Misc

If you've been itching for a game to showcase a new video card, or to rub in the faces of your friends, with their 2005-2006 Xbox 360s and PS3s, Far Cry 3 is that game. It eschews the space-gray corridors or military battlefields of other franchises for the lush tropical environments the Far Cry series is famous for, and the game absolutely shines. After years of cooling our heels as publishers delivered console titles for DirectX 9-era hardware, the game is a welcome breath of fresh air. We've put together a comprehensive look at the game, from performance benchmarks to how it plays and whether... Read more...
A few days ago, news broke that Max Payne 3 would require ~35GB of storage space. That's a huge number; even Rage, released last year, came in at a hair under 20GB. If you've followed game development at all, you've undoubtedly come across figures showing how the cost of developing a next-generation title has risen at an geometric rate over the past 20 years. Up and to the right, with a business model driven right into the dirt. Much of that increased cost has gone towards creating art assets, with another sizeable chunk for hiring actors to do voice-over work. It's not a question of whether... Read more...
Futuremark has just officially unveiled the latest version of their 3DMark benchmark suite, 3DMark Vantage.  Like PCMark Vantage which was released a few months ago, this latest version of 3DMark was designed for testing Windows Vista-based systems.  This latest version of the 3DMark, however, is specifically bound to Windows Vista because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which you may know isn't available on previous versions of Windows. 3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest... Read more...
The FRONTX Multimedia Ports It makes life easier... By, Jeff Bouton May 1, 2001   Every once in a while a product arrives at the Hot Hardware labs that really gets our attention.  It doesn't necessarily need to be the fastest, largest, or most powerful item, but rather innovative in its design.  Needless to say, the FrontX Multimedia Ports from FrontX is just the kind of product that fits this criterion.   When the folks at FrontX contacted us about reviewing the FrontX Multimedia Ports, I thought the timing couldn't have been better.  For the last few months I've been... Read more...