Windows 10 Mobile Update Might Finally Arrive This Month

Whether Windows 8 mobile users have waited patiently for the update to Windows 10 or not is something the upgrade numbers will show, but up until now they haven’t had any other choice than wait. At least, if they wanted to keep their current Lumia phones powered by the older operating system. At first the update was promised to arrive in December last year, then it was January before being pushed to February, only to be postponed again.

The newest reports indicate that those were the last delays and that Windows 8 users will get the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 this month, after the monthly service update is completed for the Lumia 950 models. I should, however, point out again, that this isn’t officially confirmed information, at least not yet.

Microsoft plans to roll-out the update as an opt-in upgrade, allowing the users the choice to upgrade or not. At least at first. Once it has been verified that there aren’t any critical bugs or trouble with the upgrade, it will be pushed to compatible phones automatically.

With smartphones being as vital a component in people’s live these days, it is good to see that Microsoft takes its time to polish the operating system and make sure that everyone will get a great experience out of it instead of trying to stick to deadlines and then release a buggy product. It’s not something they can afford to do and the won’t.

It is an update that is well worth waiting for as I can say first hand that Windows 10 is an awesome mobile operating system. It takes a little time to get used to, as any change, but after a day, you won’t be missing any previous system. That is at least if you use your phone for communication where you’ll find all the popular instant messengers and similar things, but you might not find your favourite game on there yet.

AMD Zen Rumours Point to Earlier Than Expected Release

Before anyone gets too excited about this news, so far this is only a rumour that originates from one source, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t dream, hope and get a little bit excited. A german tech publication got wind from a Motherboard manufacturer that we could see new AMD Zen based motherboards as early as March 2016, well ahead of the otherwise known Q4 2016 plan.

The new AMD Zen CPU will use a new socket and also incorporate the current DDR4 capabilities and as such completely new boards have to be designed. In a routine inquiry about this, the publication got a surprising response from the manufacturer. The response: “The internal timetable foresees a March 2016 launch”. That is a lot sooner than expected.

There are however several ways that this could be both good and bad, true and false. The original Zen timetable has a Q1 2016 schedule that later got pushed. So the company could have been getting the information from old documents. Another possibility could be that we see Opteron CPUs on the new Zen architecture before we get the consumer FX versions around the holiday sales 2016.

Either way, I am one of them that is excited to see what AMD has cooked up in their labs and how well it will perform compared to the competition.

Nvidia Preparing GeForce GTX 950 Graphics Cards

We’ve heard a lot of news about high-end graphics cards lately on all fronts, Nvidia GTX 980 Ti as well as AMD’s new Fury line-up, but not everyone can afford nor need the best and fastest graphics card. There is a large customer base that wants a more affordable, yet good mid-ranged card.

Nvidia are working on a new GM206-base product that could very well result in the GTX 950 and GTX 950 Ti cards aimed more at the mid range of systems. The information is still sparse, but what is known so far is that the new graphics processor is codenamed GM260-250, it is a GeForce product, and it is a full GTX product.

That really isn’t a lot of information at all, but it is what a lot of people have been waiting for. Something to replace their current GTX 650 or 750 series with and it looks like they don’t have to wait that much longer.

The GM206-250 is a cut-down version of the GM206-300 that is used in its full capacity on the GTX 960 cards. Looking over to the red side and we’ve seen that AMD compares their R7 370 and R7 360 to the GTX 750 series, meaning that these new cards could cause a stir in the low-end pool, if priced properly.

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Fallout 4 Gets Countdown Timer Ahead of E3

Bethesda just officially confirmed Fallout 4’s arrival ahead of their E3 announcement. The title has been granted a Fallout-themed countdown timer over at their website and it looks like they plan on revealing something this week.

While the timer has been set for 24 hours, this does not mean everything would be revealed this week. Bethesda may very well reveal bits and pieces to keep the hype going until it is finally revealed next week, on the 14th of June, at the E3 conference.

There have been rumours roaming around about certain aspects of the game, like the action taking place in Boston. However, nothing that can actually be confirmed surfaced so far. Fans have been overly excited since the first whim of Fallout 4 has been released, but the lack of information may have also been excruciating.

The last Fallout title has been released back in 2008, so a sequel set to release seven years apart is really something to look forward to. However, we still need to wait a bit longer to get what Bethesda has planned for this title. Until then, you can head on over to the countdown website and check out what they have to share with the rest of us once the timer runs out.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Project Cars Not Sabotaged But AMD are Working to Fix Performance Issues

Project Cars claims to be the ultimate driver journey, combining the “passionate community of racing fans and real-life drivers”, to create an immersive racing world with next-gen graphics and career development game play. But like most modern games the release has been plagued by bad news, in this case, Performance issues.

