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Xbox One S priced SLASHED, with $249 bundles available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 4, 2017 1:02 pm

Microsoft is getting serious about pricing its Xbox One S console in a direct death threat to Sony and the PS4 and PS4 Pro, as well as paving the way to its upcoming Xbox One X console. The Xbox One S is now available through Microsoft's own Xbox store for just $249, and that includes a freaking game as well.




The new Xbox One S deal includes the 500GB console with different bundles available:


  • Battlefield 1
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Minecraft Favorites
  • Battlefield 1 Special Edition
  • Gears of War 4


But there's also a huge price reduction on the 1TB console, with Xbox One S 1TB console bundles that include Battlefield 1 or Gears of War 4, with these consoles and specific games giving you the 1TB console for just $249. That's damn good considering the 2TB console is $349 on sale, and normally $399.


Even as a PC gamer, the Xbox One S is the perfect 4K Blu-ray player for your 4K-capable TV. For that reason and that reason only I own the Xbox One S, but at $249... it's ridiculously cheap to own one now. But it creates a gigantic price gap between the even standard $299 pricing and the $499 price on the 4K-capable Xbox One X.


Microsoft will be launching its next-gen Xbox One X console on November 7 for $499.

Kinesis unveil Freestyle Edge split keyboard for gamers

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 4, 2017 12:18 pm

Kenesis are known for their premium and innovated peripherals aimed at the professionals and tend to stray from the gaming market- why not have both? Kinesis have now announced the Freestyle Edge, an elegant split keyboard that is based on their Freestyle series. This keyboard allows the user to have a premium option regardless if you're a gamer, typing professional or both.




Introducing a first for the Freestyle range, genuine Cherry MX mechanical switches will be available in Cherry MX Red, Brown or Blue switches, this allows a premium gaming experience with performance with compared to the previous membrane switches. While there's no RGB backlighting, instead soft blue backlighting is introduced for the office environment with 8-key macro bank to make use of a fully programmable keyboard.


The Freestyle Edge halves can be separated by as much as 20", allowing users to accommodate the keyboard to fit their specific shoulder width or to allow for gamers to have their peripherals in-between for flight and racing sims.




With an expected November 2017 release, the The Freestyle Edge is now up for pre-order. Follow the link here to learn more and purchase.

Ubisoft reveal The Resistance update for The Division

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2017 10:33 am

Ubisoft have announced a free major update for The Division, entitled the Resistance update. This update, patch 1.8, focuses on PvE with the inclusion of a multi-zone map called the West Side Pier. However, it's more than just a map. Ubisoft have revealed that there will be frequent alerts for new events, short-term mini assignments and dynamic enemy spawning. To encourage players to play through the new PvE content, players will be rewarded with same Division Tech resources that you will earn in PvP Dark Zone.



The Resistance update also introduces horde mode Resistance mode. A four-player co-op mode taking on waves and waves of enemies. Finally, the addition of a four-on-four Skirmish mode that resembles a classic time-based multiplayer match, just with the requirement that you finish players off to earn the kill rounds off the update content.




Slated for a Fall release, Ubisoft will be hoping this new content will revive its player base.

Xbox One keyboard/mouse support 'definitely' on the way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 4, 2017 6:11 am

I don't think it'll happen soon, but Xbox director Mike Ybarra has said that keyboard and mouse support is coming to the Xbox, where he said it's "definitely coming" and that he's aware about concerns gamers have about keyboard and mouse users DOMINATING controller users.




Ybarra said: "We have to be very smart in how we do that. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say, 'You can't do this because of fairness,' and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Windows platform and the Xbox platform".


Once the company adds mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox, Microsoft will reportedly "coach" developers on the best practices. Ybarra said that developers could let gamers decide who they want to play against: the slower gamers on controllers, or the precise-aimers on keyboard and mice.


Ybarra added: "If you have a competitive game, people probably are going to want the choice to say I'll play with other keyboard and mouse people or I'll play only with controller people, or that I'll play with any of those. So you'll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon; I can't announce what that is, but soon. And then based on developer interest, they'll choose to do keyboard and mouse going forward, or not".

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Assassin's Creed Origins: 1080p 60FPS on Xbox One X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2017 4:52 am

It looks like Ubisoft might provide Xbox One X gamers with the option for 1080p 60FPS in Assassin's Creed Origins, with YouTuber "DEE BATCH" nothing that Ubisoft said during the Fan Expo Canada event that the studio is working on a 1080p 60FPS option for Xbox One X.




Assassin's Creed Origin is the largest open world game ever created, so it'll be interesting to see how many dials and options Ubisoft has had to turn down in order to hit 60FPS @ 1080p. We should expect Assassin's Creed Origins to use dynamic resolution scaling to reach their designated 4K 30FPS, so we could expect the resolution to drop as low as 1080p in order to keep things from becoming a chug fest.


