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RealGamerNewZ 6.0 Update

A little introduction as to who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. Lately the RGN team has been regrouping behind-the-scenes and prepping for this year’s big E3 2018 event taking place in Los Angeles wherein Microsoft is expected to announce a ton of Xbox news to revitalize the brand while Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro and PSVR platforms continue to grow and Nintendo keeps the flames lit with its new smash hit hybrid device the Nintendo Switch.

That being said, we are reaching a lot of new viewers who might not know what RGN is like and what types of content we’ve been creating since our inception.

  • In 2010 a group of former games journalists sick of the censorship and relationship politics of coverage in video games news media created a floating podcast across now defunct platforms including Blip TV, Examiner, and multiple HipHopGamer websites which are now sadly unavailable.
  • In 2011 we formed our own website for RealGamerNewZ and although we’ve enjoyed millions of pageviews across over eight thousand articles we are best known for being an outspoken and essentially underground gaming news, reviews, interviews, and opinions source.

Despite being often outspoken and delivering the unpopular opinions of the hardcore gamers who are often scared to speak their mind in today’s environment, we’ve also been endorsed and supported by sponsors such as Rockstar Games, SteelSeries, Microsoft, Devolver Digital, Bethesda Game Studios, Mastertronic, Activision Blizzard, Focus Home Interactive, Surprise Attack Games, Curve Digital, Ubisoft, Headup Games, Deep Silver, Paradox Interactive, Square Enix, Team 17, Koei Temo, Nkidu, Telltale Games, tinyBuild Games, NIS America, and a lot more!

So what’s next for RGN? We still work with great companies to this day, and we are planning to increase our ability to help shine light on lesser known indie games while offering Market Research on the deeper topics occurring industry-wide and of course providing our opinions alongside news coverage for AA games, AAA games, and everything in between.

Continue reading RealGamerNewZ 6.0 Update

PC Gamer Builds – March 2017 (Intel, NVIDIA)

AMD 2017 Gaming PC Build - RealGamerNewZ

Intel and AMD offer varying differences in specs and price point but also use variations on the same measuring principles in regard to logic cores. This practice paired with often times non-sequential model numbers has led to some amount of confusion about the performance of each hardware. Presented below are two humble builds for gamers looking to jump into PC Gaming at Entry Tier or Mid Tier and need help picking parts. Although, be warned, we want your games to run well so we won’t be recommending anything below modern acceptable standards.

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Entry Tier: Intel + NVidia Build:

$204.99 (NewEgg) – Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
$86.99 (Amazon) – Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
$52.99 (NewEgg) – G.Skill Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
$89.99 (Best Buy) – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
$77.95 (Amazon) – Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
$134.99 (Amazon) – EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card
$40.99 (Amazon) – Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case
$55.98 (NewEgg) – EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

$744.87 Total in Parts.

Also Recommended: 1080P Monitor or HDTV, Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox Controller.

While some may see this as slightly more than they might want to spend, an entry level gamer won’t have to worry about upgrading but will also have the ability to do so without needing a whole new machine. The discreet motherboard and economy budget case combine to provide an adequate support for an i5-7500 that allows our gamer the luxury of fast windows loading times on a 240GB SSD, a vast library of Steam games on a 2TB HDD, and a sufficient amount of DDR4 RAM paired with NVIDIA’s budget gamer deluxe package the GTX 1050 Ti which comes with 4GB of Video Memory. This can easily be upgraded later to a GTX 1080 if the owner wishes to experience higher levels of graphics as well – but isn’t necessary to enjoy the latest in PC Gaming with friends online.

Each build will be broken down in $ Total in Parts. Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox Controller also recommended. We endorse the use of PCPartPicker.Com to track price change trends, and continue refreshing builds as new parts release onto the market and prove worthy of replacing old recommendations.

 

Geforce GTX 1080 RealGamerNewZ PC Gaming Build March 2017

Mid Tier: Intel + NVIDIA:

$313.89 (Amazon) – Intel Core i7-7700 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
$102.98 (NewEgg) – MSI Z270-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
$99.99 (Amazon) – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
$246.34 (Amazon) – Toshiba OCZ TRION 150 960GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
$569.98 (NewEgg) – Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card
$71.00 (Amazon) – NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
$99.99 (Amazon) – EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

$1504 Total in Parts.

Also Recommended: 1440P Monitor or 4KTV, Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox Controller.

Coming Soon on RealGamerNewZ.Com . . . 

High End Gaming Builds Are Discussed, Where does the value proposition lie in high-end hardware and which technologies are on the bleeding edge but still worth considering for a high-end build.

Additional Topics: AMD Entry / Mid / High-End Gaming PC Builds, VR Gaming, Driving / Racing / Flight Simulation, and more.

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Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20170411 and was last modified on 20170410 .

Xbox Scorpio – Knowledge Is Power

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Microsoft has packed everything they can into a new Xbox designed for ultimate performance on the latest 4K HDR Smart TVs with no input lag for gaming on 4K HDR modes (see websites like rtings.com for lists of compatible TVs and the latest deals). Xbox Scorpio was originally announced as a power-house machine that will dramatically push the Xbox console specs and gaming performance as well as further progress the ubiquity of Microsoft’s approach to Xbox Anywhere, Xbox Early Access, Xbox 360 / Xbox One backwards-compatibility, and other new digital ways to play games at high level.

