Gaming http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/178/ en Alienware Starts Offering Nvidia's Titan Z in Aurora Desktop, Price Temporarily Discounted http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_starts_offering_nvidias_titan_z_aurora_desktop_price_temporarily_discounted_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_titan_z.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX Titan Z" title="GeForce GTX Titan Z" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />When two gaming hardware worlds collide</h3> <p>Dell's Alienware Aurora gaming desktop is getting an introduction to Nvidia's mighty Titan Z graphics card, and vice versa. That's to say that <strong>you can now configure an Alienware Aurora desktop with a Titan Z graphics card</strong>, and to kick off the coming together of two powerhouses, the starting price has been temporarily reduced from $3,799 to $3,609.05, a savings just shy of $190.</p> <p>“The GeForce GTX Titan Z is a gaming monster, built to power the most extreme gaming rigs on the planet. With a massive 5760 cores, 12 GB of 7 Gbps GDDR5 memory, and the most advanced power delivery system, it’s the fastest graphics card we’ve ever made. Experience incredible speed and cool, quiet performance—all in a stunning aluminum design," Nvidia said in a <a href="http://na.alienwarearena.com/news/nvidia-titan-z-now-available" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>A baseline configuration containing a Titan Z also includes an Intel Core i7 4820K processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 2TB hard drive (7200 RPM), 24X DVD burner, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. You can also upgrade your configuration just about as far as your budget allows.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_starts_offering_nvidias_titan_z_aurora_desktop_price_temporarily_discounted_2014#comments alienware aurora Desktop Gaming graphics card Hardware nvidia OEM rigs titan z News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28130 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Entices Last Gen Console Owners with $75 Credit to Upgrade to Xbox One http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_entices_last_gen_console_owners_75_credit_upgrade_xbox_one <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_promotion.jpg" alt="Xbox Promotion" title="Xbox Promotion" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" />The upgrade pot just got sweetened</h3> <p>Are you clinging tight to your Xbox 360 console? Microsoft hopes to loosen your grip with an upgrade offer that it's been sending out to some last generation console owners in hopes that they'll upgrade to an Xbox One.<strong> For users who receive the message on their last generation console, they'll receive a $75 promotional code with the purchase of any Xbox One</strong> or Xbox One bundle.</p> <p>A screenshot of the promotion appears on a <a href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=851200" target="_blank">forum post at <em>Neogaf</em></a>. According to the text, the code can be used for games, add-ons, movies, and more.</p> <p>Microsoft's been pulling all kinds of tricks out of its sleeve to make the Xbox One a more attractive option than the PlayStation 4. Earlier in the year, Microsoft rolled out a Xbox One with Titanfall and Kinect bundle, and more recently, the Redmond outfit has begun offering just the console itself (no Kinect sensor) for $399.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_entices_last_gen_console_owners_75_credit_upgrade_xbox_one#comments console Gaming Hardware microsoft Xbox 360 xbox one News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:06:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28129 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC's Custom SFF Configurator Lets You Customize a Mini ITX Gaming Rig http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_custom_sff_configurator_lets_you_customize_mini_itx_gaming_rig_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cyberpowerpc_sff.jpg" alt="CyberPowerPC SFF" title="CyberPowerPC SFF" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />Configure a custom mini ITX system with a full size videocard</h3> <p>It's often said that big things come in small packages, and to prove it, <strong>CyberPowerPC is encouraging consumers to try out its new custom SFF Configurator</strong>. This allows customers to choose from what CyberPowerPC claims is a "carefully selected menu of high-end components" to piece together the ultimate mini-ITX gaming machine. And with the back-to-school season not too far off in the future, these space saving systems would fit nicely in a dorm room.</p> <p>"As far as performance goes, the sky is the limit. The CypberPowerPCdesign and engineering teams worked hard to stuff enough processing, graphics and cooling power into these pint-sized machines to rival any full-size desktop PC," CyberPowerPC says.