With AMD graphic card users claiming to have performance issues with the game, even on the top end AMD GPU’s. Ian Bell, the “big boss” at slightly mad studios has spoke out regarding rumours that the problem with this performance may have been due to Nvidia paying for the “issues”. He states that Nvidia have not paid the company one penny and were very supportive throughout develop and even now after release supporting them with driver issues. He does claim however that they gave AMD 20 keys for the game to be tested and have been inviting the company to work with them for years, and looking back at the company emails the last time they received a communication from AMD was October of last year.

Claiming that looking at the lesser hardware available in consoles shows how optimised they are on AMD chips, later on AMD’s Vice President announced through twitter that AMD is now working with Slightly Mad Studios to fix the performance issues.

With modern day gaming being plagued by performance issues on a variety of hardware, and the business models of companies coming under attack for expensive season passes, can companies afford to wait for the damage to be done before stepping in to fix performance issues?

Thank you DSOGaming for providing us with this information.

First Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti Specifications Confirmed

AMD has been grabbing most headlines lately with their highly anticipated 300 series GPU launch, but that doesn’t mean the Nvidia is just standing by and watching what happens. They’ve been busy themselves and have been working on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti card that I know quite a few of our readers are looking forward too.

There have been some rumours concerning the specifications so far, but the sources have been questionable, or at least they weren’t verifiable. That has changed as Videocardz got the latest information directly from Jen-Hsun, the CEO of Nvidia, and you can’t really find anyone that more credible in this situation.

So what has been confirmed now? First of all the name, the next graphics card that Nvidia has for us all is the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. It will use half the memory of the TITAN X, 6GB, and it will be available with both stock and aftermarket coolers. The 12GB TITAN X monster is currently limited to Nvidia’s own stock coolers. The connection options were also confirmed and the 980 Ti comes with three DisplayPort, one HDMI, and one DVI-I port.

What we still don’t know is if it will use the full GM200 silicon and what speeds it will run at, but I’m sure we won’t have to wait long before we also get those details as the card is expected to arrive in a few week. We’ll make sure to keep you updated. The chart below is from earlier this year and contains some of the rumoured specification of the new card.

Thank you Videocardz for providing us with this information

AMD R9 300 Series of Cards is Full of Surprises

We’ve had quite a few leaks and rumours for some time when it comes to AMD’s new Radeon R9 300 series graphics cards, ranging all the way back to the first possible cooler shroud that could be a hybrid cooling system. But now sources tell TweakTown that AMD’s newest generation of graphics cards won’t arrive as they are portrayed in the current rumours and leaks.

The source didn’t want to go into too much detail when talking to our friends at TT, but did say that “the new Radeon R9 390X will arrive with specifications and possibly features that are different to what the rumors currently suggest.” The most interesting part of the source’s comment is that the new HBM1 memory will actually provide the performance in real-life as it does on paper. If that is true, then Nvidia could be in some serious trouble down the road – at least until they can adapt their own processes and parts to match.

To summarize HBM, the first version to be released will have around 640GB/s bandwidth and the second generation will double that up to 1.2TB/s. Current cards provide an average of 300GB/s bandwidth, so even the first generation of HBM will double that.

There hasn’t really been much change on the memory side of graphics since the introduction of GDDR5 memory, so I can see how this could become a game changer and it’s hopefully something that will get AMD back on track so we see some more competition on the market. Competition is the best thing for us as consumers as it results in more effort in the R&D department as well as lower prices.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

AMD Greenland GPUs Might Go Straight to 14nm Process

AMD is putting the final touches on everything and preparing to launch their new Radeon R300 series graphics cards very soon, but before it even hits the market we already get information about the next generation of AMD graphics cards. The R9 300 series is set to launch in June during Computex in Taipei and it will continue to use the 28nm process as the 20nm process just isn’t viable yet for these kind of products, the costs are just too high.

But the next generation of AMD cards from the Arctic Islands series, codenamed Greenland, will be built on the 14nm FinFET technology. This means that AMD could skip the 20nm process entirely. Another detail revealed is that the Greenland card will use the second generation of HBM memory with increased bandwidth and capacity. It is expected that AMD’s 14nm FinFET process will be produced by Globalfoundries OEM.

This could mean some promising times ahead of us with more powerful GPUs that use even less power than they do today, but also heavily improved memory in both capacity and speed. I can hardly wait to see what AMD has to offer here, although we should be looking forward to the next generation R9 300 cards instead. Computex isn’t far away, so it will be an exciting summer.

