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E3 site lists Xbox One VR category with Oculus Rift devs attached

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 28, 2016 4:33 pm

ESA's official E3 2016 website lists a "Xbox One VR" category, further hinting that Xbox will leverage the Oculus Rift to face-off against Sony's PlayStation VR.




Earlier today we reported that the Oculus Rift headset may be supported on Microsoft's new upgraded 4K-ready Xbox (codenamed Scorpio). Anonymous devs confirmed Xbox VR projects to Ars Technica, adding further evidence to Kotaku's previous leaks. Now the official E3 site seems to corroborate those claims.


The E3 site lists four companies under the "Xbox One virtual reality" section, all of which are non-coincidentally working on VR games. The list includes Rebellion (Battlezone), Maximum Games (Loading Human), 3DRudder, who designed a feet-based VR controller, and Readily Studio, a Chinese outsourcing studio who builds VR games. What's more is that Rebellion's Battlezone and Maximum's Loading Human games are all confirmed for the Oculus Rift and PSVR, lumping on even more evidence the Rift could be used on the Xbox Scorpio.

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New 4K Xbox to support Oculus Rift VR headset

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 28, 2016 1:16 pm

We've heard lots of things about Microsoft's new upgraded 4K-ready Xbox console, aka Scorpio, and now we have more evidence that the new Xbox will support the Oculus Rift's VR headset.




Sources recently told Kotaku that Microsoft is readying its own powerful mid-cycle Xbox upgrade to counter Sony's PlayStation 4K console. And like PS4K, the new Xbox will leverage VR hardware: since Microsoft has no VR solution ready, the new 4K Xbox will reportedly use the Oculus Rift.


According to Ars Technica, developers are already working on VR games for Microsoft's new upgraded 4K Xbox. An anonymous dev at a "well-known European studio" corroborated reports that the new Xbox would use the same Oculus Rift HMD used by PCs. The game itself is "set in the universe of an established, long-running franchise," Ars reports.

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GeIL reveals new EVO FORZA DDR4 3866MHz RAM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: May 28, 2016 12:06 pm

Computex 2016 - GeIL has announced its new EVO FORZA line up of performance DDR4 RAM memory modules, offering performance-grade frequencies of up to 3866MHz with today's latest Z170 and X99 platforms.




GeIL's new EVO FORZA DDR4 RAM comes in a variety of sizes including 4GB, 8GB and 16GB modules packed in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB kits, with frequencies ranging from 2666 MHz to 3866MHz. Latency and CAS timings have yet to be revealed, but the RAM pulls in 1.2V to 1.4V and is outfitted with head spreaders designed with GeIL's Maximum Thermal Conduction & Dissipation (MTCD) technology.


The EVO FORZA DDR4 RAM modules have full Intel XMP 2.0 profile support and are dual- and quad-channel compatible. Each kit comes with the standard GeIL lifetime warranty, and the company will announce more details at Computex. Check below for current specifications.

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Tesoro teases new IR key switches for Computex

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 28, 2016 11:06 am

Computex 2016 - Tesoro teases a brand new mechanical keyboard powered by IR key switches for "extreme durability and breakneck response times."




Although Tesoro has recently unveiled the Gram Spectrum RGB mechanical keyboards outfitted with Kailh's custom 3.5mm travel distance Agile switches, the company plans to push the bar with new IR key switches. The optical-based infrared key switches should be a big jump in speed over the low-profile Agile switches, offering faster response by "eliminating metal bounce."


Here's what Tesoro said in their official press release: "The new switches use infrared technology to register keystrokes eliminating metal bounce and oxidation meaning extreme durability and breakneck response times. The new switches will reportedly offer advanced anti-particle and spill-resistant abilities and allow users to customize key switches on the keyboard."

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Corsair launches Bulldog SFF chassis and Lapdog mechanical keyboards

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 28, 2016 9:10 am

Corsair's new Bulldog chassis are now available, offering convenient small form-factor solutions for high-performance living room gaming. The manufacturer also revealed its new Lapdog mechanical keyboard and mouse combo



Described as "a highly ventilated, stylish compact console, created for the living room," Corsair's Bulldog case won major CES innovation awards and has ample space to fit full-length 300mm video cards for 4K gaming and VR. Corsair has teamed up with MSI to make the all-in-one liquid-cooled Hydro GFX GeForce GTX 980 Ti video card exclusively for the Bulldog. The mini-ITX chassis comes outfitted with a Hydro Series H5 SF CPU liquid cooler and a SF600 600W 80 Plus Gold power supply


Corsair has also revealed the Lapdog, a performance-grade portable mechanical keyboard designed to compliment the Bulldog. The Lapdog has three different configurations--the base board that can slot in mechanical keyboards and mice, as well as the Lapdog K65 RGB model with Cherry MX Red switches and the K70 with Cherry MX Red/Blue switches.

