Konami Keeps Running Its Triple-A Video Games Business Thanks To PES 2017 And FOX Engine: PR

Konami Keeps Running Its Triple-A Video Games Business Thanks To PES 2017 And FOX Engine: PR

Konami isn’t giving up on triple-A video games business, according to Steve Merrett, who works at Voltage PR, the PR firm handling the Japanese publisher’s communication in the United Kingdom. According to Merrett, there’s no risk Konami will renounce to established intellectual properties such as PES 2017 and tech as the FOX Engine.


“Well, PES 2017 is coming,” Merrett said. “If that’s not enough indication that Konami is still interested in the market, then I don’t know what is,” Merrett told us at E3.

“FOX engine is a constantly evolving beast,” Merrett said. “It’s one where it’s been adapted perfectly for PES now. So what it allows us to do is, it’s just giving us ever more accuracy in terms of it handles the animation, and the faces, and stuff like that. It does it all in real time. So it means that we can focus on the animation and the gameplay. Making sure everything is smooth and the FOX engine handles everything else. One of the reasons why PES is so fast is because of that engine.”

This adds basically nothing to what we already knew. Based on that, PES 2017 is the only new triple-A currently in the works at Konami, and the only to properly take advantage of the FOX Engine tech that powered Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

After Silent Hills/P.T. was canceled, it became sadly clear what Konami has in store for the future, although we’re ready, of course, and even eager to hear more about their plans if they can ultimately make us change our minds.


Brighton Illustrators Group comes to Apple Store, Brighton tonight

Brighton Illustrators Group comes to Apple Store, Brighton tonight

A reminder, the Brighton Illustrators Group (BiG) has announced a special event at the Apple Store, Brighton tonight, Thursday 28 October 2010.

The free event ‘How Will the iPad Change the Future of Publishing?’ starts at 7.45 pm and runs until 9.30 pm.

Open to all, the night will include contributions from Nye Wright, manager of Apple’s Brighton Store and Deb Gaffin, Digital Product Manager at London publishers Nosy Crow.

Additionally David O’Connor will present his thoughts on using the iPad, while they will be a chance to try out Apple’s tablet device and ask any questions you might have.

Refreshments will also be served tonight.

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The Brighton Illustrators Group is not an illustration agency but a group run by illustrators for illustrators on a voluntary basis. Since BiG was formed 21 years ago, its role has been to support and advise freelance illustrators living in Brighton and the surrounding area. BiG’s aim is to share information about professional practice though monthly meetings, newsletters and website as well as providing networking opportunities.

BiG members work in all areas of illustration, from editorial, children’s publishing, merchandising to the growth area of new media. Details of how to join BiG can be found here.

The Apple Store, Churchill Square address is Upper Mall, Churchill Square, Brighton, BN1 2TE, 01273 740 500. Driving directions and a map can be found here.

Windows Vista hits antitrust claims

Windows Vista hits antitrust claims

As Microsoft prepares for the consumer launch of Vista, rivals slammed the software, saying it breaks the same European antitrust laws that Windows XP abused in 2004, and that it will be riddled with bugs.

“Microsoft has chosen to ignore the fundamental principles of the Commission’s March 2004 decision,” said Simon Awde, chairman of the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) in a statement on Friday, adding that the new product goes even further, by leveraging its desktop dominance to compete on the internet.

ECIS filed a formal complaint about Vista to the European Commission’s antitrust division a year ago. The Commission said at the time that it would examine the complaint carefully. That examination is understood to be still ongoing, however Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd wasn’t immediately available to comment.

On Friday the ECIS described Vista as “the first step in Microsoft’s strategy to extend its market dominance to the internet.” Microsoft’s XAML markup language inside Vista was designed to replace HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), an industry standard used for publishing material online, it claimed.

XAML is designed to be dependent on Windows, and therefore not interoperable with other systems, ECIS said.

In addition, Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 will introduce the Open XML file format called OOXML in a move to replace the ODF industry standard.

“Unlike the ODF file format which operates on multiple vendor platforms, Microsoft’s OOXML today only runs seamlessly on the Microsoft Office platform,” ECIS said.

