At this year’s Computex in Taiwan, AMD demonstrated its next generation of CPUs and GPUs via a live press conference, and gave a first glance at the upcoming 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPUs, which are scheduled for launch in 2018, as well as the 12nm 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs with up to 32 cores, also coming this 2018. There’s also the unprecedented customer adoption of Ryzen and Radeon products in premium OEM devices, and new milestones for EPYC processors.

At Computex 2018 we demonstrated how the strongest CPU and GPU product portfolio in the industry gets even stronger in the coming months. Our upcoming 7nm and 12nm products build on the momentum of our Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC processors, positioning AMD to lead the next generation of high-performance computing in markets from premium devices and gaming to machine learning and the datacenter.Dr. Lisa Su, AMD President and CEO
Client Compute Updates
  • The first public demonstration of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors—the second AMD 12nm product family— with up to 32 cores and 64 threads.
  • 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors are scheduled to launch in Q3 2018 with outstanding performance expected in rendering, post production, and encoding workloads.
  • A broad portfolio of premium notebook and desktop systems from global OEM partners powered by Ryzen APUs, 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, and Radeon graphics, including:
    • Acer Predator Helios 500 notebook, Predator Orion 5000 desktop and Nitro 50 gaming desktop
    • ASUS VivoBook X505ZA and X570ZD notebooks
    • Dell’s latest Inspiron series including Inspiron 13” 7000 2-in-1, Inspiron 15” 5000 notebooks and Inspiron 7000 gaming desktop
    • HP Envy x360 13” and Envy x360 15” notebooks
    •  Huawei MateBook D 14” notebook
    •  Lenovo Yoga 530, IdeaPad 530S, 330S and 330 notebooks

AMD also announced its B450 chipset-based motherboards.  Built for 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors, B450 boards are designed to deliver a good balance of features, performance, and value. It’ll be available from partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI.

Graphics and Gaming Update
  • The first public demonstration of its Radeon Vega GPU based on 7nm process technology built specifically for professional/datacenter applications.
  • AMD announced that the 7nm Radeon “Vega” architecture-based Radeon Instinct has started sampling to initial customers and will launch in both server and workstation form factors in 2018.
  • Radeon RX Vega 56 “nano” graphics card from PowerColor for enthusiast gaming performance even in small form factor rigs.
  • The latest Radeon FreeSync technology adoption with Samsung’s 80” QLED TV for tear free and smooth gameplay directly from a Radeon RX graphics card equipped  PC or with an Microsoft Xbox One S or Xbox One X console.
  •  Freesync support with HDR 1 for Ubisoft’s AAA game Far Cry 5.
Server Update
  • AMD announced growth in its EPYC processor engagements including:
    • The company’s first ever Cisco UCS server engagement in Cisco’s highest density offering ever
      with 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack 2 .
    • The all new HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 one socket server for virtualization and software-defined storage applications with up to 27% lower cost per virtual machine than the leading two-socket competitor
    • Immediate availability of the EPYC based SA1 Tencent Cloud Service
    • The next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed "Rome" and featuring Zen2 architecture, is now running in AMD labs and will begin sampling to customers in the second half of this year, ahead of launch in 2019.

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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

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

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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