Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2016 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: modding, gaming, fallout 4
[H]ard|OCP has put together a little guide on improving your Fallout 4 experience with the help of modders and the great people at Nexus Mods. They describe the basics on how to install mods as there are steps you need to follow to ensure your mods successfully apply, whether installed manually or with the Nexus Mod Manager tool. They explore several mods than greatly increase the size of textures, making them much better looking as well as adding weather and storms to the mix. As long as you meet the graphics memory requirements which they mention you should not see much performance degradation when using these mods. Soon Fallout 4 may be meeting or surpassing Skyrim's impressive mod community.
Of course immediately after [H] covered this topic Bethesda released a new patch which enables HBAO+ for all GPUs and extra debris effects specifically for NVIDIA GPUs.
"Fallout 4 has been out for several months and it is possible that you might find the image quality lacking overall. We take some of the most popular and highly downloaded image quality mods and find out how we can improve the environment in Fallout 4. We modify for visual improvements to give you more immersive gameplay."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition Coming Soon @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Rise of the Tomb Raider: Performance Analysis @ techPowerUp
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted is On The House @ HEXUS
- Have You Played… Sacrifice? @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Long War Team Reveal XCOM 2’s Launch Day Mods @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Game @ Kitguru
- Battlefleet Gothic Does Galactic-Scale 40K In March @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Rocket League: Learning to Fly @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2014 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, titanfall, modding
If you didn't get lucky enough to get in on the Titanfall demo then all you can do is read the previews and wonder if what you are missing out on is really as good as people say it is. The reviews we've seen have been very positive and describe what seems to be a new style of online shooter. The basics remain the same and we have all seen footage of the 3 storey mechs which give the game its name but Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN also describes how parkour is a big part of the game and is easier to get used to than Mirror's Edge. The launch process also sounds like an improvement, when starting you end up in a private area which makes it easy to pick who you play with if you have a group of up to 12 people together. Even with the limit of 6 players per side the map won't feel empty thanks to the designed inclusion of bots on both teams. It is also nice to hear that Respawn is already acknowledging the modding community for the PC version of their game.
"There are a lot of different ways to make videogame fights meaningful. Singleplayer games do it by couching your shotgun blasts and pistol whips in the context of a story. Multiplayer games do it by emphasising competition via scoreboards, and by layering XP bonuses and equipment progression on top as rewards for each kill. Titanfall aims to do it with a mixture of all of the above, and based on its limited beta, finds mixed success."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft kicks off a week of Xbox 360 game price cuts @ The Inquirer
- > HACK INFO ON DISRUPT ONTO RPS FRONT PAGE @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Irrational Games, developers of BioShock series, to close @ HEXUS
- Jacking Into The Matrix: EVE And Oculus’ Utopian Dreams @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Mein Gott: Wolfenstein Preorders Secure DOOM Beta Access @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2012 - 08:37 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: murderbox mkii, murderbox, modding, custom case, atx
The Canadian moddding duo behind Hardwood Studios Inc has unveiled its latest custom PC case called the Murderbox MKII. The Muderbox MKII represents a completly overhauled design that has its roots in the Silverstone TJ07 and is nearly ready for release after two years of development. The custom PC chassis gets you an all-alluminum chassis that offers better cable management, a water cooling friendly design, custom drive bays, and a custom black anodized textured surface. What will this cost you? A cool $1200 for the base model, and the price goes up from there if you add extras. The Murderbox MKII is a limited edition custom case with only 499 cases produced in total.
The Murderbox MKII features a unibody aluminum chassis that has acylic side panel windows that are mounted to be flush with case metal on the outside. The front includes a red backlit logo, power and reset buttons, and a single externally accessible 5.25" drive bay. The top of the case features an etched fan grill, or a set of two fans should you upgrade to the fan accessory for $150.
The dual fan accessory.
The back of the case is part of the removable motherboard tray and features plenty of vents and PCI slot covers. There is also space for a bottom mounted power supply. Internally, the Murderbox MKII features a spot to hold a watercooling resorvoir on the motherboard tray (that slides into the case on nylon-coated rails), space for a 480mm watercooling radiator in the bottom, and drive bays that are pre-wired. You put the storage drives onto sleds and slot them into the bays where they connect to already-mounted/wired SATA power and data connectors. The custom case can hold three 3.5" hard drives, three 2.5" SSDs, and a single 5.25" drive. On the top of the case is a slot loading DVD drive as well.
Overall it is a really slick PC case that appears to have received quite a bit of TLC to get the perfect enthusiast case. However, with a limited run of 499 cases and a price tag that is more than most entire computer builds [My first DIY PC build actually cost just under 1200 in 2007, for example.. and I think the case was under $100 heh], the Murderbox MKII is going to be more of a spectacle than a stomach-able purchase (just imagine trying to get the 'significant other approval factor' passed on this thing!).
