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LG V30 Signature Edition beats iPhone X – because it’s even more expensive

LG is attempting to take on Apple in a rather peculiar way: It’s releasing a variant of the V30 that’s even more expensive than the iPhone X. Seriously. The all-new Signature Edition is priced at a more than £1,300.

The base model of the iPhone X, for comparison, retails for a not-so-meagre £999, while pricing for the elusive 128GB model tops out at £1,149. Those wanting to bump up the cost, however, can slap on AppleCare+ for £199 outright.

Related: Galaxy S8 vs V30

Now for the mad part. An LG V30 Signature Edition carries an eye-watering price tag of £1,370. That’s £22 more than a 128GB variant of the iPhone X complete with an AppleCare+ warranty – and £571 more than the standard V30.

The Signature Edition is near-identical to the V30, with the main differences being that it ships with Android 8.0, 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as standard. It’s also constructed from the same ceramic as boutique watches.

V30 Signature Edition won’t be easy to come by

LG will launch the V30 Signature Edition later this month exclusively in South Korea, where only 300 units will be available. Those who decide to pick one up will be entitled to an array of premium services, including personal engraving.

Would you be interested in the V30 Signature Edition if LG released it in Europe, North America and South America? Be sure to let us know over on Facebook or Twitter @TrustedReviews.

LG V30 Signature Edition launches in South Korea with Android 8.0 Oreo, ceramic body, 6 GB RAM

31d23_lg-v30-signature-edition-840x543 LG V30 Signature Edition launches in South Korea with Android 8.0 Oreo, ceramic body, 6 GB RAM


It feels like flagship phones have gotten progressively more expensive recently, perhaps more so than we’ve grown used to. Yet while the likes of Samsung and Apple have pushed the boundaries on pricing, particularly over the past few months, there has always been a higher tier reserved for elite, special edition devices that offer a luxury experience for those with money to burn.

The latest addition to this upper echelon is the LG V30 “Signature Edition”, which goes on sale today exclusively in South Korea. LG has confirmed that it is only producing 300 units of this limited edition version of its flagship phablet, making it quite a collector’s piece for Android aficionados.

As you might expect, the extra-special model won’t be cheap. The folks at ZDNet report that buyers will be expected to pay 2 million won (roughly $1,800) for the privilege of owning the rare hardware. By comparison, that’s more than the iPhone X (1.63 million won, $1,450), the base model Note 8 (1.09 million won, $965), and the vanilla LG V30, which sells for 949,300 KRW ($842).

LG V30 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8

So, if you can by some incredible miracle get hold of one, is the Signature version worth the extra cash? Personally, I’d lean towards no, as the upgrades on offer, while quite enticing on the surface, don’t exactly make up for the $1,000 price jump over the regular V30.

The biggest change is the phone’s new zirconium ceramic plate build which replaces the standard V30’s glass body. LG says this will make the phone – which is available in Black or White finishes – even more resistant to scratches and marks over time. The Signature Edition’s only other design flourish is the option of having LG laser engrave your name on the phone’s rear. Fancy!

On the hardware front, the ultra-premium phone receives a slight RAM bump from 4 GB to 6 GB and offers 256 GB expandable storage as standard. Otherwise, though, you’re looking at the same specs and features found on the regular V30, including a 6-inch P-OLED FullVision display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, and a wide-angle dual-camera (16 MP and 13 MP sensors).

The Signature Edition phone – a moniker LG uses for its marquee home entertainment products – also runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. While it won’t be too long now until Oreo rolls out to all V30 devices, it’s nevertheless a nice bonus for those shelling out the extra cash. The same could also be said of the Bang Olufsen wired earphones and H5 Bluetooth earphones that come bundled with every purchase.

What do you make of the LG V30 Signature Edition? Is it worth the lavish asking price? Let us know in the comments.

SD Times news digest: Android Oreo 8.1 (Go edition), Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes, and Django 2.0

0c5ce_Screen-Shot-2017-12-05-at-11.42.16-AM-490x322 SD Times news digest: Android Oreo 8.1 (Go edition), Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes, and Django 2.0

Google has announced the release of Android Oreo (Go edition) as part of tomorrow’s Android 8.1 release. Devices with 512MB to 1GB of memory will receive the Go optimizations. The Go edition features three key components: improved operating system, a new set of Google apps, and a tuned version of the Google Play Store. On average, apps will run 15 percent faster on devices that run Android Oreo (Go edition).

“Since Android’s creation, our mission has been to bring the power of computing to everyone. As a global operating system, Android has grown to more than 2 billion active devices around the world, with more users in India than the U.S. To make sure billions more people can get access to computing, it’s important that entry-level devices are fully functioning smartphones that can browse the web and use apps. At Google I/O this year, we gave an early look at a project we called ‘Android Go’ to make this possible,” Sagar Kamdar, director of product management for Android, wrote in a post.

Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes now available
Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes. The curated set of frameworks and runtimes will allow organizations to speed up cloud-native development.

“Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes manifests Red Hat’s decade-plus of experience with Red Hat JBoss Middleware in this new runtime offering built from the ground up for the next generation of microservices-based application development,” said Mike Piech, vice president and general manager of Middleware at Red Hat.

Features include: ability to integrate capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift with the programming model of multiple runtimes, DevOps integration and automation, and the ability to build responsive apps and services capable of handling a large number of users and events.

Django 2.0 is released
Django 2.0 has been released with support for Python 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6, though this will be the last release to support Python 3.4. It features a simplified URL routing syntax, mobile-friendly contrib.admin, and Window expressions. There are also several minor features, which can be found here.

Microsoft releases updates to Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio for Mac
Microsoft released significant updates to Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio for Mac. Visual Studio Version 15.5 features many improvement to performance, most notably cutting C# and VB projects load times in half. It is also faster to switch between debug and release, as well as adding, removing, and renaming files and folders in .NET core projects. In addition, the company introduced back-step debugging, which takes a snapshot of the application at each breakpoint and debugger step. More information can be found here.

0c5ce_Screen-Shot-2017-12-05-at-11.42.16-AM-490x322 SD Times news digest: Android Oreo 8.1 (Go edition), Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes, and Django 2.0

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SD Times news digest: Android Oreo 8.1 (Go edition), Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes, and Django 2.0

0c5ce_Screen-Shot-2017-12-05-at-11.42.16-AM-490x322 SD Times news digest: Android Oreo 8.1 (Go edition), Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes, and Django 2.0

Google has announced the release of Android Oreo (Go edition) as part of tomorrow’s Android 8.1 release. Devices with 512MB to 1GB of memory will receive the Go optimizations. The Go edition features three key components: improved operating system, a new set of Google apps, and a tuned version of the Google Play Store. On average, apps will run 15 percent faster on devices that run Android Oreo (Go edition).

“Since Android’s creation, our mission has been to bring the power of computing to everyone. As a global operating system, Android has grown to more than 2 billion active devices around the world, with more users in India than the U.S. To make sure billions more people can get access to computing, it’s important that entry-level devices are fully functioning smartphones that can browse the web and use apps. At Google I/O this year, we gave an early look at a project we called ‘Android Go’ to make this possible,” Sagar Kamdar, director of product management for Android, wrote in a post.

Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes now available
Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes. The curated set of frameworks and runtimes will allow organizations to speed up cloud-native development.

“Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes manifests Red Hat’s decade-plus of experience with Red Hat JBoss Middleware in this new runtime offering built from the ground up for the next generation of microservices-based application development,” said Mike Piech, vice president and general manager of Middleware at Red Hat.

Features include: ability to integrate capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift with the programming model of multiple runtimes, DevOps integration and automation, and the ability to build responsive apps and services capable of handling a large number of users and events.

Django 2.0 is released
Django 2.0 has been released with support for Python 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6, though this will be the last release to support Python 3.4. It features a simplified URL routing syntax, mobile-friendly contrib.admin, and Window expressions. There are also several minor features, which can be found here.

Microsoft releases updates to Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio for Mac
Microsoft released significant updates to Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio for Mac. Visual Studio Version 15.5 features many improvement to performance, most notably cutting C# and VB projects load times in half. It is also faster to switch between debug and release, as well as adding, removing, and renaming files and folders in .NET core projects. In addition, the company introduced back-step debugging, which takes a snapshot of the application at each breakpoint and debugger step. More information can be found here.

0c5ce_Screen-Shot-2017-12-05-at-11.42.16-AM-490x322 SD Times news digest: Android Oreo 8.1 (Go edition), Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes, and Django 2.0

About Jenna Sargent

Get ‘Windows 10: All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition’ ($19 value) FREE for a limited time

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Whether you use Windows 10 for business, fun and games, or staying in touch with family and friends, Windows 10: All-In-One For Dummies makes it easy.

Windows 10: All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, by Woody Leonhard, usually retails for $19, but BetaNews readers can get it entirely free for a limited time.

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The offer expires on December 19, so act fast.

Google’s lightweight OS Android Go launches as Android Oreo (Go Edition)


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Google’s made a number of tweaks since announcing Android Go back at I/O in May. The lightweight version is finally ready to launch, albeit with a slightly altered name. The OS is launching with the release of Android 8.1, now carrying the decidedly less catchy Android Oreo (Go edition) title.

As per the new name, the Go version isn’t an altogether different operating system than the primary version of Android. In fact, in a number of ways, the software types are likely indistinguishable, and Google’s devoting a team to assuring that the Go edition gets updated and released on more or less the same schedule as its standard counterpart.

Google made the announcement this evening at an event in India — a major potential market for the new version of the OS. As the company notes in a recent blog post, there are currently more Android users in India than the U.S., making it a huge market, along with other developing countries. A number of companies like Mozilla and Nokia have worked to address a rapidly expanding audience in these areas, but none are better positioned than Google.

With more than two billion activated Android devices in the world, the mobile operating system already has a strong footprint. Go Edition is an attempt to give users the best possible Android experience, in spite of hardware limitations. The Oreo configuration is designed specifically for devices with between 512MB and 1GB of RAM.

