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  • Switched On: Windows ReTried

    Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

    DNP Switched On Windows ReTried

    Last week’s Switched On discussed the initial confusion and rough ride for Windows RT, which became a dealbreaker for inventive PC designs that used the operating system. Despite ASUS dropping out of making Windows RT devices and joining such abstainers as HP, Acer and Toshiba, the operating system is due to be updated to include improvements in Windows 8.1, creating what will apparently be Windows RT 8.1.

    While Windows RT may have survived the chopping block, Microsoft faces some tough decisions regarding its future. Here are a few scenarios on how its future may play out.

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  • Gamescom 2013: a recap of the week's announcements

    It’s true — we already gave Gamescom 2013 a quick wrap up, but now that the sun has finally set on the show’s public days, it’s time to look back on the past week and sift through the madness. Upon closing the Koelnmesse’s doors, Gamescom announced the show’s final numbers: over the course of five days 340,000 visitors from from 88 countries marched across 140,000 square meters of exhibition space. That’s a 23 percent leap in attendance over the previous year, and it’s hardly a surprise: the event was host to over 400 world premier announcements and gave many attendees their first look at Microsoft and Sony’s next generation consoles. Combined with the more humble announcements that came out of GDC Europe, it turned out to be a pretty fantastic week for gaming. Read on for a breakdown of our time in Cologne, a look at the Gamescom 2013 show floor and a group chat between Joystiq and Engadget editors on the show’s biggest announcements.

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  • Moto X 32GB Developer Edition teased, 'coming soon' with unlockable bootloader

    DNP Moto X 32GB Developer Edition surfaces, 'coming soon' with custom looks and unlockable bootloader

    Motorola is getting in on the Developer Edition trend too. The Moto X’sways to buy” page has been updated to include a version of the flagship handset with an unlockable bootloader and 32GB of storage, as noticed by Droid Life. What’s more, the dev edition will sport a custom look with a gloss black face, white crosshatch battery cover and “DEVELOPER EDITION” engraved on the lower back portion. You might be able to achieve similar results yourself with the Moto Maker, though. It’s also worth noting that the Moto X was available with the aforementioned unlocked bootloader on Sprint, U.S. Cellular and T-Mobile, but perhaps this could open up the unlocked love for Verizon and AT&T. We’ve reached out to Motorola for pricing and availability info and will update this post if we hear back.

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  • Call of Duty: Ghosts head Mark Rubin on creating six different versions of the same game (video)

    Call of Duty Ghosts head Mark Rubin on creating six different version of the same game

    Call of Duty: Ghosts executive producer Mark Rubin has a lot on his plate. In just two months, he’s heading up the launch of one of the (if not the) biggest titles on two next-gen game consoles, not to mention the four other platforms it’s landing on. He’s got his team at Infinity Ward to manage, as well as the teams at several other studios that are assisting in the development process. And on top of all that, the two big next-gen versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts are headed to hardware that “literally just started showing up” at his company’s offices. Rubin explained as much to Engadget in an interview this past week at Gamescom 2013.

    “Trying to design for something that you theoretically know about but don’t physically have is an amazing challenge,” he said. Beyond the stress and manpower required to produce so many versions of a single game, it’s expensive. “It’s required us to bring in a lot more resources than we had planned on in the beginning,” Rubin added. And that’s money that Infinity Ward’s parent company, Activision, won’t make up until the next year’s Call of Duty game, when the “transition” period between console generations crests and enough gamers move to new game systems.

    Head past the break for the full extent of what that means for Ghosts and the Call of Duty franchise moving forward, and why Rubin’s “hopeful” for the rarely spoken about Wii U version.

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