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.
Feeling some good vibrations in the KOR FX booth at E3
A company out of Cambridge, Massachusetts is trying to raise $75,000 on Kickstarter to fund a gaming vest that offers haptic feedback. The company is KOR FX and its gaming vest uses "4DFX" technology to transform audio coming from your games or media into pinpointed high-definition haptic feedback so that you can feel movements, bullets, explosions, and more. Our tireless Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang made his way over to KOR FX's booth at E3 to see the vest in person and learn about the technology behind it.
Razer's cutting it up at E3 with plenty of product announcements
You would expect a gaming peripheral maker like Razer to be hyper active during this time of year, and you'd be right. Razer announced a handful of new products during E3, including a new PC case design licensing program and the Nabu Smart Band, which is now shipping to developers. Maximum PC Online Editor Jimmy Thang met up with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan to talk about these products and more.
Valve didn't do its hardware partners any favors by delaying the availability of its in-house developed Steam Controller, which by extension means everyone else has to push back the launch of their respective Steam Machine systems until next year. Bummer, right? Well, yes, but Alienware isn't letting the delay mess up its mojo. Instead, Alienware took its Steam Machine design and ran with a configuration that runs Windows, plus a custom 10-foot UI during boot for accessing music and movies. We took a closer look at the Alienware Alpha Console at E3.
The first of several drives to boast "Made in the USA"
Edge memory is feeling patriotic these days. Never heard of them? According to the company's About Us page, Edge Memory's roots date back to 1986 when a 14-year-old took $2,500 that he saved from his paper route and began buying and selling computer parts in the Dallas Morning News. Now a full fledged business, Edge Memory's newest product is the Revolution, a 7mm solid state drive proudly made in the U.S.
This mini PC comes standard with an Intel Core i7 4800MQ processor
Stealth specializes in small PCs that offer up big performance, and it's newest model -- LPC-681 mini PC -- looks to be no exception. Measuring just a little bigger than a NUC, Stealth's new LPC-681 mini PC brings an Intel Core i7 4800MQ (Haswell) mobile processor to the tiny PC party, along with support for up to 16GB of DDR3L RAM (4GB included in the base configuration) and a 120GB solid state drive that comes standard.
Roccat experiements with peripheral design for the living room
A portion of PC gamers are migrating to the living room thanks to hard pushes by hardware vendors to build small form factor systems that look like game consoles. We've seen it with Valve and its hardware partners (Steam Machines), as well as boutique builders opting for Windows-based PCs that can take advantage of Big Picture mode in Steam. What's missing, however, are living room peripherals. This is where Roccat is stepping in -- Roccat is showing off its Sova keyboard prototype at E3, so we stopped by to take 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.
Most of you reading this probably don't own a 3D printer, not yet anyway. However, there's a strong push to make 3D printing a mainstream thing. One of the newest 3D printers to emerge is the Form 1+ from Formlabs, which represents an extensive overhaul of the company's flagship stereolithographic 3D printer. According to Formlabs, this new model boasts a second generation laser system that's four times more powerful than its predecessor, allowing for up prints that are up to 50 percent faster.
NZXT will be the first to offer a case "Designed by Razer"
You'll find a wide assortment of gaming and audio peripherals if you sift through Razer's catalog of products. Keyboards, mice, headsets, controllers, and even full-blown gaming systems are among the products bearing Razer's label. What you won't find are any Razer brand cases, though that's about to change. Razer just launched a PC case design licensing program in which it will work with select third-party chassis makers to produce and sell Razer branded enclosures.