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GTA Online Head To Head Week (May 27 - June 2)

May 27, 2016 - 1:37 PM - by garyopa
Double GTA$ & RP in all Races & Sumo, Plus Discounts on Stilt Houses, the Dubsta and More

Rockstar is proud to announce their 'Head To Head Week' in GTA Online. Running today through June 2nd players can enjoy deep discounts across real estate, transportation, weapons and various services.


Yet another new week in GTA Online and this one is an special one, as its long weekend in the USA, so its packed full of special deals include 50% off all stilt houses, the Benfactor Dubsta 6x6, and Armed Insurgents. Additionally, this weekend only players can take advantage of double RP and GTA$ in ALL Races and Sumo Mode. All the full details from Rockstar themselves can be found below.

Reap GTA$ bonuses and huge discounts as part of Head to Head Week in GTA Online, live now through next week Thursday June 2nd. All GTA Online Races including all player-created variations are paying out big over this weekend - a great way to stack some funds to help take advantage of massive savings on a variety of discounted luxury items, from coveted Stilt Houses to the 6-wheeled Benefactor Dubsta and so much more.

DOUBLE GTA$ & RP BONUSES
Buckle up for Double GTA$ & RP in ALL Races across the board through the end of day this Sunday May 29, including both Rockstar-created and all player-created Races. And from Monday through Thursday next week, players can still earn Double RP playing Races in the featured Playlist, accessible from the GTAV boot screens.

Additionally, the fan-favorite SUMO Adversary Mode is also paying out the same bonuses this week. Players can earn Double GTA$ & RP when playing it today through Sunday, and Double RP when playing it in the featured Playlist Monday through Thursday.

50% OFF ALL STILT HOUSES
Dynasty 8 is taking half off all Stilt Houses now through next Thursday. From Vinewood to Rockwood, enjoy beautiful, million dollar views from the Hills for just a fraction of the price.

50% OFF THE BENEFACTOR DUBSTA 6X6
Marry elegance and supreme ruggedness with the purchase of the Benefactor Dubsta 6X6, at half cost all week. When cruising the city streets or tearing through the rough terrain of Blaine County, the Dubsta 6X6 is up to the task - players must be rank 100 or better to unlock this fearsome 6-wheeled beast.

25% OFF BENNY'S UPGRADES
Upgrade from stock cars to supreme rides. Fill the garage of your new Stilt House properly with upgraded Sultan RS', Banshee 900RS and many more upgraded Benny's vehicles all at 25% off.

DISCOUNTS ON INSURGENTS
Warstock Cache and Carry, in conjunction with manufacturer HVY Industries, is giving substantial discounts on both Insurgent variants. This week only, purchase the standard Insurgent for 25% off and the Armed Insurgent for 50% off the original price.

75% OFF LESTER SERVICES
Through next week Thursday, Lester Crest has been kind enough to slash 75% off all his services. Whether placing a bounty on an enemy, locating a vehicle or having the 5-0 turn a blind eye to your mischievousness, Lester is definitely a contact you want to have. Just find him in your iFruit directory and put him to work.

25% OFF SELECT AMMU-NATION MERCHANDISE
Ammu-Nation is getting in on the savings with a bang, selling the Shrewsbury RPG, Hawk & Little Homing Launcher and corresponding ammo at 25% off.
So what are your plans this Memorial Day Long Weekend, stay indoors and Reap all the GTA$ Bonuses you can, or going outside and doing something old-school like fishing or bike riding, or at least a simple Sunday Picnic with the family something that stopped with the era of online video games and their own virtual worlds to live in instead of your actual real one that is all around you!
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TMNT: Mutants In Manhattan is officially launched!

May 27, 2016 - 12:47 PM - by garyopa
Take on the Turtles’ Mightiest Foes in This New Four-Player Online Co-op Action Game

Activision Publishing, Inc., Nickelodeon and PlatinumGames Inc. have released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Mutants in Manhattan, a new action game starring New York City’s Heroes in a Half-Shell.


