EA’s public relations team plays Spincity all weekend long.
SimCity made our list of “most anticipated games of 2013”, and with good reason. This PC reboot was not only long overdue, but the franchise itself is an all-time classic. We were confident Maxis was the studio to deliver a proper sequel, but the studio’s choice of an always online DRM solution has proven to be a complete disaster. Maximum PC online managing editor Jimmy Thang has criticized EA’s handling of the situation, and the company’s PR department has been pulling overtime trying to repair the games reputation.
It’s not cheap, but it's certainly living room friendly.
The Steam Box initiative at Valve is little more than a humble attempt to bring a less offensive looking PC into consumer’s living rooms, but in reality that’s actually much harder than it sounds. I’m guessing most of our readers would rather roll their own Steam Box, but for the mass market gamer (and their spouses), a more discrete and compact solution is probably the way to go. Xi3’s PISTON console has been the most promising OEM Steam Box on our radar, and as of today, it’s finally available for pre-order.
Pricing for the Core i5/i7-based Razer Edge will start at $1,000.
Gaming peripheral maker Razer today announced that its Razer Edge tablet will available for pre-order starting March 1, 2013 at precisely 12:01 AM Pacific. Purchased units will ship to consumers sometime in the same month, though Razer didn't announce an official launch date. Pricing for the Razer Edge starts at $1,000 for an Intel Core i5 dual-core (1.7GHz) foundation with 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM and Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics.
Today’s PlayStation Meeting 2013 event at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom was, as expected, all about the future of Sony’s home console franchise. While the company did make the long-overdue Playstation 4 official, it somehow managed to wrap up the two-hour event — during which it outlined the console’s specs, detailed key features and showcased a raft of games — without giving attendees a glimpse of the actual console. To be honest, though, what it can do matters more than the way it looks. So what exactly can it do?
After reviewing the iBuyPower CZ-17 last month and seeing it look nearly identical to our zero-point MSI GT60, we were hoping our next gaming laptop would be a fresh, new design. Unfortunately Maingear's Nomad 15 apparently uses the same original design manufacturer (ODM) construction as those other two.
Note: This review was taken from the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
Gigabyte has finally stepped into the mechanical keyboard ring with a fully loaded Cherry MX gaming keyboard named the Osmium. Though the keyboard is stuffed with useful features, it has a few faults that prevent it from taking up permanent residence under our fingertips.
Note: This review appeared in the Holiday 2012 issue of the magazine.
The FangBook X7 won't leave a lethal bite in your wallet (unless you want it to).
Gaming notebooks are infinitely more affordable than they were even just five years ago, and if you don't believe it, just have a look at CyberPowerPC's new FangBook X7 Series. These 17.3-inch (1920x1080) gaming laptops start at $1,299 and pack at least an Intel Core i7 3630QM quad-core CPU (you can configure a FangBook X7 with up to an Intel Core i7 3940XM Extreme Edition processor) and 8GB of DDR3-1333 RAM.
It's safe to say that Steve Jobs was wrong about the 7-inch tablet category, which even Apple competes in these days (iPad mini). As times goes on, you can expect to see even more smaller size tablets enter the market place, including the 7-inch Wikipad, which is scheduled to launch in the Spring of 2013. The Wikipad is built on top of an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC foundation and is essentially a smaller (and less expensive) version of its 10-inch sibling, though it's geared for gaming.
AMD tries to sweeten the pot for potential 7000 series customers.
The previous AMD“Never Settle” bundle was among the best pack in deals we’ve ever seen, and the best just keeps getting better. Today AMD announced they would be sweetening the pot by offering Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite with the purchase of a 7800 series card, or Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3 if you snap up a card from the 7900 series family. When you stop to consider that AMD and Nvidia offer very similar price to performance ratios, it makes AMD’s offering quite competitive. Nvidia cards still have a slight advantage in the performance per watt category, however if you plan to game with your new GPU (and it’s safe to say that quite a few of you do), then it’s hard to argue with the value being offered here.
Speculation mounts over next-gen console after Sony teases special Playstation event
In the unlikely event that you don’t spend most of the year playing through the titles on Maximum PC’s list of the “most anticipated PC games of 2013” and have some time to spare for other, lesser gaming machines, at least make sure you spend it with a proper eighth-generation console — the “proper” is meant to exclude the Wii U — and not the ones that are about to turn eight. But where are the eighth-generation consoles, you might ask?