Move over, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Homefront, and all the rest. The grandpappy of terrorist-blasting floating disembodied gun simulators is finally back to show the incredibly conformist youngsters how its done. Well, OK, it's not quite back yet, but you can finally mark down the hour of its triumphant return on your calendar. CSGO's closed beta kicks off on November 30. Initially, it'll be limited to folks who managed to nab keys at shows like PAX and the Eurogamer Expo, but it promises to steadily open the floodgates as time goes on.
Pardon us if we keep talking games, but we’re just as caught up in Skyrim fever as the rest of the world. While we’re talking Tamriel, is your PC primed and ready for fighting dragons in the Nordic mountains? Yesterday, Nvidia released a new Geforce 285.79 beta driver that included, amongst other things, improved SLI and 3D Vision support for – you guessed it – Skyrim (which now garners an “Excellent” 3D Vision rating by Nvidia, by the way).
Opera today released a new beta version of its eponymous browser. The Opera 11.60 (Tunny) beta brings a host of changes, enhancements and bug fixes. These include “major changes to both the user interface and the core of the browser.” Hit the jump for more.
Symantec on Monday made available the public beta of version 6.0 of its all-in-one security suite Norton 360. It's currently available as a free download and is based on the same core technology found in Symantec's consumer oriented Norton Internet Security 2012, but with the addition of enhanced PC tuneup and system backup capabilities.
It looks like Nvidia is gearing up to launch a pair of 600 Series mobile graphics chips. We know this because somebody went and dissected Nvidia's recently released GeForce 283.38 drivers and found a couple of lines of code referencing the unreleased parts, which is a good indicator that they'll be showing up soon.
While still news, the release of a new browser version of Firefox - or even Chrome for that matter - is not the kind of earth-shattering event it used to be before Mozilla adopted a rapid release schedule. But the latest stable release of the Firefox is noteworthy as it is said to address an issue that has rankled users for many years now. Yes, we are talking about the notorious memory leak problem.
Can you tell that GPU makers are totally stoked about the release of Battlefield 3? Both Nvidia and AMD have made available pre-release graphics card drivers for the Battle 3 beta, the former of which we detailed yesterday (catch a recap of Nvidia's GeForce 285.38 beta release here), and the latter we'll break down after the jump.
If you're planning to participate in the Battlefield 3 beta that goes live tomorrow and own an Nvidia graphics card, there's a new set of drivers you should know about. Nvidia's just released R285.38 drivers, which are also in beta, supposedly boost performance in Battlefield 3 by up to 38 percent. The drivers are also supposed to help with stability and improve image quality in the game.
The mere announcement of Diablo III's always on DRM had many players putting down their socketed swords of the bedazzled alligator to pick up their pitchforks and torches, but now the moment of reckoning has arrived. And the verdict? Not so hot. Now, this is still a beta, mind you, so some issues could get ironed out. Most of the issues RPS zeroed-in on, though, stem from the hack 'n' slash genre's inability to cope with a constant connection.
"Leaner and meaner" are two terms you may use to describe a malnourished lion suffering through a drought, but the same phrase also applies to a cornered Firefox. Google's Chrome took a bit of the luster away from Mozilla's star browser. Rather than simply shrug their shoulders, Firefox's developers rolled up their sleeves and got hard at work on the MemShrink program, an initiative to reduce the browser's horrible memory leaks. Members of the team have reported great successes; now, with the release of Firefox 7 Beta, you can check out the memory improvements for yourself.