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Twitch sells games, desktop app required to play them

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 6:38 pm

PC gamers don't typically like clients, and I don't blame them. In the world of PC gaming we have a sea of publisher-made clients: Origin, uPlay,, Blizzard (aka, and storefronts like Xbox Game Store,, and the mega-popular grand-daddy Steam. Now Twitch is consolidating its games-sales business by folding a game-launching client with its desktop app.




The Amazon-run streaming giant now sells PC games, and like any digital distribution service, specific games can only be played in a specific client. Using Twitch, Amazon wants to get in on Valve's mega-earning distribution business model.


Right now the list of games requiring the client are basically indies and double-AA titles like Telltale series games, and Ubisoft games still require uPlay. The company affirms the catalog will grow, and this is just the beginning. Check below for the full list of games that currently require Twitch's desktop app to play:

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How Atlus' draconian Persona 5 streaming rules hurt fans

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 4:31 pm

Persona 5's release is a massive day for Atlus, but instead of celebrating, the publisher rolled out some draconian and outlandish streaming rules for gamers to follow, proving whoever is in charge simply doesn't understand the current generation of media content consumption.



Atlus has a tight stranglehold over Persona 5 content. Not only did Atlus block Persona 5 screenshots, video recordings, and streams on the PS4 itself, but now the publisher has rolled out some pretty harsh restrictions for streamers who circumvent the block with capture cards. If you break the rules, the publisher has threatened to deliver a copyright strike on your YouTube channel, which can lead to account suspension.


Here's how these restrictions only hurt Atlus, its fans, and its business model.

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Project Scorpio reveal may have Crackdown 3 gameplay

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 2:26 pm

Microsoft's "monster" native 4K Project Scorpio console will be revealed tomorrow, and we should see major Xbox exclusives like Forza 7 and Crackdown 3 exemplifying the console's raw power.




Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has confirmed that it will reveal Microsoft's Project Scorpio tomorrow at 9AM EST / 6AM PST, but what about the games? Windows Central previously reported that the monster 4K console would showcase high-end native 4K gameplay in major Xbox exclusives such as Forza 7, as well as third-party games like Shadow of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Battlefront 2. We're not sure if Microsoft will show off any third-party games during tomorrow's reveal, but it's highly likely we'll see a game that's been MIA for quite a while: Crackdown 3.


Crackdown's official Twitter recently teasedsome new info on the horizon, and we're pretty sure Crackdown 3 will be shown off alongside the system's big spec reveal. "2017 is shaping up to be great! #Crackdown3 info is on the horizon, and we're ready to bring the boom!" the Twitter post reads.

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AMD's new drivers support 8K 60Hz over dual DP cables

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 11:23 am

AMD has just unleashed its latest Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.4.1 drivers, with new driver-level VR features, new display technologies, bug fixes, and more. You can grab the new drivers here.




Inside, Crimson ReLive 17.4.1 includes support for Oculus tech Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW) for the Radeon R9 Fury series, Radeon R9 390 series, and Radeon R9 290 series - as well as support for SteamVR Asynchronous Reprojection on the Radeon RX 480 and RX 470 when you've got Windows 10.


The bigger deal here is that the new 17.4.1 drivers feature DP1.4 HBR3 support, and some 8K monitor goodness with 8K 60Hz with 2 x DP cables, and 8K 30Hz with a single DP cable. This is the big thing for me, as AMD is planting the 8K seeds for its upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics card, that will make good use of its new HBM2 tech and High Bandwidth Cache.

Apple's next-gen iMac: 5K display and Kaby Lake CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 6:35 am

Apple is planning new iMac models for later this year, with the 2018 refresh reportedly including a high-end 5K model, with the new iMac powered by Intel's latest Kaby Lake family of processors.




Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller along with engineering head Craig Federighi have confirmed new iMacs are indeed coming out this year, but they didn't tease any of the internals or the displays Apple would be using. Apple could release a new iMac with a native 5K resolution, while Intel's latest Kaby Lake family of CPUs will surely be on offer - with up to the Core i7-7700K available.


USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 will most likely be the default connectivity, and since Apple has already debuted the TouchBar - something they unveiled on their enthusiast MacBook Pro. The new iMac could feature a TouchBar of some sorts, but I'm sure we'll be filled in with all of the nitty gritty details in the coming months.

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iPhone X concept is exactly what Apple needs to do

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 4:50 am

The teases of Apple's next-gen iPhone X have me cautiously optimistic, but now the new iPhone X concept images have my heart fluttering... the edge-to-edge display is beautiful, and the lack of a physical home button brings a smile to my face.




Martin Hajek is behind the latest iPhone X concept images, with the rumored edge-to-edge display. It looks truly gorgeous, and something that I expect Apple to pull off with the big reveal later this year.




The new concept has a very familiar look, but with an all-display front, something that consumers have been enjoying more and more with Samsung.

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Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 550 benchmarked leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 3:33 am

AMD will be rebooting their Radeon RX 400 series graphics cards with the new Radeon RX 500 series, with a slight bump in performance, and a nice dent off the price. Now we have some leaked benchmark results on the new RX 580, RX 570, and RX 550 cards.




Radeon RX 580: 4GB/8GB = $199/$249


First off, the Radeon RX 580 will have a faster GPU clock compared to the RX 480, with 2304 stream processors, 144 TMUs, 32 ROPs. The GPU will be clocked at 1340MHz boost on the reference Radeon RX 580, capable of 6.17 TFLOPs of compute performance, in both 4GB and 8GB models - with GDDR5 clocked at 8Gbps on a 256-bit memory bus.


AMD will price the Radeon RX 580 4GB at $199, and the Radeon RX 580 8GB at $249 - compared to the $299 price of the RX 480 8GB when it launched last year. This will provide AMD with a huge win in the $199-$249 market, especially against the GTX 1060.

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AMD preparing Ryzen 3 1200, mainstream 3.1GHz CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 2:53 am

AMD hasn't provided any details on its mid-range Ryzen 3 range of processors, but the Ryzen 3 1200 is being teased with a base clock of 3.1GHz.




We should expect the new Ryzen 3 1200 processor to have a TDP of 65W, while the first look at the Ryzen 3 1200 saw it running on an ASRock AB350M-HDV motherboard. Now we need to know if the Ryzen 3 1200 supports SMT and XFR, and if it'll push past 3.5GHz on boost.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 reviewed, 6C/12T combats Core i7-5930K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 1:51 am

AMD shook up the enthusiast level CPU market with the release of its Ryzen 7 1800X, a new 8C/16T processor that has some pretty good legs in multi-threaded applications - but what about the 4C/8T and 6C/12T parts? That's where the new mid-range Ryzen 5 family comes into play, with the first early review on AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 1600 processor comes into play.




The new AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is quite the beast, with 6C/12T of performance - and priced at just $219... considering the Core i7-7700K (4C/8T, but it is a faster gaming CPU) costs $345. If we compare 6C/12T between AMD and Intel, then we look at the Core i7-5930K which still costs a huge $599 on Amazon. AMD is offering the Ryzen 5 1600 for nearly 1/3 the price, but offering 6C/12T performance for multi-threaded CPU performance, and now we have some leaked benchmarks to look over.


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007 producers confident in retaining Daniel Craig

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 1:33 am

After reprising his role as Bond for 2015's poorly-received 'Spectre' during which he proclaimed to journalists that he would "rather break this glass and slash my wrists" than return, discussions have apparently continued with producers who are increasingly confident that he'll be back for one last go around.




According to sources who've spoken to gossip rag Page Six, "Daniel's talks with Barbara [Brocolli] are going in the right direction. They have a script - screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing and they'll go into production as soon as Daniel is ready to commit." Neither Craig, nor Brocooli have spoken on record in recent times, but the quiet is promising.


It's no surprise that producers and the studio would be keen to have Craig continue; his last two appearances in 'Skyfall' and 'Spectre' have grossed $2 billion worldwide combined.