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Rockstar gets into the Halloween spirit with GTA Online

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 1:42 pm

Halloween has certainly captured many headlines in the past week or so, between all the extra scary-themed content available for gaming titles, it comes as no surprise. The next to be "spookified" shall we call it, is the Grand Theft Auto Online Halloween event, which commences this Friday, October 28.

 

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The special event gives players access to the brand new motorcycle formally known as the "Sanctus" The Rockstar blog post had this to say about it:

 

"With its eerie skull-studded design, the Sanctus is a dread-inducing piece of machinery, guaranteed to strike fear into passersby on your next midnight ride."

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Nintendo Switch handheld delivers console-quality gaming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 12:40 pm

Nintendo's new Switch hardware melds the worlds of handheld and console gaming in a single transforming package. But what about gameplay? There's usually a pretty big disparity between Nintendo's consoles and handhelds as far as gameplay performance...however Nintendo now affirms that the Switch will deliver console-quality performance even while taken on-the-go.

 

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Recent reports state that the Nintendo Switch will offer better performance while docked for home console play, with the handheld portion possibly being underclocked while used out and about. But according to Nintendo's President Tatsumi Kimishima, the Switch's handheld will deliver high-quality gameplay even while used outside the home, likely mirroring the exact same gameplay as when docked. Kimishima also directly states the Switch will instantly swap gameplay across home console or portable handheld mode without any interruptions in gameplay.

 

"When mounted on the Nintendo Switch Dock, you can experience high-impact gameplay on the large screen. Just remove the Nintendo Switch system from the Nintendo Switch Dock to transfer the game from the TV to the system screen instantly, letting you experience home console-quality gaming while switching between the TV and any other location," Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said in the company's latest investor relations report.

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Microsoft drop Shocktober sale a week before Halloween

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 11:23 am

This month has certainly proven to be all things Halloween, with October alone racking up a good number of spooky-themed packages and game deals on various platforms.

 

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Though Xbox fans in particular, will be pleased to know that Microsoft announced their Shocktober sale, a full week prior to Halloween. The sale gives customers great discounts on numerous horror-themed games in celebration of the scariest night of the year, for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

 

The prices can be viewed via the official Microsoft Xbox website as well as the Major Nelson website. Dont miss out as the sale will only run from 25th-31st of October. Get your spook on with some great steals!

Nintendo Switch to have wide array of hardware add-ons

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 10:13 am

Nintendo's new Switch console and mobile handheld hybrid will be the nexus (or NeXus, if you will) of an ecosystem with a lot of software and accompanying hardware accessories. Although we saw a few of these during the Switch preview trailer, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima says "by no means is that everything."

 

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Photo credit: Ryan Salamanda

 

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that the Switch will have a "wider array" of what he refers to as "add-on hardware." He also hints that the Switch will offer more ways to play than what we were shown during the trailer, and that some software could go beyond traditional console and mobile gaming.

 

"In terms of the various ways you can play, you will have to see [the Switch] together with the software and accessories that we'll have, which we will reveal in January," Mr. Kimishima said. "In terms of attachments to the core part that is the Switch, it may be appropriate to call them accessories. Or it might be better to call them add-on hardware. It's probably more correct to call them accessories. You can assume that there will be a wider array."

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Heavy Rain and Detroit developer experimenting with VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 9:20 am

Quantic Dream is one of the only game developers left that makes games that feel oh-so-different, but Quantic Dream boss David Cage recently talked with GamesIndustry.biz and had some interesting things to say about VR.

 

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Cage said: "We have all VR systems installed in the studio, and I encourage my teams to try them out. We've downloaded every game on every system to try and understand where people are right now, what works, and what doesn't work, and what we could bring to this medium". Cage added: "The idea is not to do VR for the sake of doing VR. It's about saying something on this medium that hasn't been said already".

 

When it comes to the sense of presence that VR can give gamers, game developers will have to do more to trick gamers' brains into thinking that the virtual reality they're in, is more real than 'just a game'. Cage continued: "If there's a character in front of you, your brain thinks they're actually there. So suddenly there's a distance you're trying to keep when you talk to them".

 

He continued: "I had a very weird experience in a VR game. It was during a cutscene where the characters are moving around me and I was very close to one, really looking at it. But I wasn't paying attention so when he moved forward, he went through my body. And I can't tell you how weird that felt. It was almost mystical, like someone going through you. You feel it. Your brain is tricked".

