Five percent royalty rate still applies to commercial projects
At last year's Game Developers Conference (GDC), Epic Games made the decision 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 Epic has now removed the $19 per month subscription for Unreal Engine 4.
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. 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.
Benq today announced that its 27-inch RL2755HM "blazing fast professional gaming monitor" is now shipping, 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.
Intel last week had already given the heads up that it was rebranding its Atom processors 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 Intel has now formally introduced its next generation Atom parts.
There are several new phones and tablets being introduced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but on the storage side of things, SanDisk on Sunday introduced its 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition. 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.
Cherry Trail shows only marginal improvement over predecessor in leaked benchmarks
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 5th generation Atom chips to be a huge improvement over current-generation tablet SoCs (systems on chip), you are in for a bit of a shock.
The new Samsung ATIV Book 9 laptop we told you about late last year is now available. The aluminum-clad device, which measures all of 11.19" x 8.37" x 0.46" and weighs 2.09 pounds, is the thinnest and lightest device yet in the company’s four-year-old Book 9 range.
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.
Spectre x360 is now available from the company’s website
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 “Air killers”?) soon became a cascade of contenders. Adding to that deluge of ultrabooks and ultra-thin convertibles, Hewlett-Packard has announced the Spectre x360, a 13.3-inch Broadwell-powered device designed in collaboration with Microsoft.
Yesterday, actor Leonard Nimoy passed away 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, Cryptic Studios announced that it will create an in-game memorial for Spock and Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek Online.