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Switch's add-on box to use the cloud to boost GPU power?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 17 hours ago

Nintendo's Switch console may have a secret weapon that allows it to tap the might of NVIDIA's GeForce Now servers and allow dramatically improved performance via cloud accelerated GPU power. This secret weapon is the Supplemental Computing Device (SCD), an external processing box that hooks up to the Switch and boosts its power, not unlike today's eGPU external GPU boxes.

 

 

Nintendo has affirmed the Switch is a "home console first and foremost," but the system doesn't deliver performance befit of a home console, even with its onboard custom NVIDIA Tegra SoC. Instead, the Switch's gameplay performance while docked leaves something to be desired a times, with heavy-hitting games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild only hitting 900p 30FPS while docked.

 

But the SCD could change all of that. The Nintendo Switch could utilize NVIDIA's GeForce Now servers to beam high-end GeForce power to the console's built-in Tegra processor, facilitating boosted graphics and visuals, performance, frame rates and more.

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GabeN admits Steam support needs more work

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 18 hours ago

Steam's support service is quite lackluster, and isn't the kind of support you'd expect from a giant online marketplace. In his recent Reddit AmA session, Gabe Newell concedes that Steam support needs to be streamlined and shored up, and affirms that Valve is committed to the task.

 

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"We are continuing to work on improving support," Newell said during the session. Newell goes on to say that Valve has expanded Steam's support by fivefold in an attempt to reduce the frustration automatic process, and has dramatically improved the response times. "Since the last AMA, we've introduced refunds on Steam, we've grown our Support staff by roughly 5x, and we've shipped a new help site and ticketing system that makes it easier to get help. We've also greatly reduced response times on most types of support tickets and we think we've improved the quality of responses."

 

Despite these improvements--which don't always seem to have an affect--Valve isn't done fixing Steam support. Newell acknowledges the task is much bigger and requires a consistent effort: "We definitely don't think we're done though. We still need to further improve response times and we are continually working to improve the quality of our responses. We're also working on adding more support staff in regions around the world to offer better native language support and improve response times in various regions."

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First all-electric car ever to complete the Dakar rally

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

An all-electric car has completed one of the most difficult rallies in the world for the first time ever. The Dakar Rally is considered to be one of the most demanding races in and Acciona's car managed to complete it in its third attempt.

 

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This is a huge success for Acciona and electric cars in general cause it proves that the electric cars are just as capable as gas-driven vehicles in grueling environments.

 

Acciona's car wasn't so successful in the first two attempts when it failed to finish the race, but the third time proved to be the charm. The car managed to drive nearly 9000 km (5,600 miles) across Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay and it became "the first of "18,000 vehicles in the history of the Dakar Rally to complete the event without consuming a drop of fuel or emitting a single molecule of CO2."

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LG announces X300, an entry-level smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

While we are waiting for the official announcement of LG's flagship, the G6, the Korean company unveiled their latest smartphone - the X300.

 

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The new device is an entry-level smartphone, for now, available only in Korea.

 

The phone comes with a 5-inch 720p display and is powered by a Snapdragon 425 on a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU. The device comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card.

 

The X300 also has a 13MP main camera and a 5MP selfie cam, and a 2,500 mAh battery. On the positive side, the phone does come with Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Valve's future games might beam directly into your brain

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

Yesterday Gabe Newell (aka GabeN), co-founder and current boss at Valve, held a Reddit Ask Me Anything session. GabeN revealed some interesting things, particularly that while Valve is indeed working on new games, the studio is quite interested in carrying its IPs and ideas across a wide spectrum of hardware that transcends traditional gaming--such as VR, machine learning, and even brain-computer interfaces. Yes, really.

 

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When asked what the future holds for Valve, GabeN pretty much highlighted things we already know: Valve will expand its focus past the current hardware on the market and look to the horizon to build unique experiences. This of course means we'll probably see less actual first-party games from Valve until said hardware is mastered and ready for the masses. "The big thing right now is broadening the range of options we have in creating experiences. We think investing in hardware will give us those options. The knuckles controller is being designed at the same time as we're designing our own VR games," Newell said during the AmA session.

 

"Much more narrowly, some of us are thinking about some of the AI work that is being hyped right now. Simplistically we have lots of data and compute capability that looks like the kinds of areas where machine learning should work well. Personally I'm looking at research in brain-computer interfaces."

