Verizon expects strong iPhone X demand this holiday season – BGR

The iPhone X sure is expensive, but that doesn’t mean that Apple won’t sell millions upon millions of units this year. Most reports say that Apple may meet its production goals for 2017 after all, although it’ll struggle to meet consumer demand well into 2018.

Verizon also said it expects strong iPhone X sales this quarter while confirming that iPhone 8 sales were not on par with what you’d expect from a new iPhone.

Verizon on Thursday said that only 5.5% of its customers upgraded their phones in the third quarter when the iPhone 8 was launched, down from 6.3% last year. However, the carrier is confident that the upgrade rate would improve this quarter, thanks to the iPhone X and Pixel 2, with special emphasis on the iPhone X.

“I think what you’re seeing there is a difference in timing with some of the new devices coming out versus what we’ve historically seen,” Verizon CFO Matt said on an earnings call with analysts, per Fortune.

“Obviously Apple is part of that with splitting the new devices between the 8, which came out in 3Q and the [iPhone] ten, which comes out in 4Q. But also on the Android OS side of the house, we’ve had the new Google device coming out this month as well.”

Yes, he called it “ten.”

“As we get into the holiday season, some of those new devices come out, we think we’ll see strong demand,” Ellis added, focusing on the price of the new iPhone X. “And look if you’re paying $1,000 for a new handset you’re going to want that to be on a good network, so we’re very confident that we’ll get more than our fair share of that activity when it comes through in the fourth quarter.”

In spite of lower iPhone 8 sales, Verizon beat expectations for the third quarter, reporting $31.7 billion in revenues, up 3%. The carrier added 274,000 postpaid subscribers during the period, 60% more than analysts expected.

Analysts expect carriers to fiercely fight for the iPhone X this quarter, which could drive that $1,000 price down significantly.

Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, Pokemon among most anticipated video games this holiday season

This year’s entry to the “Simply call of Obligation” armed service action franchise is the most expected video clip game in the run up to Holiday getaway 2017, according to analytics agency Nielsen, with Nintendo’s “Pokemon Extremely Moon” and “Tremendous Mario Odyssey,” as well as the “Assassin’s Creed” comeback among the many others also monitoring highly.

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Established in Globe War II soon after final year’s futuristic sci-fi tour, “Simply call of Obligation: WWII” is returning to territory more conveniently affiliated with the franchise’s 14-year-old roots.

With a 99 percent in general anticipation degree as calculated by the Nielsen Activity Rank, “Simply call of Obligation: WWII” is the most expected Holiday getaway game accessible on more than 1 variety of console or pc, releasing as it does on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Home windows Laptop from November 3.

That puts it a nose forward of Historic Egyptian action title “Assassin’s Creed Origins” (95 percent), motion picture tie-in “Star Wars: Battlefront II” (90%), and sports activities wrestling iteration “WWE 2K18” (80 percent).

All 4 release on the similar a few platforms amongst Oct 1 and December 31.

Also specified honorable mentions were being action experience “Middle-earth: Shadow of War,” racing game “Want for Speed: Payback,” shooter “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus,” suspense thriller “The Evil Inside of 2,” darkly comedian experience “South Park: The Fractured But Total” and rhythm title “Just Dance 2018.”

The Xbox One’s “Forza Motorsport 7” and the PlayStation 4’s “Gran Turismo Sport” were being calculated with an equivalent 85 percent rating, although a 96 percent label was applied to the Nintendo Switch’s vibrant “Tremendous Mario Odyssey.”

On Nintendo’s more mature 3DS line of handheld methods, “Pokemon Extremely Moon” (99 percent,) “Pokemon Extremely Sunshine” (97 percent) “Mario & Luigi: Celebrity Saga + Bowser’s Minions” (96 percent,) and “Mario Get together: The Top rated 100” (93 percent) all rated incredibly highly.

“Age of Empires: Definitive Version” was the major exclusive on Home windows Laptop, with digital actuality remakes of “Fallout 4” and “L.A. Noire” subsequent up at 79 percent and 75 percent respectively.

Call Of Duty WW2, Pokémon Ultra Sun & Moon top among Holiday 2017 games – Games

This year’s entry to the Contact Of Duty navy motion franchise is the most predicted video clip game in the run up to Holiday 2017, in accordance to analytics agency Nielsen, with Nintendo’s Pokémon Ultra Moon and Tremendous Mario Odyssey, moreover the Assassin’s Creed comeback among the other people also tracking extremely.

