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There are plenty of reasons to be an Xbox Live Gold member—you can game online, get demos early, etc. Now, Microsoft is now offering yet another incentive to attract new Xbox Live Gold-level members and to keep existing members: There will be weekly sales on content for Gold members. To kick off the promotion, Braid will be sold for 800 points, or $10. The regular price for Braid is 1,200 gamer points or $15. These deals won’t be on old content, either. Microsoft said the sales will be for the “hottest Arcade titles, Game Add-ons, Xbox Originals, and other great content."   Microsoft is certainly hyping its $49/year Gold-level membership. As the company put it: "For just over $4 a month,... Read more...
It's a well known fact that puzzle games and other brain training exercises actually enhance mental stimulation, but what about titles such as Crysis and Gears of War? Microsoft, of all companies, is looking to find a definitive answer to that by sinking $1.5 million into a research initiative that will, at its core, explore the educational link to video games. Many gamers have confessed that even first person shooters have sharpened their reaction time and taught them to think in more quantitative ways, and while it's obviously possible to go overboard and allow games to become a distraction, Microsoft thinks there could be a balance where it's actually beneficial. According to John Nordlinger,... Read more...
Few gaming franchises have been as popular as id Software's Quake series has. For some time now, Quake fans have know about the pending release of the next Quake iteration, Quake Live. In fact, some lucky players have been fortunate enough to play the still-in-development game as they participated in id's closed-beta testing program. But in just four days from now, anyone who wants to, should be able to get a hands-on peek at Quake Live, as id opens up the beta program to the general public: A very simple-looking page at the Quake Live site states: coming at you live02.24.09open betaQuake Live will be a free, online, browser-based, updated version of Quake III Arena. Instead of generating revenue... Read more...
OCZ Technology's products gets covered a lot at HotHardware.com and on other enthusiast sites, as OCZ regularly churns out high-end system components, such as high-speed system memory, flash memory-based devices, power supply units, and CPU cooling solutions on a regular basis. With all these components devoted to speeding up the innards of enthusiast rigs, it might come as surprise to some that OCZ also dabbles in exterior peripherals as well, such as keyboards and mice. As it's been more than a month since OCZ's last product announcement, the company probably figured it must be time to announce its latest addition--this time a backlit multimedia keyboard, the Alchemy Series Illuminati Keyboard.... Read more...
Since you are here, reading this and potentially some other articles and news about PC hardware, you've probably attended or at least heard of LAN parties. The main point of LAN parties is, of course, to play video games with your peers on networked PCs. Another fun aspect of LAN parties, especially big events like QuakeCon, is that you get to see all the cool, unique hardware that party goers bring. We're sure some people really get a kick out of showing up the competition with awesome mods and paint jobs.Not everyone has the desire to mod or paint their own systems, though. That's where a company like Smooth Creations comes in to help you impress everyone who lays eyes upon your rig. Smooth... Read more...
Since you are here, reading this and potentially some other articles and news about PC hardware, you've probably attended or at least heard of LAN parties. The main point of LAN parties is, of course, to play video games with your peers on networked PCs. Another fun aspect of LAN parties, especially big events like QuakeCon, is that you get to see all the cool, unique hardware that party goers bring. We're sure some people really get a kick out of showing up the competition with awesome mods and paint jobs. Not everyone has the desire to mod or paint their own systems, though. That's where a company like Smooth Creations comes in to help you impress everyone who lays eyes upon your rig. Smooth... Read more...
Toshiba’s Qosmio X305 is the company’s flagship gaming notebook line, with configurations that include dual graphics cards, dual storage drives, and the latest Intel Core 2 quad-core processors. At CES, Toshiba introduced a new Qosmio X305, the X305-Q725, which competes with the company’s higher end X305-Q708, but at a much better price ($2,699.99 vs. $4,199.99). A red beast of a machine, the Qosmio X305-Q725 is stacked with the new low cost Intel Quad Core Q9000 processor along with hybrid storage and a powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX GPU that can handle all of today's hottest games. And all of this power comes in a chassis that’s a bit bulky, but that has some good-looking styling and curves,... Read more...
