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Star Wars Battlefront II alpha could hit all platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 2:47 am

Star Wars Battlefront II is sure to be one of the biggest games of the year, and with so much riding on its success, a massive alpha and beta process is sure to take place.




But the surprise news for Battlefront II fans is that the alpha will be made available to all game platforms, and not just the Xbox One or PC. Star Wars Battlefront Community Manager 'Sledgehammer70' posted on the official Star Wars Battlefront II forums, where he said if you have "a bug or issue to report within the Star Wars Battlefront II Alpha" that you follow a few steps, including which platform you have: PS4, PC, or X1.


The post was quickly removed, but Reddit user 'CaptainPhantasma21' took a screenshot which we've embedded above. If the news of the alpha hitting PS4, Xbox One and PC happens, we'll let you know the second it's announced.

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Escape from Tarkov closed beta begins next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 1:34 am

Escape from Tarkov developer Battlestate has confirmed that there will be a closed beta of the game next month, which will be available to anyone who has pre-ordered.



As of next month, you will be able to enjoy Escape from Tarkov's new features, game mechanics, and everything else inside of the FPS. This will include:


New Gameplay Features in the Closed Beta


  • Insurance - For a small amount of in game currency, players can insure weapons and equipment, increasing the chance of retaining it
  • Loot and Economy - The CBT will feature a new Merchant, new barter loot, medicines and additional useful items for players to buy, sell and trade. Economic balancing means items will be made available in marketplaces for barter and in loot drops based on their popularity and rarity within the economics system
  • Weapons - New weapon customization parts and ammunition types, along with the addition of the modern-classic MP5 submachine gun will offer players even more customizations in the game that prides itself on making thousands of weapon combos and upgrades possible.
  • Locations - There will be a total of four locations available to play- Customs, Woods, Factory and Shoreline - all with different sizes and terrains. The Shoreline location will be newest and biggest map addition to the CBT.
  • General Chat - Chat channels will be available to all players online in the game, allowing players to share useful information and group up for raids.

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Hardware deals: $229 GTX 1060, $649 desktop with RX 580

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 1:00 am

Remember the days of the sub $200 GTX 1060? Thanks to all the Crypto mining, first the GTX 1070s sold out and now the GTX 1060s are all at inflated prices. No joke, the 1060 is a $400+ card at almost all retailers, but we found just a few exceptions to the rule. They are likely to sell out fast though.




The two retailers still selling sub $400 GTX 1060's are Jet and Dell Home. At Jet the white colored ASUS 1060 is $263.53 after coupon. Dell has two models: a 3GB for $229.99 and a 6GB for $259.99. Both are the best offers on the net for a 1060 right now.


Also of note in GPU news are a cheap 1050 and 1070. While not entirely bought up like the 1060, the 1050 is still going for inflated prices except at Jet where after coupon the Zotac mini is going for $$97.55. If you thought the days of a sub $500 GTX 1070 were gone, Dell has a PNY 1070 card for $429.99 - the lowest price online of any 1070 right now.


Finally, you can still pick up the CyberPowerPC gaming desktop for $649, which includes a Radeon RX 580. Given the RX 580 is currently being sold on eBay and elsewhere for almost $500, this is probably the best "GPU" deal this week.


Desktop Deal



Dell GPU Deals



Jet GPU Deals


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Monitor Deals



In other hardware news there are some cheap gaming monitors available on the market. Walmart has available a Dell 27" G-Sync 1440p unit for $423.53 once you use their store pickup discount (shipping not available at that price). BuyDig has a 29" Ultrawide FreeSync 75Hz monitor on sale for $229 while other sites like Amazon and elsewhere charging $334.


Also notable is a desktop at Best Buy equipped with an RX 580 GPU. The RX 580 is going for over $400 at this point thanks to crypto miners. You might be able to buy this desktop, break it down, and sell it piece by piece for a profit.

