News en AMD to Developers: Focus Your Efforts on DirectX 12, Not Mantle <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/mantle_rip.jpg" alt="Mantle R.I.P." title="Mantle R.I.P." width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Goodbye Mantle, we hardly knew ye</h3> <p>In a blog post on Monday, AMD's Raja Koduri waxed nostalgic on Mantle and how it "revolutionized the industry's thinking on low-overhead/high-throughput graphics," among other things. But at the end of what reads like a reluctant death sentence, <strong>AMD told developers that if they're interested in Mantle 1.0's functionality, they should focus their attention on DirectX 12 or GLnext</strong>.</p> <p>AMD never outright declares that Mantle is dead, and it even vowed to support its partners that have committed to Mantle in future projects, such as Battlefield Hardline. Likewise, <a href="" target="_blank">AMD talked</a> about a need for Mantle to take on new capabilities, to "evolve beyond mastery of the draw call," and that it will continue to serve the company as a graphics innovation platform available to select partners with custom needs.</p> <p>So technically, Mantle isn't dead, it's just largely been rendered expendable with DirectX 12 in the wings. Rather than fight it, AMD is encouraging developers to move one, save for those with very specific needs. Or at least that's how we're reading the blog post.</p> <p>Koduri also said that AMD no longer plans to release Mantle as a public SDK. Instead, the company is making available Mantle's 450-page programming guide and API reference, which developers will be able to download sometime later this month.</p> <p>It's a very odd announcement, as Koduri tells developers interested in Mantle to focus on DX12 instead, and then ends things by saying, "Join AMD this week at Game Developer Conference 2015 to see not just the future of Mantle, but the future of PC graphics as well."</p> <p>We'll have more details later this week as they emerge.</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> amd api directx 12 GLnext mantle Software News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:45:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 29526 at Mushkin Striker Solid State Drives are Now Available <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/mushkin_striker_0.jpg" alt="Mushkin Striker" title="Mushkin Striker" width="228" height="223" style="float: right;" />Fast and capacious storage</h3> <p>It's been a couple of months since Mushkin first trotted out its Striker line of solid state drives. <a href="">First announced</a> at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, the Striker line drew interest for its rated speeds, which can reach up to 565MB/s for read and up to 550MB/s for write transfers. Not quite recording breaking, but certainly one of the faster spec'd SATA 6Gbps SSD lines. If you've been waiting for them to be available, your wait is over -- <strong>Mushkin's Striker line is now available to purchase online</strong>.</p> <p>Pricing looks pretty fair for the level of performance promised. On Newegg, the drives are currently selling for:</p> <ul> <li>Mushkin Enhanced Striker 240GB: <a href="" target="_blank">$105 + $1 shipping</a></li> <li>Mushkin Enhanced Striker 480GB: <a href="" target="_blank">$190 + $1 shipping</a></li> <li>Mushkin Enhanced Striker 960GB: <a href="" target="_blank">$400 + $1 shipping</a></li> </ul> <p>"Striker is aptly named for its purpose: to mark its place as the premier high-performance solid-state drive series," said Brian Flood, Director of Product Development at Mushkin. " The Striker will allow its users to experience highly-accelerated application load times, boot performance, multimedia editing, and general usage."</p> <p>As a refresher, Mushkin outfits its Striker SSDs with a Phison PS3110-S10 quad-core controller. In addition to the aforementioned performance metrics, the drives also deliver 4K random read and write transactions of up to 90,000 IOPS.</p> <p>Other features include end-to-end data path protection to thwart errors, SmartECC for an added layer of error correction, SmartRefresh (scans flash during idle and runtime to look for and replace weak blocks), and SmartFlush (proprietary algorithm to minimize DRAM utilization for user data and help reduce write amplification).</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 Hardware mushkin solid state drive ssd storage Striker News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:11:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29525 at Epic Ditches Subscription Fee for Unreal Engine <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ue4.jpg" alt="Unreal Engine 4" title="Unreal Engine 4" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" />Five percent royalty rate still applies to commercial projects</h3> <p>At last year's Game Developers Conference (GDC), Epic Games <a href="">made the decision</a> to license its next generation Unreal Engine 4 to anyone and everyone for $19 per month, giving subscribers unfettered access to its complete C++ source code hosted in GitHub. If you sold and/or made money from your creation, you'd end up paying Epic a 5 percent royalty on top of the subscription fee. Nearly a year later, the 5 percent royalty remains in play, but <strong>Epic has now removed the $19 per month subscription for Unreal Engine 4</strong>.