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Character Spotlight On Atelier Sophie 2, Out February 25

Sophie Neuenmuller has been such a magical character to me since we first introduced her six years ago in Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, and I know that many fans reading this feel the same way. When I was thinking about what we could do for the 25th anniversary of the Atelier […]

Nearly 80 Percent Of Financial Firms Use AI To Improve Services, Reduce Fraud

From the largest firms trading on Wall Street to banks providing customers with fraud protection to fintechs recommending best-fit products to consumers, AI is driving innovation across the financial services industry. New research from NVIDIA found that 78 percent of financial services professionals state that their company uses accelerated computing to deliver AI-enabled applications through Read article >
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Let Me Upgrade You: GeForce NOW Adds Resolution Upscaling And More This GFN Thursday

GeForce NOW is taking cloud gaming to new heights. This GFN Thursday delivers an upgraded streaming experience as part of an update that is now available to all members. It includes new resolution upscaling options to make members’ gaming experiences sharper, plus the ability to customize streaming settings in session. The GeForce NOW app is Read article >
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A Glimpse At Horizon Forbidden West PS4 Gameplay

We have some exciting news for you all: we are thrilled to announce that Horizon Forbidden West has gone Gold! This means we are all set to start printing and distributing the game, ready for you to experience Aloy’s journey into the Forbidden West for yourselves in less than a month. I want to take […]

(For Southeast Asia) Lunar New Year Promotion Comes To PlayStation Store

Lunar New Year promotion comes to PlayStation Store on 26 January! Enjoy up to 80% off on a huge range of incredible PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 until 9 February. Highlighted titles include FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles, Call of Duty®: Vanguard – Cross-Gen Bundle and It Takes […]

Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection Performance Review

Nathan Drake is back once again with his first PlayStation 5 adventure, bringing Chloe and friends along for an updated and upgraded dual package of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and the spinoff Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Offering enhancements and some huge performance leaps over the globetrotting thief’s PS4 & PS4 Pro release. But is a treasure worth fighting for?This new remaster offers a few paths to play, with existing disc or digital owners of the PS4 version of either included game being able to upgrade for $10s, euros, or great British pounds to this new pack. Or you can make a full purchase if you’re new to the Uncharted fold, and even PC players will get a release later this year. As we have seen in previous remasters from Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima, you can easily import your PS4 save using the main menu’s in-built conversation tool. Allowing you to pick up where you left off – just sharper and faster than before. Simply download or USB copy your save over to your ps5 drive, then fire it up and convert it to a PS5 format. Note that you can copy multiple saves; you simply need to do them one at a time from the main menu.Indiana ModesThe biggest upgrades are resolution and performance, with Legacy of Thieves offering three modes of play. Sadly, there is no multiplayer included in this version, which is a shame as one mode would’ve really helped that style of gameplay. The first of the trio of modes is Fidelity, which runs at a sharp and crisp 3840x2160 (aka 4K) resolution at the same 30fps as the PS4 & Pro version, which run at 1920x1080 and 2560x1440, respectively. This helps all related buffers within the image, such as alpha textures, shadows, screen space reflections, and more. Sadly, there is no multiplayer included in this version.Next – and likely the most popular – is Performance mode, which offers the same 2560x1440 resolution of the PS4 Pro by doubling framerates to 60fps by halving frame-times to 16.67ms. The loss in pixel clarity from 4K is a minor but noticeable sacrifice, but the gain in temporal pixel counts and extra fluidity is a welcome one, specifically considering the controller input latency which I will get to later.What We Said About Uncharted 4: A Thief's EndUncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a remarkable achievement in blockbuster storytelling and graphical beauty. Though it’s let down by a lack of imagination and some self-indulgence, especially in a third act that drags on far too long, Uncharted 4 carries on the series’ proud tradition of peerless polish and style, with a great multiplayer component to boot. Most importantly, it’s a gentle sendoff to the rag-tag group of characters we’ve known for nine years. A worthy thief’s end, indeed. - Lucy O'Brien, May 10, 2016Score: 9Read the full Uncharted 4 ReviewFinally, we have the Perf+ mode, which again doubles framerates over the Performance mode to 120fps – so long as you have a TV to support that. The cost is, again, resolution, which now drops by 50% to 1080p, matching the base PS4 but running at four times the framerate. This mode is clearly the one that looks the softest on a 4K screen, but the latency improvements are again noticeable even over the 60fps Performance mode. No Dynamic resolution scaling appears to be in use but the engine’s temporal anti-aliasing (TAA) helps minimize noisy segments and the MB shutter speed has been increased to compensate for the faster framerates, which helps improve clarity in motion on objects, textures, and more over the PS4 and PS4 Pro. All three modes are available in Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy and can easily be swapped in the menus with no delay, meaning you can pick your poison between pixel clarity or pixel frequency, and swap between them based on what you’re doing at the time. With a game such as Uncharted, the increased controller refresh fluidity is beneficial, if not game changing. What is a humongous improvement, though, is the cartridge-like loading times – or rather the near lack thereof. Even on an SSD-powered PS4 Pro the load from a save unpacking into RAM can take over 36 seconds; on PS5, Legacy of Thieves is over 10 times faster, with loads now taking approximately three seconds and effectively removed. Menus simply fade out and the action fades in. This shift to a native PS5 app enabled Naughty Dog to leverage the SSD speed most integral to the memory subsystem configuration, all within the new SDK and relevant API calls. In addition, the Legacy of Thieves version has a smaller in footprint on your drive due to the Oodle texture compression tech and dedicated compression hardware built into the PS5’s system on a chip (SoC). With both games installed, it occupies 40% less drive space as a whole.PerformanceWhat of that performance then? Let’s start at the top: with Uncharted 4 and the PS4/Pro version, both targeted 30fps and in the majority of action, and they held close enough to that to never be an issue. One of the biggest and most frantic sections was the Raiders of the Lost Ark homage truck-and-jeep chase that was first revealed in the famous E3 2015 gameplay trailer. It saw dips on base PS4 and Pro to almost identical levels, mostly only into the next refresh cycle of 16ms, but this could see low 20fps moments crop up in brief segments of action, largely fill-rate and bandwidth-limited, but occasionally you could also get longer stutters with context switching. These cause 80 to 100ms spikes and hangs when they occur, pointing to CPU, memory, or other cache-related delays. These happen with the switch over to driving as the world simulation is warped back into line. As a 30fps game running on original PS4 hardware, though, it was solid. It should come as no surprise to see that on PS5 it does not drop a stitch within the same stressful segments when running in the native 4K/30fps mode. It keeps the frame-time meter flatter than a bad guy’s ECG after a run-in with Nate the serial killer. This is true of the Fidelity mode both in Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy.Action-heavy scenes secure Performance as the preferred mode in my playthrough of the PS5 port.Moving to the 60fps Performance mode, we do now start to see some drops in these same heavier sections of Uncharted 4 and some of the battles in Lost Legacy as well. They’ve been always minor and never that frequent in my run of play, but when it happens it skips into the next refresh cycle and they never add more than short-lived, mid-50fps segments. Most action scenes, cinematics, and exploration are at a steady 60fps, which is a solid boost from the previous 30fps ceiling. The same scenarios and sections play out in both games and really secure Performance as the preferred mode in my playthrough of the PS5 port.What We Said About Uncharted: The Lost LegacyUncharted: The Lost Legacy succeeds on the strength of its protagonists, writing, and phenomenal depiction of India’s jungles and ruins. Being in the company of Chloe and Nadine keeps its overly familiar action sequences and disappointingly empty open-world area interesting, and it regains its footing in smart puzzles and thrilling cinematic moments. -Marty Sliva, August 16, 2017Score: 7.5Read the full Uncharted: The Lost Legacy ReviewThe final Performance+ 120fps mode is the most demanding on CPU time, and any bottlenecks that may crop up when trying to target such a high refresh rate of 8ms. As such, we can see more frequent dips from this target in both games across action, and they are the biggest when driving across the wide, linear levels in the jeep. Uncharted 4 does come out on top, maintaining frame rates above 100fps in my tested segments. Again, due to 8ms frame time being half that of 60fps the drops here are almost imperceptible when they crop up. The Lost Legacy, on the other hand, can be a little heavier on the GPU and fill-rate with all the foliage amongst the battles, which see us drop close to that 100fps line more often and into the 90s when we look at long terrain views while driving. These are again, brief, and infrequent enough to not be of a great concern, but they’re the only drops I really noticed without the frame-rate tool picking them up.Also, with this being a PS5 port of the Pro version now running at four times the framerate, we do see some physics glitches and sped-up animation crop up at times. They’re noticeable when they do, but are rarely game-breaking. The extra fluidity offered by the 120fps mode from the movement and the controller input times are excellent, though. Alongside the DualSense improvements of Haptic Feedback and adaptive triggers, we can see huge reductions in input times, which is a key area of the Naughty Dog engine. They stagger work over three frames in addition to any core engine polling latency, meaning that each frame is treated to CPU-GPU-render stages. Based on the PS4 Pro, we see approximately 144ms of input time as the median, i.e., the most likely input times from a collection of tested actions. This is slightly slower by 4 to 8ms on the PS5 in the 30fps Fidelity mode, but we see big and noticeable reductions on this as we move through 60 and then 120fps modes, with 120fps being sub-100ms and approximately 60ms at the absolute best point.SummaryUncharted 4 is The Last Crusade for Nate in more ways than one. Here it is refined, smoother, faster, and sharper, but not to a level I am sure many hoped. Unlike God of War on PC, which we covered a couple of weeks ago, we get no further bells and whistles over PS4 Pro. Improved textures and resolution are the only minor visual boosts, with level of detail, ambient occlusion, and others all remaining the same. These would still not transform Uncharted 4 or The Lost Legacy, but might have enticed more returning fans to double dip on the Legacy of Thieves Collection. It remains to be seen what the PC version scheduled for later this year will offer over this one; support for a 21:9 aspect ratio would be great to add. Overall, Legacy of Thieves on PS5 is a great update to those than prefer faster and cleaner images but more aimed at those diving into either of these for the first time, or the cheaper $10 option for the hardcore who want to double dip. It’s a refined and improved version for sure, which highlights just how far Naughty Dog was ahead of the pack even in 2016. But for anything over sheer performance and controller improvements, you may be left wanting a little more treasure.

