Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege - Amethyst Weapon Skin

Rainbow Six Siege has fully unveiled its next two operators, adding a new attacker and defender to the game's roster.

The high armour, low speed Clash is the game's first defender to operate a shield - a weapon-type previously restricted to attacking operators.

The shield is intended to halt to progress of on-coming players, inviting teammates to flank while Clash absorbs on-coming fire. It can also shoot out electric shocks for anyone that gets near, slowing them down and dealing a spot of damage.

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A U.S. federal judge has agreed to grant Take-Two Interactive an injunction against the creator of Grand Theft Auto 5 cheat programs, Menyoo and Absolute.

As reported by Reuters (via Gamasutra), the parent company of Rockstar, Take-Two, issued a preliminary injunction against David Zipperer, from Georgia, USA, after it asserted the cheat programs griefed competitors without their consent or knowledge, causing "irreparable harm to [Take-Two's] sales and reputation".

Although the court dismissed Take-Two's complaint that the hacker's "unfair competition" had lost the company half a million dollars, it agreed that an injunction would be in the public interest and prohibited Zipperer from selling the programs. Manhattan U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton also agreed Zipperer had infringed upon Take-Two's copyright.

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Just in case you're one of the six people left in the world yet to try Overwatch, Blizzard has announced another free weekend that perfectly ties in with the final pre-Christmas UK bank holiday of 2018.

Running between 7pm (UK time) on 23rd and 8am (UK time) on 28th August, the trial will be available across PC, PlayStation and Xbox One, and offer the full complement of 28 heroes, including new kid - well, hamster - on the block, Wrecking Ball.

All modes will be available across all 18 maps, and you'll be able to keep any progress you make should you be tempted into finally shelling out for the full game - just make sure you use the same account and platform you used to play your test drive.

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Choosing the right gaming monitor can be tricky. While some PC peripherals like mice and keyboards are mostly matters of personal preference, some gaming monitors are just objectively better than others, offering higher resolutions, faster refresh rates or more accurate colours. Monitors can also last a long time - often five years or more - and you'll probably use them every day, whether you're playing games or trying to get some work done.

That makes it important to choose the right monitor, but the options for brands, specs and features can be overwhelming. That's why we are keeping it simple, to give you the gaming monitor recommendations you need with the bare minimum of jargon. Whether you're looking for the absolute best monitor on the market, the best budget option or something in between, we've got you covered across a large range of different gaming use-cases.

Each person's needs are different, so we tailored our picks towards specific scenarios - the best monitors for fans of single-player games, multiplayer games, console games and so on. We also chose monitors across a range of price points, so you'll be able to find a reasonable recommendation no matter how big or small your budget is.

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Snuck out a few weeks back, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB has been met with some degree of bafflement and bewilderment from the PC hardware press, but choose the right model - like the Gigabyte example reviewed here - and you have the best entry-level budget GPU on the market. As things stand, our only major criticism of the vanilla GTX 1050 is its meagre 2GB of framebuffer memory - not enough for console-quality textures on many games. This revised model beefs up processing power and adds that crucial extra gig of RAM, but it comes with a sting in the tail - memory bandwidth drops significantly, meaning a performance penalty in some games.

It's a curious situation but the bottom line is that the GP107 processor used in both 1050 and 1050 Ti comes equipped with a 128-bit memory interface - good for 2GB and 4GB VRAM configurations but incompatible with a 3GB set-up. The only way Nvidia can create this new model is by shaving the memory interface down to 96-bits, meaning a substantial 25 per cent hit to memory bandwidth - 112GB/s becomes a mere 84GB/s. By extension, ROP count is hit too - this is reduced to 24 instead of the usual 32. On paper, it looks like a fudge - a round peg forced through a square hole, especially considering that lower-end GPUs can use all the memory bandwidth they can get.

Nvidia's solution to the potentially crippling performance hit? The GTX 1050 3GB comes with the full complement of CUDA cores found in the top-end GTX 1050 Ti, meaning 768 of them up against the cut-back 640 in the vanilla two gig version of the same card. This is backed by a higher boost clock, meaning that Nvidia is attempting to mitigate the bandwidth cutbacks by brute-forcing higher performance through sheer compute alone. Almost inevitably then, in-game frame-rates vs other GP107 cards will depend very much on how much they rely on compute power or memory bandwidth. The benchmarks later on will reveal all.

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DICE has offered a glimpse - and I mean a glimpse - at Battlefield 5's battle royale mode.

The sneak peek came at the end of a recently-released trailer for the WW2-themed shooter, and shows a ring of fire - Battlefield 5's version of Fortnite's Storm Eye or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' blue zone - closing in on a handful of players who are scrambling to survive.

DICE has yet to reveal any information about Battlefield 5 battle royale, save it's called Royale. We don't know how many players it will feature or the mechanics at play. But the tease in the video above shows off a tank trampling all over a building, so it looks like tanks are in.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

On Steam, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is often accused of being riddled by bugs, performing badly and in dire need of attention from developer Bluehole.

Outside of Steam, PUBG seems to be having a much better time of it.

The battle royale phenomenon is a monster hit on mobile, where it's been downloaded more than 100m times since it came out over four months ago. The mobile version has over 14 million daily users, PUBG Corp recently said.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

In the real world, house prices are so high that owning your own home is a pipedream for millions.

But what would it cost to buy a house in, say, Skyrim, if it were in the real world? Well, all of a sudden house prices get a bit more realistic.

Mortgage broker L&C Mortgages spent some time working out the real world cost of property in a raft of video games, including Skyrim, Fallout, Zelda and The Witcher 3.

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Time for another look at this week's best deals - and just a few days until the Shenmue remasters hit! I'm unashamed to admit that I'm looking forward to playing through both Shenmue games more than I am most of this year's big releases. Okay, maybe I'm a little ashamed to say that, but that's just me. This week's batch of gaming deals ranges from graphics cards to MicroSD cards, with plenty of things that aren't cards also.

As usual, we've got deals that'll work in the UK, deals that'll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let's get started.

For the next few hours, you can get yourself a copy of big brother paranoia simulator Orwell absolutely free from Humble. That's it, no catch as far as I can see, just a free game. The key will redeem on Steam, by the way, in case you were wondering. Fill your boots.

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FIFA 19 is going big on the Spanish league with 16 brand new stadiums in the game.

In FIFA 19 you can pick any of the officially-licensed LaLiga clubs and play in their stadium in Career and Kick-Off modes, or add the item to your FIFA Ultimate Team club. However, PES still has the Camp Nou exclusively as part of its licensing deal with Barcelona.

Here are all 19 available stadiums (16 are new):

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