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Ubisoft already has strong confidence in 2018's games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 6:42 pm

Ubisoft today announced their third quarter earnings for the current fiscal year, but the company is already making forecast predictions on its 2018-2019 earnings. This pretty much tells us that Ubisoft has high visibility into their development pipeline and likes what they see, hinting big-name Ubisoft games like Assassin's Creed and Far Cry could be on the way.

 

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I noticed something interesting while combing Ubisoft's current financials report: they've already "confirmed targets for fiscal year 2018-2019" despite the fact that 2017 just started. To understand why this is a big deal, we have to do a little clarification on the differences between calendar year and fiscal year and the timelines. Ubisoft's Fiscal Years start on April 1 and end on March 31 the following year--for example, the current Fiscal Year, FY2017, started on April 1, 2016 and ends on March 31, 2017. Ubisoft likes to mix calendar years with its fiscal year reports, so instead of Fiscal Year 2017, the filings read "fiscal year 2016-17," but the two are one and the same. So when Ubisoft says "fiscal year 2018-19" that actually means Fiscal Year 2019, which starts on April 1, 2018 and carries over into the next year ending on March 31, 2019.

 

Yeah I know. It's a bit confusing. But understanding this key bit of info is extremely important to this entire article.

 

The new Fiscal Year (FY2018) begins on April 1, 2017 and Ubisoft hasn't yet confirmed the full release slate we'll see in this twelve-month period. Despite this, the company already knows what's in the pipeline for 2017 and 2018 beyond, even as far as early 2019. Based on this pipeline, they've already locked in earnings targets forecasts for not only this year, but next fiscal year too.

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Huawei to unveil the Honor V9 on February 21st

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 6:33 pm

While we are waiting for MWC and hopefully the announcement of the P10 and P10 Plus, Huawei has decided to unveil the Honor V9 a week before their Barcelona event.

 

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According to a teaser, the device will be unveiled on February 21st. Previous leaks reveal that the Honor V9 will come with a 5.7-inch QHD display.

 

The device will be powered by an octa-core 2.4GHz processor, and it will come in variants with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

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South Park: Fractured But Whole possibly delayed again

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 5:37 pm

South Park: Fractured But Whole is now slated to release from fiscal year 2017-2018, which is Ubisoft's way of saying it's been delayed as far as March 31, 2018.

 

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The next South Park game has already been delayed once, but now it may not even meet its tentative 2017 release window. South Park: Fractured But Whole was first delayed from its original holiday 2016 to TBA 2017, and there it remains.

 

Now it's worth understanding that there's still a chance the game could release in 2017. Ubisoft's FY2018 (Ubisoft says fiscal year 2017-2018 to give you an idea what actual calendar years are included, but it's still the company's Fiscal Year 2018 timeline) is from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. So South Park: Fractured But Whole could release at any point during that twelve-month period.

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EVGA confirms new GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2/SC2 coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 9:39 am

EVGA had some issues with its original GTX 1080 graphics card, but the company is looking to announce new ICX-based GTX 1080 graphics cards in both the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 parts.

 

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EVGA is expected to refresh its GTX 10 series cards with improved thermals, with the "optional" thermal pads now the norm, with a new and improved PCB on the upcoming SuperClocked 2 and FTW2 models.

 

Jacob Freeman took to Twitter to tease: "I C something eXciting announcing this week", and I don't think he could've been any more clear.

Apple's next-gen iPhone X could cost $1000+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 7:44 am

Apple's next generation iPhone is shaping up well, but we still have no idea what it'll be called - with two rumored names right now in iPhone 8 and iPhone X - I'd go with iPhone X, but hey - that's just me.

 

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Now we have Fast Company reporting that the price being "very likely north of $1000" according to a "source with knowledge of Apple's plans". Apple is expected to leap into the arms of a 5.8-inch OLED display, and will "look something like a smooth black monolith, with few visual interruptions to its sleek design" says Fast Company.

 

Apple is expected to unveil successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the form of the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, its yearly tradition - with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. Apple will continue using LCD displays in the 7S and 7S Plus, but the new iPhone 8/X will use a spiffy new OLED display, like its competitors have been using... for years now.

