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amd-radeon-software-adrenalin-2019Source: TechPowerUp!

AMD has released the latest version of its Radeon Software 2019 Edition drivers. Version 19.4.2 beta introduces performance improvements for “World War Z,” with up to 24 percent performance improvement measured using a Radeon VII, and up to 19 percent measured on an RX Vega 64. The drivers also add optimization for “Anno 1800.” The rest of its feature-set appears to be carried over from 19.4.1.

The new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.4.2 beta drivers are available online at the AMD driver download page.

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Battlefield Engineer event with 6 exclusive rare vehicles to acquire starts today in War Thunder

Gaijin Entertainment announced its Battlefield Engineer activity in the military vehicle online game War Thunder. The event gives War Thunder players the opportunity to repair and trade rare military vehicles. Players will get a battle damaged I-180S fighter and will be able to repair it back to operational duty. Restore as many of those fighters as you can to trade them for other rare vehicles including: VFW SPG, Pr.122bis submarine chaser, the Ju 388 J interceptor, the Merkava Mk.1 MBT or the light cruiser HMS Tiger. Top performing players will also get the chance to win exclusive camouflage for those vehicles.

In the event players will receive a damaged I-180S after the first battle.The first step in repairing the aircraft is diagnosing the vehicle in a diagnostic test flight to find out which components are defective. The damage to the components is unique for each aircraft and in most cases they can be indicated by a visual inspection. Armament, flaps, brakes – these and other components can all be tested in a diagnostic flight. Participation in the battle will give the user new components and Aircraft Maintenance Technician Toolkits that will allow them to disassemble and reassemble the plane. Players gain access to more repair components for the I-180S simply by playing the game, alternatively they can also speed up the process by buying the necessary items they need via the Gaijin Market.

Additional I-180S fighters will be received as Vouchers that can be traded for the unique rare vehicles: i.e. the Merkava Mk.1 is the first MBT developed and built by the Israeli armed forces, the light cruiser HMS Tiger is the last traditional WW2-era British gun cruiser design and the Junkers Ju 388J is a German late-war high altitude bomber hunter, designed in response to threats posed by the new American B-29 Superfortress bomber. These models are only available to players participating in the Battlefield Engineer event.

First place ranking players in the team at the end of each battle will receive extra Aircraft Maintenance Technician Toolkits and in some cases a coupon for the unique camouflage. All spare coupons, components and toolkits can be sold to other players in the Market.

More details on the Battlefield Engineer event are available at the official website.

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tannenberg-1914-1918Will you call a truce to deal with the pack, or try to take advantage of the chaos?

Blackmill Games and M2H announce a special historical event for WW1 shooter ​Tannenberg on April 12 2019, and ​a 60% s​ale the following day!

Ravenous wolves are on the hunt in this limited time historical event for ​Tannenberg. In the same vein as the Christmas Truce events held in ​Verdun in the past, the Wolf Truce will offer a new experience for players until April 21.

Watch the Wolf Truce trailer HERE.

Players can buy ​Tannenberg​ on Steam for 60% off on April 13.

Tannenberg Wolf Truce

The Wolf Truce is a limited time special event which will run from April 12 until April 21. To take part in the event no extra steps have to be taken, players just need to play ​Tannenberg​ as usual. In any battle over the weekend, and every battle on Winter maps while the event is live there will be a pack of wolves descending on the battlefield, forced by hunger and the chaos of the war to seek human prey. Players on both teams will have to decide amongst themselves whether or not to call a truce to deal with the new threat – but the battle clock will continue ticking, and should one team be in a weaker position they may decide to try and take advantage of the unexpected attack…

Players will be able to earn a special medal if they and every other player can survive a wolf attack without attacking anyone on the opposing team, and ​Tannenberg will be on sale with a 60% discount on April Saturday 13th – the perfect opportunity for new players to grab the game and join the event!

Historical Wolf Truce

The event is based on historical records – hungry wolves attacking people was a real threat in many areas of Russia during the war, and there are newspaper reports of soldiers from different sides calling a temporary ceasefire to deal with wolf attacks. A Russian book roughly translated as ​The History of Russia in Faces: Book Two ​describes a ceasefire to exterminate wolves, while the ​New York Times​ went into more detail on an extraordinary truce in 1917 between German and Russian forces. In Tannenberg we tried to reenact this remarkable event, where players can choose to hold a truce or fight the wolves alone…

Find out more about Tannenberg on the games official website.

armored-brigade-nation-pack-italy-yugoWith a Free Surprise!

The Cold War is cold no more. NATO countries are facing their Warsaw Pact counterparts right in the middle of Europe, furiously fighting to control the Fulda-Gap and close key-locations.

But Germany is not the only European Front where the Soviet High Command is looking to overcome the West resistance.

On the south, a century-old hot border is ready to erupt into fire. Yugoslavia, although not a “Soviet” state, is willing to take advantage of the chaos in which the totality of Western Nations has been embroiled. Their eyes run along the Italian border and the important port of Trieste, the acquisition of which could be of immense value for its economy. The JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army) is equipped with hardware of high efficiency and it is not afraid to use it on its old enemy.

Italy, even if marked by endemic inner political weaknesses, is not blind to the Yugoslavian claims and maneuvers. Its Army is not the inefficient and burdened system that collapsed in WWII. Being a member of NATO and of the EEC has brought enormous economic advantages and its Army has benefited from decades of renovation and training in Europe and in military operations abroad.

