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Battlefield 3 to be scaled down to consoles, dreams do come true!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 27, 2011 2:08 am

This is something I have covered in my editorials, forums and Facebook, that games should be created and developed on the much more powerful PC platform and scaled down to consoles that are no way near as fast. Instead of being developed on ageing hardware and then ported across to PC where they don't scale up in graphics or use DX11 properly, or multi-GPU setups properly, etc.

 

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DICE have come out and said that the biggest difference between the PC and console versions are shown in the multiplayer side of things, down from 64 players on PC to just 24 on consoles. DICE studio head, Patrick Bach says:

 

The biggest difference between the PC and console version of Battlefield 3 is that we have 64 players on PC and 24 players maximum on console. The rest is more or less the same: we use the same engine, the same technology, the same animation system, the same lighting system. Our aim is to give the player the exact same experience and not try to dumb down the console version. If you want the same quality of game, I would say it's really, really hard. We tried to get more players in [to the console version] but then you need to scale down all the graphics, scale down all the destructibility, and sometimes you need to scale down all the map sizes. Everything is a compromise on: where do you cut?

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Microsoft release new Bluetooth Headset and Media Remote for Xbox 360

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 27, 2011 1:55 am

Announced on MajorNelson's blog, the new remote for the Xbox 360 will be available in November at a cost of $19.99. Also announced is a Bluetooth-based gaming headset which will set you back $59 and in the below video, Major Nelson himself shows it off. The Headset will also be available in November. The new media remote features a redesigned look and is no longer white, featuring a black design with stylish buttons, it kind of looks like the Boxee Box remote actually.

 

4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hitting Verizon on July 28th, starts at $529

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 27, 2011 1:27 am

Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that it is set to offer Samsung's 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Thursday, July 28th. The new 4G LTE model will come in both 16GB and 32GB models and will have pricing of $529 and $629, respectively. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 hardware remains unchanged, sporting a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 802.11 b/g/n/ Wi-Fi, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 resolution display, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera which can be used for video chat.

 

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Customers will have the option of various Verizon data plans starting at $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB. For the full press release, check out the source.

Tuesday Afternoon Roundup for July 26, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 26, 2011 5:06 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - July 26th, 2011

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Multiview Video Card @ Hardware Secrets

- ASUS RoG GTX 580 Matrix Platinum @ Hardware Canucks

- XFX HD6870 Black Edition Crossfire @ Kitguru

 

Audio/Media

 

- Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-300 Headphones @ Techpowerup

- SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset @ XSReviews

- SteelSeries 7H iPhone Headset @ Vortez

- SteelSeries Siberia V2 for PS3 @ Overclock3D

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AMD's upcoming FX series CPUs launching September 19?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 26, 2011 4:08 pm

We've now a little more concrete substance on the release date for AMD's highly anticipated FX series processors (formally known as Bulldozer). Industry sources are indicating that the upcoming FX series processors will hit stores on September 19th, with AMD launching two 8-core models in the FX-8100 and FX-8150 as well as a 6-core model (the FX-6100) and a 4-core one (FX-4100).

 

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The two charts above give more detailed specifications on both the aforementioned launch parts as well as the second wave of incoming FX processors to hit the market in the first quarter of next year. We're also starting to hear that all models in the upcoming FX series lineup will be unlocked.

Silverstone releases SD01 external HDD 'pad'

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 26, 2011 3:28 pm

Silverstone has outed a new accessory for storage devices today which is essentially a stripped down type of external storage enclosure, part aluminum part plastic, that makes for easy switching between HDDs on your desktop.

 

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The SD01 external hard drive pad, as SilverStone call it, can take both 2.5 and 3.5" sized drives using either the SATA or SAS 3/6Gbps interface. Dimensions of the pad come in at 195 (L) x 121.5 (W) x 31.5 (H) mm with a weight of just 180g.

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ASRock wedges Z68 into mini-ITX and adds some HTPC frills

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 26, 2011 2:42 pm

ASRock seem to be pumping out an astonishing number of feature packed motherboards these days, with most of them looking quite respectable indeed and select models even getting some additional support from Mr. Fatal1ty these days. Gone are the days when everyone was so fast to think ASRock was all about budget level 'dodgey' offerings any enthusiast wouldn't go near.

 

If you're not up to date on the type of quality assurance and attention to detail ASRock has peaked at these days, just check out the large batch of ASRock motherboard reviews here at TweakTown over the past few months. Our picky motherboard reviewing extraordinaire Shane generally finds they're leaps and bounds ahead compared to years past.

 

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Having said that, ASRock has just dished up another very attractive board for those looking to build a compact high performance system or HTPC. Their new Z68M-ITX/HT was revealed to the world today which is a mini-ITX motherboard using the Intel Z68 chipset. As far as we're aware, only two other Z68 based mini-ITX offerings are currently on the market, both of which are from ZOTAC.

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WD polishes VelociRaptor drives off with SATA 6Gb/s

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 26, 2011 1:28 pm

Despite the fact that the SSD market is clearly ruling these days when it comes to wanting the ultimate in storage performance, WD still sees fit that there's room for a couple updated models in its once dominant VelociRapter series of mechanical disk drives.

 

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There are updated versions of both the 150GB and 300GB models coming that use the SATA 6.0Gbps interface and like previous iterations, will be a 2.5" base drive housed in a 3.5-inch mounting/heatsink frame.

 

The new drives, dubbed the WD1500HLHX and WD3000HLHX will continue to run at 10,000RPM with 32MB of cache onboard, 3ms latency and read rates of up to 126MB/sec. WD backs them by a 5 year warranty and they have an MTBF of 1.4 million hours.

 

So far they have been spotted up for preorder in Europe at 109 Euro for the 150GB model and 132.41 Euro for the 300GB.

Cooler Master intros Hyper 612 S/PWM and GeminiII S524 CPU Coolers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 26, 2011 12:34 pm

Cooler Master has added three new CPU coolers to its lineup today, with two high performance models being only mildly different to each other in the Hyper 612 PWM and Hyper 612S, along with the release of the GeminiII S524.

 

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The Hyper 612S/PWM models are based around the traditional tower design, measuring 140 x 128 x 163 mm with a weight topping about 910g. They sport a copper base with six uniquely oriented heatpipes that are said to help the heatsink give maximized heat dissipation at lower fan speeds. The all-copper pipes pass through the base then along the length of the airflow optimized fin stack.

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Download of the Day: Notepad++ 5.9.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 26, 2011 10:32 am

Our Download of the Day today is Notepad++ 5.9.3.

 

Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL Licence.

 

Based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

 

• Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding

• WYSIWYG

• User Defined Syntax Highlighting

• Auto-completion

• Multi-Document

• Multi-View

• Regular Expression Search/Replace supported

• Full Drag 'N' Drop supported

• Dynamic position of Views

• File Status Auto-detection

• Zoom in and zoom out

• Multi-Language environment supported

• Bookmark

• Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting

• Macro recording and playback

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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