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Rocket League now runs at 60FPS on PS4, and PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 3:32 am

Rocket League is hitting the big league on the PS4 and PS4 Pro, with the latest update for the game pushing 60FPS on both the PS4, and PS4 Pro.

 

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Better yet, the new Rocket League update will enable 4K support for the PS4 Pro - and even split-screen Rocket League will be enjoyed at 60FPS. There's also the new Hot Wheels DLC on the way, and something else called the "Player's Choice" crate that features community selected items for your car.

 

Rocket League continues to evolve, with more promised for 2017 and beyond.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X priced at $499, beats Intel @ $1000+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 2:25 am

AMD is launching a completely new offensive against Intel in just two weeks time, with a 'confirmed' launch of February 28 for Ryzen - and the cementing of that insanely cheap pricing that we've been hearing about for months.

 

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AMD will reportedly launch Ryzen with an onslaught of SKUs, with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X and its 8C/16T goodness at up to 4GHz+ with XFR at just $499. This CPU will have the multi-threaded performance of Intel's Core i7-6900K, which costs $1000+ and the gaming performance of a high-end Core i5/i7 CPU.

 

Belgian online retailer centralpoint.be has listed pricing for the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X and 1700 - priced at $499, $389, and $319 respectively. The 1700X will feature 8C/16T at up to 3.8GHz for $389, while the Ryzen 7 1700 offers the same 8C/16T with a 65W TDP (95W on the 1800X and 1700X) while the clocks are reduced to 3.7GHz through Turbo, priced at $319.

Qualcomm teases future of Wi-Fi with new 802.11ax chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 12:25 am

Qualcomm is on quite the technological roll, with a big show of Gigabit LTE in Sydney, Australia barely over a week ago - and now, the company has unveiled new Wi-Fi chips that will usher in the future of Wi-Fi technology.

 

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Qualcomm's new IPQ8074 is a fresh system-on-chip (SoC) for routers and access points, while the new QCA6290 is for receivers - you know, your Wi-Fi device. This is the first end-to-end commercial Wi-Fi portfolio that supports the new 802.11ax standard, which is very, very exciting.

 

802.11ax is the next leap in Wi-Fi technology, after 802.11b debuted in 1999 - after that we saw 802.11g, 802.11n, and then what we have now - 802.11ac. 802.11ax is backwards compatible with all of your other Wi-FI devices and routers, but what's the main benefit of 802.11ax?

 

Well, 802.11ax provides increased real-world speeds, where it's up to 4x faster than 802.11ac - at least on paper. Furthermore, an 802.11ax router is capable of helping previous-gen Wi-Fi devices hit higher speeds as the new standard is capable of managing traffic diversity, and the overwhelming number of Wi-Fi networks that might be interfering with your new 802.11ax network.

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Konami's profits spike by 229%

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 10:21 pm

Konami latest financial report shows strong growth despite its ailing, unpopular image, with total profits doubling compared to last year's earnings.

 

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In the past three quarters, Konami has boosted its total profits by 229.8% raking in 20.7 billion yen, or about $182.6 million USD. These nine-month earnings were accrued by consistent pachinko and pachislot revenue as well as game sales, and Konami recently merged its slot machine and arcade game sectors to form the Amusement Business, which is not unlike SEGA's classification.

 

As far as specifics, Konami's total six-month operating profit was 29.6 billion yen ($260.6 million USD), up 169.8% year over year. Total revenue boasted 163.9 billion yen ($1.44 billion) which represented yet another substantial 91.5% spike in year-over-year increase.

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New 'Ghost in the Shell' trailer is an astounding vision

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 10:09 pm

The live action remake of the classic anime 'Ghost in the Shell' is shaping up quite nicely, as seen in the latest theatrical trailer released by Dreamworks and Paramount today.

 

 

Based on the 1989 manga which was in turn adapted into the 1995 anime film, the 2017 'Ghost In The Shell' stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major and Pilou Asbæk as Batou in the feature film remake which is helmed by 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders.

 

'Ghost In The Shell' is set to hit cinemas in 2D and 3D worldwide from March 30 2017.

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SEGA made $1 billion on pachinko in the last nine months

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 8:34 pm

Pachinko and pachislot recreational arcade games are a booming and extremely lucrative business in Japan. Just how popular is this past-time? So popular that SEGA, one of the premiere Japanese game developers, earned over $1 billion in pachinko earnings in nine months.

