Kanye West Being Sued Over Promises of Tidal Exclusive Album

Kanye West is not a new face when it comes to news and digital issues, with his latest album, the life of Pablo, pirated over half a million times while it was still an exclusive at Tidal. The problem for many was that Kanye had offered the album as an exclusive for Tidal, the online streaming service that he has invested in. The so-called exclusive has now led to Kayne West being sued over promises that it would be a Tidal exclusive album, promises that didn’t last very long.

Justin Baker-Rhett is a fan of musician Kanye West, but he is now at the center of a lawsuit targeted towards both Kanye West and S.Carter Enterprises (SCE), the company that owns the Tidal music streaming service.

The lawsuit alleges that the rapper mislead his fans into buying and supporting the streaming service by falsely promising that his album, the Life of Pablo, would only ever be available on Tidal. A month and a half later the album appeared on both Apple Music and Spotify, leading many to believe that his claims about the album being an exclusive were nothing more than false advertising to boost Tidal’s falling sales figures.

Tidal promises greater control and royalties to those that use it to share their music so it’s hard to see West’s tweet as nothing more than an attempt to get people to buy in and listen to it on the platform before realising that he might not get the following on Tidal, whose subscription numbers are reported to have jumped from 1 million to 3 million following the announcement.

Quantum Break is Not Coming to Steam

Microsoft hasn’t treated PC gamers very well over the last decade due to the introduction of Games For Windows Live and failure to port major Xbox exclusives. This made the PC audience quite distrustful of any promises regarding a new attitude towards the platform. On another note, the company’s inability to take PC gaming seriously helped Valve to forge a huge audience on their Steam client. However, Microsoft’s new management is apparently more supportive of their gaming division, and wants to unify players across Xbox and PC.

Remedy, the studio behind Max Payne and Alan wake, recently announced Quantum Break’s release date. In a rather surprising move, they also confirmed a PC version was in development and said it would release on the same day as the Xbox One version. This is astonishing because Microsoft has either kept its core gaming line-up on the Xbox One or released smaller side projects like Halo: Spartan Assault. Furthermore, Rise of the Tomb Raider faced a small delay before coming to PC. Whether this was done to encourage consumers to purchase an Xbox One is unknown. Perhaps, the reasoning behind this was the game simply required more time to help with optimization.

As expected, Quantum Break will remain in the Microsoft ecosystem and not launch on the rival Steam client. Aaron Greenberg, Head of Xbox Games Marketing at Microsoft clarified on the MajorNelson podcast:

“So, Quantum Break on Windows 10 is a Windows store exclusive.”

This means you have to upgrade to Windows 10, and use Microsoft’s store. To be fair, Quantum Break is a DirectX 12 title and I welcome this decision to push forward and see how the new API could enhance performance across a number of systems. Saying that, the system requirements are extremely high. Arguably, this is a terrible idea because it’s limiting Microsoft’s install base. On the other hand, Microsoft doesn’t want to pay Valve any fees for selling games it funded. It’s clearly going to be a polarizing decision and there are merits to both arguments. Personally, I welcome competition in the form of another store, but also prefer to have all my games on Steam. Maybe, the ability to cross play with console owners and attain achievements will make the launch fairly successful. Although, I have my doubts.

MSI Bundles Limited Edition Heroes of the Storm with Select Systems

Blizzard had a very long and impressive success with World of Warcraft and while that is declining, they haven’t really found the next big thing to capture the users on the same level. Heroes of Storm has been off to a relatively good start, but nothing compared to World of Warcraft. That means that the marketing has to change and we see a lot of promotions lately with Heroes of the Storm packages bundled. The latest in this series is MSI that now bundles limited edition versions of Heroes of the Storm with select gaming systems.

While the game in itself is free, there are many items to get and these bundles include downloadable limited edition items for Heroes of the Storm. MSI’s bundle comes with their desktops and All-in-One PCs that are officially authorized and recommended by Blizzard Entertainment. While we have seen other bundles in the past, this is the first time that Blizzard teamed up for full systems.

Most people should know Heroes of the Storm by now, even if they haven’t played it themselves. It is a multiplayer online battle arena game that features heroes from Blizzard’s other games such as Diablo, Warcraft, and StarCraft. The game uses both free-to-play and freemium models and is supported by micropayments, which can be used to obtain heroes, visual alterations for the heroes in the game and mounts.

The limited edition MSI GAMING 24 and GAMING 27 all-in-one PCs have been engraved with Blizzard’s Heroes to make it remarkable. Users will find an exclusive voucher with the Hero character named Valla inside. The Nighblade MI2 system comes with an exclusive voucher with Hero character, Diablo with a Kaijo Skin while the MSI Nightblade X2B comes with a voucher for the Hero character Gazlowe and a Big Top skin.

These MSI systems might be compact and small, but they still pack great power that is backed by Intel i7’s and Nvidia 900 series graphics cards, among other things. If you just want something simple that works right out of the box, then solutions like these could be perfect. If you also play Heroes of the Storm or want to start it, then they might be perfect.

Oculus Announces More Freebies for Oculus Rift Customers

We could recently first report our speculations and later post the official confirmation that the Oculus Rift launch is imminent and that 2016 will be the year where the average consumer will get access to the new world of Virtual Reality. The pre-order phase is planned for January or February 2016, so that is just around the corner. The Oculus team did also promise to give a fair warning to everyone in order to allow people to save up and place their pre-order once it’s possible.

So far we’ve also heard that Oculus Rift pre-orders will get a free copy of EVE Valkyrie along with the headset itself, and that is pretty sweet. But what about everyone else? All those people that will buy their fancy new VR headset later? Well, they will get something too as it was revealed on the official Oculus Rift blog. All customers will get the brand new and made-for-VR platformer Lucky’s Tale along with their Oculus Rift.

