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Alienware Swaps SteamOS For Windows

JFMulder Just-in-Time (173 comments)

Just-in-time manufacturing avoids having excess inventory, but R&D is a cost that can only be recouped through selling inventory. They invested money in designing the case and need to recoup that investment. Seems fair they are not taking that design and selling it with Windows on it.

about 8 months ago

NVIDIA Shows Interactive Ray Tracing On GPUs

JFMulder Re:Of course, but when? (260 comments)

Actually, I was at a presentation done by Pixar last year and they said that for Ratatouille, they ditched raytracing for rasterising. The reason why is that they realised early on that most of the scenes were taking place where there was a lot of metals and glasses with translucent liquids (like wine). They wanted to have nice effects, but rendering a single glass of wine took hours for a single frame. In the end, they decided to rasterize those scenes instead faking the caustics with environment maps and other raster tricks. I don't know if they used the same technique for Wall-E

more than 6 years ago



JFMulder JFMulder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JFMulder (59706) writes "The folks at 3drealms have released a press release saying that the first episode of Duke Nukem Forever will finally be shipping at the end of the month for both PC and Xbox 360."

JFMulder JFMulder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JFMulder (59706) writes "Following the great success Capcom has had with Dead Rising and Lost Planet on the 360, it has just announced that they will port Devil May Cry 4 to the 360 and the PC and that it will ship on the same day as the PS3 version. Is the tide finally turning for Microsoft in Japan as big companies are finally dropping exclusivity deals with Sony in order to reach a bigger audience?"

JFMulder JFMulder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JFMulder (59706) writes "According to GameIndustry.biz, Sony has decided to remove the Emotion Engine (PS2's main CPU) from the new model PS3 launched in Europe next month in order to drive the cost down. According to the same article, the console will have limited backward compatibility with PS2 games at launch and a list of games will be made available. One can speculate that these cost savings won't be passed on to the consumer since Sony is trying to get the cost of the console down as much as possible to break even. One has to wonder why they haven't done that 2 months ago if Sony truly believes that backward compatibility is not 'that important'."

JFMulder JFMulder writes  |  more than 8 years ago

JFMulder (59706) writes "Blue Dragon, the game that Microsoft hopes will be the PS3 killer for this Christmas in Japan, has been confirmed to ship on 3 disks. Also, work on the sequel has already started. This decision to ship the game on 3 disk seems to validate Sony's decision to include Blu-Ray. You could argue that FMVs bring nothing to gameplay, but the fact remains that the game ships on 3 disks instead of one."


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