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Vive is used by 66% of VR gamers on Steam, Rift controls just 27%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 4, 2016 5:45 am

Valve's new Steam survey for June 2016 revealed that 56% of gamers are using an NVIDIA GeForce video card of some kind, while AMD Radeon cards are used by 25% - and it also saw Windows 10 become the most-used OS by Steam gamers, with 40% of gamers using Microsoft's latest and greatest OS.




But what about VR? The latest Steam survey has 66% of gamers using the HTC Vive, while just 27.7% of gamers are using the Oculus Rift. The Oculus Rift DK2 headset is still being used, for now at least, by 6.2% of gamers - but these numbers are dropping every week.


Personally, I own both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift and would always recommend people to buy the HTC Vive. It's a better VR experience thanks to the room scale technology, while the Rift is a seated only experience - for now at least, and even with the upcoming Touch controllers, you'll just be standing around with the Touch controllers, not walking around the room enjoying the VR experience.

Take a trip with 'Rick and Morty' in our Season 2 Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 4, 2016 12:02 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Rick and Morty: Season Two' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have three Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Madman Entertainment.




Wubba Lubba Dub Dub! Rick Sanchez is still living with his daughter Beth's family and causing more trouble than ever. This season the rest of the family are dragged into Rick's intergalactic adventures, as he faces new threats and mysteries of his secret past are revealed. Can the family survive Rick's insanity and all the chaos the universe throws at them?


To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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NVIDIA is used by 56% of gamers on Steam, AMD is down to 25%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 3, 2016 3:25 pm

NVIDIA's GeForce cards are a dominant force on the latest Steam hardware survey, with 56.7% of gamers using a GeForce GPU of some kind. AMD has lost a little of its steam in the last 12 months, with 25% of gamers using Radeon.




You can see that in January 2015 that AMD had 28.9% of users, but has declined over the last 18 months down to 25%. I'm sure the numbers will increase for AMD, now that it's next-gen Radeon RX 480 is here. In that same amount of time, NVIDIA went from 51.6% to its new lead of 56.7% - all of those users buying GeForce 900 series cards, like the GTX 950 through to the GTX 980 Ti.

Windows 10 is now the most used OS with gamers on Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 3, 2016 1:06 pm

It's always an interesting time when the Steam survey rolls around, with Valve using its extensive network of gamers to provide it with data to display how many gamers are using NVIDIA or AMD video cards, or what operating system the majority of gamers are using.




Windows 10 is now the most used operating system on Steam, where 40.53% of gamers are using Windows 10 with a DX12-capable GPU. Another 29% of gamers are using a DX12-capable GPU but with a version of Windows that's before Windows 10, such as Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 - or even Vista.


It's an interesting statistic to see, as Windows 10 seems to be quite popular with nearly half of the gamers on Steam using Microsoft's latest DX12-powered operating system.

SAPPHIRE's upcoming Radeon RX 480 Nitro is shaping up nicely

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 3, 2016 9:54 am

It was only a couple of weeks ago that we reported on the leaked photos of the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 480 Nitro, but now we have some high-res shots of the RX 480 Nitro that look positively gorgeous. Our review on the reference AMD Radeon RX 480 is right here.




In the new photos we can see the beautiful detail that SAPPHIRE has used on the RX 480 Nitro, with a black and silver backplate - but also a button that reportedly switches the LED illumination from temperature to GPU load mode indicators. You should be able to turn it off completely, too.




SAPPHIRE's new Radeon RX 480 Nitro will have its Polaris 10 GPU running at between 1325 and 1350MHz, while it also rocks removable fans. Why would you want removable fans? Well, for cleaning - it makes total sense. Secondly, if one of the fans becomes faulty over your years with it, you can easily replace it instead of replacing the entire card.

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Sony tells investors it will 'defocus' its mobile efforts in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2016 5:34 pm

LG isn't the only one who is restructuring their mobile business, with Sony reportedly telling investors in Japan at a recent event that it's mobile business will continue "defocusing" in the US, India, China and Brazil.




