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Uncharted voice actor has nothing but great things to say about PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 9:27 am

The man responsible for giving us the voice behind Uncharted's Nathan Drake, Nolan North, spoke with Gamerhub at the GameStop Expo in LA about the upcoming PlayStation 4 from Sony.He seemed to be in love with the tech inside of the next-gen console, stating that he has seem some work and just couldn't believe it was real. He said:

 

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I've seen of the prototypes of the PS4 and I know that a lot of the developers I'm working with that use the PS4... it's an amazing machine. I think it's going to step up the game for any game. Whether it's Uncharted, God of War, Call of Duty, all these games are going to benefit from just the technology that they're putting out.

 

When we think we've reached the pinnacle of what a game can look like, some genius somewhere makes it a little bit better and opens up the avenue for an opportunity to make the game more cinematic, more of an experience. I think the PS4 is going to be pretty amazing - it's going to push those boundaries even further.

 

North then teased gamers by saying: "I've seen some stuff... gameplay... that they're testing for... I don't remember what game it was but they were doing some testing on the PS4 and I couldn't believe it was gameplay. I mean, it's extraordinary technology."

Vision Sensor gives the Oculus Rift new eyes to see with

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 8:21 am

I think that 2014 is going to be the breakout year for virtual reality, with kick-ass products like the Oculus Rift which isn't even close to a consumer launch yet. But, now we have Vision Sensor hitting IndieGogo, which the team give a description of "creates new seeing capabilities for the Oculus Rift."

 

 

Vision Sensor is basically augmented reality for the Oculus Rift, which sees two sensors and a sensor attachment cover strapped to the front of an Oculus Rift Developer Kit. It features a resolution of 1280x480 at 60FPS, and weighs just 75g so that it doesn't feel too heavy with the Rift, and Vision Sensor on your head.

 

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The team at Vision Sensor say that there are 3 new possibilities to add to the user experience, with the first being an Immersive AR Experience. The second is Intuitive Operation (Mixed Reality) and the final possibility is Regaining Lost Vision. The first, lets you be in the world of Oculus Rift, but still stay in the real-world through augmented reality.

 

Intuitive Operation allows your fingers and hands to become an interface, replacing the traditional mouse and keyboard (or controller/Razer Hydra). The final part is regaining your loss of vision when the Rift is on your head and in front of your eyes.

You can now remotely change your Google password on an Android device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 7:28 am

Google has finally provided the ability for Android users to remotely change their passwords on any Android device. The Android Device Manager is what you'll require, which allows you to track and locate any Android device associated with your Google account.

 

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This is all done without the need of a third-party application, which is nice, but until now Google has held back the ability to remotely lock or change your password. The Mountain View-based giant is slowly rolling this new feature through its Google Play Services, but if you'd like to check now, you just have to go into the Device Administrators panel under the Security section in your settings.

Ryse, an Xbox One exclusive, will only run at 900p, not 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 6:24 am

This is something I expected, but Microsoft has announced that it's Xbox One exclusive title Ryse, will not be running at the native 1920x1080 resolution on the Xbox One, but 900p instead.

 

 

Crytek is the developer behind the Xbox One exclusive, with Aaron Greenberg, who is the chief of staff for the Devices and Studios group, confirming that Ryse will run at just 900p. Greenberg did post an update to Twitter, saying "Forza 5 is native @1080p, Ryse is native @900p, but Xbox One upscales all titles to 1080p & they look amazing."

 

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Is this more damage control? I think so. Resolution definitely isn't everything, but after 8 years on the market, you would think that the 'next-gen' consoles would be able to handle a resolution of 1080p. Especially so, when PCs have been doing it without a problem for a decade or more now. Even with the beefed-up GPU and CPU specs in the weeks leading up to the Xbox One's mass production.

Nexus 5 model unveiled as LG-D820, two models included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 5:32 am

Slowly waiting in the darkness with a dagger is Google's Nexus 5 smartphone, which will be manufactured by LG. But now it seems that two LG Nexus 5 versions have received Wi-Fi certification.

 

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The two models in question are the LG-D820_C and LG-D820_S. I'm hoping the choice of model numbers is deliberate, as we have two models with "S" and "C", just like the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Nice work there, LG/Google. We should see the new Nexus 5 smartphones featuring dual-band Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac as well as Wi-Fi Direct support. We are hoping to see the Nexus 5 unveiled on October 14 with Android 4.4 KitKat.

