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Google Play icons get a new look

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2016 9:00 pm

Google has taken the liberty of refreshing its Play icon library, including Google Play, Play Store, Play Movies & TV, Play Music, Play Games, Play Books, Play Newsstand. Part of the aim, it says, is to achieve a uniform look across its apps, and that's certainly evident with the results.




The refresh will make its way across devices and the web over the coming weeks.

Microsoft's next-gen Xbox to be called Xbox NeXt?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2016 8:41 pm

It looks like Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console might be called "Xbox NeXt", and it could beat the capabilities of Sony's rumored PlayStation 4K.




The news was found on the LinkedIn profile of Microsoft's Visual Design Lead David Gardner, who lists the "Xbox NeXt" as a major project in his portfolio. The mysterious Xbox NeXt is listed among previous consoles like the Xbox 360, Xbox One and Smartglass, so there's reason to believe it's an actual console. As for concrete details, there aren't any, but we do have reason to believe it's the next-gen Xbox rather than an upgraded Xbox One.


Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently said that Microsoft doesn't want to do an "Xbox One.5", and that console upgrades should be substantial instead of minimal. Based on this, we can assume that the Xbox NeXt is not a console iteration, but a brand new generation of consoles. Spencer has also teased that the next Xbox would be modular and feature upgrade-able hardware like a PC, so we might even see the Xbox NeXt hit native 4K gaming by leveraging the power of an ecosystem of external AMD Polaris GPUs tethered to a traditional console APU system.

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Xbox boss: there won't be a PlayStation 4.5-like upgrade for Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 4, 2016 7:40 pm

With the rumors that Sony will be releasing a more powerful version of its PlayStation 4 console, and our sources saying it'll happen later this year, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now talked about a hardware upgrade for the Xbox One. But, it won't be happening.




Spencer says that Microsoft doesn't want to offer smaller, incremental upgrades to their console, but instead, they want to give gamers "substantial" upgrades. During Microsoft's Build Conference, Spencer said: "I don't know anything about any of the PS4K rumours that are out there,but I can understand other teams' motivations to do that. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it's reliable, the servers are doing well. If we're going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people - an upgrade".


Maybe we can expect a next-gen Xbox sooner, rather than later, eh?

MSI unveils its WT72 workstation notebook with the Quadro M5500

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 4, 2016 5:59 pm

GTC 2016 - With NVIDIA unveiling its new Quadro M5500 video card, MSI is the world's first with an NVIDIA VR ready professional mobile workstation, with its new WT72.




The new MSI WT72 packs the Quadro M5500 with 8GB of GDDR5, as well as Intel's new sixth-generation Core processors (available in both the Core and Xeon CPUs) with up to 64GB of DDR4. Andy Tung, President of MSI Pan America explains: "The WT72 with NVIDIA's M5500 Quadro GPU is the world's first VR Ready mobile workstation and can blaze through the most demanding tasks. NVIDIA powers our workstations, from the ultra-powerful WT72 to the super lightweight WS72 and WS62, and we are delighted to partner with them to drive the VR revolution into a new dimension".


MSI's new WT72 is Autodesk VRED certified and is compatible with both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It comes with audiophile-grade Dynaudio speakers with Nahimic Audio enhancer, True Color Technology screens with Adobe RGB certification for wide viewing angles and the most accurate visuals.

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NVIDIA's new Quadro M5500 8GB is for mobile VR workstation notebooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 4, 2016 5:29 pm

GTC 2016 - Before the GPU Technology Conference has even kicked off, the new NVIDIA Quadro M5500 has been unveiled, powered by the GM204 GPU. The GM204 is the same GPU that powers the GTX 980, and GTX 970.




The new Quadro M5500 features 8GB of GDDR5 and is the fastest VR ready, workstation-class video card that ships with 8GB of VRAM. The Quadro M5500 features 2048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs, with its GPU boosting up to 1140MHz, just lower than the 1218MHz on the notebook GTX 980 video card.


NVIDIA's new Quadro M5500 is poised for the VR development and workstation market, where it should find a new home in high-end, workstation-class notebooks. These workstation notebooks sport insane Intel Xeon processors, with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM.

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We talk to Mozilla about the future of WebGL, gaming in your browser

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2016 5:11 pm

Mozilla has been pioneering different browser related technologies just as much as other competing companies and organizations have been, too, and one their focuses is on gaming. It might seem a bit strange to associate browser gaming to anything more than just the casual adventure we might partake of on an intermittent basis, but the underlying technologies can actually give us access to more powerful and interactive Internet experiences, and Mozilla is excited about being able to bring that to life as they continue to expand and grow the WebGL extentions in FireFox as well as allowing access to even lower-levels of functionality.




