Today Jeri Ellsworth released a new video on her YouTube channel that gave us a look into what has been going on in her world since she was let go from Valve. Jeri says she has been working on a project that was started about two years ago when she was recruited by Valve to develop an all new way to play video games using augmented reality and virtual reality.
To summarize a long story, Jeri stumbled across a neat effect using special image projection glasses and a sheet of retro reflective material. When combined, the two pieces of technology created a beautiful holographic gaming experience that does not cause headaches from eye strain. Jeri said that she had a hard time selling the new discovery to Valve as they did not see how this could fit into the types of games they were developing.
Jeri teamed up with a developer at Valve named Rick Johnson who began developing games for the system in his spare time after hours at Valve. Jeri continued working on the headset and managed to shrink it down drastically and at the same time, she developed a "magic wand" that was used to control characters on the gaming surface. The gaming system became popular and Jeri says that Valve employees would stop by her office at the end of the day and spend hours playing games on the system.
During a recent interview, DICE's Director, Lars Gustavsson alluded to the company officially supporting Linux with a port of the new Frostbite Engine 3. He said that all it will take is for a single killer game (such as Battlefield 4) to be ported to the free OS and the platform would become as popular for gaming as Windows.
Gustavsson says that DICE wants to create the "Halo" of Linux, referencing the Bungie title that made the Xbox a success overnight. He said that the company will port Frostbite 3 over to Linux and that means that we could see games like Battlefield 4, and other big name titles coming to Linux machines everywhere. A big factor in this will be Valve's SteamOS which has support from AMD and NVIDIA and is needed to get the high-end graphics support needed on Linux.
Battlefield 4 is only a few weeks away, and to whet out appetites that much more, DICE has released another video for the first-person shooter named 'Only in Battlefield.'
The video shows off some incredible footage, as usual, with some gamers chiming in with what their favorite OMG moment was in the game. I feel like it's a bit scripted, with actors, but these feats that are pulled off in the game are truly only in Battlefield, which is something that makes the game unique.
Battlefield 4 is released on October 29 in most countries, and hits next-gen consoles a few weeks later when they launch.
We haven't seen many comparisons between current and next generation platforms with some of the newer games coming out, but there's a comparison of Watch Dogs on the current generation consoles, put up against the next-gen platforms.
As you can see from the shots above and below, there are some big differences between the two versions. The shot above showed off a much more detailed image with increased clarity, shadow and lighting detail and more. You can really see the change in graphics between the two shots. If you look at the jacket Aiden is wearing, you can clearly see the big difference in detail.
The shot above, is also a good example, but I think most of the detail is blurred from our vision thanks to the darker scene. One part that really sticks out to be is the jumper Aiden is wearing underneath his jacket, with the detail at the top of it nice and clear. You can distinctly tell there's some bumps between the top, thanks to the improved level of detail, lighting and shadows.
During an interview with AusGamers, Microsoft Studios VP, Phil Spencer, talked about cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PC, where he said that it "made a lot of sense."
Spencer continued, adding that a "connected ecosystem" across a giant variety of devices is what he considers "the future of gaming." He also teased some more, saying "I'm not allowed to leak things, but I think what you're talking about makes a lot of sense." We've seen cross-platform play from Microsoft before, with the short lived Shadowrun. The cross-platform multiplayer title that launched on the Xbox 360 and PC in 2007, where Microsoft "learnt a lot from" the game.
The Microsoft Studios VP bought up some examples, using Skulls of the Shogun and Halo 4, where he said: "This connected ecosystem across all the different devices is definitely where I think the future of gaming is going. You don't have to do it as a developer, but you have the capability and I think a system like Xbox Live across all those screens where you know who someone is and who their friends are, what their Achievements are and their progression is really critical to that."
Today Valve released a new video that shows off some of their developers running through games like Portal Counter Strike: GO and Civilization 5. The devs show off how the track pads act much like how a mouse works and it appears to work well with most games.
In the video you can see an picture in picture setup that showcases the controller as the game is being played. Personally, I don't know how I feel about the controller yet. I am hoping that Valve will have it on display at CES for the media to try out.
I wasn't going to write about this, but we all know that Grand Theft Auto V is one of the biggest games of all time. A franchise which started out on the PC, so news of it hitting the PC is a big deal.
Eurogamer has "multiple industry sources" who have whispered into its ears that Rockstar's title would hit the PC in the first quarter of next year. Eurogamer says that Rockstar wants to mirror how GTA IV was handled, where it hit consoles in April 2008, and eight months later it reached the PC. If this was to happen, we should expect it to hit PC on May 2014 then.
But, the problem is that May 2014 is not Q1 2014, so I think we'll see it released somewhere around Q1 2014, maybe not in that three-month window, but very close to it.
Grand Theft Auto V is breaking all sorts of records, but it's also breaking gamers' hearts by being problematic in GTA Online unfortunately. But it looks like those days could be behind Rockstar, with the latest patch hopefully fixing GTA Online's various issues.
