Maximum PC - All Articles http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/all/feed en No BS Podcast #230: Kingston Talks DDR4, SSD Controversy, and New Headset http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_230_kingston_talks_ddr4_ssd_controversy_and_new_headset <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/kingston-hyperx-cloud-white-edition.jpg" alt="kingston hyperx podcast" title="kingston hyperx podcast" width="250" height="207" style="float: right;" />We talk SSD bait-and-switch, pricing of DDR4, and more</h3> <p>Kingston dropped by for a quick visit to show off some new HyperX toys and we figured we’d bring them into the podcast room so you could also get a front seat in on the conversation. On <a title="maximum pc no bs episode 230" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_230_20140821.mp3" target="_blank"><strong>episode #230 of the No BS Podcast</strong></a>, Jimmy and Tom are joined by Kingston’s Senior Technology Manager Mark Tekunoff, Public Relations Manager David Leong, and Reverb Communications Public Relations Director Douglass Perry. In the short half-hour podcast, we look at the company’s new HyperX Cloud headset and discuss the fairly recent “bait and switch” SSD controversy in which synchronous NAND was later swapped out with slower asynchronous NAND on retail shelves. 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It gets a little more complicated than that, but why not keep it simple? That's what OCZ did with today's top deal for an <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820228073&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-SSD-N82E16820228073-_-0821&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=2#/ap/queue" target="_blank">OCZ Vector 150 Series 120GB 2.5-inch Solid State Driv</a>e for <strong>$85</strong> with free shipping. Simply put, this Vector drive offers fast performance (up to 550MB/s read and 530MB/s write), longevity (backed by a 5-year warranty), and an affordable price tag.</p> <p><strong>Other Deals:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231568&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-RAM-N82E16820231568-_-0821&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory</a> for <strong>$152</strong> with free shipping (normally $169 - use coupon code: [<strong>19BTSCPS199</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819113280-_-0821&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">AMD A10-5800K Trinity Quad-Core 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Desktop APU</a> for <strong>$100</strong> with free shipping (normally $110 - use coupon code: [<strong>19BTSCPS179</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113347&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819113347-_-0821&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">AMD FX-9590 Vishera 8-Core 4.7GHz Socket AM3+ 220W Desktop Processor - Black Edition</a> for <strong>$260</strong> with free shipping (normally $300 - use coupon code: [<strong>19BTSCPS180</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005595&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-DISPLAY-N82E16824005595-_-0821&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">LG 23.8-inch 5ms IPS-Panel Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor</a> for <strong>$210</strong> with free shipping (normally $220 - use coupon code: [<strong>19BTSCPS131</strong>])</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_ocz_vector_150_series_120gb_ssd_amd_fx-9590_vishera_8-core_and_more#comments Daily Deals daily deals Newegg Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:52:31 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28394 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC's Raven X6 Gaming Laptop Takes Flight Starting at $1,199 http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_raven_x6_gaming_laptop_takes_flight_starting_1199 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/raven_laptop.jpg" alt="Raven X6" title="Raven X6" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />A sleek and stylish laptop</h3> <p><strong>CyberPowerPC today uncaged its new Raven X6 laptop for gamers</strong>. The Raven X6 sports a 15.6-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with a 1920x1080 resolution powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ mobile processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. It all comes wrapped in an aggressive looking chassis with sleek angles and subtle aesthetic enhancements and accents.</p> <p>Pricing starts at $1,199. In addition to the components listed above, the Raven X6 also features 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), two USB 3.0 ports, HD webcam with dual digital microphones, backlit keyboard, HDMI output, 4-in-1 media card reader, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>There are a few upgrade options, such as bigger and faster storage choices, more RAM, and a bunch of accessories (mice, keyboards, headsets), though you can't hog wild pimping this thing out with more powerful components -- the options just aren't there.</p> <p>You can order a <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/LandingPages/RAVEN/" target="_blank">CyberPowerPC Raven X6</a> right now.