Grand Theft Auto V: Has Rockstar Been Playing us For Fools?

Ahh Rockstar, the brand everyone knows thanks to Grand Theft Auto (GTA). Well it seems that they have been playing PC gamers for fools with very sporadic information regarding the PC release. Obviously it is coming to the PC, with its launch date in just two days (14th April US), but let’s see how the story progressed.

During a recent interview with PCGamer, Rockstar claimed it was always going to bring GTA V to PC.

“We planned from day 1 for a PC build and we made technical decisions based off the fact that we would be doing a PC version of the game. While we started development of the PC version quite early, we decided to focus the bulk of our attention on the PS3 and XB360 versions first in order to push that as far as we possibly could.”

But this contradicts what was initially claimed by Rockstar way back in October 2012.

“For those asking about the PC platform, we’re currently focused on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game and don’t have any details to share about a PC version at this time.”

So with the release of such a massively anticipated game around the time where the next generation consoles were soon to be released, really pushing current gen (XBOX 360 and PS3) was at the forefront of their marketing campaign. The game was always planned for PC, so development started early; almost in line with the development of the console versions. The same interview with PCGamer proven this.

“The process of bringing GTA 5 to PC was most similar to our last PC title, Max Payne 3. Our process of bringing titles to PC has evolved over the years. We knew that we would eventually create a PC version so early development was done in parallel with the console versions. In fact, some of the early preparations we made for PC, like 64 bit & DX11 support, paid off very handsomely when the PS4 and Xbox One architectures were announced.”

So does this mean that the PC version isn’t a console port? Much better playability from launch with 100% support from graphics card vendors? let’s hope so.

Have you pre-loaded GTA V yet? Let us know on our forums and in the comments.

Thanks to DSOG for this information

ASUS 20th Anniversary Edition Graphics Cards Coming Soon

This year marks the 20th anniversary for ASUS in the graphics cards business and that will be celebrated with a couple special graphics cards. Little is known about the cards so far, but the GTX 980 is said to come in the same Tyrant gold colours as the Z97 series while the GTX 970 will come in a black and red themed DirectCU version, but surely with a special and highlighted 20th anniversary addition of some sort.

The cards are still in the development stage and both the release date and other specifications are still unknown, but sources said to prepare for something awesome. We are prepared, now it’s ASUS turn to show what they got planned.

Thanks to VR-Zone for providing us with this information

Intel Broadwell-K Running Too Hot, Possible Cancellation!

According to the official roadmap, Intel will release Broadwell-K and Skylake-S mid-2015. Both are built on the 14nm process where the former is for overclockers and the latter for the mainstream users, and that is something a lot of our readers are looking forward to. However, new information points towards some bad news for all of us waiting for these – Broadwell-K is having overheating issues. The CPU was originally set to a 65W TDP, but it has been unable to reach that. Instead, it’s ranging about 88W instead and even up to 95W on some models.

It is said that the problem comes from Broadwell architecture itself, but is not categorized as a design flaw but rather a situation that was possibly expected. Considering the young age of the fabrication process, this isn’t all that unexpected and there’s even still a lot of optimisation that can be done on the current 22nm.

A 90-95W TDP isn’t really an issue in itself and something no overclocker would have any problem with, although there isn’t any doubt that everyone wants it as low as possible. The really bad news is the rumoured complete removal of the Broadwell-K series by Intel executives – at least initially. It might simply not be economically possible to bring it to the market at this point.

So, to summarize the above: Broadwell-K is running too hot for the 65W TDP and will most likely come with a 90W TDP, that is if it doesn’t get canceled altogether, as rumoured. A third third option would be a delay on the release date of the K models. However, that could collide with the 140W TDP Broadwell-E scheduled for Q1 2016. I am sure we’ll find out a lot more very soon because those release dates are moving closer each and every day.

Thanks to MyDrivers for providing us with this information

Nvidia’s Secret Unveiling to Be an Android-Powered Console

Yesterday we could report that Nvidia was sending out invites to an hour-long event for an undisclosed item that will ‘redefine the future of gaming’.

New rumours and leaks now point towards what most of us had already guessed, and Android powered gaming console. The new console will most likely be powered by a Tegra X1 chip to bring a lot of performance to a compact gaming form factor.

This also fits very well into the part of being 5 years in development and Nvidia already collected a lot of experience from their Shield.

Thanks to TweakTown for providing us with this information

AMD’s Next Generation Only Brings One new Chip

We’ve seen rumours about the AMD Radeon R9 300 series for quite some time now. and with the release dates getting closer each day, more and more of these rumours are compiled into more reliable information.

