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EA announces Mirror's Edge Catalyst, more details coming at E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 4:34 am

E3 kicks off next week, but we're seeing a boat load of game announcements and teases before the show, such as EA officially announcing Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

 

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst's Senior Producer, Sara Jansson, said in a letter to fans: "Two years ago we revealed that we were making a new Mirror's Edge. Last year, we gave you a behind the scenes look into some of the early progress we had made. And though we haven't said much else in all that time, we have been listening. Thank you for your incredible passion and your patience. I'm excited to tell you that it's paid off - by this time next week, you will have finally seen more of the game at E3".

 

She continued: "Mirror's Edge has always had a special place in the hearts of all of us at DICE. The first game had a lot of promise. It was unlike anything else in terms of the gameplay and style - it had a unique soul. But as much as we loved that game, we knew it could be more. So that's what we have set out to do as we introduce Mirror's Edge to a new generation".

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AMD Radeon Fury X rumored to be around 50% faster than Radeon R9 290X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 3:37 am

We are getting closer and closer to the launch of the next generation video cards from AMD with each passing day, where today some leaked specifications on the Radeon Fury X, of which we had a world exclusive on last week. It was only hours ago that we posted some OpenCL benchmarks of the Fury X, where it managed to keep up with and beat the Titan X.

 

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The Radeon Fury X will reportedly feature 4096 stream processors, 64 GCN Compute Units, 128 ROPs, 256 TMUs, 4GB of HBM on a 4096-bit memory bus, a GPU clock speed of 1050MHz or more, and an effective memory bus of 1GHz, providing around 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth. All of these specs of the purported Fury X have it being around 54% faster than the Hawaii XT-based Radeon R9 290X, and around 48% more power efficient.

 

Speaking of power efficiency, the Fury X has a TDP of 300W with around 28.7 GFLOPS/watt of performance versus the 19.4 GFLOPS/watt that the Radeon R9 290X has on its 290W TDP. Overall performance has the Fury X capable of over 8.6 TFLOPS of performance, blasting out the 5.6 TFLOPS that the Radeon R9 290X managed.

HGST, a division of Western Digital, unveils world's first 10TB HDD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 2:49 am

HGST has just unveiled the world's first 10TB HDD, with the Western Digital-owned company developing the HDD for active archive applications, so it's not the fastest HDD on the planet by any means.

 

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The new HGST Ultrastar Archive Ha10 arrives in the 3.5-inch form factor, on the SATA 6Gbps or SAS 6Gbps standard. We have seven shingled magnetic recording (SMR) platters that are filled with helium. The company has said that the 10TB HDD has sustained read transfer speeds of around 157MB/sec, while sustained writes are much slower at 68MB/sec.

 

Brendan Collins, Vice President of Product Marketing of HGST said: "HGST's helium-filled drives boasts industry-leading storage density, low power consumption and proven reliability with 2.5M hours MTBF. By layering SMR on top of helium, we are enabling massively-scalable, TCO-driven storage solutions with the performance and durability necessary for the long term retention of archived data. Making SMR design investments today minimizes incremental efforts for future SMR solutions, and gives our customers a time-to-market advantage for all current and future high capacity HDDs in the market".

The studio behind The Order: 1886 hires Blizzard's ex-COO Paul Sams

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 2:01 am

With The Order: 1886 doing quite well as an exclusive to the PlayStation 4, developer Ready At Dawn, has some money to spend. The Irvine, California-based studio has just announced it has hired Blizzard's Chief Operating Officer, Paul Sams, as well as the expansion of its operations found in Austin, Texas.

 

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Ready At Dawn has also said that it's in the process of finding a partner that will inject funds into the studio so that it can continue to create projects "of the transmedia IPs that we create" adds the developer. The company wrote on its official website of the news, with Ready At Dawn's co-founder and CEO Ru Weerasuriya saying: "It is never easy finding someone to take over the reins of a company after this many years, but I cannot think of anyone better suited to guide the team as we look to the future. He is one of the most accomplished, respected and experienced leaders in our industry".

 

Sams enjoyed a very successful run over at Blizzard, where he "played a key role in guiding the company from less than 50 employees to over 4,000 and to grow company value well in excess of $5 billion", writes Ready At Dawn. Sams was responsible for many of Blizzard's biggest games and services, such as World of Warcraft, Diablo, Warcraft, StarCraft, Battle.net, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch. Sams himself added: "Ready at Dawn is one of the best pure game developers in the industry. After 12 years, they remain an independent developer true to their craft of creating gameplay in unique and immersive worlds filled with engaging characters and experiences".

