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AMD says NVIDIA bitter over Sony using AMD in PlayStation 4

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:24 pm

AMD's representitive believes that NVIDIA may be bitter over Sony's choice to go with AMD in the PlayStation 4. His reasoning? A statement by NVIDIA's Tony Tamasi saying how the GTX 680 outperforms the PlayStation 4. He added that the 680 had been out for a year and a half.

 

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If the PS4 ships in December as Sony indicated, it will only offer about half the performance of a GTX 680 GPU, which launched in March 2012, more than a year and a half ago.

 

AMD's director of ISV relations Neal Robinson responded:

Well, of course they're going to do that. They're a little bitter. For us, really by looking at the APU that we designed, you can't pull out individual components off it and hold up and say, 'Yea, this compares to X or Y.' It's more than just a CPU doing all these amazing calculations and a GPU doing calculations. We are now going to be able to move certain tasks between the two.

 

It's true that the hardware being used in the PlayStation 4 isn't the latest and greatest. But AMD is able to offer both the CPU and GPU as a package, allowing certain optimizations that can work in the PlayStation 4's favor. We'll have to wait and see what Microsoft brings to the table with the Xbox 720.

Stinky Footboard controller hits Kickstarter with $75,000 goal

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:33 pm

If you haven't heard of the Stinky Footboard, don't feel bad. Until earlier today, neither had I. Now that I've seen the Kickstarter video, I'm rather impressed and thought I'd pass it along. The Stinky Footboard is a gaming controller designed to be used in conjunction with a mouse and keyboard.

 

 

The Kickstarter campaign is offering the Stinky Footboard package for cheaper than it will be when it hits stores this June. You can check out their Kickstarter campaign if you're interested in learning more or supporting this innovative gaming product.

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2013 World Championship for StarCraft II announced by Blizzard

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:01 pm

A World Championship Series 2013 for StarCraft II is coming, Blizzard announced today. The World Championship Series will be run in conjunction with top eSports organisations, including Korea eSports Association, Ongamenet, GomTV, Major League Gaming, Turtle Entertainment, and Twitch.

 

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There will be three different leagues in the sereis: one in Korea, one in America, and one in Europe. Each league will feature three sessions and three global season finals. Players will earn points from each of these events that will be used when deciding the World Champion.

 

Blizzard will be hosting the final match during their yearly BlizzCon event this Novemeber.

 

The structure of the StarCraft II World Championship Series is the result of an ongoing collaborative effort between Blizzard and our partners. Our collective goal was to make StarCraft II eSports even more exciting and easier to follow for fans than ever before. On the heels of the successful launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, we're all very excited about the present and future of StarCraft II eSports.

Samsung and Mozilla working together on new Android browser tech

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:31 pm

Samsung and Mozilla have teamed up to develop new Android browser technology. Specifically, the team will be working on developing a new browser engine for Android and the ARM architecture. The new engine is said to be called Servo and will make use of Mozilla's Rust programming language.

 

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Mozilla and Samsung are optimizing the browser for multi-core processors since that seems to be the way mobile devices are heading. It seems somewhat of an unlikely partnership, but it does make sense on some levels for Samsung. The Korean giant currently relies heavily on the Android operating system, a system that Samsung does not own.

 

Samsung is looking to have alternative options going into the future. Working with Mozilla could help get them in on the ground level of Mozilla's upcoming mobile operating system.

Not sure if BB10 is the correct mobile device for you? Check it out in your browser!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:05 pm

BlackBerry has unveiled a method to allow users to give BlackBerry 10 OS a test run before shelling out for a new Z10. BlackBerry has put together a mobile website that demos the features of BB10 and allows you to test out various aspects of the new operating system.

 

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Potential customers can check out the interface, test the predictive keyboard, BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Hub, and other BB10 programs. The demo doesn't operate as smoothly as it would on the actual device, but it at least conveys the idea of the new OS. You can check it out on your iPhone or Android device by heading to BlackBerry.com.

Unreal Engine 4: Elemental demo PlayStation 4 vs PC comparison video posted on YouTube

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:20 pm

Thanks to a video just posted on YouTube, you can check out the difference between Unreal Engine 4 on the PC and on the upcoming PlayStation 4:

 

 

In my own opinion, the PC version of the benchmark appears to feature better graphics, though not by as much as you would expect. Both versions of the Elemental demo are impressive, to say the least. I am looking forward to Unreal Engine 4 and the games that will be created.

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Disney closes LucasArts, upcoming Star Wars games canceled

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:04 pm

Famous game studio LucasArts has been closed by Disney as a result of Disney trying to minimize risk. LucasArts is responsible for two decades of classic games, including such favorites of The Secret of Monkey Island, Full Throttle, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

 

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After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.

 

Any current games in development have been scrapped. This means that Star Wars 1313 will not be seeing the light of day. Instead, Disney plans to license the right to make games based upon the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises to other developers.

Pictures of Facebook Home UI leak ahead of tomorrow's unveiling

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:31 pm

Pictures of the upcoming Android-powered Facebook phone have surfaced showing off what the purported Facebook Home will look like. The UI clearly has design inspirations from Apple in that the design is minimal, clean, and simple.

 

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The design is definitely pleasing and features Facebook integration into nearly every menu. We'll get to see more and know more tomorrow at 10a.m. Pacific when Facebook holds its event. You'll be able to read all about it right here on TweakTown.

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Seagate begins shipping world's first 4TB hard drive with 1TB platters

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 6:30 pm

Seagate has begun to ship the world's first 4TB hard drives that feature 1TB platters. Seagate says that the four platter design is one that allows for the highest performance possible, while doubling capacity and reducing cost.

 

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The drives are said to also feature the highest average data rate of any desktop hard drive that is currently sold on the market today. The new design consumes 35-percent less power than competing drives, and features 64MB of total cache space.

 

To put things into perspective, a 4TB HDD can house 450 hours of HD video, 1 million+ songs and 800,000 DSLR quality photos. The 4TB model has more than 800,000 times the storage capacity of the first Seagate HDD introduced in 1979 and is hundreds of times smaller in physical size.

Amazon to expand its Auto Rip service to include vinyl records

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 5:27 pm

Today Amazon announced that it will be adding vinyl records to its AutoRip service. AutoRip is a service by Amazon that offers purchasers of music on physical storage, free MP3 downloads of the same album.

 

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From now on, any physical disc purchased on Amazon will include a free digital copy of the same album, which is placed in your free Amazon Cloud Player. In addition, digital copies of purchased tracks will not count against your storage total on the cloud service. Amazon says the service is available now for "thousands of records," including titles from every major label with more titles being added daily.

 

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"We're thrilled to extend this experience to vinyl records," said Steve Boom, Vice President of Digital Music for Amazon "Many of our music customers are vinyl fans and it's traditionally been very difficult to make digital versions of vinyl records-now customers can enjoy the albums they buy wherever they are, not just when they have access to a record player."

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