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Gearbox teases new card-based shooter hybrid Project 1v1

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 2:29 pm

Having failed to capture the FPS market with its now free-to-play shooter Battleborn, Gearbox Software is ready to try again...this time making a game that combines two key lucrative industry trends into one.




Borderlands developer Gearbox Software today announced a new experimental game codenamed Project 1v1, a "competitive first-person shooter" which aims to combine "the action of a fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game." Essentially what Gearbox wants to do is hit two birds with one stone by tapping the massively lucrative CCG world of Hearthstone as well as the popular, engaging eSports scope of shooters like Overwatch and CS:GO.


Key industry trends tell us that Project 1v1 will feature microtransaction card packs, and that it will need to be available on all platforms, from PC to consoles and mobile devices in order to make strong revenues. Combining these money-making strategies into a single game is quite complex, and after Gearbox dropped the ball with Battleborn, I'm not sure they're ready to take on such a burden.

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First clear images of the iPhone 8 surface

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 1:25 pm

The iPhone 8 launch should be just around the corner, and as we are getting closer to the day that Apple should launch three new devices, we are getting a better image of what to expect.




So far, we have heard numerous rumors about Apple's premium device, the iPhone 8, but this is the first clear photo of the actual phone that we have. The leaked image shows both front and the back of the phone confirming vertically aligned dual camera setup on the back of the phone.


What's also visible is that there's no fingerprint sensor on the front or the back of the device. Unfortunately, there's no clear image of the phone's sides so we can't know if the fingerprint scanner is embedded into the power button on the side or if Apple has decided to ditch the fingerprint sensor altogether and feature only facial recognition.

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Valve chases Hearthstone with new DOTA card game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 12:33 pm

Valve aims to rake even more revenues with a new digital DOTA-themed collectible card game.



DOTA 2 remains one of Valve's key breadwinners, and is one of the most lucrative MOBAs on the market today. With strong engagement via eSports tournaments like the ongoing The Invitational DOTA 2 Championships event that engages millions of fans worldwide, and massively lucrative revenues from its in-game DOTA 2 Store that sells in-game cosmetics for real money, Valve has created a titanic franchise that looms over the industry. Now Valve is taking that one step further by creating an online card game based around the franchise in an effort to chase the massive earnings that Blizzard rakes in from Hearthstone.


The new DOTA-themed card is called Artifact, and is slated to release sometime in 2018. That's pretty much all we know about the game, but industry trends give us major clues about Artifact. Digital CCGs work best when they transcend all platforms, typically mobiles, so Artifact should be released on consoles, PCs, as well as tablets and mobile phones. The key here is to reach as many people as possible and engage them with compelling content while making them aware of the core game on Steam. And, of course, Artifact should be monetized by letting players buy randomized card packs with real-world money.


Digital accounts for 61% of the collectible card gaming audience, analyst firm SuperData reports. The firm says that digital CCGs pull in 40.6 million monthly active users (MAUs) versus 25.4 million MAUs from physical card games like the Final Fantasy CCG, Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering.

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2024 Summer Olympics could feature eSports tournament

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 7:21 am

It looks like all eyes should be on the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, as the co-president of the Paris Olympics bid committee said to the Associated Press that there are discussions on whether there should be an eSports tournament.




Tony Estanguet, co-president of France's bid committee told the AP that the gaming community need to be heart. He said: "We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us. It's not about Olympics. The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let's look at it. Let's meet them. Let's try if we can find some bridges".


He continued: "I don't want to say 'no' from the beginning. I think it's interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the eSports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success".


Starting in 2019, a list of events for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris will form, while the official list of sports will be announced after the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan. Paris has yet to be named as the official host of the 2024 Games, but we should get confirmation next month.

Disney pulls out of Netflix, plans its own service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 5:39 am

Disney has announced it will be ending its distribution deal with Netflix, with plans to launch their own streaming service sometime in 2019. This is a tectonic shift for the company, as they own Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and everything in between.




Netflix secured the Disney deal back in 2012 before the streaming giant was the size it is today, but Disney is making a move for the future as it turns into a streaming content provider. This means that Netflix will be losing Disney content, something that will include Marvel content - think Avengers, and MCU movies. It also means Pixar movies (Toy Story, Finding Dory), and even the entire Star Wars universe.


