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Why Atari VCS doesn't use Ryzen APU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 2 mins ago

After decades of sitting on the sidelines Atari will jump back in with its new Atari VCS PC-that's-also-a-console system. But the system will ship with somewhat outdated specs, and now the console's architect reveals why.




When the Atari VCS ships (possibly during its targeted July 2019 timeframe) it'll roll out with underwhelming hardware--at least compared to today's growing consoles and the ever-eclipsing might of PC components. Rather than tapping AMD's newer Ryzen APU lineup for the VCS, Atari went with the older Bristol Ridge family for a number of reasons including TDP, cost, and overall processor usage efficiency.


VCS system architect Rob Wyatt reveals more specifics on why Bristol Ridge is being used over Ryzen: "We looked at the whole series of AMD APUs and when you factor in cost and thermals in addition to performance the Bristol Ridge family came out on top," Wyatt said in a recent lengthy Q&A post on Medium.


"Thermals are a much bigger deal in a consumer product than in a typical PC. Yes, on paper the Ryzen family is technically better but without increasing the cost and having a higher thermal capacity, a Ryzen APU would never run at full performance. When the Ryzen is operating in a thermally limited environment its performance is only marginally better than Bristol Ridge. We figured any additional cost would be better spent on more memory in an optimal bank layout to maximize bandwidth as this benefits everybody all the time.

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Atari VCS upgraded to 8GB of unified memory

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 10 mins ago

The Atari VCS gets a nice little hardware jump to attract gamers and consumers, but will it be enough?




Right from the very beginning Atari's new VCS console seemed like an iffy bet. The system, which is touted as a kind of all-in-one media box, seems a kind of redundant: it's somewhat expensive and scratches an itch that most mini PCs can achieve. One of the chief concerns was the Atari VCS' power; the company says the console can play games on its Linux platform but some specs were lacking, namely in the RAM offering.


Apparently Atari thought the same thing, which is why it's doubling the VCS' RAM. In a recent Medium post VCS system architect Rob Wyatt revealed the console will now have 8GB of unified DDR4 system memory (likely 2400MHz) versus the original 4GB module. "The VCS hardware will be powered by an AMD Bristol Ridge family APU with Radeon R7 graphics and is now going to get 8 gigabytes of unified memory. This is a huge upgrade from what was originally specified and unlike other consoles it's all available, we won't reserve 25% of hardware resources for system use," Wyatt said.

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Inland Professional SATA III moves to 2nd place at Amazon

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: 10 hours, 29 mins ago

Following our weekend review of the Inland Professional SATA III $75 480GB SSD, the drive moves into second place on Amazon's Best-Selling Internal SSD List.




The drive didn't break any performance records in our tests but proved to be a good entry-level SSD. It's not a replacement for most existing SSDs but it a low-cost alternative to hard disk drives.


If you are not familiar with the brand, Inland Professional is a house brand for Microcenter. The company has a number of brick and mortar stores in the United States but is known primarily for discounted CPU and motherboard packages. The SATA III started shipping around March this year but only gained popularity recently when prices fell for all SSDs. The drive ships with a standard 3-year limited warranty honored through Microcenter.

Offensive language in Rainbow Six Siege now gives insta-ban

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 19 mins ago

Ubisoft have decided to really crack down on hate speech throughout games of Rainbow Six Siege, the developer has now implemented a system that will instantly ban anyone who curses or uses slurs.



The new system will have a variety of punishable warnings that could come in three stages. The first being a instant ban of 30 minutes from joining any form of Siege match. The second will be a 2 hour ban for the players account, and finally the third will cause an investigation by Ubisoft into the offence. It will then be decided whether a permanent ban is necessary or just another one of the various timed bans.


According to the official Code of Conduct from Ubisoft for Rainbow Six Siege, players can be banned purely on the severity of the offence. The days of which a player can be banned range as follows: 2 days, 7 days, 15 days and permanent. It is also noted on the Code of Conduct that "This is not a strict progression of bans. Particularly egregious offenders can be permanently banned without a warning, 2, 7, or 15 day ban being applied beforehand."


Ubisoft has also taken to Twitter to respond to some members of the community that are not happy about the new system. Players on Twitter have said that they would prefer Ubisoft to concentrate their efforts on real issues such as hacking or cheating. Ubisoft responded to this with "Fighting against toxicity and cleaning up the Siege environment is a very real and important issue." For further information on the new chat policy in Rainbow Six Siege visit the Code of Conduct here, or read about it in the developers blog Ubisoft posted here.

