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Gabe Newell: BCI systems will enable you to edit your personality

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Mon, Jan 25 2021 10:44 PM CST

Technology is beginning to turn reality into science fiction. Valve is working on brain-computer interface (BCI) technology that will be available soon, and Gabe Newell said it would allow you to edit your mood.

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If you thought virtual reality and augmented reality were science fiction technologies, wait until you try a BCI system that allows software to interact directly with your brain. If this sounds like science fiction to you, I've got surprising news for you: this technology exists in research laboratories today, and it's not far away from becoming a consumer product.

Gabe Newell recently sat down with 1 News in New Zealand to discuss his company's work in the BCI space, and what he said may shock you. Newell explained that BCI technology would enable you to alter your personality as you see fit. Software developers will be able to create applications that can change your mood to your liking, such as dialling up your motivation when you're having an off day. Newell expects that one of the earliest applications would be a sleep-improvement tool that ensures you get proper REM sleep and that you sleep for set durations.

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Konami won't stop developing games, consolidating biz to be profitable

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Jan 25 2021 1:54 PM CST

Konami today announced it has dissolved three production teams in its digital entertainment gaming branch, but it's not closing down total game creation.

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Konami is a somewhat confusing company. Today's corporate announcement didn't do much to outline or clarify the company's future plans, but from what we can gather, Konami is consolidating its digital gaming branch into one leaner and more concise group. In theory, this is similar to how Square Enix combined 11 separate teams into four game dev divisions in 2019.

Konami has dissolved three of its game production divisions so it can "respond to the rapid market that surrounds us." The game production departments remain open and active, though. We're not sure what the distinction is from a division and a department is in this case.

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This is the reason Konami doesn't make new Metal Gear Solid games

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Jan 25 2021 12:45 PM CST

Konami's latest internal reports reveal why the company hasn't invested strongly into Metal Gear Solid since 2015's MGSV.

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Today Konami announced it's dissolving three of its production divisions in an effort to become more lean, reduce spending, and adapt to the new digital-based COVID-19 market. The truth is Konami has been doing this for a while, and it's a big reason why certain franchises like Metal Gear Solid have lapsed.

Prompted by a post on ResetERA, I took a look at Konami's company profile data and found sales data for the stealth espionage series. So far, Metal Gear Solid has sold 56.5 million copies worldwide since 1987, more than other IPs like Capcom's Street Fighter (which sits at 45 million). Even still, Metal Gear pales in comparison to Konami's real breadwinning IP, the billion-dollar titan Pro Evolution Soccer. To date, PES has sold through 110.4 million in its 25-year span. It's easy to see why Konami is playing favorites.

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ASUS ROG RYUJIN II 240 CPU cooler features 3.5-inch LCD display

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Sun, Jan 24 2021 9:54 PM CST

ASUS is about to launch its slick new ROG RYUJIN II 240 CPU cooler, its new flagship dual-fan cooler for your new Intel or AMD CPU with a gigantic 3.5-inch LCD display.

The new design of the ASUS ROG RYUJIN II 240 CPU cooler was shown off by ASUS Technical Marketing Manager Juan Jose Guerrero III, showing off the new cooler installed into an ASUS Z590 ROG Maximus HERO motherboard. Check it out:

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The ASUS ROG RYUJIN II 240 CPU cooler is an upgrade over its predecessor that featured a smaller 1.77-inch LiveDash OLED display, while the ROG RYUJIN II 240 CPU cooler packs a huge 3.5-inch display that as VideoCardz aptly points out... is the same size as the Apple iPhone 4 smartphone display.

We don't know what else is going on under the hood with the ASUS ROG RYUJIN II 240 CPU cooler, not do we know the pricing or when it'll be released. But going from the previous model which debuted at $220... we should expect the new, larger, bigger, badder ASUS ROG RYUJIN II 240 CPU cooler to be more expensive -- or at least the same $220 price point, minimum.

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NVIDIA expands GeForce NOW into Australia, and other countries

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sun, Jan 24 2021 9:23 PM CST

NVIDIA has just announced that it will be powering gamers in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey with GeForce NOW "later this year".

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In an announcement on the official NVIDIA blog the company explained that it has signed new telcos into the GeForce NOW Alliance with Turkcell, Zain KSA and Pentanet, these new companies join current GeForce NOW Alliance members in Softbank, KDDI, LG Uplus, Taiwan Mobile and GFN.RU.