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_raven_x6_gaming_laptop_takes_flight_starting_1199#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM raven x6 rigs News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:36:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28393 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Turnaround Effort on Track as Quarterly Sales Top Expectations http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_turnaround_effort_track_quarterly_sales_top_expectations_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_systems.jpg" alt="HP Systems" title="HP Systems" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" />Rise in desktop and laptop sales helped HP beat Wall Street estimates</h3> <p>Though HP didn't reclaim its spot as the number one supplier of PCs, the second-place OEM surprised analysts with a strong third quarter. <strong>HP's net revenue in the third quarter came to $27.6 billion, up 1 percent compared to the same period a year ago</strong>, while earnings per share came to $0.89, up 3 percent year-over-year. That's slightly better than Wall Street's estimate of a drop in revenue to $27.01 billion.</p> <p>HP has been working hard to turn things around as it restructures its operations. Unfortunately, doing so entailed making significant job cuts in the tens of thousands, though on the bright side those efforts seem to be paying off.</p> <p>"Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress we've made," <a href="http://h30261.www3.hp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=71087&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1959911&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">said Meg Whitman</a>, chairman, president and chief executive officer, HP. "When I look at the way the business is performing, the pipeline of innovation and the daily feedback that I receive from our customers and partners, my confidence in the turnaround grows stronger."</p> <p>HP's revenue from its PC division rose 12 percent year-over-year, with a 9 percent uptick in desktop sales and an 18 percent jump in notebook sales. This helped offset declines in printing, software, and enterprise revenue.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_turnaround_effort_track_quarterly_sales_top_expectations_2014#comments hewlett-packard hp revenue News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:51:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28392 at http://www.maximumpc.com Facebook Extends Bug Bounty Program to Oculus Rift http://www.maximumpc.com/facebook_extends_bug_bounty_program_oculus_rift_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/oculus_rift_4.jpg" alt="Oculus Rift" title="Oculus Rift" width="228" height="164" style="float: right;" />Get paid to root out bugs in Oculus Rift</h3> <p>The concept of a bug bounty program is nothing new, and even Facebook will line your pockets with cash if you discover a qualifying security vulnerability in the social network or select acquisitions it's made. Until now, however Oculus Rift was exempt. <strong>Facebook has now extended its bug bounty program to Oculus Rift</strong>, which joins other Facebook acquisitions such as Instagram, Parse, Onavo, and Moves.</p> <p>Bounties are awarded at the discretion of Facebook's bug bounty team. Should yours qualify, the minimum reward you're receive is $500. On the flip side, there is no maximum reward, and the more severe and creative the bug, the higher the bounty will be, according to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/whitehat" target="_blank">Facebook's bug bounty page</a>.</p> <p>Though this is Facebook's first hardware device, Facebook security engineer Neal Poole tells <em>The Verge</em> that at present, the majority of bugs related to Oculus Rift are in the message system for Oculus developers and parts of the website. As a result, the bugs are similar to the ones found in the social network.</p> <p>"A lot of the issues that come up with Oculus are not necessarily in the hardware yet," <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/20/6004113/facebook-will-now-pay-you-money-to-find-bugs-in-the-oculus-rift" target="_blank">Poole says</a>. "Potentially in the future, if people were to go explore and find issues in the SDK or the hardware, that is definitely of interest to us."</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergesegal/9084799176" target="_blank">Flickr (Sergey Galyonkin)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/facebook_extends_bug_bounty_program_oculus_rift_2014#comments bugs facebook oculus rift Security Social Networking Software virtual reality vr wearables News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:32:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28391 at http://www.maximumpc.com Graphics Porn (August 2014): Cheat Technical Officer Jim2point0 http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_august_2014_cheat_technical_officer_jim2point0 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/battlefield_4.jpg" alt="battlefield 4" title="battlefield 4" width="250" height="125" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">The Cheat Engine whiz of Dead End Thrills opens up his archives for Graphics Porn</span></h3> <p class="p1">We’re mixing things up again this month to showcase another tour de force of the video game screenshot world. James ‘jim2point0’ Snook is a front-end web developer at eBay Enterprise by day and a devoted screenshot aficionado at night. Just like <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_july_2014_showcasing_screenshot_artist_k-putt"><span class="s1">K-putt</span></a>, he’s dedicated to showcasing the very best that our favorite games have to offer. Whether that’s a stunning scene or just a particularly awesome ray of light, James is there to grab some spectacular screenshots.