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Shadow of Mordor sequel leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 6:01 pm

Update: Target has now deleted the listings, but we spotted a possible August 22 release date for Middle-earth Shadow of War before they were taken down.


Retailer Target has just leaked Shadow of Modor's sequel, Shadow of War.




WB Interactive's successful Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor is getting a direct sequel called Shadow of War on Xbox One and PS4, and the game will come in two variants: the default and Gold Editions.


"Experience an epic open-world brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal Orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth. In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, nothing will be forgotten.," reads the leaked retailer listing.

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PlayStation VR sells 915,000 units since launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 5:21 pm

Sony's gamble into the realm of virtual reality has paid off in dividends: the PlayStation VR headset is a bona-fide success, with sales exceeding 900,000 units sold in the past fourth months.




Although Sony's PlayStation VR platform lacks the raw power of a desktop PC and has somewhat lukewarm, simplified games, it does have one massive advantage: accessibility. The PlayStation VR is powered by Sony's best-selling PS4 juggernaut, which has an install base of over 50 million units.


Just how much of a hot ticket item is the PS4-powered headset? Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House has revealed that consumers bought 915,000 PlayStation VRs since the headset launched on October 13 of last year. Based on this tremendous momentum, sales will likely exceed Sony's original target of 1 million PSVR sales in six months.

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5G spec: 20Gbps down, 1 million devices per square km

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 8:30 am

I've been spending the past few months dreaming of higher mobile speeds, with Qualcomm teaming with Australian telco, Telstra, alongside Ericsson, and Netgear on Gigabit LTE - but Qualcomm also teased 5G not so long ago.




Now, the International Telecommunications Unit (ITU) have decided on the 5G specifications: with the ITU statnig that a single 5G cell must feature 20Gbps of bandwidth, and include support for up to 1 million devices connected per kilometer (0.62 miles). The standard will also require carriers to have at least 100MHz of free spectrum, and where available: up to 1GHz.


The ITU published the first draft of its 5G radio interfaces a few days ago, but we should expect the final tech specs on 5G technology by November. But the tease of at least 20Gbps down and 10Gbps up is absolutely incredible, but you won't be getting 20Gbps to your smartphone - in reality, the 20Gbps will split its bandwidth across all of the devices it is blasting to.


The per-user download/upload speeds will hit 100Mbps and 50Mbps, respectively - something you can get right now on your 4G LTE device. Personally, I've hit 220Mbps+ on Telstra, on my Google Pixel smartphone - but 5G will offer 100Mbps, all the time - not just in the best conditions. The reduced latency to 1ms, is incredible - but we should expect bigger and better things from 5G once it's completely finalized.

SpeedTree 8 to be shown at GDC 2017 on Amazon Lumberyard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 7:06 am

After two years in development, SpeedTree 8 is nearly ready, featuring graphical and intuitive time saving features - and will make its grand debut during GDC 2017 next week.




The debut of SpeedTree 8 will happen with Amazon's CryEngine-based Lumberyard graphics engine, making its way to Lumberyard in Q2 2017 - but there will be support for other graphics engines in the near future. IDV, the team behind SpeedTree 8, has released some new screenshots to tease us before the big reveal next week.




Michael Sechrest, co-founder of Interactive Data Visualization (IDV) explains: "Amazon Lumberyard is an outstanding showcase for the new surface-scanned materials and modeling features that SpeedTree 8 brings to the table. Our new physically based rendering material workflow, wind algorithms and overall modeling enhancements all shine in the engine. Lumberyard will be the first to experience the most powerful version of SpeedTree yet".


What does SpeedTree 8 do? Let's see:


  • Seamless integration with Amazon Lumberyard
  • Full PBR material workflow and rendering
  • All new 3D surface-scanned 8K PBR texture library
  • New techniques for low-poly branch structure modeling and mesh editing
  • Automatic vertex color painting for Lumberyard wind with in-modeler preview
  • One-draw-call models with tiling textures, wind, and LOD
  • New art director tools and more intuitive workflow

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Oculus Rift, Gear VR could be ripped off the market soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 5:55 am

The court battle between ZeniMax and Oculus saw Oculus handing over a swift $500 million when the jury found Oculus had violated a NDA, and illegally used code from ZeniMax.




Well, this could just be the start of a legal battle that is much bigger - as ZeniMax has asked the court to block Oculus from using the stolen code. If this happens, it could stop the sales of a massive chunk of games that use the technology. Oculus is of course appealing the case, saying that the prior ruling was "legally flawed and factually unwarranted".


If the judge grants the injunction, Oculus would be forced to write new code for their SDK - replacing the stolen code it is still using from ZeniMax. This would have large effects across the market, as it would hurt the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR products, both of which use the ZeniMax source code.

