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Xbox One rumors are flying around like crazy today, and if the reports are accurate, we have a lot to look forward to from the Xbox hardware division over the next year. The first product supposedly on tap is a new Xbox One Slim, which is due to break cover at this year’s E3. This console will reportedly be smaller and thinner than the current Xbox One and will include a larger 2TB hard drive. With the exception of the downsized external dimensions and the larger HDD, all of the other key hardware specs are expected to remain largely the same. It’s also being reported that this console will be cheaper than the current Xbox One lineup, which seems debatable given the larger HDD. But we’ll just... Read more...
The Fallout 4 hype has hit epic levels in the past few weeks, and Bethesda simply knocked it out of the park last night by delivering some fresh details on the game along with a boatload of footage from the upcoming game. For starters, Bethesda has confirmed that Fallout 4 will launch November 10 on the two leading current generation gaming consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) as well as the PC on November 10, so mark your calendars. As for the game itself, Fallout 4 has been baking in the oven since the launch of Fallout 3 back in 2009. Six years is a damn long time to develop a new game, and although some fans have dogged the Fallout 4 for somewhat unimpressive graphics, there’s plenty about... Read more...
Remember how the old NES game Excitebike was amazingly cool because you could make your own courses? It took Nintendo 29 years to follow suit, but now you can actually design your own levels of Super Mario Bros. with the company’s upcoming “Mario Maker” on the Wii U. Nintendo is showing off the--game?--at E3, and judging by the trailer, it’s something that you can spend endless hours getting into. Using the Wii U’s GamePad touch screen, you can drag and drop all sorts of familiar pieces and characters into blank levels to create your own masterpieces. “Place blocks, pipes, lifts and enemies anywhere and play through the level,” teases Nintendo. “Want... Read more...
Among places to not feel safe, the foothills of the Himalayas, in a bus with a monkey, at a checkpoint manned by rifle-wielding militiamen, with a psycho in a helicopter coming in for a landing, would be close to the top of the list. Yet that is exactly where we find ourselves in the 5-minute trailer for Far Cry 4, a game that takes place in the wild environs of the mountains. Ubisoft unveiled the trailer at E3, and it’s captivating. And brutal. Do yourself a favor and check it out. (Warning: NSFW. Mountain despots tend to use strong language.) If that doesn’t get your blood pumping, you’re not human. As we previously reported, Far Cry 4 will be out November 18th in the U.S.... Read more...
There are certain headlines you don't expect to see on a regular basis. "BMW Executives Prefer Driving Kia." "Ryan Gosling Weds Dowdy, Middle-Aged Housewife." "Game Industry Leaders Agree:  Industry Peaked With Colecovision." Or, in this case: "Microsoft Entertainment Head Don Mattrick Leaves For Zynga." This is clearly fallout from the disastrous debut of the Xbone at Microsoft's unveil in May, the used game lockout, throwing military gamers under a bus at E3, and the $100 price premium compared to the PS4. Toss in the terrible way Microsoft communicated on virtually all these points and it's hard to find much good to say about the man's performance. Even the pivot of several weeks ago,... Read more...
The team behind the exciting Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is hard at work and demoed a prototype 1080p HD version of its flagship product at E3 this week. “Raising the resolution for the consumer Rift has always been one of the highest priorities,” wrote the team in a blog post. They say that the higher-res version will double the number of visible pixels and generally enhance the immersion factor of the image. The image’s brightness, contrast, and color will also enjoy a notable improvement. Although this prototype may not be what we see in the final, consumer-ready version of the Oculus Rift, developers can continue to create for the headset without worry, as the team... Read more...
We made a quick stop by NVIDIA’s booth at E3 today to see what the company had going on and to snap some pictures and video of the coolest tech that was on display. NVIDIA will be making more news in the coming weeks with SHIELD and some new GPU tech that’ll we’ll be able to share soon enough, but their booth had a couple of interesting demos running that we thought you’d all like to see right away. NVIDIA’s booth at E3 was packed with a wide array of gaming-related technology, ranging from the Tegra 3-based Ooya console and NVIDIA’s own Tegra 4-based SHIELD device, to a menacing rack of GRID servers and just about anything in between. There were high-end... Read more...
