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HP's new Omen gaming PC will ship with AMD Vega 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 7, 2017 2:25 am

HP is teasing their next-gen Omen gaming PC, which can be configured with a single, or even GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards in SLI - but you can opt in for AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega as well.




HP says on its own advertisement for the new Omen gaming PC that you can configure it with 1 or 2 x GTX 1080, 1 or 2 x RX 480/580, or a single AMD Vega 10 with "timing/pricing TBC, late 2C17". Inside, you can configure the new HP Omen gaming PC with Intel's new Core i5/i7 processors on the H270/Z270 chipsets, or go the AMD Ryzen route with the Ryzen 5/7 CPUs.


Up to 32GB of RAM can be installed, with an optional PCIe-based NVMe-capable SSD and even dual HDD configurations if you need some serious storage. HP has designed the Omen as a beast, with a "machine-like, battle armor inspired design", with HP offering an optional see-through door with internal lightning and an integrated handle on top of the case so that you can take your Omen desktop gaming PC to a LAN even easier than before.

AMD Radeon RX 580 hits $900 on Amazon from scarcity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 7, 2017 1:17 am

The cryptocurrency game is stepping up to a new level with Bitcoin hitting a new record $2900 point, but now there's Ethereum, a new distributed public blockchain network. It's similar to Bitcoin, but there are major technical differences between the two that make Ethereum very good for graphics card owners.




Ethereum isn't ASIC specific, so you don't need specifically made graphics cards to run it, meaning you can use any GPU you have right now. Without going into its own story, AMD Radeon graphics cards are far superior to anything NVIDIA has with Ethereum mining, with a Radeon RX 580 beating the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with one hand tied behind its back. Even the Radeon R9 295X2 and its dual-GPU prowess destroys everything, and is the current champion graphics card for Etherium - but maybe not for power consumption, though.


We're now at the height of Ethereum, which is currently selling for around $260 right now, riding an insane 2800% increase in the last 12 months. This has driven the price of graphics cards through the roof, with the MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X 8G listed on Amazon for an insane $899.99. Considering NVIDIA's much faster for gaming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti costs $700 or less, the price of the RX 580 is bonkers.


There are still listings for $259 on the MSI RX 580 Armor 8G OC, up to $479 for the ASUS ROG Strix RX 580 and even $749 for the GIGABYTE RX 580 Gaming 4GB. AMD Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series stock is scarce as hell right now, but with the current Ethereum dominance on Radeon hardware, it's no wonder why.

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Samsung launches the Galaxy J5 and J7 (2017)

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2017 12:22 am

Samsung's Galaxy J5 (2016) was one of the best selling smartphones in Q1 this year, and now the company has announced its successor along with the Galaxy J7 (2017).


The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) is the bigger of the two announced devices, with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen. The phone is powered by an Exynos 7870 processor (14nm, 8x A53, Mali-T830 MP2) and comes with 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card.




The device has a 13MP rear camera and a 12MP front shooter. The phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung's custom UI on top.


Other features include IP54 (splash resistance), a fingerprint sensor, and a 3,600 mAh battery.

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice coming August

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 11:17 pm

Ninja Theory today announced that Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice will release August 8, 2017 on PS4 and PC.




Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is one of the most striking games I've seen in recent memory, and features some eldritch and truly phantasmagoric visuals. Ninja Theory's new game has strong Norse and Celtic overtones, and revolves around Senua's intimate journey into her own broken and fractured mind. The trailer shows exotic imagery that transcends the kind of content we usually see in games today and looks to be something quite unique.


With Hellblade Ninja Theory aims to "bring back the mid-sized game" and will sell the game at half the price of modern games, or $29.99. The developer, which is made up by a small team of 20 people, affirms that this title is a "independent AAA experience" and backs it up by both developing and publishing the game themselves. As such, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice will be digital-only on PlayStation 4 and PC (GOG and Steam).

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Huawei to unveil the Honor Band 3 with the Honor 9

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 10:26 pm

Not even a month after Huawei unveiled the Honor Band A2, the company is preparing to launch another smart band - the Honor Band 3.




Huawei sent out press invitations for the event on the June 12th when they will also unveil the Honor 9.


The invite reveals that this smart band isn't the successor to the Band A3 since it doesn't contain the letter 'A' in the name. The Honor Band 3 should be a more premium product, meaning it will come at a higher price than the Honor Band A2, priced at $29.

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Samsung's mid-range Exynos chips leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 9:21 pm

Two new Exynos SoCs have leaked online suggesting that Samsung could be introducing new SoCs for mid-range devices.


The first processor is the Exynos 9610 which is a step below the company's current leading SoC, the Exynos 8895. The Exynos 9610 is expected to use the 14nm process similar to the one used by the Exynos 8890 inside of the Galaxy S7.




