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Sony boss: its 'very tough' to see upgradeable consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 4:11 am

Upgradeable consoles would be a huge change to the current console slate, but according to President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Andrew House, isn't going to happen on his watch - at least not yet.




House recently talked with DigitalSpy about the upcoming PS4 Pro and Sony's goals with the PlayStation VR headset - which launches next month, where House was asked if he could see a future where the PlayStation would be upgradeable, like a PC. House replied: "It's very tough for me to envisage that at this point".


If we rewind to just last week, I wrote an article where House himself said that one of the driving reasons behind the beefier PS4 Pro consoles was that so gamers didn't jump to the PC for 4K gaming goodness. House said: "I saw some data that really influenced me. It suggested that there's a dip mid-console lifecycle where the players who want the very best graphical experience will start to migrate to PC, because that's obviously where it's to be had".


Sony thinks that gamers will migrate to the PC for better graphics, yet it doesn't want to make an upgradeable console - but it is completely fine with releasing two mid-cycle PS4 refresh consoles, without jumping to the PS5. Sure, Sony... keep playing the game like this, but when Xbox Scorpio drops next year, then what?

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Star Citizen teased with incredible vision stabilization

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 3:29 am

Cloud Imperium Games have shown off a new video of Star Citizen, with its newly implemented Vision Stabilization system. The results? Freakin' gorgeous, check it out:



Star Citizen's new vision stabilization system was displayed at 1080p 60FPS, looking ridiculously smooth. It's a massive change to the head bobbing issues that some gamers haven't, and still don't like about the game - but it seems the team has pulled off the vision stabilization system perfectly.


It looks super smooth to move around, but it feels like they're preparing for a console release with this... or is it just me? But hot damn, do those graphics look good... my gaming PC is screaming already.

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AMD's next-gen AM4 socket spotted, features 1331 pins

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 2:54 am

AMD's upcoming Zen CPUs and new AM4 socket are closer and closer to being revealed, and now we have leaked shots of the PGA (Pin Grid Array) design which looks to have 1331 pins - just 6 short of that awesome 1337 number, AMD.




The current AM3+ socket from AMD is running out of steam, with the upcoming AM4 socket delivering native PCIe 3.0 support as well as native USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 functionality. AM4 will support dual-channel DDR4 RAM with up to 4 x DDR4 DIMMs at 3200MHz. The new socket will support up to 24 PCIe lanes, depending on the chipset - bringing AMD to an equal playing field against Intel's mainstream LGA 1151 socket.


AM4, just like previous sockets from AMD, is a PGA socket with zero insertion force. The same locking mechanism is in play, with the same 40x40mm space used on AM4, just like AM3+ before it. AMD has changed the pin count up on the AM4 however, with 1331 pins over the 942 of AM3+ and even more than Intel's current LGA 1151 socket - a first for AMD.

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iHiss scandal hits iPhone 7, hissing sounds from iPhones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 1:22 am

Samsung is busy enough with the global recall of its sometimes exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, and now Apple is in the firing line with iPhone 7 owners reporting 'hissing' iPhones during certain loads and use.



Some users are putting this down to 'coil noise' or 'coil whine', just like we get on some graphics cards. But when the new iPhone 7 is under load, the hissing sound is there, and it's enough to make people who have spent around $1000 on a new iPhone, well - justifiably mad.


There's absolutely no way to fix this issue if it's a hardware-based issue, which begs the question: will the new iPhone 7 be recalled over this issue? Samsung pulled an unprecedented move with its recall on the Note 7, seeing $26 billion wiped from its market value.

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LG's 77' OLED on sale for a bargain $20K

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 1:00 am

While 65 inch is fast becoming the defacto size for large screen TV's for those that require just a little bigger, LG's OLED series can help fill that demand... But only if you've got the budget to spare.




According to The Verge, LG have now released their top-end Signature series 77" inch to the U.S. market for a grand total of $20K which not only gets you a huge display, but cutting edge features such as an insane black level, HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K to boot. The cash also gets you access to LG's "24/7 VIP service" tech support, as well as a bonus LG G Pad tablet. So all in all, you can't afford to not get one!

