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Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Para Bellum - Villa map trailer

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2018 7:00 am

Ubisoft has released a quick teaser trailer for the new map Villa that is apart of the Year Three Season Two: Operation Para Bellum expansion. The trailer showcases the beautiful upcoming Italian countryside.



The trailer shows the new map via camera pans that both show the outdoor setting as well as the interior design. It appears that this map is more close quarters then widespread, at the same time though there is plenty of spots for players to strategically place themselves depending on the objective at hand.


The new map Villa will be bundled up with the Operation Para Bellum expansion, the expansion will be fully revealed on May 19th and 20th at the Pro League Finals in Atlantic City. Players that are interested in watching the reveal can join in on the action on the official Rainbow Six Siege Twitch stream.

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Ganondorf spotted in new Hyrule Warriors character trailer

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2018 6:00 am

A new character highlight trailer has been released by Nintendo, it showcases some new characters for the upcoming Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition that is debuting to the Nintendo Switch.



The above video showcases Ghirahim and Fi from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Ravio from A Link Between Worlds, Yuga from Ocarina of Time and the one and only demon king Ganondorf.


For those that are interested in the other character highlight trailers there is already a trailer for Toon Link, Tetra, Medli, King Daphnes, Link, Zelda, Impa, Linkle, Lana, Cia and Volga. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch on May 18, the title can already be pre-loaded via the Nintendo eShop.

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Intel Z390 chipset: Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 14, 2018 4:51 am

Intel is very close to the launch of its new Z390 chipset that has been rumored since last year, and will succeed the current Z370 chipset while keeping most of its features and expanding on some.




Intel is building Wireless-AC 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 5.0 into their new Z390 chipset, while also adding in 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. Motherboard manufacturers might offer this connectivity on their Z370-based motherboards, but they rely on third-party controllers which increase the BOM of a motherboard.


Intel has rolled these features into the Z390 chipset, which is a win-win for Intel and motherboard partners. Until now, the Z370 featured integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Thunderbolt 3 (Alpine Ridge) connectivity, while Z390 adds the integrated Wireless-AC and BT 5.0 controllers, as well as an integrated SDXC 3.0 controller and updated Thunderbolt 3.0 (Titan Ridge) with DP 1.4 connectivity.

Lenovo Ideapad 330: Intel 10nm CPU, RX 540, 8GB RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 14, 2018 4:00 am

Intel has been having serious troubles with its 10nm process, but it looks like we might see one of their new 10nm Cannonlake CPUs in the very near future.




According to a listing on a Chinese retail outlet, Lenovo is preparing their new Ideapad 330 that will be the first notebook to market with an Intel 10nm Cannonlake CPU. Lenovo's upcoming Ideapad 330 packs the Cannonlake-powered Core i3-8121U processor, AMD Radeon RX 540 2GB discrete graphics card, and up to 8GB of DDR4.




There will be up to 1TB 5400RPM mechanical HDD and 256GB SSD that will be included in the highest-end Ideapad 330, which will arrive for around $450. Lenovo's new Ideapad 330 features a 15.6-inch TN panel with a native resolution of 1366 x 768, so it won't be busting any records, that's for sure.

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Sony says it won't announce PlayStation 5, PSVR 2 at E3 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 14, 2018 2:41 am

The rumors of the PS5 being announced and released this year had console gamers excited, with the rumor mill stating that Sony would release the PlayStation 5 this year according to the number of developer kits given to developers.




Well, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden, that won't be happening. He confirmed on the PlayStation Blogcast that there will be "no new hardware announcement at E3 this year", and there you have it. This should mean no PS5 and no PSVR 2.0 headset.


Sony released the PS4 nearly 5 years ago now, so we're getting close to the half-decade milestone with no new news of a next-gen PlayStation 5 console. The beefed up PS4 Pro was released in November 2016, so we're getting close to the 2-year anniversary of that, and still no PS5.


What do you think about that? Do we need a PS5? I think we do, stat. Our exclusive story on the PS5 is that it will feature a discrete GPU instead of a lukewarm, underpowered APU like all of the current-gen consoles feature, including the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.

Battlegrounds new map 'Sanhok' receives first screenshots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2018 1:34 am

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds latest map is nearly here, with developer PUBG Corp. launching the first open beta for Sanhok in the last 24 hours.




This means that all Battlegrounds players can jump into Sanhok and win some chicken dinners if they find the map in the Experimental Server, download the new map, and play it.




As for Sanhok, it's a new 4 x 4km island map that the developer took inspiration from islands across southeast Asia, with specific influence taken from countries like Thailand and the Phillippines.

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NASA plans autonomous helicopters to land on Mars in 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 14, 2018 12:30 am

The next vehicle that NASA is sending to Mars is going to be an autonomous helicopter of sorts, where the US space agency will bundle in an autonomous helicopter into the Mars 2020 rover in order to test airborne vehicles on Mars.



The drone itself weighs 1.8kg (just under 4lbs) while the dual, counter-rotating blades will be spinning at 3000RPM, around 10x faster than a regular helicopter. Why the high-speed blade rotation? The autonomous helicopter needs it because of the low atmospheric density on Mars.


When the helicopter is on the ground, it will be at an Earth-equivalent altitude of 100,000 feet, which is harder on the helicopter.

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DICE marketing teases 'Battlefield will never be the same'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 13, 2018 3:10 am

EA and DICE are having to try a little harder with the new Battlefield, with cryptic marketing going into overdrive for Battlefield 5 in the last couple of weeks.



First, was the easter egg in Battlefield 1 map Fort Vaux which led to a chamber where pipes dripped morse code that led gamers to a website that featured the #Battlefield hashtag and a date of May 23. Now we have an even bigger tease, which has been posted to the official Twitter account for Battlefield.


The tweet was posted by DICE in morse code, which translates to "Good work, but this is just the beginning. The Battlefield will never be the same". I'm sure we're going to see more of this cryptic marketing leading up to the official reveal of Battlefield 5, and I've got to say... DICE are killing it.


Let's just hope BF5 lives up to the hype, because BF1 didn't, and now we live in a world with PUBG and Fortnite, and a million other eSports titles with tens of millions of players each while BF1 servers are all but dead in comparison. I'm hoping the "Battlefield will never be the same" involves improved destruction (better than BF:BC2) and a Battle Royale mode.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider cost over $100 million to make

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 13, 2018 2:42 am

The cost of AAA game development is at all time highs right now, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider costing upwards of $100 million to make.




During a chat with, Shadow of the Tomb Raider developer Eidos Montreal said: "Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and other different AAA single-player games, cost $75 million to $100 million. And that's production only; it's close to $35 million on the promotion".


This shouldn't surprise anyone as games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider are complex to develop, have hundreds of people working across multiple studios to get it to market on multiple platforms, as well as the associated marketing costs ramping upwards of $35 million.

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Huawei smartphones will have Bitcoin Wallet pre-installed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2018 2:11 am

Huawei is the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer, behind only to behemoths Apple and Samsung, and have now confirmed they will be forcing Bitcoin Wallets on all of their future smartphones.




The Chinese smartphone manufacturer will be baking-in's Bitcoin Wallet into their own App Store, with existing Huawei smartphone owners needing (if they want to) download the app from the AppGallery. The Google Play Store isn't available in China, so Huawei users will need to use AppGallery to get it, but future Huawei handsets will have it by default.


Vice President of Business Operations at, De la Torre, told Bloomberg: "It's a good opportunity to tap into the Chinese market. The use of cashless payments with apps is very big and the traditional banking system is lacking, so there's a good use case for crypto payments to grow there".

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