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Beautiful Huawei Honor Note 9 to feature dual cameras

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 4, 2017 1:44 am

Back in June, Huawei introduced the Honor 9 smartphone, and customers' feedback has been mostly positive. It seems that the company wants to make another, improved version of this device - the Honor Note 9.




The latest leak claims that the device would be powered by Huawei's Kirin 965 processor paired with 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage.


The phone will reportedly come with a dual rear camera setup (12MP + 12MP), but there's no info about the front shooter.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 may not come to PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2017 12:18 am

As we've reported, Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't currently slated to release on PC when it launches in Spring 2018. That may not change and the massively anticipated Western sequel could be exclusive to consoles.




During a quarterly earnings call, Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive discussed how important PC is for its business, and the response may give little hope for a Red Dead Redemption 2 release on the platform. During the call Take-Two President Karl Slatoff was asked how important PC is to its major titles, in which he replied:


"The answer to that really depends on the title. Some titles are heavily weighted to PC, for example Civilization an XCOM, and some titles are less weighted to PC. So it's really on a title-by-title basis. The great news is that the PC market is vibrant to us, it's a great market for us and a big market, and a core market," Mr. Slatoff said.


"These are consumers that are highly engaged, and PC is predominantly digital and allows for great engagement with the consumer. For us the PC market is very important, very exciting, and something we focus on."


Of course one analyst outright asked Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick if Red Dead Redemption 2 will come to PC, and as you'd expect, Mr. Zelnick waived off the question. "Any updates about any of our titles will come from our labels," he said, which pretty much means "it's up to Rockstar."

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Games market to crown at $104.6 billion in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2017 9:17 pm

The global interactive media market, which includes video games software, esports, streaming monetization, and virtual reality, is expected to peak at $104.6 billion in 2017, analyst firm SuperData predicts.




In its latest Trends and Insights on Games and Interactive Media report, analyst tracking firm SuperData forecasts the video games market to breach $100 billion in 2017. The report, which only includes digital media like PC, mobile, console and VR game software sales, microtransactions, and earnings from gaming video content such as Twitch, says that the global market revenues will grow by 12% year-over-year in 2017 to $104.6 billion. Contrarily, analyst firm Newzoo predicts the global games market will rake in $108.6 billion, up 7% year-over-year.


Mobile revenue is expected to jump by a mighty $6.7 billion in 2017, and 92.25% or $96.5 billion of total games industry revenues are from digital games, SuperData reports. Digital games are up 10.28% year-over-year, and are expected to make up 73% of revenues in 2020.


The Virtual reality (VR) market earnings are expected to rise by 104% in 2017 to $3.7 billion, with 72.97% of those earnings coming from VR hardware such as HMDs, and 27.03% coming from software. SuperData reports the VR market pulled in $1.8 billion in 2016. The VR market will grow by 664% in 2020, and is expected to pull in $28.3 billion.

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$4 Wolfenstein and $12 Doom in 'last chance' PC sale

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 3, 2017 8:23 pm

On July 5th the Steam PC gaming sell came to an abrupt end, but if you thought that was the end of cheap PC games this season you were wrong. For the last two week the UK-based retailer GMG has been running a 1,500+ title Summer Sale of their own and it's entering it's final "last chance" phase. As a last chance sale several of their best sellers have become even cheaper with 24 flash deals now stacking with a 20% off coupon. Many like Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood are at their best prices online.




Since July 21st, GMG has been running six "flash deals" at a time for 12 hours a pop. A total of 24 of the best flash deals have returned during the last 24 hours of GMG's sale. A have a 20% off coupon code combines with their instant savings cutting prices further. On top of that these flash deals will come with a free mystery game from GMG that arrives via email and a 10% off coupon code you can use on future purchases.


The sale runs through Friday, August 6 at 8AM Pacific. That's less than 24 hours from the time of writing, so you'll need to act fast. After that point the coupon will die and prices will return to normal levels. Below are the 24 flash deals and other top picks of the sale.


Update 8/4/17: The GMG Summer Sale has come to an end, but all the good PC gaming deals are not over. GamersGate has a Bethesda sale which shares many of the same titles at the GMG Summer sale with similar discounts. Wolfenstein: The New Order, for instance, was $4 in the GMG sale but is still decently discounted at $4.48 at GamersGate. Those best deals are listed below.



Last Chance Flash Deals


Use Code: DEALZON20



More GMG Sale Deals:



Any of the deals we've listed above are at great prices but there are general sweeping comments we can make. The best deals in our opinions are on Bethesda as Doom the Wolfenstein series, and Dishonored 2 are at or within pennies of their all-time historic lows. We should also note that if you're an EVE Online player, the GMG sale is one of those few occasions PLEX cash is on sale.

