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Akitio sets the bar a bit higher with the Thunder3 Dock Pro!
Akitio sets the bar a bit higher with the Thunder3 Dock Pro!
Samsung should have an absolutely huge year in 2019, with the release of its next-gen Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 smartphones as well as the world's first smartphone in the purported Galaxy F that should launch by year's end, or very early in 2019.
#Samsung is working on a new technology trying to hide the front camera underneath the display. My sources told me that there are just a hand full of prototypes using this technology. I don't think we'll see this feature in retail phones until 2020, but who knows 🤷🏽♂️— SamsungMobile.News | Max (@Samsung_News_) October 18, 2018
But what can the South Korean giant do differently going into the future that makes people upgrade from their older Galaxy S8, or even people who recently purchased the Galaxy S9 or any of Apple's new iPhones sit up and go 'oh, wow'. Well, one of those things not having a stupid bloody notch - which seems to be quickly becoming a trend. Samsung is rumored to instead be using an under-display front-facing camera, which should be joined by an in-display fingerprint sensor.
According to Samsung Mobile News, the company is working on a front camera that would be underneath the display, with the tipster posting on Twitter: "Samsung is working on a new technology trying to hide the front camera underneath the display. My sources told me that there are just a hand full of prototypes using this technology. I don't think we'll see this feature in retail phones until 2020, but who knows".
If we rewind the clock back six years, EA was worth $4 billion and Activision was worth $10 billion. Today, however... EA is now worth a huge $33 billion, while Activision has swollen out to $60 billion, and it's all thanks to their push into games-as-a-service.
Buying a game once off doesn't make developers as much as a continued subscription service method, or games like Overwatch that keep you coming back for more with DLC, microtransactions (loot boxes) and themed/timed events and seasons. Look at Fortnite for example is making over $300 million a month and is home to close to 100 million players per month.
Something like Overwatch will cost $30 and you can have hundreds of hours in it without spending another cent, but you might splash out on some loot boxes because you want some of those awesome skins and other cosmetic items.
Bandai Namco's excellent Tekken 7 has now dragon uppercutted its way through 3 million sales, solidifying the series as a mainstay for the Japanese publisher.
Just after a year of release on PS4, Xbox One and PC, Tekken 7 has surpassed 3 million sales worldwide, franchise game director Katsuhiro Harada announced. If you've played it then you shouldn't be surprised about the sales figures: the fighter continues the series' long-running pedigree for satisfying competitive action (even if it's still light on content).
Tekken 7's success pushes the franchises sales even higher. In its 24-year span, Tekken has now sold over 47 million copies across the globe. Bandai Namco has yet to announce its second quarter earnings for FY2019, but its first quarter finances show Dragon Ball remains the highest-earning series. The main difference is that Bandai Namco fully owns the Tekken series so it gets to recoup development and marketing costs via full game sales.
Atari is further branching into the handheld market with a portable Atari 2600, complete with classic games and 1970's wood paneling.
The Atari Retro Handheld aims to bring old-school gaming on-the-go similar to Nintendo's popular Switch NES service (only without online connectivity). The device is basically a $45 (35 GBP) small, fits-in-your-pocket emulator that runs Atari 2600 games. It features an iffy-looking "joystick"/circular D-pad that's more convex than a 3DS stick, a 2.4-inch screen, and comes pre-loaded with 50 retro games like Centipede, Asteroids, Pong, Breakout, Missile Command, and even all three Swordquest games.
It can also hook up to your TV via an A/V cable for home play, but don't expect dual-screen action. The handheld is a cheaper and more affordable old-school arcade machine that could be competitive in a sea of higher-cost retro mini-consoles like Nintendo's NES and SNES Classic Editions and Sony's upcoming $100 PlayStation Classic. But cheap is the key word here. The Atari 2600 portable runs on AAA batteries, not rechargeable lithium ion, and brings to mind the power-sucking prowess of Nintendo's Game Boy.
Battlefield V has officially gone gold, with DICE taking to Twitter to announce that it has "officially gone GOLD!" and that there's "not long left on the road to launch but today was our original launch date".