According to Google, that comes with all sorts of benefits for the end user, including 30 percent faster startup time and an optimization of storage space, by up to 2x. The latter is accomplished, in part, by the inclusion of a number of optimized Go apps. It’s a pretty long list, including Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Chrome and Files Go, a new file management app. There’s also a Go version of the Play store, which specializes in lightweight apps.

All in all, the changes are relatively minimal. There are a few key things, including recent previews and multi-users settings, but it ultimately shouldn’t be too major a step down from the full Android, for the most part. Google’s also not limiting availability of the software to any specific region. Go edition will be available globally starting tomorrow. Compatible devices should start shipping early next year.

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Google survey suggests the idea of a ‘YouTube Edition’ Android phone, would you buy it? [Poll]

This morning, we reported on a new rumor coming from a Google survey asking if customers would be interested in a “YouTube Edition” smartphone. While it would be a mid-range handset, it would also pack specific features to let the user instantly see live videos from the lockscreen and more.

Do you have any interest in a “YouTube Edition” Android smartphone that has YouTube-specific hardware and software features?


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Years ago, we saw Facebook partner with HTC and attempted to make Android-powered smartphones centered around the social networking site. While the ChaCha and First both ended up failing, it doesn’t seem as though these experiments have stopped Google from considering a YouTube-centric phone.

As mentioned above, this “YouTube Edition” handset would have exclusive features like having live videos automatically played on the lockscreen. Additionally, the phone would supposedly come with free wireless services (up to 10GB for 12 months), have YouTube’s own play on “Stories” captured by creators, a dedicated hardware button to launch the YouTube app, and much more.

So, would you purchase a “YouTube Edition” smartphone? Would you prefer an Android handset that was centered around a single application? Answer the poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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Is Google developing a ‘YouTube Edition’ Android phone? – Android …

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Would you buy an Android phone made specifically for YouTube? That’s what Google is trying to find out, according to a recent survey given to one of Android Authority’s readers.

The survey, which was distributed through UK-based Survey Bods, details an Android phone dubbed “YouTube Edition” that features software and hardware optimized to make watching YouTube even easier.

A brief disclaimer: Just because this phone appeared in a survey does not mean it will become a thing. There’s a possibility a phone like this will launch eventually, or Google may have already scrapped this idea. We don’t know. Unfortunately we could not verify the information with other sources.

The survey described a handful of unique software and hardware features that will make watching videos and connecting with creators a breeze. The first feature is called YouTwist, which will let you rotate your device to landscape on the home screen and instantly access a grid of YouTube videos you might want to watch. There’s also a dedicated hardware button on the side that gives you quick access to YouTube and capturing video. The survey called this YouCapture.

The survey described software and hardware features that will make watching videos and connecting with creators a breeze.

A feature called Creator Connect also appeared in the survey, which has an Instagram Stories-esque design for YouTube accounts and appears at the top of the device’s home screen. Tapping on one of these profiles would take you straight to the user’s community feed in YouTube. A Live Lockscreen feature was also demoed in the survey. This feature would allow a live video thumbnail to display on the lock screen, allowing the user to jump straight to that live YouTube video by tapping on it.

An image of the phone, as it appeared in the survey, can be found below.

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So is this going to be a top-of-the-line flagship phone? Not quite. In the survey, the YouTube Edition phone was compared to a handful of older or mid-range phones like the Apple iPhone SE, iPhone 6, Sony Xperia XA1, and Samsung Galaxy A5.

A few different versions of the YouTube Edition phone’s specs were shown, too. In most cases, it would come with a 6.01-inch 18:9 LCD display with a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080, a 2.2 GHz processor, a 3,700 mAh battery with fast charging, 4 GB of RAM, dual 12 MP and 5 MP rear cameras with HD video recording, and an 8 MP front camera. Additional specs include dual Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor, and either 32 or 64 GB of storage. The phone could also come in Black, White, and Red color options.

Pricing information was also given. Depending on the storage amount, the phone would cost anywhere from £269 (~$360 USD) to £299 (~$400 USD).

The survey also mentioned that YouTube Edition phone customers would receive an additional 10 GB of free data per month for 12 months.

Graduating class: Nexus – Pixel – Android One – Android Go

It’s worth noting that the name of the phone isn’t set in stone. The survey mentioned the names “YouTube Edition by Android One”, “YouTube Edition by LG”, “YouTube Edition by Samsung”, and just “YouTube Edition.” This could be a clue that the YouTube phone is in early development (or just a concept for now) and that Google may be looking for a partner.

The fact that the survey mentioned LG and Samsung as theoretical partners is interesting since both companies have yet to join Google’s Android One program. Back in September, it was rumored that LG was a potential partner for Android One, but that’s pretty much where the rumor stopped. This could be the first sign of LG or Samsung becoming an Android One partner, but that’s just speculation for now, of course.