 

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SEGA recently reported strong third quarter financial earnings, especially in the pachislot and pachinko department. According to the IR documents SEGA pulled in an impressive 119.7 billion yen--$1.05 billion USD--from pachinko and pachislot sales from March to December 2016. In fact, pachinko net sales were higher than digital and physical game sales combined, and made up half of SEGA's total nine-month earnings of 285 billion yen, or about $2.51 billion USD.

 

Recreational amusement sector net sales were up 23.7% year-over-year, and operating income in pachislot and pachinko segment spiked an amazing 71.7% compared to the same period in the last fiscal year. Operating income from pachinko and pachislot machines jumped by 72% to 5.8 billion yen ($227.5 million). Total operating income saw a tremendous 189% boost to 35 billion yen ($308.6 million) during this nine-month period, driven by consistent pachinko revenue and strong game sales.

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Huawei P10 Plus could pack up to 8GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 7:25 pm

Huawei's P10 and P10 Plus should arrive this spring, and we are expecting the company to announce their newest phones at this year's MWC in Barcelona.

 

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The specs, images, and the pricing of the devices have already leaked in the previous months, but now there is a new report suggesting that the P10 Plus might rock a whopping 8GB of RAM.

 

Earlier this year, ASUS unveiled the world's first smartphone with 8GB of RAM, the ZenFone AR, and it seems that other phone manufacturers might follow their example.

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AMD Radeon 500 series will feature Vega, Polaris GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 6:47 pm

AMD has teased that it is hosting its hopefully yearly tradition of Capsaicin at GDC 2017 in just two weeks time, but now the rumor mill is churning with WCCFTech reporting that the Radeon RX 500 series will feature both Vega and Polaris GPUs.

 

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We still don't know much about Vega, where we should hopefully see the high-end Vega 10 GPU featuring 4096 stream processors, and up to 12.5 TFLOPs of performance with 8GB of HBM2. This part will be the enthusiast card that we've all been dreaming of from AMD, but the company will also fill out the Radeon RX 500 series with Polaris GPUs, according to the site.

 

This makes sense, but I'd rather see Vega pushed on its own - similar to how they pushed Fiji on its own brand with Radeon R9 Fury X. AMD could name the Vega cards Radeon RX Vega 10, Radeon RX Vega 11 - and then the Polaris-powered parts Radeon RX 580, RX 570, and so on.

 

Vega is powered by HBM2, so expect it to be much more expensive than the GDDR5-based parts. I'm expecting a launch price of $699 for the Vega 10 graphics card - that I so desperately want to be called Radeon RX Vega 10. The technology enthusiast inside of me wants AMD to also release a dual-GPU based on Vega with 16GB of HBM2, and I'd like it to be called the Radeon RX Vega 10 X2... mmmm.

Nintendo Switch supports wireless Bluetooth headsets

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 6:17 pm

Nintendo exec Yoshiaki Koizumi has confirmed that the Switch handheld-console hybrid will support wireless Bluetooth audio headphones on-the-go via the console's built-in Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.

 

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Mr. Koizumi told French video games site Gaming Stories that the Switch owners can use Bluetooth headphones for wireless convenience on the go. He also confirmed that the Switch's 3.5mm headphone jack can be used while the system is docked, and the system will channel out stereo audio through the port. This means you can still use existing headphones to play your Switch games in TV Mode while the system is docked for maximum performance on HDTVs.

 

"It is possible to use a headphone through the jack when the console is on its dock,"Koizumi said in a recent interview with Gaming Stories. I personally thought the Switch's ability to channel audio through its headphone jack while docked was true for a while, especially since the Switch tablet's 3.5mm headphone jack isn't obscured when the system is cradled in the dock.

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PewDiePie's latest jokes cost him a big YouTube contract

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 4:14 pm

PewDiePie--YouTube's biggest celebrity and top-earner--is known for being rather outspoken and playing jokes that ride the razor's edge of controversy. But now his latest antics have gone too far and Maker Studios has let the massive star go.

 

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The video that cost Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg his job could be seen as anti-Semitic: at least that's how Disney-owned YouTube brand Maker Studios saw it. In an effort to "show how crazy the world is," Kjellberg paid an Indian man $5 on Fiverr to hold up a sign that says "Death to All Jews." It was meant to be a joke, and Kjellberg didn't think they'd do it--but they did, and Kjellberg uploaded the video. As a response his YouTube contract was terminated.

 

After five years, Maker Studios has terminated their partnership with PewDiePie. "Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate," a Maker Studios rep said. "Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward."

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