PM Modi Could Use India’s Massive Phone Market to Boost ‘Make in India’

PM Modi Could Use India's Massive Phone Market to Boost 'Make in India'
HIGHLIGHTS
India overtook US to become world’s second-largest smartphone market
More of manufacturing jobs relating to smartphones will be generated
Apple has also been seeking to open its retail stores in the country
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has struggled in his campaign to bring more manufacturing jobs to India. But he now has an alluring incentive for technology companies to build more plants in his country: the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world.

India currently contributes only about 6 percent of the value of phones sold in the country through local manufacturing or assembly, but that contribution could rise to more than 30 percent in the next five years, according to a joint study by Counterpoint Research and India’s leading management school, the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. The government should use the surging domestic demand to draw manufacturers that will make higher-value components, such as batteries, cameras and semiconductors, the study said.

India overtook the US this year to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market by users and is projected to generate a billion smartphone sales in the next five years. Yet the value added through local manufacturing is paltry compared with other countries like China and South Korea, where 70 percent and 50 percent of the work is done domestically, according to the research. Modi, who has made the Make in India program a centerpiece of his economic policy, wants more of those jobs if his country is providing such a lucrative market.

“India can potentially be world leader in mobile phone manufacturing ecosystem and this has to be done in a phased manner,” said Aruna Sundararajan, secretary at India’s ministry of electronics and information technology. She said the government is sending close to 100 design engineers to Taiwan to learn about product design and customer needs.
Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Xiaomi Corp. have been stepping up their efforts in India as growth in the US, China and other markets slows. Apple CEO Tim Cook made his first trip to India in May and his company has been lobbying for the right to set up its own retail stores. Under current rules, companies such as Apple need to procure 30 percent of their components in India if they want to operate their own retail outlets.

The smartphones and feature phones sold in India over the next five years will together require more than $80 billion (roughly Rs. 5,45,002 crores) worth of components, up from the current $11 billion (roughly Rs. 74,937 crores). If the country can move up the value chain from simple assembly to more complex manufacturing, it could take the domestic contribution to 32 percent by 2020, the researchers said.

“The greater amount of localization and investment in R&D encouraged with good government policies will significantly boost the Indian economy and our global brand equity,” said Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer of the government think tank Niti Aayog, in a statement.
India is also encouraging local manufacturing of components by raising import levies on components and devices. Apple is still contemplating India’s retail requirements and has so far not committed to local manufacturing. However, Foxconn Technology Group, its leading manufacturing partner, has been exploring factories in India for Apple, according to local media.

The government’s next set of policy reforms will encourage greater local work to meet smartphone growth numbers, said Ajay Kumar, additional secretary at the ministry of electronics and information technology, in a release at the unveiling of the report. “The final goal is to cut down on the value of imports,” he said.

The country has made progress in attracting more assembly plants. Before the launch of Make in India, the country had only two phone assembly facilities and that number has now increased to about 50 facilities. Eighty percent of those are local companies and 10 percent are each Chinese and Taiwanese. The plants assemble phones for the world’s leading brands including Samsung and Huawei Technologies Co.

Counterpoint estimated that over 180 million mobile phones will be assembled in India in 2016, accounting for 67 percent of the total 267 million sold. This is a rise from 14 percent in 2014.

India is unlikely to challenge China as exporter of phones any time soon however, because the local market is growing so quickly. “Domestic demand in India should be enough to consume products manufactured there,” said Anthea Lai, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence. “India would pose no threat yet.”

© 2016 Bloomberg L.P.

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Facebook’s Aquila Internet-delivery Drone Could Add Billions More Online Customers

Facebook’s Aquila Drone Could Add Billions More Online Customers

Social networking giant Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) last week reported the first successful full-scale test flight of its ambitious Aquila solar-powered high-altitude unmanned aircraft. It’s part of an ambitious goal to bring four billion more  people online — more customers, freelancers and maybe even partners for your business.

“After two years of engineering, I’m proud to announce the successful first flight of Aquila — the solar-powered plane we designed to beam internet to remote parts of the world,” wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on Thursday.

The maiden flight took place before dawn in Yuma, Arizona, on June 28.

Aquila Drone Beams High Speed Internet from the Sky

Facebook’s original mission was to fly Aquila for 30 minutes, but everything went so well that the company decided to keep the plane up for nearly 96 minutes.