Lucky’s Tale is an Oculus Studios title and you can expect it to stay limited for the VR platform. It takes you on an “adventure of a lifetime” with Lucky the fun-loving fox. The game takes you to a charming new world, with dozens of locales and lush environments. Early demos of the game have already been highly praised by those who have seen and tested them, which speaks for a promising final product.

“We always believed there was an opportunity for platformers in VR, but it wasn’t until playing Lucky’s Tale and working with the Playful team that we truly realized its potential to change how people view this genre of gaming forever. Lucky’s Tale delivers on everything you want in a next-generation VR game – it’s thrilling, full of adventure, and incredibly fun to play.”

Lucky’s Tale will be coming exclusively to Oculus in Q1 and you could call it the Rift’s Sonic or Mario. Will you be among the first that pre-order a new Oculus Rift as soon as it is possible? Let us know in the comments.

Former Xbox One Exclusive Chaos;Child Coming to PC

 

Chaos;Child is a Japanese visual novel game which originally launched as an Xbox One exclusive before arriving on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. It seemed a pretty strange business decision to market the game as an Xbox One exclusive given the terrible performance of the console in Japan. Perhaps, this was Microsoft’s idea to try to cater to Japanese audiences and lure them into other western franchises. Whatever the case, Chaos;Child didn’t make a substantial impact and eventually saw its way onto other platforms. The publisher 5pb recently announced that a PC version is in production although don’t expect an official English translation.

Additionally, an anime is also being created and I’m fascinated to see the final production. As a visual novel, the game is fairly niche and in Japanese. It’s possible for a fan translation to add accurate subtitles, given the PC release which would broaden its appeal. In the past couple of years, Japanese publishers have become more open to the idea of porting games to the PC and received a great deal of enthusiasm. This ranges from obscure JRPGS to mature dating simulators like Hunie Pop. I’m a massive fan of Japanese culture, and adore the notion that you no longer need to buy a console to enjoy many of the unique experiences Japanese developers have created.

What is your favourite Japanese game of all time?

Image courtesy of VG247.com

EVGA Bundles Exclusive Heroes of the Storm Kaijo Diablo With Selected GPUs

It is that time of the year again, no it’s not Christmas yet, but rather the time where we see a lot of new games and codes bundled with selected graphics cards. Yesterday we could report that MSI bundled Assassin’s Creed Chronicles codes with selected AMD cards and today EVGA has something for Nvidia fans. For a limited time, EVGA is bundling an exclusive Kaija Diablo Bundle for Heroes of Storm with the purchase of selected graphics cards.

The exclusive Kaijo Diablo Bundle includes the Diablo hero, Kaijo skin, and a 7-day Stim Pack. The bundle comes with the purchase of a qualifying EVGA GeForce GTX 950 or 960 graphics card. The list below will show which cards are eligible for the bundle.

For MOBA gamers, the GeForce GTX 950 provides the competitive edge in every battle with blazing fast performance and an incredible level of responsiveness. Get 3x the performance of a GeForce GTX 650 and the power of NVIDIA Maxwell architecture to transform your PC into a full-HD gaming rig capable of playing the latest titles. Or choose the GeForce GTX 960 for even faster performance!

The deal is valid for a lot of retailers and you can check up on that here. The promotion runs from the 23rd September 2015 and until the supply runs out of the promotions gets canceled again.

Crystal Dynamics Cuts Rise of the Tomb Raider Multiplayer to Focus on Campaign

Nowadays, it seems that most games have to have a multiplayer component to it. While the Tomb Raider reboot released in 2013 included a multiplayer element, the sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider apparently will not. Developer Crystal Dynamics had been mum on what the multiplayer would look like and it appears that is because there will be no multiplayer section. According to the Offical Xbox Magazine, the decision was made to refocus resources from the multiplayer section and devote them to the singleplayer campaign to make it that much better.

In some ways, the move mirrors the one EA and DICE chose to do with Star Wars Battlefront where they cut out the single player campaign to focus on the multiplayer section. While EA’s decision was controversial, the Tomb Raider one probably won’t be. That’s because Star War Battlefront has long had a single player campaign that was relatively well-loved and played. On the other hand, Tomb Raider has historically had no multiplayer section and the one that came with Tomb Raider 2013 wasn’t that well received.

Overall, if Crystal Dynamics is able to provide a compelling single-player campaign, it’s unlikely most gamers will have complaints. The game is set to launch on the Xbox One and 360 later this year in November. Being a timed exclusive, the game won’t arrive on the PC and PS4 till mid to late 2016.

Thank you Forbes for providing us with this information

Halo Music And Menus Now Available Through Your Browser

For a while now we have been introduced to many games which are called “exclusive”, games which are normally built especially for a single console or series of consoles. The rarity often means that people will flock to those consoles to play these games, and this often means that the games themselves are made in part by the company that owns that console. Examples include the likes of Killzone for Sony’s Playstation (even if Sony do have a legal battle over advertisement) or even the Gears Of War series for Microsoft’s Xbox series (New remastered version available for PC and Xbox). One of the more popular series is Halo, originally built for the PC and Xbox, it has quickly become an exclusive for the Xbox series, with the occasional game for mobiles and tablets. Now thought you can enjoy all of Halo’s main menus (music included) in your web browser.

Halome.nu hopes to scratch that itch you have when you leave your Xbox and TV on just so that you can listen to the soothing music that once welcomed you to the field of battle with the Covenant. With the menus and music from not only Halo 1, 2 and 3 but also ODST (orbital drop shock troop), Reach and Halo 4, its possible to listen to the music for hours on end with a surprisingly calming and relaxing tone.

