First Images of Project Scorpio Dev Kit Give Us Hints

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHands-On: ‘Sparklite’ Is a Fun Zelda-Inspired Roguelike Back when Microsoft first announced Project Scorpio at E3, the only image it showed was that of the system’s motherboard. Last week when the console’s specs were revealed, we were shown more pictures of that same motherboard. Now, we’ve gotten an idea of what the final system may look like thanks to recently released pictures of the Project Scorpio dev kit.These images come to us via Gamasutra, who visited Microsoft in Redmond and spoke to the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. As you can see, the dev kit bears a strong resemblance to the original Xbox One, albeit with some key differences.The front of the unit has an OLED screen with a navigation button and five programmable buttons. This screen shows developers information like frames per second. Very useful indeed, though it is unlikely that this will be in the consumer version of the system.This dev kit has the same amount of ports that the retail Scorpio will. Its vents are located on the sides and not the top. This way, devs can stack Scorpios on top of each other (like the image below) without any overheating issues. The dev kit also sports an extra network interface card. This transmits data while playing multiplayer games.As Microsoft previously stated, Project Scorpio will be able to run Xbox One games. The dev kit can actually switch between Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Scorpio settings. This allows developers to optimize titles for each Xbox console. Xbox head Phil Spencer told Gamasutra that Microsoft has “millions of customers that have made a commitment to the Xbox One generation.” He doesn’t want anyone who owns an Xbox One to feel left out or disappointed. This also means that, at the moment, there will be no Scorpio exclusive games.“When you ship an Xbox One game two years from now, even if you don’t look at Scorpio as something that you want to take advantage of, fine. That’s up to you. We’re not mandating that people go and do Scorpio-specific work.” Spencer said that most AAA developers already have 4K assets for the PC version of their games. Using these assets for the Scorpio version of a title shouldn’t be much of a problem.Please keep in mind that the retail version of Project Scorpio will not look resemble the dev kit exactly. However, it does give us an indication of what the upcoming machine will look like. Hopefully, we will get to see what the consumer version of Scorpio looks like during this year’s E3. Stay on targetlast_img read more

NASA Planet Hunter Discovers Third New Planet

first_img NASA’s Planet Hunter TESS Discovers Three New WorldsNASA’s Planet Hunter Finds First Earth-Sized Exoplanet NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has found three confirmed exoplanets in its first three months of observations.The planet hunter’s latest discovery—a small planet outside our Solar System—was announced at this week’s American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.Dubbed HD 21749b, the globe orbits a nearby dwarf star about 53 light years from Earth, in the constellation Reticulum, and appears to have the longest orbital period of the triad.Compared to TESS’s other two sightings—Pi Mensae b, a “super-Earth” with a 6.3-day orbit, and LHS 3844b, a rocky world that speeds around its star in 11 hours—HD 21749b is downright lazy, taking 36 days to complete one rotation.The new planet’s surface reaches about 300℉, which, according to the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, is “relatively cool,” considering the proximity to its star, which is almost as bright as our Sun.“It’s the coolest small planet that we know of around a star this bright,” Diana Dragomir, a postdoc in MIT Kavli Institute who led this latest discovery, said in a statement.Exoplanet HD 21749b orbits a star, about the size of the sun, 53 light years away (via NASA/MIT/TESS)“We know a lot about atmospheres of hot planets, but because it’s very hard to find small planets that orbit farther from their stars, and are therefore cooler, we haven’t been able to learn much about these smaller, cooler planets,” she continued. “But here we were lucky, and caught this one, and can now study it in more detail.”About three times the size of Earth (and a whopping 23 times as massive), HD 21749b is categorized as a “sub-Neptune.” Unfortunately, it is unlikely the gaseous planet is habitable.On the bright side, there is evidence of a second, still unconfirmed planet in the same system, this one with a much shorter 7.8-day orbit. If confirmed, it could be the first Earth-sized world discovered by TESS.During its initial two-year mission, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will observe nearly the entire sky, looking for transit—a phenomenon that occurs when a planet passes in front of its star, causing a dip in the star’s brightness.“We’ve confirmed three planets so far, and there are so many more that are just waiting for telescope and people time to be confirmed,” Dragomir said. “So it’s going really well, and TESS is already helping us to learn about the diversity of these small planets.”Its sensitive cameras also captured 100 short-lived changes—including six supernova explosions recorded from space before being discovered by ground-based telescopes.Astronomers are now conducting follow-up observations on more than 280 exoplanet candidates.More on Thule Looks Like a Snowman in First New Horizons ImagesNASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Breaks Space Exploration RecordCosmonaut Says ISS Hole Was Drilled From Inside Stay on targetlast_img read more