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AMD to host Capsaicin event during GDC 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 1:58 am

This is an event I've been dying to tell you all about: AMD will be hosting their new Capsaicin event during the Game Developers Conference on February 28.




During GDC 2016, AMD hosted their first Capsaicin event where we got to see the Radeon Pro Duo and a bigger tease of Polaris 10 before its release a few months later. But what should we expect from Capsaicin this year? Well, I expect a larger tease of Vega - in fact, I'd really enjoy a massive unveiling of Vega at Capsaicin.


You'll be able to tune into the Capsaicin livestream, which will begin at 10:30AM on February 28, which AMD teases as a "feature-packed show highlighting the hottest new graphics and VR technologies propelling the games industry forward".


Where: Ruby Skye (420 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94109)

When: February 28, 2017


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Doors open

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: AMD Capsaicin & Cream Livestream

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Cream developer sessions

7:30 PM - Midnight: Capsaicin & Cream after party featuring a special guest DJ (Make sure to wear your badge from the events earlier in the day)


I will be there for the entire thing, so be sure to tune into our social media pages - especially our Facebook page.

Apple/LG's new 5K sales halted, hardware issues blamed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 12:46 am

LG released their new UltraFine 5K monitors last month, an exclusive for high-end MacBook Pro models from Apple - but they were plagued with issues. So much so, that Apple has halted sales of the 5K display until it can fix the monitor, permanently.




Last week I wrote an article saying that early models of the 5K display were affected, and they should'lve been fixed - but according to Business Insider's sources, Apple is halting the sales of the LG UltraFine 5K display because of hardware-based issues within the monitor.


Apple won't have any new high-end 5K displays to sell alongside their new MacBook Pro for at least another 6 weeks or so.

Solve our 'Sherlock' contest to win a Series 4 Blu-ray!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 12:13 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Sherlock: Series 4' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.




In this eagerly anticipated fourth series, Sherlock is back on British soil once more, while Doctor Watson and Mary prepare for their biggest ever challenge - becoming parents for the first time. The hit drama returns with three new episodes promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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New Wolfenstein game is 'f*cking bananas,' says Bethesda

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 11:36 pm

Machine Games is currently developing a sequel to their stellar FPS hit Wolfenstein: The New Order, and according to Bethesda's Pete Hines, this new sequel will push the bar even further than its predecessor.




Wolfenstein: The New Colossus will be the next Wolfenstein game from Machine Games, and we have strong reason to believe it'll be set in a Nazi-occupied United States. Bethesda teased The New Colossus during its E3 2016 showcase, but so far the publisher has been quiet on the game.


Now Bethesda's Pete Hines has broken that silence: "Machine Games has been hard at work on something, which I can tell you I have played. It's fu*cking bananas. And I can't wait to show what it actually is," Hines said in a recent podcast interview with Kinda Funny Games.

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Nier Automata deals with death in an innovative new way

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 10:27 pm

Nier: Automata is one of the best-looking games I've seen in the last few months thanks to its innovative style and action-packed mechanics. But according to a recent leak, the android-infused action RPG will have a very unique representation of "death" that reminds us of fighting Shadow Link in Zelda II.




In Nier: Automata you play as an android. You're not human, so you can't really "die" so to speak--not really, although your body can be broken down.


But Platinum Games didn't end there. In true JRPG fashion, the devs pushed the envelope to redefine what we expect with player death and "game over" sequences. Here's how dying works in Nier: Automata--but be forwarned, here there be spoilers!

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Nintendo Switch uses 20nm Maxwell Tegra SoC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 9:29 pm

Nintendo Switch will use a second-generation 20nm NVIDIA Tegra SoC processor based on the Maxwell architecture, according to recently leaked documents.




Remember when Eurogamer broke the news about the Switch's 6.7-inch screen and varying processor speeds across handheld and docked modes? The source document used for that coverage has now been leaked, and they confirm the Switch will use a Maxwell Tegra X1 instead of NVIDIA's new Pascal-powered 16nm "Parker" SoC as we previously reported. The documents highlight specs for internal devkits, but actual retail models should use the same processor.


