Let’s hope this is a good version; I rank RCT 2 amongst my top five titles of all time.
A highly placed development source has confirmed to Digital Foundry that the new disc format being beta tested in a new dashboard upgrade adds 1GB to the storage of Xbox 360 game discs.
The maximum space allocated to game data on the current disc format is just 6.8GB out of a maximum of 7.95GB on a standard dual layer DVD, with over 1GB dedicated to a DVD-Video partition that also contained anti-piracy security sectors.
What’s most interesting about this news is what isn’t being said: allocating resources to improve the disc format of a five-year-old system suggests to me that Microsoft isn’t planning on announcing the successor to the 360 in a while. That, or the method described above can be adapted to whatever storage format the 360’s successor will have.
- Eurogamer has an excellent article on Axel Gembe, the boy responsible for leaking the code of Half-Life 2 onto the Internet back in 2004.
- Conan’s parody of the iPad 2 is hilarious.
- The Twitter Engineering Blog has a post detailing how they made a faster garbage collector for Ruby by adding an additional heap.
- The Khronos Group released the final version of their WebGL 1.0 specification today.