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Since Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s launch in November 11, the game has been plagued by bugs, glitches, and an assortment of issues that has resulted in Ubisoft releasing multiple patches to rectify these problems. This resulted in Ubisoft promising free DLC and, later on, a free game to those who have purchased the game’s season pass. But the offer of a free game to Season Pass holders wasn’t the developer being nice, but so Ubisoft wouldn’t be sued. With the free game offer, users have to agree to terms and conditions presented when visiting the Assassin’s Creed: Unity game redemption website. Unfortunately, accepting the conditions waives a user’s right to bring Ubisoft... Read more...
In the last few weeks, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity has become a cautionary tale of how treating a franchise as a perfunctory once-a-year update machine while simultaneously stoking player expectations can catastrophically backfire. Once it realized how unhappy its player base was, Ubisoft snapped into action, stepped up to the plate, and courageously blamed everybody else for its own wretched game. Now that it's clear that this strategy has failed, Ubisoft is instead handing out genuine apologies, a promise to do better in the future, and free DLC. Yannis Mallat, the CEO of Ubisoft Montreal, sent out the following mea culpa today: Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game... Read more...
GameStop has posted its third quarter 2014 earnings that is a disappointment despite the robust sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While new hardware sales showed a 147.4 percent increase, the delay of Assassin’s Creed: Unity and lower-than-expected software sales attributed to a total global sales of $2.09 billion for the three month period that ended on November 1, 2014. This is down from $2.11 billion that was posted for the same quarter last year and falls short of initial estimates that the company would post $2.2 billion for Q3. While hardware sales have performed above industry expectations, sales of new game software fell 34.4 percent in Q3 2014 compared to software sales in Q3... Read more...
Update:  Ubisoft has amended the original forum post to include and acknowledge problems on Nvidia hardware as well. We're glad the company has explicitly adjusted the post and will update readers if any major performance patches push out. Life is hard when you're a AAA publisher. Last month, Ubisoft blamed weak console hardware for the troubles it had bringing Assassin's Creed Unity up to speed, claiming that it could've hit 100 FPS but for weak console CPUs. Now, in the wake of the game's disastrous launch, the company has changed tactics -- suddenly, all of this is AMD's fault. An official company forum post currently reads: We are aware that the graphics performance of Assassin’s... Read more...
Abilene Christian University may be one of the small universities in the vast state of Texas, but it is surely making a name for itself in the media market. Particularly the market that pays close attention to Apple.ACU made waves across the educational and technology markets back when it decided to hand out iPhone 3GS phones to incoming freshmen, and now it's the first major institution to commit to bringing its school paper to the iPad. Apple clearly designed the iPad to be used by newspapers, and we already know that big ones like the New York Times will be jumping onboard to bring their content to Apple's first tablet.But in our estimation, it will be the reaction of the smaller outlets and... Read more...
Putting off those college applications to the last possible minute? Can't get motivated to further your education? Well, have a look at what's offered over at ACU. Years after Duke University began handing out iPods to incoming freshmen, Abilene Christian University in Texas has one-upped the aforesaid institution by distributing the new iPhone 3GS to new students for "mobile learning." As the first college to do so, ACU has already handed out a wave of the handsets to incoming freshmen so that they can get familiar with the features over the summer. According to ACU, the second phase of implementation of mobile devices will continue ACU’s efforts to provide new opportunities for professors and... Read more...
The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. Today, we’ll be showcasing one of the most significant developments to date, toward getting SAS (Serial-Attached SCSI) more frequently into the vernaculars of workstation/server buyers and maybe even a few enthusiasts - relatively cheap, high-capacity SAS storage – thanks to Seagate.  Seagate currently offers 10,000 and 15,000 RPM disks with SAS interfaces at a fraction of the capacity versus SATA offerings and as such, much higher prices.However,... Read more...
