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Official Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 Final Specs Revealed

Written by Jon Sutton on 16 September 2014 at 16:30

The lid has finally come off Nvidia’s eagerly-anticipated next-generation of graphics cards, beginning with its upcoming flagship model, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980. Built on second generation Maxwell architecture, the GTX 980 sports a GM204 GPU which is again produced using the 28nm fabrication process.

Right, onto those specs, and the GeForce GTX 980 will come packing 2048 CUDA cores spread across 16 Streaming Multiprocessors Maxwell, along with with 4GB of on-board GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus, with a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 224 GB/s. [More]

Hearthstone Deals In More Than 20 Million Unique Players Since Launch

Written by Stuart Thomas on 16 September 2014 at 15:15

Either Blizzard’s kissed the Blarney Stone, their office garden is comprised exclusively of four leaf clovers, or, more likely, they’ve got some serious talent over at that studio because Hearthstone has become the latest in a long line of Blizzard successes. The deck-building card battling game has only been out in for nigh-on six months but it was already amassed over 20 million players worldwide; more than three times the numbers currently plugging away at World of Warcraft.

Blizzard claims Hearthstone's the player count surged following the release of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’s first single-player update, the Curse of Naxxramas, as well as interest in the qualifying rounds for its upcoming Hearthstone World Championship. Hearthstone also recently made it onto iPad, and Blizzard has said to keep an eye out for an Android version in the near future. [More]

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Elephants Do The Military Style In Latest Far Cry 4 Trailer

Written by Neil Soutter on 16 September 2014 at 14:00

The humble elephant. Calm and unassuming to the casual eye, the majestic Asian elephant is the largest-brained land mammal in the world and comes packing seven tons of total carnage. Somewhat dubiously Ubisoft claim the tusked wonders are capable of carrying the weight of 100 men, but their reputation as combat juggernauts is definitely cause for both concern and mirth ahead of their inclusion in Far Cry 4.

Ubisoft’s showing off its mighty elephants of Kyrat in its latest Far Cry 4 trailer, demonstrating why these beasts are the ultimate weapons of war when in the right hands. Contrary to previous wild animals in the Far Cry series, the elephants of Far Cry 4 will be fully rideable should you manage to tame them, but one wrong move and these hulking great beasts can bring a Himalayan village to its knees.  [More]

Research Firm Claims PC Will Be The Most Lucrative Games Platform By 2019

Written by Jon Sutton on 16 September 2014 at 12:45

During today’s Games Retail 2020 event in London, market analyst and research giant Juniper Researched unveiled its predictions for the future of the gaming industry in the UK. Leading this was the claim that PC will be the most lucrative games platform in the UK by 2019, outstripping both console and smartphone gaming to be the most popular destination for players.

The total projected revenue of the PC and console games markets is estimated to be $41.2 billion by 2019, with both consoles and PCs combined accountable for well over half the market. Gaming looks to be an area of entertainment that’s still on the up, and Juniper believes it’s PC gaming that’s going to lead the way heading into the next decade. [More]

United Front Games Outlines Graphical Improvements For Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

Written by Stuart Thomas on 16 September 2014 at 11:30

United Front Game has released details of its upcoming Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, which will be coming later this year to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The package will be bundling together the base game along with a pretty staggering 24 DLC packs, and will come with a host of graphical improvements to the Hong Kong open-world adventure.

Improving on the original Sleeping Dogs, the Sleeping Dogs:Definitive Edition will have higher resolution textures and vastly improved draw distances, as well as additional effects such as volumetric fog to give Hong Kong a bit of visible humidity. Sticky.  [More]

Divinity: Original Sin Free Update Adds Two New Companions And Fixes Co-op Dialogue

Written by Neil Soutter on 16 September 2014 at 10:15

Larian Studios has released a new update for Divinity: Original Sin, adding a bunch of new content and overhauling the dialogue system for cooperative players. This is the first major update to the rapturously received tactical RPG since its launch, and players will be able to grab themselves a pair of new companions to go questing with.

Both of the new companions can be met at the city of Cyseal; first up is Baird, a loyal ranger who has got herself into a spot of trouble at local Legion barracks, and Wolgraff, a crafty rogue with an underhand method for paying his bills. Both of the new characters come with their own histories and additional missions, as players dig to the heart of Rivellon’s Source conspiracy. [More]

Microsoft Expects To Break Even On Minecraft Deal By June 2015

Written by Neil Soutter on 15 September 2014 at 17:30

Microsoft’s buyout of Mojang and its Minecraft license has officially been confirmed, and Microsoft has now announced that it intends to break even on the $2.5 billion deal as early as April 2015.

Over the previous fiscal year 2014 Mojang reported total profits of £155.1 million, - including Marcus ‘Notch’ Persson’s £77.8 million share - meaning Microsoft would need to boost yearly profits at Mojang by around 1000% over the coming 9 months to hit this hefty target, so one or two surprises could be in store. [More]

On-Chip Cryogenic Cooling Find Could Lead To Massive Surge In Computer Power

Written by Jon Sutton on 15 September 2014 at 16:30

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have discovered a nanotechnology capable of cooling electrons to as low as -228 C without any external cooling solutions. This basically means electronics can be cooled to extreme lows while the chip itself remains at room temperature, opening up the possibility of devices working with practically no energy demands.

The cryogenic on-chip quantum electron cooling works thanks to a quantum well that traps the electrons and cools them down to cryogenic temperatures. Heat is one of the biggest problems facing high-end computing today; you only have to look at the introduction of reference liquid cooling on the AMD R9 390X to see heat may be getting out of control. This newly discovered technology opens the door for extremely high-performance devices and ultra-low power consumption. [More]

First Images Of The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Surface

Written by Jon Sutton on 15 September 2014 at 15:15

The first pictures have emerged of Nvidia’s Maxwell GPU-powered GeForce GTX 980, which is expected to be officially unveiled at Nvidia’s Game24 event this weekend. The GeForce GTX 980 will be Nvidia’s new flagship model, and if recent 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks are anything to go by it will deliver around 15% faster performance than the GeForce GTX 780 Ti.

The leaked images suggest that the GeForce GTX 980 will adopt a similar design to the GTX 780 Ti and the GeForce GTX Titan Z among others, including the use of an NVTTM cooler for the reference design. This will allow it to dissipate 250W worth of power despite the GTX 980 only using 180W, giving some room for some serious overclocking. [More]

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