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Capcom's retro NES games coming to consoles and PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Capcom today announced that six of its most popular 8-bit NES classic games will be ported over to consoles and PC next month--all current consoles except the Nintendo Switch.




The Disney Afternoon Collection will include such classic NES Capcom games as the immortal Duck Tales (woo-ooo!), Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin and Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers. All of the titles will be preserved in their retro 8-bit form, without any Square Enix style remastering.


The Disney Afternoon Collection includes the following titles:


  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 - Bring in a friend for classic co-op Capcom platforming action as one of you plays as Chip, and the other as Dale.

  • Darkwing Duck - Jump in the shoes of superhero Darkwing Duck and fight crime with lots of charm and wits.

  • DuckTales and DuckTales 2 - Embark on classic treasure seeking adventures through exotic stages as the pogo master millionaire Scrooge McDuck.

  • TaleSpin - Take to the skies as rad pilot Baloo in a unique take on the shoot 'em up genre, where you get to change the direction of your plane at any time.

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Diablo 3 Necromancer curses and skills preview

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The Necromancer will soon return to the land of Sanctuary, and Blizzard debuts a closer look at the fell wizard's powers and curses.



If you've played Diablo II then you know exactly what to expect from the new necro class: bone spells, undead-raising spells, and deliciously fun curses like Amplify Damage, Decrepify, or Life tap. While Blizzard isn't ready to slap a release date or a price down on Diablo 3's new Rise of the Necromancer DLC pack, we do get a nice glimpse at the white-haired cultist's moveset.


Blizzard showed off five skill and rune combinations, including Grim Scythe, the necro's major melee-based Essence generator ability. Then we have the base Death Nova skill, which can be customized with skill runes to enable Blood Nova, which dishes out damage at the cost of Essence and health (Poison Nova will likely be in too). Devour is another interesting main skill ability that allows you to refill Essence by absorbing dead bodies, and you can slot in the Cannibalize skill rune to gain health this way as well. Next up we have the classic Raise Golem spell, which summons a fearsome golem to fight by your side; use the Blood Golem skill rune and your golem will explode to refill your health. And finally we have Leech, a major skill that's basically Life Tap from Diablo II; the curse turns enemies into walking bags of blood by letting you regen health with every smack.

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Nintendo Switch sells 1.5 million in first week

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Nintendo's new Switch console-and-handheld hybrid reportedly sells 1.5 million units in its first week of availability.




According to reports from analyst firm SuperData, the Nintendo Switch has sold quite well in its launch week. The agency reports Nintendo saw 1.5 million Switch sales across the globe in its first seven days. Nintendo has also confirmed the Switch outsold the Wii at launch, and is now the company's best-selling system for two-day sales in the United States.


The Nintendo Switch sold the most in the United States by moving 500,00 units in the region, and Japan was behind at 360,000 units. European Switch sales tallied up to 195,000 units, with the bulk of the units sold in the UK and 85,000 sold in France.

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CD Projekt Red wants Cyberpunk 2077 to be a huge success

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

CD Projekt Red has been one of the best AAA gaming studios in the world, and one of the most awarded and respected - especially with The Witcher 3. Now the developer is working on its next title, Cyberpunk 2077, and the anticipation of the game is reaching fever levels.




During an interview with Polish website Gazeta, CD Projekt Red co-founder Michał Kicińsk said that the team didn't expect The Witcher 3 to be so successful - but added that there's still room to grow and learn, so that the team can catch up with even bigger developers. He said: "I think that none of us expected such an unbelievable success of the game and CD Projekt itself. We're talking about a game, that has pretty much won every single award and accolade that you can in this industry".


Kiciński added: "If we're to expect something more, it would be even better sales of the game. My brother Adam (CD Projekt's CEO) spoke about it at one of the investors conferences. The Witcher 3 was of course a gigantic commercial success, but in terms of sales there's still a lot of room for growth. CD Projekt's ambition is to catch up with the largest developers in the world in that area".

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Project Scorpio has built-in PSU, no huge power supply

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The latest rumor on Microsoft's upcoming Xbox console is that it will have a built-in PSU, versus the gigantic power supply that has accompanied previous Xbox consoles.




Windows Central is reporting the latest rumor, that unlike the Xbox One - Project Scorpio will have a built-in PSU like the Xbox One S refresh console. This is great news, as the power brick on the Xbox One was absolutely ridiculous in size - but the built-in PSU on Xbox One S was welcomed.


