UPDATE: Slightly Mad’s Mad Box game console is practically being developed before our very eyes. SMS CEO Ian Bell has joined Twitter for the purpose of shouting about the new top-end console, revealing the first prototype designs that are being worked on with hardware partners.
As you can see, the Mad Box bears a fair bit of resemblance to a flamboyant desktop PC, although Bell has reiterated it is most definitely a games console.
A Russian retailer appears to have leaked AMD’s upcoming Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors. Retailer ‘E-Katalog’ has listed a grand total of five Ryzen 3000 CPUs for pre-order, covering Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, and the top-tier Ryzen 9.
It’s now looking extremely likely that AMD is planning some sort of Ryzen 3000 reveal during CES 2019, which begins this coming Tuesday, 8th January.
Nvidia could be set to face a class-action lawsuit representing investors who claim Team Green mismanaged the demand for graphics cards during the cryptocurrency mining craze. The bubble bursting on crypto mining cause Nvidia’s share value well below half what it was worth just three months ago. This led to investors losing potentially sky-high amounts of capital.
The class-action lawsuit against Nvidia is being prepared by Schall Law, a California-based law firm that has evidently spied a few bucks to be made. Schall Law claims Nvidia made “false and misleading statements to the market”. This concerns Nvidia’s capabilities at both monitoring the cryptocurrency market and being in a position to swiftly pivot depending on the situation. The knock-on effect of the plummeting of crypto demand was an allegedly huge quantity of surplus GPUs that needed to be shifted, all while trying to launch a new generation of graphics cards.
Razer and Microsoft have announced the first wireless keyboard and mouse designed specifically for use with the Xbox One. The second generation of the Razer Turret features a tenkeyless keyboard with Razer Green Mechanical Switches, a retractable mouse board, and a wireless Razer mouse.
The Razer Turret for Xbox One connects with the console using a dongle and a 2.4GHz wireless connection. It sports an alleged battery life of 40 hours and the keyboard can be retracted for storage. If you’re a left-handed freak like yours truly, you may be out of luck though. All of the promo images indicate this is for right-handed setups only.
Dust off your sicks bags, it's time for the most hideously ultraviolent fighter in town to make its comeback. Mortal Kombat 11 comes to PC on April 23rd, 2019, packing rib-cage tearing fatalities and the return of an iconic roster. NetherRealms has done its part and revealed the Mortal Kombat XI PC specs, but can your PC stand its ground?
There's no mention of these being preliminary specs but we do find it a little odd that the recommended Intel Core i3-2100 CPU is actually weaker than the minimum spec Core i5-750. They are exactly the same as the Injustice 2 specs though. A little oversight from NetherRealms, perhaps, but certainly something to keep an eye on once Mortal Kombat 11 launches. None of the processors are particularly high-end though, so anyone with a fairly modern quad-core shouldn't experience any problems with MK11.
The gears are turning behind the scenes as we gear up for a new generation of games consoles. Sony’s been very open about its commitment to a PlayStation 5, and now word has emerged that development kits for the new Xbox Scarlett console are now in existence,
Over on Windows Central, Jez Corden has said the Xbox Scarlett development is codenamed ‘Anaconda’, “in-keeping with the reptile theme” said Corden. This falls neatly in line with the previous Scorpio and Chuckwalla codenames for the Xbox One X.
Intel used its platform at the Intel Architecture Event to update us on its CPU roadmap for the coming the years, revealing a revised Intel Core roadmap that stretches from 2019-2021.
For its CPU Core roadmap, Intel has split its product line-up into two distinct divisions - Atom and Core. Atom refers to Intel’s more general processors for mobile devices such as laptops, while Core is the real nuts and bolts that we’re interested in for coming purposes.
Intel hosted its Architecture Day 2018 and the highlight of the day was arguably the talk of its upcoming discrete graphics cards that will compete with Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon.
While the graphics cards themselves are codenamed Arctic Sound, Intel’s dedicated GPU architecture is now dubbed ‘Xe’, in the same manner that Nvidia’s GeForce RTX architecture is known as Turing.
The first images have leaked of a GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. The model in question is from Gigabyte, who appears to be showing off its new Gigabyte RTX 2060 GPU behind-closed-doors ahead of what could be a full reveal at CES 2019 in early January.
And, er, what we have on our hands is a fairly standard looking Gigabyte graphics card, albeit carrying that GeForce RTX 2060 branding and looking fairly diminutive in size. It’s difficult to make out the display outputs but it looks like 3x DisplayPort and a single HDMI output. The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 also uses an 8-pin power connector while the reference specs for the RTX 2060 point towards a single 6-pin power connector.
AMD appears to be gearing up for a new family of graphics cards to the market after registering a new trademark for its new 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPUs.
The trademark for Vega II was applied for about two weeks ago and includes a new stylised logo that closely resembles the current stylised ‘V’ logo used for Vega, albeit with ‘II’ carved out of the right-hand side.