With series like Halo: Forward Onto Dawn and Nightfall expanding the halo universe from books to movies and series, soon you might hear just a little bit more about Master Chief.

 

The Myriad Of Facial Expressions For The Announced Uncharted 4

The Uncharted series is Sony’s version of being able to market something right for a change, not Pixels or Jumanji 2, these are or will be dreadful. The recently announced Uncharted 4 “A Thief’s End” which is due to be released in 2016 promises to be an exciting adventure for your PS4.

An interview which was conducted with Naughty Dog’s Eric Monacelli and Arne Meyer spoke about how the game’s characters will emote in different ways. According to the discussion, the dev team are able to push the PS4 past the limit of the previous generation of consoles to achieve “a higher benchmark in rendering tech with the aim of increasing the fidelity of these characters, this is with the aim of more realistic character movements”. They went on to say that Uncharted 4 is likely to have “nearly endless facial expressions” which will no doubt add to the realism and immersive nature of the game.

An interesting note to this is the intricate details which could be captured within Uncharted 4, for example, in real life a human being constantly moves their eyes and lips without thinking. It’s not all about graphics but the general human feel which draws players in. (Writes “it’s more to games than graphics”, gets a graphics card chucked at the head).

Other news to glean from this interview includes the length of the game which will be “roughly of the same length. We have gone a bit longer in recent times so I would expect somewhere in that ballpark.” which sounds as if it will be consistent with the last titles. Another note which was revealed is that there is going to be “pacing between the intense moments to give you a little bit of rest.” Which is good considering a game is more than a series of nonstop set pieces which allows the player to have a richer experience

Uncharted 4 will not surprisingly be PS4 exclusive, this should be certainly a game which excites and enthralls players; unless Sony has another moment.

Thank You Gaming Bolt channel for providing us with this information

First XCOM2 Gameplay Video Looks Amazing

When XCOM2 was announced it got cheers from everywhere. Not only is it a follow-up to the previous games that are highly idolized by a lot of people, it got some really cool announcements along with it during the presentation

XCOM2 will by a PC exclusive game and that is awesome. Not because I have anything against console gamers, but because it means that they don’t need to limit the game to those low specifications.

Being a PC game brings along a lot more benefits and one of them is the total modding ability. The creators want you to go nuts and won’t just allow you to create mods, it will also make all the tools available to do so.

The latest video released yesterday on the official 2K International YouTube channel now gives us a taste on actual gameplay in the new XCOM2 game. And yes, while a lot of this might be scripted to demonstrate different situations and functions, it looks awesome.

Awesome weapons, drones that can hack enemy equipment, giant snakes and monsters, XCOM2 brings it all. I really enjoyed watching this first gameplay and for one can’t wait for the game to be released this November. I’ll be getting a copy of this for sure.

Batman Arkham Knight Limited Edition Delayed

The soon to be released Batman Arkham Knight is a game that has had anything but a smooth start for Rocksteady and Warner Interactive. There have been a lot of delays and just last week we saw the cancellation of the Batmobile edition of the game due to faulty figurines. They just didn’t live up to a quality standard that could be sold.

Now the next version of the game is in trouble and this time it is the Batman Arkham Knight Limited Edition sold exclusively by the online shopping giant Amazon. The Limited edition won’t be cancelled, but it will be released with a delay.

Ironically the issue is close to the one for the Batmobile edition, although not as bad. The figurines might be up to the quality standard that is needed, but they lack the CE certification that they need by law within the EU. This is a double face-palm for both companies and I’m pretty sure that there is some screaming on the phones and harsh words in the emails between them and the figuring manufacturers.

The Limited Edition will now ship on the 14th of July instead. Amazon knows your frustrations and will be providing game codes for a download on the 23rd of June so customers can enjoy played the game right away. So the good news for those who pre-ordered is that you can play upon release, but you will have to wait for all the extras.

Audi Unveils Ultra-Light Bicycle with Ultra-High Price in Japan

Audi has unveiled a bicycle in Japan. It is an ultralight high-end bicycle which weighs 5.8 kilograms in total including the frame of the sports bike which maxes out at weighs 790 grams which is lighter than your Apple Macbook Air 13″ 2015 which weighs 1.35 Kg. Audi did not disappoint and priced it accordingly at $19,650, Whoa. A low-end car can be bought with that kind of budget. This is the result of the partnership between Audi and fellow German company CarbonSports which produces Lightweight bikes.

The Sports Bike has several elements of its construction from the company’s sports car lineup, including a Selle Italia saddle covered in the same Fine Nappa leather as used in the new Audi R8. The frame and forks are made from T1000 carbon which is made by Japan’s Toray Industries Inc. and is used in the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro cockpit. According to Audi’s spokesperson, the materials used for the construction of this high-end sports bike is responsible for the high price tag.

It was first shown off at the 85th Geneva Motor Show and is limited edition product. Just 50 of these Sports bikes will be made and each one of them will carry an individual limited edition badge. Want to place an order? Be sure you have $19,650 (US) in your bank account!

Thank you Audi JP and WSJ for providing us with this information.

PlayStation Gaming Show Ticket Sales Open Friday

Coming this December, Sony will be hosting its very own PlayStation gaming event in the desert city of Las Vegas.

Ticket sales are said to open this Friday, expect to set yourself back around $50 for a single day pass or $90 for a double for the event held inside the Venetian Hotel – boasting a total “400,000 square feet of PlayStation”, as according to the official PlayStation Blog.

