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Cooler Master intros GM Series gaming monitors with Quantum Dot tech

Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Thu, May 26 2022 7:50 PM CDT

Cooler Master has launched two new gaming monitors, with the introduction of the all-new GM Series Curved Monitor lineup that the company says is for "work and play".

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The new Cooler Master GM27-CFX features a 27-inch VA panel, but with a lower 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution, but an ultra-fast 240Hz refresh rate. I'm not a big fan of 1080p gaming monitors with ultra-fast 240Hz refresh rates, as this would've been a much better offering had it a higher 2560x1440 (1440p) resolution.

But then we have the higher-end Cooler Master GM34-CWQ ARGB with a larger 32-inch VA panel, and 3440 x 1440 native resolution (21:9 aspect ratio, UltraWide), while being driven at a still-high 144Hz refresh rate. Both of the new Cooler Master GM Series gaming monitors have a 0.5ms response time, and both tap Quantum Dot technology. Both of the new monitors also feature a low blue light mode, which is great for all-night gaming sessions.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator's new Top Gun: Maverick expansion launches

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Thu, May 26 2022 6:17 PM CDT

If you've been waiting for Microsoft Flight Simulator and its big -- and much-anticipated -- Top Gun: Maverick expansion, then it's finally here. FINALLY!

In a post on the official Microsoft Flight Simulator website, the team beams: "We are thrilled to announce that, today Microsoft Flight Simulator released the long-awaited "Top Gun: Maverick" expansion. Develop the skills required and navigate the complexities encountered by actual Top Gun pilots in authentic locations including the most challenging landing - on an aircraft carrier. This offering will push your piloting abilities to the limits-and beyond".

Once you've completed three training missions for the Super Hornet, you'll receive your Top Gun: Maverick Edition livery for the F/A-18E Super Hornet.

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Sony making 11 movies and TV shows based on PlayStation IPs

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, May 26 2022 3:52 PM CDT

Sony has 11 TV shows and films based on key PlayStation IPs in development, the company has announced.

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Sony plans to adapt most of its video games IP into film and TV show productions. Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra confirms that there are nearly a dozen

"Right now there are currently 10 additional film and projects with PlayStation [not including Uncharted] in various stages of production and development, including The Last of Us, Twisted Metal, Ghost of Tsushima," Vinciquerra said.

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New Xbox device to bring Game Pass to all TVs

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, May 26 2022 1:44 PM CDT

Microsoft is developing a small dongle/puck that will bring Xbox gaming to all TVs, sources tell Windows Central.

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Microsoft's new Project Keystone device is essentially a Chromecast that plugs into your TV and allows Xbox Game Pass streaming. The hardware is described as a dongle, or a puck, similar to a Google Chromecast, that acts as a receiver for streamed content. It's kind of like a Roku, only instead of streaming Netflix, you'll be streaming Xbox games.

"Xbox Keystone" originally appeared in a Windows OS list as an Xbox product.

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Sony to launch 12 live games by 2025, has strong confidence in success

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, May 26 2022 12:29 PM CDT

Sony is chasing Fortnite and Apex's billion-dollar revenues and wants to have a dozen live service games up and running in the next 3 years. Bungie will help, but don't expect all of these games to be Destiny-likes.

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Sony is doubling-down on live service games and plans to release 12 live titles on the market by 2025. Earnings projections show that Sony has massive confidence these games will be successful. The company expects add-on revenues (microtransactions) to reach $24 billion by 2025, which suggests a few things.

We know that Bungie is guiding Sony's live service plans. But this level of revenue growth strongly indicates a diversified slate of games that could be outside of the types of games Bungie is known for. The sheer volume of games coupled with the significant jump to $24 billion earnings (a 7.5% CAGR growth rate) suggests that Sony's live

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Sony's new acquisitions may target mobile devs and live ops teams

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, May 26 2022 10:42 AM CDT

PlayStation is moving towards online-driven live service games across consoles, PC, and mobile, and its latest strategic acquisitions reflect its new plans.

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Sony is going all-in on two of gaming's biggest money-makers: Live services, led by billion-dollar titans like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Minecraft, and mobile, who is dominated by the likes of Honor of Kings and Candy Crush. To successfully break into these markets, Sony will need lots of expertise and know-how. The company has been building its foundation with solid acquisitions, but it may need more teams to make its plans come to fruition.

Sony's latest 2022 Business Strategy Meeting details its grand ambitions to make at least 12 live games by 2025, and to make sure mobile accounts for 20% of its first-party releases by the same year. This is no small feat for a company that has primarily released big-budget singleplayer system-sellers like Horizon, God of War, and Spider-Man.

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20% of PlayStation's first-party games will be on mobile by 2025

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, May 26 2022 9:47 AM CDT

Sony is going all-in on mobile gaming, an plans to release 1/5th of its first-party games on mobile by 2025.

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Sony is ramping up for big diversification. PlayStation is no longer limited to consoles, and Sony has already brought its games to PC. Now it's shifting towards mobile, too.

In a recent 2022 Business Strategy Meeting presentation, Sony has confirmed its plans for significant expansion across PC and mobile. By 2025, Sony expects a whopping 20% of its first-party titles onto mobile. This aligns with the company's heavy push into live services as most mobile titles should be live games.

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PlayStation mobile push to be led by Fate Grand Order dev Lasengle

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, May 26 2022 9:17 AM CDT

Fate Grand Order developer Lasengle will help lead Sony's new push into mobile games.

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Sony is going all-in on mobile gaming. The billion-dollar games-maker announced that it is shifting its core focus to include PC and mobile, and plans to use Fate Grand Order, its only big mobile hit, as a template.

In a recent business segment report, Sony executives confirmed that Lasengle is not only making new premium, high-quality mobile games for its PlayStation division, but also helping synergize with other projects and teams.

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Antec Cannon gaming case: vertical GPU mount on front, or left side

Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Thu, May 26 2022 8:24 AM CDT

Antec has introduced its new open-air Cannon gaming case, which features a rather unique design -- allowing for your graphics card to be mounted vertically -- on either the front or the left side of the case.

The new Antec Cannon case lets you mount your GPU where your AIO radiator would normally go, with the company including a PCIe 4.0-capable riser in the box. Speaking of radiators, Antec says that its new open-air Cannon PC case can handle 3 x 360mm radiators, simultaneously.

GPU mounting can be done on the left of the Antec Cannon, where you can install your GPU either sideways, or mount it vertically with the GPU bracket. If you GPU is being installed at the front of the case (oh man, that would look SO good) then you can install a water pump adjacent to the motherboard for the ultimate in style + performance + once again, style.

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Tesla unveils new batteries could potentially last up to 100 years

Adam Hunt | Technology in Vehicles | Thu, May 26 2022 6:05 AM CDT

A study on the new battery technology titled "Li[Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2]O2 As a Superior Alternative to LiFePO4 for Long-Lived Low Voltage Li-Ion Cells" has been published in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society.

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Researchers from the Tesla Advanced Battery Research in Canada have released a new paper with Jeff Dahn's battery lab at Dalhousie University. They describe a new nickel-based battery that would retain comparable charging and energy density to lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cells even after 100 years if temperature-controlled to 25 °C.

Dahn is hailed as one of the pioneers of lithium-ion battery cells and is helped to increase their life cycle and thus commercialization. These new batteries are supposedly the best of both worlds, competing with the longevity of LFP battery cells while retaining the higher energy density associated with nickel-based batteries.

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