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Bandai Namco reveals why Tekken 7 was delayed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 12:23 am

Today Bandai Namco revealed Tekken 7 has been delayed to June 2, 2017 on all platforms. June is a far cry from the original "Early 2017" timeframe touted by the publisher, with the game now releasing in Summer 2017 instead, but the publisher has stepped in to answer for the cause of the delay.




Although Tekken 7: Fated Retribution has been out since 2015 in Japan, the console and PC port is much different than the arcade version. The NA and European Tekken 7 will have a multitude of features that aren't available in arcades while also retaining much of the same content of the Japanese version.


"The console version of TEKKEN 7 contains features, tuning, characters, and modes that are not found in the arcade version," a rep from the publisher wrote on Bandai Namco's Facebook page. "This version benefits from everything we learned from the arcade launch of the game. The console version also contains a full story mode not found in the arcade version, along with some fan favorite characters. We also want to make sure our online tournament features perform to the highest possible standard. All of these improvements take time and we appreciate your patience."

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Intel launching next-gen 20-threaded CPU in August 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 11:32 pm

Intel has only just launched its new Kaby Lake CPUs led by the Core i7-7700K, and yet we're hearing rumors already on the company's new HEDT, or high-end desktop processor.




The new Skylake-X will be the successor to the Core i7-6950X, while the lower-end 4-core/8-thread model arrives as the Kaby Lake-X family. The higher-end 10, 8, and 6-core models are based on the older Skylake architecutr, with a higher 140W TDP. The 4-core Kaby Lake-X processor feature a 112W TDP, while all of the new HEDT processors will be pushed as the Core i7-7000 series.


This means we won't see a Core i7-7950X, but rather a K series processor as the report mentions Intel will release 4 new K series products, and no X series product. So we should expect the the possibilities of Intel calling their new HEDT processor the Core i7-7950X.


Intel will also launch its new enthusiast-tuned X299 chipset that will house a LGA 2066 socket that will work with two generations of processors. Intel will reportedly use run with a native quad-channel DDR4-2667 kit of RAM. The new X299 chipset will also offer up 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, with the new 'Basin Falls' PCB boasting 10 x USB 3.0, 8 x USB 2.0 ports, SATA 3.0, and Intel LAN. Nothing really revolutionary, at all.


We should expect Intel to launch its seemingly watered down competitor to AMD's revolutionary Ryzen processor - even compared to Intel's latest and greatest which is nearly a year away, with no mention of anything AI-related or next-generation over the current Z270 chipset, which is a much cheaper mainstream part. No games will use the will power of a 10-core processor, and there's only 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, marking a shift away from multi-GPU setups (at least for now).

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Final Dark Souls 3 Ringed City DLC coming March 28

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 10:16 pm

Dark Souls 3's second and final DLC pack The Ringed City will release on March 28, 2017 on all platforms, Bandai Namco today revealed.



This is it, folks: this is the final ride in the Souls universe. The Ringed City will be a story-based content expansion that fully expands on the series' macabre weirdness, and serves as the actual final chapter of the series as a whole. Hidetaki Miyazaki has already confirmed that Dark Souls 3 is the final chapter in the franchise, and this bit of DLC will be the setting sun point for the series. So let's hope it's a good story.


"At the close of the Age of Fire, as the world ends and all lands converge upon themselves, a lone adventurer descends into the madness of the earth and uncovers the secrets of the past. As players make their way to the fabled Ringed City they will encounter ancient beasts, a new cast of characters teetering on the edge of insanity, new armor, weapons, magic, and at the bottom of it all, a long lost city filled with new horrors for players to overcome."

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'Star Wars Episode VIII' gets officially titled

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 9:52 pm

The next installment in the episodic 'Star Wars' saga has been revealed by Lucasfilm. Drum roll...



Starring Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega and Adam Driver, 'The Last Jedi' breaks with 'Star Wars' convention to continue directly from the conclusion of 'The Force Awakens'.


'Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi' will hit cinemas in 3D, 2D and IMAX worldwide from December 15.

