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ASUS confirms it will release a HoloLens-like AR headset in 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 4:26 pm

We heard that ASUS were working on an AR headset, but now the Taiwanese giant has confirmed these plans. ASUS CEO Jonny Shih said: "It should be next year when we come out with a product. We think AR will be very important for people's lives".




The new AR headset from ASUS should be very similar to Microsoft's work with HoloLens, but at a much cheaper price. HoloLens will be hovering around the $3000 price point, pushing it out of the realm of normal consumers. If ASUS can nail it at $500-$1000, it'll attract a much wider audience.


We don't know what ASUS could do with its own AR headset, I just love the fact that ASUS will throw themselves (and plenty of money, R&D time, and man hours) into a completely new market. We should expect to see something at CES 2016 in January, if not I'm sure ASUS will take the stage at Computex 2016 in June with its new AR headset.

Facebook's new 360-degree videos arrive on latest Facebook for iOS app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 2:35 pm

While Android users have been enjoying 360-degree videos on Facebook, iPhone users haven't been so happy - until now. The latest Facebook for iOS app now includes support for 360-degree videos on the largest social network in the world.




Starting today, the likes of ABC News, BuzzFeed, FrontLine, Nickelodeon and many more will be adding 360-degree video clips onto Facebook. Facebook has had to throw in some new features into the app to support 360-degree content creators, where the social network has launched a "microsite" designed to offer tips, tricks and more on how to create the 360-degree content.


There's also now an optional video upload setting for those Pages, with Page owners now having the ability to do some post-production additions to their 360-degree videos all within the app. Facebook has also teased that as of today, it will be testing 360-degree commercials from companies like AT&T, Corona, Nescafe, Ritz, Samsung and Walt Disney World.

EVE developer raises $30 million to boost 'leadership position' in VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 12:31 pm

CCP Games has already been at the forefront of VR technology since the Oculus Rift hit Kickstarter all those years ago, but the company which recently divested itself of White Wolf Publishing, has secured a huge $30 million round of funding for all things VR.




The funding was led by global venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates, with the help of private equity firm Novator Partners LLP. The funding deal includes General Partner of NEA, Harry Weller, to join the Board of Directors at CCP Games, as well as Andrew Schoen from NEA, who will join as Deputy Director.


Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP, said: "We believe VR will revolutionize not just videogames, but the wider technology and media industry as a whole. We were there at the beginning, and this investment will give us strength to maintain our leading development efforts". Weller added: "We've been admirers of CCP for quite some time. Their legacy with EVE Online and early investments in VR have put them in a leadership position, and we want to partner with them to further build on the great platform they have already established".


With EVE: Valkyrie in development, and a scheduled launch time frame of the first half of 2016 for both the PC with support for the Oculus Rift, and the PlayStation 4 with support for PlayStation VR, it's exciting times for CCP. Gunjack, another game from CCP which is being developed by CCP Games' Shanghai-based studio, will reach Samsung's Gear VR headset later this month.

Mobile gaming is big business, worth $25 billion by the end of 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 10:35 am

We know that mobile gaming is huge, but did you know it was worth up to $25 billion? According to the latest report from EEDAR 'Deconstructing Mobile & Tablet Gaming 2015', the global market for mobile gaming will be worth $25 billion or so by the end of 2015.




The United States, Japan and China are where most of the money is made with $5.41 billion, $5.16 billion and $5.01 billion, respectively. South Korea is behind considerably, but still worth a large chunk of $1.37 billion. The Asia Pacific countries collectively make up most of the world's mobile gaming business, with 50% of the world's mobile gamers making 56% of the global revenues coming from the Asia Pacific region.


When you take a closer look at the numbers, the US is where there are more female mobile gamers, with 55% of mobile gamers being women. In Japan, China and South Korea, 55-60% of mobile gamers are male. When you break down the amount of money gamers are spending on mobile gaming, mobile gamers in the US spend around $3.30 per month each on games. But in China, it drops to $1.32 and up considerably for South Korea with $5.91. Looking at the Japanese mobile gamers, where they have an overall average spending of $9.39.

Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD' on Wii U in 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 8:28 am

If there's a system seller out there for the Wii U, and it's not a Mario or Mario Kart game, it's a new Zelda game. Well, during the Nintendo Direct live stream, the Japanese gaming giant announced The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U, which arrives next year.