“With XAML and OOXML Microsoft seeks to impose its own Windows-dependent standards and displace existing open cross-platform standards which has wide industry acceptance, permit open competition and promote competition-driven innovation,” said Thomas Vinje, a partner at law firm Clifford Chance and legal advisor to ECIS.

“The end result will be the continued absence of any real consumer choice, years of waiting for Microsoft to improve — or even debug — its monopoly products, and of course, high prices,” he added.

Microsoft declined to comment on the ECIS statement. With Vista and Office 2007 scheduled to debut in retail stores on Tuesday, the company is gearing up for a marketing blitz, which in Belgium will include the lighting up of the Atomium — a construction modeled on the structure of an iron molecule that dominates the northeast skyline of the city.

Vista and Office 2007 were available to business users in the fourth quarter last year.

Infamous: Second Son incoming patch detailed: "change time of day, HUD off, 30fps option"

Infamous: Second Son incoming patch detailed: “change time of day, HUD off, 30fps option”

Sucker Punch via official Playstation Blog has announced details regarding changes that upcoming Infamous: Second Son patch will include.

Infamous: Second SonAfter going through all feedbacks from fans, Sucker Punch has decided that they will be delivering following features with incoming Infamous: Second Son patch: “Change Time-of-Day, HUD On/Off and Cap at 30FPS”.

Full details as revealed by Sucker Punch about these changes are listed below:

Change Time-of-Day

  • Once you beat the game, a new entry will appear on the options menu to allow you to select the time of day! A very popular request indeed, and one we’re excited to enable for you all.

HUD On/Off

  • Especially for those amazingly talented screenshot taking folks, we’re including an option to let you turn the HUD on and off.

Cap at 30FPS

  • Internally we prefer the unlocked frame rate, but we recognize that some players find it distressing. So we’ll provide a way to ensure the game is not bumping up over 30FPS, if that’s how you prefer to play.

Any other changes/bug/glitch fix you want Sucker Punch to fix in Infamous: Second Son via incoming patch? Let us know in the comment section below.

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, January 7

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, January 7

Beat out of a windfall?

Apple’s headline-grabbing $3 billion acquisition of Beats last year was a nice earner for Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine — but were the co-developers of the iconic headphones cheated out of their fair share? That’s the claim of a lawsuit charging fraud that’s been filed by Monster and CEO Noel Lee.

Intel pledges to boost diversity

After thoughtlessly stepping in a big pile of controversy over women in tech last summer, Intel is stepping up to tackle the diversity problem: CEO Brian Krzanich said in his CES keynote address that it’s putting $300 million against the hiring and retention of women and minorities, and has set the target of dramatically improving diversity of its workforce by 2020, USA Today reports. And it’s linking executive compensation to their success in moving toward that goal.

Yes, the Internet of Things has a dark side

While marketers on the floor at CES tout the magic of a hyper-connected world, most savvy technologists are all too aware of the cost that may be paid in lost privacy and security. The top regulator for consumer issues in the US provided a balancing view in her keynote speech at the show: Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez warned that the Internet of Things comes with ubiquitous data collection, unexpected uses of consumer data, and security threats, the Wall Street Journal said.

Ford’s self-driving car is headed this way

Autonomous vehicles are getting closer to the mainstream: At CES, Ford said a fully autonomous Fusion Hybrid research vehicle is being tested on the road now. It uses the same semi-autonomous technology some Ford cars now have, and adds sensors that generate a real-time 3D map of the surrounding environment.

Toyota’s fuel-cell patent plan is more important than you realize

Toyota’s plan to issue royalty-free licenses on its 5,680 patents concerning hydrogen fuel-cell technology isn’t as sexy as Samsung’s 4K TVs or LG’s curved mobile phones, but it could have much more significance. The move might just kick-start the next phase of the auto industry. “This is where we see the automobile industry going for the next 100 years,” a Toyota executive said at CES.

Displays take the curves

Curve screens may be a passing fad on TVs, but at CES they are appearing on computer monitors, whose makers say they provide a more immersive viewing experience. The design strategy may work better on a screen meant for one-person viewing than it did on a TV, where curves don’t really serve multiple perspectives.

There’s another OS for wearables

Mozilla won’t be left on the sidelines of the wearables movement: It’s moving its Firefox OS into the space to run things like smartwatches and smart glasses — and home appliances, to tick another box on this year’s CES trend-bingo sheet.

