So what's the verdict, was Grand Theft Auto V for the PC worth the wait? It's a question that can spark a debate, and if you're in the "Yes!" camp, one piece of evidence to support your claim is GTA V's inclusion of features included in AMD's Gaming Evolved program, such as into AMD's Gaming Evolved program. As part of that, GTA V supports a feature that's called Contact Hardening Shadows (CHS) for rendering more realistic soft shadows.
Let's get one thing straight before the doomsday sayers come out of the woodwork -- the desktop isn't dead. However, desktop sales did decline to the tune of 6.7 percent last year, according to data provided by International Data Corporation, and with Intel so heavily vested in the desktop segment, the company's year-over-year revenue fell flat. Time to hit the panic button? Not quite.
GTA V finally launched for the PC yesterday. Given that GTA IV was a resource hog of a port coupled with Rockstar's numerous delays of the PC version, we thought we would run the game through its paces using the beefiest rig we had in the Lab. We opted for Origin PC’s new Millenimum Genesis PC, which is equipped with not one or two GeForce Titan Xs, but three of those water-cooled bad boys in SLI. The system also has Intel’s 4960X CPU. Suffice it to say that, on paper, it’s a beast of a machine (Look for the full review of the rig soon).
Cheap cases. They’re not as scary as the phrase implies, even though we acknowledge that the lower end of the case spectrum can deliver some real clunkers. Thankfully, none of the cases in our roundup this month fit that profile. In fact, we’re seeing a number of features previously reserved for pricier cases start to grace more inexpensive models.
Thermaltake's Tt eSports division has concocted a mouse that fights back against sweaty palms with a vented top side that should help you keep your cool during those intense fire fights. Or so that's the theory behind the hexagonal patterned ventilation on the Ventus X, which also boasts hexagonal side grips. Oh, and Tt eSports is also pitching aerodynamics by way of the rodent's unique overall design.
Official opposition to the net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission published yesterday to the Federal Register has already begun. The rules, as laid out by the FCC under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 face attacks from multiple angles, including an effort by Republicans in Congress to outright cancel the rules under the Congressional Review Act.
Some patient PC gamers who waited this long to finally experience Grand Theft Auto V on their platform of choice (Windows PCs) are being asked to wait a little longer, jump through some installation hoops, or receive a refund and move on. At issue is a bug that's preventing GTA V from installing on some Windows PCs. The issue has been confirmed by Valve, and you may have seen a message when firing up Steam.
There are fancy 4K TVs that cost less than their monitor equivalents
Displays have come along way since the old days of CRTs. Everyone's gone flat, and then there is the curved stuff, which I don't really buy into yet. I mean, even the screen on Jean-Luc Picard's desk was flat, and that's way into the future. If you want a big immersive experience today though, you might consider going with a TV instead of a computer display. Here's why...
If it looks like a duck but barks like a dog, what is it?
We were really impressed with Hewlett-Packard's Omen laptop when we reviewed it last year. With a design that paid homage to its Voodoo PC namesake, the model we received proved a capable gaming machine wrapped in a sexy chassis with a beautiful touchscreen panel. Well, there's a new version available, though HP's Omen Pro is classified as a mobile workstation, perhaps making it more suitable for game developers than gamers.
After what seemed like an eternity (and then some), Rockstar Games is finally ready to release Grand Theft Auto V to PC, which officially debuts at midnight on April 14, 2015, in the U.K. In the U.S., it should unlock today, April 13, at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT, or just a few hours from the time of this writing. There's still time to put in your pre-order and pre-download the title, and also Nvidia has made available its Game Ready 350.12 driver for Grand Theft Auto V today.