Battlefield V Coming October! Details Revealed.

While those of us who were holding out hope for a long overdue Vietnam themed Battlefield game were a little disappointed at first, there is definitely enough awesome new features in Battlefield V’s return to WW2 to get any fan of the franchise excited for it’s release this October.

There is an absolute deluge of new features and changes from last Battlefield game and if they manage to pull it all of like they usually do, we are surely on to a winner.

  • No more ‘Season Pass’ or any form of ‘Pay to Win’ unlocks, all maps FREE!
  • Co-Op and single player ‘War Stories’ modes in addition to classic Multi-player
  • Fortification building (Sand bags, fox holes, machine gun nests etc)
  • All classes can build fortifications but only the support class can build offensive fortifications and done so much quicker.
  • Bullet penetration on surfaces for large caliber weapons
  • Improved destruction system, higher detail and more realistic.
  • Reinforce or rebuild buildings and fortifications
  • Attrition health system with segmented health bar and only partial health re-generation
  • Attrition supply system with limited ammo and health kits
  • Completely overhauled gun mechanics, recoil and ballistics.
  • No more HUD or map spotting
  • No more instant revives, takes several seconds and locks you in to animation
  • All classes can revive but only the medic revives a player to full health and does so much faster.
  • Everything requires player interaction, no more passive ammo or health collection simply by passing close enough by it.
  • Crouching sprint
  • Rainbow Six Siege style prone system and diving in all directions not just forward.
  • Catch, throw back or shoot grenades out of the air
  • No more elite classes or bohemoths
  • Nearby non-fatal explosions can knock players over

Last but most importantly, the release date is currently slated for October 19th of this year.

For a full rundown of the details, JackFrags has you covered in this 25 minute YouTube video.

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5 Awesome PC Games Coming in 2018 [Pre-E3]

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is right around the corner and traditionally it’s the time when all the big game studios make announcements for upcoming PC game releases. This year, like most, a lot of the content that will be shown at the show is being teased by the publishers in the weeks lead up to it.

While there are still surely some big name titles that will be announced during the show that we’re going to miss on this list, below is a ‘Pre-E3’ top five list of games we’re personally looking forward to the most this year. If there are enough additional games announced at the show we’ll be sure to follow up with a ‘Post-E3’ list also.

Call of Duty : Black Ops 4

All aboard the battle royal train! Activision and Treyarch have their eyes on that PUBG and Fortnite money and for the first time ever in a call of duty title, a massive open world large scale battle royal style survival mode is on the way. Dubbed ‘Blackout’ it will sit along side the traditional multi-player modes the game franchise is known for and of course it’s beloved ‘Zombies’ mode.

Stepping down to make way for the Blackout mode is single player much to some fans disappointment however the stats showed that most Call of Duty players never really played it anyway, so maybe it’s a good move? Let’s wait and see how well they pull off the rest of the game before making that judgement.

Release Date : October 12th

 

Vampyr 

The long awaited RPG built in the Unreal Engine by french studio Dontnod Entertainment has already gone gold and just a few short weeks away. This third person action game follows the protagonist doctor turned vampire as he progresses through the open world story line with the 60 inhabitants of 1918’s Spanish flu ridden London.

The player has the option of killing characters to level up powers and gain new abilities but the developer insists the game is beatable without making a single kill and the story and game endings shift dramatically with each character that dies or survives.

Release Date : June 5th

 

Jurassic World Evolution

Triple A big studio sim or RTS games are few and far between these days but British developer Frontier Developments of Planet Coaster and Roller Coaster Tycoon fame has been working on a theme park simulator based on the 2015 film Jurassic World for the past few years and the end result is about to be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Listed as a ‘strategy and economic simulation’ game by Wikipedia and Steam, it has all the classic tropes from a theme park simulator game with guests paying for entry tickets, wondering from attraction to attraction and stopping to buy over priced snacks in between, only this time around they have the very real chance of becoming a T-Rex snack before making it to the gift shop.

A big take away from the trailers released so far is the visuals. The game looks great for a theme park simulator enhanced by some real first class animations and weather effects to add that all important extra layer of believably.

