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Sony officially drops PS4 down to $350

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 5 days, 6 hours ago

In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Sony has officially dropped the PlayStation 4's price tag to $350 in an effort to continue its reign of console dominance.




The Japanese console-maker announced the news in an update on the PlayStation Blog, where it reveals that the new permanent $350 price will take effect on October 9 in the United States and Canada. Sony also revealed a number of new bundles for the holidays, but the $350 flavors will come with the standard 500GB HDD.


"If you haven't made the jump yet, and you're starting early on your holiday wish list, I have good news - we're dropping the price of the PlayStation 4 system in the U.S. and Canada," Sony said in the update. "Starting tomorrow, October 9, you'll be able to pick up PS4 starting at the new price of $349.99 USD / $429.99 CAD (MSRP)."

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Sony spins off one of its best divisions, its image sensor business

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

Sony has just announced it is spinning off one of the best parts of its business, with Sony's image sensor business now falling under a new entity; Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporations. Under this new company, two subsidiaries will join it - Sony Semiconductor Corporation, and Sony LSI Design.




Last year alone, Sony was estimated to have supplied around 40% of all new image sensors for smartphones. The Japanese giant had two image sensors in each new iPhone, which was making Sony around $20 per iPhone sold according to analysts. Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones during last year's holiday quarter, so Sony is sitting pretty with its image sensor business.


Sony is shifting the image sensor business into its own entity because of profits, as it wants to make underperforming divisions of the company more accountable for their performance. This will stop those divisions from riding on the success of the image sensor and PlayStation divisions, which continue to make money for the company.


The standalone image sensor business will start off on April 1, 2016.

Rise of the Tomb Raider joins the microtransaction bandwagon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 9 hours ago

While you can buy in-game insurance for your base in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Crystal Dynamics doesn't want to be alone in the microtransaction game, announcing a bunch of digital gear for its upcoming Xbox One timed exclusive, Rise of the Tomb Raider.




Rise of the Tomb Raider will feature 'Expedition Cards' that allow players to "craft missions and challenge your friends to reach the top of the leaderboards" according to Crystal Dynamics' Creative Director, Noah Hughes. Hughes continued: "In Rise of the Tomb Raider, you'll earn credits by completing challenges and exploring the world. These credits can be used to purchase Expedition Card packs. When used, Expedition Cards become modifiers in game modes outside of the single player campaign. Some Cards are humorous, such as Big Head Mode, while others can increase the challenge or give you special advantages".


"There are two types of Expedition Cards: Foil and Common. A Foil Card will give Lara the strongest or strangest variations and can be used as many times as you wish. A Common Card is only used once, and you'll need to earn more credits to buy it back", Hughes continued. He added: "Expedition Cards offer "hundreds" of ways to customize Rise of the Tomb Raider, Hughes said. "You can also set up challenges for your friends to see if they can beat your scores with the same card setup. We'll have about 300 cards available at launch, and more will be added in the weeks that follow".


Rise of the Tomb Raider will feature a $30 DLC pack that will include the following:


  • Endurance Mode -- "Survive the extreme conditions of Endurance Mode."
  • Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch -- "Explore a new tomb that house an ancient terror."
  • Cold Darkness Awakened -- "Combat waves of infected predators."
  • In-game content -- "A steady stream of outfits, weapons, and Expedition Cards" that will be available at launch and continuing for more than four months.

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Metal Gear Solid V microtransactions allow for in-game insurance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

Microtransactions, for the most part, are a huge cash grab from developers - but they're big business these days. With the huge issues Konami is seeing in the press these days, you'd think they'd want to stay out of trouble, right? Wrong.




With the latest update to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, gamers can now purchase in-game insurance that will cover their Forward Operating Base (FOB). The insurance covers your FOB in case someone comes in and blows your base up while you're away from the game - like, you know, working or sleeping. The update including the insurance for your FOB is explained:


Your FOBs are always at risk of coming under attack. Now, you can rest easy with FOB insurance (paid service). If you sign up for insurance, then during the insurance period you will be compensated for any materials and staff lost due to rival infiltrations.


