If $60 per recycled game wasn't enough, Activision Blizzard are launching an online service dubbed Call of Duty Elite that will work with the next outing in the COD universe, Modern Warfare 3 as well as future installments of the game. The monthly subscription fee will let users gain access to extra content that won't be available on discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs that give new levels to play.
Activision hasn't announced the cost of the Elite service, but it's expected to be at the $8 per month level, which isn't too bad and would sit side by side with the pricing of a Netflix account for example. Another feature of the Elite monthly cost will be tools available to the player in the form of analyzing performance within the game, such as stats on which weapons have been the most successful in killing enemies.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Corsair has debuted their Force Series GT range of Solid State drives and they're quite the performer. First thing you see is that the drive is race car red, so very sexy. Secondly, they're available in 120 and 240GB configurations, thirdly; performance. Performance wise the drives are very, very fast. The Force Series 3 120GB is capable of 550/510MB/sec sequential read/writes with the 240GB slightly faster with 550/520MB/sec sequential read/write performance. Near SATA 6Gbps speeds from a single drive!
Now onto the goodies, if you thought that was impressive; max random 4k write provides insane results of 85k iOPS. This is the faster as OCZ's top "Max IOPS" drive - Corsair has done it again. Even they advertise it as "There's fast, and then there's fast". You tell 'em Corsair.
AMD have pushed 5 million Fusion-based processors into the market, taking pot shots at Intel's ageing Netbook franchise. Netbooks are usually sub-$350 laptops that are average in specs and are all within a certain spec limit of each other. This makes the market stagnant as there aren't many differences between them. Because of the tablet market being so successful for Apple and now Google, this Netbook market is shrinking.
Above, we have a shot of Sony's AMD-powered Y series "small laptop". AMD however, told CNet it had "sold out" of their Fusion processor in it's recent fiscal quarter. Raymond Dumbeck, product marketing manager for AMD's mobile products had said "Demand far exceeded supply". AMD has said they have delivered about 5 million Fusion chips since their introduction in Q4 2010, and that includes between 3.5 and 4 million in the most recent (Q1 2011) quarter.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Besides just looking at the Quanta 10-inch Honeycomb tablet yesterday at the Qualcomm press conference here in Taipei, Nicole also spotted a bunch of 7-inch Android 2.3 tablets sitting around which all of course are powered by Snapdragon processors.
There were four tablets on display from OEMs including the HTC Flyer that we have already seen before.
Check out the video above for a look at some new 7-inch tablets that may or may not be hitting the market in the months ahead.
Sony don't want anymore losses or at least want to dodge them when they can. The PlayStation 3 was a very heavy investment for Sony and it only started paying off a little while back, the latest hacks on their PSN network aren't helping and are building them up for a heavy hit in the near future. Their next-generation portable (NGP) is set to change this and will be less investment heavy and [hope to be] more profitable.
Sony could use chip foundries to eliminate the cost of building their own semiconductor factory, also buying readily available parts or using contract manufacturers to reduce their upfront investment costs. Since they showed the NGP off earlier this year, Sony have been very quiet regarding the device. No launch date or price has been set and the investment is a key point in determining it's price when it launches.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Yesterday Nicole Scott stopped by the Qualcomm press conference and got a look at the what mobile devices the company is bringing out based on its Snapdragon chips.
First up Nicole got a hands-on with a prototype Quanta 10-inch tablet that is uses the MSM860 processor from Qualcomm. It comes installed with Android Honeycomb and Nicole was really impressed with the screen and she even compared it to Apple iPhone screens, she said the "this is a really great screen, the blacks are black and the colors are so vibrant".
As you can see from the video above, the device also has no issues at all either playing back very smooth and impressive looking HD video.
At the moment we do not have any details on pricing or availability since Quanta won't actually sell this device, they will wait for a company to pick it up and brand it. Judging by what Nicole had to say though, it could be quite a grab for whoever gets it down the track a bit.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Corsair has got straight to work on what is officially Day 1 of Computex expanding the Vengeance series with a new LP Vengeance line. As you may have guessed from the title LP stands for Low Profile and compared to the current crop of Vengeance kits they are indeed not as tall following that more traditional height as you can see below.
We don't have exact data on what kits we'll see in the new line but offering an ultra-low 1.35v default voltage the kits will no doubt be sitting around the 1600 / 1866MHz DDR CL9 speeds. What we do know is that the kits will be available in both Triple and Dual Channel form for the X58 and P67 / Z68 platform.
Coming in a range of colors including Red, White and Blue the Vengeance LP series is a good looking one. The reduced height is also going to be appreciated for users who use massive air coolers and want good quality modules from a company like Corsair.
No doubt we'll be seeing more from Corsair over the next day or two, for up to the second updates on stuff make sure you check out our TweakTown Facebook page as we feed information too it during the show.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - We saw an early glimpse of it earlier in the year at CES in Las Vegas, but today we stopped by the Corsair suite to get a detailed look at its upcoming Link control software which allows you to take control of what is going on inside your system.
In the video above you get to see a look at the software that is still in beta, but is getting close to being released. Corsair Link works with a USB control unit that slots into one of your drive bays and your fans and other devices such as lighting plugs into it.
It not only allows you to monitor temperatures, but also adjust fan speeds. So, right now you are saying you can control fan speeds now, but Corsair Link takes things quite a way further. For instance, if you have a light kit installed, you can adjust the lights to change depending on the GPU temperature, for instance.
The software is actually very programmable so you can tweak around with it to your fancy and really see what is going on with your system vital signs. If you don't want to spend time tweaking with the software, we were told there would also be basic preset options you can chose for a quiet system or high performance with your fans running at full speed.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Cameron is busy pounding the floor of Computex making sure we're getting you the latest and greatest information on everything tech related. ASUS have managed to steal the show today, though, with the new ASUS Padfone being announced.
While information is still a little limited on the Padfone at the moment, what we can tell you is that it's two devices that can come together. We've got an ASUS Smartphone and an ASUS Tablet with the latter having a docking area for the Smartphone.
Below you can see a picture of the two devices by themselves with a single cable linking them to each other. Getting a unit hands on seems near impossible with the below being an early engineering sample that was only up and running last week.
We'll bring you more information on not just the Padfone but everything else that's going on here at Computex as it comes through. For now, though, wish Cam good luck as he pushes and shoves his way through the crowds at Computex.
For up to the second updates on stuff make sure you check out our TweakTown Facebook page as we feed information too it during the show.
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