Will the plains of Italy be the next battleground in the war that could end everything?

Veitikka Studios, developers of the praised wargame Armored Brigade, is proud to announce their first DLC, bringing Italy and Yugoslavia into the war!

The DLC comes with two new factions, 250 new units, and a colossal and ultra-detailed new map, the Gorizia Border!

Check the Armored Brigade Nation Pack: Italy – Yugoslavia product page for more details!

But news is not over. Since its release in November, Armored Brigade gathered enormous attention from the players’ community due to its flexibility, wide range of units and factions combined with a seldom-seen realism. However, its heavily skirmish oriented mode had put many people on the fence, wondering if any new game mode would be added in the future. The day has come, as together with the Nation Pack DLC developers will release an update featuring, among many other goodies, a Campaign Generator tool! And it will come for free!

We will release more information on the update (and the DLC, of course) further along the road, but for the moment suffice to say that it will allow to carry over your units from battle to battle following different geographic locations depending on your victory outcomes!

nvidia-geforce-logoSource: TechPowerUp!

NVIDIA has released the year’s most important GeForce driver update, version 425.31 WHQL. The drivers enable DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API support for GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, GTX 1660, GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080, GTX 1070 Ti, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060 6 GB, in addition to TITAN graphics cards based on the “Pascal” and “Volta” architectures. The DXR workload is executed by the CUDA cores entirely, which makes these GPUs significantly slower than NVIDIA’s RTX 20-series chips that have dedicated hardware such as RT cores and tensor cores. We’ve detailed this in our special article. In addition these drivers add Game Ready optimization for “Anno 1800,” and fix a number of  other issues.

You can download the new GeForce 425.31 WHQL drivers through GeForce Experience or via GeForce.com.

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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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sniper-elite-v2-remasteredSource: TechPowerUp!

Rebellion Games announced that “Sniper Elite V2 Remastered” is up for pre-order on Steam. You can also pre-order on the Sniper Elite website. The game will release on May 14. Originally priced at USD $38.49, the pre-order comes with a 10 percent discount, at $34.99. Those who own the original “Sniper Elite V2″ from 2012 can buy the game as an “upgrade,” for just $9.99. Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is built on Rebellion’s latest Asura engine, supports the latest hardware and technologies, and in the words of the developer, features updated environments, characters, weapons and vehicles, modernized rendering and post-processing effects, enhanced texturing and level geometry, a revamped lighting system, and dozens upon dozens of improvements and refinements. Rebellion has also carried the gameplay mechanics of “Sniper Elite 4″ over, so the rifles and projectiles behave more physically-accurate.

Watch the Sniper Elite V2 Remastered – Graphics Comparison Trailer HERE.

 

tom-clancys-the-division-2Ubisoft has revealed that “Tidal Basin”, the first post-launch update for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is available from tomorrow on the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. “Tidal Basin” is part of “Invasion: Battle for D.C.”, the first free post-launch update that includes upcoming releases of “Operation Dark Hours”, the first 8-player raid in the history of The Division, and a brand new Specialisation.

As part of the endgame and post-launch first philosophy of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, ”Invasion: Battle for D.C.” brings new challenges and content:

  • Players face a new challenge in encountering Tidal Basin, a new stronghold held by the Black Tusk Faction. Tidal Basin is now home to some of the most powerful enemies in the game, and they’re not going down without a fight.
  • After completing the Tidal Basin Stronghold, players will be able to advance to World Tier 5 and unlock the possibility to obtain gear scores 450-500.
  • “Invasion: Battle for D.C.” introduces a new Heroic difficulty setting making for some of the most challenging gameplay yet.
  • Upon reaching World Tier 5, weekly invasions will be introduced with the Black Tusk taking control over selected main missions and strongholds in the city. These activities are harder to complete but more rewarding in loot and gear.
  • Players can now enjoy two new exotic weapons, Pestilence and Nemesis as well as three new gear sets: True Patriot, Hardwired and Ongoing Directive.
  • As part of the update, all players will also have access a new PVP map called Fort McNair
  • The Invasion Apparel Event, which will allow agents to collect outfits inspired by the enemy factions, as well as new masks and weapon skins.
  • Operation Dark Hours is the toughest of all challenges: an 8- player raid that will test the teamwork of the most experienced agents, coming April 25th.
  • Coming in a future update, Agents will have the chance to unlock a brand new Specialisation.

You can watch the “Year 1 Update – Invasion: Battle for D.C.” Trailer HERE.

More game information can be found on the official Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 website.

call-of-duty-endowmentBy Adam Bankhurst @ IGN

The Call of Duty Endowment has announced that it has helped over 54,000 veterans find high quality careers, with 10,686 veterans being placed into well-paying jobs in 2018 alone. Since it began operations in 2009, the Call of Duty Endowment has been focused in its mission to help find veterans high quality careers by “supporting groups that prepare them for the job market.”

According to the Call of Duty Endowment, one third of working veterans are underemployed, and the amount of veterans asking for help in this regard has increased 59%. In 2018, the average cost-per-placement for veterans in jobs was $522 for the Endowment, which is “nearly six times as effective as United State Government efforts.” 93% of these job placements were for full-time work, with an average starting salary of over $58,000, and those in positions showed a 87% six-month retention rate.

The Endowment helped 11 organizations, awarding over $5.2 million in 2018 grants and $36 million in grants since 2009.

Read on to find out how you can help Veterans in the US or UK through the Call of Duty Endowment.

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