Next month, Xbox Live Gold is going to cost UK players a bit more. Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the UK have been receiving messages today from Microsoft alerting them that prices are going up. Multiple reports from players, and those in games media have been popping up all day. The one-month sub will now cost £7, up from £6. The three-months option is going up to £18 from £15, whereas the 12-month sub is now £50 instead of £40. In the message, Microsoft said the change was made to “address changing market conditions.” The new prices go in effect beginning May 8. In other words, you should stock up on Gold now if you want to pay the current prices. New subscribers will be charged the increased fee after May 8, but current subscribers will instead pay extra from August 7. Microsoft clarified the changes when asked for comment. See the company’s statement below in full. “To ensure gamers have consistent pricing for Xbox Live Gold … [Read more...] about Xbox Live Gold prices are going up in the UK [Update]
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Intel is rumoured to be launching the Intel i7 9700K this October. This high-end CPU is usually the holy grail for gaming performance, however, the i7 9700K isn’t like most i7 chips before it. No, this time Intel’s switched off Hyper-Threading, the tech that doubles the threads to every physical core, leaving this eight-core chip equally threaded this time around. And there’s also a new top CPU in town. Despite historically taking the top spot, the i7 9700K won’t be the flagship of the mainstream product stack. Instead, Intel’s i9 9900K, with eight-cores and 16-threads will be taking that accolade. This chip is the only eight-core mainstream CPU from Intel to feature Hyper-Threading, and it looks gamers may have to part with even more cash for the privilege of those extra threads. Both eight-core chips retain the LGA 1151 socket support. That means they will be compatible with current Coffee Lake motherboards – Z170, H370, H310, … [Read more...] about Intel i7 9700K release date, specs, price, and performance
There might not be long to wait for the first Intel eight-core CPU with Hyperthreading. Despite Intel keeping quiet about the chip’s existence, the i9 9900K has been all over the internet – promising to outperform even the red team’s finest AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. And we can confidently expect Intel’s latest chip to launch really soon. No, we’ve not just divined that from patterns of birds around our office, since benchmarks have begun flooding in from across the web it looks almost certain that the i9 9900K is in its final form and that Intel is gearing up for a launch. The benchmarks never lie. Actually, benchmarks often lie, but mostly only the ones that appear as skewed mobile phone pictures. They really are the worst. This isn’t the first time Intel has taken the initiative to stick the i9 prefix onto one of its fastest chips. The mobile i9 8950HK has been available for quite some time, and the HEDT platform chips, Skylake X, have been … [Read more...] about Intel i9 9900K CPU release date, specs, price, and performance
The graphics cards prices have been going through the roof and if you were wondering whether or not the introduction of the Nvidia GTX 2080 and other Nvidia Ampere graphics cards will decrease the price of current gaming graphics cards then you have come to the right place as we are going to talk about just that. We have been getting word that the upcoming Nvidia GTX 2080 will be released at GTC in May and if that is the case then you can expect the prices of current graphics cards to fall. How much the prices will increase is something that we cannot confirm right now but keeping in mind that the cryptocurrency miners are buying everything they can get their hands on, it is safe to assume that the drop in price will not be as great as what we are used to. Currently, Nvidia flagship graphics cards are priced well over $1000 so it is no surprise that you are wondering that upcoming graphics cards will also be expensive. Plus Nvidia has also confirmed that this will indeed be the case. … [Read more...] about After The Reveal Of Nvidia GTX 2080 Can You Expect Graphics Cards Prices To Go Down?
Cryptocurrency mining has caused the GPU prices to go sky-high and it seems that prices aren’t coming down anytime soon and now Nvidia has predicted that GPU prices will increase furthermore this year and it will be a while before the prices come down. This is according to Massdrop, a hardware marketplace, who recently had a talk with Nvidia in which the company predicted: “that the pricing in the market will continue to go up through Q3 of this year most likely before we start seeing any type of relief”. According to Massdrop’s tech community lead, Brian Hutchins: All new cell phones coming out by Apple and Samsung (and others) last year started using the same memory as graphics cards. Apple and Samsung are willing to pay more for this memory to make sure they get it first and all of it that they need. This has created a shortage of memory for the much smaller companies like MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, and EVGA to make graphics cards. Furthermore, Hutchins added … [Read more...] about Nvidia Predicts GPU Prices To Go Even Higher Throughout The Rest Of 2018