April 3, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The new Gigabyte Aero 15 reminds us of that line from the Godfather: “Boost the core count, keep the battery life.”OK, we made that up, but one of our favorite gaming laptops from last year just got a whole lot faster without giving up the one thing that mattered: Battery life. Gigabyte’s Aero 15 series now features Intel’s new 8th-gen, Core i7 CPU inside. That means six cores of blistering Coffee Lake IPC in the same 45-watt footprint.The Aero 15 remains mostly the same externally, but there are a few key differences:To read this article in full, please click herePowered by…

April 3, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Lest desktop PC users think that they were being neglected, on Tuesday Intel launched a number of eighth-gen Core desktop processors, plus four new desktop chipsets that mimic the always-listening “modern standby” experience of a smart speaker.While Intel’s powerful 6-core mobile Core i9 chip—and, to a lesser extent, the “Core i7+” and related brands that signal the presence of Optane within notebooks—were the major announcements, Intel also announced three new “standard power” Core desktop chips, as well as six low-power T-series chips. All of the new Coffee Lake 8th-gen chips are priced at $213 or less, save one.To read this…

April 3, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

As Intel migrates its Optane memory technology into the notebook space, a new “Core i7+” brand will answer the question: how will consumers know it’s there? For years, notebook and desktop buyers alike have instinctively been able to buy Intel’s “good, better, best” hierarchy of Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 chips. Last year, Intel added a premium brand, Core i9. With Optane, Intel has complicated its branding a bit more. New “Core i5+,” “Corei7+” and “Core i9+” stickers will adorn notebooks, and possibly desktops, that ship with Optane accelerator technology inside.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by…

April 2, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is releasing their smaller 4×4 map called Savage today at 7pm Join Destin as he gives away keys to join the game live while playing on the new map for himself. Destin Legarie is a Senior Features Producer at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter if you feel like it.Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

April 2, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Several months after its release, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is permanently removing all microtransactions. Posted on WB Games’ official website, the announcement stated that being able to buy orcs with real-world money undermines the experiences born from Shadow of War’s Nemesis System. “The core promise of the Nemesis System is the ability to build relationships with your personal allies and enemies in a dynamic open world,” reads the post. “While purchasing Orcs in the Market is more immediate and provides additional player options, we have come to realize that providing this choice risked undermining the heart of our game, the Nemesis…

April 2, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

I wasn’t sure what to make of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden when I first saw its cinematic reveal trailer, mostly because of the giant duck. Based on a classic Swedish pen and paper RPG, it gave a glimpse of a very strange kind of post apocalypse. And while the trailer was cool, it didn’t really tell me what kind of game it was. But after seeing Mutant’s mix of real-time exploration and XCOM-inspired combat in action, I knew the duck didn’t stop there. Mutant is being made by a small Swedish team called The Bearded Ladies, and while…

April 2, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

When someone says they want an e-reader, they most likely mean they want an Amazon Kindle. Knowing which Kindle to buy is the next question, and it depends on your budget and your reading preferences. With this guide and our in-depth reviews, we’ll help you find just the right Kindle for you or your lucky loved one.In the decade since Amazon’s E-Ink slabs were first introduced to the world, the Kindles’ popularity has elevated its brand recognition to the same heights as Q-Tips and Kleenex—with good reason. Available in five models with varying feature sets, Amazon ensures there’s a Kindle…

April 2, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

IGN received a mysterious egg in the mail, and if the clues it leads to are real, we may soon se the return of Spyro the Dragon. A package addressed from “Falcon McBob” sent to IGN came with a purple, scaly egg and letter “written” from McBob saying “Something’s about to hatch.” The mysterious purple egg.A quick search for Falcon McBob online gets you an interesting result. A Twitter account with the name Falcon McBob is private, and its handle is @SpyrotheDragon. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

April 2, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Infinite Metroidvania game, Chasm, is finally being released for PlayStation 4 and Vita this summer, and it will be cross-buy. James Petruzzi, founder of Bit Kid Inc., made the announcement on the PlayStation Blog, stating the development team expects to submit the final game to Sony in a few months before launching in the summer, although the studio has not yet finalized a release date. Chasm is a Metroid-style action adventure game where each room has been hand-designed, but the game stitches them together in a way which will be different for every player. Players will explore these unique, sprawling…

April 2, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Update: Prod1gyX spoke to Polygon about his experience playing Sea of Thieves, explaining that he believes much of the ire came from people who jumped into his streaming late in the game, rather than watching from the beginning. “I can tell a lot of people didn’t watch from the beginning, which is understandable. But you can’t say that I wasn’t playing it right from the very beginning of the game,” he told Polygon. According to Prod1gyX, he has been more concerned with pleasing his built-in community of viewers than the community at large, as he mentioned to Polygon he was not…