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Far Cry Primal won't have multiplayer, will be fantasy-driven

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 4:40 pm

Ubisoft has confirmed that the upcoming open-world caveman action game Far Cry Primal won't feature co-op or multiplayer, and will instead be entirely focused on story-driven gameplay.




"We are focusing entirely on creating the best possible Far Cry experience for our fans. Bringing the Stone Age to life and providing players with a strong gameplay experience based off of the Far Cry legacy meant we had to reinvent our core gameplay loop. This was definitely not a small undertaking. Our focus was on delivering this fantasy which required clear priorities for the team. Therefore, in the early stages of the project, we made the difficult choice of focusing our efforts on the single player experience," an Ubisoft developer wrote on Steam.


Personally, I'm torn by this news. When Far Cry Primal was unveiled, I had a clear image of hunting a mighty mastodon with a team of online friends in order to feed the rest of the tribe. Other scenarios whirled in my mind--taking on a streak of vicious sabertooth tigers, or even going dino-hunting just like ARK: Survival Evolved. Sadly these fantasies won't manifest.

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'The Rift is obscenely cheap for what it is', says Oculus founder

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 2:35 pm

When Oculus VR finally announced the $599 price tag of its commercial VR headset, it opened a rift in the potential VR market. On one side is the enthusiast crowd, who isn't fazed by spending $600 on new tech, and on the other is the crowd who feels cheated and mislead by Palmer Luckey's previous statements. After all, $600 is much different than Luckey's previous "north of $350" price tease, and that's not including the requisite PC hardware needed for VR.




In an attempt to set things straight, Luckey explained some things about the Rift, including the fact that the company isn't making money on the hardware. "To be perfectly clear, we don't make money on the Rift," the VR pioneer bluntly pointed out. The founder went on to say that the extras bundled with the Rift--Xbox One controller, audio headset, carrying case--didn't impact the cost at all.


So why is it so much? The Rift's internal components, which include custom VR OLED displays with blazing refresh rates--among other high-grade materials--are the main culprits.

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Amazon will soon sell its own custom ARM chips

By: Derek Strickland | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 1:33 pm

Online retail giant Amazon will soon sell its own brand of silicon on its digital storefront.




According to reports from Bloomberg, Amazon will start selling its own custom platform-on-chip and semiconductor line as part of its move into the data-center market.


The chips--called Alpine--are based on ARM's 32-bit v7 and 64-bit v8 chips, and are being manufactured by the Israel-based Annapurna Labs facility which Amazon acquired in January 2015 for an estimated $360 million. The Seattle-based retailer purchased the facility to bolster its Amazon Web Services and fold in IC technology into its ever-expanding brand.

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Soothe your eyes with this amazing 'Project Grey' custom PC build

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 11:20 am

If you've been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of press releases and news articles to come from CES 2016 in las Vegas, soothe your eyes on this slightly old yet stunning build called Project Grey.




Created by Malik Customs, this build was spotted on the Ocaholic Facebook as part of its 'Rig of the day' series, featuring a Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate chassis, housing an ASUS Z97-AR motherboard.


This grey and blue highlighted system is simplistic and packs a cooling punch thanks to EK Water Blocks fittings throughout, further incorporating an ASUS Xonar Essence STX II 7.1 sound card to ensure it's not only just for looks, it would make a stellar gaming PC too.

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OWC expands SSD lineup with 1.0TB Mercury Extreme Pro

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 11:04 am

If you're looking to bolster your PC with some extra fast storage space, Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the release of its 1.0TB drive to the already existing Mercury Extreme Pro 6G product range.




Joining the 120GB, 240GB and 480GB drives already on the market, this 1.0TB option will set users back $429 directly from MacSales or select other online retailers. This pricing follows the groove of the rest of the drives, asking for $91.75, $172.75 and $278 respectively.


Packed with a large 5-year limited warranty and coming in a certified Blackmagic Design, these drives have been marketed towards video capture and post-production experts.

Want 4TB of SSD storage in your Mac Pro 2013? Its going to cost $2,128

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 10:46 am

Apple Mac upgrades certainly aren't cheap, but users should know that they're purchasing a system without many upgrade possibilities being given.




