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Samsung's new ArtPC Pulse is Mac Pro-like desktop PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 11:34 am

Samsung might be going through tumultuous times with the halting of sales on its explosive Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, but their PC division has just teased the new ArtPC Pulse, a new "cylindrical desktop PC" available on Amazon for pre-order, reports PCWorld.

 

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The new ArtPC Pulse is 10.7 inches tall, with Samsung designing it with a full metal body and circular lighting - and it looks beyond slick. Amazon's listing teases removable expandable modules, with an optional 1TB HDD available separately.

 

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Samsung will reportedly have the starting price on the ArtPC Pulse at $1199, rocking a 6th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics card, and USB Type-C and HDMI connectivity. The full specs:

 

  • Intel 2.7GHz i5 Processor (Skylake)
  • 8 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 256 GB NVMe SSD
  • AMD Radeon RX 460 (2 GB)
  • 1 USB-C port, four USB-A (presumably 3.0)
  • Fancy colorful lighting
  • Harmon Kardon speaker module included

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GeForce GTX 1050 Ti might be a massive overclocker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 9:37 am

It looks like NVIDIA could be preparing quite the cheap graphics card monster in the upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which according to the new leaks, could be an overclocking pro.

 

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NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will reportedly feature 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, and 32ROPs with the GP107 GPU at 1318/1392MHz on the base/boost clocks, respectively. The GTX 1050 Ti should rock 4GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit memory bus, which will push 112GB/sec memory bandwidth - all for a price of around $149.

 

There will be custom models available of the GTX 1050 Ti that will feature dual-slot cooling and a 6-pin PCIe power connector, with a 75W TDP. This means AIB partners can customize their cards to not use a PCIe power connector, or ramp the card up for overclocking and provide a 6-pin PCIe power connector for a total of 150W available to the card. This is where we'll see the 1354/1468MHz base/boost clock speeds on custom cards.

 

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There have been leaked 3DMark results, with someone running FireStrike Ultra (4K run).

 

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Here, I have the same 4K run of FireStrike Ultra on various graphics cards for comparison.

Mafia III Deluxe Edition physical PC launch is a mess

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 7:28 am

Mafia III Deluxe Edition physical copies on the PC have been shipping from Amazon and Best Buy without their physical manuals, which have the activation codes for the game - leaving Mafia III owners in the dark. Mafia III has only just been updated with a frame rate unlock option, yet still requires an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 to hit 60FPS at 1080p.

 

The physical version of Mafia III is delivered on six DVDs, and is meant to ship with a manual and activation code - but sorry, Deluxe Edition owners. Check out these comments on Amazon:

 

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Some gamers are receiving refunds of their Mafia III Deluxe Edition copies from Amazon directly, while others are being instructed to fully return the game first before the refund will be offered. Best Buy customers are saying that they're being advised to take an exchange, or go to 2K directly about it.

 

This isn't leaving gamers happy, as some are stating getting information from 2K's customer service is hard, and they're asking over Twitter instead. One customer service account tweeted: "We've been seeing support response delays due to high launch traffic. Sorry for any frustration - we'll answer your ticket as soon as we can!"

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Battlefield 1 includes built-in video creation tools

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 6:10 am

Can you believe we're days away from our first official taste of Battlefield 1, with EA Access members to BF1 starting on October 13 - before it launches on October 18 for the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition owners, and the full release on October 21.

 

 

One of the standout features of Battlefield 1 will be the new and improved Spectator Mode, which will launch "soon" after the launch of BF1, and it'll let you record your best moments, play them back, and edit them, however you want to upload them to the internet, and taunt your friends and foes on Facebook, YouTube, and other sharing sites.

 

 

Battlefield 1 gamers can join matches in Spectator Mode, and then choose how they want to watch the match - with cameras available on specific players or vehicles, while the camera moves with the character or vehicle in perfect framing and angles. The camera can be tweaked, with free mode letting you switch between pre-prepared shots. VG247 notes that you can change camera settings like speed, sensitivity, field of view and depth of field, which ushers in awesomely styled film-like effects, with filters also ready to be used.

 

Battlefield 1 release schedule:

 

October 13 - EA Access w/Early Enlister Deluxe Edition (partial game/10 hours play)

October 18 - Early Enlister Deluxe Edition (full game)

October 21 - Battlefield 1 official release

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BBC's 4K doco 'Planet Earth II' gets first trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 5:02 am

It was a decade ago that the BBC released the astounding David Attenborough narrated documentary series 'Planet Earth', which quickly went on to become the best selling documentary series on Blu-ray. Later this year the network is set to unveil the long awaited sequel 'Planet Earth II' - and this time it'll be in beautiful 4K.

 

 

While the BBC's first look trailer for the series is only presented in YouTube's overly compressed 1080p, the images including a swimming sloth and ferocious lions confirm that this series photography is set to be as stunning as the first. The six part series is set to start airing soon, and would look to be an excellent candidate for the 4K UltraHD Blu-ray format - I can't wait.

