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AMD hit with class action lawsuit over Spectre and Meltdown

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 17, 2018 3:25 am

We all know that the Meltdown and Spectre security holes have caused headaches for Intel and AMD, but now AMD has been hit with a class action lawsuit that seeks to "recover damages for Advanced Micro investors under the federal securities laws".




Rosen Law Firm is a global investor rights firm, where a class action lawsuit has been kicked off on "behalf of purchasers of the securities of Advanced Micro Devices". The lawsuit details:


"Defendants during the Class Period made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) a fundamental security flaw in Advanced Micro's processor chips renders them susceptible to hacking; and (2) as a result, Advanced Micro's public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages".


It seems AMD is in deep trouble over saying: "To be clear, the security research team identified three variants targeting speculative execution. The threat and the response to the three variants differ by microprocessor company, and AMD is not susceptible to all three variants. Due to differences in AMD's architecture, we believe there is a near zero risk to AMD processors at this time. We expect the security research to be published later today and will provide further updates at that time".


I've reached out to AMD, with the company saying to TweakTown "We believe these allegations are without merit. We intend to vigorously defend against these baseless claims".

Cryptocurrency crash wipes $300 billion from market cap

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cryptocurrency & Mining | Posted: Jan 17, 2018 1:51 am

For anyone in the cryptocurrency world, the last few days have been horrible with a couple of major dips in virtually all cryptocurrencies.




The entire cryptocurrency market cap reached over $800 billion on January 7, and has been on the decline since.




But the last 7 days have been horrible, where it dipped into the $700 billion area and then has really dived off a cliff in the last 24 hours into the sub-$500 billion mark, stabilizing (for now) at $530 billion.

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Battlefield 1's Operation Campaigns are now FREE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 17, 2018 1:33 am

DICE is making some pretty big changes to their Operation Campaigns in Battlefield 1, and I'm sure it's from the continued heat the game is getting in the form of lacking players because they're too busy enthralled with Battlegrounds or Fortnite.




The developer has announced that BF1 players can play all Operation Campaigns, no matter if they have Battlefield 1's Premium Pass, or purchased the maps as a standalone DLC. Gamers without the DLC won't have access to them outside of Operations Campaigns, meaning that when you're finished with the campaign, the content is locked.


If you don't own the DLC, you won't have access to the additional weapons, elites, and more. Still, DICE has work to do on Battlefield 1 and I feel like BF1 has been an experiment gone wrong. Battlefield: Battle Royale wouldn't surprise me at this point.

LG's G7 development halted, LG starting over from scratch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 16, 2018 11:32 pm

LG has halted all development on its next-gen G7 smartphone, with the compoany deciding to start from scratch - which I'm sure is from the unstoppable fight from Samsung.




There were reports from just before CES that the G6 successor wouldn't be called the G7, and would instead rock all-new branding, and now we're hearing that might not be the case. The Investor is reporting that LG Vice Chairman and CEO, Jo Seong-jin has ordered LG's mobile business to stop all development of the G6 successor, and to start again.


LG is now expected to unveil its new flagship smartphone during the Lunar New Year holiday (February 15-21), meaning we won't see the G6 successor until at least April.

Super Meat Boy is a success on Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2018 9:24 pm

More and more gamers are buying indies on their Nintendo Switch platform, showing that AAA games aren't always all the rage.




The beloved hard-as-nails platformer Super Meat Boy is actually doing pretty good sales-wise on Nintendo's new handheld-console hybrid. In fact, according to the devs at Team Meat, the indie is pretty high up there in purchases and almost even surpassed the game's original launch some 7+ years ago.


"Super Meat Boy on Switch first day sales came shockingly close to it's debut on Xbox 360 back in 2010. That's. nuts," Team Meat said on Twitter.


This isn't the first indie to hit it big on Switch--Stardew Valley sold like gang busters on the platform, and Steamworld Dig 2 on Switch actually sold ten times more than its Steam version. As more and more Nintendo Switch owners avidly consume indie titles it's becoming much more likely the company will push its Nindies initiative even harder and release many more titles on the eShop.


