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iD Software: PS4 Will Be the First Next-Gen Console to Market

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280w ago - iD Software's technical director John Carmack predicts that the PS4 will be the first next-gen console out on the market.

He also expects for at least one of the upcoming consoles to ship without support for optical media.

To quote: John Carmack, technical director at iD Software, has predicted that Sony will be the first platform holder to make a move into the next generation of gaming hardware - though he doesn't expect any new machines to be announced in the near future.

"The whole jockeying for who's going to release the first next-gen console is very interesting and pretty divorced from the technical side of things," Carmack told CD-Action, as spotted by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry.

"Whether Sony wants to jump the gun to prevent the same sort of 360 lag from happening to them again seems likely.

"As developers, we would really like to see this generation stretch as long as possible. We'd like to see it be quite a few more years before the next-gen consoles comes out, but I suspect one will end up shipping something earlier rather than later."
 

iD Software Responds to Rage PS3 Concerns via Twitter

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281w ago - This past weekend iD Software followed up on previous reports that at this stage in development the Xbox 360 version of Rage runs faster than the PlayStation 3 build.

New details have surfaced, indicating PS3 owners should have nothing to worry about when the game is eventually released.

To quote: "We are committed to ensuring that gamers on all platforms have a great RAGE experience," developer id said of the "ruckus" in a [Register or Login to view links] update.

No word yet on when Rage will hit PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Mac, but 2010 looks likely.
 

iD Software Confident RAGE Will Be 60fps on All Platforms

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282w ago - In the latest [Register or Login to view links] magazine, John Carmack of iD Software states that the Xbox 360 version of RAGE just about matches the 60fps framerate of the PC version, while the PS3 only runs the game at around 20-30fps at this stage in development.

To quote: "The 360 version matches the PC's 60 fps," Carmack told Edge. "But the textures on many surfaces currently flick visibly between resolutions as you move toward and away from them, while the PS3's framrate runs at just 20-30fps.

"The PS3 lags a little bit behind in terms of getting the performance out of it. The rasteriser is just a little bit slower - no two ways about that.

"The RSX is slower than what we have in the 360. The CPU is about the same, but the 360 makes it easier to split things off, and that's what a lot of the work has been, splitting it all into jobs on the PS3."

However, iD Software still intends to release all three versions at 60fps and they're confident they can achieve this:

"Everything is designed as a 60 hertz game. We expect this to be 60 hertz on every supported platform," Carmack added.

"The work remaining is getting it locked so there's never a dropped frame or a tear, but we're confident that...
 

Confirmed: Sony is Developing PSEye Facial Recognition Software

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284w ago - Just a week ago it was reported that new 3D technology may put your face in Sony's PlayStation Home.

Today, it has been confirmed at Develop '09 that Sony is developing PSEye facial recognition software.

To quote: Some of the advantages boasted by Microsoft's Natal controller are already in the PSEye, Sony said today.

The firm has developed new facial recognition software for the PSEye camera which has been put together after many experiments by both the excellent SCEE R&D team and work with other developers.

"We've got a wealth of libraries available," explained head of developer services Kish Hirani.

He admitted that "it's a lot of fun in the office" and has been tested extensively.

The facial tech can see the position and direction of a player's head and can work out the gender and age of the face, and detects different parts of the face including nose, mouth, eyes, eyebrows, shape of the mouth - and even glasses.
 

CodecSys CE-10 H.264 (English) Software Encoder for PS3 is out!

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286w ago - Approximately a month ago the Japanese CodecSys CE-10 H.264 Software Encoder for PS3 was released.

Today, bogaromi dropped by our PS3 Forums to let us know the English version is also now available!

Those interested can sign up for the free [Register or Login to view links] and the full press release is available below.

Additionally, an [Register or Login to view links] is available along with a list of [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] details.

Finally, an [Register or Login to view links] is available and be sure to register the license key after the CodecSys CE-10 Professional Free Trial is installed.

The CE-10 software gets installed on a PC, but allows users to access the power of the PS3 via OtherOS as a way of accelerating video encoding.

Press Release: Affordable, Broadcast Quality, Near Real-Time H.264 Encoder...
 
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