Today we were going to launch #BattlefieldV, but as you know we pushed the release a month to get extra time for polish and act on all the feedback you've given us. You've been super patient with us and as a token of our appreciation, our team built a small gift. Check it out! pic.twitter.com/q1kyUtXh6c— Oskar Gabrielson (@ogabrielson) October 19, 2018
In celebration of Battlefield V going gold the developer has announced that there is a free gift for all Battlefield V players, offering up an Oscar Mike emblem and helmet when the game launches next month. Oskar Gabrielson, the GM of DICE Stockholm, took to his Twitter to say: "Today we were going to launch #BattlefieldV, but as you know we pushed the release a month to get extra time for polish and act on all the feedback you've given us. You've been super patient with us and as a token of our appreciation, our team built a small gift. Check it out!"
NVIDIA has released its full stack of GeForce RTX series graphics cards in the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and the latest RTX 2070... all while AMD has nothing. Well, there's rumors of the Radeon RX 590 which is a 12nm refresh of the RX 580, but nothing new, new.
AMD's new Radeon RX 590 might be waiting in the wings but it's not official, and without trying to steal its thunder, NVIDIA has with the quiet release of a new GeForce GTX 1060. The new GeForce GTX 1060 has the same 6GB of VRAM but it has been upgraded to GDDR5X versus the GDDR5 used on all current GTX 1060 graphics cards.
The first GeForce GTX 1060 included 6GB of GDDR5 at 8Gbps, while a newer model was made available with the 6GB of GDDR5 cranked up to 9Gbps. This new GeForce GTX 1060 has seen NVIDIA upgrade the 6GB of framebuffer to 10Gbps with the faster GDDR5X memory. The same 120W TDP applies, as does the single 8-pin PCIe power connector.
As for the memory bandwidth increase we're looking at:
Days Gone has been delayed again, this time out of the big February 2019 release timeline.
Today Sony Bend Studio announced its open-world zombie survival game Days Gone has been delayed for the third time, and will release on April 26, 2019, months after its original February launch. The PS4-exclusive should be one of Sony's big first-party games of 2019, a year which could include such anticipated titles like Death Stranding and Naughty Dog's visceral The Last of Us Part II.
"We want to share a change in release date for this highly anticipated title from Bend Studio. We recently decided to move the release of Days Gone from the crowded February timeframe to April 26, 2019. While the studio is eager to see Days Gone in the hands of fans, Bend Studio will take the opportunity to further polish Days Gone," the studio wrote in the announcement.
CD Projekt RED recently showed off some snippets of in-game Thronebreaker footage ahead of its late October release.
Thronebreaker is an interesting game. Not only does it tap the popular Witcher universe's lore to tell an engaging dark fantasy story, it uses key RPG-driven cause and effect elements alongside Gwent gameplay. But unlike Gwent, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a standalone $30 singleplayer RPG without online multiplayer play, and it has some nifty strategy elements to boot.
The core gameplay is centered around Gwent card battles and sees a merge of RPG and CCG. There's RTS-like resource management and upkeep, exploration across unseen areas of the Witcher universe like Geralt's home of Rivia, and the aforementioned card duels. The trailer mentions a constant threat of treachery against Queen Meve and implies gamers will have to consistently make tough decisions that have certain ramifications--who's really your friend and who's a spy?
To ensure maximum reach and earnings, Grinding Gear Games is likely bringing its ever-evolving RPG to PS4.
Path of Exile has been rated for the PS4 by the Taiwan Entertainment Software Association, strongly hinting at an impending release on the platform. The ARPG came to Xbox One first with an August 2017 release, and I'd be surprise if it didn't launch on PS4 by year's end.
This isn't the first time the TESA prematurely broke news like this; the ratings board did the same with Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice on Xbox One earlier this year. The developers have yet to make an official confirmation.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is likely to follow GTA V's staggered platform launch plan, and a new product listing from one of Europe's biggest retailers is a good indicator of a 2019 release.
MediaMarkt, the world's second largest electronics retailer, just put up a listing for Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC. This led to a firestorm of hope that Rockstar's huge Western outlaw game would come to PC (which is likely, of course) after console gamers have digested the story and beta tested the Red Dead Online mode.
The listing is likely just a shell placeholder, and has been updated to disallow pre-orders (the original let users pre-order the PC version) and any mention of a placeholder 2019 release has been scrubbed. But one thing doesn't add up. The listing's EAN, or European Article Number, doesn't hit any known products. Maybe Take-Two has yet to register Red Dead Redemption 2 to an EAN, or perhaps the retailer is using a randomly generated number that isn't assigned to any other products.