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EA rumored to be showing off '3 unannounced games' and new IP at E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2015 5:10 am

With E3 2015 right around the corner now, Electronic Arts is teasing its lineup of games that it will have at the show. Not only will EA be showing off games we already know about, but industry insider Shinobi602 says that EA will be showing off "3 unannounced EA games, one of which is a new IP".

 

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EA will be presenting a large amount of games at E3 next week, including FIFA 16, EA SPORTS FIFA, Madden NFL 16, Madden NFL Moible, Minions Paradise, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, NBA LIVE 16, Need for Speed, NHL 16, EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR, Star Wars Battlefront, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

 

But it's the 3 unannounced games, with one of them being new IP that has me interested. I'm really hoping we get to see Battlefield 5 unveiled, with the player numbers on Battlefield 4 dropping, and Battlefield Hardline pretty much being a flop. Mass Effect 4 is sure to be shown off, but some new IP would be good to see, too.

ArmA 3's new terrain surface looks incredible in a recreation of Tanoa

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2015 3:50 am

Bohemia Interactive has had its upcoming ArmA 3 expansion detailed in a new leak, where we've been teased of a beautiful new environment that is a far cry from the maps we have in ArmA 3, as you can see in the images below.

 

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The beautiful island of Tanoa, found in the South Pacific, is part of Horizon Islands. Tanoa is a lush tropical environment, with a thick jungle floor and very large geological features. Not only is Tanoa absolutely massive, but the upcoming expansion for ArmA 3 will feature new vehicles, weapons, attachments, gear, story content, and much more.

 

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The developer will be detailing the ArmA 3 expansion during E3 next year, with the expansion due for release sometime in the first half of 2016.

BIOSTAR teases new Skylake-powered Z170 motherboards for August

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 8:43 am

During Computex 2015 this year, BIOSTAR was showing off its upcoming Intel Z170-powered motherboards, something the company has just said will be available starting next month.

 

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One of the key motherboards in its range was the BIOSTAR Gaming Z170X motherboard, based on the Intel Z170 chipset with support for Intel's upcoming Skylake processors, and DDR4 RAM. The BIOSTAR Gaming Z170X includes an on-board USB 3.1 Type-C connector, dual GbE LAN, PCIe M.2, SATA Express, and much more.

Facebook Messenger is now home to over 1 billion users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 7:06 am

Facebook Messenger continues to grow, with the social network announcing that there have been over 1 billion downloads of the Facebook Messenger for Android application from the Google Play store.

 

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There are only a few applications with over 1 billion users, with Messenger joining the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp, Gmail, YouTube, Search and Maps. But how did Facebook Messenger get here? With instant messaging slaying SMS, Facebook Messenger slowly added VOIP calling, video calling, stickers, voice clips, peer-to-peer payments, location, the third-party app creation, Messenger is a juggernaut.

 

I'm a daily addict user of Facebook Messenger, what about you?

Google Chrome will soon be better on battery consumption

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 5:44 am

Google has recently done the world some good, by detecting and shutting down any unnecessary Flash content in Chrome, which improves battery life on mobile devices and notebooks.

 

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But the company isn't just stopping there, as it's just the first change in Chrome in order to reduce the battery consumption foorprint of its popular browser. Senior Chrome Engineer, Peter Kasting, recently took to Google+ to talk about some of the changes the Mountain View-based search giant is going, which has them starting with how Chrome renders background tabs.

 

Up until now, Google has rendered all tabs with the same priority, but as you can imagine this isn't great on battery life. From now on, Chrome will be prioritizing foreground tabs over background tabs, which is sure to save some battery life. The team is also working on reducing the CPU usage that is used during Google searchers, by shifting the number of wakes down from around 390, to just 120, cutting CPU usage from 0.3% to 0.1%.

