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GIGABYTE brings Broadwell-E BIOS support to existing X99 Motherboards

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

While recently searching GIGABYTE's website for BIOS updates for my X99 motherboard, I came across a new F20 BIOS for the X99-SOC Force, an update that brings support for a new and unreleased Intel processor.




GIGABYTE released BIOS F20 on 1/12/2106 for its entire X99 lineup, which supports a mysterious "2016 Q2 coming new CPU," as quoted from the website. Looking at Intel's roadmap for 2016, the next upcoming X99 CPUs will be based on the Broadwell-E microarchitecture, which has been highly anticipated by those who want 14nm on Intel's high-end platform. GIGABYTE's posting of this new BIOS reaffirms rumors and claims that current X99 motherboards will support Broadwell-E CPUs.


Looking at other motherboard vendor's sites, we could not find any hints of updated microcode for Broadwell-E support, which is not unusual given that Broadwell-E is not due for many months. Broadwell-E CPUs will work with current X99 motherboards as long as the X99 motherboard has been updated with Intel's latest microcode, so it is safe to say that if a motherboard is not shipped with Broadwell-E supporting BIOS versions then users might require Haswell-E CPUs for flashing. Releasing the BIOS so early before launch provides ample time for users to update their BIOS ROMs in anticipation for Broadwell-E CPUs, and so far, GIGABYTE is the only manufacturer providing Broadwell-E BIOS support.

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Far Cry: Primal isn't a re-skinned sequel, it's a whole new game

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

These days it's all too common to see publishers churn out sequel after sequel--and the Far Cry series shares some guilt in this. With Far Cry: Primal, however, Ubisoft sheds this trend to forge a new, unique path for the series. In this sense, Primal isn't a sequel, but is more of its own standalone adventure--but that isn't to say that Primal won't be Far Cry at its core.



In a recent interview with IGN, Far Cry: Primal's lead writer Kevin Shortt revealed the lengths that Ubisoft went to make Primal historically accurate and entirely new at the same time. "For us, Primal is a full-on Far Cry. The main campaign is around 30 hours, we've created a whole new world, new flora and fauna. it's a full game, and so if anyone has doubts about that, they just spend a bit of time in the game to realize it's something huge. This is our new Far Cry game."


Ubisoft did tons of research trying to pinpoint the right period to serve as Primal's backdrop. The team ultimately settled on the dinosaur-free Mesolithic, or Middle Stone Age (10,000 B.C.) as a convenient period. "We had to do a lot of research. We had to figure out what the period was, and decided that 10,000 BC was a good period - that's the mesolithic period - because that's when humans went from more nomadic tribes to settling down and establishing villages. As a result of that, they started more wars, they started more conflicts, because they're settling in the same regions and fighting over resources."

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LG's G5 smartphone should feature super unique accessory slot

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

LG is expected to show off its next-gen G5 smartphone sometime next month, most likely during Mobile World Congress, and it should have at least one trick up its sleeve when it comes to beating out the Galaxy S7 from Samsung.




According to notorious mobile leaker Evan Blass (or @evleaks), renders of the G5 smartphone show a slot at the bottom of the smartphone which acts like a cartridge receptacle, that would allow for user-replaceable batteries - just like the G4 before it, except this time it'll be much easier to replace your battery.


We should also expect LG to change the position of the volume buttons on the G5, moving them from the back of the phone - where the G4 volume buttons were - to the side of the smartphone, like most handsets on the market. We're also expected to see LG unveil two smartphones this year, with the G5 being the first unveiling at MWC 2016 in Barcelona next month.

Great Scott! DeLorean cars go back into production after 30 years

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Despite the DeLorean Motor Vehicle company going bankrupt in 1982 after producing only 9,000 of the distinctive gull-winged vehicles made famous by 'Back to the Future', the dream of founderJohn DeLorean's is about to live on, with new vehicles headed to production for the first time in over 30 years.




According to NBC News, the reconstituted DeLorean Motors factory in Humble, Texas which has been refurbishing vehicles and producing parts for the roughly 6,500 vehicles in existence today, has been given the greenlight by the U.S. Government to produce around 300 new vehicles from original parts that have been in storage since the company folded. "It's fantastic! It is a game changer for us. We've been wanting this to happen" remarked Stephen Wynne, DeLorean's CEO.


The newly produced vehicles are expected to be a money spinner for the company, with estimates that they'll sell for upwards of $100,000 USD.

