Call of Duty: Ghosts Reveal Teaser Trailer

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Teaser Trailer

Call of Duty: Ghosts Teaser Trailer

After numerous leaks, Activision has officially released the first Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal trailer. The game will be revealed at the new generation Xbox announcement May 21st.

There are those who wear masks to protect themselves. And there are those who wear masks to protect us all. See the world premiere of Call of Duty: Ghosts May 21st.

In development by Infinity Ward studio, Ghosts is said to deliver an all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new Call of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine. Watch the reveal teaser below:

Call of Duty: Ghosts set to release on November 5 on Xbox 360, PS3, PC and next-gen platforms.

Microsoft’s Next-gen Console, Xbox 720 Specs Leaked

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Xbox 720 Specs Leaked

Xbox 720 Specs Leaked

Microsoft‘s Next-gen console, Xbox 720, codenamed Durango, is said to be powered by an 8-core CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz and an 800-MHz graphics processor with 12 shader cores providing a performance of about 1.2 teraflops. This comes on par with specs revealed recently.

The console will sport an 8GB DDR3 RAM with 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM. And for the first time it will be capable of reading Blu-ray discs up to 50GB at x6 read speeds. According to VGleaks, the full reported specs below:

Durango system block diagram

Durango system block diagram

Full specs list:
CPU:

– x64 Architecture – 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) – each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache – each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache – each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources – each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock

GPU:

– custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor – 12 shader cores providing a total of 768 threads – each thread can perform one scalar multiplication and addition operation (MADD) per clock cycle – at peak performance, the GPU can effectively issue 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second High-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor is always present

Storage and Memory:

– 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s) – 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM (ESRAM) (102 GB/s) – from the GPU’s perspective the bandwidths of system memory and ESRAM are parallel providing combined peak bandwidth of 170 GB/sec. – Hard drive is always present – 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive

Networking: – Gigabit Ethernet – Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct Hardware Accelerators: – Move engines – Image, video, and audio codecs – Kinect multichannel echo cancellation (MEC) hardware – Cryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing

Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox 720 Rumors Round-up

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Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox 720 Rumors Round-up

Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox 720 Rumors Round-up

The rumor mill regarding Sony and Microsoft next-gen consoles will not stop before the grand unveil which is due in June E3 game exhibition or a bit earlier.

A look at what you expect from both consoles, Playstation 4, PS4 (internally referred to as Orbis) and its Microsoft rival XBox 720 (internally referred to as Durango). Both consoles will feature 8-core CPUs clocked at 1.6GHz based on the new “Jaguar” technology by AMD which is currently in development. The new technology is said to offer great power consumption and raw performance.

Orbis will sport a SoC architecture packed with the latest GPU Radeon 7970M running at 850MHz and featuring 20 of AMD’s “Graphics Core Next” compute units. This specs offer up to 1.84 teraflops metric. On the other side, Durango, will probably use Radeon HD 8770 GPU, featuring 1.23 teraflops. This gives PS4 about 50% of raw power advantage.

Orbis is also said to feature 4GB of GDDR5 RAM with 512MB reserved for the operating system. While Durango is rumored to sport a set of 8GB DDR3 RAM of which 3GB reserved for the OS.

Take these speculations with a bunch of salt and expect more information and leaks on the way.

Windows Head Steven Sinofsky Leaving Microsoft

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Windows Head Steven Sinofsky Leaving Microsoft

Windows Head Steven Sinofsky Leaving Microsoft

Microsoft head of Windows division, Steven Sinofsky, has left the company and Julie Larson-Green will take over his position. According to New York Times, The departure of Mr. Sinfosky, a 23-year veteran of the company, described as a mutual decision by Mr. Sinofsky and Steven A. Ballmer, the chief executive of the company.

This is a similar situation to Forstall leaving Apple earlier this month. Mr. Sinofsky said:

It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.

Some might notice a bit of chatter speculating about this decision or timing. I can assure you that none could be true as this was a personal and private choice that in no way reflects any speculation or theories one might read-about me, opportunity, the company or its leadership.

Steve Ballmer’s letter to the Microsoft team:

Over the past few months we have delivered the foundation for a new era for Microsoft. From Office to Bing to Windows Phone and Windows Azure, to Xbox and of course Windows and Surface and everything in between, we’ve unleashed a huge wave of devices and services that people and businesses love. I simply couldn’t be more proud of the effort you have all put in to get us here and to set the foundation for our future. At the Windows launch in New York, at the Windows Phone event in San Francisco, and again at the Build event on Redmond campus, I was struck that while externally many people look at these events as the finish line, they really represent the starting line of a new era.

As we enter this new era, and with the successful launch of Windows 8 and Surface behind us, Steven Sinofsky has decided to leave the company. Steven joined Microsoft in 1989 as a software development engineer and has contributed to the company in many ways from his work as a technical advisor to Bill Gates, to leading the evolution of the Microsoft Office business, to his direction and successful leadership of Windows and Windows Live as well as Surface. I am grateful for the work that Steven has delivered in his time at our company. Effective immediately, Julie Larson-Green will lead Windows engineering. She will be responsible for all product development for Windows and Windows Live, in addition to Surface. Julie has been a stalwart leader of building compelling “experiences” from her time on Internet Explorer, through the evolution of Office and most recently to the re-imagination of Windows. Her unique product and innovation perspective and proven ability to effectively collaborate and drive a cross company agenda will serve us well as she takes on this new leadership role. All of the current Windows engineering teams will report into Julie, and Julie will report to me.

Tami Reller will lead business and marketing strategy for Windows including Surface and partner devices. She will provide broad stewardship to our PC marketing efforts while managing the line business functions for Windows. Her work on Windows since 2007 has been exemplary and her strong talents in working with internal groups and partners will also serve us well. Tami also will report to me.

We are facing a time of great opportunity. What we have accomplished over the past few years is nothing short of amazing, and I know we have more amazing in us. I am excited about our people, I am energized by our ability to change and grow, and I look forward to the success which lies ahead. Thank you for all you do, and please join me in congratulating our new leadership and celebrating all that we have accomplished so far.

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