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Xbox One X is fastest-selling pre-order in Xbox history

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 11:33 pm

Microsoft's new $499 Xbox One X console sold out special edition pre-orders in just a day's time, and the company's marketing division is positively jubilant. But there's more that meets the eye here.

 

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The Xbox One X's limited Project Scorpio edition is the "fastest-selling pre-order in Xbox history," Microsoft touts proudly on a new Xbox Wire blog post. But what does that actually mean? Without solid pre-order numbers for the Project Scorpio edition or even a hint of hardware allocation, this milestone may actually not be that impressive.

 

Xbox's marketing division is quite creative at cleverly obfuscating information and technicality-filled PR-speak. Just look at how the company re-defined the world "exclusive" at E3 2017, misleading gamers with terms like "console launch exclusive", as well as saying that games are "Xbox exclusive", a term that loses its merit now that Xbox is a service that includes Windows PCs and Xbox One consoles. Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg recently said that

 

"We sold out at Amazon in less than 25 minutes. We expected our inventory to last for about a week, and we sold out in less than a day," General Manager of Xbox Games Publishing Aaron Greenberg said in a recent interview with Rocket Beans TV. But the company doesn't report numbers...so the Project Scorpio limited edition allocation could've been 250,000 units or even as low as 50,000. "But we don't share the amounts. The Project Scorpio Edition was for those core fans, for the people that used to line up outside stores. It's nice to see the response."

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AMD Radeon RX Vega shortage until October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 11:05 pm

Earlier this year my exclusive story about AMD only having around 16,000 units of its Radeon RX Vega graphics cards for the most proceeding the launch, and here we are now - with news that AMD will experience stock shortages until October.

 

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According to DigiTimes' sources, AMD won't have Radeon RX Vega in larger numbers until October. Other sources claim that AMD are having issues with their Advanced Semiconductor Engineering packaging technology, but you know what? It doesn't matter what problems AMD are having, from their perspective - the Vega launch is nothing but a gigantic success.

 

But then you read the comments from people all over the internet calling the Vega launch the "worst GPU launch ever" and that it's "worse than the Fermi/GTX 480 launch"... and all I can do is agree. This isn't good, and we're not getting the full truth from AMD. The other thing that sucks is that AMD had such a great year from Ryzen and Threadripper, but Vega wasn't just mediocre, it has bombed.

Samsung teases another dual camera smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 10:27 pm

Just a few days after the official launch of the Galaxy Note8, Samsung's first Galaxy phone with a dual camera, the company has teased another phone with a dual camera - the Galaxy J7+.

 

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The leaked specs reveal that the phone would come with a 13MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup and a 16MP front shooter.

 

The Galaxy J7+ is expected to feature 5.5-inch Super AMOLED with 1080p resolution. The device should be powered by an octa-core processor, probably the Exynos 7870 and come with 4GB RAM, and 32GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.

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Xbox One X sold out in a day, expected to last a week

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 9:31 pm

The demand for Microsoft's new high-end 4K-ready Xbox One X console has surprised the Redmond-based company, with pre-orders of the machine selling out in less than a day's time.

 

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Despite Microsoft's original assertion that the mid-range Xbox One S would be the most popular system this holiday, gamers are apparently very hyped about the new native 4K-capable Xbox One X system. The first batch of pre-orders for the Project Scorpio special edition of the Xbox One X sold out much quicker than Xbox execs planned--in fact company executive Aaron Greenberg said that Xbox One X pre-orders sold out in less than a day.

 

"We sold out at Amazon in less than 25 minutes. We expected our inventory to last for about a week, and we sold out in less than a day," General Manager of Xbox Games Publishing Aaron Greenberg said in a recent interview with Rocket Beans TV.

 

While this may sound like an amazing milestone, Mr. Greenberg says Microsoft won't divulge just how many Project Scorpio special editions they had available for pre-order. "But we don't share the amounts. The Project Scorpio Edition was for those core fans, for the people that used to line up outside stores. It's nice to see the response."

 

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Secret of Mana remaster announced

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 7:20 pm

Square Enix will breathe new life into the SNES RPG classic Secret of Mana in early 2018.

