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Nintendo delays Switch's $20 online service to 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 9:19 pm

Nintendo has added tremendous value to its new Switch Online subscription service, but delays the service into 2018.




Nintendo recently announced key features of its new Switch online subscription service, now called Switch Online. The subscription's price tag attractive at just $20 a year, which is 300% cheaper than Sony's and Microsoft's $59.99 PlayStation Plus and Xbox LIVE subscriptions. Secondly, the online service will no longer rotate its selection of free classic NES titles, referred to as the Classic Game Collection, on a month-by-month basis.


Under the revised policy, users can now play a "wide variety of free classic games" as much as they like with an active subscription. Like competing services, the Switch online service will revoke access to the Classic Game Selection if a subscription lapses. Right now Nintendo has only confirmed NES games will be part of the Classic Game Collection as of late, and SNES games are under consideration but not confirmed.


"Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play. Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription," Nintendo told Kotaku in an official statement.

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ZTE Nubia Z17 announced: Snapdragon 835 and 8GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 8:23 pm

ZTE has launched its long anticipated flagship - the Nubia Z17. As rumored, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835, which makes it the second phone by a Chinese manufacturer to use that processor after the Xiaomi Mi 6.


The ZTE Nubia Z17 comes in three versions - 6GB of RAM + 64GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM + 128GB of internal storage, and whooping 8GB of RAM + 128GB of storage. If you are considering getting this phone, having in mind that it doesn't have a card slot so be sure to choose the version that's right for you.




The phone has a dual rear camera setup (23MP + 12MP) that supports 2x optical zoom and up to 10x Dynamic zoom. The front shooter comes with a 16MP and 80-degree wide-angle lens.

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Square Enix joins Bulletstorm dev for new original game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 7:27 pm

Square Enix announces a partnership with the third-party developer behind Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgement.




Note: Above image is concept art from Gears of War Judgement, and does not represent the new game.


Although Japanese publisher Square Enix has made strong efforts to internalize the development of key franchises and titles to its in-house studios, the publisher has re-affirmed its commitment with third-party alliances with a new partnership deal. Square Enix will team up with Polish developer People Can Fly to developer a "new high-end original title for console and PC."


As the developers at People Can Fly are known for their work on esteemed shooters like Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgement, the new title could very well be a new shooter IP. Square Enix was recently criticized for breaking away from Hitman developer Io Interactive, leading outlets to believe the publisher is moving away from third-party external development to instead focus on safe money-making IPs like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.


However, the company's partnership with People Can Fly underlines Square Enix's continued desire to work with other studios to create games. Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda said as much in a recent earnings briefing:

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Panasonic announces its latest phone - the Eluga I3 Mega

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 6:25 pm

In case you forgot, Panasonic makes phones too, and they just announced their latest mid-range smartphone - the Eluga I3 Mega.




The device is a successor to the Eluga I3, launched in April last year. The phone comes with quad-core CPU clocked at 1.3GHz and 3GB RAM. The 16GB internal storage is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.


The Eluga I3 Mega has a 5.5-inch HD display and 2.5D curved screen. The main camera comes with 13MP, while the front shooter has 5MP.

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Huawei launches MediaPad M3 Lite in three versions

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 5:32 pm

Huawei has launched another MediaPad tablet, the mid-range MediaPad M3 Lite 10.




The tablet comes with a 10.1-inch IPS display and 1920 x 1200 resolution. The M3 is powered by a Snapdragon 435 with octa-core CPU and comes in three options: 3GB of RAM + 16GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM + 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM + 64GB of storage.


The MediaPad M3 Lite has an 8MP rear camera, and the front one comes with the same number of pixels. The tablet runs on Android Nougat with Huawei's EMUI 5.1.

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OnePlus 5 to be announced on June 15th

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 4:26 pm

The OnePlus 5 is one of the most anticipated devices this year, and the company has confirmed its launch for the summer.




However, up until now, we didn't know the exact date of its unveiling. Now, a leaked poster claims that the company plans to announce the OnePlus 5 on June 15th.


The poster doesn't mention OnePlus 5, but we are close to the launch, so it makes perfect sense that it refers to the OnePlus 5.

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Need for Speed Payback announced

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 3:35 pm

EA has announced Ghost Games' new Need for Speed game for a release this November.



