Gaming

KFC and Gaming?

No, this isn’t one of the April Fool jokes you usually hear – KFC, the famous fast food global restaurant network, announced on a gaming food console/pc. We are talking about a cooperation between KFC Gaming and Cooler Master to create a mini pc with the shape of the known KFC chicken bucket with actual heating food space inside the console/mini pc.

Many laughed about the “KFConsole” since June but it actually happening. This is not a console such as PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, but a mini gaming pc that designed by Tim Malmborg.

The device based on Cooler Master’s Master Case – NC100 pc case and use Intel’s Compute Element Module NUC9 Extreme.

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Source – KFC Gaming

We don’t know the spec of KFConsole yet but we can assume that since the model NUC9 can come with Intel Core i9-9980K and Seagate SDD 1TB storage the console with have the same specs.

The Graphic Card of the device might be from Asus cooperation with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX, and categorized by the company that this device will provide high quality smooth gaming with support 4k with 240FPS and 240 Hz.

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Source – KFC Gaming

Tim Malmborg, who helped creating this console said – “The hardest part was definitely figuring out the entire internal layout to get it as compact as possible and still have sufficient cooling for the hardware. The cylindrical bucket design and the chicken bay [are] two separate features that by themselves [are] challenging to work with. And then combined with a high-performance PC, well, I had to spend days creating the 3D model for it.”

MSI Optix MAG301CR2

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MSI announced on their new curve gaming monitor – the MSI Optix MAG301CR2. MSI Otix comes in 29.5-inch WFHD, 21:9 ratio display, a refresh rate of 200Hz, response time of 1ms and support AMD FreeSync Premium.

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Source – MSI

The new monitor comes with 3 thin bezel sides (top, left and right) and a curve of 1500R for better gaming experience with angle view of 178 degree.

The screen includes blue light filter and Anti-Flicker technologies to prevent from exhausting the user while using the screen for long duration of time.

MSI equipped the new monitor with 7 unique display modes each one for different game genre and include night mode to bright dark areas in-game.

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Source – MSI

The panel of the screen is VA 8-bits quality with FRC. The screen support 82% of DCI-P3 and 103% sRGB color protocols. MSI combine RGB lighting on the back of the monitor under the name MSI Mystic Light and gave the ability to adjust the RGB lighting via mobile app or direct from unique desktop application.

The I/O ports are:

  • 1x DisplayPort 1.2.
  • 2x HDMI 2.0.
  • 1x USB-C with DisplayPort support.
  • USB central with 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1.
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Source – MSI

The MSI Optix MAG301CR2 will be launch with a price tag of $350.

Leak: GeForce RTX 3000 Mobility

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According to new leaks that came up from Wccftech ( a website that leaked Nvidia’s presentation pages), we can understand that Nvidia is about to announce on their new laptop graphic card – The GeForce RTX 3000 Mobility that will be based on Ampere core.

The new laptop graphic cards will come as mobile version of the 3000 desktop graphic cards series, GTX 3060, GTX 3070 and GTX 3080.

The leak also includes the price tag of the certain laptops that will acquire the individual graphic card with price tag starting at $999.

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Source -Nvidia

The RTX 3000 Mobility come to replace the RTX 2000 series and the RTX 2000 Super and align with the desktop graphic card 3000 series. Among the mobile version cards, we have:

  • RTX 3080 – will be based on GN20-E7 core with 6144 CUDA cores, memory size of 8GB or 16GB and memory type will be GDDR6X.
  • RTX 3070 – will be based on GN20-E5 core with 588 CUDA cores, memory size of 8GB and memory type will be GDDR6X.
  • RTX 3060 – will be based on GN20-E3 core with unknown number of CUDA cores, memory size of 8GB and memory type will be GDDR6X.  

No reports about if GeForce GTX 3090 will get a mobile version.

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Source – Wccftech

The interesting this is that we can find in the leaks is that the recommend price tag for each laptop that acquire the new RTX 3000 mobility GPU.

For example, the laptops that will come with the new graphic cards will start at $999 with GTX 3060 and Core i5 or Ryzen 5.

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Source – Wccftech

All we can do for now is to wait for the official announcement from Nvidia on January to confirm those leaks.

Philips Brand New Gaming Monitors

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MMD-Monitors Corporate, which is ownership by Philips’s monitors productions, announced on 2 new gaming monitors from the Philips E series – the Philips 242E1GAEZ and the Philips 272E1GAEZ. The monitors come in 23.8-inch and 27-inch, offer 1ms response time with refresh rate of 144Hz and AMD’s FreeSync Premium.

Some key Features –

  • Thin frame
  • VA panel for fast refresh rate of 144Hz, better color reproduction, higher maximum brightness, and better viewing angles.
  • Offer response time up to 1ms
  • Resolution of Full HD 1920×1080
  • Support AMD’s FreeSync Premium for lag free experience.
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Source – Philips

Philips 242E1GAEZ and Philips 272E1GAEZ monitors have unique display mode for games that is call SmartImage Game Mode which matches the screen mode to the gaming situations/genres such as First Player Shooting (FPS), Racing, Strategies and more.

