out on PC, and with it comes some very appealing network improvements.
Among them: network options (packet throttling for those on poor connections and compression, which improves congestion for everyone), much faster drop-in synchronization, and packet optimization. The changes especially benefit those on poor connections, but everyone is better off to some degree.
Besides networking improvements, there are fixes related to visuals, bugs, and crashes.
Grab the update through Steam now.
Resident Evil 1 remake coming to PC with new, enhanced textures, widescreen mode
Capcom is remaking a remake: the 2002 overhaul of the original Resident Evil is finally making its way to PC.
This new version of the game will include enhanced textures (moreso than before), 1080p resolution and 16:9 widescreen support, 5.1 audio, and control scheme options (as we saw in the recent Resident Evil 4 upgrade).
Resident Evil will release early next year.
Geforce 340.52 drivers optimized for Metro Redux
Bit late on this one, but NVIDIA released its Geforce 340.52 certified drivers last week. The most notable aspect of this version is Metro Redux optimizations; other additions include SHIELD tablet streaming support and the usual slew of SLI and 3D Vision profiles.
Hit the source if you want the full details and/or download; I recommend you grab the drivers through Geforce Experience.
Project Cars system requirements are hefty
Developer Slightly Mad claims Project Cars is the "most technically advanced racing game on the planet". Often these kind of claims are nonsense, but the screenshots and footage hold up well to it.
In any case, to run a game that looks this great, you'll need great specs, as the recently revealed system requirements indicate. See them for yourself below.
They're definitely on the higher end, but most enthusiasts should well-equipped.
Source: PC Gamer
CCleaner v4.16 improves browser cleaning, adds program repair option
A new build of popular cleaning utility CCleaner released this week, and with it comes some tasty changes.
Version 4.16.4763 includes improved browser cleaning for Chrome and Firefox, a Repair option for the Uninstall tool, improved 64-bit build architecture for Windows 7 and 8, and more.
Hit the source for the full notes and download.
Sims 4 system requirements aren't much higher than for Sims 3
System requirements for The Sims 4 have been revealed, and perhaps surprisingly, aren't much higher than those for the five year old Sims 3. It's just the one set of requirements listed, so no recommended. See for yourself below.
Source: The Sims
EA commits to more efficient development cycle for polished games
Most recently, EA's Battlefield 4 was more or less an unpolished mess until this summer (and it still needs some work, which is in progress), and its spin-off Battlefield Hardline, following the beta, was deemed by the community to be far too familiar.
With that in mind, the company will be altering its development cycles to be more efficient, resulting in richer, more polished games (at least that's the plan).
This comes from the mouth of new-ish CEO Andrew Wilson, who says changes include earlier betas, better QA, and more willingness to delay when necessary.
It's rare you see a massive company like EA thinking long-term profits and customer loyalty over short-term profits, so this is great news for those that've found their releases lacking in polish in recent years.
Quakecon 2014 : Doom gets its first unveiling
Quakecon is upon us and Id Software decided it was about time they showed us one of the most anticipated titles of the year: Doom.
Gameplay footage hasn't shown up on the web, but here is some of the first information we have about it:
- The game is built on the new shiny Id Tech 6 (or 666, according to its developers). This means 1080p, 60fps and it’s a go for PC and current generation consoles (they are not next-gen anymore, since they are out, people should stop calling them that). Many of the original sound effects are also in, which is way cool.
Source: Digital Lair
Divinity Original Sin PC Technical Review
Larian's latest RPG Divinity Original Sin adds co-op, mods, and tactical combat to the mix. Find out how it fares in terms of PC features and performance in our PC technical review.
Divinity Original Sin PC Technical Review @ Rage3D.com
Catalyst 14.7 RC driver released, fixes AOC display issues
AMD has released its Catalyst 14.7 RC driver today. This is a minor release primarily aimed at resolving flickering issues with the AOC U2868PQU panel.
14.7 includes the previous performance improvements found in 14.6 RC, mainly focused at R9 290X and Crossfire users.
Find the driver and details at the source.
Sniper Elite 3 patch 1.03 improves mouse controls, adds quicksaving, more
A new patch has been released for the PC version of Sniper Elite 3, and it includes some welcome technical changes and additions.
The main ones are the option to disable aim assist zoom and reticle independent of difficulty, a fix for "negative mouse acceleration" issue some have noted, and the addition of quicksaving and quickloading (F5 and F9).
See the source if you want the full notes and our tech review for the game here if you haven't yet. Boot Steam now for the update.
Source: Sniper Elite 3 forum
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