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World of Warcraft expansion 'Battle for Azeroth' releases

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 9 mins ago

The day has finally arrived, all World of Warcraft fans are gearing up to dive straight into a brand new expansion. Blizzard have finally released their seventh expansion to the World of Warcraft franchise, Battle for Azeroth is now live.

 

 

Players will be jumping into a brand new expansion that will be adding a bunch of new content. The following will be some of the new content: Level cap raised from 110 to 120, two brand new continents Kul Tiras and Zandalar, 20-player cooperative Warfronts, Azerite an invaluable new resource and of course new World Quests, raids, dungeons, and more.

 

The official Battle of Azeroth description reads: "Azeroth paid a terrible price to end the apocalyptic march of the Legion's crusade-but even as the world's wounds are tended, it is the shattered trust between the Alliance and Horde that may prove the hardest to mend. In Battle for Azeroth, the fall of the Burning Legion sets off a series of disastrous incidents that reignites the conflict at the heart of the Warcraft saga. As a new age of warfare begins, Azeroth's heroes must set out on a journey to recruit new allies, race to claim the world's mightiest resources, and fight on several fronts to determine whether the Horde or Alliance will lead Azeroth into its uncertain future." If you are interesting in joining the Battle for Azeroth, visit the official Blizzard website here.

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FromSoftware release Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice screenshots

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 9 mins ago

Everyone that loved the Dark Souls series is patiently awaiting FromSoftware's next big project. For those that don't know, it is titled Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and it's gearing up to be FromSoftware's most difficult game yet.

 

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The Dark Souls series is no doubt known for it's difficulty and zero remorse factor when it comes to punishing players for their mistakes. This level of difficulty provides players will a massive sense of achievement once they overcome whatever challenge or foe is standing in their way, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will have this exact same feeling. According to FromSoftware's President, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will give players all of that plus more "They're going to get that really high level challenge that's probably even more challenging than previous From games."

 

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is published by Activision and the publisher has released a bunch of screenshots showcasing the upcoming games beauty. From the screenshots we can see the grapple that players will be able to use, this new mechanic has sparked a lot of discussion to whether the game is going to provide much more easier since players can now utilize versatility. According to FromSoftware, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be concentrating much more on the nimbleness of the character, as well as the ability to utilize heights to better execute enemies. This doesn't mean that the game will be easier it just means that it will be a different feel when compared so the Souls series. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released in 2019 on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. For further information visit the official website here.

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Capcom/Valve to fix Monster Hunter: World connection errors

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 9 mins ago

Capcom's Monster Hunter: World just released onto the PC and has already attracted the attention of thousands of players, so many that it has actually broken the launch record for most popular Japanese title.

 

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Despite the games immense popularity, players have been experiencing numerous connections issues, some of which have been so bad that it has turned players away from the title until the problems are fixed. Do not fret though, Capcom has recognized that there is a severe problem with the PC version of Monster Hunter: World, and have announced that they are currently on the case to investigate the issue.

 

According to MHW_Capcom, "We have been receiving numerous reports that players are experiencing connection errors several times after they depart on quests. We are currently investigating the cause of this and are working with Valve to resolve the issue as soon as possible." Unfortunately Capcom did not provide a time for when they would be rolling out these fixes so we can only hope that these problems are not major ones and instead can just be fixed with a simple small update. Capcom finished off their post with "We will keep you informed of further developments in this matter. We thank you for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience this has caused."

Marvel's Spider-Man gameplay launch trailer unveiled early

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 9 mins ago

Insomniac Games has released the gameplay launch trailer early for Marvel's upcoming Spider-Man, the trailer has been dropped onto the PlayStation YouTube Channel and showcases Miles Morales.

 

 

The trailer showcases some already seen footage from the game, but most importantly is the first 15 seconds of the trailer where we see Spider-Man meet Miles Morales, or better known as Ultimate Spider-Man. For those that don't know, Ultimate Spider-Man was created in 2011 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, the character is inspired by President Barack Obama and actor/musician Donald Glover.

