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Intel's new Skulltrail NUC announced, supports external GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 17, 2016 1:35 am

GDC 2016 - Intel has just taken the covers off of its new Skulltrail NUC, which is more impressive than you imagine. Inside, it's powered by the Core i7-6770HQ processor with Iris Pro 580 graphics, and can be configured with up to 32GB of DDR4-2133.




The NUC6i7KYK also features USB Type-C connectivity, as well as Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity. We also have full-sized HDMI 2.0 and a mini DisplayPort 1.2, rounding out the display connectivity - and it's quite a lot, considering its size - at just 0.7 litres in size, reports PC Perspective.


Inside, we have two M.2 slots, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260, Bluetooth 4.2 and an infrared sensor that lets you hook up your remote control to the Skulltrail NUC, making it a great option for a media server. There are two covers, in case you don't like the one it ships with, too. As for price, we're looking at $650 for the barebones Skulltrail NUC, while the $1000 model will ship with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and Windows 10.

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DICE, Frostbite Engine team get behind GPUOpen

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 16, 2016 10:34 pm

DICE and the Frostbite Engine team are putting their weight behind AMD's GPUOpen initiative, as you can see from the tweet and video below.



In the video, DICE rendering engineer Arne Schober touts the level of hardware access GPUOpen offers programmers like himself, while also praising the friendly, powerful ecosystem it encourages.

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Those 'Back To The Future' shoes are still coming, Nike promises

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 16, 2016 9:57 pm

After years of promises, Nike finally revealed the prototype self-lacing Nike Mag shoes last year, on the 30th anniversary of the 'Back to the Future' franchise and provided star Michael J Fox with the first pair. Now, the company has re-iterated it's promise that fans will have the opportunity to purchase the shoes this year (if they're lucky), but perhaps even more interesting is the further implementation of the technology into a whole new line of products.




Explaining the HyperAdapt 1.0 technology, Nike's Vice President for Design and Special Projects Tinker Hatfield said "It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance. Wouldn't it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you'd normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That's where we're headed. In the future, product will come alive." The company also released a video showing how they'll work.


The 'Back to the Future' styled Nike MAG shoes modeled on their appearance in 'Back to the Future Part II' will be available later in the year via online auction, with proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

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Twitter for Windows 10 launches on mobile, dark mode comes to desktop

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 16, 2016 9:06 pm

That new Twitter for Windows 10 design that launched last year for PCs and tablets is now available for mobile devices too as of today.




With it, you can try out 'Moments' (essentially a 'best of Twitter' feature), group DMs, Tweet video support (including capturing and editing), easier tweet quoting, and more. To grab it, head to the Windows Store.


And for desktop and tablet users, there's a new treat for you, too: a dark mode theme. To access it, navigate to Settings > Personalization.

PlayStation VR can broadcast PS4 games within a virtual living room

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 16, 2016 8:34 pm

GDC 2016 - Sony has revealed that all existing PS4 games will be playable within the PlayStation VR headset, along with a host of media playback like Netflix and 360-degree photos.




With the PlayStation VR's newly revealed Cinematic Mode, gamers can play PS4 titles in a virtualized space within the headset. The mode essentially transports gamers into a sizable rendered living room environment where the game is broadcast on a huge digital screen that measures up to 225 inches wide.


"With the headset on, users can also go into 'cinematic mode' to see the entire 16:9 PS4 menu and play all of their PS4 games," said Sony President Andrew House.

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Disgaea 'Pretty Prinny' mod removes resolution cap, adds MSAA, SSAO

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 16, 2016 8:04 pm

Modder Kaldaien is at it again with a mod for the recently released JRPG Disgaea. While a decent port, Disgaea still has some room for improvement, particularly on the visuals front, and that's what the 'Pretty Prinny' mod, as he calls it, is primarily focused on.




Among other things, it adds 'proper' V-Sync support and removes the 720p internal resolution cap as well as artifacts related to sprite smoothing. Pretty Prinny is only at version 0.2.1 at the moment, so expect lots more to come, including additional visual enhancements as well as performance and stability improvements. Tonight version 0.3.0 will be released with SSAO and MSAA support.


