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Oculus Rift CV1 to be released in Q1 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 52 mins ago

Since the Oculus Rift hit Kickstarter the world has been wondering when the CV1 (Consumer Version 1) would be released to the public. Well, now we know: Q1 2016.

 

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Oculus VR announced the news just now, with the hardware on the final version, as well as its price, still unknown. However, the company did say: "The Oculus Rift builds on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype with an improved tracking system that supports both seated and standing experiences, as well as updated ergonomics for a more natural fit, and a highly refined industrial design".

 

The teasing continues: "In the weeks ahead, we'll be revealing the details around hardware, software, input, and many of our unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences coming to the Rift. Next week, we'll share more of the technical specifications here on the Oculus blog".

EA expects to sell at least 9-10M copies of Star Wars: Battlefront

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 53 mins ago

Electronic Arts expects to sell a minimum of 9-10 million copies of Star Wars: Battlefront during its first fiscal year once it's released on November 17, according to EA CFO Blake Jorgensen. The game will launch for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC - and will ship right out of the gate with 12 multiplayer maps.

 

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Star Wars: Battlefront is a major title launch that will be just in time for the holidays, and there is little room for error. The company says it has learned from its mistakes related to a rocky launch of Battlefield 4, and doesn't believe those issues will be repeated this time around.

 

"We learned a lot coming out of Battlefield 4," Jorgensen said during a quarterly investor call. "We've launched a lot of large-scale titles on our infrastructure [since BF4], like Dragon Age: Inquisition and Battlefield Hardline... we've been making significant investments into core infrastructure in security and stability."

EA reports positive Q4 FY15 and full year FY15 financial results

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 27 mins ago

Claiming their profits are due to "putting our players first," Electronic Arts (EA) has published a strong Financial Year 2015 report and full year 2015 report.

 

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Involving a fiscal year ranking as the number one publisher on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, they boasted over 30 million game sessions of Battlefield Hardline played in the fourth quarter alone.

 

As far as income is concerned, EA reported a Q4 net revenue of $896 million (above guidance of $830 million) and a diluted earnings per share of $0.39 compared to the expected $0.22. They also reported a 2016 fiscal net revenue of $4.4 billion, projecting a negative $250 million result due to foreign exchange rates.

 

Alongside this news was a mobile revenue record for EA, coming in at $524 million for the fiscal year.

Android bests iOS for mobile ad revenue as Windows Phone lags badly

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 37 mins ago

According to a recent report published by Opera Mediaworks, Android has now beaten iOS in the overall mobile ad revenue share department.

 

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With Android traffic being listed as 65.17% compared to Apple's iOS at 22.34% and the revenues at 45.77% and 45.44% respectively this signifies a change in the market.

 

It's basically all about the top two as Michael has reported previously, with the fight for third place going on strong in the mobile market. The research by Opera further shows that 'Other' phone operating systems are listed at a revenue of 5.48% with Windows Phone coming up last achieving a small 0.09% compared to BlackBerry's second last placement of 1.96%.

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COUGAR claims to have settled the Console vs PC Debate

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 2 hours, 49 mins ago

Case, cooler, PSU and peripheral manufacturer COUGAR has just claimed in their latest press release to have settled the "Console vs PC Debate."

 

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A bold claim I know, so how do they justify this? Their QBX Mini-ITX gaming case (pictured) has just gathered an award in the Computex d&i 2015 rounds, explaining that this is due to its innovative design.

 

The self-proclaimed "revolutionary gaming case" offers users the ability to pack in several SSDs, video cards up to 350mm long and more into this small Mini-ITX chassis.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now has over 30 million players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 21 mins ago

While the numbers might go to a game like League of Legends, Blizzard is still hitting some big ones across the park like World of Warcraft, and the collectible card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

 

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The official Twitter account for Hearthstone has revealed that the game now has over 30 million players that play the collectible card game across more than six different platforms, something that includes Android and iOS. This is good timing, as there is a new Adventure Mode that Blizzard released for Hearthstone, something that is called Blackrock Mountain.

Consumers aren't sure if they should trust mobile payments just yet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 hours, 58 mins ago

The mobile payments ecosystem is on the rise in the United States, with Apple Pay helping bring much-needed attention to the surging industry. However, it looks like Americans are unsure what to make of mobile payment security, especially after several notable point-of-sale (PoS) data breaches.

 

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Twenty-four percent of survey respondents believe mobile payments are more secure than debit and credit card payments, though 27 percent feel there are more issues, according to 451 Research. Consumers want to use mobile payments that are available to them, and with Apple Pay only available to iPhone owners, there is room for multiple companies to make an impact.

 

"The introduction of Apple Pay has catalyzed a wave of strategic moves across the mobile payments ecosystem," said Jordan McKee, senior mobile payments analyst at 451 Research.

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Intel's upcoming Core i7-6700K will replace the flagship i7-4790K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 5 hours, 11 mins ago

We reported about the new Intel Core i7-6700K not too long ago, but a refresher has hit: the upcoming Skylake-S processors will have at least five processors in their family, and will be direct replacements for the current Haswell-powered CPUs from Intel.

 

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The new Core i7-6700K will replace the i7-4790K which finds itself in enthusiast and high-end gamers' LGA 1150 sockets, but we should also see the i5-6600K which will also be popular, too. Then there's the news of a possible speed improvement coming in Q1 2016, which should see Intel twisting the pain on AMD just that little bit more.

 

In Q1 2016, we should also see Intel introduce its Broadwell-E platform, which will result in the replacement of the current Haswell-E based Core i7-5960X.

Garena aquires Heroes of Newerth from S2 Games as Frostburn Studios

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 14 mins ago

As seen in a recent press release, Garena has developed a subsidiary called Frostburn Studios and taken over the management and game development of Heroes of Newerth (HoN) from S2 Games.

 

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This move aligns with the fifth anniversary of HoN as this online multiplayer game still sees a large popularity within many eastern countries.

 

Known as one of the biggest 'MOBA' style games before the birth of League of Legends and Dota2, HoN has seen a small decline in recent years marked around the time of their 2013 'HoN Tour' finals. It has remained quite popular in Asia however with Garena picking up the game and naming the popular community figure Brad Bower as their head.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall lawsuit over 1080p marketing dismissed in court

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 hours, 51 mins ago

We reported back in August last year that Sony was being sued for falsely advertising its PlayStation 4 exclusive Killzone: Shadow Fall at 1080p, but Judge Edward M. Chen of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, while in agreement with both parties, dismissed the lawsuit "with prejudice".

 

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This means that the plaintiff cannot file another legal action on this matter at anytime in the future. The terms of the dismissal were filed under seal, with each side of the argument needing to settle their own legal fees. Last year, Douglas Ladore from California filed a lawsuit against Sony for Killzone: Shadow Fall. Ladore was suing over the marketing that Sony deployed for the PS4 launch title, as it said the game would be running at 1080p, and it did not.

 

Killzone: Shadow Fall's multiplayer had "a technological shortcut that was supposed to provide 'subjectively similar' results" to the native resolution of 1920x1080, said Ladore. Guerilla Games had used a "temporal reprojection" technique for the multiplayer side of Shadow Fall, which according to the studio, produces an image that is indistinguishable from a 1080p version "most of the time".

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