Elite: Dangerous is almost upon us and we are excited, even though the game was not one of our most anticipated PC games of 2014. Created by Frontier Developments, the sci-fi combat simulator is the fourth installment in the Elite game franchise that also features trading and space exploration in a 1:1 scale of our own universe. Maximum PC had the opportunity to interview Frontier Developments CEO David Braben, courtesy of Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang.
Showcasing the sexiest, most photogenic game screenshots this side of the Internet
It's the holiday season, which means that gamers everywhere will soon sit down and soon have a chance to catch up on their massive backlogs. To commemorate the occasion, we've compiled a gallery of spectacular screenshots to get your gaming taste buds going. We’ve reached out to members of r/GamerPorn to fill out the submissions for the this month's Graphics Porn.
Solid state storage (SSD) drives are relative newcomers to the storage scene compared to media like mechanical hard disk drives. So the question remains, are SSDs reliable? Barring a time machine and enough plutonium to keep it running, it's a tough question to answer. In the absence of a DoLorean equipped to race back and forth in time, the next best way to test SSDs for endurance is to bombard them with writes. Turns out such a test is taking place with two SSDs having survived 2 petabytes of write tests so far.
If you're planning to play Dying Light when it releases to the public next month, hopefully you were able to take advantage of the various Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and upgrade your PC. Publisher Warner Bros. Entertainment posted the minimum and recommended specs of Dying Light on Steam -- they're fairly heavy, especially the recommended portion, which calls for an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card.
PC gamers (and PS4 players) get first dibs on Street Fighter V
Being a PC gamer doesn't come without the occasional indignity, likely crappy console ports and being left out of the equation altogether. Thankfully it's not always like that, and it certainly won't be that way when Street Fighter V comes out, or so it seems. How do we know? Capcom posted a game trailer revealing that Street Fighter V will launch exclusively to Windows PCs and the PlayStation 4.
The one catch with Android is that it sometimes takes a long time for new builds to trickle down to handsets that Google isn't in direct control of. That's been the case with Samsung's Galaxy handsets as well, though surprisingly, Android 5.0 Lollipop is already being unwrapped on the Galaxy S5. We say "surprisingly" because this is the first time Samsung has pushed out a major new update this soon since being released.
Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) says that online reviews of its new Matrix Platinum GTX 980 graphics card will hit the web next week, though in the meantime, it's providing a couple of press photos for an early look. The graphics card maker also revealed some specs about the high-end card, including the fact that it boasts a custom PCB with a 14-phase Super Alloy Power VRM and Black Metallic capacitors.
We fancy ourselves to be keyboard snobs these days, and Cherry is partially responsible for that. After all, Cherry's MX key switches are found on a number of mechanical keyboards, which helped revitalize a somewhat stagnant market for planks. So, it was with (short lived) interest when we saw Cherry introduce a new wireless keyboard and mouse combo (JD-0700EU-2) intended for the workplace.
Assuming you're not yet exhausted from all the online shopping and holiday sales that have taken place the last couple of weeks, here's yet another one. GOG's 2014 DRM-Free Big Winter Sale is going on now, and as always, it's highlighted by big savings of up to 90 percent off tons of titles, and of course they're all DRM free. And if you're tired of spending money, head over to GOG anyway and claim your free copy of the classic Age of Wonders, assuming there are still copies left.
Razer today unveiled its "Razer Classic" product line consisting of five exclusive products that can only be purchased from the company's website. These aren't new peripherals, but a collection of "tried and true" devices that have each been given retro blue backlighting as a throwback to Razer's early days in the gaming peripheral market. The goal is to offer "contemporary performance, but with a subtle nostalgic vibe," the company says.