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Generations from now, our grandchildren will look back at 2010 and pinpoint this moment as one of the "ah ha!" moments of the 21st century. It'll be live the day the first television was shipped, or the first e-mail was sent. Maybe it will even be compared to the day that Bill Gates founded Microsoft or Apple shipped the Apple IIe. It's probably right up there with the invention of the mouse, the fax machine or even the cellular telephone. Yes, a new "Video Game" merit pin is up there with all of those milestones in our opinion, and it's exactly the ammunition that parents have needed for years to coerce their lazy children into sticking with something that's greater than them in an effort to... Read more...
You need a thin-and-light notebook. But you love gaming more than those darn spreadsheets. Oh, what to do? MSI has the answer, and it's called the GE600. Announced today, it's the company's lightest 16" gaming notebook, and it strikes a sweet spot that we're sure many have been searching for. Most 16" and 17" gaming notebooks these days are on the "huge" side, easily 1.5+ inches thick and upwards of 9-11 pounds. That's tough to justify in a tough economy, so splitting the difference seems like an intelligent move on MSI's behalf. The new GE600 is equipped with Intel's new Core i5 CPU and ATI's Radeon 5730 GPU. Neither of those parts are "cutting edge" gaming hardware, but both are plenty capable... Read more...
Nintendo's Wii is a fine console, and one that has sold extremely well worldwide. People love controlling their games with the Wiimote, but one thing they aren't fond of is replacing those Wiimote batteries on a weekly or monthly basis. For avid Wii gamers, there's really no excuse to overlook a new charging solution, one that can handle up to four Wiimotes at a time, even. Konnet Technology has just introduced a new PowerV Quad, which charges four Nintendo Wii remotes without any wires, and better still, it's pretty attractive. The PowerV Quad uses induction technology to simultaneously charge 4 Nintendo Wiimotes, which means that users can simply rest the Wiimote on the PowerV (with or without... Read more...
Sony already announced that 3D gaming would soon be coming to their PlayStation 3 console, which isn't surprising considering how invested the company already is in 3D HDTVs and "3D audio." The PS3 is easily one of the most flexible and versatile game consoles ever, able to play games, Blu-ray Discs, and soon, 3D content. Apparently "soon" is sooner rather than later, with Sony announcing today that the console's latest firmware was being rolled out to users. Version 3.30 should be moving out to systems as we speak, with Sony calling the update "mandatory." The company is boasting about a new Trophies update that makes it easier to sort them, but the real focal point, in our estimation, is this:... Read more...
To commemorate the St. Patrick's Day holiday, we announced an exciting sweepstakes, along with our friends at Intel and iBuyPower, in which we planned to give away a custom, fully loaded Intel Core i7-980X-powered system, complete with a Radeon HD 5870 pushing the pixels, an Intel X25-M SSD, and a head-turning Chimera Inferno 2 case. The response we received after the announcement of the contest and throughout its duration was awesome with hundreds of new members joining our community, posting thousands of comments throughout the forum and news. Before we announce the winner, we want to extend a big thank you to everyone that made this contest possible and of course to all of our loyal community... Read more...
When the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series was first introduced a few months back, all of AMD's add in board partners offered essentially the same products, at least at the hardware level. The various boards available during the 'first wave' of Radeon HD 5800 series availability shipped with different accessory bundles and usually had custom decals affixed to their fans and fan shrouds to help differentiate them from one another. But plug them into a slot, install the drivers and they all performed at exactly the same level. That's what happens when ever card is clocked the same and have the same sized frame buffers, etc.Recently, however, the 'second wave' of Radeon HD 5800 series cards begun shipping.... Read more...
When the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series was first introduced a few months back, all of AMD's add in board partners offered essentially the same products, at least at the hardware level. The various boards available during the 'first wave' of Radeon HD 5800 series availability shipped with different accessory bundles and usually had custom decals affixed to their fans and fan shrouds to help differentiate them from one another. But plug them into a slot, install the drivers and they all performed at exactly the same level. That's what happens when ever card is clocked the same and have the same sized frame buffers, etc.Recently, however, the 'second wave' of Radeon HD 5800 series cards begun shipping.... Read more...
