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Samsung leads in foldable phones, but Apple will dominate AR headsets

Anthony Garreffa | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Wed, Jan 19 2022 8:54 PM CST

Apple was poised to release its new AR headset later this year but due to overheating and production issues, the AR headset has been delayed into 2023 -- but Apple will still crush Samsung in AR according to an industry analyst.

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Kim Gwang-soo, an analyst at eBest Investment and Securities said: "Big tech companies, rather than smartphone manufacturers, are leading XR devices because they have the necessary content and platforms. Google has an operating system Android, Microsoft has Xbox and Sony has PlayStation. It's risky for Samsung to roll out XR devices, so it has no choice but to stick to foldable smartphones".

There are other players in the AR and VR headset game, where past, present, and future companies include: Facebook/Oculus/Meta, HTC, Valve, Microsoft, Sony, Qualcomm, and soon... Apple. Samsung doesn't seem to be too worried about not leading in AR or VR, as it is leading in so many other categories the company is probably waiting to see how the market reacts to Apple's huge AR headset release, and has something planning in the wings.

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Chinese GPU makers should have 7nm, 5nm GPUs on shelves in 2022

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Wed, Jan 19 2022 8:14 PM CST

AMD has been enjoying filling computers, consoles, servers, and supercomputers of the world with its various CPU and GPU designs on 7nm thanks to TSMC, while NVIDIA hobbles along with Samsung 8nm... but the floodgates of 5nm are opening later this year.

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But it looks like we can expect Chinese GPU manufacturers to have both 5nm and 7nm GPU designs on the market sometime in 2022, according to sources of DigiTimes. Their sources said that Innosilicon -- which works with Imagination Technologies IP, Changsha Jingjia Microelectronics, and Biren Technology -- all make GPUs in China.

We've already been reporting on Innosilicon Fantasy One GPU, which the company offers in an impressive dual-GPU design with up to 32GB of GDDR6X memory (16GB per GPU). Performance is only hitting the levels of NVIDIA's previous-gen mid-range GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. But Intel's upcoming Arc Alchemist is around the corner, and that RTX 2070 level performance is actually opening the door to China competing with Intel this year.

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Intel to unleash 'Bonanza Mine': new Bitcoin ASIC miner

Anthony Garreffa | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Wed, Jan 19 2022 7:31 PM CST

It looks like we're going to have another player in the cryptocurrency hardware market, with a new ASIC miner from... Intel... called Bonanza Mine.

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Don't worry this isn't an early April Fools Day joke, but rumor has it Intel will be unveiling a new ASIC miner at the upcoming International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2022) event between February 20-24. On February 23 @ 7AM PST, Intel will host a live presentation called "Bonanza Mine: An Ultra-Low-Voltage Energy-Efficient Bitcoin Mining ASIC".

Intel's new "Bonanza Mine" Bitcoin ASIC miner will reportedly offer low power consumption, while packing some hopefully very impressive performance mining Bitcoin. If we see Intel play its cards right, we might see Team Blue competing with ASIC mining giant Bitmain who is a huge customer of TSMC.

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Bizzaro GPU world: we now have GPU loot boxes, in real life... sigh

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Wed, Jan 19 2022 6:55 PM CST

You know how hard it is to buy not just graphics cards these days, but DDR5 RAM, high-speed SSDs, high-end PSUs, next-gen consoles, and so much more are next to impossible to buy in some countries... and in roll GPU loot boxes.

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Yeah, you read that right -- a Japanese Amazon reseller is offering customers "mystery boxes" that will include a new, or used graphics card of some description. You will pay $100 for the mystery box, and not know what you're going to buy. You might spend $100 and end up with an older-gen NVIDIA Maxwell-based GPU, or an AMD Radeon RX 300-series GPU.

But... you might end up with a flagship NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3060 Ti -- or in AMD's Team Red camp you could score yourself -- for $100 mind you, a Radeon RX 6900 XT, RX 6800, RX 6700 XT, RX 6600 XT, and many others. The Ampere and RDNA 2-based GeForce RTX 30 and Radeon RX 6000 series GPU, respectively, will be brand new -- the others, will be used cards. Not a bad gamble for $100, isn't it?

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SK hynix to detail its HBM3 memory @ 896GB/sec, offered in up to 24GB

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Wed, Jan 19 2022 6:29 PM CST

Update: SK hynix reached out to tech media to clear the air about its HBM3 detailing at ISSCC 2022, and that its HBM3 @ 896GB/sec is the same memory as the one the company unveiled back in October 2021 but with a different "standard of performance indication".

