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  • MediaTek Helio X30: what to expect from Snapdragon 835 rival?

    MediaTek's mobile processors have made loads of progress over the years, evolving from comparatively underpowered and inefficient designs to today's respectable and capable high-end processors. Recently, the company shed light on its Helio X30 processor, expected to power several flagship phones later this year. Much like Samsung's Exynos 8895 and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, MediaTek has switched to a smaller 10nm manufacturing process for the Helio X30. This immediately promises perfomance and battery gains as a result. So what kind of gains are we expecting? The Chinese company says the 10nm process "increases performance by up to 22% and saves power by...

  • Grid Autosport is coming in FULL to mobile platforms

    The Codemasters-published Grid Autosport wasn't quite an amazing return to form for the TOCA/Grid series, but you can't argue that it didn't cater to motorsport fans. Featuring open-wheel racing, endurance disciplines, a wide variety of racetracks and a smart race engineer, 2014's Grid Autosport definitely has a lot to offer. Now, Codemasters has announced that the game will be coming to iOS as well, courtesy of Feral Interactive, complete with all the downloadable content. "This smash hit AAA racing game uses intuitive tilt and touch controls to deliver an irresistible mix of simulation and arcade handling direct to your iPad and iPhone," Codemasters wrote....

  • Gran Turismo Sport closed beta open for (US) entries

    It may have been delayed from its original 2016 release, but there's still a lot to like about PS4-exclusive Gran Turismo Sport. Between the motorsport focus, heavy esport emphasis and official FIA backing, it signals a very different approach to the GT formula. Now, Sony has announced that interested gamers can sign up for the closed beta test here. However, the biggest downside is that this stage of the beta is only available for US gamers. "The initial phase of the closed beta, starting on 17 March, will only be open to selected US PSN IDs. After this initial phase, the...

  • Dashy Crashy and Kittens Game: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. Who says that all mobile games are horrible? Not us, as we take a look at some of the better releases in recent days. Prominent releases this week include Dashy Crashy and the rather offbeat Kittens Game. Scroll down for the other entries. Deus Ex Go hits Windows 10 Mobile (paid - Android, iOS, Windows) Windows 10 Mobile seldom gets blockbuster games at the same time as Android and iOS -- if at all....

  • No Man’s Sky: Path Finder update has PS4 Pro support, much much more

    We've already heard that the Path Finder Update for No Man's Sky brings new planetary vehicles to the title. Now, Hello Games has announced a full feature list, including PS4 Pro support, enhanced visuals, base sharing and much more. In the visual department, the PS4 Pro update brings 4K gaming to the title, but there are also visual improvements across the board, such as HDR support and more visual effects. PC gamers will also be pleased with high and ultra resolution texture options. Base sharing is another notable improvement in the update, delivering the ability to upload your base to the internet and...

  • Watch: first look at gameplay for Middle Earth: Shadow of War

    Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor was one of the better video games released in this generation, delivering gory combat, that Nemesis System and a great open world to explore. Now, its sequel, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, looks like it might ramp up the chaos to 11. The first gameplay trailer for the title has been released, showcasing the massive battles as you lead your army to victory. Yep, it looks like you'll be commanding your own army now, consisting of a variety of creature types, against more than just an enemy encampment. Instead, you'll be conquering regions across a massive...

  • PS4 firmware 4.50 out tomorrow, Boost Mode in tow

    The 4.50 firmware update for the PS4 represents a rather exciting upgrade for PS4 and PS4 Pro owners alike. And now, gamers can see what all the fuss is about, when the update launches tomorrow. Yep, Sony has confirmed the launch date for the system update, which finally brings support for external hard drives to the platform. We've also seen other features revealed ahead of the release, such as a Boost Mode for PS4 Pro (delivering framerate/quality gains for unpatched PS4 titles) and custom wallpapers. But Sony has more features to share in its blog post. "If you're playing a game in PS VR and...

  • No Man’s Sky: Path Finder Update coming soon

    Hello Games, the developer behind the rather divisive No Man's Sky, has confirmed that a brand new update is set to hit the PS4 and PC title. The Path Finder update, as it's called, will have at least one major addition in the form of a vehicle. Hello Games says that "it introduces a new vehicle that will aid home planet exploration, building on the Foundation Update to hint at a path ahead for the future". The developer adds that more details will be released when the update goes live. "To those of you who have spent time sharing feedback, whether positive...

  • Nintendo Switch: what issues are people experiencing?

    The Nintendo Switch has clearly enjoyed plenty of success in its first few days on the market, as reports emerge that European and US opening sales have broken records. Still, gamers are finding that records aren't the only things being broken, as people report several issues... Scratches due to the dock Users on reddit and elsewhere are finding scratches on their screen if they don't dock it absolutely perfectly. The culprit seems to be one of the braces in the Switch dock itself, forcing some users to come up with DIY solutions in order to better protect the screen. The infamous connectivity issue with...

  • Nvidia launches beefy Jetson TX2 credit-card computer

    Who says that credit card-sized computers have to be a little underpowered and super-cheap? Certainly not Nvidia, having just announced the Jetson TX2 computer board. The Jetson TX2 looks to bring AI computing to the likes of factory robots, commercial drones and smart cameras in smart cities, the graphics chip colossus wrote in a statement. "Jetson TX2 brings powerful AI capabilities at the edge, making possible a new class of intelligent machines," said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA, in a statement. "These devices will enable intelligent video analytics that keep our cities smarter and safer,...