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  (Source: Heavy)
Brilliant game developer says Microsoft cloud computing does not appear to give the Xbox One a significant edge

Gaming legend and id Software Technical Director/cofounder John Carmack at his QuakeCon 2013 keynote offered up his thoughts on Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Xbox One and Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758) PlayStation 4, which will be waging war this holiday season for dominance in the eight generation of home video game consoles.

He led off by saying that he hadn't done enough head to head benchmarks to make direct comparisons between the consoles.  But based on his experience (Mr. Carmack still remains actively involved in programming top id Software titles and pioneering new graphics techniques) he says he believes they're "very close" in capabilities and that "they're both very good".

In some ways this comparison is bad news for Microsoft as it calls into queston the company's claims that its console is five times as powerful when connected to the cloud as when processing offline (if anyone would fully leverage the Xbox One's full potential, it would likely be Mr. Carmack).

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Also bad news for Microsoft is Mr. Carmack's dour assessment of the Kinect sensor.  Aside from concerns regarding "always on" U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spying (Microsoft has a major voluntary data sharing agreement with the NSA, reportedly), Mr. Carmack offers criticism of the controls themself, stating, "[The Kinect 2 is] kind of like a zero-button mouse with a lot of latency on it."

The PS4 appears to enjoy a moderate lead in preorders over the Xbox One.

You can watch Mr. Carmack's full keynote below, via the YouTube:


For the unitiated, you may ask why listen to Mr. Carmack.  Well, he coded a hardware-optimized build of Wolfenstein 3D for the iPhone in 4 days, when it was estimated to take a full team of programmers two months to perform a basic (unoptimized) port.

Source: Kotaku



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Kinect spying on you
By flyingpants1 on 8/2/2013 11:48:59 PM , Rating: -1
His response to peoples' concern about the new Kinect supposedly being always on and being able to spy on you at any time is mind-blowingly stupid.

"Well, 10 years ago, we didn't have everyone carrying a cell phone that records your GPS location at all times and... it happened.. and we.. carry on.."

Yes, and that's NOT A GOOD THING, John Carmack. It's not a good thing when serious problems like that are legitimized by the passage of time.

Like when Einstein protested against nuclear weapons, it was a serious issue, and we "carried on", and then the planet was almost completely destroyed a few times during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ok. We'll just "carry on". Thanks Carmack.




RE: Kinect spying on you
By A11 on 8/3/2013 3:07:20 AM , Rating: 2
The glass is always half empty huh?

How many wars never happened because of MAD?

How many resources have been saved because people get to their destinations faster due to GPD phones?

You're like a modern version of the people who once said the TV would turn humans into zombies.


RE: Kinect spying on you
By flyingpants1 on 8/3/2013 10:34:54 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not interested in discussing the side-benefits of mass surveillance and playing Russian roulette on a planetary scale.

For such a supposedly smart person to make such a flippant comment about the privacy of millions of people is upsetting. He is basically saying "Well who cares lol" to privacy.


RE: Kinect spying on you
By Mitch101 on 8/3/2013 1:37:52 PM , Rating: 2
3/4" x 20 yards Black Electrical Tape $0.99
http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-5143/Electri...


RE: Kinect spying on you
By Camikazi on 8/3/2013 8:57:55 PM , Rating: 2
I bet I can make a fortune creating some type of clip on glasses for Kinect. When you are done using the console flip the shades and it blacks it out flip it up when you wanna use it! I fully expect to disappear before I can make this happen now :(


RE: Kinect spying on you
By InsGadget on 8/3/2013 3:32:34 AM , Rating: 2
So, um, go and do something about it?


RE: Kinect spying on you
By flyingpants1 on 8/3/2013 10:26:52 AM , Rating: 2
Umm, umm, I do? That's not relevant to the comment made in the video?


RE: Kinect spying on you
By Mitch101 on 8/3/2013 6:11:14 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe he should be less worried about Kinect.

The FBI can remotely activate the microphone on your Android phone
http://t.now.msn.com/fbi-hacks-android-phones-acco...


RE: Kinect spying on you
By flyingpants1 on 8/3/2013 9:33:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, that's not good either.


RE: Kinect spying on you
By wallijonn on 8/5/2013 6:24:24 PM , Rating: 2
http://money.cnn.com/2013/08/01/technology/securit...

Samsung TV camera was able to be hacked. Supposedly fixed.

Security cameras that can alert you via email or phone call to your cell can be hacked. Etc.

If you have a camera connected to your PC it had better have a hood on it when not in use.


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