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Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4 Pro: 30FPS at 1080p

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 6:39 pm

Horizon Zero Dawn patch 1.02 delivers the much-awaited performance mode for the PS4 Pro. Yet, this mode favors on delivering a smooth 30FPS gameplay rather than a much responsive 60 FPS experience.




According to Eurogamer ,which did a fantastic job in their initial frame-rate analysis, the performance mode actually forces the game to run at a locked 30 FPS in 1080p. Players who choose this option over the resolution mode will certainly miss out on the excellent SSAA coverage and all the eye candy that 4K provide. Even in Eurogamer's honest opinion, this performance mode is not much of a game changer because "Guerrilla's performance at 4K is already so good with only very minor drops (if any) in most areas."

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Ghost Recon Wildlands beta shatters Ubisoft expectations

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 5:45 pm

Ubisoft has released some shocking statistics after Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta. Prepare to be blown away by the numbers!




First off, Ubisoft is calling this beta "THE BIGGEST BETA EVER AT UBISOFT". Well, they got the player count to back that up. 6,83 million players played the open beta. This is a new record for the studio since the last one was held by For Honor with a little less than 6 million players.



Of course, the player count is nothing to brag home about if players only logged on for a few minutes. Guess what? The total playtime comes in at 34.295.124 hours which is more than 3915 years... Jesus Christ! And, it doesn't stop there either.

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PlayStation trolls the Switch on day 1, hilarity ensues

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 4:42 pm

It's no surprise that people got pumped for the Nintendo Switch release on March 3rd. They will pay whatever amount of money in order to get the latest and greatest from Nintendo. Yet, some of them (like myself) are not too fond of shelling out the extra cash for games since none are included or the optional Pro controller ($69.99) or even an extra set of Joy-Con ($79.99). Derek, our gaming editor, found it out the hard way when he had to spend almost 50% of the console price, at his local Walmart, to get a Pro controller along with a copy of Breath of The Wild. Sony, on the other hand, decided to laugh at this practice by slashing its PS4 Slim price by a third on the Nintendo Switch launch day.




Sony Italia posted this post over at Twitter today . Thanks to the Italian translations provided by Jordan Coetsee over at Gameranx , we will be able to read this amusing tweet.


The text in the red square translates to: "Tomorrow is a special day for the world of gaming," followed by the words in apparent PS4 colors and logo, "PS4 is yours at only €199,99." The text in the tweet supports the image by saying: "Even tomorrow, make the right choice. PlayStation 4 always knows how to surprise you."

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Meet the world's 1st phone covered with interactive LED

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 3:31 pm

MWC 2017 - One of the phones that attracted the most attention at this year's MWC was the Alcatel A5 LED, the world's first interactive LED-covered smartphone.




The LED-covered back of the phone can be programmed to light up your notifications with a different light show for incoming calls, messages, alarms, and social media alerts. You can create unique LED cover pattern and themes, or chose a program with a light show that moves accordingly to the music you are playing.


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A pleasant surprise at MWC 2017: Noa H10le

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 2:32 pm

MWC 2017 - One of the most unexpected devices at this year's MWC was a lesser-know smartphone that attracted attention with good specs for a decent price - the Noa H10le ("le" stands for limited edition).




The phone comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED 1080x1920 display. It is powered by MediaTek's deca-core Helio X27 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.


The H10le packs a dual camera (13MP+13MP), plus a 13MP selfie cam. There's also a fingerprint sensor on board, along with dual SIM card slot, and USB Type-C. The device rocks a 4,000 mAh battery.

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Toshiba's 2016: fastest growing storage device vendor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 2:00 pm

Toshiba has had a great year in the storage world throughout 2016, with the company becoming the fastest growing vendor in the world with $25 billion in HDD sales, and $17 billion in SSD sales.




In two IDC reports, they state: "Toshiba's broad HDD and SSD portfolio enabled them to participate in nearly all market segments for storage devices, a key factor that helped to underpin Toshiba's strong year-over-year revenue growth in CY2016. With successful launches of new HDD and SSD products over the next few quarters to address demand from cloud service providers and the traditional IT market, Toshiba should be well positioned to sustain further HDD and SSD revenue growth in 2017".


Toshiba's hard work in the HDD market saw 9% increase in unit market share in Q4 2016, with Toshiba now taking a large 24% stake in the market - a 60% increase over Q2 2015, where they had just 15%. Interestingly, Toshiba was the only HDD maker that saw total revenue increase in 2016, and increase in revenue share in every product segment: mobile, desktop, performance-optimized enterprise, and capacity-optimized enterprise for the year.

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Twitch will be selling games through streamers soon

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 1:29 pm

Twitch is planning to sell games via streamers this spring.



The games bought on Twitch will be downloaded to an upcoming Twitch launcher or to an existing platform such as Uplay. There are several developers who are already on board with this project such as Raw Fury, Ubisoft, Digital Extreme, Telltale and many more.


Developers will be able to earn a 70% cut from the game sales on Twitch - which is the same as Steam. On the other hand, streamers will be earning 5% when sales happened on their channel.eo]

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Super Bomberman R to run at 30 FPS in full resolution

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 12:29 pm

The newest entry in the Super Bomberman series might not run at its rumored 60 fps on the Nintendo Switch.



According to Just Pause, Konami has confirmed that Super Bomberman R will run at 30FPS and full resolution in each of the Nintendo Switch modes - that means 1080P in TV mode and 720P in handheld mode.


Personally, I don't think it's a major issue as long as Konami delivers a solid 30 FPS experience without frame rates dips and some fun-looking explosions. Bomberman was always known for its smooth gameplay even in its self-induced chaotic mayhem. We can only hope this game will be on par with the standard that its predecessors set.

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Windows 10's new insider build has mixed reality support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 6:01 am

Inside the latest Windows 10 build, we are starting to see Microsoft provide mixed reality developers with support for MR headsets, inside of Windows 10 build 15048.




The latest build provides Mixed Reality developer kit owners to check out a simulation of the demo, but not an actual mixed reality experience. It's also not available easily, as you'll need to enable "Developers Mode" on Windows 10 that will enabled the "Mixed Reality Portal" that includes the demo.


If you've got the latest Windows 10 build, you can run the simulation - but without a mixed reality headset, it's kind of useless right now. Interestingly enough, the new "Windows Mixed Reality" portal app removes any reference to HoloLens.

NVIDIA's GTC 2017 will have $30K prizes for VR content

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 4:43 am

NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference is always a massive technology overload, something I love more and more every year - but at GTC 2017, the company will be awarding $30,000 in cash and prizes for the winners of its VR Content Showcase.




NVIDIA's upcoming VR Content Showcase will see submissions of VR content that isn't gaming, and either has plans to - or already uses NVIDIA GPU technology, including GameWorks, DesignWorks, or VRWorks. Submissions will be accepted for another week, ending on March 15.


There will be 10 teams participating in NVIDIA's VR Content Showcase, with each developer receiving space on the show floor to show off their VR content at GTC 2017 - not only that, but they will need to make a presentation in front of a set of judges, for the consideration to win the prizes on offer.