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Oculus Rift goes HD, E3 attendees can experience virtual reality in full 1080p goodness

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 8:39 pm

E3 2013 - Oculus VR is kicking off their E3 experience with a major upgrade to the Oculus Rift, which now is able to display the virtual-reality world in full 1080p glory. The company has upgraded the virtual-reality headset not by creating a custom display but switching out the original non-HD display developer units received to an off-the-shelf 1080p HD display used in cell phones.

 

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Early reports are stating that the new display makes a huge difference and the immersive world created actually feels like you're really there. The 1080p screen is actually split in half and each eye sees a 960x1080 portrait display.

 

Word is that the company was worried about how the switch from landscape to portrait mode might affect games but he said that there have been no issues reported. Additionally, the have not noticed any issues in with the existing games created by the 10,000 developers who now have Oculus Rift development kits.

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Battlefield 4 unscripted gameplay footage now being streamed live on Twitch.tv

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 8:23 pm

E3 2013 - The developers behind battlefield just announced that they are streaming live, unscripted multiplayer footage of Battlefield 4 right now on Twitch.tv. Head over to this link and check it out with us! You will need to log in as the footage is flagged as inappropriate for some audiences.

 

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When you are finished, consider checking out our full coverage from E3 as well as our overview from the BF4 trailers posted yesterday.

 

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Mad Catz shows off F.R.E.Q 4D gaming headset for Windows and Smart Devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 7:47 pm

e3 2013 - Mad Catz has just unveiled yet another gaming headset aimed at the Windows and smart devices market. The F.R.E.Q. 4D features ViviTouch 4D Sound, which is designed to add a new dimension of sound perception to the gaming experience by effectively creating a fourth dimension of sound.

 

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ViviTouch 4D Sound combines muscular base and sensory feedback to produce an actual physical sensation to the gamer's audio experience. Additionally the F.R.E.Q. 4D is equally impressive when used on a home theater systems or for general music listening, as it features multiple EQ settings, which have been precisely tuned for various audio stages.

 

A detachable in-line table allows for easy conversion from USB 23.5 mm to support standard stereo audio on iPhones, tablets, and android-based devices. "Utilizing ViviTouch™ 4D technology, we believe the F.R.E.Q. 4D brings an added sense of realism to sound effects in first person shooters and action adventure games," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "The F.R.E.Q. 4D demonstrates our commitment to PC and Smart Device gaming, which we believe will resonate with passionate gamers."

Mad Catz debuts Arcade Fight Stick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 6:59 pm

E3 2013 - This morning Mad Catz introduced the Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2, a premium quality fighting game controller for the Xbox One. Widely expected to be the first fighting game controller released for the Xbox One.

 

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The TE2 FightStick from Mad Catz continues the Tournament Edition line of premium gaming controllers from Mad Catz. Arcade-styled controls and reliability make this one of the best fighting controllers of all time. All-new features, infinite customization possibilities, and a design philosophy stemmed from a community of fighting game fans and the world's best gamers.

 

"We're proud of our heritage in specialty controllers and believe that passionate gamers will appreciate the evolution of our FightStick design which we are introducing for the Xbox One." said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "We earlier commented how the enhanced performance of the Xbox One opens up additional scope for innovation and believe that the Tournament Edition 2 FightStick perfectly illustrates our commitment to the next generation of entertainment."

Welcome to TweakTown's coverage of the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 6:31 pm

E3 2013 - Trace Hagan is on the ground at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. He, along with other staff here at TweakTown, have already covered the press conferences that took place yesterday.

 

 

Today, Trace will be running around the show floor trying to locate the hottest news for your viewing pleasure. Take a look at his introduction embedded above.

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Intel announces cloud computing-focused SSD - DC S3500 series

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 5:46 pm

This morning at the Cloud Computing Expo in New York, Intel announced the new Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series. The new drives are ideal for cloud computing and data center applications, especially read intensive applications like Web hosting, cloud computing and data center virtualization.