In addition to that, like every new other Philips monitors we can find the Ultra Wide-Color technologic for wider spectrum of colors and more high-quality resolution display support on wide screens. The monitors also have LowBlue mode for blue filter for healthy eyes protection, Flicker-Free for reduction of exhaustion from long time Infront screens, and SmartContrast technologic for automatic adjustment of bright and contrast of the screen along with content the monitors display.

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Source – Philips

The brand-new monitors Philips 242E1GAEZ and Philips 272E1GAEZ will be available by the end of November. The price tag for the 24-inch model will be 189 euros and 239 euros for the 27-inch model.

Mad Catz M.O.J.O M1

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Mad Catz is an American company that provides interactive entertainment products especially on the gaming section.

Mad Catz announced on their new wired lightweight gaming mouse – the M.O.J.O M1. M1 weights 70-gram, comes in a unique design, 12k DPI sensor and Mad Cat’s DAKOTA mechanic buttons for high gaming performances.

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Source – Mad Catz

M1’s unique avian nest design helps the mouse to become lighter and give more unique RGB light effect.

The RGB light effect according to Mad Catz, can be adjust from the mouse itself and no need any software to adjust it. With the M1 design, the user can grip it with Claw Grip or Palm Grip and it has 6 buttons for the user to use on this mouse.

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Source – Mad Catz

To make sure that M.O.J.O M1 will have high precision in gaming aim situations, Mad Catz equipped the M1 with optical sensor -the PixArt PMW 3360 that gives gamers the needed accuracy in the high intense battlefields with sensitivity of up to 12k DPI.The DPI levels can be adjust from the mouse.

The company also added DAKOTA mechanic buttons that offer response time of 0.2ms which faster by 60% against other competitors with mechanic buttons.

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Source – Mad Catz

The new gaming mouse will be available during November but the price tag have not been announced yet.

AOC AGON PD27

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AOC, a multinational electronics company, has announced on their new gaming monitor – the Porsche Design AOC AGON PD27.

This is a 27-inch curved gaming monitor from AOC’s AGON series that was designed in cooperation with Porsche Design (designer company) that won lately at Red Dot Award 2020.

The new AGON DP27 keeps the classic quality of AGON series and comes with unique design by Porsche Design. The monitor stands with minimalist build that looks like a racing roll cage.

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Source – AOC

DP27 equipped with built-in RGB lighting technologic at the back of the monitor, and even a small projector that displays AGON or Porsche Design Logo below the monitor.

The new gaming monitor comes in a 27-inch curved display and resolution of QHD (2560×1440) with the VA panel’s high brightness thanks to VESA’s DisplayHDR protocol that includes 550 nits and ensures undisturbed gameplay at any lighting conditions.

The DP 27 has 240 Hz refresh rate ,response time of 0.5 ms, and AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro. The monitor comes with 4-port USB 3.2 hub, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 2x DisplayPort 1.4 inputs. One more thing to say is that the monitor comes with built-in 5W stereo speakers with DTS sound.

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Source – AOC

The Porsche Design AOC AGON PD27 will be available in mid November on Porsche Design’s stores (also via website) for 720 Euros.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Is Here

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On October 28th at AMD’s 2nd event , “Where Gaming Begins Ep. 2”, the company announced on their new graphic card generation series – the Radeon RX 6000. Radeon RX 6000 join to the Ryzen 5000 processors that was announced earlier this month. AMD announced 3 graphic cards and one of them is considered the flag ship model – the Radeon RX 6900 XT, which managed to offer the same and even better performance than its competitor – The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3900.

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Source – AMD

The new graphic card generation is equipped with new technology that improve the performance by 54% to 65% with the new RDNA 2 core, compared to the original RDNA from Radeon RX 5000. One of the important changes is the Radeon RX 6000 comes with built-in support of Microsoft’s DirectX 12 Ultimate and RayTracing technologic.

The new Series include 128mb “Infinity Cache”, 16GB Max Memory Size, GDDR6 Memory Type and:

  • Radeon RX 6800 – 3840 Stream Processors ,60 Compute Units, 60 Ray Accelerators, up to 1815 MHz Game Frequency, 250W GPU Power.
  • Radeon RX 6800 XT – 4608 Stream Processors ,72 Compute Units, 72 Ray Accelerators, up to 2015 MHz Game Frequency, 300W GPU Power.
  • Radeon RX 6900 XT – 5120 Stream Processors ,80 Compute Units, 80 Ray Accelerators, up to 2015 MHz Game Frequency, 300W GPU Power.
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Source – AMD

Among the new upgrades that AMD done to the new generation is adding new cache technologic – the Infinite Cache with size of 128mb, which allows the 16GB RAM type GDDR6 and memory interface of 256-bit to reach memory bandwidth of up to 512Gb/s which is 2.17 times more then memory interface of 385-bit and 10% less GPU Power needed.

According to the performance tests that AMD presented during the event, the company succeeded to go head to head with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3000 series.

