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It is no secret that Sledgehammer Games is working on the upcoming next-gen first-person shooter Call of Duty title that is expected to come out later this year. The developer has confirmed the game that has been in development for over three years as next-gen-first Call of Duty title, meaning the game is being developed primarily for next-gen platforms.

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Here is What Sledgehammer Games’ Upcoming Next-Gen-First Call of Duty Game Looks Like

No matter how many times Call of Duty games are flaked for their weak visual appearances and less innovative gameplay, Activision’s shooter franchise still stands atop most popular first-person shooter video game series. Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts took a considerable amount of mauling from the video game press, yet still it was one of the most sold games for months after its release, topping North America and Europe’s charts. Although, to preserve the brand’s status and leave less room for errors, this year’s Call of Duty is being developed by Sledgehammer Games.

To spin the wheel of excitement, Sledgehammer offered a quick sneak peek at the new entry in the Call of Duty franchise. The developer teased a first look at its upcoming first-person shooter video game during its panel at Game Developers Conference 2014 that was held last month. The panel was titled ‘Quest for Quality: Maximizing the Relationship between Creative and Production’. GDC Vault, the video recording host of the conference’s talks saved the teaser image of Call of Duty 2014 for those who were not able to take part in the panel.

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Sony surely knows how to improve on things. The Japanese manufacturer built a fine PlayStation 3 video game console to compete in the race of seventh generation of gaming and then kept on improving the console by releasing several updates as well as exclusive video game titles that made the console look more pretty. Then when it was time, Sony unveiled its latest much more improved and advanced PlayStation 4 console.

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Sony Aiming to Maximize PS4, PS3 and PS Vita Performance by Taking Advantage of Unique Platforms’ Architecture

While PS4 is already performing well out of the box, Sony Computer Entertainment’s primary focus is on squeezing out as much juice from PlayStation video game platforms as possible. The manufacturer’s main card in the game is PS4 but still, it is also finding more ways and options to improve the potential capabilities of its other two major video game consoles i.e. PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

Sony has posted a new job ad on PlayStation US Blog according to which, the company requires a Staff Developer Support Software Engineer. The post is for a guy who can help first and third-party developers by providing optimized solutions and lead the projects that are based on innovative techniques, ideas and algorithms that boost the performance of PlayStation platforms by bringing in use platforms’ advanced architectures.

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Following a tease made by the developer, Codemasters has now announced a new upcoming installment in the GRID series known as GRID: Autosport. The game will be the third title in the GRID franchise and a sequel to GRID 2 that was released last year. The game will reportedly be released on June 27, 2014. Below are the first screenshots of the game revealed by the developer.

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GRID: Autosport Announced by Codemasters For PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 – First Screenshots of the Game Reportedly Revealed

Unless you have no affection for racing games, you know that GRID 2 is one of the most famous racing video games released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Codemaster managed to keep the quality of the game higher than the Dirt series and in meantime, give more on-track real-racing experience to the players.

Recently, some leaks and rumors emerged on the web regarding a new upcoming GRID game reportedly known as GRID: Autosport. The developer of the game franchise also published a teaser video on GRID’s youtube channel and now according to BrasilGamer, Codemasters have officially announced GRID: Autosport.

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The Technology Plateau: How Your PC Will Always Be Outdated

Another 3 years and another expensive PC component has become outdated in your system. What was once the best part that ran every game is slowly devaluing in front of your very eyes. Not exactly instantaneous, but it does end up happening. We have all been there. Technology is a fast paced beast for those that can rarely keep up with it and a plethora of information for those who can. Newer technologies, newer advancements in resources, and the state of the socioeconomic climate itself are all part of a crazy stream of what sets the standards of current technological evolution and what I call the “Performance Fidelity Expectation Barrier (PFEB)” which is what every product aims to do: perform.

But what is it all for? At the end of it all – is it for extreme 3D modeling in Maya or ZBrush/AutoCAD? Studies show that the majority of people that actually build PCs and super-rigs are in a realm of two words: the gamer. That is right. GPUs, CPUs, power supplies, memory all aim for one thing in a general spectrum: frames per second or superior gaming at resolutions that the viewer wants for themselves. Whether it’s the 4Kophiles or the 1080p HDTV enthusiasts, the aim of every device on the market is not just performance, but satisfaction in a growing trend that correlates to life values itself with the world as a whole and societal economics.

