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Early Nintendo Switch consoles were actually stolen

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 19, 2017 1:55 am

Remember those Nintendo Switch consoles that were supposedly shipped out early? It turns out that these consoles were actually stolen from retail stores and Nintendo is slapping down the hammer.

 

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"Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold," Nintendo told IGN in a statement.

 

Nintendo is treating this quite seriously and has identified the thieves, wiped out their jobs, and are pursuing criminal charges. "The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges."

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Why Nier: Automata isn't coming to Xbox One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 18, 2017 11:25 pm

Platinum Games' latest dystopian action RPG Nier: Automata won't arrive on Xbox One, but it will launch on PC. Why wouldn't the studio--and Square Enix--want to maximize their potential sales by including the game on all platforms? It's simple: Xbox just isn't popular in Japan.

 

 

"The main reason for this is that the Japanese market for Xbox One is not strong, so the decision was made to focus on PlayStation 4 rather than to split our efforts across two platforms," game producer Yosuke Saito told Express UK in a recent interview.

 

Saito goes on to say that being able to focus development on a single platform meant more time to optimize everything to a pristine polish. Wait...one platform? Nier: Automata is coming to PC too, right? Interestingly enough Square Enix hasn't talked about the PC port's release date for quite a while, and PC isn't even listed on Nier Automata's JP site nor on Platinum Games' Nier site.

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Grand Theft Auto movie or TV show could happen

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 18, 2017 9:16 pm

Now that more video games are getting their own films and TV shows, Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive has opened up licensing opportunities to adapt key IPs into feature-length and/or episodic entertainment.

 

 

Take-Two Interactive is all about taking advantage of the market and leveraging its IPs in new ways to make money. The games giant is now pushing into the $40 billion a year mobile gaming industry, and now it's opened up the options for movies and TV shows based on its hit franchises--but the catch is Take-Two won't be putting any of its own money into the possible projects.

 

"We've licensed a couple of titles for motion picture production and we don't have much more to say about that yet,"Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a recent interview with MCV. "We're open-minded. We certainly aren't going to use our own balance sheet to invest in motion pictures and TV. If other people want to license them and we can retain creative control, we are open-minded. The track record of the conversion of video game IP to motion pictures is spotty at best."

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Nintendo won't make you rebuy eShop games on the Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 18, 2017 6:21 pm

Nintendo has finally reversed one of its most clandestine business tactics, signifying the company is absolutely changing for the better. Digital game licenses are now bound to Nintendo Accounts instead of platforms, meaning users can re-download previously purchased Virtual Console content and DLC to the Nintendo Switch.

 

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This news comes from Twitter user Bjorn the Switchy, who saw the following interesting addendum on a recent Nintendo Switch setup video:

 

"Your Nintendo Account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and current balance. By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to re-download any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available to re-download in some cases.)"

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New Final Fantasy VII Remake screens show ATB gauge

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 18, 2017 3:15 pm

Square Enix has dropped two new Final Fantasy VII: Remake screenshots that confirm the game's first boss battle as Guard Scorpion and show off the battle HUD.

 

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Final Fantasy VII: Remake's battle HUD is rather...minimalist. The battle UI contrasts to that shown during the PlayStation Experience trailer, and Materia has now replaced the Summon bar in the action menu. The new screens also clearly list an ATB gauge but before you get too excited remember Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed that FF7 Remake won't be turn-based--the combat will be like Final Fantasy XV.

 

So what's with the ATB gauge then? The PSX footage shows a gauge that fills up as Cloud strikes enemies, and when it turns red, he initiates a finishing move. The ATB gauge in this game could be a combo counter of sorts that can trigger powerful mini cut-scene attacks in battle. The new screens show that you can press triangle when Cloud's ATB bar is full to likely trigger a combo finisher. This is separate from the limit break attacks, and limits have their own bar still.

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Sony patents new PlayStation Vita-like handheld

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 18, 2017 1:23 pm

It's no secret that Sony has given up on the PlayStation Vita. This void allowed Nintendo to swoop in with their unique handheld-console hybrid Switch system and tap the best of both markets. But Nintendo's victory might be short-lived: Sony apparently is working on a Vita successor.

