Windows 10 Mobile Rolling out in December
Here's one for you mobile aficionados. And the far fewer Windows mobile users.
Windows 10 Mobile will be rolling out in December according to Microsoft's Lumina Facebook page.
Source Techspot: http://www.techspot.com/news/62349-w...-december.html
GForce Bullets or Blades!
Those looking for a new graphic's card this holiday season this one's for you! Nvidia has updated their GeForce game bundle with a new "Bullets or Blades" theme. Purchase an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 980, 970, notebook 970M or higher graphic card and choose between one of two free games. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege or Assassin's Creed Syndicate. I'm not sure how long this deal lasts so you may want to get in on this while you can.
Source Nvidia: http://www.geforce.com/BULLETSORBLADES
Chris Roberts, Star Citizen and Crowd Funding
Most serious gamers and even the not so serious more than likely have heard of Star Citizen, the Chris Roberts upcoming action, fps space sim all rolled into one. Promises are steep and expectations are high for this one. Most of it brought on by Chris Roberts himself. Since this is a totally crowd funded game and is seeing delays there have been questions raised lately about the way the funds have been used. It's been reported that Cloud Imperium Games has burned through 90 million dollars in 3+ plus years with not even so much as a playable alpha demo of the game yet. To be fair there is an arena area where you can fly a couple ships and they are creating the game in whats called "modules" to get certain aspects of the game out quicker.
It seems Derek Smart (well known blogger) has raised the bar lately on calling out Chris and his company CIG for mismanaging the funds. Law suit threats are flying around. Terms of Service suggest if the game is delayed by more than a year they have to disclose their financial situation. That extra year is up this November or December from what I'm told.
There is an ongoing thread in the forums with some good discussion going on so please feel free to chime in with your thoughts. Do you think it will get made, will it live up to the hype, will they run out of money or is it all over blown?
Ongoing forum thread: https://www.rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?t=33994384
Far Cry Primal Announced
Good news for those fans of the Far Cry series. The newest installment called Far Cry Primal releases next February for newer consoles and March on the pc. This time its set in the stone age so you shotgun and machine gun junkies might be left out in this one! Actually looks pretty good and should be a nice change from straight up fps shooters.
Source Ubisoft: http://blog.ubi.com/far-cry-primal-announced/
AMD streaming Star Wars Battlefront on Twitch
Star Wars: Battlefront is one of the most hotly anticipated games of the year, and AMD jumps on the bandwagon with both feet; they will be streaming it in their Twitch channel starting 2pm CT. For those of you who join the stream, AMD will be giving away a MSI R9 390X, Sapphire Tri-X R9 390X and XFX Double Dissipation R9 390X.
So head over to AMD's Twitch channel for more.
Microsoft Launches The Surface Book, A Convertible Laptop Done Right
Now this is even more compelling.
Microsoft unveiled its first laptop. Called the Surface Book, it doesn’t look like a Surface at all. It has a 13.5-inch display, a trackpad made of glass, a backlit keyboard and a machined magnesium body. Microsoft has one trick up its sleeve — the screen is detachable.
Source: Tech Crunch
Microsoft Announces The Surface Pro 4
Too bad I can't seem to convince work to get me one of these...
The device is the thinnest Surface yet, according to Microsoft. The company expanded the Surface Pro’s screen to 12.3 inches from 12 inches. The device is the same size, but with less bezel. More screen and less wasted space.
Source: Tech Crunch
Intel to begin shipping Skylake CPUs with SGX enabled
Welp, I guess those early adopters like me either got shafted or saved with not having SGX extensions enabled.
Intel's Software Guard Extensions (SGX) is a CPU instruction set that allows applications to set aside private memory regions for code and data. SGX was first introduced with the Haswell CPU architecture, but the instructions weren't enabled for Skylake CPUs that sold at launch. Future batches of chips will have SGX enabled, though. Intel has posted a Product Change Notification to notify partners that updated Skylake CPUs with SGX will be available later this month.
Source: The Tech Report
Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL showcase mobile Windows 10
More device goodness to be had.
