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Microsoft has decided to extend it's XBox Live service to multiple platforms under the name "Live Anywhere". The new system will integrate Microsoft's Windows Vista with cell phones, and their gaming consoles. "In a demonstration, an Xbox 360 gamer using Live Anywhere was able to send an invitation to a friend on a PC. After the PC user agreed, the two connected for a cross-platform online gun battle." Cross-platform gun battle, eh? So hopefully we can finally put a rest to the age old, Controller vs. Mouse & Keyboard, debate.... Read more...
Brent from [H]ard|OCP / [H]Enthusiast has written an article regarding DirectX 10 and how it will impact gamers next year when Vista finally ships. There are some major changes coming with DX10, and a whole new generation of GPUs are on the way that are required for full support.  For a taste of what's to come, check out what Brent has to say. "DirectX 10 will be available to Windows Vista users only at its introduction. You will not find DirectX 10 being released for the Windows XP operating system. DirectX 10 is deeply embedded into Windows Vista operation and we currently know of no plans by Microsoft to allow Windows XP to officially... Read more...
First off, a new Quake 4 patch as been released, updating the game to 1.2 and fixing the widescreen problem found in the 1.1 patch. The 1.1 patch was originally pulled due to "a problem with the widescreen functionality that may harm a user's monitor". If you've already downloaded the 1.1 patch, you can download the 1.1 to 1.2 patch with the monitor fix at 3D Gamers or FileFront. However, if you've yet to download the 1.1 patch, you can download a full 1.2 patch that contains the content found in the 1.1 patch, again from 3D Gamers or FileFront. Also in the news are some updates for Valve's Source Engine, Half-Life 2, and Counter-Strike: Source. Just... Read more...
Professional video gaming is set to debut on cable television later this year, potentially paving the way for the kings and queens of game controllers to become as familiar to American households as the faces of Johnny Chan or Annie Duke in televised poker. Major League Gaming, the world's largest organized video gaming league, on Monday will announce a programming deal in which USA Network will air seven one-hour episodes in the fall, featuring the pro circuit and its players.Though video gaming fans have been able to follow competitions on game Web sites for years already, MLG's television deal marks the first time regular TV viewers would... Read more...
PC Magazine has published some information regarding Toshiba's first entry into the gaming-specific notebook market. With Dell's XPS line and the recent acquisition of Alienware (one of the pioneers of gaming notebooks), it is hardly surprising to see other major notebook vendors taking notice and reacting. Armed with the unannounced GeForce Go 7900 GS, a 17" LCD, and a surprisingly light 7.2lb weight this notebook will certainly warrant the attention of LAN gamers and mobile gamers alike. Toshiba is the first company to unveil nVidia's latest GeForce Go 7900 GS 3D graphics chip. This privilege used to be reserved solely for Dell, who,... Read more...
Getting bored of just hearing the sound effects in your game? Well if you've got the cash to spend, you could give the XGear Multimedia Gaming Headset a try. With a built in vibration feature, you'll be able to feel some of the effects you normally just hear in games and movies. As X-Bit labs explains, it's not perfect, but still good enough to have a fun time with.We decided to try out XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset that has a very special vibration feature implemented. Whenever you hear an explosion or shoot within a game or movie, the headphones begin to pulsate, which definitely adds immersion and realism to games. So, let's take a look at the mindquake from XFX!... Read more...
Air cooling at it's best? That's a pretty bold statement to make, but as ExtremeMHz reports, the AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T might just pull it off. Equipped with 140mm fans, this could be the best choice for you if you don't want to take a chance with water. "When I first heard about this case, I just had to get my hands one as I've been patiently waiting to see which company would jump the gun and release a case with fans larger than 120mm. When it comes to PC cases, all manufacturers have really hit a standstill in terms of providing better air cooling. While 120mm fans paired with a superbly designed case can indeed provide sufficient cooling... Read more...
While any old LCD monitor is fine for your average web surfer, gamers have stricter criteria for what's needed. After all, what's the use of having a high-end system, only to view your high resolution, anti-aliased game on a sub par monitor? The Tech Zone has taken their time to help explain away what you should be looking for."Specs are a great tool for narrowing down your choices, but they are no replacement for hands-on experience. Plenty of large resellers stock a wide range of monitors and some are on display. Go down to every shop you can and see if you can find the monitor you are thinking of buying. You never know, that slightly low spec one you shunned in favour of that extra inch of... Read more...
