I bet some of you who've just shelled out for an XBOX360 only recently will be a bit spewin' - Microsoft have just officially announced details on their new XBOX 360 Elite, an all-black version with HDMI, a 120GB HDD, matching black wireless controller and of course a black live headset as well.
For heaps more details and pictures of it, head over to gizmondo.
Microsoft officially announced Xbox 360 Elite, a black version of its gaming console that has an HDMI port, a 120GB hard drive, as well as a black wireless Xbox 360 controller and a black Xbox live headset. Most of this, faithful readers, you already knew about as we chased the rumor all the way from start to finish. But isn't it nice to hear it straight from Redmond? Of course, not all rumors are right, or complete.
Here's another option for you if wanting to make the move to 4GB of RAM. Super Talent have announced their 4GB DDR2-800 Gaming Kit today which runs with 5-5-5-15 latencies.
For more info grab the PR here.
San Jose, California - March 26, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash products, today announced a new 4 GigaByte 800MHz DDR2 memory kit that is ideal for gamers and enthusiasts.
The new T800UX4GC5 is a matched pair of 2 GigaByte 800MHz DDR2 non-ECC unbuffered 240-pin DIMMs. This kit has been tested and is guaranteed to operate at 800MHz in a dual channel motherboard at 5-5-5-15 latencies at 2.1 Volts. Each module is constructed using sixteen 128Mbit x 8 FBGA chips organized into a dual-rank 256M x 64 module, and clad in Super Talent's blue cast aluminum HE heatspreader.
Were you a fan of Commdore's computers back in the day?
You'll be pleased to find out that the brand has been reborn with the launch of Commodore Gaming. They intend on producing high-end gaming PC's with the aim of taking on the likes of Alienware, Falcon Northwest, and Voodoo PC.
Bala Keilman, CEO for Commodore Gaming, commented "The all new Commodore range of PC's will allow gamers of all levels to enjoy the best that PC gaming has to offer...We wanted to bring something new to the market, in the spirit of our Commodore heritage, and have worked hard to design a fully personalized product." Indeed, each machine is uniquely painted and customized to the customer's desire. Styles can range from the buyer's own submitted artwork to photography, graffiti, or game art (like Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, pictured here).
The Commodore gaming PC's will come with a two-year warranty on parts and service. The models, from entry-level to high-end, are the Commodore Cg, Cgs, Cgx, and Cxx.
Another leadup PR for CeBit, this one from Asetek which lets us know of their plans to demonstrate a high-performance monster gaming PC at the event which is built using their Low Cost Liquid Cooling (LCLC) and the AMD Quad FX platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture.
All the info on it here.
"We see an increasing demand from gamers that they do not want noisy systems. With the introduction of AMD's 2-socket enthusiast platform coupled with the capability to upgrade to 8 cores in 2007, we believe AMD will claim the performance lead and the demand for our cooling solutions will be even bigger. Combined with the thermal and acoustic challenges a multi-processor system imposes, we built the gaming PC on this platform"
To assist game developers in the transition to DirectX 10, NVIDIA have just unveiled a definitive new platform for advanced game development which makes for creating games based on the DirectX 10 API that much easier.
The new NVIDIA Developer Toolkit makes it easier for developers to create Microsoft DirectX 10-compatible games by offering instructive code samples, advanced shaders, performance tuning, and more. The Toolkit delivers significant performance gains and saves developers time in developing and optimizing games.
For more on it, head over to NV's press room.
The core of this platform is a new development suite to help developers create and optimize state-of-the-art PC games for DirectX 10. The new NVIDIA Developer Toolkit will save developers time and money in creating games that deliver almost lifelike graphics and physics realism. The platform also consists of: NVIDIA GeForce® 8 Series graphics cards, NVIDIA nForce® 680 motherboards, and DirectX 10. This is the world's most advanced game development platform; it enables the creation of ground-breaking next-generation content that will reset consumer expectations for realism in PC games.
Just several minutes ago we finally launched TTGamer, our sister website dedicated to all the latest in PC and console gaming!
There is already a lot of new content online to check out. If you're into gaming and need to be up-to-date with all the latest in articles, previews, reviews, news, screenshots and more, go visit TTGamer now!
"ATI CrossFire epitomizes high-performance gaming that combines blistering frame rates with breath-taking image quality, and Super Talent's high-end memory kit is a perfect complement," said Godfrey Cheng, director, platform technologies, AMD Graphics Product Group. "ATI CrossFire certification ensures that gamers get the high quality compatibility for their gaming configurations, and Super Talent's T800UX2GC4 memory kit is a welcome addition to our ATI CrossFire Certified line up."
