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China's new Quantum tech is 100 trillion times faster than Google's

Kevin Carbotte | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Fri, Dec 4 2020 6:23 PM CST

A research team from the University of Science and Technology of China declared "Quantum Supremacy" when it published new quantum computing research in the journal Science. China's new quantum computer is the fastest ever made.

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Google's Sycamore used to be the world's fastest quantum computer on the planet, with 54 cubits of quantum computational power. Google declared Quantum Supremacy with Sycamore in October 2019 by running a calculation in 200s that would have taken the world's fastest supercomputer 10,000 years the execute. (in case you're wondering; Quantum Supremacy is when a quantum computer can complete a task that no supercomputer could achieve.)

The research team at the University of Science and Technology of China ran a similar simulated comparison to its quantum calculation. China's top quantum computer, dubbed Jiuzhang, completed a calculation in 3 minutes that would have taken TaihuLight, the country's fastest supercomputer, and third fastest in the world, 2 billion years to complete.

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New Dragon Age 4 footage will be shown next week at The Game Awards

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Dec 4 2020 5:31 PM CST

New Dragon Age 4 content will be shown at The Game Awards 2020 on December 10. Hopefully we'll get some gameplay this time?

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Dragon Age 4 is a long ways away and probably won't release before 2022. BioWare did show off a tantalizing glimpse of prototype in-game footage a bit ago, complete with some amazing lighting and motion effects, combat animations, and environments. We could see more of this kind of footage at The Game Awards.

Like all of EA's new games, Dragon Age 4 will be powered by DICE's next-gen Frostbite engine, which includes all kinds of upgrades like lighting/shadows, real-time destructible environments, and more. We expect Dragon Age 4 to be exclusive to PS5 and Xbox Series and not release on PS4 or Xbox One.

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Call of Duty Warzone hits 85 million players in less than a year

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Dec 4 2020 4:32 PM CST

Warzone is an absolute money-making juggernaut for Activision, and the F2P battle royale has now surpassed 80 million players in less than a year's time.

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Today Activision confirmed some epic stats for Call of Duty. The franchise has made over $3 billion in sales and mTX so far in 2020, and Warzone has hit 85 million active players on all platforms. It took Warzone 269 days (or roughly 9 months) to hit the 85 million player milestone.

Warzone remains an extremely important part of Activision's new tethered business model. Warzone will be the connective tissue that links all mainline Call of Duty games going forward, offering a free-to-play entry point with cross-progression, cross-saves, and cross-play. More importantly, Warzone is also another microtransaction avenue for Activision. Right now the Call of Duty franchise has four monetized points of access and play: two premium console/PC games, CoD Mobile, and Warzone.

Activision also notes that over 200 million people played Call of Duty games in 2020, and total MAUs for Q3 hit 100 million. Total hours played in Call of Duty games is up 700% over last year, Modern Warfare/Warzone players are up 10-fold, and Call of Duty Mobile has been downloaded 300 million times.

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Call of Duty has earned $3 billion in 2020, 40% of total ATVI revenues

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Dec 4 2020 3:14 PM CST

Activision's new four-part plan has created one of the most powerful billion-dollar revenue models in the industry. This is the future of Call of Duty, and the future of major Activision-Blizzard games moving forward.

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The Call of Duty franchise has raked in an incredible $3 billion in combined sales and monetization revenues throughout 2020, Activision today confirmed. These monumental earnings are made possible by the new Call of Duty ecosystem that connects four microtransaction-driven points together: CoD Mobile, two simultaneously-updated mainline premium games (Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare), and Warzone, the F2P battle royale that links the premium games.

Warzone and mainline CoD games are now strategically interwoven with cross-play, cross-progression, cross-saves, and cross-monetization, making Warzone the most important thing Activision has ever done.

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Star Wars' Oscar Isaac will portray Solid Snake in new Metal Gear film

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Dec 4 2020 2:09 PM CST

Star Wars and X-Men star Oscar Isaac with portray the iconic and gruff Snake in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid film adaptation.

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According to Deadline, Oscar Isaac just landed his dream role. Isaac is slated to play Solid Snake in Jordan Vogt-Roberts' new Metal Gear movie--a role that Isaac publicly expressed interest in. The film may be a long ways away, though. Isaac is currently working on a laundry list of films and adaptations, and will star in Marvel's new Moon Knight movie.

