NVIDIA Shows Its 4K Android TV Game Console, 35 Times More Powerful than Apple TV

After releasing their Android-powered handheld and tablet SHIELD devices, NVIDIA appears to be moving into the console market. The company just announced its new tech, the Android TV Console, at GDC.

CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stated that the Android TV is the world’s first 4K-capable Android set-top-box. The console is controlled via a very small micro-USB bidirectional Bluetooth remote, but that’s not what makes the Android TV so remarkable.

What makes this console so special is found under the hood, where an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor chip lies. It was previously showcased at CES, where it was running a “mobile cockpit computer” for cars and the Unreal Engine Elemental demo. Huang states that together with NVIDIA’s Shield, it can push 4K content from any tiny device and makes it 35 times more powerful than the Apple TV.

The console is indeed powerful, however there is a matter of what it can effectively run. This is where Huang showcased a few titles, namely Resident Evil 5, Tales from the Borderlands, Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel, Doom 3 BFG Edition, Metal Gear Rising; Revengance. However, NVIDIA Shield Hub is said to be full of top-tier Android ports of PC games.

However, the key aspect and probably the most amazing part of the presentation is when Huang ran Crysis 3. This is where the Android TV showed its true power and Gizmodo stated that it ran the title “well enough to support online multiplayer”.

There have also been changes in NVIDIA’s Grid. Huang states that the changes were made so that the new Android TV could be perfectly used with the Grid, having it been made officially a service users can subscribe to. It is said that subscriptions for Grid will come in two tiers. A premium subscription level that streams games in 1080p at 60 frames per second, and a cheaper model limited to 30fps and 720p, both having access to a lot of game titles to stream.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information

EA & Crytek Reveal Details Of Crysis 3: The Lost Island DLC

Grab your passports and get ready to suit up again outside of the New York City Liberty Dome, as EA and Crytek send the hunt for Rebel forces to the West Pacific in Crysis 3The Lost Island multiplayer DLC pack. Showcasing four new breath-taking maps two additional multiplayer modes, Frenzy and Possession, and deadly new weapons, Crysis 3: The Lost Island will be available starting June 4th for the Xbox 360 for 1200 Microsoft points, and the PlayStation 3 and PC for £11.99.

“The gameplay in the Crysis series has always been deeply connected to the unique environments in which the action takes place,” stated Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek. “By transporting players out of the Liberty Dome and into the Lost Island setting, we’re not only returning toCrysis’ spiritual roots, but also introducing fresh ways to play that provide Crysis 3 fans with genuinely game-changing new tactical options, game modes and weapons.”

In Crysis 3: The Lost Island, traces of a mysterious alien presence have been discovered on a small island in the Philippines 200 miles from Ling Shan. Rebel forces have been dispatched to destroy this unknown extraterrestrial entity before an elite CELL team has the chance to obtain it… by any means necessary.

Thank you EA and Crytek for this information www.crysis.com

Origin Servers Offline

If you are like me, you love your video games, staying up late nights playing your favorite games. This weekend Battlefield 3 is hosting a “Double XP Weekend”. Unfortunately players are unable to play any game that is hosted on Origin. They are having some form of server issues, though their server status site does not show any issues with any of their services. When you try to log into their website or into the Origin client to play a game it refuses to connect, giving you a simple message.

“Sorry! We are experiencing some technical difficulties. Please try again later.”

Issues arose at about 6AM this morning GMT, my game was glitching out when I decided to reload the game, when I started my game back up, I was unable to connect to servers. I closed my client down and continued to have issues. There are several games that have been affected by this server issue, including Battlefield 3, SimCity, FUT 13, Mass Effect 3 and Crysis 3.

Unfortunately, Origin has not posted a status update on their facebook page at this time, we can only hope that they will repair the issues swiftly.

Graphics Are 60% Of A Video Game Says Crytek

Whether you care about game graphics or not it is definitely something that you notice when playing a game. How much of a difference that makes probably varies between individuals but Cevat Yerli, chief executive office (CEO) at Crytek, says that the quality of the technical elements of a game, namely the graphics and audio, represent 60% of the overall gaming experience.

It is surely no surprise that Crytek’s CEO takes such a view as the Crysis game series is renowned for its graphical prowess.

Yerli commented “People say that graphics don’t matter, but play Crysis and tell me they don’t matter.”

While graphics cannot substitute intuitive gameplay and a good storyline they are still important.

“Graphics, whether it’s lighting or shadows, puts you in a different emotional context and drives the immersion, and immersion is effectively the number one thing we can use to help you buy into the world.”

Every single title in the Crysis series has had cutting edge graphics although the quality of the storyline is very much debatable. Some Gamers have criticised to Crysis series for lacking substance and just being all about graphics, nothing more than an interactive GPU benchmark, while others have lauded it is a fantastic FPS game which puts excellent graphics to good use.

Whatever your opinion on Crysis, Cevat Yerli’s statement is certainly controversial. Do you agree that 60% of the game is in the technical aspects?

