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RumorTT: PS4 using AMD A8-3850 and 7670 GPU

We have previously reported about the upcoming PS4 or "Obris" if you prefer, and some of the internals that it will feature. Well, IGN has learned from sources that it most likely will feature an AMD A8-3850 APU. This APU features a 2.9GHz quad-core CPU with an integrated 6550D GPU.

 

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But not only will it feature the above APU, it is said to also have a 7670, which is just a rebrand of the 6670. The 6670 by itself isn't that impressive. It is also reported to be the same card used by the Xbox720/Next. This means that the two consoles would go toe-to-toe in the graphics arena, since they both sport the same GPU.

 

However, the PS4 has the advantage, because they are able to take advantage of a form of Crossfire between the APU and the 7670 discrete GPU. This would allow the PS4 to obtain higher framerates than the Xbox720/Next. It is possible that the chips will change before launch, so as always, take this with a grain of salt. Additionally, they will not be taking off-the-shelf parts. Rather, they will be using chips based upon these chips.

Mobile App of the Day: Ice Age Village for Android

Our Mobile App of the Day is Ice Age Village for Android.

 

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Enter the Ice Age universe

 

The official Ice Age app is here! Scrat's hunt for his favorite acorn has opened a crack in the Earth's crust, sending the animals scurrying for safety. Manny, Ellie, Diego and Sid decide to build a new village for their displaced friends. Help them in this heroic challenge and get ready for fun and surprises along the way!

 

ENTER THE ICE AGE UNIVERSE

• Immerse yourself in the unique world of Ice Age and interact with all of your favorite characters as they lead you on quests and missions

• Play mini-games featuring Scrat, everyone's favorite saber-toothed squirrel

 

BUILD YOUR OWN DISTINCTIVE VILLAGE

• Build the most beautiful village for all the creatures of the Ice Age world

• Level-up to gain access to new animal species, cool buildings, unique decorations and much more

• Funny quests, side missions and additional daily challenges keep your village bustling with activity

 

LET YOUR FRIENDS JOIN THE FUN AND SEE WHO CAN BUILD THE BEST VILLAGE

• Invite your friends from Gameloft LIVE! & Facebook to play

• Visit all of your friends' villages - "Like it," take care of it and get rewarded for lending a hand

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Doom, Quake creator John Romero making MMO first-person shooter

The creator of the iconic 3D FPS game genre, John Romero, has discussed his plans regarding creating another first-person shooter after his notorious failure Daikatana. Work hasn't begun on the game quite yet, but Romero says that he knows what it's going to be like and he thinks it's pretty cool.

 

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"I'm definitely going to be making another shooter and it will be on PC first. I don't want to talk about the details but I already know what it is," said Romero. "I've already kind of designed the thing and it's pretty cool-though of course, I am going to say that." He does go over some of the specifics of the MMO portion of the game:

 

It's a persistent game, it has persistent player data, the character grows and gets better over time. You will be playing the game as you would expect a shooter to feel, but the specifics of your situation, narrative wrapper and reward system are all unique.

 

He also says that it won't be like today's popular shooters. In other words, players won't be bullet sponges or able to tank:

 

I'm not a fan of cover systems or the player being a bullet sponge. I'm not that interested in the tank-like player; I like feeling that I have skill in the game. I love twitch 180s, fast targeting, fast firing, fast movement. So anything that's not like that-like current shooters that are basically a track going through a level to the exit and everything is closed off-is not interesting to me.

Harmonix to release Rock Band Blitz this Summer

A new game from the studio that brought you Rock Band and Dance Central has been confirmed to be in the works. Harmonix is set to release another Rock Band brand game called "Rock Band Blitz" which will be released "this summer." We have no specific confirmation of the actual release date other than that.

 

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This game is different from the other Rock Band games in that it doesn't require any peripherals. Instead, it goes back to some of the earlier games which rely on frequency and amplitude, where players press buttons in time with the songs which span multiple lanes. The game will feature a new soundtrack of 25 songs.

 

Existing customers can import DLC from previous versions to the game and use the Blitz songs in any other Rock Band game. It's nice to see that Harmonix is working on compatibility between its games rather than leaving the customer out to dry. It would be nice to see Call of Duty do something similar with its maps and map packs.

 

The game will show up on Xbox 360 and PS3 as a downloadable title via PSN and XBLA. Once again, the release date is yet to be determined.

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BioWare announces Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, will offer additional cinematics and epilogue to existing ending sequences

BioWare has just announced Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, and confirmed that there will be no new endings added to the game. The original news from a few hours ago put it as though we should expect some new endings, as people weren't happy with what was on offer. The studio has said:

 

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BioWare strongly believes in the team's artistic vision for the end of this arc of the Mass Effect franchise. The extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned.

 

What BioWare will be doing, is expanding on the ending, they explain:

 

By creating additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences. The goal of these new scenes is to provide additional clarity and closure to Mass Effect 3.

