News en Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mice: Choose Your Type of Sensor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_gaming_sabre_rgb.jpg" alt="Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB" title="Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB" width="228" height="233" style="float: right;" />Do you prefer an optical or laser sensor?</h3> <p><strong>Corsair Gaming, a division of Corsair that's focused on (*drum roll*) gaming hardware, today introduced the Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB</strong>, an ultralight mouse for gamers. There are two versions of the Sabre RGB, one that rolls with a laser sensor and another that goes old school with an optical sensor. The former sports an 8200 DPI with ultra-precise tracking on just about any surface, whereas the optical sensor tops out at 6400 DPI with multi-color smooth and accurate tracking, Corsair Gaming says.</p> <p>Both versions are featherweight fighters with bodies that weigh less than 100 grams. They both also sport four-zone 16.8 million color backlighting, CUE software for personalized performance and color customization, eight programmable buttons, high-quality switches rated for 20 million clicks, and braided 1.8 meter easy-flex cables.</p> <p>"As a competitive Counter-Strike GO player, I need an agile and accurate mouse to allow me to get consistent head shots with minimal effort and maximum efficiency," said Jason Christian, Product Manager for gaming peripherals at Corsair Gaming. "To this end, I designed the Sabre RGB mice from the ground up to be lean and ultralight with the same level of precision of our M65 and M45 mice."</p> <p>The Sabre RGB Laser Mouse is available for $70 MSRP and the Sabre RGB Optical Mouse goes for $60 MSRP. If you're feeling lucky, head to Sabre's website where you can enter to win a Sabre RGB mouse, Nvidia GeForce graphics card, and a copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> corsair gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals sabre rgb News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:05:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28812 at Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows Knows How to Hang <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_tablet_2.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" title="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Latest Yoga tablet has a new hang mode</h3> <p>Is there a more appropriate name for a line of tablet PCs than Yoga? While you ponder that one, take note that <strong>Lenovo just expanded its Yoga Tablet 2 family with the new Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows</strong>. Joining its 8-inch and 10-inch Windows-based brethren, Lenovo's latest slate is not only the largest, but also the most flexible in that it boasts a new mode -- Hang.</p> <p>Yes, you can hang the Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows on a wall if you really want to. And like the other models, it also supports Hold, Stand, and Tilt modes.</p> <p>Lenovo's latest slate measures 12.8 inches by 8.7 inches by 0.2-0.6 inches (324.1 millimeters by 221 millimeters by 3.7-14 millimeters) and weighs 2.27 pounds. The 13.3-inch IPS display sports a Quad HD 2560x1440 resolution powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor clocked at up to 1.86GHz with 2MB of cache, 4GB of LP DDR3 RAM and Intel HD graphics.</p> <p>The system also features 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI port, micro USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two large chamber speaker, 1.6MP HD front-facing camera, and Windows 8.1</p> <p>Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows will be available beginnin in November for $700 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware lenovo mobile OEM rigs slate tablet Windows yoga tablet 2 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:21:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28809 at Watch for Low Cost Intel Desktops and All-in-One PCs Featuring Windows 8.1 with Bing <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_aio_0.jpg" alt="Acer AIO" title="Acer AIO" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />Cheap all-in-one PCs will run Windows 8.1 with Bing</h3> <p>For a long while, owning an all-in-one was cost prohibitive for many people, as most models carried premium price tags. Prices have certainly come down in recent years, though there's not a ton of options in the way of entry-level AIOs for those who might be interested in such a system. However, that may change. There's talk that <strong>Microsoft is cooperating with Intel to offer system builders subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing on entry-level desktops and AIOs</strong>.</p> <p>Citing supply chain makers in Taiwan, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> the low-end desktops would start at $199 retail and 18.5-inch non-touch AIO PCs would go for $349 and up, both powered by Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core processors based on the chip maker's Bay Trail-D architecture.