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Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer shows amazing graphics

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 3:08 pm

The new Red Dead Redemption 2 is out, and all I can say



Red Dead Redemption 2's trailer is short, but incredibly sweet. The footage takes us on a delicious journey of graphical prowess, showing our favorite western wilderness in incredible high-def clarity And to think the game is only announced for PS4, Xbox One...surely RDR2 will leverage Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft's "monster" Project Scorpio consoles?


There's no story information just yet, but we do know that RDR2 will have online multiplayer, likely similar to Rockstar's insanely successful GTA Online. "Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America's unforgiving heartland. The game's vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience."

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Nintendo's new Switch console powered by NVIDIA Tegra

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 2:50 pm

Just as we reported months and months ago, NVIDIA has now confirmed that Nintendo's new Switch (previously known as NX) console is powered by a customized NVIDIA Tegra GPU.




Today Nintendo just about broke the internet by revealing its new Switch hardware, a revolutionary new console-and-handheld hybrid that merges both on-the-go and living-room gaming. Now NVIDIA has confirmed that the Switch utilizes its new customized Tegra GPU


"Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor. The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world's top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards. NVIDIA gaming technology is integrated into all aspects of the new Nintendo Switch home gaming system, which promises to deliver a great experience to gamers," NVIDIA announced in a blog post.

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DOOM's new update includes arcade mode, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 2:14 pm

DOOM's new update is here, with id Software adding its new Arcade game mode, new multiplayer modes, classic DOOM modules in SnapMap, and more.



id Software's new Arcade mode will let you play against your friends and other DOOMers from around the world, aiming for the highest score in the single player campaign. You'll need to fight against demon hordes with your completely unlocked array of guns, Praetor suit upgrades, and runes. The developer teases: "Earn medals and achievements, play on every difficulty, and challenge yourself with the new scoring system that rewards aggression and accuracy".


The new patch also includes classic DOOM modules in SnapMap, so you can build and play through new maps using the assets from the original game. DOOM's new update also includes two new multiplayer modes, with Possession and Bloodrush.

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Nintendo NX is called Switch, is transforming tablet

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 2:08 pm

Nintendo has unveiled its new NX hardware, and it's actually called the Nintendo Switch.




The Swtich is a transforming handheld tablet, and has a docking station just like past reports. Gamers can actively switch between the tablet on the go, attaching transforming controllers to it, or dock it for console based play. The Switch was shown playing Zelda Breath of the Wild, and it looks like you'll get the exact same gameplay while on-the-go on the handheld as you would while it's docked for console play.


"Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries."


It will have cartridge-based games, and features a detachable controllers called JoyCons. The tablet itself is referred to as the "Switch console", and docks into a U-shaped "Switch Dock" to enable traditional couch-based living room play. The Switch will have its own traditional wireless Pro Controller, as well as a "JoyCon Grip" that merges the two JoyCon controllers together. Up to four Nintendo Switch consoles can be hooked up for seamless wireless multiplayer.

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PowerColor launches its Devil Box desktop GPU enclosure

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 1:18 pm

PowerColor's new Devil Box eGPU desktop graphics enclosure is now available, allowing users to supercharge their laptops with full desktop-grade video cards.




The Devil Box is very similar to the Razer Core eGPU in terms of functionality, and is built on AMD's XConnect technology utilizing a zippy 40Mbps Thunderbolt 3 connection. Using the Devil Box, users can hook up a powerful desktop video card to their laptop in order to boost graphics and game performance.


PowerColor's Devil Box can house any modern video card as long as its dimensions are 310 x 140 x 50mm and pulls up to 375W power draw. Supported video cards include AMD's new RX 480 and NVIDIA's entire GTX 10-series graphics cards, as well as most air-cooled variants of AMD's Radeon R9 300 and Fury series GPUs. Even the Radeon R9 200 series is compatible, and NVIDIA GPU support goes back as far as the GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti.

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All Tesla cars now have fully self-driving hardware

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 12:31 pm

Tesla is giving all its new cars the hardware for full self-driving capability, including Model 3. The cars will come with eight surround cameras that provide 360 degrees visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range, twelve updated ultrasonic sensors allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system and a forward-facing radar with enhanced processing that provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.




