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Windows 10 Game Mode limited to Windows Store PC games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2017 3:21 am

In a very Microsoft kind of move, it appears Windows 10's new Game Mode feature will only work with PC games tied to Windows 10's UWP ecosystem.




Windows Central seems to have confirmed my initial prediction: Windows 10's upcoming Game Mode feature--which allocates system resources on an OS and hardware level and optimizes them specifically for gaming, thereby boosting game performance--will only work with UWP-enabled PC games. This means only PC games purchased on the Windows Store can leverage the benefits of Windows 10 Game Mode, so everyone's entire library of Steam games may not work.


"Previously, we were unable to ascertain whether Game Mode would be a feature restricted to games built for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), but it does appear that this could be the case. Our information states that games developed for the Windows 10, Xbox One, and Project Scorpio ecosystem specifically need to be "Game Mode enabled" Universal Windows Apps (UWA)," reads Windows Central's report.

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Project Scorpio to leverage Windows 10 Game Mode tech

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2017 2:19 am

Microsoft's new "beastly" high-end 4K-ready Project Scorpio console may leverage a new Windows 10 Game Mode feature that allocates system resources specifically for gaming.



Earlier we reported on Windows 10's new Game Mode functionality, which essentially flips a switch to optimize key OS resources, CPU and GPU hardware for gaming experiences. Now Windows Central is reporting that Microsoft's Xbox ecosystem and it's new enthusiast-grade Project Scorpio will benefit from Game Mode as well.


This isn't really a surprise considering the Xbox One, Xbox One S and Project Scorpio are now running Windows 10 via a new custom OneCore OS, with the systems being tethered to Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP) ecosystem. This means that all UWP apps can be used across the full ecosystem, and the Xbox consoles are now compatible with specific UWP apps and programs.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda release date leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2017 12:19 am

Mass Effect: Andromeda will release on March 31, 2017 on all platforms, according to Microsoft's Xbox LIVE Rewards page.




If you've paid attention to our Andromeda coverage, this release date won't be a surprise; we originally reported the game would launch in March 2017. This might be a slip-up on Microsoft's part, but March 31 is usually a placeholder. However this lines up with BioWare's "Spring 2017" launch window, and underlines our previous reports as well.



Although BioWare has showcased Andromeda running in 4K 30FPS on a PS4 Pro, the devs are optimizing the game to leverage high-end enthusiast PCs as well; the game won't have an FPS cap on PC, and will likely tap NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series GPUs for extra performance and features. It will also support UltraWide 21:9 resolution on release.

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ROCCAT reveals new gaming hardware lineup at CES 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 10:56 pm

CES 2017 - Peripheral manufacturer ROCCAT today revealed its new fleet of gaming mice and keyboards in Las Vegas, all of which are enhanced with the company's new Owl-Eye and ForceFX sensors.




First off let's take a look at ROCCAT's new keyboard, the Isku+ ForceFX. This particular model is an enhanced version of the Isku RGB keyboard outfitted with ROCCAT's new ForceFX tech that blurs the line between mechanical and membrane switches. The Isku+ Force FX features "pressure-sensitive QWEASD keys which can be configured in three different modes" for optimum use.




Now let's take a look at ROCCAT's new gaming mice. The trio of performance RGB mice, the wireless Leadr, Kone EMP, and Kone Pure 2017, rock ROCCAT's new Owl-Eye sensor tech that enables insane sensitvity up to 12,000 DPI.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 - the first 10nm SoC

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 10:00 pm

CES 2017 - Qualcomm has officially introduced their Snapdragon 835 processor with X16 LTE. Back in November, we reported that the Snapdragon 835 is the first 10nm SoC and we also put an end to the speculations that Qualcomm's next chip will be named Snapdragon 830.




As of today, the Snapdragon 835 is officially out and we, as the phone manufacturers, have high expectations from the Qualcomm's latest processor. The Snapdragon 835 features a new Kryo 820 CPU with four high-performance cores running at 2.45GHz and four efficiency low-power cores running at 1.9GHz. These are backed by dual channel LPDDR4x memory at 1866MHz.


