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Microsoft annonce new Xbox One Elite bundle with 1TB SSHD and Elite joypad

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Microsoft are bringing yet another Xbox One SKU to the market. The new bundle will include the Xbox One Elite controller and a 1TB SSHD that is stated to offer a 20-percent speed increase when coming out of power-safe mode, which doesn’t sound that enticing, but the SSHD should help UI performance a little, but probably not by much.

The new bundle arrives the 3rd of November this year and will cost $500.

Source: Microsoftstore.com

 

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Review: AMD Fury X

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It’s been over two years since AMD brought a new line up of graphics cards. We have heard whispers for the past few months that Fiji chip was set for AMD to offer their next level of cards along with the new and exciting HBM memory. The new line up is finally here and we have a lot to talk about, so let’s dive right in and take a look at what’s new with the AMD Fury X.

Radeon R9 Fury X
GPU Fiji XT
Stream Processors 4096
GCN Compute Units 64
Render Output Units 64
Texture Mapping Units 256
GPU Frequency ≥ 1050Mhz
Memory 4GB HBM
Memory Interface 4096bit
Memory Frequency 500Mhz
Effective Memory Speed 1Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 512GB/s
Cooling Liquid, 120mm Radiator
Performance (SPFP) ≥ 8.6 TFLOPS
TDP 275W
Power Connectors Dual 8-Pin
GFLOPS/Watt ≥ 28.7
Launch Price €720
Launch Date 24th June 2015

The official specs include 4096 stream processors with GPU clock speeds set at 1050MHz, which will offer a serious level of performance, but the stand out spec is of course is the 4GB of HBM memory, which features a 4096bit memory interface, which in turn offers 512GB/s memory bandwidth. Below is a breakdown of the new HBM memory and how it works.

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AMD have moved away from GDDR5 memory and have launched the first product to feature HBM memory. The new memory is stacked directly on the GPU itself and is connected using an interposer. This not only increases the bandwidth significantly, but also reduces the size of the card. That is Fiji and it brings us the Fury X graphics card.

1. Introduction and Specifications

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Batman Arkham Knight PC sales suspended

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Due to the massive amount of issues plaguing the latest Batman game Arkham Knight, Warner Brother Games have suspended future sales of the game for the PC. Warner Brother Games also released an open letter apologizing and stating they plan to address all of these issues as soon as possible and make the game available again.

The suspension comes after the slew of negative reviews release for the PC port of the game. Users are locked to 30fps and have little to no advance video controls. The issues continue with more general and obvious bugs that cause the game to crash and become unplayable.

Dear Batman: Arkham Knight PC owners,

We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards. We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.

Thank you to those players who have already given valuable feedback. We are continuously monitoring all threads posted in the Official Batman: Arkham Knight Community and Steam forums, as well as any issues logged with our Customer Support (support.wbgames.com). If you purchased your copy of the game and are not satisfied with your experience, then we ask for your patience while these issues are resolved. If desired, you can request a refund at help.steampowered.com (Steam refund policies can be found here: http://store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds) or the retail location where you purchased the game.

The Batman: Arkham fans have continually supported the franchise to its current height of success, and we want to thank you for your patience as we work to deliver an updated version of Batman: Arkham Knight on PC so you can all enjoy the final chapter of the Batman: Arkham series as it was meant to be played.

We’re hoping this will put other publishers on notice and make them realize that releasing an unfinished game is unacceptable and thanks to Steams new refund policy, they will end up loosing out in the long run.

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Sony announce PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player 1TB Edition

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As it was expected, Sony have gone ahead and announced a 1TB version of the PlayStation 4. The new edition is dubbed the Ultimate Player 1TB edition and is set to arrive on July 15th in Europe. The name may suggest something else has been upgraded/change, but sadly that is not the case.

There is no word on cost, but since the PS4 has always had the option to increase internal storage with ease, there will hopefully not too much of a premium on the new unit.

If your still okay with a 500GB hard drive or simply wish to upgrade the storage yourself (perhaps to 2TB) Sony also announced the standard 500GB PS4 has had a reduction in weight by 10-percent and an increase of 8-percent in efficiency.

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AMD reveals R7/R9 300-series, Fury, Fury Nano, and Fury X Graphics cards

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AMD took to the stage yesterday and announced their next series of graphics cards. Which start with the R7/R9 300 series and then step it up a notch with the new R9 Fury series. The new 300 series starts with the R 7 360 with 2GB of VRAM and the R7 370 with 4GB of RAM,. Both cards arrive this week for $109 and $149 respectively.

