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AMD Radeon RX Vega custom cards could be at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 9, 2017 12:09 am

We've been reporting on AMD's next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics card family like mad, with our exclusive report that AMD will have less than 16,000 units available in the months post-launch. Now we're hearing rumbles of what Computex will hold for AMD's return to the high-end graphics card market.




Computex 2017 kicks off on May 30, which is only a couple of weeks away - and we'll be there. VideoCardz is reporting that PowerColor have been sending out invitations to the media for meetings during Computex, where they will be showing off "new technologies and other latest products", which could be a tease towards Radeon RX Vega.


I've personally heard from my own industry sources that Radeon RX Vega might show up, depending on whether AMD releases it before Computex - if they do, I've heard that AIB partners will indeed have custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards on show. Computex 2017 is only a few more weeks away, so we'll have to wait and see what happens.

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Far Cry 5 old West game might happen

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2017 11:24 pm

Rumor has it that Ubisoft's new Far Cry 5 could have a very different kind of setting: a Spaghetti Western FPS set in 19th century old west with gunslingers, cattle rustlers, and saloons.




The rumor was started by Nerdbite and YouTuber Silentc0re, who followed a string of clues from a particular newspaper called Great Falls Tribune. According to the Tribune, a film crew has arrived at a particular church in Montana to record a promo reel for an upcoming video game. Production teams will use video captured from 5,000 miles from California to Montana, strongly hinting at a Old West theme, especially since the church (Mni-Sda (Still Water) Presbyterian Church) has strong historical ties to Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull.


"This is a sequel to an existing global franchise," Jeff Guillot, account director for production studio Nightcall Productions, who's involved with the shooting, told the Tribune. Now I know what you're thinking--it has to be Red Dead Redemption 2 right? Well...Guillot has ties with Ubisoft and actually helped make promos for Driver, Red Steel 2, and Rabbids. Furthermore, Guillot is French, and Ubisoft is headquartered in France. That still seems a bit flimsy though doesn't it? Here's another tidbit that reinforces the rumor: back in 2015 Ubisoft surveyed gamers for potential Far Cry game premises. Guess what once of those options was? "A Far Cry game in the Sphagetti Western style set in the late 19th century Americas."

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LG captures a record 20% of the US smartphone market

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2017 10:32 pm

While Samsung and Apple still rule the smartphone market, LG has shown significant growth globally, and they captured a record 20% of the US smartphone market in Q1 2017.




According to Strategy Analytics, the company has sold 7.3 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2017 (up 3-points year over year).


The report contributes this success to the steady sales of LG's lower-price model, K and X series. The company's latest flagship, the LG G6, wasn't included in this report since it only hit the US market in April.

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Five dollar Dragon Age & Crysis in GOG DRM-free sale

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: May 8, 2017 10:04 pm

An Abraham Lincoln this week gets you a copy of Dragon Age Origins Ulitmate Edition at GOG in their new Weekly sale. A $30 game for the price of a Starbucks coffee if you're lucky. It doesn't stop at Dragon Age though as dozens of EA classics such as Crysis, Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, and the aforementioned Darkspawn slasher are at or making new historic low price points.




Several dozen games are on sale with most being published by EA. After wading through the chaff we've listed below our top picks. All are priced at or below what you would normally find during a Winter or Summer seasonal PC gaming sale. If you don't particular care for Origin and have always wanted to try some of these earlier EA titles (they are on Steam too but haven't been discounted as much), this is a good time to pick them up for cheap.


Best EA GOG Sale



This sale at GOG is going on now through next week Monday, May 15. After that point, the sale will terminate and prices will resume as normal.


If you're unfamiliar with GOG (previously known as Good Old Games) their claim to fame is that everything they sell is DRM-Free. If you're a believer in not dealing with extraenous software just to play the game you own, this has proven to resonate with many as the platform has continued to shine in recent years.

ESA 3D prints bricks which may help build lunar colonies

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 8, 2017 9:28 pm

A base on the Moon is many scientists' dream because it would set a new milestone in space exploration. According to observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft that might be much more complicated than previously thought.




According to NASA's last year's data, the Moon experiences a heavier bombardment by small meteoroids than models had previously predicted. This revelation implies that equipment placed on the Moon for long durations, such as a lunar base, will have to be sturdier.


Of course, building on the Moon wouldn't be easy, but the ESA produced their first 3D printed brick, which could help with the building material. Bricks have been 3D printed out of simulated moondust using concentrated sunlight - proving in principle that future lunar colonists could one day use the same approach to build settlements on the Moon.



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Tekken producer: Japan can't compete with Western games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2017 8:33 pm

Despite strong sales and acclaim of key Japanese titles, and the sense that overseas devs "make the best games", Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada doesn't think Japan will ever be at the top of the gaming world again.




Japan once reigned over the games industry, especially during the early days of console gaming. But over the years Western developers and publishers--including Europe and North America--slowly took back the industry from Japanese devs. Fast-forward to modern days and we see U.S.-based giants like Activision-Blizzard and EA conquering the market with key billion-dollar franchises, whilst Japanese companies like Capcom, Konami, and Bandai Namco weather the market. While Japanese games are typically heralded as the pinnacle of excellence--especially games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Persona 5--some key Japanese devs don't think the Land of the Rising Sun will ever be back on top.