Project Scorpio is Microsoft's next-gen Xbox console, which is a 4K-capable game console that will have some tricks up its sleeve - like we've reported previously with a 4K Game DVR recording function. This new feature will use the HEVC codec to encode 4K footage at 60FPS, for both the Game DVR and streaming.

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'The Matrix' is about to reboot... without its creators

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

After laying dormant for nearly 15 years, it seems that Warner Bros are looking to bring back 'The Matrix' trilogy - without the involvement of director-creator duo, the Wachowskis.




In an explosive rumor from the very reliable Hollywood Reporter, it seems that 'Creed' star Michael B Jordan is being tagged to star in what's said to be very early discussions for a 'Matrix reboot. Warner Bros refused to provide comment to the publication.


A number of years ago, it was reported that the Wachowski's were in talks with the studio for more 'Matrix' projects, but that appears to have stalled, as did a TV spin-off in more recent times.


So we'd potentially have a 'Matrix' film without Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Keanu Reeves, or even Lawrence Fishburne? Count me out.

Samsung Galaxy S8 should feature large 3500mAh battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Samsung is preparing for the massive launch of its next-gen Galaxy S8 smartphone, with new leaks teasing that the company will be using a larger 3500mAh battery inside of its new Galaxy S8 handset.




The new leak shows off the larger 3500mAh battery for the upcoming Galaxy S8+ smartphone, and it looks like Samsung is making the 3500mAh battery at its own Samsung SDI - their in-house battery manufacturing firm. After the problems surrounding the Galaxy Note 7, the company doesn't need a repeat of any battery-related issues - and I'm sure the Galaxy S8 will launch without a hitch.

Qualcomm using Snapdragon 835 to dominate Helio X30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Qualcomm is positioning itself in a big way for the mobile world with its new Snapdragon 835 processor, expanding its market share of the 10nm built chip - scooping up market share from MediaTek and its new Helio X30 chip.




DigiTimes reports that its sources said: "Despite reports of a low yield rate of the 10nm chips, Qualcomm has continued to land orders for its Snapdragon 835 from the global major smartphone vendors with shipments to grow significantly starting the second quarter".


Qualcomm is continuing to get new orders from customers for its Snapdragon 835, with improved software and firmware being released for the platform, according to the sources. I could place bets on Qualcomm owning the high-end smartphone processor game this year, as the Snapdragon 835 is shaping up into quite the beast, and will power Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones that will be announced later this month, and released in April.

NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti sold out already

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

It shouldn't be too surprising at this point, but NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics cards are sold out already - with NVIDIA seeing unprecedented demand for its $699 graphics card. This is both great news, and bad news.




First: the great side of it - gamers are starving for a super high-end graphics card, and NVIDIA over delivered with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. We have similar performance to the Titan X which costs $1200, but NVIDIA crammed it all into the $699 graphics card that became the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Demand is far exceeding the supply of GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, with most e-tailers and retailers either having no stock, or quickly running out. New stock isn't expected until March 25, which is 10 days away.


The bad side of it: NVIDIA can't make enough GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition cards to keep up with demand, so what does this mean for AIB partners and their custom GTX 1080 Ti cards? This will mean we'll be waiting a little longer for the custom GTX 1080 Ti, possibly waiting until the end of April... which is 6 weeks away. That's a very long time in the gaming world, or in any sense - and the GTX 1080 Ti is so good that people want it now, not later.




There's even a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition from MSI that is selling for $857 on Amazon, a $150+ premium over the $699 price of the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition. There was only one of them left, but there are now going to be sellers who are charging a premium because the GTX 1080 Ti stock is getting close to nil.

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AMD Radeon RX 580 delayed by 1 week, launch on April 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

AMD is expected to launch its new Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards next month, led by the Radeon RX 580 - based on the Polaris 10, alongside the RX 570 - also based on Polaris 10.




The new Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 will rock higher clock speeds than their RX 480 and RX 470 counterparts, but we shouldn't expect anything over the top with the RX 500 apart from some tweaks, this is a rebrand of the RX 400 series. But, the process has matured over the last 12 months, so AMD could squeeze some power efficiency and higher clocks without creating too much heat from the RX 500 series.



AMD Radeon RX 580 Specifications




AMD's flagship Radeon RX 580 graphics card is expected to have its GPU clocked at 1340MHz under boost, offering up 6.17TFLOPs of compute performance. 8GB of GDDR5 will be used, at 8Gbps on a 256-bit memory bus. AMD is expeccted to launch the RX 580 at just $199, which will really heat up the mainstream graphics card market.

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