Archive for September, 2011
Right, the news that we’ve all afraid to receive, but is expecting, has arrived. The release of the PC version of Assassin’s Creed Revelations has been delayed by a couple of weeks. It’ll hit consoles on November 15, but Eurogamer report that the PC version will come out on December 2.
So that’s another Ubisoft gamed delayed on PC. From Dust, Call of Juarez: The Cartel and Driver: San Francisco have all received similar delays. It could be worse, though. What’s more, previous Assassin’s Creed games have taken months to reach our machines, all of them, never missed getting delayed. What’s more is that Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood was pushed back TWICE, if you remember. We should just start mentally adding a few weeks to every Ubisoft release date to avoid future disappointment.
Google co-founder Larry Page sat down with the Internet giant’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt, for a Q&A session during this week’s Zeitgeist 2011 event, and when the topic of increasing processor speed came from an audience member, Schmidt went into the infinite possibilities afforded “when you have all the computing power and all the telemetry and everything going on in the world in real time.” Not surprisingly, Page made the leap right to autonomous cars.
“The automated car stuff is a good example of this possibility,” Page told the assembled masses. “It seemed pretty practical. You think that driving a car is hard, but it’s actually not that hard… for a computer. If the computer has good data about what’s around it.”
And then Chairman Schmidt jumps in with this gem: “Our computers drive our cars better than you do when you’re drunk. That’s our starting point.”
That’s not a very high bar Mr. Schmidt, but we digress…
Check out the conversation starting at around the 29 minute mark in the video after the jump.
There’s a long press release and a video after the jump with scads of information, but it distills to this: controlling machines with your brain. José del R. Millán, a researcher at Switzerland’s EPFL, has been developing the technology both for communication and mechanical-control purposes, and Nissan Europe has partnered with the lab with an eye on taking such technology to cars.
Nissan’s take, for instance, is that as you “think about turning left ahead… the car will prepare itself for the maneuver, selecting the correct speed and road positioning, before completing the turn.” Our take is that you can stay tuned for 2050 when your car realizes you’re about to scrap it, and the police pull you over for thinking about speeding. Until then, your future is spelled out in words and a video after the jump.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been available to pre-order on Steam for a few weeks now, but if you pre-order now, you’ll also get a free copy of the superb Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
CoD 4 was Infinity Ward’s first attempt to bring the intensity of Call of Duty’s linear campaigns to a near-future setting, and it worked beautifully. The campaign retained the grim realism of the earlier entries in the series without succumbing to the bombastic action movie set pieces of Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Missions like All Ghillied Up show Call of Duty at its most restrained and atmospheric. There’s a sturdy multiplayer component, too. Corsair’s $10,000 CoD 4 tournament is set to kick off next month.
If you do opt for the Modern Warfare 3 pre-order, you’ll get a copy of Call of Duty 4 straight away. If you already own it, you can gift it to a friend.
News of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s existence was met by an incredibly confusing mix of emotions from PC gamers. A new Counter-Strike? Yay! But wait, it’s gracing the unwashed, teabag-happy console masses with its presence? Boo. Also, Global Offensive? Isn’t that the one MMO with the jetpacks? No, wait. That’s a different thing. Like I said: confusing.
Fortunately, Valve assures that it’s not going to let console players rain grenades on your parade. The PC version, explained Valve’s Chet Faliszek, isn’t trying to be something it’s not.
“Yeah, so in some ways the PC will be a different beast anyway,” he told Strategy Informer. “There will be servers that we control, but then on the PC there will also be support custom servers, and at that point they’ll be able to mod the game. The way it’s set up now on CSS… you could enter a game and have no idea if the guys are going to be surfing whilst they’re shooting, or doing other crazy stuff. So we want to there to be a basic core experience, and equally if you want to go mod, you can.”
“We’ve been talking to the community, and we’re actually going to be incorporating ‘Gun Game’ into CSGO itself, as that’s the most popular mod out there at the moment, we wanted to give people a chance to approach the game from that angle.”
Interestingly, PC’s also the only platform getting any sort of CSGO beta, because console betas, well, aren’t real.
“That’s why we’re showing it on PS3, and why we showed at PAX on the 360, it’s the only way those guys are going to get to play it,” Faliszek said. “The PC Beta will be extended longer, because it’s not really a good model for doing betas, real betas, on the console. Other console betas have been more promotional demos. What we’re saying is that we want to do a beta that’s constantly changing and updating based on player feedback.”
How much is too much when it comes to gears? Cars like the BMW 5-Series come with eight forward ratios now, which is already a lot, but you can count on someone trying to outdo that. That someone is Hyundai, which is reported to be developing a 10-speed automatic transmission. Yes, 10.
Bloomberg News reported that Park Seong Hyon, president of Hyundai Motor Group, the umbrella company of Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp, is developing the said 10 speeder for future luxury vehicles starting in 2014.
These could possibly include the next Hyundai Genesis and Equus luxury sedans. ZF is rolling out a 9-speed auto in 2013, and this one will retake the lead, if no one else joins the race.
Automakers are increasingly using transmissions with more gears to cut fuel consumption and emissions, and this piece of news signals that the Korean carmaker is firmly on the path of developing its own transmissions, instead of picking one off the shelves of ZF, BorgWarner or Aisin.
The 6-speed slushbox servicing the current Sonata and Tucson is an in house effort, and earlier this year, Hyundai launched a self-developed 8-speed auto for the 2012 Genesis and Equus sedans. But 10? Hopefully there’s no paddle-shifter for this, will be very epic if it does.
Rumors of a Nikon mirrorless camera have been floating around the web since the middle of last year, and recent leaks have made us wonder not if the company would release a compact ILC — only when such an announcement would be made. Well, we finally have our answer. The company has finally announced not one, but a pair of compact “1 System” mirrorless cameras, and it seems totally fine with putting the focus speed up against the self-proclaimed champ.
The V1 and J1 share nearly identical specs, with the latter model sporting some fairly minor tweaks. Both ILCs include 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensors, HDMI / USB connectivity, a 1200fps slo-mo capture mode (!), 3-inch LCDs, 10fps shooting, high-res electronic viewfinders, and full HD (1080/30p) video capture — though 720/60p and 1080/60i modes are thrown in for good measure.
The J1 touts a built-in flash, auto-noise reduction on movie clips, a 73-point AF system, dual-core EXPEED processing engine, and a 29 minute cap on single movie files (far greater than the five minute ceiling on its earlier DSLRs), while the V1 boasts an EVF and supports an external flash, as well as a mechanical shutter, stereo microphone input, a “multi-accessory port” and a magnesium alloy chassis.
If you’re curious about details on those, well the initial list includes a 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 (kit lens), 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 ($249.95), 10mm f/2.8 ($249.95) and a 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 ($749.95), and a customized $149.95 Speedlight (SB-N5) flash will also be in tow. As for feature set? There’s a “Motion Snapshot” mode that snags stills as a video is rolling, and geotagging will be supported for those who opt for the $149.95 GP-N100 GPS hot-shoe accessory.
Furthermore, the company’s drilling home the “non-pro” theme with a gaggle of colorful straps and cases to match the rainbow’s worth of hues — white, pink, red, silver and black — that these guys will ship in.
The Nikon J1 and V1 will be available throughout the US starting October 20th, with the J1 + 10-30mm kit available for just $649.95. The V1, available with the same bundled piece of glass, will retail for $899.95.
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