A new onboard computer with more than 40 times the computing power of the previous generation, which is basically a super-computer in a car, will run the new Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar and radar processing software. This system will provide a view of the cars surrounding that the driver alone cannot see.


Before activating the features enabled by the new hardware, we will further calibrate the system using millions of miles of real-world driving to ensure significant improvements to safety and convenience. While this is occurring, Teslas with new hardware will temporarily lack certain features currently available on Teslas with first-generation Autopilot hardware, including some standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane holding and active cruise control. As these features are robustly validated we will enable them over the air, together with a rapidly expanding set of entirely new features.

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Nintendo debuts new Zelda: Breath of the Wild footage

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 11:54 am

After months of waiting and silence, Nintendo will reveal its NX system today at 10AM EST in a brief 3 minute preview trailer, possibly showing off some of the NX's games. Ahead of the major reveal, Nintendo Japan has published two new bits of Zelda: Breath of the Wild footage that may accompany the system's announcement.




Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild features a seamless and dynamically interactive open world, and it may be one of the NX's core launch titles. Nintendo affirms that this new Zelda will be an "immediate reason to buy an NX." We're not sure if the new footage is actually running on an NX or not, but if it is, don't expect any major high-end specs: after all, Nintendo has affirmed it's focusing on the "greatness of games over specs."


Nintendo has confirmed the game will launch simultaneously on the NX and Wii U, possibly around March 2017. We might even get a bonafide release date for Breath of the Wild during Nintendo's NX preview event, but I'd expect something this big to be announced at the full follow-up Nintendo Direct showcase.

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Apple teases 'hello again' for its media event on Oct 27

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 11:17 am

Apple has sent out media events to the press for an upcoming event on October 27 at Apple's campus in Cupertino, where it teases "Hello Again" for its upcoming Mac-focused event.




What should we expect? Apple should tease its new MacBook products, including the purported MacBook Pro with its fancy new OLED touchbar, and more. Apple will most likely push for its removal of ports on its devices, with a new MacBook Pro featuring just USB-C, and no traditional USB ports on it, which really would change everything - but will it be for the better?


Apple will also most likely unveil a new MacBook Air, which should see it sans USB-A ports and shift into the arms of USB-C, while inside we're sure to see improved hardware. Lastly, the desktop side of things should see a new Mac Pro unveiling that could be a surprise, and with Microsoft rumored to be preparing an all-in-one desktop PC with a new Surface, Apple could trump them with a new AIO Mac desktop next week.

Xbox boss says gaming on HoloLens is 'going swimmingly'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 9:33 am

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been out and about talking about the Xbox Scorpio over the last couple of months, but now Spencer is teasing games for Microsoft's upcoming wearable: HoloLens.




During an interview with Play-Asia, Spencer was asked about Microsoft's adventures into VR gaming and HoloLens, where Spencer said: "Oh absolutely, There is a lot of talks in the back concerning playing games in MR! VR does allow you to enter a virtual world but only within a certain space, MR however further establishes this by blurring the lines between Reality and the virtual world. It sounds scary but it just shows how much can be created and enjoyed".


He added: "We can't get into the specifics at the moment but we can say for sure that everything is going swimmingly at this current stage!"

Nokia tests 52Gbps fiber internet in South Korea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 7:26 am

I feel like a king with my 100Mbps fiber connection, and when I talk to friends like Ryan Shrout over at PC Perspective who has 2Gbps fiber - I can't help but feel like I'm about to cry. First world problems aside, Nokia has teamed with SK Broadband to test a new broadband service capable of bursting up to 52.2Gbps.




SK Broadband needed to use multi-dwelling units (MDUs) from HFR and Nokia's universal next generation passive optical network (PON) technology. SK Broadband and Nokia used the following tech:


  • TWDM-PON: 40Gbps symmetrical
  • XGS-PON: 10Gbps symmetrical
  • GPON: 2.5Gbps symmetrical


SK Broadband's network division boss Yoo Ji-chang explained: "As a new era looms that demands gigabit Internet, ultra high definition video and virtual and augmented reality services, SK Broadband will establish a network infrastructure that provides the best customer value. Following the world's first commercialization of an ADSL service and the two-pair LAN cable 500M service, we will establish a top-class optical Internet platform to create the best gigabit broadband service environment for our customers".

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