</p> <p>It starts with a fairly wide case selection that includes the Corsair Obsidian 250D, BitFenix Prodigy SFF, Fractal Design Node 304, and Fang Battlebox. Cost of entry is about $480 -- that gets you an Intel Core i3 4150-based system with 8GB of RAM, ASRock B85M-ITX motherboard, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 350W power supply, keyboard, and mouse (OS is extra). Like all of CyberPowerPC's mini-ITX systems, almost everything is configurable.</p> <p>If you want to see for yourself, head over to <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/" target="_blank">CyberPowerPC's website</a> and hit the "SFF Configurator" option on the left-hand side (under the "What's Hot" section).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_custom_sff_configurator_lets_you_customize_mini_itx_gaming_rig_2014#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware mini itx OEM pre-built rigs sff Small Form Factor News Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:25:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28105 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Adds Gaming Mini PC to BRIX Family http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_adds_gaming_mini_pc_brix_family311 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/brix-gaming.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Brix Gaming Mini PC" title="Gigabyte Brix Gaming " width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Small yet powerful</h3> <p>A new member is all set to join the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/gigabyte_throws_small_and_sleek_brix_mini_pc_waters2013" target="_blank">BRIX DIY mini PC range Gigabyte debuted last year</a>. Available in green and black, the new <strong>“BIX Gaming” PC kit combines a 4th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor with a dedicated Nvidia graphics card</strong> to deliver what the company claims is a “miniature gaming powerhouse.”</p> <p>Initially, the <a href="http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5096#ov" target="_blank">BRIX Gaming small form factor (SFF) PC kit</a> will initially be only available with an Intel Core i5 4200H (2800 - 3400 MHz) processor, with a Core i7 variant following in August. However, based on the press release, it appears the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 GPU (with 3GB/6GB GDDR5 VRAM) will be common to both Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs. Further, the BRIX Gaming PC will come with four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet port, one Mini DisplayPort, Mini-HDMI port, and a Mini PCIe module with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and the latest Bluetooth 4.0. A power adapter and cable will also be part of the kit. </p> <p>Two things it won’t come with, though, are RAM and storage. According to the company, the kit includes two SO-DIMM DDR3L slots, one mSATA slot and one 2.5" SATA HDD slot.</p> <p>“The GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming is the perfect showcase for Intel and Nvidia’s exceptional technologies,” said Henry Kao, VP of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “The BRIX Gaming packs a high-performance, desktop-class processor and GPU that is highly suited to processor-intensive creative applications and 3D gaming titles. It is a great example of the type of innovation GIGABYTE is delivering for the desktop PC space."</p> <p>There’s no word on pricing and availability yet.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_adds_gaming_mini_pc_brix_family311#comments brix gaming core i5 4200h Gaming gigabyte gtx 760 intel mini pc nvidia sff News Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:02:08 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28088 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer's Planning a Micro Console Powered by Android TV for Fall Release http://www.maximumpc.com/razers_planning_micro_console_powered_android_tv_fall_release_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_micro_console.jpg" alt="Razer Micro Console" title="Razer Micro Console" width="228" height="118" style="float: right;" />A little box with big ambitions</h3> <p>One of the (many) things Google announced during its opening keynote yesterday at its I/O developer event was Android TV, which is somewhat of an evolution of Google TV. This time around, however, there will be a much bigger focus on gaming, so it's no surprise that Razer already has something up its sleeve. That something is a <strong>micro console that Razer plans to release in the fall</strong>.</p> <p>Razer's micro console will be built around Android TV and be able to stream movies, music, and other apps for large-screen entertainment. However, the emphasis will be on gaming. While details are super light at the moment, Razer says its experience in building high-performance gaming systems, peripherals, and software will benefit the micro console's development.</p> <p>"This is a console of the future," <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-developing-new-micro-console-to-connect-android-entertainment-in-the-living-room" target="_blank">says Min-Liang Tan</a>, Razer co-founder and CEO. "Built on Google’s incredible Android TV platform, the Razer micro-console incorporates not only hardcore and casual gaming, but music, movies and other entertainment and social applications, all on an affordable system."