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Crysis 3 PC Review

When the original Crysis launched it quite literally made a mockery of high end gaming systems around the world, even today the game is a graphical juggernaut that offers a real feast for the eyes and even today’s low-mid range gaming systems can have a hard time getting to grips with its engine. It was lauded for its prowess at testing systems and getting your system to run Crysis (well) was like a badge of honour in the gaming community. When Crysis 2 came along things were not so demanding and while the game was graphically impressive, it proved more accessible for a wider range of gaming system.

Crytek it seems had crossed both sides of the river on their last two titles, with one that was hard to run and another that was more accessible, and if the developers are to be believed, they’ve managed to squeeze both high end graphics and accessibility in to their latest incarnation, Crysis 3.

The game may have earned its reputation for epic graphics, but it wouldn’t have gotten far if the series wasn’t backed up by some of this generations greatest gaming experiences. First we had the almost free-roaming style of the original, combined with the more confined story and objective qualities of the second, both of which have their merits and shortfalls, but finding where to take the third title has no doubt proven difficult for the team at Crytek as they try to mix the gameplay elements of the original titles together for Crysis 3, much as they did with their approach to graphics performance.

As you can see from the requirements below, Crysis 3 is still one tough game to get up and running, DirectX 11 is now a requirement no matter what level you enter at, although the specs do allow for just about any combination from the last couple of years for those on a low budget system, so long as the resolution isn’t too taxing. The real magic doesn’t happen until you hit the high performance settings, demanding a quad core GTX 680 system that at retail would set you back anywhere around £800 / $1000 +, the kind of system PC gamers want, but not the one they can all afford right now.

The thing I want to discuss however is my test system, its a fairly new build and were you to build it your self the tower alone would set you back a cheeky £1200 ($1800), I’m running a 23″ 1080p monitor and was able to max everything out, using TSAA AA and 16AF, SSAO and all the other bells and whistles you can imagine. My SLI setup beats out the GTX 680 by a good 60% and can you guess what my frame rate was? 60FPS. That sounds good, but take into account that this game can go that little bit further, how about even more advanced anti aliasing, 3D mode enabled, higher resolutions, multiple monitors! Long story short, if you want this game to look its best, you better have an epic system or deep pockets to obtain one.

The good thing is, Crysis 3 will still run on any mid range system without breaking a sweat, the game features robust graphics options, and with relative ease you can tailor its graphics to your system and let it be said that even on low to mid settings, this is still one stunning looking game.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1Gb Video RAM
  • Dual core CPU
  • 2GB Memory (3GB on Vista)
  • Nvidia/Intel example setup: Nvidia GTS 450, Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 Ghz (E6600)
  • AMD example setup: AMD Radeon HD5770, AMD Athlon64 X2 2.7 Ghz (5200+)

Recommended System Requirements

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM
  • Quad core CPU
  • 4GB Memory
  • Nvidia/Intel example setup: Nvidia GTX 560, Intel Core i3-530
  • AMD example setup: AMD Radeon HD5870, AMD Phenom II X2 565

High Performance System Requirements

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 •
  • Latest DirectX 11 graphics card •
  • Latest quad core CPU
  • 8GB Memory
  • Nvidia/Intel example setup: NVidia GTX 680, Intel Core i7-2600k
  • AMD example setup: AMD Radeon HD7970, AMD Bulldozer FX4150

Review System Specifications

  • Windows 7 64bit
  • Direct X 11.1
  • Intel Core i5 3570K @ 4.8Ghz
  • 2 x 4GB 2400 Mhz DDR3 (Kingston HyperX Predator)
  • 2 x EVGA GTX 660 Ti 2GB in SLI configuration

Graphics

This is definitely the strong point of Crysis 3, this game doesn’t just look good, it looks better than any shooter that preceded it and then some, of course that statement is only true should you have the system to push it up to ultra but even at mid range settings you can expect graphics on par or better than Battlefield 3.

The set pieces in this game are staggering to look and the use of lighting, water and foliage over the vast destruction of a crumbling city are breath taking to see. For those who simply buy this game for the graphics, you will not be disappointed.

Story

On the surface of things, Crysis 3 is your typical shooter, your a badass tough guy who has to fend off an alien invasion, and that’s about the basics of it all, its a tried and tested formula and its one that still works well.

You take control of Prophet, enhanced by his ever strong nanosuit, the year is 2047 and New York is literally a jungle of concrete, trees and swarming with aliens and enemy soldiers. Two years have passed since the events of Crysis 2 and the CELL Corporation has a firm grasp on the city thanks to a man made dome that has been fitted over the entire city.

The game leads you through a brilliant story arc of revenge, betrayal and friendship culminating in some epic battles and some well scripted cutscenes through out, which are in my opinion much more engrossing than what was found in Crysis 2.

Gameplay

If your a fan of the original two Crysis titles, your in for pretty much more of the same in terms of basic gameplay. Using your nanosuits abilities is just as important as ever, making almost constant use of your suits stealth camouflage, speed and armor mods to give you that edge in the battlefield, not only because its fun to do so either, if you don’t learn to utilize the suits abilities and know when to change between them, you’ll be dead pretty quickly on the battlefield.