Lian Li shows off their new dual-compartment chassis, the PC-O8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 4:39 am

Lian Li have always had exciting cases, but their new PC-O8 is one of the bigger and badder ones the company has ever released. The new Lian Li PC-O8 chassis is a double-wide, dual-compartment beast, that can handle 240mm and 360mm radiators.

 

 

We have an oversized tempered front and side glass panels with built-in RGB LED lighting, support for ATX motherboards and the aforementioned 240mm radiator support at the top, and 360mm radiator support at the front. Lian Li has installed removeable HDD cages, and as usual, a beautiful all-aluminum construction.

 

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Lian Li will have the PC-O8 available in the US through Microcenter at the end of June for an MSRP of $395.

Another look at the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card with 4GB of HBM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 3:26 am

Our friends over at PC Perspective have received a few photos of the upcoming Radeon R9 Fury X video card from AMD, giving us a closer look at the self-contained watercooler.

 

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The cooler is absolutely huge, with it being thicker than the dual-slot R9 Fury X itself. According to PCPer's estimates, the radiator should be around 45mm thick, but the fan itself is in-set into the cooler design, which is a nice touch.

 

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The tubing between the Fury X and the radiator is heavily braided, which means it'll be protected against the usual wear and tear, as well as help evaporation. You can get a much better feel for how short the Radeon R9 Fury X in these shots, especially when compared to even the new Radeon R9 390X.

MSI Radeon R9 390X Gaming 8G spotted, features Twin Frozr V cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 2:18 am

We were the world exclusive on posting the first images of the Radeon R9 390X, but the leaks continue with ASUS and now MSI. The MSI Radeon 300 series has been leaked, headlined by the Radeon R9 390X Gaming 8G.

 

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The MSI Radeon R9 390X Gaming 8G is based on the Grenada XT (Hawaii XT) GPU, which means we're getting a rebadged Radeon R9 290X. This has us seeing 2816 stream processors, 176 TMUs, and 64 ROPS. MSI has clocked its card at 1100MHz, using 8GB of GDDR5 sitting at 6.1GHz on a 512-bit memory bus. This card features the always impressive Twin Frozr V cooling technology that MSI is known for.

 

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Under that we have the Radeon R9 280 Gaming which uses the Tonga Pro GPU, with 1792 stream processors, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The GPU is clocked at 1GHz, while the memory sits at 5.7GHz for the 4GB part, or 5.5GHz for the 2GB version. Then we have the Pitcairn XT-based Radeon R7 370 which has 1280 stream processors, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. This is pretty much the Radeon HD 7870 with 4GB of VRAM, a clock speed of 1070MHz on the 4GB model while its just 1050MHz on the 2GB model.

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YouTube pledges to take on Twitch TV in the game streaming arena

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 1:40 am

A blog posted today by Alan Joyce contained a heartfelt recap of a childhood filled with Pokémon, Game Boy's and LAN Parties.

 

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In addition to this, Joyce's piece titled 'A YouTube built for gamers' talked about the new YouTube focus website, providing "more than 25,000 games" with their own personal pages, filled with videos and live streaming alongside content creators and publishers alike.

 

This gamer-orientated offshoot has been made to ensure gamers looking for content are kept within the gaming scene and searches for things like 'SSB Brawl' won't come back with a plethora of street fights. Live streaming will feature on the front page of YouTube Gaming including 60FPS and auto-uploading features.

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Dota 2 announces new interface, engine and custom games

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 1:29 am

In a short blog released recently, the Dota 2 team announced its Reborn Beta - boasting a new interface, new engine and added custom games.

 

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"Everything in the dashboard has been completely redesigned utilizing a new UI framework, and the engine that powers the game has been fully replaced" reads the blog, with fans being given the opportunity to test out what Valve has made and provide extensive user feedback.

 

The blog also makes sure to point out that it;s the dashboard that is being focused on, as the HUD has remained the same. This beta is set for release "some time after The International" and it's likely that we'll see a sneak peak of whats on offer during the tournament.

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