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Square Enix's gorgeous new game, Octopath Traveler, is arriving on the Nintendo Switch very soon. Nintendo has revealed at today's Direct stream that the game developed by the same people behind the critically acclaimed RPG series Bravely Default wil…
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Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot begins streaming on April 13th

Netflix has released the first look at its upcoming reboot of the classic science fiction TV series Lost in Space, which will debut on the service on April 13th.

The company announced the revival in 2016. The show will keep the premise of the original 1965 show: the Robinson family heads into space to establish a new colony but lands on a different world after an accident. The trailer suggests an updated but retro look for the tech and gear, as various members of the Robinson family board their ship in their space suits, accompanied by narration about the adaptability of humanity. The context suggests that Earth isn’t a safe place to live anymore, prompting the efforts to establish a new colony.

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‘Vainglory’ 5v5 Release Date Announced for February 13th

Super Evil Megacorp announced at a major Vainglory [Free] event that the long-awaited 5v5 mode will release on February 13th for the general public. The mode is currently available to those who won a Golden Ticket, but everyone will have their chance to play it starting on Tuesday.

On the gameplay end, 5v5 brings several major changes. The map is no longer a single lane, but instead a three-lane experience like most 5v5 MOBAs. This means players will have to make new strategic decisions for which lane to play, when to switch lanes to go on attack or defense, and there is the expanded jungle sections to deal with now. It’s functionally the same as a console/PC MOBA, or like other 5v5 titles that are on mobile now. True fog of war is now in the game engine as well. 5v5 includes new music from Horizon Zero Dawn composer Joris de Man.

While 3v3 will still exist in the game, it’s more likely that this will become the preferred loadout of the Blitz modes for quick play. It will more likely resemble something like Arena of Valor [Free], which also has a single-lane 3v3 mode, but is positioned as a shorter playtime mode with a different dynamic. How many people will still want to do the full-length 3v3 matches when 5v5 is clearly positioned to be the dominant game mode? There’s sure to be some purists, of course.

While the game itself will see a major change due to 5v5 becoming the featured mode, the esports scene will also undergo a massive shift with 5v5 becoming the official competitive format. As part of that, the Vainglory Esports banner that comprised the entirety of official competitive Vainglory. Now, the official Vainglory esports league is named the Vainglory Premier League. It will be headquartered in Las Vegas, where ESP Gaming’s studio will host and produce matches, similar to how Overwatch League is headquartered out at the Blizzard Arena in the Los Angeles area.

Because of the new 5v5 mode, the next season of Vainglory Premier League will not kick off until June, with an extended preseason to allow teams to build out their rosters from 3v3 up to the 5v5 format. The regular season will also see a new format, where there’s a double round-robin between teams in the league with midseason and postseason playoffs. The World Championship will still exist, with regional qualifiers for the championship, along with a relegation tournament for the Premier League. Relegation and promotion is one of the most fascinating aspects of sports leagues that American sports rarely use, so this should add an extra layer of intrigue to the season if a team has to play for its place in the league!

Along with all this news, SEMC announced a partnership with Razer to bring the game to the Razer Phone with its 120 Hz display. Arena of Valor was first to support the Razer Phone, with a showcase at the Razer Phone announcement, but now Vainglory joins the fray. Additionally, Vainglory will support the Razer Phone’s Project Linda laptop dock. The game already has keyboard and mouse controls on Android devices and Chromebooks, so this is just a natural but handy extension of all this.

Vainglory‘s 5v5 mode with all these changes hits the app on iOS and Android this Tuesday, February 13th.


IDC: Tablet shipments decline for 13th straight quarter, Amazon overtakes Samsung for second place

The tablet market has now declined year-over-year for 13 quarters straight. Q4 2017 saw a 7.9 percent year-over-year decline: 49.6 million units shipped worldwide, compared to 53.8 million units in the same quarter last year. The only silver lining is that declines for 2017 haven’t been in the double-digits, like they were in 2016.