A new update is being pushed out to GTA V that will address issues related to "game progress loss in GTA Online" and other various technical issues. The update is available for the PS3 version right now, with a title update being pushed onto the Xbox 360 version of the game tomorrow "at the latest" according to Rockstar.
The update should fix the issues we reported on a few days ago now, but Rockstar says with the exception of "some specific instances where players purchase a vehicle and the save does not occur due to a cloud save failure." A separate patch will be pushed out to fix those issues. The patch hitting GTA V will fix the following issues:
- Fixes multiple issues causing character deletion or other loss of progress
- Fixes issues causing infinite loading, infinite sky cams, and missing interface options between jobs
- Fixes an issue causing the "replay" option to be locked out on certain jobs
- Fixes an issue where a player would become stuck in the mod garage when respraying a Sanchez motor bike
- Fixes an issue where the Player became stuck inside Los Santos Customs during Online tutorial flow.
- Fixes an issue causing the loss of guns and ammo
- Fixes issues causing GTA races ending early because of players spawning too far ahead
- Fixes issues in Last Team Standing where sessions would not progress past the lobby
- Fixes issues with network errors when joining Last Team Standing using Quick Job
- Added clarifications around when a player is using a temporary character in GTA Online during Rockstar Cloud server outages
- Adjusts the monetary penalty for being killed in a One on One match
We all knew that Grand Theft Auto was destined to be huge, just how huge was anyones guess. Today Guinness World Records announced that GTA V has managed to break not one, but six world records in less than one month since its launch. This brings the total number of world records held by the franchise to seven.
Rockstar has reported that Grand Theft Auto V sold more than 11.21 million copies in just the first 24 hours alone and then broke $1 billion in sales in just 3 days, making it the fastest selling video game of all time.
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: "GTA totally deserves to be recognized as an icon of modern British culture, and we're thrilled to be able to feature the game in the record books. Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it's taken on the might of Hollywood and won! I'm also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book."
Creative Director of Watch Dogs, Jonathan Morin, has stirred the pot during an interview with CVG stating that the Wii U version of Watch Dogs will be superior to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.
Morin said: "I would say the Wii U version is pretty much in between what the current gen is and what the next gen is from a version standpoint. 's hard to position it. I would tend to say it's maybe a bit closer to current gen than next gen for certain things but it's a beautiful game on Wii U and it's cool to play it just on the GamePad."
Morin also confirmed that Watch Dogs will be playable on the Wii U GamePad in off-screen mode, which makes the Wii U version quite unique. If you own a Wii U and were waiting for a truly next-generation game, it looks like Watch Dogs might just be it.
Far Cry 3 was a smash hit, selling millions of copies, but we haven't heard a peep about Far Cry 4 until now. Cliff Martinez, American composer and former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer has said that the game is under development during a recent interview with Lost in the Multiplex.
Martinez was asked what he is currently working on, where he replied that he is working on several new projects including the unannounced title in the Far Cry series. He said: "There's a secret mission that I'm not completely on yet, it looks like I'll also be doing a Soderbergh TV series called The Knick, and I'm working on a video game called Far Cry 4." He also said "So yeah, I'm popular all this week."
We should know about Far Cry 4 soon I'd say, just about the time that next-gen consoles start getting powered up.
The Long Dark should be on your radar, and if it's not, pencil it in right now. The Long Dark is a first-person post-disaster survival simulation (oh yeah) which is set in the Northern wilderness, and is all about realistic survival.
Until now, we've just been drip fed some screenshots and details of the game, but now the official first prototype gameplay footage has been released, which you can check out above. As you can see, the game will feature some incredibly in-depth detail, such as the current temperature of the environment you're in, your calories, and what you need in the game: whether it be food, water, or rest.
The developers behind it are from all stretches of game studios, with ex Volition, Bioware, Relic and Riot developers on board to help develop The Long Dark. The Kickstarter goal for The Long Dark is $200,000 CAD, but with 8 days to go it's only sitting at $127,254. Hopefully it bursts through its required funds, as this looks like a truly new type of game.
An Angry Birds theme park has just opened up in China, which has been in planning stages since 2011. It did initially see a soft launch back in September 2012, and then again with an official celebratory "opening" day on October 1, which is China's National Day.
What makes this special is that this is the first official, licensed Angry Birds theme park. There was an unlicensed facility that opened up in Changsha in China's Hunan province, but this one is the real deal. The Angry Birds theme park features 10,000 square meters of fun, including dozens of attractions that are focused around the world of Angry Birds.
Visitors can check out the Angry Birds Castle, listen to music in the music stadium or jump around in a fully dedicated parkour activity park! Official Angry Birds merchanise will be on-hand, as well as official Angry Birds games on various gaming stations set up throughout the park.
We know that gamers are experiencing all sorts of issues with GTA Online, with Rockstar Games scrambling to fix yet another online game that is in shambles. The developer is trying to find the source of an issue that is seeing users' loss of characters, apartments, in-game cash, rank and more.