It was a significant milestone and step forward in Facebook’s quest to use drones to beam high speed internet from the sky to the nearly four billion people (60 percent of the global population) without internet access, 1.6 billion of whom live in remote locations with no access to mobile broadband networks.

“Over the next year we’re going to keep testing Aquila — flying higher and longer, and adding more planes and payloads. It’s all part of our mission to connect the world and help more of the four billion people who are not online access all the opportunities of the internet,” Zuckerberg said.

“When complete, Aquila will be able to circle a region up to 96 km in diameter, beaming connectivity down from an altitude of more than 60,000 feet using laser communications and millimeter wave systems,” added Jay Parikh, Global Head of Engineering and Infrastructure at Facebook.

“Our goal is to have a fleet of Aquilas flying together at 60,000 feet, communicating with each other with lasers and staying aloft for months at a time — something that’s never been done before,” continued Zuckerberg.

4 Billion More People Could Soon Come Online

It’s worth reiterating that Zuckerberg and his company’s Connectivity Lab, the group working on the state-of-the-art internet-delivery drone, intend to bring four billion more people online via the Aquila project. That’s four billion more potential online customers, freelancers and maybe even partners!

The opportunities of the internet are endless, especially with more people online. From expanding the customer base for online businesses to enabling creation of new services and new revenue streams on top of traditional ones and increasing global visibility for brands, an increasingly connected world cod be good for many.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), another internet giant and major Facebook rival, is also working on a similar project, pushing its Project Loon, which would use high-altitude balloons to distribute connectivity and bring people in remote parts of the world online. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, too, aspires to use satellites to cover the globe with internet connectivity.

Of course, both Facebook and Google have plans of their own on how they would tap this new pool of internet users. Their business models depend on overseas growth and they are determined to reach every single person on the planet. But, savvy entrepreneurs and small businesses also stand to benefit if the high speed internet connectivity projects are successful in bringing more people online.

Moreover, the race to bring affordable internet to hundreds of millions of people in more sparsely populated and hard-to-reach stretches of the globe could also usher in an important new era of rigorous experimentation and innovation not just from technology giants like Facebook and Google, but also from enterprising start-ups touting the next big thing.

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Futuristic WiFi Technologies Could Benefit Small Businesses

wifi available

Small businesses these days are getting up to the speed. Many of them have been forcing their large counterparts to acknowledge their potential. It’s not surprising therefore that a handsome number of small businesses are getting acquired by large businesses.

One reason behind the emergence of small businesses is the presence of Web tools and technologies that have been functioning as their leverage. Even though the list of such technologies doesn’t include WiFi, a small business can think of investing in it.

The business prospects of WiFi have not yet been fully discovered. That’s perhaps the reason small businesses mistakenly assume launching a WiFi business means becoming a connection provider. That’s not true because there are many other WiFi business models that are quite viable, and a small business could give them a thought. We’ll discuss those futuristic WiFi business models here.

WiFi-Enabled Appliances

The use of WiFi is no longer restricted to Internet connectivity. Nowadays, WiFi appliances are in the pipeline to enter into our homes, not in the form of Smartphones and other gadgets, but as coffee machines, washing machines and dryers. Such technologies have already started to put in appearances. In early 2013, Qualcomm introduced a coffee machine prototype. The machine lets anyone order a cup of coffee with a Tablet. As soon as the coffee is ready, the coffeemaker is notified.

Samsung introduced a WiFi enabled washing machine in 2013 that runs on a Mobile application. The machine is called Samsung WF457 and it offers customized cleaning solutions.

It’s intelligent enough to discriminate between different types of fabrics and different stains. The best part is the machine could be activated by simply installing an app on your mobile and reconfiguring the washer and dryer settings.

Samsung doesn’t qualify as a small business and neither does Qualcomm. So, you might wonder what bearing the doings of these tech giants have on small businesses. Here’s the answer: when these futuristic technologies become commonplace in the industry, their production, distribution and other costs related to marketing will shrink.

That day, small businesses will find opportunities galore.

My hunch is the day is not far ahead, and so small businesses that aim at prospering in the electronic appliance niche should start preparing themselves now.