And you thought waiting for the cable guy was bad

In an eyebrow-raising (or is it jaw-dropping?) move, Verizon has told enterprise customers to plan for a two-day outage of its Verizon Cloud service later this week as it shuts down for maintenance starting early Saturday morning. Analysts covering the hotly competitive space expect the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Google to take advantage of the telco’s misstep: one called it “insanely stupid.”

In other Verizon news…

The telco’s CEO threw a dash of cold water on rumors that it is in talks to acquire AOL. He said to look for partnerships with media companies, not acquisitions, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Watch now:

The Sony Walkman is making a comeback — at a $1200 price. See Martyn Williams go hands-on with the new high-end player at CES.

One last thing:

They don’t make a lot of headlines, but the tiny sensors that track movement, orientation and pressure are the quiet heroes of the International CES trade show. http://www.computerworld.com/article/2865278/mems-sensors-are-the-quiet-heroes-of-ces.html, sensors with impossibly small mechanical parts and are mounted on chips just a few millimeters across.

Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive new details: "Gameplay video incoming before E3 2014, Single-player campaign and more"

Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive new details: “Gameplay video incoming before E3 2014, Single-player campaign and more”

Insomniac Games, developer behind some amazing Playstation exclusive franchise Ratchet and Clank and Resistance is bringing their next new IP Sunset Overdrive exclusively to Xbox One. The announcement at E3 2013 was surprising for many, and now it seems like the studios is also set to re-reveal the game before E3 2014.

Sunset OverdriveJames Stevenson, Community Lead at Insomniac Games has confirmed via Twitter that development team will revealed SunSet Overdrive before E3 2014 and also promised that they have tons of good stuff to showcased at the event in June.

“Always was gonna get shown pre-E3. We just didn’t know exactly when so it’s been fluid.” and “We have tons of good stuff for E3 too though”

Stevenson also went on to confirmed existence of single-player campaign in Sunset Overdrive, and trailer showcased at E3 2013 was focused only on multiplayer section of the game.

“Campaign/story is single-player.” and “There is multiplayer as well, as you saw in the E3 teaser…”

When asked whether there’s co-op campaign as well in Sunset Overdrive? Stevenson replied they never said “NO”.

Last but not the least, Stevenson tweeted: “If there is one word this game IS NOT, that word would be ‘forgettable’”

How many of you guys are excited about Sunset Overdrive? Watch E3 2013 trailer of Sunset Overdrive below.

Apple’s iOS beats Android? Not exactly

Apple’s iOS beats Android? Not exactly

Have you heard the news? Despite every analysis we’ve seen over the past two years about Android dominating the mobile market, Apple’s iOS is the biggest mobile operating system by a landslide.

That’s the story being reported by ComScore and repeated in countless headlines around the blogosphere this week. Before you jump to any conclusions, though, hang on: The story isn’t quite what it seems.

ComScore’s data, to use a painfully cute cliche, is looking at apples and oranges. The analysis compares all iOS devices — iPhones, iPods, and iPads — with Android phones and a couple of early non-Honeycomb tablets. (The data goes only through February of 2011; the Motorola Xoom launched at the end of that month.) Not surprisingly, it finds that the total number of iOS devices exceeds the number of Android devices within the U.S.; in this scenario, Apple’s share of American mobile users is 37.9 million, or 16.2 percent, while Android’s is 23.8 million, or 10.2 percent.

Apple’s iOS vs. Android: The Parallel Problem

Here’s the problem: Typically, when we look at mobile market share, we look at a parallel comparison: one smartphone platform vs. another smartphone platform. A tablet OS against another tablet OS. Of course Android is going to look small in the scenario ComScore has created. Heck, forget the iPad: The inclusion of the iPod alone is what’s skewing the results.

Don’t believe me? Let’s do some math. ComScore doesn’t provide the exact breakdown of iOS users by device, but it does say this:

“The installed base of iPhones slightly exceeded that of iPod Touches, both of which were approximately twice as high as the number of iPads.”

Let’s say, then, we’re looking at roughly 15,500,000 iPhones, 15,000,000 iPods, and 7,368,000 iPads. That would follow ComScore’s description of the data, give or take a few hundred here or there.