As for specialty content, The Order: 1866 will be previewed at the show alongside Bloodborne. Looking for more to do? Sid Shuman from PlayStation social media told us you can:

“Sit in on in-depth panels, meet the industry’s best developers, score hands-on gameplay with tons of upcoming PlayStation games, collect free swag, and get a chance to purchase rare collectibles directly from their favorite game studios.”

Some of the panels will be including Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono, various Sony developers alongside many other Sony employee’s all eager to answer your best fan-boy or fan-girl requests. Given all that’s going on, this show has been described by some as PAX-esque, but only PlayStation content – we think this statement isn’t too far off from the truth.

Are you feeling the hype? Some PlayStation fanatics have already been commenting about the #PlayStationMasterRace so it seems this event is going to be a killer. To get yourself in the mood, take a look at the official trailer below and let the game rumors commence!

[youtube width=”720″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0rt83T2X44[/youtube]

Exclusive: Photos of New NZXT Source 340 Chassis

NZXT have just revealed their latest chassis design that will become part of their popular Source range. The Source S340 comes fitted out with a durable steel construction and a sleek aesthetic that makes me think of it is a budget friendly H440.

The chassis is designed to be a solid all-rounder, ideal for a gaming rig as much as a general day-to-day rig for your office. It’s compact form factor is deceiving too, as it’s got plenty of room on the interior for a feature packed system build since NZXT have stripped out the optical bays, much like they did on the H440.

Cable management cut-outs, loads of cable tie loops and extensive space behind the motherboard give the chassis superior cable routing options for a chassis in this class. Cooling is also very capable, with 280mm radiator support in the front (such as the X61) and 120mm support in the back.

All the usual features are here too, USB 3.0 support, air filters on all major intakes and a PSU shroud. NZXT have gone heavy metal on this build too, using minimal plastic, 360 degress of steel casing and extra thick side panels, giving an overall very high quality feel to the chassis.

The best part of the S340 is easily the price, clocking in at a very affordable 69.99 EUR, giving it great mass market appeal.

We were lucky enough to see this chassis a few weeks ago at Insomnia i52, but NZXT made me promise to not show anyone the pictures I took of it… well, until today of course! Sure the NZXT perfectly shot photographs look better, but we though you would like to see what this chassis looks like in the real world, not just in a pro shot studio. Thank you NZXT for letting us snap these pictures! For everyone else, expect a full review in the coming weeks.

Thank you NZXT for providing us with this information.

PC-Exclusive Firewatch Announced at PAX 2014

The independent game development studio Campo Santo Productions announced their début title Firewatch at PAX 2014. The single-player first-person explorer follows Henry, who has taken up a summer job as a fire lookout in Wyoming’s wilderness with the only lifeline being radio chatter with another watch tower.

The developers who work at Campo Santo have previously contributed to games such as Bioshock II, The Walking Dead: Season 1, The Cave, Mark of the Ninja and Brutal Legend, so they aren’t new to game development. Firewatch uses the Unity 3D game engine, and the début screenshots and video reveal some pretty stunning graphics.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”500″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d02lhvvVSy8[/youtube]

The video above is about the information we get about the game for now, and it isn’t clear yet what the excact objectives and goals of the game are. I doesn’t look like it will be a smooth sailing and the player should encounter many problems, beyond their fire-watch duties. The game is set for a 2015 release.

Thank you dsogaming for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Campo Santo Productions.

Exclusive: Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5 WiFi Motherboard Revealed

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We have managed to get our hands on an exclusive picture of Gigabyte’s upcoming GA-X99-UD5 WiFi motherboard, pictured above. This motherboard will be part of Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable line for X99 meaning it has the black and orange colour scheme with some silver & grey accenting. Strangely the Gigabyte X99-UD5 WiFi is virtually identical to the flagship Ultra Durable motherboard the X99-UD7 WiFi. We’ve already had a look at that board and the similarities are striking. From further studying we have been able to confirm that there are a few noticeable differences between the two:

  • Gigabyte’s UD5 WiFi sports a FastBoot and OC button which the UD7 WiFi does not have
  • Gigabyte’s UD5 WiFi lacks a USB DAC port on the rear I/O which the UD7 WiFi has
  • Gigabyte’s UD5 WiFi loses a connecting heat pipe between the top heatsink and the PCH heatsink which the UD7 WiFi has

Those four things aside we can say that for all intents and purposes the two boards are more or less identical. This isn’t a bad thing because it means you can get a UD7-quality motherboard for the price of a UD5. However, it does pose a few problems for consumers when it comes to differentiating between the two.

Some of the features about Gigabyte’s X99-UD5 that can be seen from the board include:

  • 4 Way SLI and CrossFire support, bandwidth will vary by CPUs as we know the Core i7 5820K has 28 PCIe lanes compared to the 40 PCIe lanes on the Core i7 5930K and 5960X
  • Dual M.2 connectors which appear to be stacked vertically
  • 802.11 AC WiFI which is dual band and likely includes Bluetooth
  • 10 SATA III ports of which four are shared with dual SATA Express ports
  • Two banks of Quad Channel DDR4 memory support
  • Isolated audio with custom audio grade capacitors, likely Realtek ALC1150 codec powered
  • Overclocking buttons and debug LEDs

The X99-UD5 WiFi looks set to be a cracking motherboard, offering almost all the features of a flagship but without the flagship price.

Source: eTeknix

eTeknix Exclusive: High-Resolution iPhone 6 Pictures

Apple launch of the iPhone 6 is just around the corner, rumours of specifications leak up here and there and the Apple fans around the world get more and more excited. There has been another little leak, and one of our sources managed to get hold of these photos for us. We were the first with low-res pictures 2 weeks ago, and now we’re the first with high-res ones again.