Sony's new Xperia X line of smartphones haven't been received well, with the company 'defocusing' on the US market - just as its new line of Xperia X smartphones are launched. Sony will use fiscal 2016 to "achieve this intentional business contraction in the markets where it does not see much potential for the mobile business" reports Android Police.


It looks like the US isn't a place for Sony to try and push its smartphones, as they simply cannot compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple in teh country. Sony will continue to sell phones in the US, but it will only market and push smartphones it knows will generate the company profit - versus trying to push smartphones into a market where they won't be successful.

LG's disappointing G5 sales lead to restructured mobile division

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2016 3:28 pm

Following the disappointing sales of its G5 smartphone, LG has just announced a huge shakeup of its mobile division - where the company is firing some executives and forming a new "program management office" that will oversee product development going into the future.




LG was confident in its restructuring plans, announcing: "Friday's announcement is because LG Electronics' latest flagship G5 smartphone failed to generate sales". The KoreaTimes reports: "Mobiles chief Cho Juno will oversee the PMO, which has authority to handle strategies for product development, manufacturing, marketing and sales; while Oh Hyung-hoon, a former research lab head, will be its chief, supported by mobile division Vice President Ha Jeong-wook. Kim Hyung-jeong, a senior vice president at LG, has been named head of the company's mobile research lab".


LG's push with the G5 was a good one, with an interesting twist on the smartphone game with its ecosystem of friends - such as a camera attachement, and more - but it wasn't enough. Samsung's new Galaxy S7 was a more popular smartphone, but I think we'll see a return to form for LG with its next smartphone - but will the "friends" still be around? I hope so.

NVIDIA hardware is 27% slower running in DX12 on Total War: WARHAMMER

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 2, 2016 1:23 pm

The DX12 patch for Total War: WARHAMMER has been released, with Alien: Isolation developer Creative Assembly stating that the DX12 renderer is still in a beta stage.




Right now, there's no benefits for NVIDIA GeForce owners in DX12, as GeForce cards perform worse under the DX12 renderer. DSOGaming did some testing using the Extreme scenario, and the in-game benchmarking tool on their Intel Core i7-4930K, GeForce GTX 980 Ti system.


The GTX 980 Ti on DX11 in WARHAMMER forms at 96FPS while in DX12 we have 27% less performance, with just 70FPS average. We will be doing our own testing in Total War: WARHAMMER in the near future, testing out my entire suite of video cards.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 teased, features 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2016 11:47 am

Samsung bossed the phablet market with its original Galaxy Note smartphones, with their current 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 5 still one of the best phablets you can buy - even with Apple on the market with its iPhone 6S Plus.




Well, notorious mobile leaker Evan '@evleaks' Blass who has retired, and now out of retirement - has confirmed Samsung's new Galaxy Note7 - yeah, without the space. The new Note7 will reportedly arrive in three colors; Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Blue Coral. As for their innards, we can expect that information when Samsung fully reveals the Galaxy Note7 smartphone.


Blass does tease some specs, with a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 12-megapixel rear-facing camera backed by a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 64GB of storage and IP68-rated water resistance.

IMAX releases the first ad to be shot in IMAX, an action-packed spot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 2, 2016 10:40 am

If you've ever seen a movie in IMAX, and more specifically 70mm IMAX, you'll know that there's nothing quite like it. The company has just released the first-ever commercial shot entirely on IMAX, with an action-packed commercial that wants to drag you into your nearest IMAX theater.



IMAX's new campaign is a 60-second long tribute to all movies, with the company shooting the entire spot with its own IMAX cameras. The idea of the commercial started with a poem that the ad agency's creative team wrote about their love of film, but then the director of the commercial Ash Boiliand said it would work better if the characters broke the fourth wall, and spoke directly at viewers.



Personally, the ad does nothing to me that makes me intrigued about IMAX at all - and if I was someone who had not experienced a movie in IMAX, this commercial would do absolutely nothing to convince me. IMAX should've explained, quickly, how superior the IMAX experience is - showing what you'd see on a traditional cinema screen compared to the 70mm IMAX extravaganza.

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