The 390 and 380 series are confirmed for a Q2 2015 release, but the other release times are more or less speculations based on history and leaks, but they seem very likely.

One of the almost sad things bout this is the use of GCN 1.1 (Graphic Core Next) in the 380 and 380x and it shows us that we’ll only really get one new chip in this generation – the Fiji used in the 390 and 390x cards.

Where the R9 380 series will be a rebranded R9 290, the 370 will be a rebrand of the current R9 285 – but when we say rebrand it just means that they will use the same chip architecture. Clock speeds and other aspects might have been tuned and optimised.

So, the wait is almost over for those who want to get their hands on AMD’s next gen cards with HBM memory.

Thanks to 3Dcenter for providing us with this information

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AMD A10-8850K Specifications Leaked

The Swedish Sweclockers website leaked more AMD information, this time about the Kaveri refresh APU codenamed Godavari.

The turbo frequency gets a 100MHz bump up to 4.1GHz, which is about 2.5% so not that bad. The base frequency stays the same at 3.7GHz when compared to the A10-7850K. The real improvement lies within the GPU upgrade where we see the GPU clock jump from 720 MHz to 856Mhz, a 19% improvement.

In addition to the A10-8850K, AMD will release other Kaveri refresh such as A10-8750, A8-8650K, A8-8650, A8-8550K, A8-8550, Athlon X4 870K, A10 Pro-8850B, A10 Pro-8750B, A8 Pro -8650B, A6 Pro-8550B, A4 Pro-8350B, etc.

Needless to say, they also get slightly elevated frequency treatments and should be compatible with all current FM2+ motherboards, though a BIOS upgrade might be needed.expected to be released in June or July this year. AMD is expected to release the processors  in June or July this year.

Thanks to SweClockers for providing us with this information

Far Cry 4 Copies Bought from Third Party Sellers Killed

Buying cheap game keys from third-party resellers might seem like a tempting opportunity, but one that doesn’t necessarily end the way one would have hoped.

Reports are starting to surface that Ubisoft is killing Far Cry 4 copies bought through third-party resellers, namely G2Play and G2A. Both are popular digital retailers based in Hong Kong that scan and/or photograph the keys from retail boxes. The games are a lot cheaper there and the internet allows them to sell those keys digitally worldwide where the games cost more.

“This is an outrageous and ridiculous way of doing business. And don’t you think as I do, that maybe those people who actually PAY for the game (even though Ubisoft will make a few bucks less in Poland because I bought the game from…I don’t know, a…hungarian original retailer), will, in time, in frustration, after that sort of strategy and behaviour, after the way you made people buy not-finished games, will stop buying them at all or keep using less scrupulous retailers to get what they want? And nobody wants that.”Voiced a user on the Ubisoft support forums

The above statement doesn’t stand on its own, as the forum thread has 19 pages with over 180 posts at the time of writing, mostly with support for the OP.

This isn’t the first-time publishers have cancelled third-party keys. Devolver Digital also cancelled any keys obtained through the G2Play website.

Ubisoft has reportedly been advising customers to contact the seller and claim that the license removal is not their fault, yet no official word has been given just yet. There are also rumours going around that the keys were stolen and that’s why they’re being blocked – a normal procedure when shipments of keys/games get highjacked.

What do you think about this latest Ubisoft incident? Stolen keys or just another case of publishers that see a potential smaller profit?

Thanks to GameZone for providing us with this information

AMD R9 390X Benchmarks Surface

With Nvidia’s GTX 970 and 980 pretty much dominating the market now, we all can’t wait for AMD’s next move. We will still have to be a little patient though, but it does look like it will be worth waiting for.

We’ve had rumours and leaks for a while now, starting with pictures of a possible hybrid reference cooler and the use of stacked High-Bandwidth-Memory (HBM). Time has passed we’re now seeing the first leaks of benchmarks for the next generation of AMD cards.

Two separate benchmarks have surfaced during the last week, claiming to be from AMD R9 390X cards. The first is a 3D Mark 11 score of X8121 where the current 290X only scores around X4700. Very impressive and if true without a doubt due to the new memory as the GPU still will be built on the 28nm process.

The second benchmark is from an R9 390x quad crossfire setup scoring impressive 38,875 in the Fire Strike Extreme test – about 33% more than a heavy overclocked GTX 980 Quad-SLI setup. The user posting the quad benchmark also posted what is supposed to be the PCB of the card.

Please keep in mind that these are rumours. We do however know that the new AMD Rx 300 series will launch in Q2 2015, most likely during Computex. The R9 380 will double up to 4096 GCN 1.2 cores and use 4GB of stacked HBM memory as was confirmed in an investor conference call following the AMD q4-2014 and fiscal year reports.

