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Quake Champions enters Steam Early Access on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 mins ago

Quake Champions has hit Steam Early Access, offering up the first-person gibfest for $29.99 - even though it's a free-to-play title. What do you get for $30? Well, you get access to all of the upcoming fighters through to the end of 2018, and a little more.

 

 

The $30 entry price into Quake Champions on Steam Early Access will get you the aforementioned Champions through to the end of 2018, but you'll also get an exclusive look at Ranger, and three boxes that you can open for cosmetic items, yay.

 

What you'll get in the Sample Package:

 

  • All 11 current Champions, including Ranger, Visor, Scalebearer, Nyx, Anarki, Clutch, Sorlag, Galena, Slash, BJ Blazkowicz from id Software's Wolfenstein, and the new DOOM Slayer
  • All future Champions, including at least six additional Champions expected to release before the end of 2018, and any that follow
  • An exclusive Early Access skin for series diehard Ranger, available only during the Early Access period for Champions Pack players
  • Three Reliquaries (loot chests containing three in-game items for profile, Champion, and weapon customization, like skins, shaders, nameplates, and more)

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Destiny 2 rocks on the PC with its new 4K 60FPS trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 8 mins ago

Bungie is showing that PC gamers really are important, working with NVIDIA very closely on making the PC version of Destiny 2 the best version on any platform.

 

 

The new video showcases the Inverted Spire Strike mission in Destiny 2, something that will be featured in Destiny 2's upcoming PC beta which kicks off on August 28 for those on Early Access, and August 29 for everyone else.

 

Destiny 2 is launching onto the PC in its best form, offering up HDR support, as well as SLI for those with multiple GeForce graphics cards. UltraWide display owners will enjoy 21:9 aspect ratio support, and more when Destiny 2 launches on the PC on October 26.

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Intel Core i9-7980XE pre-orders begins, priced at $1999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 hour, 55 mins ago

Intel's new flagship Core i9-7980XE processor has gone up for pre-order on OCUK, packing a huge 18C/36T of CPU performance.

 

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The new Core i9-7980XE processor will be on sale starting August 25, with the 14/16/18-core Core i9 processors to be available on August 28. If you need a refresher course in the Core i9-7980XE, it rocks 18C/36T of CPU power at up to 4.4GHz, with 24.75MB of L3 cache.

 

Intel's flagship Core i9-7980XE runs on the new X299 chipset with up to 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and a huge 165W TDP.

ASUS tease ROG Strix RX Vega 56 OC Edition graphics card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 3 hours, 4 mins ago

It seems ASUS is working with AMD closely on the new Radeon RX Vega series of graphics cards, with ASUS being the first with a custom RX Vega 64 graphics card, and now again with RX Vega 56.

 

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The new ASUS ROG Strix Vega 56 OC Edition 8GB features Aura Sync RGB technology, a triple-fan cooler and 2.5-slot design.

 

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The card requires dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and rocks a DVI connector if you're still running an older LCD.

 

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We should expect ASUS to launch their new ROG Strix Vega 56 OC Edition 8GB graphics card sometime in September.

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Intel Core i3-8350K perf: competes with Core i7-7700K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 hours, 55 mins ago

Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake CPU architecture could be exciting for the mid-range Core i3 processors, with leaked performance of the new Core i3-8350K showing very promising results.

 

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The leaked Core i3-8350K performance teases the 4C/4T processor @ 4GHz will have multi-threaded performance that will battle against Intel's higher-end Core i7-7700K processor. In leaked benchmarks, we see that the Core i3-8350K scores 503.3 points in single-threaded performance, while the 7700K scores 492 points.

 

Even the multi-threaded performance is impressive, with the Core i3-8350K pushing 1982 points against the 7700K and its 2648... but remember the Core i7-7700K is a 4C/8T part, with double the CPU threads, but not double the multi-threaded CPU performance.

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Galaxy Note8 will be $425 cheaper if you had the Note7

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 20 mins ago

Samsung didn't forget about the disappointed customers who had to return their Galaxy Note7 after the faulty batteries issues.

 

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During the unveiling of the Galaxy Note8, the company announced that they would be offering a significant discount on the Note8 to those who bought the Note7.

 

In the US, eligible customers will get a $425 discount, which is almost 50% off, if they trade in their current phone for the new Note8. The deal will be available through Samsung's own online store.