 

Ultimate Spider-Man is quite similar to Peter Parker in terms of abilities and strength, he does have two main differences though. According to the Ultimate Spider-Man Wikipedia page, Morales' "spider sense" isn't as strong as Parkers, but he makes up for it with the ability to be able to camouflage his clothing and himself to whatever environment is behind him. Morales also has an ability called "venom strike" which can paralyze almost anyone with just a touch. It is unclear whether these abilities will be included within Insomniac's and Marvels rendition of Spider-Man, but it would certainly be good to see/play. Marvel's Spider-Man will be releasing exclusively on the PlayStation 4 on September 7th.

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Nintendo smashes Sony in total hardware sales: 700 million+

By: Jak Connor | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 17 hours, 9 mins ago

Last week we saw Sony announce a brand new limited edition PS4 console to celebrate shipping 500 million units across the entire PlayStation family. A monumental achievement for the Japanese games-maker but now lets look at what Nintendo can celebrate.

 

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At the end of June this year Nintendo released their updated sales numbers for each of their products, according to the numbers when calculated together we get a total of 300.54 million units. This total is counting the following console unit sales in millions: NES - 61.91, SNES - 49.10, N64 - 32.93, GameCube - 21.74, Wii - 101.63, Wii U - 13.56, Switch - 19.67.

 

What is most interesting though is that Sony counted their handheld console sales (PSP/PS Vita) within the 500 million total, this means to be completely fair we would also have to count Nintendo's handheld sales. This is where Nintendo comes in really strong, Game Boy - 118.69, Game Boy Advance - 81.51, DS - 154.02 and 3DS - 72.89. When adding up all of those sales it brings us to a total of 427.11 million units, combining that with the above 300.54 million units we have a grand total of 727.65 million units. Clearly from these numbers Nintendo absolutely obliterates Sony when counting all hardware sales, I wonder if we will get a special 'Limited Edition' Nintendo Switch to celebrate?

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NVIDIA's new RTX technology powers ray traced Porsche

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 17 hours, 36 mins ago

SIGGRAPH 2018 - NVIDIA revealed the next-gen Turing GPU architecture today during SIGGRAPH 2018, with some new Quadro RTX graphics cards that are powering all sorts of new demos.

 

 

One of those includes an unveiling of "The Speed of Light", a collaboration between Porsche, NVIDIA, and Epic Games. The Speed of Light was created with Unreal Engine 4 using real-time ray tracing, NVIDIA's RTX technology, and their new Quadro RTX graphics cards. The demo was powered by two of NVIDIA's new Quarto RTX graphics cards, all running in real-time.

 

Manager of Virtual Design at Porsche, Christian Braun, said: "Porsche's collaboration with Epic and NVIDIA has exceeded all expectations from both a creative and technological perspective. The achieved results are proof that real-time technology is revolutionizing how we design and market our vehicles".

 

Over the next year, Porsche will be working with Epic Games to push their 911 Speedster concept. The carmaker said how versatile Unreal Engine was, saying that it "gives us a chance to have everything out of one software package".

Lenovo's new ThinkPad: up to 17-inch, Quadro GPU, Xeon CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 18 hours, 29 mins ago

Lenovo has just unveiled a new family of ThinkPad laptops, with some truly great designs and a new flagship laptop that blows the doors off of what we expect from a traditional workstation laptop.

 

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The new ThinkPad P1 is the most compact of them all at just 18.4mm thick and weighing 3.76 pounds, but it packs a 15.6-inch 4K display. Inside, we have the 8th-gen Intel Core or Xeon CPUs, up to the NVIDIA Quadro P2000, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to 4TB of NVMe SSD. There's also an infrared camera, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Windows 10. Connectivity wise Lenovo doesn't disappoint with 2 x Thunderbolt USB-C ports, 2 x USB-A ports, HDMI 2.0, mini GbE, and a smart card reader.

 

The higher-end ThinkPad P72 is a huge 17.3-inch mobile workstation that has the same Intel Core and Xeon options, but up to 128GB of RAM, up to NVIDIA's higher-end Quadro P5200 GPU, and up to a huge 6TB of SSD. The 17.3-inch ThinkPad P72 is much thicker at 25.9mm, and weighs 7.5 pounds. But what a laptop.

 

The new ThinkPad P1 4K will start at $1799, while the ThinkPad P72 1080p will start at $1799.

