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Angry Birds IPO is a thing, could be worth $1 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 18, 2017 6:53 am

Rovio burst onto the mobile gaming scene with Angry Birds all those years ago, but now the bird-flinging mobile phenomenon into its own IPO.




Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish parent of Angry Birds, is ready to make the game public - in two weeks, according to sources. As for the price range of the Angry Birds IPO, we're looking at a gigantic $1 billion... enough to buy tons of bacon.


Angry Birds has been downloaded over 3.7 billion times, launching in 2009 and becoming a smash hit. It spawned The Angry Birds Movie, plush toys, other games, and so much more since.

HTC preparing Vive Focus, standalone VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 18, 2017 5:27 am

The world of mobile VR headsets is going to quickly expand later this year and into 2018, with HTC filing a trademark that teases a standalone VR headset called Vive Focus.




There has been two new filings from HTC for a "head mounted display" named Vive Focus, according to Lets Go Digital, with one of them from the European Union Intellectual Property Office while the other is with the USPTO.


HTC's purported Vive Focus headset would run Google's Daydream mobile VR platform, which has had a hand from Qualcomm in the hardware department. HTC's new Vive Focus headset should feature 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) positional tracking, with 3DoF motion controls, with compatibility with Daydream games and apps.


Google is hosting an event on October 4 where we should be introduced to the new Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones, but now we could expect Google to also tease the upcoming standalone Daydream VR headsets like HTC's purported Vive Focus.

GoPro Hero 6 Black should shoot 4K at 60FPS, costs $499

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 18, 2017 4:18 am

GoPro isn't the only action camera company on the market, with multiple competitors on the market with just as powerful - and sometimes better featured action cameras, with some of them being much cheaper.




How can GoPro compete with that? With their new GoPro Hero 6 Black, of course. There are some unofficial pictures of the new Hero 6 Black online, teasing that GoPro's new action camera shoots 4K video at 60FPS, as well as super slow motion 240FPS video at 1080p.


GoPro is saidti be pricing the new Hero 6 Black at $499, with an announce/release date of September 28 - not far away at all. One of the standout tidbits about Hero 6 Black is that GoPro is reportedly using their own custom processor, GP1. This is a big move for GoPro, because since some of the first Hero cameras used processors from Ambarella.


We will report about the Hero 6 the minute that GoPro announces it on September 28... but the main question is: will you be getting one? Another question I have is: do you use an action camera, and if so: what is it?

NVIDIA Tesla V100 tested: near unbelievable GPU power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 18, 2017 2:52 am

AMD might have just launched their new Vega GPU architecture with a slew of Vega-based products (Radeon Vega, Radeon RX Vega, Radeon Pro WX, and Radeon Instinct) but the real king is NVIDIA's now months-old Volta GPU architecture.




We don't hear much about NVIDIA's Volta GPU architecture because it's still a while out from finding its way into consumer GeForce graphics cards, but the supercomputer/AI/deep learning markets are now receiving their new Volta-based Tesla V100 accelerators which means... BENCHMARK TIME!




First off, let's look at the difference between the previous-gen Pascal-based Tesla P100 and the new Volta-based Tesla V100. Starting off with 12x more deep learning training performance, with 10 TFLOPs on P100 up to a freakin' is-it-real 120 TFLOPs of 'DL training' on V100.

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Battleground hits a new peak of 1.34 million players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 18, 2017 1:36 am

I feel like we need to hire a dedicated news writer for all things PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, with the first-person Battle Royale game hitting headlines daily. Battlegrounds




The latest milestone that PUBG has hit is a new peak concurrent player number, with an absolutely flipping huge 1,348,374 gamers at once - completely demolishing any other game right now. This means that Battlegrounds has officially beaten Dota 2's all-time concurrent players record of 1,291,328.


Bluehole recently announced that there have been over 10 million copies of Battlegrounds sold so far, but I'm sure that we'll see the game hit 11 million sometime this week... with sales not slowing down at all, and if anything, they're speeding up.


It was only a week or so ago that creator Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene said that he sees PUBG possibly reaching 100 million users... and as time goes by it doesn't seem so crazy, does it?

Intel planning 8C/16T CPUs, Z390 chipset for mid-2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 18, 2017 12:30 am

Intel continues to react to AMD's feverish threat with Ryzen, with Chipzilla launching CPUs and new chipsets left, right, and center - and now... we're hearing more about Intel's next-next-gen Ice Lake CPU architecture.




Intel is preparing Ice Lake-based CPUs that will launch in the second half of 2018, with 8C/16T chips that will fight Ryzen 7 1800X, with a next-gen Z390 chipset that will sit side-by-side with the upcoming Z370 platform.