The Switch's internal Maxwell-based Tegra SoC ishighly customized to scale across the resolution and performance disparity between docked mode (up to 1080p 60FPS) and handheld mode (720p varying FPS). However in basic raw specs, it should be quite similar to NVIDIA's new Android-based Shield TV Pro microconsole, which uses a new refreshed Maxwell Tegra X1 chip with 256 CUDA cores, four ARM Cortex-A57 cores, 1024 TFLOPs of compute power, and support for advanced APIs like Vulkan and OpenGL.

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Nintendo Switch easy for devs, light years past Wii U

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 8:36 pm

Nintendo has completely reversed its stance with its new handheld-console Switch hybrid: instead of being closed off and incredibly difficult for third-party devs, the Switch is flexible, easy to use, and supports modern APIs and engines. As a result tons of third-party developers have pledged games for the Switch--and most of them have praised the system's programmer-friendly toolset.




Games-maker Nicalis is the latest developer to praise the Nintendo Switch's open and accessible development environment, saying that the system's incredibly easy tools have drastically accelerated the porting of games like Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and 1001 Spikes. We've heard big players like Ubisoft and EA favorably discuss the Switch, but indie developers will benefit from the system as well.


"The Switch is, by far the easiest and most programmer friendly [Nintendo console] so far," Nicalis president Tyrone Rodriguez said in a recent interview with Polygon. "I know this sounds like lip service to Nintendo, but it's actually not. If this wasn't true, we wouldn't be able to get these games up and running as quickly as we have, and we wouldn't be able to have a launch title."

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Razer's new Blade packs Kaby Lake CPU, 4K display, more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 8:31 pm

Razer has refreshed its 14-inch Blade gaming laptop, which now features an optional 4K display, and Intel's latest and greatest Kaby Lake CPU architecture, with the Core i7-7700HQ processor.



The new Blade might feature new hardware, but it still retains its 0.70-inch thickness, and 4.3 pounds with the 4K display - all courtesy of the unibody aluminum chassis. Inside, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 is included, and 16GB of DDR4 system RAM.


You can configure up to 1Tb of SSD storage, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is included, and the beautiful Razer Chroma keyboard of course.


Razer's new Blade starts at $1899 with the 1080p display, and is available right now in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, and France through, but the more expensive higher-end 4K model won't be coming until at least April.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda quests inspired by Witcher 3

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 6:25 pm

One of my principal worries about Mass Effect: Andromeda is quantity over quality. I look at BioWare's track record with Dragon Age: Inquisition, whose grindy scope really turned me off eventually, and I see this carrying forward with the new Mass Effect. But BioWare says that the quests have been carefully tailored to be more meaningful--not unlike CD Projekt RED's magnum opus RPG.



"We are approaching the completionist aspect very differently [in Mass Effect: Andromeda], because we've done and learned a lot from Inquisition," BioWare's Patrice Condominas told PC Gamer in a recent interview.


In fact, BioWare has been inspired by games like The Witcher 3 in terms of impact, depth, and overall resonating experiences. As a result the new Mass Effect should have more meat on its bones than grindy fetch quests and the like. "We've also observed what other games have been doing, like The Witcher. it was very important for us that the quantity of scope doesn't downgrade the quality of whatever your are doing there."

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The world's first 10-core smartphone is nearly here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 5:44 pm

Qualcomm might hold the record for the most powerful, tech-filled processor in the world with its upcoming Snapdragon 835 - but it only has 8 processing cores.




Not that it matters, but it's a great technological achievement to have more CPU cores in a system-on-chip (SoC), with Chinese smartphone maker Vernee teasing during CES 2017 last month tht they would have the first MediaTek Helio X30-powered smartphone that would be released in February.


Well, it's February now - and we're learning more information on the new smartphone. The Helio X30 itself is a 10-core smartphone, made on the 10nm process, featuring IMG 7XTP-Mt4 GPU which is powerful on its own. We should expect MediaTek's new Helio X30 to be just as good as the best chips from Qualcomm, Samsung, and Huawei.


The upcoming Apollo 2 smartphone from Vernee will come in two versions:


6GB LPDDR4 RAM + 64GB storage

8GB LPDDR4 RAM + 128GB storage.


Apollo 2 will rock a QHD display, and is shaping up to be a thin smartphone, too.