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Here lately, it's been Nintendo bragging about massive sales numbers. This week, however, it's all about Microsoft. First comes the launch date of Bing, and now we're told that the firm's Xbox 360 is selling like hotcakes. In fact, sales of the unit have surpassed 30 million worldwide, which ain't too shabby for a company that just leaped in the game console realm a few years back.Potentially more amazing is this statistic: there are over 20 million active Xbox LIVE members. With the keyword being active. In other words, a solid two-thirds of Xbox 360 users are considered active online participants, which certainly goes to show just how important online gameplay and functionality is to today's... Read more...
As one of the largest computer makers in the world, Dell has offered its own line of gaming machines for years. After Dell purchased Alienware, however, Dell’s XPS gaming line became blurred with its Studio multimedia computer line. Around this time last year, rumors began to circulate that Dell was planning to kill off its XPS line. Dell quickly put those rumors to rest and assured users that its XPS line was an important part of its brand despite the company’s ownership in Alienware. Times have changed, however. Now we’re hearing reports that Dell plans to kill off the XPS line with regards to gaming. Moving forward, Alienware will be the official game face of the organization. As a company,... Read more...
We haven't seen anything new from Razer since the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the company is stepping up big for the gaming crowd with its newest mousepad. Designed for those who hate feeling as if their frag-machine is on a raised surface, the Sphex "gaming grade desktop skin" is reportedly the planet's thinnest gaming surface.Designed to handle both optical and laser mice and constructed from high-grade durable material, the Razer Sphex allows gamers to wipe or wash the product repeatedly without compromising its quality or tracking performance. Also, it can adhere and detach from any desk surface, and it's obviously perfect for gamers on the go who want to simply slip their... Read more...
Gamers are well aware that E3 is just around the bend, and whispers are sure getting hopes up around the web. Microsoft is expected to unveil a motion sensing system to compete with Microsoft's Wii, Sony just might debut a new thin PlayStation 3, and the PSP just might snag game rentals and music downloads. According to various sources, we're learning that Sony may be in serious discussions with "some of the major recording companies" after offering up music downloads via the PlayStation Network, and considering just how successful iTunes has become (and the tiny fact that the PSP has a music player already built-in), this all sounds like a match made in heaven.In related news, curious surveys... Read more...
There’s good money to be made in buying and selling used video games. With big players such as Amazon getting in on the action, competition is sure to heat up quickly. The latest retailer that’s trying to get a piece of the pie is Wal-Mart. The retailer recently leased space to automated kiosk manufacturer e-Play.   As a result of the agreement between e-Play and Wal-Mart, 77 Wal-Mart stores will have e-Play kiosks that will let you sell used video games and rent movies or games for $1 per day. According to the e-Play website, you must have both a credit card and identification (such as a driver’s license) in order to trade in games. After scanning a movie or game case... Read more...
In preparation for the Spy / Sniper Update coming this Thursday to Team Fortress 2 via Steam, Valve has released the latest video in the "Meet the Team" series, featuring many of your favorite characters from the game... "You've met the Scout, the Soldier, the Demoman, the Heavy, the Engineer, and the Sniper. Then, for some reason, a sandwich. But now it's time to meet the stealthiest, shiftiest, most secretive, suit-wearing TF team member of all...again..."Along with making great games, Valve has gotten incredibly adept at creating interesting, fun to watch cut-scenes and animated shorts. The intro to Left 4 Dead, for example, could easily be made into a full length film in our opinion (Francis... Read more...
Back in March, BigFoot Networks announced plans to release PCI Express-based versions of their Killer NIC, dubbed the Killer Xeno Pro and Killer Xeno Ultra. In addition to all of the features offered by the original Killer NIC, the new Killer Xeno versions were to come with more on-board memory, an upgraded network processing unit (NPU), and integrated audio for hardware-accelerated voice-chat. The main features and specifications of the Killer Xeno include: PCIe interface: provides for higher throughput. Killer Xeno NPU: dedicated smart packet processor for all network operations, ensures the delivery of time sensitive data like game control and VoIP. Plug and Play compatibility with all games.... Read more...
Can you handle another Wii-related peripheral in your house? With so many plastic guitars, drumsets, Wiimote cases, Wii Zapper holsters, fishing accessories, etc., we're beginning to wonder if there's any end to the madness in sight. Of course, the peripheral industry is a thriving one, and Nintendo's choice to add motion sensitivity to its latest console has certainly made third-party suppliers happy. The latest piece of must-have hardware to surface is the skateboard you see above, which will come packaged with Tony Hawk's latest title. It has been quite some time since Mr. Hawk was featured in a skateboard video game, and really, could you imagine a better comeback story than this? Taking... Read more...
