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ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless Gaming Headset Review

ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless Gaming Headset Review

ASUS takes its well-received Delta S gaming headset and removes the wires (and RGB lighting) to deliver a versatile wireless option for any gaming setup.

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AMD's new Radeon 22.8.1 drivers support Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Aug 15, 2022 11:27 PM CDT

AMD has pushed out their new Radeon Software Adrenalin 22.8.1 drivers, which are ready for the web-swinging world of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered on the PC.

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The new Radeon Software Adrenalin 22.8.1 drivers have built-in support for the just-released Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered on the PC, as well as Thymesia, and support for Radeon Boost using Variable Rate Shading (VRS) in Halo Infinite.

There are the usual fixed issues, with Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card owners no long getting their display flickering black when switching between video playback and gameplay windows. Video output freezing in Project Zomboid has been solved, and games based on the LOVE2D engine rendering incorrectly has been solved. If you're using a mixed reality headset, flickering black and jittery movement on "some AMD Graphics Products" including the Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card have been solved with the new Radeon Software Adrenalin 22.8.1 drivers.

Continue reading: AMD's new Radeon 22.8.1 drivers support Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered (full post)

Android flagship smartphones in 2023: Snapdragon 8 Gen2 made by TSMC

Qualcomm and TSMC look to absolutely dominate the flagship Android smartphone market in 2023, where we are expecting all 2023 premium Android-powered smartphones to feature a Snapdragon 8 Gen2 chip made by TSMC.

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Leaker "Ice Universe" tweeted criticisms of Samsung's chip fabrication technology, calling it a "disastrous experience" and so he should: it's that bad Samsung is ditching its in-house Exynos SoCs to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen2 in their next-gen Galaxy S23 smartphones in 2023.

Normally we'd see Samsung split its Galaxy smartphones into two camps: one market with in-house Samsung Exynos SoCs and other markets with Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs. But in 2023, all roads lead to Qualcomm and its next-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen2 SoC made on TSMC's next-gen 4nm process node.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12GB GPU 'production resumed', makes no sense

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Aug 15, 2022 9:48 PM CDT

NVIDIA is reportedly resuming production of its GeForce RTX 3080 12GB SKU, after production stopped some two months ago now.

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The company released the newer GeForce RTX 3080 12GB graphics card earlier this year in January, an upgraded version over the GeForce RTX 3080 10GB graphics card. The biggest two differences between the GeForce RTX 3080 10GB and GeForce RTX 3080 12GB is that firstly, the obvious difference in 12GB of GDDR6X memory over 10GB of GDDR6X memory. Secondly, the RTX 3080 12GB is an LHR "Lite Hash Rate" model, while the GeForce RTX 3080 10GB has full-speed crypto mining performance.

But now, NVIDIA faces warehouses of current-gen Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards, in the months leading up to its next-gen Ada Lovelace-powered GeForce RTX 40 series graphics cards. This is why we're hearing that NVIDIA will reportedly launch the flagship GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card first, and the GeForce RTX 4080 and GeForce RTX 4080 later... because there are too many higher-end GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards left over in warehouses, and now more GeForce RTX 3080 12GB graphics cards are being made.

Continue reading: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12GB GPU 'production resumed', makes no sense (full post)

AMD Zen 4 launching September 27, same day as Intel Raptor Lake CPUs

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Aug 15, 2022 9:18 PM CDT

AMD is weeks away from the announcement and release of its next-gen Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" processors, which are now expected to be released on the same day as Intel's new 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" processors on September 27.

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Wccftech is reporting that according to their sources, AMD will be pushing its Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" processor release to late September, matching Intel and its next-gen "Raptor Lake" CPUs. AMD is rumored to have an August 29 announcement, September 13 review NDA, and September 15 official launch... which has moved.

We're now reportedly looking at a September 27 release for Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4", which will see AMD meeting Intel on the same day as their new 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" CPU launch. That will make for one of the biggest days in technology history: next-gen AMD and Intel CPUs and motherboards... all in the same week? I can't wait.

Continue reading: AMD Zen 4 launching September 27, same day as Intel Raptor Lake CPUs (full post)

Intel Arc GPUs use DirectX 9 to DirectX 12 emulator, no native DX9 API

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Aug 15, 2022 8:34 PM CDT

Intel has officially dropped native DirectX 9 hardware support for its integrated Xe GPUs on its 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPUs, as well as its upcoming Arc A-series desktop GPUs.

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In its place, Intel will be using a DX9 to DX12 emulator called "D3D9On12" from Microsoft, where it will send 3D DirectX 9 graphics commands to the D3D9On12 layer, instead of directly to the D3D9 graphics driver. As soon as the D3D9On12 layer gets the command from the D3D9 API, it will convert all of the commands into D3D12 API calls.

D3D9On12 is pretty much a GPU driver on its own, instead of a GPU driver with DX9 support from Intel. Microsoft says that the performance out of its DX9 to DX12 emulator should be nearly, if not as good as native DX9 hardware support. I don't see how native DX9 hardware support inside of Intel Xe and Arc GPUs isn't here, but DX9-based games should be able to run even on the mid-range first-gen Arc A-series GPUs.

