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Ubisoft to launch new IP in 2018-2019

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2017 5:20 pm

Ubisoft's latest financials reveal some interesting things about its future plans, including a new IP.

 

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Today Ubisoft released its yearly financial earnings, showcasing some impressive results. As always the company delivered a peek into its future pipeline to reveal a new IP is in the works, alongside two new AAA games. We have a good idea what those games are, and Ubisoft's financials tell us what to expect from the new IP. Like all games publishers Ubisoft is always planning for the future.

 

The company's new IP will be released in its FY2019, which ends in March 2020. During FY2019 Ubisoft says it will release three total AAA games (the new IP + 2 other AAA's), but what are the other games? I predict that Beyond Good and Evil 2 will be included, alongside Blue Byte's unannounced AAA PC RTS, which could possibly be a Heroes of Might and Magic game.

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Qualcomm partners with Google for Snapdragon 835 VR HMD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 17, 2017 3:30 pm

Google has just announced its new Daydream standalone VR headset, something that it collaborated with Qualcomm on, using their impressive Snapdragon 835 VR platform.

 

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This is a big move, as we have a fully tethered VR experience for the highest-end gaming PCs right now, and while the VR experience with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are awesome, they're restrictive. Doing away with cables with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor means that we can have high-res, smooth VR experiences - anywhere.

 

Sitting on a plane? No worries.

On the train to work? Yeah, sure.

On a 14-hour flight? Perfect.

Sitting on the toilet? Well, I guess.

 

This is the type of world we live in, and mobile VR powered by Snapdragon 835 is a huge win for Qualcomm. I've tried out a few of Qualcomm's standalone VR headsets over the last year, and they're getting better and better as the improvements continue piling into the Snapdragon family. Google has their Project Tango tracking technology built into the headset, with the reference design Daydream VR headset including custom specifications for tracking cameras and other sensors, that will fully utilize Tango.

 

I can see tetherless VR becoming a real thing, especially when it's driven by Qualcomm technologies like 4G, future 5G technology, Wi-Fi, and more. VR on desktop could take a big hit in the future, as standalone VR headsets will branch out with new features and accessories, and then developers will dive onto them like they did with when 'apps' became a thing with smartphones. Imagine the Angry Birds of VR, or Candy Crush of VR, for example.

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Nintendo Switch was best-selling console in April

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2017 2:05 pm

Nintendo's new Switch system continues to break sales barriers in both hardware and software.

 

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Nintendo today announced that its new Switch handheld-console hybrid was the best-selling console for April, and that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the best-selling game for the month as well. According to tracking firm NPD Group and Nintendo, the Nintendo Switch sold more than 280,000 units globally. This is the second month that the Nintendo Switch has topped games hardware sales charts.

 

The console's must-have racer Mario Kart 8 Deluxe eclipsed hardware sales with an impressive 550,000 units sold globally in the first two days. NPD notes Mario Kart 8 sold 460,000 physical copies on the Switch, and Nintendo says the game sold 90,000 units digitally on the eShop.

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Netflix making live-action Witcher series

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2017 12:45 pm

Move over, Game of Thrones; Netflix today confirmed that it's making a live-action series based on the epic Witcher franchise that will "stay true" to the original books.

 

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Netflix will develop The Witcher books into a live-action series, with the Witcher series' original author Andrzej Sapkowski being closely involved in the project, Polish production company Platige today announced. The series will be English-based, not Polish, and will tap Sapkowski's rich and vibrant Witcher books for source material.

 

"Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar," said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. "We couldn't be more excited about bringing Netflix members around the world."

 

"I'm thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing," said Sapkowski. "I'm excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life."

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New Far Cry and Assassin's Creed coming in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Apps | Posted: May 17, 2017 12:11 pm

Ubisoft has now officially confirmed a new Far Cry and Assassin's Creed game will release in its Fiscal Year 2018 timeline, which extends from April 2017 - March 2018.

 

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Ubisoft today filed its financial earnings for last year, and delivered a roadmap for upcoming releases for 2017 and beyond. The company announced that it will release four AAA games this fiscal year: Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, The Crew, and South Park: Fractured But Whole. Before you get too excited, Ubisoft says that FY2018 will have stronger emphasis on recurring player investment, which translates to microtransaction spending--so expect all of these games to have some sort of live service with microtransactions.

 

The French games entertainment company expects to make $1.88 billion (1.7 billion Euros) this year, strongly bolstered by digital sales and recurring player investment. Since Ubisoft will manage six live titles this year versus three last year, we may see extensive online components added the four AAA releases planned for this year. Digital content is expected to make more than 50% of Ubisoft's revenues and earnings from its back catalog of games--such as Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division--are expected to rise further.

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Qualcomm slaps Apple by suing iPhone manufacturers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 17, 2017 12:03 pm

Qualcomm is hitting Apple in a totally new way starting today, with the mobile giant suing four of Apple's Taiwan-based contract manufacturers: Foxconn, Compal, Wistron, and Pegatron.