Rockstar wants to find the issue,and hopefully recover players' lost data. One of the problems is Rockstar Cloud Services, which the developer suggests gamers don't play GTA Online when Cloud Services are inaccessible. When Cloud Services are down, players can continue playing GTA Online, but with a temporary character, without the ability to save their progress.
Another issue Rockstar has noticed is that the "Retry" button is causing problems, where when a gamer is prompted to retry to enter a GTA Online match when the Cloud is down, some players will see all of their data wiped. Yikes. Rockstar has said that reverting back to GTA V's single-player campaign, and then back into GTA Online does the trick, but this hasn't worked for everyone.
Battlefield 4 is launched upon the world in just a couple of weeks time, and thanks to its much better in-game pro-gaming features, it looks like the pro-gaming scene for BF4 is already forming with the announcement of Battlefield 4: Showdown Live Europe vs. USA.
32 players will compete under the direction of Xbox Live's Major Nelson and AceyBongos in BF4's upcoming Second Assault expansion. This p ack includes four BF3 re-imagined maps, which will arrive first on the Xbox One when the game launches. Showdown Live Europe vs. USA starts on November 1 at 1PM EST, and will be streamed through Xbox Live.
People are still wanting SimCity to not be an always-online title, and it looks like this might just happen now, after all this time. A post over on the SimCity blog by General Manager of Maxis, Patrick Buechner hints at this.
Buechner said that Maxis now has "a team specifically focused on exploring the possibility of an offline mode." Maxis can't guarantee if the offline mode will ever appear to consumers, but the developer finally sees that some gamers do want to visit their cities without being on the Internet, and it would also see a huge spike of use in the modding community.
We reported earlier in the week that Valve had trademarked the Half-Life 3 name in the EU, but it turns out this was wrong. It has all been a fake, with the website for the EU trademark office now gone.
Valve Time is right on the ball with this, but I'm sure that there are many out there, myself included, who are disappointed with the news. Just as we were hearing about the Steam Box, SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam Controllers, we were suckered into believing one of the, if not the most anticipated game was finally coming... but not anymore.
Grand Theft Auto Online has been plagued with major issues since its launch, and Rockstar has said that they are working hard on a patch that should fix all of the issues. Rockstar says that the patch could come as early as tomorrow, but I am expecting something to arrive on Monday or Tuesday.
The issues arise when gamers try to log in to the game and they get an error that says "Failed to Host a GTA Online Session." Other issues include the occasional "failed to star job" error if you actually manage to long in and play the game. We want to know if you have been experiencing issues with GTA Online. Leave us a comment and let us know.
Valve recently unveiled its grand plan for the long anticipated Steam Boxes. Now being called Steam Machines, Valve said that the new gaming consoles will be developed and sold by partners, but the company did mention that it would be making a Steam Box of its own, and 300 lucky Steam users would be getting one to beta test.
No other mention was made about the hardware that we might see packed inside Valve's Steam Box at the time of the initial release, but today we have found out what those beta boxes will contain. Valve says that the first Steam Machine will be a high-end device that features off-the-shelf PC hardware, and will be fully upgradeable like a normal gaming PC.
Valve's Steam Machine will be served up with several hardware configurations with GPUs spanning from NVIDIA's GTX Titan, GTX780, GTX760 and GTX660. CPUs will conside of Intel i7-4770, i5-4570, and some i3 processors. RAM allocation will be 16GB of unknown origin and storage will consist of a 1TB/8GB hybrid SSHD. A 450W 80Plus PSU will handle power delivery, and the entire thing will fit in a case just over 12-inches by 12-inches by 3 inches. No image was issued with the hardware details.
We are finally seeing PC games move into the 64-bit world after what has felt like forever, with Ubisoft's Watch Dogs requiring a 64-bit OS to function. The news comes from the studio unveiling the requirements of its upcoming super open-world game.
Watch Dogs will require a 64-bit OS, a DirectX 9.0c-capable GPU, and 20GB of spare HDD space. Recommended hardware includes a DX11-capable GPU with at least 1GB of VRAM, 4GB of system RAM, and a quad-core CPU. As for GPUs, it's suggested that you use an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770. If you want to run the 'recommended' level, you're going to require much more power.
Ubisoft recommends 2GB of VRAM, an 8-core processor and at least 8GB of system RAM. Watch Dogs is said to scale very well on multi-core processors, so if you're in the market for a new CPU, you might want to grab that 6- or 8-core processor. With the recommended level, the GPU requirements go up, but not too bad, up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 7850.
EA released a new Call of Duty Ghosts trailer today that showcases an entirely new gameplay mode called Ghost Squads. Squads is an all new set of modes that will be featured in the game, and will let players team up to battle with AI team mates or other CoD players. This is similar to how Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 work, except a single player can play with an entire squad of AI soldiers.