HARMAN, an audio electronics company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has announced that it has acquired Roon, a popular music management, discovery, and streaming platform for music enthusiasts that supports bit-perfect playback, multichannel audio, and more.
MediaTek has announced that the first smartphones to feature the Dimensity 9300 chipset will be available on the market by the end of 2023. Described by the company as being its most powerful chip yet, the Dimensity 9300 is a new SoC for mobiles that is headlined by a one-of-a-kind All Big Core design, featuring eight Arm Cortex cores operating at frequencies of up to 3.25 GHz, as well as an Arm Immortalis-G720 GPU that is said to be capable of delivering an almost 46% boost in GPU performance at the same level of power consumption as the older Dimensity 9200. Other features include an APU 790 AI processor with 8x the processing speed, Wi-Fi 7 speeds of up to 6.5 Gbps, support for up to LPDDR5T 9600 Mbps memory, and HDR recording of up to 4K/60 FPS. MediaTek's Dimensity 9000 Series were the first smartphone chips to be built on TSMC's N4 (4-nanometer) process, and they were also the first to offer simultaneous triple camera 18-bit HDR video recording and Bluetooth 5.3 support, according to a list of key features.
More challenges for Intel? Reuters has shared a new report that claims NVIDIA, as well as AMD, are currently developing CPUs for PCs that are based on Arm technology. According to at least one of the publication's sources, the first of these chips could reach the market as early as 2025, complementing Qualcomm's own future Arm-based processors, which will apparently include a new flagship sold under the Snapdragon X brand. Reuters noted in its report that Qualcomm currently has an exclusivity arrangement to develop Windows-compatible chips, but that's set to expire next year.
Corsair has announced that its Platform:6 modular computer desks are now available to purchase from the Corsair webstore in three pre-configured models with black laminate and/or dark walnut-stained rubberwood surface options. The Standard model, which is fixed and aimed at those who think standing while working is a gimmick, costs $999.97 USD, while the Elevate and Creator Edition options, both of which are height adjustable, are available for $1,499.97 USD and $1,799.96 USD, respectively. Key features of every Platform:6 desk include a 72" x 30" (180 cm x 76 cm) desk surface, dual monitor arms, a cable management tray, and T-channel rail system, allowing users to expand their workspace with what Corsair says is hundreds of attachments and accessories. Corsair customers can also create their own Platform:6 using the company's online configurator.
HyperX, the gaming peripherals team at HP Inc., has announced that the HyperX Vision S Webcam is now available for purchase from the HyperX US Shop for $199.99, while the HyperX Audio Mixer Audio Interface and HyperX Caster will be available in early 2024 and February 2024 for $179.99 and $119.99, respectively. These are HyperX's first webcam and audio mixer, according to a press release that the brand shared today, with the HyperX Caster being described as the world's first completely tool-less, spring-loaded arm on the market, supporting mics and webcams with 1/4", 3/8", or 5/8" threading. The Vision S offers 4K capture at 30 FPS, and 1080p capture at 60 FPS.
Microsoft's next Xbox consoles have been revealed courtesy of what a U.S. District Court has suggested was a major screw-up by one of its employees, resulting in the accidental publishing of a series of highly confidential, yet unredacted, documents earlier today to a public-facing website. According to the documents that have been archived by ResetEra, The Verge, and other sites before they were removed, Microsoft is planning to release at least three more Xbox consoles, including a Xbox Series X "Brooklin" Refresh that features a cylindrical design but lacks a disc drive (2024, $499), an Xbox Series S "Ellewood" Refresh (2024, $299) with more storage and faster Wi-Fi, and, biggest of all, a next-generation hybrid Xbox console that may feature ARM64, Zen 6, and/or Navi 5 technologies from AMD (2028). Microsoft is also planning a new Xbox Controller, "Sebile," which features a dual-tone design, modular thumbsticks, an accelerometer, and more.
Bandai Namco has announced that Patch 1.02 for ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON is rolling out for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Steam versions of FromSoftware's mech action game. The new update, which appears to be the game's first, introduces a number of gameplay stability improvements, as well as various balance adjustments and bug fixes. Players should see App Ver. 22 and Regulation Ver. 1.02.1 at the lower-right corner of the title screen after successfully updating the new ARMORED CORE, which is available in Standard ($59.99) and Deluxe Editions ($69.99) on Steam.
Intel has announced that its new 18.104.22.16869 graphics driver for Intel Arc A-Series Graphics and Intel Iris Xe Graphics is now available for download. The new driver includes support for ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON, which, according to Intel's own benchmarks, can be enjoyed at up to 92 FPS in the 1080p Ultra setting on Arc A750 GPUs. Issues with Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Arc A380 have also been addressed with this ne driver.
FromSoftware's ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON is now available to play on PS5|PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in many regions, and Bandai Namco is celebrating the launch of the Elden Ring developer's latest game with a new live-action trailer that stars actor Karl Urban. Urban, whose recent roles include Billy Butcher in The Boys, gives a pep talk to the player as some of the game's action-packed sequences play out, and while there's no real indication here as to whether Urban has actually played the game, there's a separate Overview trailer that's also available for viewing, offering insight on the new ARMORED CORE's combat, customization, locale, and more. A Deluxe Version of ARMORED CORE VI is available for $69.99, but the only difference seems to be the inclusion of a digital artbook and soundtrack.
Bandai Namco recently held a new showcase event for Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon showing off its PvP and mission gameplay components. Fans will be able to engage in either 1v1 or 3v3 in PvP combat with matches lasting five minutes and the team who deals the most amount of damage wins. Players killed during matches will be able to respawn. The showcase team delves into PvP gameplay at 1:06:00 in the video.
ASUS IoT has announced the Tinker Board 3N, a new Arm-based, single-board computer (SBC). Designed to deliver exceptional integration and expansion capability for the Industrial Internet of Things landscape, this board is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Arm Rockchip RK3568 processor, which, according to benchmarks on ASUS' minisite, offers substantially improved CPU and GPU performance over older Tinker Boards, including greater memory rear/write speeds. OS support for the NUC-sized design includes Linux Debian, Yocto, and Android, while M.2 E and M.2 B slots can also be found to accommodate WiFi 5/6 and 4G/5G expansion modules for cloud computing.
Early ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON players have learned that the new, fast-paced mech game from FromSoftware that promises omni-directional battles features a 120 frame rate option under its graphics settings menu on PC. Normally, this wouldn't be that exciting of a development, but this would mark the first time that a FromSoftware game can officially be played at 120 FPS. Elden Ring and Sekiro, some of FromSoftware's most recent titles, are locked at 60 FPS, although mods are available for improving the experience.