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Apex Legends tease mother dragon & strange 'crypto laptop'

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 34 mins ago

We are on the precipice of Season 2 for Apex Legends and to build that hype we have new teasers to salivate over. Is it possible that a mother dragon exists?

 

 

Above we are looking at a post from the official Apex Legends Twitter account. The post features a gif video of a player flying down to what can be assumed is the map below, but he is accompanied by dragons (flyers) and what seems to be much larger mother dragon in the background.

 

In my first post about players finding the dragons, I speculated that Respawn could be creating a dragon looting area that would be guarded by a mother dragon. I also speculated that dragons will eventually fight players back, which would force players to choose between compromising their position on the map, or loosing potentially valuable loot.

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu available to own next month

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 3 hours, 34 mins ago

In May, Pokemon Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds hit cinema's. The movie was met with large amounts of fan support and now those fans will soon be able to own their very own copy of the film.

 

 

The above Twitter post has been found on the official Pokemon Detective Pikachu Twitter page and has revealed that on the 23rd of July, Pokemon Detective Pikachu will be available to digitally download.

 

For fans that would prefer actually being able to gold the movie in their hands (physical form), Pokemon Detective Pikachu will become avaialble on Blu-ray on the 6th of August. If you wish to pre-order the film, head on over to the Pokemon Detective Pikachu website here.

ASTRAL CHAIN is just part 1 of a trilogy of games

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 34 mins ago

During E3 2019 we heard about a secret Nintendo Switch project brewing in PlatinumGames' development labs. We then learned this project was ASTRAL CHAIN, and that the release is not far off from us at all.

 

 

Now things have been really turned on its head. Originally, fans were more than happy to get their hands-on a new PlatinumGames title, but now we have learned that ASTRAL CHAIN is just part 1 in what has been planned as a trilogy for the franchise.

 

According to an interview with IGN Benelux, and director of the title Takahisa Taura, ASTRAL CHAIN is being made with a trilogy of games in mind. For this reason there, ASTRAL CHAIN has no plans for DLC content and instead what would of been DLC content will arrive in the sequel. The sequels for ASTRAL CHAIN will only be created if the sales of the first title meet the studio's expectations. ASTRAL CHAIN will release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on August 30th, 2019.

Microsoft hasn't buried Age of Mythology, will revisit soon

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 34 mins ago

With all of the Age of Empires Remasters that are in Microsoft's pipeline, some fans have wondered whether or not the company has forgotten about one of their other popular spin-off titles, Age of Mythology.

 

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We already have the remaster for the first Age of Empires and now we are currently waiting for the remaster of the second game, Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition. At the moment, Microsoft are conducting an Insiders Program that will allow lucky fans to get an early taste of Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition. The program is invite only and can be signed up for here, and the release is scheduled for sometime this fall.

 

With all this news swirling around Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition, some fans wondered whether or not Age of Mythology would be getting some love. In a recent interview with Eurogamer at E3 2019, ADam Isgreen, the Creative Director for the Age of Empires franchise at Xbox Game Studios mentioned that Microsoft hasn't forgotten about the title. Here is what he had to say: "It's great to see how much love there is for Age of Mythology, 'cause I love it too - it's more of a... less accurate history. It's super loose, people just have fun, and I love that too."

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Fans rally to restore dead YouTuber Etika's deleted channel

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 34 mins ago

Yesterday it was confirmed that the missing YouTuber Desmond 'Etika' Amofah has been found dead in Manhatten's East River. Fans of the YouTuber/streamer have now started a petition to reinstate his once deleted YouTube Channel.

 

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If this is fresh news to you that Etika has passed, here is quick summary of the events. Etika had a history of mental health issues and expressed his struggle with internet fame and the negativity that comes with it many times in the past. Last October, Etika's channel was terminated due to him uploading pornography to it, effectively he was sabotaging himself.

 

Amofah's last communication with people was on June 19, and on June 20 the New York Police department declared it a missing persons case. On Sunday night Amofah's belongings was found on Manhattan Bridge and his body was found a day later near the South Street Seaport. Fans are now rallying a petition together to get his channel reinstated so they can enjoy Etika's past content. The petition already has 380,000 signatures as of the time I'm writing this.

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Microsoft rumored to move from Intel to AMD with Surface PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 9 hours, 10 mins ago

Microsoft already taps semi-custom silicon from AMD for its current-gen Xbox consoles, and its next-gen Project Scarlett consoles that will soon expand the Xbox family in 2020... but what about AMD silicon inside of Surface products? That seems like it could happen, soon.