Valve Unveils 64-Bit Source™ Gaming Technology Developed In Conjunction With AMD Available Now: 64-Bit Half-Life(R) 2 and Lost Coast™ Bellevue, WA. – December 22, 2005 – Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today. The first 64-bit Valve games released will be native 64-bit versions of Half-Life 2 and Lost Coast, and have been developed to take advantage of AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor-based systems - the ultimate 64-bit gaming platform for PC enthusiasts. The 64-bit versions of these games are being offered to all Half-Life 2 owners via Steam™, Valve's online platform for delivering... Read more...
The gang at Corsair have posted an article outlining the various details of building a high performance gaming PC. Of particular interest is the section regarding overclocking the system. For those who might have limited experience in overclocking, who better to teach you the black art than one of the leading enthusiast memory vendors. Should you be looking to build a system yourself, be sure to also check our our own Hot Hardware Holiday Buyer's Guide.The sweet spot for resolution right now seems to be 1280x1024, which is the native resolution of most 17" and 19" LCD monitors. In a newer game like Call of Duty 2 or Battlefield 2, even the top-of-the-line video cards like the 7800GTX and the... Read more...
As most of you know, new hardware can bring with it a whole new set of problems. Those of you who have recently bought a mouse using laser technology are well aware of these annoying problems. CoolTechZone is tackling the issue, and looking for your input on the matter."These comments didn't necessarily include questions for Logitech or Razer, but many readers reiterated their experiences with their laser mice, how they remedied the annoying surface tracking issues they experienced and overall advice for budding buyers."Breaking news! "It's my laser mouse!" has just replaced "OMG, I'm lagging!" as the #1 excuse for poor gaming skills.... Read more...
It's the middle of September, and as just about every HL2 fan knows, the Lost Coast and Day of Defeat: Source is almost upon us! With DOD:S scheduled to be released on 9/26(pre-loading has already started), and Lost Coast close behind, Ars Technica has taken a trip to Valve's office to ask some questions and get a preview of some great new technology called HDR. If you didn't purchase the HL2 silver or gold packages, fear not! Valve is releasing DOD:S as a stand alone package going for $20. Goodnight all! Destroy Your Computer in 7 Easy Steps @ PCMech "Most of us, at one point or another, have had to modify the insides of our computers. Whether it was adding a new memory stick, fixing a... Read more...
Hey folks, we've got plenty of news this weekend! For all of you that loved, and still love, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System(talking about the SNES here), XYZ computing has put up an article praising the glory of this great machine. For those of you who missed out on those days, it breaks my heart... really, hours of my childhood devoted to that box. I've spent more time with Final Fantasy 3 than I have with Half-Life 2. Goodnight all! BenQ DW1620 DVDR @ MHW "The BenQ DW1620 arrived in a typical retail box with Styrofoam inserts. In addition to the drive were four mounting screws, two quick start guides, and software. The software contained was Sonic RecordNow, InterVideo, WinCinema,... Read more...
Hey guys :) Today Marco has given us a preview of the interesting new additions found in the upcoming NVIDIA Forceware drivers. Some pretty sweet features have been added to the driver set, so click here to see what's in store for you GeForce owners. They're set to be released tomorrow, and we'll be sure to provide you a download link ASAP. Goodnight! Intel Posts Record Second-Quarter Revenue Of $9.2 Billion SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 19, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced second-quarter revenue of $9.2 billion, up 15 percent year-over-year and down 2 percent sequentially. Second-quarter net income was $2 billion, up 16 percent year-over-year and down 6 percent sequentially. Earnings per... Read more...
It's Monday already? Yeah, I guess so. Well, that just means more news for you guys :) If you've been shopping around for a new motherboard recently, then take notice! Dave has reviewed the ASUS A8N Premium motherboard. ASUS has long been know for their quality products, but will the board live up to the "Premium" name? Only one way to find out... Asus A8N SLI Premium - NF4 SLI For AMD Refined "So, Asus did what we've been hoping many others in their competitive arena would do, take what is an already killer nForce 4 SLI for AMD based design and make it better. Better you say? How so? Let's take a collective look at the new Asus A8N SLI Premium and help you decide if it's better... Read more...
