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Nintendo to sell 14.5 million Switch units, says analyst

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 3, 2017 12:18 pm

Nintendo will significantly exceed its Switch sales forecast by over 4 million units due to extreme demand, industry analyst predicts.




In the company's recent fiscal year earnings call, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said the console-maker expects to sell 10 million units of its new Switch console-handheld hybrid in the fiscal year ending on March 2018. But analysts expect Nintendo to substantially overshoot its guidance sales by as much as 45%.


Due to high demand that's only expected to surge throughout the year, Macquerie Capital Securities analyst David Gibson predicts Nintendo will sell 14.5 million Switch consoles or more in the fiscal year, reports The Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki.

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Gears of War 4 update: multi-GPU support on Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 3, 2017 3:24 am

If you're rocking a multi-GPU setup on Windows 10 and playing Gears of War 4, you haven't been having a good time - until now.




There's a new May Update for Gears of War 4 that includes multi-GPU support for Windows 10 years, something that allows gamers with enough hardware to crank everything up to 11. The new update is available right now, with more information on the Gears of War 4 May Update available here.

Facebook rolls out Instant Games on Messenger globally

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2017 2:22 am

Facebook has announced that they are starting to roll out Instant Games on Messenger for more than 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month. Instant Games were launched in November last year in the States, but now they will become available globally.




Facebook is also launching new features that they previewed to developers at their annual F8 conference. Those features allow developers to create unique game bots that can communicate with players about new levels and rewards.


Messenger will now support turn-based games instead of just single-player games with score leaderboards. One of the first games to take advantage of the new gameplay features is Zynga's Words With Friends.

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'Logan' Blu-ray release to include black & white version

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 3, 2017 2:09 am

The final appearance of 'X-Men' star Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in this year's 'Logan' proved a huge success despite its limiting R-rating, grossing over $600 million worldwide. Now, the film will make its way home and its coming with a little something extra.




According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 4K and Blu-ray versions of 'Logan' are set to include an additional black-and-white version of the film dubbed 'Logan Noir', alongside other extra features such as an audio commentary by director James Mangold, deleted scenes with optional Mangold audio commentary, and the full length 'Making Logan' documentary. 'Mad Max Fury Road' similarly hit Blu-ray in a 'black and chrome' version last year.


'Logan' is set to hit 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. from May 23, and on July 12 in Australia.

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Smartphone market flourishes: Chinese manufacturers grow

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2017 12:20 am

IDC has revealed its latest report on smartphone shipments in the first three months of 2017. According to the analytics firm, phone companies shipped a total of 347.4 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2017, which is a 4.3% increase compared to the Q1 2016.


The numbers show that Samsung and Apple are still at the top of this list, although their shipment number stagnates. Samsung regained control as the leader in the worldwide smartphone market despite a flat first quarter (0% year-over-year growth). The South Korean giant holds the biggest market share, 22.8%, with 79.2 million smartphones shipped, the same number they shipped in Q1 2016.




Apple remained essentially flat with shipments reaching 51.6 million units in the first quarter, up slightly from the 51.2 million shipped last year. These numbers mean they hold 14.9% of market share, a slight drop from 15.4% in Q1 2016.


Huawei launched their new flagship, the P10, earlier this year and sustained its dominance in China growing nearly 22% as shipments climbed from 28.1 million units last year, to 34.2 million units in the first quarter of 2017.

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Hearthstone amasses 70 million strong playerbase

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 10:13 pm

Blizzard has announced Hearthstone's online community has grown to 70 million players worldwide.




Blizzard Entertainment's free-to-play card game Hearthstone is one of the company's key money-making pillars. Thanks to its blind booster-pack style microtransactions (which mimic Overwatch's loot boxes), the game rakes in earnings hand over fist, and is a key facet to the company's digital earnings.


In fact, Activision reported that in 2016 total digital in-game revenues doubled year-over-year and represented over half of the company's $6.6 billion total yearly revenues. As a result, Activision raked in an incredible $3.6 billion from player purchases in games like Hearthstone.

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Nintendo plans 10 million+ Switch surplus to meet demand

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 9:08 pm

Nintendo's new Switch hybrid gaming system is in extreme demand right now, and constantly flies off shelves as soon as stores resupply stock. The Japanese console-maker is betting big on Switch sales in 2017, especially during the holiday season, but if the consoles are rare now what hope do consumers have for Christmas?




In a recent investors Q&A session, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima assures investors that stock of its new $299 Switch handheld-console will be ample for the holiday season. Mr. Kimishima recently confirmed the Kyoto-based games company expects to sell 10 million Nintendo Switch systems in its current fiscal year, and now Mr. Kimishima iterates that Nintendo plans to ramp up Switch hardware production to ensure a hardware stock surplus that exceeds its 10 million sales forecast.


In fact, shortly before the Switch console's launch Nintendo exercised its manufacturing facilities to produce 700,000 extra Switch consoles to meet excessive demand--culminating in 2.74 million hardware sales in just 29 days.

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Half-Life co-writer Chet Faliszek leaves Valve

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 8:12 pm

After 12 years of instrumental work on Half-Life, Steam, and Vive VR, Chet Faliszek says goodbye to Valve




Chat Faliszek is the latest of Valve's key talent to say goodbye to the gaming giant. In his 12-year tenure Faliszek helped shape some of Valve's most notorious work: he co-wrote Half-Life 2's episodic expansions, the beloved Portal games, and the grisly co-op shooters in the Left 4 Dead series. The famed writer also helped build Valve's Vive VR platform and served as a public intermediary for VR developers across the globe. But now Faliszek seeks new horizons outside of Valve's pipeline.


"[It was]Nothing exciting or drama filled," ex-Valve writer Chet Faliszek told Games Industry Biz. "I worked there 12 years, shipped a bunch of great games and some amazing hardware and wanted to change things up. There's no news on what's next etc, I will let you know when that happens."

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Check out SpaceX's latest launch photos and footage

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 2, 2017 6:33 pm

On Sunday, SpaceX successfully launched and landed yet another Falcon 9 rocket. The military spy satellite was successfully launched into the orbit, and SpaceX marked their tenth successful landing.


The company landed their first rocket in December 2015, and just last month, they successfully launched and landed an already used Falcon 9 rocket, which was the first time in history that an already used rocket has been launched again.




Elon Musk believes that reusable rockets are the key to space exploration. He recently said that the company's next goal is to land and re-launch the same rocket within 24 hours.

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Microsoft's $999 Surface Laptop: Kaby Lake i5, 4GB RAM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 2, 2017 4:25 pm

Microsoft today revealed its new lightweight Surface Laptop, a premium-priced notebook aimed at ousting Apple's Macbook.



Microsoft's new Surface Laptop features a stark disproportion of price versus specs that mirror Apple's hardware playback: the cheapest Surface Laptop costs $999, and comes with a measily 4GB of RAM (DDR3 or DDR4 or frequency not specified), a seventh-gen Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake CPU with Intel HD Graphics 620 eGPU, and a 128GB SSD. This indicates that the Surface Laptop is a "laptop" in name only: it's really a thinner, more optimized Surface tablet formed into a notebook's form factor, complete with a lightweight OS to match.


The Surface Laptop can be configured to higher specs including a Kaby Lake Core i7 and 8GB/16GB of RAM as well as 256GB or 512GB SSDs, but no pricing info was given on the upgraded models. The notebook features a 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 (201ppi) PixelSense display with 10-point capacitive touch. Microsoft boasts the Surface Laptop's battery lasts up to 14.5 hours with the i5 8GB model, but only when watching video. Oh, and the Surface Laptop doesn't come with a pen: that's sold separately.

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