Upcoming AMD Navi GPUs Will Continue Using GCN Architecture

As we saw recently, Linux website Phoronix discovered that AMD might be releasing drivers for its upcoming Navi GPUs soon, while scouring through Git repositories. There are new entries in the open source code with the AMDGPU LLVM back-end seeing references to ‘GFX1010’. Considering that GFX900 was Vega, logic dictates that GFX1010 will be Navi.

Similar references in the source code also reveal that instead of moving to a new architecture, Navi will be based on the existing GCN architecture that AMD has been using for a while. The references are as follows:

// First/last AMDGCN-based processors.
EF_AMDGPU_MACH_AMDGCN_FIRST = EF_AMDGPU_MACH_AMDGCN_GFX600,
EF_AMDGPU_MACH_AMDGCN_LAST = EF_AMDGPU_MACH_AMDGCN_GFX909,
EF_AMDGPU_MACH_AMDGCN_LAST = EF_AMDGPU_MACH_AMDGCN_GFX1010,

This goes in stark contrast with previous reports that claimed that Navi will be based on a newer, improved architecture which may have been able to overcome the shortcomings of GCN, like the 4096 SP count and the memory bandwidth. Considering that GCN was designed when 28nm was the norm, it’s hard to say right now how it will be able to utilise the 7nm process. Additionally, instead of HBM that we’ve seen in the Vega and Radeon VII cards, Navi will make use of GDDR6 memory.

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A Plague Tale: Innocence New Gameplay Reveal

Asobo Studio’s debut new IP, A Plague Tale: Innocence, premieres on May 14, taking you on an adventure through medieval, wartorn and plague-ridden France with siblings Amicia and Hugo. A new gameplay trailer showcases world-first footage of a brand new level, showing off a little more of what the game has to offer- careful use of the environment, puzzle-solving, and how light, darkness, and the rats are friend and foe in tandem. Amicia must make it to the University, past the Inquisition’s worst and through a town racked with chaos – all to find a glimmer of safety in this dark, brutal world.

This is just a taste of everything that awaits in the full-game, where your wits, your ability to explore, Amicia’s crafting skills, and her partnership with Hugo are all that will keep the pair alive. Hugo is not your own companion on this adventure, with those orphaned by the war and the sickness banding together to try to survive – will everyone manage to see the light of day once again?

Asobo Studio and Focus Home Interactive can’t wait to get A Plague Tale: Innocence into your hands on May 14, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A labour of love from a studio with combined decades of experience in game development, it is an emotional tale packed with mystery, intrigue, and swarming, as ever, with rats.

A Plague Tale: Innocence releases May 14 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are available now.

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Play As A Detective Cat In Blacksad: Under the Skin

Blacksad: Under the Skin, the narrative-adventure video game developed by Pendulo Studios and YS Interactive unveils itself in a story trailer. Discover more information about this thrilling investigation, encounter some of the astonishing characters and, for the first time, listen to the official voice of John Blacksad!

The 50s, New York City: Joe Dunn, owner of a boxing club, is found dead. Meanwhile, rising star Bobby Yale, due to take to the ring for the most important fight of his career, has mysteriously disappeared. Sonia Dunn, Joe’s daughter, takes over the gym and must deal with its financial woes. She hires private detective John Blacksad to investigate Yale’s disappearance.

With its anthropomorphic characters and its incredible 1950s feel, Blacksad: Under the Skin delivers all the eerily dark adventure of a detective novel, just like the eponymous comic book series.

While embodying detective John Blacksad, players will have to conduct this adventure in their own way. Depending on their decisions, players will influence the relationships between Blacksad and the other characters as well as the very end of the investigation.

Alongside this story trailer, Microids disclose the details of Blacksad: Under the Skin’s collector edition which includes a Blacksad resin statue, a portfolio and of course, the game!

Blacksad: Under the Skin will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac on September 26th, 2019.

The game will be fully dubbed in English, French and Spanishand will also include subtitles in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch.

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AMD Radeon Drivers For Navi GPUs May Be Out Soon

Right now, we don’t much to go on when it comes to official information about AMD’s highly anticipated upcoming 7nm Navi GPUs. But according to the latest findings, it’s possible we may just get to see them as soon as next month, at Computex.

According to Linux portal Phonorix, AMD may post the open-source code for Radeon Navi drivers soon. Amongst Git repositories, they have spotted commits for a new GPU called “gfx1010” in the AMDGPU LLVM back-end, which according to them is supposed to be Navi.