Toshiba announces world's first QLC flash memory

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 12:27 am

Toshiba today announced its new high-end BiCS flash memory built on QLC technology (quadruple-level cell), offering a 50% increase in per-package capacity up to 1.5TB.




Toshiba's new third-generation QLC BiCS flash is the world's first 3D NAND memory built on 4-bit-per-cell technology, enabling capacities of 96GB, the largest the memory industry offers to date. Toshiba affirms that QLC BiCS flash can be stacked in 16 dies per package, enabling up to 1.5TB of storage capacity in a single package.


Forward Insights analyst Greg Wong assets that Toshiba's new QLC flash will be tremendously beneficial for datacenters."The introduction of QLC technology sets the stage for solving many of the challenges facing datacenters today," noted Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst at Forward Insights.

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North Americans to spend most on mobile game purchases

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 11:21 pm

North American gamers are expected to spend more money on average in per-user mobile game purchases than other worldwide regions throughout 2017.




Mobile gaming is expected to rake in $46 billion in worldwide revenues, and account for 46% in total gaming revenues of $108.9 billion for 2017. Although China is leading in smartphone games revenues with $27.5 billion expected for 2017, North American mobile gamers actually spend more money in mobile games on an average per-user basis.


According to a new infograph published by Newzoo and AppLift, North American mobile game players will spend an average of $108.36 per paying user every year, the highest of all other global regions.

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Google Pixel 2 revealed in a new leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 10:23 pm

Google's Pixel smartphone was one of the best phones of last year, and the company confirmed that its successor would come this year.




We haven't heard many rumors about the upcoming flagship, until now. According to a new report, the Pixel 2 will feature a 5-inch display with a 1920x1080 resolution which is the same as the first Pixel.


The phone should be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 and come with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage.


This report, as the earlier ones have stated, claims that the company decided to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Hands-on Meizu Pro 7 photo shows secondary display

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 9:12 pm

Meizu is expected to launch the Pro 7 this summer, probably on July 26th.


The Meizu Pro 7 should be powered by MediaTek's Helio X30 processor, and feature a 5.2-inch 1080p display. The phone should come with dual rear camera setup (12MP + 12MP) and a 16MP front shooter.




The interesting thing about the phone is that it will have a secondary display on the back of the device.

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BioWare dev confirms new Dragon Age game in development

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 7:32 pm

Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw affirms that something is indeed happening with Dragon Age, which we've known about for quite some time, but we thought it pertinent to cover all bases any time a BioWare exec teases new info about the game.




I've been reporting on BioWare's new Dragon Age game for over a year now and it sounds like the team is still chipping away at the core framework of the game. In the past we've said the new Dragon Age game could be a spin-off strategy game to help buffer sales as the core Mass Effect Edmonton team works on their new IP, Anthem, but information has also come to light that it could be a mainline AAA sequel as well.


"Something is happening with Dragon Age. That much has been said and I'm totally comfortable with that being out there but I can't talk about what it is. But I will say that one of the things I am doing right now is hiring," Dragon Age series Creative Director Mike Laidlaw said in a recent interview with Josiah Renaudin on the podcast show The 1099.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 450

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 6:36 pm

At MWC Shanghai Qualcomm announced a bunch of new products including the new mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 450.




This processor is designed to be put in mid-range smartphones, with a heavy focus on the Chinese market and Chinese manufacturers.


The Snapdragon 450 has an improved CPU and GPU with a 25% increase to both over the Snapdragon 435. It will feature an eight-core processor and Adreno 506 GPU which should offer better performance at lower power thanks to also being a 14nm FinFET chip.

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Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 specs leak: Dual camera, 3GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 5:42 pm

Xiaomi Redmi Pro was launched back in July last year, and it seems that the company is almost ready to launch its successor, the Redmi Pro 2.




A new leak reveals the specs of the upcoming device. The Redmi Pro 2 should come with 3GB of RAM, but the report doesn't mention the internal storage size.


The processor is also unknown, but it is expected that the device will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660.

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