Set in Globe War II just after very last year’s futuristic sci-fi tour, Contact Of Duty: WWII is returning to territory more easily related with the franchise’s 14-calendar year-previous roots.

With a 99% all round anticipation stage as calculated by the Nielsen Game Rank, Contact Of Duty: WWII is the most predicted Holiday game readily available on more than just one style of console or computer system, releasing as it does on PlayStation 4, Xbox One particular and Windows Pc from Nov 3.

That places it a nose forward of Historical Egyptian motion title Assassin’s Creed Origins (95%), film tie-in Star Wars: Battlefront II (90%), and sports wrestling iteration WWE 2K18 (80%).

All 4 launch on the same a few platforms concerning Oct 1 and Dec 31.

Also provided honorable mentions ended up motion experience Middle-earth: Shadow Of War, racing game Have to have For Pace: Payback, shooter Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, suspense thriller The Evil Within 2, darkly comic experience South Park: The Fractured But Entire and rhythm title Just Dance 2018.

The Xbox One’s Forza Motorsport 7 and the PlayStation 4’s Gran Turismo Sport were calculated with an equal 85% ranking, whilst a 96% label was utilized to the Nintendo Switch’s vibrant Tremendous Mario Odyssey.

On Nintendo’s older 3DS line of handheld devices, Pokémon Ultra Moon (99%), Pokémon Ultra Sun (97%), Mario & Luigi: Celebrity Saga + Bowser’s Minions (96%), and Mario Party: The Major 100 (93%) all rated very extremely.

Age Of Empires: Definitive Version was the best distinctive on Windows Pc, with digital truth remakes of Fallout 4 and L.A. Noire next up at 79% and 75% respectively. — AFP Relaxnews

‘Call of Duty WW2’, ‘Pokémon Ultra Sun & Moon’ top among holiday 2017 games — report

Impression: Activision by way of AFP Relaxnews

This year’s entry to the “Call of Duty” military motion franchise is the most anticipated online video match in the run up to Holiday break 2017, in accordance to analytics agency Nielsen, with Nintendo’s “Pokémon Ultra Moon” and “Super Mario Odyssey”, as well as the “Assassin’s Creed” comeback among the other people also monitoring extremely.

Established in World War II just after last year’s futuristic sci-fi excursion, “Call of Responsibility: WWII” is returning to territory a lot more conveniently connected with the franchise’s 14-year-previous roots.

With a 99 % total anticipation level as calculated by the Nielsen Video game Rank, “Call of Responsibility: WWII” is the most anticipated Holiday break match available on a lot more than just one style of console or laptop, releasing as it does on PlayStation 4, Xbox One particular and Home windows Computer system from November 3.

That places it a nose forward of Ancient Egyptian motion title “Assassin’s Creed Origins” (95 %), movie tie-in “Star Wars: Battlefront II” (90 %), and athletics wrestling iteration “WWE 2K18” (80 %).

All four will be introduced on the similar three platforms between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.

Also offered honorable mentions ended up motion adventure “Middle-earth: Shadow of War”, racing match “Need for Speed: Payback”, shooter “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus”, suspense thriller “The Evil Within just 2”, darkly comedian adventure “South Park: The Fractured But Whole” and rhythm title “Just Dance 2018”.

The Xbox One’s “Forza Motorsport 7” and the PlayStation 4’s “Gran Turismo Sport” ended up calculated with an equivalent 85 % rating, whilst a 96 % label was applied to the Nintendo Switch’s vibrant “Super Mario Odyssey”.

On Nintendo’s more mature 3DS line of handheld methods, “Pokémon Ultra Moon” (99 %), “Pokémon Ultra Sun” (97 %), “Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions” (96 %) and “Mario Celebration: The Major 100” (93 %) all rated really extremely.

“Age of Empires: Definitive Edition” was the top rated exclusive on Home windows Computer system, with digital reality remakes of “Fallout 4” and “L.A. Noire” following up at 79 % and 75 %, respectively. JB

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Call Of Duty: WW2, Nintendo Games Are Most Anticipated This Holiday, Reports Nielsen

(Very last Up to date On: October 9, 2017)

Nielsen Media’s most up-to-date report handles the most hotly predicted game titles for the holiday break time of 2017. This spans the significant gaming platforms, which consists of the Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo Change, the Xbox A person, Computer system, and the PlayStation 4.