Need for Speed Payback has a very Fast & Furious vibe to it, and its singleplayer campaign is focused on a story of "betrayal and revenge." EA promises that Ghost Games' new racer is an "explosive adventure is filled with intense heist missions, high stakes car battles, epic cop pursuits and jaw dropping set pieces," and describes Need for Speed Payback as an action driving fantasy.


"Set in the underworld of Fortune Valley, players will drive as three distinct characters reunited by a quest for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city's casinos, criminals and cops. They will take on a variety of challenges and events as Tyler, the Racer; Mac, the Showman; and Jess, the Wheelman to earn the respect of the underground. Featuring the deepest customization from the series, players can truly craft a personalized and unique ride, or spend hours finding and tuning an abandoned derelict into a supercar. They can then push their cars to the limit and raise the stakes by betting on their own performance, where they can either multiply their winnings or risk losing it all."

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AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper 16C/32T rumored to cost just $849

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 3:24 pm

Computex 2017 - AMD had its big reveal of its upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs this week at Computex 2017, but now we're hearing that the new 16C/32T variant will cost just $849... and if that's true, Intel is in for a world of hurt.




Intel's upcoming flagship Core i9-7980XE will cost $1999 and offer 18C/36T, slightly more than AMD's flagship Ryzen ThreadRipper and 16C/32T of CPU grunt. But if the $849 price is right, AMD will be charging less than half the cost, at $1150 cheaper. For that cost, you could get the motherboard and a good kit of DDR4 RAM and still have change left over.


Intel's upcoming 16C/32T chip is $1699, which is still massively more expensive than the rumored $849 price on the Ryzen ThreadRipper 16C/32T processor. If we are going to be in a world where AMD is charging $849 for a processor with similar performance to Intel's CPU that costs $2000... well... we're going to be in for a wild ride.

Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 4+ is 15% faster than QC4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 3:15 pm

Qualcomm is continuing to evolve its charging standard, unveiling Quick Charge 4+ just 6 months after it unveiled Quick Charge 4. The new Quick Charge 4+ standard has some impressive new enhancements for new smartphones.




Quick Charge 4+ doesn't require a new chipset, and instead accessory manufacturers can add in the new enhancements to Quick Charge 4 capable devices:


  • "Dual Charge," which is already an option in earlier version of Quick Charge, but is "now more powerful"
  • "Intelligent Thermal Balancing," which steers current through whichever of the dual charging pathways is coolest to keep temperatures down
  • "Advanced Safety Features" to monitor both the phone temperature and the connector temperature to protect against overheating and short-circuit damage


Qualcomm have said that Quick Charge 4+ devices can charge 15% faster than QC4, and they'll charge up to 30% more efficiently. Better yet, charging will be 3C cooler (5F or so). We won't see these features with a software patch into existing devices, as they're hardware enhancements.

Need for Speed Payback may have microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 1:38 pm

Update: It's possible that what EA meant by "in-game purchases" is actual purchased made by players within the game, not actual microtransactions. We've adjusted the headline and content to reflect this.


Ghost Games' new Need for Speed Payback game may have microtransactions.




EA may monetize its latest Need for Speed game with in-game purchases, presumably to fund new free content updates from developer Ghost Games. While neither the developer nor the publisher specifically discuss monetization plans for Need for Speed Payback, the publisher hinted at microtransactions with a chart that compares the game's $59.99 standard version and the more expensive $79.99 deluxe version.


Need for Speed Payback's deluxe package includes a myriad of benefits, namely "10% off all in-game purchases," as well as extra reputation points that are likely used to buy parts, cosmetics, and other car upgrades. Need for Sped Payback will feature "open world pursuits" via online play, which allows up to eight players to race in challenges and other game modes. It's unclear what portion of the game may be monetized, but if we had to guess, we'd say specific car models and parts can be bought with real money.


"Your car is at the center of everything you do. Craft unique rides with deeper performance and visual customization than ever before," EA affirms in an official promotional quote.


Need for Speed Payback launches November 10, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.


"Need for Speed returns this year to challenge what players expect from racing games," said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer.


"We're still delivering everything our fans love about the franchise - the deepest customization, an impressive roster of cars, intense races and open world pursuits - but with Need for Speed Payback, we're bringing together all those elements in an all new blockbuster driving experience. From the story, to the different characters you can drive as, to the varied missions, to the edge-of-your-seat moments, this is our vision for what action driving entertainment means today."

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