The big difference between Z370 and Z390 is that the latter will support higher CPU core counts, with Intel launching an offensive to compete against AMD's new Ryzen chips. This means that Intel will be waiting nearly an entire year before they can properly compete against the pure CPU thread count that AMD offers with Ryzen.


The new Ice Lake CPUs will reportedly be made on Intel's 10nm node, but we have no idea what CPU family they'll fall into - Core i7-9900K? No power numbers, or anything else just yet. I'm sure Intel will have another CPU family or two to release between now and then, too - especially at this rate.

Samsung Galaxy S9 could be a modular smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2017 11:33 pm

Samsung has already hit two smartphone home runs this year with the Galaxy S8 and recently released Galaxy Note 8, but 2018 is going to be an even bigger year with the next-gen Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 handsets.




The first real juicy rumors of Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S9 are surfacing, with the South Korean giant rumored to use a modular design on the Galaxy S9. This would be a huge shift for Samsung, as its local rival LG has been made a modular-like phone before, without that much success.


Apple's recent increased threat in making something a little less iPhone-y with iPhone X would have Samsung on the offensive to continue pressing its boot into Apple's neck, and a modular smartphone with a next-gen AMOLED display and Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 845 on 10nm would be a delicious combination.


Inside, the new Galaxy S9 could rock 6GB of RAM alongside Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 845 processor (and I'm sure a new SoC from Samsung's own Exynos line). Samsung is also said to keep the fingerprint sensor on the back still, but I'm hoping they shift it lower or the rumors are wrong on that, and it uses an under-display fingerprint sensor.



Switch consoles have built-in NES emulator

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2017 10:13 pm

Now that the Nintendo Switch's OS kernel has been cracked, hackers are finding interesting goodies hidden onto the system's files including a built-in NES emulator and a ROM file for NES Golf.




According to a homebrewers who have hacked the Nintendo Switch, every single console-handheld hybrid comes with a NES emulator baked in, presumably as a foundation for the console's paid subscription service. This Switch Online service, which costs $20 annually and is slated to release in 2018, will give users access to a pool of classic NES games with added online play.


Hackers have also found that every Switch features a copy of NES Golf that runs on the built-in emulator, complete with local two-player and JoyCon support. This game is undoubtedly a test run for the Switch Online's service and likely doesn't indicate traditional VirtualConsole support for the Switch, much to the dismay of many fans--including myself.

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New Final Fantasy may take cues from Breath of the Wild

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2017 8:12 pm

If Final Fantasy XV Hajime Tabata reprises his role for the next chapter in the series, the next Final Fantasy game could take big cues from Nintendo's mangum opus Breath of the Wild.




Zelda: Breath of the Wild has had a tremendous affect on the games industry. Gamers everywhere are in awe of the title's living, breathing open world, and developers have taken notice too: in fact, Final Fantasy XV's game director is quite impressed with the game. Mr. Tabata says that his next game will emulate Breath of the Wild's open world scope and experience--but it's not necessarily going to be the next mainline Final Fantasy game.


"It's hard to say at this point if the entire game is going to be based on an open world," Mr. Tabata said in a recent interview with Gamespot at PAX West. "But I would say that the overall experience that users get from playing in a massive area, that overall game experience is something that we're going make sure is in the next project as well."

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Final Fantasy XV has sold 6.5 million units

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2017 6:15 pm

Final Fantasy XV has now sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, game director Hajime Tabata revealed.




Square Enix's recent efforts to make Final Fantasy XV the center of a new universe-within-an-IP business model have apparently paid off. The game, which sits at the core of a galaxy of ports, re-releases, and transmedia products, has transformed significantly since its launch in 2016. The Japanese publisher has updated the action RPG with a smattering of free new content updates to expand the game that dramatically change it from its launch state, coupled with a stream of premium paid content to boot. The game is even getting its own MMO-like online mode.


This new business model has been quite fruitful for Square Enix, and the publisher hopes to reap even more success by bringing Final Fantasy XV to all platforms, including mobiles and PC. According to game director Hajime Tabata, the landmark RPG has sold 6.5 million units to date, up 500,000 units from the original figure announced in January.


"From a business standpoint, we've achieved over 6.5 million units, and the fact that we're still going to be putting out content till the launch of the Windows Edition--and then we have the Pocket Edition--this project has been very successful for us," Mr. Tabata said in an interview with Gamespot. "But from a personal level, and from a dev team standpoint, what really resonates with us is the fan feedback we got from the day one release. A lot of the major criticisms was that they felt the story was lacking in certain aspects. So for us, we did our best to give back and supplement those areas where people felt it was lacking."


Due to these updates, ports, and a significant roadmap of content, I recently proclaimed that Final Fantasy XV is the new Skyrim--and I stand by that 100%.