Items tagged with Gaming

Not feeling up to shelling out to attend BlizzCon this year? Eager to try your luck at yet another contest? Just days after NVIDIA announced a contest that required you to actually purchase a GPU before you could enter, Razer is looking out for those with little to nothing with a wicked new giveaway. The company, famous for churning out high-end computer peripherals, has just announced its Razer BlizzCon Contest, which allows hardcore fanatics to enter to win an all-expense-paid trip for two to the show. The only catch? You've got to complete two quests over at the Razer contest page, and you've got to spell your name and address correctly. Not bad, huh? The contest runs from now until July 31st... Read more...
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As the economy here in America creeps back into gear, the online gaming industry is reaping the benefits. According to a new survey, video game addicts who aren't already turning their attention to the tube (or even a subset of those who are) are looking to low-cost online games to pass the time.Industry tracker ComScore found that around 87 million US Internet users visited online video game sites in May, which is a 22% increase from the same month last year. We'd heard that the economy was forcing more users to remain planted at home, but wow--22% percent! According to ComScore, the "continuing surge in online game play was attributed, in part, to people opting for cheaper entertainment alternatives... Read more...
Packard Bell never has been a major name in the gaming PC arena, but the company is refusing to sit idly by while companies such as Alienware, IBuyPower, Maingear, etc. pump out gaming machine after gaming machine. This week, the outfit has introduced the latest in its small but growing line of gamer-centric rigs, the ixtreme.The highly customizable rig can be equipped with Intel's Core i7 or Core 2 Quad, and if you're not much on supporting the giant that is Intel, you can opt for AMD's Phenom II X4. Further specs include up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM, 3TB of hard drive space, an optional Blu-ray combo drive, NVIDIA's newest GeForce GPUs and a new exterior that exudes confidence.Users will also notice... Read more...
Dig Star Wars? Need a new case for your next gaming rig? Hold your horses, 'cause In Win looks to have just the thing. Announced this week, the X-Fighter ATX mid-tower chassis is said to be inspired by some of the greatest vessels ever to grace the big screen, namely crafts from the heralded Star Wars series. You'll notice a foursome of triangular feet, hard steel, silver/aluminum lines and a futuristic feel. There are also a pair of 12cm ceramic fans at the front and rear along with a VGA Turbo Cooling System with dual 8cm ceramic fans there. There's even support for a water-cooling system should you find that necessary. Crazier still is the telescopic duct that extends outward and shifts side-to-side... Read more...
Interested in attending Blizzcon 2009? Interested in attending Blizzcon 2009 for free? Now that we've got your attention, here's the red tape and fine print. NVIDIA is offering gamers a shot at securing an ll-expenses paid trip to Blizzcon 2009 for two and receive World of Warcraft Classic for free. The catch? You'll need to buy yourself a new NVIDIA GeForce GPU and enter your name into the drawing.The contest is open until August 1st, and the trip is valued at $2400. For all the specifics, have a peek at the full press release posted below.NVIDIA ANNOUNCES GEFORCE CONTEST PROMOTION THAT WILL HAVE GAMERS SAYING “WOW!”Buy a GeForce GPU today and enter for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip... Read more...
Ever since this so-called "recession" thingy got the media all hot and bothered a few months back, we'd been hearing that more and more individuals were finding ways to stay entertained at home. Now, we finally know what they've been doing at the domicile: gaming.A new research report published this week by the Nielsen Company shows a sharp uptick in hours spent in front of a game console since the economy as a whole took a turn for the worse. Said stat has been on the rise since 2007, but here lately is has especially shot up. Of course, this totally makes sense--with more people curbing their spending on "going out," it makes sense that dusty consoles are seeing more usage.The other finding... Read more...
Some game companies have already made the statement that the iPhone is the future of gaming.  With the addition of a PowerVR chip to the new iPhone 3GS, we are bound to see more, and better games come to Apple's hot device.  Here's an example of a game that will work decently with any version of the iPhone, and any version of the OS 2.0 or higher.It's called Raving Manor.  Yes, it's an adventure game. No, it's not text-based (a la Zork), nor is it as complex as say Myst.  Rather, this game sort of combines a comic book or graphic novel feel with an adventure game, in which you have to puzzle your way out of situations, try things you might not ordinarily think of, etc. etc. ... Read more...