Toshiba’s Qosmio X305 is the company’s flagship gaming notebook line, with configurations that include dual graphics cards, dual storage drives, and the latest Intel Core 2 quad-core processors. At CES, Toshiba introduced a new Qosmio X305, the X305-Q725, which competes with the company’s higher end X305-Q708, but at a much better price ($2,699.99 vs. $4,199.99). A red beast of a machine, the Qosmio X305-Q725 is stacked with the new low cost Intel Quad Core Q9000 processor along with hybrid storage and a powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX GPU that can handle all of today's hottest games. All of this power comes in a chassis that’s a bit bulky but that has some good-looking styling and curves,... Read more...
Shuttle Inc., the leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor (SFF) computers and accessories, today announced the availability of the new custom liquid-cooled SDXi Carbon extreme gaming solution showcased earlier this month at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show.As an extreme performance system for gamers, enthusiasts, and even professionals working with graphic design, animation, or CAD, the Shuttle SDXi Carbon features a powerful quad-core Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor, dual-slot NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 graphics card, and high-speed DDR2 memory (up to 16GB) to deliver the best possible experience for today’s most demanding applications. Then to ensure maximum performance and... Read more...
CyberPower Announces AMD Phenom II X4-Based Dragon Gaming Desktop PCs BALDWIN PARK, CA (February 6, 2009) – CyberPower Inc., a manufacturer of custom gaming machines, notebook systems, and high performance workstations, today announced its Gamer Dragon series - a family of custom-built, high-def desktop workstations based on AMD’s new Phenom II X4 CPU.CyberPower is offering three Dragon-platform base models: the entry-level Gamer Dragon 8000, the mid-range Gamer Dragon 9000, and the high-end Gamer Dragon CrossFire X Ultimate. Each model in the family can be custom-configured by the end user.Standard features on all Gamer Dragon models include AMD Phenom II X4 CPU 920/940 CPUS; AMD 790GX motherboard;... Read more...
As Gaming Notebooks go, there are always going to be trade-offs to make and a balance to strike between performance, weight, and cost.  The Asus G50Vt strikes a happy medium, weighing in at 7.5lbs and around $949 at retail outlets like Best Buy with higher-end SKUs online.  Our system, powered by a Core 2 Duo P8400 at 2.26GHz and an NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics engine, offered top-end multimedia performance and lots of gaming horsepower for all the latest titles.  We'd gladly recommend this machine to anyone looking for a power desktop replacement or semi-portable notebook...Asus G50vt Gaming Notebook Video Spotlight... Read more...
MSI, one of the world's leading mainboard manufacturers, today announced its most affordable X58 based mainboard, the X58 Pro. It offers an innovative new architecture adopting the latest Intel® X58 Express chipset that supports Intel® Core i7 processors along with an ultra-high bandwidth QPI (Quick Path Interconnect) transmission system and high-speed 3-channel DDR3 memory. X58 Pro also utilizes the Gen.2 DrMOS, which was introduced exclusively by MSI in the P45 series, improving its power efficiency more than 93% to increase performance. In order to maximize performance and provide a stable and adequate power, the MSI X58 Pro has utilized the Gen.2 DrMOS, recommended by Intel for... Read more...
MSI Announces New GT627 Gaming Notebook Featuring NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS GT627 features MSI’s Turbo Drive Technology, Blu-ray Player, and Intel Core 2 Duo ProcessorCITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – January 25, 2009 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Gaming Notebook Series – GT627.  The new GT627 is the first in the MSI Gaming Notebook series to feature the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics processing unit (GPU).  This revolutionary GPU delivers blazing-fast mobile gaming and supports NVIDIA CUDA™ technology enabling MSI customers to experience the wide range of CUDA-based applications—such... Read more...
Today, we're going to take a look at an XFX version of the GTX 260 (Core 216) with their XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition.  The Black Editon takes the GeForce 260 (216) reference design to the next level by giving the GPU and Memory speeds a significant boost for added performance potential.  Along with its complete retail package, the XFX version of the GTX 260 (Core 216) is clearly out to make an impression, and from what we've seen, they are off to a good start.  ... Read more...
When first evaluated in June of 2008, we concluded that the GeForce GTX 260 and 280 series offered the most raw power of any gaming graphics cards available at that time.  This premium performance, however, came with a hefty price tag, making these models too costly to justify for some folks.  A week after their introduction, ATI unveiled the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 which proved to be decent competitors to the GeForce GTX 260 while attempting to steal NVIDIA's thunder with a lower price as well.  Not to be outdone, NVIDIA quickly followed up by introducing price cuts of their own and upping the ante further with their next iteration of GTX 260, dubbed the GeForce GTX 260 (216). ... Read more...
