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Halo 4 gets its first tease, 343 Industries talks it up

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 2:33 am

Ah, Halo. I have fond memories of the hours upon hours that I pumped into the original game when I grabbed the midnight-launched Xbox in my home town. It's hard to believe how much the Halo franchise has grown since then, and how now left the proud parents Bungie, and gone into the hands of 343 Industries.

 

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343 Industries along with Microsoft Studios are proud to show off Halo 4. The first proper sequel to Halo 3, not taking into consideration ODST and Reach. Halo 4 will be released this fall, and the above video shows off some of the game, the new armor that Master Chief sports, as well as some new built-for-multiplayer maps that will be included.

 

Master Chief's armor has been redesigned for the new game, which looks nice and slick. The video continues with the Halo 4 team talking about how amazing the new game will be, and shows off that the multiplayer side of things has a story-based reason behind the reasoning of huge amounts of spartan's going at it all over the galaxy. Multiplayer maps will not just be lifted from the single-player campaign, and are designed specifically to allow for balaned gameplay.

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Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2 now have support for full motion play with Razer's Hydra controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 1:36 am

GDC 2012: The first news off the startling line of this years Game Developers Conference (GDC) is news from Razer, which is very interesting indeed. Razer and Sixense Entertainment have just announced that they have full integrated motion gaming support now built for Valve's most popular titles: Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and Team Fortress 2.

 

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Not only that, but future Valve-made games such as Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will support full motion play with Razer Hydra. The news does continue to get better, though. Sixense and Valve have also integrated Sixense MotionCreator 2.0 software into Valve's Steam gaming platform. This does something quite special indeed: it enables backwards compatibility for motion gaming with the Razer Hydra controller to over 250 of the most popular titles on Steam!

 

From now on, Steam users will receive automatic motion control updates for current, and future games, as well as a new in-game overlay which lets gamers view control maps for the Hydra controller, as they play. CEO and Co-Founder of Sixense, Amir Rubin, says:

 

Sixense is excited to bring the Razer Hydra motion gaming experience to the Steam community. By wrapping Sixense MotionCreator inside Steam, the PC and Mac gaming platform of choice for both gamers and developers, we are able to provide plug-and-play functionality for the Razer Hydra to showcase our innovative motion gaming modes across game genres.

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More Sony hacking problems - Michael Jackson's back catalog reportedly stolen last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 12:32 am

Sony are having a bad time with this hacking news, it just feels like a bad smell that won't go away for them. The latest news is Michael Jackson's entire music catalog was stolen during the hack, which reportedly accounts for some 50,000 individual tracks and a wide variety of unreleased material.

 

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This was known in May of last year, in the aftermath of the hack which left the PlayStation Network and Qriocity (which is now known as Sony Entertainment Network Music Unlimited) users without a server for nearly an entire month. There were two men based in the UK who were arrested with the theft, and have appeared in court where they denied the charges.

 

The two men were released on bail and are now due to stand trial in January 2013. Sony had originally paid $250 million to the Jackson estate back in 2010 for the rights to literally everything that Michael had recorded, and whilst Sony haven't told us how widespread the theft is, multiple 'sources' have reported that the entire collection was taken.

 

Here's where I see a problem: what the hell were Sony thinking keeping $250 million worth of music on their online servers, just waiting to be hacked? One would think they'd have them offline, until they were ready to be released as tracks. Unless they want this issue to hit the hearts of fans worldwide, "oh noes, someone hacked the deceased, and much-loved Michael Jackson's unreleased songs".

ASRock turn dial to 11 with X79 Extreme11 motherboard

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 5, 2012 2:08 pm

ASRock have literally just started to show off the upcoming X79 Extreme11 motherboard that hopefully isn't too far away and will get a showing at CeBIT this week. If the previous X79 Extreme9 is anything to go by we should be excited as we found ourselves impressed with what ASRock was doing with the board when we looked at it earlier in the year.

 

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We don't have heaps of information on the board at the moment as the covers have literally just come off it, but you can see, we're dealing with a total of five PCIe x16 slots which offer support for 4-way video card setups (SLI and CrossFireX) along with two legacy PCI slots.

 

The board comes with two GEN3 PLX 8747 chips allowing for four way setups to run at x16 / x16 / x16 / x16 along with an LSI SAS2308 chip offering us eight SAS ports or eight SATA3 ports which are only part of the 14 total SATA ports on offer with 10 of them being SATA3.

 

Audio is provided by the Creative Core3D chip which is impressive and you can see eight DDR3 slots, two 8-pin CPU connectors, the typical debug readout and a power and reset button sitting next to it. Extra power connectors also include a Molex connector on the far left under the bottom most PCIe slot along with a second Molex connector next to the top most slot.

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Monday Morning Roundup for March 5, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 5, 2012 1:31 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 5th, 2012.

