Performance anxiety for PS4 and Xbox One ?

With the upcoming next generation of consoles, PlayStation 4 is currently around 50 per cent faster than its rival Xbox One. Multiple high-level game development sources have described the difference in performance between the consoles as “significant” and “obvious.” It is reported that memory reads on PS4 are 40-50 per cent quicker than Xbox One, and its ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) is around 50 per cent faster. One basic example we were given suggested that without optimisation for either console, a platform-agnostic development build can run at around 30FPS in 1920×1080 on PS4, but it’ll run at “20-something” FPS in 1600×900 on Xbox One. “Xbox One is weaker and it’s a pain to use its ESRAM,” concluded one developer. Microsoft is aware of the problem and, having recently upped the clock s...

Assassin’s Creed 4 trailer highlights next-gen features

At last, a new trailer gives a close-up look at all the fancy tech and effects in the open-world murder simulator’s posh versions, for people who like gawping at render passes. The list of pretty includes dynamic foliage, rolling seas and extra-pretty shallow waters, a weather system with oodles of rain particles and shiny dynamic rippling wetness, and global illumination. All versions have similar effects of course, and some like the dynamic navmesh for boarding ships are downright crucial, but they’re all next-gen on next-gen systems, see. AC4 comes to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U on October 29, then Xbox One and PS4. News Source: Shacknews

Sony responsible for Elder Scrolls coming out on consoles

According to Sony, the upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game The Elder Scrolls Online was not originally made for consoles. VP of publisher and developer relations at SCEA, Adam Boyes told Game Informer  that the a console version of the online game was only brought into the picture after Sony and Bethesda met on various occasions to discuss the idea. “That game was never planned to come to consoles,” Boyes said. “And we just kind of kept sitting with [Bethesda] and being like, ‘Why not?'” “They’re like, ‘We’re not planning it,'” he added. “And I’m like, ‘Well, what if we built a plan that we could do that?'” Sony was the one that kindled this interest that led to Bethesda to consider brin...

Forza 5 to come complementary with Xbox One Pre-orders in UK

Select UK retailers are now offering a free copy of Forza Motorsport 5 on pre-ordering  the Xbox Day One Edition Console to those gamers who prefer racing over their national sport. Back in August it was announced that FIFA 14 would be given free with Xbox One Day One Edition Consoles in Europe while UK gamers have an option of going with Forza 5 instead. While pre-orders have more or less become scarce in this region, corporate Vice President of marketing, strategy and business Yusuf Mehdi announced yesterday that additional pre-order SKUs had been squeezed in worldwide. Yesterday also happened to be the day when it was announced that a free copy of FIFA 14 was bundled up pre-orders on Xbox One Day One Edition Consoles in Australia. Source: IGN

Xbox One set to release on 22 November

Xbox one has more power to aid developers and will be available in Europe a week before the rival PS4, while Microsoft admit November 22 is a special date for company. You can pick up your $500 Xbox One on Friday, November 22, Microsoft announced today on its Xbox news blog. [PS. In India we may get it late in 2014] Microsoft chief marketing officer Yusuf Mehdi announced the system would be available in 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. Expect the system to launch in “many more markets” next year, added Mehdi. The news comes just after Mehdi hyped a few details about the system’s launch like: the Xbox One’s CPU will be a hair faster than originally planned, bumped about 10% (from 1.6 ...

Call of Duty: Ghosts may have ‘squad’ gameplay

Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin tweeted a seven-second teaser featuring what appears to be an in-game menu for “squad” gameplay in its upcoming first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Ghosts. The clip, posted below, is just long enough to give a sneak peek to “online play” and “options” menus. Just before the video cuts out, “Squads” can also be seen at the top of the screen. Rubin does not state what game the clip is from, though Infinity Ward announced earlier this week that it will unveil Call of Duty: Ghosts’ multiplayer component Aug. 14. Call of Duty: Ghosts is currently slated for launch Nov. 5 for Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. Releases for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will follow.   SOURCE: Mark Rubin...

