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PC game release deals: Shadow Tactics + Arizona Sunshine

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 10:22 pm

While most of the big name games are already out this year, a few surprises are left in 2016's lineup. Today, we saw the launch of the first VR Zombie Shooter Arizona Sunshine and a new tactical stealth game Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. Both are heavily discounted on today's launch at GMG with price breaks up to 32% off. Both titles are high up in Steam Store's top seller list and relatively well received.




Early December releases like Friday's upcoming Warhammer Space Hulk: Deathwing are dropping as much as $13. That's about as good as you can expect for pre-orders and recent releases. In other noteworthy PC game deals for the week, we're spotting Lara Croft Go, a new Euro Truck Simulator 2 title, and, of course, Ubisoft's latest Steep and Watch Dogs 2.


Early December Releases:



Late November Releases:



All the deals listed above are from GMG, who is an authorized PC gaming retailer. These are then all the best prices you can find without taking a trip to the shady grey market.


As mentioned earlier, several November 29 releases are also going on sale at GMG. Ubisoft's Watch Dogs 2 is 20% off as is Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 Pass. The complete version of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege was also released early last now that Year 2 pass has arrived. If you're itching for new operators, this is the pack to get. Some deals above will require login to see the discount - once you add to cart, the price will reflect accordingly.

Five budget laptops under $300 deals for Christmas

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 9:39 pm

You're on a laptop budget of $300 and you need it by Christmas. You might want to consider picking up a unit today or you'll be facing expensive shipping options to get it in time for gift wrapping. This week five decent budget laptop deals emerged from the ashes of Cyber Monday and Black Friday last week. In fact, some of these under $300 laptop deals are even cheaper than the biggest online shopping day of the year.




At the top of our list is a 15-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 110 "Signature Edition" from Microsoft Store. This 15.6-inch laptop is spec'd with an Intel Celeron processor originally priced at $299. Thanks to Xmas/Holiday promotion, the laptop gets $100 off along with a 1TB hard drive - a combination you really don't see on a new conditioned laptop at this price point.


Budget Laptop Deals



Another great option out there, and once again cheaper than Cyber Monday, is the 15.6-inch Lenovo 110-15. If you'd rather veer away from an AMD processor and go Intel, this one comes with a Pentium N3710, 4GB RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. All great specs for the $290.49 price tag after a doorbuster themed coupon code. The Lenovo deal runs only through December 9th.


If you want to go even cheaper, Chromebooks are a good alternative as a basic word processor and Internet streaming/browsing machine. At HP, you can pick up their popular 11-inch Chromebook for $179, and while the spec on the HP Chromebook 11 versus the IdeaPad 110 15-inch aren't too far off (both carrying the Celeron N3060 CPU), you're looking at a 16GB eMMC storage on the Chromebook versus the 1TB HDD on the Windows 10 Lenovo device.

PlayStation 4 breaks 50 million sales milestone

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 9:16 pm

Sony has officially announced that more than 50 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold across 122 different regions around the world.




The PlayStation brand continues to smash sales milestones, reaching and surpassing the 50 million unit mark. Sony has included all three versions of the PS4 in these cumulative figures: the 2013 launch consoles that aren't being manufactured any more, the new PS4 "slim" which features an updated 16nm APU and replaced the launch PS4 consoles, and the new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro, which features a new powerful 4.2TFLOPs Radeon Polaris GPU. Interestingly enough, Sony hasn't officially revealed sales figures for the PS4 Pro, and I'm wondering how many of the Pro's sales can be attributed to the recent Black Friday sales that marked the console down by as much as $100 off.


The PlayStation 2 still holds the crown for most lifetime sales of a video games console, with 155 million global lifetime sales.

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Western Digital reveals new 12TB Helium He12 hard drives

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 8:22 pm

Western Digital has announced its new massive 12TB Ultrastar He12 helium hard drives.




WD's new fourth-gen 12TB Ultrastar He12 drives are the industry's first-ever 8-disk helium drives--with the added helium allowing for two disks more than the maximum air-filled HDDs. Most HDDs are filled with air, but adding lighter helium allows manufacturers to fit more lighter, thinner disk platters into the drives, thus improving storage density, power efficiency, and actuator arm accuracy. The 12TB He12 drive is available in both 6Gb/s SATA or 12 Gb/s SAS interfaces, and has a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rating of 2.5 million hours.


Hermetically sealed with Western Digital's HelioSeal process, Western Digital affirms that the Ultrastar He12 drives are "perfect for any application that requires massive amounts of cost-effective storage." If 12TB isn't enough, the company has revealed that it will "leverage SMR to provide even more capacity from the same essential hardware to deliver 14TB" of data storage.

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Tech companies team up to create Global VR Association

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 7:29 pm

Some of the biggest names in the tech industry such as Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Acer, Starbreeze, and Sony, have announced the creation of a non-profit organization - the Global VR Association.




