Epic Games Demonstrates Unreal Engine 4 on the PlayStation 4

Games, Tech

Epic Games, Inc. today revealed a new version of its “Elemental” real-time demonstration, the premier showcase for the studio’s breakthrough Unreal Engine 4 game engine technology, running on the PlayStation ® 4 computer entertainment system at today’s PlayStation Meeting 2013.

“We are thrilled to build onto our long-established success with PlayStation ®,” said Tim Sweeney, Epic’s founder and chief executive officer. “Unreal Engine 4 is expertly designed for the next generation of game development and the outstanding power of PlayStation 4. Today’s demonstration offers a preview of what developers can accomplish using our tools to create games for PlayStation 4.”

In the new presentation, a scene featuring the fiery mallet-wielding Elemental knight picks up where the original demo ends. Unreal Engine 4’s high-end rendering capabilities are evident, as dynamic lighting and shadowing bring intensity to contrasting volcanic and snowy vistas. Real-time reflections, subsurface scattering and GPU-powered particle effects fill the screen space with visual gems as a new ice behemoth cracks free from a frozen mountain and emerges with a radiant, frosty bellow.

Sony Introduces Playstation 4 Dualshock 4 Controller and Playstation 4 Eye

Games, Tech


Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has announced Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4) and PlayStation®4 Eye, a new camera, along with PlayStation®4 (PS4™), its next generation computer entertainment system.

Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4)
Utilizing a similar design as the popular Wireless Controller for PlayStation®3(DUALSHOCK®3), DUALSHOCK®4 features new innovations to deliver better gaming experiences. DUALSHOCK®4 incorporates a new highly sensitive six-axis sensor, as well as a touch pad located on the front of the controller, which offers gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games.

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Sony Introduces the Playstation 4

Games, Tech


Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has introduced PlayStation®4 (PS4™), its next generation computer entertainment system that redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization, deeply integrated social capabilities, and innovative second-screen features. Combined with PlayStation®Network with cloud technology, PS4 offers an expansive gaming ecosystem that is centered on gamers, enabling them to play when, where and how they want. PS4 will be available this holiday season.

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PS2 and PS3 Evolution Videos from Sony

Games, Tech

In anticipation of the big announcement from Sony this Wednesday the company has released ‘Evolution’ videos for their 3 Playstation console entries. We previously brought to ou the Playstation video and now you can watch the next two for the Playstation 2 & 3 above and below. Check out the history of these 3 systems as we prepare for what appears to be the announcement of the next one.

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Presonus forces legacy users out the door? Goodbye Presonus.

Blog, Music, Tech


In addition to occasionally writing for fizmarble.com, I play in a band.  I write, record, and produce music.  I depend on my various PCs for this and also among other things, an audio interface.

For years I used a Presonus Firepod (Later called the FP10) generously donated by my friend Jaret.  It originally cost quite a bit (450-600 dollar range), and so I didn’t hesitate to pay the $100 repair fee when it eventually crapped out.

It took me from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and eventually Windows 8 on the same desktop PC.  It worked beautifully on Windows 8 by the way, but the desktop was ~6 years old by this time, and a failing hard drive and old hardware beckoned me to upgrade to a new PC, a PC with *gasp* Windows 8.

My unsupported Presonus Firebox and Firepod
My unsupported Presonus Firebox and Firepod

Of course I didn’t think twice about the Presonus Firepod’s compatibility with the Windows 8 PC.  After all, I had been using the Firepod on Windows 8 for several months on my older, upgraded PC.  Why would the new PC behave any different?

Ahh, poor, poor ignorance.  Little did I know that the “great” minds at Presonus would be so cunning, so conniving.  Whereas my Firepod worked fantastically with Windows 8 when it was upgraded from Windows 7 with the Firepod driver already installed, installing the driver on a Windows 8 PC was a different story altogether.  No no, poor ignorance, Presonus had behind the scenes altogether blocked their driver installer from even running on a Windows 8 PC.  So, if you had the driver installed first and then upgraded to Windows 8, you’re golden.  If on the other hand you ignorantly try to install the Firepod/FP10 driver on Windows 8, you will receive a popup from Presonus telling you that the driver is not supported on your Operating System.

Gee Presonus, if you wanted me gone, why didn’t you just say so?  This is how you support your customers?  By forcibly blocking the driver installer from working on a modern OS.  This ensures that customers need to upgrade.  But if you think this customer is going to upgrade to another Presonus product, you have sorely miscalculated.

Instead, a reasonably priced and very stable audio interface now sits on my desktop where once sat the Firepod/FP10.  Now, an Avid Fast Track C600 processes my audio, including the recordings of Twiztid praising the demise of Presonus in a chorus unfit to print here.

Cheaper, and with a smaller footprint too.

If you are in the same boat, check out the Fast Track C600.  Amazon has them for a pretty sweet deal (duh), and Presonus can say they have taken my last dollar.  Now, let’s make some music!

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Update: Reader Alex has shared in the comments section a workaround to the installer issue.  Follow his method if you want to keep that Presonus pumping out the jams.  He writes:

1. Download the “FireBox Installer v5.13 – PC” from their website (http://www.presonus.com/support/downloads/firebox)
2. Right click on the downloaded file “PreSonus_FireBox_Installation.exe” and choose “Properties”
3. Click on “Compatibility” tab
4. Check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and select “Windows 7″
5. Click on “OK” and run the installer again and it should work this time and install all the drivers flawlessly

Thanks, Alex!

G4 to Become Esquire Network

Games, Tech


Well it is official. As of April 22nd G4 will cease to be and will then become the Esquire Network. A sad bit of news for fans of G4’s programming. Many of the shows had recently been retired. Gone is the sci fi and anime and focus on gaming. Now you will be getting more reality TV and shows about cooking and travelling. Thanks for the gaming news and views guys. We hope from the ashes something else will rise to fill the void.

The Official Ultra-Ever Dry Product Video

Left Field, Tech

What magic is this? It repels liquids through some kind of deal made with a demon I believe. Check out this video for Ultra-Ever Dry. It’s…well…amazing.

Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will completely repel almost any liquid. Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface. This barrier repels water, oil and other liquids unlike any coating seen before. The other breakthrough associated with Ultra-Ever Dry is the superior coating adherence and abrasion resistance allowing it to be used in all kinds of applications where durability is required.


Do You Love Me – A Short Film by Cleverbot

Left Field, Tech

Director Chris Wilson put together this short film in which the dialogue was provided by Cleverbot when he had a conversation with the program. As a result he presents, Do You Love Me.

Cleverbot.com has been touted as one of the most advanced artificial intelligences ever. The website allows users to chat with the A.I. Cleverbot. But how good is it, really? I sat down with Cleverbot and collaborated on a movie script.

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