Based on the newly released nForce 650i chipset for Core2Duo/Quad, ECS have just announced one of the first to make use of this chipset with their new NF650iSLIT-A.
You can learn all about it via the press release here folks.
Milton Keynes, England, 21st February, 2007 - Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, barebone system, and notebook manufacturer, releases yet another quad-core motherboard capable of turning on the gaming heat. The NF650iSLIT-A LGA775 ATX motherboard, built around the impressive NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI MCP supporting Intel® Core™2 Extreme Quad-Core processors, is designed for gamers, overclockers and multimedia enthusiasts extracting the most performance out of their systems. With 8-channel HD audio and NVIDIA SLI technology for dual graphics card power, the NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI MCP delivers a high-performance gaming experience, giving overclockers an amazing 1333 MHz FSB (OC) bandwidth and expansive connectivity.
As part of their continuing plans to enter new market segments, OCZ have just released their first mouse dubbed the "Equalizer Mouse". And to help them become known quickly for it, the specs of this mouse are quite high with a maximum 2500DPI resolution, and also the ability to adjust the DPI it runs at on-the-fly (beginning at 400DPI), not to mention several other unique functionalities as detailed in the press material.
No doubt we can look forward to plenty more gaming peripherals on the way from OCZ. More on the Equalizer Mouse here.
Sunnyvale, CA-February 14, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra high performance and high reliability memory and components, today unveiled their plans to introduce gaming peripherals, and offer the best gaming mouse on the market. The new OCZ Equalizer Laser Mouse is sure to excite today's demanding gamers with its unique features, high performance engine, and competitive edge. Designed to give gamers an extra edge, the Equalizer features quality ergonomics and advanced features so gamers can excel in even the most demanding games.
During the Taipei Game Show here in Taiwan today we spotted a black Xbox 360 console. It's been talked about for the past week or so about only being available in Australia but we're unsure how much truth there would be in that if its being shown at a game show in Taipei.
Take a look, if this is the rumored black Xbox 360 that's been talked about you may be somewhat disappointed as there was no HDMI port to be found or any extended storage capacity from the HDD.
Unfortunately we couldn't talk to anyone during the show as there was nobody there but at least you know the rumored black version is indeed alive and real!
Following the official launch of Windows Vista, the lads at PC Perspective have spent some time with the current Vista driver releases from NVIDIA and ATI to see which of the two graphics cards is better prepared for gaming in the OS at this stage.
Chances are you might have heard of some software package that was released today; a new version of Windows or something like that. It's only the biggest software release in the last five or so years, and it has all the hardware and software vendors on their toes trying to prep their drivers and hardware to run on it.
Windows Vista is the biggest shift in the consumer software world since Windows 95. I won't bore you with all the details of what makes the new OS changes so dramatic, but some things like indexed searching, security out the wazoo, a new user interface dubbed Aero Glass, integrated Media Center software and DirectX 10 might start the feature list.
Vista is set for official launch into the mainstream market today, and the Techgage get in early on the mass of coverage soon to hit, as they take a good look at gaming performance with the shiny new OS from Microsoft.
To give you a good idea of how is fares in comparison to that of ye'ole faithful (XP), they've included benchmark results for that in their charts as well.
Gaming. Pastime for some, necessity for others. Yes, gaming is an integral part of everyday life on the PC and Vista promises to be a great OS for the job. Ignoring the fact of future DX10 games, does Vista prove to be a gaming friendly PC today?
I spent a lot of time in Vista Beta 2 last summer and wrote the first part to my performance reports. In that article, I compared both the performance of system benchmarks in addition to games. Needless to say, nobody in the end was impressed with the results. Those doubts could rightfully be pushed aside though, since it was "Beta" operating system we were dealing with. At that time though, it showed us clear as day how far Vista had to go.
Shuttle have just announced a barebones variant of their kickass SDXi Small Form Factor XPC based around the Intel 975X chipset for Core 2 Duo/Extreme/Quad.
(CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., January 26, 2007-- Shuttle Inc, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor computers and accessories announced the company's newest offering of gaming bare bone PCs- the Shuttle SDXi bare bone kit. The package includes the custom hand painted SD37P2 chassis with custom Thermal Electronic Cooler from Peliter for the ATI Graphic cards in Crossfire configurations.
Deal of the Day details:
Offer: Hurry. Everyone's picking this puppy up so it won't be this price for long, or they'll simply pull it off the site.
NVIDIA are showing off their new 8800 series DX10 capable GFX cards at CES with some fancy DX10 game demonstrations, allowing people to get a taste of whats to come in the world of DX10 gaming as it begins to take off this year.
