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Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi face U.S. antitrust probe

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 05:25 PM | Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | (url: http://www.usatod...)

Japanese electronics giants Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi said Tuesday that their optical disc drive operations are under investigation by U.S. authorities for possible antitrust violations.

Sony said its California-based sales unit Sony Optiarc America has received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice seeking information for an antitrust probe related to the company's optical disc drive operations.

Company spokesman Chisato Kitsukawa said the company is "fully cooperating with U.S. authorities," and that he could not provide any other details about the case.

Toshiba and Hitachi said they also received similar subpoenas for optical disc drive operations at their subsidiaries, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology and Hitachi-LG Data Storage They also declined further comment.

Optical disc drives are used in computers and in CD and Blu-ray disc players. The three companies account for about 60% of the market.


Hulu to Charge Users in 2010

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:23 AM | Friday, October 23, 2009 | (url: http://www.tvweek...)

Chase Carey, the deputy chairman of News. Corp -- which co-owns Hulu -- says the popular online destination that carries TV programming, will start charging users, probably as soon as 2010, B&C reports.

Noting that Its time to start getting paid for broadcast content online, Carey added that I think a free model is a very difficult way to capture the value of our content. I think what we need to do is deliver that content to consumers in a way where they will appreciate the value. Hulu concurs with that, it needs to evolve to have a meaningful subscription model as part of its business.

Carey made his remarks at B&C's On-Screen Summit in New York on Oct. 21. He later told B&C's Claire Atkinson that not all content on Hulu would be behind a pay wall.

Category: Technology | 76 Comments
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Microsoft to Add Blu-Ray Add-on for XBox 360

Submitted by: XTasy @ 05:03 PM | Thursday, October 22, 2009 | (url: http://www.1up.co...)

More than a year after Sony declared victory in the format war, it appears that Microsoft is officially embracing Blu-ray, to an extent. In an interview with Gizmodo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer seemingly confirmed that the Xbox 360 will eventually be receiving an external Blu-ray drive.

The confirmation came when Ballmer was asked whether the Xbox 360 would be getting a Blu-ray drive anytime soon. He replied, "Well I don't know if we need to put Blu-ray in there - you'll be able to get Blu-ray drives as accessories."



Starsiege: Tribes -- death and resurrection

Submitted by: Beren @ 05:43 PM | Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | (url: http://www.examin...)

Here is a news article about Tribes (shock). It goes over some of the history of the game and then rounds up touching on GG buying the rights and some mention of it at PAX this year and a hopeful release towards the end of this year.


Nvidia Halting Nforce Chipset Development

Submitted by: Beren @ 08:05 PM | Thursday, October 8, 2009 | (url: http://www.pcmag....)

Nvidia has announced it will cease development of future Nforce hardware until its suit with Intel is settled sometime in 2010. Intel has alleged that a previous chipset agreement between it and Nvidia does not apply to the Core or Nehalem series of processors.


Hackers Target Xbox Live

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:50 AM | Thursday, October 8, 2009 | (url: http://www.intern...)

As next-generation gaming consoles go online, some of the same problems that have faced consumer and enterprise IT networks are surfacing.

At a session during the SecTor security conference, Chris Boyd, director of research at Facetime security labs, detailed the myriad methods by which gamers and in particular, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox 360 users are under attack by cyber criminals.

"Though the Xbox doesn't have the number one market share, it is the top target for hackers," Boyd said. "Xbox Live has 17 million plus subscribers and that service requires payment."

Xbox Live provides a number of online products and services to gamers. According to Boyd, Xbox Live gamer accounts are now an established commodity on the black market.


CoD:Modern Warfare 2 Delayed for PC

Submitted by: Beren @ 01:56 AM | Wednesday, October 7, 2009 | (url: http://www.rockpa...)

Activision has delayed the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 it seems, pushing the multi-platform game back by two weeks on the PC, but not on other platforms.

The game will now be released on November 10th for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but has been pushed back until November 24th

Category: PC Gaming | 60 Comments
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Review: AMD HD 5850

Submitted by: Beren @ 07:43 AM | Thursday, October 1, 2009 | (url: http://www.hardoc...)