 

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According to the latest rumors, Microsoft is working on a new AMD-powered Surface laptop that would drop the proprietary Surface Connect with the much more open USB-C port. Inside of the new Surface laptop is reportedly an AMD Picasso SoC on the 12nm node which will see Microsoft reduce its dependency on Intel for CPUs inside of its Surface products. The AMD Picasso SoC would feature Zen+ CPU cores (not Zen 2, and not 7nm) with Vega GPU cores.

 

On top of that, Microsoft is also reportedly working with Qualcomm on custom ARM-based silicon for codename Excalibur, a new Surface Pro that the silicon sounds like the Snapdragon 8cx, and some. Expect full 5G connectivity, and so much more on Excalibur. We'll keep you up to date on the new AMD silicon inside of the new Surface laptop as it happens.

AMD Radeon RX 5900 XT and Radeon RX 5950 XT rumors begin

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 10 hours, 18 mins ago

AMD is just over a week away from launching its new Radeon RX 5000 series graphics cards based on the new Navi GPU architecture, and while we'll see the Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 -- there won't be any high-end flagships to compete against the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti.

 

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According to new leaks stumbled upon by Komachi on Twitter, it looks like SAPPHIRE is working on a bunch of new Navi-based Radeon RX 5000 series cards including some purported flagship models we haven't heard about yet. We're looking at the Radeon RX 5900, RX 5900 XT, RX 5950 and RX 5950 XT as the new high-end Navi-based graphics cards to be excited for -- but are they based on Navi 10 or 20? That we don't know.

 

We could expect a dual-GPU variant in the Radeon RX 5950 XT which would be really cool, but I can't imagine the power numbers on that thing.

DisplayPort 2.0 supports 16K at 60Hz, dual 8K at 120Hz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 11 hours, 7 mins ago

VESA has just announced the fresh new DisplayPort 2.0 standard that drives supported resolutions right up to 16K, which comes in at an eye-weltering 15360x8460, and DP 2.0 can do it at 60Hz.

 

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DisplayPort 2.0 can also do dual 8K monitors both at 120Hz which is astounding, considering DP 1.4-based 8K monitors use dual DP cables to hit 8K60. This is the first update to the DisplayPort spec since 2016 with DP 1.4a, which compared to that DP 2.0 has 3x more bandwidth which is the driving force behind the huge uptick in resolution support. VESA Board Chair Alan Kobayashi explains: "DP 2.0 represents one of our most significant milestones in the history of DisplayPort, and is the culmination of several years' effort and major enhancements to this ubiquitous standard".

 

DP 2.0 supports multiple high-res, high refresh rate displays with the increased bandwidth allowing for 2 x 8K 120Hz monitors, or 2 x 4K 144Hz monitors which is just incredible. Not only that but we'll have support for 10K monitors as well. This is all thanks to that increased bandwidth that the new DP 2.0 standard is capable of, speaking of which here are the raw bandwidth and effective bandwidth numbers:

 

  • DP 1.0/1.1 - 10.8 Gbps raw bandwidth / 8.64 Gbps effective bandwidth
  • DP 1.2 - 21.6 Gbps raw bandwidth / 17.28 Gbps effective bandwidth
  • DP 1.3/1.4 - 32.4 Gbps raw bandwidth / 25.92 Gbps effective bandwidth
  • DP 2.0 - 80 Gbps raw bandwidth / 77.37 Gbps effective bandwidth

Twitch opens new paid subscriber-only streams

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours ago

Twitch gives creators a new way to reward subscribers with exclusive content.

 

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Today Twitch announced Subscriber Streams, a new feature that essentially locks specific streams behind a paygate. Only users who enlist in a creator's subscription plan can view the streams as they go live and on VOD. Subscriptions start off at $4.99 a month, then rise to $9.99 in the second tier and $24.99 for the third tier. Amazon Prime users can subscribe to their favorite content creators for free, but only the first time is free.

 

The idea here is to "reward" fans while actively incentivizing paid recurring subscriptions to access broadcasts. It's billed as a way to give back to fans and supporters with specific streams not available to everyday users, creating a kind of club that gives more direct exposure to a creator. All Subscriber Streams are marked as such on the main Twitch page, and anyone can see a 5-minute preview of the footage before they buy in.

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PUBG is getting a new original story-driven campaign

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 58 mins ago

After a falling-out with Activision, Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield has found a new home full of chicken dinners.

 

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Today PUBG Corp announced it's opening a new game studio called Striking Distance, with Dead Space producer and Call of Duty veteran Glen Schofield at the helm.

 

Striking Distance will evolve PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds beyond a multiplayer shooter and into the realm of narrative-driven story campaigns. "Schofield is building a world class development team from the ground up to create an original narrative experience within the PUBG universe," the announcement reads. Schofield's past work in games like Dead Space and Call of Duty WWII hints the PUBG story will be quite visceral and gritty.

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