Rippin' threads with AMD Threadripper live on Facebook

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 3, 2017 6:57 pm

Today at 9AM EST, AMD officially lifted an embargo on unboxings of their new Ryzen Threadripper CPU. We had one kit on hand and did a Facebook Live video (embedded below) detailing everything from unboxing the CPU to an overview of ASUS's new X399 Zenith motherboard.


We unboxed both the Threadripper 1950X and 1920X. The 1950X features 16 CPU cores and 32 threads, while the 1920X features 12 cores and 24 threads. The 1950X is AMD's top dog when it comes to ripping up threads, and it's a behemoth of a CPU. AMD included a novelty dud CPU in the box so that we could get hands-on with the actual processor.


From its super thick PCB to heavy weight, the CPU looks and feels high performance. We can't disclose performance numbers at this time, but you can probably imagine what double the cores and threads of a Ryzen 7 1800X could deliver in a single package.



AMD's X399 chipset also packs a heavy punch, and ASUS's X399 Zenith is equipped to take full advantage of the new processors. We do a live unboxing of the motherboard, went over all included accessories, and even do a quick overview of the motherboard. The VRM heat sink has a remote heat sink attached to it, which is cooled by a small fan near the integrated IO panel. Some of the craziest accessories include a 10Gbit networking card, a GPU support bracket, and even a fan extension card.

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Toshiba reveals world's thinnest 3D flash NVMe SSDs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 3, 2017 5:07 pm

Toshiba today revealed the world's thinnest NVMe SSD designed to power the next-generation of tablets, laptops, and mobile IoT devices.




Toshiba's new BG3 line of NVMe SSDs incorporates its high-end BiCS Flash 3D NAND memory into a miniature, sleek DRAM-less package with built-in HMB technology, combining power efficiency with the speed of PCIe Gen3 x2. Tapping the PCIe Gen3 x2 interface and NVMe architecture the new BG3 drives can deliver reads of up to 1520 MB/sec--up to 2.7 times SATA 6Gbit/sec speeds--and writes of up to 840 MB/sec, providing mighty performance in a small 1.3mm-high SSD.


The ultra-slim BG3 series of SSDs is available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, and are all available in surface-mount BGA (M.2 1620) or removable M.2230 module form factors.

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GT Sport might run at 8K resolution on next-gen PS5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2017 1:29 am

It looks like Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi is getting his hands dirty on GT Sport, with the assets for the game over-specced for the slightly faster PS4 Pro, right up to 8K.




During a studio tour through Polyphony Digital, reports that Yamauchi said that they're creating assets for GT Sport for future releases of PlayStation consoles, our strongest hint of the PS5 yet. Remember that I had an exclusive source tell me that the PS5 will feature a discrete GPU, and not an APU - so this news makes sense.


Yamauchi told "It takes six months to create a single car. It's over-specced for PS4 Pro. So we are building for future versions of the console rather than the one we see today. I think it would be no problem to run it at 8K even".


8K, eh? If Sony can pull it off and have 8K ready for the PS5, we might be looking at a huge push into the worlds of 4K 60FPS gaming on consoles, with the option of 8K 30FPS.

New Prey patch to fix PS4 frame stuttering

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2017 12:18 am

After months of waiting, Arkane is finally fixing Prey's FPS issues on PS4.




Prey's new 1.05 update will address a the notable frame rate issues on PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro platforms by introducing "fixes to address screen-tearing/stuttering". Arkane's latest patch will roll out across all platforms--Xbox One, PS4, PC--and aims to squash a number of bugs and issues, including crashes, performance hiccups, and, of course, stamping out specific unintended player exploits.


Arkane hasn't delivered an ETA on the patch, but community forum manager Jurassica affirms it'll release sometime soon. Check below for full patch notes.

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Friday the 13th game sold 1.8 million in two months

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2017 11:24 pm

Illfonic and Gun Media have confirmed that Friday The 13th: The Game has sold almost 2 million copies since its late May release.




Friday The 13th: The Game is an interesting spectacle in the games industry. Developed by an indie team of only 30 people, many thought the game would be crushed under the insurmountable weight of the movie series, which cast a wide shadow. And at first it looked like Illfonic and Gun Media were in serious trouble: the game launched on PS4, Xbox One and PC with massive server congestion, as well as glitches and bugs on all platforms.


Despite these hurdles, the game went on to sell 1.8 million units in its first two months, Gun Media head and F13 co-creator Wes Keltner told in a recent interview. Keltner goes on to highlight just how unprepared they were for the massive influx of players: "We looked at our player numbers from the beta, along with pre-orders and then added a 30% cushion. That's how we set up our servers and database for launch. We were soooo wrong. 100,000 players hit us in the first 20 minutes, and our servers melted. Our first weekend was chaos. The entire team slept at their desks trying to keep up with demand."

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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.




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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