 

Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC will be made available sometime "this summer".

Far Cry 3 video shows off its COD-like multiplayer

Ubisoft's upcoming first-person shooter, Far Cry 3, has enjoyed some hands-on time by the team over at VG24/7. They've thrown up a nicely edited video where it shows off some of its multiplayer goodness, below.

 

 

As you can see here with its modes, XP and what not, it definitely has been influenced by FPS kings Call of Duty and Battlefield with things like experience points, leveling up, kill assists, team boosters, air support and a capture-and-hold gameplay mode.

 

But, it's all about the fun, right? Who cares who or what has influenced it. It looks like a good bash for multiplayer. Long lasting appeal? I think this Far Cry will slide into obscurity as fast as the last one did. I expect reviews to be around 6-7 out of 10. I'll still take a look at it, but it just looks like a run-of-the-mill FPS to me.

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DICE preparing for next-gen consoles, puts out job ads

So, here we are folks, we all kinda know through various rumors that the next-generation consoles are coming from both Microsoft and Sony, but no official news yet. They should hit at the earliest, this year, and most likely, next year toward the holiday season. But now we're seeing news that Battlefield developer, DICE, are hiring for the next-generation of consoles, according to a recent job listing.

 

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The job is for a senior software engineer and reads:

 

We believe in tailoring the role for the individual but tasks might include implementing new features and workflows for content creators, keeping track of performance and memory and optimizing for current- and next-gen.

 

That's enough to tease you, and we should expect most studios have been doing the same thing. A 12-month-plus lead on next-gen graphic engine development (Frostbite 3.0?) would sound about right, and would allow DICE to release their various DLC between now and the next-gen console releases.

 

I really expect the next-gen consoles, and next-gen games, to ramp up graphics and physics, considerably. Anything less than 1080p @ 60fps with AA at 2-4X would be disappointing. Heck, it needs to be even more than that, personally. 4096x2160 @ 60fps would be nice, but I'm pushing it now, aren't I?

GOG giving away original Fallout for free, for the next 48 hours only

Just over a week ago, Good Old Games (GOG) revamped their website and dropped their name to just GOG. No Good, no Old, no Games, just GOG. Within this new sense of identity, they're giving away the original Fallout, for free, for the next 48 hours.

 

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You don't just get the original game, either. You get a bunch of bonus content including the 124-page manual, Fallout series wallpaper, HD wallpaper, reference card, Fallout Bible (205 pages), the soundtrack, 5 Vault Boy avatars, 18 avatars and finally, 5 artworks. Not bad for the good price of, oh wait, its free. Yes, $0. Nothing, nada.

 

Get in now and grab it, and enjoy the game that started the Fallout series. Fallout weighs in at 506MB and will work on Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32/64-bit). You can get it here.

Draw Something passes 50 million downloads, earns the title of becoming the fastest-growing original mobile game of all time

Pictionary-style drawing game, Draw Something, has surpassed 50 million downloads in just 50 days. This gives it the title of becoming the fastest-growing original mobile game of all time. Draw Something has also regained its top spot as the No. 1 paid app in the App Store, grabbing the title back from Angry Birds Space.

 

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More than 6 billion drawings have been created, with around three drawings per second created on the day the game launched. You thought that was impressive? That number is now at 3,000 drawings per second. The five most popular words in the game are starfish, pregnant, hangman, six pack and boom box. The least popular word is latrine.

 

Zynga did well acquiring the makers of Draw Something, OMGPOP, for nearly $200 million a few weeks ago. Draw Something is either going to constantly expand and turn into the 'next' Angry Birds, or its going to hit a brick wall. There are various issues with the game that people talk about, and the words are quite limited, I've personally received the same words 5 or 6 times now.

PlayStation 4 'Orbis' may also sport dual GPUs

Last week we posted a RumorTT on the upcoming next-generation PlayStation 4 'Orbis' console, we heard the PlayStation 4 would sport a 64-bit, x86-based AMD processor, as well as an AMD Radeon-branded GPU based on the 7700-series or higher from the Southern Islands family.

 

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According to some news from IGN, and one of their sources who talk of the "official product specs", we should expect an AMD A8-3850 which features a quad-core 2.9GHz processor with an integrated graphics chip (APU). This APU will also work in tandem with the PS4's dedicated GPU, which should be a HD7670, which should be clocked at 1GHz and [only] have 1GB of dedicated VRAM. Considering that the HD 7670 is a rebranded HD 6670, which is based on AMD's 40nm "Turks" GPU.

 

This means it won't sport any of the luscious features that Graphics CoreNext offers, not does it sport the VLIW4 tech, but instead, VLIW5 machinery. With these two graphics technologies working in tandem, we can expect it to be called a "Radeon HD 6690D2". We should expect more news as it comes, but just 1GB of dedicated VRAM? I'm quite disappointed if that's true.

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