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The Verge is reporting that the next generation Xbox from Microsoft will take over your TV and feature deep set-top box integration. They say that the Xbox 720 will be able to interact with a user's cable box and TV much like Google TV.
The report states that the Xbox 720 will accept an HDMI connection from the cable box so that it can pass the signal through with an extra UI imposed on top. The Xbox 720 will also make use of Kinect to detect viewers watching and be able to pause video content if a viewer looks away much like the Galaxy S3's eye-tracking technology.
We still don't know much about the Xbox 720, but an event is expected in May at which Microsoft will detail the next-gen console.
iFixit seems to tear apart every piece of new technology that is released these days and we love them for that. This time the Oculus Rift goes under the
knife screwdriver to show us what makes it tick.
The team at iFixit were able to get their hands on a developer's edition of the virtual reality headset and made it clear that this is merely a prototype model and the actual production unit may change. The tear down reviled an Innolux HJ070IA-02D 7-inch LCD that has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, with 640 x 800 per eye.
The LCD is controlled by a Himax HX8851 controller. The head tracking is accomplished by a STMicroelectronics 32F103C8 ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller with 72MHz CPU, Invensense MPU-6000 six-axis (gyro + accelerometer) motion tracking controller and an A983 2206, which is believed to be a three-axis magnetometer.
iFixit awarded the Oculus Rift a repairability score of high, which is rare these days.
SimCity coming to Mac June 11th, if you bought the Windows version you get access to the Mac version
Despite its rough start, SimCity is now running smoothly and it appears that server issues are a thing of the past. This morning EA and Maxis announced that the popular city building simulator will be making its way to Mac on June 11th.
Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA's Maxis Label, said in the announcement:
"SimCity is coming to Mac on June 11 and one purchase will give you both the Mac and PC versions. You only need to buy SimCity once to play together across the same servers, regardless of which version you're playing. We didn't want to make any compromises when it came to the Mac so we created a native version that is optimized for the hardware and OSX."
That means that players who previously purchased the game for Windows will get a free Mac download as well. EA says that you will use the same Origin account to log in on both the PC and Mac leading to seamless management of your cities, regardless of which system you are playing on.
Since its release more than 1.3 million copies of the game have been sold.
Batman: Arkham Origins announced with Rocksteady Studios not involved, are Warner Bros pulling an Activision?
Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel, Arkham City, have been some of the most memorable, and most successful games of this generation. These games were developed by Rocksteady Studios - but there has now been a third game in the series announced today, Batman: Arkham Origins.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be released for the PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 - with no mention of next-generation consoles. It is being put together by WB Games Montreal, and has the game world of Origins set years before the events of the previous Arkham games. Players take control of a younger Batman, who meets many of the series' iconic characters for the very first time.
From my perspective, it looks like Warner Bros. are pulling an Activision here, with their Call of Duty series. Back in its hey day (I guess it's still there, isn't it?) it was being pushed between Infinity Ward and Treyarch - the former releasing the best COD titles, the latter selling the lesser quality titles. It made lots of money for Activision, but the entire series has been run into the ground (again, in my opinion).
Before the PS4 was announced, third-party developers were told the PS4 could feature 4GB of GDDR5, were surprised to see 8GB
It was only at the unveiling of Sony's PlayStation 4 that third-party developers discovered there was 8GB of GDDR5 RAM inside of the machine, as they were told that the PS4 would only come with 4GB of GDDR5 previously.
These developers even received development kits before the PS4 was announced, and were still not aware of the bump in RAM until the PS4 reveal. Just Add Water's CEO, Stewart Gilray, spoke with VideoGamer.com, teasing that they're working on a mystery title for the PS4, said that third-party developers were told that the PS4 would feature just 4GB of RAM, but were very surprised when the PS4 system lead architect, Mark Cerny, announced the 8GB of RAM cranking along inside of the PlayStation 4.
Gilray told VideoGamer.com:
We were told [PS4] was 4GB originally. And we first knew it had 8GBs when Mark said at the event's stage, 'And it has 8GB of memory.' We'd had kits at that point for a good while.
Gilray suspects that a few of the bigger, first-party developers knew the PS4 would feature 8GB of RAM before the PS4 reveal. He continues: "It's a fantastic amount of memory. especially DDR5 memory, because it's so fast you don't have to have everything there at once. You can swap it in and out instantly, effectively. But when they said 8GB it was like, 'Ooookay.'"
Microsoft is said to be using an AMD processor in its upcoming Xbox 720, according to a Bloomberg report. News of the upcoming product has boosted AMD's stock by over 13 percent, or up $0.30, to $2.59. Meanwhile, Competitor NVIDIA's stock fell a quarter of a percent to $12.43.
AMD is already confirmed to be powering the next-gen PlayStation 4 from Sony, so it will be a major win if AMD is inside the Xbox 720. Microsoft's logic in switching to AMD could include lowering production price and trying to entice more developers to produce games for the platform. By adapting a PC architecture, both are achieved.
Neither AMD nor Microsoft would comment on the report. Microsoft is said to be aiming for a May or June unveiling, possibly at E3. Other sources have pegged May 21 as the day that Microsoft will unveil the Xbox 720.
Lego Batman is one of the biggest hits on the Wii console ranking right up there with the Lego Star Wars titles. Fans of the game have already seen the sequel arrive on the Wii and Nintendo DS, but Wii U owners have been left wondering when they will get a taste of Gotham City love.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will blast onto the scene for Wii U on the 21st of May, which is just over a month from now. The date has not been confirmed through Nintendo, but it is listed on both Amazon and GameStop's website as going on sale that day.
Gaming site Joystiq has also confirmed through GameStop that this date is indeed the official launch date for Lego Batman 2 for the Wii U.
It looks like the next-generation Xbox could be unveiled next month, with The Verge reporting that Microsoft are hosting an event next month for such a thing. Paul Thurrott has said that Microsoft has an event planned for May 21, with The Verge confirming this, saying "as we understand this date is accurate".
The Verge's sources have said that the event will be at a small venue, which will concentrate on the first details of the next-generation Xbox. There's not much else to report on right now, but you should pull that pencil out of your bag, and jot down that May 21 date - I'll be waiting with some seriously powerful enthusiasm.
More than 10 million copes of Minecraft have been sold on the PC making it the 7th best-selling PC game ever
Indie superstar, Minecraft, has sold more than 10 million copies according to Mojang customer support manager Marc Watson. Watson tweeted the news, with the milestone including just copies from PC, Mac and Linux - making it the seventh best-selling PC game of all time - a huge, huge milestone.
The game is also available on Android, Xbox 360 and iOS, so these numbers would be much higher if the extra platforms were counted. The developer has said that the Xbox 360 version alone has sold more than six million copies as of last month. Developer Jens Bergensten believes that across all platforms, sale numbers on Minecraft was around 20 million in January of this year.
What was originally thought of as a huge April Fool's Day joke has turned into an actual serious tease of the upcoming Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon from Ubisoft. A bunch of screenshots have made their way to the official Xbox.com website, which has gamers talking.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon goes down a very different path to the usual DLC, where we should expect some seriously fun first-person shooter fun. Here is the official synopsis from the game's website:
The year is 2007. It is the future. Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war and new paths for peace must be found. A U.S. cyborg army may have found a solution: a powerful bioweapon on a distant island. A Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt has been sent over to gather information and figure out what the hell is going on.