Month: January 2018

flight-sim-worldDynamic weather dated for release

Flight Sim World, developed by simulation specialists Dovetail Games, has entered its second phase of development.

This phase will see the sim released from Steam’s Early Access program as the development team moves towards making bigger, less frequent updates. “We have some really exciting updates planned”, said Stephen Hood, Executive Producer. “We are working on weather and world improvements, IFR, and the introduction of sleeker, faster aircraft from business jets right through to the all-important airliners all delivered with the key features that support them. The feedback our community has given during Early Access has absolutely steered the program for what we bring to Flight Sim World next.

The Phase 2 content schedule includes:

  • A variety of aircraft including airliners
  • IFR and ATC upgrades
  • World improvements
  • Dynamic and live weather

We are confident that our players will feel the benefit of us focusing on their feature requests now Flight Sim World’s foundations are in place”, said Rob O’Farrell, SVP of Development. “Larger updates will really allow us to deliver high priority community features and aircraft this year.

Since initial launch in May 2017, 15 updates have been released for Flight Sim World which have included the addition of Steam workshop functionality, passenger models, the ability to start all aircraft from a cold and dark state, advanced weather featuring trueSKY technology, lighting and rendering updates, as well as countless fixes and performance improvements.

The first major Phase 2 update is will release on Thursday 1st February and will feature Dynamic Weather.

View the new Flight Sim World  “Moments” trailer HERE.

Flight Sim World is available to purchase from Steam or the Dovetail Store for £29.99/€34.99/$39.99

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corsair-h115i-pro-h150i-pro-cpu-coolersThe right way to mess with success

By Jeff Kampman @ The Tech Report

Corsair has arguably been the company most responsible for ushering in the closed-loop liquid-cooled era of enthusiast PC hardware. The H60, H80, and H100, introduced in 2011, likely marked the crossover point where an all-in-one liquid cooler became an enduring and attainable option for enthusiasts versus a monster tower-style air cooler. The company later expanded its lineup with the H105, H110, and a variety of Corsair Link-compatible i-series versions of those coolers, and it sourced those products from Asetek (in GTX guises) and CoolIT Systems (with the GT tag line) alike. I’ve long used versions of these coolers on my personal systems and test benches alike thanks to their easy-to-use mounting systems, low stress on motherboards, and high performance. In light of that storied history, Corsair’s H115i Pro and H150i Pro coolers have a lot riding on their shoulders. The 280-mm H115i Pro is an evolution of Corsair’s existing H110i GTX, while the H150i Pro is the company’s first 360-mm closed-loop cooler ever.

Read The Review Here

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nzxt-n7-z370-moboBy Joe Shields @ AnandTech

NZXT, a company much better known for products like cases, power supplies, and coolers, is dipping its toes in the motherboard waters with an Intel Z30 based motherboard named N7. The N7 is nearly completely covered with shrouds exposing only the pertinent parts, making for a unique looking motherboard. We’ll put it through its paces and see where it stands after our testing.

Read The Review Here

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amd-radeon-software-adrenalin-editionSource: TechPowerUp!

AMD late Thursday released Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.1.1 Beta drivers to the public. Bearing the same version numbering as the early-January 18.1.1 Alpha release, these drivers have a more detailed change-log, which includes the game crash fix for DirectX 9 games; freezing experienced in DRM-protected video playback, a stability issue affecting Windows 10 “Movies & TV” app, color corruption on Radeon Overlay when running multiple game and 3D applications, PUBG menu flickering in multi-GPU systems, and more.

The new Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.1.1 Beta drivers are available online at the AMD driver download page.

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steel-division-normandy-44Second Expansion Coming February 13th from Eugen Systems and Paradox

Paradox Interactive today announced the second DLC for Steel Division: Normandy 44. Back to Hell will be available February 13 on Steam for Windows PC. Featuring first-ever cooperative play and seven new historical missions (including five in co-op and multiplayer) based on real world operations, in Back to Hell, players take on the role of 11 never before seen divisions in new historically accurate battles like Operation Windsor and Operation Bluecoat. The DLC also adds four new divisions, 58 new units and two new exclusive Aces. Back to Hell is bringing a whole new realm of gameplay to one of 2017’s biggest RTS titles.

Click here to view the Steel Division: Normandy 44 – Back To Hell Announcement Trailer!

Back to Hell will arrive together with a free update available for everyone who owns the base game. The free update will add one historical mission available in cooperative play.

For more information on Steel Division: Normandy 44, visit the games official website.

campaign-series-middle-east-1948-1985Matrix Games has announced that Campaign Series: Middle East 1948-1985 has been updated to version 2.0! Version 2.0 is massive. It contains over 50 implementations and new features added, a completely revised UI, new graphics and visuals, new terrains, improvements on an already challenging AI, and a lot more!

