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RumorTT: Xbox 720/Next to have Blu-ray, Kinect 2, won't play used games

Anthony Garreffa | Fri, Jan 27 2012 4:25 AM CST

The rumor mill is going crazy at the moment with news on Microsoft's upcoming next-generation Xbox console. A games industry source has told Kotaku that the next-generation Xbox will have support for Blu-ray, expanding its disc capacity for games from DVD's 9GB to between 25 and 50GB of data.

RumorTT: Xbox 720/Next to have Blu-ray, Kinect 2, won't play used games | TweakTown.com

A "reliable source" of Kotaku's has also stated that Microsoft intend on incorporating some form of anti-used game system as part of the next-gen Xbox. At the moment it's not clear whether this would not allow you to install a copy of a friends' game, that they've already used, on your console. If so, this would stop the renting of games, second-hand sales, and more.

Another hot rumor is that the the next Xbox will ship with the next-gen Kinect, which would sport an on-board processor, which was originally intended for the Kinect, but didn't make it into the final design. A Microsoft rep told Kotaku:

As an innovator we're always thinking about what is next and how we can push the boundaries of technology like we did with Kinect. We believe the key to extending the lifespan of a console is not just about the console hardware, but about the games and entertainment experiences being delivered to consumers. Beyond that we don't comment on rumors or speculation.

Continue reading: RumorTT: Xbox 720/Next to have Blu-ray, Kinect 2, won't play used games (full post)

MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom used to be No. 1 on Modern Warfare 3, has dropped to No. 2 since being arrested

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Jan 25 2012 8:26 PM CST

MegaUpload was taken down a few days ago, as we and many other websites, news sites and even TV had talked about or posted. In between all of this little did anyone realise, he was a near pro Modern Warfare 3 player.

MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom used to be No. 1 on Modern Warfare 3, has dropped to No. 2 since being arrested | TweakTown.com

He wasn't in a serious clan or fight in scrims or matches, but he was the No. 1 player in the world for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Kim Dotcom's gamer name was "MEGARACER", and whilst he has been in custody, Arazos took his place and knocked MEGARACER down to No. 2.

On New Years Eve, MEGARACER won the fight of No. 1 position, but Azaros soon overtook him with 9.09 million points on the MW3 leaderboard, leaving MEGARACER with just 9.05 million points. Azaros has 181,800 kills and 63,418 deaths, with a kill/death ration (KDR) of 2.87. MEGARACER on the other hand has 180,980 kills and 86,241 deaths backed up by a KDR of only 2.10.

Continue reading: MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom used to be No. 1 on Modern Warfare 3, has dropped to No. 2 since being arrested (full post)

1000 player FPS battle happening this Sunday, want to help create a World Record?

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Jan 25 2012 7:04 PM CST

Yes, you read that right. Much Different, a Swedish-based, non-profit organisation have given themselves quite the goal. A 1000 player FPS battle, which isn't even a full game, but a browser-based FPS title.

1000 player FPS battle happening this Sunday, want to help create a World Record? | TweakTown.com

It is called "Man Vs. Machine" and is a game that:

Demonstrates the possibilities of a new kind of technology, developed by MuchDifferent, for creating massive online games. The secret behind being able to handle a much larger amount of players in one First Person Shooter (FPS) battlefield lays in having several (in this case 8) single-threaded servers working together as one, thanks to PikkoServer.

The game is built on the Unity engine, and uses some spiffy server technology that is meant to eliminate lag. Much Different have tested the servers, but just not with the general public yet. Much Different state that:

As long as you have an Internet connection capable of downloading 31 KB/s the amount of lag you experience should mainly depend on your distance from Stockholm, Sweden, rather than the number of players in the game.

Continue reading: 1000 player FPS battle happening this Sunday, want to help create a World Record? (full post)

RumorTT: Xbox 720/Next to be six times as powerful as current-gen consoles

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jan 24 2012 11:13 PM CST

It seems rumors of the next-gen Microsoft console is getting the most talk lately, with more news of the Xbox 720/Next console from "sources close to the project" that told IGN.

There were initial reports that the next-gen console from Microsoft would sport the new GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture that is found in the newly-released AMD Radeon HD 7900-Series, but it seems that the console might tap some of the 6000-Series of GPUs.

RumorTT: Xbox 720/Next to be six times as powerful as current-gen consoles | TweakTown.com

IGN's sources claim it will use a Radeon HD 6670-like GPU, which offers support for DirectX 11, multi-display output, 3D and 1080p HD output. In "real terms", this would allow the next-gen Xbox's graphics processing power to be nearly six times as powerful as the Xbox 360, and just "20-percent greater performance than Nintendo's forthcoming console, the Wii U."

Seriously? Just six times faster? It will have been 8 years since the Xbox 360 launched when the next-gen Xbox arrives, and all we get is six times? Mid-range PC's will be faster than that, before it is even here. Heck, my current GTX 570 SLI setup is faster.

Continue reading: RumorTT: Xbox 720/Next to be six times as powerful as current-gen consoles (full post)

Modern Warfare 3 shows off its DLC schedule, 2 new maps this month for Elite subscribers

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jan 24 2012 8:23 PM CST

If you're a Call of Duty ELITE Premium member, you'll get this gear first on your platform of choice. Modern Warfare 3 is set to get a constant stream of goodies for 2012.

Modern Warfare 3 shows off its DLC schedule, 2 new maps this month for Elite subscribers | TweakTown.com

Starting this month, we should see two new maps, next month includes one map and throughout the year there are new maps, modes and missions coming. March, June and August for example, will see the release of not only a new map, but a new mission and multiplayer mode.

