Microsoft have shown off its goal for its next-generation gaming platform, the video below is dated from May 2010 so it's quite a bit old now but it shows the direction Microsoft have in mind for their ever-growing gaming platforms. The video shows off some concepts and principals of what the WGX (Windows Gaming Experience) team hopes to achieve. We see a blend of Windows, Xbox and mobile platforms being merged into one.
The video shows off some Kinect action and gives a bit of hugging action toward PC too, remember Microsoft being quoted as "doubling down" on PC gaming. The companies WGX team which is comprised of all gaming-related attempts between Microsoft platforms has been quite hard at work, obviously. Let's hope that this work goes toward something new and exciting.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 delayed until March 24? NVIDIA use the tears of fanboys to play AMD drinking games
Rumor has it that NVIDIA has delayed the launch of their dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 until March 24, a two day delay on the previous release schedule of March 22. I don't know if it's just me, but I've checked my Steam purchase of Crysis 2 today and noticed before posting this news that Crysis 2 will not unlock until March 24.
Coincidence? I don't know. But NVIDIA have seemingly delayed the GTX 590 for two days while using this time to collect the tears of fanboys into a few bottles and play AMD drinking games with them. Every time they read an article or piece of news that says "AMD" or "Radeon", they take a shot of your tears. Boom.
Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer: Good Effect on Target shows off insane graphics and environmental destruction
Another two minutes of in-game footage from the single player campaign of Battlefield 3 has hit the tubes of the internet. The footage shows a squad of US Marines on a rooftop moving from cover to cover trying to escape rounds being fired from a Sniper on a building opposite them.
The footage shows off the prone movement (yay!) and the extreme attention to detail the graphics provide to the realism of the Battlefield 3 world. The destruction is once again shown off with a soldier (from the players point-of-view) firing a rocket into the building, eliminating the sniper. I'm more pumped for this game than anything else in 2011.
An hour ago, Sony announced they were joining the relief effort in Japan through a direct contribution interface within their PlayStation Network.
PSN users can find the donation page under "Aid Japan", listed under New Releases on the PlayStation Store. For your donation in the amount of $2, $5, $10, $25, or $50, Sony is offering a free PlayStation 3 Theme (around $3 value). All of the donations go directly to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund via the American Red Cross.
With a multitude of ways to get involved, there is no reason you shouldn't take advantage of at least one of them.
Full text of the blog post is below:
It's been over a week since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, inflicting serious loss of life and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The Japanese people, together with support and compassion from the global community, are beginning what will be a long recovery process.
Sony Computer Entertainment's headquarters are located in Tokyo, and so we've heard firsthand of the disaster's impact from our colleagues and friends. As we here in America watch the tragic events that continue to unfold, you might be left thinking, "Is there any way I can help?"
Sony Group is aiding the recovery through financial contributions and donations of radios, batteries and other equipment that can be used in the relief efforts...
Electronic Arts announced yesterday that they would be pitching in to the relief effort in a very big way. '
All of our compassion goes out to the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging time, and EA is mobilizing to support people living through this incredibly devastating situation.
EA claims they have modified in-game transactions allow users to connect directly to fundraising and contribution efforts for Japan. Though they weren't specific on which games, the post mentioned Battlefield Heroes, Playfish, Pogo, The Sims, Ultima Online and Fifa Ultimate Team as games that were developing fundraising solutions.
This seems to imply that players making in-game transactions will, instead of paying EA, will contribute to the Japan relief effort, and still net their virtual good. In exchange for contributing directly to Japan, EA will double the value of whatever item/good/benefit the player purchase and match the donation (up to $50k) to the American Red Cross.
The latest happenings from around the web - March 18th, 2011
- MSI CX620 3D Laptop @ tbreak
- MSI GX660R Gaming Laptop @ Hardware Heaven
- Google Cr-48 Chrome OS Notebook @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE @ Planet3DNow
- GIGABYTE G1-Killer Assassin X58 LGA1366 Gaming Motherboard @ Futurelooks
- Kingston HyperX PC3-2133 CL9 @ XSReview
- G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-2133 8GB RAM @ Overclockers Club
Our Download of the Day today is SpeedFan 4.43.
SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.
SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature).
SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise.
SpeedFan can find almost any hardware monitor chip connected to the 2-wire SMBus (System Management Bus (trademark belonging to SMIF, Inc.), a subset of the I2C protocol) and works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Windows Vista. It works with Windows 64 bit too.
SpeedFan can handle:
almost any number of South Bridges
almost any number of hardware monitor chips
almost any number of hard disks
almost any number of temperature readings
almost any number of voltage readings
almost any number of fan speed readings
almost any number of PWMs
Deal of the Day: Xbox 360 Console 4GB w/ Kinect Bundle - $299.99 Shipped Free! Includes Dance Central FREE!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Amazon - Xbox 360 Console 4GB w/ Kinect Bundle - $299.99 Shipped Free! Includes Dance Central FREE!.
Offer: What an awesome deal here! You get:
- Xbox 360 4GB S Console
- Kinect Sensor
- Kinect Adventures Game
- Xbox 360 Black Wireless Controller
- FREE Dance Central Game ($48 value)
There seems to be a theme over the recent months with military style gaming gear. We've got the latest Killer series from Gigabyte and the new ASUS P67 Sabertooth that sports what essentially looks like a massive heatsink over the whole motherboard.
Expanding upon much loved series like the Ripjaws and RipjawsX, we see the new Sniper series which aims at the gaming and modding enthusiast. Available in black and metallic green, this unique gun styled heatsink makes it the next weapon of choice in your PCs arsenal.
Available from next week we'll see kits ranging from 1333MHz DDR to 1866MHz DDR with a default voltage ranging from 1.25v to 1.6v. With 8 different speed kits hitting the market that offer support for AMDs AM3 chipset and Intels P55, P67, H61, H67 and X58, there's going to be a set for you.
Keep an eye out for a review on the new series as G.Skill has confirmed they've pulled the trigger on sending us a kit of the new series.
Make sure you check out the full press release to have a look at the speeds and timings G.Skill will be offering us.
If you're not too
drunk busy to read this (got a text from a friend that was 4 car bombs deep by 10am- she's very Irish), there's still time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your thumbs, via the SPD edition of Angry Birds: Seasons.
This St. Patrick's day bundle commemorates the Irish holiday by painting over the Angry Birds world in stereotypes. Players will delight to find pots of gold, giant green hat with gold buckles, and an Irish-themed instrumental thats as genius as it is annoying. I'm surprised the birds and pigs aren't all drunk.
(Please play responsibly)
iOS Download is $0.99, find it here, or just watch this gameplay video provided by Rovio.