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Battlefield V returns series to World War II, ditches Premium Pass in favor of free maps

Yesterday, 04:10 PM

Posted by Falkes in Community News

Following Battlefield 1's World War 1 setting, DICE's shooter series is now moving forward into World War II once again. As revealed by the developer at its Battlefield V reveal event today, the brand new and extremely chaotic in-engine trailer for the upcoming shooter can be seen above.

While the developer is keeping gameplay footage under wraps until its EA Play event next month, what it did reveal was that the Premium Pass will not be returning for Battlefield V, with all maps and modes arriving free to everyone who purchases the base game. But, it does seem like cosmetic microtransactions will have a bigger focus to make up for that, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

In addition to the multiplayer modes and single-player War Stories campaigns, the game will include a four-player cooperative mode named Combined Arms. The last time that a Battlefield game had co-op was back in 2011 with Battlefield 3.

Although DICE did not go into detail, some multiplayer elements were revealed as well, such as the return of Operations game mode in a much larger scale, as well as the new Toolbox that is given to support classes, letting them construct barricades and fortifications in battle.

Battlefield V will launch on October 19 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. However, Deluxe Edition owners will gain early access on October 16, while Origin Access and EA Access subscribers will receive a Play First trial on October 11. Moreover, those who pre-order will receive open beta access sometime before launch.

Also, don't forget that a couple of expansions - Battlefield 1's In the Name of the Tsar and Battlefield 4's Final Stand - are currently free to claim on all platforms.

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Here's why HTC named its flagship the U12+

Yesterday, 04:08 PM

Posted by Falkes in Community News


HTC's latest flagship smartphone, the U12+ was launched yesterday with top-of-the-line features and a premium price. However, a smaller, standard U12 lacking some of the features does not exist. To avoid any confusion for consumers, HTC has now explained the reason behind the bizarre naming.

In recent times, most smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 or the iPhone 8 among flagships, or the Moto G6, Redmi 5 and such like in the mid-range, come with a "plus" variant that offers an additional feature or more than the standard variant. HTC has revealed that the U12+ is that variant which features a tall 6-inch WQHD+ screen, the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, and will compete directly with the other plus flagships featuring similar specifications.

According to Android Headlines, the company discussed the strange naming multiple times before finally going ahead with it. Although the size of the device is still marginally smaller than the S9 Plus, the rest of the features of the U12+ are on par with the beefed-up variant from Samsung which helped the decision. It seems that the company does not have any plans to launch a standard variant in the near future and the company's explanation should help those holding out for one in making a decision.

HTC launched the U11 last year and followed it up with an incremental update in the form of the U11+ about six months later. In this case as well, we may see some variant of the U12 launch at a later time, but given HTC's dropping sales numbers over the last few years it makes sense that the Taiwanese company is sticking to a small portfolio of devices in a bid to target the right competition.

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Disney's Incredibles now available as AR Emoji on Galaxy S9 and S9+

Yesterday, 04:04 PM

Posted by Falkes in Community News

Disney and Samsung have teamed up again in order to bring the Incredibles family and their friend, Frozone, to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ as AR Emoji. The six new characters join the already available Disney classics Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck.


Accessing the new emoji is simple enough, just access the camera’s AR Emoji mode, press the plus icon on the lower right-side, and select the Incredibles AR Emoji pack from the Galaxy App Store. As the emoji are built using augmented reality tech they will mimic the facial expressions that you make at the camera.

The launch of the new emoji comes ahead of the sequel to The Incredibles, which is due to land in cinemas around the world on June 15. The Korean phone maker said that it and Disney have more AR Emoji packs in the works and that they will arrive on the platform “soon”. Disney has a plethora of films coming over the next few years so there are many characters for Samsung to choose from to emojify.

Let us know in the comments what you think about the AR Emoji on the flagship Galaxy phones, are you a fan or are they just gimmicky?

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AMD Radeon 18.5.1 driver delivers support for Ryzen APUs, PlayReady 3.0, and more

Yesterday, 04:02 PM

Posted by Falkes in Community News


The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.5.1 driver is now available, with full support for the Windows 10 April Update, the Raven Ridge line of Ryzen APUs, optimizations for Ancestors Legacy, as well as PlayReady 3.0.

With the inclusion of AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and 2200G support, owners of these desktop APUs can finally upgrade to this release from their outdated drivers. Meanwhile, AMD Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series owners will now be able to stream Netflix in 4K with this driver thanks to the newly implemented Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 DRM support.

The new driver also provides full support for the Windows 10 April 2018 update following the initial support that arrived with the 18.4.1 driver last month.

The newly released strategy title, Ancestors Legacy, is best played with this new driver as well, which brings 6% and 13% performance boosts for RX Vega 56 and RX 580 graphics cards respectively. Note that although AMD only mentions two of its products, an FPS boost should apply in some form to the entire GCN line-up.

Here are the bugs that AMD has managed to resolve with the 18.5.1 driver:

HBCC options may not properly reset to default when Radeon Settings "Restore Factory Defaults" option is selected.
Destiny™2 may experience increasing load time durations when the game is run for extended periods of time.
Tearing may be observed in some borderless fullscreen games on Radeon FreeSync enabled displays when Radeon Software performance metrics is enabled.
Netflix™ playback through a web browser may experience corruption or hangs when using multi GPU enabled system configurations with Radeon RX 400 series or Radeon RX 500 series graphics products.
Radeon ReLive streaming or uploading of videos to Facebook™ may intermittently fail.

And here are the known issues:

Some games may experience minor stuttering during gameplay when the Radeon ReLive Instant Replay feature is enabled and FRTC is also enabled.
Radeon Overlay may not show all available features when some games are run in borderless fullscreen mode.
The Witcher™ 3: Wild Hunt may experience stuttering during gameplay.
A system hang may occur on a small number of system configurations after Radeon Software installation if Radeon Settings is launched without a system reboot. A workaround is to reboot your system after install.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.5.1 driver is available for download through the Radeon Settings interface, or via the links listed in the official release notes here.

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