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EK Water Blocks recalls all EK-XLC Predator 240 and 360 AIO units

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 9:42 pm

EK Water Blocks has issued a statement on its official Facebook page, informing customers that there is now a total recall on all EK-XLC Predator 240 and 360 water cooling units.




These are the pre-filled and pre-assembled all-in-one units released by EK, with this water cooling giant explaining that the recall has been put into place due to possible leakage issues. It doesn't take a genius to understand that water and electronics don't mix, so we urge any customers to head over to the official EK announcement page to read more about the overall process, a place in which this company goes into great detail to explain the issues and how they will be rectified with revision 1.1.


While many consumers are upset on social media due to this taking place, EK Water Blocks explained on its website that this problem "was initially estimated as limited risk situation with small percentage of units developing a leak over time that can be resolved with direct customer contact," however, after further analysis it has "turned out to be a more widespread problem." This statement shows that they had prior knowledge of this issue, now choosing to protect all customers from possible unit failure in the future.

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Google made a brand new VR division, what could they be working on?

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 9:19 pm

Google was an early embracer of VR with their Carboard, but since then they've lagged behind a bit. It looks like they've formed a new VR group which is being headed by Clay Bavour, who was previously the VP for Product Management at Google proper.




The Carboard initiative was a very good introduction to the more casual side of VR with a number of apps that were compatible with iOS and Android that let you explore the VR world if you had either the official HMD or made your own. It was a great idea, but progress on Google's own VR solutions has stagnated somewhat. Even the integration with GoPro and having 360 degree video part of YouTube hasn't quite been enough.


But now a prolific executive is moving over to take on a completely dedicated VR department that has the chance to innovate in a market that isn't quite focused as of yet. A lot of great ideas exist for how to make VR more mainstream and an integral part of our lives, but they just need a helping hand to guide them into something that we'll actually use. But now Google has just that, and while we don't exactly know what they're working on, if their past projects are any indication then it'll definitely be interesting and good for the future of VR.

Corsair's Bulldog, the living room PC of your dreams is coming soon

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 8:22 pm

CES 2016 - The small-form factor PC is making waves in the industry in a very big way. Living room gaming is already a great convenience that console gamers have enjoyed, and now the PC is slowing moving that direction as well. Corsair has a a solution that can be both pre-built, and customized, that has it's own cooler and SFX power supply so you can potentially have the best living room experience. Titan X not included.




The Bulldog was announced in June, though development of the case has continued as they prepare to actually launch it. The surprisingly roomy case didn't quite ship when they wanted it to, which was over this past holiday season, but they've had time to refine the inside, moving screws around and making it an overall easier and more accessible case to work inside of.


But just like what was announced, this is built from the ground up to support both water-cooled CPU's (up to 150W), using their own SFF solution that comes with the case, and water-cooled GPU's if you get their GPU adapter or one of the hybrid cooled cards from MSI. Thankfully the power supply, an 80 Plus Gold certified 600W unit, can handle nearly any single card, even gual-GPU single cards. It's a uniquely shaped system that might not have the Wife Acceptance Factor, but it does fit into a lot of modern decor. In person it's rather stunning to look at.

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AMD to share lessons learned from DX12 and Vulkan at GDC 2016

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 7:32 pm

Developing in DirectX 12 compared to DirectX 11 is certainly a different animal completely, And Vulkan isn't actually officially out quite yet, but AMD is going to help out those budding developers make that transition by giving a talk at GDC about the lessons they learned internally.




Matthaeus Chajdas, who is very well informed on the topic of these new API's, and has had a hand in creating Mantle, will be giving the talk. According to the GDC schedule, the lecture he'll give will go over a lot of the low-level ideas that can make DX12 and Vulkan much better and much more efficient.


Matthaeus will go over the first round of games that're in development and talk about what works and what doesn't work so well. He's got a lot of knowledge on the subject, and if you're a developer of any kind looking to better your understanding of the two new low-level API's, then this is the lecture to attend. Having had the chance to chat with him about even simple concepts was fascinating. Just remember that these lectures are designed for those with development experience.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 6:44 pm



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Stacey Sher now co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 6:22 pm

Stacey Sher has been named the co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, which is the new movie and TV studio that's going to be venturing out into some new territory with game-based movies and animated videos directly from the game studios that own the IP.




