THQ boss Danny Bilson has come out swinging when talking about next-gen consoles, saying "It would be horrible," following this with "It still costs us a fortune to make games on this platform. If they're going to up the scale, up the art, up the content, I don't know how to make that and sell it to anybody for under $US100 a game."
But, in some countries games are already at or above $100 per game. Consoles used to have 4 - 6 year cycles where the next-gen would replace the previous generation and in todays world of mainstream gaming, you would've thought this would have happened by now?
NVIDIA were up first yesterday and now AMD are serving up a new revision of drivers today in the form of Catalyst 11.1a hotfix. The drivers give speed increases for Radeon HD 6800 and 6900 series of GPU's.
The hotfix (as usual) is not officially supported, so install at your own risk. There will be an official Catalyst update on January 26th. Both series of GPU's will get a performance increase of roughly 7% in 3DMark Vantage, 3% increase in 3DMark 06, Call of Duty: Black Ops should get around 20% when playing with 4xMSAA and then pumps up to a 35% increase at 8xMSAA.
Are LG preparing a 3D-capable tablet? Well, there's multiple rumors surfacing that this is what LG have planned. GPS And CO have heard directly from LG's French arm that the LG G-Slate would have a glasses-free 3D Display and 3D camera.
But then, TmoNews' source finding 3D glasses listed as a future accessory kind of puts a damper on things. We'll have to wait and see what LG actually deliver, but it's fun to live at the absolute edge of this stuff, isn't it?
GeoHot is getting around lately, not only has he helped in the cracking of the iPhone but he released the PlayStation 3 root key and custom firmware. He has been pretty mad at both Apple and Sony about their stances on jailbreaking, but has said on his website he likes Microsoft's approach to homebrew and wants to try Windows Phone 7.
GeoHot said "perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers, I'm going out to buy a Windows 7 phone". After hearing GeoHot say this, Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7 posted the following on his Twitter account: "#geohot if you want to build cool stuff on #wp7, send me email and the team will give you a phone - let dev creativity flourish #wp7dev."
Headphones are perfect if you are wanting to listen to your favorite music on the go without bothering others and without having to hear all the noise going on around you. If you want to let your pals hear your tunes too, you need a speaker for your phone not headphones. A company called Spider Cable has unveiled a new portable speaker that is perfect for the geek looking for some mobile jams.
The speaker is the Spider Pocket Speaker E500 and it has an internal battery good for about eight hours of play per charge. The speaker also has a resonator chamber that expands like an accordion to make the sound better and still keep a very portable design. The speaker will connect to devices with a 3.5mm headphone port like the iPhone, smartphones, and computers.
The speaker has a port for daisy chaining other speakers along with it for more sound. Charging of the internal battery is done via a USB port on your computer. The speaker measures 68.5mm x 68.5mm x 42mm and has a 40mm speaker driver. Output power is 3W and it has a frequency range of 180Hz-16KHz.
I would bet that with the holidays just getting over that there are bunches of folks out there that took advantage of deals at Verizon and upgraded to a new smartphone over the holidays. The problem is with the new iPhone 4 heading to Verizon you might be having some serious buyer's remorse right now and wishing you waited for the iPhone. If you are one of these remorseful buyers, Verizon has a deal that might be perfect for you.
Verizon Wireless has announced that any customer that bought a new smartphone, feature phone, or refurbished phone between 11/26/2010 and 01/10/2011 are eligible to get a special deal good for $200 off the purchase price of the iPhone 4 at full retail. There are a few points you need to be aware of though.
To take advantage of the deal you have to give back your current phone. That's not such a sticking point for most users. The real catch is that you will have to pay full retail price for the iPhone and then Verizon will send you back a $200 Visa gift card. That phone will not be cheap at full sticker price. It would be a better deal if they just offered the upgrade up front at $200 off MSRP.
The market for connected TVs and other devices like game consoles, set-top boxes, and Blu-ray players is booming. The ability to surf the web and stream content online from connected home theater gear is become common on many high-end and mid-range offerings. Not all of the devices will let the user actually explore the full internet though. Sony has announced that it has chosen Opera as the browser for its LCD TVs and connected Blu-ray players.
The browser for the Sony hardware uses the Opera Devices Software Development kit as a framework for web-standards based solutions and web surfing on the connected devices. The browser will be able to deliver web apps, widgets, full web browsing, and supports standards like HTML5, HbbTV, and OIPF.
With the addition of the browser to the Sony TVs and Blu-ray players users will need one less device to access the web when watching TV on a big screen. Opera offers no exact date on when we will see the browser surface on Sony hardware.
"The Web as we know it is evolving, and we are committed to making it more accessible across diverse devices," said Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. "Our ability to address key hybrid broadcast-broadband initiatives in numerous markets makes us a natural fit with Sony. By delivering both a global viewpoint and the necessary technology, we are able to stay on the cutting edge of the industry."
AMD has been working towards APUs and processors that I have integrated graphics and CPUs for a long time now. The company has announced that it has launched its first embedded G-Series APU as of today. The Fusion tech inside the new APU uses a combination of a low-power x86CPU based on the Bobcat core and a GPU core.
Along with that Bobcat core comes a DirectX 11 enabled GPU as well that can deliver 3D and graphics processing without needing a separate GPU. The processor has power management features with C6 and power gating along with support for DDR 800 to 1066 memory. The APU can have a single or dual CPU cores inside and has a 9W or 18W TDP depending on the cores inside. It has a third gen unified decoder and has a physical footprint of 890mm square.
Those dimensions include the AMD Fusion I/O controller Hub. "AMD's commitment is to ensure the game-changing technologies we develop for consumers and the enterprise are also available for the vast and growing embedded market," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD.
Steve Jobs has already said that he doesn't want porn on Apple devices but some Tweets from Hugh Hefner of Playboy fame have surfaced today that point to a change of heart at Cupertino. Apparently, all issues of Playboy from the start of the publication up to current issues will be coming to the iPad this March.
That means that users will be able to get issues going back to the founding of the publication in the 1950's. The catch here is that with the stipulation that no porn will be on the iPad and Hef saying the mag will be uncensored, what sort of deal has been worked out and will more porn apps be coming to the App Store as well.
Mashable reports that the current Playboy app has no full frontal nudity in it. I wonder if the pics will only be ones from the issues that have no frontal nudity. Those could be uncensored and still meet the guidelines in use now. I also wonder if it will include the articles so you will have an excuse for buying the app if someone asks.
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