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Ubisoft’s XDefiant Fails PlayStation and Xbox Certification

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The anticipated release of the upcoming free-to-play shooter XDefiant faces a delay, as Ubisoft has revealed that the game did not meet certification requirements on both the PlayStation and Xbox platforms. Originally scheduled for release at the end of the previous month, the new launch date hinges on whether Sony and Microsoft grant their approval within the next two weeks. If they do, the game will be available at the end of September. However, if a day-one update is necessary to address any remaining issues, XDefiant will launch in early October.

In a remarkably candid blog post addressed to the gaming community, Executive Producer Mark Rubin provided additional insights into the pre-release submission process. He explained that the certification process with platform holders does not primarily assess the game’s overall quality but instead focuses on identifying “compliance bugs.” These are issues related to how the title interacts with each specific console, such as ensuring that Trophies are tracked accurately and that friend lists are updated correctly. These compliance concerns are distinct from the kinds of issues players may encounter upon a game’s release, such as glitches or frame rate problems. Consequently, a certification failure should not be interpreted as a reflection of XDefiant’s overall quality as a gaming experience.

While developers are typically bound by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) preventing them from sharing specific details, some have disclosed on forums like ResetEra that it is common for most games to fail their initial certification submissions. The certification requirements can include exceedingly precise criteria, such as controller button symbols needing to match the exact shape and color. Failures can even occur due to seemingly minor issues, such as the absence of a warning screen before the main menu or the omission of an alert during a save operation.

Ubisoft is now preparing for another certification submission, aiming to expedite the release of XDefiant as soon as possible. Mark Rubin expressed gratitude to the community, acknowledging the journey thus far and eagerly anticipating the opportunity to share the game’s passion and enthusiasm with players once it goes live.

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MSI Launches Next-Gen AI+ Gaming, Business, and Productivity Laptops at COMPUTEX 2024

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Reporting from Taipei, Taiwan: MSI has launched several next-gen AI+ gaming and business productivity laptops featuring the latest Intel and AMD processors at COMPUTEX 2024. These laptops offer more than 100 TOPS of AI computing power and support more than 500 AI models run optimized on Intel Core Ultra processors, making it the most robust platform for AI PC development, with more AI models, frameworks, and runtimes enabled than any other processor vendor. When equipped with a GeForce RTX Laptop GPU, they offer up to 542 TOPS, delivering peak performance and enabling unique AI experiences.

Additionally, MSI unveiled the new Claw 8 AI+ Windows 11 gaming handheld device, powered by Intel Core Ultra processors (codenamed “Lunar Lake”) and an 8-inch screen, providing a smoother and broader mobile gaming experience. Alongside self-developed new products, MSI also launched several co-branded products with its partners, including the Stealth 18 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport and Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in collaboration with the renowned luxury high-performance car brand Mercedes-AMG, and the Claw Fallout Limited Edition, in partnership with the highly acclaimed PC game Fallout, recently adapted into a TV series.

These offerings are dedicated to high-performance car enthusiasts and computer game players worldwide. MSI also unveiled the new Modern series laptops, designed specifically for business professionals and students who prioritize mobility. In addition to the newly launched products, MSI is also honoured to announce that its current 16-inch lightweight laptop, Prestige 16 AI Evo, and gaming handheld Claw have both won the 2024 COMPUTEX BC Award.

The Prestige 16 has been selected as the Golden Award winner, representing its exceptional mobility recognized by the BC Award jury as the best product in the Computer & System category. “MSI not only brings the industry’s most comprehensive AI+ PC lineup but also introduces multiple new laptops and handheld devices designed for car enthusiasts and gamers worldwide,” said Eric Kuo, MSI’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of NB Business Unit. “We welcome global guests to visit the MSI booth to experience next-gen AI computing and exciting gaming products.”