In the official statement, they say their goal is to promote the growth of the global virtual reality industry.


GVRA's mission is to promote responsible development and adoption of VR globally with best practices, dialogue across stakeholders, and research. GVRA will be a resource for industry, consumers, and policymakers interested in VR.


We reached out to Anshel Sag, Associate Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, and asked what this association could mean for consumers and what can we expect from it.

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Final Fantasy XV to get free major content updates

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 6:16 pm

Square Enix is far from finished with Final Fantasy XV, and gamers can expect Noctis' journey to continue expanding with fresh content updates from the studio, including paid DLC and free patches that add optimizations and more.




Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata today revealed the game's content update roadmap will be "considerably strengthened" due to FFXV shipping more than 5 million copies in its first day. The updates are planned for the short-term, mid-term and long-term, and the goal is to "make the Final Fantasy XV gaming experience more rich, and for longer playability." Oh, and a NewGame+ mode is coming, too.


The first short-term content update will address Chapter 13. Square Enix plans to adjust a few things like the power of Noctis' ring and offer many more enhancements across the chapter itself. Mid-term updates will focus on the second half of the game, which was seen as a bit lacking to fans. Square Enix wants to add in more cutscenes and make a ton of different optimizations, tweaks and enhancements, not all of which have been revealed. The long-term goal is the most interesting: Tabata literally says that gamers will eventually be able to play as "important characters that appeared in the main game," and that we'll actually be able to make our own customized characters, possibly with a Bethesda-style character creation tool.

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Final Fantasy XV reportedly coming to PC in 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 5:33 pm

Square Enix has already expressed interest in bringing Final Fantasy 15 to PC, and that could happen in 2018.




Final Fantasy 15 belongs on PC. The game runs great on PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One, just get this true sense that it's dialed back, scaled back...that it isn't reaching its true potential. In fact, my PS4 actually runs pretty hard--harder than it's ever run before--while playing the game. We've already reported Square ENix had to make some serious optimizations to ensure stable frame rates on consoles, with the game being delayed again because it barely ran at 30FPS on PS4 and Xbox One.


Now we have our first reports that Square Enix is actually porting Final Fantasy 15 to PC, but we'll have to wait until 2018 to play it. In fact it looks like the Final Fantsy VII: Remake will also make the jump to PC in 2018, too. The news comes from an unnamed source who told VG Leaks about the publisher's massive plans for Final Fantasy's 30th anniversary, which includes a lot of other games and interesting tidbits. "Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy XV are coming to PC, but likely not until early-mid 2018," the site reports.

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Faraday Future unveils its first electric car next month

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 4:32 pm

So far, we've heard a lot about Faraday Future, but haven't actually seen anything. The American startup company established in 2014 has yet to unveil their first electric car.




There was a lot of hype before their event at last year's CES, but many were left disappointed. Instead of a mass-market car, the company showed a futuristic concept named FFZERO01. The company will now try to redeem themselves at this year's CES.


They have shown a teaser for their CES event, which will be held on January 3rd, stating that they will unveil their first production vehicle.

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Nintendo Switch switches to full 1080p while docked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 3:21 pm

Nintendo's new Switch hybrid hardware merges both handheld gaming and console gaming, allowing you to take it on the go like a tablet or dock it for console play. Now we have even more evidence that the Switch will "switch" performance levels depending on how its used, with docked console play delivering the best 1080p performance.




We recently reported the Switch underclocked performance and limited resolution to 720p while on-the-go, as the Switch's 6.2-inch multi-touch "tablet" handheld only has a 1280 x 720 screen. This is despite the "tablet" (aka Switch "console") housing all of the system's tech, including NVIDIA's new highly customized Pascal-grade Tegra processor. Now Nintendo sources have told Let's Play Video Games' Laura Kate Dale that the Switch actually performs better while docked.


When connected to the dock's USB Type-C power port (yes, the Switch will use USB Type-C instead of a first-party proprietary cord), the Nintendo Switch is able to hit full 1080p resolution, whereas "switching" over to the Switch's portable handheld drops resolution to 720p. The Switch's dock does have an effect on performance, but there's no evidence that the dock actually has any actual hardware in it: the dock is cheap, lightweight, and easy to produce. It's more likely the resolution switch happens internally, and is triggered when the device is hooked up to the dock, which has both USB Type-C power and HDMI out for 1080p HDTVs.

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Lexus covered its car in 41,999 programmable LED lights

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 2:26 pm

In case you ever wondered how a car with 41,999 LED lights would look like (couldn't they have fit just one more?!) Lexus has you covered.



To promote the new video of a UK singer Dua Lipa, Lexus partnered up with Vevo and the result is the Lexus LIT IS, a 2017 Lexus IS version of the car with the addition of 41,999 programmable LED lights.


The LEDs were placed on the car manually and if placed end-to-end, would stretch half a mile in length. The LED lights can also change colors in response to human gestures and music, which made it perfect for the promotion of the music video.

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