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Battlefield 3 until now has been shown off on PC only and so far has looked absolutely incredible. Last night Jimmy Fallon debuted the first console footage of Battlefield 3 on the Playstation 3. Personally, I'm torn. Whilst it looks good for a console game, it looks god darn awful when compared to the PC version. But, as a PC-based gamer, this is actually great news as it shows DICE's commitment to PC gamers and it shows that having a PC is going to make this game absolutely mind blowing.
See what I mean? It's impressive for a console but you can clearly see the frame rate is lower, much more motion blur is seen and the general slow movement of the sticks on the PS3 controller are holding back flick aiming. But, for a console it does look very, very impressive! Everyone should be excited about this game!
DICE are rushing toward the finishing line with Battlefield 3 and to reiterate that it's heavily PC-focused, we have an interview from GameReactor from the Battlefield 3 Blog below. GameReactor talk to Lars Gustavsson, lead designer on Battlefield 3 and one of the original creators of the Battlefield series. In the interview, Lars mentions how important it is to release a polished game that'll stand the test of time like BF2 has, seven years.
He mentions that DICE are in it for the long run and is quoted saying:
We won't rest until it's utterly polished. You really need to get it solid so that, like Battlefield 2, it's being played 7 years after release. This summer we will play, play, play, be polishing and iterating - it's what makes it rock solid.
This is music to my ears!
John Carmack, the id Software god himself has revealed that once RAGE is completed, the core tech team behind it will focus their entire energies on Doom 4. Whilst Doom 4's single player is said to have a single player frame rate limit of 30fps, this is to allow "30 demons crawling all over" to keep the frame rate steady. Multiplayer however, gets bumped up to 60fps which should be a standard in multiplayer gaming in my opinion.
John has been quoted saying:
As soon as Rage ships, the core tech team moves over to start making things happen on the Doom 4 project. There's me and the systems programmer types that have been on Rage for so long. We're going to move over to the Doom team and a lot of resources are going to migrate over there. The only thing I've really talked about on Doom 4, technology-wise, is that we did make the decision that...well, my biggest pride and joy about Rage is that I won the fight for 60 frames per second on there, but it involves significant trade-offs.
Nintendo's 3DS has finally topped the one million milestone in domestic sales. Getting to that one million mark was not easy, taking thirteen weeks to get there. Considering that the DS only took four weeks, the DS Lite and DSi both taking eight weeks, it's quite a long time.
Nintendo have admitted that the sales of the 3DS have been below their expectations with Satoru Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo being quoted on April 26th financial results briefing:
Nintendo 3DS started very well but, on the other hand, did not perform as expected after the second week. The initial sales were healthy; however, the sales speed slowed down from the third week after its launch which is not what we had expected for the start-up transition. Of course, it is obvious that the great earthquake largely affected the sales, but I should not blame this situation just on the impact of the earthquake. There are other challenges that have shown up; therefore, we have revised our scenario for diffusion and are making efforts to get the popularity of Nintendo 3DS back on track for the upcoming summer season.
T-Mobile set up an actual, real-life Angry Birds set, powered by an Android phone where people can go up and use an Android-powered phone, play Angry Birds and directly in front of them is an actual set of Angry Birds. Fling your bird, out flies a massive bird against wood, stone and pigs! Amazing! There should be at least one of these in every city!
E3 2011 - Last week was surely Call of Duty week with the announcement of the paid service of Call of Duty Elite, but this week is a different week and E3 is the current flavor and Battlefield 3 is the beautiful, amazing topping. There's so much Battlefield 3 news I thought I'd dedicate an entire write up on it - sit back, relax and enjoy the mountain of information I'm about to expel. Battlefield 3 has been shown off at E3 to much applause, it is powered by a next-gen engine dubbed Frostbite 2, is centered and created on PC first and scaled down to consoles - a first for games of the last 5 - 6 years where we've seen development on consoles and a simple port with bells and whistles on for the PC.
All BF3 videos thus far have been gameplay videos on PC, not consoles - no console videos have been shown yet. Battlefield 3 will feature a change in classes, nothing huge but it's definitely a change from Bad Company 2. Remember, Battlefield 3 is a sequel to the PC-only Battlefield 2, it is not a sequel to the multi-platform Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
E3 2011 - Microsoft are calling all racing enthusiasts by releasing a new wireless gaming peripheral in the form of the Wireless Speed Wheel for the Xbox 360. The Wireless Speed Wheel launches in October and is a completely wireless controller, controlled intuitively with precise steering, standard controller buttons/triggers and haptic feedback with rumble. The device is compatible with all racing games right out of the box (with some limited functionality in games).
It will have a pricing of AUD$59.95 RRP and will ship to retailers worldwide beginning September 26, 2011. It includes trigger buttons for gas and break, with the rumble function providing immersion beyond current controllers. The new Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel balances the realism of a real wheel with the feel and ease-of-use of a controller for great user edge in game play.
E3 2011 - That title is rockin', if I may say so myself. Next order of business? Nintendo's next-gen console announcement! As the dust settles from various Microsoft and Sony announcements, sans-next-gen consoles (BOO), Nintendo walk out of the rubble, dust and glare with their next-gen console, previously codenamed "Project Cafe". Wii U. Nintendo's Wii U is their next-gen console ready to change things up.
Nintendo changed things up with their motion-based controllers with the Wii, but now they've kicked it up a notch, or twenty. Included is a tablet-based 6.2-inch touch screen controller which has the usual array of buttons inclusive of a d-pad, four face buttons, four shoulder triggers, a power button and a camera. The controller features two analog sliders at the top of the controller versus the traditional sticks. IGN reports after a hands-on that it is remarkably light for its side, given that it's quite large for a controller.
E3 2011 - Sony are on a roll today, Vita and now a brand new deal that consists of a 24-inch 3D HD display designed by Sony specifically for gaming. The monitor uses active shutter glasses to produce 3D. It includes one pair of glasses, a 6-foot HDMI cable and one of the major 3D games that is launching this year (pictured is Resistance 3). The package rounds off at a very nice $499 with additional glasses setting you back $70.
Theres also another bundle that includes Resistance 3 and the Sharpshooter Move accessory that is $150.
E3 2011 - Sony's Next-Generation Portable has had a fair bit of presence on the internet lately and today Sony has officially unveiled what the NGP will be: Playstation Vita. Playstation Vita will include what we've all heard rumors of; dual touchscreens, ARM Coretex A9 core CPU (4 cores), tilt-sensitive SIXAXIS controls, front and rear facing cameras, etc. All of the previously rumored specs are pretty much spot on but now we're seeing the actual branding and a set of the launch games.
Uncharted is being shown off and from what I've seen it actually looks phenomenal. Price wise it seems Sony have really hit a home run with the WiFi model setting you back $249 and the 3G model at $299.