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Battleborn's PVP is free-to-play

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 7:27 pm

In an attempt to save its beleaguered MOBA Battleborn, Gearbox has made a strange hybrid scheme that combines a free to play structure with microtransactions while retaining the $30 retail version.



With Battleborn, 2K Games has found a way to merge freemium-style microtransactions with actual retail sales. Battleborn now has a "free trial" mode that offers unlimited PVP play with 30 free heroes across four modes, with a rotating cast of heroes. To offset the free trial mode, Battleborn will have premium digital currency that is purchased with real money, which is redeemed form cosmetics, gear, EXP boosters and more. The full game will still be sold for $30 on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and upgrading to the full game unlocks all 25 characters, the full story mode campaign, and private matches. The free trial mode is now available on Steam, PS4, and Xbox One.


Existing Battleborn owners who purchased the game before today get access to the Founder's Bonus Content loot pack, which includes premium platinum currency, credits, exclusive titles and skins, loot packs, and more. Gearbox meticulously outlines all of the changes to Battleborn in this huge post, so give it a read if you're interested.

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LG to launch G6 Plus and G6 Pro with Snapdragon 835?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 6:28 pm

Back in February when LG launched its flagship, the G6, many were left disappointed that the device was only powered by last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 instead of the newer Snapdragon 835.


However, it seems that the company has an ace up their sleeve. According to a report from South Korea, LG is planning to launch two new devices - the LG G6 Plus and LG G6 Pro.




The same source claims that at least one of those devices, if not both, will be powered by the Snapdragon 835. Both devices are also said to come with upgraded features.

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Sony: Japanese games are super important to us

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 4:18 pm

Much to the approval of gamers everywhere, Sony's PlayStation 4 console has been the home for traditional Japanese games for quite some time. As the region leaves consoles behind in favor of mobile games, Sony says that Japanese console games are "coming back," and re-affirms its commitment to hosting these experiences on its PlayStation platform.




Freemium mobile games reign supreme in the Land of the Rising Sun, and the region makes up less than 10% of the PS4's near 60-million global salesbase. However, Japanese console games are quite popular in the West, and Sony has done its part to keep these unique experiences alive by hosting titles like Resident Evil 7, NiOh, NieR: Automata, Final Fantasy XV and Persona 5 on its PlayStation 4 ecosystem. Due to strong growth and widespread appeal Sony has no plans to change this trend any time soon--Japanese games have always had a home on PlayStation.


"Japanese publishers are coming back, and that's super important for us," Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Shawn Layden said in a recent interview with TIME. Layden goes on to tease some major Japanese game reveals for E3 2017, igniting hope for the fabled Bloodborne 2. "I think a lot of Japanese developers lost their way chasing the mobile games yen, if you will, but they're coming back to console in a major way. And speaking of, we'll have some big announcements at E3 in that precise vein."

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Switch getting Pokken, not Pokemon Sun & Moon remaster

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 3:16 pm

Nintendo today announced some surprising news: Pokken Tournament DX is coming to the Nintendo Switch handheld-console hybrid, not the rumored Pokemon Sun & Moon HD remaster.



The rumors were wrong: The Pokemon Company is bringing Pokken Tournament DX to the system, not the anticipated "Pokemon Stars" remaster of Pokemon Sun & Moon.


Pokken Tournament DX is slated to arrive on Nintendo Switch this September, bringing with it the myriad of form factor playstyles the Switch offers. Pokken Tournament Deluxe offers the 16 playable Pokemon from the original Wii U release and adds in five extra characters like Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and Decidueye from Pokemon Sun & Moon. The fighter also features 3v3 battles, ranked matches online, and friends-only group matches. Also remember that Nintendo Switch's online service will be free up until its launch in 2018.

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Huawei confirms the Honor 9 launch date

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 2:25 pm

Honor 9 was expected to be unveiled on June 20th, but last week's leak claimed that the company would unveil the device a week earlier, on June 12th.


Now, Huawei has confirmed the launch date, and it is indeed the June 12th. The promotional poster, revealed by the company, shows a huge number nine next to Honor's logo for dual camera setup.