 

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Intel says that "The DC S3500 Series will enable quicker Web page loads and improved response times as a result of dramatically improved data access times and reduced latency. IT managers and cloud developers will see lower total cost of ownership as a result of reduced power consumption, more consistent performance and smaller space requirements."

 

"Intel SSDs have enabled our chip designers to gain up to 27 percent performance throughput in our massive design distributed computing environment," said Kim Stevenson, chief information officer at Intel. "In fact, we are increasing our deployment of Intel SSDs in our data centers from 10,000 units to 40,000 by the end of this year to enable our global design team to help bring products to market faster."

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Google acquires social mapping company Waze for $1.3 billion

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 5:15 pm

And for weeks now it is that apparent that social mapping software company Waze would be acquired by one of the Silicon Valley giants. Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft were all tossing their hats into the ring to acquire Waze, but only one can emerge victorious.

 

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This morning Google has announced that it has acquired the Israeli company for a reported $1.3 billion. Google says that the Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for the time being and added "We'll also work closely with the vibrant Waze community, who are the DNA of this app, to ensure they have what's needed to grow and prosper."

 

For those unfamiliar with Waze, it is a social traffic and navigation app that is based on a large community of tens of millions of drivers around the world who share real-time road and traffic info with other Waze users. The app has just under 50 million users which is up over 10 million since February.

Seagate enters the NAS HDD ring, looks to knock WD out with a 4TB model

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 4:29 pm

Western Digital's Red hard drives are finally getting a competitor in the form of Seagate's appropriately named NAS HDD lineup of hard drives. Just like the WD Red drives, Seagate's NAS lineup is geared toward 1 to 5 bay NAS units.

 

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Seagate NAS drives run what Seagate is calling NASWorks, which supports customizing error recovery controls, power management, and vibration tolerance otherwise known as TLER. TLER ensures that drives do not get dropped from the NAS which sends the array into a rebuilding phase. The company is also claiming that the drives are optimized for sequential and random performance.

 

Additionally Seagate has a lead over Western Digital in the capacity wars. While Western Digital's Red drives top out at 3TB, Seagate's NAS line is available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB models. Prices are set at $126, $168, and $229, for the 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB NAS hard drives.

AMD unleashes powerful 5GHz CPU, say hello to the FX-9590

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 3:45 pm

E3 2013 - AMD has just unveiled its most powerful CPU to date, the FX-9590, and eight-core processor that is clocked at 5GHz from the factory. Alongside the FX-9590, AMD also showed off a 4.7GHz FX-9370 both of which feature the company's flagship Piledriver architecture.

 

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"At E3 this week, AMD demonstrated why it is at the core of gaming," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Products Division at AMD. "The new FX 5 GHz processor is an emphatic performance statement to the most demanding gamers seeking ultra-high resolution experiences including AMD Eyefinity technology. This is another proud innovation for AMD in delivering the world's first commercially available 5 GHz processor."

 

Do not get too excited though as for now the FX-9590 and FX-9370 are both only being offered to systems integrators. AMD says this is just the initial rollout and that both of the eight-core processors will eventually be available for individual purchase. At the moment no pricing information has been released but as soon as we know more we will be sure to keep you updated.

The Elder Scrolls Online gameplay trailer released at E3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 3:10 pm

E3 2013 - If there is one game I have been waiting years to play it would have to be The Elder Scrolls Online. I have been a fan of the TES franchise for over 10 years now, and have been hoping the whole time for an online version. You can imagine my excitement when TES online was announced last year.

 

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Yesterday during Sony's press conference at the E3 Expo, ZeniMax Online Studios took to the stage to show off the first actual game play footage of TES online. Titled "The Battle for Tamriel", players much choose to stand alone or team up and fight side by side to eliminate the encroaching forces of Oblivion.

 

 

During the press conference, it was announced that TES Online will be available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and that the beta program has begun for all four systems.

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