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Witness the 'Genisys' in our 'Terminator' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 5:33 am

To celebrate this week's home video release of 'Terminator: Genisys', we're very excited to be able to giveaway five Blu-ray copies to our readers, thanks to our friends at Paramount Home Media.




The rules have been reset. When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future.

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Check out these new screenshots of Day of the Tentacle Remastered

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 5:29 am

Some of the games that defined my childhood were Maniac Mansion and Day of the Tentacle, these two games are cherished by millions of gamers across the world, with Day of the Tentacle going under the knife for a remastered edition.





Double Fine Studios has been hard at work on Day of the Tentacle Remastered, with the studio creating completely new hand-drawn animations, high-resolution artwork, and even remastered audio. The studio will be including a commentary track with the game's original creators: Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, Larry Ahern, Peter Chan, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian.


Day of the Tentacle Remastered will be released in "early 2016" on the PC, Mac, PS4 and Vita. The PlayStation versions of the game will offer Cross-Buy support.

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Xbox boss reiterates this commitment to Xbox One, teases next-gen Xbox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 3:27 am

The current generation consoles are so underpowered it's not funny, where Microsoft and Sony feel fine offering gamers 720p-900p gaming and calling it "next-gen". Well, it's not. The current generation consoles are powered by an APU that isn't up to scratch, especially in this era of 4K TVs and 4K gaming.




Well, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has come out firing on Twitter saying that Microsoft and the Xbox team are "100% committed to making it [the Xbox One] our best console generation ever". But someone asked him about the next-gen Xbox, to which Spencer teased: "I fully expect there will be [a next-gen Xbox]".


Personally, I think the next-gen Xbox needs to nail 1080p 60FPS at an absolute bare minimum. We're going to be fully wrapped in the world of VR gaming by then here on PC, so even 1080p 60FPS isn't enough for next-gen gaming. In reality, we need 4K 60FPS+ in order to keep up with VR - of which I'm sure Microsoft is working on Xbox VR, which has been teased before. That will require 2560x1440 at 90FPS+, which is absolutely impossible for the Xbox One right now.

AMD 'Magnum' FPGA chip turns up, possible NVIDIA Shield competitor?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 1:35 am

We've just reported on the new mysterious 'JM601' GPU from NVIDIA, which could be a new dual-GPU or the new Pascal GPU, but now it's time for some Team Red rumors.




A new entry on Zauba has been spotted as a "PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD ASSEMBLY-AMD MAGNUM FPGA PROTOTYPEBOARD FOR DTV P/N .102-B25432-00 (FOC)". Now, some of you have probably spotted what I'm about to point out, but the 'DTV' part of that stands for 'Digital Television'. A DTV-capable device from AMD might be an NVIDIA Shield competitor... or something completely different.


I think we could see a console from AMD, something that would be capable of playing PC games at 1080p 60FPS - but more importantly: VR. If AMD can release a modestly priced console that is capable of VR gaming, it could be a very exciting step in a new direction for AMD - especially with all of the struggles of splitting into Radeon Technologies Group, and losing its chief CPU architect to Samsung.

NVIDIA ships mysterious 'JM601' GPU - is this a dual GPU, or Pascal?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 12:27 am

It looks like NVIDIA is testing out a new GPU, with a new 'JM601 graphics processor' spotted on Zauba. The most mysterious part of this is that it's called 'JM601', which is completely out of place, and totally unexpected.




So what do we think the new JM601 GPU is? Well, for one it could be a dual GPU card based on NVIDIA's current Maxwell architecture - think GTX 990 (dual GTX 980s, or heaven forbid, dual GTX 980 Ti/Titan X GPUs). Alternatively, it could be there to throw us off - but the most exciting part is that it could be a huge Pascal GPU and the name used here - 'JM601' - is to throw us off.