Stacey Sher is quite experienced in the industry, having worked on the likes of Pulp Fiction, Gattaca, The Hateful Eight and even Reno 911. The majority of the projects that she's worked on have been highly successful, so she'll be a natural fit if the new Activision Blizzard venture is to find success. At the very least she can use artistic vision to help break the cycle of typically poorly done video game media crossover projects.


They're definitely excited to have her, saying that "Stacey is a rare talent behind two decades of award-winning television series and films." Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick continued by saying "Her ability to collaborate with the most inspired, talented people in entertainment and her unyielding commitment to creativity make her perfectly suited to Activision Blizzard Studios." She too is excited to join the new studio and help further expand upon the franchises that Activision and Blizzard have already created.

GameStop CEO thinks PlayStation VR has the edge compared to all others

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 5:24 pm

The CEO of GameStop, Paul Raines, spoke at the ICR Conference 2016 in Orlando today about his thoughts on the future of VR in the industry, which is one of the leading trends going into 2016. He seems to prefer the PlayStation VR over the rest.




In general he's excited about the prospect of VR and where it's going. It has the potential to be a huge industry, even if the price is somewhat high initially. Raines thinks that all top-tier makers offer good quality headsets that are near equal in quality, but it's the quantity of material and content that'll make or break any particular brand. And in that case he's more a fan of the PlayStation VR, because of the sheer volume of games and the backing it has. It's a very focused device.


To explain, he said "The more important thing will be the title count at launch." Raines continued by saying "I think that's going to be big. And from what we can see at this point, Sony seems to have the strongest title count." VR is going to be a big part of the future, and Raines wants to capitalize on that, especially with Sony's device.

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Star Ocean 5 gets a beautiful new trailer, introduces a new character

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 4:31 pm

Square Enix released a new trailer for Star Ocean 5 that introduces one of the main characters, Fidel Kamyuzu, and walks us through some of the action we can look forward to when it releases. The combat sequences themselves look rather dynamic and exciting.



Fidel himself seems to be a fairly powerful character, useful for a variety of reasons. And of course the battles are of the more active variety, not static at all. The graphics, though certainly stylized, have clean high-resolution textures and it seems to make use of AA fairly well. At 1080P with the screen filled with particle effects and tessellation, it looks to still run at a smooth 60FPS. That's not bad at all!


Star Ocean 5 is set to come out in the East on March 31st, which isn't terribly far away at this point. It'll make a Western debut sometime later this year, though no release date for that has been set.

BioShock's floating city of Columbia gets recreated in Fallout 4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 4:00 pm

A dedicated Fallout 4 player channels the insight of Father Comstock to recreate the beautiful floating city of BioShock Infinite's Columbia in the skies of the Commonwealth.



As soon as I started playing with Fallout 4's settlement system, I sought out to answer one question: can you make things float? To my extreme elation, I found out that you can indeed make your creations float in the skies. You can recreate an M.C. Escher ladder-maze, or make whole buildings float, or even make your very own Ewok treetop village. I knew some day that someone would do something amazing with the floating mechanic. Lo and behold, that day is now.


GirlPlaysGames has created one of my favorite settlements of all time: a floating rendition of the colorful sky-city of Columbia, complete with an authentic 1900's feel. The Commonwealth's Columbia is resonant with the flavors of the original, and carries with it that sense of wonder and whimsy that enraptured us back in 2013.

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Sony extending PS Plus subscriptions in response to outages

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 3:32 pm

Outages for the PSN seem to be as sure the wind in the mountains. That said, for this last round of outages that occurred, Sony is looking to compensate PS Plus users with for that downtime, with extended subscriptions, on the house.




Those of you that had active PS Plus subscriptions and were affected during the great outage that occurred over the holiday season should start finding an email from Sony that offer an extension that'll cover their services, from PS Plus, PS Now and even video rentals.


It's unclear exactly when and how they'll begin this process, but some users are reporting they've already received their extension. And from that, it would appear to be a painless and seamless process, where you don't have to do anything except enjoy another free month of service. Though you might not be getting a full free month, my email has yet to be received.

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