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The R9 cards are mostly re-brands of the previous 200 series card, as in we are still rocking the Hawaii core. There are some differences with the R9 380 getting 4GB of VRAM to play with. Both the R9 390 and R9 390x will have 8GB of VRAM as standard. There are some other internal differences including higher clock rates and better cooling. The R9 380 will come in at $249, while the R9 390 and 390x will cost $329 and $349 respectively.

The real news comes from the new set of Fury cards from AMD. The new line up include the use AMD’s Fiji core and HBM memory. This gives a massive boost in memory bandwidth, but also shrinks the cards significantly as well.

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AMD are bringing 4 new Fiji cards to market. Starting at the bottom we have the unexpected but awesome Fury Nano. This card utilizes the same Fiji core and 4GB HBM memory as the other cards, but is aimed at ITX systems and offers significant performance over the 290x and is cooled by a single fan. It also rocks 3 full size display ports and a HDMI.

The next two cards are the Fury and Fury X. The Fury again uses Fiji with 4GB of HBM. We have 3584 stream processor with the GPU clock rate a 1GHz. Total compute power is around 7.2 TFLOPS. Cooling is done by 3 fans and the card has a TDP of 275W. Connections include the same 3 x Display Port and 1 x HDMI. Pricing is set at $549 and the card arrives around the 14th of July.

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The Fury X steps the specs up again with 4096 stream processors and the GPU clock speed at 1,050Mhz. Cooling is done by a custom AIO Liquid cooler, which has two hoses extend out of the card into a 120mm radiator and fan. The card also has the same TDP and connections as the Fury (275W, 2 x DP, 1 x HDMI). The Fury X will cost $649 and arrive on the 24th of June.

The last card, which was barely detailed at the event is the Dual Fiji Fury X. The card has no official specs or pricing, but is said to be arriving later this summer.

Radeon R9 Fury X2 Radeon R9 Fury X Radeon R9 Nano Radeon R9 Fury
GPU Fiji XT x 2 Fiji XT Fiji Pro? Fiji Pro
Stream Processors 8192 4096 TBA 3584
GCN Compute Units 128 64 TBA 56
Render Output Units 128 64 TBA 64
Texture Mapping Units 512 256 TBA 224
GPU Frequency TBA ≥ 1050Mhz TBA 1000Mhz
Memory 8GB HBM (4 GB Per Chip) 4GB HBM 4GB HBM 4GB HBM
Memory Interface 4096-bit x 2 4096bit 4096bit 4096bit
Memory Frequency 500Mhz 500Mhz 500Mhz 500Mhz
Effective Memory Speed 1Gbps 1Gbps 1Gbps 1Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 1024 GB/s 512GB/s 512GB/s 512GB/s
Cooling Liquid Liquid, 120mm Radiator Air, Single Fan Air, 3 Axial Fans
Performance (SPFP) 17 TFLOPS ≥ 8.6 TFLOPS TBA 7.2 TFLOPS
TDP TBC 275W 175W 275W
Power Connectors Dual 8-Pin Dual 8-Pin 8-Pin 6+8 Pin?
GFLOPS/Watt TBA ≥ 28.7 TBA 26.2
Launch Price TBA $649 TBA $549
Launch Date Autumn 2015 24th June 2015 Summer 2015 14th July 2015
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Uncharted 4 gameplay demo shown off at E3

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Sony’s last demo at their press event was the first gameplay demo we have see of the next Uncharted game. The demo is just under 8 minutes long and is looking so good we forget this isn’t out until next year. definitely check out the demo below, hopefully the remastered trilogy can ties us over until launch next year.

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Call of Duty Black Ops 3 gameplay shown off

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Activision used Sony’s Press conference to show Black Ops 3. Typically Microsoft showcase the latest Call of Duty game with the Xbox and then announce the timed exclusive DLC. This year we see Sony doing exactly that, with users getting access to all map pack first on PlayStation.

This time we didn’t just get the typical campaign demo, but also the multiplayer reveal as well. The game is set to arrive this November with a Beta in August, which is also available for PS4 gamers first. Check out the

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Final Fantasy 7 remake is happening

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It’s finally happening, something gamers have wanted for years. Final Fantasy 7 is getting a remake. The announcement trailer was short, but oh so sweet. PS4 user will get to play the game first, and that’s pretty much all the info we have. No release date has been shared, but make sure to check out the reveal trailer below.

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