Other World Computing (OWC) are a zero emission Mac and PC technology company and are one of the global experts when it comes to pimping out your Mac system. Its latest offering is the 4.0TB Aura SSD upgrade for the 2013 Apple Mac Pro, set to cost a cool $2,128 for anyone who wants the privilege.


If you're not prepared to spend that kind of cash, $895 will get you the 1.0TB version or you can spend $1,447.99 on the 2.0TB kit instead. Packed within these kids are the SSDs themselves, an Envoy Pro SSD USB 3.0/3.1 enclosure for the existing 2013 Mac Pro SSD (so you can transfer files or use it in the future), a complete installation kit for the Aura SSD and a three year OWC warranty.

GIGABYTE throws Intel Skylake into its BRIX mini PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 10:22 am

CES 2016 - The tiny GIGABYTE BRIX computer systems just got beefier, with the trade show in Las Vegas bringing around an announcement that this tech giant will be throwing Intel Skylake processors into new models, including i3, i5 and i7 chips.




Coupled with Intel HD Graphics 520, the BRIX will further offer support for a 2.5" SSDs or HDDs, while also offering M.2 compatibility. USB 3.0 ports are now standard with HDMI and DisplayPort being thrown in, giving the BRIX the ability to send signal to three displays in total. Wrapping up the feature list is Intel Thunderbolt 3 support, found on the new GB-BSi7T-6500 and GB-BSi5T-6200 models only, meaning that the BRIX will be capable of Power Delivery 2.0 for fast charging and can daisy-chain up to 6 devices in total.


While this sounds quite promising, issued press release didn't mention any availability or pricing information.

EVGA announces new VR Ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti video card

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 8:42 am

EVGA prepares for the incoming storm of VR by converting NVIDIA's champion GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU into a quick and easy solution for VR gaming.




EVGA has announced the VR Ready flavor of NVIDIA's graphics powerhouse GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which supports VR head-mounted displays right out of the box. It's the first card to feature VR-ready HDMI output. The card comes with a 5.25-inch x 3.5-inch front header panel outfitted with front-facing HDMI 2.0 ports and 2x superspeed USB 3.0/3.1 ports for Users can slide in the front header into a PC chassis, making for easy interfacing with VR headsets.


Apart from the optional front panel setup, EVGA's VR Ready GeForce GTX 980 Ti also sports a mini-HDMI port on the rear side of the card for compatibility with various virtual reality hardware. The card sports two different kinds of cooling solutions, ranging from ACX 2.0+ and a customized blower-type cooler, and EVGA has clocked the VR Ready GTX 980 Ti at reference clock speeds. Pricing and availability have yet to be determined.

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Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 being retired next week

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 8:04 am

Microsoft is finally retiring old versions of Internet Explorer (IE) this month. As of January 12, IE 8, 9, and 10 will kick the bucket, ceasing to receive updates or official support, thereby leaving you in the cold and vulnerable to viruses and such, but allowing developers to further focus on newer technology. IE 11 will still be on the menu for the foreseeable future, and then of course there's Edge.




If you are an old fogey determined to not upgrade or just don't even know how (if you're on this website, this probably isn't you, but hey), the company encourages you to do so to get the benefit of "improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and support for the web standards that power today's websites and services." A final update for the aging browsers will nag you to do so, as well.

App Store sees record $1.1 billion in sales during holidays

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 6:25 am

Apple had its biggest holiday season for the App Store to date, with a record-setting $1.1 billion in app sales from December 20 to January 3. January 1 was the biggest day of the bunch, with over $144 million in sales, ahead of the second biggest day: Christmas. Both of these days broke records unto themselves. Total year sales were over $20 billion, and total sales since the App Store launched in 2008 are $40 billion. In other words, this was an absolutely ridiculous year for Apple and app developers.




Gaming, Social Networking, and Entertainment were the most popular categories. Minecraft, Trivia Crack, Heads Up!, Clash of Clans, Monster Strike, and Game of War - Fire Age and Fantasy Westward Journey dominated games; Facebook Messenger, WeChat, and Snapchat took over the social space, and Netflix, Hulu, and Match were at the top for Entertainment.

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