 

RAM:

 

Kingston HyperX Red Limited Edition DDR3-1600 2x4GB Memory Kit - Hi Tech Legion

 

Storage:

 

RunCore Pro V Max 240GB SSD - circuitREMIX

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Akasa Venom Voodoo Cooler - KitGuru

SilenX EFZ-120HA5 Performance CPU Cooler - Hi Tech Legion

Cooler Master Hyper 412S Cooler - Technic3D

Cooler Master Storm Trooper Computer Case - Bigbruin.com

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Download of the Day: CPU-Z v1.60, includes Ivy Bridge support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 5, 2012 12:23 pm

Our Download of the Day is CPU-Z v1.60.

 

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CPU-Z v1.60 brings the following to the table:

 

Intel Core i5 2550K, 2450P and 2380P with no GPU.

Intel Core i3/i5/i7 22 nm "Ivy Bridge" (37xx, 35xx, 34xx, 33xx, 32xx).

Intel Xeon E3 (SandyBridge-WS).

Intel Z77 platform.

AMD FX-8140, FX-4150 and Mobile Llano (socket FS1).

AMD "Trinity" APU Preliminary support.

Windows 32/64-bit report.

 

You can download CPU-Z v1.60 here.

Deal of the Day - Acer Aspire TimeLineX AS1830T-68U118, 11.6" with Core i7 - $549 shipped FREE!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 5, 2012 11:32 am

Our Deal of the Day is Microsoft - Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 11.6" Laptop PC w/ Intel i7-680UM, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD - $549 Shipped Free!

 

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The Acer Aspire TimelineX series is an ultra-portable laptop PC with some serious processing power. Check out the specs:

 

Just 3.09lbs & 1.1"

11.6" LED-backlit Acer CineCrystal (1366 x 768)

1.46 GHz Intel Core i7-680UM

4 GB DDR 3 1333 MHz

500 GB SATA 5400 RPM

802.11n + Bluetooth

1.3 MP HD webcam

6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery at 8 hours

 

This is a very loaded Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 11.6" Laptop PC for just $549 shipped free!

 

ACER ASPIRE TIMELINEX AST1830T-68U118 11.6 INCH ULTRA-PORTABLE I7-680UM LAPTOP PC DEAL

 

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The Mass Effect 3 Launch Trailer is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 5, 2012 9:28 am

Ah, BioWare, you sure know how to stir up the excitement of your fans. They've just released the official Mass Effect 3 launch trailer and holy crap does it look good. The launch trailer offers just a tease into what the sure-to-be-epic game includes.

 

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It seems that all hell breaks loose between the Reapers and the Humans, with Shepard in the middle of it, of course. Mass Effect 3 features co-op, action and story modes, a high-degree of customizability, a tweaked reputation system, completely redesigned enemies, where some enemies are get this, more than one mile tall, and a rich story where the underlying premise seems "survival at any cost".

 

Mass Effect 3 lands in the US on March 6th (just hours from now) for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Australians have to wait a few days to collect it on March 8th, and European-based Mass Effect fans have to wait 24 hours more until March 9th. BioWare will also released a collector's edition with exclusive items, various DLC and a stand-alone digital sound track.

NVIDIA Kepler GK104 cards coming on March 23

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 5, 2012 8:32 am

EXPreview is teasing that NVIDIA could release their Kepler-based GK104 GPU as soon as March 23. You know, as in, less than three weeks from now. Maximum-Tech "confirmed" GK104 to debut in April, but AIC (add-in card) vendors in China have said that GK104 "won't be postponed to April".

 

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Operation Director of ZOTAC in the Asia-Pacific area said at Weibo:

 

GK104 launch won't be delayed to April, and the relative products have been ready.

 

The CEO of Galaxy, also revealed at Wiebo:

 

There are too many things (GK104) happening in March.

 

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Looks like we could expect the GeForce GTX 670 Ti cards to hit the shelves and hearts of Team Green supports across the world, hopefully not in a paper launch way, by the end of this month, or early-April.

 

A band, Cobra Starship, had an album named after what I think this will be: Hot Mess. Not a hot mess in a bad way, but in a very, very good way.

Gigabyte reload the G1.Sniper, now comes in mATX model with the M3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 5, 2012 7:28 am

Gigabyte's G1 series of gaming motherboards have shared their fair share of success in the ATX or XL-ATX form factor, but it seems Gigabyte want to continue this success and launched a much-requested mATX model with the G1.Sniper M3.

 

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The Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 shares some of its features with the G1.Sniper 3, but is found in an mATX form factor, where some compromises had to be made. The G1.Sniper M3 sports two PCI-Express 3.0 slots, but both slots would run in x8 mode when populated. It also sports one x16 PCI-Express 2.0 slot, but only has four lanes connected via the chipset, on top of this, we also have a single x1 PCI-Express 2.0 slot.

 

The G1.Sniper M3 only includes two SATA 6Gbps ports, with three SATA 3Gbps ports to back it up. Considering this is an mATX board, one would only be using a small form factor-based case, which would have limited HDD capacity anyway. It does sport the G1. Sniper 3's same Creative Sound Core3D, too, but with a changed design. VR-Zone have spotted that there are empty spaces where the additional audio-grade capacitors seem to be missing. What will go there, or not go there, is not currently known.

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