Valve wants to perfect its wireless prototype controllers before launching Steam Machines
Well now, this is certainly a bummer. While we hoped to be testing out an avalanche of Steam Machine releases this year, it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Instead, Valve just announced that Steam Machines probably won't officially launch until next year, which buys the publisher time to tweak its wireless prototype controllers. Valve wants to make sure the controller is up to par before moving forward.
Nvidia on Monday launched new GeForce 337.88 WHQL certified drivers in preparation for today's release of Ubisoft's much anticipated Watch Dogs title. According to Nvidia, this latest release "ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for Watch Dogs." In addition, Nvidia promises performance gains of 10 percent or more in several titles at 2560x1400 and 3840x2160 (4K) resolutions.
Top tier motherboard makers turn their attention to gaming laptop market
It hasn't been all that long since gaming laptops came down in price to pedestrian levels. Combine that with the fact that mobile is trendy right now and it's not hard to see why so many companies are interested in competing in the gaming laptop category. MSI has been making a name for itself with affordable (and well specified) models the past few years, but lest the company think about resting on its laurels, Asus and Gigabyte have decided to go gunning for MSI in the gaming laptop space.
Customize a gaming laptop just like you would a desktop
Boutique builder iBuyPower is introducing OptiBoost, a fancy name for a customization program that will offer many of the same configuration options when shopping for a gaming laptop as you'll find when customizing a desktop PC. iBuyPower isn't really breaking new ground here, but presumably you'll have more options to choose from than when typically shopping a laptop PC. And to kick things off, iBuyPower will offer its OptiBoost program on select Gigabyte gaming notebooks.
Oculus Rift will virtualize the ticket blaster experience
If you've ever been to a Chuck E. Cheese birthday party before, then you're familiar with the Ticket Blaster -- a phone booth sized contraption filled with single tickets, plus a special 1,000 ticket piece of paper. The kid celebrating his or her birthday gets to slip inside and try to grab as many tickets as possible as a vortex of wind swirls them around. Kids love it, but at select locations, Chuck E. Cheese will create a virtual Ticket Blaster experience using the Oculus Rift.
Dell is up to the challenge of pushing Steam Machines through its Alienware arm
After much hype, the hoopla surrounding Valve's Steam Machine initiative seems to have died down, though it's only the calm before the storm. They're coming, and though Valve won't receive royalties from PC makers who build Steam Machines around its Linux-based Steam OS, there is sufficient pressure to keep pricing on the level of traditional game consoles. This is something Alienware admits will be a challenge, though it's one the company is more than happy to tackle.
Take a sneak peek of Roccat's Tyon ahead of its Computex 2014 unveiling
Fancy yourself a diehard FPS gamer? Gaming peripheral maker Roccat has something you might be interested in, but whatever it is, it won't be fully known until the full unveiling at Computex in Taipei this June 3-7, 2014. In the meantime, Roccat posted a teaser video of "Tyon," a new tool that's supposed to give FPS gamers more control and options in their FPS titles.
Have you put off upgrading your graphics card because you're interested in AMD's R9 series but didn't like the inflated price points (compared to MSRP)? Well, good news, folks -- apparently that's no longer going to be a concern. AMD is reportedly putting the word out that its entire line of R9 video cards is available, in stock, and with street prices back down to where they should be.
Maingear, a boutique system builder headquartered in New Jersey, went and revamped its affordable Vbye gaming desktop with a new chassis, additional features, and more cooling options. There are three baseline configurations available: Vybe H81 (dubbed "Good"), Vybe Z97 ("Better"), and Vybe X79 ("Best"). In case you didn't guess it, the model name reflects the Intel chipset each tier is built around.
MSI expands its gaming laptop line with two new models
It takes some monster hardware to push games at 4K, and on the flip side, most modern parts have no trouble pushing pixels at 1920x1080, otherwise known as Full HD 1080p. In an attempt to fill a niche in between those two resolutions, MSI today announced the availability of its GS60 Ghost Pro, a 15.6-inch gaming laptop with a 3K WQHD+ (2880x1620; 16:9) resolution.