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Check out this GeForce RTX 2070, modded from 8GB to 16GB of GDDR6

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Thu, Jan 21 2021 11:32 PM CST

Alright... someone has modded NVIDIA's last-gen Turing-based GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, which ships with 8GB of GDDR6 memory -- and modded it with an upgraded 16GB of GDDR6. VIK-on explains in the video below:

YouTuber VIK-on got his mits on NVIDIA PCB diagrams for the GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card, which packs 8GB of GDDR6 memory. VIK-on secured himself Samsung 16Gb GDDR6 from Aliexpress for around $200 and used it on his PG160 board which is the RTX 2070 non-SUPER graphics card.

He removed the Micron 8Gb modules from the card, modding it and switching them over with the Samsung 16Gb on the GeForce RTX 2070. The modding was easy it seems, but the card was only able to run through 3DMark TimeSpy with a score of 6176 points in TimeSpy Graphics, where an RTX 2070 scores 9107 points average.

Continue reading: Check out this GeForce RTX 2070, modded from 8GB to 16GB of GDDR6 (full post)

HTC's recent Cosmos updates unlock more performance from your PC

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Thu, Jan 21 2021 10:30 PM CST

HTC today announced that it made several improvements to the software that powers the Vive Cosmos headset. The company said the recent updates free up CPU cycles and unlock more performance from your GPU.

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HTC didn't have any new hardware announcements last week at CES, but the company has recently dropped some software updates for the Vive Cosmos headset that should improve your VR experience.

The Vive Cosmos is now compatible with DirectX 12 on NVIDIA GPUs. The change won't impact graphics performance, but HTC said that the shift lowers the CPU load by 15-20%. HTC also made some changes that reduce frame latency by as much as 10%.

Continue reading: HTC's recent Cosmos updates unlock more performance from your PC (full post)

SenseGlove expects to have a consumer-ready product in 5 years

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Thu, Jan 21 2021 9:30 PM CST

SenseGlove recently announced SenseGlove Nova, a haptic force-feedback glove targeted for enterprise-level virtual reality simulations. These gloves let you grab virtual objects and feel them as if they were physical objects to give you a more profound sense of realism in training simulations.

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The SenseGlove Nova features vibration motors to give you a tactile feeling when you touch something, kind of like what you get in a typical gamepad or VR controller. The Novo gloves also include a mechanical system that gives you physical resistance when you try to hold onto something virtual, like a doorknob or a tool.

This type of technology is hugely important in the enterprise simulation world, where the level of realism has a meaningful effect on the value of the user's training. When you're trying to learn how to complete a dangerous task, such as maintenance on a gas pipeline, working with explosives in a mine, or trying to perfect a surgical procedure, the more accurate you need the experience to be.

Continue reading: SenseGlove expects to have a consumer-ready product in 5 years (full post)

Apple to launch a headset for VR in 2022, one for AR in 2023

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Thu, Jan 21 2021 8:48 PM CST

Apple is reportedly working on a standalone virtual reality headset that it could launch as early as next year. The upcoming device could also offer passthrough AR capabilities.

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According to a report from Bloomberg citing anonymous sources with knowledge of the projects, Apple is currently working on two different types of immersive headset. It's no secret that Apple has been tinkering with augmented reality behind closed doors, with rumours of Apple AR glasses circulative for several years now. Tim Cook has also gone on record with his belief that augmented reality has great potential.

Apple has never been bullish on virtual reality, but this new report suggests that's where the company will start. The reported headset would be a standalone device with internal computing powers. Bloomberg's source said that Apple is testing hardware that is more powerful than the new M1 processor powers it's new Macbook computers.

Continue reading: Apple to launch a headset for VR in 2022, one for AR in 2023 (full post)

Capcom confirms Resident Evil 8 release date and free PS5 upgrade

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jan 21 2021 6:25 PM CST

Capcom finally reveals Resident Evil VIII's release date, and it's a ways away.

Today Capcom confirmed a bunch of Resident Evil Village details that fans will appreciate. The game will release on May 7, 2021 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC, complete with next-gen upgrades. Anyone who buys a PS4 copy will also get a free PS5 copy, and the game will feature Smart Delivery on the Xbox One/Series platforms. This is well after Capcom's FY2020 period ends in March.

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Resident Evil 8 will also be the first mainline RE game to utilize Capcom's new next-gen RE Engine upgrades. The game will be optimized to harness the power of the PS5 and Xbox SeriesX/S systems, complete with ray-traced visuals, ultra-fast loading, 3D audio support, smoother frame rates, and "hyper-detailed" graphics. Expect the game to hit native 4K on both machines.

