Microsoft's next-gen, 6-teraflop Xbox arrives in Q4 2017
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“Project Scorpio” will be VR-ready, built by AMD


At the end of next year, Microsoft is expected to announce the sequel to its Xbox One console which originally launched in November 2013, marking just a short four-year lifespan for the company’s eighth-generation video game console.

Microsoft announces Xbox One S console
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4K output, Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, starts at $299


On Monday during its E3 press conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced a redesigned, smaller version of its Xbox One console that will go by the name Xbox One S. The refreshed console is 40 percent smaller than the original and features a much-needed Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, support for 4K (3840x2160p) video output over HDMI 2.0a and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR).

Prey reboot coming in 2017 from Arkane Studios
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Developers replacing 2011 sequel with a "re-imagined" game


During its E3 press conference in Los Angeles, Bethesda announced that a reboot of the original Prey (2006) first-person shooter game will be releasing sometime in 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The science-fiction action game shares little similarities with its predecessor and can be described more as a “re-imagining” of the original from the ground up, with cover art very reminiscent of the movie Prometheus.

Fallout 4 and Doom coming to HTC Vive
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Fallout 4 VR in 2017, Doom VR to be announced


On Sunday during its press conference at E3 in Los Angeles, video game publisher Bethesda announced that its sales breaking Fallout 4 game will be heading to the HTC Vive headset in 2017. While an updated version of the game will be ready next year, Bethesda also says that Doom will be coming to VR as well but has not given it a release date.

TSMC CEO signals sharp rebuke of Chinese-appointed directors
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It will not be easy to protect intellectual property

In a TSMC annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, company executive Morris Chang made a clear and concise policy decision on whether Chinese investors should be allowed to appoint directors to the Taiwan-based company’s board.

TSMC to outgrow market in 2016 despite unfavorable market climate
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U.S. semiconductor industry on the rocks, TSMC pulls ahead


In the industry of wafer manufacturing that drives the advancement of Moore’s Law and technological progress, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company claims it will outgrow the rest of the semiconductor market in 2016 despite unfavorable market conditions that have resulted during the year.

EVGA shows off Geforce GTX 1080 Classified and Hybrid cards
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On Wednesday, our editor-in-chief got a briefing with EVGA at the company’s showroom in Taipei for Computex 2016, where a few new custom Geforce Pascal products were introduced for the first time. This week, EVGA is now unveiling the Geforce GTX 1080 Classified, the Geforce GTX 1080 Hybrid and the Geforce GTX 1080 SC to show that they are actual products and not just fast-looking designs printed on paper.

AMD Radeon RX 480 CrossFire rendering differently vs GTX 1080
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May be an optimization issue


On Tuesday, AMD unveiled Radeon RX 480, the first graphics card in its tenth-generation Radeon lineup, based on 14nm FinFET Polaris architecture, and already some critics have claimed that some aspects of the benchmark are not giving an accurate presentation of CrossFireX performance when tested against Nvidia's high-end Geforce GTX 1080.

G.Skill introduces Trident Z DDR4 3466MHz and DDR4 4500MHz modules
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16GB and 128GB kits at 16-16-16-36


Today during Computex 2016 in Taiwan, high-performance memory manufacturer G.Skill announced two new top-tier DDR4-4500 and DDR4-3466 memory packages designed for quad-channel motherboard platforms and now claim to offer some of the highest performance around.

Intel launches its first 10-core desktop processor
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Core i7 6950X, Core i7 6900K, Core i7 6850K and Core 6800K now available


Back in December, we wrote that Intel would be officially lifting the veil off its very first 10-core consumer desktop processor at Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. This week, the time has now arrived and Intel has just revealed its entire lineup of 14-nanometer High-End Desktop (HEDT) Broadwell-E CPUs for its X99 desktop platform, based on socket LGA 2011-v3.