A Playstation on your cell phone?  The notion might not be so far-fetched. The latest news out of the Japanese electronics and gaming giant is that it's "considering developing a cellphone-game gear hybrid" on Sony Ericsson phones.Once the superpower in portable music - the Walkman, launched about 30 years ago, was revolutionary and became one of the best-known brands of its time. Anyone who didn't own a Walkman owned a knockoff. The Discman, which, as it sounds, played compact discs wasn't as huge a hit, but primarily because it wasn't as huge a change as the Walkman was and because, after all, it was only recently that you could make your own CDs. Who didn't listen to a mix tape at some... Read more...
Asustek Corporation has just launched their G51Vx and G60Vx mecha-inspired gaming laptops as a a follow-up to their successful G50Vt line of machines.The laptops, previewed just last month at Computex come in 15.6- and 16-inch formats and look like something you’d find in a Transformers movie – no coincidence there, we presume – with a suggestive techno look thanks to a backlit keyboard and some LED lighting on the LCD frame – which, by the way, is pure white with a metallic grey glossy finish. According to the specifications, these two laptops are looking to be multimedia powerhouses, powered by Core 2 Quad or Core 2 Duo processors, in addition to a GeForce GTX 260M with 1GB of GDDR3.... Read more...
For the longest time, we've felt that Sony's baseline $399 price tag on its PlayStation 3 console was simply too high. Nintendo's Wii is just $299, and Microsoft's Xbox 360 can be had easily for $199. Aside from Blu-ray playback, what does the console really offer to persuade gamers to purchase it over the other, cheaper options?Obviously, we aren't the only ones wondering why a PS3 price drop wasn't announced recently at E3, with major game developer Activision even wondering if it will continue to support the console in the near future. Specifically, Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Bobby Kotick stated that it may end up dropping support for Sony's console due to high development costs and... Read more...
Bigfoot Networks generated quite a bit of buzz back in 2006 when the company launched the original Killer NIC M1. As many of you probably remember, the original Killer NIC was / is a PCI-based device that featured an on-board network processor, or NPU, that was supposedly able to lower in-game ping times and free up CPU resources, which in turn could increase framerates. The Killer NIC performed these duties by bypassing the Windows networking stack through the use of custom software and offloading network related tasks from the host CPU. And generally speaking, the Killer NIC delivered on all fronts to some degree. The $250+ price tag of the original Killer NIC was tough to justify, however,... Read more...
Bigfoot Networks generated quite a bit of buzz back in 2006 when the company launched the original Killer NIC M1. As many of you probably remember, the original Killer NIC was / is a PCI-based device that featured an on-board network processor, or NPU, that was supposedly able to lower in-game ping times and free up CPU resources, which in turn could increase framerates. The Killer NIC performed these duties by bypassing the Windows networking stack through the use of custom software and offloading network related tasks from the host CPU. And generally speaking, the Killer NIC delivered on all fronts to some degree.The $250+ price tag of the original Killer NIC was tough to justify, however,... Read more...
NVIDIA has just announced a bevy of new mobile GPUs in the GeForce 200M series. Unlike some previous mobile products, however, the GPUs in this release are based on all new silicon, and not a re-branded version of the G92 that has served NVIDIA so well over the years.The new products in the GeForce 200M Series include the GeForce GTS 260M, GeForce GTS 250M, GeForce GT 240M, GeForce GT 230M, and GeForce G210M. Although we have not tested any of them yet to confirm, NVIDIA states the chips are engineered to deliver twice the graphics performance with half the power budget in their respective market segments. As you'd probably expect the new GeForce 200M Series GPUs being announced today are Windows... Read more...
The PC world was treated to one of those rare occurrences a few weeks back--a 1-2 punch into the 3D graphics fray from both ATI and NVIDIA. We're talking about the near simultaneous launches of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275. Both of their names lead to obvious suggestions about where they fit into their respective families.With the Radeon HD 4890, one might assume that there was an update made to the venerable HD 4870, and for the most part that assumption would be correct. Both GPUs share the same number of shader processors, texture units, and ROPs, bit with three million more transistors than the RV770, and hence a larger die, clearly something else was at work here. As... Read more...
