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It's been more than a year since Intel demonstrated their Kentsfield CPUs running Remedy's upcoming Alan Wake.  At the time the world got its first glimpse of what a quad-core ready game could be like, and there were plenty of oooohs and aaaahhhs to go around.Now that quad-core CPUs are here and reasonably priced, and Vista with its DX 10 is here, what does Remedy have to say about these new technologies?  Here's a snip from a Q & A with Markus Maki, the Director of Development at Remedy:“Q: Does the engine profit from CPUs with four or even eight core? If yes what is the expected performance gain resulting from four or more cores?A: Alan Wake currently runs faster and smoother... Read more...
A rising tide lifted all the boats in the video gaming industry, and we all shot those boats with RPGs in our spare time. The industry reports $17.9 billion in sales for 2007, 43 percent higher than 2006. The Wii led the way in hardware, and Halo 3 sold an astonishing 4.82 million games. The industry set new highs in every category of hardware and software, says NPD analyst Anita Frazier. "Both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 realized strong hardware sales increases," Frazier says. "The 360 in particular seems to have benefitted from a killer slate … including Call of Duty 4, Assassin's Creed and Halo 3."Despite the Wii's success, it was only the top-selling console system. Nintendo's handheld DS actually... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we’re writing to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the brand new Dell XPS M1730 high-end gaming notebook.  This machine is the first of its type to include an AGEIA PhysX processor along with its pair of GeForce 8700 GTs running in SLI mode, multiple hard drives, and top notch LCD.  We have plenty of information regarding the slick WoW edition of this notbook as well, in addition to some exclusive pics of the ‘Figureprints’ available to owners of the golden ticket.  What golden ticket you ask?  Read the review and find out...Dell... Read more...
Dell's XPS brand is instantly recognizable in computer hardware and gaming circles. Whether you've owned one or not, there is no debate that XPS branded machines, desktops and notebooks alike, are serious competitors in the high-end and ultra high-end performance markets. While the XPS brand is over fourteen years old, it didn't receive acceptance from enthusiasts until rather recently. It wasn't too long ago that the thought of a machine from Dell that could compete with the best boutique builders both in terms of style and performance would evoke blank stares.While the XPS brand has always stood for performance, it hasn't always been easy to tell. With early XPS systems, there was often... Read more...
Surprising to get news this huge on a Sunday, but here we are.  Activision and Blizzard are very successful on their own, and today they announced they would merge to form a company with a rather long name -- Activision Blizzard -- as well as a firm with large aspirations.Activision and Blizzard have said they will form "the world's most profitable games business" in a deal worth $18.8bn (£9.15bn).US-based Activision also makes hit console games such as the Tony Hawk series and Guitar Hero.Nine million people pay a monthly subscription to play World of Warcraft.Vivendi will be the largest single shareholder in the merged company.  With the new company's expanded resources, can... Read more...
As enthusiasts, we're always looking for the next great design in computer cases. We're eager to see companies innovate in various areas of design, including cooling, tool-less installation, and style. When we see a new case hit the market, we often hope that it is made of aluminum, includes quiet 120mm or larger fans, and is easy to work in. We like aluminum because it usually looks good and is typically lightweight. We prefer the convenience of tool-less installation features because we are frequently swapping out parts. We happen to have a new case in the labs that meets some of these criteria, the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000, which Zalman labels a "High End Gaming Enclosure." This... Read more...
If you've been around long enough, you'll remember that there actually was a fairly large gaming market brewing for Apple at one point in time, but somewhere along the way things went sour and the Mac went a long time with a very limited selection of titles.  That's slowly changing, especially with developers like Blizzard and even Electronic Arts throwing their weight behind OS X.What about Valve, a company that seems to have the Midas Touch when it comes to unbelievably great games?  Here's an interesting question posed to Gabe Newell:“Kikizo: People keep asking you about a potential Macintosh version, and your stance is that this is a strictly Windows project...? Gabe: Well, we tried... Read more...
