PS5 and Xbox Series X GPU specs leak: how powerful is next-gen?

remarkable story unfolded last April where it seemed that an intrepid explorer of the 3DMark benchmark database stumbled upon preliminary testing for a new gaming processor from AMD dubbed ‘Gonzalo’ – almost certainly a codename for work-in-progress PlayStation 5 silicon. The notion of a PC benchmark database yielding top secret information about an upcoming next-gen console seems implausible – but further leaks over the last few days not only back up the Gonzalo story but also deliver new details about the graphics core of the new machine. On top of that, the leak also contains tantalising hints about the technical make-up of the Xbox Series X GPU too.

The scale and scope of this latest leak is remarkable and the origin of the new information seems even more far-fetched than the Gonzalo story, leading many to believe that the entire thing may be a work of fiction. However, having looked into the situation and independently verified the source, the overwhelming evidence is that the data does indeed originate from AMD – and hasn’t been doctored. We’re lacking crucial context for sure but the reasons to doubt the veracity of the leak are somewhat thin on the ground.

From what I can gather, someone at AMD’s ASIC validation department used GitHub to store fragments of internal testing data from a range of work-in-progress Team Red projects. The leaks include testing of next-gen desktop and mobile Ryzen APUs along with some deep-dive testing on the PS5 chip, now codenamed Oberon. While the data is not public, it’s clear that the GitHub test data has travelled far and wide: further details from the leak mentioned in this article are being discussed at length on ResetEra, for example. The genie is out of the bottle.

My understanding is that this data was first stored on GitHub around six to seven months ago – and looking back over noted leakers’ timelines on Twitter, the source seems to have been picked up on as early as August. While this may suggest that the testing data doesn’t reflect current next-gen console specs, it’s important to remember that developing a microprocessor of the complexity we’re talking about here tends to be a multi-year effort. Testing and validating a chip to ensure that it meets performance targets and that it passes debugging is in itself a lengthy process – and making changes to the architecture of the chip at this point is unlikely. Tweaks to clock speeds or accompanying memory are a possibility but the timeline we have suggests that Sony already took the decision to push GPU clock speeds higher by the time the leaked testing took place.

Jurgen Klopp expecting Liverpool contract rebel to quit Anfield

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not putting any pressure on Adam Lallana to extend his stay at Anfield, according to reports.

The England international playmaker has only started three matches in the Premier League this season, providing a goal and an assist.

And despite those low numbers, there is still expected to be plenty of interest in Lallana this summer when his contract expires.

The Daily Telegraph claims that Klopp is ‘resigned to losing’ the 31-year-old in the summer, despite wanting him to sign a one-year extension to his current deal.

The report adds that there is ‘no pressure on Lallana to commit’ to Liverpool beyond his current contract and that Klopp ‘understands Lallana is too good to be a back-up player’.

It is also claimed that Klopp will get the backing of Liverpool‘s board if Lallana ‘indicates he wants to stay’, with the club’s hierarchy ready to green-light a one-year extension.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have reportedly opened talks with Sevilla over a potential £65m deal to sign talented defender Diego Carlos – a man Jurgen Klopp wants as Virgil van Dijk’s long-term partner at the heart of defence.

Dutchman Van Dijk has been a revelation during his two years at Anfield, helping the club win three trophies and playing a leading role in their march to what appears to be Premier League title success this season.

Bitcoin Price Poised to Jump 40% Towards $10,000; Here’s Why


Bitcoin Price Poised to Jump 40% Towards $10,000; Here’s Why

While Bitcoin saw a strong rejection at $7,500, with the price of the leading cryptocurrency rapidly plunging to $7,200, leading some to suggest that an extended bearish reversal was possible, analysts remain bullish on BTC.

A prominent cryptocurrency trader recently remarked that his analysis of Bitcoin’s chart over the past few months shows that a key bullish divergence is forming, which implies that the price of the asset could surge by 40% in the coming weeks.

Full-time trader Cold Blooded Shiller recently posted the below analysis of Bitcoin’s Renko candle chart, which shows the price action over the past three years.

While there is little on the chart, the trader drew attention to two previous bouts of price action in BTC’s history, during which the price rallied by 32% and 40%, respectively, after a bullish divergence was formed between his indicator and the price.

