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Sony's next gen PS5 may be traditional console gen

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 22 hours ago

Sony's next-gen PlayStation may hearken back to the original console cycle instead of pushing forth the new iterative family of consoles cadence.




The rhythm of the console market has changed. Console-makers like Sony and Microsoft haven't hit the reset button on the current generation, and have instead embraced an iterative cycle of systems which allows for better hardware revisions while ensuring full software compatibility at the cost of newer consoles being held back by parity regulations. But eventually this new cycle could shift back to the old cadence to ensure true next-gen performance. The first shift away from iterative consoles could be Sony's PlayStation 5.


Shawn Layden, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, told German website some interesting new tidbits about the next PlayStation successor, hinting that the system could herald a new console gen and not an iterative system held back by its previous older-generation kin. The website asked Layden about the PS4 Pro's software parity via the iterative cycle, and if Sony is "more likely to rely on a real PS5" in the future. Layden affirmed with a simple "yes" but warned that the new PlayStation won't be released for "some time."

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Samsung Galaxy Stellar 2 specs and pricing leaked

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 22 hours ago

Back in 2012, Samsung introduced a Verizon-exclusive smartphone, the Galaxy Stellar. It now appears that the company is working on its successor.




A new report from China says that the Galaxy Stellar 2 is almost ready for launch. According to the report, supported by images of the phone, the Galaxy Stellar 2 should feature a 4.5-inch 720p AMOLED display, and be powered by a Snapdragon 626.


The device should have 2.5GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Galaxy Stellar 2 should have a 5MP main camera and a 1.2MP front shooter.

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Samsung introduces new color option for the Galaxy S8+

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

Samsung has announced another color option for the Galaxy S8+ - Rose Pink.


The phone launched back in April, is also available in Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold colors. The Rose Pink color option will be available in Taiwan first, but it could hit other markets as well.




The pink color was rumored a while back, alongside the Amethyst color, which we're yet to see.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 finally available outside of China

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days ago

The Xiaomi Mi 6 was unveiled back in April, and up until now, the phone was only available in China.




As of today, the device is now available in Hong Kong, followed shortly by Taiwan. There's still no info about the pricing in these markets.


It is also unknown if and when the Mi 6 will hit other markets.

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Nokia 6 available in the US in early July

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

Back in January, HMD Global unveiled its first Nokia-branded Android smartphone - the Nokia 6. However, many were disappointed that the device was available only in China.




Now, HMD Global has announced that the device will finally hit the US market. The phone will be available in early July on Amazon.


The phone will be available in two colors, Matte Black, and Silver, at a price of $229.

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Nintendo SNES Mini includes 21 built-in games for $79.99

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

Nintendo officially announced the Super NES Classic Edition with a hiked price point of $79.99 and a total of 21 SNES games pre-loaded.





The Super NES Classic Edition includes many golden age classics like Donkey Kong Country, F-Zero, Final Fantasy III, EarthBound, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Mega Man X, Super Metroid, Mario Kart, Secret of Mana, and even the unreleased Star Fox 2 (yes, really). The mini console will cost $79.99, up $20 from last year's NES Classic Edition, and includes less games than its predecessor (21 SNES games versus 30 NES games on the NES Classic Edition). However, the SNES mini-console comes with an extra SNES controller for multiplayer action.


The SNES Classic Edition is slated to release on September 29, 2017 for $79.99. Let's just hope Nintendo has made enough units this time...back in 2016 retail stores only received 2-5 units per store, leading to a widespread catastrophe for brick and mortar retailers.

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Enjoy the photos of another historic SpaceX launch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

Back in March, SpaceX successfully launched and landed an already used Falcon 9 rocket, which was the first time in history that an already used rocket was launched again.




This weekend, the company marked the second reflight of a Falcon 9 first stage. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the BulgariaSat-1 satellite into orbit - the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria's history.


Now, the company has published images of this historic launch.

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4K textures required in Xbox One X games even on HDTVs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

Microsoft confirms that Xbox One X owners will download 4K assets in games that support them--such as Forza Motorsport 7--even if they're playing on a 1080p HDTV instead of a 4K UHD television set.




One of my biggest concerns about the new push to native 4K console gaming is installation size. Games are already pretty huge--Halo 5 Guardians was at 90GB+ before I uninstalled it, and Final Fantasy XV is at 68GB now on my PS4--but file sizes are about to get a whole lot bigger thanks to native 4K textures. This means that Xbox One X owners will likely fill up their 1TB hard drives pretty fast. In fact, a single game will fill up roughly 11% of the Xbox One X's 1TB (real capacity is 931GB) hard drive: Microsoft has confirmed that Forza Motorsport 7 will have a whopping 100GB install size at launch, and that includes the Xbox One X version.


Now Microsoft says that all Xbox One games with 4K enhancement upgrades will automatically include said 4K textures on the Xbox One X, regardless of the display type users own. So this apparently means even if you don't own a 1080p display you'll have to download a bunch of extra 4K textures onto the system. This is likely so that the console can adjust the fidelity via dynamic superscaling, but of course you'll need a 4K UHDTV to see the best results.


"With the launch of Xbox One X, when it comes to game content our intention is to download the correct assets to the correct console," a Microsoft representative told games outlet Stevivor. "This means, regardless of the TV you are playing on, 4K assets will be downloaded to Xbox One X (if available) and the standard 1080p assets will be downloaded to an Xbox One S."

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Nintendo wants best third party games on Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

The company behind any new console wants to bring all the latest and greatest games on their platform, and Nintendo is no exception. The Japanese console-maker has expressed interest in attracting key external third-party developers to bring their "best and brightest" games onto its new Nintendo Switch hardware.




Nintendo has had a hard time convincing key Western publishers and developers to bring new big-name Western games like Far Cry 5, Overwatch, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Assassin's Creed: Origins and Call of Duty: WWII to the Nintendo Switch. At the same time, however, publishers like EA and Take-Two Interactive are experimenting with Switch support with new games like FIFA 18 and NBA 2K18. Other companies seem reticent to support the Switch for many reasons, including the hybrid console's lower-end power, the console's smallish 3.6 million install base due to early lifetime sales, the fact that it can be played entirely offline on-the-go and forgoing any earnings from live services like microtransactions, and the fact Nintendo has yet to implement an attractive online framework that allows for adequate long-term games monetization and facilitates a strong social online network like Xbox LIVE or the PlayStation Network.


Despite these potential drawbacks, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime remains optimistic and affirms the company wants the best third-party games on the Switch. "The conversations we have with external partners really is more about, 'How do you bring your current best and brightest content to the platform?' Because again, that's a different situation," Fils-Aime said in a recent interview with Waypoint. "There weren't many third-party exclusive games for the Wii U, and more of what we want is certainly yes, a Mario + Rabbids type of experience that's new and fresh, but also what we want are the best current games, like a FIFA 18, to come on the platform."

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'xXx 4' is a go, with Vin Diesel to return

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

After letting the franchise rest for over a decade, the $350 million haul of 'xXX: The Return of Xander Cage' at the international box office has ensured that a fourth film in the series will happen.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new production company called 'The H Collective' has been formed and will include 'xXx 4' in its first slate of films to hit. Veteran Producer Joe Roth, one of the proponents of the new company hasn't shied away from making big investments, saying "In today's Hollywood, it requires strong partners to produce and finance such big-budget movies as the xXx series".


There's no current word on a director or script as of yet, so it might be a few years before 'xXx' rides again.