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Next-gen Xbox Lockhart has 'significantly less RAM' for 1440p gaming

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 11 mins ago

Lockhart, the dialed-down next-gen Xbox SKU, will apparently have significantly less RAM than its ultra-powerful sibling.

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So what exactly is Lockhart, and how does it fit in with Project Scarlett?

Microsoft has two next-gen Xbox consoles planned for 2020: Lockhart, a cheaper, disc-less mid-grade system that's basically a successor to the Xbox One S, and Anaconda, the higher-end enthusiast Xbox One X successor to counter the PS5. Anaconda is the console that Microsoft touted at E3 2019 with insane specs like 4x power than the Xbox One X, 8K playback, and it "eats monsters for breakfast".

Lockhart was originally reported on in 2018, then dismissed around E3 2019 when Microsoft talked about Project Scarlett, which made it seem like only one console.

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Some PlayStation 5 launch games are next-gen exclusive

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 25 mins ago

A selection of Sony's first-party PS5 launch games will be next-gen exclusive and won't be held back by last-gen PS4 hardware.

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Some of Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 launch games will be exclusive to the next-gen console, giving developers total freedom to push the PS5's beefy Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU tech to their limits.

Developer sources tell Kotaku's Jason Schreier that a portion of the PS5's first-party launch games won't be be cross-gen, and won't be playable on the PlayStation 4.

"I've heard some of the PS5 launch titles will be PS5-only. Some of the stuff I've heard about is PS5 only," Schreier said in a recent Kotaku Splitscreen podcast.

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Vita like PlayStation 5 controller patent isn't what you think

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 12 mins ago

A new Sony patent was discovered by LetsGoDigital, who suggests it's for a PlayStation 5 controller. But the patent strongly indicates it's more of a family-friendly solution that connects to a home computer, not a dedicated games console.

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For intents and purposes, the device is used as a kind of Remote Play receiver, but don't expect major PlayStation games to be playable on it. The patent apparently only plays mini-games and won't connect to a games console for remote game streaming.

It can connect to a host computer, and the patent mentions host computers can download games from the internet or play them via DVD ROMs, but don't expect this to be a DualShock 5/PS Vita hybrid. It won't play PS4 or godforbid PS5 games on the go. Everything about the patent suggests it's a barebones consumer product, not a gaming product.

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Hubble spots mystery galaxy that's within a galaxy within a galaxy

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 11 hours, 24 mins ago

Firstly, yes, you did read that headline correctly, and that headline isn't a typo. The Hubble Space Telescope has taken an image of what is known as Hoag's object.

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Hoag's object had perplexed astronomers since its discovery by Arthur Hoag back in 1950. Descriptions of the object are that it measures in at about 100,000 light-years across - larger than our Milky Way - and is located about 600 million light-years from our blue planet. The Hubble Space Telescope recent captured an image of the strange galaxy, and the image was processed by geophysicist Benoit Blanco.

Above, we can see the image which shows a ring of billions of blue stars that form a circle around another smaller ring of denser redder stars. Inside the dark space between the two circles is another galaxy that is located much farther away than the two previously mentioned. So, what's going on here? At the moment, astronomers can't quite put their finger on what has caused this phenomenon. Hoag himself said that the galaxy's strange rings could just be an optical illusion caused by gravitational lensing.

USA has the most CCTV cameras per person than anywhere in the world

By: Jak Connor | Hacking & Security | Posted: 12 hours, 11 mins ago

While China is usually labeled as a security state, it's been discovered that the USA has more CCTV camera's per person than anywhere in the world.

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A new report was published by PreciseSecurity details, the number of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras installed by each country. Each of these cameras has a purpose of monitoring what its viewing for security reasons, and if you expected China to have the most cameras you would of suspected right. PreciseSecurity says that China leads the world in CCTV cameras with 200 million installed.

The USA follows behind China with 50 million, then it drops down to Germany with 5.2, and then the United Kingdom with 5 million. What is most interesting, though, since China has such an overwhelming population, the USA actually holds 1st place for the 'highest number of CCTV cameras per person in the world' with 15.28 cameras per 100 people. China follows closely behind the US with 14.36 cameras per 100 people, and then the UK comes in with just 7.5 CCTV cameras per 100 people. For more information check out the report here.

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Imgur's new Melee app: the internet's treasure chest of gaming content

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 14 mins ago

Imgur has announced that they will be launching a new app that is targetted at gamers and streamers. This app will act as a middle-man between gamers' favorite streamers and gaming content, and viewers.