Continue reading: Capcom confirms Resident Evil 8 release date and free PS5 upgrade (full post)

Resident Evil 8 Village demo available on PS5, features ray-tracing

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jan 21 2021 5:29 PM CST

With the new REVIII Maiden demo, gamers will finally get to see Capcom's new RE Engine technology shine in the Resident Evil series.

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Capcom just surprise released a playable gameplay demo for Resident Evil VIIlage on the PlayStation 5. It's called Maiden, and it's a standalone experience with it's own story that doesn't follow Ethan's arc in the main game. Maiden takes place in the gothic nightmarish halls of Dimitrescu Castle (named after the tall vampire woman, Lady Dimitrescu) and was originally made as a visual demo. Capcom then tweaked it to be a playable puzzler with story elements.

Sadly the demo is exclusive to the PS5 and can't be played on the PS4, but it does give a sampling of the developer's next-gen games engine, complete with ray-traced lighting, 3D audio, and ultra-fast loading on the PS5's SSD. Think of Maiden as a playable tech demo of sorts.

Continue reading: Resident Evil 8 Village demo available on PS5, features ray-tracing (full post)

Recover Data From WD My Passport Hard Drive

Sponsored Content | Software | Thu, Jan 21 2021 3:25 PM CST

Western Digital hard drives are a vital component for anyone who needs to deal with extensive data storage requirements. It helps in keeping all the files safe while also not overloading your devices with them. But despite being a reliable brand, you may still suffer from data loss with your hard drive. This can happen due to several reasons. In all cases, you will need to learn more about WD My Passport data recovery.

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We will explore here the most secure method to perform hard drive data recovery. Therefore, you won't have to stress about any loss and its consequences.

WD My Passport Hard Drive Overview

Before moving on to data recovery, you should first understand everything about your WD hard drive. Let's begin with some of its features:

Different Sizes: The brand Western Digital understands that everyone has their own storage requirements. That is why they bring in diverse options for their buyers. The minimum storage you can opt for is 1TB, and it goes all the way up to 5TB. You can pick any of the hard drives based on your needs for file storage.

Continue reading: Recover Data From WD My Passport Hard Drive (full post)

Valve's entire office won't move to New Zealand, just some workers

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jan 21 2021 2:32 PM CST

Gabe Newell really likes New Zealand--and why not? There's a lot to like. New Zealand was one of the most successful countries in curbing coronavirus spread and no longer has to practice social distancing. Life has returned to some state of normalcy in the country, and now GabeN plans to stay there for good. Some Valve employees could follow him.

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In a recent interview with New Zealand network TVNZ, Newell said that Valve developers want to join their boss and help develop games overseas. That doesn't mean the entire company will uproot from its Kirkland, Washington HQ and move to New Zealand, though.

"There's a lot of interest at a grassroots level inside of the company to have some people move," Newell said.

Continue reading: Valve's entire office won't move to New Zealand, just some workers (full post)

Capcom is about to have an amazing year of earnings

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jan 21 2021 1:44 PM CST

While some games-makers like SEGA and Square Enix are on shaky grounds, Capcom has massive confidence in its 2020-2021 earnings and just upwardly revised its forecast to new heights.

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Capcom today announced it has raised its Fiscal Year 2020 earnings forecast by as much as 17%. Below is a quick breakdown of the revision, and the yen to USD conversions are based on the going rate for December 31, 2020, which represent Capcom's Q3 period. Note that these conversions do not reflect the actual future exchange rates:

Revised FY2020 forecast:

  • Net Sales - 92 billion yen ($891.12 million), up 8.2% over previous forecast
  • Operating Income - 30.5 billion yen ($295.42 million), up 19.6% over previous forecast
  • Net Income (Profits) - 21 billion yen ($203.49 million), up 16.7% over previous forecast

Continue reading: Capcom is about to have an amazing year of earnings (full post)

GabeN confirms more singleplayer games coming, hints at Half-Life 3

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jan 21 2021 10:35 AM CST

Valve's Gabe Newell says new games are in development, but how many of them will actually release?

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We've known since 2018 that Valve has numerous unannounced games in development. One of these projects was Half-Life Alyx, the preeminent VR experience. Before Alyx, though, Valve had a handful of projects that fizzled out, including a Half-Life 3 prototype with procedural generation and even Left 4 Dead 3. These projects were cancelled because Source 2 wasn't ready yet.

"Valve has many projects in various stages of production at all times," read a job listing from 2018.

Continue reading: GabeN confirms more singleplayer games coming, hints at Half-Life 3 (full post)

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