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OWC's ThunderBay 4 Mini Thunderbolt 2 external storage devices goes under the spotlight as we check it out thoroughly.
OWC's ThunderBay 4 Mini Thunderbolt 2 external storage devices goes under the spotlight as we check it out thoroughly.
Back in September of last year, at IFA in Berlin, Huawei launched a new series of smartphones named nova (yes, with lowercase 'n').
Now, the company has announced the second generation of the nova series - the nova 2 and nova 2 plus. The biggest difference, compared to its predecessor, is that the new models come with a dual rear camera setup.
Both the nova 2 and nova 2 plus have a 12MP + 8MP rear camera and a 20MP front shooter. For a comparison, the company's latest flagship, the P10, has an 8MP selfie camera.
Nintendo continues to gain momentum as investors predict Monster Hunter XX being a major Switch system-seller in Japan.
Nintendo's shares have soared to their highest point in eight years on Friday following the announcement that Monster Hunter XX, the latest entry in Capcom's ultra-popular video game series, will arrive on Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid in Japan. Thanks to the announcement Nintendo shares raised by over 5% in one day, representing a sizable $2.2 billion increase in the company's market capitalization.
Since the Switch released on March 3 of this year Nintendo shares have been steadily rising as the system gained momentum and broke sales milestones. As of Friday the company's stock sits at $300 a share (33,510 yen), surpassing last year's massive Pokemon GO share spike by 5.48%.
This week Dell launched their Memorial Day Sale, and while the discounts on their Inspiron and XPS series are okay the real values we found after digging through are three configurations of the Dell's premium (re: pricey) Alienware Aurora gaming desktops. With price between $734 and $1,199, the included specs are surprisingly about what you could get if you build the system yourself.
The instant savings on all the Aurora's are impressive in the sale, but it's the stacking $50 off coupon code is the real extra kicker, making these machines some of the best Alienware gaming desktop values of 2017 (we admit its strange to have the word value next to an Alienware machine). Plug in the coupon code at checkout to get the best prices. These deals are valid now through May 29.
Update: The $50 off coupon no longer applies to the Alienware Aurora desktops, making all the deals below slightly worst off, though still competitively priced for an Alienware machine.
Use Code: 50OFF699
The most expensive Alienware Aurora with a Quad Core i7-7700, 16GB RAM, and a GTX 1070 is an impressive $350 off the usual $1,550 list price. That is the greatest dollar amount savings in the sale. Considering a similar spec'ed system with equal amount of RAM, hard drive, processor, case, power supply, and GTX 1070 would cost about $1,190 to build this system on your own (and you'll probably have to pay for an OS on top of that) we are actually seeing a reasonable price for an higher-end Alienware desktop.
The second tier Aurora deal with a GTX 1060 would be a good buy for someone in the market to game on strong settings without breaking the bank. It's an excellent value at $850, which is $250 cheaper than its usual $1,100 list price. To build a similar spec machine, we estimate parts will come in at about $930. Finally, for the $733 RX 560 - you should expect about $812 for a similar machine - so each tier has even more relative savings (though you do get quite a bit less in performance with the 2GB RX 560 compare to the 6GB GTX 1060.
For those not looking or have the time to build their own system, these Aurora machines are currently at market price in return for time savings on your own labor. In terms of pricing, they are also some of the best prices we've seen yet in 2017 for Alienware machines and as of writing, are our current top pick in Dell's 2017 Memorial Day sale.
Thanks to heavy hitters like GTA V and GTA Online, Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive hit an all-time high in add-on earnings.
In the fiscal year ending March 2017, Take-Two Interactive hit a record milestone in monetization earnings, with Grand Theft Auto Online's lucrative in-app purchases leading the pack. "During fiscal 2017, we delivered Bookings and cash provided by operating activities that significantly exceeded our original expectations, along with revenue growth and margin expansion," Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a recent report. "These results were driven by the continued extraordinary performance of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, a diverse array of exciting titles from 2K, and record digitally-delivered revenue and Bookings, including our highest-ever from recurrent consumer spending."
To get an idea of just how much of an impact GTA Online and other digitally monetized games affect Take-Two's earnings, let's take a look at the financials themselves. Take-Two's total digital net revenue surged to $921.7 million for the fiscal year, representing a mighty 32% year-over-year boost. The company says recurrent consumer spending via microtransactions, in-app purchases and DLC in games like GTA Online made up an incredible 50% of all digitally-delivered net revenue, or 26% of all total net revenues for the period. This means in-app purchases raked in raked in almost half a billion dollars in net revenue for Take-Two, or $460.85 million.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is being developed specifically to harness the power of a "new generation of consoles," hinting the game will run in 4K with HDR support and expansive features on consoles, while leveraging the full brunt of Microsoft's high-end Project Scorpio console and Sony's new PS4 Pro system.