Jurassic World writer Derek Connolly will pen a script cemented in Hideo Kojima's vast, espionage-driven story arc. Avi Arad, who has been attached to innumerable Marvel and Spider-Man projects, will produce. There's no official details on which game the film will adapt, or who will play which characters alongside Isaac.

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An 8-year-old just signed a $33,000 esports deal

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Dec 4 2020 1:03 PM CST

Dreams do come true: 8-year-old Joseph Deen just became one of the youngest esports pros in history.

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esports group Team 33 just spent $33,000 to add 8-year-old Fortnite pro Joseph Deen, aka Gosu33, to their roster. Gosu actually started training with Team33 when he was just six years old (when I was six I was getting tormented by NES games, not competing against high-level competitors) and built up skills in the last 2 years.

"It's a dream come true!" says Joseph Deen, when asked to comment on his new signing. "While many other teams didn't take me seriously due to my young age, Team 33 scouted me through Fornite games and let me train and learn with them daily. I couldn't be happier today to become an official member of the team."

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Sea of Thieves breaks 11 million players on PC and Xbox consoles

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Dec 4 2020 11:54 AM CST

Sea of Thieves has broken another big milestone and now has more than 11 million pirate adventurers logging in worldwide.

2020 has been a big year for Microsoft's online swashbuckler Sea of Thieves. Between Steam, Windows 10, and Xbox consoles, Sea of Thieves now has 11 million people playing across the globe. RARE didn't give exact figures on how many of these are Game Pass players, but the devs did outline what's next for the game.

"2020 has had more players so far than 2019, and 2019 had more players than 2018. It's been great to see this continued grow of the game as more people come in from all over the world," said executive producer Joe Neate.

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Magic Leap is 'focusing 100%' on enterprise for next 3 to 4 years

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Fri, Dec 4 2020 10:31 AM CST

Magic Leap's new CEO, Peggy Johnson, spoke to CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on December 3 and laid out her vision for turning the struggling company around and it doesn't involve the consumer market for at least three to four years.

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Peggy Johnson left her leadership role at Microsoft over the summer, where she was the head of the company's business development efforts, to take the helm at Magic Leap. She joined the company at a rough time in its history, but she believes she can turn the ship around.

Over the last year, Magic Leap has taken a big tumble. Investors lost faith in the company, which forced it to lay off half of its staff, and spur Rony Abovitz, the company's founder, to step down as CEO. Johnson said she saw the potential in the company and stepped up to the plate. She told CNBC that she "intentionally raised [her] hand" for the job.

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Oculus now has over 50% of the SteamVR market share

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Fri, Dec 4 2020 3:19 AM CST

The latest Steam Hardware survey from Valve shows that Oculus has a massive foothold on the VR consumer market, with more people using Oculus headsets to play SteamVR content than every other brand combined.

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The Oculus Quest is really changing the game in the consumer VR space. For over five years, VR adoption has been steady but very slow. Although with the launch of the Quest 2 in September, consumers seem to have warmed up to VR. According to the November Steam Hardware Survey results, the number of Quest users increased by 5.53%. There are now more Quest owners on Steam than there are Valve Index owners on Steam.

Valve doesn't distinguish between the Quest and Quest 2. It lumps all the Quest owners into one group for the report. The survey does distinguish between Rift and Rift S owners, though, and Rift S is the reigning champion of headsets right now. Rift S alone holds a sliver more than 25% of the market. Pretty impressive for a device that will be discontinued in a few months.

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If you have an NZXT H1 you should stop using it and call support now

Kevin Carbotte | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Fri, Dec 4 2020 1:13 AM CST

NZXT has issued a warning to owners of its H1 mini-tower case that they should stop using their computers and contact support. There's a flaw in the case that could cause a fire.

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NZXT's H1 case got great reviews when it launched earlier this year. We gave the chassis a 96% overall rating when we looked at it in February. However, there seems to be a fatal flaw in the GPU riser card system design that could cause a severe hazard.

NZXT has identified that the screws that hold the riser PCB to the case can, in some cases, cause a short, which could cause sparks and potentially a fire. The company is taking the situation quite seriously and has paused all sales of H1 cases, including its own pre-built systems. NZXT has also communicated with its reseller network that sales of the case should be put on hold until the problem is rectified.

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