The Crew 2

Published by Ubisoft, the Crew 2 is right around the corner with an open world map, single and multiplayer modes, an overhauled game engine and not only cars and bikes but the addition of planes and boats!

Release Date : 29th of June

 

Battlefield V (Vietnam or World War 2?)

It’s only been teased by EA with nothing more than a logo and a 3 second video but with the full announcement happening within the next 24 hours there are lot of avid Battlefield fans eagerly awaiting news of what will no doubt be one of the biggest multi-player shooters of the year.

With the emphasis on the ‘V’ in the title and the very long time since we’ve had a Vietnam themed Battlefield game it seemed like a no brainier! That was until EA released a 3 second clip of an in game cut-scene in which a blurry looking iron cross logo in the corner, not there is a lot of speculation around V standing for ‘V for Victory’ world war two slogan famously adopted by Winston Churchill in 1941.

Release Date : TBD Q4 2018 (November?)

 

Bonus : Rage 2 (2019)

While the first Rage game left a lot to be desired in the game play mechanics, the art direction and overall theme (very ‘Mad Max’) was a winner. The sequal moves away from the idTech engine of the original and this time around is using the Just Cause engine (Apex by Avalanche Studios) more suited the large scale open world it’s going for.

Leaked by several major retailers prior, Bethesda finally made it official on May 14th and released a trailer that definitely didn’t disappoint. Targeting a hard R18 rating with a focus on over the top hyper stylized combat with customisable weapons, vehicles and large scale environments it’s definitely one to watch closely if your a fan of FPS games or the apocalyptic wasteland settings of games like Fallout and Borderlands.

Release Date : Q1-Q2 2019

 

Time for a new gaming PC?

Is your rig in need of an upgrade to really get the most out of the big titles coming your way this year? If it is, checkout our fully customisable gaming PCs at www.evatech.com.au

Built in compatibly and error checking, tips above each component category plus instant on screen gaming performance indicators make it not only powerful but super easy to use even for people who don’t their CPU’s from their GPUs!

Our first class support teams are always standing by if you need any extra assistance, so just click that ‘contact us’ button if you get stuck and we will get back to you ASAP.

RGBs & Tempered Glass. Fad, gimmick, or awesome?

Even if you don’t know your CPUs from your GPUs or your RAM from your SSDs, you should know that flashy RGB LEDs and tempered glass won’t make your games run any faster. They sure can be pretty but when your gaming, you are looking at your monitor not your hardware right? If anything the glow of the LEDs could be a distraction and every dollar you sink in to the aesthetics is a dollar not going towards performance!

That’s how we used to think about it anyway, but it seems more and more customers are going for the premium looks over the best possible price / performance ratio and configuring rigs with aesthetics at the forefront of their mind, and who are we to judge? That’s the beauty of Evatech’s level of customisability, no mater what side of the issue you fall on you can get exactly that you want with none of the bundled in rubbish you don’t need.

If you haven’t already, checkout our custom gaming PC builder page (link here) and find out why we’re Australia’s premiere custom PC provider, with built in error detection, game performance indicators and the widest range of options to choose from selecting only top quality hardware and latest generation gear.

Customising a Gaming PC for Far Cry 5

We’ve done plenty of Far Cry 5 posts leading up to its launch covering the game-play mechanics, settings and story line so on the eve of its official launch date we’re going to delve in to the hardware requirements as we know a lot of you are customising gaming PCs on our site right now specifically for it!

While Far Cry 5 is a brand new title, we do know quiet a bit about the game engine it’s built on (Crytek) and have had many years of Far Cry PC releases from which to gauge the delivers target graphics settings / performance ratios.

Baring all that in mind along with our extensive research of anecdotal evidence from those who have played it already, these are still just estimates. Estimates we are confident in and definitely should get you in to the ballpark, but as with all PC games, background applications, patches, drivers and your specific hardware, your mileage may vary.

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Burnout Paradise Remastered [Later this year]

We don’t usually post about games that were released 10 years ago, buuuut had to make an exception when Electronic Arts announced that Burnout Paradise would be getting a remastered release for current-gen consoles, followed by a PC release later this year, all in (up to) glorious 4K graphics.

