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Windows 8 to be compatible with Xbox 360 games?

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jul 12 2011 8:07 PM CDT

I was going to post this yesterday but the sources for this news were not what I would deem trustworthy. The news has popped up again that Microsoft might be including Xbox 360 compatibility in Windows 8. This would mean that anyone who purchases Windows 8 (and has a minimum requirement in hardware) should be capable of running Xbox 360 games! This is obviously a very, very bold move by Microsoft and if true, could really shake up the entire gaming industry.

Windows 8 to be compatible with Xbox 360 games? | TweakTown.com

As you can see from the above picture, in the Windows 8 source code is a line with "XBOX360_SYSTEM_CRASH", gee, I wonder what that could be for. If you look at the source (Engadget) and its comments, most people don't understand why this would be beneficial. Well, let's look at it this way. Microsoft have 400 million Windows 7 licenses out in the wild, 50 million plus Xbox 360 users and hundreds of millions of other customers who may not yet be on either platform.

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PlayStation 4 to have Kinect-like controls? Possibly 2012 release?

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jul 5 2011 9:15 PM CDT

With Nintendo releasing their next-generation console next year in the form of the Wii U, it must be making Sony and Microsoft shake in their boots. Their consoles are getting old, cannot handle AAA titles in 1080p and are beginning to age, fast. With the underdog (in terms of hardware) coming out with a next-gen solution, it seems Sony are already looking at the PS4 for a possible 2012 release.

PlayStation 4 to have Kinect-like controls? Possibly 2012 release? | TweakTown.com

Taiwanese component makers have told DigiTimes that Sony are prepping a new home console for a 2012 release, which will feature body-movement controls ala Microsoft's Kinect. Unexpected? Well, yes... after the time, sweat, tears and money into their Move technology, it's a strange move indeed. The report states that both Foxconn and Pegatron Technology will assemble the PS4 for Sony, as they did with the PS3.

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Near-final Gears of War 3 leaked to torrent sites

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jul 5 2011 12:00 PM CDT

The latest game to get thrown onto torrent sites [way] ahead of release is Gears of War 3. Not due until September 20 (!) and considered by many as the biggest Xbox 360-exclusive title of the year, a leak this early of a game this big is very surprising. The build is near-final and a poster on the website NeoGAF says that it includes the full single-player campaign and all of the multiplayer options and adds "Buggy as hell, but it seems like it's all there."

Of course, Epic are doing damage control and are trying to contain the leak and go after those who are responsible, claiming they are working with their security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. Epic have said that the leak does not represent the final experience players will have with the real thing.

The leak whilst bad, can also be good for Epic. First, it's not the final build so it does not represent retail quality, secondly it's only playable on the Xbox 360. Gameplay videos have made their way to YouTube and other streaming video sites, so fans of Gears of War 3, start looking for some gameplay footage!

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66 year old Grandpa is world's oldest Battlefield Bad Company 2 player

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Jul 4 2011 9:53 PM CDT

Jaap is a 66 year old Grandpa who still cranks online gaming and since his retirement at 59 years of age has gotten himself into the world of online FPS gaming in the form of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on the PS3. His YouTube video has seen what Borat would call "great success" with half a million views in the first week alone! His wife thinks he spends a little too much time playing games whilst his two sons are actually part of the BF:BC2 squad he is part of and are proud of him.

When Jaap retired at 59 he first stated playing Call of Duty and has now evolved up to BC2 on the PS3. His normal day consists of 2-3 hours of gaming and since the video has gone viral he spends most of his day playing games because of all the supportive attention he has received.

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Crysis 2 DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade is out

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Jun 27 2011 8:15 PM CDT

As promised Crytek have released the "DX11 Ultra Upgrade" patch for Crysis 2 and also the high-resolution texture pack is now available. The update intros DX11 as well as graphical improvements to not only the DX11 version of the game, but the stock DX9 version. There are three packs available, patch 1.9 enables DX11 support but there will be separate downloads on top of patch 1.9 in the form of "DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade," DX11 Tessellation Pack," and "High Res Textures."

The DX11 patches will obviously give higher-fidelity visuals, but the patch also includes graphical and performance improvements under DX9. After the patch 1.9 is installed, DX9 users will gain real-time local reflections and contacts shadows. DX11-based gamers will gain hardware tessellation, parallax occlusion mapping along with various shadow, water, particle, depth of field and motion blur enhancements.

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L.A. Noire coming to PC!

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Jun 23 2011 10:26 PM CDT

Team Bondi's 1940's themed crime thriller is making it's way to PC in the fall. The PC version is being developed by Rockstar Leeds and as of yet, does not have a concrete release date. Details on the game are out though, the PC version will feature customization such as keyboard remapping and gamepad functionality. It will also sport 3D compatibility, as well as increased fidelity and graphical enhancements versus the console variants.

L.A. Noire coming to PC! | TweakTown.com

I've played 30 or so minutes of the game and absolutely loved it, but now that I know it's coming out on PC with 3D support (!), I think I will wait and grab myself a copy via Steam. I'll keep you all posted on news of the PC release of L.A. Noire.

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Crysis 2 DX11 patch coming June 27

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Jun 22 2011 7:55 PM CDT

Just in time to make Crysis 2 relevant again, the DX11 patch is coming June 27. MyCrysis reveals that both the DX11-enabling 1.9 patch will also include the "High Res Texture packages" and will be available on Monday, June 27. The patch includes hardware tessellation support, which DX11 players will have to download. In order to see these spruced up textures, users will require 1GB of VRAM and a 64-bit OS.

Crysis 2 DX11 patch coming June 27 | TweakTown.com

The official change log is looking good;

Added Contact Shadows

Added DX11 benchmark level

Added DX11 support for Crysis 2 (the following features only work when downloading the optional DX11 package here):

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Quake reboot to stop becoming wet dream, possibly become reality?

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Jun 20 2011 8:35 PM CDT
id Software have their plate full right now, Rage is around the corner, Doom 4 begins work when Rage is finished and now the fresh off the press news of a Quake reboot is filling the dreams of PC-based FPS fans the world over. Eurogamer state there are "strong factions" inside id Software that are pushing for a return to the "bizarre, mixed up Cthulhu-ish Quake 1 world and rebooting in that direction."

Quake reboot to stop becoming wet dream, possibly become reality? | TweakTown.com


We think that would be a more interesting direction than doing more Strogg stuff after Quake 4. . . . But we could do something pretty grand like that, that still tweaks the memory right in all of those ways, but is actually cohesive and plays with all of the strengths of the level we're at right now.

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Doom 4 multiplayer locked at 60fps, single player gets 30fps

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jun 14 2011 9:40 PM CDT
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.

Doom 4 multiplayer locked at 60fps, single player gets 30fps | TweakTown.com


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.

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Battlefield 3, videos, details, multiplayer, classes, graphics, it's all here

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jun 7 2011 11:05 PM CDT
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.

Battlefield 3, videos, details, multiplayer, classes, graphics, it's all here | TweakTown.com


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.

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