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PlatinumGames teases new IP under new director

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 20, 2017 5:30 pm

At this year's BitSummit 2017 indie event in Kyoto, Japan, PlatinumGames producer, executive vice president and studio head Atsushi Inaba confirmed the studio is working on a new IP, and that it'll be made by a new game director.




PlatinumGames is known for making high-quality games in series it doesn't actually own; for instance, SEGA owns Bayonetta, and Square Enix owns the NieR franchise, and PlatinumGames has made stalwart games in both line-ups. The developer wants to change that by making a wholly-owned IP of its own so it has more creative control over the IP's direction, content, and sequel possibilities. However, this new IP will be directed by a brand new game director, not the studio's well-known games-makers.


According to Inaba, PlatinumGames' new IP is "formless and shapeless" right now, but he did hint that the studio will look at new abstract technologies for ideas. "One thing we want you to really be aware of is that there's a new formless, shapeless IP, but we can't talk about that right now. But it's really important to us," PlatinumGames exec Atsushi Inaba said during BitSummit 2017's keynote speech (stream here).

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ZTE Nubia Z17 expected next month: Snapdragon 835 and AI

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2017 4:35 pm

Back in April, ZTE launched the Nubia Z17 mini, but we are still waiting for its rumored flagship - the Nubia Z17.




According to the latest reports, the company should unveil the phone on June 1st. An alleged invitation for the official launch has appeared online, and it shows the date an interesting title - "nubiaimagination." The interesting part is that the letters "ai" are highlighted in red suggesting that we might see some virtual assistant with the device.


The alleged press renders have also leaked, and they show the ZTE Nubia Z17 in shiny blue color. It appears that the device will have a glass front and back with a metal frame in between.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 to have big screen and 5,000 mAh battery

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2017 2:27 pm

The successor to the last year's Xiaomi Mi Max will be unveiled next week, on May 25th.




The device is rumored to be powered by a Snapdragon 626 and come with 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. Earlier rumors suggested that it could have 6GB of RAM, but it seems that Xiaomi went with 4GB. Although, it is possible that we could see two versions of the device with different RAM size.


The Mi Max 2 is expected to feature a huge 6.4-inch Full HD screen. The main camera is rumored to have 12MP while the front shooter should come with 5MP.

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Uber Freight: Uber for long-haul truckers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 20, 2017 1:26 am

Uber has just unveiled its new spin-off to its ride-sharing service, something it is offering long-haul truckers: Uber Freight.



Uber Freight looks like it'll be very similar to Uber, but a truck driver can select a load to pick up in the app, work out the payment method, destination, and deadline. Within seconds, the truck driver receives the confirmation, and away they go. Uber explains: "We take the guesswork out of finding and booking freight, which is often the most stressful part of a driver's day. What used to take several hours and multiple phone calls can now be achieved with the touch of a button".


Truck drivers are protected with Uber promising payment within 7 days, and unlike normal Uber, the company won't be charging Freight drivers their normal commission. Uber Freight is available to both iOS and Android devices, with truck drivers requiring the right insurance, license, and equipment - of course.

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Morrowind upgrade pre-load live, early access Monday

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: May 20, 2017 12:35 am

While it officially won't go live until June 6, PC gamers are getting early access to The Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind upgrade expansion starting Monday, May 22. Pre-load is live already for PC gamers, and if you're mulling over the purchase several retailers are offering discounts on the base Upgrade Edition as well as the Collector's Edition. We've round up the best deals out there on the new Morrowind Upgrade for PC.




The max savings on these sites are 18%, but that's still over $7 still in your wallet for the Standard Edition Morrowind Upgrade and nearly $11 for the Collector's Edition Upgrade. Three retailers are known to be shipping Morrowind keys right now for pre-load: Green Man Gaming, DLGamer, and GamersGate.


Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind Upgrade Deals



Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind Collector's Edition Upgrade Deals



All the retailers listed above are authorized sellers of the game, so you're getting a discount and not going through a shady grey market source. The keys will work for non-Steam accounts and Steam accounts linked to ESO.


To get Early Access to The Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind, you will need to have already own a copy of The Elder Scrolls Online and purchase the upgrade separately. There are more expensive versions of the Morrowind expansion floating around the net which include the base game, but you will not get keys until the official June 6 release date. That's 2 weeks behind the upgrade editions head start.

Destiny 2 screenshot blowout

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 19, 2017 11:37 pm

If these screenshots are anything to go by, Destiny 2 is shaping up to be one hell of a beautiful-looking game, and I personally can't wait to jump into these digital environs and explore every inch of their interstellar secrets.




Say what you will about Destiny, the game always looks great. Destiny 2 continues this tradition with sci-fi style and planetary pizzazz, and we've collected a massive gallery of sixty-seven screenshots to whet your appetite ahead of E3 2017--and the game's release in September.