So here we go again, the half-shell heroes are back in action in an all brand-new cel-drawn graphical adventure to enjoy on all your consoles, here is all the official PR details from the publishing and developers behind the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game.

Activision Publishing, Inc., Nickelodeon and PlatinumGames Inc. have released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, a new action game starring New York City's Heroes in a Half-Shell - Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo.

Made with developer PlatinumGames' unique flair for fast, satisfying combat and bold, energetic visuals, it pits players against aliens, mutants and the soldiers of the Foot Clan in a showdown for the sprawling streets, subways, sewers and skylines of the Big Apple.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is a third-person, team-based brawler that can be enjoyed alone or with up to four players in online cooperative multiplayer. Dish out justice to huge swarms of enemies, and stand strong against hard-hitting, fan-favourite villains like Shredder, General Krang, Karai, Bebop, Rocksteady, Armaggon, Wingnut and Slash. Each Turtle has a distinct play style and can be customized with special Ninjutsu moves, combat items and other bonuses to top the global leaderboards across multiple difficulty levels.

Drawing from the gritty but light-hearted attitude of the series' origins, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan delivers an original storyline from IDW Publishing author Tom Waltz and is crafted with beautifully colourful cel-shaded 3D graphics.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is out today on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam. It is also available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360. This game has a PEGI rating of 12.
We too busy playing the game right now to say anything else, so we will just leave you with the official launch trailer. -- Enjoy!

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No Man's Sky Delayed

May 26, 2016 - 12:22 AM - by garyopa
The ambitious space game No Man’s Sky has been delayed, two sources tell Kotaku.

We don’t know exactly what the new release date is—and it may not be finalized yet—but we’re hearing it’s been bumped until at least July or August.


When the teaser trailers rolled onto stage last year for the new No Man's Sky everyone was clapping, but then the delays started, and now yet again the game has been pushed back to future release date, with rumors it might be as late as August now for our PS4's.

Developed by a small UK-based team called Hello Games, No Man's Sky has been much hyped since it was revealed back in 2013, seeing extensive coverage everywhere from the Stephen Colbert show to The New Yorker. Last October, the developers announced that it'd be out in June of 2016, but that appears to have changed.

A reliable Kotaku source was the first to inform us of the delay. A second source, who works at GameStop, said they received marketing materials today for No Man's Sky with the original June 21 release date. However, stores were informed that the release date is no longer correct and that they should cover it up with a "Coming Soon" label:

So what do you think about this yet another delay for game that everyone been waiting for to appear on their PlayStation 4?

NEWS SOURCE: No Man's Sky Delayed (via) Kotaku
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Vampyr images depict the protagonist's duality

May 25, 2016 - 10:03 PM - by garyopa
Can you be both a savior and a monster?

New creepy images for Vampyr only makes me more interested to see it at E3'16. Vampyr, the new action-RPG from acclaimed video game studio DontNod comes out in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.


The developers behind Vampyr, dropped by our news desk yesterday to share with us some new 'screenshots' of their upcoming action-RPG that they are releasing for both consoles in year 2017, and to also inform us they will be at E3'16 with a little demo.

Vampyr, the new action-RPG from acclaimed game-development studio DontNod, releases new images today depicting the duality of the central character. Set in London, 1918, Vampyr promises to offer a unique and deeply immersive experience, and a strong and engaging narrative steeped in vampire mythology.

In Vampyr, players take control of Dr. Jonathan Reid, a newly formed vampire who is torn between the Hippocratic Oath he swore as a doctor, and the bloodthirsty need to kill due to the monster within. While London suffers from the Spanish Flu pandemic, your first reflex as a doctor would be to help and heal people... but it will be impossible for you to ignore your inner, violent, nature of Vampyr - first and foremost, you are a lethal predator.