</p> <p>Future updates will be free as well, though we want to be careful not to haphazardly throw around the F-word. As it stands now, the 5 percent royalty applies to gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. So if you code an awesome game, sell it online, and gross $1 million next quarter, you'd owe Epic $49,850 by our fuzzy math (5 percent of $997,000), leaving you with $950,150.</p> <p>This is same Unreal Engine 4 the big boys and girls use when developing blockbuster titles; it's not gimped for casual or curious programmers or hobbyists. And beyond the tools, you have access to an entire ecosystem.</p> <p>"Chat in the forums, add to the wiki, participate in the AnswerHub Q&amp;A, and join collaborative development projects via GitHub. Buy content in the Marketplace, or build your own and sell it there," Epic stated in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>For current subscribers to the defunct paid plan, Epic will be issuing a pro-rated refund for their most recent month's payment. On top of that, anyone who has ever paid for a UE4 subscription will receive a $30 credit line that can be spent in the UE Marketplace.</p> <p>We'll have to wait and see if this has any effect on Crytek, which <a href="" target="_blank">licenses its CryEngine</a> for $9.90 per month with no royalty commitments. The difference there is Crytek doesn't include the full source code -- there's a separate license model for that.</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> Epic games Software tim sweeney Unreal Engine unreal engine 4 News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:55:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 29516 at Lenovo Announces 8-Inch IdeaPad Miix 300 Windows Tablet <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_ideapad_miix_300.jpg" alt="Lenovo Ideapad Miix 300" title="Lenovo Ideapad Miix 300" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" />Big things come in small packages</h3> <p><strong>If you can jam an 8-inch tablet in your pocket, then you'll be down with Lenovo's pitch of "pocket-sized productivity" for its newly announced Ideapad Miix 300 Windows tablet</strong>. Lenovo made the announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, while also unveiling several other mobile devices, including four Android tablets and smartphones (two each), and a pocket sized projector.</p> <p>So far it appears the Miix 300 is the only new Windows-based mobile product from Lenovo. It's not a game-changing device, though appears to be a decent value for money.</p> <p>It has an 8-inch WUXGA (1280x800) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display that's powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor based on Bay Trail T, though Lenovo didn't provide an exact model. The tablet also sports up to 2GB of DDR3L RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage expandable via microSD, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a single watt speaker, micro USB 2.0, audio-comb jack, and up to 7 hours of battery life. As for software, it will ship with Windows 8.1 with Bing plus a one-year subscription to Office 365.</p> <p>Getting back to portability, the Ideapad Miix 300 measures 130mm x 215mm x 9.3mm and weighs 360 grams. Equally light is its price tag -- it will start at $149 and when it becomes available in July.</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 IdeaPad Miix 300 lenovo slate tablet windows 8.1 News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:36:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 29515 at Benq Starts Shipping 27-Inch RL2755HM Monitor for $279 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/benq_rl2755hm.jpg" alt="BenQ RL2755HM Monitor" title="BenQ RL2755HM Monitor" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />Hype is high</h3> <p><strong>Benq today announced that its 27-inch RL2755HM "blazing fast professional gaming monitor" is now shipping</strong>, meaning you should be able to find it online, if not now then soon. Selected as the official console gaming monitor of both Major League Gaming (MLG) and UMG, they hype machine is in overdrive on this one. We haven't played with this particular model ourselves just yet, though we have glanced the spec sheet.</p> <p>According to Benq, this monitor rocks an ultra-fast 1ms response time with a 12,000,000:1 high dynamic contrast ratio. It also supposedly features ultra-low input lag to FPS and fighting games like the new Halo and Mortal Kombat.</p> <p>"By rendering action without ghosting or latency from mouse motion, gamers are able to see more details and spot opponents faster for a more seamless console gaming experience. Using the monitor’s new fighting mode, gamers can also access specific color calibration settings to help highlight characters during combat — leading to increased precision and more furtive strikes," Benq said.</p> <p>It's a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) monitor, which is really the only display spec that matters. What we mean by that is the lack of industry standards on other specs makes their listed ratings of little value.