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Nintendo teases future updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 29 mins ago

Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo's head of software development has taken to Twitter to post a short video detailing specific titles that Nintendo have updates in the pipline for.



Mr. Takahashi was asked by Nintendo how some of the most popular Nintendo titles would fair up in future. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was discussed and Takahashi mentioned the fact that players now have the option to enjoy motorbike races with Nintendo Labo. Takahashi also says that "There will be further updates for Mario kart 8 Deluxe so please look forward to it."


Unfortunately, the short video doesn't detail what these specific updates will be, so when this information is released I will be sure to update everyone in another article. Takahashi continues by saying that he hopes everyone is still exploring Zelda: Breathe of the Wild and that the more he plays, the more surprises he finds. He finishes up the video by saying that the Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2 will be receiving free updates all the way until December.

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MoonQuest comes to Steam Early Access 7 years later

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 29 mins ago

Ben Porter the creator of MoonQuest has been working on his title for almost seven years now, finally the game has debuted to Steam Early Access and is available right now.



To celebrate the launching of MoonQuest to Steam Early Access, Porter has released a gameplay trailer on his MoonQuest themed YouTube Channel. The gameplay video showcases the pixel art style, a procedurally-generated world, many different enemies, construction, magic and mining.


For those that don't know anything about MoonQuest, the title is based around a wizard who desires to bring light upon a completely nocturnal world. The wizard summons a hero (you) and gives them the task of finding all of the remaining moonstones, in order to equip them and power the moon machine. If you are interested in checking out MoonQuest and like the idea of diving into a world that is procedurally-generated and has a massive variety of exploration to it, visit the official Steam listing here.

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Nintendo Switch soon to feature 1000+ games, all regions

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 16 hours, 29 mins ago

Have you ever been curious of how many games are on the Nintendo Switch? well, a full list has been provided by Perfectly Nintendo and it appears there are almost 1000+ games on the handheld console across all regions.




Nintendo Perfectly has gone ahead and provided the numbers of titles based on each region. The lists feature the main three regions, North America, Europe and Japan. For a game to be counted it has be fully released and available to gamers, not just announced.


According to the figures, the total amount of Nintendo Switch games available to gamers since the consoles release back in 2016 comes in at 928 (all regions). Moving onto smaller categories, North American gamers have 846 games available to them, Europe following closely behind with 834 and finally Japan with just 543.

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Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1/2 screenshots & Rookie mode

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 29 mins ago

As we move closer to the release of Mega Man Legacy Collection 1/2, Capcom has released some brand new screenshots from both titles, revealing what seems to be a new mode called 'Rookie Hunter.'




Thanks to 4Gamer we have screenshots from both Mega Man X7, Mega Man X8 and also the new 'Rookie Hunter' mode players will be able to enjoy. According to 4Gamer, 'Rookie Hunter' mode will give players the opportunity to halve the damage they take, this option will be available both in the main menu of the game, as well as a toggle in-game.


Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1/2 will be arriving with bonus content for players, this will be include: gacha capsule toys, cards and soundtracks. A prologue to Mega Man X will also be included in both collections, it is a 25 minute animated episode. Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1/2 releases on July 24th on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Vivo's next smartphone could feature a huge 10GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 22 hours, 55 mins ago

It looks like smartphones are set to overtake some PCs this year, with rumors that Vivo's new flagship smartphone could be powered with a huge 10GB of RAM.




The new rumors state that it will be launching in August with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 with 10GB of RAM, with the fight to be between Oppo and Vivo, with Vivo seemingly in the lead and about to launch the world's first smartphone with 10GB of RAM.


On the other side of the coin rumor-wise, we have 10GB RAM in smartphones launching later this year and more so in 2019, but if these rumors are correct we could see a smartphone with 10GB of RAM unveiled in the next month.

Ruin the fun in our 'Blockers' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

To celebrate the release of 'Blockers' on home video, we have fifteen Blu-ray copies of the film to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment!




Teens Out to Have Fun. Parents Out to Stop It.


When three parents stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series).


The comedy is produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner (Neighbors, This Is the End), alongside Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar series) and DMG Entertainment's Chris Fenton (47 Ronin).

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