Today AMD has unleashed a new gaming microsite to provide a forum for gamers to communicate, collaborate and stay in tune with the latest developments in PC gaming. Gamers will have the ability to access exclusive game content and contests while customizing aspects of the site to fit every user’s preferences.  The press release states, in part:  The site is now available on https://game.amd.com/ and here are some of the cool features worth mentioning: Gaming: Dedicated news, reviews and other syndicated content such as trailers, screenshots, tips and tricks. Gamers are able to get a “behind-the-scenes” look at AMD, while accessing exclusive... Read more...
A short while after Dell purchased Alienware late last year, news broke that Hewlett Packard had acquired boutique system vendor Voodoo PC.  Voodoo PC is best known for their high performance gaming PC's that feature custom cases, some with lavish paint jobs, unique cooling solutions, and impeccable wiring jobs. We evaluated a Voodoo Omen some time back and found it to be an excellent product.  If you check out the Omen, you'll see why HP was interested in Voodoo. After HP's acquisition of Voodoo PC, many speculated that the company's entrance into the high-end gaming PC market was imminent.  After all, why else would they have bought Voodoo, right?  But since then, not much has... Read more...
Ideazon Slashes PC Gaming Market with REAPER EDGE Gaming Mouse Intense printed graphic finish and battery of features gives REAPER Edge mouse the truest all around appeal for PC gaming community VAUGHAN, ON (August 22, 2007) – Ideazon Inc., designer and developer of the Zboard, the world’s first keyboard designed for PC gaming, today announced the availability of its new REAPER Edge gaming mouse, complete with an array of advanced features for both hardcore and casual gamers; the new mouse includes real time, on the fly DPI switching to a maximum of 3200 DPI – and more. The REAPER Edge is the next generation mouse in... Read more...
Gaming on integrated graphics?  You've got to be kidding, right?  I mean, standalone cards are pushed to the limit by games.  You would expect that a system "saddled" with integrated graphics would be too handicapped.  According to an Intel blog, with the latest release of their G965 integrated graphics chipset drivers, that's not necessarily the case. Traditionally, integrated graphics have been the weaklings of the graphics world – sure there are a lot of them sold, but traditionally they have been practically useless for 3D gaming. Until now that is - G965 has grown some muscle…Until very recently, Intel’s G965 software drivers did not support hardware vertex shading, but rather let the... Read more...
If you're a Sam & Fax fan, rejoice: a new season is en route for this fall.  If you're a person who likes gaming in small, affordable doses, then you might also want to rejoice. After several games announced plans for episodes, only a few have delivered.  Some, like SiN have outright cancelled plans for episodic gaming.  Others are waiting to see if the trend picks up or not. "Not to be outdone by this week's CSI announcements, Sam & Max are elbowing their way back into the news with the official word that Season Two is a reality, and it'll be coming to GameTap and Telltale's website this fall. To celebrate the announcement, here's a brand new render featuring a character and environment... Read more...
There's an awful lot of fanboi jawing about which video game platform is the best.  And of course, besides the big three console gamers, there's always the hardcore overclocker crowd getting every last shader going  while saving the universe. But what might be obscured in the friendly joshing is that video game hardware and software sales are enjoying fantastic growth right across the board. U.S. sales of video game hardware and software in June rose 31 percent from a year ago, driven by stronger demand for gaming consoles from all three major industry players, market data showed on Monday. June sales of $1.1 billion were also up about 35 percent from May, showing strong momentum... Read more...
Pricewaterhouse Coopers is claiming that the sales figures for video games are going to overtake music sales by 2011: "The video gaming industry is poised to overtake the music industry in the US, with global spending on video games surpassing music spending as soon as this year, according to consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. PwC released the data in its annual "Global Entertainment and Media Outlook" report covering 2007 through 2011, which outlines expected growth in the entertainment, film, music, and video game industries, among others." How much money are we talking about here?  Estimates for 2011 global video game sales are $48.9 billion.  Asia is expected to be the fastest growing... Read more...
Just in case you're the type of reader who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, aesthetics, installation, and overall design of Antec's Nine Hundred Gaming Chassis. If you're unfamiliar with the Nine Hundred, it features an innovative open-mesh design, along with numerous speed-controlled fans, and a "Big Boy" 200mm blowhole.  As you'll see, the Antec Nine Hundred is not your typical mid-tower.  Click the link blow to check it out: Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Chassis... Read more...
