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47% of gamers spend money while playing games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2017 5:17 pm

Almost half of the world's total video games playerbase will spend money while they play games in 2017, according to analyst firm Newzoo.

 

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In-game purchases such as microtransactions, add-ons and expansions are a lucrative part of the video games industry, and modern games typically ship with some sort of digital online component to facilitate long-term revenues. For example, more and more games in the console sector are switching to models with online multiplayer with free updates and content paid for by in-game spending, such as EA's new Star Wars Battlefront II and Activision's new Destiny 2.

 

These specific games mimic the successful revenue models of mobile games while charging a $59.99 premium for the base game, but consoles also offer numerous free-to-play experiences like SMITE. This trend is set to continue throughout 2017 and beyond, and more and more gamers are projected to spend money as they play games.

 

According to analyst firm Newzoo, 47% of all gamers in 2017 will spend money as they play games. The firm estimates 2.2 billion consumers play and spend money on video games worldwide, and 47% of them, or 1 billion gamers, will buy in-game items and content as they play. Consumers are expected to spend $108.9 billion on games and content in 2017, up a strong 7.8% year-over-year ($7.8 billion).

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MSI Afterburner now has hardware plot graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 24, 2017 11:36 am

MSI Afterburner is a super useful piece of software for PC hardware enthusiasts, gamers, and reviewers like myself - but now the latest v4.4.0 Beta 11 release makes it damn near perfect.

 

 

Afterburner is now capable of plotting graphics with a bunch of metrics that are supported in the software, including GPU temperatures, CPU clocks, and frame times. If there are sudden, or frequent drops in frame rates, or GPU temperatures start getting out of control - you'll know, and can plot them. Again, perfect for reviewers!

 

If you want to enable the new plot graphs, go into the "Monitoring" tab and then choose "text+graph" or "graph" under the "Show in On-Screen Display". You can grab the new MSI Afterburner v4.4.0 Beta 11 here, as well as provide MSI with feedback.

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Google Glass updated with additional features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 24, 2017 10:39 am

Google Glass has been updated, after years of being on the market and 3 years since its last update, Google Glass has received a new "MyGlass" companion app update.

 

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The new XE23 version allows Glass owners to use keyboards, mice, and other Bluetooth-based products on their Google Glass. The new version rolled out a few days ago, and a new firmware update for Google Glass has also been released.

 

The new and very strangely timed updates to Google Glass are welcomed for Glass owners, but for a product that never went mainstream, it's definitely weird. Now if only my Glass still worked, I'd use it. Sigh.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds pulls in $100 million

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2017 9:29 am

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has become an early access sensation, selling 4 million copies in its first three months of availability.

 

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Reverb Inc today confirmed that Bluehole's massively popular multiplayer shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold 4 million copies, massing $100 million in revenue in just 13 weeks of availability. The early access game, which sells for $29.99, has attracted a considerable number of players on PC storefront Steam, with 230,000 concurrent peak users and over 100,000 game sessions being played every day. Reverb also notes that spectatorship on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds remains quite strong at 350,000 peak viewers, and affirms that 15% of all Twitch users--or 120,000 spectators--watch streams of the game every day.

 

The game's strong 230,000 player peak was hit in the last 30 days, which also saw almost 130,000 players on average. We've compiled a graph to show how PlayerUnknown's Battleground's playerbase has increased over the span of a few months.

 

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SpaceX successfully launches and lands a used rocket

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 24, 2017 12:25 am

SpaceX has successfully launched and landed another Falcon 9 rocket. This mission marked the second reflight of a Falcon 9 first stage, having previously supported the Iridium-1 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in January of this year.

 

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the BulgariaSat-1 satellite into orbit - the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria's history.

 

Following stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 successfully landed on SpaceX's East Coast droneship 'Of Course I Still Love You,' stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

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LG V30 rumored to support wireless charging

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 23, 2017 11:45 pm

LG's V30 is expected to be announced at this year's IFA in Berlin at the end of August.

 

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The V30 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's yet to be announced Snapdragon 836. The device should feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual rear camera setup, and IP68.

 

Now, a new rumor has appeared claiming that the V30 will have wireless charging support, meaning that the phone should have a glass back, unlike any of its predecessors in the V series.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 to cost little over $900

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 23, 2017 10:57 pm

Samsung should announce the Galaxy Note8 this summer, and although we heard bits and pieces about the phone earlier, Evan Blass has now completed the image.

 

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According to his latest report, the Note8 will feature a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with 18:5:9 aspect ratio.

 

Blass also claims that the phone will be unveiled in the second half of September, which is a month later than expected.

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Refurbished Galaxy Note7 might cost $700

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 23, 2017 4:58 pm

Although we heard rumors that the refurbished Galaxy Note7 might cost 50% less than the original, a new report claims that the phone might carry a $700 price tag.

 

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The same report says that the device should hit the Korean market on July 7th, before appearing in other selected markets.

 

The phone should be identical to the original, but with certain adjustments. Of course, the battery will be one of them.

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Nintendo market cap valuation now higher than Sony's

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 23, 2017 1:02 pm

Nintendo's total market cap has risen above one of it's major competitors in the games space: Sony Corp.

 

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Thanks to consistent climbing share values, Nintendo's total market capitalization is now valued at 5.5 trillion yen ($48.98 billion), according to the latest Google Finance listings. Nintendo is now ahead of its Japanese rival Sony Corp who's market cap sits at $48.28 billion, or 1.14% less than Nintendo's current market cap.

 

But what is market capitalization, and why is it important? Market cap is a metric that gives investors and shareholders a baseline look at the company's current market performance. Market caps are determined by multiplying total outstanding shares with the current share price. Both Sony Corp and Nintendo are categorized as "large caps", referring to companies with larger market cap valuations from $10 billion to $200 billion, and are interesting choices for investors looking to diversify their portfolio.

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LG's new 'world's first' 77-inch flexible 4K OLED teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 23, 2017 6:59 am

LG has shown off the world's first 77-inch flexible OLED display that is not only transparent, but has a native 4K resolution.

 

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The impressive display is super-thin, with 40% transparency and flexible, so it can be rolled into a tube that is just 6 inches across. Considering the 77-inch display is close to 6.5-foot tall (diagonally), this is impressive. For marketing and display purposes, a tall 4K-capable flexible OLED is great - imagine walking past it in retail, it would catch your eyes no matter what.

 

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For marketing on the go, people can roll it up and take them away with them easily. Shows like CES and Computex would be a boon for flexible, rollable displays - with E3, PAX, and other trades shows making perfect sense for these huge flexible displays.

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