System builder CyberPowerPC just announced its new Zeus Hercules gaming laptop with Haswell inside. You might think that such a name would be reserved for a high-powered notebook with dual GPUs, but in this instance, the Zeus Hercules leans on integrated graphics to push pixels around its 14-inch display. Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, to be exact, which Intel claims offers up to twice the 3D performance of today's fastest mobile Intel HD Graphics solutions.
Give Microsoft credit for recovering from its early bumbles related to its upcoming Xbox One console. In the beginning, Microsoft ticked off quite a few gamers by letting it be known that consoles would need to dial up the mothership every 24 hours, and the whole used games fiasco was a disaster in and of itself. A few policy changes later, Microsoft is back on track winning favor among gamers, and it's pretty cool that the company is offering up things like today's unboxing video.
There's no doubt that tablet PCs and smartphones are taking their toll on the desktop and notebook markets. Your Aunt Mabel doesn't need a tower system to use Facebook, and even little Billy is infatuated with touchscreen devices like the iPad. But there's one group that hasn't been swayed by the handheld mobile movement: PC gamers. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) likens this group to motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts, noting that they're always looking for more speed, power, utility, and handling.
Gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries has teamed up with Valve, developer of Dota 2 and creator of The International Tournament, to announce the "Siberia v2 Illuminated Gaming Headset Dota 2 Special Edition" and two new SteelSeries QcK+ mousepads featuring artwork from the game. Starting with the headset, gamers will receive an exclusive in-game item, Scythe of Vyse for Nature's Prophet.
Remember when AMD was widely criticized for acquiring ATI for a reported $5.4 billion back in 2006? It turned out to be a wise investment in an area (GPUs) where AMD has been able to vie for the performance crown. Right now it's Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 that sits in the spotlight, but coming soon is AMD's Radeon HD 9970 graphics card with a brand new architecture and some impressive specs that have been leaked to the web.
Way back in January of this year, D-Link unveiled a cylinder shaped "Gaming Router" featuring Qualcomm StreamBoost technology (DGL-5500) with the promise of shipping it sometime in the spring. We're now heading towards the end of summer and are happy to report that if you've been patiently awaiting the retail release of this 802.11ac router, it's now available direct from D-Link and several other online retailers.
It seems the whole world is going crazy over Ultrabooks and ultrathins, but until Intel or AMD figure out a way to cram a pair of high-end GPUs into a form factor that's about the width of a pancake, there will still be a market for oversized gaming laptops built like a cinder block. Witness CyberPowerPC's Fang Taipan M2 gaming laptop (Clevo P375SM), a 17.3-inch machine that's capable of delivering a desktop-like computing experience.
Razer isn't the least bit bashful to point out that its Naga mouse is the best selling MMO gaming rodent of all time, but rather than rest on its laurels, the peripheral maker decided to the tweak the design. The newest version of the Naga mouse now sports mechanical switches for increased tactility, speed, and actuation assurance, while each button on the thumb grid stands out more pronounced than previous generation models to allow for blind-finding, Razer says.
Microsoft kind of stumbled out of the gate when it announced its upcoming Xbox One console. Early excitement over a next generation console was marred by a higher price tag (compared to the PlayStation 4, though the Xbox One ships with a second generation Kinect motion control sensor), uncertainty over its used games policy, and the need to dial home every 24 hours. It took a few policy changes to get its console back on track with John Q. Public, and the latest announcement that it will come with unlimited cloud storage is sure to be a boon, as well.
Saints Row IV is getting another new special edition, and it's even grander than before. The Game of the Generation Edition is a collector's item to covet if you're a fan of the franchise's distinctive style, and it's packing a few extra features for Saints Row enthusiasts to drool over. Check out the specifics and a larger image of the goods inside!