Nintendo is struggling to compete on the gaming market of today, but it has been doing better recently with an uptick in Wii U sales thanks to the new Mario Kart game. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto recently talked about a future where gamers might be able to buy one copy of a game and play it on both home consoles and portables.
Right now Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U consoles are so different that it takes games developed specifically for each console, and therefore two purchases for gamers to have the same game on each device. In the future Nintendo wants to bring together the development environments for the portable and home consoles to the point where gamers might be able to buy one game and play it on both home consoles and portables.
If you are a user of Microsoft's cloud storage service called OneDrive, Microsoft has some good news for you. That good news is more storage at no cost, and lots more storage for Office 365 users. Those who are signed up for a OneDrive account, and those who register for a new OneDrive account with their Microsoft account will now get 15GB of free storage.
Microsoft previously offered 7GB of storage at no cost. If you have an Office 365 subscription, you can get 1TB of free cloud storage at no additional cost. That Office 365 subscription costs $99 per year and gives you access to Office productivity software like Word and others.
The Russian Industry and Trade Ministry has announced plans to replace the US-made processors from companies like Intel and AMD, with its own x86-based processors. These new processors will run on a new Linux-based system, with a CPU built-in Russia called Baikal.
Baikal is being made by an electronics division of T-Platforms, a supercomputer maker, and looks to have some serious funding being pumped into it. Rosnano, a technology firm, and Rostec, a rather large defense contractor, are both chipping into the project. The first processors off the production line will feature an ARM Cortex A-57 at 2GHz, and will run both PCs and servers.
Each and every year, the Russian government reportedly purchases 700,000 PCs which costs around $500 million. On top of this, the government spends a further $300 million acquiring 300,000 servers per year. The new Baikal processors should begin replacing the Intel- and AMD-powered machines starting in early 2015.
The reason behind the change? There are many. With the NSA PRISM and GCHQ stories out there, most would believe its for espionage reasons, but it will also be helping out local companies, instead of overseas interests. On top of that, it will allow the country to better protect its freedoms from the prying, all-seeing eye of the United States.
Intel is about to launch its 16-threaded (but 8-core) processor in September, and while that is for consumers, what is being played with behind closed doors in experiments is incredibly exciting - with a new 36-core processor teased by researchers at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture.
Li-Shiuan Peh, the Singapore Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has said that the future of massively multi-core processors will be more like little Internets, where every core packs a router, with data travelling between cores in packets of fixed size. Peh's group unveiled a titanic 36-core processor that features this "network-on-chip" at the event.
Today's processors are connected by a single wire, and feature between 2 and 6 cores, with the multiple cores needing to talk to each other through exclusive access to the bus. But, this way won't work as the core count increases, as the other cores will be waiting for the bus to free up, rather than performing the duties you've set it out to do. With the network-on-chip, each and every CPU core is connected only to those that are directly next to it. Bhavya Daya, an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science explains: "You can reach your neighbors really quickly. You can also have multiple paths to your destination. So if you're going way across, rather than having one congested path, you could have multiple ones".
The first smartphone to come from Microsoft since it purchased Nokia won't run the company's Windows Phone OS; rather the device will run Android. The Android interface on the Nokia X2 looks like Windows Phone, but underneath it's all Android. The X2 will offer users pre-installed apps that will hook the device into Microsoft's cloud services.
Analyst Ben Wood from CCS Insight says that he sees the Nokia X2 as an admission that Microsoft's entry-level Asha line of smartphones were unable to compete with entry-level Android devices. The Nokia X2 has a 4.3-inch screen and 1GB of RAM.
Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Titanfall, posted a graph of its European Titanfall servers, which saw a massive dip in players when the Uruguay vs. England game kicked off.
Players were still glued to their Titan's when the Colombia vs. Cote d'Ivoire game was on, but activity dipped when the 3 goals were scored - something you can see in the chart, above. Once Uruguay and England hit the field, all bets were off, as well as Xbox One consoles. Just as Uruguay scored at the 39-minute mark, activity surged, but plummeted for the second half.
At around the 85-minute mark when Luis Suarez kicked the game-winning goal and crushed England, Titanfall activity bounced right back up.
After watching season three of Game of Thrones, Intel's Knights Landing just reads and sounds like Kings Landing... but, onto the news. Intel has just announced its next-gen Xeon Phi chips, codenamed Knights Landing, at the International Supercomputing Conference being held in Leipzig, Germany.
The new processors will be capable of delivering close to three times the peak performance power of its predecessor, Knights Corner. The new Xeon Phi CPUs will use a new high-speed fabric technology - Intel's own Omni Scale fabric - that should help with performance, scalability, reliability, power and density requirements to speed up the rate of scientific discovery.
Intel's new Knights Landing processors will use 16GB of stacked memory, something that will be based on Micron's incredibly fast Hybrid Memory Cube technology. This technology is capable of 15x the bandwidth provided by DDR3, and 5x the bandwidth of DDR4, all while being 5x more power efficient, and only requiring 1/3 of the space.
We've already taken a quick look at LG's very impressive G3 smartphone, but it isn't available in the US or many other markets right now. At the moment, it's limited to South Korea, but this will change starting on June 27.
LG will launch its new flagship handset in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. After this, the G3 will be rolled out into the rest of Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. US carriers haven't talked about pricing just yet, but with some impressive specs, including the gorgeous 5.5-inch QHD (2560x1440) display, it might just be worth it.
The reboot of Tomb Raider was a huge success, selling over 6 million copies across multiple platforms, but now we need to start talking about the next game in the series: Rise of the Tomb Raider - something that was teased at E3 this year.
Now we have Amazon UK teasing Rise of the Tomb Raider for both previous and next-gen consoles, as well as the PC. The rebooted Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix was originally released in 2013 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and then re-released as the Definitive Edition on the Xbox One and PS4.
We should have official confirmation of Rise of the Tomb Raider - which I think is a very cool name for the sequel - in the coming weeks and months, hopefully.
We've been through a crazy week or so with Ubisoft, with the company deliberately gimping the PC version of Watch Dogs, claiming that the next-gen console version of Far Cry 4 will be equal to "Ultra High" settings on PC, and The Division being locked at 30FPS. Can it get any worse? Yes, yes it can.
GameSpot recently interviewed the studio behind The Division, Massive Entertainment, which had some interesting things to say. When asked about "making a console game after spending so many years in the PC space", Ubisoft Massive Managing Director, David Polfeldt said: "We were a very, very hardcore PC gamer studio before. And we never understood the previous generation of consoles very well from a technological standpoint. But then when we saw the specs for this generation consoles... I remember we had a meeting at Massive and we just looked at each other and said 'Is this what I think it is?!' 'Is this our home turf?' Because on this hardware, we can be excellent; we can be one of the best. And as soon as we had that, we just started focusing on this generation of consoles like crazy".
So in that quote, we see that Massive went from being a "very, very hardcore PC gamer studio" to "focusing on this generation of consoles like crazy" after Massive saw what would be powering the next-gen consoles. In the quote above, Massive talked about next-gen consoles, saying that "because of this hardware, we can be excellent; we can be one of the best". The proof is right there.
Another nugget of information, is that Massive states that the Snowdrop engine that powers The Division is "enormously tailored to the current generation of consoles". Remember, that The Division is not coming to the Xbox 360 or PS3, but is exclusive to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.