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Samsung wants AMD or NVIDIA for its future GPU tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 1:52 pm

Samsung has been using various Qualcomm processors in its Galaxy-branded smartphones over the years, slowly shifting its reliance to the Exynos processor, a chip that Samsung created, and manufactures itself.




There are now reports surfacing from SamMobile that tease a possible future where Samsung could be using GPU technology from either AMD or NVIDIA, which could make for an interesting upcoming change in the smartphone industry. NVIDIA has its impressive Pascal architecture on the 16nm FinFET process made by TSMC, but it has also just signed a deal for Samsung to manufacturer its second wave of Pascal GPUs on their 14nm FinFET process.


AMD has launched its new Polaris architecture made on the 14nm FinFET process over at GlobalFoundries, and have just had major semi-contract wins with the new Xbox One S and upcoming Xbox Scorpio consoles from Microsoft, as well as the new PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro consoles for Sony.

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Nintendo expected to reveal its NX console in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 12:23 pm

It looks like Nintendo could reveal details on their next-gen NX system early next month, something that was kind of hidden in a new article from The Wall Street Journal that covered Nintendo's jump into mobile gaming with Super Mario Run on iOS revealed during Apple's recent iPhone event.




In the report, WSJ's Takashi Mochizuki said: "The challenge now for Nintendo is leveraging all the attention into sales of the next-generation NX console, which it has said will go on sale by March. The company hasn't given any details on the NX, but people familiar with the matter say it is likely to be designed for use both as a living-room console hooked up to a television and as a portable device to carry around town. Analysts said they expect Nintendo to release NX details by early October".


That last sentence is the golden nugget, with analysts expecting Nintendo to reveal details on NX early next month - which isn't long away now. With increased competition from Microsoft in the form of the Xbox One S and the upcoming 4K-capable Project Scorpio console in 2017, and Sony's newly refreshed PS4 Slim and powerful 4K-ready PS4 Pro consoles, can Nintendo stand away from the competitors with NX?

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Xbox One S outsold the PS4 in August

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 10:39 am

Sony may have had the headlines this week with the introduction of the PlayStation 4 Pro, but there's still the console war between the current Xbox One S and the PS4 - which Microsoft finally started to get some traction this week in the US.




The new 2TB model of the Xbox One S was released on August 2 for $400, and sales of the new console are included under the Xbox One banner. This means that the Xbox One/Xbox One S have outsold the PS4 for two months in a row, but things will change with the introduction of the PS4 Pro in the coming months, and especially over the holidays.


Xbox Marketing CVP Mike Nichols told Engadget: "Thanks to our fans and their excitement for new Xbox One games and the recently launched Xbox One S, which is the only console available this holiday with built-in UHD 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and HDR for video and gaming, Xbox One was the best-selling console in the U.S. in August, according to NPD Group".

Core i5-6600K drops to $210 plus deal on Radeon RX 480

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 10:52 pm

When pricing out your next gaming rig build (or upgrades), some of you may be having an internal battle in your head between buying the Core i5-6600K and the more expensive Core i7-6700K. Do you really need the extra oomph that the i7-6700K provides? Or is it just an extra ~$100 you're throwing away on an unnecessary part? The good news is that both CPUs are, including the Core i5-6600K, are getting cheaper.




This week on Monoprice's eBay page, they've cut the Core i5-6600K to only $209.99 and the Core i7-6700K to $299.99. That's a new historic low price point for both processors and significantly cheaper than buying either of the processors elsewhere online. In the case of the Core i5-6600K, it's especially hot, since no reputable retailer online is selling the Core i5-6600 non-K unit for less than $210.


If you've already got your CPU covered and need a new GPU, you might not be paying attention to recent drops on the AMD Radeon R9 Fury and the RX 480. The Summer 2016 released Radeon RX 480 is going for anywhere between $290 - $400 due to supply and demand, but today, there's an excellent deal on the RX 480 for $268 on Antonline's eBay store. Likewise, the Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury card has a coupon code discount at Jet reducing the price from the $350+ other retailers are charging to a mere $278. (Code is for first-time customers only).


Last but not least, if you're in the market for a big screen gaming monitor, two 34-inch units are getting solid price cuts. If you're a 1080p casual and been meaning for an upgrade, the LG 34-inch IPS made-for-gaming unit fell to $299.99 on BuyDig's eBay store page. BuyDig again is the monitor retailer of choice for a 1440p LG 34-inch unit, this time on their own retailer website with a drop from $800 to only $495 after coupon - a historic low price.


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FOV slider, unlocked FPS coming for Halo 5: Forge

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 6:34 pm

Pro streamer summit1g revealed Tuesday -- just prior to the launch of Halo 5: Forge on PC -- that developer 343 Industries is planning on bringing an FOV slider and unlocking the framerate in the game. Speaking with the studio at PAX recently, he says the game will improve over time, and the addition of these key options is part of the plan.



"They want to add an FOV slider into the game. As PC players, they want to give you a bigger FOV; it's not just going to be locked like it is on Xbox. Another thing they want to work on is not having the 60 FPS cap. Those are two priority things they want to do as soon as Halo 5 comes out. So don't complain too much at the beginning[video][/video], because they are aware of changes they want to make for PC."

