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Microsoft admits PCs have 'eclipsed' consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 6:04 am

We all know how superior the PC is to console hardware, with even future consoles from Microsoft and Sony not being able to begin a thumb war against PC hardware, let alone beat them - and now Microsoft has admitted it, too.




Microsoft's Senior Director of Product Management & Planning, Albert Penello, recently spoke with The Guardian about PC gaming's renaissance, and the huge leap in technology happening on PC. Penello said: "In the last five years, there's been a real renaissance in PC gaming, and that's happening with NVIDIA and AMD investing in really high-end performance - to the point where PCs have eclipsed consoles much more significantly than ever before. In fact consoles used to lead PCs and it would take a while for them to catch up".


Well yeah - duh, Microsoft. You're putting APUs into consoles that are slower than mid-range PCs from 5-6 years ago, and even Xbox Scorpio with all of its 'power', can't compete against a new mid-range card. This is all without the next-gen GPUs launching in 2017 that promise a good leap in performance over the current-gen cards, which already stomp all over the consoles.

Civilization VI and Deluxe pre-order deals now available

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 3:20 am

It's been over six years since Firaxis graced us with a full blown Civilization game. There was Beyond Earth, which was a mixed result (even as an Alpha Centauri spiritual successor). Fans of the series are probably trying to quickly forget about that chapter of the franchise in the near future. Come October 21, we finally get a newsworthy installment in Civilization VI and Civ fans should take note as Civ 6 pre-order deals are up to 15% off.





Both Bundle Stars and Green Man Gaming has started taking pre-orders for Civilization VI as of today, and on their respective site there are discounts from 15% off to 20% off depending on region. We say surprising because other PC gaming retailers have kept a tight lid on Civilization VI deals since its announcement back in May. The deals are quite noteworthy as the pricier Deluxe Edition is now only $67 - a far cry from its original $80 list price.


Civilization VI Deluxe and Standard Deals for PC


Green Man Gaming



Games Planet



Bundle Stars



Both GMG and Bundle Stars are fully authorized to sell the game, which means you'll get a the aforementioned discounts along with the pre-order bonus Aztec Civilization Pack. There's nothing too exciting to this pack other than you get to play the Aztec Civilization on day one when the game releases. Those who don't pre-order will still receive the Aztec's Pack for free when the DLC finally becomes available publicly (90 days after the Civ VI game releases according to 2K).


Also available at both retailer is the Civilization VI Digital Deluxe Edition. This edition gets you everything in the standard edition (including the aforementioned Aztec pack), the game's complete soundtrack, and four more DLC packs that will not be available on day one. News on the four DLC packs are light right now, but Firaxis did inform everyone that it's cheaper to buy the Deluxe Edition of the game vs. each DLC pack separately (of course). If you're a hardcore Civ fan, this edition is probably for you.

Spotify in 'advanced talks' to buy SoundCloud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 2:53 am

Spotify could swell in size significantly if the reports of the company looking to acquire SoundCloud, with rumors that Spotify is in "advanced talks" to buy the company.




If the acquisition of SoundCloud goes ahead, Spotify would need to throw a pretty hefty amount across the table, but the deal makes sense from a business perspective. Spotify has been expanding constantly, from just albums to wider ranges of catalogs of DJ sets, demos, and other rough tracks, reports Engadget.


Spotify acquiring SoundCloud would give it a considerable edge against competitors Google, Tidal, and Apple Music that are always trying to get you into their services with artist exclusives (which sucks, by the way). Spotify's new acquisition of SoundCloud would allow for a future where you would listen to in-development songs, and then scope out the artist's commercially available music right away.

Hardware Deals: i5-6600K nears $200, GTX 1070 under $350

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 2:24 am

This week in hardware, deals are filled with top of the line early-2016 components at cheaper pricing. Both the Intel Core i5-6600K and the Core i7-6700K are hitting new lows while coupon discounts on the June released NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 are getting prices under $350 for the first time.




Monoprice is where to find cheap processors for the week. With Kaby Lake 7th gen set to debut later this year, the current 6th gen Skylake models are dropping in pricing. The usually-never under $300 Core i7-6700K is entering new low territory with a drop to only $288.99. Likewise, and arguably a hotter deal is the Core i5-6600k priced at only $212.49. Straight up instant savings, no coupon or other hassles to get both of these deals.





If you are into coupon code discounts though, Jet is the place to be. For the first time ever, the GTX 1070 is falling under $350 there when you enter in coupon code SHOP10 for this Zotac GTX 1070. Similarly, the GIGABYTE GTX 1070 is down to $357.06 - both stellar deals considering virtually all retailers are over $400 for the GTX 1070.





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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has no PCIe power connector

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 1:51 am

We're finally starting to see the performance of NVIDIA's purported GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, with the leaked information teasing that we're to expect GTX 960 like performance, without a PCIe power connector.




NVIDIA is expected to pack its GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. We should see the GP107 GPU clocked at 1318/1380MHz for base/boost, respectively - a 250MHz increase over the GM107 GPU that powers the GeForce GTX 960. The texture fill rate on the GTX 1050 Ti is nearly doubled over the GTX 960, hitting 84 GTexel/s, while 4GB of GDDR5 at 7Gbps will be placed on a 128-bit memory interface providing around 112GB/sec memory bandwidth.