The idea of a smartphone built around a single video service is a bit confusing. On one hand, Google wants to get as many eyes on YouTube as it can. This phone seems to make it easier than ever to make that happen. I’m just not sure if users would want video thumbnails and links to YouTubers’ community feeds clouding up their home screens.

If the YouTube Edition phone turns out to be real, we likely won’t see it become an actual product for some time. Companies issue these types of surveys pretty early on in the development cycle, sometimes even when the device is still a loose concept.

We’ll be on the lookout for more details about the YouTube phone in the future. We’ve reached out to Google for comment and will update this article when we receive a response.

Is Google developing a ‘YouTube Edition’ Android phone?

a54a0_google-pixel-2-xl-display-issues-2-of-9-1-840x473 Is Google developing a 'YouTube Edition' Android phone?

Would you buy an Android phone made specifically for YouTube? That’s what Google is trying to find out, according to a recent survey given to one of Android Authority’s readers.

The survey, which was distributed through UK-based Survey Bods, details an Android phone dubbed “YouTube Edition” that features software and hardware optimized to make watching YouTube even easier.

A brief disclaimer: Just because this phone appeared in a survey does not mean it will become a thing. There’s a possibility a phone like this will launch eventually, or Google may have already scrapped this idea. We don’t know. Unfortunately we could not verify the information with other sources.

The survey described a handful of unique software and hardware features that will make watching videos and connecting with creators a breeze. The first feature is called YouTwist, which will let you rotate your device to landscape on the home screen and instantly access a grid of YouTube videos you might want to watch. There’s also a dedicated hardware button on the side that gives you quick access to YouTube and capturing video. The survey called this YouCapture.

The survey described software and hardware features that will make watching videos and connecting with creators a breeze.

A feature called Creator Connect also appeared in the survey, which has an Instagram Stories-esque design for YouTube accounts and appears at the top of the device’s home screen. Tapping on one of these profiles would take you straight to the user’s community feed in YouTube. A Live Lockscreen feature was also demoed in the survey. This feature would allow a live video thumbnail to display on the lock screen, allowing the user to jump straight to that live YouTube video by tapping on it.

An image of the phone, as it appeared in the survey, can be found below.

a54a0_google-pixel-2-xl-display-issues-2-of-9-1-840x473 Is Google developing a 'YouTube Edition' Android phone?

So is this going to be a top-of-the-line flagship phone? Not quite. In the survey, the YouTube Edition phone was compared to a handful of older or mid-range phones like the Apple iPhone SE, iPhone 6, Sony Xperia XA1, and Samsung Galaxy A5.

A few different versions of the YouTube Edition phone’s specs were shown, too. In most cases, it would come with a 6.01-inch 18:9 LCD display with a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080, a 2.2 GHz processor, a 3,700 mAh battery with fast charging, 4 GB of RAM, dual 12 MP and 5 MP rear cameras with HD video recording, and an 8 MP front camera. Additional specs include dual Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor, and either 32 or 64 GB of storage. The phone could also come in Black, White, and Red color options.

Pricing information was also given. Depending on the storage amount, the phone would cost anywhere from £269 (~$360 USD) to £299 (~$400 USD).

The survey also mentioned that YouTube Edition phone customers would receive an additional 10 GB of free data per month for 12 months.

Graduating class: Nexus – Pixel – Android One – Android Go

It’s worth noting that the name of the phone isn’t set in stone. The survey mentioned the names “YouTube Edition by Android One”, “YouTube Edition by LG”, “YouTube Edition by Samsung”, and just “YouTube Edition.” This could be a clue that the YouTube phone is in early development (or just a concept for now) and that Google may be looking for a partner.

The fact that the survey mentioned LG and Samsung as theoretical partners is interesting since both companies have yet to join Google’s Android One program. Back in September, it was rumored that LG was a potential partner for Android One, but that’s pretty much where the rumor stopped. This could be the first sign of LG or Samsung becoming an Android One partner, but that’s just speculation for now, of course.

The idea of a smartphone built around a single video service is a bit confusing. On one hand, Google wants to get as many eyes on YouTube as it can. This phone seems to make it easier than ever to make that happen. I’m just not sure if users would want video thumbnails and links to YouTubers’ community feeds clouding up their home screens.

If the YouTube Edition phone turns out to be real, we likely won’t see it become an actual product for some time. Companies issue these types of surveys pretty early on in the development cycle, sometimes even when the device is still a loose concept.

We’ll be on the lookout for more details about the YouTube phone in the future. We’ve reached out to Google for comment and will update this article when we receive a response.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Android pre-registration starts

The epic boy band road trip is about to hit your smartphone. Square Enix has just announced that Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, the cutesy version of the latest major installment to the beloved JRPG franchise, is just around the corner. But to keep you from fretting over missing the exact launch, the game developer is kicking off pre-registration for the mobile game. That is, presuming you’re on Android. iOS users will just have to keep their ears perked for the news.

