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All Xbox games aren't coming to PC after all, Microsoft confirms

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 9:18 am

Microsoft has just changed up the rules of its new cross-platform Play Anywhere functionality, iterating that Xbox console exclusives will still be available and not all first-party titles will jump to PC.

 

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According to new alterations made to Xbox exec Yusuf Medhi's famous blog post, the new Play Anywhere service won't include all future Microsoft Studios games. With Play Anywhere gamers unlock a free digital Windows 10 version when they purchase specific digital console games, effectively giving a two-for-one deal. This new revision means upcoming titles like Halo 6 aren't guaranteed to come to PC.

 

The new revision states that only "new titles published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3 this year will support Xbox Play Anywhere," which is a pretty big jump from the original which clearly states "every new Microsoft Studios game" will support Play Anywhere.

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E-tailer Kogan shares fall in volatile market debut

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 6:24 am

Australian online retailer Kogan has floated on the Australian share market today and quickly slumped in a volatile debut.

 

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According to ABC, Kogan shares dropped well below their initial offer price of $1.80, down nearly 12% to a low of $1.495 a few hours after trading begun. The cash injection from the float will be used to invest in new products and product lines. The company forecasts sales of $241 million this year and earnings of $6.9 million.

Valve's new update for Team Fortress 2 will better combat Overwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 5:44 am

So... I'm addicted to Overwatch. Previously, I was addicted to Team Fortress 2, but stopped playing it around 2 years ago, but now in the wave of Blizzard's dominance with Overwatch, Valve has a huge 'Meet Your Match' update on its way.

 

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Team Fortress 2's upcoming Meet Your Match update will add matchmaking, several new modes and maps, and Competitive Mode. Competitive Mode feels like a knee-jerk reaction to Overwatch and its new Competitive Play mode, with TF2's taking away the random critical hits, and features 9 new classes in a 6v6 match.

 

Competitive Mode will also allow you to verse players in your own rank, earn medals for playing well, and you'll be able to track all of your stats, too. Your rank will be determined by your match-to-match performance, so playing with lower-ranked friends won't tank your score.

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GALAX's new GeForce GTX 1080 HOF sports white PCB, 1961MHz Boost clock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 3:50 am

GALAX has officially revealed its new GeForce GTX 1080 HOF, which has a strikingly beautiful white PCB - oh, and some great overclock speeds, too.

 

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The new GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 HOF features the same 2560 CUDA cores, 8GB of GDDR5X RAM at 10GHz and the same display output connectivity as the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, but has some great overclocks on the GP104 GPU.

 

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GALAX has ramped up the GPU to 1809/1961MHz for Base/Boost clocks, respectively. GALAX says that it has a 180W TDP, even though it has 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors. GALAX provides dual BIOS capabilities, so you can flash back to a previous BIOS if your overclock goes horribly wrong, too.

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Early AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB cards have 8GB, just peel off the sticker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 2:10 am

We've reported in a previous article that the early shipments of AMD's new Radeon RX 480 will include 8GB of RAM - but now there's proof. Riding on the waves of our latest story, which has AMD releasing its next-gen Vega 10-based video card in March 2017, rocking the ridiculously fast HBM2 technology.

 

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WCCFTech is reporting that they have an XFX Radeon RX 480 4GB they secured on Newegg, and it has 8GB of RAM - with a 4GB sticker on the box, which when peeled away, reveals it is an 8GB card. We've already stated a few times that this is happening with the early stock of the Radeon RX 480, so if you buy the 4GB model right now - you have a good chance of getting the 8GB model, but this won't last forever.

 

Considering the Radeon RX 480 4GB is just $199, it's a steal as you can flash it to the 8GB model and enjoy a $40 savings, double the VRAM, and an extra 1GHz in RAM clock speeds. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

 

If you haven't checked out our official review on the AMD Radeon RX 480, check it out here. We also took a look at two Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire, pitting them against NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards, with the RX 480 CF setup beating the GTX 1080 at 1440p and 4K - a great surprise, considering its $200+ cheaper than the $699 asking price of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition.

