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Stuart Thomas
on 30 November 2015 at 14:00

Sony has taken a leaf out of Microsoft’s book and pushed out a stealth update for the PlayStation 4 SDK (Software Development Kit), allowing developers access to the seventh of its eight CPU cores. Microsoft did the same last year, albeit a lot louder, and it provided a pretty significant boost to Xbox One’s performance.

The update from Sony borrows one of the CPU cores from the PlayStation 4's operating system tasks and allows it to be used for gaming. In order to make use of the extra core it needs to be coded into a game on an individual basis. That means existing games won’t be able to make use of seven cores, unless the developers choose to update them via a patch.

Joffy S
on 30 November 2015 at 11:30

AMD has announced the GPU fan speed bug will be getting hotfix released today, following last week’s revelations that AMD’s Radeon Software Crimson Edition drivers were causing problems for a number of users. The bug locked GPU fan speeds to anywhere between 20-40%, no matter what the load on the GPU.

Some users on Reddit are reported it’s totally busted their graphics cards thanks to overheating. If you’ve been trying to play an extremely demanding game for hours with this bug then you’ll have no doubt noticed some serious overheating problems, including system crashes.

Joffy S
on 29 November 2015 at 12:00

Just Cause 3 is out this week, in all its glorious, pyrotechnic glory. Total destruction is the aim of the game here, with Avalanch’s modified game engine boasting improved damage modelling and procedural demolition. As you’d expect Just Cause 3 is visually stunning, but just how demanding is it, and how good does it look even down at Low settings? We’ll be taking a look at all of that in our Just Cause 3 GTX 980 Ti performance video.

These performance benchmarks for Just Cause 3 PC, comparing Low vs Ultra graphics, were performed using an Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G graphics card, Intel Core i7-5820K processor and 16GB RAM, all at 1920x1080 resolution.

Neil Soutter
on 28 November 2015 at 11:30

Short on memory? Perhaps this’ll help then - Samsung has announced it’s begun large scale production of 128GB DDR4 modules.Yes, 128GB on a single stick. This is the world’s first commercially available 128GB RAM module, with Samsung claiming these are industry leading in terms of both energy efficiency and capacity.

“We are pleased that volume production of our high speed, low-power 128GB TSV DRAM module will enable our global customers and partners to launch a new generation of enterprise solutions with dramatically improved efficiency and scalability for their investment,” said Joo Sun Choi, executive vice president or memory sales and marketing at Samsung.

Felix Nova
on 27 November 2015 at 17:30

And still the games flow. Hot on the tail of our Global Game Awards 2015, we now have a title that has many people overloaded with excitement. Just Cause 3 is out next week and so this weekends free game giveaway is for a chance to win a copy of Just Cause 3 on release day.

Step this way to find out how you could be a lucky owner of a copy of Just Cause 3 on release day next Tuesday, 1st December. Its really easy and you might already have been automatically entered. How's that for cool?

Joffy S
on 27 November 2015 at 16:00

GD’er Rayyan51 contacted me today saying that he’d been having problems with his Radeon R7 250X since installing the latest Radeon Software Crimson Edition drivers. AMD’s massive driver overhaul arrived earlier this week, packing in all sorts of benefits and performance boosts. For Rayyan51 though, it just caused issues.

The Crimson Driver software was adjusting the GPU fan speed down to 30%, whatever the demands of the game. He turned it to auto but again it reset to 30% following a complete reboot. So I did a little bit of digging and it turns out Rayyan51 isn’t alone. There’s plenty of other people experiencing similar problems. Lowering the fan speed can have a serious impact on a graphics card’s heat dissipation, which can cause damage to your rig in the long run.

Joffy S
on 27 November 2015 at 15:00

If you’ve got an obscene amount of cash lying around, and would like an appropriately obscene level of gaming performance, then December could be a wallet shredding month for you. Reports are indicating AMD is preparing to launch its dual-GPU solution for its R9 Fury range. Codenamed ‘Gemini’, it’s expected to offer an unprecedented level of gaming performance.

The Radeon R9 Fury X2 8GB will become the fastest graphics card in the world when it launches in December, knocking the R9 295X2 off its perch. The dual Fiji XT GPU graphics card is essentially two Fury Nanos bolted together on a single PCB. It seems as if AMD has taken the decision to opt for a Nano equivalent rather than a Fury X in order to keep the TDP down at a manageable level, with the Fury X2 expected to draw on 300W TDP.

Joffy S
on 26 November 2015 at 17:06

Reports are emerging Nvidia is preparing to reveal its GeForce GTX 960 Ti graphics card soon, with the aim of going toe-to-toe with AMD’s recently launched Radeon R9 380X. Targeted firmly at the mid-range market, the GeForce GTX 960 Ti is expected to cost somewhere in the region of $250. This fills the gap between the GTX 960 and the GTX 970, priced at $199 and $329 accordingly.

Rather than running on a modified version of the GM206 GPU, the GeForce GTX 960 Ti will in fact run on a cut down version of the GM204 GPU used in both the GTX 970 and GTX 980. This is because the GTX 960 is already running on a fully unlocked version of the GM206, so there’s no additional performance to be gained.

Joffy S
on 24 November 2015 at 10:10

So the system requirements for Just Cause 3 came out yesterday, taken from the back of the PC retail boxes. As it turns out these aren't the final system requirements. Just Cause 3 went gold and got sent to manufacturing way back in mid-October, and since then the official system requirements have taken a bit of a leap. 

Just Cause 3 features one of the largest open-world sandboxes of all time, and it looks as if it comes at the cost of some heavy hardware to get it up and running. Built on a heavily modified version of the engine Avalanche used for Mad Max, Just Cause 3 is larger in just about every conceivable way - with jaw-dropping draw distances and Havoc physics ensuring realistic destruction. So after yesterday's mix-up, just what PC gaming hardware are you going to need for Just Cause 3... 

Joffy S
on 23 November 2015 at 14:00

It looks as if Nvidia wants in on the virtual reality action, with the news it’s working on its own VR device. The aim is to bring it to market by 2018, and its headset’s big selling point is that it’s aiming to totally eliminate motion sickness. That would be quite a feat, because none of the other VR players have managed to tackle this problem entirely, despite advances in the tech.

Nvidia’s creating the VR headset in conjunction with Stanford University, and it reckons this is how the next generation of virtual reality is going to work. The headset uses a newly developed technology called Near Eye Light Field VR. This works by combining two 2D images, which they’ve coined 4D (2D + 2D), for each eye, merging to form a single 3D image. Now I’m no physicist but that doesn’t sound strictly like four dimensions. In fact, that sounds pretty much like how the Nintendo 3DS’ 3D feature works.