Panel discussion delves into the future of PC gaming
Our sister publication PC Gamer on Friday convened a star-studded, four-man panel at the ongoing Boston PAX East conference to discuss the future of PC gaming. The starry quartet, comprising Nvidia director of technical marketing Tom Petersen, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, PlanetSide 2 creative director Matt Higby and Star Citizen creator Chris Roberts, touched on a wide range of issues, including the prospects of streaming games and Microsoft’s role in the future of PC gaming.
Back in December, a little over a year after Linux creator Linus Torvalds famously lamented the lack of laptops with “reasonable resolution” displays, Taiwanese PC vendor MSI launched the industry’s first 3K gaming laptops in the form of the GT60 2OD-261US and 2OKWS-278US. Now, the company is all set to add another 3K notebook to its lineup. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang got up close and personal with the upcoming GS60 Ghost Pro gaming notebook at PAX East.
AMD unveils dual-GPU card, Nvidia drivers take on Mantle, and whispers of Haswell-E
The No BS Podcast is back for episode #221! In this jam-packed episode, we begin by saluting long time podcast host and Senior Editor Josh Norem goodbye, as he will be leaving the magazine to focus on his career in pet photography. Josh will be greatly missed, but will continue to write as a freelancer for us.
We then shift gears back to hardware to discuss AMD's blazing fast R9 295X2 card. Afterwards, we put Nvidia's new driver to the test and discuss its incremental boosts in gaming performance. Next, Gordon discusses Intel's roadmap to add four new Haswell chips aimed at enthusiasts including Haswell-E, along with its corresponding X99 chipset.
Today is a busy one for Nvidia. In addition to launching new beta drivers intended to steal some thunder away from AMD's Mantle API, Nvidia upgraded its GeForce Experience platform to version 2.0. The new release is described as a "major update" to the software that's been installed on 35 million PCs to date, and among the new features is ShadowPlay support for GeForce GTX notebooks.
Today Nvidia is releasing an all-new driver for customers of its Fermi, Kepler, and Maxwell GPUs that it claims offers significant performance gains in DirectX11 titles. It told us this driver is reminiscent of its "Detonator" drivers from back in the day, and it's claiming the driver can provide "up to 64 percent faster single GPU performance" as well as "up to 71 percent faster SLI performance."
OTA update adds new and enhanced features to Nvidia's Shield handheld
Owners of Nvidia's Shield console are in for a treat. On April 2, Nvidia will begin rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update that upgrades the device's Android platform to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, though that's not the only feature upgrade. It also adds a bunch of GameStream enhancements, including some beta goodies such as notebook support, Wake on LAN, and remote login support, which will allow users to log into a locked PC remotely from Shield.
Cheaper Windows 8, smaller PCs, SSDs of the future, reader questions, and a rant
We've assembled once again in the podcasting dungeon to argue about Windows 8 and the latest hardware; also known as the No BS Podcast episode #220. We begin by discussing Microsoft's strategy to give Bing a shot in the arm by packaging the search engine with a more-affordable version of Windows 8.1, and then we chat a bit about Nvidia's 800M mobile GPU series and its ability to conserve battery life. Next Gordon gives us his thoughts on wee PCs and finally Josh talks about his recent visit to Intel's SSD testing facility. We finish by answering reader questions, giving you our Editor's Picks, and letting Gordon pontificate in his trademark manner.
Nvidia paved the way for new gaming laptop releases earlier this week when it introduced its new GeForce GTX 800M Series of mobile GPUs, and sure enough, we've been bombarded with announcements coming in every which direction. One of the companies getting in on the action is Gigabyte, which today announced an array of gaming laptops built with Nvidia's latest 800M GPUs.
It's time to think about upgrading that GeForce 9800 GTX card
Just as Microsoft is getting ready to end support for Windows XP next month, Nvidia also has an end in sight for its own legacy products, though it's not coming up quite as quickly. When Nvidia gets around to releasing its GeForce 343 drivers, support will officially end for all DirectX 10 generation graphics cards, freeing the GPU maker to focus soley on Fermi, Kepler, and Maxwell products.
Winter is almost over, though depending on where you live (like the midwest), you might not know it by the amount of snow that sits unmelted outside. Nevertheless, Nvidia is ready to welcome the spring season by offering two fresh game bundles with the purchase of select GeForce GTX desktop graphics cards and GeForce GTX-powered laptops. One of the freebie offerings is a downloadable code for Daylight, the first game built around the Unreal Engine 4.