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ADATA break DDR4 speed record with insane 5634MHz on LN2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

ADATA has just smashed the previous DDR4 speed record by Kingston and its HyperX Predator RAM, with ADATA's in-house XPG Overclocking Lab (XOCL) using its new Spectrix D60G DDR4 RGB RAM to reach the dizzying heights of 5634.1MHz.

 

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A single 8GB stick of Spectrix D60G was used on an MSI MPG X390I Gaming Edge AC Mini-ITX motherboard and an Intel Core i9-9900K, with LN2 cooling keeping the highly-overclocked DDR4 RAM cool. The timings were loose, with the team stretching them out to CL 31-31-31-46 3T, with no voltage numbers released but with LN2 keeping the RAM cool as well as having the DDR4 chips clocked at that speed, I'd say it was pretty damn high.

 

The ADATA Spectrix D60G comes at a stock 4133MHz so the OC all the way to 5634MHz is mighty impressive, and using LN2 cooling is even more insane. The RAM overclocking game is a crazy one, with ADATA taking the reigns this close to Computex 2019 is a big deal.

id Software boss wants to make RAGE 3 as soon as possible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

RAGE 2 has officially launched with the game being co-developed between original RAGE and idTech engine creator id Software and Avalanche Studios, the team behind Just Cause and Mad Max and the developer is already talking about RAGE 3.

 

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In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, id Software boss Tim Willits said that he is excited on the thought of developing RAGE 3. He said: "I hope so. Yes, is the answer to that question. We've always loved this franchise because it's such a fun setting. We can do what we want. We were once talking about riding on giant cockroaches. What other game can you have a conversation where that's a legitimate conversation you can have?! It's a crazy, fun, exciting franchise and I hope we can make a third one as soon as possible".

 

You can read the entire interview at The Hollywood Reporter.

AMD Radeon RX 640 and RX 630 spotted, ANOTHER refresh?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

AMD is reporting getting ready to release a new low-end Radeon RX 600 series of graphics cards with two SKUs leaked in drivers that point to a Radeon RX 640 and Radeon RX 630.

 

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These two cards would be based on the current Polaris GPU architecture and would be a refresh of a refresh of a refresh as the RX 480 was refreshed with the RX 580, which was refreshed by the RX 590 and now the RX 600 series. What should we expect is new here? Nothing really, as it'll most likely be something for OEMs to put into their lower-end PCs and not something that would constitute an entire new family of cards just as Radeon Navi is about to drop.

 

The purported new Radeon RX 640 and RX 630 were spotted in the INF file of AMD's Adrenalin 19.4.3 drivers, with the RX 640 sporting the same device ID as the Radeon RX 550X. We should see the Radeon RX 600 series live on with Polaris GPUs while Navi will power new Radeon RX 3000 series products as per the previous rumors.

Watch Dogs 3 won't release before 2020

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Watch Dogs 3 shouldn't release before 2020 as Ubisoft plans to round out its fiscal year with three big AAA games.

 

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Today Ubisoft reiterated plans to ship three more unannounced AAA games this fiscal year, and locked in a strange timeframe for the trio. According to its latest financials, the publisher expects to launch these titles in the fourth quarter of FY2020 from January - March 31, 2020. The company will actually ship four big marquee titles this year but only one of them has been revealed so far: Ghost Recon: Breakpoint was announced days ago and is planned for a third quarter launch on October 4, 2019.

 

Although the three remaining games are technically a mystery, reports indicate at least one of them will be Watch Dogs 3. Sources say Watch Dogs 3 will take place in a high-tech London with a strong emphasis on punkish, anti-establishment themes. Reports also said Watch Dogs 3 would hit in 2019. Ubisoft's latest forecasts seem to refute Watch Dogs 3's reported release timing.

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Ubisoft's digital focus is paying off big time

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Ubisoft's latest trajectory shows it'll soon join the likes of EA in making more money from live services than full game sales.

 

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Today Ubisoft announced its earnings for Fiscal Year 2019, proving its pivot towards digital is paying off. Some years ago Ubisoft made the decision to chase online-driven digital content and infuse live services into all of its games, including singleplayer-only titles like Assassin's Creed. The result is the massive empire of monetized, long-lived games that generate lots of cash years after their initial release. Ubisoft's tremendous success with this plan cements live services into its future.

 

Its FY2019 revenues show just how well this strategy is working. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, Ubisoft made the lion's share of its money from digital thanks to the added bonus of microtransactions. The publisher earned $1.56 billion from digital sales, representing a huge 68% of total sales, up a mighty 39% year-over-year. Recurring player investment, Ubisoft's term for microtransactions, season passes, and DLC, was up a whopping 33% year-over-year to $721.76 million.