Currently, all of this content is only for ELITE subscribers, so if you haven't signed up, you'll need to if you want to get access to all of this DLC. What do you think of requiring ELITE to get access to this DLC?

Continue reading: Modern Warfare 3 shows off its DLC schedule, 2 new maps this month for Elite subscribers (full post)

Battlefield 3's Community Manager says there is "new stuff" coming for Battlefield 3

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jan 24 2012 7:38 PM CST

Battlefield 3's Community Manager, Daniel Matros has said that there is "new stuff" coming for Battlefield 3. What would he mean by "new stuff", well, he has said that new content was being created, but the actual announcement won't be for a few weeks yet.

Battlefield 3's Community Manager says there is new stuff coming for Battlefield 3 | TweakTown.com

Matros tweeted:

New stuff happening as in 'new stuff happening in the studio today that will be announced later on. Were a few weeks away from it but yes, it will be something people have been looking forward to.

What could it be? Rumor has it that we might see the return of Battlerecorder, which lets you record matches and play them back at a later date. Something like this would really change the Battlefield 3 universe, completely. We would see new machinima, and way cool YouTube videos of Battlefield 3 in action. Please let it be Battlerecorder.

Continue reading: Battlefield 3's Community Manager says there is "new stuff" coming for Battlefield 3 (full post)

Skyrim 1.4 beta patch, lots and lots of improvements

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jan 24 2012 3:20 AM CST

Been obsessively playing Skyrim since launch like most people? Want to keep on that bleeding-edge, well, Bethesda have been kind enough to release the latest 1.4 beta patch for Skyrim and have made it available through Steam.

Skyrim 1.4 beta patch, lots and lots of improvements | TweakTown.com

Bethesda have warned people of the update, with "apply the update at your own risk." In order to apply the update, you'll need to check your Steam settings then opt-in to the Skyrim beta listed there. Bethesda recommend backing up your save games just in case you lose them, and the resulting after effects of which would be complete rage black-out.

Continue reading: Skyrim 1.4 beta patch, lots and lots of improvements (full post)

Xbox Next/Xbox 720 chips are said to be in production

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Jan 18 2012 7:38 PM CST

Excitement, building... first off, I've just sprinkled down some salt on this news, remember, rumor, rumor, rumor. Nothing is fact in this world until we see, hear, feel or experience it for ourselves, until then it's pure faith. In the technology industry, there are so many insiders, "upstream sources" (still need to get me a few of those), and "leaks".

Xbox Next/Xbox 720 chips are said to be in production | TweakTown.com

Today, we have some news from SemiAccurate, that talks of the next-generation Xbox chip, "Oban" that has reportedly just taped out. Charlie goes into some serious detail, and for as much flak he gets, he is right a fair bit of the time, and I enjoy his style, so on with the news. It has been reported that the new Xbox Next/720 "Oban" chip is in initial production with sources at a foundary confirming that the Oban wafters starting running in the final days of last year.

Sources at Redmond, when questioned, responded with "Who the f*&$ told you that? I am going to f#*&ing rip someone's head off". You don't say that if it's rumors, that aren't true, so SemiAccurate could be onto something here. More sources as Microsoft said that the initial order for Oban chips was for 10K wafers. Oban is supposedly being built by IBM primarily, which means an x86-based chip is out of the question.

Continue reading: Xbox Next/Xbox 720 chips are said to be in production (full post)

RumorTT: Thief 4 built on the Unreal Engine 3, has online play

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Jan 18 2012 7:19 PM CST

It seems as though Eidos Montreal's kinda-secret-but-kinda-not Thief 4 will sport online capabilities, and be built upon the foundation that is the Unreal Engine 3 graphics engine. This is according to the resume's of some of the developers, which were uncovered on LinkedIn, and were posted on NeoGAF.

RumorTT: Thief 4 built on the Unreal Engine 3, has online play | TweakTown.com

One resume belonged to Colas Fievet, an online programmer for Thief 4. His duties between August 2009 and December 2010 included "networking, gameplay, debugging", plus "online and offline tools on Thief 4". The previous Thief games never included online play, so Thief 4 with online play would be a first of its kind for the series.

Other CVs referenced Thief 4 running on Unreal Engine 3, which is a surprise considering Eidos Montreal used the Tomb Raider engine for their popular Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Other information included mentions of "shops, escape gates, public zones", and that the game will include a "hub".

Continue reading: RumorTT: Thief 4 built on the Unreal Engine 3, has online play (full post)

Mass Effect 3 won't be available on Steam, snuggles up to Origin, though

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Jan 18 2012 4:18 AM CST

EA really want Origin to work, Battlefield 3 was good enough to swing millions of players into the arms of EA's latest digital distribution service, and now their latest RPG, Mass Effect 3 joins the ranks. BioWare have confirmed Mass Effect 3 will not be made available on Steam, and that on the PC, it will require an Origin install for all versions.

Mass Effect 3 won't be available on Steam, snuggles up to Origin, though | TweakTown.com

BioWare's community manager, Chris Priestly, said on the company's official forums:

Origin is required for the PC versions of Mass Effect 3, both physical and digital. During initial release Mass Effect 3 will be available on Origin and a number of other 3rd party digital retailers, but not on Steam at this time. Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content.We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.

Continue reading: Mass Effect 3 won't be available on Steam, snuggles up to Origin, though (full post)

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