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Thus far, it’s been a pretty good CES – we’ve seen 4K everything, the death of 3D and quite a few new smartphones. Probably the most interesting announcement of the show so far has been Nvidia’s Project Shield, a new Android-powered handheld gaming console. Project Shield is interesting because it wraps two new Nvidia technologies into a rather novel form factor – a clamshell design that pairs a 5″ 720p display mounted above an Xbox 360 style controller, complete with dual analog sticks, buttons and triggers.
The first Nvidia technology that makes Project Shield possible is the Tegra 4 architecture at the console’s heart. This architecture is rumoured to be based on a 28nm process, offering a considerable power and efficiency advantage over last year’s Tegra 3 which uitilised a 40 nm process. The chipset uses a similar 4-plus-1 design, with four high-power cores for intensive tasks and a single low-power companion core that vastly reduces battery drain for easier tasks like playing music or video. The five CPU cores are paired with 72 GPU cores that should produce excellent 3D performance, allowing for excellent looking graphics at a high frame rate. While the quad-core CPU is only expected to run at 1.9 GHz, a small increase over the 1.7 GHz utilised by the highest spec Tegra 3 processors, the performance increase should be considerable.
The incredible hardware on tap with Tegra 4 should allow for impressive Android performance. We saw some brilliant games developed in the Tegra Zone for Tegra 3 devices like the Nexus 7 and the Asus Transformer Prime, like zombie survival shooter Dead Trigger, and that’s set to continue with Tegra 4. By ensuring that game developers have a specific and powerful hardware target, we should be able to see games that eclipse anything that we’ve seen on Android before. And of course, with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and the full Google Play marketplace on tap you won’t be limited to games either – you can watch movies, read magazines and use other apps on the 5″ touchscreen.
Interestingly, it won’t only be Android titles that can be played by Project Shield. Thanks to the titular Nvidia Shield service, you’ll also be able to stream PC games to the handheld console. The display will connect wirelessly to your gaming PC over dual band Wireless N, while the Nvidia Shield service will pass along your inputs made with the Project Shield controller. With the Project Shield, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of formerly PC-only videogames from the comfort of your couch. While some titles won’t be suitable for the smaller screen and controller input, most that are built for consoles as well like Call of Duty and Need for Speed should work brilliantly on Project Shield.
The powerful Tegra 4 hardware and clever Nvidia Shield software should make Project Shield a convincing games console for 2013 – although with ever more powerful sim-free smartphones and tablets, Nvidia will definitely not have an easy fight on their hands. While we don’t know precisely when Project Shield will be released and how much it will cost when it is released, it could prove to be an excellent gaming machine and I can’t wait to try one for myself.
Nvidia has just announced its next-generation Tegra 4 processor for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. The Tegra 4, like its predecessor, features a quad-core processor along with a fifth, low power, core to save battery life. The company’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says that Tegra 4 is the world’s fastest mobile processor, surpassing everything currently on the market.
Nvidia hasn’t revealed the clock speed of the Tegra 4’s processor yet.
Nvidia says its new system-on-a-chip isn’t just for making your games faster.
Some games are immortal. Regardless of the number of titles making their way into the gaming market, certain games have a permanent spot reserved for them. One such game is Doom! A game that only children of the 90’s could cherish, is back to shower some instances of bliss to the children or the gamers of the new millennium. So, let’s check out if it retains the old flavors and offers the same fun or just enters the race to eclipse the feeling of being left out.
Right from the moment you purchase the disk, vibes of nostalgia begin to emanate as the disk ships with titles of Doom, Doom 2, the latest Doom 3 with the expansion pack and a whole new episode titled the Lost Mission. So pricewise, you’ve already got your dollar’s worth.
The entire game has been optimized and made ready to be played in 3D with a 5.1 surround sound system. The advanced rendering systems and video quality really give the title a revamp and makes you feel great about what you’re playing. This outing successfully does what Doom titles do best and hooks up the user to hours of non-stop spooky action. The atmosphere and the environment look intense than before with the 3D rendering and manage to deliver what it intends to.
The game includes certain new tweaks such as the checkpoint saving system that lets you come back from the most recently played checkpoint, finer controls and better game play. The game combines elements of uncertainty to offer the gamer, loads of surprises and spooks at the least expected instances. Zombies and creatures crawl out from the floor, hop out from ceilings, emerge from pipelines and stay behind walls and shadows to deliver the spookiness and take you down.
One of the gamers’ boons – health regeneration, is absent in the game play and there are minimum or no ammo shots to pick up and replenish your ammunition. So, you have to just manage your ammos and try killing the bosses and villains in a single shot or with minimal blows. But the game allows you to earn yourself all of these, if you have the courage to explore the hidden arenas, the unlit environment and spooky rooms. If you manage to traverse through, you will probably attain a health pack or an ammo pack. The game Lost Missions is a great inclusion as it brings in seven whole new levels of dooming. Packed with its own storyline and concept, the game recreates Doom’s magic.
The game may have all the essentials of a perfect entertainer, but lacks in certain places! For instance, the auto save feature does partial justice to its role as it poses a hurdle or rather inconvenience to the game play by cutting in some vital parts. Also, the game loads slow in consoles and there are no options to redefine controls. But, that’s ok as long it’s a Doom title.
The Bottom Line:
The Doom 3 BFG Edition rolls out as a perfect treat this season and manages to successfully bring back the old times and it seems like a walk into the Doom franchise’s Hall of Fame. With some minor flaws and major fun, the game emerges a winner as ever before! Go for it and cherish 10 years of Doom franchise.