The Snapdragon 835 also has a new Adreno 540 GPU with support for DX12, Vulkan, OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.2. Qualcomm also upgraded the DSP inside of the Snapdragon 835 by including the Hexagon 682, a machine learning-focused upgrade to the Hexagon 680 in the Snapdragon 820.

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Samsung's new smart fridge rocks a 21.5-inch screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 7:11 pm

CES 2017 - Samsung has a full frontal assault for your kitchen at CES this year, and while it has dabbled in Wi-Fi-connected smart fridges before, it is launching 6 new ones in 2017 - bringing Samsung up to a total of 10 smart fridges.




This includes a new three-door, four-door, and a four-door "flex" model that has dual freezers. Samsung has updated the fridge's OS to Family Hub 2.0, which provides your family with a new UI, allowing everyone to have a profile - and even lets you set individual avatars, just cause.


There's a massive 21.5-inch LED touchscreen built into the front of it, where you can play around with photos, calendars, and even leave handwritten memos. Tizen is the OS powering the fridge, which takes pictures of the contents of your fridge every time you open the door - letting you know when you need to buy more "Groceries by MasterCard".

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Acer updates its Predator 17 X with Kaby Lake, GTX 1080

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 5:30 pm

CES 2017 - Acer rolled out the beautifully unique 21:9 gaming laptop with its uber-expensive Predator 21 X, but Acer also made some tweaks to its Predator 17 X model, too.




Acer has refreshed the Predator 17 X with Intel's new Kaby Lake architecture, while swapping out a Maxwell-based GPU for NVIDIA's new Pascal architecture. Now we have the Core i7-7820K processor alongside the GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5X. Both the CPU and GPU are desktop-grade, so you'll be able to overclock both, which should stay cool with its custom triple-fan cooling solution - where Acer is using front air intake and a server-class vapor chamber.




The laptop can have its Core i7-7820K overclocked to 4.3GHz, while the GPU will hit 1723MHz, and up to 5.4GHz on the 8GB of GDDR5X. The 17.3-inch 1080p display can be optioned out for a 4K panel, but you should be fine with the GTX 1080.

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Acer's new 30-inch UltraWide hits 200Hz refresh rate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 5:15 pm

CES 2017 - Acer has expanded its Predator gaming monitor family with another UltraWide monitor, with the Acer Predator Z301CT arriving as a 30-inch 21:9 display with a massive 200Hz refresh rate.






The new Predator Z301CT features a native 2560x1080 resolution, but the 200Hz refresh rate is massive - and backed by NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Acer has included a few different technologies with the display, including Tobii Eye Tracking, and Acer's own DarkBoost, BlueLightShield, and Flicker-Less technologies.

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Roccat's new wireless mouse has no lag, 1:1 sensor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 5:13 pm

CES 2017 - Alright, Roccat has my attention with their new wireless gaming mouse that rocks an interestingly named 'Owl-Eye' optical sensor.




The new wireless mouse is promising to translate motions to your gaming display with 1:1 accuracy, and is only one part of three new mice Roccat has to show off at CES 2017, and a new keyboard.


Roccat's new wireless mouse is offering "virtually zero latency", and rocks a charging dock and a detachable charging cable - so for those of you who want "absolutely zero latency" (that's what I'm calling it) - plug it in, and away you go.

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Acer's Predator 21 X laptop starts at $8999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 5:00 pm

CES 2017 - Acer has just unveiled the most amazing gaming laptop I've ever had the pleasure of writing about, with its next-gen Predator 21 X gaming laptop rocking a damn 21:9 UltraWide display... on a laptop.




The 21-inch 21:9 display rocks a native resolution of 2560x1080, but it pumps it away at a huge 120Hz, a great achievement - and very welcomed, on an $8999 machine.




Inside, you'll find Intel's new Core i7-7820K processor (an overclockable, mobile version of the new Kaby Lake family), with 64GB of DDR4-2400MHz, and not one - but two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, each with 8GB of GDDR5X.




Acer has used 2 x NVMe PCIe-based SSDs for storage with a 1TB mechanical HDD for storage, a myriad of connectivity - and 660W of power required. The cooling system is beyond impressive, with Acer deploying a 5-fan cooling system with 3 x AeroBlade fans for the CPU and GPUs, while there are 9 heat pipes and DustDefender and CoolBoost fan control from Acer.

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