</p> <p>In any event, it also comes with dual HDMI ports, visibility enhancing "Black eQualilzer," and "<a href="" target="_blank">ReveolutionEyes</a>" technology to reduce eye fatigue.</p> <p>The Benq RL2755HM carries and MSRP of $279.</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> BenQ display Hardware monitor RL2755HM News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:09:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 29514 at Intel Details Newly Branded Atom x3, x5, and x7 CPUs at Mobile World Congress <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/atom_x8.jpg" alt="Intel Atom x3" title="Intel Atom x3" width="228" height="218" style="float: right;" />Making a move for mobile</h3> <p>Intel last week had already given the heads up that it was <a href="">rebranding its Atom processors</a> into three performance tiers -- Atom x3, Atom x5, and Atom x7. The Santa Clara chip maker didn't provide any details at the time, leading us to speculate that the first new Atom parts would be based on the company's upcoming 14nm Cherry Trail architecture. Turns out we were two-thirds correct, as <strong>Intel has now formally introduced its next generation Atom parts</strong>.</p> <p>As expected, Intel's Atom x5 and x7 are Cherry Trail parts, but the Atom x3 is a new processor series formerly codenamed SoFIA. It's Intel's first integrated communications System-on-Chip (SoC) and will take aim at the growing value and entry-level smartphone, tablet, and phablet markets.</p> <p>"Combining 64-bit multi-core Intel Atom processors together with 3G or 4G LTE connectivity, the integrated communications SoC combines the applications processor, image sensor processor, graphics, audio, connectivity and power management components in a single system chipset. This integration allows device manufacturers to deliver full-featured tablets, phablets and smartphones at affordable price points for the rapidly growing entry and value market segments," <a href="" target="_blank">Intel said</a>.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the Atom x5 and X7 are more traditional Atom parts and represents Intel's first 14nm Atom SoC (Cherry Trail, as previously mentioned). They'll power next-generation tablets and small-screen 2-in-1 devices while bringing 64-bit support for both Windows and Android. Several hardware partners have already committed to using the new Atom parts, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba. Each of them are expected to release devices in the first half of the year.</p> <p>Atom x3 based devices will start at around $75; Atom x5 and x7 devices will enter the market place at $250 to $349 for mid-range options, and $350 on up for performance products.</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> Atom x3 Atom x5 Atom x7 cpu Hardware intel processor soc News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:43:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29513 at SanDisk Crams 200GB of Storage into Latest microSD Card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sandisk_200gb_microsdxc_0.jpg" alt="SanDisk 200GB microSDXC" title="SanDisk 200GB microSDXC" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Big storage in a little card</h3> <p>There are several new phones and tablets being introduced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but on the storage side of things, <strong>SanDisk on Sunday introduced its 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition</strong>. That's not just a massive amount of storage for a device that's about the size of your fingernail, it's the highest capacity microSD card in the world, according to SanDisk.</p> <p>The 200GB card offers 56 percent more storage space than the record-breaking 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card the company <a href="">introduced a year ago</a>. Both were made possible by leveraging a proprietary technology the company designed last year that allows for a new design and production process with more bits per die.</p> <p>"We continue to push technology boundaries to deliver record-breaking solutions that transform the way consumers use their mobile devices," <a href="" target="_blank">said Dinesh Bahal</a>, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "By focusing on achieving new capacity and speed milestones, we are able to deliver trusted mobile memory solutions that give consumers the freedom to never stop capturing, saving, or sharing – with the benefit of fast speeds to transfer it all quickly."</p> <p>SanDisk says the card supports data transfers at up to 90MB per second, enough to push 1,200 photos every second. That combination of speed and capacity is certainly enticing. And expensive -- it will carry an MSRP of $400 when it becomes available in the second quarter.</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> 200GB microsd Sandisk storage News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:33:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 29512 at Early Cherry Trail Benchmarks Disappoint <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Intel Cherry Trail Atom Chips will Power Windows and Android Tablets" title="Cherry Trail Atom" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Cherry Trail shows only marginal improvement over predecessor in leaked benchmarks</h3> <p>Intel began shipping its new Cherry Trail Atom chips to its partners in the first week of January and now we have got our first benchmark scores. If you were expecting the <strong>5th generation Atom chips</strong> to be a huge improvement over current-generation tablet SoCs (systems on chip), you are in for a bit of a shock.