EA's new CEO is an Aussie, no shrimps on EA's barbie, though

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 4:29 am

Former executive VP of EA Sports, Andrew Wilson, has just stepped into the shoes of the company's CEO position. Wilson took to EA's official website, breaking the news himself, and took some time to discuss EA's future.

 

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He said: "From my start at EA in Australia back in 2000, through stops in Asia, Europe and now North America, I've worked with people in this company who have consistently amazed and inspired me. It's my passion for our people and the great products we all impact that gives me such excitement for our future. I hope you all feel the same level of energy and optimism that I do as we embark on this journey together."

 

Wilson believes that the path EA is currently walking, is the right one, which includes exploring online gaming, digital revenue streams and continuing to make high-quality AAA games, such as Battlefield 4. One of his additional goals is to instill "a culture of execution that will drive profitable growth."

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Big publishers offering $10 upgrade on current- to next-gen games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 3:29 am

Next-gen consoles are arriving in mid-November, but what happens to those current-generation games you buy for your Xbox 360 and PS3? Well, the big publishers like EA, Activision, Ubisoft and 2K Games are offering you a great deal on upgrading your games.

 

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Upgrading your games? What ever do I mean? Well, if you purchase a game on the Xbox 360 or PS3, when their successor platform is released, either the Xbox One or PS4, you can download the next-gen game for just US$10. Some of the biggest games of 2013 are included, with this list below:

 

  • Battlefield 4 (XB1, PS4)
  • FIFA 14 (XB1, PS4)
  • Assassin's Creed IV (XB1, PS4)
  • Watch Dogs (XB1, PS4)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (XB1, PS4)
  • Madden NFL 25 (XB1, PS4)
  • Need For Speed Rivals (XB1)
  • NBA2K14 (XB1)

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Microsoft gives Bing a fresh coat of paint, unveils new logo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 2:29 am

We've seen Yahoo recently change its logo and now it is Microsoft's turn, the Redmond-based giant has just unveiled a redesigned Bing logo. The new Bing logo throws its older curly blue logo for a more modern, yellow look.

 

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Microsoft's Lawrence Ripsher, a design lead for Bing's User Experiences, said during an interview with The Verge: "The logo, obviously, is a big deal for us, a lot more angular and fresh and sharper than we've used in the past. Bing has typically been kind of curly, softer, so this fits much more with the modern kind of approach we've taken on some of the other logos."

Steiger Dynamics unveils LEET Monochrome Limited Edition Gaming HTPC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 1:44 am

If you haven't been able to tell, I am a certified home theater junkie. I have built my share of HTPCs, Raspberry Pi-based media servers, and even hacked a few phones to serve as streaming devices. Nothing I have done can come close to the awesomeness that Steiger Dynamics has just released.

 

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Today, Steiger Dynamics announced what I consider to be one of the sexiest home theater PCs ever constructed. The new LEET Monochrome Limited Edition Gaming HTPC is a special edition of the company's Core and Reference lines of elegant, high-end HTPCs.

 

"The LEET Monochrome Limited Edition Gaming Home Theater PC endows gamers and creative professionals with peak performance capabilities and visually immersive computing," said Martin Hehensteiger, CEO and co-founder of STEIGER DYNAMICS. "The Monochrome Limited Edition Gaming HTPC gives enthusiasts an insane amount of power in a system that is both aesthetically beautiful, and incredibly dynamic."

 

As the name implies, the new LEET Monochrome Limited Edition features black and white hardware, including an all white and black accented water cooling system alongside custom sleeved white cables. All of this is highlighted by built-in interior LED lighting, which can be adjusted based on customer specifications.

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Maker modifies piano into the perfect DOOM controller

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 1:02 am

I remember playing the original DOOM back in fifth or sixth grade while sitting about 3 inches from the monitor with the lights off and it scaring me half to death. Back then, the game was considered cutting edge and John Carmack was considered a God, which I still kind of think he is.

 

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Out of the hundreds of hours I spent playing Doom, I never felt an urge to use anything other than a keyboard and mouse to play. Fortunately for our viewing pleasure, a maker named David Hayward thought that it would be fun to play through the original game using a piano as the input controls. Yes, you heard that right, he hacked a piano into the controller for Doom. If you're still having a hard time comprehending this, the video in the full story should help you out.

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