This eTeknix exclusive will give all our Apple fans out there a tease on their new dream phone, and I’m sure you’re all loving it; Apple probably less. The phone is shown in all sorts of different covers and bumpers here, already giving you a great idea on how you can fit it to your personal style when it arrives.

Without further ado, here are the delicious photos, and this time in great resolution:

Will you be getting the iPhone 6 when it’s released on 9th September? More importantly, will you be waiting for the Phablet 5.5″ version instead? Let us know!

Overclockers UK Add RipJaws and Exclusive Avexir DDR4 Modules to Lineup

Overclockers UK were not kidding when they said they were fully behind the new DDR4 memory a couple of days ago. First the added Corsair modules to their lineup and now it has become time for two more to enter. In a press release sent to us, they present the next two brands in the ever growing list. Once again, Overclockers UK are first with the DDR4 expansion now including G.Skill and EXCLUSIVE Avexir memory into the inventory ready for new X99 launch.

Today we see the expansion on the DDR4 inventory to include G.Skill’s Ripjaws IV range with speeds up to 3000Mhz and the all new and Exclusive to Overclockers UK, Avexir Platinum range with one of the best bang for buck.

The Avexir Platinum is a slick black module with current speeds up to 2400MHz and with a hint of up to 3400MHz in the future. The signature LED series might also be returning with DDR4. Lots of exciting products to come. In the UK, the Avexir range will only be available at Overclockers UK and the rest of Europe can get them from Caseking.

Overclockers UK now hosts over 20 DDR4 SKUs in their inventory, giving enthusiasts the choice when taking the leap into the latest new hardware platform. Overclockers UK will also be offering a full range of X99 motherboards along with a choice of full built overclocked systems designed to offer maximum performance.

You can head right on over to Overclockers UK and check out their entire lineup, and place your pre-order if you can’t wait any longer.

Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Overclockers UK.

eTeknix Exclusive: iPhone 6 Pictures

With the launch of the iPhone 6 due upon us very soon, rumours and mock-ups are appearing here there and everywhere, but as always; it’s hard to believe what is real and what is photo-shopped.

We had one of our sources send us exclusive never before seen images of the upcoming iPhone 6 from Apple and thought “it would be rude not to share them with our readers”, right?

We can only apologise for the size of the images, as you can appreciate, our source didn’t have time to get their DSLR out and photo studio lights, as we’re pretty sure that Apple would have a major issue if they managed to find out where these pictures came from.

We have already asked our source for some pictures of the device turned on and am awaiting them as well as the possibility of a video.

For now, here are the exclusive images, so enjoy:

Will you be getting the iPhone 6 when it’s released on 9th September? More importantly, will you be waiting for the Phablet 5.5″ version instead? Let us know!

Exclusive: First Look at Latest Chieftec Chassis That Will Be Launching in UK Market

eTeknix exclusive: Earlier today we brought you the exclusive news that legendary chassis and PSU manufacturer Chieftec will be return to UK shores. After an eight year long departure of what used to be one of the biggest brands in the UK market, it’s great to see them making a return. Of course it’s not like the company went bust, they’ve been going strong ever since and were unfortunate to run into distribution troubles all those years ago. Now that they have the great team at Target Components on their side as their distributor for the UK market, the chassis and PSU products from Chieftec are now being prepared to start shipping to resellers and system integrators in the UK once again.

Earlier today I stopped by Target Components to meet with the team at Target and Chieftec representative Roger Oka, where I got an exclusive first look at the products they’ll be bringing to the UK market. There isn’t anything really new here from the brand right now, most of these products have been reviewed internationally and are already available in the US and Asian markets, but this is the first time they’ve landed in the UK.

First up we have this gorgeous white mini-ITX chassis, ideal for those with limited space, but the sleek front panel design will also lend well to HTPC solutions.

FI-01W-U3 Flyer Series ITX Tower

FI-01W-U3 – Vertically or horizontally? It is up to your convenience to decide how to place CHIEFTEC’s new ITX case. The FI-01W-U3 comes with a preinstalled 250W TFX power supply and can comfortably accommodate lowprofile cards. With its “glossy” finishing, it spreads an aura of Life style in your home and/or office.”

FI-01W-U3 Flyer Series ITX Tower

One of the smaller cases offers plenty of ventilation and extra fan mounts, with dual USB 3.0, dual 5.25″ drive bays, plenty of room for drive expansion and more. It’s not the most exciting looking case ever, but it does offer a lot of practical design that will no doubt appeal to the business market.

Uni Series BD-02B-B-U3 Mini Tower

BD-02B-B-U3 – Maximising functionality in a small space is what CHIEFTEC’s Mini Tower offers. It has several front panels for choices and its interior space has more than you would expect. With its additional depth of 21mm, the installation of standard ATX power supplies is no problem at all.”

A budget friendly model here will be tailored to those building gaming rigs or rendering rigs; it comes with dual USB 3.0 and plenty of connectivity options. It’s real benefit is in fan mountings at it features dual 120mm fan mounts on the side, a filtered fan mount on the front and two 80mm fan mounts on the back. It may not look terribly exciting, but you can get a powerful rig in here without too much concern over airflow.

UNI Series BM-02B-U3 Midi Tower MS

BM-02B-U3 – The M-Chassis was developed for price-conscious users, who look for top-of-the-art quality and easy-to-use functions. Besides it offers 5 different front panels with USB/HD Audio connectors to meet individual demand. It proves that functionality and design can be affordable with reasonable price.”

The next model up features a similar design to the one above, but its design is a little more consumer friendly thanks to a better designed from panel.

CM-01B-U3 Mesh Series Midi Tower MS

CM-01B-U3 Mesh Series Midi Tower MS

Next up we have their midi tower GIGA series, this features four full 5.25″ drive bays, plenty of storage and slide out drive trays on the interior, flip-off front panel cover with dust filter for front fans and plenty of extra fan mounts / ventilation on the back and left side panel.