</p> <p>One player that's already on board with Celeron J1900 powered systems running Windows 8.1 with Bing is Acer, which has placed orders, <em>Digitimes</em> says. Those rigs will also feature 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB hard drive, and an optical drive. In other words, a fairly basic setup at a cheap price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> aio all-in-one Bing Hardware intel microsoft windows 8.1 News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:43:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28808 at HP’s Sprout PC Bridges Gap Between Digital and Physical World <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sprout.jpg" alt="HP Sprout" title="HP Sprout" width="228" height="211" style="float: right;" />Content creation without the keyboard or mouse</h3> <p>You've never seen anything like this before, at least not to this extent. Embarking on a new, albeit familiar path, <strong>HP today introduced its Sprout PC</strong>, a unique "Immersive Computing" platform that's part of HP's vision for the future of computing and 3D printing. Part of HP's Blended Reality ecosystem, Sprout eschews a mouse and keyboard in favor of a built-in projector and 20-point multi-touch capacitive mat.</p> <p>The sleek looking DLP projector with LED lamp and 14.6-megapixel camera looms over the 23-inch 10-point multi-touch display. It beams images onto the mat, which you can use a secondary display, and launches Sprout-supported applications coded with a special SDK.</p> <p>It's also a scanner with a depth sensor, and what's really cool is how you can interact with Sprout. For example, you can place real-world objects on the mat and transfer them into a digital workspace, which you can then manipulate with your hands. To get a sense of the potential here, you really have to watch HP's 1-minute video (skip past the first 39 seconds of fluff if you're short on time):</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Pretty snazzy, right? Here's another look at what Sprout can do, minus the introductory fluff:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As for the traditional specs, Sprout is powered by an Intel Core i7 4790S processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 745A graphics, and 1TB solid state hybrid drive with 8GB of flash acceleration cache. It also boasts a 1MP webcam, DTS sound, GbE LAN, 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 3-in-1 media card reader, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>"We live in a 3D world, but today we create in a 2D world on existing devices," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer PC &amp; Solutions, HP. "Sprout by HP is a big step forward in reimagining the boundaries of how we create and engage with technology to allow users to move seamlessly from thought to expression."</p> <p>Sprout is <a href=";urlLangId=-1&amp;langId=-1&amp;productId=681151&amp;storeId=10151" target="_blank">available now for $1,900</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 3d printing Hardware hp OEM rigs sprout News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:07:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28807 at Humble Bundle Celebrates Surpassing 100 Linux Games Milestone <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tower_of_guns.jpg" alt="Tower of Guns" title="Tower of Guns" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Linux ports leave little to "Wine" about</h3> <p>It's no longer absurd to build a gaming box around Linux. Sure, there are still far more titles available for Windows, but between solutions like Wine and a growing concerted effort to support the open source platform, the situation is improving at a faster rate than ever before. Valve deserves kudos for promoting Linux through Steam, and surprise, surprise, <strong>Humble Bundle is fast becoming a pioneering force with over 100 games having been ported to Linux</strong>.</p> <p>Humble Indie Bundle 13 includes three Linux titles -- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Risk of Rain, and Tower of Guns -- which pushed the number of its in-house ports to triple digits.</p> <p>"If you didn’t already know, we’ve been hard at work to help bring great indie titles to as many people as possible. In order to do so, we’ve worked with a couple of talented porters - including our own full-time in-house porter - to bring these typically single-platform games to other platforms like Mac and Linux," Humble Bundle stated in a <a href=";utm_campaign=659e279b6d-Humble_Indie_Bundle_13&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_990b1b6399-659e279b6d-101065609" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Humble Bundle is best known for helping find an audience for independent game developers by offering up their titles free of DRM and at whatever price gamers feel like paying for certain titles. But they're also a driving force in pushing Linux as a viable platform for games.</p> <p>Linux users seem appreciative of Humble Bundle's efforts too, as they pay on average $1 more than Mac users and $2.60 more than Windows users.</p> <p>By the way, you can pick up <a href="" target="_blank">Humble InDIE Bundle 13 here</a>, and if you pay more than the average of $6.73 (at the time of this writing), you'll unlock Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Jazzpunk, and four copies of Risk of Rain. A payment of $12 unlocks Shadowrun Returns.