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AMD aiming for 50% GPU market share, Vega GPU will help

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 2, 2016 3:30 am

AMD CEO Lisa Su was asked at the recent 20th Credit Suisse Annual Technology, Media & Telecom conference about the keys to growing and expanding their market share in the discrete GPU market.




Credit Suisse's semiconductor analyst John Pitzer asked: "How should we think about your share aspirations with Polaris now ramping, Vega next year? What do you think you can get your share back to within that market?" to which Su replied: "We have made very good progress I would say in the first couple of quarters this year in terms of graphics".


Su continued: "I think it's nice, when you look at graphics it's both in the consumer side on the channel as well as in the OEM business and on the professional graphics market. There's a large opportunity. I think we've gained a good amount of share over the last few quarters, we're going to continue and consistently drive [share growth]. We believe that there's no reason we can't be at 50/50 share overtime, but it will certainly take some time to get there. The key thing is enhancing our relationships with customers, because we believe that it's also important to have a very sticky business going forward."

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Prey reboot gets a new futuristic gameplay trailer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2016 3:25 am

Arkane is rebooting Prey, and from what we've seen so far, the game looks pretty damn good: it has creepy psyhological horror, futuristic sci-fi concepts, and surprisingly chaotic FPS action. Now the studio has dropped yet another gameplay trailer for the game, showing off the kind of eerie content that awaits gamers in 2017.



In fact, Prey isn't actually a reboot or a remake--it's a re-imagining of the series. "Prey is not a sequel, it's not a remake, it has no tie with the original. You have to look at it as a re-imagining of the IP," says Raphael Colantonio, president of Arkane Studios and creative director of Prey.


"Prey isn't just about shooting aliens. It's more of a hybrid game where narratives mix with action and a little bit of an RPG layer. So you have some weapons, but you have lots of other things too, including powers you can learn from the aliens themselves."

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Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy announced

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2016 2:37 am

Telltale Games confirmed that its next project will be a series based on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.




Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy game will be a five-part series and will be available on all gaming platforms, including consoles, PC and mobile devices. No official gameplay was shown off, nor did we get any kind of pictures of in-game screenshots. The studio is expected to open up a webpage for their Guardians of the Galaxy game, but it's not available just yet.


The Guardians of the Galaxy series is "coming soon" to PS4, Xbox One, PC and mobile devices, likely Android and iOS phones and tablets.



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Guillermo del Toro, Mads Mikkelsen in Death Stranding

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2016 2:26 am

Hideo Kojima finally accepted his Industry Icon award at The Game Awards tonight, and the renowned Japanese dev took the opportunity to show off an amazing new Death Stranding teaser.



The new Death Stranding teaser trailer clearly showed that Guillermo Del Toro, one of Kojima's most beloved friends and leading horror director, will be feature in the game as a character. We also got our first look at what appears to be the game's sinister antagonist, who is played by the iconic Mads Mikkelsen. So that gives us three major stars joining the cast of Death Stranding: Guillermo Del Toro, Mads Mikkelsen, and Norman Reedus, who plays the principal protagonist.


The footage itself gave us a good look at what to expect from the game, as the black ink appears to be a kind of malefic infection that resurrects the undead. Mikkelsen is apparently a general who leads a platoon of horrible zombie skeletons, and Mikkelsen actually had these weird sparking black tentacles that wriggled everywhere. Keighley affirms that the Death Stranding reveal was running at full 4K on a PlayStation 4 Pro.

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AMD's next-gen Zen CPUs could be called Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 2, 2016 1:37 am

AMD has been working on its next-gen Zen architecture for years now, and the more we hear about it - the more excited we become. It looks like the 'SR7' chip will be priced at $499 and provide performance levels of Intel's $999 chip in the Core i7-5960X.




But, we still don't know what AMD will call their new CPUs... until now. After digging around on Reddit, I stumbled across something very revealing: AMD has trademarked a bunch of new product names, starting with Ryzen. There are other names as well, with ThreadRipper sounding pretty awesome - and I'm sure it'll arrive as a freshly-powered HyperThreading competitor on the 16-threaded Zen CPU that's priced at $499.


AMD has trademarked the following names:


  • Ryzen
  • ThreadRipper
  • Grok
  • Vara
  • Joro
  • Jitzu


We don't know anything else right now, but I feel confident that this is not a rumor, and that Ryzen, ThreadRipper, and the rest of the very 'out there' names are real. It is an edgy marketing plan for AMD, but Zen has enough behind it to make it happen.


I also wrote a new Vega GPU architecture article recently, if you want to see what's happening on the GPU side of AMD.

New Duke Nukem game may be announced at The Game Awards

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2016 1:03 am

UPDATE: Duke Nukem isn't getting his own new game: the announcement is much more meager than we thought. Gearbox actually is remastering Bullestorm in a "Full Clip Edition," and if you pre-order the remaster you can play through the entire game as Duke Nukem himself. Check the reveal trailer below.



Original story is as follows.


The Game Awards showcase is about to kick off at 9PM EST with more than a few surprises, including what looks like a new Duke Nukem game from Gearbox.




Word around the campfire is that Duke Nukem is set to return to the gaming world in some fashion, and now Duke's voice actor Jon St. John pretty much confirmed the rumors. In a recent Facebook post, St. John said: "'ve been hearing rumors about a famous character I voice...wondering waz up? You will know very very soon...and it is awesome!!!!!"



