PlayStation 4 is off to a fast start, but not all owners are happy
At long last, Sony's PlayStation 3 is a last generation console. It took a good seven years to officially reach that status, but with the PlayStation 4 launching to retail over the weekend, Sony can look ahead to a new era in gaming, just as soon as it can figure out what's causing so many reported "Blue LIght of Death" errors. Otherwise, the PS4 is off to a great start with 1 million units finding new homes in the first 24 hours.
Boutique builder CyberPowerPC is teaming up with EVGA to offer an exclusive series of mini ITX based gaming rigs loaded with powerful hardware. Specifically, the system the two companies are pimping is the Hadron Hydro, a compact gaming machine that measures 6.6 inches wide by 13.7 inches high by 12.1 inches deep. It's only 1.7 inches taller than the Hadron Air, though this version comes with EVGA's liquid cooling kit.
EVGA today introduced its Tegra Note 7 tablet for gamers. Billed as the "perfect traveling companion," this 7-inch slate rocks an IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution, Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC with a quad-core CPU (and a 5th battery saver core) and 72-core GeForce GPU, 1GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, and 16GB of eMMC storage aided by a microSD card slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage space.
A fantastic look at all the parts of Sony's upcoming game console
New product releases are almost always shrouded in mystery, as if sharing details about a particular electronic device will upset some unseen force and cause the planet to implode. We understand a company wanting to protect its IP, but firms often go way overboard with secrecy, refusing to share even the simplest of details. Sony has been guilty of this on occasion, but not today. What started off as an unboxing video by Sony director Yasuhiro Ootori turned into a full blown autopsy of the PlayStation 4.
Gaming has long been a driving force on the PC, though sometimes it's easy to forget when companies put so much focus on dedicated consoles. Even Microsoft is guilty of turning its back on the PC gamer to some extent. Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer admitted as much, saying he and his company "lost our way a bit in supporting Windows games," but that's in the past. Looking ahead, Spencer and company have found renewed interest in PC gaming.
Today marks the official launch of AMD's Radeon R9 290 graphics card, a high-performing part that rivals Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 for $100 less. We put a stock clocked R9 290 card through its paces and came away mighty impressed with its performance (see for yourself). However, the real fun begins when AMD's hardware partners come out with their own custom versions, and one of the first out of the gate is Powercolor.
AMD has been promising big things from its Mantle graphics API, not the least of which is that its flagship GPU will "ridicule" Nvidia's GeForce Titan in Battlefield 4 in terms of performance. As opposed to high level APIs like OpenGL and Direct3D that operate on many different devices, Mantle is a low level API focused on AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. There's potential to do some great things with Mantle, and that has developers excited.
Thin. Light. Sexy. These are three adjectives boutique system builder Maingear is using to describe its latest laptop, the Pulse 17, though it's not an Ultrabook (Intel) or an ultra-thin (AMD). So what is? The Pulse 17 is a full-fledged gaming notebook that pairs Intel's 4th Generation Core processor family (Haswell) with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 765M GPU in a package that weighs less than 6 pounds.
Mouse problems emerge as a result of Windows 8.1 upgrade
Gamers who went ahead and snagged the upgrade to Windows 8.1 may be rethinking their decision right about now, as many are experiencing mouse problems during games. Microsoft has acknowledged the issues as a known problem this week after users began pouring in with reported issues on their tech support forums.
We've seen some thin and light gaming laptops come through the pipeline in recent weeks, but on the other end of the spectrum are full fledged desktop replacements that bring the bulk. Once such system is Origin PC's new EON17-SLX, an unapologetically big and burly system that wields up to two Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPUs. Such a luxury costs a pretty penny, though a single GPU setup starts at $1,999.