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Analysts says Nintendo NX and PS4 Neo will probably arrive mid-2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 day, 22 hours ago

Microsoft blew everyone away with the huge reveal of the Xbox Scorpio during E3 2016, but we still know that Nintendo has its NVIDIA-powered NX console baking in the oven, while Sony prepares its PS4 Neo console.

 

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Wedbush Securities Analyst Michael Pachter was featured in the recent episode of the GamerTag Radio podcast, where he talked about E3 2016. Pachter praised Microsoft on announcing Xbox Scorpio a year and a half away from its release, adding: "The hardware reveals were great. The Xbox One S really does look great and obviously the big reveal of Scorpio at the end was a big deal. I think Microsoft confirming the leaks was a big move, a bold move".

 

Patcher continued: "I think the Xbox One S will be welcome at that right price, $299. The conspiracy theorist in me says, since Andrew House acknowledged the PlayStation 4 Neo to the Financial Times a few days before, Microsoft just said: "Screw it, we're not going to let Sony be ahead of us, we're just going to let people know we have something big coming too. You don't have a company in the gaming space that's better equipped to launch hardware than Sony. They've been making consumer electronics for 70 years. I think the fact that we didn't see Neo here means that it probably isn't coming out this Holiday".

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RTG boss celebrates next-gen Vega 10 GPU development milestone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

It's funny... on the day that my Radeon RX 480 arrives, I read news about Radeon Technologies Boss Raja Koduri teasing the Vega 10 GPU, and its new development milestone.

 

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Koduri was in Shanghai, China this week with the GPU design team who worked on Polaris (Radeon RX series) and the next-gen Vega family of GPUs. The design team is celebrating the first development milestone of Vega, which shows that the process is going well, but Raja said that it has a "long way to go before you see it". Damn.

 

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Koduri tweeted out: "Incredibly proud of our GPU design team here in Shanghai that delivered Polaris family and next Vega".

Battlefield 1 will not require a web browser to play

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

Yesterday it came out that Battlefield 1 would feature a new interface for forming squads, finding maps and modes, and so on. Details were vague though and it was left unclear as to whether the web-based Battlelog would be receiving an update or something else.

 

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Today the picture gets more clear: YouTuber Westie says on Twitter the game will feature a "new launcher", which DICE engineer Julian Manolov later clarifies will not utilize a web browser at all. So for those of you that hated having to boot a browser to get into matches before, that's no longer the case. Of course, it seems you'll have to boot a launcher instead, but SgtDangerCow (another YouTuber) claims it's "much better" than Battlelog, so maybe it will be an easier pill to swallow.

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Doom 2 mod recreates Seinfeld set

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

Modder Doug Keener has spliced two unlikely icons of pop culture: Doom and Seinfeld. His Seinfeld.wad mod sees Doomguy inside Jerry's apartment building, complete with the main cast (and Newman), all of which can be killed (when shot, they spout famous lines like, "Serenity now!").

 

 

Keener assures the mod is in no way hateful and that he loves the show.

 

"I am a massive fan of Seinfeld. The characters were put into the replica as a bonus to add to the tribute. The only reason they are killable is because I wanted to keep it in traditional Doom fashion, because what is doom without violence and death? This is in no way a hate video."

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SyFy's Halcyon launches September 22, includes 5 VR-exclusive episodes

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

SyFy's Halycon, a futuristic police procedural that follows the events surrounding the world's first virtual crime, launches on September 22 on across the network's broadcast channels, websites, and VR systems like Oculus Rift. In fact, 5 of Halycon's episodes are exclusive to virtual reality platforms.

 

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Emmy-winning studio Secret Location is producing the short-form series for SyFy, and in

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world virtual reality is so common that a police unit is now dedicated to monitor for crimes in VR. The premise sounds a bit silly, but then again so did Ready Player One...

