Is this the change we're seeing in console development? They do a sloppy job on the PC version, sales are bad and they just blame piracy? Surely a stable-minded developer wouldn't think that way, well, think again. Ghost Recon Online is set to be a free-to-play game, and is a 'response' to piracy and an alternative to the restrictive DRM that has plagued previous Ubisoft games.
Ghost Recon Online producer, Sebastien Arnoult has said:
We are giving away most of the content for free because there's no barrier to entry. To the users that are traditionally playing the game by getting it through Pirate Bay, we said, 'Okay, go ahead guys. This is what you're asking for. We've listened to you - we're giving you this experience. It's easy to download, there's no DRM that will pollute your experience.'
We're adapting the offer to the PC market. I don't like to compare PC and Xbox boxed products because they have a model on that platform that is clearly meant to be 60's worth of super-Hollywood content. On PC, we're adapting our model to the demand.
Google's popular Chrome browser is having some new functionality baked in early next year, with plug-and-play support gamepads and more on the way. Google developer advocate, Paul Kinlan, revealed the news earlier today at Develop Liverpool.
The new features are due in Q1 2012, with gamepad support, camera and microphones, all without the need for plug-ins, Kinlan even hinted at the possibility for augmented reality games and player tracking. Another feature planned is WebRTC, an open-source video chat application that will run in the browser, with no plug-in required.
This is technology that could support an OnLive-style cloud-based gaming service, so we could see some very interesting things in the near future.
Samsung have a new series of commercials where they poke fun at Apple fans, its not a dark insult, but more of a realistic view of most Apple customers. The ad starts in a lineup for Apple's iPhone 4S in New York, a similar site in most cities around launch day. A large group of Apple fans are lined up, talking about how this is "an event" and they will "remember it for the rest of their lives."
Just after this, another guy outside the line is on his smartphone and it attracts the people in the lineup, he's holding a Samsung Galaxy S II. The Apple fanboys comment on how light and thin the device is and how large the display is. Some of the quotes are "I could never get a Samsung, I'm creative", with someone saying "Dude, your'e a barista."
Microsoft back in 2008, had a very public failed takeover attempt of Yahoo, where they were willing to dish out $46 billion to purchase Yahoo. It failed, and now according to reports, have signed a confidentiality agreement with Yahoo which allows them to take a closer look at the struggling company's business as they explore various options for striking a deal.
Microsoft are joined by private-equity firms such as TPG Capital and Silver Lake, where they're going line for line over Yahoo's books and operations. Microsoft this time, is not looking for a complete takeover, but is only looking to help finance a bid as part of a consortium and not buy Yahoo outright, in a move to safeguard their ongoing web-search partnership with Yahoo.
For those of you wanting to get on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Ice Cream Sandwich-packing phone, all before the weekend, you could be in luck. Expansys are already shipping Nexus handsets from their warehouses, with some customers reporting that they've have their orders shipped already.
You can grab an unlocked 16GB GSM (HSPA+) Nexus that works with T-Mobile and AT&T's 3G bands, right now. So you North American's can actually order one of these phones right now, for $750 and be lucky enough to get one within a few days.
Over here in Australia, I'll twiddle my thumbs and just be happy for you. I'll enjoy my Galaxy S II for now. If anyone ends up getting one, do comment below with your thoughts!
The latest happenings from around the web - November 24th, 2011
- ASRock X79 Extreme4 X79 Motherboard @ eTeknix
- Asus P9X79 PRO @ LANOC
- Samsung UN55D7000 55 inch LED HDTV @ Overclockers Online
- Sapphire HD 6970 FleX Battlefield 3 Edition @ Overclockers Club
- Samsung SyncMaster 27A850D, 27" PLS Monitor @ Hardware Canucks
- GIGABYTE HD 6670 OC 1GB Video Card @ Futurelooks
- Batman: Arkham City DX11 Stuttering Issue @ PC Perspective
Our Download of the Day today is K-Lite Codec Pack 8.00 (Full).
The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.
With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats.
The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:
It is updated frequently. So it is always up-to-date with the newest and/or best components.
All components have been carefully selected for specific purposes. It is not just a random bunch of stuff thrown together.
It is very user-friendly and easy to use.
The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able to install just those components that you really want.
The customization abilities even go beyond the component level. Some components are able to handle multiple formats. You can specify exactly which components should handle which formats. The pack can thus be fully tweaked to your own specific needs and preferences.
Uninstallation removes everything that was installed by the pack. Including all registry keys.
Deal of the Day: Online and B&M Black Friday Doorbusters! 42" Sharp 1080p LCD HDTV for $199.99! 7" Dell Streak Tablet for $159.99!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Online and B&M Black Friday Doorbusters! 42" Sharp 1080p LCD HDTV for $199.99! 7" Dell Streak Tablet for $159.99!.
Offer: Best Buy has released their online, as well as their brick & mortar Black Friday deals. The online deals start 11/24/11 (Thurs), and the local store deals start 11/25/11 at 12AM (Friday). There are some pretty nice deals to be had. Online, there's a 7" Dell Streak Tablet for $159.99, 24" Dynex 1080p LCD HDTV for $79.99, and more. Friday's store deals include a 42" Sharp 1080p LCD HDTV for $199.99, Asus Transformer Tablet for $249.99, and Toshiba BDX2150 Blu-ray player for $39.99!
It has only just been up until now, that the United States has been the world's biggest market for smartphones, but China has taken that flag and firmly planted it into their soil. Nokia is top dog in China, Samsung are a close second, whereas Apple and HTC lead the U.S. markets.
China has for a long time now, had higher cell phone use when compared to the States, given that China has a population of 1.34 billion, compared to the 310 million U.S. citizens, one would think so. Strategy Analytics reports that 23.9 million units were sold in China in Q3 2011, compared to 23.3 million units sold in the U.S. for the same quarter.
Strategy Analytics researcher Tom Kang says:
China's rapid growth has been driven by an increasing availability of smartphones in retail channels, aggressive subsidizing by operators of high-end models like the Apple iPhone, and an emerging wave of low-cost Android models from local Chinese brands such as ZTE.
The European Commission has approved Western Digital to acquire Hitachi's hard drive business in a cash and stock transaction valued at $4.3 billion. Once the deal is finalized, Western Digital should cover roughly 50-percent of the market, but not until some requirements are met.
Requirements? Well, Western Digital will have to sell off some of its hard-disk drive production assets to a smaller competitor. The idea behind these requirements [in the eyes of the European Commission] is to ensure that competition in the industry is "fully restored before the merger is implemented."