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Project Scorpio store page hints at incoming reveal

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 7:34 pm

Microsoft's new "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio now has an official Microsoft Store listing, strongly hinting at a reveal in the near future.




Xbox division head Phil Spencer has said he wants to reveal Microsoft's high-end Project Scorpio console before E3 2017 in June, and now we have the first storefront listing opening up on the MS Store. This means we could see a special Xbox event being held sometime in April or May ahead of E3, with Microsoft focusing solely on Project Scorpio and Xbox games during the June showcase. Of course there's no price tag on the Project Scorpio pre-order listing, but it does indicate a reveal is on the way.


Microsoft has confirmed that Project Scorpio's 6TFLOPs GPU will enable native 4K gaming, which will make it the world's most powerful games console. Although the system will outright eclipse the Xbox One and Xbox One S models, it will be fully compatible with all Xbox games accessories and likely feature 4K HDR and 1080p 60FPS+ enhancements for existing first-party Xbox titles. As for the exact hardware, we know Project Scorpio will rock an 8-core CPU, likely built on AMD's advanced new Ryzen CPU architecture complimented with a scaled Polaris GPU on the same 14nm SoC.

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Our Nintendo Switch save data got corrupted

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 5:03 pm

The Nintendo Switch isn't perfect, and like any other system, it can corrupt saved games data. Since the Switch doesn't have any means to backup or migrate saved games (yet), if your data gets corrupted you could lose all your Zelda: Breath of the Wild saves. Fortunately for us, this didn't happen. Here is our experience with corrupted saved data on the Switch.




First of let me say that we were apparently quite lucky with our experience with corrupted saved data. We didn't lose any of our saved games for any of our games--even the game that was affected by the corrupted data. Here's what happened.


When I fired up Specter of Torment yesterday afternoon, I got an error message and the game crashed. The console told me my saved data could be corrupted. After spending quite a lot of time on Breath of the Wild the possibility of losing everything was extremely daunting.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 pricing and color options leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 4:35 pm

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on March 29th, and every day we get a better image of what to expect.




The latest leak comes from Roland Quandt, who has been quite reliable in the past. According to him, Samsung's upcoming flagships will be available in Black, Silver, and Violet colors.


Violet is a bit unusual, but that just might be a trend this year since Huawei introduced a not-so-typical green version of the P10 and P10 Plus.

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BlackBerry Aurora becomes official

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 3:33 pm

BlackBerry Aurora, the first device manufactured by BB Merah Putih, which holds the license for making, marketing, and selling BlacBerry-branded phones in Indonesia, had been officially announced.




The phone "is not only the first BlackBerry-branded device to ever be produced in Indonesia, but it is the first BlackBerry device in the world to be equipped with dual-SIM functionality," said Stanly Widjaja, Vice President BB Merah Putih.


The BlackBerry Aurora is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 425 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The 5.5-inch display phone sports a 13MP main camera and an 8MP selfie cam.

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Huawei will announce the P11 at MWC 2018

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 2:19 pm

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus have just been announced at MWC 2017, and it seems that the company has realized the potential of the show.




Bruce Lee, Huawei's Vice President of Handsets Product Line, said that the next P series device would be announced at next year's MWC in Barcelona.


Up until this year, the company held their standalone events in April. However, according to Lee, Huawei wants their devices in stores in Europe before Easter, making the MWC perfect event for their upcoming P series announcements.

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Netflix and Hulu coming to Nintendo Switch 'in due time'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 1:12 pm

The Nintendo Switch handheld-console hybrid is meant to be a dedicated games device, not facilitate media apps and other forms of entertainment. But at the same time, ancillary features would be nice, and if it's truly a "home console first and foremost," the Switch would do well to have certain concessions like Hulu and Netflix video streaming. And it will--in time.




Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aime recently confirmed that Nintendo is negotiating with other companies like Neftlix, Hulu, and Amazon to bring their respective media-streaming apps to the Switch. But those apps will come in "due time," and app support isn't a priority for Nintendo. Games absolutely come first.