WiFi for Pet Tracking

WiFi has added a new dimension to pet tracking. Americans love their pets. There are nearly 170 million pets in the United States. Their health and well-being concern their owners, but not as much as the possibility that they may get lost and never return. Pet owners think of ways to prevent this from happening.

Most pet trackers are equipped with GPS technology, which locates a pet in case it is lost. WiFi-enabled trackers, on the other hand, almost nullify the odds of the pet getting lost.

Location aside, WiFi pet trackers can also be used to track the activities of a pet. But before we go into that, let us first describe how the WiFi pet trackers prevent the pet from getting lost.

Pet trackers create a perimeter and, the moment the pet steps outside of it, sends alerts to its owner. As for tracking the pet’s activities, the collars store all the activity details and, through smartphone apps, the owners can have all the information synced for easy access. The WiFi pet-tracking market is flourishing and small businesses can enter into it to squeeze the opportunities.

A small business can offer its WiFi hotspot to pet owners on a paid basis. It can even work on the pet tracking hardware and develop mobile apps that run those hardware.

WiFi-Enabled Clothes

Don’t get startled. At the 2014 SA Style Awards, a WiFi-enabled dress was showcased. The fascinating thing about the dress is it changes colors on its own, depending on the geographic location where it is being worn. The dress was designed by MWEB, the second largest Internet service provider in South Africa.

Apart from fashion, the dress also functions as a WiFi hotspot, which means when (and if) the market becomes ripe for such dresses, then a user won’t need any WiFi hotspot to connect to the Web as she’d be able to use her own clothes for connectivity.

The technologies used to develop a WiFi-enabled dress are not open to all at this moment, which means small businesses can’t aim at the wholesale production of those dresses.

But in the future, they will be able to. If they ready themselves now, then they’ll have the first mover advantage, which is quite an edge in a competitive scenario such as this.

In a nutshell, WiFi offers a range of opportunities and if small businesses can’t keep their vigilante eyes open, then they’ll surely miss out on them.


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Nokia Device Could Be Largest Windows Phablet

new nokia tablet phablet

The phablet, a hybrid between the smartphone and tablet, seems to be coming of age. And a soon to be introduced model from Nokia may be the largest Windows device of its kind.

For budget conscious small business owners and entrepreneurs on the go, the phablet offers phone capabilities and a larger screen size closer to a tablet without the cost of owning two devices.

New Nokia Features 6-inch Screen

Leaked images (shown above) of the new Nokia 1520 via @EvLeaks show a device sources say features a 6-inch full 1080p HD display.

The new Nokia device may also feature a 20 megapixel front camera and a polycarbonite body, CNET reports. Though the photo shows a yellow device, there is no confirmed information on the color selections available.

October Announcement Anticipated

An expected announcement of the new Nokia 1520 in late September has been put off at least until October, Reuters reports. Some sources believe the device will be unveiled at the recently announced Nokia Innovation Reinvented event scheduled for Oct. 22

That delay may be due to announcement of Microsoft’s plans to acquire Nokia for $7.2 billion earlier this month.

Once announced, the new Nokia 1520 will join the ranks of phablets already on the market like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. However, depending on the price, yet to be announced, the device may have an edge over competitors with small business owners seeking another Windows device for their already Windows-based office environments.

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Want to Be Kind of a Big Deal? These Social Media Tactics Could Move the Needle

Want to Be Some Kind of Big Deal? Consider These Social Media Advertising Examples

Perception is everything. In the business world, people are naturally attracted to the biggest names, whether you call them influencers, experts, or [insert industry here] rock stars.

But what if you aren’t a big name yet? What if you’re just starting out and looking to make a name for yourself? How can you get on the radar of people you want to do business with in the future?

Social media advertising makes it super easy to appear superbad. You can bias the way people think about you and make yourself (or your company) appear bigger than you are.

Here are six crazy ideas that will help you look like a really big deal using social media ads.

Social Media Advertising Examples

1. Target Ads at Specific Company Employees

Is there a company you want to partner with? Before you even get to that first meeting, you want to make sure some important people who work there have heard of you.

How do you accomplish this? Start bombarding employees who work at that company with Facebook Ads.