Let’s talk about SCSI for a moment. The disk interface which was once ubiquitous with high-end workstations and servers is now on the verge of obsolescence. With the influx of inexpensive and reliable Serial ATA hard disks and hardware SATA RAID controllers (which can provide excellent performance at a fraction of a SCSI’s price), it’s not surprising to see why legacy SCSI doesn’t even enter the mind of enterprise server and workstation platform buyers, even those diehards of the past. However, like PATA's evolution to SATA, SCSI has also gone the way of serial connectivity and it still holds its advantages. For example, 15K RPM hard disks are only available with a SCSI or... Read more...
A few months ago, we evaluated the 1-terabyte (TB) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA hard drive and found the drive to offer many positive features in addition to its massive capacity.  In this article though, we'll be looking at Seagate's new flagship enterprise-class, mass storage solution, the 1TB Barracuda ES.2.  While the Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 are almost identical drives, there are some important differences to highlight between them.  For instance, the 7200.11 has a mean time between failure (MTBF) rating of 750,000 hours while the ES.2 boasts a superior and more server-oriented MTBF of 1.2 million hours. Essentially, this means the ES.2 should be a more reliable drive... Read more...
A few months ago, we evaluated the 1-terabyte (TB) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA hard drive. We found the drive to offer many positive features in addition to its massive capacity. In this article, we'll be looking at Seagate's flagship enterprise-class, mass storage solution, the 1TB Barracuda ES.2 SATA hard drive. While the Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 are almost identical drives, there are some important differences to highlight between them. For instance, the 7200.11 has a mean time between failure (MTBF) rating of 750,000 hours while the ES.2 boasts a superior and more server-oriented MTBF of 1.2 million hours. Essentially, this means the ES.2 should be a more reliable drive that... Read more...
The high-definition format war's over, of course. So it's Blu-ray or nothing now. But as manufacturers start including Blu-ray drives in your notebook computers as standard equipment, get ready to see your batteries drained like a frathouse keg.For now, the laptop manufacturers that have offered Blu-ray drives have also avoided revealing the precise effects of Blu-ray playback on battery life. That's probably for a very good reason, as some claim battery life can top out at one hour in some cases."The laser that runs the show [in Blu-ray players] is a very high-power laser," notes Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron. That laser is one of the main things that conspire to raise power consumption.The... Read more...
  Seagate was surprisingly late to join the small, but elite club of storage manufacturers shipping one terabyte (1TB) class hard drives. Somewhat expectedly, the first out of the gate was Hitachi, who made it to market several months beforehand with a high-density five-platter 1TB hard disk design. While Hitachi’s performance, thermals, and acoustics have all been tested to be fairly solid overall, many high-end buyers have been waiting for other large manufacturers, namely Western Digital and Seagate, to get into the game to see how these other products compare. Now, all of the major disk manufacturers are shipping terabyte-class products, so we should start to see overall prices fall... Read more...
Just in case you're the type who like to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware.com in which we evaluate the features and performance of the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive.  Here’s quote from the article...“Seagate’s Barracuda 7200.11 drive has been on the radar for quite some time, and as of now, it appears to be shipping in volume. The 7200.11 family (named as the 11th-generation of 7,200 RPM hard disks) allows for storage capacities up to 1000GB/1TB and cache sizes up to a whopping 32 MB, along with the latest Seagate generation of technologies for fine-tuned performance and acoustics. Seagate has... Read more...
The Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 was disclosed this morning, which the hard drive manufacturer touts as “the fastest high-capacity drive to date.” The 7200.11 is the company’s first 1TB hard disk drive, achieved with the use of only four platters (as opposed to five). Power consumption is modest at 8W idle, which they say, when taken into consideration with the four platters, would minimize heat that harms drives in the long run. Sustained transfer rates measure at about 105MBps. Nonetheless, with high capacity drives, the price is hardly proportional (they should be on sale for about $400). If you want the best bang for your buck, 500GB HDDs are probably still the way to go.... Read more...
Hey HH fans.  We're just writing to let you all know that we've posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Seagate's Barracuda ES 750GB SATA Hard Drive. Not only does this drive boast the largest capacity of any other HD currently available, but it uses perpendicular recording technology, and it's got some enterprise-class features that dramatically affect its reliability. Read the entire article right here. And please Digg it to share with others... Read more...
Several months ago, Seagate got the PC industry's attention with the introduction of the company's first 750GB consumer hard drive. As shown within our review of the drive, the Barracuda 7200.10 combined excellent performance with unparalleled capacity and a stellar 5-yr warranty. Fast forward to today and we find ourselves looking at Seagate's latest entry into the enterprise market with the arrival of the 750GB Barracuda ES. As was the case with its brethren, the Barracuda ES owes its monstrous capacity to perpendicular recording technology. As illustrated in the image above, we see that the bits from the data stream are now oriented perpendicular to the plane... Read more...
XYZ has posted a review of Razer's latest foray into the PC audio market with the Barracuda HP-1 gaming headphone.  This headset is Razer's first attempt to stray form their traditional mouse input market.  The Barracuda is a stand alone computer headset designed with the audio enthusiast in mind using 8 discrete drivers to stream the highest quality audio to the gamer. Specifications: - Frequency Response: 1.50 Hz ~ 20 000Hz - Impedance, Front Speaker: 64ohm, Rear Speaker: 32ohm, Centre Speaker: 64ohm, Sub-Woofer: 8ohm - Total RMS Power Rating: 330m Watts - Cable Length: 2 meter - Connector plug: Razer HD-DAI Features: - Eight sonic drivers - Dedicated amplifier for... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  BW here with an early evening update to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Seagate's Barracuda 7200.10 750GB SATA Hard Drive.  Not only does this drive boast the largest capacity of any desktop HD currently available, its also the first to feature perpendicular recording technology.  Click here to check it out...  ... Read more...
Seagate recently released its new Barracuda 7200.10 storage line, and with that, the company introduced the largest hard drive on the market at 750GB. While that is impressive in itself, there is more to the story. Along with bringing a new line and the highest capacity drive to the market, Seagate is also the first company to bring 3.5" desktop drives that use perpendicular recording to the market. You may be thinking that you've heard of perpendicular recording before, and that is probably because Seagate introduced mobile hard drives (2.5") using the technology almost a year ago. The technology isn't brand new. Technologists have been researching and perfecting the technology... Read more...
The Tech Report has just posted a review of Seagate's new 750GB, perpendicular recording Barracuda 7200.10 hard drive.  This is one monster of a hard drive in terms of features and capacity.  We'll be posting our review of this unit in the coming days... "Perpendicular recording does wonders for storage capacity, and thanks to denser platters, it can also improve drive performance. Couple those benefits with support for 300 MB/s Serial ATA transfer rates, Native Command Queuing, and up to 16 MB of cache, and the Barracuda 7200.10 starts to look pretty appealing. Throw in an industry-leading five year warranty and a cost per... Read more...
Engadget has posted a blurb regarding some leaked information on Seagate's upcoming 750GB Barracuda hard drive. Thanks to perpendicular recording, capacity jumps from 500GB up to a massive 750GB of space. Rounding out the specs, we have SATA II support, 7200rpm speeds, 16MB of cache, and 4.16ms latencies. For those always looking for more space, Seagate seems to have the answer to your prayers. Unfortunately, no price or launch dates are known at this time.  ... Read more...
Seagate has been making hard drives for as far back as I can remember, which is why it's no surprise that they're on their 9th generation drive. TweakTown takes a look at the Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 HDD, which is the same technology as the 7200.8 drives, with some extra features."The 7200.9 series has models with the following specifications, 40, 80, 120, 160, 200, 250, 300, 400 and 500GB models respectively. This is truly the first drive to support all the HDD requirements from base system all the way to high end storage capacity of the lechers like me out there. What makes this line up unique are the different specifications that accompany each drive." ... Read more...
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