Samsung is finally detailing its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset, which will be available next month in two different models. First, the Gear VR "Innovator Edition" will be priced at $250 and will include a Bluetooth controller, while the Gear VR on its own will be priced at $200.
Both of the Gear VR headsets require Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which is around $750 on its own. For owners of the Note 4 already, the Gear VR should be a great accessory, priced at 'only' $200.
Microsoft has seen a spike in Xbox One sales, pushing it close to the 10 million mark, with the company saying sales have "more than tripled" in the US over the last week alone.
The 10 million milestone reflects the number of consoles Microsoft has sold to retailers, not consumers - but over the holiday season, I'm sure retailers won't have too many problems getting rid of the Xbox One consoles. The tripling in sales, represents a week-to-week comparison. The Redmond-based everything giant says that the boost in Xbox One sales is thanks to a bunch of new games.
We've seen Assassin's Creed: Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Sunset Overdrive, as well as the Halo: Master Chief Collection, all launch in the last couple of weeks.
Today is the day for next-gen GPU news, where we just reported about AMD's Radeon R9 390X to feature an insane 4096-bit memory bus. Now, we're hearing about NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX Titan II, a beast of a GPU that would feature 12GB of VRAM.
This new beast would be baked on the GM200 silicon, on the 28nm process, feature 3072 CUDA cores, a 384-bit memory bus, and the aforementioned 12GB of VRAM. When it comes to clock speeds, we should see a Core clock of 1100MHz, while the Boost clock sits at 1390MHz and the memory at 6GHz. With the GTX 980 having 2048 CUDA cores, the GTX Titan II based on the current rumors has over 1000 additional CUDA cores.
We should see a David vs Goliath battle early next year for GPU supremacy between AMD and NVIDIA, it's just too bad that today's games run like absolute crap, even on great hardware.
Here we are again, another post about the AMD Radeon R9 390X, but this time we have some even more exciting news. There's more details leaking out on the codename Fiji XT board, thanks to a listing in the SiSoft Sandra benchmark database.
If the details are true, and right now we're classing them as rumors, we could expect the Radeon R9 390X to feature a whopping 4096 stream processors, with 64 compute units and 256 texture units - but the best bit, we've saved until last: a massive, game-changing 4096-bit memory bus. This insane jump in memory bus specs will have been a result of the HBM technology we reported on a little while ago now, with a 1024-bit input/output interface.
We should see the first R9 390X cards with 4GB of RAM, but 8GB of VRAM will be seen on these GPUs very quickly. If we do see four, first-generation HBM DRAM chips with a 4096-bit memory bus operating at around 1.25GHz, we can expect a huge memory bandwidth of 640GB/sec. Considering the still-fresh, and kick-ass NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 has a 256-bit memory bus with 224GB/sec of bandwidth, AMD would be killing it at high-res. 4K and beyond would see AMD leaping ahead, which is something they need right now.
With 4096 stream processors and an insanely wide memory bus, it would be the highest bandwidth ever used on a single GPU. If these specs are correct, it means that AMD should have the fastest video card on the market, by a nice amount - even more so when it comes to high-res, and multi-monitor gaming.
Sony Pictures might have already dated the release of the live-action adaptation of Naughty Dog's PlayStation franchise 'Uncharted', but they forgot one thing - a script.
It looks like the studio is seeking to fast track that though, with Sony Pictures commissioning screenwriter Mark Boal to satisfy the studio, director Seth Gordon and the franchises legion of fans. Boal won an Oscar for his work on 2010's 'The Hurt Locker'.
In disappointing news, Chris Pratt whose role in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has propelled him to leading man status, and who will be next seen in 'Jurassic World' has taken a pass on the role of Nathan Drake. Perhaps Sony are hoping to woo him back with this latest revision.
'Uncharted' will (with any luck) hit cinemas on schedule in June 2016.
Popular music artist Taylor Swift decided to pull her music from streaming service Spotify earlier this month, and now Spotify is firing back. In addition to paying more than $2 billion in music royalties for the right to stream music, Spotify says Swift - and other top artists - "are on track to exceed $6 million a year," with that number expected to double next year.
