Gaming http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/178/ en Turtle Beach Announces 'Heroes of the Storm' Themed PC Headset http://www.maximumpc.com/turtle_beach_announces_heroes_store_themed_pc_headset_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/turtle_bech_heroes_headset.jpg" alt="Turtle Beach Heroes Headset" title="Turtle Beach Heroes Headset" width="228" height="249" style="float: right;" />Now available in stores and online</h3> <p>In anticipation of Blizzard's upcoming multiplayer online battle arena game, audio peripheral company <strong>Turtle Beach announced today the availability of its Heroes of the Storm PC gaming headset</strong>. The headset features swappable speaker plates depicting iconic Blizzard characters from the past 20 years, including those found in its Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft franchises.</p> <p>At present there are just three speaker plates -- Arthas, Diablo, and Kerrigan -- though more will be added over time. Underneath the plates are 50nm neodymium drivers that supposedly deliver "crisp highs and booming lows."</p> <p>Turtle Beach says the breathable around-the-ear cushions are optimized for noise isolation and comfort. There's also a high-sensitive microphone on a removable boom and an inline remote with volume control and a microphone mute button.</p> <p>Heroes of the Storm is a team brawler combining characters from Blizzard's most popular franchises. It features 5 versus 5 matches on Battle.net with three game modes. Heroes rotate each week, though you can unlock permanent access to a hero through money earned in game or bought via microtransaction.</p> <p>Turtle Beach's headset is <a href="http://www.turtlebeach.com/product-detail/pc-headsets/heroes-of-the-storm-official-headset/560" target="_blank">available now</a> for $80 MSRP.</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/turtle_beach_announces_heroes_store_themed_pc_headset_2014#comments audio Gaming Hardware headset heroes of the storm turtle beach News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:04:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28987 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Readying 27-inch WQHD Display with G-Sync Support http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_readying_27-inch_wqhd_display_g-sync_support321 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/acer_xb270hu_wqhd_gsync_144hz.jpg" alt="Acer XB270HU" title="Acer XB270HU" width="228" height="236" style="float: right;" />XB270HU will deliver a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time</h3> <p>Acer is said to be readying a new addition to the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/acer%E2%80%99s_xb280hk_4k_g-sync_display_now_available_north_america764" target="_blank">XBO range of gaming displays</a> it launched a while back. A G-Sync enabled monitor like the two existing models in the XBO family, the upcoming XB270HU appears, based on its specs, to be a potential rival to the<strong> <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_august_release" target="_blank">27-inch Asus ROG Swift PG278Q</a></strong> that made its commercial debut in July as the world’s first WQHD (2560x1440) monitor with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology.</p> <p>According to UK-based site <a href="http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/32.htm#acer_xb270hu">TFT Central</a>, the 27-inch XB270HU will be a WQHD TN panel display (could even be the same AU Optronics panel as the PG278Q) with a 1ms G2G response time, 144Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast, 350 nits brightness, 170/160 viewing angles and, of course, G-Sync support. As for connections, it will include one DisplayPort input and as many as four USB 3.0 ports.</p> <p>At this time, we have nothing to report as far as its price is concerned. For that info you will have to wait a little bit longer as the XB270HU isn’t scheduled to come out until the first quarter of 2015.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_readying_27-inch_wqhd_display_g-sync_support321#comments 144Hz Acer display g-sync Gaming monitor pg278q qhd wqhd XB270HU News Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:54:41 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28976 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia GeForce 344.75 WHQL Drivers Now Available to Download http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34475_whql_drivers_now_available_download <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_980_gpu.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX 980 GPU" title="GeForce GTX 980 GPU" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Incremental update boosts performance in Far Cry 4</h3> <p>Nvidia's been on a driver-releasing frenzy lately. Following two prior GeForce driver releases already this month, <strong>Nvidia has now made available its GeForce 344.75 WHQL driver</strong>, its third release in as many weeks. As with previous versions, the focus here is on new games --specifically, installing the GeForce 344.75 driver is supposed to offer the best gaming performance for Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Crew, and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.