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New leak: AMD Ryzen WILL arrive in 6-core models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 2, 2017 2:10 am

After reports surfacing that AMD wouldn't be launching 6-core variants of its upcoming Ryzen CPUs, there are new reports that AMD will indeed be launching 6-core Ryzen CPUs.




CanardPC tweeted that there is a 6-core/12-thread Ryzen CPU clocked at 3.3GHz base, lower than the 8-core/16-threaded Ryzen CPU. It makes sense, as if the silicon can't handle the additional two CPU cores, they can disable them and have a rock solid 6-core Ryzen chip instead.


VideoCardz is reporting that there are 3 different Ryzen CPUs in the high-end SKUs that are of interest:


  • 6-core/12-thread - 3.3GHz
  • 8-core/16-thread - 3.4GHz
  • 8-core/16-thread - 3.6GHz


Ryzen review samples should reach reviewers before the end of the month, with the launch expected in March. We should expect some big waves to be made, and I'm sure that Intel is scrambling to do something to stop the flood of people flocking to AMD... where I expect price drops to occur from Intel in the coming month or two.

Nintendo Switch has over 100 games in development

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 11:15 pm

Nintendo outlines a substantial software trajectory for the Nintendo Switch with a massive games library, ensuring the handheld-console hybrid will have a consistent offering of unique and varied games.




In a recent earnings report, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed that over 70 developers are currently developing over 100 games for the new transforming Switch handheld-console. This number of games is almost one-seventh of the Wii U's total software library, and the last projection was given by Nintendo America's Reggie Fils-Aime who said 50 devs working on over 80 games.


"After the presentation on January 13, we have continued to receive requests from more and more software publishers who want to develop games for the system," Mr. Kimishima said in a presentation slide. "At the presentation, we announced that there were over 80 titles in development from more than 50 software publishers, but that number has now climbed to over 100 titles from more than 70 publishers. Please look forward to more announcements about the software lineup in the future."

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Final Fantasy 15 on PC tailor-made for high-end rigs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 9:33 pm

Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata wants to unlock the game's full potential by bringing it to PC, and if it does happen, he'd love to expand the game with user-created mods.




Even on consoles, Final Fantasy 15 is a visual marvel to behold. Honestly it's the best looking PS4 game I've ever seen, besides Uncharted 4. Despite the awesome fidelity, amazing lighting, and immersive atmospheric effects, it's still quite obvious the game is being held back by underwhelming console hardware. FF15 was absolutely made for PCs. In fact, the RPG was actually created using NVIDIA Gameworks technology, and Square Enix's high-end Luminous engine was demoed with four NVIDIA GTX Titan X GPUs back at BUILD 2015.


If the game ever game to PC, however, Tabata warns that it'd "probably have very high minimum requirements" and be designed to leverage high-end hardware. Here's what he said in a recent interview with Famitsu:


"I'd like to release the game on PC as a technical attempt. I want to show PC users Final Fantasy XV running on high-end machines, and we personally would like to see it, too. Also, I would like to try developing on PC to pursue a unique way of playing with PC-exclusive features like making your own quests and enjoying the world using things like mods."

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Apple overthrows Samsung as top smartphone vendor in Q4

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 7:52 pm

Apple overtook Samsung's #1 position in Q4 and became top global smartphone vendor in the world.




According to a report from Strategy Analytics, Apple sold around 800,000 units more than Samsung in Q4 2016. Apple shipped 78.3 million smartphones worldwide and captured 18% market share in Q4 2016, rising 5% annually from 74.8 million units in Q4 2015. This was the iPhone's best performance in over a year.


Playing a huge role in this was Samsung's fiasco with the Galaxy Note7. The Korean company shipped 77.5 million units worldwide, around 800,000 less than Apple.


Strategy Analytics reports that Samsung captured a bit less than 18% market share for the quarter and 21% share for the full year, its lowest level since 2011.

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Obsidian isn't making a new Fallout game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 7:36 pm

Obsidian Entertainment squashes the rumors and confirms it's not making a new Fallout game. That means the rumors about Fallout: New Vegas 2 and Fallout: New Orleans are absolutely false.