The idea behind Kodu, which will be released on the Xbox Live Community Games channel this spring, is to let people program and play their own games.Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, said development of Kodu was created to help children learn how to program, but evolved into a way they could create their own games. Though, obviously, anyone could use it, it's geared toward children. Kodu is built around a game-friendly programming language that is simple and icon-based. Players can choose from 20 different game characters – including flying saucers, submarines, and a Pac Man-like Kodu main character – then use an interactive terrain editor, a bridge and... Read more...
PNY Technologies®, Inc claims their new XLR8(TM) GeForce® GTX 295 and GTX 285 graphics cards are "the most powerful performance graphics cards in gaming history". Featuring NVIDIA® CUDA(TM) technology and the ability to go beyond traditional 3D graphics with Graphics Plus(TM), PNY's latest graphics champions provide a world class gaming experience like no other.Gamers can experience jaw-dropping PhysX(TM) effects, stereoscopic 3D, and video processing for transcoding HD videos in minutes to any portable video player and lightning-fast image processing using Adobe CS4, all accelerated by PNY's GTX 295 and GTX 285. These unbeatable graphics cards allow you to witness extreme HD resolutions... Read more...
(CES) Razer(TM) unveiled a cutting edge of gaming peripherals including the Razer Mamba(TM), a high precision wireless laser gaming mouse, and the Razer Carcharias(TM), a circumaural audio headset. This new suite of Razer products will give gamers the competitive edge and allow for enhanced game play for longer periods of time. With an emphasis on product design and a focus on proprietary Razer technologies, these latest products will help gamers amplify performance levels with faster response times, increased precision and offer unique design features. "The best entertainment experiences happen when you are fully immersed in your game, and hardware shouldn't get in the way of that," said Razer... Read more...
AMD Supercomputer To Deliver Next-Generation Games and Applications Entirely Through the Cloud(CES) - Today at CES, AMD President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer and OTOY Chief Executive Officer Jules Urbach unveiled a plan to revolutionize the deployment, development and delivery of HD content through the “AMD Fusion Render Cloud”, a massively-parallel supercomputer.  The announcement took place during AMD’s Industry Insider Series keynote at the Las Vegas Hilton Theater, where AMD was joined on stage by industry luminaries such as Lucasfilm, Dell, HP and Electronic Arts. “AMD has a long track record in the supercomputing world. Seven out of 10 of the world’s fastest machines,... Read more...
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA—JANUARY 6, 2009—A host of state-of-the-art technologies from NVIDIA are featured in one of the most innovative performance PCs ever created: the HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA, debuting at CES.  Striking a critical balance between performance and energy efficiency, the HP Firebird offers stunning graphics and CUDA™ performance in a sleek new desktop design. The HP Firebird features dual NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800S MXM 3.0 modules which are one-fifth the size of typical graphics cards and use approximately one-half the power. Together, they are designed to deliver lightning-fast performance in HD resolutions while reducing size, power consumption and noise. The GPUs... Read more...
BFG TECHNOLOGIES UNVEILS PHOBOS™ – STUNNING NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE GAMING/HOME THEATER SYSTEM Phobos features innovative touch panel LCD with Performance Control, upcoming BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Graphics Cards, Liquid Cooling Solutions from CooIIT, and Intel Core i7 Processors Lake Forest, IL – January 5, 2009 – BFG Technologies, known as a leading supplier of premium power supplies and 3D graphics cards, is excited to announce its first line of complete gaming and multimedia PCs, called Phobos. These sleek hand-built, high performance machines were designed with the “Graduated Gamer” in mind. This audience is looking for all the performance associated with... Read more...
Despite the current economic indicators that show the United States deeply mired in a recession, video game companies are showing gains in sales.It has been previously discussed in industry and economic circles that the video gaming industry much like the movie industry may be recession proof as many look to these forms of entertainment as an escape from the day to day factors that accompany an economic downturn. Maybe we should introduce the concept of "Fragging as Therapy". In a recent article on CNN Money the video game industry was listed as one of "7 winning industries". Not only are the video game companies holding their own but according to retail research group NPD group, video game sales... Read more...
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