The sign on the poster says "Beautiful and colorful," and we have already seen that the Honor 9 might come in some bold color options such as yellow. Huawei is clearly focused on colors this year; a trend they started in February with a Pantone green Huawei P10.

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ZTE's Nubia Z17 sold out in just 51 seconds

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 1:21 pm

ZTE launched its long anticipated flagship, the Nubia Z17, last week, and it seems that the reception has been fantastic.




The Nubia Z17 went on flash sale in China through online retailer where 10,000 units were offered. The company has announced that they sold out the devices in just 51 seconds.


The next flash sale will be on June 12th, and it will be interesting to compare the numbers.

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Apple refreshes 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 7:33 am

Apple has unleashed a bunch of new products today including the Radeon Pro Vega-powered iMac Pro with its 5K display and can be configured with an 18-core Intel Xeon CPU, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro units, and now the new iPad Pro refreshes.




Apple refreshed its 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but also ditched the older 9.7-inch iPad Pro size and stretched it out to a slightly bigger 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which replaces the 9.7-inch version. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro rocks a native resolution of 2224x1668 (264 PPI) with 20% more screen real estate over the 9.7-inch model, and 40% smaller bezels. This leads to a 10.5-inch iPad Pro that is only a little bigger and roughly the same physical size as the smaller 9.7-inch predecessor.


The new iPad Pro has some high refresh rate goodness tucked up its sleeve with Apple's new ProMotion technology ramping up the refresh rate on the 10.5- and 12.9-inch panels to 120Hz.

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AMD announces the new Radeon Pro 500 series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 6:40 am

Apple has just unveiled their impressive new iMac Pro all-in-one desktop that can be configured with up to an 18-core Intel Xeon CPU, and even the new AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics card with 16GB of HBM2, but AMD also slid in the announcement of their new Radeon Pro 500 series graphics cards, too.




The new Radeon Pro 500 series cards are available in Apple's newly updated 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems, with up to 5.5 TFLOPs of compute performance - perfect for Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, and more. In AMD's press release, they explain: "It is incredibly satisfying to see the capabilities of Radeon Pro 500 series in elegant form factors and enabling amazing content creation, gaming and VR experiences".


Senior VP and Chief Architect of Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, said: "Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics are enabling new generations of makers with compute-accelerated creative tools and new APIs, bringing their imaginations to life in ways like never before".

Intel's next-gen Coffee Lake CPUs delayed into 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 5:30 am

AMD is stomping all over Intel right now with Ryzen and their new HEDT platform with Ryzen ThreadRipper, and now the pain continues with Intel reportedly delaying the release of their upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs until February 2018.




The company reportedly presented its partners with a new deck at Computex detailing that their new 14/16/18-core CPUs won't be released until February 2018. These parts will arrive with a new LGA 1151 V2 socket making the new Coffee Lake CPUs not compatible with current LGA 1151 motherboards, which will not have current LGA 1151 owners happy at all. We should expect a Kaby Lake refresh in the coming months, with Coffee Lake pushed into 2018.

AMD's new Radeon Pro 500 series powers new MacBook Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 4:14 am

AMD is doing all sorts of great business with the likes of Ryzen, ThreadRipper, and their next-gen Vega GPU architecture making it into Apple's new iMac Pro. But the winning didn't stop for AMD with the iMac Pro, as AMD's new Radeon Pro 500 series graphics cards have made it into Apple's newly announced MacBook Pro refresh.




The new Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB of VRAM powers the highest-end MacBook Pro, which has been upgraded with Intel's new Kaby Lake CPU architecture, over the Skylake architecture used in the 2016 MBP. The new 2017 MBP rocks the Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM, a 256GB PCIe-based SSD, and a whopping 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports. We also have a bigger battery, with 76 Wh on offer, over the older 2016 MBP 15-inch model with its 54.5 Wh battery.


There will be the option of the Radeon Pro 555 and Radeon Pro 560, both based on the Polaris 11 GPU.

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