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AMD announces Radeon RX Vega, next-gen GPU coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 28, 2017 9:43 pm

AMD has finally announced the name of its next generation graphics card family: Radeon RX Vega. AMD announced the news during their Capsaicin and Cream event at GDC 2017.




Radeon RX Vega will have some incredible technology powering it, with AMD's next-gen Vega GPU architecture, as well as what I'm most excited for: High Bandwidth Cache. HBC will be providing some huge performance improvements versus "traditional VRAM mode" - something RTG boss Raja Koduri showed off on stage with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.


Koduri also talked about the Packed Math compute performance of Vega, saying that "doing FP16 and FP32 units" are "like having twice as many shader units" for specific tasks.

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YouTube announces streaming TV service, $35 per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 28, 2017 9:29 pm

So YouTube has just made a major announcement, with a new streaming TV service called YouTube TV with a monthly cost of $35 - offering broadcast TV channels, some cable channels, and of course the near unlimited library of videos on YouTube.




YouTube is aiming at AT&T's DirecTV Now service, and Hulu and Sling - but there will be iOS and Android apps, as well as support for set-top products like Chromecast. Google won't be providing a massive lineup of channels, but YouTube TV will be offering up Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as a bunch of cable channels like ESPN, Fox News, and Bravo.


YouTube TV will have an unlimited cloud-based DVR, a spiffy Google-powered recommendation system, and more. The question is: will you pay $35 for YouTube TV?

Sony pulling underhanded tricks to sell $70 games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 28, 2017 6:40 am

UPDATE: Sony has fixed this issue and the $59.99 version of Horizon: Zero Dawn can now be added to your cart on the PlayStation Store. Glad it was fixed so soon!


Original story is as follows.


Sony is apparently playing some dirty tricks to get users to buy the $70 deluxe version of Horizon: Zero Dawn.




I buy all my digital PS4 games from the PlayStation Store website. I do this because Sony won't recognize either one of my credit/debit cards (trust me, I've verified the information about a dozen times now and they still won't work.) So I'm stuck to the PS Store website. When I fired up the PS Store to buy a digital copy of Horizon: Zero Dawn I was met with a hilarious and rather obvious bit of trickery on Sony's part.


When I try to add Horizon: Zero Dawn's $59.99 standard edition to my cart, this ridiculous little scheme-box pops up asking me which version I want to buy. There are two different listings for the two versions, and I select the standard listing. And it still pops up. When I mouse over the regular $59.99 version to select it, the option disappears, and I literally can't add it to the cart by clicking on the option. Of course when I navigate to the $69.99 deluxe version's listing I have absolutely no problem adding it to my cart.

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Shadow of Mordor sequel optimized for Project Scorpio

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 28, 2017 2:30 am

Shortly following the leak, Warner Bros. Games today announced Shadow of War, the sequel to Shadow of Mordor, will be optimized for Microsoft's "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio console when the system releases this holiday.



Microsoft has made a deal with Warner Bros. Interactive to make Shadow of War a cross-buy Play Anywhere title on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox consoles, but the agreement apparently doesn't end there: the game will almost certainly leverage the full brunt of Project Scorpios 6TFLOPs of raw GPU compute power to enable native 4K gaming.


As written on the Xbox Wire mainsite, Shadow of War "will also be available for Project Scorpio following the console's launch this holiday season." Since Project Scorpio is backwards compatible will all existing Xbox One games, why would Microsoft explicitly call this one out? This tells me one thing: Shadow of War will be specifically enhanced to tap Project Scorpio's full high-end 4K console hardware.

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Nintendo Switch will have handheld-only mobile games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 28, 2017 12:27 am

Although the Switch is billed as a "home console first and foremost," the system will have ports of smartphone mobile games that can only be played on-the-go.




The Nintendo Switch's namesake is derived from its ability to seamlessly switch between dual form factors; two JoyCon controllers attach to the sides of the table to transform it into a handheld in Mobile Mode, and then the tablet can be docked and transformed into a console in TV Mode. It was originally believed that any Switch game would have to support both modes, however that was wrong: the Switch will have games exclusive to Mobile Mode.


