At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), AMD unveiled its plans for 2018, following the success and momentum of Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics technology in 2017.

Apart from the first Desktop Ryzen processors with built-in Vega Radeon graphics, AMD also announced the full lineup of Ryzen Mobile APUs, including the new Ryzen 3 and Ryzen PRO models, and even gave a glimpse of the 12nm 2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU’s that are expected to launch this April.

Then there’s Radeon Vega Mobile, and its first 7nm GPU built specifically machine learning.

“We successfully accomplished the ambitious goals we set for ourselves in 2017, reestablishing AMD as a high-performance computing leader with the introduction and ramp of 10 different product families. We are building on this momentum in 2018 as we make our strongest product portfolio of the last decade even stronger with new CPUs and GPUs that bring more features and more performance to a broad set of markets.” – AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. 

Technology Updates

  • x86 Processors
    • The “Zen” core, is in production at both 14nm and 12nm, with 12nm samples now shipping.
    • The “Zen 2” design has been completed and offers improvements in multiple dimensions.  
  • Graphics Processors
    • Expandsion of the “Vega” product family in 2018 with the Radeon Vega Mobile GPU for ultra-thin notebooks.
    • The first 7nm AMD product, a “Vega” based GPU built specifically for machine learning applications.
    • A production-level machine learning software environment with AMD’s MIOpen libraries supporting common machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow and Caffe on the ROCm Open eCosystem platform. This makes it easier to program using AMD GPUs for high performance compute and deep learning environments.

Client Compute Updates

  • Ryzen desktop processor with Radeon graphics
    •  Desktop Ryzen APUs combine the latest “Zen” core and AMD Radeon graphics engine based on the “Vega” architecture:
      • Highest performance graphics engine in a desktop processor.
      • Quad core performance with up to 8 processing threads
      • 1080p HD+ gaming performance without a discrete graphics card
      • Radeon FreeSync technology
      • Full benefit of Radeon software driver features including Radeon Chill, Enhanced Sync and Radeon ReLive
      • Scheduled to be available starting February 12, 2018.

Ryzen™ Desktop Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics:

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  •  2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU
    • AMD’s first 12nm based processor with Precision Boost 2 technology.
    • Scheduled for introduction April 2018.
  • Ryzen™ PRO Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics
    • Ryzen PRO mobile processors are designed to power enterprise notebooks featuring the world’s fastest processor for commercial ultrathin notebooks, state-of-the-art silicon-level security, and reliable solutions with enterprise-class support and product stack top-to-bottom DASH manageability.
      • Up to 22% more productivity performance
      • Up to 125% more graphics performance than Intel i7-8550U and 150% more graphics performance than Intel i7-7500U
      • Targeting Up to 13.5 hours of battery life
      • SenseMI features including Precision Boost 2 technology and Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR)
      • Ryzen PRO mobile solutions are expected to launch in Q2 2018.

Ryzen™ PRO mobile processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics:

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  •  Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics
    • AMD expanded the Ryzen Mobile Processor family, featuring the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks line up, with the introduction of the Ryzen 3 mobile processor.

Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics:

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Graphics & Gaming Updates

  • AMD also shared details about its first mobile discrete graphics solution based on the “Vega” architecture.
  • Radeon Software will have support for HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate technology on Radeon RX products in an upcoming driver release.
  • Far Cry 5 will support Vega specific features like Rapid Packed Math and FreeSync 2 technology, giving stunning frame rates and beautiful image quality.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

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3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

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