The 9610 doesn't use a combination of Samsung's Mongoose cores with A53 cores, but rather off-the-shelf A73 cores instead. The interesting development is the inclusion of ARM's new G72 GPU which was announced at Computex and should be a pretty sizable upgrade over the G71 in the previous generation. It also has Cat. 13 LTE which isn't quite as fast as what's in the Exynos 8895.

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PS2 games on PS4: Sony won't improve selection

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 8:23 pm

Up until the PS4, Sony's new consoles have always had strong backward compatibility support. But with its current PlayStation 4 platform, the company has butchered a potential lucrative games foundation with its weird, fractured backward compatibility solutions, which rely on clumsy PS3 game streaming via PS Now and a handful of remastered PS2 games. And it looks like Sony isn't changing course any time soon.




Sony has a wealth of old beloved fan-favorite games that it could monetize and re-release onto the PlayStation 4, but instead of putting forth major efforts to make backward compatibility linear and painless, the games-maker has opted for a non-popular PlayStation Now paid streaming service for its PS3 games. But what about the golden era PS2 games (you know, the games that helped the PS2 become the best-selling console of all time?) and nostalgic PS One games? According to Sony exec Jim Ryan, we shouldn't expect a massive influx of classic PS2 or PS1 games on the PS4 any time soon.


In a recent interview with TIME, Sony Head of Global Sales and Marketing Jim Ryan took a page from Don Mattrick's playbook with his stance on backward compatibility; gamers make a lot of noise about it, but don't use it (probably because PS Now is clunky, awkward, and gamers already pay $60 a year for PS Plus and $60 per game). Of course, Ryan then slams the fidelity of old-school PlayStation games, which obviously look terrible on 1080p HDTVs. That's why Sony would remaster them and sell them for $14.99 a pop, like it does with its other PS2 games on PS4.


"When we've dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much. That, and I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?"

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Battleborn's PVP is free-to-play

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 7:27 pm

In an attempt to save its beleaguered MOBA Battleborn, Gearbox has made a strange hybrid scheme that combines a free to play structure with microtransactions while retaining the $30 retail version.



With Battleborn, 2K Games has found a way to merge freemium-style microtransactions with actual retail sales. Battleborn now has a "free trial" mode that offers unlimited PVP play with 30 free heroes across four modes, with a rotating cast of heroes. To offset the free trial mode, Battleborn will have premium digital currency that is purchased with real money, which is redeemed form cosmetics, gear, EXP boosters and more. The full game will still be sold for $30 on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and upgrading to the full game unlocks all 25 characters, the full story mode campaign, and private matches. The free trial mode is now available on Steam, PS4, and Xbox One.


Existing Battleborn owners who purchased the game before today get access to the Founder's Bonus Content loot pack, which includes premium platinum currency, credits, exclusive titles and skins, loot packs, and more. Gearbox meticulously outlines all of the changes to Battleborn in this huge post, so give it a read if you're interested.

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LG to launch G6 Plus and G6 Pro with Snapdragon 835?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 6:28 pm

Back in February when LG launched its flagship, the G6, many were left disappointed that the device was only powered by last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 instead of the newer Snapdragon 835.


However, it seems that the company has an ace up their sleeve. According to a report from South Korea, LG is planning to launch two new devices - the LG G6 Plus and LG G6 Pro.




The same source claims that at least one of those devices, if not both, will be powered by the Snapdragon 835. Both devices are also said to come with upgraded features.

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Sony: Japanese games are super important to us

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 4:18 pm

Much to the approval of gamers everywhere, Sony's PlayStation 4 console has been the home for traditional Japanese games for quite some time. As the region leaves consoles behind in favor of mobile games, Sony says that Japanese console games are "coming back," and re-affirms its commitment to hosting these experiences on its PlayStation platform.




Freemium mobile games reign supreme in the Land of the Rising Sun, and the region makes up less than 10% of the PS4's near 60-million global salesbase. However, Japanese console games are quite popular in the West, and Sony has done its part to keep these unique experiences alive by hosting titles like Resident Evil 7, NiOh, NieR: Automata, Final Fantasy XV and Persona 5 on its PlayStation 4 ecosystem. Due to strong growth and widespread appeal Sony has no plans to change this trend any time soon--Japanese games have always had a home on PlayStation.


"Japanese publishers are coming back, and that's super important for us," Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Shawn Layden said in a recent interview with TIME. Layden goes on to tease some major Japanese game reveals for E3 2017, igniting hope for the fabled Bloodborne 2. "I think a lot of Japanese developers lost their way chasing the mobile games yen, if you will, but they're coming back to console in a major way. And speaking of, we'll have some big announcements at E3 in that precise vein."

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