The wildly popular Unreal Engine 4 powered battle royal first personal survival shooter game that entered early access on steam in March has already moved 2 million units and to celebrate the developer, BlueHole is holding a live twit scream in which 128 UK and US gamers will compete.
As part of the event they will be taking donations (Matched up to $100,000 by BlueHole) for Gamers Outreach, a charity that provides games and gadgets to young children in hospitals.
The stream is set to kick off on May 5th at 3am AEST and last 8 hours.
For those not yet familiar with the game, Battlegrounds plunged 100+ players in to a massive map that slowly shrinks over time imposing ever increasingly player dense areas for shoot outs until only one is left standing. Yes a lot of it’s mechanics have been done before by DayZ, The Culling and a slew of other early access games littering steam but the difference is, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds does it right and with a much higher degree of polish.
While a lot of the competitions offerings are far less polished, the major issue is that a lot of them suffer from prolonged periods of simply boring, slow game play if you happen to have spawned on the wrong side of the map, or if your particular server isn’t very populated. Battlegrounds solves this with it’s dynamic map size adapting to the number of players left alive and it’s points of interest on the maps luring players in to the same area promoting conflict.
Be warned, the game is still technically in development regardless of how polished it feels, so don’t expect a flawless bug free experiance out of the game. That being said the developers have been on the ball with updates and lot of new content is surely right around the corner.
It’s currently $29.99 USD on Steam and easily found at the top of the best sellers list.
If your keen to jump in and try it out but your PC is quiet up to the task, maybe it’s time for a new one?! Checkout our custom gaming PC range today by visiting our store page.
For years the Call of Duty franchise has departed from it’s WW2 roots with both modern and futuristic settings to glee of many but the frustration of fans of the original games.
Time to say goodbye to wall running, lasers, double jumping and jet-packing as today Activision released the first reveal trailer for Call of Duty : WWII developed by Sledgehammer Games hinting a strong emphasis on the European theater and a single player campaign that follows the 1st Infantry Division.
This doesn’t mean multi-player has taken a back seat, every one knows a huge number of COD fans never or barely touch single player opting to jump straight in to multiplayer from day one. In an article on Forbes.com, contributor Erik Kain detailed the four core multiplayer games modes as;
Offering a robust social space dedicated to engagement off the frontlines, Headquarters paves the way for all-new avenues of Multiplayer interaction, recognition and awards unlike anything experienced in the franchise to date. Divisions
A new way to engage in a player’s Multiplayer career — Divisions immerse players in the heroic journey of enlisting in the world’s most historic war. Choose from a variety of Divisions, including Infantry and Armored Divisions. War Mode
A new Multiplayer experience that immerses players in iconic World War II battles, where Allied and Axis clash in team-driven gameplay in the fight for strategic objectives. Boots-on-the-Ground Gameplay
Multiplayer marks a return to iconic boots on the ground Call of Duty gameplay that fans know and love, featuring an arsenal of World War II-era weapons, and fast-paced, heart-pumping, intense run-and-gun action.
Also rumored to make a return, Nazi Zombies, a co-op wave survival mode that has been a staple of the Sledgehammer developed COD titles for years now.
Due to be released on November 3rd several more trailers are expected to be released in the meantime detailing more of the game modes and features.
While of course the game will be released on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Nintendo hasn’t confirmed or denied a Switch version although it seems unlikely.
For more on Call of Duty : WWII stay tuned and in the meantime if it’s time you upgraded your gaming PC head on over to our store page (here) and start customizing a new one to make sure your ready for November!
While the very successful and critically claimed Destiny from Halo’s Bungee studios was a console excursive, Destiny 2 is making it’s it way to PC this September with a simultaneous cross platform launch.
It is currently unclear if the MMO world player base will be separated by platform or if PC and console players will cohabitate the same servers.
Hopefully, as with the first release, Destiny 2 will have Australian (typically in Sydney) based servers for the region.
All we really have to go by at this point is a few leaked posters and an official announcement trailer.
Stay tuned for more details as they develop. We should get a better idea of system requirements and game-play features closer to launch and a beta will be open to those who pre-order.
As PC gamers it’s always good to be a little concerned with the quality of the ‘port’ of a console game as we’ve all seen instances of it going terribly wrong but coming from a studio with a stellar track record like Bungee we are confident it will be just as good if not better than it’s console counterparts.
If your looking for a new gaming PC to make sure your ready to go come September, look no further an www.evatech.com.au and get free shipping for limited time only, Australia wide, simply by adding any custom PC to your cart.