SK hynix will be detailing its latest under-development HBM3 memory spec at the ISSCC 2022 (IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference) with up to 24GB through 12-layer HBM3 DRAM. With capacities of up to 196Gb (24GB) the company is using TSV (through silicon via) auto-calibration and machine learning optimizations.

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We know what to expect from the title of the session SK hynix is involved in is dubbed "A 192-Gb 12-High 896GB/s HBM3 DRAM with a TSV Auto-Calibration Scheme and Machine-Learning-Based Layout Optimization". FYI: "TSV" is through silicon via, but we don't know if this is prototype memory or something that will enter mass production and see SK hynix printing it onto devices en masse.

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Halo Infinite Big Team Battle is still broken after new update

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Wed, Jan 19 2022 4:31 PM CST

Halo Infinite's big team battle mode is still broken following a new hotfix patch.

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Today 343 Industries deployed a new hotfix patch to address the ongoing big team battle issues. Unfortunately, the update didn't fix the issues and BTB's prevalent matchmaking issues remain. This marks the second month in a row that big team battle has been almost unplayable due to connection errors, glitches, and frozen loading screens. Our own tests showed that BTB had an 80% failure rate; out of 20 attempts, there were 16 failures and 4 successfully played games.

"Today's BTB hotfix does not appear to be the outcome we expected. There are minor improvements, but overall matchmaking issues are still occurring. Thanks to the folks who have been working hard and we're sorry this didn't quite get the job done. Work continues," Halo community director Brian Jarrard said today on Twitter.

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Take-Two CEO: GTA trilogy remaster doing 'great' despite launch issues

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Wed, Jan 19 2022 3:45 PM CST

The new Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is apparently selling well despite its controversial launch.

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The new GTA trilogy remaster released with a ton of issues, including graphical hiccups, bad animations and character models, and a lot of glitches. Rockstar has stepped in to offer free games and a multitude of patches to fix the myriad of problems. Plus the original versions of the game had to be removed from sale on PC because they non-licensed music in the source code.

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick recently acknowledged the game's slips at launch, and says the GTA trilogy remaster is doing very well insofar as overall company metrics.

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Activision CEO contemplated buying press websites to control coverage

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Wed, Jan 19 2022 2:28 PM CST

Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly suggested buying websites in an attempt to control the press.

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In an attempt to control the narrative around Activision-Blizzard's damning controversy, company CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly suggesting direct acquisitions of video game press websites like Kotaku and PC Gamer. New reports from The Wall Street Journal say Kotick discussed possible press company buyouts with the board of directors to help stem the tide of scathing articles.

Throughout the last few months, Activision-Blizzard's dirty laundry--which culminates in years of alleged discrimination, sexual harassment and toxic workplace culture--has been aired by dozens of news articles across a multitude of websites as well as official documents like public lawsuit filings.

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New D2R runewords: Unbending Will, Flickering Flame, Wisdom, Mist

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Wed, Jan 19 2022 1:36 PM CST

Four new Diablo 2 Resurrected runewords have leaked so far, including Unbending Will, Wisdom, Mist, and Flickering Flame.

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A bit ago we reported on Unbending Will, the first new Diablo 2 runeword released in the last 17 years. Now three other runewords have been leaked, showing us what to expect from Diablo 2 Resurrected's big new v2.4 update.

Three other runewords of various utility have surfaced: Flickering Flame (Nef + Pul + Vex), Wisdom (Pul + Ith + Eld), and Mist (Cham + Shael + Gul +Thul + Ith). The first two runewords are so-so and have some specific applications.

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Rockstar Games receives $77 million tax credit for RDR2, GTA 6

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Wed, Jan 19 2022 12:06 PM CST

Rockstar Games' UK studio has received over $77 million in relief throughout 2019 and 2020, likely to help offset high costs of developing games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and the new GTA 6.

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According to new reports from Tax Watch, Rockstar North received £56.6 million (roughly $77 million) from the UK's Video Game Tax Relief fund throughout 2019 and 2020. Rockstar received nearly 50% of all VGTR relief during the period.

As outlined in previous articles, Rockstar North is carefully managed to make the most of this relief. The UK-based Rockstar studio makes very little operating profit and pays lower taxes as a result. The VGTR fund adds notional costs (that is, estimated costs) to help inflate Rockstar North's overall taxable costs and losses so it can quality for credits. The HMRC (the UK's version of the IRS) offers a cash payment for losses at a 25% rate.

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