A PC/gaming console that boots directly into Steam Big Picture mode
Let's just come out and say it -- Valve dropped the ball with its Steam Machine initiative. Rather than let its hardware vendors run with their own brand Steam Machines that they've been developing for the past year, Valve decided to delay things until next year while it tweaks its Steam Controller, an integral component of any machine that might use the "Steam Machine" designation. That decision left OEMs and boutique system builders in an awkward place, but rather than let their hardware designs collect dust, we're seeing them reborn as Windows-based PC consoles that boot right into Steam Big Picture mode. The newest PC console to take this approach is CyberPowerPC's Syber system. Let's have a look.
Boutique system builder Origin PC yesterday announced the availability of Nvidia's mighty GeForce GTX Titan Z inside its Chronos line of small form factor and micro tower PCs, which the company is promoting as the world's smallest 4K gaming system. We had to take a look for ourselves, so Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang made his way to Origin PC's booth at E3 for a video interview. Take a look.
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.
Most people know Razer as a player in the gaming peripheral market, or at least that's how the company's traditionally been viewed. However, Razer's been venturing past the point of peripherals and into actual gaming devices, including the Blade, which it claims is the world's thinnest gaming laptop. We were fairly impressed with last year's Blade, awarding it an 8/10 verdict in our formal review. While at E3, Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang had a chance to sit down with Razer CEO Min-Lian Tan to discuss its new Haswell-based Blade in detail.
In just less than two weeks from now -- June 25, 2013 -- Arma III will release to PC in beta form, though you don't have to wait until then to see what the upcoming open world tactical shooter is all about. Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang made his way over to Arma III's booth at E3, where he was able to record several minutes of gameplay footage and extract some information about the title.
Battlefield 4, the 13th installment in the popular Battlefield franchise, is due to release on October 29, 2013 in North America and shortly after in other parts of the world on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Some of the elements will be the same or similar to prior versions, like the heads-up display (HUD) with a mini-map and compass in the lower left corner, and ammo counter and health meter in the lower right. The potential for destruction is greater than it's ever been, as we got a chance to see first hand at E3.
Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang was on hand at the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) this week with camera in tow, and one of the first stops he made was over at AMD's booth. AMD, if you've been following the news this week, just recently unveiled a couple of FX 9000 Series processors, including the world's first 5GHz chip for consumers, the FX-9590 with 8 physical processing cores.
As many as 140 titles are in the works for the next-gen console
Two things that gamers around the world were most interested in prior to the start of Sony’s E3 press conference were the PS4’s design and the next-gen console’s price. The Japanese company did not disappoint, revealing both and much more at the nearly three-hour event.