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MSI unveils GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor & Aero cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 1:29 am

MSI might have its monster GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X coming soon, but the cheaper Aero and Armor models are coming with some slight differences. They'll still boast the power of the GP102 with its 3584 CUDA cores, and 11GB of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps, but the cooling tech will not be as good as the Twin Frozr VI cooler on the Gaming X model.





MSI's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aero uses the reference PCB, with a black/green design and a blower-style cooler. MSI will have two different models, with slightly tweaked GPU clocks: with the stock model clocking in at 1480/1582MHz for base/boost respectively.




The overclocked model has its base/boost clocks at 1506/1620MHz, respectively.

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New 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' trailer spins wicked web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 1:19 am

Sony Pictures has taken a bit of flack for launching their second reboot of the classic Marvel character in under 5 years, but the latest iteration which integrates the character into the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe has been tentatively welcomed by fans around the world. The studio has today released a brand new trailer for the upcoming feature, which looks to be shaping up nicely



Starring Tom Holland as a younger version of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man, Michael Keaton as the villainous Vulture alongside Marisa Tomei, Logan Marshall-Green, and Zendaya, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' represents the third feature film reboot of the character in just 16 years, but the first under the Marvel films banner. While Sony Pictures retains full control over the property, President of Production for Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has jumped aboard to oversee the project.


'Spider-Man: Homecoming' will sling its way to 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide from July 6.

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'Justice League', 'Aquaman' IMAX VR experiences on way

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 12:49 am

As IMAX begin ramping up their premium VR experiences, they've inked an agreement with Warner Bros which will see one-of-a-kind tie-ins with two upcoming hot properties from the DC Comics Universe.



According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Justice League', 'Aquaman' and a third, as yet unrevealed title will all get a top-tier IMAX experience on release, which Ron Sanders, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment hopes will be beneficial for everyone involved, saying "We believe that capitalizing on Justice League and Aquaman characters from our well-known DC properties will broaden the appeal of this fast -growing technology."


The intention is that the technology will first be rolled out in select, physical IMAX locations before later making their way to other VR platforms.

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Halo Wars Definitive Edition teased on PC with Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 11:24 pm

If there was a first-person shooter that needed a place on the PC, it would be the Halo franchise - but Microsoft have kept Halo tight to their chest, as it's a system seller for their Xbox consoles.




But, Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition might have console fans happy - but PC gamers might be seeing Halo on the PC sooner, rather than later. Twitter user Gamecheat 13 recently shared two screenshots from Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, which is normally only available through the Windows Store, but has been teased for Steam.


Microsoft made a Halo Wars 2 demo available to PC gamers through the Windows Store earlier this month, weighing in at 17GB.

MSI's mini-ITX Trident 3 Arctic gaming PC rocks GTX 1070

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 10:11 pm

MSI today announces a "frosty" variant of its award-winning Trident 3 gaming PC, which melds a small form factor with high-end power.




MSI's limited edition Trident 3 Arctic gaming PC isn't just a white paintjob: the Mini-ITX build rocks a customized ITX NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM for performance gaming and VR, complimented by Intel's latest powerful Core i7-7700 3.6GHz CPU "to get performance levels far above its similarly-sized console counterparts." The SFF PC also sports 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, and a single 256GB M.2 SSD and a 1 TB 7200RPM hard drive for storage.


The Trident 3 Arctic stays cool as its icy paintjob thanks to MSI's new Silent Storm Cooling 2 system, which "individually cools the most important heat-generating hardware in the system using separated chambers." And what modern rig would be complete without RGB lighting? MSI adds some scintillating flair with its RGB Mystic Light LED array.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake has destructible environments

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 9:08 pm

The more we report on Final Fantasy VII: Remake, the more it continues to shift away from the legendary PS1 classic. The action-based remake will feature tons of new mechanics and features that just weren't possible back in the 90s, including dynamically destructible environments and much more.




We've known for a while now that the Final Fantasy VII: Remake has entirely action-based combat like Devil May Cry or Final Fantasy 15 instead of the original's turn-based combat. Now game director Tetsuya Nomura reveals battles have a splash of tactical strategy mixed with the action, and how combat carnage will affect environments.


"Map and object destruction will also happen, and there are part-based destruction elements like breaking the Guard Scorpion's legs," Nomura confirmed in a recent interview with Famitsu.

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HTC's Snapdragon 835 powered flagship leaks - the HTC U

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 8:13 pm

HTC unveiled their latest smartphones earlier this year, the U Play and U Ultra, but they are yet to unveil a worthy successor of the HTC 10. Although it has been rumored that the device will be named the HTC 11, trustworthy leaker Evan Blass gave us some new insight into the HTC's this year's flagship, and it seems that this name is out of the game.




According to Blass, HTC chose a rather simple name for their upcoming device - HTC U. The device is codenamed Ocean, and it turns out we already saw a glimpse of it last September when a video of the then-called Sense Touch feature leaked. The new leak has stated that the Taiwanese company has decided to go for another name, Edge Sense, but it is the same thing.


This feature will allow you to control a number of customizable actions with gestures that you perform on the U's metal frame (instead of the screen). As shown in the video, you will be able to perform actions such as turning the volume up or down by swiping along the left of right sides of the device.

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Final Fantasy XIV free trial now has unlimited time

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 7:17 pm

Square Enix today confirmed that new users can play Final Fantasy 14 for free for an unlimited length of time.




Final Fantasy 14 is absolutely one of the best MMORPGs I've ever played; it's a shining gem in a sea of free to play mediocrity, and Square Enix's dedication to the game is incredible. In the spirit of attracting new players and giving back to the community, the publisher has removed the two week play restriction on FF14's free trial.


"We are pleased to announce that the 14-day limitation on the Free Trial has been removed and the adventure can continue for as long as you want!" the publisher announced in a Lodestone post. "Additionally, users who participated in the Free Trial but never upgraded to the full game will be able to continue where they left off with their account."

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SpaceX to launch first-ever used rocket to space

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 6:18 pm

SpaceX is all set to make history on Thursday, March 30th, when they plan to launch their first reusable rocket.




The Falcon 9 rocket, which they plan to launch on Thursday, was first used in April last year when it launched the Dragon towards the International Space Station. It was the second rocket that SpaceX successfully landed, and the first one that they landed on an ocean platform.


SpaceX test-fired the rocket this week, and they announced that the static fire test was successful.

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Gamestop: we'll be chasing Switch supply this whole year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 5:29 pm

Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid is pretty much sold out wherever you go, and Gamestop is particularly worried that the Japanese console-maker can't keep up with the demand.




The Nintendo Switch sold 1.5 million units in its first week, almost hitting the company's 2 million monthly sales forecast in seven days time. In order to keep up with the staggering demand, Nintendo has ordered 16 million Switch consoles to be made in 2017, doubling its initial 8 million manufacturing plan. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima even suggests the company expects the Switch to outsell the Wii's 110 million lifetime sales.


But despite all these efforts, games retailer giant Gamestop is worried that Nintendo simply can't ship enough consoles to stores. "There's a lot of excitement about the Switch, but there's also a lot of caution," GameStop exec Paul Raines told investors. "We're very cautious simply because of limited allocation. We don't really have an aggressive forecast built-in for the Switch. We've learned with Nintendo not to do that."

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