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Tesla will begin test building Model 3 cars on Feb 20

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 6:05 am

Tesla Motors will reportedly enter "pilot production" of its more affordable Model 3 electric vehicle on February 20, according to "people familiar with the matter", says Reuters.

 

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Reuters' sources didn't say how many Model 3 vehicles would be built in February, but it would most likely be a smaller number of cars in order to test Tesla's assembly system, and the quality of vehicle parts used on the Model 3. Tesla Motors' boss Elon Musk told investors that more than 370,000 customers have put deposits down on the Model 3, with July 2017 set to be the kick off month on production.

 

Model 3 vehicles will be built in Fremont, California on February 20, and then two days later - Tesla reports its Q4 2016 results. Perfect timing for the production to start, isn't it? Reuters source said: "What better way to stoke the fan base and Wall Street than to wheel out pre-production models".

 

Tesla's upcoming Model 3 vehicle will be an exciting entry into the electric car market, as it will be priced at around $35,000 before government incentives.

Windows 10 major design refresh 'Project NEON' teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 5:19 am

Microsoft has been working on a major design refresh of Windows 10, and has now shown off its 'Project NEON' refresh during a presentation at its Windows Developer Day event.

 

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In the image above, you can see that there was a slide shown off during the presentation, with the UI refresh featuring a new 'Acrylic' component that will be a tweaked version of what Aero represented in the much-discussed Windows Vista, which will blur UI elements and background apps.

 

Microsoft will reportedly usher in Project NEON with its upcoming codenamde Redstone 3 release for Windows 10 later this year.

PS4 Pro 'Boost Mode' provides up to 38% more performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 4:34 am

Sony pushed out its slightly faster PS4 Pro a few months ago, and with the new v4.5 firmware, the unannounced "Boost Mode" was included.

 

 

The new "Boost Mode" promised "improved gameplay, higher frame rates, for some games that were released before the introduction of the PS4 Pro". Fast forward to now, the fine folks at Digital Foundry have used the PS4 Pro's Boost Mode, reporting that some games enjoy a massive 38% performance increase.

 

The increase in performance depends on the game, but with Destiny used as an example - there is no performance benefit, as the game is locked to 30FPS. But in something like Battlefield 1, it can "stay at a solid 60FPS in Boost Mode, without the frequent frame-rate dips that can occur during a 64-player match in base mode".

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Project CARS 2 aims for late 2017 release on PC/console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 3:26 am

Project CARS 2 is in the works, with developer Slightly Mad Studios showing off the debut trailer to the game, and man - does it look GOOD.

 

 

Slightly Mad Studios is aiming for a late 2017 release of Project CARS 2, which will be released on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The game will have over 60 tracks, and 170 cars - a big increase over the 30 tracks, and 74 cars that launched with the original Project CARS.

 

Project CARS 2 will have you racing across ice, dirt, mud, and snow - as well as what seems like one of the best-looking dynamic weather systems, and realistic physics. Project CARS 2 will support triple 4K monitors for hardcore enthusiasts and pixel pushers like me, pushing a massive 11,520 x 2160.

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AMD releases Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 WHQL drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 3:17 am

AMD is gearing up for the betas of both Conan Exiles and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, with the release of the new Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 WHQL drivers. Get the new Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 drivers right here.

 

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The new drivers also have some fixes included, where "Changing memory clocks with Radeon WattMan with more than one display connected may cause memory clocks to intermittently become stuck at their minimum setting or switch between min and max ranges intermittently causing display flickering" is fixed.

 

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 WHQL Highlights

 

Support For

 

  • Conan Exiles Beta
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Beta

 

Fixed Issues:

 

  • Changing memory clocks with Radeon WattMan with more than one display connected may cause memory clocks to intermittently become stuck at their minimum setting or switch between min and max ranges intermittently causing display flickering
  • Diablo III may experience smoke or lighting effects may appear corrupted when using DirectX 9 API
  • Some applications may experience an intermittent or random runtime crash in atidxx64.dll
  • FIFA 17 may experience a black screen on launch when using Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress system configurations
  • Watch_Dogs 2 may experience an intermittent game crash after extended periods of play on some Radeon RX 300 series products
  • Paragon may experience flickering in profile or store preview pages after changing graphics settings when using Multi GPU
  • Forza Horizon 3 may experience a crash or application hang with the Blizzard Mountain DLC on some select Radeon GCN products

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