On the other hand, this is a piece of finely crafted hardware that is sure to turn heads and is nice to gaze upon, so if you want to check out more pictures you can find the gallery on the Murderbox website!
See what parts we recommend for your next build on the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard.
Introduction, Virtual Insanity and Game of Making Games panels
Our second day at Quakecon 2012 started bright and early with expert panel discussions led by some of the gaming industry's elite game designers and programmers from around the globe. These panel discussions focused primary around the process different game studios go through to produce triple AAA titles and current developments in virtual reality headset technology. There was also more discussions about creating mods for games like Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and utilizing modding communities as resources to produce higher quality games.
In between panel discussions, Quakecon hosted the first round of their annual Bawls chugging competition. BYOC gamers and event attendees were also able to try out a few game demos of Smite, Rise of the Triad, Dishonored, and Doom 3 BFG Edition. There were also several "quick draw" Quake Live matches to give out raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe.
Subject: Storage | January 6, 2012 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Barracuda, VelociRaptor, hdd, modding
In the Hardware Leaderboard you will occasionally see a recommendation to partition a 1.5TB HDD into a 300GB partition for your OS and programs, leaving the remainder for storage. This is because doing so on that size of drive will put the 300GB partition onto the 'sweet spot' of the drive which is functionally faster than the remainder. Many have been doing this long before the advice was offered on the HWLB and not even thought to recommend it to friends as it has become an ingrained habit that they do not even think of consciously anymore. Not so TechARP who assembled a guide on how to do this and an explanation of why it is that you gain so much speed from a simple partitioning. They've recently updated the article so it seems an appropriate time to remind readers about this trick and to perhaps introduce the trick to some who are unaware of it. Sooner or later 1.5TB drives will fall in price to the point where they are easily affordable again.
"That's a really catchy title, isn't it? Who wouldn't want to turn a "slow" 7,200 RPM hard disk drive into a super-fast 10,000 RPM Western Digital VelociRaptor? After all, the 300 GB model of the much-vaunted HDD speed king retails for US$ 199.99, while a 1.5 TB Barracuda 7200.11 only costs US$ 109.99. Imagine getting the performance of the VelociRaptor with the capacity and price of the Seagate Barracuda!"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Performance Series Pro 256GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Corsair 240GB Force GT RAID0 @ OC3D
- Verbatim's 128 GB SSD @ Metku
- RunCore RCP V mSATA T50 SATA III 120GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- Super Talent Tera Nova 120GB SSD @ SSD Review
- OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCI-E @ Real World Labs
- Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Solid State Hybrid Drive @ SSD Review
- Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III @ PCSTATS
- Synology Diskstation DS212 @ Bjorn3D
- Buffalo LinkStation Pro LS-VL Network Attached Storage Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB 3.0 Hard Drive Review @ TechwareLabs
- RunCore Pro IV USB 3.0 MoonDrive @ Tweaktown
- IcyDock MB994SP-4S Four-bay 2.5-inch SATA/SAS Hard Drive Rack @ PCStats
Subject: Mobile | December 21, 2011 - 02:51 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: update, tablet, root, nook tablet, modding, kindle fire
Both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet have been given recent software updates. These updates were stated to improve performance and squash minor bugs. Unfortunately, in addition to these improvements, the automatic updates contained a “fix” that removed the ability to gain root access to the tablets. Specifically, the updates in question were 6.2.1 for the Amazon Kindle Fire and 1.4.1 for the Barnes and Noble Nook tablet. What is even more unfortunate is the fact that these updates are pushed to the devices automatically. The Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet will update as soon as they are connected to a WiFi hotspot, for example.
The Nook Tablet gets an even worse deal, however. In addition to the removal of root access, users will not be able to side-load other Android applications. The ability to side-load other Android apps was likely a deciding factor for many when comparing the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire, as well as Nook eReaders traditionally being more hackable and mod-friendly.
Currently, the only way to keep root access on both tablets is to stay off of WiFi connections or disable automatic updates in the case of the Nook Tablet. If your Nook has already been updated, XDA has somewhat of a solution. While you will not be able to use the 1.4.1 update, you will at least be able to have root access, mod, and side-load applications to your hearts content. Their fix involves rolling back the 1.4.1 update to the previous 1.4.0 update and is detailed here.
Kindle Fire users will need to either stay off of WiFi hotspots or in the case of an already updated tablet wait for a workaround from the modding community.
The restrictions placed on both tablets are not likely to please users, especially buyers of Nook tablets as Barnes and Noble's eReaders have traditionally been friendly to modders. On one hand, users want options and the ability to install third party applications. On the other hand are Amazon and Barnes and Noble selling their tablets at a loss and needing to make up money by convincing people to buy into their software and services (their applications, bookstore, et al). For aspiring modders, patience is key as workarounds are likely to emerge soon. Until then, getting a tablet for cheap will have to suffice ;).
Where do you stand on the issue, do you think removing root access was the right move for Amazon and B&N? Let us know in the comments!