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Nintendo Switch replaces Wii U on Nintendo homesite

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 9:21 pm

The Wii U is all-but dead: when Zelda: Breath of the Wild rolls out onto the system on March 3, 2017, the console will be effectively retired in terms of software--Breath of the Wild will be Nintendo's last game on the Wii U, and their entire focus will shift to Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid. Now Nintendo is started to pull attention away from the retired system in an effort to push its hot new hybrid.




The Wii U is no longer a major focus on Nintendo's official website. The Switch has taken its place, and for good reason: the Switch represents the total culmination of everything Nintendo has ever done in the games industry, and is the combination of all its hardware. The Switch is a huge deal; the Wii U sold terribly and had awful third-party support. In many ways, the Switch is the polar opposite of the Wii U (at least in Nintendo's mind), so it's doing everything it can to distance itself from the Wii U, and distance the Switch from the dead system.


Now Nintendo hasn't completely scrubbed the Wii U from its online site. The Wii U still has its own tab at the top of the screen that links to the Wii U's dedicated section. While I can say the Wii U is dead, it's still being supported by Nintendo's eShop and the company has been rolling a steady stream of Virtual Console games onto the system...but that's probably the extent of any future game support from anyone.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda 10-hour demo coming to EA Access

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 8:15 pm

EA Access and Origin Access members will get try out a 10-hour demo of Mass Effect: Andromeda five days before the game comes out, the publisher has announced.



The 10-hour Mass Effect: Andromeda Play First Trial will be available on March 16 for all regions, a full five days before the action RPG's multi-platform launch on March 21, 2017. Remember that EA Access is console exclusive for Xbox One systems and isn't available to PlayStation 4, so PS owners will be left out of the trial.


BioWare has confirmed that all your progress from the trial will carry over to the main game, too.

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Samsung's Note line isn't dead: Note 8 is coming

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 7:12 pm

At IFA Berlin in 2011, Samsung announced the original Galaxy Note, the first smartphone from the Note line. Since then, Samsung has introduced at least one Note device a year with the latest being the Note7.




After the Note7 fiasco, there were speculations of what will happen with the Note line and whether Samsung will discontinue it which would be a shame since the Note7 was a wonderful phone (apart from the exploding batteries).


Now, we finally know for sure that the Note isn't dead and we will be seeing the Galaxy Note 8 later this year. The news was confirmed by DJ Koh, Samsung's Mobile Chief, who said in an interview that the company would keep working on the Note-series smartphones.


"I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8," Koh said.

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Tekken 7 launches June 2, 2017, has season pass

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 5:56 pm

Bandai Namco today revealed that Tekken 7 will blast into battle on June 2, 2017 on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam...but the publisher also revealed some worrying details too.



Tekken 7 will have characters locked behind paid DLC in a season pass format. I can't say I'm surprised given the nature of Bandai Namco's current business model, but I do think this has absolutely no place in Tekken; Tekken has always been about earning the extra characters with time, not money. And if that wasn't enough, the publisher is also locking a character, Eliza, behind a pre-order paygate.


As a hardcore Tekken fan, I don't agree with these changes. I don't like them. And I'm wondering how Harada feels about it. This move has to bee quite awkward, and it might be the right one in terms of money and investment on Bandai Namco's part, but it just feels so wrong in terms of a fan perspective.

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Samsung confirms they won't unveil the S8 at MWC 2017

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 4:32 pm

Samsung has confirmed that they will not unveil their highly-anticipated flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S8, at this year's MWC in Barcelona.




This will be the first time in four years that Samsung won't launch their latest flagship at MWC.


DJ Koh, the head of Samsung's mobile business, confirmed this to Reuters although he didn't give any specific reasons for why they are postponing the launch of the Galaxy S8.

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White Xiaomi Mi MIX will be available very soon

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 3:25 pm

At this year's CES, Xiaomi announced that the beautiful Mi MIX would soon come in white color as well.




While the dates for its release haven't been confirmed yet, Xiaomi's marketing director Zang Zhiyuan has revealed that the launch will happen very soon. The rumors say that we could see the white Mi MIX in February.


The price of the white Mi MIX should be the same as the one of the black version (around $516, but can vary between $500 and $600, depending on where you are looking at) and it is expected it will come with the same specs.



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