Performance is where Xbox Scorpio focuses, but is not the only place the system lands. It also finds time to provide the luxury features to make the new Xbox more durable.

  • Liquid Cooling with Silent Super-Speed Fan designed together for Vacuum Cooling.
  • Digital Voltage Regulator. Minimal Power Consumption and Built-In Power Protection.
  • 1TB 2.5″ HDD, UHD Blu-Ray + Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Drive, 12GB GDDR5X (326GBps).
  • 8 “custom-x86 cores” @ 2.3GHZ Each, 40 Radeon “compute units” @ 1172MHZ

The Xbox Scorpio’s goal is to provide a uniform experience in upgraded performance for all Xbox games including existing Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, without the need for a patch. This is made possible by providing a generational leap in hardware between each unit. By blurring the line between a revision and a totally next-gen hardware, Microsoft has made a machine powerful enough to simply render the entire Xbox dashboard environment at a 4K HDR resolution and sample games up from 900P, 1080P, 1440P, and etc. into one standard resolution in which performance can be maximized using existing code without the need for patches and updates. We await the unit’s release to evaluate the success of these claims, but analysts are pleased to see the specs of the Xbox Scorpio thus far in relation to these claims including experts such as Digital Foundry.

Forza Motorsport 7 4K Gaming 60 FPS XBOX SCORPIO MICROSOFT STUDIOS

The Real Question: Native 4K?

There’s been a lot of buzz-words going around with the release of the PlayStation 4 Pro and announcement of the Xbox Scorpio pertaining to 4K Gaming on a console and while it’s exciting that these affordably priced machines (compared to mid-to-high-tier 4K PC Gaming rigs) are offering 4K visuals we have to set our expectations realistically. As it stands PC Gaming is still adapting 4K as a standard and currently running games in that resolution requires a lot of power. Forza Motorsport 7 is said to be running native 4K at 60 frames per second on the Xbox Scorpio in private, behind-closed-doors showings between Microsoft Studios and Digital Foundry – but will this translate to other games?

What the PlayStation 4 Pro was intended to produce for games is more similar to what the Xbox Scorpio explains itself as for existing games as well. That is, a uniform resolution boost – like running your old PC games on a better PC and Monitor a few years down the line. This is a way console gaming has learned from PC Gaming over the years. Xbox Scorpio may be able to even better perfect this concept, given the higher amount of processing power packed into every unit.

But the real question is, will the Xbox Scorpio really be able to pull off native 4K Gaming? It remains to be seen, but it’s the most powerful home console currently in plans and Microsoft has seemingly done everything possible to pack the punch the player needs – perhaps a risky move for a giant corporation to take, but one gamers will appreciate if it pays off big and wins the affection of the high-spending but niche and hardcore demographic.

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Xbox One Vs Xbox Scorpio – Performance Breakdown

Xbox Scorpio performs around 4.5 times faster than Xbox One when rendering data for graphics and virtual game world environment simulations (notorious for requiring significant amounts of equations to be solved rapidly in succession). This is also significantly more powerful than Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro and begins to make a value proposition challenge to the realm of PC Gaming again – something we haven’t seen in a long time from consoles. It remains to be seen if Sony will later respond with another hardware update, and we know that NVIDIA is planning to launch a new line of graphics cards this year – so Xbox Scorpio certainly has no shortage of competition.

Price Predictions:

Xbox One should be expected to be replaced by Xbox One S as the Scorpio model hits the market. This will shift the pricing of the Xbox One S to be more in line with the holiday bundle deals seen for Xbox One during last winter. $249 – $299 for the Xbox One S with or without a game / special color and skin (depending on the current promotions going on at the time of each model’s release) is a safe expectation to have for the base hardware which will still be able to play all of the games that Xbox Scorpio leads development for – just not at the same performance level.

$499 would be an acceptable launch price for the first units of the Xbox Scorpio with a free game included, maybe a special color / skin, and once the unit has had time for mass production a bare bones model with no special color / skin and no game should be made available to gamers for $449 so that they may get into the luxury experience and begin buying tons of Microsoft’s software offerings in the Xbox Store. This particular suggestion may be in line with what Microsoft has planned, or it may not, but at this point I’m just voicing my own opinion on the price point for Xbox Scorpio – so take it as a grain of salt and be on the look out for official confirmation when Microsoft decides to tell us their plans.

Xbox Exclusives – The Final Puzzle Piece

If Microsoft expects the Xbox Scorpio to take off in the way that the gaming industry needs, 4K Gaming out of the box in high-spec at a low-price will mean nothing without heavy-hitting software to showcase its strength. There is a high likelihood that Microsoft Studios has been preparing for the Xbox Scorpio launch for quite some time, and has put aside enough surprise projects to shock the market with the launch of the HDR Xbox. Gamers expect E3 2017 to reveal the final puzzle piece to Xbox Scorpio’s offerings.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20170410 and was last modified on 20170410 .