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Mario Kart Arcade GP VR announced for the HTC Vive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2017 3:41 am

If there needed to be a game made in VR, it would be Mario Kart... right?! Right. Well, Bandai Namco's VR Zone Arcade in Shinjuku, Tokyo has revealed Mario Kart Arcade GP VR... and it runs on the HTC Vive headset. Check it out:



There's not much known about it, but it looks like a VR port of a pre-existing arcade game, letting you sit in a real cockpit with a steering wheel - all while experiencing it in VR. This is Nintendo's first VR game, and it is perfect. There's no need to worry about your environment because your hands are attached to a steering wheel, while your vision is filled by the track and sidelines flying past you.


I'm still crying tears of joy at a Mario Kart game in VR... and it now makes me want to visit Tokyo, ASAP.

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Intel's Skylake-X to use an Integrated Voltage Regulator

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 14, 2017 3:33 am

Remember the fully integrated voltage regulator ( FIVR) introduced with Haswell CPUs? Turns out that news of Intel axing the technology was not completely true. Intel's previous FIVR was implemented to reduce motherboard voltage regulator (VR, VRM, or MBVR) complexity, as it fed the CPU a single voltage and the CPU then internally branched off, reduced, and controlled the other voltages needed for other CPU domains (graphics, system agent, cache, IO, etc.).




Traditionally, CPU voltage regulators are fed 12v from your main system power supply, and then they reduce it down to voltages below 2v for the CPU and its different domains. However, as CPUs became more complex they required multiple separate VRs, each with their own controllers (PWM Controller). Adding more external VRs not only increases motherboard costs because of the need for each VR to be individually controlled, but also more importantly, it takes up motherboard real estate which is scarce on a motherboard with eight memory DIMMs surrounding the CPU. Over the past week, Intel quietly made public volume 1 of the Skylake-X datasheet, and you can find it here: Intel Skylake-X Datasheet Volume 1 of 2.


In table 1-1 on page 14 we find that "IVR" will be referenced in the datasheet, and it stands for "Integrated Voltage Regulation (IVR): The processor supports several integrated voltage regulators." Later in the datasheet we find reference to the fact that the IVR is related to the previous FIVR through a signal name called "FIVR_Fault", which "Indicates an internal error has occurred with the integrated voltage regulator. The FIVR_FAULT signal can be sampled any time after 1.5 ms..." We then learn further down about the VCCIN signal, "1.8 V - 1.55 V input to the Integrated Voltage Regulator (IVR) for the processor cores, lowest level caches (LLC), ring interface, PLL, IO, and home agent. It is provided by a VR 13.0 compliant motherboard voltage regulator (MBVR) for each CPU socket.

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ARK dev: Xbox One X is like PC with GTX 1070/16GB RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2017 2:29 am

ARK: Survival Evolved is getting some great press at E3 2017, with some details on the upcoming Xbox One X version of the game, which will be looking and running closer to the PC version of the game.



During an interview, Studio Wildcard co-founder and co-creative director Jesse Rapczak said: "Instead of targeting 30FPS like on the other consoles, we're targeting 60FPS for the Xbox One X. I would say most of the time for PS4 Pro you would be seeing 30FPS on PS4 Pro at 1080P, whereas with the Xbox One X you're going to see double the frame rate at 1080P, 60FPS. We might even allow the frame rate to go higher than 60 FPS, but we're still looking into that. Right now it's actually uncapped but on a TV it's not that useful [because they're locked to 60Hz]".


He added: "Because ours is a multiplayer game, the complexity on the screen can be very unpredictable. Variable resolution is something we introduced this year to try and stabilize the frame rate on lower PCs and consoles so that when people go into a huge base and someone's got a hundred dinosaurs, the resolution scales down but the frame rate stays smooth. We're not targeting 4K resolution or anything like that, instead we're targeting higher quality pixels".


As for the comparisons between the PC and Xbox One X, he said: "If you think about it, it's kind of equivalent to a GTX 1070 maybe and the Xbox One X actually has 12GB of GDDR5 memory. It's kind of like having a pretty high-end PC minus a lot of overhead due to the operating system on PC. So I would say it's equivalent to a 16GB 1070 PC, and that's a pretty good deal for $499".

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E3 hype gives Wolfenstein 2, Shadow of War up to 28% off

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Jun 14, 2017 2:16 am

If you got bit by the E3 hype bug, we'd highly suggest taking a step back and remind yourself that the show is designed to entertain and elicit an emotional response. Having said that, there are quite a number of exciting big titles heading our way later this year (no, it's not another Skyrim port). If you're one of those gamers preferring to play on Day One or near release date because you can't wait for a seasonal sale, the good news is that select retailers are offering pre-order incentives on upcoming titles to ride the hype train.




