AMD is claiming that competitor Nvidia purposefully sabotaged the performance of The Witcher 3 on its hardware.
The accusations stem from the inclusion of Nvidia's HairWorks technology in the game. HairWorks is a part of Nvidia’s GameWorks software suite, a collection of propriety technologies that the company offers to developers that allows for effects like realistic hair, shadows, and more.
However, these technologies are optimised to run on Nvidia hardware, which has led some to allege that the company is playing dirty by effectively crippling software performance on non-Nvidia hardware. GameWorks features can be switched off, but at the expense of some visual fidelity.
Speaking with Ars Technica, AMD chief gaming scientist Richard Huddy said that Nvidia’s HairWorks tech caused the RPG to run horribly on AMD technology.
"We've been working with [The Witcher 3 developer] CD Projeckt Red from the beginning," said Huddy.
CD Projekt Red has addressed accusations that it downgraded the visual fidelity of The Witcher 3.
Some accusers posit that the studio downgraded the graphics on the PC version between late 2013 (seen in the VGX video below) and release so the game would achieve something resembling visual parity across new-gen consoles and PC.
In a lengthy interview with Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red said the changes were due to technical restrictions that cropped up when the gameplay seen at VGX in 2013 was expanded into a true open world setting.
A Canadian who carried out a sustained campaign of ‘swatting’ has plead guilty to 23 offences of extortion, public mischief, and criminal harassment.
As reported by Canadian publication Tri-City News, the 17-year-old male, who cannot be named because of his age, mostly terrorised young female gamers and their parents.
When the women denied his friendship requests, he shut down their internet access, posted their personal information online, and repeatedly called them late at night.
Rockstar Games is taking legal action against the BBC in response to Game Changer, an upcoming drama about the creation of Grand Theft Auto.
The 90-minute film stars Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton as anti-game lawyer Jack Thompson.
"Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series,” said Rockstar in a statement.
The fourth episode of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series now has release dates for all platforms .
Sons of Winter will be available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3 on May 27; Xbox One and Xbox 360 on May 28; and iOS and Android on May 29.
The series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, it is placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.
Dying Light developer Techland is putting development of first-person dungeon brawler Hellraid on ice.
It seems the game was not coming together the way the studio hoped it would.
“We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy FPP game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold,” it wrote in a statement.
This year’s Need for Speed title is simply called Need For Speed, and is being described by EA as “a full reboot” of the franchise.
Need For Speed Rivals developer Ghost Games is creating the game. It is the sole Need For Speed studio following the downsizing of Criterion in late 2013 and the departure of its co-founders.
According to EA, the game is fuelled by EA's own car culture community, Speedhunters, and will deliver an experience that's grounded in authentic car culture by diving into the rich world of past, present and emergent trends of the urban car scene.
Destiny’s second expansion, House of Wolves, is available for download now on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, Bungie and Activision have announced.
The expansion adds new weapons, armour and gear to earn in new story missions and quests, three new competitive multiplayer maps, a new co-op Strike, a brand-new competitive multiplayer event in the Crucible called Trials of Osiris, and a brand new co-op arena activity called the Prison of Elders.
“We continue to be humbled by the Destiny community, and remain fully committed to creating the best experience we can for the fans,” said Bungie COO Pete Parsons.
EA Mobile executive vice president Frank Gibeau has left Electronic Arts after more than 23 years with the company.
Prior to his stint at EA Mobile, Gibeau was president of EA Labels, where he oversaw IP development, worldwide product management, and marketing for major console and PC properties including Battlefield, FIFA, Madden NFL, Need for Speed, SimCity, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Sims, and more.
Before that, he served a four-year tenure as president of the EA Games label.
“Even as one of those intoxicated by its play, I will freely admit Bloodborne can be incredibly frustrating. It is the very definition of an acquired taste.”
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