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AMD to have a massive volume launch of next-gen Zen CPUs in early 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

AMD is set to get back into the CPU game in a big way with its next generation Zen architecture, which will be arriving to consumers in early 2017 - but reports have surfaced stating that an early run of Zen CPUs will hit later this year. We've already reported on the 32-core server variants of Zen, with the consumer CPUs hitting 4- and 8-core CPU markets.




During AMD's recent earnings call, company CEO Lisa Su said: "We have been very focused on the server launch for first half of 2017. Desktop should launch before that. In terms of true volume ability, I believe it will be in the first quarter of 2017. We may ship some limited volume towards the end of the fourth quarter, based on how bring up goes and the customer readiness".


Su said that AMD should have a limited run of Zen processors for their partners to use in testing in order to prepare for the desktop launch of the Zen-powered CPUs. The limited shipment should kick off in Q4 2016 (so, not long now) with the consumer launch in early 2017 aimed at high-end desktops and enthusiasts - where AMD has been losing to Intel for a number of years now.

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Facebook CEO says 'AR will be where VR' is today in 5-10 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

VR is everywhere right now, with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive now on the market for the premium VR experience and Samsung with its smartphone-based GearVR solution. But what about augmented reality, or AR?




During an interview with The Verge's Casey Newton, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg talked about his thoughts on the future of VR and AR technologies. Zuckerberg said that Facebook is "researching AR very seriously", but sees consumers not jumping into the arms of AR as quickly as they will into VR.


Zuckerberg continued: "[With] AR, there's still more science questions that need to be worked out, and I'm optimistic that we'll have the answers to that pretty soon. Within the next five or 10 years, we'll have versions of that that are maybe where Rift is today, for AR. But, there's no doubt in my mind that VR is easier to build and bring to a lot of people, and that's why we're are starting here on the product side".

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Microsoft 'couldn't focus' enough in order to make a portable Xbox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago

There are plenty of gamers who wished Microsoft made a portable Xbox, but now we have a reason why there was never a portable Xbox created: because Microsoft couldn't focus enough on something that could've been "Xboy".




During an interview with IGN, former Xbox boss Robbie Bach said that Microsoft had plans for a portable Xbox, but couldn't provide enough resources or the attention required to make the project a reality. Instead, the team dedicated all of their efforts into the Xbox 360.


Bach said: "There were definitely drawings", adding that it wasn't always referred to as "Xboy". Bach added that resources were limited, and Microsoft wanted to "play in [the handheld] part of the ecosystem, [but] we just couldn't focus. We just did not have the bandwidth".


He added that the Xbox team decided against it, and that was the best decision for the company. But if we look at the way mobile gaming has taken off in the years since the release of the Xbox 360, one can only imagine how a well-done portable Xbox could've dominated the market, and especially Sony with its PSP.

Witcher 3 first person mod released, looking good

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

Back in March we told you about a rad Witcher 3 first person mod that might never see the light of day. Well, it has as of recently, and some new footage has come out as well that shows it's in pretty great shape.



The downside is it doesn't work in all situations (the game goes into the normal third person once you draw your sword, ride a horse, or talk to someone), so for now at least, you can't get the full-on first person RPG experience.


If you still want to try it, download it here. Once that's set, use the hookfp command in the console to initialize it, and press P to go in and out of first person. You can also use the setfpfov(value) command to change your field of view (extreme values may cause crashes), and the fpzcorrect(true/false or 1/0) command to enable or disable head bobbing.

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Razer opens up the pre-order floodgates for its OSVR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

While the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are here, Razer has just opened up pre-orders on its own open-source VR headset, HDK 2. HDK 2 is a VR headset made by the open-source VR initiative OSVR, and is a little different to the likes of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.




For those who order their Razer HDK 2headset before July 28, you'll receive two free VR games: Descent: Underground and Radial G. The lower-resolution HDK headset will continue to be sold, with a price of $299.


Razer is working with VR company Sensics on OSVR, alongside a slew of other companies involved in OSVR, and is a similar tethered experience to the Rift, Vive and PSVR from Sony. The new HDK 2 will work with third-party peripherals, and with a price that's $200 lower than the Rift, it might secure itself some gamers. But, the Rift has some huge titles and partners behind it - and the bigger marketing budget thanks to Facebook.


For game developers, HDK 2 makes complete sense - and so does the open-source nature of OSVR. Will you be ordering the new HDK 2 headset from Razer?

Samsung reportedly working on higher-end 'Odyssey' VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 4 days, 16 hours ago

Samsung has been working with Oculus very closely since the early DK1/DK2 days on VR HMD technology, with Oculus contributing to Samsung's own GearVR platform. But now, there's news that Samsung is working on a higher-end VR headset that could compete directly against the Rift.




Samsung is reportedly working on a higher-end VR headset called 'Odyssey' with it being spotted in Korean trademark filings, but unlike the Rift and HTC Vive, it won't need a PC to run. It would work on its own, which makes it quite an interesting device indeed.


The trademark filings were discovered by GalaxyClub, with listings for VR games and glasses. There's nothing else known, so we can't tell you much more. But if Samsung doesn't need a PC to run it, are we looking at Odyssey using a Galaxy smartphone of some kind? Or will Samsung jump right into the VR game with its own device that doesn't require a smartphone and runs completely independent? Because if so, that could really change the game - having a company as large as Samsung release a standalone high-end VR headset, would do an Apple and change everything.

Pokemon GO developer asks gamers to stop requesting PokeStops and gyms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

Pokemon GO is an unstoppable craze right now, with Niantic receiving so many requests for new PokeStops and gyms, the developer has had to come out and say they're not accepting any more submissions.




Niantic adds that if you're having trouble finding PokeStops or gyms, that you should "try visiting a local park or other interesting or historical locations in your community". Now that might work for those of you who live in active and populated areas, but for Pokemon GO players who don't - they can't catch 'em all.

Pokemon GO broke iTunes record for most downloads in its first week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 19 hours ago

Pokemon GO has been racking up some serious numbers on both Android and iOS, but now Apple has confirmed with Polygon that Pokemon GO broke iTunes records.




Niantic's massively popular game had more downloads in its first week than any other app in history according to Apple, with the company not providing any specifics on the amount of downloads. Considering Pokemon GO only launched earlier this month in the US and only hits Japan today, this is a huge deal.


As for revenue, estimates have Pokemon GO pulling in between $1 and $2.3 million per day - not bad for something that only launched in the last month. An analyst with App Annie told Inverse that the company could see $1 billion per year once the server issues are ironed out, and the game launches in more countries.

Golf pro Bubba Watson takes to the green with a jetpack

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days, 19 hours ago

Golf is not exactly the most action-packed or cool sport, but it could get moreso soon, as pro player Bubba Watson has partnered with eyewear company Oakley to develop a jetpack designed for flying around the green. The primary goal is to shorten the time between play, but also get the lay of the land better with the broader perspective a jetpack affords.



The problem of course is now we just want to see jetpack races, jetpack basketball, jetpack MMA, etc. instead.

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Netflix renews Daredevil, Bojack Horseman

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: 4 days, 21 hours ago

Surprising few, Netflix original hits Daredevil and Bojack Horseman have been renewed for a third and fourth season, respectively.



Marvel confirmed the former at Comic Con yesterday, while Bojack Horseman himself confirmed his news on Twitter.


Horseman also sees the release of the brand new season three today.

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