DF-02B-U3 Giga Series Midi Tower EL

DF-02B-U3 – The exterior and the interior of the DF-02B-B are fully designed in elegant black. The mesh front contributes to an optimized air flow through the chassis leading to a noticeable cool down. The users will appreciate the typical tool-free installation of ODDs and HDDs, as well as the intelligent positioning of the PSU at the bottom of the chassis.”

DF-02B-U3 Giga Series Midi Tower EL

This is one of my favourites of the bunch. A very heavy-duty looking design that is mostly targeted to the professional market. It features locking front and side panels for extra security.

LBX-02B-U3 Uni Series Medium Tower

LBX-02B-U3 –The medium tower with 540mm depth perfectly suits the installation of EATX server mainboard. It has enough space for up to 12x ODDs and HDDs. An optimal cooling design effectively prevents a possible overheating. The interior of the chassis has been split into two separate cooling zones, enabling the HDDs to be cooled in an area separate from the
CPU/GPU.”

LBX-02B-U3 Uni Series Medium Tower

The interior features quick release bay covers and tool free drive installation.

Support for everything from mini-ITX to eATX motherboards.

Clip-on rails for 3.5″ drives and adaptors for 2.5″ drive installation.

Metal quick release clips and extra mounting screws secured on the interior for easy access.

Large top rail mount for PSU means you can get a huge PSU installed in here, or even a second redundant PSU.

It also features extra ventilation on the sides for the storage bays and expansion card area, making this an interesting choice for small to mid size network / NAS solutions or rendering rigs.

Their gaming range is also exciting, offering a pretty aggressive design that is focused on high-end airflow and water cooling.

DX-02B Dragon Series Midi Tower HE

DX-02B –An unpredicted story of success continues with Chieftec’s new model DX-02B. A whole generation of gamers and modders will remember the legendary CS-601, better known as the Dragon DX. Hundreds of thousands of people have grown up with this case in the last decade. With the DX-02B you are receiving a case, which convinces with its design, and its highend quality finishing. Besides the integrated fan controller, the case also has an elegantly conceived Hot-Swap solution for hard drives.”

DX-02B Dragon Series Midi Tower HE

Full EATX motherboard support and room for a multi-GPU setup.

Extra wide CPU cooler cut-out and dual vertical cable routing.

Front access drive trays with hot swap capability.

Dual front panel fans with snap-on filters.

Extra clearance for water cooling setups.

Funky right side panel design, a welcome break from all the blank panels we normally see here and it’s got a large recess to allow extra cable routing space.

Fixed position fin-style top ventilation.

Dual 200mm fans pre-installed in the top and a single 120mm pre-installed in the back.

Dual slide out dust filters on the base and four large and very durable feet.

Built in three speed fan controller switchs.

There are even more products, as well as their range of PSUs coming to market, so stay tuned for more news and upcoming review on these in the very near future.

Thank you Chieftec and Target for inviting us to come down and check out these products.

Exclusive: Chieftec Returning to UK Market after 8 Year Absence

eTeknix exclusive: Chieftec backed out of the UK market 8 years ago now and back then they were one of the biggest brands around. Unfortunately they ran into a few issues with distribution and the decision was made to focus on other markets. Of course that is all changed and 8 years has given them enough time to see a change in the UK market to make their triumphant return.

I met today with Chieftec representative Roger Oka to discuss their new products and what they hope to achieve by returning to the UK. Chieftec may have been gone from the UK market for a while, but their brand has been far from trouble and they’ve been selling cases, power-supplies and enterprise solutions in the US and Asian markets with great success. They’ve already got a strong range of products for these markets and while they’re always making new products, they’ll be launching their existing product lines into the UK first, any new products in the future will also be made available when the time comes.

First up are their power supply and chassis products, they’ve got loads of great consumer level products in these categories to cater to a wide range of budgets, from high-end gaming chassis right down to budget friendly models that are suitable for office and retail deployment. The company also has a strong range of SMB products and enterprise level chassis solutions that will no doubt be making their return here too. What we do know is that Target Components will be handling the brand for now and helping them break back into the market. Target is one of the fastest growing distributors in the UK right now and they’ll be working closely with resellers around the UK to make the new products available.

Did you ever own a Chieftec product when they were previously available in the UK? If so, then let us know in the comments section below as we would also love to hear your feedback on what you think of the brand coming back to this region.

We’ll be back very shortly with an exclusive look at the first chassis products that Chieftec are bringing to the UK as well as some great product reviews from their range in the coming weeks.

EXCLUSIVE: OcUK Debuts Wire-free SATA Adaptors

Getting a new and revolutionary product to market is always a challenge, but there are some instances where the product is so revolutionary that it changes the way in which we interact and manage our beloved systems. Following months of planning and r&d, Overclockers UK are proud to announce the launch of their exclusive wireless SATA adapters. Unlike a traditional SATA cable that for some requires meticulous cable management to fit just right in their system, this revolutionary product takes away that need, making the build time for your system much faster.

Each pair of adapters, once installed work just like any other SATA connection, although at this time the speed is limited to SATA 3Gbps. Running on a low power 2.4GHz connection, the adaptors can work up to distances of 2m with a shielded end and micro-antennae to block out any interference from other wireless devices. The plug and play units have an auto sensing channel selection to allow multiple sets to be installed into your system for the ultimate in cable management.