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Kindle 2016 model is thinner, lighter, and comes in white and black

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 9 hours ago

The 2016 version of Amazon's Kindle makes some welcome improvements to the lauded reader, and all for the usual $80 price tag.

 

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The refresh features an 11 percent thinner and 16 percent lighter design than the previous model, an updated interface, rounded corners for added comfort, and black and white colour schemes. The big change: twice the memory, so you're able to do more before encountering slowdowns.

 

Other additions include the ability to send notes and highlights to your email and Bluetooth audio so blind users can enjoy Kindle too (unfortunately Audible audiobooks aren't supported).

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You can now link your Windows 10 license with your Microsoft account

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

If you're a Windows Insider, starting with yesterday's Build 14371 you can link your Windows 10 license with your Microsoft account (MSA). The feature is already activated if you use your MSA to login to Windows 10. If you don't, simply do so and you should be on your way.

 

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The change solves two issues: needing to keep your license key stored somewhere and being unable to activate Windows if you've lost your key. It also pushes the operating system even further into the digital realm for the better.

 

The bad news is licenses are still limited (how much exactly we don't know yet), but it's an understandable necessity given how easy it would be to share a license infinitely with your login details.

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AMD Radeon RX 470 could be priced at $149, faster than R9 380X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 16 hours ago

Riding on the news of the Radeon RX 480, we now have some pricing information from TechPowerUp, who are reporting that the Radeon RX 470 will be priced at $149 - $50 cheaper than the RX 480 at $199.

 

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The $149 version of the Radeon RX 470 will feature 4GB of RAM while the 8GB variant will cost $179, with the card featuring 2048 stream processors over 32 CUs, down from the 2304 stream processors on the RX 480. The Radeon RX 470 will have its 4GB or 8GB of RAM clocked at 7Gbps, with a reported 110W TDP, according to VideoCardz.

 

With AMD pricing the Radeon RX 480 4GB at $199, and this pricing on the Radeon RX 470, things could change in a big way for AMD. At just $149, there are going to be countless gamers that can afford a next-gen card that should be perfect for 1080p 60FPS gaming.

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HTC's former CEO has now left the company, is now retired

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 days, 17 hours ago

Peter Chou was the CEO of HTC until last year, when he was replaced with Cher Wang, after the negative early reviews of HTC's One M9 smartphone. Wang replaced Chou as CEO, with Chou moving into the lead role of the HTC Future Development Lab.

 

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According to the latest reports, Chou left his position at HTC in September, when he became the chairman of visual effects company co-founded with Avatar director James Cameron, Digital Domain. It's now owned by Hong Kong's Sun Innovation, with HTC confirming in a statement: "HTC can confirm that Peter Chou retired from the Company after assuming the chairmanship of Digital Domain in September 2015, although he was retained as an Advisor to enable HTC to leverage his extensive experience. We thank Peter for his long-term commitment to the business and wish him well in his retirement".

 

With the position and change of job titles after being dethroned at HTC, it looks like Chou could've been in firing limbo, bouncing around HTC. HTC could've ended it quickly, but he was provided with time to find a new position, and leave the company without a big fuss in the media.

Quake is now 20 years old, released all the way back in 1996

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 20 hours ago

I still remember the first day that I played Quake, all the way back in 1996, I was just 13 at the time. Shortly after, I purchased a 3dfx Voodoo 1 video card, and grabbed GLQuake, which had better graphics and smoother performance.

 

 

id Software is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Quake, which was one of the first games you could play online, as well as rocking a soundtrack from Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor. There are a lot of gamers out there that don't realize that Team Fortress was born from Quake, as it was a very popular mod for Quake at the time, something I pumped countless hours into. QuakeWorld was also rather large, as it was a version of Quake that was optimized for slow internet connections.

 

At the time, Quake drove video card sales for 3dfx, NVIDIA and ATI - and without Quake, the first-person shooter revolution might have been very different. AMD and NVIDIA even now can be thankful to Quake and its sequels, as most of the PC master race would be filled with people who loved Quake.

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