A post on Chiphell teases GTX 960 performance in 3DMark 11, but it'll be the price that determines if the GTX 1050 Ti is a winner. If it's priced at $149, it could be a great card for mid-range gamers, especially with a TDP of just 75W and no PCIe power connector required.

AMD rumored to launch Vega 10 with HBM2 later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 12:28 am

With all of the teases of NVIDIA's upcoming Volta architecture and Pascal 2.0 refresh aiming for 2017, we now have news of Team Red and their upcoming Vega GPU architecture. Our friends at Fudzilla have said that their "well-informed sources have confirmed that Vega 10, AMD's first HBM 2 card will by announced before the end of this year, at least for the professional market".




Now, the professional market launch arriving before the consumer Vega graphics cards makes sense, especially with HBM2 in tow. NVIDIA did the same thing with the Tesla P100 earlier this year, their first Pascal-based graphics card powered by HBM2, except it launched for the professional market first. Consumer graphics cards with HBM2 are still a while away, so expect them sometime in 2017.


AMD's upcoming high-end Vega 10 graphics card would feature 16GB of HBM2, the same type and amount of HBM2 used on NVIDIA's Tesla P100 professional graphics card.

AMD gaining discrete GPU market share from NVIDIA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 12:07 am

It looks like the launch of AMD's new Polaris GPU architecture is doing wonders for the company, with Wells Fargo's David Wong taking a detailed look at Mercury Research's latest numbers on the discrete GPU market.




After reviewing the data on GPU market share from Mercury Research, Wong noted that AMD has already made significant gains. He said that the data proves AMD is stabilizing, where he said: "According to Mercury Research, AMD's unit share of the discrete GPU market increased from 26.2% in the December 2015 quarter to 29.4% in the March 2016 quarter. AMD's discrete GPU market unit share increased 4.8pp sequentially to 34.2% in the June 2016 quarter".


When it comes to the high-end graphics cards, AMD still isn't competing against NVIDIA yet, at least not with the Polaris architecture. AMD's new Vega architecture is the one that will compete with NVIDIA's enthusiast graphics cards, but won't hit consumers until 2017. Wong added: "Despite having apparently reached a plateau in unit graphics market share some quarters ago, NVIDIA's gaming GPU continued to demonstrate good revenue growth, in the 17-25% year/year range in each of the last 4 quarters (Oct 2015 through July 2016). AMD began to regain unit share in the graphics card market in 1H2016".

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This fan made 'Indiana Jones' animated short rocks

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 29, 2016 11:19 pm

In the same purchase that bagged them the 'Star Wars' franchise, Disney now holds the rights to LucasFilm's 'Indiana Jones' too and while they've promised that a fifth film is on the way in 2019, what I'd really love to see is more of this.



Developed by animator Patrick Schoenmaker acting without approval by Disney, the minute long short shows how freaking awesome an animated 'Indiana Jones' adventure could be. And with star Harrison Ford pushing 80, who knows - maybe he'd be open to voicing the classic character for a few years.




Schoenmaker's YouTube channel says the short was five years in the making, but with the support of Disney, this could happen pretty fast. Fans can dream.

Cyberpunk 2077 has 'huge living cities,' real-time AI

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2016 8:39 pm

CD Projekt RED plans to completely one-up themselves with Cyberpunk 2077, smashing the likes of Witcher 3's amazing open world with an extremely ambitious new type of city-building technology and seamless multiplayer that will likely make Destiny's social hubs look like child's play.




Cyberpunk 2077's open world and city hubs could be the most immersive spaces ever created in a video game. CD Projekt RED has filed for a grant to help fund its new City Creation technology, which features "living cities" with real-time interactions with dynamic AI. That's not it, though: CDPR is also crafting a new kind of seamless multiplayer for the futuristic RPG.


City Creation is described as: "Comprehensive technology for the creation of 'live' cities of great scale playable in real-time, which is based on the principles of artificial intelligence and automation, and takes into account the development of innovative processes and tools supporting the creation of high-quality games with open worlds."

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Quantum Break on Steam missing SLI support, DirectX 12

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2016 7:45 pm

Remedy's recent overhyped time-busting Quantum Break won't be pushing any of your rigs to their limits any time soon.




Months after launching as a hot mess on Microsoft's Windows 10-exclusive storefront, Quantum Break is now available on Steam. But even after this long sojourn between the Windows Store and Steam, some of the game's most disappointing technical issues are still intact and haven't been fixed: Quantum Break's Steam port won't support multi-GPU setups in SLI or CrossFire and is locked at DirectX 11 instead of leveraging the new DirectX 12 API.


"Like mentioned on other topics, the game doesn't support SLI. But even with one GTX 1080 and the right settings, you should be able to get an enjoyable experience out of the game. I recommend comparing visual differences between 'high' and 'ultra' options in different areas of the display settings page," said a Remedy dev on the Steam forum page.

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