It has been revealed just recently that the Xbox One will not be able to play games from the Xbox 360. Such is the lament of gamers who would always insist on the issue of the games’ backwards compatibility. Don Mattrick of Microsoft has responded by stressing that the company prefers to look forward and not the other way around. If we could read between the lines, we would surely understand him when he said that being backwards compatible only means that you are indeed backwards.
While the revelation has caused some people to raise their eyebrows, it must be noted that there’s a good explanation to all of these. For one thing, the architecture in Xbox One features a CPU of the new x86. With the new CPU, it’s impossible to run games which are initially designed for the Xbox 360’s Xenon processor which is already 8 years old. Moreover, Mattrick declared that those gamers who patronize backwards compatibility make up just a small and oblivious percentage of the total number of users. These explanations may generate a lot of criticisms but the company is just being realistic.
Aside from Microsoft, other game consoles are also having issues on backwards compatibility. The Wii games on the Wii U from Nintendo and the PSN games on the PS4 from Sony are all saying that backwards compatibility should just be a part of history.
At its I/O keynote earlier this month, Google unveiled its new conversational, Google Now-like voice search for the desktop. The new feature would allow Chrome users to drill down into searches and their results by using only their voice. Today Google has finally started rolling out the feature for Chrome users.
After updating to the latest version 27.0.1453.93 of Chrome, users can navigate to Google.com, click the microphone icon, and choose to allow the new Google Voice search feature to begin listening. Google will only ask for permission to listen once and from then on users can simply speak in order to search. For certain search results such as questions Google will also provide audible results.
It appears not quite all of the functionality is available. During the demo, Google executives were activating the feature by simply saying, “OK, Google,” and then were able to do a hands-free search from the search results page. Currently, the release version requires the user to click the mic icon to start a voice search.
Mounting an iPhone or iPod to any firearm with a weaver tactical rail or a Mil-STD-1913 (Picatinny) is now possible with the Inteliscope mount system. The system securely attaches the iDevice to the firearm to avoid exposing a shooter’s head while peeking the corners in plain view with the device.
The app that comes with it will do all the tricks such as viewing orientation (portrait or landscape), 5X Digital Zoom, providing Firearm and Ballistics Data, custom Crosshairs, a built-in compass, a flashlight, a shot timer, and a GPS Position. Now, that’s something similar to a live first person shooter video game except that this one is for real, and quite deadly. The tactical adapter is replete with good features such as the adjustable mount position and a quick-release cam for easy attachment.
It is made of ruggedized tactile rubber finish and high strength composite-reinforced polymer making it durable in strength and superb in performance. Inteliscope is a newly formed company and it is taking pre-orders for the adapter with the same name even though development efforts are ongoing, at a price of $ 69.99 and deliveries expected to start next month. The company specializes in production of accessories for tactical firearms using the latest modern technology available.
Seasoned gamers are not at all strangers to the much- awaited hack and slash video game Ryse. It was first revealed in the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in 2010 using the codename Kingdoms, with the developers hinting of a Kinect release. E3 2011 afterwards stated an Xbox 360 plus a Kinect functionality launch for Ryse. However, in June 2012, Microsoft Studios had awakened speculations of changing the plans for the game. German game developer Crytek had later on confirmed that Ryse is going to be released as an exclusive game for Xbox One, the newest Microsoft gaming console in town.
The game is focused mainly on a Roman warrior set during the ancient Roman era with a little bit of Gears of War/ Halo elements on it. As a first person game, it is expected that Ryse will rise among previously launched kick-ass role- playing games. With the enhanced gameplay using gestures to simulate attacks, it will be a great gaming experience for any player who wishes to have some feel of the action during every game.
Release date is yet to be announced but the hype will surely surge up as soon as the countdown on the official Crytek website is done in which more information about Ryse will be revealed.
Chrome developer François Beaufort revealed on his Google+ page (via iMore) that the Internet search giant is working to bring the app launcher to Mac.
Because the Chrome OS platform runs Web apps instead of traditional programs, the app launcher is a vital part of the experience. Instead of having to enter Chrome to execute app functions, the launcher breaks out the Web-based titles into a separate window.
Apps will show as a pop-up above the Chromium icon in the OS X dock, and selecting an icon will launch the app in a new browser window. Apps run in the browser, but the launcher will save you a couple of clicks opening a particular app.