The new JM601 GPU is sitting on Zauba where it was sent on October 14, priced at 73,917 INR - which converts to around $1136. This isn't a cheap chip, so we should expect a monster dual-GPU, or this is the first Pascal-based card, possibly with GDDR5X as we reported not too long ago.

'Force Awakens' breaks trailer viewing record

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 25, 2015 10:33 pm

In news that will surprise nobody, last week's release of the full length theatrical trailer for the eagerly awaited 'Star Wars' sequel 'The Force Awakens' broke trailer viewership records around the world, with 128 million views in just 24 hours, supplanting the previous record held by this summer's 'Fast and the Furious 7'.


force-awakens-breaks-trailer-viewing-record_01 thanked fans for their loyalty to the brand, noting that the 128 million views included TV broadcasts, YouTube, Facebook, and other streaming platforms worldwide.


Pre-sale ticket sales which launched on the same day crippled theatre chains worldwide, also broke numerous records, with 200,000 tickets sold in the UK in the same 24 hour period.

Eurocom's new Sky X9 notebook includes 4K display, 6700K and GTX 980

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 25, 2015 10:27 pm

Eurocom has just unveiled its impressive new Sky X9 'desktop laptop', packing some insane horsepower. The Eurocom Sky X9 can be configured with up to a desktop Intel Core i7-6700K, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, a desktop GTX 980, and a high-res 4K display.




Inside, Eurocom offers two PCIe M.2 SSDs, as well as two 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps ports for those huge RAID setups. Connectivity wise we have 5 x USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. There's also HDMI, HDMI over Thunderbolt, dual GbE Killer E2400 ports, dual DisplayPort, 7.1-channel analog and optical audio out.




The display comes as an IPS-based 17.3-inch 1080p screen, which can be opted out for a massive 4K display - both including NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Eurocom has packed in an elaborate thermal management system that uses up to 660W of power, with Eurocom President, Mark Bialic, explaining: "In 1989 we created the first Desktop Replacement Notebook, in 2015 we have no created the first "desktop laptop' system with socket based desktop Intel processor support and slot based MXM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 desktop graphics support to along with 64 GB of DDR4 memory".

Toshiba rumored to be selling its camera sensor division to Sony

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2015 11:35 am

With Sony doing incredibly well with its camera sensor business, it should come as no surprise that troubled Japanese rival Toshiba is rumored to be selling its camera sensor business to Sony.




The news is coming from Bloomberg, the Japan Times and Reuters - so we have some credit behind the rumors. Toshiba is rumored to be selling its camera sensor business to Sony for a cool $165 million in order to raise money, but neither side is talking about it just yet. Toshiba has been bleeding customers for its camera sensors, with the latest customer being HTC and the One M9 smartphone with its 20-megapixel snapper.

AMD reportedly lost its CPU architect, Jim Keller, to Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2015 9:25 am

Last month, Jim Keller left AMD as their CPU architect, with the last of his work being done on the Zen architecture. Keller had helped AMD with their K7 and K8 architectures, which were some of AMD's more golden times in the CPU market.




It's now being rumored that Keller has joined Samsung, where he'll begin work in the mobile processor division. Keller has previously worked on mobile processors, where he helped out on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S with Apple's A4 and A5S processors, respectively. The news of Keller joining Samsung is big, as he will be working out of their R&D centers in Austin, Texas.


Keller should further develop Samsung's already great mobile offerings, especially since the South Korean giant is on the forefront of 14nm FinFET technology.

Batman: Arkham Knight will make its return to PC on October 28

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2015 7:35 am

After months of disappearing into the darkness of Gotham, Batman: Arkham Knight will return to PC this week, on October 28 at 10AM Pacific, of 1PM Eastern.




The re-release of Batman: Arkham Knight will include a patch that will scoop up PC gamers and bring them up to speed on where console gamers are with Arkham Knight. This will include Photo Mode and the Arkham Asylum skin, but anyone with an Arkham Knight Season Pass will receive all of the DLC released between the time the game was pulled from PC, to now.

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