Many developers descending on the Game Developers Conference (GDC) are expected to come toting prototype videogames, movies and virtual-reality goggles—updates of offerings that ignited a short-lived technology craze in the early 1990s.  Three-dimensional simulations enabled by special eyewear are expected to be a key in the this week in San Francisco. While Microsoft is expected to unveil DirectX 12 a new report suggests the Redmond software giant may have something to unveil in the ’3-D’ space as well.  The Wall Street Journal reports: Microsoft has also developed 3-D virtual-reality devices, people familiar with the project say, and it has filed at least one patent for it so far. The software company has been developing the technology concurrently with a project known as “Fortaleza,” or “fortress” in Portuguese. The effort has been discussed as an attempt at creating a suite of experiences unique to Microsoft’s Xbox products, people who have been privy ...

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Sony Vaio PCs are known for their great quality and with the release of Windows 8/Windows 8.1, Sony has released different form factors allowing users to enjoy touch screens on their PCs. Sony announced few months back that they are leaving the PC business by selling the VAIO unit to a Japan based company. But that doesn’t stop Intel which is powering all these new Sony PCs from promoting them on their versatile nature. Watch the videos below. Meet Lisa. She wants to write complex storylines and create beautiful illustrations too. Like most of us, Lisa has two sides. Luckily, her Sony VAIO® Tap 2-in-1 PC powered by the Intel® Core™ processor changes from a laptop to a tablet, allowing her to be at her best. Whatever she puts her mind to. Meet Robert. He wants to push himself to accomplish great things. He also wants to watch TV from his ...

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Xbox executive Yusuf Mehdi announced the Xbox One would be expanding to 26 new markets by September.  Thus far the Xbox has primarily been sold in 13 ‘launch countries.’   Sony has been aggressive with the PS4 available in 54 markets.  Microsoft states that they will share more information at the end April, so sometime after the the Build conference.  The 26 new countries are: Argentina Belgium Chile Colombia Czech Republic Denmark Finland Greece Hungary India Israel Japan Korea Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Russia Saudi Arabia Singapore Slovakia South Africa Sweden Switzerland Turkey UAE While Russia is listed as a new market, it is unclear if this includes the recently annexed Crimea.  I have reached out to Microsoft for comment. Source: Xbox Wire ...

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Yesterday the annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Games Awards celebrated the best titles over the past year.   While Sony was seen as the big winner, the Xbox had a few wins too. Xbox Live indie title Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons scooped up the award for Best Innovation – a huge achievement for its creative director and long-time filmmaker Josef Fares, who up until this title had never made a game before.  Xbox One exclusive Forza Motorsport 5 was nominated for both Best Strategy and Simulation, and Best Sports game.  Grand Theft Auto 5 picked up awards for Best Multiplayer, Best Game Design, and Best British Game. Source: TechRadar ...

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Sony has had a very successful launch of the PS4.  Early adopters of the PS4 have touted native full 1080p gaming as one of the many promises and early advantages of Sony’s new console. In a blog post last November Sony wrote in a blog post that Killzone Shadow fall features a “competitive multiplayer mode” that supports up to 24 players and “runs at native 1080p and 60 fps.” To put it nicely this isn’t quite true and gamers are furious. In single player mode, Killzone Shadow Fall runs at a full 1080p. In multiplayer mode, however, the native resolution drops significantly in order to bump the frame rate from 30 fps to near 60 fps. A brief explanation from CraveOnline: Killzone: Shadow Fall outputs at 1080p in single-player and multiplayer, but it isn’t native. It uses a unique processing method that blends 960 x 1080 images together. Therefore, the 1080p advertised on the ...

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Konami has recently published their plans for their next major release, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes on next generation consoles. MGS5 will run at a native 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second on the Sony PS4 but just 720p at 60 fps on Microsoft’s Xbox One. This is not the first time where a major game developer opts for a lower resolution gameplay, we have seen similar actions from Battlefield, Call of Duty, etc. Microsoft on its part always declined to accept that Xbox One is under powered when compared to PS4. Microsoft have their own example like Forza which runs 1080p on Xbox One. Current Gen / Next Gen Comparison Chart  for MGS5(resolution, frame) PlayStation®3 PlayStation®4 Xbox 360® Xbox One resolution 720P (Scaling internally) 1080P 720P (Scaling internally) 720P frame 30fps 60fps 30fps 60fps Microsoft’s comments on lack of 1080p on several games in Xbox One, “I think the ...

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NPD research firm released their data on gaming industry sales yesterday. Microsoft has got both good and bad news from these numbers. Good news is that, January NPD Group figures revealed Xbox(Xbox One+Xbox 360) sold the most games across all console platforms in January with 2.27 million units sold, making up 47 percent of software market share. During the month of January, Xbox* held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list in the U.S.: “Battlefield 4,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts” (Xbox 360 and Xbox One), “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Minecraft.” Gamers love Xbox and our community has never been more vibrant on the industry-leading Xbox Live service. Since launch, over 2.6 billion global Gamerscore has been achieved, 165 million global achievements have been unlocked and 130 million global Game DVR clips have been uploaded. On the negative side, Sony’s PS4 outsold Xbox One by ...