At COMPUTEX 2024, MSI unveiled the industry’s leading next-gen AI+ business and productivity laptops, Prestige and Summit, powered by Intel Core Ultra processors (codenamed “Lunar Lake”). Compared to the previous generation, the latest processor offers up to three times the AI performance. Furthermore, with integrated GPU ,CPU, and NPU, it provides more than 100 TOPS of AI performance, capable of driving more AI software or services locally. Paired with comprehensive software and services optimized for the silicon from over 100 independent software vendors, it offers a more immediate and secure user experience.

Additionally, it has optimized over 500 AI models, making it the ideal platform for developing AI-related services. Beyond its leading AI performance, Core™ Ultra processors (codenamed “Lunar Lake”) also boasts an excellent energy efficiency ratio, resulting in lighter, thinner business and productivity laptops with longer battery life, such as the Prestige and Summit. The Prestige series laptops come in three sizes: 13, 14, and 16 inches. In addition to the latest processors, the entire Prestige series features ultra-light bodies, large batteries, and long battery life.

For example, the Prestige 13 AI+ Evo weighs only 990 grams and includes a 75Wh large battery, providing all-day uninterrupted battery life. Additionally, the entire Prestige series has upgraded to a 5-megapixel webcam, offering higher-quality live streaming and online meeting capabilities. The Summit 13 AI+ Evo, also part of the business and productivity series, now features the new Intel Core Ultra processors (codenamed “Lunar Lake”), a lightweight body, comprehensive security, and the MSI Pen 2 stylus supporting MPP 2.6, making it the most versatile 13-inch flip laptop.

MSI also introduced the world’s first 16-inch lightweight gaming and creator laptops, Stealth A16 AI+ and Creator A16 AI+, combining next-gen AI, gaming, and content creation. The AMD Ryzen AI 300 Series Processor brings new processor architecture, integrated graphics, and NPU, offering excellent processor performance, display capabilities, and AI computing power. In terms of AI computing power, the new XDNA 2 architecture delivers up to three times the performance compared to previous products, enabling generative AI or large language models to run directly on the laptop.

The new integrated Radeon 800M series graphics unit features up to 33% more graphics cores than the previous generation, providing a smooth gaming experience on lightweight laptops. The processor unit, equipped with the latest Zen 5 architecture, supports up to 12 large cores and up to 50% more on-chip memory than previous products, offering industry-leading processor performance.

The Stealth A16 AI+ and Creator A16 AI+ are also equipped with the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series graphics, providing top-tier AI computing power. Built for the era of AI, GeForce RTX features specialized AI Tensor Cores that deliver cutting-edge performance and revolutionary capabilities. Harness exclusive AI features and transform the way users work and play. From enhanced creativity and ultra-efficient productivity to blisteringly fast gaming, the ultimate in AI power on Windows PCs is on RTX – today and tomorrow.

In addition to the new processor and excellent AI computing power, the Stealth A16 AI+ and Creator A16 AI+ feature lightweight magnesium-aluminium alloy body, powerful Cooler Boost 5 cooling, and a wealth of ports, making them the most well-balanced lightweight 16-inch gaming and creator laptops. Besides the gaming and content creation series, MSI also launched the Summit A16 AI+ and Prestige A16 AI+ business and productivity laptops with the latest AMD Ryzen AI 300 Series Processors. These models feature a large 82Wh battery and a lightweight body, making them the best choice for business professionals who prioritise mobility.

Since its debut at CES, MSI’s gaming handheld Claw has been a market highlight. Building on its success, MSI unveiled the world’s first Windows 11 gaming handheld powered by Intel Core Ultra processors (codenamed “Lunar Lake”), Claw 8 AI+, at COMPUTEX, once again capturing the attention of gaming handheld fans worldwide.
In addition to the next-gen processor’s improved energy efficiency, MSI has actively listened to user feedback and upgraded several hardware specifications accordingly, such as adding an additional Thunderbolt 4-supported USB-C port, enhancing the tactile feel of the LB/RB buttons, increasing battery capacity, and replacing the charger with a lighter wall-mounted charger.