There's a lot that's going on right now, and it's exciting to think that those simple web-games we used as escapes are becoming much more than that, even full blown-VR experiences. In fact, 3D games in a browser have already come a long way from where they once were. Turbulenz is a good example of a custom engine running over WebGL. Quake4 has been recreated with the engine, and it looks nearly as good as on PC. This is really only the beginning, with more advanced and better looking games and even full 3D modeling programs available in-browser. The possibilities are endless.


We got the chance to talk with Martin Best, Mozilla's Director of Platform Product Management, about what the future holds, and he's excited about what the future holds.

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HP trolls Apple, says its new ultra-thin laptop will out-innovate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 4, 2016 5:02 pm

HP has released some impressive products in the few years, but it looks like their next one could be their biggest yet. During a chat with The Wall Street Journal, HP's PC boss Ron Coughlin said that "for years, Apple has been seen as the innovator and the driver of innovation", but that now "HP is really taking over that mantle".




The company is poised to unveil its new premium laptop tomorrow, where earlier this year during the Consumer Electronics Show, the company unveiled its business-focused Elitebook Folio. The Elitebook Folio is less than half an inch thick, but HP is expected to lose even more thickness with its forthcoming laptop - and beat Apple at its own game against the super-thin MacBook.


HP will launch the new ultra-thin laptop during the International Luxury Conference in Versailles tomorrow, but it won't be a mass-market product. NPD analyst Stephen Baker told WSJ: "the challenge for doing really, really thin and light products is it's a very, very thin and light segment to go after". All eyes are on you, HP.

Star Wars HoloChess is coming to life with a real VR/AR game

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2016 4:09 pm

Even though it only had a small amount of on-screen time, HoloChess has had a long lasting effect on Star Wars fans and even those that have never heard of it. Those minuscule holographic monsters are iconic, and certainly with the advent of VR and AR coming more to bear that we might see something like this in real life. And your wish has been granted by the original creator of HoloChess.



Phil Tippett was the person that brought the concept of holographic chess to life in the original Star Wars in 1977 and he's returned to consult with a number of game designers to bring his original idea to fruition as a modern game. Even though we don't have holograms that we can share, at the moment, we do have the ability to play multiplayer with our friends while in a VR environment.


You'll be able to play against people locally or via remotely. They're also going to work in an AI so that offline play is possible. HoloGrid: Monster Battle is going to come to the PC soon, and we're hoping that it's VR/AR platform agnostic. This could potentially be the next natural evolution of chess, bringing it into parity with modern games. No more playing Chessmaster 3000. Oh, and just in case you come across a Wookie, be sure to let them win. It won't workout too well for you if you don't.

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Star Ocean 5 officially coming to the west at the end of June

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2016 3:05 pm

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is indeed coming to the west with a confirmed release date of June 28th, much sooner than we might think for such large localization project (in language translation alone), but we in the west definitely aren't being left out. It's also available for pre-order with both a collectors edition and a day one edition with various benefits if you buy now.




In an almost time-honored tradition, the collectors edition will actually contain quite a few interesting things to make it more valuable. Included inside the collector's edition box is a steelbook with the full game inside of that. They're also including an exclusive set of art cards that show off some of the original art that's been translated into the digital game we've seen. There's also an Art of Star Ocean book, a Pangalactic Federation ID Card as well as the original soundtrack on CD, meaning a lossless format that can potentially sound better than the normal MP3's. In-game you'll even get six different background battle themes from previous games to help motivate you not to die. Also included are some interesting, yet exclusive items to help you in-game, such as The Ring of the Valkyries, Gold Bunny Statue, Bushybrume Cincture, Wristlet of the Stars and Secret Sthalian Tome. The collectors edition is only available through the Square Enix online store for $109.99.


The Day One Edition obviously doesn't contain quite as much swag, but you will get a few things to help make it worth your while. Choose this and you'll get two extra background battle themes from Valkyrie Profile and Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, that you can listen to as well as a download code for those unique items; The Ring of the Valkyries, Gold Bunny Statue, Bushybrume Cincture, Wristlet of the Stars and Secret Sthalian Tome. This version is available at any retailer for $59.99.

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