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Need for Speed Payback announced

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 3:35 pm

EA has announced Ghost Games' new Need for Speed game for a release this November.



Need for Speed Payback has a very Fast & Furious vibe to it, and its singleplayer campaign is focused on a story of "betrayal and revenge." EA promises that Ghost Games' new racer is an "explosive adventure is filled with intense heist missions, high stakes car battles, epic cop pursuits and jaw dropping set pieces," and describes Need for Speed Payback as an action driving fantasy.


"Set in the underworld of Fortune Valley, players will drive as three distinct characters reunited by a quest for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city's casinos, criminals and cops. They will take on a variety of challenges and events as Tyler, the Racer; Mac, the Showman; and Jess, the Wheelman to earn the respect of the underground. Featuring the deepest customization from the series, players can truly craft a personalized and unique ride, or spend hours finding and tuning an abandoned derelict into a supercar. They can then push their cars to the limit and raise the stakes by betting on their own performance, where they can either multiply their winnings or risk losing it all."

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AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper 16C/32T rumored to cost just $849

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 3:24 pm

Computex 2017 - AMD had its big reveal of its upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs this week at Computex 2017, but now we're hearing that the new 16C/32T variant will cost just $849... and if that's true, Intel is in for a world of hurt.




Intel's upcoming flagship Core i9-7980XE will cost $1999 and offer 18C/36T, slightly more than AMD's flagship Ryzen ThreadRipper and 16C/32T of CPU grunt. But if the $849 price is right, AMD will be charging less than half the cost, at $1150 cheaper. For that cost, you could get the motherboard and a good kit of DDR4 RAM and still have change left over.


Intel's upcoming 16C/32T chip is $1699, which is still massively more expensive than the rumored $849 price on the Ryzen ThreadRipper 16C/32T processor. If we are going to be in a world where AMD is charging $849 for a processor with similar performance to Intel's CPU that costs $2000... well... we're going to be in for a wild ride.

Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 4+ is 15% faster than QC4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 3:15 pm

Qualcomm is continuing to evolve its charging standard, unveiling Quick Charge 4+ just 6 months after it unveiled Quick Charge 4. The new Quick Charge 4+ standard has some impressive new enhancements for new smartphones.




Quick Charge 4+ doesn't require a new chipset, and instead accessory manufacturers can add in the new enhancements to Quick Charge 4 capable devices:


  • "Dual Charge," which is already an option in earlier version of Quick Charge, but is "now more powerful"
  • "Intelligent Thermal Balancing," which steers current through whichever of the dual charging pathways is coolest to keep temperatures down
  • "Advanced Safety Features" to monitor both the phone temperature and the connector temperature to protect against overheating and short-circuit damage


Qualcomm have said that Quick Charge 4+ devices can charge 15% faster than QC4, and they'll charge up to 30% more efficiently. Better yet, charging will be 3C cooler (5F or so). We won't see these features with a software patch into existing devices, as they're hardware enhancements.

Need for Speed Payback may have microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 1:38 pm

Update: It's possible that what EA meant by "in-game purchases" is actual purchased made by players within the game, not actual microtransactions. We've adjusted the headline and content to reflect this.


Ghost Games' new Need for Speed Payback game may have microtransactions.




EA may monetize its latest Need for Speed game with in-game purchases, presumably to fund new free content updates from developer Ghost Games. While neither the developer nor the publisher specifically discuss monetization plans for Need for Speed Payback, the publisher hinted at microtransactions with a chart that compares the game's $59.99 standard version and the more expensive $79.99 deluxe version.


Need for Speed Payback's deluxe package includes a myriad of benefits, namely "10% off all in-game purchases," as well as extra reputation points that are likely used to buy parts, cosmetics, and other car upgrades. Need for Sped Payback will feature "open world pursuits" via online play, which allows up to eight players to race in challenges and other game modes. It's unclear what portion of the game may be monetized, but if we had to guess, we'd say specific car models and parts can be bought with real money.


"Your car is at the center of everything you do. Craft unique rides with deeper performance and visual customization than ever before," EA affirms in an official promotional quote.


Need for Speed Payback launches November 10, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.


"Need for Speed returns this year to challenge what players expect from racing games," said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer.


"We're still delivering everything our fans love about the franchise - the deepest customization, an impressive roster of cars, intense races and open world pursuits - but with Need for Speed Payback, we're bringing together all those elements in an all new blockbuster driving experience. From the story, to the different characters you can drive as, to the varied missions, to the edge-of-your-seat moments, this is our vision for what action driving entertainment means today."

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Rainbow Six Siege is getting loot boxes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 12:38 pm

Ubisoft will give Rainbow Six: Siege's engagement tactics a shot in the arm by adding loot boxes.




"The more you play, the more you get."


