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Intel reportedly 'kills off' its upcoming 10nm process

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 4 hours, 48 mins ago

Intel has been having troubles with its new 10nm process node for years and years now, and in the days after the launch of the Core i9-9900K, a new report has surfaced saying that Intel has killed off its 10nm process.




SemiAccurate is reporting that they have just learned "Intel just pulled the plug on their struggling 10nm process". The full story requires a professional level subscription to the website, but Charlie does tease us with "The knifing of 10nm shows that Intel is finally willing to do the right things for the right reasons even if it costs them some short term pain, it is the first adult decision we have seen from the company in several years. Let us walk through the reasons why it is a good thing, from cost to timetables to competitiveness to management changes to potential product roadmaps. It is not a clean, easy or pithy story to pull a sound bite from but it is interesting".


Until now, Intel was expected to launch its 10nm back in 2015, but delay after delay saw the rise of the 14nm, then 14nm+, then 14nm++, and then the quick release of mobile SKUs of 10nm CPUs. The full consumer push for 10nm was then pushed back every few months by another 6-12 months, with an eventual launch in late-2019. Charlie's new report sees Intel abandoning 10nm altogether, which makes sense considering the number of issues they're having getting it up and running.


AMD is weeks away from its huge 7nm launch with new EPYC processors and a next-gen Zen 2 architecture right around the corner, all while 7nm GPUs will be unleashed in the form of Vega 20 inside of the new Radeon Instinct accelerator. AMD is about to jump leaps and bounds ahead of Intel when it comes to process node leadership, but with Intel's 10nm node reportedly axed... what's next?

Jump Force features original Akira Toriyama character 'Kane'

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 34 mins ago

Fans of anime are no doubt excited to get their hands-on Bandai Namco's upcoming fighter Jump Force. The hype may have just increased yet again, as another Akira Toriyama original character has been revealed.




The character has been titled 'Kane' and has been originally designed by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. This isn't the first original character that Toriyama has designed, previously there has already been three other character reveals that are original to the game. They are named; Director Glover, Navigator and Galena.


If you happened to miss out on the news regarding the Jump Force pre-order bonuses, check out the $260 bundle here. Jump Force is planned for release sometime throughout 2019 and will be arriving on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Project Monolith - action adventure title for all platforms

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 34 mins ago

C2 Game Studio, the developers behind Project Monolith have announced that their brawler adventure title will be arriving on all platforms.



A teaser trailer for the game has been released onto the C2 Game Studio YouTube Channel and showcases to potential players what is in store for them. Project Monolith is developed using Unreal Engine 4 and features combat that is much like that of Biomutant. It's fast paced, seems relatively smooth and is visually appealing.


The developers descibe the title as "an independent brawler with a touch of adventure" that also happens to feature "fast combat on a mystical monolithic land." C2 Game Studio plans to release Project Monolith onto all platforms, which means that it is coming to the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch. I personally believe this title would be great for Nintendo Switch owners, I also believe the Switch platform is where we will see the title get the most love once its released.

Crackdown 3 will be playable at Xbox FanFest 2018

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 34 mins ago

An announcement has surfaced from the Xbox Mexico Twitter account, the announcement reveals that Sumo Digitals' Crackdown 3 will be playable at the Xbox Fan Fest.



Since its first reveal back in 2014, Crackdown 3 has experienced several delays and stages of complete audio silence to its fanbase. The game has been in development for quite some time now and with the recent announcmenet of the title heading over to XO18, this could be the perfect time to reconsile the relationship between gamers and developers.


The Twitter post reads as follows: "Crackdown 3 joins the list of games that have not yet come out and will be available in #XboxFanFest."Crackdown 3 is planned for release sometime throughout February of 2019, for more informationr regarding the title, visit the official Crackdown website here.

Agony Unrated is 90% off to Agony owners, releases Oct 31st

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 34 mins ago

It has been decided that there actually will be an Unrated version of Agony coming to gamers and for those that already own a copy of Agony the Unrated version will be 90% off.



I have previously reported on the tossing and turning of Madmind Studios bringing out a Unrated version of Agony to gamers. It was to my understanding that the Unrated version was cancelled due to 'financial problems', it seems that has been turned around now though, as the Unrated version is planned for release on October 31st.