 

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Forbes reports that Qualcomm is suing these four manufacturers for not paying royalities to Qualcomm for the patents on its smartphone tech, including IP on cellular modems - you know, 3G/4G are a big thing. Don Rosenberg, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Qualcomm said: "It is unfortunate that we must take this action against these long-time licensees to enforce our agreements, but we cannot allow these manufacturers and Apple to use our valuable intellectual property without paying the fair and reasonable royalties to which they have agreed".

 

Qualcomm has accused Apple of "strong arming" the contract manufacturers to stop paying the licensing fees they legally owe Qualcomm, which is a breach of the contract between Qualcomm and the manufacturers. Qualcomm adds that Apple has promised to contribute towards any damages that the contract manufacturers are hit with, as a result of them not paying Qualcomm's royalty fees.

 

Rosenberg continued: "As Apple continues to collect billions of dollars from consumer sales of its Qualcomm-enabled products, it is using its market power as the wealthiest company in the world to try to coerce unfair and unreasonable license terms from Qualcomm in its global attack on the company. Our license agreements with Apple's manufacturers remain valid and enforceable. The manufacturers must continue to live up to their obligations under these agreements and Apple should immediately cease its tortious interference".

 

I talked to Founder & Principal Analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy, Patrick Moorhead, and he said: "Apple does not have an IP license with Qualcomm, but rather Qualcomm has IP licenses with Apple's ODMs, so it makes sense that Qualcomm would need to sue the ODMs for payment due to their breach of contract. As immersed as the larger dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is in IP, the suit between Qualcomm and Apple's ODMs is about breach of contract due to non-payment which, ironically, is slated to be heard in San Diego, Qualcomm's home town".

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First Australian sports company buys eSports team

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2017 10:45 am

Not many of you will know who the Adelaide Crows are, but they are one of my local AFL (Australian Football League) teams here in South Australia, and they have just become the first mainstream sports organization in Australia to buy a professional eSports team.

 

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The Crows scooped up Lecacy eSports, which is one of Australia's eight top-tier teams that competes in the Oceanic Pro League playing League of Legends. The Adelaide Crows are based in Adelaide, South Australia while their new eSports team are based out of Sydney, New South Wales.Legacy will retain its identity and branding for now, without any details on whether the League gamers will have the Adelaide Crows' signature branding and colors.

 

COO of Adelaide Crows, Nigel Smart, was reportedly enthusiastic about becoming the first AFL club with an eSports team, and as a local Adelaide resident who lived and breathed games when I grew up and now work in the technology industry surrounded by games - I must tip my hat to him. Adelaide hits the international eSports scene in a big way with a large AFL team buying an eSports team. Awesome.

Final 'War for the Planet of the Apes' trailer swings in

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2017 7:40 am

Following on from the events of the 'Planet of the Apes' prequels 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and its follow-up 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', the third entry 'War for the Planet of the Apes' is set to bridge the gap a little closer to the 1967 original. 20th Century Fox has today released the final trailer for the upcoming feature ahead of its July premier.

 

 

Motion capture artist Andy Serkis dons the suit for the third time to play Caesar, the fearless ape leader who spearheaded the rebellion against the humans and which ultimately led to our downfall. Series newcomer Woody Harrelson joins for a new role as a ruthless army veteran who commands the last vestiges of humanity's forces.

 

'War for the Planet of the Apes' is set to hit 3D, 2D and IMAX screens worldwide from July 14.

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'Power Rangers' reboot all but dead after China failure

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2017 3:43 am

While the newly rebooted 'Power Rangers' film was optimistically hoped to launch a new franchise, perhaps even a cinematic universe, but it now looks like a complete lack of interest all around the world has done what Rita Repulsa never could - actually kill the Rangers.

 

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According to Slash Film, the $100 million film has barely been able to recoup its production budget at the worldwide box office, let alone the hefty marketing campaign which came with it. Despite a tepid response from western audiences, including $84 million from the United States , the production had hoped that a stellar taken in China and Japan would prove its saving grace. Unfortunately, the film only managed $3.3 million over its Chinese premier weekend - a far cry from the $50 million haul of 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. With just $138 million in the can, 'Power Rangers 2' looks to be fading dream. Or nightmare.

SK Hynix's GDDR6 at 14Gbps offers up to 672GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 17, 2017 1:50 am

We've been reporting about GDDR6 technology for a while now, but SK Hynix detailed its upcoming memory technology in their recent memory catalog, with GDDR6 scheduled for Q4 2017.

 

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SK Hynix confirms two different variants of GDDR6, with both offerings being 8Gb (1GB) modules with different frequencies: 12Gbps and 14Gbps. Both modules will use 1.35V.

 

I've got some details on what memory bandwidth numbers to expect, which is exciting:

 

  • GDDR6 @ 12Gbps on 256-bit: 384GB/sec
  • GDDR6 @ 14Gbps on 256-bit: 448GB/sec
  • GDDR6 @ 12Gbps on 384-bit: 576GB/sec
  • GDDR6 @ 14Gbps on 384-bit: 672GB/sec

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