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When AMD launched the Barts GPU that powers the Radeon 6850 and 6870 last year, it added support for what it described as a new type of antialiasing—Morphological AA (MLAA). Intel, who originally developed MLAA in 2009, has released a follow-up paper on the topic--including a discussion of how the technique could be handled by the CPU.... Read more...
Sony will release a new PS3 SKU in the near future, but the upcoming console revision will remove a current feature. According to a leaked (but confirmed) memo, the new "K" series PS3 will no longer output Blu-ray HD video over anything but HDMI. All previous PS3 consoles have been capable of outputting all 1080P content over component out.... Read more...
Well, maybe hacking does pay off. George Hotz, a young fellow with a bright future (and a history of breaking into iPhone software) has found his next gig: it's in Palo Alto, and Mark Zuckerberg is his boss. Yep, he's going to Facebook. The social networking company isn't saying what he's going to do while there, but it's still pretty wild... Read more...
Sony Corporation's Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai held a press conference on Sunday to address the PlayStation Network (PSN) hacking. During the event, Hirai apologized to gamers worldwide, and detailed a "recovery plan" for both the PSN and Qriocity services, which have been offline since hackers attacked them on April 19. Coming... Read more...
Portal 2. By this point, you've probably heard just about enough of Valve's upcoming mystery / brain-twister, but if you aren't a hardcore PC gamer, you may be wondering if there's anything out there for you. Lucky for you, there is. Portal 2 for PlayStation 3 has just been detailed, with the parent company detailing the Steam launch details... Read more...
If you were wondering, like many, why Nintendo would announce a price cut of the Nintendo Wii (down to $150) in May, just a month before E3 (although the price cut is still just a rumor), this could be the answer. GameInformer is reporting that it has been told by "multiple" (naturally, anonymous) sources that Nintendo intends to announce... Read more...
The online protest group Anonymous launched a DDoS attack against Sony yesterday in retaliation for the company's recent legal activity. Sony has continued to pursue legal action against George Hotz, the onetime iPhone and PS3 hacker. Hotz landed in hot water for his efforts to restore the PS3's ability to run Linux; both he and the hacker... Read more...
It's been several months since news of the PS3's core vulnerabilities hit the news, but the case remains stuck in judicial limbo. Sony wants to move the case to California on the grounds that Hotz accessed the PlayStation Network (PSN), which is physically located in that state. Hotz's lawyers have counter-claimed that since Hotz is not a... Read more...
Renowned jailbreaker George Hotz, AKA geohot, has fled to South America, according to court documents filed by SCEA in the matter. Hotz is well known for jailbreaking the iPhone, but his issues with Sony Computer Entertainment America stem from jailbreaking the PS3. Not only is Hotz in South America, according to the filing, although he has... Read more...
Sony may use serial keys to verify legal PS3 games in the wake of the complete PS3 hacks publicized earlier this month, but the efficacy of such a plan is dubious at best. The Dutch website PS3-Sense reports that a very reliable source close to Sony has informed them that Sony will begin issuing unique serial keys for... Read more...
Sony's attempts to prevent piracy on both the PS3 and PSP have taken a number of blows in recent weeks. Today, the company announced that it intends to sue the PS3 hacker GeoHot, who's been an increasingly large thorn in the company's side over the past 18 months. When Sony released the 3.21 firmware update that broke Other OS functionality,... Read more...
PS3 gamers have been less than happy about Gran Turismo 5's load times since the long-awaited game launched a few weeks ago. Beyond3D forum member Phil was fed up enough to install a Corsair F120SSD in place of the system's traditional SATA hard drive and the performance difference is significant. We've graphed the data from Phil's load time... Read more...
Tetris. Just the mere mention of the world gets most gamers in a tizzy, even if it's the only puzzle game that they're ever been attracted to, or even played. With over 100 million copies sold in one form or another, there's no question that Tetris has been a runaway hit, and now it's coming to even more gamers. Just when you thought a retro... Read more...
Sony always said that the PlayStation 3 did games, movies, Blu-ray, streaming, online matchups, and well, everything else. And now that's coming true. Sony's PS3 has grown into a multi-media powerhouse over the past year, gaining Netflix support (and then removing the need for a disc to be inserted), gaining Hulu Plus support and now, gaining... Read more...
Microsoft's Kinect (formerly Project Natal) motion control system launches today into a market that's just recently seen the debut of the PlayStation Move. Prior to now, there's been some discussion of whether or not the XBox 360's CPU could handle both Kinect and the demands of modern games; CPU usage in Kinect-capable software was claimed... Read more...
It seems that the disc requirement for streaming Netflix on a game console is now history. Earlier in the year, eager PS3 and Wii owners were checking their mailboxes each and every day in hopes of seeing a new red disc in there. That disc, when inserted into their console, would enable them to stream Netflix "Watch Instantly" content. It... Read more...
If you're a PlayStation 3 owner, and you use Netflix, there's good news floating out today. Starting on October 18th, that disc that you have to place in your console in order to have it connect to Netflix's "Watch Instantly" servers won't be required any longer. An update will allow the PS3 to stream Netflix without a dedicated disc inserted,... Read more...
This comes straight out of the I Can't Believe Anyone Pays For That department. According to reports that've been confirmed by Best Buy, one of the services the company's Geek Squad offers is firmware upgrades for the PS3 for the low, low price of $30. If you've ever flashed a PS3, you know that the process is dirt-simple and virtually impossible... Read more...
Today is the big day! You're probably wondering what big day we could be talking about, but if you're a PlayStation 3 owner, you probably understand. The PlayStation Move accessory, which was arguably designed to take on Nintendo's Wii remote and Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing system, has launched in North America. Sony claims that sales... Read more...
Do you enjoy using Netflix on your PlayStation 3? It's a great service, and it's a great addition to an already powerful and flexible console. But one thing annoys us: it requires a specific Netflix disc in order to work. If you misplace your disc or head over to a friend's home without it, your PS3 simply cannot access Netflix. And considering... Read more...
There's no question that graphics get the bulk of the attention. Be it movies, video games, whatever -- people are really concerned about frame rates and how smooth an image is, but they often overlook the audio that fills in and completes the experience. Logitech has never been a company to overlook that aspect, and they have been providing... Read more...
Love seeing records broken? What about records that you never thought could ever be broken? Vogel's, which is described as the leading European market leader in Audio/Video & TV mounting solutions, has just announced that on July 16th, Gerdi Vogels, CEO of Vogel’s, will give the starting shot for a new Guinness World Record attempt... Read more...
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