The report is obtainable for viewing about on the official Nielsen internet site. The survey was taken from throughout the U.S., and concerned 6,000 gamers, where they were being questioned how a lot they were being enthusiastic for a record of unique leading tier game titles because of out this slide.

It was exposed that the leading two most predicted game titles of the time are Call of Duty: WW2 and Pokemon Ultra Moon at 99% anticipation from the gaming viewers. These two game titles are followed by Pokemon Ultra Sun at 97% anticipation, with the two Super Mario Odyssey and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions at 96% anticipation.

It is appealing that Nintendo dominated 4 out of the leading 5 most predicted game titles for this holiday break time, with the only multiplatform title becoming Call of Duty: WW2.

From there the record devolves into lessen tier game titles these types of as Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which surprisingly sees a whopping 95% of gamers becoming enthusiastic for the Ubisoft outing, despite all the racial controversy encompassing the match, and the new announcement that it will have non-quality loot packing containers obtainable throughout the gameplay encounter, as claimed by Neowin.

You can examine out the full infographic underneath.


Just after Assassin’s Creed: Origins, everything else on the record is 90% or lessen in the multiplatform and residence console classes, like Star Wars: Battlefront II, WWE 2K18, Forza Motorsport 7 and Gran Turismo Activity. The Computer system special Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is surprisingly significant up on the record at 92%.

What’s amusing is that the only exclusives because of out this holiday break time for PS4 and Xbox A person are racing game titles, the two of which are mired in controversies for just one explanation or yet another. It is also appealing that a Computer system title made it as significant on the record as it did, but not quite as significant as Nintendo’s exclusives.

It would seem as if Nintendo could be poised to get the holiday break time with the potent line-up of Nintendo 3DS titles, and a large amount of hype encompassing the Nintendo Change.

Some of you might be noticing that there are quite a couple of game titles lacking from the record. Nielsen offers honorable mentions to game titles that didn’t quite fare as effectively as the aforementioned titles, like the really controversial Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the similarly controversial Center-Earth: Shadow of War, and The Evil In just 2. There’s also dim horses these types of as South Park: The Fractured But Entire and the relaxed match Just Dance 2018. It is unlikely that these unranked game titles will shift large quantities, but they’ll be formidable however.

So what do you think… did gamers get the anticipation things ideal?

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The iPhone X is the holiday gift that will break the bank

Parents, beware: Your teenage kid’s iPhone is about to “break.”

There are sure to be millions of kids across the country this week who suddenly say, “My phone doesn’t work well anymore.”

That is often the opening salvo for negotiating a holiday gift. But this year, the iPhone X will break something else too: your bank account.

The new buzz-worthy gadget has all the usual bump-ups in speed and performance, plus purportedly more durable “stronger screens.” Its price has also been bumped up — to an uncomfortable $1,000.

The average American family spent just over $900 on holiday gift-giving for its members in 2016, according to an annual survey from the American Research Group.

According to Gallup, going back to 1999, the average American family has spent between $700 and $900 on the holidays for the past 16 years.

That makes sense, as wage growth was next to nil during that decade and a half.

On the other hand, the price of the iPhone, which debuted in 2007 for $199 to $299 with a two-year contract, has continually crept up, losing the majority of its carrier discounts along the way.

Today, you are looking at the toy of the 1 percenters, if ever there were one.

It is not by accident that Apple, which had $15.4 billion in cash on hand in 2007, today has amassed $261.5 billion.

When Billy and Suzie had to have their earlier-generation iPhones, one phone “only” ate up 25 percent of a family’s holiday budget. Now, one new iPhone will set you back about 110 percent of your family’s entire holiday funds.

The phones may be great, but a grand? Come on, that’s offensive.

There won’t even be enough money left in the holiday budget to get dad his $25 Starbucks card, which buys him just four cups of obscenely overpriced coffee.

Maybe Santa should just phone it in this year.

Best exclusive games for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4: HOLIDAY 2017 LIST

Super Mario OdysseyNintendoMario is on the verge of starring in his biggest game in years.

Forget about that smartphone game — “Super Mario Odyssey” is a massive, crazy-looking, open-world Mario game. And it’s only available on Nintendo’s Switch.

Though there are plenty of games coming to all three major game consoles this holiday, a few blockbusters are exclusive to each. Starting with “Super Mario Odyssey” in October, we’ve put together the three heavy-hitter “exclusive” games for Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One, and Nintendo’s Switch console this holiday season.

