Gabe Newell calls Linux the “future of gaming” while pillorying closed platforms
Be it the launch of the Steam for Linux client or Big Picture Mode, Valve has been steadily laying the groundwork for its long-announced invasion of the living room. Although it seems the next logical step would be for the company to show off some dedicated hardware, it isn’t known how far along in the development of the “Steam Box” it is at this stage. But going by some of the comments CEO Gabe Newell made during his recent keynote at LinuxCon, it appears that some sort of dedicated hardware from Valve could show up as early as next week.
Whether you're a fan of 17.3-inch laptops or the more portable 15.6-inch form factor, CyberPowerPC's new Fangbook Evo HX6 gaming notebook series will oblige, though there's a caveat. Only Intel is offered inside the 15.6-inch models (Fangbook Evo HX6-100/200/300), whereas the 17.3-inch versions offer both Intel and AMD processor options. Regardless of which way you go, you can customize a respectable gaming PC without paying top dollar.
The pay-what-you-want model is back, this time with six independently developed cross-platform games. For as little as a one dollar donation, you get a Steam product key in addition to DRM-free direct downloads to the complete story of Trine 2, Mark of the Ninja, Eets Munchies and Brütal Legend. If you pay more than the average price (currently at $4.36), you can get access to FTL: Faster Than Light and FEZ.
We’ve always said that building on a budget takes far more skill and savvy than building without financial constraints. Every single component choice has to be carefully weighed for its potential benefits and drawbacks. As if that weren’t enough, budget builders have to decide between three prospective platforms: Intel’s LGA1155, and AMD’s AM3+ and FM2. With so many permutations possible, and so much room for error, a cash-strapped builder’s got to wonder which thrifty path offers the best all-around performance. We can think of no better way to answer this important question than with a down-and-dirty DIY dust-up.
Note: This review was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of the magazine.
Well equipped gaming laptops measuring 17 inches are generally of the desktop replacement variety, which in part means they're big and bulky. CyberPowerPC has something else in mind. The boutique system builder today unveiled its new ZeusBook Ultimate Series, which the company claims are the thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming notebooks in the world. Let's have a look.
Possible spiritual successor to Mega Man coming to PC
Mega Man fans, rejoice! Keiji Inafune, creator of the iconic Blue Bomber, is taking to Kickstarter in order to bring his own game, Mighty No. 9, to fruition. The platformer, which Inafune wants to bring to PC, looks like an awesome amalgam of classic Mega Man action, modern art direction, and slick new stages.
Peter Molyneux's Godus, often referred to as the "reinvention of the god game genre," will be available for purchase on September 13 via Steam's Early Access Program. The beta, via TechSpot, will be ready for play when users purchase at $19.99, with more features to roll out as the concrete release date approaches.
Purchase qualifying Nvidia graphics card, receive Batman: Arkham Origins
If you're looking to pick up a new video card and are interested in playing Batman: Arkham Origins, now's the best time to jump on a preorder. Nvidia has joined forces with Warner Bros. to provide digital copies of Batman: Arkham Origins with any qualifying purchases of GeForce graphics cards through participating retailers.
Nintendo hasn't sold as many Wii U consoles as it hoped it would, and with both Microsoft (Xbox One) and Sony (PlayStation 4) planning to launch next generation gaming systems this holiday shopping season, a price cut seemed inevitable. And so it goes, with Nintendo today announcing a $50 price drop for the Wii U Deluxe, bringing the cost of ownership down to $300, effective September 20, 2013.
Back in March, Logitech reaffirmed its commitment to PC gaming by announcing a dedicated G line of accessories for PC gamers. Kicking off the launch were eight new gaming products, including two keyboards, four mice, and two brand new headsets. Fast forward to today and Logitech is once again promoting its G family of peripherals, this time with the introduction of its G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse, G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad, and G240 Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad.