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Dreamworks looks to reboot 'Shrek' franchise

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

It's been fifteen years since the original 'Shrek' hit theaters, becoming a smash hit for Dreamworks and going on to gross over $3.5 billion worldwide. While the last film 'Shrek Forever After' was released six years ago, it seems that's long enough to justify a complete reboot.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, following the purchase of the Dreamworks Animation Studio by NBCUniversal, the new owners are actively seeking ways to resurrect the Mike Myers franchise. Confirming that 'Despicable Me' producer Chris Meledandri has been handed creative control over the studio, NBCUniversal chief executive Steve Burke told stockholders that Melendandri "is creatively going to try to help us figure out how to resurrect Shrek". NBCUniversal are hoping that DreamWorks can ramp up its output to as many as four films annually - over four times as many as Pixar animation under the Disney banner.


There's no word yet on how far the 'Shrek' reboot might be, but I'm sure it's being worked on as we speak.

Sony ran all of their E3 2016 demos on the current PS4, not Neo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

E3 2016 - Sony had a smash hit with E3 2016, with a big push into PlayStation VR, a huge reveal of Resident Evil 7, and just so much more that I can't cram into a single news post. But we did just find out that Sony ran all of their E3 2016 content on the current-gen PlayStation 4 console.




This included the reveal of the awesome-looking God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn (which wasn't running too well, IMO), The Last Guardian (finally!), Detroit: Become Human - which is from the makers of Heavy Rain, and Days Gone. PlayStation exec Andrew House said that the Neo is definitely on the way, adding: "It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4. We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle".



PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida himself confirmed the E3 2016 games running on the current, standard PS4, where he tweeted: "everything is on a standard PS4". That's actually quite impressive, Sony - running all of these games on the current-gen PS4, and not the new Neo.

Director keen for third 'Independence Day' film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

While the original plan for the continuation of the 'Independence Day' franchise was to film two films back-to-back, Director Roland Emmerich is keen to return for a third film revealing that 'Resurgence' leaves the door way open.




Speaking to EmpireOnline, Emmerich confirmed that he's keen to return to the world with a third film, saying "If it's successful enough, yes [there will be another] because it's set up for a sequel. In 20 years? No, I wouldn't want to make it with a Zimmer frame!" Sporting a $200 million dollar budget, the film needs to do solid business of at least $700-800 million to justify a sequel. The original film 1996 grossed $817 million worldwide, on it's $75 million budget.


'Independence Day: Resurgence' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide next week.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 cards are above $699 right now, supply issues?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Over the past few days, many of my friends (inside, and outside of the industry) have been asking me "where are all the GeForce GTX 1080s?" and I haven't taken much notice, until now. One of my friends has been eyeing off the awesome MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G, simply because he couldn't find one in retail, or online anywhere in Australia.




Well, the Australian market for enthusiast level hardware at launch is always... bad, very bad. We get a handful (less than 10) on a good launch, and I experienced this first hand for 10 years working IT retail selling these exact cards. So I decided to check Amazon, and lo and behold - the price gouging is HUGE. The big surprise is is the custom card from EVGA in the form of the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 card, which is freakin' $1999 right now... this is absolute insanity.


Remember that NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition for $699, but there is a huge premium on the cards right now - and this could be one of two reasons. The first, is that NVIDIA hasn't got enough supply of their 16nm FinFET-based GP104, and that's why the GTX 1080 is so expensive because retailers are wanting as much money as they can, while they can, as the stock levels are low. Second, it could be retailers doing their usual and price gouging - but this price gouging is on another level right now - especially at $1999 for a single GTX 1080 from EVGA.

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Alligator kills child at Disney World Florida

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

It's supposed to be 'the happiest place on Earth', but one families trip to Disney World in Florida, Orlando has ended in tragedy after an alligator attack resulted in the death of a 2 year old boy.




