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First look at how Musk's underground tunnels might work

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 30, 2017 8:22 pm

If you have ever been to Los Angeles, you can understand how a person can get frustrated with the traffic there. And if you are Elon Musk, you are going to do something about it.




Musk recently started a new project named The Boring Company, which will hopefully, solve the problem of traffic in LA, and possibly later in other cities. Elon's idea is to build tunnels underneath the city which would allow you to skip the traffic and get from point A to point B much faster.


At a recent TED conference in Vancouver, Musk showed a video of his futuristic underground transportation tunnels. The video shows a Tesla car getting on a platform called a car skate which then lowers into the underground tunnel. The car then travels at a speed of up to 130 mph (around 210 km/h) in a single vehicle lane. Other cars can also be seen traveling through the tunnel in the same and opposite direction.

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Overwatch is now home to over 30 million gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2017 10:02 am

Blizzard continues to add millions of gamers to the pile of Overwatch players, with the first-person shooter now home to over 30 million registered gamers.




The company didn't reveal any platform specific numbers, or the percentage of gamers who downloaded Overwatch when Blizzard held its free-to-play weekends. Considering Overwatch has only been out for less than a year, hitting 30 million is a huge milestone. Especially when we consider there's not many playing Battlefield 1, for example.

Nintendo sold 2.3 million NES Mini consoles

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2017 12:20 am

Despite near-universal unavailability, Nintendo has sold over 2 million NES Classic Edition consoles across the globe.




In a recent interview with TIME, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed the famously unattainable retro NES micro-console has sold 2.3 million units worldwide. In fact, the mini NES and its 30 classic games was only meant to be a holiday product but Nintendo extended its lifespan due to popularity. "We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday. We just didn't anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand," the NoA President told TIME in the interview.


Assuming every console shipped out sold at retail value, Nintendo made about $138 million on the NES Classic Edition. Despite these impressive earnings Nintendo has discontinued the NES Classic Edition across all markets, and has no plans to re-release the hot 8-bit system this year. Fils-Aime says Nintendo killed off the NES Mini to "focus on the future."

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Nintendo forecasts 10 million Switch sales this year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 9:16 pm

Following stellar launch-month sales, Nintendo forecasts its new handheld-console hybrid Switch system will hit 10 million sales.




Nintendo's new unique Switch system sold 2.74 million in just 29 days and pulled in $822 million in global sales, offering a significant boost to the company's fourth-quarter financials. Now the Japanese console-maker plans to keep the console's strong sales momentum going throughout its 2017 fiscal year.


Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said in the latest financial results briefing that the company expects to sell 10 million Nintendo Switch consoles from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. "We are planning to ship 10 million units of Nintendo Switch hardware in the fiscal year ending March 2018. The cumulative total for units shipped through the fiscal year ending March 2018 will be 12.7 million units," Mr. Kimishima said in the briefing.

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Capcom's 2016 financials outline company's future

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 6:15 pm

Capcom just reported its yearly earnings, and they're positive.




As with any company's financials, Capcom's latest Fiscal Year 2016 earnings give us a good idea on its current position and its plans for 2017. Capcom recorded increases across the board in net sales, operating income, and bottom-line profits. From April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017 Capcom earned 87.1 billion yen ($781.68 million) in net sales representing a 13.2% increase year-over-year. Operating income was boosted by 13.5% YoY to 13.65 billion yen ($122.4 million). Finally we have Capcom's bottom-line profits, which boosted by 14.6% YoY to 8.87 billion yen ($79.6 million).


Capcom's Digital Contents division--games across all platforms--is by far the company's most lucrative segment, and also enjoyed boosts in net sales, but losses in operating income. The division's net sales increased by 11.7% year-over-year to 58.7 billion yen ($526.4 million) due to strong sales of key IPs like Resident Evil 7 and Monster Hunter XX as well as other online titles. Operating income was down by 8.8% YoY to 11 billion yen ($99.5 million).

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Sony shipped about 60 million PS4s

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 2:14 pm

Sony has shipped about 60 million PlayStation 4 consoles across the globe, pushing it farther ahead of its competitors.




While Sony hasn't officially announced the console's huge sales milestone, a bit of simple math reveals the number. In its recent fiscal year earnings report Sony confirmed it shipped 20 million PS4 consoles from April 2016 to March 2017. Back in May 2016 Sony revealed the PS4 has shipped 40 million consoles to date. So combining the two figures we get 60 million...but that figure isn't 100% exact. Sony's fiscal year ends in March, so May 2016 is part of its Fiscal Year 2016, meaning we're not sure how many of those 40 million PS4s overlap with Sony's total 20 million FY16 sales.


