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SEGA resurrects retro IPs for huge mobile F2P initiative

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

SEGA today revealed its new ambitious plan to further monetize its mobile games focus in the West.

 

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SEGA's new SEGA Forever initiative is a tactical move on the publisher's part, and could end up sparking other major games-makers to follow in its footsteps. The program is SEGA making good on its promise to revitalize and resurrect key IP on PC, consoles and most importantly, smartphones, and follows the company's massive success in the free-to-play mobile gaming sector. But what is SEGA Forever, exactly? It's simply SEGA bringing back its old-school retro games to smartphones as free-to-play titles on Android and iOS, complete with lucrative in-app purchases.

 

Essentially SEGA is doing what Nintendo should've done long ago, and is a genuinely well-strategized free-to-play "Virtual Console" service that offers key SEGA classics for free on mobile devices. SEGA Forever is a collection of games that will soon grow to include titles from Master System, Genesis/Megadrive, Dreamcast, and more. New games will release every month for free--there's no subscription plan--all of the content is free-to-play, and SEGA gets revenue from ads. Users can also buy the game for $1.99 to get an ad-free experience.

 

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NBC to broadcast Rocket League eSports on TV

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 9 hours ago

Rocket League developer Psyonix has partnered with NBC Sports Group to broadcast televised eSports tournaments centered around the popular multiplayer game.

 

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As eSports flourishes, more and more major entertainment broadcasters are getting involved. eSports content is typically consumed via spectators on the internet, but NBC wants to do their part to bring the growing games phenomenon to the television world. Per the recent agreement, NBC Sports will televise Rocket League tournaments starting with the first-ever $100,000 2v2 international Rocket League tournament. The Grand Finals phase of the tournament will be shown on NBC Sports on August 26-27. NBC has kept their eye on the eSports world for quite some time, and wants to grow well past Rocket League to help bolster its network viewership.

 

"We looked at lots of different games in lots of different genres," Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures, told Mashable. "We ultimately landed on Rocket League for a number of reasons. Number one, it's growing at a nice clip. We see its audiences are growing. It's got great buzz out there; the [Rocket League Championship Series] did pretty well this summer."

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Metroid Prime 4 and new Pokemon RPG to release in 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

Nintendo of America affirms that the hugely anticipated Metroid Prime 4 and new upcoming mainline Pokemon RPG will release in 2018 on the Nintendo Switch.

 

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Nintendo has spared no time or expense creating a massive IP selection to power its new Switch handheld-console hybrid, releasing key first-party titles like ARMS, Splatoon 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey in 2017 alone. During its E3 2017 livestream, Nintendo announced two heavy-hitting powerhouses, Metroid Prime 4 and a new Pokemon RPG, both of which are Switch exclusives. But until now we had no clue when those big-name games would actually release.

 

In a recent interview with VentureBeat, Nintendo of America's corporate communications director Charlie Scibetta confirmed both games would release next year. "If you want to be able to play games and not have a dry spell between any of the big launches, we think Nintendo Switch is a good place to be. We have a nice drumbeat of first and third party. You'll never have to wait long," he said.

 

"Just as you get through a game and you're starting to put your head up, put the periscope out to see what else is out there, hopefully we'll have something right there for you. We've announced a nice lineup through this year, and next year we have some big games coming with Metroid 4. 2018 will be around Metroid, Kirby, Yoshi, new Pokemon game has been announced. We feel good about the lineup for this year and beyond."

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Samsung Galaxy C7 to feature dual rear camera setup?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy C10 should be company's first smartphone with a dual camera setup, but it certainly won't be the only one.

 

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The Galaxy Note8 is also expected to feature a dual camera, and now a new report claims that the Galaxy C7 should also come with dual rear camera setup.

 

The Galaxy C7 should be a mid-range phone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and come with 5.7-inch AMOLED display.

