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AMD's Project Quantum might return with Zen CPU, Vega GPU with HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

Project Quantum is one of the coolest things AMD has ever shown off, but it was never delivered to market. Project Quantum and an insane amount of power inside of its small, and super-unique chassis - but used an Intel CPU at the time, alongside the dual Fiji GPU when it was debuted at E3 2015.




But with AMD's next-gen Zen CPU architecture nearly here, the company can move away from using its competitors' faster CPUs, with one of its own. According to the latest rumors, AMD postponed the release of Project Quantum for two reasons.


First, an "internal decision to market the Radeon Duo Pro, not as a purely gaming product, but as a professional high performance solution". Second; "The lack of a high performance AMD CPU and Motherboard solution (the original Project Quantum uses an AsRock Motherboard) that could accompany the powerful dual GPU".

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Oculus PC bundles shipping faster than early Rift pre-orders

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week ago

While early Oculus Rift adopters wait in uncertain limbo for shipping confirmations, retailers have ample supplies of Oculus Rift PC bundles and have started to ship orders.




Even if you bought an Oculus Rift just minutes after pre-orders went live, everyday consumers can actually get a Rift before you. Since retailers like the Microsoft Store and BestBuy secured their Rift stock early on, buyers can completely circumvent the massive line of frustrated early adopters by purchasing an Oculus Rift PC bundle.


"Placed order for Oculus Rift ASUS G11CD-WS51 bundle at Microsoft Store today morning. Received shipping notification about two hours later," reads a post on the Oculus Reddit. This isn't an isolated incident; the subreddit is full of similar cases, with early adopters chiming in on how they feel completely betrayed by the company. Some first-day pre-buyers have yet to be charged or given any kind of order updates on their Rifts.

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Persona 5 release date listed for July 8 across PS4 and PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

UPDATE: The Persona Channel website has been hacked, and the apparent release date leak was fake. Sorry for the inconvenience. Persona 5's mysterious countdown timer is still up, and we should still get a major update on May 5.


Original story is as follows.


Persona 5 will see a simultaneous release in July according to the official Persona Channel website.




According to listings on the Persona Channel, Persona 5 will launch on July 8, 2016 across PlayStation 4 and PC. A quick Google translate of the Japanese text revealed the news ahead of the schedule May 5 countdown event.


While this could be Persona 5's actual release date, there's no mention of a PS3 version. Atlus previously confirmed the game was coming to both PS4 and PS3 in Japan, and the publisher made no original mention of a PC flavor. Be sure to take this news with a pinch of salt, but it could very well be accurate. The prospect of a PC version of Persona 5 has many gamers excited, and it'll be interesting to see if and how Atlus responds.

Borderlands 3 confirmed, gets new writer and art director

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

At a PAX East panel, Gearbox Software confirmed it will begin development on Borderlands 3 once Battleborn and all its accompanying DLC packs are completely finished.




"It's no secret, obviously there's going to be another Borderlands," Gearbox's Randy Pitchford said during the panel. "We don't even know if we're going to call it Borderlands 3. We could call it Borderlands 4 for all we know." Mike Neumann will be the lead writer for Borderlands 3, taking the mantle from Anthony Burch, and Scott Kester will helm art direction.


Pitchford went on to tease that we could see Borderlands 3 easter eggs in Battleborn. "There's already a lot of Borderlands easter eggs in Battleborn, but they're all from previous Borderlands games. So what if we put easter eggs for future stuff in the DLC?"

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These new Witcher 3: Blood and Wine screens are absolutely enchanting

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

CD Projekt RED drops a new batch of Witcher 3: Blood and Wine screenshots, showing even more of Toussiant's enchanting world.




Blood and Wine isn't only the last DLC pack for The Witcher 3, but it also concludes the story of Geralt of Rivia. In order to send off the legendary witcher out with a bang, CD Projekt RED promises that Blood and Wine will be "even better than the main game". Considering how magnificent Witcher 3 already is, this is a pretty hefty claim.


"I can already tell you Blood and Wine is a fascinating story, with every sort of twist and turn you'd expect from our writers," CD Projekt RED's Marcin Momot said in a new update. "Toussaint, the new realm we're creating for the expansion, is unlike anything you've seen in Wild Hunt - carefree and colorful, but your gut never stops telling you that there's some real dark stuff happening underneath all that."