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The mail order catalog in its classic form is mostly dead, thanks to the internet. Given time and more technological advances, even retail outlets will soon be out of fashion as well. Nowadays, anything and everything can be purchased over cyberspace, and I think that’s a great thing.
What does this mean for city-dwelling humanity? The changes will seem small and inconsequential at first, but these alterations to their lifestyles will be cumulative, slowly transforming the way we do things. I’ll put on my futurist cap for this piece and put into words what I think will be inevitable for human society.
Conventional Retail Will Cease to Exist
It won’t be long until the large malls will be mostly service and entertainment centers, with retail being isolated to only perishable items like food or drink. Other minor consumable items like cigarettes will be dispensed via vending machines, as it is is not cost-effective to still have people sell these items directly.
There will still be offline places of trade and commerce, but as I mentioned above, it will be comprised of certain services that can’t exactly be delivered to your doorstep (premium spa treatments, dental work, etc.), and along with that, entertainment (live concerts and shows). To me, that’s a welcome development as malls and other places of business won’t be as cluttered and crowded. Just about every necessity can be shopped for in the comfort of your home, and you rarely ever go out for the purpose of errands.
Goods WIll be More Affordable
With more of the actual buying and selling happening online, the costs of the business will actually go down significantly. You won’t need as many people running the operations of a storefront or a retail outlet. Instead of an actual store with a handful of employees, you could just have one or two people running the website.
Costs from advertising via the conventional tri-media (print ads, radio, television) outlets won’t even be an issue, especially with the smaller entrepreneurs. Online advertising is considerably more affordable, and if you really do excel in your business, good word travels much faster over fibre optics.
It won’t matter if you’re actually operating from an old warehouse in a run-down area of the city (or in your parents’ basement); if your website is snazzy and navigable, you have a responsive customer support service, and you deliver on-time, it’ll be likely that you will do well.
The internet does not sleep. Stores will always be open, and if one store does not have what you want to purchase, there are literally thousands of other places to look. The only current hindrance is that most delivery services don’t work round the clock (receiving and delivering, anyway), but I’m thinking that there will be companies that will raise the bar on this as well. Already, I’m already imagining small flying (hovering) delivery drones that can receive or deliver most small items…
The Future is Bright, and It’s Mostly Here
Many of the elements needed for this vision of online commerce to happen is already here. There are just a few pieces left to be filled in, and most of them have to do with logistics. Once those technical challenges are solved, we will have such a grand global symphony of goods being bought and sold over the electronic ether; capitalism super-streamlined!
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Cable network G4 will be rebranded as the Esquire channel, acquiring the magazine’s name and branding sometime in the early part of next year, The Hollywood Reporter, uhm, reports. The deal has been finalized between G4-owner NBCUniversal and Esquire-owner Hearst Corporation, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s sources.
- After dropping gaming shows, G4 to become the Esquire Channel (theverge.com)
- Report: G4 to become the Esquire channel (joystiq.com)
- G4 being rebranded as Esquire channel (polygon.com)
We must say, it’s celebration time for the loyal Nintendo fans, who have waited patiently for the release of the Wii U. Along with it comes another reason to indulge in – the debut of some of the best games for the Wii U console. With a range of titles such as Arkham City, FIFA 13, Super Mario Bros and others flooding the market, the holiday season is just going to turn into fanfare. Out of all, the game we managed to lay our hands on headfirst is – Mass Effect 3: Special Edition.
True to its name, the franchise is indeed a special one, as this is the first time the title is coming in to a brand new console. This means a lot of rookies and new-to-school gamers are going to lay their hands on the title and to support them, the developers have added in a revamped version of the Genesis comic. This is more of a recap of the previous episodes of the saga (plays for 20 minutes) and gives the freshers an insight into the Mass Effect universe and the life and times of Shepherd in the game. The package also includes some of the add-ons and DLC’s of ME3 such as Resurgence, Earth and Rebellion that takes us much deeper into the game. A good way to start!
In case you didn’t know, the entire concept and storyline revolves around the Commander Shepherd and his braving encounters against an ancient race of aliens. The aliens have woken up and only to cause devastation to the universe. With the clan devouring in the universe, it is time for the Commander to take charge, lead the team and restore momentum to the galaxy.
One of the most anticipated features of the Wii U – the GamePad, works well for the Mass Effect 3. The gamepad extracts more participation from the gamers and is quite fascinating with its features like the ability to draw paths for the commander’s robotic comrades, track enemy locations, identify your current in-game location and invoke the map. Combating using the Gamepad is just pleasurable, with its ability to perform some free-form moves and actions. The Pro Controller also works well for the game and is equally exciting, though we didn’t use it much to play the game.
Technically, the game managed to impress us with its visuals and renditions. However, the only glitch we felt was during the load sessions, where the console truly tested our patience and determination towards its play. Though the visuals and graphics on the rival consoles gain an extra edge over the Wii U, we still felt the game looked great for a debut.
The game, apart from its primary campaign also offers a co-op mode called the “Horde Mode” that allows players to team up with other players and carry out a unified battle against the ever-spawning hoard of enemies and aliens. A perfect mode to have a time-out from the main campaign, kill some aliens with friends and reconnect with Shepherd again.
Mass Effect 3 from Bioware makes a great debut and is sure to woo the Wii fans. However, if you’re playing the game to experience the essence of Mass Effect 3, try playing it in the other consoles. And if you’re intention is to experience the Wii, go ahead with the title!
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- ‘Mass Effect 3′ Wii U Trailer Details Exclusive Gamepad Features (gamerant.com)
- What To Expect On Mass Effect 3 On The Wii U (thelazygeeks.com)
- Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC not for all platforms (product-reviews.net)