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Mirror's Edge sequel, well, DICE thinks you're ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 6:34 am

DICE has heard the call for a sequel to their Parkour FPS-adventure-crazy new genre game and says that "people are ready" for Mirror's Edge 2. DICE producer Patrick Liu says:


I think it's something that people are ready to get into again. We see that there's a huge fan following, it's almost like a cult! And we know what strengths we had, and what weaknesses we had in that game. If we were to release a new game, we'd know what to improve and how to reach a broader audience. So I definitely think there's a market there.


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There's nothing concrete on whether the game is in development, or pre-production. But, DICE just talking about it is getting me and many others excited. Especially if its going to be powered by the gorgeous engine that powers Battlefield 3, Frostbite 2.

Google release Chrome Remote Desktop, remote access directly from the browser

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 5:44 am

Google have released a new extension for their popular web browser Chrome, the new extension is called Chrome Remote Desktop BETA and is the first instalment on a capability allowing users to remotely access another computer through Chrome. The BETA is just that, a beta and Google want feedback on the core Chrome Remoting technology included.


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This version of Chrome Remote Desktop BETA allows users to share with or get access to another computer anywhere in the world (as long as its connected to the Internet) by providing a one-time authentication code. Access is given only to the specific person the user identifies for one time only and the sharing session is completely secure.


A potential of Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is support roles, a helpdesk can use the Chrome Remote Desktop BETA to help another user, while the user can receive all the help they need all at the comfort of their chair. Additional use cases such as being able to access your own computer remotely are coming soon. Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is fully cross-platform which means you can use it on any computer that has a Chrome browser including Windows, Linux, Mac and Chromebooks.

RAGE gets updated, fixes many of the games issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 4:24 am

RAGE has had its first patch and with it brings many, many bug fixes and improvements. Because RAGE changes the graphics quality on-the-fly to maintain that silky smooth 60fps, there are some hiccups. This is part of what has been addressed in the patch and the list of issues fixed is quite long.


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Here is a list of Patch Changes / Fixes:


- Implemented workaround for AMD driver crash right after intro cinematic

on Win 7 32-bit systems.

- Disabled UBOs because they are causing animation issues with AMD drivers.

- Don't allow swap-tear to be enabled on AMD while the extension is not

exposed because it may crash.

- Support for new video settings: "texture cache", "vsync" and

"anisotropic filter"

- Automatically adjust vt_maxPPF based on the number of available cores.

- Improved performance for SLI cards when GPU transcode is enabled.

- Fix for GPU Transcoding option being disabled after exiting gameplay.

- Added safe mode to restore video settings to default values.

- Allow g_fov to be changed from the RAGE launch options in Steam.

- Server now forwards text chat from clients to all other clients while



Take a look at the Steam page for more details.

Qualcomm releases Snapdragon S4 SoC deets, sports improved battery life, true world compatibility

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 3:42 am

Qualcomm has laid an egg, and from that egg we have some details on their upcoming System-on-a-Chip the S4, their next-generation beauty. It'll bring with it a 28nm manufacturing process as which will have on it Qualcomm's Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU. The move from 45nm to 28nm promises smaller components, lower power consumption and improved thermals.


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Krait on the other hand will bring a new pipeline architecture that promises a full 60% boost over the current Scorpion lineup with clock speeds ranging between 1.5GHz and 2.5GHz - along with support for asynchronous multiprocessing and dual-channel memory. The new GPU is set to sport 50% greater performance over the current Adreno 220, and is also set to have support for DirectX 9.3 for Windows 8, in addition to OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0.


On top of all these whizz-bang specs, the new S4 MSM8960 sets to provide multi-mode world capabilities with support for all the commonly used frequencies from 700 to 2600MHz. It handles Cat. 3 LTE (up to 100Mbps) and Cat. 24 HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), along with EV-DO Rev. B, 1x Advanced and TD-SCDMA, as well as GSM, GPRS and EDGE. Quite the mouthful of connectivity options, huh?

Optus unveils their iPhone 4S pricing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 2:08 am

Optus are the first Australian telco to step forward with pricing on the just announced Apple iPhone 4S, unveiling the pricing on Saturday. Gus over at Lifehacker has done all of the hard work sorting out the plan values and was great enough to provide a nice graph for you to look at if you'd like to click here.