</p> <p>Razer didn't say how much it intends to charge for its upcoming micro console.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/razers_planning_micro_console_powered_android_tv_fall_release_2014#comments android tv Gaming Google Hardware micro console razer News Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:55:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28078 at http://www.maximumpc.com Customizable MSI Gaming Laptops Now Available Through iBuyPower http://www.maximumpc.com/customizable_msi_gaming_laptops_now_available_through_ibuypower_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_ge70_apache.jpg" alt="MSI GE70 Apache" title="MSI GE70 Apache" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />MSI joins iBuyPower's customizable OptiBoost program</h3> <p>Your options for configuring a name brand gaming laptop from iBuyPower are expanding. As part of what iBuyPower is calling its Optiboost program, select notebook makers are teaming up with the boutique builder to offer customizable laptops. <strong>iBuyPower kicked off its Optiboost program <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ibuypower_teams_gigabyte_unveil_%E2%80%98optiboost%E2%80%99_gaming_laptop_configuration_program_2014" target="_blank">last month with Gigabyte</a>, and now MSI is joining the program</strong> with five different laptops to choose from.</p> <p>"Individuality is a big part of the mobile gaming experience and MSI is confident that iBuyPower’s Optiboost program will deliver the ideal combination of customized performance and value," said Andy Tung, President of MSI Pan America. "We are making mobile gaming personal again."</p> <p>Customizable MSI gaming laptops include the GP60 Leopard ($949), GP70 Leopard ($969), GT70 Dominator ($1,649), GT70 Dominator Pro ($2,099), and GE70 Apache ($1,139). These are all 17.3-inch laptops except for the GP60, which is 15.6 inches. All five sport 1920x1080 resolutions.</p> <p>The upgrade options aren't quite as robust as some of iBuyPower's own systems, though you can upgrade the CPU, RAM, storage, and a few other components.</p> <p>You can check it out <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/Product/MSI" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/customizable_msi_gaming_laptops_now_available_through_ibuypower_2014#comments Gaming Hardware ibuypower laptop mobile msi notebook OEM optiboost rigs News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:01:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28063 at http://www.maximumpc.com Steam OS to Power Handheld http://www.maximumpc.com/steam_os_power_handheld <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/steamboy.jpg" alt="Steamboy Handheld" title="Steamboy Handheld" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Steamboy will arrive next year</h3> <p><em><strong>Update:</strong> When we asked Valve to see if they were involved with the development of the Steamboy, the company simply responded by saying, "We have no idea what this is." The original story is posted below:</em></p> <p>To say the proliferation of smart devices has adversely affected the sale of dedicated handheld gaming devices would be a gross understatement. A <strong>new handheld console</strong> at this stage, it would seem, makes absolutely no sense. Well, to a company called Steamboy Machine Team it makes perfect sense.</p> <p>At the recently concluded Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the company announced the world’s first Steam OS-running handheld games console. Scheduled for release sometime during 2015, the 5-inch device will pack: a quad-core chip, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a 16:9 touchscreen.</p> <p>"SteamBoy won't be as powerful as other announced Steam Machines in the same way [the] Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita performance is not comparable to Wii U or PlayStation 4," the company told <a href="http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/135381-SteamBoy-Aims-To-Be-The-Handheld-Steam-Machine-Update" target="_blank">The Escapist</a>. "However, it will be possible to play the majority of current games in Steam."</p> <p>Let’s hope it will fare a bit better than the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/Gizmondo" target="_blank">Windows CE-running Gizmondo</a> did back in 2005 — that is, of course, if it manages to avoid getting scrapped like the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/panasonic_surfaces_jungle_handheld_gaming_console" target="_blank">Panasonic Jungle</a>. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UM63RuEhgHU" width="620" height="320" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/steam_os_power_handheld#comments E3 Gaming Gizmondo handheld console panasonic jungle steam os steamboy steamboy machine team Valve News Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:31:55 +0000 Pulkit Chandna and Jimmy Thang 28008 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kinect Far From Dead, Insists Xbox Marketing Honcho http://www.maximumpc.com/kinect_far_dead_insists_xbox_marketing_honcho <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u160391/xboxone.png" alt="Xbox One" title="Xbox One" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Says Kinect will remain a key part of the Xbox One experience</h3> <p>The original Kinect, despite its commercial success and popularity among hackers and enthusiasts, was mostly a disappointment from a purely gaming standpoint. To make matters worse, Microsoft decided to foist the Kinect 2.0 on gamers by bundling it with the Xbox One — even if it meant giving rival Playstation 4 a substantial price advantage right at the outset. But with the move beginning to threaten Xbox One’s prospects, the Redmond-based company finally relented and <strong>began offering a $400 Kinect-less SKU a few days back</strong>. As a result, a big question mark now hangs over the Kinect’s future.</p> <p>Our sister publication <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/consoles/microsoft-s-yusuf-mehdi-says-kinect-will-always-be-integral-to-xbox-one-1253190?src=rss&amp;attr=all" target="_blank">TechRadar recently caught up with Yusuf Mehdi</a>, chief marketing&nbsp; and strategy office at the company’s Xbox division, and asked him about the future of the motion-sensing peripheral.</p> <p>Here’s what he had to say when asked if Kinect was going to remain a key part of the whole Xbox One experience: “Yeah, I think Kinect is going to continue to be integral. So it works at three levels [voice commands, dedicated games and games that benefit from certain features]. That continues, and we keep making improvements, perfections, and the progress on Kinect v2 has been pretty huge.”</p> <p>He then proceeded to talk about why the company eventually decided to unbundle it: “The other part is the reason we un-bundled it, and it was a tough decision because we have all of our game publishers, and there was a question of, well, do you lose dev innovation because people can't rely on it being there, versus if we have a new opening price point that's $100 cheaper, can you get a lot more people to come to the Xbox One? And in the end we decided that the latter was the best thing to get, to focus on the customer and to broaden the audience for the developers.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/kinect_far_dead_insists_xbox_marketing_honcho#comments console gaming Gaming kinect xbox one News Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:11:43 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28009 at http://www.maximumpc.com E3 2014: Check Out KOR FX's Haptic Feedback Suit for Gamers [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/e3_2014_check_out_kor_fxs_haptic_feedback_suit_gamers_video <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kor_fx.jpg" alt="KOR FX Gaming Vest" title="KOR FX Gaming Vest" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />Feeling some good vibrations in the KOR FX booth at E3</h3> <p>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 <strong>Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang made his way over to KOR FX's booth at E3 to see the vest in person</strong> and learn about the technology behind it.</p> <p>KOR FX explains that the vest processes audio into haptic feedback using a proprietary chipset and millions of lines of algorithm that in an instant can figure out what needs to be done and produces "haptic events."</p> <p>All of this feedback occurs on just two spots on the chest. However, it's not a simple rumble pack, the company says. The way it's explained, your brain processes the haptic feedback in the chest internally to create a sense of immersion that goes beyond rumble packs. Have a look:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AcsA_7Ffaow" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The project has raised a little over $45,000 so far on Kickstarter with 42 days still to do. If you'd like to back it, just go <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kor-fx/kor-fx-gaming-vest-4dfx-haptic-feedback-system" target="_blank">here</a> and issue your pledge.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/e3_2014_check_out_kor_fxs_haptic_feedback_suit_gamers_video#comments E3 2014 Gaming haptic feedback Hardware kor fx Peripherals News Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:47:38 +0000 Paul Lilly and Jimmy Thang 27994 at http://www.maximumpc.com E3 2014: Roccat Sova Keyboard Prototype Joins the Living Room Gaming Fad [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/e3_2014_roccat_sova_keyboard_prototype_joins_living_room_gaming_fad_video <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/roccat_sova.jpg" alt="Roccat Sova" title="Roccat Sova" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" />Roccat experiements with peripheral design for the living room</h3> <p>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 -- <strong>Roccat is showing off its Sova keyboard prototype at E3</strong>, so we stopped by to take a look.</p> <p>Roccat describes the Sova as the first fully realized modular wireless keyboard and mousepad combo. It's designed to make gaming from the couch comfortable and is specifically intended to sit on your lap. The final design, if it gets that far, could end up different than what's being shown, but the concept will be the same.