If your friends and co-workers all seem unusually busy as of late, it's probably because they discovered a virtual gold mine of gaming goodness. You can discover it too, courtesy of the Internet Archive and software curator Jason Scott, who assembled a collection of roughly 2,400 MS-DOS games, all of which are playable in your browser. We're talking titles like The Oregon Trail, Leisure Suit Larry 1 - Land of the Lounge Lizard, Golden Axe, Street Fighter, Silent Service, and so many more.
Dell announced today that it was going to start selling the U3415W, a 34-inch "ultra-wide" 21:9 curved IPS monitor, on its website tomorrow. We first heard about this hot item at PAX last year, but they weren't talking about availability at the time. It has a resolution of 3440 x 1440, giving you more than twice the pixels of a 1080p monitor, and its 34-inch screen translates to a pixel-per-inch count of about 110. Dell says that the U3415W's inward curve "optimizes the field of view and minimizes eye movement to deliver a more comfortable viewing experience than a flat screen," which we're a little skeptical about.
Gaming at 4K is still a pipe dream for many people. Too many roadblocks exist, one of them being the need for high-end hardware to push all those pixels around on a screen at a comfortable pace. However, for those who are equipped with sufficient GPU horsepower, you'll be glad to know that companies are paying more attention to 4K monitors. One of those companies is Asus, which brought its ROG Swift PG27AQ 4K IPS gaming monitor with G-Sync technology to the Consumer Electronics Show.
We've already seen some interesting developments coming from boutique system builders at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, though there's still plenty more to talk about. Like what? Well, Origin PC arrived at CES with laptops configured with desktop processors and a few living room game systems (call them PC consoles, if you will, but not Steam Box) that should play nice with your 4K TV.
A killer system that's pre-wired for liquid cooling
Liquid cooling isn't new by any means -- enthusiasts have been cooling their PCs with water since around the discovery of fire (give or take a few years). But what makes Digital Storm's new Aventum 3 system a different kind of beast is how the liquid cooling setup is implemented. It's pre-wired and configured to allow for easy user upgrades without mucking up the intricate installation. Let's have a closer look.
You may have noticed that over the years, Maximum PC sometimes doesn't have a filter -- that's part of where our "Minimum BS" tagline comes from. With that in mind, we sent Online Managing Editor and number one Geraldo Rivera fan Jimmy Thang on a mission to seek out and interview Oculus VR founder Nate Mitchell. He did that, and he wasted no time addressing the elephant in the room -- selling out to Facebook and the level of anger over the acquisition.
Integrated 3D camera might turn heads or a 15.6-inch Chromebook will
With all of the new laptops and notebooks being shown at CES 2015, it becomes difficult for a company’s product to stand. But we think Acer might have achieved this with its two new offerings. Maximum PC’s Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang had the opportunity to visit the company’s booth where he saw Acer’s new Aspire V 17 Nitro gaming notebook and 15-inch Chromebook.
A $99 headset with 7.1 surround sound seems promising
Kingston is looking to make a bit of a splash with its HyperX branded products. Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang visited the booth at CES 2015 where he was able to see the HyperX Savage SSD, the Predator PCIe SSD, and a new Cloud 2 headset.
SteelSeries has been a supporter of eSports for a long time by sponsoring various teams and producing various gaming products. But now the gaming peripheral manufacturer is looking to be more involved with eSports in a different way. At CES 2015, SteelSeries has been demoing its Sentry Eye Tracker and showing the Apex M800 mechanical gaming keyboard which Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang was able to see in person.
If companies at CES 2015 were to have a mantra, Lenovo’s would have to be “thin and light.” These were words repeated on a consistent basis to Onling Managing Editor Jimmy Thang who was taken by surprise when he picked up Lenovo’s ultra light LaVie Z and was then shown the new ThinkPad Yoga, Flex laptops, thinkvision X24 Monitor, and T550 Ultrabook.