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Nintendo press conference coverage

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 4:25 am

Sitting in the media lounge on an unreliable internet connection, I managed to catch bits and pieces of Nintendo's press conference. What I gathered is that Nintendo is really relying on the new WiiU to make a resurgence into the market. But, from what I saw, the WiiU isn't shaping up to be a system for hardcore gamers.

 

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I know that Nintendo has never targeted the hardcore gamer market and I think that is why they are faltering. True, the new tablet controller offers interesting uses that will be able to find a niche market like the original Wii did, but I'm not quite sure how easy it will be to manipulate the controller and pay attention to two screens will be.

 

Additionally, the press conference seemed staged. I realize that almost all conferences are planned in advance, but that doesn't mean they have to seem like it. I was disappointed with the portions I managed to catch. Furthermore, there were no really interesting pieces of news, other than the WiiU. I will be going hands on the WiiU tomorrow once the show floor opens again.

Best and worst of E3: Day 1

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 3:45 am

I'm going to hand out some awards that are based solely on my opinion from what I have seen over the show. Some of them will be serious, some not so much, so without further ado, I shall begin.

 

I have to give Ubisoft the award for best press kit. No, it wasn't some amazing game or flash drive. Instead, it was a just a plain old business card with information on where to download it from. Well, why does it win? Because it is hilarious. Take a look for yourself:

 

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Crysis 3 undoubtedly wins best game of E3 Day 1. Even in pre-alpha stage, the game has a polished look that we have come to love from Crytek. I was not allowed any pictures or videos of the game, but did post my hands-on thoughts already. I may be partial to the Crysis series, but if you had played the demo, I'm sure you would agree with me.

 

Activision has won the my award for most annoying booth. Don't get me wrong, the booth was awesome, but they had the music up just a wee bit too much out front. The Activision booth had a massive display across its entirety which had to be worth a few million. Underneath, they had alcoves in which visitors could walk into to view and demo games.

 

These are just a few awards for day one and a way for you to gain some insight into the trade show world. I'll be back tomorrow with another awards post that

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Crytek and Trion team up to make Warface, uses CryEngine3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 12:01 am

I got a chance to play Trion and Crytek's new game Warface. Warface is a new, online, free FPS that uses CryEngine3. The pitch from the creators is that Warface is all about bringing down barriers to Crytek games. The cost, often a major barrier, has been dropped to $0 which will allow almost anyone to play.

 

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Additionally, the controls are intuitive and easy to use and the graphics, stunning. The game has already launched in Russia and China to wide acclaim. Crytek has already seen 50,000 simultaneous users and have over 1.5 million registered. The game, currently in closed beta, should be coming to the United States soon.

 

The game is said to run on hardware as old as the 8600GT which means another barrier has been removed. Most everyone in the world has a graphics card that is as capable as the 8600GT was, so it shouldn't require upgrades like Crysis 3 will. It also has a nice system of introducing players to the game so they aren't losing right off the bat. This prevents users from raging and not coming back to the game.

 

The game features two modes: a co-op PvE and a free-for-all PvP. In PvE, teams compete against AI and work together to a common goal. This feature allows users to get used to the game before going into the more hardcore PvP. In PvP, players play against each other and this is where seasoned vets can show their ability.

 

Check out TweakTown's Facebook page for a trailer.

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Crysis 3 hands on, looks stunning, plays smooth

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 11:16 pm

Words will not do the new Crysis 3 game justice, but they will have to suffice as I was unable to take pictures or video of the demo that I was able to play. As previously reported, the game returns to the jungle by turning New York City into a jungle. The graphics, as we have come to expect from Crysis games, are stunning.

 

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Electronic Arts demoed what they were calling "pre-alpha code" but you couldn't tell that by looking at it, save for the message telling you such. Game play was absolutely fabulous except that I was used to Call of Duty. Once I returned to the PC-style gaming, the controls became intuitive and easy-to-use.

 

I did manage to break the game, however, and I was the first person at E3 to do so. I'm a bit proud of that achievement because it means I played the game in a different way then everybody else. That's the beauty of this upcoming Crysis: the world is incredibly open and the route to objectives is not nearly as defined as in other first-person shooters.

 

For those of you who enjoyed the original Crysis for the jungle scenery, the new jungle scenery present in New York City is sure to not disappoint. If you preferred the city landscape of Crysis 2, you will not be disappointed as their is still city landscape present in the new Crysis 3. The launch date for Crysis 3 is set to be sometime in February 2013.

OCZ's PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 1200-watt PSU shows up at Computex

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 5:44 pm

Computex 2012 - Yesterday on Day 1 of Computex we stopped by the OCZ suite at the TICC where naturally the American company was showing off its full range of consumer and enterprise solid state solutions. Chris is going to give you some updates on that department of products a little later on, but SSDs is not the only thing that OCZ sell.

