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PlayStation 5 won't be held back by PS4 hardware gen, Sony confirms

Derek Strickland | Gaming | May 29, 2020 at 2:30 pm CDT

Sony confirms it won't force developers to make PS5 games run on older last-gen PS4 hardware.

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Unlike Microsoft, who has mandated first-party studios can't make next-gen exclusives, Sony says some PS5 games won't be available on the PS4. Microsoft plans to merge the Xbox One and Xbox Series X generations together for a few years, but Sony wants to jump headlong into the new gen and make firm separations between the PS4 and PS5.

Sony will allow no-compromise next-gen performance. Devs can make PS5 exclusives that're built from the ground up for the 2.23GHz 10.3TFLOP Navi RDNA 2 GPU, 3.5GHz 8-core Zen 2 CPU, ultra-fast 5.5GB/sec PCIe 4.0 SSD, and 16GB of GDDR6 unified RAM. Developers will be free to push the hardware to its limits and hit native 4K (and even 8K gaming), 120FPS frame rates, ray traced visuals, and smooth performance that's all streamed at 100x the data speeds of the PS4. In short, developers who make PS5 games won't be held back by cross-gen optimizations and stone-age Jaguar CPUs and slow HDDs.

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Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition laptop has Quadro RTX 5000 graphics

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | May 29, 2020 at 1:02 pm CDT

Razer has unveiled the all-new Blade 15 Studio Edition laptop. The notebook is a mobile-workstation designed to meet the needs of content creators ranging from audio engineers to VFX artists. The computer is equipped with the latest eight-core 10th generation Intel processors. The GPU is an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 powering a custom calibrated 4K OLED touch display.

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The specific processor under the hood is the Intel Core i7-10875H that runs at up to 5.1 GHz using Intel Thermal Velocity Boost technology. The Quadro RTX 5000 GPU has 16GB of GDDR6 memory for multi-app creative workflows and 48 RT cores for improved real-time ray tracing performance.

"If I was to ask myself a few years ago, if I could pull off a high concept CG animated project like Battlesuit on a laptop remotely - I would probably think I was insane," said Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull, Director and Producer of Battlesuit. "Today, tools like Unreal Engine powered by NVIDIA GPU rendering on a Blade laptop are empowering filmmakers like myself to push the boundaries of sci-fi storytelling without restrictions, thus enabling me to realize my vision regardless of how wild my imagination is".

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Sony: watch the future of PlayStation 5 on June 4, 2020 at 4PM EST

Derek Strickland | Gaming | May 29, 2020 at 12:12 pm CDT

This is it, folks. Sony today announced a new PS5 showcase centered around next-gen games, and it's coming next week.

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The new digital-only PlayStation 5 stream is dedicated to the next generation of games across first- and third-party studios that push the hardware to its limits with ultra-fast loading, 4K and even 8K gaming, high frame rates, and ray traced visuals.

The selection will focus on PS5 launch games that're releasing alongside the console in Holiday 2020. Don't expect to see titles like Battlefield 6 or Dragon Age 4 running on the machine.

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HGST 8TB Ultrastar He10 SATA HDD is on sale

Shane McGlaun | Storage | May 29, 2020 at 11:01 am CDT

Typically when we talk about B&H and the discounts it gives out on products, it's usually a notebook that's on sale. B&H has a wide range of products, including computer hardware. Currently, it's offering a significant discount on the HGST 8TB Ultrastar He10 SATA HDD is a 3.5-inch internal NAS storage device.

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The normal price for the hard drive is $229.99. It's on sale for the next 13 hours as of writing for $179.99, making a 22% discount. That is a significant amount of storage space for such a low price. The drive uses the SATA III 6 Gb/s interface and has a 256MB cache.

HGST designed the 8TB Ultrastar He10 SATA HDD for capacity density and power efficiency. It's ideal for high-density data centers and centralized surveillance, cloud, or hyperscale storage applications. The drive was intended for 24/7 availability without sacrificing reliability with a mean time between failure of 2.5 million hours.

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Sony to reveal PlayStation 5 console soon to get head start on leaks

Derek Strickland | Gaming | May 29, 2020 at 10:30 am CDT

Bloomberg writer Takashi Mochizuki just brought up a good point: Sony is likely to reveal the PS5 so it can curb any leaked pictures that surface from production plants.

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Sony's next-gen PS5 has just entered mass production. Both Sony and Microsoft are ordering huge quantities of 7nm SoCs from AMD to ensure their next-gen consoles are ready for Holiday 2020. We already know what the Xbox Series X looks like, but Sony has been secretive about the PlayStation 5's final console design. That should change quite soon.