NVIDIA teases next-gen GeForce in 'Be For The Game' video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 19 hours, 17 mins ago

NVIDIA just unveiled its next-generation Turing GPU architecture during SIGGRAPH 2018, with three new Quadro cards unveiled: Quadro RTX 5000, RTX 6000, and the flagship Quadro RTX 8000.

 

 

Well, just a couple of hours ago NVIDIA uploaded a video to their YouTube account dubbed 'Be For The Game'. The video shows off a bunch of high-quality shots of an unknown graphics card - could be a GTX 10 series card, or it could be a next-generation GeForce graphics card based on the just-announced Turing architecture. There are a few teases of '20' and '2080' in the video, with one particular part standing out.

 

At the end of the video, NVIDIA has edited it perfectly to display the date '20.AUG.2018' except that the '20' and '08' come up last... which could be a tease of '2080'. It could be some sly trick to tease us of the GeForce GTX 2080, or I could be looking into it too much. But for NVIDIA to rearrange those numbers: 2, 0, 8, 0 and have the other numbers still placed there - they're highlighting '2080' for a reason.

 

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If you pause the video at the 45-second mark, NVIDIA pans towards a Discord chat between two people. Someone called 'RoyTeX' is talking to 'Not_11' with Not_11 saying at the end 'eating, gimme 20'. Out of all of this we have someone called RoyTeX, with the capitalization of RTX... leaning towards GeForce RTX, while the other person is called Not_11, which could be NVIDIA teasing it's not the GTX 11 series. Not_11 then says at the end 'gimme 20' which could mean 'gimme 20 series'. It's all so cryptic, I love it.

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Intel's next-gen X599 platform teased to fight Threadripper

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 20 hours, 56 mins ago

AMD just launched their new Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor in the last 24 hours and whaddya know - a new rumor about Intel's purported X599 platform is being teased.

 

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The rumor is coming from HD Tecnologia, who is reporting that Intel is working on a new ultra premium enthusiast platform in the form of X599. Intel would be releasing the new X599 and its new super-threaded CPU to compete directly against AMD and its new Threadripper 2000 series, since the flagship 2990WX rocks 32C/64T of power compared to Intel and its max 28C/56T which isn't even here yet.

 

Intel's purported X599 platform would have hexa channel DDR4 support, the same LGA 3647 socket and up to 12 x DIMMs for a bunch of RAM. We've already seen a tease of what to expect during Computex 2018 when Intel teased a 28C/56T Skylake-X processor which was running at 5GHz on all cores. It ran hot and required an insane cooler, but it was enough to compete against AMD's not-yet-released Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. However, AMD is now to market with Threadripper 2990WX and Intel is nowhere to be seen in the high-end CPU race anymore.

NVIDIA's new Quadro RTX range: up to 48GB GDDR6 for $10,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 22 hours, 7 mins ago

SIGGRAPH 2018 - NVIDIA has just kicked off its SIGGRAPH 2018 press conference with CEO Jensen Huang unveiling their new Turing GPU architecture and three new Quadro RTX graphics cards.

 

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The new Turing GPU is the largest leap in GPU technology from NVIDIA since the CUDA GPU was unveiled back in 2006, with a huge 18.6 billion transistors on a 12nm process. There's also a Tensor Core inside with 125 TFLOPs of FP16 performance, and an RT Core with 10 Giga Rays/sec of performance. The Turing GPU in all of its glory uses 754mm2, compared to 471mm2 of Pascal (which had 11.8 billion transistors).

 

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NVIDIA revealed three new Quadro RTX branded cards with the Quadro RTX 5000, Quadro RTX 6000, and Quadro RTX 8000. The flagship Quadro RTX 8000 features 4608 CUDA cores, an insane 48GB of GDDR6 memory and an equally as huge $10,000 price tag. The new Quadro RTX 6000 has its VRAM cut in half to 24GB with the rest of the specs at the same level for $6300 while the RTX 5000 has its CUDA cores cut down to 3072, and its GDDR6 down to 16GB with a price of $2300.

 

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These new Quadro RTX series graphics cards are the first in the world to feature VirtualLink connectors, the new USB-C connector for next-gen VR headsets.

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