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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago



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Tomb Raider hits 4K 30FPS and 1080p 60FPS on PS4 Pro

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Crystal Dynamics sets an example for all other devs to follow concerning PS4 Pro upgrades, and embraces both 4K visuals and FPS improvements in 1080p.



Thanks to the PS4 Pro's new Polaris-grade GPU, the console can upscale games to 4K resolution with HDR support, enable native 1080p 60FPS, and significantly boost performance and visuals for both 1080p HDTV and 4K UHDTV owners. Old PS4 games can be updated with Forward Compatibility patches to enable 4K HDR and 1080p 60FPS, too. There's only one caveat: it's up to developers to make the most of the hardware, and they get to choose what upgrades to apply. So that means not every PS4 Pro upgraded game will support 60FPS for 1080p HDTV owners, as developers have been told to prioritize 4K HDR support.


Read Also: Here's every PS4 Pro upgraded game so far


Rise of the Tomb Raider, however, will get the best of both worlds: better frame rates and 4K visuals. Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider will have three different modes on PS4 Pro: High Framerate Mode that targets 1080p 60FPS (won't always hit 60FPS, but stays consistently north of 45FPS), 4K 30FPS with HDR support, and an Enhanced Visuals mode that's capped at 30FPS in 1080p but enables tons of effects like boosted lighting, high shadow details, and high-fidelity reflections. Gamers will be able to switch between these modes at any time, provided they have the required displays.

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Dell's refreshed XPS 13 powered by Kaby Lake CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Dell has impressed with its XPS laptops in 2015, with the company refreshing the smaller XPS 13 model with Intel's new Kaby Lake processors on the new 14nm process.




The upgraded XPS 13 arrives with the new Kaby Lake-based Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors offering more performance and improved battery life. Dell is touting around 22 hours of productivity in various apps, 13 hours for web browsing or Netflix streaming - not bad for a 13-inch laptop.


Dell's new XPS 13 starts at $799 with the 13-inch display optioned with a 1080p panel, Core i3 processor, 128GB SSD, and only 4GB of RAM. You can option for the higher resolution display and faster Kaby Labe processors, with a 3200x1800 touchscreen option, up to 16GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD. All of the XPS 13 models include high-speed Killer NIC-based Wi-Fi, and insanely fast Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

CRYENGINE gets multi-GPU support in DX12 in Feb 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Crytek has updated their roadmap for CRYENGINE, with the release of CRYENGINE 5.3 promised for November, where support for Vulkan and PhysX will be included.




The new version of CRYENGINE also has improvements for SVOGI (Sparse Voxel Octree Global Illumination), the voxel-based GI solution that was teased a few months ago. But it's the v5.4 update to CRYENGINE that's coming in February 2017 during the Game Developers Conference that has me excited.


CRYENGINE 5.4 will include Multi-Adapter support thanks to DirectX 12, which will allow gamers to use both discrete and integrated GPUs together, as well as better multi-GPU support overall if you're running a pair of NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards in SLI, or AMD Radeon cards in CrossFire.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti could be released soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

We all know NVIDIA is preparing a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but we don't know when the company will announce, or release it. New rumors have emerged, from an enthusiast who spotted the specifications of the GTX 1080 Ti on NVIDIA's own website.




NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti's leaked specifications teased the GP102 GPU, the same chip that powers the new Titan X, with 3328 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. The big thing to note here is that the purported GTX 1080 Ti wouldn't be using the faster GDDR5X that the new Titan X and GTX 1080 use, but it'll rock the 384-bit memory bus that the Titan X uses.


Equipped with the 384-bit memory bus, the purported GTX 1080 Ti would have 384GB/sec of memory bandwidth - sitting in between the Titan X and its 480GB/sec, and the GTX 1080 with its 320GB/sec - the GTX 1080 uses a 256-bit memory bus, while the Titan X uses a 384-bit memory bus. The GPU would be clocked at 1503/1623MHz for base and boost clocks, respectively - with a 250W TDP.


Now, for the price - this isn't confirmed and just an estimate from me, but I think we'll see it priced at $899. At this price, it's $200 more than the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, and it's $300 cheaper than the Titan X. It puts it right in the middle, and it should be cheaper thanks to its use of GDDR5 over GDDR5X - which will save costs for NVIDIA, but the 384-bit memory bus puts it closer to Titan X performance territory, and that's something NVIDIA has to tack onto the end of the price.

