Two doggie-snack sized bits of Watch Dogs news to report, starting with Ubisoft Montreal releasing the minimum specifications required to run the hacker game on PC. To become a Watch Dog you need a 28.8 BPS modem, an active-matrix display with a million psychedelic colors... oh wait, wrong specs.
What you'll really need at minimum is an IntelCore 2 Quad Q8400 2.66Hz processor, or an AMDPhenom II X4 940 3.0 GHz. That's with 6GB of RAM, a 1024 VRAM Direct X11-capable graphics card, a Direct X9 sound card, and 25GB of disk space. There's no info yet on recommended specs, but we're sure Ubisoft will make that available closer to the game's release date of May 27.
The second piece of news comes from Australia, where the often-prominent classification board has upgraded - if that's the right word - the game's rating from MA15 to R18+. Watch Dogs received the MA15 rating ahead of its originally planned release late last year, but it was re-submitted to the ACB following the delay and whatever's been added was enough to nudge it into the R18+ category. Comparing the two ratings, the ACB deemed there to be more impact from violence, drug use, and sex in the new version. It's probably still not as wild as Zero Cool, though. [Image: Ubisoft]
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 3:30PM EDT from
PlayStation 3 owners who pre-order Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for will receive a free digital copy of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD, Konami community manager Su-Yina Farmer announced via the PlayStation Blog Europe.
Pre-orders must be made via the PlayStation Store in Europe, and the deal will expire March 20. We've contacted Sony and Konami to find out if the offer will be available in North America.
Ground Zeroes is the standalone prologue to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. The Phantom Pain sees the return of Solid Snake; Ground Zeroes, meanwhile, will follow Big Boss and takes place after the events of Peace Walker, which launched in 2010. According to Farmer, the offer is Konami's effort to "give everyone the opportunity to discover the story of Big Boss and the events leading to Ground Zeroes."
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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 3:00PM EDT from
Nvidia's latest line of laptop graphics chips is the GeForce GTX 800M series, which includes new technology that's designed to increase laptop gaming battery life while maintaining performance, the company announced today.
Dubbed Battery Boost, the technology can give laptop users as much as double the battery life while gaming, according to Nvidia. Once the player sets a target frame rate for a particular game, Battery Boost automatically manages the laptop's CPU, GPU and RAM in real time to maximize power efficiency. Battery Boost-equipped graphics chips ratchet up power usage in demanding sections of a game and tone it down in lower-intensity segments.
Nvidia's new GTX 800M chips, which are available as of today, also include improvements in performance, as usual — according to the company, the 800M series GPUs offer performance leaps of between 15 percent and 60 percent. And the new chips also support Nvidia's ShadowPlay and GameStream. ShadowPlay, which debuted last year in Nvidia's desktop GPUs, lets players capture and livestream gameplay footage, while GameStream allows for streaming to devices like the Nvidia Shield handheld.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 2:30PM EDT from
Action game Mercenary Kings will launch for PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Store on April 1, developer Tribute Games announced on the PlayStation Blog.
The 2D platformer was initially slated to launch in 2013, but in December the developer announced it needed more time to work on the game. Mercenary Kings was pushed back with an "early" 2014 release window and it was revealed at the time the title would be compatible with PlayStation Vita Remote Play.
In Mercenary Kings, players take on the role of one of two Mercenary Kings squad members as they navigate Mandragora Island. Players must recuse a brilliant doctor from an evil underground organization and prevent a global takeover. The game can be completed in single-player or with up to four players in online or local co-op. Players can also craft powerful weapons from the more than 300 gun parts and 100 knives scattered through stages.