OcUK have got a limited run on these products whilst a SATA II set of adapters is in the development stage to see how the market warms to the concept. For a remarkable price of £199.99 (inc VAT) you can be one of the first to jump onto the next generation of wireless storage devices. I’m also told that bulk orders will see a significant discount. I can see already that this product is going to be a top-level product and I’d already be happy to give this our prestigious Innovation Award. Head over to OcUK with this link where you can get your orders in.

Source: Overclockers UK

EVE: Valkyrie Said To Be The First Published Game For Oculus Rift

It appears that EVE: Valkyrie is not just a concept demo for the Oculus Rift VR headset, having it be declared as an exclusive launch title. Oculus Rift team has announced that it will enter into a co-publishing agreement with developer CCP Games to make its space dogfighter one of the Rift’s first AAA “made-for-VR” games.

It does not come as a surprise that Oculus and CCP have decided to work together in making EVE: Valkyrie an exclusive title. CCP has been working closely with Oculus since the time it was in its early Kickstarter days.

When EVE: Valkyrie has been announced in August last year, it seemed that the game was developed for the VR headset. Also, the announcement that the game would be standalone and not an addon for EVE: Online, it strongly backed the rumors about the Oculus dedication.

Together with the previous information, the team has also mentioned a release date sometime this year when it was first announced. Together with vague rumor about the Oculus Rift headset being released somewhere this year, it would only make sense for the game to be exclusively made for the VR headset.

A release date for the title has not been officially announced yet, though CCP Games should reveal one later on. But it most surely be strongly connected with the Oculus Rift release date. So we will just have to wait and see when a release date for one of them will be revealed to know (roughly) when the other will be launched as well.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information
Image and video courtesy of Endgadget

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros Exclusive PS4 Content Revealed

Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has announced the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 editions of its stunning new title Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros will boast a Sony platform exclusive mission that celebrates the series’ heritage across the PlayStation range. While not entirely contained within the PlayStation ecosystem, the MGS series has been a corner stone of Sony hardware for years.

Series creator Hideo Kojima has celebrated the heritage of the acclaimed MGS franchise across numerous Sony gaming systems, by creating a bespoke mission for the newest addition to the PlayStation family. Users will be able to access a unique ‘MGS1 Deja-Vu’ mission that references key events from the original PSOne classic, Metal Gear Solid. The exclusive mission tasks the user with reproducing famous scenes from the original game. As players recreate the iconic moments, a flashback system reproduces the original graphical style of the original PSOne game – complete with greatly reduced ‘vintage’ polygon count – and introduces familiar enemies and weather conditions for added authenticity.

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The mission will be available to both digital and boxed users, and will ultimately let players assume the appearance of the classic ‘Solid Snake’ within the Ground Zeroes universe once proper conditions are met.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMF6ZRiM5O4[/youtube]

Ground Zeroes is scheduled to be released in Spring 2014, and acts as a prequel to events in MGS V: The Phantom Pain. The game introduces a new open-world environment to the series, along with time of day, a variety of weather conditions, extensive AI advances, and a gripping new storyline that will both stun and amaze. Ground Zeroes will be available in retail stores nationwide on current generation systems for £29.99 or via download for £19.99. Digital versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can be downloaded for £29.99.

Thank you Konami for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Konami.

ASUS To Have Exclusive Rights Over G-Sync

Nvidia’s G-SYNC is rumored to be exclusive to ASUS until late 2014. G-Sync is both a software and a hardware solution that will solve screen tearing and stuttering. A daughter hardware board is placed into a G-Sync enabled monitor which will do something very interesting. It is now reported that ASUS signed an exclusive deal with Nvidia. Something I would not be happy about.

Swedish website sweclockers claims that the first wave G-Sync will be introduced in monitors with a 120 to 144 Hz refresh rate. The first screen was already announced by ASUS, which is the VG248QE with a price tag of roughly €300 / $412 / £257, price that reportedly will go higher.

This means that other manufacturers will have to wait until the third or fourth quarter of 2013 before they can integrate it into their monitors. In the end if this information is right it will be a bad deal for the consumers as exclusivity drives prices upwards, which is exactly something you do not want to happen with new technology.

If all this is true, then the decision made could impact and even deny other manufacturers like BenQ, Philips and Viewsonic the ability to provide a variety of products, leading to slow adoption rate and sale decrease.

Thank you Guru 3D for providing us with this information

Battlefield 4 Public Beta Goes Live

The first public beta of Battlefield 4 just went live this morning, letting Origin users at large experience online multiplayer gameplay of the season’s most hotly anticipated game. The 5 GB Origin download lets play levolution map “Siege of Shanghai” in two modes, conquest, and domination. The game sees the comeback of the Chinese faction into the Battlefield universe, who are equipped with top of the line equipment, new vehicles, and so on.

Early access is reserved for Battlefield 3 Premium members, customers who pre-ordered the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition on Origin.com, and registered owners of Medal of Honor Warfighter – Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition.

The times and platforms on which the beta goes live are listed below:

Exclusive Beta Rollout Times (October 1st):

  • PC: Currently Live
  • Xbox 360 worldwide: 2-6 AM PDT (11am – 3pm SAST)
  • PlayStation 3 (Europe): 7-11 AM PDT (4pm – 8pm SAST)
  • PlayStation 3 (US): 3-7 PM PDT (Midnight – 4am Wednesday SAST)

Open Beta Rollout Times for non-premium members (October 4th):

  • PC: 1 AM PDT/9 AM UTC (10 am SAST)
  • Xbox 360 worldwide: 2-6 AM PDT (11am-3pm SAST)
  • PlayStation 3 (Europe): 7-11 AM PDT (4pm – 8pm SAST)
  • PlayStation 3 (US): 11 AM PDT (9pm – SAST)

To play, simply make Origin point to and download the beta.

Thank you lazygamer.ro and NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of lazygamer.ro and NextPowerUp.

