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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 3:16 pm



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Deux Ex's pre-order scheme has been cancelled

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 2:45 pm

Due to overwhelming pressure from fans, Square Enix has pulled the plug on the "Augment Your Pre-order" scheme for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.




The scheme itself was a brand new method to encourage and rack up pre-orders, and was universally condemned by gamers and the gaming press. Essentially players were strongly enticed to pre-order the game (which is a dangerous proposition in today's industry) to earn extra redeemable bonuses, and if enough gamers pre-ordered, the game would release four days early.


"We quickly noticed that this approach created even more frustration than before, resulting in a resounding amount of negative feedback," the publisher wrote in the official announcement.


"We've spent a lot of time reading through all of your comments, working to understand how we can try to make things right for you. After much thought and reflection, we decided to close down the program and make all of the incentive content available to anyone who pre-orders Deus Ex: Mankind Divided or purchases a Day 1 edition of the game."


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is still on schedule to release on Feburary 23, 2016 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Square Enix affirms that the release date won't be moved up regardless of pre-order numbers.

Taiwanese notebook makers begin standardizing common components

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 2:25 pm

It looks like companies like ASUS and GIGABYTE will be working together in some regards, where it's being reported by Digitimes that Taiwanese notebook makers are now standardizing common components in order to reduce production costs.




Components like motherboards, heat sinks, hinges and the chassis itself will be standardized. Digitimes reports that by doing this, it will save notebook makers from rising Chinese labor costs. It also means we'll see very similar notebooks released next year, with vendors to adopt the same motherboards for 11- and 13-inch notebooks, with the same applied to 15- and 17-inch notebooks.

Apple patents new smart ring design

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 2:11 pm

We've all joked about the future of IoT wearable technology, especially with the audacious idea of "smart jewelry". But Apple is pretty serious about pushing the limits of wearables and now for the first time we have a glimpse of what may very well become the Apple iRing.




The patent for Apple's smart ring tech has just been published, revealing rough abstracts and schematics of the small wearable. According to the patent, the "iRing" is an "external electronic device with a finger-ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and a rechargable power source".


The ring's form factor is quite curious. One configuration of the device has a pressure-sensitive display (hinting at layered 3D Touch support) with haptic and tactile feedback on the front, with a slider dial, buttons and a built-in microphone underneath the screen. Other variants don't have a screen at all, Some variants come with an onboard camera for photos and video recording.

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NVIDIA reveals GeForce Now, rebranding its Grid game streaming service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 12:23 pm

NVIDIA has just unveiled GeForce Now, its rebranded game streaming service that was until now, known as Grid. NVIDIA plans to compete against PlayStation Now, but at a much cheaper price point.




GeForce Now will be offering gamers the chance to stream games from their servers at 1080p 60FPS, blasting the titles to their Shield console, Shield Tablet, or Shield Portable. NVIDIA has more than 50 games on their GeForce Now service, with games like Alan Wake, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Grid 2, Dirt 3, Borderlands and multiple Batman titles. If you want to purchase games outright and play them instantly, you can get some hours pumped into titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Resident Evil: Revelations 2.


NVIDIA is launching GeForce Now on October 1 in the United States, EU and Japan for $7.99 per month. The company is including a free three-month trial membership which will allow gamers to try out the service before they dive head first into it.

Google's Nexus 6P features Samsung's latest AMOLED panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 10:30 am

Google only just unveiled the Nexus 6P a couple of days ago, but we didn't know who made the 5.7-inch QHD panel. Well, Samsung has come out and confirmed it has provided the WQHD panel for the Nexus 6P, on a post on Reddit.




The post reads: "It has a Samsung WQHD AMOLED panel. We have spent a lot of time tuning the white-point and color gamut for these panels - hope you will enjoy the accuracy of the display. Yep, confirmed: Nexus 6P has the latest generation panels from Samsung. One of things we deeply care for is the quality and accuracy of the display through which all of us connect with the stuff we care about. We created a very tight spec (white-point temperature, delta-E variance, color-space accuracy, etc) for the 6P WQHD AMOLED panel, so it was important that we use the most cutting edge panel technology available".

