FYI: GDC 2014 News & More

Announcements

  • Sony’s Virtual Reality Headset unveiled as “Project Morpheus” (via PS.Blog)
    • 1080p w/ 90 degree field of view
    • Positional and orientation tracking with help of accelerometers, gyroscopes and PlayStation Camera
    • No pricing or release plans announced
  • Some PlayStation 4 firmware 1.7 features detailed (via PS.Blog)
    • Video editor
    • Ability to export video and photos to USB
    • Option to disable HDCP for capturing game footage via HDMI
  • Sony integrating additional tools and middleware engines into the PlayStation 4 (via PS.Blog)
  • Intel Haswell-E feature 8-cores, DDR4 and X99 chipset coming 2H 2014 (via AnandTech)

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Linux Gaming Inches Closer to Reality

linux-logoThere are games on Linux but the selection available is paltry compared to Windows. And the reasons why the selection is so limited is due to lack of middleware support and the dominance of DirectX.

Crytek have ported their CryEngine to Linux and will be demonstrating its capabilities at GDC 2014 next week. I’m curious if it will perform better than the DirectX version.

Valve is continuing their efforts to sway the masses away from Microsoft and DirectX with “ToGL“, a DirectX to OpenGL translation layer. It’s limited to DirectX 9.0c for now but it’s a start. If developers can just flip a switch and port to OpenGL with minimal effort, they would be more inclined to support Linux.

All these efforts sound good but how long would it take before we see day and date high profile releases from the likes of Activision and Electronic Arts?

FYI: GDC 12 Videos & More

Announcement

  • Virtua Fighter 5’s Akira will appear in Dead or Alive 5 (via trailer below)
  • Forza Motorsport 4 Title update coming (via Eurogamer)
  • Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion pack coming (via Jalopnik)
  • Includes 30 Porsche cars
  • No pricing or release date details yet
  • Radeon HD 7870 & Radeon HD 7850 reviews by AnandTech & TechReport
  • Media

    Assassin’s Creed III Reveal Trailer

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    FYI: New R&C, Next MGS Hinted, GoW3 Footage

    Announcements

    • Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time Coming Autumn 2009 (via PR)

    Miscellaneous

    • Hideo Kojima Discusses Game Design and Hints Next MGS Game

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    • Noby Noby Boy Coming To iPhone & iPod Touch (via Kotaku)
    • The Rest of The Professor Layton Games Coming to North America and Europe (via 1UP)

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    GDC 2009: Fat Princess Montage & More

    Here’s Fat Princess which is coming to the PlayStation Network sometime this summer. I don’t recall ever hearing the game’s sound work until this montage video. It looks brilliant. I just hope the community is strong enough to keep this game afloat throughout the years. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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    FYI: GDC 2009, FFVII:AC, Wii Update 4.0

    Announcements

    • Bionic Commando Coming May 19, 2009 for Xbox 360 and PS3
    • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks announced for Nintendo DS. Coming 2009
    • Virtual Console Arcade games initiative launched today (via PR)
    • Katamari Tribute coming to PS3 (via 1UP)

    Miscellaneous

    • Wii 4.0 System Update Available Now
      • Enables SD-HC card use
      • Enables the ability to run Virtual Console games from SD cards
      • Improved data management
    • Apparently, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Announced for June (via Blu-ray.com)
    • CryEngine 3.0 GDC 2009 Trailer (via GamerSyde)

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