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Ouya Console

Ouya Console

So the Ouya (pronounced wee-uh) Console is currently just a Kickstarter project, but it’s already broken Kickstarter records. It is the 8th Kickstarter to raise over a million dollars but has been the fastest ever to do so – in just 8 hours and 22 minutes. What is it?

It’s an Android powered open gaming console. They advertise “hackers welcome” and state that it will be easy to root and is held together with standard screws – not square, star, or torx screws. It will have a Tegra 3 CPU, 1gb of RAM, HDMI, Wifi, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Ethernet. While this might not sound like a powerhouse of a gaming console, the thing’s only going to cost $99. This puts it at the same price as an Apple TV – but one that is totally open to being able to do anything you want it to. Apple TV’s can be hacked to display other sources of videos but can’t play games or surf the internet. You’ll be able to watch gamers play on Twitch.tv or even play Human Element – the first confirmed console exclusive.

Just the other day, Fez developer issued a fix for their game that fixed framerate issues and various other bugs. One issue though is that this new patch might corrupt your gamesave rendering it unplayable. Phil Fish, the lead developer, said that he’s not going to issue another patch to correct this patch because Microsoft wants to charge him tens of thousands of dollars to have it recertified. This type of issue might plague consoles and be a roadblock in allowing indie developers to develop for the console market, but the Ouya’s open-sourced platform hopes to change that.

The Ouya has already raised $5.5 million with only a $950,000 goal so it looks like they’ve met it more than five times over. Check out their Kickstarter for more information or follow them on Twitter.

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Nvidia To Launch 600 Series March 23

Nvidia 600 Series

Word on the street is that Nvidia could be launching it’s AMD 7000 series competitor on March 23. A few people in the forums have been discussing upgrading their hardware recently so I figured this would be good news for them. The 600 series by Nvidia will follow AMD in the 28nm GPU class. What’s not known is whether or not Nvidia will release a mid-range card or come out guns blazing with a flagship video card. If they do come out with a flagship card, you can bet it will trump or at the very least give the new AMD 7970 a run for it’s money.

Even if you don’t buy the new 600 series card, a ceiling raise for the product lineup will undoubtedly mean decreasing prices on some of the lower end and middle-tier hardware like the 460, 560 Ti, and hopefully 570 & 580. Keep an eye out for these new cards soon!

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Playstation 4 to use AMD x86 Architecture

Playstation 4

According to Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter via Gameranx.com, the next generation of Playstation console is “essentially a PC” in terms of its technological make-up. He writes that Sony and AMD are collaborating on the console’s CPU, moving away from the PS3’s Cell architecture to an x86 processor for the new console. This is good news for PC gamers because it could possibly mean more cross platform games, better PC “ports”, and probably faster console price reductions (considering how quickly the prices in the PC industry drop).

If they’re going to be partnering with AMD we’re likely to find something along the lines of the AMD A4 or AMD A6 inside the machines. These are APUs rather than traditional CPUs. An APU integrates a CPU and a GPU on the same die thus improving data transfer rates between these components while reducing power consumption. They’re not as good as some of the high-end CPUs paired with high-end GPUs, but they get the job done and on a closed-system they can be fully taken advantage of without having to worry about things on a normal everyday PC taking up their fair share of the processing power.

Toss in 2gb or 4gb of RAM, a 320gb HDD (possibly a smaller solid state?), and a blue-ray drive and you could be looking at a $300-$400 system. Personally I’ll be happy if this is the case simply because the games will be written for x86 architecture meaning we’ll see a lot more games end up on the PC that we didn’t get before (ahem, Red Dead Redemption…)

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