Major questions have been asked about how the Xbone handles user privacy, game authentication, used games, and online check-ins -- questions that you'd think Microsoft would answer directly. Instead, the company has opted to release a new website online, rather than put any particular individual front and center to take fire on the topics. Regardless, these are the answers to the questions we've been asking for nearly a year -- let's dig in. There's one high note. Family Gaming: Discs and downloads are equal partners on Xbox One -- buy either one on launch day, and you're treated identically. Your library will be available on *any* Xbox One -- if you sign into your own gamer profile on your friend's... Read more...
We got a taste of “Destiny”, a new MMO being developed by Activision and Bungie, back in February, and now the companies are teasing the game even more with a trailer called “Law of the Jungle”. Directed by Jon Favreau and featuring Giancarlo Esposito, the trailer teases what appear to be cut shots interspersed with a bit of gameplay action. There are three protagonists fighting side-by-side against an invading alien force, and each of the three has a different look and different weapons. For example, one has a hood and cape while another has a quasi Boba Fett-style helmet. In terms of weaponry, we see that there’s a Street Fighter II-esque ball of energy that the... Read more...
E3 is well underway in Los Angeles, and Microsoft has already made a major splash with its "SmartGlass" technology, game demos, and its announcement that a Kinect-powered version of Internet Explorer will debut on the Xbox 360. This is a marked change from last year, when Kinect was the unquestioned centerpiece of Microsoft's display and the company's demos focused on how Kinect-powered games used your full body as a controller. This year, the biggest titles being shown, like Splinter Cell: Blacklist, FIFA 13, and Madden 13, have focused their implementations on adding voice control, giving players the ability to call commands or instructions without navigating tedious menus. That's a significant... Read more...
Fusion-io is a company name that has become synonymous with high-priced but ridiculously fast Solid State Storage solutions. Unfortunately for those without loads of disposable income, the outfit's newest creation still isn't budget-friendly, but it's certainly cheaper than Fusion-io's other enterprise-based wares. Announced at E3 last week alongside the world's most well-know professional gamer -- Mr. Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel -- the ioXtreme is described as a solid state storage device for high-performance PCs and workstations using 64 bit operating systems. In essence, this is Fusion-io's answer to OCZ Technology's Z Drive, and it promises to nix application latency and significantly... Read more...
Over in Los Angeles, Logitech is getting in on the E3 action by introducing an all new flight stick that's definitely one of the most realistic we've ever seen. The Flight System G940 is far more sophisticated than the joysticks of yesteryear, and it's actually the company's first-ever stick with force feedback. If you're doubting the authenticity of this, have a listen: the design and controls were inspired by military and commercial planes and helicopters.Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech’s director of product marketing for gaming, is clearly proud of the new development: "There’s nothing ordinary about a G-series gaming peripheral, and the G940 is no different. We approached this project with the... 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...
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. WD'S THIRD-GENERATION HIGH CAPACITY ENTERPRISE SATA HARD DRIVES OFFER NEW AND ENHANCED FEATURES AND NEW ELECTRONICS FOR RELIABILITY IN DEMANDING ENVIRONMENTS LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 19, 2008 - Addressing the growing enterprise market for highly reliable high-capacity storage, WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping the new WD RE3 SATA hard drives, the company's latest generation of "RE" family drives. As data centers become larger and more... Read more...
Yes, you read the headline correct; you will pay more for a new Apple iPhone3G than you would have spent on the previous version of the iPhone. How can this be, you ask? The iPhone3G models are priced a full $100 cheaper than their predecessors. True. But the total cost of a two-year contract with AT&T will wind up more than eating up what you save on the less expensive, iPhone3G handset. iPhone3G purchasers will be required to commit to two-year contracts and to activate the phones at the store at the time of purchase (in order to qualify for the $199 cost of the 8GB model, or $299 for the 16GB). At $69.99 per month for the cheapest voice plan and unlimited data, you'll be spending $10 more... Read more...