Hey folks, here's what's been sitting in the box today. Goodnight. NZXT Trinity Gaming Chassis @ Phoronix "Of all the computer cases we've examined here at Phoronix, one of the best cases we've seen when it came to innovation was the Sytrin Nextherm ICS-8200. However, today up on the testing bench we have the latest chassis from NZXT. The NZXT Trinity features SECC steel construction, a thermal display meter, custom NZXT fan grill, and several tool-less features. Just how well does the NZXT Trinity compare to the swarm of other chassis' on the market? Read the review to find out." Seasonic S12 380W Power Supply @ ThinkComputers.org "Just what is PFC or OTP,OPP,OVP?, and do you... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm in a bit of a rush at the moment, so please excuse the lack of chat as I get right to the news. Oh, wait! Before you check out the articles below, if your one of the lucky people to own a 7800GTX, well a Leadtek 7800GTX that is, then make sure to head on over to their download page and get the new 7800 GTX bios that increases the core to 450MHz and the memory to 625MHz(Thanks Bjorn3d). Heh, so much for the lack of chat :) Enjoy! AMD vs. Intel; The Legal Challenge @ CoolTechZone "Yesterday it turned out to be the most widely anticipated day in the microprocessor realm. AMD finally filed an antitrust complaint against its archrival Intel, the world's largest chipmaker. Regardless... Read more...
Over the past year, it has been interesting to see the emphasis that the big names are willing to put on the "enthusiast" crowd, in regards to notebooks. In the past, notebooks have been targeted towards businessmen and the like. These days, however, the variety is so wide that there is a notebook targeted to just about every niche and need. Consider this: a few years ago there were a handful of names making true blue notebook gaming rigs, i.e. Alienware, albeit in small quantities.  But as the gaming generation grows, so does the interest in these powerful systems. So, it really comes as no surprised to us to see Dell and HP joining the fray. The difference is that Dell has really... Read more...
Ultimate Idiot's Guide to RAM @ FutureLooks: "Memory: What is it? How does it work? What kinds are there? We try to answer almost everything you can possibly think of, and maybe bring up a few things you didn't think mattered!" AmacroX Super Wide Camera Phone Lens Review @ Modtown: "Once the steel ring is attached to the camera mobile phone, the AmacroX Super Wide Camera Phone Lens can be offered into place and it will be held securely by the magnetic ring built into it. The process of taking photographs using the camera mobile phone does not change and the user should proceed to take a photograph how they normally would, according the camera mobile phone manufacturer instructions..."... Read more...
ATI's new AGP Radeons @ The Tech Report: "For a little over a year, ATI's Radeon X800 series GPUs have powered the company's high-end AGP offerings. Over that time, however, ATI has introduced a number of new graphics products, including the Radeon X850 XT PE that boasts dynamic clock gating and higher clock speeds than previous Platinum Editions, and the Radeon X800 XL built with 0.11-micron fabrication technology. For months, these new graphics cards were limited to PCI Express, but AGP versions of each have recently become available. ATI has also bolstered its AGP lineup with the addition of an All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT. Together, these cards breathe new life into a graphics interface... Read more...
The Radeon X800XL 512MB reviews are out! I'm sure many of you are wondering how a 512MB Radeon card will perform with Doom 3's Ultra Quality mode. The reviews listed below should help answer that question. Stay tuned for HotHardware's report on the X800XL 512MB! ATI's Radeon(R) X800 XL 512 MB Graphics Card Delivers Better Performance and Image Quality For Top Games MARKHAM, ON – May 4, 2005 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today launched its powerful new Radeon(R) X800 XL 512 MB graphics card, allowing gamers to run today's top games at the highest image quality settings possible, at very high speeds, delivering an amazing gaming experience. Further, the introduction... Read more...
Hey folks, just thought I'd stop in and give you something to read for Friday night. If this is your first visit of the day, Andrew has reviewed the ATI TV Wonder Elite, so check it out. As for other news, we have an article on Linux Gaming, a look at the AMD Sempron 2600+, and some pondering of the age old question... computers: to build or to buy ;) Enjoy! Linux Gaming @ HEXUS "Well, Linux certainly isn't most peoples' thought for a games-based PC. Especially one being taken to a big tournament LAN party. However, by design or trickery, none of the tournament games at the event were out-of-bounds to my Linux machine, and rousing games of Call of Duty, Quake 2 and Unreal Tournament 2004... Read more...
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