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Shadow Warrior 2 is 'not downgraded' on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 5:01 am

With countless PC games getting downgraded because of their console counterparts not looking so good, and game developers not wanting to make the PC version stand out, we're getting more and more downgraded games. But not Shadow Warrior 2, coming from developer Flying Wild Hog.

 

 

Flying Wild Hog representative 'KriS' explained on the Steam forums about Shadow Warrior 2 not featuring downgraded graphics on the PC, but instead the team has added new graphical effects into the game since its showings at PAX East 2016 and Gamescom 2016. KriS said: "It's not downgraded. Actually, we added tons of new GFX features and content. For example, we have added volumetric fog and light shafts (from Pax East 2016), we added real-time reflections (from Quacon/Gamescom 2016), enabled real-time shadows for a lot of lights (from Quacon/Gamescom 2016)...".

 

Shadow Warrior 2 won't be a performance hog on the PC either, with KriS adding that a GeForce GTX 660 can hit around 40FPS on High settings. DRM was also discussed, with KriS stating that the studio doesn't like piracy, it didn't want to spend the money on DRM, while simultaneously making the game worse for legitimate customers.

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Prey's latest trailer teases CRYENGINE-powered horror

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 3:25 am

I still remember the tease of Prey from the Duke Nukem 3D days, where the developers touted that you'd be able to shoot a glass window on a spaceship, and have your enemies sucked out of it - Alien style, but oh well - Prey morphed into something else that looks pretty damn good.

 

 

The new CRYENGINE-powered reboot of Prey from Arkane Studios is here, showcasing the female main character, Morgan Yu. Prey will be released sometime in 2017 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Arkane Studios describes Prey as: "Whether you're using mysterious alien powers to blast your way through your enemies... or transforming into a coffee cup to casually roll through a tough situation, Prey is all about empowering you to tackle every situation in almost any manner you choose".

 

They continue: "This philosophy is central to everything at Arkane Studios, and is a core part of Arkane's reimagining of Prey. But this doesn't just apply to how you play. It also extends to who you are. In Prey, players will not only define themselves through their actions, but they can also choose their gender. While this choice won't change the story or how you interact with the world - because Morgan Yu is Morgan Yu, and he or she will be defined by the choices you make - it's yet another way that Arkane is saying yes to the player".

 

Arkane Studios Creative Director, Raphael Colantonio explained: "The theme of identity is central to Prey. Who is Morgan Yu exactly? We want to give you the freedom of being a man or a woman, but we also don't want to limit who you become when you make that choice".

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Mafia 3 needs GeForce GTX 1080 for 1080p 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 1:07 am

Mafia III has been involved in quite a sticky situation with the developer releasing the game with a capped framerate, but with the new patch now out - the framerate caps is removed - yet super-powerful graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 1080 are still only capable of 1080p at 60FPS.

 

 

GameGPU.com used an Intel Core i7-5960X at 4.6GHz on a GIGABYTE X99 UD7 motherboard, with 32GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM and various graphics cards, as you can see from the benchmarks below. The quickest one of them all was the GP104-powered GeForce GTX 1080 with 56/61FPS for minimum/average, respectively - while the GTX 1070 scored 46/50FPS for minimum/average, respectively.

 

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AMD's now older Fiji-based Radeon R9 Fury X with its 4GB of HBM1 was capable of 50FPS average, while the new Polaris-based Radeon RX 470 4GB model was capable of 35FPS average - not bad considering its a sub $200 graphics card. But for Mafia III developer Hangar 13 and 2K Games, we have to ask - why the hell is a $699+ graphics card only capable of 60FPS at 1080p?

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John Carmack: VR developers need to make better VR games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 12:37 am

Oculus CTO John Carmack has said some crazy things over the years, with a standout moment at the Game Developers Conference earlier this year where he said: "Minecraft for GearVR will be the biggest VR game of 2016". Well, yeah.

 

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Carmack talked at the recent Oculus Connect 3 conference, where he said that the current VR development community "need to be harder on ourselves". He added: "We are coasting on novelty, and the initial wonder of being something people have never seen before. But we need to start judging ourselves. Not on a curve, but in an absolute sense. Can you do something in VR that has the same value, or more value, than what these other [non-VR] things have done?"

 

Carmack discussed "objective measurements of quality", specifically mentioning that VR developers need to improve UI design, with the Oculus CTO noting the absence of voice control in VR apps and games, reiterating the long loading times in some VR titles.

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Daniel Craig leaves door open for 007 return

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 10:36 pm

While James Bond actor Daniel Craig had some harsh comments for the franchise while on the publicity trail for the last film 'Spectre', including the now infamous "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists", it seems that after a break from the role he's not totally closed off to returning.

 

 

Speaking at The New Yorker Fest, Craig defended the wrist-slashing comments and confirmed he still relished the role saying "There is no other job like it...and if I were to stop doing it, just saying, I would miss it terribly", before going on to say "I love this job, I get a massive kick out of it. And if I can keep getting a kick out of it, I will." While James Bond always returns, I'd say the likelihood of Craig also returning has jumped up a notch.

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