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Visceral's Star Wars game on schedule for 2018 release

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 3:21 pm

EA re-commits to FY19 release timeline for Visceral Games' new action-based Star Wars game.




Long ago Electronic Arts confirmed Dead Space developer Visceral Games' new unnamed Star Wars game would release in 2018, and the company has reiterated that release timeline. In its Q1'17 earnings call, the company confirmed that Visceral's Star Wars project will be part of its Fiscal Year 2019 slate, which is held from April 2018 to March 2019. EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen hinted that its Star Wars games would coincide with major theatrical releases, and the new Han Solo anthology series is set to kick off in 2018.


The big headlining games for EA's FY2019 timeline will be the new Star Wars title as well as BioWare's massively ambitious new IP Anthem, the company confirmed in its earnings call. "As we continue to pioneer for our players, our portfolio will expand in FY19 and beyond. We will deliver stories that you're able to play, like the Star Wars action-adventure game being developed by the Visceral Games team. Anthem, our new IP from BioWare, will introduce a contiguous open world that is ever-changing and influenced by players, as they band together and support each other in their journeys," EA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson said.

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The first official pictures of Radeon RX Vega leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 2:24 pm

We've only just reported about the new Vega 10/11/12/20 leaks, but now VideoCardz is reporting on the first official renders of Radeon RX Vega.





AMD Radeon Vega 64




Interestingly, the new Radeon RX Vega 64 (cool name, AMD) is based on the reference design of the Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series, with 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, 3 x DP and 1 x HDMI output. I'm loving that tweaked 'R' logo on the fan.



AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited Edition




This card looks ridiculously awesome, with a different style cooler - but it's still the same card underneath. I'm loving the Vega logo on the front and red/black 'R' in the corner, just like the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.

AMD Vega 20 with 32GB of HBM2 teased with Vega 10/11/12

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 2:12 pm

AMD might be on the precipice of releasing Radeon RX Vega, but we're now hearing about a slew of Radeon Vega products - from Vega 10 through to Vega 20. We've heard about some of these cards before, but now we have much more details on them.




The Euroasian Economic Commission (EEC) is a regulatory body that is like the FCC in the US, with any and all products needing to be certified before they can be released into the market. Our friends at VideoCardz were alerted to these new details which have emerged on Reddit.



Vega 20 with up to 32GB HBM2


This is a beast... Vega 20 with a whopping 32GB of HBM2, now imagine a few of those alongside Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X. Vega 20 rocks four HBM2 stacks, providing up to 32GB of HBM2. This won't be a consumer card, with EEC noting that this is a GL variant, so expect a Radeon Pro or new Radeon Instinct accelerator.

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Coolest thing you'll see today: 360° video from a rocket

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 1:26 pm

Airbus has posted a stunning video showing a 360° view from space.




The company successfully launched the Maxus 9, the largest European rocket sounding with scientific micro gravity experiments, and captured this beautiful footage.


Viewers can see footage of the take-off, down to Lapland getting smaller while the rocket soars into the sky, then views of the Earth once the rocket goes through the atmosphere and reaches its highest altitude of 700km.

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Intel hits record $14.8 billion second quarter earnings

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 8:17 am

Intel reports record second quarter earnings of $14.8 billion in revenues, and adjusts its total year earnings to reflect strong segment growth.




Intel today reported its fiscal Q2'17 earnings of $14.8 billion, up 14% year-over-year with impressive growth in client computing, which was up 12%, and an increase of 16% in data-centric businesses like its Data Center, Internet of Things, and Programmable Solutions Groups. The Santa Clara-based tech titan reported operating income of $3.8 billion, representing a massive 190% jump year-over-year. Earnings per share (EPS) was $0.58 during the three-month quarter, up a mighty 115% YoY.


Intel generated $4.7 billion in operational cash flow during the quarter, and as a result of two strong quarters of revenue growth, the company has adjusted its full-year outlook by $1.3 billion to $61.3 billion, and raised its EPIS outlook to $2.66, up 15 cents over previous forecasts.

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Battlegrounds on Xbox One X: 30-40FPS with 100 in server

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 5:48 am

When the news broke that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was coming to the Xbox One X, most - including myself, wondered how the performance of the game would be on the console.




But PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene, said during an interview with Eurogamer that the current Xbox One X developer kit is running Battlegrounds at 30-40FPS on 100-player servers. He said: "Using Unreal first, it's a fantastic engine, it makes moving to different platforms relatively easy. There's optimisation that we need and we have a partner in Anticto, in Spain".


He continued: "There's about four or five of them working on the console version at the moment. They're very clever guys. They've helped us with a lot of features on the current game mod and for console. It's great, we have them working on that and the main team is still focused heavily on the PC version. We have a version running on the Xbox One X prototype in the office which can plug into the online servers. We were playing on live servers on the console at about 30 or 40 FPS. So it works on 100 man servers".

Full PC with AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper starts at just $1699

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 4:38 am

AMD has officially launched its new Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs alongside the new X399-based motherboards, with OEMs now able to sell ThreadRipper-powered PCs.



There are a bunch of companies selling Ryzen ThreadRipper PCs, including Alienware, Origin PC, MAINGEAR, iBUYPOWER, Cyberpower PC and more. The new Ryzen ThreadRipper PCs start at just $1699, which coincidentally is the same price as the Intel Core i9-7960X on its own, which costs $1700.




$1700 will get you the Ryzen ThreadRipper 1920X (12C/24T @ 4GHz XFR) with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, and more. It's not a crazy high-end system, but the main guts of the PC (CPU/X399) are powerful as hell for the money.

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AMD Ryzen 5 2500U spotted, new APU rocks Vega GPU tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 3:53 am

AMD seems to be firing on all cylinders right now, with the launch of Ryzen ThreadRipper taking place right next to AMD returning to the high-end graphics card market with Radeon RX Vega.




Now we're hearing about AMD's new quad-core APU with Vega GPU technology, the Ryzen 5 2500U. AMD is expected to launch its new Raven Ridge APUs in the coming months, but it looks like the first Ryzen 2000 series processor has already been tested and rocks 4C/8T of CPU goodness, and looks like a mobile SKU.


The purported Ryzen 5 2500U is a 4C/8T processor with Vega GPU tech, but it's not something that's going to be a mobile gaming powerhouse. What's interesting here is that we're already seeing Vega GPU tech in AMD's upcoming APUs... now show me a higher-end one that handles 1080p 60FPS in a single package.

AMD Radeon RX Vega could be priced at up to $850

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 2:40 am

AMD is inches away from launching their next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, with new details on pricing that teases AMD might launch at least one Radeon RX Vega card at up to $850.




The news is coming from Nordic Hardware, reporting that a retailer has listed the AMD Radeon RX Vega at 7000 SEK excluding VAT - which works out to be around $850 when converted. If we're looking at GTX 1070/1080 level performance, $850 is a ridiculously high price - but I don't think we'll see $850 for this variant.


We might see a watercooled variant and higher clocks than the stock RX Vega at $850, or a Radeon RX Vega Mini (please, AMD?!) priced at $850. We will find out very, very soon.

EA made more on live services than games in Q1'17

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 12:28 am

EA today reported its first quarter earnings for Fiscal Year 2018, kicking off the new year with some impressive digital growth.




Live services like its mega-earning Ultimate Team sports game drivers are the heart of EA's massive billion dollar empire. In the first quarter of FY18, EA actually made more money from live services than it did from actual digital game sales. Live services, which include extra content/DLC/microtransactions from Ultimate Team and all subscription earnings, are up 22% year-over-year raking in $420 million or a whopping 61.67% of EA's first quarter digital net sales earnings. Digital full game sales pulled in $111 million, up 32% year-over-year and representing just 16.29% of digital net sales. Mobile is up too, increasing by 6% YoY to $150 million of digital net sales.


Total net revenue for fiscal Q1'18 is $1.449 billion, up 14% year-over-year from fiscal Q1'17. Total digital net revenues for the quarter sit at $879 million, up 27.57% year-over-year and representing 60.66% of total net revenues for the period. Packaged goods pulled in $570 million, or 39.33% of total net revenues for fiscal Q1'18, down 2.06% year-over-year. EA made a gross profit of $1.29 billion in the three-month period ended June 30, 2017.

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