Sony's fiscal data only goes back to FY14 and doesn't include how many PS4 consoles were sold in its Q3-Q4 FY13 (November 2013 onwards) timeframe, so until Sony announces the data, we're not exactly sure how many consoles have been sold globally.

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Next-gen PS4 coming in 2018, analyst predicts

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 11:04 am

On the heels of its new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro console, Sony is expected to launch a third top-tier PlayStation console to counter Microsoft's premium native 4K Project Scorpio console.




Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damien Thong predicts that Sony will release a next-gen PlayStation console by the second half of 2018, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki. Sony's new PlayStation systemwould coincide with the company's Fiscal Year 2018.


While WSJ's Mochizuki specifically says "next-gen," I believe industry analyst Damien Thong meant the new PlayStation console will be an iterative system, not a new PlayStation 5. Sony has put far too much effort into the PlayStation 4 to just scrap it and reset everything with a brand new console generation.

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Acer's new laptop rocks unreleased NVIDIA graphics card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 7:57 am

Acer teased its upcoming Triton 700 gaming laptop at its press conference a few days ago, with the new laptop featuring a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series graphics chip, but Acer didn't say exactly which one it was.



The upcoming Triton 700 gaming laptop starts at $3000, so it would have to be GTX 1070 or better - but then NotebookCheck reported that Acer's new Triton 700 rocks a "GTX 1080 Max-Q" chip that NVIDIA will reveal at Computex, next month. Acer said that the Triton 700 was hitting 17,000 points in 3DMark 11, which its Core i7-7700HQ and unreleased Pascal GPU pumped away at - a score that is better than a GTX 1070, but not as good as the GTX 1080.


The Tech Report notes that the Triton 700 is just 0.75 inches (19mm) thick, which is damn thin for something that has better-than-GTX 1070 performance - with TR adding: "Getting this level of performance usually requires a laptop at least 0.9" (23 mm) thick or more".

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AMD Radeon RX Vega loses to GTX 1080 at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 29, 2017 4:35 am

We're beginning to hear more on AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics card, with the TechPowerUp GPU database being updated, and the upcoming Radeon RX Vega is now listed with 'relative performance' results at 1080p against various graphics cards.




TPU's relative performance chart shows the RX Vega being 5% slower than NVIDIA's stock GeForce GTX 1080, and 27% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, at 1080p. Radeon RX Vega beats the Radeon R9 Fury X by 31%, and is just 11% faster than the GTX 1070 at 1080p. These results should be taken with massive handfuls of salt, and real-world testing will need to happen to ensure we're not being fooled.


The listing shows that AMD has 8GB of HBM2 on a 2048-bit memory bus, with the Vega GPU clocked at 1GHz stock, while it can be boosted up to 1.2GHz in reference form. The 8GB of HBM2 is clocked at 1GHz, and shouldn't be confused with the 11GHz+ on the GDDR5X on the new GTX 1080 11Gbps and GTX 1080 Ti cards because they use GDDR5X compared to the HBM2 tech on AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega.

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Halo 6's 'compelling' story will focus on Master Chief

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2017 5:25 pm

I fervently believe Halo 5: Guardians is the worst Halo game ever made, and that 343 Industries doesn't know what it's doing with the franchise. Now the developers say they've learned a lot from their terrible decisions with Halo 5, and promise to do better with future games.




One of the biggest disappointments about Halo 5 was its truly awful storyline. It started out with so much promise; with the help of his beloved Blue Team (and some of the most deadly Spartans alive), Master Chief goes "rogue" to find Cortana. Then 343i decided to throw in Osiris Team, a group of throwaway "heroes" led by one of the most one-dimensional characters in video games history. So instead of playing as Master Chief and his esteemed Blue Team, who haven't ever been in a Halo game before Halo 5, we spend half of the game chasing after Chief as Osiris Team. Most gamers--myself included--didn't care about Locke and Osiris, we wanted the Chief.


In a recent interview with GamesTM, 343 Industries executive producer Kiki Wolfkill they've heard our feedback...but in the same breath she proves she doesn't really understand Halo--or what Master Chief means to gamers and the franchise. "We took some digs for storytelling in Halo 5, but they were absolutely merited. We very much realized that people wanted Master Chief's story of Halo 5. For some fans and certainly fans of Master Chief, it was a huge disappointment because they wanted more Chief," Wolfkill said.

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