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Konami first quarter profits jump from strong game sales

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 9:32 pm

Konami's first quarter earnings show the Japanese games-maker is doing quite well for itself, despite being near-universally disliked among gamers.

 

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Controversial games publisher and developer Konami kicks off its fiscal year with strong overall growth in revenues driven by successful performance of its videogame branch. The company earned total revenues of 55.743 billion yen ($503.303 million) in the quarter ended in June, up 12.8% year-over-year. Total operating profit reported for the quarter was operating profit 12.2 billion yen ($110.129 million), up a strong 34.2% from fiscal Q1'17. Konami's total profits for the three-month period are also up 46.4%, with 8.5 billion yen ($76.729 million) being generated.

 

Out of Konami's four segments, its Digital Entertainments videogame segment was the biggest contributor to fiscal Q1'18 revenues. Catalyzed by sales of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! card game series, a PES 2017 soccer mobile game, and Super Bomberman R on Nintendo Switch, Digital Entertainments pulled in 51.87% of total quarterly revenues, or 28.914 billion yen ($261.06 million), up a strong 35.53% year-over-year.

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Injustice 2 was highest-grossing game of Q2 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 7:31 pm

Massive sales of popular fighting game Injustice 2 contributed to Warner Bros. quarterly earnings.

 

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Time Warner today announced its second quarter earnings, showing strong growth in key sectors including its videogame segment Warner Bros. Interactive thanks to massive game sales. In fact, the parent company said that Injustice 2 was the "highest-grossing console game in the second quarter of 2017," falling in line with projections from analyst firms like NPD Group and SuperData.

 

Injustice 2 topped the digital sales charts in NPD Group's tracking data when it released in May, and dropped to number 2 in June. The massively popular DC fighting game sold 500,000 units in its first month of availability on PS4 and Xbox One's digital storefronts.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 leaked benchmarks: GTX 1070 killer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 7:26 pm

AMD announced their new Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 graphics cards, but didn't provide too many details about benchmark numbers in games - but I've got the solution to that.

 

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An industry source of mine has provided me with some raw benchmark numbers on Radeon RX Vega 56, which looks to be the new $400 mainstream king, beating the GTX 1070 in some of the biggest games on the market. My source said that the RX Vega 56 card was running on an Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.2GHz, had 16GB of DDR4-3000MHz RAM, and was running Windows 10.

 

The benchmarks were run at 2560x1440 with the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 easily beating NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070 in Battlefield 1, DOOM, Civilization 6, and even Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. My source said that Battlefield 1 was run on Ultra settings, Civ 6 was on Ultra with 4x MSAA, DOOM was at Ultra with 8x TSAA enabled, and COD:IW was running on its High preset.

 

Radeon RX Vega 56 benchmark results:

 

  • Battlefield 1: 95.4FPS (GTX 1070: 72.2FPS)
  • Civilization 6: 85.1FPS (GTX 1070: 72.2FPS)
  • DOOM: 101.2FPS (GTX 1070: 84.6FPS)
  • COD:IW: 99.9FPS (GTX 1070: 92.1FPS)

 

As you can see, the Radeon RX Vega 56 is quite the potent monster at $399... where it not only trades blows with the GeForce GTX 1070, but slaps it around considerably. It looks like we can expect the RX Vega 56 to be a huge 32% faster than the GTX 1070 in BF1 at 1440p.

 

DOOM results are also interesting, with AMD taking a commanding 20% lead over the GTX 1070 with the RX Vega 56.

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SNES Classic Edition pre-orders go live late August

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 5:19 pm

Nintendo has officially confirmed that pre-orders for its massively sought-after SNES Classic Edition microconsole will begin later this year.

 

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After Walmart cancelled SNES Classic Edition pre-orders due to accidentally opening them online, many frustrated consumers anxiously waited for an official response from Nintendo. Now the Japanese console-maker has confirmed that SNES mini pre-orders will go live sometime later this month across all retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart and Target, and that a substantial amount of additional consoles will be shipped to ensure adequate supply.

 

"We appreciate the incredible anticipation that exists for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, and can confirm that it will be made available for pre-order by various retailers late this month," Nintendo wrote in a recent Facebook post.

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Persona Q2 announced for Nintendo 3DS

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 2:22 pm

Atlus today confirmed a new mysterious Persona game is coming to the Nintendo 3DS.

 

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Persona Q2 has been officially announced, but we don't know anything about the game other than it's coming to the Nintendo 3DS and is likely a sequel to 2014's Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. The new game may also be connected to Persona 5, as the announcement website has the tagline "take your heart", which was used in Atlus' hit Persona 5 release.

 

These announcements fall in line with SEGA's promise to continue expanding its IPs across all platforms. No release date or actual information was revealed for Persona Q2, but it's likely releasing in 2018 alongside other newly announced games Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night.

