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Nintendo focused on gameplay over visuals in Zelda BOTW

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 7:28 pm

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is absolutely one of the best games I've ever played, and easily in 2017's top games so far. I'm utterly enchanted with the wide open world of Hyrule, and Nintendo proves that they can indeed make an amazing system-seller, and the game even redefines the open-world genre as a whole. Interestingly enough, the devs put more emphasis on performance rather than visuals. And that says quite a bit since the game is still quite beautiful.

 

 

With Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo chose to put their strongest focus on delivering consistent responsiveness and performance in their vast and technical open world. Amazing graphics and visual flair came second to ensuring gamers had a stable environment to play in, and given the complexity of its physics system alone, this is no small feat. Despite putting visuals on the back burner, the game is absolutely beautiful at times. Could you imagine how incredible it'd look if art and graphics were a top priority?

 

"As the team responsible for the design and art, of course we wanted to deliver beautiful and realistic visuals, but what we fixated on most was designing the visuals so that they matched the features of the game and facilitated comfortable play for the user," Technical director Takuhiro Dohta said in a recent Nintendo video.

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These are the differences between the Galaxy S7 and S8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 5:53 pm

After months of numerous rumors and weeks of countless leaks, Samsung has unveiled their highly-anticipated flagship devices - the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

 

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If you are wondering what's the difference between the new flagships and the last year's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Samsung made an infographic showing the specs comparison of those phones.

 

Read also: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: Everything you need to know

 

The biggest difference is that now both smartphones have a curved display. Samsung also introduced their virtual assistant Bixby, and the phones now have an iris scanner and facial recognition. Check out the differences between the last year's and this year's flagships in the images below.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: Everything you need to know

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 4:40 pm

After months of numerous rumors and weeks of countless leaks, Samsung has unveiled their highly-anticipated flagship devices - the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

 

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There are high expectations from Samsung especially after the Note7 fiasco, so the decision to skip MWC for the first time in four years and unveil their new Galaxy S series smartphone didn't surprise us. The wait is now finally over!

 

As we previously reported, the Korean giant ditched the 'Edge' since both smartphones have a curved display. The company decided to put a plus sign in the name of the phone instead of naming it "Plus," as Apple does with its phones. This move also makes sense considering that is how they named the Galaxy S6 Edge+.

 

Without further ado, meet the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

 

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, with a different in the screen size - the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch display, while the Galaxy S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch screen. Both phones come with an extra wide aspect ratio of 18.5:9, and with 2960 x 1440 resolution.

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The Galaxy S8+ is official and it looks marvelous

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 3:45 pm

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships. Both phones now have curved displays, with a difference in the screen size.

 

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The Galaxy S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display. As rumored, the phone comes with an extra wide aspect ratio of 18.5:9, and with 2960 x 1440 resolution.

 

The Galaxy S8+ has a beautiful design with an end-to-end bezel-less screen that splits over the phone's side. The fingerprint sensor is now in the back of the device next to the camera, and there is also a new button on the device, for the virtual assistant Bixby. The company unveiled Bixby a week ago, and the Galaxy S8+ will come with a subset Bixby-enabled preinstalled applications.

 

The Galaxy S8+ is powered by Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 chipsets, depending on the market. The device comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card.

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It's official! Samsung announces the Galaxy S8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 3:32 pm

Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the most leaked phones in the recent history, meaning that today's launch didn't bring many surprises.

 

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The Korean company unveiled the Galaxy S8, and it's everything we expected it to be.

 

The phone comes with a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display. As rumored, the phone comes with an extra wide aspect ratio of 18.5:9, and with 2960 x 1440 resolution.

 

The Galaxy S8 has a beautiful design with an end-to-end bezel-less screen that splits over the phone's side. The fingerprint sensor is now in the back of the device next to the camera, and there is also a new button on the device, for the virtual assistant Bixby. The company unveiled Bixby a week ago, and the Galaxy S8 will come with a subset Bixby-enabled preinstalled applications.

 

The Galaxy S8 is powered by Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 chipsets, depending on the market. The device comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card.

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Destiny 2 content timed exclusive to PS4 until 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 1:44 pm

Bungie has officially confirmed Destiny 2 with a reveal trailer, and once again in-game content will be locked to PS4 owners for a full year.

 

 

Destiny was notorious for its timed exclusivity deals, which gave PS4 owners access to weapons, strikes, and other content that was gated off to Xbox players for a full year. Surprising no one, that trend will continue with Destiny 2, indicating Activision's multi-year deal with Sony is still strong as ever. Remember that Destiny 2 should launch on PC, so this timed exclusivity will now lock out a new platform of gamers from content.

 

"Get exclusive Destiny 2 content on PS4. Timed exclusive content until at least Fall 2018. More details to come this summer," reads Sony's Destiny 2 reveal trailer.

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Destiny 2 trailer shows Cabal invading Last City

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 7:06 am

Bungie and Activision have dropped an official teaser trailer for Destiny 2, confirming a plotline that was gleaned by recently leaked promo posters.