It could be better news, it could be a new Burnout title entirely, but I’m sure many nostalgic gamers will welcome a straight up remastering that cannot be held victim to any butchering, and just promise some quality gameplay and a walk down memory lane. Speaking of, screenPLAY did their thoughts on the announcement over on YouTube, as well as some other discussions of games being remastered or re-imagined…

The game will reportedly include all the DLC from the original title.

Battlefield 1: Apocalypse [Out Now]

16 months after it’s original release back in October of 2016, Battlefield 1 is still getting fresh content and it’s not just hats and horse armor! Still one of the best looking FPS titles available with frequent updates and huge community of active players, the Apocalypse expansion contains 5 new maps, 7 new weapons, new aircraft, new gadgets, new assignments, new unlocks and an entirely new game mode.

Free for premium pass owners, which if you are at all a Battlefield fan is well worth the money at this point with a huge array of great content and at as of right now is on sale for only $18 over on Origin.

New maps include the iconic Belgium countryside battle of Passchendaele, the mountains of what was once Austria-Hungary (now Slovenia) at the battle of Caporetto and the shores of the River Somme in northern France.

The entirely new game mode of Air Assault comes with two maps of it’s own. One that takes place of the skies of London and another over snowy mountainous peaks called Razors Edge. This game mode probably won’t be for everyone, the aircraft controls can be tricky at the best of times and it’s a big departure from how the game plays out on the ground but for a percentage of Battlefield fans it’s sure to be exactly what they are looking for.

If you’ve been meaning to jump in to Battlefield 1 but still haven’t got around to it, there’s never been a better time. If your old gaming PC is struggling to keep up or you always wonder what your missing out on by not being able to crank all the visual settings up to max? Maybe it’s time you looked in to a new gaming PC? 100% fully custom options are available now at evatech.com.au and for Battlefield 1 at high settings / 1080P we would recommend an i5, GTX 1070 TI and 16GB of RAM. If you want to go all out at 1440P or 4K, you can stick with 16GB of RAM still but 1080TI will be your best bet for the best possible frame rates.

Have a question or need some assistance, just hit the contact button on our store site at any time and drop us a line! We’re always happy to help.

Lunar New Year Steam Sale [Starts 15/02]

Brace your wallets, the rumor of the next big steam sale being only a week away is all but confirmed with various tweets and forum posts from indie developers and insiders flooding the internet! If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Steam sales before, you can expect 50-75% or sometimes even higher on a huge range of games (usually less on brand new releases and pre-orders, of course).

If there is a game from 2017 that you missed and really wish you had a chance to play, nows the time to go in to steam and add it your wishlist so you can get notified when that big fat discount hits!

Dates : 15th to the 19th (don’t forget the US time difference)

A couple of great games to watch out for if you missed them, at least in our opintion,

  • Wolfenstein II
  • The Witcher 3
  • Stardew Valley
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • CupHead
  • Middle Earth : Shadows of War
  • Assassins Creed Origins

Don’t forget, order your next custom gaming PC by the 14th of February and you could get free Steam gift cards ! Checkout our promo page for details linked here. #GamersFirst

A Look at the Year Ahead in PC Gaming [2018]

Crackdown 3 Terry Crews

So it’s getting close to that time of year where the first big releases drop and you start to look at your old gaming PC and wonder, is it time? Do wait a little longer or do I bite the bullet and just get it now? Well, lets see if any of the up coming releases are enough to tempt you.

Although a lot of the titles that will be landing in Q4 this year may have not been officially announced, there is still plenty look forward to that we already know about. Far too many to cover in a single article but we’ve polled the team and chosen a few of our most anticipated games of 2018.

Despite a few of the trailers being plastered with XBOX logos by Microsoft marketing departments, these games are definitely coming to PC and in most cases the PC version will be the flag-ship, lead platform and definitive edition.