Rockstar Games recently delayed Red Dead Redemption 2 to Spring 2018, and now its parent company Take-Two Interactive recently commented on why the game was pushed back, affirming the sequel is being built from scratch for the first time ever.
"The purpose of the delay of Red Dead Redemption 2 is to make sure we deliver the most extraordinary experience we're capable of providing," Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said during the company's recent earnings call. "We haven't run into particular [technical] issues [with development], and we are building Red Dead Redemption 2 as a new game from the ground up for the first time for the new generation of consoles."
Square Enix is eager to embrace the games industry's gravitation towards the digital games as a service business model, and will bake in key features in its future games to ensure long-term monetization.
Today's games market is ruled by digital operations: big-name publishers like Activsion and EA are finding new and inventive ways to make money from digital online games via microtransactions and key engagement models. Square Enix wants its cut too, and the publisher has re-affirmed its commitment to the games as a service model, and will plan its upcoming slate of titles with revenue opportunities in the form of in-game purchases and other lucrative staples.
Square Enix recently held a fiscal year results briefing to break down its successes in last year's earnings, and outline future plans. According to Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda, the Japanese games-maker will incorporate this business model into its games across all platforms--especially its smartphone and PC browser-based gaming segment. There's also plans to bring its arcade games to the entire global gaming audience via digital online game streaming.
Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar Games' parent company) affirms that Red Dead Redemption 2's recent delay won't have an impact on future Rockstar projects and activities, and won't interrupt Grand Theft Auto Online's roadmap.
Rockstar recently announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed past its original Fall 2017 timeline, and will release in Spring 2018 instead. However thanks to Take-Two's financials, we know that Red Dead Redemption 2 will actually release in its Fiscal Year 2019 roadmap, meaning the game won't launch until after April 2018.
Since RDR2 is such an absolutely massive title that Rockstar is spending tons of time on, gamers and analysts are worried the extra development caused by the delay could disrupt other projects in the studio's pipeline--namely the next big Grand Theft Auto game. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick affirms that's not the case: "The decision to move Red Dead Redemption 2 to FY2019 will have no impact on any of Rockstar Games' other activities," Zelnick said in a recent earnings call.
Ubisoft today announced players can team up with their friends and take on Far Cry 5's gun-toting cultists via a new Friend For Hire feature.
In Far Cry 5, players can recruit deadly hillbilly gunmen and even team up with animals like cougars and bears to dispatch their foes. But the best ally is your best friend: Far Cry 5's campaign has full online co-op integration. "Ally with a Friend For Hire to take down the cult in a two-player co-op experience that extends across the full campaign," reads the game's official fact sheet. The developer continues by saying: "Players will have total freedom to navigate this serene-looking yet deeply twisted world solo or entirely in two-player co-op as they fight for survival and freedom."
Ubisoft Montreal promises that Far Cry 5's Montana will be a veritable playground of choice and explosive action for players, featuring a variety of vehicles like airplanes outfitted with machine guns, ATVs to zoom around the forests, and even muscle cars to recreate old-school Dukes of Hazzard chaos. But the open world isn't just about GTAV-style anarchy; the studio says Hope County, Montana will actually evolve and react to the decisions you make throughout the game.
Ubisoft sates our curiosity about Far Cry 5 with a huge fact sheet full of details.
Far Cry 5 is shaping up to be quite an interesting-looking game; not only does the game follow the franchise's radical and ultra-violent themes by capturing a religious-based cult gone wrong, but it comes to the United States for the very first time. Ubisoft Montreal will develop the game, and the devs have packed in tons of features and content to ensure Far Cry 5 feels like the best Far Cry yet.
As we reported a bit ago, Far Cry 5 will have a dynamic open world that reacts to your in-game decisions, and evolves with time. Whatever you choose, bad or good, the world will change along with your character. The game will also feature a fully-fledged co-op mode that lets players team up with friends for the entire campaign. Ubisoft boasts that Far Cry 5 features the biggest assortment of customizable weapons and vehicles of any game in the series, and features a plethora of memorable characters as well as a riveting, ever-changing storyline that evolves with your decisions.
Far Cry 5 will release February 27, 2018. Check below for everything you need to know about the game.
Computex 2017 - EVGA is now officially showing off their super-custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin graphics cards, something that's not for mere mortals, but those who want the absolute best GTX 1080 Ti that money can buy - oh, and serious overclockers who use extreme cooling like LN2 to break world records.
EVGA's upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin features a fully custom multi-layer PCB with the 'KINGPIN' logo on the front of the PCB. But it's the rear of the GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin where all of the action is, with 8+8 pin PCIe power connectors on the end of the card (thank you, EVGA) and much more power that will be delivered across the overclocked GPU, GDDR5X VRAM, and electrical components.
There's even an EVBOT connector and points that can be used for PCB voltage reading, showing that EVGA has put everything including the kitchen sink into the GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin.
We are meeting EVGA during Computex and will hopefully get up close and personal with the GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin.