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PlayStation VR tops 1 million sales

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 9:20 pm

Sony's console-powered PlayStation VR headset has surpassed 1 million sales, the company today announced.

 

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Sony took a big risk with its PS4-powered PlayStation VR headset, but the gambit seems to have paid off: President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America Shawn Layden today confirmed the PSVR has sold a million units in the eight months since it launched in October 2016.

 

But as Layden told The Verge, "it's still just a million units." A quick take on the numbers shows that Sony could've taken in $399 million from PSVR sales, and that's assuming if everyone bought the base $399 model. The real figures will have the complete $499 package mixed with the base $399 model, of course. Layden goes on to say that supply for the PS4-powered virtual reality headset will increase throughout this year, which will no-doubt grow sales for Sony's FY2017. "We'll have freer supply in the marketplace [in 2017]," the CEO affirmed.

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ZTE announces mid-range smartphone, the V870

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 8:18 pm

Just a couple of days ago, ZTE launched its flagship phone for 2017, the Nubia Z17, which is the first smartphone to support Qualcomm's QuickCharge 4+, and now the company has unveiled another device.

 

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The V870 might not sound as interesting as the Nubia Z17, but it is a decent mid-range phone.

 

The device is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 435 and comes with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.

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FIFA 18 on Switch: no story mode or Frostbite support

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 7:18 pm

Electronic Arts today confirmed that FIFA 18 is the publisher's FIFA game coming to the Nintendo Switch, but the handheld's version will be missing key features.

 

 

FIFA 18's Nintendo Switch, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions aren't powered by DICE's Frostbite 3 engine, and won't have the Journey: Hunter Returns story mode. This is quite significant: not only is the Switch being technically lumped in with other legacy hardware in terms of features and content, but FIFA 18 not being powered by Frostbite 3 on the platform sends a clear message that EA may not be willing to re-tool the engine to work on the Switch, or Nintendo's new handheld-console hybrid doesn't support it very well.

 

"Frostbite game engine technology and the Journey: Hunter Returns mode are available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platform versions only. Not all features available on all platforms," fine print reads at the bottom of FIFA 18's trailer reveal. It's also worth adding that EA has teamed up with Sony to market FIFA 18 after years and years with Microsoft.

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Amazon is working on a new series of smartphones

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 6:23 pm

Back in 2014, Amazon launched the Amazon Fire Phone, but the device didn't achieve commercial success, and it was discontinued a year later. It was considered a massive failure and led to massive layoffs in the company's hardware division.

 

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Three years later, the online retailer is preparing to launch a new smartphone series named 'Ice.' According to several reports, the phones won't be high-end devices, but rather affordable mid-range smartphones.

 

Leaks claim that the Amazon's Ice Phone series will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 435 processor, and come with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

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Moto E4 Plus with 5,000 mAh battery to cost $205?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 5:25 pm

Motorola is expected to unveil the Moto E4 and E4 Plus on July 17th, but many leaks have already given us an idea of what to expect.

 

The star of the leaks is the Moto E4 Plus because of its rumored impressive 5,000 mAh battery. The phone is expected to feature a 5.5-inch display, 13MP rear camera, and a 5MP front shooter.

 

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Earlier rumors mention that the device will be powered by a MediaTek MT6737M chipset and come with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.

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Gamevice's snap-on mobile controller could thwart Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 3:17 pm

Gamevice, the creator of innovative controllers that snap-on to sides of Apple devices for mobile gaming, has just secured a substantial $12.5 million Series A funding round to expand the development of its product line. With proper support and content curation, this device could prove a major interrupting force for Nintendo's new Switch console-handheld.

 

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Due to its accessibility and comparative low-cost, mobile gaming is the most lucrative segment to the games industry, especially in regions like China and Japan. According to Newzoo's predictions, mobile gaming will rake in $46.1 billion or 42% of 2017's total games industry revenues. By 2020, mobile gaming is expected to pull in half of the industry's revenues with $64.9 billion. Gamevice aims to tap this booming market with its controller peripheral, which snaps onto compatible Apple handsets and tablets to transform them into a fully-fledged on-the-go handheld. This transforming nature is not unlike the Nintendo Switch, which features attachable JoyCon controllers that slide onto a tablet-like screen to facilitate on-the-go play.