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Apple's own website has gone from "shipping from the 14th" to "1-2 weeks delivery" for those looking to do an outright purchase, which means either lining up for a carrier plan or buying it outright on the day of launch.


Pricing should get moved around when Telstra and Vodafone launch their pricing models.

Battlefield 3 on Xbox 360 to include second disc filled with Hi-Res Texture Pack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 1:20 am

Well, this was unexpected! But, great news for Battlefield 3 fans with Xbox 360's. Patrick Liu, Producer at DICE has revealed that there is a second disc that will come with Battlefield 3 on the Xbox 360 that will contain a high-res texture pack that can be installed. Liu goes on to say:


There's a voluntary install on the 360. I think Rage did it as well, where you can install content to stream higher res textures," he said. "We're pushing that technology to the limit, and compared to our competitors, I would argue that we're the best looking game.


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This is some great news for Xbox 360 fans, I look forward to seeing the difference between stock install, high-res texture pack and PC versions now!

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 to require always-on Internet connection

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 12:00 am

The head of GSC Game World, Sergey Grigorovich has confirmed in an interview that S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 will require an always-on internet connection for anti-piracy measures, it will stream "text information, code and quests" through the data stream. It's a weird thing to have for S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2, because then Grigorovich says in the same interview:


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Protection from piracy? Part of the content will be located on the server and downloaded as the game progresses. Permanent internet access is required. Text information, code and quests will be loaded through that connection. Software piracy is an issue for us, we try to fight it, but within reason.


If people can not afford a licensed version, it is to our advantage if they download a pirated copy, and then want to buy a license. In Ukraine, there are different products that people love so much that they buy a license in principle. We want to create just such a product.

Sony says that the market is not ready for download-only consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2011 6:38 am

Sony says that the time is still not right for download-only consoles that sell games exclusively through digital distribution systems, company bosses have said. This goes hand-in-hand with why there will be both physical and digital copies of games for their upcoming NGP, PlayStation Vita. Sony Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, explained that Sony didn't believe Internet infrastructure was consistent enough across the world to support such a device.


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We believe, for some consumers, the time is [right], but for other consumers, the time is still not [right]. So, we believe the time is still not right to go download-only as a platform. Some PS Vita titles, like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, will be close to 4GB in size, which could be too large to download for consumers who do not have a fast broadband connection. Also, some consumers like shopping in retail stores, talking to knowledgeable store clerks, buying and playing games on the spot. We do not want to remove that capability from consumers.

Continue reading 'Sony says that the market is not ready for download-only consoles' (full post)

Nexus Prime specs leaked, something BIG is definitely coming, but Samsung have pulled the smartphone launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2011 5:24 am

Oh boy. Just days after Apple's iPhone 4S announcement, the specs of Google's "Nexus Prime" smartphone have been leaked, and what a leak it is. Possibly called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the phone is packing some seriously hot features. The long-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system will power the phone, along with a 9mm thin design. The Nexus Prime will feature a 4.65-inch, curved glass Super AMOLED HD display running at 1280x720 resolution.


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If that's not impressive enough, it'll also sport a TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video capture, LTE/HSPA support (depending on the carrier), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, NFC technology and last of all, a 1,750 mAh battery.

Continue reading 'Nexus Prime specs leaked, something BIG is definitely coming, but Samsung have pulled the smartphone launch' (full post)

AMD FX-8120 Bulldozer CPU makes e-tailer appearance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 8, 2011 4:10 am

AMD's FX-series of Bulldozer CPUs are expected to hit next week and now theres news of the FX-8120 (in its 95W TDP model) popping up at a Ukraine-based e-tailer, Fixer. The product is tagged with the code 'FD8120FRGUBOX', with the FX-8120 SKU listed at approximately $221 US dollars - above rumored 1000-unit price of $205 that was around a few weeks ago.


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This is in-line with the pre-order pricing that sprung up from Bottom Line Technologies (BLT) just a month ago. The 8-core FX-8120 should have a stock clock speed of 3.1GHz and has hit Fixer's warehouse a few days ago. No other word on other SKUs has hit yet.

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