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LG V30 could be unveiled at IFA in Berlin

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago

We recently reported that LG plans to announce the V30 earlier than last year's V20, announced in September last year.

 

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Now, a new report has emerged claiming that LG might introduce the V30 at IFA in Berlin. This would be the first time that the company unveils a flagship at IFA.

 

The V30 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's yet to be announced Snapdragon 836, the same processor that should power Samsung's Galaxy Note8, rumored to be announced in August.

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OnePlus 5 is the company's fastest selling device

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 14 hours ago

A day after the official announcement of the OnePlus 5, Carl Pei, co-founder on OnePlus, has revealed that the phone is company's fastest selling device ever.

 

 

Although the phone doesn't officially go on sale until June 27th, the company held and early sale online and at pop-up stores around the world.

 

The OnePlus 5 is powered by Qualcomm's top-notch processor, the Snapdragon 835, the same as the HTC U11 and Samsung's Galaxy S8. The device comes with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, but there is no microSD slot.

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'Han Solo' spin-off directors fired by LucasFilm CEO

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 1 hour ago

Hot on the heels of the behind the scenes drama on last year's 'Star Wars' spin-off 'Rogue One', it looks as though the upcoming 'Han Solo' is also in trouble.

 

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In an official announcement released today, directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller have announced their departure from the project, despite principal photography nearing an end, saying "Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliché is true". But rather than parting ways amicably as the official line suggests, a report from Variety has revealed that LucasFilm CEO Kathy Kennedy fired the pair, with a source revealing that "it was a culture clash from day one... they weren't given the leeway to do what they had to do". Such was the animosity between the three, it's said that "She [Kennedy] didn't even like the way they folded their socks."

 

LucasFilm have promised to announce a replacement director soon, with the previously announced May 25, 2018 release date to remain.

AMD EPYC: 32C/64T flagship CPU costs $4200, monster perf

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 days, 2 hours ago

The NDA has lifted on AMD's next-gen Epyc CPU range of processors, with the company detailing some of the pricing on its Xeon CPU competitors - with some hefty pricing at the flagship end of the scale.

 

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AMD will have a bunch of 32C/64T options, with the Epyc 7601 flagship CPU that is available right now for $4200. Under that, we have the Epyc 7551 without pricing yet, but the Epyc 7501 is priced at $3400 and also available today. Towards the end of July, there will be the Epyc 7401 for $1850, the Epyc 7301 for $825, Epyc 7281 for $650, and Epyc 7251 for $475.

 

Our resident CPU editor Steven Bassiri, has detailed AMD's new Epyc CPUs here - with a more detailed piece on the way very soon.

NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: 5120 CUDA cores, 16GB HBM2, 300W

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 days, 3 hours ago

NVIDIA has already released its Volta-based Tesla V100 graphics card, but they've now detailed their new Volta V100 GPU based on the PCIe standard. This rides the news of AMD announcing its new Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics card, with 16GB of HBM2.

 

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The new NVIDIA Volta V100 is built on the new 12nm FFN (FinFET NVIDIA) node from TSMC, and is custom built for NVIDIA's Volta GPUs. Inside, there's an amazing 21 billion transistors, 5120 CUDA cores, 80 SMs, 40 TPCs, and GPU clocks of 1370/1455MHz for base and boost, respectively. NVIDIA has tapped 16GB of HBM2 with a 4096-bit memory bus that provides a huge 900GB/sec of bandwidth.

 

NVIDIA's new PCIe-based Volta V100 doesn't support NVLINK of course, but it sports a dual-slot cooler with black/gold color scheme that looks slick as hell. But, how does it compare to the new Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics card? Let's take a look.

 

  • Radeon Instinct MI25: FP16 @ 24.6 TFLOPs
  • NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: FP16 @ 28 TFLOPs

 

  • Radeon Instinct MI25: FP32 @ 12.3 TFLOPs
  • NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: FP32 @ 14 TFLOPs

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