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Microsoft has officially rebranded “Miami Street” into “Forza Street”, and for those who haven’t yet tried the free-to-play game, it basically offers a “race-on-the-go” experience for Windows 10, iOS as well as Android users. Simply put, players choose an event, set their lineup, and race to collect legendary cars. To keep things accessible on mobile devices, Forza Street offers timing-based controls rather than direction. Read more for a gameplay video and additional information.
NVIDIA has just released its latest GeForce Game Ready driver update, and it brings their ray-tracing capabilities to the older 10-series GTX cards. Up until this latest update, ray-tracing has been reserved for its pricier GeForce 20-series RTX graphics cards, due to the GPUs’ underlying Turing architecture boasting dedicated RT cores for handling the complex calculations ray-tracing needs. “With this new driver however, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and higher GPUs can execute ray-tracing instructions on traditional shader cores, giving gamers a taste, albeit at lower RT quality settings and resolutions, of how ray tracing will dramatically change the way games are experienced,” said the company. Read more for benchmark comparison videos and additional information.
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WinFuture managed to get their hands on the first images of the Xbox One S All Digital, and it’s exactly as it sounds…. an Xbox One S minus the Blu-ray drive and equipped with a 1TB hard drive as well as preinstalled copies of Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft and Sea of Thieves. There’s no official release or pricing information available yet, but it could be revealed as early as April 16th and priced around $260. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
When The Master Chief Collection was finally announced for the PC last month, one overtly happy Reddit user made a comment saying they would buy the first responding 343 employee a pizza, in which Brian Jarrard, also known as “ske7ch343,” replied to. One pizza was delivered, and then an avalanche of other orders from random fans started pouring into the 343 Industries office. Halo modder Lord Zedd decided to pay tribute with a strange mod that transforms all of the game’s textures and text into pizza-related items, including sound effects. If you don’t want to hear “It’s Pizza Time!” a million times, we recommend muting the video once it starts. Read more for the mod as well as the video explaining how the meme all got started.
NetherRealm Studios have just released two new trailers showcasing Kitana and D’Vorah. The former keeps many of her classic moves, such as fan throws as well as the ability to lift opponents off the ground and suspend them in mi-air. She also has a new teleport dive kick, teleport throat slit, and a projectile absorber. Players can choose to play as the living Princess of Edenia Kitana of the past or as the undead Princess of the Netherrealm Kitana of the present. Mortal Kombat 11 is set for release on the Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 23rd. Read more for the two new videos and additional information.
Here’s a first look at ILMxLAB’s Vader Immortal, which is currently being demoed at the Star Wars Celebration Event using the Oculus Quest headset. This Star Wars VR Series transports fans to the dark lord’s home turf of Mustafar, and with a lightsaber in hand, puts them at the center of an original Star Wars story. The canonical immersive adventure takes place between Star Wars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope, and is set up by the events of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, ILMxLAB’s award-winning location-based virtual reality experience. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Stadia aims to take streaming video game services to the next level by offering 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range, connecting players using Google’s data centers across the world. You won’t need additional computer hardware, just a compatible internet-connected device and support for Google Chrome. Now it’s only a matter of time before third party game controllers start showing up, and the Google Playdream could be one of them. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.
If you’re familiar with competitive gaming, “Evo Moment #37” is one clip that commonly pops up. For those who’ve never heard of it, the footage refers to a Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike semifinal match held at Evolution Championship Series 2004 between Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong in which the former made an unexpected comeback by parrying 15 consecutive hits of Wong’s “Super Art” move while having only one pixel of vitality. Read more for the alternate view of that moment and the original recording.
The GameShell Kit is the coolest DIY portable game console that we’ve come across yet, and it’s fully hackable without needing any additional hardware, just some basic programming knowledge. This modular device is powered by ClockworkPI, a development board with an integrated CPU, WI-FI, PMU chip, and multimedia functions, all packed into an extremely small form factor running on embedded GNU/Linux. We recently got our hands on a unit, courtesy of Clockwork Tech LLC, and it managed to surpass all of our expectations. Get one here now. Read more for our full review.
The Nintendo Labo Robot Kit lets you suit up as a mech for a fully immersive gaming experience, all for $39.99 shipped, today only, originally $59.99. Easily fold specially engineered, pre-cut cardboard sheets by following the interactive instructions and then suit up to get playing. Demolish in-game environments and complete challenges to unlock powerful abilities. Then, you can discover how the Toy-Con Robot comes to life with Nintendo Switch technology and, in Toy-Con Garage, invent new ways to play. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.