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'Rogue One' Blu-ray announced, extras detailed

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 2:54 am

Fresh from its hugely successful theatrical run which bagged Lucasfilm another lazy billion dollars, the 'Star Wars' spin-off 'Rogue One' is headed to the small screen with multiple Blu-ray, DVD digital releases.



Releasing on digital a few weeks earlier on March 24, the 3D and 2D Blu-ray packages will hit retail shelves on March 4 (a day later in Australia). The physical release will include the film in it's original 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio, with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sound, plus an additional disc of bonus features including multiple featurettes; 'A Rogue Idea, 'Jyn: The Rebel', 'Cassian: The Spy', 'K-2SO: The Droid', 'Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills', 'Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary', 'The Empire', 'Visions of Hope: The Look of "Rogue One', 'The Princess & The Governor', 'Epilogue: The Story Continues' and 'Rogue Connections'.


Unfortunately, it seems the commentary track that Director Gareth Edwards revealed he's already recorded, along with all the deleted scenes we know exist, plus theatrical trailers won't be included this time around.

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I want one: AMD Ryzen CPU review kit looks AMAZING

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 2:38 am

AMD has made its Ryzen CPU family official with three SKUs unveiled so far: Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and the Ryzen 7 1700. The media that attended received a Ryzen review kit, which includes:


  • AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (8C/16T @ 4GHz) processor
  • GIGABYTE/AORUS AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard
  • Noctua NH-U12S SD-AM4 cooler (120mm fan)
  • 16GB kit of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 RAM


I think the review kit is awesome, with a few notes: I want one... really bad. Second, the inclusion of VENGEANCE memory is a nice stab at Intel... nice work there, AMD.



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NVIDIA to reveal GeForce GTX 1080 Ti on February 28

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 22, 2017 11:56 pm

Anyone who loves GPU technology, graphics cards, or gaming will mark February 28 on their calendars as the day everything changes. AMD is hosting their second annual Capsaicin event during GDC 2017 where we're going to see "exciting new details" on Radeon Vega, with NVIDIA choosing the same day to host their own Editor's Day to unveil the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.




NVIDIA is now teasing the GTX 1080 Ti on their official website, teasing a video that runs in the background saying "It's Almost Time #UltimateGeForce" with the 'Ti' in 'Time' being highlighted. Ti = GTX 1080 Ti for the uninitiated. checked out the HTML code of the website, and noticed that it was actually called "GTX 1080 Ti Countdown"... so, there you have it. GTX 1080 Ti will be unveiled in a few days time, as well as more details on Radeon Vega. I seriously, can barely contain my excitement.

AMD Radeon Vega details coming on February 28

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 22, 2017 11:48 pm

AMD held their Ryzen Tech Day in San Francisco a few days ago, unveiling 3 new Ryzen CPUs in the form of the Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and the Ryzen 7 1700. It looks like we'll be introduced to more details on Radeon Vega, AMD's next-gen GPU architecture that uses HBM2 and the exciting HBC (High Bandwidth Cache) - as well as the Vega GPU architecture itself.




The company has now confirmed the second annual "Capsaicin Live" event in San Francisco during GDC 2017, which kicks off on February 28 at 10:30AM PT. In the press release, AMD teases: "Hosted by Radeon Technologies Group's Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Raja Koduri, the show will be a celebration of PC gaming, the technology steering its future, and the developers who work tirelessly to transform their imaginations into tomorrow's blockbuster games".


AMD continues: "The one-hour live event will offer PC gaming enthusiasts and developers around the world a preview of AMD's latest graphics and processor technologies, reveal exciting new details surrounding Vega, and showcase the summer's most anticipated PC and VR games from visionary game developers. Named after the legendary component in chili peppers that adds an addictive kick to spicy foods, "Capsaicin Live" explores the essence and creative power of the graphics processing unit (GPU), evoking the magic that game and VR developers create every day when they turn raw code into exciting, memorable, and addicting experiences".

NASA finds 7 Earth-sized planets that could sustain life

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 22, 2017 8:05 pm

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star, called TRAPPIST-1. The system is named after The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in Chile, which first discovered three of these planets.




At their press event, NASA has confirmed that three of those planets are located in the habitable zone. All of the seven planets could have liquid water, meaning there is a chance that some form of life might have developed on them. Scientists believe that the highest chances of finding extraterrestrial life are the three planets in the habitable zone.