The first mobile-only Switch game is VOEZ, a rhythm-based iOS and Android game that uses touchscreen controls. The Switch port of VOEZ will be the same and utilize the console's 10-point capacitive touchscreen. The developer's home page revealed the info in a FAQ on its website: Q: Can I play even in TV mode? A: No. This software can not play in TV mode. Touch the touchscreen in mobile mode to play the game. Button operation is not available."

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Weekly hardware deals: Jet's extra $30 off GTX 1080

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Feb 28, 2017 12:18 am

Like dueling banjos, sometimes dueling coupon codes can compliment each other and make a pleasant surprising price drop. That's what's going on this week in the Walmart acquired Jet, where a new March themed coupon code went live and stacks with an already existing coupon for some of the best hardware savings of the year.




Essentially Jet launched a March themed coupon code that works on the ~70 deals on this page. We went through the deals and found what the best hardware offers are. Jet actually killed the coupon for some of the items listed on their site (it was too good to be true for the Zowie monitors), but what we've listed below has great discounts.


For all deals use coupon codes:

  • ELECTRICMARCH30 for $30 off
  • TRIPLE15 for 15% off (up to $30)








CPUs and Monitors



The ELECTRICMARCH30 coupon code is a new offer and goes only through March 5. After that point you will still be able to use coupon code TRIPLE15, which expires on April 1. TRIPLE15 is only valid for your first three purchases at Jet.

Samsung introduces Gear VR with Controller

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 27, 2017 11:34 pm

MWC 2017 - Samsung has announced the next generation of their VR headset powered by Oculus.




The new Gear VR comes with a Controller (yes, capital "C"), similar to the one that is used in Google's Daydream. The company stated that the Gear VR with Controller expands Samsung's virtual reality ecosystem and makes it easier for consumers to enjoy Gear VR experiences.


The Controller has a touchpad and a number of buttons (trigger, home key, back key, volume key) allowing the user to "point, drag and drop, tilt, shoot, among other actions, while the Trigger allows for enhanced gaming experiences."

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Nintendo Switch battery lasts 5 hours at max brightness

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2017 11:25 pm

Battery life of Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid is always a concern, but a recent test shows that the Switch can last more than 5 hours at full brightness before it dies--provided you stay only on the homescreen and don't play any games.




The Nintendo Switch has a decently sized 4310mAh internal battery that Nintendo says can provide up to 6 hours of life on a single charge. We've seen that the Switch can last over 3 hours while playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but what about when you're not gaming? YouTuber FamilyGamerTV conducted a recent test to find out.


The test saw 20 mobile devices all with varying battery life, power efficiency and process architectures face off to see which lasted the longest. All of the devices were connected to Wi-Fi and turned up to maximum brightness. The Nintendo Switch clocked in at 5 hours and 12 minutes, outlasting the PS Vita's 2210mAh battery and the massive 6930mAh battery of the iPad 2 and monster 8600mAh battery of the iPad Air. Check the full table to see how the Switch compared against other devices including iPad tablets.

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Take a walk with 'Billy Lynn' and win a 3D Blu-ray on us

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 27, 2017 10:10 pm

To celebrate this week's release of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' on 4K Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




Two-time Academy Award winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before. Lee directed and produced the film, from a screenplay by Jean-Christophe Castelli and based on the novel by Ben Fountain.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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SanDisk expands superfast MicroSD lineup

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 27, 2017 10:00 pm

MWC 2017 - SanDisk's MicroSD card lineup has expanded to include more of their top-tier A1 microSD cards.




These cards are designed to have better IOPS of 1,500 read and 500 write and are designed to accelerate application usage when apps are installed to SD card.


One way that SanDisk is expanding this line is by introducing a new capacity to the A1 line of microSD cards with a 256 GB model. This is one of the biggest microSD cards available today and allows for very large file transfer speeds of up to 100 MB/s.

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