"Lots of problems that have plagued the industry since its inception continue to exist," said Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. "As I said, we've already paid more than $2 billion in royalties to the music industry and if that money is not flowing to the creative community in a timely and transparent way, that's a big problem."
When Swift announced she was pulling her music from Spotify, it seemed like a rather curious choice. Ek also said that 80 percent of subscribers started as free users, and a music track that is played more than 500,000 times pays between $3,000 to $4,000 in royalties.
No. 1 video website YouTube has announced its Music Key music subscription service, giving subscribers the chance to listen to music from thousands of independent record labels. Music Key will be available on Google Android-powered smartphones and PCs, and will allow YouTube visitors to listen to music with no ads.
Smartphone owners will be able to stream music in the background while they use other apps. The service will be by invitation only for the first six months, which will also be free during limited testing - a lifetime pricing of $7.99 will be offered for the early testers, and regular service will be available for $9.99 per month. In addition, YouTube Music Key subscribers will be given free access to Google Play Music All Access.
An Apple version of the service is currently waiting for approval by Apple in its App store.
Ubisoft is working on performance problems related to PC gamers of Assassin's Creed Unity, which affects a small number of users. The gaming problem is related to AMD CPU and GPU configurations, with some Steam users saying poor frame rates, audio problems, and occasional freezing and crashing taking place.
"We are aware that the graphics performance of Assassin's Creed Unity on PC may be adversely affected by certain AMD CPU and GPU configurations," Ubisoft said in a statement. "This should not affect the vast majority of PC players, but rest assured that AMD and Ubisoft ware continuing to work together to closely resolve the issue, and will provide more information as soon as it is available."
Meanwhile, console versions of the game are struggling to maintain frame rates, as Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 gamers also have complained.
Online privacy is something that most Americans believe they have lost control of, as governments and companies collect and use even more personal information, according to a survey from the Pew Research Internet Project.
"It's a bundle of concerns," said Lee Rainie, a Pew researcher involved in the project. "It's party surveillance, it's partly tracking, and this generalized sense that I'm losing control of my identity and my data."
The survey also found that 91 percent of adults "agree" or "strongly agree" that consumers no longer have control over how their personal information is collected and used by companies - and with the government collecting even more data about citizen phone calls and Internet communications, 80 percent of adults "agree" or "strongly agree" that Americans should be concerned about the government monitoring.
This holiday season the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, two of the most powerful consoles in gaming history, will compete for gamers' attention. Microsoft has been trailing in sales throughout the last year-according to BetaNews, 3.3 million PlayStation 4s have shipped in the last quarter , whereas Microsoft has only shipped 2.4 million combined Xbox 360 and One units. This holiday season, both console giants will offer bundles in an attempt to climb to the top of the hill. Here are some of the upcoming holiday deals for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Black Friday Comes Early
While both consoles will be offering great bundles this holiday, Microsoft isn't wasting any time offering a discount on their console. IDigitalTimes reports that Microsoft is offering a $50 discount on the Xbox One from now until Jan. 3. This price drop effects all Xbox One bundles as well, meaning that you can already pick up an Xbox One bundle for between $349 and $449.
Sony hasn't reacted to this price cut yet with its own console price cut, though it is possible that something may be announced in the next few weeks. With their console outselling the Xbox One worldwide, it seems unlikely that Sony will decrease the base cost of the PS4 this year.
While the base PlayStation 4 probably won't see a price drop any time soon, Sony and video game retailers are offering some incredible bundles this year. For example, Walmart is offering a PlayStation 4 Mega Console Bundle with a camera, controller, and choice of game for $509. The bundle represents a large discount on the various peripherals and games that a serious gamer would be buying in the next year.
Sony's "Destiny" bundle is being sold by several retailers and includes a copy of the best selling title "Destiny" as well as a special edition Glacier White PlayStation 4 console and controller. The irony of this bundle is that Bungie,the developers of "Destiny" are also the developers of the legendary Xbox exclusive "Halo," and while there is a similar Xbox One bundle on the market, it is very likely Sony bundle sales will conquer Xbox One bundle sales this holiday season.