Evolution Studios' PS4 exclusive DriveClub, will be featured in PlayStation 4 retail kiosks, with Sony releasing a new video that shows off some gameplay footage of the racing title.
DriveClub boasts "team-based racing," social features and attention-to-detail graphics, such as beautiful animation when you step into your vehicle, making DriveClub feel that much more real. DriveClub was expected to launch side-by-side with the PS4, but has been delayed into 2014 unfortunately, like a lot of games these days.
Don't worry - I was surprised too: it looks like Valve will not be making any SteamOS, or Steam Machine exclusive games anytime soon. Valve has confirmed the news, too.
Designer Greg Coomer talked with IGN, where he said: "You won't see an exclusive killer app for SteamOS from us. We're not going to be doing that kind of thing." Valve spokesperson, Anna Sweet, also chimed in: "That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that's exclusive to SteamOS or Steam Machines."
Sweet added: "Whenever we talk to third-party partners, we encourage them to put their games in as many places as possible, including not on our platforms. Because we think that customers are everywhere, and they want to put their games wherever customers are."
I guess this is a good thing, as it means that even a system-seller like Half-Life 3 would reach any Steam-based platform, be it Windows, Mac OS X, SteamOS or any of the Steam Machines.
Today Nikon introduced a new DSLR that is sure to make many aging photographers feel nostalgic. The new retro-inspired Nikon Df is actually a state of the art DSLR that features a 16.2-megapixel full frame imaging sensor, the same one featured in the D4. The body of the new Df is constructed of magnesium and weighs in at just 710-grams.
The new Nikon Df features an ISO range of 100-12,800 and can be expanded to 50-204,800 which will ensure that even the darkest lit environments will photograph nice and bright. An Expeed Image Processor is on board to facilitate the quick writing of images to the camera's storage card. Shutter life is said to be a whopping 150,000 cycles, and the shutter can snap open at 1/1,400th of a second.
The camera is compatible with all vintage Nikon non-AI lenses as well as the company's current Nikkor line of premium autofocus lenses. Unlike many analyst speculated, the Df does in fact feature a traditional mirror design as all proper professional DSLRs should. Rounding things out is a 3.2-inch LCD screen that has a pixel density of 921 dots. The new Nikon Df will arrive on November 28th at a pricing point of $4,414 with a 50mm kit lens.
It's that time again everyone! Of course I am talking about the arrival of a new Humble Bundle and a fun and easy way to support some great charities. The new Humble Bundle features 6 games from Warner Bros. Games including Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, F.E.A.R. 3, and Lord of the Rings: War in the North.
For those who wish to pay a little extra to beat the average, ($4.56 at the time of this writing) you will also pick up Steam keys for Batman: Arkham City GOTY, and Scribblenauts Unlimited. This bundles chosen charity is the We Can Be Heroes foundation, which is designed to raise awareness and critical funds needed to fight the devastating hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa and bring help and hope to eight million people who are in urgent need of assistance.
I have purchased almost every humble bundle and weekly sale that has been offered so far, and today is no exception. I urge everyone to jump in and even if you can only afford to donate $1 you will land some sweet games, and help out a deserving charity at the same time. Do you plan on purchasing the new Humble Bundle? Let us know in the comments.
If you have an old iPad 1 or aging iPad 2 laying around you might want to pay attention to this article. Today Target announced that it will be offering a minimum $200 gift card on all working iPads. When you bring your iPad in, a specialist at Target will appraise it and if the value is more than $200 then you will receive that amount.
The gift card does not have to be used towards the purchase of another iPad either, you could use it towards the purchase of a new Nexus 5, Nexus 7, or even Nexus 10. In fact the resulting gift card can be used to purchase anything target sells. For those who may not use their old or newish iPad as much as they thought, this could be a pretty sweet deal!
Yesterday it appeared that OCZ's stock was in a downward fall that was unstoppable before leveling off near the closing bell at $0.73. Today the stock fell yet another 38-percent to just $0.39 per share at its lowest, and like yesterday it rebounded slightly and closed at $0.44 per share.
