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EA compares next-gen console upgrades to Sega Mega CD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 23, 2016 7:28 am

Gamescom 2016 - The hype surrounding the upcoming Project Scorpio and PlayStation 4 Neo consoles is hitting new heights, having EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund compare it to Sega's late Mega CD upgrade from 1991.




During an interview with Game Informer at Gamescom, Söderlund said: "We haven't seen this whole idea of upgrading since the Mega CD in 1991 or something. At the time, that might not have worked, but this is different. I can only comment to what's been announced by Microsoft, the whole idea of keeping the ecosystem intact and scaleable is right. If you get in later in the cycle, you can get a Scorpio or you can upgrade to it".


He continued, after making his Sega CD comment, adding: "It's an interesting, smart approach, and we'll see how well it works. It's something that we as a company are 100 percent behind. I got super excited when I saw what they are working on, and without giving you any information, the same is true of Sony. In general, this is a good thing". But, will EA work with Nintendo on their next-gen NX console? Söderlund added: "Nintendo is such an instrumental part of our whole industry. They deserve to be successful, and they deserve to be a major player in the business, given their pedigree. It's not only the machines that they've built, but also the IPs they've brought to market. There are very few companies like Nintendo. Whenever they bring something to market that we see an addressable market for, we'll be there. Given that they haven't announced [a new console] officially or shown it, I can't comment specifically".

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GTA V was the best-selling game in the US last month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 23, 2016 5:55 am

Grand Theft Auto V, Overwatch and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens were the top three best-selling games in the US for July 2016, according to the latest monthly sales report from NPD Group.




Overwatch was #1 last month but decided to play switcheroo with GTA V, but keep in mind that digital PC sales of Overwatch aren't included in these numbers. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens used its force powers to stay in #3. NPD Group's data also has the Xbox One outselling the PS4 in the US last month, the first time that Microsoft has beat Sony in the hardware wars since October. NPD analyst Sam Naji explains: "After 33 months since the launches of the PS4 and the Xbox One, the combined cumulative hardware sales for these two consoles exceed the sales of their predecessors by 41 percent at the same point of their lifecycles".


The best-selling game system for July 2016? Nintendo's 3DS, which the Japanese giant credits the "widespread positive public reception" for Pokemon GO - yeah, where's that now, guys? As for the full list of the best-selling games in the US for July 2016:


  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Overwatch (does not include digital PC sales)
  3. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  4. Monster Hunter Generations (does not include digital sales)
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  6. Minecraft (does not include digital sales)
  7. NBA 2K16
  8. Doom (does not include digital sales)
  9. Destiny: The Taken King
  10. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Allison Road returns, development 'slower than before'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 23, 2016 4:30 am

Gamers across the world were disappointed when they heard Allison Road was suddenly cancelled, especially after a successful Kickstarter and publishing deal. Well, there's some light at the end of the tunnel, as Allison Road is in development once more.




Allison Road creator Christian Kesler took to Facebook, where he said: "I took a bit of time off Allison Road, went back to work and had a good look at all the stuff that had been done up to that point. I started making a few changes to the story, a few scribbles here and there, some layout tests and before I knew it it sort of organically picked up pace".


Team 17 still serves as the publisher on Allison Road, while Lillith Ltd. will continue developing the game. Kesler told Polygon that Allison Road won't return to Kickstarter, and instead development is "slower than before" with Kesler financing the game himself at the moment. He added: "Actually I'm working freelance jobs to earn money to finance development. Thankfully everyone who helped me up to this point was very supportive along the way and kept things affordable for me. And I'm very grateful for that!"

14,900 new files found on Hillary Clinton's email server

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 23, 2016 2:51 am

Hillary Clinton's poker face continues, with the FBI finding another 14,900 emails and documents on her private server - nearly 50% more than Clinton's lawyers turned over to the State Department.




We don't know what's in the documents and emails, but the FBI obtained a disc that includes all of the new emails and attachments that Clinton sent, or received. Clinton's attorneys originally turned over around 30,000 messages that were what they considered work-related, but we all know that's not true.


A judge in a lawsuit over public records has thrown the State Department's proposal plans to the road, as they wanted to release the documents starting on October 14, and are pushing for an earlier release. If the judge is successful, this won't happen sooner, but it will be enough to have Clinton squirming.

NVIDIA's new 'Parker' SoC should power Nintendo NX

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2016 2:11 am

NVIDIA has unveiled its next-generation Tegra processor, known as Parker, with some advanced technology powering the new system-on-a-chip.




The new Parker SoC is made on TSMC's impressive 16nm FinFET process, where it has Pascal GPU cores and their new Denver 2 CPU cores. Parker features 256 CUDA cores from the Pascal architecture, while the ARM v8 CPU has two Denver 2 and four A57 cores. The CPU side of things has 2MB of L2 cache which are linked through the HMP (Heterogeneous Multi-Processor) architecture to deliver 4MB of L2 cache.


NVIDIA's new Denver 2 chips also feature 128K+64K sub-cache, while the A57 cores feature 48K+32K sub-cache system. There's also 128b LPDDR4 support with up to 50GB/sec bandwidth, while the display is a triple pipeline that can handle 4K60, with camera features including auto HDR on up to 12 cameras. CPU performance wise, the Denver CPU cores are pretty powerful - with NVIDIA claiming a 40% performance lead over Apple's A9X processor, and a nice bump on Samsung's Galaxy S7 smartphone.

