January 1, 2016

AMDs Next Generation GPU Architecture Codenamed “Polaris”

Posted on January 1, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

AMD’s next round of graphics cards, presumably to be released under the Radeon 400 series moniker, will be powered by the company’s next generation architecture codenamed “Polaris”. Currently AMD’s graphics cards, as well as the graphics processors used in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, are powered by the GCN framework (graphics card next) originally introduced in 2011 with the Trinity APU line and Radeon 7000 series.

This latest leak regarding the Polaris architecture comes from well-known graphics card insider @GFXChipTweeter who tweets a lot of information about graphics card advancement and in particular AMD related technologies. Raja Koduri posted an image the described Polaris as:

AMD Polaris Leak

This isn’t the first major leak in AMD’s recent history or even in the past fifteen years. While the company has been very forthcoming about the ZEN architecture that will eventually replace the AMD FX line of desktop chips a leak of a supposed roadmap that leads into 2020 calls for a new high performance class of the company’s APU processors and a release of new graphics card technologies every two year. Let’s not forget that the major Doom 3 leak from 12 years ago was eventually traced back to the precursor of AMD’s Graphics division, ATI technologies.


Here Are The PlayStation Plus Games You Can Download This Tuesday

Posted on January 1, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Welcome to a brand new year, 2016, and with a brand new year comes a whole slate of new free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

PS4 owners can start off 2016 with either a remastered classic adventure game from the late 90s Grim Fandango or a modern take on vehicular combat with Hardware: Rivals. PS3 players can explore EA’s last Medal of Honor title, Warfighter, for free or relive the first Dragon Age title from 2009 for free this month. Vita owners will receive the strategy title Legends of War Patton and Nihilumbra.

Alongside the reveal of all of these free games Sony also released a brief trailer if you’d like to get a feel for how these games play before committing your bandwidth. All six games are expected to go live on January 4th – that’s next Tuesday.

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Next Wave of amiibo Available for Pre-Order

Posted on January 1, 2016 by Jason Nason

The next wave of amiibo and Animal Crossing amiibo cards have popped up online for preorder. They are available online at Best Buy so far, but aren’t showing available on either Walmart.ca or Amazon.ca.

They are scheduled for release on January 22nd.

Now available to preorder are Resetti, Blathers, Kicks, and Celeste from Animal Crossing as well as Lucas from Super Smash Bros. The hotly anticipated independent amiibo Shovel Knight is already sold out online. The amiibo retail for $15.99 with the exception of Shovel Knight which is listed for $17.99.

The second series of amiibo Animal Crossing Cards are listed for $6.99.

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