As Phonorix puts it, “. .the AMDGPU kernel driver changes and Gallium3D support changes (or AMDVLK Vulkan) code has yet to be posted for review. But with GFX10(10) changes now hitting LLVM Git, it looks like the legal review is clearing up that usually is the last step before allowing the code to be published at AMD.”

As far as we know, the Navi GPUs are going to be based on AMD’s new 7nm process and will compete with NVIDIA’s RTX series. Earlier, at CES 2019, AMD revealed the Radeon VII, the world’s first 7nm graphics card with 16GB of HBM2 VRAM. It goes head to head with the RTX 2080, though the response towards the card hasn’t exactly been the best.

According to earlier reports, AMD is expected to reveal the Navi cards at E3. But if this news is true, it’s possible that may get our first look at the GPUs next month, along with the Ryzen 3 3000 desktop processors that are scheduled to show up at Computex. Right now, AMD doesn’t have a proper competitor for NVIDIA’s RTX range, especially the 2060 and the 2070. Navi GPUs could play a huge role in helping AMD gain some share back from NVIDIA in the graphics card segment.

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Source: Phonorix

NVIDIA GTX 1650 Still Using Last Gen Volta Encoder

NVIDIA’s new 16-series is based on the latest Turing architecture, which also has the shiny new Turing encoder, but not all cards have been graced with the feature. The 1650, which was announced a few days ago, is still making use of the older Volta NVENC encoder, which seems a little weird as both the other GPUs in the line-up, namely the GTX 1660 Ti and the 1660 have the latest Turing NVENC encoder.

NVENC, short for NVIDIA encoder, has been the company’s alternative to CPU encoding, that shifts the video encoding load to the GPU and has been particularly beneficial for people who like to stream but don’t have a powerful enough CPU. While the older encoder is not bad at all, the performance gap between the Turing and the Volta encoders is about 15%, which make a huge difference when it comes to streamers and content creators.

There has been no official statement from NVIDIA regarding why the 1650 lacks the latest encoder, but it could be an effort to keep prices low in order to compete with AMD. Even then, the GTX 1650 is getting some pretty negative reviews from everyone, as the RX 570 performs much better at a lower price.

The GTX 1650 was announced on the 23rd April, when NVIDIA also announced the pricing and availability of GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 for laptops. The GPU does not have a reference or Founder’s edition and is available from all AIB partners starting at INR 12,999. The laptop range is also available right now from all major gaming laptop manufactures, including ASUS ROG, Acer, MSI, HP Omen, Razer, Dell and Alienware, with a price point starting at $799. Even Samsung is expected to release a new laptop with the new GTX 16 series cards later this year.

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Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake CPUs Coming Later This Year

After an incredibly long wait, it seems like we may finally get to see Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake processors this year.

In its Q1 earnings call, Intel confirmed that the 10nm CPUs are well in development and will be revealed sometime this year for laptops. The production was started in Q1, but the notebook chips will start shipping by Q3 and should be available in stores by the end of 2019. The first one is expected to be an updated Dell XPS laptop.

The Ice Lake CPUs will use Intel’s 10nm Sunny Cove architecture, which was first announced back in 2015. Since then, Intel has faced a lot of problems which led to rumours that the company might just cancel the 10nm production entirely, but this news should finally put those rumours to rest.

These processors are expected to come with a huge performance bump. Intel has confirmed that these will be the first chips to have Gen11 integrated graphics. Apart from that, they will also have built-in Thunderbolt and WiFi 6 support.

Recently, Intel revealed its line-up of 9th gen processors for laptops, including the 8 core/16 thread, unlocked Core i9-9980HK that boosts up to a whopping 5 GHz. The line-up ranges all the way from Core i5 processors to i9, and are available in the latest laptops from all major partners, with graphics options ranging from GTX 1650 to the RTX 2080 MaxQ.

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PS4 Has Sold Over 96.8 Million Units So Far

Worldwide total shipments for PlayStation 4 have reached 96.8 million, Sony announced in its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

A total of 2.6 million PlayStation 4s were shipped during the third quarter, which is up 0.1 million from the same period the previous fiscal year.

Sony shipped a total of 17.8 million PlayStation 4s in fiscal year 2018, which is down 1.2 million from the 19 million shipped in fiscal year 2017, but 0.3 million more units than Sony’s forecast of 17.5 million.