As a Vampyr, you have to accept your need to sacrifice people to survive. Feeding on people will be the basis of your character progression, as it will allow you to learn supernatural Vampyr powers and talents that will be useful in persuasion, locomotion, survivability, and combat. So the dilemma that's offered to you isn't "should I kill people?" but more "who will I kill"?

And this decision won't be without consequences. Killing one person will create a rippling effect on London's ecosystem and you will have to live with both the repercussions and their death on your conscience. Decide to feed on a renowned doctor from the city hospital, and progressively see the health condition of the patients drop.

Every life saved and every life taken by Reid will have deadly ramifications to London and the people around it. When Vampyr releases in 2017, players will be asked: how far are you ready to go?

ABOUT VAMPYR

Prowl the disease ridden streets in Vampyr - a darkly atmospheric action RPG from the studio behind 'Remember Me' and 'Life is Strange', developed using Unreal Engine 4.

Set in early 20th century Britain during a bout of the lethal Spanish flu, the streets of London are crippled by disease, violence and fear. In a completely disorganized and ghostly city, those who are either fools, desperate, or unlucky enough to walk the streets lay prey to Britain's most elusive predators: the Vampires.

Emerging from the chaos, a tormented figure awakes; as the player it is you who determines how to harness your new powers, by specializing in deadly, versatile RPG skill-trees that change the way you play. As a doctor recently turned into a Vampire, you try to understand your new affliction. Your quest of intuition, discoveries and struggles, will be filled with death and drama, while your attempt to stem the irrepressible thirst that constantly drives you to take human lives.

As you cling to what remains of your humanity, your decisions will ultimately shape the fate of your hero while searching for answers in the coughing, foggy aftermath of the Spanish Flu.

KEY FEATURES

  • Explore a darkly atmospheric early 20th century London.
  • Play a tormented and powerful Vampire learning the rules of your new condition. A man of science, a beast of the night: Your toughest battles will be within yourself.
  • Build your own combat style through a wide range of crafted weapons and powerful Vampire abilities to defeat a large and unique bestiary.
  • Choose your fate: moral choices will shape your story. How human could a Vampire be, when he must feed?

About DontNod

Based in Paris, DontNod develops video games for consoles and PC based on original concepts and innovative technologies.

If you want to learn more about DontNod, you can learn all kinds of stuff about us on our official website: http://www.dont-nod.com/
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First screenshots for the Tour de France 2016 official games

May 20, 2016 - 2:34 PM - by garyopa
Happy Friday everyone! - Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in June

Need some inspiration to get out there and enjoy the sunshine this weekend? Well, Focus and Cyanide studios have you covered with some new screens from Pro Cycling Manager 2016.


Well, its now basically the start of summer with the Memorial Day weekend upon us, so what better time to get into the mood of going outside and taking a break from the video screen, then seeing some awesome screenshots of the upcoming Pro Cycling Manager games for this year's Tour De France games in 2016.

The Tour de France 2016 official games will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in June. Cycling lovers and Grande Boucle enthusiasts will be able to wear their favorite team's jersey and ride in the Tour as a cyclist on the console editions, or become the sports manager on the PC edition. Today you can discover the first screenshots for the Tour de France 2016 official games, which will come out this year, with a peloton full of new features.



In the Tour de France 2016 for consoles, play as the greatest champions seeking to wear the yellow jersey in the 21 stages of the 2016 Tour, and in other big competitions such as the Critérium International or the Dauphiné. You will guide your rider in the heart of the race and you will have to attack, sprint, counter-attack, choose the best trajectory and make the best tactical decisions. Decide to hit the road alone, challenge your friends or play cooperative on the same screen.

This year, experience even more realistic stages thanks to enhanced graphics that bring the new route to life as you run by the Mont Saint-Michel, the Mont Ventoux and a big final on the Champs Elysées. The Challenge mode, that puts your descent skills to the test, is now multiplayer, while the Pro Team, in which you build your team over several seasons, benefits from many improvements and from a brand new sponsor and objective system! Finally, sprint lovers can now "throw their bikes" and win precious inches in order to be the first to cross the line.



