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Hunt: Showdown 2.1 Content Patch Live

The developers over at Crytek pushed their v2.1 Content Patch live for Hunt: Showdown in the wee hours of the morning today. Crossbows, throwing knives, new silenced longguns, as well as new early morning fog maps are part of the release. And for those of you that spend time on your back waiting for your partner to come pick you up, you can now spectate your teammate's gameplay. The game is $30 on Steam and worth every penny. The Hunt: Showdown Roadmap has been updated as of this morning as well.
Posted by Kyle July 16, 2018 8:59 AM (CDT)

Dolby Vision Video Streaming Support Comes to Xbox

Dolby Vision video streaming support arrived on Xbox One S and Xbox One X as part of this week’s System Update 1810 Preview. Dolby Vision is Dolby’s implementation of HDR, bringing a wider color gamut and increased contrast ratio (up to 10,000 nits of brightness) to content. 4K HDR Dolby Vision disc compatibility is expected in the fall.

Dolby Vision enables select TVs to take HDR up a notch with scene-by-scene precision and accuracy versus standard HDR which uses one setting for the entire movie/show you are watching. If you have a TV that supports the latest version of Dolby Vision and a Premium Netflix subscription jump in and experience Dolby Vision for yourself in the coming weeks!

Posted by Megalith July 15, 2018 4:10 PM (CDT)

Monster Hunter: World PC Trailer and August 9th Release Date Announced

Monster Hunter World has already shipped 8 million copies on the Playstation 4 console and PC enthusiasts have been patiently waiting for their turn to play the smash hit. Today Capcom has announced that the PC Master Race will be able to delve into the caverns, forests, and deserts of Monster Hunter World on August 9th, 2018! Of course there is a preorder package bonus available on the Steam page for those that are screaming, "Take my money!" As far as system requirements go, the official blog post from Capcom goes into much greater detail than the leak from yesterday. A NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB and AMD RX 570 round out the recommended GPU list for 1080p High settings @30 fps, while an AMD FX 8350, Ryzen 1500, or Intel i7 3770K fill the recommended CPU list. Budget gaming enthusiasts can still play the title on Windows 7 and utilize their GTX 760s or R7 260x GPUs on for 1080p low settings @30 fps so Capcom should have everyone covered. But remember that you're going to have to be running the 64 bit version of the OS of choice. Time for me to check the couch for change so that I can get in on the preorder train. 4K 60 fps gaming right out of the box on Highest settings? Who's with me?

First up, let’s answer the big questions, where and when you’ll be able to play the PC version of Monster Hunter: World. It’ll be available on Steam on August 9th. You can already head over to the Steam page to pre-order your copy, which means you’ll also get the pre-order exclusive Origin Armor Set and Fair Wind Charm.

Posted by cageymaru July 09, 2018 2:10 PM (CDT)

Monster Hunter: World PC Requirements Leaked

Capcom is planning to officially unveil the PC version of Monster Hunter: World tomorrow, but the title’s requirements have already leaked, courtesy of Chinese gaming platform WeGame. An Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.4GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 are recommended for the action role-playing game.

More information on the PC version, including the release date, will be revealed tomorrow (July 9) at 9am PT/5pm BST. Monster Hunter: World is currently available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the PC version is also arriving this Fall.

Posted by Megalith July 08, 2018 1:00 PM (CDT)

Blue Origin Targets Moon Landing by 2023 as an Early Step Toward Lunar Settlement

Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin space company are literally shooting for the moon it appears. Blue Origin's business development director recently laid out a plan to land a human on the moon by 2023 and then expand their capability from there and put permanent settlements on the moon. As a matter of fact he stated the company was already working on they descent stage for a landing. However, this is pretty aggressive since they haven't even launched a manned spacecraft into orbit yet. Regardless, I hope they succeed and bring SpaceX and others with them.

Blue Origin’s business development director, A.C. Charania, said the company’s Blue Moon program is "our first step to developing a lunar landing capability for the country, for other customers internationally, to be able to land multi metric tons on the lunar surface."

Posted by Montu July 06, 2018 8:05 AM (CDT)

Music Modernization Act Addresses Digital Streaming Copyright and Payments

In the past music streaming services like Spotify have been sued for failing to secure mechanical licensing agreements for music streamed on their networks. This has led to multi million dollar lawsuits against the company. Spotify has complained that they simply have no means of identifying the proper copyright owner for compensation due to the lack of a music database. The Music Modernization Act seeks to remedy this situation by creating a database of music so that the streaming services can properly accredit an artist for their music. According to the bill, music streaming services will buy blanket licenses for music which will protect them from lawsuits. In exchange for this privilege, the music services will pay for the formation and upkeep of the database which is estimated to cost in the tens of millions.

