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Sony making Wild Arms, Arc the Lad smartphone games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 7:51 am

Sony Interactive Entertainment of Japan has announced five new games as part of its push into mobile gaming, including greats like Arc the Lad, Wild Arms, and Parappa the Rapper.




SIE's new proprietary mobile gaming company is called ForwardWorks (think if Nintendo owned DeNA) and is focused on adapting popular PlayStation franchises into mobile games. Now for the first time we know exactly which games SIE's ForwardWorks studio plans to release, with SIE showing off demos for the following:


ForwardWorks has also teamed up with Square Enix for more mobile games, but no actual games or concrete info on the projects was announced. Check below for the full list of confirmed smartphone games. Also note that these games have been confirmed for Japan, and we're not sure which ones will cross over to the West. The first game, Everybody's Golf, is due out in Spring 2017.


  • Parappa the Rapper/Toro Toro
  • Everybody's Golf (a mobile take of Hot Shots Golf?)
  • No Heroes Allowed! DASH - an action puzzler you can play with one hand
  • Arc the Lad - Reboot with the original staff, the mobile version will be the final game in the series
  • Wild Arms - Another reboot to coincide with the series' 20th anniversary.
  • Disgaea, Yomawari, and a new IP called Ara of Sora and Umi

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The Last Guardian critics opinion wrap up and analysis

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 1:38 am

With The Last Guardian preorder numbers surprising Sony, one must have asked the question: how good will the game be or is it just another over hyped piece of garbage? Well, numerous websites have release their reviews today since they are no longer under NDA. Metacritic should give us a nice overview on the scoring and their opinions of the title.



We got an average score of 83 on Metacritics, with 43 positives and 12 mixed. Here's what some of the critics have to say about the game:


PlayStation Lifestyle. Score: 100


"When the journey comes to an end, you'll find yourself in shock, emotionally-drained, and appreciative The Last Guardian stayed in development this long and still made it to release. The entire game's pace is perfect. The difficulty and challenge is high, and completely reliant on how observant and explorative the player is. Every section of the game is stunningly gorgeous - a real work of art. The gameplay is pure perfection (aside for some clunky controls). The thematic use of the boy and the beast's relationship and how it applies to the gameplay, the world, and the puzzles is nothing short of brilliance. The climax is a real tear-jerker, while not going for the obvious and providing a positive, heart-warming conclusion. If there were ever a game that was deserving of the word 'perfect,' The Last Guardian is it."

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Nolan confirms HBO's 'Westworld' won't return until 2018

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 10:19 pm

The season finale of 'Westworld' has ended in a hugely satisfying fashion - but one that leaves plenty of threads open for the next season. But you're going to have to be very patient to see what happens next.




Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, co-creator and showrunner Jonathan Nolan confirms that the show is "definitely not coming back until 2018", explaining that "we knew for ourselves that going forward, the production is enormously challenging and ambitious, and so is the writing. So we said very early on that we wouldn't be able to turn this around every year, and knowing full well that that's been a time-honored tradition in television." Basically it means that if you want to keep the same level of quality, you're gonna have to wait. And while that might be a little painful, the trade off will be worth it. In a separate interview, Nolan gave a hint as to where it will go next - "if the first season was defined by control, the second season is defined by chaos."


In the interim, you can re-watch the first epic season to pick up the subtle extra clues, and keep forming those intricate fan theories!

Oculus Touch officially available as of today

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 9:22 pm

The day has arrived - Oculus Touch controllers are available! From today, December 6th, you can order them online and at the time of writing this article, estimated shipping is between December 16th and 21st. The shipping date is the same for all 22 countries where Oculus delivers its VR controllers.




Pre-orders started on October 10th and those who pre-order them should expect their controllers between today, December 6th and December 15th. Some users have reported that their controllers already arrived.


The Oculus Touch controllers will make the Rift VR experience more immersive and closer to that of the HTC Vive. The price of the two VR headsets are also almost the same, with the difference of only one dollar. Oculus Rift is priced at $599 and the Oculus Touch $199, so the combined price of the Oculus experience comes to $798, while the HTC Vive's price is $799.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 will not include headphone jack

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 8:30 pm

Samsung has poked fun at Apple for ditching the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, but it seems that was purely a marketing move, as the company is now following suit. Sources have confirmed to SamMobile the Galaxy S8 will remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack; if you want to use existing headphones, you'll require a a USB Type-C adapter, and if you want to plug the phone in and use wired headphones, you can't.