</p> <p>The leaked Geekbench scores are of an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Cherry Trail processor. The 1.60GHz quad-core chip managed <a href="" target="_blank">single-core and multi-core scores of 990 and 3451, respectively</a>. To put things into perspective, the multi-core score amounts to a <a href="" target="_blank">marginal improvement over the current-gen Atom Z3795’s score of 3193</a>. Believe it or not, the single-core performance is actually worse, with the Bay Trail part coming out on top with a score of 995.</p> <p>With Cherry Trail being the “tick” to Bay Trail’s “tock” — or, for those of you don't speak Intel, the 14nm die shrink of Bay Trail — a huge leap in CPU performance was never on the cards to begin with, but an improvement of around eight percent is unimpressive no matter how you look at it.</p> <p>Hopefully, the other chips will fare a lot better. And let’s hope there are substantial improvements when it comes to power consumption and graphics.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> bay trail benchmarks cherry trail geekbench intel soc tablets News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:06:57 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29510 at Samsung Ultra-Thin and Light ATIV Book 9 Laptop Wafts Onto Store Shelves <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Samsung's 2015 ATIV Book 9" title="2015 ATIV Book 9" width="228" height="194" style="float: right;" />The lightest Book 9 ever</h3> <p>The new Samsung ATIV Book 9 laptop we told you about late last year is now available. The aluminum-clad device, which <strong>measures all of 11.19" x 8.37" x 0.46" and weighs 2.09 pounds</strong>, is the thinnest and lightest device yet in the company’s four-year-old Book 9 range.</p> <p>Let’s talk specs and pricing, shall we? Powered by a dual-core Intel Core M 5Y31 processor (900MHz-2.00GHz) and sporting a 12.2-inch WQXGA (2560x1600) display, the 2015 ATIV Book 9 is available in two flavors: one with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, and another with twice as much memory and storage. The former sports a <a href="" target="_blank">$1,199.99</a> price tag, whereas the 256GB is dearer at <a href="" target="_blank">$1,399.99</a>.</p> <p>As of press time, only two online retailers appear to have the two models in stock. You can find an updated list <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> ativ book 9 broadwell core m samsung ultrabook News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:33:39 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29509 at HTC Enters VR Fray with SteamVR-powered Vive Headset <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="HTC's SteamVR-powered Vive VR Headset " title="HTC's Vive VR Headset" width="228" height="119" style="float: right;" />Finished product to debut by year-end</h3> <p>Valve just made good on its promise of unveiling a SteamVR hardware system at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Meet Vive, a virtual reality headset powered by Valve’s SteamVR platform and manufactured by Taiwanese company HTC.</p> <p>Born out of what HTC says is a “strategic partnership with Valve”, the Vive in its current form has two 1200-by-1080-pixel displays—one for each eye—and a 90Hz refresh rate. In a <a href="" target="_blank">press release</a> it sent out Sunday, the company promised “a full room scale 360 degree solution” when the Vive is combined with a pair of ergonomic wireless controllers — one for each hand — designed specially for it. Each Vive will come standard with a pair of these. The official product page also mentions something called the Steam VR base station, which can track your position in a 15 feet by 15 feet area.</p> <p>“A gyrosensor, accelerometer, and laser position sensor combine to precisely track the rotation of your head on both axes to an accuracy of 1/10th of a degree, allowing you to look around the virtual environment naturally,” reads <a href="" target="_blank">Vive's official product page</a>.</p> <p>The Developer Edition will be available this spring,&nbsp; while consumers will have to wait until the end of 2015 for the final product. According to the company, the beta versions of the Developer edition have already led to some stellar content from top game developers and as a result gamers can look forward to seeing a large number of Vive-compatible games on Steam.