We're spotting deals on Middle-earth: Shadow of War at a huge 28% off, Total War: Warhammer II at 20% off, and even Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus at a decent 21% off discount. For PC gamers who may be used to bigger pre-order incentives, the new price trend we've spotted for the last few years is that retailers are hesitant to deeply discount an unreleased Triple-A given publisher pressure and other factors. So to see discounts as high as 28% off was a pleasant surprise.


All deals below come with their pre-order bonus unless not explicitly stated (the Origin titles do not appear to have pre-order bonuses). Prices that should hold true are Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Warhammer II, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole. For deals using the coupon code listed below, they will expire later this week on June 16 - so act fast if you're


Use 10% off code: E3OFFER


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AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X: 16C/32T @ 3.4GHz base

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 14, 2017 1:26 am

AMD really has the high-end desktop market in a twist with their upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs, with a new tease of the Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X processor, a 16C/32T part with a purported 3.4GHz base clock.




The latest news is comign from a purported engineering sample on the ThreadRipper 1950X processor, which packs a base CPU clock of 3.4GHz and XFR boost clock of up to 3.7/3.8GHz. We should expect a huge 32MB of L3 cache, 8MB of L2 cache, bringing us to a total of 40MB of cache. In some benchmarks, it has been compared to Intel's higher-end Xeon E5-2697A V4 processor that features 16C/32T @ 2.6GHz base and 3.6GHz boost.




The multi-core score of the Xeon processor is 30,450 while the ThreadRipper 1950X hits 24,539... but I'm sure there are plenty of optimizations that AMD will be making just like the normal Ryzen CPUs, and then the motherboard makers will surely optimizations for ThreadRipper and its multi-core performance.

Nintendo Switch misses out on Virtual Console revenues

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2017 12:31 am

E3 2017 - Japanese games-maker Nintendo missed a big opportunity to discuss its Virtual Console plans for the Nintendo Switch at E3.




It remains unclear of Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid will receive a traditional Virtual Console presence or not to allow on-the-go play of classic games. Nintendo's Virtual Console service is a multi-platform digital shop that sells classic games like Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past from older Nintendo hardware generations, including the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and Game Boy Advance.


Nintendo announced that the Switch owners would get free monthly installments of classic NES games as part of its new paid Switch Online subscription plan, which costs just $20 for a year. The range of classic NES games included in the service will support online play, hinting that only two-player titles will be available. The service will debut with such games as Super Mario Bros 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario.

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Be a 'Daredevil' and enter our Season 2 Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 11:56 pm

To celebrate this week's release of the second season of 'Daredevil' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have five Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment.




The razor-thin line between redemption and retribution explodes with a vengeance in Marvel's Daredevil: The Complete Second Season. With Wilson Fisk behind bars, Matt thinks his efforts to bring order to Hell's Kitchen are succeeding-until chaos reignites with two new arrivals: Frank Castle (a.k.a. The Punisher), an anguished ex-soldier determined to visit bloody, irrevocable "justice" upon his adversaries, and Matt's volatile old flame Elektra Natchios. Meanwhile, a lethal, relentless source of ancient evil continues to amass power. Now, as both the stakes and the body count rise, Matt faces a life-altering choice that forces him to confront what it truly means to be a hero.


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

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 could be unveiled in August

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 11:24 pm

Although it was rumored that Samsung might unveil the Galaxy Note8 in September, possibly at IFA, the latest report claims otherwise.




According to a source from South Korea, the company wants to unveil the Note8 in August, the same as they did with the Note7 last year.


The timing makes sense because Apple should launch the new iPhone in September, and this would give Samsung a slight advantage.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 skips E3 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 10:21 pm

E3 2017 - Rockstar Games' massively anticipated Western skips E3 -- should we be worried, or is this all part of the plan?




It's been seven months since Rockstar revealed Red Dead Redemption 2 with a cinematic trailer, and the game was noticeably absent at E3 2017. We expected to see a new bit of Red Dead Redemption 2 footage at E3, likely at Sony's presser since PS4 has exclusive content hinting Sony secured a marketing deal.


Since Red Dead Redemption 2's delay announcement Rockstar hasn't said a peep about the game. Now we know that Rockstar typically plays by their own rules and releases content when they want, but with Microsoft's new Xbox One X and Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro pushing 4K throughout 2017, we expected to see some sort of teasers that harness this new tech shown off at E3 proper. But Rockstar's Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube feeds are all focused on GTA Online.

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Meizu 7 Pro leaks: Secondary display and 6GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 9:17 pm

Meizu is expected to launch the Pro 7 this month, and the first images of the phone have already leaked.




The leak shows back panels, which suggest that the phone will come with a dual camera and a secondary display on the back.


The secondary display will likely be used for notifications like other phones.

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