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Mario Gets Some Unreal Treatment

Today, 02:27 PM

Nintendo's iconic plumber Mario has been rendered in a variety of ways throughout the years, from 8-bit and 16-bit to 3D and even 2D paper. Now he gets a new twist, as YouTuber aryoksini has uploaded a video of Mario running in Unreal Engine 4. Everything is rendered with exceptional detail, with Mario gathering coins, performing jumps and flips, and all around looking and sounding like Mario. Well, except for the environment he's in, as it is rather realistic and Mario is still kind of cartoony. Luckily things don't stay that way for long, as aryoksini then puts Mario in a more fitting level, and one that looks phenomenal. Seriously, this is the best Mario has looked yet, and hopefully what Nintendo can accomplish on its next-generation NX console.

Aryoksini says all the environment textures came from the Unreal marketplace, with character actions scripted using blueprints, and animations and PBR ready textures recreated from scratch. It really is some brilliant work, especially once you start seeing some of Unreal Engine 4's effects, lighting, and shadows at work.

Source: YouTube

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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Edition

Today, 07:30 AM

We have arrived at the final day of June, with a few items to help send it off right. There is a review on the PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 video card, a 4GB model with a custom cooler that should be a nice boost to gaming performance. If you need a new display, perhaps for one of the new AMD cards, then maybe the ASUS MG279Q 27" 1440p IPS monitor is for you, as its the first 1440p IPS display that supports AMD FreeSync, with a variable refresh rate between 35 and 90Hz. Finishing things off today is the Tt eSPORTS Commander Gaming Gear Combo, a budget-friendly mouse and keyboard combo that will help you control your games while putting more money towards other gear.

Video Cards
PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 @ LanOC Reviews

ASUS MG279Q 27-in 1440P 144Hz IPS 35-90Hz FreeSync @ PC Perspective

Tt eSPORTS Commander Gaming Gear Combo @ ThinkComputers

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Hardware Roundup: Monday, June 29, 2015, Edition

Yesterday, 09:11 AM

The last couple days of June are here, with some reviews to get your week started off right. We have a look at the SilverStone Fortress FT04 case, a large and unique model that is sure to hold whatever amount of hardware and water cooling gear you can get your hands on. The Synology DiskStation DS1515 NAS is deal for home use and small businesses, as it can hold five 3.5" drives, or be expanded further to support fifteen. A couple of smartphones get tested, with the Mlais M7 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge being put through a suite of benchmarks. Finishing it off is an overview of the IP licensing model and everything it entails.

SilverStone Fortress FT04 @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Synology DiskStation DS1515 @ TechSpot

Mlais M7 @ Madshrimps
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge @ LanOC Reviews

The IP licensing business model. A love story. @ PC Perspective

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Batman: Arkham Knight Receives a PC Patch to Fix Some Issues; More on the Way

27 June 2015 - 11:52 PM

Batman: Arkham Knight may still have its Steam sales suspended, but that doesn't mean Warner Bros. and Rocksteady aren't trying to get the game working on PC. A new patch came out earlier Saturday that addressed numerous issues facing the PC version, with things like a crash to desktop bug when exiting the game and missing rain and ambient occulsion fixed. The bug that caused the game to crash if motion blur was disabled in an .INI file has also been addressed, as has an issue causing Steam to re-download the game when verifying its cache. All of these fixes are quite nice, but they aren't the only things WB and Rocksteady are working on.

Things such as overall performance improvement and even support for greater than 30FPS are still being worked on. Bug fixes, low resolution texture replacement, more graphical options, hard drive streaming hitches, a full screen rendering bug on laptops, and system memory and VRAM usage are also in consideration for future fixes, which hopefully come soon. Fixes for NVIDIA SLI and support for AMD CrossFire will also arrive, as will new drivers for the respective camps. There is no ETA on when exactly PC gamers can expect these fixes, nor when the game will be available again on Steam, but any progress is good progress.

We'll update you on when the future patches arrive for Batman: Arkham Knight, but in the meantime, maybe we should be a little leery of Warner Bros. shortchanging PC gamers with any upcoming games. After Mortal Kombat X and now Batman: Arkham Knight, WB isn't doing itself any favors with PC gamers.

Source: Steam

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Hardware Roundup: Friday, June 26, 2015, Edition

26 June 2015 - 09:13 AM

The end of the week is upon us, with some items to help you welcome the weekend. There is a performance review of Batman: Arkham Knight to give you an idea of just how badly this PC port was botched. The in-game benchmark and actual gameplay with FRAPS were both tested, and the disparity between the two can give you an idea of how it is versus how it could be. We also have the Seasonic Snow Silent 750W power supply, which features 80 Plus Platinum certification and fanless operation up to ~50% load. A new case mod is highlighted that turns a Cooler Master CM 690 II case into something fitting of Warhammer 40,000. Lastly a new podcast covers the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Batman: Arkham Knight Benchmarked, Performance @ TechSpot

Power Supplies
Seasonic Snow Silent 750W @ PC Perspective

Case Mod Friday: Black Templars @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #355 @ PC Perspective

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