LG's new V10 smartphone has two selfie cameras, and shoots 21:9 video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 7:57 am

LG has just unveiled its latest smartphone, the V10, which is the company's new premium 'V' line of handsets. The V10 is the first of LG's new 'V' line of smartphones, which loses the plastic feel for premium materials, and that's just scratching the surface.



The V10 looks like the G4 from the outside, but you'd be wrong to think that. We have the same 3000mAh removable battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, and 16-megapixel rear-facing camera that are found in the G4, but we have 4GB of RAM versus the 3GB in the G4. The V10 has a flat 5.7-inch QHD display with an 'always-on' screen at the top that looks like it could be useful.


The smaller screen is found just above the actual 5.7-inch display, which is capable of displaying the weather, time, date, and battery levels when the main display is off. When the main display is on, the second screen can be used for quick-launching apps, accessing your favorite contacts, or displaying notifications.

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Valve updates Steam for Android, adds a bunch of new features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 6:21 am

Valve has just pushed out an updated version of Steam for Android, which has reached v2.1. The new application adds a slew of new options and features for gamers on-the-go.




Steam for Android v2.1 includes the Community Market where you can buy, sell, and trade in-game items for titles like Counter-Strike and Team Fortress. Broadcasts is now a part of Steam for Android, where you can use the Twitch-like streaming service which is separated by game or uploader. The Game Hubs combine news, web posts, videos, screenshots and more for a game, now in Steam for Android.


Discussions and The Store are new to Steam for Android, joining the service with the new v2.1 patch. You can grab the new Steam for Android v2.1 from the Google Play Store.

Sony wants you to buy PlayStation VR for 'other entertainment usage'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 5:13 am

With the announcement of PlayStation VR not long ago, Sony will soon be starting the big marketing push behind its PS4-powered VR headset. During a recent interview with Eurogamer, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, had some interesting things to say.




Yoshida said: "The real issue is, we look at things positively in terms of fast sales of PS4. We continue to try to push to reach an even broader audience. Even when PS4 is doing well, you might look at the sales, the fast pace of PS4 sales, we may be just selling to the same people faster, right! That's a sad view of things, but it could be the case".


He added: "We have to continue to work hard to really bring back people who used to play console games before PS2 era, or find new people to provide great experiences, that people who never had their own consoles might find useful for their lives. For that, actually, PlayStation VR has broader applications than the games, and demos we've been doing, the very first demo we provided was The Deep. It has no gameplay at all. Anyone can enjoy it. Of course there's a challenge of pricing and whatnot, but in the future we position PlayStation VR not as a peripheral to VR, but as a virtual reality system that makes use of PS4. We're hoping in the future that people might pick up PlayStation VR and PS4 not only for the games, but for other entertainment usage".

AMD might have trouble sourcing HBM2 for its next-gen video cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 3:59 am

Exclusive: AMD has enjoyed being the first to market with a HBM-powered video card, with the Radeon R9 Nano, R9 Fury and R9 Fury X all powered by High Bandwidth Memory. But it looks like the company might run into troubles sourcing HBM2 in 2016 according to our industry sources.




Our source reached out to us today, saying that they "wouldn't count on [AMD] using HBM2 next year", but wouldn't elaborate further. This is an interesting rumor, because if it were true, it would mean that the use of HBM2 would shift primarily to NVIDIA. NVIDIA's next-gen Pascal architecture is already being tested internally by the company according to the latest rumors, and will rock HBM2. But AMD's next-gen GPU is rumored to rock between 8GB and 16GB of HBM2, is something we don't know too much about yet.


If AMD is in trouble with HBM2 next year, they might be stuck with short end of HBM2 yields. If so, we could see AMD utilizing HBM2 for their highest end GPU, which will most likely be a Fury X successor. Under that, we could see the company possibly using HBM1, but personally, I think HBM1 is something that should be used on mid-range cards for AMD's next-generation product stack.

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