Kingston HyperX Predator USB3.0 1TB Flash Drive Review

Kingston HyperX Predator USB3.0 1TB Flash Drive Review


Every now and again I get the chance to have a product a little ahead of every other reviewer in the world and in some cases, I’ve been able to claim the world’s first review as well. There is however one drive that I’m sure many reviewers are waiting to get their hands on, and thanks to Kingston I’ve been able to get a hands-on world-exclusive look at the HyperX Predator 1TB USB3.0 flash drive.

A few months ago I had a look at the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 64GB flash drive which features a build and design that is fairly similar to that of the 1TB drive that I have to play with today. However, this is of course a little more special with its HyperX branding and of course the mammoth 1TB capacity.

As opposed to most flash drives that we’ve seen from Kingston, the HyperX Predator 1TB is far more worthy othan the typical plastic packaging that is pretty much the standard these days. Instead, this drive comes in a rather sleek looking metal tin, with a fitted foam interior, that holds both the drive and the accessories that come with it. Alongside the mammoth 1TB USB drive, we find a keyring for attaching the drive to a set of keys or hand-cuffs; as after all you really don’t want to be letting this drive out of your sight too soon – or at least this is how I felt whilst I had it in my possession. The other accessory we get is a short USB extension cable which for many users will be a well used accessory due to the fact that the drive is a little wider than a typical USB drive meaning it may have compatibility issues with some USB ports.

Looking closer at the drive the sheer physical dimensions are staggering. Granted it is a rather chunky looking drive and it is 7.2cm long x 2.6cm x 2.1cm. Of course we do have to remember that there are a whole heap of flash ICs packed into a comparatively small space. The brushed metal surface is finished off with the Kingston and HyperX Predator branding and on the end is a loop for attaching the drive to the included keyring.

The need for the USB cable in some cases becomes more apparent when we look at the drive from the end, you can see it will easily interfere with other devices that are close-by in adjacent USB slots. Just above the drive there is a small hole through which the blue status/activity LED can be seen.

Test system:

  • Asus Maximus VI Formula
  • Intel Core i7 4770k
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz 16GB
  • Asus GTX 780 – DC2OC
  • Corsair H100i
  • Corsair HX1050W
  • Corsair Force LS 120GB SSD
  • Asus MX229Q

We would like to thank Asus for allowing us to use their demonstration system at i49 for the testing of this drive
It’s safe to say that the Kingston Predator 1TB USB flash drive looks the part, but this is not really going to be worth much if the drive doesn’t deliver the performance as well. Kingston have rated this drive with a read speed of 240MB/s and a write speed of 160MB/s – which for any HyperX USB drive is top level performance. This is part of the reason why this drive has had so much exposure because it has been reported to have not only the capacity but also the performance to go alongside that.

To test this drive, I first of all want to see what the underlying performance is through ATTO – just to see how well the drive can deliver behind the scenes.

Looking at the 1024k test, the 1TB drive appears to give virtually the rated performance on the read front that Kingston claim however the write performance does appear to be down. What we have to take into account though is that ATTO works with compressible data which does not favour this drive very well at all.

Next up is CrystalDiskMark, and immediately we can see a huge boost in both the read and write speeds of the HyperX Predator. Topping out during the 4MB sequential read test at 298.4MB/s and 109.5MB/s, we can see that the drive clearly can deliver top level performance when pulling data from the drive. The 512k test is also impressive with speeds topping out at 225.1MB/s read and 112.8MB/s write.

Anvil’s Storage Utility is the last of the tests that this drive is going through and as a final push, the HyperX Predator manages to kick the read speed up to 278.15MB/s and write to 169.17MB/s both passing the rated speeds that Kingston give on the tin.

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When it comes to top end flash drives, there are many on the market, but there is now one that reigns above them all. Kingston’s HyperX Predator 1TB is not only a feat of technical engineering, but it is also something to marvel over. With solid build quality and construction, the drive feels like it’s worth a £1000 and that is exactly its price point. There have been many rumours and speculations floating about since the drive was first announced earlier in the year about its price, with some thinking it will sell for as much as £4000. However, with a price point of around £1/GB its price is astonishing for what it is.

The performance is also remarkable, granted ATTO doesn’t show great results, but drives of this nature are going to perform better with incompressible data and this is clear with the results from Anvil’s Storage Utilities.

Availability of the drive is something that a lot of people are going to question and at this moment in time, there are only seven working units in the world, of which this one that I’ve looked at is the only one in the UK. Pre-orders are being taken through etailers such as Overclockers UK and Dabs.com, but do expect a some waiting time when you order as these units have only just had their first batch shipped out. Many more units are currently in the manufacturing and testing stages.

All in all though I’m more than astounded by this drive – after all how often are you going to say that you have 1TB of USB storage hanging from your keys? Granted the cost is not affordable for the large majority of people out there, but as a feat of engineering Kingston’s 1TB HyperX Predator USB3.0 flash drive is worthy of our eTeknix Innovation Award.

Pros:

  • Well known and established manufacturer
  • Solid build quality and metal construction
  • Whopping 1TB capacity
  • Top level performance
  • “Bling factor”
  • USB extension cable in the tin for hard to reach ports

Cons:

  • Can get a little warm during continuous use
  • Out of the price range for most users.

eTeknix Says: Kingston have done it again with pushing next-generation storage to the max. The HyperX Predator 1TB USB drive has a crazy level of storage space, but also a top-level of performance to go with it. Did you once fancy 1TB of storage for on the go? Now your dreams have come true with this truly outstanding drive.”

Kingston HyperX Predator USB3.0 1TB Flash Drive Review

Thanks to Kingston for providing this review sample.