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NVIDIA was showing off their upcoming GRID technology which streams games to your television. GRID eliminates the need for high performance PCs or even consoles. Samsung is NVIDIA's launch partner and the technology requires the users have a Samsung SMART TV, but more companies could be added in the future.
I got a chance to mess around with the technology at E3 and have to say I am impressed. The games were streaming from a data center about 5 miles away and I didn't feel like I was lagging. That's my biggest worry with the technology: how will they guarantee no lag? Furthermore, the technology requires a pretty big internet pipe, something that not all of us have the luxury of having.
The minimum spec for the internet is 5Mbps, something unavailable where I live. This means that it would be impossible for me to use NVIDIA GRID technology. Additionally, they haven't decided if it is going to be a subscription based model or something else, so pricing and information like that is still up in the air.
But, the main point to take away from this is that it works, seemingly without lag, and looks great while doing it. The graphics shown were better than any console that I have played on and they were coming from a data center 5 miles away. This truly seems to be "a game changer."
The first night, I attended WeMade's press conference at ICON Ultra Lounge. The press conference was good, but I wasn't so impressed by the games shown. Not to say they were bad games, they just weren't something I would play. However, this is probably due to me not exactly being a mobile gamer.
The lineup included Chaos and Defense, Viking Island, Pet Island, Goblin Mobile, Friend Fighter, Rhythm Scandal, and Hero Square. Since the first night, I have been waiting patiently for screenshots and information about the games so I could tell you, the reader. Finally, the information has arrived.
Computex 2012 - We are done for yet another year of Computex and as usual we end with our booth babes video.
Around 10 minutes or 19,860 frames of Taiwanese beauty, enjoy!
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More shots of ASUS' gear, MATRIX 7970, multi-monitor gear and more stuff you'll want to throw money at
Computex 2012 - We covered the ASUS event previously, but the ASUS booth is filled with some amazing stuff. There's not much to say because the pictures will do the stall justice, with the start of this gallery a shot of 4-way GEFORCE GTX 680s, just, so, beautiful.
ASUS MARS III card powering 3 large screens in portait (a personal favorite!). Looks epic at such a large size.
A bit of both, MARS III to the left on 3 big screens, MATRIX 7970 to the right on 6 smaller screens. Just as epic.
A panoramic shot for scale, it turned out pretty good - what do you think?
Computex 2012 - Just like NVIDIA, we visited the Thermaltake grounds today as yesterday was floor to ceiling packed. Thermaltake really take care of you when you're there, and were some of the best guys and girls of the event so far. Ramsom is one of the best guys I've met since being in Taipei and we got to talking about various cases, peripherals, and more.
What impressed me the most were the Level 10, and Level 10 GT cases... I know my good friend Lee will be reading this right now and nodding his head in agreement. Next move he'll go to
Facebook and say "I told you so!", and so he should - these things kick arse. There are so many different variants of colors and themes of them at the booth, we're going to just show them off and stop talking about them, have a look.
Computex 2012 - I'm sure you're aware of our relationship with NVIDIA, and yesterday we walked through their stand in Nangang at Computex. I noticed that my badge was getting looked at by virtually everyone, so I don't know if the staff were told to look out for certain media, but it felt like it. I thought I'd ask for a t-shirt, lanyard, etc - as I'm still a fan of the company, but all I got was a lanyard. We decided to visit again today, and got the same looks, but had more time there as it wasn't so wall-to-wall crazy busy. First up we have the GEFORCE GTX 680 and some awards it won.
Next up we hit the ASUS ROG PCs, where there was a StarCraft II session happening with some pro-gamers, check out the shots below.
A nice panoramic so you can get a feel of the scale of the event itself.
Computex 2012 - Antec had a very, very sweet setup here in the halls of Nangang, where they had their new white-colored P280 case, with a high-specced rig inside. 4-way NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 cards, Intel's Core i7-3930K, but the surprising bit was it was powered by two power supplies. Antec's High Current Pro Platinum HCP-1300 and HCP-1000. Crazy, right? Check out the pics.
A nice shot of Antec's HCP-1000 Platinum with a side-window, unfortunately this won't be how it is in the box.
The range of colors for the Antec P280
Computex 2012 - Walking through these halls in Nangang is crazy, there is almost too much to see, which is sometimes overwhelming. Then you meet some great guys over at the GeIL booth and they walk you through some of their gear. GEiL are just one division of a three-part company. GEiL covers the memory/storage side of things, Epic Gear covers peripherals such as keyboards, mice and mouse mats, then finally we have power supplies covered by Thortech.
First up we have shots of the Meduza mouse from Epic Gear, which felt great in my hand. The mouse mat under it has 8 layers and can flex back on itself and is an absolute joy to use. I noticed it felt smoother than most other mice I've used at Computex and asked the guy if the monitor was a 120Hz screen, which it was. Nice to see GEiL using a super-smooth 120Hz screen to their advantage with a smooth mouse and mouse mat combo.
The Meduza sports dual-sensors, one optical, one lazer for precision. This is great for those who switch between first-person shooters and MMOs, there is a toggle for 'optical', 'host', and 'laser'. Another surprise was their Compoxite mouse mat which is completely water-proof. This is great for those gamer rage sessions where you might accidentally spill a drink across your mouse mat.
While I was standing in line for a Nyko product hands-on, the booth next to me was advertising this new game called "NBA Baller Beats." They had big name basketball stars there to promote it, along with younger athletes. However, I am deeming this game idea among on of the worst I have ever seen.
It's another Guitar Hero/Rockband rip off, but with a twist. Instead of strumming when a symbol reaches a point on the screen, you have to dribble a real basketball. The company is billing this game as the first to track a real ball using Kinect. Let's take a moment to point out the stupidity in this.
First, numerous people have carpet where they have their consoles. Second, most parents have a rule about playing with balls inside. Third, if I'm going to dribble and play with a basketball, why wouldn't I just go outside and do it? So, while it is cool that it can track the basketball, it really is a terrible game idea.
What are your thoughts? Is this a game you would be interested in purchasing and playing?
Computex 2012 - We've just walked through AverMedia's booth here in the halls of Nangang at Computex, and their Game Capture HD device is definitely looking great. If you haven't seen AverMedia's Game Capture HD, it's a small device that can connect up to your gaming console and record footage with no delay or lag.
Of course, taking pictures is just as easy and you can also use those taken pictures and use them as your background on your PC or PlayStation 3. This means if you beat your friend or break a record, you could rub it in their face whenever they see you by using it as your background. Something else that caught our eye was AverMedia's Live Gamer HD.
Live Gamer HD is a PCI-Express based card that has a H.264 hardware encoder built in, meaning you can record gameplay without much strain on your CPU and other bits. Live Gamer HD sports both input and output, HDMI and DVI ports and a dedicated 'record' button for instant response. It captures video right up to 1080p@60 which is not too bad at all.