Category of various publishers and developers news.

Giveaway: Crysis 2 Maximum Edition!

It’s time for maximum giveaway :D it’s an Origin key, whoever uses it first gets the game! GO!

Crysis 2 Maximum Edition

Please leave a comment if you took it or at least click on Thanks below!

Ghost Recon Wildlands promotion on GamesPlanet!

All customers who order the game on GamesPlanet (Standard £31.99, Deluxe Edition £37.49 or Gold Edition £55.99, any version is fine!) will receive a FREE copy of Ghost Recon Future Soldier Deluxe Edition.

Cheap Key GamesPlanet Ghost Recon Wildlands

If you haven’t played the closed beta, all I can say is that at first it just looks like The Division’s characters running in Bolivia + FarCry 3 clone but after a while you can see it’s really not a bad game, it’s pretty fun in coop since the map is great, there are vehicles, drones and a lot of weapons to customize. Performance is quite shitty but it still runs decently on my old i7 2600K and GeForce 960 GTX (around 40-60 FPS at mixed settings). I can’t wait to get my hands on the full version of the game!

More info about the promo:

  • Wildlands and Future Soldier are UPlay keys
  • Promo starts on February 11th 2017 and ends on February 17th 2017 23:59:59 GMT+1
  • There will be no voucher codes to distribute, the free game will be added automatically to the users account with the pre-order of Wildlands
  • Users will receive the free copy of Ghost Recon Future Soldier Deluxe Edition if they purchase either the Standard, Deluxe or Gold Edition of Ghost Recon Wildlands

Valve wants to shutdown Team Fortress 2 gambling sites

If you’re unfamiliar with how skin gambling works in Team Fortress 2 it’s basically a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive clone made by Valve. They have released the following statement recently:

“In July of last year we outlined our position on gambling web sites, specifically noting that Valve has no business relationship with these sites. At that time we also began blocking many CS:GO gambling accounts… More recently, some gambling web sites started leveraging TF2 items. Today we began the process of blocking TF2 gambling accounts as well. We recommend you don’t trade with these sites.”

We can’t really blame them, can we? It’s a business and they don’t like it. So if you’re using some kind of TF2 gambling/trading websites it’s your last chance to get something that you really want.

Source: PC Gamer

By | January 30th 15:15, 2017|Categories: Entertainment, Games, News, Publishers & Developers, RAGE NEWS!!!1, Software, Steam, Steam Alternatives, Valve|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 10 Game Mode explained, coming around April

Say what you want about Windows 10 but I can’t wait for this one! Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be “the best gaming operating system ever,” and Game Mode is about to come out in around a month or two with the Creators Update.

At first gamers speculated Game Mode would only affect Universal Windows Apps. That’s not the case: Microsoft plans to make the games you buy from Steam or GOG or other platforms run better, too.

“Game Mode will work both with UWP games as well as Win32-based games,” Kevin Gammill, a partner group program manager for Xbox, told PC Gamer in an interview on Tuesday.

“I will say that it’s likely that we’ll be able to eke out a little bit more performance on the UWP side with some games, essentially because of the way Win32’s architected vs. the way UWP’s architected. Specifically, there’s no way at the platform level to really know where a game starts and stops…. You could have a number of Windows services running, we don’t know if that’s part of the game or not, that the game’s calling into. UWP is more of a contained package, and you know where it starts and stops. Knowing what the contained package is may be of some extra benefit, may be slightly better than Win32 from a performance perspective. But no question, Game Mode can see huge perf benefits for both Win32 and UWP.

Game Mode focuses on the two pieces of hardware you’d likely expect: your CPU and GPU. Gammill explained that when you run a game, it’s naturally given a percentage of the GPU cycles, while the background gets another percentage. “At the platform level we can tweak that,” he said. Turn Game Mode on, and when a game is in the foreground, “we’re going to bias GPU cycles to your game, versus the background pass,” he explained.

“If you have Lightroom in the background doing some kind of math-intensive, GPU-intensive conversion, and that’s taking up a lot of cycles, and then you have your game in the foreground, and all of a sudden you give your game what was—and I’ll make these numbers up—90% of your GPU [and increase that] up to 98%, Lightroom running in the background will slow down. That may seem like an obvious statement, but some people don’t think it all the way through.”

What Game Mode is doing with the CPU is a bit more complicated. Microsoft is tackling “thread contention,” which you can think of as every service and application on your PC vying for processor time and resources (eg, L1/L2/L3 cache) to complete its task.

