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PC is now Ubisoft's most lucrative platform

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 mins ago

Thanks to games like Anno 1800, The Division 2, and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, the PC platform now leads as Ubisoft's top-seller.

 

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Thanks to a wider install base and a more closed-off ecosystem with comparatively more expensive games, consoles typically lead the sales charts for major publishers. But in Ubisoft's latest financials, PC gaming usurped PS4 and Xbox One to earn the lion's share of revenues. For Fiscal Year Q1'2020's three-month period from April 1 through June 30, PC made 34% of Ubisoft's total quarterly net bookings, or about 106.82 million Euros ($121.34 million). This represents a 10% increase from last year.

 

Ubisoft attributes this rise to Anno 1800, a PC-only game exclusive to the Epic Games Store and uPlay, and other games like Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division 2 helped generate revenues. In fact, Ubisoft says The Division 2 is the best-selling game of 2019 so far on all platforms. What's more interesting is that sales are not only up, but microtransaction revenues are climbing too; Ubi made $170.85 million from player recurring investment in the quarter.

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The Division 2 is 2019's best-seller, Ubisoft says

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 6 mins ago

The Division 2 might be the best-selling game of 2019 so far, at least according to Ubisoft's compiled figures.

 

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Ubisoft is making quite a bit from The Division 2. In its latest Q1'20 earnings report, the company boasts the Division 2 is "the industry's biggest hit since the beginning of the year" insofar as worldwide digital and physical unit sales. This figures were based on info gleaned from analyst and stat-tracking firms like Famitsu, NPD Group, GSD, GfK and Ubisoft's own internal estimates.

 

"The Division 2 is the best selling game worldwide for the first six months of the year," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said during the quarterly earnings call.

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Luigi's Mansion 3 has a spooky Halloween debut, October 31

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 12 mins ago

The news is finally out and Nintendo Switch fans can rejoice as the release date for Luigi's Mansion 3 has finally been officially revealed and solidified.

 

 

We have been waiting around for the release date of Luigi's Mansion 3 for quite some time now, during that time we heard that the ghost cataching in the game is as satisfying as wet towel cracking. We then saw the released box art for the title that showcased both Luigi and Gooigi in glorious HD.

 

As the rumors suggested, Nintendo will be releasing Luigi's Mansion 3 on this years Halloween, October 31st. Quite a fitting date wouldn't you say? Luigi's Mansion 3 will be exclusively available on the Nintendo Switch. If you haven't seen gameplay of the title yet, check out this link here.

PUBG's backstory is a Lex Luthor puppetmaster fantasy dream

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 12 mins ago

Since the release of PUBG, there has been many iterations of the Battle Royale genre that have made improvements that PUBG just couldn't keep up with. So to even the playing field, PUBG Corp have decided to give some unnecessary backstory to the title.

 

 

Above we have the Season 4 Cinematic Trailer that introduces us to a young boy who was the sole survivor of a war on Erangel. After the desolation of his town and the people he loves, the boy grows into a mastermind puppet master who flies in contests to compete in his life and death competition for his pure amusement.

 

Some people could argue that this is hardly what PUBG needs to survive against the other Battle Royale titles such as Apex Legends or Fortnite. Instead, the developers should be concentrating on smoothing out the gameplay to create a more rich and rewarding experience that keeps players on their servers.

Human-based AI solves Rubik's Cube in 28 moves, 1.2 seconds

By: Jak Connor | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 10 hours, 12 mins ago

Ever wondered the fastest possible time with a Rubik's Cube? Its not by a human, but of course an artificial intelligence and boy its quick.

 

 

Above we have Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo who have engineered a robot that can solve a Rubik's Cube much faster than humanly possible. This robot can solve a puzzle in just 0.38 seconds, which is the current record on paper. This news came out in March of last year, but now we have a new invention in the artificial intelligence Rubik's Cube solving field. This time, researchers behind DeepCubeA have managed to teach their artificial intelligence through human experience to solve a cube in 1.2 seconds.

 

While this might not be as fast as Katz and Di Carlo's demonstration, DeepCubeA's AI managed to solve the cube in less moves. This is because the system focuses on using real learning experience and to improve speeds. DeepCubeA equipped their AI with roughly 10 billion different puzzle combinations, this repertoire of combinations allowed for the AI to complete the puzzle in just 28 moves. The average human takes around 50 moves to solve a Rubik's Cube.

Humans search for alien interstellar Morse code with arrays

By: Jak Connor | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 11 hours, 12 mins ago

Russian physicist, Yuri Milner has decided to partner up with VERITAS to go on the hunt for alien communication code in a completely different way.

