Sega's "Shenmue III" video game recently made it to the headlines. The game, which took to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to funding for its development, broke the world record for the fastest video game to raise $1 million dollars through a crowdfunding campaign. "Shenmue III" reached $1 million dollars in a record 1 hour and 42 minutes after the campaign was launched during Sony's E3 press conference.
"Shenmue III," according to its Kickstarter page, aimed to raise to $2 million dollars for the game's development. The game is the third installment of the "Shenmue" video game series of Sega, which is an open-world action-adventure video game. The first game of the series was first published in 1999 for Dreamcast only, and the second game was published in 2001 for Dreamcast and Xbox. The game was in fact considered one of the most expensive video games during its time. The game, according to its creator Yu Suzuki is 16 chapters long and because of its expensive production cost, remains unfinished.
It follows the epic adventure of 18-year old Ryo Hazuki, whose father was murdered by a man named Lan Di. He seeks to "unlock the mysteries of a legendary stone mirror" while avenging his father's death. more >>
Sony has remained mum about whether it will come out with a compact version of its latest flagship phone, the Xperia Z4. However, speculations have been raised about the company preparing to release their compact version of the latest phone in time for their usual announcement during fall.
The report cites not one but two benchmarking sites that reportedly featured a Sony phone with model number E5663, which may just be the next generation of its last compact phone, the Xperia Z3. Benchmarking sites GeekBench and GFXBench.
Both sites outlined the specs for the new phone, which is reported to have the 4.6-inch screen size that is usually associated with Sony's compact phones. The display quality of the new phone which is 1080p is definitely better than that of the Z3 Compact, which was only at 720p. If the reports are true, this new phone thought to be the Xperia Z4 Company will be the first small-screen phone that will have a 1080p display. more >>
Barely a month after the game's release for next-generation consoles, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, "The Elder Scrolls Online" received a huge patch recently, according to reports.
Patch v01.04 for the PlayStation 4 is pegged at a huge file size of 15.9 GB. According to the game's developer, this particular patch also includes patch v01.01 to patch v01.03. The patch's huge size is however causing some problems with downloads and the developer has already apologized and promised that the next patches will not be cumulative for easier downloads. This particular patch is said to address over-all game performance and fixes common in-game crashes.
The fixes for the PlayStation 4 include "game crashes while on a mount," Tech Times reported. It also allows game input to remain enabled "while pulling up the PSN overlays." It also addresses the bypassing of the Realm Select screen, which earlier resulted in going directly to the Character Select screen. more >>
DreamWorks Studios recently acquired the film rights of Michael Crichton's last novel "Micro," according to reports.
The novel was published in 2011, a few years after Crichton's death. It was actually unfinished when he died in 2008, but another author Richard Preston was commissioned by Crichton's publisher to finish the book. The novel went on to become a New York Times bestseller, spending 20 weeks on the list for hardcover and paperback.
DreamWorks, particularly Steven Spielberg, expressed excitement over the development of the movie adaptation of the novel. Spielberg said, "We are pleased to have this opportunity to develop "Micro." For Michael, size did matter, whether it was for "Jurassic's' huge dinosaurs or 'Micro's' infinitely tiny humans." more >>
After launching a so-so flagship in the Xperia Z4 more than a month ago, the Japanese manufacturer has also announced another version of its previous flagship.
Dubbed as the Sony Xperia Z3+, the device packs some upgraded specs, but still does not pack a QHD or 2K (2560 x 1440) resolution that almost every other flagship handset has today.
According to a recent report by GSM Arena, Sony has launched the device in India in hope of competing well with other high-end devices that are currently in the Asian country's market. more >>
In recent reports, HTC is having difficulty penetrating the Chinese market due to the various Android phone makers that are releasing cheaper but similar quality handsets.
And so the Taiwanese manufacturer is looking toward India, the world's second largest smartphone market.
According to a report by GSM Arena, the company has just announced a brand new upper midranger device. Dubbed as the HTC Desire 826 Dual SIM, the smartphone will boast the Desire design, but will have slightly higher specs. more >>