In preparation for the impending arrival of Intel’s more affordable 45nm quad-core Yorkfield and dual-core Wolfdale processors, motherboard manufacturers have been readying a slew of new products to properly support the CPUs.  Many of these motherboard products are based on Intel’s recent chipset offerings, including the X38 and brand new X48.  We’ve already shown you a few X38-based motherboards and explained what the X48 brings to the table in previous articles.  Today we’ll be taking a look at a couple of new motherboards based on these two chipsets, courtesy of Asus. Asus is no stranger to the enthusiast community, so we’ll spare you the company history lesson here.  As... Read more...
Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, overclockability, and performance of two of Asus’ premiere motherboards for the Intel platform, the X48-based P5E3 Premium and the X38-based Maximus Extreme.  These two motherboards are family members of two different series of products by Asus – R.O.G. and Ai Lifestyle – and as such they each offer a different mix of features and integrated peripherals.  They’re both high-end motherboards targeted at enthusiasts and power users, however.  Click the link below and check them out...Asus P5E3... Read more...
We continue to bring you breaking coverage from IDF today with a look inside keynote talks from Gordon Moore and Pat Gelsinger. Snip:  “Pat next focused on Intel’s current and future I/O innovations.  He talked about the Tulapi SOC (System on a Chip) accelerator and then spoke of USB 3.0.  According to Pat, USB 3.0 will offer a 10X increase in performance over USB 2.0 and will use both copper and optical interconnects.  He also held up a couple of prototype USB 3.0 cables to show the room what they looked like.”   - Direct Link... Read more...
To the dismay of many gamers out there, next years Electronic Entertainment Expo will only be a shadow of its former self. The economically based decision is expected to be announced tomorrow by the Entertainment Software Association. The game and technology demos showcased at the event will only be available to a select number of people, instead of the tens of thousands the event usually draws in. "While the largest of E3 exhibitors could support their own marketing and promotion of upcoming games, the smaller companies which rely on the attention that E3 generates may have no recourse other than to market their games independently. But a smaller... Read more...
If you want to ask ATI some direct questions regarding their X1600 family of products, Rage3D will be hosting a chat today with Prasad Sristi in their IRC channel.  Plus, it looks like ATI will be giving something away to a lucky participant. More information is available on Rage3D's site. "...Just a quick reminder that Rage3D will be hosting a chat with Prasad Sristi, ATI's Radeon X1600 product manager, today at 2 PM EDT on irc.gamesurge.net #rage3d. At the end of the chat ATI will be giving away something cool..."  ... Read more...
E3 is always filled with the latest and greatest in gaming.  With Xbox 360 selling well and DX10 and Vista on the horizon, even Microsoft had large presence at E3.  For a tour of their booth complete with a handful of pics, check out this article at ThinkGaming... "At the farthest back point in the South Hall you'll find Microsoft's enormous booth that spans almost a half of a football field and featuring hundreds of playable Xbox 360s. For a company as big as they are, they don't skimp when it comes to making an unforgettable presence on the showfloor, and they have certainly done so. The entire back half of the booth is a two-story set of rooms for press and presentations that is... Read more...
"I wish we could open our eyes to see in all directions at the same time. Oh, what a beautiful view . . ." - Death Cab For Cutie Welcome Some "Special" folks at E3... Gears of War Mural Classic Gaming in Kentia Hall More Classic Gaming... And Zaxxon - Such Memories! Hello & Goodbye - The Final Day At E3, Day Three There's a myriad of things to see and do at E3, and after two solid days of hoofing it around the convention center, it still feels like there's so much yet to see. The morning started out in Kentia Hall. It's typically where many lesser known companies set up their booths, but it's also a good location to meet and do business. And that's... Read more...
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