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Imgur explains that they have about 300 million users each month, and that nearly half of those users use the platform to follow gaming-related content. So, in an effort to help those community members who are after gaming-related content, Imgur has decided to launch an app that purely focuses on improving the gaming experience through being the one place to find gaming news, streamers, short clips, memes, highlights and more.

I managed to get into contact with Imgur, where I asked them what kind of internal data do they have that indicates that this is a good move for the company. Here's what they said; "In a recent survey of 8,000 Imgur users, 92% said that they consider themselves gamers, and more than half said they spend more than 10 hours a week gaming. On Imgur at large, nearly half (46%) of our 300M monthly users follow gaming-related tags."

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Save up to $850 on Best Buy's range of Apple products, sales live now

By: Jak Connor | Deals | Posted: 14 hours, 6 mins ago

If you thought the deal madness was over and you have missed out, think again. Best Buy is back with some crazy deals on Apple products, but it's only for a limited time.

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It seems online retailers don't want the sales to end. Yesterday, Amazon slashed prices on its Apple MacBook Pro's, bringing huge discounts to the 16-inch range, and now Best Buy is following in their footsteps. Instead of slashing prices on just the MacBook Pro's, Best Buy has slashed prices across pretty much the entire Apple range.

So, what's the best deal on offer at Best Buy at the moment? Well, the big retailer has brought the price of the iPhone 11 Pro Max down considerably, discounting the device by $300. We also can't forget the $300 saving buyers get on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air. Lastly, but by no means least, Best Buy has also discounted the iPad Pro 11 by $200. Buyers who pick up all of the Apple products on sale can save up to $850. Details below.

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YouTubers watched over 1 billion hours of Minecraft in 2019

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 5 mins ago

Ten years on, millions of gamers are coming together to watch billions of hours of Minecraft videos.

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YouTube revealed some insane stats in today's Rewind 2019 video, confirming viewers have watched over one billion hours of Minecraft in 2019. In terms of raw YouTube views, Minecraft is leagues more popular than Fortnite, gaming's biggest billion-dollar breadwinner, beating the battle royale sensation by over almost 40 billion views. We can only imagine how much ad revenue Microsoft collected from those views.

Another surprise oldie-but-goodie star showed up in the list, too. Grand Theft Auto V might be six years old, but it still amassed 36.9 billion views this year and took third place in the top 5 most-watched video games on the platform.

  1. Minecraft - 100.2 billion views
  2. Fortnite - 60.9 billion views
  3. Grand Theft Auto - 36.9 billion views
  4. Garena Free Fire - 29.9 billion views
  5. Roblox - 29.6 billion views

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Intel GPU boss Raja Koduri teases 'mother of all' Xe GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 17 hours, 5 mins ago

Intel will have much more to share about its new Xe GPU architecture in 2020, but before then the hype train just spat out a little more steam with Raja Koduri teasing a new high-performance Xe GPU.

Koduri recently said the team designing the high-performance Xe GPU calls it the "faster of all silicon", and said it rubs shoulders with some of the largest silicon ever designed. Koduri recently met with the engineering team based in Bangalore, India -- where he tweeted out the Xe GPU was "the baap of all", which Wccftech's Usman Pirzada says translates to "the father of all".

With Raja referring to this Xe GPU as some of the largest silicon in the world, Pirzada thinks Raja is talking about a GPU with a die size pushing 750-800mm2 -- this would make Intel's new Xe GPU one of the largest GPUs ever designed. With this, we should expect some great performance but we're still a while out from that.

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer has taken home an Xbox Scarlett console

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming Consoles | Posted: 18 hours, 3 mins ago

We keep hearing all about the PlayStation 5 and its V-shaped developer kit that is floating around, but now we know for a fact that an Xbox Scarlett development kit is in the wild -- with Xbox boss Phil Spencer himself confirming he has an Xbox Scarlett at home.

Spencer took to his official Twitter, tweeting out: "And it's started....this week I brought my Project Scarlett console home and it's become my primary console, playing my games, connecting to the community and yes, using my Elite Series 2 controller, having a blast. Great work by the team, 2020 is going to be an incredible year".

Microsoft must be a good way into the development of Xbox Scarlett, as Spencer's unit would be plugged into (or connected via Wi-Fi) to his internet connection. Is he playing games at higher resolutions and frame rates? Is he playing unreleased next-gen games? I have so many questions.

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