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> GDC 2015 hmd htc mwc 2015 Steam steamvr Valve virtual reality vive vr headset News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:20:01 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29507 at HP Launches Spectre x360 Convertible to Take on Macbook Air, Lenovo Yoga <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop" title="HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop" width="228" height="154" style="float: right;" />Spectre x360 is now available from the company’s website</h3> <p>For a number of years, members of the PC master race looked to the Macbook Air with envy, even though most of us knew deep down that we just weren’t meant to be and there could be no platonic bond between the two of us. Wintel and their PC-making chums obviously took note of this lust at some point and what was initially a trickle of pretenders (remember all those “<a href="" target="_blank">Air killers</a>”?) soon became a cascade of contenders. Adding to that deluge of ultrabooks and ultra-thin convertibles, <strong>Hewlett-Packard has announced the Spectre x360, a 13.3-inch Broadwell-powered device designed in collaboration with Microsoft.</strong></p> <p>Equipped with a CNC aluminum chassis, the Spectre x360 is just 15.9mm thick and tips the scales at 3.3 pounds. It’s as acrobatic as it’s sturdy. It has a 360-degree rotatable screen to enable the user to alternate between “notebook mode for work, stand mode for viewing entertainment, tent mode for touchscreen entertainment, or tablet mode for on the go.”</p> <p>HP is claiming 12.5 hours of battery life on a single charge, a feat it attributes to the use of its proprietary Panel Self Refresh (PSR) technology at least as far as models with the Quad HD display (2,560x1,440) are concerned. PRS, the company says, causes parts of the computer to power down after a period of inactivity while leaving the image on the screen intact.</p> <p>Regardless of whether you opt for a full HD model or a Quad HD model, you will get a touch panel that is optically bonded to the display.</p> <p>Given below is an excerpt from the press release listing all <a href="" target="_blank">currently available Spectre x360 configurations</a>:</p> <ul> <li>HP Spectre x360 with Intel Core i5 Processor, Full HD touchscreen display, 4GB LPDDR3 system memory and a 128GB SSD is $899.99.</li> <li>HP Spectre x360 with Intel Core i7, Full HD touchscreen, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD is $1149.99.</li> <li>HP Spectre x360 with Intel Core i7, Quad HD touchscreen, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD is $1399.99.</li> </ul> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> convertible hewlett-packard hp Hybrid lenovo yoga MacBook Air microsoft spectre x360 windows 8.1 News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:58:22 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29504 at Cryptic Studios to Create In-game Memorial for Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek Online <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/star_trek_online.jpg" alt="Star Trek Online" title="Star Trek Online" width="200" height="123" style="float: right;" />Players visited Vulcan to pay their respects</h3> <p>Yesterday, actor <a title="MPC Nimoy Passes at 83" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Leonard Nimoy passed away</span></a> at his home at the age of 83. Nimoy was known for his iconic role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek: The Original Series, and subsequent movies, though he was also a director, author, producer, and singer among other things. As a tribute to the actor and his role in Star Trek, <strong>Cryptic Studios announced that it will create an in-game memorial for Mr. Spock and Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek Online</strong>.</p> <p>Shortly after Nimoy’s death was announced, around a thousand players logged into the free-to-play MMO and travelled to Vulcan to pay respect to the actor and his character, Mr. Spock, which Nimoy voiced in the game. STO developer Cryptic Studios posted its own acknowledgement of Nimoy’s passing and then followed up with an announcement for plans to include an in-game memorial.&nbsp;</p> <p>“I want to once again express my heartfelt condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Leonard Nimoy,” said Star Trek: Online executive producer Steve Ricossa on the game’s <a title="STO forums" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">official forums</span></a>. “Everyone at Cryptic Studios was saddened to hear of his passing and we want to make sure we never forget the cultural impact of the man or the character he played. To that end, the Star Trek Online team will implement a standing in-game memorial to Spock and Leonard Nimoy this Thursday March 5th with our regular weekly maintenance.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Ricossa continued, “In this way, we hope to keep his memory as alive in our game as he is in all of our hearts.”</p> <p>Were you one of the STO players who paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy and will you visit the memorial when it is added? Let us know 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> Cryptic Studios Leonard Nimoy memorial Mr Spock Star Trek Online Gaming News Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:50:46 +0000 Sean D Knight 29497 at Capcom Looking for Solution Over Resident Evil Revelations 2's Lack of Offline Co-op <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/resident_evil_re2.jpg" alt="RE: R2" title="RE: R2" width="200" height="151" style="float: right;" />PC version was initially advertised to have offline co-op</h3> <p>If you were one of those PC gamers who purchased Resident Evil Revelations 2 for its advertised offline co-op, then you already know that the PC