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Xbox boss: Microsoft is making new PC exclusive games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 3:50 am

Microsoft is going to shake up the console space later this year with the 4K-capable Project Scorpio console, the fastest Xbox ever made - but Microsoft seems to have moved away from making PC gaming the best gaming platform there is.

 

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Over the years this has happened, even with the release of DX12 and Vulkan, we haven't seen giant technological leaps and bounds from our increasingly faster hardware. But, Xbox boss Phil Spencer talked about Microsoft's commitment to PC gaming heading into the future, something he touched on during the Halo Wars 2 launch party.

 

Spencer hinted at PC exclusive games that haven't been announced yet, as well as upcoming Xbox One exclusives that will be unveiled in the coming months. We have Crackdown 3 on the way, which should be a big hit when it launches in a few months.

Nintendo Switch retail packaging wastes so much space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 2:45 am

Nintendo's next-gen Switch console is nearly here, so we're finally seeing the retail packaging for Switch games - and what a huge waste of plastic for such a small cartridge.

 

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The game cartridges that Nintendo Switch games comes in at 31mm x 21mm x 3mm, making them small - as the 3DS cartridges are just 35mm x 33mm x 4mm. But, Nintendo has used a gigantic case for the cartridge, coming in at 170mm x 104mm x 10mm. SomeSwitch game packages won't include instruction manuals, registration cards, legal health warning or anything else that would use more physical space in the case. However, Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will have a 20-page full-color game manual, and we can clearly see where the actual game manuals go in the case.

 

This isn't an unusual thing for Nintendo, as 3DS cartridges only use 2% of the volume in the package, Sony isn't any different with Vita cartridges taking just 0.8% of its total packaging volume. The retail boxes seem to be for those who want to have a library of games on their shelves like previous-gen games - but we live in a new world, Nintendo.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda's combat looks amazingly fun

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 2:00 am

I admit I had my worries about BioWare's new Mass Effect: Andromeda game. But after watching the latest combat trailer, most of those worries were dispelled. The game's battle system is a breath of fresh air. The same way Dragon Age: Inquisition pushed the bar for its own franchise, ME: Andromeda does the same for Mass Effect. The latest game was built from scratch on DICE's advanced Frostbite 3 engine, and it clearly shows: this time around we have such massive freedom and flexibility that it genuinely feels like a next-gen sci-fi action game.

 

 

The battle formula for ME: Andromeda is incredible dynamic and is heavily action-based. But this time around players have even more freedom than before and can leverage their skills, abilities, and little tricks to unlock seriously satisfying combat. Players can mix and match tons of different skills: freeze an enemy with Cryo Blast and slam into them with jetpack acceleration to smash them to smithereens. In this article we'll highlight some of the reasons why the game's combat is so satisfying with visual GIFS.

 

Power skill combos are still in the mix, but now you'll be able to actually combine different strategies outside of those skills: jump high with your jetpack and hover in the air while firing off a devastating flak cannon shot, or teleport in close to slice and dice enemies with an Asari blade (yes, ME: Andromeda has swords!)

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Top 15 Presidents Day Kaby Lake laptop deals for 2017

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 1:09 am

It's Presidents Day, and the many laptop manufacturers are hosting sales on laptops that are as good as you would have seen since the Holiday Seasons. What's even better, many of the laptops available now were not in the picture for Christmas 2016, as many of the Intel 7th Gen "Kaby Lake" processors have only recently made their appearance in laptop model lineups. From gaming laptops with Quad Core Kaby Lake CPUs paired with decent GeForce GTX GPUs, to budget/value oriented machines, we've found 15

 

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We'll focus on the big three: Dell, HP, and Lenovo. There you'll find many historical low prices on their popular laptop models. For gamers looking for laptops that can handle modern games, look for laptop deals listed below with GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 Ti. The good thing about 2017 is that for many laptops these days, having a decent IPS 1080p panel is the bare minimum, with some offering 4K panels or even G-SYNC enabled panels (on the Alienware machines). While SSD is still not the complete norm, if it's not available as a standard option, you can custom config most laptop picks below with an SSD storage option.

 

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LG officially announces the G6 camera specs

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 11:24 pm

LG will announce the G6 at MWC 2017 in Barcelona on February 26th, and we've seen numerous leaks about the upcoming flagship.

 

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Now, the Korean company itself have revealed the G6 camera specs. According to their official teaser on the LG website, the G6 will have wide-angle cameras on the front and the back.

 

The selfie shooter will have a 100-degree field of view, but the resolution hasn't been mentioned.

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NASA announces conference on discovery beyond our System

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 10:31 pm

NASA has announced that they will hold a news conference at 1 PM Wednesday, February 22nd, to "present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets." NASA's announcement didn't reveal any further details.

 

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There are thousands of known exoplanets that scientists discovered in the past two decades. Scientists believe that exoplanets are our best chance to find an extraterrestrial life.

 

There is special interest in planets that orbit in a star's habitable zone, where it is possible for liquid water, a prerequisite for life on Earth, to exist on the surface.

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Samsung teases Exynos 9; it could power the Galaxy S8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 9:28 pm

Samsung's flagships last year, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, were powered by either Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820, or Samsung's Exynos 8 Octa processor, depending on the market.

 

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Ever since the rumors about the Galaxy S8 and S8+ started floating around, we have been hearing about the Snapdragon 835, which the devices will feature. However, it is highly possible that some markets will receive phones powered by an Exynos 9 processor, which is yet to be announced.

 

According to a tease from the Korean company, they will announce their latest chipset soon, so it is very likely that it will power the Galaxy S8 and S8+, at least in certain markets.

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Spectacles are finally available for online purchase

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 8:19 pm

Snap's Spectacles were announced back in September, but the only way to buy them was finding a vending machine that would randomly show up across the States.

 

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However, as of February 20th, you can buy Spectacles online. Snap finally made them available for purchase on their website.

 

The sunglasses with a built-in camera are available in Coral, Black, and Teal color at a price of $130. You will also get a charging case and cable.

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Moto G5 and G5 Plus specs leak ahead of the launch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2017 7:25 pm

Lenovo and Motorola are expected to announce the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus at MWC 2017, and we've already heard numerous rumors.

 

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Now, little less than a week before the official announcement, the specs of the phones have leaked from a Colombian retailer.

 

Lenovo decided to go far smaller displays than last year's series, so the G5 will have a 5-inch screen, while the G5 Plus will rock a 5.2-inch display. Moto G4 and G4 Plus had 5.5-inch screens. The resolution will remain Full HD.

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