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HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition Out on macOS and Linux today …

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DATE:         Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

CONTACT: Mary Musgrave at mmusgrave@feralinteractive.com      

                        +44-(0)208-875-1375

Feral Interactive today announced that HITMAN™ – Game of the Year Edition, the definitive edition of Io-Interactive’s creative stealth-action hit, is now available on macOS and Linux. Developed by Io-Interactive for Windows and consoles, and brought to macOS and Linux by Feral, HITMAN has been praised for its intricate, multi-layered levels and the freedom of approach it offers players.

As master assassin Agent 47, players will carry out contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. Each mission is set in a huge, detailed and heavily-populated sandbox level that challenges players to complete it in the most creative way possible.

HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition includes:

  • The complete first season: All six locations – Paris, Sapienza, Marrakech, Bangkok, Colorado and Hokkaido – brimming with irresistible opportunities, devious disguises, both high-tech and improvised weapons, and of course targets to eliminate. 
  • The Patient Zero mission arc: Four new missions based around a plot to ignite a viral pandemic. 
  • Three new Escalation mission packs: The Raven Pack, The Cowboy Pack and The Clown Pack each features its own suit, mission, and a killer reward to add to players’ arsenals.

“The Patient Zero mission arc and the Escalation mission pack offer HITMAN fans compelling and intriguing new ways to enjoy the game,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “For players yet to immerse themselves in HITMAN’s unique blend of exploration and execution, the Game of the Year Edition release is the perfect opportunity to kickstart their career in undercover assassination.”

Players can buy HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition from the Feral Store for $61.51/£43.83/€58.31. If they already own some HITMAN content, they can complete their Game of the Year bundle on Steam.

A minisite dedicated to the game is now available along with an announcement trailer on YouTube.

On macOS, the game is supported on the following machines:

  • All 27″ iMacs released since Late 2014
  • All 15″ MacBook Pros released since 2016
  • All Mac Pros released since Late 2013

The following Macs are capable of running the game but do not consistently meet the standards required for official support:

  • All 15″ MacBook Pros with an AMD graphics card released in 2015

On Linux, the system requirements are as follows:

  • Ubuntu 16.04, Steam OS 2.0 
    • Recommended: Ubuntu 16.10, Steam OS 2.0
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K, AMD FX-8350 4 GHz 
    • Recommended: Intel Core i7 3770, 4 GHz
  • 8 GB 
  •  81 GB 
  • 2 GB Nvidia GTX 680 (Driver version 375.26), 2 GB AMD R9 270X (Driver version – Mesa 13.0.3) 
    • Recommended: 4 GB Nvidia GTX 970 (Driver version 375.26), 4 GB AMD Radeon R9 290 (Driver version – Mesa 13.0.3)
  • Keyboard, Mouse 
    • Recommended: Game Pad

The following graphics cards are not supported: AMD Radeon HD 4xxx Series, AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series, AMD Radeon HD 6xxx Series, ATI Radeon HD2xxx Series, ATI X1xxx Series, all Intel cards and all Nvidia cards.

About Feral Interactive

Feral Interactive is a leading publisher of games for the macOS, Linux and iOS platforms, founded in 1996 and based in London, England. It is responsible for such hits as ROME: Total War™ for iPad, F1 2017HITMAN™, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War IIITotal War: WARHAMMERLife is Strange™, XCOM® 2GRID Autosport™, Tomb Raider®, Alien: Isolation– The CollectionCompany of Heroes 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY, XCOM®: Enemy Unknown and Empire: Total War™ for macOS and Linux, F1 2016Sleeping Dogs®: Definitive EditionLEGO® Marvel’s AvengersThief™, LEGO® Jurassic World™ for macOS and DiRT Rally® and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™ for Linux. Visit the Feral Interactive website and find us on Twitter or Facebook.

About HITMAN™

HITMAN is the sixth game in the blockbuster series and is the culmination of a journey started by Io-Interactive more than 17 years ago. It builds on the critically acclaimed and commercially successful foundation of games like Silent Assassin, Blood Money and the recent Hitman: Absolution.

Related Links: hitman.com / facebook.com/hitman / twitter.com/hitman / reddit.com/r/hitman

About Io-Interactive

Io-Interactive is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about multiplatform videogames to emerge in the last decade. Starting with the praised and ground-breaking Hitman series, Io-Interactive has since developed the cult classic “Freedom Fighters”, the controversial “Kane Lynch” series and the adorable “Mini-Ninjas”. Dedication to creating original IP and unforgettable characters and experiences are the hallmarks of Io-Interactive.

 

‘Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition’ Pre-Registration Is Now Live on Android

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is a mobile remake of the massive Final Fantasy XV that released last year on PS4 and Xbox One platforms. When Eli played the opening section of it, he was pretty impressed with how well it followed the console game. The one thing we were all skeptical about was pricing because it isn’t a secret that Final Fantasy XV has been a massive project spanning over a decade for consoles. There’s a new trailer for the pocket edition that you can watch below:

If you’re on Android, pre-registration is now live on Google Play and you can do that here. The spec for Android is devices running 5.0 or later with a CPU of 1.5GHz or higher and with 2GB RAM or more. It will need between 5 and 8GB of free space depending on the resolution as well. While there’s no pre-registration for iOS yet, it will require iOS 11.1 and later and the minimum hardware requirement will be an iPhone 6S on the phone or iPad Air 2 for the iPad side of things. More information on compatibility is available on the Japanese information page here.