</p> <p>If you don't feel like spending anything, hit up the Humble Bundle link anyway and claim your free copy of Teleglitch: Die More Edition.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> games humble bundle linux Software News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:18:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28806 at XYZprinting Launches First All-In-One 3D Printer with Built-in Scanner for $799 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u166440/da_vinci_1.0_aio.jpg" alt="da Vinci 1.0 AiO" title="da Vinci 1.0 AiO" width="200" height="141" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>The price barrier continues to get lower for 3D printers</h3> <p>3D printers have slowly been making their way into online and <a title="3D printers at Home Depot" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">brick-and-mortar retailers</span></a> but there has always been the issue of price. For example, the <a title="Ekocycle printer" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer</span></a> retails for $1,199 and that is just for the printer. Hoping to jump over the price barrier is <strong>XYZprinting which has released the first all-in-one called the da Vinci 1.0 AiO</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The da Vinci 1.0 AiO is a 3D printer that comes with its own built-in hi-res scanner with which objects are scanned with an industrial grade .05mm resolution within five minutes and then saves the scan in .stl format. Priced at $799, the company is hoping to gain a larger piece of the 3D printing market. A market, according to Wohlers Associates, that values it at $3 billion and expects it to be a $21 billion market by 2020.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">“With 3D printing continuing to gain traction across a variety of markets, including education, design, fashion, medical and automotive, the possibilities are just beginning to be realized,” said <a title="XYZprinting" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">XYZprinting</span></a>&nbsp;CEO Simon Shen. “The da Vinci 1.0 AiO was designed with quality and affordability in mind, to enable the continued discovery of applications and usages for 3D printing.”</p> <p>In addition to a built-in scanner, the da Vinci 1.0 AiO can print items at 7.8x7.8x7.8 inches, a scanning algorithm that will automatically fin in voids with the appropriate texture and curves, and there is also an open-sourced cloud database where consumers will be able to choose from and upload 3D models to.&nbsp;</p> <p>The da Vinci 1.0 AiO is now available for purchase on and Amazon for $799.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> 3d printer 3D printer scanner aio built-in scanner da Vinci 1.0 AiO XYZprinting News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:04:02 +0000 Sean D Knight 28804 at Condition One Releases Zero Point, a 3D VR Documentary Shot for the Oculus Rift <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/zero_point.jpg" alt="Zero Point" title="Zero Point" width="200" height="98" style="float: right;" />A VR documentary about the VR device</h3> <p>When Facebook acquired Oculus VR for <a title="Facebook acquires Oculus" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">$2 billion</span></a>, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg talked about how the Oculus Rift could “change the way we work, play, and communicate.” One of the ways VR is currently being used is to record movies and documentaries. Sir David Attenborough, for example, is shooting a documentary series for the Oculus with a special eight-camera rig. But the first such film is now out and that is the <strong>Zero Point documentary film about virtual reality and shot for the Oculus Rift</strong>.</p> <p>Zero Point, which was created by Condition One, is a 3D 360-degree short film that requires either the Oculus Rift DK1 or DK2 in order to properly view it. The 15-minute documentary was directed by Danfung Dennis and follows the “pioneers of virtual reality” with Oculus VR co-founder <a title="Palmer Luckey Interview" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Palmer Luckey</span></a> and VR researchers Jeremy Bailenson and Mark Bolas appearing in it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">The short film was shot with custom-built VR camera equipment capable of capturing 360-degree video and audio in places such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and several other locations.&nbsp;</p> <p>So if you have an Oculus Rift, then head on over to Steam where Zero Point is currently on sale for $11.99 until November 3, at which point it will go back up to $14.99.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> Condition One documentary oculus rift virtual reality VR documentary VR short film Zero Point News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:47:21 +0000 Sean D Knight 28802 at Star Wars Games X-Wing and Tie Fighter Lands on <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/star_wars_x_wing.jpg" alt="X-Wing" title="X-Wing" width="200" height="125" style="float: right;" />Time to go back and relive some classic gaming moments</h3> <p>Back in October 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas for <a title="Disney acquires Lucasfilm" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">$4.05 billion</span></a> which was met with some enthusiasm. Then in April 2013, five months after the acquisition, Disney announced that it had <a title="LucasArts shut down" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">shut down LucasArts</span></a>, leaving many to wonder what would happen to the developer’s backlog of classic games. Today, we now know what is happening. <strong>Disney Interactive has teamed-up with and will bring over 20 classic LucasArts titles</strong> in the coming months.