The same divergence is forming yet again, implying that BTC could soon rally by up to 40%, which would mean the price of the asset would take $10,000.

It isn’t only this divergence pointed out by Cold Blooded Shiller that suggests Bitcoin is on the verge of bursting higher by 40%.

Earlier this year, Filb Filb posted the below chart, showing that he expected for BTC to jump by dozens of percent to near $10,000, then collapse to the low-$6,000s to interact with the “miners bottom range.”

While some laughed this off as pure bearish sentiment at the time, FilbFilb’s prediction was proven to be nearly 100% accurate, with Bitcoin surging past $10,000 in a temporary relief rally, then crashing the mid-$6,000s just earlier this month.

The chart now predicts that Bitcoin will form an Adam & Eve-esque bottom in the $7,000s, prior to breaking to the upside, rallying to $10,000 (40% above current levels) by the time of the halving in May 2020.

Although Cold Blooded Shiller’s analysis seemingly implies a bounce is on the horizon, it may not be a bounce that will take Bitcoin out of the bear trend formed after the $14,000 peak established in June.

The trader noted that as it stands, Bitcoin is in a “markdown from distribution” near the $13,000-$14,000 top, a markdown contained by a descending channel that has existed since the top of the recent bull run. When the top of the channel is hit, sellers dump their coins; when the bottom of the channel is touched, buyers step in, pushing the price back towards the middle of the channel.

PS Plus January 2020: Forget free PS4 games, PlayStation fans should see these rewards

PS Plus January 2020 free games may have been delayed, but you need to grab these PlayStation Plus rewards before they expire.

The new PS Plus January 2020 free games might be a little bit delayed for the first time in as far back as we can remember, but, there’s more important news PlayStation Plus subscribers need to be aware of.

Namely, did you know that PS Plus has a rewards programme? And that it’s all bundled into your existing subscription on top of your two free games a month and various PS Plus store discounts.

It’s ok if you didn’t realise that these offers exist, in fairness PlayStation doesn’t do a fantastic job of making their PS Plus subscribers aware of these optional extra’s.

They only seem to exist on some random tab hidden away on the main PlayStation website.

At the time of writing PlayStation Plus owners can also grab themselves a variety of rewards, simply for being signed up as part of the service. This includes everything from money off at Domino’s Pizza to a cheap Now TV passes.

Here’s the full list of offers available at the time of writing:

WhatsApp will stop working on these phones soon: Check if yours is on the list

  • WhatsApp will completely stop working on all Windows-supported phones from 31 December, 2019
  • The popular messaging app will also not work on a number of Android and iOS phones from 1 February, 2020

Come 2020, WhatsApp will stop working on a number of smartphones. As updated on the FAQ section of the Facebook-owned messaging app, there are several Android and iOS phones that may not be able to run the app as the company will withdraw support for older versions of OS from 1 February, 2020.

According to the information on WhatsApp FAQ section, Android phones running on Android 2.3.7 operating system and lower as well as iPhones running on iOS 8 and lower will not be compatible with the chat app from next year.

WhatsApp also stressed on the fact that these older versions of Android and iOS operating systems “can no longer create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts after February 1, 2020.”

However, the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform will keep the app running for select phones with KaiOS 2.5.1+ OS, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.

Moreover, in what may come as a bad news for Windows OS users, WhatsApp earlier announced that is also withdrawing support for all Windows phones from December 31, 2019 — the same month that Microsoft ends support of its Windows 10 Mobile OS. The company also added that the app “might not be available in the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019.”

But, if you have a Windows smartphone, and don’t want to lose all your chats and information after 31 December, 2019 there is an option to save your chats.

Open the chat you wish to export, and tap on Group Info.

Tap ‘Export Chat’. You’ll then be given the option to download the chat with or without media. Choose your option and export all your chats.

WhatsApp also highlighted that the decision to end WhatsApp support for these Android phones and iPhones will not affect a lot of users.

Here is the list of all the operating systems that will not support WhatsApp from next year:

-Android versions 2.3.7 and older

-iOS 8 and older

All Windows OS phones from 31 December, 2019

WhatsApp also listed the operating systems that the app supports and recommends users to use the following updated devices:

-Android running OS 4.0.3+