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Warner Bros. Suspends Sales of PC Version of Batman: Arkham Knight
Warner Bros. Suspends Sales of PC Version of Batman: Arkham Knight
With all the problems facing the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, this bit of news may or may not surprise you. Warner Bros. is suspending sales of Batman: Arkham Knight and has even removed its buy option from Steam. You can still go to the game's Steam page and read all the reviews that highlight what all is wrong with it. Warner Bros. issued the following statement, which you can also see on the Steam store page:
We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards. We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.
Thank you to those players who have already given valuable feedback. We are continuously monitoring all threads posted in the Official Batman: Arkham Knight Community and Steam forums, as well as any issues logged with our Customer Support ( If you purchased your copy of the game and are not satisfied with your experience, then we ask for your patience while these issues are resolved. If desired, you can request a refund at (Steam refund policies can be found here: or the retail location where you purchased the game.
The Batman: Arkham fans have continually supported the franchise to its current height of success, and we want to thank you for your patience as we work to deliver an updated version of Batman: Arkham Knight on PC so you can all enjoy the final chapter of the Batman: Arkham series as it was meant to be played.
It is a rather bold move, but perhaps the only thing left to WB at this point. The game's rating on Steam is "Mostly Negative," while the previous Batman: Arkham games are all in the "Positive" and above section. I suppose it's a good thing Steam now offers refunds, since people can take advantage of it with Arkham Knight. Green Man Gaming recently amended its refund policy to better accomodate any angry PC gamers wanting to get their money back from this game.
From the 30FPS framerate cap to the missing textures (ones that do appear on console) and game stuttering, Batman: Arkham Knight is a prime example of a shoddy PC port. This is also why pre-ordering a game is truly a crapshoot, because you can never guarantee the performance will be flawless. Maybe the poor response to Batman: Arkham Knight and the suspended Steam sales will serve as a wakeup call for developers and publishers to actually give a damn about PC gaming.
Source: Steam and PC Gamer

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Lenovo Announces Ideacenter Stick 300 PC Stick
Lenovo Announces Ideacenter Stick 300 PC Stick
Lenovo has announced a new entry into the HDMI dongle PC stick market with the Ideacenter 300 Stick. The Stick plugs into an open HDMI port on any monitor or TV and turns it into a computer. It features an Intel Baytrail Z3735F CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and can run Windows 8.1. The Ideacenter 300 Stick starts at $129 but is not yet available for purchase.
Source: Neo Win

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Project CARS 2 Releases Early Video, Starts Crowdfunding Effort
Project CARS was released just two months ago and it appears that developer Slightly Mad Studios already has its sights set on the sequel. Gamers that wish to support the game can do so through the Project CARS 2 World of Mass Development page with their choice of five membership tiers. Prices range from £50 to £10,000 with rewards that range from a copy of the game to "an all expense paid dinner with the head of studio Andy Tudor at a luxury hotel in London along with a 'luxury weekend itinerary' including use of a Ferrari 458 Spider and a host of other extravagant goodies." The game will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and will feature more than 200 courses and more than 200 cars. Some videos of an early build were made available briefly, but now appear to have been marked as private on YouTube.
Source: Euro Gamer and WCCF Tech

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AMD Addresses Spinoff Rumors
On Friday Reuters reported that AMD had hired a consulting firm to help it explore potential options to breakup or spinoff the company into multiple parts. AMD issued a statement to WCCF Tech shortly thereafter through spokesperson Sarah Youngbauer to address the rumors stating, "AMD provided official confirmation that we have not hired an outside agency to explore spinning-off/splitting the company. We remain committed to the long-term strategy we laid out for the company in May at our Financial Analyst Day, which encompasses all parts of the business."
Source: WCCF Tech

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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Edition
We are at the middle of another week, with June nearing its end, but not before there are some reviews and articles for you to check out. There is a look at AMD's new Radeon R9 Fury X, the company's top dog using a Fiji core, so be sure to hit up the review to see what it is capable of doing. We also have a way of keeping your CPU nice and cool, wth the Scythe Tatsumi, and it won't break the bank, either. If you're curious about Qualcomm, there is a look back at its history and GPU revolution, or is that evolution? The Matias Tactile Pro 4 keyboard gets tested to check on whether or not it should be your new means of entry. Lastly there's an article examining the common default router IP addresses to help with troubleshooting.
Video Cards

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB @ PC Perspective
CPU Cooling

Scythe Tatsumi @ ThinkComputers

Matias Tactile Pro 4 Keyboard @ Madshrimps

TechSpot: A list of common default router IP addresses @ TechSpot

Qualcomm History and its GPU (R)evolution @ PC Perspective

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