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GDDR6 will launch this year, 16Gbps bandwidth on offer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 4:36 am

AMD will be launching the first consumer graphics card with HBM2 in a few months with its next-gen Vega GPU architecture, but later this year Micron will be launching its new GDDR6 technology.




GDDR6 will eventually replace GDDR5, but not the faster GDDR5X, by 2020 according to some reports. GDDR6 is capable of 16Gbps bandwidth, up from the 10Gbps on GDDR5X, and up significantly from the 7-8Gbps from GDDR5.


Micron is bringing up the release of GDDR6 because people are upgrading their graphics cards every 3 years, rather than 5 years or so.

AMD hits LG, Vizio products with patent infringement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 4:07 am

AMD is getting confident against some very large companies over a patent infringement, with LG, MediaTek, Vizio, and Sigma Designs all in AMD's crosshairs right now.




AMD filed the claim last month, saying that the four companies are manufacturing products that infringe on two patents filed by ATI, and one owned by AMD as well. The patent infringements claim that the companies are infringements with unified shaders, graphics processing architecture, and parallel pipeline graphics systems.


An interesting take on AMD's pursuit is that MediaTek, LG, Vizio, and Sigma Designs normally license their GPU technology from third-party companies like Imagination and ARM. AMD is now suing the manufacturers direct, versus the physical products that the companies are making. AMD is alleging that the infringed products include MediaTek's Helio P10 processor that powers a few LG smartphones, while the Sigma Design SX7 (STV7701) processor for 4K TVs with HDR support, something Vizio uses inside of their high-end TVs.


AMD also makes a note about Samsung and GlobalFoundries having licensed the IP covered by the infringed patents, continuing that anyone infringing on its patents damages the legitimate licensees of AMD's IP. AMD is aiming for the infringing devices banned from import and sale in the US, which would affect many different products between LG and Vizio.

AOC's 35-inch UltraWide monitor: 200Hz and AMD FreeSync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 3:49 am

AOC has just blasted its new AGON AG35QCX FreeSync monitor into the gaming arena, a beasty new 35-inch 21:9 display with a native resolution of 2560x1080 and massive 200Hz refresh rate, backed by FreeSync.




The new AOC AGON AG35QCX uses a 35-inch MVA panel with 4ms response, and has a 2000mm curve that also supports 100x100m VESA mounting. The design of the display is also damn nice, with a headphone hook on the right - perfect for gamers and headphone owners.




We also have a 4-port USB 3.0 hub and built-in 5W speakers, but it's the price that is the biggest draw card, with AOC setting a price of £599.99 at Overclockers UK, which converts to $748. The closest competitor is the Acer Predator X35, which costs $1000+ on Amazon right now.

Find the Origin of Evil in our 'Ouija' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 3:39 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Ouija: The Origin of Evil' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 15 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




When you talk to the other side, you never know who will be listening. It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale in 1967 Los Angeles. A widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.


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

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Fallout 4's high res texture pack now out, weighs 58GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 3:26 am

Bethesda has confirmed that the upcoming High Resolution Texture Pack for Fallout 4 will be a massive 58GB, and is now available to download on Steam.




The developer explains the new patch as: "Experience the wasteland like you've never seen it before with the Fallout 4 High-Resolution Texture Pack! From the blasted buildings of Lexington to the shores of Boston Harbor and beyond, every location is enhanced with ultra-deluxe detail".


We reported on the High Resolution Texture Pack a week ago now, as the developer had listed an AMD Radeon RX 490 8GB as a recommended GPU - something that was quickly fixed.

Star Citizen's regional servers will be here very soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 2:37 am

Cloud Imperium Games will have regional servers for Star Citizen available earlier than previously expected, with Chris Roberts saying that regional servers will be moved up into Alpha 2.6.1 patch.




The new regional servers will let Star Citizen players choose a server that is in their geographic location, with servers for the US, Europe, and Australia. Roberts explained: "Once these are running, we'll be able to run more tests to assess whether more locations will be needed".


Star Citizen's upcoming Alpha 2.6.1 patch will bring a few things, with Roberts saying that it's "progressing nicely". He added: "There's still some UI work to complete and stability issues to iron out, but, as you can see in our updated production schedule report, we're almost ready to get this latest patch into the players' hands".