On PC, become the sports manager for a team of professional riders, and take part in a great 2016 season packed with new features, during more than 200 competitions (550 stages) including the famous Tour de France 2016 and La Vuelta. It is up to you to coordinate every aspect of a team's life: recruiting, contracts with cyclists and sponsors, managing the staff, training and handling the race calendar... in addition to making real time key decisions during the stages. Play by yourself or challenge managers from all around the world in an entirely rethought online multiplayer mode (create competitions, races, rules, co-op events...)!

In this new edition, the Pro Cyclist Mode, which lets you play as a young cyclist whom you guide to the top, is back with more interactions between you, your teammates and your manager. The Career mode provides a more intense challenge thanks to a new objective and sponsor system. This 2016 edition is more realistic, thanks to its graphical improvements, new sceneries, clearer interface, improved relaying of information, and a more advanced AI that takes into greater consideration cyclists' physiological abilities and also improves shape and behaviors during breakaways. Finally, you will be able to share content with the community using the Steam Workshop to constantly renew your game experience.
So after looking over the attached screenshots from the upcoming games, are you now in the mood to go 'outside' or will you be happy enough staying indoors playing your 'virtual summer break' on your video screen via 'Pro Cycling Manager 2016'?

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No Gran Turismo 7 for PS4 instead we have GT Sport

May 20, 2016 - 12:26 AM - by garyopa
The highly-anticipated game has finally been given an international release date!

Iconic racing franchise Gran Turismo is FINALLY launching on PlayStation 4 as GT Sport gets revealed in London.


Ever since the Playstation 4 was first rumored, fans of Sony's PlayStation Gran Turismo have been wondering when they will finally get a new GT racing game for the latest PS4 console, well now the news has finally be revealed by Sony as Press Conference in London, and sadly there is no more GT7, instead the game will be called GT Sport and it will be fully PSVR supported for that true driving experience.

Gran Turismo is one of the biggest gaming franchises in the world and, after a long wait, a new installment is finally here.

Instead of continuing the series with Gran Turismo 7 , developers Polyphony Digital opted for the new title of GT Sport.

But previous fears that it would be an interlude game seem to have been put to rest after PlayStation hosted an exclusive event at the Olympic Stadium in London.

It was the first time gamers have been able to play the new racer and they also got a chance to marvel at scale models of its impressive concept cars.

Series creator Kazunori Yamauchi revealed all the details about the game, including that it will have a mix of real and virtual cars.

"It will have a fusion of both real and fantasy cars," he said. "All the models going into the game have been completely remodelled from scratch since Gran Turismo 6 ."
Two different professional leagues will be featured in the game: the Nations Cup and the Manufacturer Fan Cup. The first lets players represent their country and the second their favourite carmaker in live online races.

And much of GT Sport will centre around real-life racing thanks to the participation of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) - motor racing's governing body.

Latest news and videos from the top car manufacturers will be featured in a virtual showroom called Brand Central.

There's an additional new mode called "Scapes" which allows you to drop incredibly detailed renders of supercars into pre-existing photographs before sharing them online.

Gran Turismo has a 20-year history with Sony's console and its games are often cited as some of the most realistic racing titles ever made.

The franchise is the basis of the GT Academy, an annual competition co-run with Nissan where the winning play joins a real-life racing team.

GT Sport will launch in the UK on November 18, 2016.
So there you have it, the complete low-down on all the racing goodness that Gran Turismo will bring to our very loved PS4 consoles.


NEWS SOURCE: GT Sport Announcement in London (via) Mirror
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Styx: Shards of Darkness - More New Screenshots!

May 19, 2016 - 1:56 PM - by garyopa
Reveals images of a few of the many dangers to overcome!

Start poisoning your blades and looking for cover stealth fans, because we've got some new screenshots all of which focus on some of the deadly foes our titular goblin will be facing in his adventure.


