State of the GPU wars, Windows 8.1, and Battlefield 4
On episode #213 of the No BS Podcast we continue our reporting from the front lines of the GPU war between Nvidia and AMD. Next, we break down Battlefield 4's launch issues and compare them to Battlefield 3's. Finally, we ruminate over the arrival of Windows 8.1 and the state of Microsoft before wrapping things up with our editor picks. Gordon then delivers an epic rant on the ever-present anti-PC bias in the media.
New Android 4.3 update will introduce console mode, Gamepad Mapper, and allow you to install apps to your Shield’s MicroSD card
We liked Nvidia’s Shield gaming handheld system when we reviewed it back in August but one of its glaring flaws is that only a little over 100 Android games supported its controller (most of them were touch-based). Nvidia is attempting to fix that issue with an upcoming over-the-air update that will include what the green team is calling the Shield Gamepad Mapper. This new feature will allow users to manually map touch-controls to the Shield’s physical buttons via a drag-and-drop system. Furthermore, users will be able to save these profiles to the cloud and will also be able to download other user-made profiles from the community. Nvidia says the Gamepad Mapper will expand controller support from about 140 Android games to thousands of titles.
Shield console finally receives concrete launch date
After a final round of quality assurance (QA) testing revealed a mechanical issue in the Shield handheld gaming platform, Nvidia was forced to delay the official release for some time. Now, Android Central reports a finalized ship date of July 31st for the little handheld that could.
Happy New Years, everyone!...yeah, yeah, we know we're almost a month late saying that, but hey! better late than never, right?
In episode 194 of the No BS podcast, Editor Josh Norem and intern Chris Zele talk to Deputy Editor Gordon Ung and Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang about what they saw at CES. Specific topics include...
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