Activision: “Call of Duty: Black Ops” in 3D

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Call of Duty(R): Black Ops to Utilize State-of-the-Art Active Shutter 3D Technology

3D Version of the Most Anticipated Game of the Year Set to Deliver Unprecedented Immersive Action Experience

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct 05, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — In what could become the definitive 3D game experience, Treyarch’s Call of Duty(R): Black Ops will also be playable in stereoscopic 3D when the game launches at retail outlets worldwide on November 9th. Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today revealed that the game will be compatible with 3D-ready HDTVs and 3D PCs utilizing state-of-the-art active shutter 3D glasses, delivering true depth of field and an unprecedented level of immersion that is perfectly suited for the Call of Duty action experience. Call of Duty: Black Ops will be playable in both 3D and non-3D on the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R) 3 computer entertainment system and Windows(R) PC.

“Development of stereoscopic 3D began as an R&D project, but once we saw what the technology brought to the Call of Duty experience, what a great fit and how immersive it was, we knew that we had to develop it for Black Ops. Aiming down the sights of your weapons, flying in helicopters, rappelling down mountains, and moving through highly detailed environments are just some of the awesome experiences you will have in 3D with Black Ops,” says Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops is already the most anticipated entertainment launch of the year, and the addition of a fully playable 3D version will truly take gaming to the next level,” said Chris Homeister, senior vice president and general manager of the home entertainment group at Best Buy. “Through our footprint of nearly 1100 retail locations across the country and online, as well as our wide selection of 3D-enabled products, Best Buy is uniquely positioned to bring this exciting experience to life for consumers. We’re thrilled to partner with Activision to support this great new chapter in home entertainment.”

Added Lamia, “we made sure the experience is seamless for gamers to use with a simple menu option to enable stereoscopic 3D or disable it at any time whether playing in the single player campaign, multiplayer or Zombies.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops for Windows PC is NVIDIA(R) 3D Vision(R)-Ready and supports stereoscopic 3D gaming using 3D Vision active-shutter glasses and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. For more information, go to www.nvidia.com/get3D.

For Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system consoles, 3D features require a compatible 3D-ready HD TV. See www.callofduty.com/3d for more information.

Rated “M” (Mature – Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Language) by the ESRB, Call of Duty: Black Ops will be released worldwide on November 9th for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo Wii(TM) and Windows PC. Pre-orders for the title are currently available. For additional Call of Duty updates, visit www.callofduty.com/blackops and also via Twitter @JD_2020.

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Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

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EA / Crytek @ E3 2010: “Crysis 2″ [PC/PS3/X360]

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EA and Crytek Bring Crysis 2 to a New Dimension

Highly-Anticipated First Person Shooter Will Also Be Available in True Stereoscopic 3D* on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This afternoon during Electronic Arts’ (NASDAQ:ERTS) press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Crytek GmbH, the award-winning developers of the Crysis® franchise, announced that Crysis 2 will also be available in true stereoscopic 3D. The blockbuster action game will be the first major video game on multiple platforms to take full advantage of true stereoscopic 3D. Crytek is recognized worldwide for being technical pioneers, as showcased in the universally-acclaimed Far Cry and Crysis, as well as their award-winning, proprietary CryENGINE® technology.

“At Crytek, we always strive to raise the technology bar. As the 3D revolution sweeps movies and television, we are excited to bring Crysis 2 to 3D, making it the first big action game to be available in true stereoscopic 3D,” said Cevat Yerli, CEO and President of Crytek. “The 3D experience represents a quantum leap in interactive entertainment. With all of the same story and action seen in the 2D version of the game, the 3D version adds another dimension of intensity and immersion to the action.”
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Sony: PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.30 & MLB.com App

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Today, Sony made a couple of interesting downloads available to the public. The first one is the latest firmware update for your PS3 consoles. It provides two new features: 3D stereoscopic & new “sorting options within Trophies.” The 3D feature is being released just in time for the release of Sony’s 3D Bravia TVs, while the trophies one will help facilitate sorting much easier than before with Trophy Folder (Title List), Add-on (Group List) and Trophy List.