Sony forecasts it will sell 16 million PlayStation 4s in fiscal year 2019, which runs from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

Here are a couple of additional statistics:

  • PlayStation Plus subscribers topped 36.4 million as of March 31, 2019, which is up 2.2 million from the previous fiscal year.
  • PlayStation 4 software sold 54.7 million units in the fourth quarter, which is up 2.7 million from the previous fiscal year. 45 percent of those sales were full game software digital downloads, compared to 43 percent the previous year.

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Super Mario Maker 2 Launches June 28

When you put together your upcoming summer plans, make sure to add “Create the Super Mario course of my dreams!” to the list. That’s because Super Mario Maker 2 launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on June 28, just in time to take the game with you on all your summer travels. 

This full-fledged sequel to the original groundbreaking Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U system lets your imagination run wild as you make and play your own Super Mario courses using new tools, items and features.

With an incredibly intuitive toolset ready to be explored and experimented with, including the new ability to create slopes for the first time, nearly anything is possible in Super Mario Maker 2.

For more information about Super Mario Maker 2, visit supermariomaker.nintendo.com.

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What The Frost Is Fade To Silence?

The Inner Voice of Fade to Silence has put you in a frosty mood with our “Where Is My Mind”–Trailer last week, now it’s time to dig into the flesh of what Fade to Silence is all about. Watch our new Explanatory Trailer to prepare yourself for the upcoming blizzard and learn what you have to know to even stand a chance of Survival.

Fade to Silence will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One on April 30th 2019. The SRP on PC will be 39,99$/39,99€ , console editions will be at 49,99$/49,99€.

About Fade to Silence

Fade to Silence takes players into a frozen, post-apocalyptic world where defying nature’s threats and enemies is key. A compelling mix of a puzzling story, a constant strife for resources, balancing short term needs versus your long term goals, and a tense, atmospheric mood makes this game a unique survival adventure.

Key Features

• Explore a vast winter landscape: From a frozen river delta to once-lush farmlands and dense forests, each area features a myriad of locations to explore.

• Tense atmosphere and unforgiving gameplay. This is a strategist’s game.

• Wolf Sled Expeditions: Pack your sled, take a follower with you, and go on long-term expeditions into the farthest regions.

• Recruit followers to get access to better gear, enabling you to survive the cold environment and increasingly dangerous creatures.

• An exploration mode lets you roam the world and experience the story at your own pace.

• Lead your followers and keep them alive. You will face harsh choices.

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Everything You Need To Know About Rage 2

Dive headfirst into a dystopian world devoid of society, law, and order. RAGE 2 brings together two studio powerhouses—Avalanche Studios, masters of open world insanity, and id Software, the gods of the first-person shooter—to deliver a carnival of carnage where you can go anywhere, shoot anything, and explode everything.

An asteroid has annihilated 80 percent of the earth’s population, and humanity’s numbers are dwindling. Ruthless and bloodthirsty gangs roam the open roads and the tyrannical Authority seek to rule with an iron fist. As Walker, the last Ranger of the wasteland and a threat to their power, you have been robbed of your home and left for dead. Now you’ll have to rage for justice and freedom. With ludicrous vehicle combat, super-powered first-person mayhem, and an open world full of emergent madness, you will tear across an unforgiving wasteland battling sadistic gangs to find the tools and tech needed to crush the oppressive rule of The Authority once and for all.

Key Features
• Welcome to the Shootverse – id Software’s shooter pedigree and Avalanche Studios’ open world prowess is dream-team-made-real for RAGE 2. It’s more than a shooter, more than an open world game – it’s a shooterverse.

• The wasteland awaits – Seamlessly traverse a vast and varied landscape, from lush jungles and treacherous swamps to sun-scorched deserts in your pursuit of The Authority. The wasteland is massive, and you’ve got the arsenal to fight for every inch.

• Pedal to the metal – From monster trucks to gyrocopters, use an assortment of rugged and wasteland-ready vehicles to speed across the badlands. If you see it, you can drive it.

• The last ranger – Bring the pain using a collection of upgradable weapons, devastating Nanotrite powers, and Overdrive, the ability to push your guns beyond their mechanical limits.

• Factions & foes – Fight against ferocious factions for control of the wasteland, each featuring a rogue’s gallery of madmen, mutants, and monsters hungry for blood.

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