The rumors were (mostly) true: Intel has unveiled its first 9th-generation Core processors, aiming them at desktop-based enthusiasts. The updated X-series ultimately represents a refinement of Intel's existing 14-nanometer chips, but promise both more headroom for overclocking (thanks to new soldering), support for Optane-based memory sticks and hardware-level mitigations for Spectre and Meltdown attacks. Naturally, they also boast lots of cores -- not as many as that 28-core Xeon, but you can still expect at least eight cores and the same 18 cores as last year in the flagship Core i9-9900K model. The headlining chip is also billed as the first "broad volume" processor to hit 5GHz.
Vortx is a ridiculous machine. On the surface, it's a $120 desktop fan — a bulky black box with a hole in the front that blows air at people's faces as they play PC games or watch YouTube videos. However, things get much more interesting on a software level. Vortx responds to whatever is happening on the screen, blowing warm air in reaction to explosions, gun blasts or flames, and room-temperature air in the case of skydiving on a clear day or snowboarding down a snowy mountain. It's a unique immersion device built for an era when game developers are pushing at the edges of escapism from every angle, with every human sense.
Kingston's HyperX division already has a popular, long-lasting Bluetooth headset with the $160 Cloud Flight, but it's aiming for the Hi-Fi set with its latest model. The HyperX Cloud MIX headset meets the hi-res audio spec by delivering sound from 10 Hz all the way up to 40,000 KHz (when plugged in). At the same time, it still delivers 20 hours of battery life while in Bluetooth mode, compared to 30 hours for the Cloud Flight.
Despite Telltale's effective shutdown, The Walking Dead: The Final Season will carry on -- and with help from none other than TWD creator Robert Kirkman's studio. Skybound has revealed a deal with Telltale that will see it finish the game. While there were few initial details, a spokesperson told Variety that it would work with members of the original development team to finish the story. Kirkman himself saw it as almost a matter of necessity at a New York Comic-Con panel.
Basically every big-name video game has extra downloadable content at this point, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider is no exception. For those who picked up the game's season pass, Square Enix just announced when the first of seven expansion quests will arrive. The Forge is set to launch on November 13th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. As previously announced, it'll be the first bit of co-op gameplay for Shadow, and it should be different than the co-op "endurance mode" that was featured in one of the expansions released for 2015's Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Now that Nintendo has a couple of nostalgia-inducing consoles under its belt, there's a common question: how would it tackle the Game Boy and other handhelds of yesteryear? We might have an idea. The USPTO recently published a Nintendo patent application for a folio case that would turn a smartphone into a functioning Game Boy replica, complete with physical buttons that translate presses into touchscreen input. It's more than a little familiar if you've tried a device like Hyperkin's Smart Boy, only here you wouldn't need to plug in cartridges to play officially sanctioned game copies.