Gears of War: Ultimate Edition PC Requirements Revealed

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition PC Requirements RevealedGears of War: Ultimate Edition – a remaster of the 2006 Xbox 360 classic released on the Xbox One last year to rave reviews. Prior to the third-person shooter hitting Microsoft’s latest black box, the company announced at E3 2015 that the game would be coming to Windows PCs. Since then though, we haven’t heard much else. That is, until now.

Perusing through the Windows 10 Store led us to a listing for the game. It’s unavailable for purchase at the moment and there’s no price either, but we won’t be surprised if it isn’t long before it will be. Most importantly though, the page indicates what kind of machine you’d need to play it.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition minimum requirements:

  • OS: 64 bit Windows 10 (v. 1511)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.7Ghz / AMD FX 6-core
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • VRAM: 2GB
  • GPU: AMD R7 260x / NVIDIA GTX 650 Ti
  • HD Space: 60GB
  • DirectX12

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition recommended requirements:

  • OS 64 bit Windows 10 (v. 1511)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 @3.5GHz+ / AMD FX 8-core
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • VRAM: 4GB
  • GPU: AMD R9 290X / NVIDIA GTX 970
  • HD Space: 60GB
  • DirectX12

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As per the store page, the above configuration is the “recommended system requirements for 1920X1080P”, what this means is, you should ideally be able to play the game at full HD/1920×1080 at 60 frames per second without much trouble. There’s a third configuration that’s even steeper.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition ideal requirements:

  • OS 64 bit Windows 10 (v. 1511)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 @4GHz+ / AMD FX 8-core
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • VRAM: 6GB
  • GPU: AMD R9 390X / NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti
  • HD Space: 60GB
  • DirectX12

With a Windows PC of this calibre, the listing claims it is the “recommended system requirements for 4K”, so hitting 3840×2160 at 60 frames per second should be of little worry.

Much like Quantum Break it appears that you’ll need a superlative Windows PC to get the most out of it. Perplexing considering how underpowered the Xbox One is in comparison to the average gaming PC these days.

As with all Microsoft first-party games, this will be exclusive to the Windows 10 Store, ruling out Steam and other digital storefronts. The Redmond-based firm is hosting an Xbox One and Windows 10 event on February 25 so don’t be surprised to see more information, including a potential release date soon.


WD’s SanDisk Deal Re-Priced After China Deal Collapses

WD's SanDisk Deal Re-Priced After China Deal Collapses

The US hard-disk maker, Western Digital Corp, said on Tuesday that China’s Unisplendour Corp Ltd had scrapped its planned $3.78 billion investment in the company, a move that in turn alters the terms of Western’s deal for rival SanDisk Corp.

Unisplendour, a unit of China’s state-backed Tsinghua Holdings Co Ltd, dropped its plan to buy a 15 percent stake in Western Digital after the US Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) said it would investigate the transaction.

As a result Western Digital will now present an alternative offer for SanDisk consisting of more Western Digital stock and less cash, the companies said, giving the deal an overall value of $15.78 billion. The original agreement, struck in October, valued the deal at $19 billion.

The collapse of the Unisplendour deal comes during a wave of Chinese takeover interest in US corporations that has already hit a record of $23 billion in announced offers this year, according to Thomson Reuters data. That is nearly double the full-year record reached in 2013.

But China’s ambitions in the US are receiving increased scrutiny from US politicians, who are concerned about putting certain national businesses in the hands of Chinese executives and government officials.

Western Digital said last October that it would revise the cash-and-stock offer for SanDisk if the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital was not successful.

“It was understood that there was a possibility that the Unis investment in WDC may not happen,” said Sumit Sadana, SanDisk Executive Vice President. Sadana said that the value of the deal for Sandisk is now $78.50 per share, down from $86.50 when it was originally struck.

Both companies have said they are committed to the agreement, which is expected to close in the first half of this year.

Western Digital’s stock price has fallen from around $80 per share last October and fell another 7.2 percent to $42.77 on Tuesday.

“I think if you are a Western Digital shareholder, the deal makes a lot of strategic sense,” said Pacific Crest Securities analyst Monika Garg.

Activist shareholder
Western Digital’s move to proceed with the SanDisk deal comes the day after shareholder Alken Asset Management urged the company to scrap it, saying the price was too high.

