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Nintendo Switch to get paid online subscription service

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2017 5:16 pm

Nintendo has joined the modern age its new Nintendo Switch console, and it's looking to supercharge its industry presence--and that means new ways to make money. Contrary to its previous will soon make gamers pay a subscription fee to play online games, and here's everything that will include.

 

 

When the Nintendo Switch rolls out on March 3, 2017, online play will be free. It'll stay free until Fall 2017 when Nintendo's new online subscription service launches, requiring uses to pay to play specific games online. Essentially, Nintendo is making its own version of Xbox LIVE Gold and PlayStation Plus, but it'll be much different, and I feel that Nintendo won't be heavy-handed like Microsoft and Sony are. Now it's worth noting that not every game will require the subscription for online play--just "most games."

 

Subscribing to the service will net you some perks: first off, you'll get to play games online. I expect titles like Splatoon 2, Street Fighter, Dragonball Z: Xenoverse and more to require the sub to play online. Secondly, you'll get a free SNES and NES game every month, but you won't get to keep it--you'll only get to download and play it for that month, and at the end of the period Nintendo will take it it away and replace it with another game. So it won't be like PlayStation Plus or Xbox LIVE's Games With Gold.

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Nintendo Switch UI revealed, let's take a closer look

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2017 3:00 pm

The Nintendo Switch's user interface has been a mystery that wasn't shown off during the console's entire hour-long presentation event. Until now, that is.

 

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The Switch's portable Handheld Mode UI was spotted on a Japanese Switch overview video, and shows a very easy-to-use clean-cut UI. We have to keep in mind that this UI is likely for demonstration purposes and may not reflect the same UI we see on Switch launch consoles, but it's a starting point nonetheless.

 

We're going to break down each part of the UI point-by-point to get a better idea of the system's interface and functionality. So let's get right to it, shall we?

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Nintendo Switch touchscreen has haptic feedback tech

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2017 12:57 pm

Nintendo's brand new console-handheld hybrid Switch tablet has a 10-point capacitive touch display that will leverage unique TouchSense tech and software to bring engaging experiences to gamers.

 

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Immersion Corporation's TouchSense haptic force-feedback technology has been used in a multitude of devices and platforms, including virtual reality headsets, mobiles, tablets--and now the Nintendo Switch. While the company didn't go into specifics, it did announce that Nintendo's Switch console will use its TouchSense software SDK platform to deliver "immersive touch-based gaming controls to playesr around the world."

 

"Once it is adapted to the Nintendo Switch system, game developers will be able to use Immersion's TouchSense software suite to design games for the Nintendo Switch system. Immersion's TouchSense software will help developers provide immersive touch-based gaming controls to players around the world.

 

"Game developers have long known that adding the sense of touch to games heightens the experience and keeps players engaged. Recent research shows that utilizing haptics technology in the gaming experience increases satisfaction and enjoyment during gameplay. With the Nintendo Switch system, game developers can now leverage the sense of touch, providing game players an incredible tactile experience that isn't currently available on any other game system."

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Nintendo stock drops after Switch unveil event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 14, 2017 6:41 am

Nintendo hosted their Switch unveiling event nearly 24 hours ago now, with some truly weird happenings - I loved it, weirdness and all - but investors didn't.

 

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Nintendo's stock prices on Japan's Tokyo Stock Exchange reflected this, with stock dropping nearly 6%. Nintendo showed off its console in full, with the controllers, a bunch of first-party games like Super Mario Odyssey, as well as revealing that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch alongside the Switch on March 3.

 

I enjoyed the event, and sure - it could've been better, but what Nintendo unveiled was - to me at least, impressive. Pricing the Nintendo Switch at $299 is going to get a massive chunk of sales, and so is launching the new Zelda game alongside Switch on March 3. System seller, anyone?!

Our first look at Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S8 handset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2017 5:40 am

Samsung is preparing for the big launch of its new Galaxy S8 smartphone, something that has been teased with renders - and now, BGR is hearing that the renders are based on information from a source within the factories that are manufacturing Samsung's new Galaxy S8.

 

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We should expect a Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 edge with some of the things that made the Note 7 an explosive hit, but the curved Galaxy S8 edge is doing some strange things to me - I can feel my wallet getting closer to my hands. It's looking damn beautiful with the entire front of the phone covered in the gigantic display, with some Samsung branding at the bottom - no physical home button here, guys.

 

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The back looks like the previous Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, with a lack of fingerprint sensor - which has me worried. I'm hoping we see Samsung leap forward and embed the fingerprint scanner into the display, which would be next-freakin-gen. We should expect Samsung to unveil the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 edge sometime towards the end of February, or early March - with a release in April.

AMD's enthusiast Vega with 8GB HBM2 will launch in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 14, 2017 4:04 am

AMD is set to launch its next-gen Vega graphics cards in May, with an event just before Computex - just as the Polaris-based Radeon RX 400 series cards were unveiled in Macau, just before Computex 2016. If you haven't seen my '5 reasons why AMD's next-gen Vega is going to kick ass' article, you should - and then come back here to enjoy the rest.