In light of the St. Patrick's Day Holiday, we thought it would be fun to give away yet another awesome gaming system! Thanks to our good friends at Intel and iBuyPower, we’ve got a killer rig to give away to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! This time around, you could win a full Intel Core i7 980X Gulftown-based system, complete with a Radeon HD 5870 pushing the pixels, an Intel X25-M SSD, and a head-turning Chimera Inferno 2 case.There is no doubt this machine will be great for all of the gamers and enthusiasts out there! And it could be all yours! As we've done with previous sweepstakes, we’ll be giving away this rig away to a randomly selected contributor to our on-line forum and news discussion... Read more...
During the Consumer Electronics Show which took place in early January of this year, we showcased a myriad of upcoming products in our coverage of the event. Of the literally thousands of things we saw at CES, however, we'd consider only a handful of them to be truly stand-out products. One of those geek-lust worthy products, at least in our opinion, was the slick Alienware M11x. We gave you somewhat more than a glimpse of the M11x in our close-up look at the machine at Dell's display at the show, but we have since gotten one in house and have been able to put it through its paces on our home turf. Our video review of the Alienware M11x utlra-portable gaming notebook is below; an image gallery... Read more...
At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, back in early January of this year, we showcased a myriad of upcoming products in our coverage of the event and the announcements being made.  Of the literally thousands of items we saw at CES, however, we'd consider only a handful of them to be truly stand-out products. One of those geek-lust worthy products, at least in our opinion, was the slick Alienware M11x.We gave you somewhat more than a glimpse of the M11x in our close-up look at the machine  on display at Dell's suite at the show, but we have since gotten one in house and have been able to put it through its paces on our home turf for a full evaluation. Our video review of the Alienware... Read more...
Mad Catz has been a prevailing name in the console accessory market for years, offering up affordable third-party solutions (mostly controllers and gamepads) for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and all the console generations before it. But the crowded PC peripheral market has generally forged ahead without too much input from this company. Today, that all begins to change, with the company offering a number of high-grade PC products for pre-order on Amazon. Originally announced at CES and CeBIT this year, the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse is a "twin-eye" device with a 5600DPI sensor, ergonomic grip, adjustable features (length + height) and removable 30g weighs to get the feel "just right" for whatever gamer... Read more...
Last weekend gamers from all walks of life converged on Boston to strap in, lock-n-load, boot-up and get their frag on at the PAX East 2010 gamers conference.  On hand were a number of large, big name hardware OEMs and game publishers, showing their wares to the game-crazed masses and members of the press that attended the show.  From consoles to hand-helds and PC gaming, this show had just about something for everybody.  Hailing from the northeast latitude ourselves, of course we decided to trot on down to Beantown to catch the buzz and see the sights. Sensory overload would have been an understatement, and though we didn't stick around for the all-night frag fests taking place... Read more...
There are few things more annoying than being lost. But one of the worst things about getting found is that annoying voice on your GPS system. It's probably some washed up robotic person who has no personality whatsoever, and they're probably bossy as well. The solution to your GPS woes? The Diablo III GPS voice pack, which installs a Deckard Cain voice into your existing navigation machine. You know him (or it?) well from the Diablo series, and there's really no better way to get from one place to another than by listening to this creature guide you. And he'll never lead you astray, ever. Just look at this guy--does he look like he has been led astray? Definitely not.... Read more...
Rejoice! Celebrate! Take a day off of work just to enjoy your 5-pack when it arrives! Razer, a company that has made itself famous by producing gamer-approved input devices (mice and keyboards, mostly), just introduced something that will maybe...no, definitely...change the way gamers game, forever. And ever. The product is called Venom, and it's nothing like what you think. It's designed to allow gamers to play all night long, always able to push through for "one more round." It's "scientifically proven to boost your senses and take down any signs of fatigue," allowing gamers to clock "up to over 100 hours of gaming in one sitting." It's a new record just waiting to happen, and you can be the... Read more...
Microsoft's Project Natal might change gaming as we know it when it launches this holiday season, much like Nintendo's Wii did just a few years back. There's no question that a lot of technology has been involved in creating a system that could actually recognize human movements and transform them into console commands, and now PrimeSense is coming clean and saying that some of what makes Natal tick is due to their technology.This marks the first time that Microsoft has gone public about any of the technology beneath Natal, and now we know that the 3D sensing behind it is thanks to a technology developed by PrimeSense. Ilan Spillinger, vice president of Xbox 360 hardware, said the following about... Read more...