</p> <p>According to the release notes (PDF), the driver also introduces support for Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) mode. Bug fixes are plentiful, too.</p> <p>The latest driver is supposed to fix an issue that was causing choppy video playback of 3D Blu-ray moves, which is just one of many fixes. However, there are still some open issues that need to be resolved, like video picture-in-picture content not being played within Internet Explorer in 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.</p> <p>You can download the latest driver <a href="http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/79891/en-us" 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/nvidia_geforce_34475_whql_drivers_now_available_download#comments Drivers Gaming geforce 344.75 graphics nvidia whql News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:06:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28949 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Rumor Points to a Faster Hawaii Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumor_points_faster_hawaii_graphics_card_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_radeon_0.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon" title="AMD Radeon" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />AMD might not be finished with Hawaii</h3> <p>Ever since AMD launched its Hawaii GPU architecture, there have been rumblings that a faster version exists, perhaps locked away in the Sunnyvale chip designer's underground vault for a rainy day. If that's the case, be on the lookout for storm clouds -- <strong>word on the web is that AMD will launch a faster Hawaii part next year before it comes out with Fiji</strong>. How exactly it will be faster isn't yet known.</p> <p>There are multiple paths AMD could take, from higher clock speeds to more stream processors. AMD could also make optimizations to the architecture, though none of this is confirmed, of course. Whatever the case may be, news and rumor site <em>Fudzilla </em>seems to feel confident that a faster card is coming.</p> <p>"We have learned that AMD plans to launch another Hawaii-based product before it releases Fiji," <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/36326-amd-to-launch-faster-hawaii-iteration" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em> said</a>, adding that both are scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2015.</p> <p>If that's the case, the likely scenario will be a faster clocked part. The folks at <a href="http://wccftech.com/amd-working-faster-gcn-hawaii-gpu-launching-radeon-r9-380x-year/" target="_blank"><em>wccftech.com</em></a>, another site that's known for digging up unannounced information, thinks the new Hawaii GPU will be part of the Radeon R9 300 series rather than the current R9 200 series. The site surmises that the recent price cuts indicate AMD wants to push out as many GCN GPUs as they can in the 200 series before bumping up to its first round of R9 300 parts.</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/amd_rumor_points_faster_hawaii_graphics_card_2014#comments amd Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware hawaii Video Card News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:30:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28947 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Readies Maxwell for Water, Announces Poseidon GTX 980 http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_maxwell_water_announces_poseidon_gtx_980_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />Hybrid thermal solution offers both air and liquid cooling options</h3> <p>Feeling indecisive these days? Don't sweat it -- <strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) this week announced its Poseidon GTX 980 graphics card with DirectCU H20</strong>, a hybrid cooling solution capable of keeping temps at bay by air or water, dealer's choice. The benefit of having both is that you can cool the card by air today and make the leap to liquid cooling down the line, if that's your longer-term goal.</p> <p>According to Asus, the new card runs up to 27C cooler than reference (with water), is three times quieter, and offers 10 percent faster gaming performance in games like Watch Dogs. That's all thanks to the custom vapor chamber that comes in direct contact with the GPU, along with copper heat pipes and extended cooling fins.</p> <p>"ROG Poseidon GTX 980 is also loaded with ROG technologies and innovations, including dual dust-proof fans for increased card longevity, die-cast thermal armor for improved cooling in the crucial MOSFET area, Digi+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with black metallic capacitors for incredible stability and up to a 5X-longer lifespan than reference," <a href="http://rog.asus.com/383202014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/asus-republic-of-gamers-announces-poseidon-gtx-980/" target="_blank">Asus says</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_opened.