Doing the impossible can certainly score you all manner of fame and publicity, but as online gaming service OnLive has recently proven, merely alluding to the fact that you intend to do the impossible can earn just as many ears. Last week, after hearing about the service only a few days prior, gamers looked on with a mix of horror and grim satisfaction as OnLive’s big talker received his first stern talking-to, courtesy of Eurogamer’s Richard Leadbetter.
Now, though, OnLive CEO Steve Perlman is firing back. Check out his retorts below.
Problem #1: Servers are too expensive.
“Regarding server costs, [Leadbetter] does not understand server economics. It doesn’t matter how many subscribers you have per server. It matters how much revenue you earn per server.… OnLive servers earn many dollars per user each month (many orders of magnitude more than a CPM-based business), and when one user is offline, another user is online, so even a server that is only serving one user at a time (e.g. for Crysis), is reused by many users each month.”
“And lastly, the cost of a server is much less than a home gamer PC: we don’t have the case, disk drive, optical drive, etc. And we don’t have to worry about retail markup, customer service, etc.”
Problem #2: OnLive’s encoder can’t possibly run at 1000fps.
“He’s confusing compression latency (1ms) with frame time. The frame time is NOT 1ms (which would imply 1000 fps). It’s 16.7ms (which implies 60fps). Just as linear video compression time is much HIGHER latency than one frame time (e.g. 500ms latency does NOT imply a 2fps frame rate), interactive video compression is much LOWER latency that one frame time.”
Perlman also concluded by noting that many “top-tier game publishers” spent years behind the curtain with OnLive, verifying that their technology is more than just smoke and mirrors. Otherwise, one can infer, they wouldn’t have thrown their support behind OnLive in the first place.
Seems pretty air-tight to us. OnLive launches this fall. We’ll be there on day one, slurping down every last bit of pudding, searching tirelessly for the proof.
It's been about six weeks since Redmond rolled out the Release Candidate for Vista SP2, and now the RTM Escrow build is available to Microsoft Connect beta testers, DailyTechreports. To make sure everything's working, the RTM Escrow build includes both slipstream and standalone installers.
If you find an unofficial source for something claiming to be the RTM Escrow build, the build string is 6002.17043.090312-1835. Typically, the RTM Escrow build is the last step before a public release, probably in April.
Check out our complete Vista SP2 coverage here. Have you tried this new build? Join us after the jump and give us your thoughts.
Some leaked reports suggest that AMD has finally hammered out the details of their Radeon HD 4770, one of the new graphics cards to be based off of the 40nm RV740 chip.
The HD 4770 will come with 512MB of 128-bit GDDR5 memory (providing 1960 GFLOPs of processing power), and will pack a core clock of 750MHz, memory clock of 800MHz and a memory bandwidth of 51.2 GB/s. And, thanks to the 40nm manufacturing process, it’ll only draw around 80W of power.
But, while it’s bigger brothers the 4830 and 4850 come with 956 million stream processors, the 4770 will only have 826 million on board (130 million less).
It’s expected that the Radeon HD 4770 will only cost a paltry $99, and will be available to consumers as early as May 4th.
Although major ABC shows are reported to be at the heart of the discussions, the sources haven’t ruled out the possibility of the talks being expanded to include more content from Disney’s stable. Hulu is a joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp with each having a 45% stake. A source has revealed that one of the arrangements being discussed is to allow Disney to be on equal footing with the two majority stakeholders.
Meanwhile, Disney and Youtube have struck a deal paving the way for ad-backed Youtube channels featuring videos from Disney and ESPN. These video channels will only be available in the U.S and won’t feature entire shows from the Disney stable. The ESPN channel and the ABC channel are scheduled to go live in April and May respectively. But, according to another paidcontent.org report, Disney’s deal with Youtube will not affect its talks with Hulu.
Designer Nikita Buyanov was commissioned by HP and Intel to design a series of conceptual laptops aimed at women, and the Chameleon is the end result.
The conceptual Chameleon features a series of three cameras, which it uses to blend in to its surroundings, by means of “adaptive microcell coverage” (also, it’ll blend into your pants pretty well).
Some of the other concepts are a machine that can be used as a scale that’s aimed at fitness, and even a pink notebook that can give manicures. While these ideas seem a bit lofty, it sure is fun to see what designers come up with when they’re put under a bright light!
To see the other concepts, check out Buyanov’s page, here.
Microsoft this week has confirmed that it plans to jettison out of the encyclopedia business and discontinue nearly all of its online Encarta products by October. The sole exception is Encarta Japan, which will run through the end of the year before being retired. In addition, the software giant will also stop selling Student and Encarta Premium software, both of which included the online encyclopedia.