Claw 8 AI+ is expected to be the most advanced 8-inch gaming handheld in the market. After the official release, a one-month free trial of Xbox Game Pass will be provided, allowing users to enjoy the most popular AAA games of the moment. Last year, MSI became the official partner of the globally renowned high-performance luxury car brand Mercedes-AMG, launching the first Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport co-branded laptop. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of their partnership, the two luxury brands have once again joined forces to launch the Stealth 18 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport co-branded laptop and have also upgraded the original Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport, dedicated to high-performance car enthusiasts and gamers worldwide.

The design of the Stealth 18, jointly crafted by MSI and Mercedes-AMG’s design teams, incorporates several speed symbols, such as a large area of AMG pattern covering the palm rest area, exclusive metal nameplates from MSI and AMG, and the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport logo seen throughout. Combined with a lightweight magnesium-aluminium alloy body, it creates an atmosphere of ultimate luxury and high performance. The actual performance of the Stealth 18 is as powerful as the Mercedes-AMG GT2 factory race car: equipped with the Intel Core Ultra 9 185H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 graphics chip, complemented by a large area vapour chamber cooling, it provides powerful performance, allowing gamers to dominate the gaming battlefield like the Mercedes-AMG GT2 factory racing car.

MSI and the renowned game studio Bethesda jointly launched the limited edition Claw x Fallout co-branded special edition at COMPUTEX. The entire exterior design is inspired by the game’s Vaults, the Pip-Boys worn by Vault dwellers, and robots, making it a dream item for Fallout fans and players worldwide. With features like an excellent grip, the largest battery in the industry, superior cooling, and joysticks and triggers equipped with Hall effect sensors, the Claw featuring Windows 11 allows players to enjoy the Fallout series anytime, deeply experiencing the post-nuclear apocalypse atmosphere of the game.

MSI’s Modern series laptops have been highly praised since their launch for their comfortable keyboard and lightweight body. Building on this success, MSI is proud to announce the release of the new Modern series laptops, available in 13, 14, and 15-inch sizes. In addition to the comfortable keyboard, lightweight body, and rich connectivity options, the new Modern series laptops also feature an RJ-45 wired network port, providing a more stable internet connection. This enhancement allows business professionals and students to work and study more efficiently.

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Acer Launches Next-Level OLED Gaming Monitors

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Reporting from Taipei, Taiwan: Acer today announced three new gaming monitors in its Predator lineup, designed to appeal to professional gamers and gaming enthusiasts who want reliable machines for everyday use. The new models include the Predator X27U F3, Predator X34 X5, and Predator X32 X3 featuring brilliant OLED displays, high refresh rates, and ultra-smooth performance.

These powerhouse monitors are NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible to eliminate stuttering, flicker, and visual artefacts for a smooth and tear-free experience. The monitors also seamlessly integrate AMD FreeSync Premium Pro to eliminate ghosting, provide fluidity and ensure that every frame is rendered flawlessly. With true 10-bit colour depth, they deliver cinematic visuals with stunning contrast and vibrant colours further enhanced by DCI-P3 99% colour gamut and Delta E<1 colour accuracy. In addition, VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400 ensures deep blacks and incredible brightness for lifelike visuals.

Predator X27U F3
The Predator X27U F3 is a 27-inch OLED gaming monitor built for breakneck speed and ultra-smooth gameplay with a blistering 480 Hz refresh rate and a 0.01 ms pixel response time. It brings gamers into a world of stunning visuals with WQHD (2560×1440) resolution for sharp details. Outfitted with Type-C and two HDMI 2.1 ports, it supports both console and PC gameplay and includes a tripod mount socket on the monitor stand allowing gamers and streamers to attach accessories such as a webcam or screen light.

Predator X32 X3
The Predator X32 X3 offers a large 31.5-inch 4K UHD (3840×2160) OLED display with a 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.03 ms (GTG) response time to ensure super-fast and fluid gameplay. With Dynamic Frequency and Resolution, gamers are empowered with the versatility to prioritize either refresh rate or resolution, tailoring their gaming experience to their needs. They can opt for stunning 4K UHD at 240 Hz or smooth FHD at 480 Hz, depending on the demands of the game and their current task. Featuring Type-C and two HDMI 2.1 ports, the Predator X32 X3 ALSO offers versatile connectivity for both console and PC gamers.