And baseball fans who are already subscribed to MLB.com and watch the games on their PCs, will now be able to watch baseball games from the comfort of their couch in the living room via the PS3.

Source: PS3 3.30 System Software Update [http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/04/21/ps3-3-30-system-software-update/], MLB.com plays live on Sony PS3 [http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20003130-261.html].

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Hoy, Sony hizo disponible un par de descargas interesantes para el público. La primero es la más reciente actualización de firmware para sus consolas PS3. Cuenta con dos nuevas características: 3D estereoscópica y nuevas “opciones de clasificación dentro de trofeos”. La función 3D está siendo lanzada justo a tiempo para el lanzamiento de los televisores 3D Bravia de Sony, mientras que el de los trofeos les ayudará a facilitar la clasificación mucho más fácil que antes con Trophy Folder (Title List), Add-on (Group List) y Trophy List.

Y los fanáticos del béisbol que ya están suscritos a MLB.com y ven los partidos en su PC, ahora podrán ver los partidos de béisbol desde la comodidad de su sofá en el sala a través de la PS3.

Fuente: PS3 3.30 System Software Update [http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/04/21/ps3-3-30-system-software-update/], MLB.com plays live on Sony PS3 [http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20003130-261.html].

AMD @ 2010 Int’l CES: Blue-Ray Stereoscopic 3D Playback

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AMD Advances 3D Entertainment: Demonstrates Blu-ray Stereoscopic 3D Playback at 2010 International CES

Forthcoming Blu-ray Stereoscopic 3D Standard One of Many 3D Technologies AMD Supports in Driving the Art and Adoption of 3D Entertainment

SUNNYVALE, Calif. –(Business Wire)– Dec 07, 2009 AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will demonstrate the forthcoming Blu-ray stereoscopic 3D standard at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, showcasing how consumers will soon get to enjoy high-fidelity 3D entertainment once reserved only for theaters.

  • A new way to enjoy Blu-ray entertainment: Expected to hit store shelves in the second half of next year, Blu-ray stereoscopic 3D combines the crisp, high-definition images the format is known for with high-quality 3D visuals that seem to jump from the screen. As a contributing member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, AMD is working closely with technology partners as the format specifications are finalized over the coming year in order to help ensure compatibility with upcoming AMD hardware.
  • Seeing is believing: At the upcoming 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, AMD and CyberLink will jointly preview Blu-ray stereoscopic 3D entertainment for those in attendance. AMD will be located in the Grand Lobby (GL-8 and GL-10) of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The new standard is one of many 3D technologies AMD openly supports, along with 3D DLP televisions, dual-panel and line interleaved 3D monitors, and is part of AMD’s initiative to further both the art of 3D entertainment, and its adoption in homes worldwide through close collaboration with 3D technology partners, including OEMs, software developers and content distributors.
  • Continuing a proud tradition of technology leadership in graphics: Stereoscopic 3D for HD gaming and multimedia joins a long list of technologies that AMD has led the way in. Most recently AMD launched its series of next-generation ATI Radeon™ graphics cards, delivering the industry’s first and only support of DirectX 11 gaming currently, and multi-display entertainment made possible by AMD’s ground-breaking ATI Eyefinity technology.

“AMD has a long, proud tradition of delivering leading technologies to market – technologies that have a meaningful and positive impact on the PC experience,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president, AMD Products Group. “Stereoscopic 3D is set to be one of these technologies, and that’s why AMD has committed the time and resources to ensure that when Blu-ray stereoscopic 3D is ready for the world, AMD will be ready to bring it to consumers, just as we have done recently with DirectX 11-capable hardware to support DirectX 11 gaming.”

“AMD has been a valuable partner, developing hardware optimized for the highest quality video and audio experience with PowerDVD Ultra,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “With the addition of stereoscopic 3D support for the next generation of Blu-ray discs, we’re ready to bring consumers an incredible new entertainment experience in the coming year. Our joint technology preview at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show will give everyone a taste of what’s in store.”

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