Crytek and EA have released the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo early, the PC demo gives you access to two multiplayer maps: Skyline and Pier 17. There's also two game modes from the full game included.
Team Instant Action which is a deathmatch style option where your main objective is to kill as many opponents in a certain amount of time. The other mode, Crash Site, which is similar to King of the Hill modes where you fight to control alien drop pods and rack up points in the process.
MSI have been teasing their 10-inch Android based tablet for a while now but have finally shown the device off at CeBit in the form of the WindPad 100A. It's set to be a dual-core Tegra 2 based unit that will include Honeycomb.
The hardware is identical to what was seen at CES, no pricing is out on it yet but they should be hitting shelves in a store near you by the second half of the year. MSI is among a dozen or so companies offering either Tegra 2-based tablets or Honeycomb-based tablets, but most people would agree, there can never, ever be enough competition.
NVIDIA's upcoming budget bonanza card the GeForce GTX 550 Ti has been spotted in several EU retail listings, this allows us a look at pricing and specs. The GTX550 is set to be a dual-slot card based on a 40nm GF116 GPU sporting 192 CUDA cores, 32 texture units with a GPU/shader clock of 900/1800MHz. It should also carry 1GB of GDDR5 memory with a 128-bit bus and an effective speed of 4100MHz, peak power is said to be rated at 110W.
Pricing should be 160 ($220) which should put the card against the overclocked GTX460s and the Radeon HD 6870. It should be noted that it falls just below the GTX560 Ti which has double the CUDA cores and memory interface.
March is building up to be quite the month for GPU releases with both NVIDIA and AMD releasing dual-GPU based cards to impress the world. Because of CeBIT, AMD and NVIDIA partners have had the opportunity to show off their enthusiast level cards.
Sapphire has stepped up to the plate by showing off a dual Cayman-based Radeon HD 6990. Judging from the above shot, we can see the GD 6990 uses dual 8-pin power and is capable of consuming 300W of power. On the shot below we can see that it will include four DisplayPort connectors and a single DVI connector. For extra monitor support, you'll require the soon to be released DisplayPort v1.2 splitter.
It's a... SONY. It's a legal dispute. Sony are in deep water now as shipments of PlayStation 3's have been seized as LG won a preliminary injunction against Sony in a patent battle between the two companies. The ruling by the civil court of justice in the Hague means that all new PlayStation 3's have to be confiscated as they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for at least 10 days.
Tens of thousands of PS3's were seized by customs last week in the Netherlands, with more damage to Sony to come. If the injunction is extended it could mean PS3's vanishing off store shelves. Sony, which reportedly imports around 100, 000 consoles per week is frantically trying to get the ban lifted.
Valve are not a company afraid of change, they've dominated digital distribution in the past near-decade or so and now are expanding out into the lounge rooms of gamers worldwide. The announcement is not detail heavy, but it does give a few facts.
"Big picture" mode will provide "controller support and navigation designed for television interaction", it will also allow players to "enjoy Steam and their library of Steam games on more screens throughout the house." This probably means they've re-jigged the Steam interface to fit a large TV or projector setup and have it accessible via controller.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 28th, 2011
- Turn an HP SFF Computer Into a Great HTPC @ ComputingonDemand
- Lenovo ThinkPad EDGE 13: Bleeding Edge @ InsideHW
- Intel Core i5-2400S and BH67GD Micro-ATX Motherboard @ MissingRemote
- Intel Core i7 990X Hexcore 1366 @ Overclock3D
- Intel Celeron Dual Core E3300 CPU @ BayReviews
- Bulletstorm GPU & CPU Performance In-depth @ Techspot
- ASUS HD6950 2GB DirectCU II @ Vortez UK
- Radeon HD 6990 revealed @ Kitguru
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Google is currently investigating a problem with the e-mail portion of its company following complaints from some of their Gmail users saying that all of their messages, attachments and Google Chat logs have vanished.
Google issued a warning via it's App Status Dashboard saying they had been hard at work attempting to recover the lost data. "Google Mail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future," the website reads. "Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change. This issue affects less than 0.08% of the Google Mail userbase. Google engineers are working to restore full access. Affected users may be temporarily unable to sign in while we repair their accounts."