Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2014 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: goat simulator, gaming, fun
It seems that gaming has become a lot less about having a good time over the past few years. An entire branch of gaming expects you to run a treadmill of low level quests before you get to the point where you can actually start exploring and many people will not even pick up a game if they can't get achievements for simply playing something that they should be able to enjoy for the simple sake of playing.
It is more than that however, we have progressed from teabagging and hurling vulgarities at any and all players, be they friendlies or enemies, to having a subgroup of gamers actively insulting so called 'casual gamers' and 'fake gamer girls' in social media and other public forums. Somehow the idea that gaming is enjoyable because it is a game has been overwhelmed by those who find their fun in deriding other players.
Perhaps this is why Coffee Stain Studio's Goat Simulator has caused such a divide of opinions in gamers; those who can see the fun of wandering around smashing things and generally being silly love it. Those with a need to either prove themselves better than everyone, or at least that everyone is worse than they are can't grasp the idea of purely enjoying a game because it is simply amusing in and of itself.
For those still able to enjoy pure silliness you should read through the full patch notes of Goat Simulator 1.1 on Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN; the addition of a new map and split screen multiplayer has nothing on the notes involving Flappy Goat, the "Applying plastic wrap around your screen will now give you a 3D-effect." or Minecraft goat. If you have even a tiny bit of a sense of humour left you should also watch the accompanying trailer.
If you want to play with the Fragging Frogs, the most fun frog-based gaming community around, you had best practice having fun. For those of you who never lost that playful spirit, come on it and join in the fun!
"Goat Simulator really is just the dumbest thing, isn’t it? Naturally, that’s why everyone in the whole world loves it and I have a pet goat now. I was surprised (and let’s face it: a bit saddened) to find that real goats have functional neck bones and lack tongues that stretch like elastic and stick like gorilla glue, but them’s the breaks. Related: do not hurl real goats into traffic. They will break. That got a bit dark there, didn’t it? But you know what’s not dark?"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Wot I Think: Watch Dogs @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Watch Dogs – A Godphone Review @ Techgage
- Transistor Review @ OCC
- Valve's own VR headset spotted at developer gathering @ HEXUS
- urified: Dawns Of War Ditching GameSpy And GFWL @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Wolfenstein: The New Order Review @ OCC
- The RPS Verdict – Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Whoa: Northern Shadow Is Skyrim Meets A City Builder @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Lagolution: Battlefield 4 Patches Netcode @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- XCOM Who? – Xenonauts Officially Complete @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | June 4, 2014 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, roccat, nzxt, gigabyte, computex 2014, asus
The Tech Report has been busy at Computex, visiting as many booths as they can in amongst the numerous vendors showing off their upcoming products. From ASUS we get another look at the ROG systems and a G-Sync monitor as several new motherboards. Both Thermaltake and Roccat have new peripherals to show off while NZXT is more focussed on cooling products. Gigabyte has taken advantage of the event to show how fast their limited edition Z97X-SOC Force LN2 can push DDR3, hitting 4.5GHz in a live demo! There is more coverage that that, as well as our own, so you can expect to be busy over the next few days.
"Earlier today at Computex, Asus let loose a veritable cornucopia of items under its Republic of Gamers brand. Among them: two stylish mini gaming desktops plus a 27" display outfitted with Nvidia's G-Sync technology."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Computex 2014 Gigabyte Suite Visit @ Hardware Asylum
- Computex 2014 In Win S-Frame @ Hardware Asylum
- Intel gives biz typoslabs their very own 14nm Core-M silicon @ The Register
- Kaveri Mobile APUs; AMD's FX Reincarnated @ Hardware Canucks
- A first look at AMD's Kaveri APU for notebooks @ The Tech Report
- Linux hit by GnuTLS exploit, follows Heartbleed model @ The Inquirer
- TSMC reportedly to tie up with Micron to develop 3D ICs @ DigiTimes
- PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD @ The Register
- Pittasoft BlackVue Sport SC500 Action Camera @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2014 - 12:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, transformer book, T200TA, Atom Z3775, Bay Trail, leak
A post on the German site Mobile Geeks gives us the stats on the ASUS Transformer Book T200TA, a Bay Trail powered that appears to sport the normal docking tendencies of the Transformer Book line up. It is rumoured to be powered by a Bay Trail Atom Z3775 which can reach 2.39GHz at full speed with 2GB of memory, WiFi, local flash storage of up to 64GB. The outputs include USB 3.0, microUSB 2.0 port, HDMI and even without the optional dock you get SD card reader. The dock can raise your local storage to 500GB and likely extend the battery life.