According to the Wall Street Journal, the remains of the 2 year old boy have been located after the child was dragged into the water and drowned by an alligator at Walt Disney World Resort. The child had been wading in the water with his family at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa while preparing to watch the nightly fireworks. The park's team of animal wranglers is charged with removing wild animals from sites and has "routinely taken out alligators in the lakes and the properties".


Jacquee Wahler, vice president of Walt Disney World Resort told media that "Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family. We are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist law enforcement."

Xbox One S set to be cheapest 4K Blu-ray player on the market

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Unveiled earlier this week, the upcoming Xbox One S revision is set to be the cheapest 4K UHD Blu-ray player on the market, pipping the market leading Samsung player by $100.




Microsoft's inclusion of a 4K UHD Blu-ray playback is significant for the format and will no doubt help the fledgling format make bigger inroads to the market, in the same manner that the PlayStation 3 was the cheapest (and most stable) Blu-ray player on the market when releases in late 2006. The console will also embrace HDR playback for 4K UHD Bluray, games and video streaming from Netflix and Amazon Video. The future PS4K Neo is also expected to match Microsoft's console and also feature 4K UHD Blu-ray playback. Sony have yet to produce a standalone 4K UHD Blu-ray player, but is expected to unveil a player in the first quarter of 2017.


The Xbox One S launches in August at $299USD for the 500GB model ($549 in Australia), $349 for the 1TB SKU, and $399 for the 2TB variant.

Twitter drops $70 million into SoundCloud

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Twitter earlier this year invested $70 million into SoundCloud, both companies have confirmed. Combined with other investments, the audio-sharing service is expected to value at an estimated $700 million.




"Earlier this year we made an investment in SoundCloud through Twitter Ventures to help support some of our efforts with creators," said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. "They've been great partners of ours over the years and their community-supported approach mirrors ours in many ways."


Meanwhile SoundCloud says the investment will help them with new initiatives like its subscription service SoundCloud Go.

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Xbox One will support keyboard and mouse within matter of months

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

E3 2016 - Furthering its plan of integrating console and PC, Microsoft Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has made it known that keyboard and mouse support are on the way for Xbox One.




"I keep talking about it in the press and my platform team keeps shaking their head, because they... Truthfully in our dev kit modes now keyboard works, mouse support is a little bit further away," he said, explaining how Play Anywhere will work. "I say it because I know it's not years away, it's more like months away, but we don't have an exact date yet."


Spencer also said he hoped gamers would play PC-centric games on their console as a result of the support.

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Nyko dives into VR with boundary system, nausea reducer products

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

E3 2016 - Nyko is known for video game accessories, but starting today they're venturing down the virtual reality path as well.




Its first VR product is the VR Guardian, a "boundary system" that lets you set a safe zone for gameplay so that if you're about to trip over something or hit a wall, sensors and wristbands (chargeable) will tell you so. Powered by Bluetooth, Guardian will ship this autumn and sell for $100.



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Xbox One price drop hits again, now costs just $279, down from $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

E3 2016 - Microsoft has been on a roll when it comes to hardware, announcing the new beefy Xbox Scorpio console with 6TFlops of performance - and ready for both 4K and VR gaming. But the company has just sliced the price of the Xbox One down by another $20, too.




Just two weeks ago Microsoft dropped the price of the Xbox One to $299, and now the company has done it again, dropping the price to just $279. The $299 promotion was for a "limited time" and by limited time, they must have meant - after that limited time, we'll just drop it lower than that, permanently. The basic 500GB Xbox One bundle is now $279, with Microsoft most likely dropping the price to remove any remaining inventory of the Xbox One before the refreshed, more powerful Xbox One S console drops later this year... for $299.


The new $279 price on the Xbox One runs through to October 1, but once the Xbox One S is out, you probably won't want to buy the current Xbox One. The Xbox One S is 40% smaller, has an internal power brick, supports 4K video, and HDR gaming.


We have a detailed look at the new Xbox One controllers unveiled at E3 2016 as well, with the company announcing an Xbox and Windows 10 cross-buy platform. Xbox Scorpio will be capable of 4K at 90FPS, and powered by an unknown AMD system-on-chip.

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