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Like almost all other gadgets, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles are also made up of several crucial and effective shards of hardware. Three most important parts in the latest consoles are RAM, GPU and CPU and last two of these are developed by a chip development company known as AMD and manufactured by some foundries associated with the company.

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AMD’s New Associate Manufacturer will Craft PS4 and Xbox One’s APUs’ Chips This year – Company is Pleased With Console Sales

AMD develops and provides Sony and Microsoft with system chips that power the manufacturers’ latest video game consoles. These chips are designed by AMD and are manufactured at a certain foundry connected to the company. According to a new report, the foundry where chips for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are manufactured is being switched.

AMD spoke about the new foundry at its quarterly earnings conference call which was meant to disclose the company’s profits and losses for the first fiscal quarter of 2014. The chip maker talked about how the latest consoles gave a boost to its earnings and gave some noteworthy information about the chips that give dominance to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

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A few months back, many news outlets reported that Xbox One runs 3 Operating Systems. They further went on to claim that the one was a stripped down version of Windows 8, one was the Xbox One OS and the last was a switching layer between the two. Well they were wrong. Xbox One does indeed run three operating systems but the correct ones are: a full fledged windows 8, a stripped down windows 8 and a Host OS (RTOS). The implications for this are immediate and stunning and we will go upon each in this article.Xbox One runs Windows 8

Xbox One Games and Apps Actually run on Windows 8

We recently received the slides from Frank Savage’s presentation at Build 2014 along with the audio of the same. And we noticed something that many news outlets failed to report. The fact that Xbox One runs Windows 8. Not only that, but we realized that so many of the news outlets had gotten the initial leak completely wrong. Because if you run a game or an app on the Xbox One, it will either run in the full Windows 8 or  the stripped down version of Windows 8. Either way it runs on Windows 8. Let me start by explaining the three operating systems present in Xbox One.

The first tier ‘Host OS’ and the ‘to-the-metal- operating system present in Xbox One dubbed the ‘Host OS’ is an RTOS (Real Time Operating System) has complete control over the entire Xbox One hardware and resources. In Frank Savage’s words “… owns where everything and how everything works…. owns CPU…GPU”. This is your basic Xbox One Operating System. However the thing is , this particular OS only handles tasking and the security layer. It does not run any game or application. It does however host (in a non – hyper-v form) the ‘OS’ and the ‘Exclusive OS’, which is Windows 8 and the stripped down Windows 8.

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With growing technology and online user data interaction, the industries contributing in keeping the digital world alive by providing digital media and entertainment are gradually becoming more prone to exploitations and online piracy. Almost everything from songs to movies and games can now be pirated and provided to users free of cost. In turn, the investing industries suffer with huge revenue loss.

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A Group of Hackers Claim Xbox One Homebrew is Coming Soon – Serious Exploit Discovered

Video game consoles also undergo exploitations and hacks. Microsoft has combated piracy problem for years on their consoles and now just like Xbox 360 which was considered to be more close to hacker than PlayStation 3, it seems Microsoft latest Xbox One console is also soon going to be hacked to play pirated media content and games.

The indication comes from a chat log that is reported to be obtained from EFnet lobby #xbonehack and later posted to Pastebin. The log belongs to a conversation between a group of hackers confirming that Xbox One homebrew is about to become a reality soon enough. According to the hackers, Homebrew for Xbox One is still in discovery phase and the development team has already started working on the exploit.

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Introduction

Gaming headsets are a thriving niche of the market and every significant company is targeting every possible price point. However the company from which I am going to review this headset today is a pretty big name in Germany but are only beginning to expand to the international market, so you will be pardoned if you have not heard of them. However expect great things from them and at great prices too as you will see today. However where True 5.1 Surround Sound is concerned, the Speed Link Medusa 5.1 Headset has probably no real competitor at this price point.

