The information on Microsofts website points to the command also turning on your TV for you, via HDMI or IR Blaster.
Apologies in advance for the wall of words, memory management is a complex issue but for anyone who is interested …
I would guess that it works similar to a current mobile OS memory management … like when you hit the key on your mobile phone and it “wakes”. Some mobile operation systems work like this (other devs out there don’t get surly, I am over-simplifying here!):
When the user exits or pauses any active program in memory, the state of the application is frozen then stored, the memory is released to “the heap” (available system memory) cleaning up after it self all in one action, allowing the system to take full advantage of remaining memory for the system to operate quickly and make better use its system memory for other tasks.
To understand how this is different, before using memory this way (before instant-on mobile devices, and most current desktop OSs) … many computers leave programs “in memory/taking up space” even when you weren’t using it. This leads to needing tons of memory, a big chunk just to keep the processes running in every open program, even those that aren’t in the user’s view.
With certain “instant-on” devices, the OS is often designed to be used in a certain way … with the user being able to have only 1 or a few tasks open at once or view of one program to operate at a time. This means LESS total system memory is needed to execute far more powerful programs because you get MORE of the ram for any program. When the user isn’t using a program that is out of view, it isn’t taking up memory … but instead, “just waiting at the bar for their friends”. They are frozen in time until their friends come back to play … then the conversation resumes where it left off.
Because you could freeze the last active state and leave it in memory… when the machine turns off it just comes back to where it left off, its still just waiting in the memory. Switching to other stored states (like a game you were playing and moved away from) wake up would likely take just a hair longer but still be quick, because of the time it takes to move it from storage back into system memory. This all happens very fast when you are talking about this being taken care of at the system level as a part of the OS built-in capabilities/system-level operations.
Smart memory management = huge win for gamers and the daily stuff we sometimes forget makes for a great experience. =)
Hope this helps.
Yes it does. I remember things getting a little crazy to the tune of Kanye West’s power at one point. Over the top and super fun.
I demand a dub-step remix of Chris Plante’s song from this episode. If the internet was not made for mashup’s like this, I don’t know why it was invented.
Creativity together with gaming, great characters and the ability to create my own virtual playground?
I cannot wait for this.
Have this I must.
I have seen similar rumors but think they are working on a game for multiple platforms, the information in the games section of the Respawn website describes their next project as:
“Respawn is developing a multi-platform product based on new video game IP and funded through its publishing deal with Electronic Arts, one of the top publishers in the industry.”
Hope this helps put a little more light on the rumors you have seen, heres the link: http://www.respawn.com/games/