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Gears of War 4 to have a filter for gore and explicit language

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 7:00 pm

We already knew that the Gears of War series is a very violent foray into the human (and alien) condition, and Gears of War 4 will be no exception. To that end, The Coalition is going to have a filter for excess gore and for explicit language, another mainstay of a successful deep look into humankind.

 

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Rod Fergusson, the head developer that's working on Gears of War 4, spoke to Game informer about how the darker theme that we'll see from the story will contribute to a much more explicit experience. That is, it'll be more real in how it presents language and when things perish. Even with game ratings systems that tend to give guidance on what to censor in order to reach certain levels, it was difficult for The Coalition to determine what exactly they wanted to cut out, or if they wanted to simply cut them out or censor them.

 

"Gore is important for obvious reasons and swearing too." Rod continued, "I think the tricky part for us is, and it's been one of the funny things about the mature language flag, is that there's no standard, so we've had to set the bar," he explained." In essence he didn't want to detract from the character development, of which even explicit language is actually quite important. In the end, they've found a good balance between what's acceptable and what'll detract from the game. It wouldn't do to have a completely cus laden game that contradicts what you're trying to teach your own children, should you happen to have children around that you don't want to hear such things.

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Apple stores switching to environmentally friendly bags

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 6:07 pm

Starting April 15, Apple retail outlets will be moving away from their well-liked plastic drawstring bags to new paper bags made out of 80 percent recycled materials, according to a note sent to retail employees. The note also instructs employees to give out the old bags until they're all gone and to ask customers if they want a bag or not, in order to potentially further cut down on waste.

 

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Apple VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives Lisa Jackson last month discussed environmental efforts at the company's press event, noting 93 percent of its operations around the globe are powered by renewable energy, and that its new robot 'Liam' can disassemble iPhones for recycling. As well, Jackson declared all of Apple's packaging would eventually be paper.

NVIDIA announces DGX-1, the world's first Deep Learning supercomputer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 5:42 pm

GTC 2016 - NVIDIA just unveiled its next-generation Pascal architecture at GTC 2016, showcasing its new Tesla P100 video card - with an insane amount of power. The Tesla P100 has 16GB of HBM2, with an insane amount of horsepower behind it.

 

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Well, NVIDIA also announced its new DGX-1 - the world's first Deep Learning supercomputer. DGX-1 packs 8x Tesla P100 video cards, each with 16GB of HBM2. DGX-1 has 7TB of SSDs, 2 x Intel Xeon processors, 170 TFlops of performance, Quad IP 100Gbps and dual 10GbE connectivity. It uses just 3200W of power (3.2kW) which might sound like a lot to you and I, but this is a supercomputer... not a traditional rackmount PC.

 

NVIDIA's new Pascal-based DGX-1 is priced at $129,000.

NVIDIA unveils its Tesla P100 GPU, with 150 billion transistors, HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 5:25 pm

GTC 2016 - NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference kicked off today, where the company talked about its work with AI and deep learning were a large focus, as well as VR being a large part of NVIDIA's opening keynote at GTC 2016. But the star of the show was the new Tesla P100.

 

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We have the new Tesla P100, which is "the most advanced hyper scale datacenter GPU ever built". The Pascal chip itself is 600mm2 and built on the incredible 16nm FinFET process with the Tesla P100 packing a how-did-they-do-it 150 billion transistors (150,000,000,000), with the super-fast HBM2 memory included. The new Pascal-based Tesla P100 is in volume production right now, which is incredibly exciting news as it means HBM2 is ready right now - and NVIDIA has it.

 

Now, the 150 billion transistors sounds absolutely mind-blowing - as its 1775% more than the 8 billion that the GM200 includes (the GPU that powers the GTX 980 Ti and Titan X). We chatted with Rob and Fudo from Fudzilla, who say that the Tesla P100's 150 billion transistors, is made up from 17 billion on the GPU - with the rest of the transistors coming from the HBM2. This makes much more sense.

 

The GP100 itself packs 3584 stream processors, with a base clock of 1328MHz and 1480MHz boost. The 4096-bit memory bus provides a claimed 720GB/sec bandwidth, with a 300W TDP.

