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Analyst: Nintendo Switch to be sold out until September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 4:34 am

Nintendo is slowly building the hype for its next-gen Switch console, but according to a 'What To Expect In The Games Business' article on GamesIndustry.biz with analysts and people involved in the gaming industry - Nintendo is going to have a massive year in 2017.

 

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Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Patcher talked about Nintendo and their Switch sales in 2017, where he said: "The Switch is sold out through September. The console looks fun, the price appears to be right, and I expect demand to be high. If there is a lot of third-party support (games, not merely labels), I think demand remains high".

 

I would have to agree, Nintendo is going to be selling Switch consoles like hotcakes. As Patcher points out, if there are a lot of third-party games and support from game publishers, Nintendo's new Switch console could be a huge deal in 2017.

Xbox Scorpio to be priced at $399, could slip into 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 3:06 am

We don't know much about Microsoft's next-gen Xbox Scorpio console, apart from the fact that it'll be a 4K gaming console that handles VR and has 6 TFLOPs of performance - but what about price?

 

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I've been expecting Microsoft to nail $699 since it'll be a premium console, but Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has said that Xbox Scorpio "is priced at $399", where he adds: "This might not be low enough, particularly if PS4 Pro drops before holiday 2017, but Microsoft has to price competitively or fall farther behind".

 

I think we'll see Xbox Scorpio coming out at $599 or so, and ushered in as a premium console with "Made for 4K" games as Dan Pearson of GamesIndustry.biz puts it. I want to see 1080p 60FPS as the minimum option, while 4K 30FPS (ugh) will be offered because the 4K buzzword marketing hype machine will demand it.

AMD's next-gen Vega 10 GPU granted RRA certification

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 1:16 am

We all know that AMD's next-gen Vega 10 GPU is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality, but now both Vega 10 and the upcoming Polaris 12 chip have received RRA certification.

 

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First off: what's this RRA certification? South Korea's National Radio Research Agency is a regulatory body that approves any silicon-based electronic product before it can be pushed out into the consumer market. AMD's upcoming Vega 10 and Polaris 12 GPUs have received RRA certification, which means they're getting much closer to being physical products and not just pre-production boards like we were teased with during the AMD Tech Summit 2016 running DOOM at 4K 60FPS+ on Ultra settings on Vega 10.

 

So now the game becomes a question of what graphics cards we'll see from Vega 10 and Polaris 12. First off, let's tackle Polaris 12 - which should arrive as a highly tuned Radeon RX 460 which we've been teased about over the last couple of months. AMD stated there would not be a faster GPU under the Polaris family, so don't expect a Radeon RX 490 which blows the hinges off the doors of performance.

 

Moving onto Vega 10, which I expect to be in better physical form in the coming months - and with this new RRA certification, we could expect a bigger and better tease at CES 2017 in early January. But... and this is a big but... we might not see much new at CES, and rather GDC 2017. AMD could do a big tease of Vega 10 at the Game Developers Conference between February 27 and March 3, during what I'm sure will be a new Capsaicin event, this time featuring Vega and Ryzen.

Next-gen NVIDIA Shield TV spotted, may rock Pascal Tegra

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 11:17 pm

We've heard rumblings that NVIDIA will unveil a new Shield TV Android set-top box powered by its new Pascal architecture at CES 2017, and now some leaked images have popped up to show what the next-gen micro-console may look like.

 

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NVIDIA may not launch one, but two new Shield TV consoles in the near future--a standard model with an accompanying controller and remote, and a smaller set-top box that could have some features shaved off to reduce price. It's possible that the new Shield TV duo may be based on NVIDIA's next-gen Parker Tegra X2 SoC, which uses a Pascal GPU and is based on the 16nm FinFET process.

 

As for a new NVIDIA Shield tablet, we might not see one this time around, which could be the reasoning behind the cheaper, smaller Shield TV variant. Although FCC filings hinted that the device was in the works, but NVIDIA has apparently scrapped the tablet so it didn't interfere with the new Nintendo Switch, which is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra processor and uses a hybrid tablet that transforms into a console when docked.

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Apple might launch iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 next year

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 10:38 pm

September 2017 is far away, but there are already many rumors about the next iPhone. The new rumor, posted on Chinese tech blog cnBeta, suggests that Apple is developing three iPhone models for next year.

 

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According to the report, Apple will launch two upgraded iPhone 7 models, likely branded iPhone 7s and iPhone 7 Plus. The third phone, codenamed Ferrari, is the real star of the leak cause it will supposedly rock a borderless OLED display, wireless charging, and more.

