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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.




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.




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:




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.




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.

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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.




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.

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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.




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.

Google Music 4.0.1 for Ice Cream Sandwich, sports all-new interface, better controls and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2011 3:22 am

Google Music 4.0.1 for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has leaked out and with it sports a new interface (which looks gorgeous), more options, better controls and an overall better look. Below we have a screenshot of the new interface. The old on the left, the new on the right. The new interface is very Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is great as Honeycomb's UI is amazingly beautiful.




The next screenshot shows the Selection menu which has taken on a slight change, instead of a pop-up in the middle of the screen, there is now a dialog-style box directly below the artist. The available offline option is gone, which may bring in a change in the way Music caches its streams.



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RumorTT: Sony to finally buy out Ericssons stake in their mobile phone joint venture

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2011 2:25 am

Rumor has it that Sony is near a deal to buy out Ericsson's stake in their mobile phone joint venture. Sony may pay up to $1.7 billion to gain full control of the London-based entity and venture into the mobile phone market on its own as it plays catch-up with Apple, HTC, Samsung and others. Sony's management sees the consumer-focused smartphone business as an essential part of a strategy to extend their online portfolio of music, videos and games.




Whereas, Ericsson has more of a business-to-business focus and no longer sees selling handsets as key to entice mobile phone operators to buy its telecommunications equipment. Sony and Ericsson combined their cellphone operations in 2001 to a 50/50 joint venture. Sony Ericsson did strike gold for a while, with the Walkman-branded phones, but the venture was slow to catch the smartphone boom.


In both 2008 and 2009, Sony Ericsson posted two consecutive years of net losses, downsized and returned to profitability in fiscal 2010 and the first quarter of fiscal 2011. They then slipped back into the red the next quarter.

Caspian Border map for Battlefield 3 gets unlocked for PC beta testers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2011 1:30 am

DICE have announced that the jet and vehicle-filled Caspian Border map has been unlocked in order for DICE to do some testing. The test is for PC gamers only as they are specifically testing the 64-player server configurations, as the console versions of Battlefield 3 only support 24 players. DICE have also reminded users that Battlefield 3 is still in beta, so any crashes, network instability and outages may occur.



DICE is taking this opportunity to fine tune its servers and says that your experience with the beta is not necessarily indicative of the final product. I played 4 hours of 64-player Caspian Border BF3 last night and let me just say the great words of our own Shane Baxtor here (and also, its his Birthday today!): NERDGASM. It is amazing. Absolutely beautiful. Breathtaking. The map is big, but small in areas for firefights. Vehicles help so much with the immersion and having jets flying over you at insane speeds just makes it feel like a literal Battlefield.

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Rockstar adamant that Red Dead Redemption not coming to PC anytime soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2011 2:24 am

Rockstar have confirmed that Red Dead Redemption won't be coming to the PC anytime soon. The hugely successful Western open-world game has been great on the console, but has been at a shoot-off with the PC with rumors of it hitting the PC for a while now shot down today. Rockstar have an interview with multiple gaming sites over the past few days for Max Payne 3 and had discussed L.A. Noire, MP3 and of course, Red Dead Redemption.




This is what Rockstar had to say:


We hope that with the announcement that L.A. Noire is coming to PC this fall, and the knowledge that our next big game Max Payne 3 will have a PC release (plus that we've released both Grand Theft Auto IV and the Episodes from Liberty City for PC), we can finally put to rest any misconceptions that we've 'abandoned the PC platform'. We do know that, yes, there is just one title absent from our PC release plans - that game of course being Red Dead Redemption, and of course we're well aware that some fans have been asking for it. All we can say is that whenever it is viable (technically, developmentally and business-wise) for us to release a game for PC (or any other particular platform) - we will and we usually do; unfortunately, that is just not the case 100% of the time for all platforms. To PC gamers, we hope that between the Grand Theft Auto titles, and the forthcoming L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3, you'll have plenty of great Rockstar action to enjoy.

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