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No Man's Sky's new content update revitalizes playerbase

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 12:43 pm

After being silent for a whole two months, Hello Games is back, and they've just released a massive Foundation Update for No Man's Sky, prompting a considerable return exodus from a large portion of PC gamers.




Before the Foundation Update, No Man's Sky was hovering around a paltry 250-500 concurrent players on Steam. In fact, the game's player count started to dwindle as soon as a few weeks after its release. Those numbers took a huge turnaround after the content update hit, with 8090 concurrent players returning on Sunday. Those numbers soon petered off, however, and the numbers are at a more conservative 3,000+ players. For comparison's sake, No Man's Sky hit an insane 212,000+ gamers at its peak.


It seems that the Foundation Update was able to rekindle the playerbase. The update adds a huge array of extra content to the game including on-planet base building, farming, being able to dock your spaceships inside of freights while in space, tons of new materials, three new game modes, and more. Hello Games promises that this is just the "first of many free updates" planned that will expand the game further.



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7700K overclocked to 5GHz, chip hits 100C

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 11:45 am

We've been hearing a fair bit about Intel's upcoming Core i7-7700K processor, which is the first Kaby Lake CPU everyone thinks of as it's the enthusiast SKU - but we don't have much in the way of performance numbers, until now.




There are now engineering samples and compatible 200-series motherboards floating around, with 'Zolkorn' leaking out some details on the 7700K. The 7700K processor in question was overclocked easily to 4.9GHz, requiring just 1.29V of power - but when you consider the Kaby Lake enthusiast CPU was hitting 100C... you might think twice before throwing down the OC gauntlet.




You can see in this screenshot the Core i7-7700K was hitting 4901.18MHz (49 x 100), while using just 1.26V of power.




Here the 7700K is overclocked to 4797.65MHz with 1.296V of power, and the chip bounces up to 100C - hovering in the mid-to-high 80s.

Colorful's new GTX 1070 SNAKE made for eSports team

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 6:50 am

Colorful has a second wave of GTX 10 series cards on its way, with the impressive new GTX 1080 KUDAN and now the GTX 1070 SNAKE X-Top, made specifically for League of Legends pro gaming team 'Snake'.




The new graphics card from Colorful has Snake's logo on it, teased on the out fans, and backplate. Colorful has used a fully custom design, triple-fan cooler, backplate, 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and a BIOS switch on the back of the card. GPU clocks are set at 1657/1860MHz for base and boost respectively, making it one of the fastest GTX 1070s on the market.




It looks like Colorful will be making just 200 of these cards, so they'll be an extremely limited edition run for fans of Snake, or custom graphics cards for specific markets. I think it looks slick as hell, and I want one.

So... 'smart socks' are now an actual thing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 5:45 am

We live in a world of smart fridges, smartwatches, and smart other things - but now we're slowly shifting into a world where 'smart' socks are a reality.




Siren Care, a diabetic health tracking startup as developed what I guess we could call 'smart socks' that detect inflammation and injury to your feet, in real-time. The socks use temperature sensors, with type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients being prone to foot injuries, swelling, and other problems that are associated with nerve damage.


This can lead to infections, and amputation if not treated in time - and this is where Siren Care's smart socks come into play. Siren Care founders Ma and Veronica Tran have said that there are sensors woven into the fabric of the smart socks which detect inflammation of any sort, once it's detected inflammation, it will send an alert to your smartphone (you'll need to install the app, obviously) - warning you that you need to check your feet.

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Colorful's new 4-slot GTX 1080 features 1.9GHz GPU clock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 5:12 am

Colorful has just brightened up my day with news of their new iGame GTX 1080 KUDAN, which features the same GP104 we've all come to know and love, but the GPU is clocked at up to 1.93GHz under Boost, which means we'll hit 2GHz without a problem with some overclocking.




The 8GB of GDDR5X sits at its default 10GHz frequency, but there's an overclocked BIOS that will allow for higher speeds which we all want. Colorful is doing something different here, with a 4-slot form factor - even though the card is a 3-slot design, the separate waterblock on the back takes up additional space, requiring 4 slots in your PC.