</p> <p>However, we don’t have to wait a while for all of them. Six classic titles are now available on the digital distribution platform and are DRM-free. Gamers are able to purchase and play Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition, Star Wars: Tie Fighter Special Edition, Sam &amp; Max Hit the Road, The Secret of Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is the first time that X-Wing and Tie Fighter are available on any digital distribution platform and will cost $9.99 each. Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition will include the Star Wars: X-Wing Collector’s CD-ROM and all of the Tour of Duty expansions while Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition will come with the Defender of the Empire expansion.</p> <p>But the ride isn’t going to stop with these six titles. According to the <a title=" press release" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">press release</span></a>, more games will be on the way in the coming months though no specific names have been provided.&nbsp;</p> <p>What games are you hoping will be released on over the coming months? Sound off in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> classic games Disney Interactive LucasArts star wars tie fighter x-wing Gaming News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:57:20 +0000 Sean D Knight 28801 at Western Digital Pushes Capacity of Purple Hard Drive Line to 6TB <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/wd_6tb_purple.jpg" alt="Western Digital 6TB Purple" title="Western Digital 6TB Purple" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />More storage for video surveillance</h3> <p><strong>Western Digital this week announced the expansion of its WD Purple line of 3.5-inch hard drives to include a 6TB capacity model</strong>. The Purple family of HDDs are intended for video surveillance chores and include some exclusive technologies that make them better suited than competing drives, including AllFrame (reduces video frame loss, improves playback, and increases the number of drive bays supported) and IntelliSeek (calculates the optimum seek speeds for system workloads to lower power consumption and reduce noise and vibration).</p> <p>"Video surveillance has long been a pioneering Internet-of-Things application. Driven by machine-to-machine interaction between high-resolution, high-bit-rate video cameras and high-capacity surveillance video recorders, IoT applications bring access and big data analytics to improve user’s security," <a href="" target="_blank">said Matt Rutledge</a>, senior vice president and general manager of WD’s Storage Technology group. "WD Purple 6 TB drives enable innovation in this fast growing market."</p> <p>Western Digital claims its WD Purple line perform better under surveillance situations than competing HDDs, which the company says is proven by a set of proprietary benchmarks it developed in close cooperation with surveillance partners.</p> <p>The new 6TB model features a SATA 6Gbps interface, has 64MB of cache, and is rated for up to 175MB/s of sustained file transfers, which is the fastest of any WD Purple drive.</p> <p>WD says the 6TB model is available now for $330 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Hard Drive HDD purple storage surveillance wd Western Digital News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:12:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28800 at Razer Announces Leviathan 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar for Gamers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_leviathon.jpg" alt="Razer Leviathan" title="Razer Leviathan" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Finally, a new speaker option for PCs</h3> <p>Sometimes it feels like speaker makers have forgotten about PC gamers. Long gone are the days when multimedia speaker announcements were fairly common, but don't despair, not all companies have hightailed it out of the PC gaming space in a Klipsch-like fashion. Gaming peripheral maker <strong>Razer has been dabbling in audio and its newest product announcement is the Leviathan, a 5.1 channel Dolby surround sound bar</strong> for gaming and movies.</p> <p>Razer says it's easy to reposition the Leviathan for any situation, be it under a desktop monitor or in the living room where you might be rocking a PC gaming console. Wherever you place it, the Leviathan brings two 2.5-inch full range drivers and a pair of 0.74-inch tweeters to the party, plus a 5.25-inch downward firing subwoofer.</p> <p>"The opportunity to produce a precision-engineered surround sound solution for high-performance gaming, movie watching and music listening, and make it versatile to use in any setting, was a very exciting proposition for us," <a href="" target="_blank">says Min-Liang Tan</a>, Razer co-founder and CEO. "The Razer Leviathan delivers what music aficionados, movie buffs and gamers alike are looking for to improve their entertainment setup."