Yesterday FragHero perpetuated a rumor that Obsidian is currently developing a sequel to Fallout: New Vegas. I saw through this right away, but decided not to report on it without more info: how could Obsidian, a smallish dev team with 50-200 employees, be working on a massive sequel to Pillars of Eternity and a huge open-world Fallout game? The answer is simple: it can't.


"We've said plenty of times that we'd love to work on a Fallout again if Bethesda wanted us to, we just aren't at this time," Obsidian PR rep Mikey Dowling told Kotaku. "Right now we're very focused on the Fig campaign to make our first ever sequel in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. Whenever a new Fallout comes around though, whoever is doing it, we all look forward to playing it!"

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Battlefront 2 coming holiday 2017 with full story mode

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 6:29 pm

EA has confirmed that Battlefront 2 will have a fully-fledged singleplayer campaign story mode along with a ton of extra content, characters, ships and game modes.




Compared to its predecessor, Battlefront 2 will be a behemoth. At least that's the signals EA sent during its recently Q3 2017 earnings call, where it talked up the sequel and promised to "deliver fans exactly what they want from a Star Wars game." In fact, Battlefront 2 is so jam-packed with extra content (including a meaty story mode) that EA had to assign three studios to work on it: DICE, Motive and Criterion.


"Our next Star Wars Battlefront will be even bigger, taking players into more locations, and allowing them to play with more heroes and characters. There will be new ways to play, including an all-new single-player campaign, and much, much more that we are excited to share with our players in the months ahead. To build a game of this magnitude, we've brought together three great studios - DICE, Motive, and Criterion - and aligned their areas of expertise to deliver an amazing experience in the next Star Wars Battlefront."

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Nintendo Switch paid online service costs $26 a year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 5:42 pm

Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has confirmed the Nintendo Switch's paid online subscription service will be quite inexpensive.




Starting in Fall 2017 Nintendo will charge owners of its new Nintendo Switch console a subscription fee to play online. This move was quite controversial when it was announced, however, thanks to analyst Dr. Serkan Toto, we know now the fee will be extremely competitively priced at just 2-3,000 yen ($17.50 - $26.50) a year. Compared to Microsoft and Sony, who both charge $59.99 a year for their online service, this could end up being a huge boon for Nintendo.


Unlike PlayStation Plus and Xbox LIVE Gold, Nintendo's paid online service won't give subscribers access to an incremental free games library. Instead Nintendo will grant subscribers limited access to a single NES or SNES Virtual Console game for a month, and then revoke access after the month is over. The selection will rotate from month-to-month and subscribers will get a discount on that period's game should they want to buy it from the eShop.

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LG G6 prototype photos confirm previous rumors

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 4:32 pm

The LG G6 will be unveiled before the S8, on February 26th in Barcelona. We have already seen some images of the upcoming flagship, and now the prototype photos of the phone have leaked.




As you can see, the phone looks far from polished, but it does confirm some previous rumors. According to the images, the G6 will come with a dual camera and a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, as we previously reported.


It is also clear that the G6 will have USB Type-C port. Other rumors also suggest that the G6 will have a 5.7-inch display and it will probably be water resistant.

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NASA shows most detailed photos of Saturn's rings

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 3:25 pm

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings, and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage. The conclusion of the historic scientific odyssey is planned for September 2017.




Cassini already sent some impressive images of the Saturn's atmosphere, and now it has shown us detailed images of Saturn's rings.


The views are some of the closest-ever images of the outer parts of the main rings, giving scientists an eagerly awaited opportunity to observe features with names like "straw" and "propellers." Although Cassini saw these features earlier in the mission, the spacecraft's current, special orbits are now providing opportunities to see them in greater detail. The new images resolve details as small as 0.3 miles (550 meters), which is on the scale of Earth's tallest buildings.

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Oppo launches the A57 priced at $220

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 2:33 pm

Oppo has launched a new smartphone - the A57. The selfie-focused device comes with a 16MP selfie cam with, of course, visual enhancements for selfies.




The rear camera is a 13MP sensor with f2.2 aperture lens. The 5.2-inch phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.


Other features include a 2,900 mAh battery and Android 6.0.

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