Nvidia's first Volta-powered GPU sits in a $149k supercomputer

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Nvidia's first Volta-powered GPU sits in a $149k supercomputer

If you've been waiting for NVIDIA to finally take the lid off of Volta, the next generation of its GPU technology, your day has finally come. Today at its GPU Technology Conference, the company announced the NVIDIA Tesla V100 data center GPU, the first processor to use its seventh-generation architecture. Like the Tesla P100 the processor is replacing, the Volta-powered GPU is designed specifically to power artificial intelligence and deep learning so, naturally, it's flush with power. Built on a 12nm process, the V100 boasts 5,120 CUDA Cores, 16GB of HBM2 memory, an updated NVLink 2.0 interface and is capable of a staggering 15 teraflops of computational power. Naturally, it's also the GPU that drives the company's updated DGX-1 supercomputer, too.

Microsoft didn't make Xbox One's first easy-pairing headset

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Microsoft didn't make Xbox One's first easy-pairing headset

In an age where technology is becoming increasingly wireless, it's baffling that Xbox One headsets still require either a transmitter or lengthy wires in order to work. Thankfully, LucidSound's latest is about to change that. Connecting directly to Xbox One (just like a controller), the LS35X is the first truly wireless audio peripheral on Microsoft's console. Interestingly, the headset is also confirmed to work with upcoming Xbox One successor-- Scorpio, making it the first peripheral announced for the mysterious hardware so far.

Nintendo speeds up the Switch eShop with an obvious fix

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Nintendo speeds up the Switch eShop with an obvious fix

When you go to buy a digital game on Nintendo's Wii U or 3DS consoles, you only have to enter your payment information once. The systems store your credit card number so you can make your next purchase without having to type that string of digits in each time. Nintendo's hot new mobile/TV-based Switch, however, did not have this same ability. Thankfully, the gaming company has tweaked the Switch eShop today with the feature, making it even easier to spend all your money on digital downloads.

What to expect at Microsoft's Build 2017 conference

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What to expect at Microsoft's Build 2017 conference

Microsoft's Build conference isn't just about giving developers the tools they need to write apps or create Windows-friendly hardware -- it's also Microsoft's chance to outline its vision of the future. What software and devices will matter in the months (or even years) ahead? And this time around, there's no shortage of new developments to discuss: Windows updates, the Cortana AI assistant, HoloLens, partner hardware and even a chance at new Surface gear. It's not necessarily clear what's likely to show up, but don't worry -- that's what we're here to sort out. We've rounded up some of the most promising leaks, rumors and logical predictions to give you a sense of what to expect when Build 2017 kicks off May 10th.

Speedrunners have already torn 'Prey' apart

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Speedrunners have already torn 'Prey' apart

Bethesda's Prey reboot has been out for less than a week and already players are posting some truly insane speedruns. Arguably the best is a 19:34 dash posted by "DraQu" on YouTube. It's a mesmerizing playthrough that uses the GLOO Cannon -- an early weapon that can slow down enemies and create small platforming blocks -- to access areas that would normally take hours to unlock. There's some trickery involved, carefully placing foam boulders to clip through the environment and scale parts of the spaceship developer Arkane Studios never intended people to see. Still, it's all within the confines of the game -- technically DraQu isn't cheating.

Devolver completes construction on building sim 'Blockhood'

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Devolver completes construction on building sim 'Blockhood'

After a year spent laying its foundations in Steam's Early Access program, Devolver's award winning 'neighborhood simulator' is now complete. Winning an award for its unique take on the building sim, Block'hood sees players feeling the ecological impact their creations have on the world around them. Sporting an eye-catching new aesthetic and adding a story mode into the mix, the full release of Block'hood arrives on Steam this Thursday -- costing $15.

Peripheral maker Roccat is developing its own game

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Peripheral maker Roccat is developing its own game

My dad always used to say that if you can put your mind to it, you can do anything. It looks like someone at Roccat had an equally encouraging parent, as the gaming peripheral manufacturer has revealed that it's now attempting to develop its very own game. The undertaking in question is Sick City, a real-time tactical combat game that takes inspiration from classic squad-based strategy titles like Commandos and Company of Heroes. While gameplay details are still pretty vague, Roccat promises that Sick City will intertwine 'exciting espionage' with a cast of heroes that wield powerful abilities.