AMD's next-gen Vega 10 to launch in March 2017 with HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 12:44 am

AMD has the mid-range market tied up with its Radeon RX 480, which we reviewed right here - and then again with Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire which destroyed the GeForce GTX 1080 - but what about the high-end, enthusiast market?

 

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Now we have news from our friends over at Fudzilla, who are reporting that we'll see AMD's first HBM2-based product in early 2017, rocking the next-gen Vega architecture. There will not be any HBM2-based GPUs released this year, as HBM2 yields are not high enough to hit consumer video cards. Right now, NVIDIA has all of the HBM2 to itself, using it on its high-end Tesla P100 video card.

 

What memory standard will the Vega 10 card use? We suspect it'll use GDDR5X, which scales up to 10GHz, and was recently used on the GeForce GTX 1080 from NVIDIA. The Vega architecture should deliver some large improvements over the Polaris architecture, and I'm sure it's going to be a monster that will battle NVIDIA in the high-end arena with its purported Titan X successor which is reportedly going to drop next month.

Rick and Morty VR experience rumored to debut at Comic-Con 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 12:16 am

Rick and Morty fans listen up! The show's co-creator, Justin Roiland, has been working on multiple VR projects for a while now, but it looks like San Diego Comic-Con 2016 could be the time that he teases a Rick and Morty VR experience.

 

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On a post on Toucan, the official Comic-Con blog, reader Lenny Glionna spotted a mention of a Rick and Morty Virtual Reality experience that will take place during the 'Adult Swim on the Green' event during SDCC 2016. The post was swiftly updated, with the mention of the Rick and Morty VR experience removed. It could've been a mistake, but if it was real - it would be pretty kick ass.

 

As for Roiland, he has been a big advocator of VR - stating he has been working on an "original HTC Vive game" and that he "will get funding" for it. He said he's "five months into designing/writing/developing" the game, back on June 10, 2016.

Next 'Game of Thrones' season to be shorter, premier later in year

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 11:46 pm

After a whirlwind sixth season for 'Game of Thrones' the wait for more episodes is going to be even longer. Literally.

 

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While new seasons of 'Game of Thrones' typically premiere in March or April, creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss dropped in for a special appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast to reveal why there might be up to a few months delay with the next season of the show. "We don't have an air date yet, but this year will probably be a bit later. We're starting a bit later because at the end of this season, winter is here. And that means that sunny weather doesn't really serve our purposes any more. So we've kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot."

 

Coupled with the previously announced news that there are only to be 13-15 episodes left in the entire series, next season is also expected to only run to about 7-8 episodes.

AMD and VR Society's 'On The Lot' features VR premieres from Hollywood

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 8:54 pm

AMD is betting big on virtual reality, but not just in the gaming space. AMD's Roy Taylor has been evangelizing VR to anyone who will listen, and that includes a spate of major Hollywood movie studios. The company has even opened an office in Los Angeles dedicated to helping the movie industry move toward VR, and assisting Hollywood with the technical hurdles of integrating it into as a new storytelling medium.

 

 

Their partnership with the VR Society makes perfect sense, as that organization's goal is to "accelerate the transformation, innovation and profitability of the Virtual Reality Content, Distribution and Technology Business." Together, AMD and the VR Society are producing "VR On The Lot," a two-day content and technology summit hosted this October at Paramount Studios.

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More than 500,000 hoverboards recalled over fire safety concerns

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 8:41 pm

Back in February, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ruled hoverboards unsafe due to fire safety concerns, with mass recalls expected to follow. That day has now come: the same organization has issued recalls that affect over half a million of the boards/self-balancing scooters, all of which are made in China. Swagway is among the brands included.

 

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"We are urging consumers to act quickly. We've concluded pretty definitively that these are not safe products the way they were designed," said CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye. "This is a huge recall. It's the recall we've all been waiting for to address this product that as soon as it came on the market presented a pretty significant fire hazard, and continues to present a fall hazard."

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