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Intel wants Larrabee in Next Generation of Game Consoles

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315w ago - Computer chip giant Intel has told Develop that it hopes to convince console manufacturers that its Larrabee chip will be an ideal processor for their next generation of games hardware.

The Larrabee chip is a many-core processor that is primarily targeted at the graphics space but can also be used for other computing functions. It's Intel's latest cutting edge chip and has been in the works for some time.

Early engineering versions of the chip are expected to arrive later this year, while consumer products using the hardware will be available by 2010.

And speaking to us in an exclusive interview, Aaron Coday, manager of the EMEA visual computing group, said that Intel had been in the meantime working closely with a variety of games industry partners to work out what kind of next-generation GPU developers want - and that console manufacturers are next.

"We've been working with a lot of game developers. All of the input and design of Larrabee comes with the involvement of various software firms in the industry. It's very much driven by feedback from the industry, telling us the type of things they would like to do, and how can they do them," explained Coday.

"It's definitely something we would want to discuss with the console vendors, and hope...
 

Confirmed: Sony's PlayTV out next month, priced at 69.99 GBP

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315w ago - It's now confirmed that Sony's PlayTV, the cool digital TV receiver and recorder (using the PS3's hard drive) is due out next month in UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, and will be priced at the bargain price of £69.99.

The hardware has two tuners, so you can watch one station and record another, and you can even watch movies and play games whilst recording TV, so the missus has no room for complaint.

With remote streaming of content to your PSP and freely movable recordings, this is something to look out for when it lands in September.

Finally, Eurogamer has confirmed the date: the 19th of September.
 

Bionic Commando: Rearmed Release Date: Confirmed for Next Week!

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316w ago - Finally! It gives us great pleasure to officially announce that Bionic Commando Rearmed will launch worldwide from next week. Here are those all-important dates and prices:

Xbox Live Arcade

-- Worldwide on August 13th
-- 800 Microsoft Points

PlayStation Network

-- Japan - August 13th (¥1,200)
-- North America - August 14 (US$9.99)
-- Europe - TBC

PC

-- Worldwide - August 14 ($14.99)

Available on Steam, Direct 2 Drive, Gamer's Gate, with more to be confirmed!

(Launch date and price may vary between distributors and location, check with your distributor of choice for more information)

Apologies to the many fans out there eagerly awaiting the release of Rearmed for being unable to confirm these dates for so long and leaving you in the dark, because when we announced the date this time, we wanted to be 100% sure you were getting the right information.

Thanks for sticking with us everybody. Look for reviews of Rearmed to start hitting the Internet from early next week!
 

Rumor: Videos of Next-gen Jak and Daxter PS3 game leaked?!

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320w ago - Two videos allegedly of the next-gen Jak and Daxter for PS3 have made their way to YouTube courtesy of JakandDaxterMaster.

The videos are dubbed "Jak: The Lost Frontier?" but game developer Naughty Dog has yet to make any official confirmation nor comment.

Chances are if they are legitimate, they will be pulled from YouTube soon so be sure to check them out below... while you can

Enjoy!








 

Microsoft Equipt: The Beginning of Next-Generation Microsoft

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321w ago - When I was briefed on Microsoft Equipt a few days ago, I couldn't help but take this in context with Bill Gates' departure and reflect on the post-Gates Microsoft. For much of Microsoft's history, the company has been known primarily for two very successful products - Windows and Office.

Sometimes this connection has been less than positive. Back in 2000, I had a conversation with back then new Microsoft president Steve Ballmer and was fascinated that he believed that the market would eventually move to a subscription model. With Equipt, Microsoft takes its biggest step in this direction and it makes me wonder whether Windows will, or should, someday follow.

One of the problems with moving to a new concept like cloud computing is that you have to move your code base and the market has to be ready for the move at the same time. This means that an entrenched firm has to create a transitional product with elements in both the old and the new - I order to create time for the transition of the code base and to allow the installed base, in this case consumers, to make the switch to the new product.

Equipt is a transitional product. Part of the offering is traditional and that is the part you are likely most familiar with: Microsoft Office Home & Student. The software will now check...
 
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