It's been another big week of news and happenings in the tech, gaming, and science space, and Jak and Kosta are back with a new episode of The TT Show - TweakTown's official podcast. From leaked GeForce RTX 5090 specs to more Nintendo Switch 2 rumors from leaked Activision documents, the duo also touches on a potential fossilized avocado found on Mars.
Of course, it's just a rock that looks like one. In addition, with the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty expansion, Kosta went hands-on with the new Update 2.0 and was blown away by the improvements that have come with the new DLSS 3.5 Ray Reconstruction update.
And then there's a closer look at the new INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 Twin X2 OC with Stealth Cable Management - which sparks a chat about the abundance of cables. There are just too many. Plus, Intel's new 14th Gen CPUs get benchmarked, a Redditor digs into whether NVIDIA DLSS requires AI hardware, and more!
According to a new report at Cyber Security Connect, a ransomware group called Ransomed.vc claims that it has compromised all of Sony's system and is putting up all of the company's data for sale.
It's a bold claim and could be one of the biggest security breaches in a long time, especially when you factor in the size and scope of Sony's operations - which includes over 40 million PlayStation 5 owners and gamers.
Ransomed.vc announced the breach on its leak sites, adding that Sony isn't willing to pay for the data it's up for sale. The extent of the breach and the validity of the claim haven't been confirmed, with Sony offering a statement to IGN that says it is " "currently investigating the situation" though it offers "no further comment at this time."
Samsung has announced that it has developed the world's first Low Power Compression Attached Memory Module (LPCAMM) form factor for laptop memory, which could transform the DRAM and DDR5 market across PCs, laptops, and even data centers.
Samsung notes that LPDDR5X-based LPCAMM modules can improve performance by 50% and power efficiency by up to 70% while taking up 60% less space when compared to So-DIMM technology. This is exciting news for the mobile market, especially for compact gaming devices, as you're looking at speed, efficiency, and a small physical footprint.
Look at the animated gif above; you'll see how much of a space saver it can be. Speed-wise, Samsung confirms that it has successfully tested 7.5 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) LPCAMM through Intel's platform - so it'll be fast too.
Microsoft is hiring for a new role at the company, Principal Program Manager of Nuclear Technology. Microsoft is going nuclear, with the company planning to implement a global Small Modular Reactor (SMR) and microreactor energy strategy.
With the rise of AI and the exponential increase in data center power requirements, the company is looking to the controversial nuclear power for its Cloud and AI business.
"The ideal candidate will have experience in the energy industry and a deep understanding of nuclear technologies and regulatory affairs," the job listing writes. It's worth noting that this will not involve Microsoft building massive nuclear power reactors all over the globe but will use specialized microreactors that are compact, transportable, and "plug-and-play."
Capcom is among the last publishers to avoid the new $70 price hike for video games, but that may change soon.
Every new console generation comes with change--updated features, tech innovations, new tools, etc. But the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S also introduced higher costs for gaming's most profitable product: Software. From the get-go, publishers like Sony Interactive Entertainment, Take-Two Interactive, Activision-Blizzard, and Electronic Arts priced their new Gen9 games at $70. It took a little while for others to catch up.
Now after years of holding out, it looks like Capcom could be the latest publisher to raise its game prices to $70. At Tokyo Game Show 2023, Capcom President Haruhiro Tsujimoto shares a sentiment that most publishers will agree with: "Game prices are too low."
Chris Metzen, the original creative director of the mega-popular World of Warcraft MMORPG, has officially returned to Blizzard Entertainment.
Today Blizzard announced some big news: Chris Metzen is back in a leadership role and will now oversee the entire Warcraft franchise. Metzen's current duty is to help shape the future of World of Warcraft as the game moves closer to its 10th anniversary.
"We are excited to share that Chris Metzen has taken on a full-time role as Executive Creative Director of the Warcraft universe. Right now, his main focus is supporting our World of Warcraft leadership in crafting the next generation of adventures," reads the announcement.
Respawn and EA are currently working on a third chapter of the popular Jedi video game franchise, actor Cameron Monaghan has confirmed.
Given the success of the first two games--Fallen Order and Survivor--it seemed inevitable that EA would greenlight a third chapter in the Jedi series. After all, the Jedi games were originally envisioned as a trilogy. Now it look like a third game is indeed happening.
At the Ocala Comic-Con 2023 show in Florida, Cameron Monaghan, who plays the lead hero Cal Kestis in the Jedi games, said that teams are currently "in the process" of making a third game. Neither EA nor Respawn have made announcements on a third game.
Apple has today released macOS Sonoma to the world, allowing people to download it onto their Macs for the first time.
The macOS Sonoma update was previewed during the WWDC 2023 event on June 5 and it's been in beta ever since. That beta included both private developer and public beta programs and there have been many releases across the last few months. Now that the update is ready, everyone who has a compatible Mac can download macOS Sonoma for free and enjoy all of the new features that it brings to the table.
There are plenty of new improvements as part of this update including support for placing widgets on the Desktop for the very first time. Those widgets are also live, which means that they won't open their corresponding apps just to update data. Users can also install iPhone widgets on their Mac for the first time, too.
Starfield has a new patch out, but despite the patch notes promising a resolution for issues with upscaling, these are still present we're told.
Update 1.7.33 is out on Steam and Xbox for Starfield, and the following important graphics fix was applied according to the release notes:
"Addressed an upscaling issue that could cause textures to become blurry."
However, Wccftech reports that an upscaling fix is still required for Starfield.
Buying a new Apple Vision Pro headset might not get more affordable quite as quickly as we had hoped if a new report by a well-connected display analyst turns out to be accurate.
The Vision Pro headset was announced in June and was immediately slapped with a price that makes it out of reach for many. The starting price of $3,499 is a lot, but there were rumors that Apple already had plans for a cheaper version that would give more people an opportunity to get a headset of their own. However, a new report now claims that might not be happening after all.
Writing in a Medium post analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple may have canceled the low-cost version of its Vision Pro. If that's the case, it will mean that Vision Pro headset growth will be affected with anticipated 2025 growth simply not happening at all.
Apple's new FineWoven material was supposed to be a high-quality alternative to the leather options that it is no longer making. Instead, they're turning into something of a laughing stock with early buyers reporting that they stain and mark easily while also feeling low quality given their premium $59 price. Now, Apple appears to be trying to coach retail employees with any blowback that they might receive from disgruntled case buyers.
in a new memo sent to retail employees, Apple tells them that they might get questions about the appearance of the new FineWoven material. Those questions might include how it will wear over time, the memo says, while also touching on how the material should be maintained.
The memo, which was reported by 9to5Mac, explains that employees should tell customers that the FineWoven material is made from a "luxurious microtwill" and that it has a soft yet durable suede-like texture.