Heat as you all know is one of the main enemies of the PC and its many components.  Just visit any PC Hardware-related site out there today and you will find whole sections devoted to heatsinks, coolers, etc., the sole goal of which is to cool down the ever growing number of heat producing components in a typical PC.  Motherboard manufacturers have also jumped into the fray, providing their own customized cooling solutions, ranging from passive heatsinks linking the CPU, NorthBridge, and SouthBridge to the oversized Turbo coolers than we found on the Gigabyte G1-Turbo a few months back.  However, all of these cooling tools are put to work within the chassis.  Airflow within the... Read more...
Vigor Gaming Announces Family of Systems based on New R600 Radeon 2900 XT Card CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (May 17, 2007) -- Vigor Gaming www.vigorgaming.com will introduce a family of gaming systems based on AMD/ATI's new R600 Radeon 2900 XT graphics card. The card will be incorporated into several of Vigor's gaming systems including the top-of-the-line Vigor Force Recon QX4 system, which is based on AMD’s Quad FX4 dual socket CPU platform. The new AMD/ATI card offers users a high-performance graphics solution at a lower price point ($399 MSRP) than competing cards without sacrificing performance. The AMD/ATI Radeon 2900 XT features 320 stream... Read more...
Extremetech has an article about the rising cost of computer gaming.  It is certainly worth a look if this is your hobby. "The market for PC hardware is hugely fragmented. There seem to be hundreds of suppliers of peripherals, such as keyboard, mice, and displays. There are dozens of manufacturers of motherboards and add- in cards. Let's take a pair of hypothetical gamers: Joe and Frank. Both want to build bleeding edge gaming PCs, and want to try to get the best possible performance. However, Joe tends to fall for all the latest hype, and likes being labeled a gamer. He likes all the glitz and logos, and loves to show off. Frank, on the other hand, just wants the best possible gaming experience.... Read more...
If you are a regular here at HotHardware.com, you have most likely heard of Alienware, one of the companies that helped establish the market for high-performance, gaming PCs. Since hitting the scene in 1996, Alienware has become a leader not only in gaming PCs but also in high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, and professional systems. Alienware's refreshing philosophy emphasizes building a system "as if it were your own." As most of you probably know, Dell acquired Alienware about a year ago in order to leverage Alienware's edgy brand. Some may fear that this means the worst for Alienware, but for now, Alienware still operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary... Read more...
ECS NF650iSLIT-A Delivers Champion Gaming Performance Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core CPU support, SLI support, and HD audio make this Windows Vista Premium motherboard a contender Milton Keynes, England, 21st February, 2007 - Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, barebone system, and notebook manufacturer, releases yet another quad-core motherboard capable of turning on the gaming heat. The NF650iSLIT-A LGA775 ATX motherboard, built around the impressive NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI MCP supporting Intel(R) CoreTM2 Extreme Quad-Core processors, is designed for gamers, overclockers and multimedia enthusiasts extracting the most performance out of their systems. With... Read more...
Well, not every gaming league will be shown on the air, but Major League Gaming its self as announced a deal that it hopes well help get competitive gaming into more of a mainstream market. MLG also plans to bring content to mobile phones, and should be bringing competitive gaming to the masses this year. "With wider coverage, Major League Gaming hopes that competitive video gaming will earn a spot in the sports television world akin to that of auto racing or championship poker. Last year, Major League Gaming signed its first cable television deal, which brought seven hour-long gaming segments about the league's Pro Circuit to NBC Universal's... Read more...
The Dell XPS 710 H2C Edition is billed as a top-of-the-line ultra-performance machine built with the most hardcore of gamers in mind. Not only does the XPS 710 H2C hold the distinction of being Dell's first non-limited edition factory overclocked computer, it also uses Dell's first in-house liquid cooling system to keep its quad-core power plant cool. The XPS 710 H2C is the most heavily performance-specified XPS system yet, with an Intel Core 2 QX6700 processor, dual GeForce 8800 GTXs, 4 GB of RAM and two Western Digital Raptors in a RAID 0 array, as standard equipment. We recently got our hands on one and we've been putting it through its paces, as it ripped through the benchmarks... Read more...
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