 

The new iPhone will reportedly feature the same Touch ID home button, but it would integrate into the display itself, eliminating the bottom bezel 'chin.'

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Nokia sues Apple for 32 of its patents

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 10:11 pm

Nokia has announced that it filed complaints against Apple in Germany and the US, alleging that Apple products infringe a number of Nokia patents.

 

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Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia, said:

 

Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today's mobile devices, including Apple products. After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple's use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights.

 

Nokia is suing Apple for 32 of its patents covering technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video encoding.

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ASRock Fatal1ty and Extreme4 Z270 motherboards detailed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 9:18 pm

Specs and details ASRock's new Fatal1ty and Extreme4 Z270 motherboards have surfaced, giving us a good look at the boards ahead of their CES 2017 showcase.

 

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With Intel's seventh-gen Kaby Lake CPUs on their way, hardware-makers are busy readying their fleets of new 200-series motherboards, giving consumers lots of possible upgrade mobo paths to Z270 chipset adoption. ASRock's new Fatal1ty Gaming K6 and Extreme4 mobos use the LGA1151 socket and support both 7th-gen Kaby Lake and 6th-gen Skylake processors, and also have native support for Intel's new high-end Optane 3DXpoint 3D NAND SSD storage lineup.

 

Let's start with ASRock's Extreme4 Z270 motherboard. This is a standard ATX motherboard that features HDMI, DVI-D, and D-Sub display slots (no DisplayPort), three PCIe 3.0 x16 lanes (two of which are outfitted with steel bracing) that support up to three AMD GPUs in CrossFireX or two NVIDIA GPUs in SLI. The Extreme4 Z270's four DDR4 DIMM slots can power up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-3866 memory. Storage outlets include eight SATA III 6Gb/s ports and two M.2 sockets. The Extreme4 features eight USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 3.1 ports (Type-A and Type-C) on the rear. Onboard LED and RGB lighting on the header splash some style to the mobo.

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Overwatch's Bastion reborn as epic 3D printed PC build

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 8:17 pm

Armed with a 3D printer, a lot of gumption, and technical prowess, PC case modder Jan Erik Vangen has built a custom PC inside of Overwatch's favorite chirpy robot.

 

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Bastion was crafted piece-by-3D-printed-piece using a MakerBot Replicator, and was then assembled like a basic Gundam model and hand-painted by Vangen (yes, he even chirps!). The result is a stunning rendition that will have any Bastion fan in total admiration mode.

 

Since form factor is an issue, the mech-turned-chassis doesn't have a fully-fledged gaming PC with a dedicated desktop GPU inside, but it still is fully capable of playing Overwatch. Instead of a fully-fledged PC, Vangen fastened an ASRock Beebox-S mini-PC inside of Bastion's chest. The Beebox-S rocks an Intel Core i5 6200U CPU with HD Graphics 520, which is enough to power Overwatch.

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Amazon deal smashes Final Fantasy XV price in half

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 6:21 pm

Amazon has just released their latest Final Fantasy XV deal online, just in time for a last-minute Christmas present.

 

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For $34.99, customers can purchase Final Fantasy XV for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, nearly 50% off the original price released only a month ago. In addition to the discounted price, customers will receive a portion of the DLC Holiday Pack and Holiday Pack Plus.

 

Grab Final Fantasy XV on the Xbox One here.

Grab Final Fantasy XV on the PS4 here.

Super Mario Run downloads hit 40 million in four days

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 5:19 pm

Super Mario Run may not have impressed investors, but Apple iOS users everywhere have snapped up the free-to-try mobile game, which led to an astounding 40 million total downloads.

 

 

Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Run has amassed 40 million downloads in four days of availability on Apple iOS, smashing milestones like the no. 1 free game on iOS in 140 countries and ranking in the top 10 out of 100 most profitable App Store games.

 

Interestingly enough, Super Mario Run's launch was met with disdain from shareholders and investors, who saw Nintendo's mobile business strategy as a potential roadblock to revenue earnings. This caused Nintendo shares to slide by 5%, representing billions of potential market loss. Super Mario Run is free to download, but only the first 3 levels are free, with the rest of the game being locked behind a $10 paygate. What's more is that Super Mario Run is online-only and requires a persistent cellular or Wi-Fi internet connection to play, and eats up about 75MB per hour of play.

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