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Nvidia unveils Shield TV console capable of 4K at 60fps

Nvidia unveils Shield TV console capable of 4K at 60fps

Nvidia has unveiled a streaming-focussed game console for the living room called the Shield Android TV Console.

Like the Shield portable and Shield tablet, the Shield TV’s primary focus is as a recipient for games streamed from Nvidia’s new cloud system at 1080p/60fps.

That cloud system, Nvidia Grid, will be a subscription service that offers top-tier PC titles for streaming at two price points: one for 720p and one for 1080p.

The service reportedly requires a 5 to 10Mbps download speed in order to render games in 720p, and 30Mbps of bandwidth to stream in 1080p.

Shield TV will also play a selection of controller-optimised Android games, about 50 of which will be available at launch. Other titles will be available from the Google Play store and via sideloading.

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Valve reveals new Steam Controller

Valve reveals new Steam Controller

Valve has unveiled its new Steam Controller.

It includes two touch pads that work as buttons, triggers, bumpers and three tow buttons on the back on each side of the controller, for a total of six. On the front there are an additional four face buttons.

The controller also has a thumbstick on the left.

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HTC apologises for Half-Life VR tease

HTC apologises for Half-Life VR tease

The chairperson of HTC has apologised for suggesting a Half-Life game was in development for the Vive VR headset.

Half-Life developer Valve partnered with HTC to create the Vive.

On Monday Cher Wang told the BBC that HTC was "co-operating with Half-Life".

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Heists update will add new modes, daily challenges to GTA Online

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Heists update will add new modes, daily challenges to GTA Online

The Heists update to GTA Online will bring with it a number of new modes and challenges, Rockstar has announced.

Three new PvP "Adversary" modes will be added to the game, and these will be unlocked as players complete the new GTA Online Heists.

The first is called Come Out and Play. In it,a team of three runners is trying to evade a team of hunters. The runners are well-armed but must flee on foot and only have one life, while the hunters have unlimited lives and free-aim shotguns, but must remain on motorbikes and ATVs.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection's matchmaking patch is finally available

Halo: The Master Chief Collection's matchmaking patch is finally available

Microsoft has finally released the long-awaited matchmaking patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

According to the company, the patch improves matchmaking search times and times to match, matchmaking stability and success rates, and party stability.

It also improves shot registration in Halo 2, campaign stability across the entire game, aim assist issues in Halo 1, UI inconsistencies, and more.

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HoloLens AR designer killed in hit-and-run

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HoloLens AR designer killed in hit-and-run

Mike Ey, a key project designer on Microsoft's HoloLens headset, has been killed in a hit-and-run in Redmond, Washington.

Ey was killed when his vehicle was rear-ended by another going over 100 miles per hour (160 kmph), said state police.

The driver of the second vehicle, who had allegedly been drinking, fled the scene but was tracked down by a police canine unit. The driver now faces vehicular homicide and felony hit and run charges.

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Wasteland 2 is coming to new-gen consoles

Wasteland 2 is coming to new-gen consoles

inXile's post-apocalyptic isometric RPG Wasteland 2 will come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this winter with "tons of enhancements and improvements".

Called "The Game of the Year Edition", Wasteland 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has been ported to the Unity 5 engine.

This has allowed inXile to "overhaul the game with some new visual effects, improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity 5′s physically based shading to get more realistic lighting and shadowing," it said.

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SimCity, The Sims studio Maxis closes

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SimCity, The Sims studio Maxis closes

SimCity and The Sims studio Maxis has been shuttered by EA.

The studio was founded in Emeryville, California in 1987 by SimCity creator Will Wright and acquired by EA in 1997.

In 2000, it released The Sims, which went on to become the best-selling PC game of all time.

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Elite: Dangerous is coming to XO as a console exclusive

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Elite: Dangerous is coming to XO as a console exclusive

Sprawling space adventure title Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One as a console exclusive this winter.

The game will include all the PC version’s updates through to the March Wings update.

Elite: Dangerous was Kickstarted to the tune of £1.5m in late 2012, and developed by Elite creator David Braben’s studio Frontier Developments (RollerCoaster Tycoon, Screamride).

Thursday 5 March

Shadow Blade: Reload – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
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Shadow Blade: Reload – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Action platforming as a ninja.
The Sun and the Moon – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
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The Sun and the Moon – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Another Ludum Dare 29 winner nears release.
Call of Duty – European Championship Recap trailer
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Call of Duty – European Championship Recap trailer
Tourney highs and lows.
Total War: Attila – Longbeards Culture Pack trailer
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Total War: Attila – Longbeards Culture Pack trailer
ZZ Top sighting unconfirmed.
Super Dungeon Bros – PS4 trailer
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Super Dungeon Bros – PS4 trailer
A co-op brawler from the studio behind Tiny Troopers Joint Ops.
The Flame in the Flood – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
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The Flame in the Flood – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
A pretty rogue-lite river journey.
Inside My Radio – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
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Inside My Radio – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Ludum Dare jam winner becomes full game.
The Deer God review
Review
The Deer God's slight systems fail to support its lofty ideas
Faster, Bambi! Don't look back!
Nvidia unveils Shield TV console capable of 4K at 60fps
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Nvidia unveils Shield TV console capable of 4K at 60fps
Streaming on steroids.
Helldivers review
Review
Helldivers is fun but repetitive
Would you like to know more?
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Valve reveals new Steam Controller
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Valve reveals new Steam Controller
Coming in November.
HTC apologises for Half-Life VR tease
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HTC apologises for Half-Life VR tease
"I misspoke."
HoloLens AR designer killed in hit-and-run
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HoloLens AR designer killed in hit-and-run
Mike Ey, aged 30.
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Witcher 3 – GDC 2015 gameplay trailer
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Witcher 3 – GDC 2015 gameplay trailer
Not even max settings, apparently.
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Tropico 5 – PS4 gameplay trailer
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Tropico 5 – PS4 gameplay trailer
Coming April 24.
Wasteland 2 is coming to new-gen consoles
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Wasteland 2 is coming to new-gen consoles
PS4 and XO.
Paradise Never announcement trailer
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Paradise Never announcement trailer
A revolution, Groundhog Day-style.
SimCity, The Sims studio Maxis closes
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SimCity, The Sims studio Maxis closes
Will not impact EA's Sims plans.
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Oculus Rift "Rise" Tech Demo trailer
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Oculus Rift "Rise" Tech Demo trailer
A free UE4 demo for the Rift.
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OlliOlli2 launch trailer
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OlliOlli2 launch trailer
Out now, and free on PS+.
Magicka 2 – Release Date Reveal trailer
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Magicka 2 – Release Date Reveal trailer
Out this May.
Metal Gear Online – Commentary trailer
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Metal Gear Online – Commentary trailer
The Phantom Pain's MP mode revealed.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood gameplay trailer
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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood gameplay trailer
A prequel to The New Order.
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Wednesday 4 March

Soul Axiom – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
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Soul Axiom – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
From the studio behind Master Reboot.