Crowd Funded Shenmue III Revealed at E3

I’m absolutely amazed at how well this years E3 is going, we’ve had the reveal that Xbox One is getting backwards compatibility, Final Fantasy VII is getting a remake and now… Shenmue III is happening!

OK There’s a minor technicality on Shenmue III, but one that will have likely been overcome by the time you read this. The game was revealed by Sony during their press conference, stating that the game would be crowd funded. Why crowd funded? The team behind the game wanted the community to have more control over the development, while the team also wanted more freedom to develop the game, something they likely wouldn’t get is Sony, Microsoft, EA, etc, put the funds up for them.

By the end of the 1 hour presentation, the game had already raised over $500,000 and at time of writing, the game is at $1,688,572 of its $2 million target and it is climbing fast, with 31 days still remaining, it’ll smash that target in a big way!

It’s no secret that the Shenmue series has a loyal fan base. I had the original on the Dreamcast and it was absolutely fantastic, a real benchmark for modern RPG gaming. The second entry in the series was great too, finding a welcome home on the original Xbox, but the series quickly trailed off, leaving many fans heartbroken about the unresolved story and trilogy… until now.

Update: The game has now raised $2,333,192 before the end of day 1!

Check out the official Kickstarter page here.

CyberPowerPC Fangbook III HX6 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook Revealed

Eager to take your mobile gaming to the next level? Then you may want to check out the new Fangbook III HX6 15.6″ gaming notebook from CyberPowerPC. It comes equipped with the latest Intel Core i7-4700MQ processors, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860 M4GB  graphics and plenty of upgrade options for those who need even more power.

The processor is incredibly efficient, as it’s capable of dropping down to just 800Mhz when you’re browsing the web or playing Minesweeper, but dials up to 3.4GHz when you really need it.

The Fangbook III comes equipped with a 1080p LED display and a two megapixel HD webcam. It supports mSATA in addition to 2.5″ drives; it also comes equipped with a SATA 6.0Gbps 1TB hard drive as standard. There’s also three shortcut keys that allow you to spin up the cooling fans, adjust the backlighting and to underclock the CPU at the touch of a button.

The Fangbook III HX6 base configuration includes:

  • 15.6″ Full HD (1080P) LED Backlit IPS Panel Display
  • Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M Graphics Card
  • 8GB DDR3 Memory – Expandable to 16GB for Heavy Multi-tasking
  • 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6.0Gbps Hard Drive
  • 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Measurements – 14.9″ x 10.3″ x 1.24″ at 5.9 lbs
  • Starting price is $1100

For more details, check out the official product page.

Thank you CyberPowerPC for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of CyberPowerPC.


Tesla Release a Sporty Model 3

Tesla has recently announced they are planning a BMW Series 3 rival named the model 3.

We had heard rumors that their next release would be called the model E, but  Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk had some issues in the naming process:

“We had the model S for sedan and X for crossover SUV, then a friend asked what we were going to call the third car, so I said we had the model S and X, we might as well have the E.

We were going to call it model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E – I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name.

The new model is going to be called Model III, we’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!” Auto Express

This new design is will be unveiled in 2016 and set to be market-ready by 2017. We’ve also learned that it’s most likely set to be an all-new design – rather than based on Teslas other models, the Model S and Model X. As for the cars technology, that’s a task for ex-Aston Martin employee Chris Porritt.

As for specific information, the model 3 is rumoured to be 20% smaller than the Model S and is said to retail for $35,000 USD, thanks to cheaper battery technology made possible by Teslas Gigafactory. Musk also mentioned that the model 3 will have a realistic range of 200 miles, which is less than its Model S brother at 306 miles.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much more to say about the Model 3 at this stage, we’re going to have to wait until the time is closer Musk told CNET:

“We don’t have any more details to share at this point. Our focus continues to be on Model S and preparing for the introduction of Model X.”

For some images of the beast in question, check them out here.

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