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">It all started when James stumbled upon some of <a href="http://deadendthrills.com/">Dead End Thrill’s screenshots</a> on Reddit. Now, he’s a diehard screenshot-taker. 4K downsampling and a technical-level of control over <a href="http://www.cheatengine.org/"><span class="s1">Cheat Engine</span></a>—a utility used to modify games—means that James can add free cameras, control over the field of the view (FOV), and even time-stop functions to games like Watch Dogs and Tomb Raider. He’s good enough at it that he’s the de-facto: “Cheat Technical Officer” on the DeadEndThrills forum. His work behind-the-scenes helps people like K-Putt and Dead End Thrills capture such inspiring screenshots.</p> <p class="p1">James’ love of the technical goes beyond Cheat Engine and screenshots. His personal rig is packed to the brink with an Asus Maximus V Extreme motherboard, an Intel Core i7-3770K overclocked to 4.4GHz, two EVGA GTX 780s in SLI, 16GB of 1866MHz Corsair Vengeance RAM, and a QNIX QX2710 2560x1440 monitor.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">We’ve got 15 of James’ personal favorites in the gallery below. Check them out and while you’re at it follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/jim2point0" target="_blank"><span class="s1">Twitter</span></a> to keep up with his latest exploits. Visit his <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jim2point0/" target="_blank"><span class="s1">Flickr</span></a> for the complete collection of his screens as well as higher-resolution downloads.&nbsp; Last, but not least, check out the <span class="s1">Dead End Thrills forum</span> for game-specific guides on getting total control over your screenshot adventures.</p> <p class="p3"><em>Whether you've been using&nbsp;</em><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/news/5"><span class="s2"><em>Steam's nifty screenshots feature</em></span></a><em>&nbsp;or simply print screening some beautiful wallpaper-worthy game moments, we want to be able to share your captured works of art with the world. If you think you can do better than the pictures submitted below, please email your screenshots to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:mpcgraphicsporn@gmail.com%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank"><span class="s2"><em>mpcgraphicsporn@gmail.com</em></span></a><em>&nbsp;so we can show them off. Make sure to include the name of the game, a title for the screenshot, and a description of what's happening on-screen.</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_august_2014_cheat_technical_officer_jim2point0#comments Cheat Engine Dark Souls II Dead End Thrills Graphics Porn jim2point0 Tomb Raider watch dogs Witcher Features Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:10:23 +0000 Ben Kim 28352 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Announces Compact Chromebox CXI Series Starting at $180 http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_compact_chromebox_cxi_series_starting_180_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebox_cxi.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebox CXI" title="Acer Chromebox CXI" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />Acer's first desktop PC running Google's Chrome OS</h3> <p>Does Google's Chrome OS have the legs to stretch beyond Chromebooks and into the mini PC category? Looks like we'll find out, as <strong>Acer just announced its new Chromebox CXI line for customers in North America</strong>. Acer isn't taking aim at just one category of users -- instead, the company says the CXI series is an appropriate solution for education, small to medium businesses, and budget-conscious shoppers who don't need a mobile platform.</p> <p>Housed in a compact 0.6 liter (6.41 x 5.12 x 1.3 inches) chassis that stands upright and is VESA mountable, the Chromebox CXI makes the most out of its space by offering fast boot up times in around 8 seconds and near-instant resume from sleep mode.</p> <p>Acer <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/80860" target="_blank">plans to launch </a>two Chromebox CXI models, the first of which is the CXI-2GKM with an Intel Celeron 2957U processor, 2GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (supports up to 8GB), 16GB solid state drive, SD card reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GbE LAN, four USB 3.0 ports (including one with power off charging for smartphones and tablets), DisplayPort and HDMI output, and of course Google's Chrome OS.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebox_cxi_vesa.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebox CXI VESA" title="Acer Chromebox CXI VESA" width="620" height="493" /></p> <p>The second model is the CXI-4GKM. It boasts the same specs, save for the RAM, which gets doubled to 4GB.