The Witness might be beautiful, but it's making some gamers nauseous

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

The Witness is a truly beautiful game that's riddled with mystery, secrets, and mind-bendingly hard puzzles. While the game has received critical acclaim, there are some gamers who are facing a basic roadblock that prevents them from enjoying the game: motion sickness.



Games with first-person FOVs like The Talos Principle and Skyrim have been known to trigger pretty rough nausea and motion sickness in specific players, the same way certain light-flashes can send some gamers into epileptic seizures. More than a few players have reported that Jonathan Blow's latest puzzler The Witness is making them feel sick and disorientated. Some suggest taping a crosshair on the screen to alleviate the nausea and help focus the eyes.


Luckily, Blow is already working on a fix to address the issue. "I will at least hack something in pretty soon and we will see how it helps," Blow said in a response to a motion-sick player on Twitter. The dev has spent the better part of eight years developing The Witness, so its fair to say that his commitment to the game--and all of his games, for that matter--is pretty intense.

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Ubisoft lists all the known issues and bugs in The Division beta

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Just in time for the beginning of the beta test for The Division, Ubisoft has released a list of all the known issues and bugs that plague the version of the game we'll be playing in the beta test. And quite frankly, it isn't so terrible, considering.




The known issues are relatively few and far between, though the slow loading textures and severe FPS drops if you use VSync seem to be the most relevant issues at the moment. Also keep in mind that NVIDIA users might experiene some visual graphics, even with the latest Game Ready driver specifically released for the beta.


But if you do run into any other issues, don't hesitate to submit a bug report so they can take an extensive look and make sure that this is fully fixed before its released. Unlike previous Ubisoft releases, this beta test is a step in a new direction towards releasing games with as few issues as possible. Full bug list is below.

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Xbox Live Games With Gold for February announced

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The full line-up for Xbox Live's Games With Gold program has been announced, and though there isn't much, it's a strong inventory for both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360.




This month they're digging deep into their inventory with Gears of War 2 and Hand of Fate. Thankfully the games available for the Xbox 360 are also completely playable through backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, so if you've already upgraded, you can enjoy all the titles listed below. The first batch of games, Hand of Fate and Sacred Citadel, will be available on February 1st while Styx and Gears of War 2 will become available on February 16th. Happy hunting.

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Video shows off PC specific features of Rise of the Tomb Raider

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix are very adamant that Rise of the Tomb Raider isn't just a port of the console version. They're so proud of their work that they've released a video that shows off all of the GPU effects that only a PC can really handle and pull-off. And it looks gorgeous. Even if it's partnered with NVIDIA.



This is definitely an improvement in fidelity over the already stellar looking Xbox One exclusive version. Not only are resolutions far higher, but you can turn on things like HBAO+, better quality tessellation, a very cool dyamic foliage system and better use of anistropic filtering. It's a surprising improvement, and it looks great. The video shows side-by-side, what the difference is with each effect. Curiously missing, however, is Square Enix's modified version of TressFX, at least in the video.


And unlike the Xbox One version, the framerate isn't locked, and with the proper setup, you can actually have more than 60FPS potentially at 4K. Soon we'll have our own performance analysis to show you just how it performs on both AMD and NVIDIA's hardware.

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Crashes in Chrome reduced by 70% on iOS

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Good news for iOS-loving Chrome users: a new update brings greatly improved stability and performance to the browser when used on an Apple device thanks to a switch from the UIWebView page renderer to WKWebView. Google's testing shows the change has resulted in 70% less crashing than before.




Utilizing WKWebView also means better HTML5 performance, 25% less page reloading when switching to background tabs, and speedier Javascript performance.

EA is skipping E3 2016, instead hosting EA Play 2016 off-site

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Electronic Arts won't be attending E3 in the usual fashion this year. Instead of the normal booth inside the expo hall in Los Angeles, they're hosting an off-site event that's more accessible to their fans, EA Play 2016.




EA Play is a departure from their usual expose at E3, where they generally have a large area reserved inside the Los Angeles Convention Center that's filled with their latest games. This year they'll have EA Play, which is a three-day event that'll be hosted off-site at Club Nokia which is near the Los Angeles Convention Center. Their fan-oriented event will run from June 12th through June 14th. At the same time, a similar event will occur in London on the 12th of June.


Another big change EA is making is moving their normal Monday press conference to the Sunday before E3, presumably to kick off their new event with their new game annoucements. This year we expect to see more information about Mass Effect: Andromeda, despite possible delays.

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