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Opened" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Opened" width="620" height="453" /></p> <p>This is the first Maxwell-based card to receive the ROG treatment, which in addition the above includes things like LED lighting and a sturdy backplate.</p> <p>Connectitivy options consist of a native Dual-Link DVI-I port, HDMI 2.0 output, and three Native DisplayPort 1.2 outputs.</p> <p>No word yet on when the card will be available or for how much.</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/asus_rog_readies_maxwell_water_announces_poseidon_gtx_980_2014#comments asus Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware liquid cooling poseidon gtx 980 Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card News Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:39:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28898 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Introduces Gladius Gaming Mouse with Customizable Click Resistance http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_introduces_gladius_gaming_mouse_customizable_click_resistance_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_gladius.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Gladius" title="Asus ROG Gladius" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />An ergonomic rodent for right-handed gamers</h3> <p>We can't say we've ever felt the need to adjust the click resistance on our mouse buttons, but at the same time, we won't begrudge <strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) for implementing the feature in its new Gladius gaming mouse</strong> -- heck,we'll try just about anything once. The Gladius makes use of Omron mouse switches that are good for 20 million clicks, and should you ever reach that, Asus ROG built an easy-swap socket to make replacement a breeze.</p> <p>If you prefer a different feel than the out-of-box experience, Asus ROG also included two Japanese-made switches so you can personalize the click response.</p> <p>Moving on, the 116-gram rodent sports an "advanced" 6400 DPI optical sensor capable of tracking up to 200 inches per second and up to 50g acceleration at lift-off distances of 1.5mm. Polling rate is customizable up to 2GHz, and there's a DPI switch that switches between two different settings on-the-fly.</p> <p>There are half a dozen programmable buttons in all, along with two programmable slide-to-press side switches. Once you have everything dialed in, you can save your settings to a profile courtesy of the built-in flash memory.</p> <p>Finally, the Gladius has two tails -- one is a 2-meter braided USB cable for desktop use and the other is a regular 1-meter USB travel cable for use at LAN parties. Either cable detaches with the press of a button.</p> <p>The Gladius is available starting today at $69 MSRP.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qTsTQsPTsJI" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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/asus_rog_introduces_gladius_gaming_mouse_customizable_click_resistance_2014#comments asus Gaming gladius mouse Peripherals Republic of Gamers ROG News Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:02:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28885 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia GeForce 344.65 WHQL Driver is Optimized for Assassin's Creed Unity http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34465_whql_driver_optimized_assassins_creed_unity <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ac_unity.jpg" alt="Assassin's Creed Unity" title="Assassin's Creed Unity" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Nvidia releases its second GeForce WHQL driver in a week</h3> <p>While we're sitting at home playing video games, Nvidia's team of software engineers are toiling away on new driver releases, two of which have come in less than week. Yes, it was a mere six days ago that Nvidia gave gamers its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34460_whql_driver_now_available_download_2014" target="_blank">GeForce 344.60 WHQL driver</a>, a release that was intended to boost performance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. <strong>Now you can download an incremental update to GeForce 344.60 WHQL</strong>, which is primed for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity title.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/344.65/344.65-win8-win7-winvista-desktop-release-notes.pdf" target="_blank">release notes (PDF)</a>, that's about the extent of the upgrade. No big surprise considering the nominal jump from 344.60 to 344.65. Nevertheless, there are some minor additions and tweaks that go beyond Assassin's Creed Unity.</p> <p>As with before, there are some new SLI profiles to play with, including the aforementioned title plus Heroes of The Storm and Train Simulator. Nvidia also modified the cache size threshold in Ryse: Son of Rome's SLI profile to improve performance and reduce stuttering.</p> <p>Nvidia updated the 3D Vision profiles for Dead Rising 3 and Strife to "Not Recommended" and "Fair," respectively, while giving both titles "Excellent" ratings for 3D Compatibility Mode support. And that's pretty much everything - hopefully you didn't wet yourself with excitement over those new profiles.