Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2011 - 09:53 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: notebook, gtx 580m, gaming, AVADirect
Hot on the trail of NVIDIA's latest 580M mobile graphics release, AVADirect has just announced that it will be incorporating the new graphics chip into their gaming focused Clevo notebook lineup. The 15.6" P150HM, 17.3" P170HM and 17.3" X7200 gaming notebooks will be the first to receive the upgrade, and will be made configurable with the new mobile graphics chip today. Further, the new notebooks with the GTX 580M will be shipping out to customers according to their advertised time frame starting today.
Because the GTX 580M uses the same MXM module as the preceeding 400M graphics cards, laptops with the older chip will be able to be upgraded to the GTX 580M easily, according to AVADirect who further stated that the chip uses less power and has a smaller footprint than the 485M.
In addition to recieving the updated graphics card, the three Clevo gaming notebooks all feature HDMI, USB 3.0, SATA III 6 Gbps, Intel Sandy Bridge processors, DDR3 SODIMMS at 1600 MHz, and the option of a SSD (Solid State Drive). The three notebooks further feature a Full HD 1080P 16:9 display, that the GTX 580M should easily power with cranked up visuals on today's latest games.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2011 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: raptor-gaming, mouse, input, gaming
The Raptor-Gaming LM2 mouse actually looks unique in a market where several mouse bodies are rebranded and perhaps slightly modified and sold as a unique product. In theory the use of a 2400dpi optical sensor should help keep the price down and they also completely skipped any sort of control software. That might annoy micromanagers but it will please the plug'n'play crowd. Hardware Heaven felt that with 5 buttons including the scroll wheel it has enough controls for most usage but the asking price is equivalent to mice with more features and a control suite which is why they recommend you give this mouse a miss.
"Today we have another new product from Raptor-Gaming, the LM3 gaming mouse. The LM3 is a mid-range gaming mouse offering simple plug and play support and we will find out if it suits the needs of today's demanding gamers."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Razer TRON Legacy Gaming Mouse And Mat Bundle Review @ Real World Labs
- Razer Naga Molten MMO Gaming Mouse Review @ eTeknix
- SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard @ Tweaktown
- SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard @ OC3D
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2011 - 12:14 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ROG, Republic of Gamers, overclocking, gaming, Formula X
This weekend Asus is holding an event open to the public for all computer enthusiasts interested in overclocking, gaming, case modding, and benchmarking. Sponsored by Asus, Intel, NVIDIA, and NVIDIA, Antec, Kingston, Patriot,CoolerMaster, CPU Magazine, Corsair, and Razer, 20 of North America’s top overclockers have been invited to push the latest Asus Republic of Gamers motherboards and graphics cards to the limit with the help of some LN2. In addition to the prize of respect, during the competition the participants will be awarded with over $50,000 USD worth of hardware from the sponsors.
Asus is gearing up for Formula X with lots of awesome ROG hardware
In addition to the overclocking and case modding showcases, various new Republic of Gamers hardware will be making its North American debut including the z68 Maximus IV Extreme-Z and Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboards, Matrix GTX 580 Platinum GPU, and the ROG G74SX gaming laptop.
According to Asus, the two day event is open to the public and no admission fee is required. With 2300 liters of liquid nitrogen on hand, Asus is confident that the overclocking event will be a great experience for everyone involved. The Formula X event will take place this weekend on the 25th and 26th of June 2011 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, and is located at Fry’s Electronics 1077 E. Arques Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085. A phone number is also provided at (408)-617-1300.
If you are local or are going to be in the area this weekend, we encourage you to stop by and check out the enthusiast event. For those who can not make it stay tune to PC Perspective for the latest happenings on Formula X.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2011 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Way back in February a trailer went up for Dead Island which received a lot of press as it was put together very well and added a little more emotion to a genre which only tends to consider brains as a food item. Ars Technica has hd a chance to play through the game both on their own and in co-op mode and are satisifed that this is not a case of Dead Rising meets Left4Dead. This serious yet light hearted game will be available come early fall, hopefully with a demo released before that.