Colorful powers its new iGame GTX 1080 KUDAN with 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, but the company has deployed a high-performance, custom PCB that provides higher overclocks and increased stability. It's an insane card, with an estimated price of somewhere between $800-$900 when it launches late-December or early-January 2017.

Clevo's new laptop: 7700K, GTX 1080 SLI... costs $16,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 4:27 am

Clevo could be working on the most powerful gaming laptop ever created, with their new P870X featuring the unreleased desktop-class Intel Core i7-7700K as well as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards... in SLI.




How much does this beautiful mess of hardware cost? Oh... just $16,000 - well, if I need to be precise - then we're looking at $15,853. Inside, we have Intel's new Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K processor which clocks in at up to 4.5GHz, there's also 64GB of DDR4 RAM from Corsair, 6TB of M.2 storage (what in the HOLY HELL, Clevo - you guys are AWESOME), and 4TB of normal SSD storage. But it would be the 2 x GeForce GTX 1080s in SLI that will have most gamers drooling.




Clevo is using a 17.3-inch 4K display with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, and a bunch of inputs, Wi-Fi, and more.

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Watch Dogs 2 realism was a bit too much for a player

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 3:26 am

Fellow player AndresMoreno1was enjoying his time with Ubisoft's latest addition to the Watch Dogs franchise when suddenly everything seems too real for him.




Just as he's doubting if the game scenery is his reality or not, he decides to take a look outside of his window. The similarities are striking to say the least. As you can see, the in-game image is on your left and the real-world one is on your right.


Props to Ubisoft for making such a realistic game that can even mess with players' reality! You can also read our awesome in-depth review made by our gaming editor Derek if you want to learn more about the world of Watch Dogs 2.

Titanfall 2 Ion ultimate tip for newcomers and veterans

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 1:25 am

We all have used that awesome chest-bursting laser ability of Ion to annihilate the enemy titan but only to find out its passenger have escaped?! Well, this helpful tip from Redditor 'Ralphfromdk' of the Titanfall subreddit might help secure the soul of that sneaky pilot.




Ralphfromdk noted that he sees the following phenomenon way too often where fellow Ion players are wasting the rest of their ultimate by swiping left and right in a last ditch effort to secure another victim while instead, they could have already killed the ejecting pilot.


His tip is quite simple actually :"If you doom someone and they try to eject, it is very easy to spot. Don't waste the rest of your core on an already dead titan, instead, while the titan is standing still, aim 2-3 feet above it to instantly fry the poor pilot as they try to escape. No need to [try to] hit laser shots on cloaked or phased pilots, they won't get the time to use any of that. They will be dead instantly."

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Uncharted 4 new survival mode will crush your confidence

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 28, 2016 11:28 pm

Naughty Dog revealed a new mode for Uncharted 4 last Monday, something that went under the radar for some of us. Let's take a look at what's in store.



The new mode will be available first on PlayStation Experience and to be release to the general public in the mid-December. Naughty Dog described the new mode as "wave-based mode where you and up to two additional friends can take on swarms of increasingly powerful enemies and unique objectives.". Players from the co-op arena of Uncharted 2 and 3 should feel familiar, with the developer added: " From new enemy types and powerful new bosses to a dedicated progression system and expansive upgradable arsenal, Survival is all about strategy, camaraderie, and skill."


This Survival mode will feature 10 maps. You'll need to clear 50 waves of enemies featuring mercenaries, brutes, snipers and hunters that'll be much more equipped as you progress through the game mode. Every 10 waves will pitch you against a boss which will include the all-new Pirate Warlords. It will also feature its own progression system where as you rank up you can earn upgrades for weapons, "new items, such as Survival-exclusive boosters." and exclusive cosmetic items that can be use both in Survival and online multiplayer mode.

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Strike a 'Nerve' in our Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 28, 2016 11:14 pm

To celebrate this week's release of 'Nerve' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.




We dare you. Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts) is tired of living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee teams up with a sly and charming competitor (Dave Franco) for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as Vee is caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition, the game takes a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading Vee into a high-stakes finale that will determine her entire future.


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

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