</p> <p>"Sova is the option for gamers wishing to expand their arena without sacrificing gaming experience," says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. "Platforms like Steam are fantastic, but the experience can be devalued by the lack of adequate gaming equipment. Gamers who wish to stream PC games to a living room television will no longer need to put up with latency issues and can now experience couch gaming at its fullest."</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZsrtM370Jxk" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>It has flexible and adjustable parts, multiple USB ports, a machined brush aluminum design, Cherry MX mechanical key switches, and battery life that's good for up to 12 hours of game play (he says 8 hours in the video, but Roccat states 12 hours in its press release).</p> <p>No word yet on price or release date. For now, Roccat is looking for feedback, which you can offer <a href="http://www.ownthecouch.gg/site.php" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/e3_2014_roccat_sova_keyboard_prototype_joins_living_room_gaming_fad_video#comments E3 2014 Gaming Hardware keyboard living room Peripherals roccat sova News Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:56:51 +0000 Paul Lilly and Jimmy Thang 27985 at http://www.maximumpc.com E3 2014: Up Close and Personal with Origin PC's Chronos Micro Tower PC [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/e3_2014_close_and_personal_origin_pcs_chronos_micro_tower_pc_video <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chronos_mpc.jpg" alt="Origin PC Chronos MPC" title="Origin PC Chronos MPC" width="228" height="126" style="float: right;" />Billed as the world's smallest 4K gaming desktop</h3> <p>Boutique system builder Origin PC yesterday <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_shoves_titan_z_inside_chronos_dubs_it_worlds_smallest_4k_gaming_system_2014">announced the availability</a> 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 <strong>Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang made his way to Origin PC's booth at E3 for a video interview</strong>. Take a look.</p> <p>Thang caught up with Origin PC CEO and co-founder Kevin Wasielewski, who was clearly excited about the accomplishment of fitting a Titan Z inside such a small chassis (Silverstone RV201). Wasielewski says the console-like chassis can sit either vertically, as shown in the video, or on its side (horizontally).</p> <p>"It's perfect for your living room, it's perfect for your desk or dorm room, or whatever," Wasielewski says.</p> <p>Configured with a Titan Z, pricing starts at around $4,000 (or around $1,700 without a Titan Z) and includes an Intel foundation and 600W Silverstone power supply.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2LRvk2lwSZA" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>If you want to purchase (or windows shop) a Chronos system with Titan Z, just head over to its <a href="http://www.originpc.com/gaming/desktops/chronos/" target="_blank">product page</a> on Origin PC's website. Also, be sure to check out the photo gallery below.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/e3_2014_close_and_personal_origin_pcs_chronos_micro_tower_pc_video#comments chronos e3 2013 Gaming Hardware micro tower OEM origin pc rigs News Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:10:21 +0000 Paul Lilly and Jimmy Thang 27984 at http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Shoves a Titan Z Inside Chronos, Dubs It World's Smallest 4K Gaming System http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_shoves_titan_z_inside_chronos_dubs_it_worlds_smallest_4k_gaming_system_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chronos.jpg" alt="Origin PC Chronos" title="Origin PC Chronos" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Big time gaming performance from a small form factor system</h3> <p>Give credit to Origin PC for never letting its lineup of gaming PCs grow stagnant, including its small form factor Chronos option. In the past few months alone, the boutique builder <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_adds_micro_tower_option_chronos_line_desktop_gaming_rigs_2014">added a micro tower option</a> to Chronos and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_upgrades_desktops_systems_intel_9_series_z97_motherboards" target="_blank">upgraded its internals</a> with Intel 9 Series Z97 motherboard options. What's next? Try 4K gaming. <strong>Origin PC today announced the availability of Nvidia's dual-GPU GeForce GTX Titan Z in its Chronos micro tower</strong>, which it now bills as the world's smallest 4K gaming PC.</p> <p>"So far, 4K gaming PCs have been required to be in large tower cases with multiple video cards. It’s amazing to see that in such a short amount of time we are already offering a true 4K gaming PC in a micro tower that can sit vertically on your desk, or horizontally in your living room," said Kevin Wasielewski, Origin PC CEO and co-founder. "The Chronos micro tower with a 12GB Nvidia Titan Z is the most gaming power I have ever seen in such a small chassis."