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Share a couple of items on your Christmas wishlist this year.
iPad, Yamaha 667 home theater receiver
What games will you play during the holidays?
Fallout New Vegas
Mass Effect 2
What are the kinds of food or drinks you must have during the holidays?
pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin pie
ORNAMENT HUNT ANSWER - CLUE 24
We just got some PlayStation 3 games in the office, which is exciting because we don't have a PlayStation 3 in the office yet (UPDATE: We got a PS3 in the office). EA sent over retail copies of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 and Madden NFL 07. The cases are smaller than conventional DVD and Xbox 360 cases. The cases are a bit shorter; however, the width and length seem similar to standard cases.
We spent a minute ogling the games' stylish, translucent casing, but we soon discovered some disconcerting information when we examined the backs of the games. According to the HD support specifications printed on the back of each case, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 only outputs up to 720p and Madden NFL 07 puts out 480i and 720p.
You may recall last year, many launch titles for the Xbox 360 received a lukewarm welcome due to a lack of features or lackluster image quality since many of them were quick and dirty Xbox ports. Let's hope that Tiger's 720p on the PS3 is only the result of a quick 360 port and not at all indicative of future resolution support.
We have to admit that Tiger seems happier on the PS3. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions feature the same Tiger picture on the front cover, but Tiger sports an enormous grin on the back cover of the PS3 case compared to a cool gaze on the 360 case.
23Feb 05I've come to a rather strange conclusion after testing two wheels and playing quite a decent amount of Gran Turismo 4. The game has fantastic elements to it - driving physics, models, and in general great depth. But the graphics engine has managed to give me the kind of paper cut that doesnít stop bleeding. It's minor enough not to warrant alarm, but annoying enough to babble about.
A resolution as high as 1080i is a feat regardless of platform, be it console or PC. Running any game at 1920x1080 pushes video cards to their limits and then some. The newer GeForce 6800s and Radeon X800s manage to get up that high, but even then the frame rates arenít all that great. When you tell me that the Playstation 2 outputs 1080i with Gran Turismo 4, that's going to start raising alarm bells. To date there have been ohÖ no games that do 1080i on the Playstation 2. Even the Xbox only has a handful of very badly implemented games in full high-definition glory.
While playing Gran Turismo 4, I noticed that the player's point of view is in great focus. The objects near your car look fantastic. But when you move that line of sight a few feet out, everything gets super blurry. We aren't talking speed effects; this is from a stand still. The first time I noticed this was during a replay. Three bleary looking cars passed by. Then mine rolled into view; suddenly the game was crisp again. It was seriously like putting on a new pair of glasses. I instantly went from 20/4000 to 20/20. This graphical anomaly varied from track to track, and we havenít had time to thoroughly investigate it.
The things I've seen could be nothing more than a graphical effect done by the team at Polyphony Digital. It's obvious they've done a lot of tweaking to get this game to run at a resolution as high as 1080i. Textures in the scenery are nowhere near as clear as those found on the cars. Regardless, I see jaggies that simply shouldnít be there. Even without anti-aliasing, at high definition, jaggies should be minimized greatly. I havenít had the time to verify for certain, but from a quick run through on our 720p capable TV, the 480p and 1080i versions suffer from a ridiculous amount of graphical artifacts. Lines should not be crawling anywhere near this much. After years of staring at monitors and TVs, confusing 842x480 with 1920x1080 would be downright shameful. Even though our TV isnít capable of full 1080i, 720p is still an enormous step up from 480p.
I'm going to test Gran Turismo 4 out at home using my 1080i capable HDTV. I'm fairly certain that my results will be along the lines of what I've witnessed in the office. But there's always room for error, maybe I just need to get some sleep and open my eyes a bit wider in a few days.
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Check out a few of the mini-games in Wii Fit
I swung by the Nyko, amBX, and Fanatec booths to check out their new products. Fanatec has a really cool new controller and amBX tries to create a more immersive gaming environment.
We're at E3 2006 and decided to check out a few of the vendors at Kentia Hall. We met up with Novint, Split Fish, Body Pad, and Ultimate Game Chair. Some of the stuff was pretty quirky, some was very cool.
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