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G.Skill's TridentZ DDR4 RAM overclocked to an insane 5GHz

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: May 28, 2016 8:13 am

G.Skill has announced that it's TridentZ RAM is the first DDR4 modules to hit the 5GHz barrier, setting a new world speed record on the Skylake platform.




Using liquid nitrogen cooling, MSI's Taiwanese overclocker Toppc pushed a single 4GB stick of G.Skill's TridentZ 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM to an insane 2501MHz (5002.4MHz effective) in single-channel configuration. HWBOT verified the new speed record, and you can check out the full build on CPU-Z.


Toppc chose MSI's mini-ITX Z170I GAMING PRO AC motherboard for the record-breaking overclock, along with an Intel Skylake Core i5-6600K CPU. Hitting the 5GHz barrier is a monumental achievement for G.Skill, as well as MSI and even Samsung, who supplies TridentZ's DDR4 IC's. G.Skill now holds the world's top seven DDR4 speed records and is confident that this is just the beginning.

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HP teases a high-end PC backpack for VR, still a work in progress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 28, 2016 7:30 am

When a company thinks outside of the square, you don't think of an entire gaming PC in a backpack. Well, that's what HP has just unveiled; a gaming PC in a backpack, ready for VR.




HP's unnamed backpack PC can be configured with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and a video card. HP promises that the weight will be under 10 pounds, with two fans that will push the heat out of the PC, and a waist belt that has two batteries that power both the CPU, and the GPU separately.


This backpack makes sense, as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive both have cables tethered to the PC - but when you've got the HP backpack on, that is no longer an issue. HP will be included a wireless display, mouse and keyboard as part of the package, and will iterate on the design of the VR backpack the more that people try it out. Right now, there's no ETA on when HP will release its VR backpack.

Corsair's custom-built Dominator Platinum RAM for ASUS ROG announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: May 28, 2016 6:26 am

Computex 2016 - Corsair has just announced a custom-built kit of RAM, with their new Dominator Platinum ROG Edition kit (CMD16GX4M4B3200C16-ROG) featuring 4 x DDR4 modules for quad-channel goodness, at up to 3200MHz with 16-18-18-36 timings, at 1.35V.




The new modules are built for Intel's new Skylake-S processors, for the Intel Z170 chipset, and more specifically, ASUS ROG-based motherboards. When installed into a Z170-based ASUS ROG motherboard, the Corsair Dominator Platinum ROG Edition RAM kicks up its frequency to 3333MHz.


Corsair has used aluminum heatspreaders and customizable LED lighting on the new DDR4 kit, with a slick black/red style to match the look of ASUS ROG motherboards. Corsair is setting the price at $224.99 without taxes in the US, which is much more expensive than competing kits from other manufacturers, and even alternative Corsair kits.

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EVGA's new GeForce GTX 1080 features ACX 3.0 cooling, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2016 5:53 am

EVGA has chimed in with its new GeForce GTX 1080 video cards, announcing four new cards powered by NVIDIA's GP104 GPU.




The new cards feature EVGA's ACX 3.0 cooling tech, with SHP 3.0 providing better heat pipes and copper contact area for improved cooling performance, as well as optimized fan curves for quieter gaming. ACX 3.0 coolers feature optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and extreme low power motor, which pushes more air flow, with less power.




Select EVGA ACX 3.0 models will feature 10cm fans and RGB LEDs, which provides gamers with total control over the look of their card. The new EVGA cards also include PrecisionX OC software, that "unlocks the power of Pascal", says EVGA.

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Colorful's new iGame GeForce GTX 1080 has stock GPU clock of 1.84GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2016 5:40 am

We have yet to have received a Colorful sample here in our GPU labs from Colorful, but we've been in deep discussions with them for weeks now, and hopefully we can get our hands-on their exciting new GeForce GTX 1080 iGame card, which looks delicious.




Colorful's new GeForce GTX 1080 iGame card features a factory overclock on the GP104 GPU, which is at 1847MHz. Colorful has used their iGame-Modular Structure Design (i-MSD) on their GTX 1080, with their cooling technology being separated from the cooler into "functional modules and appearance modules which has the PCB, cooling fins and rear plate integrated centering on the PCB. The rear-plate also reinforces the PCB which gives the card extra durability and negates deformation from stress and long usage".




There's also customizable RGB lighting that can be tweaked through Colorful's iGame-Zone software, with the fans on the card composed by a three-piece grooved design, with interesting zigzag diversion lines on the edge for improved airflow and cooling efficiency with up to 30% increased air volume