Like a few other indies, Super Meat Boy will get a physical launch on Switch sometime this year.

Final Fantasy XV on PC will support mods

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2018 6:24 pm

Square Enix has confirmed that mods will be available for Final Fantasy XV's impending release on PC.




A few months ago Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata said he'd like to put mods in the PC port of the game, and now the team is living up to his wishes. In an official announcement Square Enix says that "ongoing mod support" will come to the Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition when it releases on March 6, but no exact details were cemented in place.


We also don't know the limitations of these mods, but it's still a great indicator on the game's open-ended roadmap (last year I called FF15 the new Skyrim for good reason) and how the publisher sees the title.

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Final Fantasy XV PC specs, release date announced

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2018 3:36 pm

Square Enix has locked in the PC spec requirements to play Final Fantasy 15, along with a release date...and the hardware reqs aren't too bad.




A while back reports surfaced that Final Fantasy 15's Windows Edition on PC had a beefy recommended spec requirement of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but the publisher quickly said this isn't true. Fast forwarded to many weeks later and we see the open-world RPG can actually be played with an AMD R9 280 graphics card, showing just how much Square Enix has scaled the game.


Minimum specs to play FF15 on PC at 720p resolution include an R9 280 or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or GTX 1050 video card, an Intel Core i5-2500 or an AMD FX-6100 CPU (3.3GHz and above), and 8GB of RAM. Recommended specs to play at 1080p include a GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of VRAM or an AMD RX 480, an Intel Core i7-3770 (3.4GHz and above) or an AMD FX-8350 (4GHz and above), and 16GB of RAM.


To play at 4K with HDR you'll of course need a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti alongside an Intel Core i7-7700 or an AMD Ryzen 5 1600X. The install size for the base game is 100GB+ whereas the 4K version takes a minimum of 155GB.

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Co-op platformer Super Chariot coming to the Nintendo Switch

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2018 12:50 pm

A new title is called Super Chariot is making its way to the Nintendo Switch this year as an additional local co-op platformer.



Frima Studios took to Twitter to announce their platformer making its debut onto the Nintendo Switch with included DLC "Royal Gadget Pack." Chariot can be played single-player as well as co-op, the choices range from both the Switch in docked mode to the Switch being handheld.


Super Chariot is due for release sometime this year on the eShop and as of yet there is no known price-tag for the upcoming release.

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SEGA launch mystery game reveal countdown website

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2018 11:30 am

A new website has been opened by SEGA titled "Senki" which only features a clock ticking down 3 days from now. It is expected that once the clock finishes its countdown a new title from SEGA will be announced.




We have a few things to go on in terms of figuring out what the next title could be, the cloudy atmospheric art style should be noted, as well as the floating islands that is seen in the background. A key hint could be the clock featured in the middle which for some reason is not ticking at a traditional 12-hour interval.


Two more hints that SEGA has given away is the title of the website "Senki" meaning "War Record" and also when the website went live it was categorized as "Arcade Game."


The countdown ends this Friday so expect a follow-up story on what SEGA has in store for us.

Single-player AAA game production costs increase by 10x

By: Jak Connor | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 16, 2018 10:35 am

Single-player games have had their cost of development increased by tenfold, according to Remedy Entertainments' Head of Communications, Thomas Puha. In a recent interview published by, Puha explained that the "reality is the traditional AAA single player experience is just really expensive to make."




Puha explains that even when going back 10 years that the console market still "roughly the same size" while the costs of developing new and more creatively challenging games continues to rise. Puha discusses that gamers now days expect much more from developers products, an example of this is how long the game is or the production value of the specific title.


"The reality is the traditional AAA single player experience is just really expensive to make. The expectation level from gamers is really high in terms of how long the game is, what sort of features it has, how good the production values are. All those things are very expensive to do. And if you go back 10 years, you could still say the console market is roughly the same size. In the end, the audience you're selling to is relatively the same size but the cost of making the game is ten-fold these days. So that's an obvious problem." said Puha

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