How Ramen VR Built Zenith: The Last City, An Epic VRMMO, Out Tomorrow

The wait is finally over, and we welcome you all to join us on an action-filled adventure in the expansive and beautifully stylized fantasy open world of Zenith: The Last City, the first full-scale MMO for VR, launching on January 27 for PlayStation VR. Combat – Designing a visceral combat system All of the classes […]

A YEAR ON ROBLOX: 2021 IN DATA

2021 was a transformative year for Roblox. As we reimagine the way people come together through shared experiences, our community grew from 32.6 million daily active users in 2020 to nearly 50 million* across 180 countries. With this growth came a groundswell of talented developers who leveraged our latest technological advancements to create engaging and […]
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PlayStation Plus Games For February: EA Sports UFC 4, Planet Coaster: Console Edition, Tiny Tina’s Assault On Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure

Let quick reflexes, dice rolls or skillful management shape your fate with February’s PlayStation Plus lineup. Do you enter the octagon in EA Sports UFC 4, storm castles in Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure or build parks in Planet Coaster: Console Edition? All three games join PlayStation Plus February 1. […]

Crusader Kings III Heads To PS5 On March 29

Hey everyone, Justin Forrest,  Design Director at Lab42, here! All of us at Lab42 Games are very happy to partner with Paradox Interactive in bringing Crusader Kings III, one of the world’s most popular PC strategy games to the PlayStation 5. And we are now ready to announce the date for the release. You will […]