* Staff/materials stolen by the rival will in fact remain on your base, and an identical amount of staff/materials will be handed over to the rival instead.

* MB Coins are purchased with real money, but free MB Coins are also distributed periodically as login bonuses, etc.

* The following are not covered by FOB insurance:


  • Staff/items that are not fully your property, such as abducted staff being held in your Brig (FOB)
  • Wounded staff (staff lost due to death or extraction will be compensated)
  • Staff used by you to deploy in defense of the FOB (neither death nor extraction will be compensated)
  • Nuclear weapons

Vizio's super-huge 120-inch 4K TV with HDR costs $130,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

Here I am with my modest 55-inch 1080p TV (with a new 65-inch 4K TV on the way) and I'm drooling at this absolutely mammoth 120-inch 4K TV from Vizio.



Vizio is teasing its new 120-inch Reference Series 4K TV with HDR, which will set you back a wallet-busting $130,000. But don't worry, if you can't afford that Vizio sells the Reference Series in a 65-inch model too, with a must more down to Earth pricing of $6000. Both TVs are LED-backlit, Smart UHD TVs with Dolby and DTS sound options.

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Star Wars Battlefront PC requirements revealed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 16 hours ago

Can you believe that the Star Wars Battlefront beta is here? Now that it is, EA has shared the minimum and recommended PC requirements for the DICE-made first-person shooter.




Minimum PC System Requirements

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later

Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent

Memory: 8GB RAM

Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space

Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB

Graphics card (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB

DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent

Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection


Recommended PC System Requirements

OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later

Processor (Intel): Intel i5 6600 or equivalent

Memory: 16GB RAM

Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space

Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB

Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB

DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent

Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Daniel Craig ready to leave 007 role

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

With next month's release of the 24th James Bond 007 feature 'Spectre' marking the fourth time that Daniel Craig has played the role, the actor has poured a bucket of cold water on fans who want to see him to return for a fourth.




On the publicity trail for 'Spectre', the actor told Time Out London in no uncertain terms that he's done playing the superspy "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on". In a subsequent question, Craig goes even further with the brutally honest assessment "If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money."


Of course, given 6 months off, it's always possible that Craig might come back to the negotiating table. But with comments like this, producers would best start looking around for a new 007.

First UltraHD Blu-ray player hits Japanese market next month

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

Having revealed their first UltraHD Blu-ray player at this year's CES, Panasonic has beaten all other consumer electronics companies to the punch, announcing they'll be the first to launch a player as soon as next month.




According to PC World, the DMR-UBZ1 will release in Japan on November 15 and will sell for an eye-watering 400,000 yen ($3334 USD). The unit will also come equipped with a 3TB HDD for recording TV broadcasts. Unfortunately, the player probably won't have any true 4K discs until early next year when Fox release their first batch, but for cinema freaks that need the latest and greatest - you better hop on a plane.

Sony pushes PS4 users to buy Destiny via new suggestion feature

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago

Even if you don't own Bungie's new expansion-entwined flavor of Destiny, the game might pop up on your PlayStation 4 UI anyway and prompt you to download it.




Non-Destiny PS4 gamers spotted this strange occurrence and reported it on NeoGAF, where it was revealed to be Sony's new "curated content" recommendation system that automatically adds suggestions based on your previously downloaded games. So if you happen to see it don't think you just got a free copy of the game or anything--when you activate the pane you'll be taken right to Destiny's listing on the PlayStation Store.


The feature can be pretty annoying, but you can simply disable it by ticking off "featured content" in the Automatic Download Settings pane. Here's what Sony has to say about the feature: "The PS4 system has the ability to learn about your preferences. It will learn your likes and dislikes, allowing you to discover content pre-loaded and ready to go on your console in your favorite game genres or by your favorite creators."

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