</p> <p>You can grab the new drivers <a href="http://www.geforce.com/drivers" 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/nvidia_geforce_34465_whql_driver_optimized_assassins_creed_unity#comments assassin's creed unity driver Gaming geforce 344.60 nvidia ubisoft whql News Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:39:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28877 at http://www.maximumpc.com BenQ's Hybrid XL2420G Monitor Runs G-Sync (When You Want It To) http://www.maximumpc.com/benqs_hybrid_xl2420g_monitor_runs_g-sync_when_you_want_it <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/benq_xl2420g.jpg" alt="BenQ XL2420G" title="BenQ XL2420G" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" />Choose between Classic Mode or G-Sync Mode</h3> <p>Life is about choices, isn't it? Like whether to view the posted speed limit as a rule of law or a recommendation, and whether to call the next night like you promised you would. Some are less intense and not as prone to heavy consequences, like choosing whether or not to run your monitor in G-Sync mode. That is, when you're given the choice. <strong>BenQ claims its XL2420G is the market's first hybrid monitor to give gamers a choice between running G-Sync or Classic modes</strong>, and it's now shipping in the U.S.</p> <p>"Giving players the ability to select between gameplay modes offers customization advantages that are currently unequaled in the marketplace," said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for BenQ America Corp. "When paired with BenQ’s RevolutionEyes technology, the XL2420G provides a hybrid experience which is both blazingly fast and incredibly comfortable. With the launch of this long-awaited innovation, BenQ is proud to be behind one of the most significant advancements in the history of competitive gaming technology."</p> <p>In terms of rated specs, the 24-inch XL2420G features a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution with a 1ms GTG response time, 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, and 72 percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut.</p> <p>Of course, the real question is what's the difference between Nvidia's G-Sync Mode and BenQ's proprietary Classic Mode, right? The former ensures that images appear instantly as they're rendered, which virtually eliminates things like lag and stuffer, while the latter is for "added versatility" in terms of settings not supported by G-Sync, BenQ says. That includes things like RevolutionEyes technology, Motion Blur Reduction, Smart Scaling, Gaming Refresh Rate Optimization Management (GROM), and other fancy sounding features that you can read about in more detail on the <a href="http://gaming.benq.com/gaming-monitor/xl2420g/" target="_blank">XL2420G's product page</a>.</p> <p>THe XL2420G should be available now or soon for $649 MSRP.</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/benqs_hybrid_xl2420g_monitor_runs_g-sync_when_you_want_it#comments BenQ display g-sync Gaming Hardware montor nvidia News Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:43:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28873 at http://www.maximumpc.com Blizzcon 2014: Rosewill Intros Viper ATX Mid-Tower Case and RGM 1100 Gaming Mouse [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_rosewill_intros_viper_atx_mid-tower_case_and_rgm_1100_gaming_mouse_video914 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/rgm_1100_mouse.png" alt="RGM 1100 mouse has a metallic underbelly and 6 adjustable weight levels." title="RGM 1100 Gaming Mouse" width="170" height="113" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Expected to hit the market sometime during Q1 2015</h3> <p>Among the many companies strutting their stuff at this year’s Blizzcon was computer peripheral maker Rosewill. Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang visited the company’s booth at the Anaheim Convention Center to find out what exactly they were up to and found them parading a couple of upcoming products: the all new <strong>Viper ATX mid-tower chassis and the RGM 1100 gaming mouse, the successor to the RGM 1000 laser gaming rodent.</strong></p> <p>More details about the two products can be found in the video below:<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SbJ_zsEsBjg?list=UUdLWXfNqKICJBpE8jVMm6_w" width="620" height="320" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>We will update you with the detailed specs and prices of both the Viper and the RGM 1100 as and when that information becomes available.