Hit the source to download the mod and for configuration and installation instructions.


Update 3/17: Version 0.3.0 is now available.

Opera 36 features an interface overhaul, Windows 10 love

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 16, 2016 7:03 pm

Opera 36 is out and marks a major release for the alternative browser, bringing with it a new look and some key new features.




First up is the overhauled start page, which is now better optimized for widescreen monitors, and includes a customize button that allows you to alter themes and your news section, among other things. More will come in version 37.


There's lots of love for Windows 10 users, too: colours will change depending on your OS theme and such, touch input is supported (and accommodated with UI elements that auto adjust in size, and a fullscreen icon), and native notifications are included.

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Unity gets a massive update and has a new completely open beta program

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 16, 2016 6:13 pm

The Unity engine is one of the singularly most used game engines in the world. They've been working very hard at making game creation a more accessible endeavor, and that's paid off tremendously. Unity has been updated to version 5.3.4, which is stable, gorgeous and full of easy to use tools.




Unity has to keep up with the pace of innovation, so they're also introducing a more widely available public beta program for their unstable, yet advanced, beta versions. Which is now up to version 5.4. At their keynote at GDC they said that they're very committed to the future and evolving the engine to keep pace with the rest of the gaming community, and in order to better serve their users they've opted to open up beta testing to everyone. This way more people get to play with,and find all the things that could possibly go wrong with new implementations of technology, or new tech altogether.


Right now they estimate that Unity covers around 30% of the market. And that's across the 25 different supported platforms. That's a lot of games and developers that have their hands in the Unity pie. And so they're making it even easier to build games with improved collaborative functions that let you save assets to a cloud-based system to be shared among a team working far apart. And there's a lot in beta 5.4 to like and want to share with others.

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Cortana for Xbox One is coming along nicely, Xbox boss says

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 16, 2016 5:07 pm

It's been a few months since the hidden Cortana functionality was accidentally found in the November Xbox One update, but it seems that the full functioning digital assistant is getting much closer to being released. And the Xbox boss is quite excited about it too.




The Xbox One already has a great voice command system, one that's evolved upon their successful Sync and other speech recognition technologies, but in order to bring it into parity with the rest of their brand, they need to bring Cortana, a true digital assistance, into the mix. There's no release date quite yet, but Mike Ybarra did say that it was "coming along great."


Cortana would be just another feature that the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's current lineup doesn't have. Just how useful it would be for a primarily gaming (re)focused device is unknown. It also means you'll need a microphone in order for her to hear you, which is either Kinect or through a headset plugged into your controller (or USB port). It'll be interesting to see just what kind of commands will be available and how they'll be used on the Xbox One. Just using your voice to launch a game isn't exactly exciting, or new, so there's hope that something more is coming from the infusion of Cortana.

AVADirect teams with Sixense to give away the ultimate VR desktop PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 16, 2016 4:13 pm

GDC 2016 - AVADirect entered the VR gaming PC world quite quickly, and in a huge way, with beautiful, and compact VR gaming PCs. Their next step? Giving away the AVA Sixense Ultimate VR Desktop & Sixense STEM System Devkit. Yes, an entire VR gaming PC and the super-awesome STEM controller system from Sixense Motion.




The AVA Sixense VR Desktop can be configured with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti or Titan X - providing the ability to play virtually any game at 1080p and above at 75FPS+. The STEM system from Sixense is an amazing wireless motion tracking controller setup for desktop and mobile VR, which is something we fell in love with at CES 2014.


But we're all here for the giveaway, which has a total value of $2599 - in this, you get the AVA Sixense VR Desktop packed with an Intel Core i7-6700, GeForce GTX 980 Ti from EVGA, 16GB of DDR4, and the STEM base with two STEM controllers - the best start for a VR system. All you need from here is the Oculus Rift and you're good to go.


To enter, visit the AVADirect website.