dmfinn writes: With less than 5 days until the reported PS4 launch event, new details are emerging regarding some of the console's next-gen capabilities. Since last june, Sony has been quietly sitting on its $380 million dollar acqusition of Gaikai, a cloud based gaming company. The Wall Street Journal, among other sources, is now reporting that the PS4 will have GaiKai's cloud-based gaming technology directly integrated, thought it is unclear exactly what types of games will be available for streaming. Back in June, a rumor circulated that Sony was planning to use the technology to support backwards compatibility with PS2 and PS1 games, though no further details have arisen regarding whether or not the new console will be able to play previous generation games. It appears that Sony will most likely be using the service to stream PS3 and indie games to the console, as the current technology only supports 720p, not high enough quality for blockbuster games.
Constantly streaming interactive graphics, even if only at 720p, will still require a fast internet connection. Services like OnLive have struggled in the past due to the large amount of bandwidth they require, and many consumers complained of laggy connections and horrendous graphics. There is no word yet regarding the features of the games being streamed, including whether or not they will support online or local multiplayer.
Should the U.S. go back to its 'Let's put a man on the moon" ideology, or is the federal government fighting an uphill battle against newly emerging private space expeditions? Either way, the question remains whether or not Obama will act on any of the propositions.
dmfinn writes: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has announced his plans to coin a new medal designed to honor those soldiers who fight behind screens. The award, which unnamed officials have dubbed the, "Distinguished Warfare Medal", will honor military personal who have proven themselves exceptional beyond their peers in regards to cyberwarefare. Unlike other medals in its tier, the DWM will not require any sort of "act of valor", an action in which ones life is put at risk, which means drone pilots and cyberwarefare operators are eligible to receive it. The medal cannot be given for any efforts made in the flesh, and any cyber operator will be eligible to receive it for his or her actions that took place after September 11th, 2001. In ranking to other medals, the defense department has confirmed that is considered an honor slightly higher than the Bronze Star, but lower than the Distinguished Flying Cross. This will be the first new medal introduced into the U.S. armed forces since the induction of the Bronze Star after WWII.
The official summary of the award states it will be award for, "extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, directly impacting combat operations or other military operations."