 

 

 

Destiny 2 will revolve around an invasion on The Last City on Earth. I've always said we should go to the Last City and meet the people who we're fighting for, and now I'll get my wish...of course the city itself will be annihilated and destroyed by incoming waves of Cabal monstrosities. The Vanguard defends the city--including Cayde-6 and Zavala--and we get our first glimpse at a dual fire-sword wielding baddie. Lance Reddick will reprise his role as Zavala, and Nathan Fillion will also play Cayde-6 this time around.

 

The Cabal have been up to something mysterious, and Destiny 2 will show us exactly what those space gladiators have uncovered. Remember that the Cabal sent off a message to their colossal interstellar Empire in The Taken King. This message probably triggered the invasion and sacking of The Last City. Also there's speculation that Lysander has joined up with the Cabal and is leading rogue Guardians to strike the Last City as well.

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AMD's 12C/24T and 16C/32T CPUs called 'ThreadRipper'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 5:10 am

When we delivered the world exclusive news that AMD would be calling its next-gen CPUs Ryzen, some very early details arrived on something called 'ThreadRipper', and at the time we thought ThreadRipper was AMD's version of SMT, which Intel calls Hyper-Threading.

 

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But now we are seeing different reports that ThreadRipper is the name of AMD's upcoming HEDT platform, with the teased 12C/24T and 16C/32T processors coming over from the Naples CPU family (which teases 32C/64T). A post on Reddit teases that the new CPUs will include 64 PCIe lanes, and up to 180W TDP with the 16C/32T version.

 

 

AMD will reportedly deploy ThreadRipper onto a new LGA SP3 socket, with up to 32MB of L3 cache, and up to 4GHz boost on certain ThreadRipper processors. There's an announcement reportedly planned for Computex, which is only two months away, and a retail launch in the weeks after Computex, into the end of June.

 

AMD's next-gen ThreadRipper details so far:

 

  • Zen HEDT CPU's are called Threadripper!
  • Each CPU will include 64 PCI-E Lanes!
  • It includes 4 CCX's.
  • Lower SKU(Probably 12/24) 140W TDP, Higher SKU (Probably 16/32) 180W TDP.
  • Socket will be an SP3 LGA
  • Platform's name will probably be X399
  • Chips will be B2 revisions.
  • 32MB L3 Cache
  • ES's are 3,3 or 3,4GHz base and 3,7GHz Boost
  • It is aimed for Retail SKU to have 3,6 Base/4GHz Boost
  • ES's that are in the wild have 2500 CB R15.
  • Infinity Fabric can have a bandwidth up to 100GB/S
  • Announcement; COMPUTEX at Taiwan, sales will start after 2-3 weeks following COMPUTEX.

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FMV games are coming back with Late Shift on April 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 4:08 am

Back in the day, I was obsessed with full-motion video (FMV) games - so much so that Under a Killing Moon was a must have purchase for me at the time. Games like Night Trap and Ground Zero Texas on my Sega Mega CD were amazing to me, as they blurred the worlds of cheesy Hollywood video, with a video game.

 

 

Now, Wales Interactive is teasing their new 'cinematic FMV crime thriller' game Late Shift, coming to the PC, Xbox One and PS4 on April 18. Late Shift gives gamers the opportunity to change the path of the game from the very start, through to the end - with 7 different endings available, depending on your actions throughout the game.

 

Late Shift will feature:

 

  • Multi-optional Storytelling: One story, countless storylines, seven endings.
  • A completely live action, cinematic interactive thriller, filmed in full HD in London, England.
  • Over 180 decision points in total with no pauses and no looping footage.
  • Directed by Tobias Weber, and written by Michael R. Johnson, author of Sherlock Holmes (2009 film)
  • Acting performances by Joe Sowerbutts (Matt), Haruka Abe (May-Ling) and Oliver Twist's Richard Durden (Samuel Parr).

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First Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs announced

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 3:48 am

Included in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray specification for over a year but thus far unused by any commercial discs, the first Dolby Vision encoded discs are set to arrive in June from Universal.

 

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Unfortunately, they're not necessarily blockbuster titles that screams out for such special treastment, nonetheless, the inclusion of the HDR standard on the re-release of 'Despicable Me' and its sequel 'Despicable Me 2' on the 4K standard is a welcome one, which should serve to iron out instances of color banding which can be prevalent on CG animated discs

 

While there are no Ultra HD Blu-ray players available today that can play back the Dolby Vision HDR layer, second generation players such as the Oppo UDP-203 released late last year will soon enjoy full support via an upcoming firmware update. Early adopters who don't have a compatible TV, or Ultra HD Blu-ray player will still be able to decode the standard HDR-10 layer, which is mandatory for all Dolby Vision titles.

 

'Despicable Me' and 'Despicable Me 2' are currently available to pre-order from Amazon for $39.98 each, with a release date of June 6th.

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