To celebrate this important achievement, Campaign Series: Middle East is on sale for a week! 50% discount from today to January 25th!

Waste no time and join the fight!

Important information for the installation! This update is completely free but in order to play with the new version, please make sure to uninstall the old version of the game. You can find the Uninstall option in the game’s Start menu folder.

Check the whole changelog here.

meltdown-and-spectre-exploits

We’ve gathered a bit more info regarding the Meltdown security exploit, which primarily affects Intel’s CPUs, but also has been confirmed to affect some ARM CPU designs. Also the Spectre exploit that every high-performance processor ever made – Intel, AMD, ARM, and POWER – is thought to be vulnerable to. Check out the links below for the latest news pertaining to the Meltdown and Spectre exploits.

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newhardware-iconCheck out these latest hardware announcements for today from around the web. Also included are some hardware news bits, and on some days, a few rumors tossed in for good measure. Click on the links below to read the official press release, visit the products web page, or to an independent news source.

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assassins-creed-originsToday, Ubisoft announced that The Hidden Ones, the first downloadable content (DLC) for Assassin’s Creed Origins, will launch on January 23rd, 2018, on all platforms. Ubisoft also revealed release dates for upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins post-launch content, including season pass content and free add-on content, available to all players. Players can continue their journey through Ancient Egypt with a wide variety of content, including several hours of new storyline expansions and quests, timed events and customisation items.

DLC 1 – The Hidden Ones: This story-driven expansion builds upon the growth of the Brotherhood, taking players four years after the events of Assassin’s Creed Origins, as they clash with an occupying Roman force in a new region of the world, the Sinai. This expansion will increase the level cap to 45, allowing players to continue to upgrade and customise their character. Players will have access to four new Legendary weapons, a new outfit, two new mounts and multiple new weapons, as well as two new levels for all crafted gear. The Hidden Ones DLC is available for all season pass owners or can be purchased separately on January 23, 2018.

Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt: This new educational mode of the game lets everyone, from players to history-enthusiasts and non-gamers, choose between free roaming the beautiful world of Ancient Egypt to learn more about its history and daily life, or embarking on guided tours curated by historians and Egyptologists. People can discover and explore a world free of conflict, time pressure or gameplay constraints, where storyline and quests are not active and the world of Ancient Egypt evolves into a combat-free living museum.

Discovery Tour will be available as a free update for all Assassin’s Creed Origins owners and will be available for purchase separately on Uplay and Steam for Windows PC on February 20th, 2018.

DLC 2 – The Curse of the Pharaohs: This new expansion offers players a completely new storyline to delve into as they travel to Thebes to investigate an ancient curse that is plaguing the region. The Curse of the Pharaohs focuses on Egyptian mythology, pitting players against famous pharaohs and Egyptian beasts, as they investigate the cause of the curse that has brought the dead pharaohs back to life. This new piece of content will increase the level cap to 55 and give players access to new outfits and gear, including rare and legendary weapons, all themed around classic Egyptian mythology. The Curse of the Pharaohs  DLC will be available for season pass owners, or can be purchased separately, on March 6th, 2018.

The season pass is included in the Assassin’s Creed Origins Gold Edition and, in addition to the two pieces of DLC, includes the Horus Pack and Roman Centurion Pack with their own set of weapons, mounts and outfits, a legendary weapon and 500 Helix credits. The season pass is also available for purchase separately.

Additionally, a wide variety of free content, including Trials of the Gods and a new quest, Incoming Threat; a prelude to DLC 1 The Hidden Ones, in which players must head-off an incoming incursion and find where its coming from, will be available for all Assassin’s Creed Origins players.

For more information about Assassin’s Creed Origins, please visit assassinscreed.ubisoft.com.

battlefield-1A great year for Battlefield 1 has begun. On the road ahead players will find great content, trials, more Battlefield 1: Turning Tides, and of course, Battlefield 1: Apocalypse.

Between January 16th and January 22nd, all Battlefield 1 players can storm the Gallipoli peninsula thanks to the Battlefield 1: Turning Tides – Gallipoli Trial. This trial will also give base game owners a chance to conquer the fronts of Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar and Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass.

Additionally, Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owners can dig in to the North Sea campaign of Battlefield 1: Turning Tides. With the Zeebrugge and Heligoland Bight maps, the British Empire Royal Marines, and the new C-Class Airship, the amphibious warfare possibilities will be greater than ever. Previously available only to Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owners, night map Prise de Tahure becomes available for base game owners starting January 16th.

Stay tuned for more news on Battlefield 1: Apocalypse and for full details on the road ahead you can check out the blog here.