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Source – AMD

If AMD performance tests and compressions are true and confirmed by other reviewers’ this will be one of the biggest revolutions in the graphic card category for many years – finally AMD match and even surpass Nvidia in the graphic card’s category.

Availability and Prices

November 18th

  • Radeon RX 6800 for $579
  • Radeon RX 6800 XT for $649

December 8th

  • Radeon RX 6900 XT
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Source – AMD

Watch the full “Where Gaming Begins Ep. 2” event here –

Apparently Mass Effect Remastered is Coming

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Rumors that started to spread around May tell about a new version (remastered) of the Mass Effect series. And now, after game rating came from Korea, we can say it’s really happening.

The Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea has rated an unannounced new version of Mass Effect game – Mass Effect Legendary Edition.

That means that the new version of Mass Effect is indeed in development.

Since the Committee of Korea rated only one of the Mass Effect games, we can assume that Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be a collection of all the first 3 games of the series. EA so far didn’t announce or confirm any information about the Legendary Edition yet.

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Source – Gematsu

The original Mass Effect Trilogy developed by BioWare between 2007-2012 and is known by many as a masterpiece that combines RPG gaming style, amazing story line and action.

Other than graphic improvement, hopefully EA will be able to fix some of the flaws that been in the series.

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Source – Gameinfinitus

BioWare kept update mass effect with contents till 2013. If EA will include all the Mass Effect contents, we will get interesting package with impressive contents. According to the rumors, the Remastered might be out at the beginning of the new year.

RazerCon 2020

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During Razer’s event, the RazerCon 2020 in the US, Razer announced on their new collection of products. Among them you can find the new updated gaming laptop – the Razer Blade Stealth 13 with 13.3-inch display based on Intel’s Tiger Lake processor (intel 11th processor generation), Seiren Mini microphone that aims for streamers, and a very unique gaming chair – the Razer Iskur.

The new laptop Blade Stealth 3 will be equipped with more updated spec then the previous generation that announced early of 2020. It will come with Intel’s new generation processor – the Tiger Lake. The 13.3-inch display laptop will be available with Full HD display and refresh rate of 120HZ or with a new option – OLED display with Full HD resolution. The company keeps the same black aluminum body design that weight less then 3.26 pounds.

Under the hood we can see the Intel Core i7-1165G7 ,16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD Storage type. Razor blade Stealth 13 will be equipped with Nvidia’s graphic card the GeForce GTX 1650Ti.
The company also equipped the laptop with 4 speakers with Smart Amp booster and THX stability protocol. The keyboard includes single area RGB light using Razer Chroma technologic.

For the streamers, Razer announced their microphone – Razer Seiren Mini. It is smaller than the original Seiren, and will be available in black, white (Mercury) and pink (Quartz). The 16 cm microphone is Supercardioid type with better base record during the streams and lower background noises.

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Source – Razer

Razer joined the gaming chair field with their Razer Iskur – The first gaming chair that is built for long sitting. You can control every aspect of the chair so you will find you perfect sitting position.

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Source – Razer

Prices:

  • The new Razer Blade Stealth 13 available for $1800 for the Full HD 120HZ version and $2000 for the OLED version.
  • The microphone Razer Seiren Mini available for $50.
  • The chair Razer Iskur available for $499

PlayStation 5 Backwards Compatibility

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Thought that old PS4 games won’t have compatibility to PS5? Sony clears things up for us.

Most of PS4 games will work on the new consoles thanks to the Backwards Compatibility system. According to the company, we are talking about 4,000 games. Popular and high rated games will enjoy improved performances thanks to Game Boost.

That not all, according to Sony, you can play PS4 games also by insert PS4 CD games into PS5’s disc drive (won’t work on the PS5 Digital Edition).
You can transfer Games that digital games that installed on your PS4 to your PS5 via WIFI or buy PS4 Games from the digital store and installed them to PS5.
Also, PS VR Games will work like that as well. For them you of course need the PS VR and the PS’s Camera.
Most of 3rd party Accessories will work on the new console generation.

Although these are good news, there are some flaws.

First of all, some options/features of games from previous generation wont work. You might also encounter some bugs when playing PS4 games on your PS5 console. The Game Boost feature on PS5 is not tailored for each and every game, which might cause some issues with the gaming experience.

Sony already aware to this and recommends that before you buy any additions (DLC for example) for the PS4 game, wait for the PS5, run a test and if the base game really work as you wanted, make the purchase.

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Source – www.tweaktown.com

Like I said the before, there are some PS4 games that you won’t be able to play on PS5. Those games will be marked in the digital store as “Playable on PS4 only”. In the meantime, Sony published list of games that wont support the Backwards Compatibility, the company mention the list can be changed later:

  • DWVR
  • Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One
  • TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2
  • Just Deal With It!
  • Shadow Complex Remastered
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • We Sing
  • Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
  • Shadwen
  • Joe’s Diner 

Sony act to reduce the gap between the generations with backward compatibility but it is important to note that the new Xbox is already supports backward compatibility even with games that came out from 2001.
Sony have long journey to get to Xbox’s support feature level, if it’s possible.