Here’s some footage of Eli playing the first 20 minutes of it at PAX:

The page also mentions pricing and there is variable pricing depending on the chapters. The first chapter will be free with chapters 2 and 3 costing $0.99 Yen each. Chapters 4 onwards until 10 will be $3.99 Yen each. There will be a bundle of everything for $19.99. Check out the forum thread on the game here. Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition will be out on iOS and Android later this year.

HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition Out on macOS and Linux today

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DATE:         Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

CONTACT: Mary Musgrave at mmusgrave@feralinteractive.com      

                        +44-(0)208-875-1375

Feral Interactive today announced that HITMAN™ – Game of the Year Edition, the definitive edition of Io-Interactive’s creative stealth-action hit, is now available on macOS and Linux. Developed by Io-Interactive for Windows and consoles, and brought to macOS and Linux by Feral, HITMAN has been praised for its intricate, multi-layered levels and the freedom of approach it offers players.

As master assassin Agent 47, players will carry out contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. Each mission is set in a huge, detailed and heavily-populated sandbox level that challenges players to complete it in the most creative way possible.

HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition includes:

  • The complete first season: All six locations – Paris, Sapienza, Marrakech, Bangkok, Colorado and Hokkaido – brimming with irresistible opportunities, devious disguises, both high-tech and improvised weapons, and of course targets to eliminate. 
  • The Patient Zero mission arc: Four new missions based around a plot to ignite a viral pandemic. 
  • Three new Escalation mission packs: The Raven Pack, The Cowboy Pack and The Clown Pack each features its own suit, mission, and a killer reward to add to players’ arsenals.

“The Patient Zero mission arc and the Escalation mission pack offer HITMAN fans compelling and intriguing new ways to enjoy the game,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “For players yet to immerse themselves in HITMAN’s unique blend of exploration and execution, the Game of the Year Edition release is the perfect opportunity to kickstart their career in undercover assassination.”

Players can buy HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition from the Feral Store for $61.51/£43.83/€58.31. If they already own some HITMAN content, they can complete their Game of the Year bundle on Steam.

A minisite dedicated to the game is now available along with an announcement trailer on YouTube.

On macOS, the game is supported on the following machines:

  • All 27″ iMacs released since Late 2014
  • All 15″ MacBook Pros released since 2016
  • All Mac Pros released since Late 2013

The following Macs are capable of running the game but do not consistently meet the standards required for official support:

  • All 15″ MacBook Pros with an AMD graphics card released in 2015

On Linux, the system requirements are as follows:

  • Ubuntu 16.04, Steam OS 2.0 
    • Recommended: Ubuntu 16.10, Steam OS 2.0
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K, AMD FX-8350 4 GHz 
    • Recommended: Intel Core i7 3770, 4 GHz
  • 8 GB 
  •  81 GB 
  • 2 GB Nvidia GTX 680 (Driver version 375.26), 2 GB AMD R9 270X (Driver version – Mesa 13.0.3) 
    • Recommended: 4 GB Nvidia GTX 970 (Driver version 375.26), 4 GB AMD Radeon R9 290 (Driver version – Mesa 13.0.3)
  • Keyboard, Mouse 
    • Recommended: Game Pad

The following graphics cards are not supported: AMD Radeon HD 4xxx Series, AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series, AMD Radeon HD 6xxx Series, ATI Radeon HD2xxx Series, ATI X1xxx Series, all Intel cards and all Nvidia cards.

About Feral Interactive

Feral Interactive is a leading publisher of games for the macOS, Linux and iOS platforms, founded in 1996 and based in London, England. It is responsible for such hits as ROME: Total War™ for iPad, F1 2017HITMAN™, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War IIITotal War: WARHAMMERLife is Strange™, XCOM® 2GRID Autosport™, Tomb Raider®, Alien: Isolation– The CollectionCompany of Heroes 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY, XCOM®: Enemy Unknown and Empire: Total War™ for macOS and Linux, F1 2016Sleeping Dogs®: Definitive EditionLEGO® Marvel’s AvengersThief™, LEGO® Jurassic World™ for macOS and DiRT Rally® and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™ for Linux. Visit the Feral Interactive website and find us on Twitter or Facebook.

About HITMAN™

HITMAN is the sixth game in the blockbuster series and is the culmination of a journey started by Io-Interactive more than 17 years ago. It builds on the critically acclaimed and commercially successful foundation of games like Silent Assassin, Blood Money and the recent Hitman: Absolution.

Related Links: hitman.com / facebook.com/hitman / twitter.com/hitman / reddit.com/r/hitman

About Io-Interactive

Io-Interactive is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about multiplatform videogames to emerge in the last decade. Starting with the praised and ground-breaking Hitman series, Io-Interactive has since developed the cult classic “Freedom Fighters”, the controversial “Kane Lynch” series and the adorable “Mini-Ninjas”. Dedication to creating original IP and unforgettable characters and experiences are the hallmarks of Io-Interactive.