Back in September of last year, just prior to the official arrival of the Radeon HD 5800 series, we first wrote about AMD's ATI Eyefinity technology and hinted at the fact that cards with six display outputs were coming. Since then, we had seen AMD's 6-output Radeon in action at a number of events, but hadn't been given the opportunity to evaluate one in the lab on our own test hardware, nor had we been informed of an official planned release date.It turns out, Microsoft had implement an artificial limit of four monitors in Windows 7 with the final release of the OS, and AMD had to find a way to workaround that limit with their drivers. Although, we sure the supply issues AMD had to contend... Read more...
Back in September of last year, just prior to the official arrival of the Radeon HD 5800 series, we first wrote about AMD's ATI Eyefinity technology and hinted at the fact that cards with six display outputs were coming. Since then, we had seen AMD's 6-output Radeon in action at a number of events, but hadn't been given the opportunity to evaluate one in the lab on our own test hardware, nor had we been informed of an official planned release date.It turns out, Microsoft had implement an artificial limit of four monitors in Windows 7 with the final release of the OS, and AMD had to find a way to workaround that limit with their drivers. Although, we sure the supply issues AMD had to contend... Read more...
For better or worse, the launch of NVIDIA's next-generation GPU architecture codenamed Fermi, a.k.a. GF100, is one of the most highly anticipated in our industry, ever. Information about the GPU has been tricking out for many months now, some of it good and some bad. Regardless of what you have chosen to believe or ignore up to this point, one irrefutable fact remains. NVIDIA is extremely late to the DirectX-11 party. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Rival AMD has used the last few months to release a myriad of DX11-class cards ranging in price from under $100 to almost $700, fleshing out a top-to-bottom line-up that caters to virtually every market segment. Today NVIDIA is announcing... Read more...
  For better or worse, the launch of NVIDIA's next-generation GPU architecture codenamed Fermi, a.k.a. GF100, is one of the most highly anticipated in our industry, ever. Information about the GPU has been tricking out for many months now, some of it good and some bad. Regardless of what you have chosen to believe or ignore up to this point, one irrefutable fact remains. NVIDIA is extremely late to the DirectX-11 party. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Rival AMD has used the last few months to release a myriad of DX11-class cards ranging in price from under $100 to almost $700, fleshing out a top-to-bottom line-up that caters to virtually every market segment. Today NVIDIA is announcing... Read more...
Hypersonic PC used to be regarded as one of the most well-respected PC builders in the world, up there with the likes on Alienware, Falcon Northwest and Voodoo. Now, they're just a distant memory. OCZ Technology, the parent company of Hypersonic, has recently made the tough decision to shut down the operation, leaving hardcore PC gamers one less option when it comes time to shop for a new custom built machine. According to a brief blurb on Hypersonic's website, it's all over for the company, but existing owners will still be taken care of when it comes to warranties.  Here's the exact quote: "At this time Hypersonic-PC is not accepting any orders. We are honoring all warranties and will... Read more...
Shame on you, Sony. Why? Well, the company's PlayStation Portable turned 5 years old this week, and did so with little fanfare, or even a few balloons. That's okay, PSP, because HotHardware has your back, though we're not going to sing the birthday jingle. Aw, what the heck.Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you,Happy birthday dear PlayStation Portable,Happy birthday to you (you live in a zoo...).Silliness aside, Sony has reason to celebrate the occasion. During its five-year run, the PSP has put up a respectable fight in the handheld console arena. Sony has sold 60 million PSPs worldwide, and of those, 17 million have landed in the United States. Yes, that's a far cry from the Nintendo... Read more...
A report from videogame industry analyst Michael Pachter indicates that EA is investigating new revenue streams, particularly digital revenues that might entice players to buy into an extended game demo and follow up with a full game purchase once the title was available. That's the noninflammatory version of this story's lede; the inflammatory version is that EA wants to charge users $10-$15 for traditional downloadable game demos. EA has clarified that this is not in the cards; EA's Jeff Brown told Kotaku that "EA SPORTS, EA Games and EA Play are each experimenting with download strategies that deliver fresh game content in formats players want to experience...None of the proposals call for... Read more...
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