Evatech, shipping Australia’s finest custom gaming PCs from Melbourne to Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart and everywhere in between.
Evatech has long been the solution that businesses, schools, universities, colleges, training institutions and professional contractors turn to when they need a custom solution that the ever the counter, over priced black boxes from folks like Apple, HP, Dell & Lenovo just aren’t up to the job.
We take pride in our flexibility, reliability and wealth of technical knowledge that gives us the ability to not only deliver the requirements but to work with customers to design the perfect solutions to fit their needs.
Here is just some of the ever growing list of institutions we’ve had the pleasure of supplying over the years.
University of Melbourne
University of Adelaide
University of Sydney
The Scots College
University of New South Wales
University of Canberra
St Patrick College
Caulfield School of Information Technology
St Mark College
Melbourne School of Design
University of New England, NSW
University of Southern Queensland
We stand behind each and every custom PC we’ve delivered throughout Australia knowing that they have been expertly assembled, setup and tested from the highest grade components.
If your in need of a custom PC solution, get in touch and join the long list of Australia’s finest that choose Evatech to power them in to tomorrow and beyond. Head on over to our store page at https://evatech.com.au and start customizing a build on line or click the contact button, let us know your requirements and let our experts handle the rest.
The GTX 1080 TI is here and GTX 1080 and 1070 series cards have dropped! It’s never been a better time to buy as far as performance / dollar ratio goes and our friends over at TechPowerUp.com have done the tedious yet important job of bench-marking this new beast.
You’ll notice the Titan X Pascal in the benchmarks below which comes very close performance wise to the TI but remember, that’s card is almost double the price and was never official distributed in Australia.
First in to the ring is Battlefield 1, Ultra Settings @ 4K resolution (3840×2160).
Next up, again at highest possible settings and 4K resolution is GTA V.
And last but not least, Watch Dogs 2, highest settings and 4k resolution.
For more benchmarks including 1080P resolution tests and much more in depth analysis checkout TechPowerUp.com
Time to buy a GTX 1080 TI powered custom gaming PC?
Well you are in the right place. Head on over to our custom gaming PC builder page linked here and start putting together your next dream custom gaming PC rig today. We’ll do all the hard work of assembly, setup and burn in testing before having it delivered right to your door or if your a local Melbournite you can drop in and pick it up at our Oakleigh South store!
As you can imagine the first shipments are limited but arriving often so get your pre-order in soon for ‘first in, first served’ allocation!
Good news if your already a GTX 1000 series owners.
Nvidia’s latest driver release (378.78) delivers Ansel support for Ghost Recon Wildlands, GTX 1080 TI support and a whole lot of DX12 performance improvements!
The first of 4 planned expansions to EA’s hugely popular Battlefield 1 is right around the corner.
Available March 14th, “They Shall Not Pass” introduces the French army as they defend their homeland on the western front. Four new maps, a new tank, a new elite class, a new stationary weapon and a new tank gun are also added to the fray to mix up the formula with a focus on close quarters combat.
A little later in the year but without a specific launch date announced just yet, In “The Name of the Tsar” is set to introduce the Russians on the freezing snow covered eastern front with “Turning Tides” and “Apocalypse” expansion packs to follow, each with more maps, classes and weapons.
We know there is mixed emotions about publishers like EA and Ubisoft’s post launch paid content updates and expansions. Many people think they are just trying to nickel and dime players with content that should have been in the original release. However considering the amount of content in each expansion and the original release, when it comes to Battlefield 1 and how many hours I already have and inevitably will continue to sink in to it, I personally feel the value proposition is pretty dam good.
Thinking of buying a new custom gaming PC to play Battlefield 1? Head on over to our custom PC builder where we have the hardware requirements built in to make it even that much easier!
As of this afternoon, pre-orders for the upcoming, long awaited new flagship GTX 1080TI gaming video card are now available across the range of custom gaming PCs.
Get in quick as stock is severely limited and is strictly allocated on a first in first served basis. First shipments should land late next week with system builds beginning the moment the stock arrives.
The first few weeks will be limited to the founders editions provided by Nvidia with AIB partners like MSI, Gigabyte and Asus adding their custom designed coolers and PCBs to the mix roughly a month or so after the first cards land in Australia.
Nvidia boasts that this is the biggest and best TI release with the largest performance increase of any TI edition model in history (Up to 35%).