</p> <p>Both the CXI-2GKM and CXI-4GKM will be available next month for $180 and $220, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_compact_chromebox_cxi_series_starting_180_2014#comments Acer chromebox cxi Hardware nettop oem rigs News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:01:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28390 at http://www.maximumpc.com Velocity Micro Adds Custom Designed MX3 Case to System Configuration Options http://www.maximumpc.com/velocity_micro_adds_custom_designed_mx3_case_system_configuration_options_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/velocity_micro_mx3.jpg" alt="Velocity Micro MX3" title="Velocity Micro MX3" width="228" height="224" style="float: right;" />Micro in size, big in expandability</h3> <p>In days gone by, deciding between high end components and a space saving configuration was a delicate balancing act with compromises made along the way. Things are different today. Hardware has evolved, and it's now possible to build a potent system inside a smaller size case. <strong>Velocity Micro's custom designed MX3 chassis is one such example of a compact case that can handle full size components</strong>, and it's now available from the boutique builder as a configuration option.</p> <p>The MX3 is a microATX case that can handle up to two high-end graphics cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti, a 240mm liquid CPU radiator, and up to half a dozen hard drives. As far as Velocity Micro is concerned, it's the most power-capable and upgradeable mATX case available in the custom PC industry.</p> <p>"This latest chassis is the culmination of nearly six months of research, design, and development," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We believe its unique combination of design, power capabilities, and outstanding thermals will make it extremely popular with our enthusiast audience. It’s a significant leap forward both for us and for the industry."</p> <p>Velocity Micro's MX3 case option is <a href="http://www.velocitymicro.com/mx3-chassis.php" target="_blank">available now </a>in configurations starting at $1,099 (Edge Z40). For that price, you get a Gigabyte H97M-D3H motherboard, Intel Core i5 4460 processor, 8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 graphics card, 1TB hard drive, 24X Asus DVD burner, 500W EVGA power supply, and Windows 7 Home Premium.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/velocity_micro_adds_custom_designed_mx3_case_system_configuration_options_2014#comments Hardware matx mx3 sff Small Form Factor velocity micro News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:07:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 28389 at http://www.maximumpc.com Rig of the Month: Parvum Titanfall http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_parvum_titanfall_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u162579/8a652c4a_r3e2tlo.jpeg" alt="parvum titanfall" title="parvum titanfall" width="250" height="167" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">An amazing machine that's straight out of Titanfall</span></h3> <p>This month’s <a title="rig of the month" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_roundup_2014" target="_blank">Rig of the Month</a> is a bit different. Instead of pulling from reader submissions, we’ve reached out to <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_14084711173806&amp;key=7777bc3c17029328d03146e0ed767841&amp;libId=d1ae913a-6caa-4ef6-95d0-89833fb7b69c&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.overclock.net%2Fmessages%2Fmessages%2Fview%2Fid%2F2848026%2Fbox%2F7229559&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F%3Frefsrc%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.facebook.com%252F%23!%2Fjameswalt1computerart%3Fref%3Dbookmark&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.overclock.net%2Fmessages&amp;title=Private%20Message%3A%20Maximum%20PC%20Rig%20of%20the%20Month&amp;txt=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F%3Frefsrc%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.facebook.com%252F%23!%2Fjameswalt1computerart%3Fref%3Dbookmark" target="_blank">James Walter</a>, who recently completed his latest build: <a href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1476225/sponsored-parvum-titanfall-completed" target="_blank">Parvum Titanfall</a>. Based on the design of the limited-edition <a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/accessories/controllers/wireless-controller/titanfall-wireless-controller#fbid=yMhsQVkQSQu" target="_blank">Xbox One Titanfall controller</a>, Parvum Titanfall is a masterclass in clean, crisp PC building.&nbsp;</p> <p>From the moment James saw the orange, white, and black controller he was immediately inspired to create a matching rig. After finishing a <em>Robocop</em>-inspired, <a href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1426275/build-log-robocop" target="_blank">full-tower build</a>, he set out to find the right platform to work with. The Parvum Systems S2.0 was his final choice because of a proposed partnership: Parvum would provide a custom S2.0 built to James’s specs. With Parvum onboard, the project continued with Swiftech, Ensourced Sleeved Cables, Mayhem’s Dyes, and ColdZero.&nbsp;</p> <p>With plenty of hours logged in Titanfall, James decided to create something straight out of the Titanfall universe. A computer—”a sort of Dell of the Titanfall universe,”—that could very well have been made by Hammond Robotics. The military theme, serial numbers, and paintwork are the result of James’s initial decision. The custom-painted motherboard armor, radiators, and other parts mesh well with the predominantly white case. James used a Silhouette-brand craft cutter to fabricate all of the extra ornaments—serial numbers, barcodes, and the like. Little details like colored vinyl set into the grooves of the case and the Mayhem’s Aurora 2 Supernova liquid-dyed to a deep orange really complete the build.