version has no such feature. Owners of the game soon discovered that the feature was missing despite it being advertised on the Steam store page. However, <strong>Capcom says that it is “currently looking into the matter” in regards to the lack of offline co-op in Resident Evil Revelations 2</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>“We apologize to our Resident Evil Revelations 2 PC players who purchased the game and expected to have local co-op as a feature,” said Capcom in a <a title="Capcom statement" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">statement</span></a>. “The feature wasn’t intended for this version and that caveat was mistakenly omitted from the product description on the Steam page earlier, and then included as soon as we were made aware. This was an unintentional error and again, we apologize for the confusion this may have caused.”</p> <p>Resident Evil Revelations 2 is an episodic action-adventure, survival horror title that follows Claire Redfield, one of the survivors of Raccoon City, who appears in a number of games in the Resident Evil franchise. The feature was initially advertised on the Steam store page and was quickly removed. But, at the very least, this incident has resulted in Capcom looking for a way to make it up to PC gamers as the statement adds, “We are currently looking into the matter and potential solutions and we hope to have new information to share very soon, so please stay tuned. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”&nbsp;</p> <p>While it doesn’t sound as if Capcom will include offline co-op mode, it did announce that the game’s Raid mode will support online co-op when it releases a patch “shortly after launch.” But in the meantime, feel free to check out our list of <a title="22 Best Co-op PC Games" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">The 22 Best Co-op PC Games</span></a> if you are looking for a co-op game.</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> capcom co-op offline co-op pc version resident evil Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Gaming News Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:48:02 +0000 Sean D Knight 29494 at GDC 2015: What to Expect <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/tf2_oculus_trio-970-80.jpg" alt="GDC 2015" title="GDC 2015" width="250" height="140" style="float: right;" />VR is going to be big</h3> <p>The <a title="GDC" href="" target="_blank">Game Developers Conference</a> is taking place just around the corner between March 2-6 and we’ll be in San Francisco covering it. There will, of course, be a bunch of game discussions and demos as usual, but we wanted to approach it from a hardware/PC perspective. Having said that, this year is going to be an interesting show for hardware with <a title="valve gdc" href="" target="_blank">Valve</a> finally pushing the Steam Machines again along with its VR system. On that notion, expect Valve and VR to be the talks of the show. Seriously, guys, this is going to be the year of VR.</p> <p>Below are our predictions for what you’ll see at GDC 2015. Let us know what games or hardware you’re most excited to see in the comments below!</p> controller game developers conference GDC 2015 microsoft Steam Valve virtual reality vr windows 10 News Features Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:58:46 +0000 Jimmy Thang 29487 at IBM Announces it will Reach $40 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2018 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/ibm_logo.jpg" alt="IBM logo" title="IBM logo" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />"Strategic imperatives" will help reach this goal</h3> <p>Last year, we saw some interesting sales and investments by International Business Machines Corp. IBM had announced that it was selling off its <a title="IBM selling off chip business" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">chip business</span></a>, revealed plans to invest $3 billion for <a title="IBM to invest $3 billion in R&amp;D" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">semiconductor research and development</span></a>, and selling its <a title="IBM sells server business" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">x86-based server business</span></a> to Lenovo. Now, <strong>IBM is looking to reach an annual revenue of $40 billion</strong>.</p> <p>The high target was set by IBM executives at the company’s annual investor meeting that took place on Thursday in New York where IBM CEO Ginni Rometty announced the new long-term goal. Rometty expects the revenue to come from areas IBM has designated as “strategic imperatives” which includes the cloud, analytics, social, mobile, and security software.</p> <p>The $40 billion amount would represent around 44 percent of $90 billion in total revenue that analysts are expecting from IBM in 2018. Last year, the businesses that IBM is relying on to reach that target generated $25 billion in revenues which was 27 percent of the company’s $93 billion in sales. To help achieve its goal, IBM will be shifting $4 billion in spending to its “strategic imperatives” this year in order to hit $40 billion annual revenue by 2018.</p> <div>Do you think this is a feasible goal for IBM? 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