Social Media Advertising Examples - Target Ads at Specific Company Employees

Because Facebook Ads have super specific targeting, all you have to do is target people who work at the company with certain job titles. You don’t want to target every employee at a company, especially really large ones. You just need to make sure the right people see your ads (e.g., people with “marketing” job titles).

The goal of these Facebook ads is simply to build brand awareness for you and/or your company. You’ll want to start this process about 90 days ahead of time.

You’ll know if you’ve achieved your goal when you finally talk to them and you hear the magical words: “I’ve heard of you guys.”

2. Promote Your Guest Posts

One way to gain some exposure with a new audience is to do a guest post for a large, established industry publication. When you finally get this opportunity, you need to make the most of it.

Spend no more than $50 for a promoted post on Facebook and a promoted tweet on Twitter. Send some targeted traffic to your inaugural guest post.

Social Media Advertising Examples - Promote Your Guest Posts

Why spend money promoting your guest post and driving traffic to someone else’s website? Because the editors will notice how your article performed. If your first post goes nowhere, you might not get a second chance.

So amplify your post to help it become a unicorn! Help juice the numbers so the odds are in your favor. You want the editors to be thinking, “Holy crap, this guy’s post got thousands of views, we need to do more with him!”

Social Media Advertising Examples - Promote Your Guest Posts

Most publishers live and die by page views. Unless they’re crazy, the editors will try to lock you up and make you a regular contributor in the hopes you’ll keep sending them thousands of page views every month.

3. Do an Engagement Campaign

Want to really make someone take notice of you on social media and appear more influential than you are? Tag someone in a Facebook post or tweet and then pay to promote it.

For example, let’s say you’re trying to get the attention of an editor at a publication where you want to become a contributor. You could tweet: “Great post by [insert Twitter handle here]” also making sure to include the headline and link to the story.

That might catch their attention when they get the notification from Twitter – for a couple seconds. But once you start promoting it, you’ll REALLY grab that person’s attention as it starts getting retweeted and liked hundreds or maybe even thousands of times.

“Wow, this guy is kind of a big deal,” they’ll think. They’ll want to work with you. And you’ll be like:

Social Media Advertising Examples - Do an Engagement Campaign

4. Spike Your Medium Posts

Are you publishing on Medium yet? You should be. It’s a great way to grow your audience and expose your best content to more people.

To get really big on Medium, you need recommendations. If you can get 200 people to click on the Medium heart on your post within 24 hours, it’s extremely likely that your story will be one of the top posts for the day and featured prominently, both on Medium and in the Medium Daily Digest they send out to users via email.

Social Media Advertising Examples - Spike Your Medium Posts

How do you get that many hearts in 24 hours? By spending no more than $50 on social media ads.

Facebook and Twitter ads that are targeted to people who have a Medium account will help send some great traffic to your posts. Hopefully this will be enough of a catalyst to turn your post into a unicorn that gets lots of hearts and reads.

5. Get on the Front Page of Reddit

Of all the ideas in this post, getting on the front page of Reddit is the most difficult. But when you do manage to get there, you’ll get tons of traffic.

Basically, if you do nothing proactive, the odds that a redditor will discover and submit your post are about 1 in a-very-large-number-with-a-lot-of-zeroes-on-the-end. Also it’s not easy to identify redditors on other social media sites because they have random aliases.

What you can do is try to get on the radar of Reddit power users. Results aren’t guaranteed, but here’s how you do it.

Let’s say you work for a company that sells home and gardening products. You’ll want to create social media ads that target people who are interested in the home and gardening category and Reddit.

Chances are good that someone who is authoritative on Reddit will follow Reddit on other social platforms. They’re always looking around for interesting things to submit.

Although it may seem like you’re still sort of blindly hoping a high-profile redditor will submit your post, this technique has actually been surprisingly successful. Basically this will narrow your odds from 1 in a gazillion to something more like 1 in 10.

Before trying this out, my posts had never made it to the front page of Reddit. Since using this tactic, I’ve managed to successfully get to the front page about 10 percent of the time.

Social Media Advertising Examples - Get On the Front Page of Reddit

6. Become a Trending Story on LinkedIn Pulse

The biggest factors in the LinkedIn Pulse algorithm are traffic and engagement. Pulse will highlight posts have gotten the most views, likes, shares, and comments in the past few minutes.

