Midair Kickstarter

Midair

Heads up Tribes fans, the Midair Kickstarter campaign is live. Midair is an extremely fast paced first-person shooter from Archetype Studios. The game features high-flying freedom of movement, physics-based weaponry, and player choice. Fans of FPS-Z games will feel right at home, while players new to the genre will experience a challenge that breaks the mold of traditional mass-produced shooters.



Overwatch Open Beta Out

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Just a PSA that the Overwatch Open Beta is now available. Get access over here.



Planetside 2 Construction Update Live

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They have finally released the biggest content update to Planetside 2 in over a year. The new construction update allows for player built bases. This introduces a new way to earn victory points and a whole new meta to build strategies around. There are other great things in the update as well including the much needed revamp of the continent Indar and the NS-20 Gorgon Max Weapon. If you stopped playing (or never started), now is a great time to come back. New players should check out these videos to get a head start.



Happy Nickelodeon Day

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What, you thought it was April Fools’ Day? Well… it is, but it’s also the 37th birthday of Nickelodeon, which launched on April 1, 1979. Tons of great memories watching their shows growing up. The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Clarissa Explains It AllThe Ren & Stimpy ShowAll ThatDouble DareWhat Would You Do?Nick ArcadeLegends of the Hidden Temple, Rocko’s Modern Life, Doug, Hey Arnold!Nickelodeon Guts to name a few.

If you want to relive some of your late 80s and early 90s memories, visit NReboot where they broadcast old Nickelodeon shows.

Also, Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age is a pretty decent read even though I am not a fan of the oral history format. It can be a bit hard to follow at times as topics change without warning. Still, there are some interesting stories in there.



Sony Releasing a PlayStation 4.5

Sony is coming out with a “PlayStation 4K” later this year for $400, and its as hilarious as it’s moniker is misleading. Its a slightly more powerful version of the Playstation 4 hardware, with the ability to “output at 4K resolution”. However, the hardware is not powerful enough to actually run games at 4K natively. Even high end PCs with thousands of dollars in graphics cards have issues doing this. Its simply not possible that this hardware is going to be able to do it at $400 and at that form factor. What the console is really doing is upscaling to 4k from whatever native resolution the games will actually be running at (likely still around 1080p).

Supposedly there are already games in development that will be specifically advantage of the increased PlayStation 4.5 hardware. This, in my opinion, completely negates one of the biggest reasons why people go with a console rather then a PC. Lots of people go the console route because PCs are “more expensive”, and that you “have to upgrade all the time”. Historically, console hardware have been pretty static within a generation, with only trivial updates to the hardware over their lifetimes (smaller form factors, more power efficient). With Microsoft talking about doing a similar refresh to the Xbox One, this seems like its no longer going to be the case. So I have to ask, why buy a console now if the plan going forward is to refresh the hardware every three years or so? I get way better life out of my PC hardware, and PCs can actually run games at 4K natively if that’s a selling point for you.

“Consoles lock the hardware and the software platforms together at the beginning of the generation. Then you ride the generation out for seven or so years, while other ecosystems are getting better, faster, stronger,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer said. “When you look at the console space, I believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we’ve ever seen. You’ll actually see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation allowing the same games to run backward and forward compatible because we have a Universal Windows Application running on top of the Universal Windows Platform.”

Sony is essentially splitting its player base for very little gain. What’s really the point? Developers are either going to take good advantage of the extra hardware power and require players to upgrade to play new games, or they are going to use it in trivial ways to keep the games compatible with the old console. I suspect the majority of it is going to be the latter, which makes value of the hardware refresh rather dubious. And if that is true then the PlayStation 4.5 is basically just there to upscale your content, which is something 4K TVs already do a pretty decent job of.

Head over to Digital Foundry for some more technical information. Either way, I think this is now officially the most disappointing console generation ever.

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