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New iPhone 8 leak confirms facial recognition feature

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 12:23 pm

About a month ago we first heard that Apple might ditch the Touch ID in favor of facial recognition. It seems that the company is struggling with embedding the fingerprint scanner under the screen.

 

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A new report has emerged now confirming that the iPhone 8 will have the facial recognition feature. The HomePod's latest firmware shows support for infrared face unlocks in BiometricKit. The phone also comes with an iris scanner, according to the report.

 

Even if the report is legit, which we can't confirm at this point, this doesn't mean that Apple will ditch the fingerprint scanner.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 press renders leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 4:03 am

Another photo leak of the upcoming Galaxy Note8 has emerged, confirming the design of the phone.

 

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The photo was posted by the well-known leaker Evan Blass, and it shows the press renders. It seems that there is no doubt anymore and that the fingerprint sensor will indeed be at the back of the phone next to the camera sensor.

 

We know that Samsung has planned to embed the fingerprint sensor under the glass on the front of the Galaxy S8, but due to certain problems, they had to give up on the idea. It was expected that the company would resolve the problem and embed the biometric fingerprint reader under the phone's display on the upcoming Galaxy Note8, but it seems that the company still didn't find the right solution.

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Taco Bell giving away Xbox One X consoles to taco lovers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 1, 2017 11:32 pm

Microsoft's new high-end Xbox One X carries with it a hefty $499 price tag, but thanks to Taco Bell you could grab one for the low, low cost of FREE.

 

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Microsoft and Taco Bell are teaming up to give away a bunch of Xbox One X consoles to lucky taco aficionados. The promotion starts at the end of August, and you'll have to shell out $5 for a box of Taco Bell goodies to participate. Winners will get an Xbox One X console, a copy of Forza 7, and 3 months of Xbox Game Pass--all for free. If this promo sounds familiar, it should--it's the exact same taco-gobbling giveaway from 2015 only this time you can win an Xbox One X instead of a PS4.

 

"Beginning August 31, each Taco Bell $5 Box will include a unique code for consumers to text in for a chance to win the new Xbox One X," the announcement page reads. "Boxes will be available during the promotion from August 31 to October 4 at participating Taco Bell locations while supplies last. Throughout the duration of the promotion, a potential winner will be notified on an average of every 10 minutes. Winners will be the first to get their hands-on the Xbox One X, as well as win Forza Motorsport 7 and a three-month Xbox Game Pass subscription with their console."

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Destiny 2's monetization plan remains unclear

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 1, 2017 8:25 pm

Destiny 2 releases next month, yet Bungie nor the game's publisher Activision have discussed or revealed microtransaction plans for the game. However, the recent Destiny 2 beta gives us some clues.

 

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The games industry is transforming; with the advent of online digital distribution, games are no longer fully-finished titles, but are instead constantly evolving over time with a litany of updates and content. Gamers continue to spend money long after the initial purchase and invest more time--and revenue--into experiences that evolve over time. This is a boon to major industry movers like Activision, EA, Ubisoft and Take-Two who have all made billions from their respective live-service-based games, and gamers in return are fed with a constant stream of content to consume as they see fit. This games-as-a-service (GaaS) initiative has provided many boons for gamers and developers, as players get wave after wave of free content and developers and publishers have continual revenue streams to fund updates, expansions, and future sequels.

 

Nowadays full AAA games are infused with optional paid cosmetics to fund free updates and content such as map packs, new missions, etc. Destiny, Bungie's shared-worlds shooter, embraced this monetization scheme in late 2015 and has been collecting untold millions since. I've found it quite interesting that Bungie nor Activision have discussed Destiny 2's microtransaction plan despite the game releasing next month.

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Cheap Ryzen CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs with eBay Flash Coupon

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 1, 2017 6:01 pm

eBay is throwing out a limited time back-to-school themed coupon code that cuts 10% off select items at select retailers. While much of the sale is on fidget spinners and the usual junk you'd find on eBay, the coupon applies to some PC hardware that rarely gets discounts. The results are many discount Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors.

 

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Beyond Ryzen, the code also works on select GPU's, SSD's, and Monitors. A rare drop under $200 is seen after coupon on the in-demand GTX 1060 video card. The coupon stacks with any instant savings and is only valid through today, August 1. Yup you read correctly, so if you're just about to buy any of those hardware today, this is a great deal. Otherwise, we'd suggest skimming the list to get a feel of the current street price on the various components below so you have a better idea of how much certain Ryzen CPUs and certain GeForce GPUs should cost during your next upgrade.

 

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Ryzen 5 and 7 Desktop Processors

 

 

Video Cards

 

 

Solid State Drives

 

 

Monitors

 

 

Console Gaming Hardware

 

 

Even console video game hardware is going on sale. The PlayStation 4 Pro is at its best price of 2017 after coupon along and we're seeing a rare $40 off on the PSVR.

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