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_rosewill_intros_viper_atx_mid-tower_case_and_rgm_1100_gaming_mouse_video914#comments blizzcon 2014 Gaming Hardware Peripherals rgm 1100 gaming mouse rosewill video viper atx mid-tower case News Mon, 10 Nov 2014 02:22:27 +0000 Pulkit Chandna and Jimmy Thang 28872 at http://www.maximumpc.com Blizzcon 2014: Turtle Beach Offers 300 Heroes of the Storm Official Headsets in Early Sale [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_turtle_beach_offers_300_heroes_storm_official_headsets_early_sale_video800 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/heroes-storm-headset-turtle-beach.jpg" alt="Heroes of the Storm Official Headset from Turtle Beach" title="Turtle Beach Heroes of the Storm Headset" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Heroes of the Storm is an upcoming MOBA title</h3> <p>In April, Parametric Sound Corporation’s gaming audio brand Turtle Beach announced a <strong>multi-year licensing deal with Blizzard Entertainment around the gaming bellwether’s upcoming freemium MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) title Heroes of the Storm</strong>. That partnership has led to the creation of the Turtle Beach Ear Force Heroes of the Storm Gaming headset, which the peripheral maker happily showed us during Blizzcon 2014.</p> <p>The company didn’t stop at showing off the new headset, though. Going a step further, it put up <a href="http://www.turtlebeach.com/product-detail/pc-headsets/heroes-of-the-storm-official-headset/560" target="_blank">300 units of the $80 headset up for sale</a> at the two-day convention, a few days ahead of the official November 14 release date. Here’s the video dispatch Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang sent us from the gaming audio company’s booth at Blizzcon 2014:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XKdI78zmViU?list=UUdLWXfNqKICJBpE8jVMm6_w" width="620" height="320" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>So to recap, we are looking at an $80 headset with 50mm drivers, swappable speaker plates, and around-the-ear mesh cushions for noise reduction and comfort.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_turtle_beach_offers_300_heroes_storm_official_headsets_early_sale_video800#comments blizzard blizzcon 2014 free to play Gaming gaming accessories headset heroes of the storm turtle beach video News Sun, 09 Nov 2014 23:10:53 +0000 Pulkit Chandna and Jimmy Thang 28871 at http://www.maximumpc.com Blizzcon 2014: SteelSeries Showcases Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition Headset [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_steelseries_showcases_siberia_elite_world_warcraft_edition_headset_video220 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/world-of-warcraft-siberia-elite.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition Headset" title="SteelSeries Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition Headset" width="228" height="210" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A Siberia Elite Prism with WoW branding</h3> <p>With the much-anticipated release of Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion pack to World of Warcraft, just around the corner, the just-concluded Blizzcon 2014 gaming convention came as a great opportunity for gaming peripheral manufacturer SteelSeries to tout its <strong>Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition headset</strong>, and that is precisely what the company did. On Friday, our Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang stopped by the company’s booth at Anaheim Convention Center to check out the headset on behalf of all you Maximum PC readers.</p> <p>Besides giving some general product information, the SteelSeries rep he talked to also touted some of the new <a href="http://steelseries.com/products/games/world-of-warcraft/steelseries-siberia-elite-world-of-warcraft-gaming-headset#section-specifications" target="_blank">Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition</a> headset’s many improvements over the original Siberia Elite. Well, the reason that it has a number of improvements over the latter is because it is essentially the Siberia Elite Prism — the original Elite’s successor — save for the World of Warcraft branding and a slightly more hefty price tag; the vanilla Siberia Elite Prism, which our sister publication TechRadar <a href="techradar.com/reviews/gaming/gaming-accessories/SteelSeries-Siberia-Elite-Prism/articleshow/43844972.cms" target="_blank">reviewed</a> some time back, costs $200 and the model with WoW branding costs $220.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/C2TS-2UAUaA?list=UUdLWXfNqKICJBpE8jVMm6_w" width="620" height="320" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Equipped with Dolby Pro Logic IIx for virtual 7.1-channel surround sound and some extra padding for comfort and passive noise reduction, the Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition ships with multiple cable adapters, ensuring compatibility with a range of platforms, including PC, Mac, PS4 and mobile devices. The retractable microphone on this thing means that you won’t have to worry about your social acceptability plunging to record lows while using it with a mobile device.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_steelseries_showcases_siberia_elite_world_warcraft_edition_headset_video220#comments blizzard blizzcon 2014 Gaming headphones headset siberia siberia elite world of warcraft edition steelseries video Warlords of Draenor wow News Sun, 09 Nov 2014 22:50:25 +0000 Pulkit Chandna and Jimmy Thang 28869 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia GeForce 344.60 WHQL Driver Now Available to Download http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34460_whql_driver_now_available_download_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cod_advanced_warfare.