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Toshiba reveals world's thinnest 3D flash NVMe SSDs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 3, 2017 5:07 pm

Toshiba today revealed the world's thinnest NVMe SSD designed to power the next-generation of tablets, laptops, and mobile IoT devices.

 

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Toshiba's new BG3 line of NVMe SSDs incorporates its high-end BiCS Flash 3D NAND memory into a miniature, sleek DRAM-less package with built-in HMB technology, combining power efficiency with the speed of PCIe Gen3 x2. Tapping the PCIe Gen3 x2 interface and NVMe architecture the new BG3 drives can deliver reads of up to 1520 MB/sec--up to 2.7 times SATA 6Gbit/sec speeds--and writes of up to 840 MB/sec, providing mighty performance in a small 1.3mm-high SSD.

 

The ultra-slim BG3 series of SSDs is available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, and are all available in surface-mount BGA (M.2 1620) or removable M.2230 module form factors.

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GT Sport might run at 8K resolution on next-gen PS5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2017 1:29 am

It looks like Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi is getting his hands dirty on GT Sport, with the assets for the game over-specced for the slightly faster PS4 Pro, right up to 8K.

 

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During a studio tour through Polyphony Digital, Finder.com reports that Yamauchi said that they're creating assets for GT Sport for future releases of PlayStation consoles, our strongest hint of the PS5 yet. Remember that I had an exclusive source tell me that the PS5 will feature a discrete GPU, and not an APU - so this news makes sense.

 

Yamauchi told Finder.com: "It takes six months to create a single car. It's over-specced for PS4 Pro. So we are building for future versions of the console rather than the one we see today. I think it would be no problem to run it at 8K even".

 

8K, eh? If Sony can pull it off and have 8K ready for the PS5, we might be looking at a huge push into the worlds of 4K 60FPS gaming on consoles, with the option of 8K 30FPS.

New Prey patch to fix PS4 frame stuttering

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2017 12:18 am

After months of waiting, Arkane is finally fixing Prey's FPS issues on PS4.

 

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Prey's new 1.05 update will address a the notable frame rate issues on PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro platforms by introducing "fixes to address screen-tearing/stuttering". Arkane's latest patch will roll out across all platforms--Xbox One, PS4, PC--and aims to squash a number of bugs and issues, including crashes, performance hiccups, and, of course, stamping out specific unintended player exploits.

 

Arkane hasn't delivered an ETA on the patch, but community forum manager Jurassica affirms it'll release sometime soon. Check below for full patch notes.

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Friday the 13th game sold 1.8 million in two months

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 11:24 pm

Illfonic and Gun Media have confirmed that Friday The 13th: The Game has sold almost 2 million copies since its late May release.

 

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Friday The 13th: The Game is an interesting spectacle in the games industry. Developed by an indie team of only 30 people, many thought the game would be crushed under the insurmountable weight of the movie series, which cast a wide shadow. And at first it looked like Illfonic and Gun Media were in serious trouble: the game launched on PS4, Xbox One and PC with massive server congestion, as well as glitches and bugs on all platforms.

 

Despite these hurdles, the game went on to sell 1.8 million units in its first two months, Gun Media head and F13 co-creator Wes Keltner told GamesIndustry.biz in a recent interview. Keltner goes on to highlight just how unprepared they were for the massive influx of players: "We looked at our player numbers from the beta, along with pre-orders and then added a 30% cushion. That's how we set up our servers and database for launch. We were soooo wrong. 100,000 players hit us in the first 20 minutes, and our servers melted. Our first weekend was chaos. The entire team slept at their desks trying to keep up with demand."

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Konami first quarter profits jump from strong game sales

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 9:32 pm

Konami's first quarter earnings show the Japanese games-maker is doing quite well for itself, despite being near-universally disliked among gamers.

 

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Controversial games publisher and developer Konami kicks off its fiscal year with strong overall growth in revenues driven by successful performance of its videogame branch. The company earned total revenues of 55.743 billion yen ($503.303 million) in the quarter ended in June, up 12.8% year-over-year. Total operating profit reported for the quarter was operating profit 12.2 billion yen ($110.129 million), up a strong 34.2% from fiscal Q1'17. Konami's total profits for the three-month period are also up 46.4%, with 8.5 billion yen ($76.729 million) being generated.

