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NieR: Automata shipped and sold over 2 million copies

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 36 mins ago

PlatinumGames' tech-infused action RPG has enjoyed strong acclaim and sales across the globe, so much that Square Enix is committing itself to the franchise.

 

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NieR: Automata has shipped and digitally sold more than 2 million units worldwide across PC and PlayStation 4, Japanese games publisher Square Enix today confirmed. Back in April we reported the grim action role-playing game hit 1 million shipments and sales, and now the game has more than doubled that milestone in the span of five months.

 

"NieR:Automata, which we released in February 2017, has proven a global hit far in excess of our expectations. It has not only reminded the world of the high quality of Japanese games, but also demonstrated significant potential for future franchise development," said Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda in the company's recent Annual Report 2017 filing.

 

This timely success was a significant boon for developer PlatinumGames, who was apparently in dire straits before NieR: Automata's widespread sales. "NieR's success has to this point given Platinum a new fanbase, a growing staff, a brilliant success story, an increase in qualified job applicants, and a great benefit," PlatinumGames executive Hideki Kamiya said on Twitter. "To say that Yoko-san (the director for NieR: Automata) saved Platinum would not be an exaggeration. I cannot thank him enough."

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New Red Dead Redemption 2 updates coming next week

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 47 mins ago

Rockstar Games today posted up a simple advertisement promo for Red Dead Redemption 2, promising more content updates coming next week.

 

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New info on Rockstar's massively anticipated Western sequel, Red Dead Redemption 2, will be announced and showcased next week on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 11 AM EST, the developer announced today. In a very cryptic Rockstar fashion, no specifics accompanied the simple picture billboard, but it's possible the team will finally reveal the game's exact release date in 2018.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2's absence at E3 2017 and successive games industry trade shows was marked by gamers and industry figures alike, but Rockstar Games typically moves at it's own pace and doesn't need big showcases to draw millions of viewers. In fact, it's extremely simplified social media presence is enough.

 

The game was originally slated to release Fall 2017 but was delayed to Spring 2018 to ensure the experience lived up to players' expectations. The CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar Games' parent company, affirmed Red Dead Redemption 2 is being "built from the ground up for consoles."

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Vivendi may take over Ubisoft in November

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 34 mins ago

France's Florange Law may arm Vivendi with enough shares to forcibly take over French games-maker Ubisoft.

 

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The long-standing battle between Vivendi and Ubisoft's founding Guillemot family may conclude in November, the Financial Times reports. Vivendi, who currently owns 26.6% of Ubisoft's share capital and 25.2% of voting rights, may see its stake in the company doubled under France's Florange Law, thus boosting the company's stake in the games-maker past the 30% needed for a takeover.

 

Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot warns Vivendi that an aggressive takeover would be very risky. "The question is whether Vivendi will then make a tender offer or not. We feel it wouldn't be in the best interests of their shareholders because buying a company in our industry aggressively is actually very risky," Mr. Guillemot said during Ubisoft's Annual General Meeting of shareholders yesterday. The CEO goes on to say that being a part of a big conglomerate like Vivendi would essentially cut it's Achilles heel and significantly stifle agility--which Mr. Guillemot calls "a death sentence in our industry."

 

"A videogame company cannot grow within a media conglomerate," Mr. Guillemot said in an interview before the annual meeting, as reported by Bloomberg. "In our industry, independence is needed to take risks, to be innovative. That is not compatible with Vivendi's way of operating."

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 32, RX Vega 28 rumored to be coming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 10 hours, 50 mins ago

AMD just unleashed their new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 drivers which add 2-way multi-GPU support to Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, but now the latest rumor has the company preparing 13 new graphics card on their Vega 11 GPU.

 

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The Vega 11-based graphics cards should replace AMD's current-gen Radeon RX 400 and Radeon RX 500 series cards, which are based on the Polaris 10 and Polaris 20 GPUs. The naming system that AMD is reportedly going to use makes sense, as it continues the way that they launched RX Vega: using the compute unit count (in this case 32 and 28 CUs) to name the card.

 

This is where Radeon RX Vega 32 and Radeon RX Vega 28 nomenclatures come from, with the Vega 11 XT expected to rock 2048 stream processors, with 4GB of HBM2 and a 1024-bit memory bus. Vega 11 Pro should feature 1792 stream processors, with the same 4GB HBM2 on a 1024-bit memory bus.

