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GTA Online adds battle royale mode, dem PUBG feels

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2017 5:24 am

The whole battle royale game format isn't that new, but with the massive unstoppable success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise that GTA Online's latest update adds a new battle royale game mode.



The new "Smuggler's Run" update for GTA Online includes a new mode called "Motor War" which is a battle royale take on the game. It has the same gameplay mechanics from battle royale games, with players split into four teams that parachute out of an plane... hey, this is sounding very familiar.


From there, there's a giant box that shrinks slowly, with players needing to find weapons, explosives and vehicles to get out of the way of the box and kill other players. GTA Online + PUBG? The fight for Steam dominance and gamers' hearts has only just begun.

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Intel's new Xeon W: built for 'mainstream workstations'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 30, 2017 4:35 am

Intel continues to react to the increased threat in the CPU market from AMD, announcing new Xeon W processors at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany. Intel's new processors are a step up from the current flock of Xeon processors, using the LGA 2066 socket and rocking the Skylake-SP architecture.




Intel's new Xeon W processors come in 8/10/18-core variants, with Turbo Boost technology that drives the CPU clock speeds up to 4.5GHz. We have 48 x PCIe 3.0 lanes available, with the Xeon W processors capable of taking 512GB of DDR4-2666 ECC RAM.




The new flagship Intel Xeon W-2195 processor is the beasty 18C/36T chip @ 4.3GHz (Turbo Boost 2.0), joined by 24.75MB of L3 cache, quad-channel DDR4-2666 support, a 140W TDP, and 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes available. Pricing hasn't been stated just yet, but it should be expensive considering the Xeon W-2155 is a 10C/20T variant priced at a hefty $1440. I think we'll see the Xeon W-2195 at way over $2000, and most likely close to $3000.

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Apple wants to sell you 4K movies digitally for $20 each

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 30, 2017 3:43 am

Apple is expected to unveil their new 4K-capable Apple TV on September 12, with reports coming out that Apple hasn't finalized deals with movie studios for 4K content.




In order for the new Apple TV to be successful in pushing 4K content, there needs to be a decent sized library of 4K content, right? You can pay $11.99 for Netflix which lasts an entire month with unlimited playback of not just the huge library of TV shows and movies, but a continuously expanding library of 4K content as well.


Apple is reportedly looking to charge $20 per 4K movie, which is quite expensive in comparison to current digital 4K content services. Apple has secured big deals at the last minute before, where back in 2010 the company secured huge book publishers within days of launching iBooks.


If Apple launched the new 4K-capable Apple TV without 4K content, we could see Netflix and other 4K digital content service providers jump in and do something. We could see Netflix expand its 4K base into Apple TV, unless Apple is somehow able to secure 4K movies cheaper, I don't see why anyone would pay $20 per movie when they can pay half of that for an entire month of Netflix which has plenty of 4K content.

Domino's teams with Ford for self-driving pizza delivery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2017 2:37 am

We all know a future where self-driving cars deliver you pizza isn't far away, but now Domino's and Ford have an announcement that provides that future sooner, rather than later.




In a joint press release, the two companies said that they are working together on delivering fresh-from-the-oven pizzas using Ford's own self-driving Fusion test vehicles. Ann Arbor, Michigan is the first testing ground for self-driving pizza deliveries, letting customers track their hot pizza from the store to their front door using GPS and a modified version of Domino's Tracker.


Hungry customers will get a text once the self-driving car is out the front, with a unique code just for their order that will open up Domino's Heatwave Compartment, and inside of that compartment, will be their hot pizza.


Ford's VP of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification, Sherif Marakby, said: "The initial focus of our research together is understanding the last 50 feet of the delivery experience. What that means is we will be looking at how customers respond to this new experience, which will require them to interact with the self-driving car instead of a delivery person - walking out to the vehicle instead of just walking to answer their front door".

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PUBG's new desert map will also be 8x8 km in size

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Aug 30, 2017 1:24 am

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds might be one of the biggest PC games ever released, and one of the hottest games being played right now, but there's a new map around the corner that we should all be excited for .



Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene, the creator behind the game, has confirmed that PUBG's new map will be 8x8 km in size. The new map had been previously pegged at being 4x4 km in size, but the news was delivered by Greene himself where he said: "For 100 players an 8x8 just makes more sense and it gives more flexibility when we move onto custom games and things like that".

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PCIe 4.0 arrives in 2017, PCIe 5.0 comes in 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 30, 2017 12:28 am

We're currently going through the first few weeks of AMD's new Radeon RX Vega graphics card launch, and we're now hearing about PCI-Express 4.0 and 5.0 from PCI-SIG, the organization behind the PCI-Express standard.