"Dead Island takes place on a beautiful tropical island, and you are tasked with taking control of one of four characters to do your best to survive an outbreak of zombies. The game features a wide-open world to explore, but while it may be constantly compared to other games like Dead Rising, it successfully manages to feel like its own game. I've had the chance to play the single-player game, as well as take the four-player co-op play for a test drive, and I've enjoyed both."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- From SimCity to Real Girlfriend: 20 years of sim games @ Ars Technica
- From Elite to Rollercoaster Tycoon: 20 years of sim games, part 2 @ Ars Technica
- Alice: Madness Returns brings solid platforming, tedious length @ Ars Technica
- How the indie Jamestown, a 2D shooter and instant classic, was born @ Ars Technica
- Gaming 3.0 @ t-break
- GT Omega Racing Simulator @ Tweaktown
- Red Faction: Armageddon Game Review (PC) @ HardwareHeaven
- Contemporary Graphics Cards in Duke Nukem Forever @ X-bit Labs
- How Infinite Fixes BioShock’s Key Problem @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Impressions: Six Gun Saga @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Mobile gaming and where it will leave dedicated gaming handhelds @ t-break
- Child of Eden Game Review (XBOX 360) @ HardwareHeaven
Acer recently announced two new additions to its Ethos notebook lineup, which specialize in HD media and gaming. The Acer Aspire Ethos AS59516 and Ethos AS89516 specifically, feature all black, brushed aluminum chassis with a magnesium alloy cover. A 1.3 megapixel webcam, back-lit keyboard, and a scratch resistant Gorilla Glass LCD display are features of both models. External Ports include HDMI, USB 3.0, a combination USB/eSATA port. Further, internal hardware includes Intel’s 2nd generation Core i5 or Core i7 processors, up to 16 GB of RAM, between 500GB and 1.5TB of hard drive storage, a NVIDIA GT550M, and a WiFi radio, and Blu-Ray (or DVD) optical drive are all available options.
The removable touchpad/remote.
With the general hardware out of the way, the most interesting feature that the two models share is a new touchpad that is able to detach from the laptop and act as a media remote control. Upon removal, the touchpad can be oriented horizontally or vertically and presents LED buttons to start, pause, and play music “from across the room.” While the idea of a removable remote has been done before, on HP notebooks especially, the integration into the touchpad will certainly encourage me to not misplace the remote lest I be forced to memorize keyboard shortcuts to use the computer. Further, the remote control does provide controls for easy music playback; therefore, this seems like a good evolution of the idea that Acer has on their hands.
The AS59516 is the smaller of the two new notebooks, and features a 15.6” display at 1366x768 resolution. On the audio side of things, it features 5.1 surround sound output in addition to two built-in speakers and “TubaBooster” technology which seeks to enhance the bass of the sound. The laptop has a starting MSRP of $1399.99 USD, and will be available this week at numerous retailers.
On the other hand, the AS89516 is a much larger affair, which sports a 18.4” display and HD 1920x1080 resolution. It further includes five dolby-tuned built-in speakers in addition to a subwoofer using Acer CineSurround and CineBass technology. The notebook carries a MSRP of $1599.99 USD and will also be available for purchase starting this week. You can check out more images of the new notebooks over at cnet.
If you happened to open up the store page in the Steam client or glance at their website, you may have noticed that Steam has made a moderately big announcement. Valve's digital download service now supports Free-to-Play games, which are games that are free to download and play at the basic level; however aesthetic and other upgrades can be purchased via so-called "microtransactions". F2P games on still will be free to download and will not require a credit card to do so.
Steam seems excited about the new F2P games.
At launch, the service is featuring five new Free-to-Play games including Champions Online: Free For All, Spiral Knights, Global Agenda: Free Agent, Forsaken World, and Alliance of Valiant Arms. According to the F2P Steam FAQ, games in which you wish to purchase content will be done through the use of your Steam Wallet. Further, for any Steam account that does not have at least one purchased (non Free-to-Play) game or a funded Steam Wallet will be considered a "Limited User" and will be restricted in the community features that it is able to access. Specifically, limited users can create community groups, be added as friends, and chat with other users; however, they are not able to send out friend invitations or start chat sessions (a non-limited user must initiate chat).