Today the developers behind the upcoming Styx: Shades of Darkness game, decided to drop by our news desk and share with us some new images from the their upcoming adventure for both consoles and PC that shares with you the type of dangers you will be facing.

Styx: Shards of Darkness, the sequel to Cyanide Studios' stealth cult-classic Master of Shadows, comes to consoles and PC in 2016.



Styx creeps back in a new adventure packed with bigger production, tonnes of new features and a new engine: Unreal Engine 4. Today's new images reveal a few of the many dangers your green anti-hero will have to face during his journey.

One of the hostile factions you will meet in the huge underground city of Korrangar is composed of the Dark Elves. Dark Elves were previously Elves who had to live without any amber for multiple generations. Slowly, they have been turning into fanatic and bloodthirsty creatures. They became masters in Quartz fabrication, a new, much more dangerous, source of power. They are also experts at goblin hunting and the Exterminator Dark Elf is proof of that. He has honed his skills to perfection, and is able to flush out pesky creatures hiding in dark corners and hard-to-reach places with toxic bombs.

If there's an even more dangerous place than Korrangar, it would be Wildoran, the city of goblin hunters. Wildoran inhabitants are stout people wearing heavy armour - the powerful Dwarves. Styx is unable to breach their impenetrable defence, so you must innovate and adapt to disable or avoid them. Every dwarf also has a supernatural sense of smell, and is able to slowly track Styx as he moves from cover to cover.

This is only a small example of the many enemy types Styx will face in his journey. Each faction has many unique classes of enemies and will require you to creatively utilize all of Styx's tools to overcome them: assassination, amber powers, talents and skills, equipment, etc. But that's not all! Deep in the most dangerous of areas lie greater foes and obstacles that are epic in size and scale - monstrous beings that overshadow anything Styx has ever seen!

Styx: Shards of Darkness will be present at E3 2016 in Los Angeles on June 14-16. Book an appointment with Marie-Caroline , to attend a presentation of the game made by the devs.

Infiltrate your way with Styx: Shards of Darkness, available in 2016 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.



About Styx: Shards of Darkness

Following its positive reception from press and players, the centuries-old goblin assassin Styx returns in a new stealth game, Styx: Shards of Darkness, with a bigger budget, bigger ideas, and a new engine: Unreal 4. Master of Shadows was a valiant exploration into the world of the green goblin thief, but Shards of Darkness will delve deeper into a complex narrative and fully realized world.

Following the fall of Akenash tower, an extraordinary matter has forced Styx out of hiding to infiltrate Korrangar, the city of the Dark Elves. Supposedly impregnable, a diplomatic summit offers Styx a chance at slipping in unnoticed, as he learns that the event is nothing but a mere façade...

Embark upon a stealthy adventure with new enemies, new environments, and a plethora of new mechanics aimed at refining the abilities and movement of Styx; grappling around corners, climbing ropes, and using his trusty knife as a zip-wire. Shards of Darkness aims to offer unparalleled freedom of movement, along with refined stealth and assassination mechanics, expanding and improving on the strengths of Styx: Master of Shadows.



Styx: Shards of Darkness will be available in 2016 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
So what do you think about this game so far?
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Shadwen released at aggressive price, new trailer!

May 18, 2016 - 11:14 PM - by garyopa
Low price of $14.44 thanks to community event -- Launch trailer unveiled with physics and explosions

Finnish game developer Frozenbyte has today released Shadwen, a stealth-action game set in a gritty medieval world of kings and assassins.


The launch price is just $14.44 on PC and the official website is located at www.shadwen.com. The launch platforms are PC, PS4, OS X® and Linux.

A new trailer gives a glimpse into the game world full of physics, explosions, traps, and time rewind mechanics:

The game launches at a low price of just $14.44 on PC thanks to a community event earlier in the spring, where gamers all over the world were able to download and play a sneakpeek demo of Shadwen, and contribute to an overall score that lowered the price. The event was a huge success with over 20.000 downloads and over 100.000 killed guards.