The idea is that Sony wants to be the one that reveals the PS5, not an overseas plant worker who leaks fuzzy picture or makes a drawing of a production line console. The company has put in lots of investment in the next-gen console, and rightly so as it's the future of the billion-dollar PlayStation brand. This time it's different, though. The PS5 represents a true generational leap beyond anything we've seen before thanks to its highly-customized SoC, RAM memory, and PCIe 4.0 SSD synergy.

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Is Final Fantasy 16 in development? Square Enix's earnings give clues

Derek Strickland | Gaming | May 29, 2020 at 9:24 am CDT

Square Enix will reveal Final Fantasy 16 this summer, a new rumor claims. This seems unlikely, but the company's financials do indicate a ramp-up for new projects.

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Right now Square Enix has a lot on its plate. There's Outriders, the new game from People Can Fly, Babylon's Fall, the mysterious RPG from Platinum Games, and its main bread-and-butter franchises like Dragon's Quest and Final Fantasy. The company is currently developing major titles like Final Fantasy 7 Remake chapter 2 and Crystal Dynamics' Avengers, the first game in its big multi-year deal with Marvel.

So where does Final Fantasy 16 fit in? In 2019, Square Enix confirmed Final Fantasy 14 game director Yoshi-P was taking the helm of a new project. The new unannounced game is a next-gen title, and has been in full production since April 2019. Many speculate Yoshi-P is working on the next mainline Final Fantasy game while Tetsuya Nomura and Yoshinori Kitase work on Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

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PS Blog adds dedicated PlayStation 5 news section

Derek Strickland | Gaming | May 29, 2020 at 6:25 am CDT

PlayStation 5 news is finally coming and Sony has prepared its PS Blog with a special section for the next-gen system.

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Sony has added a dedicated PS5 section to the PS Blog's categories list, allowing users to isolate stories and news on the upcoming 10TFLOP system. Right now the section is somewhat sparse and contains three games--Dirt 5, Outriders, and Godfall--alongside the handful of PS5 announcements Sony has made.

This comes days after Sony adjusted the PlayStation 5's official website with simplified buzzword descriptors like "lightning speed," "stunning games," and "breathtaking immersion."

Since Mark Cerny's in-depth tech talk in March, info on the PlayStation 5 has been pretty light. The last update was centered around the console's new DualSense controller. Sony unveiled lots of info on the system's 3.5GHz Zen 2 CPU, 2.23GHz Navi RDNA 2.0 GPU, and ultra-fast 12-channel 5.5GB/sec PCIe 4.0 SSD, but consumer-level news like pricing, exact release date, and final console form factor remain mysterious.

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These two drugs can stop the coronavirus from replicating

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | May 29, 2020 at 2:31 am CDT

Scientists from around the world are in a constant race to figure out a treatment for the coronavirus that has taken the world by storm.

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Luckily, almost every day, steps are being made to understanding the virus more and also drugs that can interact with it. URV's Cheminformatics and Nutrition research group has conducted a study that included computational screening to predict whether or not there is a drug out there that can inhibit the replication of the virus.

The study says that a human and a veterinary anti-inflammatory drug called Carprofen and Celecoxib can inhibit the replication of COVID-19 by targeting the main protease of the virus (M-pro). The study analyzed 6,466 drugs authorized by various drug agencies and found that 7 of them had the capabilities of inhibiting M-pro. If you are interested in reading more about this study, check out this link here for more information.

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz steps down from the mysterious AR company

Anthony Garreffa | Virtual & Augmented Reality | May 29, 2020 at 12:32 am CDT

Magic Leap dropped half of its staff after it charted a "new course" in restructuring itself, surviving the COVID-19 pandemic and its many effects on the world.

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In an official statement at the time, CEO Rony Abovitz said the restructuring would also see an increased focus on enterprise. This was barely a month ago, and now Rony Abovitz has stepped down as CEO of Magic Leap. It seems Rony Abovitz has removed himself from Magic Leap's reality.

Anyone that has been following Magic Leap's super mysterious journey as an augmented reality startup, as it has raised billions of dollars from some of the largest companies and investors in the world -- without a consumer product. The company pivoted towards enterprise, and that's not working either -- but maybe with a new injection of funding, things will change.

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Sonic the Hedgehog movie has a sequel already in development

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | May 28, 2020 at 11:27 pm CDT

The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie was announced all the way back in February 2016, quickly being hyped throughout 2018 and 2019 -- and then delayed in May 2019 to fix the bad CGI of Sonic after fan backlash.

Sonic the Hedgehog was delayed into 2020 to allow the visual effects teams to tweak Sonic's look, with a re-designed Sonic shown off in the awesome trailer to Sonic the Hedgehog in November 2019 -- with a new release of February 14, 2020. That trailer cemented it: the director and team behind the movie listened, and the movie released was in far better form than the early trailer.

This has all led to today: where Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy have "commenced development on a sequel to the live-action family comedy. The sequel would reteam the filmmakers, with Jeff Fowler directing, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller writing the script".

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