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Get the Makeblock Arduino Starter Robot Kit for 46% Off

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 4:25 pm



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VR headsets expected to ship 30 million units by 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 3:31 pm

We all know that virtual reality headsets are set to take off, but just how many will be sold before the decade is up? According to hi-tech analyst firm Juniper Research, around 30 million VR headsets will be sold by 2020.




However, in 2016 just 3 million units will be sold, according to the firm. If we look at the HTC Vive coming out later this year, the Oculus Rift next year, and the PlayStation VR headset from Sony, VR headsets are going to be something completely new for consumers. Juniper Research claims that with technological advancements in the form of low latency and smarter graphics, as well as growth from big companies, VR is going to explode.


In Juniper's latest insights research report 'Virtual Reality: Market Dynamics & Future Prospects 2015-2020' the firm says that 2016 is the year it all changes for VR headsets. Report co-author Joe Crabtree said: "The recent attention to and investment into virtual reality is helping to revitalise the industry and with major brand commercial launches imminent, there is huge potential for rapid market expansion".


Personally, I think VR is going to explode. I think we'll see a few different segments open up, with Oculus being the 'father' of VR but it seems they're going down a more watered down, mainstream market while HTC partnering with Valve is seeing them offer a more premium VR headset with Vive. Sony, in my opinion, will have the most issues with the PlayStation VR - especially when it comes to performance. But, we could be surprised by the sleeping Japanese giant, too.

NVIDIA reportedly preparing GeForce GTX 980 for laptops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 1:44 pm

The GeForce GTX 980M is already quite the mobile GPU, but as usual, NVIDIA isn't just sitting around doing nothing on the mobile GPU front. The company is reportedly preparing a new, very powerful mobile GPU that would pack the full GM204 GPU.




What's the 'full GM204' GPU you ask? Well, it's the identical GPU that is found on the GeForce GTX 980, the desktop video card from NVIDIA that was released last year. This means we can expect the full 2048 CUDA cores, 256-bit memory bus, and 4GB of GDDR5. We did expect a GTX 990M according to the rumors that we last reported on, but it looks like this new GPU is going to be the GM204-based GTX 980, this time inside of a gaming laptop.


The mobile GTX 980 would feature 2048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, and 64 ROPS - just like its desktop counterpart. If we compare this to the GTX 980M, found inside of gaming laptops like the ASUS ROG G751 that we reviewed here, it has 1536 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs and 64 ROPs. Moving over to clock speeds, the desktop GTX 980 has a GPU clock of 1126MHz and a Boost clock of 1218MHz while the GTX 980M comes in at 1038MHz, while the new GM204-based mobile GTX 980 will reportedly clock in at 1190MHz.


So the full GM204 GPU is going to be quite the upgrade, which I think will usher in a world of mobile 4K 60FPS gaming, and QHD gaming at 144Hz with G-Sync. We should expect some more details in the coming weeks on this.

AMD: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will have DX12 support at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 11:40 am

Without a firm release date from Eidos Montreal, we don't yet know when Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be released exactly, except for sometime in 2016. But something we do know, is that it will ship with support for DX12 on day one.




I had a lengthy chat with AMD's Chief Gaming Scientist, Richard Huddy, earlier today about all things DX12 and Asynchronous Shaders, where AMD talked about having their technology and support in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Since they used Mankind Divided in their own internal materials, I thought I'd ask if we'd see DX12 support at launch. Huddy replied, saying that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided would indeed launch with DX12 support.


Not only that, but Mankind Divided will also include AMD's own TressFX Hair 3.0 technology alongside DX12. The news to take away from this is that we've just had a confirmation of DX12 support in Mankind Divided out of the box. I had a suspicion that it would launch with DX11 support and would later be patched with DX12 support, but it looks like we can expect DX12 support straight off the bat. Additionally, I pushed Huddy to see if we will see a built-in benchmark for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, as it would be the best example of testing the differences between DX11 and DX12. Huddy confirmed that Mankind Divided will include a built-in benchmark, too.


With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided set to be one of the bigger releases of 2016, AMD will have a slight edge when it comes to choosing a GPU next year. The addition of a built-in benchmark is great news, so expect us to do a full analysis of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided when it launches next year, comparing all the GPUs on the market at the time.

