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Respawn CEO apologizes to gamers for devs INSULTING Apex Legends fans

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 17 mins ago

Things are really getting out of control at Respawn, with developers attacking fans and fans rebelling against the recent Iron Crown event. Respawn developers went as far as calling gamers "ass-hats" and "freeloaders", setting things on fire -- as you can imagine. Respawn CEO Vince Zampella has now responded, apologizing to gamers.




Zampella said in his tweet: "On Friday, we gave Apex fans an update on how we were changing the Iron Crown event. Some of the team then joined a discussion with our community on Reddit, and things got to a pretty bad place. Some of our folks crossed a line with their comments, and that's not how we want Respawn to be represented. I apologize to any of our fans that were offended".


He continues: "I will always stand behind the team here at Respawn and support them on speaking out against some of the toxic and nasty comments aimed at their families and loved ones. But we shouldn't contribute to it when we do comment, and add to the very thing we want to prevent. Last week we didn't do that, going forward we will be better. Having an open, healthy relationship with our community is incredibly important to all of us at Respawn".


I think that Respawn has a gigantic journey ahead of it to repair its damanged relationship with fans, something that EA needs to start dealing with now ahead of the holiday season and more so -- the next-gen consoles coming in 2020.

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CDPR talks about how Cyberpunk 2077 will use RTX features at Gamescom

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 3 mins ago

NVIDIA talked with CD PROJEKT RED about Cyberpunk 2077 in a little more detail at Gamescom 2019, with Cyberpunk 2077's Lead Quest Designer, Pawel Sasko, talking all things Cyberpunk in the video below:



The video goes for over 3 minutes, with the RTX portion of the video only a tiny portion which is unfortunate. I would've loved to have seen more RTX-powered footage of Cyberpunk 2077, but I guess we'll have to wait a little while longer.


The footage CDPR showed off at E3 2019 to the VIP guests in their suite (of which I was privy to see) looked great without RTX enabled, but I would like to see much more RTX-powered gameplay footage of Cyberpunk 2027, and ASAP. Maybe we'll see something new at PAX West which is August 30 through to September 2, cybernetic fingers are crossed for that.

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Cerebras Systems has largest chip EVER with 1.2 TRILLION transistors

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 hour, 33 mins ago

Cerebras Systems just unveiled the largest chip ever at Hot Chips 31, which is a A Symposium on High Performance Chips hosted yearly with the biggest companies in the tech space involved.




The new Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine chip from Cerebras has a huge 1.2 trillion (1,200,000,000,000) transistors compared to the largest GPU in NVIDIA's GV100 and its 21.1 billion (21,100,000,000). NVIDIA requires just 815 square millimeters of die space for its GV100 and 21.1 billion transistors, while Cerebras Systems requires a huge 46,225 square millimeters of silicon.


Cerebras' new chip is so big that in comparison photos, the company compares its new 1.2T transistor chip side-by-side with a freaking keyboard. Yes, this new chip is as big as a desktop keyboard.

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NVIDIA reveals ray tracing powered Control trailer at Gamescom 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 1 hour, 57 mins ago

NVIDIA went on an RTX rampage at Gamescom 2019 with the company unveiling a bunch of new real-time ray tracing infused game trailers like Minecraft with RTX, Watch Dogs: Legion getting RTX -- and the first fully loaded RTX game: Control.



The new trailer above is from Gamescom 2019 which has kicked off in Cologne, Germany and comes in at just under 1 minute. There's not much more to say about Control if you haven't looked into it already, but it's from developer Remedy Entertainment that made one of my favorite games; Max Payne as well as Alan Wake and Quantum Break.


Control runs on the latest version of Remedy's in-house Northlight engine, with the full set of RTX real-time ray tracing features. It looks great in-person, with my hands-on time with it at E3 2019 leaving me wanting more -- I now have it here on my PC but can't talk about it just yet. All I can say is it sure does look great and I can't wait to sink my teeth deeper into Control.

Alienware's new Aurura R9 desktop looks like it's from another world

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: 3 hours, 7 mins ago

Alienware has just unveiled its new Aurora R9 desktop today with a super-sleek, rounded aesthetic that looks out of this world. The new look is part of an extension to Alienware's "Legend" design that started earlier this year with the Area-51m.




With the Aurora R9 desktop PC, we have an awesome-looking system that doesn't look too crazy, but it definitely stands out. The entire front is curved, and looks like a Dyson bladeless fan, except there's a hardcore gaming PC inside of it. It can be specced pretty high, up to the RTX 2080 Ti and 64GB RAM.


Alienware says that it built the new Aurora R9 with improved airflow in mind, so the new rig has been built with less obstruction than the previous design meaning airflow increases leading to cooler temps. Alienware says these changes have reduced temps by 8% which is not bad at all.


This new PC would go beautifully with the Alienware 55-inch 4K 120Hz OLED gaming monitor that goes on sale September 30 for $4000, the design aesthetics between Alienware's new products is really impressive.