“We have laid out our case in reasonable details in the letter so there is not much to add,” Alken analyst Vincent Rech said in an email. The London-based fund is pleased with the support it has received, he added.

Western Digital said US, European Union and other regulators had approved the SanDisk deal.

CFIUS, an inter-agency panel led by the US Treasury Department, assesses potential mergers to ensure they do not endanger national security. The panel rarely kills the deals, but several times a year it has informally urged companies to scrap merger plans and they have complied.

China led the countries whose planned US acquisitions and investments for 2014 were probed for security issues, according to a government report.

In January, Philips dropped a plan to sell an 80 percent stake in its Lumileds division to a group that included Chinese investors because of pressure from CFIUS.

Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc said last week that it rejected an offer from a Chinese takeover group, citing concerns that US regulators would stop the sale.

US lawmakers are also pushing for the rejection of a Chinese company’s plan to buy the Chicago Stock Exchange.


CS:GO Major Championship Bumps Prize Pool to $1 Million

CS:GO Major Championship Bumps Prize Pool to $1 MillionValve-sponsored competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, the CS:GO Major Championship has received a sizeable bump in its prize pool. Usually it was capped at $250,000 (approximately Rs. 17 crores). Now it’s four times that amount. Yes, the prize pool of the CS:GO Major Championship is now $1 million (around Rs. 68.57 crores) beginning with the tournament at MLG Columbus 2016.

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“When we announced the first CS:GO Major Championship in 2013, we hoped the Majors would be rallying points for the community, tent-pole events that could draw new audiences and amplify the value of all events. Since then, the professional CS:GO community has been growing at an incredible rate,” a post on the official Counter-Strike blog reads.

“CS:GO tournaments are now among the largest esports events in the world, drawing global audiences of millions of viewers, filling massive venues, and garnering higher prize pools. Professional CS:GO has grown, and the CS:GO Major Championships are about to grow with it. We’re pleased to announce that beginning with MLG Columbus 2016, each CS:GO Major Championship prize pool will be $1,000,000.”

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It’s a massive step up. And a welcome one at that considering that Valve’s other game – Dota 2 sees an ever-increasing prize pool year on year with its marquee event, The International.


HP Says to Accelerate Job Cuts by 2016

HP Says to Accelerate Job Cuts by 2016

HP Inc said it was accelerating its restructuring programme and now expects about 3,000 people will exit by the end of fiscal 2016 instead of over three years as it announced in September.

Then, Hewlett-Packard Co had said it expected to cut about 33,300 jobs over three years, of which up to 3,300 were to be cut in HP Inc. It said then that 1,200 people would leave the company by the end of 2016.

The restructuring will result in charges and associated cash payments of about $300 million (roughly Rs. 2,055 crores) in the current year, the company said.

“This move is basically HP Inc embracing the tough pricing environment and shifting their focus to building their portfolio,” says Shannon Cross, an analyst for Cross Research.

HP Inc, which houses former Hewlett-Packard Co’s legacy hardware business, reported a near 12 percent drop in quarterly revenue, as it struggles with weak demand for PCs and printers.

Revenue in the company’s personal systems business fell 13 percent in the first quarter ended Jan. 31, while it declined 17 percent in its printing division from a year earlier.

PC sales have been falling sharply worldwide, and the launch of Windows 10 has so far failed to rekindle demand.

Printer demand has been hurt as corporate customers cut printing costs and consumers shift to mobile devices.

The company, which is reporting results independently for the first time since being spun off from Hewlett-Packard Co, forecast adjusted profit of 35-40 cents per share for its second quarter ending April 30.

Analysts on average were expecting 39 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

HP Inc maintained its 2016 adjusted profit forecast at $1.59-$1.69 per share.

The company’s earnings from continuing operations fell to $650 million, or 36 cents per share, in the first quarter from $770 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier.

Revenue fell to $12.25 billion from $13.86 billion.

Analysts on average had expected earnings of 36 cents per share and revenue of $12.20 billion.

HP Inc’s shares were marginally lower at $10.75 in extended trading on Wednesday. They had fallen more than 13 percent since the spinoff in early November to Wednesday.

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co, also spun off from Hewlett-Packard Co, is expected to report results on March 3.