The PS4 Pro version of Assassin's Creed Origins might feature a 1080p 60FPS mode since Sony added more grunt into the PS4 Pro, but the Xbox One X has a much better GPU that could handle 1080p 60FPS a lot easier. Remember both consoles have that junk Jaguar CPU from something like 44 years ago or something, so the big difference between the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro comes down to the GPU grunt and bandwidth.

Wonder Woman becomes Top 5 superhero movie of ALL TIME

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 4, 2017 3:30 am

Wonder Woman has become the #5 superhero movie of ALL TIME, hitting $408 million in box office numbers in the US according to estimates from comScore.




These numbers are just for the US box office, where #4 is The Dark Knight Rises with $448 million, #3 is Avengers: Age of Ultron. Wonder Woman can't beat these numbers, but hitting #5 is an achievement in itself. Here's the top 5 superhero movies of all time in the US:


  1. Marvel's The Avengers: $623.3 million
  2. The Dark Knight: $534.8 million
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron: $459 million
  4. The Dark Knight Rises: $448.1 million
  5. Wonder Woman: $409+ million


If you look at the numbers, DC now has 3 of the top 5 movies in the #5 superhero movies of all time in the US... a huge achievement considering the amount of movies in the MCU including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the two Avengers movies - oh and Guardians of the Galaxy. Wonder Woman deserves its coveted spot, so let's hope this leads positively into Justice League which drops in November.

Huawei's next-gen SoC has a neural processing unit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2017 2:45 am

Huawei has just unveiled its next-gen system-on-a-chip at IFA Berlin, with the new Kirin 970 announcement teasing that the Chinese telco giant has a built-in nerual processing unit. Not bad.




The next-gen Kirin 970 is a 10nm design that sports 5.5 billion transistors, rocking an 8-core CPU and 12-core GPU combo. Huawei says that its new heterogeneous computing architecture, when compared against the Cortex-A73 (quad-core) has up to 25x more performance, and a huge 50x more efficiency. Kirin 970 is capable of processing 2000 images per second, something Huawei says is faster than all of its competitors.




CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, Richard Yu, said the new Kirin 970 is a first in a wave of new advances that will deliver AI features to our smartphones, and push them past the competition. Huawei is positioning its new Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI, with the company letting developers use the neural processing capabilities of its new SoC to see where they can drive the user experience.


Huawei hasn't provided any details on the first Kirin 970-powered smartphones, so we have no ETA on a device powered by the AI-capable chipset, or price.

PUBG is close to 1 million concurrent players on Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2017 1:18 am

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues to push teh boundaries of everyone's expectations, including mine, where we're now at the point of PUBG hitting close to 1 million concurrent gamers on Steam.




To put things into perspective, Dota 2 is one of the most played games on Steam and it hit a peak of 815,229 today... while the most-played FPS in CS:GO reached 593,235. Relative newcomer to the scene PUBG, hit a peak of 970,954 today... just 29,000 shy of reaching 1 million concurrent players.


It should only be a few more days until Battlegrounds reaches the peaks of 1 million gamers playing the game at once, meaning there will be a lot of chicken dinners being won.

PUBG beats League of Legends on Twitch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 11:38 pm

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues its titanic growth in the video games industry by ending League of Legends' viewing streak on Twitch.




Gaming juggernaut League of Legends was the top-viewed game on Twitch from October 2016 to July 2017--that was, of course, until early access sensation PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds broke its 34-month streak and dominated Twitch live-streaming viewership for the month of August.


"For the 1st time since we started monitoring Twitch data in 2014, League didn't rank #1 across a full month, dethroned as it was by PUBG," Twitch viewership monitoring company Gameloco reports.


This news is particularly interesting given that PUBG has secured an exclusive deal to host live streams on Facebook, the social media titan that enjoys 2 billion monthly active users. This shows that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Twitch viewership is just as active, and it'd be interesting to see how many users tune into the the weekly Facebook show.

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Ubisoft founders buy 2 million shares to counter Vivendi

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 9:25 pm

Experts believe European titan Vivendi will make a major move to take over Ubisoft sometime this year, and the French games-maker's co-founders are buying more stake in the company to prevent a hostile takeover.




Ubisoft's founding Guillemot family has today acquired another 1.75% of the company's share capital by purchasing 2 million shares at an undisclosed price; at the current worth of 56.25 Euros per share, the Guillemots likely spent about 112.5 million Euros on the acquisition. As of June 27 the Guillemot family owned 13.6% of Ubisoft's share capital, and following today's share acquisition that number rises 15.35%, with the family owning 20.02% of the company's voting rights. As of June, Vivendi owns 27% of Ubisoft's share capital and 24.5% of its voting rights.


"Ubisoft has been informed that Guillemot Brothers SE and a bank have entered today into an agreement related to the purchase by Guillemot Brothers SE of a maximum number of 2,000,016 shares of Ubisoft representing c. 1.75% of the share capital of Ubisoft," reads a press release sent out by Ubisoft.

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