 

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We're hearing that AMD will launch its enthusiast SKU of the Vega 10-based GPU, powered by 8GB of HBM2 memory. 8GB might not sound like much, but if you want to read how it will be impressive - I have teased a little about High Bandwidth Cache (HBC) - which is a large part of how AMD is going to dominate the GPU game in 2017, and beyond.

 

As for pricing, I think we're going to be looking at around $799-$899 for the Vega 10 graphics card with 8GB of HBM2, which should slot right next to my expected $899 pricing on the GTX 1080 Ti from NVIDIA. We should expect reference cards from AMD that are deliciously sexy, and very powerful - offering 4K 60FPS performance from a single GPU.

 

 

Vega 10 Specifications

 

This is where AMD should fight against NVIDIA in the GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and upcoming GTX 1080 Ti.

 

GPU: 14nm Vega 10 (64 NCUs)

Performance: 12 TFLOPs of single precision performance (750 GFLOPS of double precision)

GPU clock speeds: 1465MHz on reference, 1600MHz+ on AIB partner cards

RAM: 8-16GB of HBM2 (512GB/sec bandwidth)

PCIe: PCIe 3.0 x16

TDP: 225W

Release: May/June 2016

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Philips teases its new 40-inch curved 4K monitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 14, 2017 3:36 am

Philips has just announced the world's largest curved 4K monitor with its BDM4037UW, a massive 40-inch curved 4K display with a 10-bit panel and native 3840x2160 resolution.

 

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The new Philips BDM4037UW uses a high-performance VA panel that has "optimized pixel management technology", allowing it to provide 178-degree viewing angles. Philips does talk about 'Ultra Wide Color' and hitting 85% of the NTSC color gamut, which is higher than the normal 72% coverage on most displays.

 

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One of the more interesting features is something seen on a few other 4K displays: MultiView, which allows for four different inputs (1080p each). These can be arranged in two different styles: first, Picture-by-Picture mode which is great for control rooms or for some side-by-side web browser goodness. Secondly, Picture-in-Picture mode which lets you watch something, while doing something on the other side.

 

Display connectivity includes: 2 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0, VGA, headphone out, and PC audio-in. There's also 2 x 5W speakers built-in, and an intregrated stand that offers tilt adjustment at up to 5/10 degrees.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch runs at 1080p when docked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 14, 2017 2:21 am

Nintendo detailed its Switch console and some of its launch games, and upcoming games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - which will be exclusive to Nintendo Switch, and will run at 1080p when the console is in its dock.

 

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Better yet, you can have 4-player multiplayer at 1080p in TV mode, which will be great for those with massive TVs - and it should be at 60FPS. When you use the Switch in handheld mode, it'll drop to 720p - but at 60FPS still. There will be 5 new characters, and all of the DLC from Mario Kart 8.

 

There's a new battle mode, new items and features, and more. In a way, this is better than a sequel as normally the sequel drops some features - where the Switch exclusive Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is everything Mario Kart 8 was on the Wii U, but heavily improved.

AMD pushes the bleeding edge of GPU technology with Vega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 14, 2017 12:24 am

CES 2017 - Last month when AMD unveiled their ambitious new Vega plan, I had to decompress half of it over weeks - because there's just so much. During CES, I had some one-on-one time with various RTG members, and began thinking of the future of Radeon.

 

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I plan a series of articles on Vega, but we need to split them into a few different parts - where I want to talk more about High Bandwidth Cache, and what it could mean not just for Vega, but for the future of gaming.

 

 

More Isn't Necessarily Better

 

We have been stuck in this world of 'more is better' and that the larger the amount of VRAM on a graphics card, the better it is. I know that's not how it works, but after 10 years in retail IT sales selling graphics cards, custom gaming PCs and everything in between - most consumers think 'higher numbers = better/faster'.

 

It has been ingrained into us from a very young age, the moreMHz a CPU had, the faster it was. The more GPU cores a graphics card has, the faster it is. The more VRAM a graphics card is, the more it can handle - but VRAM is a tricky thing.

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Nintendo Switch hardware specs revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2017 1:38 pm

Nintendo has officially revealed specs and features of its new handheld-console Switch hybrid, delivering some pretty nifty surprises. While most of the specs lined up with what we expected, the Switch's JoyCon controllers are incredibly advanced and hearken back to the Wiimote days of yore. Nintendo clearly outlines each of the Switch's components, pieces, and features--so let's dig in, shall we?

 

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Before we jump in, I just want to get this out of the way: Nintendo hasn't said anything about the Switch's internal hardware, so don't expect them to answer the million dollar Tegra question any time soon. In the official Nintendo Switch fact sheet (see below), Nintendo delivers this vague statement: "The Switch uses a custom Tegra processor powered by NVIDIA."

 

There's no mention of how the Switch handheld's GPU clock might drop to 368MHz while on-the-go, but Nintendo did say that the Switch has varying levels of battery life depending on which game is being played, so that strongly hints at varying/scaled performance across the dual form factors.

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