Ready for the next round of realistic warfare? The Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta will be available to preload beginning September 29th at 10 AM P.D.T. Your Sunday morning can start with fantasies of owning some noobs. But you'll be a noob too. Noobception? We have to go deeper.
Nvidia today lifted the wraps off its GeForce GTX 760 graphics card, a mid-range part that fared well in our benchmarking and surprised us with a $250 MSRP, and coinciding with the hardware release is a new set of drivers in beta trim. Available to download now, the GeForce 320.49 beta driver delivers improved stability and performance, and is especially recommended "for players of GRID 2 and other recent releases," Nvidia says.
Let's face it, nobody actually likes paying for security software, and if you're adamant against it, there are certainly plenty of freebie options at your disposal. The benefits of a paid suite, however, are that they typically offers more robust features and you only have to worry about managing a single program versus several. There is a third option. If you want the best of both worlds and aren't afraid to trust your security to pre-release programs, beta releases are your calling card, and Symantec has some new options to choose from.
Solid AV solution updated with another layer of protection.
If you're a longtime reader of Maximum PC, you know that we run an antivirus roundup each year, along with intermittent standalone reviews in between. One company that, for the most part, has consistently performed well is ESET, which again had a strong showing in our most recent roundup. ESET also just announced that its NOD32 Antivirus 7 and Smart Security 7 products are now available in beta trim.
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Looking for a new flight combat MMO action game? Hoping you can find one set in the Golden Age of military aviation? Are you reading this right now? Well you lucky dog, we just so happen to have a whopping 1,000 beta keys for World of Warplanes to give away courtesy of developers Ukraine Persha Sutdia and Belarus Wargaming.net. World of Warplanes is a free-to-play game, but it's currently in closed beta, meaning you need a key to have early access.
Hit the jump to learn more about this game and to claim your key!
The latest graphics card driver from AMD offers double digit performance gains in some instances.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) no longer offers monthly Catalyst driver updates like it used to, instead choosing to dish out new drivers when it makes sense to do so. Now is apparently one of those times. AMD Catalyst 13.3 enters its third beta as it nears release, and if you're itching to upgrade your software, the latest beta build will reward you with performance gains and fixes in a handful of titles.
With six beta releases under its belt, certified Catalyst 13.2 drivers can't be far behind.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this week released its Catalyst 13.2 Beta 6 driver for Radeon graphics cards. The latest build resolves minor anti-aliasing corruption seen in Crysis 3, improves Hitmat Absolution Crossfire scaling, and fixes graphical corruption on objects and textures in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. It also includes all the fixes and enhancements found in the previous beta releases.
GeForce Experience hits open beta status and adds support for new games.
Nvidia on Thursday announced that its GeForce Experience beta program is now open to anyone and everyone who wants to kick its tires, so long as you're driving a supported graphics card (and no, AMD cards are not supported). It initially launched as a closed beta back in December 2012, and since that time, over 40,000 gamers downloaded the app. Nvidia said it's been using the feedback it's received over the past month to make improvements.
Linux fans are free to do the open-source shimmy today in celebration of Valve announcing the launch of a limited access Steam for Linux beta. Valve invited experienced Linux users to sign up for the closed beta in October and claims to have received over 60,000 responses in the first week alone. The first round of beta participants has already been selected, though more gamers will be added throughout the course of the beta, Valve says.