Predator X34 X5
The Predator X34 X5 is designed to dominate the battlefield with its mammoth-sized display and first-rate performance. Gamers craving an immersive and responsive experience will be blown away by the monitor’s expansive view, 1800R curvature, and UWQHD (3440×1440) OLED panel. For seamless gameplay at lightning speed, the monitor delivers a blazing fast 240 Hz refresh rate and a near-instantaneous 0.03 ms (G to G) response time. Two HDMI 2.1, a DisplayPort, and Type-C support gamers with excellent connectivity options.

Predator OLED Monitors
For maximum comfort, the new monitors offer adjustable tilt, swivel, and height, allowing gamers to find the perfect viewing angle for any environment. They also come with two 5-watt speakers for quality audio, and a built-in KVM switch to effortlessly switch between two PCs with a single keyboard and mouse setup. Designed for marathon gaming sessions, they feature BlueLightShield Pro, flickerless, low-dimming, and ComfyView technologies to help prevent eye fatigue.

Acer has also implemented several OLED screen protection mechanisms to help extend the monitor’s lifespan and maintain image quality; Display Saver (always on) for automatic dimming when inactive, Constant Brightness, plus Image Retention Refresh and Screen Move (always on) to minimize stuck pixels and images.

The Predator X34 X5 will be available in EMEA in Q4, starting at $1,399. The Predator X32 X3 will be available in EMEA in Q4, starting at $1,399. The Predator X27U F3 will be available in EMEA in Q3, starting at $1,199.

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Kingston Launches DDR5 Memory, DDR5 CAMM2 and AI Applications at COMPUTEX 2024

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Reporting from Taipei, Taiwan: Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, has announced it has returned to COMPUTEX 2024 with its race-themed “Kingston: Racing Beyond Limits” showroom. Capturing the adrenaline of racing, where cutting-edge vehicles and skilled drivers converge. Kingston transforms its product lines into elite racers, incorporating elements from the race field, such as a racetrack and pit stop, to create a spectacle of performance, speed, and durability. Kingston debuts a diverse range of technology solutions, including the limited-edition Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 memory, the new CAMM2 memory standard, and additional storage solutions. Alongside, an AI PC showcase featuring Kingston’s solutions that empower autonomous race cars, reinstating its legacy of compelling innovation.

“The transformative impact of AI and its versatile applications, extending from machine learning, cloud and edge computing to generative AI, has entirely changed the industry’s landscape and prompted a shared aspiration to unlock its full potential,” said Kevin Wu, Sales/Marketing and Business Development Vice President of APAC region, “At COMPUTEX 2024, Kingston is proud to unveil a range of new high-performance memory and SSD products, with a race-themed showcase that underscores how Kingston products meet the escalating demands for high capacity, high-performance solutions, Kingston remains dedicated to delivering best-in-class solutions, continuing to push boundaries as we ‘race beyond limits’.”

The “Kingston: Racing Beyond Limits” showroom integrates Kingston’s three key product strengths—performance, speed and durability—into a racing-inspired space, featuring never-before-seen products in action. Kingston Champions: Kingston transforms its 6 product lines into a team of elite drivers using AI. Spanning gaming, content creation, enterprise, encrypted storage and more, each driver showcases distinctive strengths and Kingston’s diverse capabilities.

Lightning FURY
FURY is the powerful, confident driver who demolishes limitations, embodying Kingston’s extreme performance DRAM and SSDs for gamers, offering horsepower to break records with overclocking speeds and aggressive designs. At COMPUTEX 2024, Kingston unveils the Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 RGB Limited Edition— a DDR5 kit with blistering speeds and race car-inspired heat spreaders, displayed on a customised race-car-shaped display model.

Swift XS
Characterising the agility of a professional driver, Kingston’s pocket-sized external SSDs provide extremely compact storage solutions with swift speeds. A new red option for the XS1000 External SSD is introduced, allowing creators to store data with a racing aesthetic, ensuring their prized files are safely stashed and ready for the road.

