Frontier Developments has published a short video that promotes the upcoming Elite: Dangerous space sim, which has been a tremendous design challenge. The game has started its third Beta stage, giving testers additional locations in the Milky Way to explore - and new space ships and mining capabilities.
Deesigner Dan Davies mentioned how difficult it was to create space combat: "It isn't the sort of thing where by having a bigger ship you're immediately going to win. It's all in the details, the turn rates, how heavy should feel, how light."
Designers took inspiration from previous Elite video games, including using familiar shapes of ships, but added physical design changes to modernize - and differentiate ships - for gamers in 2014. The game also includes 400 billion solar systems which gamers can access more easily by using hyperspace, and playing in multiplayer should provide a unique experience.
Facebook-owned Oculus VR doesn't plan to release a consumer headset until motion sickness-related issues are resolved, according to company officials. Some users said they suffer from motion sickness while wearing the headset and playing video games or watching movies.
"We're really looking forward to this as an industry that takes off... A number of companies will come in, even companies we haven't heard of yet two or three or five years down the road," said Brendan Iribe, Oculus VR CEO. "At the same time we're a little worried about some of the bigger companies putting out product that isn't quite ready. That elephant in the room is disorientation and motion sickness. We're encouraging other companies, particularly the big consumer companies, to not put out a product until they've solved that problem."
Without naming Sony directly, it would appear Iribe is speaking of the Japanese electronics giant - which unveiled Project Morpheus earlier this year. Virtual reality isn't necessarily a new technology, but only recently became a realistic goal, as hardware and software makers look to the budding market.
National Security Agency director Mike Rogers visits Silicon Valley at least twice per year to keep tabs on technology development - and use it to recruit new talent. Although the federal government cannot match the extremely high salaries of the region, "we are going to give you the opportunity to do some neat stuff, things you probably aren't going to be able to do anywhere else," Rogers recently said while at Stanford University.
"I'm comfortable with what we do, with our partners," said Rogers, though that type of statement wouldn't be overly convincing to US citizens.
However, Mark Jaycox, Electronic Frontier Foundation legislative analyst, isn't completely convinced: "Unfortunately, Admiral Rogers hasn't yet engaged on many of the NSA's more egregious activities like disrupting national standards for encryption or the NSA's hacking of American companies' internal databases.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has generated a large amount of hype, but some analysts believe the game title will still fall short of the 2013 launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts. However, Activision is still hopeful that Advanced Warfare, which should receive a boost as more gamers now own Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles, will still find success.
"We see purchase intent well above last year and we see engagement with the brand in social media channels all being markedly up," said Eric Hirshberg, Activision CEO, in a statement. "I'm still optimistic..."
However, Colin Sebastian from R.W. Baird & Co believes Advanced Warfare will generate 18-20 million units in sales, though will fall 10-15 percent short of Ghosts. It's worth noting that many analysts tend to provide estimates based on game pre-order figures - and it's not uncommon to pick and choose which retailers to select from - so only time will tell how the game does.
The Lockheed Martin F-35C-model fighter jet successfully kicked off two weeks of development testing on the US Navy's USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson successfully landed his F-35C on the USS Nimitz at 12:18 PM EST on November 3, landing with a new custom tailhook design that led to unsuccessful landings three years ago.
The US Navy plans to roll out F-35C fighter jets starting in 2018, so performance data will be closely analyzed to see what other modifications need to be done over the next four years.
Here is what Mike Rein, a Lockheed spokesman, recently said as the US Navy and Lockheed Martin undergo the two-week training mission of two F-35 C-model fighter aircraft. "It will be another milestone for the program and for the Navy's plans to declare an initial operational capability."
Here we are, living in a world of Apple only just reaching 1920x1080 on its latest iPhone 6 Plus, while Japan's Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) working with Nokia on some truly groundbreaking OLED display prototypes. Back in June, the two unveiled a 5.9-inch 1280x720 (720p and 249 PPI) display that could be folded in two, or in three - with two different prototypes being used.
Well, SEL are back, showing off a new 8.7-inch AMOLED, with the resolution cranked up to 1920x1080 (1080p and 254 PPI). These new panels are touch-capable, and can be tri-folded with the single prototype. SEL has done this by utilizing their CAAS-OS (C-Axis Aligned Crystalline Oxide Semiconductor) backplane, as well as a WRGB structure. The panels themselves are less than 100μm thick, weighing just 6 grams.
SEL was also teasing their new super-high-resolution AMOLED display, which was just 2.8 inches, with a resolution of 2560x1440 - this provides the tiny little OLED display with a PPI of 1058. The company had a large viewfinder on-hand to better show off its incredible technology.
Acer has just taken off the covers from its new entry in its V series of laptops, the new V Nitro Black Edition. Acer's V Nitro Black Edition comes in two flavors: the V15, and V17, with the new configuration on the V15 model featuring some upgraded innards, including an Ultra HD display.
The new V15 series VN7-591G-70JY features a 15.6-inch IPS-based 4K display, so we have 3840x2160 as its resolution. We have Intel's Core i7-4710HQ CPU, providing four cores at up to 3.5GHz each, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM, a 256GB SSD backed up by a 1TB mechanical drive, no optical drive, three USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a starting price of $1500.
Given that there is a 3840x2160 display on the new V Nitro laptop, the relatively weak GeForce GTX 860M isn't going to do well at 4K. Acer really should've optioned the new Maxwell-based GTX 900M series, which would've suited the new laptop much more.
PAX AU 2014 - Oculus VR is a company I just have to meet at any trade show I go to, with PAX Australia 2014 being no exception. The now Facebook-owned VR startup was showing off four different titles at the show, where we jumped on two them: Alien: Isolation and Superhot.
The crowd at Oculus VR was absolutely huge, and it never slowed down. Other than the League of Legends crowd, Oculus had the biggest crowd.
Alien: Isolation was just the tech demo that was shown off at E3 2014, with Oculus Rift support baked in, but it worked incredibly well for something that wasn't built for the VR headset from the ground up. Superhot is similar, in the way that it wasn't built for the Rift, but worked incredibly well.
The Evil Within is one of the big horror titles of the year, with the developer pushing out a demo of the title, allowing gamers to play through the first three chapters of the game.
These first few chapters are good for around 90 minutes of game time (or so), and it's available on Steam right now. The PC version has customization options, where you can turn that cinematic letterbox border off, and an "adjustable framerate". I've just started downloading the demo, where I'll put up my 90-minute playthrough up on the site sometime later tonight.
Amazon, Inc. is facing issues when doing business in China and India, but assured that they won't shut down its operations. According to reports, Amazon India is having a tough time dealing with Indian laws that result in an impact on its business.
Earlier, many reports pointed out that operations in these countries may shut down. But Amazon India assured that though they are facing issues, they aren't shutting down their operations. The company has also said that it will be investing $2 billion in India (12,000 crore INR in local currency) for its business, with around $1 billion invested in the country so far.
Amazon India said that they are already facing unique risks. Currently, the retail giant is facing tax issues with the Karnataka government. According to sources, the government wants the company to pay value-added tax since they're storing goods at the company's warehouse. There's also a problem for Amazon where the Indian government restricts the ownership of Indian companies by foreign companies when it comes to multi-brand retailing online and via retail stores.