The launch price on PC is $14.44 / 14.44 € and $15.26 / 15.26 € on PS4 for PS Plus subscribers. The regular price after the one-week launch discount period is $16.99 / 16.99 € on both platforms and all stores.

Frozenbyte CEO, Mr. Lauri Hyvärinen, had this to say: "Multiple stab wounds or not multiple stab wounds, that's the question."

Shadwen is available for purchase from Steam®, PSN, GOG.com, Humble Store, Origin, and the GeForce NOW store, with more to be added later.

About Shadwen

Shadwen is a stealth-action game where the only rule is to remain unseen. Stay hidden - or the ruthless guards will kill you on sight!

Shadwen, an assassin on a quest to kill the king, has a chance encounter with an orphaned girl, Lily. She follows Shadwen on her dangerous journey, but when the ruthless guards get too close, Shadwen must take action right in front of Lily's eyes.

Will Shadwen risk the girl's budding trust by resorting to violence, or try and find another way while keeping her real purpose concealed?

To kill or not to kill - that is the question.

The Launch Trailer attached below showcases the game and its physics-based world and the emotional story:

FEATURES

  • MOVE FREELY - Sneak and explore around the dark and gritty medieval province and use the environment to your advantage - use your rope to grapple onto rooftops, silently drop from ceilings, or veil yourself in the shadows.
  • STAY HIDDEN - Pick your assassinations carefully. Avoid being seen, heard or getting caught indirectly. Suspicious sights and noises will alert the guards - use it to your benefit!
  • TIME IS AN ACCOMPLICE - Time stands still when you are not moving Shadwen, allowing you to stop at any point mid-motion. Rewind time to manipulate your past and present actions!
  • USE PHYSICS - Use physics and a freely attachable rope to drag and topple objects. Make deaths look accidental; let gravity do the grave work.
  • CREATE TRAPS AND HAZARDS - Set up traps and hazards to lure guards towards their untimely demise; discover new ways to eliminate or distract your foes by crafting items into deadly surprises, including poison traps, spike devices, decoy toys and more.
  • TWO CHARACTERS - Embrace the darkness with Shadwen and her abilities to protect Lily and create a safe passage for her.
So this great new game has been out for just over a day now, have you grabbed it, and if so for what system and what do you like about it, or has it not turned out to be your cup of tea.

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Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game

May 13, 2016 - 9:13 PM - by garyopa
Images Creep Out of the Darkness -- True horror awaits in the atmospheric Darkwater Island

Fans of the pen & paper RPG, Call of Cthulhu, and Lovecraft appreciators should take note of Cyanide Studios upcoming endeavor.


Set in the 1920's, you play as a private investigator taking on the mysterious death of Sarah Hawkins and her family on Darkwater Island (who would travel to an island called that?!?!).


Call of Cthulhu, the official video game adaptation of Chaosium's pen & paper RPG of the same name, unveils 2 new images today from Darkwater Island. It is a disturbing place that players will have to explore during their investigation while Cthulhu, the Great Dreamer, prepares its awakening.

In Call of Cthulhu, players will control Edward Pierce, a former veteran and private investigator in 1920s Boston. Pierce will be investigating the tragic and mysterious death of Sarah Hawkins and her family in Darkwater Island. Today's images give you a first glimpse of the locations players will have to visit: from the sinister docks, to the manor of the deceased family, Call of Cthulhu offers a dark and oppressive ambiance that shall pay tribute to Lovecraft's work and universe. Indeed, this banal investigation might lead you to more sinister forces and darker secrets buried deep within Darkwater Island.

The Cthulhu Mythos has grown to become one of the largest shared universes ever envisioned, giving birth to countless stories, novels, and even movies ever since the original publication of Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu. This official adaptation of Chaosium's pen & paper RPG in video game form will offer an RPG-Investigation title, packed with psychological horror and stealth mechanics.