Intel rocked to its Core over Ryzen, price drops begin

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 4:53 am

AMD dropped its Ryzen processors onto the market a few days ago, hitting the #1 and #2 best-selling CPUs on Amazon within hours, breaking world records without breaking a sweat, and of course - hitting Intel where it hurts.




Intel has now reacted, as I thought they would - by reducing the prices of their Core range of processors across the board. Microcenter is already listing the processors with huge price reductions, with their flagship Core i7-6950X dropping by $300 ($1899 to $1599) while the Core i7-6900K drops by $200 from $1199 to $999, the Core i7-7700K has been slashed by $80 ($379 to $299). The full price cuts:


  • Intel Core i7-6950X ($1599 US) - $300 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6900K ($999 US) - $200 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6850K ($549 US) - $150 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6800K ($359 US) - $140 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-5820K ($319 US) - $100 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-7700K ($299 US) - $80 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6700K ($259 US) - $140 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-4790K ($279 US) - $90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-7700 ($289 US) - $50 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6700 (259 US) - $90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-7600K ($199 US) - $70 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-6600K ($179 US) - $$90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-4690K ($189 US) - $70 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-7500 ($189 US) - $30 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-6500 ($179 US) - $50 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-4590 ($159 US) - $60 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-7350K ($159 US) - $20 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-7100 ($114 US) - $15 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-6100 ($109 US) - $20 Price Cut
  • Intel G4400 ($49.99 US) - $20 Price Cut
  • Intel G3258 ($49.99 US) - $27 Price Cut


Now the question remains: how long until other retailers begin dropping the prices of their Intel CPUs - and will they get cheaper? Intel must be feeling the threat of Ryzen quicker than anticipated, for the company to be reacting this quickly - it only means great things for not just AMD, but the world.


Consumers are going to win from this fight, as Intel can only react with price drops after a decade of CPU monopoly. AMD have been down and out for a while, but they're rising once again.

Corsair's Lighting Node Pro: taking control of your LEDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 4:43 am

Corsair has just unveiled their new Lighting Node Pro kit, which includes 4 x RGB LED strips, and the Node Pro controller - giving you total control over the look of your gaming PC.




The control provides the ability of adjusting both the color and the animation of the lights, while the strips have adhesive and magnetic mounting hardware - thank you, Corsair! Corsair lets you control each strip individually, with the ability of adjusting the lighting setup, while the controller itself plugs into an internal USB 2.0 header.


Corsair makes it easier for you to throw in 6 of their RGB LED fans, but this isn't included - requiring a separate hub. The entire kit is run through Corsair LINK, and inside you'll find:


  • Node Pro controller
  • 4 x 16-inch (41cm) lightstrips (10 lights per strip)
  • 4 x extension cables for lightstrips
  • 2 x fan hub adapater cables
  • 1 x power cable

Project CARS 2 latest screenshots look amazing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 11:20 pm

Project CARS was one of the best looking games of all time, but the sequel is shaping up beautifully so far, with the unofficial FB fan page for the game sharing 11 new screenshots of the game.




There will be over 170 cars, and 60+ tracks featured in Project CARS 2 as well as the fan requested Online Championships game mode, and additional racing disciplines - something that will include ice, dirt, snow, and mud racing.




Expect Project CARS 2 in the second half of this year... but until then, enjoy these new screenshots.

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BlackBerry announces KEYone, with Pixel's camera sensor

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 9:04 pm

MWC 2017 - The first official day of the Mobile World Congress starts on Monday, but companies always hold their events a day or two earlier.




BlackBerry is the first one who took the stage in Barcelona and announced their KEYone. Before the announcement, we heard a lot of rumors about the device under the codename BlackBerry Mercury.


The device, as expected, has a physical keyboard, which is a signature feature of BlackBerry phones.

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Genesis Alpha One is the 80s sci-fi game I always wanted

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 1:12 pm

I love it when video games leave a distinct impression and make you think. Team 17's new unique sci-fi game Genesis Alpha One looks like the 80s sci-fi game I've always wanted, and I'm genuinely intrigued.



Indie dev Radiation Blue's new game Genesis Alpha One has ignited my imagination. Aesthetically, it looks like it'd be at home in the Alien franchise, and I see shades of 80's style sci-fi from the greats like John Berkey, Kubrick and Ralph McQuarrie. There's a synthetic sterility to it all that really invokes this true feeling of cold, heartless androids or genetically-modified nonhuman clones. Its space without the celestial wonder: the dark, deadly and foreboding space, the space where no one can hear your scream. The space that's our future and our damnation all-in-one.


In this short trailer and the accompanying screenshots I get a very real sense that we'll essentially be playing a sci-fi novel. To extend that feeling Genesis Alpha One shifts gears quite a bit--like the genetically modified clones onboard the ship, the game is a cross-bred hybrid: one parts FPS, one parts base-building, one part survival and one part roguelike all wrapped into one. If this wasn't enough, the game will have randomly-generated galaxies and systems to explore, all teeming with hostile aliens.



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