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Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Showcased At PS4 Meeting in 4K

Yesterday during Sony’s PlayStation Meeting, amongst many fantastic highlights of graphic capabilities on the PS4 Pro, Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay was also showcased.

Aaryn Flynn, who took to the stage showcased the three-minute video shown above, he spoke in depth about how the game will be taking full advantage of the PlayStation Pro’s 4K and HDR10 capabilities.

EA confirmed that the anticipated title will run at 30FPS across both PlayStation 4 and the new PlayStation 4 Pro in EA’s Frostbite engine.


Aaryn Flynn, General Manager at BioWare, during the PlayStation meeting stated, “You’ll be totally immersed in Andromeda,” addressing the crowd, “discovering all new alien worlds, brought to life with sharper graphics and high dynamic range lighting.”

“We’re also able to create more lifelike characters, which will continue to allow you to experience the best stories you can play.” 

The three minute trailer showed off protagonist Ryder jet-packing his way through a desolate space station, where it crosses over to the rest of his companions.


Andromeda will be completely separate from the original trilogy as we follow a new protagonists quest to find a new home for humanity from the Milky Way to the Andromeda Galaxy.

We also know that the male and female hero choices are both canon and they just so happen to be brother and sister who exist in the game’s world at the same time.

BioWare’s Mac Walters told PlayStation Access, “If you’re playing as female Ryder, your brother is out there somewhere in the universe. The character we saw two E3’s ago, the N7, is actually your father. So we have got the full Ryder family revealed. We’ll do names and things in the future.” 

Flynn discussing in a developer diary that on November 7, which is well known as N7 Day, there will be a Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer that will, “officially open the doors to the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe.” 

Mass Effect: Andromeda was originally scheduled to release May 2016 however, Aaryn Flynn wrote in a blog post that they wanted to meet internal quality standards.

“We know we need the right amount of time to make sure we deliver everything the game can and should be – that’s our commitment from all of us to all of you. Because of that, Mass Effect: Andromeda will now ship early 2017.” 

The PS4 Pro will launch in November for $400, while the PS4 Slim is releasing next week for $300.

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Steam Machines Officially Hits Shelves November 10, Pre-orders Earlier


Valve have officially announced launch dates for the first official Steam Machine, Steam Link ($50/£40) a home streaming device and the Steam Controller ($50/£40).

Anyone pre-ordering these gadgets can get their hands on them even before the official release date several weeks prior to the retail launch on November 10. Anyone willing to pay in advanced could be getting their devices on October 16.

Partnering up with various PC manufacturers CyberPower and Alienware, the licence d product will start at prices between $449 to $1,419 for a Steam Machine, depending on the specs. The various Steam Machines will all run Steam OS, as the system will also be able to play games that have been purchased on Steam by streaming it from a local Windows computer.

General manager of Alienware and XPS, Dell commented, “We have collaborated for years with Valve and GameStop to develop a platform with the best content, the best performance, and the best value compared to anything else on the market. Finally, with this pre-order, we have a chance to address the building anticipation for the latest and greatest gaming system.”

Retailers all around the world from GameStop, EB Games, GAME UK, and Steam will be able to pre-sell the Steam Link as well as the Steam controller.

Below will be a breakdown of pricing and specifications of various Syber Steam Machines and the Alienware Steam Machines:

$449 Steam Machine X

  • Intel Core i3 – 4130T DC
  • nVidia GeForce GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500GB 7200RPM HDD
  • 1×1 802.11 Wireless Card
  • Steam Controller

$549 Steam Machine P

  • Intel Core i3 – 4130 DC
  • nVidia GeForce GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD
  • 1×1 802.11 Wireless Card
  • Steam Controller

$729 Steam Machine P

  • Intel Core i5 – 3.4GHz
  • nVidia GTX 960 w/2GB GDDR5
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 1×1 802.11 ac/g/n Wireless
  • Steam Controller

$1419 Steam Machine X

  • Intel Core i7 – 4 GHz
  • nVidia GTX 980 w/4GB GDDR5
  • 16GB DDR3
  • 1×1 802.11 ac/g/n Wireless
  • Steam Controller

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Destiny’s Latest Patch Update for House of Wolves Fixes Prison of Elders, Trials of Osiris and More

In Destiny’s latest patch, which went live on June 2, Bungie announced on their website detailed patch notes which outlined key changes to their largely popular MMOFPS game Destiny. This patch fixes many bugs which arose since the release of the second expansion House of Wolves, which launched on May 19.


The new DLC introduced a new PvE arena The Prison of Elders, which allows players to engage with four different difficulty levels ranging from 28, 32, 34 and 35. This was a welcome change of pace in comparison to the developers insistent inclusion of raids such as the Vault of Glass and the games first expansion raid Crota’s End. 

Various adjustments introduced in the patch include a higher rate of  Treasure Key drops found from the Ether Chests as well as when the first Wanted Fallen Bounty is completed, players will receive Treasure Keys. In light of the update, players are now barred from looting a single Ether Chest multiple times after clearing out the frenzied wolves found on Earth, Venus and the Moon.

The PvP event Iron Banner which is the first instance since the release of the second expansion, has also undergone various changes in this recent update which returned on Tuesday, June 2.

  • New PvP maps The Cauldron and Pantheon have been added to the playlist, as well as the Exodus Blue map on the PlayStation
  • Lower-ranked Guardians on your account will receive a reputation boost to catch up to your higher-ranked Guardian more quickly
  • Etheric Light is now available for purchase at Rank 3 and Rank 5
  • The Gunsmith can now reforge Iron Banner weapons (Lord Saladin used to be the reforging service)
  • Rewards now cost less Glimmer

A break down of key changes implemented in the update include:

  • The first Wanted Fallen Bounty completed each week is now guaranteed to drop a Treasure Key
  • Increased the drop rate of Treasure Keys from Ether Chests
  • Greatly increased the drop rate of Treasure Keys from the small chests at the end of Prison of Elders
  • Ether Chests may only be looted once per spawn
  • Ether Chests will now grant a small amount of Queen’s Wrath reputation when opened
  • Ether Chests now have a chance to drop Tokens of Flight, Tokens of Identity, and Tokens of Judgement.

Prison of Elders

  • Greatly increased the drop rate of Treasure Keys from the small chests
  • Class Items will now drop from Level 32, Level 34, and Level 35
  • Damage caused by Qodron’s Gaze is reduced by 25%
  • Damage multiplier for the Jailbreaker buff is increased by 100%
  • Players will need to defeat Skolas again to receive the ‘Elder Cipher’ Bounty

Trials of Osiris

  • Passage Coins can now be dismantled
  • Fixed an issue in which Trials of Osiris emblems were not sent to the Postmaster if your Emblem inventory was full

Weekly Heroics

  • Fixed an issue where the Weekly Heroic strikes did not award engrams (Note: Tooltip will not display them as rewards)

For more details, the full patch notes can be found at Bungie.net

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