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As Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014 is coming up, various leaks and rumors have started to show up through the online gaming community. It is for sure that both Sony and Microsoft have saved utterly surprising announcements for E3. The companies are trying to conceal all the news before it is officially revealed at E3 but still, completely filling up the loop holes is pretty much impossible and so, leaks keep surfacing.

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Capcom’s Upcoming Important Game Expected to be Resident Evil -  E3 Reveal Reportedly Pending

The latest installment in Capcom’s survival horror action-adventure video game series known as Resident Evil came last year. Since the franchise has not seen a title for latest consoles, rumors around the internet suggest that the developer is working on a Resident Evil 7. It is also being said that the new title would be exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console, though according to a report, the game would rather be a multiplatformer.

A noticeable Japanese Economic newspaper website called Sankei Shimbun published an article lately (spotted by DualShockers) reporting that the list of upcoming PlayStation 4 video game titles apparently includes an important game from Capcom. The game is expected to be Resident Evil 7 and Capcom will most certainly reveal it at Electronic Entertainment Expo. The article also mentions that the global sales expectations for seemingly upcoming Resident Evil 7 are over 5.6 million copies sold after its release, similar to its predecessor.

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The Vintage Looking 20 000 Dollar Arcade Machine at the Heart of Wreck-it-Ralph

Wreck-it-Ralph was a very special movie. Bluntly put it was like a Toy Story for video games, but it enraptured gamers with hidden easter eggs from popular franchises all over the world. Infact, one of my primary motivations for watching the film was to find easter eggs. However the basic premise on which the movie is based on, a timely arcade machine, has just arrived on ebay for a price tag of $20 000. There are only a few units in existence (Around 12 if the seller is to be believed) that were created by Disney in 2012 and the last time a unit appeared for sale, it was taken home after 20k of cash changed hands.

Now even though the machine was created back in 2012, the actual unit is completely scuffed up. And its all artificial. Every dent, every scratch and even the rust has been painstakingly added by Disney to give it a synthetic ‘Vintage’ look and I must say they have succeeded. The look is very authentic and I had difficulty believing that wasn’t actual damage.

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Sony and Microsoft’s respective PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles have been brought to life by the manufacturers by putting together small different pieces of very powerful hardware. Both the consoles rock top quality hardware including RAM, CPU and GPU. The central and graphics processing units of the next-gen consoles are specially made and customized by AMD.

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Next-Gen Console Sales and Demand for Radeon Graphic Cards Boosted AMD Earnings

Advanced Micro Devices, abbreviated and most commonly known as AMD, is a veteran American multinational semiconductor company that manufactures computer related technologies and chips. Two most important components i.e. GPU and CPU of the next-gen video game consoles have also basically been developed by AMD, customized specially to fit each console.

Despite being one of the leading central and graphics processing units developer, AMD’s financial conditions over past few years have not been smashing. Other companies such as NVIDIA prove to be a durable competitor to AMD. One thing that makes AMD more notable over other computer chips manufacturers is that it powers PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and certainly this is why the company’s earnings have improved quite well.

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Videocardz has released some pretty interesting information regarding AMD’s upcoming Never Settle Forever Bundle (2014). The information not only mentions the exact games but the cards supported. However it seems that many modern games are not included, although it does contain its fair share of AAA titles from Square Enix and Eidos.

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AMD’s Buyer’s Choice Game Offers

AMD Never Settle Forever 2014 Bundle – 3 Tiers scaled along the AMD Radeon GPU Lineup

Anyone familiar with AMD’s past Never Settle promotion bundles would recognize the three tiered reward mechanism of the promotion offer. Basically if you buy the low end, i.e. an R7 250 or an  R7 240 you will get only one game. If you buy the middle end, i.e. the R9 260, R9 270 or the R9 270X you will get 2 games. And if you buy the high end of AMD Radeon GPUs, namely the R9 280, R9 280X, R9 290, R9 290X and R9 295X2 you will get 3 games along with your brand new GPU. Here is the complete list of games that will be given to you courtesy of the AMD team and restrictions/Indie Packages that apply (if any).