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />New driver boosts performance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</h3> <p>A new "GeForce Game Ready" driver is available for GeForce GPU owners. <strong>Baked into the 344.60 WHQL release are tweaks intended to improve performance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</strong>, along with updates to the PhysX system software, HD audio driver, CUDA, and GeForce experience. Beyond that, there are a bunch of new and/or updated application profiles, 3D Vision profiles, and 3D compatibility mode support.</p> <p>It's a rather minor update in the grand scheme of things, though if you're an Advanced Warfare player (or like to keep up to date with the latest drivers), then it's one you'll want to put on your short-term to-do list.</p> <p>That said, there are over a dozen Application Profiles that have been added or updated, including Assassin's Creed Unity, CoD: Advanced Warfare, Dead Rising 3, Elite Dangerous, Escape Dead Island, FIFA 15, Lichdom: Battlemage, Lords of the Fallen, MechWarrior Online, Monster Hunter Online Benchmark, Ryse: Son of Rome, Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition, The Crew, and The Vanishing of Ehtan Carter.</p> <p>You can grab the <a href="http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/79099/en-us" target="_blank">new driver here</a> and check out the <a href="http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/344.60/344.60-win8-win7-winvista-desktop-release-notes.pdf" target="_blank">release notes here (PDF)</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/nvidia_geforce_34460_whql_driver_now_available_download_2014#comments Drivers Gaming geforce 344.60 whql nvidia Software News Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:02:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28846 at http://www.maximumpc.com Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's Edition Hits Retail on Thursday http://www.maximumpc.com/guinness_world_records_2015_gamers_edition_hits_retail_thursday <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/guinness_gamers.jpg" alt="Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's Edition" title="Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's Edition" width="228" height="211" style="float: right;" />New gaming records revealed</h3> <p>According to the <strong>Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's Edition that comes out tomorrow</strong>, Google's Pac-Man themed Doodle was played for 500 million hours, distracting office workers and costing businesses an estimated £85 million (around $135 million in U.S. currency) in lost productivity. On the mobile front, Rovio's Angry Birds title forever holds the record as the first game to reach 1 billion downloads.</p> <p>That's the sort of stuff you'll find in the self proclaimed "gaming bible." Now in its eighth edition, you'll learn about records pertaining to Minecraft (24 hours and 10 minutes is the record for the longest video game marathon on Minecraft), Tomb Raider (Spaniard Rodrigo Martin Santos owns 2,383 related Tomb Raider items, earning him the record for the largest collection of Tom Raider memorabilia), and a lot more.</p> <p>If you live and breathe gaming, this is your chance to become a walking trivia machine, which is double the fun if you enjoy annoying people with a constant barrage of random gaming-related knowledge. Such as the highest margin of victory against the computer on FIFA World Cup 2014 is 321-0, which was set by Patrick Hadler, a 19-year-old from Hannover, Germany. What soccer dad wouldn't want to know <em>that</em>?</p> <p>"Gaming is so dynamic and fast-moving that there’s never any shortage of exciting new superlatives for Guinness World Records to explore," Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief, Guinness World Records, said in a statement. "Speed runs, high scores, technical achievements, collections, cosplaying… you’ll find it all the new Gamer’s Edition. And this year, we’re focusing on the most popular games as chosen for by our readers, peppered with interviews, features, hardware profiles and annual awards."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/minecraft_record.jpg" alt="Minecraft Record" title="Minecraft Record" width="620" height="413" /></p> <p>More than just a mix of odd and incredible records, Glenday adds that video gaming will go down in history as the most signficant art form of the 21st century, underscoring why it's important to document the progress gamers are making. You know, things like the first fish to lay a video game was achieved U.S. college students who made Pokemon respond to a fish.</p> <p>Perhaps a potential gift idea with the holiday season rolling into view? In any event, here's your heads up that it comes out tomorrow. No word on price.