Creative Assembly's awesomely scary Alien: Isolation is coming out for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC later this year, but the studio has announced that the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game will run at 1080p.
As for the frame rate, that will be "pretty compatible" On both consoles. Creative Assembly Lead Game Designer, Gary Napper, talked with OXM where he said: "When I think about working on the game, it's almost platform agnostic because I only think about the differences between platforms and the different mechanics we can use, like the light on the PS4 pad and the stuff with Kinect 2.0. So I think with framerate it's pretty comparable. There's no noticeable drop or change in graphics between them. Obviously there are a lot more options to tweak and scale up on the PC".
We've heard studios talking up the PC version of their games before, so I hope that Creative Assembly keep to their word and truly a truly next-generation game on PC - without watering down or gimping the graphics on the much more powerful PC platform. Alien: Isolation will be providing scares in virtual reality with Oculus Rift support, something I can't wait to try out myself.
After what has felt like forever, Google has announced that YouTube is adding both 48FPS and 60FPS support. Not only is the Mountain View-based giant adding in higher frame rate support, but there are a slew of new goodies coming. The first 60FPS video on YouTube is in Titanfall, but switch to the 1080p stream to enjoy the 60FPS goodness.
This includes a new iOS app called Creator Studio, the aforementioned 48FPS and 60FPS support, 7500 royalty-free sound effects for content creators to use, and a virtual tip jar so you can support your favorite YouTube channels. We should hear more in the coming weeks, but I'm definitely excited about the 60FPS support, what about you?
We reported a few days ago now that Crytek was beginning to walk into some trouble, with developers not flocking to its CryEngine for game development. But now there's multiple outlets reporting that the developer behind Crysis is in a spot of bother over not paying its employees on time.
The developer hasn't been paying its employees on time for a few months now, with multiple games being cancelled, some of which were original prototypes, and even the sequel to the Xbox One exclusive, Ryse. Current and former employees of Crytek explain that the company has a tense, unstable environment which stems from poor communication and a number of high-level staff leading the company's studios in both Britain and Germany. One employee has said that over 100 people have left the company since March.
Crytek has reportedly been experiencing some issues for quite a while now - personally, ever since it shifted focus to consoles over pushing graphical boundaries with CryEngine and Crysis on PC - with multiple contracts cut from the company. Crytek is a privately owned company, so when it loses a multi-million-dollar contract, it hurts, a lot.
The United States and China are reportedly trying to increase discussions related to cybercrime, but leaders in Washington and Beijing are continuing to find it difficult. It seems the U.S. government charging five Chinese Army officers with cyberespionage led to the timeout, as both sides try to work things out.
Even though both China and the United States blame one another for state-sanctioned activities - and China is blamed for allowing groups to target western companies - both sides want to find some type of political middle ground they can agree on.
Organized Chinese hacker groups are targeting western defense companies, with Chinese officials typically turning a blind eye. Meanwhile, there hasn't been a decline in cyberattacks stemming from China, cybersecurity experts warn, showing that there is still a lot of work that must be done.
Apple today announced its 16GB iPod Touch is available for $199, while the 32GB edition costs $249, and the 64GB is $299. The new lineup has 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, 4-inch Retina display, the Apple A5 chip and FaceTime camera. New colors have also been added to further entice users.
The previous 16GB iPod Touch cost $229 and didn't have a rear-facing camera. The device currently runs iOS 7 and will be ready for iOS 8 later this year.
It seems likely Apple wants to clear shelves and either prepare for a new generation of iPod devices, or to liquidate current stock and shift focus to the iPhone and smartwatches. Prior to the success of the iPhone - and other smartphones - iPods once dominated the MP3 market, but interest dwindled as consumers transitioned.
The North Korean military successfully launched three short-range projectiles during a missile test, likely aimed at antagonizing political leaders in South Korea. It's not uncommon for North Korea to conduct military exercises off its eastern coast when it wants to raise political tensions and frustrate U.S. leaders.
The projectiles flew an estimated 115 miles into the Sea of Japan, and South Korean officials are trying to determine what was fired.
"We are analyzing our data to try to figure out what type of projectiles they were and why the North fired them," said a South Korean official. "Our military has increased its monitoring activities in case the North should fire more projectiles."
ThreatTrack Security recently released ThreatAnalyzer 5.1, the company's latest version of a dynamic malware analysis solution aimed for the enterprise. The new tool allows security teams to detect and remove malicious code, along with learning how malware runs on their networks.
Users are able to recrate their 32-bit and 64-bit environments, including virtual machines, with custom malware determination rules and integrated threat intelligence.
"Uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges to enterprise cybersecurity, and it is paralyzing incident response teams," said Julian Waits, ThreatTrack Security President and CEO, in a statement. "Enterprises know they are under attack from breaches caused by advanced malware, but most lack the tools necessary to identify advanced threats and accurately quantify their exposure to those risks."
Allen Lockser, 21, faces 11 felony computer fraud charges after allegedly accessing student accounts, though didn't compromise any personal information. However, he reportedly submitted quizzes and deleted submitted homework assignments from the school network, first gaining access by trying random passwords until he was successful.
Lockser is accused of hacking into 20 student accounts on Canvas, the Pasco-Hernando State College online portal, which is used for submitting homework assignments and assessments. He was easy to track because he used the static IP address at his home, so sheriff's deputies were able to quickly identify him.
The school boosted security and students must now use passwords with a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. In addition to criminal charges, Lockser will also face a school disciplinary inquiry. After being arrested for his charges, Lockser was booked and later released on $1,100 bail.
The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in developing a Humvee-mounted anti-drone laser able to disrupt the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that might attack patrols. If successful, the Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move (GBAD) will help Marines on the ground, using hardware that can be placed on light-tactical vehicles.
There is greater concern of enemies using UAVs to track and target Marines, so they are able to be more effective when launching attacks. The anti-drone laser system will be deployable on a Humvee or Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, after officers requested mobile directed-energy weapons that can eliminate threats.
"We can expect that our adversaries will increasingly use UAVs and our expeditionary forces must deal with that rising threat," said Col. William Zamagni, ONR expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department head, in a statement. "GBAD gives the Marine Corps a capability to counter the UAV threat efficiently, sustainably and organically with austere expeditionary forces."
There are a number of local food delivery services out there like GrubHub and others that you can use to order up some local takeout when you are hungry. A report has surfaced that Amazon is out to launch its own local delivery service as well.
According to the report, Amazon will launch the food delivery service as part of its Amazon Local offering. This new delivery service was reportedly set to go live in Seattle first and was activated via the Amazon Local app last night.
However, the service was turned off again shortly after it launched. It is expected to go live again soon. One source claiming to be familiar with Amazon's plans says that the food delivery service will see a very gradual rollout to other areas.