 

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In the corner of the room we spotted the PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 1200-watt PSU. This is OCZ's most beefiest power supply solution currently and it looks the goods with a lot of the features we like to see in a PSU checked off. It's a 80 Plus Platinum rated unit with up to 1200 watts of power. It is a modular unit with PC Power & Cooling's unique modular system which is said to provide better and more stable electrical connectivity than regular plastic modular plugs.

 

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It impressed us enough to be one of the few products we've seen at Computex 2012 so far to receive our TweakTown Computex 2012 Recommended Award for products that we like and think will do well. We look forward to putting it through the paces in our full review a little later on.

MSI's brand new MPower Z77 and X79 motherboards get caught on video at Computex

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 5:27 pm

Computex 2012 - On Monday we managed to get some video time with MSI's brand new MPower Big Bang motherboards, which claim to change the game of overclocking. They are said to offer higher performance, water cooling support and more stable power.

 

 

We saw two new boards that we haven't seen before and they are the Z77 MPower and the X79 MPower. As you can probably tell by the model names the first is based on the Intel Z77 Express chipset for Ivy Bridge processors and the second is based on the older X79 chipset for Sandy Bridge-E processors.

 

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Sadly at the time we didn't have many details on hand to give to you, but at least in the video above you get a good close up look at these two boards as well as the Big Bang XPower II which you may have already seen before now.

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ASUS codenamed Tablet-600 hands-on from Computex, runs Windows RT for ARM CPUs

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 5:02 pm

Computex 2012 - On Monday we got some short hands on with what ASUS are currently calling the Tablet-600. This is a system that is almost finished, but has yet to receive its final retail model name.

 

 

It's a system with a 10.-inch Super IPS+ panel with a 1366 x 768 resolution that supports up to an amazing 10 finger multi-touch. It was running the Windows RT Preview Release which if you weren't sure is essentially Windows 8 for ARM based processors, as opposed to regular Windows 8 that is for traditional x86 processors.

 

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And on that note it brings us to the CPU and this job is given to NVIDIA with its Tegra 3 quad-core processor. As far as additional specs go, it comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB eMMC storage, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, rear 8MP auto focus LED flash camera and front 2MP camera. It also comes with enough sensors to ship a battle ship - G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, NFC and GPS.

 

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Check out our very quick hands-on video above when we checked it out during the ASUS Computex press conference on Monday. We will try to get back to ASUS to get a closer look at this thing as it looks pretty good on paper.

E3: Initial impressions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 4:24 pm

It looks like it's going to be a good year for gaming fans! As I walked into the entrance of the Los Angeles Convention Center, I saw games being advertised everywhere. I'm not talking a small poster here or there; I'm talking massive banners draped from the the ceilings and clung to every surface.

 

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There's some big money being spent here and some big name titles coming out. The show doesn't start for another 3 hours, but I've already managed to catch glimpses of Nintendo's booth babes who just happen to be wearing WiiU shirts. You can be sure of where I am heading first when the doors open!

 

Make sure that you are following TweakTown on Facebook, as I will likely be putting up pictures on there from the show floor and only writing these during down time. That's enough for now, time for me to go hunt down some exclusives!

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Intel reiterates the Ultrabook push, things are about to get incredibly exciting

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 10:59 am

Computex 2012 - We sat in on Intel's keynote speech today in Taipei, and let me start off with this: I've never been more excited about the PC world than I have today. We kinda knew Ultrabooks were going to be big, but consumer devices are about to get a whole lot bigger, while physically shrinking in size, while offering more features and functions than ever before.

 

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Intel pushed that their tick-tock method is helping, where we're seeing constant pushes in the shrinking of tech, as well as teaming up with virtually every major ODM, OEM and retailer across our planet. We will have more info, and a heap of hands-on over the coming days, but for now let's quickly update you on what we saw today.

 

Intel had ASUS on stage, where they showed off some Ultrabooks that were very... ultra. Intel and ASUS are pushing the boundaries of security, to touch on just one of the many things discussed today. They showed off an ASUS Ultrabook that sported a camera that would sense you with increased algorithms that detect facial features such as facial hair, eyes and your smile. ASUS had an Ultrabook on show, where if the Ultrabook detects that it has been moved, it will sound an alarm and secure the system. This protects your precious data from anyone who might steal your Ultrabook if you were to turn away from it at work, Uni, or a coffee shop.

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LSI SandForce Shows Next Generation Flash Technology

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 10:17 am

Computex 2012 - LSI SandForce displayed their second generation Flash Processor Unit paired with 19nm Toshiba Toggle Mode and IMFT 20nm NAND flash today at Computex. These new competing technologies will leads us into 2013 with even low prices on consumer solid state drives.

 

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Our first image shows Intel 20nm ONFi2 flash.

 

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The other half of the IMFT team was also present. Micron is now sampling their ONFi2 20nm flash.

 

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Toshiba is also sampling their new 19nm Toggle Mode flash.

 

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Next generation flash should still deliver the same amount of performance as we see now in current 24/25nm. The biggest difference is that you can fit more flash on each wafer which will lower the total cost of the flash. Flash makes up the largest expense in consumer SSDs so major changes in price have a direct affect on the cost of ownership.

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