</p> <p>The Chronos comes in four different SFF and two mini-tower case options -- Corsair 250D, Silverstone RV201, Silverstone SG08, EVGA Hadron Air, Corsair 350D, and Silverstone FT03. All of them can accommodate the Titan Z, which is roughly a $3,000 upgrade over the stock GeForce GTX 750 that comes standard in some configurations.</p> <p>Pricing for a complete Chronos setup can vary wildly depending on which parts you choose. There's a lot of flexibility in component choices, such as 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB RAM options in DDR3-1600, 1866, or 2133, as well as "Premium" RAM options (Corsair Dominator Platinum).</p> <p>As previously mentioned, the <a href="http://www.originpc.com/gaming/desktops/chronos/" target="_blank">Titan Z is available now</a> as a GPU option in the Chronos.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_shoves_titan_z_inside_chronos_dubs_it_worlds_smallest_4k_gaming_system_2014#comments 4k chronos Gaming geforce gtx titan z graphics card Hardware nvidia OEM origin pc rigs uhd ultra hd News Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:28:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 27975 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC's Fang Battlebox is Armed and Ready to Attack Your Next LAN Party http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_fang_battlebox_armed_and_ready_attack_your_next_lan_party_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fang_battlebox.jpg" alt="CyberPowerPC Fang Battlebox" title="CyberPowerPC Fang Battlebox" width="228" height="202" style="float: right;" />A suitcase-style system for LAN party goers</h3> <p>We've seen our share of suitcases over the years, but they're usually packed full of clothes and other essentials for travel. What if your destination is a LAN party in the next town over? If that's where you're traveling, it's not a traditional suitcase you need, but perhaps one that's filled with gaming hardware. Such a thing exists -- <strong>CyberPowerPC's Fang Battlebox</strong> is now available in a variety of configuration options.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC gave us a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpc_sinks_its_fang_gaming_pc_battle_box2014">glimpse of the Battlebox</a> back at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, saying it hoped to have it ready to order in the first quarter. The boutique builder obviously missed its projected time frame, though not by much -- we're now at the tail end of the second quarter.</p> <p>Pricing starts at $619 for the Fang Battlebox I-100. For that you get an Intel Core i3 4150 processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Gigabyte Z97N-WiFi motherboard, integrated graphics, 1TB HDD, Office 365, and Windows 8.1. More powerful configurations are available, including the Fang Battlebox I-780 starting at $1,625. This model includes an Intel Core i7 4770K processor, 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 graphics card, Gigabyte Z97N-Gaming 5 mITX motherboard, SanDisk 128GB SSD, 2TB hard drive, Office 365, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ro1T9VPlveQ" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>There are several other configurations in between, plus you customize each build to your specifications. You can check them out <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/landingpages/FangBattleBox/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_fang_battlebox_armed_and_ready_attack_your_next_lan_party_2014#comments cyberpowerpc fang battlebox Gaming Hardware lan party OEM rigs sff Small Form Factor News Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:49:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 27969 at http://www.maximumpc.com SteelSeries Splashes E3 with Sentry Eye Tracker, Stratus XL Controller, and Sims 4 Peripherals http://www.maximumpc.com/steelseries_splashes_e3_sentry_eye_tracker_stratus_xl_controller_and_sims_4_peripherals_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sentry_eye_tracker.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker" title="SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />Sentry Eye Tracker is supposed to analyze your eyeball movements to make you a better gamer</h3> <p>The key to being a better gamer lies within the eyes, or so that's the basic premise behind a new eye tracking tool by SteelSeries. Developed with the help of Tobii Technology, a major player in eye tracking technology, <strong>SteelSeries introduced the Sentry Eye Tracker at E3</strong>, which the company describes as a virtual, visual coach that tracks and analyzes eye movement during game play.</p> <p>"When you think about the concept of eye tracking, you immediately think of innovation and next generation technology; apply that to gaming and you have something truly unique for gamers," <a href="http://steelseries.com/blog/press/steelseries-introduces-advanced-gaming-peripheral-designed-to-analyze-train-and-improve-competitive-gameplay-the-sentry-eye-tracker" target="_blank">said Tino Soelberg</a>, SteelSeries CTO. "At its core, the Sentry employs eye-tracking functionality from our partner, Tobii, who has been a pioneer in eye tracking across many industries. When you take that core functionality and apply the deep gaming expertise of SteelSeries, we think we are able to offer a product that is innovative and incredibly beneficial to gamers."