Metal Gear : Survive

What is it : After a 30 year run, this is the first installment since Kojima (the series creator) has stepped down from his own studio. Survive is set (at least partially) between the events of Ground Zero and Phantom Pain and doesn’t feature the series main protagonist (Snake) at all! Instead this time around custom characters fight for survival after being sucked in to a wormhole and landing in an alternate universe full of, yep, you guessed it. Zombies.

Why it could be awesome one you wait for reviews of first : Rumors have it even single player contains micro-transactions and requires and ‘always online’ DRM requirement. That plus it’s the first Metal Gear game without the oversight or direction of Hideo Kojima, so it’s not necessarily an instant winner even for the most die-hard fans of the franchise.

When? February 20th

Far Cry 5

What is it : Running on the latest version of the always beautiful Crytek game engine, the 5th installment in the main franchise is set in back country Montana pitting religious cults, anti-government separatists and the locals against each other with plenty of bullets, explosions, fire and deadly wildlife the serious is known for.

Why it could be awesome : A pretty good franchise track record, a massive budget, a game engine that can look absolutely stunning when executed right and plenty of game-play trailers floating around that look like the developers might have done just that. If your a Far Cry fan and have been putting off upgrading your old gaming PC, this might be the game that pushes you over the edge. You’re going to want to crank the settings up to high on this one to get the full effect.

When? March 27th

Crackdown 3

What is it : Featuring the voice of Terry Crews as a playable character, this sci-fi over the top GTA’esc open world action game features a single player  campaign, co-op and competitive multiplayer modes and a boasts a fully destructible city.

Why it could be awesome : For those who know and love the Crackdown series, it looks like more of the same, dialed up to 11, a little Terry Crews, more destruction and mayhem and actually getting a day 1 PC release!

When? TBD Q2 2018 (Delayed from November 2017)

Age of Empires 4

What is it : A long (loooooooong) awaiting installment in the franchise with fans waiting since the launch of the 3rd game in 2005. Real time strategy games are few and far between these days which is a real shame of those of us who love them and it’s sufficed to say anyone who does is really looking forward to this one.

Why it could be awesome : Hopefully staying true to it’s roots and not straying too far the core mechanics that made AOE3 such a classic, this one is being developed by Relic. You may know these guys as the developers behind Dawn of War and Company of Heroes which is arguably two of the best RTS franchises of recent memory (although granted there isn’t many to choose from).

When? TBD 2018

Anthem

What is it : A fantasy sci fi open world action shooter with RPG elements reminiscent of the Destiny games. Not too else much is known about the game at this stage aside from a trailer released last year but it’s enough to give you an idea of the look and feel the developers are going for.

Why it could be awesome : Developing it is the same Bioware team that is responsible for the Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games.

When? TBD Q3 2018

Jurassic World Evolution

What is it : Imagine a theme park tycoon game with a it’s core mechanic being essentially a business simulator as you adjust ticket prices, build attractions and make sure your gift shop is placed right at exit. Now add giant murderous dinosaurs and a chance that if you mess up, your main attractions could violently murder all your customers.

Why it could be awesome : Who better to develop a game like this than the team behind RollerCoaster Tycoon. We can rest assured at the very least the theme park sim mechanics will be pretty sound. Let’s just hope they get the murderous dinosaur violence right too.

When? Q3 2018

 

The Crew 2

What is it : Something for you racing fans to be excited for, this time around with boats and planes! The trailers set a high bar, lets hope Ubisoft can live up to the hype they are building and that it’s not packed full of micro-transactions.

Why it could be awesome : The developers are ex Eden Games who worked on Need for Speed, Test Drive Unlimited, the original The Crew and V-Rally so their qualifications check out. Visuals look great and if they don’t mess up the core mechanics or force those of us who just want to stick to the cars and bikes to have to grind through boat or plane races to progress, it should be a winner.

When? Q2-Q3 2018

 

 

Honorable Mentions

Not too much is known about these titles, some don’t have solid release dates or even release windows to expect but they are all due sometime this year.

  • Dead Island 2
  • Quake Champions
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Metro Exodus
  • State of Decay 2
  • Dark Souls Remastered
  • System Shock 3 (Maybe)
  • Monster Hunter : World
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Vampyr

Final Note

There are so many more titles than we mentioned here in this article, and probably a few absolute gems too. We just wanted to highlight a few of the ones on our own radar for anyone who hasn’t already in the know.

