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Developers traditionally have limited access to console CPU cores, but as time goes by, console-makers like Sony and Microsoft find ways in opening up their respective systems to aid games development. Reports indicate that Sony has just made development a little bit easier by unlocking access to the PS4's seventh core.
The news was first spotted on NeoGAF, where one user spotted something quite interesting in an update changelog for a PS4 Software Development Kit. Check out the snippet below:
Code:Firelight Technologies FMOD Studio API
Detailed Revision History
17/11/15 1.07.03 - Studio API patch release (build 69975)
LowLevel API - When using System::recordStart the provided FMOD::Sound can now be any channel count, up/down mixing will be performed as necessary.
LowLevel API - Improved performance of convolution reverb effect when wet is 0 or input goes idle.
LowLevel API - PS4 - Added FMOD_THREAD_CORE6 to allow access to the newly unlocked 7th core.
While the Japanese tech giant might be having troubles on other fronts, Sony is doing exceedingly well in the console gaming realm. Today the company has announced that over 30.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold across the globe, continuing the sleek rhomboid's long-running reign of dominance.
The PS4 has been a powerhouse contender for Sony's PlayStation brand, surging the company far ahead of Microsoft and Nintendo. As of November 22, 2015, the PS4 has sold more than 30 million consoles since it released in 2013, making a quite impressive rate of sales for a two-year period. Back in October we reported Sony's projections that the PS4 had sold "well over 25 million" units, and we can now confirm the company wasn't lying.
"We are sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago," said Sony Computer Entertainment CEO and President Andrew House. "We are committed to bringing engaging games and entertainment services to users worldwide. Thanks to the support of our partners, PS4 continues to be the premier platform for game and interactive entertainment innovation."
We knew they were coming, but according to the latest rumors the next-gen consoles should be released in 2018 - much earlier than the roadmaps Microsoft and Sony had before the current gen consoles were released.
Before the Xbox One and PS4 were released, 4K gaming wasn't really solidified - but now it is. It's getting cheaper and cheaper to get on the 4K bandwagon, and over the next year or two, the current-gen consoles are going to look very aged next to mobile, VR and PC gaming. The Xbox One and PS4 are barely capable of 900p let alone 1080p (and then let alone 60FPS), with AMD set to beef up the APU powering the Xbox Two and PlayStation 5 consoles.
The biggest thing that we need to think about is VR. Sony is already onboard with PlayStation VR, but the PS4 is underpowered to really push 1080p (or higher) at 90FPS (or higher). This is where the PS5 and Xbox Two will be better equipped, but another thing to consider is backwards compatibility. Thanks to the new consoles being powered by AMD technology again, and an x86 architecture, the Xbox Two and PS5 should be backwards compatible with the Xbox One and PS4, so you won't lose your game library like you did from the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 is a mighty machine; even today the Xbox One is far eclipsed by the functionality, games library, and general UI setup of its yesteryear predecessor. Today the Xbox 360 celebrates its tenth birthday, signalling that the console's lifecycle is starting to wind down, but the system will forever remain one of Microsoft's crowning achievements.
Originally released on November 22, 2005, the Xbox 360 propelled console gaming forward to new heights. I've shared thousands upon thousands of hours with my Xbox 360, and regard it as one of the most momentous gaming systems in my gaming history. I still remember how magical it was playing Oblivion for the first time, taking in the enchanting scenery of Cyrodiil--this was the first time that I really felt like "next-gen" gaming was here.
The Xbox 360 still has one of the best games libraries in gaming; it's so good, in fact, that Microsoft has brought it over to the Xbox One via backwards compatibility. It's rather strange to think about how Microsoft got so many things right with the Xbox 360, and so many things wrong with the Xbox One. The system has served for an entire generation of gaming, spawning a huge assortment of memorable exclusives and amazing experiences that we might never see again.
A well-constructed post on Reddit by user 'serfbufo' has so far earned them three lots of Reddit gold and major support from the /r/gaming community. The topic at hand is a botched PlayStation network refund due to an account hand and unauthorized payments.
Serfbufo says that they have been in discussion with Sony over the past three months, something that began due to $499.1 of unauthorized charges being issued to a debit card. After being promised money back by Sony representatives at multiple occasions, in the end Sony has delivered only $230 in total back to this disgruntled user.
This hack has seen serfbufo contact Sony through live chat, phone calls and emails alike, with another claim being launched as you read this. There's no saying whether the full funds will be ever sent back, but it's obvious that this user is jumping through every hoop they can in order to win back what is rightfully theirs.
The appalling loss of life following this weekend's terrorist attacks in France have led many to question how such an attack can be co-ordinated in a time of unparalleled access to communications by security organisations and authorities across the world. According to news reports, the PlayStation Network might have played a role in allowing the ISIS followers to discuss their plans.
