Bioware have finally tweeted the good news! Mass Effect Andromeda has gone gold!
To mark the special occasion, Bioware posted a GIF of a golden Ryder with sparkles all around. Check it out:
Mass Effect Andromeda releases in South Africa on 24 March (21 March for America and 23 March for Europe) on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Razer has unveiled a 12 800 mAh Power Bank specifically designed to keep your laptop charged on the go. Unfortunately, the Power Bank is designed to work only with laptops equipped with USB Type C ports. Of course, the new Razer Blade Stealth is one of those laptops.
The Power Bank is encased in a black CNC aluminium case and measures 125.8 x 27.2 x 23.4mm and weighs around 335 grams. Unfortunately, it does not have LED lighting installed to blind anyone within a few meters of you at the local Starbucks and is, by Razer standards, quite plain and boring. However, it will also charge mobile devices via two USB Type A ports and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
The Power Bank is to be released next month, probably only in the US and parts of Asia, Europe, and the UK and will retail for $150.
Source | Razer
The last few days have seen a flurry of announcements from AMD, the most important being the pricing and pre-order details for their new high-end, gaming-oriented Ryzen 7 CPUs.
Four years in the making, AMD are promising exceptional performance gains over their previous K10 architecture, up to 52% more instructions per clock (IPC) in some cases. There are small gains over single-core and multi-core performance when going up against the Kaby Lake cores introduced in January by their market-leading competitor, Intel. While the performance gains against the Kaby Lake line may seem negligible, the 1700, 1700X, and 1800X models all achieve this at much lower prices, with far less power draw. The Ryzen 7 1800X can go head-to-head with the i7-6900K at half the price.
A breakdown of clock speeds, power draw and recommend pricing for the Ryzen 7 range.
With eight physical cores and a total of 16 threads, the Ryzen 7 line should provide impressive support for multi-threaded applications — a feature increasingly supported by modern games and software. As semiconductor manufacturing becomes increasingly difficult below the current 14-nano-meter limit, the multi-threaded approach remains the most effective way to improve processing power without driving up manufacturing costs.
Alongside the new CPUs are 82 AM4-design motherboards from a range of manufacturers and a new range of cooling options from manufacturer Wraith. The Wraith Spire model will be included with retail box purchases of the Ryzen 7 1700 and presumably open up overclocking options for those investing in the lower cost chip. AMD will also compete in the low and mid-tier market and we should hear news on the Ryzen 3 and 5 range soon.
You can watch the entire announcement, which provides plenty of additional details, in the video embedded below.
Our very own Andrew Logue has long bemoaned the death of couch co-op and multi-player via split screen. Rejoice couch potatoes! The head of 343 Industries, Bonnie Ross, has confirmed at the DICE Summit that all future Halo games, that’s the FPS ones, will feature split screen multi-player. This is apparently one of the lessons 343 has learnt from the fan reaction to both The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians.
This is great news for siblings and roommates who will now be able to play local multi-player without having to have multiple TVs and consoles. I welcome anything that developers do to make gaming more player friendly, and it is always more fun to gloat in person rather than over chat.