Last year it was revealed that Microsoft spent some $100 million designing the Xbox One controller, but it's only now that we're finding out that the company went through 200 prototypes before landing on the final design.
During an interview with MCV, Design Lead Carl Ledbetter talked about the work that went into the final Xbox One and controller design, which took over three years. He said that Microsoft spent over 500 hours testing the controller, with over 1,100 different consumers. He said: "Nobody says anything about the little things on the hardware. If somebody is using the controller and after 30 minutes is saying 'my hands are starting to hurt.' then that's a fail. But if after 30 minutes all they're thinking about is the game, then we're doing OK".
Ledbetter compared the work on the controller and console itself, to the design of an expensive sports car "and then you opened the door and the handle felt a little strange". He continued, adding that Microsoft had learned from previous mistakes, adding "An example of something we got wrong was the first Xbox controller. It worked, but it wasn't the right size for people".
Motorola has just pushed through another ad for its second-generation Moto X smartphone, which has some fun with the fact of how customizable the phone is before you order it. Check out the ad below:
The new ad follows a new smartphone buyer, Ben, who is constantly making changes to his Moto X through the Moto Maker online portal before he commits to the final design. On the other side of the ad is his doppelgänger who is running around making the various changes that Ben is making to his phone, making him do some last-minute fixes to the Moto X before shipping it.
The ad is smart, and simple, and shows off how customizable the Moto X is.
Blizzard Entertainment wants potential customers to enjoy its titles with prices for up to 75 percent off. The deals are available via the Battle.net Store and are good until Tuesday evening.
Diablo 3- $20
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - $20
Diablo 3: reaper of Souls Digital Deluxe Edition - $40
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - $10
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Digital Deluxe Edition - $25
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - $10
World of Warcraft and all of its expansions - $5
This sale is a perfect time to update your Blizzard catalog and start playing some cheap games.
Some unofficial benchmarks have surfaced on the alleged AMD Radeon R9 300 series GPU, something that is arriving as "Captain Jack" from the Pirate Islands family of products.
The GPU was benchmarked against a slew of other cards, on a bunch of different games. These games were all benchmarked, which provided a heavily-stacked average FPS, versing this mystery card against a bunch of other cards on the market. You can see in the image above, that the "Captain Jack" sample kicks some serious ass with 65.6FPS average, against the 50.1FPS average of the R9 290X and the 56.6FPS average of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980.
But these days, it's not all about brute performance, but performance-per-watt. The "Captain Jack" sample GPU is doing quite well here too, with load power consumption of an average of 197W. This is compared to the average power consumption of the GeForce GTX 980 pulling 185W, while the R9 290X pulls much more, at 279W. Whatever this card is, if it turns out to be true, AMD could really stomp back into the market with a card that goes toe-to-toe with the GeForce GTX 980, and some.
Anonymous has continued its #OPKKK campaign against members of the Ku Klux Klan in Missouri, after the group brazenly challenged the hacker collective online. The @KuKluxKlanUSA Twitter account was compromised last week, and the hacking fun was only beginning for Anonymous.
I won't link directly to the dox page, but it doesn't take much imagination into how one would easily find the information posted online, courtesy of Anonymous. Frank Ancona, the "KKK Imperial Wizard," had his address, phone number, Social Security number, credit card information, and other personal information - with the dox also targeting his wife - posted online.
Anonymous also might target government websites and infrastructure in Missouri to respond for the Grand Jury failing to indict Officer Darren Wilson: "We find it disturbing that you, the grand jury, have chosen this patch as everyone will not choose to stand calm and let you choose to let him walk free. As you've seen all the riots and businesses, police cars, etc., being burned down while Anonymous shall target any Missouri government or bank sites now, so you better increase your security because we're here and we're not going to stand by and watch you let this man walk free."
LG is one of the first to drop Android 5.0 Lollipop onto its flagship G3 smartphone, in its home country of South Korea at first. This is the first step for the G3, with international versions of the handset to soon receive the new OS.
