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PC gaming has long had a reputation for being more difficult to get into than consoles, due to the plethora of potential hardware combinations and the pitfalls of bargain-basement OEM systems. PC gamers are used to seeing minimum game specs that occasionally imply the marketing department lives in an alternate dimension, but the question of what the consumer experiences once they actually launch a title is almost never discussed. Some games err on the side of settings that maintain a high frame rate at the expense of quality, while others pick presets that could choke a sperm whale. It's almost... Read more...
Valve, maker of Steam, has been up to something all year. Back in March, there were rumors that the company was building its own gaming console, but Valve more or less threw water on that. Then in April, there was a Valve job posting looking for electrical engineers who would help produce “new types of input, output, and platform hardware”, but at least one Valve developer said publicly that it was all about wearable computing, and that the work was all in R&D and not really in actual product development. Now, Valve is looking for an industrial designer, according to a new job posting,... Read more...
One of the side effects of Steam becoming the dominant online distribution platform for PC games is that it gives us a glimpse of what types of hardware computer users are wielding these days. Steam just released its latest collection of hardware stats, and there are some interesting trends taking place. For one, reliance on integrated graphics is on the rise. That isn't terribly surprising considering that both Intel and AMD now feature GPU cores embedded in their latest processors, but the jump is significant. Around 11 percent of surveyed PCs play games using integrated graphics, compared to... Read more...
Quick! What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Western Digital? If you're like most people, you immediately thought of hard drives and other storage products, which have been WD's bread and butter for several decades now. But the times, they are a changin', and in case you haven't noticed, Western Digital is no longer content to simply take residence in your PC. That became evident when Western Digital dove into the media player market with its WD TV line-up of set-top boxes, but why stop at owning the living room when you can lord over the entire manor? Unable to come up... Read more...
Quick! What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Western Digital? If you're like most people, you immediately thought of hard drives and other storage products, which have been WD's bread and butter for several decades now. But the times, they are a changin', and in case you haven't noticed, Western Digital is no longer content to simply take residence in your PC. That became evident when Western Digital dove into the media player market with its WD TV line-up of set-top boxes, but why stop at owning the living room when you can lord over the entire manor? Unable to come up... Read more...
Research firm Gartner isn't saying the sky is falling on the PC industry, but it does note that worldwide PC shipments totaled just 87.5 million units in the second quarter of 2012, representing a decline of 0.1 percent from one year prior. Perhaps even more telling is the fact that Q2 marked the seventh consecutive quarter of flat to-single-digit growth. "Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumer’s low interest in PC purchases, were some of the key influencers of slow PC shipment growth," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "Despite the high expectations... Read more...
Big news out of Apple this week: Bob Mansfield, Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, is retiring. It's a big decision due to Apple's dominance on hardware in the past few years. Even those who don't approve of Apple's approaches would have a tough time saying that their design aspects are poor. Bob clearly had a lot to do with that, but in typical Apple fashion, there's already someone waiting in the wings to take over. The role ill be transitioned to Dan Riccio, Apple's vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering, over several months. The entire hardware engineering team will... Read more...
Big news in gaming this week if you're a fan of the survival-horror-meets-FPS series Dead Space; the third game in the series is scheduled to launch within the next 12 months. The original game, Dead Space, centered around deep space repair engineer Isaac Clarke's mission to investigate a mysterious distress call from the USG Ishimura and to reunite with his lover, Nicole Brennan. In the second game, Clarke, now a prisoner in a government lab, must escape the Saturn moon Titan before the Necromorph infestation that began there destroys the facility and spreads to Earth. The third title will reportedly... Read more...
Some people would have you believe that PC gaming is all but dead, nothing more than a decrepit reminder of the early days of videogames, and one that's on life support as publishers and developers switch their focus to dedicated consoles and mobile platforms. They are, of course, dead wrong. So wrong, in fact, that Jon Peddie Research (JPR) saw fit to announce that the PC gaming hardware market is on pace to hit $23.6 billion in 2012, which is hardly the sign of a dying sector. "We are witnessing the market morph and grow into different areas. This has always been a strong point of PC gaming;... Read more...
We swear we are not making this up. We know, we know, this is April 1st, the worst day of the year to try and persuade you to believe us, but this is the real thing. A Canadian developer, Dr. Peter Jansen, has been working on making tricorders. Yes, tricorders, as in the fictional devices that Star Trek writers used as convenient foils for moving plots forward for years. Dr. Jansen has actually already built two tricorders, the Science Tricorder Mark 1 and Mark 2, and he has more coming. He abandoned the Mark 3, but the Mark 4 has been fabbed and is currently undergoing software development. Dr.... Read more...
The time has come to announce the winners our of latest giveaway! As most of you probably know, this time around, we teamed up with our friends at Gigabyte to give away a few of pieces of HOT hardware. Up for grabs, we had a Z68 series, Z68XP-UD3P motherboard, a GeForce GTX 560 N56GOC-IGI graphics card, and a Force K3 keyboard and M6900 mouse combo. For the last few weeks, all of our active participants had a shot at winning, but it's time to bring this giveaway to a close. So without further delay, here are the winners... The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 N56GOC-IGI goes to - Aoshi! The Gigabyte... Read more...
After all these years, LaCie's storage hardware still looks better than storage hardware from pretty much any other vendor. And if you're starting up a small business, you may be interested in what the company's got on offer now. This week, LaCie announced the 5big Office Series, its latest five-bay network attached storage solutions. The 5big Office Series, powered by Windows Home Server 2011, packs a 1.6GHz 64-bit Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and plenty of options. There's a single-drive edition that allows users to add additional drives, as needed, for up to 10TB of total capacity. It reduces the initial... Read more...
Fans of Google's Android platform are proving to be a patient lot. It hasn't been easy pulling for Android in the tablet space, which for a period of time was limited to a few overpriced and underwhelming Gingerbread slates. Things began to change when Honeycomb came out, the first version of Android designed specifically for tablets, but even then it started to feel like if you've seen one Android tablet, you've seen them all. Lately we've found ourselves asking, 'Where's all the innovation that's supposed to be associated with an open source platform, and with so many different manufacturers... Read more...
Fans of Google's Android platform are proving to be a patient lot. It hasn't been easy pulling for Android in the tablet space, which for a period of time was limited to a few overpriced and underwhelming Gingerbread slates. Things began to change when Honeycomb came out, the first version of Android designed specifically for tablets, but even then it started to feel like if you've seen one Android tablet, you've seen them all. Lately we've found ourselves asking, 'Where's all the innovation that's supposed to be associated with an open source platform, and with so many different manufacturers... Read more...
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