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Sony hiring for its 'next generation gaming system', is this the PS5?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 37 mins ago

We've heard previous rumors of the PlayStation 5 in that it would be a cloud-based console, with the producer of Tekken teasing that it wouldn't be a physical console at all. Now we're seeing job postings from Sony, teasing the PS5 once again.

 

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On the official Sony PlayStation page, the Japanese giant is looking for a "Senior Game Programmer", with the job description reads: "We have an exciting opportunity at Sony Computer Entertainment of America (PlayStation). We seek a senior game programmer to assist us in developing a game used for R&D purposes related to our next generation gaming system. For someone passionate about gaming this is a very rare opportunity. After reviewing the below job profile, if this is you, please apply!"

 

The PS4 has enjoyed 19 months on the market so far, but most games are not being rendered at 1080p let alone 1080p 60FPS. I think Sony would cannabalize PS4 sales with a new console, but if it introduced the PS5 with a discrete GPU and told consumers and gamers that it was capable of 4K 60FPS and 1080p 120FPS, for $499, it would sell very well. Project Morpheus, Sony's virtual reality headset, is going to need much more grunt than the PS4 is capable of to deliver a great VR experience, so bring on the PS5.

Samsung announces 10nm production for 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 2 hours, 13 mins ago

Intel has already teased that it will begin talking about its plans for 10nm later this year, but rival Samsung has said that it plans to ramp up its 10nm production sometime in 2016.

 

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Samsung has confirmed that the smaller node will be in "full production" sometime in 2016, but other than that, it was very coy about its plans. With Intel expected to be the first to 10nm, its rivals are now playing catch up, with 2016 being the year of 10nm technology. TSMC isn't far behind with 10nm, either.

 

The South Korean electronics giant has also confirmed that its 14nm FinFET technology is being made in four foundries, with two of them located in South Korea, and two of them in the United States.

The second Oculus Connect conference hits Hollywood on September 23-25

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 hours, 49 mins ago

Oculus VR is set to host its Oculus Connect 2 developer conference between September 23-25 in Hollywood, California. The second annual developer conference will be held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

 

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We are to expect keynote speakers to include Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe, Chief Scientist Michael Abrash, and CTO John Carmack. According to a blog post from Oculus, the conference will provide "everything developers need to know to launch on the Rift and Gear VR". Samsung now has its second generation Gear VR out in the wild, which can be powered by the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge smartphones.

 

In just over two weeks time on June 11, we have the "Step into the Rift" event in San Francisco, where we should be fully introduced to the first consumer Oculus Rift, the CV1. With company founder Palmer Luckey in some seriously hot water of accusations that he stole secret documents from his ex-VR employer, it'll be interesting to see if Luckey tackles any questions regarding this at Oculus Connect 2.

BlackBerry slashing jobs, continues shift away from smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 12 hours, 37 mins ago

It was just a few days ago when BlackBerry CEO John Chen said his company could make the handset business profitable again, that didn't mean BlackBerry won't get rid of some employees. It's unknown how many employees are being let go, but most work in the device business - while BlackBerry adds engineers and select workers.

 

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"We continue to grow customer-facing teams around the world, and we continue to invest in bringing in new talent to support areas of strategic focus around software, enterprise, security and the Internet of Things, for example," the company said in a statement.

 

The company remains dedicated to the enterprise, providing enterprise software and hardware, IoT, and cybersecurity.

Continue reading 'BlackBerry slashing jobs, continues shift away from smartphones' (full post)

Intel will talk about its 10nm production later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 18 hours, 12 mins ago

Intel has said that the development of its 10nm technology is coming along well, with the chipmaker to begin talking about its plans for the future using 10nm later in the year.

 

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President of Intel, Renee James, said during a recent Q&A session with stockholders at Intel's annual meeting: "The 10nm development is progressing very well. You will start to see start-up cost in the second half of the year on 10nm. We will talk about the timing of [10nm] later this year - the early part of next year about when that will happen".

 

We don't know much about Intel and its 10nm manufacturing process, but the company is wanting to increase transistor density, while reducing per transistor cost. This is something that other companies have failed to do with their shift into 14nm and 16nm FinFET processes, but Intel will hopefully see much more success with its 10nm technology.

Codemasters delays F1 2015, new release date of July 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 20 hours, 13 mins ago

F1 2015 had an original release window of June, but Codemasters has just delayed the game to July 10. To try and fan the rage away, Codemasters released a new in-engine teaser trailer, which you can see below.