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AMD gains even more GPU market share from NVIDIA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 23, 2016 1:01 am

AMD is continuing its push against NVIDIA, securing itself more discrete GPU market share from NVIDIA according to the latest data from Mercury Research, which has AMD gaining throughout 2016.




Mercury Research's data shows that AMD has gained GPU market share for the fourth consecutive quarter, driven by strong GPU sales in late 2015 and throughout 2016. AMD has pulled itself up to 29.9% market share, which is a big deal considering this time last year AMD was sitting at around 18%. This is a big deal, as Mercury Research notes in their press release that this is the first time AMD has experienced an increase since Q1 2012.


Where did AMD's gains come from? According to the report: "The decline in low-end units shipped by NVIDIA resulted in substantial unit share gains for AMD in the desktop standalone segment, though by our estimates revenue share was unaffected due to NVIDIA's strong gaming mix improvement". So AMD is hitting the lower/mid-end markets while NVIDIA doesn't just dominate, it owns the high-end market right now.


The new data has AMD sitting pretty with 29.9% market share, while NVIDIA has 70.1% discrete GPU market share.

$12 off PlayStation Plus before September's price hike

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 23, 2016 12:00 am

Like pulling a "no wake" buoy underwater during a flood, the price on a PlayStation Plus membership has come down a little before it rockets up to new heights. The juicy piece of gaming news no one, save Microsoft, wants to hear today was a price hike on a PlayStation Plus one-year subscription from $50 to $60. It's a big deal, but there's one last discount under $40 you can take advantage of before the price goes up September 22.




Groupon is the retail discount culprit for the subscription saving. Today, you can snatch a PlayStation Plus 12-month membership for $37.49 after applying coupon code FIRST at checkout. There is one catch, the coupon is only valid for new accounts. If you've bought something from Groupon in the past, you'll need to make a new account to get the discount.



There's even a better coupon at Groupon, but it will only work for select, targeted accounts. Coupon code SAVE30 is known to work on some Groupon accounts and will cut the price to $34.99. It's better than the 25% off for new users, but the code only works for certain accounts of which we're not 100% sure the requirements are. If the code SAVE30 works on the PlayStation Plus for you, let us know in the comment if you have an old or new Groupon account!




After this Groupon deal, we don't really expect drops like this in the near future. The best discount prior to these coupon codes in 2016 on PS Plus was a drop to $35.99. With a new list price of $59.99, your PlayStation Plus discounts in the future are likely to look more like $49.99 or at best $44.99. Jumping on this deal may be a good idea if you plan to use PS Plus in the foreseeable future. If not, keep the money in your wallet because they are always better spent on games.


Update: The PlayStation Plus 1-year cards offered at Groupon is now unfortunately out of stock.

PCIe 4.0 will be the end of power cables for GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 22, 2016 11:59 pm

PCIe 3.0 has been a staple of motherboards and graphics cards for close to 6 years now, but the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) have PCIe 4.0 nearly ready, and man is it going to be a huge launch.




The upgraded PCIe 4.0 specification will allow for double the bandwidth, from 8GT/s to 16GT/s but there are a bunch of other changes we should be more excited over. As it stands, PCIe 3.0 is capable of delivering 75W of power through the connector, with most graphics cards requiring additional PCIe power connectors to get up and running. Well, PCIe 4.0 will be the end of that.


PCIe 4.0 will provide a minimum of 300W, and possibly up to 500W, which is more than enough power for any graphics card on the market. Imagine a world with a new NVIDIA GeForce Titan X graphics card, or a new Radeon RX 480 without the need of PCIe power connectors. It would be a mess-free, clean-looking gaming PC - something that is simply impossible today because there's no way around delivering power to graphics cards without the PCIe power connectors.

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PS4 Slim's new DualShock 4 controller has two lightbars?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2016 11:02 pm

UPDATE: The new DualShock 4 controller doesn't have two lightbars after all. It's just the same LED lightbar that's pulsing through a new slit in the touchpad. Your controller batteries are safe!


Sony will be discontinuing current PS4 models in favor of a cheaper, thinner (and uglier) PS4 "Slim" model which apparently comes with a new DualShock 4 controller.



The new smaller, thinner and cheaper PS4 "Slim" has been officially confirmed by Eurogamer. The PS4 Slim isn't going to side alongside current PS4 consoles--it's going to replace it as your typical console refresh, according to WSJ sources. But that's not all that's going to be replaced: the new PS4 model with allegedly come with a new DualShock 4 controller design, and YouTuber ZRZ has apparently gotten ahold of the new PS4 Slim controller to reveal some rather perplexing new changes.




The PS4 Slim's new DualShock 4 controller has an extra LED lightbar at the top of the touchpad, the video shows, which seems to blink in tandem with the default lightbar. The extra lightbar will likely change colors like the original DualShock 4, and this could be quite a distraction to gamers. Hopefully the new standard PS4 model will allow gamers to shut off the both lightbars (or at least the top one). PS4 owners have been quite vocal about their dislike for the LED lightbar as it drains controller battery life, and an extra lightbar is probably the last thing Sony should've done.

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