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At CES, Sony announced another convertible in the Vaio Flip series. Vaio flip series is now available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. The new Vaio Flip 11 is a 11-inch convertible which will have the same innovative hinge design that will allow your device to convert from traditional laptop to tablet. It also has N-trig digitizer allowing for pressure-sensitive pen input. It weighs 2.82 pounds. It will come with 1080p display as a standard and you can choose between CPUs starting from Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU to Intel Core i7 CPU. The Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU model is now on sale for $799 in the US. Highlights:  Intel® Pentium® N3520 (2.16GHz) Windows 8.1 64-bit 11.6″ Full HD IPS touch display (1920 x 1080) 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD Intel® HD Graphics HDMI® out, USB 3.0, NFC Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 12 In The Box Internal Lithium Polymer ...

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Sony, one of the popular Windows OEM known for its high-end machines today announced its sale of VAIO PC business to Japan Industrial Partners. So, Sony won’t be releasing/selling VAIO Windows devices once the deal is over. Read more about it below. Sony and Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (“JIP”) today concluded a memorandum of understanding confirming the parties’ intent for Sony to sell to JIP Sony’s PC business currently operated under the VAIO brand. Following a comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry, Sony’s overall business portfolio and strategy, the need for continued support of Sony’s valued VAIO customers, and future employment opportunities for personnel involved in the VAIO business, the Company has determined that concentrating its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and transferring its PC business to a new company established by JIP is the optimal solution. Sony and JIP will ...

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Reuters recently reported that Sony is planning to sell its Vaio personal computer division in an effort to streamline its business. Vaio PC division is losing money already and Sony is looking to stop it by selling it to possible parties. Sony is already in dicussion with investment fund Japan Industrial Partners to sell its Vaio unit. A new company would be set up by Japan Industrial Partners to take over the Vaio brand’s operations in Japan, according to the plan under consideration, the source said. Financial details and stakeholdings in the new entity were still being discussed. Apart from Japan, Sony is also planning to stop its operations from overseas PC markets. PC market in general is in bad shape with declining growth and also Sony holds very low single digit market share in that market. A Japanese newspaper The Nikkei business daily reported that the Vaio PC unit ...

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  NPD today released their latest game console sales numbers in the US for December. Microsoft’s Xbox One emerged as the No.1 selling console in the US market. Microsoft sold 908,000 units in December. Also, Xbox 360 continued to see sales with 643,000 units sold in December, putting it in the No.3 spot overall. Together, Xbox One and Xbox 360 held 46 percent of the hardware market share in the U.S. and showed a 10 percent year over year growth from December 2012. December 2013 NPD highlights include: Total combined retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in December reached $1.39 billion, 50 percent of the combined software, hardware and accessories spend in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, December 2013). During the month of December, Xbox One held six of the top 10 spots on the new generation console game title list: “Battlefield 4,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” ...

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Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Sony announced they had sold a record 4.2 Million PS4 consoles.  The data was from launch, November 15, 2013 to December 31, 2013.  Sony choose a staggered launch and the PS4 was available in 53 countries by the end of the year.  Reports from analysts predicted Sony would sell 5 million units by Spring 2014 and they seem on pace to do this. “The momentum of the PS4 system keeps getting stronger and we couldn’t be more thrilled gamers worldwide are enjoying the incredibly immersive gaming experiences along with deep social capabilities and entertainment provided by our network,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “After a remarkable launch, we look forward to bringing even more exciting content and continuing to explore the power of the PS4 system by adding new features and services, including PlayStation Now, in ...

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At CES, Sony has announced yet another convertible in the Vaio Flip series. Vaio flip series is now available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. The new Vaio Flip 11 is a 11-inch convertible which will have the same innovative hinge design that will allow your device to convert from traditional laptop to tablet. It also has N-trig digitizer allowing for pressure-sensitive pen input. It weighs 2.82 pounds. It will come with 1080p display as a standard and you can choose between CPUs starting from Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU to Intel Core i7 CPU. The device will go on sale in February starting for $799. Sony also announced that existing Flip and Fit models will get 802.11ac WiFi, free Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Windows 8.1 pre-installed in the coming months. ...

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“SugarDVD CEO says Xbox One is a gateway for porn of the future” – This was the title I chose for this post and later changed it to avoid unnecessary brand damage for Xbox One. The title would have been weird, but that is exactly what SugarDVD CEO told in an interview. “Simply put, the Xbox One is a gateway for porn of the future,” SugarDVD CEO Jax Smith said, no doubt to the delight of Microsoft execs. “The PS4 is pretty, but Xbox One allows for more seamless integration and a more interactive experience.” Coming to our current title, according to their latest stats from SugarDVD, Three times as many people have signed up to use the SugarDVD app for PS4 than for Xbox One. It may be due to the fact that more PS4 units were sold than Xbox One worldwide. According to VGChartz.com, 3.4 million PS4s and ...

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Numbers released by NPD show Sony sold more consoles than Microsoft for the month of November.  The PS4 did have an have an extra week on shelves, debuting on Nov. 15 compared to Nov. 22 for the Xbox One.  Approximately 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first nine days, making it the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of more than 101,000 consoles per day, “significantly outpacing the nearest competitor.” November 2013 NPD highlights include: Total retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.21 billion, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group). During the month of November, Xbox (Xbox One and Xbox 360) held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list (Source: NPD Group). During ...

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Logitech’s Harmony universal remote comes with support for remote control compatibility of over 225,000 home theater devices. Harmony devices can connect to other devices via IR or Bluetooth. Harmony already supports Xbox 360 and they Logitech has announced they they working with Microsoft Xbox team for Xbox One support on day one. “We are working directly with the Xbox team at MSFT to have Harmony support on Day 1 of Xbox One launch,” FYI, Sony PS4 will not work with Harmony. via: Polygon ...

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