 

Amazon announces the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition to make your dumb TV smarter

53adb_Amazon-Fire-TV-Stick-Basic-Edition-1-840x473 Amazon announces the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition to make your dumb TV smarter

Amazon might have announced an avalanche of devices a few weeks ago, but notably absent was any upgrade to its Fire TV Stick. The retail giant rectified that today when it announced the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, but to call it an upgrade would be a stretch.

On the outside and inside, nothing has changed about the Basic Edition from its predecessor. In other words, we’re looking at a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of native storage. Even the physical dimensions remain the same between the two, so we’re not kidding when we say nothing has changed between the two Fire Sticks on the outside and inside.

Who needs drones when Amazon Key delivers packages into your home?

What has changed is the Basic Edition’s remote, which no longer has the Alexa voice control integration that the previous generation’s remote included. Another possible difference could be the software – 2016’s Fire TV Stick runs Fire OS 5, which is based on 2014’s Android Lollipop, but it is unknown what Fire OS version the Basic Edition runs.

This change would make more sense if the Basic Edition was more affordable than its predecessor, but it’s actually more expensive: $50 for the newer Fire TV Stick, while last year’s version debuted at $40.

All in all, we’re left scratching our heads over what exactly is new about the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. It’s made even more confusing by the fact that Amazon continues to sell last year’s Fire TV Stick.

From what I could gather, the Basic Edition doesn’t exist to replace 2016’s Fire TV Stick, but as an option for the rest of the world. The Basic Edition is available in over 100 countries, likely due to Amazon’s desire to push Prime Video into as many homes as possible around the world.

In other words, even though you can purchase the Basic Edition in the US, it’s really meant for everyone else. We won’t stop you if you live in the US and want to pick up the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, however, so you can find the means to do so at the link below.

Amazon announces the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition to make your dumb TV smarter

68a5c_Amazon-Fire-TV-Stick-Basic-Edition-1-840x473 Amazon announces the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition to make your dumb TV smarter

Amazon might have announced an avalanche of devices a few weeks ago, but notably absent was any upgrade to its Fire TV Stick. The retail giant rectified that today when it announced the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, but to call it an upgrade would be a stretch.

On the outside and inside, nothing has changed about the Basic Edition from its predecessor. In other words, we’re looking at a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of native storage. Even the physical dimensions remain the same between the two, so we’re not kidding when we say nothing has changed between the two Fire Sticks on the outside and inside.

Who needs drones when Amazon Key delivers packages into your home?

What has changed is the Basic Edition’s remote, which no longer has the Alexa voice control integration that the previous generation’s remote included. Another possible difference could be the software – 2016’s Fire TV Stick runs Fire OS 5, which is based on 2014’s Android Lollipop, but it is unknown what Fire OS version the Basic Edition runs.

This change would make more sense if the Basic Edition was more affordable than its predecessor, but it’s actually more expensive: $50 for the newer Fire TV Stick, while last year’s version debuted at $40.

All in all, we’re left scratching our heads over what exactly is new about the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. It’s made even more confusing by the fact that Amazon continues to sell last year’s Fire TV Stick.

From what I could gather, the Basic Edition doesn’t exist to replace 2016’s Fire TV Stick, but as an option for the rest of the world. The Basic Edition is available in over 100 countries, likely due to Amazon’s desire to push Prime Video into as many homes as possible around the world.

In other words, even though you can purchase the Basic Edition in the US, it’s really meant for everyone else. We won’t stop you if you live in the US and want to pick up the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, however, so you can find the means to do so at the link below.

Amazon releases Fire TV Stick Basic Edition for $50

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, a streaming media player that provides simple and fast access to thousands of movies, TV shows, apps, and games. Starting today, the device will be available for purchase in more than 100 countries and territories around the world including Canada, France, Italy, and Spain. In addition, customers can set their default language as Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

“Last year, we made Amazon Prime Video available to customers globally, and today, we’re building on that momentum as we introduce Fire TV Stick Basic Edition to new customers around the world,” said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV. “This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can’t wait to hear what customers think.”

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition provides customers with access to popular content from multiple providers, including Amazon Prime Video. Prime Video members will get unlimited access to critically acclaimed shows like The Tick, American Gods, and The Man in the High Castle as well as The Grand Tour Season 2, premiering December 8, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski, coming in 2018.

Performance

The streaming media player comes with a quad-core processor and 1 GB of memory for a fast and fluid streaming experience, as well as 8 GB of storage for apps and games. It also features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and offers support for High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) for great 1080p HD streaming. Customers can also enjoy rich cinematic surround sound with Dolby Audio.