With 3584 cuda cores, 11GB of GDDR5X memory and 11Gbps throughput this is a beast of GPU by any measure and truly secures Nvidia’s place at the top of the GPU game for the near future.
Worth noting that Nvidia has also dropped the DVI cable support natively and while there are HDMI to DVI adapters, the card itself will only come with HDMI and DisplayPort inputs. However if your monitor doesn’t support HDMI or DisplayPort maybe a new monitor should be at the top of your shopping list instead of this card (which should be second).
So what are you waiting for, head on over to our store page and start customizing your next GTX 1080TI powered gaming PC today and be among the first in the world to bask in the glory of having the worlds fastest consumer gaming GPU on the market.
We (Evatech) was proudly one of the first Australian retailers to offer a fully featured website that put customers in control of their custom PC builds, while ensuring you don’t accidentally order a system that isn’t compatible. Over the years, we’ve heard from our customers that our website is the best experience they’ve found, and we thought we’d check out what the competition has to offer.
We were fairly surprised to see that nobody has caught up to us. Here at Evatech, since launching our custom PC builder, we’ve never stopped coming up with ways to make it better or easier to use. Yet our competition are still years behind, lacking even the most basic features.
Instant on page incompatibility checking on all major component combinations (tens of millions of possible combinations) !
On page PSU wattage requirement calculator, because higher wattage means nothing if your not using it!
Performance indicators for all the latest and greatest PC games so you know what to expect before you spend a dime.
Order tracking from the moment you checkout so you can check in on every state of the process from invoicing to building, testing, packing and dispatch.
The ability to save configurations indefinitely, re-edit them, share them with friends or family for advice and come back later when it’s most convenient for you.
A physical location in Melbourne where local customers can drop in and get real advise from the team who are happy to walk you through every step of the process and take the order right there over the counter.
Secure, well packaged and fully insured courier delivery. We’ve shipped tens of thousands of fragile high powered custom PCs nation wide and know how to do it right.
With the long and much hyped lead up the release AMD’s latest chipset and CPU’s, we’ve field hundreds of customers questions with the same answer. “We don’t know yet, nothing is official, it’s all just rumours!”. Today, that has changed! AMD has lifted the vale (NDA), announced the release date and allowed its motherboard partners to release the details of their line ups.
Stock is due to land March 3rd and the our newest edition to the Evatech custom gaming PC line up is now available for pre-order in the form the Wraith.
At this point in time there is two motherboard chipsets to choose from, the X370 at the high end and the B350 for mid range. There is also only 3 different CPU’s to make decision making a little easier.
R7 1700, the entry level R7 model sports 8 cores and 16 threads like it’s bigger brothers but at a slightly lower clock speed and no build in precision auto overclocking features.
R7 1700X is the next step up with a boosted base clock speed and the addition of auto-overclocking.
R7 1800X, the top dog of the lot at the highest clock speed and presumably cherry picked from the manufacturing process for the best ‘overclockability’.
While performance per core means the Kaby Lake CPU’s might still be best overall consumer gaming option, Ryzen’s twice as many cores gives it a real leg up in heavily multi-threaded gaming (and non gaming).
For previous AMD owners who was left with a bad taste in their mouth after forking out for the FX 9XXX series CPUs riddled with heat and stability issues and underwhelming performance, Ryzen is definitely worth giving AMD a second chance. With these 8 core CPUs now on the same 14nm process as Kaby Lake and only having TDPs of just 95w we don’t anticipate any heat issues with it only being 4w higher than Intel’s quad core i7 range which are extremely heat efficient.
I’m sure benchmarks and videos from YouTube reviewers will be flooding the internet shortly but we can already confirm, AMD is back in the CPU game and Intel better watch out if it wants to keep it’s current dominant market share in the desktop CPU market.
So what are you waiting for ? Jump on to our store website at www.evatech.com.au and start customising the AMD Ryzen Wraith Custom Gaming PC today. Systems begin assembly when stock lands March 3rd, first in first served.
Yep, you read that right the first time. Civ 6 is getting an Australian ‘Civilization’. Prime minister John Curtain leads the nation who’s unique unit is the Digger, replacing the basic infantryman and receives a bonus when fighting outside it’s own territory.
Additional unique traits of the Australian Civ is added extra housing bonuses for coastal cities and a production bonus when other Civ’s declare war on it.
For more details checkout the first look video below.
Australia is getting introduced in the next content update to Civilization 6 expected to land in the next few weeks, yet no official release date has been announced.