 

What's most interesting about Ubisoft's aggressive digital-first strategy is how live services could overtake actual game sales. Soon Ubisoft will make more digital revenue from microtransactions than it does its games.

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Rick and Morty season 4 set for holiday 2019

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The wait is almost over: Rick and Morty's disturbingly hilarious antics will return this year.

 

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Today the smartest man in the universe and Jerry's kid with the old Jewish comedy writer's name had an important announcement for the world: Rick and Morty Season 4 is set to premiere this November.

 

Details on the new season have been notoriously sparse, and fans have been waiting anxiously for about two years since season 3 premiered in 2017. The show's massive popularity led Warner Bros. to greenlit 70 more episodes of Justin Roiland's and Dan Harmon's ridiculous sci-fi romp, and history tells us season 4 should consist of 10 episodes. Hopefully we'll get more intergalactic cable segments.

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Nintendo Switch outsells PS4 in Japan in half the time

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Thanks to its transforming handheld-console hybrid form factor, the Switch is a two-in-one system that brings huge value to consumers--especially in avid handheld-loving countries like Japan.

 

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According to this week's Media Create Sales, the Nintendo Switch has outsold Sony's PlayStation 4 console in Japan. The Switch currently has a 47,881 sales lead over the PS4, even when combining base and Pro versions.

 

The sales-tracking firm notes the Switch has sold more than 8.12 million consoles in Japan in 114 weeks, compared to the PS4's 8.07 million generated in 272 weeks. This means the Switch overtook the PS4 despite being available for less than half the time as the PS4.

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Disney now controls Hulu in sweeping streaming deal

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

As if Disney wasn't big enough, the multimedia empire added Hulu to its strengthening streaming business as eyes Netflix's throne.

 

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Today Disney and Comcast have entered in a deal which gives the House of Mickey Mouse full control over Hulu. The agreement says Comcast will sell its 33% ownership in Hulu to Disney by 2024, and meanwhile Disney will run the service as it now owns majority shares. Disney has agreed to pay at least $27.5 billion for Comcast's stake in the next five years.

 

Although Disney is expected to bundle its $6.99 a month Disney+ service with Hulu+ for extra value, the latter is set to lose some of its best shows. The new deal allows NBC Universal to pull all of its shows from Hulu in three years time and put them on its new competing subscription streaming service. Until then Disney will pay a premium to keep content like Saturday Night Live on Hulu.

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Ryan Reynolds video game movie 'Free Guy' begins filming

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Imagine a movie about a video game where a character in the video game realizes he is in fact inside a video game and decides to try and change the fate of the game being discontinued. Introducing a movie that is doing exactly that, Ryan Reynolds' 'Free Guy'.

 

 

'Free Guy' is being organized by 20th Century Fox and will feature Ryan Reynolds playing a bank teller who works out that he is just a video game character inside of a video game that the developers has plans of closing down. What an amazing idea for a movie, it reminds me very much of Jim Carrey's The Truman Show where Carrey's character found out he is the main character on a TV about his life.

 

Free Guy is being directed by Shawn Levy, Levy is known for his other projects such as Night at the Museum and some episodes of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things. Other actors who are also starring in Free Guy include; Taika Waititi, Joe Keery, Jodie Comer, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Lil Rel Howery. Production for the film has already begun, which marks one of the first Fox films to begun production under the umbrella of Disney. Free Guy is planned to hit theaters in July, 2020.

World of Warcraft Classic arrives Aug 27, beta tests go live

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

Blizzard claimed many teenage and adult lives when they released World of Warcraft back in 2004, now the company plans to allow you to re-live those captured years in World of Warcraft Classic on August 27th.

 

 

Blizzard will be allowing WoW players to jump back into what has been deemed as the 'vanilla experience' of WoW, and take on not only the classic bosses in raids but the massive amount of nostalgia that will be coursing through players' veins. Blizzard will be celebrating their 15th anniversary by allowing for 25-player raids that will pit players against some of the most iconic bosses in the franchise. Of course there will be rewards, for any player that manages to defeat all of the classic bosses will be rewarded with a new mount called Obsidian Worldbreaker.

 

World of Warcraft Classic will take players back to the game during the Drums of War update which was patch 1.12. Content wise, World of Warcraft Classic will feature periodically rolled out patches that will arrive in the same original order of 2004. "Re-experience WoW history unfolding as heroes gear up for Blackwing Lair; players battle for PvP Honor and Rank rewards; and entire realms band together to open the gates of Ahn'Qiraj.". Beginning today, players who sign up for the closed beta tests may get the chance to jump into the WoW Classic servers early, it should be noted that not all players who sign up get an invite.

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