So is it time for a new custom gaming PC?

In case you haven’t guessed, that’s what we do around here, and we do it dam well.  If your gaming PC just ins’t holding up and you want to be ready to go the moment your most anticipated game of 2018 hits, head on over to our store page ( evatech.com.au ) and check out our custom PC builder. Your just a few clicks away from getting a brand new, fully custom rig built to order and delivered to your door by Australia’s #1 gaming PC retailer.

Windows patches CPU bug, gaming performance unaffected

News has been circulating about a processor (CPU) bug with all Intel chips released in the last ~10 years which requires an operating system level fix. There is a disclosure from Google which indicates AMD processors are also affected by this, despite AMD previously saying they are not impacted.

Early reports suggest if the exploit is taken advantage of by a malicious party, they could gain complete control of your system – this is purely speculative and absolute worst case – there is so far no evidence of this being exploited in the wild so far.

The patch required to fix this can cause an impact on performance. It will slow down “syscalls” (function calls where the program talks directly to the operating system). This includes everything from opening files to communicating over the network; it’s virtually impossible to write a program without it. Performance impact will vary between applications; programs that don’t make as many syscalls may be mostly unchanged or unnoticeable. Although there’s a lot of uncertainty, rumours, and secrecy involved (to ensure the information doesn’t get into the wrong hands before adequate steps have been made to keep us all safeguarded first): we have some benchmarks.

The fix released for Linux with an i7 6700 calling the getpid syscall 100,000,000 (one-hundred million) times:
Before the patch: ~3.8 seconds
After the patch: ~15 seconds

Gaming performance however is a completely different ballpark – because games doesn’t need to interact with the OS directly nearly as often (if at all) as gaming benchmarks (below) have proven.

Testing conducted on Linux with a Intel i7 8700K and Radeon RX Vega 64 (thanks to Michael Larabel @ phoronix)

It is imperative that you do allow the Windows updater to run in order to protect yourself from being compromised.

It’s important to note that Intel has stated any performance impacts are entirely workload-dependant (as our research also implies) and that for the average computer user, should not be significant, and that it will also be mitigated over time by further OS updates.

As for our customers, apart from ensuring their Windows updates are turned on and they let it complete, gaming should be largely unaffected, so, happy continued gaming!

Goodbye 2017… Hello 2018!

The year sure blew by here at Evatech HQ, we had a lot going on to keep us all busy.

Almost as soon as we started back in January, we had Intel’s 7th Gen CPUs launch; Kaby Lake. This also saw the introduction of Z270, H270, and B250 series motherboards. Previous series Z170, H170, B150, and H110 motherboards were able to take a BIOS update to cope with the 7th Gen CPUs, but were mostly replaced once the new stock had become abundantly available.

By late February we had added AMD’s comeback to CPUs and motherboards after their previous release which was back in 2011. Ryzen has had quite a few issues since its launch, and Evatech still advises against Ryzen for all our customers. We also released our own warranty service, dropping support of National Warranty Services (NWS) in order to give Evatech ultimate control of the quality of work carried out on our customers’ PCs.

In March we saw Nvidia launch the highly anticipated GTX 1080 TI graphics card, which is still the best gaming graphics card you can buy today. Ryzen also released their lower-end CPUs. Evatech officially picked up InWin cases. While not the easiest or most conventional to build in, they do have an undeniable pleasing look to them once completed.

April. What can I say? We kept our heads down and got work done.

Skipping ahead to May, we got a look at RGB RAM done very, very right, with GSkill’s DDR4 Trident Z RGB RAM.

In June, we launched our Zurich workstation PC which has proved to be very popular amongst businesses and individuals who spend most of their time working in 3D design applications and the likes. A few weeks after the success of the Zurich, we added our Stealth PC, which offers home users the ability to go further than our original Everest PC in terms of performance, and is also focused on quiet operation. As if this wasn’t enough, Intel also launched their X299 series of motherboards, to replace the X99 series. With this of course, a new range of CPUs, for the first time ever going up to an i9 CPU, instead of the previous highest end i7 CPU.