Super Mario OdysseyThis sure is a real shot of gameplay from “Super Mario Odyssey.”Nintendo

1. “Super Mario Odyssey” on the Nintendo Switch



Just as “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” was a massive evolution of the long-running, celebrated “Legend of Zelda” franchise, “Super Mario Odyssey” appears poised to challenge and evolve the “Super Mario” formula.

“Super Mario Odyssey” is an open-world, nonlinear game starring Mario. That means you’re not running from a beginning point to, say, a flagpole. We’re talking big open worlds that are packed with details: secret areas to find, puzzles to solve, and — bizarrely — even some old-school 2D Mario thrown in for good measure. Seriously!

This is an area you enter, and play, in “Super Mario Odyssey”:

Super Mario Odyssey

Instead of reaching an endpoint, your goal in “Super Mario Odyssey” is to collect moons, of which there are many in each world. Based on the too-brief time I spent with it back in June, the closest comparison I have is to “Super Mario 64.” It’s too early to call it, and there are a dozen other incredible looking games that are coming out on multiple platforms, but “Super Mario Odyssey” looks like the game to get this holiday season.

Check out our hands-on with the game right here.

Release date: October 27

Check out “Super Mario Odyssey” in action right here:

2. “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” on the Xbox One/Xbox One X


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“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” boasts a bizarre name and a brilliant concept: 100 people on a massive island, armed with their wits and a scattered arsenal, fighting to the death. Whoever survives at the end of the match wins — and there can only be one.

Each match of “Battlegrounds” starts the same way: You’re in a derelict airplane with 100 other actual people; as you fly over a deserted island you’re able to choose where you’ll parachute down. Since you’re unarmed, if you land near anyone it’s up to you to choose whether to run (an attempt to arm yourself and/or escape) or to fight (with your fists!) to death. As the match progresses, the area of the island you’re able to occupy shrinks — thus forcing you closer and closer to your opponents.

It sounds intense because it is intense. There is no single-player, no “campaign” mode. Just the terrifying island and 100 actual people.

OF NOTE: This game is an “exclusive” insofar as it’s only coming to the Xbox One this holiday season. The game is already available, albeit unfinished, on the PC; it will also head to the PlayStation 4 further down the line, though it’s not clear when.

Release date: “Later this year”

Check out “Battlegrounds” in action right here:

3. “Gran Turismo Sport” on the PlayStation 4/PlayStation 4 Pro


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If you like racing, you’re probably already thinking pretty seriously about this year’s entry in the long-running “Gran Turismo” series. The franchise is known for its microbial level of detail lavished on the world of cars, racing, and gear differentials — “Sport” is no different in this respect, but it’s planned as the first in a “new generation” of “Gran Turismo” games.

Notably, there’s an “arcade” mode that allows players to have a bit more video-game-esque fun instead of focusing solely on the simulation side of the game — a nod, no doubt, to the competition from Microsoft’s “Forza Motorsport” and “Forza Horizon” franchises.

As usual, the newest “Gran Turismo” is a graphics powerhouse: “Gran Turismo Sport” may be the best-looking game released this year, and it’ll look even better if you have a PlayStation 4 Pro and a 4K TV. 

Release date: October 17

Check out “Gran Turismo Sport” in action right here:

BONUS: Huge new downloadable content for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” — “The Champions’ Ballad” — only on the Nintendo Switch.

BONUS: Huge new downloadable content for


After the outrageously successful launch of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” earlier this year, Nintendo’s looking to strike gold once again with its $20 “Season Pass.” If you purchased the pass, you’ve already got access to the first content — the “Master Trials” DLC — and you’ll get access to the second, more story-focused content later this year.

In it, you’ll play as Link once again, following up the conclusion to “Breath of the Wild.” Little is known about “The Champions’ Ballad” expansion, but it looks as if a variety of characters from the original game’s story will return. Nintendo says it will add “a new dungeon, an original story, and even more new challenges” when it arrives.

Release date: “Holiday 2017”

BONUS: Huge new downloadable content for “Horizon Zero Dawn” — “The Frozen Wilds” — only available on the PlayStation 4.

BONUS: Huge new downloadable content for

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If you haven’t already played the incredible “Horizon Zero Dawn,” you’re in luck: It’s one of the best games of 2017 (some might even call it the best game of 2017 so far). In “Horizon Zero Dawn,” you play as Aloy — a brilliant and tough lady out to discover as much as she can about her own origins, amid a bizarro future Earth that is ruled by mechanical animals (including massive dinosaur-like machines).

