Our Deal of the Day today is the Wal-Mart - Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite, Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Card, & 4 Games for $349!.
Offer: Great price for an Xbox 360 Elite 120GB Console with Xbox Live and 4 bonus games. Just search for: 13228225 to find it.
I saw the Age of Conan game way back at E3 is 2007 well before the game was launched to the public and it looked cool. I was all set to buy the game until I realized I would have to pay monthly to play. I know there is maintenance with an MMORPG, but I am not willing to paying to play a game each month when sweet games like Team Fortress and COD can be played online for free.
If you like the Age of Conan game, but like me aren't willing to pay monthly Funcom has a new deal for you. It is offering an unlimited, free trial of the game with no expiration date to those who download by January 1.
The free game will let you enjoy the entire Island of Tortage with all features available including player versus player combat. Funcom is hoping you will upgrade to paid after you are hooked to get new content.
Gaming peripheral specialists Cyber Snipa has just released a new gaming weapon in the form of a mouse which it calls the Silencer.
This is a highly customizable laser gaming oriented mouse that promises to give gamers the edge with an arsenal of cutting edge features that include macro memory, adjustable 450 to 5000dpi resolution, adaptable weight system (by means of six removeable weights) and more.
Cyber Snipa promises availability later this month at a price point not yet disclosed. For further details on the Silencer, check out the full press release here.
Deal of the Day: Best Buy - Panasonic VIERA 42" 720p Plasma HDTV, Xbox 360 Elite & Avatar Gaming Package for $699.97
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Panasonic VIERA 42" 720p Plasma HDTV, Xbox 360 Elite & Avatar Gaming Package for $699.97.
Offer: $699.97 after $410 instant discount gets you this Panasonic Viera TC-P42X1 42" 720p Plasma HDTV, Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle, and James Cameron's Avatar: The Game for Xbox 360.
If you've paid any attentionto the release of ATI's new DirectX 11 video cards or DirectX 11 in general, you would've heard about DiRT2 getting a DX11 face lift for the PC. With the demo just showing up in the past 24 hours and incorporating two tracks and a built-in performance benchmark, Radeon HD 5000 series users really have something to get excited about.
If you're not a HD 5000 series user though, there's no need to be disappointed. Anyone interested in a new rally game to play is going to want to get in on the action, you just won't be able to enjoy it in all its DX11 glory.
We've got even better news though for those HD 5000 users. If you're wondering how the games going to run on your new DX11 enabled video card, you can check out our DiRT2 DX11 Performance Analysis where I've tested the game at the two highest presets at resolutions starting at 1680 x 1050 and ending at that glorious 2560 x 1600 resolution.
Looking at the numbers you'll probably find yourself with a smile on the dial, you can check out our performance analysis here and if you want to grab a copy of the 1.31GB demo, you can nab that here via GamersHell.
Black Friday has come and gone with a slight increase in sales compared to last year. Today marks the official kickoff of the online Christmas sales season dubbed Cyber Monday. Walmart.com has some good deals if you are looking for a netbook or gaming hardware.
Walmart is offering a 10.2-inch Acer netbook with a case and flash drive for $268 with free shipping. The netbook is available in six different Colors. If a netbook doesn't float your boat you can also get a 12MP Kodak digital camera for $89.
Gamers can grab up a Nintendo DSi value bundle with a game and accessories for $189. If you still don't have a Wii you can get one for $249 with a free game, accessory, and two controllers. The new PS3 Slim can be had for $369 with two games, a Blu-ray movie, and a Sony Blu-ray remote.
Like many other computer enthusiasts, I am a big fan of Newegg. iBuyPower is showing Newegg some love with a new set of five gaming desktops that are exclusive to the online shop. The new machines offer a variety of prices and levels of performance.
The five machines include the Gamer Extreme 922 SLC, 559 SLC, 919 SLC, 929 SLC, and the 979 SLC. The 979 SLC is the top of the heap and is crammed with gaming goodies and a $3999 price tag. The rig has a 240mm ASETEK CPU liquid cooling device, Intel Core i7 975 CPU, 12GB of RAM, dual NVIDIA GTX 295 video cards, a 128GB SSD, 1.5TB HDD, and a Blu-ray player.
For those shopping on a lower budget the entry level 922 LSC sells for $989.99 and packs in an Intel Core i7 860 CPU, 120mm ASETEK liquid cooler, 4GB of RAM, NVIDIA GT220 graphics, and a 500GB HDD. The other machines in the range fall between these two in price and performance. The 559 SLC uses an AMD Phenom II CPU.
I am not sure if the computer industry needs another boutique gaming PC maker. I can see some room for a firm capable of making unique and powerful gaming machines at a low price, but the gaming PC market is well served right now. I don't see room for more of the same.
A new gaming PC brand has debuted called Origin with a new desktop and a new laptop for gamers. The desktop is called the Genesis and has some interesting available options. One of the cool things is that the buyer can get any case that is on the market today. Unlimited paint and color options are available and the rig can be had with overclocked AMD or Intel processors. Pricing for the Genesis desktop starts at $1,699.
