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PS4 share button was pitched using Microsoft software

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The PS4 has gained a lot of respect in the gaming circles ever since it was announced. The developers simply can’t stop praising the wonderful gaming console. That is because the PS4 has been designed by keeping the development ease in mind. The PS4 follows an architecture which is much closer to the one which PC has and hence has made every developer on this planet instantly familiar with the PS4 hardware. Remember in the start of the current console cycle, the games were not too amazing? And by the end they are absolutely stunning? Well that is because the developers have become intimately familiar with the architecture of the consoles. By knowing what the console is actually capable of is one thing, being able to milk the resources to the fullest is another and it takes a lot of time. The point is PS4 is a more developer friendly console and it is quite evident because the PS4 share button was suggested by a first party developer. “I think it was [creative director] Nathan Gary in Santa Monica studios who suggested it,” said Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida in an interview with Edge Magazine. “So Nathan put …

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iWatch U – The 3 Cast #113

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This week we talked about physical media’s future on gaming consoles, more about wearable tech, and about BlackBerry’s CEO being dumb. Don’t forget to catch us on our SoundCloud page! No video this week, as Matt was out of town. Download               mp3             |              AAC Hosts: Matthew Weber, Ricky Williams, Vincent Hui Topics: Physical media in future consoles, iWatch and wearable tech: Why?, BlackBerry Dumb

Matthew WeberiWatch U – The 3 Cast #113
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iWatch, Gaming Consoles, and Mice – The 3 Cast #111

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This week on The 3 Cast, we talked about wearable technology like the iWatch and Google Glass, then we asked about the future of Gaming consoles and mice. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to watch all our past episodes!     Download mp3       |           AAC          |        Video  

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Dude, WTF is that sound? – The 3 Cast #110

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This week we talked about Sony’s PlayStation 4 non-announcement, about the current cyber warfare between China and the US, and we talked about the failure that is Windows 8. Download        mp3       |         AAC        |       Video Hosts: Matthew Weber, Ricky Williams, Vincent Hui, Paul Shirey

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Lost Episode: The Sequel – The 3 Cast #109

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This episode was recorded two weeks ago, but is just now being posted. Matt had some Apple software issues, that prevented the podcast from going up on time. This episode we talked about the playstation 4 announcement and what to expect, we bashed RIM some more, and we talked about Jailbreaking your iPhone.   Download mp3 | AAC | Video

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Sony Announces PlayStation 4…Kinda

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The day is finally here. The start of the next gen console wars, if you will. Sony on Wednesday announced the PlayStation 4, a newly designed hardware with a new controller and stunning graphics. Of course, they didn’t really announce all that much (the press conference is still going on at time of publication of this story). They didn’t even show the console, just a rectangle with the PS4 logo. They did show the new DualShock4 controller, which features a “Vita-like” touch screen in the center. According to The Verge: The controller will come with a dedicated share button and a light bar that identifies players or changes color during play, and it essentially looks like a sleeker version of the classic DualShock. The light bar isn’t just cosmetic: a 3D camera can track the controller’s motion from it, sensing depth. The console itself is based on a “supercharged PC architecture,” with an X86 processor, enhanced PC-style GPU, and 8GB of GDDR5 unified high-speed memory. According to Sony the PlayStation 4 contains 8 CPU cores, providing almost 2 teraflops of computational performance. The power allows for 30,000 polygons to be rendered in real time. “Overall, our goal has been to architect the system to support a …

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PlayStation 4 Announcement Coming February 20th?

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News never happens right after CES. Never. Except this year. Sony has just announced that it will be holding a PlayStation event February 20th. Sony says that the PlayStation Meeting 2013 will allow us to “see the future” and an attached video teaser might even have given us a first glimpse of the hardware. Could this be the PlayStation 4? We aren’t positive that this is the PlayStation 4, but what else could it be? If they have sent out invites for a Vita refresh or something like that, it will be majorly disappointing. Chase wrote articles on the next-gen consoles and what we expect: Part 1 & part 2. Now that we suspect that Sony is about the blow the lid off Orbis, will we see Xbox do something quicker than E3? This could get very interesting very fast. It is likely that the Sony event will be light on details. They will want to save those details for events closer to the actual device launch. Let’s just hope that they aren’t showing it now but planning on releasing it in 2014. The current generation of consoles is looking very old in the tooth. The PlayStation 3 was released in 2006 and while it has …

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The Silence Before the Storm – Next-Gen Console Wars (Part 2)

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The Next-Gen Sony Playstation Next-Gen Name Rumors suggest that the next-gen Playstation could be called the PS4 Orbis, or the Thebes. An interesting fact about Orbis is that if it’s combined with Vitae (or Vita), it forms Orbis Vitae which in Latin translates to ‘circle of life’. That could hint toward some serious connectivity between the PS Vita and the next-gen console. Most sources seem to think that the name Thebes might be an internal code name for the next-gen Playstation project and that Orbis is probably the final console name. Hardware The most recent rumors include an eight-core CPU clocked at 1.6GHz built upon AMD Jaguar architecture, 4GB of GDDR5 RAM,  and a Radeon 7970M clocked at 800MHz with 18 Graphics Core Next units. This brings the total speculative computing power to 1.84 teraflops. Storage and Drive Blu-ray is something most analysts agree will be included in the PS4. It’s something that makes Playstation stand out from the crowd. I’m not sure if I completely agree with this idea. It seems dated to me, but then I’m no analyst. Storage wise, I expect we’ll see something not too dissimilar from what we’re used to. A decent sized SSD. Other …

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The Silence Before the Storm – Next-Gen Console Wars (Part 1)

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The speculation is enough to drive any gamer, or console enthusiast mad. The latest release rumors suggest that Microsoft and Sony will reveal the next Xbox and Playstation consoles shortly before E3 in June, with launches occurring just in time for the holiday season. Personally, I don’t believe these two systems will debut side by side. I think it’s much more likely that we can expect one announcement followed by the other. Why? Because both corporations want to grab as much media attention as possible and announcing a new console at the same time as your competitor is something these two divisions surely have considered and want to avoid. It should then go without saying that there are two options these corporate giants have to choose from, either wait for their rival to release their own new system, or be aggressive and try to launch before the other. So who is going to be first? What rumors hold up to analysis and which of them seem to have too many flaws? The Next-Gen Microsoft Xbox Next-Gen Name Codenamed Durango, the next-gen development kit was first spotted in July 2012. The kit’s legitimacy was verified by multiple developers working on next-gen …

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Wii U – Is It Shelf Worthy?

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Last week it was reported that Nintendo Wii U weekly sales had declined by a staggering 30%. Not the best way to start off the new year. Analysts suspect that Nintendo will have to prematurely lower their console price in order to stay ahead and keep sales figures up. So, is the Wii U shelf worthy? Will the speculated Xbox 720 and PS4 knock this component out of the ring, or does the Wii U have what it takes to stay in the game? Wii U Basics As most of you should know by now, the Wii U comes in two models – the Basic (MSRP $300) and the Deluxe (MSRP $350). If you’re in the market, I recommend grabbing the Deluxe because you get Nintendo Land included in the box, and a larger 32GB flash storage drive plus a few more accessories. Device popularity aside, who doesn’t like more goodies anyway? Besides, the game and the memory are definitely worth the extra fifty bucks alone. All Wii games and controller accessories are compatible with the Wii U, so there’s no need to buy anymore if you’re already a Nintendo fan boy, or girl, with a small Nintendo hardware stash. …

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