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Crytek says 1GB extra RAM on PS4 Pro is 'substantial'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 2:26 am

Sony added an additional 1GB of DDR3 RAM to the PS4 Pro, and now we have Crytek's Technical Director saying that it is "somewhat substantial", freeing up 1GB of the DDR5 RAM inside of the console.




Out of the 1GB of additional RAM, Sony is letting developers use 512MB of it for PS4 Pro games, while the other 512MB is used to render the interface at 4K. During an interview with Gaming Bolt, Crytek Technical Director Rok Erjavec said that the additional RAM in the PS4 Pro is benefitial for the gaming side, but also development.


He said: "The system gives us back an additional 0.5GB over thePS4, which is enough to fill in the increased requirements from things like 4K, higher quality rendering features, etc". Erjavec added: "Coming out at about a 10% increase, it can be seen as somewhat substantial relative to the base console, but mainly it's there to transparently allow for PS4 Pro-specific improvements without developers having to jump through complicated hoops".

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AMD Zen - 16 CPU threads of Intel beating perf at $300?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 12:30 am

Alright... most of you will know that I'm beyond pumped for AMD and their next-gen Zen architecture, but there are some new details that have surfaced on the /r/AMD subreddit, and it has me even more excited.




Intel has been dominating the CPU world for what feels like forever, but when AMD does throw down - Thunderbird, Duron, Athlon X2 - it does it in a big way. Zen is the biggest stomping yet, with multiple things to be excited about. It looks like we can expect an 8-core/16-thread Zen CPU at around $300, which would be freakin' amazing.


Some of the bigger notes from the post is that Zen will arrive in a purported 6850K with 8 CPU cores/16 CPU threads for around $300. This is amazing if it's true, and I believe we are looking at this price bracket for Zen's higher-end SKUs. But then the tease that AMD's Hyper-Threading equivalent is something called SMU and that it's "******* good" with the "same efficiency as Intel's HT", should have everyone excited.

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Play the 'Game of Thrones' and win a season 6 Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 12:06 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.




Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne continues. It stretches from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues, to the vast and savage eastern lands, where a young queen raises an army. All the while, in the frozen north, an 800-foot wall of ice precariously protects the war-ravaged kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men...all play the 'Game of Thrones.' Season 6 sees the Three-Eyed Raven accompanying Bran Stark into the past, to a Winterfell in the height of summer. A divided Night's Watch is left in turmoil after a bloody Jon Snow is found lying under a sign that reads "Traitor". Having survived their leap from the Winterfell wall, Theon Greyjoy and Sansa flee through the woods, hoping to leave behind the nightmarish Ramsay Bolton. Meanwhile with Daenerys isolated in Essos, Tyrion Lannister and Varys must use all their cunning to maintain control of Meereen as the former Masters look to regain control.


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

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Zelda Breath of the Wild may not be a Switch launch game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2016 11:42 pm

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is practically the biggest exclusive game for Nintendo's new Switch console and handheld hybrid system, but new reports indicate the game may not be a launch game for the Switch, instead opting for a release later in the year.




Launch games are incredibly important for new consoles, and can easily make or break the system's initial success and adoption rate. The new Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the first game Nintendo showed off with its new innovative swapping Switch console, and that's no coincidence: Nintendo has said that the new Zelda will be an "immediate reason to buy a Switch."


Sadly, it looks like the new open-world Zelda game may not release alongside the Switch system. Sources have told well-known games insider Emily Rogers that the game isn't progressing nearly as well as Nintendo had hoped, and that it's much bigger and more ambitious than the company had planned. Given this new info, Rogers predicts Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch in Summer 2017, not in March.

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PS4 Pro's stock 1TB hard drive can't hit SATA III speeds

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2016 11:20 pm

Although Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro supports SATA III with up to 6 Gbps transfer speeds, the console's stock hard drive only rocks 5400 RPM, meaning it can't even leverage the full transfer speeds of the SATA III protocol.



This bit of news was uncovered by iFixit, who recently tore down the PS4 Pro to reveal its innards. The PS4 Pro's 1TB internal platter drive is rated 3.0 Gb/s, which is actually SATA II speeds...but some outlets seem to report the HDD supporting 6 Gb/s speeds instead. Either way, the 5200 RPM platter drive doesn't spin near fast enough to hit the blistering fast rates of SATA III.


Remember that the SATA III protocol was established for SSDs that were bottlenecked by SATA II speeds, and most new platter hard drives will use SATA III regardless if they can fully tap the protocol or not. To get the most out of the PS4 Pro's transfer speed capabilities, you'll need to pick up a fairly expensive solid state drive.

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4K Blu-ray format sells through 1 million discs in US

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 14, 2016 11:05 pm

Hot on the heels of the news that the Blu-ray disc association is pleased with initial disc sales that are "beyond expectations" comes news that the format has enjoyed an early milestone.




According to The Digital Bits, the format has sold through its one million disc in the United States alone, which represents more than $25 million in consumer spending" - no mean feat considering that there's less than 100 discs available to purchase today.


The Digital Bits also goes on to say that the last of the big studios to commit to the format; Disney, is expected to release product in 2017 - which is great news if you care about 'Star Wars', or the Marvel films, or any of the Walt Disney animated classics.

Google Play Music gets new look

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 14, 2016 10:28 pm

Google Play Music receives an overhaul today, complete with personalized music, a new home screen, and an auto generated offline playlist.




The new version of the app exploits machine learning to curate song lists for you based on what you like, where you are, what you're doing, and the weather, among other things. So whether you're chilling at home or about to work out, it has the soundtrack for you (or claims to, anyway).


The reworked home screen also takes advantage of Google's machine learning and is designed to always present you with the music you care about most at any given moment, whether it's your favourite new album or the after work playlist you listen to regularly, or whatever else.

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Be our Guest to new 'Beauty & the Beast' remake trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 14, 2016 10:06 pm

Releases 25 years ago this year, Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' remains one of its most adult and lavish of the Disney animated features, and next year it's getting what appears to be an almost shot-for-shot remake starring 'arry Potter' star Emma Watson.



Interest in the film seems to be very strong, with the previously released teaser trailer generated 1.8 million views worldwide in its first 24 hours, which bested the 2014 teaser trailer for 'The Force Awakens'. Disney have been on a huge remake program of late, announcing the development of feature film adaptations of classics such as 'The Lion King, 'The Little Mermaid', 'Dumbo', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Aladdin', 'Cruella' and 'Mulan'.


'Beauty and the Beast' hits 2D and 3D theatres worldwide from March 2017.

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Rainbow Six: Siege will get free content for one year

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2016 9:28 pm

Ubisoft has confirmed on Twitch and Twitter that another season of Rainbow Six: Siege is happening, complete with free content, as you'd expect. Rumors indicating as such have been bandied about for awhile now, but now we have the official word.




Details on what the season will entail are not yet known, but possibly it will follow the same formula as before, which is to say four new maps and eight new operators over the span of one year.


Siege will receive its fourth DLC pack later this month.

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