The Eon18 gaming notebook has unlimited color and design options for paint. The screen is 18.4-inches and the resolution is 1920 x 1080. The notebook uses an Intel Core 2 Extreme processor. Graphics are via NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M video card and 8GB of RAM is installed. Storage is to three HDDs with RAID options and a Blu-ray drive is built in. The gaming notebook starts at $2599.
Finally, it looks like we have a launch date in place for the highly anticipated "Alan Wake", a blockbuster game so many of us are holding out for, bigtime.
Seems they're on the last curve towards the home straight after over five years of development, with sources reporting that May 12th, 2010 is the definitive big day.
Also, word has it that the PC release won't be the first to see the light of day, as Remedy have plans to update it with DX11 support and bring it out sometime later in 2010. Apparently it will be the Xbox 360 version Remedy has plans to bring out first on the May 12th launch day.
Another big update is on its way to Xbox 360 owners around the globe next week; November 17 to be exact.
Some nice convenient features will become available once this update has taken place, including Facebook and Twitter support as well as last.fm streaming abilities and 1080p Zune marketplace videos. Further to that is a new music store with the ability to download extra content for Guitar Hero, Rock Band and other supporting titles.
Some pre-release shots have been discovered on the web, for your viewing pleasure below.
Despite how high tech and costly Project Natal for the 360 looks from preview videos and info found around the web, the latest news has it that Microsoft are keeping the cost right down so that all gamers can be a part of the experience.
Rumour has it that the technology is being designed in such a way that the cost is kept down to a mere £50 (around $80 USD) or potentially even less. Apparently this will also include 14 mini-games as part of the bundle to further interest impulse buyers.
It's also quite probable Microsoft will soon after do an Xbox 360 pack bundled with Natal for a nice rounded price and it's expected there'll be as many as 5 million add-ons available come launch in November 2010.
Razer has just extended its plethora of gaming mice with the new Abyssus, sporting a state of the art 3500 DPI capable 3.5G infrared sensor, 1000Hz Ultrapolling and 1ms response time.
Keeping the mouse fairly simple by design, it offers the best in the way of performance for the most demanding gamers, but without the added bells and whistles many gamers simply don't require, helping keep the cost down to a quite respectable $49.99 US.
The Abyssus is now available for purchase on RazerZone and will become available worldwide in late December.
For a full features list and other relevant details, check out the full PR here folks.
The Xbox 360's aging and overpriced 802.11g based wireless adapter is about to be widely replaced by a new 802.11n capable model, as discovered on Costco's online store in which it is currently at a slightly discounted price of $88.
The new model has two antennas for superior signal quality and transfer speeds. Also, the wireless N speeds should give users the ability to wirelessly stream 1080p content from the upgraded Zune movies collection without a hitch.
Costco has said the adapter is scheduled for shipment as of November 10.
There's a bit of a stir happening over at the Hexus forums at the moment between NVIDIA spokesperson Lars Weinand and AMD's Richard Huddy, responsible as Worldwide Developer Relations Manager for AMD's GPU Division.
The discussion relates to Eidos' game title Batman Arkham Asylum in which AA support using ATI based graphics cards is not possible. NVIDIA's Lars Weinand says :-
"Batman AA is not our property. It is owned by Eidos. It is up to Eidos to decide the fate of a feature that AMD refused to contribute too and QA for their customers, not NVIDIA.
If it is relatively trivial, Mr. Huddy should have done it himself. The Unreal engine does not support in game AA, so we added it and QAed it for our customers. As Eidos confirmed (Not allowed to post links here, but check PCper for Eidos' statement) AMD refused the same opportunity to support gamers with AA on AMD GPUs. I'm sure Mr. Huddy knows how important QA is for game developers. I recommend AMD starts working with developers to make their HW work in a proper way. That's not our job. We added functionality for NVIDIA GPUs into the game. We did not lock anything out. AMD just did not do their work."
Richard quickly responds :-
"NVIDIA has done the right thing in bowing to public pressure to renounce anti-competitive sponsorship practices and given Eidos a clear mandate to remove the vendor ID detect code that is unfairly preventing many of Eidos' customers from using in-game AA, as per Mr. Weinand's comments. I would encourage Mr. Singleton at Eidos to move quickly and decisively to remove NVIDIA's vendor ID detection.
It's also worth noting here that AMD have made efforts both pre-release and post-release to allow Eidos to enable the in-game antialiasing code - there was no refusal on AMD's part to enable in game AA IP in a timely manner.
I trust that you will also confirm that no similar activity will take place on any other games?
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Futuremark is known for its benchmarking software. If you were to ask the average computer user they have heard of Futuremark and can tell you about 3Dmark and PCMark. But what many do not know is that Futuremark has entered the game arena. They did this a while ago under the name Futuremark Game Studios (FGS).
With the formation of this independent company they embarked on an abitious project. They wanted to create a game that took palce almost entirely in zero gravity. The game was to take place in a future setting where the moon has exploded and sent millions of tons of debris into earth orbit. In this zone clans fight for resources. The challenge for FGS was to implelment the complexities of Zero G compat while making sure players were not overwhelmed by the enviroment and controls.