Better yet, people who have updated their G3s to Android 5.0 have reported that they're seeing slight performance increases. We should see Lollipop updates for the other G3s around the world in the coming weeks, and then we should hopefully see LG updating their older handsets, such as the G2 with the new OS from Google, too.
Valve has kicked off its latest gaming specials, with the Steam Exploration Sale, which runs from November 26 to December 2. The Steam Exploration Sale has a bunch of games on sale, including Civilization: Beyond Earth which is down 30% from $89.99 to $62.99.
Watch Dogs is 50% off, reducing its $74.95 price to $37.47, The Evil Within has 66% taken off of its $79.95 price, reducing it to $27.17. For some randomness, the Goat MMO Simulator is down 50%, from $9.99 to just $4.99 while Company of Heroes has 75% off, reducing its original $49.99 price to $12.49.
Right now, there are 5633 games on sale across the entire Steam library, so get in there and start saving some money!
French website No Where Else has recently released some iPhone 6s conceptual design images, showing a stainless steel Apple Watch alongside a 4.5-inch iPhone and 7.6mm thick iPhone 6s.
The designer for this project is Grisha Serov, showing the Apple Watch conceptual design include such features as a 4.5-inch screen, antenna lines along the back of the product, an improved clasping system and an over-all professional and business-dress feel.
We already know that the Radeon R9 390X is going to be a special card, where according to rumors we can expect it to arrive with a 4096-bit memory bus, made possible with High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM. This card should have memory bandwidth of a truly next-gen 640GB/sec. But, what comes after that, is going to be even better.
The first generation of HBM, which SK Hynix is now shipping, provides 2Gb per DRAM die, 1Gbps speed per pin, 128GB/sec of bandwidth and is stackable in groups of four. This results in 4 x 128GB/sec = 512GB/sec, with another 128GB/sec coming from somewhere else on the card. But, the second-generation HBM is going to be lightning quick, even compared to the already-damn-impressive first-gen HBM tech.
The second-gen HBM technology will allow for 8Gb per DRAM die, up from 2Gb on the first-gen HBM for starts. This means we should see GPUs with 8-16GB of VRAM on-board. Second, the bandwidth increases to 256GB/sec (up from 128GB/sec) which should arrive as around 1.28TB/sec of available memory bandwidth. Considering NVIDIA's second-generation Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980s only have 224GB/sec of memory bandwidth on a 256-bit bus, the 4096-bit wide memory bus with 1.28TB/sec of bandwidth will surely do some insane things, especially at Ultra HD and beyond resolutions.
This is where it will get interesting; over 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth on a 4096-bit bus is going to be an amazing sight to behold, especially at 4K or 8K. Even more so on something like VR with the Oculus Rift, where it could render one eye separate to the other, at 1440p each, and still have memory bandwidth to spare. Things are going to get exciting with the Radeon R9 390X and beyond, but I think that's just the beginning. The R9 490X is going to be when things really kick into second gear, not only spitting on 'next-gen' consoles, but it's going to be when game developers hopefully wake up and realize they should be coding for these GPUs with insane amounts of memory bandwidth, as they're truly next, next-gen technologies.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom said he is "broke," after spending upwards of $10 million on legal expenses, and is now forced to represent himself at a bail hearing next week. The Simpson Grierson law firm stepped down representation of Dotcom two weeks ago, but hasn't issued a public statement regarding the case. The FBI says Dotcom received more than $200 million in "criminal proceeds," as Dotcom traveled the world, living an extremely high-profile lifestyle.
"The [US authorities] have certainly managed to drain my resources and dehydrate me, and without lawyers I am defenseless," Dotcom recently said. "They used that opportunity to try and get my bail revoked and that's what I'm facing."
Dotcom faces extradition to the United States to face piracy charges - as the US government continues to be heavily influenced by copyright groups, lobbying politicians and lawmakers - as Dotcom wished he didn't try to become involved in New Zealand politics. In addition to dumping millions into the failed campaign, many Dotcom supporters eventually turned on him.