The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be released on March 4, 2016 exclusive to the Wii U. We've seen snippets of a next-gen Zelda game before, which looked absolutely incredible. I previously owned a Wii U, but I think that this could be enough to buy one again. What about you?

Continue reading 'Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD' on Wii U in 2016' (full post)

Intel's new Xeon E5-2600 v4 will feature 44 threads of CPU power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 6:24 am

While we just found out some details on the upcoming Broadwell-E platform, including the flagship Core i7-6950X and Core i7-6900K SKUs, there is some more exciting stuff for the Xeon family of processors.




The Broadwell-EP update will arrive in Q1 2016, with the new Xeon E5-2600 v4 processor featuring up to 22 CPU cores, with 44 threads thanks to HyperThreading technology. Intel's new Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors will boast up to 55MB of L3 cache, and have TDPs of up to 145W. The new Xeon processors will be slotted into the Grantley family, with quad-channel DDR4 support to boot.


Over the next few years, we'll see the new Skylake-EP and Skylake-EX processors from Intel, with the Xeon CPUs featuring up to 56 and 64 CPU threads. From there, in 2018 we can expect the Cannonlake-EP and Cannonlake-EX processors to really hit their stride, being made on the incredibly small 10nm process on the new Socket P platform. These processors should rock up to 68 or more CPU threads and have between 80-85MB of L3 cache. Exciting times.

Intel's next-gen Core i7-6950X to feature 10 CPU cores, 20 threads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 4:34 am

Intel's next generation Broadwell-E platform is on its way, where we're learning about the next-gen HEDT family that will still work on existing X99 platform, with an entire new SKU lineup of exciting processors.




The flagship CPU in the new Broadwell-E family will be the Core i7-6950X, which will feature 10 x CPU cores and thanks to Hyper-Threading, 20 threads. The Core i7-6950X should be clocked at around 3GHz, but this will change between now and its release which is expected in the first half of 2016. But can you imagine 20 x 4GHz processors being inside of your PC?


There will be plenty of other CPUs released in the Broadwell-E family, including the new Core i7-6900K. The new Core i7-6900K will also be manufactured on Intel's impressive 14nm technology, with 16 threads of power behind it. The Core i7-6900K should rock a frequency of 3.3GHz, and 20MB of L3 cache. It will reportedly land on the X99 platform, which will confuse most people as the Core i7-6700K fits onto the Z170 chipset.

Continue reading 'Intel's next-gen Core i7-6950X to feature 10 CPU cores, 20 threads' (full post)

Lucasfilm won't show 'Force Awakens' for critics

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 4:00 am

In a move which echoes the decision to delay 'The Force Awakens' tie-in novel in order to preserve secrecy, Disney and Lucasfilm won't show the eagerly awaited sequel to critics ahead of the films general release mid-next month.




According to The Wrap, this move will prevent 'The Force Awakens' from being able to participate in three lucrative award ceremonies, including the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and won't be shown to any critics before the worldwide premier on December 14th. Distributors that don't hold press screenings for media are generally regarded with raised eyebrows and suspicion that there's a turkey in the wings, but in this case I think its safe to assume that it's simply to close the lid on spoilers for as long as possible.

AMD making big power savings improvements on next-gen GPUs for 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 2:28 am

Next year is going to be a big one for AMD, as they'll need to secure a considerable chunk of lost discrete GPU market share from NVIDIA, but will the next-gen GPUs be enough to do that? We've seen a big shift in AMD's software strategy with the new Crimson driver set, as well as a major shift within the company with the decision to send off the graphics department on its own as Radeon Technologies Group.




But when it comes to next-gen GPUs, the new rumor has a codename of Vega10. We have no idea what Vega10 is, but it could be a new power efficient version of their next-gen Greenland-based GPU, similar to a next-gen R9 Nano. AMD's new GPUs will be offering twice the power efficiency over the current GPUs, mostly thanks to the shift to either 14nm or 16nm FinFET technology.


HBM2 will be another big part of that, as it will save even more power than HBM1, but the die shrink from 28nm to 14/16nm is going to be revolutionary - not just for AMD, but for NVIDIA, too.

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