 

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Yuri Milner decided to fund Breakthrough Listen, a science based program with the initiative of discovering extraterrestrial intelligence somewhere across the cosmos. To help them do that, Breakthrough have partnered up with VERITAS, or - Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System. The goal of the partnership is to basically search the surrounding stars for alien morse code through nanosecond-long optical pulses.

 

The most conventional way of looking for alien communication is through radio waves, so the line of thinking behind is the project is to stray away from the norm and try something different in hopes of receiving some form of information. As we don't know how aliens communicate, anything is really worth a shot. Its certainly not guaranteed that Breakthrough or VERITAS will stumble across something, but hopefully they do because it will be good to know that we aren't alone out here.

Elon Musk's Neuralink head DRILLING tests begin next year

By: Jak Connor | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 12 hours, 12 mins ago

Elon Musk's research company that is creating what could be the bridge between the brain and technology is beginning its testing on human subjects as early as next year.

 

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Musk's Neuralink is the newest technology in brain-interfacing and has the goal of what Musk describes as a way of achieving a "a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence." Doing this will pave the way forward for human benefits in the field of medical science and other fields. At the moment the technology is quite new, and for it to be used applicants will have to surrender their skulls to a drilling process that will create the ultra thin holes that are required to insert the Neuralink threading.

 

While this might seem out of the ball park for human technological capabilities, Musk's company performed tests on rats and the performance results exceeded that of today's systems. The rats that were tested showed exceptional data transfer results, the data was captured through a USB-C port located on the head of the rat, and provided 10x more than what the best current sensors can offer. Long term, Neuralink plans to allow for the electrodes that are planted in the subjects head to be able to communicate wirelessly with chips outside the brain (image above).

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Valve changed Half-Life because GoldenEye 007 was SO good

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 42 mins ago

I still remember that Christmas morning opening up a magazine about the Nintendo 64 and feeling that 'what is this meant to be' type of present, to my parents handing me another box and inside of it was GoldenEye 007.

 

 

It was at that moment I realized my parents had to have gotten me the new Nintendo 64 console at the time, and after ripping that wrapping paper and box to pieces, my brother and I were playing GoldenEye 007 on our brand new Nintendo 64 console. It was one of the best first-person shooters of its time, and Rare at its best on the N64.

 

GoldenEye 007 producer Martin Hollis explained in 2004 about the AI in the game: "The important thing is to show the player the AI. There's no point having sophisticated AI that the player doesn't notice. The game mechanics have to showcase the AI. The level setup has to showcase the AI. And it all has to make an actual difference to gameplay".

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Galaxy Fold 2 rumored for 2020, portability is the focus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 hours, 24 mins ago

Samsung had lots of hype around its Galaxy Fold with samples sent out to specific press and influencers, but in the end it failed as it was pulled from the market -- along with foldable phone competitor Huawei and its Mate X. They both flew too close to the sun.

 

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Now rumors are swirling about the next-gen Galaxy Fold 2 and that Samsung is opting for a foldable clamshell-style design with a foldable 6.7-inch display. The new Galaxy Fold 2 will have a much smaller 1-inch screen on the front for basic notifications, including the date and time, making it a cheaper phone to produce than the original Galaxy Fold.

 

The foldable clamshell-style Galaxy Fold 2 rumors is giving me some mad throwbacks to the game-changing RAZR phone from Motorola back in the day. The original RAZR had a physical keyboard at the bottom with a clamshell design that saw the screen at the top. Samsung is definitely looking like it's working on something similar with the Galaxy Fold 2 if these new rumors are true.

Congressman calls Facebook Libra cryptocurrency a 'shitcoin'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cryptocurrency & Mining | Posted: 15 hours, 4 mins ago

Facebook planned its new cryptocurrency 'Libra' for what I'm sure was a future of mass adoption, but the push from the social networking giant in the middle of its battle with users' privacy seems to have failed.

 

 

During a congressional hearing for the possible issues that Facebook could cause with its rollout of Libra, Congressman Warren Davidson from Ohio called Facebook Libra a "shitcoin". Davidson said: "A lot of people in this space will use a phrase that you may be familiar with: 'there's bitcoin, and then there's shitcoin.

 

Davidson questioned CoinShares' chief strategy officer Meltem Demirors, asking her if she knew what a shitcoin was, adding "Are you familiar with that phrase, and what people might mean by that?" to which Demirors replied "I am". So yes, the chief strategy officer of CoinShares obviously knows what a shitcoin is, and admitted it

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