In adding the new genre to its repertoire, Steam will greatly increase its digital games library and add more options for PC gamers. One game that I have not played in some time that I would love to see make its way onto the new Free-to-Play Steam selection is a FPS game called Crossfire. That game was a good example of Free-To-Play done right as even accounts that did not spend a dime where able to stay competitive. Is there a Free-to-Play game that you would like to see Steam feature, and do you think F2P will add value to the service? Let us know in the comments.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2011 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, duke nukem, 10 commandments
We need a new joke, the poster boy of vapourware has actually arrived and no one remembers the Phantom console. You can catch up on all of the reviews of Duke Nukem Forever below the fold, but make sure you don't say anything mean about the game or the PR firm will get you. There is also a lot of previews from E3 to drool over, many new games offered teases of their unreleased products.
Before you take a look at the games, The Tech Report has recently crafted 10 commandments that all PC games should follow. Read through them and see which of the new games look to be following the reasonable requirements that they have listed.
It's beside the Any key, right?
"Picture this for a second: you just unpacked the latest PlayBox 720-X blockbuster game, Gran Gears of Duty Fantasy XVIII. It's a game so juicy and dreamy that it'll send you flying into all the colors of the rainbow, twitching and jerking with pleasure-induced spasms just from looking at the loading screen. Let's assume for the sake of argument that said game is a first-person shooter, like, oh, about 135% of recent releases. You insert the Megaray disc, go about the installation process, and merrily start to play.
All of a sudden, you notice the left stick is used for switching weapons. The right stick moves the character, and shooting is only accomplished by pressing it. The camera is moved with the directional buttons, and the triangle, square, A, and B buttons are used for your character's smartass quips. You enter the menu to change the controls, but you can only navigate them using the motion sensors. After five minutes of furniture-dusting motions, you finally enter the options menu and find out there are barely any options, and none that matter. Frustrated, you throw the TenAxis controller at your 4D TV screen and take the shiny disc out of the console to find out whether it will blend."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Duke Nukem Forever Performance Test @ TechSpot
- Wot I Think: Duke Nukem Forever @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Duke Nukem Forever Game Review (PC) @ HardwareHeaven
- Duke Nukem Forever: barely playable, not funny, rampantly offensive @ Ars Technica
- Duke Nukem Forever Review @ Techgage
- Skyrim's dragon battles top off impressive demo @ Ars Technica
- Asura's Wrath is effortlessly weird and weirdly awesome @ Ars Technica
- Gaming Friday – Bulletstorm @ ThinkComputers
- Serious Sam 3 adds no modern gameplay, thank heavens @ Ars Technica
- Star Wars: The Old Republic's lead writer on good Sith, evil Jedi @ Ars Technica
- Section 8: Prejudice Review (PC) @ HardwareHeaven
- DiRT 3 Gameplay Performance @ The Register
- Assassin's Creed Revelations: The Escape From Constantinople Q&A @ HEXUS
- CANVAS Teaser Is Sinister, Awesome @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Wot I Think: Red Faction Armageddon @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Steam Now Offering Free-To-Play Games @ Slashdot
- A character, not a voice: tuning the narration in Bastion @ Ars Technica
- Silent Hill: Downpour - Xbox 360, PS3 @ HEXUS
- Wii? Maybe U... But I'm Not Sold Yet @ Techgage
- Super Mario 3DS hands-on: the Tanooki suit is back! @ Ars Technica
- Dead or Alive Dimensions 3DS @ Tweaktown
- Duke Nukem Forever Xbox 360 @ Tweaktown
- Icebreaker Hockey for iOS: hockey stripped down to $1 perfection @ Ars Technica
Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2011 - 12:01 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PC, gaming
You may remember versions of Far Cry and Psi-Ops being released a few years ago that were free-to-play and supported by advertisements. In the case of Psi-Ops, at the start of the game you were presented with a 30 second video ad, after which you were able to jump right into the full game. Far Cry also saw a similar ad-supported version for a time that made the game free.
GamersGate is looking to continue in a similar manner with their upcoming FreeGames service. This new service, which is set to release this fall, will allow gamers to “download, install, and play up to five titles at once” for free. These games will be preceded by a short advertisement before the game launches. Gamers will further have the option to add additional game slots, possibly for a monthly subscription fee according to the FreeGames website.
GamersGate CEO has been quoted by Tom’s Hardware as saying “the new service offers the best of both worlds for both gamers and publishers.” Further, he believes that the ad-supported free-to-play model will be a great way for gamers to test out a new game before they buy the non-ad-supported version as well as a cheap way to catch up on game series. The company expects that the majority of its current catalog will be available on the free-to-play ad-supported service in the fall. The website currently has a countdown timer to the launch as well as a beta sign up via email option.