Square Enix drops a new trailer for Just Cause 3 at TGS 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 9:37 am

Square Enix and Avalanche Studios have released a new trailer for Just Cause 3 at TGS 2015, showing off a bunch of insane combat and explosions in the open-world game.



The trailer highlights the fact that there's some delicious destructible environments in the game, which will add a new element to the game when it drops on December 1 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Uber announces that it's now operating on the streets of Las Vegas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 7:23 am

Not even a day after the Nevada Transportation Commission gave permission to both Uber and Lyft to operate in the state, Uber announced it was launching its Uber X ride-hailing service in the greater Las Vegas area.




You can now travel anywhere between Summerlin, Nevada in the Southeast right through to Henderson in the Northwest, a trip that will set you back between $63 to $84. Alternatively, a trip from UNLV to Downtown will cost just $15. I'm excited, as this means the next CES I won't have to worry about catching taxis most of the time, as I can jump in and out of Uber's throughout the week.

Sharp teases an 85-inch 8K TV that will cost up to $133,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 6:03 am

We're not even comfortable with the 4K TVs that are here, and now we're being teased with 8K TVs throwing an insane 7680x4320 resolution into the mix. Sharp has started teasing its first 8K TV, with an 85-inch 8K TV set to be released next month.




The new 85-inch 8K TV will feature Sharp's IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) backplane, as well as a slew of other technologies. The mammoth 8K TV will be aimed at commercial and specialized applications, including content creation, digital signage, museums, professional, military, healthcare, and other industries.


But what about 8K content, you ask? Good question. NHK will begin broadcasting 8K super hi-vision content sometime in 2018, which is when we're to expect consumers to start snapping up 8K TVs. But, outside of that, we have no idea what type of content there will be for 8K TVs, as gaming is going to require an insane amount of horsepower to drive that resolution. But with technologies like NVIDIA's Pascal architecture right around the corner, as well as the shrink down to 16nm and HBM2, we should be good as gold.

Fox pressing on with 'Fantastic Four' sequel that nobody wants

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 5:34 am

This summer's biggest turkey; the reboot of 'Fantastic Four' might have been shunned by cinemagoers (a $160 million worldwide gross off a $120 million budget) and critics alike (currently enjoys a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but 20th Century Fox is continuing to press ahead with a sequel, confirming their earlier commitment from last month.




Speaking to MTV, Producer Simon Kinsberg smited fans with news that he's "really focused on the next one" and that he was "most disappointed that fans didn't like it. I care more about them than I do anyone else. But I haven't done a full deep dive on it. Do I think it was unfairly treated? I don't know".


No Simon, they weren't unfair. Director Josh Trank produced an unwatchable mess of a film that couldn't be saved from recuts and reshoots. Like a perpetually sick pet, this would-be franchise needs to be put down and returned to Marvel.

Sony is expanding its HDR update to more of its 4K TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 4:21 am

Sony has announced that its expanding its high dynamic range (HDR) update, something that will reach more of its 4K TVs in the coming months.




The HDR upgrade was originally planned for the X930C and X940C, but now Sony has announced it for the X850C, X900C and X910C. If you've got one of those 4K-capable TVs from Sony, you'll soon be able to enjoy better colors, greater contrast and more details in both highlights and shadows. Sony knows this update is mostly thrown away without the right content, so they've got a plan for that.


If you happen to buy one of these HDR-powered 4K TVs, "for a limited time" Sony will offer $100 in HDR-enabled Sony movies from Amazing Video. These include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Fury. Amazon's original shows will also be played back in HDR, so while there's not much in the form of HDR content, there's always the new Ultra HD Blu-ray players.

Welcome to 'The Jungle Book' live action remake trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 2:50 am

Over the last few years, the Disney studio have embarked on remaking many of their animated classics into live action features, including 'Cinderella', 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Maleficent', 'Aladdin', 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Dumbo' to name a few. Now you can add to that list a remake of the 1967 animated classic 'The Jungle Book', which has just dropped its first trailer.



From 'Iron Man' director Jon Favreau, 'The Jungle Book' stars Neel Sethi and the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken and Sir Ben Kingsley. The film will hit cinemas worldwide in April 2016.

Continue reading 'Welcome to 'The Jungle Book' live action remake trailer' (full post)

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