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Sony won't abandon singleplayer story-driven games on PS5

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 26 mins ago

As gaming's biggest publishers focus on live services and microtransactions, Sony plans to double-down on singleplayer story-driven experiences.




Photo: Marek Okon


Today Sony bought Insomniac Games and added the Spider-Man developer to its stable of first-party developers. This sets the company up to deliver even more high-profile exclusives on its next-generation PlayStation 5 console, which arms developers with mighty Zen CPU and Navi GPU processing power, a super-fast SSD, and ray tracing for improved visuals.


Like God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Spider-Man, Sony's upcoming unannounced exclusives will likewise follow the big-budget singleplayer path. This is refreshing news as EA, Ubisoft, Activision and Take-Two all follow billion-dollar microtransactions and online gaming. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shawn Layden says we can expect more story-first titles on the platform.

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The Vex are coming in Destiny 2 Shadowkeep's Season of the Undying

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 23 mins ago

Gamescom 2019 - Bungie today announced Season of the Undying, the first season for Destiny 2's big new Shadowkeep expansion.



Soon Destiny 2's new $35 Shadowkeep expansion will be the gateway to all future seasonal content. Shadowkeep's first seasonal event, Season of the Undying (technically Destiny 2's Season 8) is centered around the time-travelling Vex, but no other official details have been confirmed. The new trailer is cryptic and mysterious in pure Bungie, offering intriguing glimpses of lore and content we can expect from the season.


"We say the Black Garden is the birthplace of the Vex. But it was not the beginning. It was the reason. The life in the Garden called out a question. The Vex are the answer. They will do anything to protect the Garden. In these things there is symmetry. The gateways have opened. The Vex are coming. The Garden of Salvation is only the beginning."

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PS4 gets exclusive Modern Warfare 2v2 alpha access

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 54 mins ago

Gamescom 2019 - PS4 gamers will get to try out Modern Wafare's new fast-paced 2v2 Gunfight mode in an exclusive alpha test.



The new Modern Warfare alpha test is set to begin this Friday, August 23, will be free for all PS4 gamers worldwide, and stars Infinity Ward's new chaotic Gunfight mode. Gunfight is 2v2 team-based deathmatch with strong emphasis on frenetic action and twitch reflexes, and takes place across five small-sized maps: Stack, King, Speedball, Docks, and Pine. Infinity Ward will use the alpha test to gather valuable network feedback.


As for the rest of the game, Infinity Ward shared some more details on what Modern Warfare will offer when it drops on October 25, especially when it comes to multiplayer. "Our overall goal for MP this year was to create the ultimate multiplayer playground. So we've got all sorts of shapes and sizes of experiences, we've got our smaller, tighter and faster 2v2 maps, we've got our more traditional 6v6 maps, and we've also got experiences on our larger-scale maps that're going to support upwards of 100 players," said Infinity Ward producer Dino Verano.

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Death Stranding's fetus tank babies explained

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 26 mins ago

Gamescom 2019 - Death Stranding's cryptic Bridge Babies get decoded in a new character story trailer.




Today Hideo Kojima brought lots of Death Stranding tidbits and footage to Gamescom, including magical pee and more backstory on the game's mysterious fetus baby-tanks. The so-called Bridge Babies are essential to the game's plot, and are essentially the keys to the doorway between the living and dead worlds.


The BB's, or Bridge Babies, are kind of like batteries. They power Sam's sensors to detect the shadowy BT monsters, and like batteries, they have to be their mother's womb. Every BB has a "still-mother" that's brain dead, and the BB's periodically have to be returned to their mother's womb in the United Cities of America's capital citadel. The pods are a simulation of the still-mother's womb, but they're not perfect, and Sam has to frequently sync the pod to the Chiral Network (the main framework that ties players to the world).

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Fry's Electronics stores soon to close, seeing same fate as Toys'R'Us?

By: Rob Squires | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 7 hours, 4 mins ago

Since 1985, Fry's Electronics, a brick and mortar Silicon Valley headquartered electronics chain, was the go-to place for DIY system builders. The stores founded by John Fry were modeled like grocery retailing, but to sell computer and electronics supplies. Fry's Electronics, like most brick and mortar stores these days is having a tough time due to fierce online retailer competition. It seems that they may be closer than ever to facing the fate of other brick and mortar retail chains, like Toys"R"Us, K-Mart, and Sears.




Over the last two years, we have observed significant gaps in their product stock, and over the last six to twelve months entire product lines missing for extended periods of time. Examples include the OEM versions Microsoft Windows 10, internal hard drives, or motherboards which most stores have not had in stock consistently for the last six months. One thing we have heard across multiple stores from employees is that sales have been struggling. Our own visits to the stores have shown entire isles which used to be well stocked, completely devoid of any products.


Over the last few days, two videos have surfaced which you can watch here and here. These videos show a similar situation of product stock in the Arizona based locations.

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