Hatch Me If You Can: Startup’s Sorting Machines Use AI To Protect Healthy Fish Eggs

Fisheries collect millions upon millions of fish eggs, protecting them from predators to increase fish yield and support the propagation of endangered species — but an issue with gathering so many eggs at once is that those infected with parasites can put healthy ones at risk. Jensorter, an Oregon-based startup, has created AI-powered fish egg Read article >
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Kao The Kangaroo (2022) Announced

Kao the Kangaroo, the mascot platformer first seen two decades ago on the Sega Dreamcast and Game Boy Advance, is returning for a reboot on all major platforms (PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X) this summer. Watch the announcement trailer above and click through a half-dozen new screenshots in the gallery below.Punchy kangaroo Kao will again navigate colorful worlds clad in boxing gloves that can be imbued with various abilities. Coin-collecting is a must, of course, and the developers at Tate Multimedia also promise challenging combat along with "unique boss battles." Naturally, it's a family-friendly game that Tate says will have an engaging story.Check out IGN's review of the Sega Dreamcast version of Kao the Kangaroo from 2001, and our review of the GBA version from 2002.Ryan McCaffrey is IGN's executive editor of previews and host of both IGN's weekly Xbox show, Podcast Unlocked, as well as our monthly(-ish) interview show, IGN Unfiltered. He's a North Jersey guy, so it's "Taylor ham," not "pork roll." Debate it with him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan.

UK Biobank Advances Genomics Research With NVIDIA Clara Parabricks

UK Biobank is broadening scientists’ access to high-quality genomic data and analysis by making its massive dataset available in the cloud alongside NVIDIA GPU-accelerated analysis tools. Used by more than 25,000 registered researchers around the world, UK Biobank is a large-scale biomedical database and research resource with deidentified genetic datasets, along with medical imaging and Read article >
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Tips And Tricks To Slay The Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires Demo

While the Dynasty Warriors franchise is known for its electrifying 1 vs. 1,000 musou action, Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires adds some more strategic and tactical elements to the gameplay, forcing gamers to not only outfight their enemies, but to outthink them on the battlefield. And while the full game launches February 15, the free demo […]

Vulkan Fan? Six Reasons To Run It On NVIDIA

Many different platforms, same great performance. That’s why Vulkan is a very big deal. With the release Tuesday of Vulkan 1.3, NVIDIA continues its unparalleled record of day one driver support for this cross-platform GPU application programming interface for 3D graphics and computing. Vulkan has been created by experts from across the industry working together Read article >
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I’ve Seen The Metaverse – And I Don’t Want It

The tech world has been overtaken by the seductive idea of a virtual utopia, but what’s on offer looks more like a late-capitalist technocratic nightmareI have spent large portions of my life in virtual worlds. I’ve played video games since I was six; ...

2021 Year In Review — A Letter From Our CEO

It’s been an extraordinary year for our global Roblox community of users, developers, and employees. We continued to advance our technology to enable deeper forms of communication, immersion, and expression in line with our vision to reimagine the way people come together. We listed Roblox on the New York Stock Exchange, and we hosted our […]
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Meta Works With NVIDIA To Build Massive AI Research Supercomputer

Meta Platforms gave a big thumbs up to NVIDIA, choosing our technologies for what it believes will be its most powerful research system to date. The AI Research SuperCluster (RSC), announced today, is already training new models to advance AI. Once fully deployed, Meta’s RSC is expected to be the largest customer installation of NVIDIA Read article >
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How The Intelligent Supply Chain Broke And AI Is Fixing It

Let’s face it, the global supply chain may not be the most scintillating subject matter. Yet in homes and businesses around the world, it’s quickly become the topic du jour: empty shelves; record price increases; clogged ports and sick truckers leading to disruptions near and far. The business of organizing resources to supply a product Read article >
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Share Of The Week: Round