GamersGate, and its FreeGames service’s popularity will largely depend on the catalog, ad relevance and ad length. If GamersGate can provide a wide selection of new PC and Mac games as legally free-to-play, I suspect that it will see a good amount of adoption and will likely replace the once popular but now rare demo. On the other hand, the long-term success of the service will depend on publisher cooperation and DRM. The service will need a fair bit of stable DRM in order to dissuade casual pirates from stripping out the ads, because if this happens than ad and game publishers will pull back from the service and legal gamers will lose out.
You can find more information by following PC Perspective as well as the FreeGames website itself. Do you feel that the service can succeed? Would you use it?
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2011 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: deus ex, gaming
About the only thing more dissapointing than Deus Ex 2:Invisible War would probably have to be Daikatana. Eidos Montreal however promises that Deus Ex 3 will be nothing like that and will try to focus on what made the first game so enjoyable. Many sites, including Ars Technica, were given a 10 hour preview of the game and so far the feedback has been quite positive. That is no guarantee of a good game but it does bode well for fans of the original.
"There are few games with both the respect and baggage of Deus Ex. The original PC game is considered by many to be a masterpiece, and the sequel—Invisible War—is considered by many to be one of the most disappointing games ever released. Eidos Montreal has been working on a new Deus Ex title that is part prequel and part reboot, with Square Enix as the publisher."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Mass Effect 3 interview: Shepard's story will end, the world will contine @ Ars Technica
- Brink Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Hands-on with Battlefield 3: new abilities, combat medics, and destruction @ Ars Technica
- Total War: Shogun 2 DirectX 11 Performance Testing @ Legit Reviews
- Average Gamer Is 37 Years Old @ Slashdot
- Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 Launch Dates Announced @ Slashdot
- Project Zomboid - How I died @ XSReviews
- DIRT 3 @ Tweaktown
- Bulletstorm @ Tweaktown
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings GPU & CPU Performance Review @ Techspot
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings @ HEXUS
- Call Of Duty Elite: Q&A - explained and dissected @ HEXUS
- Get With The Programmer: Carmack Speaks @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Knight Time! The King Arthur 2 E3 Trailer @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Mod News @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Preview: 3DS Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time a masterful remake @ Ars Technica
- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a complex love letter to original game @ Ars Technica
Can Kerrigan and Raynor reconcile their differences and get back together? Tune in for the next episode.
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2011 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, starcraft 2
We can now see a 1:29 long preview of StarCraft II : Heart of the Swarm at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN. In it we learn about evolving Banelings and Zerglings, the importance of Yeti DNA and the apparent focus on heros and their upgradability. What is not clear is who you will be playing; Kerrigan building a reformed swarm, Raynor and his marines squashing bugs and Eldar wannabes or maybe even Nova and her ghosts? Maybe you play all three, building up and defending a base in one mission and destroying it in another? Check the video in HD to get the most of the sneak peek.
"Following last week’s leaked cinematic teaser we now have some actual footage of Starcraft II’s second episode in action, and you can check that out below. We’re expecting the game itself to turn up in the first half of next year, and it could be a rather different hero-focused experience, if the previews are anything to go by. Which I guess they must be, since they’re about the game and all.
It’s no Men Of War."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- GameStop To Honor Ancient Duke Nukem Pre-Orders @ Slashdot
- From execution site to gaming icon: the story of Wake Island @ Ars Technica
- DiRT 3 GPU & CPU Performance Test @ TechSpot
- Week in gaming: Bioshock Infinite, Modern Warfare 3 @ Ars Technica
- Metro: Last Light won't be dumbed down, will be improved @ Ars Technica
- Portal 2 @ Tweaktown
- Gaming Friday: Minecraft @ ThinkComputers
- Darkspore @ HEXUS
- Money-off coupon for Skyrim in Elder Scrolls V Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition @ HEXUS
- Beyond Forever: Colonial Marines Returns @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Lawesome: Rage Shows Off The Authority @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- FIFA 12 - Xbox 360, PS3, PC @ HEXUS
- L.A. Noire PlayStation 3 @ Tweaktown
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