We like a good combo here at HotHardware, and we have a new one to add to the list. Right up there with peanut butter and jelly, Mario and Luigi, milk and cookies, we'd like to add dual GPUs and factory overclocks. If you are a regular reader, you probably already know we are fans of dual GPU video cards, and we have a strong affinity for factory overclocked video cards as well. And when a company combines the two, that's just fine in our book. So, it goes without saying that we were excited to check out Diamond's overclocked Radeon HD 4870 X2 XOC graphics card (model number: 4870X2PE52GXOC). As you probably already know, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 employs two RV770 GPUs, each of which is complemented by... Read more...
We’ve seen plenty of gaming notebooks that are meant to dazzle potential customers with outrageous designs, ultra high-resolution displays, twin GPUs, and quad-core processors. The MSI GT627-216US isn’t such a notebook. Instead, the GT627-216US takes a more subdued approach to offer budget-minded gamers a powerful machine at an affordable price. Although the MSI GT627-216US may take a budget-minded approach, it doesn’t scrimp on what’s important to gamers, namely the graphics card. The NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS at the heart of this notebook helps it to produce respectable scores in many gaming benchmarks. In addition, the GT627-216US has an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor and 4GB of RAM. Click... Read more...
AMD Demonstrates World’s First Microsoft DirectX 11 Graphics Processor AMD previews significant improvements to the digital media and gaming experience, commits to bring DirectX 11 to market first COMPUTEX 2009, Taipei — June 3, 2009 — At a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) publicly demonstrated the world’s first Microsoft DirectX 11 graphics processor. The series of demonstrations shed new light on the significantly improved computing experience set to debut at the end of 2009.1 The fusion of AMD’s new ground-breaking graphics processors with the forthcoming DirectX 11 programming interface is set to forever change both applications and PC gaming for the better. To illustrate,... Read more...
We can't imagine that Intel's happy about this, but one certain gaming PC vendor has just revealed two of the company's newest processors. BFG Technologies has just launched its new Phobos gaming rigs, two of which include Core i7 CPUs that we've yet to hear of. The Phobos Advanced ships with the Core i7 950, while the Phobos Elite ships with the Core i7 975. Both rigs are menacing, tall and potent. Oh, and expensive -- really, really expensive. They both have touchpanels on the front of the chassis which enable one-touch overclocking (among other things), not to mention an iPod/iPhone dock atop the case. As with other high-end BFG machines, this one also comes with in-home concierge service,... Read more...
Fans of the popular and highly addictive Left 4 Dead (I include myself in that group), will be excited to hear that Valve has just announced Left 4 Dead 2. In addition to new characters, zombies, and special infected, L4D2 will introduce melee combat weapons like a chainsaw, frying pan, or baseball bat (among others), and a new AI director that will dynamically adjust level layout, weather, lighting, and other objects in the game world.We've got a teaser trailed posted below, along with a summary of the game's setting, features, and expected availability. I know what I'll be doing November 17... Left 4 Dead 2 is the sequel to the best-selling and critically-acclaimed co-operative multiplayer... Read more...
Say what you will, but Wolfenstein 3D is back in full force, in a way that Duke Nukem only wishes he could be. Just months after the heralded first-person shooter made its way onto Apple's App Store, the classic title is now destined to waste even more time when it comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Network.Activision Publishing and id Software will be bringing the "legendary" title over to those two platforms on June 3rd (that's Wednesday!), and even though graphics have advanced a wee bit since its development, the ESRB is still rating this heavily pixelated game M for Mature. The release is being used to hype up the next new iteration in the franchise, which will simply be titled... Read more...
Welp, looks like Sony's cat is sufficiently out of the bag. With E3 scheduled to get underway next week in California, Sony's biggest secret for the show is a secret no more. Just hours ago, official images leaked of what will reportedly be called the "PSP go." This new PlayStation Portable looks to be a smaller, more compact version of the existing PSP, and it looks as if it won't have a rear UMD slot. What's this mean for gamers? It probably means a cheaper PSP option, and it definitely means that more download-only games will be on the horizon.A leaked video showing off the device explains that it will be sold alongside the current PSP, leading us to believe that the PSP go will be priced... Read more...
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