Intrepid Editor Tom McNamara and PC Gamer Managing Editor Cory Banks descended upon Civilization: Beyond Earth recently, getting our grubby hands on it ahead of its October 24th release, and our coverage was but words and pictures. We now have a full-blown video that slices together six minutes of direct-feed video, during which you will hear Tom and Corey go over their experience in a charmingly off-the-cuff manner that you are sure to enjoy and recommend frequently to your friends and neighbors.
Whether it's a low-cost Windows 8.1 tablet or a newly minted Chromebook model you're after, today's your lucky today. That's because Toshiba announced the retail availability of its Encore Mini, an affordable 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet priced at a scant $120 MSRP, along with its second generation Chromebook model simply dubbed Chromebook 2 (pricing ranges from $250 to $330 MSRP).
The IFA convention in Berlin is off to a fast and furious start with product makers pouring out announcements by the handful. Among the attendees is Acer, which revealed its new (and rather extensive) product lineup for the holiday season. Acer's new products include a pair of Aspire R Series convertible laptops. two Aspire Switch Series 2-in-1 hybrid PCs, three Iconia Series tablets, and a Liquid Series smartphone.
With each new passing day, more Windows XP users are pulling the plug on the legacy operating system and upgrading to either Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. We can see evidence of this in the market share trend dating back to April, which is when Microsoft stopped supporting XP. Since then, XP's share of the desktop market has dropped from 26.29 percent to 23.89 percent, while both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 continue to make gains.
NZXT's growing family of computer cases now includes the Source 340 (S340), a compact mid-tower made from strong, cold-rolled steel. In an attempt to offer system builders more elbow room so that piecing together a PC is a little easier, NZXT eight-sixed the optical drive bays and relocated the hard drive bays to a lower position. According to NZXT, these subtle design choices opened up the case.
Don't accuse Lenovo of putting all of its eggs in a single basket. That wasn't the company's strategy up to this point, nor is it the road to success going forward -- instead, Lenovo is kicking off the 2014 IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin by showcasing three new tablet and gaming systems. They include the Tab S8, Y70 Touch laptop, and Erazer X315 desktop
How do you steal some thunder from Intel's Haswell-E launch? There are several options, and the one AMD went with was to slash prices on several 8-core FX-8000 and FX-9000 Series processors. In addition to rolling out some significant price cuts to half a dozen CPUs, AMD also introduced three new AM3+ FX chips -- they include the FX-8370, FX-8370E, and FX-8320E, all of which are also 8-core parts.
It's about time we celebrated how awesome PC gaming is!
We love video games. Many of you reading this also love video games. And if you're a fan of Maximum PC, chances are you prefer gaming on a PC. It is, after all, the superior platform for gaming -- we love our console gaming brethren, but they'll never convince us otherwise -- so why not celebrate this hobby of ours? That's exactly what Nvidia plans to do -- the GPU maker just sent us details about GAME24, the first ever global PC gaming celebration.
You may have already heard the news that Anand Lal Shimpi, the veteran tech journalist who founded the popular review site AnandTech back in 1997, is retiring from the tech publishing world. He made the announcement in a lengthy (and informative) blog post over the weekend, but one thing he left out is where the road ahead will take him. Turns out it's Cupertino -- Anand Shimpi is going to work for Apple.