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GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in production, launch March 20-23

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

It looks like NVIDIA is finally, after months and months of rumors, preparing its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for launch - with new rumors stating the card would launch between March 20-23.




NVIDIA is hosting its own event during GDC 2017, where we should hopefully see the GTX 1080 Ti unveiled - but what should we expect in terms of raw horsepower and specs? Well, it should be a Titan X at the end of the day, with some reduction in SMs, with 52 SMs, compared to 60 SMs found on the Titan X.


This means we are to expect around 10.8 TFLOPs of performance, barely down from the 11 TFLOPs on Titan X. We should see AIB partners with tweaked and overclocked GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, with Titan X beating performance - which is going to be a very, very big deal.


The current rumored specs on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti see NVIDIA using the same 12GB of GDDR5X at 10Gbps, on a 384-bit memory bus that would provide 480GB/sec of memory bandwidth - the same configuration and specs of the Titan X, which costs $1199.


NVIDIA's GP102 will power the GTX 1080 Ti, with 3328 CUDA cores, 1.6GHz GPU boost clock, and a modest 250W TDP. The biggest thing is going to be the price, and I think we should see something like $899 from the GTX 1080 Ti, with partner cards hitting $999 or so. Expensive, but you pay to have the best, right?

ZTE to announce a Gigabit phone for 5G era

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

ZTE is expected to announce their ZTE Gigabit at MWC 2017 alongside some other smartphones.




The Chinese company describes the phone as a "forward-looking smartphone" for 5G era, although we won't see the successor to 4G LTE in wide usage until 2020.


The phone will allow for 1 gigabit per second download speeds. ZTE believe that this feature will improve 360 VR videos, streaming, and more.


Because this phone is coming out this year, it is very unlikely to have anything to do with actual 5G. However, companies like Qualcomm do have modems capable of Gigabit speeds already.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom price revealed

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

ASUS' ZenFone 3 Zoom was officially revealed at CES alongside the ZenFone AR, but the price of the phone wasn't mentioned at ASUS' press conference.




However, the company has now announced some more details in Taiwan, where the device is available for purchase. The base model is priced at around $489, but have in mind that the phone might come with a slightly higher price in the US. There is still no info on when the device will be available in other markets.


The ZenFone 3 Zoom is a 5.5-inch smartphone designed to excel at photography with a dual-camera system that comprises two 12MP cameras, one with a f/1.7-aperture, 25mm wide-angle lens and a second with a 59mm lens. Users can instantly switch from the 25mm primary camera to the 59mm camera, giving them a 2.3X optical zoom.

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The Huawei P10 will come in three colors

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Huawei is all set to unveil the P10 and P10 Plus next Sunday, and we pretty much know by now what to expect.


The Chinese giant has also teased the colors of their upcoming flagship - blue, gold, and green. Evan Blass leaked a photo of the phones showing the final product in all three colors.



The P10 will be powered by Huawei's Kirin 960 processor, currently in the Mate 9, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

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Meizu launches M5s, priced at $115

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Meizu has launched their new budget phone - Meizu M5s. Like the M5, the M5s comes with a 5.2-inch 720x1280 display.




The phone is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor and comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card.


The device comes with a 13MP main camera and 5MP selfie cam. The M5s also comes with a 3,000 mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor.

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IMAX enters the VR world with LA-based VR theater

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

IMAX has been a company that has dominated high-end cinema (and beyond) experiences, but now the cinema giant is moving into the VR realm by opening up a VR experience center in LA.




The new LA center has a blend of HTC Vive and Starbreeze StarVR headsets inside of 14 isolated "pods" that feature a Dbox cinema chair, a vibration-emitting Subpac vest (oh, YES) and a bunch of physical controllers. John Wick Chronicles is one of the VR experiences IMAX has on offer, too.


IMAX has more VR experiences and immersive games, including Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, Eagle Flight, and The Walk. IMAX ia already investing into future VR experiences, raising $50 million for the the development and construction of more VR centers planned for New York, California, China, and the UK.

HTC's new standalone VR headset isn't like GearVR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

HTC was a household name in smartphones years ago, and while that has been watered down over the years, it became the undeniable force in high-quality room scale VR headsets - and now, the company is teasing a standalone VR headset that isn't the Vive 2.0.




In a recent interview with CNET, HTC CFO Chia-lin Chang said that the Taiwanese mobile giant will be releasing a new mobile VR headset this year that is "not a phone slapped onto a headset" like we see with Samsung's GearVR, or Google's Daydream View headsets.


Chang teased that HTC's upcoming mobile VR headset would be similar to the high-end Vive headset - and that has me intrigued.

Prey is looking damn good with the latest 4K screenshots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Prey is closing in on its May 5 release, with Bethesda sharing some new screenshots of the game - and of course, in the glorious 4K resolution.




The new reboot of Prey comes from Arkane Studios, the developer behind Dishonored 2, with Prey being powered by CRYENGINE - so it's looking damn beautiful. Prey is giving me a serious System Shock 2/BioShock vibe with its grid-based inventory system, skill trees, crafting, and the world that surrounds you.




Prey drops on May 5 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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PlayStation Now to be exclusive to PS4 and PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Sony today announced that its ailing PlayStation Now game streaming service will be exclusive to PS4 and Windows PCs later this year, and it will be cutting off five of its legacy platforms from its own service.




PlayStation Now is Sony's premium subscription-based service that allows gamers to stream legacy PS1, PS2, PS3 and even newer PS4 games directly to compatible devices. Starting August 2017, PlayStation Now's supported devices will shrink from six platforms to just two: PS4 and PC. That means PS3, PS Vita, PSTV, Sony Bravia TVs, Sony Blu-ray players, and Samsung TVs will be cut off, and PS Now will only be accessible via PS4 systems and PC.


It's worth noting that five of these six platforms are Sony's own proprietary hardware. In fact Sony is cutting off its newer 2016 Bravia TVs sooner than the older models. For some reason Sony is keen on cutting out key functionality on its own hardware: Sony Bravia TV owners can access PS Now without owning an actual console and play streamed games directly on their TV. PS Now is Sony's primary solution to backward compatibility on the PS4; although some legacy classics can be bought and played on the console, most of the PS3, PS2 and PS1 games are only available via PS Now's subscription service.

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Ultra Street Fighter II uses Switch's JoyCons like ARMS

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

With its built-in accelerometer and gyroscopic tracking, the Nintendo Switch's new JoyCon controllers are essentially mini Wiimotes that can be detached from the Switch tablet. So far we've seen games like ARMS fully leverage the JoyCons in innovative new ways, tracking gamers' punches and movements and mirroring them in-game, but Ultra Street Fighter II will do the same with its first-person mode.



Quality first-person fighting games are rare (Xeno Clash comes to mind), and VR has had some success resurrecting the weird crossover, but that requires bulky headsets and expensive hardware. But as we've seen with ARMS, Nintendo's new Switch console is a perfect platform for engaging first-person fighting experiences, and now Capcom's latest Ultra Street Fighter II will be the next in line to tap the JoyCons' potential.


Capcom has just released the first footage of Ultra Street Fighter II's first-person mode and it's quite interactive. Armed with JoyCons and their built-in sensors gamers can perform moves like uppercuts and punches in the real-world and see Ryu mimic the action. You can even motion with your hands into a hadokens with the JoyCons in your mitts and Ryu will blast out his signature move.

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