 

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To celebrate Secret of Mana's 15th anniversary, Square Enix today announced the golden age JRPG will be fully remastered for release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC in 2018. The Japanese games-maker will breathe new life into the old-school title with fully remastered HD graphics--I personally like the bit-style sprites myself--along with updated sound effects, voice overs, and a new musical score. For some reason Square Enix is skipping the Nintendo Switch despite the game being an absolutely perfect fit for the device, and is yet another major classic remaster/collection that's passed the system by.

 

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Half-Life 2: Episode 3 plot revealed by game writer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 3:22 pm

Marc Laidlaw, ex-Valve employee and lead writer on Half-Life 2, today stirred up some old ghosts by publishing the plot summary for Half-Life 2: Episode 3.

 

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These days Half-Life might in fact be dead, but back in the days before Marc Laidlaw left Valve, the series was very much alive. As we all know Half-Life 2: Episode 3 was never released and remains a curious part of gaming history, and today that history transitions from campfire legend to indisputable fact.

 

Mr. Laidlaw exposed the scrapped game's plot with an illuminating blog post that discusses Gordon Freeman's continued journey after the events of Episode 2. Of course the publishing of this outline probably means Half-Life 2: Episode 3 will never ever release, but that's something most of us came to terms with long ago.

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Thermaltake launch their View 71 Tempered Glass series

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 1:37 pm

Thermaltake will expand their View Series lineup this month with the launch of the beautiful View 71 Tempered Glass RGB Edition Full Tower Chassis and the View 71 Tempered Glass Edition Full Tower Chassis.

 

 

Featuring an elegant four-side tempered glass and swing door design, the View 71 series is not only fascinating in appearance, multiple pre-installed 140mm Riing Blue or Riing RGB fans deliver outstanding ventilation and superior performance. With seven drive trays with modular drive racks, the View 71 TG series can deliver outstanding storage capabilities and liquid cooling expansion.

 

Supporting the latest PC hardware, the only limitation of Thermaltake's View 71 TG series, is the user's imagination. Thermaltake View 71 Tempered Glass Edition Full Tower Chassis Series will be available for purchase on the TT Premium online shop in late August.

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Thermaltake release the ultimate RGB radiator

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 12:22 pm

Thermaltake have introduced their latest RGB radiator for advanced watercooled gaming systems; the Pacific RL360 Plus RGB Radiator.

 

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Built for 120mm high-static pressure fans, this 360mm radiator is manufactured from premium-quality German zinc alloy aluminium and aerospace-grade materials that provide exceptional performance, unrivaled reliability.

 

The exclusively designed LED strip utilizes cutting-edge thermal techniques with a 16.8 million colours LED that is controlled by the Riing Plus RGB Software and an exclusively designed mobile app. This software is not only capable of customize the lighting effect, users can also monitor fan performance and track CPU temperature. Integrated G1/4" threads allow for a pleasurable installation, while rigid connections ensure leak-resistant measures are in place.

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Lian Li's Flagship PC-V3000 has landed

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 11:49 am

Lian Li have unleashed their flagship full-tower PC case, the PC-V3000. This case certainly lives up to Lian Li's vision of being the ultimate aluminium and tempered glass full-tower case. The PC-V3000 takes full advantage of Lian Li's traditional dual chamber design and is the first Lian Li chassis that is capable of housing four radiators, bringing its liquid cooling capacity to an unrivaled level for its class.

 

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The PC-V3000 exudes the true style of a high-quality class-leading chassis without holding back on features or functionality. External panels are made of high-quality brush aluminium featuring Lian Li's patented rivet locking mechanism for easy installation or removal of panels while combining Lian Li's largest tempered glass panel to date .

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition gets a release date

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2017 10:31 am

With the recent announcement of Age of Empires IV, Microsoft continued the good news for RTS fans by announcing a release date for the upcoming Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, October 17 2017.

 

 

This coincides with Age of Empires 20th year anniversary, which graced our PC's back on October 15, 1997.

 

Age of Empires: DE will be a fully remastered version of the original with enhanced 4K graphics, remastered soundtrack and improved gameplay including attack move commands, increased population cap, contextual rally points, unit queuing and right-click scrolling.

 

 

In case Age of Empires fans weren't completely satisfied, Microsoft also announced that Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III would also receive Definitive Editions in the future.

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