Product may not be exactly as shown
Subject: General Tech, Displays, Mobile | June 3, 2014 - 07:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: vesa, dockport, DisplayPort, amd
Remember DockPort? The three in one connection we have discussed in the past? The Thunderbolt-ish connection for devices with DisplayPort which allows transmission of audio and video plus USB data and power all on one connector. It's here! (even if the devices aren't quite common yet)
NEWARK, CA (3 June 2014) The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced the release of the DockPort standard. Developed by several VESA member companies, DockPort is an optional extension of the DisplayPort standard that will allow USB 3.1 data and DC power for battery charging to be carried over a single DisplayPort connector and cable that also carries high-resolution audio/video (A/V) data.
This new extension of the DisplayPort standard is fully backward compatible with all existing DisplayPort devices. When a DockPort-enabled DisplayPort source such as a computer or tablet is connected with a DockPort-enabled DisplayPort sink such as a display monitor or docking station A/V plus USB data and power will be transferred over a common cable through a single connector. If either the source or sink device is not a DockPort-enabled, then source and sink will recognize only the DisplayPort A/V data stream.
As computing platforms become increasingly mobile, it becomes necessary to reduce the number of external connectors, explained Steve Belt, Corporate Vice President - Strategic Alliances & Solutions Enablement AMD, a VESA member company. With DockPort, VESA has developed a technology standard that enhances elegant docking designs, reduces mobile form factors, and enriches the user experience with streamlined, one-cable access to a wide range of external displays, peripherals and storage.
DockPort is the first royalty-free industry standard that combines these three essential interface functions into a single connector. VESA first revealed its intention to develop this standard at the 2014 International Consumer Electrics Show. It anticipates that several vendors will demonstrate DockPort-enabled DisplayPort systems at Computex Taiwan, which begins today.
Until today, most mobile computing platforms required three separate interfaces to support power charging, data transmission and external video, said Chris Griffith, Business Development Manager for Consumer and Computing Interface at Texas Instruments, a VESA member company. With DockPort, VESA has elegantly merged this ungainly tangle of wires into a single, sleek connector, combining power charging with the industrys most popular data transportUSBand the industrys highest-speed A/V transportDisplayPort. DockPort can reduce system implementation cost as designers can reduce external connectors and simplify docking implementations.
VESA is developing a compliance test protocol to certify systems that meet the DockPort standard. Systems that satisfy this test protocol will be permitted to display VESAs new DockPort logo on their packaging as a guide for consumers seeking this capability.
The new DockPort standard demonstrates the enormous adaptability of the DisplayPort standard, according to VESA Board Chair Alan Kobayashi, Fellow & Executive R&D Management for DisplayPort Group at MegaChips Technology America. On the one hand, DisplayPort is a flexible A/V transport protocol that easily coexists with other protocols, like USBit plays nicely with others. On the other hand, DisplayPort is also a robust and proven connector design whose electro-mechanical properties can accommodate data and power over a common passive copper cable and interface.
Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2014 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, i7-4790k, devil's canyon, computex 2014, computex, 4790k
The biggest improvement for overclockers on the new Devil's Canyon processors goes by the name of Next-Generation Polymer Thermal Interface Material; which will replace the much maligned TIM used on Haswell chips that many have blamed for poor overclocking results. So far the news is good but as no samples have arrived anywhere for review we still await the final word. As it is an LGA 1150 processor the current heatsinks will cool this chip and in theory a BIOS/UEFI update should allow them to run on current Z87 boards making it a very easy upgrade. As you can see in the list the speeds are raised slightly from the previous generation, check out the other features [H]ard|OCP heard about right here.
"Intel is presenting its new Devil's Canyon processors today at Computex in Taiwan. Enthusiasts get a two new processor solutions, one with HyperThreading and one without. While many of us are familiar with processor core clocks of 4GHz+, this is first time we have Intel serving up a minimum 4GHz clock on its enthusiast K processor."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- 4th Gen Intel Core "Devil's Canyon" Processor Family Preview @ NitroWare
- Intel intros 'Devil's Canyon,' Pentium Anniversary overclockable CPUs @ The Tech Report
- Intel Devil's Canyon i7 4790K & i5 4690K Preview @ Hardware Canucks
- Intel Devils Canyon receives support on ASUS Z87 @ Madshrimps
- Computex 2014 International Press Conference and New Product Preview @ Techware Labs
- Crucial ships DDR4 for servers, desktop modules coming in August @ The Tech Report
- Computex 2014 Asus Product Announcement and Press Event @ TechwareLabs
- Asus engineers confirm 120hz 4k still some time away @ Kitguru
- Microsoft, Salesforce thump table in cloud tie-up talks – report @ The Register
- Netis Wireless Adapters and Portable Router @ TechwareLabs
- Misfit Shine Wearable Fitness Activity Monitor Review @ Legit Reviews
- Samsung, with this new 3D NAND SSD, you're really spoiling us ... or perhaps a rival? @ The Register
- Samsung wants to 'thingify' your BODY with Simband @ The Register
- DIY IoT computer smaller than a square inch @ The Register
- iOS 8 vs iOS 7 @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft might make us wait another year for the Windows 8 Start Menu @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech, Storage, Shows and Expos | June 3, 2014 - 03:37 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: computex, computex 2014, WD, ssd, pcie, SATA Express, hdd
SATA Express is an interface to either connect a hard drive to PCIe lanes, or up to two drives via SATA. Obviously, PCIe bandwidth over a cable connection is the real draw. To use the full speed, however, the drive needs to be able to communicate over PCIe. Currently, the standard uses two PCI Express 2.0 lanes (1 GB/s).
Now that Z97 and H97 have launched, WD is set to show off the technology at Computex. The above image is apparently of a dual-drive product, containing 4TB of rotating media and 128GB of SSD memory. I am immediately reminded of the Western Digital Black2 dual drive which Allyn reviewed last November. That product crammed a 120GB SSD into a 2.5" 1TB HDD, which appeared to the system as two separate drives. The drive has "Technology Demonstration" written in red font right on it, but it could be a good representation of what the company is thinking about.
WD also asserts that their prototype uses standard AHCI drivers, for OS compatibility.
If you want to see this product in action, then -- well -- you kind-of need to be at Computex. At some point, you might be able to see it in your own PC. When? How much? No pricing and availability, again, because it is a tech demo.
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Shows and Expos | June 3, 2014 - 12:46 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ROG, gaming pc, computex 2014, computex, asus
Gaming PCs are often misunderstood. Many of our viewers will probably build their own from their personal selection of parts. If you would like to have someone else handle it, then an oft dismissed option is going through a system builder. If you find an option that is in your budget and has the performance you desire, then it is perfectly acceptable to buy it.
ASUS has just announced two offerings, branded Republic of Gamers (ROG), for you to consider.
The ROG G20 Gaming Desktop can be customized with options which range up to an Intel Core i7 with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780. It is designed to be quiet, with expected noise at around 23-25 dbA (it is unclear whether this is measured idle or under load). While it has two fans, it also uses "natural convection" cooling, a process which uses the excess heat to make hot air rise, which is replaced by cool air that cools the components.