Creative Canvas
Canvas represents the spirit of Kingston’s high-performance Canvas SD and microSD memory cards, offering high speeds and massive capacities that allow creativity to flow. As a powerful combination of speed and storage, this lineup provides storage upgrades for creators to capture thrilling actions and preserve epic moments, bringing their visions to life.

Guardian IronKey
IronKey is the robust, seasoned driver prioritising security and protection. As the hard defence that ensures data stays safe with reliability, IronKey’s hardware encryption storage options are certified to the highest standards. Its various security settings enable users to stay in control, whether enterprise or small business, safeguarding data. Versatile DataTraveler The all-terrain driver, DataTraveler, personifies Kingston’s flexible USB drive lineup, adapting to any condition. With various capacities and form factors, these convenient USB drives offer reliable mobile storage for transferring files and media anywhere.

Steadfast Enterprise
Enterprise, the steadfast and reliable driver, epitomises Kingston’s enterprise-grade DRAM and SSDs, upon which data centres depend. With server-tested resilience and robust data integrity, Enterprise ensures seamless performance for databases and infrastructures.

FURY Fast Lane
Representing a racetrack experience in the field, the FURY Fast Lane unleashes the turbocharged speed of the Kingston FURY range. The Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 RGB Limited Edition and Renegade SSD power the Cooler Master Dyn X Racing Simulator, providing an immersive sensation of ultimate speed, matching the feeling of racing on a track. Just as race cars are fine-tuned to achieve peak performance, the Kingston FURY Impact DDR5 CAMM2 (Compression Attached Memory Module) debuts with a new memory module standard, offering a more compact size, lower power consumption, and increased capacity and speed. Targeting gaming laptops and mobile workstations, the new standard elevates computing experiences for users.

Empowering AI
The “Pit Stop” is where racing cars undergo servicing and leverage gathered data to enhance their performance; drawing inspiration from this concept, Kingston sets up the “Built to Last” zone to demonstrate its AI applications. Kingston invites the NYCU Vulpes Racing Team to exhibit their autonomous race car, designed and built by the team. The car utilizes an AI PC equipped with Kingston, AMD and ASUS solutions. Inside the AI PC, the Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 memory and the unreleased PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, codenamed Kenting Bay, fuel all stages of the race car’s development: from initial testing in simulated environments, processing and visualising large data volumes, to making instant tuning adjustments and achieving optimal performance on the field.

In addition, Kingston Server Premier DDR5 RDIMM server memory and DC600M Enterprise SSD, with high efficiency and low latency features tailored for data centres, meet the demands for storage capacity and performance from AI processing. As AI persists as a key player in the development of various industries, Kingston memory and storage solutions continue to empower and accelerate the implementation of AI-driven technologies. With every step into the future, Kingston is with you.

New Product Specifications
Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 RGB Limited Edition

  • Limited edition design: The memory features a sleek red and black heat spreader design inspired by race cars, with exclusive RGB lighting effects available on this model.
  • Speeds: 8000MT/s
  • Capacities: Kits of 2, 48GB (24GB x2)
  • 19 presets of RGB lighting effects and Intel XMP 3.0 certified

Kingston FURY Impact DDR5 (CAMM2)

  • Smaller form, higher capacity: The dual channel mode memory module offers a more compact size, lower power consumption, and increased capacity and speed, ideal for notebooks, gaming laptops and mobile workstation users.
  • Capacities: 32GB

XS1000 External Solid State Drive

  • New colour option: New red version to preserve life’s cherished moments in style.
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • Speed2=: Up to 1,050MB/s read, 1,000MB/s write
  • Capacities: 1TB, 2TB

Kenting Bay (codename) PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD

  • Exclusive sneak peek: Unreleased SSD boasts Gen 4×4 NVMe PCIe performance in a compact M.2 2280 form factor.
  • Speed: Sequential read/write speeds up to 6,000/5,000 MB/s
  • Capacities: 500GB – 4TB
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