There are two things you can do to help your LinkedIn posts start trending.

Become Associated With A Channel

LinkedIn Pulse has more than 100 channels for topics including entrepreneurship, leadership and management, productivity, and marketing and advertising. No matter what you write about, you’ll find a channel that’s right for you.

If you want to help your LinkedIn article become a unicorn, more people need to see it and engage with it. Your personal network is limited, but some of these channels have millions or hundreds of thousands of followers.

So in addition to doing some basic optimization as you write (using the right keywords to help Pulse as it analyzes and categorizes your article), you’ll want to tweet to @LinkedinPulse and ask them to feature your post in a specific channel.

Use Social Media Ads

Being featured on a Pulse channel isn’t enough to start trending. You also need a catalyst to drive lots of traffic and engagement to your post.

This is where Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn promoted posts come in. You can use these ads to quickly drive lots of traffic to your LinkedIn article.

Social Media Advertising Examples

Again, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on these ads. You can even target your ads so they only show in countries you normally don’t care about to make it even cheaper – all LinkedIn cares about is traffic, not where that traffic is coming from.

You just need to spend a few bucks until the ads provide enough of a surge to push your post to the top. Once your post starts trending, it will be self-sustaining as people visit the channel and read the day’s top stories. Yours!

TL;DR

If you’re lacking in influence or name recognition and want to appear bigger than you currently are, try out these ad ideas. For a small investment, social media ads will help you get noticed and viewed as a serious force in your industry so you can grow your audience, influence, and business.

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Verizon Eyes Automotive Technology Market, Could Spur Other Deals

Verizon Eyes Automotive Technology Market, Could Spur Other Deals

Verizon Communications Inc’s recent purchases of two vehicle tracking firms could spark more deals as the No. 1 wireless provider and rival AT&T see fleet management as a source of growth, analysts said.

Faced with a saturated wireless market, several telecom companies are looking beyond their main phone business for ways to extract more value from existing networks. Just last month, Verizon bought Yahoo for $4.8 billion, diving into digital media and advertising.

But Verizon also recently acquired privately held connected-vehicle technology firm Telogis for an undisclosed sum and said it would buy GPS vehicle tracking company Fleetmatics Group Plc for $2.4 billion (roughly Rs. 16,012 crores).

Telecom providers are moving towards acquiring “eyeballs or a fleet of people” that can use applications built on top of the wireless network, said Richard McBee, chief executive officer of Canadian communications technology company Mitel Networks Corp .

The fleet and mobile workforce management business connects fleet vehicles to the wireless network and collects data, like driver behaviour, to manage vehicles and workers. The business delivers a source of recurring subscription-based revenue from clients such as large logistics companies and local delivery services.

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After buying Fleetmatics and Telogis, Verizon could be on the lookout for a security or software technology firm to pair with its data-heavy automotive technology business, Susan Beardslee, analyst at ABI Research, said. Potential targets could be Israel-based cyber security firm Argus and software management company Movimento, she added.

Rival AT&T has its own fleet management business and could look into buying fleet tracking firms such as Teletrac Navman, Omnitracs, Geotab and Zonar, analysts said.

Verizon, Argus, Movimento, AT&T, Omnitracs and Zonar Systems declined to comment. Teletrac Navman and Geotab could not be immediately reached for comment.

While Verzion’s second-quarter revenue of $31 billion dwarfs that of Telogis and Fleetmatics, both firms are expected to grow quickly. Fleetmatics reported $285 million in sales last year and is seen growing at an annual revenue rate of 15 percent to 20 percent.

Fleet management businesses may also get a boost from a recent federal regulation that mandates that companies digitally record driver work hours with electronic devices, analysts said.

“It will be interesting to see how they leverage up here in coming years,” said Angelo Zino, an analyst at S&P Capital IQ. “But I wouldn’t expect (Fleetmatics) to be the last of their deals.”

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Facebook’s Aquila Internet-delivery Drone Could Add Billions More Online Customers

Facebook’s Aquila Drone Could Add Billions More Online Customers

Social networking giant Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) last week reported the first successful full-scale test flight of its ambitious Aquila solar-powered high-altitude unmanned aircraft. It’s part of an ambitious goal to bring four billion more  people online — more customers, freelancers and maybe even partners for your business.