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Gabe Newell: Portal 2 is Valve's best single-player game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 2 hours ago

Gabe Newell was on-hand for his Reddit AMA a few hours ago, where he was asked a slew of questions - with one of them asking what was his personal favorite Valve game/series.

 

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Newell's response: "I think Portal 2 is our best single-player game. I play Dota 2 the most of our multiplayer games". Surely you're thinking 'but what about Half-Life', and I would agree. Newell continued: "The issue with Half-Life for me is that I was involved in a much higher percentage of the decisions about the games, so it's hard for me to look at them as anything other than a series of things I regret".

 

Our Lord and Savior GabeN continued: "There's no information in my response about what we'll do in the future. It's simply easier for me to be a fan of things that in which I was less directive. If you are involved in a game, everything ends up being a set of trade-offs. Anything in a game is a sacrifice of things not in the game. I just feel those more personally about Half-Life for a bunch of reasons".

 

Wrapping up that question, Newell concluded: "And Xen".

Resident Evil 7 will enjoy free DLC chapter post-launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

Capcom will be launching post-launch DLC for Resident Evil 7 for free, with the new DLC chapter called "Not a Hero".

 

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We don't know much about the DLC, but it won't be part of protagonist Ethan, and his story arc from the main game. We can expect Capcom to release the free Resident Evil 7 chapter in the spring. The season pass includes three more chapters, teased as Banned Footage Volume 1, Banned Footage Volume 2, and another unnamed chapter.

Gabe on Half-Life 3: 'the number 3 must not be said'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

Gabe Newell, resident boss, God of the PC Master Race, and our Lord and Savior - has answered the question to end all questions: where the f*** is Half-Life 3... well, kinda.

 

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During his recent AMA on Reddit, Newell was asked: "What is the status of Half Life 3/Half Life 2 Episode 3? Is Valve still working on any fully-fledged single player games? An unidentified anonymous source at Valve has said that Half Life 3 has been cancelled. Is that source legitimate?"

 

Newell's cryptic, but awesome response: "The number 3 must not be said. Yes. I personally believe all unidentified anonymous sources on the Internet".

Watch Dogs 2's new patch is better on RAM, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 5 hours ago

Ubisoft has released their new v1.09 update for Watch Dogs 2, which includes the usual performance tweaks, fixes and improvements.

 

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The new v1.09 patch was made available for the Xbox One and PS4 last week, but PC gamers are now able to enjoy Watch Dogs 2 and more of its glory. The v1.09 update patch notes are available below:

 

  • [Performance] RAM Usage Optimization - This patch optimizes a system memory usage which improves the game's performance on systems with low RAM amount.
  • [Performance] Screenspace Reflections Optimization - This patch improves the overall performance of Screenspace Reflections and adds two new lower quality levels (Medium and High).
  • San Francisco Fog - The algorithm of the San Francisco Fog (aka "Karl") appearing is improved with this title update.
  • Visual - The maximum value of the Pixel Density slider has been changed from 1.25 to 1.5 with this patch.
  • Sound - We have added a Music Volume slider.
  • Controller - Added support for the newer DualShock 4 controllers (ZCT2U models).
  • YourBoySerge Nerf - This .50 Cal sniper rifle has been the subject of some debate in the community, and is considered to be overpowered in online play. In this patch, we've reduced the number of rounds in the magazine from 6 to 1, and we will continue to monitor and balance this beasty rifle.
  • Fixed various minor issues with flickering.
  • Fixed various minor issues with incorrect window modes behavior.
  • Fixed various minor issues with the UI and text.

Galaxy S8 rumored to cost $849, launches on March 29

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

Samsung is ramping up for the release of its new flagship smartphone, with a new rumor that the company will unleash the Galaxy S8 on March 29.

 

 

Not only that, but Samsung will kick off the pricing on the Galaxy S8 at $849 - not bad considering it should have some nice new features up its sleeve, like a fingerprint sensor built into the display - and what's sure to be the best display on a smartphone on the market.

 

The source of the rumor if WCCFTech adds that the $849 price will push the Galaxy S8 "out of the normal consumer's reach", yet that's the current rate - and sometimes considerably more for the highest storage on previous Galaxy/Note smartphones, and the iPhone.

 

Inside, Samsung should power the Galaxy S8 with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 processor, desktop worthy 6GB of RAM, a virtual assistant, and more.

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