Subtract out those iPods, and you’re left with a total of 22.9 million iOS devices. Compare that now with the total number of Android devices, 23.8 million — a number that, remember, includes primarily phones at the point of this data collection — and you’re looking at a very different story.

In other words, this data suggests that the total number of iPhones and iPads in America is actually less than the total number of Android phones and tablets — even prior to the launch of any Google-endorsed Android tablet competitors.

Apple’s iOS vs. Android: The Bigger Picture

In the big picture, Apple’s blanket operating system may have the wider overall reach, but I’m not sure tossing MP3 players into a comparison of tablets and phones makes much sense — or means that much. And when you take those MP3 players out of the equation, boy oh boy, does the picture shift.

Consider, too, where things are going from here. Android has been consistently snatching up more and more of the smartphone market with every passing month. This trend has been going on for quite some time now. There’s typically some revolutionary Apple moment looming in the future that people insist will turn the tides. So far, none of those — including first the launch of the iPhone 4 and then the launch of the Verizon iPhone — have had any significant impact on the trend.

In the tablet world, Apple clearly has a hefty head start. But an army of Android tablets is forming. The T-Mobile G-Slate is launching this week. Samsung’s new line of superthin Galaxy Tabs is on the way soon. More and more high-end options are going to be arriving each month. The iPad isn’t going to flounder by any means, but over the next couple of years, it is going to have some serious — and very widespread — competition.

As I like to preemptively point out in any market share comparison, we aren’t talking about profits here; we’re talking about overall device adoption. And regardless of what platform you prefer, the fact that the companies are duking it out for market position is actually great news. Android’s success forces Apple to step up its game and aggressively push out new features for its products. Apple’s success forces Google and the various Android manufacturers to come up with innovative ways to differentiate their devices and create new kinds of value for consumers.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: In the race for mobile dominance, the users always win.

LaCie sales grow 30%

LaCie sales grow 30%

LaCie has seen 30 per cent sales growth in its third quarter 2004, the company announced today.

The company reported consolidated sales of €56.3 million, with 46 per cent of company revenues coming form the Asia/America/Pacific markets. LaCie hard-drives account for 48 per cent of revenues in the quarter. The company shipped 300,000 “encased hard drives” in the period.

For the first nine months of financial 2004, the company saw revenues increase 26 per cent sequentially, exceeding its 15 per cent growth target for the financial year.

Triple X Tycoon is the porn industry simulator we never knew we wanted

Triple X Tycoon is the porn industry simulator we never knew we wanted

We enjoy a good wacky simulator as we’ve seen sims that allow players to be a yandere, shower with their dad, and even see the world through the eyes of a slice of bread. But Triple X Tycoon may be the strangest as it allows players to build their own porn empire.

Triple X Tycoon allows players to experience the highs and lows of the adult entertainment industry as random events will take place that may help your studio to flourish, or hinder your performers. Players will experience volatile consumer trends, big award shows, and the coming and going of their performers throughout the decades.

The game will have a large number of adult products to develop, which includes various marital aids, magazines, hotlines, calendars, and more. Your studio reputation will also affect what kind of performers you can hire and where you can shoot. The most intriguing aspect of the game is you’ll be able to produce adult entertainment throughout the years, from the 70s all the way up to today, even VR!

Joy-Toilet is behind the development of Triple X Tycoon and are currently seeking funding of only $1,000. If you’re interested in this kind of simulator, you can head on over to its Indiegogo page.

Kratos Brother Deimos Coming to God of War III

Kratos Brother Deimos Coming to God of War III

Deimos, i think he don’t need any introduction but still Kratos brother will be available as a playable in the third installment of God of War series.

God of War III

Sony announced that gamers will soon be able to have access to Deimos in God of War III but for this they need to use a secret code which will only be supplied with the upcoming God of War: Ghost of Sparta for PSP.

According to the details reveal Deimos will be skin for Kratos character, but he will be much more powerful than him and will possess much enhanced combat ability in comparison to Kratos with 4 times more health, magic and gold orbs.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta is expected to come out in November in Europe but there isn’t any official confirmation about its release date.