The PC scene is constantly evolving as businesses and individuals make use of next generation products that increase productivity or provide higher levels of entertainment. Bigger, better, faster - these are the insatiable desires of consumers. It doesn't matter if we're speaking of gigahertz or gigabytes, the demand endures and companies do their best to crank out sought after new technology.As we're currently witnessing, competition for consumer dollars is fierce within respective markets and few can argue that there has never been a better time for those looking to buy. The Radeon HD 4890 is ATI's latest contender and we covered it extensively at launch. Now, overclocked variants of the video... Read more...
The PC scene is constantly evolving as businesses and individuals make use of next generation products that increase productivity or provide higher levels of entertainment. Bigger, better, faster - these are the insatiable desires of consumers. It doesn't matter if we're speaking of gigahertz or gigabytes, the demand endures and companies do their best to crank out sought after new technology.  As we're currently witnessing, competition for consumer dollars is fierce within respective markets and few can argue that there has never been a better time for those looking to buy. The Radeon HD 4890 is ATI's latest contender and we covered it extensively at launch. Now, overclocked variants... Read more...
Lian Li launches ARMORSUIT PC-P50R Gaming Mid Tower ChassisFeature Packed RED Aluminum Chassis 5 May 2009, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the ARMORSUIT SERIES PC-P50R Mid Tower chassis ideal for gaming systems. The hair-line brushed all aluminum chassis features advanced thermal dynamics, using one fan on the front (1x 120mm@1200RPM), plus dual vibration reduced top mounted fans (2x 140mm@1000RPM) and one rear 120mm@1500RPM extraction fan. The 8x PCI expansion slots enable CrossFireX and Tri-SLI graphic card setups. The chassis front face has 9x 5.25”ODD bays which have filters that are washable. The front panel clips off easily and conveniently. The entire chassis... Read more...
ASUS Launches World's First Graphics Cards with Super ML CapsEnjoy Up to 3.3 Times Overclocking Margin and 15oC Cooler GPUs with Self-designed ENGTX285 and EAH4890 Series Taipei, Taiwan, April 30, 2009 – ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the world’s first graphics cards to utilize Multilayer Polymer Capacitors (Super ML Caps) with the self-designed ENGTX285 and EAH4890 Series. Both equipped with the Super ML Cap, the ASUS designed ENGTX285 Series allows users to enjoy up to 3.3 times GPU overclocking margins and up to 15°C cooler GPU temperatures when compared to reference designed boards; while the ASUS designed EAH4890 is equipped with the Super... Read more...
Got big weekend plans? Oh, yeah? Cancel them. Starting on Friday (that's tomorrow, folks) at 12:01AM GMT -- which actually ends up being 8:00PM EDT this evening -- the PC version of the heralded Left 4 Dead will be available for a free 24-hour trial via Steam. That free trial will include access to the recently released Survival Pack DLC, which introduces a new multiplayer game mode and two additional Versus campaigns. Those who wish to give L4D and the Survival Pack a try may now pre-load everything needed to play with no obligation to purchase; for more information on 'L4D Freaky Free Friday,' you can visit www.steamgames.com. On a side note, Left 4 Dead is frequently used here at HotHardware... Read more...
If you’re a fan of multiplayer gaming but hate the hassle of packing up your computer in order to go to a LAN party, iBuyPower has you covered with its latest PC. The LAN Warrior is a Core i7-based powerhouse in a small form factor case. The LAN Warrior’s included carrying strap and harness system make hauling this PC to and from your LAN-loving destination even easier. “We designed the LAN Warrior for gamers that need more power than a gaming laptop can provide,” said Darren Su, vice president of iBuyPower. “With the space for 2 dual-slot video cards and a liquid cooled Intel Core i7 Processor, the LAN Warrior is just as powerful as systems twice its size.” The LAN Warrior starts at $999 and... Read more...
Ever since NVIDIA acquired Ageia's PhysX technology last year, the company has been aggressively working to drum up additional developer support. While NVIDIA has had a lot of success in recent months and a number of high-profile developers have begun integrating PhysX technology into their games, today NVIDIA--in conjunction with a number of partners--is announcing that support for PhysX is coming to a number of hot, upcoming games. The announcements come by way of GRiN, Sega, 8monkey Labs, Capcom and Biart Studio...The Future Of Mankind Depends On NVIDIA PhysX Technology Terminator Salvation Video Game to Feature Highly Interactive Environments Courtesy of NVIDIA PhysX Technology SANTA... Read more...