Last week, we asked you to look around for some curved moments in your favorite games using #PSshare #PSBlog. From disk-like suns to round sword swings, here are this week’s highlights:  bombeard shares Selene facing a circular fallen structure in Returnal. Gamography_ share’s Jin’s katana against the setting sun in Ghost of Tsushima. Alien_K121 shares […]

NVIDIA GPUs Enable Simulation Of A Living Cell

Every living cell contains its own bustling microcosm, with thousands of components responsible for energy production, protein building, gene transcription and more. Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have built a 3D simulation that replicates these physical and chemical characteristics at a particle scale — creating a fully dynamic model that mimics the Read article >
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GFN Thursday: ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction’ Charges Into GeForce NOW

Hello, Operator. This GFN Thursday brings the launch of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction to GeForce NOW. Plus, four new games are joining the GeForce NOW library to let you start your weekend off right. Your New Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It Grab your gadgets and get ready to game. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Read article >
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Van, Go: Pony.ai Unveils Next-Gen Robotaxi Fleet Built On NVIDIA DRIVE Orin

Robotaxis are on their way to delivering safer transportation, driving across various landscapes and through starry nights. This week, Silicon Valley-based self-driving startup Pony.ai announced its next-generation autonomous computing platform, built on NVIDIA DRIVE Orin for high-performance and scalable compute. The centralized system will serve as the brain for a robotaxi fleet of Toyota Sienna Read article >
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New NVIDIA AI Enterprise Release Lights Up Data Centers

With a new year underway, NVIDIA is helping enterprises worldwide add modern workloads to their mainstream servers using the latest release of the NVIDIA AI Enterprise software suite. NVIDIA AI Enterprise 1.1 is now generally available. Optimized, certified and supported by NVIDIA, the latest version of the software suite brings new updates including production support Read article >
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Fusing Art And Tech: MORF Gallery CEO Scott Birnbaum On Digital Paintings, NFTs And More

Browse through MORF Gallery — virtually or at an in-person exhibition — and you’ll find robots that paint, digital dreamscape experiences, and fine art brought to life by visual effects. The gallery showcases cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind artwork from award-winning artists who fuse their creative skills with AI, machine learning, robotics and neuroscience. Scott Birnbaum, CEO and Read article >
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Billions Served: NVIDIA Merlin Helps Fuel Clicks For Online Giants

Online commerce has rocketed to trillions of dollars worldwide in the past decade, serving billions of consumers. Behind the scenes of this explosive growth in online sales is personalization driven by recommender engines. Recommenders make shopping deeply personalized. While searching for products on e-commerce sites, they find you. Or suggestions can just appear. This wildly Read article >
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How Retailers Meet Tough Challenges Using NVIDIA AI 

At the National Retail Federation’s annual trade show, conversations tend to touch on recurring themes: “Will we be able to stock must-have products for next Christmas?,” “What incentives can I offer to loyal workers?” and “What happens to my margins if Susie Consumer purchases three of the same dresses online and returns two?” The $26 Read article >
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AI Startup To Take A Bite Out Of Fast-Food Labor Crunch

Addressing a growing labor crisis among quick-service restaurants, startup Vistry is harnessing AI to automate the process of taking orders. The company will share its story at the NRF Big Show, the annual industry gathering of the National Retail Federation in New York, starting Jan. 16. “They’re closing restaurants because there is not enough labor,” Read article >
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GFN Thursday: ‘Fortnite’ Comes To IOS Safari And Android Through NVIDIA GeForce NOW Via Closed Beta

Starting next week, Fortnite on GeForce NOW will launch in a limited-time closed beta for mobile, all streamed through the Safari web browser on iOS and the GeForce NOW Android app. The beta is open for registration for all GeForce NOW members, and will help test our server capacity, graphics delivery and new touch controls Read article >
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Parental Tips For Having Fun On Roblox This Holiday Season

The holidays are here, and your kids and teens may be spending more time online and on Roblox. Find out what parents and caregivers can do to take part in their kids' online lives and help them have fun and stay safe on Roblox and online in general t
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