An amazing machine that's straight out of Titanfall
This month’s Rig of the Month is a bit different. Instead of pulling from reader submissions, we’ve reached out to James Walter, who recently completed his latest build: Parvum Titanfall. Based on the design of the limited-edition Xbox One Titanfall controller, Parvum Titanfall is a masterclass in clean, crisp PC building.
Lots of bandwidth tweaks await Titanfall in the latest update
Respawn has put the finishing touches on its fifth title update for Titanfall, and with it comes a ton of optimizations intended to improve online play. The update applies to all platforms and also includes numerous bug fixes, as well as more robust multi-GPU support specific to the PC. Respawn said it worked with Nvidia so that the second GPU would no longer sit idle.
Looking for something to do this weekend? If your'e a PC gamer, you have options. For one, Steam's Summer Sale is underway, which means adding more games to your library than you'll possibly have time to play. If you'd rather not spend a dime but still want something new to play with, good news -- Titanfall on PC is free to play for the entire weekend! We're not talking about a teaser demo, mind you, but the full game.
You can test drive Titanfall's latest matchmaking tweaks
Respawn Entertainment says it's been keeping an eye on performance in Titanfall and is well aware of the lack of variety in teams. The development team has vowed to fix that, and if you're eager to try out some of the new changes, you can hop into the "Improved Matchmaking (Beta)" playlist under "Play Classic MP." For now, Respawn wants to watch how things play out in the beta to see what other tweaks are necessary before rolling out the changes to other playlists.
Take your hands off your mouse and keyboard (or tablet and smartphone) and give a hearty golf clap for Respawn Entertainment. Why are we congratulating the development studio behind Titanfall? Respawn deserves kudos for the way it's decided to handle cheaters in the PC version of the popular game -- by banishing them from the rule-abiding public and sticking them in servers with other cheaters.
Nvidia posts new GPU drivers a day ahead of Titanfall's release
If you own a GeForce graphics card and plan to pick up Titanfall tomorrow, Nvidia suggests you get busy installing its new GeForce 335.23 drivers, which are both WHQL-certified and tweaked to deliver "the best possible gaming experience" for the upcoming FPS developed by Respawn. And if you don't plan to play Titanfall, there are still reasons to install the latest driver release.
As soon as 4K monitors offer 120Hz refresh rates in price friendly packages, we'll be all over them. In the meantime, you might find that spending significantly less on a Full HD 1080p panel is the way to go, especially if you're rocking a entry-level or mid-range graphics card. If that's the case, have a look at today's top deal for an Asus VX248H Black 24-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor for $175 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [EMCPGPD67]). This is an LED-backlit panel with a Full HD 1080p resolution, fast 1ms gray-to-gray response time, and 80,000,000:1 contrast ratio with dual HDMI ports and a single D-Sub port.
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Titanfall will require 48GB of storage space on the PC according to Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella. Responding to a question on Twitter about how much space the FPS game would need he replied, “About 21GB of download and 48GB installed.” This means that the PC port is more than double the size of the Xbox One version which requires only 20GB.
Is there anything better than cranking up the settings and sitting down to play an amazing PC game? 2013 was a great year for PC gamers, but 2014 looks to be even better. Games like Watch Dogs, The Division, and The Witcher 3 are looking amazing so far. With that said, we've compiled a list of 20 games you should get excited about.