Disney plans to cut Netflix off with their 2019 movies, but have said that Netflix will be able to keep Disney movies through to the end of that year. This means that Netflix will have their hands-on the next two Star Wars movie, but will miss out on the final movie in the end. A spokesperson for Netflix has said: "We continue to do business with the Walt Disney Company on many fronts, including our ongoing deal with Marvel TV".


Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement: "This acquisition and the launch of our direct-to-consumer services mark an entirely new growth strategy for the company, one that takes advantage of the incredible opportunity that changing technology provides us to leverage the strength of our great brands".

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US ITC will investigate Apple on patent infringement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 4:24 am

Qualcomm just gained a big fighter in their corner for the battle against Apple, with the US International Trade Commission announcing that it will be investigating the claims that Apple has infringed on Qualcomm's patents.




Some of the models of Apple's latest iPhone 7 are using an Intel-made modem and not the one from Qualcomm, and while Qualcomm notes that the modem doesn't violate patents, it's the implementation by Apple that does infringe on their patents.

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Project CARS 2 on Xbox One X looks better than PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 3:52 am

Project CARS 2 will be one of the best looking games of the year, but I think we all knew it would be superior on Microsoft's refreshed Xbox One X console over Sony's limp release of the PS4 Pro.




Stephen Viljoen, Project CARS 2's Game Director, recently spoke with TrustedReviews where he said that the Xbox One X will be the best-looking console version of the game. He said: "I can't tell you exactly what all the various sliders will be at when you're on Xbox One X versus on PS4 Pro, but obviously they'll be higher [on Xbox One X], so there will be a significant, a noticeable improvement, because you have better hardware".


The PC version of Project CARS 2 will be the absolute peak of graphics and performance, but you'll need the GPU and CPU horsepower to drive it. Viljoen said that the Xbox One X is a "great piece of hardware", and the team is going to be "making the most of it".


Project CARS 2 launches on September 22 for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Intel Core i7-8700K detailed: 6C/12T @ up to 4.3GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 2:34 am

Oh look, a huge Coffee Lake leak on the eve of AMD's big launch of Ryzen Threadripper, what a surprise. Intel is kicking up its Core i7-8700K to a 6C/12T design, shifting away from the Core i7-7700K and its 4C/8T power.




There are some benchmarks of the purported Core i7-8700K, with a CPU-Z benchmark result of 2323 for single-thread performance, and a multi-threaded score of 13,980. This is a big increase from the 4443 on the 7700K, but is achieved from the higher CPU core count (4C/8T vs 6C/12T).




Intel will be clocking the Core i7-8700K at up to 4.7GHz on maximum single-core CPU clocks, while it'll hit 4.6GHz on dual-core, 4.4GHz on quad-core, and 4.3GHz on hexa-core. It'll support dual-channel DDR4, feature a 95W TDP, and integrated graphics.


The new 8700K will be joined by the 8700, with slightly lowered CPU clocks of 4.6/4.5/4.3/4.3GHz for single/dual/quad/hexa-core CPU clocks, respectively. The Core i7-8700 will feature a lowered 3.2GHz base frequency compared to the 8700K and its 3.7GHz base frequency, as well as a lowered TDP of just 65W. As with every non-K processor from Intel, the Core i7-8700 won't be overclockable.

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Ryzen Threadripper 1950X: 45% faster than Intel @ $1000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 1:26 am

Now that AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 1950X samples are hitting reviewers, with another 48 hours until the review embargo lifts, we're seeing more and more benchmark results on it... and it's not looking good for Intel.




Ryzen Threadripper 1950X smashes the Core i9-7900X in Passmark CPU Mark, with a score of 42,233 against Intel's score of just 28,872. Remember that AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is a 16C/32T part, versus the 7900X as a 10C/20T part... but they are both $1000 processors.


When it comes to single-core benchmarks, the Core i9-7900X is still superior, with Cinebench R15 results of 188 versus 173 on the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL discounted up to $200

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 12:57 am

If you want to grab Google's Pixel smartphone, now's the time. The device was one of the best phones of last year, and we know that the company will soon launch its successor. But before the Pixel 2 becomes official, Google has decided to offer last year's phones at a significant discount.




The Google Pixel is now listed at $524, saving you $125 off the original price. The Pixel XL has an even higher discount of $200, and you can now get it for a price of $569.


And if the discounts weren't enough, Google will also give you a free Daydream View device with both phones.

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