 

Radeon RX Vega 32 and RX Vega 28 should fight NVIDIA's mid-range GeForce GTX 1060, and I'm sure the GTX 1060 9Gbps.

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AMD's new drivers add CrossFire support to RX Vega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 11 hours, 2 mins ago

AMD has released their latest Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 drivers, with a surprise feature: 2-way multi-GPU support for Radeon RX Vega graphics card.

 

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CrossFire support isn't center focus for AMD, something that the company has been very forward with for a while now. They will be pushing out multi-GPU support for their Radeon graphics cards in the future, but they're definitely pulling out of sheer beasty multi-GPU gaming PC rigs.

 

However, the new 17.9.2 drivers only support 2-way CF setups, with 3- and 4-way RX Vega setups simply not possible right now. I'm just installing the new drivers on my Ryzen Threadripper 1950X machine, with my 2 x RX Vega graphics cards and 8K display... we'll have results of RX Vega 64 CF over the weekend.

 

Download AMD's new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 drivers right here.

Intel working on dual-core i3-7360X for X299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 12 hours, 1 min ago

Intel has been reacting to Ryzen for most of the year, but one of the bigger surprises could be that Chipzilla is working on a new dual-core Core i3-7360X processor.

 

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Intel's purported Core i3-7360X processor will be a HEDT version of the current Core i3-7350K, which will be replaced by the Core i3-8350K.

 

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The new Core i3-7360K will be a dual-core CPU with a turbo clock of 4.3GHz, while the TDP is a massive 112W. Great tech for a dual-core processor, which will be around 1.25% faster than the current-gen Core i3-7350K, let alone the new Core i3-8350K. Intel, what's going on?!

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Razer will announce a 'mobile device' later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 13 hours, 20 mins ago

Razer has been rumored to be working on a new mobile device for a while now, but the company has now officially teased it is working on a new mobile device.

 

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Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan was interviewed by CNBC, where he explained: "One of the most hotly rumored things about Razer is that we're coming up with a mobile device. And I can say that we are coming up with a mobile device specifically geared toward gamers and entertainment. We're hoping to have it come ... by the end of the year, so that's something we're working on".

 

The gaming peripheral giant isn't releasing a new product into the mobile market 'just because', it has been planned and it's made for gamers, with Tan continuing: "The mobile market is one of those that we've taken a long-term view to look at ... We realized that a lot of our gamers are also passionate about the mobile gaming market, so we've done a couple of moves".

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MSI shows off GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 14 hours, 20 mins ago

EVGA just announced their new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE graphics card with its 11GB of GDDR5X clocked at 12Gbps, but now MSI has outed its upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO graphics card.

 

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What's the difference between the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X and the new TRIO variant? It rocks a triple-fan cooler over the dual-fan cooler on the normal GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X, coming in as a 2.5-slot graphic card with an RGB LED bar on the backplate.

 

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MSI has the clocks on the GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO at 1569MHz base, 1683MHz boost, and the 11GB of GDDR5X clocked at 11124MHz. MSI requires 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, but we don't have any solid photos of the PCB just yet.

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EVGA announces GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE with 12Gbps GDDR5X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 14 hours, 48 mins ago

EVGA has just announced their latest and greatest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE graphics card, which rocks highly overclocked GDDR5X memory.

 

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EVGA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE will have its 11GB of GDDR5X clocked at 12Gbps, offering up 528GB/sec of memory bandwidth, up from the 484GB/sec of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps.

 

EVGA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE will offer massive memory bandwidth that will be great for 4K gamers, and those chasing overclocking world records.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti: arrives in October for $429

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 15 hours, 32 mins ago

We now have more details to share on NVIDIA's purported GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, which should arrive with 2304 CUDA cores teased on the original rumor.

 

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The latest news comes from MyDrivers, which reports that the purported GTX 1070 Ti would feature 2432 CUDA cores, just 128 CUDA cores less than the more expensive GTX 1080. The GTX 1070 Ti will fall between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, with the GTX 1070 to ship with GDDR5, and not GDDR5X memory like the GTX 1080.

 

NVIDIA is expected to launch the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti sometime in late October, for $429.

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