Leaps and bounds have been made in the world of 3D gaming over the last year, and Nvidia looks to continue pushing forward with the release of their new driver on Tuesday. The GeForce 3D Vision system managed to impress even the most stalwart of our 3D naysayers (cough, Gordon, cough) and somehow, once again, Nvidia has pushed the envelope with their new open-source driver, 258.69. What can this updated driver do for your 3D gaming experience? Display it across three screens, of course! Necessary? Not really.
Awesome? You bet your ass.
We decided to sit down and give Nvidia's 3D Vision Surround gaming the hands-on treatment, and came away thouroughly impressed. Hit the jump to enter the third dimension!
Since our recent review of the iPhone 4, we've been doing a lot of thinking about smartphones. They've come a long way from their humble beginings, but we're still not satisfied. There are still features that are either present in only some smartphones, or none at all, that we think are absolutely vital. Here's our quick list of 10 features that should be completely mandatory in every phone.
Check it out, and when you're done hit the comments and let us know what you think. Did we miss a big one? Is one of ours dumb? We want to hear about it.
The art of the PC upgrade is simultaneously an expression and a test of one’s diagnostic skills, computing savvy, and fiscal sensibilities. Identify the bottleneck. Research the parts that will fix the bottleneck. Remove the bottleneck.
As always, price and performance are the pivot points. After all, you can’t just toss $1,000 at your system to level it up. Well, you can, but in most cases you’d be a fool for doing so.
When the Maximum PC staff convened in conference room Spock to plan this story, we decided to establish some ground rules. First, we challenged ourselves to stick to our theme of a successful budget upgrade. This meant avoiding the tendency to fall back on the most expensive, best-of-breed components in each category.
Instead we forced ourselves to take a more nuanced approach. In each category, we expended considerable energy determining which product(s) owned the sweet spot—top-left on the 2x2 grid if you’re graph-happy—of the price-performance ratio. Staying consistent with our real-world theme, we used real-world pricing from sites like NewEgg and Amazon. Because we’re talking about upgrading an existing machine, you’ll find no case or mobo recommendations here.
Without further adieu, we happily present the results of our research. After the jump you’ll find a bevy of product recommendations that prove you don’t have to break the bank to achieve substantial gains in performance.
A Guide to Maximum PC Verdicts Have you ever wondered what separates a “6” verdict from a “7;” or questioned why a product earned a “9,” but was denied our revered Kick Ass award? Here’s the reasoning behind our editorial verdicts.
Well. That didn’t take long. With problems beginning at pre-order failure and extending to some fairly serious reception issues, the iPhone 4 started experiencing a backlash almost immediately. Yet, the handset is still sweeping up fans left and right, selling an estimated 1.5 million units upon release (with 77% of those being upgrades). We waited in line like everyone else to get our review handset. Here’s what’s being said about Apple’s latest offering:
Apps, apps, apps. All we talk about is apps, it seems. Week and week out, I try to throw out a list of five different applications--usually themed around some particular scenario--that give you untold access to your system in new and exciting ways. Well, mostly exciting. Let's face it. Sometimes, an app is just an app. It's a useful, free utility, but nothing to throw a party or write home about.
So, that in mind, how about some games?
There's nothing more fun--and more detrimental to one's professional life--than sinking hours after countless hours of playtime into a persistent digital world. That's right, I'm talking about MMOs. The problem, however, is that there are simply too many free MMOs to choose from. If you're intending on spending a significant amount of your personal life in some digital dungeon or what-have-you, you don't want to do it for a crappy game that nobody is playing. You want an awesome game.
I have taken it upon myself to find five free MMOs with such a characteristic--awesome--and am happy to announce the results of my findings below. I wish you the best as you go forth in the grand tradition of surrendering your social life to slay digital... well, everything. Digital everythings. Right.
Buying the right HDTV is actually much harder than simply walking into a store and laying down some plastic - and certainly much harder than it should be. There are quite a few cautions but also quite a few things that you can do to prepare yourself. Virtually identical issues apply to buying computer monitors, so keep the following info and tips in mind the next time you're in the market for a monitor as well.
Typically, E3 is a salty sea of sweaty gamers bouncing off one another across approximately 1.5 square miles of Los Angeles Convention Center turf in search of the Next Big Game. This year was a little different however.
The crowd was the same, with sweaty gamers gawking at booth babes and mascots everywhere. But there was a lot more hardware on the scene. Microsoft’s Kinect. Sony’s Move. Nintendo’s 3DS. 3D goggles and games were everywhere, as were a surprising number electronic toys and gadgets.
We went through it all with a fine tooth comb. Here were the high points.
Everybody knows that dads dig gadgets. Which must be why, every year about this time, you can’t go online without finding roughly seventy million stories on father’s day/gadget/gift ideas. But you know what Dad’s like more than gadgets? Spending quality time with their loving children. Which is why, this year, we’ve compiled a list of websites that Dads would like. From comics and cooking to beer and home improvements, here are the top 20 sites to share with your Pops this Father’s Day. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll avoid having to shell out $20 for ugly patterned boxers or another “Best Dad” coffee mug. Not going home? Easy! Just send an email with these links and then call your old man. Discuss amongst yourselves; I’m getting verklemped already.