Alienware says VR will be a must-want product soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 12:11 am

Alienware is invested in the future of VR, with the company recently launching their new Alienware 15 and 17 laptops, with the option of AMD's Radeon RX 480 graphics card.




Well, Global Marketing Director Joe Olmsted thinks the portable nature of gaming notebooks will be a huge beacon of hope for VR, which he thinks will become the new Nintendo Wii, where people will bring their consoles with them to parties, and more.


Olmsted said: "I don't know if you remember but ten years ago it was hard to get a Wii, and yet everyone wanted one, everyone wanted to play it, everyone wanted to do tennis and bowling. So we had one, we just lugged it around in a bag and went from place to place to place, you know, be wherever our buddies were at on a Friday night. With VR, I can see that happening; I certainly do it myself".


Alienware has been pushing its VR-ready gaming notebooks, small enough to tuck into a bag alongside the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, with Olmsted adding: "it's basically a portable VR [rig]".

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Escape 'The Walking Dead' in our season 6 Blu-ray promo

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 12:09 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at eOne Home Entertainment.




Season six starts with Alexandria's safety shattered by multiple threats. To make it, the people of Alexandria will need to catch up with our survivors' hardness while many of Rick's people will need to take a step back from the violence and pragmatism they've needed to embrace. These reversals won't happen easily or without conflict. But now Rick's group is fighting for something more than survival...They're fighting for their home, and they will defend that at any cost, against any threat, even if that threat comes from within.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Build your own Android apps with expert training

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 18, 2016 3:30 pm



With Android phones surging in popularity, the time has never been better to get into Android app development. With the Build Android Apps with the Marshmallow Studio Course, you can go from zero to pro by following an expert's app-making process from start to finish--all for just $45.


In just nine hours of training, you'll learn how one expert produces apps of varying complexity using Android's most popular tools. You'll dive straight into Android Studio and build your own multiplayer apps, complete with scoreboard, cloud storage, and more. By the course's end, you'll know how to refine your own apps, monetize them, and publish the finished products to the Google Play Store.


The Build Android Apps with the Marshmallow Studio Course normally retails for $60, but TweakTown readers can get it for a special discount, taking the final price down to only $45.

Project Scorpio renders games in native 4K

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 7:48 pm

Microsoft has finally confirmed it's "monster" Project Scorpio console will be the first console to render games in native 4K.




Microsoft's finally said what we've been waiting for: Project Scorpio will render games in native 3840 x 2160 4K resolution unlike Sony's new PlayStation 4 Pro, which uses Checkerboard Upscaling techniques to upscale base 1080p resolution to 4K. Up until now Microsoft has been careful to say Project Scorpio will hit "true 4K" instead of native 4K. In order to hit native 4K gaming, Project Scorpio will need some huge hardware upgrades, and Microsoft can't afford to piddle around with outdated Jaguar CPUs. The company has already confirmed Project Scorpio rocks a 6TFLOPs GPU and an 8-core CPU, and I've predicted that the console will leverage a high-end SoC combo built with AMD's new 14nm CPU+GPU tech, most likely an 8-core Zen CPU synergized with a powerful GPU that may sit between AMD's mid-grade Polaris and enthusiast-grade Vega architecture.


"Any games we're making that we're launching in the Scorpio time frame, we're making sure they can natively render at 4K," Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis told USA Today.

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New Dead Rising 4 trailer showscases character upgrades

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 5:28 pm

At E3 2016, Capcom and Microsoft revealed the latest 'Dead Rising 4' trailer, with the new title set to be released exclusively for Xbox One and Windows 10 this coming December. Dead Rising 4's new trailer is titled 'Return to the Mall', with main character Frank West back again killing zombies in the middle of a shopping mall.



The 1.5-minute action packed video starts off with West fighting his way through a large wave of zombies, in what seems to be set in a standard food court. Throughout the duration of the clip, it is obvious that hoard has overrun the mall, and it's deemed that the fate of the mall, and the world, is in the hands of the Frank... but this time, it's done with extra features.


The new upgraded armour and weapons are just some of the additional perks provided. West uses high-powered guns and explosives in order to break through the rampage of zombies, with the most exclusive upgrade being seen at the end of the trailer, with a wardrobe update. Frank's new armour is in the form of a mechanical suit, accompanied by heavy duty guns and bionic like abilities, too.

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