For more information, grab NVIDIA's press release here.
SINGAPORE - JANUARY 10, 2007 - NVIDIA is demonstrating spectacular next-generation DirectX 10 gaming content running on NVIDIA GeForce 8800 graphics processors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. NVIDIA GeForce 8800 graphics processing units (GPUs) and NVIDIA nForce® 680-series media and communications processors (MCPs) will demonstrate dozens of cutting edge PC games at the show including Microsoft's Games for Windows space in the Central Hall, Booth #7144, at CES.
"CES marks another milestone in the march to launch of Windows Vista and highlights NVIDIA's commitment to support this new operating system that leverages the processing power found in our GPUs," said Ned Finkle, vice president of strategic marketing at NVIDIA. "From low-priced mainstream GeForce solutions to those found in the ultimate gaming PCs being shown at CES, NVIDIA GPUs are found in a broad range of Vista-Ready PCs that offer consumers a new level of graphics performance and quality."
DEAL OF THE DAY - Walmart - Xbox 360 Premium System with 20GB Hard Drive and FREE Burnout Revenge Game for $385.82 with 97 Cents Shipping!
Deal of the Day details:
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ASUS have just expanded upon their R.O.G. (Republic of Gamers) family of tricked up motherboards with the "Commando" gaming motherboard based on Intel's P965 chipset for Core2Duo/Quad. Undoubtedly the biggest attraction about this particular board is ASUS's personal guarentee that it'll allow for up to 2,280MHz and 1,300MHz on the FSB and memory respectively. Thats some pretty mean overclocking headroom right there!
For full details, have a read of the official announcement over at ASUS's website folks.
Taipei, Taiwan, December 18, 2006 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the Commando, a new addition to its R.O.G (Republic of Gamers) family of gaming motherboards. The Commando provides extreme overclock ability for enhanced performance, and unique features to jazz up the gaming features and simplify the DIY process.
Overclock system bus up to 2,280MHz :-
Supporting the Intel® P965 Express Chipset, maximum 8GB dual-channel DDR2 architecture, PCI Express x16 graphics and multi-core CPU, the Commando is ready for the latest computing hardware and software specifications. With superior engineering, the Commando provides unmatched overclockability, taking FSB and memory up to 2,280MHz and 1,300MHz, respectively.
DEAL OF THE DAY - Won't Last! Kmart - XBox 360 Platinum System with 20GB Hard Drive for $319.99 + $7 Shipping!
Deal of the Day details:
Offer: Restocked and the coupon is still working! This was supposed to expire yesterday but it's still alive, so HURRY! This bundle is normally $400 everywhere and there are usually no discounts on these because Microsoft is actually losing money per console. This deal probably will be pulled in the early morning!
I'm sure many of you would agree that Electronic Arts games have somewhat deteriorated in recent years, especially when comparing the likes of the current crop of Need For Speed "RICE EDITION" titles to the good old days of Porsche Unleashed. And it seems i'm not the only one who's questioning their integrity as a leading games developer these days, as proven in this article over at the Inquirer today.
AN ANALYST has waded into EA games for 'poor game quality' and missing important opportunities.
Gamespot quotes Pacific Crest Securities' Evan Wilson as saying that the EA games brand was tarnished.
The outfit had to delay the release of "Superman Returns" over quality issues and when the game finally made the shops it was pulled to bits by reviewers. Wilson said that poor reviews and quality are beginning tarnishing the EA brand.
The inaugural "eGames" entertainment expo is taking place this weekend, running Nov 17 through 19 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in VIC, Australia (w00t, my hometown, i'll be there with bells on).
NVIDIA are looking forward to having their new 8800 series graphics cards on display and in action at the event, just to give everyone an idea of how powerful these puppies are.
As such, they thought the big event be worthy of a dedicated press release, you can grab it here peeps.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15, 2006 - Gamers and visitors to the inaugural eGames in Melbourne will experience the power of the GeForce® 8 series of graphics processing units (GPUs). NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, will be demonstrating the capabilities of the new GPUs that take gaming to the next level.
Located at Scorptec Technology's Booth (No. A24), NVIDIA and Multimedia Technology Pty Ltd, a distributor of XFX, will showcase a PC based on an Intel Core Duo E600 and an XFX GeForce 8800 GTX video card. The machine will be connected to a large screen LCD TV to show the running of game demonstrations and benchmarking utilities. Also on display will be a A$4,000 Scorptec Stinger Gaming PC, featuring an XFX 7900 GTX video card, which will be given away as a major door prize at the end of the show.
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Deal of the Day details:
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