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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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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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