 

Out of Konami's four segments, its Digital Entertainments videogame segment was the biggest contributor to fiscal Q1'18 revenues. Catalyzed by sales of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! card game series, a PES 2017 soccer mobile game, and Super Bomberman R on Nintendo Switch, Digital Entertainments pulled in 51.87% of total quarterly revenues, or 28.914 billion yen ($261.06 million), up a strong 35.53% year-over-year.

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Injustice 2 was highest-grossing game of Q2 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 7:31 pm

Massive sales of popular fighting game Injustice 2 contributed to Warner Bros. quarterly earnings.

 

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Time Warner today announced its second quarter earnings, showing strong growth in key sectors including its videogame segment Warner Bros. Interactive thanks to massive game sales. In fact, the parent company said that Injustice 2 was the "highest-grossing console game in the second quarter of 2017," falling in line with projections from analyst firms like NPD Group and SuperData.

 

Injustice 2 topped the digital sales charts in NPD Group's tracking data when it released in May, and dropped to number 2 in June. The massively popular DC fighting game sold 500,000 units in its first month of availability on PS4 and Xbox One's digital storefronts.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 leaked benchmarks: GTX 1070 killer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 7:26 pm

AMD announced their new Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 graphics cards, but didn't provide too many details about benchmark numbers in games - but I've got the solution to that.

 

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An industry source of mine has provided me with some raw benchmark numbers on Radeon RX Vega 56, which looks to be the new $400 mainstream king, beating the GTX 1070 in some of the biggest games on the market. My source said that the RX Vega 56 card was running on an Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.2GHz, had 16GB of DDR4-3000MHz RAM, and was running Windows 10.

 

The benchmarks were run at 2560x1440 with the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 easily beating NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070 in Battlefield 1, DOOM, Civilization 6, and even Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. My source said that Battlefield 1 was run on Ultra settings, Civ 6 was on Ultra with 4x MSAA, DOOM was at Ultra with 8x TSAA enabled, and COD:IW was running on its High preset.

 

Radeon RX Vega 56 benchmark results:

 

  • Battlefield 1: 95.4FPS (GTX 1070: 72.2FPS)
  • Civilization 6: 85.1FPS (GTX 1070: 72.2FPS)
  • DOOM: 101.2FPS (GTX 1070: 84.6FPS)
  • COD:IW: 99.9FPS (GTX 1070: 92.1FPS)

 

As you can see, the Radeon RX Vega 56 is quite the potent monster at $399... where it not only trades blows with the GeForce GTX 1070, but slaps it around considerably. It looks like we can expect the RX Vega 56 to be a huge 32% faster than the GTX 1070 in BF1 at 1440p.

 

DOOM results are also interesting, with AMD taking a commanding 20% lead over the GTX 1070 with the RX Vega 56.

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SNES Classic Edition pre-orders go live late August

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 5:19 pm

Nintendo has officially confirmed that pre-orders for its massively sought-after SNES Classic Edition microconsole will begin later this year.

 

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After Walmart cancelled SNES Classic Edition pre-orders due to accidentally opening them online, many frustrated consumers anxiously waited for an official response from Nintendo. Now the Japanese console-maker has confirmed that SNES mini pre-orders will go live sometime later this month across all retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart and Target, and that a substantial amount of additional consoles will be shipped to ensure adequate supply.

 

"We appreciate the incredible anticipation that exists for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, and can confirm that it will be made available for pre-order by various retailers late this month," Nintendo wrote in a recent Facebook post.

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Persona Q2 announced for Nintendo 3DS

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 2:22 pm

Atlus today confirmed a new mysterious Persona game is coming to the Nintendo 3DS.

 

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Persona Q2 has been officially announced, but we don't know anything about the game other than it's coming to the Nintendo 3DS and is likely a sequel to 2014's Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. The new game may also be connected to Persona 5, as the announcement website has the tagline "take your heart", which was used in Atlus' hit Persona 5 release.

 

These announcements fall in line with SEGA's promise to continue expanding its IPs across all platforms. No release date or actual information was revealed for Persona Q2, but it's likely releasing in 2018 alongside other newly announced games Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night.

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New iPhone 8 leak confirms facial recognition feature

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 12:23 pm

About a month ago we first heard that Apple might ditch the Touch ID in favor of facial recognition. It seems that the company is struggling with embedding the fingerprint scanner under the screen.

 

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A new report has emerged now confirming that the iPhone 8 will have the facial recognition feature. The HomePod's latest firmware shows support for infrared face unlocks in BiometricKit. The phone also comes with an iris scanner, according to the report.

 

Even if the report is legit, which we can't confirm at this point, this doesn't mean that Apple will ditch the fingerprint scanner.

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