The upside is the potential for a thinner device with a larger battery, as well as stereo speakers; Samsung's recent acquisition of Harman means a potential collaboration on said speakers.


The Galaxy S8 will be revealed in February.

Apple hits record sales with their Apple Watch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 7:31 pm

In October, we reported that the worldwide smartwatch market experienced a round of growing pains in the third quarter of 2016, resulting in a "year-over-year decline in shipment volumes." The IDC reported that the smartwatch sales dropped in the Q3 by 51.6%, and Apple had the biggest drop - almost 72%, but they still maintained their position as the overall leader of the worldwide smartwatch market.




However, it seems that Apple has nothing to worry about because the sales of Apple Watch during the first week of holiday shopping season set a new record, and the current quarter is on the track to be the best ever for the Watch, Tim Cook told Reuters.


Cook didn't mention any numbers, but according to him, Apple Watch will be one of the most popular Christmas gadgets, which isn't surprising because if you are a fan of Apple, the Apple Watch is still one of the cheaper products from their lines of products.

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Uber is opening an advanced AI lab

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 6:28 pm

Uber wants to speed up the process of creating self-driving cars, so they went out and acquired an artificial intelligence startup based in New York. It is not known how much Uber paid for this deal, but the will also gain 15 specialists who will form a new AI division within the company - Uber AI Labs.




Gary Marcus, Geometric Intelligence co-founder, told the BBC that "the team would have a wide brief - ranging from improving traffic predictions to working towards a future of flying cars."


The description on the Geometrics Intelligence website says the startup was "founded by a group of noted scientists and leading machine learning pioneers, the team at Geometric Intelligence is redefining the boundaries of machine learning through innovative, patent-pending techniques that learn more efficiently from less data."

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Surgeon Simulator ER is out on Steam and PSVR

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 4:25 pm

Bossa Studios have finally completed Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality and it's available for purchase on Steam and the PlayStation Store right now for $19.99.




With this latest entry of Surgeon Simulator, you can "operate" on your patient in the VR world. The game only supports the HTC Vive and its controllers at the moment, so Oculus Rift owners will have to miss out for now.


Here's the PC requirement if you want to run this game:




All the original surgeries will return and you will get some new ones too. The steam game description hints about a brain surgery in the dark. You can also take some selfies while you're at it. What can possibly go wrong?

ESA extends ISS participation to 2024

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 2:27 pm

The ESA concluded a two-day Council meeting at the ministerial level in Lucerne, Switzerland and ministers in charge of space matters from ESA's 22 member states plus Slovenia and Canada have allocated 10.3 billion euros (roughly around $11 billion) for space activities and programs based on the vision of a United Space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0.




The members also approved the commitment to extend European participation in the International Space Station program to 2024. Funding for the ESA's extension will amount to about 807 million euros ($861 million) on usage and 153 million euros ($163 million) for science projects involving the Space Station.


NASA's Administrator Charles Bolden expressed his excitement about the decision on NASA's official blog.

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AMD Radeon GPU tech will power Intel's next-gen iGPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 12:49 pm

With the impending release of Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake family of processors, we're seeing disappointing numbers from the flagship Core i7-7700K - which is barely faster than the current-gen Core i7-6700K, but the new 7700K runs much hotter.




The bigger news that has just dropped is that Intel and AMD have reportedly signed a new contract that will see AMD Radeon GPU technology inside of Intel's next-gen CPUs. AMD would provide Radeon GPU technology for Intel's integrated graphics, after years of Intel trying to make it work - and it looks like they just can't get their GPU game up to scratch, so they're going to their main rival... AMD.


The news is coming from HardOCP boss Kyle Bennett, who wrote on the HardOCP forums: "The licensing deal between AMD and Intel is signed and done for putting AMD GPU tech into Intel's iGPU". Bennett continued, saying that "Intel in no way wants this to be public", but that's kind of hard on a public forum - and now, here with this post.

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