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Here's every PS4 Pro upgraded game so far

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 4:57 pm

We've gathered all the confirmed PS4 games that will be upgraded with Sony's new $399 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro console, offering higher-end visuals thanks to its new hardware, including 4K resolution upscaling, smoother frame rates, impressive lighting and environmental effects, anti-aliasing, super-sampling for upscaled resolutions on 1080p screens, and a swath of other options.



Sony has confirmed a number of PS4 games that will see enhancements on PS4 Pro at the console's November 10 launch, including future titles like Battlefield 1, Watch Dogs 2, and Horizon: Zero Dawn--with many more titles getting support soon. Check below for a comprehensive list of PS4 Pro upgraded games, and we'll be updating this list as more games are announced.


"You may have noticed that several of these titles including Paragon, Infamous: Last Light, and Shadow of Mordor are already released. That's another aspect of the PS4 Pro experience. A number of games you already own may have been patched to play better on the console. We're referring to this upgrading of your library as Forward Compatibility. Patches for over a half dozen of our first-party titles are in the works, as well as quite a few from our third-party partners," Sony's Mark Cerny said during the event.

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How to make a living hacking for the good guys

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 3:30 pm



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Skyrim and Fallout 4 PS4 mods have been cancelled

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 2:42 pm

Sony has decided that its 40 million strong community of PS4 gamers won't get access to Skyrim: Special Edition or Fallout 4 mods.




In an extremely frustrating and disappointing move, Sony has officially decreed that PlayStation 4 won't have mod support for Fallout 4 or the new remastered Skyrim: Special Edition. Bethesda issued the following statement in a blog post:


"After months of discussion with Sony, we regret to say that while we have long been ready to offer mod support on PlayStation 4, Sony has informed us they will not approve user mods the way they should work: where users can do anything they want for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim Special Edition.


"Like you, we are disappointed by Sony's decision given the considerable time and effort we have put into this project, and the amount of time our fans have waited for mod support to arrive. We consider this an important initiative and we hope to find other ways user mods can be available for our PlayStation audience. However, until Sony will allow us to offer proper mod support for PS4, that content for Fallout 4 and Skyrim on PlayStation 4 will not be available.


"We will provide an update if and when this situation changes."

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Nintendo stock jumps 30% thanks to Mario mobile game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 2:29 pm

Nintendo's stock rose by 30% following the reveal of Super Mario Run at Apple's iPhone 7 conference, showing that the company's push to mobile is paying off.



Yesterday's Apple event was a big moment for Nintendo's legacy. The Japanese console-maker revealed Super Mario Run, its first real smartphone game based on the iconic plumber's platforming adventures that will debut first on Apple's iPad and iPhone devices in December. For the first time ever, an official Mario game is coming to non-Nintendo hardware, underlining a bit shift in content strategy at Nintendo.


Shareholders obviously see the potential in Nintendo's new mainstream-accessible smartphone endeavor: Mario's new game caused the company's stock to skyrocket by 30% in a single day, topping out at 29,195 yen ($283 USD) shortly after Apple's conference. As of the time of writing Nintendo's stock has leveled out at 27,625 yen, or $268, which is still higher than the pre-Apple conference values of 23,300 yen ($226).

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PS4 Pro 4K upgrades of old PS4 games could cost money

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 12:51 pm

UPDATE: A Sony rep told Polygon that it "will not charge consumers for patches." Sony hasn't exactly clarified what this means exactly, and whether or not other developers will be able to charge for these updates or not. All Sony has made clear is that it won't be charging consumers for Forward Compatibility updates required to play older PS4 games at higher resolutions on PS4 Pro.


Devs may charge money to update old PS4 games in 4K and 1080p 60FPS on Sony's new PlayStation 4 Pro console.




Sony has just pretty much confirmed my predictions: developers have the freedom to monetize performance upgrades for old PS4 games and sell these patches as extra downloadable content on the PS4 Pro. It's true that all PS4 games will be playable on Sony's new PS4 Pro console, but not all them will actually play better. In order to enjoy enhancements like improved frame rates, 4K upscaling and HDR support, older PS4 games need to be updated with Forward Compatibility patches to leverage the PS4 Pro's new Polaris GPU. Sony says that some developers and publishers could charge money for these Forward Compatibility updates.


Here's what Sony Interactive Entertainment exec Masayasu Ito said in an interview with Japanese website Game Impress Watch:


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Game Impress Watch: For the 4K HDR patch for existing titles, will it cost money? Or will it be free?


Ito: It will be different for each title. I believe it will depend on the thinking of each licensee.


Game Impress Watch: What about Sony Interactive Entertainment?


Ito: I think it will vary for each one of our titles.


Game Impress Watch: What you're saying is that there will be titles that have a fee [for the patch] and [patches for the] titles that are free.


Ito: That is correct.


Game Watch Impress: From here on out, we can think that all the titles from SIE will completely support PS4 Pro?


Ito: Right. The first party titles we put out are going to certainly support both [4K and HDR].

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