Call of Cthulhu will release in 2017 on consoles and PC, and after reviewing these two early images, will you add it to your upcoming list of new video games to purchase next year, or is the new RPG not your cup of tea, and if so we would love to to hear your comments?
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AMD Confirms PS4K-Neo Based 14nm CPU and Polaris?

May 11, 2016 - 10:51 PM - by garyopa
According to sources in the know this placeholder hidden in the slide, is for SONY not for NINTENDO!

During AMD '16 Investor Day the company disclosed its growth strategy many of the focal points are in motion already or even public but perhaps one of the biggest future announcement was hidden below.


So more info is leaking out regarding the upcoming Sony PlayStation 4K console, which has the codename of Neo, thanks to AMD's recently 2016 Investor day, more info has been confirmed by sources, that they are talking about Sony not early rumors of Nintendo with their NX setup.

We wondered what the "new semi-custom business in 2H 2016" statement mean. Our baseline was that it's probably a placeholder for the Nintendo NX console, which should be announced during Tokyo Game Show 2016. However, according to sources in the know, this placeholder has another existing customer, whose name is SONY.



During a recent interview, Roy Taylor - AMD / RTG's head executive for Alliances, Content and VR went to defend the decision to only launch mainstream and performance products based on the Polaris architecture. "The reason Polaris is a big deal, is because I believe we will be able to grow that TAM [total addressable market] significantly."

With Nvidia launching the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 for the Enthusiast market, and preparing its third Pascal chip - the GP106 - to fight Polaris 10/11, such approach might be a costly mistake. if the Radeon would be the only product family where the Polaris GPU architecture would make an appearance. In the same interview, Roy said something interesting: "We're going on the record right now to say Polaris will expand the TAM. Full stop."



At the same time, we managed to learn that SONY ran into a roadblock with their original PlayStation 4 plans. Just like all the previous consoles (PSX to PSOne, PS2, PS3), the plan was to re-do the silicon with a ‘simple' die shrink, moving its APU and GPU combination from 28nm to 14nm. While this move was ‘easy' in the past - you pay for the tapeout and NRE (Non-Recurring Engineering), neither Microsoft nor Sony were ready to pay for the cost of moving from a planar transistor (28nm) to a FinFET transistor design (14nm).

This ‘die-shrink' requires to re-develop the same chip again, with a cost measured in excess of a hundred million dollars (est. $120-220 million). With Sony PlayStation VR retail packaging being a mess of cables and what appears to be a second video processing console, in the spring of 2014 SONY pulled the trigger and informed AMD that they would like to adopt AMD's upcoming 14nm FinFET product line, based on successor of low-power Puma (16h) CPU and the Polaris GPU processor architecture.



The only mandate the company received was to keep the hardware changes invisible to the game developers, but that was also changed when Polaris 10 delivered a substantial performance improvement over the original hardware. The new 14nm FinFET APU consists out of eight x86 ‘Zen Lite' LP cores at 2.1 GHz (they're not Jaguar cores, as previously rumored) and a Polaris GPU, operating on 15-20% faster clock than the original PS4.

According to sources in the know, the Polaris for PlayStation Neo is clocked at 911 MHz, up from 800 MHz on the PS4. The number of units should increase from the current 1152. Apparently, we might see a number higher than 1500, and lower than 2560 cores which are physically packed inside the Polaris 10 GPU i.e. Radeon R9 400 Series. Still, the number of units is larger than Polaris 11 (Radeon R7 400 Series), and the memory controller is 256-bit wide, with GDDR5 memory running higher than the current 1.38 GHz QDR. Given the recent developments with 20nm GDDR5 modules, we should see a 1.75 GHz QDR, 7 Gbps clock - resulting in 224 GB/s, almost a 20% boost.

Internally known as PlayStation Neo, the console should make its debut at the Tokyo Game Show, with availability coming as soon as Holiday Season 2016 - in time for the PlayStation VR
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