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Lords of the Fallen lead fired from CI Games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 10:06 am

Tomasz Gop, project lead on the original Lords of the Fallen and the upcoming sequel, has left CI Games for good, Polish website Graczipospolita reports.




The fate of Lords of the Fallen 2 may be in jeopardy as producer Tomasz Gop has been let go from Polish developer CI Games for the last time. According to recent reports, Gop is now working with Destructive Creations on its new RTS game Ancestors, a historical real-time strategy game set in the Middle Ages.


"I was released from CI Games. Probably [because of] the reduction of the so-called 'fixed costs'. In any case, the world at Gamescom will see Ancestors in action. Working on RTS is a huge challenge for me, because I do not know much about it," Gop told the Polish website.


"Anyway, I treat it as a good test for my innate modesty and the maxim that I confess: everyone can learn something. And how did it happen that I was working in DC? Jarek (company CEO Jaroslaw Zielinski) had long ago declared that he would like to work with me and does not mind that I do not know too much about the RTS genre, because it would be great in the future to do a project that both of us do."

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New temperature sensor uses just 113 picowatts of power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 7:26 am

We might be seeing the likes of 7nm coming soon, while the latest and greatest graphics cards are made on the new 14nm and 16nm nodes with some seriously power efficient GPU technology from NVIDIA and its Pascal architecture at 14nm.




Now, we have researchers from UC San Diego developing a new temperature sensor that uses 10 billion times less power than 1W, at just 113 picowatts. Hui Wang is an author on the new study, telling Scientific Reports: "We're building systems that have such low power requirements that they could potentially run for years on just a tiny battery".


The team worked on reducing power in two areas, with the first being the power source, where they used something that other researchers in their field are trying to move away from. This is where transistors come into play, as they have a gate that stops the flow of electrons in a circuit, but transistors also keep getting thinner and thinner, introducing new problems. As transistors get smaller, the gate material becomes thinner, which is where "gate leakage" comes into play.

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8K gaming on 4 x TITAN X: 7680x4320 never looked better

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 4:47 am

I'm sure that most of you how just how addicted I am to technology, so when I find a YouTuber streaming 8K gaming at 60FPS, it begins to have weird effects on my body.



YouTuber 'ThirtyIR' runs an absolute beast of a gaming PC, powered by Dell's new UP3218K display with its native 8K resolution - a huge 7680x4320, the only 8K monitor on the market. Inside, ThirtyIR runs a huge 4 x TITAN Xp graphics cards, all powered by an Intel Core i7-6950X processor, ASUS Rampage V Extreme, and 64GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR-3200 RAM. It's all run with a Corsair AX1500i PSU, plenty of power to handle the 4-way GPUs.


His latest stream was of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, running it at 8K on his 4-way TITAN Xp graphics cards, and it looked beautiful. You can playback 8K content on YouTube, which takes a damn lot of CPU horsepower to run on Opera and Chrome, but Microsoft's own Edge browser in Windows 10 has better GPU scaling in the browser, making it a useful switch - at least for when you're watching 8K video on YouTube

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Xbox One X graphics will make you 'lose track of time'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 3:32 am

It has been like this forever: PC gamers love their graphics and being able to turn every single in-game visual option to the maximum, and it's only just now getting to the point where consoles can push the kind of graphics we've enjoyed on PC for years and years.




With the upcoming Xbox One X, it looks like Microsoft is finally discovering that gamers do in fact enjoy high fidelity graphics. Xbox Director of Program Management, Mike Ybarra, said: "I always say to my game teams, 'Look, if you provide Dolby Atmos spatial audio, high-dynamic range, 8-million pixels on the screen, people will lose track of time because they'll be having so much fun. That immersion is really what we're after. When we created this box it was really about immersion more than anything else we wanted to do. I mean, you played Forza Horizon 3 on Windows at 4K, and we saw those images, and those things are breathtaking. When we set out, we started talking about these effects and how they impacted us. That's immersion; it is part of the magic of the entertainment industry that we're in".


Xbox boss Phil Spencer agrees with Ybarra, adding: "I was on the EA stage talking to Patrick Söderlund about Madden, and one of the things he commented on was how the grass looks, and how it moves. He said if you had somebody circle 10 things on the screen that are different about running on Xbox One X, nobody would ever pick up on that, but subconsciously, as visuals get more lifelike your brain notices when stuff like that isn't quite right. 4K can be just about the physics, maybe even just the way the trees move".

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Steam: 33 million daily users, 67 million monthly users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 2:23 am

Valve changed the digital gaming market with the introduction of Steam all those years ago, but with the latest numbers on Steam, we should be kind of blown away.




Valve's Alden Kroll said at Indigo 2017 t hat Steam is home to over 33 million PC gamers, and over 67 million monthly gamers. Steam is also reaching over 14 million concurrent users. Kroll revealed that there have been 26 million new purchasers since January 2016, pointing to the fact that there are around 1.5 million new purchasers each and every month.


Are you surprised by the number of Steam users? Or did you expect more? Let us know in the comments below.

Assetto Corsa and Mad Max running at 8K 60FPS look GREAT

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 1:34 am

I've always found 4K gaming to be so 'meh' on the PC, unless you can hit 60FPS which isn't so easy - even on a super-fast NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. But, visual fidelity wise it's great - and 8K is even better thanks to its mammoth native resolution of 7680x4320.




YouTuber 'Thirty IR' have shown off videos running a few games at 8K 60FPS, including Assetto Corsa, Mad Max, Get Even, and The Witcher 3. You're going to need a pretty baller internet connection to load them up, as they struggled even on my 100Mbps fiber connection. Check them out below.


Thirty IR also has some 8K screenshots on his website, if you want some delicious 7680x4320 goodness.

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Enter our 'Smurf'-tastic Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 12:18 am

To celebrate this week's release of the 2017 animated hit 'The Smurfs: The Lost Village' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




They were never alone. In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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The 'Jumanji' reboot trailer is let loose

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 12:03 am

The reboot of the 1995 family classic 'Jumanji' which starred Robin Williams and a shed-load of early CGI animals has been released to the web, but not everyone's happy with the updated elements found within.



Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' finds four high school kids sucked into an old video game console (not a board game) and forced to survive the jungle environment that Alan Parrish survived all those years ago. The film is directed by Jake Kasdan, son of 'Star Wars' co-writer and producer Lawrence Kasdan.


'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' hits cinemas worldwide in December.

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Leaked poster confirms the Galaxy Note7 launch date

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2017 9:26 pm

The launch date of the refurbished Galaxy Note7 has been rumored for a while now, with the latest rumors claiming that the phone will make its return on July 7th.




Now, a Korean carrier LG Uplus (part of LG Corporation) has posted an image on its Facebook confirming July 7th as the launch date. The photo was taken down, but in the meantime, someone managed to snag a screenshot, and now we have confirmation.


The image shows the Galaxy Note7 under its new name - Galaxy Note Fan Edition, and the date of the launch.

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Chinese heavy-lift carrier rocket fails in flight

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 2, 2017 8:32 pm

China's launch of the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-5 Y2, carrying its heaviest ever satellite, has failed on Sunday, China's official news agency Xinhua said.




The rocket lifted off at 7:23 PM local time, but 40 minutes after the launch, the state-run Xinhua news agency announced that the launch was a failure, without providing any further details.


"Anomaly was detected during its flight, and further investigation will be carried out," stated the agency.

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