"We built the Nintendo Switch to be a world-class gaming device, meaning we want you first and foremost to play games on the system and have an incredibly fun experience," Fils-Aime said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. "We're talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon - things that will come in time. In our view, these are not differentiators. What differentiates us is the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play. And that will continue to be our focus into the future as we continue driving this platform."

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AMD teases next-gen 'Pinnacle Ridge' CPU for early 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 6:35 am

AMD has well and truly shaken up the CPU market with the release of Ryzen processors, led by the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X. Now that Ryzen is here, we're already hearing about Zen 2 - which will be known as Pinnacle Ridge.




The current Ryzen family of CPUs is known as Summit Ridge, but Zen 2 and Zen 3 should deliver better IPC performance, new features, and other goodies. Ryzen in its first-gen appearance had a 52% IPC (Instructions Per Clock) over the previous generation AMD CPU architecture - while Zen 2 and Zen 3 should deliver 5-15% improvements in IPC.


During a recent AMA on Reddit, AMD CEO Lisa Su said: "In new product development, you always learn a lot and we have our list of thingsthat we are adding to zen2 and zen3 to get even more performance going forward".


AMD's new AM4 socket, that takes Ryzen, will take Zen 2 and Zen 3 processors in the future. Better yet, we're looking at up to 65% more IPC improvements over the older Excavator CPU architecture, with the aim of Zen 2 and 3 featuring support for higher clocked DDR4 RAM and lower CPU clock speeds. AMD will continue to nail the 14nm FinFET process, so we should expect the nodes to continue with better yields, and chips that have higher default clock speeds thanks to the refinements along the way.

Inno3D's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC, Twin X2 spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 4:05 am

Inno3D is teasing two of their upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, which will join the great-looking iChill X3 and X4 custom GTX 1080 Ti cards in the coming weeks.




What we can see here is the Inno3D GeForce GTX 1080 T Gaming OC, which arrives with a dual-fan, dual-slot graphics card - but gives you the missing DVI connector from the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition.




The second card looks like Inno3D's reference design, featuring a HerculeZ Design cooler - and again, a DVI connector.

First 'Geostorm' trailer creates a storm

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 3:54 am

Originally filmed in 2014 under 'Independence Day' co-creator Dean Devlin, the troubled production 'Geostorm' has just released it's first action packed trailer - and it looks like a first rate disaster porn.



Starring Gerard Butler, 'Geostorm' finds the world suffering from an unprecedented series of natural disasters at the hands of an intricate network of climate controlling which decides to turn on mankind. While the premise doesn't sounds like it'll be the smartest, nor the most heartfelt film of 2017, I'm pretty confident it's going to be a lot of fun.


'Geostorm' makes landfall on October 19 in Australia, and a day later in the United States.

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Mass Effect Andromeda PC graphics options revealed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 1:28 am

NVIDIA is ramping up the marketing engine for Mass Effect Andromeda, with the full details on the PC graphics options revealed.



Mass Effect Andromeda will have 16 different graphics knobs to tweak, with a few of them including multiple detail levels: Ambient Occlusion, Anti-Aliasing, Chromatic Aberration, Effects Quality, Film Grain, Lighting Quality, Mesh Quality, Post-Process Effect Quality, Resolution Scaling, Shader Quality, Shadow Quality, Terrain Quality, Texture Filtering Quality, Texture Quality, and Vegetation Quality.


NVIDIA also revealed the PC requirements for playing the game smoothly at 720p and 1080p:


Mass Effect: Andromeda Minimum System Requirements For 1280×720


  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX 6350
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 660
  • RAM: 8GB
  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
  • HDD: 55GB free space
  • DirectX: Version 11


Mass Effect: Andromeda Recommended System Requirements For 1920×1080


  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX 8350
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, or GeForce GTX 970
  • RAM: 16GB
  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
  • HDD: 55GB free space
  • DirectX: Version 11

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