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Console wars have been around ever since the gaming industry started making substantial progress and the number of competitors started growing. Gamers have always preferred to chose one side over another and stand for it and especially now, when the PS4 vs Xbox One console war between the latest consoles is in full swing, it has become important to choose a side.

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Titanfall Developer Says PS4 vs Xbox One 1080p Debate Matters Little – Some Games will Always Look Better on One Console

No generation of gaming can be considered complete with out each contributing platform holder taking a flak from critics. Now when the gaming industry has stepped into a new era of video games, console wars have become more of a daily dose. At a brighter side, PS4 vs Xbox One debate also results in making respective manufacturers speed up their work in improving their consoles.

Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles are having their fair share of criticism but on the charts, Microsoft’s latest video game console is considered to be led by Sony’s PlayStation 4. The main topic of most ongoing arguments nowadays is ‘resolution-gate’. The fact that PlayStation 4 is optimizing next-gen games according to developers’ commands and Xbox One is causing adversities is widening PS4 vs Xbox One debate.

It is not as serious as I state but still, users of both the consoles pay almost equal sum for their video game entertainment yet PlayStation 4 players enjoy almost all the next-gen games in native 1080p resolution running at 60fps while Xbox One users mostly get upscaled version of most next-gen games, some even locked at 30fps. Even Microsoft’s biggest exclusive title known as Titanfall does not run at native 1080p resolution on Xbox One.

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Respawn Entertainment’s most critically acclaimed first-person shooter, always online multiplayer next-gen video game known as Titanfall has proved to be worthy of all the anticipation that was built upon it. Already out on Microsoft’s gaming platforms including Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and Xbox 360, Titanfall is growing to be one of the largest multiplayer Xbox One game.

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Sony offered PlayStation Vita to Respawn Entertainment for Titanfall – The Game was Prototyped Using Ratchet and Clank Engine

Respawn Entertainment signed an exclusivity agreement with Microsoft to keep Titanfall limited to only Microsoft Windows and Xbox consoles. However, new details reveal that after examining Microsoft’s Xbox One and becoming familiar with its hardware capabilities, the American video game development studio communicated with Sony to discuss specification of the manufacturer’s next-gen video game console.

This happened before Respawn Entertainment decided to sign Titanfall’s exclusivity agreement with Microsoft. According to the details, Sony refused to share talks regarding the specifications and hardware capabilities of its next-gen console and instead, pushed the developer for PlayStation Vita version of Titanfall but the results did not turn out well and Titanfall for PlayStation Vita never came into existence.

The new details were revealed in journalist Geoff Keighley’s newly released feature known as The Final Hours of Titanfall. The feature has been released in form of an app for iPad, Windows Surface and PC/Mac (via Origin). The Final Hours of Titanfall explains what was Repawn Entertainment legal situation during the development of Titanfall in detail. Thanks to Gamespot for picking up the important points.

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PlayStation Network is one of the two dedicated online multiplayer gaming and digital media content delivery services for the top two video game consoles. Brought into being by Sony, PlayStation Network is exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation gaming platforms. PlayStation Network provides all the latest games related content to PlayStation users and offers them multiplayer gameplay with other players around the world through a premium service known as PlayStation Plus.

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Sony Rumored to be Working on PlayStation Network Nick Change Option – Sony Vegas Devs Improving Upcoming PlayStation 4 Update

Since the debut of latest video games consoles, both Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network have come across significant increase in user traffic and numbers of registered members. Developers now put a wide amount of money and work into the development of multiplayer gameplay of next-gen games. This multiplayer can only be enjoyed through becoming a member of either of the aforementioned services.

PlayStation Network currently offers a single nickname/gamerID each player. Once registered, players do not get an option to change their nickname. PlayStation Network members have long demanded an option which enable users to replace their current nicknames with new available ones’.

It seems like fans’ voice has finally been heard by Sony. A tweet from a reliable industry insider known as Tidux hints that Sony is apparently working on an option that allows users to change their PlayStation Network nicknames. While Tidux mentioned that upcoming 1.7 PlayStation 4 update will not include this feature, there are chances of it coming to the console afterwords.



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