“After two years of engineering, I’m proud to announce the successful first flight of Aquila — the solar-powered plane we designed to beam internet to remote parts of the world,” wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on Thursday.

The maiden flight took place before dawn in Yuma, Arizona, on June 28.

Aquila Drone Beams High Speed Internet from the Sky

Facebook’s original mission was to fly Aquila for 30 minutes, but everything went so well that the company decided to keep the plane up for nearly 96 minutes.

It was a significant milestone and step forward in Facebook’s quest to use drones to beam high speed internet from the sky to the nearly four billion people (60 percent of the global population) without internet access, 1.6 billion of whom live in remote locations with no access to mobile broadband networks.

“Over the next year we’re going to keep testing Aquila — flying higher and longer, and adding more planes and payloads. It’s all part of our mission to connect the world and help more of the four billion people who are not online access all the opportunities of the internet,” Zuckerberg said.

“When complete, Aquila will be able to circle a region up to 96 km in diameter, beaming connectivity down from an altitude of more than 60,000 feet using laser communications and millimeter wave systems,” added Jay Parikh, Global Head of Engineering and Infrastructure at Facebook.

“Our goal is to have a fleet of Aquilas flying together at 60,000 feet, communicating with each other with lasers and staying aloft for months at a time — something that’s never been done before,” continued Zuckerberg.

4 Billion More People Could Soon Come Online

It’s worth reiterating that Zuckerberg and his company’s Connectivity Lab, the group working on the state-of-the-art internet-delivery drone, intend to bring four billion more people online via the Aquila project. That’s four billion more potential online customers, freelancers and maybe even partners!

The opportunities of the internet are endless, especially with more people online. From expanding the customer base for online businesses to enabling creation of new services and new revenue streams on top of traditional ones and increasing global visibility for brands, an increasingly connected world cod be good for many.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), another internet giant and major Facebook rival, is also working on a similar project, pushing its Project Loon, which would use high-altitude balloons to distribute connectivity and bring people in remote parts of the world online. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, too, aspires to use satellites to cover the globe with internet connectivity.

Of course, both Facebook and Google have plans of their own on how they would tap this new pool of internet users. Their business models depend on overseas growth and they are determined to reach every single person on the planet. But, savvy entrepreneurs and small businesses also stand to benefit if the high speed internet connectivity projects are successful in bringing more people online.

Moreover, the race to bring affordable internet to hundreds of millions of people in more sparsely populated and hard-to-reach stretches of the globe could also usher in an important new era of rigorous experimentation and innovation not just from technology giants like Facebook and Google, but also from enterprising start-ups touting the next big thing.

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Quake Champions Could Be Free-to-Play: Report

Quake Champions Could Be Free-to-Play: Report

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Quake Champions could release in 2017.
  • Like Doom, there will be no loadouts.
  • Developer id software is considering a free-to-play model.

While Quake Champions was just announced at E3 2016, it seems that a fair bit of information about the game has been trickling out. With developer id explaining why the latest entry in the hallowed first-person shooter franchise is exclusive to PC, German website Game Star’s interview with Creative Director Tim Willits throws light on what you can expect from the game thanks to a translation via the ESReality.com forums.

The most telling change is the possibility of the game being free-to-play. id isn’t sure. The developer is testing multiple business models. But one thing is clear: it wants the biggest possible player base. Other points of interest such as modes, release window, and weapons are as follows:

(Also see: Bethesda at E3 2016: Dishonored 2, Quake Champions, Skyrim HD, and More)

• id Software is targeting a 2017 release.

• Quake Champions will have deathmatch and team deathmatch. It’s also working on a team based mode for e-sports.

• id thinks that 5v5 is the optimal player number for a team-based mode.

• Every champion will have a passive ability that affects its movement and every champion will have an active special ability. For example the hero Ranger from the teaser can throw a “Dire Orb” and can teleport to its location, so telefrags (killing an opponent by teleporting to its very location) are possible.

• The champions don’t have a special weapons. Also, there is no loadout like in Doom. Instead are all weapons and Items on the map as pickups.

• Rocket launcher, railgun and lighting gun are in Quake Champions (no surprise there).

• A “classic” mode without Champions is not planned. But it is possible.