The game offers plenty of game changing enhancements that can be unlocked throughout the game too, such as motion tracking technology, heavy weapon enhancements, proximity alarms and more, allowing you to tailor Prophet to your playing style.

The action isn’t as fast paced as I thought it would be and while there are sections of intense battle its all really dictated by how you approach each problem the game presents. If you keep getting discovered, making sloppy kills, then your going to be in the middle of a thick fire fight pretty quickly. If your patient, skilled and lucky, you can do things the slow way, picking off your enemies one at a time, trace their foot steps, watch their patterns, its slow, but its highly rewarding.

The enemies aren’t exactly subtle this time around either, and a good mixture of human and alien targets are set to keep you on your toes throughout. As for the final chapter of the game, its safe to say that its a massive improvement on the let down that was the end of Crysis 2, finally featuring a proper final boss that does put up a fair fight, beyond that, you’ll have to learn the finer details for your self.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer is still the biggest aspect of Crysis 3 and while the single player offers plenty of gameplay for those who don’t like online battles, you would be missing out on many hours of entertainment that you just can’t get from the singleplayer component of the game.

Hunter mode sees you pitted as 2 vs 14 on Hunters (equipped with nanosuit and bow) against Cell soldiers (guns, no nanosuit). Kill a Cell soldier and they spawn as a hunter, tipping the balance as the game progresses and its certainly an interesting take on the standard death match formula.

Crash site features plenty of vehicle based carnage thanks to the Pingers (alien mechs) and of course there are still the usual death match variants that you find in near every online shooter, as well as a good mixture of environments that have been adapted from the single player campaign to keep you busy.

I really enjoyed Crysis 3, a lot more than I expected I would given my disappointment with the second game in the series, which may have looks great, it even had a fantastic multiplayer, but the overall story and the final scene left me unhappy. I managed to get a quick go on the Beta for Crysis 3 multiplayer and I immediately knew that I wasn’t to try the full title.

Mostly I wanted to see how good the game looked, push my new rig to the maximum and generally droop at the graphics. In those respects I really wasn’t disappointed, and this is by far one of the best looking games ever made and definitely the best looking game in the Crysis series.

Silliness aside however, the gameplay and story were actually gripping and it didn’t take long before I found myself getting drawn into the chaotic world of Prophet, from the opening set piece to the final battle it was a highly enjoyable ride. I managed to complete the game in a bout 6 hours on normal difficulty, but the incentive to go back on play on a harder difficulty will certainly keep me entertained for a while longer.

The multiplayer is rich and exciting, providing plenty more action after the single player story and while you may spend your first few days getting pummeled by those of higher rank, sticking through the hard times for your first few skill levels will pay off in the end.

I highly recommend this game to anyone who wants to test their gaming rigs capabilities, or if your brave enough for the higher difficulties and steep learning curve of the online multiplayer, you can test your own capabilities too.

Crysis 3 already a hit – Beta downloaded more than 3 million times

Crysis has been at the forefront of the gaming industry for quite some years now, and with Crysis 3 being released next week, it’s always interesting to see how things are shaping up currently and as expected, things are doing very well indeed. With over 3 million beta downloads, it seems to be taking the same path as Crysis 2 says online magazine VR-Zone.

Though sales for Crysis 2 were extremely good, hitting the same number for sales as the Crysis 3 beta, it was also heavily pirated, leading to some sloppy financials for leader EA.

Pre-orders are already rolling in for the fully fledged game, and currently (at the time of writing), EA have an outstanding 35% according to their end of January reports.

We should see Crysis 3 released to the US on Feb 19th, while Australia and Europe see a 21st Feb release, and Japan the 7th March. Platform wise, you’ll be able to grab this instalment on PC, PS3 and Xbox.

 

AMD’s Catalyst 13.2 beta claims 15% boost in Crysis 3 and assures latency improvement

AMD have released its BETA drivers but this time it’s to improve frame-rate and latency. AMD also says that there is a speed improvement of up to 15% with High MSAA settings in Crysis 3 public multiplayer BETA and even 10% better frame rates improvement with a crossfire setup. Crysis 3 is set for Public BETA release on Feb 12th which will allow gamers to explore 2 maps “Museum” and “Airport” and 2 game modes “Crash Site” and “Hunter”. The game is set for release in North America on February 19th.

Crysis 3 isn’t the only game AMD assured improvements in performance. The 13.2 BETA gives up to 50% boost in Devil May Cry with a single GPU setup. The latency and frame rate debate started when The Tech Report mentioned it in one of their reviews last December where they showed that the AMD card produced higher latency spikes which resulted in a choppy gameplay experience even on Skyrim, Boderlands 2 and Guild Wars 2. AMD’s Catalyst 13.2 beta driver also resolves the texture filtering issue with DirectX 9.0c games.

Via: PC Perspective