We're not sure if this is a brand new Duke Nukem game or if it's the remaster no one asked for (Duke Nukem: Forever), but St. John lends a lot of credence to a new game: the legendary voice actor replied in the affirmative when a fan asked him "More Duke?"


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A new map have been added to Overwatch PTR: Oasis

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2016 12:33 am

After the mindblowing sale of Overwatch during Black Friday, Blizzard announced today's patch that they are going to put a new control map on PTR along with changes to Symmetra and Zarya.




The new control map, named Oasis, is based in the Arabic deserts. According to the patch description, it's one of the most sophisticated cities in the world of Overwatch. " A monument to human ingenuity and invention, researchers and academics from around the region came together to found a city dedicated to scientific progress without restraints. The city and its inhabitants are governed by the Ministries, a collection of brilliant minds who possess many secrets that have attracted the interest of powerful organizations from around the world." ,the post added

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No Man's Sky steam reviews are up to 'mostly negative'

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 11:42 pm

After the foundation update and numerous curious fans returning to the game, No Man's Sky might have a chance of coming back, according to the steam reviews where it's "mostly negative" in contrast of "overwhelmingly negative".




Reddit user "ForeverANinja" noticed this change and posted it in the No man's sky subreddit in which he claims it's a "Victory" for the game.


Yet, as other reddit users commented, they would hold out on the claim and see if Hello games continue their effort to make the game better.

Are buggies coming to No Man's Sky?

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 10:29 pm

Well, it isn't new that fellow dataminers reveal to us future updates or events in games like what they did in Overwatch. This time, they reveal to us that maybe buggies are coming to No Man's Sky.



Redditor "eegandi" from the No Man's sky subreddit found a folder named BUGGY in the game files. With 'eegandi' explaining: "It seems that there are only material files in there, and no actual models". But as he digged in a bit further, he found a tire texture and manage to import the model in the game as you can see in the video.

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Top 6 laptop leftover deals for Cyber Week

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Dec 1, 2016 6:58 pm

The Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals are over, and you still didn't buy that new laptop? No problem, there are still a few hot deals leftover from Cyber Monday. If you're on a budget or want something higher-end with a good price break, we've rounded up the top 5 post-Cyber Monday laptop deals.




Three retailers stand out as offering decent deals: Lenovo, HP, and Dell. It's obvious to us that Lenovo is trying to rid themselves of a few 2016 laptop models to make way for the upcoming 2017 units, probably with new Intel 7th generation "Kaby Lake" processors. HP and Dell, on the other hand, have a select few laptops equipped with the new 7th gen processors on the cheap.


  • 1) Lenovo Ideapad 700 - $669.99 at Lenovo (list $930)
  • Use Coupon Code: DRBUSTER88
  • 15.6" 1080p IPS Display
  • Core i5-6300HQ
  • 12GB RAM
  • eForce GTX 950M
  • 256GB SSD


  • 2) Lenovo Y700-14 80NU002AUS - $719.99 at Lenovo (list $1,000)
  • Use Coupon Code: DRBUSTER99
  • 14" 1080p IPS Display
  • Core i7-6700HQ
  • 16GB RAM
  • Radeon R9 M375
  • 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD


If you've been looking for a cheap mid-range and entry-level gaming laptop, both the Lenovo models above should do the trick nicely. The Ideapad 700 with the GTX950M will be able to handle most modern games at decent settings, while the smaller 14-inch Y700-14 has a much weaker GPU though it will still suffice for casual gaming. Both units come with SSD and are at a rare price range for machines with SSD, Full HD IPS panels and a GPU.


  • 3) Dell Inspiron 17 5000 - $749 at Dell (list $1,050)
  • Use Coupon Code: EARLYBIRD250
  • 17.3" 1080p Display
  • Core i7-7500U
  • 16GB RAM
  • Radeon R7 M445


Dell has refreshed their lineup of the 17.3-inch Inspiron 17 with a new 7th gen "Kaby Lake" processor. This one spec'd with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, and a Radeon R7 GPU was originally listed for $1,050 when it first released this month. Now after a $300 off coupon code you can reduce the price to $749. Probably the cheapest i7 Kaby Lake laptop out there with 16GB RAM.


  • 4) HP Pavilion 17 - $569.99 at HP (list $880)
  • Use Coupon Code: EMRY9599
  • 15.6" 1080p IPS display
  • Core i5-6300HQ
  • 8GB RAM
  • GeForce GTX 960M


HP killed off most of the big discounts it was posting on Cyber Monday, but one laptop to get a slightly better price was their basic 17.3-inch HP Pavilion 17 model with a Quad Core i5 processor and discrete graphics. This is in fact a very gaming capable laptop and one of the lowest priced on the market with a Quad Core CPU + GTX 960M GPU.



If you're into a larger screen 2-in-1 fold-able laptop, the HP Pavilion x360 at the Microsoft Store will be worth looking at. This week the Intel 7th gen "Kaby Lake" equipped laptop dropped to $529, which is $200 off the usual $729 at most retailers. HP has a similar configuration with weaker 6GB RAM on sale for $529 this week, but this laptop at Microsoft has a higher 8GB RAM for the same cheapest-ever price point.



One last laptop to look at the Microsoft Store is their 15.6-inch Lenovo Z50 gaming-ish laptop for only $319. One shouldn't be bragging about these specs for gaming, but it will be capable of light gaming with an AMD FX-7500 CPU and Radeon R7 video card. Free game download included from AMD, which you can find the details about here.