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Metal Gear Solid V has sold 3 million units within the first week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 7:46 am

According to a banner on Japanese sites that some members of NeoGAF spotted, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain sales have been quite good: smashing through 3 million units since its release last week.




The hype around the game has been nothing but massive, with Hideo Kojima's very public departure from Konami being a large part of this hype. Not only that, but it has been seven years since the release of Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriot, which was an exclusive to Sony and its console at the time; the PlayStation 3. We also just reported earlier tonight that sales of the PS4 version of the game have been smashing the Xbox One version, nearly 3-to-1.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is available right now for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.

NASA has self-healing material that heals itself within two seconds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 6:18 am

Each day is another day we move closer to Skynet activating, with NASA saying that it has found a new material that is capable of self-healing from a bullet being shot at it within two seconds. Insanity.




The US space agency has said that the discovery has far-reaching applications, where it could be used on spacecrafts so that they could take a few hits from micro asteroids that would otherwise cause catastrophic damage, or down to 'self-healing' military equipment - you know, Terminators. NASA says that when one or both of the polymer layers were punctured, oxygen entered and mixed with an ingredient inside the gel called tributylborane.


When this reaction takes place, it caused the liquid center to solidify and heal the wound. NASA researchers told IFLScience: "Within seconds of coming into contact with the atmosphere, it goes from a liquid to a solid".

'Force Awakens' releases in France one day before rest of world

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 4:39 am

Star Wars fans - book your flights now. Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that the eagerly awaited world premiere of 'The Force Awakens' will play in France, 24 hours ahead of its release in other countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom and over two days ahead of the United States.


In France, new release films traditionally hit screens on Wednesdays, a standard which Disney is happy to retain. This means that French super-fans could potentially see the film ten times before the United States get to view a frame. You know what to do, super fans.




'The Force Awakens' slams into theatres on December 16th in France, December 17 in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and December 18 in the United States.

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Canon's new 250-megapixel sensor shoots 19,580 x 12,600 images

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 4:36 am

Canon has just hit a huge milestone, with its new 250-megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor that has set a new world record for resolution in its size. The new sensor is capable of shooting images at a mindblowing 19,580 x 12,600.




The 250-megapixel sensor is so powerful, that Canon says it can distinguish lettering on the side of a plane from 18km (11 miles) away. The new APS-H sensor is bigger than APS-C, but smaller than full frame, and is "primarily used on Canon's legacy EOS-1D line of DSLRs", reports The Verge.


Canon's new super-powered sensor has a quick signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, with the Japanese giant saying that it has good noise performance even with the immense pixel count. Not only can the 250-megapixel camera shoot those insane 19,580 x 12,600 images, but it can also shoot video that is around 30x sharper than 4K, albeit at 5FPS. Canon says that the technology can be used in "specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression".


So expect the NSA and various spy agencies to begin buying these things in bulk soon.

The purported 12.9-inch iPad Pro can multitask, runs apps side-by-side

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 2:52 am

We've been hearing about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro for what feels like years now, but as we inch closer to the Apple media event on September 9, it looks like the larger-than-life, professional-grade iPad Pro could be unveiled.




According to the latest rumors from 9to5Mac, the iPad Pro will be capable of running full-sized, portrait-orientated apps side-by-side when the iPad Pro is held in landscape. Right now, the iPad Air 2 only supports side-by-side multitasking with scaled down apps, so if the iPad Pro is capable of this, it would be another feature that brings Apple closer to Samsung.


Inside of the iPad Pro, we can expect the aforementioned 12.9-inch screen which we're sure will run a whacky, not-so-normal resolution while there'll be 64GB of storage for the base model. This is a good change, since it has the 'Pro' moniker, while the iPad Pro will also reportedly arrive in a 128GB model for those hungry for storage.

PS4 sales of Metal Gear Solid V smash Xbox One numbers considerably

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 1:00 am

Now that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is here, we can see what the first-week sales numbers are like. GfK Chart-Track, a market research company that tracks sales of multiple forms of media across the UK and Ireland, has MGS V: The Phantom Pain coming in a third-best in first-week sales of any game released in 2015.




The company announced: "It also marks the series' return to the top of the All Formats chart for the first time since 2008". But more importantly, how are the sales between the consoles? The company wrote on its blog: "PS4 takes a commanding 72% share over Xbox One which has 22%, while PS3 edges to a 3% share over Xbox 360 with just 2%".

Ubisoft announces theme park in Malaysia, isn't limited to 30FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 7, 2015 11:06 pm

In a very surprising move, Ubisoft has just announced that it is set to construct a massive 10,000-square-meter indoor theme park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.




The theme park, according to Jean de Rivieres, Senior Vice President of Ubisoft Motion Pictures: "Ubisoft's intention for this park is to immerse people in reactive worlds where they can interact with each other and become the heroes of their own life-sized game. Ubisoft will produce all digital media for the rides, and help design guests' journey into the park to ensure the visitors' experience is at its best".


The studio is working with Malaysian theme park developer RSG, which will both run and own the mark. Ubisoft on the other hand, will have creative control over the park, which is expected to open its doors in 2020.

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'The vast majority' of DX12 games in 2015/2016 are partnering with AMD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2015 10:14 am

It looks like AMD are confident in their position in the market, even with NVIDIA scooping up most of the discrete GPU market with 82% being GeForce products. But, AMD's position could be a good one with DX12 now out, and developers jumping into the new Windows 10 exclusive API.




AMD's Head of Global Technical Marketing, Robert Hallock, took to Reddit, where he said: "You will find that the vast majority of DX12 titles in 2015/2016 are partnering with AMD. Mantle taught the development world how to work with a low-level API, the consoles use AMD and low-level APIs, and now those seeds are bearing fruit".


Even though AMD can only talk about Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which is one AAA game, and a benchmark in Ashes of the Singularity, it feels a bit rushed to have AMD claiming this. But, Hallock could be eluding to unannounced titles that we haven't heard about yet.

Fake beta sign-up sites for Star Wars Battlefront start appearing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2015 8:42 am

Early next month, EA will unleash the Star Wars Battlefront beta, and while registration isn't open just yet, some people are scamming foaming-at-the-mouth gamers with fake beta sign-up sites.




Of course, these sites are just total traps, which has seen Electronic Arts Community Manager, Matthew Everett, taking to Reddit. Everett said: "Registration has not been made available yet. Do not be fooled by fake beta sign-up sites. Our beta registration will live on our official site here: I will also be sure to post a link once it is available".


Star Wars Battlefront launches on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC on November 17 while the beta arrives sometime in "early October".

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