In early July we were finally able to announce that we had been working with Channel 7’s hit new TV show focused on PC/console gaming; screenPLAY. screenPLAY airs on 7mate, and was recently moved from a Thursday 10pm time-slot to Thursday 7:30pm. The show is hosted by faces that should be familiar to most gamers or game enthusiasts: Stephanie Bendixsen (@hexsteph), Nich Richardson (@nichboy), and Miles Ross (@MilesTheRoss). Evatech supplied screenPLAY with the PCs they use to game on, record the gameplay, as well as edit and process the video footage for the TV show that is then aired on YouTube and/or TV! We also provided the gaming chairs you will see the hosts sitting on.

With August we started to get a taste for Bitcoin’s ability to influence PC hardware availability and pricing. Bitcoin’s price started to surge, and crypto-currency miners all over the globe started to buy up Evatech’s favourite GPUs: GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and GTX 1080 TI. We turned away requests to building mining rigs, or customers who were obviously after graphics cards for mining purposes as we are all about gaming. We experienced some delays while we struggled to get our hands on top-tier graphics cards for our customers, but still managed to get PCs out on time for our gaming customers.

September started off with a bang as Deakin University placed an order for five X299 PCs, each of them identical: liquid cooled i9 7900X, 128GB DDR4 RAM, 4x liquid cooled GTX 1080 TI, a 2TB SSD, 8TB HDD, 1500w PSU, and sleeved PSU cables. After receiving the five PCs, they fairly promptly ordered another four of the same system for another campus. Oh yeah, each system was valued at over $14,000. Evatech single-handedly wiped out Australia’s stock of liquid cooled GTX 1080 TIs, meaning we had to bring in many units from the US to build the PCs in time. It was around this time that the crypto-currency mining had taken its toll on RAM availability and pricing, unfortunately.

Deakin’s second order of expensive PCs brought us into October, which also saw the new Quadro series of graphics cards added to our workstation PCs. Nvidia also released their GTX 1070 TI graphics card, which hasn’t seemed too popular just yet. We also loaned a gaming PC to screenPLAY to use at PAX in Melbourne (since they film in Sydney). Later in the month, we were introduced to Intel’s 8th Gen CPUs; Coffee Lake. Availability of Coffee Lake was next to non-existent however, and Evatech’s website didn’t begin offering Coffee Lake powered custom PCs until later the next month… What’s the next month?!

November! We were finally able to list Coffee Lake in our Valkyrie X custom PC. Kaby Lake is still offered in our Valkyrie system, along-side Coffee Lake, probably for the next 6 months or so until Intel finishes the 8th Gen release entirely. So far, we’ve only got Intel’s Z370 series of motherboards, with the rest to follow in the first half of next year (rumoured).

With our workload really ramping up in November, December had started and we hadn’t even realised it for the first week. Apart from getting PCs out to customers all over Australia in time for Christmas and the summer school holidays, we had a lot to be thankful for: coming to the end of our best year yet. Due to being a relatively new company in this space, we’ve only just really started to see return customers in a big way this year. With their old systems just not able to keep up with the ever-demanding new game releases. We’re happy to see happy customers come back for more of the Evatech experience.

We have a lot of people to thank, starting with you; the customers. Without you, we simply wouldn’t be able to work in such a challenging and rewarding space, being able to bring dreams to reality for those who know what they want and those who are unsure but don’t want to be ripped off or mislead.

Next goes to our hard-working staff; management, purchasing, accounting, technicians, support, and sales. All working together seamlessly to maintain our high customer satisfaction levels.

Finally to all our partners; distributors, brands, and couriers. Without any of these, we’d have nothing. And let’s not forget our happy friends over at screenPLAY! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed sponsoring the show, as well as prizes to happy viewers of the show.

Thank you to all who have been a part of our journey so far, we sincerely look forward to working with all of you in the new year, and also aspire to please the newcomers in 2018.

Look for us in the new year – we’re here to stay, but might have a new look…

Hope you and your loved ones have very happy and safe Christmas & New Years celebrations.