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Galaxy S8 could release early to help Note 7 troubles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

With people being burned and their cars, or houses setting on fire from the battery-related problems on the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung could push the negativity out of consumers' minds with the early release of the Galaxy S8. We've also been hearing that Samsung could remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy S8, replacing it with a proprietary connector... ugh.




Samsung is rumored to be much closer to being finished with the Galaxy S8 than previously thought, with the company possibly unveiling the new Galaxy S8 ahead of time. KB Investment & Securities analyst Kim Sang-pyo talked with The Korea Herald, saying: "If Samsung's flagship smartphone launch is delayed to the end of the first quarter of next year, the profitability of the mobile business division could be worsened next year".


He continued: "Regardless of the sales resumption, an earlier launch of a new quality flagship model seems to be the most realistic solution to dealing with the current recall crisis". The impact that the Note 7 recall is hurting Samsung in a big way, with $36 billion wiped away from their shares, the early launch of the Galaxy S8 could actually be a saving grace.


Normally, we would see Samsung unveil a successor to their current phone during Mobile World Congress, which takes place in February or so each year. An early launch of the Galaxy S8 wouldn't be unprecedented, but it would be a big deal if it was a surprise, and had a few unique touches to it that made it worthy of being a distraction in a very positive way.

6% of all jobs in the US replaced with robots in 2021

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

If you're a truck or taxi driver, an Uber driver or work in customer service, your days of employment could be numbered - with robots taking out 6% of these jobs in the US by 2021 according to a new report from market research firm Forrester.




The intelligent agents will be powered by artificial intelligence technology, where they will be capable of understanding human behavior, and then making decisions, for you. We're already dabbling in it now with AI-based services like Google Now, Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and more - which for the moment mostly simple, but they will get much more advanced in the coming decade.


Once this breakthrough happens, the world of AI assistants, self-driving cars and computer hardware that can think for you, the changes to the world will be enormous. The Guardian reports that it's "not so good if you're an employee working in a simple-to-automate field". This is reiterated by Forrester's report by Brian Hopkins, who said: "By 2021 a disruptive tidal wave will begin. Solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology will displace jobs, with the biggest impact felt in transportation, logistics, customer service and consumer services".


What kind of world could we expect with robots doing so much for us? Forrester explains a possible future: "The doorbell rings, and it's the delivery of a new pair of running shoes, in the right style, color and size, just as you needed to replace your old ones. And here's the kicker: you didn't order them. Your intelligent agent did".

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iPhone 7 tested: It's really as fast as Apple claims

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Apple launched their new flagship phones last week - iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on September 7th. Fans are already lined up in front of Apple stores waiting for September 16th when first iPhones arrive to stores. Reports say that one fan started waiting in front of an Apple Store on August 25th, two weeks before the iPhone 7 was officially launched.




But for those who are having second thoughts about the new iPhone, we decided to take a closer look at what improvements the iPhone 7 brings and we asked an expert his opinion.

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Frostbite Engine team now part of EA's tech organization

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

EA has announced a big shake-up of its organizational structure, with big changes taking place with the formation of EA Worldwide Studios, which brings several EA development studios together under one roof.




Andrew Wilson, EA's Chief Executive announced the news on the official EA website. The shift will see EA Mobile and Maxis into the larger company, with Samantha Ryan stepping up as Senior VP, who is also with BioWare. One of the more notable changes here is that the Frostbite Engine team will move over to the technology side of EA's business, and will be run by Ken Moss acting as the Chief Technology Officer.


The move is something EA explains as a "responsibility to put [their] players first", with EA executive Peter Moore explaining last month that the company was aiming for a "player-first" direction. After EA had been voted "Worst Company in America" for a couple of years, EA is wanting to change direction and move towards a better path.

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Radeon Technologies Group celebrates its 1-year birthday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Can you believe it has been an entire year since AMD announced it was forming Radeon Technologies Group, a newly-focused team that had a hungry new thirst for the GPU market.




AMD formed the Radeon Technologies Group with a bang late last year in Sonoma, California, where it announced the new Polaris architecture and a tease of a new card that was capable of 1080p 60FPS using less than 100W of power. In that time, AMD has launched the exciting new Radeon RX 480 and landing new semi-custom designs with Microsoft and Sony for the Xbox One S that just launched, the new PS4 Pro coming soon, and the upcoming 4K-capable Xbox Scorpio console in 2017.


Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri (which on a personal note, I'm going to add is a super chill guy in real life who I've enjoyed a few ice creams with in the last 12 months after our random 3am icecream with the RTG guys and girls at CES earlier this year in the freezing night of Las Vegas) said: "We managed to bring the focus back to graphics and turned around the erosion that happened over the last few years".

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