In the game’s first expansion, set to be released this November, a new area is being added to the already very large map. In this new area, there are new mysteries to uncover, new tribes to interact with, and plenty of angry machines to contend with. Here’s the synopsis: Like with the expansion to “Breath of the Wild,” the expansion to “Horizon Zero Dawn” is a direct continuation of the game’s conclusion. Rather than exploring the world from the main game, a whole new area is being added that’s set (at least partially) in Yellowstone National Park. 

Check out a breakdown of everything we know about “The Frozen Wilds” DLC right here.

Release date: November 7

Nintendo May Sell Out Switch This Holiday Season, President Admits

Nintendo May Sell Out Switch This

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Nintendo is well on its way to sell 10 million units of its Switch game console this fiscal year, but the company may still run into supply issues during the holiday season, admitted Nintendo of America president and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime during Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit in Los Angeles Thursday.

“Certainly the demand is there, and our supply chain is there” to hit the 10 million goal, he said, but he didn’t want to commit to fulfilling the demand for the coming holiday season. “Are we going to have enough for the holiday? That’s what we are focused on.”

Fils-Aime used his appearance at the conference to stretch that Nintendo does more than just video game consoles. “People think of us as a pure gaming company. We see ourselves as an entertainment company,” he said.

Some of these efforts involve Nintendo’s mobile app business, which includes the “Super Mario Run” game. That title has been downloaded more than 150 million units to date — and in turn become not just a profit driver, but also a kind of market intelligence tool for the company. Nintendo has seen a lot of success for it in markets where  it doesn’t sell any hardware yet, said Fils-Aime. Now, it can use those insights to target these markets by introducing its own hardware there.

Nintendo has also struck some partnerships with companies like Universal Studios to extend its reach beyond traditional gaming. Asked whether Nintendo may eventually also partner on movies or TV shows, Fils-Aime said: “All of those options are potentially on the table.” However, he also reminded his audience that his company has had missteps in this space, including the 1993 movie “Super Mario Bros.” “It may have the lowest Rotten Tomato score out there,” he quipped.

Nintendo is applying the same deliberate approach to new technologies like virtual reality (VR). “It’s technology that we have been looking at literally tens of years,” he said. However, unlike others, Nintendo isn’t ready to jump in heads-first just yet. “There’s not a lot of experiences yet that are truly fun.”

Augmented reality (AR) however is a different beast, he said, pointing to the success of “Pokemon Go.” “We have a lot of experience with AR. The potential for AR is here and now.”

Don’t expect Xbox VR to be at E3 this year, or in stores this holiday

Microsoft won’t have any form of virtual reality for the Xbox One or Xbox Scorpio at E3 this year as the company continues its focus on VR for computers, officials tell Polygon.

And when VR does arrive on an Xbox console, potentially still next year, it sounds like it will be wireless.

“Our primary focus is making our mixed reality experiences a success on Windows 10 PCs,” Alex Kipman, technical fellow at Microsoft, told Polygon today. “We believe that right now a Windows PC is the best platform for mixed reality as its open ecosystem and enormous installed base offer the best opportunity for developers, and Windows offers the most choices for consumers.

“Windows has been the birthplace of a variety of technologies, and we believe this will hold for mixed reality too. Given the efforts we have underway on Windows for mixed reality, and our belief that console VR should be wireless, right now we are focused on developing mixed reality experiences for the PC, not on the console.”

The company declined to comment on whether this would impact a 2018 release for VR on an Xbox platform.

In March, Microsoft announced plans to bring mixed reality — which in Microsoft’s view includes everything from augmented reality to virtual reality — to the “Xbox one family of devices” in 2018. The company specifically called out the soon-to-be-released Scorpio in that statement as well.

“Because as we saw 4K gaming and really high-end VR taking off in the PC space, we wanted to be able to bring that to console,” Xbox chief Phil Spencer told The Verge during last year’s E3. “Project Scorpio is actually an Xbox One that can natively run games in 4K and is built with the hardware capabilities to support the high-end VR that you see happening in the PC space today … when it ships it will be the most powerful console ever built.”

While VR won’t be a component of Microsoft’s Xbox press conference pre-E3 next week, there will certainly be a lot of talk about the Scorpio console. Stay tuned for our coverage on that and more as we approach the big show.

We’ll also have a deep dive on the current state of virtual reality — featuring conversations with Microsoft, Sony, Oculus, Vive and others — later this week.