Yup, the PC cools itself with the air motion caused by its own heat.
After customizations, the ROG G20 Gaming Desktop is expected to retail for $800-$1700, depending on what options the user selects, and be available in late Q3, for North Americans.
The other PC is the ROG GR8 Gaming Desktop. This device will include an Intel Core i7 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti. Despite its form factor, a side panel allows user access to RAM and storage. It has Gigabit Ethernet and built-in 802.11ac wireless. While it obviously has HDMI outputs, it also includes DisplayPort.
ASUS does not currently have an expected price range, but it will also be available Q3, for North Americans.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | June 2, 2014 - 05:52 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, geforce, geforce experience, ShadowPlay
NVIDIA has just launched another version of their GeForce Experience, incrementing the version to 2.1. This release allows video of up to "2500x1600", which I assume means 2560x1600, as well as better audio-video synchronization in Adobe Premiere. Also, because why stop going after FRAPS once you start, it also adds an in-game framerate indicator. It also adds push-to-talk for recording the microphone.
Another note: when GeForce Experience 2.0 launched, it introduced streaming of the user's desktop. This allowed recording of OpenGL and windowed-mode games by simply capturing an entire monitor. This mode was not capable of "Shadow Mode", which I believed was because they thought users didn't want a constant rolling video to be taken of their desktop in the event that they wanted to save a few minutes of it at some point. Turns out that I was wrong; the feature was coming and it arrived with GeForce Experience 2.1.
GeForce Experience 2.1 is now available at NVIDIA's website, unless it already popped up a notification for you.
Subject: General Tech, Displays, Shows and Expos | June 2, 2014 - 03:27 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: XB280HK, g-sync, computex 2014, computex, acer, 4k
Speaking of G-Sync monitors, Acer has announced a 4K monitor ahead of Computex with NVIDIA's adaptive refresh rate technology. While they do not ever say that it is 60Hz, I believe that it is. It also seems to be based on a TN panel. It, being G-Sync, connects with DisplayPort 1.2 and also includes four USB 3.0 ports. It, however, does not seem to support the competing AMD's FreeSync, integrated into VESA's DisplayPort 1.2a standard.
We do not currently have an image of the monitor
4K could be where we really start seeing benefits for G-Sync. At that resolution, it is very difficult to get a system, regardless of how many GPUs are inside it, which can play the most modern of games without dipping below 60 FPS. Once you miss your 16.67 millisecond window, your game starts hitching between images living 33.33ms and 16.67ms, when each frame is supposed to be presented at a constant rate.
As for pricing and availability: Q2 (early May to end of July). That's all we know.
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Subject: General Tech, Displays, Shows and Expos | June 2, 2014 - 02:28 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: g-sync, displays, display, computex 2014, computex, asus, 2560x1440, 144hz, 1440p
NVIDIA's G-Sync allows video cards to time the refresh rate of monitors. This is an advantage because the GPU knows when a frame is actually ready to be displayed to the user. The initial batch of announcements were each 1080p monitors, which are least likely to dip down into the 30-60Hz gap where G-Sync is noticeable.
Today at Computex, ASUS has announced a 27", 2560x1440, 144Hz G-Sync display. This higher resolution is starting to reach the point where faster graphics cards struggle to maintain 60 FPS. Not only that, but it is one of the first 1440p panels that you can get which supports high (over 100Hz) refresh rates, officially. Others exist, but "rare" is an understatement.
Its response rate is 1ms (GTG) which, unfortunately, suggests a TN panel. This might be a deal-breaker for some, but if you are looking for a G-Sync, 1440p, and high refresh rate panel, then it might be an acceptable compromise.
The ASUS PG278Q is available in Q2, which ASUS seems to define as the beginning of May to the end of July, for $799 USD. Unfortunately for AMD fans, the panel does not seem to support FreeSync, recently added to DisplayPort 1.2a. FreeSync, of course, is the competitor to G-Sync that AMD proposed to the VESA standards body.
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