Monthly Archives: December 2012
Halo may not be the be-all, end-all shooter anymore, but it remains quite relevant in the world of online gaming. A lot of that has to do with the distinctive blend of action the series brings to the table — shield management, tagging foes with grenades, and properly using the small but multidimensional maps. 343 Industries seems to have a keen understanding of this action, and it’s perfectly replicated it for Halo 4, throwing in a few of their own twists along the way (the Starhawk-like Dominion Mode is a favorite).
That 343 Industries understands the “recipe” for a good Halo game is only part of the story though. With new modes like Spartan Ops — a series of free downloadable microcontent — they are putting their own stamp on the beloved series. For that reason, the air of skepticism surrounding 343 Industries has largely been replaced with one of legitimacy. Now we’ll see if they have the wherewithal to use that currency to make something truly special.
A new report supposedly based on official Sony information claims to reveal the specifications of the latest PlayStation 4 developer kits, as well as plans for a new controller and a reworked console account system.
While the information is unverified, it’s said to come from Orbis documentation originating from Sony, which was passed to Kotaku by the same individual who attempted to sell next gen Xbox dev kits on eBay last year.
The rumoured PS4 specs
System Memory: 8GB
Video Memory: 2.2 GB
CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer” (so, 8x cores)
GPU: AMD R10xx
Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet
Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels
Backing up a CVG report from last week, Kotaku says Sony is working on a new controller for PS4, although current dev kits also support existing PS3 pads and PlayStation Move. While the new pad is said to retain the four face buttons, two analogue sticks and shoulder triggers of older PlayStation pads, as well as vibration and motion-sensing capabilities, it will reportedly introduce a capacitive touch pad similar to that featured on PS Vita’s rear.
It’s also claimed that the entire pad can be “clicked” for an additional input button, and that the controller features a “Share” button, which could be tied to a new console account system enabling “multi-user simultaneous logins”. One application for the new account system would be allowing multiple co-op players to simultaneously earn Trophies.
According to recent rumours, PS4 and the next Xbox will both be revealed at press conferences to be held in March. And Sony itself has hinted it may officially announce PS4 as early as May, according to comments attributed to Hiroshi Sakamoto, vice president of the company’s Home Entertainment unit, at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month.
However, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has hinted that PS4 is unlikely to hit the market ahead of Microsoft’s next Xbox, saying recently in response to a question about console release windows: “Why go first when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?