</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Razer's Leviathan</a> is available to <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order now for $199</a> and will ship in November.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> audio Gaming Hardware leviathan razer sound bar surround News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28799 at Writers Wanted <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154082/freelancer.jpg" alt="freelance maximum pc" title="freelance maximum pc" width="380" height="250" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Freelance for Maximum PC</h3> <p>Do you write well and know PC hardware like the back of your hand? If you’ve been building PCs before you can walk and would like to contribute to Maximum PC, we would love to have you on board.&nbsp;</p> <p>We’re currently looking for experts who specialize in the following categories:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>CPU</li> <li>GPU</li> <li>Motherboards</li> <li>SSDs</li> <li>Software (Windows/Linux/Multimedia Production/Editing)</li> <li>Cases</li> <li>Cooling</li> <li>Overclocking</li> <li>Monitors</li> <li>Laptops</li> <li>Peripherals (headset, keyboards, mice)</li> <li>Routers</li> </ul> <p>Basically, if you write well and consider yourself an expert in any of the aforementioned categories, we would love to hear from you. Writers will be able to write a variety of content that could include news, reviews, and features. To be considered, please send resumes/written samples to <a title="" href="" target="_blank"></a> and let us know what hardware beats you'd like to cover!</p> computer contract freelance Hardware maximum pc write News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:58:32 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28793 at Tickets to ‘Intel Extreme Masters San Jose’ Now Available <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_extreme_masters.jpg" alt="Intel Extreme Masters" title="Intel Extreme Masters" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />Up to 12,000 seats are available</h3> <p><strong>Intel dropped us a line today to let us know that tickets for the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose e-sports event are now available</strong>. The tournament will play out in the SAP Center (home of the San Jose Sharks NHL team) from December 6-7 and will feature white-knuckle action from League of Legends and StarCraft II. Ahead of the event, members of the community will be allowed to vote for the League of Legends LCS teams they want to see compete.</p> <p>There will be six teams representing three regions competing in the League of Legends tournament. They include North American LCS champions Team SoloMid along with a community-voted North American LCS team, European LCS champions Alliance along with a community-voted European team, and two teams from South American qualifiers. Fan voting wil be begin tomorrow at the <a href="" target="_blank">Intel Extreme Masters website</a>.</p> <p>StarCraft II gaming will also be featured. That tournament will include a mix of veterans and rising star players from around the world, Intel says.</p> <p>"We are proud to be delivering an e-sports event in a major US arena. With our stage layout we are looking at a capacity of about 12,000 seats. If we sell out, this will be one of the largest Western e-sports events of all time," said Michal Blicharz, Director of Pro Gaming at ESL.</p> <p>Tickets go on sale today starting at $36 for StarCraft II and $40 for League of Legends; premium seating is available for $150 and $250, respectively. See <a href="" target="_blank">Ticketmaster</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> extreme masters Gaming intel league oflegends StarCraft II tournament News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:41:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28798 at Nimble Sense Launches on Kickstarter <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/nimble_sense_001.jpg" alt="Nimble Sense" title="Nimble Sense" width="200" height="113" style="float: right;" />Control VR with your hands</h3> <p>The development of the Oculus Rift has helped to create a focus on virtual reality. While there are many new VR devices being developed, new controllers and input methods are being created to work in conjunction with VR machines. One of these devices, which will&nbsp;enable consumers to use their hands in virtual reality, is the <strong>Nimble Sense which has just launched on Kickstarter.</strong></p> <p>Maximum PC editor Jimmy Thang had the opportunity to see the Nimble Sense, developed by Nimbus VR, in action and learn more about the depth-sensing camera. The camera itself captures a 3D point cloud over a 110 degree field of view and is combined with skeletal hand tracking software to deliver low-latency and accurate hand input. While it is currently optimized for the Oculus Rift, the development team says the Nimble Sense will be able to work with other VR devices, or can simply be placed on top of a user’s desktop.