"Encarta has been a popular product around the world for many years," Microsoft wrote in a notice on its Encarta website. "However, the category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed. People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past. As part of Microsoft's goal to deliver the most effective and engaging resources for today's consumer, it has made the decision to exit the Encarta business."
Encarta has been around for over a decade with the latest version having been released in August, 2008. It included over 62,000 articles in the Premium edition and is available in a number of forms and languages, according to Wikipedia. Speaking of which, we imagine there must be quite a bit of celebrating going on among Wikipedia's ranks.
If you use Twitter, chances are good that you’ve noticed a small change on your home page lately. Right under the “Home” tab, it used to say “@replies.” The only issue with that was that it would show tweets that began the message with your name, and left out others were you may have been referred. The new change fixes all that.
“The @Replies feature was introduced because we noticed lots of folks putting the @ symbol in front of Twitter usernames as a way of addressing one another,” wrote Biz Stone, a co-founder of Twitter on their official blog. “However, folks started getting more inventive as they often do. Now people include @username mentions in the middle of tweets as a way to simply reference another account. For example: I'm flying @jetblue to Boston. Also, folks reference multiple accounts in a single tweet like this: I'm flying @jetblue to Boston with @ev @crystal and @goldman.”
For most users, this change probably won’t be a game changer. But, for folks that use this as a communication tool it is a genuinely nice change that can help them see just who’s saying what about them!
In what Dell describes as "fashion meets function," the OEM has introduced an octuplet of color configurations for its refreshed Inspiron desktop line. That's more than what's found in some crayon boxes and includes Piano Black, Pure White, True Blue, Formula Red, Tangerine Orange, Spring Green, Plum Purple, and Promise Pink. The Promise Pink is a collaboration with Susan G. Komen for the Cure program to fight breast cancer - for every Promise Pink laptop or Mini Dell sells, it donates $5 to the cause.
The colorful Inspiron desktop line also includes a wide range of processor selections, such as Intel's Celeron, Core 2 Duo, and Core 2 Quad, and AMD's Sempron, Athlon, and Phenom X4 CPUs. Other configuration options include integrated Intel graphics or discrete ATI Radeon graphics, up to 8GB of memory, up to 750GB of storage on the slim tower and up to 1TB on the mini-tower, optional 19-in-1 media card reader, optional HDMI port, 6 USB 2.0 ports, and dual optical drive options.
Dell says its new slim and mini-tower Inspiron desktops debut today in China, with U.S. availability expected this spring starting at $299.
As ultraportable PCs become more powerful and increasingly feature-rich, it might soon be difficult to discern where netbooks stop and standard notebooks begin. Such is nearly the case with Asus' new Eee 1004DN, the first Eee ever to integrate a Super-Multi optical disc drive.
The addition of a CD/DVD burner addresses a common complaint among netbook and potential netbook owners, particularly those who might want to use one as their primary PC (Protip: Don't do it). Other specs on the 1004DN are decidedly more standard-fare and include a 10-inch LED-backlit 1024 x 600 display, Intel's Atom N280 processor (1.66GHz, 512k L2 cache, 667MHz frontside bus), up to 2GB DDR2 memory, Intel GMA 4500M graphis, up to 120GB hard drive, 1.3MP webcam, and 6-cell battery.
Nvidia this week introduced a bunch of new Quadro-series professional videocards spanning from the sub-$100 entry-level solution all the up to the high end that will hit your wallet to the tune of four digits.
"Our mission with Quadro is to help customers solve the world's most challenging visual computing problems," stated Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at Nvidia. "We learn every day from them and are humbled by their brilliance. The new lineup, with the flagship Quadro FX 4800, sets the stage for the next ten years of innovation."
On the lower end is the Quadro NVS 295, which the company says will support up to two 30-inch displays at maximum resolutions. Other cards in the new lineup, along with Nvidia's claimed standout traits, include:
Quadro FX 5800 - first and only 4GB, ultra high-end solution suitable for large-sclae models and datasets
Quadro FX 4800 - ultra high-end solution
Quadro FX 3800 - single slot solution with support for SLI, multi-OS, and SDI
Quadro FX 1800 - best price performance for workstation graphics
Quadro FX 580 - best-in-class entry-level solution
Quadro FX 380 - up to 50 percent faster performance
Nvidia's Quadro-based workstation cards are available now through system manufacturers such as Dell, Fujistu-Siemens, HP, and Lenovo, as well as workstation system integrators and Nvidia channel partners.