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Ubisoft: No Plans for PS3 Version of Splinter Cell: Conviction

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279w ago - Speaking on the company's [Register or Login to view links], developer Ubisoft stated, "Splinter Cell Conviction is a true Microsoft exclusive title and there are no plans to have Splinter Cell Conviction on other platforms."

The firm elaborated on the decision to remain exclusive to 360, describing the Splinter Cell franchise as being 'historically linked' with Microsoft consoles beginning with the original title in 2002.

To quote: "There are several reasons behind this choice. First of all, Splinter Cell games are historically linked with Microsoft platforms.

The first Splinter Cell on the original Xbox was one of the first games to fully exploit the console's technical possibilities," added the company.

"At that time, Microsoft really believed in the game potential and provided strong support to promote it. So, there is a "link of heart" between the franchise and the platform. Some games are like this (think of Final Fantasy for instance)."

"The second reason behind this choice is purely linked to production. Having a single target platform means that we can optimize the game even further, because we only have one type of - console - hardware to support."
 

Phrack Magazine: Hacking the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture

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279w ago - To quote from [Register or Login to view links]'s recent find:

"A few days ago the new Phrack Issue had its street date including an [Register or Login to view links] about Hacking the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture.

The author BSDaemon who works for [Register or Login to view links] used a PlayStation 3 system for his tests and got very interesting information for you; definitely worth reading!"

The article covers topics including: Debugging Cell, Debugging the SPE, Finding/Exploiting Software Vulnerabilities on Cell SPE, Memory Overflows, SPE memory layout, Avoiding Null Bytes and more on the PS3.

Those interested can check it out linked above in full!
 

Ubisoft Leaks Splinter Cell Conviction & Assassin's Creed 2 Videos

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282w ago - Today Ubisoft has indirectly leaked new videos of Splinter Cell Conviction and Assassin's Creed 2... apparently some [Register or Login to view links] discovered a few unprotected directories on Ubisoft's site.

The result? We now have two 10-second clips of Splinter Cell: Conviction and Assassin's Creed 2.

To quote: These clips don't feature any gameplay, QT events only.

We're assuming these are meant to be played sometime at E3. Thanks to chillchillin and Byvar for the discoveries.

Splinter Cell Conviction Quick Peek




Assassin's Creed 2 Glance



 

CodecSys CE-10: PS3 Cell Faster than Core i7 965 XE

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282w ago - A novel transcoding tool [Register or Login to view links] (PDF) allows for the conversion of video material on the Full HD format, with the help of a PlayStation 3 in real time, is coming in June 2009.

To quote, roughly translated: The conversion of video footage in Full HD movies at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 provides current desktop CPUs with a lengthy task. This allows the transcoding of a movie sometimes half a day.

In comes Linux Developer Fixstars with a video converter called CodecSys CE-10, which was to encode movies into MPEG-4-AVC format (H.264)

The Cell processor uses a PlayStation 3 - this format will be predominantly on Blu-ray media or IP-TV via video-stream uses. The CE-10-encoder sends out from a Windows PC, the output data via Ethernet to the console, which finished the encoded data back to the PC sends back.

According to the announcement of Fixstars reached the Cell processor of the PlayStation a performance of 29 FPS, that is 1.2 times real-time conversion - the cell has a similar performance as the CUDA Badaboom encoder in combination with an Nvidia Geforce GTX-285.

By comparison,...
 

Images of Cancelled Red Steel 2 Nintendo Wii Prototype Leaked

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294w ago - Screenshots and documents of an early Red Steel 2 prototype for Nintendo Wii have been leaked.

Ubisoft Montreuil - the division which created the first game in the series - was initially in charge of the title.

However, Ubisoft Paris took over the project when development ceased in October 2007 over concerns of the game's quality.

Ubisoft Paris is now working on a "new" version of Red Steel 2, which should be on the way this year.

More pics are available at the link at the top of this article. Enjoy!
 
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