We had the chance to play with the BETA version and can say FGS was and is more than up to the task. The Zero G combat system was very well done indeed. The amosphere is immmersive and makes for compelling and captivating gameplay. Futuremark has pushed out a few more videos of how this system will look once it is out and in the hands of consumers.
Futuremark Game Studios has finally lifted the veil of secrecy on their new game Shattered Horizons. This new game is one of the first ever to feature full Zero G combat. It is a full Multiplayer, online game that takes place in Earth Orbit. Now this would be ok but the moon exploded recently exploded and has filled the upper obits of the Earth with large chunks of rock.
All of the combat takes place in this zone. As a member of the Beta I can tell you that it is interesting to move around and to fight in this type of environment. To mark the occasion Futuremark has released a trailer showing what it will be like fighting in Zero G.
Antec plan to extend their lineup of xxx-Hundred cases soon with the arrival of the Six Hundred. The existing lineup comprises the Two Hundred, Three Hundred, None Hundred (Two) and Twelve Hundred.
We learn that Antec's Six Hundred runs dimensions of 491 (H) x 212 (W) x 492 (D) mm, coming in at a weight of 6.9Kg. Features wise, it comes with both top and side windows for easy internal viewing, three 5.25" drive bays, perforated front bezel, cable management compartment, support for up to six 3.5" HDDs via a front-loaded cage, a blue LED-equipped 120mm for exhausting at the rear and a larger 200mm TriCool blue LED fan situated on top.
It's been discovered that the Six Hundred is being advertised in Europe already for as low as 60.80 Euro, but this is pre-order only. We're not sure when exactly it will become readily available yet.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Amazon - Nintendo Wii Game Console for $199.99 Shipped FREE + $25 Amazon Gift Card!.
Offer: Nintendo just dropped the price on the Wii to $199.99! Amazon has it for that price with FREE shipping and there's no sales tax to most states! Amazon is also throwing in a FREE $25 gift card! Sweet deal!
Codemasters is a company that has a good reputation for coding graphically impressive games. Both DiRT and Racecar Driver Grid look simply stunning. So what should we expect from DiRT2 for PC now that it has DX11 support?
PC Games Hardware sat down with Bryan Marshall, Technical Director of the Codemasters Dev Team, and asked that very question.
According to Marshall, DiRT 2 takes advantage of three of the main features to produce some stunning visual effects. These are Hardware Tesselation, Direct Compute 11 (compute shaders) and multi-threading the command pipeline. Tesselation allows Codemasters to greater detail to the objects in the game (such as water surfaces, crowds and cloth) while Compute Shaders allow for better post processing of visual effects.
Multi-threading of the command pipeline means that the game engine can be optimized to improve performance and game response. Of course the major problem is that right now getting DX11 hardware is a little rough as many do not want to pay the cost of a new high end GPU (without seeing one from the competition) as well as a few supply issues with the 58xx series that are being reported.
Still the overall impression of the interview was an optimistic one and seemed to indicate that Codemasters will continue to work on their game offering to improve it for DX11, DX10 and even DX9 users.
DX11 is supposed to be the next big thing. At least that is what AMD and Microsoft would like you to think. On the surface (and in reality) it is a good step in the right direction for gaming. The problem lies in the way that it might be implemented by developers.
When we first heard that DiRT 2 and Racecar Driver Grid 2 were going DX11 we were very excited. Now we hear that the DX11 implementation will be a partial effort. Codemasters is not going to launch the game with full DX11 support.
Our sources tell us that there will be some of the more visible DX11 eye-candy enabled, but not all. This is a little disappointing to be honest, especially given the fact that AMD is offering coupons for a free copy of the game when it launches around the 23rd of October.
Speaking with other sources we see a pattern of developers half-heartedly implementing DX11 support. This is a shame as DX11 IS a much better gaming API than DX10. It should be easier to code for as well. To me this shows a sense of laziness on the part of game developers. If they would stop reusing code and engines far past their graphical usefulness then we might see some truly great games visually.
Then again considering the terrible plots and awful gameplay in most of today's games it is not surprising to see this happening. I mean, if they cannot be bothered to write a compelling story or side plots, why bother to write complete code for DX11 support.
Of course, there are and will always be bright spots. Word has gotten to us that while Modern Warfare II will not have DX11 support it will be as immersive as the first in the series. We also hear that the next Battle Field title will have full DX11 support.
In similar fashion to ATI's deal with Valve in providing coupons for copies of Half Life 2 upon launch when purchasing select DirectX 9 based ATI graphics cards, it's been said that the imminent release of ATI's next family of desktop graphics cards, the Radeon HD 5800 series will come shipped with a coupon that allows the buyer to grab a copy of Dirt 2, the first DirectX 11 based game to hit the market.
However, no doubt due to shaking hands on optimization processes that favour ATI based graphics cards, the game's original launch date of September 10 has fallen back and at the least it won't be available until sometime in November, whilst the 5870 will inevitably be on shelves well before then, so you'll have to hold onto your coupon for a while before you can make use of it.