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AMD Radeon 19.4.2 driver is optimized for Anno 1800 and World War Z

16 Apr 2019

Posted by Falkes in Community News

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AMD pushed out a new driver today that deals out support and optimizations for two games that release on April 16. Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.4.2 driver promises great results for those picking up the cooperative shooter World War Z, and is also recommended for prospective Anno 1800 players.

Although AMD didn't go into detail regarding what improvements does this driver carry for Ubisoft's city-builder title Anno 1800, it did show greatly improved performance numbers for World War Z with this release.

In the company's testing with World War Z, when compared to the 19.4.1 driver, the new 19.4.2 driver had performed up to 24% better on Radeon VII graphics cards, while delivering up to 19% more performance on Radeon Vega 64 cards. Although these results are only for two products from AMD, the frame rate boost should apply in some form to the entire GCN graphics card lineup.

There doesn't seem to be any bug fixes included in this update, but there is a list of known issues to look out for:

AMD Radeon VII may experience screen flicker in multi display setups on desktop or while applications are running.
Netflix™ Windows® Store application may experience display flicker during video playback on some HDR enabled displays.
Performance metrics overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.
Performance metrics overlay may experience intermittent flicker when playing back protected content with this feature enabled.
System instability may be experienced on ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 laptop when a wireless display is connected.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.4.2 driver is now available to download via the Radeon Settings app on Windows or through the links listed in the official release notes.

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Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 Briefing kicks off on June 9

16 Apr 2019

Posted by Falkes in Community News

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We already know that Microsoft is planning to go big for its E3 presentation this year, and now we have the exact time and date on when will the festivities kick off. Microsoft today announced that its Xbox E3 2019 Briefing will go live on Sunday, June 9 at 1pm PT.

Expectedly, the company didn't go into specifics on what we will see during the show, only promising to showcase trailers for unannounced games and "in-depth looks" at what we've been shown before.

Livestreams of the event will be available on multiple platforms, but those tuning in through the Mixer channel will get some extra in-game goodies for various titles to keep. It will also offer the experience in six languages, including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, with English closed captions also available.

A special episode of Inside Xbox will then kick off on June 10 at 3pm PDT, where Microsoft says it will have "exclusive announcements, game demos, interviews, and more" to show off.

Alongside games, it will be interesting to see whether Microsoft will have any hardware to showcase at the event, maybe even the next-generation Xbox. Also, previous comments by the company has it taking aim at Google's cloud gaming platform Stadia, so we should be seeing Microsoft's Project xCloud technology at E3 as well.

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Microsoft will be giving away three months of Xbox Game Pass for just $1 later this week

10 Apr 2019

Posted by Falkes in Community News

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Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass is quickly shaping up to be quite the lucrative deal, especially with the company's promise to make all of its first-party titles available to Game Pass owners on the day they're launched. This includes big-name titles like Forza Horizon, Crackdown 3 and any future Halo titles, alongside a catalogue of more than 100 games in total.

As spotted by Gamespot, though, for a very short time this week, the company's game subscription service will be almost too good to pass up. As a footnote description on the Xbox Game Pass page on Microsoft's website shows, the software giant is planning on running a promotion starting 9PM PDT on Thursday and ending 11:59 PDT the next day that will net you three months of the service for just $1. New subscribers to the service can already get their first month for $1, compared to its normal price of $9.99 per month.

Unfortunately, however, those in Russia or Quebec are ineligible for the promotion. It can also only be activated once per account and once the trial period runs out, Microsoft will start charging you at a quarterly rate (that is, every three months) if you don't cancel the subscription.

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Mozilla will start showing vetted Firefox extensions to users this summer

09 Apr 2019

Posted by Falkes in Community News

No matter how web browser makers claim to have baked the highest level of security into their products, the browsers can only be as safe as their third-party extensions most of the time. That is why it's important to put in place a vetting process for these extensions and provide a transparent way for users to know which of these add-ons have undergone inspection.

Later this summer, Mozilla will be rolling out its Recommended Extensions programwhich aims to give more visibility to extensions that pass Mozilla's vetting process. The goal is to help users find the add-ons that effectively deliver their promise, provide an intuitive user experience, relevance to Firefox users in general, and offer a high level of security. Once the program kicks off, users may give suggestions for extensions they want to be counted in.

The release will occur in phases and vetted extensions will appear with distinct badges across Mozilla's websites and products, including addons.mozilla.org. Hundreds of curated extensions are slated for rollout as part of the program and the add-ons page will start reflecting some changes by the end of June. Additionally, personalized recommendations will appear on the “Get Add-ons” page in the Firefox Add-ons Manager based on the recommended extensions.

The program is part of Mozilla's broader effort to keep its browser extensions safe for Firefox users. In February, the organization announced changes to its platform including helping users gauge the risks associated with extensions, making untested extensions less visible, and highlighting vetted add-ons across its ecosystem.

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