The estimates come from IDC, which counts both slate form factors and detachables, meaning tablets with keyboards included. Apple maintained its top spot for the quarter, but Amazon for the first time managed to surpass Samsung for second place. The top five vendors accounted for 69.6 percent of the market, up from 61.3 percent last year:

Apple’s shipment numbers were basically flat, but because the overall tablet market declined, the company’s market share grew again (up 2.3 percentage points) after two quarters of growth (and following a 13-quarter losing streak). The company was able to maintain its lead thanks to its lower-priced iPad and refreshed iPad Pro.

Amazon shipped 2.5 million more tablets, gaining a massive 6.0 percentage points. The holiday quarter is typically the company’s strongest, but this year was a standout as the company managed to steal second from Samsung. IDC explains this was possible thanks to steep discounts as well as the fact Alexa is available on Amazon’s latest tablets.

Samsung shipped 1.0 million fewer tablets than in the quarter a year ago and ended up losing 0.8 percentage points. Detachable tablets accounted for a growing number of devices in its portfolio, but those gains were outweighed by the declines among its slate models, according to IDC. Its lower-cost Tab A and E series will be a challenge to replace as vendors promise better value and the market shifts to detachable devices.

Amazon wasn’t the only one who managed to move up in the tablet market. Huawei overtook Lenovo for fourth place (yeah, those are typos in the table above and below). Huawei gained 1.2 percentage points while Lenovo fell 0.4 points as they both still shared about 3 million units each.

For the full year, the same players were in the top five:

This isn’t a huge surprise given that the same tablet trends ran throughout 2017. Namely, the replacement cycle for tablets is still closer to that of traditional PCs than smartphones, and detachable tablets is the only category seeing growth, which is good news for both Apple and Microsoft.

“To date, much of the trajectory of the detachable market has been attributed to Microsoft and Apple pushing their wares in the U.S.,” IDC research analyst Jitesh Ubrani said in a statement. “However, continued success of this category hinges on the willingness of other PC vendors to participate and more importantly, consumers from other countries to adopt the new form factor over convertible PCs.”

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VR runner ‘Sprint Vector’ launches on February 13th

Ever wanted to run in virtual reality without smacking into a real wall? You'll have a chance shortly. Survios has revealed that its VR foot racing game Sprint Vector launches February 13th for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. The sci-fi run…
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The Morning After: Wednesday, December 13th 2017

Good morning! It's the middle of the week and some of us are mortgaging our homes to get into Bitcoin. Meanwhile, SpaceX's recycled spacecrafts get together, Apple's new iMac is coming and we open nominations for the Best of CES 2018. Yep, the Consum…
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Friday 13th ‘Slayaway Camp’ Update Adds More Killers and Levels

Friday the 13th is a day where all your frights come out to play, and if you grew up in the 80s and your frights included secluded camps with all kinds of murderers running around unchecked, then Slayaway Camp [$ 1.99] should be right up your alley. This game has been out for some time now, but it hasn’t stopped growing in all kinds of creepy and gory ways, and its developers couldn’t resist adding more free content for us on a day like today. There are new, free levels that take place in Hell Camp, the most banned movie ever (according to the developers, of course) where the murderer is a Holy Skullface with his “baptized” gorepack. There are also new killers (these are secret though but I’m sure they are fun), new kill animations, and much more.

If you haven’t had the chance to play this game yet, it truly is a great sliding puzzle that’s thematically cohesive and bathed in lovely gore. We really liked it in our review back when it came out, and that was before all the additional content the developers have been sliding in ever since. Today is the perfect day to grab it, so I hope you enjoy Friday the 13th at Slayaway Camp.


LG’s Sprint-exclusive V30+ arrives on October 13th

Assuming the iPhone 8 and 8+ haven't done anything for you, and Google's Pixel successor doesn't blow your hair back, maybe the LG V30+ will do the trick. If you're a Sprint customer who's been patiently waiting, the phone, with its 128GB of internal…
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