Good news, gamers. Nvidia has decided to slash $50 off the price of its upcoming Shield handheld gaming device, thus giving it a new MSRP of $299 (down from $349 previously). For those of you who already pre-ordered a Shield, you don't have to go pound sand. Nvidia says that you, too, will be charged the new price when the product ships.
It's hard to argue against the success ARM has had in the mobile space. Arguably no other company has a larger footprint in the smartphone and tablet market, and it's all done through licensing its technology to third parties. Nvidia, whose own Tegra line is based on ARM's architecture, has been paying attention to ARM's business savvy and will soon begin licensing its Kepler GPU technology to other companies.
We had the chance to check out E3 2013 in Los Angeles, California last week. As expected, the gaming/tech event was a big one withMicrosoft and Sony showing off their new Xbox One and PS4 consoles. But it wasn't all about the next-generation consoles. PC vendors such as Nvidia, AMD, Alienware, and Razer were at the expo showing off their latest gaming toys and there were a bunch of PC-exclusive titles at the event.
As you might expect, Nvidia had a major presence at E3. If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out some of Nvidia's E3 highlights and declaration on the state of PC gaming, which is filled with a bunch of tech demos, including The Witcher 3 and Warframe. In addition to showcasing what game developers are up to, Nvidia talked about Grid, Shield, and a PVR feature it's baking into GeForce Experience.
Folks, PC gaming is alive and well. That's the big takeaway from our time spent with Nvidia at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), in which the GPU maker declared that the PC is the "most important gaming platform." To prove it, Nvidia hit us with some statistics from GDC indicating that 48 percent of game developers are focusing their efforts on the PC, versus 13 percent who are working on titles for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, 11 percent on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and 5 percent for the Wii U. That's only one example.
Perhaps things were getting a little awkward for Club 3D in trying to maintain a relationship with both AMD and Nvidia, two competing GPU makers. Whatever the reason, from this point forward Club 3D is solely in AMD's corner and will no longer be producing video cards with Nvidia's silicon. Club 3D provided an official statement on its decision, noting that it's been a long ride serving both companies, but that it now wants to put all its focus on developing AMD cards.
Mobile gamers drooling over the launch of fast desktop parts like the GeForce GTX 780 and GTX 770 need not worry that they won't have anything new to play with in the notebook arena. Following the launch of the aforementioned desktop parts, team green this week introduced its GeForce GTX 700M series of laptop GPUs. There are four new mobile parts in all, each one based on Nvidia's Kepler architecture.
Nvidia delivers a juiced GK104 in the GeForce GTX 770
Today the embargo lifts on the second GeForce GTX 700 series GPU to be announced in a week's time; the Titan-cooled but GK104-powered GeForce GTX 770. Unlike the GTX 780 announced last week, this card does not use the monstrous GK110 GPU, but instead opts for a highly-clocked version of the GK104 chip found previously in the GTX 680, GTX 670, and GTX 660 Ti. It's the highest clocked-part of all of those cards though, and also has 7Gb/s memory instead of the 6Gb/s variety found in all the previous Kepler cards, giving it a signficant bump in memory bandwidth.
13 hardware components worth remembering on Memorial Day 2013
Memorial Day is a time to stop and remember all the men and women who died defending this country, and also to honor those currently serving, putting their lives at risk for our collective freedom. We're always delighted to receive letters and emails from readers in the Armed Forces, and truly humbled and honored that our magazine, website, and podcasts can provide a small mental retreat to their monumental sacrifice. So first and foremost, here's a heartfelt and emphatic "Thank you!" to anyone who has served or is currently serving, from all of us at Maximum PC.
Since this is Maximum PC, we'll do what we do best and stick to the topic of technology. Running with the Memorial Day theme, we've put together a gallery of some of the best PC hardware to serve our needs in the past decade.