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All of Ubisoft's games will have live services

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2017 6:20 pm

Ubisoft confirmed a not-so-surprising bit of news I suspected for a long while: all of its future games will have integrated live services to ensure longevity and consistent revenue streams.




In the last few years Ubisoft has made a considerable transformation in how it does business, moving away from big AAA releases and more towards sustainable online-based titles that consistently provide value via monetizing it over time. Ubisoft now favors games like Rainbow Six: Siege and For Honor with strong earnings via microtransactions and being able to provide new content via digital expansions. This online social engagement-fueled model is what the games industry is gravitating towards, and is the reason why many publishers and platforms are successful--from EA and Activision to Blizzard and Take-Two, and even Microsoft's Xbox LIVE platform.


So far Ubisoft has enjoyed considerable success with this strategy, so the publisher will fold all of its future games into the live services roadmap, including the new Assassin's Creed and Far Cry 5 games. But Ubisoft isn't foolish, and it knows it can't push microtransactions and in-game purchases that don't make sense--the company has to create live services that make sense for the title, and do so diligently as to not fracture the community.


"All our games now are bringing live operations," said Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot. "But the operations are all different. Ghost Recon's live operations are different from Rainbow Six's, and will be different from Assassin's Creed."

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Leaked iPhone 8 photos allegedly show the final design

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2017 5:23 pm

While we still don't actually know whether or not Apple will call their new phone the iPhone 7S or iPhone 8, there are already many rumors floating around about Apple's next flagship device.




We recently learned that Apple had placed orders for their A11 chip that should power the new phone and we have seen a rendered video which allegedly shows Apple's upcoming flagship.


Now, an alleged mock-up of the phone has appeared, and it shows the final design of the phone. The images show the design which resembles the device we saw in the rendered video.

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Far Cry 5 news coming 'very soon'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2017 4:19 pm

Today Ubisoft announced that new Far Cry and Assassin's Creed games will release before March 2018, and promised info on the titles will come sooner than you'd expect.




In today's released financial report Ubisoft confirmed the new Far Cry game is a mainline sequel called Far Cry 5. However, company CEO Yves Guillemot didn't answer when asked if the Western-themed Far Cry rumors were true or not, but he did say gamers can expect more news on the game "very soon."


"We can't comment on rumors. But you'll get more information very soon on that game, so it will comfort you on its potential," Guillemot said during Ubisoft's financial earnings call with analysts and investors. "And we are extremely excited with what we're coming with."

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The Galaxy C10 may be Samsung's first dual camera phone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2017 3:24 pm

The Galaxy Note8 will likely debut this fall, and it is expected that the phone will feature a dual rear camera setup.


However, it seems that the Note8 won't be Samsung's first smartphone with a dual camera.




The latest leak suggests that the Galaxy C10, expected to be announced before the Note8, will rock a dual camera setup.

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HTC dethrones Samsung as best phone camera in the world

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2017 2:33 pm

DXOMark, one of the photography industry's standards for image quality is also well known for evaluating the quality of smartphone cameras. They have been pretty fair when it comes to evaluating smartphone cameras, so it makes sense to trust their results. While DXOMark isn't necessarily the whole story when it comes to overall smartphone camera experience, they do provide an expectation of image quality.




Based on recent results distributed by HTC and talked about during their press conference, the new HTC U11 managed to dethrone the previous best smartphone camera, the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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OPPO launches the A77 priced at $365

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2017 1:23 pm

OPPO has started this year with good results. Its R9s was the best selling Android smartphone in Q1 2017 with 8.9 million units shipped.


But OPPO is just warming up. While we are waiting for the launch of its long-rumored flagship, the Find 9, the company has launched another smartphone - the A77.




The OPPO A77 comes with a 5.5-inch display and is powered by an octa-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750T processor. The phone features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card.

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High-end Pokemon watch costs $258,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 18, 2017 7:07 am

Well, this is something for the uber rich who are true Pokemon fans, with high-end watchmaker RJ-Romain Jerome collaborating with Pokemon on a new $258,000 watch.




The watch has "features" on its product page, with the company saying it has "Pikachu," "Lightning bolt," "Oscillating weight," and "Pokemon colors". This isn't the first Pokemon watch by the company, with their previous Pikachu-centric watch costing a cool $20,000.


On the Tourbillon Pokemon product page, the company explains: "The highlight of the timepiece is definitely the colourful dial, standing out from the all-black 48mm case and hands. Completing the ensemble, the black alligator strap is enhanced with yellow and blue stitching as a tribute to the Pokémon logo's symbolic colors. The composition and the placement of the characters-all were created to appreciate the beauty of the dial's numerous Pokémon".


"This concentration of and accumulation of characters in different sizes yields an incredible and captivating 3D effect, such that the characters look animated and ready to pop out at any second. As the most famous of them all, Pikachu is the centrepiece and is placed at the forefront. To complete the Pokémon scene, the tourbillon bridge is shaped like a lightning bolt, one of the key elements of Pikachu".


Alright, it sounds alright - but $258,000 alright? Yeah nah.

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AMD hosting Reddit AMA on Radeon Vega Frontier on May 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 18, 2017 5:35 am

AMD will be hosting a Reddit AMA today at 2-3PM PST, where they will talk about all things Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.




This isn't an AMA on Radeon RX Vega, the consumer graphics card based on the Vega architecture, but instead the professional graphics card based on Vega - which fights Tesla/Quadro and Titan X from NVIDIA. Senior VR and Chief Architect at Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, will be hosting the AMA.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War's new trailer is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2017 3:21 am

The latest trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War is here, with the trailer called 'Dominate the Open World' displaying the huge open world that Monolith Productions has built for Shadow of War.



The trailer teases: "The video introduces viewers to the vast environments within Middle-earth, stretching beyond Mordor, and giving fans the first glimpse of various new environments to explore, including the Island of Nurn, Cirith Ungol, Gorgoroth and more. Through the innovative Nemesis System, every player experiences a unique world to explore and share and every area of the world is larger, more varied and more dynamic than ever before".


Middle-earth: Shadow of War is set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.


We'll have to wait until August 22 for the release of Shadow of War, which will hit the PC (Steam and Windows 10, Project Scorpio, Xbox One, PS4 Pro, and PS4.

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MSI prepares mid-range X299 GAMING PRO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 18, 2017 1:50 am

As we are sliding into the hectic fun that is Computex 2017, MSI is teasing its mid-range X299 GAMING PRO motherboard.




This new motherboard features support for the X299 chipset, providing quad-channel DDR4 support, with MSI reinforcing the memory slots on each side of the CPU socket. MSI calls its socket 'Turbo Socket', but we don't know if that's MSI or Intel's choice.


There's an 8-pin connector that is joined by a 4-pin connector, which will have MSI pushing their upcoming X299 GAMING PRO motherboard for overclocking. We should expect MSI to unveil this board during Computex, which takes place between May 30 and June 3.