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Polaris is exciting, but will this be the GPU we're looking for?

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 3, 2016 4:12 am

Polaris might be the brightest point in the sky, but what about the GPU?


There's a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding the upcoming Polaris P10 and P11 GPUs, as there rightfully should be. This marks a sort of subtle change in direction for AMD for some time. If rumors are true about the size and relative expected raw power of these two chips, then neither represent a true successor to Fiji, but will instead be a faster an far more power efficient Hawaii, which still continues to grow its performance with additional driver releases.




But that doesn't necessarily mean an end to the "Big" Polaris debate, nor does it mean we won't be seeing the all-out performance infused chip that holds back nothing. It just means that AMD has found an underserved market at, perhaps, lower price-points that don't quite have the stuff to power good VR experiences and that might also be power hungry beasts. So what did they do? From the reports that we've been hearing, it seems like they aim to take on that mainstream market from the bottom up, potentially having completely new Polaris based cards in all segments.


That's a good thing because it adds a tremendous amount of choice and also pave the way for a much faster "Big" Polaris, or Vega, in the future. It's true that the mid-range and mainstream are probably the most sold cards out there. Not everyone can, or wants to, buy the top-end at $599 and above. It's not always the most sensible option. P11, though it may not be the Fiji and Titan X killer we want, most certainly can be faster, at a similar price point to the R9 390X and while using far less power.

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China is the first to have an autonomous police robot, with a taser

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 3, 2016 2:16 am

We're doomed, all of us


China seems to have beat us to the punch when it comes to enlisting robots and AI to help fight crime. It's not quite on the level of Robo Cop, but the autonomous machine is still slightly deadly.




The Chinese National University of Defense has created a low-cost slightly intelligent robot that can patrol streets all on it's own. the 1.49-meter tall and 78kg robot can patrol the mean streets of China for about a maximum of 8 hours on battery at a speed of 18km/hour. It has a suite of sensors that can detect dangers so that it can even make actual arrests.


It's not just to patrol, either. In case of even greater threats, they've added a taser device to provide some electrical assistance to get people to comply. Thankfully, just in case it made the wrong choice, you can press the SOS button that's on the robot itself to get actual human assistance. I can't be the only one that sees a resemblance with the Dalek, right?

The 'Space Jam' sequel is happening for reals this time

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 3, 2016 1:04 am

It's been coming for a while now, but it looks like the sequel to the 1996 live action/ animated smash hit 'Space Jam' is finally getting off the ground.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Justin Lin has boarded the long gestating sequel which is set to launch NBA star LeBron James' movie career. Justin Lin, a veteran of multiple 'Fast and the Furious' features, and is wrapping up the second 'Star Trek' sequel 'Beyond' which hits cinemas later this year. It's understood that Justin Lin, Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are currently drafting the film's script. The original 1996 film, which starred the Warner Bros. stable of Looney Tunes characters alongside sporting legend Michael Jordan successfully reinvigorated the aging characters and was a box office success.


If all goes well, we could see 'Space Jam 2' in cinemas some time in late 2017 or early 2018.

VR could be awesome as a mainstream device, but it might be held back

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 2, 2016 11:05 pm

Virtual Reality as a mainstream device


If anything, VR is most certainly not like the other myriad of technologies that have tried to increase immersion. In fact, it is precisely what we need to do that. Helping set-up an Oculus Rift over the weekend for a friend was surprisingly eye-opening.; VR could easily be mainstream.




And not in a de-valued over-saturated type of way either. The experience is novel, but it continues to provide that same feeling of newness even after several weeks. Individual experiences might be a bit boring after some time, but there's plenty more to do. And it's all a natural way to interact with the world, too.


It's quite obvious to us gamers that there's plenty of uses for it. We can literally be in the action in our favorite FPS, and even that platform has a new perspective that you wouldn't even think exited. There's an urge to reach out and touch what's there, and explore with your head and body the world you're surrounding yourself with. The low(ish) resolution is hardly a problem when the color pallet is done correctly, so that isn't an issue. Mostly. And really, there are plenty of non-gaming uses as well. As an educational tool, it almost forces interaction, and as a means of therapy for those with issues interacting with others and with learning disabilities. It encourages you to explore, and with a good guided hand, it could be a powerful tool indeed. But there are problems in paradise, described after the break.

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Oculus Rift to be sold in-store at Best Buy starting May 7

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 2, 2016 9:39 pm

Starting May 7, Best Buy will sell physical Oculus Rift VR headsets and hold in-store demos.




In a move that has a lot of pre-buyers quite bewildered, Oculus announces that it will be selling a "small number" of Oculus Rift headsets in U.S. Best Buy stores. Standalone Rift headsets will also be on sale on the Microsoft Store and Amazon starting May 6.


