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MLB 14 The Show on PS4: Fastest-Selling Game in Franchise History

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32w ago - Director of Production Chris Cutliff reports today that MLB 14 The Show on PS4 is the fastest-selling game in franchise history!

To quote: It's been just over a week since we launched MLB 14 The Show for PS4 and the response from the PlayStation community has been amazing. We're thrilled to announce that MLB 14 The Show is the fastest-selling entry in franchise history, thanks to you.

MLB 14 for PS4 has exceeded the previous marks for most preorders, most day-one sales, and most week one sales. Compared to last year, week one sales are up nearly 40%.

It's not just sales setting the records. Since the game launched for PS4 on May 6th, here's how The Show community has been playing MLB 14 The Show:

• The Orioles are the most popular team; Yankee Stadium is the most popular ballpark
• Almost 10 million games played so far
• Over 200,000 Road to The Show careers started
• There have been more than 5 million hits, 780,000 home runs and 500,000 stolen bases
• In the first week, there have been more than 7 million strikeouts, 330,000 complete games, and 100,000 shutouts

Thanks for your support! Be sure to follow MLB The Show on [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links]...
 

Ubisoft: Rocksmith 2014 Edition: The Fastest Way to Learn Guitar

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64w ago - Ubisoft Senior Community Developer Mike Madavi has proclaimed today that the Rocksmith 2014 Edition is indeed the fastest way to learn guitar.

To quote: Let's face it; it's hard to make something that is truly the best in its respective field - especially so in a world as populated as guitar.

When the Ubisoft team at Studio San Francisco set out to completely revamp [Register or Login to view links], that was our goal - to make Rocksmith the unquestionable fastest and best way to learn to play guitar or bass.

It was, with no exaggeration, a massive undertaking that took years to complete despite the product's core engine already existing from the original iteration.

Now, only a month out from the release of the all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition, we confidently feel that goal was achieved. It would be easy for us to proudly boast about all the improvements, changes, and innovations that make Rocksmith truly remarkable, but we'd rather let some familiar faces do that for us.

We let credible, established guitar players, teachers, and researchers try out Rocksmith 2014 Edition and give us their feedback.

Check out what Jerry Cantrell - Alice in Chains' lead guitarist/vocalist, Marty Schwartz - the #1 Online...
 

InFamous Becomes Fastest Selling New Exclusive IP on PS3

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289w ago - It appears that InFamous has set the standard for new IPs that are exclusive to the PS3 in the US.

Below are some stats, courtesy of [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links], as follows:

• InFamous (May, 2009) - 176K first week
• Resistance (Nov., 2006) - 42K first week
• Motorstorm (March, 2007) - 107K first week
• Warhawk (August, 2007) - 70K first week
• Lair (August, 2007) - 69K first week
• Heavenly Sword (Sept., 2007) - 75K first week
• Uncharted (Nov., 2007) - 32K first week
• Haze (May, 2008) - 91K first week
• LittleBigPlanet (October, 2008) - 110K first week

To quote: Of course, established IPs have sold quite a bit more in their first week. Metal Gear Solid 4 sold upwards of 400,000 units, while established first party IPs such as Killzone 2 and Resistance 2 both sold close to 300,000 units in their debut.
 

World's Fastest Consumer Broadband at $20 Per Home

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298w ago - If you get excited about the prospect of really, really fast broadband Internet service, here's a statistic that will make heart race. Or your blood boil. Or both.

Pretty much the fastest consumer broadband in the world is the 160-megabit-per-second service offered by J:Com, the largest cable company in Japan. Here's how much the company had to invest to upgrade its network to provide that speed: $20 per home passed.

The cable modem needed for that speed costs about $60, compared with about $30 for the current generation.

By contrast, Verizon is spending an average of $817 per home passed to wire neighborhoods for its FiOS fiber optic network and another $716 for equipment and labor in each home that subscribes, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Company.

Those numbers from Japan came from Michael T. Fries, the chief executive of Liberty Global, the American company that operates J:Com.

His larger point: "To me, this just isn't an expensive capital investment," he said.

The experience in Japan suggests that the major cable systems in the United States might be able to increase the speed of their broadband service by five to 10 times right away. They might not need to charge much more for it than they do now and they'd still make as much...
 

IBM's Sequoia: 20x Faster Than World's Fastest Supercomputer

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307w ago - The U.S. government has agreed to buy two supercomputers from IBM Corp., including one to be in use in 2012 that will ultimately scale to 20 petaflops, an estimated ten times the performance of today's most powerful system.

Terms of the deal were not immediately released.

In June, IBM became the first to break the petaflops performance mark with a separate government system. Cray quickly followed with a petaflops system that hit the Top 500 list in November.

The new IBM BlueGene-class systems will be installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to handle analysis of the U.S. nuclear stockpile. The lab currently uses an IBM BlueGene/L system.

Under the deal IBM will deliver to the lab by April one of its BlueGene/P systems capable of up to 500 teraflops. By sometime in 2012, IBM will have installed a follow on system called Sequoia.

BlueGene/P uses a modified PowerPC 450 processor running at 850 MHz with four cores per chip and as many as 4,096 processors in a rack. The Sequoia system will use 45nm processors with as many as 16 cores per chip running at a significantly faster data rate.

Both BlueGene/P and Sequoia consist of clusters built up from 96 racks of systems. Sequoia will have 1.6 petabytes of memory feeding its 1.6 million cores, but...
 
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