Thanks to MyDrivers for providing us with this information

First Details Emerge on 14nm Xeon E3-1200 v4 / v5

Intel’s third generation of Xeon E3-1200 processors for single-socket servers and workstations has been on the market for over a year now, 16 months to be exact, and it looks like Intel is getting ready to release two new versions over the next 18 month time-period.

The two new generation of the Xeon E3 processor will be called E3-1200 v4 and E3-1200 v5 and will be based on the Broadwell and Skylake architectures that boast improved CPU efficiency, better graphics and support for more memory.

Xeon E3-1200 v4 series will most likely be available in the second quarter of 2015 and will be compatible to the current Denlow platform and C220 series chipsets. The v4 is built on Broadwell and features a quad-core processor with hyper-threading and up to GT3 graphics. The embedded cache is increased to 128MB and the DDR3 memory support is increased to 32GB. It will be manufactured in the current LGA package.

The Xeon E3-1200 v5 series will most likely be released sometime in the second half of 2015 and be part of the new Greenlow platform. They are going to utilize the C230 series chipset and be launched in an LGA package at first to ensure compatibility with the socket 1151. Just like the v4 they will feature up to 4 cores with hyper-threading technology, but only up to GT2 graphics. They are going to work with both DDR3 and DDR4 memory and have up to 64MB onboard cache.

At a later time, most likely the beginning of 2016, Intel will introduce the BGA version of the Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors to feature GT4 graphics, 128MB eDRAM cache and only support DDR4 memory.

Thanks to MyDrivers for providing us with this information

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Crisis at Crytek Could Be Over

Over the past weeks we have heard rumours about Cryteks staff not being paid for months as well as employees quitting their job due to that and being swiped up by other companies. Even though the company dismissed the claims as rumours at first, it hasn’t stopped new ones from popping up.

In a new statement to gameindustry.biz on Friday, Crytek has given us the first official statement on the situation since the original denial of the problem. Crytek has been enduring a transitional phase as they are calling it, transforming from a developer to an Online-Publisher. The company also stated that it has secured new capital that should ensure both short and long-term foundation and added “We won’t be communicating further details about our developments and progress.”

In recent weeks, there have been repeated reports and rumors relating to financial problems at Crytek. Having already given an update to staff across all our studios, we are now in a position to share more details with members of the press and public.

Internally, we have acknowledged that the flow of information to employees has not been as good as it should have, however we hope you understand that communicating details of our plans publicly has not always been possible.

Like the games industry as a whole, Crytek has been in a transitional phase. Our evolution from a development studio to an Online-Publisher has required us to refocus our strategies. These challenges go along with an increased demand for capital which we have secured.

We can now concentrate on the long term strategic direction of Crytek and our core competencies. We kindly ask for your understanding, that we won’t be communicating further details about our developments and progress.

Ultimately, with our organization, capitalization, portfolio and technologies we have now laid the foundations for securing Crytek’s future – not just in the short term, but also long term.

Through this period of speculation, we are thankful for the support and encouragement we’ve received from our community and our partners, and for the contribution all of our staff have made. We remain committed to doing what we are best known for and trying to develop the best interactive experiences and technology possible for everyone who loves gaming.

We are confident that we will be able to share more positive news on Crytek’s progress soon.

These are a lot of vague words not really saying much, but they do tell us the future of Crytek and their popular CryEngine might have been secured for another round.

Thank you Gamesindustry for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Crytek.

Microsoft to Unveil Next-Generation Xbox in April?

With the semi-launch of the PS4 just a few days ago, there is already talks about Microsoft showing their hand when it comes to the next generation Xbox and April seems to be the favoured month for it to happen.

Rumours are rumours but this information is coming from a lot of sources including game developers, Sony employees and other professionals within the industry.

A senior Sony official said that the PS4 launch event that was held in New York recently, “caught Microsoft off-guard”. He continued to say that “We definitely ruffled some feathers” and of course wishes to remain nameless.

Rumours continue to say that Microsoft will launch the console at an event for the media in early April, though March 25th till the 29th will see the Game Developers Conference potentially be a focal point for information on the upcoming console.

Naturally Microsoft have declined to comment on these rumours and have done for the past 2 years since first talks of the next-generation Xbox come about but several domains have been registered as of late including XboxEvent.com by Microsoft partner Ustechs.

2013 is certainly going to be an interesting year for both Sony and Microsoft and a Christmas battle is definitely on the books, as we all expected. Lets just hope that Sony actually have a console finished and that Microsoft can utilise the Sony launch event by fine-tweaking their product to offer more to the consumer.