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">The Nimble Sense <a title="Nimble Sense kickstarter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Kickstarter project</span></a> has a goal of $62,500 that will go into the production and manufacturing costs of the device. There are five reward tiers, each with a limit of 500 backers. Early backers will be able to get the camera and Oculus Rift DK2 mount for $99 (limited to 500), $104 will provide the camera and desktop mount, $129 will include mounts for the desktop, Oculus Rift DK1, and DK2 while $154 will also include a 14-foot USB cable. The final reward tier is $299 or more and includes two Nimble Sense cameras, six mounts, and the 14-foot USB cable.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Nimble VR is also releasing its own VR application demos – a Lightning Demo, Hotwiring Demo, Living Room/Dice Demo, and theater Demo which will be open source.</p> <p>Kickstarter backer units of the Nimble Sense are expected to be shipped in June 2015.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> depth sensing camera Nimble Sense Nimble Sense applications Nimble Sense demos Nimble VR vr motion controller News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:02:50 +0000 Sean D Knight and Jimmy Thang 28796 at Maingear's X-Cube PC Gets a Facelift and Upgraded Guts <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/system.png" alt="Maingear X-Cube" title="Maingear X-Cube" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Better looking and faster</h3> <p>Boutique system builder <strong>Maingear today announced a new look and upgraded components for its X-Cube</strong>, a small form factor gaming PC with a micro ATX foundation. The chassis features expanded customizable storage and lighting options while maintaining a low-profile design that's portable for traveling, and on the inside, you'll find the latest CPU options from Intel and AMD, along with support for for up to two top-shelf graphics cards, such as Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 or AMD's Radeon R9 290X.</p> <p>Model's start at $799, though if you bring a bigger budget to the table, you can fill the X-Cube with up to an Intel Core i7 5960X processor, Epic 240 CPU cooler, dual-graphics cards, up to 32GB of RAM, up to three 1TB SSDs and three mechanical hard drives, up to 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and up to a Corsair 1200i power supply.</p> <p>"The Maingear X-Cube packs the same high end performance of our full sized desktops into a sleek new compact design," said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of Maingear. "X-Cube's small form factor allows it to unobtrusively and quietly fit into even the tightest home and office settings, while providing the latest hardware and performance options without compromise."</p> <p>Maingear's X-Cube measures 10 inches (W) by 12.5 inches (H) by 15.5 inches (D) and weighs 20 pounds, give or take depending on what you stuff inside. The case itself comes in black or white color options.</p> <p>You can <a href="" target="_blank">configure and order a Maingear X-Cube</a> now. As with all of Maingear's systems, the X-Cube includes lifetime free labor and phone support, with hardware warranties that range from 1-3 years.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware maingear OEM rigs x-cube News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:58:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28797 at Alienware and Roccat Become BFFs, Will Light Up the PC Gaming Community <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/alienware_roccat.jpg" alt="Alienware and Roccat" title="Alienware and Roccat" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />Two gaming brands join forces</h3> <p>We don't know if Alienware and Roccat go together like peanut butter and jelly or rum and Coke, but we're going to find out in relatively short order. How so? Peripheral maker <strong>Roccat Studios announced an exclusive partnership with Dell's Alienware gaming PC brand</strong>, and to kick off the new relationship, the two plan to incorporate support for Alienware's AlienFX lightning into Roccat's Kone XTD and Tyon gaming mice, and its Isku FX keyboard.</p> <p>Roccat says it plans to release driver updates for the above mentioned products that will add AlienFX support by the end of November at the latest.</p> <p>"Having pioneered some of the most vibrantly striking, highly customizable lighting systems in the market, Roccat’s Kone family of mice were the first in industry sporting multicolor LEDs. Additionally, Roccat’s TalkFX was the first software system to provide lighting effects attuned to in-game events for many of our keyboards. Thus, it was only natural to sit down with the minds at Alienware to join in expanding these features," Roccat says.</p> <p>Incorporating AlienFX support will bring lighting event interactions for games like Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, League of Legends, Gauntlet, Guild Wars 2, Payday 2, and 81 other games to Roccat brand peripherals, the company says.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> alienfx alienware dell Hardware Peripherals roccat News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:49:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 28795 at