Elon Musk says he's not 'really a fan of disruption'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 8:30 pm

When it comes to Elon Musk and his role in Tesla and SpaceX, many would call him a disruption and innovator. However, Musk recently said he's "not really a fan" of tech disruption, and it seems he's more interested in trying to create real-world solutions for issues that matter.

 

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"If there's a need for something to be disrupted and it's important to the future of the world then sure, we can disrupt it," Musk said during the Edison Electric Institute's conference.

 

SpaceX is focused on space research to help transport supplies and ferry astronauts into space, while Tesla designs and sells electric vehicles. The company recently announced the Powerwall solar product to power homes and businesses.

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Robot revolution is happening, and some people don't seem to like it

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 6:30 pm

Robots are being developed and it's up to us to be prepared for them. There has been a recent call for new public policies and organizational models that will adhere to robotics, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything useful will get done.

 

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The idea that robots could one day overpower humans seems frightening, but there is a more pressing matter: robots taking jobs from human workers. It's possible robots could end up replacing half of all jobs, with some positions at greater risk than others.

 

"This is an unparalleled situation and one that I think could actually lead to all sorts of disruptions once the public starts to catch on that we are truly in the midst of technological unemployment," said Wendell Wallach, a scholar at the Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, in a statement published by Business Insider.

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AMD rumored to be bundling Star Wars: Battlefront with each Fury card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 4:17 pm

With Star Wars: Battlefront shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of the year, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to hear the rumor that AMD will be bundling the game with its Fury branded video cards.

 

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AMD will reportedly be releasing the HBM-powered Radeon Fury X and Radeon Fury cards at E3 2015 next week, but what better way of selling their flagship cards than by bundling one of the biggest games coming out this year. As for the Radeon 300 series, which are rebrands of the Radeon 200 series, they will reportedly include a copy of the new Dirt game coming out later this year.

Oculus VR changes its logo, begins counting down to its June 11 event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 4:01 pm

Update: It looks like the Oculus Rift CV1 has been leaked in full, with a detailed look at every angle of the VR headset. We seem to have nearly confirmed a touch-based gamepad, built-in headphones, a passthrough camera and the final design of the Rift CV1 itself.

 

Oculus VR has just very quietly updated its website, showing off a new logo for the company, something you can see below. The company is also now counting down to its 'Step into the Rift' event on June 11, where we should see the CV1 of the Rift unveiled.

 

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The Consumer Version 1 release of the Rift will be the first VR headset the company has released as a consumer-orientated product, with the release of the Developer Kit 1 (DK1) and DK2 being sold to developers, but open to the general public to buy, too. Oculus will be livestreaming the event, which is set to start on June 11.

Purported shots of the Oculus Rift CV1 see a controller teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 3:50 pm

Update: We are now looking at some very real-looking images on the NeoGAF forums, which show the Oculus Rift CV1 off in great detail. This includes the confirmation of the touch-based gamepad, and its SID tracker (Simple Input Device).

 

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According to a post on the /r/oculus subreddit, we're seeing some rendered images of the Oculus Rift CV1, the first consumer bound version of the Oculus Rift.

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AMD Radeon Fury X beats Titan X in leaked CompuBench OpenCL benchmark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 3:37 pm

With the leaked benchmarks from quite a while ago most likely out of date now, and with our world exclusive reveal on the Fury X branding from AMD, we're seeing some leaked OpenGL performance numbers from CompuBench.

 

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The leak shows that the Fiji XT-based, HBM-powered Radeon Fury X beats NVIDIA's GM200-based, Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX Titan X from NVIDIA by a decent amount. But then, the R9 280X seems to not be that far behind the Titan X.

 

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The Fury X loses quite horribly to the Titan X in the 'face detection' test on CompuBench, while it beats the Titan X once again in the 'TV-L1 Optical Flow' test.

 

When it comes to potential gaming performance, the Fury X scores 102FPS on the Manhattan benchmark found in GFXBench, with the Titan X beating it easily with 137FPS. We're sure drivers will play a key part, as well as other benchmarks like 3DMark, Heaven and real-world gaming performance. We should see the Fury X and Radeon R9 390X unveiled next week at E3 2015.

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