Sony has revealed that PlayStation 4 will allow players to play digital games on any console. Neil Brown, Sony’s R&D senior team leader, said at Develop that users will be able to go to a friend’s house, log into their account, and play any title.
According to Brown:
“You can visit your friends house you can log into your account and play any game from your digital library, which is good. But how useful is that if it takes half a day to download the game you want to play? With Play As You Download you get much quicker access to at least the first section of the game so you can start playing quicker. So this makes a digital library a practical option in the real world.”
“A similar system also works on Blu-ray, chunks are automatically copied to the hard drive in the background. This means that after the first few minutes your game can rely on having faster read speeds from the hard drive. Which provides a better experience for players, and this is a completely background process for the player. They don’t have to wait for anything to install before playing the game. The game will launch as soon as the disk has been put in the drive.”
Sony has released the full uncut version of Quantic Dream‘s PlayStation 4 tech demo video, dubbed The Dark Sorcerer: A Next-Gen Comedy. The demo offers a look at what can be achieved on the new console. Quantic Dream is yet to announce a true PS4 game title.
The tech demo running in realtime 1080p on PS4:
The Dark Sorcerer, Quantic Dream's latest shortfilm created using our new PS4 engine and running realtime is here : https://t.co/P8HRNeVkol
Xbox One Revealed: All-in-one Home Entertainment System
At a special event today at the company Redmond campus, Microsoft has officially announced its new console, Xbox One. The new console is said to be the “the ultimate, all in one home entertainment system“. Launching around the world later this year.
Bundled with a new Kinect sensor, based on the latest technology, the system will allow for more physical gestures such as grab, pan and swipe up, along with new voice commands. The system can switch between games, movies, music and other things instantly.
The new system will also let you find TV shows using motion controls, voice, or by visiting what’s popular section on the Xbox community.
Xbox One will sport 8GB of RAM, 500 GB HDD, and be based on 64bit architecture, it will play Blu-Ray discs, transfer via USB 3.0, and allow for Bluetooth and direct WiFi.
Microsoft has also confirmed that all Xbox One games will require mandatory installation onto the system’s hard drive and, to install the same disc onto another user’s drive, a fee must be paid; i.e. games will be tied to a single user account. Another tidbit concerning the always-online speculation, according to Kotaku, the device is said to only require a connection every 24 hours. Hard drives in the Xbox One will not be replaceable and the USB 3.0 port is there for external storage so you can put anything on there you would on the internal drive, including games. All that TV stuff Microsoft were proud to show off in its conference? You actually need to buy a separate device in order for that to work, that’s it, it will not be supported out of the box; Xbox One Live TV will require a separate supported receiver device with HDMI output to function.
Here are a rundown of major things showed during the reveal:
Next Xbox called ‘Xbox One’
Internet connection not required
“Instant Switching”: Switch instantly between games, movies, music, TV etc
“Snap Mode”: Run multiple programs alongside one another, no need to shut any down
Skype: Integrated into the console (group video calls on TV)
Xbox One Guide: Find and watch whatever TV you like via search, voice, or trending
3 Operating Systems in one
8GB RAM; Blu-ray drive, Cloud functionality
Get back into save game instantly via Kinect recognition
New Xbox LIVE: Over 300,000 servers for Xbox One
Content stored in cloud
Much better matchmaking capabilities
EA Sports’ new engine “IGNITE”
NBA Live 14, FIFA 14, UFC and Madden 25 announced for Xbox One
Forza Motorsport 5 announced (launch title)
Quantum Break (Remedy) announced
15 exclusives (8 original IP) to be launch within first year
Live Action Halo series announced for Xbox One (Spielberg)
Partnership between MS/NFL on Xbox One
Xbox One launching this holiday
COD: Ghosts (next gen/current gen comparison) demoed
A new tech demo run on Crytek‘s CryEngine 3 has been released which is mind blowing to say the least. The demo, executed by the French company Enodo, shows the use of CryEngine 3 for the development of virtual reality 3D models for industrial purposes. Offices, buildings and tram lines are set in a visually spectacular environments.
New CryEngine 3 Tech Demo Will Blow Your Mind
Enodo sheer purpose is “to level up our client’s business by questioning cutting edge Real Time 3D technologies, to show that the mechanisms governing the world of video games are powerful and will revolutionize the way to understand urban or industrial projects, their development, and their communication.”