The legislation would establish a licensing collective, to be overseen by songwriters and publishers, and paid for by the digital services, with rights information maintained by the copyright owners. Digital services, which now must track down rights holders or file notices in bulk with the Copyright Office, will be able to receive blanket licenses from the collective. In exchange, the services will gain protections against lawsuits.

Posted by cageymaru July 02, 2018 8:43 AM (CDT)

Watch Streaming TV On Oculus Go, With Oculus TV

AndroidCenteral is reporting that available today on the Oculus Store is a new app called Oculus TV.Available for free, after downloading the app will transport you to a virtual living room, with a 180" equivalent screen, where you can watch content from Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, Pluto TV and more.

Throughout the summer and fall, Oculus TV will get support for more apps and broadcast partners, with one of the highlights being ESPN.

Posted by rgmekanic June 25, 2018 6:03 PM (CDT)

Samsung’s Folding Galaxy Phone May Cost Nearly $2,000

Samsung is expected to be the first company to release a foldable smartphone, but the novelty won’t come cheap: according to brokerage firm Golden Bridge Investment, the radical handset will be released in the first half of next year for about 2 million won (US$1,850) without subsidies from carriers. Its 7.3-inch OLED screen will measure at around 4.5 inches when folded.

"This new device is an interesting thing as it will have two inside panels and one outside panel with the two inside panels forming the 7.3-inch screen when the phone is unfolded," Park said. He added that Samsung Electronics planned to show the prototype to major US and European mobile carriers in separate private meetings during next year’s technology fair in Las Vegas.

Posted by Megalith June 16, 2018 12:15 PM (CDT)

Crytek Developers Discuss New Hunt: Showdown Patch 2 Features

Way too much new content to discuss here on the news page, but the Hunt: Showdown #2 Content Patch is now live on its Test Servers. I pulled a list of notes that cover all the changes and new feature and weapon inclusions.

Posted by Kyle June 14, 2018 12:52 PM (CDT)

Hunt: Showdown Devs Discuss Upcoming Content

Hunt: Showdown Devs Discuss upcoming content and features at 5pm CDT on Twitch live stream. Discussion
Posted by Kyle June 13, 2018 4:45 PM (CDT)

Hunt: Showdown Upcoming Content

Hunt:Showdown had an incredibly quick preview of upcoming content to be patched in soon.

The vintage crossbow: It's a crossbow! Nothing too surprising, but skilled, stealthy players will appreciate that it doesn't alert every monster and enemy player to your position. Bolts can be retrieved once fired, too. Throwing knives: A new consumable item, throwing knives can be used for one match. Carried in addition to primary and secondary weapons, they're great for silent, close quarters kills. Knives can also be retrieved from corpses and surfaces once thrown. The hand crossbow: A small version of the vintage crossbow, but categorized as a pistol. It probably won't be as efficient over long distances as the vintage, but as a stealthy sidearm, it can make your hunter a bit more adaptable to different playstyles. Bolts retrievable, too. Stick explosive bombs: This one is pretty self-explanatory. Throw it, and it sticks to whatever it hits. Based on close scrutiny of the trailer, it appears they also explode. Curious. The Water Devil: Hunt is getting a new monster in the Water Devil, a wormy, tentacled thing that attacks players in swamps and bayous. It is gross. I do not like it.

Posted by Kyle June 11, 2018 6:25 PM (CDT)

Net Neutrality Is Really, Officially Dead on Monday

While net neutrality supporters have filed lawsuits to restore the old rules, with some states (e.g, California, New York) considering or pushing legislation to reinstate them within their borders, the FCC's decision to roll back net neutrality rules will unavoidably take effect Monday. Those who believe that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally are urged to push their state legislatures, who could pass their own measures.

The most significant change resulting from the proposal is the stripping away of the FCC's authority to regulate broadband and the shifting of that responsibility to the FCC. It also removes the ban that keeps a service provider from charging an internet service, like Netflix or YouTube, a fee for delivering its service faster to customers than competitors can. Net neutrality supporters argue that this especially hurts startups, which can't afford such fees.

Posted by Megalith June 10, 2018 2:50 PM (CDT)