As a very happy owner of a 4850 from the last gen I am obviously very interested in the 5850. Looking at the specs the 5850 look to be even closer to the 5870 then the 4850 was to the 4870. So anyone looking for a midrange part to kick some serious arse this is the ticket.

Category: Hardware | 9 Comments
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Review: AMD HD 5870

Submitted by: Beren @ 07:36 AM | Thursday, October 1, 2009 | (url: http://www.hardoc...)

The first DX11 card to hit the shelves. A very impressive card that has me drooling and thinking buying one shortly. Check out this review to see for yourself.


Microsoft Security Essentials Released

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 02:52 PM | Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | (url: http://www.micros...)

Microsoft's new antimalware solution, Microsoft Security Essentials, is now available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Category: Software | 49 Comments
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The Witcher 2: Gameplay Video

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:52 AM | Friday, September 18, 2009 | (url: http://www.euroga...)

CD Projekt boss Marcin Iwinski has revealed The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

He presented an alpha build of the game in an internal, "confidential" demonstration video. Luckily for us, the internet was peeping (via Kotaku).

The bread and butter Witcher experience, which went on to sell 1.2m copies (on PC only), returns. Mutant monster-fighter Geralt, therefore, is back and swishing his sword at toothy enemies and toothy harlots. Graphics, combat, magical powers and dialogue will all be overhauled, however.


Console Gaming = Lag

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:22 AM | Monday, September 7, 2009 | (url: http://www.euroga...)

In basic terms, controller latency is very easy to define. It's the time, usually measured in frames or milliseconds, between pressing the button on your controller and the appropriate action kicking in on-screen during gameplay. The longer the delay, the less responsive the controls, and the more unsatisfying the game can feel.

In-game latency, or the level of response in our controls, is one of the most crucial elements in game-making, not just in the here and now, but for the future too. It's fair to say that players today have become conditioned to what the truly hardcore PC gamers would consider to be almost unacceptably high levels of latency to the point where cloud gaming services such as OnLive and Gaikai rely heavily upon it.

The average videogame runs at 30FPS, and appears to have an average lag in the region of 133ms. On top of that is additional delay from the display itself, bringing the overall latency to around 166ms. Assuming that the most ultra-PC gaming set-up has a latency less than one third of that, this is good news for cloud gaming in that there's a good 80ms or so window for game video to be transmitted from client to server.

Category: Console Gaming | 40 Comments
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OnLive Opens Beta Program

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:19 AM | Thursday, September 3, 2009 | (url: http://www.onlive...)

And, Im very excited to say that we are now opening the OnLive Beta to outside gamers who signed up on our website. Its not too late to sign up if you havent already. We are very much looking forward to hearing from gamers all about their experience with the OnLive Service.

But first, let me tell you a little bit about OnLive Beta and how we are rolling it out.

One of the key challenges that OnLive technology addresses is providing a high-quality, fast-response gaming experience over a wide range of situations: different speeds/locations/types of broadband services, a variety of different PC and Mac configurations, several kinds of input and display devices, etc. So, a major focus of OnLive Beta is to test as many of these different situations as we can.


Ebay Sells Skype

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:00 AM | Tuesday, September 1, 2009 | (url: http://www.comput...)

EBay plans to announce a deal to sell its Skype voice-over-IP service to a group of private investors, The New York Times reported on its Web site, citing people briefed on the company's plans.

The deal could be announced as early as Tuesday, the report said.

Several investment groups are likely involved in the purchase, including Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures and Silver Lake Partners, the report said. Andreessen Horowitz is run by partners Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape, and Ben Horowitz. Andreessen is also a member of eBay's board of directors.


Tribes and InstantAction: Updated - March 17, 2009

Submitted by: abc @ 10:01 PM | Saturday, August 29, 2009 | (url: http://blog.insta...)

Remember Tribes? The original jetpack shooter? Yeah, you probably know what game I'm talking about.

Well Tribes is coming back! We have obtained the IP for the entire Starsiege Universe including Tribes 1. We'll be showing Tribes 1 off at GDC this next week in San Francisco, so if you will be there, be sure to stop by our booth and check it out.


You know you want to read it all ...
blog.instantaction.com/2009/03/tribes-and-instantaction.html