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PowerColor teases Radeon RX Vega Nano prototype

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

AMD teased their much smaller Radeon RX Vega prototype at Capsaicin 2017 during SIGGRAPH, with Chris Hook showing it outside the event itself. It never materialized into a real product, until now.




PowerColor has shown off their new Radeon RX Vega Nano prototype during the Munich Ryzen launch event, with a new look, single fan, and beefed up power delivery with 8+6-pin PCIe power connectors.




We don't know if the Radeon RX Vega Nano will be offered to consumers, but if there's a prototype like this floating around I truly don't see why not. We should expect more news in the coming weeks, hopefully.

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AMD teases Ryzen 7 2800X, could be a 10C/20T beast at 4GHz+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 59 mins ago

AMD had quite the successful launch this week with their new flagship Ryzen 7 2700X processor, with the 8C/16T chip taking swings in the right areas with Pinnacle Ridge, but what about the Ryzen 7 2800X?




Right now AMD has the game locked tight in price/performance with the Ryzen 7 2700X against Intel's gaming powerhouse in the Core i7-8700K which is only a 6C/12T offering. If Intel strikes back with an 8C/16T model with the speeds of the 8700K, it looks like AMD is ready for such a thing with a purported Ryzen 7 2800X.


AMD can't just increase the TDP and clock speeds of the Ryzen 7 2700X and make it into an even beefier chip in the Ryzen 7 2800X, it wouldn't be enough. AMD could easily scale the Ryzen 7 2800X up with a surprise 10C/20T offering at over 4GHz, enough to counter Intel and keep the prices low enough without gutting the just-released Ryzen 7 2700X with its 8C/16T of 4GHz CPU power.

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Xbox One could soon have 120Hz high refresh rate option

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 hour, 32 mins ago

Microsoft is really giving Xbox One users a more PC-like console experience in the last few weeks with the addition of AMD FreeSync display support, but the tease of 120Hz is a far bigger deal.




Microsoft has announce that High Refresh Rate (HFR) support is coming in an update next month, something that will allow Xbox One owners to use 120Hz displays. In the 'Display and sound' options and video output menu, there is an option for the refresh rate to be increased from 60Hz to 120Hz.


The Xbox One will be able to drive up to 120Hz in both 1080p and 1440p monitors, which is pretty crazy for a console. The company talked about the upcoming update, and said: "In April, we added variable refresh rate, 1440p resolution support, and auto low latency mode. But we aren't done just yet. In May, we're adding support for additional panel refresh rates. Gamers with gaming monitors and televisions that support a 120Hz refresh rate can now turn on 120Hz support for 1080p and 1440p output resolutions. This high refresh rate option means you can now take full advantage of displays with 120Hz capabilities".

Valve picks up Campo Santo, Firewatch developer

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 3 mins ago

Campo Santo has announced on their website that their team of twelve has been acquired by Valve, the announcement read that this does not hinder or change any plans for their current project In the Valley of Gods.




The announcement explained that this agreement came after several "long conversations" and eventuated into a mutually beneficial decision. "In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn't happen every day). In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives. It quickly became an obvious match."


The team behind Firewatch is currently on their way to relocating at Valve's Bellevue Washington HQ, where they will continue working on In the Valley of Gods. "Yes, we're still making In the Valley of Gods (as a Valve game!); yes, we'll still support Firewatch; and yes, we'll still produce The Quarterly Review and our regular blog content. Thanks so much for your interest in our games and we'll see you in Washington. Cheers." If you are interested in reading the full blogpost check out the official Campo Santo website here.

Gearbox CEO addresses current Borderlands 3 rights rumors

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 3 mins ago

There has been some rumors bouncing around that Microsoft will have exclusive rights to Borderlands 3's marketing, Randy Pitchford has addressed these rumors via Twitter.




The rumors began on a few smaller sites and included many other titles such as CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077, the new Battlefield and a new Splinter Cell game. The rumors suggested that all of these titles had all of their marketing rights signed over to Microsoft.


CEO of Gearbox took to Twitter to address this rumor for his unconfirmed title, saying "Where are you getting that? Gearbox signed no such thing with Microsoft. How are these things becoming propagated as fact when there is zero basis in reality?"

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Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, a Mierce comeback

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 3 mins ago

Creative Assembly has released a new video for Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia and it details how players will be able to make a comeback if they are at a disadvantage.



The video begins quite late into a campaign, the narrator is playing Mierce and displays how players should not loose hope if they are on the back foot. The video showcases strategies that players can use to regain some power, utilizing victories over their enemies while also appointing the correct officials can result in a complete turn-around for a faction.


Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is planned for release on May 3rd and will only be available for PC.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze trailer, meet the Kongs

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 3 mins ago

As the release date for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze moves closer and closer Nintendo has released two new trailers for the upcoming title, meet the Kong family everyone!



Nintendo's release of two new trailers has a main goal of introducing potential players to the Kong family. The first trailer located above allows us to meet the very iconic Donkey Kong, we can see him progressing through the levels of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze with his pal Cranky Kong.


The second trailer showcases the very stylish Funky Kong and his trusty surfboard. Just like the first trailer, we can see quite a lot of gameplay of Funky Kong progressing through the levels. Funky Kong will only be available to play on the Nintendo Switch version of the game which is planned for release on the 2nd of May.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will 'soon' get map selection

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

Over the last year, Battlegrounds has added a new desert map titled Miramar, this map has caused some controversy amongst the community so the developers have announced that they will be adding a map selection tool "soon."




Some players have gone ahead and deleted the Miramar files from their game just to not play the map, this won't be needed in the future though as PUBG developers have heard the cries from the community and will be adding map selection for each region.


Here is what the Steam Community post read: "Map selection is something that players all over the world have continuously asked for. We take your feedback extremely seriously, but we also want to be thoughtful about how we implement changes to PUBG. And we knew that map selection posed a couple of problems we needed to seriously consider."

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Australian High Court REJECTS Valves appeal to $3M fine

By: Jak Connor | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

The on-going lawsuit between Valve and the ACCC is about to come an end, Valve has appealed the fine of $3 million and the Australian High Court has tossed the appeal out. Newell is going to have to pay-up.




According to an announcement from the ACCC, Valve has breached consumer law in Australia causing the company to be slapped with a fine of $3 million. Justice Edelman, fined Valve back in 2016 for not allowing Australian gamers the right of refunding products between the years of 2011 and 2014, Valve appealed this notion but the High Court has dismissed their proposal.


Here is what the ACCC said: "As a result of the High Court's refusal of special leave, the Full Federal Court's decision that Valve is bound by the ACL in its dealings with Australian customers, despite being based overseas, is the final decision on this issue"

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Skyrim Special Edition - 4K and 8K textures mods available

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

Modder 'jd941' created a Photogrammetry mod that updated the textures of the rocks found around the original Skyrim. Now, modder 'LupusHegemonia' has made the same mod available in the Special Edition version of Skyrim.



LupusHegemonia has released two versions of the mod, the first being the original authors creation "This is the author's original 4K-4K (and some 8K-8K too! ) textures files - defuse/normal maps/pumping maps etc." The second being a creation of his own "This is my personal version of the textures. I made them quite much de-saturated and most of them in grey-tones. Also, I added more grunge surface to most of the rocks' textures/normal maps. My version in 4K-2K resolution."


If you are interested in updating the textures of your rocks in Skyrim: Special Edition, here is the direct link to the Nexus Mod page where you can find many screenshots of the terrain.

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