• In Quake Champions there will be matchmaking, a ranking system and seasons.

• Quake Champions will focus on e-sports. This include special game modes, a spectator mode and tournaments organised and sponsored by id and the game’s publisher, Bethesda.

In a post-Overwatch world it will be interesting to see what business model id and Bethesda zero in on. Considering that there’s a goal to see it being played by the widest possible audience, we won’t be surprised to see it sporting a free-to-play model.

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PS4 Loses Ustream Support, Could Be Replaced by Hitbox

PS4 Loses Ustream Support, Could Be Replaced by Hitbox

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sony will stop supporting Ustream for the PS4 from August 1.
  • PS4, PS Vita, and the PS App will be impacted.
  • Another streaming service, Hitbox, may take its place.

Sony has announced it will stop supporting Ustream. The video streaming service will no longer be an option for PS4, PS Vita, and PS App users to view or broadcast gameplay. Sony’s support page carried the following statement:

“On August 1, 2016, Sony Interactive Entertainment will terminate the following Ustream features available on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) system and Live from PlayStation:

  • Broadcasting gameplay to Ustream.
  • Viewing Ustream broadcasts from “Live from PlayStation” on the PS4 system, PlayStation App (PS App) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita). Players can broadcast gameplay via YouTube, Twitch and Dailymotion and enjoy viewing these broadcasts via Live from PlayStation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your understanding.”

When the PS4 launched back in 2013, Twitch and Ustream headlined the console’s video broadcasting capabilities. Since then we’ve seen the likes of YouTube being forced to take gaming seriously as well.

For most of the hardcore PS4 community, Ustream was home to some of the more bizarre content on the PS4. From streams that had broadcasters dressed up as Batman eating a banana to others building chairs, it was one of the stranger sections of the PS4 experience.

Nonetheless, this should come as no surprise considering that Ustream has been purchased by IBM and is focussing on the enterprise audience instead of end-users.

Furthermore, it appears that e-sportscentric streaming platform Hitbox might take its place.

According to German website Playstation Experience, citing employees at the video game streaming service, there are plans to bring it to the PS4 although no date has been finalised.

Does Ustream’s exit from the PS4 make a difference to your viewing and broadcasting habits on the platform? Let us know in the comments.

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useless rising 4 could Come to the PS4: file

Dead Rising 4 Could Come to the PS4: Report

HIGHLIGHTS
dead growing four turned into many of the games introduced by means of Microsoft at E3.
it is slated for home windows 10 and Xbox One.
however it might make it to the PS4 and Steam in a yr after release.
one of the many non-surprises of Microsoft’s E3 2016 convention turned into useless rising 4. The franchise pits you towards hordes of zombies that you can kill in unique approaches has long beenrelated to the Xbox logo. this could trade with lifeless growing four.

in keeping with a consultant of Capcom Vancouver the sport is a timed specific.

“Capcom Vancouver is growing, MS is pubilishing. 1 yr extraordinary with MS. barely exclusive deal than DR3 [Dead Rising 3],” in step with a NeoGAF person Shogmaster who claimed to have spoken to the aforementioned Capcom Vancouver representative at E3 2016.

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similarly to this, the consumer changed into instructed that the video games has extra zombies ondisplay than lifeless growing three, and has greater kinds of them. moreover, the game makes use ofan progressed model of the engine seen in lifeless growing three with improvement beginning 8months after useless growing 3.

this could mean that the sport is coming to the PS4 or possibly Steam. in the mean time it is specific tohome windows 10 and Xbox One.

in the meantime, hardcore Xbox fanatics are livid, tweeting at Xbox boss Phil Spencer to vent their ire.

“Phil all of us is pronouncing useless growing four is a timed exclusive and its coming to PS4 if that isproper im (sic) upset,” stated one fan.

In reaction to several queries at the same, Capcom Vancouver hinted at timed exclusivity.

you’ll be able to play it first on Xbox One and windows 10,” the developer tweeted.

till we pay attention something from Capcom Vancouver’s discern agency – Capcom itself or Microsoftformally it’s possibly that this is virtually a rumour at this stage. Having stated that, with upward thrustof the Tomb Raider hitting Steam after a few months of Xbox One exclusivity and set to hit the PS4 a yr later, we won’t be amazed if that is actual.

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