 

While the Gamevice may be similar to the Switch, it has a key advantage: it's simply an add-on peripheral instead of an actual machine. Right now Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console is in extreme demand, and an industry-wide parts shortage may interrupt the company's lofty 18 million Switch production order. Nintendo is competing against smartphone-makers like Apple and Samsung for key components such as NAND flash memory, LPDDR4 RAM, and LCD screens--all of which are essential for making mobile devices, and the Switch, tick. This shortage is likely to ensure devices like Nintendo's Switch aren't able to keep up with massive demand, leading many gamers to look elsewhere for a similar experience--and that's where the Gamevice controller may win out.

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Pokemon Direct announced for tomorrow

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 2:12 pm

Nintendo has officially announced a new Pokemon-themed Nintendo Direct showcase planned for tomorrow at 7AM PST / 10AM EST.

 

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Nintendo may finally be ready to unveil the much-anticipated Pokemon Stars game on Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid. Rumor has it that Pokemon Stars will be a "director's cut" of the original Pokemon Sun and Moon games released on 3DS, with remastered 1080p graphics while docked and 720p in handheld mode, as well as other content specifically tailor-made for the Switch handheld.

 

If Nintendo does announce Pokemon Stars tomorrow, it'll assuredly showcase the game during its main E3 2017 reel slated for Tuesday, June 13 at 9AM PST / 12PM EST.

Biostar reveals the monster X299GT9 motherboard

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 2:03 pm

Computex 2017 - We have seen some impressive X299 motherboards, but none are as big as one we spotted at Biostar's booth at Computex 2017. The X299GT9 is a monster motherboard that comes in the E-ATX form factor, which allows for a significantly wider PCB. The motherboard features multiple PCI-E x16 slots, two U.2 ports, an M.2 slot, many USB 3.0 internal headers, and a hefty VRM.

 

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Hidden under a metal veil is an Intel 1Gbit NIC as well as an Intel 10Gbit NIC. Intel's X550AT is employed to drive the higher networking speeds. The PCI-E layout is x16/x16/x8/x4/x4/x4/x4 and there are four SATA6Gb/s ports on the right of the motherboard. The motherboard does support USB 3.1 and carries a 14-phase VRM. We don't know much more about the motherboard, but its size is impressive, and hopefully we will get one in for review.

Huawei launches another tablet - MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 1:19 pm

Just a couple of days after Huawei launched the MediaPad M3 Lite 10 in three versions, the company has announced another tablet - the MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0.

 

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The tablet is powered by the same processor as the recently announced devices, the Snapdragon 435. The MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0 comes in versions with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.

 

As the name suggests, the device has a smaller screen than the M3 Lite 10, an 8.4-inch one to be precise, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.

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ASUS's first motherboards with wireless AD tech

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 12:30 pm

Computex 2017 - ASUS's Rampage VI Extreme and X299-Deluxe do not only sport new digs, but also the latest in Wi-Fi technology, Wireless AD. While current standards such as Wireless N (802.11n) and Wireless AC (802.11ac) operate on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, Wireless AD (802.11ad) operates on the 60GHz band (or around it).

 

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It will offer theoretical speeds up to 7Gbps, while Wireless AC maxes out around 3.2Gbps in its most impressive theoretical form. The Rampage VI Extreme will also feature 10Gbit wired networking, hopefully ushering in a new generation of multi-Gbit wired and wireless networking.

 

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While features such as multi-Gbit networking tend to stay at the very top of the stack when it comes to integrated features, ASUS is also adding in Wireless AD into its X299-Deluxe, along with many features such as a built-in LCD located at the center of the motherboard and multiple USB 3.1 ports. Wireless AD capable networking equipment should become more common in the second half of this year into the next.

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