TDK Unveils New 320GB 10-Layer Blu-ray Disc in Development

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236w ago - TDK has recently unveiled a new 10-layer Blu-ray disc capable of 320GB of storage in development.

According to TDK, to quote: "It is possible to write and read data on and from the disc by using a blue-violet semiconductor laser with an oscillation wavelength of 405nm and an objective lens with a numerical aperture (NA) of 0.85, which are currently used for the Blu-ray disc."

This has been a trend in newer, higher-capacity Blu-Ray discs. Due to the proliferation of Internet connections everywhere and firmware being written to non-volatile (update-able) chips, it means that our PlayStation 3 consoles may simply be a firmware update away from reading these 10-layer behemoths of Blu-ray discs.
 

XCM Unveils Clear XBox 360 Ben Q / Philips Drive Cover

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246w ago - The guys at www.XCM.cc have unveiled their new XCM Clear XBox 360 Ben Q / Philips Drive Cover today, which replaces the original cover and allows you to see the disc spinning too.

Those who are fans of being able to see your game discs spin while playing can check out one of the official XCM Resellers to get yours.

Currently they are taking pre-orders, with the actual release being next week.

Some pictures of the XCM Benq / Philips XBox 360 DVD drive cover are below, and to quote from their page:

Replaces the original cover for your Benq / Philips XBox 360 DVD Drive. Allows you to see the disc spinning. Works great with our XCM 360 Replacement Cases!
 

Sony Unveils PS3 Dev Kit for Academic Use

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248w ago - It looks like Sony is extending their support for schools and universities with courses geared towards computer engineering and programming.

At the Develop Conference 2009, SCEE R&D's Sarah Lemarie revealed that a PS3 dev kit designed for academic use is in the works.

To quote: "We have started a PS3 Academic Development Programme, and we're referring to the dev kits as mini-dev kits, which I can best describe as being in a closed beta stage at present," said Lemarie. "We'll be opening this beta up slowly."

"Of course universities can use Linux to program on the PS3 but I would really strongly recommend that if you are interested in the PS3 you look into this, as the experience you will get over Linux is quite incredible," she added.

The PS3 dev kit includes a consumer-sized PS3 with a low power function, two USB ports and a full SDK. Sony's cross-platform game engine PhyreEngine will also be made available as part of the program.

Sony has already provided academic institutions with PS2 and PSP dev kits in the past as part of their PlayStation-edu program.
 

E3 2009: Sony Finally Unveils PS3 Motion-sensing Controller

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254w ago - Sony has finally shown off its potential Wii remote beater. They have demo'd a stick-like pad that has a 'magic ball' on the end, which is then picked up by the PlayStation Eye.

Jack Tretton claims it is the closest thing to real life on the market.

They are aiming for spring 2010 launch, and the prototype of the new controller showed a glowing sphere on the end of the stick. PS Eye tracks it.

The demonstration showed 1-to-1 motion control. On the screen, the controller became a racket in the guy's hand, changing into various other bits and bobs, such as swords and guns.





It has true 3D pointing too, and if you change angles to the camera it'll notice. In FPS mode, you can move and shoot but, will sometimes need buttons.

The ability to use two controllers is there as well, and with one in each hand you can play with building blocks, paint, use a sword and shield and fire virtual arrows.

When you move the camera follows you, should you drop down on one knee, for example.

To quote: The prototype of the unnamed device was demo'd live on-stage by its creators. The stick-like pad - which has a 'magic ball' on the end - is held in the gamer's hand, and then picked...
 

E3 2009: Microsoft Unveils Motion-sensing Project Natal

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254w ago - Microsoft has unveiled Project Natal, which features a motion sensing camera.

Stephen Spielberg demoed it on stage and says it will recognize "your entire being".

Although it's "not reinventing the wheel because there's no wheel at all", Microsoft plans to make games as accessible as possible, as it will work with the Xbox Dashboard, recognizes your face, and signs you in automatically.

Games using the camera were demoed.

3D Breakout where body controls the ball, and you can move arms, legs, head and kick the ball and it detects the speed and power of the hit.





Comparing itself to the Wii, Microsoft says that this is done up off the couch, with Waggle commands.

Another demo called Paint Party uses body and voice to "express inner creativity" by splattering paint onto a canvas. Just say the color you want and the game adds it.

No date for the camera yet, but it's still being shown behind closed doors to developers.
 







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