Ubisoft celebrates For Honor open beta with new trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 11:30 pm

For Honor enjoyed a closed beta a few days ago, and now Ubisoft are ramping up towards the open beta, before the full game is released on February 14. Now, we have a new trailer to enjoy: check it out below.



The new 'In the Battle' video from Ubisoft throws you into the middle of a three-way battle between the factions in For Honor. The motion captured 360-degree battle looks amazing, with sheer madness happening on screen. Ubisoft has started pre-loading the For Honor open beta has begun, with the open beta taking place between February 9-12.


For Honor will feature 12 playable fully customizable fighters, a single-player campaign, and five multiplayer modes. The game launches on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on February 14.

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Final Fantasy XV PC tech test uses dual GTX 1080s in SLI

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 10:40 pm

Square Enix is experimenting to see how high-end PC hardware can push Final Fantasy XV's internal game engine in a series of closed-doors technical demos. This could very well be the foundation for Final Fantasy XV's PC port, which would be a technical feat tailor-made for high-end rigs.




According to reports from DualShockers' Giuseppe Nelva, Square Enix is actively experimenting with powerful NVIDIA GTX 10-series video cards within Final Fantasy XV's beefy Luminous engine. To conduct these tests, Square Enix's Business Division 2 paired dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs together in SLI in the test bed system to see how far the hardware could push Final Fantasy XV's engine's performance and visual fidelity.


Nelva was shown the internal tests during a visit to Square Enix's Tokyo offices and actually saw the test in action: "I will admit that for a moment I couldn't believe my eyes. Vegetation, draw distance, density, detail... Everything on the screen appeared extremely vivid and lifelike, and considering that I'm used to what games look like nowadays, for a moment it was difficult to believe that all that visual glitz was actually running in-engine. It certainly looked like Final Fantasy XV, but pushed to limits of graphical fidelity that I didn't even imagine while playing the game. And yet, there it was, running right in front of my eyes."

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Nintendo Switch JoyCons have 525mAh lithium ion battery

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 9:37 pm

Nintendo has released even more info on its new Switch handheld-console hybrid, and now we know the full battery capacity of all the components, including the detachable JoyCon controllers.




According to freshly updated specs from Nintendo, JoyCon controllers each have a 525mAh rechargeable lithium-ion cell battery. The detachable JoyCon controllers have about 20 hours of battery life apiece, and take about 3.5 hours to fully recharge to maximum capacity. The devices are only recharged via Nintendo's unique rail system, so they can only receive power when attached to the Switch console itself or when attached to a JoyCon Charging Grip. Remember that the console's bundled JoyCon Grip will not charge the JoyCons, and the Charging Grip is sold separately. Plus you'll have to pay Nintendo to repair/replace the JoyCons' internal batteries too.


Given the JoyCons feature advanced tech such as HD Rumble haptic feedback, IR motion sensing and acceleromter and gyroscopic tracking, an interesting question arises: will games like ARMS or 1-2 Switch, which use more of the JoyCons features, drain the internal batteries at a faster rate? A quick bit of match sees 525mAh divided by 20 hours to give about 26.26 mAh / hour power drain, and I'd be interested to see if specific games drain the battery faster.

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Nintendo Switch is the gamer's dream, says Hideo Kojima

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 8:41 pm

Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid is all about one thing: giving players freedom to play games on a console and a handheld in one device. Major players in the games industry including Microsoft and Sony have taken notice--and even Metal Gear Solid creator Hide Kojima has said the Switch is the "gamer's dream."




As someone who owns a PS4, Xbox One and a PC, I know all to well the frustrations of re-buying multi-platform games. Microsoft has made great strides for consumers by giving free Xbox One copies of Windows 10 games with Play Anywhere, but all-in-all publishers love the idea of you re-buying games on a different platform (look at Rockstar with GTA V). But Nintendo has just disrupted the market with the Switch, and this disruption could trigger a massive change to gaming platforms as a whole.


Speaking with IGN, Hideo Kojima went so far to say the Switch is the gamer's dream, and that it fully realizes his original vision for Transfarring--which ultimately lead to Sony's Remote Play with the PS Vita. "You might be familiar with the fact that for a previous game that I did, we had a specification that we called 'Transfarring' where you could take the saved data from the PS Vita and move it over to the PS3 and back and forth like that. I believe [Switch] is an extension of that idea. The fact you can play something at home and take it outside, this is the gamer's dream. The Switch is an evolution of that."

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