 

 

With F1 2015 built from the ground up for current generation consoles, it also sports a brand new engine and handling model. Codemasters' Game Director, Paul Jeal, has come out and said: "F1 2015 marks an exciting new chapter for Codemasters and FORMULA ONE; it's a shift in direction for the game series, on new formats and our brand new game engine, with the game set to be released earlier in the season, launching this June". Jeal added: "The handling is a vast improvement from our previous games. In particular our new tyre model is a superb step forward towards realism, letting you explore where the limit is and allowing you to instantly feel much more connected with the car".

 

He continued: "You can now experience the changes in grip caused by temperature changes, wear, car set-up, debris and weather conditions. Our improved vehicle dynamics much more accurately convey the difference in performance and the feel between mechanical and aerodynamic grip. The new Force Feedback system adds to the feeling of connection with the car and track surface. The more natural and realistic nature of the game physics also serves to ensure that the racing experience is more accessible, enjoyable and rewarding for players of all skill levels".

Continue reading 'Codemasters delays F1 2015, new release date of July 10' (full post)

Big developers have joined AMD and PC Gamer's PC Gaming Show at E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: 22 hours, 35 mins ago

One of the more exciting parts of E3 2015 will be the PC Gaming Show at E3 2015, with AMD teaming up with PC Gamer, with big names like Twitch, Bohemia Interactive, Tripwire and Digital Storm to be participating.

 

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But, there have been a few new developers joining the event, with ArenaNet, CCP Games, Creative Assembly, Fullbright, Frictional Games, Frontier Developments, Nexon, Pixel Titans, SCS Software and Splash Damage joining in the fun. The PC Gaming Show will take place during E3 2015, where Sean 'Day[9]' Plott will be hosting the event at the Belasco Theater in LA on June 16, 2015.

 

We are expecting to see AMD unveil the Radeon R9 390X at the event, as well as a big concentration on PC gaming and everything that surrounds it.

Palmer Luckey being sued by his previous employee over the Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day ago

Palmer Luckey is in some very hot water, and unfortunately, this event is happening in the real-world and not a virtual one. The founder of Oculus VR has been accused of stealing confidential information with his previous employer, and "passing it off as his own" reports Reuters.

 

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Hawaii-based Total Recall Technologies has said that it hired Luckey in 2011, where he was tasked at building a prototype head mounted display. Luckey signed a confidentiality agreement, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. In the second half of 2011 and well into 2012, Luckey took feedback and information to "improve the design of the display" reports Reuters. Luckey then reportedly used that information he learned and took to Kickstarter to build his own headset, which has turned into the Oculus Rift.

 

Total Recall Technologies is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, but it hasn't mentioned a specific amount. This could be quite damaging to not only Oculus VR, but Facebook, with Luckey in the firing line. Oculus, Facebook and Luckey have all reportedly denied comment thus far. With the Oculus Rift set to nearly start the VR headset market by itself, I'm sure that amount of considerable.

Johan Andersson, Frostbite engineer, teases AMD Radeon R9 390X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

We know it's coming, but we've just seen an 'official' shot of the Radeon R9 390X courtesy of Johan Andersson, the engineer behind the Frostbite engine over at DICE.

 

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Andersson posted the image to his Twitter account, where he said: "This new island is one seriously impressive and sweet GPU. wow & thanks @AMDRadeon ! They will be put to good use :)". So now we can look at the previous rumor and render of the Radeon R9 390X that WCCFTech posted not too long ago, with this card looking absolutely identical to the render.

 

AMD should release its HBM-powered Radeon R9 390X in the coming weeks.

Virtual reality being used to help train football players

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

It looks like virtual reality is still destined to rule video games and movies, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other uses. Silicon Valley company STRIVR Labs is developing a virtual reality sports tool that allows football players to make play reads, learn plays interactively, and execute game-type reps using an Oculus VR Rift headset.

 

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"It was one of the few times in your coaching career when you're watching something and you think, 'This is a game-changer,'" said Bret Bielema, coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks college football team, in a statement to the media. This is gonna change the way we teach young men."

 

Technology is fully embraced by collegiate and professional sports, with game film and plays distributed via HDTVs, smartphones and tablets - with VR expected to add a new element. It's especially helpful in sports because coaches can have players make natural movements like they were in an actual game or scrimmage, while all the data is immediately captured.

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