Tekken producer Katshuhiro Harada is one of these devs, and told games website Finder that Western gaming will pretty much always eclipse Japanese gaming in certain ways.


"I was one of the first people, back in the nineties, to say that Japanese game development is over and I haven't really changed my opinion. There are a few hits like you mentioned, but Japan was once seen as being at the top of game development. Then it fell right down, and while it might be a bit better [than a few years ago], it hasn't really changed all that much. Compared to the USA, over there you have a lot more game developers just because of the population. You have a lot more funding. Just the scale and scope of development is something Japan can't really compete with. Although there are a few titles that only Japanese can make - and sometimes they do quite well - it's not like Japan will ever be back on top of game development. That's our position: it's a realistic view, I guess you could say. We're not too high, but we're not too low."

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Dead Island 2 dev is making exciting progress

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2017 7:25 pm

Despite no official details on Dead Island 2, Deep Silver says the game is still in development and making progress.




Dead Island 2 has had a troubled development. The sequel was originally in development by German game dev Yager (Spec Ops: The Line), but the studio dropped out and handed development to Sumo Digital because the team had a "better understanding of the brand" without straying to far from Yager's original vision. Back in March 2016, Sumo Digital took over development of Dead Island 2...and then all updates and info ceased.


More than a year later, Dead Island 2 publisher has stayed quiet about the project. Eurogamer decided to break the silence and flat out ask the publisher what's happening with the sequel, and Deep Silver replied by saying the game hasn't been abandoned, and Sumo Digital is making exciting progress. "Dead Island 2 is in development at Sumo Digital, and we are excited by the progress the team are making with Deep Silver's most successful IP," the publisher told Eurogamer. "When we are ready to share more information, we will."

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OnePlus 5 might come with 8GB of RAM and a higher price

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2017 6:27 pm

OnePlus has recently confirmed that they will launch the OnePlus 5, the successor to the OnePlus 3/3T, this summer.


The highly-anticipated smartphone should be the company's flagship that could compete with the recently launched Galaxy S8.




We know that the device will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, but other specs are still a bit vague. OppoMart recently listed the OnePlus 5 on their website at a price of $449, and according to them, the phone should come with 6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of internal storage, and dual rear camera setup (12MP+12MP).


However, GearBest has also listed the device and the specs are somewhat different. The first thing you'll notice on their website is the price which shows that the OnePlus 5 could cost $200 more than we previously thought. GearBest listed the OnePlus 5 at a price of $688, but at that higher price could come some specs upgrades.

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Moto Z2 Play specs leak: Thinner phone, smaller battery?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2017 5:21 pm

The Moto Z Play was announced back in August last year, and now, the company is preparing to unveil its successor, the Moto Z2 Play.




According to Evan Blass at VentureBeat, the Moto Z2 Play will be slightly thinner and lighter than last year's model, which would put the device more in-line with the rest of the Z series. However, to make the phone thinner, the company had to compromise somewhere which resulted in smaller battery capacity, according to the report. The original Moto Z Play had a 3,510 mAh battery, while the Moto Z2 Play is expected to feature a 3,000 mAh one.


The display will remain the same, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED with 1080 x 1920 resolution, but the other specs of the phone will receive an upgrade.


The Moto Z2 Play should be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 626 clocked at 2.0Ghz. The device is expected to come with 4GB of RAM, which is 1GB more than the last year's Z Play, and internal storage should be doubled, compared to last year's model, to 64GB.

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Rumor: Obsidian is making Fallout New Vegas 2

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2017 4:28 pm

UPDATE: Sources close to Obsidian Entertainment tell TweakTown that Fallout: New Vegas 2 isn't in development, but Obsidian might be working on something better.


Sources say that Fallout creator Tim Cain is leading a new IP that will essentially be Obsidian Entertainment's answer to the Fallout universe, and may be a classic cRPG. Click here for more details.


Despite being quite busy developing a cRPG sequel, and outright denying the reports, rumors say Obsidian Entertainment is not only developing Fallout: New Vegas 2, but it'll be revealed at E3 2017.




Remember when the Fallout: New Orleans rumor broke out? I sure do--I reported on it, but realized something was amiss when the teasers didn't match up. Fallout: New Orleans turned out to be a bust, and Obsidian Entertainment even confirmed they're not making a new Fallout game. But now sources have apparently told FragHero that Fallout: New Vegas 2 is happening, and that Obsidian is "involved"--the same team who said in February they're not doing a Fallout project.


According to FragHero, the source who leaked Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Last of Us 2 specifics says Bethesda will announce Fallout: New Vegas 2 soon, possibly at its E3 2017 showcase. The source goes on to say that Obsidian is involved, but doesn't say the team is actually developing the game. This last part is extremely important. After raising $4.4 million for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Obsidian Entertainment is currently knee-deep in their new cRPG project and committed to its development.

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