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Skyrim is awkward to play on PSVR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 5 hours, 13 mins ago

Skyrim is supposed to be one of virtual reality's killer apps, but it's actually tedious and clumsy to play on Sony's PlayStation VR.

 

 

After launching on all platforms known to man (only slightly joking here), Skyrim is coming to PlayStation VR--and not just a small slice as per the usual PSVR release, the full open-world game. But the experience is hindered by one critical aspect: teleportation. Like most Vive VR games, users will have to teleport from point-to-point to traverse Skryim's in-game world while using Move controllers. According to IGN's Alanah Pearce, Skyrim on PSVR is awkward and tedious when using these motion-tracked wands, and there's more than a few glitches.

 

The wands are there, of course, to track your hand movements and translate to in-game interactions, from pulling a bowstring to slicing and dicing with a sword and blocking with a shield. The Move controllers aim to add the critical point of immersion to the virtual reality experience, but at the cost of smooth movement. According to Ms. Pearce, teleporting makes for strange-feeling traversal throughout open-world areas as well as congested dungeons, and doesn't feel very smooth or natural.

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HP posts earnings growth for fourth straight quarter

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 hours, 2 mins ago

Technology giant HP Inc has reported its fourth straight quarter of strong earnings growth driven by its Personal Systems segment.

 

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HP's fiscal third quarter 2017 earnings mark the fourth consistent period the company has one-upped its total net revenues. The company earned $13.1 billion in net revenues in the three-month period ending July 31, 2017, up 10% year-over-year. HP's Personal Systems segment, which includes its lucrative commercial and consumer PCs as well as workstations, thin clients, and tablets, accounted for roughly 64% of fiscal Q3'17 net revenues, or $8.404 billion in net revenues and up 12% year-over-year. Commercial and Consumer segment net revenues increased by 11% and 14% respectively, and Notebook segment revenues were also up 12% with Desktop units down 3% year-over-year.

 

The tech titan's Printing segment earned $4.698 billion in net revenues in the period, up 6% year-over-year.

 

"Q3 was another outstanding quarter of successfully executing our reinvention strategy," said Dion Weisler, President and CEO, HP Inc.

 

"We stabilized supplies revenue a quarter earlier than expected, posted double-digit revenue growth, delivered non-GAAP earnings per share at the high-end of our previously provided outlook range and generated approximately $1.7 billion in free cash flow."

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Final Fantasy XV on PC to get mod support

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 21 mins ago

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition should get mods at some point, opening up a massive wealth of pontential for PC gamers.

 

 

Just yesterday I wrote up an opinion piece that Final Fantasy XV is the new modern-day Skyrim. Now that game director Hajime Tabata says we should expect mod support for Final Fantasy XV's newly announced Windows Edition, that comparison is even stronger. Earlier this year Mr. Tabata said he'd love to include mod support in Final Fantasy XV's PC version, and at Gamescom 2017 he's sticking to his words.

 

"I think one of the biggest things [PC] players can expect is mod support," Final Fantasy XV Game Director told Rock Paper Shotgun's Brenden Caldwell at Gamescom 2017. "We definitely want to do it. We haven't actually managed to get our full modding policy or discussions on that finished but at the moment we do really want to do it. We'll have the full details around autumn time."

 

But will the mods be free? Games-makers and publishers typically monetize any new content, however Square Enix has infused tons of free content updates into Final Fantasy XV to continually evolve the game over time. Then again, Square Enix also offers a $30 season pass for content. Bethesda Softworks is taking a stab at optional paid mods that are more like mini DLC packs than actual mods with its new Creation Club initiative.

 

Will Square Enix make its own Creation Club, or will all user-created mods be free?

 

"I think a lot of people do want the mods as free as possible," Mr. Tabata said in the interview, "and with as few limitations from our side as possible, so we are going to look into making that the kind of system we have for the mods, so we'll have to figure out all the technical terms around that."

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Elon Musk reveals SpaceX's official spacesuit

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 8 hours ago

Elon Musk has posted the first official photo of the SpaceX spacesuit on Instagram. Musk noted that the photo shows an actual working suit and not just a mockup.

 

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According to Musk, the space suit was already tested to double vacuum pressure. The suit looks elegant, and Musk admitted that it was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics and function. However, you can see that the result is good.

 

SpaceX suits are meant to be worn by astronauts inside the company's Dragon capsule. The suits aren't meant for spacewalks but during the ride inside the capsule.

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