As of this posting, OCZ has yet to release an official statement, and this has further led to investor confidence falling. A quick Google search will turn up dozens of industry analyst questioning just how long the company has left before it is forced to fill bankruptcy, and even more complaints on forums across the internet where customers are complaining about failed Vertex SSD drives.
While I am still mystified about the company's lack of response to this crisis, I have developed a new theory on what may be going on. A few weeks back we reported that Toshiba might be looking to buy OCZ outright, but nothing ever materialized from this. I have a very small suspicion that OCZ may be keeping quiet in order to force their price even lower to draw in someone looking to pick them up at what might be a steal. This would wash the company's leaders hands of things and they would get off with a nice payday.
This morning, Verizon announced the launch of a self-branded 7-inch tablet called the Ellipsis 7. The tablet is built around Android and is designed to compete with Google's Nexus 7 and other budget friendly, small form factor tablets. At the moment, not much is known about the new slate other than what it looks like.
Verizon has said that the Ellipsis 7 will feature an "HD" screen, LTE connectivity, and front and rear cameras. Android 4.4 appears to be left out and from the release images, it appears to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. While that is an interesting twist, the most odd part of the whole deal is the fact that Verizon released its own tablet in the first place. This puts the company in direct competition with other manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, and Google whose products it sells in its stores. The new Ellipsis 7 will retail for $249.99 off contract beginning on November 7th.
iFixit has just posted their completed teardown of Google's Nexus 5, and rewards it with a repairability score of 8 out of 10. Such a high score is mainly due to the phone being built somewhat around a modular design which makes it each to replace things like the screen, headphone jack, speakers, and camera modules.
One of the big reveals of the teardown is that the Nexus 5 features an alloy chassis that is then skinned by a plastic frame which provides for a solid feel while maintaining a decent pricing point. Other notable fines include SK Hynic RAM which covers the Qualcomm CPU completely, as well as the SanDisk supplied flash memory.
The teardown is quite interesting to look at even in you have no idea what anything is. The amount of technology that companies like LG are able to pack into such a small space today and still remain modular simply amazes me. The fact that device is easy to put back together after its been torn down says something about LGs engineers and the level of skill they have.
This morning Acer announced that its CEO, J.T. Wang, will resign his position as CEO following yet another poor performing financial quarter. Wang will tender his resignation effective on January 1st 2014, but will retain his position as Chairman of the Board until the second quarter of 2014.
Acer says that its current president, Jim Wong, will take over as CEO upon Wang's resignation. Acer just posted a net loss of $446 million for Q3 2013 and as a result, will cut its global staff by 7-percent in an effort to diminish overhead by $100 million annually. Stacking on the bad news, Acer's PC sales plummeted by 35-percent in Q3 which could spell disaster for the company in 2014. Acer and Wong will have to fight hard, and will be forced to switch up their strategy drastically to stay afloat in the coming years.
This morning Activision announced the official launch of the next installment in its Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Ghost is built an all new, next-generation engine and places players in a battle scenario where they are heavily outnumbered and outgunned. This is a first for the series, and Activision is billing it as an "Epic Thrill Ride" that takes the franchise to the next level.
"The launch of Call of Duty has become a pop-cultural event shared by millions around the globe. We consider this a huge honour and it drives us to exceed our fans' expectations each and every time," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing Inc. "Call of Duty: Ghosts delivers on this promise with an epic thrill ride which takes the franchise to new heights on both current and next gen consoles. The teams at Infinity Ward, Raven and Neversoft have poured their hearts and souls into making this the must have gaming experience of the next generation. And of course, none of this would be possible without the most passionate fans in the world. Today is for them."
The game kicks off when the "Orbital Defense Initiative" or ODIN space station launches a strike on the earth after an intense firefight in space lands the weapon in the wrong hands. With your home destroyed, your brother and you come across an elite group of soldiers who are known as the Ghosts. You join up with their group and fight together as a squad to defend what's left of the earth. Our own Simon Hutchinson will have his full review of the game up soon, so stay tuned to TweakTown for the latest on Call of Duty: Ghosts.