A complete in-depth Q&A on Steam Machine pricing, specs, release dates, and more!
Final versions of Valve’s highly anticipated Steam OS (officially written "SteamOS") and Steam Machines that run it aren’t even out but the misinformation and the company’s legendary opaqueness have created perhaps one of the most misunderstood tech projects in recent memory. There’s simply been so much misinformation that even we can’t keep up with what’s actually fact and what’s fiction at this point. So to help you keep up on current events, we’ve tried to cull all of the relevant SteamOS and Steam Machine information into one single in-depth FAQ.
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.
Socket 2011 CPUs priced similarly to Sandy Bridge-E
Even though the thermal paste is barely dry on Intel’s new Haswell CPU microarchitecture, its performance-oriented Ivy Bridge-E processors are due to be launched soon, and now we finally have some pricing info. According to VR-Zone, we’ll be seeing three Core i7 Ivy Bridge-E CPUs debuting around Q3 this year, including the 4820K, 4930K, and 4960X.
Steam's much-anticipated summer sale is officially here! Beginning today, Valve will be offering massive discounts, some up to 75% off, to a plethora of PC games on its digital distribution service. The deals change daily and some of today's hot offerings include BioShock Infinite for $30 (normally $60), Defiance for $14 (normally $40), and Hotline Miami for $2.50 (normally $10).
Okay so pushed back might be a bit of an exaggeration since it was never formally announced, however up until now we were told the PC release date would match those of the Xbox 360 and PS3. This has never been true in the past, but we played along. Turns out if you were one of the countless masses who expressed cynicism at this statement, you’d have been in the right.
The launch of Diablo 3’s closed beta test does more than help Blizzard iron out bugs for the upcoming release of the game; it also wet the taste of gamers who have been waiting for a true Diablo 2 sequel for ten years and counting. (Um, even if the crappy always-online DRM did give cause some headaches.) Turns out it was just a tease; today, Blizzard officially announced that the release date for the game has slipped back into “early 2012.”
Being an assassin requires watching, waiting, and heaping gobs of patience. So, by that logic, Ubisoft seems to have assumed that PC gamers are the greatest assassins of all, seeing as we've been standing out in the cold since November. But now – finally – we'll soon be able to vent our frustrations in the healthiest way we know how: relentless stabbing.
Mark your calendars, former WoW addicts. December 7 is your final test. You will be tempted and goaded, and – for the first time in your life – you will feel like a social outcast for refusing to pretend you're a burly, heavily armored orc man. Cataclysm's coming, you see, and while it may herald the beginning of an in-game apocalypse, it doesn't have to be the end of your real life.
"Cataclysm includes the best content we've ever created for World of Warcraft. It’s not just an expansion, but a re-creation of much of the original Azeroth, complete with epic new high-level adventures for current players and a redesigned leveling experience for those just starting out," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "With the help of our beta testers, we're putting on the final polish, and we look forward to welcoming gamers around the world to enjoy it in just a couple of months."
Re-creation of Azeroth? Best content ever? Well, we suppose we could maybe give it a quick try... Wait, no! We have to be strong. Resist! Resist like our guild did against Onyxia when our tank went down and we had to hold her off until he charged back in and saved the day!
Mozilla is also hoping that Firefox 3.5 will help them champion the open HTML5 standard, and start putting a dent in proprietary video technologies such as Adobe Flash or Windows Media. HTML5 has seen a lot of support from third party browser developers lately, and could prove to be a very capable and flexible alternative. “Somebody has to take a stand” said Mozilla senior platform engineer Damon Sicore. "Somebody has to put open video on the Web. It's important that these formats are unencumbered. We feel that it's something that's in our mission that we have to do to keep them moving forward, in keeping the Web open."
Have you been playing with the Beta or RC version of Firefox 3.5, or do you like to wait for the final release?