“Depending on your machine configuration, what software you have running on the machines, what system services you have running, you could have threads running across all your cores making the machine relatively hot,” Gammill said. “And then when you have a game running on top of that, depending on how the game is architected, sometimes those threads can contend from a resource perspective with what’s going on in the system. So essentially what we’re doing with Game Mode is allocating a number of threads that will be for the game only, and the rest of the threads for the system only.”

Gammill said that in working on thread contingencies, they’ve been able to make performance more consistent. Games don’t have to contend with other services running on the same threads, so when the game suddenly needs more CPU power—perhaps due to a spike in AI-driven enemies on screen—it has plenty of headroom.

At launch, Game Mode will be easy to turn on and off through the Game Bar (Windows key + G, if you have it enabled through the Xbox app). Microsoft is also working on a whitelist of games that will benefit from Game Mode, which it’s filling out by testing on a variety of systems. Eventually, Game Mode will be able to switch on automatically when it detects one of those games, but the whitelist will start out empty in the upcoming Windows Insider build.

Microsoft stressed several times that this is just the beginning for Game Mode, and that performance should improve as the team continues to iterate on it. “This is not one of those features where we ship it, we high five, and move on,” Gammill said. “This is one of those features where this is really phase one, and we want it to get better after we ship the Creators update. Not only waiting for the next big Windows release, but as the Creators update continues to mature in the marketplace as well.”

Source: PC Gamer

Grand Theft Auto V €22.35 / £18.98 / $24.00

This is probably my favorite single player experience apart from The Witcher 3. If you didn’t have a chance to play GTA V yet you should get on that as fast as possible. The game is on sale on DLGamer for only $24.00 and it’s a Rockstar Social Club download key, it’s not redeemable on Steam. The only way to get the Steam key is to buy the game on Steam or buy a Steam Gift from somewhere.

Steam update adds library management options and Xbox controller configuration

Two weeks ago Valve released a beta update to the Steam client. They’ve added configuration support for Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers, along with any generic controllers as well. That feature is now available to everyone!

PlayStation 4 controllers support has been added last month. From now on you can connect and use virtually any console gamepad with Steam.

“Note that because X-Input currently lacks per-controller means of unique identification, all controllers of that type will share personalization and configuration settings,” Valve says. “As they share the same inputs, Xbox 360/One/Generic controllers will all see each-others configurations when browsing. Automatic conversion will be attempted when loading configurations from other controller types.”

But that’s not all, they’ve also added rumble support for Xbox controllers and recognition of more third-party PS4 gamepads, such as: HORI, Madcatz, and Armor pads and flight sticks.

Beyond controller support, the latest Steam client fixes several issues, including one that could cause the client to hang when the computer wakes from sleep mode. Valve also added overlay support for new Windows 10 Insider preview builds and showed some love for Linux with updates and bug fixes.

Additionally if you right-click on a game in your library, you’ll also notice some menu changes. You can no longer “Delete local content” but “Uninstall.”

Another nice addition (and probably most important!) is the ability to move game install folders from the Properties > Local Files menu.

Windows 10 Game Mode coming later this week

The brand new Windows 10 Creators Update is just around the corner. It will have some special gaming features, and it’s nearly ready to roll-out.

There will be a new insider build (so it is not stable) in the upcoming week and it’s going to have the mysterious “Game Mode” on it! The improvement won’t be fully functional until later releases, but Microsoft has at last shed some light on what it is: it’ll fine-tune your PC to speed up gaming performance by disabling some background processes (in both Win 32 and UWP games).

Both PC and Xbox One will receive Xbox Live upgrades that help you connect to friends on social networks (is anyone even using that on the PC?), a more social-friendly Activity Feed, better tools for Clubs and looking-for-group posts, and the option to start your own Arena tournaments in games like Killer Instinct and World of Tanks.

Sounds nice and lets hope it won’t have much problems on the release day. Windows 10 Creators Update is coming out in March 2017.

By | January 16th 17:42, 2017|Categories: Entertainment, Games, Microsoft, News, Publishers & Developers, Releases|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Ubisoft: For Honor closed beta starts on January 26th

Ubisoft has finally revealed that the closed beta for For Honor will begin on January 26th, and run until the 29th.

The game comes out on Valentine’s Day 2017, so the closed beta will only have a two week period between the time it ends and the launch day. Check out the trailer below:

By | January 11th 15:33, 2017|Categories: Entertainment, Games, News, Publishers & Developers, Releases, Steam Alternatives, Ubisoft, UPlay|Tags: , , |0 Comments

20 Years of Diablo sale and giveaway on Kinguin!

Diablo series are celebrating 20 years, from this occasion Kinguin is having a Diablo sale on their site. They’ve even created a special 5% off voucher, use it at checkout: DIABLO5

There is also a giveaway here where you can win some cash to spend in the store (3 x €20 gift cards)!