Authorities have reportedly taken PS4 consoles away as evidence in investigations to the weekend's attacks, which took the lives of 129 people. With over 20 million units sold worldwide, the system is apparently lacking in security monitoring by both Sony Computer Entertainment and authorities. With the precedent set by the Edward Snowden revelations which showed that security organisations such as the NSA and CIA embedded themselves into MMORPG's such as World of Warcraft to breakup virtual terrorist meetings in the past, it looks like the XBLA and Sony messaging systems are about to get a huge crack down in future.
The current-gen consoles suck. There, it's out of the way. They are vastly underpowered, with gamers seemingly happy with 720p-ish graphics and 30FPS-ish frame rates. Well, it looks like the next-gen consoles will solve that.
Rumor has it AMD will once again be providing the APUs for the next-gen consoles, expected in 2018. These consoles will have at least 5x the performance per watt of the current generation, so we should expect at least 1080p 60FPS at a bare minimum, and more like 4K 60FPS. AMD is hoping to provide their next-gen APUs to Microsoft and Sony by 2018, so we should expect next-gen consoles to be teased sometime in 2017.
AMD is also shifting considerable focus into VR, where we can expect the next-gen consoles to be based around virtual reality. By then, PC gamers would've enjoyed the first, and most likely successive generations of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive (as well as many more), and with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive requiring higher than 2560x1440 at 90FPS, next-gen consoles are going to need some serious GPU horsepower to drive high resolutions with sustained high frame rates.
Black Friday is almost here, and that means a ton of insane tech deals will start rolling in. Best Buy has just unveiled its Black Friday ad revealing some pretty substantial savings on game consoles, TV's and tablets. But one deal combines the best of both worlds with a games console and HDTV bundle.
This particular Best Buy doorbuster bundle consists of a 40-inch 1080p Samsung HDTV with a Xbox One console for just $500. With a price like this we can't expect the Xbox One to come with a good game, but at least you'll get the Lego: The Movie video game. Even still the bundle is pretty impressive, even if the Xbox One system isn't. There's only one bit of bad news: it's a store-only doorbuster, so you'll probably have to wait in line for 10 or so hours to get it.
Best Buy also has you covered if you're looking to expand your new Xbox One's games library with some substantial video games savings. You can pick up hit Xbox One titles like Grand Theft Auto V, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and Forza 6 for just $34.99. Other savings include games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Elder Scrolls Online for just $24.99.
Playing Xbox 360 games on Microsoft's Xbox One console has been a hugely requested feature since the console released in 2013. Now Microsoft is making good on their promise by releasing the full list of the first 104 Xbox 360 games that have made the cut. Sadly it looks like a good portion of popular favorites are absent--most notably Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Backward compatibility is here, but it's not coming with the huge bang we all expected. Sure Microsoft is going to release it on November 12 with the advertised "over 100 Xbox 360 games", but I must say that the list is pretty underwhelming. But don't worry, Xbox fans: Microsoft affirms that this is just the beginning of backwards compatibility, and "more titles will be revealed starting December". That seems to be a big trend with Microsoft and the Xbox brand, always telling us great things are coming later on.
Anyway, let's take a quick scan of the games. There's a ton of Xbox LIVE Arcade titles on here with games like Sonic the Hedgehog 1-3, Super Meat Boy, Metal Slug 3, Perfect Dark, Doom II and Ikaruga. Then there's the gimmicky Kinect games that probably don't interest much of anybody. The main AAA games include old gems like Mass Effect, Mirror's Edge, Borderlands, Just Cause 2, Assassin's Creed II, Rainbow Six Vegas 1 & 2, and Fallout 3...which no one will likely play with Fallout 4 releasing tomorrow. But hey, when Halo: Reach becomes playable, maybe we'll finally have a good Halo game on the Xbox One?
The holidays are just around the corner, and that means huge Black Friday savings. If you're in the market to pick up Sony's PlayStation 4 console you'll be able to grab a console and a free game for just $299.
Some retailers like Sam's Club are actually starting holiday sales as early as next week, offering up great savings across the board. Sam's has a great deal on a PS4 bundle with a free game for just $299, shaving off a clean $50 off the console's recent permanent price drop.
The deal was spotted on the Cheap Ass Gamer forums by an actual Sam's Club employee. The poster also notes that the free game is likely the one included with the PS4 bundles, meaning you probably won't be able to pick a free game off the shelf. Sony offers a number of console bundles including Batman Arkham Knight, The Last of Us: Remastered, Destiny: The Taken King, and the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection bundle.