AMD is launching yet another new ATI Radeon graphics card today. And in light of the current worldwide economic conditions, along with the performance and power consumption data we'll be presenting you on the proceeding pages, we suspect it's going to be a welcomed addition to the company's already potent graphics card line-up.You see, the brand new Radeon HD 4770 is AMD's first mainstream desktop GPU manufactured using a 40nm process, and as such, it is more economical for the company to produce (with a smaller die size) and it consumes little power relative to the current crop of products manufactured at 55nm. The Radeon HD 4770's main features don't stray far from the other... Read more...
AMD is launching yet another new ATI Radeon graphics card today. And in light of the current worldwide economic conditions, along with the performance and power consumption data we'll be presenting you on the proceeding pages, we suspect it's going to be a welcomed addition to the company's already potent graphics card line-up.You see, the brand new Radeon HD 4770 is AMD's first mainstream desktop GPU manufactured using a 40m process, and as such, it is more economical for the company to produce (with a smaller die size) and it consumes little power relative to the current crop of products manufactured at 55nm. The Radeon HD 4770's main features don't stray far from the other members of the Radeon... Read more...
PowerColor Unveils The Fastest Radeon HD 4890Powercolor’s PCS+ HD4890 feature card’s overclocking ability Taipei, Taiwan – April 24, 2009 – TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today announced a powerful addition to the PowerColor HD4890 series: PCS+ HD4890. PowerColor’s Professional Cooling System PLUS or PCS+, delivers the ultimate overclocking ability with GDDR5 onboard memory, 950MHz core speed and 1100MHz effective memory speed with memory data transmission rates up to 4.4Gbps, offering the power to tackle the most extreme 3D games.PowerColor’s PCS+ HD4890 features ZEROtherm’s exclusive cooling system. A 52-piece designed fin and 4 heat pipes brings substance... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD for Enthusiastswith up to One Terabyte of Storage San Jose, Calif.—April 23, 2009—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the Z-Drive, a PCI-Express based SSD solution designed to meet the stringent demands of enthusiast computing environments and high-end workstations. First debuted at Cebit 2009 in Germany, the Z-Drive is the latest premium solid state storage solution from OCZ. “It is our goal to deliver tailored SSD solutions for the complete spectrum of high performance applications,” said Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product... Read more...
If you've been holding out on buying yourself an Xbox 360, you may want to procrastinate just a few weeks more. Microsoft has just announced that beginning next month, the Game of the Year Xbox 360 Elite Console will hit US shelves. The bundle will include the stylishly colored Xbox 360 Elite console along with two highly-acclaimed titles at no extra cost.Currently, the standalone Xbox 360 Elite goes for $399. With this package, you'll get Halo 3 and Fable II -- all for the same $399. As expected, it also ships with a 120GB hard drive, a wireless controller, a wireless headset, an HDMI cable, and a free Netflix trial. Microsoft has noted that the system will only be available for a limited time,... Read more...
Today, MSI released the N260GTX Lightning graphics card. This latest offering from MSI looks to be aimed squarely at the hardcore graphics card overclocking enthusiast. Noteworthy features of the N260GTX Lightning include "Military Class" components, 1792MB of memory, Twin Frozr cooling, and MSI's "AirForce Panel" that allows access to overclocking features via a panel mounted in an available 5.25" drive bay. To further facilitate overclocking, V-check contact points for measuring GPU and memory voltage (with a Multimeter) are located near the edge of the graphics cards PCB. "Military Class" components MSI utilizes "Military Class" solid capacitors that they claim deliver 2.5 times the lifespan... Read more...
Water-cooling has seen greater mainstream acceptance in recent years. As a result, manufacturers have acknowledged the trend and expanded their product lineups to include these more exotic parts. But what's the big draw for videocards, motherboards, or memory pre-installed with liquid cooling options? Simply put, increased cooling potential nets higher overclocking headroom which translates into higher, stable operating frequencies and ultimately, more performance. But in this particular case, performance is anchored by lower component temperatures and a quieter computing environment. Will consumers pay for the premium that these parts inherently demand? Zotac thinks so. In addition to their... Read more...
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