LG's new 5K display designed for latest MacBook Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 7:42 am

Today has been a big day for Apple, with the announcement of their next-gen MacBook Pro laptops coming in 3 models: two 13-inch MBPs, and a higher-end 15-inch MacBook Pro which rocks AMD's new Radeon Pro 400 series graphics - but the fun doesn't end there.

 

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LG has unveiled its new 4K and 5K displays, specifically designed for Apple's new MacBook Pro models. The new UltraFine Displays feature 3 x USB-C ports that will power additional devices, with LG's new monitors rocking built-in stereo speakers, a camera, and a microphone.

 

LG's new 5K UltraFine Display requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection, and we originally reported that LG's new 5K display was an Apple exclusive, but our friends at Fudzilla have informed us that it's not exclusive to the new MacBook Pro. This is a big hint at Apple's future, as it seems as though the company won't be making any more monitors - gone are the days of Apple's Cinema Displays, guys... sob.

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3DS won't be cannibalized by Switch, says Nintendo

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 7:04 am

Since Nintendo's new Switch hardware is both a console and handheld, there's some major concerns that the Japanese console-maker will retire its ultra-popular 3DS. But that won't happen any time soon, and the 3DS will continue on.

 

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In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima affirms that the Switch won't "cannibalize" the 3DS, and the 3DS handheld will continue onward alongside the Switch even after the new console's release.

 

"Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing. So that business still has momentum. And certainly rather than being cannibalized by the Switch, we think the 3DS can continue in its own form," Kimishima affirmed in the interview.

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Qualcomm acquires NXP Semiconductor for $47 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 5:51 am

Qualcomm is spending big on its acquisition of NXP Semiconductor, with an all-cash deal of $47 billion, leaving Qualcomm with a future of diversifying its business as sales of smartphones using Snapdragon processors begins to slow down in saturated markets, reports TechSpot.

 

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Who is NXP Semiconductor? They're a large supplier for the automotive industry, so Qualcomm's acquisition is teasing that we could see Qualcomm step into the automotive industry in a very, very big way. It wasn't too long ago that Analogix Semiconductor were purchased by a Chinese consortium for $500 million, but this $47 billion deal makes that acquisition look tiny in comparison.

 

Qualcomm isn't acquiring NXP to begin its future in the automotive market, as it'll allow Qualcomm to get a better grip on the networking market, as well as the Internet of Things and security - both of which are expanding at rates that most companies can't keep up with.

 

We should expect the Qualcomm/NXP deal to close by the end of 2017.

Nintendo Switch has 6-inch 720p multi-touchscreen

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 5:00 am

Nintendo has already confirmed that it hasn't revealed everything about its new Switch console handheld hybrid, and now some of those features have apparently come to light: namely the Switch handheld's 6-inch 720p multi-touchscreen.

 

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As millions of gamers watched the Nintendo Switch preview, a lot of us sighed in relief when no sort of touch-screen gimmick was shown. But internal sources close to the Switch have told Eurogamer that the Switch will indeed have a touchscreen, but it'll be both new and old territory for Nintendo.

 

Eurogamer's Tom Phillips reports that the Nintendo Switch's 6.2-inch handheld display won't be full 1080p, but 720p, and will support modernized multi-touchscreen with up to 10 points of capacitive touch, which is head over heels better than Nintendo's previous touchscreen endeavors (the Wii U and 3DS, for example, use pressure-sensitive resistive touchscreens with only one-point touch). Armed with a 10-point capacitive touchscreen, the Nintendo Switch will allow multi-finger touch gestures including zooming, enlarging, and more.

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Twitter kills Vine app, web version still available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 4:14 am

Twitter is going through troubles of its own, but now the social media giant has announced it will be shutting down the Vine app in the next few months.

 

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Vine wrote in a blog post: "Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we'll be discontinuing the mobile app".

 

Twitter announced it is restructuring itself, laying off 9% of their global workforce, and working on other methods to reduce cost. Vine users won't feel the pinch immediately, with their Vines still accessible, with Vine adding it will continue working with creators on answering any questions.

 

Vine wasn't told about the situation until Thursday morning, with an "all-hands meeting" at 10AM at Twitter's offices in New York, reports Mashable.

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