 

NVIDIA said they'll be shipping it "soon", but didn't provide a date on Tesla P100.

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Radeon 16.4.1 driver fixes DirectX 12 framerate capping issues

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 5:04 pm

AMD has today released its Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.1 drivers.

 

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With it comes up to 35% better performance in Quantum Break with the R9 Fury X, a fix for framerate capping issues in some DirectX 12 apps, and a fix for flickering in Hitman when using DirectX 11 mode and high shadow settings; support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift is listed again for some reason (it was introduced last week in the 16.3.2 drivers).

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NVIDIA recreates Mars in VR with 'Mars 2030'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 4:52 pm

GTC 2016 - NVIDIA is looking to be BFFs with Matt Damon, recreating Mars with its new Mars 2030 experience at GTC 2016.

 

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The company worked with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and NASA, with 8 million square kilometers of satellite imagery of Mars. There's even hand-sculpted rocks, with 1 million of them, as well as the design of the rover, habitat, and space suit designs coming from NASA.

 

Even the sound of the rover is real, with sound being recorded by NASA driving the Mars rovers around in real life, at the Johnson Space Center.

NVIDIA says VR is the 'start of a new platform'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 4:36 pm

GTC 2016 - NVIDIA continued its push into VR at GTC 2016, showing off its incredibly awesome Everest VR demo to the attendees of the show.

 

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We experienced Everest VR at the Game Developers Conference last month, and it really did blow us away. NVIDIA utilized its PhysX technology to display the swirling snow, which is just totally beautiful when you see it in person - creating a sense of presence that can't be matched.

 

NVIDIA worked with Solfar on Everest VR, where 108 billion pixels were used to reconstruct Everest "pixel by pixel" which is just insanely impressive.

HP unveils VR content creating powerhouse, the new $4363 Z workstation

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 4:08 pm

VR is really taking off now that the two major players have finally released their headsets into the wild. There just remains one issue for those content creators that wish to make pretty things in VR for us to consume; the system to use for that creating. HP is helping to make that decision easier with their new Z series of workstations, make especially for creating highly demanding VR content, which might need a bit more horsepower than usual.

 

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These new workstations are built around two of Intel's newest Broadwell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors so you can have up to 44 actual cores and 88 threads to process those difficult to render high-resolution scenes. On the graphics front they went with up to dual NVIDIA Quadro M6000's with 24GB of VRAM. That means you can basically keep all your assets in memory and not have to worry about slow load times in whatever engine or program you're working with. For system RAM, you can configure it to have up to 256GB of DDR4 or up to 1TB of LRDDR4 if need be. Storage can e equally as monstrous with a massive six STA ports, eight different SAS ports and up to two PCIe 3.0 NVMe capable m.2 ports.

 

This can be one monster machine if you want it to be to handle just about any rendering or creation task you want it to. Some might ask why one would want to buy anything premade, and the answer is the support that comes with it. That is, the technical and warranty support that might come in handy from running these systems hard for many hours on end. The new Z840 from Hp starts at $4366, a hefty price tag but for a system that packs a mighty punch. Keyboard and monitor are sold separately, as are the VR HMD's of choice.

Enter the Gungeon launch trailer shows off animated mayhem

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 3:06 pm

The launch trailer for Enter the Gungeon is exactly what you'd think if you were following the game's development; full of violence, awesome music and lots more animated mayhem. It's cute, though. But that's not the usual pronoun assigned to such a thing as this. Check it out for yourself though, and be the judge.

 

 

It's a rogue-like dungeon crawling extravaganza with procedurally generated levels. Sure, there's been quite a few of them over the past few years, but that doesn't mean that they're all alike or cookie-cutter. This one takes itself seriously, but then throws that out the window in the most adorable way. It's also challenging and incredibly fun. Not the 'throw your controller or keyboard out the window' type of challenging, but the "I've gotta try that again!" type of challenging. It's an odd mix that pulls you in almost instantly, even if you don't initially like the look of it. It's... weird.

 

If you dare to challenge yourself thusly, you can find Enter the Gungeon on Steam for $13.99 right now. Other players, or 12 users that have reviewed it thus far, seem to really be enjoying it. That means you might too. I got sucked in and my capsule review is already late because of it.

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