</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-VzMd8itaLA" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The Sentry Eye Tracker offers games a range of statistics (and new terms to learn) based on where and how longer he or she is focused or fixated on the screen, such as Fixations per Minute (FPM). In addition, the Sentry Eye Tracker can also be used to control in-game movements using eye movement.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/psAU3RiiLgw" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Look for the Sentry Eye Tracker to be available sometime "later this year." No word yet on price.</p> <p>In addition to eye tracking technology for PC gamers, SteelSeries used E3 as a springboard to launch a <a href="http://steelseries.com/blog/press/steelseries-introduces-a-large-format-ios-controller-to-gamers" target="_blank">large format iOS controller</a> and provide a glimpse of its <a href="http://steelseries.com/blog/press/steelseries-to-create-exclusive-range-of-peripherals-for-the-sims-4" target="_blank">Sims 4 peripherals</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/stratus_xl.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Stratus XL" title="SteelSeries Stratus XL" width="454" height="349" /></p> <p>Starting with the former, the <a href="http://steelseries.com/steelseries-stratus-xl-wireless-gaming-controller" target="_blank">Stratus XL</a> is a full-size console-style gaming controller that looks a lot like an Xbox 360 controller. It has a pressure-sensitive D-pad, four pressure-sensitive action buttons with a total of four shoulder buttons -- two pressure-sensitive top should and two analog trigger bottom shoulder buttons -- dual analog sticks, and a pairing button to connect with iOS devices. Like the Sentry Eye Tracker, the Stratus XL will ship sometime this year for an as-yet unannounced price.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/steelseries_sims_headset.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Sims Headset" title="SteelSeries Sims Headset" width="465" height="406" /></p> <p>The <a href="http://steelseries.com/products/games/the-sims-4" target="_blank">Sims 4 peripherals</a> consist of a gaming headset ($40 MSRP), and a gaming mouse and QCK mousepad combination ($30). These will be available at game launch this fall.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/steelseries_splashes_e3_sentry_eye_tracker_stratus_xl_controller_and_sims_4_peripherals_2014#comments E3 2014 Gaming Hardware Peripherals sentry eye tracker sims 4 steelseries stratus XL News Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:50:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 27963 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Unveils Aorus X3 and X3 Plus Gaming Laptops http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_unveils_aorus_x3_and_x3_plus_gaming_laptops <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/gigabyte_aorus_x3.png" alt="Aorus X3 Gaming Laptop Line" title="Aorus X3 Gaming Laptop Line" width="228" height="126" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>X3 Plus sports a 3K display</h3> <p>Taiwanese PC vendor Gigabyte recently unveiled a <a href="http://www.aorus.com/x3.aspx" target="_blank">brace of sub-14-inch gaming laptops under its gamer-focused Aorus brand</a>. What’s the most noteworthy thing about them, you ask? Well,<strong> the 13.3-inch X3 and 13.9-inch X3 Plus are, according to the company, the “most powerful and lightest” in their category.</strong></p> <p>Not only does the Gigabyte Aorus X3 Plus pack a bigger display, but it also offers a choice between a QHD 2560x1440 LCD and a QHD+ 3200x1800 LCD. However, there is no so choice when it comes to its smaller cousin, the Gigabyte Aorus X3, which is limited to a 13.3-inch panel with a 2560x1440 display resolution.</p> <p>Display size and resolution aside, both the X3 and X3 Plus are virtually identically. They both have an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor (2.5GHz-3.5GHz), 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM (expandable up to 16GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M GPU with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM and 256GB-1TB solid-state storage, HD Camera and 73.26Wh lithium-polymer battery. Other specs include 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, mini Display port, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out (SPDIF), SD Card Reader and DC-in Jack.</p> <p>Both the laptops, which weigh a shade over 4 pounds, are expected to make their retail debut sometime during the third quarter of 2014, with prices starting at $2,099.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_unveils_aorus_x3_and_x3_plus_gaming_laptops#comments 3k Gaming gaming laptop gigabyte aorus x3 gigabyte aorus x3 plus notebook News Mon, 09 Jun 2014 05:50:46 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27965 at http://www.maximumpc.com