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xVUmlFljBvs?rel=0" width="600" height="338" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As beautiful as the rig is on the outside, the system itself is equally impressive when you factor in the sheer number of water-cooling components. There’s an EK CPU block, RAM block, and two GPU blocks as well as a Swiftech pump, a Bitspower reservoir, two EK radiators, and a bunch of fans. The system components include an Intel i5-4670K that sits on an Asus Gryphon Z87, 8GB of Corsair Dominator GT memory, two EVGA GTX 770 Superclockeds, a 250GB Samsung EVO SSD, and a Corsair AX860 power supply.&nbsp;</p> <p>The reception to the finished rig has been so great that James and Parvum will be teaming up again for another game-themed build. Stay tuned to <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_14084711173806&amp;key=7777bc3c17029328d03146e0ed767841&amp;libId=d1ae913a-6caa-4ef6-95d0-89833fb7b69c&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.overclock.net%2Fmessages%2Fmessages%2Fview%2Fid%2F2848026%2Fbox%2F7229559&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F%3Frefsrc%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.facebook.com%252F%23!%2Fjameswalt1computerart%3Fref%3Dbookmark&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.overclock.net%2Fmessages&amp;title=Private%20Message%3A%20Maximum%20PC%20Rig%20of%20the%20Month&amp;txt=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F%3Frefsrc%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.facebook.com%252F%23!%2Fjameswalt1computerart%3Fref%3Dbookmark" target="_blank">James's Facebook</a>&nbsp;for details on the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare build.</p> <div><em>Have a case mod of your own that you would like to submit to our monthly feature? Make sure to read the rules/tips&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_roundup_2014" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;and email us at&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="mailto:mpcrigofthemonth@gmail.com" target="_blank">mpcrigofthemonth@gmail.com</a>&nbsp;with your submissions.</em></div> http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_parvum_titanfall_2014#comments James Walter Parvum Titanfall Rig of the Month rig of the month titanfall Xbox One Controller Features Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:38:52 +0000 Ben Kim 28373 at http://www.maximumpc.com DFC Intelligence: Nearly All PC Game Sales are Digital Downloads http://www.maximumpc.com/dfc_intelligence_nearly_all_pc_game_sales_are_digital_downloads_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steam_games.jpg" alt="Steam Games" title="Steam Games" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Physical media in the PC gaming sector is nearly dead</h3> <p>Think for a moment about the last 10 PC games you purchased. If the statistics presented by analyst DFC Intelligence are correct, than at least nine of those games were digitally downloaded as opposed to physical copies. Long gone are the days when you'd walk into Software Etc. and emerge with a bag full of game boxes containing floppy disks, and later CDs. <strong>According to DFI Intelligence, 92 percent of all PC game sales around the world in 2013 were digital</strong>.</p> <p>DFC Intelligence provided that tidbit to <a href="http://www.pcr-online.biz/news/read/digital-sales-make-up-92-of-global-game-revenues/034551" target="_blank"><em>PCR</em></a>, though it didn't say what the outlook for 2014 looks like. However, there's no reason to believe that trend is reversing, especially if you've walked into a GameStop lately -- the PC section has been reduced in most stores to a sad little rack that would normally hold a few accessories.</p> <p>Going digital isn't a bad thing, nor has it hurt developers and publishers. DFC said earlier this year that the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/%E2%80%9Cpc_games_have_surpassed_console_games%E2%80%9D_says_dfc_intelligence_owner_2014" target="_blank">PC games market leapfrogged console gaming</a> in revenue for the first time.</p> <p>"Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience," DFI Intelligence owner David Cole explained at the time.</p> <p>It's not hard to believe. As our sister site <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/08/19/analyst-says-digital-sales-made-up-92-percent-of-pc-game-market-in-2013/" target="_blank"><em>PC Gamer</em> points out</a>, EA <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/08/01/ea-financial-results-revealed/" target="_blank">announced</a> in its Q1 financial results for fiscal year 2013 that it made more money from PC sales than PlayStation 3, and it credited digital sales as the reason why.</p> <p>Welcome to the future.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/dfc_intelligence_nearly_all_pc_game_sales_are_digital_downloads_2014#comments DFC Intelligence digital downloads games Software News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:15:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28387 at http://www.maximumpc.com