PlayStation 4 Hardware Specs

Coming in a hundred dollars cheaper than the Xbox One, the PS4 gives Microsoft stiff competition in the gaming industry. Sony has said that the PS4 will be powered by a custom 8-core AMD  “Jaguar” x86-64 with integrated graphics APU and “next-generation” AMD Radeon graphics processor capable of driving 1.84 teraflops. It also comes packed with a 8GB GDDR5 memory, which makes it competitive with most PC focused games available in the market. The PS4, not surprisingly, come with a Blu-ray drive, built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, with a HDMI, Analog-AV, and optical digital output. The system gives I/O options a boost with the inclusion of 3.0 USB ports and a very vague “AUX” port. Each unit will also include a “Mono Headset” for cross ...

Xbox 1 Hardware Specs

Microsoft have always known for bringing their best to the gaming table, and have always given Sony hard and tough competition. Their newest installment too isn’t anything short of a gaming sensation. The Xbox One is a really powerful device with a 8GB RAM and 64-bit processors. Even though too much isn’t known about the Xbox One GPU, a Microsoft representative had mentioned that AMD was their primary partner for the custom silicon that makes up the GPU/CPU SOC, which is the heart of the Xbox One. The Xbox One is built in such a way that it is able to communicate with servers within the cloud, which in turn increases the computation capacity of the device. Therefore, the cloud provides an unlimited number of transistors. Actual game computations can be off-loaded to servers in ...

7-Minute Gameplay Demo for Ryse: Son Of Rome

Ryse: Son of Rome was one of the more surprising games to be shown at E3. The title was originally intended for the Xbox 360 and Kinect, was canceled after hearing nothing about for two years. The title was revealed to be an Xbox One launch title at E3, however, and it even ditched the Kinect in favor of quick time events. The gameplay centers on the control of a Roman general named Marius Titus. It will feature working with Roman infantry by giving commands to them as well as quick-time event controlled finishing moves during combat. It is a historical fantasy in alternate world that is not historically accurate in either the story or the shown weapons and tactics. The story follows Marius’ life from early childhood to becoming a leader in the Roman Army. The story is described as a...

Dead rising 3 to have Exclusive Smartglass Missions

With second screens coming to life, Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3 will feature missions exclusive to players making use of Microsoft’s mobile and tablet companion tool SmartGlass, Capcom has said. In an interview with Siliconera, Capcom executive producer Josh Bridge sad that when playing the game, the SmartGlass app “actually skins your phone to be like the phone from the game’s universe.” Bridge explained how the SmartGlass exclusive content would work in Dead Rising 3. Using an accompanying SmartGlass-compatible mobile or tablet, the player will “get calls from a character that are only on the SmartGlass device. So if you don’t have SmartGlass, you won’t get those calls from that guy. Which also means you won’t get those missions.”...

Xbox One to get exclusive Battlefield 4 DLC

More good news for Xbox One, erm, pre-orderers, as Battlefield 4 will receive exclusive DLC. To be more precise, timed DLC that’s made up of old stuff, but hey, still a selling point, right? Dice producer Aleksander Gronda told Edge about plans to spruce up some of the maps from previous games. “That’s something we’re doing as an Xbox One exclusive,” said Gronda. “There are a few maps we’ve picked, we’re doing some re-work on them, adding a BF4 flavour. So that’s exclusive DLC for Xbox One. Some of the old maps are really good.” Checkout the epic trailer 🙂    

Xbox One takes a U-Turn

Microsoft has budged to the demands of gamers and the negative press finally!!! Microsoft has changed its policies regarding Xbox One’s internet requirements, used game restrictions and more. Contrary to the details announced earlier this month, Microsoft has now confirmed news originally reported on Giant Bomb that Xbox One will not require an internet connection to play offline games or need to check in every 24 hours; instead, internet will only be required when initially setting up the console. “After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again,” Microsoft wrote. “There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360....

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