 

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The Japanese Patent Office just published a patent for Sony's new handheld gaming device which may be the company's next-generation PlayStation Vita. It appears the patent was originally filed in Aug. 2015 and published on Feb. 16, 2017.

 

Sony's new Vita-like handheld patent resembles the Nintendo Switch--it's actually close to Razer's Project Fiona--and essentially looks like a tablet with two halves of a DualShock controller on the ends.

 

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HP fires rare coupon on pricey Omen X gaming desktop

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Feb 18, 2017 12:07 am

HP's Omen X 900 series gaming desktop, aka the pricey PC borg cube, is not exactly the friendliest PC for your wallet. Gamers that custom build their PC will immediately scoff at the price, though the collaboration between HP and Maingear is winning some head turns (Note: HP sells the interesting chassis alone for a list price of $600 - that's without any components!) While its easy to spend over two thousand dollars on the Omen X desktop, deals on the premium gaming desktop have been rare since its late 2016 release.

 

Early this year HP started to refresh the lineup with 7th gen "Kaby Lake" processors with that, we're spotting a solid deal where you can utilize this Omen X coupon code for a fat 20% off.

 

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There are several configurations of the Omen X, some more beefier than others. On top of that, each config is customizable to an extent as long as you're willing to add more cost to your purchase. The coupon code at HP works on those upgrades as well as the base price, so extra savings are applied if you bump up the specs. Out of all the Omen X 900 listed below, the top pick in our opinion is the Omen X 900-140VT with Core i5-7400 Kaby Lake, a respectable GTX 1070, and a combo 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD storage solution. Priced at $1,279.99 - it almost sounds reasonable. Good options to upgrade includes the Core i5-7600K along with a liquid cooling cooler for $80, or 256GB SSD for only $8 more.

 

20% Off HP Desktop Code: VIPFEB20DT

 

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The coupon code is valid on more than just the cube-chassis Omen X and works for many desktops at HP over $799.99. Another notable gaming desktop it applies to is the more traditional HP Omen 800 series of gaming desktop. At least one configuration of the Omen 870 was upgraded to 7th gen processors, but for the most part HP has not upgraded, so many of the existing configurations have last year's 6th gen CPU specs. Having said that, the Omen 870-210se Core i5-7400 Kaby Lake model with the GTX 1060 at only $799.99 (after coupon) is decisively the more value oriented pick in all the deals listed on this page. This too, is a customizable config and you can add a bigger PSU, more RAM, or SSD combo as you see fit. The 20% off code will scale alone with the upgraded components you pick.

 

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LG G6 won't feature Snapdragon 835, but the V30 might

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 17, 2017 11:23 pm

LG will announce the G6 at MWC in Barcelona, and we know that the phone won't feature a Snapdragon 835. Instead, it will be powered by a Snapdragon 821.

 

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However, that doesn't mean we won't see a Snapdragon 835 powered smartphone this year. According to a new rumor, the successor to the LG V20 should be powered by that processor.

 

The same rumor suggests that the V30 would have 6GB of RAM, a dual camera, and should have a better DAC compared to the V20.

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AMD Ryzen Launch Giveaway with ASRock and Corsair!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 17, 2017 10:40 pm

Global entry! We have teamed up with AMD, ASRock, and Corsair to give away an AMD Ryzen CPU, Ryzen motherboard from ASRock, and a selection of great parts from Corsair.

 

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Since we are ahead of the NDA, we cannot be too specific on the actual parts from AMD and ASRock, but they join us in providing a Ryzen CPU and motherboard. Corsair has joined the party will provide a compatible RAM kit, Hydro Series H110i cooler, K95 RGB PLATINUM Gunmetal keyboard, Scimitar Pro mouse, and VOID Wireless headset.

 

 

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Faraday Future is on schedule with factory construction

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 17, 2017 10:26 pm

At this year's CES, Faraday Future unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. The FF91 is their first production vehicle, and the company plans for it to compete directly with Tesla.

 

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However, the company has been struggling with certain financial problems for a while now. It was reported that the company had to stop factory construction to afford their glamorous event at CES.

 

The company has announced now that they are on schedule and they are entering "phase 2 of stage 1" on their project, meaning that they entered the competitive bidding process for the construction of their factory.

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