The 'Adult Only' version will feature improved quality of character models/textures, 8 different story endings, new enemies, new environmental threats, more opponents in certain levels, more puzzles, uncensored scenes and stability and technological improvements. Above you can find the trailer for the uncensored version, for further information visit the official Steam listing for the title here.

The Black Masses trailer showcases 6,000 zombies on screen

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 34 mins ago

Most gamers enjoy the likes of shooting a couple zombies while making an escape, but what about 6,000 zombies? The Black Masses new tech trailer showcases 6,000 individual enemies on the one screen.



Brilliant Game Studios has released what is called a tech demo, this means its a not a release of a full game but what the game will most likely turn out to be graphics wise. From the above video we can see that The Black Masses will be using physical based rendering, global illumination, high resolution textures, volumetric lightening and feature HDR support as well.


The video also reveals what I would consider quite a hefty achievement for the indie development studio. We can see closer to the end of the video that both players attempt facing off against a massive mob of zombies, despite the zombies being quite generic it has been reported that there was over 6,000 present. If you are interested in checking out more information regarding The Black Masses, visit the official Facebook page for The Black Masses here.

Treyarch details upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 patch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 4 mins ago

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been receiving a steady flow of updates since its launch, with developer Treyarch preparing the player base with an update that dropped today.




Treyarch addressed the issues with crashes at the end of matches for Masters Prestige players in multiplayer, as well as the Zombies mode. There are general stability improvements in all modes, which is always appreciated.


The developer has made tweaks and improvements to all modes including Blackout, Multiplayer, and Zombies. In the battle royale mode, Treyarch fixed an issue which had gamers scrolling left or right on the D-pad (on controllers obviously) to navigate through their Stash lists. They also fixed problems where the Collapse circle would disappear to some, which would be incredibly frustrating as you can imagine.

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Project Nova goes into Closed Alpha next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 8 mins ago

EVE developer CCP Games is working on their new game 'Project Nova', a new online multiplayer first-person shooter that will go into a Closed Alpha in November. You can sign up for the Project Nova closed alpha on their official website.



Project Nova is a PC-first game, with the developer explaining it as: "Players take on the role of a Warclone, elite clone soldiers carving their own path to redemption against Sansha's Nation, a totalitarian rogue state built upon brainwashed slave labor and controlled by loyal 'True Guardians', a cybernetically-enhanced elite".


The developer continues: "You have been called to action by AEGIS, the Concord division specializing in defense against external threats. Amid furious boots-on-the-ground battles, the clash of space warfare will roar overhead as players seek to dismantle their operations and prevent the enslavement of their fellow free-willed soldiers by Sansha's Nation".

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Samsung phones in 2020: in-screen cameras and no bezel?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 13 hours, 54 mins ago

Samsung should have an absolutely huge year in 2019, with the release of its next-gen Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 smartphones as well as the world's first smartphone in the purported Galaxy F that should launch by year's end, or very early in 2019.



But what can the South Korean giant do differently going into the future that makes people upgrade from their older Galaxy S8, or even people who recently purchased the Galaxy S9 or any of Apple's new iPhones sit up and go 'oh, wow'. Well, one of those things not having a stupid bloody notch - which seems to be quickly becoming a trend. Samsung is rumored to instead be using an under-display front-facing camera, which should be joined by an in-display fingerprint sensor.


According to Samsung Mobile News, the company is working on a front camera that would be underneath the display, with the tipster posting on Twitter: "Samsung is working on a new technology trying to hide the front camera underneath the display. My sources told me that there are just a hand full of prototypes using this technology. I don't think we'll see this feature in retail phones until 2020, but who knows".

Games-as-a-service driving EA and Activision into the future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 20 mins ago

If we rewind the clock back six years, EA was worth $4 billion and Activision was worth $10 billion. Today, however... EA is now worth a huge $33 billion, while Activision has swollen out to $60 billion, and it's all thanks to their push into games-as-a-service.



Buying a game once off doesn't make developers as much as a continued subscription service method, or games like Overwatch that keep you coming back for more with DLC, microtransactions (loot boxes) and themed/timed events and seasons. Look at Fortnite for example is making over $300 million a month and is home to close to 100 million players per month.


Something like Overwatch will cost $30 and you can have hundreds of hours in it without spending another cent, but you might splash out on some loot boxes because you want some of those awesome skins and other cosmetic items.

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