NVIDIA reminds us that GeForce NOW brings real-time ray tracing to some of the biggest games in the market to underpowered PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, Android and iOS devices. The company adds: "It also offers an opportunity for the world's leading telecommunications firms to deliver high-quality, low-latency PC gaming to nearly any device from the cloud. These partners form the GeForce NOW Alliance, a partnership of operators using RTX Servers and NVIDIA cloud-gaming software to expand and improve cloud gaming globally".

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Yeah, the GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 HOF looks beast AF

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Sun, Jan 24 2021 8:15 PM CST

We are now getting some totally nerdy nudes of the new GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 HOF graphics card, which was first teased at GALAX's virtual expo back in November 2020.

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The new GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 HOF graphics card is now posing for the camera in the nude, with its beautiful white PCB and gargantuan VRM design. GALAX is using 26-phase VRMs on the GeForce RTX 3090 HOF graphics card, which is the highest VRM count for any RTX 3090 on the market.

GALAX is hiding the 26-phase VRMs under the heat sink you see in the photo here, but VideoCardz -- who has the scoop on the GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 HOF graphics card says that they were told that the heat sink on the GeForce RTX 3090 HOF graphics card will be changed for the final product.

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Intel's 12th Gen Core Alder Lake-S processors should drop in September

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Sun, Jan 24 2021 7:42 PM CST

Intel teased its next-next-gen 12th Gen Core CPUs at the all-virtual CES 2021 not too many days ago now, but it seems the 12th Gen Alder Lake platform could be coming much sooner than anticipated. September 2021, soon.

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In a new tweet, Uniko's Hardware said that Intel would be launching its 12th Gen Core CPUs and new 600-series chipset motherboards in September 2021. As to what we should expect here: LGA 1700-based motherboards and the new Intel 600-series chipset that should support DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 support.

As for the 12th Gen Core CPUs themselves, the new Alder Lake platform will be built on an "enhanced" 10nm SuperFin architecture, and will tap Intel's Hybrid Technology which will see the pairing of high-efficiency and high-performance cores under a single chip.

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AMD Navi 31 teased: chiplet GPU design should be revealed this year

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Sun, Jan 24 2021 7:19 PM CST

We've been hearing about AMD's next-gen Navi 31 design for a while now, but it appears the MCM (multi-chip module) GPU is gearing up for a big 2021 reveal. But how much of a beast is Navi 31? It could be huge.

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AMD's next-gen Navi 31 would be an MCM-based design that would see a chiplet-based GPU -- the first ever on desktop -- similar to the chiplet design used in the Zen-based Ryzen CPUs. Rumor has it Navi 31 will pack 80 CUs and the top SKU has 2 of them for a total of 160 CUs which means up to 10240 cores -- 2 x Navi 31 MCM GPUs... that sounds so good.

The new RDNA 3 architecture will be coursing through the veins of Navi 31, which should have a huge injection of power into ray tracing performance over the Radeon RX 6000 series and its new RDNA 2 architecture. It's nowhere near NVIDIA and its ray tracing prowess with the Ampere architecture, but an MCM-based RDNA 3-powered GPU could do the trick.

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Report: KOTOR 3 is happening, but BioWare nor EA are involved

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jan 24 2021 5:27 PM CST

A new Knights of the Old Republic RPG is reportedly in development, but unnamed sources say neither EA nor BioWare are involved.

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Sources tell podcaster Bespin Bulletin that a new KOTOR game is happening, but BioWare won't be making it. The game is instead being crafted by a not-so-obvious studio as part of Lucasfilm Games' new Star Wars initiative.

Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, who has a close ear to the goings-on in the games industry, said in December 2020 that "nobody's going to guess right" about who's developing the sequel.

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Report: Tencent raising billions to buy EA, Take-Two, or others

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jan 24 2021 4:26 PM CST

New reports say Chinese juggernaut Tencent is eyeing a billion-dollar acquisition of a U.S.-based gaming company. Who could it be?

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Sources tell TMT Finance that Tencent is raising billions to buy out a new game company. Insiders believe Tencent could force a hostile takeover of Grand Theft Auto parent company Take-Two Interactive, or possibly make a deal to buy out EA.

The more likely scenario sees Tencent buying a South Korean developer, sources say. Targets include NetMarble, South Korea's biggest mobile game maker, and Nexon, the developer behind Dungeon Fighter. Tencent is already the third biggest shareholder in NetMarble with a 17.6% stake and could force a hostile takeover by acquiring more stake in the company. Tencent also has exclusive rights to publish Nexon's Dungeon Fighter in China, showing the giant has existing connections with both firms.

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