Continue reading: Intel Arc GPUs use DirectX 9 to DirectX 12 emulator, no native DX9 API (full post)

Intel Arc A770 GPU used in Blender's Cycles benchmark with ray tracing

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Aug 15, 2022 7:52 PM CDT

Intel had its Arc A770 discrete graphics card at SIGGRAPH 2022 recently, with the company running its Arc A770 graphics card in Blender Cycles with ray tracing.

Intel's Director of Graphics Community Engagement, Bob Duffy, tweeted out that he was running Blender Cycles with ray tracing and live denoising running on an Intel Arc A770 graphics card, inside of an Intel NUC 11 Extreme PC. CPU-wise, it is powered by an Intel 11th Gen Core CPU.

As for the Intel Arc A770: we have the full ACM-G10 GPU with 32 Xe-Cores and 16GB of GDDR6 memory. Interesting to note, given SIGGRAPH is a professional event and not for gamers, but the gaming-focused Intel Arc A770 graphics card was used... and not the recently announced Intel Arc A50 and Arc A40 workstation cards.

Continue reading: Intel Arc A770 GPU used in Blender's Cycles benchmark with ray tracing (full post)

This guy hacked a John Deere 4240 tractor display, plays DOOM on it

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Aug 15, 2022 7:15 PM CDT

DOOM has been modded onto so many things at this point that I want to see how far things can be pushed, but now id Software's game-changing first-person shooter has made it onto a John Deere tractor, for real.

The current DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, with a video posted by Sick Codes on Twitter that saw New Zealand modder "Skelegant" getting DeHacked DOOM running on a John Deere tractor display. Specifically, the John Deere 4240 tractor, with DOOM modified so that you're playing in a cornfield mowing down your enemies in the tractor... so, so cool.

Sick Codes is an Australian who lives in Asia, and isn't just getting DOOM running on a John Deere tractor, he's created a new jailbreak that provides him access to the tractor's internal systems. What does this mean exactly? Well, it allows farmers that own John Deere tractors to perform repairs on their expensive machinery, as John Deere itself has software that actually blocks people from repairing the tractors themselves. Pretty sick.

Continue reading: This guy hacked a John Deere 4240 tractor display, plays DOOM on it (full post)

Lord of the Rings film SFX experts working on new Middle-Earth game

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Aug 15, 2022 11:28 AM CDT

The SFX masters at Weta Workshop are working on a new Lord of the Rings game and you should be very excited.

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Before today I didn't know who Weta Workshop was, but a bit of investigation has unearthed one of my new favorite companies (at least in what they've created...sadly there's a culture of workplace misconduct at Weta). Weta Workshop is a New Zealand-based SFX and prop company who has made some of the most iconic and dazzling visual setpieces in cinema and TV history, helping solidify decades of entertainment; they created armors for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings epics and worked on countless projects like the old Hercules and Xenia shows, Hellboy, The Last Samurai, District 9, Elysium, Mad Max Fury Road, Dune, and many more.

Today Weta announced that it is working with Private Division, the same publishing branch that brought The Outer Worlds to market, on a new Lord of the Rings game. The project is in early development and won't be ready until Take-Two's FY24, which ends in March 2024. Weta says the game will be very unique and unlike anything gamers have experienced in the world of Middle-Earth before.

Continue reading: Lord of the Rings film SFX experts working on new Middle-Earth game (full post)

Rockstar games like GTA to make less than $1 billion this year

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Aug 15, 2022 10:25 AM CDT

Rockstar Games earnings are expected to dip this year and this signals GTA 6 won't release release until after March 2024.

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Rockstar Games is expected to make less than $1 billion in net bookings during Take-Two Interactive's FY23 period, executive management for the company announced during a recent earnings call. While the numbers weren't clearly outlined, a quick bit of math gives us some figures.

Take-Two says it expects to make $5.8 to $5.9 billion from net bookings in FY23, and that Rockstar Games should make up roughly 17% of earnings. This puts Rockstar's share of net bookings in the range of $986 million on the low-end and $1 billion on the higher-end. What's interesting is that these are net bookings, not net revenues, and on average net bookings are typically higher because these figures include full online content revenues from games like NBA 2K, GTA Online, and Red Dead Online.

Continue reading: Rockstar games like GTA to make less than $1 billion this year (full post)

Brand-new humanoid robot unveiled, the CyberOne

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Aug 15, 2022 8:02 AM CDT

The new bipedal, humanoid robot has been developed by Chinese company Xiaomi and unveiled at a launch event in Beijing.

Named the CyberOne, its reveal followed Xiaomi's presentation for a new foldable phone, thinner than Samsung's and only available in China. The robot joined Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun on stage, walking over to him to hand him a flower. The humanoid robot adds to Xiaomi's growing robotics line-up, known as its Cyber series, which includes the Cyberdog released last year, a robotic dog sharing a similar design to Spot, Boston Dynamics' robot dog.

The CyberOne stands 177 centimeters (5 feet 9.7 inches) with a wingspan of 168 centimeters (66 inches). It supports up to 21 degrees of freedom in motion, which, paired with a response time of 0.5 milliseconds per degree of freedom, allows it to simulate human movements completely. Visually, the CyberOne also shares some strong design similarities with renders of the upcoming Tesla Bot, also known as Optimus.

Continue reading: Brand-new humanoid robot unveiled, the CyberOne (full post)

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