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Did AMD just confirm the PlayStation NEO, and a new Xbox One?

Did AMD just confirm the PlayStation NEO, and a new Xbox One?

Everyone's doing their quarterly earnings calls around now, and we've gotten a lot of interesting information from them. The latest call was from AMD, and once again, there was at least one tidbit that hints at things to come. Specifically, they are planning on releasing three new chips that are typically used for gaming consoles, and one of those will be released later this year.

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Sulon Q VR headset promises console quality gaming

Sulon Q VR headset promises console quality gaming

AMD has announced that it is powering the Sulon Technologies Sulon Q VR headset. The headset claims to be only all-in-one tether-free wear and play headset for VR, augmented reality, and spatial computing. Inside the VR headset is an AMD 6th generation A-Series processor. The headset has no wires or tracking systems to make it more difficult to use.

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AMD Radeon Pro Duo boasts enough muscle to make VR a breeze

AMD Radeon Pro Duo boasts enough muscle to make VR a breeze

Virtual reality is the hottest name in computing today, bleeding even into mobile. However, it is something that isn't easily accessible to everyone. Aside from the hefty price tag of VR "real" headsets themselves (versus mobile contraptions), VR also requires some rather beefy PC specs. And that's not even considering yet the power needed to actually create VR content. At GDC 2016, AMD is claiming that with the new Radeon Pro Duo graphics card, VR content creators no longer need to worry, claimed to be the fastest and most powerful card for both creating as well as consuming VR content.

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Stardock tool to let you mix AMD and NVIDIA cards in one PC

Stardock tool to let you mix AMD and NVIDIA cards in one PC

It isn't ready for the market yet. It doesn't even have a cool name yet. But when Stardock's promised multi-GPU tool does come out, it could very well change the way we build PCs and buy graphics card. In theory, Stardock's still to be christened technology will allow you to mix and match any card to boost your PC's graphics capabilities. While that has always been possible with NVIDIA's SLI and AMD's CrossFire, the key difference here is that you can even mix and match cards from different brands and generations as well.

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AMD calls out Intel, BAPco for benchmark cheating

AMD calls out Intel, BAPco for benchmark cheating

Once upon a time, benchmarks have been the favorite "authority" when choosing products. But thanks to a scandal that rocked the mobile world a few years ago and, more recently, the automobile industry, the objectivity and infallibility of such tests are now being put into question. Taking advantage of recent hurts, AMD is once again pointing the finger Intel, as well as the BAPco benchmarking consortium, for unrealistic, misleading, and almost mythical benchmark results that unsuprisingly put Intel ahead of AMD in terms of CPU performance.

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Microsoft: newer processors will only run Windows 10 or later

Microsoft: newer processors will only run Windows 10 or later

Microsoft has just revealed a new policy that once again tries to "encourage" users to upgrade to or embrace Windows 10, but this time it won't be alone in making the push. It has roped in CPU makers, Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm to help steer users towards the latest Windows version. It will be doing so by a two-pronged approach. For end consumers, only Windows 10, or later versions, will be supported on the current, and next, generation of chips, starting with Intel's Skylake. For Enterprise users, Microsoft is pulling the plug on critical updates by July 17, 2017.

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AMD starts shipping “Seattle” ARM server chips

AMD starts shipping “Seattle” ARM server chips

AMD is best known for its rivalry with Intel in processors, almost all of which are based on the x86 and x64 CPU architecture. But as early as 2012, the chip maker publicly revealed how it was playing around with ARM chips to use in its line of processors for servers. The time for playing is apparently over, as AMD has started shipping the A1100, the first of its ARM-based Opteron A series designed for data centers. And its purpose is no secret either: to undermine Intel's reign in the server market.

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Razer Core release: full-size GPU for your gaming notebook

Razer Core release: full-size GPU for your gaming notebook

With the Razer Core, the age of the overpowered gaming notebook can begin. Razer has revealed a device here that essentially contains a full-sized graphics card for your notebook, connecting that device to this one with a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable. This single cable supplies both data and power, connecting - for example - the also-newly-revealed Razer Blade Stealth gaming notebook to the graphics power of a full-sized NVIDIA or AMD GPU. This device is also essentially plug-and-play, able to allow you to swap cards with a single screw.

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Samsung tipped in deal to build AMD chips next year

Samsung tipped in deal to build AMD chips next year

Samsung and AMD have struck a deal that will have the Korean company building AMD’s GPU and CPU chips starting in 2016, according to a new report. The business move is in line with Samsung’s long running efforts to increase its chip manufacturing business; AMD’s new ‘Greenland’ GPU and ‘Zen’ CPUs will be built using Samsung’s 14-nanometer process, sources say. According to the report, GlobalFoundries will also produce some of the aforementioned chips.

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Historical irony: AMD creates Radeon Technology Group division

Historical irony: AMD creates Radeon Technology Group division

In 2005, AMD, then still in a much stronger business and financial position, sought to take both Intel and NVIDIA head on at the same time by acquiring NVIDIA's rival ATI. Today, AMD is forming a new standalone division called Radeon Technology Group that it hopes will help accelerate its progress in the graphics chip market. Short of actually turning this new group into separate subsidiary, a.k.a. ATI Redux, the events seem to be hinting at the company's increasing problems in staying afloat in both chip markets.

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Acer XR341CK QHD monitor puts curves and FreeSync together

Acer XR341CK QHD monitor puts curves and FreeSync together

There are monitors that are curved and there are monitors with AMD's FreeSync technology. And never twain shall meet. Not unless Acer has something to say about it. Following up on its promise last April, the manufacturer has released a new 34-inch XR341CK gaming monitor which is like the XR341CKA it announced back then, with one crucial difference. This monitor, which is also curved, hides within it AMD's FreeSync technology instead of NVIDIA's G-SYNC. In other words, it tries to deliver the best of all worlds to PC gamers.

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Samsung brings out its first FreeSync-enabled UHD monitors

Samsung brings out its first FreeSync-enabled UHD monitors

It was a promise half a year in the making. Samsung has finally launched its first line of Ultra HD monitors that aim to cater to gamers more than any of its screen lineup. While the 24-inch U24E590D and the 28-inch U28E590D do not flaunt curves like Samsung is wont to do, they do have one advantage over regular monitors, curved or not. Aside from an Ultra HD resolution, these two displays are the first of Samsung's monitors to carry within them AMD's FreeSync technology.

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