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Steam to start accepting bitcoin as valid payment option

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

According to a leaked post on Steam's official developer forums, Valve will start accepting Bitcoin crytocurrency as a valid payment option for purchases on the digital storefront.




"We are excited to announce that Steam is going to start accepting payments via bitcoin," Valve wrote on the leaked forum post. "We're using an external payment provider to process bitcoin payments to help partners reach more customers on Steam. Bitcoin is becoming an increasingly popular online payment method in some countries, and we're enabling a system that insulates partners from risk and volatility while still providing value to the end customer."


The way it works is Valve will charge users like normal, and the third-party payment provider then converts the charged currency into bitcoin based on a daily currency-to-bitcoin exchange rate. The provider keeps the bitcoin and pays Valve the traditional currency value. This way Valve never holds any bitcoin, and the provider essentially converts and exchanges money for bitcoin.

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AMD stock rises 52%, biggest gainer and most active stock on NASDAQ

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

AMD has had a great week, topping it off with a huge 52% rise in stock to $3.99. This is the highest gain in a single day since AMD stock was listed, all the way back in 1979.




For the day, AMD was the biggest gainer and the most active stock on the NASDAQ exchange - with 140 million AMD shares traded. This is 10x the 50-day average of 12 million or so. Why the sudden and huge spike in AMD shares? The company just landed a joint venture deal to sell high performance enterprise x86 processors to the Chinese market.


This move will see AMD compete with Intel on a grander scale, as it has AMD providing the technical knowledge, while THATIC provides the resources, and financial support. The licensing deal should see AMD secure $293 million, plus royalties.


Even better, is that AMD has three semi-custom designs in upcoming consoles. This means that AMD will have technology inside of the next-gen Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo consoles - which is an insanely huge win for the company.

Blizzard 'failed horrifically' with mysterious Project Titan MMO

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

After seven years of development, Blizzard cancelled its ambitious Project Titan MMO in 2014. Now Blizzard dev Jeff Kaplan sheds some light on why Titan collapsed, and how the "devastating failure" inspired the team to create Overwatch.




"You had a really amazing group that was working on Titan. They were really talented individuals, but we failed horrifically in every way ... In every way that a project can fail. It was devastating," Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan said in a recent interview with GameSpot.


"You had these people who either came from other companies or from within Blizzard, and were used to working on games that were very successful like a World of Warcraft, for example. To go through such a complete and utter failure is very hard for people who are used to experiencing success."

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AMD to 'regain GPU share in 2016' from NVIDIA with its Polaris cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

The last time we reported on the GPU market share, NVIDIA dominated with 82% of the dGPU market in November 2015.




During AMD's Q4 2015 earnings call, company CEO Lisa Su said: "We have clear opportunities to regain GPU share in 2016 based on the performance per watt of our new GPUs and software leadership". AMD has teased just a few hours ago that their Polaris 10 will be for the gaming PC and high-end notebook market, while the Polaris 11 will find its way into standard notebooks.


Now, for AMD to regain GPU market share, it would have to hit NVIDIA where it hurts: the mainstream video card market. This is the GeForce GTX 950/GTX 960 and GTX 970 markets - where AMD didn't do too much with the Radeon 300 series last year. The Radeon 300 series were mostly rebrands, but the new Polaris 10-based Radeon 400 series should be something completely different.

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iPhone 8 reportedly using a 7nm processor, includes wireless charging

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

While the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are the current flagship smartphones from Apple, we're months away from the purported iPhone 7 - and years away from the iPhone 8. That however, doesn't stop the rumor mill from spinning out rumors on the iPhone 8.




The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a system-on-chip on the 7nm process, which should deliver a huge jump in performance, and hopefully, battery life. The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature wireless charging, and the lack of the TouchID-based home button.


Barclay's analyst Mark Moskowitz has said that there might not be an 'S' cycle next year, with Apple skipping the 'S' series smartphone and jumping directly from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8. Moskowitz said: "Silver lining - there might be no "S" cycle in C2017. Our conversations with industry participants suggest Apple could skip the "S" cycle next year and instead jump to IP8. The jump could showcase major form factor changes, including OLED, no home button, and wireless charging. In our view, these potential changes could drive a mega cycle, underpinning our C2017 iPhone unit growth estimate of 10.3%, vs. 6.3% previously".

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