Easy Set-up and Use

The device easily connects to your HDTV’s HDMI port. Simply plug it in, connect to Wi-Fi, and start streaming in minutes. Plus, the portable design allows customers to watch their favorite shows even while away from home.*

Availability

Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available for purchase today from Amazon.com and will begin shipping tomorrow to more than 100 countries around the world. It is available for purchase locally in Canada (Amazon.ca), France (Amazon.fr), Italy (Amazon.it), and Spain (Amazon.es). In addition, the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition will be coming soon to Brazil and Mexico.

For a full list of countries and territories where the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is sold, please visit: www.amazon.com/firetvstickbasicedition.

*Content availability varies by country.

Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition Unveiled for PC, Mac, and Linux …

Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive unveiled Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition today for PC, Mac, and Linux, which bundles together the critically acclaimed base game, the White March expansions, all the content that was originally exclusive to Pillars of Eternity: Royal Edition, and the new Deadfire Pack DLC, which will hype players up for  Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. 

Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition will launch digitally on November 15, and will cost $39.99. That means the base version of the game will see its price reduced to $29.99. The new aforementioned Deadfire Pack DLC will also be released for free on that same day to those who already own the base game.

The Deadfire Pack DLC adds new in-game items for players to find and discover, plus new portraits from the upcoming based off of the upcoming sequel, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, which was successfully funded on Fig, and set to release sometime in 2018. For those interested in playing the game on consoles, Pillars of Eternity: Complete Editon, which includes the aforementioned White March expansions, is available on PS4 and Xbox One. If you want to see our thoughts on the game, you can check out our review of Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition on PS4.

Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition will release on PC, Mac, and Linux on November 15.

Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition Unveiled for PC, Mac, and Linux; Includes Both Expansions and All DLC

Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive unveiled Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition today for PC, Mac, and Linux, which bundles together the critically acclaimed base game, the White March expansions, all the content that was originally exclusive to Pillars of Eternity: Royal Edition, and the new Deadfire Pack DLC, which will hype players up for  Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. 

Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition will launch digitally on November 15, and will cost $39.99. That means the base version of the game will see its price reduced to $29.99. The new aforementioned Deadfire Pack DLC will also be released for free on that same day to those who already own the base game.

The Deadfire Pack DLC adds new in-game items for players to find and discover, plus new portraits from the upcoming based off of the upcoming sequel, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, which was successfully funded on Fig, and set to release sometime in 2018. For those interested in playing the game on consoles, Pillars of Eternity: Complete Editon, which includes the aforementioned White March expansions, is available on PS4 and Xbox One. If you want to see our thoughts on the game, you can check out our review of Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition on PS4.

Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition will release on PC, Mac, and Linux on November 15.

Razer Reveals Its Own Android Gaming Phone; 1337 Special Edition Units Available

Gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer announced that it’s getting into the smartphone business with what’s simply called The Razer Phone. It packs high-end specs into an Android-based device that’s focused on mobile gaming. It’s a first for the company, and Razer doesn’t seem to be skimping out on its debut, judging from the technical details.

The Razer Phone will be the first smartphone with a 120 Hz refresh rate display, meaning it can effectively produce 120 frames-per-second; for reference, most phone screens are 60 Hz displays. On top of that, the 5.7-inch LCD screen renders a QHD 1440p resolution (2560×1440) and uses Ultramotion adaptive frame syncing tech (actively matching refresh rate to real-time framerate) to eliminate screen tearing.

As far as gaming applications utilizing these high-end features, Razer established partnerships with several publishers like Square Enix, Tencent, and Bandai Namco. Ten games are said to take advantage of the Razer Phone, specifically:

  • Arena of Valor
  • Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition
  • Gear.Club
  • Lineage 2: Revolution
  • Old School RuneScape
  • RuneScape
  • Shadowgun Legends
  • Tekken Mobile
  • Titanfall: Assault
  • World of Tanks Blitz

Powering the phone is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 mobile processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. It’s also equipped with Dolby Atmos in the dual front-facing speakers. Like the new Apple iPhones, the Razer Phone will not have a 3.5mm audio jack, but it will come with a USB-C adapter. Since the USB-C port is used for data transfer and charging, wired headphones cannot be used simultaneously.

The Razer Phone design with MOBA Arena of Valor mock-up over the screen.
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The phone has a 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, which is said to be on the top-end when it comes to battery capacity for smartphones. Rapid charging is enabled through Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0+ technology. However, Razer hasn’t given estimates on battery life duration for any type of conditions, although the Game Booster app will let users tinker power and performance of the phone.

As for typical phone features, it has two 12 megapixel cameras on the back, one with a wide-angle lens and the other with a zoomed telephoto lens. There is also a front-facing 8 megapixel camera. 64GB of internal storage comes with the phone, but you can use external storage through a microSD card up to 2TB. The Razer Phone itself is housed in an aluminum chassis, and measures in at 6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches and weighs 197 grams / 6.9 ounces.

Pre-orders are now live for the Razer Phone through Razer’s official website, Three (in Europe), Amazon and select Microsoft stores in the US. and will launch on November 17. 1,337 special edition units will be available, which feature the green Razer logo. The Razer Phone releases in North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, and Sweden for $700 USD / £700 GBP / €750 Euro.




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