The discovery also sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system.


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Huawei officially announces Honor V9

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 22, 2017 7:26 pm

Huawei has announced the Honor V9 smartphone just ahead of MWC in Barcelona.




The V9 comes with a 5.7-inch QHD display, and rocks a dual 12MP+12MP camera. For selfies, there is an 8MP selfie camera.


The Phone is powered by Huawei's Kirin 960 processor, the same that powers the Mate 9. The V9 comes with 6GB of RAM, and you can choose between 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.

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Nintendo unboxes the Nintendo Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 22, 2017 6:29 pm

Nintendo officially unboxing their fresh console-handheld hybrid reminds us of one thing: the system launches in nine days. It's really happening!



If you've been paying close attention to our Nintendo Switch coverage you'll realize the unboxing doesn't really tell us anything new. But it's still interesting to see the device out in the wild, and we do get to see the tablet and the JoyCons sized up in two different handsizes, giving use perspective on the actual size of the system itself.


Remember that the Nintendo Switch doesn't come with any games or actual game software pre-loaded onto it, so the $299 price just gets you the system by itself. The Switch comes with 25.9GB of usable storage memory, two JoyCon controllers, JoyCon straps, a JoyCon Grip that doesn't charge the JoyCons, the Switch tablet "console," a dock that's required for TV Mode play, an HDMI cord, and an AC adapter for charging the Switch on-the-go and supplying power to the dock.


The Nintendo Switch will release on March 3, 2017 for $299. Check below for a massive catalog of everything we know about the console so far:

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NieR: Automata PC release date 'accidentally' revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 22, 2017 4:45 pm

Up until now Square Enix and PlatinumGames have been pretty cagey about NieR: Automata's PC release. All mention of the PC port was scrubbed from multiple official game sites, leading many to question a delay or cancellation. Now we can confirm the PC port is indeed coming, and we know the reason behind the silence: the PS4 may have timed exclusivity.




In a recent gameplay video, Square Enix accidentally revealed that NieR: Automata's PC version will launch on March 10, 2017 on Steam. The game will launch first on PS4 and then three days later on PC. Shortly after the video went up, Square Enix yanked it and replaced it a revised video that scrubs out any mention of the PC port. See a side-by-side below.




So what's going on here? It appears Square Enix and PlatinumGames signed a deal with Sony to not discuss the PC port's release date until after the game has shipped on PS4. I long thought that this was a marketing deal, especially since scrubbing any mention of a competing platform from a site just reeks of an exclusivity deal.

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Nintendo Switch launch game exceeds console's storage

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 22, 2017 3:28 pm

The Nintendo Switch will launch with Dragon Quest Heroes I & II in Japan, and if you want to play it digitally you'll have to invest in expandable Micro SD cards: the game is literally too big to fit on the system's onboard storage.



Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid has a paltry 32GB of onboard NAND flash memory, which converts to 29.8GB, and 4GB of that is taken up by the Switch's OS. This leaves gamers with 25.9GB of memory that's actually available for game downloads, saves, screenshots and other content. Although most Switch games are small, if you plan to download your games digitally you'll want to make use of the Switch's supporting up to 2TB Micro SDXC cards and pick up some expandable memory.


But there's a particular launch game that will exceed the Switch's max available memory by 6.1GB: Square Enix's Dragon Quest Heroes dual-port. Nintendo's Japanese site confirms that Dragon Quest Heroes I & II will clock in at a massive 32GB on the Switch. As the name suggests, the game isn't just one game but two sizable hack-and-slash RPGs, so that's why it's so huge.

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AMD will dominate the mid-range with Ryzen 7 1700X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 22, 2017 2:15 pm

AMD's new Ryzen processors are official, with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X filling the headlines with its $499 price, 16-threaded CPU power that rivals Intel's HEDT range at $1000+. But the fight isn't just at the top, it'll be in the mid-range market where AMD is offering high-end performance at a fraction of the cost of its competitor.




The new Ryzen 7 1700 processor is an 8-core/16-threaded CPU with 3.0/3.7GHz frequencies on Base and Boost, respectively - with 20MB of L2+L3 cache, and AMD's impressive SenseMI technology inside of the Zen architecture.




Pricing on the Ryzen 7 1700, 1700X, and 1800X is ridiculously good.