The upcoming PCIe 4.0 standard will ramp up the interconnect bandwidth from 8GT/s to 16GT/s, and will arrive sometime next year.




Then the big leap happens with PCIe 5.0 which will push it right up to 32GT/s, offering 128GB/sec through the PCIe 5.0 slot (compared to just 32GB/sec from PCIe 3.0 and 64GB/sec from PCIe 4.0).

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Metro Exodus will look 'amazing' on Xbox One X

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 11:20 pm

4A Games, the developers behind the acclaimed Metro series of games, promises that its upcoming open-world Metro Exodus title will be a work of art on Microsoft's new high-end $499 Xbox One X console.




While PC gaming utterly dominates consoles in terms of quality and performance, it's still quite impressive to see Microsoft reinvent the console segment with its new 4K-ready Xbox One X system; in fact, the console has actually carved out a new console tier I'd like to call the "enthusiast console" or "high-end console" platform. Metro games are known for practically melting the most demanding GPUs on the market with demanding in-game performance, but 4A Games hints the Xbox One X will hold its own and provide "amazing" visuals in the new Metro Exodus game.


"The power of the Xbox One X will allow to ensure the game looks amazing," 4A Games Executive Producer Jonathan Bloch told OXM in a recent interview. Mr. Bloch confirms that Metro Exodus' stunning E3 2017 announcement trailer was indeed in-engine footage captured on an Xbox One X system. "The trailer was recorded in-engine from a gameplay sequence players will find later on in the game. We removed things like HUD/Quick Time Events prompts, and we choreographed the playthrough and music to fit the needs of the trailer, but the game looks like what you see."

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Apple to launch the iPhone 8 on September 12th?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 9:25 pm

Apple should unveil the new iPhone 8 on September 12th, claims a new report from the Wall Street Journal.




The company is aiming to launch the phone at Steve Jobs Theater at its new headquarters campus but considering that the new HQ isn't finished yet, Apple could use the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where it's held events in the past two years.


If the report is true, we could see the new iPhones available on September 22nd. Apple will announce the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7S Plus, and the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 is certainly the most interesting among the three devices since it should bring some design changes. One of the biggest questions is what will happen with the fingerprint scanner.

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Microsoft's appeals for cross-play may fall on deaf ears

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 8:19 pm

Microsoft is throwing open the doors for cross-play initiatives and says it's willing to work with Sony, Nintendo and even Valve to unite multiplayer gaming...but the company's appeals may largely fall on deaf ears.




Since the Xbox brand is no longer console-based but now a service that bridges both Windows 10-powered PCs and Xbox One consoles, Microsoft is in a strategic position to gain the most from cross-play multiplayer. This paradigm shift has many layers of tactical advantage, and is the main reason why the company is so strongly embracing cross-play--I have no doubt key executives, who are gamers, want to see platforms united for the good of consumers, but the good of the company comes first. I've highlighted many reasons why Sony is avoiding cross-play, and none of them have to do with being a villain or stifling player fun. Sony is simply putting the PlayStation 4 as the nexus of its entertainment ecosystem, and exclusivity has paid off big time so far.


In a recent interview with VG247, Xbox division VP Mike Ybarra affirmed this cross-play push is about unifying gamers so they can enjoy experiences with their friends, even if they own different systems. "It's more about gamer choice, more about making an IP on our platform last longer. I don't care about where they play, I just want people to have fun playing games because that's just better for the industry," Mr. Ybarra said.


"The demands of consumers and developers have changed. People are like, 'we want all of our gamers in one multiplayer pool together, playing,'" the VP continued, citing a very real discussion point across all gamers. Players typically own more than one gaming system and stick to a particular platform that has a core group of friends, but users often say they'd like to play with their PS4 friends on Xbox and vice versa.


"We totally agree with that. If any developer wants to have that conversation... Valve is right down the street from us, Nintendo is too - they're like a block from us. We're having these discussions as developers come up, and we're completely open to that."

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Bethesda isn't making Game of Thrones RPG

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2017 5:24 pm

Retailer Target has officially confirmed the "Bethesda: Game of Thrones" listing was an error, and that the game isn't real.




A bit ago we reported on a suspect listing on Target's website that had "Bethesda", the developer of landmark RPGs like Skyrim and Fallout 4, alongside Game of Thrones, the mega-popular fantasy series that just concluded its seventh season. Of course everyone thought this meant Bethesda Game Studios was adapting Game of Thrones into an epic sprawling open-world RPG...but alas gamers, and countless games media outlets, were wrong.


"This is not a real product - we're sorry for any confusion," an official Target spokesperson told Forbes in a statement. The erroneous listing has been scrubbed from the retailer's website.

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