"A small number of Rifts will be available for purchase at select Best Buy stores starting May 7 and online from Microsoft and Amazon, starting May 6 at 9 am PST. Quantities will be extremely limited while we catch up on Rift pre-orders," reads a post on the Oculus Blog.

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Battlefield devs rip on new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2016 8:34 pm

Battlefield devs rip the latest Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer, affirming the Battlefield 5 reveal footage will blow it away.




So far the reactions to Activision's latest Call of Duty game are mixed at best, and the competition at DICE have stepped in to poke fun at the footage. "Today I watched the new COD trailer. How quaint! Those cute little free-cam shots, precious 2010 graphics and grade school editing! Quaint!" said DICE dev Roland Smedberg in a deleted Tweet. Smedberg went on to criticize the "ugly" depth of field lighting, and promised that Friday's Battlefield 5 reveal video will be so good in comparison that the "internet will melt".


Perhaps the most hilarious (or harsh) bit was when DICE dev Randy Evans said that Infinite Warfare "looks like a game from 10 years ago." Evans, who is working on the Battlefield 5 trailer, echoed Smedberg's boasts by saying "the internet is gonna crumble!" once the BF5 footage launches. Even DICE's Julian Manolov chimed in by saying "3 and a half minutes of CGI...anyone got a link which shows the actual game?"



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Modern Warfare Remastered: maps, dedicated servers and more

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2016 7:32 pm

Following the official Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reveal, Activision has outed key details about the Modern Warfare Remaster such as dedicated servers, a fully-fledged progression system, the first three multiplayer maps and more.




As revealed by the leaks, Modern Warfare Remastered will feature 10 multiplayer maps and the "full, iconic story campaign", and the first three MP maps have been revealed: Crash, Backlot, and Crossfire are confirmed. Dedicated servers are in, along with a full progression system, including the ability to reach Master Prestige, unlock weapon attachments, and more. Your old Modern Warfare stats won't carry over. Raven Software will develop the game.


The remaster won't be a separate disc but a full digital download, and is bundle-only with select Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare physical and digital bundles. There are only three ways to get Modern Warfare Remastered: in the $80 Legacy Edition, the $100 Digital Deluxe Edition, and the $119 Gamestop-exclusive digital-only Digital Legacy Pro Edition.

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Infinite Warfare is Call of Duty's first interplanetary space odyssey

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2016 7:00 pm

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has finally been revealed, and Activision has dropped tons of intel about the new game--co-op zombies, interplanetary space combat, and more have all been confirmed.



It turns out the rumors were right on the mark: the new Call of Duty is taking war to the heavens. Infinite Warfare's campaign missions will take players all over the "vast expanse of the solar system" in a planet-hopping foray in space, and one campaign mission even takes place on a "spinning asteroid hurling towards the sun". The campaign is said to feature "large-scale warzones" and will feature three environment types: boots-on-the-ground firefights, dogfights in the skies via airborne jets, and zero-g space combat/starship battles. The Retribution warship will be the campaign "hub", and players will get their very own starfighter called the Jackal.


The game seamlessly transitions between land to space combat without any loading screens, and the Jackal ship will be customizable. Infinite Warfare will also have its own "original" co-op zombies mode that's completely separate from the campaign experience. As far as multiplayer goes, Infinity Ward confirmed that some MP maps will be on different planets and space stations, so expect possible zero-G combat.


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Radiohead has left the internet

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 2, 2016 6:03 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, Radiohead has left the internet (apparently that's a thing you can do). Its homepage is now a plain white page and inspecting it reveals there's nothing super secret going on: there is just no real code there. As well, its Twitter and Facebook pages are blank.




The band hasn't gone completely dark on its fans, though: they've sent out leaflets in the mail marked with a cryptic message that reads, "Sing the song of sixpence that goes 'Burn the witch'."


Whether this is some kind of poetic publicity stunt for Radiohead's upcoming album or somehow related to frontman Thom Yorke's disdain for music streaming, we can't say for sure.

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NVIDIA 365.10 drivers optimized for Overwatch, Forza

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 2, 2016 4:06 pm

NVIDIA's new 365.10 drivers are juicy, featuring performance enhancements for some big titles as well as some fresh SLI profiles.




The optimizations are for Battleborn and the Forza Motorsport 6: APEX, Overwatch, and Paragon betas. It's encouraging to see the games getting performance love this early; between this, another likely driver at launch, and more developer-side work, you probably don't have to worry about framerate or frame pacing.


As for SLI, new profiles are for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, and Overwatch.


As ever, download the drivers through GeForce Experience.