Microsoft took the wraps off its Windows 10 flagship phones this morning: the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. These Lumias pack 5.2" and 5.7" screens with six- and eight-core Qualcomm processors, along with equally high-end cameras. The phones run Windows 10 with Continuum support.
Source: The Tech Report
Android 6.0 Marshmallow rolls out to Nexus devices starting today
Let the updating commence, if you haven't already done so.
You don't have to wait for Google to begin shipping devices with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, like the Nexus 5X and 6P, to get that gooey OS upgrade goodness. Just as the company promised last week, Android 6.0 Marshmallow has started rolling out to recent Nexus devices.
Source: The Tech Report
AMD shows off Nano on Twitch; gives away prizes
We got word from AMD that they will be hosting a Nano stream on their Twitch channel tomorrow, where they will preview a few of the crazy designs that it has engaged the modding community to create and give away some great hardware prizes!
You can find the link to the stream in AMD's Twitch channel : http://www.twitch.tv/amd.
Also, you may remember that last year with Catalyst Omega, AMD asked the community what their top issue with Catalyst is and AMD used that data to make sure issues were fixed. AMD is asking for feedback again and you can let them know of issues you have here. So report away!
Direct X 12 Controversy!!!
File this one under the "Oops!" folder for Nvidia if it pans out to be a trend that D3D12 games makes much use of Async Shaders. Apparently, Nvidia drivers report that Maxwell is falsely reporting it having low level hardware support for Async Shaders, a standard Dx12 feature. But, the Ashes of Singularity dev team kept running into, and I'll use their words, an "unmitigated disaster" when attempting to use this standard feature. Nvidia's answer? Please disable Async Shaders...
Personally, I think one could just as easily make the claim that we were biased toward Nvidia as the only 'vendor' specific code is for Nvidia where we had to shutdown async compute. By vendor specific, I mean a case where we look at the Vendor ID and make changes to our rendering path. Curiously, their driver reported this feature was functional but attempting to use it was an unmitigated disaster in terms of performance and conformance so we shut it down on their hardware.
Source : Guru3D
Guild Wars 2 goes F2P
Today we’re happy to announce that the Guild Wars 2 core game is available for everyone to play for free. With Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ launching soon, there’s no better time to introduce the game to your friends.
Seems like they thought this through. The limitations for free accounts make sense and don't seem to penalize the free accounts as well as it doesn't open the doors for gold farmers (we hope).
Anyone interested in jumping in with me?
Source: Guild Wars F2P
AMD Radeon R9 Nano: The cat is out of the bag.
SUNNYVALE, CA — 08/27/2015 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) continues to push the boundaries of graphics card design, today announcing its category-creating AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano, the fastest Mini ITX graphics card ever1, to enable 4K gaming in the living room through ultra-quiet, ultra-compact PC designs. First previewed to gamers around the world during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles in June 2015, the AMD Radeon R9 Nano graphics card is based on the graphics chip codenamed “Fiji”, and is the third “Fiji”-based product to launch this summer alongside the AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury and R9 Fury X graphics cards. The AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury graphics family, based on the “Fiji” chip, marks a turning point in PC gaming with the implementation of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) to deliver extreme energy efficiency and performance for ultra-high resolutions, unparalleled VR experiences, smoother gameplay, with the Radeon R9 Nano revolutionizing form-factors for enthusiasts everywhere.
Here are the official specs of the card:
We will have a more detailed writeup later in the day, but for those of you who are considering the mini-ITX platform, this card is a no-brainer.
Fury Nano specs leaked, full Fiji inbound!
It's still not 100% confirmed, but enough leaks are starting to spill to let this rumor have some light. It's looking like Fury Nano WILL be a full Fiji chip, just downclocked a bit. That means the full 4096 stream processors, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs, though the rumor seems to hit a wall when claiming up to 1 full Ghz GPU clocks. Maybe it's the "up to" part though, because I'm betting more on a 850-900mhz default clock.
The card supposedly will also hold 4 GB on the 4096-bit HBM memory interface. According to the leak, the core clock speed isn't far off the R9 Fury X with an up to 1000 MHz, with its memory ticking at 500 MHz (512 GB/s).
Source : Guru3D
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