Rainbow Six: Siege is getting loot boxes quite soon, but you won't be able to buy them with R6 premium currency--you'll have to earn them by playing the game. The game's loot boxes are called Alpha Packs, and contain randomized cosmetic items and weapon skins to add flair to a player's operator character.


Alpha Packs can be unlocked in two ways: players can earn them randomly at the end of matches, with every successive match boosting the chance of an Alpha Pack drop, or buying them outright with Renown, the game's experience point currency used to unlock in-game content. Alpha Packs cannot be purchased directly with the game's digital premium R6 Points currency, which cost real money. However, players can buy Renown with R6 Points.

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Xbox boss shows off the CPU for Project Scorpio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 10:37 am

Microsoft is getting closer to the release of their next-gen Project Scorpio console, and now we're getting a peak at the SoC chip inside of Project Scorpio, something Microsoft and AMD worked together on.




In a tweet, Corporate Vice President of the Xbox and Windows gaming divisions, and Project Scorpio Lead Engineer, Mike Ybarra, teased the world with a picture of the processor for Project Scorpio. Ybarra said: "This is [Scorpio]." Short, and sweet.

AMD loses 2% discrete GPU market back to NVIDIA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 9:04 am

AMD was slowly but surely clawing back discrete GPU market share from NVIDIA over the last 6-12 months, but according to the latest report from Jon Peddie Research, graphics board shipments dropped 29.8% quarter-over-quarter, and 19.2% year-over-year.




NVIDIA now sits with 72.5% of the discrete GPU market to itself, their highest in months. NVIDIA has saturated the market with their GeForce GTX 10 series products, as they continue to release cards - and I'm sure they still have more right around the corner as a response to Radeon RX Vega from AMD.


JPR explains: "The attach rate of AIBs to desktop PCs has declined from a high of 63% in Q1 2008 to 42% this quarter, a decrease of 9.0% from last quarter which was negative. Compared to this quarter last year it decreased 12.9% which was negative. The overall GPU shipments (integrated and discrete) is greater than desktop PC shipments due double-attach-the adding of a second (or third) AIB to a system with integrated processor graphics-and to a lesser extent, dual AIBs in performance desktop machines using either AMD's CrossFire or NVIDIA's SLI technology improved attach rate".

AMD Ryzen 7 processors drop in price by up to 23%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 5:55 am

Computex 2017 - AMD unleashed their new ThreadRipper CPUs at Computex, offering a full stack of multi-threaded processors with up to 16C/32T, and 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes through the new X399 chipset - but, Ryzen 7 pricing is now dropping big time.




AMD's current Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and Ryzen 7 1700 have all had price drops - and are in effect on Amazon and Newegg. The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X was $49 and can now be found for $459, while the Ryzen 7 1700X was $399 and is now just $349, while the Ryzen 7 1700 drops from $329 to just $299.


I thought it would be Intel that would drop the prices on their Core range of processors, but this puts AMD in a great position ahead of the big launch for ThreadRipper.

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GTA publisher on Switch: we're there front and center

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 1, 2017 11:26 pm

Take-Two Interactive, the parent company for major games like Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and the NBA 2K series, says it will support Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid with games as long as the install base is there. Just don't expect its biggest franchised hits to cross over.




Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick believes in Nintendo's new Switch console, and affirms the company will support the system in its formative years with one of its most lucrative sport titles, NBA 2K18. "We're there, front and center. We have basketball coming for the platform, and we consider ourselves in a very important partnership with Nintendo. We believe in it, and we see it the way they do: we think it's going to be a successful launch," Zelnick said at Cowen and Company's 45th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.


Whether or not Take-Two continues to bring key games to the Switch depends on the system's install base--and even then the company will be very selective in which games it brings to the console (so don't expect GTA V or Red Dead Redemption 2).


"It remains to be seen how [the Switch] does, but we're excited about it. Assuming there's an install base we'll be there...not with all of our titles, but selectively," Mr. Zelnick affirmed.

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Pokemon Company profits soar by 2400%

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 1, 2017 9:22 pm

The Pokemon Company, who's responsible for major video game hits such as the Pokemon games on Nintendo 3DS, has reported massive profit earnings for its nineteenth fiscal year.




Major games-maker The Pokemon Company just recorded a huge boost in year-over-year profits, Japanese games analyst Dr. Serkan Toto reports. The company raked in $143.4 million (15.921 billion yen) in profits in the fiscal year ended February 28, up 2460% from last year's $5.6 million.


Dr. Toto notes that big releases such as Pokemon GO and Pokemon Sun and Moon were major contributors to the company's earnings. Nintendo affirms that 14.69 million copies of Pokemon Sun and Moon were sold within a 44 day period alone. As Nintendo owns a 32% stake in The Pokemon Company, the performance of these major titles directly affected Nintendo's recent 521% surge in year-over-year profits.

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