Bungie iterates that Destiny 2 isn't just a sequel, but a brand new beginning for the franchise. Now Bungie can tap their true vision for the series and create a game that we should've received back in 2014, a game with a compelling story arc replete with interesting characters, a game that has new worlds like Saturn's moon Titan, Jupiter's moon Io, a strange Vex-controlled world called Nessus, and a region on Earth that isn't Old Russia (this time we can explore the European Dead Zone!).

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Destiny 2 on PC isn't a port, says Bungie

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 19, 2017 9:21 pm

Bungie is taking Destiny 2's PC version seriously and is keen on harnessing the platform's raw power potential by optimizing the shared worlds shooter for high-end video cards and desktops.




It's been a long time since Bungie has made a PC game, and Destiny 2's launch on PC represents a big risk for the studio. The devs know that Destiny 2 has to perform just right on PC, and hit all the right tickboxes while providing authentic features and options to make it look and feel like an authentic PC shooter. We've already reported that Bungie has enabled key performance optimizations for Destiny 2's PC version including uncapped frame rates, 4K resolution, native 21:9 support, FOV sliders, fully remappable mouse and keyboard controls, and much more. In fact, Destiny 2 was running on desktops outfitted with NVIDIA's mighty GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video cards at the gameplay reveal, complimented with buttery-smooth visuals on a 4K G-Sync monitor.


With all the work Bungie is putting into Destiny 2's PC launch, the devs really don't want you to call it a port of the console game. "We have done a ton of work. One of the key factors we looked at when coming to PC is that we don't want anybody looking at the game as a console port," Bungie's Luke Smith said in a recent interview with PC Gamer. "Yeah, Bungie has a long history in console. People seem to love the console games. We wanted to make sure that it feels like a PC game, it plays like a PC game. We've gone and changed things, like if you were to compare side-by-side screenshots, you'll find that the reticle is slightly below center on consoles. It's dead center on the PC. One of the things we found in development is that we were kind of chasing the mouse because of the way our recoil model works, so we've adjusted that. "We've done a ton of work to try and make [the PC version] feel and play like a great PC shooter. Hopefully you guys will come back later today, see me outside and be like, 'you nailed it.' That's what we're hoping."

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Destiny 2 on PC delayed, no launch date confirmed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Apps | Posted: May 19, 2017 7:17 pm

Destiny 2's highly anticipated PC version won't be available during the game's official release in September, and has been delayed to ensure optimum performance.




With the help of Blizzard's service, Bungie will bring its illustrious shared-worlds shooter to PC for the first time...but there's a caveat: the PC version doesn't officially have a release date. Destiny 2 is set to launch on September 8, 2017 on PS4 and Xbox One, but the PC flavor will be delayed. The developers affirm the game's delay on PC is to ensure Destiny 2 is fully optimized with all the greatest features PC gamers expect, including uncapped frame rates, 4K support, native Ultrawide 21:9 support, FOV sliders, mouse and keyboard support, and other features.


Since Destiny 2's PC port is such a monumental step forward for the franchise, Bungie has enlisted the help of Blizzard to ensure the online-based shooter runs smoothly. As we previously reported, Destiny 2 will be exclusive to Blizzard's client, meaning the game won't arrive on Steam. Here's what Bungie's Luke Smith had to say about the PC version's delay: "We're not committed to a PC date yet, but at Bungie we're totally committed to making a PC build as great as we can. Our partnership with Blizzard and being on, we want to make sure that this version of the game has the time it needs to bake in the oven so it's a delicious piece of bread when it comes out."

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Destiny 2 on PC: uncapped FPS, 21:9 support, FOV slider

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 19, 2017 5:13 pm

During Activision's latest earnings call company CEO Eric Hirshberg affirmed Destiny 2 would deliver "meaningful features bespoke for the PC community,". Now Bungie backs up Hirshberg's claims by tapping the raw performance potential of the PC platform.



Bungie has confirmed that Destiny 2 will indeed have a proper PC version with must-have features like uncapped frame rates for buttery smooth FPS action, adjustable field-of-view sliders, baked-in native support for 21:9 ultrawide monitors, 4K resolution support, custom key mapping with full mouse and keyboard support, and even a text chat. The devs also say that Destiny 2 will have a "detailed PC settings screen," so expect more options and tweakable features not mentioned here.


Destiny 2 on PC will feature:


⦁ 4K Resolution Support (3820x2160)

⦁ Uncapped framerate

⦁ Full mouse and keyboard support with custom key mapping

⦁ Text chat

⦁ Adjustable Field of View

⦁ Detailed PC settings screen

⦁ 21:9 monitor support

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Motorola launches two low-end smartphones

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 19, 2017 3:25 pm

Motorola has announced two very affordable low-end smartphones - the Moto C and Moto C Plus.


The Moto C comes with a 5-inch FWVGA (854x480) screen. It is powered by MediaTek's MT6737M processor and comes with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage.




The phone comes with a 5MP main camera and a 2MP front shooter. The device features a 2,350 mAh battery, and it runs Android Nougat 7.0.

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