</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/guinness_world_records_2015_gamers_edition_hits_retail_thursday#comments Gaming Guinness World Records News Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:47:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28843 at http://www.maximumpc.com Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming Mouse Features Quick Click Action http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech_g302_daedalus_prime_moba_gaming_mouse_features_quick_click_action_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/logitech_g302.jpg" alt="Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA" title="Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />It's all about the buttons</h3> <p>We don't envy PC gaming peripheral makers trying to come up with new ways of differentiating their products from a crowded field of gear, but lest any of them think about throwing in the white flag, Logitech proved there are still new angles to exploit. How so? <strong>Logitech's new G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA gaming mouse wields a metal spring tensioning system</strong> that's supposed to improve left and right click responsiveness.</p> <p>Yes, Logitech is pitching faster and more accurate click action, claiming the buttons are capable of registering up to five clicks per second to keep up with your rapid fire style of game play.</p> <p>"This can sometimes be the difference between winning or losing an important game," <a href="http://news.logitech.com/press-release/consumer-products/logitech-g-unveils-g302-daedalus-prime-moba-gaming-mouse" target="_blank">Logitech says</a>.</p> <p>And carpal tunnel, but we won't go there. For what it's worth, Logitech says the G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA was designed for and tested by professional gamers, including players from Team SoloMid, Cloud9, CJ Entus Frost, CJ Entus Blaze, and Invictus Gaming.</p> <p>Getting to the meat of the mouse, this lightweight rodent sports half a dozen programmable buttons, four DPI settings ranging from 240 to 4000 that can be accessed on-the-fly, a compact shape, and low friction feet.</p> <p>The <a href="http://gaming.logitech.com/product/moba-gaming-mouse-g302?wt.mc_id=global_news_g302" target="_blank">Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA</a> will be available sometime this month for $50 MSRP.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ckKjaHqEBjo" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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/logitech_g302_daedalus_prime_moba_gaming_mouse_features_quick_click_action_2014#comments g302 daedalus prime moba Gaming Hardware logitech mouse Peripherals News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:25:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 28837 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Sends a Thin and Light 'Omen' Laptop into the Gaming Community http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_sends_thin_and_light_omen_laptop_gaming_community_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_omen.jpg" alt="HP Omen" title="HP Omen" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />Gaming DNA comes to the forefront</h3> <p>HP isn't doing much with its Voodoo brand these days, but at the same time, it hasn't completely forgotten about gamers. Witness the new <strong>HP Omen, a svelte gaming laptop designed to handle triple-A titles</strong> without all the bulk of a desktop replacement. It has a 15.6-inch IPS display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution that's powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics.</p> <p>"Gamers told us they want uncompromised performance in a device that looks good and is designed for portability," said Mike Nash, vice president, Product Management, Consumer Personal Systems, HP. "The HP OMEN delivers the performance that today’s triple-A titles demand and the features to enable customized game play, all in a package that looks great and can be easily carried."</p> <p>Other hardware and features include a 128GB solid state drive, four USB 3.0 ports (all supporting USB Boost), a mini DisplayPort, HDMI output, headphone/microphone combo jack, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, media card reader, 1080p webcam with dual digital microphones, dual speakers with BeatsAudio, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/hp_omen_front.jpg" alt="HP Omen Front" title="HP Omen Front" width="620" height="477" /></p> <p>The thin (19.9mm) and light (4.68 pounds) chassis is CNC milled from solid aluminum and anodized with a black finish. HP also added a custom chrome hinge designed to elevate the display out of the way of hot exhaust air. Cooling chores are further aided by dual fans that pull cool air through the bottom of the system.</p> <p>HP's Omen laptop is available now starting at $1,500.</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/hp_sends_thin_and_light_omen_laptop_gaming_community_2014#comments Gaming Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop notebook OEM omen rigs News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 15:39:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28835 at http://www.maximumpc.com