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NieR: Automata PC release date 'accidentally' revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 40 mins ago

Up until now Square Enix and PlatinumGames have been pretty cagey about NieR: Automata's PC release. All mention of the PC port was scrubbed from multiple official game sites, leading many to question a delay or cancellation. Now we can confirm the PC port is indeed coming, and we know the reason behind the silence: the PS4 may have timed exclusivity.




In a recent gameplay video, Square Enix accidentally revealed that NieR: Automata's PC version will launch on March 10, 2017 on Steam. The game will launch first on PS4 and then three days later on PC. Shortly after the video went up, Square Enix yanked it and replaced it a revised video that scrubs out any mention of the PC port. See a side-by-side below.




So what's going on here? It appears Square Enix and PlatinumGames signed a deal with Sony to not discuss the PC port's release date until after the game has shipped on PS4. I long thought that this was a marketing deal, especially since scrubbing any mention of a competing platform from a site just reeks of an exclusivity deal.

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Nintendo Switch launch game exceeds console's storage

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 57 mins ago

The Nintendo Switch will launch with Dragon Quest Heroes I & II in Japan, and if you want to play it digitally you'll have to invest in expandable Micro SD cards: the game is literally too big to fit on the system's onboard storage.



Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid has a paltry 32GB of onboard NAND flash memory, which converts to 29.8GB, and 4GB of that is taken up by the Switch's OS. This leaves gamers with 25.9GB of memory that's actually available for game downloads, saves, screenshots and other content. Although most Switch games are small, if you plan to download your games digitally you'll want to make use of the Switch's supporting up to 2TB Micro SDXC cards and pick up some expandable memory.


But there's a particular launch game that will exceed the Switch's max available memory by 6.1GB: Square Enix's Dragon Quest Heroes dual-port. Nintendo's Japanese site confirms that Dragon Quest Heroes I & II will clock in at a massive 32GB on the Switch. As the name suggests, the game isn't just one game but two sizable hack-and-slash RPGs, so that's why it's so huge.

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AMD will dominate the mid-range with Ryzen 7 1700X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 hours, 10 mins ago

AMD's new Ryzen processors are official, with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X filling the headlines with its $499 price, 16-threaded CPU power that rivals Intel's HEDT range at $1000+. But the fight isn't just at the top, it'll be in the mid-range market where AMD is offering high-end performance at a fraction of the cost of its competitor.




The new Ryzen 7 1700 processor is an 8-core/16-threaded CPU with 3.0/3.7GHz frequencies on Base and Boost, respectively - with 20MB of L2+L3 cache, and AMD's impressive SenseMI technology inside of the Zen architecture.




Pricing on the Ryzen 7 1700, 1700X, and 1800X is ridiculously good.

AMD's new Ryzen 7 1800X: 8C/16T @ 4GHz for $499

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 hours, 15 mins ago

We heard about the price of the Ryzen 7 1800X quite a while ago, where we reported the very early rumors of the $499 pricing - and I still remember AMD asking me "do I really think my report on $499 pricing is correct" - and I always backed it up.




Now we're here at the launch of Ryzen, with a 52% improvement in IPC performance - led by the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X. AMD's new Ryzen 7 1800X has 8C/16T of CPU performance with Base and Boost clocks of 3.6GHz and 4GHz, respectively.




We have their SenseMI technology, something we've gone into detail with - with AMD using a smarter CPU architecture that is actually smarter. It adaptively controls your CPU for lower power consumption, but will ramp right up with Precision Boost - overclocking your Ryzen processor in 25MHz increments (100MHz with Intel) on-the-fly.

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AMD's new Ryzen CPU hits 52% IPC improvement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 hours, 20 mins ago

AMD has just made its Ryzen CPU family official, with an event in San Francisco detailing the new Ryzen processors with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X.




We now know the IPC improvements AMD were able to make over the previous Excavator core, with a huge 52% increase.




With the massive 52% boost in IPC performance, it allows AMD to sell the Ryzen 7 1800X processor for $499 - offering 8C/16T of CPU grunt at 4GHz Boost clocks and SenseMI technology - a CPU that beats Intel's Core i7-6900K - a chip that costs over $1000.

Radeon Vega logo teased during AMD Ryzen press event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 hours, 25 mins ago

AMD has officially unveiled the best bang for buck CPUs in a decade with its new Ryzen processors, but during the unveiling event in San Francisco - the company teased its plans for 2017.




AMD's plans for 2017 include the new Ryzen processors, Radeon Vega graphics cards, Naples CPU platform, Ryzen Mobile CPUs, and then Radeon Instinct in the professional side. Well, the Radeon Vega logo is new for me - I haven't seen that before, so it looks like we know what the Radeon Vega marketing is going to be like... and I really like what I'm seeing.


The Radeon Vega logo looks MEAN, with a very distinct 'V' that I can't wait to see on a Vega 10 graphics card very soon.

Intel teases next-gen Optane tech, requires Kaby Lake

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 8 hours, 58 mins ago

Intel's upcoming Optane memory technology is one of the most exciting products of the last few years, with the company developing the technology with Micron.




Intel and Micron use 3D XPoint technology that promises super-fast speeds with high capacity, and now we're getting closer to Optane becoming a reality. Intel recently revealed you will need a new 200-series chipset motherboard with specific M.2 slots, and a Kaby Lake-based processor. You'll also need to make sure your motherboard has a BIOS that supports Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (RST) driver v15.5 or higher.


The required 200-series motherboard also need to have an M.2 type 2280-S1-B-M or 2242-S1-B-M storage connector linked to a PCH Remapped PCI-E controller with two or four lanes and B-M keys meeting Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) v1.1 standards.

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HyperX ships more than 2 million headsets in three years

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 9 hours, 28 mins ago

Today HyperX announced that it has smashed the 2 million headsets shipped milestone.




HyperX audio headsets are a popular choice for gamers on a budget, with their HyperX Cloud II Pro headsets providing amazing audio for a fraction of the price of its competitors. The company's latest Cloud Stinger headset just won the iF Design Award for its quality build and audio performance in an attractive price ratio.


Due to this popularity the Kingston audio division reveals its shipped more than two million headsets in the last three years. "Since the original Cloud launched in 2014, HyperX has shipped over two million headsets around the world within three years," HyperX revealed in the latest Cloud Stinger press release.

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The latest, and nearly final shots of the Galaxy S8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 12 hours, 7 mins ago

Samsung is close to the reveal of its Galaxy S8 smartphone, and now we're getting new photos of the Galaxy S8 - and the entire front of the display appears to be all panel, and barely an edge.




It looks like the Galaxy S8 might not have any buttons at the bottom of the display, with on-screen navigations to take their place on the S8. The fingerprint sensor is most likely on the rear of the Galaxy S8, as there's no physical Home button now.


We should expect Samsung to unveil the Galaxy S8 on March 28.

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